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University School students Alex Devine (back left), Carl Cort, Alex Kmetko, Ajay Krishnaney (front left), Harbir Dass and Dylan Berr stand with Director of Science Research Sara Laux, front right, as the students were named Melvin Scholars.

Celebrating Johnny Appleseed

The kindergarten students at St. Helen School in Newbury, along with their teacher Theresa Charmley, had a delightful birthday celebration for Johnny Appleseed last week. While learning about Johnny Appleseed and his love for apples, the students also explored, described and compared different varieties of apples. Johnny Appleseed’s birthday was Sept. 26, so the culminating activity was making homemade applesauce for his birthday celebration.

St. Helen Preschool’s little hornets class, with the help of teacher Johnna Boksansky and teaching assistant Julie Whitely, measured their friends with apples during Apple Week and found most were 10 apples tall.

NDCL induction

The 180 members of the class of 2025 of Notre Dame Cathedral Latin celebrated their role in living out and advancing NDCL’s mission and core values during the Freshman Induction Ceremony in the Notre Dame Educational Center Chapel on Monday.

In her remarks to the freshmen, senior Brooke Begovic challenged the freshmen to develop connections with each other and God during their high school years.

“Notice how the D and C are intertwined on the NDCL logo,” Brooke said. “Think of the D as ‘develop’ and the C as ‘connections.’ This is a perfect, physical reminder to develop connections by coming together as a class, meeting new people and strengthening your relationship with God.”

To commemorate the occasion, Principal Joseph Waler presented each freshman with an NDCL lapel pin.

2021 Melvin Scholars

Six University School students have been named 2021 Melvin Scholars. They are among the 18 Melvin Scholars named in the state.

Seniors Dylan Berr (Cleveland Heights), Carl Cort (Cleveland Heights), Alex Devine (Pepper Pike), Alex Kmetko (Sagamore Hills), Ajay Krishnaney (Pepper Pike) and junior Harbir Dass (Solon) were selected based on their original science research presentations at The Ohio Academy of Science annual meeting and through a review process.

Each year, The Ohio Academy of Science selects the top pre-college students who presented at its annual meeting. The Melvin Scholars will have the opportunity to represent Ohio at the National American Junior Academy of Science conference in Philadelphia this spring. They will also have the chance to interact with other Melvin Scholars from across the country, as well as scientific professionals from around the world.

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