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Boys Tennis Doubles Teams Headed to States

At the conclusion of districts for tennis last Saturday, the doubles team of Ryan Simon and Tyler Gargas beat Lexington’s Barkett/Webster 6-4, 6-0 to win the district championship. In addition, the Green Bear doubles team of Justin Judis and James Schwann defeated Elida’s Klaus/Sarno in three sets to claim third place in district competition. 

Both doubles teams now move on to compete in the state tennis tournament, to be held on May 27 and May 28. Ryan and Tyler will begin state tournament play with a match against Kelly/Morley of Cincinnati Wyoming. Justin and James will face off against McCauley/Eddy of Cambridge.

The state tournament will be played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. The Lindner Center is home to the Western & Southern Open, the nation's oldest professional tennis tournament played in its city of origin. Many big names in tennis play at the Western & Southern, such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Serena Williams.

Congratulations and good luck to our doubles teams!  

ECLIPSE Club Learns about Conservation

The ECLIPSE Club members braved the cold temperatures, rain, and a little snow on Sunday morning as they kayaked a section of the Ottawa River through Ottawa Hills while picking up over 30 gallons of garbage along the way.  The ECLIPSE Club partnered with ODNR Division of Watercraft.  According to advisor Paul Genzman, “The Division of Watercraft taught us about river ecology and conservation. They let us use their kayaks and we helped clean up the river.” The water safety program is directed by Officer Sarah Genzman, Mr. Genzman’s sister-in-law.

The club also made a stop at the Ridgewood Fountain where they planted many native plants for the purpose of erosion control, attracting pollinators, and general beautification. Mr. Genzman also solicited the help of his wife Lianne, who has a graduate degree in Restoration Ecology and worked for several years restoring tributaries of the Niagara River. Mr. Genzman noted, “The students had an exciting morning and learned a lot about the river ecosystem, its impact on our area from Ottawa Hills to the Great Lakes, and how they can make, and are making a positive difference.”

Track & Field TAAC Highlights

The Varsity Track and Field team competed in the TAAC Championships atGibsonburg High School last Friday evening. Junior Cam Roller placed first in the 3200 meter run and second in the 1600 meter run. Freshman Michael Nichols placed second in both the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash.  Freshman Abby Hauck placed second in the 1600 meter run and Charlie Moynihan placed second in the discus. In the final tally, the boys team finished 2nd and the girls team took 7th place. Many thanks to Coaches Rachel Wanner, Mark Nusbaum, Michael Stephens, Greg Neuendorf, Josh Stedke, and Andy Artiaga. Highlights from the TAAC championships are listed below. 

Good Times with Gatsby at After Prom

Students took a step back in time to the “Roaring Twenties” when they left Prom and headed to the high school for the annual After Prom. After Prom organizers selected “Club Gatsby” as the theme, decorating the school with the glitz and glamour associated with that era of American history. Students enjoyed a wide variety of activities, including card games, foam pit dancing, poker, a mechanical bull, a chocolate fountain, coffee bar, and bubble soccer.  

Many thanks to 2016 After Prom Committee; Chair Kristi Hoffman, Lori Hanrehan, Patti Robb, Jill Roman, Nicolle Zinck, Cindy Hoeflinger, Heather Allen, Heather Westmeyer, and Julie Boesel. Special thanks to all of the other junior parents who volunteered countless hours of their time to create a fun-filled, highly entertaining, and safe experience for our students on Prom night. Many thanks to After Prom sponsors Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association, Key Bank, Brian Matters, OH21, and the Village of Ottawa Hills.

2016 Prom Invites Students for a Trip Around the World

By all accounts, the 2016 Prom Committee succeeded with their ambitious plans to take attendees on a trip around the world.  Students transformed four large rooms on the main floor of Inverness into thematic stops that included an international airport terminal, Jardin de Tuileries and café Les Deux Magots of Paris, a Moroccan living room, and a Las Vegas ballroom. The decorations, food, and music made for an extraordinary evening. Aidan McMurray and Courtney Hylant were named prom king and queen.  

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Anatomy Students Visit UTMC

Anatomy students visited the University of Toledo Medical College for tours of the Interprofessional Immersion Simulation Center (IISC) and the Cadaver Lab. The IISC is a recent addition to the campus and is a highly sophisticated simulation center that incorporates a virtual immersive reality center, an advanced clinical skills center, and a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center. During the tour of the IISC, the students saw mannequins that breathed and gave birth, experienced 3-D images of the heart and brain, and learned about the most innovative approaches to teaching medical students. The students also toured the Cadaver Lab, where medical students from UTMC showed them a real cadaver and many preserved human organs. The O.H. Anatomy students were able to connect their classroom learning to real life as they were able to hold and explore many organs of the body, including a brain, lungs, liver, and heart. Thanks to teacher Jeanine Bailey for organizing the trip and to parent Cindy Hoeflinger for chaperoning.

Stellar Performance at State Science Day

On Saturday, May 14, several Ottawa Hills students spent the day with hundreds of other high school students at the Ohio Academy of Science’s State Science Day at Ohio State University. James Silk, Joe Boesel, Neha Kazmi, and Zara Ahmed qualified for States by advancing through the local and regional competitions.  After spending several hours presenting their findings to judges and other visitors at the event, the students were assessed on the following criteria: knowledge achieved, use of scientific method, technological design, clarity of expression, creativity, and originality. 

James Silk and Joe Boesel received a“superior” rating for their research on bacteria found in athletic mouth guards. Zara Ahmed and Neha Kazmi received an “excellent” rating for their research on bacteria found on “chipped vs. intact dishes.”  Many thanks to science teacher Jeremy Nixon, UT biology professor Raphael Garcia-Mata, and BGSU professor Emilio Duran, who mentored the students throughout the process. Congratulations, James, Joe, Zara, and Neha!

Attention TARTA Bus Riders:

Due to the May 23 closure of Talmadge between Bancroft and Brookside (for 30 days), students who live on Bonniebrook and Brittany are directed to catch the #2 bus at Brittany and Underhill.

According to the Village office, local traffic (residents) will be able to access the area, but through traffic (buses) will not. 

If you have questions or concerns about the bus schedule, please contact Tom Metzger, TARTA Superintendent, at 419-245-5202 or 419-245-5235.

Hardman Wins BCSN Coach of the Year!

OHHS Baseball coach Chris Hardman received Coach of the Year Award at BCSN’s annual banquet on Thursday, May 19. Chris started teaching and coaching at Ottawa Hills in 1974. He taught physical education and health and coached cross-country, football, basketball, and baseball. He has been the head baseball coach at Ottawa Hills for 36 of the last 38 years. He is a member of the Toledo Area Athletic Conference (TAAC) Hall of Fame and the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame. He retired from teaching in 2014. He is revered by coaches and players. Congratulations, Chris Hardman! Well-deserved!

47th Annual Green Bear Relays

Friday, May 6 was a gorgeous day for the 47th annual Green Bear Relays held at Black Field at Niedermeier Stadium. Nearly a dozen schools from all over northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan brought their track and field athletes to participate in one of the longest running track meets in Ohio. “I am so proud of our students’ performance and grateful to everyone who made Green Bear Relays possible,” said Coach Rachel Wanner. Both teams, boys and girls, finished in 6th place out of 12 teams. Many thanks to Coaches Rachel Wanner, Mark Nusbaum, Michael Stephens, Josh Stedke, and Andy Artiaga; athletic director Tim Erickson; and to the army of volunteers who made the event a huge success.

Students of the Month

Congratulations to Students of the Month Claire Denk (8) Santiago Garcia-Mata (10), and Courtney Billstein (12).  Look for these three outstanding students in the June issue of Village Life & Home. Three students are chosen for this honor each month by a committee of faculty and staff at the junior/senior high school. Congratulations to Claire, Santi, and Courtney!


Audrey Rotman is Student of the Week

OHHS Senior Audrey is the Toledo Blade's Student of the Week. She is the daughter of Philip and Beth Rotman. In herBlade feature, which can be seen here, Audrey notes that her favorite school subject is Government. At Ottawa Hills, she is a member of Model United Nations, the softball team, and the yearbook staff. She enjoys yoga, cooking, and traveling. After graduation, Audrey plans to attend Furman University to major in political science with a focus on educational policy. She will enjoy any career that allows her to travel.

Congratulations, Audrey! 

Hannah Shariff and Claire Denk Place First at UT Science Competition

Hannah Shariff and Claire Denk won first place for their research on “The Influence of Spring Precipitation on the Algae Bloom in Lake Erie” at the University of Toledo’s  OhioView SATELLITES Geospatial Technologies Conference. 

The purpose of UT’s program is to help students and teachers explore local landscapes through space technologies. Funding and support for the program comes from UT, NASA, USGS, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Space Grant Consortium, and AmericaView. Hannah and Claire placed first out of 32 teams. According to science teacher Paul Genzman, “The judges pulled me aside after the event and told me they were really impressed with the girls’ passion and intensity.” Outstanding job, Clare and Hannah!

Right to Resist Authority Essay Wins Contest

Congratulations to eighth grade student Rhiannon DeMilt who placed first in the 7th and 8th grade division of the Caty Armstrong Memorial Law Day essay contest sponsored by the Toledo Bar Association and The Blade. Essays were judged on format, clarity, style, reasoning, creativity, and overall effort. Rhi received her award at a luncheon last week and was presented with a $100 savings bond.  

Teacher Kristie Stevens and Rhi’s parents John and Maura joined her at the event. Students who participated in the contest responded to the following prompt: Miranda: More than Words.  See the story in The Blade about the contest and reception for the winners by clicking here. You can read Rhi’s essay by clicking here. Nicely done, Rhiannon!

Mr. Genzman's Science Students Get Creative

Junior high science teacher Paul Genzman wants his students to see real world application of science beyond the classroom and he reminds students that it was the French philosopher Voltaire, not Spiderman, who said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”  For Mr. Genzman, empowering his students to take control of their educational destinies is at the heart of his pedagogy. He tells his students, “Your great power is ‘science’ and your great responsibility is making the world a better place.” 

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