National Honor Society

IMG_1972[1]I had the privilege today to attend the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony at Clinton-Massie High School. My daughter, along with 26 other students, were accepted into NHS and the ceremony not only honored them, but also underscored the values of NHS.

There were a couple of things that stood out about the morning. The first was the emphasis of the four standards of NHS: Character, Scholarship, Leadership & Service. Normally when I think of NHS, I think of good grades. The brief program this morning brought to light the importance of the other characteristics. Current members read a brief explanation of each standard. One of the statements that stood out to me went something like this:  “The development of character happens by choice, not by chance.”  Thought that was a powerful statement.

The other thing that stood out to me is that each inductee had an influential adult escort him/her during the ceremony.  It was cool to see parents, teachers, coaches, and family friends who were selected to accompany the students.  It gave the students a moment to honor adults who have impacted them and it communicated that we are who we are because of the people in our lives.

It was an honor for the families and the students who are now members of NHS.

Sportsmanship Wins Yet Again

Saw this video posted today on Facebook and it’s a great story of sportsmanship and putting others first. It reminded me of Jason McElway’s story that was posted a couple of years ago. In a time when both athletes and parents can get so caught up in winning and losing, stories like these are refreshing. Great job to both the coach of the team and to the player on the opposing team for what they did.

Joe Turns 21 Today!

Joe senior 59On this day, a mere 21 years ago, Joe showed up! He was born in Defiance (the name of the city, not his state of being) Ohio and much has transpired since then. We have lived in three different states (Ohio to Kentucky to Indiana and back to Ohio) and a sister joined the group a few years after his arrival.

Kind of hard to believe that he hits 21 years today. I was thinking this morning that I remember when I turned 21 and find it somewhat disconcerting that I now have a son that is 21.

He’s played football and basketball, performed in many band concerts, traveled numerous miles with Solid Rock, marched on many a football field, participated in several musicals, graduated high school and is making his way through college. A stroke darkened the picture for a little while in junior high, but he still managed to go visit Uruguay while in elementary school, take a trip to Southeast Asia with his grandfather and cousin and go to Ireland with a crew from college. Not a bad itinerary for the first 21 years of life.

I know God has good things in store for Joe and look forward to what He will do through him. So, Happy 21st Birthday!! Here’s a “cup of Joe” to help celebrate. (Hitting pf changs later in the day for a good birthday meal)

Cup of Joe (Brackemyre)

Full Court Fresh 50

basketball1Full Court is a website that covers women’s basketball from the WNBA to high school. A quick browse through the website shows article and information on current scores, teams, high school recruits and more.

A section of their website is devoted to high school girls basketball (labeled “prep” on their page). They have a listing of the top 50 high school girls in the 2013 and 2014 classes. Sydney is listed as #35 in the class of 2014. It’s also good to see four girls from Ohio make the list.

You can see the the class of 2013 list and the class of 2014 list on the Full Court website.

Dabbelt’s Dayton Super 20 & Top 100

For the past few years, The Dabbelt Report gives a listing of the top players in girls high school basketball in the Dayton Area. Jim Dabbelt shares his opinion on who he thinks are the Super 20 and Top 100, plus the top 25 players in Cincinnati and the Fab 20 Freshmen in Dayton area. Syd, along with some of her Angels teammates, made the top 20.

Here’s his list (Cincinnati Angels are in bold – I did that, not him):



Billing, Natalie…..5-11…..2013…..Anna

Brackemyre, Sydney…..6-0…..2014…..Clinton Massie

DeGraaf, Jenny…..6-2…..2013…..Springboro

Dorn, Erin…..5-10…..2013…..Bellbrook

Galloway, Megan…..6-2…..2013…..Greenville

Gassion, Alexis…..5-10…..2013…..Fairborn

Haley, Elizabeth…..6-2…..2013…..Dayton Oakwood

Harris, Konner…..5-9…..2013…..Sidney

Henning, Alex…..5-10…..2013…..Centerville

Lacy, Trischa…..5-9…..2013…..Urbana

Leonard, Emily…..6-2…..2013…..Miamisburg

Lovely, Ashton…..5-10…..2014…..Jamestown Greeneview

Quisenberry, Bianca…..5-8…..2013…..New Carlisle Tecumseh

Richter, Ana…..6-0…..2014…..Oxford Talawanda

Rose, Darian…..5-8…..2014…..Fort Loramie

Waterman, Makayla…..6-1…..2014…..Kettering Fairmont

Welch, Chelsea…..5-10…..2013…..Kettering Fairmont

Westbeld, Kathryn…..6-2…..2014…..Kettering Fairmont

White, Krista……5-9…..2013…..Dayton Chaminade Julienne

Wollenhaupt, Suzy…..6-0…..2013…..Dayton Carroll

More Angels made the Top 100, along with two of Syd’s Clinton-Massie teammates, Kasey Uetrecht and Mary Moyer. Miquela Sanotoro, also from Clinton-Massie, made the Freshmen list.

Way to go ladies! Here’s to a great season!

Syd is on ESPN HoopGurlz

ESPN is (obviously) a great place to go for information on all sports. SportsCenter is one of my favorite shows and their website is loaded with all kinds of stats, scores and sports stories.

One part of the ESPN website is dedicated to high school girls basketball where they rate and rank prospects from all over the country.  Syd now has a listing on the site in the class of 2014.  They have her in the ESPN HoopGurlz 100 Watch List and have her ranked as 10th in her position.

You can see her listing on the ESPN website.  As she continues through the summer, hopefully more will be added to it.  Pretty sweet!