The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

January 23, 2014

Clubs at Edgewood provide diverse opportunities for students to have fun, serve the community

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — As the OGT season rolls around at Edgewood, the guidance department is making preparations so that each student being tested has the maximum potential to pass the exam. Through the guidance office, students have been utilizing the online program Study Island, which quizzes students on all subjects covered on the Ohio Graduation Tests. Teachers have also been giving out practice OGT exams in classes to further prepare students for the format of the test. The faculty also helps students prepare for the tests by serving breakfast to all students during OGT week each day prior to testing.

The Ohio Graduation Test is an exam split up into five sections of subject matter: Social Studies, Science, Reading, Writing and Math. Sophomore students are required to take the test and score a passing grade of 400 in order to graduate from high school. Students who score advanced in the reading or mathematics portions of the test receive a Presidential Award to recognize their academic aptitude.

“We’ve had more students pass recently, and scores (in general) have increased,” said guidance counselor Sarah Partyka. “The students’ level of effort put in is shown directly in these scores.”

The Edgewood Athletic Department’s “Warrior Big 10” fund-raiser is drawing to a close. For a $25 donation, participants will receive a ticket for the raffle. During the half-time of the Edgewood Girls Varsity Basketball home game on Feb. 12, five participants’ names will be drawn. These five people will then be at the Edgewood Boys Varsity Basketball game on Feb. 18 and will be presented with a key to unlock the “Warrior Treasure Box.” One person will have the key that unlocks the chest containing $10,000, while the other four winners will each receive consolation prizes of $500. All participants must be 21 years of age or older to purchase tickets. Tickets can be purchased at any Edgewood home game at the concession stand, Edgewood Athletic office, or through any student athlete. All tickets must be purchased by Feb. 3.

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