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First BVHS DAISY Award Recipient is Lauren Phillips

Lauren Phillips, RN, has received the first DAISY Award at Blanchard Valley Health System.

The DAISY Award is an international recognition program honoring nurses who have made a special difference in the lives of their patients. 


Cole Bowers is BHS December 2023 student of the month

The December student of the month at Bluffton High School is Cole Bowers, a senior with a 4.000 GPA. Cole is the son of John and Amanda Bowers of Bluffton.

Cole is very active at school, participating in drama club, choir (symphonic, chamber and show choirs), band (concert, marching and jazz bands), string orchestra, Academic Team, National Honor Society, the Four Guys and a Gal quartet and the BHS Gaming club.

He received multiple awards in Esports for: Smash Bros. MVP 2023, Smash Bros. Playmaker 2022, Valorant Most Improved in 2023 and Smash Bros. Coaches choice in 2022.

Cole is also a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop #256 where he received an Eagle Scout award. 

He currently takes CCP courses through Rhodes State College for Algebra and Trigonometry and at Findlay University he is in College Writing (via Bluffton High School),  General Psychology, and Healthcare Ethics. 


Bluffton Varsity Academic Team places first at 2023 NWC Scholastic Bowl

John-Paul Yoder named to 2023 All Tournament Team

Bluffton took home top honors at the 2023 Northwest Conference Scholastic Bowl Tournament held Friday, December 15, at The Ohio State University at Lima. Van Wert County rivals Crestview and Lincolnview tied for runner-up in the varsity division. Spencerville won the junior varsity division and Lincolnview took home runner-up.


First novel published by local author Taylor Starnes

Taylor Starnes is a Bluffton area stay at home mom with two daughters and 10 years of experience as a short story writer. In November 2023 she released the novel Hard Chargin' Love on 

Starnes plans to make this the first installment in a 3-part series. Amazon says that the author “takes classic romance and gives it her own unique zing.”


Ian Rieman is BHS Student of the Month for November 2023

The student of the month for November 2023 at Bluffton High School is Ian Rieman, a senior with a 4.000 GPA. Ian is the son of James and Jennifer Rieman of Bluffton. 

Ian is in the National Honor Society, Show Choir, 4 Guys and a Gal quartet, Chamber Choir and Drama club. He was an Academic All-NWC and a member of the varsity football team.


Christine Denecker is inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Christine Denecker, of Bluffton, Ohio, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at The University of Findlay.