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January 21, 2019

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Buffton HS runner-up in NWC scholastic bowl

Bluffton High School scholastic bowl team is runner-up in this year's Northwest Conference competition.

Ada won the competition with a 8-0 record in matches held at Lincolnview  High School on Nov. 10.

 Crestview and Bluffton tied for 2nd with 6-2 records in the competition followed by Spencerville, Columbus Grove, Allen East and Paulding (tie), Lincolnview and Delphos Jefferson.

Standings for varsity teams with win/loss records for the competition are listed below:


Autumn Gesler, Icon's BHS artist of the month

Autumn Gesler, a Bluffton High School senior, is the Icon's student artist of the month.

Autumn has taken Art 1, Design 1 and Art Seminar. Following graduation she would like to explore movie and video games animation/modeling.

Concerning art, she says, "Like most things, art is a escape. It's nice to just draw or paint things that do not actually exist because life is not always glorious. So art to me makes life a bit better. I hope the art I make, now or in the future, somehow makes someone else's life a bit better as well."


60 feet above Main

We are teasing viewers with two photos from last Saturday's Christmas tree light decorating. Brendon Matthews took these two photos about 60 feet above Main Steet.

That's Matt Ellerbrock, Jeff Stratton and Tyler Bricker in the highlift. Watch the Icon later today more many more scenic Bluffton photos from 60 feet in the air.




"I can see your house from here!"

Kyle Gratz says that he can see your house from where he stands. This photo may not mean much, until you examine the next photo, taken from ground level - about 60 feet below Kyle.

Gratz was among nearly 20 volunteers who strung Christmas lights on five trees in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church yard on Saturday. Matt Ellerbrock took this photo and shares it with the Icon.

We aren't certain if the volunteers allowed Kyle to come back to earth. Next time you walk by the church, check to see if he's still up there.


Check out who you know on the 4th-5th grade honor roll

First grading period of 2018-19

Here is the Bluffton fourth and fifth grade honor rolls for the first grading period of the 2018-19 school year.


Fourth Grade

Willow Angel

Katrina Bauman

Joana Candido

Coby Dailey

Daphne Johnston

Kate Klinger

Nora Matthews

Rebekah Rehm

Owen Shoemaker

Gracie Warren

Fifth Grade

Isaiah Ansley

Madison Beasley

Brooklynn Bible

Lauren Bowers

Lucy Casey

Oliver Combs

Grady Coonfare


Student Senate creates tree for Ada auction

Bluffton Middle School Student Senate participated in decorating a tree that will go up for auction during the Festival of Trees at Community Health Professionals in Ada next week.

Students, from left, Faith Combs, Adanna Johnstone, Ella Armstrong, Leah Klinger, Gabe Meza, Christine McCafferty (senate advisor), Olivia Smallcombe, Amy Jebsen, Jack Hohenbrink (behind Amy), Rylee Setzer and Carter Hohenbrink. In front, Izzy Stechschulte and Asa Clingerman.