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May 23, 2019

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15 minutes with Nicole McConnahea

Full-time mom and Exec Assistant of BCE

Interviewed by Liz Gordon-Hancock
Nicole Renee McConnahea grew up in Van Wert county, and graduated from Lincolnview High School. She got her Bachelor's in Organizational Communication, with a Marketing minor from Ball State University. She is married to Matthew McConnahea, and they have three children, ages 7, 5 and 2.

15 minutes with Jed Marquart

On latin club, track team, and the Betty Crocker award

As this year's graduation fast approaches, the Icon looks to past valedictorians of Bluffton High School to inspire this year's graduates as they set sail on adventures unknown.

Many BHS graduates return to their Bluffton roots; that's what Jed Marquart, valedictorian of the class of 1976, did. After studying at Ohio Northern University, and moving down to Dayton to work for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he got a job at ONU and moved back. 

Jed Marquart is currently Professor of Mechanical Engineering at ONU. 

15 minutes with Landon Cluts

"Just remember that you come from Bluffton, a small Northwest Ohio town that has watched you grow up over the years and they are still going to be here to support you along the way."

As this year's graduation fast approaches, the Icon looks to past valedictorians of Bluffton High School to inspire this year's graduates as they set sail on adventures unknown.

The Icon managed to catch Landon Cluts for a quick chat - he is a valedictorian of the class of 2014.

What activities were you involved in as a BHS student? Feel free to include all your extra-curricular activities, even if they're from church or other organizations, not just school. 

15 minutes with Brigette Hoff

"Music was probably my favorite school activity and 4-H was my favorite activity outside of school."

As this year's graduation fast approaches, the Icon looks to past valedictorians of Bluffton High School to inspire this year's graduates as they set sail on adventures unknown.

Interestingly, a few valedictorians, such as Brigitte Herr, came back to BHS as teachers. She's known now as Brigette Hoff (or Mrs. Hoff to students).

Brigette (Herr) Hoff is a valedictorian of the class of 1986.

15 minutes with Tatyana Shekochikhin

"Looking back, I don't care about perfect attendance or whatever. What is important is something that I didn't do enough of - be a nice person." 

As this year's graduation fast approaches, the Icon looks to past valedictorians of Bluffton High School to inspire this year's graduates as they set sail on adventures unknown.

The Icon interviewed Tatyana Shekochikhin, a valedictorian of the class of 2003.

What activities were you involved in as a BHS student? Feel free to include all your extra-curricular activities, even if they're from church or other organizations, not just school.

15 minutes with Stacy Stumbaugh

"Don’t be pressured to pursue a 4-year degree just because your friends are." 

As this year's graduation fast approaches, the Icon looks to past valedictorians of Bluffton High School to inspire this year's graduates as they set sail on adventures unknown.

The Icon interviews Stacy (Geiger) Stumbaugh, BHS valedictorian of the class of 2005.

What advice do you have for the BHS graduates of 2019? What would you tell your newly-graduated self, as you left the high school building after graduation day?

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