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‘American Pie’ deserves an A

When it comes to making learning fun, the annual “American Pie” concert sets the standard locally.

The 29th edition, performed May 9 at Columbus North High School, drew 1,100 people who listened to 33 songs over 3½ hours. Songs covered four time periods: 1963-67, 1973-77, 1982-86 and 1992-96.


Students entertained by dressing as Kurt Cobain, Linda Ronstadt and Annie Lennox, among many other performers, and belting out the tunes they made famous. But the event also incorporated social-history lessons of the time periods covered.

American Pie was created with the idea of making history more interactive for students, to give them reference points through music.

The event, once again, earned an A.

Senior’s project beneficial

Columbus East High School junior Gaige Clidinst’s senior project really should be called a public safety project. Mobile home residents should be glad he is concerned about their well being in the event of storms.

Clidinst created informational pamphlets with severe weather safety tips and began distributing them at mobile home parks May 17. For example, the pamphlet says that winds of 60 mph or stronger can flip mobile homes and encourages residents to sign up for the county’s emergency notification system, which notifies people by text message, email and phone call.

He got the idea after experiencing severe weather in a mobile home he and his family lived in while they were building a house.

Senior projects are important because they include a community project component. Clidinst’s is an example of just how beneficial one can be.

Expo provides educational spark

The inaugural History of Electronics Expo on April 24 at Columbus North High School provided another creative way to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Let’s hope the event continues.

Students in the C4 electronics class and an economics class at North teamed to present information about a person, invention or topic related to electronics. The hands-on event encouraged students to interact with their topics and the community by creating interactive displays.

The winning team received trophies, a computer tablet and a restaurant gift card for their biodigester project, but they gained far more. They learned applicable, real-world uses for electronics, as did the other students. That’s one way to open eyes to possible careers in STEM fields that need skilled workers.

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