West Geauga School News
January 12, 2023 by Staff Report

West Geauga High School contains a new trophy case to house some of the awards earned by athletes in the former Newbury Local School District...

Newbury Trophy Case at WGHS

West Geauga High School contains a new trophy case to house some of the awards earned by athletes in the former Newbury Local School District. When that district became a part of the West Geauga Local School District on June 30, 2020, the athletic trophies were gathered and stored by West Geauga. The trophy case is the first step in restoring some of the trophies to public view.

The new trophy case is constructed of wood taken from the old Newbury High School gym bleachers. The case is designed to look like bleachers being pulled out for seating, an obvious reference to the source of the wood itself. The designers and builders of the trophy case were John Cowles, Lester Byler and Bob Battisti.

According to Dr. Rich Markwardt, West Geauga superintendent, “The trophy case is a great way to showcase some of the major wins of the Newbury Black Knights. The fact that it reflects the old gym bleachers adds a unique sentimental element. When I asked Mark Richardson, our facilities manager, to have it built, I didn’t know quite what form it would take. It exceeded my expectations.”

The trophy case is located in the high school gym lobby.

West Geauga has a huge store of Newbury memorabilia. Some will eventually find its way to displays such as this one, perhaps on a rotational basis. Others, highlighting accomplishments in academics, athletics and the arts, will be on display in a video format.

Marching Band London Trip

The West Geauga High School Marching Band has returned from their overseas trip to London. Highlights of the trip included visiting Parliament Square, Covent Garden, Oxford, Windsor, Tower of London, Thames River, a rocking New Year’s Eve party and a concert performance in Cadogan Hall.

The trip culminated with the London New Year’s Day Parade performance. The parade was broadcast worldwide for viewers to see the band perform the “West G Fight Song,” “I Love Rock N Roll,” “The Avengers” and “Uprising by Muse.”

WGMB was proud to be selected as the parade finale playing the national anthem of the United Kingdom. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that students will never forget.

Visit www.westg.org for more coverage and video from the trip.

Students Achieve Reading Goals

Westwood Elementary School second-grade students in Mrs. Regano’s class set personal goals for their recent reading assessment. Every student in the class proudly achieved their goal. As a reward, the class celebrated with a pajama day, snack and movie. Congratulations to the students for continuing to work hard every day to improve their reading skills.

Kindergarten, New Student Registration        

Registration for 2023-24 kindergarten and new students opens on Feb. 15. The registration process is online. Visit www.westg.org for information.