October 29th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Thursday, October 29th, 2020.

Key Club is conducting a mini-food drive from now through November 1st!  Donations should be non-perishable breakfast items such as breakfast bars, cereals, etc.  These should be brought to Mr Ruther’s room, room 423.  Kiwanis and TOPSS are also accepting direct donations in addition to food donations.  If you are interested, go to topss.org to donate or contact a Key Club officer or Mr Ruther for more information!

Setting Stone will hold its first virtual Coffee House via Instagram on Friday, November 6th! If you are interested in performing (songs, comedy, poetry reading, etc.), please email settingstone@talawanda.org. Please include the following: 1. your name, 2. what you plan to perform, and 3. your instagram name. Sign up before Monday! There will also be a sign-up sheet outside room 320.

This week is the National FFA Convention. We have several students being recognized. Justin Beckner (2020 graduate) is recognized as the Ohio FFA State Winner in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Contest. Talawanda-Butler Tech FFA is being recognized as a National 3-Star Chapter (highest ranking any chapter can earn). And 3 of our members & THS graduates from 2019 will be recognized for earning their American FFA Degrees. Dakota Kiefer, Colleen Minges, Matt Butterfield.

In August we had 5 CDE teams win top 5 in Ohio FFA, earning a total of 9 FFA banners for the 600 hallway in 2020. Big Accomplishment!

We have elected a new officer team

President: Austin Weekley

Vice President: Keira McKinney

Secretary: Natalie Darner

Treasurer: Layne Schwab

Reporter: Olivia Zaenkert

Student Advisor: Kailey Schlichter

Sentinel: Kari Herrman

And now for this weeks Student Spotlight followed by our daily sports report with Luke West Poley

October 27th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Tuesday, October 27th, 2020.

Key Club is conducting a mini-food drive from now through November 1st!  Donations should be non-perishable breakfast items such as breakfast bars, cereals, etc.  These should be brought to Mr Ruther’s room, room 423.  Kiwanis and TOPSS are also accepting direct donations in addition to food donations.  If you are interested, go to topss.org to donate or contact a Key Club officer or Mr Ruther for more information!

Best Buddies will have their next meeting on Wednesday, October 28 at 2pm. We would love to see you there! Please email Mrs. Sammons for the Zoom link. 

Throughout this pandemic the Talawanda School District has been very fortunate to receive aid from the federal government, some of that aid has come in the form of the National School Meal Program, and now here’s a video of how that program works and how you can take advantage of this opportunity.

Attention all THS students! Students who would like to run for class officer need to email Ms Mann for an application or stop by outside room 319 for a paper application. Hurry because our elections will be October 29-30!

If you like science and would like to earn some volunteer hours helping with environmentally-related causes, we invite you to join the Talawanda Environment and Natural Science Club! Please email Mrs. Ruther (ruthera@talawanda.org) if you’re interested in this opportunity!

Do you like Jeopardy?  Do you miss Paul Bolenbaugh?  Well if so the first meeting of the academic challenge team is virtual tonight at 7:00.  Contact Mr. Schmid for details.

And now for a Red Ribbon Week announcement followed by our daily sports report with Luke West Poley

October 26th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Monday, October 26th, 2020.

Key Club is conducting a mini-food drive from now through November 1st!  Donations should be non-perishable breakfast items such as breakfast bars, cereals, etc.  These should be brought to Mr Ruther’s room, room 423.  Kiwanis and TOPSS are also accepting direct donations in addition to food donations.  If you are interested, go to topss.org to donate or contact a Key Club officer or Mr Ruther for more information!

Attention all THS students! Students who would like to run for class officer need to email Ms Mann for an application or stop by outside room 319 for a paper application. Hurry because our elections will be October 29-30!

If you like science and would like to earn some volunteer hours helping with environmentally-related causes, we invite you to join the Talawanda Environment and Natural Science Club! Please email Mrs. Ruther (ruthera@talawanda.org) if you’re interested in this opportunity!

And now for Luke WP.

March 12th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Thursday, March 12th, 2020.

Best Buddies Members: Our March meeting has been canceled, we will see everyone in April.

Anxiety disorders are common in teenagers.  Nearly 1 in 3 teens meet the criteria for some form of anxiety by the age of 18.  Playing sports and exercise can be an antidote to anxiety.  Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood.  Regular physical activity can reduce stress and increase your sense of well-being.  Get active Talawanda.

Now for a short message from Mrs. Merz about the change of senior incentive for the 4th quarter.

Because of the changing situation with the quarantine and how the state of Ohio is dealing with the coronavirus, make sure you know where to get your information from Talawanda High School. Check your emails, pay attention to the announcements, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Now for todays birthday’s, Robert Smith turns 17 and Kameron George turns 19. Happy Birthday.

And now for What’s the T and Luke WP.

Congrats to Junior Ben Shrider who was named an all state honorable mention for his 50 point rookie year.

No Home Games for Today

That’s our broadcast on this day I’m Luke West Poley, thanks so much for watching, and thanks to everyone who brought a food for Tincher.

March 11th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Wednesday, March 11th, 2020.

Best Buddies Members: We will have our March meeting this Thursday after school! We will have snacks, announcements and activities. Hope to see you there. New members are always welcome!

Stress can be a factor in mental health concerns.  Stress affects the mind and the body.  For teens, school and grades can be major stressors.  Take a deep breath, it’s the end of 3rd quarter.  Deep breathing increases oxygen to all part of the body, It decreases stress, detoxifies the body, increases energy, and lowers blood pressure.

There are tons of talented Talawanda Students so please sign up for the talent show this year.  Forms are in the office or outside room 611, they are due to Mrs. Gregory or one of the co-chairs by Thursday!  We will start selling tickets on Monday March 16th, cost is $5.00.

Now for extreme history

Are you looking for a fun summer job? Oxford Parks and Rec might be the place for you! Representatives from Oxford Parks and Rec. will be in the cafeteria during lunch on Wednesday the 11th with information about job opportunities!

Now for todays birthday’s, Laura Smith and Raeann Brunner turn 15, and Jack Sikora turns 16. Happy Birthday.

And now for What’s the T and Luke WP.

It’s funny how they play my intro when I have literally no sports to announce.

That’s our broadcast on this day I’m Puke West Holey, thanks so much for watching, and bring a random food item to Mr. Tincher tomorrow and don’t tell him why.

March 10th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Tuesday, March 10th, 2020.

Tonight we have a Choir and Jazz Band Concert at 7:00 pm in the PAC. Wednesday, March 11 we have Music, Sweet Music! in the cafeteria.  Desserts service will start at 6:00 pm the Steel Band and Jazz Band will perform at 7:00 pm.

Teens are more vulnerable to mental illness based on the major brain changes happening in these years.  More than 11% of teens have had a major depressive episode in the last year.   Depression is a constant sense of sadness that makes it hard to do everyday tasks.  Counselors use music as a way to help suffering people.  Music can relax the mind and energize the body.  Give yourself a boost and attend tonight’s Evening of Jazz at 7:00 in the PAC.

There are tons of talented Talawanda Students so please sign up for the talent show this year.  Forms are in the office or outside room 611, they are due to Mrs. Gregory or one of the co-chairs by Thursday!  We will start selling tickets on Monday, March 16th, the cost is $5.00.

Now for what people want to see for extreme week

Are you looking for a fun summer job? Oxford Parks and Rec might be the place for you! Representatives from Oxford Parks and Rec. will be in the cafeteria during lunch on Wednesday the 11th with information about job opportunities!

No birthday’s for today.

And now for What’s the T and Luke WP.

There were no sports last night but make sure to sign up for Hope Squad basketball.

Home Games for today: none

That’s our broadcast on this day I’m Luke West Poley, thanks so much for watching and get ready to get extreme next week, Talawanda.

March 9th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Monday, March 9th, 2020.

Setting Stone will meet today to review new submissions.

Mental illness is a problem with brain function.  There are a lot of different types.  1 in 5 teens suffer from a mental illness of some sort.  And it can look different for each person. No body chooses to have a mental illness.  Laughter is strong medicine to counteract these issues.  It strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, reduces pain and protects you from the damage of stress.  Have a good laugh today.  And join in laughter with your friends and the Hoops for Hope tournament on Saturday.

Congratulations to Justin Beckner as he won the Ohio FFA State Extemporaneous Public Speaking contest on Saturday! Justin will now represent the Talawanda/Butler Tech FFA Chapter and Ohio FFA in October at the National FFA Convention. Great job, Justin!

There are tons of talented Talawanda Students so please sign up for the talent show this year.  Forms are in the office or outside room 611, they are due to Mrs. Gregory or one of the co-chairs by Thursday!  We will start selling tickets on Monday March 16th, cost is $5.00.

Now for the week ahead

Are you looking for a fun summer job? Oxford Parks and Rec might be the place for you! Representatives from Oxford Parks and Rec. will be in the cafeteria during lunch on Wednesday the 11th with information about job opportunities!

Now for today’s birthdays, Jessa Fall and Emma Danner turn 16, Blake Madden turns 17, and Rylan Tincher turns 18. Happy birthday.

And now for What’s the T and Luke WP.

Hope squad is hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on March 14 at 5pm. The cost is $5 per player and games are to 21, the money will go to Grant Us Hope, sign ups are in room 312, contact Evan Kennel or Mason Ball for more information.

Congrats to Gaege Feix who this past weekend capped off a great season finishing 36th at the OHSAA state bowling meet.

Shoutout to Brennan Cameron who scored the overtime winner for team red in their 3-2 victory over team yellow at the 2020 SWOHSHL all star game on Saturday.

This weekend the Talawanda Wrestling Team traveled to Kettering Fairmont for the Division 1 Southwest District Tournament.  The team had four qualifiers make it to districts, but only one made it out, 220 pounder, Terell Wills.. Terell got 3rd place in the tournament qualifying him for state.   This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday he will travel to Columbus with the opportunity to come home as a state Champion.

Home Games for today: none

That’s our broadcast on this day I’m Luke West Poley, thanks so much for watching, and shoutout to the milk man, Ben Shrider.

March 6th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Friday, March 6th, 2020.

A Jostens representative will be here on Monday, the 9th, during lunch, to hand out Graduation Announcement orders.

The talent show this year will be Friday March 20th, if you are interested in showcasing your talent please pick up a form in the office or outside room 611.  You may turn them in to Mrs. Gregory or any of the co-chairs listed on the form.   This is a great way to showcase your talent and help others, as all the money will be donated to local charities.

First year FFA members have the opportunity to participate in the Greenhand Quiz Career Development Event, which tests all new members knowledge of FFA and agriculture history. Of the 153 schools that took the greenhand quiz, Talawanda finished THIRD IN OHIO. Another blue banner in the 600 hallway will be raised with the following freshmen’s names: Kaydence Morris, Anna Abbitt, Anna Moeller and Ryland Beckner. Also on the team were Halee McDade, Hannah Kold, and Kylee Carver. Of the nearly 2,500 FFA members that took this quiz,all Talawanda FFA members finished in the top 13%. This will be our first banner in greenhand quiz since 2009. Go Aggies! 

The good news keeps on coming for the Talawanda FFA chapter! Farm Business Management tests a student’s ability to handle scenarios that a typical agricultural professional would face in the real world including financial strategies and marketing.  Talawanda finished SECOND IN OHIO and qualified for the national competition in Massachusetts this fall. Another blue banner in the 600 hallway will be raised with the following names: Joseph Copeland, Kasey Condo, Gaege Feix, and Austin Weekley. Other team members included Layne Schwab, Peyton Weekley, Kari Herrmann, Jordan Schulte, Keira Mckinney, and Josh Niehoff. Go Aggies!

The Best Buddies Spring Social is tonight from 6:30-8:30.

Hey! You make art? You do writing? You take pics? Setting Stone wants your stuff! Send your stuff to settingstone@talawanda.org, or drop it off in room 320 to be considered for inclusion in the Spring Setting Stone magazine and/or settingstone.org! Thanks, yo!

Now for today’s birthdays, Diana Gama turns 17.

And now for What’s the T and Luke WP.

Hope squad is hosting a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on March 14 at 5pm. The cost is $5 per player and games are to 21, the money will go to Grant Us Hope, sign ups are in room 312, contact Evan Kennel or Mason Ball for more information.

Shoutout to Gaege Feix who is bowling right now at the OHSAA state bowling championships, best of luck to him, he was also named SWOC bowler of the year last night so congrats to Gaege on a great season.

Good luck to the wrestling team who will be competing at Districts this weekend.

Home Games for this weekend: many of the hockey team’s members will be competing tomorrow in the league all star game that is at Goggin once again at 6:15 tomorrow night.

That’s our broadcast on this day I’m Luke West Poley, thanks so much for watching, get your senior picture in, you don’t want Patrick Star in your place, also go to the Best Buddies dance tonight, enjoy film club Friday and we’ll see you on Monday.

March 5th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Thursday, March 5th, 2020.

A Jostens representative will be here on Monday, the 9th, during lunch, to hand out Graduation Announcement orders.

The talent show this year will be Friday March 20th, if you are interested in showcasing your talent please pick up a form in the office or outside room 611.  You may turn them in to Mrs. Gregory or any of the co-chairs listed on the form.   This is a great way to showcase your talent and help others, as all the money will be donated to local charities.

Congratulations to Lucy Wang, Piper Muhlhauser, Heather Kuckuck, Hunter Hoefker, and Justin Beckner. These five competed yesterday in the Rotary 4-Way Test speech competition. Students had to deliver a memorized, 4 to 6 minute speech to the Rotary Club members. Justin Beckner won the competition with his speech on food waste and will compete at the district level later this month. Congratulate all five students for the hard work and amazing speeches! 

Best Buddies’ Week of Inclusion concludes tomorrow with a school spirit/Best Buddies spirit day. Wear your favorite Talawanda Spirit wear or Best Buddies shirt to support inclusion. Also, don’t forget, Friday night is the spring social from 6:30-8:30pm in the gym.

Now for Best Buddies Spring Social information

Hey! You make art? You do writing? You take pics? Setting Stone wants your stuff! Send your stuff to settingstone@talawanda.org, or drop it off in room 320 to be considered for inclusion in the Spring Setting Stone magazine and/or settingstone.org! Thanks, yo!

Now for today’s birthdays, Jameson Thomas, Andrew Beckett, Rian Delvecchio and Ava Wetzel all turn 18.

And now for What’s the T and Luke WP.

Good luck to Senior bowler Gaige Feix who will be bowling at the State championships tomorrow.

Home Games for today: none

That’s our broadcast on this day I’m Luke West-Poley, thanks so much for watching, and we’ll see you tommorow.

March 4th, 2020

Good Morning Talawanda. Today is Wednesday, March 4th, 2020.

A Jostens representative will be here on Monday, the 9th, during lunch, to hand out Graduation Announcement orders.

The talent show this year will be Friday March 20th, if you are interested in showcasing your talent please pick up a form in the office or outside room 611.  You may turn them in to Mrs. Gregory or any of the co-chairs listed on the form.   This is a great way to showcase your talent and help others, as all the money will be donated to local charities.

Students: Don’t forget to sign the banner for Spread the Word Day in the cafeteria today during lunch. Spread the Word: Inclusion encourages people to pledge to end the use of the R-word. Each pledge is a personal commitment to acknowledge the hurt caused by the R-word and to be respectful in the words and actions taken towards people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Also, tomorrow is Rainbow Day. Wear any or all the colors of the rainbow to support inclusion for all! 

Cycling club is going on their Gorgeous Spring Ride today directly after school. Anyone is welcome to come! it will be a short ride touring the wooded roads that will be manageable to all ability levels! If you are interested and don’t have a bike email Mrs. Schran and we’ll try to accommodate you. Come by room 412 on wednesday right after school and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Now for track stereotypes

Hey! You make art? You do writing? You take pics? Setting Stone wants your stuff! Send your stuff to settingstone@talawanda.org, or drop it off in room 320 to be considered for inclusion in the Spring Setting Stone magazine and/or settingstone.org! Thanks, yo!

Now for today’s birthdays, Makenna Watson and Griffin Dempsey turn 15, and Megan Price turns 18. Happy Birthday.

And now for What’s the T and Luke WP.

The Talawanda wrestling team placed fifth at their sectional tournament this past weekend. The team went 9 and 0 in their finals matches and has five district alternates as well as 4 district qualifiers. Sammy Dillon, Davis Williams, Logan Crauder, James Beckett, and Julian Askren all finished fifth in the tournament. Colton Baker, Nick Englehard, and Nathon Detherage all placed 3rd. Senior Terell Wills won the tournament, finishing in first place with a pin over the 17th ranked 220 lbs. Wrestler in the state. The team travels to Kettering Fairmont this upcoming weekend to compete in the district round of the division 1 individual state tournament.

Home Games for today: none

That’s our broadcast on this day I’m Luke West Poley, thanks so much for watching, and we’ll see you tommorow.