5 KHS Students Earn Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Awards

January 3, 2020 Five Kirtland High School students earned recognition for their Language Arts submissions in the 2019-2020 Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Program.

Jordan Jontz earned a Blue Ribbon for “Empty.” White Ribbons were earned by Hannah Duncan for “Dear Baby” and Nisha Makkar for “Regards, Your Daughter.” Nisha also earned the Journey Award for her art submission based on her eXpressionist statement that depicted her experience with the eXpressions program and the impact it had on her. Honorable Mentions were earned by Ariela Gettig for “Patient X” and Leah LaVerde for “The Fight.”

Their work creatively expressed research on infant mortality, opioids and heart disease. More than 1,400 art, language and math projects from three states, 59 schools and 100 teachers were submitted last month as part of the eXpressions program. A panel of content specialists used four criteria to evaluate each language submission – interpretation, presentation, creativity and initiative.

Award-winning projects will be featured in the Cleveland Clinic eXpressions catalogue and on the eXpressions website. Work also will be displayed in the 2019 eXpressions Art, Language and Math eXhibition at Cleveland Clinic’s Health Education Campus. A formal program and reception will be held Feb. 13, 2020.

Student work was supported by KHS English teacher Meriah Duncan and art teacher Brian Harvey.
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