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LIMA — Nine local schools competed Feb. 3 in this year’s Lima Society of Professional Engineers Mathcounts competition at Apollo Career Center.



The schools, each of which could enter four students, were Allen East Middle School, Bath Middle School, Bellefontaine Middle School, Coldwater Junior High School, Elida Middle School, Fort Jennings Local School, Jackson Center Local School, Russia Local School and Shawnee Middle School. Trophies were awarded for the first four places in each category in both the individual and countdown rounds.



Team winners in this year’s competition were:


  • First place: Coldwater Middle School, coached by Karen Wenning/Maggie Rissmiller
  • Second place: Elida Middle School, coached by Brady Overholt
  • Third place: Bath Middle School and its coach, Kelly Risser
  • Fourth place: Shawnee Middle School and its coach, Kevin Favro.


The top two teams, Coldwater Middle School and Elida Middle School, earned a spot at the state competition in Columbus on March 9.In addition, the top six individuals not on the first- or second-place teams also advance in the competition.



Headed for the state competition are:


  • Coldwater Middle School’s Cole Brady, Alex Muhlenkamp, Mike Homan, Amanda Schmitmeyer; coach Karen Wenning and Maggie Rissmiller.
  • Elida Middle School’s Daulton Buetner, Olivia Morales, Peyton Smith, Lauren Bull; coach Bradey Overholt.


The top four individuals not on the first or second place teams:


  • Ryoma Kawakami, of Bellefontaine Middle School
  • Meghana Chalasani, of Shawnee Middle School
  • Alex Fleming, of Elida Middle School


Mathcounts is a national competition for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students with an emphasis in solving math problems. The Lima area competition is sponsored by Husky Lima Refinery and the Lima Society of Professional Engineers, who underwrite the expenses for the local compettion as well as travel expenses to the state competition.



Winegardner exhibits champion Chianina Female at show



LIMA — Winegardner Show Cattle, of Lima, exhibited the champion sale Chianina Female at the 2013 show in Platte City, Mo. Winegardner Show Cattle is owned and operated by Brad and Melanie Winegardner and family.



Maple Crest announces soup winners



BLUFFTON — Maple Crest Senior Living Village, of Bluffton, held its annual Soup Cook-off. Soups from seven area restaurants were sampled by more than 200 people who then voted for their favorite soup.



The winner was Jeanne’s Kitchen, in Bluffton, with a cream of mushroom soup. Second place was Luke’s Bar & Grill, in Bluffton, with baked potato and bacon. Logan’s Irish Pub, in Findlay, took third place with Logan’s Seafood Chowder.



The dinner included a taste of each soup, salad, breadsticks, dessert and a drink. Those attending received a discount on their meal price if they donated a canned good for the Bluffton Community Assistance Program. Two grocery carts full of food and household items were collected to assist the food pantry. More than $1,100 was raised for the Memory Garden & Pier Project at Maple Crest.



MLK oratorical contest winners announced



LIMA — The fifth-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. youth oratorical contest was held Jan. 26th.



Eight contestants prepared and presented speeches related to the contest theme, “Remain Awake through a Great Revolution.” The contest was co-sponsored by Ohio Northern University and The Ohio State University-Lima.



Taking first place in the primary division was Makiah Mosley, a first-grade pupil at Heir Force Community School. Her twin sister, Akira Mosley, took second place.



Intermediate division winners were Liana Rodriguez, a fourth-grade pupil at Heir Force Community School. Second place finish in the intermediate category was Merri Merkel, a seventh-grade student at Liberty Arts Magnet School.



Senior division winner was Daquan Knuckles, a senior at Lima Senior High School. Second-place had two winners, Olivia Velasquez, a sophomore at Pandora Gilboa, and John Merkel, a junior at Lima Senior High School. The third-place finish went to Terence Minor, a junior at Lima Senior High School.



Lowe’s gives to West Ohio Food Bank



FINDLAY — The West Ohio Food Bank received a 25 cubic foot Frigidaire refrigerator from Lowe’s Distribution Center in Findlay. The refrigerator was taken to the Calvary Chapel Baptist food pantry in Minster.



The West Ohio Food Bank serves 176 programs, agencies, shelters, kitchens in Paulding, Van Wert, Mercer, Shelby, Auglaize, Hardin, Wyandot, Seneca, Hancock, Putnam and Allen counties. In 2012, the food bank’s network distributed more than 7 million pounds of food throughout the region.



For additional information, contact the West Ohio Food Bank at 419-222-7946.



Findlay women place at Toledo art show



FINDLAY — Jessica Summers, of Findlay, placed second in the 94th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. She received $500 for her second-place oil painting “Cooking in Pajamas: Portrait of My Mother.”



Summers won an additional $500 with the Israel Abramofsky Award of the Temple-Congregation Shomer Emunim for her oil painting “Self Portrait as Domestic Goddess.”



Leslie Lazenby Hunsberger received the $250 Toledo Friends of Photography Award for her entry “When I Grow Up.” This work also won a $200 prize for honorable mention.



The art will be on display through April in the Works on Paper Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art. Admission to the exhibition and the museum is free. The museum is at 2445 Monroe Street, just west of the downtown business district.



This show was open to artists living within a 150-mile radius of Toledo, and it attracted 642 submissions.



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