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Lutheran West names Honors Academy associate dean, LEAP winner

By Sue Botos

Rocky River

Lutheran West High School officials recently announced recognitions for a pair of staff members.

Rebecca Slack was recently named associate dean of the Honors Academy, a selective program that presents a rigorous curriculum to students desiring to grow as leaders during their high school years. Slack has worked with Honors Academy students for two years in programming, ACT preparation and college advisement. She is also a guidance counselor and adviser for the school’s Academic Challenge team.

Slack feels that the Honors Academy presents a unique challenge to students. “In addition to enrolling in demanding honors, AP and postsecondary option courses, students produce unique research projects, participate in service internships, attend the Leadership Lecture Series, as well as tour the nation’s top colleges. These things help to move our students beyond their comfort zone in so many areas.”

She added that all of these opportunities enable students to interact with successful leaders as well as prepare for college by developing analytical thinking and leadership skills.

Mike Waugh, dean of the Honors Academy, is looking forward to welcoming Slack to his team. “A large part of the Honors Academy’s success must be credited to Rebecca’s expertise and diligence as she assists our students build academic resumes and guides them through the college application process. Rebecca brings a fresh perspective that challenges us to make the Honors Academy a superior program while at the same time individually meeting each of our students’ needs,” he stated.

Slack received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Mount Union. She also was an admissions counselor at Heidleberg University. She said she will incorporate her collegiate past into her new position. “The college admission experience is one of the most important for high school students, and I am eager to help students feel confident in their walk through the sometimes complicated process.”

At the school’s recent graduation ceremony, Principal Dale Wolfgram announced that social studies teacher Lynn Pangrace was the recipient of the LEADS Award, which recognizes a staff member for excellence in one or more of the school core values: leader, edifier, ambassador, discipler and servant. Pangrace was awarded for her excellence as an edifier for her continual support of students and colleagues with words and actions.

Pangrace said she was “taken aback” by the honor. A faculty member for 11 years, she teaches psychology, sociology, economics, world history and world civilization. “My favorite thing about teaching at West is the moment I get to see the subject of history come alive in my students’ eyes, when they are truly learning and discovering.”

History has always been Pangrace’s passion. She earned a master’s degree in both history and library science from Case Western Reserve University and a history degree from Purdue University.

According to Pangrace, being an “edifier” means “being encouraging to all, bringing out the best in those around you and empowering others to reach their own goals.”

 

 

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