The Twenty First Annual “Nine-to-Five” Breakfast was held at Mon Ami Restaurant on May 1, 2015. A total of nineteen students were recognized during the program from the following districts: Benton-Carroll-Salem, Danbury, Genoa Area, Lakota, Port Clinton, Put-in-Bay, and Woodmore Local Schools. The breakfast and program are hosted each year by North Point ESC and the Ottawa County Regional Cabinet of Superintendents.
The Nine-to-Five Breakfast was established as a means to recognize students in grades 10, 11, and 12 who have demonstrated marked improvement in their educational activities from September (ninth month) through May (fifth month) ~ thus "Nine-to-Five." Students are nominated for showing improvements in attitude, attendance, academics, or overall school performance.
Each student recognized at the “Nine to Five” Breakfast selects one “Significant Person” to honor during the breakfast for the support, dedication, caring, or compassion provided to the student which contributed to his/her marked improvements. This year’s “Significant Persons” included parents, other family members, teachers, and administrators.
An accomplished set of 60 students from grade 4th through 8th filled the stage at the Ernsthausen Center on Monday, May 11 for the Annual Huron County Spelling Bee sponsored by the North Point Educational Service Center. Representing the public and private schools throughout the county, these young people had shown their spectacular spelling abilities in their own schools and came together to determine the “best of the best.”
After almost two hours of words being given by the moderator, Mrs. Jeanne Lawrence, and words being spelled out by the contestants, only four were left standing. Two spellers went out in that round and the remaining two continued to spell until only one was left! This year’s Champion speller was Anna Little, an 8th grader from Norwalk Middle School. She had out-lasted the second place speller, Andrew Cornelison, an 8th grader from Western Reserve Middle School. However, since both Mia Serotko, a 5th grader from Norwalk Main Street, and Camryn Andres, a 7th grader from Bellevue Middle School, had been eliminated in the same round, they had to have a spell-off to determine 3rd place. Back and forth they went for 3 more sets of words until Mia finally spelled one more than Camryn and Mia was the 3rd place winner. The top three winners were awarded trophies, followed by all contestants receiving certificates of participation.
Every year the group of accomplished spellers seems to grow. In addition to showing off their own abilities, they experience time on stage, public speaking opportunities, and a general practice of good sportsmanship. If you have not yet come to one of the Huron County Spelling Bees, you might want to mark your calendar for next May and be amazed at the words these students can spell! A special thank you to Mollie Wetherill of the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center and her crew for the set-up, to Nancy Davis and Mary Wanagat of the NPESC for being judges, and to all of the administrators and parents who made certain the students were selected and came to the Bee.