Student Writer: Mark Wilmes
Several students from Harding took a field trip to the Fairport Harbor Senior Citizen Center to investigate the relationship between chemistry and baking. The purpose of the lab was to observe chemical reactions in action by taking measurements of the oxygen being used and carbon dioxide being produced as the yeast metabolize the sugars present in the dough, along with baking the bread and testing it out for themselves. They used multiple different sugars, such as honey, agave extract, aspartame, sucralose and more. The dough was then sealed in an airtight container to let it rise and let the yeast eat up some sugars, while an oxygen and a carbon dioxide probe measured the amount of each gas being consumed or produced, respectively. After all the work was done, the students then indulged in the fruits of their labor. The bread the students made was also served at the Fish Fry Dinner at the Senior Citizen Center hosted by the Design Lab.
20/20 Trip Provides an Annual Academic Opportunity for Fairport Juniors and Sophomores to tour colleges in Ohio
This past year's 20/20 Trip allowed the top 20 juniors and 20 sophomores to visit some of Ohio's colleges. This year the tour included stops at six colleges including Hiram, Youngstown, Ashland, Kent State, Akron, and Baldwin Wallace. The students attended this trip prior to Thanksgiving Break on November 20-21, 2017. Click to read more about what the student's experienced on their 20/20 trip!
The small gestures of kindness started with one small idea but has spread throughout Fairport Harding Jr. High School. It all started when four students got together and decided they wanted to make a change. The students thought of ways to start "spreading happiness" because they saw some negativity around the school. One organizer, Audrey, a 6th grader, immediately took action and told the rest of the group called the "Happy Spreaders" about what she saw and that’s where it all started. The Happy Spreaders made a positive impact on the students, the teachers and in themselves. While working each day to spread positivity with their friends, it made them realize the creativity and kindness of each other. Click to read more!
Our Fair Poet Middle and High School Fair Poet Finalists have been selected by our judges. With over 215 submissions for the Fall Fair Poet contest, this is a very difficult contest to win.
Congratulations to the following middle school students and high school students who are finalists:
The student body will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite middle school and high school poems during the week of December 5-December 9th. The votes will be tallied. All of the finalists will share their poems at the assembly. The final top three Fair Poet winners will be announced December 15th at the Fair Poet assembly beginning at 9:30 am. All are invited to attend.
Good luck to our finalists and congratulations once again.
We would like to especially thank Hank Werronen for his support of our 3rd poetry content as well as all of our other alumni who have supported this project at Fairport!
By Staff report, The News-Herald
POSTED: 11/26/17, 5:29 PM EST
As selected by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association, Congratulations to our Fairport Skippers!
DIVISION VII ALL-OHIO
Third Team Defense - All-Ohio
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Our eighth graders at Harding High School visited the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to hear a Holocaust Survivor's Story on November 21, 2017. Students had the opportunity to meet Helen Marks, one of the youngest Holocaust survivors still living today. Mrs. Marks shared her personal story about her family's experience during the Holocaust. Students participated in a one hour "Stop the Hate" guided tour led by two volunteer docents at the museum. Our very own Mr. Yaussy shared his own family's heritage with our students by showing his family's photo which is displayed in one of the exhibits at the museum. Click to read more about our students' experiences at the museum!
On November 15, Harding High School English 3 students hosted the first annual Stop the Hate Assembly. The stop the hate essay, sponsored by the Maltz Museum, was designed to create an understanding of people of other races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. The students who were invited to speak were selected for writing some of the best essays which addressed how they stood up to hate. We hope their presentations and the panel discussion helps our Harding students to become more aware, caring and kind students.
In picture - Panelists left to right: Chris Farmer, Zachary Holtz, Maria Savani, Maya Stupica, Liz Olvera
Click to read more - and coming soon - a video of the assembly created by Auburn Career Center's IMT students!
Both the Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball Teams had scrimmages on Saturday, Nov. 11. Student Council volunteered their day to serve our Veterans in attendance. All veterans who were in attendance received a free hotdog, chips and drink.
The Harding Middle School and High School Student Council are partnering for the food drive war during the month of November and collecting items for Forbes House during the month of December. Please see a member of Student Council for more information!
Pictured is one of our Harding High School Parents and Navy Veteran Jeff Urban with Student Council members - click for more pictures!
Congrats to our 8th grade Scary Story Contest Winner Olivia Hoge-Massengill. Olivia participated in the 20th Annual Ghost Story Contest sponsored through Saugus.net. She won a t-shirt and has her work published on their website. Click for more information!
In picture: Gabbie Carlson with her mom Stacy and dad Karl next to Nathan Hale, 3rd Vice Commander at American Legion Post 336.
Gabbie Carlson recently entered an essay in the Americanism and Government essay contest sponsored by the American Legion Post 336 through her history class with Mrs. Messenger. The essay topic was: "What does it mean to be a veteran?"
Mr. Nathan Haley, 3rd Vice Commander of Post 336, came to Harding High School on October 31st to announce the results of this essay contest. Gabbie's essay was selected as the winning entry! You can read her winning essay here.
Gabbie read her essay out loud during a school assembly.
All are invited to attend a celebration of her accomplishment on Saturday, Nov. 11th @ Post 336 @ 7 pm to hear Gabbie read her essay and receive her prize of a $100 savings bond. Congrats Gabbie on your accomplishment!
Our Harding High School Student Council and NHS just completed 140 Halloween treat bags for Lake County Council on Aging. Treat bags are distributed to Senior Citizens and homebound residents in Lake County. Many thanks to the NHS students and giving back to the community. FHS Student Council will be partnering with the Middle School Student Council to collect items for Forbes House, a woman's battered shelter located in Painesville during the month of December. For more information, please contact Mrs. Bidlack.
A big thank you to our five Auburn Career Center students enrolled in Mr. Kozar's Interactive Media Technology (IMT) Program who came to visit Fairport Harding High School on October 17, 2017 to record over fifty of our high school students enrolled in English classes who participated in the VFW Voice of Democracy Essay contest.
From left to right: Cassandra Glover, Brandon Knight, Breanna Cremeans, Glen Robinson, Alex Pohto (Team Leader)
We are very thankful for this partnership and support from Auburn Career Center. This is the second year in a row that Auburn students have recorded our students at Fairport. The Auburn students did a fabulous job working with our students. They were prompt, organized, flexible and positive with each of our students who recorded their speeches. The Auburn students then went back to work on editing the recordings and burned them onto CDs so they could be submitted to the VFW Voice of Democracy Contest. Thank you again to Mr. Kozar and our Auburn IMT Students!
Ms. Macko's and Mrs. Messenger's 7th-grade advisory has been busy spreading positivity around Fairport. The 7th graders went to the beach to collect rocks and each student painted a message or picture on their rock that would make someone smile. When the students finished creating their messages, the teachers and their students put them outside around the school community so people could see them. This was part of Harding's compass point on citizenship, which was what Harding focused on during Advisory for the past month.
Each year, the State Support Team Region 4 along with the Lake County Education Service Center and Geauga County Education Service Center regionally hosts the R.A. Horn Outstanding Student Achievement and Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Awards Program for Lake and Geauga County.
Congratulations to our award recipients!
Outstanding Student Achievement - Erik Halstead
Franklin B. Walter - Mr. Johnathan Luster
Please join us in congratulating our Fair Poet Winners:
First - Morgan Braemer - "Just One Smile"
Second - Maya Hess - "If I Were"
Third - Jennifer Soria - "Strength"
Runner Ups - Zoe Ferris - "Real Strength"
Caleb Jones - "Strength is Smarts"
First - Rashawn Alston - "Rising Above the Dark"
Second - Lydia Shaw - "Resilience"
Third - Ashlynn Craft - "Be A Man"
Runner Up - Liz Olvera - "I See Strength Everyday"
Victoria Palmer - "Private Machines"
Owen Meachum - "The Strength of the People"
Emily Bradac - "Our Little Universe"
To read the poems by our Fair Poets, please click this announcement.
Victoria Palmer's art work was selected by Ohio's Arts Council from the 60th House District. Victoria's painting represents Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead), a holiday celebrated in Mexico. Her art work is one of 99 works of art currently being exhibited for the year at the Statehouse.
State Representative John Rogers visited Fairport Harding High School to present an award to Victoria. He said, "When you think about the artist who paints or when you think about the poet who puts the words or his or her thoughts on paper, in some way shape and form, the artists try to communicate with each other." Thank you to State Representative John Rogers for supporting the arts and for coming to our school for this occasion. Congratulations to Victoria on her winning art work.
Thank you to Mrs. Janet Merrick from the Fairport VFW for coming to our assembly on May 5, 2017 to present four awards to our Harding High Students for their participation in the VFW Patriotic Art Contest.
Our VFW Student Art Winners were:
Chace O’Meara - 1st place
Alexis Tanker - 2nd place
Michael Chipps -3rd place
Angie Gutekunst - Honorable Mention
Congratulations to all of our artists and to Ms. Luoma!
For the second year, the Lake County Storm Water Management Dept. sponsored a rain barrel design contest for two students. Designs were submitted and two students won. These students got to paint their designs onto two rain barrels. Our student winners were Chace O'Meara and Ari Ocasio. These will be auctioned or raffled off at one of the Lake County summer events. Congrats to Ms. Luoma and her fantastic art students!
Monday, May 1, 2017
Eighth Grader Maya Hess was recognized for her essay about the 14th Amendment. She submitted this essay to the Lake County Bar Association - the theme this year was "The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy." Maya's essay was included in the program for the 41st annual Law Day Breakfast held in Mentor at the LaMalfa Center. She was the only middle school student in Lake County to be recognized. Only three students total in Lake County received recognition and awards at the Law Day Breakfast. Maya met Keynote Speaker and Ohio Supreme Court Justice William M. O'Neill. Congratulations to Maya! We are very proud of your accomplishment!
Monday, May 1, 2017
Gabby Palmer and Victoria Palmer won Rotary awards on Monday, May 1st for their recent roles in Fairport Harding's Drama Productions.
Victoria Palmer won Best Female Support in a Drama/Comedy as Mrs. Ethel Banks in Barefoot in the Park.
Gabby Palmer won Best Female Support in a Musical as Sebastian in The Little Mermaid.
This is quite an accomplishment considering they were selected from hundreds of students from six different schools in Lake County.
Congratulations to Gabby and Victoria and also to our Drama Directors Mr. Luster and Dr. Allen!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Rotary Drama Awards Program is the brainchild of Painesville Rotarian Robert Tischer who believed that students who participate in school theater productions should receive recognition similar to that bestowed upon students who participate in athletics. Students of drama are no less talented, and give much of themselves and their time. The dedication and efforts of these students are worthy of a night of recognition. The Drama Awards Program is our opportunity to congratulate and honor these students. Lake County is truly fortunate to have such talented and creative students and Directors, complimented by parents, teachers, administrators and others who support the Drama Programs in our schools.
Our Nominees In Alphabetical Order:
The awards ceremony will take place at Mentor High School on May 1st at 6:30 pm. Good Luck to all the nominees!
Fairport Harding Senior Caleb Hites signs his commitment letter to Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Caleb Hites signed his commitment letter to play baseball for Division II Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia. Caleb is a four-year starter on the Skipper Varsity Baseball Team. He also played football for the Skippers.
Caleb has attended Lakeland for the last two years through the College Credit Plus Program. He plans on majoring in Physical Training. In college, he will be a dual player - playing either third base or pitching.
We are so proud of you Caleb! Follow Caleb's progress at www.gobattlers.com.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
The Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Program was established by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) to promote and recognize outstanding academic achievement. One senior from each county in Ohio receives this annual honor.
Fairport Harding Senior Brenna Starkey won this award. She aspires to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She is undecided at this time on the college she will attend, but her long term goal is to be a Doctor or Surgeon.
Brenna Lorek, a senior at Fairport Harding High School, signed her commitment letter to play Division II Softball at Notre Dame College on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in the Branthoover Auditorium.