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Valley Vista Elementary Named 2016 Hall of Fame School
The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA) announced that Valley Vista Elementary in the North Royalton School District has been selected as a 2016 Hall of Fame School. Principal Jeff Hill and his staff will be presented with the award, including $1,000 to be used at the principal’s discretion. OAESA will recognize seven winners of the Hall of Fame Award during an Awards Luncheon to be held June 17, 2016, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. “We are so proud of being recognized by the OAESA as a Hall of Fame school,” said Jeff Hill, Principal, Valley Vista Elementary.  
Four High School Students Recognized as Finalists in National Merit Scholarship Program
Each year, more than 1 ½ million students take the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors. From this pool of students, 16,000 are selected as Semifinalists. The Semifinalists must complete an application, take the SAT and then the pool is narrowed down to 15,000 (less than 1%) who are considered finalists and eligible to receive scholarships. Approximately half of the finalists will be selected for merit scholarships. "Typically a high school would count themselves blessed to have one or two students reach the finalist level, but we recognize four of our high school family members who have achieved this high accomplishment," said Sean Osborne, principal, North Royalton High School. "These young men have earned the designation of Finalist in the competition for National Merit Scholarships.

Congratulations Owen Benefiel, Brian Chu, Brian Kozik and Ryan Chester.
 
Albion Elementary Embraces Cultural Heritage with Spirit Day
On Monday, April 11, at the Board of Education Meeting, Albion Elementary students showed how important it is to embrace their cultural heritage and diversity as a school. The students, representing dozens of nationalities, shared their heritage and brought in a food item unique to their culutre. Some of the food shared was pizzelles, spring rolls, koulouraki and hummus, ponchiki, pirogues, pakora and dates ma'amoul. A video put together by Paula Atves and Beth Iafigliola about Albion’s Heritage Spirit Day was shown at the meeting as well. 
North Royalton Board of Education Members Receive OSBA Awards
President of the North Royalton Board of Education Jackie Arendt, as well as board members Dr. John Kelly and Anne Reinkober were presented with the Ohio School Boards Association's Award of Achievement at the April 11 Board of Education meeting. This award is given to school board members in recognition of their commitment to training and leadership activities on their boards of education and region, as well as OSBA statewide activities.

In addition, Dr. John Kelly was presented with the Ohio School Boards Association's Master Board Member award. The Master Board Member Award is given to school board members who dedicate themselves to improving their boardmanship skills and knowledge. All Master Board Members must first earn OSBA's Award of Achievement before being considered for the additional recognition. The Master Board Member honor is only awarded once to an individual and is recognized for life. The member must complete numerous professional development workshops and activities and be actively involved in student leadership and other OSBA statewide activities.

All three board members also were recognized at the association's regional spring conference on March 30.
 
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