Seniors learn how to get 'Edge' in real life

Cary Ashby • May 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM

MILAN — Knowing how to pop the hood on your vehicle is important when you’re about to jump-start the battery.

That’s one of the many life skills that Edison High School seniors learned Friday during the annual Edison Edge Day. The several-hour event started with the students listening to motivational speaker Tony Legando, who was the Huron Tigers head football coach for 28 years. He also taught fourth grade for most his 40-year career at Huron City Schools.

Afterward, the seniors went into break-out sessions that focused on life skills they will need after graduation. 

Sara Wilson, Edison Local Schools administrative assistant in the curriculum department, and her husband Terry, of Huntington Bank, shared insight into making positive first impressions. The boys learned how to tie neckties from Terry Wilson while the girls received dressing tips from his wife.

Financial expert Nicole Withrow provided her insight into “interactive finances” and the best ways to use and save money.

In the gymnasium balcony, the seniors literally had hands-on learning as Erie County Sheriff’s Sgt. Trevor Harlow and Deputy Dan Vladiff taught them simple self-defense tactics. Harlow is the leader of the special response team while Vladiff is the defense tactics instructor.

“Put something between you and the threat” was one of Harlow’s tips to the students.

Seniors went to the district bus garage to learn about basic car maintenance. Brandon Blitz, of Blitz Automotive in Berlin Heights, demonstrated how to inspect brakes, change a tire and jump-starting the battery. 

Blitz went through each step, explaining what he was doing — even how to pop the hood open.

“You’ll know you got it when you a hear a pop,” he said.

Legando’s message emphasized outworking everyone else and doing things, despite any adversity or challenges. The veteran coach and educator said his “passion is to inspire young people,” so he feels better if he at least reaches one person.

“Have fun, but do it the right way,” Legando told the seniors.

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