Groveport Madison Schools news briefs

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Cheer champs
The Groveport Madison High School cheerleaders placed first place at the recent 2023 AmeriCheer Buckeye Cheer Open Nationals.

GMHS DECA honors
The Groveport Madison DECA students performed well at Districts. Here are the results from the Jan. 31 competition: DECA State Oualifiers: Eva Walton 1st in Principles of Marketing; Kevin Inguil 1st in Accounting Applications; Kristian Dougherty 1st in Automotive Service; Neiko McDougal and Trinity Tinney 2nd in Hospitality; Team Results: Richie Saelim 2nd in Principles of Finance; Landon Sexton 2nd in Apparel and Accessories; Jonya Russell 2nd in Retail Merchandising; Medaling in 3rd place and State Alternates: Kyger Weston 3rd in Principles of Marketing; Elliot Phillips 3rd in Principles of Hospitality; Nana Aboagye and Aminata Sow 3rd in Marketing.
The State DECA Competition will be held at the Columbus Hyatt Regency March 10-11.

Students build and create
Instructor Chad Gibbs and his Groveport Madison High School construction trades students constructed a new “Cruiser Concession Stand” that will be given to the Cruiser baseball program. The new concession stand will be placed at the high school baseball field this spring.

The GMHS construction trades students also created “cubbies” in the dugouts of the Cruiser softball program. Softball players will be able to place their batting helmets and softball items like batting gloves and their field gloves in these spaces. District officials said it is another way students create items that benefit other students.

Reading Buddy volunteers
Groveport Madison Schools has partnered with the United Way of Central Ohio to provide “Reading Buddies” for students in kindergarten through third grade – and the district is looking for volunteers who would like to help. The school provides the books.

Reading Buddy volunteers spend one hour reading with their student(s) twice weekly. Morning time slots are 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m., and afternoon time slots are 1-2 p.m.

Participants must complete a background check (cost covered by Groveport Madison Schools). To sign up go to:

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Research confirms that children who develop strong reading skills when they are young are more likely to succeed in school and throughout their adult lives. An extra hour per day of one-on-one reading with an adult can provide children with the literacy foundation they need to become successful learners.

GMHS students at Ohio Model UN event
Groveport Madison High School students recently competed in the Ohio Model United Nations simulation at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The students role-play delegates of a selected nation. They research, present, and debate humanitarian issues from the current agenda of the United Nations in front of 1,000 others from across Ohio. A panel of peer judges advance debates and give awards, with Aminata Sow-Mamoudou being voted among the top five most outstanding delegates.

GM board officers
The Groveport Madison Board of Education selected LaToya Dowdell-Burger as its president and Seth Bower as its vice president for 2023.

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