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Students Shine the Spotlight on Their Creative Side

Featured November 2015

Creative students find creative ways to use their talent—and age, skill level and challenges don’t hold them back. Here are a few students that show readers the importance of art and its way of inspiring and developing other areas of life.

BallerinaGraceGracie Bayzath Cardinal High School, Ninth Grade

At age 4, Gracie Bayzath began taking Ballet classes at The Fine Arts Association. Today, Gracie, 14, also takes Jazz, Tap and Modern. During the summers she also attends the Fine Arts’ Summer Theatre Arts Camp, which she studies musical theatre and performs on stage in the final production. She also studies guitar at Fine Arts with Alfredo Guerrieri. As a freshman at Cardinal High School in Middlefield, Gracie and her mom travel to Willoughby for four dance classes and music lessons several days each week. In addition, she participates in Student Council at Cardinal and works with Geauga Mom and Pups Rescue. Gracie considers Fine Arts her “second home.” Her mom says that “Fine Arts has helped Gracie become a talented dancer and a confident, poised young woman.”

LiamLiam Stilson & Dana Fries, Montessori High School, CLEVELAND, 12th grade

Since January, actors Liam Stilson and Dana Fries have been regularly sharing their artistic talents with Judson Manor Senior Living community residents through a program they developed called “Living Room Theater Sessions.” The students create a mini-performance of scenes and monologues to present at Judson Manor on a weekly basis. Liam and Dana said they enjoy the experience of working on their acting craft while bringing enjoyment to people in the community.

HeatherHeather DobiesValley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, 12th grade

Heather, a student with Down Syndrome, joined Valley Art Center’s pottery program with hopes of a new adventure after watching an instructional program on ceramic cups. She has grown artistically, made new friends and demonstrates to others that anything is possible in these classes.

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Set Up Your Child’s Camp Experience

2015 Editions Featured Magazine March 2015 Parenting
Gathering information, talking with camp directors and visiting the facilities go a long way toward ensuring a good summer camp match for your child. ...
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Local Dancers Talk About Stepping on Stage

2015 Editions Featured February 2015
Dancers at Ballet Excel Ohio provide readers with a little insight on being a youth performer in Northeast Ohio. ...
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First Steps to Preventing Child Abuse

April 2015 Parenting
The first step to prevent such abuse from occurring is to become aware of your community’s resources, know the warning signs and have open dialogue with your child. ...
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A Bundle of Joy: Inspiring Hope in the Baby-Waiting Game

Many couples experience trouble conceiving, but few people talk about it. A local family shares their story and offers advice and encouragement. Also, pre-conception counseling can target fertility issues. Dr. Rima Bachuwa, of OB/GYN of Westlake, offers tips for couples who want to have a baby. ...
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Local Students Reach New Heights

Education Education/Schools
These students, running the gamut from preschool to high school graduates, are just a few out of hundreds who have overcome challenges this school year. Parents and schools shared the following students’ stories of continued strength in triumphing over adversity and their pathways to success. ...
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Girls Aim High in Sports Camps

February 2015 Summer Camps
High schools, colleges, recreation centers and private companies all offer sports camps aimed at making girls more skillful, stronger, confident team players. ...
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Parent Tip of the Week: Party Planning Timetable and Cost Cutting Tips

Parent Tip of the Week: Party Planning Timetable and Cost Cutting Tips
Here's an organized way to plan your bash from eight weeks to party time. Also, if you are looking to save, check out these six tips on how to cut costs without trimming the fun. ...
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