Record number headed to DECA International Contest

Lima Senior DECA students pose for a picture outside of a Columbus restaurant while at the state competition.

A record number 21 Lima Senior High School students are headed to the International competition next month in Orlando, Florida.

Students qualified for the International Career Development Conference at the state competition last weekend. Of the 43 students who qualified and competed at state, 31 of them advanced to the state finals and finished in the top 10.

Below are Lima Senior’s top finishers who will compete at the international level.

1st Place – Community Service Project (Big Spartans Little Spartans) – Quinn Gable, Janae Saavedra and Jasmine Pinn

2nd Place – Creative Marketing Project – (Ohio Conclave) – Dalonte’ Manley, Ta’lor Washington and Kylee Mell

3rd Place – Public Relations (Spread Jada’s Joy) – Kiara Daniel, Ryan Moore and Darian Slaise

3rd Place – Entrepreneurship Promotion Project (Spartan STEEM) – Ja’Myah Taylor, Tiara Spivey and Ara Rexford

3rd Place – Integrated Marketing Campaign (C2K Character Champions) – Jayden Donald, Sophie Jolliff and Lauren Zell

GOLD – SBE – Spartan Cents – Naeem Russell, Taryn Lesh and Cole Mericle

GOLD – THRIVE Level – Men’s Warehouse – Jada Rose, Abree Flowers and Calia Moseley


Below are the additional students who made the stage for finishing in the top 10.

6th Place- Food Marketing – Cassie Phillips

8th Place – Principles of Bus. Admin – Adrian Bowsher

9th Place – Innovation Plan – Xylon Payne-Greeno, Valerie Porter & Angelita Cowan

9th Place – Learn & Earn – Jaleel King, Lexi Williams & Macie Oldham

9th Place – Entrepreneurship Series – Quinton Factor

Finalist – Personal Financial Literacy – Jeremiah Dew


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LSH student wins President’s Volunteer Service Award

Zach Zwiebel stands in Lima Senior with his award certificate.

Lima Senior High School sophomore Zach Zwiebel received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his work with 4-H and for his leadership in ongoing efforts to bring a vocational agriculture program to his school.

Zwiebel sits on a committee that is working to add the program to Lima Senior’s Career Tech offerings. While the program has not come to fruition yet, the district has committed to doing it. School officials say Zwiebel has been a real advocate for the program.

The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities. The award is presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program and sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Lima Senior Principal Fran Mort and Guidance Counselor Kellie Sterling nominated Zwiebel for the award.

“I was pretty surprised,” he said. “I just do what I do and try to stay busy. I did not expect this, but it is cool to be recognized.

Zwiebel has been involved in 4-H for the past eight years. He is a member of Paws and Pals and Clover Patch Crew 4-H Clubs. He was previously a member of Junior Leaders and is now on the Junior Fair Board, helping to oversee 4-H projects throughout the county. He has repeatedly shined at the Allen County Fair and brought home a Showmanship first-place award from the Ohio State Fair last year. He had two special interest projects make it to state last year too.

Zwiebel is also among 40 chosen from around the state for the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, a collaboration with 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Ohio Farm Bureau. He spent two days in Columbus last week working to create policy that will be presented in May for the chance to present at this year’s State Fair.

The policy involves bringing more programs like FFA, 4-H and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America to schools. Zwiebel has been surveying students and staff about such programs and has visited elementary schools to talk to students about 4-H.

“One of my goals here is to educate Lima Senior kids about where their food comes from,” he said.

Very active at Lima Senior, Zwiebel is in Youth and Government, Choir, the Choir Council and is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader. He also plays baseball and golf for the Spartans. He works at Big R and maintains a 4.07 grade-point average.

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Experience More

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Public School Week, Open House coming

Picture of postcard announcing the open house.

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the Lima City Schools and highlight the district’s staff, students programs and success stories.

Celebrate Public Schools: Experience the Spartan Pride is the week beginning March 25. This is the third year the school district has held the week-long celebration that includes a social media campaign and activities throughout the district’s buildings.

The highlight of the week is the District-Wide Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Lima Senior High School.

While the high school hosts the event, all of our schools and programs will be represented. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about every aspect of the school district, including career tech, gifted education, special education, magnets and athletic offerings. You might even get the chance to take a spin on this year’s NASA Rover.

Student projects and artwork will be on display and student performance groups will be on stage in the gymnasium throughout the evening. Be sure to stop by the new Kids Zone area for fun activities, face painting and information about our expanded preschool program.

The open house is also the perfect time to register for next school year!

Enjoy a meal on us prepared by Lima Senior High School’s Spartan Inn/Culinary Students. Thanks to the West Ohio Food Bank for its support of the meal.

The first 60 children to come through the doors will get a free comic book thanks to Alter Ego Comics.

The comic books are only the beginning of the many prizes attendees could go home with. Thanks to our partners in the community, we have more than 50 prizes to give away throughout the night. Be sure to stop by the prize table located near the front entrance of the school for a chance to win Spartan gear, gift cards to local businesses and much more.

While at the prize table, grab a grand prize punch card. Visit all the locations on the punch card, return the punch card to the prize table and maybe win a Chromebook or Echo Dot. Thanks to Ley Insurance and the Lima City Schools Technology Department for donating these grand prizes.

Thank you to the following supporters of the open house: Alter Ego Comics, Black Lace Hair Salon, Bobby Cue Grill, C&T Design, Crosshairs Lima, Dominion Energy, Fresh N Faded, Gordon Food Service, Husky Energy, Ley Insurance, Liberty Arts Magnet PTS, Lima Senior Athletic Department, Lima Senior DECA, Lima Senior Spartan Inn, Lima Sporting Goods, Love Lima Campaign, Smith Boughan, The Met, the Veterans Memorial Civic Center and Western Sizzlin.

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Spartan Hoops – Tournament Time

Check in with Coach Q here before his Spartans head into tournament play Friday. Also, hear from JoJo Fulcher about the season and his game winning, TRAC Championship basket last week.

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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.

Click here for more of the story from Your Hometown Stations.

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

Picture of Coach Vince Halliday.

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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