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2007 Graduate – Phillip Hatfield

Phillip 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 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.

Also walking on the moon (so to speak) is Our Graduate of the month, Phillip Hatfield.  Phillip feels so good because he has achieved a tremendous milestone in his life.  He is now  a high school graduate.  Phillip graduated in  April of last year with a near perfect GPA.

Because of Phillip’s parent’s convictions, concerns, and love, Phillip never spent a single day inside a public or private school.  Yes, Phillip was homeschooled from Kindergarten to 12th grade.  When Phillip was ready for the 9th grade his folks had some shopping to do.  Fortunately for Phillip, they found Citizens’ High School to meet their needs perfectly.  Phillip demonstrated great maturity and discipline by completing the requirements for his diploma at home.

Now that Phillip has his diploma, he has set his sights on a bigger prize.  He is now enrolled in the Apollo Career Institute studying landscaping and turf management.  His ultimate goal is to earn a bachelors degree in horticulture.  We know he will succeed at this too!  He has a proud heritage to fall back on and a great future to look forward to.