CHS senior Shannon Benner takes home D.A.R. essay honors


Circleville High School – Senior Shannon Benner has been named the building winner of the Good Citizen essay contest on behalf of the Pickaway Plains Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution (D.A.R.).

According to, the “DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.

This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess good citizenship qualities of
dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

  • This program is only open to high school seniors whose schools are accredited by their state board of education.
  • Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s DAR Good Citizen.
  • United States citizenship is not required.
  • Additional rules and guidelines can be acquired by contacting your local DAR chapter.

Once a student is chosen as the DAR Good Citizen the student is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program. This consists of a personal statement and an essay.”

Congratulations to Shannon on her accomplishment and for representing Circleville High School and D.A.R. as our Good Citizen ambassador.

Benner’s essay entitled “The New Age of Politics” addresses the D.A.R. prompt of “what new challenges America will face in the future.”

Benner DAR Essay

3 Tigers take home top county D.A.R. essay honors

Pictured left-to-right: Circleville DAR Essay winners for Pickaway County Maddux Bigam, Ava Justice, and Ty Foster. 

Circleville City Schools students Ava Justice (5th grade), Maddux Bigam (6th grade), and Ty Foster (7th grade) have been named Pickaway County essay winners for the Pickaway Plains Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

This year’s national American History Essay Contest was open to all students in grades 5-8. Students in 5th grade were required to submit an essay of 300-600 words in length and students in grades 6th-8th were required to submit an essay 600-1,000 words in length.

This year’s topic put the spotlight on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage:

“The 19th amendment o the U.S. Constitution was passed by the United States Congress on June 4th, 1919, and was ratified on August 18th, 1920. This amendment granted all American women the right to vote and hold elective office. Many Americans at the time viewed this as a radical change to the U.S. Constitution. Imagine you are living in 1919 while the women’s suffrage campaigns were having an impact on Americans politically and socially. Discuss the pros and cons of this new amendment the U.S. Congress has passed.”

Of the county winning essays, one will be selected to as the Pickaway Plains Chapter winner which will be submitted to move on to the state level for judging.

To read the student’s essays follow through to the links below!

Ava Justice – Pickaway County 5th grade winning essay

Maddux Bigam – Pickaway County 6th grade winning essay

Ty Foster – Pickaway County 7th grade winning essay

Congratulations to these Tigers for using their power of the pen to craft compelling stories, arguments, and highlight the importance of the 19th amendment. These students were recognized on February 19th in a ceremony at the Pickaway County Library where they read their winning essay to members of the public, chapter, school officials, and family members.


Tigers in Ties club teaches students leadership skills


Circleville Elementary School – There is a new club at the elementary level aimed at teaching leadership skills to young men in grades 3-5.

The Tigers in Ties Club meets before school every three weeks from 8:40-9:25 a.m. in the elementary cafeteria and serves as a forum for assistant principals Aaron Conn, Tim Harris, and other staff to teach students how to be a gentleman and use leadership to positively impact their classroom.

The goal of Tigers in Ties lies in displaying leadership and “gentlemanly” manners each and every day. On meeting days, students wear ties on designated “Tie Thursdays” in as a visual symbol of the club’s commitment to leadership within our school and community.

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Students start each meeting by greeting their peers and teachers with a handshake and breakfast before breaking into small groups to discuss a component of leadership. With the school district’s core Tiger Traits as their guide “be respectful, be responsible, and be safe,” the group expands upon those traits to discuss habits of being a leader such as:

  • how to give a firm handshake
  • looking others in the eye when in conversation and shaking hands
  • learning how to greet others
  • listening to understand instead of listening to respond
  • showing respect for others by always doing the right thing
  • and of course… to tie a tie (a work in progress, but we will get there!)

Students interested in joining the club can have their parent or guardian fill out a sign-up form and return it to the elementary school front office (Tigers in Ties Flier).

For families of prospective club members and current group members, the remaining Tigers in Ties meetings for this school year will take place on March 7th, March 28th, April 18th, and May 9th (all Thursdays).

And for our elementary school young ladies, stay tuned for more information on a leadership-based girls club coming your way in a few short weeks!

Five CHS students place in 2019 Central Ohio Scholastic Art Awards competition


Row 1: Morgan Cordell; Row 2: Jaycee Fullen and Chloe Weiss; Row 3: Krista Szymczak and Payton Otterbacher.

Circleville High School – Five Circleville High School students – Remy Cordell, Jayce Fullen, Payton Otterbacher, Krista Szymczak, and Chloe Weiss – have had art submissions place in the 2019 Central Ohio Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.

Senior Remy Cordell received two Silver Key awards and Honorable Mention for her paintings and photography submissions. Sophomore Jaycee Fullen (Drawing and Illustration category), junior Payton Otterbacher (Painting category), junior Krista Szymczak (Mixed Media category), and senior Chloe Weiss (Mixed Media and Sculpture) all received Honorable Mentions.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are “presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the Awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 350,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing.”

Members of the Tiger family and Circleville community can view Cordell’s Silver Key winning works at the 2019 Central Ohio Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibition at the Columbus College of Art & Design from February 11th-22nd (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

2018 Art Scholastic Awards 1

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