ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP —
Attendees were given the opportunity to pose questions to the author about character motivations in the book, as well as clarification of implied meanings the author made. Barzak also answered questions on his own tastes in literature and offered students his personal philosophy of writing. “Words give meaning to life and without communication, life would be meaningless,” said Barzak.
Barzak gave the students valuable advice on effective writing and how to prepare for college. He also disclosed that his next book, “Before and After Lives,” a short story collection, will be released March 18.
Ohio Graduation Test week is fast approaching and Edgewood is making multiple preparations. The sophomore class has been preparing since their freshman year, as this test is second only to the ACT (American College Test) in importance.
“I’m feeling pretty prepared,” said sophomore Eden Trenn. “The teachers have given us a lot of practice and have talked about testing strategies, so I feel I’m ready.”
The OGT’s are five tests that test students on their knowledge in five subject areas: reading, writing, math, social studies and science. Each test lasts two and a half hours.
The school makes special accommodations for the sophomores, providing them with a free breakfast before the test. The rest of Edgewood students aren’t required to attend until later in the day once testing is over.
Edgewood is known for its excellent scores in the OGT area, and the staff hopes to continue the trend with this year’s sophomores.
The annual spring blood drive will take place on Tuesday in the Edgewood gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the third blood drive the high school puts on during the year.
The blood drive is sponsored by Edgewood’s National Honor Society. Students, staff and members of the community are highly encouraged to come and donate blood.