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On April 10, the Highland High School junior class officers led a school-wide fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. This foundation, which began in 2000, helps to fund research for childhood cancer. Twenty-four Highland High School students enthusiastically signed up to have their head-shaved and join in solidarity with children who are fighting cancer. In additional four other students donated their hair to “Wigs for Kids.” Shirts were available for purchase and donations were accepted for this worthy cause. The goal was to raise $10,000, but the school-wide effort shattered that goal by over $2,600, raising a total of $12,648. A special thanks is extended to all those staff and students who helped to organize this wonderful event, as well as to the barbers who donated their time and to the local businesses who made generous donations, including Innovations Salon, BW3, Santo Suossos, Buehlers, On Tap, Penn Station, Five Guys, Yours Truly, Menchies, Chick-Fil-A, Bob Evans, Rocknes, Mentor Kinkos, University Tees, Regos and the Knyszek Family.
Highland Baccalaureate Service
Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m.
Holy Martyrs Church, 3100 S. Weymouth Rd., Medina
The Highland Baccalaureate Service is a Christian church service designed for those seniors and their families who wish to respond to this significant stage of life in a faith-centered and community way. Please plan on attending with your families!
Teacher Recognition Night is May 4
The Teacher Recognition Night that was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 30, has been rescheduled to Monday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. This special night is for the top 10% of the senior class to honor and recognize the Highland teacher who has made the biggest impact on their years in the Highland Schools.
Information on Prom/Promenade
Attention all Highland High School parents, your student can be in any grade to participate! Your assistance is needed to help make a fun and safe Post Prom event on May 9! There are several ways you can participate. If you would like to give a financial donation to help create a safe night at the Strongsville Rec Center, please see the attached donation letter. 2015 HHS Prom Donation Form
If you have a couple hours to give during the 8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. timeframe in which volunteers are needed to chaperone and run the Post Prom Party, please see the following Signup Genius for time slots: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/409054FACAA2DAA8-highland/18719464.
Or if you love to cook, bake or shop, and would like to donate to the feed the hungry students, please see the following food SignUp Genius: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E094EA5AC29A46-after4. Your help is appreciated by all of the students and Prom organizers!
Also, remember the lovely opportunity the Prom Promenade presents to have your grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents, friends, come see your beautiful outfits for a photo up on the decorated stage at the Highland High School Auditorium prior to heading to Galaxy. You and your date/friends will be announced and walk the stage under spotlights! No need to worry about the weather or parking. Professional photography packages are available for purchase. See attached form for pricing. 2015 Promenade Order Form
Welch Headed to Slippery Rock
Allie Welch has committed to attend and play tennis for Slippery Rock University. She signed her letter of intent on April 15. Allie received a partial academic/athletic scholarship to the Division 2 college. She is a four-year letterman on the girls varsity tennis team and was named the Division I District Qualifier (doubles) in 2012 and (singles) in 2014. She was also named to Medina County’s All-Gazette Team four consecutive years and competed in the Nationals in 2011 and 2013 with Paramount Tennis Club Jr. Team. Allie, who was awarded the USTA Midwest Sportsmanship Award, is a member of the HHS National Honor Society and a Peer Leader. She is the daughter of Mark and Kelley Welch of Sharon Township. (Pictured with Allie are her parents, Mark and Kelley, her sister, Aubrey (right), and Sara Sosa Hernandez, exchange student from Spain.)
Burtoft Earns First Diamond Degree
Congratulations to Highland High School teacher and Speech and Debate Team coach, Mrs. Suzette Burtoft, who earned a First Diamond degree of membership in the National Speech & Debate Association’s Honor Society. Under her leadership, students have earned more than 15,000 points through speech and debate presentations, competitions and service. She will be officially recognized for her achievement at the National Speech & Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas on June 18, 2015. Mrs. Burtoft has been coaching the team since 2008 and spends countless hours of her personal time preparing her students for tournaments and encouraging new members. This year, students consistently placed in the “Top 6” at tournaments and brought home 76 trophies for the team. The team, itself, placed seven times in the “Team Sweepstakes.” This year’s success includes several state semi-finalists, a state finalist and a national qualifier.
3 Advance to Finalist Standing
Congratulations to Highland seniors Hannah Barnes, Abigail Wolgamuth and Ben Wolgamuth who advanced to the Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. They are among the 15,000 students who were notified in February of their advancement. All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMS committee selectors to evaluate including the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.
Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, NMS committee notifies approximately 7,600 Finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship award, which includes corporate-sponsored and college-sponsored awards.
Hannah is currently a HHS DARE Role Model and member of the National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Raymond and Sheryl Barnes of Copley.
Abby is a member of the Highland Marching Band, Thespian Club, The Buzz, Added Attraction and has been involved in several theater productions, while her brother, Ben is also a member of the Marching Band, Pit Orchestra, Added Attraction, Highland Heartbreakers, The Buzz and the Thespian Club. Their parents are Keith and Diane Wolgamuth of Hinckley.
(Pictured from left are Abby and Ben Wolgamuth and Hannah Barnes)
Boedicker Headed to Nationals
Highland Speech and Debate Team competed at the National Qualifying Tournament on February 20-21. Congratulations to Rachel Boedicker who qualified for the National Tournament to be held in Texas this June. Rachel was the only debater to be undefeated in Lincoln Douglas Debate both days. She was named tournament champion. Carolyn Kusoski made it to the semi-final round in Original Oratory, while Noah Zona and Austin Levan received trophies as semi-finalists in Public Forum Debate. A total of 19 students from Highland will be competing in the State Tournament this March. Best of luck!
Student Artwork Advances to State Level
The Regional Ohio Governors Art Show was held March 7 and the following Highland students had their artwork advance to the State level on March 14. This is Highland's largest group of winners ever! Congrats to the following during the regional show: Morgan Skillicorn, Sarah Welton, Marco Milkovich with two pieces, Aubrey Headrick with a series of four photographs, Dagny Stackseder, Suzy Berry, James Downey, Hallie Schuld, Vanessa Golias, Hallie Scheuffler, Julianna Dorozario, Piper Fullard with a series of two photographs, Grace Gsellman, Marina Budi with a series of two photographs, and Hannah Obremski. Marina Budi and Vanessa Golias deserve an extra congratulation for placing in the top 25 out of the 1,500 artworks submitted.
HHS College Readiness Highest in Past 5 Years
The College Readiness letter for Highland High School was released on August 20. The report reflects the achievement of Highland graduates on the ACT over time and an indication of the extent to which they are prepared for college-level work. This report also summarizes the Five-Year trends for our average ACT scores. The 2014 results are the highest in the last five years in each of the six categories: Total Tested, English, Math, Reading, Science, Composition, and Composite. In fact, beginning with the graduating Class of 2012, our students have trended upward each year in each category. HHS College Readiness Letter 2014
Highland High School Ranked Among Top Schools
Highland High School has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in Ohio and a top high school in the nation for 2014 through their annual Best High School Rankings. Highland High School has earned a Silver Medal and an impressive ranking of 59 in Ohio out of 832 high schools and 1,238 out of 19,400 high schools in the nation. The Best High Schools rankings, which are available online only, are produced in conjunction with the American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. U.S. News has published detailed information on more than 19,400 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessment proficiency tests and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, the schools were given a College Readiness Index score, with the top-scoring 4,707 schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal and - in the case of gold and silver schools - a numerical ranking. Of the numerous Ohio schools ranked in 2014 among the U.S. News Best High Schools, 22 were awarded gold medals, 93 earned silver medals and 129 received bronze medals. For more information, please go to http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools