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

2016 Recap, Issue II
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 
Kim Smith (Public Relations Assistant) at  kim.smith@cincinnatichristian.org.
Student Experienced West Point

CCS junior,  Anna Holder , was selected to 
be among 1,000 attendees at  West  Point's prestigious Su mmer Leaders Experience (SLE), as well as one of the 2,550 students in U.S. Naval Academy's Summer Seminar in Annapolis, MD! 

Each program is a very competitive, fast-paced, one-week professional training experience that plays an important role in developing our nation's leaders.  Anna is excited and said prior to the opportunity, "I am excited to experience these colleges that I so admire. It will be an awesome opportunity to actually participate in the things I have seen in videos and pictures." 

Ask Anna how this experience changed her this summer!  
Speech Meets Results Always a Highlight

Forty-nine elementary students participated  in the ACSI Speech Meet this past spring. Of those students, forty-two received a superior rating, and seven received an excellent rating!  Students: Rylee McWhinnie - 6th grade, Ethan Hill - 4th grade, Jolie Percy - 4th grade and Kylee Arthur - 3rd grade, accomplished a perfect 50-50-50 score from the judges!  Categories at the meet included: Bible, Poetry, Fables and Patriotic Oration. 
From the JH/SH, thirteen students attended their speech meet.  Zach Schlake received first place in his category, "Humorous Reading." Rhyan Pater also received a blue ribbon.  Red ribbons were received by Tori Byndon, Didi Kanu, Hannah Marcum, David Musson, Chloe Sammond and Crystal Wilson.  Anabella Drury, Kaitlyn Fritz, Miranda Heid, Liberty Koehling and Isaiah Smith all received white ribbons.  

Congratulations on all your hard work, students!
CCS Field trip to Gilmore Lanes is a STRIKING Success

In the spring, the girls and boys P.E. classes took their annual bowling field trip to Gilmore Lanes (the home bowling alley for the CCS bowling team).  This trip included the largest amount of students ever taken--- seventy students! The students were divided into teams of four or five and competed for the highest score.  Awards were given to highest scoring team, highest scoring boy and girl, along with two silly awards.  Fun was had by all!
Art Fair & Grandparents' Day Never Disappoint

Each spring, our elementary campus hosts these two highly-anticipated events in conjunction with one another.  Grandparents are honored and celebrated while getting to view their students' artwork, showcased during the exciting Art Fair venue.  Both of t hese events are CCS traditions and annual favorites!  
Congrats to all for another wonderful celebration of grandparents and student talent! Go, Cougars! 

Career Fair a Huge Success 

CCS's JH/SH campus held its first Career Fair.  Sessions were thirty minutes, and professional guest speakers from over thirty different fields discussed various topics.  Other sessions, such as such as "How to Make the Most of your High School Experience,"  "The College Application Process" and "Tips for Your Freshman Year of College" were available to students in specific grade levels.

What a great resource for the students!  Thank you, Mrs. Gina Smearsoll, for coordinating this event!  
Black History Month Chapels 

Both campuses held special chapel services (and then some) to celebrate Black History Month.

The elementary campus had a very special guest, and depth was added to the celebration by Cincinnati Art Association's "Artist on Tour" wordsmith and storyteller, Omope Carter Daboiku.  She spoke to the students about African American culture through her award-winning story-telling. (Omope is affiliated with the Ohio Arts Council as an Artist-in-Education.)  Thank you, Ms. Daboiku!

The theme at this past year's JH/SH Black History Month chapel service was "unity."  The service was not only unifying for the students, also quite moving. The floor was filled with praise flags led by Tori Byndon, the chapel leadership class, and the praise dancers from The Tabernacle of David Dance Ministry. The worship was unique and intimate with four students playing instruments (Owen Hallbach, Wayne Lavender, Brandon Smith and Gerred Twymon), and there were five praise and worship singers (Kayleb Armstrong, Nia Everson, Daja Thacker, Julia Thomas and Jose Arias). We were also blessed to see the amazing performance of Suggs and his mime ministry.  A poem "Touched by an Angel" by Maya Angelou was read by Kayla Hayles, Joy Cox and Myla Patterson.  Finally, we were honored to have Minister Illya Thomas speak on the message of unity.  It was a special celebration that will not be forgotten.
First Film Frenzy 

In the spring, CCS' new Film Club held their first Film Festival in the JH/SH chapel.  Four of the students submitted their short films for the contest; the purpose of the Film Festival was to feature these films.   Tyler Parker took home the $100 prize for  "Best Short Film." Mr.  Brian Goslee and the senior high jazz band joined the festivities and added to the night's entertainment.  

The film club is looking forward to hosting an annual film festival, creating a new CCS tradition.  The students enjoy featuring their talents and hope it's another reason for the CCS family to join together.
Visiting Friends Abroad

Here's a tidbit about our senior high mission trip to the Dominican Republic (DR)!  Our mission team headed to our sister school, Colegio Evangelico Dios Da La Sabiduría in Villa González, each morning. They formed lasting relationships by helping the community in many ways, including water filter distribution, hosting a VBS, giving English lessons, doing crafts, hosting a sports camp, construction work, gardening, and worshiping with the community c hurch. The photo shown reflect the water filter distribution effort, with an end result of 1.9 million gallons of water being provided to DR families!
CCS partners with Project Mañana (PM) throughout the entire year with various supportive activities - financial and relational. It is an honor to serve with PM, making a global impact for the Lord!   Check out what else is going on with PM and CCS!
A "White Christmas" in Spring

Bernadette and Brooklyn
This past spring, the CCS Theatre production was Irving Berlin's musical, "White  Christmas."  Our theatre students were nominated for eleven Cappies awards:
* Song - "White Christmas"
* Musical - "White Christmas"
* Lead Actress in a Musical - Bernadette Beacham
* Supporting Actress in a Musical - Brooklyn Allison
* Supporting Actor in a Musical - Alex Dunman
* Featured Actress in a Musical - Hannah Hockney
* Featured Actor in a Musical - Jesse Keller
* Props- Abigail Ploetz
* Sets - Isaac Smearsoll
* Choreography -Brooklyn Allison and Jillian Lewis
* Stage Management - CCS Stage Crew
Artwork Reaches Nation's Capital 

Hannah Ferguson won the 2016 Congressional Art Competition with her drawing "Fixing Myself," which will hang in the U.S. Capitol for a full year. Hannah won a free trip to Washington D.C. for the unveiling, and millions of Capitol visitors will see her artwork!  Two more CCS students won congressional art competition awards as well.  Mallory Custer's 2nd place photography winner will be prominently displayed in one of Representative Wenstrup's offices, and Brooklyn Allison's received honorable mention in photography in Representative Boehner's office. 
We are so proud of our talented Cougars!

CCS Alumna Wins Design Award

Our very own Sarah Bennett won the "Most Spectacular Award" at the University of Cincinnati's DAAP Body Mantle Show, excelling above four hundered other students! 

The show is for first year students in the DAAP (Design, Architecture, Art, Planning) Program.  Sarah was only allowed to use two materials. Her dress was made of 220 slinkys and 1000 sip ties! 

Way to go, Sarah! 
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 kim.smith@cincinnatichristian.org.