Back to School Celebration, School Supply Give-Away set for Aug. 10

The Lima City Schools is excited to announce that its full Back to School Celebration and School Supply Give-Away will return this summer.

The event is planned for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 10, at Martin Luther King Park, 400 E. Eighth St.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the district to forgo the usual event last year. Instead school supplies were distributed to families in a drive-thru fashion.

This year’s event at the park will include school supplies, food, games and other activities.

The district is currently organizing partners to donate school supplies and other things for the event. Anyone interested in getting involved, should call 419-996-3411.

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Alumni Hall of Fame inductions coming in September

The next induction into the Lima City Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame is coming this fall.

The following people will be inducted at a special dinner Thursday, Sept. 30.

  • Melvin Glover, Lima Senior Class of 1994
  • Jeremy Heffner, Lima Senior Class of 1998
  • Kevin Hooker, Lima Senior Class of 1998
  • Robert Long, Lima Senior Class of 1968
  • Jessika Phillips, Lima Senior Class of 2000
  • Charles Smith, Lima Senior Class of 1990
  • Merlin Szasz, South Class of 1954 – posthumously
  • Judge RicKard Workman, Lima Senior Class of 1965
  • Lima Kiwanis Club, “Service to Lima City Schools” honorary member

The induction ceremony will be held Sept. 30 in the commons area of Lima Senior High School. The night will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. The student-run Spartan Inn will prepare the meal.

The cost of the dinner is $25. Tickets can be purchased starting now online at or beginning Aug. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Arts and Magnet Office at the Earl McGovern Education Center, 755 St. John’s Avenue. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 419-996-3435. Purchased tickets can be pick up beginning Aug. 9 at South or at the event. No tickets will be sold the night of the banquet.

The inductees will also be recognized during halftime of the Spartan Homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 1. Lima Senior takes on Whitmer at 7 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

The Hall of fame honors alumni who have received local, state or national recognition for achievements in their occupational fields, made significant contributions to society, or performed meritorious service to our country. The first graduates were inducted in 1987. A new class is inducted every three years.

The Hall of Fame also serves as a living example for current students and the community of the caliber of accomplished graduates who have come from the Lima City Schools. The inductees will spend time in the school with students earlier in the day of the induction.


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Watch Graduation, Convocation ceremonies

Lima Senior High School’s Convocation and Commencement exercises are coming soon, with both again being livestreamed via the internet.

People can get to the livestream through the district’s website at The links will also be available on district social media pages.

Watch Convocation here:

Watch Commencement here:

Convocation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 20, in the Lima Senior gymnasium. Students will receive scholarships from various community organizations, LSH graduating classes, businesses, families and other entities. Many of the scholarships are a surprise to students. The event usually concludes in about two hours.

Graduation will begin at 11.30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in Spartan Stadium. If weather is an issue, the ceremony will be moved into the high school gymnasium.

This year’s Valedictorian is Seth Jones. The Salutatorian is Josephine Williams. Both will speak during the ceremony.

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Summer Lunch Program begins June 1

The Lima City Schools will again provide free lunches for children over the summer months through the Summer Food program.

Children and teens between the ages of one and 18 qualify for the summer meals. Children do not have to attend the Lima City Schools to get the lunches.

Some of the locations will serve hot meals in the schools (pick-up not available), while some others will be pick-up only. The pick-up meals will include two breakfast and two lunches.

Meals will be available at the following locations from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning June 1:

North Middle School: Pick-up only Mondays and Wednesdays until July 30

Freedom Elementary School: Pick-up only Mondays and Wednesdays until July 30

Independence Elementary School: Hot meals on site Mondays through Thursdays until July 30.

Liberty Arts Magnet School: Hot meals on site Mondays through Thursdays until July 30.

Heritage Elementary School: Hot meals on site Mondays through Thursdays until Aug. 5.

Unity Elementary School: Hot meals on site Mondays through Thursdays until Aug. 5.

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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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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 

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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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