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Westlake Chatter – Feb. 23, 2011

U2CHARIST: Westlake United Methodist Church will host a “U2Charist” service March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 1390 W. 65th St. in Cleveland. Those who attend should expect a concert-like atmosphere with loud music, dancing and glow sticks. 

            “U2Charist,”described as a twist on the standard Christian worship service, includes music from the rock band U2 in place of traditional hymns.  All of the offerings collected at the service will go to charities that help to address the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations, goals that work to eliminate poverty and disease, reduce mortality for children and mothers, and a more equal distribution of resources globally.

            To learn more about the U2Charist and Westlake United Methodist Church, visit www.westlakeumc.org or call Andy Call, associate for music and discipleship, at the church office at (440) 871-3088.

Westlake High School’s National Merit Finalists Gaurav Idnany, Joseph Craven, Raymond Heimann, Abhinay Ramachandran, Daniel Meehan, Matthew Canestraro, Elizabeth Greco, Colin Graber, Rachel Braun, Lynn Orfahli, Andrew Zheng, Arunaditya Kulshreshtha and  Ryan McNeilly. Not pictured: Katherine Beaton. (Photo courtesy of Westlake City Schools)

Westlake High School’s National Merit Finalists Gaurav Idnany, Joseph Craven, Raymond Heimann, Abhinay Ramachandran, Daniel Meehan, Matthew Canestraro, Elizabeth Greco, Colin Graber, Rachel Braun, Lynn Orfahli, Andrew Zheng, Arunaditya Kulshreshtha and Ryan McNeilly. Not pictured: Katherine Beaton. (Photo courtesy of Westlake City Schools)

SCHOLARS:

Fourteen Westlake High School students have been named National Merit Finalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship program. That’s the highest number in the school’s history. These high school seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $36 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

            The finalists scored in the top 1 percent of 50,000 high scorers who took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They are Gaurav Idnany, Joseph Craven, Raymond Heimann, Abhinay Ramachandran, Daniel Meehan, Matthew Canestraro, Elizabeth Greco, Colin Graber, Rachel Braun, Lynn Orfahli, Andrew Zheng, Arunaditya Kulshreshtha, Ryan McNeilly and Katherine Beaton.
            Westlake High School also has five National Merit Commended students recognized for their outstanding academic promise. They are Julie Moroney, Aroh Pandit, Erich Slimak, Emily Steffen and Jason Wissman.

MEMORIAL DAY: The Westlake Kiwanis Club is inviting Westlake residents, sports organizations and civic groups to participate in the Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies at Clague Park honoring those who died protecting Americans’ freedoms.
            The Kiwanis Club’s Bill Sifritt said it is not too soon to start planning how residents can join in and enjoy this moving event.
            “If you participated in the day’s activities last year, we and the community certainly do appreciate that effort, and hope you will honor us again on Monday, May 30, 2011,” Sifritt said.
            For more information, contact Sifritt at (440) 871-6692 or Russ Milan at (440) 777-2720.

 

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