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Chagrin Falls High School Students Named Candidates in U. S. Presidential Scholars Program

Chagrin Falls High School seniors Daniel Berlin, Leah Gillespie, and Danielle Currey have been named three of more than 4,000 candidates in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

The candidates were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2017. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 53nd year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas: academic success, leadership, and service to school and community.

It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among the candidates, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. All Scholars are invited to Washington, DC in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 800 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.

Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Students Participate in Ohio All State Children’s Chorus

Eleven Chagrin Falls Intermediate School fourth and fifth grade students performed in the Ohio State Children’s Chorus on Thursday, February 2nd, at the Hilton in downtown Cleveland.

The 11 students included: Frankie Ashkettle, Annie Bourne, Jillian Bunker, Elena Goodwin, Luke Nelson, Lyndsey Nielsen, Norah Pope Katherine Quinn, Alexandra Scharpf, James Wilkinson, and Tatum Yanchar. Each student was chosen based on a recorded audition of three required acapella songs that were judged on vocal quality, pitch, and ability to access the head voice. Mrs. Pat Haynish, retired Chagrin Falls’ music teacher, conducted the three required Northeast Regional Rehearsals that were hosted by Chagrin Falls Schools in December and January to prepare for the concert.

This was the third annual All State Children’s Chorus Concert that consisted of 117 students and was attended by almost 1,000 music professionals, parents, and friends at the Ohio Music Educator’s Conference in Cleveland. The Guest Conductor was Dr. Judy Bowers, Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. In 2014, Dr. Bowers was named a Lowell Mason National Music Education Fellow and was inducted into this society by the National Association for Music Education in Washington D.C.

Pictured In Top Photo: Pictured from Left to right in back row: Luke Nelson, James Wilkinson, Pat Haynish, Kate Quinn, Jillian Bunker, Elena Goodwin, Frankie Ashkettle Front row: Annie Bourne, Alexandra Scharpf, Lyndsey Nielsen, Tatum Yanchar, Norah Pope

Students Continue to Benefit from New Innovation Center

Chagrin Falls High School Students in Sra. Lisa Fetterman’s Spanish class took their talents to the new Innovation Center to make posters for one of their Spanish lessons on February 21st.

Pictured In Bottom Photo: Pictured from Left to right: Clay Luce, Ian Deuberry (back), Sam Dolan (front), Jason Balaban, Brianna Nelsen (back), Kaitlin Burgess (front), Taylor Barrett

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