News briefs – June 26

A special program was held last month to recognize third, fourth and fifth graders at Bucyrus Elementary School.

GIFTED STUDENTS SHARE TALENTS – Third, fourth and fifth grade students in the Bucyrus Elementary School gifted program showed their skills and talents for their families during a special program recently held at the school. The students, with the help of Gifted Intervention Specialist Michelle Vance, planned a full night of activities to showcase all they had learned during the school year.

Students served as instructors and taught their guests how to do something they learned. The hottest topic of the evening was computer programming. Students were introduced to coding through participation in the National Hour of Code campaign last November.

“Each student picked several lessons they felt challenged them during the school year,” Vance said. “Once they chose their topics to share with parents, they made lesson plans and perfected their lessons.”

Since being introduced to coding, the students built upon their skills and developed complex interactive games, stories and more. The students’ skills will be highlighted in the fall edition of the Ohio Gifted Children Association magazine.

“The students did a fantastic job preparing for the evening’s activities,” Vance said. The event was well attended and everyone enjoyed the experience of learning new skills from the students.”

TOO CLOSE TO CALL – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that four races from across the state were decided by a single vote or tied during the 2015 Primary and Special Election. A total of 74 Ohio races have tied or been decided by a one-vote margin over the past two years.

“Decisions are made by those who show up, which is an old quote that can sting pretty severely when you realize you are the one who could have made a difference in deciding if your local schools will receive more funding or whether or not you should pay more or less in property taxes,” Secretary Husted said. “Tied races happen in Ohio more frequently than most people know, which is why everyone should take just a few minutes to educate themselves about the issues on the ballot and then participate in the electoral process.”

Two city council races, one road levy and a local bond issue made up the closest races in the May 2015 Primary and Special Election. One race, in North Ridgeville had to be decided by the Lorain County Board of Elections with a coin flip.

VETERANS HOF NOMINATION DEADLINE SET – The deadline for nominations for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is June 30.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize the achievements of veterans in community service after their military service ended. Charter members of the Hall’s Class of 1993 included the six Ohio military veterans who were elected President of the United States and all Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. Honorees include astronauts, government officials, police officers, community leaders, and veterans’ advocates.

The Hall of Fame Executive Committee, made up of veterans, selects not more than 20 inductees annually. Men and women chosen for induction into the Hall come from all eras, all branches of service and all walks of life.

RETIRING MARION TECH PRESIDENT HONORED – The Marion Technical College (MTC) Board of Trustees celebrated the service of retiring president Dr. J. Richard Bryson with a special honor.

“Dr. J. Richard Bryson demonstrated extraordinary dedication and leadership over 43 years,” said Rex Parrott, Chairman of the MTC Board of Trustees. “Therefore, the Board unanimously agreed to name the Technical Education Center in his honor.”

In addition, a number of proclamations in Dr. Bryson’s honor were read from Governor John Kasich, the Ohio House of Representatives, Mayor Scott Schertzer and the Marion County Commissioners.

“I’m proud to have served Marion and the surrounding counties for so many years. I’ve always been impressed by the passion, dedication, and hard work of our staff, students, and graduates,” said Dr. Bryson. “I’m touched by the honor and look forward to seeing MTC continue to put students on the path to better lives.”

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