Beaver Local Destination Imagination Dominates at Regionals

Beaver Local Destination Imagination Teams won honors at the Regional Tournament held at Leetonia Schools last Saturday.

The Beaver Local Elementary DI team holds their trophy high after qualifying for the state DI tournament.


Destination Imagination, Inc. is a global organization designed to teach students the creative process and help them gain the 21st-century skills needed to succeed in the future workforce. These skills include creative and critical thinking, collaborative problem solving and project management. Students choose project-based challenges that blend STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) with the arts and social entrepreneurship.

More than 150,000 students worldwide participate annually. Ohio typically has approximately 780 teams.


Beaver Local had four teams participate this year. Each of its three eligible teams won the right to compete at the State Tournament in Mount Vernon, OH  on April 8th, where they will join other State Finalists from the 11 Regions throughout Ohio. Winners from that competition will vie for the top honors at the Global Competition in Knoxville, TN at the end of May.


Members of both the Beaver Local High School teams can be seen in the Masquers Club production of Grease, this weekend at the High School Auditorium (Friday and Saturday at 7PM and Sunday at 2PM).


The Junior/Senior Team pictured left to right back row: Traven Renner, David McCullough, and Alex Gabbert. Front Row: Kylie Kraus and Abigail Monte.

The Elementary Team (grades 1st-4th) back row: Brayden Hall, Cameron Anderson and Zane Elick; front row: Lora Reeder, Lillyan Wright and Allyson Wright.

The Freshman/Sophomore Team back row: Sadie Potts, Katrina Malcolm, Vince Hoppel. Front row: Sammi Voorhees (not pictured, Mario Chick).

Beaver’s Rising Star (non-competitive) team was made up of students grades K-2. From left to right these students are: Brenna Jones, Wyatt Wright, Paxton Gabbert, Gauge Wise, Wyatt Wise (not pictured, McKenzie Ash).


This press release was written by Leslie Gabbert.
Leslie is a retired BLHS English teacher, the Beaver Local Destination Imagination Advisor,
and the Ohio Destination Imagination Tournament Director.

Prom 2k17

As the end of the school year approaches, so do many great events at Beaver Local. Among the many great events at our school, Prom is definitely at the top of the list. With the change last year of hosting prom right at the school, we are now moving back to the Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown this year. I met with Mrs. Speece, teacher and junior class advisor, to not only talk about this change but also on her hopes for prom this year.

With changing the location of prom yet again, many people are wondering why we made the move back to Youngstown. Speece said, “Going back to Youngstown is actually a little bit more pricey than having it at the school, but we are doing it for the students. We did compromise for the cost with small changes like taking school buses instead of charters. But our main goal is to make prom feel as special as we possibly can. We want to make a big difference between prom and the other dances.”. As excited as she is for prom, she also has mixed emotions. “As much as I loved the turnout and having prom at the school, having it away from the building is much less stressful not dealing with scheduling conflicts”.
With the theme for prom this year being “The Golden Age of Hollywood”, there is much to be excited about. The luxurious, romantic feeling they are going for should make for a very special night. “Buying a ticket to prom this year is like buying a ticket to the golden age” said Speece. Speece also managed to get a very impressive Dj for this year that everyone should be eager to see. The music and atmosphere aren’t the only things to be looking forward to this year. The menu this year has three delicious choices to suit anyone’s taste buds. You have your choice of steak, chicken teriyaki, or vegetarian pasta. Speece thinks this year will definitely be another huge turnout, as prom is by far Beaver Locals’ biggest event.
Prom this year should be an exciting and memorable event, as it always is, so you definitely don’t want to miss out. It will be on Friday, May 12th. If you are planning on bringing someone from another school, make sure you stop by the main office to get a permission form! Tickets are on sale until the 17th in Mrs. Speece’s room, so don’t forget to stop by!



Dress to Impress this Spring

Spring is right around the corner, and I’m here to remind you that you must follow the dress code. If at anytime you can’t remember the guidelines, get on to the Beaver Local High School website, and open the BLHS Handbook.

Here are a few reminders to keep you from getting in trouble!

  1. Holes, rips, or tears, must be below fingertip length.
  2. Spaghetti straps or narrow straps are not permitted.
    Your shorts must be fingertip length.
  3. Garments that reveal underclothing is not permitted.
  4. Students shall not wear clothing items that contain messages that are vulgar, offensive, or obscene.
  5. Students are not permitted to wear pants that, when fastened, sag or for below the waist.


Always remember to keep your shirts below your fingertips!


Remember, to always follow the dress code, and if you have any questions, you can always ask a teacher or administrator. As spring approaches us, we want to make sure everyone is wearing appropriate clothing here at school.


Kindergarten Buddies!

Mrs. Jones’ Psychology class has incorporated a buddy system with our kindergarten here at Beaver Local. Each student got to pick 1-3 buddies after meeting the class we would be visiting every week. Every Friday, the Psychology class trips down to the kindergarten wing of the school to visit their assigned buddies. Some days we get to just hang out and play around with our buddies and other days we have a specified activity to partake in with them.
My buddy’s name is Katie. She is the sweetest most energetic little girl I have ever met. She really likes drawing pictures of us and playing hide and seek. The first couple of trips down, she couldn’t quite remember my name. After quizzing her a couple times she got it down. Over the short period of time that I have known Katie, a strong bond has grown between us. She jumps with joy the moment she sees me, I suppose the child inside me does too. Whenever the day ends and it’s time for us to leave, Katie latches on to my leg and refuses to let me go. It’s the cutest thing. Eventually, she stands up and gives me the biggest hug I’ve probably ever gotten. She says goodbye and then we do it all again the following week.
In psychology, we’ve learned about how memories and our upbringing shapes us as people. Is our behavior guided by experiences inside of us? A task we were given was to get our buddies to tell us a memory or memories they have. Doing so, we learned a little bit about them and in turn, we got to share our memories too.
We currently are learning about conformity and obedience. Conformity is how people comply with standards, rules, and laws. Obedience is compliance with an order or request to another’s authority. These two ways of thinking are displayed all throughout the kindergarten classroom. Buddies consider us high school students authoritative to them. They obey and comply with almost everything we say. The children also conform to each other. When one child sees another doing something, that child wants to conform and do the same.
I think this mini program for the class is a great idea. It leaves a great impact on the kids and on the high school students. We get to see how the things we learn in class take place in real world situations. Going to visit our buddies is the highlight of my week, every week.