Pieces of Groveport Madison High School's past were preserved for the future in a time capsule placed in the new high school Oct. 18.

A small group of school board members, administrators, members of student council and representatives from Smoot Construction and VSWC Architects attended the noon ceremony to mark the beginning of the new high school and the end of the old one.

Jeff Warner, the district's communications and community relations director, said a block near the front entrance of the building had an "empty captivity" where the 20-by-10-inch PVC-tube capsule was installed. It was sealed by a mason after the ceremony.

"There was never a time capsule installed in the old building," Warner said.

Superintendent Garilee Ogden said the time capsule embodies the "community spirit" and events of the past, present and future.

"The time capsule captures the excitement associated with the opening of a new high school and at the same time, it reflects our proud history," she said.

The time capsule includes programs, newspapers, letters and memorabilia.

Warner said items are a theater program and a picture of a decorated wall listing each play performed at the old high school, a program from that school's closing ceremony and one from the dedication of the new school, two Athletic Hall of Fame programs -- the last ceremony in the old high school and the first in the new school; the 2018 All Sports program and the dedication of Le'Veon Bell Field.

Copies of ThisWeek Canal Winchester Times, The Columbus Dispatch, and The Messenger featuring the coverage of the dedication and ribbon-cutting for the new building are also in the capsule.

Letters penned by Ogden, high school principal Jaivir Singh and athletics director Steve Petros are testaments to the new beginning.

Memorabilia marking the history of the school includes two varsity letters featuring the old school design and the 2018 version; a mortarboard tassel from the 2018 graduation ceremony -- the first to take place at Le'Veon Bell Field; a pin from the instrumental music department; a decal from this year's football helmets; postcards and a wristband from the nationwide student demonstration against school shootings; a piece of ribbon from the dedication ceremony for the new high school; a staff photo from the last day of school with both high schools in the background; and the U.S. flag that last flew over the old high school.

"If you look at the history of this community, its high schools have always been a point of pride," Ogden said. "We've already heard those same sentiments attributed to the new building.

"We hope that when the time capsule is opened, decades from now, those viewing its contents will not only have a glimpse of the school's history, but they will know of the many great traditions that have helped to make the Groveport Madison community what it is today," she said.

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