Here are just a few of our recent awards and accomplishments by our students and staff!


    Youtz Leadership teachers Rob Winebrenner, Monica Davis, and Katie Birdwisa, with Principal Nicole Cebula, participated in the ICLE (International Center for Leadership in Education) Model Schools Conference in Washington D.C. Thanks to a grant, the team had the opportunity to share and learn innovative ideas and best practices for developing the classrooms of the future. This four-day event brings together like-minded educators—teachers, leaders, and education visionaries—who are focused on raising the bar on instruction, revolutionizing school leadership, engaging students in real-world learning opportunities, and looking at emerging innovations in teaching and learning.


    Nine of our schools were recognized for their excellence supporting students and staff in PBIS. Positive Behaviorial Interventions & Supports is an important tool in promoting positive behavior and high expectations. Earing Bronze Awards from State Support Team 9 in 2019 were Allen, Cedar, Clarendon, Harter, Mason, Worley, and Stone. Earning Silver Awards were Belden and Dueber.



    Early College senior Cassidy McGirr performed  on French horn with Ohio’s Ambassadors of Music Honor Band. She was nominated for this prestigious honor by McKinley band director Zach Taylor. She performed in 7 European countries over 16 days.


    Dr. Bernetta Harrell-Snell was awarded The Ohio STEM Learning Network’s Ohio STEM Advocate of the Year Award for 2019. The Ohio STEM Advocate Award recognizes an Ohioan who has demonstrated a passion for STEM education through public advocacy and participation in leadership organizations that advance STEM for all.

    Dr. Harrell-Snell is a State Assessment & Performance Integration Specialist for our district.


    McKinley High School English ,AP Seminar, and Speech and Debate Coach Manuel Halkias was selected by the National Speech and Debate Association as its Ohio Speech Educator of the Year in 2018.

    In his 34 years of coaching and 27 years of teaching, Halkias has coached three state champions, over 350 state qualifiers, and more than 25 national qualifiers—- including the last eleven National Championships. In 2019 McKinley was a school of Excellence at the state finals and had a student reach the stage at the National Championships. He has presented for three consecutive years at the National Speech Educators Conference,

    He is a member of the OSDA Coaches Hall of Fame and served on the OSDA Board of Directors for six years, and as district chairman for seven years. In 2020 he will be awarded his fourth coaching Diamond at the National Championships, This is given to coaches whose students earn over 100,000 points in competition.


    Students in the McKinley Exercise Science/Sports Medicine and Nursing Technologies CTE programs competed in the HOSA Mideast Regional Competition. The 2018-19 school year was the 1st time that CCSD/CTE staff and students participated.

    HOSA is the Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that focuses on Future Health Professionals. This CTSO strives to develop leadership and technical skills through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.


    CCSD teacher Deborah Paulis of the Arts Academy @ Summit was a 2019 finalist for the Canton Symphony Orchestra’s Music Educator of the Year. 



    McKinley High School junior Mickey Russ won the prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Award in 2019.  Her work went to New York City where it was part of the national competition. Renowned creative professionals review Gold Key Awards from across the country, then national awards will be announced on March 12, 2019. Rosemary Anderson, a senior in the AP Studio Art and Engineering class earned a Silver Key Award for her 3-Dimensional Industrial Design called, "Paper Sanctuary." Their teachers are Beverly Miles  and Joseph Tilstra of McKinley.

    Also, STEAMM Academy student Sophia Gilmore won a Gold Key Award for a project she made as a 7th grader! 

    Sophia's work was also entered into the Scholastics Competition on a National level. 


    McKinley High School Stark County Teens of the Year:

    2016: Michael Pirolovos

    2017: Isaiah Hunter

    2018: Silvera Hayes, Teen Board Member of the Year.

    2019: Averi Allison


    2019 Ohio Middle Association Regional Award for Outstanding Support Staff at the STEAMM Academy @ Hartford.


    The intervention specialist at the Arts Academy was honored as the Quota International of Canton’s 2019 Community Champion for her work as a teacher to our hearing impaired students in grades K-8. She is very involved in the deaf community in Stark County and volunteers her time to a number of local clubs and organizations. The Quota award is for people whose accomplishments have made their community a better place to live and have advanced the equality, dignity, and independence of deaf people through their example. 



    The PBIS team from Dueber Reading and Math Preparatory School was selected to present at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s 2018 National Family and Community Engagement Conference in Cleveland. Lori Kochan, Jolinda Seiple, and Meghan Schauer were able to connect with over 1,300 participants from around the country and share their own success stories on family engagement and PBIS. Many staff members from the district took the opportunity to participate in the workshops at the event.


    STEAMM Academy @ Hartford teacher Amanda Gillespie was honored for Excellence in STEM teaching by the Ohio STEM Learning Network.

    The Excellence in STEM Teaching Award recognizes a teacher who exemplifies integrated, STEM-infused teaching strategies and classroom innovation, and whose work has led to positive student learning outcomes. Amanda consistently engages students in inquiry-based learning to develop creativity, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.


    ECA @ Crenshaw teacher Bryan Herberghs was tagged by the American Cancer Society as a Real Man Who Wears Pink. Every year Bryan shaves his head for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and raises money for children with cancer. Mr. Herberghs is also our varsity golf coach at McKinley.


    Worley’s Heidi Flohr was recognized as an outstanding MSLE teacher by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. This is a national award for her outstanding accomplishments in the field of Orton-Gillingham Structured Literacy. Over the last few years, Heidi has dedicated much of her time learning the Orton Gillingham methods to improve reading success for children with dyslexia.  She has not only helped children become better readers, but has led cohorts of teachers to be practitioners of OG as well. 


    Kim Springer of the Early College Academy @ Crenshaw will receive a 2018 Ohio Middle Level Association Regional Award at the group’s conference in October. This award recognizes outstanding middle school educators. 


    ECHS’s C.A.S.T. group earned the “Youth in Philanthropy” Award. This was awarded to them by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter for the  2018 National Philanthropy Day. The kids were nominated by Angela Palomba from The First Tee of Canton. They were among some major philanthropists, including the LeBron James Family Foundation.


    The 2018 McKinley Football Team went viral on the internet with a powerful video called, “We Are the Voice.” This video played at all of our home football games and sent a powerful anti-bullying message. It was viewed over 28,000 times on our Facebook page alone, and was featured on Cleveland Channel 3 News and numerous websites. Schools and churches all over the county screened it for their students and congregations. It really shows the desire of kids to spark change and inspire respect for others. Bill Weidner accepted an OHSPRA Award on behalf of the team and producers.



    Deidre Stokes-Davis, Director of Student, Family, and Community Support and Federal Programs was recognized by Cleveland State University’s Center for Educational Leadership. Ms. Stokes-Davis was one of 10 honorees to be named an “Educator Inspired to Lead” at the center’s 10-year anniversary event.

    The center chose 10 inspiring leaders who are graduates of the Center For Educational Leadership Program — a pool of 700 graduates!



    Stephanie Patrick, retired Canton City School District principal and current substitute administrator, was recognized with the Martha Lottman Service Award by Coming Together Stark County at their 2oth annual Gala Awards dinner. The award recognizes a person who has “devoted his or her life to service, generosity and our youth.”



    McKinley High School Career and Technical Education students came away with a gold and a silver at the SkillsUSA State Competition in 2019  Mickayla Charles, Law and Public Safety program student, earned 2nd place in the First Aid CPR competition in a field of students representing career centers and trade programs from the entire state of Ohio.  Joshua Reddick and Steven Schukert earned GOLD in the Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue competition and will represent our state at the National SkillsUSA Championship Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June! Both of these young men are in the Project Lead the Way: Engineering program at McKinley High School. 


    Our Senior Coordinator of Technology Heather Heater and a team of teachers and staff attended the first Let's GO-OH symposium in Hilliard in 2019. Let's GO-OH is a group started by nine Ohio schools who use Apple products in the classroom. CCSD is one of those schools. The purpose was to create a community of educators to learn and share from each other. While the group was started by nine schools, it welcomes all schools throughout Ohio. The first conference had over 200 attendees from every part of the state, including a few from ODE.

    Six of the 40 sessions were led by CCSD teachers and staff:


    Sophia Shaheen and Tina Russell from AIM - Planting the Technology Seed
    Ella Muntean and Daniel Craddock from Belden - Clips, Pages and Keynote
    Allen Brown and Jacob Foltz from Freshman Academy - Preparing Students for Success Through Differentiation with Technology

    We also had presentations from Heater, along with Aaron Hartzler, 6-12 Technology Integration Specialist. Ethan Smith, a 2019 McKinley Graduate, also presented on how the VoiceOver on Apple devices helped him regain control over his learning environment after experiencing diminishing vision. Besides presenters, we had several other staff join the conference to learn from the sessions. 


    Andrea Ramsey, Coordinator of Diversity, received the Martha Lottman Education Award at the Coming Together Stark County Awards Dinner. She serves on the Project Management Team for the 4-year “All-In Grant,” a partnership of the Stark County Educational Service Center & Stark Education Partnership. The grant involves 30 districts and 400 students in Stark and Holmes Counties who have created Social Justice Teams in their schools.

    A member of the Leila Green Alliance of Black School Educators, Andrea initiated an annual “MLK Jr. Youth Speak-Out” at the Southeast Community Center, where students share with adults their issues of concern as well as possible solutions.