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EP athletes honored at board meeting

East Palestine High School students Josh Welch (soccer), Cole Rutledge (cross country), Emily Berger (volleyball), Abby Andre (golf) and Katherine Simon (tennis) spoke at Monday’s school board meeting about the accomplishments of the fall sports teams and the positives of athletics in the school. (Salem News photo by Scott Lendak)

EAST PALESTINE– Athletic director Dwayne Pavkovich introduced high school students Josh Welch, Cole Rutledge, Emily Berger, Abby Andre and Katherine Simon to speak at Monday’s school board meeting about the accomplishments of the fall sports teams and how athletics have been a positive for the district.

“If you look at the fall, I feel like our athletes gained very valuable experiences through competition,” Pavkovich said. “Not all of the sports had their best years, but you can really see all of the strides that were taken to get better.”

In other business, superintendent Chris Neifer announced that the Honors English 11 students will be partnering with Covington Nursing Home for a biography program.

Each student has an assigned person at the nursing home to meet with, interview and write a biography on. They will write the biography, bind it and present it to the person and their family on Dec. 18 during a program and reception.

“This is a program I couldn’t be more excited about,” Neifer said. “It’s a great opportunity for our kids and teachers to branch out into the community a little bit more.”

Neifer will be in Columbus Dec. 16 for the second meeting of the State Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. He believes it gives the district a good idea of what other schools in Ohio are up to.

“It is a great opportunity to listen to things going on around the state,” Neifer said. “It’s nice to be able to share our opinion, coming from a smaller school.”

Board members Ron Novak and Brian Moore personally thanked outgoing board member Sue Weigle, who did not seek re-election, for her time serving on the board. Monday was Weigle’s final school board meeting, and she introduced incoming board member Jennifer Andre.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 6.

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