Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Taking Care of Business

Last week, we held our annual Academic Awards Night of Excellence to honor and recognize students for their academic accomplishments through first semester. Several hundred students, grades 9-12, and their parents were in attendance. Along with a certificate, first year recipients earned an Academic Letter for a Varsity jacket, second year students earned a lamp of knowledge pin, third year students earned a blue and gold lamp of knowledge pin, and fourth year students received a 5x7 plaque. It was a proud moment for GLHS!
GLHS students excelled last week with a number of top notch performances. The Gahanna DECA team finished first among a field of 300 teams at the Ohio DECA State Competition. The team combined for 9 first place, 3 second place, and 1 third place finish.  Senior Rachel Van Deventer also won the Ohio DECA Scholarship Event, and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship during the conference. All 24 team members qualified for the DECA International Competition next month in Salt Lake City, Utah.  For the past decade, Gahanna DECA has finished among the top 5 DECA chapters in North America.
Our choral and band programs produced great results as well. Acapella and Chorale, Womens Ensemble, Freshmen Girls, and Freshen Boys choirs each earned superior ratings at the District XV Ohio Music Educators Association competition last weekend. Choir teacher, Jeremy Lahman sent the following tweet soon after Acapella and Chorale performed together last Friday evening:
The freshman, Blue, and Gold bands earned superior ratings as well! Watching the students walk off the stage after their performances and then listening to the judge’s comments during the sight reading, it was evident that the students were extremely proud of what they accomplished. Congratulations to Mr. Lahman, Mr. Cebriak, the band directors and all the students for their stellar performances!
10 members of the team Speech and Debate Team competed at the Ohio Statehouse for the Western Ohio National Forensic League’s Student Congress Tournament. Alex Howell was Outstanding Presiding Officer for the second year in a row in his House of Representative’s chamber. Congratulations to the Mr. Lyle Linerode, Mrs. Kristen Juth, and the Speech and Debate Team on a very successful season!
Congratulations to student, Andrew McClurg for passing his Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) exam recently! Andrew attends the Eastland Career and Technical School’s Honors Cisco Networking course that’s at New Albany High School. Please click here for more information about the course.

GLHS Students in the News
Four GLHS journalism students were awarded for their stories or photographs. Please click here to read about it!
Sophomore, Aeriel Turlington was selected to serve on the state drug prevention program! She is actively involved in a number of organizations to help students make drug free choices, which has led to her appointment to this special program. Please click here to learn more about Aeriel.
Guest Speaker
To help raise awareness and to educate parents about what to look for in students in terms of drugs and alcohol, Mrs. Tonya Heft from Maryhaven will be at Clark Hall on Wednesday, April 4th at 7pm. The presentation will take place on the 2nd floor and will include time for Q and A. Mrs. Heft presented last year as well and the parents who attended were very appreciative of the information. She is extremely knowledgeable, personable, and thoroughly answered parent questions. This is part of our continued efforts to combat what seems to be an increased use of marijuana and other drugs among teenagers nationwide. The more information we have, the better equipped we will be to help solve the problems. Please mark your calendars and I look forward to seeing you there. I will send a reminder voice mail message or email message a few days before this event. Until next time…
Be Great,


  1. So proud to be part of a community that celebrates its youth. Way to go GLHS!

  2. Thank you so much! We do have much to be proud of and it is because of the strong community support of our school. Enjoy your day!

    Be Great,