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Polaris honors the best of the Class of 2021: Strong Points


STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – Mary Hiros, Computer Networking Academy and Hannah Huynh, Dental Assisting both of Berea-Midpark High School, were named the Outstanding Senior Students of the Year for the Polaris Class of 2021. Both are high achievers who plan to make the most of their Polaris experience.

Mary Hiros has excelled throughout her two years at Polaris. She has achieved a 4.7 GPA in her Computer Networking program and a 4.9 GPA in her college courses at Cuyahoga Community College. In fact, Mary has already earned her Associates degree from Tri-C and is enrolled in the University of Cincinnati’s Early IT program. Mary is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, Phi Theta Kappa and is a Polaris student ambassador. She is also a two-time recipient of the National Center for Women & Information Technology award. In addition to her achievements in the classroom, Mary is very involved in many school and community activities. She juggled a very busy schedule while also working for the Cleveland MetroParks and the Polaris information technology department.

This fall, Mary plans to attend Baldwin Wallace University and major in cyber security and finance and minor in entrepreneurship. She plans to further her education and earn a master’s degree and PhD in cyber security. She hopes to start her career in the FBI or a similar federal law enforcement agency and then later transition that experience to the private sector. She is the proud recipient of the Polaris Educational Foundation, BW Presidential and STEMM Scholars Program scholarships.

Hannah Huynh built an impressive resume during her time at Polaris. She achieved a 4.0 GPA in the Dental Assisting program and a 3.9 GPA at Berea-Midpark High School. Her certifications include the Ohio State Dental X-Ray and CPR Healthcare Provider certificates. Hannah is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, a Polaris student ambassador, National Honor Society, student council, Key Club, Junior and Senior Executive Boards, PRIDE and a member of the Titan bowling team. She also participated in Camp Mi-Bro-Be as a counselor and has worked for many years in the Berea City Schools libraries. She also currently works at Fairview Park Dental Care applying her Polaris skills on the job. Prior to coming to Polaris, Hannah participated in Project Lead the Way classes offered at Berea-Midpark High School. Hannah is also fluent in Vietnamese. Hannah will continue her dental studies after high school. She plans plan to attend Cuyahoga Community College this fall and major in dental hygiene. Hannah is the recipient of the Polaris Educational Foundation scholarship.

Twenty-five Polaris seniors were also named outstanding students in their career-technical programs. This distinction is determined by academic achievement, citizenship, service and extra-curricular activities. The outstanding students are:

Christopher Cassano, Deanna Ghazawna, Joseph Gosnell, Mary Hiros, Michael Hollenbeck, Tyler Houghton, James Hunt, Hannah Huynh, Garrett Kellogg, Abigail Lash, Caroline Lockhart, Ricardo Marasigan, Hailey McCullar, Kevin Mei, Destiny Nester, Lance Pawlik, Macguire Savarino, Eleana Sepik, Bailey Sharp, Jon Siudowski, Kalbe Slifko, Ethan Springer, Autumn Talbot, Zachary Walters, Cody Winland. For a complete list of students, their programs and high schools, go to

Outdoor exercise class: First Baptist Church of Strongsville, 17444 Drake Rd., will host an outdoor exercise class at 9:30 a.m., Sat., June 19. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Bring your water bottles, towels and friends. For more information, visit the church’s Facebook page or

Victorian conservatory: Angelo Petitti opened the Northeast Ohio’s Victorian Conservatory, a Victorian conservatory-style landscape garden center, in April 2001 in Strongsville. At 14 acres, it is one of the first of its kind in the United States. Developed by world-renowned garden center designer Chris Primett from the United Kingdom, this location offers more than 180,000 sq. ft. of Petitti-grown annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, houseplants, and lawn and garden supplies, plus patio furniture, home décor, apparel, gifts, and so much more. This is one of nine Northeast Ohio garden centers Angelo Petitti has owned and operated since starting the locally grown, family owned business in 1971. Go to for more information.

Library lineup: The following June 2021 events are being held on Zoom virtually and presented by the Strongsville Branch Library. Registration and an email address

are required for all events. Call 440-238-5530 or go to to register and for more event information.

· Summer Reading Game Returns: Tales & Tails Summer Reading Game, June 5- Aug. 15. Visit to register to play online. Stop in to your local branch library beginning June 5 to pick-up a game board or download the Beanstack Tracker app to play on your mobile device. Track your reading and win some prizes along the way. Read all summer for a chance to win some great prizes! Go to YouTube

· Virtual Studio Orientation, Sat., June 12, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. or Mon., June 14 from 7 – 8:00 p.m. Have you ever thought about recording your own music, making a video, digitizing memories and more? The Strongsville Library is home to both Audio and Video Recording studios that can help you do just that. You must go through an orientation in order to use the spaces.

· Southwest General Health Talk: Promote Healthy Gut Bacteria and Boost Immunity, Wed., June 16, 10 a.m. Judy Steffes; MS, RDN, LD, from Southwest General will help you learn how to promote healthy gut bacteria and boost your immunity.

· Wednesday Evening Book Discussion, June 16, 7 p.m. This discussion will be live on Zoom at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. All adults who are interested in reading and discussing great books are welcome. The next discussion title will be “The Daughters of Erie Town” by Connie Schultz. Copies of the book will be available for check-out at the circulation desk.

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