Tallmadge High School administrators honored for excellence

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Two Tallmadge City Schools' administrators were recognized for excellence by two separate organizations.

Tallmadge High School Assistant Principal Mike Householder received a CARE Award from the Six District Educational Compact and Tallmadge City Schools District Athletic Director Don Seeker received the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award from the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association.

CARE Award

Householder was recognized with a CARE Award at the annual Six District Educational Compact Award Dinner April 3. CARE is an acronym for "Chemical Abuse Reduction by Education". Each year, the Compact celebrates groups and individuals for their commitment to reducing drug and alcohol abuse by kids. The six districts include Hudson, Kent, Woodridge, Stow/Munroe Falls, Cuyahoga Falls and Tallmadge.

"As assistant principal, Mike has established himself as a staple within the Tallmadge community," said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson. "He has spent countless hours supporting the students at sporting events, concerts, assemblies and more."

This year Householder, along with the Tallmadge PTA and Police Department, brought "In Plain Sight" to the high school to promote awareness and educate parents and adults on how to identify risky behavior in youth.

"On a daily basis Mike works to keep our students safe and he is a tremendous role model," added Ferguson. "Mike's unwavering commitment to keep students safe and promote a healthy lifestyle makes him an extremely influential figure in the lives of Tallmadge High School students."

As previously announced, Householder will advance to principal of Tallmadge High School next year where he will continue his work helping students succeed. "Tallmadge City Schools is proud of Mike's efforts and of the efforts of the Six District Compact to foster a healthier community and healthier youth," said Ferguson.

Householder has been working with Tallmadge City Schools since 1997 and has been the THS Assistant Principal since 1998.

NEOIAAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, Integrity Award

Seeker was awarded the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award during the Annual NEOIAAA Awards Program April 28. The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Board of Directors established this honor to recognize an Ohio athletic director who reflects the highest degree of professional conduct.

"Don's commitment to our student athletes and to our coaches is unwavering," said Ferguson. "It comes as no surprise to me that Don's peers from across Ohio selected him to receive this prestigious award."

In response, Seeker shared his appreciation and said he has nothing but praise for the many fine administrators, faculty members, coaches, student-athletes and excellent support groups he has the opportunity to work with within the Tallmadge City School District.

"I am a proud member of the Tallmadge family" said Seeker. "I am proud our coaches realize the importance of using athletics to teach positive values and life lessons."

To be selected for this honor, recipients must demonstrate a commitment to good sportsmanship, have a high level of ethics and integrity in carrying out all professional responsibilities, must be a good role model for students, and have a strong track record of faithfully serving the youth of Ohio.

"Our athletes are encouraged to balance family and academics first, team second and individual accomplishments last here at Tallmadge. Our coaches and athletes are encouraged to do things the right way," Seeker added.

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