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Students Honored with Excellence in Education

Independence Local Schools’ Students Recognized as ESC of Northeast Ohio 2021 Excellence in Education Students

Grace Malvic, an Independence High School student, and Kevin Patteron, an Independence Middle School student, have been recognized with an Excellence in Education Student award by the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Northeast Ohio and State Support Team – Region 3.  The Outstanding Student Achievement Award acknowledges achievements of school-age children and youth with disabilities in Northeast Ohio.

Malvic was nominated by teacher Allie Benkalowycz and MaryAnn Wolanin.  Her nomination reads, “Grace is a genuine, kind-hearted young lady who is always aware of others' emotions even when she doesn't feel the best herself. Grace has a great sense of humor and is very witty, and she uses it to make her peers and teachers laugh, which at times our class needs a pick-me-up, and Grace always delivers! Grace is very active in her community. She participated in several plays at Independence High School, is an active member with her group of friends at the "Upside of Downs," and takes music classes. She participated in American Sign Language Class (ASL) and uses it throughout the school day to communicate and teach her peers and teachers, which is very impressive! Grace does not let her disability define her, and it is evident when she works with her peers regardless of their settings within the school. She is making gains every day personally and academically; it has not always been easy, whether it is big or small gains; she is demonstrating growth and change every day, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for her.”

Patterson was nominated by teacher Liz Twardzik.  His nomination reads, “Kevin consistently shows up to school with a positive attitude. He is always willing to help peers when they are struggling or if he knows they are having a bad day. Kevin is well liked by his peers. Kevin works extremely hard. Even when tasks seem tough or challenging, he is willing to persevere and try his best. He is an independent worker and utilizes the strategies and tools that his teachers have taught him to be successful, even when his disability may directly impact this. He is a role model for other students, and he proves time and again that hard work pays off.”

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