The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

May 9, 2013

Geneva Thespians dedicate performance to victim of Holocaust, donate funds to Washington museum


Star Beacon

GENEVA — The final month before summer break is always met with enthusiasm among the students of Geneva High School. Through this heightened excitement, students are finding old, new and truly exciting ways to “go out with a bang.”

Last fall the GHS Thespians presented the play “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The members of the cast agreed to dedicate the performances to Anne’s memory. They also decided to donate $500 from the ticket sales to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Several weeks ago, members were surprised and delighted to receive a heartfelt handwritten letter of appreciation for both their generosity and their “noble” pledge to remember and educate students today about the Holocaust.

“During the show, we learned a lot about what happened during the Holocaust, and we wanted to carry on Anne’s legacy and help continue teaching the younger generations. It was really touching to receive such a personal letter from the museum. It was nice to be acknowledged,” said cast member, Hannah Spaulding.

The GHS Thespians will be celebrating the season’s success at their end of year banquet that will take place mid-May.

Geneva High School chapter of National Honor Society is also very excited to have inducted 11 new members into the organization. An informal induction took place on April 23 at Geneva High School. New members were initiated, and later enjoyed a celebration lunch with the current members.

“I was really pleasantly surprised. I’ve worked hard all through high school to get to this point and it paid off,” said inductee, Ariel Stehura.

The formal induction ceremony took place a week later on April 30. Current members spoke about the four pillars of NHS and then gave an introduction for each new inductee. Congratulations to all new members of National Honor Society!

The senior class of 2013 is very enthusiastic to finally be graduating. The graduation ceremony will be held June 1 at the Spire Institute. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., but seniors are required to arrive at 1 p.m. for pre-ceremony preparations.

This year several students will be speaking. Students wishing to speak at the graduation ceremony will have the opportunity to give their speech before a panel of judges during the second week of May. The panel, consisting of several faculty members, will evaluate each speech and choose three students to speak at the ceremony. Several faculty members will also be speaking at the ceremony, including a teacher chosen by the senior class. The class will vote on the person they want to speak, and ask that person if he would be willing to participate. This will contribute a special element to the ceremony, as this will be a final goodbye, for some, to the teacher and school.

Musical tributes to the graduating class will be provided by the GHS jazz band. The jazz band will play the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” as well as a special number selected by the senior members of the band.

Thanks to rigorous fund-raisers and hard work by each senior student over the years, each senior will be provided with his cap, gown and tassel, a professional 5- by 7-inch color photograph, and a flower for his mother all for the fee of $10. Good luck to Geneva High School’s class of 2013!

Members of the GHS Language Arts Department announce the following selections for required summer reading for students, grades nine through 12, taking college preparation English courses for the 2013-2014 school year. The incoming freshmen will read “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, incoming sophomores will read “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, incoming juniors will read “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and incoming seniors will read “1984” by George Orwell.

“I’ve participated in summer reading since my freshman year. From experience, I believe summer reading is very beneficial to students, including myself, because it keeps your brain refreshed during the summer months. I encourage future students to participate,” said senior, Spencer Huggins.

During the third week of May, all current college preparatory English students in grades eight through 11 will receive information on the assigned books, a letter to their parents with a form to be signed and returned, and written assignment instructions.

A reminder to parents that, as the state has granted the district a waiver day for safety training, students will not be required to come to school on Monday May 13. Also, final examinations will take place on the last two days of school, June 3 and 4. Students’ last day of school will be June 4, and any make-up final examinations will take place on June 5. Finally, Geneva High School would like to thank the community for their support throughout the year, and wish everyone a safe and exciting summer.