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Chagrin Falls High School Junior Kate Stephenson and Senior Hattie Sherman competed in the Chagrin Valley Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest on March 14…

Chagrin Valley Rotary Four Way Speech Contest

Chagrin Falls High School Junior Kate Stephenson and Senior Hattie Sherman competed in the Chagrin Valley Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest on March 14. This is an annual competition between Chagrin Falls High School and Kenston High School. There is one winner from each school participating in the district competition at Kent Roosevelt High School on April 9.

Stephenson wrote a speech on the importance of music education in schools. As part of the high school speech and debate team, she participates in Original Oratory.

Sherman, who won for Chagrin Falls High School, wrote a speech about the importance of instituting government regulations regarding the labeling of GMO and non-GMO foods. She participates in humorous interpretation competitions.

The competition gives students the opportunity to apply the principles of Rotary International’s four-way test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic close to their hearts and adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others.

The speech should last five to seven minutes. Each part of the four-question test should be addressed during the speech: Is this the truth? Is it fair to everyone involved? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it benefit everyone involved?

CFHS women’s soccer team recognized at Ohio Statehouse

The Chagrin Falls High School girls football team had a personalized tour of the Ohio House and the Senate Building on March 16. They were also invited to lunch with State Senator Matt Dolan. Then they went to the Senate where Senator Dolan spoke about the team’s accomplishments and their season.

He presented the team with a resolution plaque honoring them as the 2021 OHSAA Division II State Football Champions. Additionally, Senator Dolan presented the two coaches with a resolution plaque with their own proclamation plaque.

“The team and Coach Malone have done an amazing job on the field and also worked hard to improve the community,” Dolan said on his Twitter feed.

CFMS Speech and Debate Team Wraps Up Amazing Season

Chagrin Falls Middle School‘s Speech and Debate Team had an incredible season that culminated in competition in the state tournament on March 12-13.

“This dedicated and hardworking student team has been recognized time and time again throughout the season by placing and finishing in every tournament,” said coach Courtney Polcar. “After numerous tournaments held multiple Saturdays and countless hours of practice, Chagrin Falls Middle School is once again welcoming three speaking and state champions for speaking and debating.”

Sofia De La Cruz won the state championship in Original Oratory.

Rory Rohde and Will Allen are tied after seven grueling debates and proved to the judges that they both deserve to hold the title of state champions for extemporaneous debates.

Jennah Hamden qualified for the quarter-finals.

All of the Chagrin State contestants placed in the top 12 in their category for Ohio State.
“The students who competed showed maximum courage,” Principal Laila Discenza said. “They were excited to compete, hopeful for a win and well prepared. Congratulations to our state winners. Their strong performances are a testament to their expertise and commitment.

SSFC students view a short film through a partnership with Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Illuminate

Jean Kanzinger and Dee Dee Pearce, co-directors of the Sorrow Documentary Film Festival’s Illuminate student program, hosted a school-wide film event on March 14 during Tiger Time.

Students in grades 9-12 viewed the short film “Full Picture,” starring Santina Muha and directed by Jacob Reed. The 12-minute short documentary explains how during the pandemic, Santina, for the first time since being in a wheelchair, was given the choice of when (or if) she revealed her disability.

Before the students watched the film, they had class discussions about what they learned about themselves during the pandemic, particularly throughout the Zoom school attendance experiences. Students also discussed how they define themselves. After the film, the students participated in a group activity graphically organizing the commonalities they share. To conclude the activity, the students brought the discussion back to the theme of courage.

Students who watched the film earlier in the school year had the opportunity to zoom in with the director and the subject of the film. They were able to ask questions and discuss perception and its connection to courage.

The event was inspired by the district-wide work to incorporate the theme of “Courage” into conversations and programming for pre-K-12 classrooms. Kanzinger worked with Chagrin Falls Schools Library Media Specialist Angie Jameson and Choir Director Nate Bachofsky to add this event to the calendar to support the March Courage theme: Finding the Courage to Face Adversity .

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