May 29th, 2012
Making wise choices and the most of one’s time were reoccurring themes during Wapakoneta High School’s commencement on Saturday.
During the ceremony, 190 students met the necessary requirements to receive their diplomas, with 65 earning honors diplomas and 24 recognition as graduates of distinction.
BOTKINS — Smiles beamed amid a few tears and hugs as 48 students closed one chapter in their lives and are preparing for the future that lies ahead of them.
The class of 2012 at Botkins Local Schools celebrated their graduation on Sunday at the 102nd commencement ceremony.
WAYNESFIELD — Valedictorian Nathan Turner ordered a turning of the tassle, and with it 42 Waynesfield-Goshen High School senior completed a chapter of their lives and were announced the graduating class of 2012.
“I want you to look around and remember this moment, said Ivy Horn, another of three valedictorians. “Remember when we walked in in kindergarten and we were scared of the uncertainties — and now we leave with the same feeling.”
Every championship boxer needs a good 1-2 combination — that right-left combo that leaves opponents staggering.
As the Wapakoneta Redskins head to the state baseball final four on Thursday, junior Johnny Crawford and sophomore Chace Culver have proven to be that combination.
Through five tournament games, Crawford’s left arm and Culver’s right have held opponents to just three runs.
Gardens recently located at the Wapakoneta Family YMCA are part of a community effort to produce fresh vegetables and get children and adults active and working outdoors.
Aligning with goals of the Wapakoneta Family YMCA to bring community members together for fun outdoor activities, promote physical activity and good nutrition, and introduce children to healthier living, a $3,000 grant from Lowe’s Never Stop Improving: Toolbox for Education program, allowed for raised and regular garden beds to be laid on the south end of the family activity center.
Collecting has become more of an obsession for Fryburg’s Paul Dudgeon rather than just a hobby.
“It’s like smoking cigarettes,” Dudgeon said. “Once you start, you can’t stop.”
Some of Dudgeon’s collection of antique guns are on display as one of many displays at this year’s Buckeye Farm Antique Show being held this weekend at the Auglaize County Fair Grounds.
A Fort Wayne businessman decided to locate his third office in Wapakoneta to help people communicate with the people they love.
Ted Blanford, originally from Temperance, Mich. and a U.S. military veteran, opened Summit Hearing Solutions at 10 W. Main St. to test individual’s hearing as well as to test, clean, adjust and repair hearing instruments. They also have peripherals such as batteries and wax guards.
He said he opened an office in Wapakoneta for several reasons.
TIFFIN — For the past six years, the Defiance Bulldogs have been the unquestioned kings of the Western Buckeye League.
But not on Friday.
Not with the way Chace Culver pitched. Not with the way Johnny Crawford, Alex Koch, Dom Campos and Marshall Gerlach played defense. And not with the way everyone in lineup slots 1 through 9 hit the ball and ran the bases.
It was a virtually flawless performance.
LEXINGTON — Megan Hayzlett is heading back to state.
The Wapakoneta Redskins junior won the Division II regional high jump title on Thursday at Lexington High School, earning her second berth to the state meet.
Hayzlett qualified as a freshman before missing the cut her junior year,
Hayzlett cleared 5-5 to edge a familiar foe, Celina Bulldogs’s Lizz Carr for the top spot.
Senior Mallory McDevitt is schedule to compete in the pole vault at 11:30 this morning.
Each year, graduating seniors at Waynesfield-Goshen High School are asked if any particular teacher had a positive influence on their academic career.
Most often, the name mentioned is high school history teacher Joe Foster.
Now, those voices are being heard at the state level.
On Thursday, the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History announced Foster as the 2012 Ohio History Teacher of the Year.