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Gregg student earns top prize in state art contest

Fatima Smuck (left) presents a certicate to Madison Summerville, who won a statewide art contest.

John Gregg Elementary fifth-grader Madison Summerville is gaining some recognition for her artistic skills after winning a state contest.

Summerville, the daughter of Matt and Chris Summerville of Richmond, was one of five students selected for the Ohio Department of Education’s “My Favorite Breakfast” artwork contest in March.

Students across the state were asked to design a poster commemorating National School Breakfast Week and the most important meal of the day and Summerville joined other winners selected from Woodland Elementary in the Lakota Local School District; Minford Middle School in Minford Local School District; General Johnnie Wilson Middle School in the Lorain City School District, and Fairfield Local Middle School in the Fairfield Local School District.

Conotton BOE approves pay raises

BOWERSTON – An increase in Public Utilities Property taxes in Harrison County has provided significant pay increases for both classified and certified employees of the Conotton Valley Union Local School District.

At the CV Board of Education’s April 19 meeting, members approved a negotiated agreement extension with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) union providing for 3 percent pay raises for approximately 31 classified workers and extended the contract with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (certified) union an additional three years, expiring in 2022.

Cost of the four years of the OAPSE agreement will be an additional $75,000, according to Conotton Valley School District Treasurer Denise Ketchum.

Bell-Herron students earn top honors at solo, ensemble festival

The ten Bell-Herron Middle School music students who received accomplished ratings for the vocal and instrumental solos at a solo and ensemble festival held April 15 at Carrollton High School are shown in the above photo.
Front row (from left) are Mattea Morrison, Isabella Hawkins, Kara Zacapela-Diaz and Brianna Ohler. Standing behind (from left) are Olivia Nist, Chandra Brammer, Savannah Gallo, Hailey Ash, Alex Lowery and Kaylee Joseph.

CARROLLTON – Four choral soloists, 12 instrumental soloists, six choral ensembles and six instrumental ensembles involving 7th and 8th grade music students at Carrollton’s Bell-Herron Middle School took part in a solo and ensemble festival held April 15 at Carrollton High School.

According to CHS Head Band Director David Dickerhoof, the band and choir students had the opportunity to perform for clinicians where they received verbal and written feedback on their performances as well as tips for improvement.

The clinicians included Beth Rivers, band instrumental, and Christi Schwiger, choir.

Receiving accomplished (I) ratings for vocal solos were Kara Zacapela-Diaz and Hailey Ash.

Choral soloists receiving Excellent (II) ratings were Kaylee Leggett and Bryce Marshall.

Instrumental soloists receiving Accomplished (I) ratings included Penelope Menarcheck, Mattea Morrison and Chandra Brammer, all flute; Kaylee Joseph and Isabella Hawkins, both snare drum; Briana Ohler and Alex Lowery, both trumpet; Savannah Gallo, clarinet, and Olivia Nist, piano.

Instrumental soloists receiving Excellent (II) ratings were Jada Ruiz, Kaylee Leggett and Allie Hale, all clarinet.

Minerva band concert set

Minerva High School Symphonic band, Wind Symphony and 8th grade band will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the high school gymnasium. Awards will be presented during the program and a light reception will follow, according to Derrick Maxey, head band director.

BHMS ‘Spring Sing’ is May 15

The Bell-Herron Middle School vocal music department will present Spring Sing – a concert featuring traditional and upbeat music for chorus Tuesday, May 15.

The concert, which is free and open to the public will begin at 7 p.m. in the Carrollton High School gymnasium and will feature 130 students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade choirs, according to the director, Jordan Provost.

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