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Class of 2023 Graduation Guide

Please click HERE for the 2023 THS Graduation Guide. It has important information about our graduation as well as upcoming dates for our seniors and their families. 

We will be meeting with seniors on Wednesday, March 29 to go over some of this information. UVCC seniors will meet at 9 a.m. at UVCC. The UVCC meeting will take place in the Hartzell Lecture Hall. THS seniors will meet at 11 a.m. for those who eat B and D lunch and 12:30 p.m. for those who eat A and C lunch. THS meetings will take place in the THS Auditorium.

This is an exciting time for our seniors and we appreciate your continued support!

Troy High School to present "Seussical"

The Troy High School music department is ready to put on three magical, fantastical shows this weekend as it presents “Seussical,” its annual spring musical. 

The musical comedy, originally created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, features many of the most popular Dr. Seuss characters and stories, including The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who and Gertrude McFuzz.  

“This has been an incredibly fun experience for our kids, most of whom grew up with Dr. Seuss books,” director Erik Strope said. “It’s fun to see the characters jump off the pages as our students bring them to life. Everyone has been working so hard and putting their hearts and souls into this; we can’t wait to finally be able to bring it to an audience. We are definitely excited for this weekend!”

The shows are: Fri,, March 24 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. and Sunday , March 26 at 2 p.m. in the Troy High School auditorium. Sunday’s show will have ASL interpreters. Reserved seating is $10, while general seating is $8. Advanced tickets may be purchased in the THS main office during school hours. Tickets also will be sold at the door the day of the show.

The starring cast includes: Drew Ramey (Cat in the Hat), Grayson Baker (JoJo), Carter Evans (Horton), Savannah Swanson (Gertrude), Jessamine Griego (Mrs. Mayor), Emmett Jenkins (Mr. Mayor), Hayden Taylor (Mayzie), Tatyana Green (Sour Kangaroo), Ariana Green (Young Kangaroo); Lily Daniszewski, Diamond Foster, Ava Werst and Addy White (Bird Girls); Sienna Mader, Colton Morefield and Logan Stanton (Wickersham Brothers); Nathan Mamitag (General Schmitz), Alivia Worth ( Yertle) and P.J. Glover Vlad. 

Dance Captains are Tatyana Green, McElwee and White. 

Chorus members are: Megan Alexander, Jack Knoch, Zoie Littlejohn, Olivia McElwee, Peyton Robinson and Truth Santiago.

In addition to Troy High School students, there will be students from seven additional Troy City Schools in the show, as well. Those students are: Jillian Baker, Cecily Green, Brad Grissom, Alexandra Schieltz, Peyton Scott and Audrey Starnes (Troy Junior High School); Kate Beaman, Adalee Cost, Nolan Gilbert, Kaylee Hewitt and Kylie Mittelstadt (Van Cleve Sixth Grade Building); Ethan Grimm, Cami King, Owen Marsh, Kendall Persinger and Cora Rolf (Concord Elementary School), Marisa Gil (Cookson Elementary School); Amiyah Cook, Ariana Green, Stephen Hilton and Cailey Thomas (Forest Elementary School); Madilynn Hurst, Coraline Kemper and Blayde Langenfeld (Heywood Elementary School); and Bryson Delver (Hook Elementary School). 

The crew members are: Vi Arnold, Sydney Bennett, Josie Cremeans, Sophia Earl, Kiana Farrier, Jayden Jess, TaMeka Lawrence, Savannah Miller, Aden Nave, Anne Palombi, Alaina Troy, Ronan Watkins and Avery Woodruff.

The pit members are: Sully Anderson, Autumn Bowers, David Cousino, Leah Ellison, Kane Feltner, Ester Hasbargen, Jennifer Hewitt, Tawnie Johnson, Eloise Kolakowski, Dahlia Lazier, Kaiden McKinney, Stephen Monath, Scottie Moore, Alexis Oldham, Sienna Osburn, Christina Roberts, Addisyn Russell, Jacob Shurtz, Lee Stanton, Natalie Tremblay, Alaina Troy, Nathan Weidner, Jo Wildman, Emily Williams, Charlie Wyatt, Chuck Young and Emma Zonner.

Troy High School's Huber, Swanson named National Merit Finalists

TROY – Troy High School seniors Savannah Swanson and Luke Huber have both been named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship program. 

Last fall, both students were named National Merit Semifinalists after scoring in the top 1 percent of all students who took the PSAT test. Roughly 16,000 students in the United States were named semifinalists. 

After being recognized as Semifinalists last fall, Swanson and Huber fulfilled additional requirements, including completing an application, having a consistently very high academic record, writing an essay, being endorsed and recommended by a school official, and taking the SAT or ACT and earning a score that confirmed their PSAT/NMSQT performance. 

Both were pleasantly surprised when they found out they had been named a finalist. 

“It was a bigger surprise, because this one’s a lot tougher to get,” Huber said. “It was just a big surprise and a lot of excitement comes with it. I got to get out of class and call my mom and dad; it was just really exciting.”

Swanson agreed.

“I was super honored,” she said. “It’s such a big deal to have made that jump, and it was definitely not expected. I had no idea the results were coming out, so when I was called down to the office, I was kind of like, “Ok, this is happening again.’ But it’s really exciting and it’s such an incredible honor.”

Both are now eligible for one of the 7,250 National Merit Scholarships that will be awarded. They also said having this honor likely will help them as they apply for other scholarships, as well. 

“Obviously it helps with scholarships, because it’s something really big that I can put on applications, and I think it shows how I’ve done academically throughout the years,” Swanson said. “There are scholarships that come, literally because of it, but I also think it shows how much work I’ve done, and anyone who sees this can see how much work I’ve put in. It’s awesome to have something physical like this to show for it.”

Just by being a National Merit Finalist, Huber said, he’ll be in the running for scholarships at Liberty University, where he plans on matriculating in the fall.

“In terms of the future, it opens up more opportunities for college scholarships,” Huber said. “I know at Liberty (University) they honor the National Merit stuff, so it should bring me in more scholarships and more opportunities that will help me succeed more in the future.”

Huber is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Business Club, the Patriot Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He’s on both the golf and basketball teams for the Trojans. Huber also is active in his church youth group at Christian Life Center in Dayton.

He has been set on going to Liberty University for quite some time; he said he plans to major in mechanical engineering in college. He said he feels his time at Troy High School has him well-prepared for college and beyond.

“It’s meant a lot,” Huber said of his time at Troy. “All of my teachers have really helped me. They’ve helped me learn a lot about myself and to grow as a person. They’ve pushed me to be where I’m at today.”

Swanson has been a member of ASTRA, Latin Club, Culture Club, National Honor Society, Math Cub and Drama Club. She’s also been a member of the Troy High School tennis and softball teams, as well as the Trojan Thunder traveling softball team. She enjoys the theater, and has appeared in “Shakespeare in Love” and “High School Musical” at the Troy Civic Theater. She was in the Troy High School production of “The Puffs” in the fall and is a member of the THS musical “Seussical” this spring. She also has volunteered with Reading Buddies, Lunch Buddies, Hayner Art Camps and at the park district.

After looking at a number of schools, Swanson has been accepted into the Honors Tutorial (HTC) program in communications at Ohio University. She’ll work closely with professors during her four years of undergraduate studies before writing a senior thesis. 

“I’ll probably go to grad school,” she said. “I think I want to do something political; I really love argumentation. I’m not sure if that means being a lawyer or being a journalist.”

Like Huber, Swanson is appreciative of her Troy High School education. 

“Honestly, it’s been incredible to be at Troy High School,” she said. “I’m so glad I moved to Troy when I was in the eighth grade. I think there have been some teachers who have really helped me along the way. Mrs. Watson was my English teacher in 10th grade, and I genuinely don’t think I could have made it to this point, my writing ability has improved so much, and I honestly owe that all to her. But there’s tons of other teachers throughout the years, and there’s been so much support from faculty and students.”

THS juniors raising money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Abbey Seger and Tyler Malott know all too well the horrors of cancer. 

Which is a big reason why the two cousins, who are juniors at Troy High School, are taking their mission to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society so personal. 

“Our grandpa had cancer, and we have had multiple relatives that have been diagnosed with leukemia or are being treated for it currently,” Seger said. “That’s why it’s so important to us to do this.”

The two are part of the Dayton Student Visionaries program working with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise money for, and awareness of, leukemia treatment and research. The two were nominated by current Troy seniors Connor Moeller and Luke Huber, who participated in the program last year and nominated them to take up the mantle in the fight this year. 

“We were very happy to hear that we were nominated, and we are going to try to do a good job,” Malott said.

In addition to the Dayton Student Visionaries Program, Seger is on the softball and soccer teams, and is a member of Junior Cabinet, Key Club, National Honor Society and Spanish Club. Malott is on the soccer team, and is a member of Interact, Key Club, National Honor Society and the Business Club. 

Seger and Malott have set a lofty fundraising goal, hoping to raise $30,000 by March 31. So far, they’ve raised roughly $5,000 toward their final goal. To donate directly to their cause, click HERE. To learn more about their fundraising campaign, click HERE

In addition to getting donations from friends and family, the two have also been meeting with local businesses and organizations to get their help in the fundraising efforts. 

“It’s a lot of work behind the scenes that people probably don’t realize,” Seger said. 

Still, though, given the nature of their cause, they both know all of the hard work is worth it.

“It has been fun. We’ve learned a lot, meeting with other people, companies; we’re getting better and better as we go,” Malott said.