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The Rootstown Rover athletic department honored athletes competing in fall sports at the annual awards ceremony held at the high school.
The best athletes in football, golf, volleyball, cross country, soccer and cheerleading were recognized. Receiving awards:
Football: Danny Lashley, varsity MVP; David Paliscak, offensive player; Jake Moore, defensive player; Rich King, Robert C. Dunn award; Nick Harris, outstanding freshman.
Golf: Josh Richards, varsity MVP; Joey Weingart, junior varsity MVP; Greg Moore, most improved.
Volleyball: Abbi Ohman, varsity MVP; Allyson Blessing, JV MVP; Katie Snyder, coaches award; Briana Ryan, outstanding freshman.
Boys cross country: William Morgan, varsity MVP; Matt Colpo and Keith Begue, most improved; Evan Ferrell and Dillon Melby, coaches award.
Girls cross country: Jennifer Janovick, varsity MVP; Erin Housley and Riley Parker, most improved; Maggie Durbak and Emily Pattie, coaches award.
Girls soccer: Kaylee Consolo, varsity MVP; Shanley Furness, JV MVP; Jacqueline Moss, offensive player; Jordan Mizer and Madison Hartung, defensive player; Amanda Savage and Annie Boyle, coaches award.
Boys soccer: Andrew Mazur, varsity MVP; Tyler Skipper, most improved; Tyler Owens, defensive player; Will Postlethwait, coaches award.
Cheerleading: Kelsey Wise, Rover award; Faith Goforth, most improved; Hannah Chapple, spirit award.
Rootstown Drama gave audience members something to laugh about in the recent production "Who's Dying to be a Millionaire" performed on stage at Rootstown Middle School.
Directed by Sue Kralik and Jeff Hayden and student director, Meranda Pantalone, the play follows a television game show that lives up to its name as contestant after contestant is murdered on the set.
Supporting actress award winner Gertie Miller, playing Clovis Darnell, tries to keep the cast and crew on task and hide the murders. But Sheriff Jesse Marlowe, played by Chris Fletcher, gets to the bottom of the murders with the help of his not-too-bright deputy, Barbara Philpot, played with a comedic twist by best actress award winner Chriss Scott.
The sheriff is tripped up by the constant false confessions of Sofie Mandello, played by Emily Pattie. Best actor Michael Lilly plays the TV show host, Reginald Smarmy. Aptly named, Smarmy's only goal is to continue to put contestants on the hot seat for a successful show that will make him famous. Best supporting actor Austin Heitzenrater is the reporter, Henry Pomeroy, who continues to work on the mystery as contestants answer questions and die.
Josh Richards, playing contestant Sam Dithers, seeing the previous competitor dragged off the stage by his feet, nervously asks "what's the penalty if you miss a question?" and Morgan Revels, is both funny and commanding as Bertha Hoggens, the mayor of the town.
Using the slogan Be the King of your Domain -- Texting is a Royal Pain, RHS Youth Safety Council members focused on the dangers of everyone, including teens, texting while driving a vehicle.
Members of the council dressed as royalty on the final day to call attention to the problem as the culmination of the week that included members singing during morning announcements using a play on words to popular songs including "I'm Texting and I Shouldn't" and "Call Me Maybe."
Carol Pullin, adviser of Youth Safety Council, offered that Jenny Janovick and Payton Pfile were also instrumental in making the week successful.
The Youth Safety Council meets each week to shine a light on teen issues.
Senior actors and production crew members in "Who's Dying to be a Millionaire" include Chriss Scott in the front; kneeling from left: Meranda Pantalone, Megan Summers, Morgan Revels and Bree Hayes; and standing, Samantha Kropp, Chris Fletcher, Josh Richards, Gertie Miller and Olivia Mauro.
Members of the Rootstown High School Youth Safety Council turned their attention to the problem of teens texting and driving during one week. Organizing the event are council members, front row from the left: sophomore Erin Housley and seniors Katie Kishton and Naomi Morgan; back row: senior Jacob Ross, juniors Kassandra Taubler and Samantha Kenney and senior Kyle Smith.