Shout-Outs: November 17

Shout-Outs: Special Student and Staff Recognitions
Posted on 11/20/2017
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East's Dustin Horter a 2X State Cross Country Champion

Lakota East senior Dustin Horter became the fifth male OHSAA athlete to win back-to-back Division 1 state championship titles for cross country.

Dustin ran the 5K course Nov. 4 at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, finishing the race in 15:03.4 - just .4 seconds ahead of the race’s runner-up. His Thunderhawk family showered him with ticker tape during a fanfare down Main Street last week, a tradition the school has established to celebrate national champions.

Dustin also earned the top spot at the Nov. 12 NIKE Cross Midwest Regional Championship, where he competed against the top runners in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri. This qualified him for the national meet on Dec. 2.

Visit the East Thunderhawks website to read more about Dustin’s victory.

Union's Greg Clark Warm 98's "Teacher of the Week"

Union Elementary third grade teacher Greg Clark was selected for Warm 98's "Teacher of the Week" award. Warm 98’s morning show hosts Bob and Marianne surprised Mr. Clark and his students on Thursday, Nov. 16, presenting the award and a pizza party from Westshore Pizza.

The family of one of his students, Grace Forest, submitted the nomination stating, “He goes well beyond the classroom with his kindness and love, not only for their students but their families.”

The story aired on Channel 5 and Warm98 Friday morning.

Curriculum Director Keith Koehne Selected as Warren Fellow

Keith Koehne, Lakota’s Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has been selected as a Warren Fellow for 2018 by the Midwest Suburban Superintendents Association (MSSA).  

One of only two educators from the state of Ohio to be awarded this honor, Koehne will be invited to attend two MSSA meetings during his Fellowship year in order to connect with and learn from established educational leaders. Superintendent Matthew Miller commented, “Keith Koehne is an incredibly dedicated leader for Lakota Local Schools. He is a visionary for the district, working diligently to foster innovation in the classrooms.”

Adena's Helen Vassilou Wins Teaching Award

Helen Vassilou, an ESL teacher at Adena Elementary School, has been named a 2017 Charles Redd Center Teaching Award recipient. One of only four educators in the country to receive this honor, Vassilou was chosen after submitting a lesson plan to the Western Redd Center Teaching Western History Award Committee.

Vassilou attended the award presentation earlier this month, where she was able to present her lesson, titled “Analyzing the History of Immigration in America: Reflections of New Immigrants in American Schools (Are we the same or different from those before us?).”