2007 JH Spelling Bee

Congratulations, Bryce!
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The 2007 Clay Junior High School Spelling Bee was held Thursday, February 15, 2007, in the Clay High School Library.  The following seventh and eighth grade students participated in the Clay Junior High Spelling Bee:  Katherine Bauer, Sarah Burton, Cody Bussler, Bethany Coffey, Keely Craft, Jacob Harris, Jordan Lewis, Eric Manninen, Miles McCroskey, Rachel Parker, Kelsey Seidel, Emily Spriggs, Jon Valentine, Timothy White, Tiffany Wiget, & Bryce Wright.

Clay’s 2007 Scioto County Spelling Bee Representative is Bryce Wright, eighth grader, son of Daniel & Chasity Wright of Portsmouth.  Bryce will represent Clay Junior High School in the Scioto County Spelling Bee at SOMC Friends Center on Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 P.M.  The alternate for Clay is Sarah Burton, seventh grader, daughter of Lori Wolfe of Portsmouth.

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*Article information provided by Mrs. Parkes.


2007 Science Fair Winners

2007 Science Fair Winners
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Clay High School
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Teams Projects Category
First Place - Morgan  Garrett and Kyle Pollard
Second Place - Kristen Hines and Stacey Pelfrey
Third Place - Autumn Thompson and Megan Tracey

Biological Category
First Place - Allison Dunn
Second Place - Katie Wheeler

Physical Category
First Place - Robert Bauer
Second Place - Cassie Kight

Niccole Chandler with "Candy Chromatography"

Clay Junior High
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Team Projects Category
First Place - Jenny Brocato and Mariah Malcom
Second Place - Timothy White and Chase Hiles
Third Place - Amanda Justice and Alysia Jo Pack
Fourth Place - Abby Evans and Megan Perkins

Environmental Category
First Place - Kristen Clark
Second Place - Dustin Irelan
Third Place - Emily Spriggs

Physical Category
First Place - Tayler Carter
Second Place - Jacob Harris
Third Place - Alisha Adams
Fourth Place - Sarah Sexton

Health Category
First Place - Chelsea Beegan
Second Place - Karleigh Murnahan
Third Place - Alexis Walker
Fourth Place - Bethany Coffey

Biological Category
First Place - Katherine Bauer
Second Place - Nina Trankina
Third Place - Holly Hempill
Fourth Place - Jessica Arnold

Jordan Stewart

*Article information was provided by Mrs. Claxon and Mr. Colley

2006-2007 DAR Castle

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Haley Nicole Castle has been chosen to represent The Joseph Spencer Chapter NSDAR as its DAR Good Citizen for 2006-2007.  Hayley is a senior at Clay High School and she is the daughter of Kevin and Lori Castle of Shadybrook Lane.

The goal of the DAR Good Citizens Program and Scholarship Contest is to encourage and to reward the qualities of good citizenship.  The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private schools.

Each of the area high schools selects a student to be its Good Citizen.  Hayley was selected from this group of students to be the Joseph Spencer Chapter Good Citizen. the criteria for selection are dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.  As the chapter winner she will compete at the district level.

The objects of the DAR are to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence; to promote "institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge"; and to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.

The DAR is a service organization.  The Joseph Spencer Chapter helps to support six DAR schools, organizes projects for the Veteran's Hospital in Chillicothe, and has established a scholarship fund.

Membership is open to any woman 18 yrs or older (regardless of race, religion or ethnic background) who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.  If anyone is interested in joining the DAR, call Patricia Russell at (740) 354-7836.  

Source:  Community Common

2006 Principal's Leadership Award


Aaron Bihl, a Clay High School Senior, has been named a recipient of a Principal’s Leadership Award Scholarship, co-sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and Herff Jones, Inc. 

One hundred and fifty national PLA winners will be chosen from among more than 5,400 applications. Each national winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
Participating high school principals from across the country could nominate one senior high student to compete in this year’s program. Winners were selected on the basis of their leadership skills, participation in service organizations and clubs, achievements in the arts and sciences, employment experience, and academic record.  He was selected by Todd Warnock, CHS principal.
“Every year I am incredibly impressed by the caliber of young people nominated for PLA scholarships. Academic excellence paired with a talent for leadership and service is truly an impressive combination,” said Rocco Morano, director of student activities, NASSP. “We are proud to recognize the commitment these young people have shown to their school and community.”
In recognizing leadership in co-curricular activities as well as academic performance, the PLA scholarship recognizes the importance of a well-rounded education. Co-curricular activities are an essential part of the school curriculum.
While at Clay, Bihl has been a student-athlete and a student leader.  During his four years, he has played basketball and was a member of the soccer team.  He was named to the District team and was an All-Ohio Academic Team member.  He is also CHS Student Council president and a member of the CHS National Honor Society.  Aaron is the son of Dave and Debbie Bihl of Eden Park.   Aaron's sister, Heather, and brother, Chris, were also very active at Clay--participating in sports and in student activities. Just like Aaron, both were also National Honor Society members.   Heather is a teacher in North Carolina while Chris is a student at Eastern Kentucky University.
NASSP, the preeminent school leadership organization, serves as the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders. NASSP promotes intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP administers the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, and the National Association of Student Councils.

2006 National Honor Society

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Clay Junior-Senior High School held its National Honor Society Induction on Friday, December 15, 2006, in the high school gymnasium. Four new students were inducted into Clay’s National Honor Society.

The new members include Megan Burchett, daughter of Bill and Gina Burchett of Rosemount; Justin Craft, son of Kevin and Cindy Craft of Rubyville; Casey Stapleton, daughter of Michelle Riggs and Carlos Stapleton of Portsmouth; and Brittany Weeks, daughter of Teddie and Denise Weeks of Lucasville and Sharon and Scott Thayer of Minford. Current NHS members include Aaron Bihl, Hayley Castle, Allison Dunn, and Tara Schuler. The speaker for the afternoon’s ceremony was Mrs. Ashley (Huff) Ferguson, a 2003 graduate of Clay High School. Mrs. Ferguson is currently completing her undergraduate work at Shawnee State University to become a registered nurse. Mrs. Ferguson is the daughter of Bob and Sandy Huff of Rosemount.

Members of the chapter are selected based on the criteria of character, leadership, scholarship, and service; and members must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be considered. Members are involved in many activities and service projects throughout the year. The advisor for the Clay National Honor Society is Mrs. Janet Deal. The Clay National Honor Society Chapter is sponsored by the New Boston Kiwanis.

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