Community member Kevin Rych and Cloverleaf Middle School Prevention Coordinator Brandy Miracle are the winners of the 2022 Cloverleaf Pride Award, presented by elementary school Co-Principal Karen Martin at the May 18 meeting of the Cloverleaf Board of Education.
A longtime business banker with Huntington National Bank and the parent of two Cloverleaf graduates, Rych has served in a myriad of volunteer roles for more than 20 years. As a member of Westfield Fire and Rescue, he spearheads a biennial mock crash educational event at Cloverleaf High School during prom season, which vividly illustrates the dangers of driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rych packed and distributed meals to Cloverleaf families. He's taught CPR courses to students and staff, sold concessions at athletic events, helped with graduation set-up, assisted with the annual homecoming community bonfire, and brought fire safety programs to Cloverleaf Elementary School. Outside the schools, Rych was instrumental in starting the Explorers program at Westfield Fire and Rescue, and served many years as a scout leader. He also has volunteered for multiple district levy campaigns and coordinated school fundraisers.
Miracle is a Cloverleaf graduate, parent and a 15-year employee of the district. As prevention coordinator at Cloverleaf Middle School, she works closely with staff and the district resource officer to support students and empower them to make good life choices. Miracle is known for her caring and accessibility -- inviting students to eat lunch with her on a daily basis. She was instrumental in the Trauma-Informed Care Initiative that trained staff to help students cope with difficult events that occur in their lives outside of school. She's part of the Medina County Crisis Response Team, as well as a suicide-prevention initiative called Hope Squad. She's closely involved in programs including Shop With A Cop, DARE, HUDDLE/SHUDDLE, Red Ribbon Week, and Medina County Share Cluster. Miracle also guides student leadership teams at Cloverleaf Middle School. In the community, she leads a youth program at her church and is a coach for the Cloverleaf Soccer Association.
The Cloverleaf Pride Award is presented each year to one staff member and one community member who have gone above and beyond in their service to students. Nominations are submitted by the public, students, parents and district employees, then reviewed by a committee of community members and staff. Recipients are selected based on a rubric that factors in each nominee’s contributions in multiple categories -- including academic and extracurricular support, years of involvement, and specific examples of service to Cloverleaf students. Winners receive a certificate and a lifetime pass to district events. For more, visit www.CloverleafLocal.org.
In the photo: Recipients of the 2022 Cloverleaf Pride Award were recognized at the May 18 meeting of the Cloverleaf Board of Education. From left: Board member Jane Rych, board President Jason Myers, award recipient Kevin Rych, board member James Curran, award recipient Brandy Miracle, board member Jeff Schreiber, board member Rhonda Wurgler, and Superintendent Daryl Kubilus.