PHS students recognized as Americanism test winners


PERRYSBURG – Three Perrysburg High School students were state winners in the Americanism and Government Test program.

The test, a decades-old tradition of the American Legion, is an opportunity for students to show their knowledge of American history, current events and citizenship.

Statewide, 65,000 students competed. Eighteen winners earned a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.

Andrew Billings and Hannah Noel were Perrysburg’s top scoring students at the sophomore level and Sama Shehata was the top scoring student at the junior level.

They were among the 18 picked for the trip and were honored at the March board of education meeting.

This is the third year Perrysburg has participated in the test, said high school social studies teacher Ron DeGregorio.

“The objective of this test is we want to encourage a healthy, active, participatory knowledge of government history and civic engagement,” he said. “Also, we want to inspire students to learn more about their government … and appreciate the freedom enjoyed by all of our citizens.”

American Legion Post 28 sponsored the local contest.

Post Vice Commander Joe Howell presented each student with a $100 check for their effort.

Also at the meeting, the board:

• Accepted a donation of $3,369 from Rick Ruffner and O-Deer Diner for the After Prom Committee.

• Approved the resignations of Aimee Fisher, Woodland art teacher; Ryan Larmar, high school English teacher; and Maura Amato, junior high art teacher. All are effective at the end of the school year.

• Gave one-year contracts to Jacklyn Gladieux as junior high speech-language therapist; and Danielle Kessler, for junior high/Hull Prairie Intermediate Wilson Reading teacher.

• Approved participation in the Fair School Funding Plan Inc. for $1,530.

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