Chagrin Falls High School Junior, Anna Sherman Selected as an Emperor Science Award Winner!

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Anna Sherman was selected as one of 100 high school students from across the U.S. awarded for their passionate essays detailing the need to find a cure for cancer Anna Sherman, a junior at Chagrin Falls High School, was one of 100 award recipients for the second year of PBS LearningMedia’s and Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Award program. The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity.

PBS LearningMedia, a digital educational resource library for teachers and students, and Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, received nearly 800 applications from eligible 10th and 11th grade students in 44 states throughout the U.S. who are interested in pursuing a career in science research. Prominent scientists served as judges and evaluated the students’ applications: written essays submitted online January 10th through March 17th, addressing why scientific research is so important in finding a cure for cancer, what scientific field they would study and why.

“Chagrin Falls High School is proud to recognize Anna Sherman as an Emperor Science Award recipient. Anna was chosen from a pool of hundreds of 10th and 11th grade students from across the country that are interested in pursuing a career in science and cancer research,” said Principal Steven Ast, Chagrin Falls High School. “Anna Sherman will represent Chagrin Falls High School and the entire Chagrin Falls community as she continues to enhance her knowledge and skills through this one-of-a-kind mentorship program.”

The 100 Emperor Science Award recipients will have an opportunity to conduct research in a lab, virtually, or a combination of both, working with an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project, will receive a Google Chrome computer to enhance their studies and to facilitate mentor access for those students who live at a distance from their mentor’s research facility, and a $1,500 stipend for expenses. Those entering the program for the first year will also have the opportunity to apply for a second year.

Students from rural, suburban and urban communities in 29 states comprise the second class of Emperor Science Awardees. These students demonstrated awareness of emerging developments in cancer treatment, including precision medicine, immunotherapy and epigenetics, and have an impressive range of research focuses and interests, including nanotechnology and engineering, basic cellular biology, gene mapping, bioinformatics, DNA splicing and computational sciences.

Sherman is committed to continuing her education in biological sciences. She was recently chosen to receive the prestigious Rensselaer Medal Award based on the recommendations of the science faculty at Chagrin Falls High School. Sherman is also a member of the Chagrin Falls Speech and Debate Team, and qualified to compete at both the state and national tournaments in Original Oratory.

The Emperor Science Award Program extends the learning and outreach for the PBS documentary, Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies A Film by Barak Goodman.

The program has been made possible by financial support from Founding Donors Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Novartis. Their support will fund a total of 300 awards through the first three years.

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, and Kathleen Lobb. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, has served as SU2C’s president since 2011.

About PBS LearningMedia

As America’s largest classroom, PBS offers digital content and services for teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free and paid media-on- demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Nationwide, more than 1.8 million teachers and users have registered access to more than 100,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia.

More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at PBS LearningMedia or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.

Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month

The mission of the Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month is to acknowledge and reward students for exemplary performance. The students depict Tiger Techniques – Think, Integrity, Grit, Effort and Responsibility. Each month, the seventh and eighth grade teams collaborate and choose a male and female “Tiger of the Month.” These students receive bakery from the PTO.

Chagrin Falls Middle School May 2017 Students of the Month

The May Chagrin Falls Middle School Students of the Month are Paelyn Benz (Grade 7), Ryan Castelluccio (Grade 7), Fiona Garvey (Grade 8), and Henry Gleeson (Grade 8).

  • Paelyn Benz is a conscientious student who takes pride in her work. She is always prepared for class, takes directions well and is willing to work with anyone. Her smile is ever present when she walks into a room and always says thank you when leaving.
  • Ryan Castelluccio always has a positive attitude about learning and wants to do well in class. He has quick wit and appropriate humor that brings a smile to the whole class. Ryan works hard, is always prepared for class, works well with all students and seeks feedback for how to improve work quality.
  • Fiona Garvey is a pleasure to teach. She is an insightful learner who is quick to notice trends. Fiona always works hard, contributes to class, and is a sweet, positive person.
  • Henry Gleeson is a hard worker and a good role model for others. He is respectful, demonstrates maturity and always comes to class with a positive attitude. He is kind to everyone and is always willing to help.

Chagrin Falls Schools Looking for Next Teacher and Staff Employee of the Year

The Chagrin Falls PTO sponsors the district’s Teacher and Staff Employee of the Year Award each year. Any student, parent, staff or community member can make nominations for this award. Please take a moment to nominate a teacher and staff member that goes above and beyond for our school district and community. Award winners are recognized at the opening of the 2017-18 school year.

The nomination process is easy and takes only a few minutes. The link to submit a nomination is: On this site, you will be able to review prior winners as the PTO encourages nominations for those that have not received this award in the past. The PTO thanks everyone celebrating those making a significant impact in the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools.

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