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Christopher Harnish top place finisher in university math contest

Sixty-five students from 17 high schools across the state recently took part in the 15th annual Bluffton University Mathematics Competition. During the one-hour competition, students completed a test consisting of short-answer questions covering a range of math topics through precalculus. Cash prizes were awarded to top finishers. 


Top finishers included:

1st place overall: Christopher Harnish, Bluffton High School 

2nd place overall: Benjamin Heck, Liberty Benton High School 

1st place junior: David Stirn, Shawnee High School

St. John's Reformed confirmation class of 1910 - from "The Bluffton We Never Knew"

Here are members of the St. John's Reformed Church (today St. John's United Church of Christ) confirmation class in 1910.

It is one of nearly 170 photos in "The Bluffton We Never Knew," a book to be released in December by The Icon.

Front row from left, Clara Niswander, Rev. Settledge and Gertrude Niswander.

Standing from left, Minnie Mueller Basinger, Rose Luginbuhl, Marie Matter Craig and Blanche Criblez Wilkins. (Photo from St. John’s church archives)

School board looking at new bus purchase

Also seeking special education agreement with Pandora-Gilboa

Bluffton school board will initiate bidding procedures on an 84-passengers school bus during its meeting on Monday. Bid opening is at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the superintendent’s office.

Several other actions are anticipated at Monday’s meeting. Those include, approving a special education agreement with the Pandora-Gilboa school district for the 2017-18 school year.

Several supplemental contracts are on the agenda. Four are for winter athletic coaches. Those persons are listed in the board agenda attached at the bottom of this story.

Jump-starting a nursing career

Bluffton sophomore is an OB scrub tech and works at MMH

By Cara Echols
Bluffton University student news writer

Kelsey May is jump-starting her career in the field of nursing with a unique opportunity.

Working with doctors and nurses to assist with childbirth, May, a sophomore from Van Buren, serves as an obstetrician (OB) scrub tech at Blanchard Valley Hospital while also working at a Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. She is gaining exceptional knowledge out of the classroom and getting first-hand experience in her major.

North Park holds off Bluffton women 63-59

November 18, 2017
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


CHICAGO, Ill. - The Bluffton University women’s basketball squad hit the court to face North Park University on Saturday, Nov. 18. After their upset of #7 Ohio Northern on a late Friday night, the Beavers came up just short to the host Vikings, 63-59, in the championship game while dropping to 1-1 on the season.

Spalding holds off Bluffton men 65-63

November 18, 2017
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant

ROANOKE, Va. - The Bluffton University men’s basketball team closed out the Roanoke Tip-Off with a contest against the Spalding University Golden Eagles in the consolation finals. It was a tight matchup as the game went back and forth. In the end, the Golden Eagles were able to come out on top in the final minute as Bluffton slipped to 0-2 following the opening weekend.

Bluffton stuns Ohio Northern University

ONU women's bball team was ranked 7th in the nation - game played in Illinois

The Bluffton University women's basketball team trailed 66-64 with the ball out of bounds and 3.7 ticks on the clock before sophomore TJ Mills (Dayton/ Chaminade-Julienne) took the inbounds pass and calmly drilled a 25-footer for a stunning 67-66 victory over #7 Ohio Northern.

It marked the first clash with ONU since 2000 and just the 4th win in 28 meetings with the Polar Bears.

Men's Hoops drops season opener at Roanoke

November 17, 2017
By: Colton Steiner, sports information assistant


ROANOKE, Va. - The Bluffton University men's basketball team opened its 2017-18 campaign in the Dick Leftwich Tournament against host Roanoke College on Friday, Nov. 17. Bluffton trailed just 20-18 with seven minutes to play in the first half but Roanoke turned that into a 12-point deficit at the break and the home team never looked back en route to a 70-55 victory over the Beavers.

Leggings, wreaths, Tupperware and scents out of this world

By Monty Siekerman, Ada Icon
Whether it was colorful leggings, homemade wreaths, Tupperware, or scents that are out of this world, the Ladies Luncheon at Ohio Northern had all of that and more.

Nine ladies, who are consultants or independent distributors, sold their wares at ONU Affinity Village on Saturday. They try to get together for a group show every other month in Bluffton, Ada, or a nearby town for the convenience of the shopper. And, they bring food for lunch which in itself is a treat.


Bluffton honor code in the world

The code now in existence for the 100th school year

At Bluffton University, students are held to a distinct system of accountability, one that permeates not only academic integrity, but all aspects of community life.

Bluffton is one of just 100 or so colleges and universities in the United States with an honor code.