The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

School Columnists
  • Jefferson Area High School Model U.N. team competing in 'Windy City'

    The Jefferson Model United Nations team, formerly led by John Patterson, has had a very successful history. In past years, the number of students involved had exceeded 80. The team attended five conferences each year including conferences in Jefferson, Chicago, Kent State University, Youngstown State University and Westminster. Many of the Jefferson delegates brought home numerous awards at each conference, which led to the Model U.N. team being ranked among the top 75 teams in North America. The students did not only gain prestigious awards through this program, they were also able to practice life skills like public speaking, negotiation, problem solving and writing.

    February 6, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lakeside High School Lakeside Art Club gives students more opportunities to display their creativity

    At Lakeside High School, students have the opportunity to explore their emerging or continued interest in the arts. Kids seeking creative outlets have several programs to pursue at the school. Young artists have the option to become a member of the newly founded Art Club and excited musicians are able to join the successful Lakeside Band. Both provide new ways for everyone to express themselves and include positive experiences for those involved.

    February 6, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand River Academy New classes help GRA students better prepare for demands of college

    With the first half of the year over, and midterms complete, Grand River Academy starts off the second semester with new students and new classes. Students have completely new schedules, and those that signed up are participating in the newly created electives that are being offered.

    February 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • St. John High School Religion classes at St. John learn virtue of promise keeping

    At St. John School, students get a class that they may not get to experience anywhere else – religion. You may think that this just includes reading the Bible and saying prayers, but high school religion teacher Marilou McClimans has incorporated many important virtues into her class that tie into faith and everyday life alike. On a Thursday, Mrs. McClimans rushed into her junior religion class and exclaimed, “I have to show you guys something! I finally found it!

    January 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Pymatuning Valley High School Academic team preparing for annual Scholastic Bowl at Pymatuning

    What is the first of three names given to Britain’s Prince of Cambridge? Members of Pymatuning Valley’s Academic Team would recognize George as the answer due to their intense preparation and practice. Mary Pontoni has been adviser of the Academic Team at PVHS for about 17 years, and is very excited about this year’s team. Pontoni has been a staff member for more than 30 years, teaching both Spanish and history classes. The Academic Team has been part of school tradition for more than 35 years, along with winning the past two out of three Academic Challenges. This year’s Academic Team consists of Rory Gallatin, Steven Urchek Jr. and Emma Taylor, with alternate James O’ Malley.

    January 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • A-TECH Success 101 helps students prepare for future

    In January, senior Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus students got a lesson in success. The program, called Success 101, is offered annually in January and teams students up with academic professionals along with members of the community to help prepare students for life after graduation. Organized by Anne Starcher, career education coordinator, the program runs for three days. On the first day of the presentation, A-Tech guidance counselor Cheryl Daubenspeck introduced the program and also gave students some practical advice on the process of preparing.

    January 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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

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