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Teaching can be challenging, but with new guidelines and plans schools have to follow to slow the spread of COVID-19, it can be even harder. Dr. Christina O’Malley is a science teacher at Carroll High School who is on a mission to keep her students engaged in science even if they can’t always be together in the classroom.
Dr. O’Malley studied at Wright State University, got her master’s at the University of Dayton, and then pursued her Ph.D. at Ohio State. She returned to her hometown to teach and has been dedicated to encouraging her students to explore and enjoy the sciences.
The Carroll High School men’s cross country team finished in 8th place out of 20 teams at the Division-II State Cross Country Championships this past Saturday at Fortress Obetz Stadium, tying the fourth best finish in men’s team history! It was also the third year in a row in Division-II that the Patriots have finished in the Top 8 and the eighth time finishing in the top 10 at the state cross country championships.
The Patriots were led by senior Kevin Agnew who finished in 4th (15:54) to earn All-State Honors for the second year in a row. Kevin is the 10th runner in team history to finish in the top 30, which is now considered All-State. His fourth place finish is also the highest by an individual at state in team history. Sophomore Jack Agnew just missed All-State honors finishing in 32nd (16:37).
The rest of the top 7 for the Patriots were senior Drew Maxwell (92nd - 17:23), freshman Logan Arnold (96th – 17:28), sophomore Seth Tivakaran (102nd - 17:33), sophomore Hayden Everding (148th – 18:39), and sophomore Nathan Schiffler (156th – 18:54).
Kevin Agnew, Jack Agnew, Drew Maxwell, Seth Tivakaran, Hayden Everding, and Nathan Schiffler also earned Academic All-Ohio Honors by qualifying to State and having a 3.5 GPA or higher (freshmen are not eligible for this award). The alternates were Michael Duckro, Jared Sargent, and Christian Anguiano.
The team finishes the season as GCL Co-ed and District Champions, Regional Runners-Up, and 8th in the State. Big congratulations go to our two seniors, Kevin and Drew, who capped off incredible careers with a great team performance.
The Carroll Cross Country teams competed in the Division II Regional Championships on October 31st at Troy. Lead by individual champion Kevin Agnew '21, the Patriot men finished as Regional Runners-up, only ten points behind champion Waynesville. There were a total of 13 teams in the race with the top four teams earning a spot in the State Cross Country Championships. This was the 5th time in team history finishing as Regional Runner-Up and 8th time finishing in the top 2 spots. This was also the 15th year out of the last 18 that the men’s team has qualified to the State Championships in Division II. It’s the 16th men’s state qualifying team in Carroll Cross Country history and 22nd overall.
The Patriot men had an outstanding team race with all 7 runners contributing to the team’s overall win. Agnew's first place finish (15:50) earned him the individual championship for the second year in a row! Kevin also earned All-Region honors and was an Individual State Qualifier! Kevin is the 3rd Individual Regional Champion in school history (Kevin has won twice and Andrew Trick '09, is the other). Jack Agnew '23 finished in 7th place (16:35) to earn All-Region honors and was an Individual State Qualifier. Rounding out the top 7 were: Drew Maxwell '21 (20th-17:14), Logan Arnold '24 (22nd-17:15), Seth Tivakaran '23 (30th-17:32), Hayden Everding '23 (50th-17:58), and Nathan Schiffler '23 (79th-18:47). The alternates for the Patriots were Michael Duckro '22, Jared Sargent '24, Christian Anguiano '21, Adam Cross '22, and Patrick Sableski '22.
The Carroll women also competed in the Regional Championships and tied for 5th place out of 11 teams. The top 3 teams earned a spot to the State Cross Country Championships, and the Patriots were only 28 points from qualifying with their best team race of the season. They were led by Grace Braun '23 who finished in 15th (20:15) and three spots from being an individual state qualifier! The rest of the top 7 for the ladies were Maggie Poor '24 (21st-20:34), Sarah Ochs '22 (36th-21:13), Sophie Mock '21 (45th-21:26), Nataly Duenas-Diaz '21(55th-21:56), Trinity Raber '21 (70th-22:44), and Madi Werner '21 (77th-23:20). The alternates for Carroll were Abby Noss '23, Hannah Wagner '23, and Nora Sableski '24.
Special shout out to our seniors! This was Kevin's 4th time competing at the Regional Championships and 2nd time qualifying to State. This was Drew’s 3rd time competing at the Regional Championships and 2nd time being on a State qualifying team. Trinity has competed at the Regional Championships all 4 years! This was Nataly, Sophie, and Madi’s first time competing at the Regional Championships. Full results from the Regional Championships can be found at: http://live.finishtiming.com/meets/202000440/events.
The Carroll men will compete in the D-II State Cross Country Championships this Saturday (November 7) at Fortress Obetz Stadium near Columbus at 12:00 p.m. You can watch a livestream of the event at ohsaa.org by clicking on the “Watch Games Live / Watch Now” NFHS button. Live results of the races can be found at http://live.finishtiming.com/meets/202000401/events.
We are very proud of these outstanding scholars. There are 1.5 million students that take the PSAT test each year. To have multiple students place in the top 1% in a single year is extraordinary. Their achievement is a testament to their hard work, supportive families, and excellent preparation from teachers not only in high school, but in grade school as well. I have no doubt that Josie and Cameron will be highly successful in any path they choose in life.
-Principal Matthew Sableski '91
Carroll High School seniors Josie Rose and Cameron Neidhard earned distinction as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, adding to the list of Patriot scholars who have placed among the nation’s top students. This test determines NMS honorees in addition to preparing high school students for college entrance tests and demonstrating their college readiness.
- These students gained this recognition by achieving at least a 215 selection index on the College Board’s 2019 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualification Test. The highest possible selection index is 228.
- Carroll High School has the most NMS Semifinalists of any Catholic high school in Montgomery County.
- A total of 681 students from 188 high schools in Ohio were named NMS Semifinalists.
- 14 Carroll High School students have been recognized in the NMS competition as Semifinalists or Commended Scholars since 2017.