Coldwater, Shawnee advance to MathCounts state round
ELIDA — Coldwater Middle School won first place in the 34th annual MathCounts competition at Elida Middle School on Saturday and will advance to the state level competition in Columbus on March 11. Shawnee Middle School, which took second place, will also head to Columbus for the state round.
Coldwater and Shawnee competed against eight other MathCounts teams from Anna, Allen East, Bellefontaine, Elida, Fort Jennings, Jackson Center, Ottoville and Pandora.
A school competes by entering a team of four students. Individuals may also participate without being on a school team. Awards were given for both team and individual performances.
Evan Kauffman, a student at Bellefontaine Middle School, took first prize in the individual bracket. He advances to the MathCounts state level competition, along with Ben Horstman, of Ottoville Middle School, and Evelyn Frueh and Emma Laux, both of Elida Middle School.
MathCounts is a national competition for fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students with an emphasis in solving math problems. The local competition was sponsored by the Lima Society of Professional Engineers.
Lima school board moves meeting to McGovern wing
LIMA — The Lima City Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday but the board will meet in a different location.
The meeting will be held at the Dr. Earl A. McGovern Education Wing at South Science Technology Magnet, 755 St. Johns Ave.
Ottawa-Glandorf student receives character award from Optimists
OTTAWA — Hannah Verhoff received a Character Award from the Putnam County Optimist Club for her commitment to academic achievement.
Hannah, an eighth-grader in the Ottawa-Glandorf Local School District, takes an algebra class at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. In his nomination of Hannah for the award, principal Jayson Selgo said that he saw Hannah being picked up by her brother and sister at the high school after classes in early January, even though she had had a medical procedure over Christmas break.
“As I understand, Hannah was not ‘supposed’ to be in school that day by doctor’s orders,” Selgo wrote in his statement nominating Hannah for the Optimist award. “Although I am quite certain she is capable of missing a few days of class to recover and not fall behind academically, I thought this was a demonstration of her commitment to academic excellence.”
Selgo added, “If Hannah continues to put forth the effort she has demonstrated in this instance and throughout her educational career, she most certainly has a bright future ahead of her.”
Astronomy Club begins at Lima’s South
LIMA — A new astronomy club started at South Science and Technology Magnet School.
The group, started from a suggestion by a student, is open to fourth- through eighth-graders, with nearly 20 children attending the first meeting. The group meets from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at South. Doreen Martin is the club adviser.
Harnish selected as Bluffton student of the month for January
BLUFFTON — Christopher Harnish, son of Steve and Monica Harnish, has been chosen as Bluffton High School’s student of the month for the month of January.
Harnish is a junior and has a 4.0 grade point average.
He is treasurer of the junior class and is a member of the show choir, the academic team, Spanish club, math club and running club. He is also a member of the track and soccer teams and was named to the NWC second team for soccer this year.
Christopher attends Bluffton University and the University of Findlay for postsecondary classes. When he graduates he would like to attend either Goshen College or Eastern Mennonite University and major in math.
Early childhood screenings scheduled in Van Wert
VAN WERT — Developmental screenings for children ages 3 to 5 will be offered to residents of the Crestview, Delphos, Lincolnview, Parkway, Spencerville and Wayne Trace districts between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Screenings are at Thomas Edison Early Childhood Center, 813 N. Franklin St.
Appointments can be made by calling Carol at 419-238-4019 or 419-238-1514 ext. 221 between 8:30 and 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Hardin County students learn about jobs, careers
KENTON — Senior high school students in Hardin County and from Ohio Hi-Point Career Center will meet with businesses during the Hardin County Student Job & Career Fair on Friday.
More than 40 businesses will participate, offering full-time, part-time and summer jobs, as well as internship opportunities.
The event was coordinated by the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance.
First Church Preschool in Van Wert hears about dental health
VAN WERT — First Church Preschool, 113 W. Central Ave., Van Wert, recently celebrated dental health month.
Dr. Jessica Mohr presented a special program encouraging the preschoolers to practice good dental habits. She brought a stuffed animal that had nice teeth and each student participated in a coloring contest.
For more information about the preschool, contact administrator April Ellerbrock at 419-238-0631 ext. 308.
Elida band to participate in solo and ensemble contest
ELIDA — The Elida High School band will participate in the Ohio Music Education Association District 3 Solo and Ensemble Contest from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday at Lima Senior High School, 1 Spartan Way, Lima. The event is free and open to the public.
Students may enter in three classes, A, B or C. Class A has the most difficult music, B the next hardest music and C the least difficult. Each group will be rated on a scale of 1 (superior) to 5 (poor). Students receiving a superior or excellent (2) are eligible for a medal.
SPPS holds fifth, sixth grade spelling bee
OTTAWA — SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Ottawa held its annual fifth and sixth grade spelling bee on Feb. 1.
Miya Ellerbrock was the champion, Madelyn Hovest was first runner-up and Bailey Krouse was second runner-up. The three winners received a trophy.
Fifth graders participating included Lauren Niese, David Westrick, Bailey Krouse, Madelyn Hovest, Ashlee Wehri, Taylor Knott, Emily Korte and Sarah Ellerbrock.
Sixth graders included Marissa Beckett, Kennedi Corthell, Miya Ellerbrock, Kayla Gerding, Claire Kreischer, Hunter Stechschulte, Levi Unterbrink and Reese Van Oss.