The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

January 23, 2014

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

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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.

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