Carroll High School is pleased to announce two faculty updates to its administrative team. Mrs. Jill Kilby has been named the Dean of Academics and Mr. Greg Derus has been named the Assistant Principal. Both of these faculty changes are effective immediately.
Now in his second year at Carroll, Derus previously served as the Director of Student Affairs. Kilby began her career at Carroll as a social studies teacher at the start of the 1994-95 academic year. In 2016, Kilby helped found Carroll’s House System by serving as the Dean of Gonzaga House. In 2019, she became one of the House System’s Directors.
“The Carroll community has blessed me greatly over the years, so to say I am both excited and honored to serve in this new role would be an understatement! Our students, faculty, staff, and administrative team have created a strong learning environment, but more importantly a family,” Kilby said. “Adding value to our current systems and taking on new challenges as they arise are what I’m most passionate about. I’m thrilled to accept this opportunity and ready to get started.”
“Jill brings a great deal of classroom experience, leadership of the House System, strong organizational skills, and a passion for Carroll to the position,” Carroll Principal Matthew Sableski ‘91 said. “She will be laser focused on supporting teachers and students so that we can be the best academic institution we can be.”
Both of these changes follow former Assistant Principal Mrs. Kathy Anderson’s resignation from her position to pursue a school leadership position outside of Carroll. The Carroll community thanks Anderson for her six years of dedicated service to our students and leadership on the administrative team.
The Ohio Academy of Science awarded Carroll High School the Harold C. Shaw Memorial Award, its highest honor, for the second time in three years at its Virtual State Science Day.
Carroll High School's group of 19 student researchers presented their STEM research projects virtually to comply with social distance and health orders instead of the traditional, in-person format. That didn’t stop 16 students from adjusting their presentations to earn the highest rating of superior. The three other students earned the second-highest rating of excellent, meeting the OAS’s criteria for the Shaw Award. Schools must send at least four students to present research, and 80% of those projects must earn a Superior rating. All projects must score at least an excellent rating, and all students who register for the event must present his/her research.
Carroll was the only high school in the Dayton region to earn the Shaw Award in 2020, and this is the second time Carroll has earned the award since 2018. 13 Patriots earned special awards in their research categories for outstanding projects.
State Science Day Participants and Special Award Winners
Jack Agnew '23 - “The Effect of Antenna Length on SDS-B”: Superior Award
Kevin Agnew '21 - “LED Pacing System for Runners”: Superior Award (Believe in Ohio STEM Entrepreneurship 1st Place Award and $200; Statistical Analysis 1st Place Award)
Grace Bete '23 - “The Effect of CaCO3 on the Dissolution of Ibuprofen”: Superior Award
Sophia Carter '21 - “Effectiveness of Steam vs. Chemical Cleaning”: Superior Award (Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Biotechnology and Biomedical Technologies 4th Place Award and $250 Scholarship; The Ohio State University College of Engineering $1,000 Scholarship renewable for 3 years)
Vivian Dao '22 - “Optimal Thermal Insulation Using Aerogels”: Superior Award (Outstanding Physics Project 3rd Place Award and $50)
Kelly Dong '22 - “Salinity Mitigation Using Straw Mulch on Pisium sativum”: Superior Award
Ellie Erich '21 - “The Effect of Sound Waves on Glycine max: Phase 2”: Superior Award (Ohio Soybean Bioscience 3rd Place Award and $250)
Hayden Everding '23 - “Harmonics in Harmonicas”: Superior Award
Cameron Neidhard '21 - “Developing an Application to Measure Stroop Interference in Bilinguals”: Superior Award (Believe in Ohio STEM Entrepreneurship Honorable Mention Award and $25 gift card)
Josh Orlett '21 - “Effect of Various Aggregates on Concrete Strength”: Superior Award (Excellence Award for Civil Engineering Projects Honorable Mention Award; Outstanding Civil/Environmental Engineering 2nd Place Award and $150)
Trinity Raber '21 - “The Effect of Various Food Textures on Eisenia foetida Castings”: -Superior Award (Believe in Ohio STEM Entrepreneurship Honorable Mention Award and $25 gift card; Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Outstanding Naturalist Award)
Josie Rose '21 - “Negative Effects of Plastic Leachate on Spirulina major”: Superior Award (Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research 3rd Place Award and $100; Stone Laboratory Scholarship)
Meredith Sanders '23 - “Desalination of Salt Water Using Halophytic Rhizophora mangle”: Superior Award (American Water Works 3rd Place Award and $100)
Karissa Speakman '23 - “The Effect of Roofing Material on Rainwater Collection”: Superior Award
Caroline Wittman '21 - “The Effect of Water Conductivity on Prey- Catching Behavior in Apteronotus albifrons”: Superior Award (Milt Austin Aquatic Science 1st Place Award and $150; Veterinary Medicine 3rd Place Award and $150)
Katie Wittman '21 - “Use of Hydrophytes to Phytoremediate Fertilizer Contaminated Water”: Superior Award (Governor’s Award for Excellence in Environmental Protection Research 2nd Place Award and $100; Soil and Water Conservation 2nd Place Award and $100)
Caden Bistrek '23 - “The Effectiveness of Headgear in Soccer”: Excellent Award
Anthony Gabriele '21 - “Designing a Programming System in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder”: Excellent Award (Believe in Ohio STEM Entrepreneurship 1st Place Award and $200)
Seth Tivakaran '23 - “The Effect of Different Food Substances on Lactate Build-up”: Excellent Award (Osteopathic Medical 2nd Place Award and $100)
Carroll High School is proud to be the first and only Catholic high school to have earned the Purple Star Designation as a military-friendly school through the Ohio Department of Education. In addition to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for families in the armed forces, Carroll takes pride in its graduates who choose to enhance the Patriot part of their Carroll Patriot identity by serving in the armed forces.
Having grown up in a military family, Todd Jokerst ‘20 has always wanted to give back to his country in a similar way. Todd’s dad is a Colonel in the Air Force who works at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a reservist doing research. “The military has been very good to my dad,” Jokerst said, “so I feel an obligation to serve.”
Todd will start his studies as a mechanical engineer at Georgia Tech with an ROTC scholarship that covers tuition and mandatory fees plus a book stipend of $750 each semester and a monthly allowance that grows from $250 monthly as a first semester student and grows to $400 monthly by graduation. Upon graduation, Todd will enter into the navy as an officer. He hopes to become a surface warfare officer, a naval helicopter pilot doing search and rescue missions, or a SEAL special warfare officer.
As he begins his coursework at Georgia Tech, Jokerst will already have a head start in his leadership training, as he has had many opportunities to lead his peers at Carroll. As swim team captain and a House Captain during the COVID-19 pandemic, Todd has gained valuable skills that will benefit him in service. “You have to adapt to situations. You have to see what comes at you,” said Jokerst, “you really have to make do with what you have."
Thankfully, Carroll graduates who choose to serve in the armed forces have an entire toolbox of valuable resources and experiences upon entering the military. Taylor Smith '20, who enlisted in the army, starts Advanced Individual Training on August 24th and will be putting the skills she learned in computer courses at Carroll to use as she trains to be a social signaling specialist. Her specialty, an Information Technology role, maintains the technology used for various missions and ensures cables are hooked up properly in order to launch missiles.
“Whenever I’m done with my contract, my skills will still be useful,” states Smith. After Advanced Individual Training, she plans on attending the University of Cincinnati. Like Jokerst, Smith will also be receiving full tuition for her commitment to serve.
Taylor’s time at Carroll and the military recruiters she met there paved the way for her to embark on a career in the army. Though this will be a new chapter for Taylor, she is thankful to have fellow Carroll alumni like Jared Ritter ‘18 and Jacob Heil ‘18 giving some insight into what life in the Army will look like and advice for the journey ahead. Taylor also acknowledged Carroll High School’s commitment to honoring alumni and community members who are active and veteran members of the armed forces throughout the school year. “Carroll definitely recognizes the contributions of people in the military,” said Smith.
On this Independence Day, Carroll High School wants to remember, honor, and thank America's active duty, reserve, and retired military members, especially the Patriot Alumni who have served our country as part of the United States armed forces.
2020 Alumni Entering the Armed Forces
- Paige Bey: Army National Guard
- Todd Jokerst: Navy
- Alexis Ortiz: Marine Corps
- Kenneth Smith: Army
- Taylor Smith Army National Guard
- Franklin Smith-Custer: Coast Guard
- Janelle Soto: Army National Guard
Carroll High School is excited to introduce Mrs. Heather (Taylor) Terbay '98 as its new Director of Admissions. Mrs. Terbay will work with all prospective eighth grade and transfer students and families as they go through the admissions process. Any prospective students seeking information about life as a student Carroll and the admissions process are encouraged to contact Mrs. Terbay via email or by calling (937) 253-8188 ext 305.
Most recently, Mrs. Terbay served as the Assistant Principal at Incarnation Catholic School in Centerville. Mrs. Jodi Shannon, Carroll's previous Director of Admissions, has moved into a new role in Carroll's Advancement and Admissions Department.
A Message from Director of Admissions Heather (Taylor) Terbay '98
Greetings Fellow Patriots,
Please allow me to introduce myself to the Carroll family as the new Director of Admissions. My name is Heather (Taylor) Terbay. I join the Carroll staff full of enthusiasm and anticipation as I look ahead at the exciting future for the Patriots. I am not only a Carroll alumnus, but also the daughter of Patricia (Shea) Taylor from the Class of 1969.
Since graduating from Carroll in 1998, I have followed many different paths which have allowed me to take countless adventures. I graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Middle Childhood Education and went on to teach locally at Incarnation Catholic School. Married life took me to North Carolina and then to Michigan where I taught in several different schools. While in Michigan, I earned my Master’s degree from the University of Dayton in Educational Leadership. After moving back to the Dayton area, I returned to Incarnation and became its Assistant Principal in 2018. I have loved being able to serve students and their families over the past 18 years as an educator and am especially proud of my years in Catholic education. Throughout my journey, I have had my loving husband, Greg, of 14 years by my side. Greg is also an alumnus of the Carroll High School Class of 1998. Our children, Paige and Lucas, currently attend Incarnation and are extremely excited to become Patriots in the future.
As the Director of Admissions, I am excited to pass on my love of Carroll High School. Carroll has helped shape me into the person I am today, and I hope to be able to pass on the sense of community and focus on faith to all that enter through the front doors for a visit. The rich academic foundation that Carroll afforded me is something that should be celebrated and shared. I invite anyone who is interested in hearing more about Carroll High School for their student to contact me for a personal tour or explore our website. I would love to meet you and your family to show you why Carroll is so special!
It’s a great day to be a Patriot! Blessings,
Heather (Taylor) Terbay ‘98