Civil War poetry contest winners

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-graders Alex Rujawitz, Audrey Lyle and Rachael Kaiser are the 2014 winners of the Jon Thompson Civil War Poetry Contest sponsored by the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.

The three were honored at a dinner on May 14 at Cleveland’s Judson Manor, where they read their winning entries – poetic interpretations of “The Widow,” a painting showing a Confederate widow being comforted by the ghost of her husband as she grieves at his tombstone.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:15 AM, 05.28.2014

Featured Student: Katie Randazzo

Featuring some of our district's great high school students.

Bay High senior Katie Randazzo has used her time at her school to be an actor, a member of the stage chorus, and a student director of the cast and crew of Bay High’s ambitious musical "Beauty and the Beast." She capped off her high school performances this year playing the wicked stepmother in Bay High’s presentation of "Cinderella" while serving as vice president of the Bay High Thespians. But as much as she enjoys “treading the boards,” Katie has her sights set on actually creating the stories that others perform. She plans to be a screenwriter.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 9:15 AM, 05.28.2014

3 WHS students accepted into language immersion program

Westlake High School sophomores Harleen Shergill and Allyson Simon, and junior Sophie Warner, were accepted into the 2014 STARTALK Foreign Language Academy in Chinese and Russian at Kent State University this summer.

The KSU STARTALK Academy is a four-week language immersion program that introduces a new language and culture. Students are housed in the KSU Honors College and students can receive up to five college credits. Students are provided with a laptop computer and all the necessary software.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 8:59 AM, 05.28.2014

WHS students race at Derby Downs

Students in the Westlake High School Technology & Engineering Department participated in the fifth annual Gravity Racing Challenge at Derby Downs in Akron on May 17.

The team of Robert Slater, Chris Stone, Jake Johanni and Dylan Komorowski won the Innovative Braking System award sponsored by Time Warner Cable. They designed a new braking system for the derby car as part of the inaugural open class high school division competition. Their braking system consisted of constructing and installing a drum brake configuration, greatly reducing the stopping distance and increasing the efficiency of control.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 8:59 AM, 05.28.2014

Students earn national recognition for Spanish exam scores

Sixty-eight Westlake High School Spanish students earned national recognition for excellent performance on the 2014 National High School Spanish I-5 Examinations.

Spanish students earned a total of 13 gold, 10 silver and 21 bronze medals, along with 24 honorable mentions.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 8:58 AM, 05.28.2014

Westerly fair teaches environmental science

On May 9, the "Plant New Ideas" environmental fair celebrated the 20th birthday of Westerly School’s Outdoor Science Lab, a natural habitat in the center of the school and a certified National Wildlife Site. The students in my third-grade class received a grant from Bay Education Foundation and support from Westerly’s PTA to create, organize and implement the birthday party for the Outdoor Science Lab.

The students stayed after school once a week since the beginning of January to prepare their activities: stations with games, puzzles and interactive events. The students had relay races with bees gathering pollen and nectar and another race acting out the different stages of a butterfly’s metamorphosis. The Bee Master Challenge focused on fact and fiction about bees. Large scale posters of the Outdoor Science Lab were cut into smaller shapes to be reassembled. A scavenger hunt in the Outdoor Science Lab had participants matching photos of the plants with the growing plants in the Lab. The students planted terrariums to sell. A display with melting ice demonstrated the plight of the polar bears’ shrinking habitat. The students manned the different stations.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.13.2014

Event uses real-life experiences to highlight dangers of drug use

Parents, children, community and school leaders gathered on Tuesday, May 7, for the “Let’s Talk About It” parent drug education event, held at Bay Middle School. Highlighting the evening’s event were presentations by Bay Village Detective Kevin Krolkoski and Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons of the Rocky River Municipal Court. 

“After hearing about the amount of drugs in our community and how easy it is for our kids to get them, I’m now convinced drug use, abuse and addiction can hit any Bay family,” said one of the parents in attendance.

The drug education event opened with information displays by the Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB), Recovery Resources, and Drug Awareness and Prevention Inc., surrounded by over 80 colorful handmade drug awareness posters designed by Bay Middle School seventh and eighth-grade students. Parents and children were given an opportunity to collect literature and also talk with the representatives.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:55 AM, 05.13.2014

'Word Play Around Bay' will build rich vocabularies in young children

There’s a new push going on in the Bay Village preschool community, and swing sets are only one place where it’s happening.

Just introduced this week, “Word Play Around Bay” is a fun, vocabulary-building resource for parents and their young children. The brochure is packed with dozens of location-specific activities that make it easy for parents to help children build a rich and meaningful vocabulary during everyday visits throughout Bay Village.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.13.2014

Area youth proclaim 'We are the Majority' at downtown rally

Westshore Young Leaders from Westlake, Rocky River and Lakewood high schools joined more than 100 other high school youth and leaders from Cuyahoga County at the “We are the Majority Rally” on Wednesday, April 30. The purpose of the rally was to raise awareness about the fact that the majority of youth make healthy choices and do not partake in the use of drugs and alcohol. 

Students from across the county gathered at the Cleveland Public Library to participate in team-building activities and march to City Hall to listen to speakers including Nolan and Jaclyn Brandt of Robby’s Voice who inspired them to continue to make good choices.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.13.2014

Westlake fifth-graders explain importance of trees

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Westlake City Tree Commission sponsored a poster and essay contest for Parkside Intermediate School's fifth-grade students. Essays were limited to 150 words and included information about the importance of trees for the city and its residents.

The students' posters were colorful illustrations of the area's trees and the theme “Why Trees are Important to the City of Westlake.” The posters showed methods of preserving and protecting trees as well as encouraging the planting of new trees for shade, erosion control, animal habitats, wind shelters and beauty. The posters were judged by the Westlake City Tree Commission members Mary Beth Schneidler, Margie Rossander, John Walz, Thea Steinmetz, Diane Morris, Westlake City Arborist Stan Barnard and Westlake City Service Director Paul Quinn.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.29.2014

Yumming it up for a great cause!

At Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village, Ms. Holinek’s third-grade class learned a lesson in economics that turned into a lesson of the heart. Production, consumption and transfer of wealth were among the many skills learned through the sale of cupcakes. The process of advertising was the first step of the economic lesson. The students made flyers and posters with mouthwatering pictures of their favorite looking cupcakes.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.29.2014

Featured student: Emma Jarvi

Featuring some of our school districts' great high school students.

Bay High senior Emma Jarvi believes she achieved what she set out to do this month when she organized an Autism Awareness Week at her school.

“I think students at Bay High are now a little more aware of what autism is and how students with autism may be different, but that they should be accepted and loved for who they are,” she said.

Emma and her crew put signs up on the walls that expressed sentiments like “Autism is Awesome” and “Look behind the autism and you will see someone very special.” The signs expressed the positive aspects of being unique and seeing things in a way that is different from how others see things.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.29.2014

Case Closed: 'Legally Blonde' comes to an end

[This article originally appeared in the April issue of The Green & White, Westlake High School's student newspaper.]

After the applause from “Legally Blonde” finally died down, the sets demolished and costumes put away, the musical came to a close.

“It was really wonderful to work with so many awesome people and bring this show to life,” said senior Jabri Johnson.

This year’s musical played from April 11 to April 13 and starred Evie Kennedy as Elle Woods, Dylan Diemer as Emmett, Caroline Kane as Vivian Kensington, Peter Bradley as Professor Callahan, Kevin Waitrovich as Warner and Anna Parchem as Paulette.

It was put on by the Center Stage Players, Westlake High School’s drama club.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.29.2014

Green & White staff recognized

Westlake High School’s The Green and White student newspaper was recently recognized by the Ohio Scholastic Media Association for its work in 2013.

The Green and White earned a second place overall, and several individual staff members were recognized for their work:

  • Pierce Gleespen was rated excellent in newswriting
  • Julia Ferra was rated superior for news photo
  • Emily Simon was rated excellent for general feature
  • Caroline Gray received an honorable mention for commentary

The Green and White is an extracurricular publication at Westlake High School and is in its 96th year as a student-run, open-forum publication.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.29.2014

Westlake board chooses firm for superintendent search

The Westlake Board of Education approved the hiring of the Ohio School Boards Association to facilitate the search for Westlake’s next superintendent.

The Board interviewed three firms for the process, including Finding Leaders in Independence and Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, based in Illinois. Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr. announced his resignation effective July 31 to take the executive director’s position with the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation in Cleveland.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 9:39 AM, 04.29.2014

Westlake superintendent stuns with resignation

After seven years of leading the Westlake City School District, Superintendent Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr. announced his resignation, effective July 31, 2014, to accept the position of executive director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Dr. Keenan made the announcement during the April 3 Board of Education meeting, surprising many in the room.

Dr. Keenan joined the Westlake Schools on Aug. 1, 2007. His tenure was punctuated by significant progress in the Westlake City School District. His tenure has been a collaborative one with the Westlake community. He sought input and direction from the community on major issues through a variety of committees and has been applauded for being a dedicated educator and manager.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:26 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay Village and other school districts distribute state tests on paper for final year

Every spring since the early 1990s, when the Ohio Department of Education began mandating statewide proficiency testing, the Bay Village City School District has accepted many dozens of cartons containing printed test booklets and bubble answer sheets. The tests had to be counted out, secured, and delivered to teachers and students exactly when needed.

Once the tests were taken, the process would begin again in reverse. Districts, teachers, parents and students could wait as long as 2-3 months to learn their individual test results. This spring, Bay Village and most other Ohio districts are accepting all those cartons for the final time.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay High Key Club makes a difference!

The Bay High Key Club seems to get bigger and do more good work each and every year.

During this school year, its 94 members have completed more than 1,200 hours of service, and together with Bay Village Kiwanis and other school organizations, have donated more than $37,730 to local and worldwide efforts, including Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, March of Dimes, UNICEF, St. Baldrick's, The Eliminate Project (International Kiwanis project to eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus) and the local Fill This House for teens aging out of the foster care system. They have also collected numerous other items for various other charity drives such as Jared Boxes, Clean Your Closet, KIWI Kits, and Jeans for Teens.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.15.2014

Kyle Yu advances to National Geographic Bee

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-grader Kyle Yu, 13, defended his title at the state Geographic Bee on April 4 and will now represent Ohio again at the National Geographic Bee next month in Washington, D.C.

Kyle beat out about 100 other fourth- through-eighth graders for the state title, which he also claimed in 2013. The national finals will be held May 19-21 and the winner will be crowned the 26th National Geographic Bee champion.

Kyle said he studies atlases, likes geography and is ready for this year’s competition. Last year he made it to the tiebreaker round at the national level. He won the state Bee by identifying the Kara Sea as separating the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean and the Taymyr Peninsula.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:08 AM, 04.15.2014

Fifth-grader Ella Boyer contributes to book by national author

Bay Middle School fifth-grader Ella Boyer will be quoted in an upcoming book by children's author R. J. Palacio. Ella's class recently read the novel "Wonder," about a boy born with facial deformities who goes to school with other children for the first time in the fifth grade. He deals with many challenges, and one of the precepts, or sayings, from the book is, "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out."

The author asked readers, through her website, for help with her next book – "Do you have a WONDER-ful precept that you live by? I'm looking for some original precepts for a new book I'm working on! If you have a unique, or daring, or especially beautiful precept that you'd like to share with the world – this is your chance!"

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.15.2014

Safe boating program registration ends April 19

The registration deadline for the Bay Village Schools Boating Education program is Saturday, April 19. Students in grades six through eight are eligible to participate in the nationally recognized Spirit of America program. The registration fee is $10.

The Ohio Boating Education class is on May 3 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students must attend both days and pass an exam. Because of a conflict with Westlake's music program, students who must leave for an hour or so will be allowed to complete the class.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:18 AM, 04.15.2014

Maggie Williams to compete at state-level Power of the Pen

Bay Middle School eighth-grader Maggie Williams will be traveling to The College of Wooster on May 23 to compete in the Power of the Pen State Tournament. Maggie will be one of only the top 20 percent of writers at all the Power of the Pen Regional competitions throughout Ohio to move on to the State Tournament.

Seven Bay Middle School students qualified at district tournaments to compete at the local regional tournament held at St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland on March 15, where 65 schools from six counties competed. Seventh-graders Maddie Bish, Maddey Clair, Jessica Eagleeye and Mason Smith; and eighth-graders Chloe Roberts and Jessica Rychel, as well as Maggie Williams, competed at that event. Helen Lanning, Bay Middle School language arts teacher, is the team's advisor.

Power of the Pen is a state writing competition meant to encourage creative writing. Students are given prompts and then use their skill and imagination to create written stories and essays that are judged anonymously.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.15.2014

LBMS writers named state finalists in Library of Congress contest

Letters from 14 students at Lee Burneson Middle School are among the top 20 percent selected as state finalists in the Library of Congress’ Letters About Literature 2014 Contest.

In December, all of Deb Schrembeck’s language arts students entered the writing contest, which asks students in grades four to 12 to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author about how the book affected them personally. In Ohio, 1,283 letters were received. The top 20 percent were selected as state finalists. LBMS’ 14 letters are among the 101 Level II finalists from grades seven and eight. Nationally, about 8,000 letters make it to state-level judging.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.15.2014

Westlake school board, teachers approve new contract

The Westlake Board of Education and the Westlake Teachers Association approved a one-year contract that freezes base pay and step increases, and implements coordination of benefits for all teachers.

Teachers who complete additional education and obtain an advanced academic degree will be eligible for additional pay by moving to a new column on the salary schedule. The new contract also eliminates spousal insurance for all teachers. Spousal insurance was eliminated for new teachers in 2006, but grandfathered in for veteran teachers. Under the new contract, the grandfather clause is removed. Spouses who obtain their own insurance will be reimbursed by the district up to $175 per month beginning Jan. 1. Even with the reimbursement the elimination of spousal insurance will save the district $240,000 annually.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.15.2014


Serena Zirkle, a second-grader at Hilliard Elementary School, wrote a story entitled “The Princess and her Family” that was featured on Green Screen Adventures, a national children’s series and website that features stories written and illustrated by students in grades one through eight.

Serena’s story featured Princess Serena, who was going to deliver a concert when she and her family were kidnapped. Princess Serena saved the day and was able to help her family and friends to the concert at the castle. Her story also had a message, “Be careful at concerts because you never know what’s going to happen.”

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:05 AM, 04.15.2014

Piling up miles for salad day party

On Feb. 25, Miss Holinek’s third-grade class at Westerly School had our 300-mile salad day party! It all started when we reached 100 miles in Walking Club. 

At our school, students can walk on Fridays during recess or any day during indoor recess. When walking outside, six laps equal one mile. Inside, twelve laps equals one mile.  Miss Holinek had a great idea – after we walked 300 miles we could have a salad day party.  We wrote down the food we requested for the party and Miss Holinek created a Google document so parents could sign up online for which food they would send in for the party.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:23 AM, 04.01.2014

Featured Student: Evan Kelly

Not only does Bay High senior Evan Kelly know exactly what he wants to do with his life, but he is well on his way to achieving some lofty goals.

"I intend to direct choirs at the high school level and above," he said. "Ultimately, I hope to direct on a professional level."

Evan has spent this semester at Bay High teaching and conducting the school's freshman choir. He taught students one song that they performed at a regional competition and which received excellent comments from the judges. He will conduct the choir again at a spring concert. The opportunity is an independent study under the direction of Bay High vocal music instructor and choral director, Devon Gess.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:17 AM, 04.01.2014

Westlake Chinese Cultural Association to hold student art show

Westlake Chinese Cultural Association is a 27-year-old non-profit organization. WCCA's mission is to promote intercultural exchanges, provide Chinese cultural information and services, and deliver quality Chinese language education to our communities. Started as a home school, WCCA welcomes anyone who is interested in learning the Chinese language, or about Chinese arts, culture and traditions.  Classes are held on Saturday mornings at Lee Burneson Middle School in Westlake for all ages, including adults.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:26 AM, 04.01.2014

Celebrating Humphrey! Community-wide literacy program in Bay comes to a close

Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village celebrated the conclusion of its three-week-long, community-wide literacy project "One School One Book" on Friday, March 21. Students and their families had all been reading along with the same book, "The World According to Humphrey" by Betty G. Birney, and classes were treated to a surprise visit from the hamster himself!

The project, funded by the Bay Village Education Foundation and Normandy PTA, was implemented by Normandy Principal Dan Sebring and his Literacy Committee. Every student at the school received a copy of the book, a packet with directions on reading along and other fun activities, and the chance to win raffle prizes by "spotting" Humphrey around town. Humphrey posters were placed in various Bay businesses for Normandy students to find, and when they found "Humphrey," they'd receive a raffle ticket. Students could also turn in tickets with their answers to questions about the book.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:17 AM, 04.01.2014

Bay Schools named to Best Music Communities in America list for 2014

In an extremely rigorous and detailed assessment of its exemplary music program, the Bay Village City School District has been named once again to the NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education list. This marks the 12th consecutive year that the district has been named to the prestigious list.

“Music is truly an integral part of our schools and the Bay Village community,” said Clinton Keener, superintendent of the Bay Village City School District. “Our students, parents and music instructors are passionate about music, and our community members of all ages turn out in droves for our student performances.”

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:18 AM, 04.01.2014

St. Bernadette's School involving family through fun

Saint Bernadette School hosted two very special activities this past month focusing on family. On March 15, the school hosted their first annual Father-Daughter Dance in their performing arts center. Almost 200 girls and dads shared some quality time while dancing the night away. Guests enjoyed refreshments, dancing, games and prizes. Many of those in attendance already said they can't wait for next year's dance.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:23 AM, 04.01.2014

Westshore Young Leaders enjoy fun evening 'locked' in rec center

While many high school students continue to engage in unhealthy, high-risk behaviors, the fact remains that a majority of youth are choosing not to use. More than 100 high school students representing Bay Village, Rocky River, Fairview Park, Lakewood and Westlake braved the cold to attend the fourth annual Westshore Young Leaders High School Lock-in on Feb. 28 at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The lock-in is the Westshore Young Leaders high school signature event. Westlake’s SADD students took the reins to orchestrate a fun-filled evening. The group brought students from Brecksville/Broadview Heights High School to perform "The pHarming Effects" play. The presentation addresses the misuse/abuse of prescription drugs and how it is affecting youth today. Each lock-in participant received training materials so each district will be able to address prescription drug misuse/abuse by conducting presentations in their area.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:21 AM, 04.01.2014

WHS Center Stage Players present 'Legally Blonde'

The Westlake High School Center Stage Players will stage a production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical" on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

The story is based on the novel "Legally Blonde" by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. She discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others, and successfully defends exercise queen Brooke Wyndham in a murder trial.

Admission for the show is $10 at the door; no presales available. Children 6 and under admitted for free.

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:12 AM, 04.01.2014

WHS prom assembly promotes safety, shows styles

On March 14, Westlake High School hosted its annual Prom Assembly for the graduating seniors. The purpose of this event is to promote safe driving and responsible behavior during the many activities that take place during prom and graduation season.

Principal Timothy Freeman, Westlake police officer Scott Fortkamp and members of S.A.D.D (Students Against Destructive Decisions) addressed the class. A fashion show featuring student models followed. For the first time in this event’s history, Mr. Jim Egan and Mrs. Melissa Crist (educators at the high school) modeled as well.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:16 AM, 03.18.2014

Bay High students raise $20,000 for cancer research

Bay High students have raised $20,000, doubling their ambitious one-week goal of $10,000, to help fund promising cures for childhood cancer through St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Contributions were collected in just one week (which included a snow day with no school) through cash, checks and online donations, and a top motivator was the promise of art instructor Thomas Schemrich to shave off his longtime ponytail hairstyle, which he says he has worn almost always since he was 15 years old.

Bay High's Youth Philanthropy Fellowship (YPF), along with Bay High's Student Council and Key Club, sponsored the fundraiser. The following students participated in the event by also having their heads shaved: Nick Best, Michael Clark, Tim Garner, Molly Harkness, Jared Hengst, Elyse Legeay, Andrew Majercek, Jack Rodman and Andrew Taylor. Staff members being head-shaved included teachers Joe Cheney, Billy Judge, Jared Shetzer, Scott Stelter and the school's principal and YPF adviser, Jason Martin.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:42 AM, 03.18.2014

Bay High presents 'Cinderella' March 20-22

Bay High students will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, "Cinderella," Thursday through Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Bay High Auditorium.

"The story is the fairytale we all love," said the production's director, Maryann Nagel. "But the dialogue and lyrics are a little more up to date. It is great fun to watch."

Cinderella, played by Kaitie Foley, is treated badly by her stepmother, played by Katie Randazzo, and stepsisters, played by Maisie Kuh and Kerry O’Brien. With the help of her Fairy Godmother (Jessica Cusimano), Cinderella is transformed into a princess in time to impress her prince (Peter Kotowski) and his parents, King Maximillian (Edward Hughes) and Queen Constantina (Colleen Kowalski). After the ball, the prince, with his trusted herald Lionel (Evan Kelly), work together to find the princess he loves.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:16 AM, 03.18.2014


An art class project led Holly Lane Elementary School fourth-grader Maddie Gentzel to create a company that makes and sells cupcakes to help kids with cancer.

“Cupcakes for Cancer” started out last fall after Maddie and her classmates were tasked by Holly Lane art teacher Staci Peltz with creating a poster about a shop or a place. She came up with the name “Cupcakes for Cancer” and started thinking about how she could actually turn her love of cupcakes into a plan to help children with the disease.

“I love cupcakes, and I like to bake them,” Maddie said. “So I thought why not do something I love to help someone else. A cupcake always brightens a person’s day.”

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:17 AM, 03.18.2014

Family Game Night raises money for autism

Westlake’s Bassett Elementary School raised $3,255.79 on Feb. 28 at its sixth annual Family Game Night for Autism Speaks, a science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding autism research and increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders.

Each year Family Game Night promotes quality family time and presents the school with an opportunity to educate the community about a special issue. In the past the event has raised dollars for Cystic Fibrosis, The Gathering Place, The First Foundation for Ichthyosis, Crohns & Colitis Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Westlake High School Leadership Challenge students also volunteer at the event.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:17 AM, 03.18.2014

Rotary recognizes 15 outstanding West Shore Career-Tech students

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its March 10 luncheon at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

The 15 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement and initiative.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:20 AM, 03.18.2014

LBMS student headed to state GeoBee

Lee Burneson Middle School student Kyle Yu is heading to Columbus to defend his state Geographic Bee title and compete for the chance to represent Ohio at the National Geographic Bee next month in Washington, D.C.

School-level winners took a qualifying test and the top 100 scores were named semifinalists and eligible to compete at the state Bee.

State qualifiers compete in an oral competition, to be held April 4 in Columbus. State winners will be invited to the National Geographic headquarters in late May to compete in the national finals for scholarships.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:10 AM, 03.18.2014