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Thursday, August 18, 2011 Mogadore Band Show 7:30PM 130 South Cleveland Ave. Mogadore, OH 44260

Saturday, August 27, 2011 Garaway Band Show 146 Dover Road North West Sugarcreek, OH 44681 7:00 PM(EST)

Saturday, September 17, 2011 Medina Band Show 7:00 PM(EST)

Saturday, September 24, 2011 Carrollton Band Show 7:00 PM(EST) Total Travel Estimate: 1 hour 17 minutes / 60.22 miles

Saturday, October 15, 2011 Orrville Band Show 7:00 PM(EST) 841 N. Ella Street Orrville, OH 44667

Saturday, October 22, 2011 Indian Band Revue 7:00 PM(EST) 176 North Second St. Rittman, OH 44270 Rittman Stadium

Team: Varsity 11-12 Colors: Red, White, Black

New Coach: Bill Dennis Address: 100 Saurer St, Rittman, OH 44270

08/26 7:00 PM 9:00 PM @ Danville (Danville, OH)

09/02 7:30 PM 9:30 PM Brookside (Sheffield, OH)

09/09 7:00 PM 9:00 PM @ Mapleton (Ashland, OH)

09/16 7:30 PM 9:30 PM Waynedale (Apple Creek, OH)

09/23 7:30 PM9:30 PM @ Norwayne (Creston, OH)

09/30 7:30 PM9:30 PM Chippewa (Doylestown, OH)

10/07 7:30 PM9:30 PM @ Dalton (Dalton, OH)

10/14 7:30 PM9:30 PM Smithville (Smithville, OH)

10/21 7:30 PM9:30 PM @ Hillsdale (Jeromesville, OH)

10/28 7:30 PM9:30 PM Northwestern (West Salem, OH)

43rd Annual Rittman Sleepwalker Festival 'N' Parade With Rittman Indians HS Marching Band

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rittman boy may have died because of bullying

In Memory
Nicholas Kelo Jr 1997 2011
Rittman Band Member 2010

By Kim Hone-McMahan
Beacon Journal staff writer
At the tender age of 13, Nicholas Kelo Jr. knew what it was like to be relentlessly bullied. It may have been what persuaded him to pry open a safe inside his Rittman home and remove the gun that killed him.
Each night when Nick's mother, Jacqueline, left the University of Akron, where she worked in the political science department, she would call her son and chat on her way home. When she came through the door, he routinely welcomed her with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and
carrots. But something was terribly wrong Feb. 23.
''I called at 6:30 and there was no answer,'' said the grieving mother, her voice fading. ''And I kept calling. There was no answer.''
When she arrived home, she found Nick near death from a gunshot wound, lying on the living room floor.
''Deep down in our hearts, this was not a child who would have planned to take his life,'' said the boy's father, Nicholas Sr. ''He may have been bullied to the point that he felt like he needed to protect himself.''
Sitting in the dining room of her Rittman home recently, Jacqueline Kelo dropped her head into the palms of her hands. Deep cleansing breaths escaped her. Her only child was dead. The pain was deep.
Across the table, her ex-husband struggled to keep his tears at bay.
''It had been going on for years,'' Jacqueline Kelo said. ''We would talk and he would say [of the bullies] that they were not worth his time.''
Nick played football in middle school but gave up the sport this year to participate in high school band. The switch, Jacqueline Kelo reasoned, resulted in swelling rumors. Some, she said, wrongly assumed that a kid who would prefer to play the tenor sax rather than tossing a pigskin must be gay.

''After that, it [the bullying] spiraled out of control,'' she said.
One such incident allegedly happened on a school bus following a football game, explained the mother of another Rittman teenager who said her son is also a victim of bullying. During the incident, Nick allegedly became the victim of an older student who was ''glicking'' — forcibly spitting on him. Jacqueline Kelo knew something was bothering her son when he came home, but the eighth-grader refused to share the details — telling her that he would handle it himself. The parents became aware of it only after their son's death.
Jacqueline Kelo said it didn't surprise her that her son kept his pain to himself. Nick viewed himself as his mother's protector.

''He was the man of the house,'' the single mother said.

After Nick's mother found him, an emergency squad
rushed him to Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. He then was transported by helicopter to Akron Children's Hospital. But the handsome boy with the incredible mind could not be saved.
Even in the throes of anguish, his parents had the mindset to donate his organs. ''We just wanted something good to come out of this tragedy,'' said the senior Kelo, who lives in Cuyahoga Falls.
Because the boy had worked so hard to earn a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do and held a red-black belt in kumdo, his body was in remarkably good shape.
''They were able to get nine organs,'' Jacqueline Kelo explained.
Nick had once told his mother that if anything happened to him, he wanted his organs to be donated. It was quite a selfless decision for a kid his age, but then Nick wasn't an average child.
A while ago, the Kelos had to have Nick's IQ tested for a program at school. His mother teasingly refused to tell her son that he had scored 152, which is classified as superior intelligence.
''Your head would never fit through the door if you knew,'' she joked with him.
He was curious about how to obtain patents for things he had invented, such as a waffle fork to remove hot food from a toaster and an incinerator trash can.
Nick and his mom had planned to travel. About the time Nick would have finished high school, Jacqueline Kelo would have been completing her Ph.D. in political science and the two had decided they would go to Italy to visit relatives.
Now, all that remains are memories and dashed dreams.
Children taking their lives, accidentally or not, isn't a new issue in Rittman. In a population of about 6,500, four local youngsters, ages 13 through 15 and not necessarily students of Rittman schools, have died at their own hands in the past 31/2 years — some within the city limits, others outside. It's impossible to know whether bullying was a factor in those deaths.
Rittman Police Department Sgt. Roger Pauley, who is investigating Nick's death as a probable suicide, said people need to think before they bully. The effects, he noted, can be long-lasting — especially if it ends tragically. Gary Guenther, chief investigator for the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office, said because his office is waiting for additional information from the Rittman Police Department, it will be at least a couple of weeks until there is an official cause of death.
Unlike years ago when a child was bullied on the playground but could go home to find peace, today's cell phones, social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, and text messaging can result in harassment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Though sometimes those technologies can be a way to spread rumors, they can also serve as a way to offer condolences to bereaved families.
Shortly after Nick's death, someone created a special page on Facebook in the boy's honor. Within hours, dozens of people had viewed the site. Some who commented on the page spoke about bullying — particularly at the high school, which educates about 400 students in grades eight through 12.
''I do not know who created this page, but your support is amazing,'' Jacqueline Kelo wrote on the page. ''I wish he had known he had so many people at school who cared about him . . . What happened was a tragic accident in a moment of rage and confusion as can only be experienced by a teenage boy.
''Yes, there is a huge problem in the school. But everyone of us must work together to protect the children we have for the future.''
Moved by what Jacqueline Kelo had written, Krista Cox, a mother from Sharon Center who had heard of the tragedy from a friend, told the boy's mother that ''grace marks your heart.''
Others offered sympathy to the family and vowed that the community would join together to take action against bullying.
''Hopefully, Nick will not have to die in vain or any other child,'' one post read.
Some Rittman parents said online and during interviews that they had complained to the schools with no satisfaction. Jacqueline Kelo herself had been to the high school twice since the start of the school year.
''What we never realized until now is that we were not the only ones having problems,'' Jacqueline Kelo said. ''We never knew how widespread it was.''
When told about the complaints expressed by the Kelos and others about the issue, Rittman High School Principal Brett Lanz quickly noted that he was saddened by Nick's death.
''I feel like . . .everything [bullying issues and other concerns] that is brought to my attention I deal with or respond in some way,'' Lanz said. ''As a school administrator . . .you ask the same questions that everybody else asks — Are we doing enough? How more do we support students? The school becomes a filter for a lot of things these days.''
The Kelos praised Superintendent Jon Ritchie for stepping up following their son's death.
''I honestly don't think he knew that it was this bad,'' Jacqueline Kelo said.
To help the school system, which has an anti-bullying program at the elementary level and has added counselors in some buildings, a fund has been established in Nick's name to help with character education in the district.
In addition, Ritchie said an anti-bullying program will be added to the curriculum in sixth through 12th grade.
''We are going to teach them about compassion and empathy and how to be sensitive to other people's needs,'' Ritchie said. ''I think if we reach the time in our schools and in our society where people generally care about other people, the bullying issue could disappear.
''The people who are kind and respectful and really truly care about their neighbors, their community members, their friends generally try to do what's right and try to be there for people.
''We need to teach our young adults and children to care and be more compassionate about their fellow students. If we can create that kind of environment in the Rittman schools and in the Rittman community — I know this much — it will be a much better place to live and raise a family.''
On Thursday evening, there was a memorial service at the high school in honor of Nick. On Sunday, there is another in Medina.
When a reporter told the boy's parents that there were some in the community who wondered if they were concerned that Nick's bullies might attend the memorials, Nick Sr. shook his head.
Holding up her hand as if to welcome someone, Jacqueline Kelo replied, ''Let all the children come.''
A memorial for Nicholas Kelo Jr. is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Kim's College of Martial Arts, 400 S. Court St., Medina. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Rittman Exempted Schools, c/o Nick Kelo Jr. Character Education Fund, 75 N. Main St., Rittman, OH 44270.

Nicholas Kelo Sr. is hugged by Sarah Ralston, 13, while Erica Goebel, 16, comforts Jacqueline Kelo after a memorial service for for their son, Nicholas Kelo Jr., at Rittman High School on Thursday. The 13-year-old, who took his own life, may have been a victim of bullying. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

Various photos of Nicholas Kelo Jr. on display during a memorial service for him at Rittman High School on Thursday in Rittman. The 13-year-old, who took his own life, may have been a victim of bullying. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

Tyler Murdock, 14, (left) and Jordan Barnes, 13, both of Rittman, listen to Rev. James R. McComas talk about Nicholas Kelo Jr. during a memorial service for him at Rittman High School on Thursday. The 13-year-old, who took his own life, may have been a victim of bullying. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

Kelly Thomas of Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman, watches the slide presentation she prepared for the memorial service of Nicholas Kelo Jr. at Rittman High School on Thursday. The 13-year-old, who took his own life, may have been a victim of bullying. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

Nicholas Kelo Sr. (left) comforts his wife, Jacqueline, during a memorial service for their son, Nicholas Kelo Jr., at Rittman High School on Thursday. The 13-year-old, who took his own life, may have been a victim of bullying. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
Nicholas Kelo, Jr., of Rittman, who took his own life, may have been a victim of bullying. (Family photo)

10.21.05..Rittman High School March­ing Band..Week 9

Band Members - BAND TAG DAY '09

Band Members - BAND TAG DAY '09
Junior; Tuba Player: Nate Myers - the middle member...

Awards 2010 Rittman Band

Awards 2010 Rittman Band

Nathanael Myers

Nathanael Myers
Tuba Player -- Junior --

details on our band show next saturday night

details on our band show next saturday night
Rittman Band Rockin the 2009 Season!

Our Indians!!

Our Indians!!
photo taken by my friend Cliff

(♪\*) Our Homecoming Halftime Show - Playing in the Rainy Weather... (*\♪)

best of 2009! join us for our band festival next saturday night AT Rittman Stadium... 7PM. feel free too ask me anything you want about this event next weekend! if ya wanna attend this show an need directions cuz you dont know where our field is just ask me an i'll give ya em... you wont wanna miss out on this are band show R O C K S !!! bands attending are: rootstown crestview new london mogadore orrville band of style rittman band n more... here's hopeing it dont rain next weekend and ruin our show!!!!!! i hope we get too have it... wow its hard too believe but band season is coming too an end for me cuz are last game i wont be at cuz its away ;( darn... but next fridays game is home its senior night & halloween night for are band =) happy halloween too everyone................

Our Annual Rittman Band Revue is Here!

Our Annual Rittman Band Revue is Here!
Go Indians...

>> Whats ahead for our Band! ♪ <

>> Whats ahead for our Band! ♪ <
Our Annual Band Show ♪ | October 24th at 7PM.

RHS Band - Rittman Band Show Rittman High School


RHS Football Stadium students report to stadium @ 1:00 pm band show begins @
7:00 pm

Contact Ed Sims for more information on this evening of funn...

For Updates on This Either Contact Me or My Buddy Cliff who is our band announcer...

as me and Cliff will have pictures from the show!!!

Rittman Band Show `09

Rittman Band Show `09
Next Saturday Night AT 7PM. Rittman Stadium



i was searching threw my archives and found this

i was searching threw my archives and found this
> Look at what i dug up, take a look at this Cliff, found this in an old newspaper of ours!!!

From Our Show, Last Night

From Our Show, Last Night
Rittman Indian

i love their danceing routine too this song... :)

i love their danceing routine too this song... :)
our best performance yet !!!!!

Rittman Band ''Tuba Player, Nate Myers''

Rittman Band ''Tuba Player, Nate Myers''
Rittman Indian Band

Our 2009 HS Football Team !!!

Our 2009 HS Football Team !!!
we have over 50 players this year, lets kick some a** Indians

2009 2010 Season too Blog!

2009    2010   Season too Blog!
>> Matthew Killough & Cliff Feightner, Bloggers of the Year