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September 19, 2021

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41st annual BHS awards program

Scholarships, special awards and individual class awards presented

Bluffton High School students participated in a student-only 41st annual BHS annual academic awards program May 14.

The ceremony included college and university awards and scholarships, plus individual scholarships including the following:


Bluffton school orchestras participate in large group contest

High school, junior high and 6th grade orchestras

The Bluffton School orchestras recently participated in a re-imagined large group contest held on May 6. 

Dave Stein, Lima Senior Orchestra director, was invited to adjudicate the Bluffton orchestras. The orchestras are under the direction of Rachael E. Lewis. 

Bluffton HS Orchestra performed in class "C" playing "Measured Tones" by Alan Lee Silva and "Concertino in G" by Elliot del Borgo. Rating 'Superior."


Write a caption - maybe win a pizza

The Icon took this photo during the senior breakfast on Friday. It shows Marvin Diller, Charles Amstutz and Richard Boehr.

The Icon invites persons to write a caption for this photo. The best two captions will win the following prizes:

• First prize is a 1-item, 14-inch Padrone's Pizza
• Second prize is a $10 gift certificate from Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn

Send entries to: CAPTION CONTEST via email at [email protected].

No entries will be accepted from Facebook.


Sielschott named to Small Business Advisory Council

Appointed by Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp today appointed Robert E. Sielschott of Lima to the state’s Small Business Advisory Council.

Sielschott is a partner is Sielschott, Walsh, Keifer and Regula and Sherer, CPA, with an office on Bluffton's Main Street.

The council is a nine-member panel that advises on government rules and regulations and helps identify those that place unnecessary burdens on Ohio’s job creators.


Allison Burghaze is the April BHS student of the month

She hopes to major in special education/early childhood education

Allison Burghaze is the April Bluffton High School student of the month.

She is active in several organizations at Bluffton HS including SADD Club, Drama Club, Spanish Club, Art Club, FCCLA and orchestra.

She was a member of the golf team as a sophomore, junior and senior. She received the textile and design award and has also received academic, choir and orchestra letters.


Faith Sealscott recipient of Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Faith Sealscott is the 2021 recipient of the Barbara Fleming Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO). 

Faith is a 2019 graduate of Allen East High School and attends Ohio Northern University, pursuing a degree in nursing. 

Faith has been working at Willow Ridge for two years. 

This annual award of $500 provides scholarship support to an MHCO employee pursuing a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse, a Registered Nurse, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master’s of Science in Nursing.