Student Achievement – November & December, 2018

We are proud to recognize our students on their various achievements! Congratulations to the following FLSD students:

FHS Students

FIRST GRADING PERIOD HONOR AND MERIT ROLL RECIPIENTS —Linked below are theFHS Honor and Merit Roll Honor and Merit Award winners from Firelands High School in the first grading period. To earn Honor Roll status, a student must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above during the first grading period. A Merit Roll student must achieve a 3.0 GPA, up to a 3.49 GPA. Students enrolled in College Credit Plus shall use their Semester Grades as a replacement for first and third grading period grades. These GPA Calculations will be based on second and fourth grading period grades, in conjunction with CCP Grades. Students who are not enrolled in the equivalent of five one credit courses shall be ineligible for Honor/ Merit Roll status. FHS would like to congratulate the 321 students who have achieved this honor during the first nine weeks. Click here for a link to all our award winners.

Nathan Hammond

Nathan Hammond Senior 2 2018

Senior Nathan Hammond has been selected to be a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. You can watch Nathan in concert on January 21st, March 3, May 10, or June 7.

Jake Martin

Jacob Martin

Congratulations to Jake! He was recently accepted to Norwich University (a private military school) located in Northfield, Vermont!

Macey Butchko

Macey 2018

Congratulations to Macey! She was chosen as the Lions Club Student of the Month for November! Macey and her parents were invited to a dinner at the United Methodist Church in Birmingham to be recognized.

Isabel Solowiej

Isabel Solowiej

Congratulations to Isabel Solowiej! She has been identified as a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. 1.5 million high school students take the PSAT each year. Of those, 50,000 (3.3%) are identified as Commended Scholars.

We are so proud of you Isabel! Well done!

Sam Formholtz

sam formholtz

Congratulations to Sam! He scored nearly a perfect on the ACT-a 35/36! On the ACT, 34 and up is the 99th percentile. Sam is in the top 1% of test takers!

Emma Sherban

Emma Sherban 18

Emma has been accepted into a highly competitive drama program at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. She was one of twelve students selected out of hundreds of applicants. Congratulations!

Breanna Dechant

Breanna Dechant

Breanna Dechant was chosen as the Lions Club December Student of the Month! Her picture will hang in the main hallway at FHS and she and her family will attend a celebratory dinner in January. Congratulations, Breanna!

Firelands Artists AGAIN in 2019 Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Exhibition

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Delaney Overstreet

The FHS Art Department continues its legacy with inclusion in the esteemed Cleveland Clinic eXpressions competition. Sophomore Delaney Overstreet and senior Devon McGinnis have works selected for the show. They will find out their award levels before the new year. Delaney entered a digital photo project that illustrates the need for more perspectives or “more eyes” on patient radiology files to reach a more accurate conclusion for care. She took photos of her classmates eyes to build the montage. Devon employed his experience in wood and metal fabrication to build a set of gears that illustrate the data set for determining hearing aide and cochlear implant potential. Last year Devon earned a  “red ribbon” in this program. They join a legacy of 17 Firelands artists who have been honored in this exhibition since 2008. Of the nearly 1,400 works entered only 83 were accepted for exhibition. These 83 works are competing now for best in show, blue, red, white and honorable mention ribbons with cash awards.  Results were revealed at the annual eXpressions Family Night on Wed. Dec. 5 held in the FHS library.

Devon McGinnis expressions 2018
Devon McGinnis

Sam Solowiej

Sam Solowiej 18

FHS Select Choir member and wrestler, Sam Solowiej, worked hard to make a wrestling meet and a Select Choir performance on the same day. Sam traveled to a match at Edison in early December – weighed in, left to go sing at Don Molds in the select choir, and then traveled back to Edison to wrestle and he won a match!

South Amherst Middle School

Congratulations to all of our students that made the Honor or Merit Roll for the 1st SAMS Honor and Merit Rollquarter of the 2018-2019 school year! At the completion of each nine-week period, an Honor Roll is prepared. A point average of 3.5 is necessary for the Honor Roll. A student who attains a 3.0 average will earn a Merit Roll status.

Click here to see the list of students who made the Honor or Merit Roll: SAMS Honor-Merit 1st quarter 2018-19

Joel Polen

Joel Polen

Joel’s Homemade Fire Starters: On April 21, 2016, at age 10, Joel was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. He then went through 3 months of chemotherapy at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland to become cancer free.  During his time at Rainbow he saw the need for items for children ages 10 and up. That is when Joel came up with the idea to make and sell homemade fire starters and give a portion back in the form of items on their “wish list.” To date, he has donated items like craft kits, blankets, gag/prank items, Samsung Tablets, Xbox One games, and MANY gift cards!

If you are interested in purchasing hand made fire starters, contact Joel on Facebook.

Polen fire starters

SAMS and FES Students

Firelands 56 academic challenge winner 12 2018

Congratulations to the 5th\6th grade Firelands Academic Challenge Team! The combined team placed 1st in the finals on Monday, December 3rd, at McCormick Middle School in Wellington for the Lorain County Middle School Academic Challenge Competition.

Front Row — (All 5th grade):  Logan Parker, Max Dougan, Daniel Kothe,  and Jordyn Simpson

Back Row  – (All 6th grade) :  Val Schuster (Elementary Guidance Counselor), Aiden Bokulich, Andie Eberhardt, Telaysia Kraus, Claire Ohle, and Char Muth (6th Grade Writing Teacher)

Do you have a student that you would like recognized? We are happy to include student interests that fall outside of normal school activities, as well as academic and athletic achievements. Email Jennifer at with information and a picture for consideration for our January Student Achievement edition.