GUEST COLUMN: By Indian Hill School District Superintendent Kirk Koennecke
INDIAN HILL, OH (May 26, 2020) – Encouraging leadership; exhibiting sportsmanship; setting goals and objectives; understanding teamwork; learning accountability and discipline; strengthening self-esteem; and becoming better prepared for life. At the heart of Indian Hill’s athletic programs, these are the goals we strive to achieve.
Kirk Konnecke, Indian Hill School District Superintendent
This is what Brave learning looks like for 64 percent of our Indian Hill High School student body who participate in athletics – and 50 percent of those student-athletes participate in multiple sports. Our athletes also continue to excel within the classroom: 79 percent of our graduating seniors earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
During the 2019-2020 school year, our student-athletes made incredible headlines:
- All American Soccer Players: Ellie Podojil (two-time), Caleb Tan
- 2019 Girls Tennis Doubles State Doubles Champions: Hayley Hirsch, Morgan Coburn
- 2020 Boys Swimming State Champions
- 2020 100 Butterfly State Champion: Gibson Holmes
- 2020 Freestyle Relay State Champions: Gibson Holmes, Devin Edwards, Dan Edmonson, Will Taylor
- Enquirer Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Division II: Maddie Antenucci
- Enquirer Boys Swimmer of the Year, Division II: Gibson Holmes
- Enquirer Swimming Coach of the Year: Matt Harrison
Our unparalleled opportunities in athletics are the result of a very real team effort. From our Indian Hill Boosters supporting the needs of all student-athletes to be the best version of themselves, to our Indian Hill Foundation, in partnership with the District, raising private funds to help make our state-of-the-art Home of the Braves facility a reality – our supporters make the difference.
There is one supporter we want to highlight right now: Linda Clement-Holmes.
From the fields to the courts, Linda Clement-Holmes has volunteered countless hours dedicated to capturing the athletic experience that is uniquely Indian Hill through her camera.
Although she spent her 35-year professional career in corporate, ultimately earning the title of CIO at P&G, she was always the daughter of a photographer. She began to pursue this passion on the sidelines of Indian Hill games when her own students started to play. When she was asked by administrators to take photos of all sports, she said yes.
We are so thankful and blessed that she did.
She has taken some 200,000 photos of Indian Hill athletics.
That once photography hobby has grown into a fulltime business for Linda. She has been trained by Sports Illustrated, Getty Images, and Associated Press photographers. Even though her children have graduated from Indian Hill High School, she still volunteers her time on our sidelines – capturing the athletic triumphs of our Braves.
This year, with the unexpected closure and the sudden end of the sports season – Linda Clement-Holmes volunteered for another job … to bring you the final installment of our State of the Schools video series. Please see a sample of her amazing work in Portrait of a Brave: Brave Athletics which you can access on our District website within the “About” section (http://www.indianhillschools.org/About.aspx).
Most of the photos featured are directly from Linda. If you are interested in purchasing a photo, you can contact her by email or phone at: Linda@lwchphoto.com or (513) 237-4001 (text is the fastest way to reach her).
Thank you to all of our supporters who make Indian Hill a place where excellence endures. We are and always will be BRAVES!
In service to our children,
Indian Hill School District