ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Oct. 28, 2004) -- Ohio University-Zanesville Associate Professor Mike Kline recognizes talent when he sees it. In his Ohio History class he requires students to research and write about local historical aspects in Muskingum County. Over the years Kline has selected the work of his students to be considered for publication in professional journals.
"When they put so much work in to their research," said Kline, "I want to see them rewarded beyond the grade they earn in class." Jane Everett of Zanesville is one of those fortunate students whose work was selected to be published by the Muskingum Journal, a quarterly publication put out by the Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County.
"I had no idea Mr. Kline had submitted my work," Everett said. "I am so pleased and honored." Everett researched the Ohio Canal at Dresden for her project. "I like to discover historical areas around here. My children went to school at Tri-Valley so there was an interest."
The Ohio Canal side cut canal was dug from where Bottom Road joins State Route 16 through the east side of Dresden, to connect with the Muskingum River through a series of three locks. "There is still some evidence of those locks today that serves as a relic of a bygone era," Everett wrote in her essay.
Everett is one of hundreds of students whose lives have been touched by the dedication to teaching history that Kline shares. "I am very proud that she was able to produce a project that was selected for publication," he said.
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