Good News from Aiken: Community Awards, Student Success and Sports Highlights


Submitted by Phil Poggi, Athletic Director, Aiken College and Career High School

Aiken Rewards the CommunityAiken College and Career High School presented community awards at its Parent/Community Appreciation Breakfast to:

  • Jim Bodmer for helping to keep College Hills’ streets safe for students
  • Juanita Canfield and Karen Hartman for promoting the school’s “Caught Doing Good” program that rewards students for good deeds
  • Paula Kollstedt and GE Aviation engineers for tireless tutoring of students
  • Nancy Thomas and Llanfair personnel for guiding students in their Experiencing the World of Work program
  • Ken Lyon and Gail Finke for promoting school events in the College Hill e-newsletter
  • Mark and Phyllis Schoenberger for being “Mr. and Mrs. Aiken” and supporting the school in every way
  • Bruce Soldano of College Hill LaRosa’s for high quality customer service during its many deliveries to the school for special events

Aiken Sports News — The Aiken Men’s Baseball Team finished third in the league, with eight players earning All League Honors. The Women’s Softball Team finished 6th while being led by recent graduate Yacobayah Cooper, who was named 1st Team All League. The Track Team had one of its best seasons in the last 10 years under the direction of first-year coach Torrance Hill, who was named the 2010 CMAC Coach of the Year.

Five young ladies (Charmaine Whitehead, Reynisha Murdock, Shawnell Phillips, Tourea Caldwell and E’shira Gooden) and one young man (Norsius Nortilla) qualified for the OHSAA Regional Track Championships in Dayton. You can get information and event schedules for Aiken Athletics at

This year, Aiken offered 25 extra-curricular activities (up from seven in 2008-09). One of those activities included the rebirth of the Aiken Band. The Band capped off a great year by participating in the Annual Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade. Congratulations to Mr. Langford and all the students. The Band currently is seeking donations. For more information, contact Phil Poggi at (513) 363-6706.

Student Success — The Cincinnati Enquirer honored Aiken graduate Branden Nelson for his academic and sports achievements despite numerous obstacles throughout his life. The Aiken Athlete of the Year and Prom King, who skipped a grade in elementary school, credited his family’s strength and perseverance against hardships for giving him the tools and will to succeed. Branden and his older brother and sister all graduated from Aiken and all three are college students.