The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 17, 2013

Spirit growing with Homecoming preparations

Edgewood Student Council members ensure a fun weeklong celebration

Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Things are in full swing at Edgewood with Homecoming just around the corner. Edgewood’s Homecoming game will be played Friday vs. Gilmour Academy. The “Radioactive” themed dance will take place Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. in Edgewood’s gymnasium. The dance is put on by Student Council, and all proceeds from the dance will go back to the Student Council funds.

The dance will be DJ’d this year by Zone Entertainment, who also facilitated last year’s “Back to the Future” Homecoming dance. Zone Entertainment is run by Jeff Dick, who caters his company toward high school events and dances. Thanks to Zone, last year’s Homecoming at Edgewood was so impressive that Zone won the title of “Best entertainment production in Ohio for 2012.”

“We are so excited to have Zone back this year,” said Christina Fischer, Student Council adviser. “They did such a great job last year, we had kids coming up to us weeks after still talking about what a blast they had.”

Zone Entertainment will be doing a preview of the dance during lunch periods where they will play some songs that will be featured at the dance and students can see what to expect. Zone will also have several distinct features at the dance, including a free beverage bar, a photo zone, and ice blast cannons that periodically cool down the dance floor with a freezing spray from above.

The senior class also recently chose the Homecoming Court members. They selected eight female and eight male candidates to run for Homecoming Queen and King. The candidates were introduced during a formal assembly. Students will vote this week during their lunch periods for king and queen. The King and Queen will be revealed at 6:30 p.m. during the pregame ceremonies Friday.

Homecoming nights are always magical, but a group of select students can truly appreciate all the work that goes into making Homecoming so spectacular. The 32 Student Council members at Edgewood do a majority of the busywork and volunteering that enables Homecoming to come off without a hitch every year. The “STUCCO” members choose the dance theme every year, organize setup, decorate the hallways and entryways of Edgewood for the evening’s festivities, as well as stay after the dance to tear down and clean up. It’s also the responsibility of the STUCCO members to decide the themes of the spirit days during the week leading up to Homecoming. This year the students decided on having “Sports Day,” “Pink-Out Day” and “Red and Gray Spirit Day.”

It is already eight weeks into the new school year, and the Edgewood Senior High School National Honor Society selection committee is busy choosing its membership for the 2013-2014 school year. In order to be nominated for this prestigious honor, the student must carry a 3.20 grade point average on a scale of 4.00.

Jamie Mrosko, the National Honor Society adviser, said, “We look for leadership, character, service and scholarship when selecting nominees. We want the kids who represent our school the best.”

The National Honor Society committee takes into account various positions held by the nominees under the leadership category, but that is not the only quality the committee examines; students can be leaders amongst peers without holding offices. The committee also takes character into consideration, how students represent themselves and the community as members of Edgewood Senior High School. Service and volunteering are very important when it comes to selection for the National Honor Society.

A formal assembly for the entire student body, the “Tapping Ceremony,” will be Oct. 30 to honor those selected at Edgewood. Later that evening, a dinner in honor of the inductees and their parents will take place. On Oct. 12, the annual Powder Puff football tournament happened at Corlew Stadium. This was the first time the event was held under the lights. Junior and senior girls participated in games of flag football. Karl Williamson, principal of Edgewood High School, said, “This is a great way for girls to become involved and a great fund-raiser. It’s an event that brings out a lot of school spirit.”

The event was sponsored by the sophomore class to raise funds for next year’s Junior/Senior Prom.

The Edgewood Warrior Marching Band is once again putting on their annual Buckeye Boo haunted house fund-raiser. “The Boo” is back and scarier than ever, opening today through Sunday, Oct. 25-27; and Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. The Boo will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. on weeknights and 7 to 11 p.m. on the weekends. All tickets are $5. Come attend and support the outstanding band program at Edgewood!