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New class to train water operators set for January
Twelve area residents recently earned certificates that qualified them to become Level 1 water operators.

They include Ricardo Ruiz of Curtice, who is currently working at Pilkington North America in Rossford; Nathan Schultze of Genoa, who is currently working at C & W Tank Cleaning in Oregon; Jeff Floro of Oak Harbor; Mike Huth of Oak Harbor, a current employee at Dublin Commercial Property Services Inc.; Trevor McClear of Genoa, who is currently working at Maumee Medical Partners; Robert Abernathy of  Fremont, Woodbridge employee in Fremont; Antonio Alcala of Clyde, who works at Davis Besse;  Matthew Weber of Fremont, who works at Rural King in Fremont; and Ray Stelmaszak of Northwood, who is currently working at RK Painting in Toledo.

Twelve area residents recently earned certificates that qualified them
to become Level 1 water operators. A new class will be starting in

The classes were sanctioned by the Operator Training Committee of Ohio (OTCO). Each participant received three certificates for completion of OTCO Basic Water, Water Distribution and the Water Environment Technician courses. In addition, each participant completed internships at area water treatment facilities. The graduates took the state exam May 8.

“This was an extremely dedicated and hard-working group of people,” said Steve Heimlich, the program coordinator and one of its instructors. “They were exceptional regards to their homework, attendance and every other area of the class.”

According to Curtis Truss Jr., executive director of the Operator Training Committee of Ohio (OTCO), “water treatment is a field that is stable and that is an in-demand occupation.” 

The training is made possible by a partnership of WSOS Community Action Commission Inc., the Operator Training Committee of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in an effort to improve the education and employment skills of those 18 years or older in the area.

Those interested in securing a seat in the next water operator’s class, set to start in January, should call Roger at WSOS at 1-800-775-9767 or e-mail WSOS at

Academic honors:
Defiance College: Ryan Nelson, Oregon; Steven Strahm, Toledo; David Jacobs, Elmore and Phoenix Golnick, Oak Harbor.

Tiffin University: Lisa Draves, of Oregon; Jessica Zieber, of Northwood; Jessica Wolfe, Krista Underwood, of Elmore; Karen Barnett, Brian Barnett, Lindsay Bowe, of Helena; Jonathan Lester, Keri Drain, Vivian Wilbur, of Millbury; Ashley Madison, Scott Spangler, Shelby Douglas, of Oak Harbor; Angela Brooks, of Walbridge and Mallory Siebenaler, of Woodville.

Student art exhibition
Ten Owens Community College students were recently honored for their creative excellence in art at the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery’s annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The exhibition was open to all students enrolled within Fine and Performing Arts courses. More than 30 students enrolled had artwork accepted for the show. The show featured more than 100 pieces of artwork in the categories of fine art, photography and commercial art. A jury of area artists and professionals selected the winning entries based on creative excellence.

In the category of commercial art, Micha Childress, of Northwood,  and Chantel Schwarck, of Perrysburg, were both awarded first place for the vector designs titled “Training and Grooming,” and “The Dead Boys Support Group” respectively.

Barbara Stengle of Toledo took second place for her page layout “Folded Portfolio” and Ben Snyder of Perrysburg received third place honors for his page layout “Scott Hansen Trading Cards.”

Nursing grads pinned
More than 80 Owens Community College nursing students recently received honorary pins for academic achievements in registered nursing studies. The pinning ceremony is part of a traditional nursing practice, which honors students prior to beginning their careers within the health care community.

Among the honorees were Leslie Sauerwein and Amanda Snyder of Oregon; Mallory Brown of Woodville and Karen Penrod of Walbridge.

Owens’ registered nursing program requires 73 credit hours of coursework, which includes courses in nutrition, nursing concepts, pharmacology, psychology, nursing skills, adult health issues, anatomy and physiology, obstetrics, pediatrics and geriatrics, as well as other program course requirements. Following graduation, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination to become a registered nurse.

Penta students lauded
Students from Penta Career Center and several of its satellite programs recently earned top awards at the Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Convention in Columbus.

Student winners received a medal and certificate for their accomplishments. Fourteen students in Penta’s Early Childhood Education program earned either a gold or silver award during the competition and qualified for the 2013 FCCLA National Leadership Conference July 7-11 in Nashville.

In addition, six students who are enrolled in Penta’s Family and Consumer Science programs (either in middle schools or high schools) in the Anthony Wayne and Benton-Carroll-Salem school districts earned top awards at the Ohio FCCLA Convention.

Among the Gold Award winners from the Early Childhood Education program were Abbey Brunworth (Oak Harbor), and Elisa Reyes (Eastwood), for the Focus on Children Team contest; Miah Abdo (Lake), Bailey Birch (Northwood), and Chelsea Elam (Lake), all for the Illustrated Talk Team contest.

Six students in Penta’s Family and Consumer Science programs in the Benton-Carroll-Salem and Anthony Wayne school districts earned gold awards at the state FCCLA contest. Among the awardees were Kadence Crum and Anna Dedes, both seventh-graders at Oak Harbor Middle School for the Chapter Service Display Team contest; Crum and Dedes qualified for the 2013 FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address vital personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Notre Dame Academy senior Danielle Saevig, of Oregon, received the Mercy St. Vincent Auxiliary Patricia A. Baibak Teen Volunteer Scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship is given on the basis of service to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, a commitment to service in the community, career goals, academic excellence, extracurricular activities, Medical Center evaluations and a personal interview.

Saevig volunteered three summers at Mercy St. Vincent. Last summer, she did a medical mission in El Salvador for a week. She is a Distinguished Clown Corps volunteer, working public events forming balloon animals and making children laugh.

She will attend the University of Toledo and has been accepted into their highly competitive Baccalaureate/MD (BAC/MD) Program. Typically, only five students are accepted into this prestigious program each year and are guaranteed enrollment into the College of Medicine if they meet admission requirements. She also earned a Rocket Scholar Award valued at $26,000 over four years.

Cortnee Cowell, of Millbury, received a Freshman Scholars Award from Cleveland State University. The highly competitive scholarships are awarded to students who have a high-school GPA of 3.0 or higher and an ACT composite score of 23 or higher (1070 or higher SAT, with critical reading and math combined). The scholarships are worth $3,000 toward annual tuition. Recipients receive an additional Residence Hall Scholarship, worth $2,000 toward annual room and board. Scholarships are renewable up to four consecutive years.

The Auxiliary to the Ability Center has teamed up with The Ability Center to give out $22,000 in scholarships to students with disabilities pursuing higher education. Sara Lenga, of Northwood, received a $4,000 scholarship. She attends Lourdes University where she majors in History and Theology.

Lindsay Schiavone, of Oregon, received a scholarship for studies in agriculture and natural resources at The Ohio State University. The award, presented by the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, was presented based on Schivone’s application, academic record, test scores and leadership achievements.

The 32° Masons in Toledo have announced the award of 32° Scottish Rite Scholarships to:

• Amanda Bergman, of Genoa, who attends Lourdes University.

• Chad Jones, of Northwood, who attends Bowling Green State University.

• Ann Klewer, of Oregon, who attends Kent State University.

32° Scottish Rite Scholarships are given to children of 32° Masonic families, and to young people who have been active in Masonic-related organizations, such as DeMolay, Rainbow and Job’s Daughters.

Owens Community College Foundation has awarded more than $156,000 in scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year to students for their outstanding achievements.

Awardees included:
• George D. Allesee Memorial Scholarship: Stephen Zarich, of Pemberville, $1,000.

• Auto Dealers United for Kids Scholarship: Albin Bauer, of Northwood; Grant Henry, of Elmore and Joshua Wolfe, also of Elmore, $1,000.

• The Shirley S. Dick Scholarship: Emily Fintel of Forest and Sue Keil of Northwood; $1,000.

• Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship: Joshua Pettit, of Walbridge, $1,171.

• Donald Leonhardt Welding Scholarship: Jason Fuentes, of Walbridge, $800.

• Owens Community College Foundation Scholarship: Alaina Adamson, of Northwood, and Tammy Williams, of Genoa, $500.

• Post-Secondary Option Book Scholarship: Alexandria Fisher, of Millbury; Michael Fitzpatrick, of Walbridge: Jordyn Jude, of Oregon: Sara Kidwell, of Northwood; Alison Laing, of Millbury; Kelly Schaefer, of Oregon and Kelly Zurvalec, of Oak Harbor.

• The Art and Connie Smith Honors Scholarship: Carrie Lee, of Oak Harbor, $480.

• Toledo Automobile Dealers Association Scholarship: Joseph Phillips, of Oak Harbor, $1,000.

• Toledo Community Foundation – Lynne Long, of Walbridge, and Brittney Rupert, of Oregon, $500.

• Toledo Mobile Radio Association Scholarship: Nicholas Easterwood, of Curtice, $500.

• Matthew D. Winckowski Memorial Scholarship: Matthew Owens, of Oregon, $415.

During Woodmore’s 2013 FFA banquet, the booster group presented Alumni Scholarships of $500 to Matthew Haar and Katelyn Avers.

Three memorial scholarships, funded by families honoring their loved ones, were also awarded at the banquet. Jacob Rothert was chosen to receive the Paul Rothert Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. Matthew Haar received the Dan Jeurgens Memorial Scholarship for $500. Katelyn Avers received the Richard Heins Memorial scholarship, also worth $500.

Haar will attend The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute, majoring in agribusiness. Avers will attend Ohio Northern University and major in pharmacy. Rothert will attend Michigan State University and major in agribusiness management.

Terra State student honored
JaQuita Doakes, of Elmore, was named Terra State Community College’s Student Employee of the Year at the second annual Student Recognition Banquet held in April.

Doakes, was also the Service Award winner. “JaQuita is a well-versed person who participates whole heartedly in community service here at Terra State,” said nominator Sister Patricia Carter, Coordinator of Transfer and Articulation Services. “She volunteered for student services week and community service projects with the college completion coaches. She also is a member of the student conduct board.”

FFA student video
The Oak Harbor FFA Chapter was presented an opportunity by the Ohio Country Journal and Ohio Ag. Net to enter a contest to create a music video/parody to promote agriculture and the FFA organization.

The Communications and Leadership class decided to take on this task. After a lot of brainstorming, they ended up picking the song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore. The students brainstormed lyrics for this song about agriculture and the FFA. Over a few weeks, members spent numerous hours filming video footage for the song. Once the filming was complete, students uploaded the video and began editing and putting the video to the music. The finished video was uploaded to youtube.

The video finished 3rd in the Ohio Country Journal Contest. See it at

Twelve area residents recently completed earned certificates that qualified them to become Level 1 water operators. A new class will be starting in January.



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