Summer 2022 Cloverleaf Community Newsletter

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Alumni Spotlight Robin McEwen - Class of ‘93

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Summer 2022



192 graduates join the proud ranks of Cloverleaf Alumni Class President Jillian Donnelly led her classmates in the changing of the tassels. Senior Farewell Speaker Cole Gibson addresses the graduating class.

Family and friends streamed into the Cloverleaf Community Recreation Center on May 22 for the 62nd Commencement of Cloverleaf High School to celebrate the 192 members of the Class of 2022 as they embarked on their futures and joined the ranks of Colts Alumni. The graduating class was addressed by Senior Farewell Speakers Cole Gibson and Joseph Donnelly. Superintendent Daryl Kubilus challenged graduates to remember that life and career success is fueled by hard work – and that great performers go on to work even harder to sustain their success. Senior Class President Jillian Donnelly led her classmates in the changing of the tassels. Of the class 2022, 19 students graduated cum laude (or “with honors”) for maintain ing a grade point average of 3.25 while completing rigorous coursework. For maintaining a 3.5 GPA under rigorous coursework, 16 students graduated magna cum laude (or “with great honors”). For maintaining a GPA of 3.75 while taking rigorous coursework, 13 students graduated summa cum laude (or “with highest Accordinghonors”).tothe Cloverleaf High School counseling office, members of the Class of 2022 who are furthering their education in college or technical school earned $574,070 in scholarships directly from institutions of higher learning and through local scholarships from the Cloverleaf and Medina County communities. The event included recognition of exchange students, acknowledgement of all Cloverleaf alumni in the audience, as well as a salute to military veterans and to graduating seniors enrolling in military service. Those in attendance enjoyed performances by the Cloverleaf High School Crescendo Show Choir, directed by Angela Leonard, and by the Cloverleaf High School Band, under the direction of Andrew Winter. Cloverleaf is grateful to the district residents, parents, family members, coaches, youth leaders, school staff and all who supported the Class of 2022 on their journey to this milestone day. Profile Kalli Kreider - 5th Grade

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Until next time… Go Colts! -- Dr. Daryl Kubilus, Jr. Superintendent 2022 MAC Champion Girls Bowling Team 2022 MAC Champion Boys Tennis Team NEW athleticFree2022-23FORadmissiontoCloverleafhomeeventsfor: All students • Active-duty and retired military • Anyone age 60+

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building, perseverance, synergies of working on a successful team, learning to accept failure, the value of hard work, etc., are all traits our students learn when they participate in school-based athletics. Our students continue working hard to expand the rich athletic tradition of our Cloverleaf High School teams. In the history of our Cloverleaf Local Schools, we have belonged to six athletic conferences: 1960-1962: Medina County League (all spor ts except football) 1963-1976: Chippewa Conference 1977-1997: Pioneer Conference 1997-2015: Suburban League 2015-2020: Portage Trail Conference Metro Division 2020-present: Metro Athletic Conference To be a conference champion means your athletic team finished in first place versus all conference teams in your league. From 1960 to 2020, I’m proud to say our school district won 51 conference championships. Since 2020, Cloverleaf has won 12 conference championships – six in 2020-21 and six in this 2021-22 school year! Those six conference championships are double the most conference championships our students have ever won in a single school year. Congratulations to our student athletes for an incredibly suc cessful school year! Our athletic teams have brought considerable recognition and pride to our school district over the last 62 years. Every year, athletic conferences award “All-League” titles to the schools that demonstrate the highest level of combined performance in all sports. Last year, Cloverleaf won the first All-League title in our district’s history. This year, our students won their secondconsecutive All-League title. Athletics are a great source of pride in any school district. Our attendance at athletic contests shows our commitment to our students and their activities. Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, the Cloverleaf Board of Education is making Cloverleaf regular season home athletic contests free for all students who first register through Message from the Superintendent Athletics are a source of pride – and lifelong lessons the district’s ticketing system. Additionally, all active or retired military with a military I.D. card, as well as all residents age 60-plus, can enjoy our home Cloverleaf athletic contests free of charge. You don’t have to have a child/grandchild to attend a Cloverleaf athletic event. Everyone in our community is welcomed to join in the excitement of Cloverleaf athletics! We look forward to seeing you at a Cloverleaf sporting event in the 2022-23 school year. Please check the district’s website for updated schedules.


Tell us about your family and where you live. I am 10 years old and I live on our family farm in Guilford Township with my parents and my two older sisters –Karoline and Jayce. We are fourthgeneration here. We have a dog, Gertie, and two cats – Dilly and Daisy. How would you describe yourself to someone who is meeting you for the first time? I would describe myself as funny, creative, and independent. I like to make “potions” out of things and pretend to sell them! And I love all my animals. What are your hobbies and interests outside of school? On our family farm, we grow soybeans, corn, wheat and raise beef cattle. We had


Led by legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas and a lineup of future Hall of Fame players, the Baltimore Colts won back-to-back NFL championships in 1958-59. In September 1960 – just a few days before the football season-opener at Wadsworth – the student body of the newly consolidated Cloverleaf High School gathered at the front doors of the building and voted to adopt the nickname “Colts” along with Baltimore’s horseshoe logo and uniform style.

Powered by halfback Russ Hewit, as well as defensive end and future NFL player Dick Anderson, the Cloverleaf Colts defeated Wadsworth 22-12 on the way to a season record of 6-1-1. For submitting the winning answer, Eugene Kubis ‘62 will receive a free pass to Cloverleaf fall home athletic events. Go Colts!


19 babies this year! I plan on taking two of them to the county fair this August. My calves are Tilly and Remi. I also have two pigs and a dairy beef calf named Diego. I am a member of the Guilford Go-Fers 4-H club in Seville. I have been involved with this club for four years and it’s my second year showing and selling animals. My favorite 4-H project is taking cows to the fair.

Student Profile Kalli Kreider CES 5th-Grader Home: Guilford Township Parents: Katie and Doug Kreider Soccer is my favorite sport. I have been playing with the Cloverleaf Soccer Association for five years now. My team won the outdoor travel cup championship game in the fall of 2021 after a losing season and we were runner-up for the indoor travel cup this winter. I also enjoyed playing on the Cloverleaf youth basketball team. In the summer, I like to participate in the reading program through the Medina County District Library. Swimming with my cousins at my grandma’s pool is really fun, too! I enjoy camping with my family. For Memorial Day, we went to Mohican and I floated down the river. I also really enjoy four-wheeling. What is your favorite thing about being a student at Cloverleaf Elementary School? Some of the things I enjoy at CES are the funny teachers – especially Mr. Mayfield. Miss Kopinsky was really nice, too. I really had fun with her! Field day was so much fun, too. My favorite subjects are math and social studies. I was proud that I worked hard and made the honor roll this year. Being an Upstander this year was a great privilege also.


In the spring Cloverleaf Community Newsletter, we posed the trivia question: “How did Cloverleaf become known as ‘The Colts?’ ”





What area of Cloverleaf did you grow up in? I grew up in Lodi. I actually bought my childhood home from my mom after my dad passed away. I still have several of the same neighbors I had growing up. I really enjoyed raising my son there. What activities were you involved in at Cloverleaf and what are some of your favorite memories? In school I was active in marching band as an auxiliary member and I twirled flags and rifles as a member of Collage Winter Guard. The weekend trips with those two groups are some of my most favorite memories. I’m still really good friends with a lot of people I met because of my involvement with those organizations. I was also in the drama club. My junior year we performed the musical “Grease” and that was a ton of fun! What was your career path after Cloverleaf? After high school, I went to the University of Akron where my major was undecided. I had a lot of interest in criminal justice, as well as art therapy. After completing my freshman year, I decided to go to beauty

Robin McEwen CHS Class of 1993

Robin and Todd enjoy auctions and antique shows.

Occupation: O wner of Studio One19 Salon & Spa Home: Lodi, Ohio

6 school until I could make a decision about my future. Fast forward 27 years and I now own Studio One19 Salon and Spa in downtown Lodi.

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs when it comes to starting and operating a local business? My advice to young entrepreneurs would be three-fold. First, stay true to your beliefs and values. Secondly, never stop learning and honing your craft. Lastly, humble yourself and listen to the feedback of others while surrounding yourself with people who have more experience than you. What do you do in your spare time? For the past several years, my spare time has been spent supporting my youngest son, Aden, and his wrestling teams. I was very active with Cloverleaf and Black River sports boosters. I truly loved being involved in all the fundraising and organizing of events during my son’s junior high and high school years. My oldest son, Brandon, rides in the Professional Bull Riders, so we spend a lot of time following his journey and cheering him on when he’s riding close by. Most

recently, I have gotten involved in the antique world thanks to my boyfriend, Todd. We enjoy going to auctions and antique shows on the weekends. Was there a Cloverleaf teacher or other staff member who made a lasting impact on you? I have to say Mindy Seymore was the teacher who left a lasting impression on me. She shared my love of art and art history. I took every class she taught and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The first time I visited the Cleveland Museum of Art was on her class field trip. Mindy was an inspira tion then and remains a friend today.

The Cloverleaf Pride Award is presented each year to one staff member and one community member who have gone above and beyond in their service to students. Nominations are submitted by the public, students, parents and district employees, then reviewed by a committee of community members and staff. For more, visit


From left: Board member Jane Rych, board President Jason Myers, award recipient Kevin Rych, board member James Curran, award recipient Brandy Miracle, board member Jeff Schreiber, board member Rhonda Wurgler, and Superintendent Daryl Kubilus.

Recipients of the 2022 Cloverleaf Pride Award were recognized by the Cloverleaf Board of Education.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Well, first off … I’m a diehard New York Yankees fan! So my family and I like to travel to different ballparks all over the country to watch them play. I love to travel with my family. This summer, we’re heading to Maui. Community member Kevin Rych and Cloverleaf Middle School Prevention Coordi nator Brandy Miracle are the winners of the 2022 Cloverleaf Pride Award, presented by committee chair and elementary CoPrincipal Karen Martin at the May 18 meeting of the Cloverleaf Board of Education. A longtime business banker with Huntington National Bank and the parent of two Cloverleaf graduates, Rych has served in a myriad of volunteer roles for more than 20 years. As a member of Westfield Fire and Rescue, he spearheads a biennial mock crash educational event at Cloverleaf High School during prom season, which vividly illustrates the dangers of driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rych packed and distributed meals for Cloverleaf families. He has volunteered for multiple district levy campaigns and coordinated school Miraclefundraisers.isaCloverleaf graduate, parent and a 15-year employee of the district. As the middle school prevention coordinator, she works with staff and the district resource Rych, Miracle receive 2022 Cloverleaf Pride awards officer to support and empower students to make good life choices. Miracle is part of the Medina County Crisis Response Team, as well as the suicide-prevention initiative Hope Squad. She’s involved in Shop With A Cop, DARE, HUDDLE/SHUDDLE, Red Ribbon Week, and Medina County Share Cluster. In the community, she leads a youth program at her church and is a Cloverleaf Soccer Association coach.

responsibilities are to provide a safe, clean, respectful school for our kids to learn and grow. What is the best part of your job? That’s an easy question. By far, it’s the people I work with! All the staff at the middle school are so nice and everyone seems to get along. My coworkers who work alongside me, I definitely couldn’t do it without them. It’s a total team effort!


Where did you grow up and where do you live today? I grew up in Medina and graduated from there in 1992. I now live in Westfield Township – right next to the schools! What was your path after high school and when did you come to work at Cloverleaf? I worked at the Discount Drug Mart warehouse for 28 years, driving a forklift. I came to Cloverleaf Schools about fiveand-a-half years ago. What are your responsibilities?day-to-day I started out as a night custodian at the middle school for my first two years, then transferred to head custodian for the last three and a half years. My (our) Scott Miller Head Custodian, Cloverleaf Middle School

Cloverleaf Local Schools 8525 Friendsville Rd. Lodi, OH 44254 Board of Education Jason Myers, President Rhonda Wurgler, Vice President James Curran Jane R ych Jeff Schreiber Superintendent Dar yl Kubilus, Jr. Treasurer Jim Hudson Contact: John Gladden Community Information Coordinator PRSRT STD US PERMITAKRONPOSTAGEPAIDOH#286 If you’ve ever taken a close look at Cloverleaf Elementary School, you may have noticed one of the building’s four wings is shorter than the other three. That was by design, so that the school – opened in 2012 – could easily be expanded when the time was right. With a need for additional classroom space and the ability to leverage construction resources just across the campus at the site of the new Cloverleaf High School, the right time is now. Addition coming to Cloverleaf Elementary School Bid requests for 140,000-square-footoffwithissuedelemeneraddition8,000-square-footantothenorth-nmostwingofthetaryweresimultaneouslybidrequestsorconstructionthemuchlarger high school. Through economies of scale, doing the projects at the same time results in a savings over doing them separately. Like construction of the high school, the elementary expansion is funded by NEXUS pipeline tax revenues, not by a taxpayer bond issue. The elementary school addition includes: • 2 special education classrooms (including a restroom and sensory room) • 3 classrooms • Tutoring / small group learning rooms • Open learning space for individuals / small groups • Conference room • Restrooms • Offices • ConstructionStorage of the elementary addition began immediately following the last day of class in May and is scheduled for completion in March 2023. The work will take place so that it does not disrupt student learning or traffic flow when school resumes in August. The project is managed by the same firms leading construction of the new Cloverleaf High School – GPD Group architects and C.T. Taylor Construction. Get regular updates on the progress at the high school and elementary school by visiting and clicking on Community, then Construction Projects. Photo courtesy of Rick Vierheller