GPA: Six to be inducted as Distinguished Waite High School Alumni

Press Staff Writer

        Morrison R. Waite High School is celebrating its 109th year as an educational institution in East Toledo this year.
        Six Waite graduates will be honored and inducted as Distinguished Waite Alumni at the 59th Annual Purple and Gold Dinner Celebration.
        The honorees have distinguished themselves with success their respective careers, by receiving honors through meritorious service in selected careers and/or service as benefactors to mankind.
        The 2023 inductees and the fields in which they are being honored are:
        • Debra Buchanan, class of 1975, Fine Arts and Community Service.
        • Charles “Joe” Hardin, class of 1941, Medicine and Community Service (posthumously).
        • James H. Lewis, class of 1961, Communication and Community Service.
        • Mary C. Morales, class of 1966, Education and Community Service.
        • Dale L. Partin, class of 1967, Science and Community Service.
        • Charles E. Young, class of 1982, Business and Community Service,
        Morrison R. Waite High School Alumni’s 59th Purple and Gold Celebration Dinner will be held Saturday, April 1 at St. Michael Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon. A social hour and gift basket raffle will begin the evening’s festivities at 6 p.m. Soft drinks, beer and wine will be provided. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The six inductees will be introduced at approximately 8 p.m. and fellowship will follow from 9:30-10:30 p.m.
        A $50 per person reservation is required for the evening.
        On Friday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m., the Distinguished Alumni will be presented to the Waite student body and staff at a special program in the school auditorium. Each inductee will have an opportunity to speak to the students about their high school experience and how they achieved their lifetime goals.
        For information regarding reservations and donations, contact David M. Yenrick, Waite High School Alumni Association chairman, at 419-697-1949 or email
BSA Klondike Derby
        Scout Troops in Toledo, Oregon, Rossford, Northwood, Point Place, Walbridge and Millbury will compete for stardom in The Commodore Perry District’s Annual Klondike Derby Saturday, Jan. 28 at the historic Camp Miakonda,
located at 5600 W Sylvania Ave., Toledo.
        Along with nine boy troops, Commodore Perry now has two female troops and both will be competing.
        This is an outdoor experience, no matter the weather. Temperature for the 2022 race were in the low twenties.
        Based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush and first-held in 1949, this timed racing adventure encourages Scouts to work as a team to overcome physical and intellectual challenges as they pull/push their handmade sleds through an obstacle course, showcase their Scoutcraft skills and exercise their leadership abilities.
        The 2023 Klondike Derby will start at 9 a.m., with real action visible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend and cheer on the participants.
        About Commodore Perry District
        The Erie Shores Council Commodore Perry District encompasses East Toledo, Downtown, North Toledo and West Toledo, including the communities of Walbridge, Rossford, Millbury, Northwood and Oregon. Units include Cub Scout Packs ages 5-10 and Scouts BSA Troops ages 11-18, as well as Venturing Crews for ages 13+ and Exploring Posts, which focuses on career preparation in different fields.
Tinkering Takeovers return
to Imagination Station

        Imagination Station is bringing its interactive style of learning and exploration to local neighborhoods.
        New Tinkering Takeovers have been scheduled to give more people in the community a chance to discover the fascinating world of science closer to home for free.
        Programs will be offered Thursdays, Feb. 2 and March 2 from 3-5 p.m. at Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St., Toledo and Thursdays, Feb. 9 and March 9 from 3-5 p.m. at Birmingham Branch Library, 203 Paine Ave., Toledo.
        Participants will experiment with buzzers, switches and bulbs and learn how electrical components function. Kids
and parents can dive into the cool, creative world of coding and program a robot and discover the interactive world of mechanical linkages bringing ideas of motion to life. 
        Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” That is the heart of Tinkering Takeovers.
        These hands-on experiences give kids a chance to explore how things are made, to learn from failures, build confidence and test new ideas. It’s a simple recipe for innovation that contributes to stronger interests in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.)
        Imagination Station Tinkering Takeovers are part of Toledo Tinkers - a larger program that is designed to take important, open-ended exploration outside of the science center and into the community. Not only does it break down access barriers, but also develops innovative thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills that will further their education and prepare for careers of the future.
Stritch placement test
        Cardinal Stritch is offering a High School Placement Test (HSPT)to all eighth-grade students enrolled in either a private, public, charter or home school.
        The test will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Cardinal Stritch. Please bring $20 and two #2 pencils to the test.
        The HSPT is an admissions requirement for Toledo-area Catholic high schools. Honor scholarships can be awarded based on test scores. Register for the HSPT at
Small Business Basics
        The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, three-hour seminars, “Small Business Basics,” that will answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
        The seminar will take the confusion out of an entrepreneur's  efforts and help them avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. Participants will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
        The February seminar schedule at Terra State Community College, Doepker Leadership & Entrepreneurial Center, Building B., Room 103, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont:
        • Wednesday, Feb. 1, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
        • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
        To register or for more information, contact Miranda Hoffman, Director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at 419-559-2210 or
Dueling Pianos
fundraiser set

        Oak Harbor Music Boosters will present the 8th Annual Music Boosters will present the 8th Annual Dueling Pianos Fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 109 E. Perry St., Port Clinton. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
        The evening will include entertainment by Main Street Dueling Pianos, a buffet dinner, drinks, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.
        The event is open to ages 21 and over. The cost is $50 per person. Tables may be reserved for ticket purchases in groups of eight to 10.
        To purchase tickets or obtain more information, call Amy Holcomb at 419-262-6254 or Kim Zetzer at 419-341-4663.
SCPP scholarships
        Sandusky County Positive People (SCPP) is accepting scholarship applications.
        SCPP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that awards scholarships to area graduating seniors who have faced a major obstacle in their lives and have come though those challenges with a positive attitude.
        This scholarship is available to seniors residing in Sandusky County or attending school in Sandusky County (public, non-public or home-school).
        Scholarships range in value year-to-year from $1,000-$3,500 or more. Applications are available online at and must be submitted online in their entirety by Friday, Feb. 10.
        Scholarships are scheduled to be awarded at the Sandusky County Positive People High School Positive Living Award Breakfast, which will be held on Wednesday, May 11, at Terra State Community College’s Neeley Center in Fremont.
        Sandusky County Positive People began awarding scholarships in 2012. To date, the organization has awarded $257,650 to 96 students. Scholarships are funded via donations and fundraisers.
        Their new main fundraiser, Night at the Races, is scheduled for Friday, March 31 at Terra State. For information on this and other events or to donate online, visit
Credit union scholarships
        Glass City Federal Credit Union is offering five scholarship awards – one in the amount of $2,500 and four in the amount of $1,000 to area students who meet the following criteria:
        • The student will be attending a two- or four-year accredited post-secondary institution during the 2022-23 school year.
        • The student is a member of Glass City Federal, or a parent, stepparent or legal guardian is a member of Glass City.
        • The student completes and submits the required application and essay by the deadline of March 31.
        Interested scholarship applicants are encouraged to obtain a scholarship application at any Glass City Federal branch or online at
Arts Commission seeking
summer youth apprentices

        The Arts Commission’s Young Artists At Work (YAAW) Program is accepting applications for youth apprentices for the 2023 season.
        Since 1994, YAAW has offered paid summer apprenticeships to area teens to learn creative skills, foster artistic self-expression and a quality work ethic.
        The Arts Commission is committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process and is an equal opportunity employer.
        This six-week summer youth employment program runs from June 26-Aug. 4. Apprentices are expected to work from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age by June 26, 2023 to be eligible for hire.
        Apprentices will be expected to work collaboratively with staff and teams, be active participants in discussions, and produce and create artwork. Youths ages 14-18 with a special interest in performing, literary, and visual arts are encouraged to apply. Complete details can be found at
        How to apply
        Complete an application online at and have a legal guardian prepared to answer additional questions. Applications should be submitted by Friday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m.
        Applications may be completed online or printed and mailed to The Arts Commission, Attn: YAAW, 1838 Parkwood Avenue, Suite 120, Toledo, OH 43604.
        The Young Artists at Work Program is generously sponsored by The Image Group, ProMedica, Lucas County Department of Job & Family Services, The City of Toledo Community Development Block Grant, The LaValley Foundation, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
        For more details on sponsorship information, contact Tyler Dean, development manager, at
        Since 1959, The Arts Commission has provided quality arts programming and services to the metropolitan Toledo area. It is the longest-standing arts commission in the state of Ohio. Since 1977, The Arts Commission has managed the City of Toledo's One Percent for Art ordinance, the first public art program of its kind in Ohio and the inspiration for the state’s program.
Library offering
digital skills resource

        The Wood County District Public Library is offering a new resource, Northstar Digital Literacy, for anyone looking to improve their skills with computers, software or technology.
        Northstar Digital Literacy is a self-directed assessment and learning tool that covers a variety of technology scenarios. It includes short lessons and practice exercises to improve skills on a number of common computer topics. The Northstar resource is available 24/7 on the library webpage, and library staff are available to help with the resource during regular hours.
        Interactive digital literacy test topics include:
        • Basic Computer Skills
        • Internet Basics
        • Using Email
        • Windows and Mac Operating Systems
        • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
        • Google Docs
        • Career Search Skills
        • Supporting K-12 Distance Learning
        • Social Media and Your Digital Footprint
        To start using Northstar, visit For more information, call 419-352-5050 or email
        Ohio library access to Northstar is funded through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services ARPA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.
Sander re-elected
President of Penta   

Career Center Board
        The Penta Career Center Board of Education, during its Jan. 11 organizational meeting, has re-elected Judith Sander, of Genoa, who represents the North Point Educational Service Center, as president of the board.
        In addition, Eric Benington, of Perrysburg, who represents Perrysburg Schools, was re-elected board vice president.
        In addition, Joan Kuchcinski, of Monclova Township, who represents the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, has been appointed to the Penta Career Center Board of Education. She replaces Dr. James Telb, from the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, who served on the Penta Board from 2019 through December 2022. Kuchcinski will serve a three-year term through Dec. 31, 2025.
        The Penta Board of Education is comprised of nine members who are chosen to serve through appointment by their respective boards of education. Other members of the 2023 Penta Board include Diane Balcerzak, who represents Maumee Schools; William Green, who represents the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center; Kathy Limes and Judy Paredes (of Walbridge), who both represent the Wood County Educational Service Center; Ken Sutter, who represents Rossford Schools, and Paul Walker, who represents Bowling Green Schools.
        Also, during the meeting, members voted to keep the 5:15 p.m. meeting time on the second Wednesday of each month. The board may adjust dates and times of meetings if deemed necessary. The meetings are held in the Board of Education meeting room on the Penta campus.
Minority Executive Leadership Program graduates participants
        The Center for Nonprofit Resources (The Center), a program of Greater Toledo Community Foundation, recently graduated the 10th cohort of its Minority Executive Leadership (MEL) Program.
        Through a series of professional development courses and mentorships with community leaders, participants receive training, networking opportunities and ongoing support for personal and professional success. Six participants took part in a minimum of 30 hours of professional development and mentoring between August 2022 and January 2023.
        Graduates of the 2022-23 MEL Program include:
         • Tonya Duran, Believe Center;
        • Bianca Guardado, Gryphon Place;
        • Susan Hamilton, Lucas County Job & Family Services;
        • Shawn Mahone, Sr., Change Academy;
        • Mary Peavy, ProMedica;
        • Nekiesha Taylor, NeighborWorks Toledo Region.
        The MEL Certificate Program started in 2013 as a result of community leaders of color on the Sustainable Strategies Committee identifying the need for a program that supports emerging minority nonprofit leaders, current nonprofit CEOs/executive directors and staff interested in growing into leadership positions.
        The Committee, at the time convened by Doni Miller, worked with The Center to design the program, which looks to build organizational sustainability to transform our community. The goal is to help participants develop their professional skills, better serve as employees in their current positions and be effective nonprofit leaders. In 2022, this program was sponsored by ProMedica and The Andersons.
        The Center will begin accepting applications for the next cohort in February 2023.


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