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MVHS seniors Hunsen, Keller, Carver win top honors at Kiwanis awards night

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - Students, parents, family, friends and Kiwanians packed the MVHS cafeteria Thursday evening for the first academic awards ceremony as the school year begins to wind down. 

For the past 55 years Kiwanis has sponsored the scholastic recognition program. The evening began with MVCSD Superintendent Bill Seder speaking on success and failure and how they can go hand in hand. The first awards were given to juniors and seniors who are in the top 10% of their class as determined by MVHS staff.

 Kiwanis honorees 2017

The Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon honored MVHS students with over 100 awards Thursday evening. Pictured from left, Gabriela Carver, KCCC Most Outstanding; Alula Hunsen, Male - Most Outstanding, Male Athlete - Highest GPA, Male - Best Academic; and Fiona Keller, Female - Most Outstanding. KP Photo by Marty Trese

The following awards were given out by Kiwanians, community members and award sponsors: 

Sponsor Category Student
Ariel Corporation Student going into Engineering Shaye Tiell
Ariel Corporation Student going into Engineering Kenneth Franz
Ariel Corporation Industrial Techology Marquel Keen
Ariel Corporation Student goin into Environmental Science Cole Shuman
Ariel Corporation Physics Matt Brenneman
Ariel Corporation Automotive Technology Christopher Crabtree
Ariel Corporation Chemistry I Cheney Bonaudi
Ariel Corporation KAP/AP Chemistry II Noah Shremschrock
Centra Ohio Technical College Student going into Graphic Design Jillian Vance
Central Ohio Technical College Teacher Academy Nichole Hinkens
Central Ohio Technical College Digital Media & Software Development Thor Fox
Central Ohio Technical College Computer Network Technology Stephanie Sant
Drs. Fordyce & Margie  Bennett Calculus James Burcham
Snyder Funeral Home Student going into Pre Med Theodore Reed 
Snyder Funeral Home Student going into Pre Med Morgan Jessup
James and Norma Gastin Vocal Music Victoria Risko
Robert & Elisabeth Meier Algebra I Marissa Hauke
Robert & Elisabeth Meier Student going into Aeronautics Kyle Pae
Colonial City Women of Moose Josie Easterday Cosmetology
Modern Builders Student going into Aeronautics Cameron Booth
Dr. & Mrs. David Pressler Student going into pre-Dentistry Anna Van Fossen
First Knox National Bank Student going into Accounting Sara Jordan
First Knox National Bank Student going into Accounting Natasha Miller
Psi Iota Xi Art Katelyn Jackson
Psi Iota Xi French Dalayna Riffle
Bruce & Jill Hawkins KAP/AP Spanish James Burcham
Mount Vernon City Council Student going into Poli. Science Michael Dowalter
Vicki Carney In the Know Greg Gillen
Vicki Carney Psychology Olivia Matulich
Jerry Simon Sports Med & Exercise Science Madison Drabick
D. C. Tax Service PreCalculus Angela Kladius
Lakeholm Church of the Naz. Pre-Professional Mentorship Danielle Sant
Alpha Kappa Sorority World History Clare Mazzei
Jeld-Wen CBI 10 KCCC Kendra Workman
Jeld-Wen CBI   Gabrielle Rudder
Jeld-Wen CBI 10   David Harter
Jeld-Wen Building Trades Caleb Myers
Jeld-Wen Garbriela Carver Collission Repair
Bill & Heidi McCrory Physical Education David Harter
Bill & Heidi McCrory Student going into Pre Med Denasan Spalla
Bill & Heidi McCrory Student going into Nursing Alexa Skal
MV City School Administration Student going into Early C. Ed. Carly Bland
MV City School Administration Student going into Education Harrison Hux
MV City School Administration Student going into Eucation  Kennedey Bell
MV City School Administration Student going into Sec. Ed. Gregrey Wyatt
Dr. and Mrs. Bob Atwell Physiology Zachary Ballenger
John and Ana Aebi Geology Kevin Vincelet
John and Ana Aebi Student going into Physical Ther. Stacy Puzines
Flappers Bar & Grill Student going into Business Nick Burson
Flappers Bar & Grill Culinary Arts Zoie Cook
Flappers Bar & Grill Student going into Public Relations Jessica Stitts
Flappers Bar & Grill Orchestra Jennifer Noonan
Flappers Bar & Grill Student going into Nursing McKayla Scarbury
OAPSE Local 470 CNC Manufacturing Dylan Colopy
OAPSE Local 470 Metal Fabricationn & Welding Jack Stotts
Bruce & Kathy White Health Technologies Kevin Taylor
Town & Country Garden Club Student going into Agriculture Clayton Noggle
Town & Country Garden Club Vocational Agriculture Wyatt Kissell
Town & Country Garden Club Landscape Design & Mgmt McKenzie Hunter
Rob Broeren, City Law Director American History  Eleanor Broeren
Keith & Kate Burley Biology I Malcolm MacDonell
Laurels of Mount Vernon Hospitality & Facility Care Zarie Martin
Laurels of Mount Vernon AP Biology Zach Thompson
Laurels of Mount Vernon Student going into Phy. Therapy Matthew Stevens
Knox Community Hospital Student going into Biology Nicole Steady
Knox Community Hospital Student going into Biology Jacob Tiell
Paul Spurgeon Statistics Nathan Dinnen
Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston English Elizabeth Day
Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston Debate Charles Mayville
Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston Latin Elizabeth Garcia
Ron & Candace Fox Student going into Science Lauryn Williams
Dick & Peggy Mavis Student going into Science Joshua McClure
Dick & Peggy Mavis Earth Science Jaxon Gregory
In Memory of Hal & Harriet Clawson Student going into Journalism Chloe Burdette
Bill & Cindy Higgs Outstand Student in JROTC Myranda Overley
Marc & Jen Odenweller College Prep/Algebra Review Brooke Johnson
David & Lou Ann Bouchard Band Megan Bell
Sam and Paula Barone Geometry Angelia Fuscaldo
Heralds Appliances Student going into Psychology Alexis Robinson
Heralds Appliances Family & Consumer Science Megan Porter
Cameron & Christine Keaton Algebra II Maggie Nussbaum
Cameron & Christine Keaton Speech Sean Badger
The Alcove Restaurant Key Club Outstanding Member Odalys Fajardo
Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge #9 F & AM Kiwanis Ambassador in Key Club  Bryce Mortera
John and Mary Lambert Female Athlete - Highest GPA Lauren Prior
Ameriprise Financial Male Athlete - Highest GPA Alula Hunsen
Dr. James Edick Female - Most Dedicated Holly Johnson
Ariel Corporation Male - Most Dedicated Mark Fongheiser
Ariel Corporation KCCC Male - Most Dedicated Dylan Colopy
Central Ohio Technical College KCCC Female - Most Dedicated  Kaylee Stelzer
Kiwanis Past Presidents Male- Best Academic Alula Hunsen
Kiwanis Past Presidents Female - Best Academic Lauren Prior
Mark and Denise Ramser KCCC Most Outstanding Garbriella Carver
MV City School Administration Female - Most Outstanding Fiona Keller
MV City School Administration Male - Most Outstanding  Alula Hunsen



Saturday's drug take back day a success

MOUNT VERNON – Saturday, Knox County participated in the national Spring Drug Take Back Day. Although it was a rainy day, 119 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medication were collected. This year also brought in quite a few liquids, patches and inhalants.

Specifically, 48 lbs. were collected at the Knox County Health Department, 20 lbs. were collected at Centerburg Foster’s Pharmacy, 8 lbs. were collected at the Danville Police Department and 43 lbs. were collected at the Fredericktown Police Department.

KSAAT & Drug Free Communities Grant Coordinator Ashley Didinger thanks the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Fredericktown Police Department, Danville Police Department and the Mount Vernon Police Department for leading each drop-off location as well as all of the KSAAT volunteers that donated their time to make this event a success.

Didinger said, "The next county-wide drug take back day will be held this fall. However, you can always anonymously drop off your medications at our two 24/7 drop-boxes. These drop-boxes are located at the Mount Vernon Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. Please do not dispose of liquids, inhalers, or illegals in the drop-boxes. KSAAT thanks all of you for spring cleaning your medicine cabinets to make Knox County safer. Unite in our Fight!

Robotics featured at Sr. Citizens luncheon

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - The MVCSD held its spring senior citizens luncheon Thursday at MVHS. Seniors from throughout the community were treated to a delicious lunch served by members of Key Club, National Honor Society, and Student Council  and a program highlighting student activities.

Following lunch in the "Hive" (the gym) the seniors heard about two high school junior students science fair projects. Mary Harris and Sulekh Fernando-Peiris both qualified for the state science fair as well as the International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles, California next month. Mary's project has to do with the effect of antibiotics on certain bacteria and Sulekh's project is on photonic crystals and coatings.

Several students performed their acts from this year's Forum Show, a fundraiser for the school yearbook. Performers were Lauren Hicks, Mayre and Maygan Newcomb, Leslie Bell, Abby Baker, Charlie Bonham, Carson Carpenter, Josh Egan, Harry Ogle, Morgan Jessup, Amaya Khalil and Halseighanne Thomas.

Members of the high school Robotics Club explained their robot and activities. Members Jordan Mullett, Kyle Boucher, Noah Zoldak and Michael Johns thanked community donors who make the club possible.

MVHS Robotics club 2017

MVHS Robotics students from left Noah Zoldak, Michael Johns, Kyle Boucher and Jordan Mullett at Thursday's senior luncheon program - KP PHoto by Marty Trese 

Knox Community Jazz Orchestra to revive Mount Vernon's big-band tradition and feature native son Vaughn Wiester

MOUNT VERNON - A new community band building on a decades-old musical tradition in Knox County will make its debut during Memorial Day Weekend.

The Knox Community Jazz Orchestra will perform on Sunday, May 28, at 7:00 p.m. at the Schnormeier Event Center at Ariel-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon. Under the direction of Ted Buehrer of Kenyon College, the 20-member big band will play danceable music from a wide-ranging repertoire including tunes made famous by Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Nat King Cole, and Thad Jones.

KCJO saxes

The Knox County Jazz Orchestra saxophone section at a recent rehearsal - photo submitted

Joining the jazz orchestra as a soloist for its debut performance will be trombonist Vaughn Wiester, the prominent Columbus-based band leader and arranger who got his start in Mount Vernon.

“This is toe-tapping, timeless music,” said Buehrer, who started the jazz orchestra late last year. “What I love about big-band jazz is the blend of a large-ensemble sound with moments of spontaneity and improvisation provided by soloists. There’s nothing like the great jazz harmonies of a horn section playing charts by gifted arrangers.”

With exciting new performing venues emerging in Mount Vernon, including not only Ariel-Foundation Park but also the soon-to-be-completed Woodward Opera House, Buehrer felt that the time was right to resurrect the area’s big-band tradition. That tradition includes the Colonial City Big Band of the 1980s and early ’90s and, earlier, the Bob Bechtel Big Band and the Riley Norris Band.

Like those bands, the new group is very much of and for the community. The musicians include active and retired public school band directors, professionals, and recent college graduates from the area. Buehrer, who plays trumpet in addition to leading the band, teaches music at Kenyon and directs the college’s jazz ensemble. Startup funds for the jazz orchestra were provided through a grant from the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County.

“The group began rehearsing in late winter and jelled very quickly,” said Buehrer. “From the very first, I was struck by how well they captured the style and essence of these arrangements. They’re very familiar with the music. On top of that, we have some talented, experienced improvisers. All in all, it makes for a very enjoyable experience.”

Buehrer added, “I hope that people will bring their dancing shoes on May 28. We’ll be featuring both swing and Latin numbers. This is also a wonderful chance to hear Vaughn Wiester, a truly distinguished musician.”

Raised in Mount Vernon, Wiester played trombone and arranged for the Riley Norris Band while he was still a high school student. His music career has included a stint with the Woody Herman Orchestra, posts with many other bands, a teaching position in the jazz program at Capital University, and the founding of his own Famous Jazz Orchestra. Wiester’s Columbus-based group gives an annual concert in Mount Vernon to raise money for the Vaughn Wiester Music Scholarship, awarded to a graduating high school senior in Knox County who intends to continue studying music in college.

While the May 28 concert will be the new jazz orchestra’s official debut, some local audiences have already heard the group perform. The band and Wiester played at Mount Vernon Middle School on April 28 at the 60th annual Tops & Pops fundraiser-concert benefitting music programs in the middle school and high school. In addition, on May 2 the group performed in Ariel-Foundation Park with the Lima Interscolar Big Band, a youth ensemble from Lima, Peru.

MVNU Music Dept. announces spring concerts

MOUNT VERNON — The MVNU Music Department will present three concerts to end the school year.
On Thursday, April 20, the MVNU Big Band and Jazz Combo will play an evening of jazz, pop, and rock standards at 7:30 p.m. in the Prince Student Union. They will perform selections by Count Basie, The Tonight Show Band, Glenn Miller, The Carpenters, The Ides of March, and more. They will also offer vocal selections highlighting students Kendra Vosler, Allen Terwilliger, Kathryn Suggs, and Coralie Christopher.

On Saturday, April 22, two separate concerts will showcase six MVNU ensembles. The first concert will feature the Flute Choir, Goliards Chamber Choir, and Chamber Winds at 3 p.m. in Thorne Performance Hall. The program will include the Overture to “Nabucco” performed by the Flute Choir, and “Pentland Hills,” “The Rowan Tree,” music by Percy Grainger, and a tribute to The Beatles performed by Chamber Winds. Goliards will present unaccompanied selections that include a commissioned composition, “Sweet Day So Cool” by Howard Helvey, an African processional, “Vamuvamba,” arranged by Boniface Mganga, and a lively traditional Spiritual. Flute Choir is directed by Jennifer Packard, Chamber Winds by Dr. John Packard, and Goliards by Elizabeth Barrett.

The second concert will feature the Treble Singers Women’s Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Collegians Chorale at 7:30 p.m. in the R.R. Hodges Chapel Auditorium. Treble Singers is directed by Sabina Anderson, Wind Ensemble by Dr. John Packard, and Collegians by Dr. Bob Tocheff. Treble Singers will be singing a wide variety of pieces from the women’s vocal repertoire. Some highlights include a Barcarole by Johannes Brahms and an exciting setting of “Gaudete” arranged by Michael Engelhardt in which Treble Singers will be joined by MVNU percussion students.

The Wind Ensemble’s program will include Steven Reineke’s “The Witch and the Saint,” “Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold and Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Festivo” conducted by student director Joanna Grist. Collegians will perform a diverse program from their church tour repertoire as well as other specially selected choral pieces. Mount Vernon Nazarene University entered a choral consortium with 23 Ohio colleges and universities in the Ohio Chorale Directors Association to commission two works to premiere in the 2016-17 year. Collegians will perform one of these pieces by Jake Runestad entitled “Please Stay,” which poignantly addresses the prospect of hope for those suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide. Other highlights will be the double choir piece “I Am the Resurrection and the True Life” by Schütz, and the moving “He Looked Beyond My Faults” by Dottie Rambo.

In addition, this concert will serve as a send-off event for those participating in a mission/concert trip to Croatia and Italy, May 2-18, 2017. The mission trip group will sing a piece written to help bring healing to the city of Vukovar, Croatia, “Dolina Blagoslova, Let it Be.” This piece was arranged for Collegians by MVNU and Collegians alumna Denae Lawrence.

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