RHSAA 2021 Scholarship Awards

The Alumni Association congratulates Anya Demshar and Pavel Lindrose, recipients of the RHSAA 2021 Scholarship awards. We wish both well in their future endeavors!  Anya Demshar Anya, the daughter of Todd and Regan Binnig Demshar (RHS graduate), will continue her education at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. She will major in Animal Science in the Veterinary Science pre-professional program. Anya’s love of animals comes from living on a “hobby farm”, her active 4-H participation, and raising and showing livestock. Her favorite steer’s name was Amarillo. At Riverside, in addition to…

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Through the Eyes of Children: Beautiful Ohio: Marietta Marano Lipps

Guest Author: Marietta Marano Lipps Introduction and Afterword by Gretchen Reed Gretchen: Imagine four children ages, 12 – 4, who had spent their entire lives as residents of Las Vegas, now living in Northeast Ohio. On April 21 they awakened to a “fairyland” snow of about 5 inches. The evening had been wind- free, and the snow had built up on tree branches and caused many fallen limbs and drooping shrubs in the area. Throughout March these children had enjoyed an unusually warm, sunny month at the home of their…

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Help Create Branches in the Online Log

Dear alumni and previous RHS staff, The two editors of YOUR on-line Log have a request we want to propose – that you READERS consider becoming WRITERS by contributing to the on-line Log. With thousands of RHS alumni and staff out there, we represent a wealth of experiences, wisdom, insight and thought that could be shared with others. We want the Log to become a format for all of you to express what you are thinking. Maybe you do not consider yourself a potential writer. Please re-think that idea. Over…

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Underground Humor and Pranks Part I

Considering the public’s expectation that schools are supposed to be serious centers of learning designed to develop students’ knowledge and intellectual skills, sometimes high schools can have a collection of “characters” who create an underground of humor and lighthearted fun. Especially as I think of RHS during my years there, from 1967 – ‘95, the staff and students generated many pleasant recollections that I look back on fondly because they still amuse me. Since I had experience teaching at only one other school before RHS, I don’t have much to…

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Saving Memories: Skip Cohen ’67

Guest Author: Skip Cohen ‘67 “This is what I like about photographs. They’re proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.”  Jodi Picoult I’ve been active in the photographic industry my entire adult life, which kind of makes me a one-trick pony when it comes to career paths. But there’s that old line about if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.  Well, that describes my career and the incredible experiences I’ve had over the years in photography. When the pandemic hit, photographs…

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RHSAA Newest Trustee: Cathy Thompson-Covill

Cathy Covill

Cathy Thompson Covill is a Riverside High School Class of ‘85 graduate. Her siblings are also RHS graduates: sister, Janice ‘83 and brother, Gordon ’89. Her mother was a school bus driver for Riverside schools and her father was fire chief in Painesville Township. Cathy attended Kent State University, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and her Masters in Education. She currently teaches fifth grade in the Willoughby-Eastlake City schools. She previously taught career technical education in Hospitality Management to high school juniors and seniors at the Northern…

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Beaver Bulletin Board Spring 2021

Achievements: recognizing important milestones and achievements of our alumni. 1980s Cheryl Reed, ’83, graduated from Cleveland State University in ‘90 with a degree in Physical Therapy. In ’97 she joined Globe Volunteers and traveled to Ecuador, where she became enthralled with the country. In ‘02 she purchased a 24-acre farm (5,000’ elevation) and is raising coffee plants and operating a bed and breakfast. Cheryl spends six months in the U.S. working as a traveling therapist and the other six months on her farm. Cheryl’s parents, Tom and Gerry (Fox) Reed…

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Spring 2021 President’s Message

Hi Folks, It’s getting tougher to write these quarterly notices with so very little to report on and so many things in limbo. The board has not had a face-to-mask meeting in a year and I don’t even remember what Loretta Vandervort looks like. (Just kidding Loretta…you’re unforgettable). We are going to have our restart meeting at 7 p.m. on April 12 at Riverside High School in the Lecture room to make sure we have safe distancing. We will be discussing this year’s scholarship and commencement support. We will also…

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The Unanticipated Career of a Firefighter and K9 Handler Part I: Gordon Thompson ’89

Guest Author: Gordon Thompson ’89 I received a phone call at work from one of my favorite RHS teachers, Mrs. Gretchen Reed. Hearing her voice brought back many memories because of the times I spent with her and her family outside of school. How many teachers take you up in several of their airplanes…and let you jump out of them? I used to skydive with her brother-in-law and a few of her nephews. We were lucky enough to complete several jumps, out of some amazing airplanes, at her property in…

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