Arcanum News: New year starts with lots of activities

On Jan. 27 at the home boys basketball game versus Franklin Monroe, Arcanum High School will honor the following teams for our Champions Night celebration: 1967 Boys Basketball, 1977 Girls Basketball, 1982 Girls Basketball, 1987 Boys Basketball and Baseball, 1992 Baseball and Boys Track, and 2002 Softball.

Members of each of these teams should be receiving an invitation to the celebration, if you are a member of one of these teams and have not received your invitation by Jan. 3; it means that a current address is not on file with the school. If you could please email your address to [email protected], an invite will be sent out as soon as possible. If you know someone who was a member of one of these teams, please share this information with them so that we can ensure that they get an invitation. Administrators and the Arcanum Athletic Department forward to having a wonderful celebration honoring great teams of AHS past!

The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee will be hosting a Barbecue Chicken Dinner on Jan. 27, prior to the Arcanum-FM boys’ basketball game. Tickets are $7 and are on sale now, they may be purchased at home basketball games until Jan. 21. Serving will be from 4:30 to 6:30 in the AHS cafetorium; curbside service will be available for carry-out. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the alumni scholarship fund.

The Ohio School Boards Association is celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January 2017 to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. School Board Recognition Month honors the members of Ohio’s more than 700 city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children.

The Arcanum-Butler Local School District is joining with other districts throughout the state to recognize the important contributions school board members make to their communities. “Our current school board members have been working together now for several years as a team,” said Superintendent, John Stephens. “As elected officials they represent a continued commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education. Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation to our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year‑round commitment on their part. On behalf of the students, staff and administration of the Arcanum-Butler Local School District I would like to thank our board members for their continued service.”

The board members serving Arcanum-Butler Local Schools and their years of service are: Board President Ed Everman, has served on the Arcanum-Butler Local Board since 1998, Vice President Tracy Fout, began serving in 2010, Mark Trask in February 2011, Bev Delk in January 2012 and Kelly Norris in April 2013. Thank you for your service to our school district!

Arcanum-Butler Local Schools and the Alumni Association will again be honoring our Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Trojans to recognize and honor those individuals who have made a significant impact through achievements, actions and contributions within their communities and professions and serve as exemplary role models for Arcanum students. The Alumni Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the Arcanum Alumni Homecoming set for April 22, 2017. Nomination forms are available in the alumni section of the website or can be picked up in the Board of Education office. Completed forms are due by Feb. 1.

Arcanum High School looks forward to celebrating our Fifth Annual Serve Arcanum on May 5 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The students of Arcanum High School (assisted by teachers and community members) will go out into the community and serve our citizens through a variety of service projects. This is the fifth year for this outstanding project that helps the citizens of our community. Administrators are soliciting opportunities for our students to assist you, your organization, or your business, with projects that they could help you complete. A few examples of projects would be to complete lawn care, painting, cleaning, etc.; you provide the job and supplies and they will provide the manpower. If you are interested in seeking their help contact the high school or email High School Principal Jason Stephan at [email protected]

Over the last four years, Arcanum High School students have completed over 170 different projects to help the people in our school district.

“And now we welcome a new year, full of things that have never been.” ~ Rilke

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in your next year, you surprise yourself.” ~ Neil Gaiman

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By Vickie Rhodehamel

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at [email protected] Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.