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15 minutes with Meri Skilliter

In advance of her new position as superintedent of Ada Schools in January

The Icon caught up with Meri Skilliter of Bluffton a couple days after she accepted the superintendent position at Ada schools. Here’s a portion of our discussion that is shared from the Ada Icon.

When you were a student, what teacher excited you about making a career in education?

Skilliter: Mrs. Hetrick, my fifth grade at Woodmore elementary, encouraged me to write. She was a fantastic teacher.

Tell us about your teaching career. Where did is start and how did you make your way to Ada?

15 minutes with Mitchell Ault

First-year student and starting quarterback at Walsh


The Icon caught up with Mitchell Ault, freshman at Walsh University, and quarterback on its football team. Mitchell holds Bluffton High School records with most career passing yards (5,645), most career completions (380/674), and most career TD passes (60).

15 with Morgan Schroeder…on her ironic career path, the secrets of American civilization, and Antarctica

Interviewed by Sophia Marcum

I was lucky enough to run into Morgan, who graduated from Bluffton High School in 2014, while she was working at the Bluffton Public Library this summer. Our conversation led to this interview.

Where do you attend school and what are you studying?

I am currently attending Anderson University with a major in Organizational Management and a minor in Sociology.  

What led you to this field of study?

15 with Joel Ritter…on learning from children, living in Granada, and the most beautiful things in the world

Interviewed by Sophia Marcum

A graduate of Bluffton High School’s Class of 2014, Joel Ritter has been doing some incredible things in pursuit of his aspirations. After spending this Spring semester studying abroad in Nicaragua, he took some time to share what’s been on his plate lately.

Where are you attending school and what are you studying?
I'm attending Miami University and am majoring in Spanish Education and Spanish.

15 with Ashton Cluts…on her upcoming journey to South Africa, the power of music, and being a student of the world

Interview by Sophia Marcum

After graduating Bluffton High School in 2011 and completing her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education (minor in Theatre) at Baldwin Wallace University, Ashton Cluts has taken some time to tell us what’s coming up next in her life…

Looking back on your undergrad experience, which opportunities are you most grateful for?

15 minutes with a true railroad fan - Jim Sexton

By Monty Siekerman
From the Ada Icon

15 with Jim Sexton...

Why do you video tape trains coming through Ada at the Railroad Depot Park?
I've always been interested in trains, ever since growing up in Ada. I now live in Bluffton?
What do you do with the tapes?
I edit them and put then online for others to see.

15 with Sarah Schriner…on ministries for mothers, Nicaragua, and lasting impressions of BHS

Interview by Sophia Marcum
With all the busy-ness of midterms, spring-break, and Easter holiday, we were lucky enough to get a hold of Sarah Schriner as she returned from a service immersion experience in Nicaragua. She graduated from Bluffton High School in 2014 and shares below what she’s been up to since then.
Where do you attend school now and what are you studying?
Franciscan University, studying social work. 
How would you describe Franciscan University to someone who has never heard of it?

15 with Landon Cluts...on Mennonite community, human zombies, and the food/brain connection

Interviewed by Sophie Marcum
Landon graduated from Bluffton High School in 2014. We caught up with him in between his time spent in research labs, Raising Cane’s, and textbooks.
Where are you attending school and what are you studying?
I’m at Ohio State University studying Neuroscience with a minor in Clinical Psychology and Individual Difference. I am also taking the pre-med track.
What led you to this field of study?

15 with Nicholas Slinger…on his observations as an RA, intriguing historians, and lessons learned from high school band

 Interview by Sophie Marcum
Over winter break we had the chance to catch up with Nicholas Slinger. He graduated from Bluffton High School in 2013 and has shared some great insights from the perspective of a college upperclassman.
Where do you attend school and what are you studying there?
Ashland University studying Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Political Science. 
What led you to choose this major?

15 with Adel Sommers…on inspiring children to reach their potential and the perks of a liberal arts education

Interview by Sophie Marcum

As one of Bluffton High School’s most recent graduates, Adel has been immersed in her freshman year. She is at Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind., and is majoring in Elementary Education. We had the opportunity to ask her about life since graduating. Here’s what we learned…