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Edison Celebrates Seniors with Honors Breakfast

Edison High School celebrated 20 seniors for their accomplishments during the 2024 Honors Breakfast on May 24.

    Students receiving honors diplomas were invited along with their families and special teachers and staff to break bread in the school cafeteria and take part in a program led by school administrators. Superintendent Bill Beattie welcomed the crowd of more than 100 people and introduced special guests, including district Treasurer Amanda Gump, Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta, Stanton Elementary Principal Kodi Peterson, John Gregg Elementary Principal Tammy Burchfield, EHS Principal Matt Morrison and EHS Assistant Principal Josh Leasure.

   “The theme of today’s event is ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’ We have invited staff members and the staff varies from teachers to secretaries and the students would receive a gift for their hard work and dedication,” Beattie added.

   Following the invocation by Faith Bell, attendants enjoyed a catered meal by the Minerva Classic 57 Family Restaurant and continued with the program, which featured keynote speaker Ellen Swickard. Swickard, who is retiring from EHS after 40 years, shared advice with the students as they moved on to the next chapter of their lives.

  She brought a shadowbox gifted by a previous student and described its inscriptions, noting that they could be useful in the seniors’ future.

   “On the one side it reads: ‘It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.’ By your presence here at this breakfast, you all heeded those words of advice and did a lot of things right! For each of you, that has been much more rewarding than the regret of ‘I shoulda, woulda, coulda,’” she continued. “That being said, I really want to focus on the reverse side. It reads: ‘Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.’”

   She also noted the tenets of the National Beta Club, which she advised for more than 30 years at Edison, and said they included character, achievement, service and leadership. Swickard said the honorees represented them through their achievements and they had much to look forward to.

   “Being intelligent and gifted is a wonderful blessing that will afford you many tremendous opportunities in life. How you choose to take advantage of those opportunities will determine the quality of life you lead,” she added. “Oh, life will not be without mistakes: There was only one perfect life and none of us are Him! But a life of choices made with character and lived with integrity will be a life of little regret and less heartache than if the opposite were true.”

   Swickard said she was inspired by the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Less Taken,” and closed with a reading.

  “I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence,” she read. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

   She bid the honorees farewell with more advice of her own.

   “May each of you wisely choose your path from this place and may God go with you and bless your journey,” she concluded.

   It was time to recognize the honor students, and  Kireta said requirements included four credits each of English, math (including Algebra I and II, geometry and higher), science (with two advanced classes such as physics and chemistry) and social studies; three credits of one foreign language or two credits of two different languages; one credit of fine arts; a 3.5 grade point average or higher; and a score of 27 on ACT tests or 1210 on SAT exams. New this year were two students, Chloe Brooks and Caden Rudy, who earned career tech honors diplomas. Those included the aforementioned criteria as well as a score of six or higher on all three sections of the Work Keys Assessments; meeting requirements to earn the Industry Recognized Credential Seal or Technology Seal; and field experience and portfolio, Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal or Work-Based Learning.

   Burchfield and Peterson announced the honorees and their special teacher or staff member, who presented the graduating senior with a copy of the Dr. Seuss book. The honor students included Alexandra Ash, Mackenzie Ash, Faith Bell, Chloe Brooks, Grace Browning, Nolan Buchanan, Rebecka Evans, Zachary Evans, Lily Larkins, Kylee Leishman, Emma LoPrete, Natalie Lucas, Caden Rudy, Hailey Teichman, Kendra Teichman and Isabella Thornton while special guests included Debbie Bickar, Amy Bordash, Dawn Cable, Chuck Cline, Haley Hashbarger, Chandler Hoppel, Bill Koehnlein, Susan Pytash,  Amy Sinicropi, Marc Sansone, David Schultz, Tammy Sismondo of Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, Ellen Swickard, Kristen Truex, Kristina Turk and Cheryl Woodward.

   The event closed with the benediction by Cheyanne Coil.

State Test Scores Now Available in Progressbook

As part of our ongoing effort to keep you informed about your child’s academic progress, we want to inform you that you now have access to their state test score results through ProgressBook, our online student management system. The district believes that by having access to this information, you can better support your child’s academic journey and work collaboratively with us to ensure their success. If you have any questions or need further assistance with ProgressBook or understanding the state test scores, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your building.

Visit ProgressBook Parent Portal and navigate to “Assessment Scores” on the left hand menu to view your child’s scores.

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education. Together, we can empower them to be prepared for tomorrow.