On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, Grand River Academy participated in the 13th annual Ashtabula Botany Competition. This competition is sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Gazette Newspapers, and the Ashtabula County Parks Foundation.
For this competition, participants worked in teams of 5 students, and had two hours to identify 31 native wildflowers. Students used Newcombâ€™s Wildflower Guide to identify the plants, which are marked by flags. An adult volunteer leads the students through the course, which is held in the Ashtabula Gulf near the Smolen Covered Bridge.
This year, Grand River Academy competed against 9 other local high school teams. Mrs. Studer, the teamâ€™s advisor, formed a team consisting primarily of her Biology II students. Participants included Justin Evans 13â€™, Patrick Martucci 13â€™, JB Stackhouse 13â€™, Ben Triulzi 14â€™, Leo Zhang 14â€™ and Matt Fiedler 13â€™, alternate. This yearâ€™s team worked very well together, and the competition sponsors commented on their diligence and good team work.