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6 DECA students advance to international conference PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:23 AM

Sixteen Harrison High School students recently placed in the top 10 in the Ohio DECA 70th Career Development Conference in Columbus. Six will advance to the International Career Development Conference in May.

More than 2,000 students competed in 38 DECA competitive events. Of the 2,000 students, 63 represented HHS.

The top four qualifiers in each event advance to the ICDC May 3-6 in Atlanta.

National qualifiers:
*Amanda Worley, first - food marketing
*Rebekah Hiler and Karley Jones, third - travel and tourism
*Nate Perinovic, fourth - automotive services
*Syndi Moore and Mary Griffin, fourth - marketing communication

Top 10:
*Rebecca Willman, food marketing
*Katherine Herrmann, marketing management
*Austin Baker, principle of business management
*Bo McIntosh, retail merchandise
*Logan Lake and Alex Lathery, hospitality team
*Mary Griffen and Sydney Moore, marketing communication team
*Nikki Mara and Hannah Stubenrauch, buying and merchandising
*Michael Thomas and Evan Miller, travel and tourism.

More than 15,000 students will compete at the ICDC. All  competitors take a written 100-question multiple choice test on marketing concepts and perform an impromptu role-play situation.

Situations may cover human relations, problem-solving, selling, promotion, economic concepts, management decision making, pricing, product development, product planning, marketing strategies, customer service problem solving or combination.

DECA is an association of high school marketing students interested in pursuing careers in marketing and management.

DECA is co-curricular to the business program at HHS, offered by the Great Oaks Career Center.

Christian School poised to open PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 3:20 PM

New Vision Church on Carolina Trace Road has opened its doors to house the new Summit Academy of Southwest Ohio.
Summit Academy will open this fall for the 2014-15 school year and is pursuing a state charter for kindergarten through eighth grade.
“The people of New Vision Church are excited to host Summit Academy in our facility,” said Pastor Tom Gillespie.

Prayers answered
“We believe Summit Academy is an answer to our prayer for our facilities to be used in a greater way to impact this generation. It blesses us to think that children will be loved, taught, and equipped throughout the week in our facility.
Summit Academy and New Vision Church share the same vision to see children empowered through strong academics and a biblical world view.”
The school’s opening comes just in time for scores of elementary students affected by Harrison Christian School’s recent announcement that it will close in June.
For three decades, Harrison Assembly of God Church had been home to that school, sacrificially devoting time and resources to its operations. In recent years, with the school’s declining enrollment and financial troubles, it had become more of a burden than the church could continue to bear.

Left homeless

Harrison Christian School’s decision to close had created a large gap in the local education landscape and left affected families scrambling to consider their options for next year.
“One of my main goals as a Christian parent is to raise my children to love God and to love learning about His world,” said Harrison parent Gweni Hetzel. “Integrating God’s truth, His wisdom and His values with literature, history, science, and even handwriting, provides priceless opportunities for my children to ask questions, to learn and to grow into the wise and loving people that God desires.”
Summit Academy will hold a public information meeting on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. at New Vision Church, 10400 Carolina Trace Road, Harrison.
The meeting will feature speaker Jeff Keaton, founder and CEO of the national nonprofit organization Renewanation. Everyone is invited to attend. More information can be found on Summit Academy’s website:www.SummitAcademy.us

Harrison senior lends helping hand PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 3:19 PM

Amanda Pack, a senior at Harrison High School, is the recipient of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Gold Award.

A 13-year-member, Pack was recognized for her concern and work with charity.

Through talking with her pastor, Pack discovered that families at her sister church in rurual Appalachia did not have access to a public library because of transportation issues, late fee costs, and stereotypical barriers associated with poverty.

Hoping to expand their worldview, Pack partnered with Brother Jerry at Holy Cross Church in Jackson, Kentucky and created a lending library so that rural families could have access to books without worrying about fines and due dates.

Brother Jerry regularly visits families in rural Kentucky, and is now able to take books from the lending library to families, and exchange new books on his return trip.

Holy Cross members who live locally also utilize the library. Pack created a catalog system with sturdy shelving in the library and collected many books of several categories with help from community members.

Pack’s local church has committed to sustaining the lending library with fresh books and resources.

Pack has had many important roles in her experience at Girl Scouts as well. She as worked as a day camp program aide, she served as president and vice president of Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Associate (CSA), she is a CSA Blog editor and a Winter Conference chair member.

Pack is involved int he drama club, the band, the Science Olympiad, student council, the Key Club, Model UN, show choir, NHS, DECA, and National Honor Thespian.

Pack intends to major in Marketing when she goes to college.


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Harrison High School band members can toot their horn PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 3:16 PM

Harrison High School Concert Band hosted the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) Music Festival again.

Bands came from Hamilton, Butler and Clermont Counties to perform in front of judges.

According to Brian Egan, Harrison High School Band Director, “the OMEA Festival is the just like to OGT’s, it is the band version of state testing. We prepare music just like the schools prepare core content to be tested on.

“There is a list that the state puts out that says here is the music you are required to play, (the whole state is required to play something similar). Then we go and play for 4 judges, that are picked by the state of Ohio, we perform, and they give us a score based off of the state of Ohio music guidelines.

“We do this because it is part of our evaluation system that that we use to validate our program. It is not mandatory to participate, we do it because it is nice to get outside opinions of how our program is working.”

The rankings show how well each school’s program is doing and are rated on a scale of 1 ? 5 with 1 being the highest score you can get.

The state average is a 3, and the Harrison band received a 2 on stage for prepared music and a 1 for sight reading.

Sight reading is where the band is given a piece of music that they have never seen before and have 8 minutes to learn it before they play it in front of the judges.

The scores are then published in a state newsletter for music and on OMEA’s website. The band has been participating in this program for over 20 years. Egan plans to have the Junior School Band participate in next years OMEA’s too.

Crosby kids conserve resources PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 3:15 PM

The National Theater for Children, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, visited Crosby Elementary and put on a play about conserving our natural resources. 
The play, sponsored by Duke Energy, taught students how important it is to conserve our natural resources through a humorous story about Sheriff Carrie, Billy the Kit and the Showdown at Resource Ranch.
The storyline explained what natural resources are, how we use them in our everyday life, how we waste them, and, most importantly, how we can save them.
The students laughed along as “Sheriff Carrie” figured out how to stop bad guy “Billy the Kit” and save the town’s resources.
Duke Energy donates money to schools through this program by having the schools community call Duke Energy to receive their free Resource Reward kit; if 100 people sign up for these kits, Duke will donate $100 to the school.


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