The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

January 17, 2013

Assembly a fun way to raise money for prom

Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — Over the holiday season Conneaut High School had plenty of work to do. The senior class inspired the school into the giving mood as they organized a food drive for the local food pantry. Each grade level competed with each other in hopes of donating the largest amount of canned goods. The senior class came out on top; the entire school collected a total of 712 cans and a significant amount of cash donations.

As winter break approached, the junior and senior classes organized the first ever Minute-to-Win-It assembly. This was a great fund-raiser, which not only benefited the 2013 Prom, but helped every student become excited and ready to kick off his or her winter break. Students and staff paid $5 to participate in one of the events. The winner of each event was rewarded a prize donated by businesses and people around Conneaut, such as Subway, Quizno’s and the school athletic boosters.

“My favorite part about the competition was being able to compete against everyone, including the teachers, and cheering for my class to win every event!” said Emilee Bucci, junior class secretary.

Each contestant was given 60 seconds to complete the task at hand. Events consisted of things like making a red foam ball attached to a string to stick on their petroleum jelly covered nose; putting a plastic ornament into a circle on the opposite side of the gym by waving at it; and transferring five Oreos from the forehead to the mouth without touching the Oreos. The Minute-to-Win-It competition was a huge success that involved everyone. The assembly host, Richard Shields, also picked students from the crowd to lead the school in Christmas carols. Brooke Lahnan was one of the lucky students who picked a song to sing in front of everyone at the assembly.

Conneaut High School was proud to present its first Holiday Basketball Tournament. On Dec. 27 and Dec. 29, Conneaut High School hosted a girl’s basketball tournament which included Edgewood Senior High School, Grand Valley High School and Ledgemont High School.

Junior Shae Brink said, “I think it was a good experience to have our own tournament, and it turned out really well.”

Ledgemont and Grand Valley ended up in the championship game, fighting for first and second place, while Conneaut and Edgewood fought for third place. The tournament brought a crowd with Christmas cheer, yelling and cheering on their team. Grand Valley ended up as the victors over Ledgemont while Conneaut took home third place with a win over Edgewood. The holiday season may be over, but Conneaut High School is going to keep giving. Conneaut High School National Honor Society has started taking donations for the Animal Protective League. Students have been bringing in items that were found on the APL’s online “wish list.” Items such as dog food, towels and cleaning supplies as well as cash donations have been brought in and will be delivered to the APL sometime next week.

Michael Mirando, president of the National Honor Society, said, “People sometimes forget about the animals during the holidays, I think it’s a great idea to give to them, too.”