At its May meeting the Clearview Board of Education recognized several individuals for a variety of accomplishments and service to the Clearview Schools. Highlighting the evening was the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award. The recipient, Sophfronia Scott Gregory was the valedictorian of the CHS class of 1984. Upon earning a degree from Harvard University, Sophfronia served as an associate editor for Time Magazine and People Magazine. She published her first novel, All I Need to Get By, in 2004 and is currently writing another novel as well as a screenplay. Sophfronia lives in Connecticut with her husband Darryl and their son Tain. She uses her writing talents with her new endeavor, “The Book Sistah,” whereby she creates programs and provides coaching for aspiring authors.
The 1959 Clearview football team was also recognized and inducted into the CHS Wall of Fame. This team compiled a 9 0 perfect season and ran its winning streak to 17 straight games. One of its members, Jim Worden, went on to play professionally in the Canadian Football League. Earlier this month the team was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame.
Several students were on hand to be awarded certificates as the Vincent and Durling representatives to the county Spelling Bee. Recognized for their achievements were Vincent students:Brayden Justice Marie Koziura Brenna Hancock Summer Woods John Jacovetti
Durling students included:Steve Carter Kristyn Byrd Jacob Laureano Mariah Thacker Sarah Mathewson Joseph Jerry Larissa Simpson Erica Westerfeld Robert Peebles
One of the special moments of the evening was the presentation of the “Clearview Schools Teacher of the Year” award.
Jennifer Anderson, Kindergarten teacher at Vincent Elementary, was chosen as the recipient by the Clearview administration. She was presented with a plaque and a $500.00 check from the Pepsi Company. Jennifer commented that she was humbled by the award and that she teaches because of her love of kids.
Thanks were given to 17 Ohio Reads Volunteers for their efforts in meeting each week with Vincent Elementary students. For several years the volunteers have been provided by the May Company Department Stores. Certificates were sent to all of the volunteers and a heartfelt thank you was extended to the May Company for providing this service.
The “Durling Cookie Crew” presented the Board with a donation of $316.66 to be put toward the Durling library in honor of the late librarian Pat Amato. The crew is made up of students in Cindy Schaffer’s special education class. All year long the students sold cookies each morning at Durling to raise funds for the donation.
The Clearview Band Booster Club President, Anita Kubishke made a presentation on the recent activities of the band. She reviewed the band’s recent trip to New York as well as their accomplishment of qualifying for state competition. Ms. Kubishke explained the purpose and operations of the booster club and invited volunteers to join in the activities. The Board expressed sincere thanks for all of the efforts of the booster club in helping to subsidize the fine arts program.
And finally, Board member Dave Underwood recognized the efforts of the Clearview Schools maintenance department headed by supervisor Dave Newsome. The department recently received the “Field of Excellence Award” for the presentation of an outstanding football field. The award is given by the Pioneer Manufacturing Company and of the 22 award-winning fields; Clearview was the lone representative from the state of Ohio.