Slow down, time. Your march is too steady for my liking.
These past few weeks at Northview High School…
Last week, scores of young artists laid out their year’s, and as was the case with our seniors, career’s work for the community to see. The results were stunning. The amount of talent in this student body is seemingly endless.
Student Council was kind enough to host a staff appreciation breakfast recently, honoring the people they view as superheroes in their lives…
Members of the Class of 2019 who will be graduating with honors attended our annual Senior Academic Honors Banquet. In addition to receiving their Latin Honors medals to be worn over their graduation robes, they heard from 2013 Alumnus Jack Melick, who attended Ohio University, and after an internship with Apple, is now working for LinkedIN in Manhatten. Beyond working to achieve in the classroom at the next level, Jack shared with our soon to be college students that his willingness to get involved with campus life and take on leadership responsibilities helped open doors for him professionally.
Two of Northview teachers have been nominated for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Mr. Andy Roth, Chemistry & AP Chem teacher, and Mr. Greg Christy, AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics teacher, have been nominated for the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The awards were established by Congress in 1983. The award recognizes those teachers have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas.
The Orchestra Pops Concert is always a treat, and usually leaves audience members dabbing their eyes at one point or another. This year was no different. Between moving solos and senior tributes, and the debut of an original piece of music, composed by Senior Danny Lee for Mrs. Thiel, those in attendance enjoyed quite a show.
Design plans are well underway for a new softball diamond on our campus. The turfed facility will be shared with Lourdes. Construction will begin this summer, and should be complete before next season. This project will fulfill the agreement we made with Lourdes a few years ago when they funded the project to add turf to Cats Stadium. We are excited for our girls, who will finally have a fitting facility to call home on our own campus!
Dr. Brad Rieger returned home to address our freshmen members of the Northview Leadership Academy, encouraging them to lead from where they are. His pragmatic, common sense, humble examples of how they can contribute to their families, classrooms, and the rest of the people they interact with every day were well received.
Signing season for student-athletes continues to roll, as Luke Pawlak signed with Kent State for football, Lexi Knight signed with Cleveland State for golf, Anika and Lily Sweeney committed to Mount Union for basketball, Jacob Geis signed with Lourdes University for golf, and Nate Passuello committed to Hiram College for lacrosse. Go Cats!
Our fledgling FTC Robotics Teams are all grown up. In only their first year, they qualified to compete at the Worlds tournament. Teams brought their robots from Romania, China, Israel, and too many states to mention here to compete in huge arenas before screaming crowds to see which robots were the best. What an experience for our kids!
Many of our students hosted visitors from France this past month. A dozen or so high school students from our ally nation spent two weeks with host families, who were generous enough to give them a taste of American life. The interaction with people from another part of the world was an education for our young people.
The Science Olympiad Team won the Regional Championship for the fifth time in a row, defeating every other high school in this part of Ohio. These kids are organized and work hard for months to finish strong at the end of the season. They then went down and competed at the State Championships, where they finished 7th in Ohio. We are extremely proud of all of them!
Alek West had the honor of competing in the Ohio-Indiana All-Star Game, again demonstrating that he is one of the very best from the state of Ohio.
The Quiz Bowl Team won the WNWO Academic Challenge for the second year in a row, defeating all comers from northwest Ohio in a tournament that spanned months. If you would like to catch their championship match, keep your eye out for it in August.
If you have not noticed, our performing arts programs are absolute gems. Many of our talented students showed off their skills at the Jazz Night Out at Bar 145 last week, as customers were treated to a little rock, jazz, electric orchestra, and a cappella music.
Aliens invaded Mrs. Ireland’s Honors Physical Science classes! Students were challenged to organize, into one cohesive system, a group of aliens, as well as predict what a “missing” alien would look like based on the trends they noticed in their organizational system. Students had to defend their organizational systems, and look for any anomalies or flaws. The activity mimicked the challenges scientists faced when tasked with organizing the discovered elements into one cohesive “table” (the Periodic Table!). This activity gave students an appreciation for how complex the Periodic Table truly is, and how many different & repeating patterns there are that can be discovered and predicted from its current organization.
The Softball Team has notched wins over CCHS, Pickerington Central, and Bowsher.
Our Band students performed with the BGSU Academy Band.
NHS held its annual Spring Induction and Honor Cord Ceremony, giving us a chance to say thank you to the Class of 2019 for their service and leadership, and to welcome the Class of 2020 to this prestigious organization.
The Tennis Team concluded an impressive regular season, winning some hardware at the annual Northview Doubles Tournament, and advancing our entire team to the finals matches at the NLL Championships. The Wildcats finished as runner-up in the league race.
Prom was fantastic, plain and simple! The kids had a blast at the dance and at After Prom. A HUGE thank you to the class officers, advisors, and parents who planned and volunteered to make this night one that the Class of 2019 will not forget!
The Northview Track & Field Teams are gearing up for the NLL Championships tomorrow. The boys’ team won the Findlay Invitational last Friday and is in the hunt for a league title. For the girls, Emma Steingass continues to score well at meets, regularly finding her way to the podium.
The Baseball Team has notched a few impressive wins this season, defeating the SV Cougars, Ottawa Hills, and #1 State ranked in Division II Bowling Green.
Interact students gathered last Friday to make blankets for a local children’s hospital.
The Science Olympiad Team and School Pride Committee of teachers conducted a spring cleaning of our courtyards, getting them ready for student use this spring…whenever Mother Nature chooses to cooperate.
Two special Sylvania Schools educators were honored by Seniors Amar Ifetiha and Ryan Bules at the annual “I Make a Difference Breakfast” last week. Amar and Ryan were elected by their peers to represent the Class of 2019, and they chose to highlight Mrs. Schloegl and Mrs. Oleshansky as people who have forever changed their lives.
Thank you to our senior parents who organized a luncheon for our soon to be graduates, giving us an opportunity to distribute caps and gowns, and a chance for them to visit with one another as they begin to complete their high school journey.
We honored more than half of our students for their academic and co-curricular work at our end of the year honors assembly, which culminated with the True Gold Award being given to Student Council for their work this year, which personified several of our school core values.
Our Boys Lacrosse Team defeated the Southview Cougars last week, completing the season sweep and securing the Reed Trophy. The boys were down several goals with five minutes to go, and stormed back, scoring the winning goal with eight seconds remaining. Way to go Cats!
Finally, this is Teacher Appreciation Week, and our kids have been saying thank you by sharing personalized messages with teachers on social media. Our kids are blessed to have this crew working with them each and every day.