Jonathan Alder middle-schoolers set goals, learn from mistakes

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Andrew Heisler, a member of Canaan Middle School’s sixth-grade leadership team, shows his scorecards to Jonathan Alder school board president Shannon Foust.

(Posted Dec. 16, 2017)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Jonathan Alder school board members got an up-close view of some of the work being done at Canaan Middle School.

At the Dec. 11 board meeting, six students from the sixth-grade leadership team talked about project-based learning in which each student is assigned to a team. They talked about using creativity and problem-solving skills when working on projects. From their failures, they said they learned the importance of flexibility and perseverance.

The students showed their individual work to each board member and Superintendent Gary Chapman.

Normally, the board meets at the high school but has taken their monthly meeting on the road to other schools three times this past calendar year.

Also during the meeting, President Shannon Foust and member Tom Bichsel read a long list of students who excelled during the fall sports season. Jonathan Alder students who earned all-conference and sportsmanship honors in the Central Buckeye Conference (CBC) include:

Ryan Bailey (right) talks to Jonathan Alder school board member Tom Bichsel about project-based learning. Bailey is a member of the Canaan Middle School sixth-grade leadership team.

Girls’ tennis: Mikayla Holland, league Player of the Year, first-team all-league first singles; Sydney Winslow, first-team all-league second singles; Maddy Grove, first-team all-league third singles; Paula Berge, sportsmanship all-league singles.

Volleyball: Kortney Reynolds, league Player of the Year, first-team all-league, first-team all-Central District; Sara Dickey, first-team all-league, first-team all-district; Ava Francis, first-team all-league; Sam Durbin, sportsmanship all-league.

Boys’ soccer: Cameron Androw, league Player of the Year, first-team all-league, first-team all-district, second-team all-state; Peyton Ernst, first-team all-league, third-team all-district; Ben Hollinger, sportsmanship all-league.

Girls’ soccer: Hannah Headlee, first-team all-league, first-team all-district, first-team all-state; Sophia Thomas, first-team all-league, first-team all-district; Lindsey Miller, first-team all-league, second-team all-district; Emily Opatt, sportsmanship all-league.

Girls’ cross country: Morgan Hicks, first-team all-league, all-district Runner of the Year, first-team all-district, state qualifier; Madilyn Davis, first-team all-league, first-team all-district, state qualifier; Ashlyn McDaniel, first-team all-league; Lexi Thorpe, second-team and sportsmanship all-league; Justin Creps, Coach of the Year Central District.

Boys’ cross country: Gavin Frick and Luke Malone, first-team all-league, first-team all-district, state qualifiers; Michael Gray and Jase Headings, first-team all-league, first-team all-district; Cole Schrock, sportsmanship all-league.

Boys’ golf: Tyler Hilbert, first-team all-league, first-team Madison County, honorable mention all-district; Hayden Mitchell, first-team all-league, first-team Madison County, second-team all-district; Giuseppe Petrella, second-team and sportsmanship all-league, first-team Madison County,  honorable mention all-district.

Girls’ golf: Maddie McMillen, special mention and sportsmanship all-league.

Football: Nolan Larison, league Defensive Player of Year, first-team all-league, district Defensive Player of the Year, first-team all-district, first-team all-state; Jamie Dye, first-team all-league, first-team all-district, second-team all-state; Bryan Blacka, first-team all-league, first-team all-district, third-team all-state; Preston Eisnaugle, Drew Myers and Dalton Potts, first-team all-league, first-team all-district, honorable mention all-state; Casey Fogle, sportsmanship all-league.

Cheerleading: Sernia Chapman and Bella Petzinger, first-team all-league; Megan North, special mention and sportsmanship all-league.

This is the first year Jonathan Alder is competing in the Central Buckeye Conference. At the end of the academic year, one team will reign as School of the Year. After the fall sports season, Chapman said Jonathan Alder is leading the Kenton Trail Division with 42.5 points, ahead of second-place Springfield Shawnee with 36 points.

Board members adopted the academic calendars for the next two years. For the 2018-19 school year, students begin classes on Aug. 22, with the last day being May 31, 2019. Graduation is May 26, 2019.

For the 2019-20 school year, classes begin Aug. 21, with the last day being May 29, 2020. Graduation is May 25.

The calendars will be posted on the school’s website.

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