HSA Cleveland HS and MMSA Reap Rewards at State Science Fairs

Students from HSA Cleveland High School and Michigan Math & Science Academy students received rewarding results at their state-wide science fairs and made their schools proud.  


For full results from both schools please visit their web sites: www.hsas.org &  



Below are highlights of the awards received: 


North East Ohio Science & Engineering Fair  


2nd Place 

Dewaine Billingsley              Corey Rogers  

Yoly Rodriguez



Special Awards

Case Western Reserve University  

Corey Rogers 1st Place


American Association of Blacks in Energy  

Gabriel Clemmons 1st Place


Cleveland Chemical Association

Kevin Goolsby 



Special Awards

ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Award

Mason Brudzinski (nominated for the Grand Prize, a trip to Arizona for the 2016 Sustainability Solutions Festival) $20,000 four-year scholarship to Kettering University


Mu Alpha Theta Award 

Justin Wilton   

A Day of Song and Dance in Chicago

8th Annual Concept Schools Art and Language Contest will be held this Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the famous Copernicus Center in Chicago. The event is open to the public and free.


The event will feature songs in Spanish, English, and Turkish languages along with African, South American, and Turkish folk dances.  

Concept Speech & Spoken Words Competition
Join us for this exhilarating event on May 2, 2015 at the  Columbus Museum of Art. 

March History Heroes


The Concept program History Heroes is designed to promote success in and out of the classroom. We want to recognize students acting as civics leaders in their communities or schools, and students who are going above and beyond in their social studies classrooms.  


The winners for the month of March were:


Burak Yalvac (Horizon Science Academy Toledo)


Serena Carter (Horizon Science Academy Springfield)


Asma Al Ibrahim (Noble Academy Columbus)

HSA Columbus sends students to Notre Dame and Ohio State 

We are pleased to announce that Lord Boachie, a senior at Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School, has been accepted to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana with a full scholarship, and fellow seniors Brady Sayre, Alimamy Sankoh and Mohamed Moumen were accepted to the Ohio State University, also with full scholarships.


Lord moved from Ghana last year and started as a junior at Horizon. He wanted to challenge himself with Honor, AP and dual enrollment classes and ended up having all A's from these classes and the highest GPA among juniors. Lord worked hard to improve his ACT scores under the encouragement of Mrs. Aykan, the HSA college guidance counselor.   


Mohamed Moumen who is heading out to the Ohio State University credits his school and teachers for helping him reach his goals. "Horizon is a bridge that helped me cross many challenges to get to this stage in life. Its atmosphere made it feel like home. The teachers and counselors treated me as one of their children. The diversity that the schools has brightened my mind and helped me became more open-minded," said Mohamed. We wish them the best in college! 

CMSA Advances to the World Championship!

We are all ecstatic because Chicago Math & Science Academy's Team #7006 aka RoboTitans qualified for the FTC World Championship taking place on April 22-25 in St. Louis. This is the final FTC tournament consisting of 128 FTC teams from around the world.  


The RoboTitans are one of 128 teams to advance, and the only Chicago FTC team in the competition. In addition to qualifying, the RoboTitans were one of the top 3 teams selected to receive the Motivation Award.


We are very proud of their efforts and congratulate all the team members for their hard work and dedication. RoboTitans have received significant media coverage of their success including a congratulatory letter from the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. Below is a recent coverage of the RoboTitans on CBS Chicago. Click here to watch.   

2014-2015 Writing Contest Winners

Each year Concept English holds a themed writing competition for its participating schools. This year's theme, "Put Down the Rage, Pick Up the Pen," focused on how writing is a great way to use our angry emotions to come up with solutions to problems we face in our everyday lives.  


In addition, we had our students focus on essay writing, which is such an important part of our new assessments. We were so please with the over 250 entries we received from our schools. Here are the 2014-2015 winners:


Grades 3-5

1st Place: Gateway Science Academy

Layla Frost, 4th Grade, Teacher: Mrs. Biggs



2nd Place: Milwaukee Math and Science Academy

Ebony Harris, 5th Grade, Teacher: Ms. Soudani



3rd Place: Noble Academy Cleveland

Leo Mrazek, 3rd Grade, Teacher: Mrs. Beahon

"Animals Count"


Grades 6-8

1st Place: Horizon Science Academy Lorain

Chantel Shannon, 7th Grade, Teacher: Miss Wilken

"Gender Inequality"


2nd Place: Horizon Science Academy Lorain

Maurice Lovejoy, 8th Grade,Teacher: Mrs. Petkovsek



3rd Place: Noble Academy Cleveland

Qaasim Abbas, 7th Grade, Teacher: Mrs. White

"Inequality in Palestine"


Honorable Mentions

Horizon Science Academy Columbus Middle School

Asia Mohamud, 7th Grade, Teacher: Ms. Salsbury

"Schools or Guns?"


Horizon Science Academy Lorain

Gisselle Romero, 7th Grade, Teacher: Miss Wilken

"Ocean Life Harmed for Entertainment"


Grades 9-12

1st Place: Horizon Science Academy Cleveland

Obasi Ndukwe, 11th Grade, Teacher: Mrs. Heffernan

"The Struggle for African Americans"


2nd Place: Quest Charter Academy  

Allison Koch, 11th Grade, Teacher: Ms. Heckman

"Out of the Camps and Into the Streets"


3rd Place: Horizon Science Academy Lorain

Anthony Bonilla, 10th Grade, Teacher: Mrs. Carter


April Is Autism Awareness Month

The 8th annual World Autism Awareness Day took place on April 2, 2015. Students in the Concept network showed their support for better understanding of autism and people affected by it and staff "lit their school up blue" to honor this special day.  

Recent statistics from March 27, 2014, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States, showing that 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), which are characterized by social-interaction difficulties, communication challenges and a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors. Symptoms and severity vary widely across these three core areas.

Concept Schools has a dedicated team of qualified teachers and administrators who serve students with ASD. To Inform youself more about this disability, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
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