The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

School Columnists
  • Geneva High School Foreign exchange students enjoying friendly atmosphere while sharing their home culture with Geneva students

    Geneva High School has been participating in programs that have allowed overseas students to study in America for more than three decades and welcomed three foreign exchange students for the 2013-2014 school year. This year, the students come from Germany and Kyrgyzstan. Bennet Henking, Maximilian Kühl and Aizada Burkhanidinova have come from their home countries to study in the United States.

    January 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Edgewood Senior High School Clubs at Edgewood provide diverse opportunities for students to have fun, serve the community

    As the OGT season rolls around at Edgewood, the guidance department is making preparations so that each student being tested has the maximum potential to pass the exam. Through the guidance office, students have been utilizing the online program Study Island, which quizzes students on all subjects covered on the Ohio Graduation Tests. Teachers have also been giving out practice OGT exams in classes to further prepare students for the format of the test. The faculty also helps students prepare for the tests by serving breakfast to all students during OGT week each day prior to testing.

    January 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Conneaut High School CHS holds its own version of Minute to Win It

    The week of Dec. 16 through Dec. 20 was very eventful for the Conneaut Spartans. During the week, students had the opportunity to dress up for holiday-themed days, which included Christmas Character day, Flannel Pajama Pant day, Hat and Mittens day, Christmas Hat and Socks day, and lastly, Ugly Christmas Sweater day. Although dressing up was fun, students were more excited for the events that were planned for Friday.

    January 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Grand Valley High School GV World Language Club members use fun activities to introduce elementary students to foreign languages

    As time progresses, more and more schools are making the decision to offer foreign language courses in order to prepare students for the many cultures they will experience upon their entrance into the real world. Grand Valley, however, has taken the initiative to begin that process even earlier.

    January 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Jefferson Area High School Senior Leadership Club members help bring holiday cheer to less fortunate

    During this time of year, many of us are celebrating the holidays – spending time with our families, eating holiday feasts, exchanging gifts and relaxing the days away. However, several Senior Leadership Club members of Jefferson High School had the opportunity to celebrate the holidays quite differently as they volunteered at the annual Catholic Charities Christmas party on Dec. 17.

    December 26, 2013 2 Photos

  • Lakeside High School Christmas is a season for giving and learning

    With the holiday season in full swing, students and faculty at Lakeside High School are experiencing the benefits of giving. The numerous charity organizations at work account for endless amounts of items donated to those in need. Whether they be nationally recognized or originally conceived, these programs succeed in not only helping those in need, but also granting students the ability to contribute selflessly.

    December 26, 2013 2 Photos

  • Grand River Academy GRA students find that giving is the true holiday spirit

    Philanthropy is a desire to help humankind. Well, to the people of Grand River Academy, it’s not just another word. It’s a way of life. Whether it’s blood donations, decorating Christmas trees at the local store, handing out presents to the patients in the pediatric wing of the local hospitals, or even adopting families through the HALO program, the community at GRA believes in the power of sharing.

    December 26, 2013 2 Photos

  • Pymatuning Valley High School Business leaders give students mock interviews

    Nervous for a job interview? Pymatuning Valley High School helps its students face these fears by hosting a community involved mock interview each semester. The interviews are organized in conjunction with a Life Planning class taught by Andrea Wonderling which is required in order for students to graduate. The goals of the class are to prepare students for their future through career research, job shadowing and college exploration.

    December 19, 2013 1 Photo

  • A-Tech Precision Machining seniors preparing for robotics competition

    Technology is a big part of the focus at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus. Using the most cutting-edge technology available, A-Tech students are being prepared to continue their education or begin their careers after graduating. One way instructors prepare students is through projects that not only pass along the knowledge it will take to be successful, but also make learning fun and interesting.

    December 19, 2013 1 Photo

  • St. John School St. John raises almost $55,000 at 20th annual Festival of Trees

    On Nov. 30, St. John School held the 20th annual Festival of Trees. It is one of St. John’s biggest fund-raisers with almost 500 attendees. It is a festive night that kicks off the Christmas season, helping get everyone in the holiday spirit. It is always held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Our Lady of Peace Parish Community Center.

    December 19, 2013 2 Photos

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