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As part of their study of English, the sixth-grade students from Cardinal Middle School attended the production of "A Christmas Story"…

Sixth-Graders Attend “A Christmas Story”

As part of their study of English, the sixth-grade students from Cardinal Middle School attended the production of “A Christmas Story” at the Allen Theater in Cleveland. The students were excited to see the live production complete with the light up leg lamp and a triple dog dare.

The CMS students were able to ask questions of the actors after the production, and no one shot their eye out. The sixth-graders would like to thank the middle school PSTA for its support of the trip.

NHS Induction

On Dec. 19, students of Cardinal High School gathered in the gymnasium for the annual National Honor Society (NHS) induction ceremony. NHS is a prestigious organization that is made up of chapters in schools around the nation and recognizes exceptional students. Acceptance into NHS is based on four criteria: scholarship, character, leadership and service.

Each year, the Cardinal chapter of NHS, led by teacher Carrie Korenke, invites all CHS students, staff and school board members, and parents of new inductees to witness the swearing in of new members.

This year, Kayla R., NHS president, addressed the new inductees to explain the privileges and responsibilities that come with being a part of the organization. Current NHS members then carried a carnation to each newly accepted inductee and led them to the podium where they were greeted by family and given their official NHS pin.

Current members include Kayla R., Miranda S., Chloe P., Amie K., Billie Jo A., Chad M., Emma R. and Tyler K. After all members were called, Miranda S. spoke to the new inductees about the importance of scholarship and making learning a lifelong endeavor. Chloe P. talked about the importance of character and being a good person both in and out of school. Amie K. gave a speech on leadership, and Billie Jo A. spoke about service for the school, community and country.

After the speeches, current member Chad M. read the pledge new inductees must take and current members renew.

To conclude the ceremony each year, NHS members select a member from the staff to make a speech to the student body, and this year they chose Mr. Ben Clutter. He gave a humorous speech about superheroes, but then told everyone that, “The real heroes are those around us who make us do better and be more.” He urged students to never become complacent and to always strive to do bigger and better things, to become real life heroes.

Swearing In

On Dec. 18, the students of Cardinal High School gathered in the gymnasium to witness an important political event the swearing in of local elected officials. The ceremony was conducted by Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill, who swore in Councilmen Ron Wiech and Rick Seyer, Cardinal School Board member Nancy Ferguson, Educational Services Board member Steve Remias and Trustee Jon Ferguson.

After the oaths were taken, several of the elected officials, along with Justice O’Neill and state Rep. John Patterson, addressed the student body with inspiring speeches about the importance of voting and how politics affects their lives. They also explained that the students are the future of the community and country.

It was a wonderful opportunity for students of Cardinal High School to see local politics in action.

Eighth-Grader Named Junior Grange Ambassador

Cardinal Middle School eighth-grade student Patrick L. has been named a National Junior Grange Ambassador. National Junior Grange is a nationwide agricultural organization for boys and girls ages 5-14 years old. In addition to learning about agriculture, Junior Grange offers opportunities for its members to build character, develop self-confidence, responsibility and respect, as well as provides opportunities for them to learn about taking on leadership roles, parliamentary procedures and public speaking.

As a National Junior Grange Ambassador, Patrick will travel to different states to put on leadership training workshops for other Junior Grange members as well as helping to plan the Junior Grange activities for the National Grange Convention in November 2014. Patrick also currently serves as the Ohio State Junior Grange prince.

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