Wellsville school board adds proposed graduation seals

WELLSVILLE — Wellsville students now can have their efforts beyond grades and game statistics recognized on graduation day.

During Monday’s regular board meeting, board members unanimously accepted to offer proposed graduation seals for Community Service, Student Engagement, and Fine and Performing Arts.

Austin Dalrymple was absent from the meeting.

Graduates from the class of 2022 can apply for the seals through the guidance office to be awarded with their graduation by meeting certain criteria. For example, students must have satisfactory completed 25 total hours of unpaid community service while in high school. This can range from participation in school-based community service through the Leo Club, National Honor Society service or blood drives as well as preapproved activities outside school, like volunteer firefighting, scouting projects and church mission efforts.

To apply for the Student Engagement seal, a student may participate with any district sponsored athletics, either as a team member or in a support role; hold an office in student government; or participate in school sponsored or career based organizations. Membership in scouts or 4H also can count, but students must have their participation verified by a teacher, coach or adviser.

The Fine and Performing Arts seal is awarded to students who demonstrate “proficiency in fine or performing arts, according to an evaluation that is aligned with guidelines set by the board. This can include three years of art, chorus, show choir or band or even participation in either three school plays or musicals or performance in three honors performing arts groups. Again verification is sought from the teacher or adviser. However, in this case, students can receive credit for non-school related participation in everything from dance, gymnastics and community plays.

The board also approved:

— Field trip requests for the junior high school choir to the Hot Dog Shoppe and Lincoln Park Performing Arts on Nov. 12, for the after school program participants to go to Lincoln Park Performing Arts on Nov. 13, and the senior class to the Gateway Clipper on May 19;

— Resignation of Val Gheorghe as adviser for the Wellsville Junior-Senior High School newspaper;

— Placing Emilee Wilson on a higher pay scale step effective Dec. 15 for earning a master’s degree;

— Approval of assistant volleyball coach Sherrie Allen; softball coach Jeff Weekley (head and elementary); Dale Palmer and Allen Bergert, co-bowling coaches; paraprofessional Linda Frischkorn; and cafeteria worker/crossing guard Kelly Daniels.

Randy Young of the Wellsville High School Alumni Association also made a brief presentation to members, announcing that at the WHSAA September reorganizational meeting, members voted to help WHS graduates who successfully complete their education in a college or vocational school assistance with paying off their student loans. For information about this program, contact the WHSAA through its Facebook page.

Donations to the WHSAA scholarship fund also can be mailed to Wellsville High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 629, Wellsville OH 43068.

The Wellsville school board next will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 in the WHS media center.


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