4.10.19 Wildcat Weekly

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Mrs. Ireland’s forensic science students have been studying DNA, culminating in creating a DNA fingerprint using RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism). Essentially, students “digested” (cut up) the DNA using two restriction enzymes (EcoRI and Pst I) that result in different numbers and sizes of fragments from person to person, and then sorted those fragments by size using electricity (the positive anode of the gel electrophoresis chamber attracts the negatively charged DNA pieces). The DNA was then soaked in stain to make the fragments visible – those are the darker blue bands seen toward the middle/bottom of the gel. They then compared the DNA profiles of 5 suspects against that of DNA of unknown origin recovered from a crime scene to determine which (if any) was the contributor of the crime scene DNA sample. Students gained an appreciation for the delicacy of the process, as well as the difficulty in clearly interpreting the results!

Notable cases involving DNA analysis examined in this unit were the O.J. Simpson case and the Romanovs (determined whether or not skeletal remains found in Siberia belonged to the former royal family – and, if so, whether or not there is any veracity to the rumor that Princess Anastasia escaped the firing squad alive!).

 

Outside of the classroom, spring activities are in full swing.  The Track & Field Teams were in action over the weekend at the Lima Spartan Invitational.  The boys took 2nd place and girls won the invitational championship.  Way to go Cats!

 

 

The Northview Tennis Team also had a nice weekend, earning a 2nd place finish at the Ottawa Hills Invitational.  Anish, Dom, Camren, Grant and Gavin making the finals.  Alek and Ryan 3rd place finish.  Way to go Cats!

 

State Representative Theresa Gavarone visited with our FIRST Robotics teams at the Sylvania STEM Center this week.  She came away very impressed with our students, the magnitude of what they are working on, and the STEM Center itself.

 

Our spring play lit up the stage this weekend.  Radium Girls told the true story of the grave dangers that workers faced in factories roughly 100 years ago when they handled radium at the direction of management.  Both the tale and the portrayal by our young thespians were stark and powerful.  Kudos, Cast and Crew!

 

Northview’s Student Council served our broader community last Friday in a variety of ways as part of their first ever Day of Caring.  Students volunteered at Camp Miakonda, the Ronald McDonald House, Sunshine Children’s Home, and Kingston Care Center of Sylvania.

 

Can meditation and mindfulness make a difference in the choices young people make? Can it keep kids from returning to detention hall?  We don’t know, but we are giving something new a try.  A big thank you to Cassandra Muir for donating her time and expertise to help us found Yoga Detention as an alternative to traditional after-school detention hall.  Each Wednesday, Mrs. Muir offers our students a session that helps them grow mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Many of our young people are choosing to forgo the standard discipline in favor of a chance to improve themselves.

 

Arbor Hills invited several former Road Runners to return home this week for the purpose of sharing advice with future Wildcats on success during their high school careers.

 

In our staff meetings this year, we have taken a few minutes to honor the artistic side of the teaching profession with TEACHERTalks, borrowing from the popular TED Talks concept.  Today, Mr. Roth shared his philosophy on encouraging students to grow by pushing them to think for themselves.

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Senior Jayden Bolden was honored at the BCAN Celebration of the Arts this week as one of the BCSN Students of the Month, along with some of the other top scholars from our region.  We are proud of this young man!

 

Finally, here are a couple notes on upcoming events…

4.3.19 Wildcat Weekly…

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Mrs. Cafferty’s Medical Technology students are counting down the days until their certification skills checks, practicing in their laboratory, and mastering final pieces of the curriculum.

 

The Northview Chess Club held its annual school-wide tournament. First place goes to Luke Park as he defeated Jeffrey Challen in a hard-fought game.  Congratulations to Luke!

 

Northview QuizCats are this year’s recipients of the Hermiller Trophy for their amazing 11-0 sweep of the Toledo Area Academic Challenge League. Left to right standing they are Ben Gravelle, coach Perry Lefevre, captain Patrick Andres, Zack Burton, and George Hajjar. Kneeling, Luke Burton and Tyler Burton. The team is also seeking to repeat their championship in the WNWO Academic Challenge competition Thursday as they compete in the semi-finals against either Wauseon or Heritage Christian. Way to go QuizCats!

 

Our distance runners from the Track & Field Team took time just before spring break to serve our community, cleaning up the road and field near the intersection of Centennial and Brint.  Thank you, gentlemen!

 

Our FTC Robotics Teams competed in a regional contest in Pittsburgh.  You can see the size of the robots they have designed and constructed.  Next stop is the World Championships in Detroit later this month.

 

Our jazz musicians traveled to the University of Michigan School of Music and Theatre to take a tour and attend a rehearsal clinic.

 

Our science researchers were honored by Sylvania Rotary for their accomplishments at the Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

 

Our orchestras traveled to Walt Disney World over break and performed for the masses.  It looks like they had a great time!

 

The Baseball Team to traveled to Destin, Florida, and started their 2019 campaign off with a 4-2 record down south.  We are looking forward to seeing all of our spring teams in action back home in the coming weeks and months!

 

Finally, the OHSAA and Commissioner Jerry Snodgrass recognized our student section, The North, as one of the very best in the state of Ohio.  Northview was one of 14 schools state-wide to be recognized as a Golden Megaphone Finalist.  We are proud of our seniors and student-leaders for the effort they make to support one another, and to provide a positive and fun atmosphere for all of our Wildcats!

…the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets were also finalists.  Both student section leaders took time to take a picture together as friendly neighbors.

 

3.20.19 Wildcat Weekly…

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Our AP Research students showed off their year’s work, presenting at the Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Bowling Green State University.  Mrs. Nelson’s students submitted their original academic research for adjudication.  Twenty-four students were chosen from across from the state to present their research in person and to compete for prize money.  Three of those chosen to present based on the merit of their research from a pool of impressive students who attend outstanding high schools were Northview Wildcats.  Congratulations to Claire Gray, Rachel Avina, and Hannah Dorris!  Hannah went on to win scholarship money for her 3rd place finish.  Mrs. Nelson was selected by the organization as their teacher of the year for her work to build our research program at Northview.  A hearty congratulations to Mrs. Nelson and all of her students!img_2767img_2768.jpg

 

You may remember that Mr. Eckhart and these fine mathematics students entered the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge a few weeks ago, writing a 20-page paper to respond to a mathematical modeling challenge problem.  Well, M3C notified them this week that their work made it past the first round of judging, and remains in contention for the team prizes, which range from $1,000 to $20,000.  Only 178 of the 877 teams that submitted viable solution papers – about 20% – were selected to advance to the second round of judging.  They should hear by Monday, March 25, about the results of the next round.  The top six teams will be required to present their papers at the validation round of judging on Monday, April 29, at the event host’s offices – Jane Street, a quantitative trading firm, headquartered in Manhattan.  Congratulations All!

 

The Northview Science Olympiad Team won the Regional Championship last week!  This marks their 5th in a row.  Congratulations to both our varsity and junior varsity teams, as they finished 1st and 2nd in northwest Ohio!

 

Our Bands and Choirs all earned top honors, Superiors, at District Contest last week, and are headed to the State Contest in late April.  Congratulations musicians and teachers!

 

Mr. Malcolm’s AP World History freshmen presented their research at the National History Day district competition at BGSU this past weekend.  Olivia Li’s presentation on Henrietta Lacks qualified her for the state competition.  Way to go Olivia!

 

Senior Amar Ifetiha was honored by the Sylvania Schools Foundation last week with the Babiak Award for her extensive service to the community over the course of her high school career.

 

The Superintendent’s Art Show took place at Highland Meadows Golf Club last week, providing a platform for some of our students’ impressive work…

 

The Northview Orchestra is preparing for their trip to Disney World and sharpened up last night with a preview concert.

Here, you can hear the Concert Orchestra performing Tango D’Amour by Susan H. Day…

…and this is the Chamber Orchestra’s version of  Scherzo in G Minor by Antonio B. Bruni…

…and this is a combined effort of both orchestras playing the theme song from The Incredibles, which is one piece they will perform at Disney World.

 

Ms. Janecko’s freshmen learned about how genetic evolution takes place as a result of natural selection by simulating animals in the wild consuming food and drink for energy in a competitive format.  She threw in natural stresses like droughts to “thin down the herd” based on those who struggled to compete for resources…

 

While the Juniors were taking the ACT last week, the rest of our students used the time out of the classroom productively.  Freshmen learned what to think about and look for on a college visit, and then practiced by taking their first college visit to the University of Toledo…

The sophomores took a practice ACT, and received their scores that day, thanks to the wizardry of Mr. Malcolm.  Over the course of the next year, these students will have access to ACT expertise and practice questions which will help them prepare for the real test next spring.

Finally, our seniors visited college campuses, spent a day shadowing a professional in a career of interest, or donated service to the community.

 

Rehearsals for the upcoming spring play “Radium Girls” are in full swing.  The play runs April 4-7 and tickets are on sale now at northviewtheatre.org.

 

If you missed the trips to Columbus to support the Wildcats on the ice or on the Wrestling mat, here are a few glimpses of the fun…

3.6.19 Wildcat Weekly

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Rumors that Sylvania Northview is being relocated to Columbus, Ohio are unfounded.  While our Wildcats are familiar with the region and will be invading that town in the coming days, weeks, and months, we love it right here in Sylvania.

All kidding aside, it was a great week for the Northview Wildcats, both in the academic/co-curricular and athletic realms.  We are very proud of our students, mostly for the time and effort they have invested in bettering themselves on these platforms…

 

We will start with last Friday night, when the Northview Hockey Team defeated the Toledo St. John’s Jesuit Titans in the District Championship game by a score of 4-2.  This earned them a spot in the OHSAA Frozen Four, the State Championship Tournament.

The Cats continued to train this week, and are using a positive outlook on the journey this season to get better each day…

We are sold out of our ticket allotment here at Northview for Friday’s 1PM game, but know that you will be guaranteed tickets at the door at Nationwide Arena.  Let’s migrate South Friday and show our team we are behind them!

 

Two of our wrestlers, Tucker Garn and Conner Liber, competed in the District Championships this weekend in Mentor, Ohio.  Conner managed to secure his own trip to Columbus this week, finishing on the podium.  Conner is the first Northview wrestler since 2001 to qualify for the OHSAA Wrestling State Championships.  Good luck Conner!

 

Also headed to States and other impressive destinations will be several of our AP Research students after a great showing at the Northwest Ohio District Science Day at the University of Toledo.  Claire Gray, who will attend Brown University on a full ride next year, was chosen to present her paper at Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (OJSHS).  Liz Mertens was chosen to present her poster at OJSHS.  Rachel Avina was chosen to present her paper at OJSHS next week, present her poster at the OAS Professional Annual Meeting.  Her abstract will be published in their journal.  Rachel also won a UT Chemistry Department Outstanding Chemistry Award and qualified as a Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair alternate. Ryan Brown won a NWDSD Environmental Award and will be presenting his poster at OJSHS.  Several of these students took home scholarship money.  All of these students are enrolled in our AP Capstone program, where they are learning how to conduct original, collegiate-level academic research.  We are proud of them for taking on this challenge, and for the impressive results they are producing!

 

The Dance Team spent the weekend in Columbus, competing in the OASSA State Championships.  We are proud to announce that these girls were declared the 3rd best in the state in Jazz, and the 4th best in the state in Pom.  Check out their magnificent routines below.

 

Logan Strebler and Josh Vaculik (SV) won 1st place in the “Children’s Literature Pre-K”
competition at the State Educators Rising conference last week.  They authored a children’s book about the Toledo Zoo, complete with photographs.  Wish them luck at the National Competition this June in Dallas.  Congratulations, gentlemen!

 

The Speech & Debate Team also competed at the State Championships this past weekend.  If you want to see the biggest collection of IQ points in one place, check out this tournament next year.  Congratulations to Angie Louis, Jack McGranahan, and Kai Richmond for breaking to the Quarter-Finals in Congress, and a big tip of the cap to Kai for making it all the way to the Semi-Finals!

 

The Boys Basketball Team took on the Fighting Irish of Central Catholic this past Friday and brought home a District Championship.  Check out the highlights below, and then come check them out in person Thursday as they take on the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets in the District Semi-Finals at 8PM in Savage Arena!

 

This past Sunday, Erin O’Donnell, Anthony Ellis, Avinash Singh, and Andrew Megeath spent 14 hours writing a 20-page mathematics paper.  Seriously.  The brilliant young minds, mentored by Mr. John Eckhart, competed from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, modeling a current national problem using mathematics as part of the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge.  Below, you can see a few excerpts from their paper, which related to vaping.  Last year’s team advanced to the finals of the nationwide challenge.  We are crossing our fingers for these students and Mr. Eckhart that their work is well received.

 

Senior Jayden Bolden was recognized by the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce today as their student of the month.  His teachers had this to say about Jayden:

Jayden Bolden is one of the most well-rounded students I have had in my 30+ year career. He is as natural a musician as he is an athlete and scholar (Jayden is a gifted cellist). More to the point and certainly more important, Jayden is truly kind to the core. We all feel better and brighter when Jayden is in the room, so central to our spirit is he. Jayden is the first to cheer for each of us, when one of us succeeds on the field, in the pool, in quiz bowl, in an audition. No matter how small an accomplishment may seem to the masses, Jayden seems to understand the importance of such an accomplishment to the ‘one.’ When I announce the accomplishment of a student, I consistently watch as, easily, genuinely, Jayden makes that student feel like he or she has just won a state title. Simply put, Jayden Bolden is a gentleman. A Gentle Man.”

– Pam Thiel, Orchestra

“Jayden is gifted academically and is very humble about his skills. He is one of the first young people to volunteer to mentor or tutor students that are struggling academically. His presence is comforting and respectful and students never want to quit working with him because he’s just the type of person you want to be around.”

– Crystal Burnworth, Counselor

Professor Carol Schwartz delivered March’s Leadership Lunch today, and challenged our students to be authentic, persistent, empathetic, and team-oriented.  Interestingly, she talked to the kids about what it takes to be a leader of leaders.  Before she became a professor, Carol was Mr. Creech’s favorite teacher in high school and the main reason he chose this profession.

Mrs. Omey took time away from running the Media Center and Think Tank this week to work with the students in the Northview Pre-School, providing storytime.

 

Finally, if you have not signed up for the Harmony Road Show Fan Club, you are missing out.

Yes, this is what Northview is like, every day.  We are basically High School Musical in real life. 🙂

 

3.1.19 Wildcat Weekly

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March is here!  Of course, this is a sign that spring is getting closer.  As we look forward to more daylight and sunshine, that means the winter season is starting down its final stretch.  The Wildcats had a great couple weeks, as they start to wind down the 3rd Quarter academically, and wrap up the winter activity and athletic season.

First, in the classroom, Ms. Bogue’s AP Environmental Science students are designing their own energy efficient model homes.  They were given parameters, for example, what percentage of their home’s surface needed to be windows, and then released to use the scientific knowledge they have gained to see who could design the house which would retain heat the best.

 

Mr. Steele’s freshmen Health students measured out the amount of sugar in many of the products they consume daily, including soft drinks, candy, energy drinks, and even barbeque sauce and a Chick-fil-A sandwich.  They then calculated how much exercise they would need in order to work off the calories in each of those products.

 

Ms. Hage’s musicians prepped for their concert this week…

 

Mrs. Cafferty’s Medical Technology classes, as a part of their HOSA program, have been educating community members on various mental health issues.  Check out a piece by WTOL on their work here.

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Mrs. Ireland’s Forensic Science students learned how to incorporate trigonometry into a crime scene, using angles and mathematics to analyze blood splatter.  Their mission was to determine at what height the damage to the victim was done, and what type of injury probably took place.

 

Ms. Janecko’s freshmen scientists are learning about kinetic and potential energy.  They started off a lesson sharing with her what they believe to be true about a roller coaster’s energy based on previous learning.  She followed that up with an exercise utilizing bouncy balls, where students collected data and calculated different types of energy.

 

Valentine’s Day was a treat for many, as the Harmony Road Show serenaded students and staff members alike.  Soon-to-be-retired Head Custodian, Jeannie Donovan, says she was not crying during this song, you were crying.

 

In addition to the Speech & Debate State Qualifiers that will be competing this weekend, Junior Cecile Schreidah found out that she qualified to compete the National Championships.  She may or may not have been a little excited about the good news…

 

Mr. Irwin hosted another Signing Day for some of our student-athletes, including standouts in squash (yes, you read that right), dance, and swim.  Way to go Cats!

 

The Sophomore Class effort to collect and donate shoes netted 1,700 shoes, which will go a long way towards helping people in our region.  Way to go Cats!

 

Senior Night gave Mr. Lefevre a chance to honor soon-to-be four-time player of the year for our area Quiz Bowl league, Patrick Andres.  The Wildcats soundly defeated Pettisville, cheered on by The North student section…

The Quiz Cats then defeated St. Francis de Sales to seal a league title this season.

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The Science Olympiad Team is inching closer to Regionals, and used their time at the University of Michigan’s Science Olympiad Invitational to prepare and to catch up with former SciOly captain and current U of M freshman Kiran Kodali.

 

This week brought both band and choir concerts, as our musicians prepare for their regional contests.  Enjoy some sights and sounds below…

 

 

Speaking of our musicians, ’tis the season for collegiate honor bands and district level honors ensembles.  Congratulations to all of our young musicians who are putting in the extra time and effort to grow their skills and knowledge.

 

Congratulations to Jimmy Duwve, Max Kelso, and Sheridan Scott, all of whom placed in the American Legion Post Americanism Test and essay writing contest!

 

Cat’s Meow gives our seniors a chance to write their own theatrical production, and the Class of 2019 helped return this age-old Northview tradition to a bit of its glory days, performing before two healthy, enthusiastic crowds on Saturday night.  Congratulations cast and crew on a job well done!

 

Some of the Northview Majorettes traveled to Walt Disney World to compete in Twirlmania, and came away with a 4th place finish in this international competition.  Sophomore Chloe Schalk finished 2nd in the High School Classic Solo Event.  Well done, ladies!

 

We launched our first two Think Tank Challenges, giving students an opportunity to compete for gift cards to local hot spots, including Starbucks, Chipotle, and Tropical Smoothie Cafe.  Between now and spring break, students have time to use the green screen and related computer design software in the Think Tank create a promotion related to Northview.  The other challenge is to create “A Day in my Life” video using the GoPro camera.

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Ken Haas, CEO of Reverend Guitars visited our students recently to deliver a Leadership Lunch, where he shared his journey from aspiring musician and waiter to sales rep to guitar salesman to, now, CEO if his dream company.  He shared with students that the people skills he developed waiting tables and as a sales representative led him to be the type of listener and servant-leader that has carved out a niche for him in the guitar industry.  Their company has a loyal following from musicians who were frustrated with larger guitar manufacturing operations that would not make the adjustments to the instruments that they were requesting.  Mr. Haas and his team have dramatically increased sales by listening and being responsive.  In addition to the cool factor of working with the Smashing Pumpkins, two of the Jacksons (yes, those Jacksons), Fall Out Boy, Jefferson Starship, Dire Straights, the Black Keys, the Decemberists, Bernie Williams, and more, Mr. Haas explained to the kids that there is no college major for what he does.  His passion, people skills, and ability to serve others’ needs has led to their company’s success.

 

The Northview Swim and Dive Teams competed in their postseason meets, starting with  Districts, where Kevin Gaynor and George Peuhl qualified for the State Championships!

Kevin competed in the preliminaries at States, and earned spots in the Finals of both the Freestyle and Backstroke events, finishing 11th and 15th!  He broke his school record in the 50 Freestyle along the way.  George took 19th at the State Diving Championships.  Amazingly, this was George’s first year as a diver.  His training as a gymnast translated quickly to the pool, and George is excited to see what he can do next year!

Congratulations to all of our swimmers and divers on a successful season!

 

The Wrestling Team walked away from the NLL Championships with two individual titles, and several more in the top four spots:

  • 1st place Conner Liber- 152 lbs
  • 1st place Cole McKinley- 106 lbs
  • 4th place Kyle Mitchell- 113 lbs
  • 4th place Kayne Woods- 170 lbs
  • 3rd Place Jay Martinez- 220 lbs

After NLLs, the Cats competed at Sectionals, and are proud of their two qualifiers: Conner Liber and Tucker Garn…

 

The Northview Basketball Team wrapped up their regular season without a loss, defeating Anthony Wayne at home, and Maumee on the road.  Below, you can see images and highlight videos from Senior Night for our dancers, Cheer Team, and Basketball, their final games, and NLL Commissioner Richard Browne awarding the Wildcats the 2018-19 championship trophy.

Post-season honors are starting to roll in for the winter athletic season.  Congratulations to the following Boys Basketball players who made All-District:

  • Alek West – 1st Team and District Player of the Year
  • Sam Clear – 2nd Team
  • Billy Biggs – Honorable Mention

Alek was also named Player of the Year for the NLL, and chosen to represent divisions 1 and 2 in the prestigious Ohio North/South All-Star Game.  Sam was named 1st Team All-NLL, and Billy made 3rd Team All-NLL.  Congratulations gents and best of luck against Central Catholic tonight!

 

 

Not to be outdone, the LadyKats put together a great season, and have the honors to prove it…

 

After defeating Springfield in the first round of the tournament, the Kats fell to a good Start team.  Congratulations LadyKats and Coach Sayre on a great season!

 

Speaking of the LadyKats, Alumna Kendall McCoy returned home, and helped her Miami Red Hawks defeat the UT Rockets on their home court…

 

 

 

The Next Nova’s 120-poundrobot robotics team earned a spot in the Worlds Competition in late April.  These students competed at the Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship in Cincinnati recently, winning 3 of their 5 qualifying matches.  They earned the “Connections Award”, earning them an advancement spot at the Worlds Competition in Detroit.

In addition, Engineering mentor, Jessica Bollin-Smith nominated two members as Dean’s List candidates, respecting their leadership and guidance to the team.  Adam Burnworth, Lead Captain and a junior at Sylvania Northview High School was selected to be a finalist representing Ohio and will be competing to be a Dean’s List Winner at the Worlds competition.  There are only 158 youth across the country chosen as finalists and  Adam was selected.  The Dean’s List recognizes the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding FIRST Tech Challenge students.

Congratulations to Next Nova’s Northview team members: Adam Burnworth, Andrew Megeath, Ryan Brown, and Maddilynn Henderly!

 

Finally, the Northview Hockey Team is one of eight left in the state of Ohio playoffs.  After a 6-3 win over Anthony Wayne, and an overtime win over Findlay, the Wildcats will take on St. John’s Jesuit tonight for the District Championship and the right to go to the Frozen Four.  You can be there to cheer them on at 6:30 at Tam-O-Shanter.  Go Cats!

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Bethany McCarthy renamed our statue out front, which was created in honor of her father, longtime Northview Hockey Coach Jim Cooper, the Coop-brrrr Cat, yesterday.  True, it was too icy for the Wildcats to make the trek to school. We are back in action today, as our students are working hard in the classroom and beyond, achieving all that they can with what is left of this third quarter and winter season.

The Northview Swim Team had a great outing in Fremont for the Sectional Championships last weekend. All three boys and girls relays qualified plus the following individuals: Sammie Young (100 free), Zoe Briggs (100 back and 200 free), Leah Smith (100 breast), Maya Crooks (100 breast and 200 IM, Sammi Briggs (100 fly and 200 IM), Olivia Zeisler (200 free relay), Sophie Holt (400 free relay), Kevin Gaynor (50 free and 100 back), Conrad Weisner (50 & 100 free), Gavin Burke (500 free), Brandan Harshman (200 & 400 free relays), Charlie Delmonico (200 Medley Relay), Colin Kill (200 Medley Relay), Adrian Alemeida (200 free relay). A total of 14 (7 boys and 7 girls qualified for the District Championships. Kevin Gaynor is a Sectional Champion, and set a new school record in the 100 back. Divers who qualified include Kassidy Gall, Hailey Joyce, Gabbie Schinharl, George Peuhl, who was Sectional Champion, and Eli Humeniuk.

Senior McKenna Burke had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall last weekend. Congratulations McKenna!

 

The NLL Gymnastics Championships took place last weekend, and we are proud to announce that Senior Grace Schlageter earned 1st Team All-NLL honors. Way to go Grace!

The Northview Competition Cheerleading Team qualified for the OASSA State Championships in Columbus in March this past weekend with this routine at Regionals…

 

The Northview Dance Team also qualified for the OASSA State Championships in Columbus in March with the two performances you see below…

 

Sophomore Emma Steingass raced to a second place finish at the indoor track meet at the Ohio State University last weekend. If you look out your window, it may not seem like it, but spring is right around the corner. Soon, we will get a chance to see Emma and her teammates running through the warm, spring air.

 

The Northview Hockey Team has quietly put together a solid season, with wins over some big programs. Below, you can see them putting in the work during a practice session…

They had the opportunity to play outdoors in Michigan this season…

This past weekend, they lost a nailbiter against SJJ, and are hoping to have a chance to settle the score in the playoffs.

Senior Night gave us a chance to honor a class that is helping to put Northview hockey back on the map….

 

The following Medical Technology Juniors qualified to compete in State HOSA Competition this April by placing in the top 3 of their competition category at Regional HOSA Competition Monday February 4, 2019. The competition categories included Forensic Science, Health Career Display, Public Health, Sports Medicine, Community Awareness, Public Service Announcement, Medical Math, and Veterinary Science.

Rayah Alsayed

Bailee Borgerson

Angelina Delbosque

Kelsie Finkbeiner

Justin Glowski

Kayla Harris

Caitlynn Henderly

Ryan Kahan

Camryn Kelley

Yasmina Maaraba

Alexa Menard

Hannah Mitchell

Fait Semler

Birahna Syroka

Sarah Tetreau

Molly Thomas

Michaela Watson

The following Med-Tech Seniors also qualified to compete in State HOSA Competition this April by placing in the top 3 of their competition category at Regional HOSA Competition. The competition categories included CPR/First Aid, Community Awareness, Researched Persuasive Speaking, Veterinary Science, Medical Innovation (Existing), Medical Terminology, Health Career Photography, Personal Care, and Sports Medicine.

Kevin Archambault

Steven Barry

Alexander Braman

Dakota Cecil

Paige Emerson

Janean Farah

Marissa Lechlak

Roshni Panchal

Ry Pinski

Madison Schalk

Morgan Traband

Lillian Volmerding

Samantha Young

 

Patrick Andres was named the Sylvania Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month.  Ms. Huey had this to say about Patrick, “Patrick Andres is one of those rare students a teacher will never forget, and for all the best reasons. He is a talented and humble sports writer, a highly motivated student, and an incredibly respectful person.  In the time he has been on the newspaper staff he has attended two different sports writing conferences for high school journalists. The first was two summers ago at the Carolina Sports Journalism Workshop where he had the rare honor of having his work peer-reviewed twice. The second was this past summer when he attended the Michigan
Interscholastic Press Association summer workshop for high school journalists where
he participated in a press conference with professional basketball player Desmond
Ferguson. Patrick asked a question that not only showed he knows sports, and boy
does Patrick know sports, but that he knew about Ferguson’s basketball history
including his college years. Ferguson literally looked shocked at the quality of Patrick’s
question and his breadth of knowledge. None of this came as a surprise to myself or the
Co-Editors who were there, we have seen how well versed Patrick is in sports.
When we started training the newspaper staff this year Patrick asked if he could create
a presentation on how to write sports stories. I have never in my 20 years of teaching
seen a student create a better presentation, and he made it in one night! He not only hit
on all the major topics I would want, and some I had not even thought of, but he was
witty and related to the students through humor, video clips from Friends, and a stats
writing game.”  Congratulations, Patrick!

 

Speaking of Students of the Month honors, Senior Hayden Bolden was selected by BCSN as their Scholar Spotlight for February.  You can see the clip that is running on BCSN here.

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Congratulations to Seniors Claire Irwin, Marissa Lechlak & Junior Lauren Loss winning Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Gold and Silver Racquet Awards. Seniors receive Gold and Juniors Silver for two varsity letters and a minimum GPA of 3.75.

 

At a recent meeting, the NV Drama Club hosted a special guest, Mary Boyer, a local actress with a recurring role on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

 

The Girls Basketball Team has put together a rock-solid season, which continued on the road at Springfield a couple weeks ago…

 

Their winning ways continued on Senior Night, when the LadyKats, led by these three hardworking, competitive seniors, defeated the Bowling Green Bobcats.

 

Ms. Davis and Mr. Sayre’s students competed locally to see who could earn spots in the Business Professionals of American state-level contest.  Congratulations to the following qualifiers…

 

 

Mrs. Cafferty’s Medical Technology Juniors are learning CPR in class, and are using new dummies that are equipped with a sensor, alerting the student when the amount of pressure they are applying is correct.  AJ’s green lights mean he is in good shape.

 

The Speech and Debate Team is proud of its State Qualifiers:

Cecile Schreidah (Original Oratory

Dakota Cecil (Informative Speaking)

Jeremiah Luke (Lincoln Douglass Debate)

Maiya Black (Lincoln Douglass Debate)

Michael Spinelli (Lincoln Douglass Debate)

Ayah Mansour (Lincoln Douglass Debate)

Evangelina Louis (Student Congress)

Jack McGranahan (Student Congress)

Daniel Klein (Student Congress)

Kai Richmond (Student Congress)

Daven Sarikonda (Student Congress Alternate)

Northview Wrestling is another group that continues to build momentum.  These seniors have contributed significantly to that process.  Kudos, gentlemen.

Ms. Janecko’s freshmen scientists are learning about Radioactive decay, and were using (and later eating) Skittles to help illustrate how long a matter’s half-life is.

 

The Boys Basketball Team is still ranked in the top ten in the state of Ohio, and is still undefeated, with a huge home game coming up this Friday against Anthony Wayne.  A home win this Friday, which is also Senior Night, will lock up the NLL Championship for the Wildcats.  The North (student section) will be taking over the lower bowl for a tie-dye Fill It Up, as they are hoping to create a great atmosphere for the Cats.  Over the past few weeks, there have been some neat moments for the Cats.  First, Alek West scored his 1,000th point on the road at Springfield…

He was properly honored the next night at home, as the Cats took on and defeated Bedford handily.

The Cats then went on the road to earn a season sweep of the Southview Cougars…

The Cats then returned home to defeat the Perrysburg Yellow Jackets for the second time this year, thanks to some clutch defensive plays down the stretch by Sam Clear and Billy Biggs…

If you have traveled to Napoleon to see a basketball game, you know that it is a tough place to win on the road.  The Wildcats had no problem bringing home a big victory…

…and Senior Billy Biggs played so well there, he was named the BCSN Player of the Week!

The North, our student section, continues to build a sense of pride and community in our student body, organizing efforts here and there that give our kids a chance to come together.  They have helped bring home the BCSN Student Section of the Week a couple times this winter season (first time here).  The most recent was when they joined forces with Southview to support an SV Cougar who is battling cancer.  You can see glimpses of their Sylvania Cares campaign here.
BCSN noticed the strong sense of community and awarded their first-ever joint Student Sections of the Week…
All of their combined efforts, stretching back to the fall season has earned them a finalist spot for the Ohio High School Athletic Association Student Section of the Year.  Check out Commissioner Snodgrass’s announcement here.  They have been invited down to the Columbus to be honored at halftime of one of the boys’ basketball state final four games, where they will find out if they won best student section in Ohio.
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Northview had several students who were selected to be a part of the All-State Choir and Orchestra.  Junior Chyenne Smith joined Mr. Davis in Cleveland for the choral performance…
…while Sara Lee, Danny Lee, and Samuel Kim were selected to be a part of the All-State Orchestra.
Our teachers were excited to reconnect with several Northview alumni who played at the OMEA conference with their colleges and universities…
Speaking of Northview’s Choir, recently, students participated in the District 1 OMEA Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event.  Here are the results:
Superior Ratings in Class A
Isabella Litzer- Mezzo Soprano
Chyenne Smith- Alto
Isabella Olzak- Alto
John Slattery- Tenor
Emma Jurski- Soprano
Peyton Siegel- Soprano
Sara Lewandowski- Soprano
Jessica Weaner- Mezzo-Soprano
Excellent Ratings in Class A
Blake Schiffel- Baritone
Lauren Smith- Mezzo-Soprano
Maria Hiltner- Soprano
Good Rating in Class A
McKenze McGrew- Alto
Superior Ratings in Class B
Luke Westphal- Bass
Jack Daschbach- Bass
Excellent Rating in Class B
Grace Slomka- Mezzo Soprano
Juliana Monroe- Soprano
Brandon Hensley- Baritone
Sydney Johnston- Alto
Grace Miller- Soprano
The Harmony Roadshow also received a Superior Ranking in Class A
Our first-year FTC Robotics Teams have spent their snow days building complicated machines that will be ready to do battle in an arena soon, competing to outmaneuver robots built by other schools’ teams. These machines need to be able to demonstrate agility while throwing object at targets, earning points for their squad.
Mrs. Rauscher’s freshmen English students reviewed for an upcoming assessment on ethos, pathos, and logos recently by engaging in one-on-one debates.  The topics were simple, allowing students to easily construct arguments.  They then analyzed how their opponents chose to build a case, looking for examples of ethos, pathos, and logos.
Members of the Earth Club met recently with Food Services Director, Joe Shamy, sharing ideas with him on how they believe we can be more earth-friendly with how we operate in the Northview cafeteria.
The 2018-19 Winter One Acts took place a couple weeks ago, and gave students an opportunity to address the stark topics of school violence and bullying.  Kudos to these young people for tackling the tough issues.
Ms. O’Shea used balloons to help illustrate atoms’ electrical charge in her freshman science class…
Mrs. Ireland’s forensic scientists spent time recently using a lab kit to test for different drugs “confiscated from a suspect”.
Our fledgling Mock Trial Team participated in only their second district tournament and came away with some positive results from a young crew.  They defeated Maumee Valley Day School in their first round.  Maiya Black won Star Lawyer, and Eddie Garcia earned a Star Witness Award.  They researched and acted out a case from the OCLRE: State of Buckeye v. Quinn Woolf.  It challenged students to consider an individual’s right to privacy in our increasingly technological world.  In September of 2018, Quinn Woolf was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and telecommunications fraud for stealing $120 million from the State of Buckeye’s pension fund.  The state alleged that Quinn used a private, alpha-numeric code to hack into the state’s digital wallet and drain the funds. The state based its claim on drone footage captured from 400 feet in the air. The footage was enhanced to show Quinn Woolf sitting under a gazebo in the backyard of the Woolf residence with a notebook and a laptop. The enhancement revealed an alpha-numeric code written in Quinn’s notebook that matched the code needed to access the state’s account. The defense filed a motion to exclude the drone footage, claiming that police violated Quinn’s Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure. The motion hearing focused on the need for a search warrant; specifically, if the contracted drone operator qualified as a state actor and if Quinn had a reasonable expectation of privacy.  The experience, as you can image, was a fantastic one for our students.  Thank you to our volunteer coaches, John Schlagater and Lucinda Weller, and of course, head coach Elizabeth Rauscher!

 

The Quiz Bowl Team is still rocking steady, competing recently in the WNWO Academic Challenge with the area’s other top teams: Ottawa Hills, Maumee Valley Country Day, and St. Francis.  Led by Senior Patrick Andres, the Quiz Cats won the final four formatted challenge, defeating Ottawa Hills and then beat quite handily St. Francis, who had beaten Maumee Valley.  Way to go Quiz Cats!

The Glamour Gals Club is rolling again this year, reaching out to our elderly neighbors who live in

Hello? Do kids get on social media on snow days? 1.23.19 Update from Silica Drive…

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Well, with one day of classes in the books so far, it has been a light week.  Here are a few highlights from our abbreviated time together over the past week…

Senior Grant Perry spent last weekend working on the All-Ohio theatrical production.  This is Grant’s third time being selected from production experts from across the state as the student to help make happen the show with Ohio’s best young actors.  Congratulations to Grant!

 

Mock Trial, in its second year in existence, had their district competition on Friday.  Congratulations to Maiya Black for winning Star Lawyer and Eddie Garcia for winning Star Witness.  Congratulations to the entire team for a job well done.  Mrs. Rauscher is looking forward to watching you continue to build this program!

 

Sophomores dipped their toes into the career pool last week, learning about career options and career interest resources from counselors.  They then toured our engineering, business, computer science, education, iMedia, medical technology, cosmetology, and family and consumer sciences program facilities.  With course selections due on Friday, this quick look at what Northview offers was helpful for our students.

 

Friday brought an end to the school work and a chance for students to have some fun, as hundreds gathered to root on the LadyKats and Wildcats!  Our student section “The North” planned a new way to welcome our basketball teams to the floor for games, and used their Homeroom time to teach the student body the plan,  which they dubbed “The Northern Lights”.  They used the practice introductions to highlight our undefeated Quiz Bowl Team, which is led by 3-time player of the year for our regional quiz bowl league, Patrick Andres.  The Quiz Cats enjoyed their moment in the sun, so to speak.

You can see the finished product for the boys game here, which, along with the “Fill It Up” effort orchestrated by Mr. Irwin, won “The North” the BCSN Student Section of the Week.

We finally got around to playing the actual game, and the #4 state ranked Wildcats delivered, again, defeating the Maumee Panthers to remain undefeated on the season.

 

Saturday was a mess on the roads, but that did not stop our senior parents from continuing to collect household items to sell in their annual Garage Sale that will make the Northview After prom a success.  Thank to Julie Sample and her committee, and to all of our parents who dedicate hours and hours of their time to make the Northview experience a GREAT one!

 

Speaking of donations for a good cause, consider helping the National Honor Society with their campaign, Snuggles for Sylvania: a warm items drive for Sylvania Area Family Services!  You can donate new gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, socks, earmuffs or bands, and any other small warm items.  NHS will be donating them to Sylvania Area Family Services when the drive is over.  Students, bring these items to your homeroom through February 1st and the homeroom with the most items will receive a sweet treat during their next homeroom!  Contact Sara Lewandowski or Mackenzie Lutz for details.