ALONG THE WAY: Diane Smith

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Girls. They run the world.

Just take a look at our recent graduation section and the many, many, many photos of females in Portage County's top 10.

After placing photo after photo of one girl after the other in this section, I did a bit of number-crunching.

The results show that Beyonce was right: Girls. They run the world.

Of the 132 students in the top 10 (Mogadore issues "honors diplomas" and therefore has a top 12) 84 of them are female.

Other statistics to share over breakfast:

n Eight of the 13 public school districts we list have females representing more than half of their top students. They are Waterloo and James A. Garfield (six girls each); Stow and Theodore Roosevelt in Kent (seven girls each); Ravenna and Rootstown (eight girls each); Streetsboro (nine girls) and Crestwood, which has an all-female top 10.

n Not surprisingly, these statistics play out when factoring in the valedictorians. Of the 30 Portage County students at the head of their class, only 12 are male. (This includes the valedictorian of CVCA, who hails from Shalersville.) The county's 18 female valedictorians are also better about sharing. Of the nine school districts that have at least one female at the head of the class, six come from districts that have more than one student at the top. (Stow doesn't name a valedictorian.)

n The girl power isn't just limited to the top 10. Kent, in particular (not every school district shares the names of its class officers) shared a photo of the officers of its senior class. The class president, vice president, secretary and treasurer are all female.

Goodbye, Tappan

Several alumni of Tappan Elementary School gathered one sweltering evening to say goodbye to their elementary school. A number of those people remarked that it was a shame that the only air conditioned place in the entire building was the principal's office. I wondered how Leah Sommers, the only surviving teacher who worked at the school when it opened in 1952, could stand the heat.

Speaking of the principal's office, a resident recently remarked that I had omitted the names of two prominent principals of the school who weren't able to be in attendance. Paul Shively was the first principal of the school, and Norman Stikes Sr. was the district's first African-American principal. Both long-time Portage County residents are deceased.

Other Tappan principals include Ted Poole; Donna Roberto; Beatrice Flarida, now the assistant superintendent; William Manley; Gina Kevern, now the curriculum director; Ben Ribelin, principal of West Park Elementary School, and current principal, Robert Mittiga.

Tappan is being closed because of declining enrollment in the district. Next year, most of Tappan's students will be assigned to other elementary schools in the district. Most will be headed to West Main Elementary School, the largest building in the district.

You like me

You like me. You really like me.

In the days since I established professional pages on Facebook and Twitter, a number of you have chosen to "like" or "follow" me. Thank you.

I've always been more hooked into Facebook than Twitter, with five times as many "friends" than "followers," so I guess it shouldn't be surprising that about four times as many people "like" my Facebook page compared to the ones who "follow" me on Twitter. And so far, the majority of Twitter followers are co-workers. But slowly, people are starting to find me.

Early Facebook like-ers were treated to a rare "meme" of Sally Field. A few long time friends may remember I used her image as my own during Doppelganger Week some time ago.

"You like me," she had famously exclaimed as she accepted her Oscar. "You REALLY like me!"

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