As for why CASH was selected as the site of the first challenge, “We’ve worked with CASH in the past,” Raabe explained, noting that it did a program in November that included a dozen representatives from individual businesses and organizations focusing on science, engineering, technology and math.
“It’s one of the largest schools in the area,” he continued, referring to the school’s 700-member student body. “We have a positive relationship with the faculty, and the kids are great. It seemed like a good fit, especially for the first one starting out.”
CASH guidance counselor Melissa Flinchbaugh, who handled arrangements from the school’s end, agreed. “Conneaut School District has an open-door policy and a good relationship with all branches of the military,” she said.
According to Flinchbaugh, before the recent consolidation, before the former Linesville, Conneaut Lake and Conneaut Valley high schools were combined into CASH, approximately a dozen students from the three schools combined entered the military after graduation. So far this year, two students have committed to serving in the Marines and two in the Navy; in addition, one or two are seriously considering the Air Force and another one or two the Army.
Acknowledging the presence of EUP’s ROTC, “If you choose a military, you can still do college,” Flinchbaugh said. “As a district, we give the ASVAB military test, not only as a military test but as an aptitude test.
“We have about 100 kids in the district take the test. Our college-bound students use it as an aptitude test to see where their skills, strengths and weaknesses are,” Flinchbaugh said.
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Iron Scholar Challenge participants
Ten schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio are currently signed up to participate in Mercer Recruiting Company’s U.S. Army Iron Scholar Challenge. Additional schools are expected to be added to the list before the challenge wraps up later in the spring.
Conneaut Area Senior High School (Linesville)
Grove City High School
Central Valley High School (Monaca)
Alliquippa High School
Central Tech High School (Erie)
Girard High School
Strong Vincent High School (Erie)
Warren G. Harding High School (Warren)
Niles McKinley High School (Niles)
Girard High School