Hilltoppers for Veterans
The Chardon community would like to congratulate Taylor Purchase on her senior project, Hilltoppers for Veterans. Taylor held a fundraiser on December 16, with the lighting display at her home. The event was well attended and the end result was a donation of $1000.00 to the Chardon Post 6519, VFW. On January 5, she presented the check at the Men's meeting to be used for veterans at the post and in the area. Nancy Purchase, president of the Women's Auxilliary, was in attendance and was honored to have Taylor represent Chardon High School. Her commitment over the last couple months to this project and the involvement with the Veterans Day Program at Maple Elementary shows a deep respect to our veterans.
The Chardon Post 6519 VFW members, Taylor's parents, and everyone at CHS are very thankful and proud of Taylor's efforts. Above is a photo of Taylor with Commander, Bill Richardson.
Complete and Total: Student Publication
Last week, the ASAP group, in alignment with their mission, brought the original play- Complete and Total to CHS during a morning assembly. Complete and Total is an original play that follows the story of a high school student with a bright future ahead of him, but heroin and addiction quickly become his top priority. The Mind, the only sober part left of his brain, believes in his ability to become clean, but it’s not that simple.
If you recall from previous publications, I asked Mr. Allen Herner if we could challenge his Writing For Publications students to choose an article twice a month to be featured in the Week in Reflection. His students were excited for this opportunity. This course offers real life application of 21st Century Skills. I am proud of his leadership, and the students diligence in providing meaningful publications. Below is our follow up entry by Allison Wilson.
Heroin Epidemic Spreads Through Ohio (Part II)
By Allison Wilson
As mentioned in part one of this article (which I would suggest you read, as it provides important information on the current heroin epidemic in Ohio) a student led substance abuse education program called ASAP has been started at Chardon High School. The students running this program have done things such as hosting the second annual community picnic to educate families about drug and alcohol abuse. A panel of speakers came in, including Sarah Smith, the director of Start Talking!, a campaign started by Governor Kasich, the sheriff, fire chief, Judge Stupica, and paramedic John Blauch. They have also brought an education program to the middle school. In the words of Tyler Palesh, “We go down to the middle school and tell them about drugs. It’s basically like D.A.R.E, but student led.”
According to Justin Stanko, the middle school program focuses on peer pressure, as well as prescription painkillers and how they can lead to an addiction. It’s student led because they feel that high schoolers act as role models to the middle schoolers, and are likely to get a better reaction than a teacher or officer.
The community has been helping out in many ways as well. One such method was through the play Complete and Total, directed by Angela Miloro-Hansen, which focuses on the mind of a drug addict and how it affects their relation with their family. The play showed at the Geauga Theater on the square for several days before taking to the road, touring at several schools. However, as Ms. Miloro-Hansen said in a discussion panel following the show, they had a difficult time finding schools to perform at. Some never sent a reply back, some politely declined, and one responded with “No, we don’t have that problem.” The play has been described as realistic, and the writer stated that he had spoken with multiple heroin addicts before writing it. It has brought light to the topic, not just to the audience, but to the actors as well. To quote Jonathan Ward, who played the character of the mind, “It really revealed a lot to me. The problem is very widespread, especially in some of the towns around Chardon and areas of Cleveland.”
In the long run, there’s not much we can do to fight the spread of drugs. You can educate the population, but many will still become addicted. It’s important that people are able to know and recognize the beginning of an addiction, and know how to get help for it. The programs being run through our community are a healthy way of doing this, though more can always be done.
Science Olympiad is a nation-wide non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, field trips and the intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments.
The Chardon Science Olympiad is a program of extra-curricular study designed to challenge and enrich our most scientifically motivated students. Chardon has teams at the Middle School and High School. Students choose from about 24 different science-themed events. These events range from all sorts of biology, ecology, and chemistry, to physics, writing, and problem solving. There is a balance between events requiring knowledge of scientific facts, concepts, processes, skills and application. Although Science Olympiad is competitive, most events require teamwork, group planning and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, having fun and developing team spirit.
Photos from the Science Olympiad Invitional at Westlake High School, held on 1/7/2017: The team took place a seventh place trophy.
Awards in individual events are as follows:
Ecology - Emoly Munoz and Nick Schragal
Remote Sensing - Nick Schragal and Colby Willams
Disease Detectives - Arman Bayat and Richie Wainio
Invasive Species - Emily Munoz and Asher Vokoun
Rocks and Minerals - Asher Vokoun
Towers - Richie Wainio and Colby Williams
Game ON - Colby and Drew Williams
Experimental Design - Alex Schragal, Richie Wainio and Drew Williams
Forensics - Liam Kerry and Emily Stern
Poppa Tees: Thomas Jahnke
I had the awesome opportunity to sit down with freshman, Thomas Jahnke, this week at CHS regarding his up and coming business that he has created. Poised and almost stoic by design, Thomas came to my office during his free period to share the background of his T-shirt company, Poppa Tee's. Back in July, Thomas was having a conversation with his dad about making money, learning the value of hard work, and saving money for his future. Thomas had an epiphany with his dad that day. His idea, in collaboration with his family, created his small business. Thomas shared that he has always loved art through the passion of his mom who is an art teacher in a neighboring district. Thomas always would complain to his dad that there aren't enough places to buy local shirts in Chardon. During August, Thomas and his dad started designing a website, learning more about heat presses, and began the first design. What began as a way to make money for a specific purpose--turned into more designs, word of mouth sales, and marketing to create poppatees.com
I asked Thomas about the name, Poppa Tees. His response was priceless. Apparently the nickname, Poppa, was something that his parents always called Thomas. Growing up, Thomas would wear baggy and trends from previous decades and his parents would call him Poppa. He definitely is an "old" soul.
Thomas "Poppa" Jahnke is a young entrepreneur learning the value of hard work, dedication, and philanthropy. He is now working collaboratively with the Chardon Boosters and is looking forward to where this collaborative idea is going in the future. Check out his website enclosed to learn more.
Cleveland Cavaliers Student & Teacher Recognition Programs
Do you know an outstanding student or teacher in the Northeast Ohio area? Nominate them for the Cavs All-Star Kids or Head of the Class program!
All-Star Kids recognizes students who are setting a positive example for their peers. The Cavaliers will select one student each month of the regular season (November - April) as the All-Star Kids winner. Cavaliers’ mascots and "Hype Man" Ahmaad Crump will make a surprise visit to each winning student's school to present him/her with a super-sized ticket to a Cavaliers game and a catered party for their entire class to be scheduled at a later date! In addition to receiving four (4) tickets to a game, the winning student will also receive four (4) complimentary passes to the VIP Club and will be recognized on court pregame.
ALL-STAR KIDS INFO & TO NOMINATE
Have an outstanding weekend with family and friends! Live out your dream!
Douglas Murray, Principal