February Achievements make Darby Proud

February has been a great month for Darby! With so many awards and competition happening Darby has been achieving a fabulous job and has accomplished many things.

Christopher Ludban, Athletic Director, has been recognized by The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) as a Certified Athletic. Christopher is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level.

The Mathletes competed at the Hilliard Intradistrict Math Competition placing Freshman Daniel Tai 2nd in Honors Algebra 2 group, Freshman Mayanak Shrivastava and Sophomore Parth Datar placing 1st and 2nd in precalculus group, and Senior Justin Knueppel placing 2nd in Calculus group. On February 25th they had the OCTM competition at Ohio State.

Senior and member of the Mathletes, Justin Knueppel, expressed his opinion after placing 2nd in Calculus.


Senior Sean Hollowell at the OSU Math Garden. Photo provided by Justin Knueppel.

“OCTM is an hour long, 40 question test. That one in particular is fun because it focuses a lot on the year of the test (2017) in the problems, and also I had some fun with the answers such as questions 28-32 having the answers 28, 29, 30, 31, and 32,” Knueppel explained, “The mathletes it’s a very fun club for people who enjoy problem solving, math, and nerdy t-shirts!” Knuppel added.


Panther Swimming and Diving teams competed at the District Meet on February 18th. The Medley Relay team of Senior Tia McLaughlin, Junior Lexie McDonald, Freshman Isa Quimba, and Junior Taylor Leone wore the first girls relay in Darby history to qualify for the OHSAA State Meet held at Canton McKinley High School. Junior Lexie McDonald also qualified individually in the 100 meter breaststroke. The Medley Relay set a new varsity record along with Leone in the 50 Freestyle and McDonald in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke. The same four girls also set a new varsity mark in the 200 Freestyle Relay. The girls team finished 12th in the district with the guys placing 28th.

Color guard got 7th out of 14 teams during Nationals at Wright State’s Nutter Center. Color Guard will compete in State championships and on a national level at Winter Guard International (WGI events).

Senior and team Captain of Color Guard Rachel Schoeff is really excited for the start of a new session.

“This year, we hope to improve at states and have already been scoring better this year,” Schoeff explained, “I love being a part of color guard and competing with them. Winter Guard is always really fun, and the reward is always worth all the work we put in. I love getting to express myself with each performance and make something beautiful,” Schoeff said.

Color Guard at Olentangy Liberty. Photo provided by Rachel Schoeff.

Congratulations to Darby students and staff who accomplish great things during February.

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