Penta Class of 2022 honored; 52 seniors recognized

Press Staff Writer

        The 57th senior class at Penta Career Center was honored May 17, 18 and 19 during Senior Recognition held on the school’s campus.
        This year, 801 seniors from Penta’s career-technical programs, as well as its satellite Marketing Education and Career Based Intervention programs, received Career Passports.
        Each Career Passport contained a certificate of completion signed by the student’s instructor, supervisor, high school director and superintendent. The Career Passports also included a list of the student’s courses and outcomes; a personal data sheet and other documents listing the student’s accomplishments.
        Penta Outstanding Student awards were presented to 52 seniors based on performance and excellence in their individual career-technical program.
        Local students honored among Penta Career Center’s 2022 Outstanding Students included:
        • Eastwood: Savanna Samu, Medical Technologies and Kristen Isley, Small Animal Care.
        Lake: Emerson Howard, Exercise Science & Sports Medicine.
        • Northwood: Connor Howell, Automotive Technology; Anna Umbel, Horticulture - Floral & Greenhouse Services and Dale Stevens, Business.
        • Oak Harbor: Jaycee Snyder, Dental Assistant; Cole Weidner, Welding; Mason Gradel, Marketing Education and Taylor Lenke, Cosmetology.
        • Woodmore: Chloe Kohler, Cosmetology; Landon Emch, Firefighter and Anna Wellons, Medical Technologies
        Penta Career Center is a career-technical high school for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Penta serves the Anthony Wayne, Benton-Carroll-Salem, Bowling Green, Eastwood, Elmwood, Genoa, Lake, Maumee, North Baltimore, Northwood, Otsego, Perrysburg, Rossford, Springfield, Swanton and Woodmore school districts.
Academic honors
        Baldwin Wallace University: Jake Novak, of Oregon.
        Cedarville University: Joseph Heise, of Northwood; Noah Board, of Millbury.
        Miami University: Cameron Cook, Kit Gladieux, Mallory Nelson, Blake Hornyak, of Oregon; Jade Laviolette, Dom Rodriguez, Lisa Tersigni, of Northwood; Kara Quigg, of Curtice;
        Nicole Schlea, of Gibsonburg; Kiersten Linkey, of Lindsey; Charlie Farmer, of Oak Harbor; Madeline Booms, Lewis Rowan, of Pemberville; Grace Rothert, of Woodville.
        Ohio University: Emily Dickens, Heylea Allan, Payton Rigg, Kara Newton, Bailey Graver, of Oregon; Ethan Barnes, of Northwood; Brenna Nye, Maisy Dewitt, of Curtice;
        Dylan Savona, of Gibsonburg; Anna Zeitzheim, Daniel Bollin, Kennedee Weirich, of Oak Harbor.
Big Nut Scholarships
        Sophia O’Neill, of Woodmore High School and Isabel Grink of Gibsonburg received scholarships from The Big Nut Scholarship Fund.
        The fund was established on July 11, 2011 to award seniors from select high schools in Northwest Ohio a scholarship to attend The Ohio State University. “We are a 501(c)3 charity, and all monies donated are tax deductible,” said Jon “Big Nut” Peters.
        In 2017, an endowment was established at OSU, with a current balance of $81,000 used to award three $1,000 scholarships per year through the university.
        In 2020, the Big Nut Scholarship Fund established an endowment with the Sandusky County Communities Foundation, with donations currently totaling $76,000.
        The fund raises funds in various ways, including a summer fundraiser held at Jimmy Bukkett’s at Memory Marina in Fremont.
        The Big Nut has made appearances at many different functions, including weddings and OSU alumni parties throughout Ohio and the United States. Donations have been made in memory of OSU fans.
        “We recently began marketing Big Nut BBQ sauces, pickles and candles, with proceeds going directly to the scholarship fund,” Peters said. “There are numerous ways that we have received donations for the scholarship; no amount is too big or too small.”
        To donate to the Big Nut-Jon Paul Peters Scholarship Fund (fund #640462) at OSU, visit, click on the “Buckeye Give” tab and search Big Nut or 640462.
        Cedarville University: Noah Board, of Millbury.
        University of Findlay: Bailey Berning, of Toledo; Regan Gajdostik, Christian Orr, Allison Reichert, of Oregon;     Amanda Meng, of Genoa, Anna Mazur, of Graytown, Valerie Linkey, of Lindsey; Alicyn McClish, of Luckey; Alexandra Palmer, of Millbury; Erica Guyer, Abigail Schroeder, of Pemberville; Jeffrey Brower, of Walbridge.
        Heidelberg University: Elizabeth Vincent, of Oregon; Linda Miller, of Toledo; Trent Hovis, of Gibsonburg; Sophia Jackson, Samantha Stanley, of Millbury.
        University of Mount Union: Madelyn Williams, of Elmore.
        Ohio University: Princess Emeana, of Toledo; Joseph Kiss, of Curtice; Moira McClanahan, of Millbury; Tyalor Beard, Gabby Sharkey, of Oak Harbor.
        Youngstown State University: Kiersten Perez, of Woodville.
R.C. Waters Top Class Dojos
        R.C. Waters Elementary participates in a school-wide initiative called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) – a process for creating a safe and productive learning environment.
        The school has adopted a unified set of expectations for behavior, in place in every classroom and non-classroom setting in the school – Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready.
        Student behavior is documented using a tool called Class Dojo, a system that reinforces positive behaviors and quickly engages students in becoming accountable for their own choices. On a scheduled rotation, students are able to “shop” from the Dojo reward cart using the points they have earned for meeting the behavior expectations.
        The Top Class Dojo winners for May include:
        Kindergarten: McKenna Sullivan, Sawyer Buder, Lydia Wadsworth, Logan Dotson, Tatum Ballard, Cora Hedges, Amberly Mason, Andrew Magoto, and Ashlynn Moore.
        First grade: Carter Siegler, Collin Blausey, Abby Schlagheck, Harmony Cooley and Chloe Jones.
        Second grade: Hank Hartman, Cameron Pfeiffer, Cody Rickus, Violet Wilson, Lauren Mulligan, Nolan Reinbolt, Matthew Mulligan, Kynsley Johnson, Rylee Carolus and Rylie McGuire.
        Third grade: Khloe Baker, Alek Oka, Mason Jones, Iris Elliot, Levi Hackenburg, Parker Wilkins, Giovanni Rivera, Sawyer Finn, Mason Kline, Ally Floro, Lilly Greer and Reece Roberts.
        End of Year Winners
        Students earned Dojo bucks for being Ready, Responsible, and Respectful. Students who saved some of their Dojo bucks were entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Summer Fun Basket. The end of the year winners were Sofia Matusas and Carter Siegler.
Connections Academy grad
        Laura Ruthann Mason, of Walbridge, was among the nearly 450 graduating seniors from more than 50 counties across the state who recently received their high school diplomas as members of Ohio Connections Academy’s (OCA) Class of 2022.
        More than 200 of those students traveled to Columbus on June 4 to participate in the online public charter school’s commencement ceremony.
        “While we are a non-traditional school, each year we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate our graduates and this academic milestone with a very traditional ceremony,” said Ohio Connections Academy Superintendent Marie Hanna. “These students came to our school in search of a learning environment that met their individual needs. This ceremony is not only a celebration of their achievement, but their determination to find an academic setting that enabled them to thrive.”
        The Class of 2022 is the school’s 14th graduating class for the provider of tuition-free virtual education for students in grades K–12.
        Enrollment for Ohio Connections Academy for the 2022-2023 school year is currently open and the school is hosting online information sessions for families interested in learning more about virtual education. More information about Ohio Connections Academy is available at or by calling 800-382-6010.
        Cole Witte, of Gibsonburg, is among the new members inducted into Alpha Society at Hiram College.
        Alpha Society is one of Hiram’s highest academic honors. Membership is limited to students who have completed 12 or more hours of graded coursework at the college and whose cumulative grade point average is 3.75 or better.


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