Japanese Club learns language, traditions, games of Far East
BY EMI PENNEY AND MADISON BUSHONG
The Japanese program started at Marysville High School several years ago. Ever since, new experiences have arisen for students to expand their cultural experiences.
This past summer, some students taking Japanese traveled to Japan, which couldn’t have been possible without the Japanese program at the high school. Through the language program, the Japanese Club was started and anyone is free to join!
Every Tuesday, the Japanese Club meets after school and the activities we do each week vary. In October, the club played a traditional game of Shikari. This activity is a favorite game played in Japan during the summer, which involves one person being blindfolded and attempting to crack a watermelon open. The winner is the player who breaks the melon open.
Students played a version of this for fun, but also to learn about some background on Japanese pastimes. This month, students are cooking different traditional Japanese foods to experience new foods. This club allows students to be exposed to a small part of Japanese culture and having fun learning.
Featured Seniors for October 2016
BY HENRY LAUTENSCHLAGER
Blake Alan Dearwester, son of Trisha Dearwester-Conley and Kelly Dearwester, will graduate from Marysville High School in the spring of 2017. In every year of high school, he was involved in varsity track and cross country, and was captain of the cross country team. He was also involved in National Honor Society. Outside of school, he dedicates his time to indoor track.
The best memory he has of MHS is running around the school during the winter, something described as a challenging task but a very scenic event. The one thing he says he will miss most about MHS is his friends, as many of them will be splitting up and going many different places.
After high school, he plans to attend a four-year university to major in chemical engineering.
BY HENRY LAUTENSCHLAGER
Kennedy Marie Dunn, daughter of Kevin Dunn, Lynette Conrad, and Ryan Conrad, will graduate from Marysville High School in 2017. She has been involved in many activities throughout high school, including being part of the volleyball, where she was a captain for three years, earned a varsity letter for two years, collecting three defensive player awards, and the junior varsity MVP award, while maintaining scholar-athlete status for all four years. She also ran track for one year, earning a varsity letter and the Lion Heart Award.
Additionally, she has been involved in student council for 2 years, NC4K for 1 year, leadership academy for 1 year, Leo Club for 2 years, peer collaboration for 2 years, as well as the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she volunteers at the local humane society, and has played three years of club volleyball with the Hot Shot volleyball club.
Her favorite memory from high school is when the volleyball team won the Lancaster Volleyball Tournament her junior and senior seasons. The one thing she says she will miss most about MHS is all of the social events and school dances, where many great memories were made that will never be forgotten.
BY HENRY LAUTENSCHLAGER
Benjamin Paul Stubbs, son of Gregg and Debra Stubbs, is a senior at Marysville High School. During his years at MHS, he has been involved in National Honor Society, lacrosse, swim, AV club, and programming and tech club. Outside of school, he is an active volunteer at Memorial Hospital, works the AV needs for summer theater, and is interested in video games.
The fondest memory he holds of MHS is when he came into the school over winter break to help paint the AV room. The one thing he will miss most about Marysville is the friendships he has developed over the years.
After high school, he plans to go to college for astronautical and material engineering and to one day solve the problem of trash orbiting Earth.
BY HENRY LAUTENSCHLAGER
Florence McKellar McCloy, daughter of Zoraya and Randolph McCloy, is a graduating senior in the Class of 2017. Throughout her years at Marysville high school, she was the president of Student Council, a Rotary Youth Exchange ambassador, active in Leo Club, National Honor Society, Mock Trial, and youth group. She was also a member of the varsity track and tennis teams, and was designated as a scholar-athlete. Outside of school, she can be found teaching Sunday school, working as a camp counselor at Camp Riva-Lake, and volunteering at many different places.
Her favorite memory of MHS is getting to spend her senior year with all of her friends again, after being gone on an exchange tour her junior year. She will also always remember getting the opportunity to be on homecoming court, as all of her friendships that have survived time and distance. The one thing she says she will miss most is the school dances and after school chats in the parking lot with friends.
After graduation, she plans to attend a four-year college and eventually go to graduate school to pursue a medical degree in orthopedics.
BY JENNA LOTZ
Emma Zimmerman is a senior in the Marysville Color Guard. Participating through all four years of her high school career, she has had a very successful journey with the MHS Marching Band.
As a team squad leader in charge of mentoring and assisting underclass Color Guard members her junior year, and as one of few 2015-2016 Color Guard Captains, she has been awarded many different medals and certificates. She has performed at the OMEA state band competitions all four years, and the team earned the best possible score awarded each year, and won the Best Auxiliary award at competitions in her freshmen and senior years.
She is the daughter of Tracy and Jeff Zimmerman, and the sister of 2014 MHS Graduate Nathan Zimmerman, sophomore Olivia Zimmerman, and seventh-grade student Lauren Zimmerman. As her time at Marysville High School comes to an end, her future includes attending The Spa School in Columbus to become a licensed Esthetician.
She reflects on her time at MHS with positive thoughts, and lasting memories. One memory she says will stay with her through the years was performing a duet in the 2015-2016 show: “Classical Chaos.” As her last performance, it was a bittersweet feeling to enjoy it personally with her younger sister, Olivia.
During her time at MHS, she had the time to make many lasting relationships, one which she is most grateful for was meeting her High School Sweetheart, a 2014 MHS graduate and Marysville Marching Band alum, Hunter Cox.
While she looks forward to her career as an Esthetician, she says the things she will miss most include seeing her friends, and being able to walk through the hallways with them daily. She will also miss the feeling of being on the field Friday nights and pursuing her passion for Color Guard.
FFA members earn gold, silver honors during national convention
BY SHAE LEEPER
The Marysville FFA chapter attended the 89th National FFA Convention from Oct. 19 through Oct. 21 in Indianapolis, Indiana. During the Convention, members enjoyed attending sessions, touring the career center, going to a hypnotist show where members and advisors did incredible things, and even a concert starring Cole Swindell and Chris Young.
During the sessions, members watched as the National FFA Officers took us on a journey through meaningful and transforming life lessons. Keynote speakers that spoke about some of their experiences and relayed important messages to all watching. Marysville also had a nationally-competing team.
The MHS nursery and landscaping team finished in 17th place nationally out of 42 teams. Team members included of Ryan Cook, receiving a gold rating, Isaac Knowles, receiving a silver rating, Morgan Kessler, receiving a silver rating, and Blake Kessler, receiving a bronze rating. Overall the team did a fantastic job, and we are all very proud of them. National Convention will be an experience that members will remember forever.
Students learn practical skills through AV Club
BY CHASE CUARELLI
Each year, dozens of concerts, contests and shows are held in Marysville High School’s auditorium. These events range from the informative to the musical to the theatrical. Whether it’s the band or choir, a musical or play, or even a presentation from Ohio Hi-Point representatives, the stage requires light, video and sound control. That’s where the MHS Audio-Visual Club comes in. While mainly working for high school events, Audio-Visual also helps out at other schools in the district, earning paychecks along the way.
I have been a member of AV for only two months now, but I can already see how important this organization is to the school. Every Tuesday after school we open a secret door by the cafeteria, jump up a flight of metal stairs and maneuver between props from drama productions past – old backgrounds, chairs, and costumes – to reach the sanctuary of our booth. It sits behind and above the audience, windows looking out onto the stage. On a table rests an electronic board of buttons and levers that operate both auditory and visual systems throughout the auditorium. It is used for every event, and knowing how to manage it is critical; no audience wants to see a darkened stage or hear the muted voice of a soloist. Luckily, the club administrator, Tyson Fewins, provides assistance whenever needed for students.
Several programs at the school this fall have kept the club rather busy. Earlier this month the choir had their annual Fall Concert, which was the first event I attended as an AV member. That night, I quickly understood the level of understanding required to facilitate even a minor production; people flew up and down the steel steps; lights dimmed and brightened on cue; speakers turned on and off, and cameras panned across the stage. While observing the booth for hours, I realized just how much the school depends on this group of students. It is an art in itself, a technical and complementary craft to the theater that few acknowledge. However, that is the beauty of the club. So few are aware of its existence that the group has remained quaint for years, retaining a sense of intimacy at every meeting. Every student has a niche role in AV, a job that allows them to gain responsibility, experience, and diligence whenever someone asks for a microphone.
Leo Club hosts Halloween food drive to open holiday season
Over the weekend of Oct. 28, the Leo Club held their Halloween food drive. Members of the club put up flyers in housing complexes, including Mill Valley, Green Pastures, Scotts Farms, and Watkins Meadows, to get the word out about the drive. On Halloween night, the club members collected bags of donated food, which were donated to the local food pantry.
The Halloween food driver was the “kick off” for the holiday season for the food pantry. Looking forward, Leo Club members will be lending a hand for the community thanksgiving meal hosted by the Marysville United Methodist Church. They expect to serve over 600 members of the community. In the past, club members have helped serve and make food for the meal. They hope increase their help this year and make the meal extra special.
FCCLA plans benefits for children
BY FAITH ENGLE
The FCCLA ended October with a special Olympic bowling event, for which they made trophies and had a pizza party. Coming up in November, the club will host a staff breakfast that will benefit the WIC program, which helps women, children, and infants. The club will also support the program by donating stuffed animals and books.
Other ideas for the club include making teddy bears out of towels and giving them to different doctors’ offices so that kids can have the bear as a comfort item during their checkups.
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