Students earn academic awards

During today’s Honors Banquet at Lima Senior High School, top academic honors where presented to students at each grade level from each department.

Teachers in each department decide on the award winners. Students did not know they won until today’s program.

The following were honored. They are listed in order from freshman to seniors.

English: Ariana Custer, Emma Hipsher, Laziah Williams and Cecilia Suarez.

Math: Jay’lah Frazier, Addison Delph, Paige Bartels and Gabriella Brayton.

Social Studies: Annamarie Hawk, Jadah Evans, Evelyn Williams and Josephine Shauf.

Science: Xavier Duckett, Matilda Nelson, Torious Owens and Ryan Utendorf.

Spanish: Naomi Fike and Samya Wright

French: Elsbeth Nelson and Noah Phillips.

Career Tech: Tyneiha Owens and Grace Beck

Art: Alivia Crow, Trinity Vezina, Jai McGee and Emily Fronzaglia.

Music: Ethan Snow, Joshua Wells, Shivana Breaston and Josephine Williams.

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Spring concerts set for livestream

Several student concerts are planned next month that will be livestreamed for audiences here or by going to The concerts will be available for the 24 hours following each livestream.

April 29: Springtime Serenade, 7 p.m. Available at this time only.

May 4: Lima Senior Band and Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m.

May 5: Senior Concourse, 7 p.m.

May 5: South Science and Technology Magnet Band and Orchestra Concert 7 p.m. (pre-recorded)

May 10: Liberty Arts Magnet 5th/6th Grade Choir, Band and Orchestra Concert (joined by South Science and Technology Magnet Choir), 7 p.m.

May 11: North Middle School Choir, Band and Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.

May 12: Liberty Arts Magnet 7th/8th Grade Choir, Band and Orchestra Concert (joined by South Science and Technology Magnet Choir), 7 p.m.

May 13: West Middle School Choir, Band and Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.

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DECA projects finish fourth at International Contest

Two Lima Senior High School DECA program finished in fourth place at the International Competition. Nearly 250 projects compete in each category.

The projects are:

Community Awareness Project – Nakiya Sigman, Je’Niya Allen and Alivea Buchanan

Sales Project – Meghan Nuckles, Ella Brayton & Alex Engberg

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District honored for providing meals during pandemic

The Lima City Schools received recognition for the 2020-21 Breakfast & Beyond from the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.

Districts and schools are recognized for their innovative and collaborative approach to maximize participation in meal programs, ensuring all students have access to school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Lima City Schools went to great efforts to continue to provide meals to students during the pandemic. Soon after schools were closed last March, the district began offering meals for families to pick up in a drive-thru format at the schools. Multiple meals were given to students. The meals continued during the summer. Once school opened in August, those families choosing online learning were still able to pick up meals.

School districts that submitted a Breakfast & Beyond story, received a “Super Star” electronic medallion to place on their school website, menus, and other community focused communications. The medallion signifies their distinguished work in serving Breakfast & Beyond.

A selection of these “Super Star” Breakfast & Beyond stories will be highlighted and shared on an ongoing basis (February through May 2021) with all Ohio School Breakfast Challenge partners, our Ohio education associations and their membership, and other education, health and child focused organizations.

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge’s mission is to increase access and participation in the School Breakfast & School Meal Programs, ensuring Ohio students start each day ready to learn. The Ohio Department of Education, American Dairy Association Mideast, Children’s Hunger Alliance and Ohio School Nutrition Association are proud sponsors of the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.

For more information about the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge, visit


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Concerts, talent show available online

Three Lima Senior concerts and a talent show are coming up in the Lima City Schools. All will be available to watch online at 

Or click here.

The Lima Senior Choir program will present “Celebration of Music in Our Schools Month – Music: The Sound of My Heart” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16. This concert will be live and only available at that time.

The Lima Senior Band and Orchestra prerecorded concert will be available to view for 24 hours beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18.

The West Middle School Orchestra prerecorded concert will be available to view for 24 hours beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23.

The Act Too Drama Club will present Spartans Got Talent virtually beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Students from around the district are participating in the talent show.

The show will be available for 24 hours beginning Saturday, March 27 here:

The concerts and talent show are being done this way because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Public School Week going virtual

Lima City Schools’ annual Celebrate Public Schools: Experience the Spartan Pride Week is going virtual this year to continue to keep students and the community safe during the pandemic.

The week will be March 22 through 26 and include nightly Facebook Live events, Spartan Trivia and videos highlighting each school and the district’s programs.

With much planning and putting protocols in place, the school district opened at the beginning of the school year and has remained open despite the pandemic. Students and staff were safe and learning continued for both in-school and online students.

“If there was ever a year to celebrate public schools and specifically the Lima City Schools – it is this year,” Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “Schools have faced possibly our biggest challenge this past year … Everyone did extra. Everyone gave more. Everyone sacrificed for our students.”

The district has spent the last several years celebrating public schools on the last full week of March. It is a way to highlight the district, students and staff, and to display our success stories.

“We celebrate who we are, but also try to break down the falsehoods we hear about us,” Ackerman said. “We do this to give the naysayers no excuse for not learning about who we really are.”

The Facebook Live events will begin at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. They will run about 30 to 45 minutes. Below is the lineup.

Monday: Straight Talk With the Superintendent. Ackerman will present an update on the school year and week, take questions and do some Spartan Trivia for prizes.

Tuesday: Piece of Cake: Can LCS Staff Survive the Spartan Inn Kitchen? This is our version of a baking show, where our Culinary instructors will see if a few administrators deserve to be in their kitchen.

Wednesday: Stump the Spartanaires. Send your song requests into our top Lima Senior vocalists. They claim they cannot be stumped.

Thursday: Who Knew THAT Was going to Happen: Unexpected Science. South Science and Technology Magnet teachers will clear out their closets to show off some unexpected science projects you can do at home.

People can ask their questions of the Superintendent, request songs or ask baking/cooking and science questions of our experts in the Facebook Live comment area. Or they can submit them earlier at

Spartan Trivia will continue all week at noon every day on Facebook. Test your knowledge and win prizes. Thanks to the following for helping with prizes: Liberty PTS, The Met, Lima Sporting Goods and Lima Refinery.

The district will use its social media pages to promote the district throughout the week, including with videos featuring each principal talking about their school.

New this year is The Spartan Give: A Commitment to Service. The district’s School Resource Officers are organizing community service projects for students to take part in during Public School Week. More details of the projects will be coming in a few days.

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Nearly 60 qualify for state DECA contest



Nearly 60 Lima Senior DECA students are headed to the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference in March after placing in yesterday’s Ohio DECA District 3 Career Development Conference.

Below are the District results. First through fourth place advance to state.

1st Place Winners

Haley Shafer – Principles of Business Administration

Dylon Rodgers – Principles of Finance

Honesty Brown – Principles of Marketing

Quintel Wilson – Food Marketing

Javier Brito-Diaz – Restaurant and Food Service

Ella Brayton & Alex Engberg – Buying & Merchandising Team

Isaiah Russell & Diante Griffin – Sports & Entertainment Team

Keegan Halliday, Madeline Emerick and Tillie Nelson – Integrated Marketing Campaign, Service

Jada McClendon & Cece Suarez – Innovation Plan – Jada McClendon & Cece Suarez


2nd Place Winners

Carlos Harmon – Principles of Finance

Alexis Burns – Principles of Hospitality

Alex Bennett – Automotive Services

Meghan Nuckles – Business Finance

Zaniya Smith – Hotel & Lodging

Gage Hipsher – Human Resources

Je’Niya Allen – Quick Serve Restaurant

Matrice Gaddy & Nick Sinthalaphone – Business Law Team

Cecil Benton & Jareon Mayo – Financial Services Team

Evie Williams & Els Nelson – Hospitality Team

Reece Waithe & Avion Simpson – Travel & Tourism

Jourdyn Rawlins – Start-Up Plan

Caden Burkland, Ashley McGue & Alyssa Rader – Integrated Marketing Campaign-Product


3rd Place Winners

Zoila Hale – Principles of Business Administration

Alyssa Warthem – Principles of Marketing

Brianna Battle – Apparel & Accessories

Mekhi Chandler – Automotive Services

Vivian Grant – Business Services

Kyle Figgins – Personal Financial Literacy

Isaah Moore – Sports & Entertainment

Mikel Walker & Dongal Calhoun – Entrepreneurship Team

Natashia & Latashia Glenn – Financial Services

LJ Lawson & Dom Peterson – Sports & Entertainment Team

Addie Delph – Hospitality Selling

Tatum Twining, Logan Davenport & Anna Engberg – Integrated Marketing Event


4th Place Winners

Tommie Jefferson – Apparel & Accessories

Mariah Watkins – Business Services

Kenny Melton – Marketing Communications

Marcus Brown – Personal Financial Literacy

Nyla Denson – Retail Merchandising

Kiya Sigman & Alivea Buchanan – Marketing Management

Dakota Miller – Hospitality Selling


5th Place Winners 

Lynnae Wheeler – Principles of Hospitality

Alijah Kohler – Entrepreneurship Series

Khalil Luster – Marketing Communications

Amir Bryant – Sports & Entertainment Series

Alleah Julian & Mike Snow – Marketing Management

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LSH kicks off Career Tech Month, announces new program, initiative

Lima Senior High School officials announced a new career tech program coming to the school next fall and efforts to get students thinking about career tech and learning important skills at a younger age.

The announcements came during a Thursday press conference to kick off Career Tech Month. It was held in the school’s construction trades classrooms/lab, one of 11 Career Tech programs offered to juniors and seniors at Lima Senior.

The school has developed a Skills in a Box concept in an effort to get elementary-age students familiar with Career Tech as well as give them the skills needed to enter the program when they get to high school.

Each Career Tech instructor came up with five skills their students need to know to be successful in their programs. Officials took those skills and developed age-appropriate activities. They will be put in a “box” at each elementary school for teachers to use with students.

“The point is to not only help students obtain new skills which they should then have mastered by the time they are in high school, but hopefully they will also figure out what type of skills they are best at and most passionate in pursuing,” said Courtnee Morris, the school’s new head of Career Tech.

This should help with placing students in the right programs when they get to high school and also in keeping them in the program and successfully completing it, Morris added.

The Skills in the Box leads nicely into the existing Career Connections programs in middle school. The program gives students a deeper introduction into possible careers. Once in high school, every freshman takes a College and Career Readiness Class, which helps determine a student’s progression and classes he or she will take at Lima Senior.

The plan is to now add an introduction class into one of the three areas of Career Tech: Industrial Manufacturing Trades, Human Health and Public Services and Communication Technology. Career Tech instructors will teach parts of that class. Sophomores will then take a Career Exploration class where they get hands-on experience in the Career Tech area they are interested in.

New program coming

A new Audio Engineering Technology program will be available to students in the fall. The program will teach the basics of music theory, audio recording and production. Students will learn how to run a recording studio and to produce audio for video productions. Lima Senior will have its own recording studio on site.

The program joins agricultural education, auto technology, construction trades, culinary and food service management, early childhood education, engineering technology, graphic communications, marketing education (DECA), patient care technology, welding and metal fabrication, and World of Work.

Plans are currently in the works to add a Media Video Production program in a couple years.

Career Tech Month is celebrated across the country in February. The Lima City Schools will spend the month highlighting its career tech programs and students on its website and social media pages.

“Career Tech is such a vital piece of what we do here at Lima Senior High School,” Superintendent Jill Ackerman said. “It provides an additional level of options for our students, and our programs set a foundation and pathway for student success, whether their future is the workforce or higher education.”

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Holiday Toiletry Collection a success

Thank you to all those who helped to make our Holiday Toiletry Collection a success this year.

We were able to give every fifth and sixth grade student a bag of supplies before winter break. Schools housing seventh and eighth-grade students also received supplies to give to students as needed.

Our staff went above and beyond in donating items. Several local companies and organizations also made this effort possible. Special thanks to the Liberty Arts Magnet PTS, Sullivan Insurance, Procter & Gamble, Lima Kiwanis Club, OSU-Lima,  Dr. Jeffrey Blanford, Lima Husky Refinery and the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.

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