Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Officer Upton Takes on Teaching

By: Mikayla Karkos

Officer Jeff Upton is the school resource officer at Marshwood.  He was approached by YCCC and Marshwood administration asking if he would teach a 16 week long crime and justice class on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:30 here at the school.

Although he’s been a South Berwick police officer for 17 years, this is Upton’s first time teaching a class. “I decided to say yes to teaching this class because it won’t conflict with my day job. I met the requirements to teach the class because it’s a college course and to teach at a college level is based off of years of experience” stated Officer Upton.

A student taking the course, Lily Baker, said “the class is pretty easy so far. Our only homework is to read.” She also said that the class covers the overall justice system, as in more broad of a topic, talking about laws and the backing, and does not necessarily get into specific police work and day to day operations, added Office Upton. Both the midterm and the final are going to be written papers.

Mr. Mike Zamarchi, a social studies teacher at Marshwood, teaches a crime and justice class during the school day and compared the class to officer Upton’s. YCCC class for college credit “My class is at a high school level, so we do more interactive things and less material based” said Mr. Zamarchi. His class also goes on field trips and has guest speakers, while Officer Upton’s class does not.

The class taught by Mr. Zamarchi is graded 50% tests and projects, 25% quizzes, 15% homework, and 10% class participation. The class taught by officer upton is graded 30 % quizzes, 20% attendance and participation, 25% midterm, and 25% final. The major difference is high school versus college level.

If you want to take crime and justice at Marshwood, course selection is coming up. You can see your guidance counselor about what YCCC dual enrollment classes are coming up or in the making for next school year.

New Year, New Name - But The Idea Stays the Same

By: Natalie Galvin

This past October, Marshwood High School’s Gay Straight Transgender Alliance (GSTA) officially rebranded itself as the Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at the suggestion of its members.

The suggestion was made by junior Caroline McKenna, who has been a member since the beginning of her sophomore year, at one of the first meetings of this school year. She and other members had heard of other high schools, such as Phillips Exeter Academy, had been changing the name of their club to be the Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Moving to change the name felt like a step in the right direction. “Having a name that reaches out to all students and encompasses the entire LGBTQ+ community is important to the club.” McKenna explained, “Gender and Sexuality Alliance is the name that best includes all this diversity.”

Mrs. Krista Zurek, a guidance counselor at Marshwood High School and the advisor of the GSA, agreed, remarking, “every step we take is about being more inclusive.” However, the name change did not happen immediately. Mrs. Zurek contacted Susanne MacArthur, Youth Leadership Team Advisor for the Southern Maine chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network, or, GLSEN. MacArthur confirmed to Mrs. Zurek that many other schools in the area had changed their club’s name to the Gender and Sexuality Alliance.

The name change happened in the first week of October. Over the announcements, meetings were initially announced as being Gender and Sexuality Alliance meetings, and has since been dubbed the “GSA”. Posters were put up around the school building advertising the club, explaining the GSA as “a club that works to make the school a safer place for all by promoting LGBTQ+ rights.”

“It just seems more inviting and inclusive,” said Julia Smith, a sophomore who, though not a member of the GSA, noticed the posters in the hallways and noted the change. She said in reaction, “I thought it was a good idea because it covers more genders and sexualities. It informs others about them.”

Another change that the GSA made to inform others about gender and sexuality was seen in the library. After being approached by MHS librarian, Mrs. CJ Mauger, the GSA had a display in the glass case at the entrance of the school library from October to mid-January this school year. The display was filled with books that focus on LGBTQ+ issues and stories, and had posters explaining what key terms such as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual/ Biromantic, and Transgender really mean. “We want to let people know that no matter where you stand on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, there’s a place for them. We’re allies to anyone in that spectrum - anybody that might have issues relating to gender and sexuality,” said Mrs. Zurek.

The name change itself did not have much of an impact on membership for the GSA, though Mrs. Zurek noted that membership in general has been much higher this year than in the past few years. Mrs. Zurek added that membership peaked for the few weeks after the Presidential election, when “people didn’t really know what else they could do in reaction to the outcome.”

As to what’s next for the GSA, Mrs. Zurek summarizes it well - “we follow what’s happening around us,” as McKenna claimed. That includes a list of helplines for suicide, the Trevor Project, anxiety, and other important hotlines, in the bathrooms of our school for those students might feel like they have no one they can talk to. The posters end with the same idea: “The Gender and Sexuality Alliance meets on Tuesday afternoons from 2:30-3:00PM in the Learning Center. All are welcome!”

For Two Exchange Students: A Year of New Experiences

By: Corbin Herrick

Exchange students Henri Chords and Pablo Mortalla-Hernaiz are settling into school at Marshwood. They are finding out that some things are similar to their schools back home as well as an equal amount of differences.

In Henri’s home town of Hamburg, Germany there are some similarities and differences with schooling as in the US. One of these is that both schools offer sports to their students. Henri’s thoughts on sports are, “without sports it would be very hard to make friends here because you do not have one class that you stick with all day.” He goes on to explain that the homework in America is a lot different than in Germany and that the stress on getting it turned in is greater at Marshwood.

According to Henri, “I would say the biggest difference is the homework. I never really did it back in Germany.” One of Henri’s favorite things about Marshwood is, “it is really helping to improve my English skills and general communication” skills. He also very much enjoys the sports and the freedom in your class selection. “I would say the school here is more open to what you want to be later in life because in Germany you have to follow a strict plan on what classes to take,” said Henri. “It is easier to get good grades here.”

Pablo Mortalla-Hernaiz is an exchange student at Marshwood from Madrid, Spain. He enjoys playing soccer and sports. “Marshwood is bigger, and also they care a lot about me” explained Pablo. “I like the subjects. I take marine biology and stuff that I couldn’t take in Spain.” Pablo likes that the people at Marshwood are so nice.  

Henri seems to be adjusting to his classes with very little trouble. This is confirmed by his science teacher, Mrs. Helen Sprague. “Henri is a sophomore in a class with all juniors and seniors,” said Mrs. Sprague. “He is doing very well especially with English being a second language.” Henri’s mind understands science very well, but but he doesn’t always share his thoughts. “His strength is that his mind is so science oriented.”explained Sprague, “He wants to be a doctor someday.”

Although they will be traveling back to their home countries at the end of the school year, it is safe to say that both Henri and Pablo have had plenty of new experiences while at school in America.

Mrs. Lietz: the New 3/5 Science teacher

By: Andrew Holsclaw

Mrs. Denise Lietz is teaching science on a 3/5 schedule at Marshwood High School, but is actually a 25 year veteran math teacher.  When she got here she was expecting to be teaching science part time.  To cover for a maternity leave ,she agreed to teach two extra math classes during the day, making her a full time teacher for part of the year.

Mrs. Lietz was asked to pick up Mrs. Crane’s period 1 and 7 classes while she was out for maternity leave.  Lietz took over the classes after a non-educator had been teaching advanced algebra to the 1st period students. When she came in, Mrs. Lietz had to pick up where the previous sub left off and help the students who were lost.  Fellow math teacher, Ms. Kaitlyn Dow said that “she did a great job with the hand that she was dealt.”

Mrs. Lietz loves teaching. “‘It takes a village to raise a child.’” she said, “I enjoy being a part of the village.”  She likes to help bring kids up through school.  She likes to be able for students to feel comfortable enough with her that they can go and talk to for advice or help in school.  Even though she has been teaching for 26 years, she still loves it.

Mrs. Dow believes that Mrs. Lietz was a good replacement for the previous sub.  She not only knows the material but also has extensive experience teaching in many different levels of classes.  She has taught middle school high school and college level math courses.  Sage Siverstone, a MHS senior, commented on how she did well with the situation she was in based on what she had to work with.  He like her as a teacher and that she knew the material she was teaching.  He wouldn't mind having her as an actual full time teacher.

Mrs. Lietz was originally hired to teach freshman level science classes.  For these classes, she has to teach herself the material before she teaches it to the students.  Mrs. Lietz would like to stay here at Marshwood and continue to teach but she said “I have reached a point in my life where I just go with whatever happens and don’t worry about it.  Life does what it does.” Mrs. Lietz would like to continue teaching at Marshwood. Her only concern is whether or not she will continue to teach science without a finalized Maine science certification.

Swing by Mrs. Lietz’s classroom in D105 and say hello!  

Unified Basketball: A Team About Being Equal

By: Ben Kahler

The Knight Hawks are a Marshwood and Noble basketball team. They’re going on 1 wins and 5 loses, but the goal of the team is not wins or loses. It is “the opportunity to compete in a sport [which] teaches many life lessons: to work as a team, to follow rules and to be committed” according to the Maine Principals’ Association Unified Sports page.

Marshwood Athletic director Mr. Rich Buzzell explained “the team started about 3 years ago and both schools had interested parties.” The Marshwood players on the team consist of Madi McCoomb, Ali Richards, Max Blackwin, Katie Atkins, and Kayla Flinkstrom. The coaches from Marshwood are Mrs. Hannah Hare and Ms.Tatyana Wolterbeek.  Helping out the team as a partner is senior Bailey Goss. According to Ali Richards,  a helper's job is to “help to get you the ball so you can win the game, and shoot it, and they help stand closer to the hoop so you can shoot it in.”

To be eligible for the team as a unified student athlete, you must be “identified by an agency or professional as having intellectual disabilities as determined by their localities” said MPAUS. To be a partner “any student that meets the student eligibility criteria outlined in MPA” written in MPAUS rule book is eligible.

The students on the team enjoy playing the game.  Max Blackwin likes playing on the team because “I like basketball, I like dribbling, [and] Angel [a teammate from Noble].” And Madi McCoomb likes being on the team because “I like Michael [a teammate from Noble]. Because the team is fun.”

The team plays a total of 8 games: 4 home and 4 away. For the 4 home games they are split between Noble and Marshwood and have 2 games at each place. If you come and watch a game “you’re not just cheering for your team you're cheering for both teams” said Coach Wolterbeek.

To keep up with the Knight Hawks team, check out their Facebook Page and the team schedule. The next game is home on Monday, March 6th at 4:15. Join us in the stands and cheer on the teams!

MHS Greenhouse Renovated and Ready For Planting

By: Tommy Wilder

Walking into the Marshwood High School greenhouse, located in E103, Mr. Vinnie Johnson’s science room, you immediately notice that it is a bit warmer inside than it was in Mr. Johnson’s room. On a February day, the sunlight trickled into the room through the glass panes that create the structure. Snow was surrounding the sides of the greenhouse. There are three or four garden beds with seedlings in them that will soon grow into bigger, stronger plants.

The Marshwood High School greenhouse is about half of the size of Central School’s outdoor classroom which is located nearby in South Berwick Maine, but it is a lot sturdier and has recently been renovated.  The people involved in this project are senior Ben Kahler, junior Skylar Amsden, and science teacher, Ms. Allison Box. Ms. Box explained, “before the work that has been done in the greenhouse, it was pretty messy with quite a bit of clutter.” Before the renovation, a lot of science classroom materials were stored in the greenhouse. Another issue, said Ms. Box, was that the greenhouse “was only usable during the spring and fall. Without lights it could not support plants in the winter because there was not enough daylight for them to grow.”

Ben described why he started working on this project: “I saw it was a disaster and I thought it would be cool to fix it,”  He started fixing up the greenhouse for his Eagle Scout project. Ben took a few steps to fix the greenhouse up. One of his many steps was to get some specialized grow lights hooked up to help the plants grow during the winter.  Without grow lights, the greenhouse wasn’t warm enough for the plants to sustain themselves.

It may seem all done and over, but it’s far from that. Ms. Box told explained the vision for the future: “I would like the greenhouse to be in use throughout the school year, growing plants for food or flowers for people’s gardens. Ideally the garden club will be able to harvest produce to sell or give to those in need.” The plan is to get a gardening club in the school going, and have the club members maintain the greenhouse. So if you’re into gardening, or you’re looking for a new hobby, talk to Ms. Allison Box in E106 or talk to Skylar Amsden.

Kroka Expeditions: Where Consciousness Meets Wilderness

By: Angelica Mills

This fall Marshwood High School junior Paul Pollaro went on an expedition to Ecuador for one semester, with a program called Kroka. Although there are many programs to choose from between summer and semester trips, Paul chose a semester long Ecuador expedition to attend. “They had two programs to choose from, one in Canada and one in Ecuador, I was originally going to the Canada one, then I switched to Ecuador at the last minute,” added Paul.
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Group photo from Izariah's trip
Kroka organizes year round adventure schools and originally started as a summer camp program. The founders also began to work with students after school and during school vacation programs as well. Izariah Jump, a former Marshwood student and now junior at The New School in Kennebunk, also attended a hiking program that went through Vermont and New York with Kroka, in the summer of 2015. “I had a really positive experience,” exclaimed Izariah, “I would do another Kroka trip in a heartbeat if money wasn’t an issue.”

Through the Ecuador trip, Paul learned different traits such as trekking and mountaineering, white water paddling, climbing, cycling, and much more. He also scored very highly in each subject but said that he could’ve done better in Spanish. Paul was also stabbed in the process of making knifes with his peers. “Our instructor was teaching us how to make knives, and another kid was working on his handle with the blade unsheathed, and I walked right into it and it went right through my arm,” said Paul.

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A mountain in Ecuador from Paul's trip
The different programs through Kroka are pricey but you can apply for scholarships to reduce the cost of admission. “Going to Ecuador cost $20,000.  It took [me] a year to come up with only $12,000,” said Paul. “I only paid half upfront and am still paying off the other half.”

When Paul was proceeding with his idea to attend this Kroka program he, his mother and father met with his guidance counselor, Mrs. Krista Zurek, and Mr. Paul Mehlhorn, the principal of Marshwood High School, to discuss his plans, his credits, and his schedule for when he returned and for his senior year. For an external course, you may only earn to pass/fail credits that are most commonly used as elective credits at MHS.

Though the expeditions are expensive both Paul and Izariah would do it again. If you are interested in such an opportunity you should, persists Mrs. Zurek “definitely talk and keep in touch with administration and your guidance counselor.” When on a Kroka trip the people you are with become more of a family, agreed both Paul and Izariah. If you are interested in learning more about Kroka and the programs they offer, look at the website for more information.

Substitutes Wanted: Maternity Leave Slots Open

By: Brandon Viel

With the high rate of teachers on maternity leave at Marshwood High School this year, there seems to be trouble with finding long-term substitutes to fill the spots. Considering that over the course of the 2016- 2017 school, there have been three, going on to four, teachers who have been on maternity leave.

Mr. Paul Mehlhorn, the principal of Marshwood High School, said that one reason why it is rather difficult to find substitutes involves the content areas that need to be filled. The more difficult subjects are math, science, and languages, like French, Spanish, etc. In these areas there are not as many people that are qualified and available compared to subjects like English, which have a more qualified people available.

Another thing that makes it difficult is that there may be people who have knowledge on the subject, but lack the experience in the teaching field. This can make things difficult for the students. According to Mr. Mehlhorn, the students are ones that are the most affected by this; since they are the ones that need to adapt to the change in teachers. This is especially difficult when students have more than one substitute covering a class during their teacher’s absence.

Mrs. Denise Lietz is a substitute teacher who was filling in maternity leave spot. She said that there are three things that make it difficult to find long- term substitutes: 1. Even if someone has curriculum knowledge, they might not have ‘ teaching’ experience. 2. Former teachers are often tired or burned out- they don’t want to come back. 3. Sub pay for 6 or 8 weeks won’t replace a full time job. This means that there are retired teachers who have full time jobs and can’t help with substituting.

MHS senior Sage Siverstone is a student who has been through not just one, but two substitutes in one semester for the same class. With a total of three teachers in the first half of the year, he said that it was rather hard for him to adapt to the teacher.  Of course, when he was trying get familiar with the first sub, then came along a different one, which didn’t help the situation. Having to learn one teacher’s methods and then another made it hard for him to keep up with the learning.

One more teacher will be going on maternity leave before the end of this school year, and it’s likely that there will be additional teachers having children in the next few years.  So, for all we know, the issue of finding substitutes to fill in for teachers on maternity leave could be continued, depending on which subjects substitutes would need to teach.

Lietz Takes the Reigns of Gifted & Talented Program

By:  Brock Harrison

Change is almost always beneficial. In an education circumstance, hard work and people skills are some of the core values that are required to be successful. Mr. David Lietz, once a long term substitute at MHS, who recently acquired a new position working specifically with Gifted and Talented students.

Originally, Lietz went to school with the intent of becoming a history teacher. He got a job at the Middle School, in the neighboring town of York, Maine. Ironically, he ended up meeting his now-wife, Mrs. Lietz, during the time at York Middle School. Lietz has taught in multiple departments since then, besides the math department, honing his skills nearly everywhere. Lietz was loved in York, but he ended up moving on from the middle school.

Mr. Lietz had been substituting at Marshwood for a few years now– and he built a strong relationship with the students, faculty, and administration. At the end of last year there was an opening for a position assisting Gifted & Talented students at Marshwood High School. The school notified him of this, and Lietz applied for the position, and eventually got the job.

What does this job entail? It’s more complicated than you may think. “The possibilities, they’re endless!” Lietz said he specifically is focused on creating and reaching goals for individual students in the program. The concept of the course is to build a progressive curriculum starting in ninth grade and finishing through twelfth. With the freshman and sophomore classes, a lot of times the younger students are focused on working through issues like pressure to succeed, multi-potentiality, and perfectionism.

As the students progress, they try to form interest groups, essentially learning about specific areas of different things together. These topics are often things that aren’t provided at MHS. Eventually, Lietz’s goal is to get students set up into an independent study, where they can be working in real world situations. He has students working in mentorships and internships. For example one student is doing an internship at a veterinary clinic here in town. With the continuous assistance he provides throughout students high school careers, Lietz can build upon what he teaches, on a much greater level than individual classroom teachers.

Students so far really enjoyed the program, as it balances freedom and opportunity. Grayson St. Pierre, a senior interested in engineering, is taking an online course focused on coding. Grayson is spending the majority of the class working on coding with Lietz, whereas without a GT program none of this would be possible. While Lietz has never taught anything like this before, he utilizes his experience in education to assist Grayson with his work. The coding program is actually run through MIT, as it is a part of the online open courseware program, a great option for talented high school students.  “It’s definitely different from what I expected. It’s quite a challenge” said St. Pierre. Lietz has enjoyed working with Grayson on this independent study, as he is learning things as well.

The addition of Mr. Lietz is most certainly welcome, as his face is a familiar one. The potential of the GT program is nearly unlimited and will allow students to thrive in any direction that they wish– utilizing his new 4 year program.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Marshwood + Math Team = Success

By: Sarah Jacobs
Is there a mathematical equation for success? The Marshwood Math Team seemed to have found it at the State Meet held on Tuesday, April 5th. Their recent success has brought attention to the Math Team they so often do not receive, but should. They are the athletes of the mind, and similar to athletes, they have meets and competitions that exercise their brains instead of their muscles.
The recent season of competition was a successful one for the Marshwood Math Team. The leader of the math team, Mr. Fred Graunke, said “this is the most successful we have ever been.” Isabella Latta, a senior on the math team said, “we went into [States] as the number one team in our region.” The team continued their streak into the State Meet, finishing fourth in Class A. There were also two members of the team, Samee and Noble Mushtak, that had outstanding performances.
Samee, a senior, tied for top scorer in the meet with a perfect 72 points. His brother Noble was the top scoring freshman with 69 points. Both boys have been selected to represent Maine in the National Math Competition to be held at Penn State on June 4th.
Looking forward to attending Tufts University in the fall, Samee is gearing up for the national competition: “I’m really excited to get to compete alongside mathletes from across Maine and seeing how teams across America do. The math problems that will be on the competition are also far more difficult than those at the state level, which should be a nice challenge and a fun way to end the school year.” However, there will be a definitive difference going from the state level to the national one as Samee stated: “I think the hardest part of the competition will be getting used to working with new team members.”
Noble reflected Samee’s views on the challenges of the National meet.  He said, “I think the biggest difference is that in ARML [American Regions Mathematics League] there are 15 people on a team while in the state meet, there are only 10 people on a team. This means during the Power Question and the Team Round, there are more people to work with, but there are also much harder problems.”
In addition to the Mushtak brothers going to the national meet in the summer, Marshwood students Samee Mushtak, Noble Mushtak, Ben Gildersleeve, Henry Hausmann, and Sophie Hollick recently attended the New England Invitational Meet. Mr Graunke said, “we finished 6th out of 16 schools in our division and 12th out of 32 schools overall in the medium and small school divisions. This is far and away the best that we have ever done at this level.”

So how does one practice math? Mr. Graunke, who has had 32 years to perfect his practice schedule, holds after school practices twice a week during the regular season. Students focus on math problems in the categories that will be at the upcoming meet and learning formulas they may need. According to Mr. Graunke, on the last practice before states, “the kids sit down and basically try and go through all 5 rounds in an hour and a half.” The first five rounds are individual, with the last round as team round at the state meet.

As the Math Team looks to continue their streak of success, they are in need of more bright minds. Ten Senior members are graduating this year, including Isabella who sends this advice to students: “If you are even considering [math team], just do it. It’s a lot of fun. I know I was hesitant to join as a sophomore, but I regret that I didn’t do it all 4 years. There’s not really a lot of pressure, and you’re encouraged to do your best.” Good luck to students participating in the upcoming competition and congratulations to an amazing season, Math Team!

NHS and the Sobo Food Pantry Together Helping the Community

By: Dana Robinson

After 3 years, the Marshwood Chapter of NHS is rekindling its relationship with the food pantry to help students fulfill their public service requirements. On the 4th Thursday afternoon of every month, NHS students have the opportunity to volunteer at the South Berwick food pantry, located at the corner of Goodwin and Norton streets.

Marshwood NHS requires new juniors members and returning seniors must do 20 hours of community service each year, while new senior members must complete 16. While service is the main requirement for NHS, students also have to maintain a 92 or above GPA and attend meetings. Mr. Eric Piskura, the Marshwood advisor of NHS and member of the school's social studies department, explained that because of the school’s 50 hour service requirement and abundant amount of help the people of the community provide, it can be challenging to fulfill the hours. Mr. Piskura added, “it’s not really a lot of hours...but it's something consistent.” Students also tend to really enjoy the work.

While at the pantry students are responsible for helping qualified shoppers gather their groceries. The students carry the shopping bags and remove items from shelves. Members of the food pantry qualify for the service by meeting with someone from the town and proving that they are in need. Along with the exposure to the community Sophie Towle, Marshwood senior and NHS member, also said, “you meet some really nice people.”

This community service program was offered in the past, but students sometimes failed to show up. The food pantry needed reliable workers. Mr. Piskura mentioned the old program when trying to come up with community service opportunities for this year. Marshwood senior Sophie Towle took ownership and the lead for reinstating the program.

Towle is a also a member of the Marshood Interact Club, which is based purely on community service.  Interact had visited the SoBo pantry before — so she had connections. Towle said the process was simple; she sent an email asking what day the pantry needed help. Currently most members of NHS that volunteer at the pantry are also Interact members, but Towle is determined to get more students involved.

“I didn't really know South Berwick had a food pantry,” said senior NHS member Sophia Pike. “I never really realized how many people in this area were needing that kind of support...that people were struggling like that,” she said.  This service not only helps those less fortunate in our community it also allows high school students to gain a broader understanding of our world.

This volunteering displays to students like Sophia, ones who weren’t aware, that even in the picturesque town of South Berwick, people are still struggling. Towle, Pike, and Piskura expressed how important this is because though right now South Berwick may be teeming with volunteers, that won’t last forever.  This is not a luxury most towns have.

This experience will hopefully push students to serve the community later in life as well, which has the possibility of making a much bigger impact than just in South Berwick. As Marshwood is the future of our community it is comforting to know that the students are aware of the vast array of people in the community. Any person, student or community member, can also help at the pantry, visit the South Berwick website and give them a call!

Welcome to the New Latin Teacher: Mrs. Axe

By: Zack Desotelle
Contributing Editor: Mrs. Doucette

15 year veteran teacher, Mrs. Amy Axe, joined the MHS staff in September as the new Latin teacher. One thing Mrs. Axe appreciates is that,“Marshwood gave me the opportunity to teach Latin, since I am certified to teach several things.”

Mrs. Axe taught at the college level when she was in “grad. school at the University of Minnesota for three years,” she said. As for teaching high school, Mrs. Axe has a range of experience teaching, “grades 9-12 at Washington Academy in East Machias.” In fact, Mrs. Axe explained: “I've taught English, math, social studies, and computer programming.”
Although she said, “I loved my old school,” Mrs. Axe,  “wanted a change and a new challenge.”  She joked that she, “wanted to live where people outnumber moose.”  

Mrs. Axe said that learning, “Latin is like time travel with a side of grammar.” Learning a language, she said, “is a wonderful way to train the brain, and also enables you to learn about another culture in their own words.  For me, I love the additional element of learning about an ancient culture.”

The students at Marshwood are responding well to Mrs. Axe so far.  Sophomore Ava Magoon said, “Mrs. Axe is a funny, easy-to-get along with, awesome teacher” who makes Latin fun for students.  Junior Matt Cooper explained that students spend a lot of time working on English to Latin translations, which are more challenging than Latin to English translations, especially because “Mrs. Axe grades based on accuracy,” not effort, according to Cooper.    

Mrs. Axe has fit right into the MHS culture, and she said, “I like that my students are very fun, very talkative and chatty, but yet, they are also very serious, which is a good combination of working students and very fun students.” As far as teaching is concerned,  Mrs. Axe explained, “I try to add games, visuals, history, and a bit of silliness.  I also like to hear students' suggestions about what to do in class and give them some choice.”

Another reason that Mrs. Axe likes being here at Marshwood is, “I came from a pretty small school with only one teacher in the foreign language department. Now I have a whole group of teachers I can compare notes with, talk to, and get ideas from.”

Mrs. Caitlin Piper, Language Department Chair explained that, “Learning a second language makes the world more accessible and opens the door to an array of opportunities.”  And, although Latin isn’t a language that’s spoken around the world, “many English words derive from Latin roots [thus] learning Latin helps students improve their understanding of their native language. Learning Latin helps improve reading and writing skills in English through expanding vocabulary and enhancing one's understanding of grammatical structures.”

If you’re interested in learning about more about Latin, be sure to introduce yourself to Mrs. Axe in D203!

Hawks Baseball Looks for Success with a Familiar Face at the Helm

By: Alex Fudge

Baseball season is underway, and Marshwood’s production of America’s favorite pastime is once again being directed by Eric Fernandes. Players and fans alike are looking forward to a great season from the team.

The varsity coach of 9 years has returned for his 10th year after a one season hiatus. Although his return was unplanned, Marshwood players and fans are excited to see the face of the man whose tutelage has brought the program so much success in Class A, and produced multiple Division 1 recruits. Fernandes’ recent D1 commits include: Jake Lebel to NYIT, Zach Quintal and Zach Hodges to UMaine, and his own son Luke Fernandes to Boston College. These great players are in part the result of great coaching and leadership.

Fernandes decided to retire from coaching the team last year, and Bryant Lausberg was brought on to take his place. The team reached the conference semi-finals under Lausberg last season, however he had to step away from the team this year. Enter Eric Fernandes to return and coach the team once again.

It's pretty unanimous between the baseball players that Fernandes is a no-nonsense guy. “He doesn't tolerate any of the shenanigans that have gone on in the past,” said Keith Dorr, a senior pitcher on the team. Nate Curtis, a sophomore and starting pitcher, agrees with that Coach Fernandes “keeps us under control, and I like that.”

A recurring theme in the Marshwood program in recent years has been that there’s something that keeps them from making a run at a state championship. The players have faith this year, however. “We have the talent. It comes down to our focus. We need to put aside the outside distractions and get our heads into it,” Keith said. Athletic Director Mr. Rich Buzzell has faith too in the coaching pedigree of Fernandes: “I am 100 percent confident in Coach Fernandes. He is a proven varsity coach with a track record of success.”

At the core of it all, though, success isn’t completely about the team’s record. It’s about the student-athletes coming out of the season as better players and young men. According to Buzzell, Coach Fernandes “sees the big picture in the development of the kids and not just the wins and losses piece to it.” His shenanigan-free policy probably helps with that.

Keith thinks if players who weren’t “big names” last year can step up this year, they can make a run. Junior “Cole McDaniel has to really fill his older brothers’ shoes at shortstop.” Cole’s older brother Noah was a major player last season before graduating. “Jack Cahill has the opportunity as a sophomore to play a part on the team and make an impact with his work ethic and drive, and CJ Davis has put in a lot of work in the offseason so that should translate to the regular season,” Keith explained.

Mr. Buzzell has high hopes for the squad: “baseball success comes down to three things in my mind: pitching, defense, and team chemistry. Whoever gets hot at the end of the year leading into the playoffs usually has a great chance to go deep into the MPA tournament.” Hopefully Coach Eric Fernandes can provide the flame needed for the Hawks to catch fire and go on a run, ideally to a state championship... a shenanigan free state championship.

Marshwood Goes to Dover to Compete on Horseback

By: Jamie Beaupre

The Dover High School Equestrian Team is part of the New Hampshire High School Equestrian Team organization (NHHSET). Both Dover High School students and career technical education students from  Marshwood, Rochester, Oyster River, Nute, Nottingham, Somersworth and Farmington are encouraged to participate in equine team. During April and May there are three shows plus the state show that are all held at the Tack Shack in Fremont NH.

According to their website, the goal of the New Hampshire High School Equestrian Team organization is  “promoting and organizing equestrian competition in high school athletic or activity programs. NHHSET will support, challenge and offer recognition to the dedicated students who both physically and mentally pursue the challenge of the equine sport.”

Equine teacher and Dover equine team coach, Ms. Jackie Gilbert said “any level of student interested in participating can find an area within the team that’s best suited for them. Ground team members, help by assisting the riders to hold horses, tack up to ride, take photos, help with freestyle music, set-up, break down, and can take an Equine related practicum exam in order to demonstrate their Equine knowledge. These members may have no horse experience at all, may have taken Equine I and found that they really like horses, or may have ridden for years and just don't have a horse to use for that season.”

Rebekkah Trojan, a junior at Dover High School has been on the team for two years as a ground team member. “I wanted to be a part of the team but did not have a horse to ride for the shows, so I decided to be a ground team member” Haley Whitaker, who graduated from Marshwood last year, was a part of the ground team for one year and said: “I thought it was fun how we all banded together as a team to help each other out and to cheer each other on. It was a great experience for me and I definitely learned a lot!”

There are also 3 levels of “Rider” members.  In-Hand members compete their horses from the ground.  This may be that they are not ready to ride at horse shows or that they have a miniature horse or a pony that they can not ride, due to their size.  These members compete their horses in patterns while leading the horses instead of riding their horses.  We have Walk-Trot or Walk-Jog riders.  These competitors ride their horses at the walk and trot, but are not yet canter competitors either due to their experience level or their horses experience level.  Lastly there are Walk-Trot-Canter or Walk-Jog-Lope riding competitors.  These riders compete at all three traditional gaits in a variety of classes.  

Senior at Dover High School, Abby Etter has been on the team all four years of highschool as a riding member. “I joined the team because I wanted to meet other people that rode horses.” She also explained the good things she heard about the team and how fun it sounded. Jenna Dailey, senior at Marshwood High School has participated on the team for almost two years. “As a junior I was a ground team member so I could see what it’s like and the environment of it. Once I saw how fun it was I became a riding member this year with the current horse I ride, Desmond.” Jenna describes the team as “one big family.” Emily Tobey, who graduated from Marshwood High School, was on the team last year as a riding member. “It’s a really good experience for both horse and rider, being able to go to shows and practice their skills” She thinks it is really awesome that Dover High school allows other schools to have an opportunity be a part of the team.

Jackie Gilbert the current coach said, “I have been coaching the Dover High School New Hampshire High School Equestrian Team for the 5 years that I have been teaching at Dover High School.  It was requested of me that as part of my original contact as the DHS Equine Science teacher that I would accept responsibility for advising and coaching the DHS Equestrian Team through NHHSET.”  

Jackie is not only a coach and a teacher but she is also the advisor and vice chair at the district level.
“I organize and hold informational and team meetings, hand out and collect paperwork and payment, order uniforms, go to monthly NHHSET District 3 meetings, go to monthly NHHSET State meetings, organize practice locations and at least 3 practices with each team member each spring.  I also work with team members to determine which classes and levels are most appropriate for them to compete at and then I attend each District Set up the Friday prior to each show and I coach at all 3 district shows and the state show.”

Jackie attended Dover High School for high school.  She went to the University of New Hampshire for a Bachelor's in Equine Science, and then continued on at UNH for a Masters Degree in Teaching.

Coming juniors and seniors, if you have any interest in horses then sign up for Equine Team through Dover High School!

Marshwood Gets Footloose!

By: Jenna Dailey

Every year, Marshwood High School puts on a spring musical; this year it was a play with an abundance of dancing and singing, Footloose. Ms. Tanya West, the director of the Marshwood musicals for the last 12 years, chose this play because she believed it was, “a great opportunity for high school students not only as a fun show, but it has a lot of learning opportunities and serious moments.”

Footloose follows the story of a young boy, Ren, when he moves from Chicago to Bomont, a rural farming town. There he falls in love with the daughter of the town preacher, Ariel Moore, and is determined to lift the ban her father, Reverend Shaw, has made on dancing. According to Rodgers and Hammerstein, the owners of the rights to Footloose, Shaw is longing for the son that he lost in an accident, and Ren is aching for a father who left him.

Nick Hall, a recognizably talented senior, played Ren’s role, and Ethan Martin, a junior, who’s well known at MHS for his singing and piano skills, played Shaw’s character. Martin has appeared in the school’s productions since he was in third grade; he recalls sitting in Ms. West’s room during the finale of his very first show, Bye Bye Birdie, because he was too scared to get on stage. Martin’s favorite part of Footloose was during the I’m free number: “we were all together on the stage, and it was like a face off between me and Nick's character. It was just a really powerful moment,” said Martin. Regardless of his musical talent, Martin does not plan to pursue a career in music, he instead wants to become an engineer; he did express music being a “fantastic pastime.”

Being on stage isn’t all glitz and glam.  It takes intense preparation. Preparing the set, the music, the dancing, all of which must get done in only two months. It took Martin 2-3 weeks to be able to cry during the scenes where he was distraught about the physical loss of his son and emotional loss of his daughter. He also said creating the “perfect Shaw” was a challenge in itself due to him being an extremely complex character, who has a lot going on in his life between family, the town, and religion. Ms. West also has tremendous to do list, she is the adult who contributes the most to the plays, considering she produces, directs, choreographs, does the vocals, and works with the set. Ms. West added, “the biggest difficulty for the actors was how almost everyone played more than one role.” This requires students to jump back and forth between multiple roles.

Overall, this play had good reviews at Marshwood. Isabelle Ury, a junior who saw the play, called it “very good, very fun, and very interesting.” Energetic was a general feeling of the play; Ury said, “my favorite part was when Nick got the running start and jumped off the stage.” The audience, the actors, the backstage crew, and Ms. West herself, all were consumed in the high action play. “I love seeing all the hard work that the kids put in, pay off. They love being on stage they had a really good time with the show,” said Ms. West beaming with pride from everyone’s collective work.

There are currently no ideas for the next play, but you can guarantee it will be as fun and exciting as this one. If you’ve never seen a Marshwood play before, you should definitely see the next production; you won’t regret it!