Review and Preview: May/Summer Break

   The first day of May was senior skip day, which created a four day weekend for skippers with no school on the second.

AP testing was the first two weeks of May and these scores will be released this summer.

The academic awards for underclassmen were on the 11th. On the 12th, senior awards were given out. This wasn’t just for those excelling in academics, but for many other activity awards and scholarships.

Darby theatre presented a double featured in the X-theatre on the 12th and 13th. “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” directed by seniors Christian Hill and Sarah Krumpe preceded “MC One Acts”, written and directed by Senior Matthew Connell.

The baseball team receive the district title on the 17th after winning against Pickerington.

In summer planning you may want to consider the argument between Kings Island and Cedar Point. The pros and cons on each can be seen here.

Boy’s Volleyball defeated Delaware during the first round of the state tournament. To make it into the tournament they beat teams ranked in the top five in the state.

Photo used with permission from @Hilliard_Darby.



The arts here had their final bow throughout the last weeks of May.

The final band concert was on Thursday May 11th and featured songs like “Vesuvius” and “Danzig Number Two”.


    It started off with the orchestra concert, where both the middle school and high school joined to play song from Broadway, on the 15th.

Photo used with permission from @Hilliard_Darby.

Photo taken by Olivia Deslandes.

It was followed by the theatre’s Senior Cabernet, on the 16th, where graduating thespians were able to perform for the last time on the Darby stage with a song of their choice. There were also the Theatre Inductions on the 19th where students are inducted into the Thespian Society.


The 17th was the start of a two day Choir concert, the first featuring Women’s Chorale and Concert Choir. The next day was symphonic choir’s final concert. Selected seniors were able to sing a song of their choice and people were robbed into the prestigious choir.

Photo by Karoline Betteridge

The seniors’ last week was also filled with events to make high school memorable. The talent show, featuring singers like Elise Gebhart and pen spinners like Amir Peerhoy, was on the 19th. There was also the senior camp out, the pancake breakfast, and awards.

Graduation is on Wednesday, May 24th, and the graduating seniors may be having conflicting emotions. Panther Press’ alumni are feeling sad, happy, and nervous leading up to the big day. The end of the year is also a reflecting time for many, and Karoline Betteridge’s thoughts on it are here.

Block periods for the remaking students were on the 24th and 25th.

Track had many accomplishments during May, including girls track being OCC champs for the second year in a row, while boys got second place. At districts on the 20th Darby broke five school records and had 6 relays and 21 individuals move onto regionals, which are next week at Pickerington. Freshman Malachi McGill in the 800 meter run has the fastest time out of any Freshman in the country, and the best out of any grade in Ohio.

The last day of school is May 26th. Have a great summer!


The summer is starting after May 26th, and it will be filled with events and games for everyone to enjoy!

This summer is going to be very busy for athletes with baseball, softball, lacrosse all continuing their practice throughout the hot months. Softball, baseball, track, and men’s volleyball will be continuing their tournament season.

   The Hilliard pool will be opening May 29th on Memorial Day, and will be open until the end of August, so get your swimsuits ready!


  Darby band Time Out and Hilliard band Threat Level Midnight will both be performing at Kitamu Coffee on May 29th for an end-of-school bash concert that starts at 6:00 pm.


  The IKEA Columbus location is having its grand opening on Wednesday, June 7th, and many will be camping out.


  Percussion camp for marching band will be June 12th through June 16th.


  The Darby Marching Band will be playing in the Fourth of July parade as usual, and many Darby’ clubs and sports will also have a float in the parade. That night at 10:00 pm Hilliard will be setting off fireworks in the park behind the main pool.


  The Hilliard Arts Council (HAC) will be putting on the musical “Guys and Dolls” on July 14th, 15th, and 16th at Memorial Middle School, and many Darby students will be apart of the production.


  The HAC is also hosting a short film festival featuring films between three and fifteen minutes. Films must be entered by August 1st, and the actual festival is on Friday, August 18th at the HAC Center in Old Hilliard. The grand prize is 250 dollars.


  Throughout most of the summer (June 1st through August 31st) there will be Food Truck Thursdays right by the new Station Park in Old Hilliard.

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