Board honors National Merit semifinalists

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education honored two Covington High School students who are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists during their meeting on Wednesday evening.

Covington High School Principal Josh Meyer introduced seniors Elizabeth Schafer and Seth Daly during the student spotlight portion of the board’s meeting.

“Recently, they were both named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, and … that has not happened here since 1974,” Meyer said. He said that 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship competition, with only 16,000 students picked as semifinalists, which Meyer pointed out is 1 percent of high school seniors.

“So we are dealing with the absolute top, not just here, but nationwide,” Meyer said. He went on to say that, to be recognized as finalists, “they need to submit detailed applications regarding not only their academic records, but their participation in school activities (and) community activities.”

They will find out in February if they are finalists.

Meyer added that in addition to their accomplishments, they are “terrific students” and “great community members.”

“We wish you the best as you move forward,” Dr. Dean Pond, president of the board, said.

During the staff spotlight, Elementary School Principal Josh Long honored third grade teacher Angie Knick. “She is an outstanding teacher,” he said.

Long said that he spoke to some of Knick’s former students, who are now junior high and high school students, and the first thing they would tell him was, “She was my favorite.” They went on to describe her as patient and caring.

“She’s an all-star,” Long said. He continued, saying that Knick helps builds the kids’ confidence up and “makes them feel special.”

Superintendent Gene Gooding added that Knick has a “tremendous impact” on her students.

In other news:

The board approved accepting the resignation of Treasurer Carol Forsythe for the purposes of initiating earned retirement benefits, effective Dec. 31, contingent upon Forsythe being rehired in the same position. The board will hold a public hearing in regard to her rehiring during their next meeting, which is expected to be rescheduled to Nov. 28 due to Thanksgiving. The board will then vote on rehiring Forsythe during their December meeting.

The board then authorized participating in the Southwestern Ohio Education Purchasing Council to purchase competitive retail natural gas for the period commencing in July 2020 and terminating no later than June 2025.

Later, the board also authorized a memorandum of understanding between the district and the Covington Education Association in regard to their music program. The memorandum of understanding establishes the roles and salaries of the district’s elementary and high school music directors.

Board member Mark Miller was absent during Wednesday’s meeting.

By Sam Wildow

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