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4/5/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Firestone’s Academic Challenge Team competing in TV show finale

WEST AKRON — Students from Firestone High School will compete with teams from Beachwood High School and Hawken School in this year’s “Academic Challenge” championship round.

Firestone’s team of seniors, coached by Alison Seefeldt, include Rowan Matney, Bijan Pakdel and Sterling Shriber. Alternates are Arian Daneshvar, Katherine Gilbert and Alex Pica.

The team won both the fall and winter Summit County League Championships of the Ohio Academic Competition and the Aurora Invitational, according to Akron Public Schools (APS) officials. Sterling won the “Top Gun” award as the most outstanding individual player at the county tournament.

The “Academic Challenge” show will be taped April 21 at the WEWS NewsChannel 5 studio in Cleveland. The broadcast date is June 9, according to APS officials.

“Academic Challenge” spotlights academic excellence and the importance of education, according to APS officials. Each week, students representing schools in Northern Ohio use their brains to battle toward the season championship. Three teams compete for points by answering questions covering such topics as math, science, history and current events. At the end of each program, the points are totaled, and at season’s end, the three highest-scoring teams return for the championship match.

Westfield Insurance sponsors the competition and awards more than $20,000 in grants every season to the top 10 teams, according to APS officials.

Revere BOE approves contracts, stipends

BATH — The Revere Local Schools Board of Education approved two-year contacts for administrators in a special meeting March 27.

District Treasurer David Forrest said contracts were approved for the period Aug. 1, 2012, to July 31, 2014, for Kathy Bearer, assistant superintendent; Susan Chute, director of student services; John Evans, Revere High School assistant principal; Dan Fry, Bath Elementary School principal; Cathy Harbinak, communications specialist; Beth Harrington, Hillcrest Elementary School assistant principal; Georgiann Jackson, assistant treasurer; Katie Kowza, Hillcrest principal; Ryan Lekan, information and technology specialist; Kevin Matowitz, coordinator of business services; Joe Niemantsverdriet, Revere Middle School principal; and Bill Schumacher, athletic director.

The board also approved stipends for administrators in lieu of base salary increases. All administrators will receive $1,000 with the exception of Jackson, Nila Ellis and Deanne Pastva ($600) and Harbinak ($240).

— By Kathleen Folkerth

SCCS Creative Contests winners announced

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Children Services (SCCS) is celebrating its 25th annual Child and Family Awareness Month in April with a series of family-oriented activities and educational events.

Among those activities and events are the Creative Contests, which invited students attending public, private, independent and charter schools in Summit County to submit work in a variety of categories.

According to agency officials, more than 250 combined entries were submitted, and 28 winners from preschool to high school were recognized and honored at an Awards Ceremony March 31 at the Akron Art Museum, where the artwork will be displayed throughout April. The museum, Wendy’s and the FirstMerit Foundation sponsored the event.

The grand-prize winner of the Elementary School Poster/Slogan Contest was Coventry’s Erwine Intermediate School fifth-grader Brianna Frank, with the slogan “A Family Is Timeless.” The slogan will be used as the theme for the 26th annual Child and Family Awareness Month in 2013, according to agency officials.

Winners from the West Side Leader coverage area in the various Creative Contests include:

• Elementary School Poster/Slogan Contest — Honorable Mention, from Miller South School for the Visual & Performing Arts: Jacob Petit, with “A Family Is Undescribable”; Elise Helms, “A Family Is the Book That Never Ends”; Isabelle Nutt, “A Family Is a Treasure Chest Holding My Dreams”; and Maria Finney, “A Family Is the Glasses That Help Me See”; as well as Lexi Talmage, of St. Hilary School, “A Family Is a Helping Hand”; and Rachel Welden, of Chapel Hill Christian School, “A Family Is a Blanket of Love That Keeps Us Warm”;

• Middle School Storybook Contest — first, Abby Kushner Benson, of Our Lady of the Elms; second, Kendall Miller, of Litchfield Middle School; and third, Zoe Zelch and Alexis Armstrong, both from Our Lady of the Elms; and

• Middle School Public Service Announcement — first, Anna Lambert; and third, Taylor Haag, both from St. Joseph School.

For more information about the contest and events, visit www.summitkids.org.

Walsh Jesuit hosting April speakers Joe Ehrmann, Ray Guarendi

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Walsh Jesuit High School is offering an April Speaker Series April 12 and 17 in the Walsh Jesuit theater.

The first speaker session, featuring Joe Ehrmann and presented by Third Federal Savings & Loan and Walsh, will take place April 12 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Ehrmann, an inspirational speaker and founder of Coach for America, will speak on “Coaching for Change.” He will focus on sports and education and the most important lessons for coaches and parents to teach young men and women.

On April 17, the Walsh Jesuit Alumni Mothers’ Club will present Ray Guarendi, who will speak on the topic “Parenting: Then and Now.” Guarendi is a clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and radio host who has been a guest on several TV shows. The event will take place at 7 p.m. A wine and cheese reception will follow.

Both events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To register to hear Ehrrmann’s presentation April 12, email name and number of attendees to rsvp@thirdfederal.com. To register for Guarendi’s presentation, email petersonj@walshjesuit.org.

— By Stephanie Kist

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