VWCS Partners with New Safety Tip Hotline

Van Wert City Schools has recently partnered with Safe School Helpline®, a 24/7 confidential communication service where students, parents, and community members can report violence, harassment, and other school safety concerns. Every student will be given an envelope to take home to their parents/guardians on Friday, January 11 containing an introductory letter, a detailed brochure, and a magnet with all contact information for Safe School Helpline®.

 Whether students fear being labeled a “snitch” or a community member worries about retaliation, Safe School Helpline® is designed to allow anyone to anonymously report threats of violence, weapons, drugs and alcohol, bullying, theft, sexual harassment, and even thoughts of self-harm or suicide specific to Van Wert City Schools and its students. Those wishing to make a report are encouraged to call 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) where they can leave a message. That message is then transcribed and routed to the appropriate school administrator(s) who will take action based on the content of the message. A case number is assigned to each message so those making a report can be reached if additional information is necessary, or they may edit the details provided if more information become known. School officials stress that if a student is troubled and threatening self-harm, please encourage them to call the helpline and that call will be routed to a Counseling and Crisis Center that provides 24-hour intervention, 365 days a year.

Safe School Helpline mental health poster

 Safe School Helpline® realizes the importance of convenience so in addition to the toll-free number, individuals may text 66746 then type TIPS. A link is also available online where reports can be made. Look for the button called Safe School Helpline® at www.vwcs.net. Lastly, the Safe School Helpline® app is available on both Android and Apple phones.

 "The safety of our students and staff continues to be the highest priority for Van Wert City Schools," stated Vicki Brunn, Superintendent of Van Wert City Schools. “We are always looking for ways to improve in this area.” By partnering with Safe School Helpline®, VWCS hopes to provide students, parents, and our community members with a safe place to report threatening behavior and activities that may go unreported otherwise. 

Safe School Helpline poster

VWHS Robotics Team to Host Annual Competition

Van Wert High School will be hosting the 5th annual Northwest Ohio Qualifier Robotics competition on January 26th. This event features approximately 28 teams from Ohio and nearby states with the opening ceremony beginning Saturday at 10:15 a.m. in the Van Wert High School gymnasium. This event is free and the public is invited to attend.

 The local event comes on the heels of the VWHS Robotics Teams’ recent participation in the Dayton Qualifier where the veteran team, VW Robotics, won the Promote and Connect Awards. This year, Van Wert High School has expanded to two robotics teams, the veteran “VW Robotics” and the new, all-rookie “Cougar Robotics” team. Both Van Wert teams will be competing in the Southwestern Pennsylvania FIRST Tech Challenge State Qualifier held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as the local Van Wert Qualifier.

 The field competition sponsors for the Northwest Ohio Robotics competition include Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and First Federal Bank of Van Wert.  

First Federal of Van Wert presenting their donation of $1,000. Left to right: Jessi Hardesty, Suzie Grimes, Lisa Lawson, senior Noah Carter and freshman Bobby Spath

First Federal of Van Wert presenting their donation of $1,000.
Left to right: Jessi Hardesty, Suzie Grimes, Lisa Lawson, senior Noah Carter and freshman Bobby Spath

Van Wert Federal presenting a check for $1,000. Left to right: senior Noah Carter, freshman Bobby Spath, George Scott, junior Elizabeth Tomlinson, and sophomore Lyrissa Hammons

Van Wert Federal presenting a check for $1,000.
Left to right: senior Noah Carter, freshman Bobby Spath, George Scott, junior Elizabeth Tomlinson, and sophomore Lyrissa Hammons


YWCA Events to Benefit Human Trafficking Awareness Month

The YWCA of Van Wert County is hosting a variety of events throughout January to promote Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Students and their families are invited to participate and attend with proceeds benefiting victims of human trafficking. See the flyers below for details or visit www.ywcavanwert.org.


  • All month long: Purchase a white bracelet in support of the victims of human trafficking. Bracelets are available at the YWCA’s front desk or during the girls Van Wert vs. Lincolnview basketball game on January 12 @ Lincolnview.

  • January 13: FREE movie screening of “Priceless” at Van Wert Cinemas

  • January 20: Glow Bowl 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Olympic Lanes

  • January 24: POUND cardio jam session at the Van Wert Elk’s at 6:00 p.m.

YWCA Human Trafficking Awareness Month flyer - front side
YWCA Human Trafficking Awareness Month flyer - back side

CEO Student Designs Worktable for Braun Industries

At 14, Troy Weaks thought his future job could be inventing things.  At 18, he has already engineered a product that will make someone else’s job much easier. 

“In eighth grade we learned about looking at something and trying to figure out how to make it work easier or look better,” Weaks said. “I enjoy brainstorming, making things look better and creating stuff.” 

As a senior at Van Wert City Schools, Weaks participates in the Career Education Opportunity program, which began at Van Wert High School three years ago and has expanded to all of the county schools. About 30 businesses and 56 students are participating in the program this school year. 

Because of Weaks’ interests and skillset, CEO coordinator Kerry Koontz had Weaks interview for an engineering position at Braun Industries. It has been a perfect match. 

“I’m just tickled. Troy has been doing a great job for us,” said Kevin Cassidy, facilities manager at Braun. 

Cassidy is Weaks’ supervisor while he is at the factory 80 minutes every day. Weaks has been designing a new worktable that will enable production workers to more easily assemble and test the 75-pound E-Z O2 lift used on Braun ambulances that holds oxygen tanks. The worktable Weaks designed will improve safety for the assembler and decrease production time. 

”It’s an ergonomic issue for our employees,” Cassidy said of the existing table. “It’s a relatively simple project but it has a lot of spokes to it. The project fit the timeline for when we would have Troy and it was a good chance to get him to work with the employees so he could really understand the problem and then come up with a solution.”

Weaks has taken STEM classes and learned 3-D modeling software at school. The background made it easy for him to adapt to the software at Braun and he was able to quickly begin to develop his concept. At school, Weaks would simply come up with ideas. At Braun, he has learned about the entire process of product development. 

“We have talked a lot about the engineering process, concept through production,” said Cassidy, an industrial engineer. “He has come up with his design and the next step is costing it.”

Braun will build Weaks’ design. Production is estimated for the end of January. 

“I am impressed. Not only with what he’s done here but with Troy himself,” Cassidy said. “The first day Troy was very quiet but now he comes in and talks to folks. There’s been a lot of good stuff, both personal stuff and productivity-wise with the work he has done here.” 

Weaks said he enjoys his time at Braun so much he hates to return to school each day. 

“I don’t like having to leave to go back to school because I want to get done with what I’m working on, but I have to leave, sadly,” Weaks said with a laugh. “I just want to get it done because I feel accomplished.” 

The experience has helped Troy decide his career pursuits. Prior to the CEO internship he was thinking about studying engineering or art. He has realized that both of his interests can be met by seeking an industrial engineering degree. 

“The intent of The CEO Program is to provide real life exposure and experience for seniors who have interest in a prospective career field,” said Koontz. “What Troy has accomplished at Braun and what so many of the CEO students have achieved is a testament for the skillset of our future workforce and our employers in this county.”

CEO student Troy Weaks is shown with Braun employee Susan Zachrich at the company’s assembly plant in Van Wert. During his internship at Braun, Weaks engineered a new worktable to be used in the production process.

CEO student Troy Weaks is shown with Braun employee Susan Zachrich at the company’s assembly plant in Van Wert. During his internship at Braun, Weaks engineered a new worktable to be used in the production process.

VWMS College & Careers Week

Van Wert Middle School finished out 2018 with three days dedicated to preparing students for their future with College & Careers Week. Brad Johnston, Admissions Advisor from Lincoln College of Technology was the kickoff speaker on Monday, motivating and encouraging students to take control of their future. He impressed upon them that opportunities are limitless, they just need to find their passion. Tuesday, VWMS hosted recent Van Wert High School graduates who were willing to share their experiences since high school, whether in the work force or as they continued their education. Middle School students were encouraged to prepare questions such as how to plan for the stressors of college life like: class load, finances, balancing work and school, and participating in college activities.

Brad Johnston speaks to 8th graders about the skills gap in today’s work force.

Brad Johnston speaks to 8th graders about the skills gap in today’s work force.


Wednesday brought more than two dozen community members into the building for a “lunch and learn” session. Students were encouraged to dress for success and ask engaging questions that could help them begin to shape their future, such as how the adults chose their career, what struggles they may have encountered over the years, what education or experience was needed, and what they wish they would have known as middle schoolers themselves.

Michelle Gunter of Schrader Realty eats lunch and shares her work experience with a group of 7th grade girls.

Michelle Gunter of Schrader Realty eats lunch and shares her work experience with a group of 7th grade girls.


Van Wert Middle School would like to thank the following businesses for their dedication to our students’ futures, and for participating in the lunch and learn session: National Door & Trim, Cooper Farms, Edward Jones, Schrader Realty, Van Wert Manor, Guaranteed Auto, Central Insurance Companies, Van Wert Health, YWCA of Van Wert County, Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, Purmort Brothers Insurance, Braun Industries, Federal Mogul, Vancrest Health Care, Statewide Ford Lincoln, Kennedy Manufacturing, OSU Extension Office, and Alexander & Bebout.

Left to Right: Front Row:    Stephanie Reinhart, Jacque Welch, Michelle Gunter, Kim Laudick, Rachel Hoverman, Kelly Houg     Second Row:    Kerry Koontz, Brad Greve, Michelle Mooney, Leah Treece, Paula Stabler, Mark Verville, Julie Coleman, Patty Rank, Kevin Cassidy, Sarah White     Back Row:    Sticky Rammel, Thaison Leaser, John Contrerez, Chad Dicke, Erika Wise, Scott White, Mitch Gearhart, Kevin Lochtfeld, Brandon Miller, Cory Michaud, Roy Salisbury     Not Pictured   : Amy Koontz

Left to Right:
Front Row:
Stephanie Reinhart, Jacque Welch, Michelle Gunter, Kim Laudick, Rachel Hoverman, Kelly Houg

Second Row: Kerry Koontz, Brad Greve, Michelle Mooney, Leah Treece, Paula Stabler, Mark Verville, Julie Coleman, Patty Rank, Kevin Cassidy, Sarah White

Back Row: Sticky Rammel, Thaison Leaser, John Contrerez, Chad Dicke, Erika Wise, Scott White, Mitch Gearhart, Kevin Lochtfeld, Brandon Miller, Cory Michaud, Roy Salisbury

Not Pictured: Amy Koontz


VWCS Donates to Local Organizations

Christmas came early for some Van Wert County organizations thanks to the generosity of Van Wert City Schools staff and parents. Staff members in the high school, middle school and elementary were encouraged to participate in “Jeans for JA” where staff members could wear jeans the week prior to Christmas break in turn for cash donations. A total of $1,065 was collected and will be donated to support the county-wide Junior Achievement program.

This year, Van Wert Early Childhood Center chose the Pregnancy Life Center Health Clinic as their community outreach organization. Staff members who donated diapers were rewarded with jeans days for the month of December. Parents and students were also encouraged to participate by donating a variety of baby items including: diapers, wipes, toys, clothes, blankets, baby lotions and soaps, pacifiers, and bottles.

VWCS would like to thank both organizations for the services they provide to our community.

VWECC staff, parents and students were encouraged to donate items to the PLC Health Clinic in Van Wert. Items were collected and put under the tree at Tuesday’s Christmas assembly.

VWECC staff, parents and students were encouraged to donate items to the PLC Health Clinic in Van Wert. Items were collected and put under the tree at Tuesday’s Christmas assembly.


VWCS Releases 2018-2019 Quality Profile

The Van Wert City School District strives to ensure each and every single student receives a quality education that will provide them with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential, not only as students but as citizens of the Van Wert community.

VWCS administrators and staff members collaborated to put together this year’s Quality Profile, an at-a-glance overview of what sets Van Wert City Schools apart. The QP is intended to be a more-inclusive view of what the school system offers students that is not reflected in the State Report Card.

“We believe our community values what we offer our students and we recognize it’s our duty to share that information with our friends and neighbors,” stated Superintendent Vicki Brunn. “Our staff members set the bar high and it’s easy to take for granted the amazing things that happen inside the walls of Van Wert City Schools. We continue to be a beacon of Cougar Pride in our community and our dedication to our students is clearly evident in the opportunities we provide for them on a daily basis.”

The Quality Profile offers some insight to facts and figures such as graduation rate, scholarship dollars awarded to recent graduates, building awards and accolades, and the variety of programs offered throughout the grade levels. The QP is available online at http://www.vwcs.net/qualityprofile or by clicking the banner beneath the scrolling photo gallery on each building’s webpage.

Boys Basketball to Play at Goedde Dec. 21

Van Wert Boys Basketball will play Delphos St. John’s on Friday, December 21, 2018 at the S.F. Goedde building with J.V. tipping off at 6:00 and Varsity to follow. Season tickets will be honored but with fewer seats available, seating is not guaranteed so arrive early. The gym will be divided in half on both sides with Delphos on the west half of the gym and Van Wert on the east. There will be no seating in the balcony area but standing room only. Presale tickets will be on sale in the High School Athletic Office on Wednesday and Thursday during normal school hours or until sold out. High School and Middle School students may purchase tickets during lunch, and Elementary School students may purchase tickets by submitting money to their homeroom teachers on Wednesday and Thursday. Good luck to all student athletes!


VWCS Staff Members Present at OSBA Captital Conference

The OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show is Ohio’s premier continuing education program — delivering practical solutions to help school district governance teams improve student learning and achievement.  Approximately 9,000 school board members, administrators, district staff and guests attended the 2018 Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference and Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio earlier in November. Highlights of the 63rd annual conference included:

  • World-class speakers bringing their insights and inspiration to the General Sessions and luncheons.

  • Top experts leading more than 150 learnings sessions covering the latest education issues.

  • The annual Student Achievement Fair, featuring 100 booths of innovative school programs.

  • The largest education trade show in the U.S., offering the goods, tools and services your district needs to succeed.

  • Countless opportunities to network and share ideas with your peers.

Two groups of Van Wert staff were part of this year’s presenters. Bob Priest (Van Wert High School Principal) and Kerry Koontz (Van Wert High School Careers Counselor) spoke to nearly 150 attendees about the CEO Program offered at VWHS. During the 60-minute presentation, both Mr. Priest and Mr. Koontz highlighted the process for implementing an effective student internship program for high school students.  In addition, they shared valuable data regarding how the workforce development supported the incentive and need in enhancing local career opportunities for Van Wert students.  In just its third year, the CEO Program of Van Wert is proud to serve close to 60 high school seniors working with 30 local business partners. Also in attendance were Vicki Brunn (VW Superintendent), Jeff Snyder (Lincolnview Superintendent), Cathy Mollenkauf (Crestview Superintendent), Bill Clifton (Van Wert Assistant to the Superintendent), and representatives from Van Wert City Schools Board of Education: Anthony Adams, Debby Compton, Tom Losh, and Scott Mull.

Betty Holliday and Alex Schmidt; Van Wert Elementary Phys Ed teachers presented in a separate session about the Elementary School’s wellness initiatives including the 100 Mile Club walking program, Turkey Trot Fun Run, Health Fair & Fun Run, Jumpin’ Jammers jump rope club, Family Fun & Fitness Night, classroom Brain Breaks and the various wellness programs available to staff members. Mrs. Holliday and Mr. Schmidt shared their insight with other districts who are interested in starting similar programs, as well as offered advice on how to fund and sustain such programs long-term.


VWCS Board of Education Seeking New Member

After serving four years on the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education, Cindy Hurless resigned during Wednesday’s meeting.

“It has been a pleasure to serve on the Board,” stated Hurless. “I will be moving on to other opportunities and the Board deserves someone who can devote their full time to them.”

Hurless submitted her resignation effective Nov. 28, 2018.

Other members of the board wished her well as they voted to approve the acceptance of her resignation.

“Thank you so much for all that you have done for the Board,” stated Board President Debby Compton. “You have played a very active roll on the Board and we truly appreciate all you have done. Good luck in your new position.”

The VWCS Board of Education is looking for someone to fulfill the remainder of Cindy’s term running through November 2019. For more information and an application, check out our employment opportunities page.

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Lady Cougars Tip Off Against Hunger

The Lady Cougar basketball team opens their 2018-2019 season at home against Ottoville on Friday, November 23. In conjunction with Van Wert High School’s recent Student Council food drive, all spectators are invited to donate two canned goods to receive $1 off the admission price. All donations will benefit the Ohio City Food Pantry and the Cooperative Ministries Food Panty at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. Regular tickets are $6 at the door with JV tipping off at 6:00 p.m.

2018-2019 Lady Cougar Varsity Basketball Team

Recker Named Northwest District Coach of the Year

Van Wert head football coach Keith Recker has been named Division IV Northwest District Coach of the Year by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.

Recker’s Cougars 8-2 during the regular season, then defeated Huron in the regional quarterfinals before falling to St. Marys Memorial. It was the first playoff appearance for Van Wert since the 2000 season.

Coach Keith Recker

After being named Western Buckeye League Offensive Back of the Year, Van Wert’s Nate Place earned first team All Northwest District honors, but not as a quarterback. Place, who rushed for 1,591 yards 27 touchdowns received accolades as a running back.

Also named first team All Northwest District: Van Wert defensive lineman Keagon Hammons, who finished the season with 14 sacks.

Fellow defensive lineman Joey Schaufelberger earned second team All Northwest District honors, along with teammates Parker Conrad (linebacker) and Jalen McCracken (defensive back). Drew Bagley was named honorable mention All-Northwest District as a defensive lineman.

Crestview quarterback Drew Kline was named first team Division VII All Northwest District, while Wade Sheets earned the same honor at defensive back.

Crestview offensive lineman Micah Snyder was named to the All Northwest District second team, along with linebacker Brody Brecht. Isaiah LaTurner was named honorable mention All Northwest District.

VWMS 8th Graders Visit Vantage Career Center

Approximately 150 students and 14 adult chaperones from Van Wert Middle School visited Vantage Career Center on Wednesday, November 7. This annual trip for 8th grade students allows them to gain exposure to the various opportunities Vantage offers. Students spent the afternoon rotating between 17 different programs, getting a hands-on glimpse of the career fields they can choose to study as high schoolers right here in Van Wert County including:

  • Ag and Industrial Power Technology

  • Auto Body

  • Auto Technology

  • Carpentry

  • Construction Equipment Technology

  • Cosmetology

  • Criminal Justice

  • Culinary Arts

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Electricity

  • Health Technology

  • Industrial Mechanics

  • Interactive Media

  • Medical Office Management

  • Network Systems

  • Precision Machine

  • Welding  

As 8th graders, students participate in a program called Career Connections each day at Van Wert Middle School. The purpose of Career Connections is to expose students to a variety of career paths on a daily basis with the hopes of sparking an interest in a particular occupation. This helps students determine the best educational path for themselves as they begin their transition into high school. Career Connections introduces students to the fields of Marketing, Engineering, Health Care, Business and IT, as well as several other professions. Career Connections works closely with Mr. Koontz’s CEO Program at the high school level, opening doors to internships and local business connections. The goal is that each and every student finds their passion and begins to build the foundation for the knowledge needed to continue to thrive in that particular career.


VWHS Honors Veterans

Van Wert High School hosted a Veterans Day assembly this morning to honor our local veterans and their families. This assembly was open to the public. Several speakers were invited to the stage, offering words of wisdom to the students and sharing their experiences. The assembly concluded with a standing ovation to all Veterans in attendance.

Thank you to those who took the stage this morning:

  • Commander David Beck - U.S. Army

  • Bobby Switzer - U.S. Navy “Heritage and Honor to Serve”

  • John Walls - U.S. Army “Service Dogs and What They Are Used For”

  • Bill Marshall - U.S. Air Force “What the Service Has Done For Me Personally”

  • Libby Gardner - U.S. Army “Being a Female in the Service”

  • Kent Long - U.S. Air Force “Americanism”

  • Bill Bird - U.S. Air Force “Children and Community”

We also extend our deepest gratitude to our Van Wert City School staff members who have served or are currently serving in the military:

  • Chris Gemmer - Middle School

  • Todd Keller - District

  • Tom Losh - VWCS Board of Education

  • Scott Pollock - High School/Middle School

  • Tom Sanford - Elementary School

  • Bob Spath - High School

  • Jen Trittshuh - High School

Happy Veterans Day to all who have served, and continue to serve, our country. We appreciate your dedication and sacrifice!


VWHS Theatre Announces Fall Play Cast

Cast members of the VWHS fall play “Little Women” rehearse

Van Wert High School Theatre members are preparing for their upcoming production of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and adapted by Scott Davidson. This classic, written in 1868, shares what family, love, life, and tradition mean. As we journey with the March family through milestones, we continue to learn lessons that ring true today as they did 140 years ago.

The cast and crew for the production include the following students: Aeris Blakeley as Meg March, Michaella Johnson as Josephine March, Anna Wasson as Amy March, Nicole Palazzolo as Beth March, Cassie Welker as Marmee, and Josh Reichert as Mr. March. Other family members include Alli Morrow as Aunt March, Storm Matthews as Hannah, the maid, Dane Chiles as John Brooke, and Devon West as Theodore Lawrence. Friends of the Marches include Hannah Kraner as Mrs. Gardener, Shayenne Bojanowski as Sallie Gardener, Grace Doctor as Belle Moffat, and Sydney Maller as Annie Moffat. Stage crew consists of stage manager Erienne Cassidy, assistant stage manager Clayton Doctor, Zach Lape, Elise Klausing, Isabella Smith, Anna Cassidy, Brendan Browning, Sophie Rutkowski, Jaryn Pierce, Allison Hauter, Cal Wolfrum, Gracie Price, Aubree Baer, Tiana Groves, Max Laney, and Devoney Sidle.

Show time for the production is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. this Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling the box office at 419-238-NPAC. Tickets will be available at the door also. All tickets are $6. Little Women is produced with special arrangement by Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. in Englewood, Colorado. Thank you for supporting the students of Van Wert High School Theatre as we strive to create, perform, and inspire the Van Wert community.

Caylee Phillips to State and Cougar Football Takes on St. Mary's


Caylee Phillips heads to the State Cross Country meet in Hebron, Ohio on Saturday, November 10th to finish her outstanding season. Caylee led her as Captain this season and earned the following achievements: Delphos St. John’s Invitational Champion, Marion Invitational Champion, Van Wert County Invitational Champion, WBL Champion, District Champion, Regional Champion and Individual State Qualifier. Caylee also crushed Van Wert’s previous school record this season, becoming the new school record holder with a time of 18:34, the eighth fastest time clocked by any girl at any meet this season in the entire state of Ohio in Division 2. Good luck at State, Caylee!

The football team also competes on Saturday, taking on the St. Mary’s Roughriders in the Regional Semifinals at 7:00 at Spartan Stadium in Lima, Ohio. The Cougar football team finished the season third in the WBL with a record of 7-2 (8-2 overall), the winningest record since 1988. The team finished second in the league in total offense and scoring offense, and first in the league in rushing defense. Individual accomplishments include Nate Place leading the league in rushing with 1,319 yards, as well as having the highest completion at 66.8% of his passes, and the number one scoring offensive player in the league with 140 total points. Keagon Hammons lead the entire WBL with 14 sacks and 4 TFL on the year. Jake Hilleary also rushed for 1,057 yards with 16 touchdowns, which was fifth in the league in scoring. Drew Bagley was sixth in the league with 56 receptions for 441 yards. 

Thank you to Mayor Jerry Mazur for speaking at today’s pep assembly, offering words of encouragement and even placing a bet with the Mayor of St. Mary’s. If the Van Wert Cougars beat St. Mary’s, then St. Mary’s Mayor McGowan will attend a Van Wert City Council meeting where he will be presented with a Van Wert jersey to wear! Let’s GO COUGARS and show those Roughriders that everyone looks their best in scarlet and grey!

Also at today’s pep assembly, student representatives from Mrs. (Samantha) Fleming’s 4th grade class presented Noah Riggenbach with a check for $1,703.14. Noah, a student at neighboring Crestview High School, recently suffered a serious helmet-to-helmet injury during the Crestview-Defiance game. The week leading up to the Van Wert-Defiance game, VWCS held a fundraiser to help Noah and his family, challenging staff and students to pay-it-forward with donations called “Coins for a Cause”. Mrs. Fleming’s 4th grade class was awarded a pizza party for the homeroom with the most donations! Best wishes for Noah’s speedy recovery and thank you to all who donated to this great cause!


VWHS Students Present Educational Outreach to Elementary Students

On Friday, November 2nd, 82 chemistry students from VWHS presented a science educational outreach program to approximately 150 Van Wert Elementary students in the NPAC lobby. This was the culminating event to the high school students’ project, “Show Us What You’re Made Of.” The title was chosen because the unit dealt with the properties of matter, which is what makes up all things.

Presale Ticket Info For Football Regional Semifinals

The Van Wert Cougars will take on the St. Mary’s Roughriders at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 at Lima Spartan Stadium. Football player and cheerleader parents may purchase presale tickets Wednesday night from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. and season ticket holders may purchase on Wednesday from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the high school Commons. All other presale tickets will be on sale Thursday and Friday at Brewed Expressions’ downtown location at 109 W. Main Street. High School and Middle School students may purchase presale tickets during their lunch times on Thursday and Friday. Elementary students may purchase presale tickets by submitting their money to their homeroom teacher. Presale will end at Brewed Expressions’ closing time Friday night (7:00 p.m.) Tickets are $8 dollars presale, $9 at the gate. There will be a $4 parking fee.

Eggerss Stadium

 The Cougar’s advance to the Regional Semifinals after beating Huron 33-14 at Eggerss Stadium.

VWHS To Host Veterans Day Assembly

To honor our local veterans and acknowledge their sacrifices, Van Wert High School will be hosting a Veterans Day assembly in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, November 12. All local veterans and their families are invited to attend. Should there be a two hour delay, the assembly will begin at 10:05 a.m. and if there is a three hour delay, the event will unfortunately be cancelled. 

Honor and remember the brave veterans graphic

2017-2018 VWHS Academic Award Winners Recognized

Van Wert High School recently honored 125 students with an Academic Award for the 2017-2018 school year. This award recognizes students who can maintain a specific GPA throughout the school year. As students progress through high school, the expectation is that their classes become more difficult and it is through this understanding that freshman must maintain a 3.6 GPA, sophomores 3.5, juniors 3.4 and seniors 3.3 in order to receive the award. Students must also earn a Renaissance Card at least one semester that same year. Renaissance is a tiered program that recognizes students for their academic, attitude, and attendance excellence.

A luncheon was hosted on Tuesday, October 30 for the 2017-2018 freshmen, sophomore and junior award recipients with last year’s graduates receiving their award in the mail. First-time recipients were presented with their academic letter, lamp of knowledge pin, service bar, and certificate. Those who had received the award in previous years were presented with a certificate and service bar. Congratulations to all the students who continually work hard to earn this prestigious award. A tremendous thank you to Central Insurance Companies for sponsoring the luncheon catered by Willow Bend.

2017 – 2018 Academic Award Recipients: Seniors 

  1. Kylee Bagley

  2. Mikayla Hernandez

  3. Camryn Nouza

  4. Madison Turnwald

  5. Cassidy Meyers

  6. Briana Kesler

  7. Erin Gemmer

  8. Nicole Clay

  9. Erin Richardson

  10. Chloe Brake

  11. Austin Voors

  12. Michael Etter

  13. Emma Verville

  14. Wesley Wagner

  15. Bethany Mandeville

  16. Anna Reichert

  17. Katie Able

  18. Lauren Cooper

  19. Cloey Spry

  20. Abby Lawson

  21. Jonathan Lee

  22. Darius Eddins

  23. Julia Springer

  24. Rebekah Fast

  25. Kassey Miller

  26. Lexi Allmandinger

  27. Austin Carnahan

  28. Brayden Cox

  29. Brock Blythe

  30. Eric Workman

  31. Lilian Geething

  32. Laine Spoor

2017 – 2018 Academic Award Recipients: Juniors 

  1. Reagan Priest

  2. Noelle Heffner

  3. Nathan Bidlack

  4. Gage Chiles

  5. Kathryn Wray

  6. Emma Rutkowski

  7. Alisha Terhark

  8. Michaella Johnson

  9. Jalen McCracken

  10. Cassie Welker

  11. Allison Hauter

  12. Jaclyn Sroufe

  13. Storm Matthews

  14. Lawson Blackmore

  15. Noah Carter

  16. Chelsey White

  17. Avery Cowan

  18. Caton Williamson

  19. McKayla Money

  20. Andrew Bagley

  21. Isaac Alvarez

  22. Nate Place

  23. Sierra Shaffer

  24. Blake Henry

  25. Mason McHugh

  26. Aeris Blakeley

  27. Erienne Cassidy

  28. Calahan Wolfrum

  29. Deep Patel

  30. Joe Schaufelberger

  31. Kara Caldwell

2017 – 2018 Academic Award Recipients: Sophomores 

  1. Kathryn Hauter

  2. Ryan Chen

  3. Stephanie Geething

  4. McKenzie Berry

  5. Nathan Ruger

  6. Colin Place

  7. Delaney Eyanson

  8. Elizabeth Tomlinson

  9. Natalie Schreiber

  10. Evelyn McKeddie

  11. Paige Moonshower

  12. Sydney Moore

  13. Zane Fast

  14. Alixandra Gemmer

  15. Sydney Maller

  16. Benjamin Lange

  17. Ryan Pratt

  18. Kaylee Jennings

  19. Jenna Covey

  20. Jamison Clouse

  21. Allison Morrow

  22. Parker Conrad

  23. Peyton Sidle

  24. Tanner Barnhart

  25. Rachel Verville

  26. Jackson Eddins

  27. Lydia Carter

  28. Madison Bracken

  29. Mason Moreno

  30. Kaylena Kelly

  31. Carley White

  32. Nicholas Carter

  33. Keaton Brown

  34. Cody Gamble

  35. Clayton Doctor

2017 – 2018 Academic Award Recipients: Freshmen

  1. Grace Doctor

  2. Jamie Burenga                                                                                     

  3. Elizabeth Rutkowski

  4. Sophie Rutkowski

  5. Rachel Spath

  6. Jacob Wasson

  7. Owen Treece

  8. Isabella Carr

  9. Rebecca Rigdon

  10. Kylie Cloninger

  11. Alex Etter

  12. Andrew Li

  13. Lyrissa Laukuf

  14. Devon West

  15. Carly Rollins

  16. Tayvia Havill

  17. Sara Gallagher

  18. Janie Trejo

  19. McKenna Gilbert

  20. Zachariah Mason

  21. Shayna Dull

  22. Allison schaufelberger

  23. Coltin McCloud

  24. Dayna Cross

  25. Kaylee Jennings

  26. Jenna Covey

  27. Jamison Clouse