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On Dec. 5-6, Four County Career Center hosted the annual Career Exploration Days for more than 1,600 sophomores from the 22 member schools in Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties. Each sophomore visited two career and technical programs and heard presentations about the programs fro…

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Liberty Center Middle School Writers Club recently announced that eight of its members authored short stories selected by the International Young Writers Association for publication. The compilation will be called "Survival Sagas" and will be submitted to the United States Library of Congress.

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Napoleon Middle School eighth graders participated in “Exploring Careers Hands On for 8th Graders” (ECHO for 8th Graders) held at Four County Career Center. Career explorers from the career center guided the students through several careers that were of interest to the eighth graders as they…

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Four County Career Center recently announced Ben Sheaffer from Napoleon High School as a Student of the Month. The son of Travis and Susann Sheaffer, he is a senior in the IT Academy - computer networking and cybersecurity program. Sheaffer was nominated by his instructor, Tim Ricketts. He i…

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Jen Burkhart at Napoleon Elementary School reported having donations of Beanie Babies from friends and using them as gifts for her first-grade students. The students were able to pick out their own animal, fill out an adoption certificate, and then were encouraged to read to them while at ho…

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Napoleon High School Principal Ryan Wilde recently toured the career and technical labs and saw in-lab demonstrations by the students from Napoleon who attend the career center. Shown in the Automotive Technologies lab are (from left) Austin Ochoa, fire and rescue; Wilde; and Brandon Mullhol…

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Four County Career Center recently held a member school principal tour arranged by Career & Technical Director Rick Bachman. Holgate High School Principal Brian Hughes toured the career and technical labs and saw in-lab demonstrations by the students from Holgate who attend the career ce…

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ARCHBOLD — Northwest State Community College and Midwest Community Federal Credit Union recently partnered together at the NSCC Archbold campus to bring area high school students information about personal finances and life skills.

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Jan. 8, 2020, will mark the two-year anniversary of the Liberty Center K-12 school building. This $41 million state-of-the-art structure is beautiful, inside and out. Students, staff, parents and community members are very fortunate to have such an attractive facility in their community in w…

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School safety is a topic that is always at the forefront of our minds whenever we have students/staff in the building. It’s important to inform parents of the processes that take place at the school whenever there is any threat reported that could impact the well-being of our students or sta…

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Area professionals recently shared their time and talents with the students of Liberty Center Middle School, introducing students to a wide variety of opportunities as part of the 2019 Career Day Program. Featured careers included law enforcement, engineering, skilled trades, general health …

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COLUMBUS — Simon Born of McClure was recently named one of Ohio Connections Academy’s (OCA) Star Students of the Month for November in recognition of his achievements and leadership in the virtual classroom.

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Four County Career Center has selected the 2019-20 student council members. Student council sponsors the spring dance and various other projects throughout the school year. Students include (front row, from left) Trinity Saxton, Liberty Center; Kaitlyn Mallett, Hicksville; Danasia Rowe, Defi…

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This is the second year Four County Career Center is participating in Drug Free Clubs of America, which was created to help students make wise choices. Students in this more than 145 student membership club join voluntarily and become members by paying a membership fee and passing a 12-panel…

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Delegate Assembly has elected Scott E. Huddle as the association’s 2020 president-elect.

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COLUMBUS — Michael V. Drake, MD, who has served as president of The Ohio State University since June 2014, has announced that he will retire from the role next year.

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The faculty of Liberty Center Middle School recently announced the October students of the month who were selected for outstanding productivity and for being on task consistently. Pictured (front row, from left) are Blake Garber, Abbigail Elders, Kinze Jaqua, Xander Myers, (back row, from le…

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Patrick Henry Middle School October Students of the Month were selected by staff for their actions and attitudes of determination. They include (front row, from left) Caydyn Keith, Alisia Alvarado, Alaina Deuel, Olivia Johnson, Calvin Schroeder, Carys Crossland, Lani Rosebrook, (back row, fr…

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DEFIANCE — Four new members were elected to the Ohio Humanities board of directors. Joining them is Dr. Jeremy Taylor, associate professor of history and the arts and humanities chair at Defiance College. His term began Nov. 1.

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Last article I wrote about the process our district went through to revise our mission and vision statement. I explained our vision and the meaning of the different parts of it. Ending the article, I explained that I would tell the story of how the group reworked our mission statement.

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Napoleon High School October Students of the Month are (from left) Rotary Club Sophomore Taylor Dietrich; Bert G. Taylor Post #300 American Legion Junior Madison Bostelman; Freedom Township Men’s Club Freshman Cheyenne Talsma; and Lions Club Senior Skyler Stevens.

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ARCHBOLD — The Four County Career Center Cosmetology Salon will be closed to the public for the Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 27-29 and sophomore Career Exploration Days Dec. 5-6.

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On behalf of Four County Career Center, a big thank you again this year to the Northwest Signal for offering the opportunity to share some of the many wonderful things happening at Four County.

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The Patrick Henry Robotics team recently received an award for the “Most Robust Machine” and took second place at the BEST robotics “Off the Grid” competition at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center. The PH Robotics class designed and built a robot to clear debris and repair electri…

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Members of Liberty Center’s National Honor Society and Junior National Honor Society recently visited The University of Toledo’s College of Engineering. The students learned about career opportunities in engineering and related STEM fields, toured the facility, and listened to a presentation…

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Four County Career Center’s student ambassadors are seniors chosen each year based on their teacher’s recommendations and leadership abilities. They represent the school in a variety of capacities including hosting future students and parents, as well as area elected officials and members of…

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Four County Career Center students recently donated blood during the HOSA future health professionals sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive. HOSA members planned and coordinated the drive and assisted with donor registration, testing and blood donations. Ninety-four units of blood were collected. …

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Education together with the Ohio Department of Higher Education recently announced the release of $3 million in grant funding to help high school teachers obtain qualifications to teach college courses in high school as part of the College Credit Plus Progra…

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DEFIANCE — The Defiance College exercise science program has been recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as an undergraduate student preparation program for both the NSCA-certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and the NSCA-certified Strength and Conditioning Specia…

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Each year school districts in the State of Ohio are required to submit a five-year forecast to the Ohio Department of Education. This requirement takes place once in the fall and once in the spring. The forecast provides information to the state, as well as the local community, on the financ…

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Napoleon High School September Students of the Month are (from left) freshman Mary Hersh, sophomore Lorelei Kuratko and senior Jacob Rettig. Not pictured was junior Brady Bockelman.

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Four County Career Center recently announced Lane Crossland from Napoleon High School as an October Student of the Month. The son of Jade and Sarah Crossland, he is a junior in the electrical program at the career center. Crossland was nominated by his instructor, Scott Williams, and is a me…

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Four County Career Center recently announced Amber Kuratko from Napoleon High School as an October Student of the Month. The daughter of Ryan Martinez and Ellen Kuratko, she is a senior in the veterinarian assistant program at the career center. Kuratko was nominated by her instructor, Steph…

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Callie Rohrs of Ridgeville Corners is one of nearly 300 Youngstown State University freshmen awarded honors, provost and housing scholarships to start the fall semester.

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Children from the Four County Career Center preschool/childcare went trick-or-treating through the school for Halloween today gathering candy and goodies from the staff at the career center. Shown above, the trick-or-treaters include (front row, from left) Reylyn Rentschler, Liberty Center; …

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COLUMBUS — Ohio’s schools can now apply for their share of $10 million in school safety grants awarded by Attorney General Dave Yost’s office for the 2019-20 school year.

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Matthew Kinsman of Archbold, who is studying agricultural business, received the Fred Foreman Scholarship for Growth in Leadership Participation for the 2019-20 academic year from the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and affiliated academic units.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — LaFleur, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based digital marketing agency, announced a $500 national scholarship for eligible high school seniors intending to study writing at the university level or current writing students already enrolled in a four-year institution or comm…

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COLUMBUS — Patrick Henry Local Schools Superintendent Josh Biederstedt and Director of Technology Dustin Ruffell from Patrick Henry Local Schools will speak at the 64th annual Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference and Trade Show Nov. 10-12 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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Patrick Henry Local Schools recently hosted Dr. Jayaraman Sivaguru from Bowling Green State University for the second annual lecture sponsored by the Watson Endowment.

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ARCHBOLD — Discover NSCC Day Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. provides a way for everyone to explore how Northwest State Community College can help connect students to education, training and ultimately access to career opportunities.

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Four County Career Center’s Veterinarian Assistant program recently added a syndaver surgical canine to their program for training purposes for the students. The syndaver surgical canine is made of water, salt and plant-based fibers and will be a tool in teaching the students animal anatomy …