All three Newtown High School Winter Guard divisions brought home medals at the Musical Arts Conference (MAC) Championships held Saturday, March 28, at the O’Neill Center of Western Connecticut State University.
The awards ceremony kicked off with ten Reed Intermediate School students accepting gold medals and a large First Place trophy from MAC Director Carman Dragone. Instructor Bob Findley was joined by student coaches and Varsity guard members Nina Bonvini, Makenzie Casey, and Kayleigh Granville in guiding the Junior level guard to victory.
As the dates for multiple trips through the Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) program approach, both Newtown High School students and NICE program instructors are preparing.
Students and teachers will be traveling to China, Spain, and France during the school’s break in April. The group going to China will be traveling April 10 to April 21, the group traveling to Spain, April 8 to 19, and the group going to France will be traveling April 8 to 16.
Newtown families are being recruited to host 34 Chinese students, ages 13-18, from July 24 to August 12, through the Education First (EF) Educational Homestay Programs.“It really is a life-changing experience with a very small investment of time,” said Newtown resident Lynn Hungaski, who is overseeing recruiting families around the Newtown area to host the Chinese students who will visit America to study English as a second language this summer and is an English teacher for the program. “The commitment in hosting is really providing a loving home, a warm heart, three meals a day, and transportation to and from school, which will be held at Edmond Town Hall.”
The C.H. Booth Library Creative Writing Group for Young Adults will offer a course on Mysteries & Adventure Thrillers, Monday evenings, starting April 21. The group will be led by author, teacher, and Newtown resident Wally Wood, with assistance from one of the library’s adult writer volunteers, and teen mentor Kevin Arther. All sessions will allow time for writing and sharing stories in progress, as well as one-on-one communication between adults and young people. Sharing is an important part of the writing group. The class will meet from 6 to 8 pm, on consecutive Monday evenings, until May 19.
Newtown High School’s annual College & Post-Secondary Options Fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 2, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, in the school’s gymnasium.
A preliminary list of participating colleges is available online at sites.google.com/a/newtown.k12.ct.us/school-counseling-office under “College Fair.”
Cole Morelli was named Reed Intermediate School’s National Geographic Geography Bee champion after multiple rounds of the competition at the school in January.
Now the sixth grader has learned he passed a test to place him in the semifinals of the 2014 Connecticut State Geographic Bee, which will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Friday, April 4.
After taking the test Cole said this week, “I felt pretty confident that I was going to pass.”
It was a busy weekend for the Winter Guard Program, with the Varsity Winter Guard traveling to West Long Branch, N.J., for a Winter Guard International (WGI) Eastern Championships Power Regional, and the Junior and Junior Varsity guards heading to a double competition on Saturday, March 22, in Stratford and Milford.
Competing first at the USBands Connecticut States show at Bunnell High School, the Juniors and Junior Varsity both earned season-high scores, with the ten Juniors from Reed Intermediate School score capturing gold with a score of 84.7. Despite having lost two members to injury, the 17 Junior Varsity members won the Southwest Conference Championship Class A title with a score of 83.9, and earned silver overall. The Junior Varsity show also received the “Best Effect” caption for their portrayal of the Indiana Jones movie The Crystal Skull.
When Katherine Jennings learned her ceramic and glass “Kat,” a cat-shaped pitcher, earned her a Gold Medal award from the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards she was excited.
Katherine, a junior at Newtown High School, said this week, “I was just so surprised that I won… It was very exciting.”
She first learned about her accomplishment through an e-mail from her art teacher Carol Pelligra.
In January Katherine also earned a Gold Key award and the title of “Best in Ceramics” for her piece in the 2014 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards show, which was on display at the Silpe Gallery at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, in West Hartford.
After attending the University of Connecticut’s Spring PeaceJam event, held March 15-16, Junior Newtown Action Alliance (Jr NAA) Founder and Newtown High School senior Sarah Clements said her group’s members thought this year’s PeaceJam was better than last year. Eleven NHS students attended the event, which including a keynote address by former Costa Rica President Oscar Arias. She and other members of Jr NAA are now looking forward to their youth leadership summit, a day-long event being planned for May 24 at Newtown High School.