S am's Spotlight
Let's celebrate as a CCS family!

March 2018
Blessings, CCS families!  The purpose of "Sam's Spotlight" is to communicate the noteworthy accomplishments of our students and staff, so we can celebrate as a CCS family.  

If you have praiseworthy news items to share with the Cincinnati Christian Schools family that involve either CCS students and/or staff, please email 
Leah Perry 
at  leah.perry@cincinnatichristian.org .
One Can Make a Difference     
On March 7, over 140 students and
 teachers from 22 different schools in the Tri-state area came together for "Bystander to Upstander: Youth Leadership Summit," organized by The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education. Designed for youth in grades seven and eight, this full-day program welcomed youth selected by their teachers, to explore how they can become positive leaders, advocates, and upstanders for positive change.  Six CCS 8th graders attended. Zach Beltz, Garret Hesselgesser, Trevor Allen, Emma Harrison, Ema Okpohworho, and Megan Brow discussed with other students how their strengths as a communicator, learner, or listener can be a tool in their toolbox for how to take positive action. They keynote speaker of the event was Jeannie Opdyke Smith, daughter of Polish Rescuer, Irene Gut Opdyke, who received international recognition for her actions during the Holocaust while working for a high-ranking German official. Sharing her mother's story, Jeannie brought a message of faith, love and the hope that good can triumph over evil. She highlighted the undeniable truth that "One person can and does make a difference!"
The Lord's Work  
Two CCS alumni from the class of 2015 will be headed to Colorado this summer for work with Focus on the Family.  Sam Diefenbacher and Carissa Zaffiro will be in Colorado Springs for summer internships with the Christian ministry. Sam is currently a junior at Indiana Wesleyan University and will be interning in their IT department. Carissa is an International Studies major at  Taylor Universi ty in Upland, IN. Her work will be centered around contacting  F ocus on the Family affiliates in other countries, letting them know what resources the ministry offers, and also helping to evaluate Focus materials from a cross-cultural perspective. What awesome opportunities! 
Junior Maggie Brown wrote a paper for Veterans Day for Voice of Democracy. The local VFW chose her paper and awarded her with a presentation at school and a $200 scholarship for college. Her outstanding paper can be read by clicking here. Congratulations, Maggie!  

Chosen Bowlers
Collin Fritz and Crystal Wilson were Cincinnati Enquirer Bowlers of the Week. 

Boys' bowling: Collin Fritz (Junior), Cincinnati Christian - He bowled a high series of 391 to help his team win the third straight Miami Valley Conference title on February 13.

Girls' bowling: Crystal Wilson (Freshman), Cincinnati Christian - She bowled a high series of 312 to help her team win the Miami Valley Conference title for the second straight year.

Congratualtions bowlers! 
Online Shopping
Wesley Lewis in the 6th grade won a pair of gym shoes through Clever Crazes for Kids, which is a children's website that brings new and exciting ways to engage kids in learning about STEM (how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are integrated into their everyday lives). Susan Fox at the elementary campus uses this website in her computer classes during her students' work time.  Wesley was a top-scoring student, in the top 25 for the month. Students compete against other students and schools for high scores. The programs are geared toward being fit, so students enter their repetitions of the exercises they did the for a month as they also play educational games on the site.  Everything they do on the website keeps track of their score and the students with the highest scores win! Congratulations, Wesley! 

Superior Writing 

Sophomore Macy DePew won an honorable mention at the 22nd annual Writing Contest at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Approximately 80 students from 20 different schools entered the writing competition. Categories included Personal Essay, Fiction, and Poetry. Macy was afforded the opportunity to read her personal essay aloud and she earned a $50 cash prize for being an honorable mention recipient. Macy loves creative writing and hopes to pursue writing as a career. Congratulations, Macy!

CCS Elementary Celebrates Reading 

We celebrate reading week once a year at the elementary. Each day has a special theme.  This year there was "Dress Like a Teacher Day" on Tuesday, March 20.  Wednesday , was supposed to be "Celebrity Read" Day, but it was cancelled due to the snow day.  On Thursday the students went to school dressed like their favorite book character! This is a long-standing tradition at CCS Elementary, and each year the students do a great job dressing up like their favorite characters. The students must be able to share the title and author of their book character. Then the week comes to an end with  Friday  being Blue and White spirit day. What a fun week! 

Small Voices, Big Worship  

The 2nd grade hosted chapel on Friday, March 16. The students presented plays, songs, and even a detective was seen prowling through the chapel room!  Everything the children presented centered around this year's chapel theme: "Yes He Can."  Parents, students, and teachers all enjoyed the special morning. 

Blending Talent & Faith   

From Thursday March 22 to Saturday March 24, CCS 2014 alumni Emily Ploetz had the privilege of participating in the Sigma Tau Delta National English Honors Society conference. Sigma Tau Delta is a national group of English educators and enthusiasts that starts at the collegiate level. Every spring, members from across the world gather to collaborate, present original work, and learn about the newest theories and strategies in the English field. 
This year the conference was in downtown Cincinnati. Since Emily's section from Anderson University was going to be honored for 70 years of involvement with Sigma Tau Delta, she knew she had to go. Out of sheer curiosity, Emily submitted a literary analysis paper she wrote over Emily Dickinson's poem "This World is Not Conclusion." To her surprise, the conference directors selected her paper to be presented during the conference! She was graciously invited to present her paper along with three other students during a session entitled "Liberating Revelations in 19th-Century American Literature." Even though this conference is not specifically for Christian universities, Emily had the honor of sharing how the Christian faith influenced one of America's greatest poets. Emily said, "If this opportunity has taught her anything, it's that you never know what doors God might open when you're brave enough to put yourself out there to display the gifts he's given you!" Amen, Emily! Thank you for setting an example of how to incorporate faith with our gifts. 

If you have praiseworthy news items to share with the Cincinnati Christian Schools family that involve either CCS students and/or staff, please email it to
Leah Perry at leah.perry@cincinnatichristian.org.