Oak Harbor Community Cleanup Day May 3

The 4th Annual Oak Harbor Community Cleanup Day is on May 3.  Service clubs, youth groups, homeowner associations, community groups, businesses, families and individuals are encouraged to take part in this annual event. The goal is to clean up debris and trash from the downtown community. Community Markets will be providing the dumpsters. All volunteers will be meeting in the back of Community Markets parking lot at 9 a.m. and will clean until approximately11 a.m. If you or your group would like to sign up, call the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce office at 419-898-0479.


OCCA defends title at CANWO Spelling Bee

Ottawa County Christian Academy’s elementary students won five of six individual awards as well as the overall school championship trophy at the 2014 Christian Academies of Northwest Ohio (CANWO) Spelling Bee and Speech Competition held at Temple Christian Academy last Friday.

The competition is for elementary students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. A total of 67 students from OCCA, Temple Christian Academy (Fremont) and Harvest Temple Christian Academy (Clyde) competed in the event. 

The spelling and speech competitions were broken into the following divisions: K-1, 2nd & 3rd, and 4th-6th. Among the winners for OCCA were: Austin Marzke (Genoa), K-1 Spelling Champion; Jaxan Bickelhaupt (Fremont), K-1 Spelling Runner-up and K-1 Speech Champion; Kellen Bickelhaupt (Oak Harbor), 2nd-3rd Spelling Champion; Ryan Kozak (Genoa), 4th-6th Spelling Runner-up; Carmen Bickelhaupt (Oak Harbor), 2nd-3rd Speech Champion; and Breanna Slessman (Oak Harbor), 4th-6th Speech Champion. Darren Conklin of TCA was the 4th-6th Spelling Bee Champion.

Students also were awarded ribbons for their speech performances. A three-judge panel issued blue ribbons to those scoring 30-27 points (30 being the highest), red ribbons for 26-24 scores and green ribbons for 23-20 scores. All scores below 20 received yellow participation ribbons. OCCA’s blue ribbon performances included: Xoie Bickelhaupt (Fremont), Kendyle Baer (Curtice), Aiden Slessman (Oak Harbor), Luke Hawkins (Oak Harbor), Breanna Slessman, and Carmen Bickelhaupt.

The overall school championship trophy was determined by the following scoring procedure: schools received five points for every champion represented, one point for every blue ribbon received and one point for each spelling runner up. The total score was then divided by the number of students competing from that school. OCCA won the trophy for the second consecutive year, garnering 33 points and a final score of 1.74.

OCCA is a private, non-chartered religious school located between S.R. 163 and S.R. 105 just past the Oak Harbor High School at 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Rd.


Oak Harbor girls win Patrick Henry Invite

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Behind four first-place finishes from each of its relay teams, the Oak Harbor Rockets girls track and field team won the Patrick Henry Invitational on Saturday in Hamler.

Oak Harbor won the nine-team event with 153 points, well ahead of Elmwood, who finished with 95. Woodmore was third (79), followed by Patrick Henry (60) and Leipsic (54).

The 4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 relay teams came away victorious, and Allie Jett and Trinity Gephart won their individual events, too, the 200-meter dash and the 3200, respectively.

Gephart won the 3200 in 12 minutes, 36.76 seconds, and finished second in the 1600, losing out on first place by 0.06 seconds. Jett won the 200 in 27.79.

Second-place finishers included Athena Eli in the 400 (1:03.28), Makayla Wagner in the 800 (2:39.42), Alexa Weis in the 100 hurdles (17.91) and the 300 hurdles (53.90), Allie Bloomer in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches) and Lexie Kadlubowski in the pole vault (8-00.00). Paige Velliquette was third in the 100 (14.13), Brenna Franck was third in the 800 (2:48.33) and Rebekah Rayburn was third in the long jump (14-05.00).

Team Standings—1. Oak Harbor 153; 2. Elmwood 95; 3. Woodmore 79; 4. Patrick Henry 60; 5. Leipsic 54; 6. Swanton 31; 7. Arcadia 23; 8. North Central 19; 9. Montpelier.

Top Rocket Finishers 

First—Trinity Gephart (3200); Allie Jett (200); 4 x 100 ; 4 x 200 Relay; 4 x 400; 4 x 800

Second—Trinity Gephart (1600); Athena Eli (400); Makayla Wagner (800); Alexa Weis (100 H); (300 H); Allie Blommer (high jump); Lexie Kadlubowski (pole vault);

Third—Paige Velliquette (100); Brenna Franck (800); Rebekah Rayburn (long jump).

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