The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 15, 2012

Conneaut High School students who pass OGT to be rewarded with a day off at Waldameer

Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — It's that time of the year again: time for the Ohio Graduation Test. Conneaut High School's 10th graders are taking the OGT this week. The staff and students have been preparing for this event since the first nine weeks. Students will take all five parts of the test throughout the week which are: reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Conneaut’s performance on these tests has contributed to the school’s earning an “excellent” rating for the past six years. If the school earns another “excellent” rating, the students who passed all five parts of the OGT will get to miss a day of school during their junior year to go to Waldameer Park, which has become a CHS tradition.

Conneaut High School Chapter of the National Honor Society held a Pizza Night dinner at the Amboy Fire Hall on March 10. The members made the pizzas by hand and sold them to the guests. They also will be holding a vendors fair in the Conneaut High School cafeteria from 5 to 9 p.m. on March 30. There will be food, jewelry, candles and much more. Some vendors represented will be Scentsy, Thirty-one, Tastefully Simple, Longaberger, Celebrating Home, Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef and Premier Designs, among others. This event is open to the public. There will even be a "Taste of Conneaut" event with local restaurants showing off their best dishes. This is an occasion that no one should miss.

On March 14, the Winter Sports awards ceremony was held at CHS. Letter-winners and most valuable players were announced. All the winter sport athletes, parents and their coaches gathered to recognize the students’ accomplishments of this past season. The sports included the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams and the wrestling team.

On March 6, the CHS band had a spring concert. Bands from all over Ohio gathered to perform in the Large Group Contest. They performed three pieces and got a Class B ranking, which is the second highest rank one can receive.

Ashtabula County Youth Leadership class met March 7 at the Donahoe Center in Ashtabula. The focus of the day was diversity. The class was divided into an economic group and a business group. Both groups started out at the Donahoe Center to learn about Children Services. Then the economic group visited Catholic Charities, Head Start and United Way while the business group went to Wal-Mart, Hoffman's Pharmacy and a tour of Bridge Street. Each member of the class was also asked to bring something to donate to Goodwill Industries.

Conneaut High School is also helping out a local cancer patient. Dylan Christian is a local 12- year-old boy who has been diagnosed with carcinoma cancer and leukemia. He was diagnosed with cancer about four years ago. The CHS staff and students are collecting donations to support Dylan and his family through this difficult time.