Kenston Student, Matthew Stanonis, Selected to Participate in National Security Language Initiative for Youth

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Global Leader (Pictured In Photo)

Matthew Stanonis was selected to participate in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) and was awarded a scholarship.

NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

He will study Russian in Narva, Estonia (just across the border from Russia) for six (6) weeks this summer, which includes a minimum of 120 contact hours of intensive Russian in the classroom, as well as additional lectures, activities, and excursions conducted in Russian. Matthew is pictured with Russian teacher, Mr. Ted Krejsa.

Rotary Senior

Brett Grossman was selected Kenston’s Chagrin Valley Rotary Club Student of the Month for May. He maintains a 4.07 grade point average. He was recognized by the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce with the “Student Business Leader Award.” He has earned Academic Departmental Awards in Intro to Business, Russian III and Business Management. Brett will graduate Magna Cum Laude with an Honors Diploma and co-produce the Senior Video shown at Graduation.

Brett is a four year member of the tennis team earning three varsity letters, Honorable Mention for the Western Reserve Conference and First Team All-Conference honors. He is also a member of the Business Club.

Brett enjoyed performing in the National Honor Society Late Night Show and hosting the AfterProm Fashion Show. He is also known as a personality on the Weekend Weather Report.

He plans to attend The Ohio State University to study Finance at the Fisher College of Business. He has also been admitted into the Media, Marketing and Communications Scholars program.

Essay Contest Winner

Sophomore Maya Stupic received first place in the 10th grade category for the Stop the Hate Essay Contest sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

The Essay Contest was conceived, conducted and funded by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage for the first time during the 2008-09 school year. Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. By reflecting on real-life situations and detailing ways to make a positive difference in the world.

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