Student Achievement – May 2018

The Student Achievement blog is published to highlight our outstanding students at the Firelands Local School District. This monthly piece covers students from all three buildings that have gone above and beyond in their dedication to academics, athletics, and the arts. In addition, our students are involved in a myriad of outside activities and we are proud to share their accomplishments with you.

FES Young Authors

FES young authors 2018

FES is proud of all our students that went to the Young Authors Conference! Nominated for Best of Show Artist: Evan Meszaros, Addison Beal, and Claire Ohle. Nominated for Best of Show Writer: Josie Kirby, Jordyn Simpson, and Aiden Bokulich.


Aiden B Young Authors 2018

Aiden Bokulich received the Best of Show Writer for the 5 grade out of 10 schools at the Young Author Awards! Well done, Aiden!

Noah Hammond

Noah Hammond MariettaCongratulations and best wishes to Noah as he will continue his athletic and academic career at Marietta College!

Go Pioneers!



Tri-M Music Honor Society

Tri M Music Honor SocietyThe Firelands Tri-M Music Honor Society held its induction ceremony on April 30th at FHS. Twelve new members joined Tri-M: Chayce Baldwin, Josh Gallo, Rebecca Hopkins, Abigail Landreth, Emmy Lewis, Samantha Novak, Brooklyn Ollis, Arianna Reyna, Rebekah Selent. Grace Sherban, Lauren Widener, and Madison Witter.

The new members join: Zach Baldwin, Cora Born, Macey Butchko, Michael Campbell, Micheal Carty, Trinity Craycraft, Madison Flanagan, Sierra Johnson, Halli Kromer, Marybeth Petrey, Kayla Reisinger, Isabel Soloweij, and Logan Willis.

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Seniors receive their graduation cords

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Tri-M members with new inductees

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New Inductees


Alexis Harasty and David Nary


Congratulations to Alexis and David as they were crowed Prom Queen and Prom King!


Noah, Nate, and Olivia Hammond

The Hammond siblings recently competed at the OYM Fine Arts Festival In Dayton, Ohio. This event brought over 1,500 people from all of the state of Ohio to compete in a myriad of categories. The OYM Fine Arts is a ministry that allows students to discover and develop their gifts.  Students present or submit entries into the divisions of Art, Communication, Drama, Exhibition, Instrumental, Vocal and Writing.


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Noah Hammond

  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Merit Award Winner, Human Video – Large Ensemble
  •  Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Merit Award Winner, Puppetry
  •  Superior with Invitation to Nationals, Worship Team – Large Ensemble




  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Merit Award Winner, Instrument Ensemble, Traditional (played with his sister a violin and piano duet)

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    Nathan Hammond

  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Merit Award Winner, Puppetry
  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals, Worship Team – Large Ensemble
  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Merit Award Winner –  String Solo
  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Merit Award Winner, Human Video – Large Ensemble



  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Merit Award Winner, Instrument Ensemble, Traditional (played with her brother a violin and piano duet)

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    Olivia Hammond

  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Merit Award Winner, Puppetry
  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Merit Award Winner, Human Video – Large Ensemble
  • Superior with Invitation to Nationals – Readers Theater Drama

Merit Award Winner designates  first prize and best in their particular category.  Each  placements earned a spot to compete at the national level held later this summer in Houston



The National Art Honor Society inducted new members into the Firelands Chapter on Thursday evening, May 3rd at 6:30 pm in the FHS Library Media Center. Congratulations to the Art Students who have achieved this high honor.

FHS Academic Challenge Team

In the third quarterfinal round of the Scholastic Games radio quiz, presented each week on WEOL radio (AM 930), Firelands defeated defending champion Avon High School by a score of 400 to 380 in one of the year’s most competitive programs. Firelands will return to face Elyria High School in a semifinal leading up to the show’s twenty-eighth annual academic championship.

Firelands AC team QF 2018

Michael Durdak, Sam Formholtz, and Ryan Martin

Firelands was represented by Michael Durdak, Sam Formholtz, and team captain Ryan Martin, who was awarded the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team each week. Formholtz won the honor on the team’s first visit to the program.

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Ryan Martin

Both teams nearly doubled their scores in a frenetic final round. It is possible to lose points with incorrect answers in this round, which both teams did only twice. With an often-tied score, it was literally a difference of one bonus answer that provided victory to the Firelands team. Congratulations to the team and Mrs. Miller as the Falcons look to advance to the Finals of the Scholastic Games.

Press Release Academic Challenge Avon match 4 2018!

Firelands Band and Choir compete in Cincinnati 

The High School Concert Band and Jazz Bands had a very successful weekend at Kings Island’s Music in the Parks Festival. Both groups received first place in their classification while improving their scores significantly from last year. The Jazz Band received an Excellent Rating while the Concert Band received the highest possible rating of Superior!

The Firelands High School Choir received an Excellent rating and they won the Best High School Choir overall!!  Well done FHS Choir students!

FES Art Students

Congratulations to our students who participated in the 2018 Lorain County Schools Art Exhibit. Zoe Glowacki, Madison Howard, Marlie Becker, Alexa Leimbach, Macy Paller, Dorothy Wacker, and Lydia Schlecter will have their art work displayed at the Elyria West River Public Library until May 17. When you visit, please stop by to see our talented artists.

Cora Lynn Born

Cora BornCora, a talented musician and artist, wrote a song in memory of the late FHS teacher, Mrs. Johnston. With assistance from Mr. Wiley and his friend, the song was expanded to make a full band arrangement. The song, Lighthouse, was debuted at the May 9, 2018 band concert and you can watch it here.





Firelands FFA – 90 Ohio FFA Convention

The Firelands FFA had an amazing time at State Convention. We had great success in all the divisions that our chapter participated in. The Different categories of proficiency that the Chapter was apart of is Accounting, Ag Processing, State Accounting, State Fruit Production, State winner vegetable production, and State Talent Finalist. We also have four of our chapter receiving state degrees.

Emily Holcomb: Emily Holcomb has kept amazing records of all her SAE projects. Which Advanced her to the Final 4. Emily won Accounting Proficiency for 2018. Also she won Ag Processing Proficiency from her Maple Syrup Business.

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Emily Holcomb


Macey Butchko: Macey opened the convention with the National Anthem on May 4th. On May 5th, she blew the judges away at State Convention for her stage performance in singing. Macey sang “A Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga, which pushed her ahead of the competition. She won State Talent at the 2018 Ohio FFA State Convention! You can watch her interview here. On Friday evening, for session entertainment, she sang “You Raise Me Up” for a crowd of 9k+. Congratulations Macey!

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Macey Butchko

Ian Valerius:  Ian Valerius has grown an amazing amount of Vegetables in his Garden which lead him to the final 4. Ian was the State Winner for Vegetable Production Proficiency. Congratulations on all of your hard work, Ian!

Ian Valerius FFA winner 2018

Ian Valerius

Sean Miller: Congratulations to Sean on his third place state finish for Fruit Production! Well done, Sean!

Sean Miller FFA 2018

Sean Miller and Ian Valerius

Megan Brandich: Congratulations Megan on your second in Ohio for Accounting Proficiency and for being a finalist for Ohio Star Farmer! Congrats!

Megan Brandich FFA 2018

Megan Brandich

Gold Rated Officers:

  • Bianca Inman: Treasurer
  • Emily Holcomb: Secretary
  • Macey Butchko: Reporter

State Degree Recipients

Congratulations to the FFA State Degree recipients! Well done: Ian Valerius, Samantha Ives, Kaitlyn Frazier, and Genalda Finley.

FFA State Degree 2018

Ian, Samantha, Kaitlyn and Genalda

FHS FFA Alumnus receive awards:

Kyle Riggs: Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Placement

Kyle Riggs FFA 2018

Kyle Riggs

Michael Anadell: Ohio’s Star American in Placement candidate. He will move on to the national level!

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Mike Anadell

This year the Firelands FFA Chapter Severed as administrators for the Ohio Fights Hunger. They Packaged over 50,000 meals. The chapter was recognized for charitable giving over $1000.

Article submitted by Taylor Kenska.

Honors Awards Night

The annual Firelands High School Honors Awards was held Monday, May 14th,  at 6:30 pm at The Lodge at New Russia Township. This ceremony  recognized all our students who have made the Honor Roll for the first three grading periods at both FHS and the LCJVS. All students have been invited, as well as their families. Light finger foods and refreshments were served to all our award winners, and their families. Congratulations to all our Honor Award winners. Read more here.


Seniors at the Honors Banquet

JVS Senior Recognition Assembly

Congratulations to our Senior JVS students who were recognized Friday, May 18th, at 9 am at The Palace Theatre in Lorain for the annual LCJVS Senior Recognition Assembly. This event honored all the students who have completed programs at the LCJVS,
as well as award JVS Scholarships and program awards to individual students. Congratulations to our FHS Students who have completed their individual programs at the LCJVS.

Special Olympians

Special Oly 2018

The 2018 Special Olympic Team!

Congratulations and well done to all of our students who participated in the Special Olympics! The games were held on Friday, May 11th in Elyria.

Callie Finnegan

Callie youth show 2018

Callie started her 2018 horse show season at the All American Youth Horse Show at the Ohio State Fairgrounds on May 10-13, 2018. This horse show is one of the largest youth shows, drawing skilled competition from all over Ohio and our surrounding states.

Callie finished an impressive 3rd (in a class of 38!!) in Hunter Horse Showmanship with her pony, Preston. She also received  2nd in Hunter Miniature Horse Showmanship with her horse, Cinnamon and made her second trip to the championships in 3 days! She took third overall for ALL ponies!

On Friday, she took 3rd in In-Hand Trail with Cinnamon. She had an awesome pleasure class with Preston, too.

Callie and Cinnamon won Western Miniature Horse Showmanship and went on to take 7th overall in western showmanship for all ponies!

Well done, Callie and good luck with the rest of the show season!


Firelands TLC and SAMS Students

Firelands TLC Birdhouses


The Firelands High School TLC students have mentored Mrs. Ammar’s class this year. We are thankful for the compassion and support they have shared with the class throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

The middle school boys loved their time with the high school students! In science, they made 16 bluebird nesting boxes as a community service project. 

These young people are a wonderful example of what fantastic people Firelands is sending out into the world!

Payton Burgdorf

Payton Burgdorf 2018

Congratulations to Payton as he not only placed as the Greco State Runner Up at the Ohio State Championships at Otterbein University, but he was also selected to represent Ohio on the Junior National Team!

Well done, Payton!





JV Baseball Champs!

jb baseball champs 2018

The team won the Lorain County Coaches Association Baseball Tournament! Congratulations everyone!

Varsity Baseball makes school history!

FHS Baseball District Champs

The Varsity Baseball team went 26-4 and are on record for not only the number of wins (26) but also for being the first ever baseball District Champions.

Girls Softball

Girls Softball 2018

The softball team = Sectional Champs! Great season ladies!

2018-2019 FHS Student Council Officers

Student Council 2018 19 officers

  • Macey Butchko: President
  • Samantha Walcott: Vice President
  • Josh Kelley: Secretary
  • Treasurer: Jordon Vaughn
  • New Member Advisor: Steven Iwanek
  • Communications: Dylan Taylor


2018-2019 Senior Class Officers

  • Josh Kelley: President
  • Madison Ryleigh: Vice President
  • Carlie Wotton: Secretary
  • Emma Sherbert: Treasurer

Falcon Racing Team

Last Saturday the 7th grade Falcons Racing Teams competed in the Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing challenge against over 60 teams from all over Ohio.  Both teams won several very close races and advanced all the way to the 3rd round of racing.  Congratulations on a great season of racing.  You have alot to be proud of.  The team consists of the following racers:  John Kovach, Kody Hamilton, Kevan Adkins, Mark Papp, Jeremy Partlow, Kaleb Ortiz, Brandon Bowyer, Joe Formholtz-driver, Vinny Hicks-driver, Ryan Zimmerman, and Ethan Boggs. The Falcon Racing Team is led by Mr. Chuck Latto.

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Track Athletes compete at Regionals

Eight of our FHS Track Athletes had the opportunity to compete at Regionals in Lexington, Ohio. Congratulations to:
Blake Ruffner: High Jump and 400 m Dash
Peyton Phillips:  100m and 300 m hurdles
Mackenzie Allsop: 800 m run
Alessandra Davis: 1600 m run
Alex Angle, Beau Grude,Blake Ruffner, and Logan Strader: 4 x 200 and 4 x 400

**And best wishes to Blake Ruffner as he prepares to compete in the 400 at the state level on Friday!

Blake Ruffner

Blake Ruffner


Macey Butchko: Lake Erie Crushers Entertainment


Macey will be hosting the Lake Erie Crusher’s Saturday Night After-Party Concert on July 7th! She will be the entertainment after the game, from 7:30 -9:30 pm. Watch the Crushers take on the Florence Freedom and stay for some great music!

In addition, she will be performing the National Anthem at the stadium on September 2, 2018.



Congratulations to all of our hard working students! This is the last Student Achievement post for the 2017-2018 school year. Please send updates on your Falcon(s) over the summer months for the first post of the 2018-2019 school year to