The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 10, 2013

Biology II students trek down to Conneaut Creek for afternoon of studying diverse micro-invertebrates


Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — As the students returned to school this fall, Conneaut High School welcomed a new faculty member for the 2013-2014 school year. Stephen Dorroh, originally from Cleveland, is a physics and physical science teacher.

In high school Dorroh had a passion for basketball; his school didn’t have a team, so he taught himself how to play. After high school, Dorroh attended Cleveland State University where he majored in physics and played basketball for the Vikings.

Upon graduation from Cleveland State with a degree in physics, Dorroh tried to find a job. When he didn’t have any luck, he joined the Army. For two years, he was stationed in Fort Rucker, Ala. After that, he went back to school to become a physics teacher. Dorroh received his master’s in education from John Carroll University last May.

“I chose to become a teacher, so I could help students succeed; it brings me the most joy,” said Dorroh.

Although some students may not believe they can succeed in anything, Dorroh also says, “I believe in every student.”

Also, at this time of year, Georgia Woods’ College Prep Biology II class makes their annual field trip to the Conneaut Creek. The hometown creek is known for its great fishing, but that’s not the only reason Conneaut High School’s students made their way down to the famous spot. After the third period bell rang, the seniors began their walk to the creek to discover what Woods had been so excited about. At the creek, they waded in, shoes and all. They were in charge of gathering some of the many different micro-invertebrates, most of which the students had never heard of, that live in the stream.

“One of the best moments was when my group caught a huge crawfish!” said Kim Krepps, “It was really fun to count the organisms we found and identify them using the pictures we had.” After classifying a few based off of Woods’ handouts, the students freed the critters back to their home.

“Micro-invertebrate diversity is a measure of good health for a creek or stream. I think it is important for students to see the life forms that are not usually visible to us,” said Woods. “This field trip connects students to the natural world around us.”

After a long and educational day, the students headed back to the high school to unwind and review.

Ryan Oatman said, “It was a great experience. I gained a better understanding of the creek’s ecosystem, and I’d love to do something like this again.”

The week of Oct.7-12 is Spirit Week at Conneaut High School, and that weekend includes the Homecoming football game and the Homecoming dance. Friday is the football game; students will attend a pep rally in school to pump up the football players and ready them for the game. The Conneaut Spartans will play Gilmour Academy at Conneaut Municipal Stadium at 7 p.m.; admission is $6.

The Homecoming queen will be crowned before the game begins. The 2013 Homecoming court consists of Natalie Bertolasio, Taylor Daub, Sarah DeNunzio, Seader Evans, Autumn Glasser and Kacie Schwartfigure. The Homecoming dance takes place on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Conneaut High School cafeteria. All students in grades nine to 12 may attend.