Starting in the year 2000, and for each year after that, a group of alumni and interested supporters has worked with the Loudonville High School Seniors on a variety of Senior Projects, each of which had two goals. The first goal was to do something good for the community, and the second goal was to raise money for the benefit of the Loudonville-Perrysville Schools.
The annual Senior Projects have been diverse, starting with a Human Chain in 2000, and including other events like walkathons, dances, fashion shows, and dodgeball tournaments. Giving back to the community is always incorporated into the Senior Project, with the Helping Hand food pantry often benefiting from the fundraising efforts. The seniors seem to find something new and fun each year, and as long as the community benefits, the adult advisors give the seniors free rein to organize and run the projects as they see fit.
The stories of these projects are told in the accompanying slide shows. Just click on the year you’d like to view.
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Lip Sync Competition 2017
The 2017 Senior Project was a huge success! The Ohio Theatre rocked as an audience of 350 people saw an amazing show with students, teachers, and staff performing hit songs in a Lip Sync battle!
Congratulations to the winners - Madame Arnold, Ms. Aubel, Mrs. Burd, Ms. Scarberry, and Mrs. Spreng, who performed "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls! Second place went to the team of Connor Young, Cole Kirkbride, Gaven Wiredu, Jayson Mitchell, and Jon Herman who sang "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys. Deken Foster took third place with a dramatic performance of "You'll Be Back" from the hit musical Hamilton.
The Talent Show was the 18th annual event organized by the graduating senior class at LHS. The event collected almost $3,000 to benefit the Loudonville-Perrysville School Foundation. Audience members also donated over 200 items to the Helping Hand food pantry.
We'd like to thank Aimee Ross, Dave Spreng, and Keith Lemke for serving as judges. Special thanks go to the Village of Loudonville for the complimentary use of the Ohio Theatre, to Mansfield Plumbing Products for copying the programs, and to Buzzard’s Family Shoes for selling tickets.
Finally, we thank the Class of 2017 for their planning and execution of the event, for the first-class entertainment, and for doing good things to benefit the community.
We don't know what it will be, but we hope to see you next year . . . at the Class of 2018's Senior Project!
Talent Show 2016
On April 9 an overflow crowd of more than 200 people enjoyed 16 entertaining acts at the Talent Show organized by the Loudonville High School Class of 2016. The event was held in the LHS cafeteria and included a spaghetti dinner before the show.
Unseasonable weather, including over an inch of snow the night before, did not deter the crowd. After selling out all 150 dinner tickets, additional tickets were sold at the door for the Talent Show without a meal. Then with no remaining seats, many others were turned away.
The Talent Show was the 17th annual event organized by the graduating senior class at LHS. The event collected over $3,000 to benefit the Loudonville-Perrysville School Foundation. Audience members also donated over 250 items to the Helping Hand food pantry.
Talent Show acts were varied, and included singing, dancing, piano, guitar, beatboxing, gymnastics, and even an accordion player. Two awards were given, one selected by a panel of three judges, and one selected by audience vote. The judges awarded first place to the singing trio of Dan Pflueger, Carolyn Glaser, and Nick Ramey. Guitarist Trevor Johnson won the audience vote. The winning acts each received a trophy of a likeness of Tuffy, printed with one of the 3D printers purchased in 2013 with a grant from the L-P School Foundation.
Other performers included Mrs. Angela Spreng, Rose Daniels, Kylie Campbell, Gunnar Sloan, Julia Lagunilla Pereda, Katie & Abbie Kline, Deseaun Hayhurst, Gavin McIntire, Bryce McCaskey & Malakye Nall, Ashlynn Beachler, Austin Zody, Mr. Jim Conley, and Carson Chipner & Bronson Mosher.
The event was emceed by a group of seniors who presented several comedy skits between the acts. The Presidential debate skit found humor in recent political events. Donald Trump (played by senior Stetson Bryson) said he would make the junior high parents pay for a wall to separate the junior high students from the high school students. Hillary Clinton (played by senior Autumn Campbell) claimed to not hear the moderator’s question because she was sending an email. Another skit featured Carson Chipner in the 1990’s Saturday Night Live skit “Living in a Van Down by the River” made famous by Chris Farley. Another skit was performed several times by Allison Kiefer, who purposely sang off-key, only to be dragged offstage by two or more bouncers.
Audience members bringing items for the Helping Hand food pantry received tickets for a raffle of four $25 gas cards. Winners were Heather Lane, Irma Lance, Joe Kiefer, and Carl Ayers.
The L-P School Foundation would like to thank everyone who helped with the Talent Show. Programs were printed by Whitcomb & Hess, and posters were provided by Truax Printing. Bill and Shawna Scarberry, Kathy Miller, and Judy Koppert worked in the kitchen. Teachers Ron Lance, Eric Stoner, and Aimee Ross advised and assisted the Class of 2016 with the planning and execution of the Talent Show. Judging the event were teachers Aimee Ross, Dave Spreng, and Marissa Burd. Other school staff helping with the event included Alan Mellor and Terry Miller. We apologize if we have omitted anyone's name.
Finally, the L-P School Foundation congratulates the Class of 2016 for organizing a very fun and entertaining Talent Show, and for helping with the collection of items for the Helping Hand food pantry. Your good deeds are recognized and greatly appreciated!
Estimated crowds of 125 on Friday, May 15 and 110 on Saturday, May 16 watched the Loudonville High School Class of 2015 present Shakespeare's Othello at the LHS cafeteria. The event included a spaghetti dinner served by class members.
Featuring an all male cast and the modern "No Fear Shakespeare" translation, the production closely followed the original and tragic story line, but injected moments of comedy whenever possible. There were anachronistic props like Star Wars light sabers and references to a current Snickers candy bar commercial. Scenes also included parodies from the movies "A Few Good Men" and "Airplane."
These modifications to the script, along with some outlandish costumes and makeup on the three male actors playing female roles, frequently had the audience and sometimes even the cast itself laughing for extended periods. Laurie Weber, the mother of Josh Weber who was cast as Othello, said she overheard two gentlemen remark that a Shakespearean tragedy had been very successfully turned into a comedy.
At the close of Saturday night's performance, the cast and crew presented director Aimee Ross with a dozen red carnations. Mrs. Ross jokingly remarked that the unique presentation and interpretation by the Class of 2015 might mean Othello is never again studied in her high school English class.
This year's Senior Project raised over $3,000 for the Foundation. Additionally, spectators donated more than 200 items for the Helping Hand food pantry. Those bringing items for Helping Hand received raffle tickets for $25 gas cards. Some of the raffle winners included Chuck Bender, Jean Fulmer, Pat Pearl, and Donna Spreng.
The Loudonville-Perrysville School Foundation thanks the many people who helped with this event. Over 30 members from the Class of 2015 were involved as either cast, crew, dinner servers, or clean-up crew. Aimee Ross directed the play, and the meal was coordinated by Eric Stoner with kitchen help from Bill and Shawna Scarberry. Kerry MacQueen provided centerpieces and other table decorations. Many other parents donated food items or baked goods for dessert. The school administration provided kitchen and custodial help for both nights of the show.
Tuffy Run 2014
The 15th annual Senior Project, organized by the LHS Class of 2014, was called the Tuffy Run. The event was held on Sunday, April 27 at Redbird Stadium, and it included an Extreme Run and a Fun Run. Including donations related to these events, the Class of 2014 raised $5,722 for the L-P School Foundation! Participants and spectators also donated over 250 items to the Helping Hand food pantry.
The Extreme Run was approximately 2.4 miles long and included six obstacles. A total of 31 runners competed, and trophies were awarded to the first place finishers in three age divisions. Emma Hinkle won the student division, Andi VanSickle topped the Under Age 40 division, and Brad Porter triumphed in the Over Age 40 division.
Extreme Run participants had to hurdle bales of straw, climb over two large round bales, walk backwards on a balance beam, crawl through a sand pit, complete a tire agility course, and crawl through a 20-foot long culvert pipe.
The Fun Run included eight “Minute to Win It” type challenges as two-person teams completed one lap around the track. The challenges faced by the 24 participants included a High Heel Walk, Three Legged Race, Oreo Cookie Challenge, Egg Carry, Hurdles, Barrel of Monkeys, Panty Hose Bowling, and Ping Pong Booty Box. This event was open to anyone in the first grade or older. The Fun Run did not declare any winners or losers, and each participant received a goody bag after completing the course.
One week after the Tuffy Run, cow patty bingo was held at the farm of Jon and Lori Byers. For about an hour, their 2200-pound bull named Gauge roamed a pasture marked with grid lines before ultimately leaving his mark on the three winning squares. Ann Itschner, mother of senior Michael Itschner, won the $200 first prize, Gene Heller donated back his second prize winnings of $100, and Ron Farquhar collected the $50 third prize. The L-P School Foundation thanks Jon and Lori for helping with this event.
Finally, the L-P School Foundation congratulates the Class of 2014 for organizing these events, and for doing good things in our community!
Putt Putt Golf 2013
The 2013 Senior Project consisted of a miniature golf tournament, played on an unseasonably cold and blustery Mother’s Day. The unpleasant weather, which even included some hail, did not stop eight teams from competing. The winning team was anchored by 12-year old Emma and 9-year old Owen Hinkle, who each registered a hole in one. The two youngsters carried the team, which also in-cluded their father, Brian Hinkle, and Mike Bandy. Following the pattern of other Senior Projects, the Helping Hand food pantry benefitted from the day’s activities, as many of the competitors donated non-perishable items. In total, the Class of 2013 raised $1,617 for the L-P School Foundation. The L-P School Foundation would like to thank Mohican Adventures for allowing us to use their three courses for this competition. Finally, the Foundation congratulates the Class of 2013 for organizing this event, and for doing good things in the community!
Triple Threat Tournament 2012
The 2012 Senior Project consisted of a number of events – a Triple Threat tournament, a dodgeball tournament, cow patty bingo, concessions, and two raffles. Including donations related to these events, the Class of 2012 raised $3,620 for the L-P School Foundation. The Triple Threat event was a single elimination tournament with three diverse event categories – Athletics, Academic Challenge, and Unusual Events, like the TV show “Minute To Win It.” Some of the teams included The Supremiums (Koppert Insurance), Easy Money (Farmers and Savings Bank), and The Deadliners (Loudonville Times and the Ashland Times-Gazette). After much heated competition, The Cinder Kittens (Jane Walters, Jillian Hilenski, and Emma Eshler) were crowned the winners. The Triple Threat Tournament also benefitted the Helping Hand food pantry. Teams and spectators were asked to bring nonperishable items to the event, and over 800 items were collected. The dodgeball event featured teams named Dodge Fathers, Dodging Divas, and Tanna Is The Target. After a spirited double elimination tournament, the team from Beano’s again reigned as champion. Thanks to the Fetzer family for organizing and running the concession stand at both the Dodgeball and Triple Threat events. Thanks to Jon and Lori Byers for allowing the Cow Patty Bingo event to be held at their field. Thanks also to Vanessa for allowing her cow, Bacon, to choose the winning names. First place winnings went to Melissa Caudill, second place to Charles Rader, and third place to Judy Briggs. The first raffle was held at the high school, and included prizes like Chipotle gift cards, tanning gift certificates, a gas card, and a season athletic pass. The second raffle featured prizes like camping at Pleasant Hill, a Mohican Adventures canoe trip, an overnight stay with breakfast at the Mohican Lodge, and gift certificates at the Malabar Farm Restaurant. We thank all of those who donated prizes. Finally, a big thanks to the Class of 2012 for organizing all of these activities, and doing good things in the community!
Basketball Benefit 2011
The 2011 Senior Project included two activities – a basketball benefit and a food drive. Seventeen teams competed in the basketball benefit, and the total amount raised by the Class of 2011 was $2,864. Their food drive collected 20 grocery bags of items for the Helping Hand food pantry. Thank you, Class of 2011, for doing these good deeds!
Basketball Benefit 2010
For their Senior Project, the Class of 2010 sponsored a Basketball Benefit. The event was held in the LHS Gymnasium and attended by an estimated 350 to 400 people. The project itself raised $2,722 and subsequent donations raised the overall total to over $3,600. The event also collected three very large boxes of items for the Helping Hand food pantry. Four very entertaining and competitive basketball games were played. In the first game, the alumni team captained by Charlie Hansen topped Brian Hinkle’s alumni team in a 33-32 nail-biter. In the second game, the women’s staff, wearing yellow “Old School” shirts, defeated the LHS senior girls by a score of 41-29. The third game included almost as much wrestling as basketball, with the men’s staff facing off against the LHS wrestlers. While the men’s staff triumphed, the final score could not be determined, as the clock operator was bribed to pad the wrestler’s score. The final game featured the first game winners, Charlie Hansen’s alumni team, against the LHS senior boys. In a hard fought game, featuring slam dunks and three-point shooting, the alumni came out on top by a score of 36-31. Between the second and third games, the LHS Dance Team performed a routine. Before the second and final games, spectators had the opportunity to showcase their own 3-point shooting skills by paying $1 to attempt a 3-point shot, and collecting $2 if the shot was made. The final event of the evening was the Half Court Shot competition. Over the course of the evening, five tickets were drawn, and those five people each had one opportunity to shoot from half court. Those making their shot would share a Grand Prize of $1,000. Unfortunately, none of the shooters were successful. The five shooters were Taylor Harris, Mason Johnson, Cory Fritz, Becky Orchard, and Ty Trumpower.
Dodgeball and Carnival 2009
The Class of 2009 Senior Project had two main components – a dodgeball tournament and a carnival for the younger children. A total of 16 teams entered the dodgeball tournament, and perennial powerhouse Beano's Buckeye Ballroom again came away as the champion. The carnival drew a large number of McMullen and Budd School students, and the highlight was five inflatable bouncer structures, which the youngsters (and some oldsters) thoroughly enjoyed. The concession stand featured homemade bratwurst and pulled pork sandwiches, compliments of the Ashby family, who donated the hog. (Thank you for that wonderful gesture!) With sunny skies and temperatures in the 80's, lots of pop, water and Gatorade were sold, too. Some of the participants and spectators brought food items for the Helping Hand food pantry, which was greatly appreciated. The Class of 2009 raised over $2,100 with the day's activities. Subsequent donations lifted the overall total for the Class of 2009 to $5,011.
Dodgeball and Cornhole 2008
For their Senior Project, the Class of 2008 continued the dodgeball tradition, and added a tournament in cornhole. (For those unfamiliar with the game, cornhole is a beanbag toss game of skill which is very popular in this area.) The number of dodgeball teams was down from previous years, with 12 teams participating. Cornhole teams picked up the slack, with a total of 28 entries. The winner of the dodgeball tournament was a team of high school boys, and included Tyler Bender, Ryan Conway, Clay Edmondson, Jordan Hicks, Andy Reidenbach, and Brock Van Horn. Winners of the cornhole tournament were two gentlemen whose names have been lost to posterity. The weather cooperated throughout the day, with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70's. Many of the participants and spectators brought food for the Helping Hand food pantry, which was greatly appreciated. When all the numbers were counted, the Class of 2008 raised $7,154 with their Senior Project. This set a new fundraising record, topping the old mark by more than $1,000.
Dodgeball and Cow Patty Bingo 2007
The Class of 2007 continued the dodgeball competition, and added cow patty bingo to their fundraising activities. A total of 21 dodgeball teams competed for the top prize, and Beano's Buckeye Ballroom successfully defended their title from 2006. For cow patty bingo, the seniors drew a grid on a grassy area near the high school tennis courts, and sold tickets for each of the numbered squares. Then a registered Jersey milking cow (named Morgan) was let loose on the grid, and she successfully marked the winning number. Steve Orchard, principal of the C.E. Budd School, was the winner and he graciously donated back his winnings. In addition to collecting food for the Helping Hand food pantry, the Class of 2007 raised over $6,100 with its Senior Project. The majority of these funds went to the L-P School Foundation, but the Class of 2007 wanted to make donations to two other funds. One donation went to the memorial scholarship fund for their classmate Garrick Tuttle, and the other donation went to the Wally Road bridge project.
Dodgeball and Fashion Show 2006
The Class of 2006 organized two events for their Senior Project, a dodgeball tournament and a fashion show. The dodgeball tournament drew 25 teams and was held in the jam-packed C.E. Budd School gymnasium. There were some very interesting team names, including The Emu's, The Window Lickers, and Zombie Zoo. While most of the teams were local, one team came from the Wooster area, and this team ended up facing Beano's Buckeye Ballroom in the finals. There were cheers and there were boos, and in the end the local fans celebrated the win by Beano's. The fashion show featured items that were either hand made or decorated by members of the Class of 2006. These items were then auctioned off in the C.E. Budd School auditorium. Some of the items included decorated T-shirts, jewelry, scarves, and sandals. In addition to collecting food for the Helping Hand food pantry, the seniors raised over $4,500 with their two events, which was the most raised by any graduating class.
Seniors Working Around Town 2005
The 2005 Senior Project was called SWAT, which stood for Seniors Working Around Town. Class members offered their services for a variety of work projects. Using an auction format, Kermit Richert sold the services of various senior class teams to a total of 27 bidders. The main work project was sponsored by the Rotary, and involved planting over 60 trees on Route 3 south of town. The seniors who helped will probably never forget the day, as it was raining and extremely cold. But they will be able to see their results for many years to come, in the form of the beautiful trees lining the highway and making the town more attractive. The Class of 2005 also sponsored a home run hitting derby. For a donation of $1.00 or a food item, participants had three chances to hit a home run. This part of the project raised $99 and five large boxes of food for the Helping Hand food pantry. The total raised by the Class of 2005 was over $4,400.
For their Senior Project, the Class of 2004 did a reprise of 2001 with another successful walkathon. A total of 14 teams competed, with each trying to log the most miles. With a dominant 41-member team, the seniors took first place, walking a total of just over 150 miles. The top individual walker was seventh grader Tyler Mowery, who completed an amazing 81 laps, or 20 ¼ miles. Participants were again asked to support the Helping Hand food pantry, and more than six very large boxes of food were donated. In addition, the Class of 2004 raised over $1,200 to benefit the L-P Schools.
Olympic Competition 2003
The Class of 2003 chose an Olympic theme for their Senior Project. A total of eight teams competed in the wide-ranging events, some which required physical strength or skills, and some which were intended to be more lighthearted in nature. Winners in the strength and skill arena included Lee Reynolds for a 75 mph baseball throw, Larry Lozier for making 9 of 10 free throws, Andy Van Horn for completing 166 jump rope repetitions in one minute, Jon Horn for doing 74 sit-ups in one minute, and Chase Zickefoose for doing 83 push-ups in one minute. In the more lighthearted events, Kurtis Baldner successfully stacked 48 Oreo cookies, and Ryan Neubig was the fastest competitor to eat three hot dogs. When the scores were totaled, the senior class was the runaway winner, with second place going to the extended Henley family team. In addition to providing lots of fun for all the participants, the Class of 2003 helped to collect about 400 items of food for the Helping Hand food pantry, and raised over $1,700 to benefit the L-P Schools.
Dancing Through the Decades 2002
In an effort to draw participation from a variety of age groups, the Class of 2002 hosted a dance with music from various decades. Music from the 40's and 50's kicked off the April 6 event. During the next hour, music from the 60's and 70's was featured. The volume was increased as music from the 80's and 90's was highlighted. The final hour of the dance featured current music, with many requests from the senior class. Brian Kline served as DJ, and during the four-hour event he played everything from Sinatra to the Beatles to Destiny's Child. The L-P Athletic Boosters assisted with the event by running the concession stand. In addition to enjoying a wide variety of music, the Class of 2002 helped to collect almost 400 items of food for the Helping Hand food pantry, and raised over $2,700 to benefit the L-P Schools.
Background on the Video
On May 2, 2000, television personality Drew Carey appeared on the celebrity edition of the TV show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” He donated his $500,000 winnings to the Ohio Library Foundation.
This video was sent to Drew Carey in an unsuccessful effort to recruit him as emcee for the 2002 Senior Project, called “Dancing Through the Decades.”
The song uses the “Hoedown” format from Drew Carey’s TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway.”
The video takes a while to load, but if you know any of the singers listed below, it is well worth the wait!
Bobbie Jo Atkinson
Laura Lee Wilson
The Class of 2001 selected a walkathon as their Senior Project, and asked participants to bring food items for the Helping Hand food pantry. Over 100 individual walkers participated, along with 15 teams, including teams from the classes of 1954, 1955, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1979, and 1980. The top participant was cross country coach Don Baun, who ran or walked a total of 46 ½ miles during the course of the event. Thirty-six boxes of food were collected, and the Class of 2001 raised over $2,800 to benefit the L-P Schools. The Class of 2001 thanked the many businesses that made donations, including Arnholt's Clothing, BFI Waste Services, Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home, Creative Outlet, DJ's Citgo, Farmers and Savings Bank, Loudonville Chamber of Commerce, Loudonville Fire Department, McClain's Appliance Center, McElwain Accounting Services, Mohican Convention and Visitors Bureau, Real Estate Showcase, Rhoads Jeweler, and Taco Bell.
Human Chain 2000
The inaugural Senior Project was a human chain, and it was aptly called Link to the Millenium. The Class of 2000 attempted to recruit 1,700 people to make a chain running from the high school to the swimming pool complex, a distance of more than 1 ½ miles. Each participant was asked to report to a predetermined area along the chain, in an effort to make the chain as evenly distributed as possible. An estimated 1,600 people showed up for the March 26 event, and enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures in the low 60's. The old Flxible siren was sounded at 2:00 and everyone joined hands. While there were gaps in the chain, the majority of the route was covered by the smiling volunteers. Participants were asked to bring one or more food items for the Helping Hand food pantry. The Boy Scouts then picked up all the food along the route, and estimated that over 2,000 food items were donated. After the event, the Class of 2000 and many of the participants gathered at the high school to celebrate a successful event, enjoy light refreshments, and listen to music. The Class of 2000 raised $2,650 on the day of the event, and donations received by the end of the school year brought the total raised to an even $10,000.