Independence Students Chosen for National Technical Honor Society: Sun Postings


INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center inducted new members into the National Technical Honor Society earlier this month, including four juniors from Independence High School. The NTHS honors career technical high school students who excel in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

The four IHS students who were inducted are Vincent Kubicki, construction trades; Alexandra Leffler, dental assistant; John Burmeister, electrical systems; and Andrew Marcinko, media arts.

Membership is determined by academic achievement, attendance, conduct, participation in technical career student organizations, and teacher recommendations. Final selections are made by a committee of CVCC staff. Members organize school spirit activities and fundraisers to help social causes. These activities help develop leadership skills, a sense of school unity and community.

“Alex, John, AJ and Vinny have all worked very diligently,” said HIS manager Jamie Hogue. “It’s a pleasure to see their hard work recognized and rewarded.”

Brandon Chrostowski will be the grand marshal for the 2022 Polish Constitution Day festivities in Parma. Photo courtesy of the Polish U.S. Congress – Ohio Division.

Grand Marshal: Brandon Edwin Chrostowski, a popular and award-winning local restaurateur, will be the Grand Marshal of Poland’s Constitution Day festivities from April 29 to May 1 in Parma.

The festivities are coordinated by the Polish American Congress – Ohio Division, in conjunction with the Polish Village of Parma (located along Ridge Road). The event commemorates the signing of Europe’s first democratic constitution. The local celebration brings together Poles and those of Polish descent to celebrate their shared heritage of freedom and democracy.

Chrostowski was nominated by Mitch Bienia, president of Constitution Weekend. Bienia said Chrostowski “embodies all the hopes, dreams and desires that our country was founded on and serves as a beacon of hope for others. Brandon has ‘come of age’ in rehab circles, from humble beginnings to a rich and fulfilling life in the restaurant industry, as the quintessential restaurateur, while remembering his past but looking to the future, having bid to be mayor of the city of Cleveland.

Chrostowski said: “Since I was young, I remember my dziadek (grandfather) telling us stories about Poland. He always ensured that the traditional days were celebrated. It has always given me a sense of pride in the legacy that I share with my family today. When I was asked to serve as Grand Marshal of the Constitution Day Parade, I was thrilled.

Chrostowski volunteers with the World Central Kitchen in Poland to serve meals to Ukrainian refugees.

“Service is a way of life,” he said. “No matter where and when you feel called, you go. I am grateful to my family and the team at EDWINS (the restaurant and culinary training institute he runs for ex-convicts) which allow service at the Ukrainian border in Poland.

Chrostowski said he believes every person – regardless of their past – has a right to a fair and equal future. of their past, is entitled to a fair and equal future. In 2011, Culinary Club classes began at Grafton Correctional Institution for its non-profit organization, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. In 2013, EDWINS restaurant opened in Shaker Square. The restaurant’s story was the subject of the 2018 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short, “Knife Skills.” In 2022, EDWINS was a nominee for James Beard’s semi-final. The Polish American Congress, based in Independence, is an umbrella organization under which all Polish groups in Ohio can express pride and solidarity in their shared culture.

72nd Annual Celebration Weekend kicks off friday april 29with a Polish Happy Hour at the Ridge Road Tavern at 5587 Ridge Rd. Admission is $20 and includes a live polka music session, pierogi buffet, and drinks.

Call 330-646-4082 or email [email protected] for more information on the organization or the festivities.

Cleaning day: The 23rd annual Big Creek Cleanup Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on April 30.

Volunteers should meet at the Brooklyn Fire Station, 8400 Memphis Ave., Brooklyn. The clean water initiative will help protect local waterways and Lake Erie.

Assistance is also needed at Brookfield Park, Brookfield Avenue (between Bellaire and West 130th), and Snow Road Picnic Area (along Big Creek Parkway).

Volunteers must wear long sleeves and pants. Work boots or shoes are recommended. No open-toed shoes. Bags and work gloves will be provided. Children under 18 must be supervised by an adult.

Contact Amy Roskilly, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, 216-524-6580 ext. 1005, Yalinda Moore, City of Cleveland, 216-420-7637, Bob Gardin, Big Creek Connects, 216-269-6472 or Westown CDC, [email protected] for more information.

Safe Guardians: Seven Hills Recreation Center will host a Safe Sitter session to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting -sitting. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 3 at the Recreation Center, 7777 Summitview Drive, Seven Hills.

The class fee is $50. Students should bring a brown lunch bag. Payment and registration are required to enroll a child in the course. Face masks are mandatory for students and instructors.

For more information, call 216-983-1110 or email [email protected]

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