OHMTA establishes scholarship to honor Donna Wipfli

Donna Wipli Portrait
Posted On: Friday, May 22, 2020

Donna Wipfli portraitTo celebrate her many academic and community contributions, the Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association (OHMTA) has created a scholarship to honor Donna Wipfli. Mrs. Wipfli is retiring this year after 30 years as a music teacher for Ottawa Hills Local Schools.

"The Donna Tozer Wipfli Choralier Award" will honor a graduating Choralier who aspires to the passions and artistic goals shared by Mrs. Wipfli. OHMTA members, students, and other community members surprised Mrs. Wipfli with the announcement May 8. (See below for information about donating to the scholarship)

The event caught her by surprise, as did the formal presentation of the scholarship award plaque by Ben McMurray, principal of the Junior/Senior High School. (View the May 8 presentation)

"Our schools have so much to celebrate. Teachers do incredible things in their classrooms every day with the steadfast support of administrators and colleagues across the curriculum," Mrs. Wipfli said later. "Students are encouraged and cared for and nudged to be their best. The creation of this award is recognition of how those ideals are embraced in the vocal music area. It is what we all aspire to give our students."

Gathered safely apart on her Village lawn, students sang one of their favorite Valentine’s songs and held homemade signs that read "Most Likely To ..." followed by a personal message to their teacher. The notes pay homage to Mrs. Wipfli, who ended every school year by sharing a handwritten "Most Likely To ..." message with each student.

The inaugural recipient is Rhi DeMilt (’20).  Among the qualities Rhi and future recipients will share with Mrs. Wipfli:

  • Believing in the enduring value of signing together with purpose
  • Embracing the impact of communicating ideas through words and music
  • Uniting the school and community through music
  • Sustaining the highest levels of commitment and musicianship
  • Discovering profound meaning and passion in singing.

About the scholarship:

The Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association created the scholarship with money donated from ticket sales of the cancelled Community Wait Night 2020. Mrs. Wipfli has been an integral member of OHMTA for many years and the organization is pleased we could honor her legacy.

Donations to the scholarship fund are welcome so the award can continue for many years.  Tax-deductible donations can be sent to:

Make checks out to:
"OHLS - Donna Tozer Wipfli Award" (please include)
Ottawa Hills Local Schools - Treasurer's Office
3600 Indian Road
Ottawa Hills, Ohio 43606

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