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Chris Youngerman '79: Dayton Amateur Softball Hall of Fame Inductee

August 05, 2021
By Alumni Office
Chris Youngerman '79

Christine Youngerman, Carroll High School Class of 1979, will be inducted into the Dayton Amateur Softball Hall of Fame on Sunday, August 8, 2021, to be held at a picnic at Kettering Fields.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and picnic are open to the Dayton softball community, with lunch being served at 11:30 am, and inductions starting at 12:30 pm.

This year’s induction includes 10 people going in from 2020 and 10 going in from 2021. 

The 2021 class includes:

  • Female Category: Brenda Barnum
  • Male Category: Rodney Corbin. Charles "Ricky" Howliet, Billy Jones
  • Umpire Category: Arthur Watson
  • Senior Category: Honorary Gary Deaton, Bobby Campbell, Myles "Chillymac" McPherson, Jim Moses, Mick Sorrell

The 2020 class includes:

  • Female Category: Chris Youngerman
  • Male Category: Brian Dinsmore, Joe Eisen, Odie Walder
  • Umpire Category: Brian Warner
  • Men’s Fast Pitch: Terry Demaree
  • Senior Category: Dan Connaughton, Joseph N. Cornell, Robert Obach, Butch Tanner

Congratulations to all of the inductees!

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Marina Sorrell '17 Receives Raymond and Beulah Horn Award of Excellence from the University of Dayton

May 19, 2021
By Michael Franz '05, Carroll High School

Patching Some Tires and Paving the Way in Special Education: Meet Marina Sorrell '17

On May 9, Marina Sorrell ‘17 received her diploma from the School of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Dayton, where she majored in Intervention Specialty, or the education of neurodiverse students. Leading up to this significant moment, she has had many opportunities to both reflect upon her time as a student at Carroll and to plan on how she will utilize the tools her teachers gave her to now teach in her own classroom as a licensed Pre-K through 12th grade Intervention Specialist. 

Marina graduated Cum Laude, and The UD Department of Education and the Dean’s office selected her as the recipient of the Raymond and Beulah Horn Award of Excellence out of all the Intervention Specialists in her cohort for excellence in her subject area. In addition to this highly prestigious award, she also received other awards in excellence in Intervention Specialty from the university.

Marina has had many influential experiences leading up to her choice to become an Intervention Specialist; however, growing up as a sibling of a neurodiverse learner could be considered one of the most significant experiences that has prepared Marina for her future career. Her younger brother, Woody, was diagnosed with Autism when he was two years old. Marina, who was seven at the time, had not heard of the term, let alone had any idea what that meant for Woody and his future learning experiences. However, she remembers when his diagnosis finally made sense to her. In a conversation with her parents, a very young Marina compared Woody’s brain to a popped bicycle tire. “It’s not like the bike doesn’t work,” Marina said, “but it’s harder to pedal, so we have to help him inflate his tire. That’s the analogy I always think of (now) when I’m teaching.”

Marina Sorrell '17 after graduating from the University of Dayton, with her brother Woody and father Chris '83.

Marina grew up watching Woody’s team of family, therapists, adults, and educators work together to fill his tires, and she was by his side to celebrate the tiny yet monumental breakthroughs he achieved on his journey to success. Watching her brother's progress and development made a significant impact on Marina, and it inspired her desire to help children on similar learning paths. 

From early on in her life, Sorrell knew that she wanted to go into the education field in some way as well. Even her 4th and 5th grade teachers at Mother Brunner School would discuss it with Marina’s parents and encourage that path for their daughter. “Every grade level I got to, I thought, ‘I could teach this grade! This would be fun!’” recalled Sorrell. It would take many years later, upon a hike with her mother, where she would realize that Intervention Specialty could be a good fit for her. An Intervention Specialist’s license would allow her to work with students pedaling their bicycles in ways similar to Woody. An additional endorsement would also allow Marina the freedom and flexibility to work with a diverse group of students in all grade levels and various subjects.

“Carroll is more than just this school on Linden Avenue. The Carroll support got me through college and got me there.”

~ Marina Sorrell '17

Marina credits Carroll as being the place where she solidified her desire to become a teacher during the most formative years of her life. “I owe a lot to Carroll. I liked the subjects I was in, and I liked how my teachers went about teaching,” said Marina, “They were really great models for what it’s really like to enjoy your teaching job.” She remembers her English teachers in particular having so much fun, and those memories inspired her to make learning fun for her future students.

Carroll Social Studies Mr. Chris Sorrell ‘83, Marina’s father, mentioned to her that when she took Mrs. Jill Kilby’s AP Psychology class, it was the first time that he saw his daughter becoming a student- one who wanted to dive deeper into the material, even beyond what was being covered in class. Marina credits Mrs. Kilby, as well as her teachers at Carroll, for igniting that desire to be a lifelong learner and to become a teacher herself.  “All of the teachers at Carroll are great examples of great teachers.” Marina learned from teachers, like Mrs. Marcy (Hemmert) Hughes ‘83 and Mrs. Mary Ollier, who showed Marina what it means to teach the whole student rather than just presenting the classroom content.

When it came time to apply for college, the application process for Marina looked like it does for most high school seniors, daunting. Thankfully, Marina felt comfortable being vulnerable and reaching out to her beloved teachers for help when the time came to apply. They came to her aid, reading over application essays and helping her prepare materials for submission. During the application process, her teachers at Carroll linked Sorrell to professors at the University of Dayton who are connected to the Carroll family in various ways that could help her discern both her major and her overall decision to attend the University of Dayton. “(Carroll is) more than just this school on Linden Avenue. The Carroll support got me through college and got me there,” Marina recalled.

Upon entering UD her freshman year, Marina felt more than prepared for the rigorous coursework that comes at the university level. Having taken scholarship courses during her time at Carroll, including College Credit Plus coursework as an upperclassman, Sorrell not only had experience in college-level demands, but she also had acquired college credits prior to her arrival on UD’s campus. One of the more challenging courses for freshman education majors, Physics, ended up being less of an obstacle than expected, as she had taken two years worth of physics at Carroll. Marina even ended up being the go-to classmate on her residence hall floor to proofread papers for the UD course, as Marina knew the formatting so well from her Carroll days. After taking the course at UD, Marina returned to Carroll, sought out Physics teacher, Mrs. Laurie Fuhr, and told her that she would not have passed without her. 

At the University of Dayton, Marina did more than simply pass her coursework. She earned one of the top scores among her classmates on her edTPA, a performance-based Ohio licensure test. The university has also frequently asked her to speak to incoming and current undergraduate students who are entering the education field about her experiences in the School of Education.

Now, Marina is ready to help other neurodiverse students inflate their own bicycle tires and find success on their own learning journeys. She is currently applying for teaching positions in the greater Dayton and Cincinnati areas, and she is so excited to be in a classroom of her own. “I can’t wait to meet my future students, and I can’t wait to learn about them and grow with them,” she gushed, “I don’t know where I’ll be teaching, but I’m so excited to be there, wherever it is.” 

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Miriam Cleary '11: Client Specialist at Baird

April 15, 2021
By Michael Franz '05, Carroll High School

Sorting through Tax Season: Meet Miriam Cleary '11

Miriam Cleary ‘11 is a Client Specialist at Baird to two financial advisors on a wealth management team in Cincinnati.  She recently spoke with us about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way she works and how Carroll prepared her for success after high school.

What are some of your responsibilities on a typical day?

“I am in charge of client interactions, facilitating transactions when people need money or talk about distributions from different accounts and trades.  I’m also working on my certified financial planner license.  I do all the planning for our team for a realm of possibilities for our clients.  My day-to-day is making sure our clients have the best experience possible, especially during tax season, because it can get really complicated with all the forms and different days they’re due.  It’s really nice to have those relationships with my clients established before I have to talk to them about what they actually have to pay for their taxes.”

When does tax season start, and how does it affect what you do?

“We provide the forms for the accounts if there is interest paid or retail accounts where there are distributions from qualified accounts.  We started issuing tax forms at the beginning of February because people are always anxious to get their tax forms in.  Usually, things really start to speed up in mid-March.  Because a lot of people do their taxes online or because of the pandemic, they just email everything to their tax person.  It’s much easier than having to worry about when we’re going to get them in the mail.  After April 15, we go back to our day-to-day business like client meetings.”

How has the pandemic changed how you work?

“Our clients are used to meeting with us once, maybe twice a year.  Having to transition from face-to-face meetings in our office to being either on Zoom or on a conference call.  That interaction with us, especially with our older clients, is very important, and it’s very important to us as well because we want to keep that relationship established.  I now have an office set up in my home.  [Baird] has been great about getting all of us access and keeping the internet and network up to speed, but we can’t print [financial documents] at home because of the confidentiality, so getting those things to clients has been a challenge. 

Our clients can’t go out of their homes as much as they could, so we’ve talked to people more and more.  That’s been helpful to me because I’ve been able to re-establish some relationships and talk to people about things other than their investments.”

How did Carroll help prepare you for college and career?

“I graduated from college with a degree in foreign language and international studies and a minor in anthropology, and I work in finance.  People don’t understand how that happened, and sometimes, I’m not sure either.  Carroll made us work hard.  I’m glad I was constantly challenged either Mrs. [Mary Jane] Clark, or Mr. [Jim] Hemmert; all the challenges they threw at us and the sense of responsibility they instilled in us to succeed and help others.  When I got to college, I already knew how to study because of Study Skills my freshman year.  I knew it would be harder, and I had to learn to rededicate my time because the level and amount of work was different, but Carroll made it much easier for me because I was much more established in my study habits.  I already knew what I needed to do, and that transformed into a better experience altogether.  My parents thought it was the most important thing for us to get that education because they knew that it would set us up down the line, and it has.”

What is your advice to current students?

“Remember what you do enjoy about your job, even if it’s something that you may not think you would ever get into, you can try to find something good about having that career.  Be open to those dynamics and understanding that you may not always be right, but that’s how you grow as a person.  Carroll taught me that, and it was expounded on when I got to college.”

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Chris Seiter '85 of Seiter Services Expands Business

January 16, 2021
By Dayton Daily News: Bonnie Meibers

Xenia HVAC company acquires Southtown Heating and Cooling, expands services

LOCAL DAYTON DAILY NEWS | Jan 16, 2021 | By Bonnie Meibers

Seiter Services of Xenia has acquired Southtown Heating and Cooling Inc. of Moraine, expanding their services and their customer base.

Seiter Services is owned by Sheila and Chris Seiter '85 of Xenia. The company provides residential and light commercial HVAC and appliance and water conditioning needs.

They’ve been in business since 2008. The company had about nine employees before buying Southtown.

Combined, the company has 43 employees, 39 service trucks and two facilities. The acquisition also will add plumbing and electrical services for existing Seiter customers.

The company has enjoyed steady growth and success over time and was looking to expand its service region and range of services, the company said in a media release.

The owners of Southtown, Joe and Terri Trame, said they were looking to retire.

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“We took great time in partnering in the sale of our company to a wonderful husband and wife team. They have the same work ethics and commitment that we felt we have had,” Terri Trame said.

Southtown has been providing HVAC, plumbing and electric service to the region for over 30 years.

“Terri and Joe have done a great job in building a company that maintains a long list of loyal clients and employees. Southtown has a very talented team. Our companies shared a lot of the same values. It only made sense to pursue this opportunity,” said Chris Seiter.

The two companies are now sharing customers, and both companies are Bryant authorized dealers. Seiter Services employees will soon be trained on plumbing and electric services, a spokeswoman for the company said.

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Alex Wolodkiewicz '11: Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

December 01, 2020
By Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to Alex Wolodkiewicz, Carroll High School Class of 2011, who has been named a member of the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. (December 2020)

Name, Company & Position: Alex Wolodkiewicz, Pinnacle Financial Associates, Financial Planner/Partner

In your 3-year term, what would you like to see the chamber accomplish? 
I would like to see the Chamber continue to get the younger generation/young professionals the opportunities to learn how to lead, run a successful business, and network with the many successful businesses in our Chamber. Whether that is through new programs, like Greene Leads, or events positioned for young professionals. During the two years that I served as a member of Greene Leads, it provided me a learning experience to be a better leader/business person and to also build long term friendships/business relationships with others in our Beavercreek Community.

The Chamber Board of Directors supports the mission of the Chamber by formulating the policies and procedures of the Chamber in accordance with its bylaws and goals, as well as directing Chamber finances. They are also tasked with promoting the Chamber and helping the staff serve the needs of members.

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Dr. Richard Campbell '67 Receives the 2021 Communications Award of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics for Stats + Stories Podcast

October 28, 2020
By Susan Meikle, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
(Left to Right) Bailer, Pennington and Campbell celebrate the 100th episode of Stats + Stories in May, 2019

Stats+Stories Podcast Honored with National Award for Mathematics Communications

Translating math and science for a general audience is key to challenging anti-science
By Susan Meikle, Miami University News and Communications, 10/28/2020:

Miami University’s John Bailer, Richard Campbell (Carroll High School 1967 Graduate) and Rosemary Pennington have been honored with the 2021 Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) Communications Award for their "engaging, entertaining and enlightening" Stats + Stories podcast.

The annual award is designed to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to non-mathematical audiences. 

Created in 2013 by Bailer, a statistician, and Campbell, a journalist, Stats + Stories brings “the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics” to public radio and a broad podcast audience.

Bailer, Miami University Distinguished Professor, chair of statistics and president of the International Statistical Institute (2019-2021), said, “During times when allegations of false news are common and trust in science varies, there continues to be a call for a forum to consider the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.”

Campbell, professor emeritus and founding chair of Miami's media, journalism and film department, said that the ability for a mathematician or scientist to “translate the complexities of her work into a story for a general audience is key to challenging the anti-science and anti-evidence strains running through our mediated culture.”

He recommends every journalism student take a statistics course, and that every statistics and mathematics major take a journalism course, if possible.

Pennington, also a journalist and moderator of Stats + Stories, was a former science and medical reporter, which helped her develop a deep appreciation for "all that math can help us understand about our world," she said. “Sometimes, all it takes is the right story, or the right storyteller, to unlock the beauty of math for someone who may have struggled with it in the past."

She is currently an assistant professor of journalism at Miami, with a research focus on media representations of marginalized groups.

Partnering with good people 

“One of my first reactions to hearing about this award was the recognition of the importance of partnering with good people,” Bailer said. He has collaborated with Campbell for more than a decade and with Pennington for the last six years.

The podcast team extends thanks to those who helped make the “on air” panel sound and look good — the sound and recording engineers and those involved with web page support and podcast / show production — including Bob Long, the podcast’s first moderator. They recognize the College of Arts and Science for facilities and other resources contributing to the podcast. 

Campbell said “It has been an absolute pleasure working with our team on Stats + Stories. So much so that I keep doing it in retirement, still learning from the terrific guests we have had on the podcast over the years.”

They will receive the award with co-winner Erica Klarreich, writer and mathematician, during the 2021 Virtual Joint Mathematics Meetings in January.

JPBM  is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Statistical Association.

Follow them on Twitter:

Stats + Stories:  @statsandstories

John Bailer: @john_bailer

Rosemary Pennington: @rompenni

Read more about Stats + Stories and the podcast team in the College of Arts and Science story "Stats + Stories podcast wins national award."

Dr. Richard Campbell '67
From Dr. Richard Campbell '67 (AMS American Mathematical Society Website):

"I was stunned. I thought my numerical literacy prowess had peaked during my Dayton, Ohio, high school days when I served as president of the sophomore math club. But to the point: It has been an absolute pleasure working with our team on Stats + Stories. So much so that I keep doing it in retirement, still learning from the terrific guests we have had on the podcast over the years."

~ Dr. Richard Campbell '67

At Miami, John Bailer and I had worked together to get a quantitative literacy requirement into our college’s curriculum. As part of that initiative, we team-taught an honors class called “News and Numbers” in 2009 and developed the podcast in 2013. As a one-time reporter and long-time journalism educator (with some math phobia issues), I remember how nervous I was in that first class with John. But when he put up a data graph culled from a national newspaper and asked the students, “What’s the story here?”, I relaxed. Storytelling is something I knew about and to realize this renowned statistician expected a good data chart to tell a story put me at ease. John and I had common ground. I do recommend that every journalism student take statistics courses and that every math and stats major take journalism courses (plus, all our high schools should be requiring quantitative literacy classes). The ability for a mathematician or scientist to translate the complexities of her work into a story for a general audience is key to challenging the anti-science and anti-evidence strains running through our mediated culture. John, Rosemary and I grateful are for this prestigious award … and proud of our Stats + Stories work. Thank you. (photo courtesy Miami University)

Biographical sketch of Richard Campbell

Campbell is Professor Emeritus and founding Chair of the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami University. He is the author of 60 Minutes and the News: A Mythology for Middle America and co-author of Cracked Coverage: Television News, the Anti-Cocaine Crusade and the Reagan Legacy, and the lead author of three textbooks, including Media and Culture: Mass Communication in a Digital Age, now in its 12th edition. Campbell earned his B.A. in English from Marquette University and his PhD from Northwestern University in the Radio-Television-Film department. He also worked as a print reporter and broadcast news writer in Milwaukee. In his 48-year teaching career, he has also worked at Mount Mary College, UW-Milwaukee, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Michigan. In addition to the Stats + Stories podcast, his most recent projects include the digital Oxford Observer and Report for Ohio -- initiatives aimed at getting more young journalists real-world experience and hired to cover under-reported areas in both rural and urban communities. He is also the executive producer of Training for Freedom: How Ordinary People in an Unusual Time & Unlikely Place Made Extraordinary History, a 2019 documentary on Oxford’s role in the historic events of Freedom Summer in 1964. A former high school English teacher and girls’ basketball coach in the Milwaukee Public School system, Campbell grew up in Dayton, Ohio, where in 2015 he served on the city’s planning committee for the 20th anniversary of Dayton Peace Accords. In 2019, Campbell received Miami University’s Benjamin Harrison Medallion Award "For Outstanding Contribution to the Education of the Nation." 

Dr. Richard Campbell '67 was also inducted into the Carroll High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2018.
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David Perkins '81 Honored by Society of American Military Engineers

September 28, 2020
By Dayton Daily News
David Perkins '81

Society honors 2 Wright-Patt individuals for mentorship, service

Posted by Dayton Daily News (Contributed Story) on Sept 28, 2020

The Society of American Military Engineers honored two individuals from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during a ceremony held virtually Sept. 16. They are Randall Parker, director of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s Detachment 6, and David Perkins, director of the 88th Air Base Wing Strategic Initiatives Office.

SAME, a professional military engineering association, cultivates collaboration amongst architecture, engineering, construction, facility management and environmental entities in the government and industry sectors to achieve solutions to national security infrastructure challenges.

Parker received the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award for lifetime achievement during SAME’s Academy of Fellows Class of 2020 Investiture. His organization supports installation and mission support functions at installations across Air Force Materiel Command.

“He stands apart for his passion in mentoring and encouraging our professionals, both young and old, to grow and advance themselves within our society,” said retired Navy rear admiral Mark Handley, who served as host for the event. “He has distinguished himself among his peers for creating a culture of continuous learning, promoting personal and professional growth, and opportunity. He has provided leadership, guidance and active coaching that has shaped the careers of senior leaders in the Air Force and those who have transitioned into the private sector.”

“I enjoy mentoring the next generation, building high-performing teams that push the envelope, and I will continue to work hard and build trust-based relationships,” said Parker, who retired from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel in June 2006. "We are all members of a professional military armed service which happens to be the most powerful Air Force on the planet. Serving and being part of something ‘bigger than yourself’ is both personally and professionally rewarding.

“I am sincerely humbled and honored to receive this prestigious Society of American Military Engineers national award recognition,” he continued. "I can think of no better challenge to our engineer leaders to mentor our next generation. I have learned so much from our senior leaders over the course of my career who took the time to mentor me, and now it’s my turn to do the same. Mentoring is both personally and professionally rewarding and our Air Force and nation will be better served by it.

David Perkins was inducted into SAME’s Academy of Fellows during the investiture ceremony at which Parker was honored.

SAME bestows the designation of fellow on SAME members who have rendered dedicated and outstanding service to organization and to the architecture, engineering and construction profession. Today, there are more than 800 members in the SAME Academy of Fellows.

Perkins, who joined SAME in 2003, has held numerous leadership positions in the society including president of the local Kittyhawk Post Board of Direction.

A former director of the 88th Civil Engineer Group, Perkins led the critical facility and infrastructure repairs and the new construction required to support the base’s diverse missions and strengthen national security. His accomplishments as a member of SAME have been particularly distinguished, fostering collaboration and discussion between post members of government and industry to the benefit of the military engineering community.

“The strong professional values of the Society of American Engineers are known worldwide and are strongly aligned with my own professional values,” Perkins said. "It is truly an honor to be inducted as a fellow in this society that recognizes the hard work and commitment of engineering professionals that spend a career developing and mentoring others to the betterment of this time-honored profession.

“We work hard to collaborate with government and industry alike as partners verse adversaries to advance science, technology engineering and mathematics concepts to sustain our profession and advance society. Finally, to stand beside some of the smartest minds and truly honorable people is personally rewarding and validation of more than 20 years of commitment to the engineering profession,” he said.

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Maureen (Burns) Zappala '79: Top 8 World Finalist for Public Speaking Contest

September 02, 2020
By Julie Weitz

Maureen (Burns) Zappala, Carroll High School Class of 1979, competed in the 2020 finals of the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking Contest on August 29.  She was in the top eight of about 30,000 contestants worldwide.  

Each year, thousands of Toastmasters, representing over 100 countries, battle for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.  This months-long competition culminated at the 2020 Virtual Convention as the 28 semifinalists competed for a title that transforms lives.

How it Works

The World Championship of Public Speaking® starts in Toastmasters clubs across the globe.  From there, participants advance to Area, Division, District, and region-level competitions.  Two winners from each region-level competition move on to the semifinals.  At the semifinals, an expert panel of experienced Toastmasters will determine the eight finalists.  Each speech lasts between five to seven minutes.  For many amateur speakers, this competition is the opportunity of a lifetime.  Past winners have used this accolade to become prominent paid speakers, delivering keynotes and speeches around the globe.

For more information and to listen to Maureen's speech, go here.  Maureen is speaker #6 which is about 47:30 on the video.  It has special significance to Carroll's Class of 1979 since Maureen tells a story about one of the 1979 classmates.
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Tina Tolias '16: WSU College of Science & Math Top Scholar

April 27, 2020
By Wright State University

Stamatina Tolias

Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology

Tina Tolias is a 2016 Carroll High School graduate. Wright State University is celebrating her hard work and success in naming her the College of Science and Math Top Scholar.

She is a student in the Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology department.  

Stamatina’s career goals are to obtain an MD/Ph.D. or Ph.D., providing her with the opportunity to extend the boundaries of our understanding of the biomedical sciences, and potentially translate those findings into new therapeutic approaches for patients. It is this pursuit of knowledge and understanding that, WSU faculty believe, defines Stamatina. At her core, she is driven to understand, in great depth, why things function the way that they do. She is not satisfied with merely memorizing facts, but in pursuing how and why systems are arranged as they are, and how that information might then be applied to new scenarios. It is this logic and creativity that has allowed her to be so tremendously successful already as a neuroscience student and a research scientist. Stamatina, only half-way through her Senior year, has already been a contributing author on six publications with Dr. Suzanne Lunsford in the analytical chemical sciences. This, in and of itself, is tremendously impressive and says a great deal to the motivation and work ethic of Stamatina.

A quote from her letter of nomination: ‘I have never worked with an undergraduate student who is so ardent towards research and encompasses the many traits a successful scientist possesses. Stamatina truly defines what it is to be a scholar. She is a productive, logical, driven, focused, and curious young scientist who recently applied to Northwestern University’s PREP Program to further enhance her research training in biomedical research. I believe that Stamatina has the capacity to be one of the upcoming scientific leaders in biomedical research.’

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February 09, 2020
By Amelia Robinson
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images (Steve Bognar '81 & Julia Reichert winning an Academy Award!)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar, Lindsay Utz, Jeff Reichert, and Julie Parker Benello accept the Documentary - Feature - award for 'American Factory' onstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Dayton-area filmmakers Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar win Oscar for ‘American Factory’

By Amelia Robinson, February 9, 2020,

“American Factory” follows the creation of the Chinese-owned automotive glass-factory Fuyao Glass America in the same building that had once housed a General Motors assembly operation in Moraine

Hollywood’s most-prized golden man is coming home to the Dayton area with a local couple who live in a village named for its spring. 

Steve Bognar, Carroll High School Graduate from the Class of 1981, was inducted into Carroll High School's Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008. 

Yellow Springs residents Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar — longtime pillars of Dayton’s art and film community — received the Oscar in the documentary feature category for their critically-acclaimed film “American Factory” at the Academy Award ceremony, Sunday, Feb. 9. They share the award with Jeff Reichert.

The film edged out “The Cave,” “The Edge of Democracy,” “For Sama” and “Honeyland.”

Reichert, a nationally acclaimed artist who has been called the godmother of the American independent film movement, is battling a rare and deadly cancer. 

She and Bognar were exuberant during their acceptance speeches. 

Bognar and Reichert, a couple together for more than 30 years, received an Academy Award nomination in the “Best Documentary (short subject)” category for their 2009 HBO film “The Last Truck” about the closing of that very same GM plant in Moraine.

Some of the stars of “American Factory” —  Dayton-area residents and former and past Fuyao Glass workers Jill Lamantia, Shawnea Rosser-Carter, Robert “Bobby” Allen, Wong He and Rob Haerr — and their guests attended the ceremony. 

Reichert and Bognar were considered front- runners for the prizes having won the Directors Guild of America Award, the Film Independent Spirit Award and the Gotham Award Independent Film Award in the documentary categories.

The Oscar nomination is the fourth for Reichert and the second for Bognar.

Aside from “Last Truck” and “American Factory” with Bognar, Reichert was nominated for the first time in 1978 with James Klein and Miles Mogulescu for “Union Maids,” and again with Klein in 1984 for “Seeing Red.”


Go here to read more about how a Carroll High School connection contributed to an "American Factory."

Dayton area couple’s locally made movie nominated for Oscar

“American Factory” was filmed in Moraine. 

The Dayton area has a big horse in the race for one of Hollywood’s biggest prizes for the third consecutive year.

This film happened because of the incredible support we get from everyone in Dayton, Ohio.

Dayton Daily News ENTERTAINMENT, Published Jan 13, 2020 by Amelia Robinson

Yellow Springs residents Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s “American Factory” has been nominated for the Academy Awards in the documentary feature category, after winning The Independent Filmmaker Project’s prestigious Gotham Award in December. The announcement was made Monday morning. 

"This film happened because of the incredible support we get from everyone in Dayton, Ohio,” Bognar told this news organization. “We are proud to be from Dayton, Ohio today and we are grateful to be able to represent our town at the big show.” 

“American Factory,” a critic’s favorite, was named to the shortlist for the Oscar nomination in December. The winning films will be announced Sunday, Feb. 9, at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony. This is the third year in a row the Miami Valley will have a direct connection to the awards. 

Academy Award nominees and former Wright State University film professors Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s documentary “American Factory,” a look at the local Fuyao plant in Moraine, will be screened March 30 and 31 at the Cleveland International Film Festival. 

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, in partnership with Netflix, acquired “American Factory” in April. It follows the creation of the Chinese-owned automotive glass-factory Fuyao Glass America in the same building that had once housed a General Motors assembly operation in Moraine. 

Bognar and Reichert, a Yellow Springs couple together for more than 30 years, received an Academy Award nomination in the “Best Documentary (short subject)” category for their 2009 HBO film “The Last Truck” about the closing of that very same GM plant in Moraine. 

Other films up for the 2020 documentary Oscar include “The Cave,” “The Edge of Democracy,” “For Sama” and “Honeyland.”

Netflix planning to buy local couple’s new award-winning film in deal said to be worth millions, reports say 

Former Wright State professors win big at Sundance Film Festival.

Steve Bognar '81 and Julia Reichert, Yellow Springs-based filmmakers,
in a 2009 file photo. Photo: Staff Writer

Posted Feb 04, 2019 at, by Amelia Robinson

A local couple had a very big weekend in Utah. 

Steve Bognar and his partner Julia Reichert, a Wright State University professor emeritus, picked up the U.S. documentary directing award for their film “American Factory” at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City. 

Now Netflix is on the verge of buying the world rights to “American Factory,” according to Deadline.

Hollywood Reporter says the deal for the “culture-clash documentary” is just south of $3 million. 

In addition, “Clemency,” a film by former assistant professor of motion pictures at Wright State Chinonye Chukwu, won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance. 

“Clemency” centers around a prison warden as she prepares to carry out the execution of a death-row inmate.

“American Factory” is set inside Fuyao Glass America in Moraine. 

The film’s description on Sundance’s website reads: 
In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

Reichert and Bognar received an Academy Award nomination in the “Best Documentary (short subject)” category for their 2009 HBO film “The Last Truck” about the closing of that very same GM plant in Moraine. 

Fuyao is located within the complex that once held a General Motors plant. 

“Last Truck” was a third Oscar nomination for Reichert.

The longtime educator's films "Union Maids (1976)" and "Seeing Red (1983)" were nominated for Best Feature Documentary Academy Awards. 

Her first film, "Growing Up Female," was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. 

Reichert and Bognar won the Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking Emmy in 2007 for their film “A Lion in the House.” 

Another article here: Yellow Springs filmmakers soak up their Sundance Film Festival experience

Yellow Springs Filmmakers To Debut Latest Documentary At Sundance

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Steve Bognar '81 and Julia Reichert

In 2009 Yellow Spring filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar made a film based on the closure of the Moraine Assembly plant, a General Motors automobile factory on December 23, 2008. Reichert and Bognar spoke to several hundred of the nearly 3,000 workers at the plant who were to lose their jobs as a result of the closure. Lacking access to film inside the plant itself, the filmmakers supplied some of the workers with flip cameras to smuggle into the factory, allowing them to acquire footage of some of the final vehicles being assembled there. The film, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant was picked up by HBO and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2009.

They just found out today their latest film, American Factory will debut this January at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition. The category will showcase sixteen world-premiere American documentaries that illuminate the ideas, people and events that shape the present day.

American Factory / U.S.A. (Directors: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Producers: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert, Julie Parker Benello) — In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America. World Premiere

When Steve Bognar called to share the news of the films acceptance into the festival he shared that the film is not yet finished. They submitted a rough cut for judging and crossed their fingers. They now have a pretty great reason to get the film finished, but he says there is still a lot of work to be done. And they’ll be taking some time out to go to California in December where Julia will be awarded the International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award for 2018 in Los Angeles.

American Factory was selected out of a record-breaking 14,259 submissions from 152 countries. Bognar said that the film was untitled until just two days ago. American Factory refers to what the Chinese call this venture and also to the inside look the film has of the business.

2019 is already shaping up to be a pretty major year for the filmmaking team as the Museum of Modern Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts will team up to present a traveling retrospective of Julia Reichert’s films later in the year.

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