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February 22nd, 2012
By CARLA MEYER
From high school to college, a past honor student has always been involved in many organizations as well as athletics, all while maintaining a high academic standard.
Corey Lotridge, who was fourth in his high school graduating class of 2010 at Wapakoneta High School, had a 4.0 grade point average (GPA), and earned a 34 on his ACT in high school.
A 2008 graduate of Wapakoneta High School has been more places by the age of 21 than many people go in their whole lives.
As she sees it, however, she is just getting started.
Brianna Burns, a fourth-year student at Indiana Wesleyan University, is studying for a degree in biology for a pre-med requirement. She will graduate this April. She has been accepted to several graduate schools to seek her master’s degree in public health and has put Emery University, the University of Michigan and Pittsburgh University near the top of her list.
Despite receiving information about the difficulties in collecting income tax from people who live in Wapakoneta and work in other municipalities, city leaders still want to pursue a proposal to scale back or to end the city’s income tax credit.
Wapakoneta Mayor Rodney Metz and 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst say the proposal must be fully vetted because the general fund needs an influx of money.
A proposal to lengthen the terms of Wapakoneta City Council members and council president is moving closer to the November general election ballot.
The proposal also gained the support of the city’s top administrator.
Twirling around in the middle of the floor, silver sequins caught the reflection of sunlight streaming in from the large church windows as a Wapakoneta High School junior modeled a dress for her mom.
Salon Gegel sparkled from across the room in the second-hand dress as she waited not only for her mother’s opinion, but that of her boyfriend and friends that came along to a prom dress exchange held Saturday at the St. Joseph Parish Life Center.
One Wapakoneta City Council member is concerned with the recycling of newspapers as refuse rates continue to increase.
Wapakoneta 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst, who also is contracted to serve as the recycling educator for the Auglaize County Solid Waste District, said the rate of newspaper and paper recycling in the city and the county is one of the lowest of all the recycled products. City residents tend to do well in recycling aluminum, bottles and plastic, but not so well on tin and paper products.
INDIANAPOLIS — Most junior high basketball players have dreams of one day getting to step on a National Basketball Association (NBA) court for the first time and playing a game.
The Waynesfield-Goshen basketball team fulfilled that dream several years early on Sunday. As part of the Indiana Pacers’ “Court of Dreams” program, the team played Northwest Central Conference (NWCC) foe the Lima Perry Commodores Sunday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
A local organization is encouraging downtown visitors to â€ślook up.â€ť
Local students teamed up with the Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership and a downtown building owner to create a second Victorian-style artwork.
Wapakoneta High School art students painted murals that are displayed in the windows above the Riverside Art Center and Custom Staffing Wapakoneta â€” on the upper level of the building.
The five murals create a scene with a painter and children set in the Victorian era in the building owned by Red Dog properties, at the intersection of Auglaize and Willipie streets.
ST. MARYS â€” Local school and county officials gathered at Memorial High School in St. Marys on Friday morning to practice their responses in the event of an emergency.
The Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) held a tabletop exercise for first responders and school officials centered around a scenario of a vehicle crash into a substation along U.S. 33, near the high school. Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson ran the various officials through a set of scenarios in real time and assessed their responses.
Imagine being given the task of making an operational moving vehicle using only index cards, tape and straws.
Sound pretty simple? Wapakoneta Middle School students found it is not quite as easy as it may seem.
â€śIt took a lot longer than what you would expect,â€ť student Wesley Temple said of the experiment. â€śThere is always something you have to change.â€ť
Templeâ€™s group of five students is one of eight groups comprised of approximately 35 students that are participating in an education effort to enrich local gifted students.