‘Warm the Hearts’ clothing drive exceeds expectations

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Indian Lake High School sophomore Tatum Reprogle and 2015 graduate Sarah Mackesy led a Warm the Hearts Clothing Collection last month through Indian Lake Schools that resulted in a number of donations for local children and adults. 

 
A total of 108 hats, 78 pairs of gloves, 16 scarves, 86 pairs of socks, 177 pairs of pants, 83 coats, 35 sweatshirts and 90 shirts were collected, and the co-organizers spent the weekend laundering the items. The Indian Lake Key Club helped cover the cost of cleaning the clothing.
 
The 2015 ILHS graduate said most of the children’s clothing will benefit the Indian Lake Elementary School Clothes Closet, while adult items will be delivered to the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter of Logan County this week.
 
Ms. Mackesy is studying social work at The Ohio State University in Lima. She recently joined an Atlanta-based group called YouthMPowers, which encourages young people to engage in local service projects. 
 
The college student partnered with Tatum to place collection boxes at all three Indian Lake school buildings after learning in classes how difficult it is to be homeless.
 
“It’s really complex. Obviously, their main goal is to have somewhere to eat and sleep; they don’t have time to focus on finding clothes. It’s nice to have people being able to donate clothes so they can focus on other needs,” she explained.
 
Tatum also was pleased with the response to the two-week clothing drive, “I am very happy. We knew there would be a lot, but it exceeded our expectations.” 
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WL-S team wins Science Olympiad invitational

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West Liberty Salem Middle School Science Olympiad’s Orange Team were named the winners of the recent Sylvania Science Olympiad Invitational after they received 19 medals at the competition. 

 

In addition, the WL-S Middle School Black Team won six medals, and the WLS High School Team won two medals and placed in the top third of 30 teams in their events.

 

Middle school results: Bottle Rockets — first place, Isaac Riblet, Lizzy Davis; third place, Logan Tompkins, Graham Higgins; Bridge Building — first, Olivia Neer, Ashlie Spencer; Elastic Launched Gliders — first, Tyler Motzko, Lauren Fowler; third, Ryan Motzko, Jaden Marchal; Fossils — first, Sam Benedict, Cade Clerico; second, Graham Higgins, Maria Henderson; Meteorology — first, Sam Benedict, Cade Clerico; Mission Possible — first, Zack Wooley, Lee Ackley; Road Scholar — first, Isaac Riblet, Cade Clerico; Scrambler — first, Devin Marchal, Michael Farquharson; Wind Power — first, Michael Farquharson, Paul Kauffman; second, Logan Tompkins, Michael Farquharson; Crave the Wave — second, Cade Clerico, Michael Farquharson; Dynamic Planet — second, Tyler Motzko, Cade Clerico; Green Generation — third, Olivia Neer, Graham Higgins; Invasive Species — third, Lauren Fowler, Tyler Motzko; Experimental Design — third, Devin Marchal, Tyler Motzko; Food Science — third, Lee Ackley, Lauren Fowler; Write It Do It — third, Matthew Schuster, Devin Marchal; Air Trajectory — fourth, Michael Farquharson, Paul Kauffman; Anatomy/Physiology — fourth, Hailey Duncan, Lizzy Davis; Disease Detectives — fifth, Lizzy Davis, Hailey Duncan; Reach for the Stars — fifth, Zach McCall, Paul Kauffman; Bio-Process Lab — sixth, Lauren Fowler, Hailey Duncan. 

 

High school results: Fossils — first, Ian Higgins, Connor Motzko; Wright Stuff — third, Miranda Etgen, Connor Motzko; Air Trajectory — eighth, Olivia Jacquemart, Nathaniel Benedict; Bridge Building — eighth, Savannah Redden, Ian Higgins; Dynamic Planet — ninth, Nathaniel Benedict, Connor Motzko; Geologic Mapping —10th, Nathaniel Benedict.

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Healthy hearts

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Indian Lake Elementary School fifth-grader Kameron Shepherd, foreground, and fourth grader Ava Huffman, to his right, show off their individual skills during the Leapin’ Lakers performance at the Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff Monday at the school. Throughout February, ILES students are learning that simple exercises can save a heart during Heart Health Awareness Month and they will have the chance to participate in jump rope challenges during gym class. Physical education teachers Dan Young and Kristen Altstaetter hosted the kickoff to introduce the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in conjunction with the American Heart Association. Outside of school, students can collect donations from friends and family. Last year’s Jump Rope for Heart garnered $3,500, and this year’s goal is $5,000. The Leapin’ Lakers Jump Rope Club is made up of more than 50 Indian Lake third- through sixth-graders. (PHOTO | INDIAN LAKE SCHOOLS)

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ILHS snowball court named

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Colton Wilson, center first row, is king of the Indian Lake High School Snowball Court, which includes, clockwise from the bottom left, junior Steven Polley, freshman Jacob Zarnosky, sophomore Kendryc Blackwell and senior Kyle Shoffner. The semi-formal annual dance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the ILHS cafeteria. Tickets are $5 at the door. (PHOTO | IL SCHOOL)

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BHS honor band performs at OMEA event

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Fourteen students from Bellefontaine High School participated in the OMEA District 11 Honor Band performance at Troy High School. Participants included Megan Blankemeyer, Katie Allen, Kelly Coakley, Molly Schulz, clarinet; Carrie Robb, Nick Holoman, alto saxophone; Monica Chriscoe, Heather Johnson, Ryoma Kawakami, Derek McCracken, trumpet; Jenna Champion, Marshall Verbsky, horn; Ryan Penny, baritone; and Griffin Mason, trombone. Students were selected for the honor band by submitting an audition. The BHS band is under the direction of Jeremy Karg.

 

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