The Wauseon Board of Education recognized and commended Seniors Wade Hodges and Brenden Kost on their achievements at their March 27 noon board meeting.
Wade Hodges received his commandment for being the first four-time state placer in the history of Wauseon High School wrestling. Head Coach Mike Ritter said, “Wauseon has a long history of state-placers and great accomplished wrestlers, and Wade has obviously, separated himself very-much-so from the pack.” Ritter said that Hodges is their career wins leader with 176 and 54 of those wins coming this year. He said that in addition to being the first wrestler to place at state four years in a row, he may also be the first one to be league champion four years in a row.
“We are extremely proud of him and very happy that he is going to continue his education and athletic career at the University of Maryland next year,” said Ritter.
Brenden Kost was commended on his first place finish at the Ohio High School Speech League State tournament. Speech Team Advisor, Dolores Muller said that Kost is a four-year member of the speech and debate program. “He came in as a somewhat timorous freshman, who always had a booming voice, which boded well,” said Muller. She continued to say that Kost has been to state three times. Muller said that last year he placed sixth, while this year he “won the whole thing” and placed first in international extemporaneous speaking category. She said that he is the first state champion in the program’s 21-year history.
Kost explained how his category works, “You draw a question out of an envelope about international affairs, like ‘How do you fix the Japanese economy’ or something like that. Then you have a half hour to make a speech answering that question and then you give a seven-minute speech answering it.” Kost said his final round question at the state completion was “How strong are Yemen’s Houthi Shiite rebels?” Kost will be attending Ohio University next year.
In other business, the board:
•Heard a report from Brittani Gerken on the Wauseon Food Service Program. They serve 147,024 reimbursable meals over the school year and around 1301 per school day. They serve breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks.
•Accepted the resignations for retirement purposes of Peggy Sullivan as first grade teacher and LPDC representative effective May 29, Lori Bernath as third-grade teacher effective May 30 and Pat Gype as WHS head cook effective August 1.
•Approved Jenna Henricks as classified substitute for the 2014-15 school year, Tammy Ankney as pool lifeguard retroactive to March 9 and Colton Blanton as a student sound and light worker for the 2014-15 school year retroactive to March 1.
•Approved the following reassignments: Tara Delgado from WPS teacher’s aide to Title IV B secretary, Ashley Oyer from seventh grade math to sixth grade math effective the 2015-16 school year, Michelle Leatherman from WMS guidance counselor to eighth grade reading/language arts teacher effective the 2015-16 school year and Jodi Sauber from WMS cook to WHS head cook effective the 2015-16 school year.
•Approved an overnight trip for the speech team from June 13-20, 2015 to participate in the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Dallas, TX.
•Approved donations from North Star Blue Scope Steel ($100 for SOAR program), Wauseon Athletic Boosters ($1334 for boys tennis uniforms and $2000 for 2014-15 travel expenses) and Wauseon Recreation Association ($2500 toward the youth softball scoreboard).
•Approve modifications and supplemental modifications to the fiscal year 2015 permanent appropriations (Art Guild, Class of 2018 and Girls Softball Camp) and certificate of resources (Class of 2018), as well as authorized a ‘then and now’ certificate for an elevator service call.
The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, April 13 at 5:30 pm at the Board of Education office.
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