Rachel Jones wins Gold Key for Senior Photography Porfolio

Senior Rachel Jones submitted 8 images and a written artist statement to the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards this year, and ended up winning a Gold Key for her images. They will go next to the National Level for consideration for further awards.

The questions that she was required to answer for her artist statement were:

  1. Why did you select the work you submitted for your Art/Photography Portfolio?
  2. How do you hope people will react when they look at your work?
  3. What role does art play in your life?

Her response was the following:

“My inspiration for my portfolio came from the photo of the little girl looking through barn doors. After taking this photo I thought of how I could incorporate the idea of “looking through things.” This is important to me because as a teenager, I am constantly discovering new things about myself by trying new things and essentially looking through new doors and new opportunities. The message I am trying to portray is that teenagers, high school students especially, are always discovering themselves and that trying new things and stepping out of your own skin is what can help you discover who you are. I hope that this message comes across in my photos through the use of shallow depth of field to show a foggy background through an in focus object.

This foggy background represents what teenagers are hesitant to try, but is essentially what they want to discover about themselves. The clear, in focus, part of the photos represent what they know and what is comfortable, but they need and want to push through this wall to discover themselves. I hope that when teenagers see this portfolio it inspires them to break through whatever wall is in front of them and try the one thing they have wanted to do, but have never had the courage to do so. I hope this will help them discover themselves because they are the future. The world is full of people, but if those people don’t know who they are, then who does?

My work has also inspired me to try new things. I have always been a skier, but have always wanted to try to snowboard but I was afraid of failure. I recently tried it for the first time and although it can never replace skiing, I have no regrets of trying. It opened a new door to discover a little more about myself that I didn’t know existed. This is one of the roles that art plays in my life; it helps me discover who I am and inspires me to try new things.”

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Students show their talent at Winter Concert

Thursday, December 16, at 7:30pm the MERHS Chorus, A Cappella group, and Band performed at the annual Winter Concert for family and friends. The Chorus performed first and opened with “Ding Dong! Merrily on High” and ended with “Carol of the Bells.” The group sang a total of four songs and was lead by Chorus Director Donna O’Neil and accompanied on piano by Thomas Smoker. The A Cappella group, Soundwaves, gave a wonderful performance of three songs, their hit being “Fa, La, La, La.” To close the concert the high school band performed six songs under the direction of Joe Sokol. The band performed songs such as “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Great Movie Adventures.”

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PROFILE: Olivia Dumont, scholar and athlete

Dumont’s research to determine whether an extension of the uterine incision during a cesarean section is a risk for uterine rupture during the subsequent natural birth (or VBAC) was published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Senior Superstar Olivia Dumont is one to be recognized. Field hockey captain, Co-President of National Honor Society, and a published researcher, are only a few of the many accomplishments of this young woman.

Over the Summer, Dumont participated in and internship with Mass General Hospital in Boston, MA as a requirement of her ASR (Authentic Science Research) class. Her research to determine whether an extension of the uterine incision during a cesarean section is a risk for uterine rupture during the subsequent natural birth (or VBAC) was published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

Dumont says she would like to be an obstetrician when she gets older and she stated that, “You get to be a part of the best day of someone’s life (when their child is born) every single day!” She saw cesarean sections being done and seeing it firsthand she said really helped with her research.

Along with her ASR accomplishments Dumont is a dedicated student and a part of many clubs, such as the green team, NHS, peer tutoring, Interact club, class office, debate, and band. She also plays field hockey and runs for the winter track team.

Her dedication to all of her activities shows and she tries to get to as many events as she can. Teachers and fellow students look to her as a role model and recognize her familiar face throughout the school and the community. Dumont will graduate this year and heading off to college in the fall and there is no doubt she will be missed by many of her friends and fellow classmates, along with the teacher and friends she leaves behind.

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Students show their talent at winter concert

Thursday, December 16, at 7:30pm the MERHS Chorus, A Cappella group, and Band performed at the annual Winter Concert for family and friends. The Chorus performed first and opened with “Ding Dong! Merrily on High” and ended with “Carol of the Bells.” The group sang a total of four songs and was lead by Chorus Director Donna O’Neil and accompanied on piano by Thomas Smoker. The A Cappella group, Soundwaves, gave a wonderful performance of three songs, their hit being “Fa, La, La, La.” To close the concert the high school band performed six songs under the direction of Joe Sokol. The band performed songs such as “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Great Movie Adventures.”

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Hornets sting Vikings in season opener

The Hornets boys basketball team faced the Rockport Vikings on Tuesday, December 14 at 6:30 pm. For both teams it was the first game of the season and fans from both sides were there for support.

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Poet connects with students through humor

Taylor Mali spoke to students during Humanities Week.

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Artist draws attention to his heros

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Ha Tran recounts her journey as a refugee

Author and Vietnamese refugee Ha Tran spoke to the high school during Humanities Week.

Author and Vietnamese refugee Ha Tran spoke to the high school during Humanities Week.  She is the author of the book “Empowered by Hope”.  Ha Tran recounted her unforgettable and courageous story of  how she escaped from Vietnam to live in America with her family and become an American citizen.

Ha Tran also visited History Department Chair Dan Jewett’s Global Issues class. The class discussed her views on immigration.  Senior Cam Smith asked her about her views on illegal immigrants based on her experience as a new American citizen after years of going through the official immigration process. Tran responded that she loves that people are coming because of the opportunities available in America, however she believes she should go through the same process she did and do their part as citizens. Additionally, Tran spoke in more depth about her journey to the United States.

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Middle School reaches out to those in need

Photos by Rachel Jones

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Seniors study friction in physics

Senior Honors Physics classes have been conducting a lab that measures the frictional force of objects on different surfaces.

Photos by Rachel Jones

Science teacher Deb Nolan’s Senior Honors Physics classes have been conducting a lab that measures the frictional force of objects on different surfaces. Both A and C block classes have been studying the frictional forces for the past two weeks and now with the incorporation of a lab have a better understanding of how to calculate it. Using a block of wood, the students pulled the block by a string with a force box on the end over three different surfaces (smooth, cork, and rubber) with three different masses on top of the block (500g, 1000g, 1500g). The different masses required a different force because of the friction, and even further, the different surfaces created more friction with the block. At the end of recording their readings, they used the formulas they had previously learned to calculate the coefficient of friction, static and kinetic.

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