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Huge weekend of high school football kicks off season

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OHIO — What better place to begin the 2023 Ohio High School Athletic Association Game of the Week on Spectrum News 1, then where it will end?

Of course, Canton’s Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is the site of the OHSAA state championships Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, but it’s also the venue for a gathering of state champions—including from outside Ohio—on Saturday.

It’s all part of the “Northeast Ohio vs. America Showcase”, a series of four games featuring top teams from that part of the state, as well as schools from Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia.

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The science of reading and what it means for Ohio students

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio students will be heading back to the classroom with a new ReadOhio initiative to encourage improved literacy skills.

“Reading is the key that unlocks the door to so many other things and many opportunities in life.” said Gov. Mike DeWine.

On Thursday, DeWine announced a new state-approved curriculum, The Science of Reading, for K-12 schools. It refers to research that has been conducted for decades by scientists and literacy experts that shows there is an actual science behind learning to read and that certain skills need to be taught, including phonics.

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Classic for Columbus looking to impact young lives

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John Pace has made it his focus to impact young lives. For years, the CEO of Classic for Columbus, along with members of his team, has been helping to send thousands of kids to college.

He plans to continue that work, but now with a bit of a shift in his mission. As Central Ohio communities confront deadly violence, he’s working to save lives.

“You have an opportunity no matter what your circumstances are today,” Pace said. “You can rise above those circumstances. Education is the key, and we’re going to make sure once you prepare yourself, the opportunities are there for you.”

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Ohio governor wants to retrain teachers on ‘the science of reading’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio education and business leaders gathered with Gov. Mike DeWine at the Athletic Club of Columbus Thursday to talk about the importance of literacy in Ohio schools.

Research shows Ohio students have fallen behind in reading, prompting the Ohio Business Roundtable and Ohio Excels, a non-profit that gives businesses a voice within the state’s education system, to host the “Literacy Matters” event.

“The data is clear: if kids get an opportunity to succeed, having those basics of reading skills are really important for that ability to be a productive person in life,” said Pat Tiberi, the president and CEO of Ohio Business Roundtable and Board Chair of Ohio Excels.

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Big Red, Creek wrestlers headed to Columbus

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The 2023 OHSAA Wrestling Championships are set for Friday through Sunday at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State.

Saccoccia, who placed second in the state at 120 last season, breezed through Saturday’s 132-pound bracket. The Big Red sophomore opened the district tournament with a 17-0 tech fall over Warren’s Mitchel Rehl before earning a 15-3 major decision over Claymont’s Elijah Parrish in the quarterfinals, and a 12-3 major over Jacob Johnson of Circleville in the semis. He picked up another major decision in the finals, defeating West Holmes’ Hunter McCluggage, 15-2.

“Brody looked good today,” Big Red coach Lucas Huffman said. “He had a great tournament. It’s always good to win a sectional title and now a district title in your home gym and I was happy with what I saw from him today.”

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‘So many ways to be fast’: Central Ohio swimmers, coaches mix approaches to tapering

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This time of the season in high school swimming, “taper” is a word heard almost as much as “time” and “water.”

At its essence, tapering is the period leading up to a competition when swimmers lighten their workload to help their muscles recover with the aim of reaching their fastest times.

But little is simple about the process, which varies between both events and individual swimmers and also requires extra rest outside the pool.

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Esports get the OHSAA approval

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COLUMBUS– The history of video games stretches back around 50 years and within that realm there has always been a drive by human players to be the best at what they do.

That level of competition will now stretch into high school sports in the state of Ohio as the Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced a partnership with the nonprofit organization Esports Ohio to support and promote its annual state tournament in May.

Esports Ohio was created by teachers to grow participation in electronic gaming competition as way of getting students involved in team-based scholastic activities.

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1,000 pairs of shoes given to children in need thanks to former OSU field hockey player

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OLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — There is no better way to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. than by giving back to families in need.

One thousand pairs of shoes were given to Columbus children for free thanks to a partnership between a former Ohio State University athlete and a nonprofit organization.

Emma Goldean, a standout field hockey player, just graduated from OSU. Instead of using her name, image, and likeness to make money for herself, Goldean decided she wanted to make a difference in her community by signing up with Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that gives children in need free shoes.

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Capital University to offer full-ride scholarship to eligible Columbus State students

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Columbus State Community College students looking to complete a bachelor’s degree will be able to do so debt-free starting this fall at Capital University.

Capital University has announced that it is expanding its partnership with Columbus State to offer full tuition and fees scholarships to students who transfer from Columbus State to the university for their bachelor’s degree as part of Capital’s Main Street Scholarship.

The scholarship, which begins this fall, is open to all Columbus State-Capital dual admission students, all Columbus State transfer students who have a GPA of 2.5 or better while enrolled at the college, are Ohio residents, and who are at least partial Pell-eligible.

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Ohio State fall graduates and the university’s president prepare for next chapter in life

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It’s a time of transition for The Ohio State University’s autumn graduates and the university’s president after she announced her decision to step down from her role.

Dec. 18 marked the culmination of the graduates’ hard work, during a time filled with challenges created by the pandemic and more. It also was President Kristina Johnson‘s second to last commencement ceremony.

“Graduates I’m so proud of all you have done and can’t wait to see what you accomplish next,” Dr. Kristina Johnson said to the graduates.

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