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15 minutes with Erinn Prater, AHS guidance counselor

When did you graduate from Bluffton High School? Did you also attend Bluffton College? What was your major?

I graduated from BHS in 1990.  I attended OSU Lima my first year,  then OSU Columbus my second year and when I finally decided what to major in (elementary education), I inquired with Bluffton College about transferring there and found out I could graduate in 2 years there vs staying at OSU where it would take me 3 more years.  So, I did graduate from Bluffton College in 1994.

Tell me some favorite stories about growing up in Bluffton. Where did you hang out?

Jon Umphress provides historical overview of Kiwanis Club

Harold Friesner called the 45th meeting (Sept. 11th) of the 2011–2012 Kiwanis Year to order at 12:01 p.m.

The invocation was given by Jon Umphress.

The following guests were introduced: Lt. Governor-Elect Linda Steinbrunner, Ernie Kreuss, Dean Schaller, and Marilyn Darr, members of the Coldwater Kiwanians Club and ONU Chaplain David MacDonald.

The wedding anniversary of Bruce & Sandy Neely (9/14/1968) was noted.

In business:
-Members heard an updated financial report from Treasurer Bryan Marshall.

Vicki's Music Studio announces Harvest and Herb Fest winners

Vicki's Music Studio's grand prize winners, at Saturday's Harvest and Herb Festival  were Amy and Anthony of Kenton, who won free tuition for the fall semester in the Mixed Ages Class (babies - 4 year olds). 

Second and 3rd place winners, both from Ada, were Honesty, who won an instrument packet for her daughter, and Karin, who won the $5 Groman's Music certificate.

Children and adults alike enjoyed playing instruments at the booth, and several families participated in two different 15-minute classes, playing instruments, singing  and dancing. 

"Doctor Who" inspired Maddy Lomax-Vogt to pursue Astronomy and Physics

15 minutes with Maddy Lomax-Vogt

Note: This is the first in a series of "15 minutes with..." profiles. The Icon is open to suggestions on who to interview next. We are interested in viewers who live in Ada or former Ada residents who read The Icon from way off.

Send your suggestions on who to interview next to: [email protected]. We appreciate Maddy's willingness to help us launch this column.

Maddy, what year are you at Ada?
I'm a senior.

English professor’s work to appear in ‘Best New Poets 2012’


“As a Debutante I Adjusted My Hatpin,” a poem by Dr. Jennifer Moore, Ohio Northern University assistant professor of creative writing, has been selected to appear in “Best New Poets 2012,” which will be published this November.

“Best New Poets” is published annually by the University of Virginia Press to highlight the work of emerging poets. It is sponsored by Meridian, the University of Virginia’s literary magazine.

Amanda Fincher on her way to medical school in Turkey

In May 2011 Amanda Fincher received her Ada High School diploma. Her hopes were set a medical career in dentistry.

Sixteen months after high school, as she puts it, “my life turned upside down,” as she learned late last week that she was accepted into medical school in Turkey.

This weekend she is on her way to Turkey, where she will enroll as one of 25 students accepted into the English medicine program at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara.