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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.

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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.