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The West Geauga Athletic Department congratulates the Hillcrest Insurance Student Athletes of the Month...

Hillcrest Student Athletes of the Month

The West Geauga Athletic Department congratulates the Hillcrest Insurance Student Athletes of the Month: sophomore Bella Burkhard and senior Andres Lujan-Salas.

Bella will be earning her first varsity letter for the basketball team this season.

Coach Cheryl Rye said, “In Bella’s first year on varsity, she is already making an impact. She is a determined athlete who has a tremendous work ethic. Bella is a tough young lady who doesn’t back down against stronger and bigger opponents. She embraces her role on our team as a one of the first players off the bench and is always positive in her demeanor. Bella is extremely respectful and is a true reflection of the characteristics that our program strives for. This undoubtedly translates into the classroom as well.”

Bella is also a member of the soccer team, where she earned a varsity letter this past fall season and has recently received a 3.6 GPA in the second grading period.

Andres, a member of the West G swim team, will be earning his third varsity letter for the team this season. Andres is one of the team captains.

Coach Debbie Diadiun said, “Andres has had a strong work ethic on our team for the last three years and has shown a great deal of improvement in his times and technique. He has worked diligently to juggle work, athletics and academics.”

Andres had a great start to the school year academically, earning a 3.6 GPA in his first grading period. He plans on continuing his education and studying in the field of arts and photography at University of Akron.

WGMS Launches Debate Team

The West Geauga Schools are always looking for ways to help students develop and sometimes the students have innovative ideas that the schools are excited to implement.

Last year, middle school student Grace Ann Moore approached Superintendent Richard Markwardt about the possibility of creating a debate team. The idea was quickly approved and the program developed with the help of WGMS Principal Jim Kish and Grace’s parents.

Said Kish, “I worked with Grace and her parents to create a program. Her parents both have assisted in the coaching and judging at our competitions. There has been so much interest that we formed three separate debate teams.”

In October, the three teams began meeting each day to work on the current case to be debated. School board attorney Dan McIntyre volunteers his time each Tuesday to refine and expand their presentations.

To date, the teams have participated in two competitions at Kenston and Brecksville/Broadview Heights. With all the excitement, the team is looking forward to continuing its work and attend some debate camps prior to next year.

Debate team members include: Isaak Taiclet, Carmen Gomez-Punales, Jamie Smithingell, Kylie Cavasinni, Peter Wesen and Grace Ann Moore.

Regional Academic Decathlon Win

Congratulations to the West Geauga Academic Decathlon team for their performance at the regional competition at Willoughby South High School.

The team’s 15 members won an astonishing total of 55 medals and finished first in their division. Senior Angela Volcensek was one of only four competitors chosen to present her prepared speech during the Speech Showcase portion of the awards ceremony.

The team is coached by West Geauga High School social studies teacher Ben Speros and is a way for our students to develop their professional presentation skills.

Lindsey Celebrates ACE Winners

Each quarter, teachers select West Geauga students to receive the ACE award for their attitude, character and effort. As a reward for their hard work, the students attended a special presentation complete with a certificate, pencil and special pin and the PTO helped the students to celebrate with donuts and juice.

Breakfast Program Launched

The students of the West Geauga School District are taking part in a brand new district-wide breakfast program to make sure they start of the day feeling satisfied and ready to work.

Organized by the professional Nutrition Services staff of West G, this program is open to all of the students at every building for a small or reduced fee.

Providing a nutritious breakfast is a great way to teach self-care, reduce sick days and trips to see school nurses.

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