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My Experience as Student Association President

This year has not come without its difficulties. At the beginning of the year, we were left with a $1,500 deficit. Of course this was not anyone’s fault in particular but it was something we had to work around.

We decided however, that we were going to have a fun year! We started out with the S.A. Handshake a Salisbury Beach just a few days after the school year started. We did activities to help each class become familiar with each other and we had free time for everyone to enjoy themselves and relax before the school year really got rolling.

Many activities and events ensued and it got really busy at the end of the 2015 year. We had the Thanksgiving celebration, then had to quickly plan Spirit week and Pep Rally for the start of the Basketball season. While planning and executing those, we had to finish planning for the Christmas banquet and Christmas party to finish off the semester. It got very busy extremely quickly, but all of the Student Association members worked very hard to make it happen. If you asked us, we would say it was all worth it to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time.

Second semester slowed down quite a bit. It wasn’t because we didn’t want to plan anything, but it was because there were already events going on that wouldn’t permit us to do any activities. We waited till February to do our annual Fire and Ice Mall trip to Providence Rhode Island. About half the school signed up to go and all who went enjoyed meandering around the mall and indulging in the wonderful food at the restaurant.

Then we tried to plan a Boston trip for the month of April and a Spirit Week, however we hit several roadblocks. We ended up not being able to make it happen. Fortunately we get to finish our year off with another Spirit Week (which is happening now) and an End of Year Party this Friday. We had planned on having outdoor water activities however the forecast changed to show thunderstorms so on a moments notice, we had to change plans to make everything in-doors. We have succeeded in this and it couldn’t have been possible without all the members of the Student Association.

Some Students do not often see what goes on in the Student Association, and it may seem like we don’t do much; however we all work hard throughout the year. We have all put time, effort, and money into making these events happen in attempting to make the school year a little more enjoyable.

To next year’s Student Association officers, I will say this: never give up. It may get discouraging, things will not work out at times, and students will complain and seem ungrateful. Don’t let that hold your spirits down. It happens every year! Just trust in yourselves and do the best you can, that’s all you can do. Delegate responsibilities and to ALL members of your team — lend a helping hand to your president. They may not always ask for help but I can guarantee they will need it much of the time, even if they don’t say anything. Always be looking to share ideas and always be willing to sacrifice your time. You’ll need to.

I promise you will see the fruits of your labor and it will be worth it in the end. I wish you the best of luck!

Do you have any advice for next year’s Student Association members? Let us know in the comments below!

Senior Lunch

 

Every year, it is tradition that the principal takes the senior class out to lunch. This year, as other years, we went to Papa Razzi. This is a nice restaurant that serves Italian cuisine. Although it is not perfectly authentic, it’s acceptable for American-Italian food. A week before this event, our principal gave us a menu to pre-choose our meals so they would be ready quickly while we were there.

 

On Wednesday, we all came into school wearing very nice clothing in preparation to go out. We loaded onto the bus at 10:45 a.m. and arrived about half an hour later. We were led into the back party room. There were several round tables where we divided ourselves up.

 

I sat with some of my very close friends and we had very many interesting conversations and shared some memories as well. Our server came in shortly after we arrived to ask what drinks we wanted. Many ordered iced teas, lemonades, and sodas. We were then given our bread and drinks. While we snacked on the bread, the salads were being prepared.

 

I had a very delicious vinaigrette salad with cranberries. Most of us finished the whole thing. We were pretty hungry — some of us had skipped breakfast! Once everyone was done, we spoke for a bit, then our main courses started coming in. There were pizzas, pasta, and I had gnocchi. Everyone enjoyed their food. My gnocchi was very cheesy, and delicious!

 

During the main course, my friends and I shared memories from trips we have taken together. It was a little sad because this dinner was symbolizing the close of a chapter. We finished our main course and then the dessert came out. I had a very tart lemon sorbet while others had chocolate cake, cheesecake, apple crisps, and more.

 

I guess even though everyone looks forward to the last course of the meal — dessert — it is the end of the meal experience. It reminds me what this meal was for. Senior year of High School can be sweet and tart like my sorbet. Everyone wants it to be over quickly but you can enjoy what is potentially the last year you can really spend freely with your friends. We have to cherish the memories we make while this time lasts and make the most of it. I know I will really miss everyone but this is the close of one chapter in our lives and the start of a new one.

Are you a graduating senior this year? Tell us your best memmories down below!

 

Special thanks to Papa Razzi!

 

SLA Spring Concert

This year’s’ High School Spring Concert happened on Tuesday, May 24. There was quite a variety of music performed by the 7th grade class as well as the High Schoolers who participate in choir and Voce. Thankfully there was a little explanation that different students gave at the beginning of each song. The program began with our principal, Mr. Lambert, making cheesy dad jokes (he has recently become a father).  

 

First, the 7th graders performed a song on the bells called “The Grand March from ‘Aida’” written by Martha Lynn Thompson. It was about an Egyptian pharaoh who tragically dies. His princess, Aida, finds him on the way to the tomb. They both let go of life in each other’s arms.

 

Next three songs were sung by Il Voce. The first, “Dry Your Tears Africa” by John Williams, spoke of a Cuban ship with many Africans on it who sang of going back to Africa, of coming home. It links the cultures of Americans and Africans. The second was a folk song called “Every Night When the Sun Goes In” by Maurice Gardner. It is a folk song about a tragic love story. A girl gets pregnant with her boyfriend’s child. She knows that he will leave her if he finds out so she decides to leave.  

 

“Good Night, Dear Heart” by Dan Forrest and sung by Il Voce was a very sad song. You could hear the mourning of a mother. It was about a couple in the United States who were planning on adopting a young Ethiopian girl. She tragically became sick and died. This song was written by the woman who planned on adopting this girl. She wrote it as a Eulogy for the orphans of Ethiopia.

 

The 7th grade bell choir performed again with “Lolette’s Complaint” by Betty Paret. It was of a little girl who was jealous that her older sister could dance so well. She was very bitter about it, but then she began to move to the music and discovered she could dance as well!

 

The next three songs were performed by the SLA choir. The first two were quite comical. “The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give” and “My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth” were written under the title of P.D.Q. Bach. Apparently it was inspired by when musicians put their work together under one name. A man used this as an anonymous name. The first song was about the man’s wife who died of asphyxiation because she was singing and held a note for too long. These songs just comically speak of how the man’s wife can be a pain and he makes fun of her while still professing his love. There were some interesting sounds coming from the singers as a part of the music!

 

The second to last song was an arrangement from “The Phantom of the Opera” by Ed Lojeski. It was the longest song because it was (I was told) six songs put into one. It is about a young aspiring woman who is an amazing singer. The Phantom of the Opera finds her and makes her into a famous opera singer. Unfortunately he has a scar that covers half of his face so he hides it. The woman ends up falling in love, and gets engaged to another man. The Phantom of the Opera becomes furious and yet longing. He cries out for her love.

 

The last song was the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter Wilhousky. It was originally written by Julia Ward Howe who lived during the Civil War. She watched troops singing about a man who got hung for his beliefs in freeing slaves. This song was inspired by the troops who sang that song. It has become one of our national Hymns and most prized songs.

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The program was a blessing to all who were there. Have you been a part of a Spring Concert? Tell us about your experience below!

Tiny Home Movement

What exactly designates a house a tiny house? An average sized house is approximately 2,600 square feet. Tiny homes are usually between 100-600 square feet. Can you imagine living in a house that small?! It has been a growing movement in the United states for people to own one of these tiny homes.

If you wanted to, you could buy a tiny home for $100,000 or less. There are even some that go for only a couple thousand dollars! If you want a really nice one, however, you might have to think about spending more like $100,000. Some prefer indoor plumbing or running water which can increase the price dramatically. Many choose to live so simply that they don’t even have those luxuries. 

Many come on a trailer so it’s easy to move from place to place. You don’t have to stay anywhere. You can buy a plot of land, stay at a campground, or stay on a friends piece of property. The ones with trailers usually come in a rectangular shape that is small enough to tow without the necessity of a permit. They have a triangular roof that makes more room for a loft to comfortable fit a bed. Of course comfortability still means very small in our case. You can forget about king sized beds!

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Others are built in towns just like regular homes, but they are much smaller compared to other houses.These are normally on the larger side of any homes. They usually come with plumbing, places to do laundry, and running water. They also have different rooms such as a kitchen and living room rather than being all one large space.

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Another type of tiny home is called a Yurt. It has a basic round structure that is usually covered in a durable tarp. It can be transported but it is a little more difficult that it would be with a tiny home on a trailer. Yurt’s come as a shell and you can customize it to your liking. It can cost about $20,000 but you have to add the price of flooring, and amenities you may desire such as the common theme here of plumbing and running water. Many decide to have their restrooms outside in this case. You would also have to install a loft if you wanted it, as well as a kitchen, and storage space which is a very important aspect of tiny home living.

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The last one we’ll explore is the Earthbag house which is a beehive inspired home. They are made with earth bags – very long bagged strips filled with mud. You can pay a company to take classes so you can build your own! You pay for the classes, materials, and blueprints; grab your friends to help, and build it the way you would like! You can make pods that are different rooms and go from there!

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Would you ever live in a tiny house? Let us know in the comments below!

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Amish vs. Mennonite

Every year, my family takes a trip to Amish country in Lancaster, PA. When you get out into the area, it feels as if you have flown back in time. Everything is so simple. You can drive for miles through fields and the only thing you will see are livestock and a few farm houses. It really is a charming place to be.

This trip is actually coming up soon for us, and I’m very excited. Much of what we do is going to eat their amazing food! We have goat cheese, homemade ice cream, Amish raised chicken, fluffy pretzels, and their amazing root beer! We also go to many shops that sell their bedding, carpets, bags, dolls, and many more hand crafted items. 

Some vendors always wear black and white while others use some colored and patterned clothing. Are they different? The answer is yes! The Mennonites were the initial group back in England. A group believed that they were “falling out of practice” (jamesportmissouri.org) and split in 1693. The split group was the Amish. Both believe that everything in the bible should be taken seriously and that life should be lived as simply as possible.

The Amish believe in extremely strict dress. The women wear simple undergarments and black or other dark dresses over them. The men wear white shirts with black or dark colored jackets and pants. The men start growing their beard after marriage and do not shave. They also refuse to use any kind of modern inventions like motorized vehicles and even electricity. They use horses and carts to get around, manually mow their lawns, and even construct their buildings by hand.

The Mennonite women do wear patterned dress and you will see the men wearing color. The men will also grow their beards after marriage and will not shave. They do however use limited amounts of modern technology such as electricity, tractors, lawn mowers, and construction vehicles. They do still use horse carriages to travel. The Mennonites are also the ones with more shops open to the public for business.
Have you ever been to an Amish country? Let us know in the comments below!

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