Tony Deem, Southern Local Superintendent, recently presented Vicki Northup with a certificate and gift from the Ohio Association for Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) and its  "Secretary of the Year" Award. Northup was a finalist among this year's nominations.
Tony Deem, Southern Local Superintendent, recently presented Vicki Northup with a certificate and gift from the Ohio Association for Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) and its “Secretary of the Year” Award. Northup was a finalist among this year’s nominations.

RACINE, OHIO- Vicki Northup, now the administrative secretary at Southern Local, has served as a secretary in the Southern Local School District for 30 years. Her service earned her recognition as a finalist in the Ohio Association for Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) “Secretary of the Year” Award.

“Congratulations to Vicki on receiving this honor,” said Superintendent Tony Deem. “Vicki has taken on additional responsibilities, but yet still finds time to take care of the kids and the teachers.”

According to one Southern Local student, “Vicki does it all!”

“And that just about sums it up,” said Scott Wolfe, Director of Special Education at Southern. “Our entire secretarial staff does a great job. Vicki, however, has been the Special Ed secretary ever since I have been here and she is indeed generous to anyone that needs help.”

“Vicki goes far beyond the call of duty,” added Wolfe. “She goes out of her way to make all of us look good.”

Northup received a gift card, a certificate, and a letter from OAESA President and Executive Director Julie Davis.

The letter in part read, “The selection process was quite a challenge this year. Regrettably, another candidate was selected to receive the award this year. Please know that it was quite obvious to our selection committee that you are deeply admired by your staff, your children and parents, your colleagues, and your administration. In recognition of your nomination, and rank as a finalist, please accept this small token of appreciation from the OAESA. To be sure, your school is a much better place because of your work.”

Northup serves as Administrative Secretary and Parental Resource Coordinator. She is active in planning the Fall and Spring bookfairs, Literacy Night, Math Night, and other academic events. She is a member of the Academic Banquet committee and a host of many other school functions.