Thursday, October 5, 2017

Massabesic Spirit Week

By Rachael Bonia & Xander Morley
Edited By Cassidy Morrell
(School Life)

Spirit week for most schools is a time to have fun, and celebrate school and the beginning of the new school year. You can dress up and be silly, yet you are still supporting the school. Spirit week is a part of Homecoming week, which includes sports games, grade competitions, pep rallies, spirit week, and whole lot more fun!
Monday was the first day of MHS Spirit Week! The theme was “Sleeping Beauty” PJ Day. So many people were thrilled to stay in their PJ’s all day, and some people even took it a step further and put crazy onesies on that made them look really funny. People seemed to be all about the idea of wearing pjs to school!

Tuesday was a big and exciting day for people because it was “Monsters University” College Gear Day, which gave everyone an excuse to wear their college jerseys and support their sports teams or colleges. Throughout the whole school you could find people wearing college gear. Some people just wore their school jerseys, which is still supporting a school.
Wednesday was the third spirit day of the week. The theme for that day was Superheroes, “The Incredibles!” Most spirit week days were based off of Disney characters. Many people dressed up with capes or other sorts of outfits to show their superhero spirit. Most of them were cool, all were awesome! As you can see from the photo(s) below, they were very enthusiastic about dressing up to represent their superheroes.
Thursday was the fourth day of Spirit week. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum got their own spirit day, Twin day! You could twin with anyone of your choice for outfits, appearance, etc. Whatever you could use to match with someone, you were allowed to do. Many people matched with someone that day, and a couple of teacher dressed up to look like the Spice Girls! They were one one of the best dressers on Thursday. Normally, students will match t-shirts, pants, and shoes.


Friday was “Peter Pan/TinkerBell” Green and White Day. Everyone dressed up in their green and white to show school spirit! To add to it, there was a pep rally the same day at the end of the school day. We all sure showed school spirit, if you were there you probably know what we’re talking about. It was very similar to Tuesday because it was mostly all school spirit rather than people from Neverland. People didn’t really dress up for Peter Pan as much as anticipated, but you can’t win them all, folks
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Photography: Xander Morley

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Loco Ho-co Hallways!

Written by Cassidy Morrell, Bailey Baldwin, Angelli Bishop, and Kaylei Coughlin. Edited by Cassidy

The exciting afternoon at Massabesic High school, on a hot Thursday of September 28, consisted of many students of each grade coming together to create and display creative works of disney-themed art that were placed in different hallways of the school. The freshman’s theme was Moana, sophomores was Monsters Inc, juniors was Peter Pan, and our seniors was Alice in Wonderland. All four grades each demonstrated beautiful creations, and spent over 3+ hours devoting their time and energy into this fun-filled event.
There were a few requirements for each hallway, and all of them were very creative. Each grade had a “grab bag” full of random items that we had to incorporate into their hallway. For example, the freshmen had orange balloons, a rubber glove, paper plates, and golf balls! Teams  also had to make sure that the name of every kid in the grade was present in some way. In the freshman hallway, they placed the names on fish, sophomores put them on different “monsters,” juniors wrote them on stars and hung them, and finally, the seniors put them on individual cards, and strung them along a wall. This task was a bit challenging, but they all managed to find a way to complete it!
The freshman chose the theme of Moana. They stayed after for four days ranging from 8 to 16 hours spent on these designs. As you approach the Moana hallway, there are very elegant, dangling green and white streamers. As you continue to walk down the hall there is a large Teka design on the wall, a flower design that reads 2021, for the year they all graduate, a Giant golden and purple crab, a life size raft, a glowing waterfall, kaka moras, palm trees, lights, and a life size Moana. Overall the freshman put much effort and time into this design.
The seniors chose the theme of Alice in Wonderland. Hours of hard work were spent creating this marvelous event, and all throughout their were displays of detailed art and decorations. When you first approach the hallway there is a keyhole entrance that lets you see inside, as if you’re in the eyes of the character Alice. As you walk in, all along the hall walls are sheets of colors, along with pages from books, individual cards with the seniors’ names on them, Cheshire Cat, posters that name the clubs and sports that some of them participate in, and much more. But not only were the walls decorated, but there was even a tea party, with mushrooms, the Mad Hatter’s hat, the Castle of hearts, and many, many more exciting Alice in Wonderland references.
The Juniors, chose the theme of Peter Pan, located in the main hallway. The juniors did an amazing job by making sure that their hallway was action packed. They made sure to have some students actually dress up as some creatures from Peter Pan like the mermaids, which there was a student with a mermaid tail casually laying on the ground as a part of the set, and another student wearing a wolf themed headpiece! The juniors even went as a far as having a mini, white hut in their hallway. Overall, they definitely made sure to use every inch of hallway space they had, and did a really great job with their chosen theme.
The sophomores prepared a wonderful Monsters Inc. theme for their hallway, and it was filled with wonderful creations of the movie’s characters. Their handcrafted work was amazing and it displayed much effort into their hall. The big blue monster, Sully, was perfectly painted on a wood silhouette and the doors that hung from ceiling were each drawn to a great scale and a perfect resemblance to the movie. Overall, the tenth graders produced quality work and did a great job.
Further on, during the homecoming Pep Rally announcements were made on who had won the Hallway Decorating Competition. In fourth place we have the sophomores with the theme of Monsters Inc., third place was won by the Juniors with Peter Pan, second place was achieved by the freshmen with Moana, and lastly, our graduating seniors took first place with the theme of Alice and Wonderland.
To finalize, the pure effort and hard work was reflected among the Massabesic Hallway. This was one of the best ways to show great school spirit; learning how to work through problems with others, strategizing efficiently and using good communication skills to reach their goals. The outcome was excellent and the competition was a very close call. As incoming freshmen, we couldn’t be more excited for next year’s homecoming, and all the ones after it. 0929170707a.jpgIMG_0465.JPGIMG_0458.JPGIMG_0157.JPG

Last Minute Madness: A Homecoming Horror Story

By Elizabeth Goodrich
Edited by Emma Sweeney

My heart raced as I ran around the mall in pursuit of the perfect dress. Just 20 minutes before, I was getting off the ice, ending my hockey game with a loss in overtime. As someone with little to no free time and a rancor for shopping, it was no surprise I had waited until the very last minute to get my dress. Now, with the dance a little over two hours away, I was in a frenzy.
Frantically, I paced through the concourse of the mall, scanning through the stores for the ideal homecoming dress while my mom trailed close behind, barely able to keep up with my stride. My hope began to fade as we neared the end of the mall, still without a dress. We had one store left; Macy’s, and I prayed they would have what I was looking for. I dashed through the aisles, coming close to a sprint until finally we reached the dress section. I stood there in awe admiring all of the beautiful dresses before grabbing a few in my size and heading to the dressing room. There, I spent a good 20 minutes trying on, comparing, and re-trying on dresses until finally I settled for a simple-fitted white dress with a sparkle-embroidered upper half and a light, flowy skirt perfect for dancing in. Without delay, we scampered to the cash register and checked out. I left the store feeling accomplished by my purchase and eager to spend the rest of the night in my brand new dress.
My excitement was short-lived, however, when I got back into the car and looked at the clock on dashboard, realizing it was already 5:30! At this point, I began to panic. How on earth was I supposed to get home, get ready, and eat dinner all within an hour and 20 minutes? My mom, who sensed my unease, told me everything was going to be ok and assured me we’d make it home in time, though I can’t say I believed her. At this point, it felt as if the whole world was against me. Every stoplight we came to turned red, every intersection became busy when we arrived, and we got caught in traffic more times than I could count. Nonetheless, we made it home by 6:25, leaving me approximately 25 minutes to shower, eat dinner, do my hair and nails, and get to the dance. No pressure.
As soon as I got inside, I dashed into the bathroom, setting a new record for world’s fastest shower. After washing up, I got into my dress and put my hair up in a simple braided bun, abandoning my original hair plans that would have taken more time than I had to spare. On my way out the door, I scarfed down my dinner; a turkey and cheese sandwich.
Fortunately, I live close to the school, so I didn’t have to worry about a long drive. In the car, I finished painting my nails and put on all of my jewelry. When we finally arrived at the school, I met up with my friends and we got in line to get into the event.

At last, I made my way into the dance, no more than a few minutes late, the stress of the past few hours easing away as the gym doors shut behind me. I spent the rest of the evening dancing with friends, eating yummy baked goods, and having a great time.

MHS Homecoming Football Game.

By Jacob And Luc Beaulieu
Edited By Trevor Beals, Brady Cormier, and Andrew Holmquist
(MHS Sports)

    On September 29th, 2017, Massabesic High School had its homecoming football game. Unfortunately Massabesic was badly defeated by Edward Little from Auburn, with a score of thirty-six to zero. Even though the Mustangs lost this game, it was a great opportunity for many freshmen to see their first homecoming game and experience the excitement firsthand. Many students this year said that even though the Mustangs lost, they still had a great experience. You could sure tell that our team and fans had a huge amount of Mustang pride and spirit that night.
    In the first quarter of the game Edward Little scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion giving them a fifteen point lead over Massabesic, who had yet to score any points at all. Sadly, Edward Little scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter of the game. Although the did miss the extra point during one play, they still held a twenty-eight point lead over Massabesic who, again, failed to score. In the second half of the game, Edward Little scored only one touchdown during the third quarter with a two-point conversion bringing their score up to thirty-six. The final score was thirty-six for Edward Little and zero for Massabesic.
    On the field, the game was rough, Massabesic lost, and also, player number one, Owen Roberts, took a hard hit around the end of the game. Unfortunately we were not able to interview him, but we do hope that he is alright. The Massabesic player of the game was by far number twelve Isaac Desvergnes who switched from being a wide receiver to quarterback towards the end of the game.
    Sadly, the Mustangs lost this game pretty badly, but there is still plenty of time left in the season for them to pull off a win. Massabesic’s next game is against Bonny Eagle High School, on October 6th. Let’s hope that they’re victorious!!!!





Homecoming Dance 2017

By Emma Sweeney
Edited by Elizabeth Goodrich
(School Life)

The Homecoming Dance at Massabesic High School took place on Saturday, September 30th, in the West Gym, from 7-10 p.m. When you first walked into the building, you were swarmed by people all trying to get into the dance. After you made it through the mob of well-dressed high schoolers, you were then greeted by a teacher who took your dance ticket. Once you made it past the teachers, there was a small hallway that had lots of decorations left over from the hallway decorating contest. There were props from Monsters Inc., Moana, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. At the dance, there was a variety of snacks for you to munch on. They had cupcakes, cookies, popcorn, chips, and pretzels. In addition, each attendee was given two free bottles of water.
A decoration from the Monsters Inc. Hallway, along with some snacks.

You could hear the popular music blaring from the gym, and you could feel the bass from the loudspeakers. When you entered the gym, it was dark except for colorful laser and strobe lights that illuminated the area. If you weren’t blinded by the lights shining directly into your eyes, you could see students dancing. There was a large group of people by the speakers dancing and singing along to the music. Lots of friends met up, and they danced and hung out together.
In order from left to right: Emma Sweeney, Zoe Seward, Xander Morley, Annabelle Deveau

For my first Homecoming Dance, I will say that it was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I went. I got to dress up, and hang out with my friends. As a freshman, I was nervous that there would be lots of seniors there, and they would be intimidating, but I had a great time and did a lot of dancing! I would recommend everyone goes to Homecoming next year.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Advice With Bryce- Eighth Grader Edition

For our final edition, we are giving advice to the eighth graders coming from the middle school.

Talk to your teacher if you need help, they are there for you, especially math. Just because they may not particularly like you, it's their job to help you, also don't type ANYTHING in comic sans. -Bryce

Take your work seriously, you are not treated like a child. Fooling around won't get you anywhere in high school, yes it's good to have fun, but there is a line between having fun and excessively fooling around in class. Teachers don't put up with it and they may kick you out of class. So just pay attention and do your work. -Demi

Don't be an idiot, don't pull stupid stunts that you know will get you in trouble. Do your work and behave, it's what everyone else is here to do. -Mia

NEVER wait until the last minute to do stuff. You'll end up very stressed and you'll lose sleep and it's just a bad time for everyone. -Bekah

Stay on top of your work and you will be okay. -Jake

Don't be scared going to a new school. High school can actually be fun if you have a positive mindset and work hard to stay on pace in all your classes. You can make a lot of new friends, so don't be shy or nervous even if you're the youngest group there. -Guinevere Cote

Try not to be lazy at the end of a semester, because you will be stuck doing the work in summer school or something like that. Just get your work done and you won't have to worry about it. -Zach (French is the best)

All that glitters is gold; only shooting stars break the mold. (Also do your homework and remember that friendships aren't always as strong as they seem.) -Allison


Dear Incoming Freshmen,
After finishing up a very busy and at times stressful Freshmen year, my words of wisdom for your transition from middle school to the high school would be to: do homework, ask questions, being popular isn’t everything, and have fun.
  1. It's ok to ask questions, if you don't know something right off the bat. Like if you don't understand the criteria/expectations, that your teacher is giving, rise your hand and ask for some help. The teacher's job is to help you learn things and if you don't understand they are there to help and support you.  If it gets to the point where you still don't understand, you can ask to come in for advisory or a study hall and you can get the additional help that you will need to be successful. Remember, most often the questions you have, another classmate could have too, so you could be helping others out as well as yourself.
  2. Every person out there has probably seen or heard of those typical “high school” stereotypes. Not everything you see in movies and read about in books is true. If you're worried that you won't be popular, like the girls/boys are in the movies, don't be because in real life nobody really cares. Most likely people are more worried about themselves, their classes, and school activities to worry about being popular or a big jock that everyone wants to date. If you do ever come across people who do care about being the most popular,  just walk the other way, you don't need them. Try and be yourself because that's more important.
  3. Homework is the word everyone hates to hear, but it's a reality, and it is really beneficial to helping you become academically successful. If you do your homework you're more likely to pass your tests and to get better guiding principle grades. Additionally, in the long run, it helps you see what you're capable of.  Your relationship with your teacher will grow stronger because they see that you're really trying your best and they are more apt to want to help you, if they see you have done the leg work.
  4. The final piece of wisdom that want to give you is have fun. Not everything has to be work, put some time into your work and then give yourself a break.  It is all about balance.  If you feel that you don't want to do the work at home make sure to have a study hall, so you can do it then.  The days that you are all caught-up and you don't have any work, just relax.
Transitioning to a new school is tough, but in the long run it's a blast. Here’s to a successful, and enjoyable first year of high school, Welcome Class of 2021!
  • Maija Jaakkola
The most helpful pieces of advice I can share is 1. Push yourself to do the best in all your classes. Ask for extra credit when you can, and be sure to finish all your work. Summer school is no fun. 2. Get involved! Try a new sport or club and don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. Most people will welcome you and encourage you to do your best. You don't want to look back and regret not trying anything new in high school. 3. Find who your real friends are and stick with them. The people you start the year with and the people you end it with can change, but sometimes it's a good change. Good luck class of 2021! -Alyssa

Child Bitten by Black Widow Spider

By Breanna Melanson

    On June 12, in Mendon, Massachusetts, 5 year old Kailyn Donovan was bitten by a black widow spider. A doctor prescribed her antibiotics, because, at the time, it only appeared to be a regular bug bite. However, when Kailyn developed a fever and unusual black bruising around the bite, her parents took her to the doctors again; this time, to an infectious disease doctor at Mass General.

Source: Boston Globe

    Although black widow spiders are rare in the northeast, this is not a lone occurrence. In 2015, a woman in Vermont was bitten by a black widow that she had apparently brought home in a bag of grapes, and, in 2016, the same happened to a New Hampshire woman.
Source: ABC news

    The spiders are usually not deadly to humans, and the young girl is expected to make a full recovery. However, this can serve as a warning to others. Black widows are more common in the south and west, but every so often, they can make their way to New England. If you think an insect bite is bad, make sure to check with your doctor.

2017 Graduation and Achievements

By Julia Gregoire
Edited by Trie Yale
(School life)

    This year Massabesic said a final goodbye to the class of 2017 as they move on to many more exciting things. This year was special as we had three foreign exchange students.
As many students are sad their four years of high school have gone by so fast. They will miss friends and teachers left behind. Although there are many more wonderful opportunities to look forward to in the future. Whether that's college, work, or just experiencing new things and opening up to adulthood, Massabesic and the community congratulates you. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”- Og Mandino. I feel like this quote summarizes senior year saying that all that hard work you've put in for 13 years will bring you something better than any achievement you may have ever received. These seniors have worked very hard this year along with the past three years of high school, which is sometimes underestimated. There has been some amazing accomplishes by the seniors this year. Like top ten percent and class achievements.
Valedictorian: Leah Ryan.
Salutatorian: Hope Saucier
Honor Essayist: Emma Desrochers.
Top ten percent: Kyra-Mei Cartwright, Grady Connolly, Abigail Darling, Grace Gile, Zachariah Harding, Kathleen Harper, Devyn Heathcote, Morgan Houk, Sarah Howe, Emily Kelley, Joanna LaFrance, Anna Lane, Gabrielle Langlois, Emily Levesque, Lydia Marcotte,  Lindsey Marquis, Michelle Radley, Aspen Reinauer, Elizabeth Schepis, Natalie Thayer, Jessica Toome, Thyme Whitten, Colby Williams.
Congrats class of 2017!!!!

Filly Lacrosse

By Trie Yale
Edited by Julia Gregoire
School Life

         Filly lacrosse is a program for young girls grades 2-6, but they might have grades kindergarten and 1st join next season. The Massabesic High School girls lacrosse teams are the coaches. The program is put on by Denise Benton and Coach Bowen. The Filly lacrosse program was started in the 6 year period between 2006 and 2012. Every Monday and Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 at the high school; everyone meets and then separates into their teams. Basic stick skills are taught, such as: throwing, catching, cradling, and scooping. Teamwork and good sportsmanship are also things learned by the girls participating in this amazing program. The purpose of Filly lacrosse is to give girls the necessary skills and to prepare them for the middle school level.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

By Arie Moore
Edited By Allison Blair

As summer draws closer some amazing and hilarious movies have come out, and this movie is definitely on both of those spectrums. With amazing humor and fantastic acting this sequel definitely blew everyone away. Baby Groot was definitely a favorite with his adorable and ridiculous shenanigans. The whole movie was absolutely amazing.
Peter Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try to escape, the mystery of Peter's parentage is revealed. [IMDb summary]

How To Survive Freshman Year

Written & Edited by Bri Bernier

Freshman year is one most dread about, but you'd be happy to hear it's not as bad as you might think it is. The biggest thing I worried about was getting my schedule and finding my classes. If you have that concern, don't worry, you get a map of both buildings which helps a lot! Also, other students are traveling to classes as well so if you ask for help they can direct you to your class. Even though they don't want to admit it, some people also might be nervous that they'd get picked on since they're the “newbies” in the school. But not everything is like the movies, you're mostly around people in your grade and even if you aren't, everyone's nice and upperclassmen don't bite! It's perfectly fine to be nervous going into highschool, everyone is, but just know everything's gonna be fine and it's not as hard as you think!

How Was Your First Year At MHS?

By Trie Yale
Edited By Trie Yale
(School Life)

As 8th graders, we came into the high school not really knowing what it was really like. We had theories about how the year was going to go, and how we were going to be treated by the upper class men.  The high school hadn't been seen by many of us 8th graders, so it seemed like just a huge maze! Below will be interviews with three of our freshmen this year. I asked them how they thought their first year of high school was going to go, versus how their year actually went.

Interview with Emily Morin:

How did you think your first year of high school was going to go?- “Lost and bullied. I thought there was also going to be more freedom. I had a lot of worry coming into the high school, but it ended up not being as bad as I thought.”

How did your first year of high school actually go?- “Stress. Meltdowns; mental meltdowns two to three times a week.  Not a lot of social time out of school because I had so much homework over the weekends. Other than some of the stressful things, my first year at MHS was absolutely awesome. We went to states for field hockey which was an amazing experience. Overall my first year here was great!”

Interview with Julia Gregoire:

How did you think your first year of high school was going to go?- “I thought I was going to get lost daily, and struggle in my classes because people told me they were difficult. I was pretty worried about my first year, but I came in everyday and got lost a few times on the way.”

How did your first year of high school actually go?- “My weekends were basically just homework, so I didn't really have a lot of time to do the things I wanted to do. I thought I would be able to hang out with friends and go places, but most of the time I was stuck at home working. Overall, my first year was something I wouldn't take back because it was amazing experience.”

Interview with Maija Jaakkola:

How did you think your first year of high school was going to go?- “I thought there weren't going to be many rules, like in the movies. I thought we were going to be able to do most anything we wanted to do. When we got here though, it was like we were piled with a bunch of work; all just thrown at us at once.”

How did your first year of high school actually go?- “A lot of stress and work, and I didn't have much down time. In the beginning of the year I had a lot of stuff like sports and it was a lot to handle at once. Once sports ended it got a little better, but then I just had more work. But that is what high school is all about. Being independent and having enough grit to get through the year.”

London Building Rose To Flames

By Cameryn Stewart.

   The London 24-story Grendfell tower rose to flames killing 17 and injuring dozens of people. Many people who lived in the west London apartment building are still missing and rescue workers continue to search for the unaccounted for. The firefighters warned that the numbers of deaths would grow. After 37 residents of the building were in the hospital on Wednesday firefighters stated that it is unlikely for them to find anymore survivors.

     An Italian couple who moved to the building several months ago is still missing. The government has appealed for residents of the building to call a hotline as they account for everyone who might have been in the building when the fire broke out. The investigators continue to search through the burnt building with the help of search   dogs.

   Witnesses said they saw people jumping from the tower, screaming for help, waving a white t-shirt. A survivor of the fire recalls that she saw the smoke from the building coming in her room from under the door as a fire protocol told her to “stay put”, which stated for the residents to stay in their apartment is there was a fire somewhere else in the building. There are many questions on if the “stay put” protocol turned the fire more lethal. Firefighters are still trying to find the source of the fire.