Photo furnished SES Gold Slip Students Sullivan Elementary School recognizes students who go above and beyond expectations by giving them “Gold Slips.” The SES Gold Slip winners from April and May are (from left to right): Cali Szabo and Emmersyn Jianonni (not pictured) helped a kindergarten student clean up his spilled tray in the cafeteria. Carigan Cole observed two students working together and noticed that one of the students was getting frustrated. Cole asked whether she could help the frustrated student because she felt she could encourage him and teach him the concept. Cannin Hall finished early during art class. He started washing out paint brushes when students finished painting. When Mrs. Auten checked the sink he was using, it was spotless. Hall showed respect to Mr. Crowe and the school by making sure he left no mess. Aceon Fryman helped the cafeteria staff clean up the kitchen after lunch. Nevaeh Wilson and Alyssa Ray took it upon themselves to clean up a paint mess that was in the hallway. They are both very helpful throughout the year and take pride in their school.
Photo furnished Prairie Winds Performs Free Concert Prairie Winds is holding a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Sullivan. “A Tropical Cruise Show” is the present theme for the group of 19 singers and keyboardists whose ministry includes performing shows for area nursing homes and senior residences. During the Tropical Cruise the audience takes a musical trip aboard the Prairie Winds Cruise line featuring songs from the Hawaiian Islands. A “floor show” of love songs includes “Beyond the Sea” and “Stranger in Paradise”, a special comedy duo and a musical tribute to “South Pacific” for the finale. Prairie Winds group is completing 32 years of “Sharing God’s Love Through Music”. The public is invited to come and enjoy an hour of music, comedy and lots of fun. Refreshments will be served afterwards. First United Methodist Church Friendship Hall is located at 216 W. Jefferson St. in Sullivan.
Photo furnished OVES Tours Ag Plots Okaw Valley High School FFA gave tours of their agriculture plots Wednesday to OVES students and staff. The high school students planted corn in the afternoon with help from Monsanto and Sloans [John Deere]. OV students will spend the summer tending to their four bee hives and keeping the area mowed while monitoring the growth of their crops.
Photo furnished SHS Student Council The Sullivan High School Student Council recently held elections for the 2017-2018 school year. Officers for the next school year are President Trevor Elder, Vice President Cullen Dyer, Secretary Abby Cravatta, Treasurer Katie Webb, Sergeant of Arms Ally Elzy, and Reporter Josie Orris.
Photo furnished Township Service Honored Sullivan Township honored retired road commissioner Elmo Weaver and trustee Tony Sager for their years of service. Weaver served as road commissioner for 32 years and Sager 28 years as trustee. Weaver has two children as well as grandchildren. Sager has three children and continues to operate Sager Farms in Sullivan.
Photo furnished Pollinators Planted OV students planted pollinators that were donated by Brandon Beltz representing Pheasants Forever. The pollinator plots will help promote growth in the honey bee population and a variety of birds and insects. OV students will monitor growth and production of the plots by data collection and observation. Pictured above from left: Cory Donnell - Corps Engineer Employee, Connor Sheehan - OV Ag Student and Brandon Beltz - Pheasants Forever.
Photo by Mike Brothers Farris Signs with Millikin Sullivan senior Bryce Farris signed a letter of intent to play football with the Big Blue at Millikin University while family and friends witnessed in the Sullivan High School gym May 11. Sullivan athletic director Ryan Aikman pointed out Farris’s 38 receptions for 855 yards placed him on the All Central and All Conference first team as wide receiver. In basketball he made All Central and All Conference averaging 12.8 points a game and in baseball his .286 batting average with 11 RBIs illustrates Farris’ total athletic and academic commitment.
Photo by Ellen Ferrera Jo Goes For 32 years Jo DeVore has been delivering meals with a smile to hungry people. On Saturday, May 13 Jo served her last meal at TnT Pizzeria in Sullivan as she had served so many in that same building when it was The Spot.
photo furnished Heartland Honor Cody Carlson, OVHS senior is pictured with Aidan Tierney, Heartland Tech Academy Welding Instructor. Carlson was honored at the Heartland Tech Academy Banquet Thursday, May 4 . He was recognized for his outstanding performance in the Heartland Tech Academy Welding Program. Carlson is a second year welding student and senior at Okaw Valley High School.
Photo furnished SES Wax Museum It was a chance to view a variety of celebrities and historic figures at the annual Sullivan Elementary School Wax Museum May 11. Sarina Voegel (fourth grade) is dressed as Dolly Parton and Karson Robinson (first grade) is viewing her display.