Middle school card-making club meets

Eighth grade foreign language teacher Doris-Ann Vosseler hosts greeting card-making club in her classroom on Thursdays. No experience is required for the club, and all supplies are provided for participants.


Art club provides a safe social atmosphere

Art teacher Caroline Epp hosts an open studio art club after school. It is a safe space for high school students to interact and get creative while working on their own art or participating in projects.


Students learn about the Appendicular Skeleton

Students of Maria Burgess’s Human Anatomy class learn about the appendicular skeleton by using figurines and watching a short


Cross Country: Division 6 Champions!

On Saturday November 9, 2013, Cross Country teams traveled to Wrentham to participate in a competition with teams across the state to determine which eight teams (four from the girls, four from the boys) from each of the six divisions would continue on to All States next Saturday, November 16th. In addition to these eight teams, ten boys and girls were able to qualify individually. The runner-up teams and the first place teams received a plaque, and the first fifteen runners to cross the finish line received a medal.

The Manchester Essex Hornets came in to the races hoping to qualify both the girls and the boys this year, after the boys grabbed the fourth place spot and went to All States in 2012. While Captain Fiona Davis mentioned she thought the girls’ team would do well this year, everyone was surprised and ecstatic to find that both the Hornets girls and boys had got first in Division 6 on Saturday. In addition to this, four boys and four girls had come in the first fifteen for the Hornets.

After a strong performance by the girls, the gap between the Hornets and the runner-up, Ursuline, was 37 points, with the Hornets at 50 points, and Ursuline with 87 (lowest score wins). Leading the Hornets and coming in first with a time of 18:13 was junior Olivia Lantz, followed by senior Fiona Davis (6th) at 19:04 and seventh grader Eve Feuerbach (9th) at 19:13. Coming in a bit after Feuerbach was eighth grader Holly Fossa (15th) at 19:43, who received the last medal for the girls. Fifth for the Hornets and 20th overall was freshman Maura McCormick, with a time of 20:29. Freshman Niamh Dalton (30th) and senior Kendall McCormick also ran smart races, both finishing under 22 minutes.

The boys’ race was a bit tighter, with the Hornets pulling ahead of Coyle Cassidy by 7 points, with a final score of 46 (Hornets) to 53 (Coyle Cassidy). Coming in one after another were junior Cam Holley (3rd) at 16:34 and freshman Spencer Feuerbach (4th) at 16:38. Close behind Feuerbach was eighth grader Patrick Guinee (9th) at 16:51 and sophomore Nathan Evans (12th) at 17:01. Evans was the last of the Hornet boys to receive a medal for being in the top fifteen. Less than half a minute behind Evans was sophomore Charlie Davis (18th) at 17:23. The sixth and seventh Hornets runners were juniors Parker Malarkey and Campbell Fackre, who both finished within a second of each other. All seven of the Hornets boys finished in the top 25 runners, with four in the top 15.

The dual win at State Qualifiers means that the top seven for each team will be participating in All States on November 16th in Gardner, MA. The teams will both bring extra runners that will be ready to race, in case someone is injured before or the day of the race. For the girls, freshmen Julia Potter, Jenny Duff, and Jillian Furber are available as alternates, as well as junior Julia Whitten. On the boys side, sophomore Connor Senay and junior Eric Fossa continue training with the team in case a top seven runner is injured.


Master Bing presents his teachings to the school

Master Bing, the leader of the Wudang Taoism Association Wudang Wushu Exhibition, has travelled worldwide, speaking about Taoism and teaching various students Kung Fu and Tai Chi. For the past week, Master Bing visited Manchester Essex to talk about Wudang Mountain and what goes on there to the students and teachers.


Master Bing poses for art class

After a presentation to the entire middle school, Master Bing presented to individual classes. One of these classes was Tamera Burn’s seventh grade art class. The students watched and drew Master Bing as he performed various Wudang Tai Chi and kungfu poses.


Master Bing guides classes through martial arts

From the Wudang Mountains in China, Master Bing visits Manchester Essex middle and high school as a participant in Humanities Week. He teaches health and gym classes his ways of wudang kungfu.


Style in the Halls: First Week of November

Students of Manchester Essex Regional High School break out the winter fashion for the upcoming cold season.


Seniors meet in small groups for advisory

Part of November’s “turbo advisory” activities consisted of all the students gathering together in their advisory groups to play games, consisting of, catchphrase and two truths and a lie. Students also were required to create posters that represent them as a group.


Plants add to the green environment of the school

Teachers Keith Gray and David Alger both take care of plants in their classrooms. The plants range from basil to hot peppers.