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Zenith Magazine

[Chagrin Falls High School ] Fall Edition

By Maddie Miralia


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Editors -in -Chief

Maddie Stapulionis

Maddie Miralia

Photo Editor

Molly Miller, Sarah Crane and Madeline Gregoire

Design Editors Aubrey Tutkovics and Allie Rodusky

Communication Editors Emma Bottcher and Camille Concannon


By Maddie Miralia

[Table of Contents]

By Maddie Miralia


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What to Expect as a Freshmen

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page 5

Fashions and Fads

page 6

Tiger Period

pages 7-9

New Students

pages 10-11


pages 12-14

Select Choir

pages 15-19


pages 20-25

Foreign Language

pages 26-28


pages 29-30

Knitting Club

pages 31-33


[ What to Expect as a Freshman ] Where to be At sporting events, as you arrive to the stadium, continue walking up the flight of stairs until the very top where the players look like ants and you can barely see over the tall guy two rows below you. Congratulations, you have reached your destination. In commons, your table should be about 10 paces from the entrance. If you haven’t noticed already, the upperclassmen tend to congregate on the far right-side of the commons near the quiet room and the senior lounge.


Quick Tips

Friends with Faculty


Friendships with the people that are most important to your education does not sound like a bad thing, because it isn’t. Why would you not want to be besties with the person that you are “forced” to see every day. There is no harm in cracking a joke or two just keep the relationship. A good relationship with any member

Of the CFHS faculty can benefit anyones learning experience and day tremendously. The school day always seems to go by faster when you are able to talk to your teacher or other staff members about anything. You will discover that it will be hard to leave behind the people that have cared about you ever since the first day you stepped into CFHS.

-Become a leader -Attend every sporting or school event you can -Join clubs -Take advantage of help that is offered -Go to bathroom on the first floor it’s always empty -Go all out on spirit days -Make new friends -Be apart of a sports team -Take advantage of extra credit opportunities


By Maddie Stapulionis, Maddie Miralia, Katie Sanford


Quick Tips:

- NEVER take out your phone in Mr. Stuart’s class -In order to survive Mr. Brownlow’s class do not: eat, drink, take out your chromebook, or make eye contact -Ask Mr. Brownlow about planned absences before or after school (his best time of the day) -DO NOT eat veggies in Mr. Salyers history class -Always come prepared to Ms. Serensky’s class with your binder, notes, and book with you

Mrs. Jameson


Mrs. Jameson is going strong in her second year at Chagrin Falls High School. Jameson teaches three different classes and is a key teacher to impress. One tip Jameson tells her students is to never put gum in her trash can. “I have a gum phobia and the scent makes me want to vomit,” Jameson admits. A great way to get Jameson on your good side is to talk to her about books

that you are not reading in class or to show her your photography. Jameson loves to see students interested in learning and not just focused on earning points. If you ever need to catch Mrs. Jameson, the morning is her best time of the day and she is at school by 6:40 every day.

What Bugs Teachers The Most!

A. “Gum in my trash can!”

1. Mr. Ricci


B. “food in class”

2. Mrs. Jameson


C. When students say, “I’m confused”

3. Mr. Puskas


D.when students say, “we haven’t learned

4. Ms. Anderson



5. Mr. Brownlow

5.__ Answers: A:2 B:5 C:4 D:3 E:1

By Maddie Stapulionis, Maddie Miralia, Katie Sanford


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Mr. Brownlow




[Fashion&Fads for Fall]

Whether it’s the type of car you drive or the way you wear your hair, certain fashions and fads have been noted by students this fall. Keep up to date on all the new fashions hitting the hallways of Chagrin Falls High School. Even if you wont be the one strutting you stuff, you can still be seen fashionably Flannels and Jeeps walking around the village.

Pearl Chokers(pictured above) and HalfUp Hairstyles(pictured below).



What is the most fashionable season according to students?

Winter 1.9%

Fall 83%

Spring 3.8% Summer 11.3%

Data collected by 53 respondents via Google forms


Basketball Jerseys North Face Backpacks By Maddie Stapulionis, Maddie Miralia, Katie Sanford

Tiger Period What

is it?

All students from Chagrin Falls High School signed up for a “Tiger” period, or an extra period between second period and third period on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students had a wide variety of choices to choose to sign up for, from knitting to hacky sack, and coloring to yoga.

(At Right) Sophomore Tom Preston acts out the act of playing a violin during a charades-like game in Mrs. Ashkettle’s acting Tiger Period. (At Left) Sophomore Quinn Dawson awaits freshman Brain Lordan’s acting, while Lordan rushes back to get an edge for his team.

General Consensus? Many students agree with Schmidt’s ideas about the extra period. Yet, in a survey completed by Yearbook Staff, the vast majority of students aired on the side of Tiger Time, giving it a rating of 3/10. Students iterate their concerns, discussing that most students don’t get into their desired class, and are stuck in a class in which they really didn’t want to be.


does it exist?

In 2014, a collection of teachers suggested an extra period for students to more efficiently tailer education to students. Principle Ast took note of this idea, agreeing that students could benefit from an extra period of unrequited help for their classes. Soon, staff took a tour of neighboring school districts with the extra period to see what students’ schedules might look like. Soon, the conclusion was reached; time would be subtracted from other class periods to make time for this extra “Tiger” period. It was decided that all teachers could participate, whether it be with individual help in their classes, or with study halls simply to complete extra assignments in a study hall. Mrs. Schmidt said, “It’s all part of giving kids a liberal education, and individualized help in all of their classes.”

By Molly Miller

“ Tiger Time has the potential to be something great. But, it seems like all of the best options get taken up first. ” -Sophomore Mackenzie Agean

Freshman Jillian Shulman acts out the Rockettes, can-canning her team to victory.



With the help of Mrs. Ashkettle, freshman Gwen Felto

in a charades-like game during Drama Tiger Perio

on guesses junior Katt Mitchell’s acting of a kangaroo

od first quarter.

By Molly Miller


New Students of Chagrin



The student population is constantly growing in the Chagrin Falls School District. The new students have brought new families and cultures to the growing community, bringing diversity and culture, and enriching the community. These are only a few of the newcomers whom the veterans of Chagrin welcomed with open arms, honoring their origins.


By Ellie Covington, Olivia Tarr, Sarah Crane

Name: William Holle Grade: 9 Where they are from: Milwaukee, WI Interesting fact: “My favorite sport is soccer.”

Name: Sarah Crane Grade: 11 Where they are from: Pittsburgh, PA Interesting fact: “I wrote for the school newspaper and was editor in chief at my old school.”

Name: Holly Perzynski Grade: 10 Where they are from: South Euclid, OH Interesting fact: “ I like the color periwinkle.”

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Name: Alexia Monteux Grade: 9 Where they are from: Landenburg, PA Interesting fact: “I can speak English, French, and Spanish.”

Name: Edward Armstrong Grade: 11 Where they are from: Palm Harbor, FL Interesting fact: “I was born in London.”

Some of the newcomers...

Name: Faith Mlachak Grade: 9 Where they are from: Moreland Hills, OH Interesting fact: “I have been figure skating since I was six.”

By Ellie Covington, Olivia Tarr, Sarah Crane

Name: Charles Armstrong Grade: 9 Where they are from: Tampa, FL Interesting fact: “I play the oboe and hockey.”

Name: Riley Firehammer Grade: 9 Where they are from: Bainbridge, OH Interesting fact: “I love music and singing.”



Meet The Leaders

Junior Derrick Vehar is the Prism president this year and was elected last year by fellow friends in the club. Derrick was introduced to Prism by his friends, graduates, Jocelyn and Bridget who were last years leaders. His job being president is going through submissions and putting them into his drive to then be put into the magazine. Not only does Derrick watch over the club, he also submits his own work. Photo By Aubrey Tutckovics Junior Jillian Morrison is Prism’s vice president and she started going to the club her freshman year. She was elected by her friends and she says that the election was, “rigged” since not many people ran. She is in charge of submissions and formatting the magazine by taking the files from Derrick in the drive and uploading them into In-Design. Jillian also submits her own work every month for the publication. Photo By Madeline Davis

Junior Mikala Izzo is the Prism Secretary and she helps to promote the club to get new members. She also is in charge of emailing members and answering any questions anyone has. Izzo joined Prism because she enjoys art and writing. She thought it could be an outlet to express her interests. She likes to share her work by submitting it. Photo By Allison Rodusky


What is Prism?

Prism is a school publication magazine of student artwork and literature. Students are encouraged to submit drawings, paintings, photos, poems, and short stories. The Prism team works to get together a magazine for the end of the school year featuring students from all grades. Students receive a by-line for their submission and they do not allow anonymous submissions in the published magazine. The club and tiger period are student run by three officers, Derrick Vehar, Jillian Morrison, and Mikala Izzo and both the club and tiger period are advised by Ken Kasee. The club meets once a month to discuss the production of the magazine and see what items have been submitted. A junior, Elise Kosmides, who has been in the club now for two years said, “It is a fun way to see and meet different people and it is interesting to see others artwork and writing.” Likewise, junior Elizabeth Galicki said, “I love doing the weekly board in the hallway and meeting a diverse group of people!” By Mackenzie Shanklin

Take A Look Inside...

Every week Prism updates the bulletin board in the English wing with a fun question that encourages students to stop and answer. The Prism staff relates the questions back to what is going on that week in the school or the world. For the month of October, they made the question relate to Halloween and what students’ favorite literature inspired costume was. Some responses were, “Katniss” and “Maze Runner”. By Mackenzie Shanklin

Student Thoughts

Favorite Thing To Submit to Prism? 26.7% Poetry 13.3% Short Stories 26.7% Photography 33.3% Drawings/Paintings How did you Discover Prism? 33.3% Club Fair 53.3% Friends 6.7% Teacher 6.7% End of the year Magazine

Data was collected from fifteen people from a Google form that was posted on the Prism Google classroom. By Madeline Davis

Senior Ellie Meil writes out the weekly question that the Prism Tiger Period puts out on the English floor every week. Students are encouraged to answer the question by writing their response on the board. By Aubrey Tutkovics

Photo By Mackenzie Shanklin


Meet the Adviser...

English Teacher Ken Kasee is the adviser of Prism and this is his second year in the position. Mr. Kasee is also a coach for speech and debate. Prism has taught him a lot about how a club advisor operates a club. Being both in Prism and Speech and Debate allows Mr. Kasee to really get to know students because some students are involved in both clubs. Mr. Kasee has some background in the field of publications ranging from different areas. He worked as an editor for the Kent State University literary publication and also as the editor-at-large for a women’s issues publication. At Kent, he worked in advertising and designed ads for clients. He also worked a summer internship at McGraw-Hill Higher Education in Chicago editing supplement materials to Marketing and Economics textbooks. By Mackenzie Shanklin


Photo By Allison Rodusky

[ Select Choir ] By Bella Beg, Laney Russo, Lily Subel, Hannah Zaluski






Chagrin’s select choir is a talented diverse group of 25 singers who were selected through a series of auditions. The group meets weekly before school all throughout the year in order to prepare for their performances in the winter and spring.


By Bella Beg, Laney Russo, Hannah Zaluski, Lily Subel


Student Spotlight

Junior Abby Cloonan has been in select choir for 3 years. Cloonan adds that her favorite part of select choir is singing in shotgun formation. Shotgun formation where singers are placed based on their natural sound in order to benefit the overall sound of the group. She enjoys this formation because of the blend of music. Throughout all her years in select choir, her favorite composition they have performed is the song “Africa” by Toto. Although choir has been mostly good times, Cloonan believes one of the hardest things of being involved in select choir is learning your own part.

Sophomore Chester Hill has participated in select choir for the past 2 years. Hill says his favorite part about select choir is the size of the group. The 25 members of the choir can enjoy the fun activities they do, such as singing at monsters games. Also, Hill’s favorite piece that the group has performed is “Hide and Seek”. Hill commented, “I enjoy participating in choir but getting to school at 6:45am can be extremely challenging.”

By Bella Beg, Laney Russo, Hannah Zaluski, Lily Subel


Advanced P Environmen


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Five Minutes With APES Students

Sam Gaizutis

Why did you take the class? “I am interested in science and I wanted to add an additional science class to my schedule.” Who recommended the class to you? “Annie Zimmer and Francesca Joseph.” What is your favorite unit? “My favorite unit was the unit on water.” How have the field trips helped shape the experience in your class? “They helped me better understand how the things we learn apply directly to the real world.” Who would you recommend this class to? “I would recommend the class to everyone because it has a lot of material that pertains to every single person, since it is about earth, and we all share the same planet.”


By: Zoe Vinci, Camille Concannon, Grace Stealey, Olivia Siegel, Hannah Ducas

William Nafziger


Why did you take the class? “I wanted to learn about the effects humans have on the environment.” Who recommended the class to you? “My friend Sam and my chemistry teacher Mrs. Anderson recommended me for the class” What is your favorite unit? “Global warming because it is interesting to see the different viewpoints people have on this detrimental issue” How have the field trips helped shaped the experience in your class? “It gives me a hands on experience with the environment and the steps people are taking to help improve the environment” Who would you recommend this class to? “Anyone who has a general interest in the environment and science”

Sarah Levine

Why did you take the class? “Love taking science classes, and I thought taking APES would be a great opportunity for learning about a subject I’m passionate about.” Who recommended the class to you? “My sister’s bio teacher shared it with her, and my sister and I agreed we would take the class together.” What is your favorite unit? “I like everything we have done so far, but there is still so much to learn.” How have the field trips helped shaped the experience in your class? “Having hands on experience made the class so much more fun and seeing how things work in person was a great opportunity.” Who would you recommend this class to? “Any student who loves science and is willing to do the work to learn the material.” By: Zoe Vinci, Camille Concannon, Grace Stealey, Olivia Siegel, Hannah Ducas



[Q&A with Ms. A] Why did you decide to start Apes? “The class is very practical and the science students will see some of the things learned after they graduate. I enjoy teaching something that the students will apply to their lives every day.” Why has the class grown? “Some years the class is bigger because those students did not take physics while other years it is smaller because students did take physics.” What is your favorite unit in Apes? “Population, because everyone has different opinions on global issues and they have good discussion.” How do you prepare for the AP test? “We move through all the material quickly and revisit old material on a weekly basis, and utilize crash course before the exam.” What is the average AP test score? “Every year is different varying from 3’s to 5’s.” What is your favorite field trip? “Whitesburg field trip because we do water testing to get practical information and get to play in the river.”

By Zoe Vinci, Camille Concannon, Grace Stealey, Olivia Siegel, Hannah Ducas


[French Class ]

Madame Boumitri, now teaching full time at Chagrin, teaches French. Boumitri has taught at Chagrin for two years, having previously taught at North Royalton High School and Solon High School. She loves languages and traveling, hence her passion to teach French, and her experience in traveling to countries including Lebanon, France, Quebec, Dubai and Jordan. Boumitri’s inspiration to teach comes from her mother who was previously a teacher. Boumitri said, “I love teaching, especially when the kids are passionate about the subject.”

[Arabic Class]

Madame Boumitri also teaches Arabic 1. A variety of students, ranging from freshmen to seniors take her class. Boumitri is from Lebanon, an Arabic speaking country, providing her the necessary knowledge needed to properly teach the students at Chagrin Falls. As previously mentioned, Boumitri has visited many Arabic speaking countries such as Dubai and Jordan. Boumitri said, “I love being able to teach students my native language.”


By Amy Sahlani, Keeley Malone, Evan Teicher, Sam Conti

[ Spanish Class ]

Señora Fetterman has taught at Chagrin Falls High School for 16 years. When asked about her inspiration to teach, Fetterman said, “My mother taught Spanish.” Ironically, Fetterman grew up to not only be a teacher, but to teach Spanish. After first becoming a teacher, Fetterman taught English in a school in Spain, which is the only Spanish speaking country she has visited. Fetterman loves the company of students, and deeply enjoys teaching the students this foreign language. Her passion for teaching Spanish predominately stems from her love of the language and the happiness her students bring her. When asked about her favorite Spanish food, Fetterman replied, “Me encanta Paella!” Señora Stone has taught at Chagrin Falls for one year. Stone began learning Spanish in the 7th grade. She was inspired to take the language for many reasons. Stone’s brother is adopted from Honduras, she studied abroad in Spain for college, and she fell in love in Spain. Stone said, “My husband and his family are from Spain.” Stone met her husband in Spain and instantly fell in love, inspiring her to teach the language even more. Stone first taught in the Columbus region for about eight years before coming to Chagrin. She has also visited numerous Spanish speaking countries besides Spain, such as Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Panama.

By Amy Sahlani, Keeley Malone, Evan Teicher, Sam Conti


[Students ] Emma Botcher takes Arabic with Madame Boumitri. Botcher greatly enjoys the class, stating that there “is a very positive environment.” Anna Sevich, another Arabic student in Boumitri’s class, also loves the class. Sevich agrees with Botcher’s statement, adding that Boumitri “is very helpful and encouraging.” Mick Lawrence takes Señora Fetterman’s Spanish class. Lawrence says he loves learning about the cultures around the world, and he feels that knowing Spanish can make him understand the Spanish culture. Lawrence said, “I really like taking Spanish and learning new cultures.”

Creagan Mee, a freshman, takes a Spanish course with Señora Stone. Mee says she loves the class and is very intrigued by the Spanish culture introduced by Stone. Mee said, “Señora Stone is a great teacher,” which emphasizes the love students have for Stone. 28

By Amy Sahlani, Keeley Malone, Evan Teicher, Sam Conti

Chagrin Falls Students: Club Diving The Background and History

Diving became popular in Sweden and Germany in the 18th and 19th centuries. The sport was primarily practiced by gymnasts who started performing tumbling routines into the water. Womens diving was included in the Olympics for the first time in 1912. So what does club diving mean in the eyes of a student, and why do people participate in it? Up until high school, club diving is the only way you can dive as a student. Club diving also allows students to receive scholarships and be recognized by colleges. If you are good enough, club diving is your ticket into the Olympics.


-Diving is scored on a scale from one to ten -The divers are scored by an assortment of judges all who were divers or are currently coaching -There are typically five judges, of the five judges there is one that is the head judge and will be the one announcing the divers -The normal scoring is the dives that would be considered sub par are 4 and under a reasonably good dive is the scores 5 and 6 and anything above that would be considered extremely good, very few divers will receive a 10. -The divers will compete a total of eight dives during the meet -The dives all have a technical name, the first number is a representation of the way that the diver is going off the board (front, back, reverse, inward and twisters). The second number is for twisters and says which way they will twist. Then there are the amount of half twists the dive will have. The last number is then the amount of half rotations the dive will have. -The next type of number the dives have is one that is based off of the difficulty of the dive known as the DD. The DD is a number that starts at one and goes up by .1 per difficulty. -The DD then is multiplied by the scores received by the judges. By Bethany Bacus, Emma Bottcher, Anna Sevich, Madeline Gregoire


A Closer Look on the Divers

Tom Preston

Tom Preston is a sophomore, and this is his first year diving. Preston used to be a gymnast, but when he moved to Chagrin, he decided to join diving. So far this year, his biggest achievement is getting an inward flip, “it took me a long time” Preston said. In addition his biggest challenge is a front one and a half flip. Preston’s ultimate achievement would be a front two and a half dive.

Bea Mandel

Bea Mandel is a sophomore, and has been diving for Chagrin Falls High School for less than a year. Mandel got into diving by going off of a three meter diving board at a swimming pool and she thought it would be fun. Mandel’s biggest achievement was receiving a varsity letter her freshman year. Her biggest challenge is doing the twisting dives and learning other hard dives.


By Bethany Bacus, Emma Bottcher, Anna Sevich, Madeline Gregoire

Emma Bottcher

Emma Bottcher is a junior, and she has been diving for American flying Divers off and on since fifth grade. She got into diving because her uncle was a diver in college and continued to coach throughout his life. “Being able to overcome various injuries and still be able to enjoy the sport” is one of Bottchers biggest accomplishments. In addition, her biggest goal for the 2016-2017 season is to make it to the state meet, as well as take her diving career to college.

Peter Nachtwey

Peter Nachtwey is a senior, and has been diving for American Flyers Diving and Chagrin Falls High School for six years. Nachtwey got into diving after watching divers while at swim practice, and thought it looked very cool. His biggest achievement was making national semifinals this past summer after coming back from an injury. Nachtwey’s main goal is to be able to compete internationally or at the Olympic Trials. One of his biggest challenges is his feet. He was born with something called clubbed feet, and since then, he has had four surgeries and countless other issues relating to his feet.

[ Knitting Club ] Knitting club is a first year club at Chagrin Falls. Junior Claire McLaughlin is the President of the club and sophomore Kate Michaels is the Vice President. There are 16 members in the club, and they meet once a month and also sometimes in Tiger Time. McLaughlin said “I’ve been knitting for around six years now and when given the opportunity to start a club I jumped for it!”

All the members in knitting club meet once a month after school, for about an hour. Both McLaughlin and Michaels got this idea for the club, after Tiger Time. Photo by Elizabeth Baldwin

By Elizabeth Baldwin, Ava McFarlane, Claire McLaughlin


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Jessica Lewinski and Gianna Cantor are knitting away during Tiger Time. Cantor is showing Lewinski how to make a scarf. Cantor enjoys showing her friends, different ways to knit.

Kate Michaels is pictured on the right, showing another member how to make a cast-on. Michaels said “Knitting club is a fun, creative way to relax with friends.�


By Elizabeth Baldwin, Ava McFarlane, Claire McLaughlin

Sophomores Audrey Conway and Kate Michaels are found knitting in Tiger Time. Micheals said, “After having knitting as a Tiger period, I thought a club would be creative way to get people involved. It is a stress reliever and there are so many positives about knitting.”

Claire McLaughlin is seen knitting a hat. McLaughlin has been knitting for around 6 years now. She decided that it would be a good idea to start a club for others girls who enjoy knitting as well. McLaughlin said “I love knitting because I get stressed pretty easily and I’ve used knitting as a way to relax. Plus you save so much money on making your own hats, scarves, etc.” By Elizabeth Baldwin, Ava McFarlane, Claire McLaughlin


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