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Letter to the Editor: John Barton

Published: April 5, 2017 12:00 AM

Twinsburg schools proved 'invaluable' for former student

I'm currently in my third year at Yale, and four years removed from Twinsburg High School, but not a day passes when I don't reflect on those formidable years.

Yale has provided me with a unique perspective on the Twinsburg school system, especially on areas relating to coursework, extracurricular opportunities, student and faculty diversity and quality of teaching. I look back on my classroom experiences where I learned the value of intellectual curiosity and openness to alternative perspectives, traits that set up my trajectory toward enlightenment and success. I found my AP coursework particularly rewarding, especially with Mr. Garber, Mr. Lally, Mrs. Fortner and Ms. Scott. Each of these instructors, along with my non-AP teachers, taught me the necessary skills and perspective to succeed in college and beyond.

Twinsburg athletics also proved invaluable during my development. I've participated in baseball, football, wrestling, track and soccer -- all experiences that taught me leadership, teamwork and how to handle adversity. The football program was particularly meaningful, providing me with a platform to showcase my athletic abilities, which helped me get recruited by college programs nationwide.

But football wouldn't have been meaningful if it weren't for the people involved. Coaches Schiavone, Amstutz, Lippy, Tomko, Mole and many more nurtured and encouraged my efforts and provided me with unforgettable experiences. I know I'm not the only former athlete who shares this sentiment.

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I could never have achieved such success without the opportunities provided by the Twinsburg City Schools. I hope to see the city retain these institutional opportunities and the people who make them special. Educational and extracurricular opportunities need to be the first priority of any governing body. If there are cuts to these programs, students will not be able to fulfill their potential.

John Barton,


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