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May 31, 2020

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16 minutes* with Ron Edinger, 1960 BHS grad

He almost drowned in the Buckeye, was paddled in high school, participated in a history-making Panama flyover and lots more

Ron Edinger left Bluffton in the early 1960s, but Bluffton never seemed to leave him. A 1960 BHS grad, the Icon offers this 16-minute* interview with a very loyal Icon viewer who lives in Florida.

So, you attended Bluffton High School?
I was just another face in the crowd. I played baseball and for one season, football.

15 minutes with Jenny (Sylak) Goodrich

Music teacher and softball coach in the UP; took her team to the regional finals

Icon: We understanding you are a high school teacher and softball coach.
Jenny: I teach and coach at Bark River-Harris High School in Michigan.

Icon: Where is it on the Michigan map?
Jenny: It’s in Harris, Michigan, about 10 miles northwest of Escanaba in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. About 10 hours from Bluffton.

15 minutes with Alee Gratz-Collier

About starting her own business - River Valley Pasta

Alexandria (Alee) Gratz-Collier graduated from BHS in 2004, and went to college at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. She (along with her business partner) is the force behind River Valley Pasta, a home-made pasta company.

The Icon sat down with Gratz-Collier to hear a bit more about her life and business venture.

What have you been up to since graduating from BHS? Where are you based now?
Since college, I have been working in the service industry in Findlay. No kids, but a VERY proud aunt. I'm not married, and am living in Findlay.

15 minutes with Jordan Cluts

From BHS to NASA

Interviewed by Liz Gordon-Hancock
The class of 2019 graduated on May 25 at Bluffton High School's 138th commencement. As part of their send off, we look back to past BHS valedictorians for a little encouragement and perspective.

The Icon caught up with Jordan Cluts, who was valedictorian of the class of 2008.

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.