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

May 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 .
A Perfect Game! 

On May 1, Briahna Bush threw a five-inning perfect game with 12 strikeouts in a 17-0 victory over St. Bernard. Read more here. Briahna ended her season with a 0.61 Earned Run Average and led the conference in wins, winning 15 games. Her overall record was 15-3. She was also second in the conference with 216 strikeouts, leading the team with a .576 batting average. Amazing, Briahna! Congratulations! 

FAST Responses 

The Greater Cincinnati Stroke Consortium brought their program to the elementary campus on Thursday, May 3rd. The nurses talked to the students about the F.A.S.T. warning signs: F-face, A-arm, S-speech, T-time. The 5th graders were involved in group activities that demonstrated how difficult it would be to re-learn how to use their speech, hands, arms, and legs after experiencing a stroke. The speakers also shared their own personal experiences with such a condition. 
Distinguished Student 

Ufuoma "Ema" Ohpohworho in the 8th grade is a distinguished alumni  of  the Envision Jr. NYLC, or the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. Ema attended the event in Washington, D.C. last summer upon Mrs. Edwards' nomination. At the conference, students learn about stories of courage and collaborate to discover solutions to some of the issues they face today. Ema said, "Going to JrNYLC was a great experience for me. I met new people, and we traveled to nearby places, learning about leadership along the way. We had 'simulations,' where we re-enacted presidential elections, debates, and secret missions. The JrNYLC both helped me academically and socially." Congratulations, Ema, on such a fabulous experience! 

VIP Eagle Scout 

Sam Bird, member of Cincinnati Christian School Troop 912,
was  chosen to participate in the 2018 Eagle Honor Tour of our State Capitol. The tour included a  VIP tour of the Capitol, including the Senate and House Chambers and the Supreme Court. Sam participated on the floor of the House in a mock legislative session where a proposal to change to a four day school week was defeated. What an opportunity! 

Joe Nuxhall Scholarship

The legacy of the Cincinnati Reds announcer and player Joe Nuxhall continues through scholarships to Butler County teenagers.
A scholarship fund begun by Nuxhall in 1989 and continued after his death by his wife, Donzetta, is funded largely through proceeds from the annual Joe Nuxhall Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing. 

This year, 14 area high schools, including  Cincinnati Christian,  will
each receive a $2,000 scholarship to be  divided so that a male and
female each receive  $1,000. So far, $756,000 has been distributed through this scholarship! This year's selected winners are Noah Jordan and Hannah Hockney. They each had to meet the criteria of Athletics, Academics, Need, Extra Curricular Activities, Community Service, and Leadership.

Who Says Science Isn't Fun? 

In Mr. Burkett's junior high "Introduction to Technology and Problem Solving" class, the students were assigned the project of building bridges out of spaghetti and hot melt glue. 

The project was created for the students to study the designs of various types of bridges. In teams of two, they built bridges out of only two resources that had to meet the requirement of spanning a 15-inch distance. 

The contest was to build the strongest bridge. Students were assigned a bridge "type" to build. Two teams built "truss" bridges,  two other teams built "suspension" bridges, and the last two teams built "arch" bridges.

The winning bridge, built by Brandon Rogers and Caleb Settimo, held 195 pounds! It was made of only one pound of spaghetti and one pound of glue. Even the lowest performing bridge held 48 pounds and was built from only one pound of spaghetti! Fantastic job, students! 

Our Very Own Scout 

In the May edition of the Ft. Hamilton District Newspaper, CCS 8th grader  Zachary Beltz was on the front page. On March 27, he  participated in the Laying of the Wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery,
Washington D.C. Zachary is currently serving as Senior Patrol Leader for Boy Scout Troop 912. To be eligible for this honor, Zachary was one of four winners in an essay writing contest on the topic of "What it Means to be a Great American Leader." He wore his uniform during the ceremony to represent his troop. The article said, "He is  a young man who knows what he stands for and where he is going." Congratulations, Zachary, for this fine accomplishment! 

Jump, Jump, & Away  

Students at the elementary campus helped fight heart disease by participating in the annual "Jump Rope for Heart" event. There was a speed challenge for each class to see how many jumps the students could do in 30 seconds. The highest scores ranged between 29 and 81. 

Several students also chose to participate in the fundraising challenge, which had a goal of $1800. The goal was surpassed with a total of $2,126! These funds were donated to the American Heart Association's cardiovascular research and educational programs. Abigail Fleming raised $400 of the raised funds! Thank you to all who participated! 
Hard Work Does Pay Off 

After submitting a lengthy application,  high school transcript, two recommendation letters, lists of previous volunteer and leadership activities, and a paper on why she was interested in going to the conference, Abigail Yi has been accepted into Hillsdale's Liberty and Learning Youth Conference! Only select outstanding high schoolers are chosen to participate in this amazing opportunity, which will be held July 18-21. A bigail will get a tour of the campus and take lectures on Constitutional Government from the institution's professors. 

During the final day of the visit, she will have the opportunity to submit an essay about what she has learned from the experience in hopes to win a $4,000 scholarship. Good luck, Abigail, and what an exciting opportunity! 

Kindergarten Chapel  

On May 18, the Kindergarten students led chapel for the 1st through 6th graders. The children sang "All God's Critters" and "Two by Two." They continued the theme of Noah's Ark by performing a play about Noah, portraying his obedience to build the ark and his faithfulness to follow God's plans. What a beautiful testimony of our faith! 

And the Cappie Goes to...!

The annual "Cappies of Greater Cincinnati Gala" was held at Music Hall on May 27. The CCS theatre department was nominated for 7 Cappie awards as a result from their production of The Curious Savage.   Merrick Heid won the award for "Comic Actress," and five of the cast members took home awards for their excellent performances which earned them the Cappie for "Ensemble in a Play." Congratulations, actors! We are thankful your hard work was acknowledged! 
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.