The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

January 17, 2013

Geneva's new band uniform design unveiled

GENEVA — January marks the beginning of a new year, and the students at Geneva High School are keeping as busy as ever. This month will provide an opportunity for everyone to use their brains, their talents, but most importantly, their “joie de vivre.”

Geneva’s best and brightest will have plenty to do. Starting this month, GHS is once again partnering with the Ashtabula Campus of Kent State University to offer ambitious juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in dual credit classes. These students were able to choose from three different classes: College Physics I, Elementary Probability and Statistics and College Writing I. GHS will have 15 physics students, 27 statistics students and 22 English students participating in the courses.

Kyle Turk, a senior who took the dual credit English class in his junior year, believes the program is very beneficial. “For me, the class was a really positive experience. I learned writing in-depth, sentence structure and details, concepts I could not learn in any high school class. I would encourage other students to challenge themselves and participate in a dual credit class.”

For those students whose “forte” is not math or English, Geneva High School’s Annual Science Fair is quickly approaching. This event will be Feb. 6 at Geneva High School. If there is inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Feb. 7. The Science Fair is open to the public from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.; judging will begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be about 160 participants, including students from the junior high and the high school. Students will be judged on several categories: knowledge achieved, thoroughness, use of scientific method, clarity of expression (presentation), and originality and creativity.

Students are required to fill out several forms to participate. The Institutional Review Board, consisting of school principal, Douglas Wetherholt; school nurse, Cindy Anderson; and science teacher, John Barbo; checks over submitted forms. Projects that deal with human subjects, bacteria, and dangerous chemicals and/or procedures are reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee. Members include: John Barbo, Mike Brennan and Rick Trice.

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