The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

January 23, 2014

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

For the Star Beacon

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.

The clubs at Edgewood Senior High School play a major role in supporting both the school community and the community at large by involving students. Some of the clubs include Service Club, Scholastic Bowl, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), Science, Spanish, French, Pep Club and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).

Edgewood’s Pep Club, known as the Scream Team, was organized by some Edgewood seniors to promote school spirit at sporting events. They sit together with their matching T-shirts and cheer on the various teams. Senior Jacob Cardona said,” Being part of the Scream is exciting! We live for rivalries and cheering the Warriors on to victory!”

Service Club members, advised by Cathe Dickey, give back to Edgewood and the Ashtabula area in various ways. The club’s last project was helping nurture injured animals at the Animal Protective League. Their upcoming project will be baking cookies for the winter sports awards evening. On Feb. 10 the Scholastic Bowl team, led by English teacher Michelle Sardella, will be traveling to Pymatuning Valley High School to compete in the countywide Scholastic Bowl. The team meets weekly to go over quiz bowl questions and to study.

Junior Lee Miller, a member of the team, said, “I enjoy being in Scholastic Bowl. It’s a fun and enjoyable way to learn.” The SADD club will be busy in February with their “No texting and driving” campaign. Adviser Jill Shaw said, “Red Ribbon Week is always a big event for us as well. This group really stands for a good purpose, to discourage risky behavior.”

The adviser for Science Club, Beth Jeppesen, has the members as busy as ever. The group will be selling T-shirts to fund transportation for the regional Envirothon competition in May. For this event they meet regularly to study topics related to the environment and plan to attend a workshop at Kent State Ashtabula in February. They are also working hard to defend their first-place title in the county Botany competition coming up in April by learning how to use a key to identify the local flora and fauna. The club is also planning a field trip in the spring.

The foreign language clubs take great pride in interacting with their students. Spanish Club, led by Steve Farr, has fiestas with food and games during the holidays to celebrate Spanish culture. French Club adviser, Debra Hornyak, has a movie night with the group and does a book drive to benefit the United Way and the Dolly Parton Foundation.