Walbridge Elementary open house set for May 8
An open house will be held at Walbridge Elementary, which will be closing at the end of the school year, on May 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school gym.
The evening will include a Presentation of Colors by Walbridge VFW Post; a welcome; a brief history of the building; reflections from Edward Kolanko, a former student and member of Walbridge Village Council; and reflections from a former staff member.
The building will be open for the community to walk through. Light refreshments and viewing of historical photographs will be held in the cafeteria.
STEM Summer Camp signup
Students in grades 7 through 9 who are interested in exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are encouraged to sign up for Penta Career Center’s 2012 Summer STEM camp. Students must reside within one of the 16 school districts served by Penta.
The camp will be held June 11 to 15 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the campus, 9301 Buck Road, Perrysburg. The cost is $25.
Students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities in the areas of Construction Technology, Green Energy Management, Computer Hardware/Networking, Agricultural Biotechnology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). All activities are designed to increase students’ understanding of how science, technology, engineering and math skills are used in a variety of career fields.
To register for the camp, students can obtain an application from their school counselor; call Penta at 419-666-1120; or download an application from the Penta website (www.pentacareercenter.org). The deadline for registering is May 4.
For more information, call Kristie Reighard, STEM Camp Coordinator at 419-666-1120.
Farewell to Carroll
A farewell to Carroll Elementary School, which will close at the end of the school year, will be held May 20 from to 2 to 4 p.m. “A Building of Memories” is the theme for the tribute to the school.
For more information, call Linda Dick at the school at 419-898-6215.
Fighting Eagles Band performs at Disney
The Clay High School “Fighting Eagles” Marching Band members became stars of their own Disney Show March 27 when they traveled from Oregon to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida to take part in a Disney Performing Arts Program.
Dance groups, choirs, ensembles and marching bands from around the world apply to perform each year as part of Disney Performing Arts. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests.
Lake Schools receives grant
The State Library of Ohio approved $22,968 in Library Services and Technology (LSTA) funds for Lake Local Schools. The grant will run from April 1 through Aug. 31, 2012.
The funds will be used to increase student access to technology, improve digital literacy and improve student performance. The library media specialist will work closely with teachers to develop cross-curricular projects. Pre- and post-testing will be used to assess increased technology and information literacy skills.STNA classes offered The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College offers State Tested Nurse Aide classes.
Nurse aides provide a variety of care-related tasks such as dressing, feeding and observing patients. STNAs usually work in long-term care facilities, home health agencies, assisted living facilities and hospitals. After completing the course, students will be prepared to take the State written and competency exam.
The next eight-day session begins June 11. Space is limited. The fee is $539 and includes books and preparation materials.
To register or for more information, call 800-826-2431 or email
Terra’s commencement May 4
The 43rd annual commencement at Terra State Community College – set for May 4 at 7 p.m. – will highlight the college’s relationship with its students who are armed forces veterans.
Lt. Colonel Thomas Hoffert, of Fremont, will be the keynote speaker. Hoffert retired from the U.S. Army with more than 20 years of service as a battery officer, administrative officer, artillery staff officer and professor of military science.
This year, for the first time, Terra graduates who are also armed forces veterans will be wearing red, white and blue honor cords.
“Two years ago, we began providing a salute to our veterans by ceremoniously presenting the flag of each branch of the military at the start of the event,” said Joyce Spencer, Student Success Mentor for Veterans. “This year, we wanted to add a special recognition of our graduates who have served their country and are now ready to take their Terra degree into the workforce or on to further education.”
Twenty-four veterans are eligible to graduate with the class of 2012. No admission tickets are necessary.
Waite 50th reunion
The Waite High School class of 1962 will hold a 50-year reunion Sept. 14 and 15 at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg.
For more information, call Rosemary at 419-215-4733 or Bob at 419-878-3540.
Small Business Basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour seminars, “Small Business Basics,” designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
This seminar will help entrepreneurs avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. Attendees will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
The May schedule includes:
May 2 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation conference room, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor;
May 23 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at 800-826-2431 or email
Charter school enrolling
Central Academy of Ohio is a public, tuition-free K-8 charter school designed to support students and their families who are learning English as a second language.
The school, located at 2727 Kenwood Blvd., Toledo, is currently accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.
Classroom teachers, along with an English as a Second Language specialist work individually with students and their families to increase English fluency in reading, writing and speaking. The academy also offers ESL classes for adults. The curriculum also includes daily physical education, art and character education.
For more information, call 734-474-9359.
Peace Officer Academy grads
Thirty-one students graduated from Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy at Owens Community College April 18.
Following successful completion of the academy, the graduates become eligible for certification as an Ohio peace officer. In addition, their coursework applies toward an associate degree at Owens in law enforcement.
The following students completed the required number of law enforcement contact hours set forth by the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission:
Patriann Booth, Melissa Edwards, Jeffrey Goetz Jr., Dominic Pepitone, Crystal Spain, Jacob Strayer, William Cook, David Dunn, James Higgins, Charles Sims and Anthony Szymczak (sponsored by Woodville Police Department), all of Toledo;
Kevin Howard Jr., Josh Reindel, Jared Hornyak, John Vanhersett, of Oregon; Paul Emerick, of Northwood; Christopher Buck, of Woodville and Daniel Griffith, of Genoa.
Diversified Insurance Service in Elmore awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Bowling Green High School senior, David Nabinger.
The scholarship was awarded to Nabinger for his winning video submission in the Diversified Insurance MyVideo contest. The contest invited area high school seniors to create a short video showing how insurance affected their daily lives.
“David’s video blew us all away, it was so creative and funny. We are very pleased to award him a $1,000 scholarship,” said Jeanie Giesler of Diversified Insurance Service.
To see Nabinger’s winning video visit www.divinsurance.com.
University of Cincinnati: Anna Bergman, of Curtice; Kristin McGinnis, of Genoa; Jaime Mancha, of Gibsonburg; Brenda Barton, Allison Bast, Jenna Phillips, Bryan Winters, Nathan Wukie, of Oak Harbor; Kelsey Appelhans, of Pemberville; Christine Carlo, Blake Dedo, of Oregon; Marissa Reighard, of Northwood.
Wright State University: Ryan Scott, Curtice; Lydia Watson, of Oak Harbor; Lynn Schroeder, of Woodville; Breanne Hitchen, of Walbridge.
Ohio State University: Gunter Eickert, Helena;
Holly Slater, a 2011 graduate of Northwood High School, recently performed during a studio voice recital at the University of Findlay where she is a freshman pre-veterinary medicine/biology major.
Slater performed “Per La Gloria d’Adorarvi” by Giovanni Bononcini.
Student of the Month
Kurtis Baumgartner, of Woodville, was named February Student of the Month at Penta Career Center.
Baumgartner is a Woodmore student attending Penta in the Fire Science/EMT program, where he is captain and senior class president. He is a member of the Woodmore football and business teams, as well as the Country Crew 4-H Club.
He will attend Hocking College in the fall where he will major in the Fire Sciences/Paramedic and Nursing programs.
Clay High School student Abdibasid M. Ali, of Oregon, was among the approximately 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
The scholarship program is a privately financed academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youth and to provide scholarships to a substantial number of the most outstanding participants in each annual competition.
Phi Theta Kappa Class
Sixty-six Terra State Community College students were inducted into membership by the Alpha Mu Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national two-year college honor society.
Assistant Professor Jolene Meyers delivered the keynote address titled, “Leading by Embracing Your Inner Coffee Bean.”
She told the story of a mother who used carrots, eggs, coffee and three pots of boiling water to demonstrate how differently a person can react to adversity. After being placed in the boiling water, the carrots became soft and weak while the egg was hardened. But the ground coffee beans were unique because they changed the water.
“I can tell you right now that I’m looking at a group of beautiful coffee beans right here,” Meyers told the new inductees, who included Kathlinda Sleek, of Gibsonburg; Austin Shafer, of Helena; Tyler Biggert, Melinda Mesbahi and Adam Reedy, of Oak Harbor; Sangdaow Isranucheep, of Oregon; Karli Hollister, of Woodville.
Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among associate degree students who are invited to membership on the basis of scholarly achievement, leadership, citizenship, character and faculty recommendation.
To be eligible for membership, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 and have at least 12 hours of course work completed.
Penta Achievement awards
Penta Career Center held its annual Academic Achievement Award Ceremony April 18 in the Susor Auditorium at the school’s Perrysburg Township campus.
The award was presented to seniors who achieved excellence in their academic studies by maintaining a 3.25 grade point average for the first three quarters of the school year.
Eastwood: Kimberly Coon (Medical Technologies), Nicholas McCullough (Public Safety/Criminal Justice), Kirsten Protsik (Dental Assistant), and Brittny Stein (Interactive Media).
Genoa: Nickolas Caraway (Interactive Media), Vanessa Cheatham (Medical Technologies), Tiffany Frye (Career-Based Intervention), Isaac Nichols (Transition to Work), Jennalee Niefer (Culinary Arts), Dominick Thumel (Interactive Media), and Christopher Zaborowski (Welding).
Lake: Marshal Authenreith (Computer Hardware/Networking), Curtise Cashen (Applied Manufacturing Technologies), Inteus Chio (Computer Hardware/Networking), David Garcia (Transition to Work), Adam Kocian (Landscape & Turfgrass Management), Katherine LaPlante (Medical Technologies), Lauren Momany (Early Childhood Education), Joshua Pack (Construction Masonry), Sean Pierce (Project SEARCH), Caitlin Stickler (Public Safety/Criminal Justice), Elizabeth Strohscher (Small Animal Care), and Aaron Worden (Computer Hardware/Networking).
Northwood: Kayla Auger (Transition to Work), Kaylie Cousino (Career-Based Intervention), Robert Davidson (Welding), Jessica Litten (Dental Assistant), Diamond Lorenc (Geographic Information Systems), Alexandrea Roach (Small Animal Care), Tabitha Shiffler (Public Safety/Criminal Justice), and Dillon Sparks (Public Safety/Criminal Justice).
Oak Harbor: Shelby Aikman (Career-Based Intervention), Alexis Deleon (Automotive Technology), Heather Devore (Career-Based Intervention), and Matthew Witt (Automotive Technology).
Woodmore: Kurtis Baumgartner (Public Safety/EMT-Fire Science), Jenna Corron (Early Childhood Education), Rebecca Green (Exercise Science/Sports Health Care), Mariah Hindall (Cosmetology), Laura Luckey (Exercise Science/Sports Health Care), and Ryan Wicker (Construction Remodeling).
Pettit awarded Dressel Scholarship
Owens Community College student Joshua Pettit, of Walbridge, has been chosen by the Alumni Association to receive a $1,171 Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year.
Established in 2007, the endowed scholarship honors the legacy of Det. Keith Dressel of the Toledo Police Department’s Vice/Narcotics Section Special Enforcement Division and his service to the community. Dressel was fatally wounded in the line of duty in February 2007. He left behind his wife, Danielle, and two children, Sydney and Noah.
The scholarship is given annually to an Owens student at the Outstanding Service Awards who aspires to become a police officer and embodies the passion, conviction and perseverance demonstrated by Detective Dressel.
Additional selection criteria for the scholarship is based upon recipients being enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at Owens per semester, holding second-year student status and achieving at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Preference is given to students with aspirations of a law enforcement career.
Pettit is a full-time Owens student, having enrolled as a criminal justice major in the fall of 2011. He graduated from Penta Career Center (Lake High School) in 2011 with a Peace Officer Training Academy certificate.
His campus and community involvement includes membership in the college’s Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club student organization. As an Eagle Scout, Pettit enjoys teaching younger scouts camping skills and volunteers to assist other scouts with their projects. He is also a volunteer with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office Explorers group, assisting at various events and festivals on such activities as parking cars and fingerprinting children. While with the Explorers, Pettit has participated in numerous competitions involving CPR, ticket writing, crash investigation, hostage negotiation and many other scenarios.
Following graduation from Owens, Pettit plans to transfer to Tiffin University and earn his bachelor’s degree before finding employment as a law enforcement officer. Eventually, his goal is to obtain a master’s degree and continue his career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Country Slickers officers installed
The Ottawa County Country Slickers 4-H club held an installation of officers March 11 at Trinity U.C.C in Elliston. Judge Kathy Giesler installed the officers, which included Tori Allen, president; Brandon Schimming, vice president; Kelsey Schimming, secretary; Abby David, news reporter; Tad Jenson, safety officer; Rebekah Perry, health officer; and Hannah Follman and Olivia Jenson, recreation leaders.
TPS students’ fundraisers
The students at Raymer and Oakdale elementary schools recently participated in the McDonald’s Peeler Card Fundraiser.
In addition to raising $3,038 for their school, Oakdale Elementary raised $675 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio (RMHC of NWO). Raymer students raised $4,500 for their school, and $1,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio is a non-profit organization that provides services for families of children with life-threatening illnesses who are receiving treatment at local hospitals.
For more information, call Chad Bringman at 419-471-4663.
Raymer’s top fundraisers, who include Felipe Garcia, Raquel Dukeman, Alyssa Alvarez, Mykal Balister, Taylor Layman, Tristan Layman and Barry Layman, are shown with (from left) Assistant Principal Barbara Ferguson, McDonald’s representative Susan Kosek, Ronald McDonald, Executive Director of RMHC of NWO Chad Bringman, and Principal James Lang.