SHS ALUMNI NEWS
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In This Issue - Fall, 2017
SHS Has 9 National Merit Semifinalists & 4 Commended Students
SHS Lady Mustangs Soccer Advances to 'Elite 8' in State Tournament
SHS Senior Brian Wyler Finishes 27th in State Cross Country Meet
Local Retailer 'Where I'm From' Creates Limited Edition T-Shirt to Benefit SCS
Strongsville City Schools Receives $10,000 Donation from Staples / Intel
Nominate an SHS Alum for Distinguished Alumni Recognition
Mustangs Team Shop Open Now Through Tuesday, 11/21
Strongsville City Schools Recognized as Google for Education Reference District
Save the Date - Distinguished Alumni Event (Tuesday, April 17, 2018)
New Members to SHS Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 2017) Announced
Strongsville City Schools Earn 2nd Straight ASBO Meritorious Budget Award
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SHS HAS 9 NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS & 4 COMMENDED STUDENTS
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The following nine students from Strongsville High School earned National Merit Semifinalist status and will now have the opportunity to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships which will be offered in the Spring: Christina Fogwell, Jacqueline Foley, James Foley, Erika Lee, Satya Nayagam, Shyam Polaconda, Hannah Schmidt, Suraj Srinivasan, and Rosemary Zaleski
This year, Strongsville has the 15th most Semifinalists in the state and the 3rd most in Cuyahoga County.
About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The nationwide pool of National Merit Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and are among the highest scoring entrants in each state.
In addition, approximately 34,000 Commended Students nationwide were recently announced in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. The following four students from Strongsville High School are being recognized as Commended Students: Anna Brant, Andreea Ciobanu, George Kinney, and Ian McGreal
Commended Students are among the top 5% and placing among the top 50,000 students in the nation of those taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Strongsville High School’s National Merit Semifinalists (L to R):
Shyam Polaconda, Erika Lee, Satya Nayagam, Christina Fogwell,
Rosemary Zaleski, Hannah Schmidt, James Foley, Jacqueline Foley, Suraj Srinivasan
Strongsville High School’s National Merit Commended Students (L to R)
George Kinney, Andreea Ciobanu, Ian McGreal, Anna Brant
SHS LADY MUSTANGS SOCCER ADVANCES TO 'ELITE 8' IN STATE TOURNAMENT
This year's SHS Lady Mustangs Soccer Team advanced to the 'Elite 8' in the State Tournament. Following a scoreless regulation and two overtime periods, the Mustangs lost 4-3 on penalty kicks to Perrysburg. The Lady Mustangs finished the season 15-2-4 with their only losses coming against Perrysburg (both in the regular season and the playoffs). Despite the end result of the season, the girls battled through an extremely challenging schedule and clinched the 14th conference championship in the history of the program.
The team has had several players earn post-season recognitions - congratulations to the following:
Vanessa DiNardo - Ohio Girls Soccer Player of the Year; Greater Cleveland Girls Soccer Player of the Year; 1st Team All-Conference
Lauren Rakytiak - 1st Team All-Ohio; 1st Team All-Greater Cleveland; 1st Team All-Conference
Sabrina Ortenzi - 2nd Team All-Greater Cleveland; 1st Team All-Conference
Julia Ostrowski, Nora Potter, Sarah Robertson, Kayla Wypasek - Honorable Mention All-Greater Cleveland
Julia Ostrowski, Nora Potter, Kayla Wypasek - 1st Team All-Conference
April Gaukin, Sarah Robertson - All-Conference Honorable Mention
SHS SENIOR BRIAN WYLER FINISHES 27TH IN STATE CROSS COUNTRY MEET
Congratulations to SHS Senior Brian Wyler for finishing 27th overall at the state cross country meet. Brian finished 8th overall at the regional championship earning his 3rd consecutive berth to the OHSAA State Championships. During the season, Brian posted the 3rd fastest 5K in school history!
LOCAL RETAILER 'WHERE I'M FROM' CREATES LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT TO BENEFIT SCS
Limited edition Strongsville t-shirts are now available at ‘Where I’m From’ in SouthPark Mall. All of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts will be donated to the Strongsville Education Foundation, and specifically for the funding of field trips for PreK - 5th and 7th grade students. The t-shirts retail for $29 and are a high quality, super soft, ultra comfortable tri-blend material and 100% made in the USA. Adult and youth sizes are available, both in-store and online at: https://whereimfrom.com/product-category/the-ville-fundraiser/
Get your “Ville” t-shirts today!
STRONGSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS RECEIVES $10,000 DONATION FROM STAPLES & INTEL
Strongsville City Schools has received a $10,000 donation from Staples and Intel. This summer, Strongsville’s local Staples store participated in a national competition called Score with Intel® Core™. As part of this competition, electronics retailers from across the country competed head to head. Store sales representatives were asked to expand their knowledge about Intel® technology and the devices they sell. The winning stores then selected a local school to receive a donation from Intel on their behalf. In the national competition, Strongsville Staples finished in 2nd place and earned the $10,000 prize.
Staples Representatives Present a $10,000 Donation
to Strongsville City Schools
SHS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI NOMINATIONS
Know of a graduate of Strongsville High School who is an exceptional businessperson, community member, charitable volunteer, educator, etc.? We are now accepting nominations for the SHS Distinguished Alumni program. A new class will be inducted in April, 2018. Nomination forms can be found HERE and are due no later than December 15. #foreveramustang
MUSTANGS TEAM SHOP OPEN NOW THROUGH TUESDAY, 11/21
Do you have a Strongsville Mustangs supporter on your holiday list? Are they in need of some updated Mustangs gear? Click HERE to visit our special, limited time Mustangs Team Shop for short-sleeve t-shirts, long-sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies. All merchandise can be personalized! Hurry - Team Shop closes at 11:59pm on Tuesday, 11/21.
STRONGSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED AS GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION REFERENCE DISTRICT
Strongsville City Schools has been recognized nationally as a Google for Education Reference District. Strongsville is one of the first school districts in Northeast Ohio to be awarded this distinction. Google for Education Reference Districts are districts that demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.
Strongsville City Schools went through an extensive application process, which included providing examples of the way technology is being used throughout the District and the impact it is having on students. An outline of those results may be found HERE.
SAVE THE DATE - DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI EVENT (TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018)
The SHS Distinguished Alumni event returns in 2018. In partnership with the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce, another class of Distinguished Alumni will be inducted during a special luncheon on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Nomination forms are available HERE and due by December 15, 2017.
NEW MEMBERS TO SHS ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME (CLASS OF 2017) ANNOUNCED
The 32nd Annual SHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction was held in early October and six new members now make up the Class of 2017. Congratulations to:
Colby Alexander - SHS Class of 2010 (Track and Field)
Gregg Coreno - SHS Class of 2004 (Soccer, Football, Track and Field)
Bruce Murphy - SHS Class of 2000 (Soccer)
Kristin Papushak-Hubbell - SHS Class of 1996 (Softball, Volleyball)
Aaron White - SHS Class of 2011 (Basketball)
Bob Jirik - Honorary Inductee
Also recognized at the induction ceremony was this year’s ‘Cappy Scholarship of Excellence.’ This scholarship is named for Bob Cappy, a longtime member of the HOF committee and the Strongsville community. Noah Trizzino (SHS Class of 2017) is this year’s recipient. Noah was a 4.0 student-athlete for the Mustangs and competed on both the basketball and baseball teams. He is currently studying at Kent State University.
Click HERE for the full story on the recent SHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
SHS Athletic Hall of Fame (Class of 2017) L to R:
Gregg Coreno, Colby Alexander, Bruce Murphy, Kristin Papushak-Hubbell
(not pictured Aaron White, Bob Jirik)
STRONGSVILLE CITY SCHOOLS EARN 2ND STRAIGHT ASBO MERITORIOUS BUDGET AWARD
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) recently awarded the Strongsville City School District with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2017–2018 budget year. The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and is conferred only to school districts whose budgets have undergone a rigorous review by financial professionals and have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria.
This is the second straight year Strongsville City Schools has earned this award through ASBO. Last year, Strongsville was one of only four school districts in the State of Ohio to be recognized with the Meritorious Budget Award.