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Howland Community News

Class preps students for high-tech future

HOWLAND — For the second year in a row, Howland Middle School is adding to its computer class options. With the help of code.org, the middle school is offering two coding classes for eighth-grade students. For the 2019-20 school year, Howland is adding Computer Discoveries 2. This past ...

Young men take first in anti-drug contest

HOWLAND — Two Howland High School students won first place in the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force’s Anti-Drug Public Service Announcement contest. The team of Zach Perez, 16, and Bobby Webber, 18, won $1,000 for the school’s multimedia program. “I’m a little ...

Senior is a finalist for film award

HOWLAND — High school senior Bobby Webber will find out later this month if a commercial he created in his multimedia class wins a Golden Lion Film Award. Webber, 18, is among 20 finalists for the Golden Lion, which is awarded during the Golden Lion Film Awards festival in Cincinnati.The ...

Sophomores relive history

HOWLAND — For the first time, Howland High School students took part in the history immersion experience Sojourn to the Past. Sophomores Jenna Gebhardt, 16, and Brandon Summerlin, 16, took the trip March 29 to April 5 with 10 Youngstown high school students as part of Mahoning Valley ...

Season has started

HOWLAND — John Diehl isn’t the type of coach who starts the season by writing long-term goals in all capital letters on the whiteboard in the locker room. Like a lot of coaches, the longtime Howland girls basketball coach focuses on consistent, daily improvement. That isn’t stopping ...

Howland’s Mauri remains busy preparing for ASU

Vinny Mauri rarely lets anything faze him, or even come close to him and finishing first in a 3.1-mile distance race. Mauri and the other runners endured an uneven running surface at the state cross country meet Nov. 10 at National Trail Raceway, a place where NHRA drag races take place in the ...

Hamad dies in prison

WARREN — Nasser Hamad, the man who escaped the death penalty for killing two people and wounding three others outside his state Route 46 home, died Sept. 9 in prison, according to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. But the attempt to overturn Hamad’s 36-years-to-life prison sentence ...

Vet’s family receives medal

WARREN — Ray Davis was raised by his grandmother, so Rudy C. Plaskur was more like an older brother to him than an uncle growing up. “He used to buy me comic books,” Davis said. On Thursday, Davis and his daughter, Lisa Marini, both of Howland, got Plaskur a posthumous gift — the ...

Most school districts do well on state report card

The majority of Trumbull County’s 20 school districts received letter grades of B or C in the latest Ohio report cards released Sept. 13 by the Ohio Department of Education. Having overall grades for school districts is a new wrinkle in the state’s grading system that was not available ...

Teacher awarded $10,000 for pantry

HOWLAND — A teacher who started a pantry last year to provide students with essential items has been named a Hardee All-Star and will be awarded $10,000 for the pantry that she organized. Gina Camelli, 11th- and 12th-grade advanced psychology and general psychology teacher, found out in ...

Howland highways to change their looks

When it comes to deciding what to write about for my monthly Howland Community News columns, I always try to think of something that will educate my fellow residents with some historical fact they may not know about their township or with something that is relevant to what might be currently ...

Schools embrace technology, add resource officer

As we move further into the 2018-2019 school year, our students are becoming more familiar with some of our new curricular and instructional initiatives. At Howland Schools, we are committed to instructional technology. We understand the world is changing and we are staying at the forefront ...

Mauri’s distance run

VERNON — Not many things slow down Vinny Mauri on a cross country course or an oval all-weather track. Many have tried, but come up short — about a minute or two behind in the Howland High School senior’s wake. It took a sizable Rottweiler, about twice the weight of Mauri, to make him ...

3 in a row times 2

VERNON — Vinny Mauri sprinted out to the lead on a course he just familiarized himself with the night before. Miranda Stanhope has maneuvered around this course many times. Badger High School’s cross country path has been run by the junior distance runner many times over her career. The ...

Howland girls, McDonald boys finish as team champs

VERNON — The flowing hair and the anguish in each facial expression were visible as the girls in orange tank tops and black shorts passed through the last 50 meters before the finish line. Each Howland girls cross country runner made those final steps toward the end where they stepped on a ...

Howland’s feeling chipper

WARREN — Sometimes things are out of reach. A well-placed chip shot can be the natural enemy of a goalkeeper. Howland’s girls soccer team found the benefit of a couple of those kicks during their 5-1 victory Monday at Warren G. Harding. Howland junior Ashley Chambers chipped a free kick ...

Thoughts from 2018 Billy Goat Challenge

Ted Rupe sat in a van as he always has, parked by the finish line at Woodland Park. He was at the 2018 Billy Goat Challenge — staring at his laptop computer. “I’m playing solitaire,” he joked. Rupe, whose name echoes thoughts of epic distance jaunts at Maplewood High School, ...

Deep Howland team hopes togetherness leads to success

Sophomore Molly Yasnowski was running side-by-side with senior Jenna Craigo Saturday on the tight, winding cross country course at Woodland Park in McDonald. Yasnowski talked to her Howland girls cross country teammate. Traveling 3.1 miles among flocks of competitors can be daunting. These ...

Howland to hold Food Truck Friday

ORWIG PARK EVENT: Howland Township Trustees will hold Food Truck Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Richard E. Orwig Park on East Market Street. Admission is free. There will be eight food trucks. Those attending can bring their lawn chairs or a blanket, for performance of “Elbow ...

Howland native winning world titles

It’s almost becoming routine for Gianna Clemente. The Howland native, a golf prodigy of sorts, won her second world championship in the past three years in early July. Clemente, 10, won the 9-and 10-year-old division at the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in El Cajon, California, ...