Two Braves commit to continuing both academic and athletic careers in college

NEWS RELEASE: Heather Higdon, Director of Communications 

INDIAN HILL, OH  (November 11, 2020) – Indian Hill High School (IHHS) Gymnasium was the scene of a socially distanced celebration Wednesday, November 11 as two IHHS student-athletes each made official their commitment to continue both their academic and athletic careers during a signing ceremony. 

Indian Hill High School seniors Bella Kirby and Sara Schumann participated in a socially distanced athletic signing ceremony November 11, 2020. (Provided)

The ceremony included IHHS seniors Bella Kirby and Sara Schumann.

“This has been a year in K-12 education and athletics unlike any before, and we are incredibly proud of these two student-athletes who worked hard under historic circumstances to achieve this accomplishment,” said IHHS Athletic Director Brian Phelps.

Bella Kirby – Tennis, Xavier University

During her tenure as an Indian Hill High School student-athlete, Kirby was a four-star recruit, earning Indian Hill Player of the Year two consecutive seasons.

She competed as an individual in the OHSAA State Tournament for two years; was a team state finalist earning third place finish; served as the Indian Hill Team Captain; and, Kirby earned a spot in the Orange Bowl tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., competing with players worldwide.

 “I couldn’t be more excited to continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University,” said Bella Kirby. “I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me along the way. I would also like to thank Indian Hill as I would not be where I am today without my supportive teachers and my high school tennis experience. Go Braves, and go X!”



Sara Schumann – Sailing, Boston College

Sara Schumann has an impressive sailing resume as she leaves Indian Hill, including: Two-time First place U.S. National Team Race Championship; four-time First Place International Team Race Championships in Mexico, Berlin, Italy, and Canada. She was the 2019 Top Female Skipper (17th Overall), C420 North Americans; and the sixth Ida Lewis Women’s Jr. U.S. Double Handed Championship with her sister Annie.

“Sailing is a Schumann family passion,” said Sara Schumann. “It has provided me with the opportunity to sail and meet competitors from all over the world who have become friends. It takes a lot of help from others to compete. I want to thank my family, host families, sailing coaches, teammates, teachers, and Cross Country Coach Susan Savage at Indian Hill. Due to the travel to practice and compete, my teachers and Mrs. Savage provided me with the flexibility to play two sports and pursue my passion outside of the classroom. I’ve truly enjoyed the process, commitment, and focus on self-improvement to get better at competing against the best female and male sailors. I also want to thank Boston College Sailing Head Coach Greg Wilkinson for giving me the opportunity to be a Boston College Eagle in the classroom and on the water. I look forward to taking those lessons learned and helping my Eagle teammates win a National Championship!”

Bella Kirby & Sara Schumann (Provided)

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