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2009 Graduate – Philip Hatfield


Philip HatfieldWapakoneta was an important site to the Ottawa Indians before they left Ohio. By 1798, the Shawnee Indians had made Wapakoneta one of their principal towns. By 1808, there were reports of more than five hundred Shawnees, Senecas, and Mingo Indians living at Wapakoneta. Among them was Black Hoof, an important Shawnee leader.

The Indians of Wapakoneta adopted agricultural methods that missionaries from the Society of Friends had introduced to them. The Indians worked to prove that they had indeed adopted the life of the white settlers.

The Shawnees and Senecas continued to live at Wapakoneta until the United States forced them to leave in 1831. The Treaty of Wapakoneta and the Treaty of Lewistown resulted in the removal of the Shawnees and Senecas to Kansas.

White settlers quickly replaced the natives. In 1848, the Ohio legislature created Auglaize County out of parts of Mercer and Allen Counties. Wapakoneta became the county seat. For the next 150 years, Auglaize County residents primarily sustained themselves through agriculture, although several additional industries existed in the city by the late nineteenth century. Wapakoneta had 2,800 residents in 1880 and saw an oil and natural gas drilling industry develop in the area. It was also claimed that the town produced more butter churns than any other single location in the United States during this same time period. In 2000, more than nine thousand people called Wapakoneta home. Many residents found employment at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company or Amcast. Among Wapakoneta’s most famous inhabitants was Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum, operated by the Ohio Historical Society, is located in Wapakoneta.

And speaking of a “Giant Step”, meet Philip Hatfield. Philip took a giant step when he enrolled with Citizens’ High School to earn a diploma from his kitchen table.  Phillip attended all four academic years from Citizens’ and finished in April of last year.  He maintained a very respectful 3.9 GPA.  Philip was not too warm and fuzzy with the idea of attending the government run high schools in his area.  He is the type of individual that has the discipline and self motivation to work independently.  Philip enjoyed the opportunity to work at his own pace.  The pace he set for himself actually had him graduating before his peer group.

Getting his diploma early gave him a head start on his future.  He is now a fulltime student at Ohio State University where he is majoring in Horticulture. When he finishes his Bachelor’s Degree, Philip plans to start his own business.  If he is as successful at that as he was in earning his diploma, we know he’ll be on the fast track to wealth.

Despite Philip’s demonstrated success, he has a sister in public school.  He is a big OSU Buckeye fan.  When not studying or annoying his sister he enjoys playing sports with his friends.  He is also quite adept with plants and enjoys working with them.  What would you expect from Horticulture major?

Philip was a model student when he attended Citizens.  We are quite proud of his accomplishments and celebrate with him in his achievements.

Philip Hatfield is Citizens’ High School
“Graduate of the Month” for July 2009.