MERMS holds spring concert

On May 15th, the middle school band and chorus held the spring concert. Chorus teacher Donna O’Neill conducted the 6th, 7th and 8th grade chorus concert. Band director Joseph Sokol conducted the middle school band concert. This is Sokol’s last year teaching and this was his last middle school concert.

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Sixth grade chorus students begin to file onto the risers to begin the MERMS spring concert. Their first song was Gute Nacht, a German folk song. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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A middle school student helps Betsy Vicks, the accompanist turn the pages while she plays the piano. Vicks was the accompanist for all the choruses. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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The sixth grade middle school chorus performs the song ‘Round the Riverside. The song was arranged by Saundra Musser. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Band students set the stage before the getting their instruments. They began the concert with The Star Spangled Banner. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Band director Joseph Sokol conducts the song March Triumphant. He has been teaching music for 30+ years. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Joseph Sokol announces the next song will be Over the Rainbow. The song is originally from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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UPCOMING EVENT: A CAPPELLA NIGHT 2015 – Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 PM

A CAPPELLA NIGHT 2015 – Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 PM – MERHS Auditorium

The SoundWaves perform with and host: Boston University’s AFIX (with alumna Leanne Ciccone); Pingree’s Specttrum Highlights; Marblehead’s Jewel Tones; Marblehead’s Luminesence; and Hamilton-Wenham’s Kings of the Beach. 

 

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 28th.

PLEASE COME AND JOIN US!

$5.00 students, faculty and senior citizens; $8.00 general public.

Proceeds to benefit the MERHS Class of 2015.

 

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Middle school art class seeks inspiration from the high school art show

The annual high school art show is currently taking place in the hallways of MERHS. Art teacher Marion Powers brought her eighth grade class into the hallways to appreciate each class’s artwork and use it to create masterpieces of their own.

Decorating the main hallway of MERHS are artworks from the high school drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, digital photography, and printmaking classes. The art show is held every spring. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Decorating the main hallway of MERHS are artworks from the high school drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic design, digital photography, and printmaking classes. The art show is held every spring. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students from middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class looks at some of the artworks in the hallway. Powers asks her students to find a few pieces of artwork that speak to them. Once they return to her classroom, they create their own artworks inspired by the ones they chose. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
A group of students from middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class looks at some of the artworks in the hallway. Powers asks her students to find a few pieces of artwork that speak to them. Once they return to her classroom, they create their own artworks inspired by the ones they chose. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While they appreciate each class’s body of work from September to now, eighth grade students in middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s class take notes on what they see. Powers tells her class that “a lot of artists get ideas from other people and places,” and although they’re not copying it, “they’re turning it into their own work of art.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
While they appreciate each class’s body of work from September to now, eighth grade students in middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s class take notes on what they see. Powers tells her class that “a lot of artists get ideas from other people and places,” and although they’re not copying it, “they’re turning it into their own work of art.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class works on their projects inspired by their chosen pieces from the high school art show. Later this year, Powers will have her high school class visit the middle school art show and ask them to create their own artworks inspired by what they see there. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade class works on their projects inspired by their chosen pieces from the high school art show. Later this year, Powers will have her high school class visit the middle school art show and ask them to create their own artworks inspired by what they see there. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade students was kind enough to show this reporter the artworks she chose for her project. This was the first one, and she chose it because she is interested in the abstract patterns that come together to make up the image of a concrete setting. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
One of middle school art teacher Marion Powers’s eighth grade students was kind enough to show this reporter the artworks she chose for her project. This was the first one, and she chose it because she is interested in the abstract patterns that come together to make up the image of a concrete setting. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The second artwork the above-mentioned student used as an inspiration for her project. She appreciates the brilliant use of color and shape in this image, as well as the artist’s keen understanding of perspective. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The second artwork the above-mentioned student used as an inspiration for her project. She appreciates the brilliant use of color and shape in this image, as well as the artist’s keen understanding of perspective. Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The student works on her masterpiece, using her two chosen pieces of artwork for inspiration. When asked why she gives her students this project, middle school art teacher Marion Power said, “I love seeing them use the work out there as an inspiration to create something new.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The student works on her masterpiece, using her two chosen pieces of artwork for inspiration. When asked why she gives her students this project, middle school art teacher Marion Power said, “I love seeing them use the work out there as an inspiration to create something new.” Credit: Benjamin Willems for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Ceramics class differentiates projects

The objectives in ceramics class are different every day because 2 levels are taught at once. Different things have to be done to complete the ceramics process. All students work at their own pace and use different tools to finish their pieces.

Junior Paige Lafferty is making a pot and smoothening out the sides of it. This process is to attach the base and sides of the pot, as well as smoothening it. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Paige Lafferty is making a pot and smoothening out the sides of it. This process is to attach the base and sides of the pot, as well as smoothening it. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Cassandra Gonser is using a fettling knife to cut into her block she is making. This tool is not the easiest tool to use to cut through clay, the exacto knife is. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Cassandra Gonser is using a fettling knife to cut into her block she is making. This tool is not the easiest tool to use to cut through clay, the exacto knife is. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students used slabs to create a box. They stick it under a roller to then create an even piece of clay. When putting together the sides of the box, the artist needs to score and, use magic water, and that will form a corner. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students used slabs to create a box. They stick it under a roller to then create an even piece of clay. When putting together the sides of the box, the artist needs to score and, use magic water, and that will form a corner. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Ethan Andersen is doing a critique. All students do this every Friday to give other classmates some critical advice on their artwork. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Ethan Andersen is doing a critique. All students do this every Friday to give other classmates some critical advice on their artwork. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In ceramics some sculptures can either have texture, or be simple. This box is simple, but its minimalism is aesthetically pleasing. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In ceramics some sculptures can either have texture, or be simple. This box is simple, but its minimalism is aesthetically pleasing. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Caisi Calandra is using a rib to smoothen the base of her clay. The tool mainly removes any bumps that your clay could have. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Caisi Calandra is using a rib to smoothen the base of her clay. The tool mainly removes any bumps that your clay could have. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Madelyn Mulry is working on her piece. In ceramics, when clay is leather hard, tools are used to shave the bottom to smoothen your piece and make a foot. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Madelyn Mulry is working on her piece. In ceramics, when clay is leather hard, tools are used to shave the bottom to smoothen your piece and make a foot. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Mariah Litka has her work critiqued. When the class critiques they make judgments on artwork as well. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Mariah Litka has her work critiqued. When the class critiques they make judgments on artwork as well. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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NAHS Meets to Create Newest Project

Art teacher Marion Powers holds the monthly National Art Honor Society meeting. This month’s project was to create colorful and floral greeting cards with happy messages to give to the elderly in celebration of the arrival of spring. They also drew flowers on a large piece of poster paper to cut out and hang around the school.

Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students gather materials and talk with each other for inspiration before creating their posters. Many kids in NAHS say this was one of the most fun and festive projects to date. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students gather materials and talk with each other for inspiration before creating their cards and flowers. Many kids in NAHS say this was one of the most fun and festive projects to date. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Carly Sheriff and Devon Musgrave-Johnson begin their poster together. In total, over 4 posters were created and ultimately displayed for students to look at and celebrate the excitement of spring. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Seniors Carly Sheriff and Devon Musgrave-Johnson begin their creations together. In total, over 4 posters were created and ultimately displayed for students to look at and celebrate the excitement of spring. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Devon Musgrave-Johnson chooses which pastels to use on her poster. Students were given a choice using oil pastels, colored pencils, or markers but most wanted to use oil pastels. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Devon Musgrave-Johnson chooses which pastels to use on her flower. Students were given a choice using oil pastels, colored pencils, or markers but most wanted to use oil pastels. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Katie Glidden signs up for community service. In order to be in NAHS, each member must complete 4 additional hours of community service on top of the original amount needed to graduate. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Katie Glidden signs up for community service. In order to be in NAHS, each member must complete 4 additional hours of community service on top of the original amount needed to graduate. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Annabelle Lord-Patey talked about the kind of floral designs she planned to draw. Each table in the room created a different and unique poster. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Annabelle Lord-Patey talked about the kind of floral designs she planned to draw. Each table in the room created a many different and unique cards. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students settle into the meeting before it began. NAHS has done other projects such as making positive and vibrant cards for the elderly. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students settle into the meeting before it began. NAHS have made cards for the elderly multiple times now. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
- Powers explains the purpose of the project as she hands out materials. Students explain that NAHS is one of their favorite extracurricular activities. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Powers explains the purpose of the project as she hands out materials. Students explain that NAHS is one of their favorite extracurricular activities. Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Humans Of Manchester Essex: Week 1

Inspired by the photo project Humans Of New York by Brandon Stanton comes a new photo series captured by senior Courtney MacDougall. Humans Of Manchester Essex takes a deeper look at the lives of Manchester Essex’s students.

"I want nothing more in the world, but to farm and be humble."
“I want nothing more in the world, but to farm and be humble.”
"My least favorite thing about high school is the amount of stress that you have when your trying to manage all your work, school activities, sports and extracurriculars."
“My least favorite thing about high school is the amount of stress that you have when your trying to manage all your work, school activities, sports and extracurriculars.”
"What is your favorite part about volunteering in the library?"  "Um, hanging out with Ms.Krause. It's really fun, she talks about her new grandchild a lot."
“What is your favorite part about volunteering in the library?”
“Um, hanging out with Ms.Krause. It’s really fun, she talks about her new grandchild a lot.”
"What is your favorite book?"  "I think Soldier X."
“What is your favorite book?”
“I think Soldier X.”
"I don't know what to say."
“I don’t know what to say.”
"It's nice that I am able to walk downtown and go to the beach whenever I want to."
“It’s nice that I am able to walk downtown and go to the beach whenever I want to.”
"After I had knee surgery, I could stick a magnet to my knee and have it stay there."
“After I had knee surgery, I could stick a magnet to my knee and have it stay there.”
"What do you aspire to be?"  "A pilot."
“What do you aspire to be?”
“A pilot.”

"We have been dating for 10 months."
“We have been dating for 10 months.”

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Drama Club Performs at Dramafest

By Courtney Fraser

Members of the Drama Club progressed through to the Semi-Final competition of Dramafest after their qualifying performance of “Volpone” at the preliminary rounds.

Throughout the day on Feb. 28, eight schools from the North Shore came to Manchester-Essex to perform.

“Volpone,” meaning “fox” in Italian, is a play about a very rich man who tricks all of his friends into thinking they are going to get his money in his will.

The traditional commedia dell’arte has characters who mimic the behaviors of several animals such as the dove, crow, and vulture.

The performance is a Renaissance comedy that has been modified to fit the time frame of 40 minutes.

Auditions for “Volpone” were held in early December. Since then, actors and managers have been rehearsing four times a week after school.

Director Elizabeth Edgerton has been working with the Drama Club for roughly eight years. During her career as the director, she has led drama students to finals twice.

“It’s a great experience for our students to see different kinds of drama and different theatre departments. The competition pushes our students to do really well,” Edgerton said.

Assisting Edgerton in directing the play is junior Chelsea Rose, who has made the Drama Club a large part of her high school career.

“Drama Club is cool because I’ve been involved in both acting and directing. The experience is really fun but also overwhelming when it comes to competition,” Rose said.

Competing in Dramafest are 115 High Schools across New England who fight to be one of the 14 schools that perform at the finals in Boston.

“Dramafest is my favorite memory of my high school career. You make friends with almost everyone, and they’re all really friendly. One year, I was singing a song in the hallway, and within seconds, almost 20 kids were singing along with me,” senior and actor Courtney MacDougall said.

Makeup artists Rose, senior Devon Musgrave-Johnson, freshman Madison Palmer, and sophomore Maya Palmer received awards for excellence in makeup art for the play. Freshman A.J. Rhuda and junior Maddie Shaw won awards but for excellence in performance.

The Drama Club participated in the semi-finals on Mar. 14 at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School; however, the group didn’t move on to finals in Boston on Mar.  26-28.

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