St. Helen students shine at NEOSEF

The Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF) takes place each spring at Cleveland State University to showcase seventh to 12th grade students from a seven-county area. Forty-four middle schools from the region sent their best projects to be judged at NEOSEF this year. Judges interviewed students on March 12 and awarded students based on overall performance in their category. In addition, representatives from dozens of science organizations considered projects for special awards.  

St. Helen School of Newbury had 10 students participate in NEOSEF this year. Joslyn Borah’s project, comparing hydroponic and aquaponic systems for food production processes, earned first place in the biology category and was also chosen as one of the two Grand Prize Winners from all seventh- and eighth-grade projects entered this year. In addition, Joslyn’s project, titled, “I Just Wet My Plants,” was recognized by two organizations, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers and Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, for special prizes. 

Madeline Martin Kosier was presented with the William R. Sweet Award for chemistry. Students awarded with second place for their projects include Grace Charmley, Paige Fisher, Lucy Joyce and Jack Murray. Isabella Adair and Margaret Ruggeri were recognized with third place medals and ribbons. 

In addition to her second place fair award, Lucy was presented with the Second Place Materials Project award by the Cleveland Chapter of ASM International for her project on how changes in temperature affect the elasticity of rubber bands. Lucy received her prize at the organization’s March 26 meeting in Cleveland, where she had been invited to discuss her project with members prior to their regular meeting.

Teens make cupcakes

Teens in grades six to 12 are welcome to come create a tasty treat of sweet seedling cupcakes at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., April 6 at 11 a.m.  Registration is requested for this free event at 440-247-3556.

Kindergarten readiness program

Parents with children ages 4-5 are welcome to come to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, April 8 at 7 p.m. to help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school. Explore hands-on activity stations together. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-423-4808.

Hawken holds open houses

Hawken School will hold an All-School Open House on April 14 at 1 p.m. The Lower and Middle School Open House for toddlers to eighth grade will be held at Hawken’s Lyndhurst campus at 5000 Clubside Road. The Upper School Open House for grades nine to 12 will be held at Hawken’s Gates Mills campus at 12465 County Line Road. To make a reservation, please call 440-423-2950 for the Lower and Middle School or 440-423-2955 for the Upper School. For more information, visit

Hawken will also host an Informational Open House for the recently announced Mastery School of Hawken, opening in University Circle in August of 2020, April 28 at 1 p.m. at the University Circle campus, 11025 Magnolia Drive in Cleveland. To learn more or to RSVP, please visit

LEAF Transition to College Session

Join Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. for a Transition to College Session at the LEAF Resource Center in Lakeland Community College’s room A-2101, 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland. Learn about the college experience, including if graduation in four years is still possible, how you can plan a successful transition from high school to college both academically and financially and how borrowing in college affects adult finances. Register for the session online at or call 440-525-7095 to reserve a seat. Reservations are required and capacity is limited. The sessions are free. Parents are encouraged to attend with their student.    

Design Ohio’s voting sticker

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has opened up a competition to design Ohio’s “I Voted” stickers distributed on Election Day at polling places statewide. The winning sticker design will be used for at least the next four years, and the contest is open to students in grades six to 12. 

The top designs will be selected by the Secretary of State’s office and the winning design will be chosen by a vote open to all Ohioans. The contest runs through April 28. Designs must be circular shaped and submitted digitally at

NDES learning fair a success

Notre Dame Elementary School hosted a Learning Fair Open House and Young Authors Celebration on March 20. In addition to viewing highlights from all programs in the new multipurpose room, families had the opportunity to visit classrooms, meet teachers and hear the band and choir perform.

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