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Week of June 10th

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Outstanding Academic Honors- Class of 2019

Valedictorian- Taylor Ford

GPA: 4.3467

College: Wittenberg University

Most influential person: There are so many people who have been a great influence in my life, but one person in particular is my brother, Andrew Ford. I believe that anyone who knows Andrew can understand just how much of an influential person he is, but especially in my life. The time and effort he puts into school encourages me to do well in school also. He always made time to help me with any work I was struggling with and answered any questions I had, and continues to do so even though he goes to college three hours away. When he played basketball, I went to a lot of his games and began to love watching him play. He was once not very well-known, but became Homecoming King and Prom King his Senior year of high school. This has shown me that you don’t need to race to be the most popular kid in school, but you do need to learn to be kind to others. People love him just because of the kind of person he is. He makes me want to be a better person and work hard to achieve my goals. Overall, Andrew is who I aspire to be, and just the success he’s had in life so far has impacted my life.

Favorite Subject: Math was by far my favorite subject to study in school. It always came pretty easy to me, and sometimes I just understand it better than others. Not only do I enjoy math, but I also had a great teacher in Calculus, and being surrounded by amazing classmates made it so much more enjoyable.

Most Influential Teacher: It is so difficult to just talk about one teacher who has been influential in my life. They’re the people you’re with five days a week for like nine months. One teacher in particular though, is Mrs.Butcher. She was my first grade teacher and was one of the kindest teachers I had throughout school. I actually interned with her for a few months because education is a career I am thinking about pursuing, I just haven’t decided yet. So overall, Mrs.Butcher is a teacher who has greatly influenced my life.

School Involvement: Throughout my 12 years of school, I’ve never been involved in sports. But during my Sophomore year of high school, I joined Students Making a Difference, which is a club that is focused on helping around the community and school. During my Senior year, I became the Secretary of SMD. I also joined FCCLA during my Junior year. While being apart of these clubs, my passion for helping others has grown significantly.

Plans after High School: After high school, I plan to go to Wittenberg University for a Bachelor’s degree. I haven’t decided on a major yet, but plan to take classes in Finance and Education during my first year.

Advice to Students: My word of advice to other students is to enjoy high school while you still can and stop trying to rush through life. I know that many people may hate high school and look forward to graduating as soon as possible, but life after high school is just more school, or work in general. Take in every moment of high school because it’ll fly by whether you want it to or not.

Salutatorian- Lauren Smail

GPA: 4.2636

College: Ohio State University- Lima Campus

Most influential person: The most influential people to me were my mom and my dad. They have always supported me and encouraged me in everything I have wanted to do.

Favorite Subject: My favorite subject to study in school was science. It was easy for me and I found it interesting.

Most Influential Teacher: A teacher that has been particularly influential to me is Mrs. Wallace. She has been my Ag teacher for all four years of high school and she has taught me a lot. She has taught me how to be a leader and she has helped me to become the best version of myself.

School Involvement: I have been involved in a lot of extracurricular activities throughout high school. I participated in cheerleading, FFA, SMD, NHS, Student Senate, 4-H, Junior Fairboard and my church youth group.

Plans after High School: After high school, I will be attending The Ohio State University Lima majoring in Zoology.

Advice to Students: My word of advice to other students is to simply don't give up whether it's on your school work or life in general. It may sound cliche, but it does get better. I have been through rough patches myself, but that is just a part of life. You will have lows and highs and sometimes you just have to pick yourself up and keep going. Life is too precious to just give up on what you want to do. You are strong and able to do anything you dream of.

Office Hours This Week

June 10th-14th


Starting June 14th, students needing work permits will need to report to the Board Office.

Summer Session Begins June 3rd

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4th Quarter Honor Roll

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4th Quarter Merit Roll

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Students Participate in Technology Internships

Whether job shadowing, completing community service hours or moving into the 2nd year of the class TACOS (Technology Acquired Certification of Service), students at Graham High School are getting a unique experience. The Graham Local Schools Technology Department is providing hands-on experience to students who show an interest in pursuing a career in the technology field. This year, Marqus (Senior), Brandon (Senior), Evan (Junior), Josh (Sophomore), and Ethan (Freshman) are learning the inner workings of their schools’ tech department. Chromebook repair, software/hardware installation, new equipment testing, troubleshooting, organization, and inventory are just a few of the tasks that are completed on a daily basis. This opportunity is not only teaching them leadership skills but also the importance of collaborating with their colleagues in order to find a solution to a problem. In addition to aiding teachers and students at the high school, the Career Gears program is presenting Senior interns with the chance to help out in other buildings in the district. Opportunities like this are what is helping to make Career Gears a success for Graham Local Schools and meeting the goals of Graham 2020.

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Co-op Committee Looking for Feedback

The Co-op Committee is looking at ways to open up a grocery store back in the vacant IGA building. Please consider completing the included survey.

Urbana University Hosting Multiple Summer Camps

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Teen Ambassador Board

The Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board is open to high school juniors and seniors from public, private, home, charter, and online schools located in Ohio. Ideal candidates are motivated, enthusiastic, self-starters who are interested in law and government.

The mission of the Teen Ambassador Board is to provide Ohio’s future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government. The Board consists of high school students from around the state. Applicants selected will serve a one-year term and convene twice in Columbus during their tenure on the Board. Members will advise our office on issues relating to teens and work with their peers to develop solutions to those issues. Students will be placed into small groups, advised by an Assistant Attorney General. Members will attend presentations on a wide variety of topics. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with Attorney General Dave Yost, attend events around the state throughout the year, visit our Columbus and regional offices, interact with Assistant Attorneys General, and hear from various elected officials.

The Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board gives Ohio’s teens an unparalleled opportunity to engage in government and law. Students will address some of the greatest issues facing our state and develop solutions to improve the lives of Ohioans. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to receive training on important and pertinent matters, meet with elected officials and interact with Assistant Attorneys General.

Previously, the Board met with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, members of the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives, toured the Ohio Supreme Court and met with Supreme Court Justices, and spoke with senior administrative staff, employees, and BCI scientists of the Attorney General’s Office.

Teen Ambassador Board applications are due June 30, 2019. Acceptance letters for the program will be mailed by July 15. Additional information and the application for the program can be found at:

Planet Fitness Offering Free Workout Opportunities

Starting May 15th and running through Sept. 1st, PLANET FITNESS has announced that all teens ages 15-18 can work out TOTALLY FREE. No catches, no commitments.

Planet Fitness welcomes high school teens ages 15 - 18 to work out at any of its more than 1,700 locations throughout the United States and Canada for free all summer long as much as they want! Teenagers ages 15 - 18 can visit any Planet Fitness location in the United States and Canada. Online signups are not available. Teens under 18 must bring a parent/guardian to sign up. Once the parent/guardian waiver is signed for teens under 18, teens can work out alone. Students who are already 18 do not need a parent or guardian to be present during the sign-up process.

PLUS All teens who sign up are entered into Planet Fitness’ Scholarship Sweepstakes! At the end of the summer, Planet Fitness will be awarding one $500 scholarship in each state/province and a $5,000 grand prize* in both the United States and Canada. Additionally, teens will have the chance to win exciting prizes on Planet Fitness’ Facebook and Instagram channels throughout the summer such as PF swag, movie tickets, and wireless headphones.

Please see link for more details:

Class of 2020 Required to have Meningococcal Vaccine

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Volunteer Opportunities

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