STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — On Wednesday, May 11, jazz saxophonist Steve Kortyka will perform in concert with the Strongsville High School Jazz Ensemble and the Strongsville City Jazz Swing Band at Strongsville High School, 20025 Lunn Rd. at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the whole community. No reservation is necessary.
Kortyka, a native of Middleburg Hts., performs regularly in New York with the Brian Newman Quartet and with Lady Gaga. He was recently seen with her on the Tony Bennett Special and performed live with her at the Grammy Awards. Steve will also be leading a jazz improvisation workshop at the Royalton Music Center on the same day from 4-6 p.m. This event is also free. Call 440-237-9400 to make a reservation to attend.
The Strongsville City Jazz Swing Band, co-led by Ken Mehalko and Jim Wonnacott, is an offshoot of the Strongsville Community Band. The Strongsville City Jazz Swing Band is one of the most versatile big bands in the Cleveland area, playing everything from jazz classics to swing music from the big band era. The excellent musicians that make up the band bring a variety of musical experiences to their performances, including entertainment at Playhouse Square, Front Row Theatre, Kenley Players and The Coliseum.
Some band members have played with well-known ensembles, including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Warren Covington, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson and Jimmy Dorsey big bands, and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. The band performs during the summer at the Strongsville Community Band Summer Concerts and in other area communities. Over the winter, the band was featured at a number of Cleveland-area high school jazz festivals.
For their 2022 concert schedule and more information, go to https://www.strongsvillecommunityband.com/.
Summer jobs: Working at Success Centers for Cheerful Kids Camp means helping campers with disabilities while creating the most memorable summer of their lives by visiting the horses, jumping in the pool, donning a bead bracelet and being just themselves. Gain great experience and skills while giving back to the community. Apply today at www.achievementcenters.org/jobs. Call or email Camp Programs Manager, Jessica Potts at 440-238-6200 ext. 240 or [email protected]
Many summer staff describe highlights of their careers while working at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville. Positions may be used as internship opportunities if permitted by the university. Visit their Facebook page to learn more about the camp and see what’s happening now – https://www.facebook.com/CampCheerfulStrongsville.
Course review: Today more than ever, job seekers need the right skills to stay ahead of the competition. Polaris Career Center’s 14 adult vocational and vocational training programs help students move quickly into exciting new careers. High school seniors, recent graduates and adults exploring vocational training and career opportunities are invited to attend the Polaris Adult Vocational Training and Employment Program Open House at Polaris on Wednesday, May 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. During this event, attendees can explore adult employment and skills training program opportunities and learn about financial aid options, the tuition payment plan, and federal student loans that are available to qualified applicants.
Visitors are encouraged to tour the newly renovated labs and classrooms and participate in program demonstrations. Additionally, Polaris instructors will be available to answer specific program and career questions.
Many popular programs fill up quickly, so interested students are encouraged to attend the Open House to begin the registration process. Free entry. For more details or to arrange a personal tour, call Theresa at 440-891-7697, email [email protected] or visit www.polaris.edu/openhouse.
All attendees must park in the side lot and enter through the atrium. Polaris is located at 7285 Old Oak Boulevard in Middleburg Heights.
National Qualifications: Strongsville High School has fourteen students who qualified for the national DECA competition, as part of the International Career Development Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 23-26. They have joined thousands of high school students from across the country in business-related competitions, further developing their skills and knowledge for college and careers. This group of national qualifiers finished in the top five of the team/individual competition earlier this month, consisting of a written test and role-playing presentations.
The following Strongsville High School students qualified and represented Strongsville:
Naomi Rohrbach (Clothing and Accessories Marketing – Individual)
Renee Levasseur & Alyssa Merrell (Purchasing & Merchandising – Team)
Christian Slokar & Brooke Zellers (Entrepreneurship – Team)
George Dadas & Cole Smith (Financial Services – Team)
Joshua Stevens & Jack Vargo (Hospitality Services – Team)
Meredith Klinzing (Quick Service Restaurant Management – Individual)
Amani Najjar (Restaurant and Food Service Management – Individual)
Sophia Kuhar (Restaurant and Food Service Management – Individual)
Mae Conlon & Cara Solar (Marketing Management – Team)
DECA is the only national student organization operating in schools nationwide to attract young people to careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management and entrepreneurship. DECA competitions include a written test covering business and marketing information, as well as role-playing and problem-solving events. Students are judged on their ability to develop and communicate thoughtful, creative, and thorough solutions to problem situations in various industry categories.
“Strongsville High School’s DECA program provides students with the opportunity to think critically, be innovative, and work collaboratively to solve problems in real-world situations. I am proud of all of our DECA students who continue to challenge themselves inside and outside of the classroom. We look forward to representing Strongsville in this upcoming national competition,” said Jenna Naymik, Strongsville High School marketing teacher and DECA advisor.
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