Walking out the door, cello in hand, freshman Francesca Baldwin feels confident about the three to four minute solo ensemble performance she just gave at Madison high school. She has never made it this far in Orchestra UIL before. After completing her performance she then heads off to the cafeteria to wait for the results as determined by the judge who viewed her performance. Little did she know the news that awaited her in about an hour.
“At first I didn't think we [my partner and I] could qualify for state. I didn't even know that was an option, or a thing we could do when I found out,” Baldwin said. “I heard that some people made state. I heard out of thousands of people that audition maybe a few 100 or something like that [qualify for state], but it made me happy that we earned it, and we worked hard for it.”
Although not typically in the nature of female athletes, contact sports such as wrestling give female athletes the chance to be equal with male athletes while wrestling against opponents of equal age and weight.
While the epidemic of Ebola continues to afflict international travelers, two skin infections - Impetigo and MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) have been positively identified at at least two NEISD high schools.
The wrestling team managed to not only send people to state, but to bring back a medal. Sophomore Ashley McCutcheon made history for the Johnson wrestling program by being the first Jaguar to place at the state tournament.