Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society inducts 22 at Circleville High School

The Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at Circleville High School has inducted 22 new members into its prestigious ranks of distinguished academic excellence. 

The 2021-2022 Induction Class was represented by the following students: Claire Barthlemas, Avery Ferrell, Caitlyn Garrett, Maggie Gibson, Morgan Griffith, Carley Hinton, Jack Holcomb, Camille Hoop, Sydney Huffer, Allison Jones, Natalie Keaton, Erika Kluczynski, Brooklyn List, Laylyn Milliron, Ryan Roy, Alexis Sharp, Christiana Marcella-Sill, Lillianna Stafford, William Thomaschek, Alexis VanFossen, Meg Warner, and Landon Wolfe.

The 2021-2022 Class of the Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society was inducted on December 21st at Circleville High School.

CHS senior and NHS Everts Chapter president Addison Lowe served as the presiding officer of the ceremony. Mrs. Fraley’s high school symphonic choir performed Canon in D introit, the alma mater (The Red and Black), and an arrangement from Don Craig entitled “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

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:

Scholarship

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.)

Service

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

Leadership

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.

Character

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.

National Honor Society officer Jordan Rhymer provided commentary for the ceremonial lighting of the candles as vice-president Alaina Francis lit the candle for scholarship, secretary Lilia Winter lit the candle for character, treasurer Taaliya Fulgham lit the candle for service, and historian Olivia Wastier lit the candle for leadership.

Incoming Circleville City Schools board member and Circleville High School Alum (Class of 1973) Patty Truex gave the keynote address for the event.

After recognizing some Circleville High School alumni that have been of great importance to her – including the late Eric Clark – Truex charged the new inductees with a challenge to continue making our community a better place.

“Do not let today be the end of your efforts,” said Truex. “Let this be the beginning. You are the future of Circleville or some community, our country, and our world. Continue working on your academics, but do not ignore those important pillars of scholarship, character, leadership, and service – those are the pillars our community needs.”

Congratulations to these 22 Tigers for their induction into the Circleville High School Everts Chapter of the National Honor Society.

CHS inducts 21 new members into National Art Honors Society

The 21 new members of the National Art Honor Society were inducted on Tuesday, December 7th.

Circleville High School – On Tuesday afternoon the Circleville High School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) inducted 21 new members into its prestigious ranks.

New members Maddie Davis, Autumn Bartchy, Ella Jenkins, Christiana Sill, Alaina Francis, Audrey Fausnaugh, Jaymen Salas, Minea Thoumaly, Landon Wolfe, Morgan Sark, Veronica Maio, Ryan Roy, Natalie Welsh, Chip Stanley, Lillianna Stafford, Brooklyn List, Emilia Riggs, Morgan Pence, Ava Murphy, Drake Dawson, and Pheonix McCoy represented the 2021-2022 Class of NAHS inductees.

The National Art Honor Society was started in 1978 by the National Art Education Association for students in grades 9-12. The intent of the society lies within helping students attain their highest potential in all forms of art and to raise awareness for art education in the school and community.

Monday’s ceremony was overseen by NAHS student officers Kaylyn Miliron (president) and Sydney Williams who spoke to NAHS core values of leadership, character, acceptance, initiative, and service as a part of the induction ceremony.

The Circleville High School 9-12 art program is overseen by Mrs. Soni Grady.

Blog: Get to know new board member Terry Leasure

New board member Terry Leasure (right) pictured with wife Debbie (left) take in an Ohio State Football game together.

This past November, Circleville High School Alum (Class of 1972) Terry Leasure was named to the Circleville City School District Board of Education taking seat in January.

With one interaction with Leasure it is clear that he holds an immense sense of pride for his beloved hometown. And that should be of no surprise, as he is a lifelong resident, graduate, parent and grandparent who has raised three children and is now grandpa to seven grandchildren in Circleville.

Leasure and his wife Debbie, a 25.5-year educational support staff veteran in the district, even met in 1969 as 8th and 9th graders in the Circleville City School system.

Debbie (left) and Terry (right) attend Circleville High School prom in 1970.

“I come from the south end of Circleville,” said Leasure. “I played all three sports here, my kids all played, my brothers played, and I have lived here all my life – Circleville is my town. I had no desire to ever move from here. This is where my roots are. This is where my family is.”

Together, Terry and Debbie raised three Tiger graduates – Kym (Class of 1997), Kyle (Class of 2000), and Kaleigh (Class of 2004). In raising all three, Leasure is quick to recognize the tradition and legacy of support both he and his children have received as students within the school system he now helps to serve.

“Circleville has done a great job over the years with superintendents, principals, and assistant principals,” said Leasure. “I think they have wrapped themselves in good people and my hat is off to all of the board members over the years because they did their job and picked the right people to run this place. Circleville has a great staff.”

Beyond the positive experiences his own kids have had in Circleville City Schools, Leasure calls upon mentors such as Mr. Fritz Jacobs, Mr. Paul Sargeant, and Mr. Don Poling as supportive school affiliated influences on his upbringing.

Grounded in a strong philosophy of people-first and community involvement, Leasure believes in being a part of a school environment that is driven by an intent to use every resource necessary to preserve the future- helping students grow daily.

“I think we need to do whatever we can with all of the power have to keep kids educated, interested, and passionate about school,” said Leasure. “We have to get to them when they are young. I think the main thing is we have to get them interested in grade school (elementary) and keep them interested all the way through high school when they get their diploma. We must do whatever we can to put in their toolbox what is necessary to help them succeed in life. They are our future.”

Outside of school, Leasure enjoys volunteering to do the play-by-play for football and basketball games with CGTV5, watching the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Reds, and spending time with his seven grandkids – Anniston Dunkle (age 15), Braxton Dunkle (age 13), Landyn Leasure (age 11), Claire Bower (age 10), Cade Bower (age 9), Jordan Leasure (age 8), and Brynlee Leasure (age 2). Leasure is a football coach of 49 years, baseball coach of 5 years, 6th grade basketball coach of 21 years, and has spent over two decades helping with alumni tournament and gate functions for Circleville Athletic events.

Terry is 1996 graduate of Columbus State with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology, is in his 24th year as Community Work Hour Coordinator with the Pickaway County Probate and Juvenile Court, and has been recognized by the City of Circleville Park Board with his very own “Terry Leasure Day” (celebrated each June 5th in recognition of his 38 years of service to the community).

Blog: Get to know new board member Patty Truex

This past November, Circleville High School Alum (Class of 1973) Patty Truex was named to the Circleville City School District Board of Education taking seat in January.

For Truex and her family, ties to the Tiger Community run deep in the Circleville City Schools school system (Husband Dave – Class of 1973, daughter Jada – Class of 2000, son Mitch – Class of 2003, and daughter Jill – Class of 2008). When considering running for the same school board and school system that has given her family so much, it was a love for education that motivated her to run for one of two open board seats this year.

“I love kids, I love education, and I love Circleville,” said Truex. “I had a former student nudge me along [to run as well] and when I became aware that I may be the only female candidate who was running for the board, I felt that I could not let that happen for the girls in Circleville and for the women of the community. Not that I want to make that a big deal, but without [female leadership anywhere] it becomes a big deal in its absence.”

As a former middle school teacher of 35 years with the Teays Valley Local School District, Truex points to values her parents, Ralph (Class of 1943) and Rosemary Ankrom, instilled in her at a young age that started a lifelong passion for education. The Ankrom extended family includes three siblings, Joyce, John, and Betsy who also are Circleville graduates

“I value education because [mom and dad] valued education,” said Truex. “They were both just service-oriented people and community oriented people. Dad loved the friendships he had in the community and he couldn’t find ways to serve enough – that was the kind of person he was. Mom was always a big supporter in the background of all of us.”

Truex (left) pictured with her dad Ralph (right).

Beyond her experience instructing the next generation, Truex’s resolve to dive in where her school community needed her has always been at the forefront of her community work – having previously served in Parent-Teacher Organizations, volunteering with levy committees, serving on the Circleville High School Alumni Association (a member since 2005), scoring for the CHS softball team, volunteering with the local Beta Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, and previously volunteering with the Circleville City School Foundation (8 years).

Truex holds a B.A. in Education and M.S. in Elementary Education both from The Ohio State University. She and her husband Dave are lifelong Circleville residents where they reside supporting their schools and five grandkids. Outside of time with family, Truex is very prideful of her morning walking club with close friends and she regularly volunteers at Trinity Lutheran Church in a variety of roles.

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She and her husband Dave are proud grandparents of five grandkids (Joseph – age 9, Jerrah – age 4, Abbey – age 2, Jaylah – 1, and Logan – 7 mos).