In continuing with a tradition we started one year ago, the 2014 Thanksgiving Wattle, will recognize someone from Central Ohio who has spent a
Lifetime of making an impact on local citizens. Last year’s Award Winner was Richie Cohen-Smith. This year, we are recognizing, long-time Grove City resident,
John Hampson. There will be a brief recognition and reward ceremony prior to the Start of the 2014 Thanksgiving Wattle.
The general intent of this award is to recognize someone who has naturally, in an unassuming and undecorated way, made a significant
and positive impact on others, just by being his or herself.
There is a lot of content to work with in chronicling the life of Hampson. He graduated from Grove City High School (GCHS) in 1971 and
Capital University in 1975 with a BA in Education for History, Social Studies and Speech. He received a Masters in 1980
in Guidance and Counseling from Capital University.
He started teaching at GCHS in 1975 and began counseling around 1980. He retired in 2011 with 36 years of service. He also was a
youth leader at the Grove City United Methodist Church, Grove City Council Member, President of Grove City Council,
Jackson Township Trustee, Youth to Youth leader. He led many, many groups including a current one with men of many
different age groups. He coached Freshmen Football; served as Advisor to the Student Council, Junior Class Advisor,
Senior Class Advisor, scout master (a strange mystery, he slept in the car on camp outs); he volunteers as a receptionist at the
Grove city United Methodist Church, Sunday school teacher, and works in the Grove City Food Pantry.
For each class he counseled and followed through 4 years at GCHS, John wrote personal graduation letters to all of them,
(e.g. Class of 84, 88, 92, 96, 98) He also wrote countless letters for achievers in cheerleading, team sports,
student council, honor society or just students that needed encouragement. He still writes the shut-ins at the church,
folks on the sick list, people he admires, etc.
He now writes adolescent books, makes gifts for new members at the church, continues to write numerous letters, volunteers as
stated above and is a devoted grandpa. Past students (even way past) still call for advice on kids or grandkids and every
time someone says, "You had my -son, daughter, grandchild, etc., He always says , Oh I loved them. They were great." And he means it.
Finally, there is one fitting point for our acknowledgement at the 2014 Wattle. When we contacted John for this award recognition
intent, we learned that he had been diagnosed with Diabetes last March, 2013. Since then, John has lost 100 pounds
and walks 5 to 9 miles a day. He was already planning on walking this year’s Wattle :-)
We hope you can make it out to the Wattle and be on hand to recognize John for this lifetime achievement from his peers.