Singing Into The Spotlight

Students prep for musical

Walking into the auditorium, the stress and excitement of the upcoming performances is apparent. The kids rushing across the stage and yelling across the room tells the story of the extremely excited theater students that are to debut their show “Anything Goes”.

The theater department is filled with this anticipation because they will be premiering their musical on Thursday, Feb. 2, Friday, Feb. 3, Saturday, Feb. 4, and Sunday, Feb. 5, and students have already started preparation.

“I’m most excited about being able to participate in my first musical,” sophomore Carter Cabral said. “Last year, I was able to watch “Music Man”, and I loved it and wanted to be in it, and now I’m excited to be able to participate in one.”

Along with the popping energy, students are slightly overwhelmed.

“The mood at rehearsal has gotten a bit more stressful, but everyone still seems to be having fun,” Cabral said.

Along with Cabral, there are lots of new performers participating in the show, but with the help of the theater veterans, they aren’t struggling.

“I try to help them [the new performers] stay calm and teach them about what it’s like to be in the show such as proper etiquette, show conditions, things like that,” senior Katy “Sky” Young said.

Even with so many newbies, the cast is working extremely hard to make the show great, all the while staying excited and energized.

“We have some rough spots, but I think they’ll smooth out by the show,” Sky said. “Everyone is working really hard and having a blast.” By Keira Kirk

UCA Cheerleading National Competition

Cheer heading to national competition in Orlando

The cheerleading team will be attending the Universal Cheerleading Association Cheer Nationals Competition in Orlando, Florida from Thursday, Feb. 9 to Tuesday, Feb. 14.

This is the most competitive high school national championship in the United States.

“Just to earn a bid and be able to compete at the NHSCC is an incredible honor,” Head Cheer Team Coach Ashley Carswell said. “I think it is important and shows so much for our school and our district that we have been able to make such a presence at this competition every year. It’s an awesome thing!”

The team has been working very hard to prepare for this competition.

“All of the varsity members, mostly upperclassmen, are the main people who try to help others with anything, but everyone on the team tries to give critiques to anyone they can because we try to get better everyday,” junior Stratton Stiefvater said.

As a result of all of the time spent together at practice, the team has become a family.

“We are very strong and close as a team,” Stiefvater said. “Everyday when we break off to go home/school, we break on ‘family’. We are a family, and the thing we are best at is encouraging [each other].” By Keira Kirk

 

Upcoming Course Selection Fair

Students attend a course selection fair to help with their course choices.

There will be a course selection fair at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 26 in the cafeteria.

The course fair is an annual event where students visit tables seeking information about electives that will hopefully influence his/her career and class choice.

“It [the course fair] provides you with the opportunity to explore and learn all about the different courses that we offer,” Counselor Seth Sampson said.

Course selection can be a very stressful thing for incoming students and current students.

“As a freshman, there is still so much confusion, especially when it comes to picking classes,” freshman Maddie Nelson said. “It [the course fair] will clear misunderstanding and provide information to those who need it, including me.”

Along with helping students, the fair provides information for the parents.

“[The parents] can get a glimpse of courses that are aligned with the endorsements you plan on earning, so you can make informed decisions,” Sampson said.

The course fair is held to help students make informed decisions about their future at the school.

“We hope the course fair will give students a chance to see what’s out there for them,” English teacher Leslie Sadovsky said. “Try a little of everything!” By Keira Kirk