Amherst News-Times, 2001-05-30
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See Page 7 for Memorial Day photos Local athletes advance to state — Dage 8 Amherst News-Ti X. m - % rm X *m * - r —i 3. -< « r J> 3> Wednesday, May 30, 2001 Amherst. Ohio 50 cents i Plenty of residents and well wishers turned out for Monday's an- j nual Memorial Day parade and festivities. Local veterans groups j placed markers at the cemeteries in Amherst and the surrounding Giving thanks for freedom community and then joined the Amherst Comets Marching Band and other revelers for a parade through downtown to the lawn of Town Hall. At left, members of the Jets show they are full of pride while riding in the parade, and at right, mayor John Higgins addresses the crowd from the bandstand. More pictures of the Memorial Day parade are on Page 7. More than 300 to graduate on Sunday by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter The lives of 303 students at Marion L. Steele High School will never be the same again after this weekend That's because in just a few days those informative years, coupled with sweet sixteen parties and giggling crushes, will be laughingly re-, tend to as, "the good old days." From now until Sunday, seniors will roam the halls of their alma mater, scavenging for signatures, and pressing their best friends to write something "thoughtful" in their memory books. They will also be preparing for one of the biggest days of their lives. Commencement for the senior class of 2001 is scheduled to take place at 2:30 pjn., Sunday, June 3, at the Palace Theatre. "This was one of the most- talented classes I've ever seen, and I've been doing this for 31 years," MLS principal Fred Holland said Friday. Holland, who will be retiring at the close of the school year, said this year's graduating class excelled in a number of areas that included academics, athletics and music. "It's been fun because they've done so many things. It's been a great year," he said. And guidance counselor Bob Harcula couldn't agree more. This class was great all around in athletics and academics," Harcula said. "This is (one of the best) classes Amherst has ever had." To prove that point, MLS seniors earned more than $1 million in scholarships this year. Also, 10 students received national merit awards, and four students were named national merit finalists. This year's top five graduating students are Gretchen Zsebik, Lara Petredis, Timothy Schneider, Jessica Moennich and Zachary Crowther. All five students are in the running for valedictorian and salutatorian spots. However, those final names won't be revealed until a day or two before graduation ceremonies take place. While senior students left school early on Friday in order to prepare for a night of prom magic, parent volunteers worked frantically around the building, getting decorations up for after-prom festivities. This year's theme placed after-prom goers in a carnival setting, complete with plenty of games, prizes and balloons. In keeping with tradition, this year's senior class presented two gifts to the school. With the help of student council, championship flags were given for the gymnasium and two AED units were also presented. According to Holland, the portable computer driven defribulators will be used in the school's office and in the athletic department. The AED machines, which cost an estimated $3,000 each, were purchased widi die help of delations made by several outside organizations. Michael Dixon, (sitting) gets comfortable in his new position as principal of Marion L. Steele High School. After more than 30 years in education, current MLS principal, Fred Holland will retire next month. Michael Dixon will lead high school as principal by YVONNE OAY News-Times reporter Michael Dixon knows he has big shoes to fill, and he is more than ready to take on that challenge. The Hymouth High School principal will replace current Marion L. Steele High School principal Fred Holland next yesr. Holland, who announced hit retirement earlier this year, will be saying goodbye next month lo a career in education that spanned 30 years. Before accepting the principal's position at MLS, Holland spent time in seven schools, including Kent State University, where he worked as a graduate *\tmi **tt— teacher and fltrittsnt ftwMbt'l coach. Along with his experience as a division VI high school principal, Dixon will be bring with him a diverse background gathered from teaching and coaching experiences. Dixon worked at Meadowbrook and Whitehall- Yearling high schools, as an occupational work adjustment coordinator. he was a mathematics, science and reading teacher at Roae- more Junior High School and he was a speech teacher al Hastings Juinor High School. "We started out with 32 applications and cut that down to 16," achooi superintendent Robert Boynton explained. "We interviewed the 16, and Dixon was the first person interviewed in that round. After dial, we cut the Add down to four, and again (the school board) waa impressed with the way Dixon CONTINUED on paga 6 New ID stickers will help aid lost, injured children by YVONNE GAY News-Times reporter More than six years ago, a 1-year- old boy in Illinois was rushed to the emergency room bearing no forms of identification. If it hadn't been for a nurse who recognized him, die child's parents would have spent hours worrying about the whereabouts of their son. "The mother was concerned about this happening to someone else, so we worked with her and came up with the sticker," Susan Hocker, an occupant protective coordinator at the Illinois Department of Transportation said. The CHAD program, named after the 1-year-old boy, stands for Children Have An iDentity. The program encourages parents and guardians to ^, ■ „ ^ ^_ LV . H. A : D - I Children Have An iDentity \_Omjtt\\i~mm Bath Date ,6 I T , I ■■Amwcti Cm State Kl**| Mother Howe Phone Work Phone Klfl Father Hone Phone WoukPhonc fl Cntur* Physician Phonc ■ Name of Ene-memcy Contact warn am imi RaXATONSH* Phone Iamherst polici [ amherst, oh ^ •V WATCH THAT CHILD! ia* fill out a sticker containing the child's name, date of birth, address. guardian's name, phone and work CONTINUED on page 5 Her life's gone to the dogs, but that's OK with Jeanette by YVONNE OAY News-Times reporter "Stay, Buster stay...Good dog," Jeanette Smith said, her voice full of admiration. Although she had explained that Buster isn't as tully trained as some of the other animals she works with, the dog seemed to be holding his c vn in the chilly wet weather. After going over several more commands in the empty parking lot the two finally headed back home. Buster, like most of the animals Smith has owned over the years, was rescued from an animal shelter. "Some people choose animals that aren't suited for them," the Washington state native explained. Smith, a longtime animal lover has turned her passion for pets into a lifelong career. Long before her show, "Speaking of Pete" CONTINUED on paga 2 .Jeanette Smfth and her dog Busier give a brief positive demonstration lest month. Sntth's show, "Speaking of Pets' seen on Amherst osbls television. can be
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-05-30|
|Date of Original||30-MAY-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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