Congratulations to the Junior High Academic Challenge teams for placing 2nd and 4th in their recent tournament! 2nd Place: Jacob H., Alex M., Jennifer C., Grant M., Ava G., Chloe D. 4th Place: Carter W., Wesley H., Wyatt M., Sophi R., Kylie G.

8th grade students performing chemistry experiments in preparation for High School. Their experiments were a practical application of the content they have been studying. The experiments covered chemical reactions, ions, isotopes, and chemical equations.

The High School BioClub visited Central Elementary recently to teach a lesson on the different types of bees, the importance of bees to our food supply and ways to protect bees. The BioClub members also helped the first graders finish a craft designed by the HS students ...

Eastern Elementary 6th grade Academic Challenge teams finished their competition season in exceptional fashion! One team finished first in each of the competitions and the other team finished in the top four in each competition. Combined, the two teams scored over 300 ...

Eastern Elementary students provided lunch on the square in Mansfield recently. Our students are learning the value and meaning of selfless acts of kindness. So proud of our Eastern students! You ROCK!

Congratulations to the Lexington Minutemen Baseball Team - 2019 OCC Co-Champions! Go Lex!

Congratulations Lady Lex Track & Field - 2019 OCC Champions! Also, Congratulations Coach Michelle Smith - OCC Coach of the Year!

Lexington High School Students traveled to Western Elementary today to read to students as part of Right to Read Week! We are BIG LEX!

Lexington Senior William S. was awarded the Rotary McGowan Courage Award on May 7th by the Mansfield Rotary Club. He joined 8 other students from Richland County who were also recognized by the Rotary Club for having demonstrated courage, tenacity, and fortitude in the ...

Congratulations to our Boys’ Tennis team - 2019 OCC Champions! This is back to back championships and league champions 10 of the past 12 years! Go Lex!

These four Lexington High School Seniors signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic pursuits next fall at the following Universities. Sage M., swimming at the University of Evansville; Alli M., swimming at the University of Tampa; Michael D., ...

The 2019 Eastern Elementary all school color wheel project organized by Art teacher Mrs. Haas in recognition of Art Appreciation month. Eastern students have been participating in the color wheel projects since 2009.

Lexington High School students are wearing purple in honor of Purple Up! day, a time for Americans to show their support for military families. April is the Month of the Military Child. Lexington recognizes, supports and is thankful for our military families. Military ...

12 Lexington High School students attended the National YMCA Youth and Government program at the Ohio State House last weekend. Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and to, quite literally, ...

April 12, 2019 Lindsey Gies / Yellow Day at Lexington Schools! (Yellow is Lindsey's favorite color) Lindsey Gies is a senior at Shelby HS. She is an excellent student and actively involved in a variety of co-curricular activities. She was this year's homecoming ...

The High School Varsity Academic Challenge team competed in the OAC Regional competition. The team performed well and finished the competition 3-3. Congratulations to our team! (pictured from left to right: Maggie S., Katie S., Gavin D. and Evan B.)

The Eastern Elementary 5th grade band is playing a piece called "Dancin' on the Bayou". The percussionists get to play wash boards and wash tubs with thimbles on their fingers, plus all of the normal percussion equipment. They were so excited the day they received the ...

Mr. Ziegelhofer testifying to the OFCC at the Statehouse to lobby for rule changes allowing both of our buildings to be designed together, and getting students in the 21st century learning environments our community voted for sooner.

Look what the Eastern 6th grade art students made for April Fool's day and put in the teachers eating area before school! The artwork is now on display at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center for the art show.

Lexington HS Senior, Jerrod K. was a 2019 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship nominee recognized last night at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. This scholarship program honors Mid-Ohio's finest scholars from Crawford, Morrow and Richland counties. Each nominee reads an ...

Coaches and athletes from the Lexington Track team donated food and time to serve lunch while on Spring Break.

Eastern teachers Mrs. Guy and Mrs. Rogers, Eastern 4th grade student Sydney N. and Mr. Ziegelhofer serving lunch on the square in Mansfield just before spring break. This is an ongoing community service project adopted by the Eastern Student Council. So proud of our ...

Lexington High School Key Club collected pop tabs during the month of February as a fundraiser for a Ronald McDonald House. They delivered 52lbs of pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House recently. Pictured are the Key Club officers who delivered the pop tabs and had the ...

Congratulations Lexington High School Fire-N-Ice for qualifying to participate in the upcoming State Choir contest! GOOD LUCK!

Our Eastern Elementary 6th grade Academic Challenge Teams participated in their first competition of the year at MOESC. Out of the 30 teams in the competition our Eastern teams took 1st and 6th! 1st place won with 125 points! Congratulations Eastern 6th grade Academic ...

Eastern Elementary held the annual 6th grade Pi Bee on Pi Day, March 14th (3-14) Julia W. was the top contestant. Julia broke the Eastern record by reciting from memory 201 digits of Pi! The previous record was held by Noah E. with 165 digits. The next top two individuals ...

Central Elementary participated in Dr. Seuss Week. The students had such great fun, until it was done (the staff had a great time as well). From Dr. Seuss... "Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think." "The more that you read, the more you will know.  The more ...

Two 5th grade Academic Challenge teams from Eastern Elementary competed in the 2019 MOESC Academic Challenge Competition. Both teams were phenomenal finishing 1st and 2nd in the competition. These two teams also finished 1st and 2nd in an earlier competition this year. ...

Lexington High School student, Mason H. was one of three area winners in the 2019 Mansfield Noon Optimist Club Essay Contest. This year's topic was "When All the World's Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?" Congratulations Mason!

During a recent Ohio Senate Session the Ohio Legislature, led by Senator Obhof and Representative Romanchuk, recognized the 2018 State Champion Girls' Cross Country Team, the 2018 Boys' Individual State Champion, Kyle J., the 2018 Ohio Mr. Football, Cade S. and their ...

Junior High Academic Challenge Teams
Junior High Academic Challenge Teams
8th Grade Chemistry Experiments
8th Grade Chemistry Experiments
High School BioClub Educates About Bees
High School BioClub Educates About Bees
Eastern 6th Grade Academic Challenge Teams
Eastern 6th Grade Academic Challenge Teams
Eastern Students Provide Lunch on the Square
Eastern Students Provide Lunch on the Square
Varsity Baseball Team 2019 OCC Co-Champions
Varsity Baseball Team 2019 OCC Co-Champions
Lady Lex Track and Field 2019 OCC Champions
Lady Lex Track and Field 2019 OCC Champions
Students Participate In Right To Read Week
Students Participate In Right To Read Week
William S. Awarded the Rotary McGowan Courage Award
William S. Awarded the Rotary McGowan Courage Award
Boys Tennis Team - 2019 OCC Champions
Boys Tennis Team - 2019 OCC Champions
College Signing Day
College Signing Day
2019 Eastern Color Wheel
2019 Eastern Color Wheel
Purple Up! For Military Kids
Purple Up! For Military Kids
National YMCA Youth and Government Program
National YMCA Youth and Government Program
Lindsey Gies Yellow Day
Lindsey Gies Yellow Day
Varsity Academic Challenge Team OAC Regional Competition
Varsity Academic Challenge Team OAC Regional Competition
Eastern 5th Grade Band Dancin' on the Bayou
Eastern 5th Grade Band Dancin' on the Bayou
Mr. Ziegelhofer Testifying to the OFCC for Rule Changes
Mr. Ziegelhofer Testifying to the OFCC for Rule Changes
Eastern Students Prank Teachers for April Fools Day
Eastern Students Prank Teachers for April Fools Day
2019 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Nominee
2019 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Nominee
Lexington Track Team Helps Serve Lunch Downtown
Lexington Track Team Helps Serve Lunch Downtown
Eastern Student Councils Helps Serve Lunch Downtown
Eastern Student Councils Helps Serve Lunch Downtown
Key Club Collected Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser
Key Club Collected Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser
Lexington High School Fire-N-Ice
Lexington High School Fire-N-Ice
Eastern 6th Grade Academic Challenge Teams Compete at MOESC Competition
Eastern 6th Grade Academic Challenge Teams Compete at MOESC Competition
Julia W. Recites 201 Digits of Pi for Pi Day
Julia W. Recites 201 Digits of Pi for Pi Day
Central Students Participated in Dr Seuss Week
Central Students Participated in Dr Seuss Week
Eastern Academic Challenge Teams Compete at MOESC Competition
Eastern Academic Challenge Teams Compete at MOESC Competition
Mansfield Noon Optimist Club Essay Contest
Mansfield Noon Optimist Club Essay Contest
Student Athletes Recognized During Ohio Senate Session
Student Athletes Recognized During Ohio Senate Session

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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