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Monday, September 15, 2014

Mentor High School senior earns perfect ACT score

Nick Clark, a senior at Mentor High School, earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT test.
The ACT, which is a college readiness assessment, is taken by high school students every year and tests the students knowledge of math, English, reading and science.
Each section is scored on a scale up to 36 and the composite score is the average of the four sections.
According to information from Mentor Schools, ACT officials report that, on average, less than one-tenth of one percent of all students who take the ACT achieve the top composite score of 36 and nationwide, more than 1.85 million students from the class of 2014 took the ACT.
"Nick continues to work hard in his senior year at Mentor High School with a full course load of Advanced Placement classes and an array of extracurricular activities in his schedule," according to the district. "He plans to continue his education after high school, possibly at Duke, Dartmouth, Ohio State or University of Minnesota. Nick isn’t certain what he’ll choose as a major, but is strongly considering studying biomedical engineering."
Clark is also the vice president of Theater Club, president of the Tri-M Music Honors Society, concert master of the symphony and Mannheim chamber orchestras, member of the National Honor Society and is a three-year varsity letter winner in tennis.

All information has been provided by Mentor Schools. Click here to read more.

Lakeland Community College respiratory therapy student earns scholarship

Emmanuel Garcia, a respiratory therapy student at Lakeland Community College, was recently awarded the Mary Edith Miller-Orlett Scholarship given by the Ohio Society for Respiratory Care (OSRC).
The scholarship was established in 2013 by Miller-Orlett's son, Ed Orlett who was the OSRC executive director for over 25 years, according to a news release from Lakeland.
Garcia traveled to Columbus with Catherine Kenny, professor of respiratory therapy, to accept the $500 scholarship.
“Manny is a great young man. Smart, ambitious and absolutely one of the nicest personalities anyone could ask for," Kenny said in the release. “He is bilingual and I have no doubt will have multiple employment opportunities upon graduation. I am so proud of him.”
To be selected for the award, Garcia's application was reviewed by a committee, where they evaluated his GPA, school and community activities, an essay on why he chose to pursue a respiratory profession and a letter of recommendation.
"The first thing we do as humans is take a breath," Garcia said in the release. "Breathing is an essential part of life, and respiratory therapists work to help people breathe easier."
Garcia will finish his degree in allied health at Youngstown State University in 2016.

Monday, June 2, 2014

St. Paschal Baylon students learn more about classic literature wtih Great Lakes Theater

Students at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School in Highland Heights learned more about classic literature in a creative way.
Members from Great Lakes Theater came to the school from May 27 through May 30 for the Great Lakes Theater Company Residency Program.
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Saint Paschal Baylon fourth grade students (starting at the back left): Aaron Conrad, Andrew Majernik, Rachael Ina, Juliana Scaffidi, Chinedu Obi, Ayrin Hajrullahi, and Great Lakes actor - teacher Katelyn Cornelius,  preparing for Pandora's Box.

This is the second year students from St. Paschal Baylon, from kindergarten through eight grade, were able to participate in this program.
Actor-teachers and students participated in lessons that improvised, discussed and performed scenes from iconic pieces of literature.
According to a news release from the school, "This small-group instruction benefits the children’s education and development in five general areas: physical development/kinesthetic skills, artistic development/drama and theater skills, mental development/thinking skills, personal development/intra-personal skills and social development/interpersonal skills. In addition, students increase self-confidence and improve public speaking skills."
The Great Lakes Theater Company Residency Program has been engaging students with hands-on activities to further learning for over 30 years.  

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Kindergarteners from Saint Paschal Baylon (left to right):  Angela Basic, Great Lakes actor-teacher Tim Keo , Luke Carlton, and Andrew Metz, visualizing a scene from The Snowy Day.

All information, photos and captions are from St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Smile Mission coming May 10 to residents of Mayfield City Schools

Children and seniors of Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Gates Mills and Higland Heights are invited to a free dental care event on May 10, 2014.
Smile Mission, sponsored by Mayfield City Schools and Excel TECC, is open to residents of the district and will offer several free dental services including cleaning, fillings, sealants and more by a board certified surgeon and license dentists. 
The event is for children under 18 and adults over 60. 
Smile Mission will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the former Mayfield Library on the Mayfield High School campus, 6080 Wilson Mills Road. 
Those interested can register before the event, and services are on a first come, first serve basis. 
To sign up, call 440-995-6843, email (include first and last name, date of birth, address, phone number and dental service requested) or download a registration form and fax it to 440-995-6755 or print it out and bring it to the event. 

According to the district's website, Smile Mission was "developed by Dr. Joseph Krajekian DMD, MD, (and) is a 'Pay it Forward' Event whose goal is to provide basic dental services to the pediatric population (under 18) and geriatric population (above 60) while engaging Mayfield high school and Excel TECC students and promoting community involvement."

All information from Mayfield City Schools,

Friday, April 18, 2014

St. Paschal Baylon students won 15 medals at Science Olympiad

Students from St. Paschal Baylon Catholic School, in Highland Heights, won several medals and awards from this year's Catholic Elementary Science Olympiad held at John Carroll University. 
Five first place medals, five second place medals and five third place medals were awarded as well as two special honors to two students for their achievements. 
The winners include: 
• Aerodynamics - 1st: Daniel Kotrebai and Colin McAndrew; 3rd: Connor McAndrew and Dominic Piunno
• Deep Blue Sea - 2nd: Nathan Conrad and Connor Keefe
• Image ID -1st: Charlie Shepherd and Sam Dornback; 2nd: James Fioritto and George Zein; 3rd: Celine Najm and Megan Fowler
• Mystery Powders - 2nd: Daniel Kotrebai and Colin McAndrew
• Pentathlon - 2nd: Daniel Jevnikar, Ryan Tyler, Dominic Piunno, and Connor McAndrew
• Reflection Relay - 1st: Cerri Yormick, Johnny Mugnano, and Brady Nolan
• Rotor Egg Drop - 1st: Matt Platko and Michael Herbst; Special Awards: Matt Platko and Michael Herbst
• Sinking Ship - 2nd: Daniel Kotrebai and Colin McAndrew
• Space Cadet - 3rd: Crystal Yormick and Leann Dulzer
• Tower Building - 3rd: Gabriella DiCenzo and Giuliana Olivo
• What Went By - 1st: Bridget Popelka and Sarah Azzi; 3rd: Mary Kate Healy and Mariam Jallow

Information from St. Paschal Baylon School 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cat skeleton leads to hands-on learning for Harvey High students

Meet Charley the Cat

Harvey High School students in Lisa McDonald's anatomy and physiology class recently reconstructed the skeletal bones of a deceased cat after one classmate found the remains buried in her yard.

Senior Julia Herendeen found the skeletal remains of a wild cat that died in her yard several years ago, according to a school press release. After getting McDonald's approval, Herendeen collected, boiled and cleansed the bones with water and bleach and brought them to class.

Students involved in the project are seniors Julia Herendeen, Michael Hall, Luis Aquirre, Yesenia Torres, Khalil Guildford, Karla Zermano, Lucia Padilla and Sarah Huff.

In the photo below, Khalil Guildford and Julia Herendeen show off the cat skeleton their class put together. They've named the cat Charley.

Information and photos provided by Chris Hanahan, Painesville City Local Schools Communications, Public Relations
& Wellness Coordinator.

Elizabeth Lundblad, Lake County education reporter

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Do you have student loan debt?

According to recent story by the Associated Press, there is over $1 trillion in student loan debt across the country.

 Do you have student loan debt? Staff writer Amy Popik would like to hear from you for an upcoming story. You can contact her at 440-954-7168 or

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