Chardon School News
February 16, 2023 by Staff Report

Chardon High School junior and Ohio Speech and Debate Association competitor Charlotte Jons continues her streak of OSDA excellence, qualifying once again for the state tournament...

Speech State Qualifier

Chardon High School junior and Ohio Speech and Debate Association competitor Charlotte Jons continues her streak of OSDA excellence, qualifying once again for the state tournament — her third consecutive year to represent CHS speech and debate at the state level. Charlotte, in her sixth year as an OSDA competitor, is a true pioneer as the sole competitor to represent the school district.

Charlotte specializes in the Program Oral Interpretation event wherein she combines prose and poetry around a central theme. Her achievements this year have included consistently placing in the top five in seven tournaments and emerging as POI champion at the Solon tournament on Jan. 29.

Additionally, Charlotte was awarded the National Speech and Debate Association Special Distinction mark, a prestigious ranking that few speech and debate competitors earn in their high school years.

The 2023 OSDA State tournament will be held March 3-4 at Austintown Fitch High School. Approximately 900 students have qualified to compete, with Charlotte among 49 qualifying for the POI event as of the time of this writing.

Charlotte stated, “I have developed such a love for this activity and adore seeing the success I can reach when I put in the work. I am so thankful to have such kind friends, family, classmates and staff in my community who encourage me to push myself to that success.”

To learn more about speech and debate at Chardon High School, contact the school principal, Doug Murray, at

CREW Mastering Skill Boss

Chardon High School CREW students have worked hard since the start of the school year to learn about the mechanics of hydraulic equipment, including the understanding and use of tools and reading blueprints, ultimately acquiring a total of 60 essential manufacturing skills utilized in the workplace. Through this work, CREW students reached an exciting milestone — readiness to operate the equipment in the school’s on-site manufacturing lab.

CREW co-navigator Tracey Britt stated, “CREW students have advanced to operations that include creating hydraulic arms, programming the Pegasus robotic arm, filling the hydraulic machine’s hydraulic fluid tank and changing the belt drive on the Skill Boss.”

The Skill Boss is a hands-on learning and assessment system that is integral to students earning Certified Production Technician Plus certification.

Students Named SkillsUSA Ohio Regional Officers

Congratulations to Chardon High School juniors Cameron Musgrave and Brycen Perez on being named 2023 regional officers for the SkillsUSA Ohio Northeastern region. Cameron and Brycen, who are in their first year of Auburn Career Center’s Technology Engineering and Design program, are among three ACC students this year to earn this SkillsUSA Ohio NE honor and leadership opportunity.

ACC is a member school of SkillsUSA Ohio whose mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. The SkillsUSA Ohio Regional Officer Program is a leadership development initiative wherein students serve as school ambassadors for SkillsUSA at the regional level.

Foundation Awards VOX Fiction

Chardon Early Learning Center kindergarten teachers Mrs. Maheu and Mrs. Ridgeway and their students are enjoying the recent expansion of their VOX Books – Books that Talk classroom library. A new fiction set arrived this month, made possible by a grant from Chardon Schools Foundation in 2022. The new books join the classroom’s existing library of non-fiction titles funded by a CSF grant in 2020.

VOX Books – Books that Talk feature built-in readers and are designed to boost student vocabulary while retaining the tactile experience of reading a book.

Mrs. Maheu stated, “Thanks to the generosity of Chardon Schools Foundation. Our kids love being read to every day with this amazing resource.”