State Oratorical Champion

Heritage Middle School eighth grade student Durya Nadeem won the Optimist Oratorical Contest for the State of Ohio. Durya competed against two other Regional Winners from Centerville and Lima. She won $3,500 in college scholarships. To advance to the state finals Durya competed against students in grades seven through 12. Since its start in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International. The contest is designed for youth to gain experience in public speaking and provide them with the opportunity to compete for a college scholarship.

Darby Athletes Read to 2nd Grade

Darby “athletes in action” have been spending time reading to second grade students at several Hilliard Schools. These students are participating in the Second and Seven Reading Program. This program provides second grade students with positive role models and teaches life lessons through a children’s book. Giving our student athletes the opportunity to teach younger students about reading and life, prepares both groups to be Ready for Tomorrow.


Hilliard Crossing Elementary is ready for the summer golf season. The physical education classes were visited by Joe and Spike of Muirfield Golf Village representing the First Tee Golf Program. The First Tee Golf Program seeks to educate students about the game of golf and to give them an opportunity to try a game that is unavailable to many. Hilliard Crossing students enjoyed a golf swing demonstration and then had the opportunity to show off their skills. To be Ready for Tomorrow means experiencing new opportunities today.

Hilliard Administrators up for Bammy Awards

Superintendent John Marschhausen, Ph. D., has been nominated for a Bammy Award for top superintendents. The nomination from a colleague says, “Dr. Marschhausen is a 21st-century leader, he keeps his students, staff, and district parents informed via social media and even took the opportunity in a recent post to answer their most commonly-asked questions. He also takes time from his schedule to schedule Twitter chats, during which he addresses comments and questions. An uncommon leader, indeed.”

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High School Students Place in SkillsUSA Competition

Four Hilliard High School students were members of the Tolles Career & Technical Center team at the Ohio SkillsUSA Competition in Columbus. Seth Hahn, a senior from Hilliard Bradley High School in the Digital Media Production Program, earned first placed and a gold medal in the television/video broadcasting competition. He will have the opportunity to compete in Kansas City in June. Read More

We can’t do it alone – It truly takes a Village

The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” has been widely quoted when examining the partnerships required during the maturation of our youth. Our “village” has never been more necessary than it is today. We live in a face-paced, instant information, and pressure-packed world. Today’s children are faced with a myriad of both challenges and opportunities. Navigating parenthood can be a daunting undertaking – partnerships and supports are welcome and necessary to prepare our students for tomorrow. Read More