Berea-Midpark student named one of ‘Best and Brightest’ for 2022: Around The Town

Middleburg Heights, Ohio – Congratulations to Ian Taylor of Berea-Midpark, who was named one of Polaris Career Center’s “Best and Brightest” for 2022.

Taylor was praised for building an “impressive resume” during his four years in the Polaris Engineering satellite program located at Berea-Midpark High School.

He maintained an overall grade point average of 4.3, is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Technical Honor Society, and the Chinese National Honor Society, and was recognized as the Outstanding Student of the Senior Engineering Program.

Taylor is an Eagle Scout who attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar, has repeatedly earned summa cum laude academic honors, placed third in the Rite Aid Cool Tech Challenge, and holds varsity letters in cross country, on track and in wrestling.

In addition to athletics, he has volunteered at the Eliza Jennings Retirement Home, and in his spare time works summers as an umpire for Berea Baseball and Suburban Umpire.

In addition to athletics, Taylor is in the Boy Scouts, a member of the Student Athletic Leadership Team, was a member of the Second and Higher Executive Council, has been active in Model UN, served as Senior Team Captain of cross-country, member and leader of LINK Crew, attended the US Naval Academy Summer Seminar in 2021, volunteered at the Eliza Jennings Retirement Home, and supported many other community outreach initiatives.

Polaris Engineering instructor Dr. Ryan McElyea praises Taylor as a student and leader: “Ian is possibly one of the finest young men I have met in my 15 years. as a teacher.”

Taylor will continue her studies this fall at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY

Future Polaris Students: High school freshmen who are considering Polaris Career Center, 7285 Old Oak Blvd., as a future education option are invited to attend the school’s 9th Grade Advantage event, with their parents, from 6 p.m. at 7:30 p.m. on April 28.

Visitors will be invited to tour Polaris’ renovated labs and classrooms; will be able to earn extra points for their future Polaris application, as well as participate in program demos, take home a free gift, and enjoy light refreshments.

Prior to the open day, attendees are encouraged to take an online career report to better understand their talents and interests, which will help them get the most out of the Polaris tour.

Polaris serves high school students in the Berea-Midpark, Brooky, Fairview, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, and Strongsville school districts.

For more information, call 440-891-7732, email [email protected], or visit

Volunteers wanted: The National Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help install nearly 2,100 free smoke detectors for local families across northern Ohio, where Red Cross disaster response teams have been responding to more than 860 home fires, since July 1, 2021.

People can register now at install free smoke detectors and share fire safety information with residents at a local Raise the Alarm event on the following dates and locations:

12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 12 in the Collinwood area of ​​Cleveland; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Garfield Heights; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Garfield Heights and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland.

Volunteers can participate in Red Cross events if they are not vaccinated against Covid-19, provided they wear a mask. Masks are also required at the request of an owner and masks will be provided at each event.

Thanks to generous donations, all services are free and available to those in need.

Can’t participate in a joint event? Help by donating to the Red Cross at to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from home fires.

Northern Ohio residents who need a smoke alarm can visit schedule a free smoke alarm installation at these Red Cross Raise the Alarm events.

During home visits, Red Cross volunteers and partners will share information on the causes of house fires, how to prevent them, what to do if a fire starts and how to create an evacuation plan.

The Red Cross and its local partners have installed more than 77,000 free smoke alarms, which have saved 1,243 lives since their launch in October 2014.

Dave Tressel honoured: Berea Town Council named the outdoor swimming pool at Lake Coe Park in honor of the late David Tressel.

Tressel, 70, a graduate of Berea High School and Baldwin Wallace College, died Feb. 11. He dedicated his life’s work to teaching and mentoring in Berea Town Schools, Baldwin Wallace College and the Berea Town Swimming Pool, which now bears his name.

In addition to being a lifelong teacher and community volunteer, Tressel for many years taught swimming at the pool that will now be known as the Dave Tressel Memorial Pool.

Volunteer Orientation: A Berea Animal Rescue Friends Volunteer Orientation will be held at 7 p.m. April 21 at the Middleburg Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library, 16699 Bagley Road.

Volunteer opportunities include dog walking, companionship with cats, fundraising, promotion, recycling, front desk and other volunteer opportunities.

SCAN Hunger Center Pantry: 39 W. Bagley Road, Williamsport Plaza. 440-260-7226. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Friday of the month and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. the fourth Friday.

Church Street Ministries Pantry: 1480 Bagley Road, 440-239-0549. Open from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Mini pantry: There are two small free food pantries located near the People’s Community Church, 628 Wesley Drive, and the Cuyahoga County Berea Branch Library at 7 Berea Commons. The Prospect Pantry is on the corner of Prospect Street and Jacqueline Drive.

Ride in love: Free hot meal 2-4 p.m. third Sunday of the month at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church, Keller Center, 66 Adalbert Street. Eat in or take away. The next meal is April 20 and May 21.

Free community meal: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road, served 5-6 p.m. second and last Wednesday of the month. Drive-up only. The next meal is May 11.

People’s Community Church Pantry: 628 Wesley Drive, 440-234-0609. Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. The next open pantry will be on May 21.

Pantry for animals: Animal Rescue Friends, 10015 E. River Road, Columbia Station, 10 a.m. to noon every Sunday. Contact 440-234-2034 or [email protected] for more information.

Senior lunches: Monthly Elders Luncheon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 276 E. Bagley Road in Berea. Lunches are $5 and are served at noon on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Michelle Skutt at 440-234-6080.

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