Archbishop McNicholas High School celebrated the accomplishments of two outstanding members of its community at the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards on Tues., Apr. 18. Mrs. Regina Goines was named Educator of the Year, and senior Jacob Robb was named Student of the Year.
Goines has been a science teacher at Archbishop McNicholas High School for 35 years. She has taught every science course in the curriculum except physics. Goines became co-chair of the science department in 1999 and has been chair of the science department since 2009. Under her leadership, the McNicholas Science Department has received the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research for 27 consecutive years. The award recognizes excellence in science department instruction as well as the opportunities that students have taken advantage of to extend their science education beyond the classroom. As recently as 13 years ago, McNicholas was the only Cincinnati high school to receive the award. According to The Ohio Academy of Science, the organization began presenting the award 31 years ago in 1985, so McNicholas High School’s 27th consecutive award under Goine’s leadership is quite remarkable.
“McNicholas is blessed to have Regina Goines as one of the pillars of our community,” McNicholas principal Patty Beckert says. “Her love of science and her unwavering and faithful commitment to our students has been an integral part of our reputation as one of the best science programs in the city.”
Robb has been involved in many aspects of the school. He is an honor roll student with over 300 hours of community service, a member of Spirit Club, Ski Club, Improv Club, and Ecology Club, and a Buckeye Boys State delegate and an integral part of our Student Ambassador program. But, the area that Robb has left his mark is as the school mascot, “Rocket Man.” Prior to Robb coming to McNicholas, the school had a rarely used mascot that was over 20 years old. Robb decided to take on the personality of Rocket Man, despite the fact that the mascot was falling apart. He would problem-solve ways to fix the mascot, often using his own money to strengthen the structure. As Rocket Man, Robb began making appearances at home and away athletic events. He would go into the crowd and high-five young kids, hug alumni, and dance with the cheerleaders. Alumni began requesting Rocket Man to make appearances at their reunions. Because of his vision and outgoing nature as Rocket Man, Robb received a new mascot costume thanks to a donation from the Class of 2014. Now, Rocket Man makes appearances on social media, posters, local news stations, and of course, sporting events.
“Jacob will leave some big shoes to fill--literally,” Beckert said. “But it will be the heart and energy that Jacob has given to his school that will be missed most by our community when he graduates.”
The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce presents Mrs. Regina Goines and Jacob Robb with their awards. Pictured left to right are emcee and WCPO 9 Cincinnati Chief Meteorologist Steve Raleigh; Mrs. Goines; Robb; Judy Schlagheck, chairman, Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce; and Mike Broadwater, AACC Annual Awards committee member.