November Featured Seniors recognized
By Reagan Traucht
Kade Focht is the son of Lynnette and Kent Focht. Kade is a three-year Varsity Basketball player and has experienced some of his favorite memories at MHS on the court, including OCC champs in 2020 and beating Dublin Coffman at home. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends and family. He plans to go to a four-year college majoring in nursing or psychology. Kade will miss seeing his buddies, especially on Friday night football games and basketball games.
By Malia Burkhardt
James Alan Heap is the son of Alan and Rebecca Heap. At Marysville High School, James participates in the cross country & track teams. He also is involved in his church youth groups and is in the National Honor Society. James enjoys fantasy football, hanging out with friends, and volunteering at the Marysville Public Library in his free time. James’s favorite memory of MHS is running with the XC team at the Tiffin University Meet, where he finished 7th and 1st overall as a team. James also loves the football games and the cheering for all the wins! He’s going to miss the cross country and track the most, as well as being able to help his teammates when they need him most. James plans to go to BYU to pursue a degree in business/finance or engineering. Have an excellent rest of your senior year, and good luck on the journey ahead of you, James!
By Malia Burkhardt
Arley L. LaWarre, daughter of Matt and Jill LaWarre, has been an active student at Marysville High School. Arley is president of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS), National Honor Society. In her free time, Arley enjoys hanging out with friends, her kittens and spending time with her family. Her favorite memories of MHS would be her freshman year art classes with Mrs. Friend and working on the school hallway mural. Arley’s going to miss her teachers and the opportunity to see them every day. Arley is planning on going to Capital University. She’s going to college to become a criminal defense trial attorney. Arley’s family, education, and friends have made the most significant impact on her. Arley is a remarkable, bright, hard-working girl who has great things ahead of her. Good luck, Arley!
BY Reagan Traucht
Julia Patterson is the daughter of Barbara and James Patterson. Julia has been very involved in clubs and sports throughout her four years at MHS. She is the Vice President of NHS, a member of Rho Kappa, Global Scholars, Student Council, and Leo Club while also being a co-captain of the Varsity Football Cheer team. On top of that, Julia earned the Le Herron Rising Leader Award, which led to the opportunity to intern at Holbrook and Manter and have a mentor with Chad Hoffman, CEO of Richwood Bank. During the summer, she also participated in Buckeye Girls State and Girls Nation. Julia gets volunteer hours by tutoring and volunteering at the Hope Center. She enjoys reading, thrift shopping, hanging out with family and friends, listening to podcasts, and driving to Dunkin Donuts for Coffee when she has free time. Some of Julia’s favorite memories at MHS have been playing just dance and ?¿Dónde está el osito? in Spanish class. Julia is thankful that MHS has such a great Business Technology Program that allowed her to explore her interests. Julia will miss all the teachers she has had the past four years, giving a special shout-out to Senora Adams and Dr. Koukis. Julia plans to go to college (currently undecided) and double major in economics and political science, going to law school, and eventually becoming a tax attorney. She would also like to mention how incredibly grateful she is for her family as her incredible support system.
Global Scholars open to freshmen
By Linnea Olofsson
The Global Scholars Diploma (GSD) Program is a three-year program for high school students designed to equip them with real-life skills and experience to prepare them for life outside of high school.
The Global Scholars program introduces students to the cultures of many countries through online courses, in-person conferences, and the Year 3 Action Project.
The Global Scholars Program is the first year that the district of Marysville has offered the program to ninth graders.
The group meets once a month and is expected to work on the courses and projects outside of class.
Each Global Scholar student must also take the semester course called Global Issues once in three years. Advisors Dr. Koukis, Miss Hasser, and Mr. Sundermeier assist the students in their studies and guide the group in advancing themselves and their community.
The Global Scholars Program requires students to be relatively independent and dedicated to the tasks at hand.
The program’s prestige, selectivity, and positive outcomes attract the attention of a wide variety of colleges as students begin to determine their careers after high school.
If students complete all three years, they receive a Global Scholars Diploma seal on their high school diploma.
By Arley LaWarre
Marysville High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) is preparing for the holidays. During October and November, NHS members conducted a fundraiser of poinsettias and other holiday plants. All of the money that has been raised or donated will go to buying Christmas presents for students and families throughout the district who may not otherwise receive gifts. Starting on December 6th, members of NHS will shop for gifts with the fundraiser and donation money, wrap and organize gifts, and buy a gift for the Paw Tree. The Paw Tree is a Christmas tree set up at the high school with paws with descriptions and objects. Staff and students can take a paw of the tree and buy a gift matching what is on the paw.
Mental Health Matters
By Reya Singh
Mental Health Matters – in an effort to raise awareness about mental health and break the stigma surrounding it. MHS junior, Reya Singh, and ECHS senior, Nisha Sathiaprakash, put together this event in partnership with PASS last month. “I’ve always dreamt of creating an event that would bring our community together, uplift others, and create solidarity. These past 2 years have put all of us through so many different situations, so many different experiences. Amongst it all, the mental health of so many of us has been negatively impacted. Now more than ever, mental health has become such a prevalent topic and I hope that you take the steps not only to educate yourself, but others as well. Together, we can break the stigma. Together, we can change lives. Together, we can make a difference. Remember, your story never ends…”
Guest Speakers included Dr. Phil Atkins, Executive Director at the Mental Health and Recovery Board and Mackenzie Marquis, Mary Haven.
Event helpers included Vanessa Prentice, Jessica Pakosz, and Lillian Kennedy.
Participants in the Mental Health Matters event are pictured. (Photo submitted)
MHS attends Eco Summit conference
By Clarrisa Hamilton
Mr. Sundermeier took six students from his Global Issues class to the Eco Summit conference on Nov. 3, 2021.
The meeting was attended by various other schools at the Columbus Zoo.
Mr. Sundermeier stated that within this conference, he and his students got to hear from speakers and other business leaders and get to share ideas of planning a sustainability program. The students agreed that this was an enjoyable experience and a great way to learn better organizational skills.
Maddie Burgdorf, one of the group members, said it was very entertaining to listen to the speakers at the Eco Summit.
As conveyed by the students, the information they learned at this conference will help make the school better. Their ideas are:
• A recycling program.
• A pollen garden in the courtyard.
• An Earth Day Spirit Week that emphasizes recycling and the “awareness that you can make a change.”
When they finalize their plan, they will propose it to the school board. Mr. Sundermeier mentioned that if their proposal is approved, they hope to evaluate their progress in May 2022.
Concert coming up
By Reagan Traucht
The MHS Choral Program is holding their winter concert on December 9th at the Alumni Performing Arts Center (Auditorium at MHS) starting at 7:00 p.m.
The show will include performances by all three choirs at MHS Concert, Advanced Treble, and Symphonic. This is their first live concert since the pandemic for concert.
The Advanced Treble are excited to finally be on stage performing again like usual. The concert is free, and each choir will be singing different pieces and the annual Hallelujah Chorus together, which has been the tradition for many years.
Additionally, Advanced Treble and Symphonic will be performing a couple of their separate pieces at the Christmas Walk, November 29th, from 6:05-6:35 p.m.