The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

December 13, 2012

Geneva students spreading holiday cheer

GENEVA — Geneva High School juniors and seniors are about to see if practice really does make perfect when it comes to performing well on college entrance exams. GHS is getting students to think ahead to getting into college and the standardized tests that go with that process. Teachers of core classes, English, math, social studies and science, will devote a little time each week to looking at and exploring sample questions from the American College Test (ACT). Since colleges and universities look closely at standardized test scores, teachers and administrators hope that all of our students will improve their own scores. Both students and teachers value this practice.

“I think the ACT preparation in the classroom is an integral part in student success on the ACT,” said math teacher Walter Lininger. “Math in particular requires practice in order to be successful.”

Math student Alyx Lynham said, “I remember freshman year, every day, in history we would go over sample questions, and I saw them on the ACT when I took it. I believe classroom time really helps.”

Congratulations to GHS students who have won distinctions for themselves and for Geneva High School. Senior David Smalley took first place in the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. He will represent the Geneva VFW in the district competition. This is not Smalley’s first year participating in the VFW speech contest.

“I got involved in the VFW speech contest because I felt it was a good opportunity to participate in something outside of school,” Smalley said. “The VFW contest gave me the opportunity to write and speak about topics I have a lot of interest in, like our nation’s military and Constitution.”

Smalley is not the only one representing GHS well. Sophomore Haley Dodge has been selected as GHS representative to the prestigious Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference to be held May 31 through June 2 at The University of Mount Union.

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