Student, Firelands High School, Class of 2016,
I am currently a student at Firelands High school and I participate in a variety of sporting and service oriented organizations. I play Volleyball, run track, and am a member of Teen Leadership Core, and National Honors Society. The most popular activities at Firelands High school would most likely be Band, Football, and FFA ( Future Farmers of American. Band has been given state rankings of 1 at many competitions there are a variety of bands are present such as Jazz band, Marching band and Concert band. They perform at many location and competitions which are highly successful under direction of Band Director Dustin Wiley. Football is the sport that the students come out to support the most, whether it be home or away there is always a student section present. In the last two years the team has been very successful by taking a core group of boys and refining their skills. There is a great deal of talent on the team and many graduates of 2016 are looking to further their football career into college. Head Coach Mike Passarello does a great job at helping his athletes get noticed by colleges and supports them in their many endeavors. As far as funding the football team is most provided for with up to date helmets and a variety of fundraisers to bring in money. FFA is an organization that is highly supported due to our area, Firelands is a rural community surrounded by corn fields. In this organization there is a 4 year class and program that gives students the ability to gain their state degree in agriculture. One of the reasons it is so popular is because of the Lorain County fair, the second largest fair in Ohio where students, and many others share their projects. These projects range from animals to plants to woodworking and a variety of other agricultural pursuits. All listed are great organizations and have their merits, I would highly recommend our track program for boys and girls. It has been highly successful the last 4 years, as has cross country. Now under new coaching direction the team has been left in the hands of coach Ryan Ladd, Kim Bennett, and Steve Lias, all who are excellent coaches to my knowledge. They along with Greg Northiem have produced a variety of Regional quality teams, and countless runners that continued their careers into college. Additionally I recommend Teen Leadership Core or TLC because of its ability to be applied to real life situations. In TLC members learn about different leadership styles and how to promote the best out of each other, a very useful skill. The class is now taught by Josh Malave and the second year independent study, which I was lucky enough to be a part of is organized by Dianne Zimmer. Both programs teach students about getting hands on experience in positions of leadership and work on acts of community service.