Bath’s Gross honored at Air Force Academy
COLORADO SPRINGS — Robert Gross, a recent Bath High School graduate, recently received the ACE award while going through Big Bad Basic, the basic cadet training, at the United States Air Force Academy Jacks Valley, Colorado Springs.
The ACE award is given to the cadet who is the top performer at Jacks Valley during the six-week basic cadet training. Gross is a member of the Class of 2022.
Allen East’s Paxson wins grade in statewide poster contest
COLUMBUS — Second-grader Lane Paxson, a student at Allen East, was among six students in grades one through six to be recognized Saturday at Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, located next to the Ohio State Fair, as statewide winners in a statewide poster contest.
Addisyn Spencer, a second-grader in Cuyahoga County, was recognized as the overall state winner in the contest. Spencer’s poster on flood safety illustrated two people in a lifeboat with the message: FLOOD SAFETY — If you’re in distress, wear a life vest! SOS!
As one of the six state-level winners, Paxson received prizes and awards, including checks to go toward $50 savings bonds, NOAA Weather Radios, smoke detectors and letters of congratulations from Gov. Kasich
This year, a total of 34 students from 18 Ohio counties were honored as regional winners. The students represented grades 1-6 from 20 schools. As regional winners, every student artist received a certificate from the National Weather Service and backpacks full of prizes from the offices and their partners that make up the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.
Grand opening set for Lincolnview’s community center
VAN WERT — The Lincolnview Local Schools will hold a grand opening of its Community Center at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Lincolnview High School gymnasium, Van Wert.
The new $4.5 million community center will provide a wellness facility. It will allow for meetings, provide opportunities for family nights, have PTC fun nights & carnivals and give youth programs a place to go for educational, athletic and entertainment purposes.
University of Findlay becomes tobacco-free campus
FINDLAY — University of Findlay went from being tobacco free in buildings to being a completely tobacco free campus on Aug. 1.
The policy not only outlaws the use of cigarettes but all products that contain nicotine, including vaping devices. The policy was changed as part of the “Be the First,” campaign from CVS Health, which seeks to reduce tobacco use among college students.
A campus survey found 4 percent of students and 3 percent of faculty used tobacco. Four-hundred student survey responders, out of 700, indicated they were concerned about the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and 54 percent of faculty responders agreed. The majority of both groups responded, saying colleges have a responsibility to help reduce the consumption of tobacco products by college students.
Punishment for not complying with the new policy will be decided on case by case basis depending on different factors. If individuals do not wish to follow the policy they will be asked to leave campus grounds.
BLUFFTON — The following area students were named to the Bluffton University dean’s list with grade point averages of 3.6 or higher:
Ada: Garrett Beachy.
Bluffton: Melissa Graham, Megan Moore and Bailey Prichard.
Celina: Allison Pancake.
Columbus Grove: Emily Tabler and Brianna Wicker.
Elida: Nathan Cellar.
Harrod: Kaycee Rowe.
Kenton: Stacia Grindell.
Lima: Chloe Bechdolt, Sarah Beery, Tori Bowen, Alyssa Bowers, Alyssa Chadwell, Krystal Cuffy, Olivia DePalma, Whytni Gallagher, Ryan Gossard, Ashley Hartman, Jacqueline Rex, Nick Taflinger, Joey Watkins and Wendy Wolford.
Ottawa: Daniel Ketner.
Ottoville: Emma Eickholt.
Pandora: Alex Weaver, Ben Weaver and Elizabeth Weaver.
Spencerville: Melissa Lehmkuhl.
Van Wert: Ericca Lehman.
Wapakoneta: Kera Engle.
The following students were named to the Bluffton University dean’s list with distinction for continued high achievement with grade point averages of 3.75 or higher:
Ada: Lydia Sorensen.
Bluffton: Gabe Denecker, Abbie Parkins, Sydney Staton and Makayla Smith.
Coldwater: Ashley Backs.
Columbus Grove: Brayden Sautter, Micah Stechschulte.
Convoy: Sydney Bowen and Katie McClure.
Fort Jennings: Elizabeth Luersman and Emitt German.
Lima: Casey Clark, Rose Hayes, Sam Koenig and Blake McGue.
New Bremen: Cara Echols.
Ottawa: Madison Heckman.
Pandora: Lydia Lugibihl.
Van Wert: Claire Clay.
Waynesfield: Bailie Barrington.