By Kate Weckerly, Communications Intern
Congratulations are in order for Olentangy High School– they’re School of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year! This Partners in Education award will be presented on September 30th at 1:45 p.m. in Olentangy High School, located at 675 Lewis Center Road, Lewis Center, Ohio. The school will receive a trophy, a $500 Office Max gift card, and a draw string bag for every student and teacher.
“We take great pride in academic recognition. This award is a great honor and reflects well on the school,” said Olentangy High School Principal, Tom McDonnell.
The school stands out in its dedication to academic excellence and opportunities for its students. With 25 Advanced Placement classes, dual enrollment opportunities at local colleges, an academy for STEM students, and vocational programs at the Delaware Area Career Center, there is a focus on career readiness and college preparation for the youth that allows them to explore many subject areas.
The school also offers 26 varsity sports teams, in addition to freshman and junior varsity teams. There are a variety of clubs to choose from, in both visual and performing arts, that help students to become more well-rounded individuals.
When asked about the students’ personal dedication to their education, McDonnell stated:
“That is ingrained in our students from the very beginning of our K-12 program. We are lucky to get these students knowing they have already had Olentangy teachers. With high expectations comes high support.”
The Partners in Education program is pleased to recognize the school’s efforts to advance the education of Ohio youth. The program is a way for students, staff and schools to be recognized for an outstanding performance or achievement. Based on the nominations received, one teacher and one student from every region are recognized monthly, September through May, either as an Academic All Star or as a Teacher of the Month. The selected teachers and students receive Partners in Education merchandise and a gift card. Then, their achievements are promoted locally and placed on the Ohio Lottery website and social media pages. Schools that submit nominations are entered into the drawing for the School of the Year.
“We have the perfect storm of students who are academically focused, dedicated teachers and community support that we do not take for granted,” explained McDonnell. “There is a lot of positive energy and school spirit so that kids want to come to school here…and they are ready and willing to learn.”
Thanks to all the students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members who participated in the Lottery’s Partners in Education program by nominating teachers to be Teacher of the Month and students to be Academic All Stars.
To find out more about Olentangy High School, visit www.olentangy.k12.oh.us/Olentangy.
To nominate a teacher or student, or to find out more about Partners in Education, visit www.ohiolottery.com/SupportingEducation.