Students apply laws of physics to golf

Junior Troy Ciarametaro gave a presentation on the physics of golf and how golf depends on many of the equations students learn about in physics. Since the seniors have graduated, the juniors left in the class have worked on independent projects.

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Junior Troy Ciarametaro sets up his lab after his presentation about the physics of golf. In the lab, students practiced putting and attempted to apply what they learned to their golf swings. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Juniors Katie Glidden, Abbey Martin, and Alex Thompson read the instructions on the lab sheet. Each junior was required to give a presentation on a topic of their choice before the end of the year. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Ciarametaro shows his classmates the correct putting form. Ciarametaro brought in a small putting green to simulate a golf like situation. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Martin practices her putting technique. It took each student a couple of tries before getting the hole. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Ciarametaro explains the pros and cons of a putter with a thick shaft versus a thin shaft. Ciarametaro brought in two different putters to give students an option to choose from. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Martin fills in her lab handout based on the information she learned during the activity. A golf swing is centered around the concept of a pendulum. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Physics teacher Deb Nolan practices the golf lab. Each student was required to accompany their presentations with a lab or activity. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team presents projects at showcase

On Monday June 9th, Green Team Interns and Scholars held a Green Team Showcase. At the event Interns and Scholars presented their projects and their successes throughout the year. The showcase was a way for the Green Team to show the community what goes on inside the program.

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Juniors Sam Koufman and Chris Noriega began the presentation by speaking about different conferences that they attended. Koufman is the Green Team Co-president and Noriega is the Green Team Executive assistant. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Juniors Campbell Faker and TC Fougere explain what it is like to be an intern for the Green Team program. The Green Team interns complete small tasks throughout the year, unlike Green Team Scholars who work on one large project for the entire year. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Community Partner Liz Duff from Mass Audubon talks about her experiences with the Green Team. Duff worked with a Scholar to help eliminate the invasive species of Pepperweed on the north shore. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Freshman David LaForge presents about his work as a Green Team Intern. LaForge replaced the book donation box in the front of the school from a large company to a small local book shop in Manchester. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Jackie Otterbien takes a snack during the showcase. All snacks that were provided by the Green Team were organic. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Juniors Abbey Martin, Tasha Statz-Geary, and Katie Glidden speak about their project titled “Young Women in Climate.” The Young Women in Climate were awarded with the Green Difference award. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Hannah Thorne presents her Eco Tour project. The Eco tour is a self-guided tour that one can take around the school in order to see the different environmentally friendly aspects of the building. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Lauren Coogan explains to the audience what she does as the Green Team Events Coordinator. As the Events Coordinator Coogan plans all Green Team events and sustainability days in order to make the class more interesting and fun. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Meghan Conway presents her project Seaside Sustainability. Seaside Sustainability is a project that focuses on sea level rise in the Cape Ann area. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Juniors Justin Eichenberger and Cameron Holley speak about their hydroponics project. Hydroponics is a project that involves no soil in order to grow a garden. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Green Team members listen to Magers speak about the program. Magers is the original founder of the Green Team. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Green Team members sit on the stage at the ends of the presentations. A question and answer session was held so that the audience could learn more about the program. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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GHS and ME track hold restaurant night

The Gloucester and Manchester Essex outdoor track team held a restaurant night at La Casa de Luis. The GHS and ME co-op allows for Manchester Essex students to run outdoor track for Gloucester High School. The fundraiser helped to support the Gloucester track team.

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The team dinner was held at Casa de Luis. The track team decided to hold a restaurant night in Manchester instead of Gloucester because of the co-op. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Gloucester track team members smile before eating dinner. The track team also sold raffle tickets in order to raise money for the team. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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A Gloucester track member eats her dinner. The Gloucester boys track team went undefeated for the outdoor season. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Freshman Nimah Dalton, sophomore Charlotte Freed, freshman Becka Hille, and a Gloucester track member smile before eating dinner. In the Northeast Conference Championships the boys’ team placed third and the girls placed fourth. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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A Gloucester track member looks at the menu before ordering. The Gloucester track coach was awarded with boys’ coach of the year. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Gloucester track sprinters and hurdlers smile for a picture upon arriving to the restaurant. Two hurdlers qualified for the Division 1 state competition. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Gloucester track members enjoy their fried ice cream dessert. The girls track team was awarded with the sportsmanship award in the North East Conference. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Gloucester track members share their desserts. The Gloucester track booster parents help to organize events for the team members. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sophomore Charlie Davis eats his fried ice cream dessert. Davis has been a part of the co-op for two years. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Salve Regina A Cappella Group visits high school

Pitches with attitude, Salve Regina’s female A cappella group, came to visit Manchester Essex Regional High School and performed for music classes. 2012 ME graduate Savannah Repucci is a member of the group and came back to visit her high school.

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Seventh grade music students sit in a circle before the A cappella group enters. The A cappella group was on tour visiting many of the singers’ past high schools. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Salve Regina A cappella group members clap at the beginning of their first song. Pitches with Attitude performed for three classes, as well as many faculty members who stopped by to watch the performance. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The Salve Regina A cappella leader introduces the group to the chorus class. Each of the members gave their name, school year, and major when introducing themselves. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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A seventh grade chorus class watches as the A cappella group sings one of their songs. Pitches with Attitude sang six songs for each of their performances. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The group leader sets up for the next song by giving the members their notes needed to start the song. The group’s last concert on their tour was at Rockport High School. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Pitches with Attitude sing the song “Brave” during their show. When a solo occurs in a song, the members singing separately from the rest of the group will stand in front of the other singers. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Pitches with Attitude sing the song “Ironic.” After their concert, the girls held a question and answer session for the audience. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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A Manchester Essex Regional High School alumni Savannah Rapucci sings a solo. Rapucci is sophomore at Salve Regina and is a Music Education major. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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A Pitches with Attitude member sets up the next song for her solo. The group has toured throughout, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Juniors discuss daily life problems in advisory

On Wednesday May 21st, junior class members discussed situational problems and came up with solutions. Advisory allows for an opportunity for students to talk about problems that arise in high school.

 

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Junior students converse before coming together to start the activity. Advisory groups are divided up by grade so that the groups can remain the same until graduation. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Reading specialist Bernadette Ruth reads the scenario to the students. The students were required to provide a solution to the problem and explain why the solution proposed was appropriate. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

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Advisory group members share their opinions and discuss the positives and negatives about solutions proposed. Students shared personal experiences and discussed long term and short term effects of decisions. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Students raise their hands to share their ideas about what was read by Ruth. The small advisory groups allow each student a chance to share and participate in conversations. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Erica Corwin draws in her free time during advisory. Advisory is a way for students to relax in between classes and seek personal help from teachers. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Juniors Ben Alger, Eric Fossa, and Michael Fuca converse in a small group and brainstorm before sharing with the group. A problem proposed to the students was about a man choosing to graduate school over spending time with his children. The students then had to decide what they thought was best. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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DECA students compete successfully in Georgia

From Friday May 2nd to Wednesday May 7th the Manchester Essex DECA team traveled to Atlanta Georgia to compete in the International Career Development Conference. MERHS DECA scored two of 18 individual exam or role play medals awarded to the 462 MASS DECA students at the competition.

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Boys track continues undefeated season

On Tuesday April 29th the Manchester Essex Gloucester joint track  team faced Swampscott. The girls’ team suffered a defeat but the boys’ team came out with a victory.  After this meet the boys’ team is undefeated with a record of 5-0 and the girls’ team is 2-3.

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Athletes sit together and set up before the start of the meet. This was the fifth meet of the outdoor track season. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Gloucester junior stretches out Gloucester freshman before her race. This is the third year of the co-op for outdoor track between Gloucester and Manchester Essex. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Gloucester sophomore runs the two-mile while keeping the lead above a Swampscott competitor. During the two-mile race both boys and girls run together. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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ME senior Fiona Davis asks Gloucester coach Cary Brancaleone about the ongoing results of the meet. Gloucester has four coaches for the different events in track and field. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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ME sophomore Nathan Evans runs the mile event. This past Saturday Evans won the mile in Northeast conference Freshman Sophomore meet. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Gloucester teammates stretch on the hurdles before their event. There are two races which include the hurdles, the 100 meters and the 400 meters. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Gloucester junior stretches out Junior Everest Crawford before his race. Students run laps and preform static and dynamic activities before they compete. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Officials talk about the order of the events before the meet begins. At every high school meet at least two officials are present to run the competition. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Gloucester track boys cool down after their races to make sure their muscles don’t tighten. This is the first track season on the new outdoor Gloucester track. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Gloucester sophomore jumps over the high jump bar. This season was the first time Gloucester had an outdoor home meet in five years. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Curbside composting begins in Manchester

On Monday April 14th, Green Team students and town members congregated in front of the Manchester Essex Regional High School to launch the start of curbside composting. People gave speeches about their involvement in the project and their appreciation for the collaboration to make the project a success.

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Green Team students stand in a line behind town representatives during the speeches that were given about curbside composting. Town resident Tory Morton, initially proposed the idea of town compost last June. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Barry Pett from Senator Bruce Tarr’s office gives a speech about the curbside composting process. The compost is picked up on regular trash days along with trash and recycling. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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DPW Commissioner David W. Cash introduced each speaker and talked about how the starting of the curbside composting was a community effort. Weeks before the first date of curbside composting pick up, bins were distributed to each household in Manchester. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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DPW workers listen to speeches about the curbside composting program. Manchester Essex Regional High School is one of the greenest schools in the state and attempts to spread their initiatives to the town as well. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Member of the Manchester Board of Selection, Tom Kehoe, gives his appreciation for the efforts people have taken to make the curbside composting project a success. The composting containers were delivered to each household by Boy Scout troop 3, and headed by Chris Dumont for his Eagle Scout project. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Freshmen David LaForge and Nick Curcuru hold the curbside composting banner. The compost can include food scraps and organic waste. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The Hiltz Disposal truck was parked in front of the school while the town members were talking about curbside composting. The goal of curbside composting program is to reduce the amount of trash the town of Manchester produces as a whole. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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On April 14th the composting buckets were placed outside along the sidewalk with trash and recycling bins. The curbside composting program was designed to be easy for all residents of Manchester to participate. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Sam Koufman speaks about the Green Team’s appreciation for curbside composting. The Green Team was awarded by the Federal Department of Education with the Green Ribbon Award in 2013. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Town members and Green Team students smile for a picture to document the start of curbside composting. Green Team Director Eric Magers and Koufman were on the curbside composting committee. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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The sanitation worker picks up the recycling, trash, and the first bucket of compost. This new system will help the town of Manchester to become more environmentally sustainable. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team Dives in Dumpster

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Senior Maddie Pomeroy carries a trash bag to the tarp. The Green Team students met at 6:15 in the morning to start sorting the trash. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Kristen Kaneb places food into the compost pile. The tarp contained different piles for students to place the sorted trash, such as recycling, compost, terracycle, and trash. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Juniors Lauren Coogan and Ruby Aldrich work together to make signs to place around the sorted trash. The signs directed students and teachers to walk past the dumpster dive piles so that they could see the different items that weren’t actually trash. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Junior Justin Eichenberger holds up a sign to advertise the dumpster dive. After sorting the pile students found that more than 50% of the waste was compost, recycling, or terracycle. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Senior Mike Davis adds food to the compost pile. The Green Team students had more than twenty trash bags to sort through. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Green Team students worked together to sort the trash. The students had permission to miss their first block class in order to help clean up the dumpster dive. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Coogan, junior Jackie Otterbien, and Aldrich sort paper into one sided and double sided piles. The one sided paper was placed back into the school and used in the library printers. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

On April 3rd the Green Team participated in a dumpster dive; the students came to school early in the morning in order to sort trash. The goal of this activity was to show the other students how much garbage could actually be recycle or composted.

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Eichenberger picks up pieces of waste and sorts them into the different piles. Days before the dumpster dive Green Team teacher Eric Magers attended a National Green Schools Conference in California. Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Aldrich, Coogan, and junior Meghan Conway hold signs to direct students to walk past the sorted waste before entering in the school. Having students walk past the waste helped them to see the amount of trash that could have been compost or recycling. Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Green Team students continue to sort through the trash bags. The students were given community service hours by Magers for their contribution in the dumpster dive. Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sixth graders analyze the problems of Africa

Sixth grade students have been studying Africa and researched a topic of related interest. Each student prepared a two
minute presentation about their topic.

 
Social Studies teacher Amy Desmond explains to the students the process of the presentations. Prior to the projects, the sixth graders had been studying Africa. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sixth grader Naomi Franklin sets up for her presentation about the endangered cheetah species. Students were required to bring in a visual in order to make their presentation more interesting. Credit: Bailey Graves for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Franklin presented to the class about the cheetah and how it had become an endangered species over time. Topics ranged from animals to social issues in Africa. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Franklin points to a map of Africa indicating where cheetahs are located and how over time their distribution has decreased. Cheetahs are one of many species of animals that face possible extinction in Africa. Credit: Bailey Graves for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Sixth grader Lorenzo Venegas-Villa presents on a Guerilla terrorist group in Africa. He grabbed the students’ attention by describing how the captured children had to live in the camps. Credit: Olivia Lantz for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Sixth grade students raise their hands to ask questions about Venegas-Villa ‘s presentation. The questions asked showed that the students were actively listening and interested in the topic. Credit: Bailey Graves Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Venegas-Villa handed out pictures of the Guerilla army in order to show the students what the conditions of the army were like. Venegas-Villa explained that children are taken from their homes and pushed into combat when in the army. Credit: Olivia Lantz Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Sixth grader Catherine Garlitz presented on the endangered species of the cheetah. Each topic was not limited to one student and many students presented on the same topic. Credit: Bailey Graves Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Students raise their hands to ask questions after the presentations. Students were encouraged to ask questions to show that they were actively listening. Credit: Olivia Lantz Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Garlitz answers some of the questions that students ask her. Students were expected to be experts on their topics after a week’s worth of researching. Credit: Bailey Graves Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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