Perkins Board of Ed, Twp. Trustees Honor Students For Achievements 
PHS students KB Ko, Charlie Clark, Lucas Salmon, and Kyler Capizzi were honored for their academic, artistic, and athletic achievements

Students honored during Board of Education meeting

Four exceptional Perkins High School students were celebrated for their state and national acclaim by the Board of Education – and the Perkins Township trustees.

The students – KB Ko, Charlie Clark, Lucas Salmon, and Kyler Capizzi – were honored during the school board meeting on Wednesday for their accomplishments in the classroom, in art studios and on the athletic field.

They also each received certificates of appreciation and recognition. The trustees also presented the four students with certificates.

Kyungbong “KB” Ko

KB Ko, a sophomore, was honored for his achievements this school year in mathematics. In February, at the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Tournament, KB won first place in the district and then placed 15th in the state. He also qualified for the Ohio High School Mathematics Olympiad on March 30. There, KB earned 15th place in the ciphering competition.

Also in February, KB was among the top-scoring students in the American Mathematics Competition.

Earlier this week, on Monday, KB, worked more than five hours to take first place in both his age bracket and team competition at the Ohio Statewide Mathematics Competition put on by With this state championship, he has qualified for the National Championship that takes place in Kansas City later in May.

KB also is a member of the PHS robotics team and plays No. 1 singles for the PHS tennis team.

Charlie Clark

Junior Charlie Clark finished second in the 500 freestyle at the Ohio high school state championship meet in February, setting a personal record in the event with a time of 4 minutes, 30.80 seconds. Think of that as a warning. He’s coming back next school, and has his eyes on the top spot on the podium.

Charlie swims year-around, and also swims for the Vacationland Swim Club. In August, he’ll compete against 18-and-under swimmers from across the nation in the US Junior Nationals in California. Charlie also runs cross-country for Perkins and competes in triathlons during the summer.

He’s in AP Government and Economics classes, and has his eyes on attending Harvard, Indiana University or the University of Kentucky, and plans to continue his swimming career into college.

Lucas Salmon

Senior Lucas Salmon is Perkins High School’s Div. II, 170-pound weight class state champion wrestler. He was the first state champion wrestler at PHS in 10 years. Lucas, who was the captain of the wrestling team, is a four-sport athlete, and plays soccer, football, and track.

In April, Lucas signed his letter of intent to attend Baldwin Wallace, where he expects to wrestle and pole vault. At BW his academic interests lean toward psychology and nursing.

Kyler Capizzi

Senior Kyler Capizzi is an imposing figure on the wrestling mat, football field, and when he throws the shot put or discus on the track. But it’s his artistic talents that have won him national acclaim. Kyler was awarded a Gold Medal in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition.

Kyler’s sculpture – a lamp-and-table figure that includes bones and teeth from coyotes and groundhogs, as well as nails and BBs – additionally was awarded an “American Vision” medal, the highest honor given to a single artist in each region of the country.

On June 6, Kyler, as well as the other National Medalists from across the United States, will be honored at Carnegie Hall with their families and educators during a week of celebration in New York City. Kyler plans to enter the Sandusky High School nursing program at graduation. He also will continue art as a hobby.

Posted by j_stacklin On 09 May, 2019 at 11:24 AM