Hornet pride reaches new height in the school

hornet pride 2Between Spirit Week, pep rallies, and athletic success and support for our teams, Hornet pride and school spirit is running rampant through the Manchester-Essex community.

This year’s Spirit Week featured some of the most active classes ever. Whether it was Movie Day, Decade Day, Twin Day, or Spirit Day, students and teachers alike could be seen all over the halls of the high school in creative and spirit-filled costumes.

On Color Day and Hornet Spirit day, nearly everyone, regardless of grade, showed spirit by donning specific colors as well as the traditional green and white.

The last day of Spirit Week, which was topped off with the fall sports pep rally, truly showed how the school has transformed with regard to school spirit. The gymnasium boomed with cheers, applause, and even laughter during the school’s inaugural quidditch match.

At this point in the fall season, the teams that walked down to the center of the gym were met with thunderous encouragement from high schoolers and middle schoolers alike.

As the season continued, so did the explosion of school spirit. Achievements of all of the fall teams, clubs, and individual students fueled this wave of Manchester-Essex Pride.

Golf, boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ cross country, and field hockey all moved on to achieve post-season success. Especially in the case of the boys’ soccer team, MERSD students, parents, and faculty supported the Hornets with vigor.

Social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even the infamous Yik Yak, buzzed with encouraging and congratulatory updates that both filled athletes and students with pride and also fostered more excitement throughout Manchester-Essex.

The atmosphere of school spirit has brought positivity and unity to the entire school. School spirit and Hornet pride has given students, and even the local community as a whole, an avenue to become more involved and enthusiastic about Manchester-Essex.

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Student athletes partake in sportsmanship conference

Six students traveled to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in order to participate in a sportsmanship conference.

The conference, which took place on Nov. 21, hosted students from schools located all across the state.

Athletic Director Kelly Porcaro attended the conference and selected the students who participated:  juniors Brandon Bartlett, Hunter Flood, Ethan Andersen, Sydney Christopher, Julia Bonaccorso, and Kara Hersey.

“I always take juniors and ones that are involved in multiple sports. I try to pick some athletes that play traditional team sports and some that play more individual sports,” Porcaro said.

Bartlett said the conference was not only educational but entertaining as well.

“I think that the MIAA, who sponsored the conference, did a good job teaching us what student athletes had to do in order to help encourage good sportsmanship, but they also kept us entertained,” he said.

According to Bartlett, the conference included a magician and motivational speaker who taught the participants about the importance of sportsmanship off the field.

“It seemed bizarre at first, to have a magician at a sportsmanship event, but he had a touching life story that really made an impact,” Bartlett said.

Hersey explained how athletes aren’t the only ones who need to promote sportsmanship.

“The speakers were really fun but effective. They got us to think about ways we could make our fans more active while remaining positive to both teams,” she said.

According to Porcaro, the key to good sportsmanship is starting it early and leading by example.

“The main purpose of the conference was really to bring awareness to sportsmanship. It starts with little kids and carries all the way to professional athletes. If we can start early, it makes a big difference,” Porcaro said.

Porcaro emphasized the importance of sportsmanship; according to her it’s not just specific to high school students but an essential trait for life in general.

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Athletes Attend Mandatory Winter Sports Meeting

On Thursday December 4th, all winter sport athletes came to the mandatory winter sports meeting. This meeting happens each season, to explain MIAA rules and regulations about certain topics.

 

 

As athletes and their parents entered the school, they checked this sign to see where their specific sport was located for their meeting. The meeting lasts about a half an hour to forty-five minutes, explaining important rules, and the consequences for breaking any of the rules.  Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As athletes and their parents entered the school, they checked this sign to see where their specific sport was located for their meeting. The meeting lasts about a half an hour to forty-five minutes, explaining important rules, and the consequences for breaking any of the rules. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During each team meeting, athletes are given this sheet of paper to sign, proving that they attended the meeting with a parent. Students who do not attend the meeting become ineligible to practice or play the next day.  Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During each team meeting, athletes are given this sheet of paper to sign, proving that they attended the meeting with a parent. Students who do not attend the meeting become ineligible to practice or play the next day. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter and Junior Kara Hersey sign the sheet that confirms that they and a parent were present at the meeting. One MIAA rule is one caught use of a substance causes the athlete to miss 25% of their season. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Melanie Carter and Junior Kara Hersey sign the sheet that confirms that they and a parent were present at the meeting. One MIAA rule is one caught use of a substance causes the athlete to miss 25% of their season. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Each member of the Girls Basketball program received a schedule for the month of December containing practice times and game days. Occasionally coaches will give schedules ahead of time allowing their athletes to be able to plan around practice time. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each member of the Girls Basketball program received a schedule for the month of December containing practice times and game days. Occasionally coaches will give schedules ahead of time allowing their athletes to be able to plan around practice time. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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ME Boys’ Soccer End Run in State Tournament

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.

 

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Boys’ Soccer Are Division 4 North Champions

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!

 

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Faculty Competes in Volleyball Tournament

On November 13th, the faculty and staff for the Manchester-Essex School District came together to compete in several volleyball matches. This is the second year that this team bonding activity has been held.

 

Art teacher Tamera Burns volleys the ball to team Holly’s Got It. The team, Holly’s Got It, was announced to have best team name at the end of the night since they had actual t-shirts made for the event. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Art teacher Tamera Burns volleys the ball to team Holly’s Got It. The team, Holly’s Got It, was announced to have best team name at the end of the night since they had actual t-shirts made for the event. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Teams warm up before the tournament begins by volleying the ball over the net. Over fifty staff members signed up to compete in this event. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Team, That’s What She Set, stretches before the volleyball matches begin. Many teams wanted to achieve victory at the 2nd annual volleyball match after being defeated last year. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Green Team Director Eric Magers slams the ball across the net to Team 2. At the end of the night, no team was crowned the winner because nobody was keeping score. This way, each team had their own bragging rights. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Green Team Director Eric Magers slams the ball across the net to Team 2. At the end of the night, no team was crowned the winner because nobody was keeping score. This way, each team had their own bragging rights. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team who won the best name, Holly’s Got It, came together in a group to discuss a game plan. Teams had such a fun time at the volleyball tournament that curriculum director Scott Morrison plans on creating a floor hockey tournament as well. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team who won the best name, Holly’s Got It, came together in a group to discuss a game plan. Teams had such a fun time at the volleyball tournament that curriculum director Scott Morrison plans on creating a floor hockey tournament as well. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Scott Morrison organized the volleyball event for the faculty. He reads off the list of seven teams competing against one another for the night. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Scott Morrison organized the volleyball event for the faculty. He reads off the list of seven teams competing against one another for the night. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Memorial school head custodian Mike Mullarkey talks with Eric Magers before the beginning of the first match. Mullarkey’s team pulled through with best team spirit at the end of the night for their comical use for their arms, legs, and feet when returning volleys. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Memorial school head custodian Mike Mullarkey talks with Eric Magers before the beginning of the first match. Mullarkey’s team pulled through with best team spirit at the end of the night for their comical use for their arms, legs, and feet when returning volleys. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the hour and a half long tournament, all teams left a winner. Morrison plans on directing more faculty associated events in the future after this successful 2014 volleyball match. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the hour and a half long tournament, all teams left a winner. Morrison plans on directing more faculty associated events in the future after this successful 2014 volleyball match. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Teams warm up before the tournament begins by volleying the ball over the net. Over fifty staff members signed up to compete in this event. Credit: Courtney Fraser for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Varsity Boys Soccer Dominates in Quarterfinal Game

On Tuesday November 4th, the varsity boys’ soccer team played in their first game of the post tournament. In this first round, the Hornets faced St. Joseph’s Prep. The Hornets controlled the pace of the game and came out with a 5-0 win. Their next game is this Saturday November 8th at Chelmsford High School where they will face Lowell Catholic.

 

At the start of the game, the players on the bench, cheered and supported their teammates from the sidelines. Teams typically carry several more players during tournament in case of injury or sickness. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Multimedia Online
At the start of the game, the players on the bench, cheered and supported their teammates from the sidelines. Teams typically carry several more players during tournament in case of injury or sickness. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Multimedia Online
Senior Parker Edington sets up for a free kick on the opposing team’s goal. The Hornets scored all 5 of their goals in the second half. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Senior Parker Edington sets up for a free kick on the opposing team’s goal. The Hornets scored all 5 of their goals in the second half. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Coach Robbie Bilsbury calls a timeout during the 17th minute in the first half. A time out allows the team to get water and change their strategy if needed. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Coach Robbie Bilsbury calls a timeout during the 17th minute in the first half. A time out allows the team to get water and change their strategy if needed. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Sophomore goalie Marco Kaper calls the ball off after a shot is attempted by the St. Joseph team. Kaper has been the goalie for the team for the past two seasons. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Sophomore goalie Marco Kaper calls the ball off after a shot is attempted by the St. Joseph team. Kaper has been the goalie for the team for the past two seasons. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Many fans come to support both teams, each hoping their team moves on to the next round. Several members of the student body as well as parents came to support the team. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Many fans come to support both teams, each hoping their team moves on to the next round. Several members of the student body as well as parents came to support the team. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Sophomore David Laforge looks to pass back when being pressured by a forward from the other team. The Hornets have very strong defensive and offensive lines that have contributed to them being extremely successful this season. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Sophomore David Laforge looks to pass back when being pressured by a forward from the other team. The Hornets have very strong defensive and offensive lines that have contributed to them being extremely successful this season. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Senior Jack Hay takes space with the ball after receiving a pass from his brother and teammate Cole Hay. Hay has been on varsity for all four high school seasons. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Senior Jack Hay takes space with the ball after receiving a pass from his brother and teammate Cole Hay. Hay has been on varsity for all four high school seasons. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Junior Liam Crossen takes a shot on St. Joseph’s goal. Throughout the game, the Hornets had several great attempts at putting the ball in the goal. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Junior Liam Crossen takes a shot on St. Joseph’s goal. Throughout the game, the Hornets had several great attempts at putting the ball in the goal. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Senior Oliver Hull receives the ball and looks to pass to a teammate on the wing to hopefully build possession up to the opposing team’s goal. The Hornets this season have played a formation with five defenders and have played it very well. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Senior Oliver Hull receives the ball and looks to pass to a teammate on the wing to hopefully build possession up to the opposing team’s goal. The Hornets this season have played a formation with five defenders and have played it very well. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
The Hornets look to cross the ball into the box in St. Joseph’s end. The Hornets dominated and were in the other teams’ end for a majority of the game. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
The Hornets look to cross the ball into the box in St. Joseph’s end. The Hornets dominated and were in the other teams’ end for a majority of the game. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Senior Parker Edington dribbles through St. Joseph’s defensive line; Edington successfully beats all of the players and puts another shot on the goal. This season has been the best season the boys’ varsity soccer program has had in several years. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online.
Senior Parker Edington dribbles through St. Joseph’s defensive line; Edington successfully beats all of the players and puts another shot on the goal. This season has been the best season the boys’ varsity soccer program has had in several years. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online.

Junior Tyler Quade attempts a bicycle kick to put the ball in the goal. The Hornets played a tremendous game and are ready to take on the next game this Saturday against Lowell Catholic. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
Junior Tyler Quade attempts a bicycle kick to put the ball in the goal. The Hornets played a tremendous game and are ready to take on the next game this Saturday against Lowell Catholic. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online

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Field Hockey Celebrates Their Seniors

On Tuesday October 21st, the varsity field hockey team had their senior night. They celebrated their seniors for their tremendous hard work and commitment to the team for the past four years. In this game they faced the Ipswich Tigers and ended the game with a tie of 0-0.

Before the game starts the team warms up doing a variety of passing, dribbling and shooting drills to get ready for the game. The team has a new motto each year, and this year’s is “Why Not?’. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before the game starts the team warms up doing a variety of passing, dribbling and shooting drills to get ready for the game. The team has a new motto each year, and this year’s is “Why Not?’. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Prior to this senior night game, the team made posters for each senior that had their name, number and different sayings on them. This year, the team has nine seniors who contribute to the team. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Prior to this senior night game, the team made posters for each senior that had their name, number and different sayings on them. This year, the team has nine seniors who contribute to the team. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Hayley Malloy warms up before the game, her coach shooting on her and Malloy’s task was to block the shot from going into the goal. Malloy has been the goalie for the varsity team for the past three seasons. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Hayley Malloy warms up before the game, her coach shooting on her and Malloy’s task was to block the shot from going into the goal. Malloy has been the goalie for the varsity team for the past three seasons. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The field hockey team huddles in the middle of the field to chant their famous cheer. Each year, a line is added to the cheer, making it unique. Before every game, the team recites it. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The field hockey team huddles in the middle of the field to chant their famous cheer. Each year, a line is added to the cheer, making it unique. Before every game, the team recites it. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the seniors are announced, the other members of the team hold a sign they made, waiting ready for the seniors to run through it. This was a very creative and fun idea, showing just how much the team appreciates their seniors. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As the seniors are announced, the other members of the team hold a sign they made, waiting ready for the seniors to run through it. This was a very creative and fun idea, showing just how much the team appreciates their seniors. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets take the field and get into their positions for the start of the game. The first time the Hornets played Ipswich they did not come out with the win and wanted their revenge in this game. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets take the field and get into their positions for the start of the game. The first time the Hornets played Ipswich they did not come out with the win and wanted their revenge in this game. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets defend their net as Ipswich sets up for a corner play. The Hornets throughout the game defended their net extremely well, not letting Ipswich get a goal.  Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets defend their net as Ipswich sets up for a corner play. The Hornets throughout the game defended their net extremely well, not letting Ipswich get a goal. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets prepare to attack Ipswich’s goal, setting up one of their set plays that will hopefully result in a goal. The team kept it in Ipswich’s end for a good portion of the first half. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The Hornets prepare to attack Ipswich’s goal, setting up one of their set plays that will hopefully result in a goal. The team kept it in Ipswich’s end for a good portion of the first half. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Towards the end of the half, the Hornet’s coach calls a time out. This not only gives the players a quick breather but also allows the team to regroup and change their strategy. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Towards the end of the half, the Hornet’s coach calls a time out. This not only gives the players a quick breather but also allows the team to regroup and change their strategy. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The first half concludes and the team runs to senior goalie Haley Malloy to congratulate her on a great half. The Hornets ended the game in a 0-0 tie. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online
The first half concludes and the team runs to senior goalie Haley Malloy to congratulate her on a great half. The Hornets ended the game in a 0-0 tie. Credit: Phebe Biggar for Manchester Essex Online

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Hornets Football Puts Up Valiant Effort

On Friday, October 10, the Manchester-Essex varsity football team had a home game against Hamilton-Wenham. The final score was 0-28, in the General’s favor. The next week, ME football won 21-14 against Ipswich.

On Friday, October 10, the Manchester-Essex Hornets played against Hamilton Wenham. Although some players were injured from previous games, the Hornets played a good game. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
On Friday, October 10, the Manchester-Essex Hornets played against Hamilton Wenham. Although some players were injured from previous games, the Hornets played a good game. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joe Sokol led the high school pep band as they played during the first half of the Friday night game. The band has played every home game this season. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Band director Joe Sokol led the high school pep band as they played during the first half of the Friday night game. The band has played every home game this season. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
People filled the stands in order to watch the football game. Parents, high school students, and middle-school students are all invited to attend the games on Fridays. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
People filled the stands in order to watch the football game. Parents, high school students, and middle-school students are all invited to attend the games on Fridays. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The two teams huddled together to decide the play they were going to do next. They played a great game but lost by 0-28. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The two teams huddled together to decide the play they were going to do next. They played a great game but lost by 0-28. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

In between playing the songs, the band members were able to watch the game. The band played patriotic and spirited songs such as the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the game and We Will Rock You in order to encourage the crowd to support the Hornets.  Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
In between playing the songs, the band members were able to watch the game. The band played patriotic and spirited songs such as the Star Spangled Banner at the start of the game and We Will Rock You in order to encourage the crowd to support the Hornets. Credit: Gillian Guerin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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GALLERY: PEP Rally and Quidditch Match 2014

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.

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