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Several new pieces of legislation were considered in the 2015 session of the Third Grade General Assembly which took place on Friday, May 22. The second grade class looked on from the gallery as third grade congressional leaders gave thoughtful consideration and spirited debate to bills that were presented and voted on in both the House (Ms. Wasil’s class) and Senate (Ms. Jones’ class).
The Bill of Griffin Grill and Friday Time Bill passed easily through both chambers with little debate. The Bussing Time Bill passed by a narrow margin while the Soccer Bill failed to garner enough votes to pass out of session. The Education Bill and the Bill of Fun stalled in the Senate, but Representatives Thompson, Sela, and Wells who co-sponsored the Bill of Fun promised they would make changes to the bill and reintroduce it at a later date. “A second recess is just too important to kids today, and we will not give up on passing this important piece of legislation” said Representative Thompson.
Village Academy proudly announced the 2015 Valedictorian at the annual Academic Awards ceremony on May 18, 2015. Congratulations to James Reed McGraw for all of his accomplishments throughout his Upper School career. Reed plans to attend The Ohio State University in the Fall where he will not only participate in the Honors College, but Swim for the OSU team. Reed, your VA family wishes you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors! #GriffinPride
Joey Edgington, 11th Grade, has been competitively selected to represent the State of Ohio as a delegate to the Global Youth Institute and World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, in October of this year. Joey’s research concerns the challenges of rapidly increasing urbanization in Brazil and his paper outlines a possible solution to some of the problems in Brazil’s overcrowded cities. He submitted his findings in a formal essay in March and, after scrutiny by expert readers from academia, he was invited to defend his ideas at the Ohio Youth Institute, held in the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at OSU on April 17th.
Between 80 and 90 students were dispersed to nine separate seminar sessions where each of them presented their material to a panel of three judges. Students were asked follow-up questions after each presentation, giving an opportunity to share more information about their research. Based on their papers and presentations, approximately twelve students were selected for in-depth, ten minute interviews with a team of judges.
In spite of stiff competition, Joey made it to the interview stage where he experienced a further round of questioning. After much deliberation, based on the research papers, presentations and interviews, the judges selected Joey to join over 300 high school students and teachers for the three-day conference in Iowa. Joey will have the opportunity to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize laureates and over 1000 global leaders from 75 countries attending the World Food Prize’s annual international symposium.
In partnership with ARMADA Ltd., Village Academy will be participating in an Active Threat Response Full Scale Exercise on Monday April 20th beginning at 1:30pm. Village Academy has been presented with the unique opportunity to conduct this exercise in partnership with our community stakeholders; Powell Police Department, Liberty Township Fire, Delaware County Sheriff and Delaware County Emergency Management Agency. This Full Scale Exercise is another step Village Academy is taking to ensure preparedness of our Students, Faculty and extended Village Academy family.
As you know, Active Threat Response is one of the incidents that the Emergency Operations Team prepares for as part of our All Hazard Emergency Operations Plan. This Full Scale Exercise will include both the Administrators (Emergency Operations Team) and all teachers. The teachers will be provided an opportunity to practice the action steps they could employ in the event of an active threat situation. The Emergency Operations Team plans to practice both the immediate action steps as well as test the Emergency Operations Plan as it relates to notification, response, recovery and reunification.
We are providing this notice to you to ease any concerns and quash any rumors that may spread during exercise play on Monday April 20th.
The third Ohio K-12th Chinese Speech and Essay Contest was held at Cleveland State University on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The five speech contestants from Village Academy lower school had an outstanding performance…in fact, they dominated the K-5 group! Aadhya M. and Rishi B. won third place, Daniel B. and Andrew S. won second place, and Raaghav M. won the first place award. Our students won five of the six total awards for the elementary level. Congratulations to all our winners! #GriffinPride
It may have been spring break, but for some Griffins, Saturday, March 21, was a day of fierce scientific competition at the North Central District Science Day.
The North Central District Science Day is a program of the Junior Academy of The Ohio Academy of Science, and is held at The Ohio State University at Marion, in conjunction with the Marion Area Science & Engineering Fair.
All students in grades 5-12 who earn a Superior rating in their local, city, or county Science Days, and who are enrolled in any school in the district (including home schooling), are eligible to enter the North Central District Science Day.
Students compete at North Central District Science Day for an opportunity to participate in State Science Day, to be held at the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University on May 16, 2015.
Several Village Academy Students spent the day at the OSU Marion campus presenting their science projects. The following is a list of awards and accolades earned by the VA students. (in order of presentation):
U.S. Forestry Award – Mukund Seshadri
Best 10th Grade Project – Srinath Seshadri
Best Team Project – Madeline Fuller/Anjali Dubbaka
Best Environmental Science Project – Mukund Seshadri
U.S Navy and Marines Medal – Mukund Seshadri
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories Award – Srinath Seshadri
An Invitation to compete in the Broadcomm Masters – Mukund Seshadri
Superior Ratings – Mukund Seshadri, Srinath Seshadri, and Madeline Fuller/Anjali Dubbaka
Earning an invitation to compete at INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair – Madeline Fuller/Anjali Dubbaka, and Srinath Seshadri
As a side note, the INTEL ISEF is going to take place in Pittsburgh on Thursday, May 14, and is open to the public.
Earning an invitation to compete at the Ohio State Science Day – Mukund Seshadri, Madeline Fuller/Anjali Dubbaka, Srinath Seshadri, and Mateen Afkami.
All in all, a very good day for our Griffins! #GriffinPride
Congratulations to all who competed!
On March 4, 2015 the Associated Press announced the All-District boys and girls all-star basketball teams. These teams are selected by a media panel from the district. Village Academy is proud that two Griffins were among the names mentioned as all-stars. VA Sophomore, Mya Cordle was given an Honorable Mention for the Division IV girls basketball team while, VA senior, Sean McLoughlin was also given an Honorable Mention for the Division IV boys basketball team. In addition, McLoughlin was selected by the coaches of the district to play in the District 11 all-star game that will take place on April 11, 2015 at Granville High School. Congratulations to both Mya and Sean on an outstanding basketball season! #GriffinPride
Congratulations to VA’s Mock Trial team, ‘Justice League’! For the first time in VA history, the students have won two trials at regionals and will advance to the state competition. This places the Village Academy team within the top 25-30 out of 350 teams statewide.
A special congratulations to Adam Crawford who won best lawyer and best witness and to Jake Block who won best lawyer. Others members of the ‘Justice League’ who competed and are advancing to the state competition are: JJ Sheehan, Claire Sinard, Maddie Fuller, Elora Salisbury, and Sean McLoughlin.
The State Competition begins March 12, 2015 and will conclude with the “last man standing”.
A very special thank you to VA Parent and team legal advisor, Lori Braunsdorf.
The Village Academy mock trial teams competed Friday, January 30, in the district competition. The three teams competed in two separate venues 2 teams were in Marion county and a third team went to Franklin county.
Earning special recognition were JJ Sheehan, Elise Salisbury, Claire Sinard and Abigail VanVleet. Each won Best Witness awards in their trials. Additionally, Jake Block and Evan Gareffa won Best Lawyer awards.
Team “Justice League” moves on to the regional round on February 20th.
This team is made up of the following VA students:
Congratulations to VA English teacher, Bryan Miller for having two more of his poems published. Mr. Miller’s poems, “Pumpkins” and “For the Kentucky State Fair Tour Guide,” were both picked up by Blinders Journal, and were published earlier this month.
Mr. Miller has been teaching English here at Village Academy since the fall of 2002… going on 13 years! He earned his MA in Literature from University of Kentucky in 2002. While there he co-edited the Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. His poetry and short fiction have been previously published in the Raleigh, NC’s newspaper The Independent; in the journal Extracts; and in the 2014 literary horror anthology Strange Frenzies.
To read Mr. Millers poems visit the Blinders Journal at http://www.blindersjournal.org/issue%20two/BryanMiller.html
Congratulations Mr. Miller!