School News – by Steve Poe, Superintendent
On February 9th Hannah Lentz (8th Grade), Nora Ladd (7th Grade), and Macy Ladd (5th Grade) represented Put-in-Bay School at the annual Ottawa County Spelling Bee Competition at the Performing Arts Center at Port Clinton High School. Twenty-nine students in grades 5 – 8 from eleven schools started the competition and four qualified to advance. Nora Ladd garnered one of those four spots by winning a head-to-head tie-breaker to decide fourth place. She, along with Phoebe Jackson (1st Place, Woodmore), Regan Draeger (2nd Place, Woodmore), and Katelyn Farmer (3rd Place, Oak Harbor) will be competing at Owens Community College later this month. Some words that were given included smorgasbord, tarantula, oubliette, nascent, gossamer, philharmonic, quesadilla, idiosyncratic, and infrastructure. Congratulations Nora on a great accomplishment and good luck at the Owen’s College Spelling Bee!
The Science Olympiad has been a long-standing tradition at Put-in-Bay High School and was again a huge success as all our students in grades 6 – 12 competed in science related games and activities on February 12. We would like to thank the following people for being judges at the Science Fair portion of the Science Olympiad: Mike O’Donnell, Val Kowalski, Lisa Brohl, Gene Zajac, Justin Chaffin, Kristin Stanford, Amy Huston, Karen Goaziou, Florian Batt, Sue Duff, Doug Knauer, and Rudy Rence.
The student who earned the most points in Olympiad competitions and came away with the “Newton Cup” was senior, Ian-Pippert Ladd. The winner of the Science Fair was junior, Sophia Schroeder, followed by Alexandra Knauer (8th grade) and Tatey Kowalski (10th grade). Congratulations to all our students for a great job on their science projects and thanks to Mrs. Kowalski for all the time and effort that went into organizing the Science Olympiad.
The Put-in-Bay Panther basketball team finished this year with a record of 5 wins and 9 losses. Coach Schuffenecker’s team had a great start to the season with a Friday night win over Mackinac Island back on December 4. We were very competitive in every game that followed, with most games going down to the wire. The team was lead by team MVP Ian Pippert Ladd, Captain Jessica Krueger, and injured senior Meredith Engel. Tom Chrysler lead the underclassmen and was voted Most Improved Player. A talented group consisting of Ericson Booker, Tyler King, Carter Pugh, Sophia Schreoder, and Jack Booker all return next season and we look forward to a strong 2016-17 campaign as we start the season traveling north to Mackinac Island on December 2, 2016.
We also had a junior high basketball team this year. The 7th and 8th Grade team consisted of Joe Byrnes, Cecilia Glauser, Alexandra Knauer, Hannah Lentz, Morgan Stacy, Blake Booker, Nora Ladd, Elena Schroeder, and Talii Stiedl. They learned much about the game and had fun competing against mainland schools. Blake was named the team MVP.
Coach Susan Harrington will be taking about twenty students to the State Archery Tournament March 4 and 5. They have been practicing their archery skills for many weeks and we wish them the best of luck in Columbus.
On Friday, March 18 the Recreation Committee will host the annual Put-in-Bay Talent Show. Many of our students, along with many local residents, look forward to getting on stage that evening. Come join the fun!
We would like to thank all those who attended the Jeffery Verhoff Scholarship Dinner at the Reel Bar on February 5. It was a huge success with a total of 91 meals sold. We would like to thank Andy Christiensen and his staff for preparing a fantastic dinner and for the $500 donation to the Verhoff Scholarship fund. Another $442 went to the scholarship from tips and generous donations.
Congratulations to junior, Carter Pugh! Carter qualified to represent EHOVE and his Career-Tech Program at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference held at the Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio on March 16th through March 18th. Carter was awarded certificates for placing in the top four in four separate competitions at EHOVE in order to qualify.
Congratulations to Meredith Engel and Jessica Krueger for being this year’s senior class Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. This year’s graduation ceremony will take place at the Perry Victory and International Peace Memorial on Friday, June 3 at 7:00pm. This year’s keynote speaker is Tyrus Burgess, a Put-in-Bay High School class of 1990 graduate. He went on to receive his Bachelors of Philosophy from Miami University in 1994 and his Masters of Arts from Emerson College in 1999. Tyrus currently works as a Digital Media Operations Supervisor at SSCG Media in Brooklyn, New York.