1951 and 1986 State Championship Golf Teams, Craig Allison named to Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020

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1951 and 1986 State Championship Golf Teams, Craig Allison named to Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020

          The 1951 and 1986 Golf Teams and humanitarian Craig Allison have been named to the Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Inductees will be honored at intermission of the home January 18th boys basketball junior varsity and varsity contests versus Jackson at Circleville High School. 

The 1951 Tiger Golf Team composed of Ted Leach, Abner Leach, Don Olney, Albert Sabine, Walter Heine, and Coach Steve Brudzinski captured the state golf title at the Ohio State University Golf Course. The squad competed with the best in the state en route to their state title, overcoming a 6-stroke deficit on day two of the state tournament with a score of 666. The ‘51 title marked the first time in school and county history that a State Championship had been won in Pickaway County. 

The 1986 Tiger Golf Team, made up of Steve Anderson, Robb Craddock, John Craddock, Ed Helwagon, Mark Dorff, and Coach Brent Bell, amassed a 58-1 record on their way to the State Championship. Leading up to their run to the title, the team captured the SCOL Championship, District Championship, and Regional Championship. 

Humanitarian Craig Allison was a graduate of the Class of 1972 who would go on to Muskingum University and an eventual career covering Tiger Athletics as a reporter and photographer for the Circleville Herald. Allison’s incredible knowledge and in-depth research of Circleville High School and Pickaway County athletics over the years was unrivaled. So much so, that he would quickly become an invaluable member of the Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee, a position he would hold until his passing in 2019. 

The Athletic Hall of Fame serves as a medium to recognize and archive the legacy of individuals who have left immeasurable on and off the field contributions to Circleville High School Athletics. Marked by individual and team achievements during their high school career or post-high school career through volunteerism and or coaching, those enshrined in the Hall of Fame define what it means to be a member of the Red & Black Family.

Annually, the selection committee receives nominations up until October 31st each fall and then narrows the field of eligible candidates to be voted on in November before an official announcement is made in December. Each Hall of Fame Class is inducted the following January or February during halftime or intermission of a Circleville basketball home contest(s). During the ceremony, the inductees are recognized in front of students, family, alumni, and the community with a plaque presentation, receive a lifetime pass to all athletic events at Circleville High School, and are made a part of our enduring Hall of Fame display on campus. 

Congratulations to the Circleville High School Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2020.


CES to welcome two new ‘staff members’ with new Therapy Dog program

Dog Therapy

Certified Therapy Dogs Bailey No. 1, a Golden Doodle, and Bayley No. 2, a Labrador, are being invited on campus to assist students with social-emotional learning.

Circleville Elementary School – Starting in January, students and staff can expect to see two new ‘staff members’ on campus in the form of therapy dogs Bailey and Bayley as a part of our district health and wellness programming.

Bailey No. 1, a Golden Doodle, and Bayley No. 2, a Labrador, are being invited on campus to assist students with social-emotional learning. This new therapy dog program is designed to help students reduce stress and regulate their emotions by interacting with Therapy Dogs International certified, registered therapy dogs while at school.

To receive a Therapy Dogs International (TDI) certification, all dogs must be tested and evaluated by a Certified TDI Evaluator.

  • A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament.
  • Each dog must pass a TDI temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.).

The dogs will be escorted by trained handlers as they work with small groups of students whose parents or legal guardians have given their written authorization for their participation during school hours for approximately 15–20 minutes. All CES families must fill out the digital permission slip indicating whether their child will be participating or not in the program.

In the online permission slip we are also asking families to identify whether their child has any pet sensitivities to dogs or has a documented allergy to inform our nurse about from their healthcare provider.

To streamline the e-permission slip process, you can fill out the link here (click here) or on the front page of the Circleville City Schools website.

The therapy dogs and their handlers have undergone specific training to participate in animal-assisted therapy. We are very excited to have Bailey and Bayley join the Circleville Elementary team in January as a part of our student health and wellness programming in 2020!

CMS honors science students host Science Fair


On Tuesday, students in Honors Science grades 7 and 8 met with judges from the community as they presented their research as a part of the annual Circleville Middle School Science Fair and STEM Day.

Overall, 53 students participated in the locally held science showcase.

Student research, demonstrations, and presentations were scored according to four areas:

  1. Oral, Written, and Visual Communication – addresses who well each student’s communication skills and documentation tell the story of the research assignment at hand (including relevant background research, data acquisition, and analysis).
  2. Experimental Design – referring to the student’s grasp of the scientific method, hypothesis, data collection methodology, and analysis.
  3. Depth of Understanding – addressing what students learned about the science behind their project before and during the experiment.


The highest scoring students, or individuals receiving a rating of ‘superior’, will go on to compete in the District 8 Science Fair in Lancaster in March of 2020 which is open to students in grades 5-12 attending schools located in Fairfield, Licking, Pickaway and Perry counties.

We would like to thank all of our presenters and their place of business within the community for their support of our judging process.

See the slideshow below for some photos of our students and their projects!

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