Some of the top seniors-to-be in Troy have spent this week as part of the Teen Leadership Troy Class of 2023.
Sponsored by the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, Teen Leadership Troy is a civic and personal development program. The program is designed to provide students with information about the Troy community in an experience-packed week. Students who have completed their junior year of high school have had the opportunity to explore their leadership styles as well as get a "backstage pass” to a number of the key entities in Troy.
Earlier this week, that involved meeting with Troy City Schools Superintendent Chris Piper to learn more about how the district works, as well as a Q&A.
Members of the Teen Leadership Troy Class of 2023 included: Abigail Twiss (Troy Christian High School), Lilianna Beccue (homeschool), Gwen Harris (Troy Christian High School), Kiyah Baker (Troy High School), Lena Walker (Troy High School), Aaron Oates (Troy High School), Mason Ward (Troy High School), Haylee Young (Troy High School), Ashleigh Nosker (Troy High School), Tyler Malott (Troy High School), Allison Ray (Troy High School), Kellen Miller (Troy High School), Annie Twiss (Troy Christian High School) and Ronan Watkins (Troy High School).
Teen Leadership Troy is a program created and inspired by Leadership Troy Alumni. The program began in 1998. Students are selected through an application process.
A number of familiar faces will be in new places and new roles within the Troy City Schools when the 2023-24 school year begins in August.
Troy High School principal Dave Dilbone will be moving to the Troy Board of Education office, where he will take over for TCS Business Manager/Director of Human resources Mark Barhorst, who will be retiring at the end of the 2023 calendar year. Barhorst has been with the district since 2016.
Taking over for Dilbone as principal at Troy High School will be Alexis Dedrick, who has been an assistant principal at Troy High School since 2018.
Matt Siefring, who has been principal at the Van Cleve Sixth Grade Building since 2015, will move into Dedrick role as an assistant principal, alongside current assistant principal Jeff Schultz.
Maurice Sadler, principal at Heywood Elementary School since 2006, will become the principal at the Van Cleve Sixth Grade Building.
“We are sad to see Mark leaving at the end of the year, but excited for the opportunities Mr. Dilbone, Mrs. Dedrick, Mr. Siefring and Mr. Sadler now have in front of them,” Troy City Schools Superintendent Chris Piper said. “All four of them have done an excellent job in their current roles, and we expect that to carry over into their new positions. We feel strongly that all of these changes will be positive for our students, which is the most important thing for us.”
The district is currently looking to hire a replacement for Sadler at Heywood Elementary School.
Here is a closer look at the four principals who will have new positions in the fall:
Dilbone has served as principal at Troy High School since 2018. Prior to that, was the principal at Troy Junior High School from 2011-18.
“My love for our district and the opportunity for professional growth are what led me to the conclusion that it is time for me to embark on this new endeavor at our central office,” Dilbone said. “I am excited to work hard to build relationships with new people and I look forward to strengthening my existing relationships within the Trojan Family. I will miss being at the building level with the students and staff, but am humbled to have this new opportunity in the district my family calls home. As always, Go Trojans!”
Prior to his career in Troy, Dilbone served as an educator at Mount Healthy City Schools, Northmont Middle School and an alternative school. He also was a principal at Covington and Newton Local Schools.
A Houston High School graduate, Dilbone holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilmington College and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton.
Dilbone lives in Troy with his wife Summer and children John, Julia and Logan, all of whom currently attend the Troy City Schools.
Dedrick has served as assistant principal at Troy High School since 2018. Prior to that, she was the principal at Bethel Local Schools Middle School from 2014-18. She was a science teacher at Tippecanoe High School from 2003-14.
“Over the past five years, this school and community have become an extended family to me and I'm so honored and proud to be leading the staff and students through our future growth and great achievements,” Dedrick said. “Here at Troy City Schools, our mission is to ‘empower students to dream big, work hard and succeed,’ but that's exactly what they've also done for me and I couldn't be more excited for my new role in this great district!”
Dedrick received her bachelor’s degree from Defiance College and her master’s degree from the University of Dayton.
She lives in Troy with her husband of 15 years, Brian, and her sons Hudson (age 10) and Carson (age 8), both of whom attend the Troy City Schools, and the family aussiedoodle, Ollie.
Siefring has been in the Troy City Schools for nearly two decades, dating back to 2004, when he began student teaching at Troy High School. After spending a year as a substitute teacher for the Troy City Schools, he was hired to teach high school social studies in 2007. He would also coach high school and junior high school football, as well as softball, from 2007-13. In 2013 he became an assistant principal at Troy Junior High School. In 2015, he became the principal at Van Cleve.
“I'm humbled by the opportunity to join the Troy High School team and look forward to reconnecting with those there I know, and meeting and getting to know those staff I don't,” Siefring said. “As I leave Van Cleve I am thankful for the relationships I’ve created with staff there, the enduring positive impact we have had on TCS students, and the continued success Van Cleve is sure to experience under Mr Sadler’s leadership. I’m excited to continue my professional journey as a part of the THS team and look forward to continuing all of the great work and the history of excellence that Troy High School is known for.
Siefring is a Celina Senior High School graduate. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Wright State University, with additional licensure from the University of Dayton.
Siefring and his wife Courtney live in Troy with their three children, London, Madden and Vianna, and their golden retriever, Cash.
Sadler has been the principal at Heywood Elementary School since 2006.
“I think change is a good thing, and I’m looking forward to the opportunities this change will present,” Sadler said. “I am hoping this change will not only allow me to grow as a person, but that will allow me to help the students in the district grow as we build on the good things that are already happening at Van Cleve. Obviously it’s a little bittersweet, as I have a great team at Heywood and have thoroughly enjoyed working with them the past 17 years. I will miss them. But I’m also looking forward to working with the talented staff at Van Cleve.”
Sadler received his undergraduate degree from Queens University of Charlotte, and holds masters degrees from Bowling Green State University and Cal State University, San Bernardino.
Sadler lives in Troy with his wife, Janine. His children, Elijah and Macie, both are Troy High School graduates. Elijah is a graduate school student at Western Illinois University, while Macie is a fashion designer in New York City.
Following the Farewell Assembly for the senior Class of 2023 Wednesday in the Troy High School auditorium, a number of juniors were presented with awards of distinction. Additionally, Skylar Davis and Ava McCoy, student body president and vice president for the 2023-24, addressed students and presented the theme for next year.
Every year, the Caron and Vesper Awards are given to the outstanding female and male students in the junior class. This year’s Carson Award winner is Abbey Seger. This year’s Vesper Award winner is Sam Westfall.
The Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award is given to the top science student in the junior class. This year’s winner is Elizabeth Katwyk.
Since 1942, Troy High School has given the Rensselaer Medal to the top mathematics student in the junior class. This year’s winner is Noah Carter.
Following the junior academic awards, Davis and McCoy spoke to the student body and gave their theme for the upcoming school year, which is “We’re All in This Together.” The two said one of their main goals for next year is building inclusivity in the school.
We will have 17 incredibly valuable employees who will have retired at the end of the year.
We would like to thank each and every one of them for their many years of dedication to the Troy City Schools. They will be missed. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
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All Kalen Ulmes wants for her daughter Jayli is the same opportunities other children her age have.
Sometimes, however, that’s difficult for Jayli Williams, a kindergarten student at Hook Elementary School. Williams has cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological condition in which the cerebellum – the part of the brain that coordinates movement – is smaller than usual or not completely developed.
As a result, Jayli has to use a walker or wheelchair to get around and wasn’t able to ride a bike like her classmates.
“For years now, I’ve been trying to get her to ride a bike,” Ulmes said. “And she’s always wanted to know when she could have a bike. Just last night, I think she caught on a little bit to what was going on. She said, ‘How old do I have to be to get a bike? Do I have to be a teenager?’ And I was like, ‘Well, maybe we’ll see …’”
“We’ll see” became “we will” Wednesday afternoon, as Jayli received a special tricycle, adaptive to her needs, through Miamibucs - a local chapter of a national organization called AmBucs. The members of Miamibucs do fundraisers and have donors, which allows the organization to give the trikes away, at no cost, to youngsters with different abilities who cannot safely ride a standard bicycle.
Miami County Commissioner and local business Wade Westfall and his wife Susan donated Jayli’s bike. Family and friends were on hand after school to present a surprised Jayli with her bike. She immediately hopped on and began riding around the Hook gymnasium.
“It just means so much, because she can fit in with everybody else without having to look any different or be any different and she can just be her own person and be able to do the same things that typical kids are able to do,” said Ulmes, who was overcome with emotion watching her daughter ride around the gym.
Jayli was too busy riding to stop and talk, but the smile on her face told the whole story.
“It’s going to be amazing,” Ulmes said. “We’re going to be able to go for longer walks and she’s not going to get as tired using her walker. She’s not going to be pushed in a wheelchair. She’s going to be independent and go on her own. I think she’s going to love it. And she just got a new puppy, so she’ll be able to ride her bike now when we go on walks. We’re going to be able to have a lot of fun with it this summer.”
Ulmes said she was incredibly grateful to the generosity that has been shown to her daughter, and others with special needs, by the Troy community over the years.
“It’s fantastic, and I would like to see more and more of it,” she said. “People don’t realize the amount of support you need until you are in the special needs community and have a special
needs member in your family. And just the support we’ve had from within the school, outside the school and within the community in general has been amazing.”