Students (Volume 2: Summer 2013)

Rob Labb (Class of 2015 – East) was named the Plymouth Boys and Girls Club’s 2013 Youth of the Year.  “In the last year alone, Labbe has completed more than 100 hours of community service. If he isn’t helping out at food pantry or homeless shelter, he’s in the Club helping younger members with their homework and teaching them how to play basketball…As this year’s winner, he receives the $2,000 Stephen Magner Memorial Scholarship for post-secondary education. He also received the 99 Restaurant college pack – a $99 gift certificate and a $100 credit card.”

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Rob Labbe named Plymouth Boys and Girls Club’s 2013 Youth of the Year

Gibson Leavitt was selected to participate in the All-Cape Jazz Festival 4/10 – 4/11.

Krupa Patel Wins DAR Good Citizen Award

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Carol Vari, Krupa Patel and Mrs. Patel

The Good Citizen is awarded annually to a graduating senior. Males and females are eligible. The faculty selects three seniors who best exemplify outstanding qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in the school, home and community. From these three candidates, the senior class chooses the school’s good citizen. Krupa is President of Key Club and was voted Most Dedicated Member. She was the Co-Founder of Club de Libros. In basketball, Krupa was Varsity Captain and received the Most Improved Award and Coaches Award. Krupa chose to write her Extended Essay on Human Rights.

Chess Team

2013 Sturgis East Chess Team

2013 Sturgis East Chess Team

For the first time since 2006, Sturgis Charter Public School’s chess team won first place in the Southeast Conference Interscholastic Chess League Playoff held Tuesday, March 26 at Fairhaven High School.  The Southeast League is made up of high school teams from Fairhaven, Wareham, Martha’s Vineyard, New Bedford, and Dartmouth, as well as Sturgis.

Chess Team Members: Joey Benedict, Jonah Greenberg, Alasdair McEwen, Ben Johnson-Staub, Alex Lieberwirth, Michael Chan, Nick Borowski, Connor Antonellis, Connor Naples, Mitchell Burns, Robert Goydas, Alex Lloyd, Stephen Harnais and Jessica Bowse.

Community GardensGarden Project – Sturgis West

Lindsay Scott – Science West and Kristie Kapp, Sturgis West parent and Master Gardener received a grant from Cape Cod 5   to create a raised bed garden to be used as a laboratory that will facilitate a hands-on ecosystens approach to conceptualizing what students are learning in the classroom. The garden has been a huge success.  The garden crew harvested salad mix and and prepared it for delivery to the Faith Assembly Church community dinner for those in need.

Human Rights AcademyHuman Rights Academy   On Friday, April 26, 4 Sturgis East students returned to the Human Rights Academy conference, which had met in the fall to rev up students for a year of human rights projects. Haley Johnson, Ashleigh MacIsaac, Anna Pannell, and Skye Kuppig led an ice-breaker activity, then participated in the student group presentations (see slide show). After a lunchtime discussion about youth participation in Human Rights, the students sat and made peace flags, recording dreams for the school year ahead. It was bitter sweet, as the seniors, some of whom have participated for years, said their good byes to the HRA and began to make plans for Human Rights activities after graduation.

A-daddy-o-inside030813Brenna Joyce, East Class of 2013 and Daddy-O

Brenna Joyce aids rockabilly revival

“Most high school kids like to spend their weekend nights hanging with their friends, maybe texting the latest gossip, or trying to figure out what their next teenage exploit will be. Sturgis East Charter Public School senior Brenna Joyce loves doing stuff like that as well, but for the last four years many of her weekend nights have been spent performing with Daddy-O!, one of the area’s hottest rockabilly bands.

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Key Club Zumbathon A Resounding Success

Originally publishes in Sturgis StormWatch 27 May 2013
By Parth Patel

DSC07598The Sturgis East Key Club held a Zumbathon on Saturday May 11th as a fundraiser to support Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening diseases and their families. For those of you who don’t know, Zumba is a dance Fitness mini-marathon event that uses music and dance to help unite people, while having a party in the process! Zumba Fitness® leverages dances such as Salsa, Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Merengue, and hints of Flamenco, Calypso, Hip Hop, Celtic, Rock-n- Roll, and Belly Dancing. Zumba® is for all ages and all fitness levels.

Each day around the world, the Zumba program makes a positive impact on millions of people’s lives, and it’s in this spirit that Zumba was founded. The mission of Zumba is to foster charitable initiatives that raise funds and awareness for important global health causes, and to celebrate the joy of giving through dance, fitness, friendship and love. Powered by the energy and passion of its Zumba Instructor Network and Zumba fans worldwide, it has raised millions of dollars for breast cancer, motor neurone disease, heart health and more through thousands of Zumbathon charity events and other Zumba activities.
Zumbathon2The Zumbathon began at 1 P.M. when instructors began arriving through the doors of the Hyannis Youth & Community Center. The music was turned up and the Zumba instructors started dancing and urging people to Zumba along with them. There was great participation among everyone who came along to support the cause. There were teachers from Sturgis East as well as a great deal of students. Instructors took turns coordinating their dances, which were very upbeat and creative. At the end of the Zumbathon everyone was tired and dripping in sweat, but it was well worth it. Not only was there Zumba, but there was also a raffle which included gift cards and prizes from a variety of stores such as Ben & Jerry’s, The Silver Sea Horse, Trader Joe’s and Common Ground.
Rene King Introduces Drums Alive

Rene King Introduces Drums Alive

All in all, the event was a success in that it was entertaining and exciting and that it raised a lot of money for a great cause. Everyone who participated had a great time with their friends and family and everyone also had the opportunity to win great prizes during the raffle. The instructors were a crucial part of this Zumbathon and it would not be possible without them. Also, Sturgis East Key Club hosted a great event that brought a number of people together for a cause, which will provide a retreat for kids and families with life-threatening diseases.

The Zumbathon was made possible through the guidance, amazing energy and generosity of former Sturgis trustee, Rene King.
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Mock Trial – Sturgis East

Members: Joey Benedict, Lauren Benedict, Lauren Clingan, Kyle Coolidge, Benjamin Johnson-Staub, Dan Labbe, Sasha McEnaney, Anna Michael, Natalie Panasci, Julia Pollard, Holden Ramage, Abbie Titcomb, Hannah Trelegan,

Mock Trial Advisers: Bailey Cavanaugh and Brian Glenny

Model United Nations: An Incredible Experience

By Katie Curran, Class of 2016 – East

The following article was originally published in StormWatch  26 Mar 2013 and appears here with the author’s permission

From March 6-9, 2013, 55 Sturgis students, 41 from Sturgis East and 14 from West, attended the 39th annual National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference in New York City. MUN delegation leader Mr. Fetzer , hotel/transportation coordinator Mr. Hyer, and two Faculty advisors, Ms. Roselander and Ms. Cavanaugh, also went on the trip.

Every March, NHSMUN hosts 3,000 participants from 150 schools from over 20 countries to represent certain countries’ delegations in the United Nations. This year, Sturgis East represented Sudan and Yemen.  During this conference, these delegates participated in simulated committee meetings and plenary sessions. During the course of the four-day conference, each committee debated and discussed solutions to topics that the actual UN was facing, and each country had to collaborate with other delegates to come up with a draft resolution to the topic.

I personally represented the delegation of Sudan in the committee of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, otherwise known as UNIDO.

Each committee took part in high-level debates during the sessions, providing everyone with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the theory and practice of international relations first-hand. It was truly an eye-opening experience that gave me an insight into the United Nations.

I also attended various committee sessions similar to mine, in which we discussed “Sustainable Development in Developing Sub-Saharan African Countries.”  During moderated and unmoderated caucuses, delegations worked together to create a resolution paper that would address the issues that their committee was working on.

We spent 3 days in committee working together and finally came to a consensus on the final day.  All of the delegates went to the United Nations and voted on which resolution papers would be passed.  To conclude the conference, students spoke about the papers they had drafted and the countries voted on which resolutions the Model United Nations would pursue.  The opening and closing ceremonies were held in the UN General Assembly chamber, where actual UN diplomats convene every year.

In addition to the actual committee sessions, we heard a speech from Jim Ziolkowski, the founder, president, and CEO of “buildOn,” a non-profit organization that builds schools in developing countries while also running after school service programs in America’s toughest inner-cities.

On the last night, students were invited to the “Delegate Dance”.  Delegates dressed up and had one last hurrah with their new friends.  In addition to these events, Sturgis went out to dinner at Rockefeller Center. W had been staying at the beautiful Hilton Hotel on the Avenue of the Americas.

In all, simulations such as NHSMUN are invaluable educational tools, as they teach our future leaders about the United Nations and the international community through intensively researched debate with their peers in a setting moderated by students from the most elite universities.

NHSMUN was an incredible experience, and I will definitely return next year.  If it wasn’t for Sturgis, I would never have been offered this valuable and rewarding experience.

Pie Days Provide Help for Homeless – Sturgis West

Friends of the Library and Advisees from the Hernandez-Baden Advisory worked together to help the Hyannis Homeless.  With the help of Wes Baden’s enthusiasm for baking, students in the advisory made their own pies and helped to serve and sell sumptuous slices during the month of February. The pecan pie made by Sam Kookarian was a top seller on the last day of the month, but everyone’s delicious pies were quickly gobbled up and washed down with coffee provided by Friends of the Library. The money earned from the sale is being donated to the Barnstable County’s Homeless Prevention Council to help provide food cards, rent, heat, and clothing and shoes. Congratulations to everyone who made it such a success!

Rockland Trust Supports Business Leaders Club

Rockland Trust Supports Business Leaders Club

Rockland Trust Supports New Sturgis Business Leaders Club

Joanne Stelma, Branch Manager, (far right) presented a check to Nick Conti, Faculty Adviser of the Sturgis Business Leaders Club (far left). We greatly appreciate Rockland Trust’s support of the Sturgis Business Leaders Club. Students are  excited about their new club and  look forward to their business ventures to support Sturgis. In October they will are working with Kathleen Dolan of Splaine Dolan Fine Art to present a:

Silent Art Auction – An Artful Benefit for Sturgis

Saturday, October 5, 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Sturgis West Atrium

Mark your calendars for an afternoon filled with art, music and fine refreshments.  Featuring paintings and prints (some by very local artists) valued between $50 – $1,000. Wearable art including scarves and ties will also be available for purchase.

This fundraiser is made possible through the generous support of Kathleen Dolan, Director, Splaine Dolan Fine Art,

Latin 2 Mid Term CostumesRoman Elites

Ms Robinson’s Latin 2 students dressed as Roman elites for extra credit on the midterm exam. L-R Norway Dolan, Diana Milkey, Maddie Williams, Mary Lopicolo, Christian Reynolds

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