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April 14, 2021

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Here's this school year's academic letter winners

Members the Bluffton High School classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023

Bluffton High School's 22nd annual academic letter assembly took place on March 30.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a 3.5 cummulative grade point average or higher receive an academic letter.

Due to covid restrictions this year, students received letters during a ceremony at school. It was recorded for parents to watch at a later time.

Previous letter winners are listed with an * by their name. The printed program is attached below.


Meet Simon Derstine, BHS student of the month

Hopes to attend Heidelberg and major in business and finance


Simon Derstine, a senior, is the Bluffton High School March student of the month.

He is a member of Student Senate, National Honor Society and Ocean Focus. He received a "Student of the Year" award in Art 1 and twice in Robotics.

He also has received an Academic Letter each year. He is on the Bluffton High School soccer, swim and track teams.


Hey, mom! I'm on the honor roll

Bluffton elementary honor roll is here

Here is the Bluffton Elementary honor roll for the third quarter of the 2020-21 school year.
• CLICK HERE for the middle school honor roll
• CLICK HERE for the high school honor roll

All A


Bluffton native Joe Goodman illustrates "Master Trappers"

Described as the most comprehensive trapping book written in the last 50 years

“Running a trapline for muskrats with my dad during my early school years earned many fond memories that will stay with me forever,” says Joe Goodman.

The Bluffton native, recently combined those skill with his artistic ability. He has illustrated a book  “Master Trappers,” recently released by Tom Miranda Outdoor Incorporated of Englewood, Florida.

It is described as the most comprehensive trapping book written in the last 50 years.

The full-color, 8 ½ by 11-inch book contains 400 pages with dozens of color illustrations by Goodman.


Look who is on the middle school honor roll

One student or more who you know

Here's the Bluffton Middle School third quarter honor roll for the 2020-21 school year.

All “A” Honor Roll

6th Grade:  Ariana Bowling, Coby Dailey, Karden Geiser, Avery Hobensack, Daphne Johnston, Chase Kelly, Emmitt Kidd, Kate Klinger, Eli Lehman, Karlie Lora, Nora Matthews, Greta Myers, Owen Shoemaker, Tate Steinmetz, Gracie Warren


Bluffton's next elementary principal needs very little introduction

Bluffton University grad, taught at Grove, is principal at Cory-Rawson

Bluffton’s soon-to-be elementary principal, Ben Thiel, needs very little introduction.

A 2009 Bluffton University graduate, he is currently elementary principal at Cory-Rawson, a position he has held since 2018-19 school year. And, from 2014 to 2018 he was a junior high and high school social studies teacher and assistant football coach at Columbus Grove.

He is a Lincoln Hall alum, played on the Beaver football team, and became acquainted with Jeff Richards during college.