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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Class of 2014: Senior Honor Day and Graduation

The Ginn Academy Class of 2014 is proud to announce its graduation and entrance into the real world!

Thirty-nine courageous, dedicated young men graduated on June 1st in downtown Cleveland. Each and every one of them has plans to to attend a 2- or 4-year college, enter the workforce, or to serve in the United States military.

As a whole, this senior class performed more than 4,000 hours of community service. They were awarded a total of $2.7 million in scholarships, with sixteen of the young men earning full scholarships. Ninety-five percent of our seniors graduated this year. Yes, 95%. We're so proud of these young men!

Cleveland Browns safety and Glenville alumnus, Donte Whitner, was our speaker. He not only had everyone in tears with his heartfelt speech titled, "Possibilities are Endless," but also presented a gift of $50,000 to the Ginn Foundation to be used by Ginn Academy. Donte's generosity was the talk of the town that night and we are so grateful to have him back home with us. 

Browns safety and Cleveland native, Donte Whitner, with Valedictorian, Zaid Hightower, and Salutatorian, Erik Simpson

Quan Robinson, Jr., now at Kent State University, led the group in the turning of the tassels

Davon Anderson, soon to be a track star at The Ohio State University, was surrounded by his four grandmothers at graduation. See the preschool photo held by one of them?

Coach Ginn with a few members of the Ginn Academy Class of 2014
A few days before graduation, Ginn Academy traditionally holds Senior Honor Day. Family and friends are welcome and lots of love flows, along with the cake, ice cream, and punch.

Our Freshman greeters

Math teacher, Rhonda MacLean, with the math award winners

College Now's Colleen Damerell with College Now Scholarship winner Zaid Hightower

Hazel Parker with the Dr. and Mrs. William C. Parker "Thinking Stone" Award winner, JaBrae Clarit

TeWayne McGee, winner of the Ted Ginn Jr. "Winning Against All Odds" Award, with Mrs. Jeanette Ginn

TeWayne was extremely happy to get the Ted Ginn Jr. award!

Dominique Okafor greeted by his mother after receiving the Laura and Edmond Leopold "Never Give Up" Award

Cyeve Ford and Frank Stretar with the "Leader Within" Award

Principal Nick Petty and his parents present the Julia Weekly-Jones and Millie Ann Petty Award to LaVaughn Young

Winners of the Ted Ginn, Sr. Award, Atony Henderson and Adam Lett

Class president Quan Robinson leads the Ginn Academy Class of 2014 in the school creed

Cleveland City Councilman, Michael Polensek, with Don'Ja Glass

And now, we proudly present the Ginn Academy Class of 2014:

Anderson, Davon -- The Ohio State University
Ash, Artrell -- College of DuPage
Beavers, Kevin -- University of Texas at Arlington
Claritt, Jabrae -- LaRoche College
Davis, Carltez -- University of Akron
Fields, Demik -- Hiram College
Ford, Cyeve -- Shawnee State University
Gaddis, Reuben -- Work Force
Ginyard, Ralphael -- Marine Corps
Glass, Don’ja -- Cleveland State University
Goss, Terrell -- College of DuPage
Henderson, Antony -- Marietta College
Henderson, Demarco -- Shawnee State University
Hickman, Darrien -- ASA College Brooklyn, NY
Hightower, Zaid -- The Ohio State University
Hutchinson, Xavier -- Shawnee State University
Ivey, Jimond -- University of Akron
Ivory, Aaron -- University of Findlay
Jackson, Falonte -- ASA College Brooklyn, NY
Jackson, Robert -- University of Akron
Jones, Marcelys -- The Ohio State University
Lattimore, Marshon -- The Ohio State University
Lett, Adam -- ASA College Brooklyn, NY
Lewis, Darius -- Notre Dame College
McFowler, Darion -- Marine Corps
McGee, Tawayne -- Hocking College
Merritt, Devon -- Shawnee State University
Miles, Darryl -- Shawnee State University
Okafor, Dominique -- Cuyahoga Community College
Redding, Devine -- University of Indiana
Reese, Lear -- ASA College Brooklyn, NY
Richardson, Terrell -- Vermilion Community College
Robinson, Quan -- Kent State University
Simpson, Erik -- Kent State University
Smith, Erick -- The Ohio State University
Smith, Herbert -- Shawnee State University
Spencer, Christian -- ASA College Brooklyn, NY
Williams, Gary -- Lakeland Community College
Young, LaVaughn -- University of Iowa

We wish these young men the best that life has to offer. They'll be in our hearts always.

With kindest regards...

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ginn Academy Loves the Cleveland Browns!!

Cleveland Browns safety and former Glenville Tarblooder, Donte Whitner, with Ginn Academy students

Our school is lucky beyond belief to be one of the recipients of the efforts of the very generous Cleveland Browns Foundation. When the team's owners, Dee and Jimmy Haslam, took over in 2012, they immediately began to identify how they wanted to engage with their new community and learned about us from one of our supporters. We are just one of the many groups supported by the Browns Foundation and we are certainly thrilled to be part of their team.

Cleveland Browns safety and former Glenville Tarblooder, Donte Whitner, with Ginn Academy students

Cleveland Browns linebacker, Jabaal Sheard; Ginn Academy security guard, Officer Albert; Houston Texans linebacker, Quentin Groves; and Browns safety, Donte Whitner

A few months ago, three of the players visited Ginn Academy to talk to our students about the importance of following your dream, no matter how bumpy the journey. They also talked with their rapt audience about integrity, character, and leadership, using many engaging examples from their own lives.

Sixteen men serve as Life Coaches to the Ginn students. The Life Coaches are the link between home and school; part of the glue that holds everything together. Each Life Coach is responsible for supporting a cohort of 25 students in the areas of attendance, academics, and social behavior. On call 24/7, 365 days per year, they serve as advocates and mentors for the boys.

Ginn Academy staff with Cleveland Browns players

Quentin Groves, Jabaal Sheard, and Donte Whitner enter Ginn Academy's gymnasium to speak with students

Browns safety Donte Whitner takes a photo with Ginn Academy students

Browns players meet with Coach Ted Ginn, Sr. and Ginn Academy life coaches before meeting with students

Cleveland Browns linebackers, Quentin Groves (currently with the Houston Texans), and Jabaal Sheard preparing to talk with Ginn Academy students

Cleveland Browns safety, Donte Whitner, talks with Ginn Academy students

 Our new and current staff members got acquainted at one of the Browns' training camps in Berea this month. What a great way to kick off the school year in Cleveland!

Ginn Academy staff at the Browns Training  Camp in Berea
Browns safety, Donte Whitner, and his lovely grandmother, Stella, who came to training camp to see him
Browns safety, Donte Whitner, signs autographs with his grandmother, Stella at Browns training camp

Cleveland Browns safety, Donte Whitner, with Coach Ted Ginn, Sr.

Cleveland Browns safety, Donte Whitner, with a group of generous and awesome Ginn Academy supporters

King James is a Browns fan!

Principal Nick Petty, the amazing Dee Haslam, Coach Ted Ginn, Sr., and Assistant to the Director, Hazel Parker
The Ginn Academy sincerely thanks the Cleveland Browns Foundation and the Cleveland Browns for their continued support of the Life Coaches and our students. We could not make it happen without their amazing support.

And thank you to all of you who read our blog and cheer us on!

Here's to a school year full of hard work, teamwork, progress, and of course -- scholarship, leadership, and service.

Kind regards from everyone at Ginn Academy...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

It's Spring at Ginn!

A common sight in the Ginn Academy hallways: Officer Albert helps one of our juniors with his tie.

Hello Ginn Academy supporters! We have one more post before all of the end of the year graduation festivities begin. As always, there are a lot of great things going on at Ginn.

Many of you know of our school because of the attention heaped on the mighty Glenville Tarblooders football team each year. But we are not only about football! We have students involved in pretty much every other sport, too, and a newer addition to the list is rowing. Four of our boys are part of the CMSD Rows youth rowing organization. There is room for more.

Coach Russ Eckles talks with the group of rowers that includes our Ginn boys

Coach Russ Eckles dedicates his free time to this integrative group of area teens from all over the city because of the teamwork, healthy lifestyles, and discipline that the sport promotes. "Rowing is not a high profile sport and it is very demanding of their time, mind and bodies," he explains.

CMSD Rows is currently in the running for a large matching grant offered by Dicks Sporting Goods. If they can raise their goal of $38,000 by 5/23/14, Dicks will match that amount. See this link for details and to donate to this fantastic program.

Our four boys are picked up every day after school by a taxi that takes them to Rivergate Park downtown. Practices and workouts are rigorous but look like so much fun. Mr. James Fisher, Ginn Academy Life Coach, and I spent a few hours on the Cuyahoga with this great group of young men and their coxswain. What a blast!

A few months ago, Mrs. Peterson our instructional coach, organized Ginn Academy's first Shaespeare Competition to highlight our young men gifted in the area of drama and speech. It was held in our media center and featured Stephen Brody, Suantai Burgess, Keshawn Callahan, Donte Levert, Marquise Lewis, Dominique Okafor, and Shawndell Young. Each of the boys performed a dramatic reading of a Shakespearean monologue. Pictured below are two of the winners, Keshawn Callahan and Sauntai Burgess, with Ms. Mrs. Peterson.

Our College Now advisor, Colleen Damerell, continues to help the students with test prep and college admissions. We are so grateful to have this program in our school!

Some of our enterprising seniors have put together a snack cart to help them raise money for senior activities. They sell to other students after school and have had a nice boost in sales from the generously donated items from our faculty.

Ginn Academy seniors, Davon, Quan, Aaron, Jabrae, Jimond, and Christian
We were all very excited to learn that one of our Ginn family members would be returning to Cleveland from San Francisco. Donte Whitner played football for Coach Ginn at Glenville and is executive assistant Hazel Parker's nephew. He will play for the Browns this year. Welcome home, Donte!

Everyone loves these vases made by art teacher, Judy Rickel, to be used as centerpieces for the traditional senior class Dining-In. Each one shows three of the four Ginn Academy ties: solid black for 9th graders, solid red for 10th, and striped for juniors.

Last week, senior Jimond Ivey had a signing ceremony during one of our morning sessions to sign his full scholarship from the University of Akron. Jimond, who is a basketball player, was accompanied by his mother and two brothers and we are all so proud of him!!

Jimond Ivey, in white shirt, with his mother and two brothers

Mrs. Parker brought these cute basketball tissues especially for Jimond's mother, knowing how emotional these big events can be

GA Dean of Students, Darrell Bolden, spoke to all of the students about Jimond's journey and everyone who helped him along the way

Hazel Parker, Darrell, Bolden, Jimond Ivey, Ted Ginn, Sr., and Jimond's life coach, Charles Williams

Jimond (center, bow tie), and members of the JV and varsity basketball teams
You may remember hearing about our vivarium and Media Specialist, Adrienne Khan's grant from State Farm back in the fall. Good things are happening with all of that and progress is being made. Ms. Khan has written up a nice summary.

From Ms. Khan:

We are growing greens in the vivarium and some beets and carrots, too. We are planning to have our second annual Salad Day on May 22, using the crops we grew.  I will bring fresh baked dinner rolls from Breadsmith--to have with the salads. Last year (HealthCorps coordinator) Ms. Jackson brought healthy toppings for the salads--sunflower seeds, craisins, nuts, grape tomatoes, etc.  Victor Freeman made a healthy low-cal dressing for us.  It was super healthy and super good!

We are also moving forward with renovating the vivarium. We have the funds now from the Youth Advisory Board State Farm grant

The Summer Sprout program is a community garden program run by a partnership between the city of Cleveland and the Ohio State University Extension Office. There are 170 gardens all over the city. Click on the link above to learn more.

The plan is for this vacant lot next to our school to one day be a large community garden

We'll leave you with a few photos from around the school and of our seniors (identified by their crested ties) who are beyond ready to move on to their next adventures. Our next post will be all about the year-end celebrations and recognitions.

Life coaches, staff, and freshmen at morning session

Theo Washington, Sr., long-time Ginn Academy friend, checks in with two of our students. We have a good group of supporters who stop in regularly to check on the boys and offer advice.

Ginn Academy students with one of our super volunteers, Dr. Ernest Smoot

Life coach, Tony Fox, talks with one of his students
Happy spring, everyone! Thank you for your interest in our school!

Kind regards from everyone at Ginn Academy

PS -- Coach Ginn will be honored this coming Saturday evening, 5/10/14, at the Lake County Captains game. He will be inducted into their Crow's Nest Hall of Fame. The game starts at 6:30. Please come and cheer him on! Here's the info: