Community spotlight: Mrs. Hartwig


Mrs. Hartwig announcing during one of many basketball games.

Rylee Sinden, Madisyn Barrett, Staff Writers

Tonight on Saturday, February 19th, we will be honoring a huge part of our small town: Mrs. Genevieve Hartwig. She has been the voice of many Concord sports for over thirty years. She sings the national anthem at the start of every game and also announces during the events.

Mrs. Hartwig and her family have been around the community for a long time now. Her daughters graduated from Concord in the 1980s; she was even a teacher here at Concord. Mr. Lehman has known Mrs. Hartwig for about 29 years, and he mentions that “her husband Dale was a pastor at the local church. She helped in some capacity there as well. Her husband Dale “married” Mrs. Lehman and me. At the school, she’s been the voice of Concord basketball and volleyball for 30+ years. She also helped at track meets and various other sporting events at CHS. She’s famous for her rendition of the national anthem. She also writes poems for our seniors on Senior-Parents’ Night.”  Hartwig’s dedication to the Concord school community began many years ago when she was part of the CHS staff. 

Lehman shares that “she taught ELA, and her classroom was where Mrs. Jennifer Couling is located now.  Mrs. Hartwig is retired, but I’m not exactly sure how many years she taught. Mrs. Couling (Teresa), Mr. Couling, and Mr. Reiniche all had her as a teacher. Mrs. Lehman (2nd grade), Mrs. Roth (1st grade), Mr. and Mrs. Arbuckle, and others also had her as a teacher.” Mrs.Hartwig has contributed so much to our community, and now it’s our chance to show our appreciation.

The ceremony will begin around 7:00 pm. The JV and Varsity girls will be playing Union City. Please come out this Saturday, February 19th. This is the community’s chance to show her how much we respect and admire her.  We are asking that all fans in attendance sing the national anthem in unison with this wonderful lady.