Sophomores reenact Constitution Convention

For the project, each student was assigned a person who participated in the convention in the year 1787.

Students in Elizabeth Gambino’s tenth grade history honors class reenacted the historic Constitutional convention.

For the project, each student was assigned a person who participated in the convention in the year 1787. Then they were then required to research and learn the characteristics of their person.

Once the convention began each student had to speak about their historical figure’s views on issues.  At the end of the convention each person signed the mock constitution to seal the deal.

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Volleyball unit serves up skills before Thanksgiving

Marty Stephan’s sixth grade gym class played volleyball this past week. Teaching assistants Heather Burgess and Hannah Beardsley showed the students the proper techniques for serving the ball, and returning it.   After the warm up, the students played a game with 6 people on each team.

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DECA Districts: Tips and advice for new student participants to gain advantage, ease competition

Districts are fast approaching, and for first-year DECA students, the first competition can be very intimidating. The anticipation is worse than actually competing, but certain tips will benefit performance.

By Rebecca Lynch

INDEPENDENT EDITOR

  Districts are fast approaching, and for first-year DECA students, the first competition can be very intimidating. The anticipation is worse than actually competing, but certain tips will benefit performance.

DECA competition is comprised of two areas: the written exam and the roleplay. At the District Competition students only need to take one exam and perform one roleplay.

  On the written exam, the questions can address a variety of topics concerning marketing, but most will be concentrated to the specific cluster. Random questions are difficult to prepare for, but researching general information pertaining to the industry will help.

  Taking the test is exhausting and maintaining concentration is difficult. Take a break, relax for a minute, and skip over tricky questions. Partners should read the questions to themselves and select their answer before conferring with each other.

  For the roleplay, students who seriously place themselves in their roles will be more successful.   Transforming oneself into an actual consultant or manager helps calm nerves and is more convincing for the judge.

  Single competitors must be conscious of the 10-minute time limit and work efficiently in addressing the performance indicators while understanding the role they are assuming. Pairs are expected to give a more thorough and detailed presentation with a 30-minute preparation time limit.

  Pairs should also note that they are being evaluated on the “Specific Performance Indicators,” not the general ones.

  When creating a response to a roleplay, a unique idea could make the difference between first or sixth place. The best ideas are not hunted for. Increased relaxation allows different ideas to flow while preparing.

In the final minutes of preparation, organize the papers in the order the performance indicators will be addressed. These need not be in the same order as on the roleplay, and the more fluid the presentation the easier it will be for the judge to evaluate it.

  Judges greatly appreciate enthusiasm from presenters. A relaxed and composed demeanor will contrast with other nervous competitors being evaluated by the same judge.

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‘Speak Now’ relates to all, showcases Swift’s maturity

Taylor Swift’s album title describes exactly what she is doing and hopes others will do: “Speak Now.” Her true message shines through as she forms, through her 14 self-written tracks, a scrapbook of her life.

By Melissa Moore

INDPENDENT EDITOR

  Taylor Swift’s album title describes exactly what she is doing and hopes others will do: “Speak Now.”  Her true message shines through as she forms, through her 14 self-written tracks, a scrapbook of her life.

  Each song has a reason for being included in the album – from messages to exes to people she feared, Swift lays out her heart for the world to see.  From reminiscence to revenge, hope to regret, each song has a different tone, the lyrics spilling out from her diary.

  Always clever and meaningful, Swift’s lyrics have become even more relatable in “Speak Now.”  “Mean,” written to Swift’s critics, describes overcoming the bully in everyone’s life. “I bet you got pushed around / Somebody made you cold / But the cycle ends right now / ‘Cause you can’t lead me down that road.”

  Released by Big Machine Records on Oct. 25, “Speak Now” costs $13.99, and is worth the price.  Swift’s voice and lyrics have matured since her previous albums “Taylor Swift” and “Fearless.”

  Despite writing many songs describing boys who wronged her, Swift’s maturity shows in her first song requesting forgiveness.  “Back to December,” written to an ex-boyfriend, shows Swift’s desire that he will someday pardon her for how she left him:  “So this is me swallowing my pride / Standing in front of you saying I’m sorry for that night.”

  “Speak Now” contains many lengthy songs, one clocking in at 6 minutes 46 seconds, but the real, raw lyrics captivate listeners throughout each track. 

  The large range of notes Swift flawlessly reaches throughout the album, especially in “Enchanted,” displays her matured voice.  Smoother and softer, it evokes a sense of peace in the calm songs and edginess in the upbeat, revengeful tracks.

  Despite her message in “Never Grow Up,” Swift has grown up to produce “Speak Now”: an album filled with emotion, new messages, and amazing songs.

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Cross country places eighth at CAL’s, three runners qualify for States race

After completing the regular season, the cross country team qualified one runner to be a Cape Ann League Small (CALS) All-Star and three qualified for States.

By Laurel Edington

INDEPENDENT EDITOR

 After completing the regular season, the cross country team qualified one runner to be a Cape Ann League Small (CALS) All-Star and three qualified for States.

  This year, CALS was held at Bradley Palmer State Park in Ipswich.

  According to coach AJ Migonis, the team placed eighth place out of 13 teams. Senior co-captain Ben Girard placed fourth, which qualified him to be a CAL All-Star. Sophomore Fiona Davis narrowly missed being an All-Star when she placed 11, he said.

  This is Girard’s second time being an All-Star. Last year, he placed sixth at CALS.

“It’s really cool to achieve All-Star status because it’s genuine feedback,” he said.

  One week after CALS, the team competed to qualify for States. Three runners’ times qualified them to run at States—Davis, Girard, and senior Nate Jermain.

  Davis placed 13 in the girls’ division (20:59,) while in the boys’ division, Girard placed third (16:52) and Jermain placed 15 (17:42.)

  “They all had excellent races. It was a great day to race, and they took advantage of it,” Migonis said.

  Jermain, who previously had bursitis in his hip, said that during the qualifier race he “was able to clear my mind of my frustrations, worries, and expectations and only focus on the task at hand.”

  On Nov. 20, Jermain and Davis will compete at States for the first time and Girard for the third time.

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Cyberbullying addressed at meeting for parents

A meeting was held in the MERMHS auditorium for parents about the growing problem of bullying, specifically cyber bullying.

A meeting was held in the MERMHS auditorium for parents about the growing problem of bullying, specifically cyber bullying.

Cyber bullying has been an epidemic since the growth of access to the internet. The “old ways of bullying are now shifting into this new era of cyber bullying and hurting feelings mentally, not physically as much” stated Essex Elementary guidance counselor Gillian Polk.

Katie Garvin, Manchester Elementary guidance counselor, worked with Polk to present a lesson on cyber bullying and how it worked, as well as to answer any questions that parents had. Accompany Polk and Garvin was the Elementary and Middle School principal Beth Raucci.

Since Massachusetts has issued a new anti-bullying law in all schools, police enforcement also attended the meeting to inform that it was now an offense that would be dealt with by the proper authorities. The school district is coming out with a new anti-bullying plan and it will be available online in the near future.

The reasons for bullying can vary from low self-esteem issues to having poor social skills. Whichever reason it is, the District hopes to work with local laws and rules to rid the schools of bullying and inform children on the negative impact it can have on everyone.

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Artists, Authors, Musicians, and Filmmakers set to visit MERMHS

Humanities Week is coming to Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School!

Humanities Week is coming to Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School!

For a full schedule, please click here

  

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HS wishes the Cross Country team good luck

The high school had a 15 minute mini pep rally as a sendoff for the three cross country members who were going to states

Photos by Harriet Cheshire

On Saturday Nov. 20, three students represented Manchester Essex Regional High School at the cross country state tournament.    Freshman Fiona Davis, senior Nate Jermain, and senior Ben Girard were the three team members that attended states. Their coach is AJ Migonis.

The day before, the high school had a 15 minute mini pep rally as a good luck sendoff for the three cross country members who were going to states the next day. The new Hornet mascot helped the crowd cheer on the athletes.

Girard placed 17th overall with a time of 15:08; Jermain placed 55th overall with a time of 15:40; and Davis placed 52nd overall with a time of 18:34.  These three individuals ran a tough race and represented Manchester Essex well.  Girard even saved enough energy to place second in the Essex Turkey Trot the next day. 

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SOUNDWAVES perform at the Hamilton Community House

SOUNDWAVES performed along with eight other college, high school, professional, and local a cappella groups at an A Cappella Fireside Benefit Concert at the Hamilton Community House.

On November 20th  the  SOUNDWAVES performed at an A Cappella Fireside Benefit Concert at the Hamilton Community House.  They performed along with eight other college, high school, professional, and local a cappella groups.  The SOUNDWAVES gave an excellent performance and enjoyed the evening hearing other groups of all ages.  It was a great opportunity and fun experience for both the  performers and the audience. 

SOUNDWAVES:  Back (L to R):  Emmett Snyder,  Sam White, Tatiana Lyne, Jodi Dewitt, Nick Bouwer, Caroline Wood, Leanne Ciccone, Ian Gillis.

Front (L to R): Connor Hoff, Savannah Repucci, Ariana Jackson, Laurel Barrie, Piper Browne, Morgan Kennedy.

Photo courtesy of Donna O’Neill

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A Night of Stars showcases MERSD talent

The Spaulding Education Fund hosts “A Night of Stars”

Photos by Dana Filias

“The Spaulding Education Fund is proud to present “A Night of Stars”! We would like to thank all of our amazing performers for sharing their talents with you, along with the countless volunteers who made tonight possible. We thank you for your support.

Individual and business donations as well as fundraisers like “A Night of Stars”, fund grants that boost student achievement in core subjects such as math, reading, writing, science, foreign languages, music, art and physical education in the Manchester Essex School District. Thank you for your continued support.”

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