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State contender

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For OHS sophomore wrestler, Kevin Lee, it was an opportunity he had earned after a long, hard season of training and a string of victories. His years of training and experience (he’s been wrestling since the second grade) paid off and he was the first OHS wrestler to qualify for the state wrestling tournament in five years. He unfortunately was defeated the first two rounds of the tournament which ended his hopes for this year, but plans to be traveling back to Columbus, OH next year. Go Kevin!

Jills hoopsters finish District runner-up

On Friday, March 6 the Oakwood Jills made an appearance in the District Finals of the State Basketball Tournament for the first time in 17 years. The Jills found themselves taking on the 23-0 and No. 1 ranked Tipp City Red Devils. Trying to shake out the nerves the Jills were down 15-5 at the end of the first quarter and it looked like Tipp City may run away with it.

The second quarter saw the Red Devils score the first four points and then go scoreless for the next six minutes as Oakwood started to settle in. The Jills went on an 11-0 run and found themselves down 19-16 going into half time. The third quarter saw the Jills tie the game up at 21 before Tipp City scored on the next two possessions. Going into the fourth quarter the Jills were down 33-25. The game never got closer than six points the rest of the way as Tipp City proved to have a little too much fire power. After connecting on five of eight free throws in the last two minutes of the game the Red Devils claimed a 50-33 victory. Alex Miller led the Jills with 16 points followed by six points for Brooke Trauthwein. Cathryn Hardy’s four points, Molly Breidenbach 3, and Hannah French and Ellen Smith with two each rounded out the scoring for the Jills. Oakwood finishes the season 17-6.

We want to thank everyone who showed up Friday to support us, as well as those who supported us throughout the season. It was a great season and a true team effort.

Rep. Husted to speak at Oakwood GOP luncheon

State Representative Jon Husted will be guest speaker March 12 for the Republican Council of Oakwood’s luncheon meeting at Moraine Country Club.

The group, affiliated with the National Federation of Republican Women, is open to any registered Republican woman of voting age and residing in Montgomery County. Lunch is at noon. Cost is $17. For reservations and for more information, call 293-1713.

School Board....
Students show off Rube Goldberg machines

The wonderment of Rube Goldberg machines – those wacky, complex contraptions seen in cartoons – was showcased by eighth graders at last night’s meeting of the Oakwood Board of Education.

The students had been assigned by their teacher Bill Tant in science class to design a mechanism that could knock over a domino in six or more steps, a concept based on the invention of Rube Goldberg, the famed engineer and cartoonist. The students demonstrated several of their machines made largely of miscellaneous toy parts.

Tant, who said he was impressed with how the students demonstrated the machines, explained that their ideas and inspiration for the project came from videos and online sites about Goldberg machines. Tant gave them the option to work independently or in groups, and the choice of their own materials and design plan.

The students said working on the project was both “funny and frustrating” at times, and took them less than a week to build their Goldberg machines.
Among commendations at the meeting, the board recognized the high school academic team (Nick Grilliot, Sarah Hanselmann, Stephanie Hemmelgarn, Jeremiah Johnson, Joey Neff, Tyler Philo, Will Reese, Tristan Schnader, Nathan Thomas and Sterre ter Haar) for winning the SWBL regular season and league tournament. They placed second in both the Miami Valley Academic Competition regular season and league tournament, and were in the final eight teams in the region in High Q. They will play in the regional tournament on April 18. The team is coached by John Moore.

Also commended were Power of the Pen award winners: Megan Cleary, Mary Grace Donnelly (seventh graders), Hadley Smith, Ingrid Hofeldt, Alexa Coon, Lee McClory and Sophia Cothrel (eighth graders). The eighth grade team won first place. The entire group is advised by Susanne King.

Oakwood High School music students (band, orchestra and vocal) Ron Nelson, Nan Watson and Jeremy Storost were commended for an outstanding showing at the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition at Stebbins High School last month. Receiving a superior rating for vocal solo was Hayley Penshoff; receiving an excellent rating for vocal solo was Katie Mauch; receiving superior ratings for solo orchestral performance were Nathan Thomas, Alex Jaehnke, Andrew Morris, Lauren Ackerly (string quartet), Nathan Thomas (violin solo) and Sophia Snyder (viola solo); receiving excellent ratings were Nathan Thomas and Jacob Knorr.

Also, Superintendent Dr. Mary Jo Scalzo announced a number of athletes/coaches will be inducted into the Oakwood Athletic Hall of Fame during the annual awards reception on Sept. 3 at the Dayton Country Club. They will be recognized again at halftime during the home football game on Sept. 4. The honorees include:

  • George Neal (Class of 1931), fullback and captain of the 1930 football team, lettered in football, track and basketball, and was the 1931 state champion in shot put.
  • Howard Blose (Class of 1940), captain of the football and track team, and lettered in football, track and basketball.
  • Howard “Howie” Sales (coach/teacher/athletic director from 1965-85), an Oakwood junior/senior high teacher of history, social studies, heath and PE, was head football coach from 1968-86 and was athletic director from 1988-95.
  • Tim Coughlin (Class of 1964), football and basketball player, ran track, and set a new school record with a 9.8 time in the 100-yard dash.
  • Katy Deddens Dalrymple (Class of 1993), four-year field hockey starter, ran track, was a swimmer, and received numerous honors and set several school records.
  • The entire 1942 OHS football team.

Among legislation, the board approved the following:

  • The resignation/retirement of media specialist/librarian Marianne Woeste, effective June 30, 2009. She has been with the district since August 1987.
  • The resignation of Latin/social studies teacher Matthew Briddell, effective Aug. 17, 2009. He has been with the district since August 2007.
  • The resignation of Spanish teacher Kellee Keys, effective June 30, 2009. She has been with the district since last June.
  • The proposed job share at Smith Elementary School between Christina Gluck and Amy Mullins as art teachers for next school year.
  • Numerous donations—$6,000 from Fred Bayley of the Class of 1943 for the American Dream Essay Contest; $500 from the Oakwood Rotary Club for Lange Elementary School; an anonymous donation of $16,679 for the Rosalind Wiseman Presentation; an anonymous donation of $1,000 on behalf of John Koepke; and the donation of a Precor treadmill from John A. Kennel for the high school weight room.

Oakwood Board of Education will hold their next regular meeting April 13, 7:30 p.m. at the central office.

Oakwood Sister City meeting March 15

The Oakwood Sister City Association invites all those    who are interested in citizen diplomacy to the first General Meeting and Membership Information Session on Sun-day, March 15, 2 p.m. in the Wright Library’s large meeting room (lower level). Benefits of membership include: regularly scheduled meetings, lectures, mini-courses and presentations, personal connections in host cities, social gatherings with an international flair, student exchanges, e-pal exchanges, chocolate tastings, great food, great company. Many other possibilities are on the horizon. All ideas are welcome! Currently, we are looking for two host families for 3-4 weeks in the summer. Membership rates are reasonable: $25 per family, $15 per individual, $5 per student. Some board positions are open.

The Oakwood Sister  City Association is a member  of  Sister Cities International, with “twin” cities in Outremont, Canada and Le Vésinet, France, as well as a Friendship Pact with Unterhaching, Germany. Visit our Facebook page or contact us at And come to the meeting!



March 10, 2009
Volume 18, No. 10

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Mulch sale to benefit OHS Prom

DCOWA to present film on Ethiopian Jews

Little Exchange holding gift drive for CMC

Lincoln program at Patterson Homestead

Vintage fashion show and luncheon March 11

Garden club selling Posey Power

@ the OCC... Spring Sports, Family 2-on-2 Basketball

Burt Saidel... Morris recital explores bass-baritone libretto

Classical guitarist to perform March 14

DAI Whitmore retrospective runs until April 5

Husband-wife exhibit thru March

Opera Overtures slated at four venues


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