Student Stars: Northwood student chosen for ODNR teen conservation council

Press Staff Writer

        Northwood High School student Nathan Huber was among 70 students selected by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to be part of the Conservation Teen Advisory Council (ConTAC).
        ConTAC gives high school students from across Ohio a unique opportunity to collaborate and contribute ideas that enhance ODNR’s youth outreach program efforts.
        “It’s inspiring for us to see a new group of intelligent young people that are passionate about nature join our ConTAC program,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “We love their perspectives and look forward to their work this year with our ODNR experts.”
        ConTAC members serve at minimum one year on the council. They have an opportunity to meet monthly with fellow members and natural resource mentors (meetings are in-person March-November, and virtually December-January). This year’s kick-off meeting was July 26 at the Ohio State Fair where ConTAC members became familiar with the ODNR divisions and their roles throughout the state.
        Members of ConTAC are tasked with developing and implementing campaigns and strategies that positively impact their community and environment. Examples of past projects include stream quality monitoring, habitat restoration, educating youth on environmental issues, and fundraisers. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their new skills and knowledge back into their respective communities.
        Twenty-six members of ConTAC are returning to the program for the 2023-2024 school year. With 70 students, the program represents 25 counties and 51 schools.
        Learn more about the group and its mission at
Students named to MIAA Honor Roll
        The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) announced the recipients of the 2022-23 MIAA Academic Honor Roll. In total, 273 individual student-athletes at Trine University were recognized by the MIAA on the 2022-23 Academic Honor Roll, the most of any league schools.
        Student-athletes must reach a 3.5 grade-point average for the academic year and earn a varsity letter in an MIAA-sponsored sport to be eligible.
        Among the honorees were:
        • Reagan Guthrie of Genoa, a member of the women's golf team. Guthrie is majoring in Design Engineering Technology.
        • Megan Davis of Genoa, a member of the women's soccer team. Davis is majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Lindhorst graduates from Bluffton University
        Michael Lindhorst, of Lindsey, graduated from Bluffton University in May, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and associate degrees in accounting and honors liberal arts.
        Lindhorst was one of only five students to complete the honors program. Among his honors were receiving a Distinguished Scholar Award in mathematics; induction into Pi Delta Honor Society and making the dean’s list with distinguished all four years at Bluffton.
        He has been accepted into the master’s program at Bowling Green State University, with a concentration in statistics.
B-C-S students honored
        Benton-Carroll-Salem School District recently honored two students who earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs, which celebrate students’ hard work in high school and showcase strong academic performance.
        Braden Schimmoeller and Nicholas Slagle received the National Rural and Small Town Award.
        The criteria for eligible students include:
        • GPA of 3.5 or higher.
        • PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 assessment scores that are within the top 10% of assessment takers in each state for each award program or earned a score of 3 or higher on 2 or more AP Exams in 9th and 10th grade.
        • Attend school in a rural area or small town, or identify as African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino, or Indigenous/Native.
        Eligible students are invited to apply on BigFuture during their sophomore or junior year and are awarded at the start of the next school year in time to share their achievements in high school as they plan for the future. At the same time, colleges and organizations using College Board’s Student Search Service can connect directly with awardees during the recruitment process.


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