WAPAKONETA — Hope Johns, a sixth-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School, sang the national anthem at the Toledo Mud Hens game May 5. She is the daughter of John J. and Amber Johns, of Cridersville.
Hope initially sang the national anthem at a Wapakoneta basketball game in February.
“My husband recorded it and placed it on YouTube,” said Hope’s mom, Amber.
Shortly after that, the marketing director for the Mudhens got in touch with them and asked if Hope would be interested in singing the national anthem at a ballgame. The family picked the day that worked best for them.
“She was nervous, but did a pretty good job. They said they would like to have her back, and if they had any cancellation, they would call us,” Amber Johns said.
Hope has had no voice lessons. Her uncle has karaoke and Hope and her sisters like to sing with that.
Hope has had some other performances besides singing the national anthem at ballgames. She was in the play "Aladdin" at Encore Theatre, cast as Princess Jasmine. She was in the Wapakoneta High School production of “The Sound of Music,” cast as Gerta. And she sang a Carrie Underwood song at the Summer Moon Festival in Wapakoneta.
“She has such confidence so that helps her. I am really proud of her,” Amber Johns said.
Hope will be singing the national anthem for two upcoming dates, May 23 in a program for St. Marys TLC Learning Center and June 12 at Procter & Gamble in Lima.
Spencerville first-grader is Little Miss Midwest Galaxy
SPENCERVILLE — Chantell Moore, of Spencerville, is the reigning Little Miss Midwest Galaxy titleholder. She is 7-years-old, and is in the first grade at Spencerville Elementary School. Chantell is the daughter of Kathy Moore and granddaughter of Wayne and Linda Moore, of Wapakoneta.
Chantell will be competing in the pageant finals the weekend of July 31 in Orlando, Fla.
Chantell has donated dried and canned goods to her local food pantry, volunteered her time to work with the elderly and donated canned goods and cash to homeless veterans. She has plans for future volunteer opportunities within her community.
Melida Bockrath holds poetry reading
OTTAWA — Melida Bockrath, of Ottawa, will be holding a poetry reading at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Putnam County Public Library.
She has published a book of poetry, “All Paths Lead to Glandorf,” which will be available that day for $10.95. All proceeds from this book will be given to the Putnam County Public Library in Ottawa for the reading program to help children who are struggling. The book will also be sold at Dick’s in Kalida and Tucker’s Pharmacy in Ottawa.
The premise of Bockrath’s book goes back to her childhood. She grew up with 14 children in the family. Her mom said they were rich, but she knew they were poor. As she grew, she found that her mom was correct, they were rich. Not with money, but in life and love.
The book celebrates Glandorf’s 175th anniversary with facts and information on the history of the village. It also gives her reflections on teaching, which she did for nine years. She and her husband have traveled 48 of the 50 states, and highlights and poems about each state are in the book.
Bockrath also provided an opportunity for children to contribute poetry to this book. Some of their poems are included in the book.
This is not Bockrath’s first book. She wrote, “Life,” in 1992. This was a book about her life.
Bockrath has printed 100 copies of her book, “All Paths Lead to Glandorf,” and if it goes well, she will have another 100 printed.
Leipsic Senior High School Business class makes video
LEIPSIC — The students in business strategies, at Leipsic High School, were given the opportunity to spread awareness of being prepared for an emergency. Their efforts were sponsored by a grant from Paulding-Putnam Electric Co-Op and the Putnam County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The students drew inspiration from the tornadoes that occurred in Joplin, Mo., in 2010, and the devastation and havoc brought upon the residents.
The students presented a 30-minute video on instructing the public on steps to take to be prepared for an emergency. Their video can be viewed online at http://j.mp/15wZ4c3.
These seniors will be recognized at the volunteer banquet on Thursday. In addition, the high school received a grant that enabled them to give free first aid kits, be Red Cross Ready checklists, and an LED flashlight.
Village of Minster adds historical timeline to website
MINSTER — The village of Minster announced the addition of a historical timeline to the village’s website, www.minsteroh.com.
The first 13 photos found on the Historical Timeline relate to the Heritage Hunt Art Pieces project. The Heritage Hunt Art Pieces are historically relevant artwork and will be displayed in notable locations along Fourth Street.
In addition to browsing the photos and descriptions found on the Historical Timeline, website visitors are encouraged to contribute as well. The public may submit a historical item for inclusion on the Historical Timeline. Once submissions have been reviewed, they will be added to the website.