AP Scholar Patrick Donley Is Chagrin’s Student of the Month

PatrickThe Chagrin Valley Rotary Club has selected Patrick Donley as its High School Student of the Month for October 2014.

Patrick is a National Merit Commended Scholar and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction. He has earned the status of Honor Roll with Distinction for all six semesters at Chagrin High School. He has also twice been named an All-State Lacrosse player, as well as All Conference Basketball Player.

He has served as class president from 9-12 grade, is a member of Student Council, captain of the Lacrosse team, president of the Chagrin Falls Educational Foundation Student Board, and a member of Key Club. Outside of school he is a Math Monkey tutor, a member of Saint Joan of Arc Youth Group, has attended CAA Basketball Camp, and a Lacrosse referee.

He plans to major in mechanical engineering, but has not yet decided which university he will attend.

Environmental Science Students Visit Chagrin Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant


Chagrin Falls High School Science Teacher Brittany Anderson took her AP Environmental Science students to Chagrin Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant and Whitesburg Preserve to finish up their unit on water resources and water pollution. The utilities department took the students on a tour of their facility and walked them through the water treatment process. “We even had the opportunity to work in the lab and observe the microorganisms used in the process,” said Anderson.

In the afternoon, they went to Whitesburg to do their own water quality testing. “We did chemical testing at four different locations, then we did research on the biological water quality indicators in the Chagrin River,” said Anderson.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, the Environmental Club assisted Chagrin River Watershed Partners and Western Reserve Land Conservancy with tree planting at Whitesburg. This is the club’s fourth year working with them to plant trees in the area once submerged by the Whitesburg/Ivex Upper Dam. Students earn community service hours toward their senior project.

Students at the Chagrin Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant

October 18 – Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Students to Perform at OMEA All-State Children’s Chorus


Fifteen students from Chagrin Falls Intermediate School (CFIS) will perform Oct. 18 with the Ohio Music Education Association(OMEA) All-State Children’s Chorus at Capitol University.

The eight fourth-graders and seven fifth-graders will make up more than 10 percent of the choir, which will make its first-ever appearance during the Ohio Music Education Association’s annual conference, as part of the General Music Professional Development Day. Dr. Ann Usher, director of the Cleveland Orchestra Children’s Choruses, will be guest conductor.

Auditions for the group began last April. Students made digital recordings of themselves singing the first verse of “My Country Tis of Thee,” “America the Beautiful,” and “O Music,” and submitted them online. Teacher Nate Bachofsky coached the younger students, while Pat Haynish coached the now fifth-graders. The results were posted Aug. 1.

Haynish, who directs the CFIS Select Choir, is also directing rehearsals for the chorus participants from Northeast Ohio. The concert will include seven selections in unison and two songs sung in parts.

Students include: Grade 5: Paelyn Benz, Celia Hawk, Grace Hoy, Sophia Parrino, Susannah Rutkowski, Brenna Sincaglia, Delainey Wyville. Grade 4: Julia Ashkettle, Nathan Hill, Ryan Hill, Sophia Lewis, Will Rossi, Kate Stephenson, Grace Svette, Alex Wheatley.

“The OMEA All-State Chorus is a wonderful opportunity for our talented, young Chagrin Falls singers! They will be able to meet other students from around the state who share advanced vocal skills for their age and they will be able to perform challenging music under the direction of a highly regarded professional conductor,” Haynish said.

Chagrin Falls High School Head Soccer Coach Wins His 500th Game


On Sept. 30 in a 2-1 victory over Kenston, Dr. Mario Gerhardt, the only boy’s soccer coach in the history of Chagrin Falls High School Soccer, won his 500th game.

To date, Dr. Gerhardt’s record is 500-247-105 in his 45 years of coaching. Five of his teams have made it to the State Semifinals and one advanced to the State Championship in 2003. In addition, his teams have won 16 CVC Championships. The soccer program has already produced 32 All Ohio players, 11 Regional All Americans and one All American player.

Dr. Gerhardt has received numerous awards during his long tenure. He was selected as one of eight finalists for the 2004 NSCAA/Adidas Boys High School Regional Division II Coach of the Year at the NSCAA Convention. In addition, Dr. Gerhardt has earned Greater Cleveland Division II and Ohio Division II Coach of the year honors. He has also been named Chagrin Valley Coach of the Year 16 times. Dr. Gerhardt was inducted into the OHSSCA Hall of Fame in 1993.

He presently is the winningest coach in Ohio soccer history.

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