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VCHS Class of 2018 Commencement

The 2018 Vinton County High School Commencement Ceremony was held Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The high school band, directed by Kevin Niese, played the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” as the class entered, led by VCHS staff and junior marshalls. The Junior Class Marshalls were:  Eli Griffith, Christopher Mason, Isabelle Lambert, Kendall Fee and Hope Saunders. The Junior Ushers were: Jaci Martin, Kiara Pickell, Cassidy Griffith, Klaudia Faught and Garrison George.

After Senior Class President Ryann Ramey led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, the band played “American Heroes March” and “Of Distant Peaks.” 
Principal Kevin Waddell introduced the Class of 2018 to a packed crowd inside the VCHS gymnasium. This class included 17 National Honor Society members, three National Technical Honor students, nine students with honor statuses, eight regional scholars, 12 Business Professionals of America scholars, two state awards for digital media and cybersecurity, seven State Torch awards, 18 regional awards and eight Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division titles, Waddell told the crowd. In addition, students collectively received 143 scholarships, totaling over $500,000, plus a full scholarship totaling over $400,000 to Ryann Ramey, who was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy.
Mariah Davidson was recognized as the Top Vocational Student and Dakota Mullins received a round of applause for having perfect attendance in all four years of high school. 
Salutatorian Madyson Newsome gave an appreciation speech, followed by the Director’s and Senior Choir, directed by Joy Henderson, with “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” and “For Just a Little While.”
Valedictorian Ryann Ramey reminded her class to focus on where they will go in life, but remember to look back at where they came from.
VCHS Vice Principal Larry Arthur announced the Senior Roll, as each student came forward to accept their diploma.
Honor students: Ryann Ramey, Madyson Newsome, Naylan Yates, Sara White, Brad Mercer, Cassie Bentley, Brookesanne Barnett, Bethany Kinnison and Cade Gray.
Senior Class Officers: President Ryann Ramey, Vice President Darian Radabaugh, Secretary Sara White, Treasurer Shane Rife and Media Specialists Kason Collins and Madyson Newsome. Class Representatives: Adam Clary, Hunter Collier, Cole Pridemore, Angel Willison and Shalyn Reffit. Senior Class Advisor Fonda Menikheim.
Lifetouch pictures can be found by clicking on the link and using code vintonco18 .
Pictures of graduation can also be seen on our high school page of the school website. 

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Two different Summer Feeding Programs offered for Vinton County Students

Vinton County Local Schools will be sponsoring a summer feeding site this summer in cooperation with the Children's Hunger Alliance.
The site will be located at Vinton County High School.
This program will start June 4th and run through August 10th.
Meal times are from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m..
Meals will be served in the cafeteria.
Meals are FREE TO ALL AGES from 1 year to 18 years old.
The Saint Francis Center has received the grant for the Rural Meals Program once again this year. This program is independent of the Vinton County Local School District.  However, they have reached out to us in order to spread the information about this program that will provide meals to families that may struggle with extra expences during the summer that may make it difficult to provide for their children. The plus side to this program is that they can deliver the boxes of food to the family. Families of the participating children must meet the income requirements on the application below and live in Vinton County.The application below (click on the link) can be dropped off or mailed back to the address on the bottom of the intro page. You can also call or go to Saint Francis Center to fill out the application and find out more about the program. Feel free to call the center with any questions at 740-596-5820 .  This program IS NOT affiliated with Vinton County Local Schools.  Please do not call the school with questions or return the application to the school district.
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Lady Viking Track and Field Team District Meet Results

The Vinton County Girls Track and Field team finished 4th out of 13 schools at the Division 2 District Meet. The top four individuals in each event qualify to the regional meet, which will be held at Muskingum University on Thursday and Saturday.

Maylea Huff - 1st 100 hurdles/2nd 300 hurdles
Lizzy Mullins - 1st 100 dash/8th 200 dash
Sara White - 3rd 100 hurdles/8th long jump
Rylee Fee - 3rd 3200 run
Jessica Logsdon - 4th discus
Olivia Mayers - 4th 800 run
Tristen Kirby - 4th 300 hurdles
Faith White - 8th 400 dash

4x100 - 1st - Sara White, Maylea Huff, Tristen Kirby, and Lizzy Mullins

4x800 - 4th - Olivia Mayers, Lilly Chevalier, Rylee Fee, and Emily Reynolds

4x200 - 5th - Sara White, Faith White, Tristen Kirby, and Lizzy Mullins

4x400 - 5th - Olivia Mayers, Faith White, Lilly Chevalier, and Tristen Kirby

Complete results can be found at
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VCHS Honors Mr. Palmer with a Color Run

Keith Palmer Color Run Vinton County High School celebrated the life of former science teacher, Keith Palmer on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The Keith Palmer Memorial Run/Walk began with words of inspiration, positivity, and encouragement, just as Mr. Palmer lived his life. His wife, Joan and fellow staff members spoke to share great memories and pass along his legacy. The event was organized by Kellie Abele and the shirts were designed by John Timms. A team effort of staff and students helped make the event a success and raised money for next year's Keith Palmer Memorial Scholarship. Click on the high school web page for more pictures. You can also check out a YouTube video produced by one of our seniors, Dakota Dunn, by clicking here.
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VCHS Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian and Top Vocational Student Announced

Valedictorian Ryann RameyRyann LeighAnne Ramey, Valedictorian

Ryann LeighAnne Ramey is the daughter of Arlen and Heather Ramey. She is the oldest of three daughters; her younger sisters being Elena and Paige Ramey. Ryann has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations, including Student Council, the National Society of High School Scholars, French Club, of which she is co-president, National Honor Society, of which she is president, and Junior and Senior Class Officers; she is the senior class president. She has run both Cross Country and Track & Field since her 7th-grade year, and was part of the first girls' team in Vinton County history to qualify for the Cross Country Regional Championship. 

Ryann has been named March's Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month, WSAZ's Best of the Class, and Vinton County's Distinguished Young Woman of 2018. She has received the Wendy's High School Heisman Award, the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award, All-A Honor Roll recognition, the Student Scholar Athlete Award, and three Congressional Nominations to attend multiple military service academies. After graduation, Ryann will report to the United States Air Force Academy for Basic Cadet Training. Once the academic year begins she will study Biology, in hopes of one day being a Forensic Anthropologist.

Madyson Newsome SalutatorianMadyson Newsome, Salutatorian

Madyson Newsome is the daughter of Kristina and Travis Newsome. She is the oldest of her siblings, Ryan Newsome, Delaney Clary and Hunter Clary. She is the National Honors Society Treasurer, French Club Vice President, and Senior Class Media Specialist, as well as involved in FCCLA, Science Olympiad and Tennis. She was chosen to attend Regional Scholars and Buckeye Girls State her junior year. Madyson was named the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce's Student of the Month in October and has received an Award of Academic Excellence for all four years of high school. After receiving the full tuition Land Grant Scholarship, she has decided to attend the Ohio State University this fall. 

The Top Ten of the Class are: 1. Valedictorian, Ryann Ramey; 2. Salutatorian, Madyson Newsome; 3. Naylan Yates; 4. Sara White; 5. Brad Mercer;
6. Cassie Bentley; 7. Brookesann Barnett; 8. Bethany Kinnison; 9. Samy Thompson; 10. Darian Radabaugh. 

Honors Diploma recipients include: Ryann Ramey, Madyson Newsome, Naylan Yates, Sara White, Brad Mercer, Cassie Bentley, Brookesann Barnett, Bethany Kinnison and Cade Gray.

Top Vocational Student Mariah DavidsonMariah Davidson, Top Vocational Student
My name is Mariah Davidson and I grew up in Ray, Ohio. I grew up with my mother Sandra Davidson, brother Joshua Reid, and sister-in-law Katrina. I had some struggles throughout my life but I honestly believe that those struggles have made me who I really am today, and even though I still face tough times, it reminds me that I’ve survived all of them so far, and I shall continue and thrive. I made the decision to go to Buckeye Hills and took Criminal Justice. It was full of many great experiences and led me to the decision that with my life, I shall pursue Social Work. I have been accepted to Liberty University and will do the online bachelors program, while working some sort of job to get by. Despite my struggles, I have continued to stay focused when it comes to education, because honestly, the only way you’ll get somewhere in the world is with a good head on your shoulders. Even though being financially stable, and having everything seemingly figured out is a good mindset, my main goal is to be purely happy no matter what. It’s my main priority, and even if these paths in my head don’t work out, if I’m happy, this life of mine will be a success.
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VCHS Spanish Teacher Wins Third Place in State

Senora Smith wins third placeThe Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University sponsored the "Why I Teach!" video contest. The competition was open to all preK-12 educators in the public education system in the State of Ohio. Judges evaluated the videos on quality, content, overall message and creativity. Contestants were eligible to win $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, $500 for third place and $250 for fourth place. On Wednesday, May 10, 2018,  a Teacher Appreciation Gala was hosted by Ohio University, with keynote speaker Mayor Steve Patterson. Vinton County High School Spanish Teacher, Señora Smith was recognized as the third place winner for the State of Ohio, earning her a plaque and $500 to spend in her classroom. 
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Project Backpack 2017/2018

The mission of Vinton County Project Backpack is to provide food to sustain our neediest students through the weekends, when no school meals are available and food at home is likely to be in shorter supply. This helps families who might have difficulty stretching the food budget out to the end of each month.  

Project Backpack provided 3008 bags of food, along with clothing, toiletries and necessisites for students during the 2017/2018 school year.  A total of 376 backpacks were sent home with high school, middle school, and elementary students each month. A total of 188 backpacks were send home during the month of December, as well as, 22 high school students being adopted for Christmas ($100-$125 spent on each student).
This was all made possible by the following generous donors: General Mills, Hopewell Health Center, Lost and Found Worship Center, Knox Trucking, Club Vinton, Jerry's Do It Center, Jackson/Vinton Farm Bureau, United Methodist Women, Adelman & Clark, Ohio MATS LLC, Montgomery Trucking, Marilyn Braden, FOE # 2279, Mason's Autobody, Toro Loco, Care United Methodist Outreach, AMVETS Post #84, Ohio Valley Bank, Ross County Banking Center, R & C Quickstop, VCHS Teachers, and Vinton County National Bank. 

If you would like to donate for the 2018/2019 school year, please contact, or send a check payable to VCHS Project Backpack to: Vinton County High School, ATTN: Amy Ward/Project Backpack, 63910 US HWY 50, McArthur, OH  45651

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REMINDER: School will be IN SESSION May 25, 2018

REMINDER:  School will be IN SESSION May 25, 2018 as it was a Board approved day for our Weather Contingency Plan. The last day of school for students is MAY 25, 2018. More +

Bellisio Offers a Summer Scholarship Program

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Military Connected Ohio Youth and Family Opportunities Available

 The 2018 Camp and Event Schedule has been released for events and activities available to all students with family military connections. Students must have a mother, father, brother, or sister active in the military to be elegible. These events are to help our military families connect with one another and take advantage of the many resources available. For additional information go to
Click the link below for the full 2018 Schedule.
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