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Three Ada 4-Hers earn Outstanding Achievements

Andrew Allen • Mariah Franco Rangel • Kylee Kober

Three Ada 4-H members received Outstanding Achievement on summer projects, according to the Hardin extension office.

Students were:
• Andrew Allen, archery, Ada Barnyard Farmers 
• Mariah Franco Rangel, basic archery, Ada Barnyard Farmers
• Kylee Kober, yeast breads on the rise, Liberty Belles and Boys

Over 650 youth are enrolled in the program this year and are wrapping up their 2020 4-H projects. Clubs met virtually, and more recently in-person with social distancing and facial coverings.  

Over the past two weeks, members enrolled in life-skills projects (non-livestock) participated in judging.  

Welcome Fest' introduces new students to ONU

Sunday afternoon on the Tundra; classes start Monday

Ohio Northern University's new students will be introduced to the numerous campus organizations and activities during “Welcome Fest” from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday on the campus. The event will be held on the “tundra,”  west of the chapel in the heart of campus.

Representatives of approximately 120 student groups are expected to participate in a Welcome Fest.

The traditional activity introduces new students to opportunities on campus and helps new students in the transition to college life.

Icon music review: Taylor Swift's Folklore

While unlikely to go down as the artist’s best album, there is more than enough creativity, artistry, and variety to keep the Swifties happy

Folklore-Taylor Swift
Reviewed by Craig Hoffman

Country and pop-crossover megastar Taylor Swift dropped Folklore her eighth studio album in July. The indie-folk style record was written and recorded by Swift while in quarantine. The artist did her best to stay productive in 2020 despite chaos in the world.

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen…” Swift wrote. “And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore [sic]. Surprise.”  

Face coverings, home instruction, athletics

Aug. 4 update from Ada Schools

Here is an update on Ada school reopening from information on the school website.

By Meri Skilliter, superintendent
At his Aug. 4, press conference Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, addressed school reopening plans and athletics.

I want to summarize what his comments and orders mean for the Ada Exempted Village Schools and our reopening plan.

Face coverings
First, the Governor added an additional order regarding face coverings for school children. The Children’s Hospital Association published a recent article recommending that students in grades K-12 should wear face coverings when we return to school.

Part 7 - Take an Ada art walk - The Trooper

Summer series focusing on The Remington Walk on the ONU campus


Summer is a great time to explore the art spread across the Ada community – especially for viewers unable to visit art galleries elsewhere in Ohio.

As a weekly series, The Icon will feature the art located on The Remington Walk on the Ohio Northern University campus. For some viewers, this series is familiar. For others, it may be a first-time experience. 

Either way, it’s an opportunity to take a walk and view some art that is uniquely Ada. The Walk is spread through campus and may be viewed by following the ONU walking path, beginning near Affinity Village, west of The Freed Center.

AMA - Ask Me Anything (about Covid-19)

What criteria would allow society to return to not having social distancing, mask wearing and enhanced disinfecting practices in place?

This  Covid-19 question video series is in cooperation with Ada SAFE 2020. The series is the collective work of experts, community leaders, organizers, parents, and members of the community.

Ross Kauffman, assistant professor and director of public health at ONU, answers: What criteria would allow society to return to not having social distancing, mask wearing and enhanced disinfecting practices in place?