Bay High School selected as College Success Award winner: West Shore Chatter

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Congratulations to Bay High School, which recently was recognized as a 2020 College Success Award winner by The award honors public high schools doing an extraordinary job preparing students for college and beyond.


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BHS was one of only 2,158 public high schools across the country to be recognized.

This is the third year for the College Success Award. College Success Award-winning high schools are identified based on school-level college preparation and post-secondary data which are collected and shared by their states. The data indicates whether students are prepared for college, enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework when they get there and/or continue on to their second year. is a nonprofit website that reaches more than 46 million users every year. It is supported by charitable foundations that support educational causes that seek to shine a spotlight on education excellence across the country. Remembering those who served: Veterans Day will be observed on Nov. 11, recalling the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served the United States as members of the military.

Unlike Memorial Day, which honors those who made the supreme sacrifice by giving their lives in the service of their country, Veterans Day honors all who served – living and dead. The observance began as Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month: Nov. 11, 1918. In 1954, it was renamed Veterans Day.

Many cities, including Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake have memorials or plaques dedicated to their veterans. During non-pandemic times, many communities also celebrate those who served with patriotic ceremonies.

In Bay Village, the Veterans Honor Wall is located in the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, which unfortunately remains closed because of the coronavirus. The usual veterans’ luncheon will not take place this year, either.

But we still can take a minute to thank all veterans for their service.

Connecting for Kids: With the pandemic continuing, Connecting for Kids’ November programs will be offered on the Zoom virtual platform. Registration is required and can be completed online at; by email at [email protected]; or by calling/texting 440-570-5908; para español, 440-907-9130.

The Early Childhood Education Series: Using Social Stories to Teach Behavioral Skills will be offered at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. The program will feature early childhood intervention professionals explaining how to use short stories with simple text and pictures to reinforce accepted and proper behavior for children ages 18 months to 6 years. The program offers a safe space to connect with both professionals and other families and will not be recorded. The first 20 households who register and sign on to Zoom will get a free social story kit to make at home – one kit per household.

This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library and is supported by a grant from GPD Employees’ Foundation. The Virtual Early Childhood Education Series is sponsored by the

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NASA just picked a winner in its space-toilet competition. The $20,000 prize awards the best ‘lunar loo’ for moon-bound astronauts.

Akihiko Hoshide standing next to a sink: Left: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide performs maintenance on the toilet in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station. Right: A space shuttle toilet simulator. NASA/Dave Mosher

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Left: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide performs maintenance on the toilet in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station. Right: A space shuttle toilet simulator. NASA/Dave Mosher

  • Before NASA can fly astronauts to the moon, it must design a toilet for the crew. 
  • The agency’s “Lunar Loo” contest offered $20,000 for a space toilet design that would work both in microgravity and on the lunar surface.
  • The space agency announced the contest winner this week, as well as the designs that took second and third place. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The last time astronauts landed on the moon, in December 1972, they wore glorified diapers.


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NASA never designed a proper toilet for the Apollo missions. Instead, the astronauts — all of whom were men — peed into roll-on cuffs, pooped in bags, and used space diapers when they ventured out of the lander in their spacesuits.

NASA sent the first space toilet to the earliest US space station in 1973. The technology has improved since then, and the agency’s latest $23 million space-toilet system contains state-of-the-art fans that suction waste downward and provide odor control. 

But now that NASA is working to send astronauts back to the moon in 2024, it’s designing a new kind of toilet: one that can work both in orbit and on the lunar surface, where gravity is about one-sixth as strong as Earth’s. 

“We need a toilet that needs to work for seven days on the surface of the moon, as well as during that transit time to and from the moon,” Mike Interbartolo, who’s part of NASA’s lunar-lander engineering team, previously told Business Insider.

a person standing in a kitchen: NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor works on the current US space station toilet. NASA

NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor works on the current US space station toilet. NASA

To accomplish that goal, the agency launched its “Lunar Loo” contest in June, in partnership with HeroX: a platform on which people can host contests, similar to the way fundraising efforts use Kickstarter. NASA invited engineers, designers, and space enthusiasts around the world to submit designs for moon-mission toilets.

All submissions had to work for male and female astronauts of varying heights and weights, and weigh less than 33 lbs (15 kg) in Earth’s gravity.

“Bonus points will be awarded to designs that can capture vomit without requiring the crew member to put his/her head in the toilet,” NASA’s guidelines said.

The contest received over 2,000 entries from around the world. On Thursday, NASA announced the winners. First place went to a team that designed a toilet they call the Translunar Hypercritical Repository 1 (THRONE). The team, led by Washington-based engineer Boone Davidson, based its design on advice from former astronaut Susan Helms.

That toilet won $20,000 in prize money, and the two runners up also got cash prizes. Here are the contest’s three winners.

The first-place winners sought guidance from a retired astronaut 

A 3-D rendering of the THRONE toilet system. Courtesy of Boone Davidson

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A 3-D rendering of the THRONE toilet system. Courtesy of Boone Davidson

The team behind

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Coronavirus looks like the big winner in this college football season: Issues & Answers

It looks like the coronavirus is winning.

College football’s insistence on pressing ahead with a 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic has turned into a jumble of positive tests and postponed games.

The virus hit the SEC this week like an untouched, blitzing linebacker. The SEC thought it had the money and resources to take on the pandemic, and it’s beginning to look like it couldn’t the job done.

This week’s Missouri-Vanderbilt and Florida-LSU games have been postponed. Coach Nick Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne are among those to test positive at Alabama. The Crimson Tide played Mississippi last week, and guess what? Ole Miss has an outbreak this week.

Here are some national perspectives:

Christine Brennan of USA Today: As big and bad as the SEC is, it’s getting whipped by coronavirus.

Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated: SEC’s COVID surge is a predictable result of pandemic football.

Dennis Dodd of With COVID-19 slapping the SEC upside the head, how will the rest of this season play out?

Dodd writes: “The SEC may soon have to consider pausing the season, though this is not to blame the conference specifically. The SEC has been out front with its protocols. Until this week, its plan to wait until Sept. 26 to start the season looked brilliant.”

Yeah, and the Christmas Eve party at Nakatomi Plaza was going well until the terrorists showed up.

As this story by Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger notes, every time a college football team leaves campus to travel to an away game, chances multiply that it will come into contact with the virus.

Shane Speights, dean of the NYIT medical school at Arkansas State, tells Dellinger: “You can’t test your way out of a pandemic. These tests aren’t 100%. We hang our hat on just the test results. It’s putting all your eggs in one basket.”

That’s bad news for the Pac-12, which is starting a football season on Nov. 7 largely based on using Quidel Corporation’s rapid-result tests to test daily.

But how accurate are those tests? Questions are being raised.

The SEC, at least, planned for coronavirus disruptions by scheduling open dates into which postponed games could be moved. The Pac-12 schedule, which calls for seven games in seven weeks, did not.

More on the SEC’s messy week further down in the post.

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Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson assumes a leadership role on the offense.

The defense has owned OSU’s practices to date, and that is fine with QB Tristan Gebbia.

Brandon Kidder appears likely to remain at right tackle for the Beavers.

OSU coach Jonathan Smith appeared on John Canzano’s radio show to talk about quarterbacks, crowd noise, audibles and more.

This Oregon State quarterback competition looks competitive. (G-T)

Beavers have lots of options on the offensive line. (G-T)

OSU offensive lineman Onesimus Clarke opts out of the 2020 season. Clarke was thought to be the frontrunner to start at left guard.

Five things you might have forgotten about

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