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Blue Devils' Golf Team Claims State Title Blue Devils' Golf Team Claims State Title
by Steve Hare, ohiovarsity.com
 
Independence’s girls’ golf team capped an incredible four-year run on Saturday by winning the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state title at Ohio State University’s Gray Course.

Four years ago, head coach Karl Schuld began the program with several freshmen who were eager to learn and compete. Those freshmen closed out their high school careers by setting new state records for the lowest team score in a single round and the two-day low team score.
Independence High School Biology Society Hosts Land Lab Open House Independence High School Biology Society Hosts Land Lab Open House
Story and Photos by Aliya McDonald, Senior, Independence High School

The Land Lab in Independence is a hidden gem that holds acres of natural beauty. On Saturday, October 14, the Independence High School Biology Society held an open house. "The Land Lab open house is a great way for people to see what the Biology Society and Mr. Maretka really do," said Emily Rundle, an Independence High School senior. Many families came to visit and enjoyed the beautiful sunny Fall weather. They went on hikes, searched for tadpoles and snacked on fresh homemade donuts. Independence High School sophomore Kana Wisniewski said, "Nature is the best gift we can give to the generations, and teaching young children to cherish nature and all of the creatures it houses is my favorite thing about the open house."
Independence Local Schools Language Arts Teacher Recognized for Power of the Pen: Community Voices Independence Local Schools Language Arts Teacher Recognized for Power of the Pen: Community Voices
In addition to being a Language Arts teacher at Independence Middle School, Jill Wagner is also the adviser to the school's Power of the Pen team. The Power of the Pen is an educational enhancement program that aims to have interscholastic tournament competitions for young writers throughout Ohio. It also assists teachers by providing tools and an educational network to develop better student writing.
Independence Local Schools Welcomes New Staff Independence Local Schools Welcomes New Staff
As the 2017-18 school year draws near, Independence Local Schools welcomes several new employees, as well as announces new roles for existing staff.

Roger Howard, director of curriculum and instruction, has left the district to become a consultant for Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County. “I cannot thank Roger enough for the wise and steady leadership he has provided our district,” said Superintendent Ben Hegedish, Independence Local Schools. “While his new position is an excellent opportunity for him and perfect for his strengths, he will be missed. We are fortunate to have Roger in our own backyard with his new role at the ESC though as he will be working with our administrative team regularly throughout the year as a consultant.”

Director of Technology Mike Pennington will keep his lead role in technology integration and will also be taking on many of Roger Howard’s duties with curriculum and instruction. Pennington’s official title will reflect these responsibilities as the district’s Director of Curriculum and Technology Integration. “Mike has consistently demonstrated the collaborative leadership and technical skills to continue with our strong foundation of academic excellence while helping us reach for innovative ways to engage students in our ever-changing world,” said Hegedish. “Mike has worked closely with Roger and will continue to do so as we transition as a district.”

To fill the administrative opening left by Howard’s departure, the Independence Local Schools has hired Tom Dreiling as Assistant Superintendent and he will oversee the business and operations of our district. Dreiling joins the district from the North Olmsted City Schools, where he has served for the past eight years as middle school principal. Dreiling has extensive background and a successful track record in facilities planning, instructional programming, and district operations. He received his Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education and Teaching from Ohio Northern University and his Masters of Educational Administration from the University of Akron. In addition to working for North Olmsted City Schools, he was a principal at Woodford Elementary in Barberton, an assistant principal, and began his career as a 3rd and 6th grade teacher.
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