Celebrating our Euclid High School seniors
Volunteers set out last week to celebrate our seniors by placing signs in their yards.
Efforts started with senior spotlights that are being displayed on our Euclid City Schools Facebook and Twitter accounts. Euclid City Schools Director of Strategic Initiatives Karen Brown and Anne Obradovich, Euclid High School dean of students for 11th and 12 grades, started discussing what else could be done to honor our seniors.
“We wanted to figure out how we could still celebrate all of their wonderful accomplishments, while still adhering to social distancing requirements,” said Ms. Obradovich. She said the seniors’ end of the year was anti-climatic as the closure meant they could not participate in many normal senior activities like the Dave and Buster’s field trip or prom.
They reached out to Michelle Connovino with the Euclid Alumni Association to see if the association would be interested in funding the project. She took the idea to the association’s president and treasurer who enthusiastically agreed to support it.
Fulton Sign and Decal shared some options from which Mrs. Brown, Ms. Obradovich and Euclid High School Head of Campus Janis Svoboda selected one. Euclid City Schools Director of Technology James Yane provided addresses for the seniors split up by streets.
About 35 volunteers picked up signs on Saturday and spent the next few days placing them in front of seniors’ homes.
“When Anne sent out the call for volunteers the response was swift and overwhelming,” Mrs. Brown said. “Our teachers clearly wanted to celebrate our seniors.”
“I really hope that the yard signs helped to remind them that we ARE proud of them, we love them, and we miss them,” Ms. Obradovich said.
Mrs. Brown said that she hopes the seniors feel special.
“We want them to recognize that soon they will be able to count themselves among a long list of proud, accomplished Euclid Alumni, and we want them to be proud of that,” she said. “
“Though graduation represents a culmination of your education with Euclid Schools, it is also the beginning of the rest of your life. We are proud to have been a part of your foundation, but can't wait to see what amazing things you do next!”
Thank you to volunteers and to Mrs. Brown and Ms. Obradovich for finding ways to celebrate our seniors and to the Euclid Alumni Association for your support. Congratulations to the Euclid High School Class of 2020! Good luck in your future efforts as I know you will make us proud.
Details about graduation will be released soon. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work out details with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to create a memorable ceremony that follows social distancing requirements.
EHS teacher awarded for impact
Congratulations to Hong Zenisek, a Mandarin Chinese teacher at Euclid High School, for being nominated as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction.
Chrislynn Brownlee, a student who is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, nominated Ms. Zenisek. The award recognizes her impact as an educator, leader and role model.
“Ms. Hong is very passionate about teaching her students the Chinese language and culture and to strive for their excellence,” Chrislynn wrote. “She is very helpful and considerate and pays attention to each one of her student’s needs. She is very fun and enjoyable to be around and does a great job at her work.”
The Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction program is named for Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. The National Society of High School Scholars, of which Mr. Nobel is chairman, states that he strongly believes educators play a pivotal and under-recognized role in preparing students for success in school and in life.
Ms. Zenisek has taught at Euclid High School for four years.
“I felt so thankful for our students!” she said about receiving the nomination. “They are the most meaningful part of my life, every single one of them. This is, of course, over the top. I’m very flattered.”
She said that she considers it a pleasure to share her culture with the students.
Congratulations again to Ms. Zenisek and thank you to all of our teachers for the impact that you make.