5 CMS students take on Middle School Youth & Government State Assembly

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Middle school students Raegan Evans, Lillianna Stafford, Camille Hoop, Kirsten Metzger, and Mallory Holcomb took on the same responsibilities as those who currently work in state government through hands-on legislative experiences.

Last week, the Circleville City School Foundation sponsored five Circleville Middle School students to attend the annual YMCA Middle School State Assembly, a three-day event where students take over the statehouse and run a mock government of Ohio.

Middle school students Raegan Evans, Lillianna Stafford, Camille Hoop, Kirsten Metzger, and Mallory Holcomb took on the same responsibilities as those who currently work in state government through hands-on legislative experiences. Students were chaperoned by CMS teachers Mrs. Lisa Powers and Mr. Nathan Elswick.

According to Ohioymcag.org, “the Ohio YMCA’s Youth & Government Program enhances the development of the American democratic process for young people through participatory training in the theory and practice of the Ohio state government.

Teens in the program learn about the legislative process, how to write and research bills, and how to participate in elections. Their work culminates in teens serving as delegates at their state conference, debating bills on the floor of the legislature. Some teens have actually made bills into laws.”

On the first day of the Youth and Government Summit, students received information on chamber best-practice and etiquette such as “how to address the chair” and standing to speak.

On day two, students took a vote in the judicial chamber after debating bills and Senator Metzger from the Circleville delegation served as the Committee Chair of Scarlet Senate 3.

Notable alumni of the Youth and Government program include:

Former Ohio U.S. Senator John Glenn
State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser
U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin
Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna
Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law Professor
Fmr. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Congressman Dennis Ross, FL
Christa McAuliffe was a YAG advisor in NH before she was chosen to be on the Challenger
George H. Gallup (founder of Gallup Polling) conducted some of his first state polls with NJ YG delegates

Many thanks to the Circleville City School Foundation, Mrs. Powers, and Mr. Elswick for their work in drafting and fulfilling this grant request for our students to attend and gain invaluable experiences as a result.


CHS inducts 19 into Everts Chapter of National Honor Society


The 2018 Class of the Circleville High School National Honor Society (pictured above with the Class of 2017) was inducted Tuesday morning in front of students, staff, family, and friends. 

Circleville High School – The Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at Circleville High School has inducted 19 new members into its prestigious ranks of distinguished academic excellence.

Victoria Bircher, Whitley Calder, Brenden Dunn, Anthony Fauver, Shalynn Ford, Victoria Goff, Sidney Gray, Maddison Hess, Madison Imler, Gabrielle Kendrick, Abigail Michael, Caleb Morgan, Peyton Perini, Aubrey Smith, Victoria Sprague, Abagail Travis, Maya Welsh, Alexis Whitaker, and Emma Whitmore were the guests of honor as students, staff, and various members of the Tiger Family organized for an all-school assembly Tuesday morning.

CHS senior and NHS Everts Chapter president Garret Gray served as the emcee for the ceremony. Mrs. Braswell’s high school choirs provided the Canon in D introit, the alma mater, and a rendition of Jay Althouse’s arrangement Don’t Forget Me.

According to NHS.us, student eligibility is open to “students in grades 10–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership.

At Circleville High School, the honors are open to all juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, received a recommendation from a staff member through an evaluation survey, submitted additional letters of recommendation, and were evaluated in the four NHS pillar areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These pillars character traits are detailed below:


Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)


This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.


Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.


The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

NHS officers Shayna Hoop, Morgan Ealy, Shelby Griffith, Courtney Hungerman, and Makayla Collins provided commentary and explanations of the four pillar character traits during the ceremony.

Pickaway County Commissioner Brian Stewart gave the keynote address for the event.


Pickaway County Commissioner Brian Stewart

“You made a decision not to coast and not to just get by,” said Stewart as he addressed the inductees. “National Honor Society is a prestigious organization and this is an honor that you should be very very proud of. I encourage you that it is this kind of discipline as a high schooler that is the exact kind of discipline that leads to success as an adult. You have pushed yourselves to meet a higher standard and have succeeded. Your school and your community has been the beneficiaries of your efforts.”

Congratulations to these 19 Tigers for their induction into the Circleville High School Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society.

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CHS hosts local veterans for Day of Honor Ceremony: Holds “Signing Day” for Class of ’19 Enlistees


CHS students Isaac (Vita) Torres-Sigmon (left) and Justin Walker (right) were honored in front of Circleville High School students and staff on Friday.

Circleville High School – Decorated hallways. Catered lunches. Speaking panels, signing day, and more. On Friday, November 9th, CHS played host to military personnel of the past, present, and future with our Day of Honor Ceremony and student Signing Day.

The festivities started in the high school Alumni Room and Media Center as our veterans speaking panel utilized their platform to talk with students about their time in the service and to pass along their first-hand accounts to the next generation.


Panelists (left-to-right) Gene Patterson, Jerry Jackson, Kenny Kirk, and Robert Kuhlwein address students in the first of the two veteran speaking panels this morning.

High school sophomore Lexi Fletcher was just one of the several hundred students who had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall to such stories of history, honor, and resilience with her government class today.

“I have family who has served in the military and I love to hear [the veteran’s] stories because it brings me joy,” said Fletcher. “They talked about respect and attitude which stood out to me.”

From the onset, panelists set the tone for the day as they discussed tragedies, triumphs, leadership, and called upon an undying love for one’s country through their individual stories.

“To hear what they have to say is truly amazing and to hear what they went through it heartbreaking, but also amazing in that we have such freedoms thanks to them,” said Fletcher.

Following the morning speaking panels, students and staff transitioned to an all-building Signing Day assembly as we honored veterans of the past, but had eyes on the future. CHS seniors Isaac (Vita) Torres-Sigmon and Justin Walker, in front of family, friends, veterans, and recruiters, reaffirmed their intent to enlist upon graduation in May with a signing day ceremony.

The event was kicked off by the CHS Jazz Ensemble who welcomed in guests to the gymnasium with a variety of jazz and swing tunes before setting the tone for the afternoon with the playing of the National Anthem.

Staff Sgt. Brad Adams, of the Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Batallion, provided the keynote address talking with students and staff about the opportunities a career in the United States Army has afforded him and the values the ‘commitment to serve’ calls for before setting the stage for the Signing Day presentation.

At ceremony’s conclusion, Mr. Kurt Young, CHS’ Dean of Students, presented Todd Huffman of the Pickaway County Veterans Services Commission with a $1,400 donation in the form of gift cards from our Circleville Jeans-for-Vets fundraiser to be used to assist local county veterans in need. At dismissal, students poured out of the stands to come down and thank their peers for enlisting and thank the veterans for their service.

Circleville City Schools would like to thank Isaac, Justin, and our Day of Honor veterans and guests for their commitment to the freedoms we have been afforded and for their past and upcoming service to their country. Specifically, we would like to thank our veterans panelists listed as follows for their roles in preserving the importance of Veterans Day with our students: Bob and Marilyn Johnson, Kenny Kirk, Glen Easterday, Ron Ertel, Jerry Jackson, Steve Garrett, Robert Kuhlwein, Gene Patterson, Mack Shaw, and Tim Allen.

Additionally, the district would like to extend its gratitude to the following individuals and groups for their expertise and support in hosting today’s events.

  • Todd Huffman and Margi Pettibone of the Pickaway County Veterans Services Commission
  • Staff Sgt. Brad Adams of the Ohio Army National Guard
  • Mr. Doug Espie and the Circleville High School Jazz Ensemble
  • Mrs. Kathy Ream’s culinary arts class and Mrs. Gerhardt’s Food Services teams for providing desserts and food for our catered lunch
  • Mrs. Soni Grady’s art students for decorating the hallways and setting the stage for the day’s distinguished guests
  • Mr. Kurt Young, the Circleville Education Association, and CCS staff for their efforts in participating in the Jeans-for-Vets fundraiser
  • Mr. Eric Evans and the CHS Social Studies Department

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CMS students explore careers, collaborate with local professionals on post-graduation pathways

Nurse Rachel Elsea of The Ohio State University’s James Cancer Center talks with Circleville Middle School students about job growth in the healthcare field over the next 8 years.

Circleville Middle School – On Friday, students and staff at CMS played host to 25 professionals from a host of local businesses and agencies to talk about post-graduation careers and pathways as a part of the school’s college and career readiness initiatives.

Covering everything from insurance and the medical field to law enforcement, farming, engineering and marketing, students were provided with 20-minute informational rotations followed by a Q and A with real life career practitioners where they were exposed to an array of job skills, technical skills, and the necessary experience needed to perform each role in the work force.

While many roles require years of technical research and study, our career panelists also highlighted communications and soft skills needed in the work place to ensure strong collaboration, punctuality, and efficiency.

Circleville Middle School and Circleville City Schools would like to thank the following individuals for swinging by for Career Day to discuss their field:

  • Chiropractor – Jim Laux (Circleville Chiropractic Center)
  • Nurse – Rachel Elsea (The James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University Medical Center)
  • Environmental Engineer – Dan Kopec (American Electric Power AEP)
  • Judge – Magistrate Elisa Peters (Pickaway County Common Pleas Court)
  • Agriculture – Mark and John Essman (Evolution Ag)
  • Marketing – Bonnie Vallette (Brown Memorial Home)
  • Communications/Public Relations – Evan Debo (Circleville City Schools)
  • Graphic Designer- Kendall Adkins (Multimedia Production Group)
  • Human Resources- Liz Pyles (IGELCO)
  • Journalist- Steve Helwagen (Bucknuts Media Network)
  • MRI Technologist- Lisa McKeivier (VA of Central Ohio Healthcare System)
  • Banking- Jessica Calder (Pickaway County Banking Center)
  • Engineer- Christy Yu (DuPont)
  • Transportation- Joanna Pinkerton (COTA)
  • Law Enforcement – Officer Dave McIntyre (Circleville Police Department)
  • Superintendent – Jonathan Davis (Circleville City Schools)
  • Insurance – Kip Nungester (State Farm Insurance)
  • Personal Trainer – Susie Birdwell (The Pickaway County Family YMCA)
  • Firefighting/EMS – Derek Smith and Arron Kerns (Circleville Fire Department)
  • Respiratory Therapist – Stephanie McConnell (Berger Health Systems)
  • Farmer – Allison Gross (Gross Family Farms)
  • Cosmetology – Jamie Kuhlwein, and (Kuhlwein and Co)
  • Dentist – Dr. Keira Ankrom (Tootle, Palmer & Ankrom Dentistry)

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