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Coventry BOE recognizes achievements of students, employees

5/22/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Coventry Local Schools star student achievers for May include, from left, Eric Owens, Jessica Eubank, Gracie Hollingsworth and Zoe Burner.
Photo courtesy of Coventry Local Schools
After being challenged to make mature decisions, the students of Coventry High School recently had a safe prom, said Coventry Local Schools Superintendent Russell Chaboudy.

At the May 20 Board of Education meeting, the board viewed a video created for and by the district’s high school students to emotionally open the doors to the importance of personal safety.

The video was part of “Every 15 Minutes,” a two-day program designed to challenge high school students to think about drinking and driving and the impact their choices have on family, friends and others, explained high school technology instructor Janice Nadeau.

This educational program helped students realize they are not invincible, she said.

On the first day of the assembly, students went to the parking lot to view a live re-enactment of a crash involving drunken driving, seeing what happened to each person involved in the accident, she said.

The next day, students went to the high school theater to see a video featuring happy moments in the lives of the five students involved in the crash. The video showing the crash then followed, she explained. After the video, they saw the student responsible for the crash go on trial in a live court scene.

Students Eric Owens, Hailey Harris, Jesse Oravecz, Amber Thacker and Casey Prater were the student actors in the video, Nadeau said.

The audiovisuals were completed by students Bridgette Parkins, Allie Rankin, Matt DeShane and Devin Elekes, she said.

According to Nadeau, the program impacted the lives of all the students involved.

“The program sent a great, powerful message, and we are proud of our kids,” Chaboudy said.

[For more on the mock crash, see the May 9, 2014, issue of the South Side News Leader or visit the archives at www.akron.com.]

Additionally during the meeting, several district staff members were recognized for positively impacting the district.

Turkeyfoot Elementary School Principal Tim Bryan specifically applauded lunch attendant Mandy Comisford for successfully performing abdominal thrusts on a student choking on pizza recently.

“Thank goodness we have employees looking over our kids,” he said.

Board member Bob Wohlgamuth honored special education educator Naia Oden, who was nominated as an outstanding educator for 2014. He said Oden was recognized May 9 as an outstanding educator in Summit County. She is passionate about supporting students with disabilities, as well as struggling students, Wohlgamuth said.

Also, a letter of congratulations from the Ohio School Boards Association was presented at the meeting to Terry Livers, owner of A Gild Pizza on Manchester Road. Wohlgamuth gave Livers a certificate of recognition to thank the business for its strong support of the school district. He asked the community to support A Gild Pizza in return.

The board additionally recognized the star student achievers for May: Coventry High School senior Eric Owens; Coventry Middle School eighth-grader Gracie Hollingsworth; Erwine Middle School fourth-grader Jessica Eubank; and Turkeyfoot Elementary School first-grader Zoe Burner.

Also during the meeting, the board approved a revised five-year forecast and a resolution with GPD Group for design services for the district’s construction project through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

In other district business, a tag sale will be held June 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Erwine Middle School before the building is demolished to make way for the construction of the new high school.

The next regular board meeting is set for June 17 at 6 p.m. in the district administrative offices at the former Lakeview Elementary building, 2910 S. Main St.

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