CONNEAUT — It is this time in March that schools across Ohio are just finishing their Ohio Graduation Tests, also known to the students as “OGT Week.” The OGTs are tests that students in Ohio are required to pass in order to graduate from high school. When a student reaches the sophomore status, he takes each test for the first time. There is a separate test for each subject: mathematics, writing, reading, science and social studies. Students at Conneaut High School have been preparing for these tests since their freshman year.
Students who are a part of the National Honor Society started off the week by sending encouraging notes and small goodies to everyone who is taking the test.
“It’s a nice experience for them,” said National Honor Society member Christian Williams, “I know how I felt when I received notes from the upperclassmen; it definitely made an impact on my outlook during OGT week.”
Aside from the obvious incentive of passing the OGTs, students who pass the OGTs their first attempt are rewarded with a trip to Waldameer at the beginning of the next school year.
Senior Elizabeth Lane said, “I think it’s a great idea to reward the students for their achievements! I loved the trip and it really gives some students a little more motivation.”
OGT week can be very stressful for everyone in the school. In honor of finishing the tests, Conneaut High School is having a beach themed dance on Friday. The dance will allow every student to relax and unstress after a long week of studying and test taking.
While the underclassmen were preparing for their tests, the senior college prep physics class was preparing to launch their old fashioned trebuchets. The students in Robert Starkey’s sixth period CP physics class were in charge of replicating a miniature medieval battle device, the trebuchet. The students were given requirements set by Mr. Starkey, and then left to figure out everything by themselves. The trebuchets came through the doors of Conneaut High School in all different shapes and sizes. The objective of this project was to launch a ball a minimum of five meters and understand what made the ball reach that distance.
The students were able to experience first hand what it is like to be an engineer and gain knowledge of how the engineering process works. The groups were faced with problems such as maximum dimensions, failure to launch, and working with some fragile construction utensils. In order to make the project more interesting, Mr. Starkey made it a competition. The group that launched the projectile the furthest received the most points.
Amen Gerics and Victoria Simek placed first with a distance of 8.4 meters; Courtney Ramey, Elizabeth Lane and Hannah Lower placed second with a distance of 8.0 meters; and Christian Williams, Michael Mirando and Brandy Manfredonia placed third with a distance of 6.82 meters.
“The project forced us to go beyond the minimum requirements because it was a competition, said Amen Gerics. “It was fun to actually build and create a trebuchet, and even more fun since we won.”
Gerics and Simek were not the only students who did some winning around Conneaut High School. Billy Post represented Conneaut High School in Columbus at the state wrestling tournament after placing fourth at districts. On the Wednesday before he left, the school threw a pep rally in order to “pump up” Post. The rally must have worked because Post went on and placed seventh at the tournament. Congratulations, Billy!