Tuesday February, 24 Manchester Essex girls’ basketball defeated Brighton in the first round of playoffs. Coach Lauren Dubois helped bring these girls to victory. The final score of the game with a great win from the Hornets was 67-19. The girls moved on to the next round against Bishop Fenwick but lost 47-52 in a very close game.
On Thursday February 5th, John Bannister-Marx’s eighth grade engineering class worked on constructing miniature residential homes. The students designed a bird’s eye view of the interior of the one floor home any way they liked, but they had to scale sizes down to being able to fit on a one 1×1’ piece of cardboard.
The class of 2014 graduated on Friday June 6th at Hyland Field. The ceremony started with bag pipers and drummers, leading the procession of faculty and graduates onto the field. A group of senior girls sang the national anthem. Assistant Principal Paul Murphy, Principal Patricia Puglisi, and Superintendent Pamela Beaudoin all gave speeches to the class and audience.
Following the administrations speeches, class president Erik Rajunas spoke about his journey through high school and about his class. Then Madeline Dahlen spoke as the Salutatorian of the class. The last speech from the students of the class of 2014 was given by Valedictorian Lindsey Duff, who chose to write a letter to the world about her class.
The class speaker was English teacher Daniel Koughan, who spoke for the third time at graduation in the past five years. He gave the graduates pieces of advice gleaned from important works of literature. After the diplomas were awarded, the students flipped their tassels and were officially finished with school at MERSD.
FACULTYCreagan More Pipes and Drums
GRADUATES “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar
MERSD Band, Mr. Joseph Sokol, Director
NATIONAL ANTHEM Evanthia Boling, Sofia del Valle, Lindsey Duff,
Elizabeth Higgins, Molly McCoy, Hannah Parker, Alexandra Valenti, Elizabeth White
Manchester Essex High School was recently ranked number 18 in the state of Massachusetts by US News and World Reports. The school ranked 118 in the nation for STEM and 394 in the country overall. The district was ranked 15 in Boston Magazine’s Best Schools in Boston 2013. The teacher student ratio is 14:1 and 91.5% of Advanced Placement students scored a 3-5 on their AP tests. MERHS is known for its athletic teams, art programs, and teaching and learning strategies. The following photos show some of the great learning and doing at the school.
Cradle to Crayons is a nonprofit organization that helps children get the essentials they need. 8th grader Juliet Kelley decided to bring this fundraiser to MERMS, and contribute by having students bring in old clothes that they don’t wear or don’t use anymore.
Freshmen advisory talks briefly about what it takes to be a good character and to have good charisma. On Wednesday April 1, 2014 advisories talked intently about how to keep good charisma throughout your life, and how to keep yourself healthy and happy.
On Wednesday March 26, 2014, John Bannister Marx and Dave Veling’s high school engineering class wired together an electrical charge scoreboard. Students in the class were given an assignment to connect pieces to create a scoreboard which will light up when it is all connected correctly. Students had to learn how to read and write Binary Code Sequences that show what light circuit turns on and what like circuit is off.
Wednesday March 12,2014 History teacher John Mullady ran the Creative Cooking Breakfast workshop for Workshop Wednesday. During that class the students made pancakes and smoothies. These edible delights were all natural and whole grain to keep a healthy and well balanced breakfast.
Freshmen Lilly Bean and Bailey Houghton enjoy drinking their smoothies while they wait for their pancakes to be ready to be eaten. Bean and Houghton said that they really enjoyed doing this workshop and would definitely do it again. Credit: Laura Fitzgerald for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online