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District treasurer juggles school work with work at school

April 30, 2014

Wapakoneta City Schools Treasurer and CFO Angie Sparks stands with OASBO Executive Director David Varda, left, and scholarship sponsor representative Patrick King of Stifel Nicolaus & Company at the annual OASBO conference in Columbus on April 10. Sparks received a $1,000 scholarship to attend Bluffton University in the fall. There, she will receive a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. (Photo provided)

As a mother of two who is 15 years removed from college, Wapakoneta City Schools Treasurer and CFO Angie Sparks admitted she was a bit apprehensive about going back to school.

“I was very nervous because I knew I would have to learn how to balance a full-time job, school, two kids and still being involved in the community,” Sparks said.

In the fall, Sparks will once again set foot on the campus of her alma mater, Bluffton University, to begin a master’s program in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

After speaking with her former professor George Lehman and several other administrators at Bluffton, the idea of going back to school became less daunting.

“After talking to individuals from Bluffton, they reassured me that everything would be fine,” she said. “Several phone calls and face-to-face meetings later, I decided this would be a good year for me to attempt this.”

At 37-years-old, Sparks may seem like she’d be one of the older students on campus. After taking three two-week courses to prepare for school, Sparks found out that she is actually similar in age with the majority of students in her class.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.
 

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