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Student spellers compete

During this year’s Brady Middle School Spelling Bee, students from all three grade levels competed virtually and spelled all words in their respective categories correctly through dozens of rounds. The top spellers in each grade level were eighth-grader Branden Wang with the word “trident,” seventh-grader Anshul Sharma with “quarry” and sixth-grader Daniel Lee with “astrologers.”

The seventh grade round went on long enough with strong competition that it was continued on a second day.

Other finalists include sixth-graders Yarden Madave (second place), Mane Sargsyan (third place) and Gus Goldstein (fourth place); seventh-graders Aanya Chepyala (second place), Tatev Sargsyan (third place), Nicole Rashidi (fourth place) and Samson Tokmazeysky (fifth place); and eighth-graders Tessa Kemelhar (second place), Lucy Campbell (third place) and Benjamin Wei (fourth place). 

While there is not a regional or national spelling bee competition this year, the Orange schools’ elementary and middle school PTA is providing all of the student spellers with gift cards. Parent Meredith Glazer served as the word pronouncer and Allison Rozborski was the BMS Spelling Bee program advisor again this year.

OHS advances to regionals

All three Orange High School Mock Trial teams are advancing to the regional competition on Feb. 19-20, 2021 after their showing at districts last month. The teams, named after Marvel characters, were Teams Deadpool, Hulk and Thor.

The Best Attorney and Best Witness Awards for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s Mock Trial District Competition have now been announced. Orange High School won Best Attorney Awards: Jenna Friedman, Marissa Goldschmidt, Mia Peterman and Abby Thompson (two awards). OHS also won Best Witness Awards: Nora Igelnik, Elana Rubanenko (two awards), Taylor Silverstein (two awards) and Peyton Weiss.

Teachers receive LitCon grant

Moreland Hills Elementary School teachers LaShaunta Lake and Amy Lyn Shiever both wrote grants and received full scholarships to the LitCon 2021 conference, formerly known as the Reading Recovery Conference. They will be recognized before the keynote speeches at the conference. Ms. Lake and Ms. Shiever were selected from teachers across the United States.

“We felt fortunate to be given this opportunity,” said Ms. Shiever, who received her grant from the Tenyo Family Foundation.

“We are honored that two Orange teachers out of all the candidates that applied, received these grants to attend the National Reading Recovery Conference,” added Ms. Lake, who received her grant through the RoseMary Estice Memorial Fund.

The LitCon 2021 conference is the largest K-8 literacy conference in North America. Designed by and for educators, sessions focus on best instructional practices for classroom teachers, literacy coaches and specialists, building and district administrators, Title I teachers and coordinators, interventionists and ELL teachers, curriculum and language arts specialists and Reading Recovery professionals. This year’s conference will be held virtually this month.

Thespians present play

The Orange High School Thespians present “Play On! A Shakespeare Revue.” With the pandemic’s impact on plans from the typical school year, the OHS Thespians found a new way to perform their art and entertain the audience. To watch their performance, visit bit.ly/OHS_PlayOn.

This video features OHS student-actors Evin Bromberg, Rose Cohen, Sam Cohen, Sabrina Fellinger, Sophie Groys, Katie Kapp, Emma Snyder-Lovera and Anna Wolf. Wendy Scott-Koeth serves as the OHS Thespians advisor, Will Sanborn directed the performance and Zachary Burton served as technical director. Brett Castro and Audrey Leach served as audio editor and video editor, respectively.

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