Alum Charles Fiore (’96) returns for Writing Workshop

Class of ‘96 alumnus Charles Fiore returned to IHHS on Monday Septembercharles fiore 2014 15th to host a writing workshop for upper-class English students.  Mr. Fiore is currently the Communication Director for the North Carolina Writers Network in Durham, NC. He is also the author of the novel Green Gospel, published in 2011, and a collection of short stories, The Trench Garden, available on Amazon.

“We focused on writing exercises and the students’ own creative writing. They challenged themselves to   find different perspectives and points of view to tell their story. It’s great to see young writers use their sense of world awareness to build perspective.”

Students had a chance to learn about traditional, digital and even self-publishing in today’s world.  “Writing opportunities are immediately available to them right here at IH with The Chieftain and the Literary Magazine to name a few,” remarks Fiore.  “For our seniors, the college essay is their big chance to show their voice.”

“It’s very rewarding to share my experiences with current Braves!  Every alumni should give back in some way.”

Are you an alum who would like to share your skills?  Contact the IH Foundation ihfoundation@ih.k12.oh.us and let us know. 


Allison DammeyerAllison Dammeyer, 2012 Indian Hill Graduate, was passionate about learning and achieving academic success, despite being diagnosed with dyslexia. Her continuous hard work and dedication inspired her parents to partner with Indian Hill Schools to provide her with the necessary tools to achieve academic growth and success.

While Indian Hill was a vital part of her growth as a student, she also looked to other tools to help her reach her full potential. Allison wanted to make sure other students who struggled with reading would have access to the additional resources to help them overcome the challenges that come with a learning disability.  Therefore, in lieu of presents from friends and family for her 16th birthday, Allison requested donations for her cause.  Allison matched the donations she received dollar-for-dollar and made arrangements for the Indian Hill Foundation to present the gift to the Primary School. A new software program for early dyslexia learning has just been purchased with these funds.

Today, Allison is a junior at Purdue University studying Chemical Engineering.  She is adamant that the earlier the intervention with learning resources for dyslexic students, the more invested the students, parents, and teachers are in helping those students reach their full academic potential.

Allison believes Indian Hill made a difference in her academic success and she is proud to give back for the future success of young learners. Her gift will have a tremendous impact on early learners for years to come. Thank you, Allison!

Do you remember Powder Puff Football?  The mud-covered mess that was Junior Girls vs Senior Girls in a football game, complete with student coaches and male “cheerleaders?”  It was a fun tradition that had been dormant at IHHS, until alumnus Jennifer Herron Lightcap (’82), a current parent in the district, brought it back and made it even better than before.

This year’s event was held on Friday, March 7, 2014 on the turf and under the bright lights of Tomahawk Stadium. Incorporating student performers, players and parents from across the entire school community, it was a great night for Braves spirit and a key fundraiser for After Prom* activities.  Pre-game entertainment was provided by the IHHS Marching Band, Elementary School choirs, and the National Anthem was sung by the Men’s Chorus and Premieres men singers.  Half-time entertainment featured energetic dance routines from both a 4th grade group of boys and a 5th grade group of football players.  Of course, the “cheerleaders” provided constant entertainment for fans throughout the game!

“Powder Puff Football had a long standing tradition at IH since the 1970’s.  After about a 15-year absence, I brought it back as a fundraiser for After Prom.  With over 90 players and coaches and the entertainment support from each of the 4 schools, I am so happy to say that it is turning into a community event, “ explains Herron Lightcap.  “This year, with the help of so many people, we raised over $4000.  The best part for me is when Alumnae return to watch their own kids take the field. I loved watching my own daughter Allie (’12) play in our Inaugural game in 2012 and my son Will (’15) coach the Juniors this year.  It is all great fun!”

See photos here

*  What is After Prom?

Indian Hill Exempted Village School District has a long tradition of hosting a safe, alcohol & drug-free all-night alternative event for our students following their High School Prom.  Parents and Volunteers from the district spend more than 8 months preparing and hundreds of hours transforming the school into a “must-be-there” event!  It is funded 100% by donations.  No tax dollars or school funds are ever spent on this event.   After Prom 2014 expects to gather more than 400 High School students from the Indian Hill area for a fun night of fabulous food, friends, and activities.


Indian Hill Athletic Hall of FameThe Indian Hill Boosters and The Indian Hill Hall of Fame Committee are proud to announce the 2014 Inductees to the Indian Hill Hall of Fame

Brittany HillIH Class of 2005, Swimming, Diving; Steve Innis, IH Class of 1989, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball; Cindy Bridgeland Crilley, IH Class of 1970, Tennis, IH Tennis Coach

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is January 31, 2014.

Mark your calendars for January 31, 2014 to join in the celebration as the IHHOF is re-introduced, and we honor our newest inductees. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the Homecoming Varsity Boys Basketball game, with a reception following to honor and meet the newest members of the Indian Hill Hall of Fame. We invite the entire community to join us to honor these three outstanding individuals and their accomplishments and contributions to our athletic program at Indian Hill Schools.

By Derek White, originally printed on August 31, 1979

Freshmen this year as always have had a tough time getting used to the high school scene.  All week, I’ve seen these dazed students, whose glazed eyes and severe mental depression give me a strong idea that they are lost. They wander the halls staring at their official IHHS atlas, listing all room numbers and locations.  It also seems that the cosmic colors of the lockers only add to their total look of perplexity.

I remember two years back when I was a rookie at the game, and I was looking for Mrs. Teele’s class.  What do you know, I got lost.  So I looked around and saw a senior in the hallway.  Finally, I got the nerve and asked the guy (who, by the way, looked like a member of the Charles Manson youth) where the class was.  He seemed like a nice enough guy, so I followed his directions – and ended up in the third stall of the locker room.  This was the first of my freshman escapades.

And then again, on this very same day, I was assigned to my locker during homeroom.  For some reason, the administration assigned me no.920.  After trying to open the lock for a number of minutes, I finally got exasperated and asked Mr. Seik to try it for me – he laughed.  Luckily for me, my brother was an experienced lock-smith and opened it with his credit card for me.  Next, guess who got the top bunk!  I couldn’t even come close to reaching the knob so I had to store all the books down below.  Like any typical freshman I was beginning to think that whoever assigned lockers was obviously part of a communist plot to undermine the masses!

So, as I finally entered my first class, I saw two separately gendered platoons – guys on one side, girls on the other.  I didn’t know where to sit so I quickly left the room and acted like I was lost.  Then, I saw outside contemplating what to do.  Eventually, I got up the courage to go back inside and when I did everyone stared at me as if I were from Siberia or Tasmania just because I was late.  I ended up sitting on the boys’ side in order to “be cool”.

The day continued on with several other embarrassing moments like walking into the wrong class and falling down while trying to maneuver the stepping stones in the garden.

All in all, for the freshmen, the first couple of days are filled with fear and confusion, but just bear with it – the year will be over soon.

The Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame will induct its 50th member this year as four Cincinnatians join an elite list of individuals who have helped Cincinnati be recognized as a mecca in the tennis world. The latest class includes Tracy Barton Ramirez, a graduate of Indian Hill High School Class of 1988.

Tracy Ramirez

Barton Ramirez (of Indian Hill) won the Ohio State high school singles title in 1984 and reached two other singles finals (1985 & 1987) before moving on to the University of Notre Dame. In South Bend, she was ranked as high as No. 9 in doubles and No. 34 in singles by the NCAA, qualified for the NCAA Championships two consecutive years, and won conference singles titles in ’88, ’89 & ’90. Ramirez also was a team captain and reached the round of 16 at the ’91 National College Indoors.

Those to be enshrined alongside Ramirez are Russell “Rusty” Schubert, Dr. Jerrold M. “Jerry” Levin, and Wallace “Wally” Holzman. Their induction will be on Center Court on Sunday, August 11, 2013, during the first weekend of the Western & Southern Open. A reception and dinner, both of which are open to the public, will be held in the Grandstand Tent at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason to honor the four prior to the on-court enshrinement.

“This class of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame highlights some outstanding individuals who have served Cincinnati tennis so well, both on and off the court,” said Bill Lofgren, Co-Chairman of the Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame and a Hall of Famer himself. “All four made names for themselves at both the high school and collegiate levels and have represented Cincinnati across the nation, and many have gone on to contribute to the sport in our area for many years thereafter.”

The enshrinement reception, followed by a dinner, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11 (the first weekend of the Western & Southern Open) and is open to the public. Individuals wishing to purchase tickets or a table of 10 for the event may call Carole Meldon at 513-379-7726. (A ticket to the matches also is required for entry to the tournament grounds.) The event will include brief speeches followed by an on-court enshrinement ceremony on Center Court.

A group of sports enthusiasts from the Indian Hill School District are rekindling an idea that made its debut back in 2004.  The Indian Hill School District Athletic Hall of Fame – IHHOF for short – will be resurrected in a special celebration for the honorees in early 2014.  The IHHOF committee is now accepting nominations for the future inductees through Oct. 1 of this year.

Winners will be announced, and presented with awards and recognition, at a home sporting event. All honorees will receive recognition on the IHHOF “Wall of Fame.”

Hall of Fame candidates accepted will be from all walks of athletic life – athletes, coaches, administrators, and boosters/supporters who have made a major contribution and donated their time to support athletics at Indian Hill Schools.

The core purpose of the IHHOF is to record, preserve and promote the outstanding accomplishments and achievements of inductees.

Individuals/teams that have brought prominence to Indian Hill Schools will be recognized in the hopes of inspiring and empowering new generations to achieve at their highest level and to recognize superior achievers for their accomplishments.

Anyone may make a nomination to the IHHOF Election Governance Committee by filling out the IHHOF nominating form, available at the IHHS Athletic Department office or online at www.ihbraves.org. Just click “Hall of Fame” on the top right of the Bravesline web page.

If you have any questions, please email IHHOF@gmail.com