Monthly Archives: December 2011

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MARISSA DAY ’14 | Academics Editor

On Thursday Dec. 17, Harry Campion and his Creative Writing Class hosted a poetry slam and open mic at the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Library. The night started off with an open mic portion before the actual ‘slam’ occurred. There was no judging during the open mic, and anything and everything could be read. After the open mic finished, there were 11 students from various high schools that participated in the slam. Five judges from the audience were chosen to rate each poem after it was read and Campion tallied up scores, removing the lowest and highest ratings. Poems featured in the slam were all original content; they had to  be under three minutes long with no musical accompaniment.

Here are some of the student-produced pieces from the night. Please click on the name to read the student’s work.

Poems from Open Mic:

  1. Autumn Moore ’14
  2. Landon Roberts  ’12
  3. Josh Dauphinais ’14
  4. Irina DiGiovanni ’12

Poem from the Slam:

  1. Kayla Mays ’12


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Photo by KELLY CULLEN' 13 | Staff writer. Members of the varsity cheerleading team perform the splits during a Wednesday, Dec. 14 meet at Grosse Pointe North.

KELLY CULLEN ’13 | Staff Writer

The varsity cheerleading team competed against four different teams at Grosse Pointe North High School on Wednesday, Dec. 14, coach Lisa Kurtz said.

Grosse Pointe South, North, Sterling Heights, Marysville, and Fitzgerald High School competed against each other for first place, Kurtz said.

South placed second, behind North.

Photo by KELLY CULLEN' 13 | Staff writer. Members of the varsity cheerleading team perform the splits during a Wednesday, Dec. 14 meet at Grosse Pointe North.

“I think the competition went well, and it was a major improvement since last year,” said captain Brianna Harris ’14. “We are keeping our heads up and striving to get first place next time.”

Kurtz said the teams score was high enough to place them two divisions up, as they improved 50 points since last year.

Because there was so much to memorize, the girls began preparing for this competition in early November for two hours, five days a week, Kurtz said.

“I’m excited for competition season all together,” said Harris.  “I can’t wait to show people how hard we’ve worked and how far our team has come.  We are hoping to get first at our next competition in January.”

As one of the captains, Harris is responsible for looking after her team, she said.  Keeping an eye on her teammates’ grades and making sure they take care of their responsibilities.

Music wasn’t allowed during the rounds, and was banned a few years ago by the MHSAA organization, Kurtz said.

“It is more fun with music because it gets the audience involved, but without music it is easier to judge since no team will have an advantage because of their music,” said Kurtz.

Two Saturdays ago, the team’s family and friends were invited to watch them perform their different rounds, Kurtz said.  This was so the girls could practice in front of an audience, and the family learned when to contribute with applause to the rounds.

There were three judges who evaluated the choreography, precision, stunting and tumbling, as well as two safety judges, Kurtz said.

Kurtz said her background as a high school and collegiate cheerleader gives her a different perpective as a coach today. She also said she finds coaching very rewarding.

“I have such amazing kids on this team,” said Kurtz.  “…I guarantee my kids are the best.”

Margaret Brennan ’13 | Staff writer
Promo poster courtesy of Warner Bros.

The holiday season’s must see romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve” depicts several New Yorkers coming together for one night to be remembered. Preparing to bring in the New Year, the audience views characters from different backgrounds.

The plot takes us around New York City, as the city prepares for the night’s celebrations. The setting for “New Year’s Eve” couldn’t have been more ideal, bringing a frantic feel into the film. The movie jumps from each character’s individual plotlines, in which they race against the time to resolve all their problems by midnight.

The cast bringing this story to life includes stars from Ashton Kutcher to Hillary Swank. Seeing fan-favorite actors from young to old in every scene, audiences will undoubtedly be star-struck.

Robert De Niro plays a thick-skinned man who is forced into vulnerability while he lies on his death bed. His last dying wish? To watch the ball drop from the roof of a New York City hospital.

Meanwhile, a few floors down in the maternity ward, two hormonal pregnant woman accompanied by their competitively driven husbands race to have their baby be the first of the New Year, in order to pocket the $25,000 reward.

All this happens while a conservative woman endures a midlife crisis, a pessimistic hipster falls for a peppy Julliard backup singer, and a single mother deals with the conflict of letting her 15 year old daughter attend the ball drop unsupervised in Times Square.  

If you liked last year’s holiday hit “Valentine’s Day,” you will love “New Year’s Eve.” Created by the same director the stories are very similar in that all the character’s lives intertwine keeping you at the edge of your seat throughout the whole film.

In “New Year’s Eve,”  the cast and plot were easy to follow and left me wanting more. 

Grade: B

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Photo by DEMARCO HAVARD '12. Finn McComas acting in the Anne Frank production by Pointe Players


Photo by DEMARCO HAVARD '12. Finn McComas acting in the Anne Frank production by Pointe Players.

CHRISTY FLOM ’13 | Clubs Editor

Calling all singers dancers and actors: Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Phantom of the Opera” is coming to South for this year’s school musical, choir director Ellen Bowen said.

South has never performed this musical before, since it is still being performed on Broadway and in London, Bowen said. It just became available this year for the school to perform.

Music for the auditions will be passed out at an after school meeting today, Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 3:15 p.m., Bowen said. For actors and dancers not in choir, or for anyone interested  in auditioning for the musical, there are two male and eight female ballet dancers needed. Two male acting parts with no singing are also needed.

“I have a wonderful choreographer who is a director in Indianapolis and owns his own dance studio,” said Bowen. “If girls are on toe that is great, but (the choreographer) said he will take ballet dancers not on toe, too.”

Jack Daley ’14 said, that anyone who loves to take ballet or dance should try out. The rehearsal schedule will be completely different for dancers, and they will not have to participate in large rehearsals until about three weeks before the show.

“Audition week is a little bit stressful but you get through it,” said Daley.

A workshop is being held the first day back from break on Jan. 4 after school, Bowen said. Ballet dancers just need to give Bowen their name and can audition only for the choreography part.  After the workshop, auditions will take place the rest of that week.

With experience under his belt from playing the vice principal in last year’s production of “The Spelling Bee”, Daley said he is looking forward to a much larger cast this year in “The Phantom of the Opera.”

“Audition week is a little bit stressful but you get through it,” said Daley.

This year, students will be given the music before the break and need to learn some of the lines from the scripts and one or two songs to audition, Daley said. Performers will try out one day in front of the directors for about two hours and then leave. If the student gets a callback, they will be called on their cell phone that night to go to South to pick up their music. Callback auditions take place the next day, and Daley said it is basically the same thing as the day before, but with fewer people.

Overall, with crew and orchestra, around 80-100 students will be involved in this year’s production, Bowen said. The performance dates are April 25-28 and May 2-5. If the musical sells out, one more show will be on Sunday, May 6.

Photo by NORMAN BIRD ’12 | Staff Writer. Adam Black ’12 of the Raptors drives to the net during the Neighborhood Club Game of the Week, week three.
Photo by NORMAN BIRD ’12 | Staff Writer. Adam Black ’12 of the Raptors drives to the net during the Neighborhood Club Game of the Week, week three.

NORMAN BIRD ’12 | Staff Writer

The Warriors were almost given a free victory. The Raptors had only four players until right before tip off, when the rest of the team showed up.

After a first quarter score of 16-13, the Raptors were caught off guard in the second quarter as the Warriors began to pull away. With a 14 point lead at half, the Warriors only allowed five second quarter points.

Photo by NORMAN BIRD '12 | Staff Writer. Jon Parker '12 of the Raptors shoots a three-pointer during his team's 49-42 loss to the Warriors on Saturday. The Raptors' record fell to 1-3.

The Raptors came into the third quarter ready. Making the proper adjustments at half time allowed the team to close down their deficit to 10 at the end of the third quarter.

“We switched up our defensive formation and got some steals and breakaways because of it,” said Raptor Tommy Shimmel ’11.

With the same intensity they had in the third quarter, the Raptors managed to tie the game by picking apart the Warriors’ defense with efficient passing and drives to the lane.

Quickly, though, the Raptors offense fell apart. In the last minute, they received a lane violation during a free throw, and a technical foul by Danny French ’12. Michael McCuish ’12 took advantage of these errors by draining all four free throws.

“We won because of late free throws by McCuish at the end of the game,” said Warriors’ Henry Brophy ‘12.

Shimmel attempted to gain some momentum by dropping a three pointer with 30 seconds left, but the Raptors could not rally. The Warriors ended up winning 49-42 with help from Ted Berkowski’s ’12 15 points.

“It was a good way to end this half of the season, and we will take this confidence into the second half,” said Brophy.

The Raptors, despite the loss, stay optimistic and look toward the future.

“We are a little disappointed about the reffing, but we look forward to the rematch on Jan. 8,” said Shimmel.