Students lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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At the end of May, the eighth-grade class of Streetsboro Middle School traveled to Washington, D.C. for its annual trip to our nation's capital. Four of the students were lucky enough to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

This honor was bestowed upon Emily Nichols, Victoria Valetta, Ethan Rang and Brandon Sanders; they were selected from a group of students who all submitted essays regarding the tomb and its history and what it would mean to them personally to lay the wreath. The essays were scored by various staff and teachers of the middle school. Congratulations to Emily, Victoria, Ethan and Brandon for this prestigious honor.

These essays were not the only preparation for the trip. All eighth-grade students completed a three-part project that includes a research paper with a presentation on a monument or building in Washington, a report on a president with his own Facebook page, and a board game that incorporates the capital and what the students have learned throughout the year -- from the Constitution to the branches of government.

"Everyone had a great time" said Traci Andrews, the eighth-grade American history teacher who serves as the Washington, D.C. trip coodinator. "We visited the Lincoln memorial, the Vietnam Memorial Wall, The Korean Memorial, FDR memorial, MLK Jr. memorial, the White House, the Air and Space museum, the Marine Corps Memorial, the World War II Memorial and went on a dinner cruise."

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Keithe Williams, owner of the Keithe Williams Performing Arts Academy in Streetsboro, is recovering from a stroke which he suffered from in March. Keithe has been in a rehabilitation facility and is working hard on his recovery.

"I am grateful for all the well wishes, thoughts, and prayers during my hospital and rehabilitation stays while getting treatments for my stoke," said Williams. He continues to improve each day and cannot wait until he returns to where his heart is -- teaching the amazing students who attend his academy.

Academy instructors Donala Anderson, Whitney Hague, Frank Kosik, Jason LaValle, Veronica Leahy, Sarah Molnar and Shelley Palumbo have been teaching his classes and are continuing his tradition of excellence, integrity and professionalism. This summer, the instructors are donating their time to offer summer classes open to the community. All proceeds will go to help Williams with his medical bills.

Anyone looking to get in shape can participate in an intense boot camp offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Each class is $8 or $60 for 10 classes. Little ones will enjoy a dance/art camp with princess, mermaid and ballerina themes on July 14, 16 and 18 and then again Aug. 4, 6, and 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. Cost is $55 or $27 for dance only, or $30 for art only.

A special master class workshop is July 7 and 8 to also raise money for Keithe's recovery. Eight different accomplished teachers from all over the state of Ohio will offer instruction in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, contemporary and musical theatre at two beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Cost is $40 for one day, $75 for two days.

Other dance lessons will be offered in throughout July and August in all disciplines. Call the academy at 330-422-0231 for the schedule.

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Area actors, singers, musicians, rappers and dancers are welcome to audition for the 2014-15 Streetsboro Theatre season. Come prepared with two contrasting 30-60 second monologues or singing/dance routines. The auditions will take place July 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. at Streetsboro High School. Contact Jim Boardwine at jboardwine@rockets.sparcc.org with any questions.

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Congratulations to Dakari Carter, Streetsboro's first state champion in the boys 100 meters and to all the track team members who went to the state competition! Go Rockets!

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

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