High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

March 12, 2021

There are only two weeks until Spring Break! Students and teachers will work hard during these first few weeks of 4th quarter to get as much learning in as possible! Third quarter grade cards will be available through PowerSchool on Monday, March 15 at 8:00am. There are a lot of celebrations and a lot of important information in this week's newsletter. Please read through it carefully and see what pertains to your family.

The scheduling process for students for next school year is now complete. Students and families will be able to review course requests in PowerSchool the week before Spring Break.

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, school counselor or the administration if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to contact the main office at 740-965-3766 between the hours of 7:00 and 3:15.

Important Announcements Concerning Prom and Graduation

The following information went out in an all-call this week. In case you missed it, please see below:

Junior/Senior Prom:

This week, we received clarification that the State of Ohio will allow dancing at prom with masks worn. We are working on additional details, but we are planning to have prom on Saturday, April 24, at Villa Milano. Since we will have capacity restrictions, only BWHS students will be permitted to attend. However, please understand that this is a fluid situation and will be contingent on Franklin County regulations.

Graduation Rain Date:

We are planning to hold a graduation ceremony, in our stadium, on Saturday, May 22, at 7:30. Due to COVID restrictions and protocol, an indoor ceremony is not an option for this year. Therefore, we will have a rain date for Sunday, May 23. The time is not determined yet and will be dependent on weather conditions.

April is the Month of the Military Child

Our community is dedicated to supporting local heroes and this includes our local businesses, schools and residents. The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. In an effort to better support students of military members in our community, Big Walnut Local Schools works to identify and inform teachers of the military-connected students in their classrooms and the special considerations and resources they should receive.

This year Big Walnut Apparel has teamed up with Big Walnut Local Schools to show support of our military families. This fundraiser (click this link) helps support that initiative. You can purchase a shirt or yard sign to show your support. There are also sponsorship options for the t-shirt and flat donation options available.

Thank you for your support! Be sure to wear your shirt on April 15th!!!

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BWHS Theatre Will Showcase Three Spring Plays

Our drama club is back in action and will have three separate performances this spring. The first, Rumors, will take place March 18-20. Tickets for all three shows can be purchased at

www.ShowTix4u.com (search "Big Walnut" and all three shows will come up). For more information, please visit the drama club's website and also read this year's patron letter.

Seniors--Do you have your cap and gown?

It's hard to believe, but graduation will be here before we know it. If you haven't ordered your cap and gown, it's not too late...but time is running out. Please click here to see order information from Jostens. Contact them with questions!

Senior Families

If you have not already done so, please read through our winter newsletter for important information about graduation and other senior events. Questions should be directed to Senior Class Advisor, Christina McDonough at christinamcdonough@bwls.net.

Class of 2021 Winter Class Newsletter

World Language Honor Society Inductions

Traditionally, our World Language department holds an induction ceremony each spring to honor the newest members of the Spanish, French and German Honor Societies. This year they were unable to do so, so new members were inducted during class this week. Please see below for pictures and information from each of these celebrations. Students qualify for these honor societies by completing 3 semesters of their respective languages and having exemplary grades in their world language courses and overall in other courses at BW. Congratulations to all of these students!

La Société Honoraire de Français

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the French Honor Society this year:

Gilbert Abshire; Jacqueline Bird; Danielle Clark; Didier Davis; Edouard Edwards; Etienne Fisher; Anne Hamilton; Jacques Hartzler; Claire Heller; Colette Kroninger; Emily Kuhar; Lilas Lang; Audrey LaVrar; Louis Lehman; Philippe Limon; Pierre Logue; Sabine Luchsinger; Gabriel McKelvey; Yasmin Moore; Madeleine Shackson; Gisèle Slone; Yvette Smith; Henri Stambaugh; Marcel Welker

Delta Epsilon Phi (German Honor Society)

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the German Honor Society this year:

Andreas Currens; Philip Drewyor; Peter Ghering; Cornelia Hamilton; Otto McClain; David Montgomery; Thomas Rush; Christian Salloum

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Spanish Honor Society (San Martín Chapter) Inductees

Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the Spanish Honor Society this year:
William Acree; Emily Barnett; Noah Belknap; Charlotte Bender; Celia Car; Sophia Chang; Allison Clark; Michael Conrad; Cooper Bishop; Aubrey Burke; Samuel Clawson; Eli Cole; Annabelle Colvin; Eli Couser; Amanda Craley; Porter Diol; Christina Dole; Isabella Dolfi; Kylee Edwards; Graham Federer; Sydney Fortney; Gladys Garcia; Sarah Gardner; Nicholas Garee; Sophie Gorringe; Charlotte Green; Logan Greiser; Garrett Hartsook; Rosemary Hartzler; Chloe Henriot; Isabella Hernandez; Kaylyn Huber; Jillian Judy; Emma Kelly; Jeevan Konduru; Quinn Kuhlman; Kiera LaVrar; Jordyn Lokey; Abigail Lust; Addison May; Audrey Mayer; Molly McLane; Luke Medley; Landon Metzger; Adrianna Nagy; Bryce Nash; Autumn Newman; Teagan Ng; Nicholas Pentello; Zahara Rahi; Keelia Ryan; Ella Saathoff; Josh Shick; Cayden Smith; Nathaniel Snead; Hannah Smith; Sophia Spangler; Megan Stevens; Aidan Stewart; Matt St. John; Lexi Stooksbury; Zachary Wecker; Hatteras Welker; Adam Wilhelm; Morgan Yaeger; Andrés Borcila

Honors Biology Students with their Reebob Babies

Congrats to Senior Kaelyn Lortz

Congratulations to senior Kaelyn Lortz who placed FIRST in the state Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE held virtually on March 6. Kaelyn won at the district level to become one of ten finalists who participated. In this event, Kaelyn drew a topic at random and had thirty minutes to write and prepare speech that was between four and six minutes in length. At the conclusion, she answered oral questions about the topic from judges. Kaelyn’s state winning speech was on the question, “How has biotechnology improved lives?”

Kaelyn will have the opportunity to represent Ohio in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Leadership Development Event as part of the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo in October where she will compete against state winners from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Looking for a Summer Job???

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium/Zoombezi Bay is beginning to fill positions for summer employment. Employment with the Zoo enables students to work towards gaining the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal for graduation, as just one of the many perks. To learn more about potential job opportunities with the Columbus Zoo, check out this link.

Updates from the School Counseling Office

Seniors--Scholarship Information:

The School Counseling website is updated daily with new scholarship opportunities for our students as we hear about them. Please bookmark this link and check back often!

FAFSA Resources:

  • Informational video sponsored by the Ohio Association of Financial Aid Administrators
  • PDF from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators.

Considering DACC for Next Year?

The Delaware Area Career Center has compiled all of their virtual exploration resources in one comprehensive, easy-to-access elective scheduling guide. Click here to access. Please remember, even though the priority deadline has passed, applications will still be accepted until programs are full.

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

March 15: Third Quarter Grade Cards go Live in Powerschool

March 18: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30pm

March 18-20: BWHS Theatre Presents Rumors

March 23: Accuplacer Testing for CCP (2021-2022) @ 2:30pm

March 25-27: BWHS Theatre Presents Steel Magnolias

March 29-April 2: Spring Break

April 5: NO SCHOOL-Conference Exchange Day

April 12: Academic Boosters (PTO) @ 6:30pm

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