CCS students compete at ACSI Speech Meet


A number of Calvary Christian School students recently were selected to compete at the Association of Christian Schools International Speech Meet.  Participants included Tanner Hurley, Brant Zell, Moriah Tiendrebeogo, Anai Quattlebaum, Kara Klingler, Colton Musser, Owen Sellars, Reid Varner, Evan Patton, Taryn Bradley, Luke Schaub, Jacob Palmer, Kari Gantz, Audrey Slemmons, Lilana Printz, Natalie Wish and Kassi Prine. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)


Swinging the Blues

 Blues at BIS 2

Blues musician Guy Davis of New York City sings a song he wrote about a Southern sharecropper family to Bellefontaine Intermediate School fourth-graders Thursday during an artist residency offered by LoCo Art this week at the school. He has been playing the guitar for 45 years, and he grew up listening to stories about his grandmother’s early years in Georgia and South Carolina that has influenced his music today, he said. He also performed at LoCo Art’s open house Thursday night, an event featured in a photo elsewhere on Page 1 today. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)


Going LoCo

 LoCo arts 1

Sisters Illa Kerns, 9, and Cecilia Kerns, 5, of Kingscreek and Caleb Hudson, 4, of Bellefontaine, dance to the music of blues musician Guy Davis (also shown in a photo elsewhere on Page 1) during the Thursday evening open house for the new LoCo Art Spot for Youth in the basement of the Main Street Marketplace at 130 S. Main St. The new center is a focal point for the local nonprofit youth art organization’s efforts to keep young people engaged in arts, director Chris Westhoff told the parents, children and local art supporters who attended the event. In addition to Mr. Davis, upcoming spring resident artists include Geoff Kauffman, who will offer an environmental art and music workshop at Benjamin Logan Schools and the Kirkmont Center in connection with Earth Day, and the Alaskan Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman in May, Mr. Westhoff said. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)


Laker Zone winners announced


Indian Lake Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jodi Carder opened the a recent Laker Zone assembly by talking about what it means to be “awesome.” Some students shared what they think is awesome about being in the Laker Zone, which honors pupils who help themselves and others learn, and for being safe and for being helpful “I’m awesome because I love to learn my multiplication and division facts everyday,” third-grader Darke Cosby said.  Co-Principal Jeff Reprogle reminded students to continue their good behavior at recess and everywhere in the school for the final nine weeks of classes.  Alicia Brielmaier and Reid Strayer were the winners of the perfect attendance bikes. Laker Zone winners included: kindergarten — Hayes Henry, Alivia Kinney, Bronx Dickson, Maddie Giles, Ava Phillips, Dredyn Cooley and Piper Robinson; first-grade — Jeremiah Peckham, Holden Wallace, Gary Hutton, Colin Bendler, Ila Wischmeyer, Tyler Tidwell and Ealise Simpson-Cruz; second-grade — Grade- Caylie Short, Abby Caudill, Cooper Hall, Daric Barth, Kade Richardson, Zoie Baker, Jocelyn Messer and Gavin Bethel; third-grade — Cameron Finfrock, Alan Anderson, Meya Karbowiak, Adrian Crumley, Hailey Carter, Ava Faler, and Halle Roby; fourth-grade — Logan Murphy, Ava Shroyer, Lacey Schwieterman, Molly Partington, Jordan Hutton, Camdon Tuttle and J.J. Brentlinger; and bus — Kindylle Mallow, Brittini Singer, McKenzie Miller, Callie Burba and Maggie Reese. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)


What kind of hat do you wear?

RTC breakfast

Pete Moore from the Ohio Association of County Boards leads a demonstration during the RTC Employer Appreciation Breakfast this week hosted by the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Mr. Moore asked participants to consider which color hat they wear in life. He gave the example that people who are indifferent wear a white hat, negative folks wear a black hat, and red hats are for the forceful. He challenged everyone in the room to instead put on a green hat by sharing kind words and useful ideas and building positive relationships. The annual breakfast thanks the dozens of workplaces in Logan County that employ local residents with developmental disabilities. Each business was recognized and was presented with a certificate. Tables at the breakfast featured a special binder detailing the life and interests of several clients and their occupations. (PHOTO | LCBDD)