The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

October 18, 2012

'Diary of Anne Frank' to be performed by Geneva thespians

GENEVA — There are already so many exciting things happening here at Geneva High School. For example, there are two teachers beginning their first year here. The first is new band director, Gianna Colella. Ms. Colella graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in music education. She teaches general music, concert band, marching band and jazz band.

Colella, originally from Sharpesville, Pa., says that she truly likes our area and having the lake so near. This is her first job as a band instructor, and she is pleased that the students have been so cooperative.

When asked what she hopes to do for her students this year, Ms. Colella responded: “So much. I'd like to increase the numbers and make it fun for the kids.”

Colella says that she is happy to be here and that she is impressed with the motivation and drive of her students.

Another new teacher to Geneva High School is Amy Durkovic. Ms. Durkovic graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a major in Spanish education and a minor in music. Prior to teaching at Geneva, she taught Spanish at Jefferson Area High School for 14 years. She is teaching Spanish I and II throughout the school day. Ms. Durkovic may live in Jefferson, but she says that she likes teaching at Geneva.

“The students are so united, and there's so much school pride. Also the staff is very friendly and welcoming,” she said.

The Geneva High School Vocal Music Department is sponsoring a concert, “Save the Music,” on Oct. 26 in the high school auditorium. The band Covert Operations will be performing and Geneva’s Image show choir will take the stage as well. The five member band has recently released its debut album “Debut De la Fin.” The front man for this group is Rob Covert, a 1992 GHS graduate and former member of the GHS choral program and the GIs. Accompanying Covert on his trip back to his old high school will be fellow band member Josh Theilan, also a GHS alumnus, who sings and plays the guitar for the group. Tickets for this event are $10 and may be purchased in advance by contacting choral director Michelle Mather at 440-466-4831 extension 4614, and will also be available at the door.

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