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3/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

New Hoban president named

Todd Sweda
SOUTH AKRON — The Archbishop Hoban High School Board of Directors has announced that Todd Sweda, Ed.D., has been appointed the next president of the school. He replaces Brother Kenneth Haders, C.S.C., who will be leaving the position at the end of the school year. Haders has served as president of the school for 17 years.

Sweda comes to Hoban from Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, where he has been the assistant headmaster since 2003. He has a background in administration, institutional advancement, academic development and board relations.

Before becoming assistant headmaster at Gilmour, Sweda served as an English teacher, director of the residential program, director of the middle school, dean of student affairs and dean of academic programs and planning. He also has served as an academic adviser, senior project director and student government moderator.

“We found in Dr. Sweda someone who is committed to the Holy Cross values and traditions that make Hoban unique,” said William Scala, chairman of Hoban’s Board of Directors. “His experience as an academic leader is strong, and we look forward to all that he will bring to the Hoban family.”

“I am so pleased to be joining such an extraordinary community with a long tradition of excellence in academics, athletics and co-curricular achievements,” Sweda said. “I am honored and thrilled to begin sharing in the leadership efforts to advance the school’s Holy Cross mission and vision.”

Prior to his work at Gilmour, Sweda was at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Md., serving as the director of the annual fund and alumni relations, associate director of the capital campaign and associate director of institutional advancement. He was also an English teacher and dean.

Sweda also has served as a board member for the Elyria Catholic High School Educational Endowment Foundation, as an adjunct instructor at the Center for Educational Leadership at Cleveland State University and as a member for several accreditation teams in the region. He is a parishioner at St. Dominic Church in Shaker Heights.

Sweda received his bachelor of arts in English from Wittenberg University, a master of arts in the humanities from Georgetown University and a doctor of education in educational leadership, management and policy from Seton Hall University.

Revere PTAs honor members

BATH — The Revere Council of PTAs has announced Laura Lord has been selected as its 2012-13 Helping Hands Award recipient.

The Helping Hands Award is presented annually to a PTA member/volunteer who has worked diligently on behalf of children. Criteria for this award include providing PTA involvement and support, making a positive impact on the lives of children, participating in activities involving children and being dedicated to the mission and purposes of the PTA.

Lord’s name was originally submitted to the Revere Council of PTAs by the Revere Middle School PTA to be considered for this award, along with nominees from the other schools in the Revere Local School District.

In Revere Middle School’s application, it was noted Lord has been a constant volunteer in activities for the betterment of children. She is easily recognized by her regular presence at the school in spite of her obligation to a full-time job involving travel, according to PTA officials.

In addition to her PTA work, Lord also served as the sixth- and seventh-grade cheerleading head coach from 2009 to 2011 and continues to support the eighth-grade squad as Team Mom this year.

Lord will receive recognition at the Revere Council of PTAs’ spring luncheon May 20 at Days Inn & Suites of Richfield.

Other individual school PTA 2012-13 Helping Hands Award recipients, who also will be acknowledged at the Council’s Spring Luncheon, are: Shelli Uher, from Hillcrest Elementary School; Lisa Loper and Carolyn Langenfeld, from Bath Elementary School; Tanya Ebert, from Revere Middle School; and Laurie Willis, from Revere High School.

Revere wins 2013 Medina County Academic Challenge tournament

MEDINA — On Feb. 22, the 27th Annual Medina County High School Academic Challenge League Tournament took place at the Medina County University Center. Participating in the all-day double elimination tournament were students from Brunswick, Buckeye, Cloverleaf, Columbia (Lorain County), Highland, Medina, Revere and Wadsworth.

The winner of the tournament, advancing through seven rounds of play, was Revere High School. Jeff Fry and Ellen Friery are the advisers of the team. Cloverleaf High School’s Academic Challenge Team won the second-place trophy at the tournament.

The same eight schools that participated in the tournament had previously competed four times in meets throughout the school year during regular season play. Cloverleaf’s varsity team was the winner of the regular season of the Medina County Academic Challenge League and received the traveling trophy. Revere’s junior varsity team took top honors in the junior varsity regular season competition.

The Revere and Cloverleaf varsity teams will advance to compete in the Regional Ohio Academic Competition, which will take place April 20 at Cloverleaf High School, 8525 Friendsville Road.

Local students compete in state MATHCOUNTS competition

COLUMBUS — Thirty-one teams competed in the 2013 Ohio MATHCOUNTS Competition March 9 at Columbus State Community College, including teams from Copley-Fairlawn and Revere middle schools.

Copley-Fairlawn placed ninth in team competition, with members Kevin Du, Jae Jeong, Pranav Muthigi and Georgia Shay participating. The team was coached by Jill Jones.

The Revere team, with members Jason Fan, Joe Garcia, David Kuo and Joel Niemi and coach Lori Weigand, placed 22nd.

In individual competition, 190 individuals participated in the written exam. The local students placed as follows:

  • Georgia Shay, Copley-Fairlawn, 40th;
  • Jae Jeong, Copley-Fairlawn, 53rd (six-way tie);
  • Pranav Muthigi, Copley-Fairlawn, 53rd (six-way tie);
  • David Kuo, Revere, 74th;
  • Joel Niemi, Revere, 79th;
  • Kevin Du, Copley-Fairlawn, 101st;
  • Jason Fan, Revere, 105th; and
  • Joe Garcia, Revere, 159th.

None of the Akron-area students competing advanced to the oral (Countdown) round or to the national competition.

Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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