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Students of the MonthCongratulations to the Cardinal High School Students of the Month for February: freshman Dawn S., sophomore Noah F., junior Ashley M. and…

Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Cardinal High School Students of the Month for February: freshman Dawn S., sophomore Noah F., junior Ashley M. and senior Melissa N., and for March: freshman Emma M., sophomore Rob Z., junior Taylor E. and senior Michaela M.

Drug Free Commitment

Geauga County Probate Court Judge Tim Grendell and Middlefield Police Officer Brandon Gray recently spoke to Cardinal Middle School students during a school assembly. Organized by Jamie Dasher, the entire school had an opportunity to hear about making a commitment to a drug free life and avoiding the results and consequences of substance abuse, which include police and court actions. Students signed forms that were then collected and stored by Judge Grendell.

Pennies for Patients War

Headed up by Peggy Karg and the Builder’s Club, Cardinal Middle School participated in a Pennies for Patients War and raised $1,000 towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Club members brought the collected change to Giant Eagle where they filled the Coinstar machine to organize the money.

Motivational Speaker Visits Cardinal

“You can never change your past, but you can change your future!” — Reggie Dabbs.

That was the message motivational speaker Reggie Dabbs wanted to get across to the students of Cardinal Local School District when he visited on April 10.

Dabbs captured the attention of students from all grade levels with his stunning performances of popular songs such as “You’re Amazing” by Bruno Mars and “Bless the Broken Road” by the Rascal Flatts on the alto saxophone.

He made students laugh with his life is a rollercoaster metaphor, urging students to not get off the ride of life. He also made many cry with his own touching life story. He even persuaded several teachers to do a rap for the students.

Whether he was playing the saxophone, joking around or speaking seriously, the theme of the day remained constant “Never give up.”

The assembly was made possible in part by a contribution from Kinetico Incorporated and the Kinetico Community Support Program.

Goodyear Engineering Day

A bus from Cardinal Middle School traveled to The University of Akron for the Goodyear Engineering Career Day for Young Men and Women on April 12. More than 50 students, teachers and parents from Cardinal attended the event.

The annual event sponsored by Goodyear gives both high school and middle school students the opportunity to explore careers in engineering through presentations and hands on activities. The event helps to promote the ideals of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and careers using STEM skills.

Students attended presentations and activities led by engineers of various disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, and chemical from companies within Northeast Ohio. They enjoyed walking around the University of Akron campus while attending various presentations on polymers, bridge construction, airplane mechanics, aerospace design, chemical changes with rubber and many other interesting topics.

As part of the day, students also competed in a hands-on STEM challenge that involved creating a vehicle to transport material to four Minecraft characters from materials such as paper, tape, plastic straws and compact discs. The students were challenged to carry the most material the farthest.

At the conclusion of the day’s activities, Goodyear, in cooperation with local universities, presented scholarships to area high school students and grants to participating high schools and middle schools.

Cardinal Middle School eighth-grade science teacher Joe Sherman was awarded a middle school grant of $500 to continue to promote STEM within his classes and the district.

To be eligible for the grant teachers needed to submit a letter that outlined what they do to advance STEM skills in their schools. Grants were then awarded based on the teacher letter, student attendance at the event and score on the hands on challenge activity.

Students returned to the school around 3:30 p.m. after an exciting day. They were able to enjoy this opportunity thanks to the support of the Cardinal Middle School PTSA, which was willing to pay for the transportation, their parents and the CMS staff and teachers. It was the second year that Cardinal students attended the Goodyear Engineering Career Day and they hope to attend again next year.

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