August 28, 2014

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Display of pride: Teamwork brings Buckeye together

Andy VanBoxel, owner of Lakota Concrete in York Township, on Friday checks out his handiwork — the logo of Buckeye High’s mascot emblazoned in the school’s new entranceway. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

Andy VanBoxel, owner of Lakota Concrete in York Township, on Friday checks out his handiwork — the logo of Buckeye High’s mascot emblazoned in the school’s new entranceway. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

YORK TWP. — Buckeye High Principal Charles Vrabel had a problem. The concrete entranceway to his school was badly deteriorated and needed to be fixed.

“Our entryway has been deteriorating over the years because of all the salt brought on it,” he said. “It was pitted and dirty and needed to be refurbished.”

But rather than replace the concrete, a local contractor said he could do more by emblazoning the walkway with a portrait logo of the mascot of the Buck’s athletic teams.

Andy VanBoxel, owner of Lakota Concrete in York Township, said his original idea was smaller in scope. About a year ago, he suggested putting the buck logo on the shot-put and discus throwing pad in the school’s athletic field.

But when Vrabel asked if he “could do something on the size and scale” of the entranceway, VanBoxel, whose son is a freshman at the school, readily agreed.

VanBoxel met with the school’s art teacher, Ryan Kerns, who worked with his students to come up with portrait of the buck.

“He gave us a scaled drawing and we had stencils made,” VanBoxel said.

The project took six days to complete.

Vrabel said the seniors in the class of 2014 raised $5,500 to pay for the work. A plaque in the entranceway will acknowledge their sponsorship. Vrabel said he’s anxious to see the students’ reaction when they return to school Monday and see the new entranceway.

“We’re really excited about it,” he said.

Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.