On a very warm evening, Saturday, May 26, 2012 Bluffton High School held its 131st Commencement in the school’s gymnasium. The class of 2012 had a total of 76 graduates, with nine valedictorians (Hannah Chappell-Dick, Ashlin Gable, Lucas Harnish, Michael Liska, Abbey Rieman, Lindsey Sneary, Taylor Steele, Halle Steingass, Jane Sycks) and a salutatorian, Kallen Terry. Ashlin Gable, Halle Steingass and Michael Liska were the three student speakers, who all shared personal memories of classmates and best wishes for the future as well. In Liska’s speech, he chose to address each fellow student within the class to share something he admired about each person and bid them all a happy farewell.
What are the chances of two different grandparents living in Bluffton that both have grandkids competing in the U.S. Junior Olympics? Believe it or not, this year, those odds were pretty good. Alec Yoder, grandson of Alan and Diann Yoder of Bluffton, and son of Mike and Rebecca Yoder of Indianapolis, IN, competed in the U.S. Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships held May 10-13 in Cincinnati, OH, as a Level 10 (14-15 year old divison) gymnast. The national event hosts over 700 athletes from all 50 states that are eventually whittled down to six finalists for each event that vie for the number one spot on the final day of competition.
The annual Memorial Day Parade, scheduled for Monday, May 28, 2012, will start at the Bluffton Town Hall at 9:00 a.m. Those who would like to participate in the parade are asked to be at the town hall at 8:45 a.m. The Bluffton American Legion Post Honor Guard will lead the Parade followed by the Bluffton High School Band. All citizens are asked to remove their caps to show respect for the American Flag. The parade will march along Main Street to Grove Street and then to Maple Grove Cemetery, where the ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker for the Bluffton American Legion Post 382 will be Chad Cupples, son of Jerry and Sonia Cupples of Bluffton, Ohio.
by Kendra Olson Bluffton University has many students that come from faraway places, one such student is a girl named Shahad. Shahad is originally from Baghdad, Iraq. She lived there with her parents and younger brother until the growing unrest made them decide to move in 2007. Shahad’s father went to northern Iraq so that he could work, while she, her mother, brother, and a couple of her cousins moved to Damascus, Syria. By that time Shahad had finished high school.