LSH athletes commit to college

The Lima Senior High School Athletic Department held the first of two college signings this school year Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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The following student athletes singed their National Letters of Intent to continue their playing careers and education at the college level.

Elyse Kelley – Ursuline College for track and field

Jaleel King – Grand Valley State University for football

Allen Madlock – ASA College, Brooklyn, for lacrosse

Jordan “Tank” McClendon – Akron University for football

Cole Mericle – Mount St. Joseph University for soccer and lacrosse

Brayden O’Dell – Ohio Dominican University for football

Micah Rex – Mount Vernon Nazarene University for lacrosse


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40-plus qualify for state DECA contest

Lima Senior High School will be represented by more than 40 students at next month’s Ohio DECA Career Development Conference.

Students competed last week at the District competition at the University of Findlay. The following students qualified for state.

Principles of Business Administration: Adrian Bowsher, 2nd place
Principles of Finance: Jenna Wentling, 2nd place
Principles of Marketing: Caden Fry, 5th place
Accounting: Fred Owens, 4th place
Automotive Services Marketing: Darian Slaise, 1st place
Apparel and Accessories Marketing: Dalonte’ Manley, 2nd place
Business Finance: Naeem Russell, 3rd place
Entrepreneurship: Quintin Factor, 3rd place & Ara Rexford, 5th place
Food Marketing: Cassie Phillips, 1st place & Gabby Suarez, 5th place
Hotel & Lodging Management: Ryan Moore, 5th place
Human Resources Management: Quinn Gable, 1st place
Marketing Communications: Caleb Dugan, 2nd place & Tennise Pough, 4th place
Quick Serve Restaurant Marketing: Bryce Binkley, 1st place
Retail Marketing: Arieonna Robertson, 2nd place
Personal Financial Literacy: Jeremiah Dew, 1st place & Deklen Davis, 3rd place
Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making: Jasmine Pinn & Janae Saavedra, 4th place
Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making: Ti’ara Spivey & Ja’Myah Taylor, 3rd place
Financial Team Decision Making: Cole Mericle & Taryn Lesh, 1st place
Hospitality Team Decision Making: Jada Salsburey & Shaianne Zimmerman-Pissos, 5th place
Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan: Xylon Payne-Greeno, Angeleta Cowan, and Valerie Porter, 2nd place
Integrated Marketing Campaign for an Event: Jayden Donald, Sophie Jolliff, & Lauren Zell, 2nd place
Integrated Marketing Campaign for a Product: Abree Flowers, Calia Moseley & Jada Rose, 2nd place
Integrated Marketing Campaign for a Service: Freedom Bell & Tavion McLaurine, 2nd place
Additional students qualifying for the Ohio DECA State competition include Cora Bicknell, Kiara Daniel, Jaleel King, Kylee Mell, Macie Oldham, Brandy Ornelas, Isaiah Richardson, Lillian Roddy, Alexan’dreyahna Williams, and Ta’lor Washington-James.

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LSH singers impress at competition

Lima Senior High School student singers did an impressive job at last weekend’s OMEA District 3 Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event held at Lima Senior.

Below are the results.

Superior ratings: Nevaeh Bunley (Class C), Angeleta Cowan (Class A), Jeremiah Dew (Class B), Alyssa Jackson (Class C), Karyna Karpishyna (Class B), Emily Moore (Class B), Noah Phillips (Class B voice and Class A piano), Molly Sheets (Class C), J’Veahn Soles (Class B), Ashton Szabados (Class A) and Jacob Werling (Class B).

The Spartanaires also received a Superior rating for their Class A ensemble performance. Spartanaires members are Cora Bicknell, Alexander Burden, Angeleta Cowan, Jaylen Donald, Claire Mericle, Noah Phillips, Ashton Szabados and Saharra Young.

Excellent ratings: Sharon Fuller (Class B), Cassandra Phillips (Class C), Hayleigh VanHorn (Class B) and Saharra Young (Class A).

A quartet made up of Alexander Burden, Alyssa Jackson, Ashton Szabados and Saharra Young also received an Excellent rating for its Class A mixed ensemble song.

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Lady Spartan Hoops

The Lady Spartans have been on a roll, including nearly knocking off state ranked OG. Coach Halliday talks here about the leaders on his team and upcoming battles with Findlay and the always tough Notre Dame.

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Spartan Hoops

Coach Q talks here about the Spartans’ tough loss in Findlay and looks ahead to some big games coming, starting with undefeated TRAC foe Whitmer this Friday. Listen until the end to hear what Q has to say about Xavier Simpson and Michigan Basketball’s success.

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Woodruff earns national award

Lima City Schools Food Service Director Carrie Woodruff  is the 2019 recipient of the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Silver Special Achievement Award.

Woodruff will receive her award this weekend at the FAME award ceremony at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas during the School Nutrition Association’s 2019 School Nutrition Industry Conference. The Silver Special Achievement Award is awarded to a director who demonstrates exceptional ability to recognize and solve problems unique to small districts.

“I was extremely surprised when I received the FAME Award phone call notifying me that I am the recipient of this very prestigious award. I was present at the FAME awards ceremony in 2016, and I never dreamed that I would be considered. I am honored and blessed to be recognized in this industry because there are many, many people who work tirelessly to promote Food Service. I absolutely love what I do – the people I work with, my networking friends and the students and community we serve.  I am really grateful for my superintendent, Jill Ackerman’s, support and the opportunities the Lima City School District has given me. ”

Woodruff’s success with the Lima City Schools is credited to her planning and perseverance in achieving her mission. Her planning, monitoring, and evaluating of all aspects of her program, as well as her staff training initiative are recognized by her Board as having a significant impact on the schools and the community.

SMI evaluations for nutrients in her meals have been nearly perfect three times, and the schools enjoy 83 percent lunch participation. Her leadership and management also saw breakfast participation leap from 19 percent to 87 percent as she added programs and introduced Breakfast in the Classroom, which is now in its twelfth year and emulated by surrounding school districts.

Additionally, Woodruff piloted one of the first USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Grant programs nationally, and in 2014, she spoke before Congress at the Community Eligibility Congressional Briefing. Building off the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables program, Woodruff led the school system to create gardens to produce vegetables and fruits for use in school meals.

When Woodruff joined Lima City Schools, the school food service program operated at a loss and was nearly $250,000 in debt. By reorganizing staffing, updating kitchens, implementing the Fresh Foods Fruits and Vegetables program, and using a meals per labor hour to evaluate staffing needs, Woodruff turned the food service program around, and it now operates with a healthy operating balance.

Successful partnerships also define Woodruff’s achievements in her role. She partnered recently with Love your Lunch Room to do cafeteria transformations in all nine of her buildings.  They are now all called Spartan Cafe. This changed the atmosphere with the colors representing the school colors in the kitchen areas, serving area and dining room. The redesign also provides the opportunity for subdued nutritional messages.  Each school was giving the opportunity to create their own tagline. Her favorite is at Lima Senior:  Feeding Spartans: Past, Present and Future.

Over the years she has worked with her Ala Mater Bluffton University, as well as other long distant dietetic internships. She has mentored over 45 Dietetic Interns. In the past four years, she even hired one of those interns yearly to run her USDA Summer Feeding program and paid them.  For the summer feeding program, the school system partners with outside agencies such as YMCA Kinder Kamp, Lima Parks Department, Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Programs (UMADAOP) of Ohio, Bradfield community Center, Headstart and the YMCA to provide lunches and even breakfast at some sites. In addition to other wellness-focused activities, Woodruff works with  Activate Allen County Food  and Lima Sprouts.  These are local programs that promote Heatlhy Happenings in Lima.  She is visible with her “Farm to School Intentions,” and works with local business to promote the district.

For 30 years the FAME Awards have been honoring school nutrition professionals who raise the industry standards by tackling challenges within their school districts and communities. The 2019 FAME Awards ceremony event is scheduled for January 13, 2019 at the JW Marriott Austin, Austin, Texas, site of the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 2019 School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC).



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South named High Progress School

For the second consecutive Year South Science and Technology Magnet School has need named a High Progress School by the Ohio Department of Education.

The designation is based on the school’s 2017-18 Ohio School Report Card. South is among 66 schools throughout the state to get the honor.

To be a High Progress School, a school must:

  • Be a Title I recipient or Title I-eligible school and serve 40 percent or more economically disadvantaged students.
  • Show gains on its combined reading and math proficiency rate in each of the past five years (between 2014 and 2018) that meet or exceed the 90th percentile of all statewide gains (subject results are combined and aggregated for grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10).
  • If a high school, show gains in its graduation rate over the past five years (between 2013 and 2017) that meet or exceed the 90th percentile of all statewide gains in graduation.
  • If applicable, the overall Progress grade must be an A or B for each of the three most recent years (2016, 2017, 2018 report cards).
  • Have a Gap Closing grade of A, B or C for the 2017-2018 school year.

South earned an overall B on the state report card released earlier this fall. It earned an A in Gap Closing, up from a B the previous year. It earned a B in Progress Component, which demonstrates the growth made based on past performance.

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria visited South last October.


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Lady Spartan Hoops

The Lady Spartans have been playing pretty good basketball. Coach Halliday talks here about his team and some big games coming up, including LCC tomorrow and  Dec. 27 and 28, when the Lady Spartans will try to win its sixth consecutive Mauk Tournament.

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Spartan Hoops

Coach Q talks here about his team’s huge two-day win over Toledo St. Francis and this coming weekend’s Kewpee Holiday Classic. Spartans play at 8 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday.

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Pop Quiz with Mr. Zell


Name: John Zell

Position/School:  Athletic Director Lima Senior

How long in position: 5 years

What do you love about your job: Watching motivated student athletes set goals and achieve them

What would students be surprised to know about you:  I am the oldest of seven children

Did you ever get in trouble in school? If so, what for:  Not really …  In high school I knocked books out of a student’s hands and they went all over the hallway.  I had to do 50 push-ups as a punishment.

What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory: Traveling with my family on Christmas Eve to visit all of my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents that lived close to us.

Best Christmas present you ever received: Cincinnati Bengals football helmet and uniform

Worst Christmas present you ever received:  Typewriter

What food do you refuse to eat: Fast food

Favorite sport to play: Baseball

Favorite sport to watch: OSU Football

If you were a baseball player and had a Walk Up Song, what would it be: Notorious Thugs – Biggie and Bone Thugs

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