Orange High School freshman Michael Litt was selected as one of the four grand prize winners in grades nine to 12 at the 61st annual Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair at Cleveland State University March 11. About 500 students from more than 80 schools in Northeast Ohio competed.

Michael's project was entitled “Statistical Filter for Capturing Trends in Noisy Data.” He and the three other winners will represent Northeast Ohio in an all-expense-paid trip to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May. Michael is the son of Jonathan and Maria Litt, of Pepper Pike. The Litts are members of Suburban Temple-Kol Ami in Beachwood.

The other grand prize winners were Heather Walker of Mentor High School; Ya’el Courtney of Mount Carmel School in Wickliffe; and Alex Weber of St. Vincent-St. Mary School in Akron.

The Agnon School in Beachwood and Gross Schechter Day School in Pepper Pike each sent 10 middle school students to the fair, and all of the students were award winners.

Among Agnon participants, Sophie Browner and Abby Cohen received second-place awards; Rachel Kelly, Maya Neyman, Yotam Roth, Noah Simon and Carly Stewart took third place; and Becky Maly, Isabel Ortman and Andy Saks received honorable mention.

Schechter students Talya Berenholz, Orly Einhorn, Ethan Geis, Elchanan Haas, Lauren Matasar, and Jack Newman won second-place awards; Julia Rush, Amanda Silverberg and Noah Zimmerman came in third place; and Zachary Carno-Harf received honorable mention. Talya and Ethan received additional awards along with their silver medals.

SPELLING BEE: Agnon School’s eighth annual Hebrew Spelling Bee offered students in fourth through eighth grade an opportunity to enrich their Hebrew vocabulary in a fun way. Agnon students studied up to 200 Hebrew words with their definitions to compete for prizes.

Championship rounds took place during the school’s annual Yom HaYeled (Day of the Child) festivities March 3.

Fourth- and fifth-grade challenge winners were fifth-graders Mor Geri, first place; Allie Dettlebach, second; and Tamar Poreh, third.

Seventh-grader Carly Stewart won the middle school challenge. Sixth-grader Omer Sarig came in second and seventh-grader Mai Geri, third.

Agnon alumni parent Anat Nurko introduced the Hebrew Spelling Bee concept to the school in 2007. The event is sponsored by Agnon’s Abraham Slomianski Israel Culture Fund, established by the Nurko family in memory of Anat Nurko’s father.

BUDGET BIN: The Solon Council of PTAs’ Budget Bin will be held Wednesday, April 2 (consignment day) to Tuesday, April 8 at the Parkside Elementary School gymnasium, 6845 SOM Center Road. Contact