Champion student talents showcased

CHAMPION — As the Champion school district prepares to break ground this spring for a new PK-8 school complex, parents, students and community members had the opportunity to see what the building will look like during the annual Champion ”State of the Schools” forum Wednesday at the high school.

Representatives of BSHM Architects in Youngstown and Hammond Construction in Canton, the project builders, presented a ”virtual tour” on a screen that showed what the interior and exterior of the building to be constructed south of the high school off state Route 45 will look like.

William Schurman, a partner with Hammond Construction, said with groundbreaking in early April, the project is scheduled to be completed by August 2018.

”This gives people the opportunity to see the magnitude of the building,” he said.

Jay Crafton, a partner with BSHM Architects, said people will see a lot of activity this spring and summer at the school site.

”There will be much to see as the different phases of the project take place,” he said.

Also during the program, each of Champion’s three school buildings showcased accomplishments of the students.

”We asked each building to provide a showcase presentation for the public,” said Superintendent Pamela Hood.

l Champion Central Elementary Principal Alexandra Nannicola said physical education teacher Bryant Wilson has started a physical education club focusing on high energy learning, leadership and teamwork.

”It is the only physical education club in Trumbull County,” she said.

Students showed skills at jumping rope, stomping in unison and various exercise moves. The club has more than 30 students. Wilson said the student do activities at their school and the community.

l Champion Middle School science teachers David Murduck and Paul Cornelius are holding an after-school Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning program for fifth graders, who made gliders which they demonstrated.

”This involves a lot of hands-on learning,” Cornelius said, noting a grant was awarded from NASA for the program.

l Champion High School’s FIRST Lightning Bots Robotics team showcased the 2016 robot they competed with and explained they are now working on this year’s robot and have six weeks to complete it before competition begins.

Mark DeAngelis, a team captain and senior, said the team will be competing March 30 to April 1 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center in hopes of advancing to national competition.

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