Musicians at Harmon
superior and excellent
Several Harmon School seventh- and eighth-graders received high marks at the Ohio Music Educators Association adjudicated event back in March at the high school. Middle school students in District VI (Portage, Summit and Medina counties) participated.
Students were required to prepare a piece of music and several scales to be performed for a judge selected by the OMEA state board. Adjudicators gave each performer or ensemble a rating of I to V and several instructional comments.
The following orchestra students from Harmon earned the highest rating of "superior" in the OMEA event:
Amanda Hsieh, piano and violin solos; Rachel Ryabogin, piano solo; Hannah Kulawiak, Paige Hartenburg and Ricky John, violin solos; Ethan Ellis, cello solo; and Katy Fellenstein and Ryabogin, violin duet.
Getting excellent ratings were Fellenstein for her violin solo and Benjamin Ruiz for his viola solo.
Farr, Pollock are given
Phi Beta Kappa honor
Two students from Aurora were honored May 4 at the Phi Beta Kappa scholarship awards banquet for Northeast Ohio. More than 100 outstanding graduating seniors from area high schools were honored.
The honorees included Aurora residents Maddie Farr from Aurora High School and Mitch Pollock from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson.
For more than 50 years the Cleveland Association of Phi Beta Kappa has recognized academic achievement among graduating seniors at public, private and parochial high schools across Northeast Ohio.
Each year, teachers at about 120 participating schools have the opportunity to select one student in their graduating class who is in the top 10 percent of the class and "demonstrates qualities of academic honesty, inquiry into scholarship matters which goes beyond assignments and requirements, a creative involvement in scholarship, and great interest in things of the mind."
Emphasis is placed on the selection of students who contribute to the "intellectual environment" of their community, and extracurricular activities are taken into account as well.
The award is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious honors a high school student can receive. Each student's name is engraved on the Phi Beta Kappa plaque that is permanently displayed at each school.
Top students named;
8th-grade forms due
Top athletes and students for last week at Harmon School were:
Athletes -- Michael French, Marissa Sesny, Caroline Siedel, Mitch Levanduski, Justin Paul, Julia Brezoven and Julia Mazanec.
Sixth-graders -- Baleigh Groth, Leah Phillips and Alyssa Viant; seventh-graders -- Jason Bliss, Grayson McMaster, Ava Stachowski and Ariane Ugran; eighth-graders -- Tayler Cassidy, Jake Famageltto, Samantha Friendler and Brock Mancini.
Forms for eighth-graders (class of 2018) who want to be class officers next year are available in Harmon's office. They must be returned to Assistant Principal Paul Goodwin by the end of the day May 21. Late forms will not be accepted.
Harmon's eighth-graders will go to NASA's Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling, W.Va. on May 15-16. Parents of incoming sixth-graderrs will meet May 15 at 7 p.m. at Harmon. Harmon and Leighton bands will perform May 20 at 6:30 p.m.