Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:22
Sidney High School senior Rhett Rosengarten is the 2014 recipient of the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award.
The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award was established by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) to promote and recognizes outstanding academic achievement. This event honors each Ohio county’s best and brightest student. Each district high school nominates a student for this award.Only one from the county is awarded this honor.
Rosengarten is currently ranked at the top his class and maintains a grade point average of 4.15. Throughout high school, he has immersed himself in rigorous coursework including 8 Advanced Placement classes. His hard work and dedication have paid off as Rosengarten has earned all A’s throughout his entire high school career. He has also posted a stellar A.C.T. composite of 32.
In addition to his outstanding academic record, Rosengarten has been very involved during his high school tenure. He has been an integral part of both the football and wrestling teams for the past four years. He has earned numerous awards and honorable mentions in both sports. He is a two-year member of National Honor Society and was chosen as a homecoming attendant this year. Rosengarten was also one of the male nominees chosen to attend the American Legion Buckeye Boys’ State during his junior year.
Though his academics and his extra-curricular activities are important, giving back to his community is also an important part of his life. Rosengarten is extremely involved in his church, St. John’s Lutheran, as an active member of the youth Luther League. The focus of the group is volunteering and helping others in need. Rosengarten has volunteered for many service activities including going on several mission trips in South Dakota to help those less fortunate, helping with church restoration, and volunteering at the thrift shop.
SHS Guidance Counselor Deb Fahnestock shared, “In my almost 30 year career as an educator, I have encountered few students like Rhett. His hard work ethic and time management skills allow him to excel both inside and outside of the classroom. He is intelligent, committed, and respectful; he’s the complete package.”
Rosengarten aspires to be a civil engineer. He is the son of Mike and Kim Rosengarten.
Criteria for this selection includes the individual’s activities, awards, personal goal statement, GPA and ACT/SAT score.
Rosengarten has been invited to attend a special recognition luncheon at the Double Tree Columbus-Worthington on April 9, 2014.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:37
The SHS Academia team completed the GWOC season with a 16-1 mark falling only to Northmont while sweeping the GWOC North schools of Greenville, Troy, Piqua, Vandalia and Trotwood for the fourth straight year. In fact, the Jackets are 75-8 in league competition over the last five years. Varsity Team Members include Aaron Jensen, NourEddine Hijazi, Jack Martin and Tyler Schlagetter.
The same team won the Miami Valley Academic League tournament while finishing second during the regular season. The Miami Valley League includes several Dayton area teams including Tipp City, Carroll and Northmont.
Sidney Academic team had successful February at two invitational tournaments. At the Solon two day tournament over Presidents Day Weekend the team of Jensen, Hijazi, Martin and Schlagetter took third place on Saturday in a field of 32 teams and finished second on Sunday in a field of 14.
On March 1, SHS hosted the 2nd annual Yellow Jacket Invitational which included 24 teams from 3 states and featured 6 team ranked in the top 50 in the United States according to hsqbrank.com. The Yellow Jackets went 10-0 in the round robin, defeating nationally ranked teams Northmont, Detroit Catholic Central, Fisher Catholic (Lancaster, OH) George Washington (WV) St. Charles (Columbus). Sidney lost to Dublin Scioto in the championship round to finish second.
Monday, 10 March 2014 15:01
Private First Class (PFC) Becca Peachy of the United States Marine Corps recently spoke to eighth grade students at Sidney Middle School. Having just graduated from boot camp, PFC Peachy shared what drove her to enlist in the Marines, her experience at boot camp, and what those looking to enlist in the military should expect.
Peachy, a 2010 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, shared that she was a pretty good student and had earned a number of scholarship for college, enough that she was actually getting paid to go to school. Two years into it, she wasn’t getting out of it what she needed, and emotionally, her heart just wasn’t in it. After doing some research, she felt the desire to enlist in the Marine Corps.
In order to begin recruit training, aspiring Marines must pass the Initial Strength Test (IST). IST includes pull-ups/flexed-arm hang, crunches and a timed run. Additionally, all recruits must the Physical Fitness Test, (PFT), which is the standard test and consists of a three-mile run, pull-ups (no time limit) or flexed-arm hang, and crunches (two-minute time limit.) In addition to passing the IST and PFT, the Marine Corps requires an individual to be within acceptable weight and body fat standards. Peachy explained that she was put in the delayed entry program and was required to lose 20 pounds before she could enlist.
“Boot camp was a huge culture shock,” she said. “You arrive at the airport where you are taken by bus to Parris Island in South Carolina. Before you enter the portal, you stand on these yellow footprints. Every recruit begins their journey to becoming a Marine on the same yellow footprints. You’re given a speech about all of the other Marines who have stood there before you.”
She explained that you then go through the portal and are given one phone call – the only phone call you get during the 3 months of training. By the phone is a script you are to follow, simply saying, “I made it to Parris Island safely.” For three months of boot camp, you have no connection to the outside world – no cell phones, no phone calls, and no mail.
“Boot camp,” she says, “focuses on discipline and respect. In middle school and high school, there is little consequence for your action. That’s not how it is in the real world. Throughout boot camp, in addition to the physical and weapons training, you learn to be a good civilian. They teach you to walk, talk, and eat proper. You really learn to be the best person you can be in boot camp.”
She shared that there a different greetings that are proper depending on who you are greeting and the time of day. There is even a proper way of eating in the chow halls.
“You learn respect and discipline above everything else, and then you learn the skills.”
Peachy shared stories of the various training involved, including gas mask, rappelling, combat water, bayonet, and more. Following her short leave, Peachy is set to conduct her Military Occupation Specialty training at School of Infantry (SOI) for Infantry Training Battalion before moving onto her primary MOS school At SOI, Marines continue their education and training to become more proficient in the fundamentals of being a rifleman.
Primary MOS schools are determined by the results of the ASVAB tests, traditionally taken during junior year of high school. Peachy tested 95/100 on her ASVAB, allowing her to go into whatever specialty area she wants. She has chosen intelligence, as that is what she would like to do inside and outside of the military. Peachy explained that while there aren’t as many jobs in the Marine Corps as some of the other branches, “pretty much anything you can do in the civilian world, you can do in the military.”
Friday, 07 March 2014 16:15
SHS is proud to announce senior Eric Barnes was recently named School Winner for the prestigious Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Award. Barnes was chosen for his excellence in academics, athletics, and community leadership, and will move on to the next round of judging to compete for the coveted National award.
“On behalf of Sidney High School, we are excited to celebrate and honor the outstanding athletic and scholastic achievements of Eric Barnes with this prestigious award,” said SHS Principal Jon Geuy
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award is recognized as the most esteemed award at the high school level, as it encourages future leadership by acknowledging well-rounded students.
Barnes, the son of Bob and Cathy Barnes, was selected as a School Winner based on the following accomplishments:
Barnes is currently ranked at the top of his class and maintains a grade point average of 4.09. Throughout high school, he has challenged himself by enrolling in Advanced Placement as well as Dual Enrollment courses, earning over 50 credit hours from Edison Community College upon graduation. Barnes has been most successful in all of his coursework as he has earned all A’s during his freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and is on track to become one of Sidney High School’s valedictorians.
In addition to his stellar transcript, Barnes has been extremely active in sports and other extra-curricular activities. He has been an energetic member of the Swim Team for three years. He is a four-year member of both the Sidney High School Marching Band and Orchestra. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was selected to attend Buckeye Boys State his junior year. Barnes was elected by his peers his freshman, junior, and senior years to serve as Class President. Furthermore, he was chosen to represent Shelby County at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp last spring which was a prestigious honor. Barnes has earned perfect attendance eleven out of twelve years of his school career.
Outside of the school setting, he maintains his own lawn business. He is also a certified life guard and works part-time at the Sidney Municipal Pool. He enjoys playing piano and competes at class “A” level at State OMEA competitions. Community and pride are very important to Barnes as he volunteers with Gateway Arts as well as other non-profit organizations in Sidney.
“The nationally recognized Wendy’s High School Heisman Award helps these high-achieving students to stand out in the increasingly selective college admissions process,” said Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy and Wendy’s High School Heisman program spokesperson. “These outstanding seniors across the country can use this award as a stepping stone towards continuing success and high achievements.”
One male and one female from each high school are selected as School Winners from the nearly 48,000 applicants nationwide. At SHS, no female students applied. From there, State Finalists will be selected, then two State Winners from each state. This group is narrowed down to 12 National Finalists, who will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City, where they will attend the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Ceremony, announcing the two National Winners.
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