Pictured from left to right are High School Director Mike Knott, Tyler Brown, Ethan Leatherman, and Superintendent Rick Turner. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Pictured from left to right are High School Director Mike Knott, Tyler Brown, Ethan Leatherman, and Superintendent Rick Turner. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – During Thursday's monthly Vantage Board of Education meeting, two Vantage students were recognized for offering a helping hand when a person was in danger. Superintendent Rick Turner noted that in November, students Ethan Leatherman and Tyler Brown were leaving school when they witnessed an accident on U.S. 30 that left a semi overturned.

"They stopped immediately and ran to the aid of the driver," said Turner. "These students jumped up on top of the overturned vehicle and pulled the driver out of his cab, offer assistance until emergency units arrived."

Turner presented Leatherman and Brown with a certificate for bravery and service to others.

Brown noted that he felt it was "common sense to help someone in need." Leatherman added that "thankfully [the driver] came out safe."

"What you did was very commendable," said Turner to the students. "We are happy to have brave young people like you."

Also during the meeting, High School Director Mike Knott also commended senior Gage Smith of Paulding, who is in the network systems program. Smith is a first-year network systems student after switching from interactive media.

"During the first semester he passed his test-out Lennox Pro certification, which normally takes a senior an entire school year to do," said Knott. "He did it in the first semester of his first year in the program."

Knott said that not only did Smith complete the certification, but he scored in the top 10 of all test-takers in the United States, which includes college students and industry professionals.

"He's got a bright future in that career," said Knott.

In other business, the Board made the following motions:

- Employ the following list, as Adult Education instructors, as needed, as scheduled: Marty Katterheinrich as Diversified Industrial Training Coordinator and Diversified Industrial Training Instructor, Joy Miller as Evening Secretary, and Kevin Von Oss as Customized Training Instructor.

- Accept the donation of 40 brand new Briggs and Stratton two-cycle engines valued at $225 a piece (total donation of $9,000). The engines were donated to the Ag and Industrial Power Technology program and were donated by the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC).

- Approved several CRA agreements.

- Approved resolutions acknowledging the service of Robin Etter of Continental, Michelle Gorman of Lincolnview, Molly Hoersten of Fort Jennings, and Debby Compton of Van Wert to the Vantage Board of Education.

Prior to the regular meeting, the annual organizational meeting was held where Pat Baumle of Wayne Trace was elected Board President and Lonnie Nedderman of Crestview was elected Board Vice President.

With no further business, the Board adjourned. The next meeting is set for Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the District Conference Room.