The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 17, 2010

Grand Valley NHS holds induction

ORWELL — The first day of March started with the tapping of the new National Honor Society junior inductees. The students were surprised in their first period classes by current NHS members before being escorted to a breakfast with adviser, English teacher Gary Baker. Those newly inducted juniors are Kristen McClintock, Julia Miller, Clarice Nock, Olivia Padale, Melissa Prax, Sarah Ritchie, Samantha Slusher, Kayla Stoltz and Kathryn Tuscano. The formal induction ceremony was held in the Grand Valley Auditeria with parents, teachers and friends present to honor all the NHS members. The evening ended with flower presentations and refreshments. Congratulations to these students on their dedication to school, community and volunteerism.

Despite the changed date, because of a snow day, the annual spring band and choir concert had a successful turnout. The concert band has been preparing for competition, so they wore their uniforms to emulate what they can expect. Also, during daily practices, Timothy Carlson, the band director, has been setting aside time during class to give members sheet music and three minutes to look over their musical selection before playing it. During the competition at Howland High School, each student will also be expected to play some required music which will be previewed at the concert. The new jazz band, which premiered at the holiday concert, also showcased a new set of music for the audience.

During lunch the past two weeks, a Penny War has been under way between all grades to raise funds for United Way. United Way is a nonprofit organization that strives to actively campaign for public schools and the community. This specific drive was put on by the Student Council. Each penny equals one point and other coins and bills cancel out pennies from other classes. During lunch every day, Student Council members are assigned to carry tins around asking for donations. In the past, the Penny War has had a good turnout, and this year the same expectation was fulfilled. The freshman class surprised everyone with a win of two points.

Members of the Grand Valley Scholastic Bowl team represented Grand Valley High School at Pymatuning Valley High School Veterans Memorial Performing Arts Center for their most recent competition. Those on the team included Ian LeRoy, Jenna Rummel, Julia Miller, Emily Nye, Olivia Padale and Chris Eltringham. Members who were chosen for first team to represent GV at the county competition were LeRoy, Rummel and Nye.

Prior to the match, Mark Stimecz, high school guidance counselor and coach of the Scholastic Bowl team, reported that he was cautiously optimistic. There were a total of nine county schools at the competition, which provided practice for future improvement. So far this year, the GV team has been doing well by securing a first place victory on WEWS Academic Challenge. To train, Stimecz said they watch Jeopardy, read newspapers, play trivia games and do research.

This week, the sophomore students are continuing to prepare themselves to take the Ohio Graduation Test. The OGT, one of the requirements for graduation, consists of sections in reading, math, writing, science and social studies. The teachers have been preparing students during prep-test days in classes and giving strategies for completing the timed examination. Sophomores can expect their scores later in the spring once the exams are sent to Columbus to be graded. Good luck to the sophomores.