Lakewood OH

Westlake Chatter – March 30, 2011

Lee Burneson Middle School Principal Paul Wilson, Kartik Dhinakaran and math teacher Judy McMasters.

Lee Burneson Middle School Principal Paul Wilson, Kartik Dhinakaran and math teacher Judy McMasters.


Five eighth-grade Lee Burneson Middle School students represented the school in the state MATHCOUNTS competition in Columbus, bringing home top performance awards. Kartik Dhinakaran received a fourth-place individual award, earning him a spot on the Ohio MATHCOUNTS state team, which will compete on the national level in Washington, D.C., in May.

The Lee Burneson team of Dhinakaran, Aswin Bikkani, Cal Craven, Ameesh Shah and Calvin Pozderac captured an 11th-place team award for outstanding performance, making Westlake one of only two schools from the Cleveland area to earn recognition.

STUDENT HONORED: Westlake High School senior David Schlunt was one of 17 Westshore students honored earlier this month by the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary for accomplishments in Lakewood High School’s Career-Tech programs. Schlunt studies automotive technology under the program.

The Outstanding Career-Technical Award winners recognized the top performers in their career-technical programs for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Schlunt, who was recognized recently as the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Work Ethic Award winner, received a U.S. savings bond and a plaque.

ART ON DISPLAY: Several students from the Westlake City School District have had their art exhibited across the state during this month’s Youth Art Month Exhibition, sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA).

Grace Arndt, a second-grader at Hilliard Elementary School, has her Frida Kahlo-inspired self-portrait in oil pastel hanging in the Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. She was recognized during a certificate awards ceremony on March 12.

Hena Delic, a Hilliard Elementary fourth-grader, has her Expressionist self-portrait acrylic painting hanging in the School Employees Retirement System building in Columbus this month. She was recognized at a ceremony on March 5.

Sydney Barber, a first-grader at Holly Lane Elementary School, also was chosen as an exhibitor at the School Employees Retirement System building.

Fourth-graders Devlin Onofrey and Matthew Gulla and second-grader Emilie Tobin, from Hilliard Elementary, had their works on display at Case Western Reserve University.

PERFECT SCORE: Westlake High School senior Abhinay Ramachandran earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance test. His score earned him a nomination for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program, which recognizes some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

In addition, Abhinay’s work in the Radiology Internship Program through the Cleveland Clinic’s Summer High School Internship Program was recently recognized when his mentor in nuclear medicine, Shyam Srinivas, M.D., Ph.D., presented a paper Abhinay contributed to at the American College of Nuclear Medicine’s annual meeting in January. Abhinay worked with other interns on predictive models of radiation dosage. He plans to apply for a biomedical engineering internship this summer.

Among his other honors, Abhinay is a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Honors. He is also a member of the Westlake High School boys’ tennis team, which ranked eighth in the state and won the conference title last year.

Abhinay says his love of math began in seventh-grade when teacher Judy McMasters asked him to participate in a math contest.



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