Latest News for Perry Local Schools

PHS Speech and Debate 5th in State, Tessa Polen State Champ

IMG_4227Congratulations to the Perry Speech and Debate Team on their top five finish at the Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament at Boardman and Canfield High Schools this past weekend.  Perry earned fifth place honors overall, which was the best finish for any Stark County High School in the competition.  At this time, the team is pleased to announce that we brought home the State Champion in Prose/Poetry Reading.  Congratulations to senior, Tessa Polen, who was named champion in this event after two days and seven elimination rounds of competition!  Tessa rocked the field of over 70 competitors to be the last person standing at the awards ceremony on Saturday night!  Congratulations to state finalists Christian Lisik and Jenna Shinsky who took third place in Policy Debate, and Alexis Hendershot and Shannon Howley on taking fourth place honors, also in Policy Debate. Michael Eagon advanced to the final round of Student Congressional Debate.  State semi-finalists are: Leah Reese and Noah Ott (Duo); Clay Owens (International Extemp); Alexis Collins (Oratorical); Ethan Peterson (Dramatic Interp); Jade Gower (Prose/Poetry); and Jake Zartman (Student Congressional Debate).  Quarter-finalists are: Anna Huntsman (Original); Katy Krepp (USX) Hunter Wooldridge and Sean Elofskey (Duo), Troy  Kind (Prose/Poetry), and Macy Kittelberger (Expository).  Congratulations on a great season!  You make Perry proud!

Lucas Kelley State Champ, Keishaun Sims 4th

The Perry Track and Field team wrapped up its indoor season this past weekend at the State Indoor Track and Field Championships.  Lucas Kelley vaulted his way to a State Championship in a new indoor record jump of 15 feet 6 inches.  That mark goes down as one of the top 6 performances ever at the state indoor meet.  Keishaun Sims high jumped 6 feet 4 inches en route to a 4th place finish.  Later in the day, Keishaun tripled jumped 41 feet 6 inches for a new school record and a 7th place state finish.  Their efforts gave Perry a top 10 finish in the state.  Congratulations Lucas and Keishaun on wrapping up a fine indoor season.

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Edison Students Have Artwork Displayed

lobbyCongratulations to the following students we had their artwork selected to be framed and displayed in the Edison lobby. Keep up the great work!

Front: Ashley Wootton, Madison Reidl, Alivia Kiefer, Tristan Monnard

Back:  Adam Luster, Faith Schilling, Hallie Kesegich, Rachel Bentley

Whipple Reading Therapy Dog is a National Finalist

jada_whippleMeet Jada, a 10 year old mixed breed dog saved from the shelter as a puppy by Cindy Zutavern.  Jada is now a trained reading therapy dog who has been creating miracles with kindergarteners in Mrs. Logan’s class at Whipple.  Jada was entered in a contest about how reading therapy dogs are helping in classrooms and we have been selected as a national finalist!   (more…)

Perry History Club Holding Pancake Breakfast

The Perry History Club (PHC) will be holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the 1893 Genoa School on Saturday, March 21st from 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM at the Perry  Grange. Tickets for the fundraiser are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. You can purchase tickets from a PHC member or at the door.

Girls on the Run Comes to Perry

girlsonrunimageAttention ladies in 3rd through the 5th grade: Do you like having fun? Are you looking for ways to make new friends? Do you want to learn how to be healthy and strong? In March, Girls on the Run is coming toPerry!  All Perry girls in 3rd through 5th grade are invited to join a team of Girls on the Run (GOTR) every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30p – 6:45p at Pfeiffer beginning on Tuesday, March 10th. This is an exciting opportunity you won’t want to miss. Register online at or by calling Amy Shock at (330) 244-9331.  Register today, deadline for registration is March 6th. Click here for a GOTR program flyer. 


PHS Swimmers & Divers Compete at State Meet

CarlieCarlie Perretta, Maria DeRenzo and Keenan Walker competed in the State Swimming and Diving State Meet. On Thursday, February 26th, Maria finished 20th in Girls Division 1 diving in the state. On Saturday morning, February 28th, Keenan dove in the Division 1 boys competition and finished 16th, earning him All-Ohio honors. Saturday evening, Carlie competed in the 100 breaststroke in the finals of the state competition and finished 4th (pictured left) in the state in Division 1 with a time of 1:04.63. This resets her own school record and the county record and earns her All-Ohio honors and All-American consideration. Congratulations on great performances this weekend.

District Wide Hat Day – Friday, March 27th us on Friday, March 27th for a district wide hat day! All of Perry Local Schools will be participating in Perry’s Hat Day for just $1.00. Students and staff can wear a baseball hat, a beret, a cowboy hat, or any kind of crazy hat! All the money raised will go to the Perry Athletic Hall of Fame. The school that raises the most money will get to choose what non-profit organization the money will go to the following year, along with bragging rights!



Whipple Second Graders Set Marbles in Motion

IMG_1248Whipple second grade decided to take advantage of the freezing temperatures by creating colored ice marbles to teach their science unit on motion.  The students were asked to determine various ways to set the “marbles” in motion and record their hypotheses.  Each student was then asked to experiment and try out their recorded option of force.  Some of the hypotheses included rolling the ice marble, sliding it, and even throwing it (done underhand of course).  At the conclusion of the experiment the students continued to experiment with regular marbles in the classroom trying to create different paths of motion (straight, curved, and zig-zag), what would happen by introducing friction onto the surface, and finding ways to slow down or speed up the “marbles”.

PHS Presents The Addams Family Musical

 Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 7.48.24 AMTHE ADDAMS FAMILY tickets are going fast.  Saturday & Sunday performances are already SOLD OUT.  Print out this order form to order YOUR Tickets for any of the remaining 3 performances.  Don’t be closed out entirely.  Don’t miss this show….it’s a “HOOT”.  Perry is the 1st High School in Stark County to have received licensing rights to produce the ADDAMS FAMILY.  “PERRY THEATRE….THE LITTLE BROADWAY OF STARK COUNTY