Once again, our community's support of the district's annual dodgeball tournament was truly outstanding.
I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend that evening.
Thanks to your support, we were able to raise more than $14,000 for Dublin Special Olympics and the Lyndsey Rice and Kyle Colello Memorial Scholarship Funds. This is a truly remarkable number for a one-night event.
The mission of Dublin Special Olympics is to offer year-round high quality sports training and competitions for student athletes with developmental disabilities who live in our attendance area.
This is the first year the program has been offered in our district. Prior to this year, student athletes who wished to participate were required to travel to a neighboring district.
We are proud Dublin City Schools now has its own program.
Dublin City Schools teacher Krista Keir is leading the effort to get this program up and running in our district.
No district funds are used for this program and it is completely reliant on donations to operate its programs.
This spring Dublin Special Olympics will be offering bowling, track and field, and has plans to expand its offerings next fall.
For those of you who were not able to attend the tournament, Krista spoke during a brief ceremony and brought two Special Olympics student athletes with her who also addressed the crowd.
Those who were there witnessed a powerful and emotional thank you from the student athletes.
A portion of the funds will also benefit the Memorial Scholarship Funds of Lyndsey Rice and Kyle Colello, our two Dublin Scioto students who died tragically in November of 2009.
The Rice and Colello families have been great supporters of this event.
I would like to thank the 24 members of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee for their commitment and hard work in making the tournament a success.
We are also grateful to our corporate partners for the event. Thanks to Chick-Fil-A, Max & Erma's, and Mezzo in downtown Dublin.
Another important community event is coming up May 4.
I would like to invite the community to the Dublin City Schools Alumni Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Columbus Marriott Northwest on Blazer Parkway.
This year we will be inducting a special class of Hall of Famers.
This year's class includes:
• Steve Anderson, Superintendent of Dublin City Schools from 1995-2001.
Steve served the district for many years in several administrative roles including associate superintendent, principal and director of personnel and community relations.
• Scott Bagenstose, M.D., allergist and 1991 graduate of Dublin High School.
Dr. Bagenstose is the president of the Ohio Allergy Society. He was one of just five recipients in the United States of a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline award.
• Karen Boerger, educator, author and speaker.
Boerger, a Class of 1963 alumna from Dublin High School, retired as a principal after 24-years in education. She launched a second career soon after and is an active speaker and author.
• Julie Marie Brooks, Ph.D., neuroscientist and a member of Dublin Coffman High School's Class of 2000.
She is a post doctoral fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.
• Capt. Aaron Burger, Bronze Star recipient and a member of the 1998 Dublin Coffman High School class. Capt. Burger, a West Point Academy graduate, was awarded for his service in Iraq.
• Capt. Nicholas Rozanski, a 1994 Dublin High School graduate who was killed last April in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan as a member of the 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
The event is open to the public but tickets are required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 764-5913 for ticket information.
David Axner is Dublin City Schools superintendent.