The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 20, 2014

Students at Edgewood recognized for high achievements in winter sports, academics

Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — As another bone-chilling season comes to a close at Edgewood Senior High School, so does a memorable year of winter sports. Edgewood held their annual sports banquet on March 15 to honor all of their winter athletes. With these honors came prestigious awards including the “Most Improved Player” and “Most Valuable Player” for each team.

The cheerleading squad, advised by Jolene Roberts, awarded MIP to Morgan Barnard and MVP to Hannah Coon.

The swimming team, coached by Keith Kister, elected Sarah Parise as their girls’ MIP and Giana Varchetto as their MVP. The boys’ MIP was Tyler Pocsics and the MVP for the second year in a row was Isaac Park. Wrestling was a little different story. Head coach Wes Cleveland said there was no actual MVP but there were two boys who stood out by their performances on the mat. Tanner Perry and Jeoren Ellis each received individual awards for their accomplishments.

Steve Kray, the head coach of the girls’ basketball team recognized Haley Holden as the MIP and Gia Saturday as their MVP. As head coach of the boys’ basketball team, John Bowler had a tough decision naming MVP of his squad. In the end, Eli Kalil and Connor McLaughlin shared co-MVPs.

Junior Jillian Dick, a member of Kray’s team, said, “The awards night was very informative. Athletic Director Steve Kray gave a presentation on how the Athletic Boosters have been supporting the teams by supplying what they need to make their seasons successful. It’s amazing how much it costs to keep a sports program up and going. He recognized and thanked the boosters for all their support.”

Michelle Sardella, Edgewood’s Scholastic Bowl adviser, also has every right to be proud of her Scholastic Bowl team.

“I’m proud of my competitors. They set a good example for the school wherever they go, and always do very well,” she said.

The Edgewood Scholastic Bowl team competed at the Ashtabula Area Small School Invitational on March 14 at Conneaut High School. Six different schools competed and the Edgewood Scholastic team definitely held their ground. Members including Ben Wiese, Kane Swanson, Lee Miller, Antoinette Jackson and Todd Hackathorn competed in National Academic Quiz Tournament format. Senior Wiese took third highest overall score in the competition. Excellent work!

Edgewood Student Council is partnering with Goodwill to put on Edgewood’s very first clothing drive. Blake Johnston, director of marketing and development at Goodwill and former Edgewood student, met with Student Council members during one of their regular meetings to kick-off the charity drive.

“When I saw a former student reaching out to partner with us, I was all for the opportunity,” said Christina Fischer, Student Council adviser. “Blake does work with a lot of northeast Ohio schools, so I wanted to see how this year goes and hopefully turn this into an annual event at Edgewood.”

Donations are being taken in the Edgewood library, and all donations will stay in the Ashtabula area.

One of the smallest extra-curricular groups at Edgewood is the book club, supervised by English staff and Christina Fischer, head librarian. The book club is a student-driven discussion group that has met once a month since 2006 to discuss popular novels.

“They [students] initiate the discussion,” said Fischer. “The teachers enjoy the club, but they don’t try to teach it. It creates a more relaxed atmosphere than an actual literature class. Because of that, students are more willing to participate in discussions.”

And the students who participate in the club agree. “It’s a much more informal setting,” said senior book club member Emily Petro. “It’s a lot easier to discuss the books and have more fun with the conversation when we are just talking to each other rather than being asked something by a teacher.”

Staff members make the book club’s selections with subject matter that is easy for both adolescents and adults to identify with.

“We hit a lot of different genres, and that’s encouraged me as a reader to open up to different styles and genres of literature,” Fischer said.

All book club members encourage classmates to join the club at any point, even if they are not habitual readers. And the club occasionally Skypes with an author of one of their novels, such as they did with acclaimed author Dave Cullen, who wrote “Columbine.”