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Published: Thursday, 4/10/2014 - Updated: 2 years ago

Sylvania Southview celebrates a big year

Mayor, Town Crier mark school's academic, sport achievements with Southview Day

Southview dance team member and senior Stephanie Meyer signs a dance portrait poster after it was auctioned off. Southview dance team member and senior Stephanie Meyer signs a dance portrait poster after it was auctioned off.
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The combined state accolades awarded to Southview High School’s Mock Trial, Cougarettes Dance, Horticulture, and Speech and Debate Teams spurred Sylvania School officials to declare April 9 as Southview Day.

Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough and the Town Crier Michael Lieber made the designation official during a ceremony Wednesday night that marked the four team’s academic and sport achievements. Coaches for each team along with Sylvania city and township officials boasted about “championship titles,” “state wins,” and “individual” victories, at the celebration that gathered more than 200 people in the Southview’s gym.

“The best reason for half-time,” the night’s co-emcee and the school's basketball game announcer, Ron Burel, said during his introduction of the Cougarettes.

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In March the dance team won the hip hop championship title at a cheerleading and dance competition hosted by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators in Bowling Green. With that title, the team has won more than 22 state championships over the years.

Coach for the speech and debate team, Paul Moffit, noted that his students overcome the No. 1 fear of Americans: Public speaking.

“That’s number two after death,” he quipped.

The teams ability to professionally “mouth off,” earned them awards at the Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament in February.

Four students qualified to move onto the national competition in June held in Kansas City.

Sylvania head speech and debate coach Paul Moffitt listens to speakers. Sylvania head speech and debate coach Paul Moffitt listens to speakers.
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Senior Yuran Chen beat out 145 students to win second place in the congressional debate.

“It’s been a combination of four years of hard work. It was nice to see the work pay off,” Mr. Chen, 18, said about the team’s total wins. He said debating blends research on new topics together with public speaking, and it provides him a venue to voice his opinion on an array of subjects.

For Senior Ian Fisher, 18, he prefers activities outdoors compared to studying theoretical matters. He took his horticulture class to the next level, winning in the nursing and landscaping division for the Ohio Future Farmer’s of America competition in Plain City last month.

“Focused, confident, prepared, you had great team chemistry, and you add talent to that mix, and you have something that is memorable,” Superintendent Brad Rieger told the students.

That mix, and the ability to quickly adapt, earned the mock trial team a place at the National High School Mock Trial Championships in May held in Madison, Wis.

The mock trial team advanced to the national mock trial competition after beating out more than 30 teams across Ohio in the state championships in March held in Columbus. The six-student team had to play different roles in the trial that called into question student rights under the First and Fourth Amendments.

The evening ended with the hyped-up hip hop dance by the Cougarettes. Principal Dave McMurray said the students are all carrying the legacy torch, maintaining the school's tradition of excellence, and academic leadership.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or, or on Twitter @natalietrusso. 

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