Parents celebrate graduation

On March 19, the eighth class of the Ottawa County Parent Project held a graduation ceremony for six parents. Several distinguished guests, Ottawa County Commissioners Jodi Regal


ICS first graders receive “Thank You” from New Town, CT

Mrs. Rita McNutt’s first grade class at Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton received an extra special piece of mail Tuesday, a thank you message from the community of Newtown, CT. Last December, after the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the class talked about the sadness that the community of Newtown was dealing with. The first graders spent some quiet time in church, lit a candle, and said special prayers for the school, the families and the community. The class then returned to the classroom to make cards that were sent off to the school by Principal Connie Snyder.  This week the class received a response from the town of Newtown that brightened their day. The response thanked the class for their thoughts and prayers and said that knowing that people care does indeed help their healing. The entire school continues to send its prayers to the community of Newtown, Connecticut.


Back to the 80’s coming to Port Clinton High School

The Port Clinton High School Drama Club will present its student production of Back to the 80’s on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the PCHS Performing Arts Center.

Set in the USA, Back to the 80’s tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980’s, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, played by Isaac Akins, who is now 30-something.

The then 17-year-old Corey, played by Marshall Parker, is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, played by Alyson Shaler, one of the coolest girls in the school. However, she barely notices this, as she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, played by Zach Wheeler, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends Billy Arnold, Lionel Astley, and Huey Jackson, played by Seth Bickel, Ian Kyle, and Logan Hepp, are athletic and good-looking—the kinds of guys that Corey and his two best friends Alf Bueller and Kirk Keaton, played by Sam Miller and Michael Davis, dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in the school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin III, played by Jack Warner, whose best friend is his computer, and who believes the crazy notion that one day CD’s will replace cassette tapes.


Purple Martin time in Ohio

In the birding world, few species generate more excitement than does the Purple Martin, a swallow that is arriving now in Ohio, with reports of scouts logged almost daily online.

Purple martins, the largest of the swallows in North America, are totally dependent on man-made housing east of the Rockies and faithfully return to the same locations each year, so it’s understandable that human landlords anxiously await the return of their birds from wintering grounds in South America. 

Arrivals are posted on an online database, at, maintained by the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA), a nonprofit conservation organization.


PCHS to offer Chinese as a foreign language

Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, Port Clinton High School will add Chinese as a foreign language. A grant has been secured through a unique program that provides cost-savings to provide the Chinese class. The Ohio Board of Regents offers a grant program, in conjunction with the Chinese government, through an organization known as Hanban. The Chinese Guest Teacher Program allows a school district to hire a teacher from China to come to the United States and teach the Chinese language as well as the culture to the students and the community. The Hanban program also subsidizes the teacher’s salary.


Oak Harbor DECA members win big at State

A total of thirty-six Oak Harbor DECA members qualified to compete at the Ohio DECA Career Development Conference held on March 15-16 , 2013 at the Columbus Convention Center. Over two-thousand DECA members from 107 schools across the state competed at this event. The Oak Harbor chapter is a satellite program of Penta Career Center.

The majority of the members competed in written projects which included market research business plans and community service projects. In addition to being evaluated on their written documents, the student teams were also graded on oral presentations. All of the written projects teams placed in the top ten in the state. Several students also competed in team decision making and individual events.

 The chapter worked with several business and service organizations to complete their projects. Twenty-four students won awards and the results are as follows:

Entrepreneurship Promotion Project1stMakaylaCarpenter



Financial Literacy Promotion Project2ndSamanthaDurivage



Learn & Earn Project2ndDouglasPennington



Community Service Project3rdAishaHamdallah



Creative Marketing Research Project5thAustinApple


Public Relations Project6thKatelynApple



Buying & Merchandising Reseach Project7thConnorEli



Finance Operations Project8thKalebMaguire



Marketing Management Series8thAnthonyCecil



Students who placed in the top four at the state conference qualify to compete at the International Career Development Conference which will be held in Anaheim, California on April 23-28, 2013. Twelve students will represent Oak Harbor at this conference which is attended by over 15,000 DECA members from around the world. The students are currently working to improve their presentation skills and their written projects to prepare for this event.



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