Tim Carroll ’13
Editor in Chief
To hype up the school about fundraisers working for their organization, the Detroit Dog Rescue visited the high school, and they brought friends.
After Student Council began a fundraiser for the charity, called DDR for short, which rescues stray and abused dogs in Detroit, the founder of DDR Dan “Hush” Carlisle brought his team to speak to students about what they do and who they are. DDR also brought two dogs, Petey, Carlisle’s own dog and also Piglet, a four month old puppy. The Student Council began this fundraiser in May, selling paw prints for one dollar and also holding penny wars.
“I saw a problem and I wanted to fix it,” said Carlisle after the assembly. “Ms. Kennedy has always been a supporter of DDR and when she heard the Student Council was doing this fundraiser she picked up the phone and called me.” Carlisle added that the best part about working with the school is showing students they can attach themselves to cool, important charities like the DDR.
Carlisle also brought Alumni Lisa Penszynski, who works with the DDR, to speak to students. The Class of 2008 graduate, who handled Piglet, was very excited to be back at her old school.
“It feels good to come back and support the Cavaliers!” said Penszynski. “It’s all about making a difference for the people and for the animals and doing everything we can.”
Students were also excited about seeing and working with the DDR, including Senior Bonnie Holmes, who is on the Executive Board for Student Council.
“I really love animals and so does the rest of the E-Board so hearing about dogs on the street is really hard and we want to help,” said Holmes. “If we can raise money and help out these animals then that’s a really great thing we can do.” Holmes also said the best part about working with the DDR is knowing that the money raised has gone to a good cause and is helping animals find homes and get enough to eat.
Students can still donate change to their class sponsor or the student council and can still purchase paw prints to support the charity.
Senior Stephanie Johnstone is an avid photographer and has been published online, in print and been in showcases around Metro Detroit. The Lancer sat down with Johnstone for an interview and preview of her latest photos.
The Lancer: What is the best part about photography?
Johnstone: I like the fact that you can put your own spin on it and that even if two people were to take a picture of the same thing the pictures would be different. I like that I can have my own style.
L: What is your favorite subject to take photos of?
J: I really enjoy taking nature pictures. That’s kind of where I started off and I still enjoy it immensely. I just love the colors and textures of nature.
L: What is it like having your photos on display?
J: It’s really exciting! When I look at my pictures all I have is my own opinion, but when they are on display then I get to see what other people think if them. Getting feedback means a lot to me.
L: Why did you decide to take pictures of the fair?
J: I recently started playing around with the shutter speed on my camera and I always loved seeing the pictures that people take with glow sticks and stuff, light drawing. So, I figured that the fair, with all of its lights, would be a great place to do some of that kind of photography.
These photos were taken by Johnstone on May 18, 2013 at the St. Joan of Arc Fair.
Robert Swetlic ’16
For 11 years an annual art show known as Celebration of the Arts has been held. Large art easels decorated the hallways last week and various art pieces of all different flavors were displayed. Students who entered into the art contest had a chance to win ribbons for their work.
Senior Demetrius Few earned a second place ribbon for one of his artistic creations.
“Art isn’t always about how your work compares to others and how people judge it,” said Few. “It can be as good as you perceive it to be.”
Many students enter the Celebration of the Arts contest, but only a few people with exceptional skill win from each category.
“The categories you can win awards in are the same as the 3 levels of art; intro, intermediate and advanced.” said Art Teacher Erica Marotzke. Marotzke added that if there are students concerned about their art abilities, or lack thereof, most students are pleasantly surprised with the quality of their work and what they can accomplish with a little guidance.
“I am always a very proud ‘mom’ when it comes to the students at our school,” said Principal Carmen Kennedy. “I think its things like Celebration of the Arts that really set our school and our students apart from everyone else.”
Celebration of the Arts is held each spring, and features artwork from any students who wish to showcase their hard work. Year over year the turnout has increased and the Celebration is sure to be around for many more years to come.
This Friday, Avalon Elementary School with be hosting its first ever Avalon Carnival Fundraiser. Dawn Kolassa, Treasurer of the Avalon PTO, is expecting to see anywhere between 250-300 people at this event.
“The carnival is mainly for Avalon families, friends and neighbors but we always welcome the entire South Lake Community,” Klossa said, expressing her excitement.
Like a regular carnival, there will be many activities ranging from carnival games, a cake walk, train rides, shriner clowns and even The Amazing Flec, Avalon’s strolling performer/contract juggler who is an active member of the Detroit circus community and a regular performer at the Michigan Renaissance Festival each summer.
The PTO and the rest of the district are eagerly awaiting this Friday. All students are encouraged to come out and join the fun, Friday May 17th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Prices for the event are as follows:
Basket raffle tickets are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.
Carnival Tickets are $0.25 each.
Popcorn, popsicles & capri suns are 1 ticket each.
Train Rides are 2 tickets.
Cake walk is 2 tickets.
Carnival games are 1 ticket each.
Kym Shaffer ’15
Honors Night is an end-of-the-year event which is used to recognize student’s academic success and achievements. It is a venue in which classmen from all four grades put on their suits and ties and get rewarded for their hard work.
“It felt really good to win an award,” said Junior Jackie Cardno. “It made me want to continue doing a good job in my classes.” Cardno said winning awards is a definite confidence booster. “It reassures you that your hard work didn’t all go to waste,” Cardno added.
At Honors Night students can win multiple awards for stellar performance in their classes. Teachers must select two students from each other their classes to receive awards for their hard work throughout the year. There is also a special Senior Ceremony after the initial awards are given.
“[At Honors Night] Seniors collect their scholarship money,” said Math Teacher Marian Guracech “its very cool to see all the money that’s being given to our students to help provide a higher education.”
Senior Bonnie Holmes was one of the students who will be acknowledged at Honors Night for her scholarship.
“I won the Wayne State Gold Scholarship and I will receive $6000 for each year of college!” said Holmes. Holmes said although she is excited to start a new chapter in her life she will miss events like Honors Night that made her high school experience so special.
Honors Night will be taking place on Tuesday, May 13th. The underclassmen ceremony will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the Senior ceremony will be from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Diara Alexander ’13
One round down, one to go. Eight teams have been eliminated and eight remain standing. The remaining teams are the Spurs, Thunder, Warriors, Grizzlies, Heat, Knicks, Pacers, and Bulls. As every round come to an end you have to wonder about things such as upsets and big surprises. The series’ between the Nets and Bulls would definitely be the surprise, and the upset would be the Nuggets and Warriors series. The eight teams that were able to move on are the elite of the league and look to intrigue us with another exciting round of playoff basketball.
The most exciting series in my opinion would have to be the Bulls and Heat one. With all the history between the two teams along with the fact that the only team that could beat the heat, in a time span of about two months, were the Bulls. Even without their “superstar” the Bulls have had an exceptional season and they have tallied impressive wins over not only the Heat but the Lakers and the Thunder. This team, which was thought of as broken, has willed their way through an injury prone season and they will take their can-do attitude into the next round when they try to knock off the defending champs. The Heat on the other hand are the defending champs and aren’t the underdogs in this series. They will go into game one coming of an eight day rest and they split the series with the Bulls. They are still widely considered the favorites of not only this series but as the team to win the entire playoffs this year, and at the end of the day how can you logically bet against the best team in the league.
The Knicks and Pacers series is also being looked at as a really competitive series. Both teams are good at one side of the ball and mediocre at the other. The Knicks are an offensive juggernaut of a team while the Pacers depend on their defense to spark their offence. The Knicks biggest downfall on offence would be that they thrive on taking and making threes. As most analysts would tell you, you live by the three and you die by the three. The Pacers on the other hand have a well rounded offence and an active defense that disrupts passes and gets a lot of blocks. This series is probably the most evenly matched of the four current ones and it will definitely be exciting to watch as each game goes on.
In the west the more intriguing of the two series’ would be the one between the Grizzlies and Thunder. Two teams that have similar styles of play and each packed with superstars. The Grizzlies fighting behind their Defensive Player of The Year in Marc Gasol as the Thunder huddle around their three time Scoring Champ Kevin Durant. The Grizzlies, in my opinion, are the better team in this series for two reasons. One is that the Thunder are short one superstar in Russell Westbrook and they are a more fundamentally sound team. The Thunder will definitely put up a good fight but they just won’t have enough in the tank to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
The other series out west is between the Spurs and the Warriors. This is the old tale between old age and youth. The upcoming Warriors will try their best to beat the veterans, fundamentally sound Spurs. The most boring team possibly of all time is also one of the most successful teams as well. The Warriors are the youngest team in the league with a young superstar leading their team night in and night out. The Warriors aren’t the most successful franchise but when they are good they tend to have a history of knocking off top ranked teams. This series will probably go to the Spurs but only a fool would rule out the Warriors so soon.
The NBA Playoffs are one of the most interesting events in sports. Most years are rather predictable but others give us upsets and underdog stories like the 2007 Warriors becoming the first number eight seed to beat a number one seed in a seven game series. This year the underdog team is once again the Warriors who have a legitimate chance at making the Western Conference Finals. The other seven teams that have made it this far were projected to do so and each will work their hardest to keep their ultimate dreams possible…winning an NBA Championship.
Robert Swetlic ’16
Recently students from Mr. Bunting’s class competed in a competition sponsored by the Michigan First Credit Union. A team of five students, from our school, composed of Stephanie Johnstone, Bonnie Holmes, Katelyn McCoy, Brie Biafora and Tim Carroll took first place at the competition.
“We won a $75 gift card for placing first,” said Senior Katelyn McCoy. In addition to the monetary prize the team also received special recognition on the school’s Facebook page for their accomplishment. McCoy added that it was a really good experience and it gave them all a chance to work on their public speaking skills.
The purpose of the competition was to create a newsletter based off of market research and surveys. The newsletter was according the contestants, supposed to entice students 13-17 to open accounts with the Credit Union. The winning team’s newsletter is taken by the credit union and used as real advertising material.
“I think that this will show people how dedicated we are,” said Senior Stephanie Johnstone. “It showed how hard working myself and the other people from my team are,” said Johnstone.
The students were not the only ones happy about winning, their Marketing Teacher Jim Bunting was also excited about the win.
“Students get a chance to be creative and have a chance to earn prizes,” said Bunting. Bunting said a new competition is held every year and to get involved all you have to do is sign up for his marketing class.
Antonia Ruthenberg ’15
Senioritis is becoming one of the most widespread illness to ever hit High School. Seniors seem to be the only students susceptible to this. Symptoms include: becoming lazy, having a hard time getting out of bed and getting ready, lazy attitude about homework and schoolwork, apathy towards future, being overly social with peers, sadness and loss of interest in school, and others. Signs that a High School Senior may be developing this illness include poor grades, incomplete assignments, cut classes, increasing absences, concerns from teachers, and others. Please be aware if you or someone you know is developing this; graduation is the only way to cure it, so please be careful.
With Senior Skip Day behind them now, there isn’t much hope for seniors to last every day until graduation. Senior Ryan Seagram is definitely showing symptoms. “It hit me last month and honestly, I am not doing anything for any class except walking around in the halls.”
Seagram explains that Senioritis really isn’t the best thing. “It’s bad, you don’t want it to happen to you because it definitely leaves you slacking and you have to get all your work done at the last minute. So yeah, it’s bad.”
The conflicts of senioritis put extra stress on the seniors approaching graduation, and doubles the stress load on their teachers at the same time. It doesn’t sound very stressful being a senior, but it’s the breaking point of high school years.This is the year when you have to make sure that you look good on paper to prepare for college.
“You’re obviously excited for graduation,” explains Senior Devin Wehrwein, “and this is the year where you can not care and lay back and let school take you where you need to go.” In some cases, that could be true. But this could also be the year that matters the most to your future.
The school’s seniors are being hit hard with senioritis. The anxiety and anxiousness of graduating is coming fast as of now in the school year. Some of the seniors are cracking down, while others sit back and wait for the big day.
*Volunteers are needed for the Nautical Coast Clean-Up on Sunday, May 19, beginning at 8 am. Flyers are in the Main Office. A great community service opportunity!
*If any students plan to participate in Dual Enrollment for this upcoming fall, we encourage your applications to be submitted by June 1st.
*Seniors: Remember that you need 20 hours of community service to graduate.
*Seniors, if you have received a scholarship please let your counselor know as soon as possible. They need to know by Honors Night which will be held mid-May.
*Attention South Lake Students! Stop by your Michigan First Credit Union right here in the school to open your account. It only takes $10.00 minimum to open. When you open an account, you will be treated to free chips and juice.
*If you are planning a graduation party or other summer event and you need a tent rental, please consider using the Boy Scouts canopy ten rental. If you have questions, please pick up a flyer in the main office.
*If you ordered Graduation Announcements and have not picked them up, please do so in the main office.
*Attention Student Council—Class Officer applications for the 2014 school year are available in room 100. (till 5-8)
*Fit Club is cancelled for Wednesday and will take place this Thursday instead.