The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

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CONVOY — Crestview High School juniors and seniors welcomed 17 recent alumni back to the halls of Crestview this past Friday to help give them insight into life after high school in regard to college and career choices.

The graduates shared their individual experiences at various colleges across the state and country with the students. They also answered questions from students about dealing with roommates, choosing a major, study habits, meeting new people, class sizes, and moving away from family, among others. The graduates gladly shared their insights and tried to enlighten students and ease some of their concerns related to college.

“I believe this program is very valuable as it’s not teachers and counselors talking, but students whom they might know; and their personal experiences assisting fellow Knights with the future,” said Crestview High School Principal Mike Biro.

“I thought it was nice to hear from different perspectives on college life, those involved socially and those not involved,” said junior S. Chorvas.

“I’ll be commuting, so it’s a bit different for me, but I thought they shared some good information,” added senior B. Engelman.

This is the second year in a row that Crestview has invited a group of recent grads to talk with students.

Several recent graduates returned to Crestview High School recently to share their college experiences with the juniors and seniors. Students were able to ask questions and get some insight from the graduates on topics like financial aid, choosing a major, daily schedules and much more. Crestview photo

POSTED: 01/15/18 at 8:54 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Crestview and Lincolnview school districts recently completed United Way campaigns. Administration and staff of both schools made pledges in support of the 27 agencies funded by the United Way of Van Wert County. This year, the staff became a part of the annual Rivals United by starting the competitions with United Way pledges going towards the event. This year saw a great increase for both schools, but Lincolnview led by $1,500.

The United Way and Lincolnview Local Schools work together to house the Lincolnview Latchkey program, an agency of the United Way. Both schools are supporters of the United Way of Van Wert County, the community, and many organizations.

To continue in this support and have some fun, Crestview and Lincolnview student representatives have teamed up to hold a friendly competition, known as Rivals United, between the student bodies to see who can raise the most money for the United Way of Van Wert County.

The second annual Rivals United fundraising event will be held during rivalry week, January 29-February 2; each school’s student body will conduct various activities, while more activities are lined up for the girls’ basketball game between the two schools on Thursday, February 1, and the boys’ basketball game on Friday, February 2.

New to the event this year is a t-shirt design contest sponsored by First Financial Bank, which is giving $500 to the winning schools design that will go towards the money raised for United Way agencies. The t-shirt design was selected by a United Way committee and will be printed on nearly 600 t-shirts for this year’s event.

Rivals United t-shirts are on sale now, and are available through pre-sale only. For more information, contact the United Way office at 419.238.6689 or email unitedway109@gmail.com.

POSTED: 01/15/18 at 8:50 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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Central Insurance Companies has announced applications are now available for the scholarship program of the company’s Educational and Charitable Foundation. This scholarship program was developed to reward and support graduates seeking careers in the property and casualty insurance industry. Central has provided financial security, protection, and peace of mind to policyholders for over 140 years, and believes that by providing assistance to career-minded individuals, it can perpetuate this legacy.

Scholarships of up to $5,000 per student are available. To be eligible, students must be graduating in 2018 from one of the Van Wert County school districts (Crestview, Lincolnview, or Van Wert High School or Vantage Career Center, with a home school association to Crestview, Lincolnview, or Van Wert high schools). Dependent children of current Central Insurance Companies’ employees and retirees, regardless of the school attended, are also eligible. The scholarship may only be used toward tuition, books, other related school fees, and room and board. It is an annual scholarship that may be renewed up to three additional years.

While not exclusively an academic scholarship, applicants must demonstrate academic promise and good character. A minimum 3.0 GPA in high school is required. Applicants are asked to complete an extensive application and provide a personally written essay, two sealed letters of recommendation, and a current official high school transcript.

The student must be planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year post-secondary educational institution on a full-time basis by the end of 2018. The school of choice must have a program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate in the student’s chosen major. The school may be a college, university, business, or technical school. The student’s major must have a specific use towards a career position within the insurance industry.

This scholarship will be awarded on an objective and non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, or sex. The names of scholarship recipients will be posted on the Foundation’s website as soon as the recipients have accepted the scholarship.

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POSTED: 01/11/18 at 8:36 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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The Marsh Foundation School held its annual holiday celebration before Christmas break. The day included performances by The Marsh School choir, as well as 15 individual and group performances. Students were encouraged to choose holiday and winter songs for the audience to enjoy.

Principal Robbie Breese is shown with The Marsh Foundation School winter graduates Xavier Puterbaugh (left) and Zildgian Galliher. Marsh photo

In addition to the musical program, a graduation ceremony was held and two students were honored for receiving their high school diplomas.  Zildjian Galliher attended The Marsh for 2½ years and plans to enlist in the military. Xavier Puterbaugh also attended The Marsh for 2½ years and has returned to his home county and enrolled in an independent living program.

Many of the youths’ friends and families, as well as community members, joined in the celebration. Following the program in the auditorium, everyone in attendance enjoyed a holiday-themed luncheon in the cafeteria.

The Marsh Foundation is a not-for-profit children’s services agency that provides services in a variety of settings. Services include group homes, family foster care (ages birth-17), an intensive treatment program, adoption and independent living. \

Located in Van Wert, the organization’s group homes are licensed for up to 36 children ages 7-17, offers an on-campus school for grades 2-12, and provides a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster care children, and community members.

POSTED: 01/10/18 at 8:36 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

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ST. MARYS — Midwest Electric is committed to its communities, and one of the ways it shows that commitment is by offering scholarships.

Midwest Electric is offering scholarships to west central Ohio high school seniors. To be eligible for the 2018 scholarship programs, applicants must be graduating seniors who have all the basic credits for college, vocational, or technical school entrance. Applicants must be the children or legal wards of a Midwest Electric member.

Midwest Electric has two scholarship programs: a general scholarship for students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, and the Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship for students with at least a 2.75 GPA who have overcome adversity or personal challenges in pursuit of their goals.

For the general scholarship, six student finalists will compete for $9,000 in scholarships from Midwest Electric. Three boys and three girls will vie for two $2,000, two $1,500, and two $1,000 scholarship awards.

The top boy and girl finalists will represent Midwest Electric in the Ohio Electric Cooperatives (OEC) competition in Columbus, where they will compete against students representing other Ohio electric cooperatives. OEC awards 18 scholarships totaling $35,800.

For the Touchstone Energy Achievement Scholarship, Midwest Electric will award one $2,000 winner, and OEC will give six $2,100 awards.

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POSTED: 01/03/18 at 8:49 am. FILED UNDER: News, Youth

The second round of Crestview High School RMA Award recipients were recently recognized at a varsity boys’ basketball game. The Convoy Community Foundation, in conjunction with Crestview High School, has established the Crestview High School RMA Award this school year. The recipients include J. Thomas, K. Leeth, E. Greulach, S. Smith, C. Young, and L. Schumm. Students are nominated for the award by fellow classmates, faculty, staff, and administration for exhibiting strong character, leadership, service and school pride — all vital pieces of the Right Mental Attitude (RMA).The foundation, led by president Greg Kulwicki, funds the purchase of t-shirts for the recipients, along with gifts from the following Convoy community merchants: Knight Pizza, D’s on Main, Pizza Hut, Shear Magic, the Sophisticut, the Secret Garden, and Convoy Tastee Freeze, along with individual donors. Parents of the winners receive dinner from The Tavern in Convoy. RMA awards are presented weekly and are recognized in small groups throughout the year at home sporting events. Crestview photo

POSTED: 12/27/17 at 9:13 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

Students from Synergy Learning Center recently spent time at Hiestand Woods Park in Van Wert, doing a fall clean-up and putting picnic tables away for winter. The student helpers and Synergy staff were Owen Denny (Wayne Trace), Michael Nash (Van Wert), Justin Roberts (Van Wert), Larry Stahl (Wayne Trace), James West (Lincolnview), Max Maroney (Crestview), Synergy staff member Dan Kline, Thomas Murphy (Wayne Trace), and Clayson Brown (Wayne Trace). Synergy photo

POSTED: 12/07/17 at 8:23 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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CONVOY — The Convoy Community Foundation, in conjunction with Crestview High School, has established the “Crestview High School RMA Award” this school year. The first recipients of the award were announced at a recent home football game and presented with their prizes. Winners were junior C. Taylor, senior P. Motycka, and sophomore E. Leatherman.

Students are nominated for the award by fellow classmates, faculty, staff, and administration for exhibiting strong character, leadership, service and school pride — all vital pieces of the Right Mental Attitude (RMA).

The foundation, led by president Greg Kulwicki, funds the purchase of t-shirts for the recipients along with gifts from the following Convoy community merchants: Knight Pizza, D’s on Main, Pizza Hut, Shear Magic, the Sophisticut, the Secret Garden, and Convoy Tastee Freeze, along with individual donors. Parents of the winners receive dinner from The Tavern in Convoy.

RMA Awards are presented weekly and will be recognized in small groups throughout the year at home sporting events.

Crestview High School RMA Award winners for the month of October, shown here with Principal Mike Biro, include P. Motycka, E. Leatherman, and C. Taylor. Crestview photo

POSTED: 11/13/17 at 8:48 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

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BLUFFTON — Crestview High School’s team tied for second place at the Northwest Conference’s Scholastic Bowl competition held at Bluffton High School on Saturday. Ada won the competition with an 8-0 record, while the Knights tied for second with Spencerville at 5-3.

Paulding was fourth, host Bluffton finished fifth, Delphos Jefferson was sixth, Lincolnview seventh, Columbus Grove eighth, and Allen East was ninth.

Crestview also tied for second in the junior varsity Scholastic Bowl competition. Spencerville won that competition with a 5-0 record, while the Knights tied with Delphos Jefferson for second with 3-2 records. Ada was fourth and Paulding and Columbus Grove tied for fifth.

POSTED: 11/13/17 at 8:45 am. FILED UNDER: Youth

Synergy Learning Center student Kaleb Flory (Van Wert) tries his hand in the Cosmetology lab under the watchful eye of Vantage Career Center student Aubree Sproles (Wayne Trace). Vantage Career Center hosted eighth grade students gave them tours of the Vantage building. photo submitted

POSTED: 11/13/17 at 8:44 am. FILED UNDER: Youth