Allen County High Schools 2009
Allen East Apollo Career Center Bath Bluffton Delphos Jefferson Delphos St. John’s Elida Lima Central Catholic
Lima Senior Perry Shawnee Spencerville Temple Christian
Lima Senior Perry Shawnee Spencerville Temple Christian
2009 Buckeye Creativity Award Winners
Jacob Adams (Apollo Career Center) is a senior who has worked with a variety of artistic media, such as visual art, digital multimedia, and the written word. He also enjoys getting involved in local events and competitions. In the future, Jacob hopes to gain experience in the motion picture field. He owes much of his success to his Apollo instructor, Peggy Miller, for placing him in various competitions and activities in which his talents shine.
Noor Anouti (Shawnee) is fifteen years old and enjoys reading, drawing, watching movies, listening to music, and playing sports. Originally born in Iowa, Noor also lived outside the United States for a few years. In the future, he plans to attend college, with a possible goal of attending medical school. The inspiration for Noor’s story came from Twilight and the Harry Potter series—some of his favorite books.
Brittany Ball (Spencerville) is 18. She loves to write in her spare time. In addition, she works at Rays Clock Tower in Lima as a Cashier. After graduation, she plans to study Computer Forensics. Brittany is being recognized for her poem, “When Night Falls.”
Christine Begonia (Shawnee) is a senior who loves photography. The inspiration for her photograph Glitz came from a school cancellation due to an ice storm. In the future, she plans to attend James A. Rhodes State College and obtain a degree in early childhood education.
Danielle Brenner is a student at Lima Central Catholic.
Cody Brinkman is a student at Delphos St. John’s.
Max Brodbeck (Lima Central Catholic) is a sophomore. He enjoys playing football, weightlifting, and reading books. After graduation, he plans to attend Dayton University and major in Computer Engineering or Computer Science. His admiration of how people courageously survive hurricanes, especially Hurricane Katrina, inspired him to write his story. Hence, he titled his story, “Flirting with Katrina.”
Amanda Cadle (Shawnee) is a senior. She plans to attend Bowling Green next year and major in secondary education. She hopes to become either a high school English or Biology teacher.
Cody Crosby is a student at Shawnee.
Nicole Cross is a student at Lima Central Catholic.
Jennifer Dunbar (Shawnee) is a sophomore. She enjoys drawing and caring for her animals. She made a self-portrait charcoal drawing for an assignment in her drawing and painting class. After graduation, Jennifer plans to major in Animal Science at Purdue University.
Lorraine English (Spencerville) is a senior. After talking to her friends about love and “crazy cat ladies” on Valentine's Day, Lorraine decided to write a poem. She aspires to become a crazy cat lady when she gets much older and is already practicing with her five cats at home. She also plans to attend The Ohio State University to become a large animal veterinarian.
Ryan Fischer (Delphos St. John’s) is a senior. This fall, he plans on attending Wright State University and majoring in either psychology or education. Ryan credits Chuck Palahniuk’s writings as the inspiration he used while creating this work. He owes much of his success to all of his English teachers over the years and to his friends and family who have inspired him to write.
Whytni Gallagher (Apollo Career Center) is 18. She plans on going to college at either Rhodes or Wright State in St. Marys. Her hobbies include hanging out with her boyfriend and friends, reading, and doing her art. Her inspiration for this piece was wanting to create in the reader an eerie sort of feeling, like being lost in time. She wanted each person that looked at it to have their own interpretation.
Sabrina Gorman (Bath) is a junior. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, singing, and spending time with her friends. In the future, Sabrina hopes to publish a fantasy novel series she is currently writing. Sabrina is still unsure of her plans for college but is focusing on a journalism or English literature degree. Her poem was inspired by the hit series Twilight, written by Stephanie Meyer.
Julia Guagenti (Lima Central Catholic) enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and doing anything which requires creativity. She would like to become either an art or an English teacher, but she also is interested in psychology as a career. Julia enjoys writing stories that can relate to most people’s lives; thus, her inspiration comes from “everywhere.”
Dani Hale (Delphos St. John’s) is a sophomore. She is a member of the golf team and band, and she plays the piano. She says that her poem “The Bird” wrote itself, that she sat down to write a poem and that was what came out. She finds that coming up with the title is always the most difficult part.
Alicia Harris is a student at Spencerville.
Christine Hartzog (Shawnee) is a senior. This fall she plans on attending Savannah College of Art while pursuing a degree in Accessory Design with a minor in either Metals and Jewelry or Fashion Design. The inspiration for her work What A Square came from the sculptor Louise Nevelson and abstract African images.
Adam Haunhorst (Delphos St. John's) is a freshman. He enjoys surfing, skate boarding, rollerblading, playing football, basketball, wrestling, and writing poetry. By virtue of being part of a military family, he has lived in many places, including Hawaii, Idaho, Texas, and now Ohio. After graduation, he plans to attend culinary school so that he can become a chief, and eventually to open his own restaurant. Adam, like many people, enjoys trying new things, especially sports related activities; thus, the inspiration for his work, "Blood Time" came from admiring people who try new things and succeed at what they do, no matter how difficult the activities may seem.
Jim Heider (Lima Central Catholic) enjoys reading stories, playing sports, and spending time with his friends. As a young child, he enjoyed reading O. Henry stories, many of which contained surprise endings and multi-dimensional characters; those stories inspired him to write “For $23.50.” After graduation, he plans to attend the Ohio State University where he will study philosophy. He also desires to continue his writing career and earn a law degree from Northwestern University.
Rachel Heider (Lima Central Catholic) is undecided about her future, but she does want to go to college. Some of her hobbies include reading, running, ballet, pointe, and photography.
Donald George Hesseling (Shawnee) enjoys building sculptures, exercising, and playing his trumpet. He plans to attend The Ohio State University with a major in Computer Engineering and a minor in Art. Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes), one of the most common phobias, inspired Donald to create a green teapot that is covered in handles—a frightening work of art that Medusa could truly appreciate!
Brittney Hillman is a student at Shawnee.
Maria Hoffman (Lima Central Catholic) is a senior. She plans to attend school in the fall and major in pre-medicine. Her hobbies include writing, spending time with family and friends, and riding her horse, Cisco.
Katie Honigford (Delphos St. John’s) enjoys the arts, especially band, choir, and acting. She is also actively involved in cheerleading and many other clubs and organizations.
Nick Huffman (Apollo Career Center) is a senior. At Apollo, Nick participates in the IDT program. After graduation he plans to enter the U.S. Marine Core. Nick is being recognized for his art piece, which he entitled Urban City.
Emily Hullinger (Lima Central Catholic) is a sophomore. She enjoys running, swimming, and taking dance classes. Although she is undecided on where she will be attending college, Emily would like to pursue a degree in the medical field. Inspiration for her work came from her participation in the Dayton Nutcracker ballet performance.
Rachel Illig (Lima Central Catholic) is a senior. She enjoys playing sports and hanging out with friends. At LCC, she is the Student Body President. In addition, she participates in Big Brothers Big Sisters, Talk about Books, National Honor Society, and Spanish Club/Spanish Dance. Rachel also plays volleyball, softball, and bowling. Outside of school, she is a Eucharist Minister. After graduation, she plans to major in Business at The Ohio State University. She would like to use her Business degree to become a pharmaceutical sales representative. Inspiration for her story came from observing the unique relationship that her best friend shares with her grandmother and her personal relationship she shares with her own grandparents and mother. She feels that most people can relate to her story.
Alexandria Kennedy (Lima Central Catholic) is 17. She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, creating art, and spending time with her amazing family and friends. After high school, she plans to attend either Boston University or the Ohio State University with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Journalism. Her work, “Hey Diddle, Diddle,” was inspired by the decisions people make during times of self discovery—like a gigantic life epiphany. Not surprisingly, Alexandria has decided that she is going to change the world.
Renee Klausing (Delphos St. John’s) is a senior who enjoys writing, creating jewelry, and spending time with her family. She plans to attend The Ohio State University at Lima this fall to obtain a degree in English. In the future, she hopes to some day publish a book of her poetry.
Trevor Kroeger is a student at Delphos St. John‘s.
Erika Lauf (Shawnee) is a senior who enjoys drawing, painting, reading, hanging out with friends, and doing her best to make others laugh. She hopes to attend art school in Los Angeles, California in order to pursue a degree in Set Production. Her piece, Shots Heard Around the World, was inspired by her experience of the most recent election cycle and her desire to express and comment upon the horror which we routinely experience in our own homes via the television set.
Lindsey Looser (Delphos St. John’s) is a senior. She enjoys participating in Varsity Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading, and Varsity Track. In addition, she is the Student Council President, a member of CRESPI, a Jr. Optimist, a member of the National Honor Society, and a volunteer for Soup Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity. Lindsey will be attending Bowling Green State University in the fall; she has not decided on a major, however. Her boyfriend inspired her to write a poem that she called, “Gangsta Nation.”
Gabrielle Metzner (Delphos St. John’s) says that her inspiration for her art came from a vacation to North Carolina. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, running track, and taking photographs. Although Gabrielle is unsure where she wants to attend college, she is thinking about pursing a degree in science, especially biology.
Lauren Miller (Shawnee) enjoys softball, volleyball, playing guitar, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and playing guitar. She is involved with the Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the National Honor Society. In the future, she hopes to obtain a degree in science with the eventual aim of completing medical school. “Hidden Underneath” was inspired by both an assignment requirement and a sudden desire for a snack.
Chelsea Mooney (Lima Central Catholic) is a senior. She enjoys playing acoustic guitar, performing, and singing. She participates in the swim team, show choir, and German dance. In her spare time, she volunteers for St. Rita's and Big Brothers Big Sisters. After graduation, she plans to attend The University of Findlay to become a pharmacist. While studying the "circles of hell" Chelsea was inspired to write a story that demonstrates how suicide engenders real-world consequences for many people.
Kate Morgenstern (Shawnee) is a senior. This fall, she plans to attend Case Western Reserve University to pursue a degree in Art History. The inspiration for her photograph, Digression, came from a photography assignment in which she had to portray urban decay. (In fact, the “hallway” in the photo is an old wood pallet standing on its edge.)
Matthew Nalley (Lima Central Catholic) is a sophomore. He enjoys going out with his friends and his girlfriend. He is a member of the LCC Marching Band and the Cross-Country Team. He likes to run throughout the year to keep in shape. He plans to graduate high school and proceed to go to college and earn a medical degree. After college, he plans to go to a Physical Therapy school to become a physical therapist and someday open his own sports clinic. He wrote his story "Storming Omaha: The Story of One Man's Great Courage" because he finds the World War II era very interesting. He was studying it in his U.S. History class at the time, and he wanted to research the War a little more in depth, especially D-Day. After learning a little more about the event, he thought it would be a good topic for a story. As he learned more about World War II, he came up with more ideas, and the story was created.
Anita Mae Owsley (Bath) enjoys playing music, participating in her school’s color guard, and writing poetry. She plans on attending the Army reserve and then going to college. Inspiration for her poem “Pills in My Pocket,” came from finding peace within herself through her own personal trials and tribulations.
Daniela Pierre (Lima Central Catholic) is originally from Chile. She enjoys shopping, going out with friends, movies, reading, writing, playing tennis and traveling. As a sophomore, she won the Laws of Life Best School Essay Award. Daniela serves her community by being a member of the National Honor Society and a Big Brother Big Sister volunteer. Outstanding in both academics and athletics, she is a DECA State qualifier, an Honor roll recipient, an academic letter recipient, and a two-year varsity tennis letter recipient. After high school, she wants to study International Business or Law. Daniel is being recognized for her fictional story, “3600 Seconds.”
Stephanie Pohlman (Delphos St. John's) is a freshman. She enjoys spending time with friends, reading books, and listening to music. She is part of the Crespi Society, SADD, and the concert band in which she plays trumpet. She also cheerleads for basketball, volunteers at St. Ritas, and participates in her local 4-H group. After graduation, she hopes to attend The Ohio State University in Columbus. Stephanie is being recognized for her fictional story, “For the Better.”
Sommer Rex (Shawnee) is a senior. After graduation, Sommer would like to pursue a degree in nursing and eventually would like to become a traveling nurse. Inspiration for her piece came from researching African art for a sculpture class.
Ryan Rodhe (Apollo Career Center) enjoys drawing anime, working on computers, reading, and playing video games. Ryan also enjoys writing poetry. He once wrote an acrostic poem which contained a special secret message. After graduation, Ryan plans to attend ITT or another Technical College where he can develop some really cool video games and possibly become a vital part of the gaming industry. Mesmerized by the combination of fractal geometry and art, Ryan formulated a mathematical equation which would produce an image resembling a chess piece—the “King’s Crown” to be precise. Ryan would like to thank the person who introduced him to fractals and many other people who have mentored him in the past.
Lauren Rovner (Shawnee) is a freshman who states that writing is one of her favorite things to do. She also enjoys playing tennis and playing percussion in her school’s marching band. She enjoyed writing “Quest for Valley Forge” and hopes that everyone who reads it will understand that a person can always make a difference—no matter how small he or she may seem.
Abbie Sauer (Shawnee) is a senior. She is currently looking into attending the University of Texas majoring in Theater Design and Technology.
Andrea Schiele (Bath) is a junior. Andrea is the Student Council President and the Junior Class Treasurer. She is also a member of both the Yearbook and The Paw Print newspaper staff. Andrea works at McDonalds and volunteers at Lima Memorial Hospital. Andrea enjoys going to the mall, spending time with friends and drawing in her spare time. She is taking post secondary classes at Rhodes next fall and hopes to eventually become an occupational therapist. Andrea would like to thank her parents, Sharon and Jim Vandemark, and her wonderful art teacher Mrs. Shepp for all of their support.
Mark Schoenhofer (Lima Central Catholic) is a sophomore who enjoys playing tennis and soccer. After graduation, Mark plans on obtaining a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Inspiration for this work came from his fascination with the Hindenburg.
Kylie Schroeder (Lima Central Catholic) I enjoy playing volleyball, swimming, traveling, and watching college sports. I would like to attend The Ohio State University and am undecided with a career.
Noel Shanahan is a student at Lima Central Catholic.
Victoria Shaw (Shawnee) is 15. She enjoys writing short stories, watching television, reading, and hanging out with friends. After graduation, she plans to go to college to become a movie script writer or even a novelist. Studying World War I in History Class inspired Victoria to write her short story “All for the Glory,” which provided a compelling account of how one soldier could have endured the horrors of war. She hopes that by reading this story, people will empathize with the veterans for their dedication to keeping our country safe.
Cogan Shimizu is a student at Shawnee.
Nate Smith is a student at Shawnee.
Kristine M. Spyker (Perry) is a senior. Her many activities include National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council, band, choir, and tutoring. In the fall Kristine plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University but is currently unsure of her major.
Emily Stant (Delphos St. John’s) plans to attend Tiffin University next year with a major in Arts Administration (music based) with a minor in Creative Writing. She enjoys singing, reading, writing, and spending time with her friends. Inspiration for this work came from a friend’s helpful advice.
Emily Stepleton (Lima Senior) hopes that her work “Red Lipstick” will help readers face struggles in their lives with positive attitudes. Emily was inspired to write after her grandmother with whom she was very close was diagnosed with cancer.
Brooke Warren is a student at Shawnee.
Andrew Wellmann (Delphos St. John’s) is a senior. He enjoys taking care of his pets and riding on his horse, Buddy. He also enjoys reading and playing the piano. Andrew actively participates in his school band as a percussionist. Andrew’s personal experiences with music and a music program in Cincinnati, called Junior Music Experience, inspired him to write his piece. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in music.
Dustin Westendorf (Apollo Career Center) enjoys working on the computer and just being the best at what he does. He will be attending UNOH for his Microsoft Certification and narrowing down his career choices so that he can find out what he wants to do with his life.