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May 25th, 2012
Each year, graduating seniors at Waynesfield-Goshen High School are asked if any particular teacher had a positive influence on their academic career.
Most often, the name mentioned is high school history teacher Joe Foster.
Now, those voices are being heard at the state level.
On Thursday, the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History announced Foster as the 2012 Ohio History Teacher of the Year.
Talk about timing. There is a lot of truth to the saying, “Being in the right place at the right time.”
Flashing back nearly 30 years to 1983, Steve Schuler, 56, was attending the Auglaize County Fair with his wife, Janet Schuler, after having just returned from college at Kent State.
Wapakoneta City Schools Principal Don Numbers also happened to be in attendance that day.
The class president and captain of the football team soon will add another accomplishment to his long list of achievements as he joins the ranks of a U.S. soldier.
Chris Schwartz, the 18-year-old son of Laura and Brent Schwartz, of Wapakoneta, begins his future at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall, after six weeks of basic training in July.
For the past two years, the city of Wapakoneta’s general fund expenditures totaled approximately $4 million, and in the past two years, the city has gained nearly $1 million in Safe Routes to Schools grant money — an impressive number to two city leaders.
Councilors-at-large Dan Graf and Tom Finkelmeier Jr. pointed out those grants represent nearly 25 percent of the city’s annual $2 million general fund budget, which pays primarily for safety-services and roads.
A Wapakoneta High School teacher plans to use products she won through a grant to better her classroom and curriculum.
Math intervention specialist Michelle Knippen received third-place for an essay she wrote for the grant, earning $200 worth of product from the Friends Business Source catalog.
Items she requested, which she said would aid her in her teaching are two magnetic pizzas for working on fractions, two containers of outdoor chalk, 10 packs of index cards, and two packs of sticky notes.
A Wapakoneta High School top student plans to turn her fascination with the sky into a career.
Mallory McDevitt, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, plans to study electrical engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in Terre Haute, Ind., in the fall.
“I would like to work with airplanes, and the building and designing of them,” McDevitt said. “I have a big fascination with the sky. And with being a pole vaulter, I like the idea of flying.”
The graduating class of 2012 at Wapakoneta High School earned nearly $2 million in scholarships from universities throughout the nation.
Award presenter Van Wright, assistant to the vice president for external relations at Bowling Green State University, handed out several scholarships to prospective Falcons, and while he spoke he gave the senior class a few pieces of advice.
With more than 382 years of experience between them, Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members recognized 13 employees upon their retirement.
The retirees, including teachers, a technology specialist, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, a custodian, and a para-educator, received appreciation gifts from the Board during its regular meeting Tuesday.
“You’re leaving a big hole in the district,” school board member Ron Mertz told the retirees.
Wapakoneta High School senior Joseph Jose says he is very appreciative about moving to a small town at a very young age.
“I was very fortunate to be able to know a small town where I could have a relationship with everyone,” Jose said
Jose was born in Boston and lived in New York a short time before his family packed up and moved to Youngstown when his father, Mathew, went there for his residency for medical school. The Joses’ then moved to Wapakoneta just in time for Joseph to begin and finish his schooling in Wapakoneta.
Faced with an annual debt load increasing by 18 percent created mainly from building the new Wapakoneta Water Treatment Plant, city leaders plan to balance the books with a water rate increase.
Wapakoneta utility consumers should see a 5 percent increase in their water bill starting Sept. 1 and then every Jan. 1 thereafter if Wapakoneta City Council members pass an ordinance read for the first time at Monday’s council meeting.