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12 Lions win Cleveland Clinic eXpressions awards

Twelve NDCL students recently won awards in the Cleveland Clinic's prestigious and highly competitive eXpressions program.

The team of juniors Zachary DeRespiris, Benjamin Román, Aaron Winters, and Christopher Wojnar won the blue ribbon for their mathematics project focusing on trends in infant mortality.

Juniors Addison Schermer and Katelyn Zitnik won the red ribbon in mathematics for a project entitled "Infant Investigation." Juniors Kelly McGraw, Mario Misiti, and Nora Raicevich completed NDCL's near-sweep of the eXpressions math competition with a white ribbon for an investigation of the correlation between inadequate sleep and the risk of diabetes.

Of all the schools in the Clinic's extensive market area, only 12 students won eXpressions awards in mathematics. Nine of these winners are from NDCL.

 

Nine of the 12 students
to win  eXpressions awards
in mathematics are from NDCL.

NDCL is the only Catholic high school to win eXpressions
art awards this year.

Juniors Sophia Kroto and Asha Singh won red ribbons in the eXpressions program's language competition. Sophia and classmate Grace Liberatore also won honorable mention awards in the visual art contest. NDCL is the only Catholic high school to win art awards this year.

"Over 1,400 art, language, and math projects from 59 schools in three states were submitted to eXpressions," said Ms. Christine DeNicola, the Clinic's manager of school based-programs. "As a result, this year’s competition was incredibly tough."
   
eXpressions is an interdisciplinary program that utilizes art, language, and math to engage high school students in the world of scientific research. Through project-based, peer-to-peer learning, students interpret, analyze, and communicate research conducted by Cleveland Clinic summer interns. Last year 11 NDCL students—a record number—won spots in the renowned summer internship program.
    
In addition to being featured in the eXpressions Art, Language, and Math eXhibition at the Clinic's new Health Education Campus, honorees and their projects will be highlighted in the program's print and online catalogs. The exhibition will open on February 13 with a formal dedication and reception. Students will receive gift cards, and their teachers will be awarded educational grants from the Clinic.  

Special thanks to mathematics teacher Mrs. Beth Ward, art teacher Mr. George Yaniga, and English teacher Mrs. Maura McGinty-O'Hara for their efforts in the guiding our students' award-winning eXpressions projects.

Zachary DeRespiris Sophia Kroto Grace Liberatore Kelly McGraw
Mario Misiti Nora Raicevich Benjamin Román Asha Singh
Addison Schermer Aaron Winters Christopher Wojnar Katelyn Zitnik
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