ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Edgewood Senior High School conducted its first ever STEM Fest on Wednesday in the Edgewood cafeteria. This “science-fair” based activity was held to introduce the new academy program that will be in effect next year. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The science and math departments conducted projects and experiments to take part in the fest.
Kevin Andrejack and Jaime Mrosko had their math students create boats and implement the STEM properties into their experiments.
“Incorporating the academies happens by accident, they all fit together so efficiently,” Andrejack said.
Beth Simpson took her environmental science classes to the Tom Ridge Environmental Science Center in Erie. Her classes all conducted experiments involving fuel resources and how they affect living things. The public was invited to view and hear students describe their projects.
The news is filled with dire predictions of high college tuition costs and huge student loan debt. However, there are ways to attend college without incurring huge debt as some of Edgewood’s seniors have discovered. For example, 12 outstanding seniors have managed to earn more than $500,000 in scholarships and grants to various universities. To most, the cost of college is challenging to afford but these seniors showed focus to receive these awards.
Mitch Thompson, who will be attending Mercyhurst next year, received $20,000 in music and academic scholarships. Fellow classmate David Richards earned $45,000 in scholarships per year to attend The Citadel. Another student received a complete four year scholarship to attend Case Western Reserve University. Although these do not reflect the average student, they do indicate the possibilities students have to achieve their dreams without being crippled with debt.
Jeroen Ellis, a senior heading to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, said, “Without these scholarships and financial aid, going to school would be a lot tougher. My hard work and dedication to studying over the years have really paid off.”