Ella Wilford, Ananya Sharma and Jada Sikora

Ella Wilford, Ananya Sharma and Jada Sikora

Members of the Elms Social Action Club accept the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Leadership Award.

Members of the Elms Social Action Club accept the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Leadership Award.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine with Alexis Armstrong.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine with Alexis Armstrong.

Students display their works of art for the Memory Project.

Students display their works of art for the Memory Project.

Elms Students Excel

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh recently announced winners of the 2019 Safety Kids Calendar Contest from among over 1,200 posters submitted from 17 different schools. Three Elms Sixth Graders placed in different categories. Ella Wilford won second place for “Don’t Use Alcohol,” Ananya Sharma won second place for “Trust Yourself - Don’t Give in to Peer Pressure" and Jada Sikora received an honorable mention for “Never Tell Anyone You Are Home Alone.”

The Catholic Commission of Summit County celebrated its work and successes at the 40th annual Bishop William Cosgrove Justice Dinner and Silent Auction. About 200 people attended the December 7 event at Tangier in Akron. The Elms Social Action Club was selected to receive the Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Leadership Award in recognition of its work for justice and peace with those in the Elms community, the local and global communities. Marcie Bircher, club moderator, nominated the group, which is open to students in grades 7-12. She said through hard work, club members seek to follow Catholic social teaching in the Dominican tradition. The club has been involved in more than a dozen programs and projects, reflecting the members’ commitment to serve their school and community.

Alexis Armstrong '19 has been selected to serve on the Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board for the 2018-2019 school year. The mission of the Board is to provide Ohio’s future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government. Board members advise the Attorney General’s Office on issues relating to teens, and they work with their peers to develop solutions. They also attend presentations, hear from elected officials, interact with assistant attorneys general and have the opportunity to participate in events around the state.

The College Board named seven Elms students from the Class of 2018 AP Scholars (scores of three or higher on three or more AP exams) and two students AP Scholars with Distinction (average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of three or higher on five or more of these exams). The AP Scholars are: Chyann Farlin '18, Megan Hamilton '18 , Claire Heinle '18, Zoya Khan '18 , Li Xiyuan '18, Sita Anagha Velamakanni '18 and Erin Wagner '18. AP Scholars with Distinction are Emma Coffman '18 and Alexa Ray '18.

Ten High School art students spent the first semester of school designing portraits for the Memory Project. This charitable nonprofit organization invites artists to help cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, war, extreme poverty, neglect and loss of parents. Participants create these portraits to help children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well-being and to provide a special childhood memory in the future. The students received photographs of children in Columbia, South America, and then created a painted or drawn portrait. The the final piece is shipped to the Memory Project, and then personally delivered to each child.