CLAYTON — Northmont held a dedication ceremony Friday for its new Athletics Wing between the girls and boys varsity basketball games vs West Carrollton.
Northmont School Board President Linda Blum delivered the opening address welcoming and thanking all those in attendance at the historic event that marks a new era in the history of Northmont City Schools.
“Thank you for honoring us with your presence as we make history,” Blum said. “As president of the board of education I have the privilege of speaking, not only for myself, but also for my fiercely dedicated colleagues who I would like to introduce at this time.”
Blum acknowledged board members Vice President Bruce Clapp, Dr. Karl G. Espeleta, Tom Walker, Jane Woodie and Student Board Representative Samantha Johnson.
“It takes a strong community with a shared vision to help us reach this milestone,” Blum said. “We are indebted to so many who have given their time and energy and expertise.”
She noted that while only a few people could be introduced during the dedication, it did not minimize the impact of the countless others who shared in the process and vision that contributed to the construction of the new high school and its massive athletics wing.
“This dedication is just the beginning,” Blum added. “Each day our students will use this Thunderdome, the Bolts’ gym, as well as the rest of the athletics center, as an opportunity to lay the foundation for lifelong physical education, health and wellness. In the words of our fight song, we are Northmont ever proud.”
Superintendent Dr. Sarah Zatik also spoke.
“I am so glad to see so many of you come out tonight to celebrate this wonderful occasion with us,” Zatik said.
She noted that the new facility would not only be utilized by the student body, but the community as well. Zatik pointed out that for the first time the new facility would be able to hold the entire high school student population for pep rallies, award ceremonies, band or drill performances, educational programs and other events.
“To both our girls and boys basketball players and coaches, this should be a very memorable night for all of you,” Zatik added. “Although all of our teams and coaches are blessed to have this facility, you get to showcase it tonight with your games.”
She acknowledged the hard work and dedication of all those who helped to bring the new facility to fruition as well the 47 percent funding from the state that made the new high school a reality. Zatik invited everyone to come back on Sunday, January 10 at 2 p.m. when the district will dedicate the entire new high school facility.
“Students will be in classes on January 11 when they come back from winter break. This is a great time to be a Thunderbolt,” Zatik added.
Greater Western Ohio Conference Executive Director Eric Spahr also spoke and noted that all of the 18 schools in the conference are excited about the new facility.
“We are very happy and excited for you to have this facility,” Spahr said.
Northmont Athletics Director Robin Spiller concluded the dedication with her address.
“Thank you to the Northmont community for supporting the bond levy that allowed us to partner with Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to build this beautiful facility,” Spiller said. “Athletes and student body stand up and give them a standing ovation to show your gratitude for this beautiful facility.”
Following the standing ovation Spiller continued noting there are two lasting bequests you can provide your student body.
“Number one, roots to grow, and the other, are wings to fly,” Spiller continued. “Here is where the roots will begin, teaching them about building, cooperation, collaboration, responsibility, respect for self and others. Learning these values will provide them the wings to fly for life. The future is here, sitting all around this gym. Green Pride is at its best. Let’s hear it again. This is wonderful blessing. As a 1973 Northmont graduate and alumni, I would like to address my fellow alumni from Phillipsburg, Randolph and Northmont. We are closing down an era at an old building; that is true. But tonight begins a new era. However my fellow Thunderbolts, excellence never closes for a Northmont Thunderbolt. Thank you for this wonderful evening and thank for being here.”
The Northmont Band concluded the ceremony by performing the Northmont Alma Mater.
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