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10/25/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Summit County educators honored at celebration

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Lifetime Educator Award winners were announced Oct. 15 during the Summit County Education Celebration at The University of Akron’s Quaker Station.

The event recognized educators throughout the county and honored the members of the Summit County All-County Teaching Team.

Teachers were nominated by individuals from the community who offered praise about the teachers’ achievements and their impact on their school district. Nominees were named to the Teaching Team by a committee comprised of Summit County school district superintendents and a representative from each major sponsor.

Named to the 2012 All-County Teaching Team were 20 Summit County teachers, including, in the West Side Leader’s coverage area: John Bennett, of Akron Public Schools; David Edmonds, of Copley-Fairlawn City Schools; James McBride, of Norton City Schools; Bob Pierson, of Revere Local Schools; Mary Ann Krawczonek, of Woodridge Local Schools; parochial school teacher Jennifer Smee, of Our Lady of the Elms Elementary School; and private school teacher Erik Korvn, of Old Trail School.

The Rookie of the Year Award — presented to a teacher with less than three years of teaching experience who displays a passion, innovation and commitment to students’ learning — was received by Maureen Farris, who is in her second year of teaching third and fourth grades at Woodridge Intermediate School.

Superintendent Walter Davis describes Farris as “a joyful person who creates a positive and nurturing atmosphere for learning.” She has participated on the Building Leadership Team, the Celebrations of Learning Committee, the Continuous Improvement Plan Committee and many more school initiatives.

The Lifetime Educator Award recognizes a business, organization or individual who has been dedicated and committed to the education of youth in Summit County over a long period of time. This year, awards were presented to both an individual and a business. The 2012 Individual Lifetime Educator Award was presented to Daniel McCombs, chairman of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association’s Legislative Committee. The 2012 Business Lifetime Educator Award was presented to WKDD.

Chosen from the All-County Teaching Team as the Teacher of the Year was Michael Ankrom, of Manchester Local Schools.

The Summit County Superintendents Association awarded $200 scholarships to the Teacher of the Year and Rookie of the Year Award recipients’ school of choice.


President of Archbishop Hoban announces resignation

AKRON — Archbishop Hoban High School’s Board of Directors announced this week that school President Brother Kenneth Haders has decided to resign from his position at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

“We respect Brother Ken’s decision and will forever be grateful for his leadership and dedication during his 17 years with Hoban,” said Board Chairman William Scala. “Brother Ken leaves a healthy and vibrant Hoban community.”

Scala said under Haders’ leadership, Hoban has “solidified its standing as a premier Catholic high school.” He said when Haders took over as Hoban’s seventh president through this school year, yearly enrollment is now up almost 30 percent. He also noted the U.S. Department of Education named Hoban a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence during his tenure.

According to Scala, under Haders’ direction, the National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized 146 Hoban students since 2000. He said this places Hoban first among Catholic co-educational high schools in the Diocese of Cleveland. On average, 99 percent of Hoban seniors enroll in a four-year college following graduation, Scala said, and graduates have averaged $17.3 million each year in merit-based college scholarship offers over the past three years.

“I am very proud of what our faculty, students, administration, board and support groups have accomplished,” said Haders. “Together, we have built the foundation for continued success, offering a truly outstanding academic experience in an environment steeped in the values and traditions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. I am comfortable with my decision and look forward to working with the board on the transition.”

Scala said under Haders’ direction, Hoban recently completed a wireless upgrade of the entire campus. This was Phase I of the Hoban Connected campaign, which will conclude with all students using iPads next fall, he said.

“We thank Brother Ken for his outstanding leadership over the past 17 years and wish him well in his personal and professional endeavors,” said Scala.

According to school officials, the board will conduct a search for a qualified successor for the 2013-14 school year.


Norton Marching Band enjoying successful season

NORTON — The Norton High School Marching Band started its competitive season Sept. 8 at the Cloverleaf Cavalcade of Sound, where it was awarded first place in Class A and Best of Show awards for percussion, auxiliary, general effect, visual and music captions, as well as being named Grand Champion for being awarded the highest overall score, according to Charles Kaufman, assistant director of bands, middle school general music and music curriculum chair.

The band continued its season the following week as it hosted 11 other bands at its own Art in Motion Invitational. As the host, the band was not eligible to compete for awards but was judged and received a Superior rating, which qualified it for the OMEA State Marching Band Finals, noted Kaufman.

On Sept. 29, after performing in the Norton Cider Festival Parade, the band participated in the Revere Marching Band Invitational that featured 17 bands from throughout Northeast Ohio. The Norton Band received several awards, including the Grand Champion award for the highest overall score.

On Oct. 13, the Norton Band participated in the Bands of America Regional Championships, hosted by The University of Akron at InfoCision Stadium. Bands of America (BOA), a national competitive circuit, holds regional championships in college and professional football stadiums throughout the United States, and 14 bands from five states participated in this event, according to Kaufman. The Norton Band, which competes in Class A, the smallest of four classes in the BOA circuit, received the award for Outstanding Music and Outstanding General Effect in Class A and First Place in Class A.

While the Norton Band has won its class several times over the years, Kaufman noted it has never qualified to be a BOA regional finalist by posting one of the top 10 scores in preliminaries. This year, however, the band qualified as a finalist and placed fifth overall. The band also received its highest-ever score in a BOA event.

The Norton band continued its season at Westerville North High School Oct. 20 for the Mid States Band Association Competition. The band also will participate in the Ohio Music Education Association State Finals Nov. 3 at Brunswick High School and will finish its season at the BOA Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Nov. 9-11.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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