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Juarez wins oratorical prize for treatment of elders speech

ABOVE) Jenna Juarez of Fremont, Ohio, earned first place with “Promoting Peace in Skilled Nursing Facilities.” BELOW) Presentations were made by Jenna Juarez, Jenia Freewalt, Zach Boch, Carter Ritchey, Micah Dodson and Kennedy Parker.

Feeling valued is even more important for those living in skilled nursing facilities according to Bluffton University junior Jenna Juarez. She advocated for including meaningful daily activities for elders in her winning speech during the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest at Bluffton.

Students are given the opportunity to compose and deliver a speech that applies Christian principles of peacemaking to contemporary social issues. The winner of the Bluffton competition advances to compete with winners from other Mennonite-related colleges and universities.

Jenna Juarez ’25, a Communication and Media major from Fremont, Ohio, plans to pursue a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy with the intention of working in geriatric care. “Providing our elderly with the option to be a meaningful part of their community gives them a sense of purpose and makes life worth living. It instills a sense of peace within,” she said. “I know that is what made my grandfather be able to live to 100. I hope to provide this meaningful, purpose-driven peace to my future patients as well.”


Weekend Doctor: Dressing for imaging, not image

By Jill Jaynes, RT (R)
Director of Imaging Services, Blanchard Valley Health System

If you have ever had to have an imaging test, you may have been asked to change your clothes, remove jewelry, take out hearing aids, etc. Let’s review how to “dress for success” and other steps you will want to consider prior to arriving for your next imaging exam. 

If you are going to have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) conducted, it is best to leave your jewelry at home. You will be asked to remove jewelry before entering the exam room. Jewelry will show up when taking an X-ray if it’s in the field of interest. We want to make sure your valuables are safe and protected, and the easiest way to do that is to remove them beforehand. With that said, if you can leave jewelry at home, you won’t have to worry about it during the time of your exam.



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Gary Wetherill recognized for his "long term commitments" to the Bluffton community

Pictured L-R) Greg Ring, Mary Ann Ring, Gary Wetherill, Lois Wetherill, Andy Wetherill.

Bluffton Lions celebrate their 2023 Citizen of the Year

By Paula Pyzik Scott

Has it been 20, 30, 40 or more years since you went to high school? Do you remember performing or watching your classmates perform in the school musical? And do you remember who directed the production?


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