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By Joey Diehl ’15 | Director of Photography

The varsity girls soccer team lost in the regional finals against Henry Ford. The game was tied 0-0 after double overtime but the team lost 3-0 in penalty kicks, ending a strong season.

“We had an absolutely awesome group of girls,” said captain Fran Weber ’14, “we all became great friends on and off the field and that was part of what led us to such a successful season.”

Weber said that although the team was hoping to go all the way, they were still proud of their season.  With a record of 12-6-5, the girls managed to pull off 9 shutouts and scored 47 goals the entire season while limiting their opponents, collectively, to 22.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing the heat next season,” said Sophie Hanna ’15.  “We have a lot of great players returning and won’t forget what we learned this season.”

 

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By Joey Diehl ’15 | Director of Photography

Defeating Sterling Heights Stevenson 2-0, the number 1 ranked team in the state earlier today June 10, the varsity baseball team advance to the final four and are only 2 games away from clinching a state championship.

“We’ve been on a hot streak,” said Zack Thalgott ’15. “Jimmy Menchl ’14 has been unstoppable pitching these last 3 games and we’ve really came together as a team these last few weeks.”

Thalgott said toppling the number 1 team in the state from going into the game as big underdogs is just the fire they need to fuel a state championship.

“We all want those rings,” said Thalgott.

Come support the boys as they continue their quest for the state title this Thursday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. at McLane Baseball Stadium in East Lansing, home of the Michigan State Spartans.

Note: Game time may change due to Michigan State graduation ceremony needs, check our twitter account @thetowerpulse for updates.

 

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By Christy Ford ’15 and Jessica Whitney ’16 | Staff Writers

Determined to show off class pride, next year’s Spirit Week looks promising with brand new themes and motivated classes.

This year’s themes were Funky Freshmen, Sophomores of the Sahara, Cirque de Juniors, and Survival of the Seniors.

The upcoming Freshmen theme will be Fire and Ice Freshmen, Teddy Sweeney ’18 said. Some of the proposed theme ideas were Freshmen of Bellair, Fabulous Freshmen and Famous Freshmen.

“We felt that the theme was fun, new and had a lot of potential to it,” said Sweeney.

The Class of 2017 has decided upon becoming the Seaside Sophomores, Class President Anthony Kolesky ‘17 said. Consisting of beaches and lifeguards, they plan to try to extend the idea of summer a little longer into the school year.

Similar to the Freshman procedure, the sophomore student council took suggestions from their class and narrowed it down to Sub-Zero Sophomores, Scavenger Sophomores and Seaside Sophomores before ultimately deciding upon Seaside Sophomores, Kolesky said.

“I personally don’t like the theme,” Anna Mellos ‘17 said. “Why would we dress up as lifeguards if the theme is seaside? I wanted Scavenger Sophomores.”

Nevertheless, Kolesky said he thinks that the theme will work out well. The class council will begin preparations June 20 in order to schedule the float parties that will commence in August.

“Our goal for Spirit Week is to be creative and stretch the theme,” said Kolesky. “We were all confused this year, but we did the best we could. We never went to a Spirit Week before so we didn’t know what to expect from other grades, but next year we plan to participate a lot.”

Along with the sophomores, the Class of 2016 has high hopes for a great spirit week, Vice President Gabi de Coster said. The student council decided to choose Justice League Juniors as their theme. Originally, the class had decided upon an Under the Sea theme, but negative feedback prompted an emergency meeting and eventually a change in theme.

“Our theme encompasses all superheroes and was chosen because our council felt the theme would induce great amounts of spirit for both genders,” said de Coster. “We felt the majority of our class supported it and was excited for it. The positive feedback from the theme drove our decision.”

The Class of 2016 Student Council has been promoting its theme decision through social media and allowed the class’ input in the process through Facebook and Twitter, de Coster said.

Rising as the new leaders of the school, the Senior Class chose to be Sovereign Seniors which imcompasses a king and queen theme, Student Council Senator Natalie Sullivan ‘15 said.

“I think everyone in our grade will like the theme because it shows the accomplishments of becoming a senior and all its royalties,” said Sullivan.

The Class of 2015 has learned from this year’s seniors’ mistakes, Sullivan said. A group of students participated in hazing, which resulted in the Class of 2014 becoming disqualified from receiving the spirit jug during the Homecoming football game.

“The administration gets really mad if you’re mean to underclassmen,” said Sullivan. “We’re not promoting hazing, and we’re telling people not to.”

Other themes considered were Zeniors (a zombie theme), and Superhero Seniors, said Sullivan.

Spirit week next school year will held the week of October 6. On October 10, the game will be played against Utica High School, and the following day will be the Homecoming dance.

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By Emily Shea ’15 | Staff Writer

The pounding music and the blazing sun did not stop anyone from dancing at Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music Festival at Hart Plaza, Memorial Day weekend.

Movement Electronic Music Festival existed as the first time I had ever been to a music festival; I had heard so many great things about it, so I had high expectations.

I listen to electronic dance music (EDM) on occasion, but I am not what one might call a true “raver”, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Photo courtesy of Izzy Yenchick '15. From left to right, Shea, Craig Engel, Adam Morris and Ariana Serventi, all '15, enjoy their time at Movement.
Photo courtesy of Izzy Yenchick ’15. From left to right, Shea, Craig Engel, Adam Morris and Ariana Serventi, all ’15, enjoy their time at Movement.

My first day was interesting to say the least.

I walked in to find people dressed in extreme outfits and vibrant colors, but despite their intimidating fashion decisions, everyone was so lovely.

I tried to step it up with my fashion choices each day but there was no way I could compete with the zany clothing these festival-goers came up with.

Movement lasted from noon until midnight each day. On the first day, my friends and I had the opportunity to explore the venue. Inside the festival were numerous stages offering an array of artists.

Due to the tiring first day, my friends and I cut the day short. Leaving early was a poor decision because little did we know, when the sun sets the festival begins to come alive. The most popular artists performed late into the night, such as Baauer and Riff Raff.

The great music had everyone on their feet and having an incredible time the entire weekend.

Because the festival was uniquely electronic music, each stage and artist had the chance to come up with new music on the spot. The crowds at each individual stage roared at the new mixes and unheard beats.

My favorite stages included one along the Detroit River and one underground. Rising smoke and flashing lights oozed from the underground stage.

Although I was tired from the first day, the second day proved to be better. We arrived earlier and stayed until the very last song.

The weather gods were most certainly working in our favor that weekend. The second day blazed at a high 80 degrees, but the warm weather was fantastic for such an event.

My feet ached from days walking, but the great music and better times made it worth the pain.

I was completely worn out by day three, but determined to get the most out of my experience there.

My high expectations were definitely met, but in order to make the experience more enjoyable I would recommend staying hydrated and keeping close with a group of friends.

It might be cliché to say that music brings people together, but I believe that because everyone was having such an incredible time, it did provoke unity among us.

[info] To read more about music festivals in and around the city, visit here. [/info]

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By Emily Shea ’15 | Staff Writer

It isn’t just a concert, it’s an experience. Music blaring, lights flashing, hearts pounding: these are the sights and sounds of music festival season.

Movement Electronic Music Festival is an annual three-day event held during Memorial Day weekend celebrating Detroit’s electronic music legacy, according to the festival’s website.

“I went to Movement a day last year and all three days this year,” said Izzy Yenchick ’15. “I really enjoy the music they perform, and it is a great way to take a break from school over the long weekend.”

Beginning the festivities on May 24 and ending May 26, people from around the world gather to enjoy all Detroit has to offer during Movement.

“Movement is a great way to relax during the long weekend, but also have fun,” said Griffin Sharp ’15. “I love festivals like these because I always have a good time, and Movement itself brings in a lot of people, which is good for the city.”

Detroit offers more than stereotypical electronic music, Sharp said. They host festivals for every kind of music, like the Downtown Hoedown.

“The Hoedown last year was so fun,” said Lanie Fitzpatrick ’17. “I really liked how festivals are set up, they have different stages and artists to choose from so I can go from artist to artist.”

Not in Detroit, but in Rothbury, is Electric Forest. Taking place from June 26 to June 29, this electronic music festival is similar to Movement. Expectations for Electric Forest are high, Eric Addy ’14 said.

“I expect the festival to be very crazy, unique and fun,” said Addy.

Music festivals are attractive to people of all ages but it seems to be very popular among South students, and the summer hosts many festivals for every music genre.
[info] To read about Shea’s experience at Movement, check out this article.[/info]