Gilmour to host 75th anniversary

Gilmour Academy will host their 75th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 18. Philanthropist Lorraine Dodero, known for her commitment to education, according to Gilmour, will chair the event. Starting at 6 p.m., the anniversary event will honor Gilmour’s 75 years of Holy Cross education while celebrating its future.

The celebration will take place on campus as a tented, outdoor event. The evening will include a spotlight on the opening of The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts, dinner, cocktails, entertainment by Bluewater Kings Band as well as silent and live auctions. Tours of the Center for Performing Arts will be available following the auction.

Andy Baskin, host of 92.3 The Fan WKRK-FM, WKRK-HD and, and Sara Shookman, anchor at WKYC-TV, will emcee the evening’s festivities. Joe Girvan will serve as the event auctioneer. All proceeds will support Gilmour’s tuition assistance program, student services and academic programming.

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Ace college admissions

Lake Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation will host a free virtual session at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 on the do’s and don’ts when applying to college. A panel of college admissions representatives will discuss the Common Application process, essay requirements, recommendation letters, admissions timelines, scholarships and the application process. Register online at or call LEAF at 440-525-7095 to reserve a seat. Capacity is limited, so register early if interested. Families can register and receive the link to the recorded session the following day if they can’t watch live.

Students observe the outdoors

St. Helen School fifth-graders in teacher Natalie Hudak’s homeroom took advantage of the nice weather last week and observed the outdoors as they practiced science vocabulary. Students of the Newbury school quietly listened to the sounds of the outdoors, and based on the sounds, the students made inferences about what could have caused them.

US launches scholarship program

University School launched its Jarvis Scholarship program and will award fully funded, four-year scholarships to 10 rising ninth-grade students, regardless of family income, beginning in the fall of 2022. The Jarvis Scholarship is a merit-based award given to students who excel academically at the private boys school.

“University School is a place where boys are encouraged to find themselves while they explore, create, research, practice and compete,” Head of School Patrick T. Gallagher said. “We’re looking for help in finding the most promising candidates in Greater Cleveland. This includes young men of all ambitions – scholars, artists, musicians, athletes and entrepreneurs.”

Candidates for a Jarvis Scholarship will progress through three rounds of the application process, complete two test assessments, write several essays, interview with a member of the selection committee and attend a special event for finalists.

The program is funded by the Bill and Susan Oberndorf Foundation, which committed $25 million to endow student scholarships at the school. This gift is part of a $50 million goal to increase scholarships at University School to attract and support outstanding students from throughout the region. The donation represents the largest gift in the school’s history. Mr. Oberndorf is a member of the University School class of 1971.

“We could not be more grateful for the support of Bill and Susan Oberndorf, who have advocated and advanced educational opportunities for children around the country,” Mr. Gallagher said. “This transformational gift will help us to provide an extraordinary education to Greater Cleveland’s most talented, motivated and accomplished boys.”

The Jarvis Scholarship was named after University School teacher Rev. Tony Jarvis who taught English, history and philosophy at the school from 1967-1974, when he went on to lead the Roxbury Latin School in Boston for 30 years until his retirement. Rev. Jarvis’ guiding philosophy is memorialized in University School’s mission in that “every boy is known and loved.”

The application process is now open for boys who will enter the ninth grade in the fall of 2022. Families can register to learn more about the scholarship offering by visiting

Students take an ‘algebra walk’

Students in teacher Wendi O’Brien’s seventh- and eighth-grade math classes at Notre Dame Elementary School took part in an “algebra walk” where they created human graphs on a coordinate plane outside. Students received directions and clues to form coordinate points on a coordinate plane, then made observations about the graphs they made. They then translated the graphs into linear equations and input/output tables and drew them on paper in the classroom.

Strong start for NDES volleyball

The Notre Dame Elementary School volleyball teams are off to a strong start to their seasons, according to the school. The third- and fourth-grade teams did “an outstanding job in their first game of the season,” the school stated in a press release. The fifth-grade team started their season with a win, and the seventh-grade team are 2-0 so far this year.

NDCL shares prize with homeless

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School is among five schools to win the Chipotle Team Challenge, a promotional video contest that offered free burritos for up to 30 teammates every week for 15 weeks. Rather than entering an individual athletic team in the contest, NDCL chose to enter as an all-school team – and to extend that team to include the adults and children it serves through its Labre Ministry with the poor and homeless. The school will distribute burritos to its Labre friends on weekly visits with them every Tuesday evening.

“We decided to transform the contest to benefit others, not ourselves,” said Assistant Director of Admissions Pete DeMichele, who worked with Admissions Director Michael Suso and a team of students on the project. Dom Mann of Dom Mann Productions donated his expertise for the filming and production of the award-winning video.

“Chipotle was so impressed by our video that they agreed to donate an additional 270 burritos for our Labre friends,” Mr. Suso said. “That means our prize is now 720 burritos with [a] total value of over $5,000.” Mr. Suso said NDCL’s Campus Ministry plans to distribute the burritos in Labre visits over the next several months. Students and staff have been building relationships with the poor and homeless of Cleveland’s East Side every week since 2019. The Labre Ministry takes its name and inspiration from Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, patron saint of the homeless.

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