UnValentine’s Day party upcoming

The Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St. is hosting an UnValentine’s Day Party, 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday for kindergarteners through third-graders with a caregiver. Registration is requested for the free event at 440-247-3556.

Teens make crafts

Teens in grades six to 12 can make Valentine’s Day gifts using mason jars, 3-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St. in Chagrin Falls. Registration is requested for the free program at 440-247-3556.

US receives 79 Scholastic awards

University School had an impressive year at the 2019 Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition, a national awards program. This marks the sixth consecutive year that US has achieved such a strong representation at the competition.

In the art competition, US students won six gold keys, 12 silver keys and 14 honorable mentions. In the writing competition, US students won three gold keys, 21 silver keys, and 23 honorable mentions.

Students in grades 7-12 in Cuyahoga County submitted 3,600 pieces of artwork and writing samples to be judged. Gold key winners continue to the national competition in New York City. The student artwork is on exhibit through Saturday in the Reinberger Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Local award winners in the art competition are senior Nate Cohen of Solon (gold key, digital art), junior Parker Crowley of Hunting Valley (silver key, drawing and illustration), sophomore Chris Moore of Russell (silver key, architecture and industrial design) and sophomore Nick Whitner of Chagrin Falls (silver key, photography).

Local award winners in the writing competition were junior Neel Agarwal of Orange Village (silver key, critical essay), junior Daniel Anselmi of Chagrin Falls (silver key, poetry), junior Eric Areklett of Gates Mills (silver key, critical essay), junior Nehal Chigurupati of Gates Mills (two silver keys, critical essays), senior David Diaz of Gates Mills (silver key, flash fiction), junior Nate Elliott of Chagrin Falls (silver key, critical essay), junior Parker Ernst of Hunting Valley (silver key, critical essay), junior Cameron Gable of Pepper Pike (silver key, critical essay), junior Ali Gardezi of Pepper Pike (silver key, journalism), sophomore Jonah Gilbert of Moreland Hills (silver key, journalism), junior Sai Karnati of Solon (silver key, critical essay), sophomore Daniel Yan of Pepper Pike (silver key, critical essay) and senior William Zhang of Chester (two silver keys, flash fiction and poetry)

Local students who received honorable mentions for art were Jared Husni (two awards, Gates Milles), Kyle Llinas (Moreland Hills), Sam Olson (Chagrin Falls), William Thomas (Gates Mills), Nathan Timm (Pepper Pike) and Graham Winings (Pepper Pike).

Local students who received honorable mentions for writing were Garrett Blum (Chagrin Falls), Ali Gardezi (Pepper Pike), Jack Harris (Chagrin Falls), Sam Heller (Moreland Hills), John Martin (Solon) and Ethan Weber (Solon).

3-D art class offered

Kindergarteners through fifth-graders can explore unexpected ways to make and create sculptures, 4-5 p.m. on Monday at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road in Gates Mills. Registration is requested for the free program at 440-423-4808.

Tinker with tech

Students ages 10-18 can experiment with electronics and tinker with technology, 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road in Gates Mills. Registration is required for the free program, Simple Arduino for Teens, at 440-423-4808.

Writing conference upcoming

Hathaway Brown is hosting Raise Your Voice, a free conference for students to be held at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1876 S. Green Road in South Euclid, on April 11.

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit their creative writing for a presentation at the conference. All submissions must be received by March 15. Student presenters will be introduced by internationally renowned poet Sarah Kay. To submit work, visit https://www.hb.edu/page.cfm?p=9171.

For questions and more information, email sparsons@hb.edu.

Catholic Schools Week open house

The Notre Dame Elementary School held a special Mass and open house during Catholic Schools Week. Visitors toured the classrooms, met teachers and viewed the new multi-purpose room.

NDES holds science, engineering fair

On Jan. 23, 229 first- through eighth-graders participated in Notre Dame Elementary School’s 22nd Annual Science and Engineering Fair. The fair is an opportunity for students to conduct independent research that either uses the scientific method or the engineering process.

Preparation for the science fair began in early fall with the selection of a topic. Students worked independently on their projects and were supervised by their science teacher at various check-in dates.

Students who qualify will compete in the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair at Cleveland State University and the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day at Akron University.

Laser printer makes its debut

This past Friday, representatives from Buckeye Educational Systems spent the day training Notre Dame Elementary School’s art and technology teachers on the new Epilog Laser system. The new fabrication tool, purchased with a grant through the McGinty Foundation, opens up opportunities to integrate technology and art, enriching the STEAM program.

Chicken soup with rice

Students from Jennifer Wachob’s class were inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book “Chicken Soup With Rice.” Students followed a Crock Pot recipe and warmed up on a cold wintry day, eating soup and singing songs about the months of the year. They also made a class book with their favorite types of soups with their illustrations.

NDCL dominates Fox8 competition

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin won Fox8’s Cool School by a huge margin, snagging 82 percent of the vote in the friendly competition against Saint Edward High School and Archbishop Hoban High School.

Reporter PJ Ziegler and a Fox8 camera crew will visit NDCL to shoot a video highlighting the people and opportunities that make the campus of faith and learning such a special place.

Fox8 will broadcast the video on Fox8 in the Morning and Fox8 News at 4 p.m. Two NDCL students will also appear on the “Coffee Quiz” on Fox8 in the Morning.

NDCL students win art awards

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin artists won a total of 17 individual awards, including two Best of Grade Awards, two Judges Awards, six Blue Seal Awards, and seven Gold Seal Awards at the Annual Lake and Geauga Juried Student Art Awards Show.

Local winners include freshman Caitlin Hyslop of Chester (Best of Ninth Grade and Blue Seal) and senior Abigail Schmid of Newbury (blue seal and gold seal). The show, which is free and now open to the public at the Gallery at Lakeland Community College, closes with an awards ceremony and artists’ reception on Saturday at noon.

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