WHS students participate in Museum Ambassadors program

Ten Westlake High School AP Art History and International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge students will participate in the Cleveland Museum of Art Museum Ambassadors program that provides a behind-the-scenes experience at the world-class institution.

The program is open to only six schools in Northeast Ohio. This is WHS’ sixth year in the program.

Students are selected by social studies teacher Beth Noren through an application process. This year’s participants are Kat Bowe, Leah Bunner, Hena Delic, Alex Falcone, Jackie Moracz, Abbey Moutoux, Lily Powers, Bridget Quinn, Isabelle Southern and Adam Yusoff.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.07.2017

All Bay Village K-12 public schools are National PTA Schools of Excellence

The PTAs at all four Bay Village City Schools have been designated National PTA Schools of Excellence. This is the second time all four schools have earned the prestigious recognition.

PTA Council President, Cheryll McCarty, initiated this recent set of applications in a way that coordinated all the district’s PTA units, putting them on a common, two-year renewal schedule for the designation which requires a rigorous examination of family-school relationships against national standards. Standards include welcoming families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking for every child, sharing power and collaborating with the community.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 10.17.2017

Bay Village Board of Education hires treasurer

The Bay Village Board of Education, at a special meeting on Oct. 2, hired Nicole Spriggs as its school district treasurer.

Spriggs has served as treasurer for the Midview Local School District in Grafton, Ohio, since 2012. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as treasurer for the Edison Local School District (formerly Berlin-Milan) in Milan, Ohio, for one year at the Norwalk City School District, and began her treasurer’s career serving three years at the Monroeville Local School District.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.17.2017

Homecoming bonfire lights the night for fighting cancer

The Bay Village community came together on the evening of Sept. 28 to participate in “Light the Night” at Bay High Memorial stadium. The event raised $7,500 to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its funding of research to find blood cancer cures.

Last year Bay High turned its traditional homecoming bonfire toward this greater purpose. The event also acknowledged the courage and strength of students of Bay Village that are affected by this cancer. Honorees included Luke (Normandy Elementary), Molly (Westerly Elementary), and Daniel (Bay High School). Bay High sophomore Jane Finley, who is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma herself, was mistress of ceremonies and chair of the event.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.03.2017

Bay Village Schools see strong achievement, continuing improvement in 2017 state report card

The latest Bay Village Schools Ohio Report Card results demonstrate strong student achievement at all levels.

“We continue to focus on improvement for all individual students,” said Superintendent of Schools, Clint Keener. “With each year of testing, we are able to learn more about the measurements used, and we can make appropriate adjustments in classroom instruction. Our teachers and students can be very proud of our performance overall.”

Bay Village is one of only 21 school districts in Ohio to earn an A in the Performance Indicator grade. The district met 23 out of 24 performance indicators and moved from a B last year to the A.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.03.2017

Bay Alumni Foundation announces annual distinguished alumni, educators

The Bay Alumni Foundation proudly introduces the Bay High School Distinguished Alumni / Educator Hall of Fame class of 2017. The 2017 Hall of Fame class will lead this year's Homecoming parade and be introduced to the crowd at Bay’s Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 29, against Rocky River.

The Hall of Fame Brunch will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at The Fountain Bleau in Avon Lake. To reserve your seat, send $30 to Bay Alumni Foundation 377 Dover Center Road, Bay Village, OH 44140.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:16 AM, 09.19.2017

WHS junior scores perfect 36 on ACT

Westlake High School junior Isabella DiGiulio scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.

Isabella said she reviewed some practice questions from the ACT website in preparation for the exam.
Isabella participates in competitive gymnastics through the club team North Olmsted Gymnastics and is a member of the WHS Varsity gymnastics team. She earned the team sportsmanship award from WHS gymnastics her freshman year and helped the high school team advance to district competition last year. Isabella also plays the French horn in marching band and is section leader of the mellophones. She volunteers at Youth Challenge Sports.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.19.2017

Westlake has 7 National Merit Semifinalists

Seven Westlake High School seniors were named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists.

Seniors Julia Aylward, Steven Brewer, Samantha Giusto, Ryan Karpuszka, Patrick Lee, Jack Wu and Kyle Yu are among the 16,000 students from 22,000 high schools across the country who took the PSAT in their junior year and earned scores high enough to qualify as Semifinalists. These students will move on to compete for approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay graduates receive Kiwanis scholarships

The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village awarded 14 college scholarships to Bay High School graduates from the Class of 2017. The scholarship winners were presented with their award at the Bay Village Academic Achievement Awards Night held on May 30 in the BHS auditorium. The annual Kiwanis Awards Dinner honoring the recipients was held at the Bay Lodge on July 25.

The scholarships, totaling $14,750 were given to the following students:

  • $250 Department Awards: Amanda Cusimano, Math; Chelsie Baylor, Science; Philip Lally, Language Arts; Mikayla Nemetz, World Languages; Mia Russell, Art; Madison Noren, Social Studies; Chris Gepperth, Technology; Michael Rising, Music; Emma Hoover, Family and Consumer Science
  • $2,500 Kiwanis Scholarship Awards: Alisa Busuladzic, Nick Loufman, Aaron Risch
  • $2,500 Kiwanis Key Club Awards: Laura Colagiovanni, Elyse Legeay
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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.06.2017

Bay High to pilot one-to-one computer program

Students at Bay High School have been allowed to bring their own internet-connected devices -- phones, tablets and laptops -- to school for quite some time. This fall, along with getting their textbooks, Bay High freshmen and sophomores will be issued Google Chromebooks. Students will be able to take the compact laptops home and keep them until they return them at the end of the school year.

“The timing is good for this,” said Superintendent Clint Keener. “We’ve had an opportunity to watch other districts roll out one-to-one programs, and we have learned from some of their challenges.”

Teachers throughout the district have been training to integrate technology into lessons in truly effective ways, noted Bay High Principal Jason Martin. “The access to technology doesn’t magically make for better learning,” he said. “It’s the way teachers use it that makes it effective. Our teachers are ready to take advantage of this additional technology access for students.”

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay Village Schools Superintendent Clint Keener to retire next year

The Bay Village Board of Education reluctantly accepted the resignation, effective Aug. 1, 2018, of Superintendent of Schools Clint Keener at its June 26 board meeting.

“I want to give the board plenty of time to complete its search for my replacement,” said Keener, explaining his more than one full year’s notice. “I am proud of the excellence we’ve achieved over the past 13 years, and I am confident this is the right time to retire and pass the reins to the right person.”

The school district is in solid financial shape, having passed an operating levy in 2016. It has also completed an extensive facilities upgrade to five of its older buildings thanks to a $16.8 million bond issue passed in 2012.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.18.2017

WHS students perform at Melissa Etheridge concert

Seven Westlake High School students recently performed as part of the Melissa Etheridge & Contemporary Youth Orchestra “Pulse” concert held June 7 at Severance Hall.

The Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is comprised of 115 elite high school musicians who perform at Severance Hall. Once a year, they invite a well-known artist and audition a youth chorus to perform with them. The event was part of CYO’s 18-year-old “Rock the Orchestra” series, which has featured Ben Folds, Graham Nash and Jon Anderson of Yes.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.20.2017

Bay Village fourth-graders dramatize societal changes through baseball history

There are few stories more inspiring in baseball than that of Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball.

Westerly Elementary fourth-graders in Bay Village brought Robinson’s struggle to life for an audience of students and parents. Narrated through the eyes of hot dog and peanut vendors, the students explained that Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, needed a player with a special type of character to make that first step toward the integration of our national pastime.

“What will you do when the crowd taunts you with racist remarks?” asked Rickey (played by Jacob Pullman).

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:12 AM, 06.06.2017

Westlake selects principals for LBMS, Holly Lane

Two experienced educators will take on the role of principal in the Westlake City School District for the 2017-2018 school year.

Amanda Musselman, principal at Midview East Intermediate School in Grafton, will assume the principal’s position at Lee Burneson Middle School this fall. Interim LBMS Principal Beth Dagostino will take over the role of principal at Holly Lane Elementary School.

The two were chosen from a pool of 79 applicants, with eight candidates coming in for interviews and four finalists making public presentations. The interview process included internal interviews and a public interview with questions from parents and staff. All of this feedback was considered in making the final decision.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.06.2017

Westlake PTAs award 24 scholarships

Westlake Council of PTAs and its member PTAs are proud to announce 24 recent Westlake High School graduates as recipients of their 2017 PTA scholarships. Each recipient exhibited academic success as well as community and/or school involvement through participation in athletics, music, clubs, service and employment. Each recipient received a $1,000 award from the respective PTA unit, totaling $24,000 in scholarships awarded. 

The recipients are: Westlake Council of PTAs Scholarship – Sarmad Al-Aish, Sarah Greenberg, Mohammed Hamdan, Katarina Jamsek, Darin O’Meara and Shadi Zogheib (each a General winner), Emily Schordock (Arts), Jane Fitz (Challenge), Elizabeth Massien (STEM/Technology) and Michael Altman (Vocational); Bassett Elementary School PTA Scholarship – Carla Baaklini; Dover Elementary School PTA Scholarship – Isabel Palmer; Hilliard Elementary School PTA Scholarship – Christopher Slater; Holly Lane Elementary School PTA Scholarship – Riya Desai; Dover Intermediate School PTA Scholarship – Katherine Pavilonis; Lee Burneson Middle School PTA Scholarship – Sneha Ramachandran; Westlake High School PTSA Scholarships – Andrew Bovenzi, Anna Craven, Samantha Illius, Paul Jatsyshyn, Abigail Ogonek and Benjamin Sposet (each a General winner) and Jack Jolliffe (Service).

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:12 AM, 06.06.2017

Bassett class wins top grant award

Leah Burke’s fourth-grade class at Bassett Elementary School won first place in the FriendsOffice W.R.I.T.E. (We Reward Innovative Teaching Endeavors) Program, receiving seven Runtz Ball Chairs for her class.

The W.R.I.T.E. grant program is intended to allow classrooms to use products available through FriendsOffice, based in Findlay. Burke’s class won the grand prize for their grant application “Empowering 4th Graders to Be Agents of Change in Their Learning Space.”

Burke wrote the introduction and closing paragraph for the grant, inviting her students to explain how they would use the energy ball chairs. Students Anna Mancino, Annabelle Samide, Bella Puchmeyer, Gabriella Cutter, Samantha Lundell and Kaylee Fogarty wrote, “If we had Runtz Ball Chairs in our classroom, we could take action within our project-based learning experience, have more flexible seating in our classroom, support students with different learning styles and disabilities, and create different and new ways to learn.”

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.06.2017

Normandy students nurture eggs and watch them hatch

Twenty-one days. That is how long students at Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village had to wait for their classroom chicken eggs to hatch.

During that wait, students studied what was going on inside those white shells. Using a 21-day set of plastic egg models, they opened one per day to view illustrations of the changes in the chick embryos' progressive development.

First-grader Jake Bennett explained the difference between an egg that would become a chick and one that would not. “Inside the egg,” he said, “there is a red dot that is a blood cell. If the egg has that, a chick will grow.” The students knew that the eggs they had would become chicks because they came from birds raised for that purpose.

“You can also tell if an egg will grow into a chick because both the hen and the rooster will take care of it,” said Logan Lowry. “If there is no chick, only the hen will take care of it.”

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:14 AM, 06.06.2017

WHS French students impress in national competition

Westlake High School French students participated in the 2017 annual Grand Concours and came away with several top finishes.

The Grand Concours is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills. More than 80,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2017 event. Participants in the 2017 National French Exam were students of Laura Emmer and Elizabeth Zingales.

Claire Brewer (level 3) earned a Gold award, finishing in the 95th percentile.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.06.2017

Bay Village students complete another successful Bike To School Challenge

During National Bike Month in May, students at Bay Middle School and Westerly Elementary School celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Bay Bike To School Challenge by pedaling their bicycles in impressive numbers.

On the opening day of the Bay Bike To School Challenge on May 1, 300 students biked to Bay Middle School, despite cool and rainy spring weather. Overall, during the three weeks of the Challenge, an average of 365 students per day (46 percent of the student body) rode their bikes to school. The record day was Thursday, May 18, with 443 students, or 56 percent, biking to school.

Students at Westerly Elementary, participating in the Bay Bike To School Challenge for the fourth year, were not left behind. During the two weeks of the Challenge beginning on May 8, an average of 185 students (51 percent of the student body) biked to school. Their highest day of participation was the final day on May 19, with 201 students (56 percent) riding their bikes to school.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 06.06.2017

Students receive O'Neill nursing scholarships

Each spring, O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village is honored to award scholarships to local graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in nursing. Each candidate is required to complete a scholarship application and write an essay about why they want to pursue a career in the healthcare, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have at least one academic letter of recommendation. 

The two recipients for 2017 are Grace Mansuetto from Bay High, who plans to study nursing at the University of Cincinnati, and Conor Miller from Westlake High School, who plans on studying nursing at Xavier University.  

Congratulations to these very talented grads!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:10 AM, 06.06.2017

DIS sixth-grader earns perfect score in vocabulary challege

Dover Intermediate School sixth-grade student Lillie Forbes earned a perfect score of 20 on the WordMasters Challenge, a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

Lillie competed in the difficult Blue Division and was one of only 15 sixth-graders nationally to achieve this perfect score. Students were coached by language arts teacher Jessica Ranallo.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 06.06.2017

WHS students earn Gold Keys in art, writing awards

Westlake High School senior Mary DeFeo won a Gold Key for a creative writing piece, and senior Jace Lee won two Gold Keys for artwork in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Gold Keys are the highest award in the regional level of the competition. Winning works are automatically considered for national-level recognition.

Earning Silver Keys are WHS junior Katherine Mazzella and seniors Mary DeFeo, Julia Kiss and Sneha Ramachandran.

Honorable mentions were earned by seniors Sara Massa and Ashley Crise; juniors Katherine Mazzella, Patrick Lee and Madelyne Dunn; and sophomore Howard Duangkla.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay High student a finalist in Maltz Museum’s 'Stop The Hate' awards

“My great-grandfather was living in a small farming village in German-speaking Czechoslovakia. He was approached by the Nazi party, who demanded that he join the Nazi cause. My great-grandfather refused.”

So begins the moving essay, written by Bay High senior Aurora Fleming, which finished in the top 10 out of nearly 3,300 entries in the Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out competition sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland.

Aurora stumbled across the contest when looking for scholarship opportunities. The theme resonated with her, not only because of her great-grandfather’s history in resisting the Nazis, but also because of her experience as an exchange student in Germany during her high school junior year.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:55 AM, 05.02.2017

Bay Bike To School Challenge begins this week

The Bay Bike To School Challenge celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, as over 1,200 middle school and elementary school students in Bay Village saddle up and ride their bikes to school to promote good health, active transportation and environmental awareness.

The Bay Bike To School Challenge began in 2008 at Bay High School and Bay Middle School, following on the heels of an informal student-organized protest at Bay High School in 2007 that saw students biking to school to beat the high price of gasoline. This year, the Bike To School Challenge returns to Bay Middle School and Westerly Elementary School.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.02.2017

Compelling action starts Demons tennis season

With 2016 Southwestern Conference first singles champion Aris Jhaveri back for his senior season, the 2017 Westlake boys tennis team knew they had a weapon to anchor the lineup. But with the 2016 graduation of 2nd and 3rd singles stalwarts Keenan Dinchman and Matt Homm, major questions loomed. Below is a capsule of the roller-coaster first two weeks.

Week 1: The 'Brick-Man' cannot be denied
The 2017 campaign began at home March 24 against Copley, a perennial top program. At first singles Aris Jhaveri had to face an unfamiliar opponent who unloaded rocket serves despite the frigid conditions. Once Jhaveri locked in on the returns however, it was game over as he pounded his opponent relentlessly to win decisively 6-4, 6-1.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.02.2017

Bay program addresses overdose, suicide

For Bay Village school and city officials, drug overdose and suicide headlines are personal

Too many funerals of beloved Bay Village graduates dying from drug overdose and suicide drove three, heart-wrenching presentations at the Bay Village Schools on Wednesday, April 12.

“I have attended 15 funerals for former students over the past 16 years,” said an emotional Sean McAndrews, Bay Middle School principal. “I can’t stand it anymore.” He noted that in Cuyahoga County, we are losing almost one person a day to heroin or opioid overdoses, with 60 people dying from those causes in February of this year alone.

Bay High Choraleers opened the presentations with an a capella rendition of “Tears in Heaven” while photos and obituaries revolved on a screen, memorializing the Bay High graduate victims of addiction and suicide. The presentations were meant to have an emotional impact that would “stick with” students and parents.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:24 AM, 04.18.2017

WHS junior advances to U.S. Geography Olympiad

Westlake High School junior Kyle Yu is heading to the 2017 United States Geography Olympiad (USGO) in Arlington, Virginia, on April 21 for the second time.

Kyle took the challenging written qualifying exam with gifted specialist Anne Dill in early March. To qualify for the USGO, students must finish in the top half of students on the National Qualifying Exam in their division, or in the top half of scores across the country.

Last year, Kyle qualified for the Junior Varsity level and earned the individual first-place trophy in the USA Olympiad.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.18.2017

LBMS student qualifies for state chemistry challenge

Lee Burneson Middle School seventh-grade student Mantas Viazmitinas is advancing to the state "You Be The Chemist" Challenge.

You Be the Chemist is an interactive academic contest sponsored by the Chemical Education Foundation that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.

All seventh- and eighth-grade science students participated in a timed interactive question and answer contest in January. The top nine students from LBMS advanced to the regional contest at the Great Lakes Science Center in March and were among the 28 students participating from eight Greater Cleveland area schools.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.18.2017

Bay Middle School students learn about health, wellness

Bay Middle School students learned from the experts last week about nutrition, healthy life choices, internet safety, CPR, fitness and many other aspects important to living a long and healthy life.

Bay Village Schools nurse, Chanda Wall, organized the Health and Wellness Day. "Some of the topics here are not addressed in the classroom, and even for those that are, it is always good to have students exposed to healthy behaviors through different venues," she said. She hopes the information sparks good discussions at home and guides those who might be having health issues in the right direction.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:17 AM, 04.04.2017

WHS students participate in Museum Ambassadors program

Ten Westlake High School AP Art History and International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge students participated in the Cleveland Museum of Art "Museum Ambassadors" program that provided a behind-the-scenes experience at the world-class institution.

The program is open to only six schools in Northeast Ohio, and Westlake High School is the only West Side school selected for the program. This is Westlake's fifth year in the program and it marks the students’ fifth Community Day event.

Students are selected through an application process. This year’s participants are juniors Gwynnie Ball, Abby Falcone, Jade Hawk, Dena Hussain, Rachel Kaiser, Riley Larcey, Carolyn McBride, Emily Nebraska, Adalee Ratycz and Jonathon Shear.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:14 AM, 04.04.2017

Colagiovanni earns BVHS scholarship

Laura Colagiovanni has been selected to receive the Bay Village Historical Society’s scholarship for 2017. Colagiovanni is the daughter of Chris and Joy.

Colagiovanni is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, having served as that organization’s Ohio District Governor during her junior year. She also was honored for giving the most service hours to the Bay Key Club during 2014 and 2015.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:20 AM, 04.04.2017

Safe boating program for middle school students returns this spring

Bay Village Schools and the Spirit of America Foundation will provide a hands-on boating safety education program this summer for sixth- through eighth-grade students. The nationally recognized program, known as Spirit of America (SOA), provides students both classroom and on-the-water sessions to teach safe boating skills.

Participants will take the Ohio Boating Education Course on two Saturdays in May. This meets the Ohio law that requires "any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, to show proof they have completed an approved boating course if they are operating a power boat over 10 horsepower." This OBEC class is mandatory and students must attend both days and pass an exam. Boy Scouts can earn their small boat sailing, canoeing, kayaking and motor boating merit badges by completing the course and some additional requirements.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.21.2017

‘Oklahoma!’ at Bay High March 23-25

Bay High School students will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 23-25, in the Bay High School auditorium. All performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be ordered online at: The ticket link is also available on the school district website at

Reserved seating is $12, plus a service fee of $1.95. General admissions seats are $8, with a $1.30 service fee. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come basis.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:37 AM, 03.21.2017

Bay High raises another $20,000 for St. Baldrick's

Bay High School raised a total of $20,000 this year for the St. Baldrick's Foundation in the fight to find cures for childhood cancers. This year's effort brings the school's total four-year contribution to more than $75,000.

The annual event, held around St. Patrick's Day, has participants solicit sponsors with the promise they will have their heads shaved. The head shaving shows solidarity with children who often lose their hair during chemotherapy, but the tangible result is that many thousands of dollars are raised for lifesaving childhood cancer research.

Seniors Will Huntington and Kyle McPhillips have been co-leaders in bringing the St. Baldrick's effort to Bay High since they were freshmen. Back in 2014, the pair introduced the fundraiser to their fellow students. It was a memorable first-run effort, as the original goal of raising $10,000 was met and then doubled to $20,000. A top motivator that year was the promise of art instructor Thomas Schemrich to shave off his longtime ponytail hairstyle, which he said he had worn almost always since he was 15 years old.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.21.2017

BMS girls basketball team caps perfect season with trophy

This year the Bay Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball team finished with a perfect season – 12 wins and no losses! They won the championship game at Hillside Middle School on March 7 with a final score of 33-30. The girls were down by nine in the third quarter but worked together to win the championship. The team was composed of Iris Hunt, Emily Edman, Rachel Rankin, Sydney Brabant, Abby Smith, Lydia Erwin, Carli Mendelow, Chaeli Ziebarth, Emily Martin, Myka Evenhouse, Emma Fox and Macey Ault.

But the team could not have won on their own. Along with the players, the team also included two amazing managers, Lia Vizdos and Lauren Cseh. The girls thought they had an incredible coach, Coach Mont, who inspired all of them to play their best! They truly could not have won the championship game without her. During the championship game Coach Mont gave an inspiring halftime speech that made them believe that they could win.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:14 AM, 03.21.2017

Bay High's Will Huntington is National Merit Finalist

Bay High School senior Will Huntington has been named a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Program. He earned the prestigious academic distinction with his score on the 2015 Preliminary SAT (PSAT), taken during his junior year in high school.

Will plans to major in economics, and he has narrowed down his choice of schools to Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Harvard and Yale. The Rockets baseball player would like to coach baseball, but he also has a strong interest in the nonprofit world.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:21 AM, 03.21.2017

WHS has 4 National Merit Finalists

Westlake High School has four students named National Merit Finalists.

Seniors Emily Schordock, Alexander Lathem, Anna Craven and Hong Liang are among 15,000 students to achieve Finalist standing. They will move on to compete for about 2,500 National Merit Scholarships worth $2,500 each, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:20 AM, 03.21.2017

Father/daughter team makes a difference for transplanted student

When Holly Lane Elementary School first-grade teacher Lisa Forshey took German foreign language classes at Westlake High School as a teen, she never imagined she’d rely on those skills to communicate with a transplanted student in her own classroom.

Alex Kuenkel showed up in Forshey’s class in early February after moving to the area from Germany with his parents, Sebastian Griebe and Anja Kuenkel. Alex speaks no English and was lost in a new school and a new country – until Forshey stepped in.

“We were very surprised about his teacher having German roots and even speaking German,” said Griebe, Alex’s father. “The extra attention was very pleasing for us, and Alex likes working with Hans a lot.”

Hans is Forshey’s father, Hans “Hank” Hanisch, a retired insurance appraiser who was born in Germany and speaks fluent German. Hanisch has been a Westlake resident for 42 years. He came to the community from Germany in 1953 at age 13.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:20 AM, 03.21.2017

Bay High presents musical comedy 'Oklahoma!' March 23-25

Bay High School students will perform Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 23-25, in the Bay High School auditorium. All performances begin at 7 p.m.

Set at the turn of the last century, just as Oklahoma is about to achieve statehood, the story focuses on romance as handsome cowboys, a sketchy ranch hand and a traveling peddler pursue two beautiful farm girls. Bay High’s talented student actors, singers, dancers and musicians will perform the musical comedy’s well-known songs "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "People Will Say We're In Love," and, of course, the rousing "Oklahoma!,” as well as others.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.07.2017

WHS senior to compete in Shakespeare contest

Westlake High School senior Emily Schordock won the regional Shakespeare competition and is now heading to New York City to complete nationally.

Schordock won the school-level contest on Feb. 9 and then beat out students from 25 Northern Ohio high schools at the English-Speaking Union’s High School Shakespeare Competition held in Westlake on Feb. 25. The contest was held in partnership with Great Lakes Theater.

Schordock’s monologue as Kate from “Taming of the Shrew” won her an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Competition on May 1 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She will face about 50 competitors from around the country for a three-week scholarship to study William Shakespeare in London.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:21 AM, 03.07.2017