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8/15/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Highland High welcomes new assistant principal

Carrie Knapp
Photo courtesy of Highland Local Schools
GRANGER — Carrie Knapp was named the new assistant principal at Highland High School, effective Aug. 1.

She replaces Ray Braunscheidel, who has accepted a position outside of the district, according to Highland officials.

According to Highland officials, Knapp, who resides in Wadsworth, has been an English teacher at Wadsworth High School for the past 13 years. During her time at Wadsworth, she also served as an administrative intern, chair of the English Language Arts Department and yearbook coordinator. Additionally, her career highlights include the implementation of a new in-school detention program aimed at reducing the level of recidivism; collaboration with high school department heads in planning in-service days; introduction of a school-wide summer reading program; creation of the school-wide plagiarism policy; and serving as staff leader of Wadsworth’s Professional Development Committee. 

She earned her bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Bowling Green State University and her master’s in education from The University of Akron, according to Highland officials.

“Mrs. Knapp comes to Highland very prepared for this leadership position at our high school. I’m excited that she brings 13 years of high school classroom experience with her, in addition to the multiple leadership roles she has embraced at Wadsworth,” said Dana Addis, principal at Highland High School. “Carrie has a great vision for both student and teacher welfare and is poised to help us in both areas. She will work closely with our students and teaching staff to assist in their continued development.”


St. Hilary student wins severe weather poster contest

St. Hilary School student Nina Wolf displays her poster awards as the overall state winner in the 2013 Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest.
Photo courtesy of St. Hilary School
FAIRLAWN — Nina Wolf, a sixth-grader at St. Hilary School in Fairlawn, was recognized Aug. 3 at the Ohio State Fair as the overall winner in an annual statewide poster contest organized by the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

According to contest officials, Nina’s poster on heat waves illustrates safety tips for extreme heat and states “Heat Waves are NOT for riding.”

The committee selected Nina’s poster as the most informative, accurate and creative out of the many posters received during its annual Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest, according to contest officials.

As the overall state winner, Nina received a $100 U.S. Treasury Direct savings bond, a letter of congratulations from Gov. John Kasich, a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration weather radio, a smoke detector, a personalized trophy, a Community Emergency Response Team backpack and disaster supply kit and other prizes.

Later in the fall, her school will receive an engraved “traveling” trophy to showcase for the remainder of the school year.

In an effort to promote severe weather preparedness, the committee will feature Nina’s poster throughout the year, according to contest officials.

Other contest winners in the West Side Leader coverage area include: second-grader Marina Ziegler, fourth-grader Allison Swiatkowski and fifth-grader Jack Hinkle, all of whom are students at St. Hilary School.

This year, 47 winners were selected for recognition in the contest, which was started in 1978 to educate Ohioans about actions they can take to protect themselves and others before, during and after severe weather occurs, according to contest officials.

All posters in the contest are available for viewing on the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website at www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.


Ariel Hakim and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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