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April 30th, 2013
The community will be gathering together this week to celebrate a national event locally.
The National Day of Prayer is set to start at noon Thursday at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta.
The Rev. Mark Bauer, of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, said the national event is celebrated annual in Wapakoneta and the goal is to bring the community together in prayer.
BOTKINS — Three Botkins Elementary School students have decided to tackle the problem of bullying through a statewide program.
Sixth-graders Grace McCafferty, Nicholas Fischio, and Sarah Klaus have formed the Bully Busters as part of Ohio’s Youth For Justice, a program of the Ohio Center of Law-Related Education. The team was responsible to identify a problem in their community, investigate the problem and find possible solutions. They also had to develop a plan of action.
Local high school students put their creativity to the test this year, as many dates were asked in a special fashion for prom.
Wapakoneta High School senior Josh Windle wanted to ask his date to prom in a unique way because she has never been to prom before — as her country does not practice the tradition.
Windle asked German exchange student Cathrine Thams during a class they have together at the school.
For an 11-year-old girl with an incurable disease, she continues to live by a simple phrase she learned while attending St. Joseph Catholic School — “The show must go on.”
On Saturday, Emily Rose Fisher, who now lives with her parents in Florida, appeared in Wapakoneta at a fundraiser in her honor to thank those who are helping for being so generous. For her to make an appearance at the Wapakoneta VFW was important to her, her parents said, because “the show must go on.”
The local YMCA joined in a nationwide effort to promote families to live healthier.
On Saturday, the Wapakoneta Family YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day, where they had numerous activities for children to participate in, along with businesses and agencies from the community to meet the children and their families.
“This event helps build well-rounded kids and it exposes them to healthy activities,” Wapakoneta Family YMCA Membership and Program Director Melanie Schnippel said of the event sponsored by St. Rita’s Medical System.
A local scout has dedicated his Eagle Scout project to his grandfather, along with residents and staff members at Auglaize Acres.
Wapakoneta High School junior Gabe Williams, who has been working on his Eagle Scout project since last fall, recently put the finishing touches on the project at the county nursing home. Williams built a bench and created a garden around the flag pole in the front of Auglaize Acres, near the parking lot.
Two weeks after the Wapakoneta FFA Consignment sale, the tally is finally calculated long after the goods have exchanged hands.
While the work continues for weeks after the event, the week of work earlier this month at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds leaves an even longer lasting impression on the FFA members spending time to make the annual event a success.
Wapakoneta agriculture teachers and FFA advisers Ron Brown and Chris Turner along with 200 volunteers organize the $250,000 event each spring. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the sale.
Rules are changing for how cell phones are handled at the high school.
“In the past, as educators, we fought the idea of cell phones, thinking they might go away,” Wapakoneta High School Principal Scott Minnig said. “They are not.
“They are ingrained in our society,” he said told Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members as they shook their heads in agreeance.
Changes approved this week by board members would affect how cell phones are used at the school beginning next school year.
Decorations for what may be one of the biggest nights of the year for a high school student are being switched up this year.
Wapakoneta High School teacher and junior class adviser Aaron Stiger said as a way to cut costs this year he hand-crafted the decorations instead of purchasing them from a prom company.
“We were paying thousands of dollars for cardboard, so Mr. (Principal Scott) Minnig and I looked at it and asked ‘how can we save money and be something we can use year after year,’” Stiger said.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members this week voiced their support of the Apollo Career Center, which serves the district.
Apollo administrators are asking for support in the communities the school serves with a levy on the May 7 ballot.
The money the levy is expected to raise would be combined with $23 million in matching funds from the state to improve, expand and renovate buildings and facilities, acquire career and technical equipment, and upgrade the 36-year-old school site to meet the needs of 21st century learning.