Covington BOE honors essay winners

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education recognized three essay-winning students during the student spotlight portion of their meeting Thursday evening.

Family Services of the Greater Dayton Area sponsored its Family Services 17th Annual Essay and Poster Contest, in which three third-grade students won in the third through fifth grade category.

Third graders Henry Cantrell, Filip McMaken, and Wyatt Schaefer were the winners, each of whom is in Angie Knick’s third-grade class at the Covington K-8 school.

“I’ve never had three (winners),” Knick said, explaining that the students’ essays competed with over 300 other essays in their age bracket.

Members of each of their families attended the meeting to support the kids, touching on the topic of their essays, which was “What Makes My Family Special.”

“I think that is a topic the kids can obviously relate to,” Elementary School Principal Josh Long said. “They obviously said some wonderful things about their families and what makes them special.”

Long went on to say that the kids are model students at Covington, calling them “some of our best.”

“They’re mild-mannered. They’re funny,” Long said. “They’re very nice to their peers.”

Superintendent Gene Gooding said that that he was giving members of the Miami County Foundation a tour of the building and they were there in Knick’s class when she announced the winners.

“It was really a neat thing,” Gooding said.

The board of education congratulated the students.

The students will be attending the annual awards banquet for the essay contest on Saturday at the Mandalay Banquet Center in Dayton. The special guest speaker will be Nan Whaley, the mayor of the city of Dayton. The event emcee will be Marsha Bonhart, and entertainment will include Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler and ventriloquist.

During the remainder of their meeting, the board approved a number of regular items, including how the school district will prepare its budget, approval for high school students to participate in the 2018 indoor track and field season, approval for overnight trips for the junior high and high school wrestling teams, and approval of the district’s gifted policy.

The board ended their meeting by going into a brief executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken from that executive session.

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336