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Hunt named Superintendent of Year

The Buckeye Association of School Administrators named Chagrin Falls Superintendent Robert Hunt as the 2021 Ohio Superintendent of the Year.

His application will enter the competition for the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year. BASA Deputy Executive Director David Axner presented Dr. Hunt with this award during the Oct. 21 Chagrin Falls Board of Education meeting. Director of Curriculum Becky Quinn nominated Dr. Hunt for the award on behalf of the district’s central office directors on Sept. 1.

“Dr. Hunt joins a very distinguished list of talented superintendents as he becomes this year’s Buckeye Association of School Administrators’ Ohio Superintendent of the Year,” said Dr. Axner. “His ability to always make decisions based on what is best for students, representing the Chagrin Falls [schools’] community with grace and drive, along with demonstrating a team approach to success contributed to this honor.”

“The Chagrin Falls Board of Education is extremely proud of Dr. Hunt and his accomplishments and this recognition, which places his leadership at the top in the State of Ohio,” Board President Phil Rankin said. “It is no coincidence that Dr. Hunt is being recognized this year amidst all of the challenges and hurdles of 2020. He has shown particularly strong leadership as he continues to deliver educational excellence to our students.”

“As with most recognition achieved within our school district, this is a reflection of the collaborative efforts of our students, staff and community,” Dr. Hunt said. “I am fortunate to work in this school district.”

Student of the Month

Chagrin Falls High School senior Emily Collins is the September Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month. Emily received this designation based on her leadership and service qualities she has displayed in the community, the district stated.

Emily has been the recipient of several awards during her high school career, including National Merit Semifinalist, National Center for Women in Information and Technology Rising Star Award, AP Scholar with Distinction, AP Capstone Diploma Recipient, Ohio Attorney General Recognition of Service Award, HOBY Leadership Award, CFHS Tiger of the Semester and CFHS High Honor Roll each semester in grades nine through 11.

Emily has participated in several extracurricular activities, including volleyball, lacrosse, the speech and debate team, student council, Connect Club, Interact Club, the Chagrin Falls Education Foundation Student Board, Link Crew, Gurney Coding Club and the high school Theater Cast and Crew.

In her free time outside of school, Emily was a TAOS Institute website administrator and Hyland Software summer intern. She was also a babysitter in her community.

Her accelerated classes include 13 Advanced Placement courses and five honors classes. After high school, she plans to major in computer science at a four-year university.

Chagrin recognized for financials

Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Cece named MonSTAR teacher

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School teacher Brittany Ceci is the October 2020 Cleveland Monsters MonSTAR Teacher of the Month.

MonSTAR Teacher of the Month recognizes outstanding educators in Northeast Ohio who create a positive environment for their students and community. A panel of Cleveland Monsters staff selected Ms. Ceci after Principal Curtis Howell nominated her for this recognition.

Qualifications for this recognition include taking an interest in students’ academics and extracurricular activities, volunteering time in the community and school and having a positive impact and serving as a role model for students.

“Brittany is the epitome of what Chagrin Falls Intermediate School is about,” said Mr. Howell. “She’s the consummate professional, collaborates constantly and goes above and beyond in helping to grow the positive culture we’re working on at CFIS. Her dedication to doing what’s best for students is a model for us all.”

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