The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

School Columnists
  • Grand River Academy Building, gardens named in honor of retiring educators

    There are a few events in life that are regarded as milestones, one of them being graduating from high school. For the 2014 senior class at Grand River Academy, little else has been on their minds. With the date set for graduation May 24 is marked somewhere on a calendar, in a phone, on a desk, on the back of someone's hand. After four years, day in and day out, preparing, dreaming, hoping for that one final day of high school to come closer, suddenly you’re shaking hands with the headmaster and the dean, and then finally receiving that diploma, throwing that cap into the air with the people you have lived with for the past year.

    May 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lakeside High School Lakeside juniors recognized at NHS induction ceremony

    Although the school year is winding down and coming to a close, students are still striving to perform their best. This year, 26 juniors were rewarded for their consistent hard work through the inclusion into Lakeside High School’s chapter of National Honor Society. Members, old and new, celebrated this recognition with the annual induction ceremony on April 11.

    May 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jefferson Area High School Local bands perform for packed house at Jefferson Jazz Festival

    On April 16 Jefferson Area High School held its first Jefferson Jazz Festival which included stage bands from all over Ashtabula County, Jefferson, Edgewood, Geneva, Pymatuning Valley and Grand Valley. Director of bands at Jefferson and the host director of the festival, Fred Burazer, took the stage to introduce and welcome everyone to Jefferson. The house was full with standing room only.

    May 1, 2014 4 Photos

  • A-Tech A-Tech students qualify for national SkillsUSA contest

    It is has been a very busy month at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus. On April 15 and 16 students from around the state gathered in Columbus to show off their talents and skills at the state competition for SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a national organization that holds competitions for high school career technology programs. One of the unique aspects about SkillsUSA is that it brings together students who are mastering their technical skills, educators and members of the community who are already experts in their fields. The competition is held at the Columbus Convention Center, a large event building that hosts a variety of events from conventions to nationwide professional acts.

    May 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pymatuning Valley High School Laker lift-a-thon is part of annual event for PV Springfest football fundraiser

    What do Lakers do for fun before spring break? On April 17, many Laker students participated in Springfest. Springfest is an annual event put on by the boys football team as a fundraiser. Prior to the event is the Lift-A-Thon, which the entire football team participates in. Each player does the maximum weight they are able on the bench press. Before the event each football player collects donations from various sponsors throughout the community. The winner each year receives the honor of getting their name put on the giant Lift-a-thon trophy for an entire year.

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • St. John School St. John School celebrates Holy Week with portrayal of Stations of the Cross

    One of the many traditions of Saint John’s School is practicing Stations of the Cross every year. This year with the help of Religion teacher Marilou McClimans and a group of students, the school put a new twist on the tradition that had them performing it not only at Saint John, but at local churches.

    April 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Edgewood High School Edgewood prepares for new academy-style classes

    As April rolls around, Edgewood is putting on more fantastic events.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Geneva High School GHS stuents share talents, tackle tough issues

    Geneva’s got talent! Need proof of that? The ninth annual Geneva High School Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. April 22 in the high school auditorium. Anonymous judges in the audience will choose first, second, and third places from the solo and group acts, and the audience will get to choose their favorite. All winners will receive a prize.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand Valley High School Project Princess makes prom a possibility

    As prom season approaches, many teenage girls are in the pursuit of finding the perfect dress. However, sometimes the “perfect dress” can have an overwhelming price tag.

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

  • Conneaut High School Conneaut celebrates the magic of Disney

    Before Conneaut students’ spring break, the high school choir and band members opened up the wonderful world of Disney to their audience.

    April 10, 2014 3 Photos

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