7th Grader Zack Tarle Wins Rubber Band Invention Contest

»Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Alumni, School News | 1 comment

ZackTarleSGWS student, Zack Tarle, has won The University of Akron annual Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors. We are so proud of Zack who will receive $2,500 for his first place invention of the board game, Spyder, in the Arts and Leisure Division.


Zack says, “[My father and I] came up with a game, which combines rubber bands, marbles and a playing board. The game board is in the shape of a square. Outlining the board is a wall of rubber bands. It has four holes in the corners and one in the center.

Around each hole are two motes and around the game board are tons of small holes arranged geometrically where you can stick pegs. We revised and redesigned many times and developed marble shooters as well. Spyder is a very flexible game. There are many different ways to play for all ages ranging from easy to advanced.”

This was the fifth year of the annual contest, which The Akron Global Polymer Academy says “is designed to encourage students in grades 5-8 to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands.”

Congratulations Zack! Have fun spending that $2,500.00!

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SGWS Alumni Wins Art Travel Scholarship

»Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Alumni | 0 comments


SGWS alumni, Hannah Schurr, has been awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to London, Salsburg, Vienna, Venice and Rome. Schurr,who is majoring in drawing with a minor in art history at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, competed against students from 14 Penn State Universities for this honor.

Students had to provide a resume, recommendations, samples of work and complete interviews before two were chosen to attend the trip June 1-17th.  Congratulations Hannah!

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Spring SGWS Alumni News

»Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Alumni | 0 comments

IsabellaSparhawk2Once again, SGWS graduate, Isabella Sparhawk, makes the news. She has not only been granted a patent for her science project work this year; her project has also advanced to be judged at Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The Intel fair is this week, May 12 to 17, and offers cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. Good luck Isabella!



Congratulations also go out to SGWS alumni, Timothy Fries, who has received the Second Year Distinguished Scholar award from Muskingum University, where he ranks in the top 5 percent in academics for his graduating class. Fries was also inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society this year.

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SGWS Grad Ariel McCleary finds Musical Success

»Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Alumni | 0 comments

ArielMc2Ariel McCleary, an SGWS grad, is having great success as a vocalist and instrumentalist at Stow High School and in her band Recipe of Life.

Ariel will be performing in the Stow-Munroe Falls High School musical “Hello, Dolly!” where she will play the second female lead Irene Molloy. Performances are at Stow-Monroe Falls H.S on Friday April 19th and Saturday the 20th at 7 p.m.  There is also a Sunday performance, the 21st, at 2:30 p.m.

Ariel and her Recipe of Life band mate Shelby Denton also won the 2012 Stow-Munroe Falls High School talent show with their original song, “The Journey.”

Watch The Performance:


McCleary credits Spring Garden for opening up her eyes to the music world: “If I hadn’t been in the choir or played musical instruments in the orchestra and music classes, I would’ve never found my notch with singing. I would’ve never found a desire to be in the musicals and plays in high school. Spring Garden taught me the beauty of music and how it changes you.”

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SGWS Grads Advance to State

»Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Alumni | 0 comments

Sparhawk2Isabella Sparhawk is an SGWS grad whose Mock Trial team for St. Vincent – St. Mary moved on to state competition this March in Columbus.

Ms. Sparhawk also won an award at Regionals for Best Attorney. And we also just learned she won 1st Place Grand Champion in the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair!

The Mock Trial team of fellow SGWS grad, Matt Rossi, a senior at Hoban,  also advanced to the state competition in Columbus this year. And Matt won “Outstanding Advocate” at the State Competition.



Congratulations Matt and Isabella!


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Congratulations to Alumni William de Cardenas

»Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Alumni, School News | 0 comments

WilliamdeCardenasWilliam de Cardenas, an SGWS grad and current senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School, in Kent Ohio, has won Best in State in the Verizon App Challenge. Cardenas, along with classmates in the App Club, designed an app to test streams for pollution.

The team has qualified for national competition, a $10,000.00 prize and a trip to Florida in June. Great job, Will!


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