BY SHERI TRUSTY
Although the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club was thrilled to have 13abc Action News Chief Meteorologist Jay Berschback serve as guest speaker at their Wednesday, Nov. 15 meeting at Ala Carte After Hours in Port Clinton, he wasn’t the only special guest to attend the event. Six Bataan Memorial Elementary students were honored as Kiwanis Terrific Kids.
“Terrific Kids is a sponsored program in the elementary school. Teachers nominate them for being good kids,” said Port Clinton Kiwanis Club President, Dr. David George. “These are kids who are kind, respectful and do good things.”
One student from kindergarten through fifth were chosen to attend the lunch. This year’s Terrific Kids are: Tory Horne, kindergarten; Grayson Neff, 1st grade; Alivia Taylor, 2nd grade; Carson Hotz, 3rd grade; Aleah Ledesma, 4th grade; and Mackenzie Blankenship, 5th grade.
Bataan Primary School Assistant Principal, Ryan Evarts, said one student from each grade is chosen as a Terrific Kid each month, and from that group, six of them are invited to the Kiwanis luncheon.
“These kids put forth consistently strong effort, have positive behavior, and are kind to others,” Evarts said.
Horne said it was “cool” to be invited to the luncheon.
“I was chosen because I’m a good kid,” he said.
Neff said the luncheon was “awesome.”
“I was chosen because I’m very good at writing, and I’m very nice, and I’m very good at school,” Neff said. “This is lots of fun, and the food is delicious.”
Bataan Counselor Lynne O’Neal has been involved with the Terrific Kids program since 2004. She said the program has many benefits for students.
“It shows them that if they work hard and do the things that are expected and go above and beyond, they can get rewarded,” O’Neal said.
The Kiwanis Club invited Port Clinton Lions and Rotary members to the lunch to help honor the students and to hear Berschback talk to the kids and Kiwanians about the science of predicting the weather. He also provided insight into the life of a meteorologist, including the experience of being on television.
“I look at the camera and talk to it like I’m talking to my grandma and grandpa or mom and dad,” revealed Berschback. “You have to personify the camera. It takes time and practice to learn to talk to the camera.”
Berschback also dispelled weather safety myths, talked about weather modifications around the world, and encouraged his audience to keep track of weather updates by following him online.
“Stay weather aware,” he said. “It’s better to be informed than surprised.”