The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 10, 2011

Edgewood 'Pops, Pizazz and all that Jazz' showcases musical talents of area high school students


Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — It’s that time of year yet again! Edgewood Senior High School’s show choir, the Soundsations, is gearing up and preparing for its annual fall “Pops, Pizazz and All That Jazz.” Their array of singing and dancing talents will be showcased in ever-popular selections such as “A Little Less Conversation,” “All That Jazz,” “Hands of Time” and “Kiss the Girl.” The group has been rehearsing tirelessly to prepare a spectacular display.

Edgewood’s Jazz Ensemble I will also be in attendance on this musical evening. They will perform a variety of jazz tunes under the direction of John Shamp. Other familiar faces gracing the stage will include PV Jazz, Madison, Geneva, and Grand Valley High School show choirs.

Refreshments will be available for purchase at the event. The Buckeye Vocal Music Association will be selling pizza, fruit salad, delicious homemade baked goods, as well as assorted beverages. All proceeds benefit the BVMA.

“Pops Pizazz and All That Jazz” will be Monday in the high school auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Edgewood is feeling bittersweet to report that after dozens of late nights, countless volunteers, quarts of fake blood, and a slew of screamers, the Buckeye Boo has finally closed its doors for the 2011 season.  With approximately 5,000 people going through the haunted school house, it is safe to say that the Buckeye Boo was an extremely successful fund-raiser.

C.J. Million, an Edgewood High School student, was one of many who participated in the Buckeye Boo. “I was the firefighter on duty the first night of the Boo,” he said.

He was also brave enough to enter the scare house and become a victim of the spooky horrors within its walls.

“It was pretty scary at times,” said Million. “My favorite room would have to be the lunch room… The way they scared you… it felt like they were actually real.”

More than $20,000 was made in only three weekends. With such a spectacular response from the community, the band and its many volunteers hope to make the Buckeye Boo an annual event once more.

In other news, students at Edgewood are preparing for the financial aid night coming up on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Robyn Gifford of Kent State University will present and talk about the financial aid process along with Don Palm, Edgewood ACCESS adviser. This event is put on by the Guidance Department at Edgewood. It is the goal of the department to explain how the guidance office receives different scholarships and grants, and to promote them to Edgewood’s students. Topics to be discussed are general financial aid, scholarship information and certain grants. The different types of aid, and the pros and cons of each, will also be discussed with students and parents.

Gary Himes, school counselor, said it’s never too early for parents to find information and never too early for students to research about financial aid. Additional information can be found in the guidance area of Buckeye’s website.

Edgewood is also proud to congratulate the new inductees to their chapter of the National Honor Society. Faculty selected 16 eager juniors and seniors that display all four characteristics represented by the National Honor Society – Character, Scholarship, Leadership and Service. The NHS members for the 2012-2013 school year are Morgan Thompson, Philip Scheannon, Megan Greenfield, Morgan Stemple, Emilee Trenn, Sara Turner, Jacob Hall, Jacob Crislip, Robert Taylor, Morgan Lilja, Jon Pendleton, Marco Orlando, Jessica Reed, Hannah Hassell, Desiree Rodriguez and Micala Rose.

During the tapping ceremony, Taylor Nunisto, president, spoke to the audience about the symbols of the torch and keystone.

“As president of NHS, I’m in charge of getting meetings planned, setting the agenda, and making things run smoothly,” Nunisto said. “I help plan the annual blood drives and volunteer with tutoring.”

Tyler Wawrowski, Emily Kline, Matthew Stolfer and Crystal Stewart touched on character, scholarship, leadership, and service, respectively.

Jacob Crislip, a newly inducted junior, said that he is most excited for learning more about how to be a better leader and helping out the school.

“I want to do more for people,” Crislip said.

The inductees will soon be involved in various service projects, as well as the planning of the school blood drives and other fund-raisers.