The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Next Generation

March 31, 2010

Geneva High students show they 'got talent'

GENEVA — After months of cold weather and snow, everyone at Geneva High School is warming up to the new spring season with a variety of new events and activities.

With the weather improving daily, members of the GHS Envirothon Team, along with their adviser John Barbo, are preparing to hit the outdoors with the knowledge they have been gathering over the long winter months. Members will be surveying for macro invertebrates near the Harpersfield Covered Bridge and will also compete at the 22nd Annual Envirothon April 28 at Camp Wise in Burton. The theme of this year’s Envirothon is “Protection of Groundwater through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning.” While there, students will be tested on their knowledge of soils, wildlife, aquatic ecology, forestry and current environmental issues. Each student works with his team, and a team score is earned. The top four teams will progress to the state level competition in June.

Members of the Geneva competition team will be selected from current members taking environmental placement tests. Those who score the highest will be chosen to participate in the event. Mr. Barbo is expecting good things from his team.

“Envirothon provides an opportunity to learn about the natural resources of Ohio,” said Mr. Barbo. “It is a lot of fun and educational at the same time.”

Geneva High students have talent and will be putting it on display at the annual Talent Show and Competition to be held 7 p.m. April 20 in the high school auditorium. Returning winners and new acts are gearing up to amaze and entertain all.

Returning contest winner Anthony Wright has a few new moves and hopes to dazzle the audience with his footwork. He says his motto is “No one cares if you can’t dance well – just get up and dance!”

Students wishing to audition for the talent show are urged to see choral director Michelle Mather in the Choir Room as soon as possible.

“It is always interesting to see the unique talent of Geneva,” said Mrs. Mather.

Please join the fun for a night of entertainment.

“Give me liberty or give me death.” “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Inspired by famous lines like these, GHS orators will present speeches after school on Tuesday for the Rotary Four Way test Speech Contest. All speeches must contain relevant examples of the “Rotary Four Way Test of Things We Say or Do”: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? The winner of this contest will advance to the district competition on April 17. Interested students should see Janey Jones in Room 212.

The GHS Model United Nations team is hard at work preparing for their next competition. Twenty team members, led by co-presidents Tristam Mizak and Matt Wright, will compete against 20 other high schools at the Lake Erie International Model United Nations Conference to be held Tuesday through Thursday at the Ashtabula Campus of Kent State University. The goal of this conference is to get multiple teams of students to debate different global issues and arrive at a resolution for each of the topics. The prizes are awarded in terms of individual awards which are then tallied to determine a total score for each team.

Mizak is looking forward to the competition. “I enjoy Geneva Model U.N. because it is as if I run the country,” said Mizak.

The Model United Nations team would like to thank the Academic Boosters who donated $260 to help cover the admissions costs. We wish team members and their adviser Elizabeth Lehtola the best of luck at this competition.

Art lovers should mark their calendars to be sure not to miss the GHS Annual Art Show to be held April 20 through 23 in the Media Center. This show is free and open to the public during regular school hours. More than 100 students will exhibit works of art from such varied media as watercolor, acrylics, ink, clay, wood and more. Judges for this event are chosen by the Art Club from members of the fine arts community outside of the high school. Former judges have included retired art teachers, college students studying art or community artists. Prizes awarded are sponsored by the Art Club and the Geneva High School Academic Boosters.

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