Student Stars: Lake High School junior earns dual associate degrees from Owens

Press Staff Writer

        Sixteen-year-old Genesis Rhodes, of Millbury, a College Credit Plus student at Lake High School since eighth grade, graduated summa cum laude from Owens Community College over winter break, earning associates degrees in science and arts.
        Rhodes, a junior at Lake, is also in the process of pursuing dual majors in biology and chemistry at Bowling Green State University.
        In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, playing piano, and spending time with friends and family. She is also the pianist at her church, Nation Gospel Tabernacle of Oregon, and helps serve meals and with anything else needed.
        Rhodes is also passionate about encouraging other girls and young women to pursue STEM paths.
Academic honors
        Cedarville University: Joseph Heise, of Northwood.
        Hiram College: Cole Witte, of Gibsonburg.
        Ohio Wesleyan University: Olivia Smith, of Oregon.
        McKendree University: Abraham Hagedorn, of Oregon.
        Southern New Hampshire University: Krysta Kaweski, Jordan Brioines-Schmitz, of Oregon.
        Trine University: Isabella Mabry, of Oregon; Tanner Johnston, of Northwood; Megan Davis, Reagan Guthrie, Hannah Otto, of Genoa; Chelsea Drummond, of Walbridge.
        Baldwin Wallace University: Jake Novak, of Oregon; Taylor Ernsthausen, of Luckey.
        Capital University: Addi Hasselbach, of Lindsey.
        Pennsylvania Western University: Joslyn Jurski, of Oregon.
R.C. Waters names Top-Class Dojo winners
        R.C. Waters Elementary in Oak Harbor participates in a school-wide initiative called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
        PBIS offers a process for creating safer and more effective schools by fostering a safe, productive learning environment. R.C. Waters has adopted a unified set of expectations for behavior 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 ClassDojo, a tracking 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.
        Top Class Dojo winners for December include:
        Kindergarten: Colt Forman, Mason Sandwisch, Everett Tank, Luke Arnold, Alice Haley, Campbell Gardner and Samantha Adams.
        First grade: Lilyanna Thompson, Anna Schiller, Lyla Smith, Dawson Prieur, Aileen Haley, Ever Oziemski, and Cienna Thompson.
        Second grade: Jase Chambers, Abby Schlagheck, Cara Rollheiser, Baileigh Wolford, Walker Finn, Gage Vranish, Valerie Fausey, Wyatt Ray, Joseph Mann and Lucas Herevia.
        Third grade: Braxton Copley, Hank Hartman, Addisynn Lenke, Nathan Wood, Violet Wilson, Beckett Sweet, Rylee Wagner, Adalynn Mitchell, Carter Lindsay and Rylie McGuire.
UF student teachers
        Students at the University of Findlay have been placed in student teaching positions for the spring 2023 semester.
        Local students include Logan Harris, of Oak Harbor, who been placed as a student teacher at Findlay High School. Harris is pursuing a degree in adolescent/young adult/integrated mathematics education.
        Morgan Kuhlman, of Millbury, has been placed as a student teacher at Jefferson Primary School in Findlay. Kuhlman is pursuing a degree in early childhood education.
        Brittny Stein, of Pemberville, has been placed as a student teacher at Findlay Preschool. Stein is pursuing a degree in early childhood education.
International Order of Rainbow for Girls installs officers
       On Jan. 14, the International Order of Rainbow of Girls District 2, Assemblies of Genoa, Lotus and Fremont, held installation of officers.
        The installing officers were Chrissy Boner, Grand Worthy Advisor for the state of Ohio; Margaret Hilliker, Grand Chaplain; Sophia Cashen, Grand Representative to Maryland and Christian Flag Tribute, and Lindsey Cashen, Grand Representative to Maine and Grand Prompter.
        Officers installed where Lillyahna Lombardo, Worthy Advisor of Genoa Assembly; Sophia Cashen, Worthy Associate Advisor of Genoa; Lindsey Cashen, Charity of Genoa; Kyra Lewis, Hope of Lotus; Leezette Angel, Faith of Lotus; Skylar Maran, Drill Leader of Lotus; Kaydence Trego, Confidential Observer of Lotus and Sara Puterbaugh, Outer Observer of Lotus.
        Lombardo’s term theme is “Wild about Rainbow,” which highlights her passion for a Rainbow mixed with her love for animals. Currently a senior at Genoa High School, she has participated in varsity soccer, choir, band, National Honor Society, Buckeye Girls State and Drama Club and has taken part in post-secondary classes.
        She volunteers at the Healing Barn, taking care of horses and plans to have her officers visit Toledo Humane Society during her term. In her spare time, she is employed at the Genoa McDonald's Restaurant.
        Lombardo, has been accepted at The University of Toledo, aspiring to earn a degree in family law.
        Lotus, Genoa, and Fremont assemblies welcome all girls ages 11-20 who are interested in learning skills toward leadership, confidence and service to others. They meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
        For more information, or to join the organization, contact Mother Advisors Wendy Lewis (Perrysburg area) at 419-902-0710 or; Lynn Grear (Genoa area) at 419-680-6196 or or Martha Laughlin (Fremont/Clyde area) at 419-366-1907 or


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