Category Archives: Community

Volley for a Cure

Ayla Morris

  The stow girl’s volleyball team is raising awareness one game a time. They are doing volley for a cure which is for awareness for breast cancer. 

    This event includes a game, a bake sale, and raffle baskets. The money goes toward the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. 

    Not only is it for a great cause but the players are glad to be there. “I love getting to participate it’s for a great cause. When we participate we are making a difference and helping such an amazing cause it’s also a really good program and bonding experience”,senior, Sara Day said.

    It is a great event to be involved with and the players know it. “What I love most about this is I know I’m getting back to my community and knowing I am helping to make an impact on Breast Cancer awareness month”, senior, Daniel Nichols said

     Many people came out to support this event. This included the parents of players, students, friends of players, and some of Stow’s cheerleaders. The raffle baskets and bake sale goods were bought by attendants of the game. 

    “It felt good knowing that I wasn’t spending money just to win a basket or to eat a cookie. It was for a good cause to help others”, junior, Sydney Braunscheidel said.

     There was a huge turn out of supporters who came to Volley For a Cure. “I like having all the people come out to support Stow volleyball and this amazing cause and I like how close it bring our community. I think that Volley For the Cure is always our biggest turnout”, Braunscheidel said. 

    Sadly this event affects many people. “ It really hits home because I have a few people in my family that have been diagnosed with cancer and they have either gotten through it or they’re still  going through it so it means a lot to give back”, Nichols said. 

     Sadly Stow lost 20-25 in the first game, lost 18-25 in the second, and lost 22-25 in the last. Despite losing, this was a great event that brought many people together from Stow’s community. 

    Stow’s Volley For a Cure is a great event which raises lots of money for a really good cause. 



Homecoming 2019

Ayla Morris

   Homecoming: the most pivotal point of most high school students’ year. Almost everyone in highschool goes to homecoming every year. A lot of people’s favorite part is dressing up.

     “I like dressing up fancy and seeing everyone else’s fancy dresses too,” junior, Claire Hawes, said. 

      Not only do students get to dress up for the dance, but they get to get excited for the dance by dressing up for spirit days.“I love spirit weeks i always go all out for every day they make school so much more fun,” Hawes said. 

     Student council plans for all the homecoming events leading up to the dance, and the dance itself. 

      “It’s very hectic with all the different committees and planning things other than StuCo stuff, but it’s really cool to see how it all comes together in the end, especially the festival”, Williams Boggs said. 

     Students enjoy taking pictures in their nice clothes and then following that with dinner. Many fancy dinner places are packed on homecoming night. 

      Homecoming also comes with court. On court there is one freshman couple, one sophomore couple, two junior couples, and four senior couples on court. Students run for all kinds of reasons. 

     “We ran because we have been dating since freshman year and have ran for court before but didn’t win. We just kept trying each year and I think it will be really fun and add to the homecoming experience,” Hawes said. 

     Many students opinions differ about the actual dance. Half of the students do not care for the music when the other half love it. It changes every year. 

   “I hope they play good music, I’m really excited to see what the dance committee puts together,” Boggs said. 

     The dance is an exciting time for everyone. Many students are excited for it. 

     “I’m excited about the dance. I am excited about hanging out with my friends,” junior, Joshua Christy, said. 

    The theme of the dance is Old Hollywood. The theme changes every year and students opinions of it always differ. 

     “It’s okay, but I don’t know what old Hollywood even means”, Christy said. 

  The dance is always a good time for many students and is sure to be again this year. 


Make the Grade Comes to Stow

     To highlight hardworking students, Stow has joined Akron Beacon Journal’s recognition program called “Make the Grade”.

     “Make the Grade” is a weekly article that features teenagers of character. It varies from elementary to high school students, teachers and staff. 

     It was launched Sept. 9th, 2019, and all Summit County schools are invited to be a part of the program. The central office of the district made the decision to become a part of it, and the superintendent sent an informational email to all of the schools.

      The program is a great new way for the school to highlight people in the district and county, and the high school principal Dr. Jeffrey Hartmann is excited to be a part of it.

     Hartmann says he thinks it will be good for the students and staff, because “positive recognition is always helpful.”

          The reporter of “Make the Grade” is Jennifer Pignolet. She has been writing for Akron Beacon since April 2019.

     The article contains four categories: Amazing Teachers, Difference Makers, Kids of Character and Teens of Character.

      “Schools submit their nominations a week ahead of publication, we pick two winners and then they answer questions, along with a photo that our photographers take [of the students] at their school,” Pignolet explained.

     The ages of students and schools vary every week. Every school involved will be featured a few times throughout the year.

          Pignolet believes, “It is important for the community to see the success of students and to highlight the work that regular people do in schools everyday. There is so much good happening in schools that people don’t get to hear about enough, and this is a great way to do that.”

    “Make the Grade” welcomes the opportunity to recognize deserving educational members of Summit County. The most recent article can be read here.