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Gymnastics girls flip through successful season

By Lindsey Houck

The gymnastics girls, with a record of 4-1, hoped to push through sectionals and finish their season on a strong note. The team has received the highest score this year since the beginning of last year.

The team as a whole placed seventh out of eighteen teams at sectionals; however, they did not place high enough to take them to the next level of districts.

Individually, senior Hannah Scheilder placed tenth on the floor overall, which is taking her to districts for the individual competition.

“Our team had a very good season. We give a lot of credit to our coaches for bringing us as far as they did this season,” sophomore Gabi Odak said.

Overall, individually and as a team, the girls had an incredible season. Scheilder finished the season scoring highest overall on the team in bars, beam and floor. During the off season club in which Scheilder participates, she is a level 9 out of 10. Sophomore Sara Kasper followed behind her being a level 8 out of 10, scoring highest as an All-Around, meaning she performs all events: vault, bars, beam and floor.

Junior Abby Wagner and senior Jen Rinaldi consistently scored high on the beams as their best event. Odak placed highest overall on the beams against rival Cuyahoga Falls. Odak and Rinaldi both also placed high on the bars throughout the season behind Kasper and Scheilder. The third scoring on vault was senior Emily Hudia. The highest scoring on the floor was between junior Abby Wagner and senior Erin Kolke with Kolke being more advanced in tumbling, while Wagner was more graceful and advanced dance wise.

“Overall, we had a great season and we definitely got a lot closer.  We bonded a lot with each other and over ice cream,” sophomore Maria Cistone said.


District mourns the loss of bus driver Amy Smith

The Stow and Munroe Falls communities mourn over the loss of beloved bus driver, Amy Smith. On Jan. 27, Smith passed unexpectedly in her home.
She was a devoted bus driver and was with the school system for 15 years. She drove both high school and elementary routes.
She will be missed dearly by her friends in the school system.
“She was a very caring woman and always came to work with a smile on her face,” fellow bus driver Shani Jamieson said.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 27 years, Douglas Smith and her two daughters who attend Kent City Schools.
Family and friends gathered Jan. 31st at the First Christian Church in Kent.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rose’s Rescue, P.O. Box 33, Rootstown, 44272 or The Coleman Foundation, 5982 Rhodes Rd, Kent 44240.

Luau plans in place of canceled Winter Formal

The 2015 Winter Formal is going to be replaced by a Beach Luau.

The Beach Luau will be held in the high school gym and commons on Feb. 7, 2015 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Drama Club will supply the music.

Upon arrival, students will receive a lei. There will be beach balls, beach decor and even a hula dancer. There will be a ton of activities for everyone.

Tickets will be sold for $5 the week before the dance and at the doors.

The proper attire will be nice pants and a button up shirt for boys and a sundress for the girls.

Crop tops, bathing suits and spandex are not permitted and if worn, one will be asked to leave.

Student council members believe this will be a nice replacement for Winter Formal.