Two Warren City Schools students – Lincoln 4th-grader Cohen Herchler and Willard 2nd-grader Jacklyn Burdick – were invited as special guests to represent their schools at the United Way of Trumbull County’s Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
The United Way of Trumbull County presented its 2021 Give Award to the students on behalf of Warren City Schools “for their Outstanding Student Campaign.”
Cohen and Jacklyn were each accompanied by their school principals, Joshua Guthrie, principal/campus leader at Lincoln PK-8, and Carly Polder, principal/campus leader at Willard PK-8.
Guthrie said he invited Cohen to attend the event with him because Cohen led the 4th grade to victory by helping and encouraging his classmates to collect the most pennies in the school.
Polder chose Jacklyn not only for her penny-collecting efforts, but because she brightens her PK-2 pod every day by making the morning announcements – adding a joke or two to help her classmates start the day with a smile or a chuckle.
A string trio from the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra spent some time with students at Warren’s four PK-8 schools the first week of May.
These small performances at Jefferson PK-8, Lincoln PK-8, McGuffey PK-8 and Willard PK-8 schools were a creative way to bring the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra to schools instead of students going to see the orchestra in a formalized concert hall. Previously, trips to the concert hall have been limited to 3rd-graders.
However, the school visits included multiple grades, providing opportunities for a larger number of students to experience the live music in a more intimate setting where they could ask the musicians questions and interact with them more freely.
The orchestra was able to visit the schools due the cancellation of its annual countywide concert. The performances were funded through grant money the orchestra secured for its programming.
Sixth-grade students at Lincoln PK-8 School spent some time Wednesday, May 4, in the small gymnasium participating in a variety of activities designed to enhance their STEM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) skills while promoting social-emotional learning.
Two classes joined into one to participate in the “May the 4th Be With You’ Star Wars theme.
“We wanted to engage the students, and give them physical as well as mental activities to get them moving, get them thinking, and encourage them to work together,” explained Christine DePascale, whose class was combined with Stephanie Collier’s.
For example, students were challenged to find the unit rate of their own activities. They determined how many jumping jacks they were able to do it a certain amount of time: number per minute, per five minutes, etc.
For the STAR WARS Legos challenge, students called upon to build traps for storm troopers. Each trap had to be designed and constructed to fit at least one storm trooper.
They also incorporated math into bowling by keeping score and figuring out percentages.
“They collaborated and worked together to come up with answers and determine solutions,” explained Stephanie Collier. “That’s an important skill they will take with them way beyond the classroom.”
The Board of Directors of the Warren City Schools’ Foundation and the Committee of The Warren High Schools’ Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 30, 2022, awarded $50,000 in scholarships, collectively, to 36 Harding High School students.
The scholarships were awarded during the Warren High Schools’ Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame 30th Annual Awards Dinner.
Four new members who make up the DAHOF Class of 2022 were inducted into the DAHOF:
William E. Kush of Warren, a 1971 graduate and longtime employee of Warren City Schools serving as supervisor of plant maintenance, operations and warehouse;
Manuel N. Maligas of Spring, Texas, a 1961 graduate who went on to pursue a career in the aerospace and oil field industries;
Dr. Kristen E. Pearson of New Orleans, a 2008 graduate and assistant professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, at Tulane University;
Raymond D. Yannucci of Stow, a 1961 graduate who started his journalism career at the Warren Tribune Chronicle then went on to work for the Dover/New Philadelphia Times-Reporter as Scholastic Sports Editor and the Akron Beacon Journal, among other publications.
Frank Bubba, longtime Warren City Schools teacher and basketball coach, and Tony Berarducci, longtime Warren teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, personnel director and superintendent, were recognized as the 2022 Distinguished Faculty members.
Nicholas J. Angelo, former physical education teacher, coach and guidance counselor as well as district business manager, and Frank Supancic, social studies teacher and swim coach, were recognized as the 2020-2021 Distinguished Faculty.
Because the event was canceled in 2020 and a virtual ceremony was held in 2021, the 2020-2021 inductees were also recognized. They are:
Robert Berk of Warren, a 1972 Warren G. Harding graduate, went on to serve as CEO of Berk Enterprises;
Dr. Adam Cash of Cortland, a 1998 Harding graduate, specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery and is adjunct professor at Mercy Health, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Gannon University, and NEOUCOM;
Edward Lukco of Dresden, a 1966 Harding graduate, went on to become a professor at The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican and Franklin in the College of Arts and Sciences;
The late Nick Macris, a 1944 Harding graduate, pursued a career in education as a teacher and administrator for various school districts before serving as superintendent of Howland Local School District;
Constantine “Angelo” Kafantari of Torrance, California, a 2002 Harding graduate, pursued a career in automotive design and is CEO of Hyperion, working with NASA to create electric vehicles;
Vincent Peterson of Warren, a 1982 Warren Western Reserve High School graduate, went on to become officer-in-charge of adult probation and staff supervisor; U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force supervisor; and an FBI hostage negotiator;
Sara Kingsbery Walsh of Princeton, New Jersey, a 1966 Harding graduate, pursued a legal career devoted to public service law, first as a public defender then with the Legal Services of New Jersey.
Warren G. Harding High School’s Summa Cum Laude students Anthony Payiavlas, Aidan Rohrer, George Berzonski and Jacob Tatebe were among the academic standouts honored Friday, April 29, 2022, during the Trumbull County Superintendents’ Association 2022 Valedictorian Breakfast.
The breakfast is held each year to recognized outstanding high school seniors for their academic achievements. This year, some 120 students were honored.
Pictured are: From left, Superintendent Steve Chiaro, Aidan Rohrer, Anthony Payiavlas, George Berzonski and WGH HS Principal Sandra Williams attend the Friday, April 29, 2022, Trumbull County Superintendents’ Association 2022 Valedictorian Breakfast.