Gold Out

Brandon Burlage decked himself out in gold. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Troy High celebrated, supported and raised awareness for the battle against the insidious disease. During their Friday night football game, nearly every group attending sported gold ribbons, bows, wristbands and other fun apparel to signify their support for childhood cancer awareness. The event was billed as a Gold Out. Continue reading “Gold Out”

No Pads, No Helmets, No Tackling

During a Smith Middle School flag football scrimmage, Travis Follis runs the ball while trying to elude Jason Brown and Tommy Yates. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)

“Penalty for excessive blocking!” shouted coach Mike Reimann “meaning (any) blocking. There should be no contact of any kind.” Continue reading “No Pads, No Helmets, No Tackling”

Not Niles

Sarah Zilincik takes three classes at OCC along with her studies at Troy College and Career High School, the former Niles Community High.

Nope, it’s not Niles. You’d be forgiven if you still called the school over on Square Lake Road, Niles. The building still stands on Square Lake. It’s still full of students. And even the sign still says “Niles.” But it’s now officially called Troy College and Career High School. Continue reading “Not Niles”

Creating A Spectacle

The mellophone section performs along with the Troy Colt Marching Band during their Sneak Peak Performance after a week at band camp last month.

“This was seven times harder than in middle school,” Kyle Brennecke explained.

The freshman percussionist in the Troy Colt Drumline had just finished a week of band camp and was exhausted after putting on a Sneak Peek Performance show for parents and friends back at the high school. Continue reading “Creating A Spectacle”

“It’s Just a Bigger Middle School”

Decked out in a frilly tutu, Emily Levine passes out planners and schedules during Orientation.

Freshmen Orientation at Athens

There were hopes:

“I’m looking forward to a new school, new people,” said Sarah Moilanen.

“I’m looking forward to making new friends, joining new clubs,” said Noah Scudder. Continue reading ““It’s Just a Bigger Middle School””

Making Kindergartners Happy

New Hamilton Elementary kindergarten teacher Mike Thomas arranges an area in his classroom he calls the Book Nook. He has books ranging from pre-emergent reading levels all the way up to the 2nd grade level.

There are three reasons why Mike Thomas is a kindergarten teacher:

“#1, Kindergartners say it as it is; they aren’t afraid to tell you what they think,” he explains. Continue reading “Making Kindergartners Happy”