Two Students Recognized for Humanitarian Efforts by Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio

Cuyahoga Heights eighth grader Sophia Birth and senior Francis Connors are recipients of this year’s Humanitarian Awards from the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio.  Recipients are nominated by their respective school administrators for demonstrating leadership, performing community service, and exhibiting strength of character. 

Francis Connors has consistently shown concern for the well-being of others, regardless of their background or circumstances. Most recently, he assisted at the inclusive sports day field trip for students with special needs. "Francis has been a genuine and loyal friend to my students based on the way their faces lit up every time they would talk about him," said a teacher in whose class Francis volunteered. "He has done everything from joining them at the lunch table, meeting them in the morning before convocation, supporting them on the sports fields, and giving high fives in the hallway." Francis has demonstrated acts of kindness like this throughout his time at Cuyahoga Heights and never expected anything in return. Connors was awarded $1,000 from the ESC.

Sophia Birth deserves recognition for the kindness she has exhibited on a daily basis throughout middle school. She is a sincere and considerate young person. Sophia is also a loyal friend. Several of Sophia's classmates seek her company throughout the school day. She has an easy rapport with her teachers, often asking, "How is your day going?" Sophia has responsibilities at home which she is able to manage along with her schoolwork completion. She is passionate about playing softball. Sophia’s teachers are proud of her academic growth, the pride she displays at Cuyahoga Heights Middle School, and the loyal friendships she has created.  Birth was awarded $500 from the ESC.

The Humanitarian Award is presented to one student from each middle and high school in the Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, and Richmond Heights’ Local Schools. In addition to a cash award, recipients receive a personalized plaque, starfish pin, and starfish bookmark. The starfish is symbolized in a story that demonstrates the impact one person can make in life.  

Picture #1: Cuyahoga Heights Superintendent Tom Evans Congratulated Francis Conners for receiving the Humanitarian Award.

Picture #2: Cuyahoga Heights Superintendent Tom Evans Congratulated Sophia Birth for receiving the Humanitarian Award.