The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 22, 2010

GHS Thespians return popular tradition with performances of one-act comedies

Star Beacon

GENEVA — With the school year winding down, Geneva High School students and staff are looking forward to the busy weeks ahead.

Congratulations to Richelle Baker and Rachel Hall who have been selected as the GHS delegates for the Buckeye Girls State program to be held at Ashland University June 13-19. The attending delegates will learn about how the American democratic process and political parties work together on the local, state and national levels. We would like to thank their sponsors, The American Legion Auxiliary Units for screening the candidates and making this opportunity possible.

The GHS Thespians are pleased to announce the return of an old Geneva High tradition, the one-act play performances. Three plays, “The Neglected Husbands’ Sewing Club,” “The Omelet Murder Case” and “The New Mrs. Jones” will be staged 7 p.m. today in the GHS Auditorium. Ticket prices are $5 for admission to all three plays and may be purchased at the door. Come out to enjoy three great comedies.

Members of the Geneva High School Music Department are anxiously awaiting the band trip scheduled for April 28 through May 2. Approximately 55 students and chaperones will travel to Gatlinburg, Tenn., to take part in various competitions sponsored by an organization called “FiestaVal.” GHS students will compete in the categories for concert band, jazz band and marching band. Group prizes are awarded as well as “special caption” or individual awards for such things as “Outstanding Soloist” or “Outstanding Field Commander.” In addition to the competitions, other activities are planned. Time will be spent at NASCAR Speed Park, attending Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and, of course, a day at Dollywood Theme Park.

“I am very excited to go to Gatlinburg,” said Ryan Zalimeni, “It is my final trip as a senior and also Mr. Carrel’s final trip as our director. My nerves are rising for the trip as well because of an ad-lib solo I have in one of the jazz band selections for the adjudicated event.”

Thanks to our generous staff and students, Geneva High School has consistently been among the top area schools when it comes to donating blood. We are hoping to keep the tradition going at the last GHS bloodmobile of this year which will take place on May 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. According to adviser Jessica George, our goal for this collection is 160 pints of blood. So far this year 300 pints have already been donated by our students. In appreciation for these generous donations, the American Red Cross provides scholarship money to our high school based on the number of pints we are able to collect.

“I am always so proud of our students and staff for the effort they put into making our blood drives such a tremendous success! Last year we were able to give out six scholarships for $500 each to very deserving seniors. I hope that we are able to do even more this year!” said Mrs. George.

Geneva High School juniors and seniors are invited to enjoy a night of music, dinner and dancing on May 7 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at DeRubertis Party Center in Madison. Music will be provided by NRG D.J. Services, along with a television-screen for videos and open song requests. The decor will feature silver and shades of blue to complement the “Sunken Treasure” theme and ocean motif. Dinner entrees will include roast beef, chicken cordon bleu and vegetable lasagna, all served with garlic mashed potatoes, numerous salad choices and a large selection of delicious desserts. In order to keep the costs to $35 for each student ticket, juniors have participated in a variety of fund-raisers, including the sale of Yankee candles, cookie dough and Malley’s chocolates. Any junior or senior who wishes to invite an outside guest must get administrative approval prior to the dance. No tickets will be sold at the door and if a student leaves, he may not re-enter. We hope all students  attending enjoy themselves and help to make this a fun and safe event.

Enjoy the warm weather and have a great April.