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SLA Academy Awards 2014-2015 Recap

Some students strive to be the best the can be in school. Academic awards are promoted so the students can be recognized for their hard work in the class room and leadership example to the school. South Lancaster Academy is coming to an end of this academic school year and had their traditional academy awards ceremony to reward the most outstanding students who showed great effort and maintain a high grade throughout this year, and even throughout all the high school career. All teachers in each department have evaluated each student thoroughly to see who deserves the class certificates, departmental plaques, college scholarships and perfect GPA award.

Mr. Cook presented Lisa Gifford her 1,000 point basketball banner.

Mr. Cook presented Lisa Gifford her 1,000 point basketball banner.

Math Department

Departmental Award- Samantha Crowley

Algebra 1- Olivia Howes
Algebra 2- Alexis King
Geometry- Yung Gi
Precal- Jared Allain
Senior- Jay park
Physics- Josiah Rom
History Department
Departmental Award- Alyssa Christoph
Journalism Plaque- Nawal Habib
World History- Olivia Howes
U.S. History- Zach Mularczyk
Government- Sabrina Mapes
AP gov- Todd LeShane
Multi cultural- Cassie Fuller
Business Department
Business Award- Yung Gi
Yearbook Award- Tori Stong
Accounting- Sophia Cantrell and Sophia Bruso
Computer apps- Giana Muchiutti and Lisa Gifford
Web Design – Nick Morin
Intro to Business- Jay Park, Aaron Comley and Gebo Cartegena
Science Department
Science Award- Ellen DeOliveira
Physical Science- Olivia Howes
Biology- Alyssa Christoph and Zach Mularczyk
Zoology- Laiza Silva
Genetics- Sophia Cantrell
Chemistry- Yung Gi and Jared Allain
Anatomy and Physiology- Kleyton Rossi
Spanish Department
Spanish Award- Zach Mularczyk
Spanish 1- Gillian Stevenson
Spanish 2- Christina Fuller
English Department
English Award- Tori Stong
English 1- Lurene Omeler
English 2- Laiza Silva
English 3- Sabrina Mapes
English 4- Amber Sanchez
Religion Department
Religion Award- Amber Sanchez
Bible 1- Giana Muchiutti
Bible 2- Alyssa Christoph
Bible 3- Yung Gi
Bible 4- Dylan Gibbons
Gym Department 
Athletic  Award- Lisa Gifford and Michael Olivera
P.E. 1- Evan Garridy
P.E. 2- Alexis King
P.E. 3- Nathan Howes
P.E. 4- Igor Yoshida
Choir/Voce Department 
Music Award- Brenda Castro
Soprano- Christina Fuller
Alto- Giana Muchiutti
Tenor- Dietrich Derequito
Base- Alison Fernandes
Soprano- Rosie Collado
Alto- Loree Drasich
Tenor- Michael Olivera
Bass- Zach Mularczyk
Fine Arts Department 
Art- Alena Bruso
Video- Dylan Gibbons
Automechanics- Josiah Rom
Woodworking- Gabe Taveras
South Lancaster Academy Outstanding Student Award Highest GPA 4.0
Freshmen- Giana Muchiutti and Gillian Stevenson
Sophomore- Zach Mularcyk, Alexi King and Alyssa Cristoph
Junior- Devin Crowley
Senior- Tori Stong and Samantha Crowley
-Andrews University
 $24,000- Alena Bruso
 $34,000- Dylan Gibbons
Be The Salt $24,000 – Jorge Huerfano
Be The Salt $34000 –  Tori Stong
Be The Salt $34000 – Cassie Fuller
Be The Salt- $44,000 – Sam Crowley

Welcome to The Void!!

courtesy of google images

courtesy of google images

Say hello to the void, a virtual reality theme park based in Pleasant Grove, Utah. If you don’t know what virtual reality is, I’ll tell you. It’s basically a world designed in the digital realm. So basically a first person view of a digital world that is designed by game developers. There are different types of companies that are trying to create a virtual reality so people can game at home. But The Void is trying to do something different, they are trying to run a sort of, “arcade” if you will, which is a great idea. They are using a companies VR tech named Rapture. It will have a headset chest piece and other objects, such as swords, shields, and guns etc. It should be a very eventful and prosperous company because no one or company has tried something like this. I wonder how many maps will actually be created. They could do so many things with the different amounts of maps and different terrains that can be made. I also wonder how well the graphics of the maps will be, because of the scaling of the map to life-size proportions. All in all, it should be awesome.

What do you think of the void? Let us know in a comment down below.

Google Fi: Change Your Cellular Plan…If You Dare

courtesy of google images

courtesy of google images

Google has announce they will make their own cellular plan. That’s pretty cool in my opinion. It’s fun to wonder with all the possibilities that google could use to improve all of their phones and the cell phone scene. The project is called google FI. It is an awesome service that could make a difference. So basically the run down is they charge you for however many gigabytes that you choose. They start with 3 gigabytes for $30.00, and so on and so forth. That is a really interesting way to go about it. That is also a way to attract a lot of customers. The really interesting is if you don’t use all of the data you are getting charged for the month, the data you have used is paid back to you. That is super exciting. That would save a lot of money for people to do. I think that people would love this because then they would be able to spend money on other things and would be able to have more fun and do things people actually like doing. This project opens up so many opportunities. A cool thing would Google enabling places that use Google Fiber to get better connection.

What do you think of Google Fi? Let us know in a comment down below.

Browning’s Spring Fling Concert

On May 12, 2015 at 6:30pm inside the Machlan Auditorium on the AUC campus, drew a crowd growing more and more massive by the passing minute. Families of students from preschool on up to sixth grade filed in an chose their seats, some grabbing their video cameras and others their phones to record their children’s’ performances. When the clock struck 7:00pm, the Spring Fling Browning Concert was ready to begin.

The welcome was given by Theresa Robidoux followed by an opening prayer, and then the first group of kids filled the stage. The fourth graders opened the concert with their original songs on the recorders inspired by spring and the lack there of earlier this year. The three original songs were followed by the Fifth & Sixth Grade Band who played the all-famous jam, Happy by Pharrell Williams. This brilliant performance was followed by the adorable kindergarteners singing a little tune, and then the third grade and their recorders. This was preceded by the wonderful second graders singing along with a group of instrumentalists in a song titled The Instruments.

The next song was equally as amazing when the kindergarteners and the second graders teamed up to sing a funny little tune called Green Eggs and Ham, protesting against the consumption of them in song.

The fourth graders then took the stage again and presented three more original songs and were preceded by the first graders singing about kites. The fifth and sixth graders then teamed up to sing the classic Polly Wolly Doodle and then the third grade recorders played the traditional Yankee Doodle.

And at last, the grand finale had arrived, and all grades took the stage together and sang an amazing song captioned as My America in our handouts. The kids smiled and sang and swayed back and forth to the music, enjoying it every bit as much as the audience did. When the song came to a close, the sound of clapping was near deafening. The kids had done a fantastic job. All the kids’ hard work had paid off, and then some. The closing prayer was given by the soon-to-be principal of SLA, Jeffrey Lambert, and the sound of humming could be heard from some as they left the hall. This years’ Browning spring concert was definitely worth the wait.

And now a special shout out to our fantastic music teacher… Thank you Mrs. Cady!

Have you ever attended a school concert before? If so, what was your favorite piece? We’d love to hear about it, so feel free to leave a comment below!

A Tribute to Our Educators: Teachers Appreciation Day 2015

Teachers play a key role in student success, and although some may seem like they don’t need to be acknowledged – a simple “thanks” can go a long way in a teacher’s life. Teachers may not get paid the most, but they certainly make more of a difference than almost anyone else. They spend their lives improving the lives of others, sharing knowledge, and working for a bright future for the next generation.

South Lancaster Academy is a small school in which students have really good connections with their teacher. Because of a 1:17 ratio they have a chance to be more involved and know one another more. The SLA Pioneer decided to ask some students how much they appreciate their teachers and what can they say about their teachers unique classroom environments.


Mr Lambert – History

“I appreciate how far Mr. Lambert has achieved as a teacher and made his way into becoming principal. I will definitely miss him as a history teacher and making his class environment the best high school experience”- Sophia Cantrell

 “Thank you Mr. Lambert for being such a great such great mentor, you’re a “cool hip” teacher!”- Leo Zamo

Courtesy of Nakeyah Williams

Mr. Fellows – English

” I love your composure, attitude, and calmness in dealing with any situation in class”- Tristan Johnson
“You’re my favorite teacher!”- Aaron Comley

Mr. Bisson - Mathematics

Mr. Bisson – Mathematics

“Your humor makes the math class so much better. The way you explain everything is very straight forward and i understand the learning content better than any other class. Thanks for making time to answer and question any problems that the students have.” – Kristina LaFrankie
“I really appreciate how he dedicates time to prepare us for the SATs and try to make us all 2400 point tests takers.” – Devin Crowley

Mrs. Brahmia - Science

Mrs. Brahmia – Science

“Brahmia is simply the best! She gets everyone’s attention in the class. She’s funny and really smart and only has the best teaching skills to spread her knowledge to her students” – Jared Allain
“I appreciate Mrs. Brahmia because she is realistic. She’s sarcastic and such a funny teacher!” Nakeyah Williams

Mr. Cook - Physical Education

Mr. Cook – Physical Education

“I appreciate how Mr. Cook has such an adventiorious personality, I love being active and seeing how the sports world works out. He makes the students push to their limits and build a healthy lifestyle. He is super involved with sports and recreational activities to make a variety of interests to all the students to participate.” -Igor Yoshida
“Mr. Cook is one of the more fun teachers in the school. He’s very chill and relaxed and knows how to make things fun. His class is one of my favorites in the school because I love sports and being active. We definitely need more teachers like him.”

Mrs. Vandenbroek - Computers

Mrs. Vandenbroek – Computers

“Mrs. Vadenbroek is super helpful in class work and in helping with any problem in our lives. She’s also full of ideas and makes you have more possibilities in life. She’s also the best supervisor for yearbook with her willingness to help and be creative to make each year better.” -Tori Stong
 “She is a great teacher and she is caring and helpful when it comes down to it.” Alena Bruso

Pastor Nino - Bible

Pastor Nino – Bible

“He knows the Bible so well and his class is sparked up with his jokes and fun-loving character.” Gillian Stevenson
 “He’s probably one of the most funniest teachers with his outgoing personality.  I think that his spiritual background and history with dealing with religion will benefit all his students with what he has to offer. And he deserves credit by always be involved with innovative ways of worships in our school and community service system we have now ” Josiah Rom


Mrs. Cady Music

“She always wants each individual in Vocé and choir to reach their full potential. She always goes above and beyond by hosting Friday night rehearsals in her home, staying after school to have an necessary extra rehearsal, and making sure she has a relationship with each one of her students. She is definitely a teacher that is appreciated by her pupils. I can speak for all the Vocé seniors that we will be heartbroken once we leave Vocé behind.” – Raissa Silva

“Ms. Cady is a driven and talented music director with the ability to teach her students how to understand and sing music to the best of their ability. I appreciate her not only as a teacher but as a person because she inspires me through her actions and is a very good mentor.” Dylan Gibbons
Do you have any kind words for your teacher this week? Share in a comment below. Thanks to all our SLA teachers for all their hard work and dedication!
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