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Andrea Soucy Excellence in Journalism Award

Journalism Award (Photo/ Taylor McKenna)

By: Rachel Oliveira

The Andrea Soucy Excellence in Journalism award for AHS was awarded on May 15 to seniors Cameron Merritt and Giovanni Carcomo. They both talk about how they achieved this goal and their feelings about it.

 Question: How does it feel to win this award?

 Cam: I’m honored to have received this award and join the great list of names on the plaque. It really solidifies our accomplishments and gives us a chance to look up and be proud of all our work, as well as providing students in the Journalism I and II levels with something to aspire to.

 Giovanni: I was very honored to win the award mostly because it was something to get back from all the giving. I put a lot of hard work into journalism and to have a certificate made all the hard work official was excellent.

Q: Are you surprised you won this award?

Cam: Not really, to be completely honest. As the head editor, it was something I was expecting, but I knew I had to work hard to deserve the honor and finally seeing my name on the plaque felt surreal.

 Gio: No I was not surprised.

Q: How long have you been in this class?

Cam: I first took Journalism the second semester of my sophomore year (2011-12). I took Journalism II during the second trimester of last year and did Advanced Journalism all year this year.

 Gio: Since sophomore year, so three.

Q: What did you do to achieve this Award?

Cam: Being committed to the finished product, assisting others, and taking a leadership role to ensure the best for the paper as a whole were the three strong qualities worthy of my being bestowed with the honor.

Gio: Not give up, do all the work, the research, coming up with questions, finding people to interview and keeping up with the editing.

Q: Were you put into this class? If not, why did you want to take this class?

Cam: I actually chose this class originally, as Journalism is something I want to pursue as a career option.

Gio I was not. I took the class because I want to become a journalist.

Q: Was there ever a time you didn’t want to take this class? If so why?

Cam: I’d been looking forward to taking it since the end of eighth grade, when I first saw that this was a class at AHS.

 Gio: No never, because I liked the work and the teacher.

Q: Which article are you most proud of doing and why?

Cam: My article titled “Penny Problems” was probably one of my proudest accomplishments in this class. It was my sophomore year and this was my first “real” article, as in I had looked into the topic and did several interviews with teachers and students on their thoughts of the penny. It was really the first time, which I felt I was capable of writing articles at a professional level.

 Gio: This is hard, but I would have to say the Miley Cyrus one because it garnered a lot of attention.

Q: Cam, how did you come up with the ‘Eagles Eye’ Website?

Cam: The idea originally popped into my head late into sophomore year, but I had no idea where I could go with it, particularly as only a Journalism I student. I thought a little more of it during junior year, but it really started to pick up steam late last summer. I had seen another school using a more basic version of a blog for their newspaper, and noticed the success of some local sites such as Hockomock Sports. I figured that if we could have a platform online that was easier to access, we could greatly increase viewership and let more people know about us and all that we do. This, in my mind, was the best option for this class as well as the best way I could think of to leave a lasting impact on AHS.

Q: Do you want to continue going into Journalism?

Cam: I will be studying Electronic Journalism Arts at Lyndon State College starting this fall. The major covers all aspects of journalism through its variety of mediums, including television, radio, online, and online print.

Gio: Yes, I plan on taking it in college and pursing it as a career.

Q: What are you going to miss the most about this class?

Cam: It’s a little strange to think it’s all over now. I wanted to be the Head Editor of this publication since I first entered this building, and now it’s time to hand that off to someone else. I’ll miss our core of editors that I’ve been with all year, some even longer, as well as Ms. Bee. However, I know the Eagle’s Eye is in good hands with the Class of 2015 and I expect them to do what they feel best and continue to build off the ground work we’ve made so far.

Gio: The people I really enjoyed the journalism girls (as I like to call them). I would have stayed if it was a real job. Ms. Bee can teach a person a lot but what I miss most are the memories.

Merritt will be attending Lyndon State College in the fall majoring in Electronic Journalism Arts. Carcamo will be at Bristol Community College also in the fall.


Senior Sendoff for the Class of 2014

Cameron Merritt

2014 Eagle’s Eye Head Editor Cameron Merritt

By: Cameron Merritt

Well, here it is. Four years have finally come down to this, our graduation day as members of the AHS Class of 2014. Since I first entered this building in September of 2010, I’ve made new friends, discovered plenty, and, for better or worse, experienced this wild ride we call high school. A ride which, as of today, is officially over.

With that, I’d like to congratulate all of my fellow seniors on tonight’s upcoming honors and wish each and every one the best of luck with their future endeavors, whether it be school, work, or the military. Through everything, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being in your ranks and could not have asked for a better class to have experienced high school with. Thank you all.

To be honest, we are pretty great. I know that nobody’s perfect and all of that, but seriously, take a look at the list of accomplishments we’ve made. In the classroom, on the field, on the stage, in the community, you name it; we in one way or another made a difference. We handled change with relative ease, going to a new schedule, new principal, new types of classes, and through our ever-evolving world of educational methods and teaching technologies, doing the best with whatever we had. At times, it seemed like we could do everything, well, except coming up with a decent senior prank…

This year, AHS bore a Hockomock League champion (baseball, and as their loyal scorekeeper, the first championship team I was ever a part of), a Division 1 South Semi-Finalist (football), a state champion (boys’ gymnastics), and a national championship (cheerleading).

We beat North, not once, but twice in football this year for the first time ever, one of which was a shutout. Josh Perry, the Managing Editor at Hockomock Sports, told me that this class was “one of the most athletic senior classes [he’s] ever seen.” So with that said, it’s not all too surprising we were also the only class to go undefeated in the Spirit Rally. Cue the “4-0” chants.

However, it wasn’t just the talent that was commendable; it was the spirit, our resilience, our “Blue Pride.” The Boys’ Soccer team had their league-leading season erased midway through due to an error, and then were able to fight back through petitions and play to receive a spot in the MIAA Tournament.

Members of the Girls’ Basketball team suffered some tragic losses off the court, losing two of their biggest fans, and in their honor put up a fantastic season. The Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse teams made their varsity debuts, and though both went through their seasons winless, set the groundwork for a bright future. And who could forget the Boys’ Gymnastics team, who were told last year that the sport they love would no longer be recognized by the MIAA. Not only were they able to help persuade the MIAA otherwise, they also capped off the year with a state championship. Those are just a few examples of what goes on in our extraordinary athletic’s program, and what we, as members of the Class of 2014, were able to help make possible.

This May, I participated for the first time in the Drama Club’s One Act Festival, and I only wished I’d joined sooner. The Drama Club at our school is filled with incredible people, who are incredibly talented and put on some incredible performances. To sum it up, they’re incredible. For those unfamiliar with One Act, it’s when senior members of the Drama Club are given the opportunity to choose and direct their own one-act plays. I admire their dedication to their performances, as well as all of the extra work they were willing to take on, all for their love of the art.

A few took on leading roles in other plays. One, the club president and 2014 Leading Man, took on five. Despite these challenges, they mastered their roles with ease, bringing the audience to roaring laughter or tears, and everything in between. My director, a very talented young actress and singer, was excellent in her understanding of our busy schedules and incredibly welcoming as she took on the challenge of turning a group of drama rookies into a very successful cast. She is yet another embodiment of this school’s great drama program.

While we’re on the topic of the arts, the Music Department can’t be forgotten. Through its concerts with their ensembles, chorus, choirs, and the marching band, providing the memorable soundtracks for city parades and high school football games, they represent the a dedication and resilience that greatly exemplifies Blue Pride.

The same applies for our award-winning visual artists, whether by hand or on a computer, they display sets of skills that are already better than some people twice their age.

However, one of the areas where our class truly shined and hopefully will leave a lasting legacy, has been our trailblazing persistence in leading the way, as the famous phrase “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” was really taken up by members of the Class of 2014.

As sophomores, we saw the start-up of the Answer for Cancer Club by someone whom the terrible disease would take so much from. With the assistance of a health teacher and group of friends, she started a club that continues to do so much good for cancer sufferers in this area and beyond, and looks set to do so for years to come.

Another student saw that his favorite sport, Ultimate Frisbee, wasn’t offered by the school, and took matters into his own hands by founding the AHS Hammer Bros, a club sport, which has greatly increased the game’s popularity in the halls of the high school. Not to stroke my own ego, but a certain head editor of the school’s newspaper, the Eagle’s Eye, knew that the journalism class needed a better way to bring their articles out into the world, and decided to create a website for the paper. With the new website, which it took two months to develop, readership skyrocketed and the knowledge of the school having its own newspaper became more commonplace than it’s been in years.

Even the clubs that have been at the school for several years still put out some amazing things, whether it’s our “Best Leo Club in the State,” the Greater Attleboro Leos, Project Unite!, the GSA, Interact Club, Environmental Club, and countless others that have all contributed greatly to making this place more and more open and welcoming to those from all walks of life, and improving our community as a whole while doing it.

Another highlight of our school has been, of course, our fantastic CTE program. Members of our class have done some amazing things in design, in the shops, kitchens, labs, and more. Our engineering students, which include both our valedictorian and salutatorian, have made use of a 3D printer and designed some incredible things. Our CTE program alone has caught the attention of NECN and U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.), who praised the program and hopes to help install it at a national level. We are, indeed, trendsetters in the educational world.

As I sit here writing this, recalling times gone by, I can’t help but remember how it all started in journalism during my sophomore year. Actually, my journalism room was also the first room I ever stepped foot in at the high school, where I’ve had the pleasure of having Ms. Adeline Bee as both a teacher and advisor throughout my high school career. Through the ups and the downs, even if at times I may have felt otherwise, I’ve always known that I can count on Ms. Bee and will be forever grateful for what she has done for me, including allowing me to go off on this “crazy idea” I had over the summer that turned into the very website you’re reading this on right now.

Another special thank you should go  to my fellow editing staff, Andrew Luciano, who was my first editor in journalism back in 2012, and Taylor McKenna, who will be inheriting this position from me and carry on the new age of AHS news as she heads into her senior year. I also want to thank my family for all of their continued support, friends, classmates, teachers, the City of Attleboro. The list can go on and on, but to each I owe a sincere amount of gratitude to show my appreciation for helping me to be where I am today.

Once again, I know we weren’t perfect. Nothing is perfect, and there were hardships for everyone along the way, some worse than others. I’ve experienced some myself. The woman who was perhaps looking forward to my graduation more than me, tragically lost her battle with cancer this past February (I love you Nana). But overall, graduation is a day of celebration, and no matter what others have said, be it rival schools, Twitter accounts, whatever, this has genuinely been such a great place to receive an education.

So, for a final time, as we go from students to alumni, congratulations Attleboro High School Class of 2014 on all of your accomplishments. Big or small, they’ve all helped shape who we are, and I look forward to crossing paths again in the future, maybe interviewing some of you future engineers, teachers, doctors, nurses, trainers, actors, athletes, artists, designers, musicians, scientists, and more. Once again, with the deepest sincerity, thank you all.

Jessica Marcure to Bowl for Franklin Pierce

Jessica Marcure signing her letter of intent. (Courtesy of Jessica Marcure)

Jessica Marcure signing her letter of intent. (Courtesy of Jessica Marcure)

By: Cameron Merritt

According to the NCAA website, each year over 126,000 college students receive athletic scholarships to attend and play sports at the hundreds of Division I and Division II schools across America. However, this accounts for only two percent of all high school student-athletes nationwide, and the majority of the money goes toward sports such as football, basketball, and hockey.

Only five female students, on average, receive scholarships for bowling at the schools which offer it. AHS senior Jessica Marcure is one of those students, as she’ll attend Franklin State University this fall to study Secondary Education as well as take part in the school’s inaugural Women’s Bowling team. Combining her athletic and academic scholarships, she will have over half of her annual costs covered.

Marcure has been bowling since she was six years old, following in the footsteps of her older brother, Kyle. For the past four years, though, she’s taken her passion for the game to competitive level, competing in between 20 and 25 tournaments across the country every year, as well as Nationals. Her average score is a 189, while her all-time high is a 269. She recalled one of those times she bowled a 269 as her favorite memory in the sport to date.

“I was facing an all-boys team and the boy I was going against said something along the lines of, ‘Oh I’m going against the girl, this should be an easy three wins,’” said Marcure, who was then determined to prove him wrong. “I ended up destroying him all three games. It was one of the first times I shot a 269 and the look on his face every time I beat him was just so funny.”

She first realized bowling could be a viable option for receiving a scholarship around the time she first started to bowl competitively. A friend’s sister had received a scholarship to attend and bowl for Arkansas State University. “I was just amazed and thought it was so cool, [so I] figured I could try and I really started working hard,” said Marcure.

Schools first began scouting her during her junior year, and she received offers from Monmouth College (N.J.) and Hastings College (Neb.) as well as Franklin Pierce. All three offered degree programs related to her interests.

“It was always about the education first. That was one thing my parents and I agreed on,” said Marcure, adding, “I was going for education first and bowling was a perk.”

She visited all three schools, and said she loved them all and the programs they offered.

“I loved Hastings because going in as a major in Secondary Ed, I would be placed in the classroom my freshman year. Monmouth was just a college I loved over all… educationally it was a typical college,” said Marcure. As for bowling, she said that “the teams were all super nice but all fairly new with fairly new coaches.”

“All of them have amazing potential and I would have loved to be on any of their teams,” added Marcure.

However, it was a combination of the double major (Secondary Education and English), scholarship, and location that led her to decide on Franklin Pierce.

“[Along with] the excitement of being on a New England team, it was just a great deal,” said Marcure of the offer, adding that the proximity to home really sold her on the school.

As she enters FPU, she’ll become a member of the school’s first ever Women’s Bowling team, a task she says will be “a lot of work.”

“We have to establish ourselves and that’s going to take a lot of time and effort but I am excited about it,” she said, adding that “like any sport it’s tough being the new kids, but I think we have a good team and we will do well.”

Marcure joins a list of fellow New England bowlers at FPU; something which Marcure says is a part of the coach’s “All-New England” recruiting technique, which she used in hopes of re-garnering an interest in bowling in the region, something she is “very excited” about and feels is “a great idea.”

“As a New England bowler, it is so frustrating to bowl competitively because there are very few tournaments around here for youth bowlers. If we could gather some more interest in the sport we might be able to get some more tournaments back this way and give these kids a chance again,” said Marcure, adding, “I want younger kids to see that this is something they can do too. I’m proud to be a part of this team and I hope someday some girl will look at me like I looked up to my friend’s sister [who bowled for Arkansas State] and think ‘I can do this too.’”

For those who may criticize competitive bowling or bowlers, saying they aren’t real athletes, Marcure wants to assure everyone that they most definitely are.

“As bowlers we put a lot of effort to be the best we can and it kind of sucks to have someone tell us what we’re doing isn’t a sport or worth it,” said Marcure, adding that the sport is more difficult than people imagine. “It’s more than just rolling a ball down a lane. There are oil patterns and ball covers, angles, and cores. There is so much more to this than people expect. But anyone can learn to bowl and be good at it; it takes effort and time. I just hope to one day see bowling as a prominent sport in New England again.”

For Marcure, bowling has been more than just a sport or activity. Instead, it’s something which has personally affected her for the better.

“It shaped me as a person because of the people I’ve met. I’ve been given the opportunity to meet girls all over the country and it’s just opened my eyes and it’s been fantastic,” said Marcure.

“Also I’ve learned that I’m super competitive,” she added with a laugh.

Attleboro’s Geoff Cameron World Cup Bound

Cameron as a freshman on the 2000 AHS Boys' Soccer Team. (AHS File Photo)

Cameron as a freshman on the 2000 AHS Boys’ Soccer Team. (AHS File Photo)

By: Cameron Merritt

On May 22, United States Men’s National Soccer Team (USMNT) coach Jürgen Klinsmann announced his final 23-man roster for this June’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Among the players chosen by the U.S. boss was Attleboro native Geoff Cameron, who plays as a defender for the English Premier League’s Stoke City Football Club.

“So blessed [and] truly honored to be able to represent [the U.S.] in the World Cup!” said Cameron via Twitter, thanking fans for all their “love [and] support.”

“As an Attleboro soccer player, I feel a lot of pride that someone is representing our country at the highest international [soccer] level and that’s something to be proud of, especially knowing I’ve played in same programs and clubs [AHS and Bayside FC] as he did,” said senior Eoin Grimes, who played as a defender for the Boys’ Varsity Team.

Cameron was born and raised in Attleboro, going through the ranks of youth soccer and playing for Rhode Island based club Bayside FC. He attended AHS from 2000-2002 and played midfield for the varsity soccer team, scoring seven goals and having 13 assists as a freshman, and nine goals and 17 assists as a sophomore. He transferred to Providence Country Day for his junior and senior years.

He played college soccer for the University of West Virginia and the University of Rhode Island before being drafted by the Houston Dynamo in the third round (42nd overall) of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft. With the Dynamo, Cameron began to make a name for himself in both midfield and on defense, playing an important role in his team’s two MLS Eastern Conference championships in 2011 and 2012. He scored 11 goals in his 116 appearances for La Naranja before signing with English club Stoke City in the summer of 2012.

Since joining the Potters, Cameron has been a regular starter at the center back position. This season, Stoke finished in ninth place on the 20 club Premier League table, with Cameron playing all 37 matches and scoring a goal in a 4-1 win over Aston Villa this March. As one of the best defenders on the team, he’s become popular among fans, participating in Stoke-area charities and is featured prominently in the ad campaign for the club’s 2014/15 kit (uniform).

He first began training with the national team in 2009, but injuries prevented him from having a chance to join the team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Since then, he has worked his way into the Yanks starting XI as a regular, particularly under Klinsmann’s leadership, the former West German/German star who was named head coach of his adopted country’s team in 2011.

The 28-year old Cameron and the USMNT are currently holding a training camp in Calif. to prepare for the World Cup. They will play three friendlies on May 27 against Azerbaijan, which they won 2-0, on June 1 against Turkey, and on June 7 against Nigeria, before heading off to Brazil. There, the Americans will compete in Group G, nicknamed the “Group of Death” for its level of difficulty, where they’ll have to face off against European powerhouses Germany and Portugal as well as perennial African leaders Ghana.

“It’s always great when someone from the area can elevate their game to the highest level. There’s talent all over the country and this area is no different,” said Ryan Lanigan, editor-in-chief of Hockomock Sports, who recognized Cameron for taking a “relatively normal” path to soccer greatness, continuing his success from the MLS in England, and earned his spot on the national team.

“I think that it shows that if you’re good enough it doesn’t matter where in the country you’re from, you’ll find success,” added Lanigan.

“A lot of [soccer] players in the area look up to him and a lot of players have met him and are close friends with Geoff, so he’s making a lot of people proud,” said Grimes, adding it brings positive attention to the programs he was involved with.

The World Cup begins on June 12, but the U.S. will start the tournament June 16 when they take on Ghana, who eliminated the Americans in the 2010 Round of 16 with a 2-1 win.

Europe Trip 2014

Europe Trip 2014 photo

Students pose in Lisbon’s Praça do Comércio. (Photo/Heather Funk)

By: Cameron Merritt

Over April vacation, a group of 50 AHS students, staff, and staff family members embarked on an 11 day tour, which took them to three of Europe’s major cities: Lisbon, Portugal, Madrid, Spain, and Paris, France. For those who had the chance to embark on the trip to the Old World, the experience was “unforgettable.”

“I thought it was a really good experience; it gave everyone who went the opportunity to travel and see and do things they couldn’t in America,” said sophomore Marie Urmson.

An annual event, the Europe Trip at AHS has been going on for over 20 years and is organized by former history teacher Ms. Naomi Cordell and Foreign Language Department Head Mr. Peter Pereira. Joining them as chaperons this year were Spanish teacher Ms. Karen Pereira, science teacher Mrs. Catherine Botsford-Milne, AHS secretary Mrs. Linda Monast, and School Within a School educator Mrs. Nancy Tella.

First announced in early May 2013, the trip was run through Boston-based educational travel company Explorica and the total cost per person was $3,031, which could be paid all at once, in smaller amounts, or in a monthly set amount over a series of 10 months.

Over the last year, Cordell and Pereira organized several meetings to help introduce the young travelers to one another and prepare them for the adventure ahead. The frequency of meetings increased as the day of departure drew nearer, with basic phrases in Portuguese, Spanish, and French being taught and dollars being exchanged for Euros, all in preparation for what lay ahead.

With Good Friday coming on April 18, the group decided to take advantage of the extra day off, departing from AHS after school on April 17 and heading to Logan International Airport for an overnight flight on Air France to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle International Airport.

After a few hours layover, they flew onward to their first destination of the vacation, Lisbon. Once in Lisbon, the group met up with Explorica Tour Director Heather Funk, a N.J. native currently residing in Greece, who would guide them through their entire voyage.

“Heather [Funk] is the nicest person I have ever met,” said senior Danielle Messere, adding, “She is so smart, which made her the perfect tour guide because she knew facts about everything [we saw].”

The group spent five days in Lisbon, exploring the sights of the city by bus and on foot, visiting the Castelo de São Jorge, a castle hundreds of years old which sits atop the de facto capitol city of Portugal; the Belem Tower; Monument to the Navigators; Jerónimos Monastery; and Europe’s largest indoor aquarium, the Oceanário de Lisboa. They also walked down the windy old streets of the Alfama quarter and explored the stores and restaurants of the Praça Dom Pedro IV and the surrounding downtown area.

Side trips were made outside of Lisbon, with the group travelling to the beach resort town of Cascais; the hilly town of Sintra, home to the Palácio Nacional da Pena, one of the former vacation castles of Portuguese royalty; and Fatima, home to the famous holy shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.

“My favorite part of Portugal was seeing all of the historical sites and having lots of free time,” said junior Ashley Perry, who described her time overall as “so much fun and different than what I’ve ever experienced.”

From Lisbon, the group traveled next by bus to Madrid, with a pit stop in Salamanca to break up the long drive. Though only there for an hour and a half, members were able to see some of the highlights of the city and its historic Universidad de Salamanca, including the library, cathedral, and Plaza Mayor, a main square which is in almost every Spanish town and city.

Once in Madrid, the group had a busy day of sightseeing as they visited the famed bullfighting ring Plaza Del Torros, Calle Mayor, Gran Vía, Cibeles Fountain, Alcala Gate, Columbus Square, the Palacio Real, where the king and queen of Spain host formal events, the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, considered to be the dead center of the country, and the Prado Art Museum.

“My favorite part of Spain was when we did the small walking tour of Madrid because I really love how in-tune with their culture Europeans are,” said senior Mike Pratt. In particular, he enjoyed the Cervantes Monument, celebrating famed Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes and his contributions to the Spanish language, as well as the Prado.

“[The Prado’s] not necessarily on the same level fame-wise with the Louvre, but I thought the paintings were just as incredible and I like that it also chronicled the history of the country through art,” said Pratt.

The last day in Spain consisted of a trip to historic Segovia, home to one of the best intact Roman aqueducts and Alcazar of Segovia, site of the coronation of Queen Isabel of Castilla and one of the models for Disney’s Cinderella Castle. That afternoon, the group headed back to Madrid to catch a flight to Paris for the final leg of the trip.

After settling in to the City of Lights, the group toured the city by foot, by bus, and by the Metro, going to see the Luxembourg Gardens, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, Champ de Mars, École Militaire, the site of the Bastille, Place Vendôme, the new Opera House, Arc de Triomphe, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. After spending some time around the tower, the group ascended it, most eventually making it all the way to the top. The Montmatre district hosted dinner and shopping while portraits and caricatures could be requested by the countless artists in the district’s main square.

“My favorite part of Paris was going to the Eiffel Tower, going to the top of it, and then going to get crêpes,” said senior Zachary St. Pierre, who summed up the experience as “amazing.”

The final day of the trip consisted of a trip to the largest and perhaps most famous art museum in the world, the Louvre, as well as a visit to the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame, a cruise on the Seine River, and dinner on the Champs-Élysées. A creamy, thin crust pizza-like specialty from France’s farthest Eastern, German-bordering region, Alsace, called flammeküeche, or flam for short, was tried.

“I really enjoyed the flam, which was surprising since I’m so picky with the food I like,” said senior Jessica Priesing, who added that it was “strange at first, but enjoyable.”

After some brief shopping time that night, and time to walk around the Avenue de Flandres and the canal near the hotel the next morning, it was time to head home. The exhausted group flew back to Boston and were back at AHS by 8 p.m. on April 27, the last day of April vacation.

“The trip was amazing and really a great life experience to gain an understanding of different cultures,” said junior Jonathan Turmel, adding that he “would definitely recommend it and go again.”

With another trip behind them, Cordell and Pereira have begun the steps to plan their journey for next April’s vacation, a 10 day trip to London, Normandy and Paris.

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COLLEGE REVIEW: Lyndon State College

A wall in front of one of the main buildings at Lyndon State College. (Photo/Cameron Merritt)

A wall in front of one of the main buildings at Lyndon State College. (Photo/Cameron Merritt)

By: Cameron Merritt

Lyndon State College is a public college in Lyndonville, Vt., located in the state’s Northeast Kingdom region. One of five Vermont State Colleges, Lyndon has a student body of a little less than 1,600. The campus sits on a hill overlooking the town, with views of nearby mountains.

The average annual cost for out-of-state students is around $29,106, however, as a member of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), the college is able to offer $6,000 tuition discounts to New England students majoring in certain programs not available in their home state. For Mass. students, the NEBHE eligible majors are Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, Electronic Journalism Arts, Mountain Recreation Management, Music Business and Industry, and Sustainability Studies. According to their website, about 89 percent of the student body receives some form of student aide.

The Electronic Journalism Arts (EJA) program is nationally-renowned, having been named to NewsPro’s Top 10 Journalism Schools in the Country list in their Dec. 2013 issue, alongside such major journalism schools as Syracuse and Northwestern. Lyndon runs its own nightly news broadcast for the surrounding area called News7, completely operated and produced by EJA students in the school’s television studio, as well as a news website called NewsLinc.

“ [What’s made the EJA program such a success] is the fact that the students here have to produce real news content on a daily basis and that that type of demand focuses their attention, hones their skills, and gives them the real world experience that they need when they graduate,” said Professor Tim Lewis, adding, “so when they land in whatever newsroom they’ve landed in, they’ve already been doing [their job] for a while and that has made all the difference in the various places that have hired our students.”

The Atmospheric Science/Meteorology major is another popular option at Lyndon, training students for weather forecasting both behind the scenes, such as for the National Weather Service, and on camera, with an alumni list that includes the The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, NECN’s Tim Kelley and WCVB’s Cindy Fitzgibbon. The students make their own forecasts and deploy a daily weather balloon from the school’s weather Observation Deck, open to all students at any time.

The school offers some Vermont-unique programs such as Mountain Recreation Management, which teaches students the ins and outs of working for and running ski resorts and other outdoor activity centers, many of which are located nearby or over the border in New Hampshire. The Music Business and Industry major gives students the opportunity to experience the ins and outs of the music industry, including running the school’s full-fledged recording studio, where all interested students use the facilities to record their musical talent.

While not a part of the NEBHE program, another popular degree program is Exercise Science, which trains students in the fields of personal, physical and athletic training. Students’ gain work experience in the area of personal training by working with students and staff, who can sign up for free, on scheduled exercise regiments like they’d experience in the real world. The school has a popular Education degree program, with a 2012 graduate survey by the school reporting a 100 percent job placement rate in the major.

Students who come from outside the Lyndon area must live on campus for their freshman and sophomore years but freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus. Parking for all students living on campus is free. It is a “wet campus,” with students over the age of 21 legally allowed to have alcohol, while underage drinking is strictly prohibited. The school has a one-week break every six weeks, in Oct., Feb. and April, as well as the standard winter break.

Admission is rolling, starting in Sept. and continues into May for the upcoming fall semester. Every Sept., prospective students can learn more about the school at their website, www.lyndonstate.edu.


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Boys Tennis to Host Badminton Tournament

Poster advertising the badminton tournament, with previous March 5 date on it. (Created by Brent Proulx)

Poster advertising the badminton tournament, with previous March 5 date on it. (Created by Brent Proulx)

By: Cameron Merritt

Tonight, the AHS Boys’ tennis team will host a badminton tournament as a fundraiser for team costs. The tournament was the idea of one of the captains, senior Brian Lussier.

“I wanted [to create] something fun that I know people would get into that could relate to tennis. So, [I figured] badminton worked,” said Lussier.

“[When Lussier told me about the tournament] I was pretty excited,” said tennis player and junior Eric Carey, adding, “I love badminton, it’s a pretty awesome sport and we definitely need the money for our team and it’s kind of exciting.”

Badminton, similar to tennis, shares many of the same rules as its parent sport. It’s played on a smaller court than tennis, with smaller rackets and a small ball with a cone-shaped plastic webbing called a shuttlecock.

Players will compete in pairs in a two-on-two format. Within a week of announcing the tournament, Lussier said they already had “at least 10 teams” signed up to participate. Currently there are 32 teams.

The tournament is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the large gym, and admission costs $2.

Players paid $5, and participation was open to both students and staff. Teams could be made up of  a mix of both. Water, snacks and baked goods will be on sale during the games, with all proceeds going to benefit the team.