Madison-Plains has most scholar-athletes in MSL


(Posted Feb. 25, 2016)

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer

Madison-Plains High School holds the distinction of having the most scholar-athletes in the Mid State League for the fall 2015 season.

Athletic Director Matt Mason recognized 20 students for excelling in the classroom and on the field of play. Seventeen of the 20 were present at the Feb. 17 school board meeting.

To be recognized as a scholar-athlete, a student must have an accumulated grade point average of 3.5 from the day he or she first put foot on the field.

Madison-Plains’ honorees are:

  • Volleyball—Lexi Bayless, Addison Davison, Macy Long, Bradan Mast, Taylor Sollars;
  • Cheerleading—Tori Bevington, Paige Gammell, Madison Hamm, Macy McCollister, Jennifer Shafer;
  • Boys’ golf—Anthony Tesi;
  • Girls’ golf—Christan Bowshier, Morgan Hunter, Regan Rube;
  • Cross country—Domonic Brohard, Gage Farmer, Sam Owens;
  • Football—Griffin Jones, Ian Richards and Jacob Petee.

Power of the Pen

The school board recognized seventh-grader Ken Shafer for earning the most points in the Power of the Pen competition. He led Madison-Plains’ seventh-grade team into regional competition. Most of the eighth-grade team advanced. In December, Shafer earned a trophy nearly as tall as he is.

Power of the Pen is a timed creative writing competition for seventh- and eighth-grade students.


Christopher Young, a senior and president of the Madison-Plains FFA chapter, informed the board of the chapter’s steady growth in participation over the last three years. The chapter had 185 members in the 2013-14 academic year and has 212 this year. The numbers put Madison-Plains as the 10th largest chapter among the 310 chapters in Ohio, he said.

Young listed the numerous awards chapter members have received in the past few years. Officers have received gold ratings the past two years and the chapter as a whole has earned a superior rating each of the past three years.

Student of the month

High School Principal Matt Unger introduced Shelby Puckett as the student of the month. She is a softball and volleyball player, honor roll student, and 4-H member. Her community service work includes volunteering with Meals on Wheels and HELP House.

School calendar

Superintendent Tim Dettwiller presented a draft of the school calendar for the next two academic years. School will begin the third week of August in each of those years. He promised a further discussion of the calendar at the next meeting set for March 15.

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