My Tomorrow Celebrates Student Talent, M.O.R.E. Men of the Year


After a long school year of hard work and practice, students across the district had the opportunity to share their talents with their families and peers at the second annual My Tomorrow Talent Showcase.

Since its launch in 2014, My Tomorrow has been the vision for how CPS prepares students for life. While My Tomorrow has largely informed the what occurs inside classrooms districtwide, it’s also about providing students opportunities to discover what inspires them, what they enjoy doing, and to grow those talents and skills.

Preschool Rising Stars Academy Violinists

“Being a student is the time to try new things and challenge yourself,” said Superintendent Laura Mitchell. “It’s our priority to provide students those opportunities to wonder. Whether they want to sing, dance, play an instrument, or apply what they’re learning in the classroom to a different discipline that interests them. Tonight, we’re celebrating that.”

Special guests provided remarks in between student performances, including Dr. Monica Posey, president of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; Josie Evans Phillips, director of diversity and inclusion at the University of Cincinnati; and Stephanie Bostick, admissions advisor at Gateway College. Each speaker provided information for parents and families about their organization’s partnership with CPS and what resources were available for parents and students.

Daylan Dallas of Woodward Career Technical College, Superintendent Laura Mitchell, and Jahlil Henderson of Chase Elementary School

The occasion was also a special one for students involved in the M.O.R.E. Program. William Johnson, M.O.R.E. coordinator, recognized two students as the A. Chris Nelms Men of the Year. The award recognizes M.O.R.E. students’ efforts in leadership, academic performance, and community service throughout the school year.

The 2018 A. Chris Nelms M.O.R.E. Men of the Year are:

  • Daylan Dallas, grade 11, Woodward Career Technical High School
  • Jahlil Henderson, grade 5, Chase Elementary School

View photo gallery, videos, and the full list of performances below.

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My Tomorrow Talent Showcase Program

Co-Hosts and Masters of Ceremonies:

  • Ashley Brown, WLWT meteorologist
  • Marko Kelow, grade 12, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Student Performances:

  • CPS Jazz Combo
    • Chris Canty, trumpet, Clark Montessori High School
    • Annalee Colston, guitar, Clark Montessori High School
    • Clark Comstock, trumpet, Clark Montessori High School
    • Caleb Cupp, drums, Clark Montessori High School
    • Chaya Jones, vocalist, Walnut Hills High School
    • Marie Ramsey, bass, Clark Montessori High School
  • Preschool Rising Stars Academy Violinists
    • Jordan Beamon
    • Dilynn Burr
    • Adam Elwafi
    • Henry Hart
    • Rhys Hill
    • Aubrey Jordan
    • Alina Kemper
    • Anika Kemper
    • Louis Meyer
    • Elijah Middlebrooks
    • Clementine Morgan
    • Madison Packer
    • Marquis Smith
    • Robynn Taylor
    • Caleigha Williams
    • Kayden Willis
    • Lyric Wilson
  • Kesean Thompson, grade 10, Aiken New Tech High School, performing original poem, “Shade”
  • Daniel Chaitkin, grade 5, Hyde Park Elementary School, dancing to “Havana”
  • Rockdale Rock Stars
    • Dancers:
      • Leela Cook
      • Karma Falings
      • Armoni Price
      • Deborah Woods
    • Gymnasts:
      • Hosea Kah
      • Laniya Kahr
      • Laniya Pryor
      • Arie’Yae Ragland
      • Briy’Onna Riston
      • Jay’La Rutland
      • Enijah Winston
  • Zhanna Empire, grade 5, Academy of World Languages, singing “My Shot” by Lin-Manual Miranda from “Hamilton – The Musical”
  • Jahiem Pettijohn, grade 4, Mt. Washington Elementary School, singing “That’s What I Like,” by Bruno Mars
  • Ana Vera Backsheider, grade 4, Hyde Park Elementary School, violinist
  • Benya Coleman and LaShanda Williams, grade 8, Hughes STEM High School, dance remix
  • Eleanor Jose and Elijah Williams, grade 12, Clark Montessori High School, performing “Lightning Flash” on steel drums
  • Marko Kelow, grade 12, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School, performing original song “Run from You”
  • Steppers – M.O.R.E. Men of Cheviot Elementary School
    • Ahmat Abdelkarim
    • Isaiah Berning
    • Gavyn Dodds
    • J’mari Jackson
    • Landon Johnston
    • Raphael Knight
    • Shawn Metcalf Jr.
    • Devon Shields
    • Kieshawn Thompson
    • London Weathersby
    • Ahmere Williams

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