Marcus Lemons ('91) Attends Bridge Ceremony

Alumnus Marcus Lemonis Attends Blessing of Bridge he Helped Build
"The Lemonis Passage" is dedicated to his childhood best friends Mario Suerias & Michael Ortiz

The RV industry leader, Marcus Lemonis, who is the Chairman and CEO of Camping World and a 1991 graduate of Columbus took time from his busy schedule to visit the school for a special ceremony to bless the bridge that he helped construct on campus. "The Lemonis Passage", as it is called, connects the school's "B" and "C" buildings on the second floor.

“Columbus is about learning and growing, but most importantly about developing and maintaining life-long relationships and friendships”, said Marcus.   When he agreed to help finance the bridge, his request was to dedicate it to the friends for life that students make in the halls and to include the names of his two best childhood friends and fellow 1991 CCHS grads on the bridge’s plaque -  Mario Suerias and Michael Ortiz, who were both present at the event and are pictured above

Columbus Seniors Sign College Baseball Scholarships - Congratulations!

The following four Columbus Seniors signed college baseball scholarships.
They were honored on November 14, 2011 in a special ceremony at Columbus.

Danny Lynch – Elon University
Frank Navarrete – Samford University
Luis Collazo – Virginia Tech
Mike Vinson – University of Florida

Senior Deon Bush Chosen to Play in Army Football Bowl

Deon Bush Selected as Army All-American

Senior and varsity football star player Deon Bush has been selected to play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will be presented by American Family Insurance. The game will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.

Jon Jay ('03) - 2011 MLB World Series Champion Visits Columbus

On November 4th, Jon Jay, Columbus alumnus from the class of 2003 and 2011 MLB World Series Champion Center-fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals took time from his busy celebration week to visit his alma mater and speak to the Columbus baseball team. He gave great words of inspiration to the team and left them with the message that they should always stay positive, even during periods of struggle, and to never make excuses or complain. He encouraged them to always take pride in everything they do and to always believe in themselves and and in the team.

Jon had the great opportunity to play in what turned out to be one history’s most exciting MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers and is now part of the World Championship Team. He even made the cover of Sports Illustrated during the series in an action shot.  Jay also received the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association "Heart and Hustle" award for the St. Louis Cardinals in August.  The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and embody the values, spirit, and tradition of the game.  In total, Jay hit 10 homeruns, drove in 37 runs, scored 56 times, stole six bases, and his batting average for the season was .297 in 2011. 
More about Jon Jay here

The Log Newspaper Goes Completely Digital

Christian Llop Wins Lincoln Douglas Debate

Freshman Crisitan Llop Places 1st in the Lincoln Douglas Debate and
Becomes the Blue Key Champion

The Columbus Debate team competed at the annual Blue Key National Invitational at the University of Florida this past weekend. After three days of competition and lots of hard work, Columbus Debate returns as tournament champions in Lincoln Douglas Debate. After over 12 rounds of competition, 2,000 students from 10 states and the biggest debate event of the state, Cristian Llop, a freshman, brings home 1st place and is Lincoln Douglas Debate Blue Key Champion! This is the first time in Blue Key history, that a freshman has won the title.
Also, Michael Landaburu, Nick Anderson, Lorenzo Rodriguez and Alex Bornote received notable mentions at the debate.
Congratulations to the team and especially to Cristian for this achievement.

6th Annual Food & Wine Festival November 5, 2011

6th Annual
Food & Wine Festival
November 5, 2011
7:00 - 10:00pm - CCHS Cafeteria
Tickets: $50 per person
Presented By:

Enjoy food and wine from some of the best area restaurants and caterers.

New - Columbus iPhone App is Available

Columbus is the 1st Miami High School to Offer an iPhone App

iPhone Screenshot 1 Christopher Columbus High School now has it's own iPhone Application.   It has been available since October 23, 2011.

The app contains the school's contact information, important news, school/alumni/sports calendars, Twitter feeds, etc…

It's Free - Download it Today!
* Special thanks to CCHS alumnus and Web/iPhone Developer - Rene Perez (Class of 1998) for developing the Columbus iPhone application.

Merit Scholarship Commended Students

Daniel Betancourt Has Qualified as a Semi-Finalist
in the National Merit Scholarship Program

Senior Daniel Betancourt has qualified as a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program based on his preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test scores taken in the 2010/11 school year. This is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships which receives about 1.4 million entrants each year. He was among the highest scoring entrants in the nation and the state.

In addition, seniors Patrick Alvarez, Raymond Santos, and Alejandro Trujillo Qualified as Commended Students in the Program.


National Hispanic Scholars are Announced

Congratulations National Hispanic Recognition Scholars

Eleven Columbus Students have been selected as 2011-2012 National Hispanic Recognition (NHRP) Scholars and one received an Honorable Mention. The NHRP identifies outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students from across the country who took the 2010 PSAT/NMSQT/PAA. It is a privilege to recognize these outstanding Columbus students. We congratulate them for their success.
Daniel Betancourt (Scholar)
Christopher Borges (Scholar)
Daniel Chomat (Scholar)
Maxwell Davidson (Scholar)
Matthew Diaz (Honorable Mention
Alan Hernandezi (Scholar)
Christopher Herrera (Scholar)
Yhoshua Morris (Scholar)
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague (Scholar)
Raymond Santos (Scholar)
Alejandro Trujillo (Scholar)
Jose Velis (Scholar)

9/11 Eyewitness Paul Ferretti Visits Columbus

Students Hear from Ground Zero Eyewitness - Paul Ferretti
to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

The Rho Kappa and History Club along with Social Studies Teacher Ms. Mary T. McCullagh welcomed Mr. Paul Ferretti to Columbus on September 12th to share his 9/11 Ground Zero testimony. The event was open to the entire Columbus family in the school's newly remodeled Theater for the Performing Arts. Mr. Ferretti gave a unique perspective from that day being that he not only escaped from inside the Twin Towers after the first plane hit but then immediately served as a first responder to those needing help and then worked at Ground Zero in the recovery effort. The students listened attentively as he recounted all that he experienced from what it sounded like when the towers collapsed to how he dug alongside firemen on the scene and had his boots melt off from the jet fuel..

He explained to the students the importance of helping each other in times of disaster and to never forget what happened on that day.