CHS students place at state Destination Imagination tournament


CHS students Caleb Morgan (left) and Isaac Sturgill (right) placed 4th in the state of Ohio in the Moster Effects category. 

Circleville High School – Juniors Caleb Morgan and Isaac Sturgill have placed at the 2019 Destination Imagination tournament and finishing in 4th place as a team in all of Ohio.

Morgan and Sturgill competed in the Monster Effects and Engineering category where students were tasked with designing, building, and testing load-bearing structures created from specific materials.

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The mission of the Destination Imagination program is “to engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills.” Founded upon five core critical thinking principles – fun learning, creative problem solving, the “kid-powered and team driven” philosophy, friendly competition, and global diversity – Destination Imagination empowers students through to find solutions to annual challenges.

Guided by coach and CHS Spanish Teacher Rachelle Zuniga the team competed on March 30th at Beaver Local Schools in Northeast Ohio.

Congratulations to Caleb and Isaac!

CHS English teacher Trace Hacquard named Ohio University Communication Fellow

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English teacher Trace Hacquard 

      Circleville High School English teacher Trace Hacquard has been named a 2019-2020 Ohio University Scripps College of Communication Fellow. Focusing on curriculum development in communication across PK-12 levels of instruction, the fellowship offers graduate-level professional development credit, classroom project support and generous stipends. Hacquard was recognized March 25th at the Ohio University’s Scripps Communication Week Celebration. Hacquard is one of 10 fellows (named annually), representative of rural Appalachian districts and urban districts in the state of Ohio.
Per, “The intent of the Communication Fellows Program is to provide tangible support to innovative educators who want to infuse communication topics into their classrooms. Communication Fellows are named yearly in the spring and receive the following support and opportunities:
  • Free tuition for a graduate-level course occurring online and as part of the summer residential experience. (Maximum of 4 credit hours)
  • $1,500 stipend
  • $1,000 classroom stipend
  • Personalized award delivered to your school by the dean of Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication
  • Invitation to participate in college celebration introducing fellowship
  • Announcements to local and regional media outlets publicizing the award
  • Three-day summer residential experience, June 24-26 on Ohio University’s Athens campus with concentrated instruction focusing on new communication technologies and teaching methods
  • Paid room and board during residential experience, with hotel accommodations available on June 23rd if required due to travel distance
  • Monthly check-ins online and onsite by college leadership
  • Networking opportunities with faculty working in your field
  • Placement with a Scripps College of Communication faculty mentor to assist with your project
  • Potential additional classroom support
  • Potential opportunity for another week in Athens supporting the High School Workshops in Journalism, Media Arts & Studies, or Middle School Coding Workshop
As a part of his fellows project, he plans to implement a CHS Service Council aimed at connecting military-themed literature studies and community projects supporting active duty and veteran families. Hacquard is in his first year teaching at Circleville High School having previously served as an 8th grade English teacher at Circleville Middle School for four years and is in his 10th year in education overall.
Congratulations to Mr. Hacquard on this prestigious honor.

CHS students take on careers, interviews in annual Tiger Boot Camp


CHS senior Hailie Anderson interviews with Julie Stanley of the Circleville City Schools’ District Office as a part of the Tiger Bootcamp Friday.

On Friday, April 5th, juniors and seniors at Circleville High School participated in our annual career development and interviewing event in the “Tiger Boot Camp”, hosted in collaboration with Pickaway Works.

The event aims to provide students with soft skills training, career development workshops, and mock interviews (seniors only) in an effort to equip students with tools to be viable workforce candidates upon graduation.

This year saw an array of career development sessions and seminars across the building for students to attend with their classes based on student feedback and surveying conducted earlier in the year. These sessions included the following:

  • 21st Century STEM Careers
  • Teamwork! How it Helps Your Career
  • Budgeting to Live on Your Own
  • Careers in Nursing
  • Finding Money for College – Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Get the Job! Interview and Hiring Process
  • Is a Military Career For You?
  • Modern Manufacturing Jobs
  • Philanthropy – How to Give Back to Your Community
  • Pickaway-Ross Adult Ed Career Options
  • Rethink Careers in Construction
  • Social Media – Time Well Spent?
  • The Culture Shock – Workplace Etiquette

During the mock interview sessions, students sat down in rotations with local hiring personnel, government officials, and community members to simulate a real-life interview. At the conclusion of the interview, students then work with their interviewer to go over their rubric to discuss feedback and recommendations for improvement. 

For Bluffton University bound senior Morgan Ealy, the day offered her a great opportunity to obtain feedback for the job market and pre-medical track she will be on after graduation May 24th.

“I heard that I am really enthusiastic,” said Ealy. “I got a lot of feedback on my resume. I really enjoyed talking to the different interviewers. They were all really nice and gave amazing feedback. It was so easy to talk to them and I felt I could talk to everybody all day.”

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New this year, in addition to mock interviews EG Industries was on-site conducting actual interviews with students with the potential for hire on site.  EG Industries of Circleville facilitates the production of plastic injection molding for the automotive industry. Thanks to Pickaway Works, EG Industries dove in at the chance to launch this pilot with hiring students upon graduation and after today a few contingent offers were made and accepted by Circleville High School students.

Circleville City Schools would like to thank the following groups and industry professionals for helping us host this career development Tiger Boot Camp for students: Jeff Phillips, Mayor Don McIlroy, Ty Ankrom, Michelle Callahan, Rich Duncan, Dave Evans, Jack Everson, David Fausnaugh, Chaz Fruetel, Mollie Hedges, John Joyce, Michael Linton, Emily Merritt, Jennifer Rainey, Julie Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Stacey Sark, Jenny Vagnier, and Marie Wilbanks, Jamal Luke, Gabby Hill, Stacie Robertson, Heidi White, Jan Shannon, Caleb Chester, Mandy Quinn, Kevin Birch, Meghan Thoreau, Allison Browning, Traci Beddow, Melissa Fausnaugh, Bobbi William-Plautz, Holly Noble, EG Industries, the Pickaway County OSU Extension Office, Kenworth Industries, Ohio Christian University, the Pickaway County Community Foundation, the Bradford School Columbus, the Culture Shock, Kingston National Bank, the United States Army, Columbus State Community College, OhioHealth Berger Hospital, the Pickaway County Library, the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Pickaway-Ross Career and Technical Center, DuPont, the Pickaway County ESC, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, P3, Capabilities, TRN Staffing, and Pickaway Works. 

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April is Month of the Military Child: Resources, scholarship info, and surprise visits for students at Circleville City Schools

Military Family Resources

April is Month of the Military Child. At Circleville City Schools, 9% of our entire student body have direct connections to the service with a sibling, parent, or guardian tied to a branch of the Armed Forces. Nationally, over 1.88 million students nationwide are children of members of the United States military.

For families serving our country and defending our freedoms at home and abroad, establishing roots for academic success can often be a struggle as the assignments change.

According to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (ICEOMC) (adopted in Ohio Code in July 2009), most military children will attend six to nine different school systems during their education from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Additional barriers to the academic process for military families and their children can include difficulty with the enrollment process, delays in transferring of grades and transcripts from other schools, adapting to new schools and routines, and building new routes and establishing new friends.

In an effort to streamline some of these barriers to the academic process for families in our district serving in our armed forces, we have compiled a list of resources below and established a district liaison to serve as the primary contact between military families and the schools. Additionally, we work with these families to also honor and recognize the contributions of their students and military families to organize surprise school visits and military awareness campaigns (such as our annual 3rd grade Patriotic Music program and recognition and Day of Honor Ceremony in the Fall).

Military Child Education Coalition

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Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission

Military Children on the Move

Military OneSource 

At Circleville City Schools, a proud Purple Star School District, we are humbled to serve students and families with military connections in our community. While all of our students proudly wear their Red and Black Tiger stripes in the form of spirit wear in school, we are honored that there are members of our family who wear stripes affiliated with the Armed Forces each and every day. If Circleville City Schools can be of assistance in any way in providing resources for your family our home is always available to you. Contact Military Family liaison Evan Debo ( to get started.

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8th grade students encounter “Real Money, Real world”


8th grade student Cara Cooper visits the childcare station in the “Real Money, Real World” simulation to find out the costs of childcare for her given adult profile. 

All this week, March 18-22, 8th grade math students at Circleville Middle School have been working with Pickaway Works on “real money, real world (RMRW).”

The program is facilitated by Pickaway Works executive director Christy Mills and the curriculum comes from the Ohio State University Extension. Circleville Middle School serves as one of the county’s five middle schools that she visits implementing the five-day course throughout the school year.

“[The program] can be used with youth ages 12-18, but it is ideally suited for youth ages 13-16. The curriculum is time-tested and has been highly successful because of the creative community efforts of Extension educators, local school teachers, and community volunteers. Real Money. Real World. is fun and distinctive because it includes an interactive spending simulation that provides the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those made by 27-year-old adults.” –

RMRW brings students face-to-face with checking accounts, paychecks and direct deposits, jobs, childcare, taxes and more. The 5-day program concluded on Friday with a simulation where students are given randomized adult and family profiles with a set income and have to navigate the real world with community volunteers donating their time as bankers, retail store associates, businesses and more without going over budget.

From lines of credit to transportation, speeding tickets, and utilities, 8th graders received their glimpse of the “real world” at Circleville Middle School this week in partnership with Pickaway Works.

Circleville City Schools would like to thank Mrs. Mills and our community volunteers and businesses for assisting us with our real-world simulation this week.

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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.”

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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.).

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CHS inducts 15 into National Art Honor Society


Circleville High School- Fifteen Circleville High School students were inducted into the 2019 Class of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) Monday afternoon among peers, faculty, and administrators.

The 2019 Class was made up of the following: Caleb Morgan, Victoria Sprague, Hallie Anderson, Kinsey Whaley, Courtney Moebs, Aubrey Barker, Hannah Brosher, Cole Radcliff, Elliana Park, Jasmine Knisley, Maya Welsh, Whitley Calder, Mariah Hemming, Anna Whitaker, and Emma Whitmore.

In order to obtain membership in NAHS, students must receive a recommendation/nomination from a teacher, hold a 3.0 GPA or higher, and display institutional values of kindness, generosity, leadership and service skills, and a willingness to use creativity and art to make the world a better place.

Also in attendance were members of last year’s class of inductees including president Morgan Cordell, vice-president Allyson Withers, historian Madison Imler, secretary Brenden Dunn, and treasurer Tash Rice.


Members of the NAHS Class of 2018 and 2019: Left to Right:
1st row: Mrs. Grady, Maddie Imler, Allyson Withers, Brenden Dunn, Morgan Cordell, Tasha Rice
2nd row: Jaycee Fullen, Krista Szymczak, Payton Otterbacher, Emma Whitmore, Courtney Moebs, Whitley Calder, Caleb Morgan, Gabrielle Ortiz
3rd row: Hallie Anderson, Victoria Sprague, Mariah Hemming, Hannah Brosher, Elliana Park, Aubrey Barker, Cole Radcliff, Maya Welsh
4th row: Kinsey Whaley, Anna Whitaker, Jasmine Knisley, Gretchen Search, Danielle Jones, Shannon Benner, Drew Theller, Ryan Jenkins   – Not pictured: Victoria Goff