Science department welcomes new teacher

Khadajah Williams ’16

Staff Reporter

A few weeks ago Ms.Caroline Chedid – Nader joined the teaching staff. She has taken over for Mr. Farhney as he fills the empty space Mr. Purgatory left during the school year.

She is the only female teaching in the science department. If you ever have the opportunity to walk past Mr. Cusumano’s door during 4B lunch you will see that she getting treated like one of the guys as they eat and have a good time together. “They are a cool group of guys, they have made me feel more then welcome to the school” said Nader.

It was easy for the teachers to welcome her with open arms as well as the students. “She is a great teacher she really knows how to break down biology in a way that I can understand” Jules Mohfet said. She not only teaches biology but health as well.

Nader is very much committed to teaching, Nader says it one of her passions in life. She commuted from Canada to Wayne State everyday for her college degree in teaching. She recently moved to America nine months ago.

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How do you feel about the snow?

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Barton leads students to success, careers

Robert Swetlic ’16

Associate Editor 

As part of the Career Technical Education (CTE) program, South Lake High School’s long standing Automotive Technology  program continues to thrive and prepare students for careers in engineering and mechanics. A prime example of the program’s benefit is Senior Tony Kirchner.

Kirchner is a third year auto student. His father and grandfather both drove semi trucks and thier passion  for commercial trucks was Kirchner’s inspiration to enroll in Auto his Sophomore year.

“It was really my grandpa and my dad who got me into cars and car repair,” said Kirchner.

Kirchner said in his past three years of Auto Shop he has worked on almost all the cars that have come through the garage.  “I really like all of the hands-on experience that you get in auto,” said Kirchner. “Mr. Barton has helped me a lot, he taught me more things beyond the basics when it comes to fixing cars,” Kirchner added.

Nathaniel Barton has been the director of the program for the past seven years. “[In Auto Shop] The kids get real hands on experience working on cars.” said Barton. Barton says that for the select students that are choosing to make mechanics their career path, it’s important that they are knowledgeable about the trade so they are prepared to speak to future employers.

To give the students a real world look at hand-modified cars and mechanic’s work, Barton took his students to Detroit’s 63rd annual Autorama.  The Detroit Autorama is put on by the Michigan Hot Rod Association. It is held at Cobo Center in Downtown. The auto show features all hot rods, modified classics , and real people that have years of car repair under their belt.

“My favorite part was probably seeing everyone’s hard work,” said Kirchner. “I think how unique some of the designs are is cool.”

All students are welcome to join autoshop after freshmen year. It offers a rich, hands on experience to prepare students to attain certificates and degrees in mechanics. “Anyone with dedication and a passion for cars can join auto.” says Barton.

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Going through Lancer withdrawals?

Do you miss reading the Lancer? Do you have the Spring Break Blues? Well cheer up! The Lancer print issue from February is now available for viewing on here

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Chef Shepherd cooks up success

Lisa Ruge ’14

Executive Editor; Newspaper

Since the start of the 2013-2014 school year at South Lake High School, a lot of new people have been seen around the building. One new teacher in particular has made a heartwarming effort to get his students more involved in the community, culinary arts teacher Darrel Shepherd.

Starting with a clean slate, he, with the help of culinary assistant Marsha Salome and students, redesigned the program and reopened the Lakefront Bistro in late October 2013. “Chef” as the entire building refers to him, has created an environment  where students learn all about the professionalism and fun that comes with running a community restaurant right in their high school.  In just his first year,  Shepherd’s ultimate goals are already well on their way to realization.

As he told his students during the first week, “Two main things we will do together at South Lake are: 1. we will have the best student run restaurant in the state and still have fun every day. 2. we will use our restaurant to form a bridge to the community so that our neighbors can see what great things are happening at South Lake.”

By creating a rotating staff system that allows his students to switch up their duties for the restaurant every two weeks he encourages  everyone to work together and hone their skills in every aspect of restaurant management,  both  dining room and  kitchen.

Senior Nadiyah Jordan appreciates the changes that have happened to the program since her sophomore year. “We never did anything outside of learning basics last year, she said.   It’s a lot more hands-on and it’s becoming one of my favorite classes to go to during my day.”

Students cook for, and run the bistro’s display at all the events. Putting the proceeds towards the Bistro’s fund for improvements to the curriculum, uniforms and other necessities. The Bistro staff is now also very involved in local charity. Leftover food is often donated to the Macomb Soup Kitchen and other organizations.

Last November, Chef Shepherd his wife Mary, four students, Principal Carmen Kennedy, and Shepherd’s mother Eleanore came to the high school Thanksgiving morning and cooked a full four course meal for over 250 people in need.  He then, along with Kennedy and  Eleanore Shepherd served the food at the community center.  “The people loved our food and were very grateful, it was one of the best Thanksgivings I have had.’ said Chef Shepherd.

Chef’s  passion for cooking and teaching come from home.  Eleanore Shepherd teaches  in Dearborn, and his grandfather owned multiple family-run bakeries throughout Michigan. However his tough-love teaching skills come from a boot-camp style program for adjudicated youths Chef Shepherd worked at before coming to South Lake.  “I enjoyed my time out there, my boys seemed to benefit from the job skills that we were able to teach them.”

Lakefront Bistro customers consist mostly of St.Clair Shores residents and surrounding community members. The price of a full meal including an entreé, soup, dessert and drink is only $6.00. With the helpings being large and made fresh, customers tend to become regulars after their first visit. Not only has the bistro re-opened to the public but has also started traveling to local events such as People’s Choice Award Chili Competition, Aqua Fest, and South Lake’s very own version of Arts Beats & Eats.

The Lakefront Bistro is now open most weeks during the school year from 10:30am to 1:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students make all food from scratch using recipes that chef assigns to separate groups of students, including his personal favorite “Italian Grandma recipes”   Anyone is welcome to come and join in on the unique experience of being cooked for and served by South Lake’s talented culinary arts students.

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High school students read at elementary schools

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NHS Blood Drive Photo Gallery

Senior Tyler Tapreck and Red Cross Nurse prepare to give one pint of blood, which can save up to three lives.
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Cinderella Photo Gallery

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New Robotics Team impresses at first competition

Kiera Yaden ’15

Staff Reporter

Less than two months ago the robotics team, fondly named The Mighty CavBots from the Mechatronics class, had not even begun to build their robot. And now, they have excelled in their first competition by making the semifinals and winning a trophy.

From February 27th through March 1st, the Mighty CavBots competed at Center Line High School.  In this remarkable atmosphere, the team thrived and were surprised at the generosity of the other teams as they lent them parts and tools they needed to improve their robot.

The CavBots gained two new alliance partners, both of which are very experienced teams, and are on their way to semi-finals the Foley Freeze, from Bishop Foley and Crevolution, the team from Utica.  The CavBots were awarded the Rookie Inspiration Award to celebrate that rookie team’s outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as in their community.

The CavBots won several matches during the competition and made it to the semi finals in Arial Assist, a sort of basketball, hockey and football competition.  In Arial Assist, the robots try to score goals while preventing their opponent from doing the same. Each year, the clubs build a new robot according to the requirements of the tournament.

According to coach James Ryan, “I cannot even put into words how proud I am of our team of students, especially when you consider the fact that twenty-six days ago, we did not have a working robot or end effector!”

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New board member appointed

Antonia Ruthenberg ‘15

Lancer Editor

Former South Lake student Kelly Gattuso was appointed  to replace retiring school board member Allan Innes in February..

Gattuso, a South Lake alumnus of 2001 states that she has had many great experiences at South Lake. She attended fifth through twelfth grade and was a very involved student at South Lake. She was in many sports and activities such as cheerleading, band, swim and diving, track, environmental club, drama club, and the student summit.

Even after graduating from Wayne State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, she wanted to be a part of something that could make her more informed as a teacher and parent. Now, teaching first grade at Van Dyke Public Schools and teaching literacy and science camps through the MISD for South Lake, she found a way back into the South Lake community as a member of the board.

When asked about what she can bring to the board, Gattuso responded, “I would like to bring all the positive experiences that I had going through South Lake.”  “(I have) experience and knowledge of teaching, and the views of a young parent with young children who are just starting their education at South Lake.” Gattuso said being a graduate, the district is very important to her and to be a part of some positive changes for her children now becoming involved in the school system.

“I believe that it is my responsibility to listen and learn.” said Gattuso regarding her appointment. “Above everything, my responsibility is to ensure that all students at South Lake have the best opportunities and experiences that I was given here in order to succeed and be successful.”

According to Gattuso, the culture and the community of South Lake is very powerful. For many years, South Lake teachers and administrators have gone out of their way to make students feel welcomed, supported, and special. The most important thing is to continue that throughout the entire district for years to come.

Gattuso’s term will last until the November elections where four members, including Gattuso will be up for reelection.

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