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Moreland Hills Elementary School kindergartner Nnamdi Williams gets into the spirit of “Step Afrika!” in Anne Ferlito’s class as the school implements lessons to celebrate Black History Month.

Lou DeVincentis 219-831-8600, ext. 6626

Staci Vincent 216-831-8600

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Kiwanis honors student

The Lander Circle Kiwanis named Orange High School senior Lena Gurunian as the February 2021 Senior of the Month.

Lena is captain of the OHS volleyball team, has participated in numerous volleyball clubs throughout high school and was a member of the OHS lacrosse team her freshman year. She has played the piano since kindergarten and performed original pieces, solos and duets in dozens of recitals. While maintaining a 4.18 GPA, the National Honor Society member is also involved in French Club, Spirit Club and SGA. As a mentor at Moreland Hills Elementary School and a leader in the Book Buddies program, she guides students in literacy and math skills. Lena is actively involved in community service, volunteering at the Hiram Pumpkin Festival, Trunk or Treat, at her church and at a summer camp in Turkey (she speaks English, Armenian and Turkish). Every school year, the Kiwanis Club of Lander Circle recognizes six Orange High School seniors for their leadership, integrity and academic achievements.

Junior places in conference

Orange High School junior Sharrae Henderson placed third in “The Principles of Finance” category at the recent DECA State Conference.

DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in the career clusters of marketing, business management and administration, finance and hospitality and tourism. DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school.

Moreland Hills Elementary School kindergartner Nnamdi Williams gets into the spirit of “Step Afrika!” in Anne Ferlito’s class as the school implements lessons to celebrate Black History Month.

District celebrates black history

The Orange City School District recognizes Black History Month and celebrates throughout February the many contributions that people of color have made to American history, especially in their struggles for freedom and equality.

Earlier in the month, kindergarten students in Anne Ferlito’s class danced along with a video series entitled “Five Days with Step Afrika!” purchased from Playhouse Square with funds donated by the Orange PTA. The black college student group performs percussive polyrhythmic dance moves and guides students while sharing history. Showcases, featuring black authors and leaders, were created in the school buildings along with one featuring the “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover” Family Reading Project. Staff and students throughout the school were invited to wear a Black History themed T-shirt at the end of each week of February. Black History Month Spirit Week will be held the last week of February.

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