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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. 


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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!”

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*  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.


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 The event, open to all High School students, hosted more than 50 young men and women including many from the new high school engineering class taught by Bob Lind.  Students were able to discuss the engineering field and ask questions to the variety of professionals from the School District community.  Guests included; electrical, chemical, mechanical, and biomedical engineers. The professionals shared information about their careers including the work they did, how they did it, and gave advice to them.   On November 13th, Indian Hill students got a chance to sit down for an informative lunch with practicing engineers from the community at large.  The lunch, sponsored by the Indian Hill Foundation, was part of the long standing Foundation program called Lunch with a Professional.

When asked if he received the information he wanted from the lunch, senior Davis Sneider said, “I think it was a good foundation for what I wanted to know. Of course there’s so much depth and complexity to any occupation and everyone has different experiences, but it was nice to see what a professional thought about his or her job.” Davis looks forward to either becoming a biomedical or environmental engineer, and said that the lunch helped further his interest in his chosen major.

It was useful. I liked it,”says Alec Taylor, another senior with high praise. “They gave us an overview of how they got to where they are and what they do now. It was really informative.”

LWP1Written by Sarah Dorger Senior at IHHS


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The Indian Hill Public Schools Foundation is facilitating an effort to honor the legacy of excellence in education under the leadership of Sandy Harte and Nancy Striebich.

Former students and IH families may post wishes, stories and fond memories here for inclusion in memory books to be presented to each retiree.

If you’d like to honor the principals with a gift, visit www.ihpsf.org and click on the donations in recognition link.  Donor names will be included in the memory books.  Funds raised will be directed to programs chosen by the principals.

Joining the High School faculty in 2000 as a math teacher, Mrs. Striebich served as assistant principal for four years and as principal for the past five years.

Mrs. Harte joined the Indian Hill Elementary School faculty in 1980 as a teacher in the gifted education program.  She also served as a guidance counselor at the Primary School before becoming principal in 1996.

Please join us for receptions celebrating Sandy Harte on Tuesday, May 10, 4-6 pm at the Primary School and Nancy Striebich on Wednesday, May 18, 3-5 pm at the High School.  Memory books will be presented at that time, so post your thoughts today.

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Pow Wow members setting up for GreaseAs most of us know, Pow Wow is a big part of the Indian Hill social life. A lot of students participate in the club, making it one of the best drama programs in the city. This year was no different, the Pow Wow program put on the show Grease the last weekend of February. Grease being one of the most famous movies of all time was a great pick because of the excellent cast they have. This includes Senior Rigby Wilkins and Senior Alex Sneider who played the lead roles in the play. Many other Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores contributed to make this one of the best plays ever put on by Indian Hill Pow Wow.

Indian Hill Pow Wow has put on many great shows in the past including The Music Man, Beauty and The Beast, and Guys and Dolls. With all of these great shows, there is a lot of preparation to make it successful such as building stages, platforms and of course, rehearsing the play. With 67 cast members this year that job was a lot easier. All the members would stay after school and rehearse the script and run through the play. After they were done, they would go home get a bite to eat then come back for more work, this time on the set. The set this year included 25 platforms and 75 flats that needed to be painted. This preparation isn’t a one month thing, most of the cast members had been working on it since fall.

I applaud all of the cast members in Pow Wow on all their hard work and dedication. They will be putting on another show in the spring! Good luck to all participates in the futures shows here at IH!

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Playoff Time!

These past 3 weeks the boys and girls varsity basketball teams have been participating in the OHSAA Basketball State Tournament. The boys team finished the regular season with an 11-9 record. They were awarded a seven seed in their district. The girls on the other hand had a great regular season finishing 18-1  and getting a number 1 seed in their district.

The boys team started off in the first round having to play Bethal-Tate to move on to sectional semi-finals. They got that win with a final score of 65-55. Moving on to the semi-finals IH had a tough challenge playing the number 2 seed next, North College Hill. It was a fierce battle and at one point IH was down by 16. They came back to make it a 4 point game, but couldn’t seal the deal. The Braves lost 65-54 in a hard fought game. Congratulations to all the seniors, they all had great careers.

The girls team came into the playoffs being ranked number 1 in the state and were planning to continue their tradition by breezing through the competition. The Lady Braves started off with an easy win against Taylor, final score 65-14. Next came another easy game against SPCA, the Lady Braves took them down with a final score of 88-16. In the third round the Lady Braves had a bigger challenge ahead of them having to play McNicholas, but the Lady Braves had bigger plans knocking them off with a final score of 72-46. Now the Lady Braves were on a roll and weren’t finished. They met with Carroll of Dayton in the District finals. Carroll being classified as one of the top teams in the state were rank number 5. The Lady Braves had a tough fought game, but fell to Carroll with a final score of 42-33. All the Lady Braves did a great job this season. Congratulations!

Though both teams seasons came to an end, both Braves teams were great fun to watch. All of these players did a great job and should be happy for the seasons they had. It’s time to look forward to next season, where the Braves are sure to dominate again.

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Over the years there have been a lot of great athletes to come through Indian Hill, but none likes these guys. Bo Cordell and Ted Bolser are part of the elite group that get the chance to play college football. Both out of the class of 2009, these superstars have made a name for themselves in the college game.

Bo Cordell now at Tusculum College (Division II) has been a starter there for the past two years. Even as a freshman he put up ridiculous numbers, passing for 3458 yards and 23 touchdowns. In his sophmore season, Bo lead the whole nation including Divisions I-III in passing yards. Bo is on track to have two more great seasons as the Buc’s starting QB.

Moving on to the big boy Ted Bolser, standing at 6’6″ and weighing 250 lbs. this dynamite tight end can block and catch the ball. Now at Indiana University, Ted has made his way into a big role on the offensive side of the ball. After redshirting his first year, he came out strong catching 27 passes for 407 yards. Ted has planned to give the Hoosiers a great blocking and receiving threat for the next three years.

Both of these athletes will obviously finish out there college days with style, but we can’t stop there. According to nfldraftscout.com Bo Cordell is rank 29 out of 118 QB for the 2013 NFL Draft, Ted Bolser is up there too, listed as the number 6 tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft. Both of these Ex-Braves have great futures ahead of them and we wish them the best of luck with whatever career they pursue.

To read more on Bo – http://cincinnati.com/blogs/presspreps/2011/01/14/indian-hill-grad-bo-knows-quarterback/

To read more on Ted – http://cincinnati.com/blogs/presspreps/2011/01/28/ex-brave-bolser-now-ius-touchdown-ted/

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