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Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 15 April 2013 09:54
Ms. Kristy Pioterek (left) introduces Danielle Baugher to the audience Thursday night at the PENTA Achievement of Excellence Dinner. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Twenty of Wood County's best and brightest high school seniors were on the "hot seat" Thursday night - but it wasn't because they'd done something wrong.
Each of the students took their turn on stage as a favorite teacher praised their accomplishments to a gathered audience of school administrators and parents.
It was all part of the 18th annual Achievement of Excellence Awards event, sponsored by the Wood County Educational Service Center, and held at the Penta Career Center.
Bowling Green High School's Belinda Chen is "kind of a shark," joked English teacher Jennifer Dever.
Belinda was assigned to write a paper making an argument about an issue - celebrity pay - but instead decided to undertake writing a satirical essay on the subject.
"Satire takes intelligence, wit, control," said Dever. "And Belinda's essay was masterful."
"I decided Belinda was a good person to have on the side of good."
Noting that she will be attending Princeton in the fall, Dever dubbed Belinda "one of the most talented students I've had the privilege to teach."
Perrysburg's John Gadient, as described by history teacher Ryan Winkleman, is well-rounded, articulate, and thoughtful, but "he doesn't take himself too seriously."
Case in point: for a recent class presentation, John took it upon himself, and his group, to perform a skit for the project, an extra touch that wasn't assigned.
"That's typical of John," said Winkleman.
A participant in theater, football, mock trial, and other activities, "you might call him a jack of all trades."
Mrs. Jennifer Dever (left) introduces Belinda Chen to the audience Thursday night at the PENTA Achievement of Excellence Dinner.
Rossford computers teacher Heather Traxler has a wall of fame in her classroom, pointing out her most prized students over the years. Until recently there had been five names there.
Sarah Gerren now makes six.
"My 'Who's Who Board' just got bigger," said Traxler. Gerren is class valedictorian and Traxler noted she watched the young woman's leadership skills blossom while serving as her advisor for student council.
"She offers quality thoughts and suggestions because she truly wants the group to succeed," said Traxler.
Additionally honored at the event were:
• Bowling Green: Declan Wicks and teacher Theresa Dunn.
• Eastwood: Danielle Baugher and teacher Kristy Pioterek; Megan Selhorst and teacher Mary Conkle.
• Elmwood: Joe Pritts and teacher Diane Reynolds-Miller; Courtney Thomson and teacher Sue Morlock.
• Lake: Logan Taylor and teacher Terry Tansel; Trevor Walsh and teacher Melissa Edwards.
• North Baltimore: Ashley Wagner and teacher Cristina Toflinski; Megan Wright and teacher Susan Garner.
• Northwood: Kelly Sawmiller and teacher Frank Stefan; Alexa Wegman and teacher Jeremy Lewin.
• Otsego: Shannon Damschroder and teacher Rich Dubler; Dayne Martinez and teacher Julie Danko.
• Penta: Tyler Hassall and teacher Dan Wyandt; Kendra Wolf and teacher Janet Buck.
• Perrysburg: Ryan Peiffer and teacher Nathan Ash.
• Rossford: Ryan Clay and teacher Todd Drusback.
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