Education Roundup

Liberty eighth-graders highlight 9/11 work

LIMA — Eighth-graders at Liberty Arts Magnet School have been studying the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and will present a variety of types of projects covering multiple curricula at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school.

Students conducted interviews with friends or family members old enough to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and then presented them in class. They also researched the history of the day and chose a perspective to honor through tribute dances created in small groups in dance class. In addition, each class learned a dance as a large group. In art class, students created peace posters.

Local residents awarded American FFA Degrees

WAPAKONETA — Residents were awarded the American FFA Degree. This degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year 3,780 American Degrees were awarded.

Jessica Fisher, of Wapakoneta, and Brandon Turner, Mindi Brookhart, and Danielle Heintz, all of Waynesfield-Goshen, were awarded.

Lima Senior presents “The Actor Games”

LIMA — Lima Senior High School will present the play “The Actor Games” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the school auditorium. Twenty students are involved in the production.

In this parody of “The Hunger Games,” everyone is starving for attention. The population is divided into 10 districts: Greek Tragedy, Shakespeare Drama, Commedia Dell’Arte and others.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. The cost is $4 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and $1 for children under the age of 5.

For information, contact director Kristin Lee at 419-996-3096.

ACE Academy names October students of the month

WAPAKONETA — ACA Academy, the area’s local online school, named October Students of the Month. The faculty at ACE Academy nominated these students because they have gone above and beyond expectations.

Grace Fear, of New Bremen; Sarah Klaus, of Wapakoneta; Parker Maitlen, of Celina; Madelyn O’Connell, of Lima; and Adam Taram, of New Knoxville.

ACE Academy is an online, tuition-free school open to all students in grades K-12. ACE provides students the technology they need to access all programs needed to successfully school online. The school also offers tutoring and classroom assistance for its students at the Auglaize County Educational Service Center in Wapakoneta.

For information, visit the school’s website at: or call them at 419-738-4572.

Shawnee 7th and 8th graders quiz bowl champs

LIMA — The Allen County Educational Service Center conducted the final quiz bowl tournament for the seventh/eighth grade league on Monday.

The Shawnee Middle School team won with a 13-0 league record; followed by Elida with a 10-3 record and St. Charles with a 9-4 record.

Crestview changes date of play

CONVOY — Due to the football team advancing in the playoffs, show dates for “Mary Poppins” have been changed. The play will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

All tickets that were purchased for the Saturday evening performance will be honored at the Sunday show.

Tickets are still available and may be purchased from the High School Office at 419-749-9100, ext. 2, or at the door before each performance.

LCC boys participating in “No Shave November”

LIMA — Several young men at Lima Central Catholic High School are participating in “No Shave November.”

They each made a donation to receive a “No Shave” pin designed by LCC art teacher Megan Etzkorn. The LCC uniform code requires them to be clean shaven, but wearing the pin allows them to grow their facial hair for the entire month of November.

The collective donations will benefit the American Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer Research.

Crestview students win awards

CONVOY — Crestview middle and High School art students participated in the Van Wert County Apple Festival Art Contest. Art teacher, Nicole Kirkpatrick, submitted student art work to share with the community at the Apple Festival.

Brooke Ripley took best in show; Sarah Simmons took second place; Emily Greulach won third place; Zechariah Simerman won fourth place; Lydia Saylor won outstanding commendation; Kelsey Rothgeb won outstanding commendation and Olivia Irwin won outstanding commendation.

Lima Senior band goes to New York

LIMA — The Lima Senior High School Spartan Marching Pride will march and play in the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Friday. There will be 53 band members leaving for the trip early in the morning on November 10 and will arrive in New York City later in the day. The parade starts at about 11:15 a.m. on Friday.

The band, directed by Hannah Snyder, learned it had been accepted to participate in the parade last spring and members have been raising money for the trip.

For information on how to watch the parade live, go to

The Spartan Marching Pride will also join other high school bands in the parade at the Band of Pride Tribute on Saturday. All bands gather in Times Square for the performance.

This is the first time Lima Senior has participated in these events. Students will also get some time to see New York City, including eating at the Hard Rock Cafe and taking a Dinner Dance Cruise on the Hudson River. Students will arrive back in Lima late Saturday.

Bluffton names Student of the Month

BLUFFTON — Gabe Denecker has been named Student of the Month for the month of October at Bluffton High School.

Denecker is the son of Greg and Christine Denecker. He is a senior at Bluffton High School and is a member of FCCLA and Renaissance Club. He plays basketball. During his freshman year he was selected as homecoming attendant/escort and this year he was selected at the homecoming king.

Denecker enjoys playing basketball, working out and spending time with his friends. He is employed by Chiles Laman Funeral Home in Bluffton. After graduation he plans to attend Findlay University and pursue a degree in health and physical education.

Marsh Foundation Youth hosting Poinsettia sale

VAN WERT — Youth at The Marsh Foundation are selling poinsettias for the holiday season. All proceeds from the sale will go to the campus’ Marsh Grown gardening program.

There are three sizes available. The multi-bloom plants are available in 4.5 inches for $3.50, 6.5 inches for $8 and 8.5 inches for $15. The 4.5” plant is available in red, white or pink. The 6.5” and 8.5” plants are available in red, white, pink, burgundy, marble (pink and cream) or jingle bells (red with white speckles).

Orders must be placed before Nov. 16 and can be picked up on Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. or Saturday December 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Marsh Foundation Greenhouse.

To order, complete an order form found online at, visit The Marsh’s Facebook page at or call Sherry Grone at 419-238-1695 ext. 270.

Elida hosting FFA fundraiser

ELIDA — The Elida FFA fundraiser is underway. The students are selling Jack Links Jerky, nuts, apples, grapefruit and oranges. Prices vary.

Sale ends Friday, November 11th. The best way to order is to email Dennis Pohlman at [email protected]

Spartan Inn hosting Thanksgiving buffet

LIMA — The Lima Senior High School Spartan Inn will host its annual Thanksgiving Buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, November 18.

Lima Senior’s culinary students will prepare a multicultural Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham, potatoes, greens, dressing, cranberry sauce, desserts and much more.

Cost of the buffet is $7. Reservations are required by calling 419-996-3521 or email [email protected] Carryout is available.

The Spartan Inn is open to the public every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No reservations are required.

Bath Local Schools hold finance committee meeting

LIMA — The Finance Committee meeting of the Bath Local School District will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2016, in the Administration Building.

Elida High School presents “The Miracle Worker”

ELIDA — Elida High School Theater will present “The Miracle Worker” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 and at 4 p.m. on Nov. 20.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased one hour before each performance.

The play is directed by Rhonda and Randy Bargerstock.

“The Miracle Worker” dramatizes the relationship between the lonely teacher, Annie, and her charge, Helen Keller.

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