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Perrysburg Junior High School
Ava Kelly, an 8th grade student at Perrysburg Junior High School, represents the Jacket Way in all facets of her life. Ava has developed into a peer leader within the school in both her academics and extracurricular activities as she begins her 8th grade year.
As a 7th grader, Ava was highly involved in after-school activities. She participated on both the Perrysburg Junior High Cross Country team and the Track and Field Team. In addition, Ava found success and enjoyment in the performing arts, participating in band, choir and the show choir. Ava also had a role in the junior high musical performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas. At the end of her 7th grade year, Ava was the 7th grade recipient of the Theatrical Excellence Award. She was able to accomplish all of this while also earning exceptional academic accolades, earning high honor roll all four quarters.
Ava was recognized for her peer leadership and was nominated and selected to be an 8th Grade WEB Leader, which focuses on peer leadership within PJHS. Ava, along with the other WEB Leaders, planned and directed the 7th Grade First Day of School this year as a welcome to junior high.
“As a WEB Leader, Ava was very kind on the 7th Grade First Day of School,” shared Mrs. Andrea Monheim, PJHS School Counselor and WEB Coordinator. “She went out of her way to make her seventh grade group feel comfortable and welcome. We are lucky to have such a fine leader at PJHS!”
We’re so proud of you, Ava!
6th Grade Orange Team Social Studies Teacher
Hull Prairie Intermediate School
HPI’s 6th grade Orange Team Social Studies Teacher Bill Hilt is very involved in international education, global competence and has a passion for cultural knowledge. Bill traveled to Iceland this summer through the U.S. Department of Education and the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program. He and 15 other U.S. educators engaged in educational seminars, learning about sustainability, environmental protection, cooperation among indigenous peoples and took tours of Iceland's national parks, countryside and more. The goal of the program is to educate American educators, expanding their cultural knowledge and considering ways to innovate teaching in their classrooms.
Last year Mr. Hilt used a mini grant from Perrysburg Schools Foundation for iEARN, a program connecting HPI Social Studies classrooms to classrooms in different countries. iEARN has over 200 projects available with options ranging from finding solutions to hunger, exploring folk costumes, examining folktales, talking kites and even a holiday card exchange. The iEARN platform offers a safe, structured environment for meaningful projects that students can take part in with peers in countries around the world.
Bill is a leader with the Ohio Council for Social Studies and recently testified before the Ohio House Primary and Secondary Education Committee. He and higher education professors were advocating for all Ohio students to take a financial literacy course as a graduation requirement.
In 2019-20, Mr. Hilt organized HPI's first International and Diversity Night, showcasing countries and cultures from far and wide.