The Journal counts down the top stories of the school year

From staff reports

5. Boy band “S15” steals the show at Open Mic

Cleveland has no shortage of talent and in March, it was all on display in front of over 100 people at the annual Open Mic. Performances included an energetic beat by the CHS Drumline and a duet by CHS seniors Kenisha Rullen and Rakiah Talley. But it was science teacher Steve Pratt who stole the show by making a surprise appearance with S15, a  “boy band” of lip-syncing seniors. All the performances proved that Cleveland isn’t just STEM, but the arts are within us, too.

4. wasSUP Wednesday offered a different way of learning

The new school year brought a new kind of early release day. Instead of cramming all eight class periods into a four-hour day, the Building Leadership Team and administration decided to approve wasSUP Wednesdays. The day centered around the school’s motto of Spirit, Unity, Progress and offered a unique schedule of different focuses each time, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and relationships with the Seattle Police Department.

3. Lady Eagles lose quest for third straight State title

The Lady Eagles made history this year when they returned to the Tacoma Dome for a chance at a third State Championship title. After an up and down season, many weren’t sure if the Lady Eagles would make it very far in post-season play. They didn’t win the title, but this team left their mark in Cleveland’s history books. Seniors Jayde Christopher and Joyce Harrell capped off their high school careers with a 56-game winning streak, two state titles, a second place trophy and third place finish.

Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil for Cleveland senior Robert Robinson, who died in a drive by shooting on March 15.
Teresa Scribner
Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil for Cleveland senior Robert Robinson, who died in a drive by shooting on March 15.

2. Cleveland senior killed in drive-by shooting

On March 15, the Cleveland community lost one of its own. Robert Robinson was killed in a drive-by shooting while walking near 15th Avenue South and South Forest Street around 4 p.m. Shortly after, the community came together for a memorial service in the Cleveland Auditorium. There were some tears but mostly smiles as the poetry flowed and memories were recalled. Robinson is dearly missed by his friends and classmates.

1. Budget woes bring cuts to classes, staff

Public school funding has been taking a beating and Cleveland is another victim. There are many reasons for the loss of money: grants being taken away, decrease of students on free and reduced lunch and the cap placed on CHS population. This meant certain elective classes at Cleveland including Forensics and Digital Electronics, will be cut and AP Bio and AP Environmental Science will be offered every other year.