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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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Friday, March 14, 2014

Mentor Schools to show “Frozen” for United Way program

Students may be off for spring break, but Mentor Public Schools is all set to host a community movie night Friday, March 21.

The movie to be screened is Disney’s most recent smash animated hit “Frozen.” In addition to the entertainment, the event will serve as a food collection for the United Way’s Feed Lake County campaign.

Being hosted at Mentor High School auditorium, the admission for the event is a food item, according to information provided by the schools.

The movie starts at 6 p.m. A teacher is expected to be dressed up as Elsa to greet and take photos with the children who attend.

Here's the video posted by Walt Disney Animation Studios for the 2014 Oscar-winning Best Original Song "Let It Go" written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Elizabeth Lundblad
Lake County Education Reporter

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Painesville City Schools celebrates week of Read Across America (with video)

Juliet Peterson's second grade class at Chestnut Elementary in Painesville got a surprise on March 6 when their superintendent, John Shepard, dropped in on the class with a special reading time.

The story time was part of Painesville City Schools' observance of Read Across America, a national reading initiative that promotes reading to children. The event coincides with Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2. This year, Painesville City Schools scheduled a week of activities for Read Across America.

Peterson said her class was excited for the superintendent's visit, which occurred on "pajama day" at Chestnut Elementary. In a program called Accelerated Reader, each of Peterson's students met his or her goal for the months of January and February that earned them the surprise.

The students are trying to reach their monthly reading goals in order to qualify for the trip to a Lake County Captains game in May.


Elizabeth Lundblad
Lake County Education Reporter

Friday, March 7, 2014

Bluestone Elementary Honors Local Heroes

Students from Bluestone Elementary in Euclid were asked the simple question, 'Who is your local hero?'
Students from all grades, K through 5, wrote essays describing their local hero. 
Essays were judged and the two best essays from each grade received recognition at the Bluestone Elementary 15th Annual Local Heroes Program on Feb. 27.
Ten local heroes were invited to the program and the essays were read to honor those local heroes.
The program also had musical performances from Elegie and Bluestone Singers.
The essay winners this year were:

Kindergarten: Trinitee Taylor and Logan Price
First Grade: Cheyeanne Thomas and Antoine Spivey, Jr.
Second Grade: Daveion Sims and Kaitlin Tartar
Third Grade: Davon Armstrong Onjaniah Williams
Fourth Grade: Shyann Jacobs and Josiah Watts
Fifth Grade: De'Asia Huggins and Tylin King


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

14 Mayfield students honored for artistic works

Several students from Mayfield Schools were honored for their creativity in the 2014 Scholastic Art Show at the Cleveland Institute of Art. 
These students won 18 awards for their artistic works, which can be viewed here
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards celebrates a variety of work from talented students, across the country, with a chance to have their work recognized and published. There are also scholarship opportunities for superior creative works.

Winners from Mayfield Schools are:

George Hawkins
Jenna Perry
Hanniya Qureshi
Maggie Stickley

Jennavieve Czaplicki
Alexandria Domoracki
George Hawkins
Julian Kozmon
Sheena Mathur
Emily Sartain

Ashley Cingel
Alexandria Domoracki
Yaxin Gu
George Hawkins
Haley Jacobson
Julian Kozmon
Emily Sartainj
Alan Trester

All information from Mayfield School District