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Spirit Week 2014

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Fall 2014 Science Senior Electives

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Senior Play 2014 Preview

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Every year, the School’s Senior Class puts on a Shakespeare play.  “It’s a tradition that they do one of four Shakespeare comedies,” said Senior Stuart Suplick, “‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘As You Like it’, ‘Twelfth Night’, [or] ‘The Tempest’.”  This year, Suplick is playing Jaques in Act 4, because the cycle has landed on ‘As You Like it’.

According to Suplick, the tradition of the Senior Play originated in the 1990’s.  “Basically, the Senior Class is divided up into however many acts [that year’s] Shakespeare play is in, and then each scene is directed by [an] English teacher,” he continued.  For one month, all of the Seniors’ English classes are devoted to the rehearsal of and preparation for the play.

Every year, the teachers choose a theme or setting around which the play is centered.  This year, the theme is the summer of love, 1969.  Themes in past years have included the 1920’s and the glam-disco era.

Like any Shakespeare comedy, “As You Like it” has a constantly twisting plot, full of love at first sight, girls dressing as boys dressing as girls, banishments, and pure confusion.  “[The play] starts with Orlando,” explained Senior Rebecca Shoptaw, who is playing Rosalind in Act 4, “who has been living for a while with his brother Oliver.”  Enter Rosalind, who, upon meeting Orlando, falls madly in love, as does he.  But when Orlando and Rosalind are both banished separately, it is only by chance that they meet up again – under very different circumstances.  “Things get very complicated,” Shoptaw added, “with everyone kind of being in love with the wrong people, but everything works out in the end.”

Casting is done relatively simply, with no auditions.  Instead, each Senior requests a big role, a small role, or no acting role at all, instead helping out with sets or costumes, or other theater tech.  Then, the teachers directing the play assign roles and jobs to each student.

According to Senior Julian Early, who is playing Oliver, the Class of 2014’s rendition of As You Like it will be “insane, outrageous, [and] ludicrous.”

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Halloween Fair Booths

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At the School’s annual All School Fair, many clubs and organizations participated in the creation of enjoyable booths. Ranging from the sale of caramel apples to playing skeeball, the booths at the 2013 All School Fair were made by returning clubs and new clubs as well. Booths from familiar clubs like the Black Student Union and Asia Club were back and better than ever. Although the returning booths attracted many people, newer clubs like the Tenth Grade Student Council were just as popular.

“Our first booth was skeeball. This booth proved to be fairly successful and well enjoyed by many students at the School,” said Sophomore Representative Nick Tintoc. In total, the Tenth Grade Student Council had three booths at the fair, including a car racing booth and a Guess the Cup booth. By the end of the night, the Student Council earned over 300 dollars.

“I really enjoy the atmosphere of the fair the most. It’s truly a delight to work at the booths and the happiness these games at the booths give to the children and how content they are when they receive their tickets,”  added Tintoc. Despite being a relatively new club at the fair, the Sophomore Student Council is already looking forward to next year’s Junior Student Council. “This year skeeball was just cardboard,” said Sophomore Student Council member Jack Huang, “but next year it will be even better.”

Other than Sophomore Student Council, many other clubs had successful booths at this year’s All School Fair. Latinos Unidos gathered several children for their soccer booth. Many children loved the idea of soccer, as they brought out their expert soccer skill. Many children went to the booth making it very successful. “I was only at the booth for like half an hour, but it was definitely successful-we made over $100,” said co-president of Latinos Unidos, and Senior Daisy Brambila. Brambila also said, “Because our booth is so popular and well known, we do not have any means of changing our booth but even though it was pretty hidden, kids definitely came back to play again.”

Additionally, the Graphic Design elective also had a great time at the fair. “Our theme is balloon and it’s really adorable to see the kids try and sit on top of balloons trying to pop them and get prizes they really want,” said sophomore Quincy Mulligan. Because their booth was also successful, Graphics intends to participate in the fair again next year. Overall, the people who went to the All School Fair had a great time and look forward to coming back next year.

Check out a slideshow of photos from the fair here: http://hawkseye.headroyce.org/1761/showcase/halloween-fair/

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