Several area schools recently held DARE graduations.
The fifth grade at Coldwater held its DARE graduation ceremonies on May 14 at the Intermediate School.
DARE shirts, purchased by Celina Aluminum Precision Technology, were presented to each fifth grader completing the DARE lessons.
Essay winners reading their essays were Elizabeth Crowell, Mitch Seifert, Amanda Post, Elizabeth Weitzel, Sara Klenke, Reese Klenke and Toby James.
Honor students receiving special recognition were: Toby James, Dawn Bruggeman, Kate Schroyer, Reese Klenke, Stephanie Dues, Angel Moorman, Hallie Wenning, Shannon Stucke, Amanda Sudhoff, Julie Tobe, Taylor Mescher and Krista Hemmelgarn. The guest speaker was Jerry Kanney, Coldwater Intermediate Principal. Special guests were Mercer County Juvenile Court Judge Mary Pat Zitter, Coldwater Police Chief Gery Thobe, Patrolman Colin Fuelling, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Capt. Bud McFarlin and DARE Booster Ivan Knapp.
The graduation ended with a power point presentation by Joan Gilliland, a fifth grade teacher.
Deputy Sue Miller was the DARE officer.
The Mercer County Sheriff's Office held its DARE graduation program at the Celina Intermediate School on May 13.
A total of 203 students completed the DARE program and received DARE diplomas during the ceremony.
Essay winners for the 2004 DARE class were Kelcie Gariety, Emily Pottkotter, Ashlyn Jutte, Evan Bachelor, Devin Koesters, Sidney Nations, Michelle Dorsten, Maggie Miller, Eric Muhlenkamp, Courtney Gillis, Cassie Mosier, Marie Miesse and Matthew Overley.
Students chosen to read their essays during the ceremony were Emily Pottkotter, Ashlyn Jutte, Devin Koesters, Maggie Miller and Eric Muhlenkamp.
Honor students were Hillary Lowder, Brooke Roberts, Ashley Gagle, Cody Joseph, Andrew Bair, Olivia Wendel, Eric Muhlenkamp, Courtney Gillis, Marie Miesse and Bryan Jones.
Special guests were Mercer County Juvenile Court Judge Mary Pat Zitter, LeRoy Felver from Municipal Court, Lt. Matt Grunden, DARE Booster Ivan Knapp, Explorer Kelli Grunden and Explorer Keith Ley.
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey was the guest speaker. The DARE instructors are Capt. Bud McFarlin, Deputy Sue Miller and Deputy April Grunden.
The Fort Recovery fifth grade DARE graduation was held on May 20.
Special guests were Mercer County Juvenile Judge Mary Pat Zitter, Mercer County Commissioner Jim Zehringer, Mercer County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Westgerdes, Fort Recovery Police Chief Maggie Hartings, Fort Recovery Principal Nancy Knapke, Superintendent David Riel and DARE Booster Ivan Knapp.
Class speakers were Andi Sutter, Michelle Brackman, Craig Kaiser and Alexis Sutter. Presenting a power point presentation on marijuana were Abby Huelskamp, Nicole Kaiser and Nate Watkins.
Nicole Dilworth, Craig Fullenkamp and Brittany Lochtefeld, presented a power point on DARE and a tobacco power point presentation was given by Megan Rammel, Hillary Pottkotter and Amanda Pottkotter. Michelle Brockman, Kendra Brunswick and Laura Braun gave a power point on gangs.
Each of the students completing the DARE curriculum were presented with a certificate and T-shirt donated by Celina Aluminum Precision Technology (CAPT).
Honor students were Adam Rohrer, Stacy Will, Janette Schoenlein, Michelle Brackman, Tami Link, Nicole Dilworth, Kendra Brunswick and Barb Link.
Riel was the guest speaker.
Mercer County Sheriff's Department Captain Bud McFarlin and Deputy Sue Miller were the DARE officers.