Bio Anthropology class gets claws

As an introduction to their unit on primates, students tried to accomplish fine motor tasks with fake claws attached to their fingers. One of the characteristics that all primates, including humans, have is having nails instead of claws, as well as sensitive tactile tissue at the ends of their digits. This allows primates to manipulate objects precisely.

Some of the tasks were to pick up dimes off a flat surface, tie knots in a string, thread a needle, and write a sentence with a short pencil. The students struggled with the tasks and were able to compared the experience to their usual “non-clawed” hands. Students were timed during the tasks with Devon Musgrave-Johnson as the winner of the “Claw Olympics”.

The students then learned about the rest of the characteristics, such as binocular stereoscopic vision and large brain to body size ratios. They then each picked groupings of primates to research for a class presentation.

 

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DECA earns 41 awards at Boston competition

The MERHS DECA team returned from three days of competition in Boston. This year was the most challenging year to qualify for Internationals. In the past three years Massachusetts DECA enrollment has seen significant growth. The state level competition saw 2200 students at the Boston Marriott testing and roleplaying to make the international competition. The state competition has grown from 1700 students just four years ago. Only the top four students in each category qualified.
 
MERHS DECA has twelve International Qualifiers, fifteen students as Top Ten, and received 14 individual medals in the Friday night awards. We scored seven first place, eight second place, four third place and four fourth place honors. Combed with top ten, MERHS students amassed 41 awards. Many more MERHS students will receive written exam recognitions. I will forward their names when those results are posted.
 
Here are the specific medals, top ten and final rankings
 
Written
Exam
Role
Play 1
Role
Play 2
Top
10
Final
Ranking
First Name
Last Name
Comp.
Code
2nd
 
1st
Y
2nd
Breanna
Arnold
10-QSRM
 
 
 
Y
3rd
Delaney
Byrne
12-RMS
 
2nd
 
Y
2nd
Isabella
Hickey
15-BTDM
 
2nd
 
Y
2nd
Anna
Walsh
15-BTDM
 
2nd
1st
Y
1st
Courtney
Feuerbach
16-FTDM
 
2nd
1st
Y
1st
Samantha
Kane
16-FTDM
 
 
 
Y
4th
Liam
Crossen
18-MTDM
 
 
 
Y
4th
Tyler
Quade
18-MTDM
 
 
3rd
Y
Top Ten 
Paige
Lafferty
18-MTDM
 
 
3rd
Y
 Top Ten 
Caitlin
Malloy
18-MTDM
1st
 
 
Y
4th
Christopher
Carr
19-STDM
1st
 
 
Y
4th
John
Hennigan
19-STDM
 
2nd
 
Y
3rd
George
Lantz
19-STDM
 
2nd
 
Y
3rd
Henry
Rohner
19-STDM
 
 
 
Y
 Top Ten 
Sarah
Reed
9-MMS
 
 
 
 
 

 

Winners with trophies
Back Row L to R: Henry Rohner; Chris Carr; George Lantz: Courtney Feuerbach; Sam Kane; Caitlin Malloy; Sarah Reed; Isabella Hickey; Anna Walsh; Delaney Byrne; (Jack Hennigan missing was taking SAT) Front Row L to R: Liam Crossen; Tyler Quade; Paige Lafferty; Breanna Arnold

 

L to R: Troy Ciarametaro; Breanna Arnold; Jack Hennigan
L to R: Troy Ciarametaro; Breanna Arnold; Jack Hennigan

L to R: Troy Ciarametaro; Breanna Arnold; Jack Hennigan
L to R: Troy Ciarametaro; Breanna Arnold; Jack Hennigan

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VIDEO: Senior creates video for Dramafest

On Saturday February 28th, the Manchester Essex Drama club competed in the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Educational Theatres Guides Drama Festival. Senior Courtney MacDougall created the opening video that was shown at the beginning of the festival. She spent the entire tech week of the drama festival filming the competing schools.  At the end of the day, Manchester Essex was chosen to move on to the semifinal round, alongside Beverly High School and Peabody Veterans High School.

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ASR II students chosen to present at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Congratulations to the following ASR II students for being selected to present their ASR summer research at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at UNH on March 26-27. The title and location of their presentations are included below.  
 
Poster presentations:
 
Patrick Byrne, ”Constructing a Radio-Controlled Ornithopter Prototype and Three-Dimensional Model”, Worcester Polytech Institutue
 
Sam Creighton, Design and Testing of Laboratory Experiences for an Introductory Mechanical Engineering Course”, Boston Univ
 
Leo Gallo de la Paz, Designing Cost Effective Wind Turbines”, MIT
 
Aidan Lyons, Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon Infomercial”, Nat’l Oceanic & Atmospheric Association
 
Lucas Martz, The Effects of Perfluorinated Compounds PFOS and PFOA on Beluga Whale Immunity”, Univ of Connecticut
 
Jacob Przesiak, “Modeling the Spectral Energy Emissions of Blazars BLLAC and OJ287 By Data Fitting Observed Spectral Emissions From Internal Shock Events”,Boston Univ
 
Alex Tognazzi, Chemical Analysis of a Community’s Drinking Water”, North Andover Water Treatment Facility
 
Oral presentation:
 
Julia Whitten, General Versus Specific: A Study on the Advantages and Disadvantages of the MitoCarta Set and the Allelic Set for Gene Analysis for Huntington’s Disease”, Mass General Hosp

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ME swimming and diving won their second meet in a row

Manchester Essex swimming and diving won their second meet in a row against Lynnfield 98-80.  The Hornets Varsity team won 10 out of 12 events.  State qualifiers in two events, Coleman Komishane and Captain James Phelan continue to be undefeated in the Cape Ann league in their events.  Nate Rautio has won all but 1 event for the Hornets thus far.   Elizabeth Athanas won the 100 breaststroke at a blazing speed to qualify for the State Championship.  Will Finn and Zanny Lee both dropped significant time in their events along with Josh Dobson, Kevin Hiselman and Nathan Duda.  Captain Erin Carlson continues to demonstrate her versatility swimming the 200 IM and 100 Fly placing 4 and 3rd respectively.  Becka Hille and Amber Shaw  continue to be powerhouse relay swimmers who score valuable points for the Hornets.  Maddie Carvalho duked it out with Lynnfield in a tremendous show of grit. The JV won 48-13 with the Hornets JV going undefeated in every event.   Santana Tosi, Anna Bonnacorso, Anna Arntsen, Annie Alfano, Sofia Puchniak and Emily Callahan had impressive performances in their individual events.  Jazmine Dort’s versatility is key for the Hornets with Per Hostage and Paul DIfluri  proving themselves as rock-solid butterfliers for the Hornets.  Pheobe Mulry continues to score key points and Paige Swanson posts her best performances each and every meet.  Will Cole and Dewey Komishane posted fast relay times and best times at this meet. The Hornets host Hamilton-Wenham on Monday January 12th at 7:20pm at CAPE ANN YMCA in Gloucester.

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Gallery: Assembly celebrates the season

The Manchester Essex middle and high schools came together to celebrate the holiday season in an assembly on the last day of school before break.

 

Juniors Sara Rhuda and Chelsea Rose sang several songs. Next, Essex Police Chief Peter Silva and his band of fellow law enforcement officers, Uncharted Watahs, played several songs. For a few of them, eighth grader Kendall Hershey accompanied on drums. The SoundWaves also sang with band.

 

This season the students of both schools brought in over $2800 in toys to donate to Pathways for Children. Additionally, the Rotary Club donated over $1000 in gift cards to students and their families that are in financial need.

 

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