We are Chardon
Often times, we wonder if our influence matters. Day in and day out---we live our values and educate with a clear purpose of lessons bigger than standards....wondering if our influence makes a difference.
Last Friday, we were able to see something bigger than a basketball game. In the closing minutes of the 4th quarter in the JV game at North, Austin Siracusa entered the game with a big heart and loving spirit. Austin works as the team manager and the sportsmanship of both teams transcended the outcomes of the scoreboard.
I am so proud of the young men, the coaches, and the fans. This is a perfect example of living the core values and demonstrating integrity, dignity, and compassion.
Nick Schragel: National Merit Finalist
Congratulations, Nick Schragal! Nick has been named a Finalist in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program. As one of approximately 15,000 high school seniors who are Semifinalists, he has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in March. What an outstanding accomplishment! We are so proud of you!
Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.
In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing. High school principals are notified and provided with a certificate to present to each Finalist.
All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.
The FCS department sent a team of junior leaders to the Annual Lake Geauga Youth Summit Leadership Training where they experienced a great day of bonding and learning. In addition to fundamental leadership training sessions, two nationally recognized motivational speakers, E J Carrion and Frank Kitchen, delivered high-energy presentations on student success and team building. Our leadership team will bring back to CHS lessons centered around positive social media and student empowerment. Students who attended the training are Lily Baker, Brandon Frania, Chase Kline, Devon Moses, Morgan Richard, Megan Sivula, Matt Smrdel and Mason Ziegenfuss.
Sports Nutrition students finished a unit of personal physical wellness. Students participated in a hands-on lab that enabled them to determine and analyze their blood pressure, flexibility, muscle/heart/lung endurance, target heart rate, and exercise skills.
Freshmen Mentoring students had a Valentine's Day bake off. Congratulations go to Isabella Patti and Grace Powell, who were voted the winners.
Congratulations to students participating in the Mentor Science Olympiad Invitational on February 11, 2017.
The C Division team (representing grades 9-12) took a fourth place trophy.
Awards in individual events are as follows:
Division B (6-9th grade):
6th Place Bottle Rockets - Paige Yamamoto and Ethan Fuerst
7th Place Meteorology - Owen Vokoun and Noah Munoz
8th Place Rocks and Minerals - Owen Vokoun and Ethan Fuerst
Division C (9-12th grade):
2nd Place Materials Science - Nick Schragal and Richie Wainio
2nd Place Remote Sensing - Nick Schragal and Colby Williams
3rd Place Astronomy - Nick Schragal and Heather Humbert
3rd Place Disease Detectives - Arman Bayat and Richie Wainio
4th Place Helicopters - John Meleski and Alex Schragal
4th Place Robot Arm - Connor Fuerst and Alex Schragal
4th Place Rocks and Minerals - Asher Vokoun and Colby Williams
4th Place Towers - Emily Stern and Heather Humbert
5th Place Chem Lab - Nick Schragal and Richie Wainio
5th Place Electric Vehicle - Connor Fuerst and Alex Schragal
6th Place Dynamic Planet - Asher Vokoun and Colby Williams
6th Place Game On Drew and Colby Williams
6th Place Helicopters - Drew Williams and Heather humbert
6th Place Towers - Connor Fuerst and Halle Crtalic
7th Place Diseases Detectives - Rachel Yates and Liam Kerry
7th Place Ecology - Nick Schragal and Emily Munoz
7th Place Wind Power - Arman Bayat and Nick Schragal
8th Place Wind power - Connor Fuerst and Halle Crtalic
Mid-Season Gymnastics: by Madelyn Hamulak
This year, the gymnastics team has undoubtedly had their strongest season yet. With the additions of five new girls, a new practice gym, and head coach Kasey Eichle, they have had their best season and have been able to score their highest team score in years. On Sunday, February 6th, Chardon had one of their last home meets at Lake Erie Gymnastics School in Mentor. The girls were able to take first place scoring 139.95, their highest team score. They beat Mentor, Riverside, and Perry.
This year they are hoping to get that score up to 140. The team has also travelled to Dublin, Brecksville, and Strongsville. They have had good luck at most meets so far. In January the team traveled to Dublin Ohio and took second place out of 15 teams. They beat some past state qualifiers which is a good sign. Sophomore Jaden Linn said,”We did very well at Dublin. We beat a few previous state qualifiers which gives us a lot of hope going into sectionals and districts.” Senior Jessica Liechty said,”This season has been great so far. Especially since it is my last season. We have gotten our highest team score as well. We are really hoping to make it to states and that would be a great end to my gymnastics career.” The team's main goal is to make it to states at the end of February. At the Dublin meet they had their second highest score of 139.9. Junior Kayla Benjamin said,”Recently I have come back from my knee surgery and it feels so good to be back. We all have so much fun together and meets have been going very well. Making it to states would be awesome. We are all super excited.” The team has also had some overall wins. At the Brecksville Invitational they took first overall, beating six teams. Also, at the Strongsville meet they were able to take first beating four teams.
February 15th is the WRC competition. The girls are hoping to take first like they have the past five years. Junior Lily Baker said, “ Our next meet is the WRC and we have won for the past five years in a row. We are hoping to take home first again this year.” This meet is at home at Lake Erie Gymnastics School in Mentor. Since there is no gymnastics equipment at Chardon High, the girls travel to Mentor everyday to practice. Junior Emily Phillips said,”We have been practicing at a real gym in Mentor this year. We used to practice at West Geauga High School. This is a great advantage to us since we have very nice equipment now.” Also, at the end of February the team has their sectional tournament where they are hoping to qualify for Districts and from there to States. Two years ago the team did qualify for districts, but last year they did not. It is very tough competition so they are hoping for the best.
Below are the results of the WRC Competition
Mid- Season Basketball Review: By T.J. Kinkopf
The Chardon boys basketball team has been in gym as much as they can to do whatever they can to get better and to be the best that they can be. Head coach Chad Murawski preaches “Hard work always pays off every single time, you can't cheat the Grind and the Grind will never cheat you”. The boys basketball team has been in the gym grinding every chance that they get, the players and coaches believe that every opportunity to get better will help turn this program around. Hilltopper Junior, Alex Sulka, is the player to try and stop for the Hilltoppers, He's averaging 20 PPG and is the main guy the Hilltoppers look to get the ball to. When you have a squad behind the best player in the Western Reserve Conference, you have a pretty good chance of winning games. I got a chance to catch up with senior Shane Quin on his thoughts on how the season is going, this is what he had to say “The season is one of the funnest seasons I've ever been a part of, all the guys are really close and we've been winning some games so it's been really fun, but i'm not looking forward to the season coming to an end”.
The Hilltoppers have had some nail biters this year including Kenston, Mayfield, and Madison. Senior Dan Ciolek had some words for their close game loses this year “It always stinks to lose the close ones, those are the ones that are almost must wins once you play that well and put all the hard work in every single week, it hurts but we bounce back with even more juice than we went into the week with”. The Chardon Hilltoppers are having the most successful season they've had in a couple years. First year Varsity Coach Chad Murawski said, “The players are coming to practice with the mindset of outworking their opponents. We have great senior leadership who brings effort and energy every day, which trickles down to the younger players. I am proud of how hard they are competing and learning to win. ”The boys look to face off at rival Madison this friday where they look to get a win against a good matchup.
Chardon Wrestling: by Kyle McCaffrey
When you think of winter sports you may think of basketball, gymnastics, or maybe even indoor track but the sport I want to talk about is the sport that takes place deep behind the doors in the back of the gym. That sport is Wrestling. When you walk into the back through the metal doors that say “Three Days In March” painted across the top of it, a room emerges in which you may notice all the vibrant, red mats, but the first things most people notice is the temperature. Referred to as the “toaster oven” by some, Senior Captain Dustin Clute has his own opinion of it. “Sure the rooms hot, it feels more like summer than winter but it is necessary to stay in shape and be competitive because I love to eat.” Dustin is not the only one who loves to eat and is not the only Captain. All the Seniors on the team are Captains. Dustin, Trevor Swick, Justin Stanko, Sam the Rock, and Matt Klingsberg. Sadly, Matt has an injury and is out for the remainder of the season, which is a bummer, but he has been replaced with Sophomore Andrew McNaughton, who has been having some success with his win last week against Olmsted Falls.
When asking Dustin how the team is doing he exclaimed “We have had a ton of success in duals lately, Jake Hamulak is very good, and Sam just got his 100th win a couple weeks ago as well.” Wrestling is one of the most physical sports in the world. Comparable to the UFC in my opinion… except you cannot punch and kick people or things like that, but it comes down to the same concept of who wants it more and who is more physical. It is not who can get into the endzone or who can make the baskets, it is who can put their opponent on their backs; which is not always easy. The Wrestling team recently hosted the Narrah Graham Duels Tournament competing against North, South, Riverside, and Brush. Chardon took first place with scores of : Chardon vs. North 72-6, Chardon vs. Riverside 49-19, Chardon vs. South 51-19, and Chardon vs. Brush 66-6. It was also Senior Night for the 5 Seniors. It was a memorable day for the Seniors and the rest of the Wrestling squad. While there are only a few matches and tournaments left, the Toppers plan to keep rolling and working hard.
Chardon Swim Team: by Coach Parrish
We had a great swim meet on Saturday. The girls went from 6th last year to 3rd this year (behind Mayfield and Solon) and the boys were 9th overall. Some of the most recent highlights include:
Everett McFarland: 200 free and 500 free
Jayne Sopenski: 100 fly and 100 back
Katarina Valentic: 200 IM and 100 breast
Anne Evans: 100 free
Sarah Bennett: 50 free and 100 back
Marissa Scerbo: 500 free
Natalie Dumm: 100 fly
Noel Rozic: relay
200 Medley Relay
Katherine Jerry: 50 and 100 free
Sarah Bennett: 100 back (2nd in 50 free)
Team Records Set:
200 medley Relay: Bennett, Valentic, Sopenski, Jerry
200 free: Everett McFarland
500 free: Everett McFarland
50 free: Katherine Jerry
100 back: Sarah Bennett
200 IM: Katarina Valentic
100 Breast Stroke: Katarina Valentic
Chardon Lady 'Toppers Season in Review: by Coach Harris
The girls basketball regular season ended this past Monday 2/13 with senior night as the Toppers hosted Aurora. Senior night, like much of the season, ended in a victory for both the junior varsity and varsity programs.
The freshman finished their season with a record of 13-3 despite only having 7 players for the majority of the year. The girls were led by first year coach Ali Gagne who helped to build a close knit team where everyone enjoyed playing together. The highlight of their season were nail biting victories over Kenston (42-40) and Mentor (33-29) in the final weeks of the season. These close wins provided the girls with the satisfactory feeling of seeing their hard work for the past 3 months pay off.
The junior varsity team finished the year with an impressive record of 20-1, with their only loss coming against North by 4 points. In their 20 wins, the junior varsity team outscored their opponents on average of 47-22. The highlight of the junior varsity season was avenging their only loss to North when they traveled to Eastlake to win by a score of 30-22. The girls played hard under Coach Anjalia Lyons and came together as a group to get better each and every day.
The varsity team ended their regular season with a record of 17-5, including finishing second in the Western Reserve Conference. The team received many contributions from every member of the team, but their success wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership of their 5 seniors Josie Cremeans, Bri Kuty, Kaitlin Kobuszewski, Tessa Ludwick, and Alexa Peters. Regardless of their roles on the team, the 5 seniors came to practice every day with the purpose of making sure their teammates were working hard and improving every day. The team finished ranked #4 in the News-Herald Top of the Crop and #16 in the Plain Dealer/Cleveland.Com Top 25. Consistently throughout the year there were many players who appeared in the statistical leaders in the News Herald including: Seniors - Tessa Ludwick (points, steals, assists), Kaitin Kobuszewski (steals), Alexa Peters (steals), Josie Cremeans (assists, 3 pointers made) Juniors - Grace Bradley (points, rebounds, blocks, steals, assists), Faith DiLillo (rebounds) Sophomores - Sydney Feller (points, 3 pointers made - currently tied for the school record with 70), Lindsey Nichols (steals, 3 pointers made), and Tori Butala (3 pointers made, blocks). As a team they have already surpassed the previous school record with 176 3 pointers made in a season. Individually, Sydney Feller put her name in the state record books with 9 threes in a single game against Willoughby South.
The varsity teams begins the state tournament at home on Saturday 2/18 at 1 PM versus Madison. The successful year for all levels wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of parents, families, and the community.
I CAN Statements
It really bothers me to hear people say they can’t do something they are more than capable of doing. I think to myself, why would you think that way? There’s nothing wrong with you. You can do it. Sometimes I want to ask, “If I gave you a million dollars, could you figure out a way to do it?” In my view, one of life’s greatest tragedies is people falling short of their potential because of self-limiting statements.
Once the seed of a limiting belief is planted in the mind it’s generally fertilized with negative self-talk. Your self-talk is the internal dialogue you have with yourself. When it gets really negative you say things like, “I can’t do anything right”, “I could never do that”, “I can’t make good decisions” or something else along those lines. These statements are all false yet you allow yourself to think they are true.
Many of these self-limiting statements are simply excuses. For example, if someone says, “I could never get in front of a group of people and give a presentation.” Unless they literally can’t speak, they are lying to themselves by saying they can’t do it. Nothing good comes from making such a statement.
Don’t allow yourself to say you can’t do things that are actually feasible. You’re better off to admit you DON’T WANT to do something rather than to say you can’t do it. The more you make those types of false statements the more you will believe them. This is very important. Don’t allow yourself to think or say you can’t do something you are perfectly capable of doing.
From this day forward, don’t allow yourself to say, ‘I can’t do something” unless it is something you really cannot do. Keep in mind that these types of statements limit your opportunities and prevent you from searching for solutions.
Perhaps the most common of all limiting beliefs is the idea that you can’t reach a certain level of success. On a success scale of 1-10, you may think you can get to a 7 but not a 10. If someone has reached a 10, why can’t you? Really. Why can’t you?
Why put up barriers? You are filled with gifts and talents — the ability to be all that you can be and take advantage of all that life has to offer. Accept the gift. The sky’s the limit.
Have a great weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal