CAREY — Superintendent Mike Wank told the Carey school board Monday that the district will hold a public ceremony at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 to unveil displays honoring several graduates.

The school district will host the ceremony to begin the “Legacy Lane Alumni Hall of Fame” to honor Carey High School graduates “who have gone on to successful careers or have distinguished themselves in some manner,” according to Wank.

The initial honorees will be sisters Mary Jo Kirkwood Cesarini (class of 1940) and Jackie Kirkwood Rickle (class of 1946), and Michelle Rickle Bell (class of 1968), Jackie Rickle’s daughter.

The idea came from Class of 1968 representatives, he said, “by their desire to honor the memory of Michelle Rickle Bell. That coincided with our efforts to honor Carey graduates who could be inspirational examples to our current students and all who walk along Legacy Lane,” which is located in the hallway near the gymnasiums at the rear of the building.

“We believe we will have a display that truly inspires others,” he said.

The ceremony will be held prior to the boys varsity basketball game against Seneca East.

Separately, the board recognized Derek Cunningham, adviser, and Distributive Education Club/Carey Marketing Club members for their efforts at the district competition, and approved an overnight trip for Cunningham and participating members to attend state competition March 9-10 in Columbus.

Sophomores Kirsten and Morgan Etzinger, who recently placed first in DECA district competition at the University of Findlay with a financial services team project, will be in Columbus today to meet with legislators about House Bill 108, which would require a semester course on financial literacy to be completed by all Ohio high school graduates.

If approved, the course would include the areas of personal finance, credit, debt investments and sound money management.

The Etzinger sisters met with state Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, on Monday and he is assisting with their efforts to meet with legislators and voice their support for the bill.

The board also gave approval for Future Farmers of America members to participate in the state convention May 2-4 in Columbus.

Also, the annual outdoor education program, for fifth-graders, will be held May 21-23 at Camp Nuhop, Perrysville.

The board accepted the retirement of Judy Widman, high school Spanish teacher, effective June 1.

Also, Eric Vackert resigned as varsity girls volleyball coach.

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