Drama Fest participants perform for the high school

The day before Drama Fest begins; the high school drama program performed their production of the British sitcom, “Fawlty Towers”. The Drama Fest preliminary rounds were hosted by Manchester Essex regional high school.

Drama Fest director Elizabeth Edgerton addresses the high school at the start of the assembly. Edgerton explains the rules of Drama Fest as well as the name of the play: “Fawlty Towers”, which is an English sitcom.  Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Drama Fest director Elizabeth Edgerton addresses the high school at the start of the assembly. Edgerton explains the rules of Drama Fest as well as the name of the play: “Fawlty Towers”, which is an English sitcom. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Maddie Shaw provides directions for freshman Kevin Hiselman at the beginning of the play. This is Shaw and Hiselman’s first time performing in the high school Drama Fest program. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Maddie Shaw provides directions for freshman Kevin Hiselman at the beginning of the play. This is Shaw and Hiselman’s first time performing in the high school Drama Fest program. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The entire high school body watches the Drama Program’s production of “Fawlty Towers”. The performance was a rehearsal for the Drama Fest preliminary round on Saturday, March 1st. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The entire high school body watches the Drama Program’s production of “Fawlty Towers”. The performance was a rehearsal for the Drama Fest preliminary round on Saturday, March 1st. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Shaw communicates on the telephone while freshman Bella Schmidt talks in the background. Within the start of the play, Polly, played by Shaw, is already fed up with Miss Tibbs, played by Schmidt. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Shaw communicates on the telephone while freshman Bella Schmidt talks in the background. Within the start of the play, Polly, played by Shaw, is already fed up with Miss Tibbs, played by Schmidt. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Steven Ascolilo performs as the character of the Spanish butler Manuel and carries the luggage of freshman Bella Schmidt. Schmidt’s character was hard of hearing, which was not helpful for Manuel since English was not his primary language; however, this did allow for the audience to enjoy the comedic aspect of the play. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Steven Ascolilo performs as the character of the Spanish butler Manuel and carries the luggage of freshman Bella Schmidt. Schmidt’s character was hard of hearing, which was not helpful for Manuel since English was not his primary language; however, this did allow for the audience to enjoy the comedic aspect of the play. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Lucy Williamson and senior Vanessa Kelley enter the stage. Along with one of the main characters Miss Tibbs they both had trouble hearing Basil Fawlty, who was played by Sophomore Alex Buck. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Lucy Williamson and senior Vanessa Kelley enter the stage. Along with one of the main characters Miss Tibbs they both had trouble hearing Basil Fawlty, who was played by Sophomore Alex Buck. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Buck tries to make senior Landon Komishane recall the details of the location of Buck’s money. Each play in drama fest must be 40 minutes long at the most, with a 5-minute set up time, and 5-minute strike down time. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Buck tries to make senior Landon Komishane recall the details of the location of Buck’s money. Each play in drama fest must be 40 minutes long at the most, with a 5-minute set up time, and 5-minute strike down time. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Hannah Parker kicks Sophomore Alex Buck in the leg. Parker’s character Sybil Fawlty expresses her frustration towards Buck’s character Basil Fawlty after he attempts to torment Miss Tibbs for comedic enjoyment. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Hannah Parker kicks Sophomore Alex Buck in the leg. Parker’s character Sybil Fawlty expresses her frustration towards Buck’s character Basil Fawlty after he attempts to torment Miss Tibbs for comedic enjoyment.
Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hiselman and freshman Veronica Attridge engage in conversation during a scene of the play. Hiselman and Attridge’s quiet conversation makes a slight distraction from the other actors performing a scene. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hiselman and freshman Veronica Attridge engage in conversation during a scene of the play. Hiselman and Attridge’s quiet conversation makes a slight distraction from the other actors performing a scene. Credit: Cassandra Gonser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Schmidt becomes relieved once sophomore Alex Buck and senior Hannah Parker reveal the fact that they found her lost money. This British sitcom “Fawlty Towers” premiered in 1975 for two seasons and ended in 1979. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Schmidt becomes relieved once sophomore Alex Buck and senior Hannah Parker reveal the fact that they found her lost money. This British sitcom “Fawlty Towers” premiered in 1975 for two seasons and ended in 1979. Credit: Phoebe Schwartz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Freshman Bella Schmidt interrupts a conversation with Sophomore Alex buck and Senior Molly McCoy. Schmidt’s character becomes irritated towards Basil Fawlty for not calling the police in order to find her stolen money. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Bella Schmidt interrupts a conversation with Sophomore Alex buck and Senior Molly McCoy. Schmidt’s character becomes irritated towards Basil Fawlty for not calling the police in order to find her stolen money. Credit: Molly Lynch for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Memorial Elementary Hosts Empty Bowl Dinner

On Thursday March 6th, the Manchester Memorial Elementary School hosted a soup dinner and donated all the money to MERHS’s Global Issues class to provide meals for those in need.

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Freshmen showcase propaganda posters

World History teacher Alison Wright’s history class presented examples of propaganda posters from World War I. The students are currently studying World War I, and over February break, they individually created an example of a propaganda poster from that time period. Each student presented his or her project to the class, and stated both the goal of the poster and specific propaganda techniques that were used.

The class turns their attention to the front of the room in preparation for the propaganda presentations to begin. Propaganda is a technique that attempts to influence people’s emotions and feelings in order to sway them to support a particular cause, or damage an opposing cause. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The class turns their attention to the front of the room in preparation for the propaganda presentations to begin. Propaganda is a technique that attempts to influence people’s emotions and feelings in order to sway them to support a particular cause, or damage an opposing cause. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Student Emily Yakubowskas reads through paragraphs located on the back of her poster. In addition to creating a poster, students composed three paragraphs clarifying the perspective of their poster, its goal, and what specific propaganda techniques the poster used. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Student Emily Yakubowskas reads through paragraphs located on the back of her poster. In addition to creating a poster, students composed three paragraphs clarifying the perspective of their poster, its goal, and what specific propaganda techniques the poster used. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman Sally Pulver reveals her poster to the class, and states its purpose along with specific propaganda techniques she utilized. Propaganda techniques include demonizing an opposing cause, using evocative visuals, catchy slogans, and including patriotic appeals.  Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman Sally Pulver reveals her poster to the class, and states its purpose along with specific propaganda techniques she utilized. Propaganda techniques include demonizing an opposing cause, using evocative visuals, catchy slogans, and including patriotic appeals. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students applaud after freshman Andrew Ford finishes his presentation and hands in his poster. Students were graded on not only their posters and presentations, but also on their behavior during the presentations. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Students applaud after freshman Andrew Ford finishes his presentation and hands in his poster. Students were graded on not only their posters and presentations, but also on their behavior during the presentations. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman Aisea Richardson Collen displays the layout of his poster, and his reasoning behind including visual symbols. Students were required to make their poster persuade people to do one of four things: enlist in the military, support the war effort, conserve resources for soldiers, or purchase bonds to fund the war. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
Freshman Aisea Richardson Collen displays the layout of his poster, and his reasoning behind including visual symbols. Students were required to make their poster persuade people to do one of four things: enlist in the military, support the war effort, conserve resources for soldiers, or purchase bonds to fund the war. Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

The presentations come to a close as freshman Anna Arntsen hands in her finished poster to teacher Alison Wright. Freshman Emily Yakubowskas later said, “I was nervous about presenting my poster, but once I got it over with it felt really nice.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.
The presentations come to a close as freshman Anna Arntsen hands in her finished poster to teacher Alison Wright. Freshman Emily Yakubowskas later said, “I was nervous about presenting my poster, but once I got it over with it felt really nice.” Credit: Amber Paré for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online.

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Teachers Beards/Heads Shaved for Fundraiser

The class of 2016 sold raffle tickets to high school students for the chance to shave the beards and/or heads of three Manchester-Essex teachers and administrators.  On Friday, February 28th; the high school population gathered in the auditorium and observed the winning students rid the adults of their facial hair.

When selling raffle tickets, the sophomore student government officials set up a sign displaying the information about the fundraiser.  The idea for the raffle was given by sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee and carried out by the student government officials.  Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
When selling raffle tickets, the sophomore student government officials set up a sign displaying the information about the fundraiser. The idea for the raffle was given by sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee and carried out by the student government officials. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore class secretaries Cassandra Gonser and Lydia Parker pose with the tickets being sold for the fundraising raffle.  The student government officials rotated through all three lunches selling the tickets to high school students. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore class secretaries Cassandra Gonser and Lydia Parker pose with the tickets being sold for the fundraising raffle. The student government officials rotated through all three lunches selling the tickets to high school students. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore class treasurers Olivia Tyler and Madeline Surette sell tickets to high schoolers during lunch.  The tickets were being sold for one dollar each, or ten tickets for five dollars. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore class treasurers Olivia Tyler and Madeline Surette sell tickets to high schoolers during lunch. The tickets were being sold for one dollar each, or ten tickets for five dollars. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Anna Heffernan writes down a friend’s name on a ticket that she bought for the fundraiser as sophomore treasurer Olivia Tyler hands out the raffle tickets.  Students were able to either write their own name or a friend’s name down for the chance to win the raffle. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Anna Heffernan writes down a friend’s name on a ticket that she bought for the fundraiser as sophomore treasurer Olivia Tyler hands out the raffle tickets. Students were able to either write their own name or a friend’s name down for the chance to win the raffle. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore secretary Cassandra Gonser places money from a recently bought raffle ticket into the treasurers’ box.  The sophomore class raised upwards of $70 with this fundraiser to go towards their senior year’s activities such as senior week and senior prom. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore secretary Cassandra Gonser places money from a recently bought raffle ticket into the treasurers’ box. The sophomore class raised upwards of $70 with this fundraiser to go towards their senior year’s activities such as senior week and senior prom. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee and assistant principal Paul Murphy announce the Clips for ’16 raffle to the high school.  Durfee then picked three names out of the pile of tickets to choose which students got to shave the select teachers and administrators’ hair/beards. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee and assistant principal Paul Murphy announce the Clips for ’16 raffle to the high school. Durfee then picked three names out of the pile of tickets to choose which students got to shave the select teachers and administrators’ hair/beards. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Chris Milne was chosen to shave assistant principal Paul Murphy’s beard.  The students were given permission to shave the beards/heads any way that they wanted. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Chris Milne was chosen to shave assistant principal Paul Murphy’s beard. The students were given permission to shave the beards/heads any way that they wanted. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Preston Lee was picked to shave math teacher David Alger’s beard.  The teachers and administrators who volunteered their beards had to grow them out for months in advance to prepare. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Preston Lee was picked to shave math teacher David Alger’s beard. The teachers and administrators who volunteered their beards had to grow them out for months in advance to prepare. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Chris Milne, Preston Lee, and Julia Bonaccorso work on shaving the teacher/administrators’ beards in front of the high school.  This fundraiser is one of many that the class of 2016 has done and is planning on doing to raise money this year. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Chris Milne, Preston Lee, and Julia Bonaccorso work on shaving the teacher/administrators’ beards in front of the high school. This fundraiser is one of many that the class of 2016 has done and is planning on doing to raise money this year. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Chris Pellegrini took over the job of shaving sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee’s head.  Durfee was the only administrator who volunteered his head to be shaved for this fundraiser. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Chris Pellegrini took over the job of shaving sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee’s head. Durfee was the only administrator who volunteered his head to be shaved for this fundraiser. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee displays his newly shaved beard and head after the fundraiser ended.  However, Durfee did not keep the haircut for more than a few hours.  Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee displays his newly shaved beard and head after the fundraiser ended. However, Durfee did not keep the haircut for more than a few hours. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant principal Paul Murphy, math teacher David Alger, and sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee show their shaved beards and heads to the gathered high school.  The teachers and administrators set up chairs and hair buzzers in the auditorium for the fundraiser. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Assistant principal Paul Murphy, math teacher David Alger, and sophomore class advisor Thomas Durfee show their shaved beards and heads to the gathered high school. The teachers and administrators set up chairs and hair buzzers in the auditorium for the fundraiser. Credit: Susie Buck for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Boys Basketball beats Georgetown in the playoffs

The Varsity boys’ basketball team beat rival Georgetown to move on to the next round of the playoffs. This is the second time they have beaten Georgetown this season and they went on to play St. Clement in the next round.

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Students produce salt water

On February 28th, students in Chemistry teacher Keith Gray’s
chemistry class participated in a lab in which they made salt water from a
reaction involving hydrochloric acid and sodium hydrogen carbonate. The
following week they conducted another lab involving sodium hydroxide and
hydrochloric acid. After completing the second lab, the students were required
to compare the two.

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Varsity Boys Basketball Defeated in Semi Finals

Students from Manchester Essex cheer for the hornets. All of the students were encouraged to wear white and green to show school spirit. Credit: Fraley Morton for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students from Manchester Essex cheer for the hornets. All of the students were encouraged to wear white and green to show school spirit. Credit: Fraley Morton for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hornet player runs down the line to give his teammate a handshake while being introduced. Before the game glow sticks were handed out to fans to wave while in the blackout. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Hornet player runs down the line to give his teammate a handshake while being introduced. Before the game glow sticks were handed out to fans to wave while in the blackout. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Petey Morton gives senior teammate Jack Freed a high five after making a free throw. Throughout the game the hornets cheered each other on and showed sportsmanship. Credit: Fraley Morton for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Petey Morton gives senior teammate Jack Freed a high five after making a free throw. Throughout the game the hornets cheered each other on and showed sportsmanship. Credit: Fraley Morton for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During the game, hornets players gather around Shields to listen to his game tips. This is Shield’s second year as the head coach of the boys basketball game. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During the game, hornets players gather around Shields to listen to his game tips. This is Shield’s second year as the head coach of the boys basketball game. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Jack Freed gives the referees a handshake after the game. Both teams congratulated each other after the game for their successes in the tournament. Credit: Fraley Morton for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Jack Freed gives the referees a handshake after the game. Both teams congratulated each other after the game for their successes in the tournament. Credit: Fraley Morton for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Petey Morton gives a St. Clement player a hug after the game. This year’s hornets team consisted of ten seniors. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Petey Morton gives a St. Clement player a hug after the game. This year’s hornets team consisted of ten seniors. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

On Tuesday March 3rd the boys varsity basketball team played their last game of the season versus St. Clement. The final score of the game was 53 to 48. If the boys had won, they would have gone to the final of the North division four tournament.

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Varsity boys basketball coach Brian Shields talks to his athletes while they are on the bench before the game. Both teams, St. Clement and Manchester Essex, traveled to Whittier High School in order to have a neutral location. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Varsity boys members line up to high five their teammates when they walk on to the court. Each player is introduced with their name, position, and height. Credit: Fraley Morton for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Before the game the gymnasium lights were turned off to introduce the starters. The blackout provided for something different and exciting to start off the playoff game. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The players gather around their Shields to listen to his instructions. Before the game Shields talks to his athletes to get them excited and motivated for the game. Credit: Fraley Morton for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Hornets players stand around the key to wait for a St. Clement player to shoot his free throws. Both teams were very consistent regarding their free throw shots. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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