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Kristina Roegner runs for District 37 representative

Ohio House District 37 representative, Kristina Daley Roegner, visited government classes on Oct. 17.

Roegner is running for her last term for District 37 representative. District 37 includes northeastern Summit County, which is Stow and Hudson.

The presentation started with some background information about herself. Prior to Roegner’s time in public office, she worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She served global clients on performance issues and remains a McKinsey Alumni Consultant. Also, Roegner was a field engineer and project manager for Westinghouse Power Generation Service Division. She was responsible for leading teams in overhauling large turbines and generators at power plants across the country.

Representative Roegner served as an elected member of the Hudson City Council from 2005 until 2010. She was a member of the Budget Reduction Ad-hoc committee and she helped lead the city council in 2006 to reduce the budgeted city spending and size of government. She became a state representative in 2010 and is currently in her sixth year as representative.

When the house is in session, Roegner reports to Columbus any where from one to three days a week. The general assembly currently is not in session because of the election season.

During the meeting, Roegner talked about some of the bills she has passed, helped pass or is currently working to pass during her term. She helped with House Bill 2, which is a bill to regulate different aspects of charter schools in the state of Ohio.

She is currently working on bill that would allow students that take foreign languages in high school and pass a state exam to have a seal on their transcript that means the students are bilingual and can function in that language.

Roegner also talked about what candidates have to do to campaign in order to get elected. A couple of the things candidates have to do is fundraise and get their name out through posters, and yard signs.

There was a time that students and teachers were able to ask Roegner questions on a wide variety of subjects. Some of the questions that were asked related to high schools, college, marijuana, and the presidential election.

If anyone has something they would like Roegner to consider, they can go online to ohiohouse.gov and fill out a contact form.

Orchestra’s hard work pays off

With the first of day of school just a memory, most students are back into a daily routine. The school district’s orchestras have been working hard every day to prepare music for the first concert of the year.

On Oct. 5, the high school, middle school and sixth grade orchestras had a combined concert at the high school, which started at 7 p.m.

The three orchestras have spent the first weeks of school preparing the chosen selections of director, Sarah Behal, to perform. Because of limited time to prepare, this concert was a preview performance, so parents, family members and other community members could see what is to come from the orchestra at future concerts this year.

The sixth grade orchestra has limited rehearsal time because they do not meet every day. They only have lessons and a large group rehearsal each week. Because of the limited time to rehearse, the students performed one song.

Their selection was “The Abandoned Funhouse,” by Brian Balmages.

Sophomore Thomas Biggs provided a piano accompaniment.

The seventh and eighth graders took the stage next with three combined pieces and one that only the eighth graders performed.

The first piece for the two grades was “Our Heroes,” by Susan Day. “Expectations,” by Larry Clark was up next for seventh and eighth graders. The last selection the two groups played together was “Storm the Gates,” by Alan Lee Silva. “Fire in the Bow,” was for the eighth graders alone.

The high school orchestra took the stage next to perform their four pieces.

“The Hanging Tree,” from “The Hunger Games” was the first selection for the high school students. The piece was written by Suzanne Collins, Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz. The piece was arranged by Larry Moore.

The next selection was “Starlight,” by Muse. The piece was written by Matthew Bellamy and arranged by Sasha Ivanov and Derek Stein.

“Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space,” by Richard Meyer was the third piece played.

To close the concert, the high school school orchestra performed “Shut Up and Dance,” by Walk the Moon. The selection was arranged by Larry Moore. Biggs added a little extra help to the song by playing the drums.

For anyone who missed the concert, the Lakeview, Kimpton and high school orchestras will be having an all-city orchestra concert on Tues. Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

District orchestras performs at winter concert

The music department just finished their winter concerts. The string orchestra had their concert on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

The concert was an all-city concert and featured the orchestras from Lakeview, Kimpton and the high school.

The sixth grade orchestra started the night off with “Angels on Parade,” arranged by Carl Strommen. They played another piece titled “Entry of the Tumblers” by Elliot Del Borgo.

The seventh grade orchestra started their portion of the concert with “Honor and Glory” by Soon Hee Newbold. “Still into You” written by Paramore and arranged by Michael Story was up next in the program. The seventh graders last piece was “Burgundian Carol” arranged by Deborah Baker Monday. The last piece of the seventh graders performance included eighth grade volunteers, and they played “North Pole Workshop” by Doug Spata.

The seventh graders stepped back and the eighth graders took the stage. They kicked off their performance with “Festival Fanfaronade” by Deborah Baker Monday. The next song on the program was “Royals” written by Lorde and arranged by James Kazik. The last song the eighth graders played was “Angels in the Bleak Midwinter” arranged by Larry Moore.

The eighth graders then took a seat in the audience and the high school orchestra finished off the evening with their portion of the concert.

The high school started with “Game of Thrones” by Ramin Djawadi and arranged by Larry Moore. The next selection was “Sleigh Ride to New Haven” by Doug Spata. The members then kicked up the beat with “A Pirate’s Legend” by Soon Hee Newbold, and they quickly brought the beat down again with a christmas selection titled “The Moon of Winter” arranged by Vince Gassi. The high school orchestra finished the concert with “Kashmir” written by Led Zeppelin and arranged by Tim McCarrick.

The orchestra enjoyed preparing for performing during the concert, and the audience seemed to enjoy all the selections the director, Sarah Behal, choosed. The high school orchestra is now getting prepared for the state large group contest in a couple of months.

Orchestra holds first performance of the year

The start of October means the first concert of the year for the orchestra.

On October 7, the high school and middle school orchestras had a combined concert at the high school. The concert started at 7 p.m.

The two orchestras spent the first month of school preparing selections of music to perform. With only having a month to prepare for the concert, this concert was a preview concert so the parents and other community members can see what is to come from the orchestra at future performances. 

The evening started with the seventh and eighth grade orchestra performing two pieces of music. The first selection was “Ancient Hunters” by Sean O’Loughlin. The next piece was “Dragonhunter” by Richard Meyer. Many of the high school members remember playing this selection during their middle school years.

The seventh graders got to take a break and hear the eighth graders play their own selections. They played “Midnight Rain” by Susan H. Day and “Curse of the Rosin Eating Zombies From Outer Space” also by Meyer.

Many of the high school members remember playing “Dragonhunter” and “Curse of the Rosin Eating Zombies From Outer Space” during their middle school years.

The high school and middle school groups were able to relax and listen to a guest string quartet, The Heimat String Quartet. The members of the group were Aubrey Holmes (violin), Patrick Shaughnessy (violin), Chung Han Hsiao (violia) and Aaron Fried (cello). The quartet played two selections.

After the quartet, the high school orchestra was featured. Their first selection was “The Avengers” by Alan Silvestri and arranged by Larry Moore. They also played the “Theme from Fantasy on Sleepers Wake” by J.S. Bach. After playing a slow piece the orchestra picked up the beat and played “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.” This selection was performed by the Dropkick Murphys but composed by Loughlin.

The orchestra took a pause from playing for the seniors to receive their letters.  The senior orchestra members are Chloe Miller (violin), Jack Dotson (violin), Amber Villanueva (violin), Meghan Bohannon (violin), Fred Cunningham (violin), Hannah Fifer (violin), Cheyenne Fox (viola), Zachary Kunz (cello), Alex Petrovski (cello) and Faith Horn (cello).

The last selection for the high school orchestra was “New World Symphony (Mvt IV)” by Antonin Dvorak.

For anyone who missed the concert, the Lakeview, Kimpton and high school orchestras will be having an all-city orchestra concert on Thursday December 10 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. At this concert, the juniors in the high school orchestra will be receiving their letters.