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Senior Career Readiness Day

Seniors in the Class of 2017 spent a day at Kent State Geauga on Friday, November 11th participating in the third installment of the Career Readiness program sponsored and organized by Geauga Growth Partnership. Students learned about soft skills, participated in team building exercises, and had their choice of small group mini-workshops to attend to learn more about college, finances, the business world and internships. Students wrapped up their day by learning about networking with LinkedIn and set up their own accounts to use as they leave high school and take the next step into their future. The Geauga Growth Partnership provides this career readiness programming for free to Geauga high schools for students in tenth through twelfth grade as well as a robust internship program.

Pictured In Right Photo: Seniors Jacob Turk, Gabe Orlowski, Audrey Walsh, and Denise Peterson work together to build a paper tower in a team building exercise.

AC4P Workshop & Potluck

Submitted by Student Journalist, Abby Carlson

AC4P, or Actively Caring for People, is a quickly growing program at Berkshire High School instilling values of kindness and respect in its group members. On November 16, 2016, Shawn and his gang from Virginia Tech. visited us here at Berkshire High, hosting a work session where club members, new and old, put their minds together to discover ways to make our community more respectful and understanding. Numerous positive ideas were formed, and plans were put into action regarding a Twitter account meant to inspire kindness and assemblies/meetings regarding bullying. After the school day, Chardon and Berkshire AC4P met at Orchard Hills Farm to share a potluck, where games were played, Mannequin challenges perfected, and bruises were gained from the popular Andy challenge. The schools belted out throwback Disney sing-alongs, laughed about senior pranks, and made new friends, all while discussing how they plan to better our world. AC4P looks forward to meeting again, both with Virginia Tech. representatives and neighboring schools.

Pictured In Top Left Photo: Berkshire members of Ac4P gathered to team build, brainstorm, and solidify goals.

The Great American Smoke Out

On Thursday, November 17th, students in Berkshire Middle and High School participated in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out. Students signed a pledge during lunch to remain smoke free and to encourage the smokers they know to quit smoking in order to improve their health. Quitting smoking, even for one day, can improve a person’s health and add to the longevity This annual event celebrated on the third Thursday of every November was organized by Berkshire’s Relay for Life Team headed by the senior leadership of Brea Pennypacker, Katie Dingman, Lauren Parrish, Samantha Kaser, and Lexi McDermott and advisor Aimee Green. Look for more Relay for Life events throughout the year as they prepare for their culminating event in May.

Pictured In Bottom Left Photo: Junior Casey Sinkenbring signs the Great American Smoke Out Pledge.

Spanish Honor Society Service Project: Operation Christmas Shoe-box

Submitted by Student Journalist, Julia Losasso

Recently, Berkshire’s Spanish Honor Society completed Operation Christmas Shoe-box, a school-wide fundraiser and service project. With the help of the entire student body, the honor society was able to package and donate over 60 shoe-boxes filled with small donations of gifts and supplies to send overseas to children in need. In years past, Spanish Honor Society has taken part in this national fundraiser, but never to this extent. This service project is one of the largest they will complete as a society. Students were asked to bring in donations to each of their first period classes, the incentive being a donut party for the class who donated the most. The overwhelming amount of support and donations contributed by the entirety of Berkshire made it possible for Spanish Honor Society to make such a substantial contribution to our global community, as well as a local donation to Geauga Job and Family Services.

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