2022 RHSAA Scholarship Award: Alexis Wade

Alexis Wade has been awarded an RHS Alumni Association Scholarship and plans to attend Ohio State University. She is the daughter of William and Lisa Adams (Class of 1993) Wade. She will major in English and Political Science with a focus on pre-law. She states, “My goal is to go into law so that I can give back to the community and help others.” Alexis is the oldest of four siblings and has three brothers who all attend Riverside schools. The Wades enjoy an active family life by supporting each…

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2022 Scholarship Award: Emma Kovalchuk

Emma Kovalchuk was selected as an RHS Alumni Scholarship recipient for the 2022 class. She is the daughter of John and April Tuuri (Class of 1989) Kovalchuk. She will be attending Lake Erie College as a pre-law major. She chose LEC partly because of its affiliation with Duquesne University Law School. A program between the two schools offers a fast-track, pre-law advantage, enabling one to earn a juris prudence degree in six years rather than the usual eight. Emma has also committed to playing softball at LEC. Emma is the…

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Search and Rescue Dogs Serve Community, Part II

Guest Author: Debbie Sorber Rosch, ’80 (Hall of Fame 2019 In our previous episode, we ended with a cliffhanger. John Swaney and his search dog, Hogan, of Burning River K9 Search and Rescue, were in the final moments of their certification test search. They had already searched most of their 50-acre assignment at Gretchen Reed’s Pheasant Run Airport, with only a tiny area of the sector remaining to be searched and nine minutes to find their subject before time ran out. Despite both handler and K9 feeling fatigue and frustration,…

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Upcycling as a Lifestyle (With Emphasis on Style)

When most people subscribe to recycling and reusing as environmental goals, bins taken to a recycling center are part of their efforts. Bob and Tam (Walrath) Polzer have practiced thinking BIG about recycling during their renovation of two homes since their marriage in 1986. The ’78 graduates first purchased a rundown, unkempt house on Rockwood Drive in Painesville in ’86. Before any remodeling could begin, they unloaded enough trash to fill two 10-yard dumpsters. A most unpleasant task came with realizing the home had been inhabited by heavy smokers and…

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Wolf Family: Three Generations of RHS Grads

How often does a high school have three generations of one family, all remaining as loyal alumni, graduate from its halls? Robert (Bob) and Jacqueline (Jacquie) Wolf, who celebrated 64 years of marriage on August 2, have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren whose successful careers and dedication to RHS make them stellar alumni as they follow in the values their mother and father have held dear. Although Bob graduated from North High School in Columbus, his loyalty and service to the Riverside community have paralleled his wife’s, especially…

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