SIDNEY — Sidney High School students were recognized for their athletic and academic accomplishments during the Sidney City Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night.
Sidney High School Principal Dennis Morrison said he was proud of each student the board was honoring. A certificate for their accomplishments was given to each student.
Wrestler Josie Davis was honored for winning her second state of Ohio girls state wrestling championship. Bowler Kaden Abbott was recognized for being a two-time state qualifier. He was also named to the all division championship team.
Five members of the swimming team were honored for their accomplishments this year. Sidney High School had not sent a single swimmer to state since 2007.
Jarrett Payne competed first in the 200 individual medley placing ninth. He then competed in the 100 Freestyle placing 12th. The team of Jaden Humphrey, Badin Brewer, Jahvon Lloyd and Jarrett Payne competed in the 200 Freestyle Relay, finishing 15th and missing the long standing school record by .02 seconds.Tyler Overholser was the alternate for the relays.
Jaden Humphrey was in the very next event with 8 minutes rest and swam the 100 Backstroke and placed 23rd. With only one other event separating the final relay, the 400 Freestyle, all four boys were once again racing and placed 18th. Several records were broken this year. The relay team broke the school’s 400 Freestyle Relay record and the 200 Medley Relay record. Jarrett Payne broke the 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle and the 200 IM school record and Jaden Humphrey broke the 50 Backstroke, 100 Backstroke and 100 Butterfly record. It was a great year with a lot of accomplishments. The boys team also won the MVL this year.
Three students were recognized for their accomplishments on the American Legion’s Americanism test. Sophomore Thomas Sibert and senior Cody Carr were state champions for their grade level. Each received a pad trip to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C., with the other state winners. Junior Jenna Smith scored a 50 out of 50 on the test but lost in the tie-breaker.
The FFA Grain Merchandising team placed 11th in the state of Ohio . Members of the team are Isaac Belt, Jesse Brandyberry, Bryant Wilerman-Yingst, Weston Evans, Autumne Johnson and Alyssa Schloss.
The board approved a new summer reading program which will provide eight books over the summer to all students in kindergarten through the fourth grade. Kids Read Now will be mailing the books — selected by the child’s teacher — throughout the summer to help prevent the summer slide of a child falling behind in their reading. The contract is for $49,495.45 and will be paid with grant money. there are 1,091 students in grades K-4.
In other business, the board:
• Accepted the resignation of Bill Ankney from the Upper Valley Career Center Board of Education effective Feb. 23, 2021.
• Approved the revised description for building secretaries.
• Accepted the retirement of Carla Kohler, elementary counselor, effective May 31.
• Accepted the resignations of Carol DeNise, substitute cook, effective March 1, and Joel Turner, substitute counselor, effective May 31.
• Hired Dennis Morrison as the Sidney Middle School principal effective Aug. 1, 2021. He was awarded a three-year contract at $112,000.
• Hired Sylvia Hudson on a one-year contract on an as-needed basis as a substitute teacher at $105 per day.
• Hired Sheila Stephens on a one-year contract on an as needed basis as a substitute cook. She will be paid $10.52 per hour.
• Hired Laney Shaw as assistant musical director effective March 1. She will be paid $1.634.
• Heard the legislative report from Bob Smith.
• Heard the Upper Valley Career Center report from Michele Lott.
The board’s next meeting will be April 19 at 6 p.m. at sidney High School.