An Old Class on a New Stage |
By Hannah Wasylko
For decades the tale of Frankenstein has been told among people everywhere. Whether it is through the 1931 film, Mary Shelley's well known novel, or even seeing the iconic green monster in stores this Halloween season. It is clear to see the popularity of Frankenstein throughout individuals of all ages. The Brunswick High School Theatre Department is eagerly in full force, as they put a spotlight on Fred Carmichael’s “Frankenstein 1930” this fall.
The cast consists of roughly 20 students varying from grades 9 through 12. Every role is crucial in order to adding the total effect for this drama. Some actors are even playing more than one role, as they attempt to bring the show to life all while creating different dimensions on stage. “I get to create different characters with different personalities,” said sophomore Grace Lilly who plays a waitress, bar tender, and merchant.
It is not as easy as it may appear when it comes to making a character unique. When a show is as known as Frankenstein, acting as an individual that many people know can be a difficult task. Senior Tyler Martin has the thrilling task of portraying the role of Dr. Victor Frankenstein. “So many people think of him as a mad scientist, and he's not. There is more depth to him, and that people might overlook his story, and how he got where he is.”
Throughout a play, it is very easy for a character to get lost within the text. However, a personality does not have to have lines in order for it to have a message. Junior Ben Goots has the unique opportunity of playing the role of Creature in the show. This role is especially distinct because there are no speaking lines, however for that reason, it makes the job just as hard. Goots makes it his duty to capture the true emotions, and essence that the monster is revealing, “My goal is to get you to feel sorry for the monster and show everyone the pain he's going through.”
Not only are the actors important while putting on performance, the people who help behind the scenes are just as vital for helping the show go on. All of the costumes, sets, and props are all worked on by students that attend Brunswick High School. Students dedicate numerous hours weekly as they work on making the show successful in the end.
“I’m honestly most excited for every element of this show. I love putting a script, costumes, set, lighting, and sound all together to create a new world on stage,” stated junior Jonathan Yokiel, assistant director to Cassie Lucas, BHS Theatre teacher and director.
BHS Theatre Department’s “Frankenstein 1930” will be presented on November 16 - 18 at 7 pm in the James J. Hayas Performing Arts Center. Be sure to mark your calendars and support all of the people and students involved, as well as seeing a truly electrifying play.
Walk On, Edwards!
By Logan William
Ready? Set? Walk! Towards the beginning of the school year, students from Edwards Middle School participated in the Walk For Excellence.
”The Walk for Excellence came about as an idea for an alternate fundraiser. It is meant to be a fun activity where students can earn pledges to support the Principals Activity Fund. This year, the money was split between the Principals Fund and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). We take an afternoon to walk 3 miles and then participate in a dance, outside sports or games,” Heidi Armentrout told, principal of Edwards Middle School.
The Principals Activity Fund is used to support student activities during the school days. According to
Armentrout, these funds are used for assemblies, prizes and rewards for students, new equipment, and anything else that benefits the school, student, and staff.
This is also a chance for students to be with their friends. Kids have to get pledges that add up to at least $25, which allows them to participate as well as get a t-shirt to wear for the event. This event is also a good way to support physical activity, as it shows kids that you can be active and still have fun doing it.
With the students participation, the eighth annual Walk For Excellence was successful and an exciting event for both the students and the staff. This year, over $8,500 was raised by the students. According to Armentrout, this amount has nearly remained the same for the last couple of years. However, she states, “It is an amount that works well for what we wish to accomplish at Edwards.”
This unique fundraising tradition has been successful so far, and seems to continue for years to come; walk on, Edwards!
FIRST Lego League at Willetts Middle School
The Willetts Middle School coders program motors robots to do certain activities. The Willetts Middle School has just started a new club called FIRST Lego League. FIRST Lego League explores scientific and world challenges for teams to discover and research. In this club, team members program EV3 robots to accomplish activities. This club goes to competitions and has their robots complete activities.
This year, FIRST Lego League’s theme is Hydrodynamics, which is the scientific study of fluids in motion. For their activity, teams have to find solutions to real-world water problems. Some of the problems include inexpensive filtering water, storing drinkable water, and getting clean water to places in need. Over several weeks the teams learn about the EV3 robots and how they work, solutions to real-world water problems and how to improve them, and run programs they coded to see if they will successfully complete the activities.
FIRST stands for For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology, guided by two or more adult coaches. Bonnie Romano is Willetts Middle School FIRST Lego League’s Head coach. “The mission of FIRST Lego League is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation and leadership,” said Romano.
FIRST Lego League teams also research a real world problem such as recycling or lack of energy, and are challenged to develop a solution. FIRST and Lego formed partnerships for robotics competitions called the FIRST Lego League. Teams of two to ten members can compete. Willetts Middle School only has two teams. One team has eight students, and the other team has nine. Teams that do well can advance to state and world competitions. Local competitions start the weekend of December 3.
“I'm really excited that FIRST Lego League gives students an opportunity to learn about robotics as well as real issues that impact the world around us. If students take nothing else from this experience, I hope they gain the confidence to go outside of their comfort zone and not let fear of failure ever keep them from trying new things,” concluded Romano.
STAND Supports Them All
By Haley Kovacs
STAND is a new student group that was created this year after some seventh grade students at Edwards Middle School reached out to Heidi Armentrout about creating a club where everyone could feel a sense of belonging. It stands for Students Together Around Niceness and Diversity. The main goal is to meet and talk about ways to support all students at Edwards Middle School. STAND also talks about ways to be inclusive and to help other students be aware of how to treat others, so they feel safe and a sense of belonging.
STAND started this school year, and the first meeting was held in August. Hour long meetings are held monthly after school on Thursdays. All the students are welcomed to part of this club, but they have to be a student at Edwards Middle School. Stand members currently brainstorm together to construct a list of quotes that they submit to Jonathan Bailey and Bridget Butzier to put on the daily announcements. In addition, StTAND members are also intending to implement several exciting activities.
Heidi Armentrout, principal of Edwards Middle School, always reminds students, “Be you. Be seen. Belong.”