Orange High School to Host a Learning Differences Symposium and College Fair


PEPPER PIKE, Ohio — Mental health and learning disabilities expert Catherine Wharton will be the guest speaker at the Northeast Ohio Unique Learning Differences Symposium and College Fair from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in the Orange Auditorium High School, 32000 Chagrin Blvd.

The free event is open to students and families from all communities.

Wharton is director of the Diagnostic Center for Educational Evaluation and an ADA specialist overseeing student accessibility services at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

His presentation will be followed by a round table for large group questions. Afterwards, students and families are encouraged to join the college representatives at their tables to communicate with them, ask more specific questions and obtain more information.

According to a press release from Orange City Schools, there are very few college fairs in the region this spring, and this is a unique opportunity for students and their families to connect and learn about 12 colleges. and their programs for students with learning differences. .

Attendees can park either in the west parking lot near the gymnasium or in the stadium parking lot on the east side of the building.

Due to construction work, the main entrance to the school is closed, so participants are asked to enter either through the gymnasium entrance or through the courtyard entrance.

Face masks are optional.

This event is sponsored by Orange Parent Education Network (OPEN), a community of parents in the Orange City School District that seeks to empower and bring academic and personal success to students who have learning differences and special educational needs. .

Orange High School Allie Yuan (Photo courtesy of Orange City Schools)

Kiwanis Student of the Month

Allie Yuan of Orange High School has been named the Kiwanis Club of Lander Circle Senior of the Month for April.

Allie is president of the Asian Culture Club, where she works to promote awareness of Asian cultures. The Dartmouth Book Award winner placed second in the USA High School Math 12 competition and was on the highest honor roll throughout her high school career.

Allie serves as secretary of the National Honor Society and student government representative, having previously served as student government secretary. As manager of the Book Buddies room, she mentored preschoolers in literacy.

She has also served as Moreland’s peer tutor and mentor, and volunteered at her church and at the Aurora Memorial Library as part of the summer reading program. Previously, she participated in “Lunch Bunch”, providing elementary students with a safe space to interact with peers and high school mentors during the pandemic.

Allie has participated in several math competitions, was a finalist in the Google Play Change and Game Design Challenge, and placed third in the Ohio State Hackathon, where teams of students are faced with a challenge and must find a solution.

She is also involved with the USACO Coding Club and the OHS women’s tennis team. She babysits and is a Mathnasium instructor.

Each school year, the Kiwanis Club of Lander Circle recognizes six seniors for leadership, integrity and academic achievement.

Groups of students collaborate

In a collaborative project between the Orange High School Male Minority Leadership Group, under the guidance of advisors Ship Collins and Ashen Ward, and the Gentlemen of John Hay High School in Cleveland, advised by John Adams, students had the opportunity to observe one another in each school.

On Tuesday (April 5) at OHS, the two groups—along with OHS students from other classes—had the opportunity to meet and hear from guest speaker Jimma McWilson, founder and co-director of the AAAchievement Matters, Family Empowerment campaign. Student Achievement Institute, Parent Student Union, Academic Olympian Society and African Education Party.

The collaboration brings together minority boys and men who share a common goal of inspiring and striving to uplift others, regardless of their social or economic status, and identifies shared commonalities within our communities.

Orange students, “Strike It Big” staff

Orange schools were well represented at the Milestones Autism Resources Strike It Big Your Way fundraiser Sunday, April 3 at Spins Bowl in Independence.

According to Milestones Autism Resources, the organization improves the lives of people with autism by educating, mentoring and connecting the community with evidence-based information.

OHS students from the Israel Culture Club, GSA, African American Club, Sister to Sister, varsity softball, Unity in Diversity and others joined staff members Carla Nazelli, Robin Bonner and Edie Ungar-Shafron for a day of bowling, volunteering and being together.

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