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Joe Holt Jr., DPHS Class of 2010

Updated May 2018

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I played soccer and baseball for 4 years, as well as basketball for 2. I was named captain for both soccer and baseball my Senior year. In soccer I was named All CHL 2nd team and Honorable Mention All City  as the starting goalie and played in the All City All Star game. In baseball I won the "Wildcat" Award from the coaches 3 out of 4 years. I was also elected into National Honors Society my Junior year and participated in Communiserve and FCA all 4 years. In addition, I was in Parkers my Senior year (and regret not doing it all 4 years!).

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
After graduating from Deer Park I went to Miami University and graduated in 2014 majoring in Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Actuarial Science. The best part about Miami were the hockey games (I only missed 1 in 4 years). Since graduation I have worked at the insurance broker AssuredPartners as a Proposal Analyst. I have also been the P.A announcer for the Deer Park boys and girls soccer games since 2014, and have become the new boys and girls basketball P.A. announcer beginning in 2016-2017.  Since 2014 I have been on the Deer Park Soccer Board as the referee coordinator and have coached U14 and U16 soccer for the past 4 seasons. Additionally, I am on the Parish council at my church (St. Saviour).

FUTURE GOALS
I would like to continue to advance my career and eventually become a designated Actuary in the future. Alternatively I would love to work in the front office of a professional sports team.  Moreover, I want to stay involved around the community. I love volunteering and it is something I am very passionate about. Furthermore I have enjoyed my time as a P.A announcer at Deer Park and not only would like to continue doing that for years to come, but if possible I would love the prospect of doing it professionally. So if anyone knows someone at a high ranking position for the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, FC Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, or others and they need an announcer give me a call!

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
The teachers I had during my time there were incredible.  They were always willing to help get the best out of you . I still stay in touch with some of my teachers today and they always ask me how I am doing, or what I have been up to; and I think having teachers that genuinely care about my well-being is impeccable. Additionally, the fact that the district is small  helps create awesome opportunities for myself and others. I was able to play any sport I wanted all 4 years; and had I been at a huge district with hundreds of students I probably would not have had that opportunity or gotten offered the opportunity to announce for the school. 

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF!
I can solve a  3x3x3 Rubik's cube in under a minute (my record being 36 seconds)! I can also solve up to a 9x9x9 cube (see Mr. Benjamin's plaque, though it needs to be updated). I am marrying a fellow alum (Anna Bailey) in June 2019. I also LOVE sports. Playing, watching, discussing. If you see me around anywhere I am usually wearing a Green Bay Packers shirt. Go Pack Go!

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Kristopher Serra, DPHS Class of 2005

Updated April 2018

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I was the Vice President of the National Honors Society, and I graduated with a 4.65 grade point average. I was a multiple all CHL selection and a two time all district selection for football. I was named a starter in the East/West All-Star football game. I was also named student-athlete of the week by WLWT. I participated in Parkers all four years, the highlight being guys kick-line! I am a member of the Deer Park Hall of Fame, class of 2015. 

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
I graduated from Valparaiso University in 2009, where I also played football. I am currently a Special Agent for the FBI in San Diego, California. Prior to being employed with the FBI, I worked for the Secret Service. With the Secret Service, I was assigned to President Obama's advance detail for the 2012 campaign. 

FUTURE GOALS
I want to continue to grow as an FBI Agent, while maintaining a happy and healthy family life. One day I want to be an FBI Supervisor. 

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
Being able to participate in many programs, such as sports and Parkers, helped diversify my experiences along with academics. In my job, I need to be able to multi-task efficiently. At Deer Park you're a student, an athlete, a performer, a musician, and a friend all wrapped into one. Having to succeed at multiple things at once helped me establish a frame work in which to handle the many challenges presented to me on a daily basis. Not to mention, Mr. McCluggage's Government class taught me the Constitution in an intimate way; which I have sworn an oath to defend. 

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF!
I am married to my beautiful wife, Michaela, and we have one son Kristopher Paul Serra. Also, I once did the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air handshake with Will Smith... highlight of my career!

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Becca Wolfe, DPHS Class of 2012

Updated March 2018

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I was part of National Honor Society. I played volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer. I captained varsity volleyball and basketball teams my senior year. I was also part of the 2011 CHL Champion softball team. I was chosen to participate in the Senior All-Star game after my senior season of volleyball. I participated in Parkers, communiserve and FCA for three years and Glee Club for two. When I graduated in 2012 I was awarded the Schoeny Award.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2016 with my degree in Exercise and Sport Science where I participated in the Student Government Association and worked for our Campus Recreation. While working for Campus Rec, I held many supervisory positions including Facility Supervisor and Fitness Intern. I was awarded Supervisor of the Year and Group Fitness Instructor of the Year, as well.   

Currently working as a Personal Trainer at the Blue Ash YMCA; Jr. High Volleyball Coach at Deer Park; JV softball coach at Deer Park; substitute teacher in Deer Park. Coming back to Deer Park and coaching volleyball and softball has been an awesome experience. I feel like I am giving back a school and athletic program that gave me so much during my time here.  

FUTURE GOALS
I want to get my masters in Education to become an Intervention Specialist and my masters in Sports Administration to one day become an Athletic Director. I plan on coaching for a long time while reaching these goals.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
Deer Park prepared me for success by allowing myself to be involved in multiple things at once including athletics, choir, communiserve and Parkers. This has taught me how to time manage which was important while in college, but also now that I am still involved in many things. The staff here is willing to help you reach your goals even after you graduate. I feel as my education and the opportunities given to me helped me graduate college on time and be successful while at EKU. 

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My brother (JC) graduated in 2013 and my sister (Jaimie) will graduate in 2021. Since graduating I have gotten into running where I completed the Flying Pig 1/2 marathon last year. My schedule for 2018 includes a total of 6 events. I have participated in the Heart Mini with (Deer Park's) Matthew's Mighty Marchers for the past 7 years.

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Conner Wiebell, DPHS Class of 2012

Updated February 2018

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I graduated co-Valedictorian from Deer Park in 2012, with a 4.92 GPA. In baseball, I was selected to the First-Team All CHL team my junior year as well as First-Team All CHL and Honorable Mention All-Cincinnati teams my senior year. I was also an active member in Parkers during all four years at DPHS, ranging from Stage Crew (represent!) to Boys kick line. Volunteering was another big component of my high school life. I was an active Communi-Serve member for four years as well as a two-year member of the National Honors Society. Not all schools offer their students such a diverse selection of academic and extracurricular opportunities; just one of the many reasons Deer Park schools will always be special to me.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2016, from the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL). I was drawn to Illinois Tech for many of the same reasons I enjoyed Deer Park schools so much; a very close-knit feel, where it seemed like everyone knew everyone. During my time at Illinois Tech, I was a brother of Triangle Fraternity as well as a member of the Illinois Tech baseball team.

I currently work as a Bioprocess Engineer at AveXis, located in Chicago's north suburbs. We are a clinical-stage biotechnology company, manufacturing a drug used to save babies from a fatal genetic disease known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The drug works by introducing normally-functioning genes into the nuclei of the baby's neurons, acting to replace the defective genes that cause SMA (to summarize). AveXis is truly at the forefront of scientific discovery, which makes getting up for work easy; it's less like a job and more like an opportunity.

FUTURE GOALS
In the future, I aspire to continue to advance technologies used to cure diseases in which there are currently no/limited treatments for. Further, I hope to one day work at the FDA, ensuring these life-changing therapies are safe, effective, and successful in treating the one in need. Lastly, in my spare time, I would love to coach baseball at the high school level. To me, there's nothing more satisfying than teaching the game of baseball. "You can't just sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all." - Earl Weaver

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
I’m extremely grateful to be an alumnus of Deer Park schools. I attribute so much of who I am today to where I grew up and went to school. All of the great educators, staff, and personnel throughout the years have undoubtedly helped me in leading a rewarding and successful life after leaving Deer Park schools.

It's no question for me that having a strong skillset in science and math came from the teachers I had while at DPHS. Teachers like Mr. Miller, Mr. Benjamin, and Mr. Fite (just to name a few) were catalysts for my collegiate academic path. Further, AP credits earned in English, American History, and others allowed me the opportunity to test out of English and Humanities classes at Illinois Tech, which was very helpful in easing the burden of my core engineering curriculum. (Thank you Mr. Hubbard, Mrs. Shaw, Mr. Maher, and Mr. Johnston)

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF!
In college, I got to play on a Major League Baseball field three different years (US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox)

I toured the Presidential Air Force One aircraft back in 6th grade. No pictures allowed though :/

I have a cat named Griffey, named after Ken Griffey Jr. AKA GOAT

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Richie Schueler, DPHS Class of 1996

Updated January 2018

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I graduated in 1996 and was actively involved in Boys Basketball, FCA, Parkers, and even played Soccer my senior year.  I've always taken great pride in being given the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award on Senior Day and have tried to live up to that standard throughout my life.  I went through some emotional and academic struggles my first two years of high school so I believe my greatest achievement at DPHS was digging out of that hole and paving the road for college during my last two years. 

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
After DPHS, I graduated from the University of Evansville in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education.  I had the best college experience I could have ever imagined: joined a fraternity (Sigma Phi Epsilon), was a Resident/Summer Conference Assistant, went on two mission trips to Jamaica, DJ/Producer for the campus radio station, FCA, and played on the basketball team.  Soon after, I went to graduate school at Austin Peay State University where I graduated with my Master's Degree in Health and Human Performance (Sports Administration Specialization) in 2003.  At Austin Peay, I served as a Graduate Assistant Basketball Coach and our team won the Ohio Valley Conference championship en route to playing Louisville in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Today, I'm still actively involved in the game of basketball.  I spent 10 years coaching collegiately, but now I co-run an international sports tours company called STUDENTathleteWorld Tours.  I spend all year recruiting players for our teams in several different sports and then take young athletes to tournaments across the world during the summers.  During college basketball season, I serve as a color commentator for the ESPN Family of Networks on the west coast.  Additionally, I run basketball clinics across the United States, different parts of the world, and even in a CA state prison.

FUTURE GOALS
I want to stay in the game of basketball, whether that's in coaching, television, organizing international tours, or a mixture of them all.  There is room to grow in all 3 areas.  At the same time, I have tentative plans in motion for a humanitarian nonprofit company that will work inside prisons with people who are incarcerated.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
I really can't think of a better place than Deer Park to prepare you for success.  The community has a blue-collar mentality and the school district has outstanding teachers!  For being fairly small with limited resources, I've always felt those working inside the schools do "more with less", which has made both current and former students excel to incredible heights.

Hundreds have left DPHS and gone on to have a successful family, career, etc. and those building blocks can be traced back to their K-12 teachers.  I never once felt like a number inside a Deer Park school.  I've always felt that teachers/coaches cared about me, were willing to spend extra time to help me, and wanted me to have a well-balanced experience.  Deer Park is a very special place. 

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF!
1) I currently live in Los Angeles (CA), but have also lived in Indiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, and (obviously) Ohio.
2) My dad and all four of my siblings graduated from Deer Park High School.
3) I spent two years learning how to salsa dance (but I'm still terrible at it)!

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Ryan Hodge, DPHS Class of 2014

Updated December 2017

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I graduated in the class of 2014, and served as the class president for all four years. I also served as the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, participated in band, ran cross-country (was team captain for a year), and got to perform in and host Parkers. I also was a part of National Honor Society. Thinking back on it, I have no clue how I had time to do all that.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
I'm headed into my final semester at the University of South Carolina, where I'm earning my Bachelors in Computer Science. I'm also minoring in Math. I've had a really great experience at USC, and have met a ton of amazing people (for current DPHS students: if you want to go out of state, check out USC. Great out-of-state scholarships).

At school, I'm a part of the South Carolina Honors College. I'm the Vice President of Hillel, which is an organization for Jewish students, and helped resurrect the satirical newspaper on campus, for which I now serve as editor-in-chief. The satirical news site is one of the things I'm most proud of in school, since a couple friends and I got to create the organization from scratch. And I like to think it's pretty funny.

I've also worked a couple research jobs and gotten to present at a symposium for high performance computing. Most recently, I've been working as an intern for Boeing. I worked at their Charleston, SC factory and office over the summer doing software development, and am continuing to work remotely and part-time as I finish school.

FUTURE GOALS
I graduate in May 2018, so I'm looking forward to that. I was also recently offered a full-time position as a part of Boeing's tech rotational program for summer 2018. This will actually mean moving to the Seattle, WA area, which I'm really excited about.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
I went to Deer Park schools from kindergarten through high school, and I always made great connections with the teachers. The community of DPS is super unique, and knowing teachers and administrators on a personal level was motivating. It's been really important to my success that I was able to talk about my goals and issues with my teachers and counselors, and they've given me advice that I still remember.

The fact that I still check in with them from time to time (either in-person or online) says a lot, I think.

At Deer Park, I felt like I could make things happen if I put in the work. Students at DPHS have a lot of ability to affect change. Just start asking questions!

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF!
I've been the DJ for a bunch of Deer Park's dances when I'm home visiting.

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Laura McLaughlin, DPHS Class of 2007

Updated June 2016

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
At DP I participated in student council, communiserve, tennis, the Miami writing team, glee club, show choir, Parker’s, and drama club with lead roles in 6 drama/musical theater productions. I was DP’s 2006 Homecoming Queen and graduated one of two valedictorians of the class of 2007.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
After graduation, I attended a liberal arts school, Wittenberg University, and majored in Philosophy and English Literature. There I sang in the women’s choir, was editor of the university’s nonfiction publication, and worked for the office of advancement, alumni relations, and the Wittenberg Writing Center. In 2011 I graduated valedictorian and worked for the university as the assistant director of the Writing Center. I then accepted a position abroad with an international education company headquartered in Beijing. For over a year I lived in China working primarily as a kindergarten teacher and English curriculum designer, but also as a voice actress in an educational children’s series and later as a social media marketer for an American tech startup. Life in one of the biggest cities in the eastern world was often exciting and challenging, but always illuminating. I fell in love with the culture, the food, the new and ancient sights, and the kind people and friends who helped turn a foreign world into a place I could call home.

Once home home in 2013, I went back to school to study psychology at UC. Upon graduation, I began my current role as a clinical research coordinator at UC’s Division of Bipolar Disorders Research. For over a year I’ve worked on research studies that provide treatment for the mental health needs of children and adolescents. Mainly I coordinate NIH funded neuroimaging studies examining risk factors for adolescent bipolar disorder. This clinical research experience has informed my plan to apply to clinical psychology Ph.D. programs this fall.

FUTURE GOALS
I hope to become a clinical psychologist and to contribute toward research that furthers the way we understand and treat mood disorders, specifically bipolar disorder.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
I was fortunate to have teachers at DP who believed in my abilities and my future. Mrs. Moore, the gifted program director at Amity, told me in 5th grade that if I got straight A’s through school I could go to college for free. Following her advice, I was able to gain an academic scholarship that covered the tuition at a private university I would have otherwise been unable to attend.

In high school, Mr. and Mrs. Shaw inspired me with their love of language and literature. The dynamic duo taught me that I had a voice and a story worth sharing. With their encouragement I developed skills and confidence as a writer, which helped me succeed and win a number of writing awards at Wittenberg. Outside the classroom, Mr. Klasmeier and Mrs. Miller-Wuest challenged me in theater, choir, and Parker’s to dedicate myself to each performance. Together they instilled in me a sincere appreciation for the arts.
Throughout my time at DP I received individualized attention from my teachers and had the opportunity to develop many close friendships. I enjoyed the flexibility to participate in a number of activities and became a better team player through sports, student council, and the Miami Writing Team. The rich and diverse experience I had at DP primed me for success as a college student, an expatriate in China, and a versatile working adult. I’m thankful for the team of teachers, coaches, directors and friends I had at DP for encouraging me to view obstacles as opportunities and to pursue my goals with a growth-oriented outlook.

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  • My two older sisters are Las Vegas showgirls, and my mom is the secretary at Amity Elementary (Mrs. Jung).
  • I prefer letters to emails and calls to texts.
  • Sometimes I perform operatic renditions of hip hop songs.

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Taylor Hicks, DPHS Class of 2012

Updated March 2016

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I was the vice president of student council for all four years of high school. I was also a member of the National Honor Society for my junior and senior years. I participated in varsity cheerleading and dance team, where I was the captain for two years. I was involved in Parkers for four years where I danced, acted, and sang with the girl’s glee club.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
I am currently a senior at The Ohio State University. I am involved in Delta Omega Kappa, a pre-health sorority. I also work at Visual Care Associates for an Optometrist. I pre-test patients, perform other various tests, and scribe for the doctor during the exam. I will be graduating this May with a degree in biology.

FUTURE GOALS
I have recently been accepted into New England College of Optometry for the fall of 2016. I plan to move to Boston to attend this school for four years to reach my goal of becoming an optometrist. I would eventually like to open up my own optometry practice.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
The faculty at Deer Park High School most prepared me for my success in college. Taking Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology my junior year is what first introduced me to the thought of becoming an optometrist. I then was able to take an independent study with Mr. Miller where I focused on learning more about the eyes and all they can do. I also did my kiss project on the eyes. My continued interest showed me I should pursue a career in optometry. Given the opportunity to participate in many extra curricula’s in high school gave me leadership skills that benefited me when I came to such a big university.

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF!
For the past two years I have participated in Buckeyethon, a dance marathon that raises money to support the kids treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This year we raised 1.3 million dollars to end childhood cancer!

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Amanda Fahey, DPHS Class of 2014

Updated February 2016

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
Throughout high school, I held various leadership positions in show choir, varsity tennis, and student council. One of the accomplishments I am most proud of is being president of National Honor Society. I created the Deer Park Antlers yearbook on my own from 2011-2013, and became the editor in 2014 when a class was created to build a staff.I also participated in FCA, mock trial, drama club, newspaper staff, and art club throughout high school.

While at Deer Park, I won a full scholarship from the Joyce Ivy Foundation to participate in a summer pre-college program at Barnard College where I studied creative nonfiction writing and dance criticism. If you (or your daughter) are a current sophomore or junior and looking to explore colleges outside of Ohio, I would definitely recommend checking out Joyce Ivy and considering applying to one of the summer programs they endorse. (Also if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me! Email)

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
I am currently a sophomore studying Educational Theatre and pursuing minors in French and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies at New York University. I take a full eighteen-credit courseload every semester, some highlights of which include classes in physical theatre improvisation, introductory neuroscience, and sociology of education.

While in school, I work in a freshman residence hall's resource center and as an usher at events put on by music and performing arts professions, as well as nannying. I currently hold two internships: at Story Pirates, which is an organisation devoted to youth literacy and creating it through a unique combination of writing workshops and sketch comedy, and at Spellbound, which is a theatre company that creates shows and classes specifically designed for kids from ages 0 - 5. I recently worked on a production with Spellbound that was multi-sensory and created just for audiences on the autism spectrum, which was an incredible experience.

I am also active in several on-campus organisations including NYU Navigators (where I serve on the Outreach Team), Uproar Theatre Corps (for which I am treasurer), Lamplighters Theatre for Young Audiences Club, Project Sunshine, Peer Health Exchange, Community Agriculture Club, Improv Workshops, and (a personal favourite) Cheese Club.

FUTURE GOALS
I'm still exploring what exactly I want to do after graduation - I'd love to bring theatre to underserved populations. I'm not sure if that will manifest in classroom teaching, arts administration, teaching artistry or nonprofit development, but I still have a little time to figure that out!

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
Honestly, I feel like the best thing Deer Park Schools did for me is made me a nice person. I hate to feed into stereotypes, but a lot of people here who are from New York or New England or big cities in general are so self-focused. I look around and see people who believe that life is a constant competition to be moving the fastest or doing the most, and believe that a person's worth is dependent on how much they do and how well they do it. My teachers and classmates throughout my time at Deer Park helped me learn how to build strong relationships and to support others rather than seeing other people's successes as a threat to my own. This is especially valuable considering both theatre and education are ensemble-oriented fields which honor the importance of compassion and building safe spaces.

Deer Park also taught me to be present. Participating in so many things, you always run the risk of your mind being elsewhere. Most of the classes and extracurricular activities I participated in during high school required full mental and physical engagement, so I learned to devote my focus to one thing at a time which has proved beneficial to my time management and relationship building skills in college. It makes me feel like I'm really getting the most out of my college experiences.

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  • My biggest fear is New York City pigeons.
  • My favourite dish to cook is ratatouille (with produce stolen from dining hall salad bars).
  • I recently saw the Deaf West Broadway revival of Spring Awakening, which is entirely accompanied by ASL and/or word projection and features deaf and disabled performers, and it was the most incredible performance I've witnessed.

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Kaitlin Fahey, DPHS Class of 2012

Updated November 2015

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I was one of two valedictorians in the class of 2012 and was president of the National Honor Society chapter at Deer Park. I participated in varsity soccer, dance team, show choir, and mock trial, in addition to being involved with the Parkers variety show.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
I am a senior at Georgetown College where I am involved with the honors program, Greek life, campus ministries, and the student?run college newspaper. In May 2016, I will graduate with a degree in health science and minors in chemistry and French. During my summer breaks, I have volunteered at a local hospital.

FUTURE GOALS
I hope to enroll in a Masters degree program to become a physician assistant. I am still keeping an open mind about which branch of medicine I would like to eventually work in.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
I felt very well prepared for life after high school, both from an academic and personal standpoint. The courses were challenging and the faculty consistently encouraged me to grow in my academic capabilities. It was actually through the Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology course that I was introduced to the career that I am now working towards, which gave me confidence as I entered college with a specific goal in mind. Being able to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities strengthened my leadership abilities and enabled me to pursue my interests and become a more well-rounded individual. Additionally, the opportunities for community service that I had at Deer Park have motivated me to seek out other service opportunities both in college and after I graduate.

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF!
Some of my hobbies include hiking, art, and learning new things.

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Kathleen Bosse, DPHS Class of 2011

Updated October 2015

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I graduated as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2011, and with an Honors Diploma. I was the Student Council Vice President. Throughout my four years as a Wildcat I was involved in the National Honors Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, CommuniServe, Cheerleading, Girl's Glee Club, Show Choir, Parker's Variety Show, PawPrints Newspaper, and Art Club.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
I am a recent graduate of Xavier University, Class of 2015!  I received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University Scholars Honors Program, with minors in Business, Theology, and Music. I made the Dean’s List all eight semesters, which led to the honor of graduating Cum Laude. I was blessed to study abroad for five weeks in London, England, during the summer of 2013. I also participated in the Store Management Internship Program at Macy’s, Inc. during the summer of 2014. During my four years as a Musketeer, I was involved in the following: Xavier Navigators, Life After Sunday, Xavier University Concert Choir, Xavier University Women's Chorus, Liturgical Choir, The Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice, Relay for Life of Xavier University, and Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit Honors Society).

CURRENT JOB(S)
I am currently working as a Youth Ministry Team Member (i.e., a retreat leader) at the Jesuit Spiritual Center (in Milford). I am also working in sales and as an administrative assistant at SunSpot Pool and Patio, Inc.

FUTURE GOALS
I dream of a career that will allow me to utilize and further develop my skills while fulfilling my passion for learning and sharing knowledge. At this time, I believe I can fulfill that dream by pursuing further education while working in collegiate or parish ministry.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
Deer Park is truly a “small school with big opportunities”! Since my days in elementary school, my love of learning and my natural curiosity was fostered and fueled by my teachers in all subjects. I learned time-management through the necessity of balancing a large and challenging course load with many extra-curriculars, my family activities, my friends, and my volunteer time. In AP classes, learned how to teach myself and to approach the teacher independently when I had questions, as well as how to efficiently assess what assignments require 100% of my effort and what I can accomplish just as well by simply giving 90% and investing the remaining 10% in something more rewarding.

As an English major, a large emphasis was placed on the quality of my writing. I was very satisfied with how well the writing instruction I had in high school prepared me for my college-level writing assignments. Although college professors expect something a little different than high school, and there are even large variations between professors, I was more than well prepared to step right in and do exactly what was asked of me.

By the time graduation rolled around, my DP teachers had begun to teach me the lesson that most people don’t receive until college—not only what to learn, but how to learn. There are so many grey areas in the facts and the facts are always evolving as new discoveries are made. It is not enough to simply memorize material and be able to spit it back—you must ingest and adapt what you are taught as you respond to the ever-changing world.

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF!
As an English major, I was required to write a Senior Thesis and present it in front of the entire department and any students who attended. I read and explored the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, specifically analyzing the character of Tris Prior. It is titled, “Tris Prior, Selfless Female Hero: How The Protagonist of The Divergent Trilogy Satisfies Society’s Hunger for Positive Female Role Models.” I am proud to say that my research is being published in the upcoming edition of the Xavier Journal of Undergraduate Research!  *Visit my reader-friendly and easy-to-understand website to learn more:

I am also a member of our family team, Matthew’s Mighty Marchers, which raises money each year for the American Heart Association’s Heart Mini Marathon. Each year, I work hard to raise over $1,000 for the AHA!

Lauren Troxell, DPHS Class of 2013

Updated September 2015

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I held leadership positions in National Honor Society, Student Council, Cheerleading, Band, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I also graduated with Honors.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND/OR CURRENT JOB
I go to Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky where I'm heavily involved in College Republicans, Student Government Association, Admissions Hall Hosts (where I give tours and host prospective students), music ensembles and some other awesome organizations.

For the past two summers I've interned at Ohio National Financial services. During the school year I work at the Bellarmine Bookstore and last fall had I was hired as an intern for the Republican Party of Kentucky where I worked on multiple campaigns, including Mitch McConnell's campaign for senate majority Leader.

FUTURE GOALS
In my senior year at Bellarmine, I will be working on applications to both the Peace Corps and a master's program in communications.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
Deer Park taught me a lot about time management, which I believe is the key to success. Learning how to make every practice, meeting, and completing all my schoolwork in high school has made all my years in college so much easier. Deer Park schools gave me the unique opportunity to be heavily involved, which not only helped me learn to manage my time, but also helped make me more marketable to different colleges and universities.

TELL US SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF!
I was fortunate enough to go to [Mitch] McConnell's victory party on Election Day 2014 and walk among politicians at local, state, and national levels which was cool...but the coolest part was walking next to Rand Paul (2016 Presidential candidate) and realizing I was taller than him.

(This isn't necessarily interesting but on the campaign I was amazed to find out how small the percentage of Americans that vote truly is... so I'd like to plug in and just say that no matter who or what you're voting for, your voice really is heard, so make sure you go out and vote!)

Kathleen Bosse with a Man photo

Kathleen Bosse Photo

Jim Gross, DPHS Class of 1977

Updated May 2015

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS

  • Cincinnati Enquirer Baseball Player of the year - 1977
  • 19-1 senior year pitching - 1977
  • Baseball team won state championship - 1977
  • Baseball team made it to state semifinals - 1976

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE AND CURRENT JOB
Past Experiences
Miami University-Baseball - 3 years.  Mac champs sophomore year
New York Yankees - 1 year.  Team won the league

Current Job
Advanced Testing Lab- My role is to provide material data to various customers
Deer Park Varsity Baseball Head Coach

FUTURE GOALS
Coach baseball, travel, enjoy life

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
There were solid people in the school system.

Jim Gross Head Coach Photo

Jim Gross Picture

Krista Lorenz, DPHS Class of 1994

Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach
Director/Co-founder

Updated March 2015

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
During my time at DPHS, I enjoyed participating in soccer, softball, marching band, dance team and was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1994.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE/WORK EXPERIENCE
I attended Xavier University, as a Service Fellow, where I gained meaningful experience as a volunteer in various settings. I am now an occupational therapist serving preschoolers with disabilities, and love my job.

In 2013 my husband, five young children, and I started a local nonprofit, Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach after spending several years as a foster family. Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach is a volunteer organization which directly impacts children in foster care and their families by offering necessity items as well as enrichment opportunities to help children become more fully integrated into their communities. Warm Welcomes seeks to promote a lasting sense of self-worth and healing for youth in foster care.  We also provide community member involvement, promote volunteerism, provide service and empowerment opportunities for children in foster care to use their own talents within the community as well as raise awareness to address the critical issue of foster care in Southwest Ohio.

FUTURE GOALS
It is my goal to instill in our children a love for learning and a heart for serving others, as well as, to expand our ability to positively impact others in the foster care system.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
I am very thankful for the opportunities that DPHS provided me. I was prepared academically for my college career. I was also empowered by friendships, encouraging teachers, and experiences in many activities and sports. I will always cherish memories of being part of a close and generous Wildcat community.

Krista Lorenz Photo

Clidren rinding a cart photo

Tyler Phillips, DPHS Class of 2012

Updated February 2015

NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS AT DPHS
I was involved with the soccer, baseball, and mock trial teams, as well as the show choir. I was the recipient of the Timothy Crane Day Award my junior year of high school.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
I am a junior at Georgetown College, working on a double major in religion and philosophy. I am currently studying theology for two terms at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

FUTURE GOALS
After graduating from Georgetown in 2016, I plan to attend graduate school and continue my study of theology. Specifically, I have been considering the seminary programs at either Baylor or Duke University. I hope to put this education towards some form of ministry, whether that be with a church or through a service organization.

HOW DID DEER PARK SCHOOLS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR SUCCESS?
I am incredibly thankful for the faculty and staff at Deer Park schools. Throughout my time at Deer Park, they challenged me to grow academically, while also providing me with the encouragement and confidence needed to thrive in college. I am also thankful for the small, community atmosphere of the district. This enabled me to be widely involved in the activities of the school, and helped me to grow socially as well.

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Tyler Phillips Photo