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District athletic boards award college scholarships

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association and its six District Athletic Boards have awarded $169,000 in college scholarships to 169 recent high school graduates following selections made by each of the OHSAA’s six District Athletic Boards. 

Athletes from the Bluffton and Ada Icon readership areas receiving OHSAA scholarships are:

Arda Dastan, Findlay 

Jared Griggs, Arlington 

Jacob Hershberger, Harrod Allen East 

Hailey Hochstettler, Findlay Liberty-Benton 

Samantha Scoles, Bluffton

Community Letter by Dennis Recker, Ada interim school superintendent

The following Community Letter by Interim Superintendent Dennis Recker was posted on the Ada Schools website on August 1.

Dear Ada School Community,

Thank you for selecting me to serve as interim superintendent for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. To have had your board of education allow me to serve as the lead administrator of a district that "aspire(s) to excel in all areas of the school experience" aligns with my personal/professional belief of what a school can provide its students, staff, and community when it fulfills its obligation to provide the needed resources to provide the best education possible for their youngsters. In turn, Ada's staff will fulfill its obligation of providing the highest levels of instruction, caring, and mentoring of the students entrusted to us as administrators, teachers, coaches, advisors, and classified support personnel.

4-H Livestock Awards, July 2023

Hardin County 4-H held livestock interview judging on July 27. The top ten percent of each project species earn an Outstanding Achievement in Livestock Award.

The following members received an Outstanding Achievement in Livestock Award:

State, County and Outstanding Achievement 4-H awards announced

HARDIN COUNTY--Life Skills project judging was held by Hardin County 4-H on Tuesday, July 11. Over 150 projects were evaluated by the judges. 

Awards announced for Ada Barnyard Farmers, Liberty Belles & Boys and Lynn Valley Farmers are listed below.

The State Award is given to the top member in each project, who goes on to  represent Hardin County at the Ohio State Fair judging. If a project does not have a class at the Ohio State Fair, the top project member is awarded the Best of Project Award.

The County Award is given to the alternate state fair delegate. The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to any other 4-H  member who went above and beyond expectations on their project and interview.

Ohio 4-H offers  over 200 Life Skills projects, formally known as still projects, in areas such as STEM, Creative Arts,  Shop, Natural Resources, Photography and Veterinary Science. 

Ada Barnyard Farmers members with awards:

  • Amelia Clemons
    • State Award - You and Your Dog, Designed by Me
    • Outstanding Achievement - Designed by Me
  • Waylon Clemons
    • State Award - Let's Start Cooking
  • Derek Dennis
    • Outstanding Achievement - Magic of Electricity: Level 1
    • Outstanding Achievement - Measuring Up: Level 1
  • Lillian Raines
    • State Award - My Favorite Thing
  • Mariah Franco Rangel
    • State Award - American Sign Language
  • Elliot Seeley
    •  Outstanding Achievement - Geology: Can You Dig It?

Curlis receives Ohio 4-H award

The 2023 Ohio 4-H Achievement Awards were presented earlier this month at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Eleanor Curlis from Forest received the Food and Nutrition Achievement Award.

Curlis, 18, has received county and state recognition for the many food and nutrition projects she has completed. She has been a 4-H member for nine years in the Hardin Hi-Lighters 4-H Club. She is a senior at Hardin Northern High School and will attend college to study dietetics. Eleanor is the daughter of James and Sheri Curlis.

Michael Harnishfeger retires as longest-serving Ada Police Chief

By Paula Scott

The Village of Ada hosted a retirement celebration for Chief Michael Harnishfeger, who has led the Ada Police Department for 22 years; his full career in law enforcement has spanned 39 years. Friends, family and colleagues attended the event which included a proclamation by Mayor David Reterrer declaring June 22, 2023 Michael Harnishfeger Day in the Village of Ada.