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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Indian Hill High School Football Signing Ceremony celebrates three student-athletes

Joe Oakes, Logan Persson, and Jalen Thornton commit to college-level careers

Indian Hill High School (IHHS) congratulates seniors and student-athletes Joe Oakes, Logan Persson, and Jalen Thornton who committed to continue both their academic and athletic careers during a College Football Signing Ceremony on Wednesday, December 19. 

Indian Hill High School Seniors and Football players Joe Oakes, Logan Persson, and Jalen Thornton committed to continue as both scholars and athletes in college during a signing ceremony December 19, 2018.

Proud parents get plenty of Kodak moments at the signing ceremony held December 19th

“We have watched these amazing student-athletes grow and achieve tremendous accomplishments during their tenure as Braves, and we are incredibly excited to see what they will continue to achieve at the collegiate level,” said IHHS Principal Jeff Damadeo. “No matter how far they travel – Indian Hill High School will always be home, and we will always cheer them on. We are and always will be Braves!”

Joe Oakes – Football, Ohio University
Joe Oakes is a 3-year varsity letterman for the Braves in football, and served as captain. Oakes earned All-League, All-City, and Honorable Mention All-Ohio. As a Brave, Oakes has made 197 knockdown blocks, 84 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, and 4 recoveries. In addition to his exceptional high school football career, Oakes is a 4-year varsity letterman in baseball earning All-League/All-City his junior year.

“I am beyond blessed to have been a part of the Indian Hill family!” said Indian Hill High School Senior Joe Oakes. “I am humbled by the tremendous support from my family, teammates, coaches, and the rest of the Indian Hill community!”

Logan Persson – Football, Lake Forest College
Logan Persson has achieved many accolades during his time as a Brave. His junior year he earned First Team CHL, Honorable Mention Southwest Ohio, Honorable Mention Division 4 All-Stars, and scholar athlete recognition. His senior year Persson earned Honorable Mention Tri-State Football Preseason Punter, First Team CHL, First Team Southwest Ohio. Logan Persson will be playing football at Lake Forest College once again alongside his brother, Erik (Indian Hill High School Class of 2018).

“I have met some incredible people at Indian Hill who have helped guide me through high school; it’s been a wonderful four years for me,” said Indian Hill High School Senior Logan Persson. “High school football has taught me a lot about dedication, commitment, and the importance of teamwork, not only in sports, but in everything I do.”

Jalen Thornton – Football, West Virginia University
Jalen Thornton is a celebrated 4-year letterman for the Braves in football, earning First Team All CHL (three years), First Team All Ohio, Southwest Ohio Defensive Player of the Year, and was ranked seventh in football within the Cincinnati area by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“During my time here, I’ve become not only a great football player but also an even better person, and over the years I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than just football, and that’s family,” said Indian Hill High School Senior Jalen Thornton. “For that, I am thankful and blessed to be a Brave!”

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