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Michael Schlater '85 Reaches His Dream

October 26, 2022
By Edward Severn, Staff Writer for Brownsville Herald (Texas)

Brownsville’s Schlater surpasses 100,000-mile milestone

Posted 10/26/22 by Edward Severn, Staff Writer, The Brownsville Herald

BROWNSVILLE — Brownsville’s Michael Schlater saved a half-mile — two laps — of the Brownsville St. Joseph’s track Friday evening. The cross country team joined its assistant cross country coach for the first lap, while motivational music blared through the speakers.

Schlater continued without the team for the last quarter mile — the final lap — and received a standing ovation from the fans waiting for a football game to start. Schlater’s stride began to match the rhythm of the music and as he crossed the finish line, family, friends and the cross country team gathered to celebrate the dedicated runner.

Michael Schlater, Carroll Class of 1985 (Photo: Alejandra Yañez / Valley Central Local News -Texas)

The 55-year-old global strategy manager accomplished a feat 41 years in the making: completing his 100,000th mile throughout his running career.

“A lifelong dream came to reality in less than four minutes,” Schlater said. “Unbelievable. I shared it with all the kids, my mom, my brother, living legend track coaches. It could not have been better on such a beautiful night here.”

Schlater began tracking his miles at age 14 when his parents gave him a Runner’s World Log Book. He began logging his miles Feb. 23, 1981. By the end of that year, he had trekked more than 1,000 miles.

It took Slater 24 years to reach the halfway mark of 50,000 miles, doing so Oct. 12, 2005. The achievement put the 100,000-mile goal in his brain, he said.

St. Joseph’s brought Schlater on as an assistant coach in after his first son enrolled at the school. He credits the school for helping reaching the milestone.

“Quite honestly, having the ability to run in the afternoon, two times a day, has been very instrumental in me being able to get to where I am now,” Schlater said. “Having the motivation from the kids to be their coach and the whole support staff, truthfully, I would not be here today without them.”

Having a cross country coach that has 100,000 miles under their belt is “insane,” St. Joseph’s senior Alejandro Ramirez said.

“There are very few people in this world that will do that, and he is one of them,” Ramirez said. “I am very proud to be one of his athletes. He made me the runner who I am today. All the victories and championships we have won is because of him.”

Schlater hit 75,000 miles March 12, 2015, and the dream was starting to become a reality.

“What he has done has touched every single one of us, all of the coaches, even the coaches that he has looked up to are touched by what he has done and the kids admire him so much,” St. Joseph’s head cross country coach Teddy Lopez said. “He has touched a lot of lives here and it is very much appreciated.”

Junior Cesar Silguero and sophomore Jimena Herrera are two more of Schlater’s athletes who are inspired by the milestone.

“I started cross country my freshman year and I was not the best, and I am still not the best, but he is just so uplifting and such a nice person to be around,” Herrera said. “He is always reminding us that we can do it. I am so grateful he is my cross country coach.”

Silguero echoed similar compliments.

“He has been an inspiration to me and all of my teammates,” Silguero said. “My parents are amazed by all the things he does. They are very proud of having me be coached by someone like him, who is a living legend in the Valley and the rest of the world.”

Schlater will submit his accomplishment to a blog maintained by 1968 Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot. The blog tracks athletes who have achieved the milestone. Schlater has been in touch with Burfoot, he said.

Burfoot chronicles the runners on the website 100klifetimemiles.com and has 115 runners listed who have achieved the milestone.

Schlater works for a company called Aptiv, a global technology company across the border in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The job at times requires the 55-yearold to travel, allowing Schlater to trek miles in other countries such as Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Canada.

Several thousand of the miles occurred in Mexico. The day after Schlater wrapped up his 100,000mile goal, he ran a 5 kilometer- race in Matamoros.

Schlater has ran numerous 5k and 10k events. Two of his longest races were the Bobby Crim 10 miles in Flint, Michigan, and the River Corridor Classic a half marathon and 5k in Schlater’s Dayton, Ohio, hometown.

The 55-year-old runner also has another prestigious running achievement. Schlater is on a 7,712-day running streak, currently ranked 105th overall in the world. He hasn’t missed a day of running since Sept. 11, 2001.

There are 4,098 streaks being tracked by Streak Runners International and the United States Running Streak Association.

“Running embodies everything about me,” Schlater said. “It embodies dedication, discipline, it is a physical manifestation of that. It is something that I thoroughly enjoy to relieve stress and to have my own time for myself. It is something that has grown on me for years and years that aligns with me and my personality.”

Maybe 150,000 miles is the next goal for the cross country coach, but for now Schlater will be up and running at 4:45 a.m. around Brownsville.

To see another article about Mike, go to Valley Central News Website.

Brownsville’s Michael Schlater (left) is joined by members of the Brownsville St. Joseph’s cross country team Friday as he finished the last half mile of his 100,000th mile of his running career. (Photo: EDWARD SEVERN/ THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD)

 

 

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Mike Unger '66 and His Positive Impact on Students

October 11, 2022
By Jim Brooks, Dayton Daily News

VOICES: In difficult times, veteran educator a model for the profession

 

Dayton Daily News article by Jim Brooks, 10/11/2022
Photo contributed by Mike Unger 
 

One of the most disturbing trends in contemporary education is the rate at which teachers are leaving the profession. No doubt, COVID has exacerbated a problem that existed before 2020, but it will always be the case that kids need stable and caring adults in their classrooms and in their lives. Thankfully, there are veteran educators who serve as models for others, especially in our urban schools.

Meet Michael D. Unger, Dayton Public School teacher par excellence at Stivers School for the Arts. I am proud to call him a friend and tennis coaching colleague for many years. A graduate of Carroll High School (1966) and Ohio University, Mike took a detour — or tour of duty — on his way to the classroom. He was drafted by the army and got shipped off to Vietnam, where he fought in a controversial war that tested his mettle and survival skills. It was there that he learned the deeper meaning of serving alongside others, some of whom gave up their lives. When teachers at a faculty in-service last year were asked why they do what they do professionally, Mike’s response was “Because of those men and women who died next to me in combat.” There was silence in the room.

When Mike returned to the U.S. in 1972, he knew he wanted to teach in an inner city public school, and what better place than in his hometown? After starting to teach social studies at the sixth grade level, he married Yolanda, the love of his life, herself a fine teacher and tutor for decades.

Not only did Mike endure injury and heartache in Vietnam, he survived a gunshot wound from a would-be car-jacker on his way to school in the 1980s. This did not deter his will to teach, as he had long stints at Eastmont and Whittier elementary schools before moving to Stivers in 2000. His subject of choice? U.S. Government. Not only does he engage his students in the power of the Constitution and the various branches of government, he connects this material to current events and issues which affect students’ lives. Their passing rate on state exams may be as high as any in the Dayton system, and his honors students have had notable success on the AP exam, a much sterner test of their knowledge and thinking skills. I had the privilege of teaching with Mike at Stivers in 2018-19. I would stop by his classroom and was always impressed with how he welcomed his students and held their attention once class began.

Mike Unger has touched thousands of lives over his 50-year career, an incredible number. When Yolanda was dying of cancer a few years ago, she encouraged him to write a book about students who have since done great things in various fields. After thinking it over, he moved forward on this project and has produced a collection of writings about 27 memorable students and 14 teaching colleagues from the Dayton system. The title is simply Teach. It will be available later this fall and proceeds will go toward a college scholarship fund. In typical Mike Unger fashion, Teach is not about him, but this book indicates the kind of man he is and continues to be for Dayton Public School students. He is a model of stability and perseverance for all teachers.

Jim Brooks is a retired high school English teacher who writes, coaches tennis, and tutors immigrants.

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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!

More information about the Dayton Amateur Softball Association can be found here: www.facebook.com/Dayton-Amateur-Softball-Commission-DASC-864534710272577/

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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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