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Ohio University – Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs STEM Entrepreneurship & Innovation Forum

VCHS Teen Entrepreneur and Business students participated in the Ohio University – Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs STEM Entrepreneurship & Innovation Forum on Monday, November 18.  To kick off the forum, Representative, Jay Edwards, Ohio House of Representatives, District 94, Majority Whip was presented with the “2019 STEM & Entrepreneurship Champion Award.”

After guest speakers addressed the group, students from six school districts worked together in groups to identify a problem, develop a new product/service, and pitch their ideas, using the Believe in Ohio Roadmap. The purpose of the forum was to create a “Culture of Innovation” and prepare students to meet the demands of a rapidly changing labor market by creating opportunities. 

After the forum, students visited Athens Makerspace. This is a membership-based facility, where people can use the woodshop, metal shop, fabric/textile shop, or Electronics to create their own projects. Makerspace also offers weekend classes, tool rentals, and individual help with learning to use tools and equipment. Small groups of students were given a tour of the facility, while others had the opportunity to play some retro video games as they waited for their turn to tour. Click More + for pictures.

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Shawnee State University Information

            1.       Early Scholarship Consideration Deadline is December 1st

a.       Any student accepted to Shawnee State that has filed the FAFSA will be able to receive their financial aid package before Christmas Break! I’m happy to check on any student statuses.

b.       Students will still be considered for scholarships until January 15th and additional awards and scholarship increases until May 1.

c.       Do you have a student with a 3.8 GPA and 30 ACT? They could qualify for our full tuition Shawnee Scholar Award! The deadline to submit student work is January 15th.

2.       We have many wonderful events in the next few months:

a.       November 23rd is our Saturday event called Showcase Day.

b.       Shawnee Game Conference is coming up November 15th and 16th

c.       Plastics Day is Friday, December 6th

d.       Pre-Med Day is Friday, December 13th

e.       And very soon we will host our second Arts and Discovery Night on November 14th this may be a great opportunity for local students! If you have teachers on staff interested in having their students attend and learn as a group (we could pay for buses!), or if they want to offer bonus points for participating in certain activities (we can arrange sign in sheets and report student names to you!), or even offer free dinner for students, we can help plan that! Reach out to myself or Brittany Bazler ( and we are happy to make arrangements with you!

3.       Admission Decisions are going out regularly! If you have any students with questions about their admission decision (for example, the Bridge to Success program), they can contact me directly!


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Vaping Statistics and Information

Vaping Dangers
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Students learned about admission to The Ohio State University - October 18, 2019

Dan Pol, Admissions Rep from The Ohio State University visited VCHS on Friday, October 18, 2019.  Mr. Pohl shareed important information about admission, scholarships, and majors at OSU. If you would like more information visit their website at  . Click More + for pictures.
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Mount Vernon Nazarene University - October 18, 2019

 VCHS students met with David Calabrese, Admissions Rep from Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Friday, October 18. Students learned about the exciting educational options they have to offer. For more information, visit . Click More + for pictures.
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VCHS Students Visited Wright State University - October 9, 2019

Vikings in grades 10-12 recently enjoyed an opportunity to visit Wright State University to learn about the campus, majors, admissions, internships and other work-based programs, scholarships, housing, student life and many other aspects of life at WSU.  The visit included a campus tour, admissions presentation, a panel presentation of WSU students who talked about what it's like for them to be WSU students.  Students were also treated to time with faculty in either the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Science and Math. This campus visit was funded through a grant from General Mills. Click More + for pictures. More +

Colleges to Visit VCHS

Reps from the following colleges/universities will be at VCHS to talk with students about admission, majors, student life, and financial aid.  If you are taking college prep courses and are planning to attend college in the future, you should consider attending one or more of these sessions. 
Friday, October 25
Wright State University Rep
During Advisory in Room 136
(If you applied to WSU, you NEED to come to this meeting.) 

This is especially important for Juniors and Seniors, but Freshmen and Sophomores are eligible to attend.

You MUST have a pass from your Advisory teacher (or, in the case of Berea College, from your 2nd period teacher).

All presentations will take place in Room 136 (next to the Art room).

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2019 Viking Success College and Career Advising Days for VCHS

As a component of the Viking Success College and Career Advising Program we are pleased to be able to offer visits to the following colleges and/or trade

Thursday, October 24 - College Fair @ Rio Grande; Campus visit to Rio Grande Community College + Buckeye Hills Career Center
Open to all Seniors.
Leave 8:15 am - Return 3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 29 - Campus visit to Miami University
Open to Juniors and Seniors; students in grade 10 by invitation
Must be in mostly CP classes
Leave 7:30 am - Return 6:00 pm

Date TBD - Campus visit to Morehead State University
Open to Juniors and Seniors; students in grade 10 by invitation
Must be in mostly CP classes
Leave 7:30 am - Return 6:00 pm

Please note that attendance, grades, and discipline will affect your eligibility for these visits, and students are required to make up any missed work on these days.

Sign-ups will start in the coming weeks.  Keep an eye on you email for more information.

Finally, thanks to General Mills for their generous support of the Viking Success program, as they have provided funding that covers the cost of these campus visits.
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Ohio Christian University visited VCHS - October 8, 2019

Terrell from Ohio Christian University met some of the VCHS students to talk about what OCU has to offer.  He talked about his own journey, from growing up in Brooklyn, to finding himself enrolled at Ohio Christian University...hundreds of miles from home.  Terrell shared the importance of the friendships and connections he made as an OCU student, and talked with students about what they might find for themselves if they became OCU students. To learn more about Ohio Christian University, go to . Click More + for pictures. More +

West Virginia State University visited VCHS - October 8, 2019

As part of the Viking Success program, VCHS hosted a visit from Nicolas, Admissions Rep with West Virginia State University.  Nicolas shared information about the criteria for admissions, scholarships, majors,  and student life at WV State University, which is located in Institute, WV, close to Charleston. Here are some pictures from the visit.  For more information about West Virginia State University, go to Click More + for pictures. More +

Campus Visit to Pickaway Ross Adult Career Center & OUC

Thirty-six VCHS students visited Pickaway Ross Adult Career Center & OUC to learn about their short term programs for Ohio's in-demand jobs.  Students discovered that there are many careers accessible through the very affordable and accessible programs offered by these institutions.  In addition to touring the facilities and some of the labs, VC students got to hear from college students about their experiences at OUC.  Campus visits like these are vital to helping high school students as they explore options that will lead to college and career success.

This campus visit was made possible though funding provided by a grant from General Mills.  Thank you, General Mills! Click More + for pictures.
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Miami University Visited VCHS - September 19, 2019

AJ Searle, Admissions Representative from Miami University recently visited Vinton County High School to talk with students about the admission, scholarships, campus life, and other topics related to Miami.  A group of college bound Vikings will visit Miami University for a campus visit in October. More +

VCHS visited Shawnee State University - September 18, 2019

As a component of the Viking Success College & Career Program, forty-five college bound Vikings recently visited Shawnee State University and were treated to an immersive look at many different majors, classrooms, and labs.  Vikings met several faculty, some of the SSU students, and got to experience several different aspects of learning from a look at how lungs function, to doing manipulatives to solve math equations, to getting to examine a real human cadaver!  The Vikings were very excited about all the possibilities for learning that are taking place on Shawnee State's campus, and many intend to apply to SSU during their senior year.  Many thanks to Tena Pierce, the SSU Admissions Rep who arranged this visit, to the SSU students who escorted our groups and shared their own stories, to the many professors who shared their professional time and expertise to help the Vikings explore the possibilities at SSU.  This was a wonderful day of learning and exploration on the Shawnee State University campus!

This campus visit was made possible through a grant from the General Mills Foundation.  Thank you, General Mills! Click More + for pictures.
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VCHS Project Backpack Distribution


These are the tentative distribution dates for the 2019-20 school year:

September 20 & 27, 2019

October 18 & 25, 2019

November 15 & 29, 2019

December 13 & 20, 2019

January 17 & 31, 2020

February 14 & 28, 2020

March 13 & 27, 2020

April 17 & 24, 2020

May 8 & 15, 2020

VC Project Backpack is funded primarily by General Mills Hometown Grant, as well as with the support of local businesses and individuals. These are tentative dates above for distribution.

Questions about VCPB … Contact Mrs. Amy Ward 740-596-5258 ext. 2257,  or Dr. Hare @ ext. 2283

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Free FAFSA Help at VCHS!

Free FAFSA help at VCHS Thursday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 30. Click More + for additional information.
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Marietta College Visited VCHS September 9, 2019

Layne Archer, Admissions Rep from Marietta College, met with VCHS college bound students who wanted to learn about admissions, financial aid and scholarships, majors, residence life, and a variety of other benefits of one day becoming a Marietta College student.

For more information about Marietta College:   Click More+ for pictures.
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Berea College Visited VCHS - September 4, 2019

A rep from Berea College visited VCHS recently to tell students about the amazing opportunities available to students who are accepted to Berea College.  Most students graduate from Berea College with little or no college debt.  This liberal arts college nestled in the heart of Kentucky is a beautiful place to learn, grow, and earn your college degree! Click More + for pictures. More +

Ohio Army National Guard Visited VCHS Seniors

Sgt Wilson and Specialist Young from the Ohio Army National Guard met with VCHS Seniors recently to tell them about the benefits of serving in this branch of the service, including good monthly pay and educational benefits to help with college expenses.

For more information, message Sgt Wilson:
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OU Nelson Dining Visited VCHS

Reps from Ohio University's Nelson Dining Services met with VCHS students to talk about the great job opportunities available to high school students.  These jobs are a great way to get started learning important job skills and building a resume!  For more information about OU Nelson Dining:   Click More+ for pictures. More +

Graduation Requirements by Graduating Class

To provide a comprehensive overview of Ohio's graduation requirements in response to recent updates, a chart has been developed to outline the options available to each cohort as well as a description of the requirments.  
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VCHS Students Test Out of College Level Spanish Courses

OU Placement TestingOn March 8, 2019, students in Spanish 3 and 4 attended Ohio University to take the Ohio University Spanish placement exam and take a college tour. Students had the opportunity to figure out their current level of Spanish and learn about what the university has to offer. We would like to congratulate all the students who tested out of levels, especially Eli Griffith for holding the highest score with a 438, meaning he will start Ohio University at 3110 Spanish, which will give him the opportunity to work on his Spanish minor. Congratulations to all and a special thanks to a General Mills donation, which funded transportation. Click More + to see additional pictures.
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Upcoming Events


VCHS Bowling @ Westfall

Sat Nov 23 2019

Events Calendar

VCHS Announcements/Information

Students are reminded that if they are parking in the student parking lot they must purchase a student parking pass from the office. Once purchased, parking passes must be displayed on the interior rear view mirror with the parking space number positioned so that it can be easily seen from the exterior of the vehicle. Also, students are not to park in any parking space that is not assigned to them. The posted speed limit is 10 miles per hour. This speed limit must be adhered to by students and staff alike. Violations of parking regulations can result in loss of parking privileges and or towing of vehicle.  
Seniors -  Please start sending in your baby pictures, one more picture you would like, and a senior picture, for the DVD. (To:
Also send in a senior picture for the Yearbook (To:
These are all due by April 1st.  
November 18
The Viking Success quote of the day was submitted by Mrs. Davis. She shared a great excerpt from Robin Yocum's book, The Essay. The quote is, "Geographical location needn't be an impediment to success."
Think about that.  Sometimes students who live in rural areas like ours think their options for career success are limited.  The reality is that many people from rural areas succeed with their goals because they are determined to follow their dreams in spite of the barriers - geographic or otherwise.  So never give up.   
Sophomores who want to go to Buckeye Hills next year - Get your applications in to Mrs. Abele as soon as possible.  She will process the apps and start sending them to Buckeye Hills soon. 
November 19 
The Viking Success Quote of the Day is from Mrs. Harris: "If you don't try, there's no opportunity to succeed!"  
Think about that.  What are you willing to try in order to make your life be what you want it to be? 
Anyone interested in the Viking Players spring musical can pick up an audition packet in the choir room. Auditions will be held December 16th. Sign ups will be posted on the wall outside of the choir room. If you have any questions, please see Miss Henderson! 
 November 20
They also have a "Guessing Game" going on! If you can guess the number of      M & Ms in the water bottle, you win the candy filled bottle. Each guess is $.25 and you can guess as many times as you are willing to pay. The winner will be announced Tues, Nov. 26. Students will be going around during advisory and lunches this week, so get your quarters ready! 
Science Olympiad will have a meeting on Monday during advisory in Mr. Weaver's room, room 118.  If you are interested in Science Olympiad, plan to attend.  Thanks, Mr. Weaver and Mr. Cline 

Y.E.V.C. is now selling Thanksgiving snack bags, Slim Jims, fruit snacks, and granola bars, all for $.25 - $.50 each in Mrs. Harris' room. Please stop between classes.
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