2018-05-16 / News

AHS Class Of 2018 ‘A Pretty Smart Class’

by David Pugh
Buckeye Staff Writer

Emie Peterson, Ben Zimmerman, Denver Beck, and Kendall Lovejoy, from left, members of the AHS Class of 2018, were interviewed recently. Members of the class work hard, and spend time with friends for fun.– photo by David Pugh Emie Peterson, Ben Zimmerman, Denver Beck, and Kendall Lovejoy, from left, members of the AHS Class of 2018, were interviewed recently. Members of the class work hard, and spend time with friends for fun.– photo by David Pugh You can call the Archbold High School Class of 2018 many things– but you can’t call them slackers.

On the athletic front, there’s a state champion wrestler and a number of athletes that advanced to state tournaments in various sports.

“Lots of regional appearances across all athletics, with seniors– members of the 2018 class– at the forefront,” said Kendall Lovejoy, class vice president.

But it wasn’t just all about athletics.

The AHS choirs have earned Superior ratings. The band has had outstanding performances. AHS students have excelled on the stage, as well.

Plus, there have been academic honors from students in advanced placement classes and sports teams and individuals that earned Academic All-Ohio honors, as well.

“I would just say we have a pretty smart class in general. There’s a lot of competition between us,” Lovejoy said.

So many students are involved in multiple activities– how do they find the time?

Denver Beck, class president, said, “I think our coaches and teachers are all really flexible and understanding. They want students to be involved in a lot of things.”

But at the same time, “they also value the education side of things, like getting your homework done first,” Beck said.

Emie Peterson, class secretary, said, “All the coaches and the staff– they want to make sure you’re doing things the right way, and you’re getting things done, so when it comes to school, they’re understanding about that kind of thing.

“If you have something for school that’s got to be done before practices, obviously, you find a balance between that, and sometimes, that’s, like, sacrificing, maybe, going out with friends, because you have a big test to study for and you just put in how many hours at the gym.

“It comes from learning that balance.”

Middle School

When asked about their middle school years, Beck said he thought those years “were pretty fun– easy.”

“You got to be kids,” Lovejoy said.

But he added, “My perspective on it is we’ve been prepared well.”

“The elementary prepared us for middle school, and the middle school prepared us for high school.

“Our staff did a great job preparing us. I think we’re prepared to go out to the workforce or college, depending on what route we’re going.”

“I would agree,” Beck said. “As grades go, you get more work and it’s harder, but our teachers and everyone have prepared us really well to go to the next step each time.”

“We’re super blessed with our staff. All of them, they really care about us and our education a lot. They’re excited about what they’re teaching and what they’re doing in their classrooms,” Peterson said.

“I think the teachers do the best job they can to make it enjoyable for us, and prepare us for what we’re going to need to know for the future, just to make us better students.”

For Fun

What do the members of the Class of 2018 do for fun?

“Meeting friends, going to the movies. Lots of time put in, in the classroom and extracurriculars, but in the outside times, we enjoy spending it with our friends,” Lovejoy said.

“Our class gets along with each other very well. Most of the time, it’s just spending time with friends,” Beck said.

The seniors mingle with underclassmen well, Peterson said.

“We have friends in grade levels above and below,” Lovejoy said.

“That’s something our grade has been pretty good at, being friends with all the grades,” Peterson said.

Do some members of the senior class mentor younger students?

“Nothing specific,” Lovejoy said. “I think there’s a lot of instances that we wouldn’t turn anybody away.”

Ben Zimmerman, class treasurer, said there’s an “indirect mentorship.”

“I know some seniors are friends with underclassmen, so just by hanging out” there is a form of mentorship, he said.


There is a bit of a mischievous side.

Lovejoy recalled an iPad scandal. iPads are tablet computers, and for several years, students use them for everything from reading assignments to doing their homework.

“It makes your back a lot less sore from not having to carry around your books,” Peterson said.

Lovejoy said a couple of years ago, “Most students downloaded apps (applications, computer programs) on their iPads they weren’t supposed to, which resulted in a lot of the administration and support staff walking around the school, taking iPads from students.”

That, he said, left a majority of the student body without their iPads.

“So that was an interesting week there.”

What kid of apps did the students download?

“They weren’t educational,” Lovejoy said.

Among the apps that were improperly downloaded were the video-sharing service YouTube and games, “lots of games.”

Once the iPads were taken, they were electronically wiped clean of improper apps and returned. The process took about a week.

But since everything is done on iPads, what did students do without them?

“Lots of paper got used that week,” one said.

So what’s better– schoolwork on the iPad or the old books, paper, and pencils?

“Depends on what you’re doing,” Zimmerman said. “Some classes, it’s easier to do everything on the iPad.”


In the future, the seniors know there will be many success stories coming out of their class.

“I think we’ve got a lot of successful people,” Lovejoy said.

“That will continue to be as they go throughout their education and begin their careers. For sure.”

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