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Alex Anderson - BHS student of the month

Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson, Bluffton High School senior, is the September BHS student of the month.

She is a member of the Math Club, band, flag corp, jazz band and is a cheerleader. Her post-secondary involvement includes calculus I, II, psychology and integrated arts at Bluffton University. She plans to attend Bluffton University upon graduation from BHS and hopes to persue pre-medicine.

She is the daughter of Shellie and Tony Anderson, 316 Cherry St., Bluffton.


Bluffton resident launches Workplay Publishing

Andre Swartley

"For me writing is play. It's work to get other people to read it (my writing)," said Bluffton author and now book publisher Andre Swartley, in explaining how his new enterprise Workplay Publishing came into being.

Swartley of 137 N. Mound St., Bluffton, recently released his second novel, "Americanus Rex," which he calls the premiere title for Workplay Publishing. The story begins with a clich'e of a beauty pageant contestant wishing for world peace, and explores what might have to happen in our current global culture to make that wish to come true.


Low brass

Do you know this tune?

Matt Suderman, Bluffton High School band member, demonstrates his ability to perform scales without placing his lips on the mouthpiece of his low brass band instrument. Oct. 16 was band member parent night. Suderman is one of the seniors in the band. It was the final home game for the BHS football team, who placed Lima Central Catholic.


The community that eats together...

Wayne Matter has a good laugh as he fills his plate during the community dinner on Oct. 15.

It was only the second community dinner, but it was nearly a full house. The Bluffton Area Ministerial Association recently launched a twice-a-month community dinner.

The dinners are open to the public for the purpose of food, fellowship and fun. Dinners are from 6 to 6:45 p.m., at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, Main Street.


Pre-kindergarten artists at Bluffton Child Development Center

Allison Diller is a student in the Pre-Kindergarten class at Bluffton Child Development Center. She shares a pretzel with readers, which she made recently. Allison is the daughter of Jason and Rachel Diller of Bluffton.

Watch for a new student each week in The Icon.


Kara Gratz receives education honor

Bluffton High School music teacher Kara Gratz o was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High Scool Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Gratz was nominated by Amanda Rhonemus, a BHS student, for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom.