Senior of the Month
May’s senior of the month is Bryce Bosworth. Bryce is the son of Kurt and Kayla Bosworth of Irwin. Throughout high school he has been involved in National Honor Society, Soccer, and Science Club. He is a member of the Hilliard Nazarene Youth Group and Small Groups and is employed at Kroger in Marysville. After graduation he plans to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University to major in pre-med/Biology. When asked what advice he has for the underclassmen he replied, “Don’t worry about tomorrow. Focus on today.” (Photo submitted)
Summer school offered
By Madeline Conroy
For the first time, Fairbanks will be offering summer school to help students who may have fallen behind this year due to the quarantine and other inhibitors due to COVID.
There are around 140 students participating – 80 kids in the elementary school, 20 in the middle school, and 40 in high school. This will only last 3 weeks from June 1-17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fairbanks hopes to get the kids back on track for the following year so that when everything hopefully begins to go back to normal everyone will be ready.
The faculty is excited to be putting this all together and can’t wait to see how it turns out.
Hopefully there will no longer be COVID complications so that everyone can return to a normal school year next year.
New NHS members inducted
By Hunter Jackson
The Fairbanks National Honor Society is at full strength this May with the new sophomore members added to their ranks.
They are looking forward to seeing what they are able to do for the school and community.
Although the adopt-a-highway program has ended for the year, they are still aiding the school and community through the remainder of the school year, as they will be assisting with the class of 2021’s graduation ceremony.
The graduating officers would like to wish the best of luck to the underclassmen and their new advisor, Mrs. Smeenk.
Sensory Garden created at Fairbanks Elementary School
By Linsey Eddy
This spring, the Watkins Panthers 4-H Club, made up of about 20 Fairbanks students ranging from 3rd to 12th grade, has been working to implement a sensory garden at Fairbanks Elementary School. The project, co-chaired by Linsey Eddy and Cade Ziegler, and advised by Laurie Reidmann, is composed of 5- 3’x3’ garden planters, each dedicated to one of the five senses. The plants in each box will be specially selected to represent the qualities of that sense, and provide students with a visual and hands-on experience to learn how the senses are utilized by plants in the natural world. The Watkins Panthers have collaborated with elementary science teachers to make the garden supplemental cross-curriculum. To enhance the visual and auditory aspects of the garden, the club is also creating a sound wall for students to make music on. Furthermore, the boxes will be open for Fairbanks art students to use as canvases.
The lumber for this project was graciously donated by the Straight & Lamp Group, while the soil was provided by Dutch Mill Greenhouse and the Noah Rausch family. Plants will be added towards the end of summer to be enjoyed next school year. Other materials have been donated and upcycled by the members of the Watkins Panthers 4H club and their families. The garden is currently in the construction phase, but is planned to be installed on June 13th.
High School principal thanked for service
By Grace Koenig
For 15 years Fairbanks High School has had the honor of having Mr. Montgomery as principal. Sadly though, this year he will be retiring, but fortunately he does not plan on leaving the Fairbanks community. Instead he is considering being a bus driver for the district. Mr. Montgomery first started his educational career aiding handicapped students and being an athletic trainer at Elyria West High School. He later moved on to being a biology teacher, and still athletic trainer, at Franklin Heights. He eventually was made assistant principal for the last 5 years that he remained there. Mr. Montgomery has observed and most noticed the advancement in technology since his early years of education. He applauds this advancement for not only making it easier to communicate with students and staff but how it has helped teachers meet the needs of many students. For 35 years he has had his whole heart in education and he has loved every year of it. He states, “It never gets old when you see students succeed.”
FFA banquet hosted
By Montana Burns
The FFA chapter held their banquet on May 17 at Der Dutchman. They had many awards to give out including: Star Farmer- Kaleb Boyd; Star Ag-Placement- Wyatt Rausch; Star Greenhand- Julie Headings; Outstanding Sophomore- Emma Greve; Outstanding Junior- Cade Ziegler; Outstanding Senior- Linsey Eddy; State Degree Recipients- Montana Burns, Cade Ziegler, Shelby Burns, and Brynne Stanley and American Degree Recipients- Autumn Scheiderer, Keagan Nicol, and Abby Underhill. The chapter had two top four state finalists for their proficiency projects. Autumn Scheiderer placed 2nd in the state for her Beef Placement SAE and Kaleb Boyd placed 4th in the State for his Sheep Placement SAE. They also elected new officers for the 2021-2022 year and they are as follows: President- Cade Ziegler, Vice-President- Montana Burns, Secretary- Drew Rausch, Reporter- Brynne Stanley, Student Advisor- Evan Blumenschein, Treasurer- Elaina Lahmers, and Sentinel- Emma Greve.
The FFA chapter is very thankful for the cooperation of the school and the community so they could be blessed enough to be able to participate in the many CDE’s, have activities, and hold their banquet. They enjoyed a very successful year in FFA and are looking forward to next year!
Senior writing staff recognized
Pictured above are members of the 2020-21 Panther Pause writing staff, including, seated from left to right, Madeline Conroy, Hunter Jackson, Linsey Eddy and Montana Burns. Standing are Aubrey Tillman, Ally Gerty, Grace Koenig and Callie Kitchen. (Photo submitted)
By Ally Gerty
With this school year coming to an end, The Panther Pause staff would like to thank and send off their senior members: Aubrey Tillman, Madeline Conroy, Linsey Eddy, and Hunter Jackson. The seniors wrote monthly articles as a responsibility for the organization they are a part of, or simply because they enjoyed it.
The seniors all agreed that Panther Pause has helped them become more involved in their community, while simultaneously improving their writing and communication skills! Following graduation, the seniors all have new and exciting futures ahead of them. Aubrey Tillman will double major in Criminology and Sociology at Capital University. Madeline Conroy will major in Nursing at University of Cincinnati. Linsey Eddy will major in Actuarial Science and minor in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University and Hunter Jackson will major in English at Bowling Green State University.
Thank you seniors for your dedication to Panther Pause and your fellow club members wish you the best of luck!
FCCLA awards presented
By Aubrey Tillman
FCCLA members were excited to wrap up their year with their awards ceremony and introduce the new officers to the group. These new officers are Lilli Doll returning as President, Elizabeth White returning as Vice President, Grace Koenig as Secretary, Ally Gerty as Public Relations, and Zach Picklesimer as Photographer.
Graduating senior officers, Aubrey Tillman and Emma Feaster are looking forward to seeing what this group of officers does with the club in the coming year. They would like to congratulate the new officers and thank them for their dedication to the club. The officer team would also like to thank all members of the club for sticking with the group through this difficult year. The club was able to continue its community outreach because of the ideas from all its amazing members. They were able to create food kits for community members in temporary housing situations, volunteer at the Hope Center, write cards and deliver chocolate to nursing homes, and more.
As this year is winding down, the 2021-2022 officer team is working hard to plan for another great year!