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An American Celebration Concert

By H. Suzie Lee

    Wind Ensemble, the high school band, performed a patriotic concert called ‘A Salute to Broadway’ with the choirs as well on May 5, at 7 p.m.

    Starting with ‘Star Spangled Banner’ by Francis Scott Key, the Color Guard from Boy Scout Troop 273 held the flag during the piece. Also, the choir sang the lyrics with the band.

     The concert continued with many selections of broadway songs such as ‘Give My Regards to Broadway from Little Johnny Jones’ by George M. Cohan, ‘Highlights from Phantom of the Opera’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber and ‘Mambo from West Side of Story’ by Leonard Bernstein featuring trumpet soloist Nick Lavy, class of 2018.

     Next pieces were ‘Somewhere’ featuring trumpet soloist Kendall Miragliotta, class of 2018, 76 Trombones from The Music Man by Meredith Willson, ‘I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables’ arranged by Michael Brown featuring vocal soloist Anne Marie McCombs, class of 2018, and ‘Highlights from Wicked’ by Julie Davalia.

     With SMFHS Vocal Jazz, the Jazz 1 band performed Jazz piece ‘Lullaby of Broadway’ by Luther Henderson. Vocal Jazz is a jazz choir team including Will Bender, Nick Ely, Anne Marie McCombs, Randi Mohr, Johnny Oliver, Emma Razor, Danny Schneider and Hanna Shull.

    After an uplifting Jazz piece, the Concert Choir sang ‘Being Alive from Company’ by Stephen Sondheim.    

    Within the narration of Tom Stephan, former teacher of the high school, ‘Ask Not’ was performed.

    Two more piece were performed with the Concert Choir: ‘An American Tribute’ by Douglas E. Wagner, ‘Salute to America’s Finest’ arranged by Paul Lavender.

    Also, the concert honored those who have served or are currently serving the country.

    Finally, the American Celebration concert ended with John Philip Sousa’s ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ with the Concert Choir.

    Auditorium was filled with many people from the community in Stow and has earned positive feedback as well.

    Next upcoming concerts are the Spring Choir Concert on May 12, the Band Spring Concert on May 14 and the Band & Choir Memorial Day performance on May 28 at the Stow Cemetery.








Doggie Dash runs this Saturday

     By Madison Gash

     Student Council is presenting the Dog Show and first annual Doggie Dash on May 12 at 10 a.m. and all ages and dogs are wanted and welcome to join the fun.

    The registration ends on May 10th and you can pay the 10 dollars the day of the event. The Doggie Dash consists of an easy one-mile course around Stow-Munroe Falls High School field while the Dog Show is hosting a series of four events that include a obstacle course, an ugly but cute contest and costume contest and a best trick competition.

    There is a specific set of rules that need to be obtained in order for a dog to be able to compete in the dog show. These rules indicate the dog needs to be potty trained, the owners need to clean up after their dog, the dog must be on a leash at all times, they must be vaccinated and if the dog has any history of violence they are not permitted to enter.

    Violation of any of these rules will result in the dog being disqualified from the competition and Doggie Dash. The prizes for the winners are unknown at this time and are still being decided by Student Council, but it will be determined soon. Studco representatives are excited to start this new event and hope it goes will so there can be more dog-related events in the future.


Students begin state tests this week

testingscheduleBy Stohion Staff

Students at the high school will begin state testing this week.

Beginning Tues, April 17, students will have an altered schedule to accommodate for the testing times.

This week’s tests will run from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and then an altered class schedule will follow through the remainder of the day when students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

According to the schedule sent out by administration, Tuesday is 9th and 10th grade English, Wednesday is Math I and II, Thursday is American History and Government, and Friday is Biology.  Students needing to take these tests must report to school by 7:30 on their scheduled testing days.

Any student not taking the required test will be asked to make it up the following week during the make-up sessions.

Monday’s BOE meeting focuses primarily on student walkout

By Maria Leonino

    Mon March 19 the Board of Education had a meeting discussing the student lead walkout. Board members included Gerry Bettio, Lisa-Johnson Bowers, David Licate, Kelly Toppin and Jason Witacre.

    Principals, teachers, students and parents gathered to listen to the board talk about their views on the walkout. Many students spoke, including Student Council President, Moriah Payne.

    Payne was in charge of leading the walkout. She wanted to make sure she made a point to say the purpose of the walkout was to promote safety.

    “Four out of five board members responded with amazement at the respect of the student body and congratulated us for handling the issue so maturely,” Payne said.

    Along with promoting safety, the student walkout served as a memorial for previous shootings and to empower the students for the change they can make in the world.

    Payne, along with the other students who led the walkout, wanted to show students that they can come together to overcome the political differences for a common cause.

    There was backlash from the community about the walkout, and the Board of Education wanted to have more interaction with the students leading up to the walkout.

Overall, Payne wanted the board to know it was not her nor the students intention to disobey the rules of the district.

    “We know we cannot change the minds of everyone, but we would appreciate the consideration that our intentions were not to debate the 2nd amendment, but rather to demonstrate the power of the 1st amendment,” Payne said.

    In response to Payne’s speech, Board of Education member, Jason Witacre pitched an idea of students being more involved with the community and the board.

    Witacre feels if students were to organize a committee linked to the board, it could help prevent further complications with events in the district.