Board of Education Recognizes Students at October Meeting
At the October 8 North Royalton Board of Education meeting, Board members and administrators recognized various students and staff from all five buildings for their commitment to excellence, whether it be through academics, arts, athletics, community service or for exhibiting core values.
Elementary and Middle School
Over the past three years, Albion, Royal View and Valley Vista Elementary have brought the fourth-grade students together for a North Royalton Middle School Spirit Game at Serpentini Stadium. This year's event was held on September 25. Students were bused from each building to the stadium to watch the seventh-grade football team win their game against Nordonia Middle School. The students cheered, ate wonderful food from the concession stand and had the opportunity to meet their future classmates at the middle school. One representative from each class, in addition to cheerleaders Gabby Green and Abigail Pfeil, spoke at the October Board meeting to explain one special part they enjoyed from the event.
Back Row: Greg Gurka, Superintendent; Jeff Hill, Principal, Valley Vista Elementary; Kirk Pavelich, Principal, Royal View Elementary; Vince Ketterer, Principal, Albion Elementary; Jeff Cicerchi, Principal, North Royalton Middle School
Students left to right: Parker Pratt, Royal View Elementary, Kate Mathis, Royal View Elementary, Jillian Fyffe - Valley Vista Elementary, Kamron Liebenguth, Albion Elementary, Miles Hamilton, Royal View Elementary, Ben Hewlett, Albion Elementary, James Candelora - Valley Vista Elementary, Gabby Green, North Royalton Middle School, Conner Townsend - Valley Vista Elementary and Abigail Pfeil, North Royalton Middle School.
North Royalton Middle School
Linda Nickell, a paraprofessional at North Royalton Middle School for 23 years, has been given a Northeast Regional Award by the Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA). School support staff play an important role in ensuring students are learning in a safe and supportive learning environment. Each year OMLA recognizes educators from around the state with regional awards.
Nickell has worked with many students with a variety of disabilities including severe emotional behaviors, autism, specific learning disabilities, as well as students without disabilities. "The most important quality that Linda has is empathy, no matter who the student is, with or without a disability, she is there for each and every student in the same way," said Principal Jeff Cicerchi, North Royalton Middle School. "She is compassionate about helping students whether it is with academics or personal life struggles. She will sit, lend an ear and provide wisdom or encouragement to help those around her find the strength to be successful. Linda leaves a lasting imprint on the hearts of her students, who continue to see her as a mentor and as a friend, even after graduation."
"Linda not only impacts all of the students she works with, but the teachers and staff at our school as well," said Sarah Franko, a teacher at North Royalton Middle School. "Her positive outlook and cheery disposition brighten all lives within our school family. Linda has deeply impacted our instruction by reminding us to think empathetically and to have patience."
"The connections that Linda makes with students and staff are not limited by school walls," said Meredith Stanton, a teacher at North Royalton Middle School. "Students often see her at community events, running to her with the biggest smile and hug they can muster. Linda is extremely well respected by students, staff, administrators and parents alike. There truly is no one more deserving of this award than Linda, as all who work with her count their blessings each day."
North Royalton High School
Colin Rush, a junior at North Royalton High School (NRHS), was acknowledged for receiving a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test he took in September. In addition to excelling academically, Rush runs on the cross country team, plays piano for the show choir combo band, operates the lights for drama productions and participates as a member of the North Royalton High School Student Council and Kiwanis Key Club.
Approximately two million students take the ACT college entrance exam and only approximately 2,700 students score the highest score of 36. That is fewer than .14 percent of students who take it.
A plaque recognizing this accomplishment will be hung in Heritage Hallway at North Royalton High School.
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