Latest News for Perry Local Schools

Perry Artwork on Display

Congratulations to all of Perry’s talented artists competing in the National Scholastic Art Show!
Gold key awards winners are Sam Suarez with 2, Kelsey Webb and Katy Krepp.
Silver key winners are Caitlin Korchnak with 4, Kelsey Webb and Madi Lacourt with 2, Sam Suarez, Brianna Andreotti, Brandon Davis, and Laura Dill.
Honorable Mentions go out to Courtney Northup, Makayla Sanders, Ryan Turner, Brianna Andeotti, Ashley Blue, Abby Cameron, Brandon Davis, Macy Kittlebeger, Caitlin Korchnak, Sam Suarez, Kelsey Webb, Emma Wihelm, Kayla Young, and Karen Zimmer.
Works selected with the top honor of “gold key” are sent to New York City to be judged nationally. Gold and Silver Key recipients will have their work displayed in the Scholastic Regional Art Show, which will be on display through the month of January at KSU Stark Campus, Student Center and Fine Arts Building.

PHS Speech & Debate take top honors at Sylvania

The Perry Speech and Debate Team traveled to Toledo Sylvania for a two-day varsity competition this past weekend.  Forty-eight schools competed for the chance to be named tournament champion.  In the end, it was Perry that took first place team sweepstakes honors overall.  Congratulations team on a job well done.  Individual champions in Policy Debate were Corey Anderson and Karen Zimmer.  Also receiving individual recognition were:  Christian Lisik, Jenna Shinsky, Hayden Smith, Shane Stockall, Michael Barth, Allison Bailey, and Kole Chaney.  Semi-finalists were:  Mackenzie Vega, AJ Bialota, Anna Stanford, Mikayla Frutschy, and Lexy Klaiber.

Speech Team Takes Top Honors at Central

Congratulations to the Perry Speech Team on taking top honors at the Canton Central Catholic Varsity Speech tournament on Saturday, January 5.  Champions and their categories are:  Lexi Klaiber – Humor, Shane Stockall – International Extemp, and Bobby Craig – Original Oratory.  Also receiving individual honors were:  Mikayla Frutschy, Allison Bailey, Michael Barth, Anna Huntsman, Calvin Criss, Brittany Howiler, Krista Marsh, Nicole LaDow, Dani Clay, Abby Rapp, Chelsey Ferris, Tessa Polen, Taylor Baker, Hayden Smith, Katey Krepp, Hannah Petitti, and Kate Lane.

All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner January 18 – 4-7pm

Join us for the 2013 Perry Baseball All-U-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner!

When: Friday, January 18, 2013 — 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Perry High School Cafeteria
Cost: $6.00 Adults. At the door: Children 2-8 yrs old $4 / under 2 FREE.
Menu: Spaghetti featuring MID’S Homestyle Pasta Sauce, salad, drink & dessert

Serving your meal will be Perry Panther baseball players. Make plans to attend. All are welcome. Get your tickets NOW!  *This is the same night as the Perry boys basketball home game vs. Jackson. Come out and enjoy a great spaghetti dinner. Then watch an exciting basketball game! For tickets contact Bob Beals @ 330-599-3372.

Keith Wakefield Hired as Head Football Coach

Perry Local Schools would like to announce the hiring of Keith Wakefield as their next head football coach. Coach Wakefield is not new to Perry as he led the school to 11 Federal League Championships and 4 playoff appearances here. This includes a Final Four appearance in 2000.

“He is the right coach for our program at this point in time, in order to bring Perry’s program back to one of consistent competitiveness with other Federal League programs” said Perry Superintendent Dr. John Richard.

“As we reviewed the criteria for our next head coach, it led us directly to Keith Wakefield,” said athletic director Todd Sutton. “We are thrilled that he is the right fit, and is available and excited to be back at Perry!”

His career highlights include:

• 21 Years head coaching at Perry
• 11 Federal League Championships
• 6 years as Assistant Coach at Mount Union

There will be a meeting in the Perry High School Cafeteria Wednesday December 12th at 7:00pm for all football parents.

Speech and Debate Take Louisville

Congratulations to the Perry Speech and Debate Team for taking first place sweepstakes honors at the Louisville All Events tournament last weekend!  Champions and their events are:  Karen Zimmer and Corey Anderson – Policy Debate, and Michael Audi and Jake Zartman – Student Congress.  Also receiving individual honors:  Kristel Doong, Jaret Hughes, Alex Mohney, Mitchell Yerian, Shannon Howley, Alexis Hendershot, Daniel Hinchliffe, Destany Knutty, Calvin Curtin, Mikayla Frutschy, Samantha Lechner, Mackenzie Vega, Michael Barth, Garrett Graber, Shane Stockall, Brittney Howiler, Sarah Beadle, Chelsey Ferris, Abby Rapp, Hayden Smith, and Katey Krepp.  Let’s keep on rocking it, Perry!!

Perry High School HOF Tickets

The class of 2013 PHS Athletic Hall of Fame will be introduced to the public on Friday, January 18th, during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game vs. Jackson.  The Inductees Banquet will be held the following night on Saturday, January 19th at the Executive Events Center.

For ticket information to the Inductees Banquet please either contact James Ziegler at or fill out this form and send in.

Speech and Debate Teams Take Wadsworth Tournament

Congratulations to the Perry Speech and Debate Team, who once again took first place honors at the Wadsworth Tournament this past weekend! In Policy Debate, it was Jaret Hughes and Kristel Doong taking 5th, Alex Mohney and Mitchell Yerian taking 4th and rounding off Policy with 2nd place honors was Alexis Hendershot and Shannon Howley. In Duo Interpretation, the team of Morgan Ferrell and Aaron Brown took 6th place. In Humorous Interpretation, Lexy Klaiber took 4th and Anna Hunstman took 2nd place honors. In International Extemp, Shane Stockall was the tournament Champion. In United States Extemp, taking 6th place was Hayden Smith. In Lincoln Douglas Debate, Dominick Batchi took 4th place. In Original Oratory Bobby Craig took 2nd  place and Morgan Craig was the tournament champion. In prose and poetry, Tessa Polen took 6th place honors. Rounding off the tournament in Student Congress, in chamber A, Mike Audi took 4thplace, in chamber B, Calvin Curtain took 2nd place and in chamber C, Zach James was the tournament champion. Congratulations to Perry and good luck at Copley and Glenbrooks this weekend!