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Elyria High School project highlights academics

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    Chris Canonizado, 17, a junior at Elyria High School, checks out the new virtual hall of fame at the school.



ELYRIA — A new hall of fame is unlocking a vast history of Elyria High School academic achievement.

Located in the dining hall of the Middle Avenue school, the collection is a digital exhibit with an interactive touch-screen display. It was unveiled Friday with student leaders guiding students and guests through the simple interface.

“It works just like a phone, so it is easy to use,” said Chris Canonizado, a junior and president of the school’s Robotic Club.

This project is something that has been wanted for a while, since the school already recognizes sports and performing art honors in the building.

“Academic Hall of Fame is something we have wanted to do for a long time. It was something Dr. (Tom) Jama wanted to do when he was the principal here and Mr. (Tim) Brown and I saw it through to completion this year,” said Brian Kokai, the district’s director of technology operations. “This is an interactive touch-screen history of all the things that have happened here at Elyria High and a way to recognize everything that goes on in a very multimedia way.”

The display, which is searchable by any graduate of Elyria High School or Elyria West High School, includes 2017 graduates and some older alums. The database is still being built and organized. Users ultimately will find instant access to any graduate or staff member of both schools, along with their academic and athletic achievements and other notable fun facts.

Patti Stiteler, administrative assistant to principal Brown, is tasked with entering the data and said she loves the walk down memory lane.

“I’m a history buff, so I can’t wait to get all this information in,” she said. “There is a lot. I can’t type fast enough.”

The information also will go online at

“We think as the hall of fame data continues to load in and as the display gains attention and popularity, it will become a dynamic, exciting fixture at Elyria High that will see lots of use by students, staff and alums,” said Amy Higgins, district spokeswoman. “Ultimately, there will be a twin display board in the Performing Arts Center lobby as well.”

Calli Fenik, junior class president, said the exhibit is cool because it’s something for all students.

“Not only does Elyria High School have great athletics, but we have really good clubs and academics. I think it’s important for students to know ‘Hey, we recognize you, too,’” she said.

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