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Joshua’s looks for live entertainment

 The high school is fortunate to play host to its very own restaurant, Joshua’s. Joshua’s is open to all students and staff, as well as members from the community.

   The staff of Joshua’s has recently decided they would like to bring in more student talent to showcase in the restaurant. The high school has many students associated with different talents that could be featured in the restaurant.

   “Our high school has a wealth of talent in music, arts, vocal, theater, as well as other gifts.  We want Joshua’s to be a showcase for not only our culinary students but high school students who want to showcase their abilities.” Joshua’s culinary team member Tracey Lee said.

    Joshua’s has a large customer rate, with not only students dining and working there but also parents and members of the community deciding to eat there. The culinary team consisting of Tracey Lee, Teresa Ursetti and Chef Giangaspero decided that they would like to allow these people to witness firsthand some of the many talents of students at the high school.

    Currently, Joshua’s restaurant already hosts pieces of art from Mrs. Surrena’s up-cycled art class and Mr. Pierce’s photography class. Surrena’s students made flower balls out of skewers and old books, some of which are hanging in the restaurant for decoration. Pierce’s students also have some of their photography on the walls around the restaurant. The staff is always on the lookout for more talents to showcase, whether they be in art, photography, or other specialties.

    The culinary team is always looking for more students to show off their talents. The team would like to welcome any talent from any student in hopes of making the restaurant welcoming for everyone. They ask students who are interested to contact Tracey Lee Chef G or Teresa Ursetti.

Junior Class Play excites audience through radio show performance

The end of February kicks off with the performance of the Junior Class Play, Vintage Hitchcock.

On Feb. 27, 28 and March 1, the junior class will perform their class play. This year, the play is called “Vintage Hitch- cock: A Live Radio Play.” The play is a depiction of a radio show set in the 1940s. It involves many suspenseful mo- ments, including train chases, serial killers and explosions.

JCP takes place every Febru- ary. Unlike the Senior Class Play, which is traditionally a comedy, the Junior Class Play is a drama. The show is a juniors-only cast. The cast of the play is small this year but strong. The cast consists of only juniors, including Ricky Tritten, Jack Dotson, Tristan Ange, Stefano Mariola, Rachel Jagger, Emily Gresser, Marissa Sabatucci, Sarah Burger, Ciara Dawn and Nathaniel Halaz. The student producers, juniors Alex Laing and Taylor Hostetler, have been working on publicity for the play including painting the signs that are put up around Stow and the large banner hung in front of the auditorium.

“It’s cool to see it all come together,” Laing said. “I think it’s going to look really good on stage.”

The student directors, juniors Charlie Blair and Andrew Brown, work with the cast by helping them learn lines, block- ing on stage. They help Director Robert Putka by making sure everything is running smoothly and allow him to focus on the performance.

The show itself is structured in a different way than an typical play. Instead of separate scenes of people moving on stage, the actors present themselves as though they are in a radio show, standing in front of microphones much like a live radio perfor- mance. The cast puts on many different accents during the show, including British, which the cast and Putka have worked hard to perfect.

“It’s very suspenseful and funny,” Laing said.

The play is performed in three acts, with each act being an adaptation of a different work of Alfred Hitchcock. These ad- aptations include “The Lodger,” “Sabotage” and “39 Steps.”

“The Lodger” is a story about a serial killer who arrives to rent a room in London. Suspicion
is abound when certain people become jealous of the killer, and his identity may be discovered.

“Sabotage” is the story about a group of secret agents who are set up to spy on a goup of criminals.

“The 39 Steps” is about a man determined to expose a crime ring and prove his innocence in a murder.

The performances will take place on at the end of February. Tickets are $8 for students and senior citizens and $9 for adults.

The Junior Class Play is a junior class fund raiser, so students were encouraged to come see the show, both to help raise money for the junior class and see the amazing performance their classmates put on.

Parking worsens as winter continues

One major privilege in the high school is being able to drive to school.

Parking passes allow students the privilege of driving themselves to school.

They are available for juniors and seniors with a valid driver’s license. The passes cost $50 and require a form to be filled out before the beginning of the school year. The passes are given on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis in order to prevent overflow parking in the lots. Students are issued a gold pass that they can attach to their rear view mirror and are required to be easily visible to somebody walking past.

There are requirements for parking at the school. The first requirement is tat the vehicle must have a valid parking pass.
At the beginning of the school year, most people follow this rule. The administration is diligent in checking for offenders, and after a few warnings, those people tend to fix the problem; however, in the recent winter months, the number of people parking in the school parking lot without a clearly visible parking pass has increased dramatically. Walking from the back of the parking lot, down even just a single row, students can see many cars that have no pass hanging, a fact that frustrates many students.

Another requirement for having a parking pass is the understanding that certain spots are unavailable for students to park. These spots include any spots specifically marked for teachers, such as “Traveling teachers,” “Traveling Music Teachers,” and “Reserved” spots. Other spots include every spot in front of the first light post in the first lot of the school. These spots are reserved for teachers and staff only and are marked with a different color.

An increase in the number of students that disregard this rule is obvious in the cold winter months. Many students do not want to walk from the back of the parking lot to the school in the rain, wind or snow; however, students that take up these spots cause teach- ers to park further back in student spots, which causes the students parking in the correct spots to park in the very back lot, the gravel lot or even the tennis courts, which also frustrates the many students who are following the guidelines put in place when getting a parking pass.

“I think it’s disrespectful when students try to park in the teacher’s spots,” senior Amanda Kenepp said.

In the recent months with the cold weath- er hitting harder, students have taken to even parking in spots that are not actual parking spots. They have parked at the end of the first parking lot where people drive through, blocking that portion of the drive. Not only is this unfair to other students, safety is also a concern, as these cars are parked in a place where people are
supposed to be able to drive through and block a potential way to exit the parking lot quicker.

While the administration does their best to prevent these offenses from happening, it is impossible to keep every student within the rules without somebody checking every car in the parking lots the school does not have the staff or funds for this kind of demand. Students believe that it would be better if there was more organization in the parking lot.

“It shouldn’t be a free-for-all,” senior Julia Ryan said.

Other students have thought of ideas that could give a little more organization to the parking. One of these ideas includes having reserved spots. When students get a parking pass, they are given a specific spot to park. This would help every student, as no one would have to move their car in the middle of the day and interrupt their education. It would also help cut down on people parking without a pass because every space would have an assigned student.

This design would require the parking lot to have work done. Each spot would have to be numbered in order for students to know where to park. Suggestions came that other schools have a policy similar to this and that the students could paint their spot with a number or a name when they acquire their pass.