Several groups and individuals were recognized at the monthly board meeting Monday night. Several band students participated in the Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Event held Sat. Jan. 28 at Stebbins High School. The Kids of Character students were recognized once again this month from each building. The Student Council provides overall leadership to Xenia High School planning some activities such as Homecoming, Spirit Week, Prom, and this year delivered over 300 Baskets for Battle to five area hospitals-Dayton Children's Hospital, Kettering Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital, Soin Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The boys and girls GWOC champion swimmers were recognized. Finally, 9 bus drivers were recognized for having provided over 256 years of service to our district.
All of the band and choir students received a Superior rating except two. Congrats to these students: Mackenzie Coonrod (flute), Sophia Ensey (clarinet), Timothy Stahl (bass clarinet), Gabriel Gonzales (alto saxophone), Frank Hicks (trumpet), Megan Miller (piano), Brianna Banks, Katie Laney, and Alexis Woolwine (flute trio), Frank Hicks, Erik Boggs, and Chase Keys (trumpet trio). Seniors Dana Naas, Tori Brown, Gabriel Gonzales, and Joshua Goodrum-Green sang a quartet and Alexis Woolwine sang a solo.
Kids of Character were Lando Glass (Preschool), Kameron Williams (Arrowood), Tre Langston (Cox), Dillon Barrett (McKinley), Arie Dancy (Shawnee), Ethan Frisby and Dallas Johnston (Tecumseh), Kendall Sherman (Warner), and Cameron Satanek (High School). All of these students are showing their Buccaneer Best at school by helping others, completing school work, being kind, and respectful.
Student Council Executive Board Members are Natalie Jones, Amelia Maloney, Megan Casey, Hank Siefert, Eli Shapiro, Aaron Harrison, Chance Sundstrom, Chris Brodsky, Madyson Larson, Sofia Castonguay, Samuel Johnson, Grace Brown, Trevor Orchard, and Lorean Napper. Debb Rucker and Keenan Mikal are the advisors.
These students earned points at GWOC swim meet helping earn American South Championship: Sarah Bogan, Makayla Bradley, Chris Brodsky, Eli Caldwell, Ryan Cope, Mia Cornett, Nate Craft, Ian Delaney, Trevin Gray, Nate Higgins, Megan Hill, Maggie Hovan, Ian Kelly, Kathleen Kelly, Kaylee Mossburger, Baylee Mueller, Jack Neary, Micah Neeld, Lauren Nipper., Kylie Saner (American South outstanding swimmer free girls), Carsyn Siefert, Hank Siefert (American South outstanding male swimmer). Hank also set two meet records in the 200 free and the 500 free. Grant Smith, Kallee Stevens and Josh White. Coaches are Karen Nolen and Kari Higgins.
Among the 441 First Student locations nationwide, First Student Xenia ranks 12th in the categories of operational performance, fuel management, fleet utilization, and maintenance and safety. We rank 1st in preventable accidents and injuries (0 in 2016) and 1st in maintenance PM compliance. Since 2012, First Student has driven 2,240,900 miles with 2,295,180 students being transported. First Student has an on-time percentage of 96.83% meaning the bus arrives at the bus stop within five minutes of the projected arrival time. The drivers and monitors recognized have over 256 years of service and we certainly appreciate all they do for our students each and every day. Crystal Crum (19 years), Dee Merz (22 years), Annie Shoemaker (22 years), Pam Waggoner (22 years), Joe Hester (24 years), Karen Louderback (24 years), Bev Morgan (25 years), Drema Howard (35 years), and Vickie Jones (39 years).