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Four years ago, Ottawa County juvenile court Judge Kathleen Giesler and former Carroll Elementary School principal Judy Peters came up with an idea for creating a mentoring program that would help provide young people in the community with a positive, adult influence in their life. 

Since then, the TNT (’Til Next Time) Mentoring Program has become a community staple in Ottawa County, extending from Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools to Port Clinton to Danbury, and this year, to Woodmore and Put-in-Bay with plans to add Genoa next year.

Each week, a mentor meets with a student, typically someone in fifth or sixth grade for at least 30 minutes. Sometimes the student will do homework; sometimes the two will play a board game together or simply have a discussion.

Oak Harbor High School’s 6th Annual Make-A-Wish basketball game was held Jan. 15.

The event was held to help raise money for Ivy Moss, a third-grader at RC Waters Elementary who battled leukemia. Ivy went to Disney World with her family in December for her wish.

Teams comprised of staff members from Oak Harbor Middle School took on a team from Oak Harbor High School and RC Waters.

Stritch Robotics Team earns 3rd-place in regional competition

Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School’s Robotics Team placed third in the Northern Plains BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) 2016 regional championship competition in December in Fargo, North Dakota.

According to the BEST organization, “The mission of BEST Robotics Inc. is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition.”

Each participating school starts with “an identical kit of equipment and parts, a set of game rules, and is given six weeks to design, build, and test a remote-controlled robot that outperforms other robots. Engineers, university faculty members, and other technical professionals from local industry serve as team mentors, advising and guiding students.”

The theme for this year’s competition (across the U.S.) was “Bet the Farm.” The course included “crops” like corn, lettuce, and tomatoes. The students had to design a robot that could “harvest” the corn (remove it from the field and drop it in a bin), harvest tomatoes and lettuce, and plant seeds.


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