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Welcome to Celina High School ~ School Starts Wednesday, August 20, 2014
New York Art Trip

Art students from Celina High School experienced the trip of a lifetime during a four day whirlwind tour of New York City on the Art Appreciation Tour. The excursion began on March 20 when 16 students and 2 chaperones traveled by air (flying out of Dayton) on an early flight and touched down at LaGuardia International to meet their Tour Escort and board a private motor coach . The group hit the ground running with a tour of the Museum of Modern Art, Times Square, and the Broadway performance "Mamma Mia". Leaving their Hyatt Hotel the next morning for the Hammer Gallery where they met up with CHS Alum, Katharine Green, students got to ask her about her art career and her life in NYC. They then toured the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cloister's Museum. Later in the evening they enjoyed the theater ~ Off Broadway Show “Stomp”. On Saturday, they took a fun ride on a Ferry to the island of the Statue of Liberty and to historic Ellis Island as well as a bus tour of the financial district to include Wall Street, NYSE, and Federal Hall. They walked through the new 9/11 Memorial Park, St. Paul's Church and Trinity Church. “Newsies” , another Broadway show delighted them as an evening venue. Sunday was a hectic day to accomplish the final day of the trip with a walking tour through Central Park, a visit to Rockefeller Center, the NBC Store and St. Patrick's Cathedral with some time for shopping at the famous 5th Avenue department stores. Last stop was the Guggenheim Museum before boarding the plane at LaGaurdia for a lovely evening flight and a cool view of the city lights below.

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Pre-order your 2015 Anilec Yearbook.
Price is now $50 before December 31, 2014.
2014 Books will be here in late September ~ we will post it here.
There are still a few 2013 books for sale at $60.
National Merit Scholar Program Announces Commended Students
Celina High School Principal Phil Metz recently announced that Michaela Wenning and Cole Mertz, both seniors, were named as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They will each receive letters of commendation from Celina Schools and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program. According to Metz, 34,000 Commneded Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Destination Trip: Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Twenty-six CHS students traveled to Stratford, Canada for three days in October 2013 for the annual English Department trip to the Stratford Theater Festival, and had the opportunity to see three shows. The first night, they saw a performance of Fiddler on the Roof. The following day, students attended a dance workshop taught by actors from the rock opera, Tommy, which they saw later that night along with Shakespeare’s Othello that afternoon.

When they weren’t watching a show, students and chaperones had free time to tour the beautiful city of Stratford, go to restaurants, and do some shopping. After Tommy, the group got to meet the cast for about an hour, taking pictures and getting autographs. They also had a chance to talk to the actors about their careers and the show.

By Camille Smith, Senior

CHS Students Visit Underground Railroad Museum

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Ms. Toma Hainline's Civil Rights classes at Celina High School journeyed to the Underground Railroad and Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her class has been studying the civil rights of Africans since the Triangular Trade Routes up though turn-of-the-century civil rights. Students will be studying the modern civil rights movement in the upcoming weeks. Not only does this museum cover everything that her civil rights class is about, but it also uncovers modern day human trafficking which students were surprised to learn about.

Students were able to go in to an actual slave pen that was discovered in Kentucky and rebuilt in the museum. Once in there, they were able to try on and hold shackles actually worn by real slaves. Various short movies were presented to the students along with interactive computers and other learning devices. The students were able to put themselves into the life of a runaway by hiding in a freight box, wagon, and different areas of a house such as under a stairway or porch. These experiences were eye-opening as students realized how cramped and uncomfortable slaves would make themselves to fight for the right to be free.

Overall, 30 students and 3 teachers had an enjoyable day in Cincinnati!

Students at the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio
Speakers Give World-Wide Perspective to Mr. Ellinger's Sociology Students

Beryl May, of Celina, (but born and raised in Great Britain), came to the United States through marriage. She is quick to point out that she was not a World War II bride, coming to the States after that time period. As a child, she was schooled in the Godolphin and Latymer School for Girls in London, England and had wonderful stories to tell the students who listened attentively about a school culture to which they had no frame of reference. A boarding school where uniforms are required, she provided interesting insight as to why parents choose private boarding schools in relationship to public schools here in the United States. She visited and spoke on October 17, 2013, to Mr. Wally Ellinger's Sociology Class at Celina High School.


Janet Haisley, Celina, employee of Emerson, New Products Division, has a unique territory in her job. She travels to Turkey and the Middle East regularly as she sells large, commercial compressors for Emerson, which employs 135,000 people world-wide.

On October 3, 2013, she visited Mr. Wally Ellinger's Sociology Class at Celina High School, bearing wonderful Middle Eastern foods for the students to taste and spoke about the culture of that mysterious part of the world as part of his ongoing effort to bring local speakers into the classroom.

She also had pictures and very interesting stories to tell which enlightened the students who munched goodies while she talked. The engaged students asked many thoughtful questions afterwards.


Debby Cowdry, of Celina, is an independent consultant for the NORWEX company, a cleaning supply firm committed to radically reducing the use of chemicals in personal care and cleaning to promote health. Her territory is unique because it involves travel to China, and organizing private sales parties in the homes of Chinese women where the products are sold.

On October 10, 2013, she visited Mr. Wally Ellinger's Sociology Class at Celina High School, and spoke to the students about her interactions with the average Chinese person.

She also had pictures and very interesting stories to tell which enlightened the students. A discussion time followed.

Hagar Couples Share Travel to Israel and the Holy Land

Rus and Rosemary Hagar, Celina residents, traveled to the Israel and the Holy Land several years ago.
On September 26, 2013, they visited the students in Mr. Wally Ellinger's Sociology Class at Celina High School as part of his ongoing effort to bring local speakers into the classroom.
They presented a slide show of pictures, sang a song from Fiddler on the Roof, and teared the student to some Jewish cuisine.
The students enjoyed the food and asking them questions.
Sociology Class Hears Experiences from Guatemala

Mark Giesige, former Mercer County Auditor, now works as a volunteer for the Society of the Precious Blood in Guatemala.
He travels there several times a year doing mission work.
On September 19, 2013, he visited the students in Mr. Wally Ellinger's Sociology Class at Celina High School. Students enjoyed his talk about his experiences as well as the photos he brought along.

Speckshots Funds Art Portfolio Project at CHS

Don Speck of Speckshots is teaming up with CHAMP to sponsor a new project atCelinaHigh Schoolthat will allow art students to create a digital portfolio of their work. Speck’s donation of $300 enables art teacher Lisa Brunswick to purchase digital cameras, tripods and other supplies to launch the “reflective portfolio” project at the school. Through the project, students will photograph the projects they complete in CHS art classes to create a digital record. This digital portfolio will help them and their teachers evaluate the work and see their progress from project to project, and over time. It will also create a portfolio for students who plan to continue their art education after high school.

Speck said that ever-changing technologies make it even more important to give students the tools they need to compete in today’s world, and into the future. “Teaming up with CHS is my way of giving back to area schools and communities,” he said.

“We hope this project will benefit many students now and in the future atCelinaHigh School,”Brunswicksaid, and expressed her appreciation to Speck for his sponsorship. CHAMP, Celina High Academic and Motivational Promoters, is helping to facilitate the project. Click Here for more CHAMP projects.

Photo caption:Don Speck, owner of Speckshots, at right, is shown next to CHS art teacher Lisa Brunswick, whose reflective portfolio project his donation will support. With them are CHS art students (from left) Michael Cron, Ashlee Langenkamp, Johna Walls and Peter Seffernick.  

Prom Dress Exchange 2014

The CHS Junior Class After Prom Committee will be sponsoring a Prom Dress Exchange on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Dresses and accessories may be dropped off at CHS on the 5th from 11:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M prior to the event. The dress exchange will be conducted from 1:00-4:00 P.M. They will accept gently used dresses and accessories.  Click here for the release form to sell your item(s) which must accompany the item(s) upon drop-off. Click here for a printable flyer on the event.


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Labor Day - No School
Mon Sep 1 2014
ACT Test
Sat Sep 13 2014
2 Hour Delay for Students
Mon Sep 22 2014
HS Junior Parent Meeting
Wed Oct 1 2014
Stratford Trip
Wed Oct 8 2014
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