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BMS receives I-Open Award at OMUN



A total of 39 Bellefontaine Middle School students representing five teams competed at the recent Junior Ohio Model United Nations competition, where they received several awards. 

BMS received a runner-up award for the I-Open Program, which was supported by the community through a Waffle House fundraiser. Individual awards were presented to Blake Phillips, Outstanding Leadership Award; Mackenzie Swartz, Outstanding Delegate Award, for her abilities in debating and overall presentation skills; and Ben Sailors won a Global Agenda Issues Contest.

Student officers this year were Kasey Middaugh, assistant secretary general, and Kaitey Chervenak, human rights vice president. Officers elected for next year included Abbi Adelsberger, council president, and Mackenzie Swartz and Olivia Robbins, council vice presidents. These students will attend a leadership camp in the summer and help run the program next March. 

Each team wrote a resolution for the competition. Team Brazil’s resolution was about the economic impact of coffee, while Team Croatia examined domestic violence. Team Greece’s resolution involved awareness of wild fire devastation. Japan looked at the overpopulation of wild animals and Nicaragua dealt with energy production using the San Juan River.

Team Croatia’s resolution passed a vote by the Human Rights Council.

The students in attendance were by team included Brazil: Natalie Dinovo, Addy Hankins, Caitlin, Hutchins, Erin Jackson, Gracie Middaugh, Riley Myers and Meng Wang; Croatia: Abbi Adelsberger, Gracie Beaverson, Camryn Clark, Whitney Clayton. Kayli Fergus, Olivia Robbins, Madison Roberts and Mackenzie Swartz; Greece: Lauren Easton, Anastasia Hiatt, Levon Howard, Evan Kauffman, Abby Kite, Dawson Roberts, Ben Sailors, Madison Taylor and Jason Willoughby; Japan: Megan Beaverson, Sierra Bensman, Shelby Gilbert, Maddi Jackson, Kinsey Krock, Taryn Mullins, Addison Overholt and Laney Yoder; Nicaragua: Isaac Belcher, Nate Kurtz, Na Lin, Kamryn Mathys, Pryce Neeld, Blake Phillips and Hannah Rader.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015

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Girl Scout gifts


Logan County Girl Scouts, from left, Brownie Katelynn Norris, Junior Mikala Poll and Cadette Alicia Jenkins, present a package of gifts, including baby necessities and a case of diapers, to newborn Madison May Close and her parents Angel Fahr and Leo Close. The annual Girl Scout Week baby gift goes to the first baby girl born at Mary Rutan Hospital on or after the Girl Scout birthday of March 12. Madison was born at 12:35 p.m. March 12 and weighed 7 pounds, 1.4 ounces and measured 2012 inches long. (PHOTO | DANIELLE JENKINS)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015

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Ben Logan team receives top awards at OMUN



Team Fiji from Benjamin Logan Middle School won an Outstanding Resolution Award and an Outstanding Leadership trophy at the recent Junior Ohio Model United Nations competition in Columbus, which was attended by more than 1,050 student delegates from across the state. Team members included Anna Blake, Joseph Gulick, Mason Hammer, Vance McClanahan and Mason Manns. Fiji was 1 of 12 nations to receive the leadership award to recognize the superior quality of their resolution. BLMS also sent two other student delegations for teams Finland and Spain. Their resolutions were selected for further debate in General Assembly or the Human Rights Council. For the delegation of Spain, the students involved were Ashley Gantt, Kenna Hone, Katie Meier, Maddie Robinson, Annika Simovart and Mailiis Simovart. Team Finland members included Ben Coffield, Jamie Gill, Jacob McKenrick, Ammon Miller, Blake Peterson, Ethan Ricketts and Elijah Ruggieri. Advisers are Bobby Gill and Amy McCormick.



Team Fiji


 Team Finland


Team Spain




Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015

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Bellefontaine Intermediate’s Lighthouse team explains rigors of membership

Anyone who has been through the stress of a job interview can appreciate the challenges of the process. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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WL-S Middle School qualifies for State Science Olympiad

The West Liberty-Salem Middle School team received fourth place at the Piqua Regional Tournament Saturday, and has qualified for the State Science Olympiad Tournament for the 10th year in a row. 

The state tournament is slated for Saturday, April 11, at The Ohio State University campus. 

At the regional event, 20 team members won awards in 15 different events, including three gold medals and four silver medals.  

At the high school level, all six team members from West Liberty-Salem won medals at the regional competition. 

Student results are as follows: 

WLS middle Sci-olymp

Middle school — Olivia Jacquemart and Lauren Fowler, Bio-Process Lab, second place; Kayla Hudson and Hailey Duncan, Disease Detective, sixth; Zach McCall and Tyler Motzko, Dynamic Planet, sixth; Cade Clerico and Tyler Motzko, fifth, and Zane Woodruff and Ryan Motzko, sixth, Elastic Launched Glider; Olivia Jacquemart and Lauren Fowler, Entomology, fifth; Cade Clerico and Sam Benedict, fourth, and Jaden Marchal and Graham Higgins, fifth, Fossils; Lauren Fowler and Kayla Hudson, Green Generation, fourth; Cade Clerico and Sam Benedict, Meteorology, second; Emily Palmer, Hailey Duncan, and Lee Ackley, Picture This, sixth; Cade Clerico and Isaac Riblet, Road Scholar, third; Lee Ackley and Hailey Duncan, Robo-Cross, second; Cade Clerico and Michael Farquharson, Simple Machines, first; Paul Kauffman and Zach McCallm, Solar System, fifth; Michael Farquharson and Zach McCall, Wheeled Vehicle, first; Lauren Fowler and Kayla Hudson, Write It/Do It, first. 


High school — Miranda Etgen and Connor Motzko, Mission Possible, first; Connor Motzko and Miranda Etgen, Bungie Drop, third; Tim McCall and Miranda Etgen, Wright Stuff, third; Rachel Hostetler and Nathaniel Benedict, Air Trajectory, fourth; Ian Higgins and Tim McCall, Disease Detective, fifth; Connor Motzko and Ian Higgins, Fossils, fifth; Ian Higgins and Nathaniel Benedict, Bridge Building, sixth. 

The high school coach is John Benedict, and middle school coaches include Cameron Spencer, Jim Naderer, Jim Hoffman, Steve McCall, Mary Benedict, John Benedict, Colin Fowler, Joe Farquharson, Jim Lemon, Hal Ackley and Lori Ackley. 



Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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Take a tractor to school day


Riverside High School FFA member Derek Strayer leaves the school parking lot Thursday on a New Holland tractor. He and fellow FFA students Robbie Strayer, in the Case IH; Wesley Kidder, on the Ford; Nick Smith on the Ferguson and Lucas Roderick, who is not pictured but brought the John Deere tractor, each came to school on tractors as part of their observance of FFA week, which they postponed from a previous date because of cold weather. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015

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Yoder takes oath



Logan County Auditor Michael E. Yoder takes an oath of office Friday flanked by his sisters, Marie Baughman, left, and Marcia Crissman, right. Logan County Family Court Judge Kim Kellogg- Martin administered the oath in the Logan County Annex office complex. This is his fifth full term in office. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)


Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2015

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West Liberty firefighters benefit from farmer’s donation


David Turner of rural Bellefontaine selected the West Liberty Fire Department to receive a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanta Fund.


Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture and have donated more than $16.5 million to some 7,300 community organizations across rural America.


The donation will be used by the West Liberty Fire Department to purchase a set of turnout gear which costs around $2,500.


“We try to replace some every year,” said Conrad Hostetler, fire chief, about the bunker pants, coat, boots and helmet that comprise the set. “It is important for the 23 men that protect six different townships to be safe.”


The Monsants program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to their favorite community nonprofit organization. One winner is selected in each of the 1,324 counties in 40 states. 


To learn more, visit

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015

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