Brady Middle School sixth-grader Patrick Seibel sees the world through a different lens with his Google Expeditions virtual reality set. Google Expeditions allow students to be immersed in 360-degree scenes they couldn’t otherwise visit.

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Students explore virtual reality

Brady Middle School students have been able to travel the world without ever leaving the comforts of their classroom. Courtesy of an Orange Schools Foundation grant, students are now using virtual reality through Google Expeditions to explore distant places that they would normally just learn about through their textbooks or online resources. As Google Expeditions describes, teachers are no longer limited by the space of the classroom. Teachers guide students through collections of 360-degree scenes, pointing out interesting sites and artifacts along the way. Simply by looking through the viewer, students can experience swimming beneath the ocean with sharks or floating like an astronaut in outer space.

Mock trial advances to regionals

Orange High School competed in the District Mock Trial Competition on Jan. 18 at the Cleveland Justice Center and advanced six of seven teams to the Regional Tournament. This is the most number of teams advancing to regionals ever and includes an all-freshman team. The six teams now move on to the regional competition on Feb. 15. The only team that did not advance was knocked out because it faced another Orange team in the competition. Students received 22 individual awards for outstanding performances as attorneys and witnesses.

Receiving awards as outstanding attorneys were Anna Brateanu (twice), Katie Brateanu, Katie Hoover, Jackson Leb, Lyla Berns (twice), Aidan Sterns, Nicolle Yankelevich, Dayna Rapkin, Sophie Newman and Lindsey Rosenblatt. Receiving awards as outstanding witnesses were Zoey Yelsky, Leora Joseph, Elana Rubanenko (twice), Allie Ahn, Peyton Weiss, Alex Proles, Robert Miron, Sophie Newman and Sami Greenwald.

Students win art awards

Dozens of Orange High School students received top honors recently in the art portion of the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Students earned a combined 11 gold key awards, 19 silver key awards and 12 honorable mentions in this regional competition that recognized students with exceptional artistic talent. Gold key winners automatically move on to the national competition. Their work was recognized in the categories of photography, ceramics and glass, drawing and illustration, sculpture, painting, art portfolio, fashion and mixed media.

OHS gold key winners were Morgan Chernikoff, Aariyan Gonzalez, Madeline Kish, Kim Marcelino, Henry McCreary (double gold key winner and awarded special Cleveland Institute of Art scholarship), Marissa Munsell, Jaden Polster and Carly Stark (double gold key winner and awarded special Cleveland Institute of Art scholarship).

OHS silver key winners were Anna Borsch, Emma Briskin, Emily Ciuprinskas, Ethan Geis, Madeline Kish, Marissa Munsell (triple silver key winner), Samantha Richards (double silver key winner), Carly Stark, Grace Taylor, Kate Tzefronis, Orly Wolf and Nicolle Yankelevich.

OHS honorable mentions were Emma Briskin, Morgan Chernikoff, Ethan Geis, Zehra Gungor, Gwen Kaplan, Marissa Munsell (double honorable mentions), Sophie Newman, Brooke Singer, Olivia Tzefronis and Nicolle Yankelevich.

Winter orchestra concert upcoming

The Orange High School orchestra will perform its winter concert in the school auditorium, 32000 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike, on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. The community is welcome to attend and enjoy the music.

Pride Powers

This week’s Pride Powers recipients at Moreland Hills Elementary School are Beth Eucker’s kindergarten class, Anne Ferlito’s kindergarten class, Tonita Ford’s third-grade class and Jill Grano’s fourth-grade class. Each week Moreland Hills Elementary School chooses four classrooms as Pride Powers recipients. These classrooms will receive a traveling trophy for exhibiting their Pride Powers: be safe, be respectful, be responsible and be engaged.

Orange hosting book bin

The Orange schools are hosting an outdoor book collection bin for gently-used children’s books to be distributed to children in Greater Cleveland. Books that might have gone in the trash will now have a second life thanks to Orange schools’ new partnership with the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank. The Kids’ Book Bank has provided Orange schools with a large steel bin for the collection of children’s books from the community. The book bin is located outside the Pepper Pike Learning Center next to the tennis courts on the Orange Schools Campus.

“We distribute tens of thousands of books every month and the books Orange collects are much needed,” Judy Payne, cofounder and executive director of the book bank, said. “We are so grateful Orange jumped on board with this idea without hesitation.”

Residents of the Orange schools community are asked to donate gently-used children’s books. The Orange High School Key Club will empty the bins, box the books and deliver them to the book bank.

“This partnership is a great program for the children who will benefit from the book donations as well as the Orange Schools students who are a part of this service learning opportunity,” Superintendent Lynn Campbell said.

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