On Friday January 16th, the Hornets faced the Triton Vikings. The Hornets played aggressive defense and moved the ball well on offense. Throughout the entire game, both teams battled on the offensive end keeping the score within 2 or 3 points. At one moment the Hornets would be up and at another Triton was ahead. Unfortunately in the final seconds, the Triton Vikings scored a basket putting them up by three. The girls JV team put up a great fight but fell short with the final score being 37-34. The Hornets face Pentucket at home on Monday, January 20th and Masconomet away on Friday, January 23.
On Friday January 9th, some MERHS alumni returned to talk to current junior and seniors about the transition to college. There was a variety of questions asked and topic cover from roommates to types of college classes. This question and answer session was very informative, giving seniors a peek at what to expect when going to college next year.
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.
During the weekend of Friday December 12th, the middle school presented “Legally Blonde Jr. the musical.” The students have been working hard since September and were excited to show off their talents. Director Nicole Leotsakos from the North Shore YMCA Theatre has worked with twenty two of the most talented and expressive students to put on an amazing production. This year, the play consisted of a female cast, so the male parts were all played by girls. This stretched the actresses’ limits and got them thinking outside of the box in order to transform into male characters. Leotsakos had the help of Sara Jaffe and Carissa Gerber as assistant directors and managers, as well as sophomore Robert Carter as house manager and a few other students as stage crew.
The story of Legally Blonde follows Elle Woods, a sorority girl from Malibu, in her journey to find true meaning of herself outside of her looks. Her heart takes her to Harvard Law School to win back the guy she loves, but she soon learns that she is a hardworking, independent woman that enjoys helping people through practicing law.
On November 19th, the boys varsity soccer team faced Archbishop Williams in the state semi final game. The Hornets gave a valiant effort the entire game, going into a sudden death overtime. Unfortunately, Manchester Essex did not come out with the win. The Hornets had a fantastic run in the state tournament and are the first boys team to go down in school history with making it this far in the tournament.
On November 16th, the boys’ varsity soccer team played in the Division 4 North championship game. The Hornets (7-5-6) faced St. Mary’s (15-1-2). Manchester Essex battled till the end of the game, ending in a 2-2 tie. The goals for the Hornets were scored by senior Lucas Firme and Parker Edington. The tie led to the two teams going into double overtime, each being ten minutes long and sudden death. The Hornets were still tied by the end of the second overtime, causing the teams to go into a penalty kick shoot-out. Penalty kicks for the hornets were taken by juniors George Lantz and Liam Crossen; seniors Parker Edington, Lucas Firme and Winston Feuerbach.
Sophomore goalie Marco Kaper defended the net outstandingly during the game and the shoot-out contributing significantly to his team’s victory.
In the end, the Hornets came out on top, winning 3-2 in penalty kicks. This is the first year that the boys’ soccer program has been division 4 champions. Go Hornets!
Last block on Friday October 3rd, the entire middle and high schools met in the gym for the annual fall Pep Rally. Athletic teams and student council representatives were recognized. The traditional student team captains versus faculty scooter race resulted in the faulty winning for the 14th year in a row. Finally, the school watched the first ever Quidditch match in which the seniors played against the underclassmen.