Holiday In Harmony

Click here for a glimpse of this year’s Holiday in Harmony. The concert – featuring Lima Senior choir, band and orchestra students – begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at LSH.

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Pop Quiz with Coach Rumbaugh


Name: Zach Rumbaugh

Position/School: Intervention Specialist/JV Basketball Coach /Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Lima Senior High School

How long in position: Three years

What do you love about your job: I love the fact that no day is the same, and I get to work with the best staff and students in the world.

What would students be surprised to know about you: Students might be surprised that I graduated from Lima Senior High School.

Did you ever get in trouble in school? If so, what for: Never did I ever.

Biggest Pet Peeve: Students who give up.

What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory: Going to my grandma’s house and seeing her Christmas tree behind a mountain of presents, the smell of good food, and Christmas music playing in the background.

Best Christmas present you ever received: Snow Skis.

Worst Christmas present you ever received: A pink Easy-Bake Oven.

What do you like to do on a snow day: What’s a snow day? That is more time for us to practice.

What food do you refuse to eat: Pumpkin Pie

Do you sing in the shower? If so, what do you sing: I like to listen to my Spotify account while in the shower, anything from CCR/Beatles to Drake.

If you weren’t a teacher and coach, what would you be: If I had not become a teacher and coach I would have been a nurse or sold insurance.

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Spartan Spotlight: Ceyshon Huggins

There will be no senioritis for Lima Senior High School senior Ceyshon Huggins. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

“This is the final stretch,” he said. “I want to continue what I have done the last three years into this year.”

And what the son of Erin Dunson and Calin Huggins has done is impressive, starting with maintaining a 3.7 grade-point average while being very active at school.

Ceyshon has the highest academic standing by an African American male in the school, earning him an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Scholarship. He was Lima’s winner of the award, being recognized recently at a banquet in Troy.

Ceyshon is in Lima Senior’s engineering program, a perfect fit for a student who has always excelled in science and math.

He is interested in possibly majoring in mechanical or biomedical engineering next year, but also has an interest in sports medicine. He is looking at The Ohio State University, the University of Toledo or the University of Cincinnati.

Ceyshon plays the viola in Lima Senior’s Orchestra, Satin Strings ensemble and the Lima Area Youth Orchestra. He started with the instrument in the fourth grade.

“Everyone else wanted to play the violin and then the cello,” he recalled. “I just wanted to be different.”

Ceyshon is also a member of the National Honor Society, GSA/Spectrum and Youth And Government program. He was on the Spartan football team and plans to play lacrosse in the spring. He also plays and coaches roller hockey.

“I try to manage my time wisely,” he said of maintaining the grade and being so involved.

Ceyshon was chosen last school year to be a member of the Lima City Schools Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He was the only student representative and says the experience opened his eyes.

“I did not realize so many great people came out of the Lima City Schools,” he said.

While that came as somewhat of a surprise, Ceyshon has never doubted the kind of education he has received through the Lima City Schools.

“All of my teachers – from kindergarten until now – have taught me not just the books, but about life as well,” he said. “They have definitely prepared me for my future.”

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Lady Spartan Hoops

Lady Spartan Basketball kicks off the regular season this weekend. Coach Vince Halliday talks about his team and the season here.

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Spartan Hoops

Click here and find out about this weekend’s Foundation Basketball Game and the Nov. 24  Alumni Game. Coach Quincey Simpson also talks about the upcoming Spartan season.

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Woodruff named Outstanding Food & Nutrition Director of the Year

Lima City Schools Food Service Director Carrie Woodruff has been named the 2017 Outstanding Food & Nutrition Director of the Year by the Ohio Association of School Business Officials.

Learn all about Woodruff and the award in this Your Hometown Stations story. Click here.

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South’s academic progress rewarded

South Science and Technology Magnet School has been named a High Progress School of Honor by the Ohio Department of Education.

Criteria for the award includes having gains in combined reading and math proficiency over the past five years that meets or exceeds the 90th percentile of all statewide gains, meets or exceeds the progress measure for the last three years, and has an Annual Measurable Objectives grade of A, B of C.

South is also one of nine schools across the state to be invited to apply for a national education award based on the school’s continued academic growth.

The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Federal Programs will nominate up to two schools to receive the prestigious National Title I Distinguished School recognition. Only nine schools in the state are being asked to apply.

Schools have been invited to participate based on two categories:

  • Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years
  • Closing Achievement Gaps between student groups

State criteria for nomination includes demonstrating high academic achievement for two or more consecutive years; and meeting or exceeding state standards for making adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two or more consecutive years.

South saw great progress on this year’s state report card released in September. Below are a few of those highlights.

  • Gap Closing up from F to A
  • K-3 Literacy up from D to C
  • Performance Index up from D to C.
  • 107 percent growth in fourth-grade reading, 53 percent in fifth grade, 30 percent in sixth grade, 26 percent in third grade
  • 58 percent growth in 4th-grade math, 82 percent in fifth grade, 52 percent in sixth grade, 62 percent in seventh grade, 116 percent in eighth grade

If South is one of the two schools nominated by the state, officials will be invited to the national Title I Association’s Conference next February in Philadelphia. The National Distinguished Schools are recognized at the conference.

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LSH shines at MakerFest


Results are in and Lima Senior High School again saw great success at the MakerFest competition held recently.

The school took  second place in the STEM Maker Cup contest, falling behind only Van Wert High School.

MakerFest, in its third year, was a three-day career expo celebrating advanced manufacturing, engineering, design and the skilled trades. More than 200 Lima Senior and Alternative School students participated, either by competing or attending the expo.

Here are the school’s top winners:

Matthew Burden: First place in Automotive Repair

Austin Long, Dustin Harruff and Michael Bishop: First place in Explosion Minecraft

Tre’von Bowman, Ahmaad Conley and Latrell Moore: First place in Tinker Toy Showdown

Amy Dubuque: First and fifth place in Photo Manipulation

Elizabeth Walter: Third and fifth place in Graphic Design

Dylan Booth, Jayion White and Ja’mieonte Wilson: Fourth place in Advanced Carpentry

Andre Manley, Sofia Restivo and Micah Rex: Fifth place in Advanced Carpentry

Ashawnty Staples: Fourth place in Excavator Rodeo

Caleb Dugan, Tyron Starks and Deklen Davis: Sixth place in Bike Physics Challenge

Riley Davenport, Anna Hahn and Shawnteona Worthington: Fifth place in Airplane Showdown

Many Lima Senior students scored in the top half of the field of competitors in a number of contests.

Complete lists of winners can be found at the links below:

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Student wins Ohio DECA office seat


Lima Senior DECA student Preshus Lowe will be among seven Ohio DECA State Office holders this year, carrying on the tradition of Lima Senior students winning state office positions.

Lowe was elected Vice President of Leadership Development after campaigning in Columbus Oct. 31. With her DECA classmates campaigning hard for her, Lowe had to deliver a speech and answer impromptu questions to voting delegates. She was then elected by other members of Ohio DECA.

Lowe is president of one of Lima Senior’s DECA chapters. She is involved in the Big Spartans Little Spartans program and is a member of the National Honor Society. She was also captain of the Spartan volleyball team this year.

Lowe will be on stage running several State DECA conferences as well as representing Ohio DECA and Lima Senior at the International Conference next spring.

Lowe was not the only success story this week.

Junior Cora Bicknell’s pin design was chosen as a finalist and is in the running for this year’s official Ohio DECA pin. A Lima Senior art student, she is also secretary of one of the school’s DECA chapters.

Senior Reilie Lyons and Junior Cassie Phillips both finished in the top 10 in the Parliamentary Law competition. Lyons is vice president of a Lima Senior DECA chapter and Phillips is secretary.

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South Quiz Bowl Team wins county tournament

The seventh and eighth-grade Quiz Bowl team at South Science and Technology Magnet School took home the first-place trophy at the Allen County Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament.

The team went 13-0, topping 13 other competing schools from around the county. The season consists of two weeks of practice rounds and two weeks of tournament play.

South’s team is coached by gifted teacher Amanda Markley. The team finished in third place last year.

Team members are pictured (from left standing) Domanique Peterson, Seth Jones, Els Nelson, Tillie Nelson, Tatum Twining and (kneeling from left) teacher Amanda Markley, Keegan Halliday and Evan Large..

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