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                                         May 2014

School news          

2014 Monsignor Dowed winners named Academic and Chivalrous Knights   Spring fine arts festival   Math students show outstanding results   Hoban elects student council officers for next year   Class of 2014 prom court   Students win awards in National Spanish Exam   Seniors recognized for volunteerism by City of Akron   NSTA presents Hoban science teacher the Simmons Award    Athletic physicals scheduling   Kosovo immersion trip   Parents club   Summer Camps  

The Class of 2014 celebrates

The month of May was packed with the traditional events all seniors experience at the end of their time at Hoban. Click the links below to see pictures of each event. Class picture Letter Painting Senior Mass Alumni-Senior Breakfast Promenade Senior Prom and After-Prom Commencement

Valedictorian: Ben Easton Salutatorian: Tim Brennan

Cheers for the Boosters

2014 Monsignor Dowed winners named at Honor Night   The highest award given by Hoban, the Monsignor Dowed School Spirit Award singles out students who have made outstanding contributions of their time, effort and talent to the Hoban community and to the activities connected with the school. Faculty committees select students who have best exemplified the ideals of Christian service, leadership and spirit.    This year's winners are (clockwise from front) freshman Justin Austin, sophomore Michael Smith, junior Jackson Miles and senior Austin Griffith.


  Fourth quarter Academic and Chivalrous Knights announced   Each grading period, two students from each grade level are selected by the Academic Review Board to be Academic Knights. Academic Knights excel in scholarship. They also demonstrate leadership, service to the Hoban family, service to the community, Christian values and good character. This quarter's Academic Knights are: Freshmen Mackenzie Deighen and Conner Maloy   Sophomores Joseph Lawrence and Kara Marshall Juniors Jesse Blankenship and Gregory Brown Seniors Grace Ederer and Mackenzie Ryan To see pictures of the Academic Knights, click HERE.    Each grading period, two students from each grade level are selected by the Academic Review Board to be Chivalrous Knights. Chivalrous Knights exhibit industriousness in the classroom, outstanding effort, involvement in student activities, Christian values and a polite, positive and helpful attitude toward others. This quarter's Chivalrous Knights are: Freshmen Tyler Moneypenny and Lily Sargent Sophomores Keith Contrera and Lucas Lauterjung Juniors Luisa Landaverde and Adam Pacanovsky     Seniors Ellen Lauterjung and Michael Londa  To see pictures of the Chivalrous Knights, click HERE.

  Visual, performing arts showcased at spring fine arts festival  

The talents of Hoban's students of the fine arts were displayed at the Spring Fine Arts Festival. On Tuesday, May 13, the choir and orchestra presented a concert in the Barry Gym. On Wednesday. May 14, the work of Hoban's visual artists were displayed in the art rooms and the Showers Activity Center, and the steel drum band and percussionists performed in Barry Gym. At a reception before the fine arts festival, senior artist Lizzie Miller and junior artists Margaret Melhus and Tess Powers were the 2014 recipients of the Purchase Prize, a new recognition program begun by Dr. Todd R. Sweda, Hoban president, to honor and display the most outstanding work of Hoban art students. Their work will be purchased, framed and displayed on the walls of the corridor outside the religious studies classrooms. From all the student artwork produced this year, the fine arts department faculty selected the top 10 pieces. These works were shared with the faculty and staff so that they could vote on their three favorites.  To view the winners, click HERE.

Math students show outstanding results in contests During the 2013-14 academic year, Hoban students participated in a variety of state and national competitions and fared quite well. American Mathematics Competition Ohio Math League  State Tournament of Mathematics  MathFax National Mathematics League  To see the results of the contests click HERE.       Hoban elects student council officers for next year   The 2014-15 student council executive board election was held at Hoban in May. After hearing speeches from all candidates the student body elected Jackson Miles as president. Elected as vice president was Evan Nichols. Annie Tomei was then named secretary.  

The Class of 2014 selects prom king, queen, members of court   Seniors cast ballots to select the members of the 2014 senior prom court. Peter Kratcoski and Lizzie Miller were then chosen as king and queen. Because of a tie, there were seven girls and six boys on the court, which included Emma Burkholder, Lucia Congeni, Deanna Demechko, Queen Lizzie Miller, Emily Pugliese, Leah Sadinski, Mykaela Zingale, Jeff Crock, King Peter Kratcoski, Ben

Naragon, Dan Sutter, Jake Tersigni and Pat Williams.   To see pictures of many senior events, click HERE.      34 Hoban students win awards in National Spanish Exam   Senior Daniel Shawlson won a gold medal for placing in the top five percent of students taking the National Spanish Exam. Thirteen additional Hoban students earned silver medals, and twenty won bronze.    The National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools for grades 6-12, given by over 3,800 teachers nationally to measure proficiency and achievement of students studying Spanish as a second language.  Over 140,000 Spanish students from across the country competed with one another in the National Spanish Exam in the spring of 2014. The exam, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, is the most widely used test of Spanish in the United States.    With special recognition in the Northeast Buckeye Chapter, two students placed in their levels and categories. Both receive monetary awards. For Level 3: bilingual, Luisa Landaverde earned second place. For Level 4: bilingual, Jackie Reyes earned third place. For a list of names and additional information, click HERE.    

Two seniors recognized for volunteerism by City of Akron     Two Hoban seniors, Te'a Rucker and Cynthia Preston, were among those honored at the 24th annual National & Global Youth Service Day Recognition Program. The City of Akron and Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic have named the girls among Akron's most dedicated youth volunteers. The recognition ceremony was held at the Akron-Summit County main library in downtown Akron on  April 22 .

         NSTA presents Hoban science teacher the Simmons Award Science teacher Diane Vrobel has been awarded the Maitland P.

Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers by the National Science Teachers Association. The award provides selected teachers in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual national conference. According to NSTA President Bill Badders, the award recognizes extraordinary K-12 teachers, principals and science educators for their outstanding achievements in science education.  "We are proud to honor these amazing teachers and science education professionals," he said. "They are not only making a significant mark on the profession, but also inspiring the next generation of informed citizens, scientists, engineers, mathematicians and innovators. Through their passion, patience and dedication, and by instilling a sense of wonder about science, they are helping to build a more promising future for all students." 

Athletic physicals for next year being scheduled now

Athletic physicals at Akron Children's Sports Medicine for 2014-15 are now being scheduled for Tuesday, June 3, 2014 , from  5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $25. Click HERE to read the letter from athletic trainer Sheila Shrack regarding scheduling information.   Click HERE to download a copy of the 2014-15 physical form. 

Students immerse themselves into Kosovo culture Two teachers and five students traveled to Kosovo in May to work with human rights organizations, observe the post-Communist rebuilding process and be immersed in a the local culture. While in Kosovo the students were responsible for documenting their experience through journalistic photography and reflective journal writing. The students' work of photos and writings will be compiled into a website, a book, and an exhibition of photographs and writing. The goal of the trip was to transform the traditional educational travel experience by putting students in position to interact, create and contribute--rather than passively observe--a step in revolutionizing the learning experience.  The students participating were Susan Stalter, Ellen Stair, Tess Davey, Christina Gorey and Maddie Rotunda. Chaperoning the group were Mr. Micah Kraus and Mr. Greg Milo.    Parents Club Parents club would like to thank all the parents who have volunteered this school year with so many events. We look forward to next year as Sue Hamlin Scanlon becomes the Hoban Parents Club's president.           

Summer sports camps information and registration is now online. Click HERE.  Please note that there is a change to the original listing for the girls basketball camp. Dates stay the same, but the time will be from  12:30 to 3 p.m.  and the cost will be $70, not $85.    Fast Break Basketball Summer Sessions are also being offered by T.K. Griffith. Click HERE. The fourth annual Advantage Knights Summer Enrichment Camp will be from  8:30 to noon , Mondays through Fridays,  June 9-20, 2014 . This two-week camp for boys and girls entering seventh and eighth grades takes a unique and challenging look at the creative side of Hoban's course offerings and cocurriculars. Students will attend eight different courses over the two-week period. For students looking forward to choosing a high school, Advantage Knights is a good opportunity to get to know more about Hoban and to make new friends. A brochure will be available May 1. Interested families may contact Director of Admissions Katy Karg or Admissions Counselor Chris Fahey at or call330.849.2149.  For more information, click HERE.   Car raffle and Cheers for the Boosters: Save the Date    The 2014 Cheers for the Boosters event will take place at the Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., 529 Grant St., on  Friday, June 20 . Funds raised will support the fourth Hoban car raffle. The Van Devere Bunch has again donated a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze for Hoban to raffle. Tickets will be $10, and any team or group that sells tickets will keep 100 percent of what they sell. Groups can get tickets in the advancement office from Vicki Srail or individual ticket purchases can be also be made in the advancement office. The 2014 car raffle will run from April through October with the drawing taking place at the last home football game. The boosters pay for the upgrade of the car so that teams can keep 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales for their group. For more information, click  HERE.   A second Cheers for the Boosters event will take place on  Sept. 9, 2014 , at Sarah's Vineyard.    

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