Nearly 200 people came together at The Toledo Club on Thursday, April 27, to honor the best and brightest of Toledo Public Schools - the valedictorians, the salutatorians and 29 recipients of scholarships from the TPS Foundation. (A list of the scholarship winners can be found here: http://www.tps.org/tps-foundations/scholarships

The valedictorians and salutatorians of the Class of 2017 were asked to provide their top high school honors and top activities, as well as their most memorable community service project or involvement. And finally, they were asked about future plans. Get to know them a little better:

Two Raymer Elementary students recently performed an act so kind that Dr. Romules Durant, CEO/superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, wanted to make sure they knew he was TPS Proud of them.

Principal Barb Ferguson relates that a student was getting bullied in one of Raymer's 5th grade classrooms so two fellow students decided, with the help of their parents, to try and help their classmate.

BY TOLEDO PARENT CONTRIBUTER. APRIL 1, 2016.

The Natural Science Technology Center gives high school students the coursework and hands-on training to prepare for a variety of careers related to plants. For those who dream of working as floral designers, greenhouse managers or interior plantscapers, or students who want to pursue careers as landscape contractors, landscape designers or golf course superintendents, the Center is the spot to train.

Floriculture and greenhouse classes provide training in designing and creating floral arrangements and other decor for adding and other events. Landscape and turf grass instruction includes learning how to operate state-of-the-art landscape equipment and constructing and maintaining outdoor spaces for residential, public, and commercial purposes. The students have use of 10 acres of land with a 20-acre botanical garden, two greenhouses, and a variety of commercial mowers, stump removers, etc.

The 2-year career-specific curriculum is approved by the Ohio Department of Education. Students who complete the program earn eight elective credits and two Applied Biology credits. Classes meet 7:30-11:40am, five days a week, with students spending the rest of their day at their respective high schools, home schools, or online schools. Competitions, volunteering, job shadowing and internships enhance the learning experience, and free busing is available from any Toledo Public Schools high school to the Center and back. The programs are open to any student over age 16 in Ohio.

Source: http://toledoparent.com/tweens/the-natural-science-technology-center-trains-future-horticulture-workers/

Dennis Hopson, ex-NBA player and TPS Proud graduate of Bowsher High School, admits he can be picky.

So it’s doubly impressive when he praises the recent work that was done on his truck by seniors in the Waite High School automotive collision program. The two-year program, taking during a student’s junior and senior years, currently has about 30 students.

Dennis Hopson, ex-NBA player and TPS Proud graduate of Bowsher High School, admits he can be picky.

So it’s doubly impressive when he praises the recent work that was done on his truck by seniors in the Waite High School automotive collision program. The two-year program, taking during a student’s junior and senior years, currently has about 30 students.