Year ends with student accomplishments
The school year ended on a high note for Barberton City School students, from academic honors to extra-curricular awards. It underscores the fact that Barberton has excellent students and athletes. Please excuse the overuse of exclamation marks in this column; I can’t help myself!
Three teams from Barberton Destination Imagination traveled to Global Finals at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May and joined 1,468 teams from 17 countries in the world's largest celebration of creativity. It is very unusual for a school district to have a team at Globals; Barberton had three teams qualify to compete. "Umm, I Forgot Their Name" from Barberton Middle School won 3rd place Globally and achieved the highest Instant Challenge score! They competed against 68 teams globally. Congratulations to Brandon Fogle, Courtney Kemp, Jaycee Lappin, Jamie Matheson, Brevan Mitchell, and Nelson Velo. This is the first time a Barberton team has placed in the top 3 at DI Global Finals!
“Purple Pride” from BHS placed 16th in the world. Congratulations to Hope Headrick, Lexi Gwinn, Lydia Weaver, Jeremy Struckel, Michael Debevec and Macy Debevec. “Gogo 6!!!” from BMS received 27th place in the world. Congratulations to Aidan Taylor, Sophia Folden, Karlie Klemens, Lulu Kemp, Madison Mitchell, and Olivia Teagle.
Barberton teacher, Jim Jensen is the Destination Imagination District Coordinator. He wishes to thank all the many parents, volunteers and community members who supported the teams by donating their time and contributing to fund-raisers. Jim deserves a huge “thank you” as well for his hard work and dedication to the students.
Now let’s talk girls’ softball! The Lady Magics went farther in the OHSAA Tournament than any Barberton team before them. The girls created a lot of excitement for the entire city by winning the District Championship and coming in runner-up in the Regional Tournament. Coach Steve Kaisk and his team showed grit, determination and hard work all season long! Best of luck to graduating seniors Kloee Cuckler, Morgan Kadilak, Macy Kaisk, Lindsey Krska, Rylee Lappin, Makayla Okolish, Riley Ries, Tempestt Rogers and Emily Young!
Last, but certainly not least, we are very proud of the academic achievements of our students. Academic awards and scholarships were given to eighty students at the BHS Senior Award and Scholarship Celebration on May 18th. Our seniors received over $1.2 million in scholarships from the military, colleges and universities, private donors and the Barberton Community Foundation! What a way to end the school year!!