West Side Education News & Notes

Linda D. Garrow

National Merit Scholarship winners selected

GREATER AKRON — National Merit Scholarship Corp.’s (NMSC) $2,500 scholarship winners, chosen from more than 15,000 finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, include the following local high school seniors:
• Drake Du, a Revere High School student from Copley;
• Nicholas May, a St. Vincent-St. Mary student from Randolph; and
• Stephen Matko, an Archbishop Hoban High School student from Wadsworth.
According to NMCS officials, the winners have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised information submitted that included academic records, difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.
NMSC officials stated they finance most of the single-payment National Merit $2,500 scholarships, while corporations and company foundations sponsor awards to help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees.
This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2020, when high school juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named semifinalists on a state-representational basis. Then, over 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level. On June 1 and July 11, approximately 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced. By the conclusion of the 2022 program, about 7,500 finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of nearly $28 million in college scholarships.


Summit ESC, NeoNet to improve educational opportunities

SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit Educational Service Center (ESC) and NeoNet have partnered with SchooLinks, a college- and career-readiness platform, to provide programs at a significantly reduced cost.
SchoolLinks offers resources and a platform for counselors and educators to help students, schedule classes, plan educational paths, organize college applications, track graduation requirements, explore career opportunities, connect with local, state and national employers for jobs and internships, as well as connect with alumni.
In addition, Summit ESC has been awarded a $300,000 Ohio Department of Education grant to create a personalized learning specialist position in partnership with the ESC of Western Reserve. This specialist will work to create the Ohio Personalized Learning Network.
“Personalizing methods, strategies and approaches based on each student’s needs is sure to improve every aspect of daily instruction — both for the children and the teachers and staff, ”said Corey Hoynacke, Summit ESC director of curriculum and instruction.
For more information, visit www.summitesc.org.


Revere Celebration of the Arts planned

BATH — The Revere Local Schools Celebration of the Arts will take place May 23-26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym at Revere High School, 3420 Everett Road.
This free event will feature an exhibition of artwork created by students in prekindergarten through grade 12, along with seniors’ booths featuring their best work; dance, vocal and instrumental presentations performed by students; art technique demonstrations, including puppet making May 24, calligraphy and digital art May 25 and alcohol ink May 26; as well as face painting. Refreshments also will be available.
The artwork also may be viewed at reverecoa.com after May 26.
Special show hours for seniors will be offered May 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donations to support the event, with checks payable to “Revere High School PTSA,” may be sent to Revere Schools Celebration of the Arts, P.O. Box 37, Richfield, OH 44286.
For more information, contact Karen at 330-659-4750 or [email protected]

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