Student Achievement- May & June, 2019

Our students have many different strengths and interests both inside and outside of the classroom! FLSD is happy to be able to share some of their achievements with our community. We hope our Falcons use the summer to unwind and explore new possibilities – and then let us know all about it in the fall!



Young Authors


Special congratulations goes to Autumn Robinson who won “Best in Show Writer” for 5th grade, competing against young authors from several schools and Addison Beal who won “Best in Show Artist” in 5th grade, also competing against illustrators from several schools.

Horse Bowl

Horse Bowl 2019 group

The primary objective of Horse Bowl Competition is to provide an opportunity for Ohio 4-H members enrolled in horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related matters in a competitive setting, where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. This competition will provide an educational experience for both participants and the spectators.

There are 2 Lorain County junior teams this year made of 8 total children 9-13 years of age. We are excited to have 5 amazing Falcons on the teams. Team A is: Callie Finnegan (1st chair), Macy Paller, Jocelyn Wyatt, & Jordan. Team B is chaired by Marshall Ternes  and the remainder of the team is from other schools around Lorain County. The teams scrimmaged in Medina County and Team A beat Stark County in their round. Team B beat Medina County in their round .

The next contest, State, was held on March 30th. Team A – Marshall Ternes & kids from Keystone & Black River earned 23rd in state. Marshall served as 1st chair in the team.  Team B- Macy Paller, Jordyn Simpson, Jocelyn Wyatt, Callie Finnegan (1st chair) earned 13th in state. Jordyn was 10th in state individually.

Although Lorain County had two of the youngest teams in the state, Team B had a very strong win in round one. Both teams put points on the board in all rounds! Next up for the equestrian 4-H members is State Horse Judging and State Hippology. They have begun to practice for the June contests.

They were 2 of the youngest teams in the state! All 5 Falcons have joined the StateFES at horse judging 2019 1 Hippology & Judging Teams!
In addition, Callie, Macy, Marshall, & Jocelyn went with the high school FFA horse judging team last month and competed at the district horse judging contest in Ashland. They were the only non-high school team in attendance. They earned 13th place out of 32 teams! Pretty awesome for 10 year olds against high schoolers!



Perfect Attendance

FES perfect attendance 2019

The above students achieved Perfect Attendance at FES! Abby S., Brady S. (not pictured), Zoe K., Parker C., Austin L., and Keegan G.

Maddelin Maclean

On May 11-12, 3rd grader, Maddelin competed in her firstMaddelin Maclean Team USA Open Paralympic Swim Meet in Cincinnati Ohio. She swam in the 50 meter backstroke and freestyle and the 100 meter backstroke and freestyle. Paralympic swimming competition is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as dwarfism, amputation/limb loss, blindness/visual impairment, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users, cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke, cognitive impairment and Les autres. Maddelin suffers from a Traumatic Brain Injury that qualifies her for this competition.

Great work Maddelin!

Lorain County Art Exhibit

Congratulations to students, who not only had artwork selected for the 37th Annual Lorain County Elementary/Middle School Art Exhibit but who also won special recognition. Alaina Ketcham’s art work was recognized as Best of Show. Andrew Draga, Mia Lykins, and Layla McGuire won Excellence Awards for their work. Way to go, Falcon artists!!


Honor and Merit Roll

SAMS Honor and Merit Roll

Congratulations to all of our students that made the Honor or Merit List for the last nine weeks of the 2018-2019 school year! Follow this link to see the list: SAMS Honor-merit 4th quarter 2018 19.

PAC Track Athletes

Congratulations to the members of the track team who competed at PAC!

Boys Placing 2nd for the Falcons were: JD Pitts in the 110 Meter Hurdles, Weston Strader in the 200 Meter Hurdles, and Hayden Clough in the 800 Meter Run.

Placing 3rd for the Falcons was: JD Pitts in the 200 Hurdles.

Girls track team also finished 3rd in the PAC.
Conference Champions were: Lauren Valerius in the Discus and Grace Tansey in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

Placing 2nd for the Falcons was: Zadie Grude in the 200 Meter Hurdles.

Placing 3rd for the Falcons were: Morgan Janicek in the 200 Meter dash and Lauren Valerius in the Shot Put.

National Jr. Honor Society

Congratulations to the following students voted as SAMS NJHS officers for the 2019-2020 school NJHS logoyear:

  • Secretary-Grace Tansey
  • Sergeant at Arms-Nate Bodak
  • Treasurer-Angela Beno
  • Vice President-Jorja Weber
  • President-Devin Linn.


Falcon Racing Team

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On May 18th, the Falcons Racing team competed in the Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge.  After several close races and advancing to the 3rd round of racing, the Falcons racing car placed in the top 16 out of 60 cars.  Congratulations to Logan Becker, Daniel Dempsey, Xavier Harper, and Ahren Stanley on building and racing one of the fastest cars at the derby.


Caleb Hewlett: Capstone Engineering students, seniors in the Lorain County JVS  ProjectCaleb Hewlett 19 Lead the Way Engineering program, recently took part in the Lorain County Community CollegeNEO LaunchNET ideaLabs Business Competition. A team of four students that consisted of Tyler Hopkins (Amherst), Caleb Hewlett (Firelands), Victor Ellis (Amherst) and Benjamin Brogan (Amherst) took 2nd place, and collected a five hundred dollar prize. These students advanced to the regional competition at Baldwin Wallace University on the evening of April and placed in the top 5! Read the full article here.



Lions Club Student of the Month

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Michael Durdak: Michael was chosen as The Lion’s Club Student of the Month for April!

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Genalda Finley: The Lion’s Club chose Genalda as Student of the Month for May!


JSA Officers

Alessandra Davis: Has been chosen as Firelands JSA President for 2019-2020

William Folley: Has been chosen as Firelands JSA Vice-President for 2019-2020

S.O.A.R. Program

Christopher Fath and Elijah Yoder: Christopher and Elijah have been chosen to be a part of the Student Opportunities in Aviation (S.O.A.R.) program through Component Repair Technologies (CRT).

Recently CRT held a signing day to commend the students for choosing to enter the workforce directly after high school graduation. The press release is posted here:  Component Repair Technologies SOAR Program .


Logan Willis

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Congratulations to Logan as he will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in the Fall!

Logan will major in music performance and will also study exercise science.

Best wishes Logan!




Junior Class Officers

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 (next year’s Juniors) Officers President – Seth Robinette Vice-President – Dylan Taylor Secretary – Delaney Overstreet Treasurer – Audrey Lyons


FHS Top 5!

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Softball team 19

Congratulations to the Lady Falcon Softball team on their District Runner-up Finish. The Falcons had a fantastic tournament run, and look forward to next season in the new Lorain County League.

Boys Track

Boys track PAC champs

Congratulations to the Boys Track team…they are the PAC Champs!


Ky’Ra Hall

Kyra Hall



Congratulations to Ky’Ra! She will be attending Bowling Green Firelands Campus in the fall where she will study Business Management and Photography. Hall was recently awarded the William J. Parker Family Scholarship!

Samantha Novak

Samantha Novak

Congratulations to Sammie! She was chosen as the 2019 HOBY representative. She will be attending a HOBY Seminar in June at Ohio Northern University.

 FHS Athletic Signing Day

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Six seniors will be continuing their academic and athletic career at the collegiate level. Best of luck to:

  • Alex Brill- Ohio Dominican University- Baseball
  • Blake Ruffner- Ohio Dominican University – Football
  • Mackenzie Allsop- Heidelberg University – XC
  • Austin Urban- Marietta College- Baseball
  • Peyton Phillips- Muskingum University- Soccer
  • Isabel Solowiej- Ohio Wesleyan University- Soccer

FHS Honor and Merit Roll

FHS Honor and Merit Roll

Congratulations to our students for earning Honor or Merit Roll Distinction.  Students who earn a 3.5 or above earn Honor Role Status, and students who earn a 3.0 to 3.499 for earn Merit Roll Distinction.  These honors also include all students, including students who attend the LCJVS and LCCC the entire day.  Congratulations to our 335 students who have achieved this honor in the final grading period of 2018-19. Click here to view the list.

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Six of our students recently competed at the Youth Equestrian Development Association National competition on April 26-28 at Eden Park Equestrian Complex in Sunbury Ohio. Well done everyone!

FES students- Addison Beal and Ayden Maclean
SAM students- Allison Tuggle and Maria Dicesare
FHS student- Madison Chenowith and Elizabeth Balas

These students qualified by ranking within the top 20% of their age division.

YEDAs mission is to provide an equestrian riding program for youth students, via both instructional and experiential learning opportunities. To accomplish this they engage in equestrian competitions, instructional clinics, networking events and occasions for recruitment that includes but not limited to scholarship disbursements.

5/6 Lorain County Spelling Bee

The following students earned a chance to participate in the 5th/6th Lorain County Spelling Bee on May 9th at Midview Middle School: Kyleigh Klingshirn (6), Talaysia Kraus (6), Daniel Kothe (5), Jordyn Simpson (5). Congratulations to Talaysia for placing fourth at the Lorain County Spelling Bee!

Talaysia Kraus

Talaysia Kraus


Please submit your students summer achievements (including Lorain County Fair results to Jennifer at!