Longtime Jefferson High School mathematics teacher Arnita Yoder is the 2020 Honorary Wildcat for the class of 2020. High School Principal Chad Brinkman presented Yoder with her award. (Photo submitted)
Longtime Jefferson High School mathematics teacher Arnita Yoder is the 2020 Honorary Wildcat for the class of 2020. High School Principal Chad Brinkman presented Yoder with her award. (Photo submitted)
DELPHOS — Every year, the senior class at Jefferson High School honors someone with the title of the Honorary Wildcat.

The Honorary Wildcat is someone who has served the students and the school selflessly. While this year’s Honorary Wildcat isn’t a graduate of Delphos Jefferson, she has offered a lifetime of service as a Wildcat.

This year’s recipient, Arnita Yoder, graduated in 1980 from West Liberty- Salem High School. She continued her education at Bluffton University earning a bachelor of science in mathematics in 1984.

“She is extremely involved with our school. She attends a lot of school events (not just sports) and takes pictures for the school a lot. She’s also spent a very long time teaching at Jefferson. I think she is very deserving of this award,” Kara Gossman said.

After graduating college, she started teaching at Jefferson High School, where she has taught a variety of mathematics classes for 35 years.

Along with her dedication to teaching, she has had extraordinary involvement in the Delphos community as well. She has volunteered a tremendous amount of time taking pictures of students in sports, clubs and other extra curriculars. On her own time, she edits and posts all of the pictures to the school website.

“She’s been at DJHS for the longest time and has taught almost everyone. Plus, she’s very supportive of all school events and takes a lot of time to take pictures, edit them and post them on social media,” Kalie Ulm said.

To add, she served as the prom advisor from 1990-2008, as well as serving as a sophomore and junior class advisor for many years. She is always there to support students in and out of the classroom. She has been a mentor for not just students, but staff also.

“I feel she really does go out of her way for a lot of things involving the school,” Sonya Thompson said.

Yoder has taught generations of kids, teaching and showing her love of mathematics. Congratulations, Miss Yoder. You will be missed dearly, and you are so appreciated.