Category Archives: Community

Changes Coming to the Cafeteria

Abigail Kuhns

    In the past months, the cafeteria has been making changes in order to keep from cutting funding to other programs and salaries.

     First, the school system cutting all food sales through clubs during the school day and the high school cafeteria recently updated their silverware policy. Now, students who bring a lunch from home have to pay 25 cents for a packet which consists of a spoon, fork, napkin and straw.

     Many students in the high school will bring a lunch and rely on the cafeteria for such items. These students who rely on the cafeteria every day will now be paying 45 dollars a year over a 180 day school year for silverware packets.

     I experienced this first hand and was shocked by the news along with many other student who have been told to pay 25 cents.

    Senior Bissan Obaid has had incidents in the cafeteria where they would not let her have a dressing packet without buying a lunch while I have gone up and asked and they just handed me one.

    “One time I went back to go get a ranch packet for my sister and they said I was not allowed to have one because I didn’t have my lunch with me. It was really frustrating considering students don’t have to pay extra for those when you buy a school lunch,” Obaid said.

    Multiple students have noticed the cafeteria policies depend on the line of staff member they go through.

    Obaid said, “I think if they’re going to make students pay for silverware than they need to make everyone pay for it instead of just the select ones they see.”

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Talent Show

Shea Sullivan

    Interact club is hosting the school’s annual high school talent show. The show will take place on May 3, at 7:00 p.m.   in the high school auditorium. Tickets will be sold before the show for a cost of five dollars, which will benefit Interact club. 20 acts are needed and all are welcome, signs up are outside of room 160. A panel of judges will score contestants throughout the night, and the top five will place. Prizes include trophies and gift cards for the top winners, and a night of fun for every performer and the whole community.

Pierce Memorial

Shea Sullivan 

    Beloved teacher, friend and mentor Steven Pierce left a mark on his students and the world around him. Through his art, education and personality, he not only influenced photos and drawings, but also the lives of so many people he met through the years.

    Not even a week after his passing, student council and the high school photography classes rushed to plan a memorial to honor the person that has taught, and guided them through high school. On Wednesday, March 20 in the lower gym, the high school came together to honor the legacy Pierce left, and observe the art produced by his students.

    Food and refreshments were provided by student council, while a slideshow with additional photographs was also displayed throughout the memorial. Anyone in the high school was welcome to attend and was encouraged to write down their favorite memory of Pierce, whether they were in his class or not. A moment of silence was observed in respect of Pierce, followed by a song sung by the high school choir.

    Although the artwork displayed may have just seemed like photographs plastered across the gym, to Pierce’s students it served as an opportunity to showcase the impact he had as an educator, and the beauty that resulted from his teaching.

    “Showing our art was a way to show everyone around us how influential, and what an amazing teacher he was. Doing this at least made me feel one last special moment with him that I will always remember,” senior and AP photography student Anne Ritz said.

    Dealing with the loss of someone who shaped the lives of many is obviously not an easy task. Of course a memorial service reflecting on the life and significance of someone important to the school, is bound to have somber moments. However, the fact that a great number of students came in early on a Wednesday morning to honor Pierce, shows the high school’s strong resilience and ability to come together and heal.

    No matter how well one knew Pierce, the high school is full of support for one another and is bound to get through the midst of adversity as a whole.

    “The most moving part of the memorial, personally, was seeing non art students and teachers that were not even a part of Pierce’s art program. They would see our work and have a whole new appreciation of the art program and Pierce,” junior and honors photography student Patrick Houlihan said.

    Whether the artwork shows it or not, the lessons and knowledge Pierce and his classes have given students has left an lifelong imprint on them and their work. Public visitation for Pierce will take place on Friday, March 22 in the high school commons at 5:00, followed by a public memorial service in the auditorium.

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Band Concert

Shea Sullivan
While winter sports have ended, and spring sports have started, the band has been practicing and showing off their music to the community, all year round.
On Wednesday March 6, the various high school bands held their spring “Pre-contest concert” in the high school auditorium.
With an important contest for the band coming up, this concert was used as an important step to see how ready they are and what they need to improve on.
“This concert is different because this is our contest prep concert, which basically means this concert is like a trial run for our contest since the stakes are much lower. We will see how we perform under more pressure than a normal rehearsal,” senior Band President Julia Moxley said.
Starting off the night was the Freshman band, directed by Greg Newman. The Freshman band played “Bombasto” by John Edmondson, “Harbor Park Holiday” by James L. Hosay and “Declaration Overture” by Claude T. Smith for their final piece.
Following the Freshman band was the Maroon Symphonic band directed by Sandra Sandman. This band performed “Peace Jubilee March” by Karl L. King and James Swearingen, “Quintescent Journey” by Lisa Galvin and “Impact” by Randall D. Standridge.
Next, was the Gold Symphonic band directed by Tom Lewis. The Gold Band chose selections “A Hero’s Journey” by Mark Lortz, “From Gold” by Samuel Hazo and finally “Chorale Variants” by Todd Stalter.
Last but not least was the Wind Ensemble band, once again led by director Greg Newman. Wind Ensemble played “Black Granite” by James L. Hosay, “Variations of a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance and lastly “Shine” by Julie Giroux.
A big subject of the night was music education, and the aspect of life students learn from it. The Instrumental musical department stressed the importance of music education teaching emotional awareness, reflective learning, decision-making and grit. Also discussed, was how music promotes a fluency in knowledge and can improve a student’s language and mathematical ability.
Aside from the life lessons band may teach students, band also has the powerful ability to pull the community together.
“The community should come to the band concerts because we put a lot of effort practicing to make it the best it can be. The band concerts bring the community together because we play so many different songs that are appealing to all age groups,” freshman Connor Powers said.
Regardless of how the performance for the band went, or how the upcoming contests go, the band is always sure to reflect on their work and look at what they can better for the future. Having a positive attitude and a desire to learn is a strength for the band, and something they value that allows them to be a great representation of the high school.
“The band can improve on articulation and other small markings like crescendo and decrescendo that help the music’s style to really show. The overall performance has been really well this year, and I can tell that everyone is putting in so much effort for the upcoming contest,” junior Alexis Gray said.
Unlike sports and other clubs in the school, band members see each other everyday throughout the school and even more at events like football games, concerts, contest and more. This helps develop band into a very tight knit group which can definitely make what they do more enjoyable, and create a more supportive environment.
“Band is the biggest of any organizations, which may seem intimidating, but it really means that no one is alone. Everyone can find a friend in band, and everyone is there to support each other. Music helps people form lasting relationships,” Moxley said.
As the year begins to wind down, every group in the school including the band will be looking back on their efforts and progress through the year. The band will continue to work hard for their upcoming contests on March 15 at Firestone high school, and the all school musical in late April.