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North Canton Will Not Be 'Schooled'

We are not the people we have been seeing in the news. Let's recognize the people & places that make this city and school district great!

It is funny to think that almost a year ago I started penning this entry but with a different title.

"Hoover High School is Not Erick Howard."

Now, nearly one year later, I am picking up where I left off. This time to tell everyone Hoover High School is not Deena Bright.

If you are familiar with North Canton, lived here or went to school at Hoover High School, you know that we are a relatively sleepy suburb. Secrets and rumors spread through word of mouth. Most die as soon as they are spoken. The truly shocking are swept under the rug. Forgotten or ignored.

Until recently we were under the radar when it came to regional and national news.

But this all changed when "Mr. Football" went on trial. Every news source described him as "North Canton Hoover's Erick Howard". As if we owned him. As if somehow the whole city, the whole school district, and our community was guilty by association.

Some may argue that, indeed, we were. We "raised" him. We gave him a sense of entitlement.

But I'm here to say, we are not Erick Howard.

Just as I am here today to say, Hoover High School is not Deena Bright.

As a Hoover alumni and a current educator in the district, it saddens me to see this tarnish our name.

How many alumni, community members, and educators have gone unnoticed for the truly inspiring lives they lead?

We have educators around the world and here in our community who go to work everyday and put their heart and soul into their career, have their students in their best interests, and inspire lifelong learners.

We have community members battling horrible illnesses, fighting, and resisting to give up.

We have engineers on all corners of the continent developing the technologies that will bring us into the future.

We have graduated medical personnel who are working everyday to improve the quality of our lives.

And we have people in our community who, everyday, triumph over the obstacles they encounter.

If you really think about it, we live in a pretty great city with pretty fantastic people.

And I am here to say that people we see in the news, the ones giving us a less than desirable reputation, do not exemplify Hoover High School.

"Schooled" is a trend that has occurred only because of the controversy that surrounds the situation. It is an anecdote. A punchline to a 30 year high school reunion's "remember when?" 

Bright will not be remembered as an influential author. The book will not shape American Contemporary Literature. It will be forgotten.

So, let's be optimistic. I'm so tired of the negativity! Let's take a moment to acknowledge, to commemorate, and to recognize those in our community who have made a positive impact here in North Canton.

Please, take some time to post something positive in the comments about North Canton as a community, a citizen, a city, or a school district.

Let's identify those who deserve it. Let them be the faces we celebrate!

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Katie Miller December 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Wow! Thank you!
sandy tipton December 13, 2012 at 01:03 AM
THIS BOOK OBVIOUSLY NOTHING BECAUSE YOU CAN GET FOR UNDER FIVE DOLLARS. I LOVE NORTH CANTON . I WILL STAND BY MY SMALL TOWN.
Ashley Villers December 13, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Sandy, while we all appreciate your love & loyalty, why don't we spin that negative input about the book into some positive recognition for something or someone who is doing some good in the community? Is there anyone who you think hasn't gotten the acknowledgements they deserve? Please share! Let's honor them!
Morgan Day (Editor) December 13, 2012 at 04:46 AM
What a great blog post, Ashley. It also reminds me that we'll be looking for North Canton's "person of the year" and will be taking nominations soon. I hope this got people thinking about someone who's done some good in the North Canton community.
sandy tipton December 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Honestly the person that comes to mind to me is Dennis Coy. He works so hard with the North CANTON Jaycee and love what they do with the community.
Francie Kell December 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM
AGREE. We do live in a great community. We need to take pride in our schools, our local businesses & organizations, and the people who are a part of them.
Ashley Villers December 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Thank you Sandy! I don't know Dennis personally, but I appreciate all of our Jaycees. They do wonderful things around here!
Ashley Villers December 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Thank you! Me too! I love hearing those kinds of stories! Like when Kellie shared on Facebook about Susan Cammel "donating her time, and sweet personality to teach ASL at First Friends this fall AFTER putting in a full day teaching." That's the stuff that makes North Canton a great place to live :)
Holly Pierpont December 15, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Mr. ile, principal at Clearmount Elementary... who often acts as a surrogate dad to young children in school. He sets such a wonderful example for our children :)

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