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Ada teacher feature: Meet Jeff Hunt, mathematics instructor

Compiled by Darlene Bowers
Welcome to the Ada Icon’s “Ada Teacher Feature.”

Here we share thoughts and insights from local teachers who lift up and inspire our students. Let us lift up and inspire these educators as well.

Today we meet Jeff Hunt, mathematics instructor. As you get to know Jeff from his responses below, ponder the solution to this thought from James Caballero, American mathematician: “I advise my students to listen carefully the moment they decide to take no more mathematics courses. They might be able to hear the sound of closing doors.” 

Apollo launches Career Tech Education Month

Apollo Career Center launched Career Tech Education Month with its annual all area boards meeting on Feb. 4.

The program highlights included an update by Superintendent Judy Wells on the progress of the seven-phase construction/renovation of Apollo Career Center.

Following that was the induction of five alumni into the Apollo Hall of Fame:
• Chris Smith, Apollo Career Center tech specialist
• David Blackston, LMH imaging engineer
• Leigh McCullough-Steinke, LMH clinical buyer
• Ashley Miller, Owner/President of Quality Welding and Fabrication, Elida
• Brad Webb, Apollo Construction Equipment instructor

Yep, reading is part of Valentine's Day

Flowers, chocolate, and stuffed animals are all part of Valentine's. So is reading. Here, Isabella Mancuso, an 8th grader, displays some Valentine's books available at the library. Check out the holiday reading material the next time you are there. (Monty Siekerman photo)

Hardin County Sharpshooters H-4 sign-up Feb. 10

4-H sign up night for the Hardin County Sharpshooters will be held Wednesday, Feb 10, at Hog Creek Game Club from 6:30-8 p.m.

Ages 9-18 are eligible to join. The group is half full so hurry if you want to join. If you have any questions check out the club's website or contact Kathleen Anspaugh at 419/302-2344 or [email protected]

How do you celebrate a 104th birthday? You sing "Happy Birthday!"

What do you do when someone celebrates her 104th birthday?

You sing “Happy Birthday!”

That’s what the Bingo crowd at Community Health Professionals did on Wednesday for Ada resident Naudean Amidon. She will turn 104 on Feb. 5.

How do you top that? You don’t.

However, as a close second, you have Agnes Crates, also of Ada, give her friend, Naudean, a bouquet of flowers. Between the two women they’ve blown out birthday candles over 200 times. Agnes is 102.

Both women are avid Bingo players.

Ada HS Sociology students reinvent Spirit Week

Ada schools is in the midst of “Spirit Week.” It’s a result of a Sociology class discussion led by teacher Kristin Salyer. 

Adults reading this may have a different concept of “high school spirit” from their own school days than students of today have.

Students in Salyer’s junior and senior Sociology class at Ada High School recently focused on collective behavior. From that a discussion started on how and why social movements form.

Salyer said, “In one particular discussion, I gave students an assignment to talk to their parents about generational differences.