Baseball is always a sure sign of spring.

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Baseball is always a sure sign of spring.

Even though winter seemed to hold its grasp a little too long in Northeastern Ohio, the Rootstown Drama Club brought the first signs of spring to Rootstown High School with the presentation of The Baseball Show.

Any resident who has not attended a Rootstown play would probably be surprised at the quality and professionalism of the productions. The play performances at Rootstown High School rival many of the community theaters in the area. Featuring a talented cast of high school students from grades nine through 12, the drama productions are always entertaining.

Calling The Baseball Show a drama is not very honest. The show scenes ranged from poignant to uproarious. Best actress award-winner Cat Grega joined fellow cast members Jenae Guinn and Tamara Wright for three scenes depicting feisty senior citizens attending a local baseball game. The three offered a parody on the original script inserting teachers and coaches into the dialogue. Grega was hilarious in her portrayal of a true-to-her team fan.

Blake Collins received the award for best supporting actor for many scenes throughout the play including a solo act as an aging catcher realizing his days are numbered behind the plate.

Katie Marshall, best supporting actress, was the head coach who led her city team to a much needed victory after suffering too many years of defeat.

Best actor was awarded to Jason Frient, who portrayed many parts throughout the production including a die-hard New York Yankees fan. He also joined Collins for several scenes portraying an announcer interested only in his own performance on the microphone rather than his team on the diamond.

The coveted Calcei award, named after Judy Calcei of Suffield, retired Rootstown teacher and longtime drama coach, was awarded to the duo of John Deak and Derek Ralston, who have handled the lighting and the sound for Rootstown drama during the past four years. Finally, Latch also presented the dictionary award to Blake Collins, Cat Grega and Jenae Guinn in honor of their participation in every drama production throughout their high school career.

Plays at Rootstown High School are traditionally presented each fall and spring to sold-out audiences on the make-shift stage in the Rootstown cafeteria. Audiences often forget they are in a cafeteria as curtains and risers provide the perfect backdrop for the productions thanks to the technical expertise of retired teacher Bob Halliwell.

At the end of the production, members of the cast presented Latch with a beautiful music box inscribed with keep telling the story as a thank-you to the director for her diligence, hard work and never-wavering commitment to the students.

Julie White, a member of the junior class at Rootstown High School, was interviewed and accepted to participate as a member of the Ohio People to People Student Ambassador Program. Julie will arrive in Australia this summer and spend 21 days meeting with government officials, interacting with other students her own age and participating in educational activities while visiting host families.

All youths chosen for the program must provide their own tuition of $5,000 that includes meals, transportation, accommodations and educational activities. Julie is currently seeking financial sponsors to help her attain her goal. Donations and checks, made payable to People to People Ambassador Program, may be forwarded to: Julie Anna White, 3797 Biltz Road, Kent 44240.

An active student at Rootstown High School, Julie is the daughter of Michael and Cheryle White.

The Rootstown Lions Club presented the Good awards at the monthly Rootstown Local Schools Board of Education Meeting.

Receiving the Good Award for March were Jennifer Jonovick, a second-grade student at Rootstown Elementary School; Anna Trocchio, a member of the eighth-grade class at Rootstown Middle School; and Shelly Ritsko, a senior at Rootstown High School.

Brandi Ambrose, guidance director at Rootstown High School, and guidance secretary Dee Plecko often offer congratulations to students for their personal and educational successes. Students earning recent kudos from the guidance department include: Martin Geldhof, student of the month for February, Jenae Guinn, Robert C. Byrd scholarship nominee; Lindsay Motz, Portage County Teen of the Month and Plain Dealer senior nominee; and Joshua Sells, also a Robert C. Byrd scholarship nominee, Prudential Spirit of Community regional nominee and participant of the Brain Bee at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Kira Fulmer, Ben Gardner, Mike Jenior, Deona Maigari and T.J. Walton were each nominated to participate in the Oleschlager Summer Leadership Institute held at the University of Akron; Kristen Sembach is a nominee for the EF Tours Scholarship including a two-week tour of Europe and Asif Fakhri and Sherri Riddle joined Sells to participate in the Brain Bee at Baldwin-Wallace College.

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