At the Walsh Jesuit Science Fair, four students from St. Rita School of Solon received Superiors and advanced to the District Five Science Fair at the University of Akron. Pictured left to right is Liam Flynn of Aurora, James Fornadel of Solon, Aiden McNamara of Solon and Andrew Hutter of Twinsburg. Liam won first place in the behavior and social science category, and Aiden won first place in the computers, engineering and mathematics category.

Story times at library

Join the Orange Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library for rhymes, songs finger plays and stories. Story times, which began the last week, are on Mondays for babies and toddlers from birth to 35 months with a caregiver, Tuesdays for toddlers between 19 and 35 months with a caregiver, Thursdays for babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver and Saturdays for all ages with a caregiver. All story times are at 10 a.m. with a 10:30 Stay and Play session following. For more information, call 216-831-4282. The Orange branch is located at 31976 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike.

Build electronic circuits

Grades six through 12 can learn to build and code electronic circuits using an Arduino Uno at the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, on March 12 from 4-5 p.m. Register for this free program at 440-423-4808.

Wall honors Scouts’ achievements

Geauga County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Tim Grendell facilitated the creation of the Scout Honor Wall at the court to recognize the successes of Boy Scouts’ and Girl Scouts’ highest achievers.

The Scout Honor Wall recognizes all of Geauga County’s Eagle Scouts and Girl Scouts Gold Award recipients. Currently the Eagle Scouts Wall holds 526 names with Eagles dating back to 1944 from the first troop in Geauga County, Troop 93 out of Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon.

The wall currently holds 70 Gold Award recipients, but the court is working closely with Fallon Pulley of the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio to compile more Gold Award recipients.

Judge Tim Grendell designated a Juvenile Court Deputy Clerk, John Kneier, who is an Eagle Scout himself, to design the wall. Mr. Kneier started this project as an intern, along with his Eagle Scout brother, Sebastian Hornsby, and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, Emily Cronin.

Wordsmiths meet

Grades six through 12 are invited to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., to hone their creativity with writing prompts and exercises on March 16 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Register for this free program at 440-247-3556.

St. Helen science team places

The St. Helen School Science Olympiad team finished fourth place at the Case Western Reserve University competition on Feb. 29. Seventeen teams from across Northeast Ohio competed in the annual event.

Fourth- through sixth-grade students of the Newbury Catholic school competed in 25 different science activities, which ranged from knowledge of different rock types and formations, to building a model airplane powered by a rubber band, to identifying various bones and muscles of the human body and how they work. 

Students spent time after school preparing for these challenges and many won individual awards. Science teacher and coach, Natalie Hudak, said she was very impressed by the students’ diligence and commitment to learning beyond the school day. 

The next competition will take place at John Carroll University on March 14.

Camp Canopy scholarships available

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District is offering scholarship funding for the 2020 Camp Canopy, held June 7-12 at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. Sponsored by the Ohio Forestry Association, this weeklong camp is open to incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors. Students explore many branches of forest ecology including silviculture, tree identification, wildlife and forestry management and forest products. Campers have the opportunity to learn firsthand about Ohio’s forests and natural resources through engaging activities, woodland hikes, demonstrations and outdoor experiences taught by resource professionals.

Applicants must be a current Geauga County resident and enrolled in high school at the time of camp.  Students who have completed eighth grade through seniors graduating this year are welcome to apply.  Applicants must complete the Geauga SWCD Scholarship Application form (including the short essay) and submit documents to the District by 3 p.m. on April 1. For more information and the scholarship application, visit the Geauga SWCD website at geaugaswcd.com or call 440-834-1122.  

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