October 31, 2014

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School’s out but the superintendent is going in the drink

Katie Wilkinson, 10, of Wadsworth, tries to sink her school superintendent Andy Hill Friday during a picnic at the Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive, Wadsworth, in celebration of the bicentennial. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Katie Wilkinson, 10, of Wadsworth, tries to sink her school superintendent Andy Hill Friday during a picnic at the Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive, Wadsworth, in celebration of the bicentennial. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

WADSWORTH — It’s not an opportunity many students get, but Friday morning 10-year-old Katie Wilkinson was able to dunk her school’s superintendent in a tank of water.

After a few pitches, Andy Hill, superintendent of Wadsworth City Schools, splashed into the dunk tank at a bicentennial picnic Friday at Soprema Senior Center, 617 School Drive.

Hill was one of 14 Wadsworth officials that got dunked during the picnic that raised money for the senior center.

Medina County Auditor Mike Kovack and Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh also took their turns in the tank.

“It’s a unique idea to bring people together to continue the bicentennial celebration and to raise money for the center,” Laubaugh said.
The picnic included a cookout, live music and a free shredding service provided by the Better Business Bureau of Akron.

A display of Wadsworth memorabilia was set up inside the center, including a fully costumed General Elijah Wadsworth, after whom the city was named.

Caesar Carrino, 88, Wadsworth, said he’s been dressing up like the general for all of the bicentennial events since they started in March. He had a table set up with copies of three books he wrote about Wadsworth’s history.

“General (Elijah) Wadsworth is 267-years-old,” Carrino said. “He was a major in the Revolutionary War, but he became a general for the War of 1812 and commanded the northern division which made up one-third of the Ohio troops.”

Carrino said Wadsworth was named after the general because he was one of six owners of the land in the early 1800s.

“But he had the biggest share of the land,” he said.

Ironically, Gen. Wadsworth never lived in the city that was named in his honor.

Carrino said he’ll also be dressing up for the next bicentennial celebration — Founder’s Day Weekend Aug. 7-10.

Contact Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.