Beneficial Outcomes of Marching Band

By Daniel March

Photos used from EHSPMB

When walking into Elyria High Schools music department, people are immediately greeted by music of a group of musicians playing in a unison tone. It’s quite a pleasant atmosphere to be in. The marching band is performing Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. The snares are popping 16th notes, the band plays chords, and the director is waving his pencil-like baton in the air, keeping making sure everyone stays together. The drum majors are spinning their batons like the wings of a helicopter. A lot can be said about the physical and mental preparations that were required to get to the point where these musicians are.

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Weekly Brain Teaser! (11/18/14)

Do you think mid-November is too early for snow? Should Thanksgiving be overshadowed by Christmas? Let us know weather or not you want to let it snow. (please excuse the bad puns)

Wet Desert?

Although much water you see,
by definition, ‘desert’ fits me.

In the winter I double in size,
but staying away is a word for the wise.

I am very windy, that is a clue,
What am I? Good luck to you.

Think you’ve got the answer? Leave a comment below.

Every Tuesday I plan to upload a brain teaser, each with the previous week’s answer.

This brain teaser came from braingle.com.

Last week’s answer

‘Here are my daggers!’

Note that the general said “Give your daggers, OR you are to be executed.”

G.E.M.

By Brianna Butler

When most people hear the word ‘feminism’ they think of burning bras and crazy women who demands equal rights as men. Bra burning is so 1970s. Inequality degrades the roles that women have in society. Why is that? G. E. M. club is trying to find out those answers.

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“Our Town” Debuts in Our Town

The Elyria High School Drama Club presents the classic play “Our Town” by American playwright Thornton Wilder on Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center of Elyria High School, and on Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 PM.

“Our Town” is a theatre work that depicts small town life in America, spanning the time of 1901 to 1913, capturing most every safe-for-work aspect of daily life. Some time after its first showing in 1938, “Our Town” won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Cast   

Stage Manager………………………………………….Noah Katrinchak

Dr. Gibbs……………………………………………….. Austin Rubinoski

Joe Crowell ……………………………………………..Hannah Toton

Howie Newsome……………………………………….Tyler Dooley

Mrs. Gibbs………………………………………………Allie Harper

Mrs. Webb……………………………………………….Maria Rodriquez

George Gibbs…………………………………………… Matt Kearney

Rebecca Gibbs………………………………………….Jessica Sito

Wally Webb…………………………………………… Mark Masters

Emily Webb…………………………………………… Megan Fisher

Professor Willard……………………………………..Noah Tolson

Mr. Webb……………………………………………… Antonio Brown

Woman in the Balcony………………………………Mikayla Sheppard

Woman in the Auditorium…………………………..Amanda Worcester

Lady in the Box………………………………………..Octavia Allen

Simon Stimson…………………………………………Niko Carter

Mrs. Soames……………………………………………Ally Massey

Constable Warren…………………………………….Jose Martinez

Si Crowell………………………………………………Jakardien Turton

Zaria Turton     Kyran Bush   Tori Strong

Bekah Hartley      Jared Meecha

Crew Heads :

Lights: Bridget Kuehne

Sound: Sarah Mortier

Set construction: Mark Masters

Costumes: Megan Fisher

Make-up: Ally Massey

Programs-: Jessica Sito

Props: Maria Rodrigues

Stage Manager: Niko Carter

Publicity: Niko Carter/Jessica Sito

Weekly Brain Teaser! (11/11/14)

To prevent catastrophe one must not rush into the task at hand.

The Captive Assassin

Listo, the leader of a band of assassins, was taken captive by an opposing kingdom. ‘Give your daggers,’ said one of the generals, ‘Or you are to be executed. But since you killed so many of our knights, we shall give you a small test. You must say a statement. If the statement is true, we burn you on a stake. If the sentence is false, we stab you through the heart. If you do not say anything, you are thrown to the lions. If you say something we can’t verify, you will be forced to drink a cup of hemlock. If it is not a statement or if it is a paradox, we simply toss you into the nearby volcano. We shall give you one hour to ponder.’

What should Listo say?

Think you’ve got the answer? Leave a comment below.

Every Tuesday I plan to upload a brain teaser, each with the previous week’s answer. I don’t know why, but for some reason I couldn’t upload anything for the past couple of weeks. I’m really sorry.

This brain teaser came from braingle.com.

Previous answer

A helium filled balloon; or a balloon filled with any gas lighter than air.

Earth’s atmosphere causes a helium balloon to float, thus making it impossible to weigh. On the moon, the lack of atmosphere causes the balloon to sink, allowing it to be weighed. It will only weigh a little bit, but will still be heavier than on earth.”

NOC

On Friday October 24th, 10 selected members of the Elyria High Student Council reported to school at a whopping 6:25am to travel to Hudson High School for NOC- the Northeast Ohio Conference. The conference is held once a year at varying schools.

Two years ago,  EHS was given the priveledge of hosting.

The object of the conference is to provide workshops and activities to improve leadership among students. We also were able to participate in an interactive seminar with keynote speaker, Rick Metzger.

This years conference was very informative, and well worth getting up early in the morning to go. The student council members that went look forward to sharing their experience with the rest of the school.

Francesco Yates visits EHS

Soulful singer- songwriter & multi-instrumentalist, Francesco Yates visited Elyria Tuesday, Oct. 28 before 350 new fans.  He’s already received the highest possible recommendation a musical artist could. “He’s absolutely gonna be just a huge, huge, huge pop star,” Pharrell Williams has said of the Toronto native, and his most recent protégé.

What made his visit especially memorable was that he serenaded two birthday girls, juniors Celena Torres and Emily Kelly. Squeals of delight echoed through the Performing Arts Center, and not just from those two girls.

After the three song concert, Francesco took pictures with everyone who queued up.

Francesco’s early comparisons to Bruno Mars & Justin Timberlake, a hot new single “When I Found You” from his upcoming Atlantic Records debut just released today (10.15.14), and a national tour with SoMo (Republic Records) … is a long way of saying your students may already be familiar with him.

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Emily Kelly and Celena Torres pose for their birthday photo.

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Briana Butler and Jada Wilbanks make crazy faces for their selfies with Francesco.

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Jake McClure (second from left) and Vaughan Sayers-McCoy pose with their new friend.

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Chronicle-Telegram reporter Lisa Roberson takes a photo of Emily and Celena with Francesco.

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Ariey Brown gets a selfie with the rising star.

 

 

He left EHS promptly at 2:40 to get ready for his gig at House of Blues.

 

Success has been Achieved!

It’s official: Elyria High School has reached its goal of 3823 A’s for the first grading period. But you knew that already if you heard the announcements.

The total number of A’s achieved is at 3917… and we’re still counting, so expect the final number to be even higher. That’s big–we’re still improving even after that A grade from the state report card last year.

As for the reward, there will be a free jeans day on Tuesday, November 25, the last day of school before Thanksgiving Break, plus a 10-minute early dismissal. Keep being awesome!

Cheerleaders Win Competition

Cheerleaders Win Cheer Competition

Front row, l to r, Seniors: Alyssa Schaefer, Alaina Jones, Jayme McCall back row: Lily Lyons, Makaela Crawley, Kenzie Foster, Sianna Napp, Dhaviana Rivera, Cayla Anderson, Michaela Rider, and Jade Larkins.

The cheerleaders had their first competition of the season in Cuyahoga Falls yesterday at the American Elite: So You Think You Can Cheer competition and came home with a win!  They have been working very hard this year to improve their skills!

Link Crew Rocks

By Taylor Flynn

link crew rockPrincipal Dr. Jama always repeats the school motto “Achieving success and nothing less.” This more than likely has a different meaning to everyone at the school.

Every year there are hundreds of incoming freshman coming to the high school nervous or even petrified to walk through those doors the first day of school. Afraid of what’s awaiting them and wondering how it’s going to go. Link Crew is a leadership organization that helps these young adults and shapes our society.

Getting lost in the hallways, not being able to find their way around, running into people in a hallway jam, seeing a couple thousand people they don’t know. Well, that’s what Link Crew is for, to help those who can’t comprehend what’s happening around them to focus on where they need to be and when. They are here to help. They have been there and know how it feels to feel vulnerable and trapped in the arms of the beast of students.

All three advisors were asked eight questions about their perspectives in a few different angles. Each had different answers but the same goal(s) in mind.

“Our goals are always to make the transition into high school as easy as possible and to help the freshman be as successful as possible. We try to get them involved in as many activities as possible,” said Ms. Belcher, head of Link Crew.

Each advisor has been in the program since the beginning, four years in the making and it’s still going strong. Coming up with ideas and activities to try to improve the freshman’s success in high school and generally get them to open up and enjoy themselves.

Not every school has this program. “I wish my son’s school had this,” says Mrs. Hammond.

“There would be a tremendous change in behavior and attitude if more schools adopted this program,” said Ms. Belcher.

“Everything we do in life involves working with people- this is an excellent experience for that!” also Mrs. Hammond.

Each teacher, parent, and adult has a different attitude and way of going about things. Mrs. Prechtel just so happens to be one of those who is always in a hyper, positive mood. She calls it “Prechtel Land.” She was asked if her positive attitude helps students participate. She said, “I don’t know for sure, I think it has accidentally become a phrase that is used by some of use. I hope it helps!”

Link Crew isn’t just about having fun, it’s about learning to adapt to your surroundings, meet new people, and learning how to be the best you can be. They try through their activities to teach a different situation that students will encounter in life and get a feel on how to deal with that situation and find a solution to any problem. Nothing is impossible.