Payne passes; plus other Hamilton Schools news

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Hamilton Local Schools lost one of their own on Feb. 8 when Director of Public Relations Vince Payne passed away unexpectedly after complications from surgery.

“We will all miss his positivity, kindness, and his willingness to help others,” wrote Hamilton Schools Superintendent Mark Tyler in a Feb. 9 announcement. “He has been a great asset to our school district over the last 13 years and he will be deeply missed.”

Payne is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two young children, Tyler and Danielle. A GoFundMe account was set up in lieu of flowers to help support his wife and children at https://gofund.me/ac7653d0. Due to COVID restrictions, a family-only service was held on Feb.15, but live streamed to the general public.

Cael Shaw excels
During the Feb. 8 Hamilton Local Schools Board of Education meeting, the first Hamilton Township High School student to pursue a social science and civic engagement honors diploma presented part of his final requirement—a public presentation to the board.

“I plan on using this honors diploma to pursue a career in environmental law and political science,” said senior Cael Shaw. “When I started down this path, I wanted to go to medical school and be a pediatrician, but after sitting at home for several months, it took some thinking and everything I’ve done in the last four years has geared me more towards a law or civic career.”

Shaw said in addition to serving as a member of a superintendent’s student advisory board, he is also president of the HTHS Environmental Club and is passionate about the issue.

“I feel that being an environmental lawyer in the future is a perfect combination of all the things I’m passionate about,” said Shaw, who was named U. S. Representative Steve Stivers’ Congressional Student of the Month, is a six-time Mid-State League academic all-league in soccer/swimming, and varsity captain of both teams.

Stivers also nominated Shaw for an appointment to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and Shaw waiting on the application to be accepted. His list of awards includes numerous fair honors, the Sierra Club Alter Service Award and the Ohio University Trial and Law Institute Most Promising Future Professional Award.

Shaw is a Groveport Special Olympics volunteer swim coach and serves on Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Teen Ambassador Board. He has also served as a volunteer poll worker.

“The past election I worked the polls as a Youth at the Booth member at a local precinct in Obetz as a machine judge and a door greeter,” said Shaw. “It was a really long day of doing anything and everything.”

His long-standing interest in civics was fostered in sixth grade when he joined a Hamilton Township Intermediate School Ohio Model United Nations team for the first time and continued as a member through 12th grade.

“I believe OMUN is my most favorite thing I’ve participated in except for sports,” Shaw said. “It helped me develop my love for civics. It’s part of the reason I’m so involved and passionate when it comes to civics and global politics like the U.N. I’m proud to be a Ranger and will always be proud to be a Ranger.”

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