Sam's Spotlight
Let's celebrate as a CCS family!

October, 2014
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 praise-worthy news items to share with the Cincinnati Christian Schools family that involve either CCS students and/or staff, please email it to
Kim Smith (Public Relations Assistant) at
Ethan Myers Named Commended Student in National Merit Scholarship Competition

We are pleased to announce that Senior Ethan Myers earned a selection index of 208 on his 2013 PSAT, and he has been named a Commended Student! 

Each year the CCS Juniors take the PSAT.  This test both helps students to prepare for the SAT as well as possibly enters them into the National Merit Scholarship competition.  Last year, over 1.5 million students took the 2013 PSAT nationwide.  In April, the 50,000 highest scores were identified.  Some 16,000 of those high performers were designated as Semifinalists on a state representational basis.  The other 34,000 high performers are now being named Commended Students on the basis of a national selection index score of 201. (The highest score possible being a 240.)

We wish to congratulate Ethan on his excellent academic performance!
Fairfield Township Fire Department
4th Grader, Sonaha Thompson, Says "Thanks!"

Our local Fairfield Township firemen came to the Junior/Senior High Campus on September 23rd for a routine inspection only to be treated to a wonderful food spread!  Sohana Thompson, representing Mr. Burch's 4B classroom, created a beautiful sign reading, "Thank you for making our school safe!"  The firemen were both pleasantly surprised and thrilled with their feast, which included a specially prepared steak and potatoes for one of them. Keith Thompson prepares the yummy hot lunches at the Junior/Senior High, and prepared this lovely treat for our local firefighters. Mr. Thompson's family was invited to dine with them all at the fire house the following week. Thank you for representing CCS and our Lord in this way, Thompson family!
2014 Homecoming Court

Seniors, King and Queen: Spencer Fox and Makenzie Theiss

Senior Court: Jordan Holt, Hannah Smith, Josh Carney, and Joey Carroll


Junior Court: Kaitlyn Butts, Carolyn Jones, Taylor-Marie Spalding, Drew Allen, Justin Lewis, and Jacob Thomas


Sophomore Court: Julia Carroll, Cameron Worthington, Samuel McLaughlin, and Joshua Schmitt

Freshmen CourtJacqueline Biddle, Grace Dyer, Julia Thomas, Joseph Bates, Johnny Nimmo, and Michael Yost
Elementary "Love 3X 
T-Shirt Design" Contest Winners

And the winner is... Lily Hines! Lily's winning design will be coming soon on the new Chapel t-shirts!  Let's also hear it for the following four finalists: 4th runner up - Andrew Rogers, 3rd runner up - Zachary Schlake, 2nd runner up - Brianna Thacker, and 1st runner up - Connor Ploetz.
Junior/Senior High Spirit Week Winners

Over-All Spirit Week "Grade with the Most Spirit:"  Seniors
Powder Puff GameSenior Girls
Air Band CompetitionSenior Boys - Luke Hauer, 
Grant Shoop, Jacob Englert, AJ Weisbroad, Josh Carney, Jacob Oates
Tug-o-War (girls)Junior Girls
Tug-o-War (boys): Senior Boys
Mismatch Day: Ellen Thomas and Johnnie Nimmo (Freshmen)
Blind Football (coed): Juniors 
Twin Day: Shauna McKain and Hannah Fox (Seniors)
Decade Day:  McKenna Diatte (Junior)
Blue & White Day:  Sam Curtis (Junior)
Ugly Sweater Day:  Nonni Shoop (Junior)
"Clever Crazes" Winners

Clever Crazes is a fun, web-based learning program that is funded through local grants and where students can "play to win."  The top scoring students for the week can win $10 weekly prizes and/or qualify our school to win up to $500 weekly as well.  Additionally, students can earn brand new Nike gym shoes (quarterly) for actively participating in the "Step it Up" program that is also part of Clever Crazes.  So far our Elementary has won the following prizes:

Gym Shoe Winners: (Quarter Ending September 30th)
Faith Kidd - 2nd grade
Benjamin Theile - 2nd grade
Brandon Rogers - 4th grade
Kate Oates - 4th grade

$10 Weekly Prizes: (Week Ending September 27th)
Trevor Allen, Devin Taylor, and Aidan Bonn (all 5th graders, pictured above)

School Cash Prize of $250 - CCS Elementary tied with another schoolfor the week ending September 20th!

School Cash Prize of $500 - CCS Elementary for the week ending October 3rd!
Jesse Keller reunites with his cast mother, Hannah Smith, as a son returning from war and tragedy.
Cappies Critics Begin Their Work

Each school year, a group of students from CCS applies for and are chosen to participate as Cappies Critics. These students are then required to attend specialized critic training, attend several high school play/musical performances, write a critique of each, and "team vote" for specific drama-related categories (best play, best supporting actress, best costumes, etc.). 

This year's CCS critic teams are:  Abigail Ploetz, Lead Critic, Bernadette BeachamMakenzie TheissCarissa Zaffiro, and Olivia Nell.  The CCS Regional Team is Mia YakimowAndrea Strong, and Melody May.

The Cappies are a nationwide non-profit organization that helps promote, recognize, and reward high school theater.  Each spring at the Cappies Gala, which takes place at The Aronoff Center, the awards are announced and given; it's like an Academy Awards for high school performances.  CCS is proud to have been nominated for and won Cappies over the years in various categories.
6th Grade Girls Basketball Team Remains Undefeated

The CCS Elementary 6th grade Girls' Basketball team moved to 7-0 this weekend, after beating the only other undefeated team in their CYO league.  The girls are looking forward to finishing strong in their remaining three games with the goal of winning their CYO league.  Coaches, Scott Heid and Tawanda Thacker, are greatly pleased with all the girls' progress.  Most rewarding is watching all the girls improve as the season unfolds and that they continue to demonstrate Christian character on and off the court.  Coach Heid also shared, "While it is a small way to show sportsmanship, our team provides snacks and drinks for the other team at the end of each game whether we win or lose. Other teams comment on how much they appreciate the goodwill gesture."  
Thank you girls, and go Cougars!
Brady Roberts Heads to OSU for State Championship

The golf team has continued to improve, shooting its best round at the Sectionals.  Although the team fell short of advancing to Districts by the slimmest margin, they rallied behind Brady Roberts and Owen Hallbach who advanced as individuals. Now, they rally alongside Brady as he prepares to represent the Cougar golf team at the State Finals for the first time in school history.  

Brady Roberts returns this year as the #1 golfer on the team.  Last year Brady was recognized as first-team All-City across Division II and III golf programs.  He currently is averaging 40.22 for nine holes, which puts him in the top 40 in the city (across all divisions).  Brady was Medalist in five matches and in the three Invitationals played he placed 2nd, 4th, and 5th.  At the District tournament Brandy shot a 4-over 76 (36-40) to tie for 2nd Medalist, sufficient to qualify for the State Finals in October (North Star Golf Course in Sunbury, OH - Columbus area).

Coach Osborne is quick to highlight the entire golf team's cohesiveness and efforts, and wholeheartedly recognizes his Assistant Coach Schmitz as "invaluable."

Cheering you on, Brady!
CCS Boy Singers Head to Australia

Along with Samson Kitenda (8th grade), mentioned in the last issue, Parker Wilhelm (8th grade), and Ryan Hamilton (7th grade) are also members of the Cincinnati Boychoir, and are headed to Sydney, Australia to perform. 

May God bless your travel and performance, boys!
If you have praise-worthy news items to share with the Cincinnati Christian Schools family that involve either CCS students and/or staff, please email it to
Kim Smith (Public Relations Assistant) at