Congratulations to the Lexington Boys' Varsity Swim Team - 2019 Division II Northwest District Champions!

Central Fourth grade students hosted an Appreciation Breakfast for Lexington Police, Troy Township, Lexington Village Administration Offices, Lexington Parks and Street Department, Lexington Schools' Bus Drivers, Maintenance and Technology Departments. Thank you for all ...

Lexington Senior Bridget T. is not only our 2018 Homecoming Queen, but also had the opportunity to participate in the last home game for our Varsity Girls' basketball team and scored her first basket ever. Bridget has served as the team manager the last four years. ...

Today we celebrated our 101 days of friendship and our love of learning with 101 second minute to win it stations. So proud of these kiddos and the growth of 101 days of learning.

Western Elementary 2nd graders participate in the monthly "non-fiction book tasting". Students share, with their classmates, non-fiction texts that feature a multitude of topics, including hunting, sports, how to books, animals, biographies, information, etc...

Eastern 5th grade science teacher Sarah Freundlich and colleagues from two other area school districts are making a presentation at the International Space Science Conference taking place at NASA in Houston, TX. Way to go Sarah!
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Eastern Elementary 5th grade Student Council members helped provide lunch for those less fortunate in conjunction with People Helping People.

Members of the Lexington Key Club spent the afternoon at The New Store in Downtown Mansfield to help distribute some of the 478 stuffed animals collected during our inaugural “Teddy Bear Toss”

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball Team - 2019 OCC Tournament Champions!

Junior High Math 8 students and their Scale Model Projects to go with their study of scale, scale factor, and proportions. Awesome models! Great job by all who participated.

Congratulations to Lexington High School Seniors: Preston A. (Otterbein Univ./Football), Cody S. (Otterbein Univ./Football, and Clarise S. (Sarah Lawrence College/Volleyball) on signing to continue their academic and athletic careers after high school!

Recognition night for Lex Senior Swim Team members and their parents. Congratulations to our seniors and their parents. Good Students, Accomplished Swimmers and Great Kids!

Congratulations to the Lady Lex Bowling Team - 2019 OCC Champions!

The Arctic Habitat has come to life for third graders at Western Elementary. The students have been researching arctic animals, reading informational texts about the arctic tundra and studying the adaptation of the arctic animals to survive in such harsh winter climates. ...

In Science class, these fourth grade students created amber fossils out of Jello and gummy worms. They discussed how fossils form, compared fossils to present day organisms, and discussed what fossils can tell us about the habitats those organisms live in. Very ...

Lex Junior High students were among 53 students from 10 school districts to compete in the recent MOESC Spelling Bee. Natalie H. earned second place honors and Drayton B. earned third place honors. Natalie H., Drayton B. and Seth D. will participate in the Tri County ...

Eastern Elementary students participated recently in the MOESC Spelling Bee competition. Sixth grader Avery M. had the highest finish for our Eastern team. Congratulations to all the Eastern Spelling Bee participants!

Our two Lexington 5th Grade Academic Challenge teams competed recently in the MOESC Academic Challenge competition. The two Lex teams finished 1st and 2nd out of the 19 teams in the competition. Congratulations Lex 5th grade Academic Challenge teams!

Lexington High School Mock Trial teams in competition at the Richland County Courthouse. Congratulations to all our Mock Trial team members for a great competition!

Congratulations to the Lexington Boys' Swim & Dive Team - 2019 OCC Champions!

Eastern 5th grade band preparing for their concert January 17th @ 7:00pm in the High School Auditorium.

Officer Davis spent some time with students at Central on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Thank you SRO Davis, all our Lexington Law Enforcement Officers and Law Enforcement Officers everywhere for all you do to help make our communities safer and to be a ...

Eastern 5th grade art students learning ceramics techniques by creating mugs.

We are so proud of these students for being exceptional Minutemen by showing their pride in academic and character achievement. These students are the fourth receivers of Student of the Month for the 2018-2019 school year at Western Elementary.

This six weeks the Junior High sponsored a Kindness Challenge. Teachers nominated students who were "caught being kind".  A drawing was held including all the names of students nominated. The students pictured are the 7th and 8th grade winners of the Kindness ...

These HS BioClub members participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count at Gorman Nature Center. They walked trails along with other volunteers from the community and from Ashland University to count the number and species of birds at Gorman and the surrounding area. ...

Austin B: Grove City-Baseball Jake D: Ashland University-Baseball Ben V: University of Cincinnati-Baseball Cade S: The Ohio State University-Football Kyle J: University of Louisville-CC/Track Carina W: Ohio University-CC/Track Nick S: Ashland ...

The Lexington LEO club volunteered to help at Crossroads Church in organizing and wrapping gifts for over 1,000 local children. The gifts were specific to each child based on the child's size and needs which included socks, underwear, coats, boots, hats, gloves, clothing, ...

Mrs. North's second grade class at Western Elementary collected and delivered their "giving" goods to the Animal Shelter. The students loved the idea of doing a service project to help the animals waiting to be adopted.

Junior High CACY club members volunteered to help distribute Christmas gifts to over 1,000 students.

Boys' Varsity Swim Team - 2019 Division II NW District Champions
Boys' Varsity Swim Team - 2019 Division II NW District Champions
Central Students Host Appreciation Breakfast
Central Students Host Appreciation Breakfast
Bridget T's Great Moment
Bridget T's Great Moment
101 Days of Learning
101 Days of Learning
Western 2nd Grade Book Tasting
Western 2nd Grade Book Tasting
Science Teacher Sarah Freundlich Presents at NASA
Science Teacher Sarah Freundlich Presents at NASA
Eastern 5th Grade People Helping People
Eastern 5th Grade People Helping People
Teddy Bear Toss Donations
Teddy Bear Toss Donations
8th Grade Girls Basketball OCC Champions
8th Grade Girls Basketball OCC Champions
Junior High Scale Model Projects
Junior High Scale Model Projects
College Signing Day
College Signing Day
Swim Team Senior Recognition Night
Swim Team Senior Recognition Night
Lady Lex Bowling Team OCC Champions
Lady Lex Bowling Team OCC Champions
Western Arctic Habitat Project
Western Arctic Habitat Project
Amber Fossils Science Project
Amber Fossils Science Project
Junior High MOESC Spelling Bee
Junior High MOESC Spelling Bee
Eastern MOESC Spelling Bee
Eastern MOESC Spelling Bee
5th Grade Academic Challenge Teams
5th Grade Academic Challenge Teams
High School Mock Trial Team
High School Mock Trial Team
Boys Swim and Dive 2019 OCC Champions
Boys Swim and Dive 2019 OCC Champions
Eastern 5th Grade Band
Eastern 5th Grade Band
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
Eastern 5th Grade Art Ceramics
Eastern 5th Grade Art Ceramics
Western Students of the Month
Western Students of the Month
Junior High CACY Kindness Challenge
Junior High CACY Kindness Challenge
BioClub Christmas Bird Count at Gorman Nature Center
BioClub Christmas Bird Count at Gorman Nature Center
Minutemen Sign Letters of Intent
Minutemen Sign Letters of Intent
Lexington LEO Club Helps at Crossroads Church
Lexington LEO Club Helps at Crossroads Church
Western Animal Shelter Donations
Western Animal Shelter Donations
Junior High CACY Members Distribute Gifts
Junior High CACY Members Distribute Gifts

BridgetQueen

Bridget T. insists she's not a celebrity. Her classmates may disagree. The students at Lexington High School think so much of Bridget, they voted her queen of the homecoming court. "Because they like me," she said.

The 17-year-old has Down syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that is the leading cause of intellectual and developmental delays in the world.

Bridget hasn't let that stop her.

She and the rest of the homecoming court entered the high school auditorium on Friday afternoon for an assembly to name the queen.

The first few rows were reserved for anxious family members. There was some down time before students were released to the auditorium. One football player already had his shoulder pads on.

Each candidate for queen wore a blue gown, while their escorts sported tuxedos. Also vying for queen were Isabelle J., Abbie M., Danielle G. and Mackenzie D.

Bridget's escort for the assembly was Cade S., the star football player at Lexington. Cade is one of the top recruits for perennial national power Ohio State. The petite Bridget barely came up to Cade's chest.

As the girls and their escorts walked into the auditorium and onto the stage, a song played in the background. Bridget chose "I Love Rock and Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Bridget was the last girl introduced. She drew the loudest cheers.

The brief assembly was dramatic. Each candidate received a box with 12 roses. Four of the boxes contained white roses. The queen was given red roses.

When Bridget opened her box to reveal the red roses, the crowd erupted with applause. Bridget stood and waved to her adoring public before speaking from the podium.

"You've made me very happy," she said. "I love you all."

After the assembly, Bridget was beaming with joy. She posed for pictures with the rest of the court, as well as various loved ones.

"That makes me the queen mom," said Charlene T., Bridget's mother.

Bridget sported matching silver shoes and nails. She made her way to the front of the stage to hug her grandmother.

Before a reception for the court, Bridget answered questions from several media members.

When asked how it felt to be queen, she exclaimed, "I love it," before bursting into giggles.

She seemed confident of the outcome, saying she expected to win.

Bridget beat out a strong group of contenders.

Mackenzie is a member of the National Honor Society. She's also a member of the       yearbook staff. 

Mackenzie enjoys going to football and basketball games.

"We (seniors) can stand in the front and kind of be in charge," she said.

Abbie is a member of the swim team. Unlike Mackenzie, Abbie doesn't feel any different as a senior.

"It feels the same," she said. "I have a lot of underclassmen friends, and my sister's a freshman."

Both Mackenzie and Abbie said they were just happy to be on the homecoming court. Both of them also plan to go to college, but they are not sure where.

Danielle plays soccer and is a member of both the Spanish Club and the Spanish National Honor Society.

Isabelle is a leading player for the golf team. She also is a member of the National Honor Society and edits the life section of the school newspaper.

A couple of days before the assembly, Bridget and her mother sat down for an interview with the News Journal.

Charlene describes her daughter as "very bubbly, optimistic, confident, cheerful and determined." She is considered high-functioning.

"She just works really hard," Charlene said. "She tries to achieve things."

Bridget has appeared in two school musicals. She was scheduled to sing the national anthem at Friday's homecoming game against West Holmes.

"She goes around singing that a lot," Charlene said. "We're kind of a patriotic bunch."

Charlene wondered if her daughter would be nervous in front of a big crowd.

"I'm not nervous," Bridget said.

Her mom was a bit incredulous about the claim.

"I'm dead serious," Bridget said.

Maybe she wasn't nervous about her big week, but she was excited.

"We have it on video," Charlene said of the moment Bridget found out she was going to be on the homecoming court. "They gave (her teacher) the heads-up, so she videotaped it for me.

"She wants that crown very badly."

Bridget was scheduled to go the dance with one of her three older brothers, Killian.

The daughter of Charlene and Vince, she was especially close to another of her relatives, her Aunt Anna. Like Bridget, Anna had Down syndrome. She also battled Alzheimer's disease and passed away in May 2017.

"They had the same hair color," Charlene said.

They also liked to sing together.

Because she grew up with Anna, Charlene was somewhat prepared to raise a child with Down syndrome.

But that doesn't mean it's been easy.

"Everything just goes a little slower," Charlene said. "There's a lot of joy, but it's hurtful at times. You get stared at when they do embarrassing things."

Bridget enjoys school and reading. She has always attracted attention.

"When she was in elementary school, everybody would say hello to her," Charlene said.

Bridget would hold up her hand as if to wave them off, noting she had to get to class on time.

Bridget may continue going to school at Pioneer Career and Technology Center after she graduates. Because of her condition, she is eligible to go there until she is 23.

She wants to work in a nursing home in hopes of spreading joy.

"Her biggest asset is how she gives people hugs," Charlene said. 

No one in Lexington was more joyful on Friday afternoon than Bridget. The day belonged to her.

"You did it," a woman told her as Bridget was leaving the stage.

"I did," she replied.

(Credit: Mark Caudill, Mansfield News Journal)

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