Creative Ventures (Summer 2016)

Ethan Bailey - All State Chorus

Ethan Bailey – All State Chorus

Ethan Bailey, Class of 2016 – West

Congratulations to Ethan Bailey for being invited to participate alongside top MA singers in the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association All-State Festival. Ethan is the first student from Sturgis West to qualify for All-State and received a nearly perfect score of 91/92 during his audition. The festival provided an opportunity for students to work with a renowned conductor as well as the composer of one of the performance pieces. The festival culminated in a final performance on Sunday at Symphony Hall Boston.

Cape Cod Art Association  Showcase of Cape Cod High School Students Best Work

Centuarea by Greta Nelson

Centuarea by Greta Nelson

Congratulations to Christiane Kuppig, Isabella Luff, Carlotta Maruca, Greta Nelson, Lindsay Rice, Samuel Smith, and Taylor Waugaman for winning awards at Cape Cod Art Association‘s annual student art show Beginnings 2016: A Showcase of Cape Cod High School Students Best Work. Eleven student pieces from each Cape high school were included in the invitational exhibit. The “Beginnings” show gives students the opportunity to display their work, meet with other student artists, share experiences and ideas, and receive recognition for their endeavors.

Recycling - Gregory Enriquez

Recycling – Gregory Enriquez

Carlos Capo and Gregory Enriquez Longtine

Thanks to Maintenance Crew Carlos Capo and Gregory Enriquez Longtine for making a difference at Sturgis East. Today they were spotted planting gardens. A special thanks to Chris Caton, Cheryll Nickerson and all the parents who donated mulch and garden supplies. Gregory is from Costa Rica where he became involved in recycling. At Sturgis, he hopes to create a more socially aware school culture about the importance of recycling by creating artistic sculptures and plastic bottle receptacles made from recycled materials.

East West Cafe 2016East West Coffeehouse

The 2016 East West Coffeehouse brought out a wonderful mix of East and West talent, who shared their passions for music, comedy, poetry, and speech to an atrium full of delighted students and parents. Donations from the show hit above the $100 mark, and will be turned over to the Made by Survivors Club to support their international charity work. The mission of Made by Survivors was expertly articulated by Abrianna Sigel in her opening speech about the group which saves young enslaved women and gives them hope and skills to create new lives as artisans. (Submitted by Laurie Carah, West Librarian)

Sander Goldman (1)Sander Goldman

Congratulations to Sander Goldman (Class of 2015) and current student at the Rhode Island School of Design for being selected as one of eight emerging artists in a Cape Cod ART Emerging Artists feature.

Guitar Club

Concert in the Pit 060Recently, Sturgis East Guitar Club and Animal Welfare Club hosted the 2nd Annual “Concert in the Pit” to benefit Zelda, the Sturgis Charter Sponsor Dog from Thailand. Featured musicians were: Jack Holland, David Giardin, Bobby Simmons, Paul Centeno and Tianna Smith with a Special Appearance by Sturgis Alumni, Paddo Devine. A big THANK YOU to all who attended and got to jam out with our outstanding Sturgis musicians! Special Thanks to Animal Welfare Club Seniors: Skye Kuppig, Isabella Roberge and Jack Rush for their wonderful leadership with this (and many other) amazing fund-raising events for the past two years. All proceeds from the concert go to the Dog and Cat Rescue Center in Koh Samui, Thailand. Keep on rockin’!! Message provided courtesy of Guitar Club.

International Francophonie Month

French event 3During March, in celebration of International Francophonie Month, IB French students had the opportunity to attend a lively rap performance and writing workshop by hip-hop artist Quebec Webster. His visit to Sturgis was made possible through Madame O’Keefe’s collaboration with the Québec Government Office in Boston. By teaching creative use of French through rap, Webster provides a gateway to better appreciation of the French language. While explaining the structure and form of classic hip-hop songs,  he introduced diverse literary tools such as metaphors, comparisons, rhythms and rhymes, debit and energy. Students were invited to produce and recite their own texts which Webster later performed in rap style. The objective of the workshop is to stimulate creativity  by giving students

tools to express their emotions in a poetical way.

Lucy Knox, Grade 9

Lucy Knox

Lucy Knox

Congratulations to freshman Lucy Knox whose poem “Savor the Now” is a winner in the 2016 Voices of Peace Poetry Contest. All winners were invited to read their poems at a public gathering last Saturday. During the event, participating teachers including Marsha Yalden were honored for keeping peace alive in the hearts and minds of their students.

“Savor the Now”

Breathe in.

Wait.

Breathe out.

Keep that breath for a while.

Save it.

Savor it.

You may never know what is to come.

So savor the now.

Savor how you are okay and how you are at Peace.

Because you may never know what is to come with the next breath.

The Love of Three Oranges and Still Life With Iris

LOTO_0431Congratulations to the cast and crews of The Love of Three Oranges and Still Life With Iris for presenting three great performances at Chatham Drama Guild this weekend. Many thanks to all who came out to support STAGE Left and Right despite wintry conditions and especially to the standing room crowd who gave a standing ovation throughout the performances on Saturday night! Photos courtesy of Meghan Borowski.

Isabella Luff (Class of 2016) and Francesca Luff (Class of 2018)

Congratulations to the artistic sister act of Isabella Luff (Class of 2016) and Francesca Luff (Class of 2018). They both received Honorable Mentions in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing awards. Honorable Mention is no small feat in a state-wide competition with 15,000 submissions!

Faith McGuireFaith McGuire, Class of 2019

Congratulations to Faith McGuire whose painting Mursi Girl will be printed in The Marble Collection: MA High School Magazine of the Arts.

SLWI_0164Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Festivals

On March 3, 2016, STAGE Left and Right (Sturgis East and West) attended the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Festivals preliminary rounds in Attleboro, MA.  Still Life With Iris by Steven Dietz and The Love of Three Oranges by Hillary DePiano performed to standing ovations and much praise!

Both shows had excellent performances and Sturgis West’s production of The Love of Three Oranges was selected to move on to semifinals! They will be competing and performing again on March 19 at Framingham High School.  This is a very exciting accomplishment, as only 3 of the 8 schools performing are selected to move on.

METG AwardsOther recognition awards were given to individuals in both casts:

East:

Shayna Leibowitz for her supporting role of Annabel Lee

Annie Lawrence for her costume design

Maura Coughlin for her props design

West:

LOTO_0453Nick Stewart for his role as Prince Tartaglia

Christian Muxica for his role as Truffaldino

Rose Blackwell for her musical compositions

Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association

Congratulations to Ethan Bailey for being invited to participate alongside top MA singers in the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association All-State Festival. Ethan is the first student from Sturgis West to qualify for All-State and received a nearly perfect score of 91/92 during his audition. The festival provided an opportunity for students to work with a renowned conductor as well as the composer of one of the performance pieces. The festival culminated in a final performance on Sunday at Symphony Hall Boston.

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud 2016

Poetry Out Loud 2016

Congratulations to all students who participated in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest yesterday. The recitations were wonderful. 1st place winner is Isabella Hassler. The runner up is Sophie Gibson. Isabella will move on to compete in the MA Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals on Sunday, March 6, 1:00 – 4:00 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.

Lindsey Rice

Lindsey Rice

Lindsay Rice, Class of 2016

Congratulations to IB Art senior Lindsay Rice who was awarded the Marcia Howe Memorial Art Scholarship from the Printmakers of Cape Cod for her portfolio submission.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Congratulations to the artistic sister act of Isabella Luff (Class of 2016) and Francesca Luff (Class of 2018). They both received Honorable Mentions in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing awards. Honorable Mention is no small feat in a state-wide competition with 15,000 submissions!

Senior IB Art Exhibit

East IB Art seniors held their first ever Senior IB art exhibit at the Guyer Art Barn on May 23. The exhibit was a week-long showing open to the public. The opening reception was a delightful success with teachers, staff, the local community and tourists’ strolling the space. The gallery atmosphere was enhanced by tourist and people walking through the exhibit and asking the young artists questions. The event featured snacks, drinks and live music performed by seniors Sam Levitt, Jonah Setzel and 2015 graduate Gibson Levet.

Towards the end of the evening a couple walked in thinking it was a gallery and asked Isabella Luff to draw their portrait which she graciously did and it turned out wonderfully. All of our students shined!

Spring on Main Street

Last Saturday, Sturgis students helped Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District celebrate their 4th annual Spring on Main Street event. Students had great fun handing out balloons, helping children with arts and crafts projects, volunteering as sidewalk chalk artists, musicians, singers, and face painters. Photos courtesy of Divya Sharma.

Fine Arts Fest 2016 Poster East (3)Gallery scene 2016 060Sturgis East and West Arts Festivals

Congratulations to all the actors. artists, dancers, musicians, singers and Fine Arts faculty who made the  Arts Festivals a great celebratory success last weekend. Thanks to Sturgis Parents Association for the delicious international lunch.

Bart Weisman, Jazz Bands – West

“Sturgis is so fortunate to have Bart Weisman as the Director of our Jazz Bands at Sturgis East.” Eric Hieser, Sturgis Executive Director

Musician Bart Weisman is a man for all seasons on Cape Cod

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