Ottawa woman wins Price is Right showcase

First Posted: 6/20/2014

OTTAWA — Ruth Drerup, of Ottawa, won the showcase on the Price Is Right recently. Drerup’s winning episode aired June 11, although her trip to Los Angeles occurred in April. The contestants are sworn to secrecy until their particular episode airs.

Drerup has watched the Price Is Right for about 40 years, she imagines.

“I’ve watched a lot of years. Since Bob Barker has been on. About 40 years or more,” she said.

It was her intense love of the show that prodded her children to get her tickets to the game show for Christmas last year. Her children presented her with an envelope designed to resemble the price tag name tag worn by contestants on the Price Is Right. The envelope contained tickets to the show as well as a fluorescent green shirt imprinted with the words “Ottawa, Ohio loves Drew Carey”. Her daughters, Mary Jo Williams and Lynn Maag, accompanied her to Los Angeles, as well as her daughter-in-law Laurie Keifer-Drerup.

Getting tickets to the show does not guarantee one to be a contestant.

“They interview everyone. I started talking and I said quite a bit. I think that’s why they chose me,” she said.

According to the website, producers look for exuberant players. Mainly ones that show enthusiasm.

Drerup credits her years of watching with how well she did on the show.

“I wasn’t too nervous,” she said.

She played two games, but says she did well on spinning the money wheel, which put her into the showcase finale.

Drerup won trips for two to Seattle, Portugal and Australia, a prize package valued up to $41,000.

Spencerville youth

wins pageant

SPENCERVILLE — Chantell Moore, of Spencerville, was crowned Little Miss Ohio United States 2014 on June 8 at The Anderson Theatre in Cincinnati. She is the daughter of Kathy Moore, of Spencerville, and granddaughter of Wayne and Linda Moore, of Wapakoneta.

Moore is a Spencerville pupil who dances and cheers competitively. She is involved in pageant systems including National American Miss, Cinderella, Miss American Girl, Galaxy, Miss American Coed and Miss United States. She will now move on to the Miss United States nationals which are held July 2nd through 5th in Washington D.C.

Sponsors are asked to help offset the cost of Nationals. The family needs $300 for ad fees. To make a donation, visit

Auglaize youths

attend skills day

WAPAKONETA — A youth outdoor skills day was held at the Moulton Gun Club on June 14 for approximately 35 area youth. The free event provided youngsters the opportunity to hone their skills in archery, trap shooting and rifle shooting. Ages of attendees varied, but the main focus was on youth from 8- to 16 years of age. Fishing in the game club pond was held afterwards.

Area law enforcement agencies, including the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, local game warden, Matt Schemmel, Wapakoneta Police Department and members of the Moulton Gun Club supply firearms instructors and archery instructors to help teach the youth the safety aspect and the shooting aspect.

Anyone interested in next year’s event is asked to contact John Smith at the Auglaize County Extension Office at 419-739-6580.

Bryan awarded


LIMA — Maria Bryan, a 2014 graduate of Shawnee High School has won the Medical Mutual of Ohio Scholarship. She is the daughter of Mason and Christina Bryan, of Lima.

Bryan will attend Xavier in the fall majoring in Chemistry.

School of nursing

presents scholarships

LIMA — More than 150 alumni attended the Lima Memorial School of Nursing Alumni annual reunion June 14 at Apollo Career Center.

Scholarships valued at $1,500 each were presented to Meredith Tucker, of Shawnee High School, and Brock Worden, of Wayne Trace High School. These scholarships were presented to students pursuing a degree in nursing.

The scholarship money is raised by Lima Memorial School of Nursing Alumnae from the dues, as well as gift money from Lima Memorial Health Systems.

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