West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28

CTC students making a difference

The Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center’s Yearbook Class has been working extra hard this year to make a positive difference. They have set an ambitious goal and are far on the way towards achieving it.

This was an entire class of yearbook novices, including Angela McGraw, the Yearbook adviser. McGraw says, “This has been a great learning experience for all of us, and I think we have especially benefited from having fresh eyes on a traditional program.” She noticed in the first few weeks of school that some of the students were working hard and putting their hearts into something that they, themselves, weren’t going to enjoy.

“Several students openly told me that they have never owned a yearbook and wouldn’t be purchasing this senior one either.” added McGraw.

Senior year is expensive, and Adams County is a working class community. Many of the students at the OVCTC already have jobs and family obligations that are not typical for the average high school student. On the other hand, seniors are the stars of the yearbook. In fact, the Class of 2016’s motto this year is, “Our lives are before us, our past is behind us, but our memories are forever with us.”

Considering all this, the Yearbook Class set a goal of providing free yearbooks for every senior at OVCTC. These yearbooks will be gifted to all seniors at graduation. Juniors can order their books for $25, the at-cost price from the publisher. The yearbook has always covered their operating budget through ads in the yearbook sold to local businesses. They determined to cover the additional expense by selling more ads and by accepting individual sponsors.

There will be a page in the yearbook titled “Thank You for Sponsoring a Memory,” in which the names of all sponsors will be listed. The students will also detail the outcome of this venture in a follow-up newspaper article and list the sponsors there. Their ads to businesses have already matched the amounts brought in through previous years, completely covering their budget, and they are now focused on buying senior books. In the first few weeks of school, they wrote out their goal: 168 seniors at $25/book = $4,200.

“There are only so many businesses in the area,” McGraw points out, but there are many hard-working individuals who will step up to support our cause. I’m proud of our area. I believe we support our young people in every way we can.” She noted that her novice class has received helpful advice and encouragement from Bradford Photographic and Dennis Gustin, the Yearbook advisor at North Adams. “Good communities pull together for their kids,” says McGraw.

To sponsor a yearbook, contact any of the Yearbook Staff students at the school: OVCTC, 175 Lloyd Road, West Union, OH 45693 or call Angela McGraw at 937-217-5003.

Photo: From left: Back row: Kayla Adkins, Emma Grooms, Anslee Creech, Paul Aldridge, Donna Brodt, Morgan Grooms, Megan Madden, Shane Hillard, Austin McCord, Mrs. McGraw.

Front Row: Kylee Applegate, Samantha Enoch, Mary Lechner (Ryan Daugherty, not pictured)

The 2015-16 OVCTC Yearbook Class is well on its way to achieving its goal of providing a free yearbook to every senior at the school. They are pictured here: Front Row, from left, Kylee Applegate, Samantha Enoch, and Mary Lechner; Back Row, from left, Kayla Adkins, Emma Grooms, Anslee Creech, Paul Aldridge, Donna Brodt, Morgan Grooms, Megan Madden, Shane Hillard, Austin McCord, and Mrs. Angela McGraw. Absent from the photo was Ryan Daugherty.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_yearbook.jpgThe 2015-16 OVCTC Yearbook Class is well on its way to achieving its goal of providing a free yearbook to every senior at the school. They are pictured here: Front Row, from left, Kylee Applegate, Samantha Enoch, and Mary Lechner; Back Row, from left, Kayla Adkins, Emma Grooms, Anslee Creech, Paul Aldridge, Donna Brodt, Morgan Grooms, Megan Madden, Shane Hillard, Austin McCord, and Mrs. Angela McGraw. Absent from the photo was Ryan Daugherty. Submitted photo
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