The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

May 2, 2012

Get out your craziest mix-matched socks for first 5K run/walk in memory of former ESHS student

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The month of May is bustling with exciting activities at Edgewood! Clubs and organizations are gearing up for their end-of-the-year festivities. The Symphonic and Concert Bands, along with Jazz Ensembles I and II, will be performing at their annual spring concert on May 9. This event promises to be an evening bursting with beautiful music and great entertainment. This will be the band’s final concert of the year. It will be held in the Edgewood auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Also coming up will be the spring choral concert, which will be 6:30 p.m. May 16 in Edgewood auditorium. Both sections of the Edgewood Choir will be performing, as well as the show choir, the Soundsations. Those attending the event will be treated to songs spanning genres from Broadway show tunes to gospel numbers. The choir has been practicing daily to prepare for their final concert of the year.

The Soundsations are also preparing for Cabaret, their annual show choir event. This performance is usually attended by many current students and Soundsations alumni, along with their families. The show consists of pre-auditioned acts performed by current and new members to the show choir. It is also where the newest members of Soundsations will be inducted. The students, along with their director George Kirby, have been preparing for this evening for months. Cabaret is a special time of year for this group.

“It gives the members of the group a chance to show off,” Kirby said. “It is the culmination of a great year.”

Sophomore Sounds member Aaron Ball said, “Everyone is working super hard and the performance is sure to be great because of it.” He said that he is most looking forward to the induction of new members, remembering his induction ceremony last year.

Another exciting event happening quite soon at Edgewood will be graduation. This year, Edgewood is defying traditions and for the first time commencement will take place on a Sunday. The ceremony will be 2 p.m. June 3 and is open to all family and friends if it is held outside at Corlew Stadium.

Before graduates may commence, they are required to attend rehearsals for the ceremony to ensure that all runs smoothly. During these morning rehearsals, the winners of the Senior Superlatives will be announced. Seniors voted earlier in the year for the senior boys and girls they believe should receive honors such as “Best hair,” “Best Dressed,” “Most likely to Host a Talk Show” and many more.

The first Melanie Moretti Mix-Matched Socks 5k Run/Walk will be held June 2 on Edgewood’s cross country course. It will begin at 9 a.m., but advance registration has begun and will continue until May 21. Advance registration is $15 with a guaranteed T-shirt. Regular registration will be $20 from May 21 until the day of the race.

The profits of this event will be given to Ashtabula’s local support group, Compassionate Friends. Senior class advisers Michelle Sardella and Nikki DuFour, as well as the many members of the senior class, are putting on this event in memory of Melanie.

“It’s a great service project for the seniors,” Sardella said. “The mismatched socks idea came from Melanie, who loved to wear them.”

Participants are encouraged to wear the most obnoxious pair of mismatched socks they can find. Awards will be presented to the top three runners in 11 different age groups and the top male and female runners overall.

For more information and to register, call Edgewood Senior High School (440-997-5301) and contact Sardella.

Prom, “A Night in New Orleans,” is right around the corner and the excitement is growing!

“It’s one of the most special nights,” said Lisa Brown, who, along with Linda Hazelton, has organized the Senior Prom for the past six years. For the first time, Edgewood’s prom will be held at the Spire Institute in Geneva on May 12. Brown, Hazelton and Edgewood’s Prom Committee have been working hard with Jaime Cordova, director of Food and Beverage at the Spire.

“He’s very enthusiastic and helpful,” Brown said.

Despite all the stress of fund raising and getting students of Edgewood to help, Brown believes that the hard work really pays off.

“One of the reasons we do it is because it is traditionally a special night, and I want to make it the best I can,” Brown said. “Seeing all the students appreciate it and have a good time after all the work is very rewarding.” 


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