Several members of the Speech and Debate team won awards at the Lexington National Invitational Debate tournament, the Cheverus High School tournament in Portland, ME, and the Cape Elizabeth tournament. In addition, senior Brittany Edwards reached the 1,000 point milestone in the National Forensic League.
Congratulations to the following members of the Debate and Speech Team for their successes at three tournaments.
At the Lexington National Invitational Debate tournament,
Graham Shaw and Andrew Randall were quarterfinalists, and earned their first bid to the National Debate Tournament of Champions.
Matt Corwin and Alden Burnham were octofinalists (the round of 16).
Matt was named 3rd Speaker
Graham was 4th Speaker
Alden was 10th Speaker
At the Cheverus HS tournament in Portland, ME,
Max Rodier was 3rd in Student Congress
Isadora Decker-Lucke and Anna Heffernan were 3rd in Novice Public Forum Debate
Anne Gonzales was 8th in Student Congress
And at the Cape Elizabeth (ME) tournament,
Jared La Fontaine, 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation
Iriana Rodrigues, 5th in Poetry Reading
A special congratulations goes out to Brittany Edwards, who reached the 1,000 point milestone in the National Forensic League; she’s currently ranked 10th in New England by NFL points.
Eight Manchester-Essex Regional Middle/High School students were selected to participate in the Massachusetts Northeastern District Junior Music Festival. After auditions of students from more than 95 public and private schools held in January, 427 students from grades six through nine were selected to participate in this prestigious music event […]
Eight Manchester-Essex Regional Middle/High School students were selected to participate in the Massachusetts Northeastern District Junior Music Festival. After auditions of students from more than 95 public and private schools held in January, 427 students from grades six through nine were selected to participate in this prestigious music event. The program is offered by the M.M.E.A. as an enrichment opportunity providing a musical experience to talented young people. The students were selected to perform in the Junior District Concert Band, Orchestra, Girls Chorus and Boys Chorus. They will rehearse with guest conductors and then perform in a concert to be held at Lowell High School in Lowell, MA on Saturday, March 19, 2011.
Representing Manchester-Essex in the festival will be:
Girls Chorus; Ariana Jackson Sofia Del Valle, Sara Rhuda, Alexandra Valenti and Elizabeth White. Boys Chorus; Neil Henry and Frederick Spofford. Orchestra; Noah Gilbert.
Senior Rachel Jones submitted 8 images and a written artist statement to the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards this year, and ended up winning a Gold Key for her images. They will go next to the National Level for consideration for further awards.
The questions that she was required to answer for her artist statement were:
Why did you select the work you submitted for your Art/Photography Portfolio?
How do you hope people will react when they look at your work?
What role does art play in your life?
Her response was the following:
“My inspiration for my portfolio came from the photo of the little girl looking through barn doors. After taking this photo I thought of how I could incorporate the idea of “looking through things.” This is important to me because as a teenager, I am constantly discovering new things about myself by trying new things and essentially looking through new doors and new opportunities. The message I am trying to portray is that teenagers, high school students especially, are always discovering themselves and that trying new things and stepping out of your own skin is what can help you discover who you are. I hope that this message comes across in my photos through the use of shallow depth of field to show a foggy background through an in focus object.
This foggy background represents what teenagers are hesitant to try, but is essentially what they want to discover about themselves. The clear, in focus, part of the photos represent what they know and what is comfortable, but they need and want to push through this wall to discover themselves. I hope that when teenagers see this portfolio it inspires them to break through whatever wall is in front of them and try the one thing they have wanted to do, but have never had the courage to do so. I hope this will help them discover themselves because they are the future. The world is full of people, but if those people don’t know who they are, then who does?
My work has also inspired me to try new things. I have always been a skier, but have always wanted to try to snowboard but I was afraid of failure. I recently tried it for the first time and although it can never replace skiing, I have no regrets of trying. It opened a new door to discover a little more about myself that I didn’t know existed. This is one of the roles that art plays in my life; it helps me discover who I am and inspires me to try new things.”