The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 26, 2012

Lakeside students' art on display in Cleveland

Star Beacon

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP —  On April 20, 16 extraordinary students at Lakeside High School were inducted into the National Honor Society. This is an incredible honor and a mark of the great academic achievement for which all students should strive.

“This is an exciting time for students who have met the rigorous requirements for acceptance into this prestigious society,” said Paige Upole, president of Lakeside Chapter of NHS.

In order to be nominated for such an honor, students must exhibit exceptional performance in four key “Pillars of Character.” These are scholarship, leadership, service and character. Scholarship refers to performance in school as the inductees must maintain a grade point average of 3.50 to stay in NHS. Inductees must also illustrate leadership qualities among their classmates. Service requires students to be active members of their community as well as their school. They will have to complete at least 35 hours of service before they graduate. Above all, inductees must exemplify character, exhibiting integrity in everything they do.

Barbara Kolkowski, adviser for Lakeside National Honor Society, welcomed the inductees from the class of 2013: Michael Beardsley, Kristen Berus, Adrianna Carlton, Joshua Dreier, Stephanie Fusco, Brianna Kingston, Emily Kist, Courtney Koski, Hannah Nagle, Samantha Patterson, Catherine Peters, Nicole Rock, Jennifer Schwentker, Nicholas Senita, Michael Steen and Bianca Vera-Gonzalez. All were welcomed by the senior NHS members who performed the ceremony.

“Our chapter had a lot of fun this year and I am sad to see this time ending,” said Upole. “I wish the next chapter the very best of luck.”

Lakeside High School’s student newspaper, The Dragon’s Eye, recently became available on the internet. To access the newspaper, readers should go to the Ashtabula Area City Schools’ website. Click on schools, then Lakeside High School, and then click on the Dragon’s Eye link located on the left side of the page.

In the spring issue, readers will find Harry Potter versus Twilight, spring basketball roundup, working while schooling, and how Lakeside students spend their money.

The fall and winter issues of The Dragon’s Eye were published in the traditional paper and ink format. Lori Fazio, journalism adviser, said it was decided to take the least expensive route and add the newspaper as a link on the school site.

“The nice thing about the change is that, now parents and the public have better access to The Dragon’s Eye. In addition, we are no longer limited to a specific number of pages or photos,” said Fazio.

“Students are now encouraged to write more detailed articles, as well as many more articles, in general. This allows for more creative freedom,” said Rhiannon Booth, The Dragon’s Eye editor.

“In the future, it would be a pleasure to see a creative writing element added to the newspaper. There is lots of room for growth,” said Fazio.

The creativity that abounds at LHS is on display in Cleveland. Truly, Cleveland rocks and so do Lakeside High School artists! Students Kevin Rodriguez, Stephanie Davis, Abby Licate, Hannah Kent, Emily Simpson and Alexis Benedict are winners of the Cleveland Rocks Youth Art Competition sponsored by Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. LHS students’ work was chosen from a pool of hundreds across northeast Ohio to have their artwork displayed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport until Sept. 20.

“I think that is what is most impressive to me,” said art teacher Rhoda Wilson. “The fact that they were chosen amongst hundreds of worthy candidates is really cool.”

Of the 25 pieces selected to hang in the airport, 14 are from Lakeside students. This artwork was also displayed during this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland.