Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

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
‘Yearbooks for Seniors’ project

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