The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 14, 2013

Pops, Pizzazz featuring lots of new talent

For the Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Edgewood’s performing groups are gearing up for this year’s “Pops, Pizzazz and all that Jazz” show. Edgewood’s show choir, the Soundsations, will head the show as usual along with the Edgewood Jazz band. Both groups have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the year in preparation for the show that will feature songs such as, “Trickle Trickle,” “Down at Poco Loco’s” and “I’ll Take You There.”

Fall “Pops” is always a challenging show for both Soundsations and Jazz Band as it is their first performance of the year, and for new members, their first performance with the group.

“We lost a lot of seniors last year, so the group is younger but is certainly not lacking any of the talent that is always in Edgewood’s music program,” said Alex Kisha, trumpet senior in Jazz Band. “We have come a long way from the beginning of the year; the music was challenging but it was nothing we couldn’t handle after a lot of practice.”

Senior Emily Petro, who has been in both groups for the past two years, splits her rehearsal time between the two every week during school. She reflects on her experiences managing her time and how the groups evolve. “If you care about both groups enough, you make time to practice and review so you’re always caught up,” Petro said. “It can be stressful learning new material and trying to get things done on time, making sure everything is performance-ready, but being on stage and knowing things went well makes every rehearsal worth it.”

When asked how the groups compare to previous years, Petro said, “It’s hard to compare because each year brings new people who have their own unique skills and talents.”

“Pops” will be presented 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 in Edgewood auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. The second quarter of the grading period at Edgewood High School has begun. In order to give students early preparation for college, the Buckeye Local School District has offered three new courses, including Advanced Placement Literature and Composition, AP Statistics and AP History. After course requirements are met, students have the option to take an advance placement test in May to earn a college credit. A combination of calculator skills, critical thinking, and use of probability of numbers makes up the new AP statistics course, taught by Kevin Andrejack.

“I love AP Statistics, the class is enjoyable and challenging,” said student Zach Laugen.

The new AP American History course offers sophomores analysis of trends throughout history. Extensive reading and writing are core requirements for the class.

AP American History teacher Ryan Sardella said, “I have a great group of kids who want to be challenged and are very self-motivated. It’s a pleasure having them in class.”

Nicole DuFour will teach AP Literature and Composition next semester. This class consists of extensive writing, debates and working with current events.

As winter sports like boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling and indoor track roll around, all teams look to be competitive. On Dec. 7, the boys’ basketball team will travel to Quicken Loans arena to take part in the Cleveland Cavaliers Hoop Series.

In order to promote all winter sports programs, Edgewood Athletic Boosters are starting a fund-raiser called “The Warrior Big Ten” raffle. For a $25 donation, participants will receive a ticket for the raffle. During the halftime of the Edgewood girls’ varsity basketball home game on Feb. 12, five participants’ names will be drawn. These five people will then be at the Edgewood boys’ varsity basketball game on Feb. 18 and will be presented with a key to unlock the “Warrior Treasure Box.” One person will have the key that unlocks the chest containing $10,000, while the other four winners will each receive consolation prizes of $500. All participants must be 21 years of age or older to participate. Tickets can be purchased at any Edgewood home game at the concession stand, at the Edgewood Athletic office, or through any student athlete. Good luck, everyone!