Amherst News-Times, 2000-05-31
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'owers Field Day fun - Page 2 Two new coaches hired - Page 5 Amherst News-Times Wednesday, May 31, 2000 MLS seniors will graduate Sunday June 4 at 2:30 p.m. at Palace Theater by KEITH QRIB BINS News-Urns* reporter With the summer months in plain sight, the senior student body is gearing up to give a final farewell to their yein at Marion L. Steele. The time spent nosing through textbooks and gliding through locker fitted halls doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the growing process involved with these young adults. Life long friends and goals are nurtured in those four short yean, and every memory, good or bad, has they ability to cling and never go away. A notion of who they are and where they're going is suddenly on the tip of every senior's tongue as they fight to keep the shakes of se- Noritis from their routine. It's time to move on, and they can't wait. Well, seniors will get that chance to move on Sunday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Palace Theater. Cap and gown will be the outfit of choice as graduating Comets prance down the •isles of the Lorain theater while ! Mobs of parents, who can't seem to 'shake those smiles, vie for the best photo spot in the house. ♦"We are very proud of this class. |$hey're very strong in all aspects, liy, musically, athleti- ' stated principal Red Hol- "And they are generally just eople. Myself and everyone will miss them." The class is so strong that a number of students are still competing for the top spot But the school has narrowed the race for Valedictorian down to two students, David DeAngelis and Rachel Marino. Both having GPAs over 4.0, final exams will have to determine the outcome on May 30 and 31. Marino is looking to attend the University of Miami, Florida, in the school's international business program. Parents Dan and Marge, both language teachers, might have had a hand in Marino's interest in foreign languages She speaks French and Spanish and is hoping to apply her love of languages and her math skills to a career in the business world. The Comet is looking forward to the life on campus. "I'm happy to be out of here. I've done enough in high school, and I'm ready to see new people. But I'm still going to miss my friends and the teachers I know," Marino stated, Marino has spent three years in band playing flute and participating in the National Honor Society. Right beside Marino in the top spot is DeAngelis. This Comet has plans to attend Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh for college, aiming towards a degree in physics. DeAngelis bides his time between swimming for the Lakeshore swim club and taking apart computers. He also works at the Amherst pool and takes time out for the Youth Fund Advisory Committee based in Lorain. Frank and Janice DeAngelis are the proud parents of this soon to be Steele High School grad. "I suppose I'd talk about the good things that have happened in the past and what to focus on in the future. Our potential,'' explained DeAngelis about the speech he might give in front to his senior class. "But I really haven't thought about it yet." The top student from both Amherst and Lorain County JVS have yet to be announced because of stiff competition. "It's really an extremely talented class overall, and for these two to rise to the top is pretty special,'' Holland cited. Sunday's ceremony will contain commencement addresses from the Valedictorian from Steele and LCJVS as well as class president Derek Pittak. Principal Holland will announce the Academic Hall of Fame and the Presentation of the Class. Superintendent Robert Boynton will give the Superintendent's Address and the Steele High School Brass Choir will lead the Class Recessional. Practice for graduation will be at the Palace Theater Friday, June 2 at 9 in the morning. Admissions will be by ticket only. "I always say the same thing: work hard, enjoy life, and always, always do the right thing," said Holland. Sound advice for the Comet alumni. An apple from the principal « -•Powers Elementary principal David AnghNante presents the Anv ttarst Schools 10th annual Crystal Appla Award to Bonnia t/tetelsky, KatNasn Kurfsh. and Sharon Krzemienieswki. Tha woman wart among seven volunteers recognized lor their sarvlca to tha studsnts and staff of tha Amherst schools at tha school board masting May 22. AnghHante said ha nominated Matelsky for her work as president ofthe Powsrs PTO and as chair of several of lis oofronttees. Kurtoh and Krzemienleswki were honored for their Work In the Powers bookstore. Amherst, Ohio Former Librarian Eleanor Owen took time out to participate in Powers School's reading week a couple of weeks ago. Owen read stories about frogs for the kin- dergartners to coincide with the reading theme "Spring into Reading". Pictured, above, Owen reads a book to Heather Large and Diane Coffman's kindergarten classes. Pictured, below, a Powers School kindergartner focuses her attention on frogs during Owen's program. (News-Times photos by Keith Gribbins) Council okays full time fire chief by KEITH GRIBBINS News-Tknss reporter The full-time fire chief position passed through its third reading of council Monday evening. May 22. The position, now an ordinance, has been in the council works since last November. From committee to council and back to committee meetings, the position, along with who might occupy it, became a constant argument every week for council members. Most recently on March 20 members sent the position request to the floor of council, but once there on March 27 council immediately sent it back to committee meetings for more discussion. Members cited wanting more exact information on the classification of the job with the civil service position. But on April 17 the department had had enough. Twenty or more Amherst Fire Department employees converged on the committee meeting at city hall, giving full support lo the ordinance. Department heads gave information and answered questions that turned unsure council members in favor of the city's need for a full-time fire chief. The position finally passed to the floor of council with a uiunimous vote. 6-0. And in each reading on the floor of CfflrfW*!. the ordinance passed with full support Now the dry must decide who should fill the position, Current chief Ralph Zilch is the name most have associated with the position, but there it s looming possibility that others may test for the job along with Zilch. How the position should be filled is up to the Civil Service Commission, and. the ooait—__na has just recessed for the summer until September. According to member John Dunn, the commission would hold an emergency meeting if council or the mayor asked for one. But if they did not, the position would have to wait to be filled until fall. "If someone puts that to us, then we would address it," staled Dunn. There are three formats in which the position could be fitted, staled Dunn. The mayor could give a provisional appointment to one person, and if that candidate passed the civil service test they would attain the position. Candidates could all test together with the highest score taking the position. Or the mayor could give a special promotion without competition; the mayor would need to give five statements in writing why that person should be given the position. But ultimately who decides on which route to take will be up to the three members of the commission. "Because Chief Zilch is the chief now doesn't necessarily mean he'll be the full-time chief. We are trying to keep an open mind. We want to see all the facts in front of us and then we'll decide," Dunn explained, Some of the criteria used by the rommittion would involve looking at die job responsib—ities and who could fitt those responsibilities best for the dry. staled Dunn. The commission needs st least two votes to pass a decision. If members cannot decide, the position will have to be tested for, sup-fined during his tenure. He has kept the insurance involved in good order. And the demeanor, of the department itself is good and we've had little trouble," cited Higgins. "He's had the education and experience. there's no doubt about that" According to Higgins two other candidates are eligible to test for the position. Zilch has been the part of the Amherst department for 28 years. Mayor John Higgins to in full support of the full-time fire chief position and in Zilch filling _te spot a letter of exceptioMl ipiwMmwf"! "Wfw tearing Zilch for the potMJO'v 1 folly support Chief Zilch. He has ran the Dayton bound The five lady Comets to represent Amherst'at the state meat In Dayton could not contain their joy attar Saturday's regional meet held at the Amherst field. Front let to rtgrt Lindsay Br*, Ti Shagovac, WNtney Hougland, Theresa Feldkamp and ~ Tear chesss j up for the camera after quaWng tor .te state berths. They wiI be and akemete Jeannine oy Greg Norman, DornMc .1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-05-31|
|Date of Original||31-MAY-2000|
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