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15 minutes with Jerrod Amstutz

Jerrod Amstutz

The last we talked you were student of the month at BHS in May. What's happened in your life since then?
Well, I graduated! Then during my summer break I went to France with Ebenezer Mennonite Church for two great weeks. I absolutely would love to go back. I also worked my second year at Camp Roberts in Shawnee, which is a free Bible camp for inner city Lima kids. I then started to attend Ohio Northern University.

Do you live on campus?

15 minutes with Ryan Lowry

Ryan Lowry

Interviewed by Mary Pannabecker Steiner

What year did you graduate from BHS?

I graduated from Bluffton High School in 2007.

What year are you at ONU? What is your major? Career plans/hopes?

I am a junior at ONU, majoring in marketing. I would like to get a marketing job after graduation. I've really enjoyed my market research class, so maybe something along those lines.

Do you have a job and/or have you had summer jobs? What kind of work have you done?

15 minutes with Joy Stemen

Joy Stemen

What year did you graduate from BHS?
2001

What are you doing now?

In 2008 I became a licensed massage therapist. While studying for that, I worked for two years at Common Grounds.

Do you drink coffee?

I do, I like a good dark roast. It must be fair trade. I put soymilk in it.

What is the age range of your massage clients?

From 18 to 89. They are from Bluffton, Ottawa, Pandora and Findlay.

How may massages might you do in one week?

15 minutes with Tish Triplett

Tish Triplett


Tish Triplett is a native of Bluffton now living in Cincinnati. Her mother, Jean Triplett, still lives in Bluffton, and she is the daughter of the late Morris Triplett.

Q. What year did you graduate from Bluffton High School?

A. I graduated from BHS in 1980. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do yet, but I knew I'd be going to college, so I focused on the college prep classes.

Q. What do you remember about school (elementary, middle, high)? What was your favorite cafeteria food? Any favorite teachers?

15 minutes with Jamie Nygaard

Jamie and Christian Nygaard and their sons

Q: When did you graduate from Bluffton High School?

A: 1995

Q: What did you do after high school?

A: I went to The Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology in Moraine (near Dayton). OIP&T is a tech school and doesn't have dorms, so I got an apartment with someone from my school and got a job at Bravo! Italian Kitchen as a hostess for the first couple years and then was promoted to banquet manager.


Q: What made you decide to settle in Bluffton?

15 minutes with James Pannabecker

James Pannabecker on his farm in Virginia

A regular feature of The Icon is "15 minutes with..." Our first interview is with James Pannabecker (jhpannabecker@yahoo.com).

Hometown: He and his wife, Karen, and their son, Adam, live outside Natural Bridge, Virginia
Bluffton High School, 1970 graduate
Bluffton College, 1974 graduate
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 1978 graduate
Juris Doctor, Master of Regional Planning

When did you leave Bluffton?
1970

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