The Grapevine

by Martin McConnell

Independence High School’s vocal music ensemble recently scored the highest rating of “Superior” at the Ohio Music Education Association’s state high school band and choir contest. Additionally, the group was named state champion, receiving the highest score among the “Superior” scores.

This is the first time in school history that the vocal ensemble has been named state champions, according to group members. The ensemble received both an award certificate and bronze plaque in honor of its achievements.

Chagrin Falls’ Tanglewood Country Club will play host to a golf tournament on May 27 honoring Independence resident Matthew Moxley, who recently passed away.

The Moxley family created a website for the event, on which they wrote, “Sometimes the best way to honor a departed loved one is by coming together in their memory and doing something positive. That is why we are proud to announce the upcoming Moxley Memorial Classic, which will not only honor the memory of Matt, but also raise funds for his wife and three boys in this time of need.”

The family encouraged those who cannot make the event to visit, to find out how to get involved. They are currently accepting sponsors, silent auction items and other donations.

The Indy Lives suicide prevention group at Independence High School held its second annual “Hope Walks Here” event on May 13. The group’s mission is to create a smart, empathetic culture regarding mental health struggles in the city of Independence, and especially its school district.

“The suicide prevention walk is a cause [close] to Independence High’s heart, due to the fact that we have lost two students in 2020,” IHS senior Reece Wright said. “This is a way to help the community heal from that, and to make sure that it never happens again.”

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