Bay High School Students Earn 22 Scholastic Writing Awards: West Shore Chatter

BAY VILLAGE, OH – Congratulations to the 15 Bay High School students who received 22 awards in the 2022 Scholastic Writing Awards.

Of the honorees, three received Gold Key awards; four were Silver Key award winners and 15 earned honorable mentions.

The Gold Key award is the highest honor of distinction in this competition. Senior Carli Mendelow received a Gold Key in the Writing Portfolio category; Junior Sarina Poling received a gold key in the Personal Essay and Memoir category; and Emilia Ullom received a gold key in Poetry. These submissions were entered into the competition by Bay High School English Department faculty members Erin Beirne and Kristen Srsen Kenney.

“The Scholastic Awards are a wonderful tribute to the creativity and hard work of our talented students,” said Beatriz Bishop, chair of the BHS English Department. “We are proud of our students and teachers for their hard work.”

Professors from the Cleveland Institute of Art served as judges for the annual competition.

Other BHS winners include:

· Personal essay and memoir submissions: Laren Cseh, senior, silver key; Elise Kelley, junior, silver key; Hadley Stevenson, senior, silver key and two honorable mentions; and Carli Mendelow, senior, two honorable mentions;

· Poetry Presentations: Evelyn Lapolla, senior, silver key; F. Beatty, sophomore, honors; Annie Davenport, junior, honorable mention; Elise Kelley, junior, honorable mention; Rachel Rankin, senior, honorable mention; Matthew Rosler, senior, honorable mention and Larson Toil, junior, honorable mention;

· Science Fiction and Fantasy – Charlotte Reising, junior, honorable mention;

· Story Presentation: F. Beatty, Sophomore, Honorable Mention; Miya DeBolt, junior, honorable mention; Evelyn Ray, sophomore, honors;

· Writing Portfolio – Hadley Stevenson, senior, honorable mention.

Maggie earned top honors in the canine division of the Westlake Historical Society’s Cutest Pets contest. Photo provided by the Westlake Historical Society.

The cutest pets: Congratulations to Oliver and Maggie, winners of the Westlake Historical Society’s 2022 Cutest Pets in Westlake contest. Oliver took top honors in the feline division, while Maggie was the best canine in the dog division of the show. A panel of judges reviewed the many contest entries before selecting the winners.

Oliver, also known as “Ollie”, got his name because his family thinks he looks like Oliver. He is a domestic shorthaired orange tabby with some possible Maine Coon lineage as he weighs 23 pounds. His family describes him as a lover, not a fighter, who imagines himself to be a lap cat. Ollie will turn 12 on May 1. He and his brother, Maurie, were feral kittens who showed up in the Greibling family’s yard and stayed. Oliver’s favorite things include his pom-pom toys, which he carries around the house and “gifts” for his mom. Spending time with his Siamese brother, Newton, is another favorite activity.


Oliver, “Ollie”, was selected as the winner in the feline division. Photo provided by the Westlake Historical Society.

Maggie May, also known as “Maggie,” got her name through suggestions from family members, one of whom is a fan of Rod Stewart. She is an Australian Shepherd, a breed that is good with children and known for her intelligence. Maggie, a puppy with COVID-19, turned 2 years old on January 18. They found her online and picked her up at 8 weeks in Port Clinton. The Connors, his adoptive family, had a previous Australian Shepherd who died and they decided to adopt another as they enjoyed the breed. Maggie’s favorite things include chasing a ball, playing in the pool, and “chewing” on bubbles. He also loves running, swimming, and riding in the car.


The West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church is hosting a special free screening of the classic 1924 silent film “Peter Pan” next month. (Carol Kovach/Special to

Booking: The West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church will perform the classic 1924 silent film “Peter Pan,” accompanied by WSUUC Music Director David Blazer, on the organ at 4 pm on February 20. All ages are invited to the free program that will be projected on the big screen. .

This is the first film adaptation of JM Barrie’s 1904 play directed by Herbert Brenon. The film closely follows the plot of the original work and even incorporates much of the original stage dialogue in the intertitles. Added scenes include Nana the dog pouring Michael’s medicine and giving him a bath, and Nana breaking into the house where a party is being held, to warn Mr. and Mrs. Darling that Peter Pan and the children Darling are flying around the nursery. . Like the original play, and unlike the 1953 Disney film, the 1924 version makes it clear that Wendy harbors a romantic bond with Peter, but Peter only thinks of her as his mother.

The event is open to the public and will take place in the church sanctuary, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.

Due to church Covid 19 protocols, all persons over the age of 3 must wear masks in the building.

For more information, call the church office at 440-333-2255.

Founded in 1946, West Shore is the largest UU church in Northeast Ohio, with more than 500 members. This year, the congregation is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the jubilee. Church officials said their mission is to help people lead lives of meaning and purpose through a liberal faith tradition centered on the principle that people don’t need to think.

the same to love the same.

The Rev. Anthony D. Makar is the chief minister.

Reminder: Clague Road United Church of Christ will have its first takeout starting at 4:30 pm on January 29 at the church, 3650 Clague Road, North Olmsted.

Meals will be distributed from the back door from 4:30 until supplies last.

Volunteers will be masked and wear gloves to help keep visitors safe.

The meals are a collaboration between Church of the Redeemer in Westlake and Clague Road UCC. Everyone is invited.

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