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4 All State honors for Patriots at Indoor Track and Field Championships

March 30, 2020
By Carroll High School
2020 Indoor Track and Field Team

The Carroll Indoor Track and Field team competed at the Division 2/3 (Girls) and Division 1 (Boys) Indoor Track and Field State Championships on March 7 at the Spire Institute Facility in Geneva. The team qualified in a total of 14 different events, six for the boys and eight for the girls. There were several outstanding performances from the Patriots, including athletes who earned All-State Honors in four events and set three new school records.  

Competing in her 4th straight Indoor State Meet Amelia Harlow '20 finished in 8th place in the High Jump (5'0") to earn All-State Honors for the second year in a row. The girls 4x400m Relay team of Alaina Casey '20, Meghan Schrand '20, Catherine Berent '21, and Taylor Smith '20 finished in fifth place to earn All-State Honors. Their time of 4:11.94 broke the Indoor School Record of 4:17.11 previously held by Christina Kallet '16, Haley Sabo '16, Maria McCarty '17, and Nyanjok Mawein '17. The girls 4x800m Relay team of Schrand, Casey, Grace Braun '23, and Berent finished in eighth to earn All-State Honors. Their time of 10:06.76 broke the Indoor School Record of 10:25.87 previously held by Berent, Schrand, Trinity Raber '21, and Rhianna Thomas '19. The girls 4x200m Relay team of Casey, Smith, Schrand, and Meredith Goecke '22 finished in ninth place.  Their time of 1:51.18 broke the Indoor School Record of 1:54.08 previously held by Berent, Smith, Casey, and Schrand.  This was the third time that Berent and Breana Devillier '20 qualified for the Indoor State Meet as well as Schrand's second.

Kevin Agnew '21 finished in eighth place in the 3200m Run to earn All-State Honors. His time of 9:29.83 is the second fastest in school history.  Appearing in his second straight Indoor State Meet, Donovan LaJeunesse '20 just missed making the finals in the 60m Hurdles and a chance at earning All-State Honors by .001 seconds (10th place).  This was the 11th year in a row that at least one Patriot earned All-State Honors.

  • Amelia Harlow (High Jump) 8th Place - All-State Honors - (5'0")
  • Alaina Casey, Meghan Schrand, Catherine Berent, Taylor Smith (4x400m Relay) 5th Place - All State Honors - (4:11.94) New Indoor School Record
  • Meghan Schrand, Alaina Casey, Grace Braun, Catherine Berent (4x800m Relay) 8th Place - All State Honors - (10:06.76) New Indoor School Record
  • Alaina Casey, Taylor Smith, Meghan Schrand, Meredith Goecke (4x200m Relay) 9th Place (1:51.18) New Indoor School Record
  • Breana Devillier (High Jump) 18th Place (4'10"); (Pole Vault) 21st Place (9'6"); (Triple Jump) NM--injured her ankle and couldn't compete
  • Kevin Agnew (3200m Run) 8th Place - All State Honors - (9:29.83)
  • Donovan LaJeunesse (60m Hurdles) 10th Place (8.38); (Triple jump) 15th Place (39'11.25"); (Long Jump) 18th Place (19'1")
  • David Ferguson (High Jump) 25th Place (6'0")
  • Grant Arnold, Javier Barajas, Will Moddeman, Michael Osgood (4x800m Relay) 20th Place (8:23.15)

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University of Dayton: Carroll High School Student Expands Research with Help from Vision Lab at the University of Dayton

March 03, 2020
By University of Dayton
Ashley Martin '20 at the University of Dayton Vision Lab

The full story first appeared on the University of Dayton website on March 2, 2020.  Written by Elizabeth Skelin, marketing communications intern.

Ashley Martin, a Carroll High School student, set ambitious goals for her science fair project and reached out to the University of Dayton’s Dr. Vijay Asari and his Vision Lab team to help achieve them.

Inspired by her work in a center for people with disabilities, Martin became interested in how brain machine interface (BMI) systems could help people with mobility issues to express themselves creatively. Using electroencephalography, a technique for recording and interpreting the electrical activity of the brain, and robotic arms, her project would allow people to paint by using mental commands.

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Carroll students earn two ISEF spots, 16 special awards at Montgomery County Science Day

March 02, 2020
By Carroll High School
2020 International Science and Engineering Fair qualifiers from Carroll High School

36 Patriots continued Carroll's tradition of STEM excellence at the 2020 Montgomery County Science Day by earning high scores, special awards, and two out of three available spots at the world's most prestigious pre-college science research events.

Ryan Ballou '21 (Effect of Berberine on Gregarine Infections of Tenebrio molitor: An Organiz Alternative to Antibiotics for Protozoan Gut Infections) and Cameron Neidhard '21 (Developing an Application to Measure Stroop Interference in Bilinguals) won two of the three available spots at the International Science and Engineering Festival this May in Anaheim, California.  Anthony Gabriele '21 (Designing a Programming System for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder) was selected as one of two alternates for the event.

Out of the 36 Carroll students who presented research, 31 earned Superior ratings, the highest mark at the event.  Our students also won 16 special awards:

Meredith Sanders '23 and David Ferguson '21 at Montgomery County Science Day
Meredith Sanders '23 and David Ferguson earned special awards
for their research at 2020 Montgomery County Science Day
  • Association of Old Crows Kittyhawk Chapter Award: Kevin Agnew '21, Jack Agnew '23, and Hayden Everding '23
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Award: Jack Agnew '23
  • ASM Materials Education Foundation Award - Grace Braun '23
  • Association for Women Geoscientists Student Award for Geoscience Excellence: Katie Wittman '21
  • Society for InVitro Biology Outstanding Achievement Award: Ryan Ballou '21
  • RICOH Sustainable Development Award 2020: Karissa Speakman '23
  • MU Theta Alpha: Jack Agnew '23
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2020 Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award: Meredith Sanders '23
  • Stockholm Junior Water Prize, Regional Water Prize Award: Caroline Wittman '21, Katie Wittman '21
  • Office of Naval Research Naval Science Award: Meredith Sanders '23 and David Ferguson '21
  • U. S. Air Force Award: Jack Agnew '23 and Grace Braun '23

DBJ: How a Dayton high school connection led to Oscar-nominated documentary 'American Factory'

February 11, 2020
By Dayton Business Journal
Steve Bognar and Julia Reichart, Photo by Dorothy Kleinholt

The full story first appeared on the Dayton Business Journal website on February 9, 2020.  Photography by Dorothy Kleinholt.

By now, most people in the Dayton region are familiar with Fuyao Glass America and its redevelopment of the former General Motors plant. Now the story is receiving national attention with the film, "American Factory," nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

But most people don't know the origins of how the film came to be, and what it took for local filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert to put it all together. This is how the connection between former classmates, a coffee meeting and the willingness of a Chinese company to share its story — both good and bad — led to an Oscar-nominated film.