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Strongsville High School Students Earn Local & State Honors In Recent Competitions


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Dan Foust, Communications Coordinator
Strongsville City Schools


Strongsville High School Students
Earn Local & State Honors In Recent Competitions

Competitions Include OCTM Math, OMEA Choral, Band & Orchestra, DECA State,
Optimist Speech, Polaris Culinary, & National History Day


Strongsville, OH (March 26, 2019) - Strongsville High School students have recently earned the following honors in various academic and arts competitions:

Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM)
Thirty-one students from Strongsville recently competed in the annual Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) math contest. Strongsville was one of the host sites and competed against Berea-Midpark, Olmsted Falls, and Rocky River.  Strongsville finished in first place at this regional site. Overall, Strongsville finished 19th in the state and 4th in the big schools division. Of the teams competing at the Strongsville site, SHS had 8 of the top 9 individual scores - Sam Hepp, Jake Jeske, Miranda Lee, Charles Lin, Alex Sachelarie, Adam VandenPlas, Kevin Whitbred, and Alison Zhong. Kevin Whitbred and Alex Sachelarie, top scorers in this region, will represent Strongsville High School in the next round of competition.

Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA)
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) large group contest was held at the beginning of March. Cantorum, Strongsville High School’s select chamber choir, received straight Superior (I) ratings in Class AA, and Treble Choir, Strongsville High School’s select female choir, received a Superior (I) rating in Class A. This qualifies both choirs to advance to the State OMEA competition on May 3rd and 4th.

Strongsville High School’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands also competed at District Contest. Both bands received Superior (I) ratings and have qualified for State Contest in May. Wind Ensemble received a perfect score and Symphonic Band missed a perfect score by one point.

The Strongsville High School Symphony, Chamber Strings, and String Orchestra each earned Superior (I) ratings at the OMEA State Orchestra Contest, held at SHS in early March.

DECA, the organization which focuses on preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe, recently held its state competition. In Ohio, 2,300 students competed in 50 events, for a chance to advance to the International Career Development Contest (ICDC) in Orlando, Florida. Eleven Strongsville students will represent SHS at this international competition next month in Orlando, Florida:

Haley Dye & Vera Maglakelidze - 1st Place (Marketing Management)
Anna Barrett - 1st Place (Automotive Series)
Hannah Lipowski - 1st Place (Business Services)
John Mott & Andrew Aske - 2nd Place (Entrepreneurship)
Jamie Melland - 2nd Place (Restaurant/ Food)
Eric Geiss & Gillian Williams - 3rd Place (Financial Services)
Clare Abdallah - 3rd Place (Quick Serve)
Cassidy Locigno - 4th Place (Food Marketing)

Optimist Club Speech Contest
Last week, four Strongsville High School students - Dylan Hyun, Krish Sangvi, Marquis Globokar, and Katherine DiJulius - competed in the annual Optimist Club Speech Contest. Dylan took first place in the competition and will represent Strongsville in the upcoming Optimist Zone competition on April 6th.

Polaris Culinary
For the ninth time in 10 years, students on the culinary team at Polaris Career Center took top honors in the culinary team event and will represent Polaris and the state at the national competition in Washington, D.C. on May 7-10, 2019.  During the challenge, the Polaris team had to present a three course meal to a panel of certified chefs and exhibit comprehensive skills in creativity, communication, teamwork, organization, time management, skill level, safety and sanitation.

The championship team included the following students:  Jeffrey Paul, senior, Berea-Midpark High School, Jordan Visnaw, senior, Fairview High School, Sam Schreiner, senior, North Olmsted High School, Sonya Kovach, junior, Strongsville High School and Cory Conroy, junior, Berea-Midpark High School.

National History Day
Sixteen Strongsville High School students recently competed at the Region 3 National History Day contest at Case Western with 450 other students from Northeast Ohio.  This year’s theme was: Triumph and Tragedy.  Several winners will be moving on to states in April, including a “Strongsville sweep” in the paper category, where Strongsville students earned 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Paper Category Winners: 1st Place - Sophie Alonge; 2nd Place - Shubh Thakkar; 3rd Place - Katherine DiJulius

Museum Exhibit: Honorable Mentions - Jay Patel & Ryan Hamrick


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