The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

March 17, 2010

Grand River students hit the books to prepare for academic challenges

AUSTINBURG — With spring soon approaching, the change in sports, activities and thoughts of summer vacation fill many students’ time. While many students at Grand River Academy are wielding tennis racquets, lacrosse sticks and baseball bats, others are competing in several different academic competitions in Ashtabula County and Cleveland. This will be GRA’s second year competing in the Kent State University Ashtabula Math Day, in which GRA placed first team overall last year, and the Ashtabula County Scholastic Bowl, which saw GRA place fourth team overall. GRA is also adding another event to the academic list, Cleveland News Channel 5’s Academic Challenge.

GRA will be participating in the Kent State University Ashtabula Math Day Friday at the Ashtabula Campus. The 2009 event left GRA with a first place team trophy, nine students placing in the top 20 scores and individual winners in first and third places. The 2010 competition is hoped to be another great year for the GRA team.

“We are eager to bring a bus full of 21 students who are taking classes ranging from pre calculus to advanced calculus,” said Bill Thomas, GRA calculus teacher and co-adviser for the math team. “The team has seven boys who participated in the competition last year, so we are really hoping to carry over some of the success from the previous competition, and give our new students the chance to compete against some of the top math students in the region!”

The 2010 Ashtabula County Scholastic Bowl was held March 1 at Pymatuning Valley High School. GRA competed along with eight other Ashtabula County schools.

Robert Archer, GRA American literature teacher and the academic team coach, commented after the competition. “I had very high expectations from our team this year,” he said. “I think they handled themselves well and have made Grand River very proud.”

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