Free entry for students to a high school playoff game may seem like a good thing, but some students have different opinions on it.
All Stow students with a student identification card received free entry for the soccer and volleyball playoff games. The Stow Booster Club is to thank for this and students are very appreciative.
It is apparent that the free tickets are a great help for the teams because it helped both sports gain more necessary support.
Playoff game tickets cost close to ten dollars. More students went to the games since they were playoffs and there was free entry, so the already high prices definitely could have added up.
Some students worry it was a waste of money or could be used for something else, but I disagree because the clubs main purpose is to support the districts sports teams.
In my opinion, it was smart because it provided more support to the teams playing and offered students a chance to go to at least one of the fall games this year. The additional fan support is helpful to the teams competing.
If the teams did not have that many students watching to cheer them along they would not have had as much support as they did.
Both teams did very well in the playoffs and the boys soccer team even ended up winning district finals, making them district champions.
While it was a good idea, I also think it was a very considerate thing of the booster club to do. Not many other schools have as much support from their clubs as Stow does, so students should be thankful.
Some students may have been may have been confused why the booster club was spending money on tickets for many students but they probably did not realize that the clubs main cause is to help with things such as this.
It was a very generous thing to do and students are grateful not only for the opportunity given to them to go to the playoff games but also for the chance to give support to the sports teams.
It is the giving season, and one way to give back is to donate small everyday items in order to help veterans.
FCCLA, or Family Career and Community Leaders of America, was holding a veterans drive for students to bring in donations such as new or used stockings, clothing, toys, bathroom needs, bedding, and coloring supplies.
This was an opportunity to give back to the many people who have served in the past but are going through a difficult time now. The donations go to veterans and their families who currently live in the shelter, or currently moved into housing with little to no possessions or necessities.
If students donated, they had the chance to win a gift card because they were entered into a drawing once they did. The more items a student donates, the higher chance they have to win a prize.
Sophomore FCCLA member Sydney Braunscheidel was looking forward to the veteran drive and thinks students should participate in it.
“I think people should partake in this because it is a great way to be involved in the community. It is important because veterans have done so much for us and giving back to them is a small way to show how we appreciate all they have done,” Braunscheidel said.
Junior FCCLA member Taylor Thompson has more to say on this, Thompson as well thinks this is very important and will help many people.
“This will help people realize how much they take for granted and how lucky they are to have so much and get more during this holiday season. This will also give them an opportunity to appreciate and support veterans who have served in our country and are going through a tough time now,” Thompson said.
This is an important drive for FCCLA not only because of the good it is doing for veterans and the community but also because this is one of the first community service projects they have done at Stow.
“In the past, FCCLA has not done anything like this but we are planning on including more community service into our club this year and plan to continue this in years to come,” Braunscheidel said.
Students get a chance to make a positive impact on their community during the holiday season, and support veterans and FCCLA by participating in this drive.
If anyone is interested in donating, they can bring in any donation listed on the flyer seen around school and drop their donation off in room 152. This particular drive is from November 12 to December 7 of 2018. Other donations are accepted by the shelter any time.
H. Suzie Lee
The High School orchestrated a choir concert by singing classical carol songs, trumpet feature, and including various choral groups.
Concert was open to the public for free at Dec. 6, 7pm to give the community holiday spirit.
First opening song was performed by Madrigals, signing “The Holly and the Ivy” arranged Robert Shaw and Alice Parker. They continued with “Good King Wenceslas” and “I Saw Three Ships”.
During the choral group changes, the choir provided short music sing-a-long excerpts so the audience can also sing along. The first sing-a-long song was “Deck the Hall”.
Next, Chorale group came out and performed “Calypso Gloria” by Emily Crocker, “All the World is Winter” by Ruth Elaine Schram, “Hallelujah, Amen from ‘Judas Maccabaeus’” by George Friedrich Handel. Audience sang silent night together while the next group come out to the stage.
Vocal Jazz gave a jazzy christmas twist by singing “Winter Wonderland” arranged by Michele Weir and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane arranged by Robinson.
The group includes Will Bender, Katy Garduno, Molly Marquette, Danny Schneider, Nick Ely, Julia Jeffries, Emma Razor and Zach Stratton. Sing-A-Long song included the classic favorite, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.
Mid of the concert, Men’s Chorus sang “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks arranged by Kirby Shaw and “Jingle Bells” by J. Pierpont. Audience’s singing of “Joy to the World” filled the auditorium till the next group, Pitch Please.
Pitch Please performed “O Come All Ye Faithful” arranged by PTX, Ben Bram, Narverud and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Phil Spector, Greenwich, Barry arranged by Sharon.
After the intermission, Women’s chrous sang four tunes including “Sleigh Bells”, “Special Kind of Star”, “Count Your Blessings, Instead of Sheep” including soloist sophomore Grace Taylor.
Last Sing-A-Long song was “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”.
Concert Choir sang “The Trumpet Sounds Within’a My Soul” arranged by Ian David Coleman, featuring Trumpeter senior Julia Moxley.
They continued with “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “Little Drummer Boy”, “Various Themes on Fa-La-La” arranged by Chuck Bridwell.
Final group of the concert was a combined choir, singing “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin and arranged by Roy Ringwald featuring two pianists senior Thomas Biggs and guest Josh Sandman.
Several locations, food shops and grocery stores are preparing for the holiday season. From selling
holiday-themed snacks to holding traditional events, Stow and Akron-Canton areas will be booming with Christmas.
Cupcake Binge Owned by Lynn Stricker reopened in May of 2018 and is excited to sell for the holidays.
According to Akron Beacon Journal, the store offers all kinds of flavored cakes and icings. Everyday flavors consist
of chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, Cup O’ Java (which contains prepared coffee in the cake and dried coffee in the
icing) and Mexican Vanilla (containing cinnamon spice flavors throughout the cupcake).
Cupcake Binge offers seasonal and limited time flavors as well. One cupcake costs $2.50, a half dozen costs $15
and a dozen costs $25.
Island Delights Candies is a Seville-Medina located company founded in 1985. According to Beacon Journal, the
store is a haven of all-natural sweet or salty-sided snacks.
Selling under the brand of Grove Harvest, the company makes a popular product, Coconut Haystack; a coconut
mix with creamy fondant. Grove Harvest’s founder started making coconut after importing it for years, taking action
of his knowledge of business.
As the tradition keeps on, Acme Fresh Markets hosts their annual Breakfast with Santa (Doughnuts with Santa)
this month. Parents will bring their children to eat free doughnuts, get a free picture with Santa and a present.
Children will also be able to make ornaments as parents will receive free coffee.
Pav’s Creamery in North Canton will also be hosting a greet with Santa type of event called Sundae with Santa.
With the event being extremely similar to Acme Fresh Markets, the only difference is that kids will be eating ice
cream with Santa, but also get a picture with not just Santa, Mrs. Claus also.
Pav’s Creamery is located at 708 S. Main St.
The First United Methodist Church of Akron will host its second Gingerbread for Humanity event to raise
Participants will create gingerbread houses, a kit selling at $12.
Lastly, the Countryside Market in CVNP will continue indoors at Old Trail School in Bath. Remaining dates to
shop are Saturday, December 15 and 22. The first date after the new year is on January 12. The market consists of
breakfast, food, vendors and more.