SHS Librarian Earns "PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator" Honor | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:49

Today, PBS LearningMedia, the award winning on-demand digital media service from PBS offering over 35,000 digital resources for educators, announced the 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement through year-long hands-on and virtual professional development opportunities.

"PBS LearningMedia and local member stations are proud to recognize the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators, a nationwide group of leading educators who are truly changing the way students learn through technology and digital media," said Alicia Levi, Vice President, PBS LearningMedia. "We are honored to provide these stand-out educators with one-of-a-kind resources, tools and trainings that will further enhance their skills and enable them to share these skills with other educators."

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special events. In addition, the top 16 applicants, including SHS Library and Media Speccial will serve as “Lead PBS Digital Innovators” of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to participate in a two-day digital education summit where participants will engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from digital technology thought leaders.

The 2014 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators are listed below. The full list of PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at

• Steve Beard – Thomas Edison High School, Portland, OR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

• Stephanie Berry – Basic High School, Henderson, NV (Vegas PBS)

• Leslie Ceballos – Carolyn Bukhair Elementary, Dallas, TX (KERA)

• Alice Chen – Suzanne Middle School, Walnut, CA (PBS SoCal)

• Robert Culp – Joliet Public School District 86, Joliet, IL (WTTW)

• Ryan Devlin – Brockway Area Junior/Senior High School, Brockway, PA (WPSU)

• Scott Frizzell – Harding Academy of Memphis, Memphis, TN (WKNO)

• Susan Gauthier – Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School, Baton Rouge, LA (LPB)

• Don Goble – Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Saint Louis, MO (Nine Network of Public Media)

• Mig Hayes – Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC (UNC-TV)

• Julie Hildebrand – Patton Elementary School, Austin, TX (KLRU)

• Kimberly Lynch – Francis Wyman School, Burlington, MA (WGBH)

• Lesley McClendon – Shiloh Middle School, Atlanta, GA (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

• Philip McIntosh – Challenger Middle School, Colorado Springs, CO (Rocky Mountain PBS)

• Morgan Nickolai – Sidney High School, Sidney, OH (ThinkTV)

• Holly Whitt – Walnut Grove Elementary, New Market, AL (Alabama Public Television)

Morgan Nickolai not only earned the distinction of being one of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators, but was named one of the top 16 in the nation, earning the title “Lead PBS Digital Innovator.” Nickolai is the Library Media Specialist and Distance Track Coach at Sidney High School, part of the Sidney City School district located in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. Nickolai is also an INFOhio User Council Representative for the Western Ohio Computer Organization (WOCO) and INFOhio ICoach for the Sidney City School district. She received her Master’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Language Arts and Math from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She went on to pursue getting her Library/Media Licensure from Wright State University as well. As a Library Media Specialist, Nickolai provides media literacy, information literacy, and research instruction to students and classroom teachers. She collaborates with teachers to coordinate instruction, media program activities, and resources with subject area curriculum. She is responsible for the selection, organization, utilization, and maintenance of the library, information, and curriculum resources, and provides professional development for all staff members.

“I am a huge advocate for technology, so the most rewarding part of my job is being able to help teachers integrate technology into their lessons,” says Nickolai.

One of Nickolai's favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the "PBS TeacherLine Tips to Evaluate Internet Resources."

SHS Open House - Friday, April 11, 2014 | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:26
Sidney High School will be hosting a Future and Former Students Open House for the public this Friday, April 11 from 6:00-7:00pm prior to the Hall of Honor induction ceremony. Past, present, and future students and members of the community are invited to tour the school, learn more about SHS clubs, and enjoy refreshments prepared by FCCLA. All are encouraged to stay for the Hall of Honor induction ceremony which starts at 7:30pm in the auditorium. Joining this year’s hall of honor class and receiving the highest honor bestowed by the Sidney City Schools are Linda (Harp) DeVelvis (SHS 1968), Dr. Tom Glover (SHS 1963), Irv Johnson (SHS 1958) and James Wells (SHS 1957).There will be a public reception in the gymnasium following the ceremony. Please join Sidney High School and Sidney City Schools for an evening of celebrating our students past, present, and future!
Mavity & Jindani Move To National Leadership Competition | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:03

Nine Sidney High students from Joe Spangler’s Computer Information Systems class competed in the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference (SLC) over the weekend.

Zach Rood competed in Fundamentals of Web Site Design, Nik Logic competed in Extemporaneous Speech, Noah Stramen competed in Java Programming and Jace Stewart, Alex McLain, and Luke Dahlinghaus placed in the top ten in Small Business Management Team. Adam Jindani was the state’s runner-up in Java Programming. Grace Mavity was the state champion in C++ Programming. These students earned their way into the SLC by placing either 1st or 2nd in the regional competitions.

By placing in the top five of the state, Grace and Adam have qualified to compete in the National Leadership Conference (NLC). The NLC will be held in Indianapolis Indiana April 30th through May 4th. While at the NLC, Grace and Adam will have the opportunity to go on various tours and participate in educational seminars. Most importantly, they will have the opportunity to compete against the best in the nation.

The Computer Information Systems class is a satellite Tech-Prep program of the Upper Valley Career Center housed at Sidney High School. In this class students are given hands on instruction in various areas of software development.
JV Academia State History Bowl Champions / Jensen State History Bee Champion | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 21 March 2014 15:17
On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the SHS Academia team competed in the National History Bowl and Bee Ohio State Championship. The tournament had two divisions – varsity (for players that are juniors and seniors) and junior varsity (for players that are freshmen and sophomores). Sidney’s Junior Varisty team consisting of sophomore Aaron Jensen and freshmen NourEddine Hijazi, Andrew Mitchell, and Anthony Mitchell went 7-0 en route to winning the Ohio History Bowl JV State Championship. Following that terrific performance, Aaron Jensen went on to win the Ohio History Bowl JV Bee, which is the individual component of the competition. Aaron Jensen is the son of Ken & Sherri Jensen. NourEddine Hijazi is the son of Maryam Hijazi. Andrew & Anothony Mitchell are the sons of Greg and Sara Mitchell. 
Sidney Post Accepting Nomination for Winter Sports Awards | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 17 March 2014 11:53
The Sidney Post is Accepting Nominations for Winter Sports Awards
Hits 105.5 to Live Broadcast the Awards Ceremony

The Sidney Post is now accepting nominations for our Winter Sports Awards Banquet. Nominations are being accepted for the categories below and are open to any boy or girl at their respective school, in any any sport, in any grade level.

Anna Athlete of the Winter
Botkins Athlete of the Winter
Fairlawn Athlete of the Winter
Ft. Loramie Athlete of the Winter
Houston Athlete of the Winter
Jackson Center Athlete of the Winter
Russia Athlete of the Winter
Sidney Christian Athlete of the Winter
Lehman Athlete of the Winter
Sidney Boys Athlete of the Winter
Sidney Girls Athlete of the Winter

The awards below are open to any coach, athlete, or team, regardless of sport or grade level, in Shelby County.

Coach of the Winter
Boys Athlete of the Winter
Girls Athlete of the Winter
Team of the Winter

The awards ceremony will take place at The Oaks Club in Sidney, Sunday, April 6th from 5:00pm to 7:00PM. Dinner will be served at 5:00 PM, and the awards ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM. Hits 105.5 will live broadcast the awards portion of our event.

Nominations will be accepted two ways; email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or mail to The Sidney Post, PO Box 4577, Sidney, OH 45365. Any resident of Shelby County is free to send in a nomination. Please list the name of the nominee, school, grade, and submit 1-3 paragraphs about why the nominee should be chosen.
Rhett Rosengarten Earns Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:22

Sidney High School senior Rhett Rosengarten is the 2014 recipient of the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award.

The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award was established by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) to promote and recognizes outstanding academic achievement. This event honors each Ohio county’s best and brightest student. Each district high school nominates a student for this award.Only one from the county is awarded this honor.

Rosengarten is currently ranked at the top his class and maintains a grade point average of 4.15. Throughout high school, he has immersed himself in rigorous coursework including 8 Advanced Placement classes. His hard work and dedication have paid off as Rosengarten has earned all A’s throughout his entire high school career. He has also posted a stellar A.C.T. composite of 32.

In addition to his outstanding academic record, Rosengarten has been very involved during his high school tenure. He has been an integral part of both the football and wrestling teams for the past four years. He has earned numerous awards and honorable mentions in both sports. He is a two-year member of National Honor Society and was chosen as a homecoming attendant this year. Rosengarten was also one of the male nominees chosen to attend the American Legion Buckeye Boys’ State during his junior year. 

Though his academics and his extra-curricular activities are important, giving back to his community is also an important part of his life. Rosengarten is extremely involved in his church, St. John’s Lutheran, as an active member of the youth Luther League. The focus of the group is volunteering and helping others in need. Rosengarten has volunteered for many service activities including going on several mission trips in South Dakota to help those less fortunate, helping with church restoration, and volunteering at the thrift shop. 

SHS Guidance Counselor Deb Fahnestock shared, “In my almost 30 year career as an educator, I have encountered few students like Rhett. His hard work ethic and time management skills allow him to excel both inside and outside of the classroom. He is intelligent, committed, and respectful; he’s the complete package.”  

Rosengarten aspires to be a civil engineer. He is the son of Mike and Kim Rosengarten.

Criteria for this selection includes the individual’s activities, awards, personal goal statement, GPA and ACT/SAT score.

Rosengarten has been invited to attend a special recognition luncheon at the Double Tree Columbus-Worthington on April 9, 2014.

Academia is GWOC North Champion | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 07:37

The SHS Academia team completed the GWOC season with a 16-1 mark falling only to Northmont while sweeping the GWOC North schools of Greenville, Troy, Piqua, Vandalia and Trotwood for the fourth straight year. In fact, the Jackets are 75-8 in league competition over the last five years. Varsity Team Members include Aaron Jensen, NourEddine Hijazi, Jack Martin and Tyler Schlagetter.

The same team won the Miami Valley Academic League tournament while finishing second during the regular season. The Miami Valley League includes several Dayton area teams including Tipp City, Carroll and Northmont.

Sidney Academic team had successful February at two invitational tournaments. At the Solon two day tournament over Presidents Day Weekend the team of Jensen, Hijazi, Martin and Schlagetter took third place on Saturday in a field of 32 teams and finished second on Sunday in a field of 14.

On March 1, SHS hosted the 2nd annual Yellow Jacket Invitational which included 24 teams from 3 states and featured 6 team ranked in the top 50 in the United States according to The Yellow Jackets went 10-0 in the round robin, defeating nationally ranked teams Northmont, Detroit Catholic Central, Fisher Catholic (Lancaster, OH) George Washington (WV) St. Charles (Columbus). Sidney lost to Dublin Scioto in the championship round to finish second.

Jackets In Training | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:42

Sidney Cross Country Coach Ken Kellner is proud to announce the Jackets in Training running program for 2014. This program is designed to engage kids in grades 3-6 in the excitement of running. Developing correct muscle memory at an early age creates significant advantages for those athletes. Each practice, they will participate in running games, drills and conditioning that will work to develop the fundamentals of running, endurance, and a professional running technique.

Jackets in Training will take place from 3:45-4:45pm Mondays and Wednesday from April 2-30, 2014 in front of Sidney High School.

In its fourth season, Jackets in Training is led by Head Cross Country Coach Ken Kellner who has extensive knowledge of the latest science based research for injury-free and high achievement running for both sprinting and long distance. Last season, Kellner coach several record holders for the Sidney Cross Country program. The goal for Jackets in Training is to introduce the joy of running, while implementing the safest and most effective running techniques for young athletes.

This program is open to Sidney City Schools students in grade 3-6 who are interested in running and developing healthy habits. For more information and to register, contact Coach Ken Kellner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

Eric Barnes Recognized by Wendy's Heisman Program | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2014 16:15

SHS is proud to announce senior Eric Barnes was recently named School Winner for the prestigious Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Award. Barnes was chosen for his excellence in academics, athletics, and community leadership, and will move on to the next round of judging to compete for the coveted National award.

“On behalf of Sidney High School, we are excited to celebrate and honor the outstanding athletic and scholastic achievements of Eric Barnes with this prestigious award,” said SHS Principal Jon Geuy

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors both in and out of the classroom. Just as the collegiate Heisman is known for being the highest award in college football, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award is recognized as the most esteemed award at the high school level, as it encourages future leadership by acknowledging well-rounded students.

Barnes, the son of Bob and Cathy Barnes, was selected as a School Winner based on the following accomplishments:

Barnes is currently ranked at the top of his class and maintains a grade point average of 4.09. Throughout high school, he has challenged himself by enrolling in Advanced Placement as well as Dual Enrollment courses, earning over 50 credit hours from Edison Community College upon graduation. Barnes has been most successful in all of his coursework as he has earned all A’s during his freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and is on track to become one of Sidney High School’s valedictorians.

In addition to his stellar transcript, Barnes has been extremely active in sports and other extra-curricular activities. He has been an energetic member of the Swim Team for three years. He is a four-year member of both the Sidney High School Marching Band and Orchestra. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was selected to attend Buckeye Boys State his junior year. Barnes was elected by his peers his freshman, junior, and senior years to serve as Class President. Furthermore, he was chosen to represent Shelby County at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp last spring which was a prestigious honor. Barnes has earned perfect attendance eleven out of twelve years of his school career.

Outside of the school setting, he maintains his own lawn business. He is also a certified life guard and works part-time at the Sidney Municipal Pool. He enjoys playing piano and competes at class “A” level at State OMEA competitions. Community and pride are very important to Barnes as he volunteers with Gateway Arts as well as other non-profit organizations in Sidney.

The nationally recognized Wendy’s High School Heisman Award helps these high-achieving students to stand out in the increasingly selective college admissions process,” said Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy and Wendy’s High School Heisman program spokesperson. “These outstanding seniors across the country can use this award as a stepping stone towards continuing success and high achievements.”

One male and one female from each high school are selected as School Winners from the nearly 48,000 applicants nationwide. At SHS, no female students applied. From there, State Finalists will be selected, then two State Winners from each state. This group is narrowed down to 12 National Finalists, who will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City, where they will attend the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Ceremony, announcing the two National Winners.

For more information or to track a student’s progress through the competition, please visit or call 1-800-205-6367. 

About the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program

Created in 1994 by Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award recognizes outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership.  Students can nominate themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches.  The most exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes conducted at both state and national levels.

About The Wendy’s Company

The Wendy's Company is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 franchise and Company restaurants in the United States and 27 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit or


 The Wendy's name and design, and the Wendy's High School Heisman and design are trademarks of Oldemark LLC and are licensed to Wendy's International, Inc.  The Heisman Memorial Trophy, Heisman name and Heisman Trophy figure are registered trademarks of the Heisman Trophy Trust, used with permission.

A Night at the Races - March 8, 2014 | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:56
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