High school students excel in speech contest

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Three Streetsboro High School students competed against three Aurora students at the Aurora Rotary Club's annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest March 19. Freshman Joe Beaver won first place and a $200 prize; junior Jasmine Sandhu won 2nd place and an $150 prize; and sophomore Maddie Zupko won $50 as a runner-up. Beaver's speech on overcoming controversy qualified him to represent Aurora and Streetsboro schools in the Rotary Club District Speech Contest, where he competed in the first round. All three students look forward to competing again next year.

"We at Streetsboro are very grateful for the support and gracious involvement of the Aurora Rotary Club, with special thanks to George Schumacher for all of his hard work," said English teacher Maralee Bradley. "Our students have benefited immensely from working with the Aurora Rotary Club in the past two years, and we are excited to continue working with them for years to come."

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The Streetsboro Police Department, The Children's Advocacy Center of Portage County and Streetsboro High School students joined forces on April 10 to plant pinwheels at the city square at the intersection of routes 14 and 43. The pinwheels are a reminder to members of the community that we need to help children who are being abused to find their voices and tell someone what is happening to them.

Judy Paydock from The Children's Advocacy Center, Streetsboro DARE Officer Jason Fogleman, Streetsboro Police Lt. Troy Beaver, officers Josh Bartholomew and Jason Sackett from Streetsboro Police Department, Streetsboro High School Educational Aides Jean Utz and Cindy Kolke, and Streetsboro High School students Matthew Kolke, Amy Hatfield, Ricky Kyle, Casey Brace, Jade Kline and Nicole Tacsar were on hand to turn the square into a beautiful display of spinning pinwheels. To report child abuse, call 330-296-2273.

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It's not too early to start planning for summer, and registration is open for Kids Encounter Summer Camp. Their certified "boredom busters" have a lot of fun adventures prepared for children including swimming at Wild Water Kingdom, exploring a museum, hiking a trail, riding the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad train and many more fun, educational activities. Kids Encounter is located at 9267 Route 43 in Streetsboro. Summer camp hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday with early drop-off and late pick-up options available. Space is limited. Visit www.kidsencounter.com for registration and more information.

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Streetsboro City Schools recently hosted their 26th annual Staff Recognition Event with more than 150 faculty, staff, managers, spouses and friends in attendance. Fourth-grade teacher, Linda Valenti received the Educator of the Year award; Library Media Specialist Jill Fowley was named

Educational Support Staff Person of the Year and Sean Speck, custodian received Support Staff Person of the Year. Community organizations, the Streetsboro Alumni Association and the Streetsboro American Legion Post No. 685 received the Friends of Education Awards.

Have any good news to share? Contact Karyn Hall at 330-995-3503 or karynhall@gmail.com.

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