STUDENTS COLLECT BOOKS: St. Rose School in Girard recently completed a month-long community project. The students collected 365 new books for the patients of Akron Children’s Hospital. These books will be distributed to inpatients, patients waiting for ER services and other children that come to the hospital. The school recently had a pep assembly to celebrate this accomplishment. JoAnn Stock came as the representative from ACH to accept the books.

AUSTINTOWN SPEECH AND DEBATE: Approximately 450 students from 18 schools competed at the 2015 Austintown Optimist Speech & Debate Tournament hosted by Austintown-Fitch High School. Local winners were:

In Team Sweepstakes, the Top 7 teams included Cardinal Mooney with 66 points in seventh place and Austintown Fitch with 72.75 points in a two-way tie for third place.

Individual local students earning recognition were:


Kayla McMillion, Niles McKinley, sixth

Kylie Anthony, Austintown Fitch, fourth.


Amber Nestor, Niles McKinley, sixth.

Breanna Clinton, Austintown Fitch, fourth.

Gino Ginetti, Cardinal Mooney, first.


Sarah Linton and Miranda Truslow, Austintown Fitch, seventh.

Francesco Vennetti and Adriana Vennetti, Carndinal Mooney, fifth.


Katrina Hayes, Cardinal Mooney, seventh.

Aubrey Jones, Niles McKinley, sixth.

International Extemp

Shannon Reardon, Cardinal Mooney, fifth.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Ross Bailey, Austintown Fitch, fifth.

Giavanna Lagamba, Austintown Fitch, third.

Program Oral Interpretation

Ryanne Lambert, Austintown Fitch, seventh.

Jailon Perry, Cardinal Mooney, fourth.

Public Forum Debate

Ahmad Amireh and Jihad Esmail, Liberty High School, fourth.

Lauren Good and Jason Long, Austintown Fitch, second.

Student Congress

Salam Picard, Liberty High School, sixth.

Seth Hill, Cardinal Mooney, fifth.

United States Extemp

Kara Okular, Cardinal Mooney, seventh.

Maria Bova, Cardinal Mooney, third.

Garrett McGinty, Austintown Fitch, second.

CANFIELD SPEECH AND DEBATE: Approximately 375 students from 16 schools competed at the 2015 South Range High School Greenford Ruritan Speech & Debate Tournament on Dec. 5.

At the conclusion of the tournament, the Top 7 Teams were recognized in both “Power Sweepstakes,” based on the final placings, and “Team Sweepstakes,” based on preliminary round scores. Local students recognized are listed:

Power Sweepstakes

Niles McKinley, seventh place with 20 points.

Cardinal Mooney, fifth with 47 points.

Austintown Fitch, fourth with 63 points.

Team Sweepstakes

Niles McKinley, sixth place with 61 points.

Cardinal Mooney, fifth with 64 points.

Austintown Fitch, fourth with 69 points.

Individual students earning recognition were:


Howland, Mason Glinn, sixth.

Niles McKinley, Kaylee Scarnati, fifth.


Austintown Fitch, Breanna Clinton, seventh.

Cardinal Mooney, Gino Ginetti, fourth.

Niles McKinley, Amber Nestor, second.


Champion, Jaclyn Mulvain and Kyle Shaffer, fifth.

Howland, Kaitlyn Smith and Nathan Hudson, fourth.

Austintown Fitch, Jordan Evans and Maia Totterdale, second.

Informative Speaking

Austintown Fitch, Wendy Liu, seventh.

Austintown Fitch, Haley Kovach, sixth.

International Extemporaneous Speaking

Cardinal Mooney, Michelle Hanna, seventh.

Cardinal Mooney, Shannon Reardon, second.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Liberty, Katie Humphries, seventh.

Austintown Fitch, Dylan Fitz-Patrick, fifth.

Cardinal Mooney, Andrew Brockway, fourth.

Austintown Fitch, Giavanna Lagamba, third.

Austintown Fitch, Ross Bailey, second.

Original Oratory

Howland, Moira Armstrong, fifth.

Program Oral Interpretation

Champion, Tessa Henderson, sixth.

John F. Kennedy, Hannah Sylvester, fourth.

Public Forum Debate

Cardinal Mooney, Joan Reardon and Grace Haddad, third.

Austintown Fitch, Jason Long and Lauren Good, second.

Liberty, Ahmad Amireh and Jihad Esmail, first.

Student Congress

Austintown Fitch, Justin McGinty, sixth.

Liberty, Salam Picard, fifth.

Austintown Fitch, Tess Koredi, third.

Cardinal Mooney, Seth Hill, first.

United States Extemporaneous Speaking

Austintown Fitch, Clayton Kohut, seventh.

Austintown Fitch, Faith Marscio, sixth.

Niles McKinley, Brianna Ledsome, third.

Austintown Fitch, Garrett McGinty, second.

Cardinal Mooney, Maria Bova, first.