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By Denny Morrison

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Members of the Xenia High School class of 2014 were recognized at the recently held scholarship awards assembly. Scholarships and grants totaling $6,382,430 were offered and local scholarships totalling $55,450 were awarded to 146 seniors. The grand total of scholarships, grants and awards offered to the Class of 2014 is $6,437,880. I think that you will agree with me that these figures reflect very favorably on the Xenia High School class of 2014.

The concert, symphonic, and jazz bands performed their spring concert in the Bob Hope Auditorium. The concert band performed “E Pluribus Unum,” “Exaltation,” “Pandora,” and “Legends of Rock.” The Symphonic Band performed “Invicta,” “On a Southern Hymn Song,” “Royal Brigade March” and “Metal.” The John Phillip Sousa Band Award was given to Rachel Harkleroad. The Arion Foundation Award went to Luke Williams. The Director’s Award went to Joseph Ramos. The Jazz Band performed “Watermelon Man,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Mack the Knife” and “In the Mood.” The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award went to James Erbaugh and Luke Williams.

McKinley held its Volunteer Luncheon last Thursday. Volunteers put in more than 400 hours of service throughout this past school year. The following students were named Dayton Dragons MVP’s for McKinley: Kayley Thacker, Molly Jones, Victor Nusekabel, A.J. Bradley, Dylan Varvel, Shamiya Bottom, Taylor Engle, Joshua Hawes, Owen Robinson, Garret Shaw, Ty Walker, Mahogany Chapman, Aidan Lorenz, Shelbi Parkman, Jazelle Thompson, Aleea Chaffin, Lydia Denney, Ceira Lefevere-Lloyd, Kanden Pitman, Gavin Severt, Reilly Shumway, Nicholas Slusher, Hayley Fox, and Abigail Matthews.

McKinley’s 5th grade students went to STARBASE and had a great time. They launched rockets and used the engineering/design process to create a restraining system for an egg. Students tested them by placing the egg and restraints in a cockpit flown down a zip line and into a wall. Two groups were able to design restraint systems strong enough to keep the egg from breaking.

At Tecumseh MAP is looking awesome. All classes have tested in reading with only a few make-ups to go and preliminary data indicates that 89.8 percent of all Tecumseh students have grown in reading. In math, 98.3 precent of the students have grown. Congratulations to all of the staff and students on a terrific job. Kudos also to the students in Tecumseh’s Character Choir.

This year they have performed at the Xenia Public Library during the Xenia Christmas Festival, Westminister Presbyterian Church, and for the Xenia Adult and Recreation Services. The students are Maurah Bowen, Alia Donofrio, Maddy Ferrell, Lilly Hodson, Jaelin Hudson, Kylie McCarren, Kaitlyn McDonald, Tatum McIntire, Anna McMurray, Maddy Moorman, Adrianna Ravana, Bella Ravana, Makenna Russell, Grace Smith, Makalya Stark, and Kyra Tannehill. Third grade teacher Katie Quist is the director.

The XHS Chemistry Club visited Arrowood last Tuesday morning. XHS Science teacher Bill Richey, with the help of some Chemistry Club students, put on a chemistry demonstration show for the entire student body. Then all of the elementary students went back to their classrooms where four or five of the 80 high school chemistry club members were waiting for them. They each taught a hands-on science lesson.

Stem 5 completed, designed, and constructed its own “green toy.” Each student then gave a presentation on their playground and green toys. The students also had a robot, airplane and a rocket ship demonstration. The AR Group spent its morning putting the finishing touches on its products. In the afternoon the five companies set up their “store.” Each student was given money to shop with and they rotated shopping times with a partner. Four of the five companies made a profit. Everyone did a great job with the business unit.

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