Jill Gosche, a lifetime resident of Seneca County and online editor for The Advertiser-Tribune, has been named the American Red Cross of Seneca County’s Citizen of the Year. The Red Cross will honor Gosche with a public luncheon on Sept. 5 at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.
Tickets for the Citizen of the Year lunch are $20. Proceeds are to benefit the American Red Cross of Seneca County and the services it provides. To make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org call (419) 391-4570.
People who know Gosche are aware of her busy schedule. In addition to keeping up on events in the newspaper’s coverage area, she is completing a master’s degree at Tiffin University and is involved in numerous other organizations. They include 4-H (club adviser, Advisory Council member), United Way, Junior Achievement, Relay For Life and its Birthday Bash, Tiffin Police and Fire All Patriots Memorial Committee and Seneca Mentoring Youth Links.
Gosche said her parents, Ron and Donna Gosche, are role models who did community service themselves. They believed in supporting the community and instilled values of generosity and gratitude in their children, she said.
“My parents were active in our church. So whenever they needed help, we helped out with different events. That was probably the first service that I got involved in,” Gosche said.
After that, she found plenty of opportunities for volunteering on her own. In third grade, Gosche joined 4-H and remained in the organization for 10 years, doing a variety of fair projects. As an adult, she is a member of the 4-H Advisory Council and serves as adviser for Country Clovers 4-H Club. Her July birthday usually falls during fair time.
“I love the fair. My whole summer sort of leads up to the fair, in terms of what I do and get ready for. … Next year, it will start on my birthday,” she said.
Gosche has served as a judge for Power of the Pen competitions and projects at the Seneca and Sandusky county fairs and Ohio State Fair. She also has judged royalty contests in Crawford, Erie and Logan counties. Her photographs have received awards from competitions at Tiffin Art Guild and the Seneca County Fair.
For the newspaper, Gosche has shot photo of car crashes, fires, school activities and special events. In recent years, she has filled in to get photos of many high school athletes and teams, in addition to video for the A-T website.
A graduate of Hopewell-Loudon High School and Ashland University, Gosche is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and an honorary member of the National Technical Honor Society. She also is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Seneca County and the Tiffin Police Department’s Citizens Academy. For the past five years, Gosche has played in the celebrity basketball game with the Seneca County Opportunity Center’s Arrows.
“I love sports in general,” she wrote on her questionnaire.
In choosing a career, Gosche said she “went through a wide gamut” of ideas. Her options included education, broadcasting and law. She had pretty much settled on teaching language arts, including journalism and speech, at the high-school level. Then, in 2002, she took an internship at The A-T.
“I only looked at it as a summer job, but I fell in love with the field. That was the summer after my freshman year,” Gosche said. “I ended up changing my major to journalism and then, eventually, added speech communication, as well.”
After two more summers at The A-T, Gosche graduated from Ashland in 2005 and moved into a full-time position at the newspaper, starting as the education reporter.