No money, trophies or medals go with the 27th Annual Gold Star Awards, just a gold star for the refrigerator and congratulations and thank you from an observer.
Kathy Varga and Shirley’s Carryout, Curtice: Led effort to collect 250 bears to send to Sandy Hook Elementary School following the massacre of 26 people. Overwhelming national support resulted in a flood of gifts, however, and the bears were donated locally to organizations serving children in crisis.
Dr. Michael Zalar and the Oregon Board of Education: Honored long-time school supporter Wayne McGee with a high school diploma. McGee, 83, should have graduated from Clay in 1947 but didn’t due to family concerns and the Korean War.
|Kathy Varga and Shirley's Carryout, collected 250 bears to send
to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Nicole Breeden, Clay High senior: Organized a benefit to bring attention to and raise money for bipolar disorder.
Bill Romp: Recipient of the Dorrie Steinmetz Memorial Community Service Award from the East Toledo Family Center.
Natali Prisk: Recipient of the Max Reddish Leadership Award from the East Toledo Family Center for demonstrating sportsmanship and character.
Stephen Vasquez: Recipient of the Cousino’s Youth of the Year Award from the East Toledo Family Center.
Roger Dodsworth, assistant director of the East Toledo Family Center: Recipient of the Prism Award as Person of the Year for his work with East Toledo youths.
Luke Cramer: State wrestling champ at 170 pounds, the 22nd state champ from Oak Harbor High School.
Gene Gilsdorf: Honored by the Lake Township Trustees for his 63 years with the Boy Scouts, his contributions to the History of Lake Township book and his role in the creation of the Friends of Lake Township Parks.
Norma Dixon, Pauline Rosenbrock and members of the East Toledo Senior Activities Center: Made 100 dresses for Haitian children.
Jasmin Daley, 12, Oregon: First girl to win a state wrestling title at the Ohio Athletic Committee Grade School State Wrestling Championships.
Larry Swartz: 19 years serving as president of the Luckey Fall Festival.
Bob Younker: 23 years volunteering as statistician, scoreboard operator and time keeper for the Genoa Comets football, baseball and softball teams and the many hours he spent grooming Bergman Field.
Brenda Radabaugh, Clay softball coach: For her 400th career victory.
Warren Sass and John Horvat, Northwood; Kevin Delvecchio, Walbridge; Christoher Pfaff, 13, an eighth-grader at St. Kateri Catholic Academy; and Cristian Griffith, a seventh grader at Genoa Area Middle School: New Eagle Scouts.
Gage Glass, Jayden Auger, Madison Maix, Madison Campbell, Orlo Horsley, Katie Clark, and Emma Hansen, Jerusalem Elementary School students: For turning in money they found.
Laurie Dangler, a Martin native, Columbus physician and cancer survivor: Creator of the Run Over Cancer 5-k run which raises more than $15,000 annually for brain cancer research.
Richard Friess, 80, Oregon: Received his high school diploma from Bowling Green High School in May. Friess had left school in 1951 to join the U.S. Air Force. He would have been a member of the class of 1953.
Frank Reynolds, commercial fisherman and member of the Lake Erie Waterkeepers: For all his work regarding Lake Erie.
Allison Coy: 13 years perfect attendance at Northwood schools.
Robin Chlebowski, Walbridge: Winner of the 13ABC Biggest Loser contest for losing 102 pounds.
Frank Plewa, husband 50 years: The caregiver for his wife Janie for the past seven years after her stroke.
Patrick Johnson, Toledo: Set a new state record for a carp taken by bow fishing. The fish was 45 inches long, with a girth of 32.25 inches and weighed 53.65 pounds. It was taken in Lake Erie.
Dennis Doyle, Waite grad: Promoted to Brigadier General in the U.S. Army.
Dorothy Gackstetter, Graytown: Inducted into the Ohio Senior Olympics Hall of Fame.
Todd Drusback, former Genoa football coach and current Rossford coach: For his efforts fighting Muscular Dystrophy through the Parker’s Purpose, named after Parker Inks, diagnosed with the disease at age 13.
Dale Miekis: 50 years of service to the Northwood Fire Department.
Don Kreager and Gary Moritz: Two motorcyclists who saw Audrey Yackee, 87, prone on her front lawn. After passing by, they returned and helped her to her front door. Mrs. Yackee has fallen and hit her head while pulling weeds.
Emma Gould, 10, Curtice: Sold vegetables to raise $34 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Terry Breymaier, Oak Harbor: Recipient of the Mark and Julie Shieldcastle Award for his volunteer efforts for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory.
Tracy Marr, Toledo: Recognized by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory for her long-time contributions to data entry and assistance in research projects.
Addison Bourdo, 6, Curtice: National Runner-Up in her age group at the National Pedal-Pull Championships held in Mitchell, S. Dakota, the kids’ version of tractor pulling.
Steve Junga, Jason Way, Glenn Mesteller, Joseph Tinta, Sr. and Michael Ando: Inducted into the Birmingham Hall of Fame.
Jim Truman, Woodville: 31 years volunteering on the chain gang at Woodmore football games.
Emma Rofkar, Genoa High student, Curtice: Named Miss Teen Ohio.
Mary Kellerbougher, Oregon, a Multiple Sclerosis victim: For her volunteer work to raise funds to fight MS.
Scott Jaegly, Oregon, David Miller, Woodville and Patrick Young, Elmore: 2013 Outstanding Alumni of Penta Career Center.
Craig Bowie, Oregon: 2013 Distinguished Alumni of the University of Toledo. Bowie is the senior vice president and chief administrative officer for SSOE Group, a global construction management firm headquartered in Toledo.
Erin Weicker Model United Nations advisor at Clay and her students: First place team win at a competition held at Ohio Northern University.
Vallie Robeson, Clay High teacher and DECA advisor and her 17 students: First among seven vocational districts in the Independent Association of DECA competition at the University of Findlay.