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SWOC Spotlight: Mt. Healthy Owls
Mt. Healthy City School District Makes a Big Impact on their Community Through a Variety of Organizations
Since the beginning of the dreaded Covid pandemic, Mr. Andrew Pardi, of the Mount Healthy City School District, has been working hard to deliver food to our students and community members. Through multiple organizations, Mr. Pardi organized numerous days of handing out fresh food and produce to our community through organized events which enable families of our community to drive up and receive food in their vehicles to help feed their families.
Mr. Pardi worked with the USDA Farmers to Families organization to secure food boxes for over 3,500 families in our community throughout 8 events from January to May in 2021. The USDA Farmers to Families program delivered 173,699,775 boxes filled with fresh produce, milk, and cooked meats to disadvantaged families throughout the nation.
Mr. Pardi also runs Mt. Healthy High School’s food pantry along with Mrs. Lois Chaney-Smith. They organize monthly distribution events that feed over 250 families within the Mt. Healthy School District. Mr. Pardi really worked hard in organizing the boxes with all essentials that we require to live in our daily lives. The boxes had a wide variety of products from canned meat, chili, pasta, and even gave the basic hygiene products like toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, and razors with shaving cream. During the month of November, the pantry handed out 200 turkeys and other products to make Thanksgiving a better holiday for our families.
The FreeStore Food Bank reached out to Mr. Pardi in hopes to organize an event in November in conjunction with the Cincinnati Bengals. Larry Ogunjobi and Josh Tupou, defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals, joined forces with the Freestore Foodbank to hand out 100 turkeys and boxes of food essentials to make Thanksgiving enjoyable to all families involved.
Mr. Pardi, and myself, don’t want to forget to mention the fact this was a team effort from many involved. Mrs. Karen O’Connell from the administrative offices, Lois Chaney-Smith who is charge of the pantry at the high school, Fredricka Richardson and her food services team, along with many student-athletes and staff volunteers and even board president of our district, Dr. Julie Turner, dedicated their time and physical effort to ensure all these events went smoothly and were successful.
Article written by Arvie Crouch
SWOC Spotlight: Harrison Wildcats
Harrison Makes ESPN’s Top 25 National Honor Roll
The Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools program is aimed at promoting social inclusion through intentionally planned and implemented activities affecting systems-wide change. With sports as the foundation, the three component model offers a unique combination of effective activities that equip young people with tools and training to create sports, classroom, and school climates of acceptance. This is accomplished by implementing inclusive sports, inclusive youth leadership opportunities, and whole school engagement.
Over the last 7 years Cassie Montgomery, Ashley Hotopp and Abby Sherwood have been on a mission to make Harrison a Unified Champion School of Special Olympics Ohio, a school and community that embraces acceptance and inclusion. With the unwavering support of Athletic Director Mark Meibers, the Harrison Boosters and all Southwest Local School District staff members, the Wildcats were able to accomplish that a few years ago, but Harrison didn’t want to stop there!!!
Over the last two years, the Wildcats have gone on to prove sustainability and community support throughout Harrison. The Wildcats have embraced inclusive youth leadership and whole school engagement through events such as Acceptance week and more. This year, Harrison applied for consideration as a National Banner Unified Champion School through Special Olympics. The Wildcats had to meet 10 standards of excellence and were reviewed by a national panel. Proudly, Harrison is the FIRST and ONLY school in Ohio to have gotten this recognition!!! 87 schools applied for this distinction and the Wildcats have made ESPN’s top 25 national honor roll!!! This is HUGE!!! Harrison hopes to lead the way for Southwest Ohio in the #inclusionrevolution. The Wildcats live this mission in the Southwest Local School District and could not be prouder to be a part of Harrison!!!
Harrison High School offers a Unified Track team in the Spring and hosts Unified Basketball, and Flag Football events for Special Olympics Hamilton County. Athletes in grades 6-12 are also involved in Unified Swimming, Unified Bowling, Unified Soccer and more! Unified teams are a line item within the Harrison Boosters and these Athletes are recognized as any other sport in the School District.
If you would like to read more about The National Banner, click here: https://www.specialolympics.org/our-work/unified-champion-schools/banner-recognition-program
To see the Wildcats’ submission video, grab a tissue, then click here: https://vimeo.com/561329151/e776cd3801
Kiefer Bell Finishes 3rd at State Cross Country Meet
Talawanda's Kiefer Bell ran a time of 15:16.5 at the OHSAA Division I State Cross Country Meet to claim a 3rd place finish. He amassed the following achievements in the weeks leading up to the State Meet: Regional Meet Runner-up; District Meet Champion; and Southwest Ohio Conference Champion. Kiefer was also selected the 2021 SWOC Runner of the Year. This year marks the third consecutive season he has qualified for the State Meet, as well as the third straight time he has been named the SWOC Runner of the Year. Congratulations, Kiefer, on your outstanding Senior season and career accomplishments!!!
Edgewood Advances in OHSAA Football Playoffs
The Edgewood Cougars have advanced to the Division II Football Regional Semifinals by virtue of a 52-15 victory over Stebbins. The win over Stebbins is the Cougars’ second playoff victory this year, their first came the week prior when Edgewood defeated Sidney 37-10. The Cougars have now won nine consecutive games to improve their overall record to 9-2. With only 16 Division II schools remaining in the playoffs, Edgewood will face Piqua in the next round. This Sweet Sixteen contest will take place on Friday, November 12 at 7:00 PM. The site of the game is Huber Heights Wayne High School. Congratulations and good luck to the Cougars and Head Coach Scott Clemmons!!!