Media Studies Rank Olentangy’s High Schools Among Top in State

Two major media outlets have released their annual rankings of the best high schools in the state and all three of Olentangy’s high schools are ranked among the top of both lists.

The U.S. News and World Report released its “Best High Schools” ranking this week. The report analyzed achievement data from 22,000 public high schools across the nation and 752 from Ohio.

Olentangy Liberty High School (OLHS) is ranked fourth in the state in this year’s report, up from its seventh place ranking in last year’s report. OLHS is 152 in the national ranking with a college-readiness score of 66.3, a math proficiency score of 4.5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.4.

Olentangy High School (OHS) is ranked seventh in the report. That’s up from a 10th place ranking last year. OHS is 221st in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 59.2, a math proficiency score of 4.4 and a reading proficiency score of 4.3.

Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) is ranked eleventh in the state, up from 16 in last year’s report. OOHS is ranked 310th in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 53.6, a math proficiency score of 4.4 and a reading proficiency score of 4.2.

U.S. News & World Report determined its college-readiness scores by examining the percentage of seniors who took and passed Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The math and reading proficiency scores reflect student performance on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).

The report comes on the heels of the Washington Post’s recently released 2013 list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” and Olentangy’s three high schools received the highest scores in central Ohio and ranked within the best in the state on that list, too.

The Washington Post ranks schools based upon Challenge Index scores.  The index is calculated by taking the total number of college-level tests (such as Advanced Placement exams) given at a school and dividing that by the number of graduates for that particular year.

According to the Challenge Index, Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) ranked first in central Ohio, sixth in the state and 302nd in the nation with a score of 3.529.  Olentangy Liberty High School ranked second in central Ohio, eighth in the state and 337th in the nation with a score of 3.40.  Olentangy High School ranked third in central Ohio, ninth in the state and 345th in the nation with a score of 3.364.

OOHS Celebrates its Cultural Diversity

Olentangy Orange High School’s (OOHS) diversity was showcased April 19, as students proudly displayed flags, shared food, music and clothing from their native countries during the school’s fifth annual Multicultural Fair.

More than 48 countries were represented at the fair via student-prepared booths featuring a variety of pictures and artifacts from the cultures that make up the student population. A number of students wore saris, kimonos and turbans as they traveled from booth to booth learning about other cultures.

Native cuisines prepared by the students were available and entertainment was provided in the form of student-performed cultural dances that took place several times throughout the event.

Sponsored by the OOHS student council, the Multicultural Fair is an important way to recognize, respect and celebrate the diversity within the school, said Madelyne L., the fair’s student coordinator.

“We have so many different cultures represented right here and I think it’s really cool to share that and learn those different perspectives,” she said.

Invention Convention Winners Announced

Thirty-five Olentangy elementary and middle school students have been chosen to represent the district in the regional Invention Convention to be held May 18 at Columbus State Community College. The students below and their inventions are Olentangy’s building Invention Convention winners and will advance to the regionals.  Congratulations and good luck to:

  • Caroline, Alum Creek Elementary School (ACES), The Sight Stick
  • Kiernan, ACES, Hockey Helper
  • Teddy, ACES, The Jersey Snap
  • Nicholas, Arrowhead Elementary School (AES), Bacteria Blaster
  • Korissa, AES, Peachy Speechy
  • Rachel, Chesire Elementary School (CES), O.L.L.I.E. Pins
  • Calista, CES, Dive Xtension
  • Brianna, Freedom Trail Elementary School (FTES), Back Pack Holder
  • Abigail, FTES, Back Pack Holder
  • Zavier, FTES, The Book Boogie
  • Brayden, Glen Oak Elementary School (GOES), OMC (one more call)
  • Natalie, Heritage Elementary School (HES) Retainer Restrainer
  • Paige, Indian Springs Elementary School (ISES), The Triple S app
  • Declan, Liberty Tree Elementary School (LTES), Umbrel-light
  • Alex, Oak Creek Elementary School (OCES) , The Vent Catcher
  • Maddie B., Olentangy Hyatts Middle School (OHMS) The Hair Helper
  • Vaishnavi, Olentangy Meadows Elementary School (OMES) The Guinea PIg Bottle Quieter
  • Jaycee, OMES, Level Buddy
  • Dylan, OMES, The Buckeye Seal
  • Saket, OMES, Super Mail Light Up
  • Lucas, OMES, BP Wise Salt
  • Avery, Scioto Ridge Elementary School (SRES), The Dump Stump
  • Brody, SRES, BRB’s No-Spill Tackle
  • Colin, SRES, Martial Arts Easy Belt
  • Regn, SRES, The Sucker Saver
  • Kara, SRES, Strip Zip
  • Wyatt, Tyler Run Elementary (TRES), Hot Clothing That is Cool
  • Caroline, TRES, Bossinator
  • Daniel, TRES, ScooteraX
  • Coral, TRES, Fruity Smells
  • Claire, TRES, The Super Snow Shoveling Salt Spreader
  • Eric, Walnut Creek Elementary School (WCES), The One Shoulder Holder
  • Kendall, WCES, Hot Dog Case
  • Daniel, Wyandot Run Elementary School (WRES), The Sweeper Plow
  • August, WRES, Raft Backpack

OOMS Teacher Inspires Student’s Winning Essay


OOMS student Jane Koblens with OOMS Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Julianna Harper. Koblens wrote an essay about Harper that has won the “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.”

An Olentangy Orange Middle School (OOMS) student’s essay about her teacher has been selected as the winning entry of the “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.”

The essay about OOMS Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Julianna Harper was chosen from among 50 entries submitted to the local Barnes & Noble store. It was penned by OOMS student Jane K., who wrote about how Harper has influenced her life and why she admires her.

Entries were judged on the nature of the teacher’s qualities and the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and skill of writing. Jane and Harper will be recognized at 7 p.m. April 23 during a special ceremony at the Barnes & Noble store at 1560 Polaris Parkway. Harper’s name will also be entered into a regional competition where she will have the chance to win a cash prize.

Judge Speaks to OLMS Debate Club

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Everett H. Krueger poses with the OLMS Debate Club and parent leader Beth Probst.

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Everett H. Krueger poses with the OLMS Debate Club and parent leader Beth Probst.

Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Everett H. Krueger met with the Olentangy Liberty Middle School (OLMS) Debate Club April 17 to discuss how best to articulate an opinion in court, in the community and, perhaps most applicable in this case, with parents.

New this year, the OLMS Debate Club is the only middle school debate club in central Ohio and includes 28 students in every grade level at the school. The club meets before school every Wednesday under the direction of district parent volunteer and OLMS Debate Club leader Beth Probst.

“This was a special event that the kids have been planning, and who better than a courtroom judge — the epitome of someone who judges a debate — to explain what it takes to make a good argument,” Probst said.