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June 25, 2019

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Card show for Derek and Joy

Dick and Donna Dukes announce the marriage of their son, Derek Dukes, to Joy Stemen on May 22, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in a private ceremony in Hawaii.  Viewers may participate in a card shower for them. Their address is: Derek and Joy Dukes, 458 W.Elm St., Bluffton, Ohio   45817.

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Here's the BHS class of 2019 future plans

Everything from accounting to zoology - and photos of graduation

Graduates from the Bluffton High School class of 2019 share their future plans with Icon viewers. There's everything from accounting to zoology.

And, we've attached some photos of commencement by Jamie Nygaard. Future plans follow, and go to the bottom of the story for commencement photos.

In addition, the 2019 commencement is attached. It includes all graduate names plus lists honor students.

Noah Adams
University of Iowa
Undecided

Jason Althaus
The Ohio State University ATI
Plant and Soil Management

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The Bluffton Story - part 7

Written by Bluffton 6th graders in 1953-54

Note: Bluffton sixth graders in the 1953-54 school year (graduating class of 1960) created a booklet titled "The Bluffton Story." The following article is part of that booklet, which is now in the history collection at the Bluffton Public Library. This series continues each week on the Icon.

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It started in 1881

Bluffton HS honors student history

Later today, Saturday, May 25, Bluffton High School (BHS) will hold its 138th commencement. There are 9 valedictorians and 1 salutorian in the graduating class of 2019. 

Here's the historic list of valedictorians and salutorians of BHS from present day to the original class of 1881.
Please note, this list is not comprehensive.

2019      Seth Andreas, Madeline Burghaze, Kennedy Coughlan, Rhett Donaldson, Amelia Mitchell, Katie Prater, Lily Shadle, Amanda Speicher and Hannah Yost.    
Jackson Steinmetz - Salutorian

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Excellent and Superior!

Fifth-sixth grade and junior high string orchstras score high at contest

• Junior high "Superior"
• Fifth-sixth grade "Excellent"
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The Bluffton Junior High string orchestra earned a ‘Superior’ rating and the Bluffton fith-sixth grade string orchestra earned an ‘Excellent’ rating at Ohio Music Education Associate large group adjudicated event held at Parkway HS last week.

The junior high orchestra performed in class “A” with “An English Folksong” arranged by Terry McQuilkin, “Lullaby to the Moon” by Brian Balmages and “The Lumber Camp Song” arranged by Carrie Lane Gruselle.

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Bluffton student graduates from Manchester University

Manchester University conferred undergraduate, professional and graduate degrees to 331 student on Saturday, May 18.

Mariah Fleming, of Bluffton, received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology. 

The mission of Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., is to graduate persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.

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