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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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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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Special Olympics, Spring Games 2018

2018 Special OlympicsOn Friday, April 27th, 2018, sixteen athletes from the Vinton County Local School District participated in the Spring Games at Rio Grande University. The Vinton County Local School District organization was one of seventeen organizations that attended the Area 7 Special Olympics, Spring Games this year. Athlete participation is district wide ranging from the elementary to high school. All sixteen athletes placed within their division of their track and field events. Results are as follows: Patience Ball, silver medal for the softball throw and a gold medal for the 25 meter assisted walk. John Perry, bronze medal for the softball throw and a gold medal for the 25 meter walk. Passion Fletcher, earned gold medals for the softball throw and the 50 meter dash. Ella Casdorph, gold medal for the softball throw and a bronze medal for the 50 meter dash. Cory Howell, gold medal for the softball throw and a silver medal for the standing long jump. Tristan Boyer, 4th place for the softball throw and a bronze medal for the standing long jump. Hannah Sperry, earned gold medals for the standing long jump and the 100 meter dash. Brandon Sinclair, earned silver medals for the standing long jump and the 100 meter dash. Jacob Remy, 5th place for the softball throw and a gold medal for the 50 meter dash. Gage Graves, bronze medal for the softball throw and 4th place for the 100 meter dash. Ethan Coleman, silver medal for the running long jump and a gold medal for the 50 meter dash. Brooke Harbor, earned silver medals for the standing long jump and softball throw events. Ty Marks, 6th place for the softball throw and a gold medal for the 50 meter dash. Howard Martin, earned silver medals for the standing long jump and the 100 meter dash events. Patrick Nicholson, bronze medal for the 100 meter dash and 4th place for the standing long jump. Zach Spears, silver medal for the standing long jump and 6th place for the 50 meter dash. 

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VCHS Students visit the Ohio Supreme Court

    On Monday, March 26, 2018 Mrs. Matteson’s Social Studies class enjoyed a trip to the Supreme Court of Ohio in Columbus. The artwork in the building was elegant and reflected Ohio’s history. The Supreme Courtroom had many paintings on the walls and ceiling, many trimmed in gold leaf.

    Our tour guide was a former judge and was very informative. We especially enjoyed the Visitor Education Center and the case exhibits. We had studied some of the cases before our trip and got to see the verdicts given. Another exhibit we enjoyed was the evidence display where we learned about fingerprinting, DNA and eyewitness reporting. Finally, we enjoyed an elevator ride to the 11th floor to view Bicentennial Park.

      Grant funding is available to pay most of the bus costs of a round trip to Columbus through programs at the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Statehouse. Please contact Karen Matteson at 596-5258 ext. 261 for more information. (Article and picture provided by Mrs. Matteson’s Social Studies class.)

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YCAT visits VCMS

The Vinton County High School YCAT (Youth Climate Action Team), met with 8th grade students on March 29th to share what they've learned about climate change, waste reduction, and renewable energy.  Students gained insights about how changes in how we treat our environment is affecting the human, animal, and plant life throughout the world. Click on the following link to go to the YCAT page of our school website and learn more about their efforts and see pictures of their visit to the Vinton County Middle School.  YCAT Page
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Video Production Program Introduced to VCHS

Film maker Josh Crook visited VCHS  on Wednesday, March 27, to talk with students about the new Video Production program at Hocking College. Josh told many stories about his work in the industry, showed clips from his films, and informed students about the variety of job opportunities that exist in this career field. Pictured here is Josh, along with Dakota Dunn, a VCHS senior and an avid video editor.
Video Production at Hocking College 
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Introducing our 2018-2019 Majorettes and Color Guard

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Majorettes and Color Guard!
Majorettes - Merishika Nicholson, Gabbie Harris
Color Guard - Abby Wurshem, Dena Myers, Jamie Mulhern, Shelby Campbell, Jocelyn Suter, Kenzie Wurshem, Josie Shaffer, McKenna Ball, Briaunna Suter, Miryiah Russ
Majorettes and Color Guard 
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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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Viking Ventures offers assistance

If you know of any of our graduates who are not enrolled in any kind of school, Viking Ventures would like to talk to them. Viking Ventures is a local program that helps people, aged 18-24, with job skills, resume writing, summer employment, etc.

Interested folks in this above age group should contact Misty Holliday at; 740-596-8063.

Check out the "Viking Success" page to see when/where/how to prepare for your future!

November has been dedicated to Viking Success with many college and career readiness events and activities. Click on "Viking Success" or the following link to see what students have experienced to help prepare them for their futures. Viking Success More +

VCU and Friends visited the Newport Aquarium on May 14th

Students participated in a educational scavenger hunt in order to learn more about the marine life represented at the aquarium. They had a "Penguin Encounter", and were able to get a "Behind the Scenes" look at various careers that exist within the aquarium.  Students also learned about what it takes to care for these precious creatures.

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VCHS May 21 - May 25, 2018 Announcements

Congratulations to the Viking Boys Track and Field team for their solid performances and continued improvement at the District Track and Field Meet. Every relay team finished in 9th place, just one place from scoring. The boys on those relay teams were Austin Hitte, Austin Hill, Blake Holsinger, Kobe Mullins, Elijah Williams, Ricky Body, Okey Fitzwater, Boomer Herrold, and Eli Griffith. Also close to scoring were:
Okey Fitzwater - 9th in the 300m hurdles
Austin Hitte - 10th in the 3200
Elijah Williams - 10th in the 100m
Logan Baker - 10th in the shot put
Great job boys on a fantastic, uplifting season! Many bright days are ahead!
Final exams are Mon-Wed this week, with makeups Thurs and Friday.  If you are here Thurs. and Friday, you will report to the cafeteria and wait to be pulled out by teachers to finish your work/exams.  Please report to your normal class schedule Mon-Wed.

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