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Christian Academy students win spelling bee, speech competition
Ottawa County Christian Academy’s elementary students took first place at the 2013 Christian Academies of Northwest Ohio (CANWO) Spelling Bee & Fine Arts Competition held recently at Temple Christian Academy.

OCCA, Temple Christian Academy (Fremont) and Harvest Temple Christian Academy (Clyde) competed in the event – fielding a total of 61 participants from kindergarten through the sixth grade.

“Our students worked extremely hard for this,” said OCCA principal Jeremy Bickelhaupt. “For the last two months, they have been memorizing and practicing to win the big trophy. My staff and I are extremely proud of the job they did.”

In the spelling portion of the competition, second-grader Aiden Slessman, of Oak Harbor, placed first in the second and third-grade division by correctly spelling the word wrestle; fourth-grader Breanna Slessman, of Oak Harbor, was runner-up in the fourth to sixth- grade division; and first-grader Kellen Bickelhaupt, of Oak Harbor, was runner-up in the kindergarten through first-grade division.

Students also competed in a poetry and speech contest. Xoie Bickelhaupt, of Fremont, placed first in the K-1st grade division for her rendition of Marchette Chute’s “My Dog.” Luke Hawkins, of Oak Harbor; Makayla Free, of Gibsonburg; Seth Hawkins, of Oak Harbor; and Breanna Slessman, Aiden Slessman, and Austin Martzke, all of Genoa, earned blue ribbons for their performances.

OCCA is a private, non-chartered Baptist school located at 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Rd. It is a member of the Buckeye Christian School Association as well as the American Association of Christian Schools.

Clay student organizing Autism Walk
A 5K Autism Awareness Walk will be held March 9 at 9 a.m. at Pearson Metropark in Oregon. The event is being sponsored by Sydney Ferencz as part of her senior project.

She chose to raise funds to benefit the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, because she has twin brothers with autism. “They attend the summer school program and have benefited from the services of the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio,” she said.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurobiological disorder of the brain that typically appears in the first three years of life. As a spectrum disorder, autism has many forms and levels of severity. The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio’s mission is to improve the lives of those affected by autism through support, education, advocacy and service.

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McClahanan earns Eagle Scout honors
Christopher Lee McClanahan, 15, of Oak Harbor, Earned Boy Scouting’s highest advancement award, the rank of Eagle Scout. He will be recognized in a ceremony Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Eagle’s Nest Hall, 210 Jefferson St.,
Oak Harbor.

Christopher Lee McClanahan

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. McClanahan earned 21 merit badges and successfully completed a community service project to earn his Eagle Scout Award. His project included relocating the Land Lab from Carroll to R.C. Waters Elementary School to benefit Benton-Carroll-Salem students.

The Land Lab is a hands-on, interactive classroom that teaches students about green energy and environmental studies. McClanahan raised  more than $3,000 in donations from local businesses plus procured more than $1,700 in discounts on materials. The project included relocating raised flower beds, pouring a 140-foot concrete walkway, reconstructing a welcome archway, relocating park benches, reconstructing a message board, pouring a concrete slab to support a shed, attaching gutters on the shed, constructing two rain barrels and a compost bin, relocating picnic tables and a bird house and landscaping.

McClanahan is a member of Troop 316, under Scoutmaster Roger Carpenter. He has served as Patrol Leader and is currently Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for the troop, and as Den Chief for Cub Scout Pack 613.

A freshman at Oak Harbor High School, he is active in band, soccer and basketball. He is the son of Donna McClanahan and Dean Veverka, of Oak Harbor, and Matthew McClanahan, of Herriman, Utah.

Academic honors
University of Dayton: Mary Makulinski, of Elmore; Jennifer Scharer, Meghan Scharer, of Oregon; Bryan De Selms, Patrick Dyer, Kara Mancinotti, and Ryan Peterson, of Toledo.

Tiffin University: Jessica Wolfe, of Elmore; Katrina Ross, Luisa Ruggerio, of Gibsonburg; Jonathan Lester, of Millbury; Ashley Madison, of Oak Harbor and Mallory Siebenaler, of Woodville.

Nurses pinned
More than 100 Owens Community College nursing students received honorary pins during a pinning ceremony held recently at the college. The pinning ceremony is part of a traditional nursing practice that honors students prior to beginning their careers within the health care community.

Registered nurse pinning recipients included Gabrielle Barbara, of Toledo; Sara Coy and Wendy Ferris of Oregon; Melissa Duly, of Curtice; M. Richard Middleton, Cindy Schirack and Lori Watson of Northwood; Heather Nino, of Genoa;  and Jennifer Phillips, of Walbridge.

Student Leaders inducted
Several local students were among Owens Community College students who earned membership into the Alpha Omega Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the fall semester.

The overall mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic excellence among two-year college students, provide opportunities for leadership training and an intellectual climate for the exchange of ideas and ideals.  Selection criteria is based upon completion of a minimum number of course hours set forth by the individual chapter, achieving a minimum 3.5 grade point average and exemplifying academic excellence, as determined by faculty.

Inductees included Jennifer Garcia and Amanda Sinay, of Oregon; Christina Mock, of Northwood; Shawn Kebker and James McGaha Jr., of Genoa; Andrew Gerwin, of Gibsonburg and Amanda Boyer, of Millbury.

DECA members compete
On Feb. 4, Oak Harbor DECA members competed in the DECA District 2 Competitions held at Bowling Green State University.

A total of 38 students represented Oak Harbor DECA and all received awards in their respective contests. The chapter also placed first place overall in the District Chapter of Year event. This award is based on the results of both the DECA fall district contests and this event. The chapter competed with eight other schools including Clay, Fostoria, Maumee, Port Clinton, Rossford, Penta, Perrysburg, and Vanguard.

The students competed in a variety of events ranging from individual events that consisted of a test and a role play to team case studies and written promotional plans. Oak Harbor DECA members’ honors included:

First-place – Austin Wiegand, Ben Cochran, Doug Pennington, Makayla Carpenter, Whitney Rutledge;

Second place – Alex Spangler, Austin Apple, Bryce Buderer, Cody Schultz, Garrett Crum, Katelyn Apple, Mike Hites, Nate Segaard, Nikki Wilhelm, Sam Druivage, Samantha Wilkins, Tate Haar, Zane Troknya;

Third place – AJ Cecil, Brock Evans, Cassie Brenneman, Coral Peterson, Elyse Hablitze, Eric Buehler, Hannah Glass, Hunter Gresh, Jared Chambers, Kaleb Maguire, Lindsey Reau;

Fourth place – Abbi Riechman, Allyson Michael, Cheyenne Ireland, Chris Tabbert, Dalton Reau, Trinity Gephart;

Fifth place – Aisha Hamdallah, Taylor Blatt, Zach Mills.

The chapter members are preparing to compete at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference, which will be held in Columbus March 16 and 17, 2013.

Slater among cast members
Holly Slater, a sophomore animal science/pre-veterinary medicine major, was among the cast members in The University of Findlay’s recent performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

Slater, a 2011 graduate of Northwood High School, portrayed Miss Isabel Yearsly. She is active in choir at UF.



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