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As a former English teacher, I love alliteration. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers was my favorite ever since my Grandma Ella taught it to me. If I were giving a title to this article it would be, “Perfectionist Problem #1 is People Pleasing.” I’m sure there are a lot of people w…

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Four County Career Center students, headed by the Skills USA Leadership team, united in a school-wide effort and collected more than 22,000 servings of non-perishable food items for the “Food for Friends” food drive. All career & technical programs at the Career Center participated in th…

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Patrick Henry Middle School October Students of the Month were selected for demonstrating the character trait of determination. Pictured (front row, from left) are Kensey Weber, Brooke Scherdt, Landen Marshall, Juaquin Esquivel, Jacob Roof, (back row, from left) Ada Christman, Riley Brent, E…

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Four County Career Center seniors recently took part in a free cholesterol screening offered by the Corporate and Community Health Promotion Team of the Fulton County Health Center (FCHC) in Wauseon. High blood cholesterol is one of the four major risk factors for heart attack. This screen i…

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I wanted to share a brief update on where Napoleon Area Schools stand in regard to COVID and how we will be educating our students. Rumors have been circulating all over northwest Ohio regarding schools closing after Thanksgiving through Christmas break. Often the names of the schools have b…

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DEFIANCE — Defiance College (DC) was recently awarded a $2.196 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program Grant that will focus on reinforcing the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs on campus. This competitive grant from U.S. Department of Education is one of th…

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Mercy College of Ohio’s Master of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program recently received approval from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) to launch its first class in May of 2021.

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Children from the Four County Career Center preschool/childcare recently went trick-or-treating following COVID-19 safety standards for Halloween, gathering candy and goodies. Pictured are (from left) Owen Nofziger, Wauseon; Benjamin Norden, Napoleon; Rollie Bostater, Delta; Josephine Bertea…

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Four County Career Center’s specialized mechatronics and robotics technologies students recently presented emblems representing six military branches — the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Space Force along with the United States to the Defiance County commissioners. These emb…

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DEFIANCE — Defiance College saw significant increases in both the number of donors, as well as total giving for the fiscal year 2019-20. Through the support of graduates, friends and community members, DC received more than $1.6 million from 1,330 total donors.

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DEFIANCE — As of Thursday, Defiance College has officially contained the COVID-19 outbreak that occurred on campus at the end of September. Containment of an outbreak is defined as “24 days without an attached positive case.”

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PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP — The partnerships between Owens Community College, Haas Automation, Inc., HFO Midwest and the Gene Haas Foundation has been taken to the next level as the Gene Haas Foundation recently awarded a $250,000 grant for naming rights to the new Owens Dana Advanced Manufacturin…

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Four County Career Center FFA Chapter members include more than 130 agriculture/diesel mechanics, diesel mechanics, floral design, landscape and freenhouse technologies, powersports, and veterinarian assistant students. These students work on chapter projects, compete in district, state, and…

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Liberty Center Middle School October Students of the Month were selected for exceptional productivity and being consistently on task. Pictured are (front row) Kyelar Kern, (second row, from left) Cole Shank, Kennedy Perry, Leah Orr, (third row, from left) Isaiah Badenhop, Adrian Minnich, Col…

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One thing I’ve heard so many people say in the past few months is that they just wish we could go back to normal! Well, this article is a salute to all that IS normal. Yes, I said IS normal! Not “new normal,” “abnormal,” or “what used to be normal.” In a year where we’ve been inundated with …

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Leadership team members of the more than 500 member Four County Career Center Skills USA Chapter include (front row, from left) McKenna Carter, Bryan; Katie Rose, Archbold; Brooklyn Miller, Tinora; Kaley Webster, Delta; Olivia Philpot, Napoleon; Jaidah Torres, Napoleon; Saige Johnsonbaugh, W…

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DEFIANCE — The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) recently announced Defiance College is one of 60 providers from 29 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for their teacher educator preparation programs.

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DEFIANCE — Career readiness is not just about knowing how to do a certain job. It is also about having the skills necessary to adapt, think creatively and then communicate ideas clearly. These are referred to as soft skills. Higher education institutions often tout their ability to teach stu…

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Back in August, the Napoleon Area Schools put out our district reopening plan which has enabled us to give our families a choice of going online or to be in our buildings five days a week. This plan was enacted after meetings with administration, certified/classified staff, Henry County Heal…

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Four County Career Center recently announced Thania Torres from Napoleon High School as a Student of the Month. The daughter of Jose and Neydi Torres, she is a senior in the visual art and design program. Thania was nominated by her instructor, Erin Custer. She is a member of Skills USA, a s…

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Four County Career Center recently announced Parker Ward from Napoleon High School as a Student of the Month. The son of Joel and Dena Ward, he is a junior in the electrical program. Parker was nominated by his instructor, Scott Williams. He is a member of Skills USA and is on the career cen…

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Four County Career Center recently announced Haley Zachrich from Napoleon High School as a Student of the Month. The daughter of David and Julie Zachrich, she is a senior in the floral design program. Zachrich was nominated by her instructor, Florence Luzny. She is a member of FFA, a student…

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Mallory Reeves of Wauseon recently graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing from Ohio University.

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ARCHBOLD — Northwest State Community College nursing programs have been formally granted continuing accreditation through spring 2028 by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The decision comes from the ACEN Board of Commissioners meeting in September.

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Twenty-four Four County Career Center students were recently inducted into career education’s most prestigious organization, the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). To be considered for membership, students must have a 3.6 GPA or higher during enrollment at Four County Career Center, 95…

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We have all been inundated with ongoing coverage of the pandemic, which can be overwhelming and burdensome at times. But there are also still positive things to report in our communities and schools. One positive financial item from Liberty Center Schools is that we recently finalized the re…

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Four County Career Center’s mechanical systems and piping students utilized their skills and worked with the Stryker Police Department K-9 Unit and built scent training walls for their dog. The students designed and constructed the walls for the police department to use as training tools for…

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PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP — Owens Community College’s Dana Advanced Manufacturing Training Center has been awarded the 2020 Annual Excellence in Workforce Development by the Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA).

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Shown receiving rewards for joining Drug Free Clubs of America is (from left) Heather McGowan, Drug Free Clubs of America Program director; Bailey Click, Napoleon, Fire & Rescue; and Karlee Badenhop, Job Placement/Workforce Development coordinator.

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COLUMBUS — Amy Acton, director of The Columbus Foundation’s new Kind Columbus initiative and former director of the Ohio Department of Health, has earned the 2020 Alumni Medalist Award from The Ohio State University Alumni Association for her leadership in navigating the state’s response to …

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ARCHBOLD — Four County Career Center recently announced it will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all students continuing through Dec. 31 or until federal funding for this USDA program runs out.

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OXFORD — Napoleon resident Marianna Doolittle, a Global Field Program (GFP) student from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, is participating in a new course with conservationists from around the world to launch a conservation campaign for positive ecological and social change.

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The faculty of Liberty Center Middle School selected the September Students of the Month for outstanding achievement in responsibility. They include (front row, from left) Raleigh Aschemeier, Bailey Crow, Alexis Dewes, Jose Requena, (back row, from left) Colton Szczepanski, Mykenna Vasko, Ma…

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ARCHBOLD — Three board of education members at Four County Career Center will receive the Ohio School Boards Association’s Veteran Board Member Award at the association’s 65th annual Capital Conference and Trade Show on Sunday, Nov. 8. The event is being held virtually this year due to the c…

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Four County Career Center recently celebrated Fall Sports Spirit Day, and 135 student athletes, cheerleaders and band members from all 22 associate schools were recognized. Shown are the students from Henry County.

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DEFIANCE — While the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for some colleges to recruit new students, Defiance College has defied the ordinary with a 20% increase in freshmen enrollment. This marks the highest incoming class in five years. Graduate programs are similarly booming with a 55%…