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hark ales MONOMOY REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL 75 Oak Street, Harwich, MA 02645

Jan. 16, 2015

Student Spotlight

Busy schedule for Erin Prescott By Laine Kotoski Opinion Editor

Erin Prescott, a ,junior, is the Student Spotlight for this issue of Shark Tales. Prescott was named as the Junior Student of the Month for October.

LOOKING GOOD--Monomoy Regional High School makes an impressive sight as it faces Oak Street. Staff Photo

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What has been the best part of the new school for you? “The best part of the new school has been having more class choices and being able to meet and interact with new people.” Do you participate in any school sports or clubs? If so, which ones? “I am the editor of the yearbook and photo editor for the student newspaper. I decorate for Spirit Committee, I tutor on Tuesdays after school with Mrs. Graham in Peer Tutoring, participate in Peer Leads, and I also run track in the spring.” What is your favorite quote? “’Friendship isn’t a big thing - it’s a million little things.’” - Author Unknown What is your favorite subject and why? “Personally, I enjoy math the most because there is a definitive answer and it will help me in my career path.” What are you most looking forward to this year? “I am most excited about prom in the spring as well as looking at colleges.” What is something not everyone knows about you? “I am a member of the American Cornhole Association, which is a game where you throw bean bags into a wooden board with holes in it.” What are some of your hobbies outside of school? “I like to take pictures and hang out with my friends. I also work at a restaurant in Harwich as a busser.” What are your plans after high school? “I would like to go to a college in the Northeast (NYC!) and study either Accounting or Business.”

New school opens for students By Erin Fishman News Editor

On September 4, 2014, Monomoy Regional High School (MRHS) opened its doors to students amidst a wave of novel sights and scents. Shoes scuffed against spotless linoleum as the antiseptic scent of newness permeated the lobby. Excited chatter filtered amongst students, exchanging details of their summers and comparing schedules. Overhead, a warm glow of natural lighting streamed through the tall windows of ‘Main Street’, the long corridor with a vaulted ceiling that runs lengthwise from the front to back of the first floor of the new school and gives the area almost a mall-like ambiance. As students gathered along Main Street, truly energized on their first day of school in the new facility, they seemed to embody the vision that all those responsible for the new school had in mind: Chatham, Harwich, and students from surrounding towns joined under one roof as Monomoy Sharks, ready to take on the world. Now that vision has become reality since Harwich and Chatham voted to regionalize in 2010 and officially became a district in July of 2012.

Groundbreaking on the campus of the former Harwich High School was in April of 2013. While Harwich High School students and staff had to put up with the disruption of the new building being constructed literally alongside the building in which they were still learning and teaching, students at Chatham High School dealt with plans to convert their middle school-high school campus into the district’s new middle school. Early drafts promised a new kind of school with high tech equipment and an ambitious mission plan. The price tag of $59 million for the school created lofty expectations, and these expectations have been met and exceeded. In fact, construction was completed in under two years, ahead of schedule and under budget. Sure, the material achievements are impressive: state of the art classrooms, Chromebooks for every student, and ‘team areas’ where students can socialize between classes and work independently with small groups during classes. But students and parents alike are excited about Monomoy for a larger reason. Continued on page 3

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Candidates share their views By Liam Smith Staff Writer

The week before the November election, US. Rep. Bill Keating, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, attorney John Chapman, battled for the votes of residents in the 9th Congressional District in a lively debate at Monomoy High School. Although most of the Monomoy students who attended the debate cannot vote, it gave students an opportunity to compare the candidates and what they represent as well as to see each candidate’s style in answering questions. The Oct. 29 debate, which was also open to the public, attracted some community members and the 650 seat auditorium was full. Sponsored by Monomoy’s Social Studies Department and coordinated by history teacher John Dickson, the hour long debate covered many important topics including education, the economy, the national debt, heath care, gun control, Cape Wind, and even the Ebola crisis. Senior Kalin Schultz moderated the debate and did a good job keeping the candidates on topic, reminding them about time limits and to let the other person speak before interrupting. Student panelists asked the questions. The panel included Jessica Wilson, Erika Venie, Meaghan Welchman, and Dalton Nickerson. In his opening statement, Keating talked about an experience he had while visiting soldiers in Iraq. Keating had an opportunity to meet an Iraqi informant who told Keating that he was helping the Americans so that his children could one day enjoy a good education. Keating urged students to have pride in their school and appreciate it because many countries around the world are not as fortunate to have such a strong education system. Chapman heated up the debate right from the start. In his opening statement, he criticized Congressman Keating. Chapman talked about how Keating is really part of the problem in Washington and votes with President Obama “93 percent of the time.” Chapman added, “Washington is broken,” and Chapman said he could fix it. The next topic involved the candidates’ plans to improve education in Massachusetts and was one of the few areas where candidates generally agreed. Keating said he want to make college affordable and make

POLITICAL LESSONS--Congressional candidate John Chapman (center left) and Congressman Bill Keating (center right), meet with students and staff after a formal debate at Monomoy. John Dickson Photo

federal loans easier to get for students. Keating emphasized the need to have a stronger community college and said the fact that Bridgewater State University is coming to Cape Cod is a good sign.

times that Republicans, in protest over Democratic spending measures, have refused to fund the government, thus forcing a shut down. Chapman said that spending in Washington has gotten out of hand and spending cuts

“As the last few debate topics came up, the candidates were in agreement in their support of gender equality, equal pay for equal work, and gay marriage.” The university is opening a campus in South Yarmouth which will offer its first courses in January. Chapman stated that he believes that the federal government should be involved in funding community colleges and state education systems. On a local issue, Chapman criticized Keating for voting to expand flood insurance, saying it hurts the wallets of working people in the community. Keating and Chapman then argued about Keating’s position on this with Keating saying that he voted to protect the citizens who live on low-lying land. Chapman kicked off the next topic about adding jobs and improving the economy with his plan to incorporate workforce training in the public and private sectors. Keating responded to Chapman by stating that he was the co-sponsor of a workforce bill for Massachusetts. Keating also stated that he was a “leader in congress for saving the fishing industry.” The growing national debt and the candidates’ plans to reduce it was another contentious topic. Keating aimed his criticism at his Republican opponent, saying that the debt crisis cannot be fixed by shutting down the government, a reference to the

are necessary. Finances also played a role in the candidates’ next sparring match. Weighing in on the Ebola crisis, Chapman said that Congress should be imposing travel bans and suspending visas for West African citizens. He also emphasized the need for hospitals in the nation to be prepared for the treatment of Ebola. Keating responded by stating that American forces are already over in West African countries combating the spread of Ebola. Keating also took the opportunity to criticize the Republicans for cutting funds for the National Institutes of Health, an organization that is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, and whose mission is to do medical research to improve health and safety in the country. Keating’s criticism was an attempt to put some of the blame for the Ebola crisis onto the Republicans. Next the candidates tackled a very popular topic with the younger age groups, raising the minimum wage. Since many Monomoy students have full-time jobs in the summer or part-time jobs during the school year, this exchange really caught their attention.

Keating stated that he believes Congress should raise the national minimum wage to10 dollars an hour. Chapman, on the other hand, does not support raising the minimum wage. Instead, he says that investing in community colleges and vocational technical schools will give young people a greater opportunity to earn more money. As the last few debate topics came up, the candidates were in agreement in their support of gender equality, equal pay for equal work, and gay marriage. However, they differed on their views regarding alternative energy. Chapman thinks that Congress should create more incentives for environment sustainability. He is opposed to the creation of the Cape Wind project because it is too expensive. Keating supports the Cape Wind Project, which he says will create a thousand jobs. And the wind turbines would create enough energy to power three quarters of the Cape, Keating added. Regarding the Affordable Care Act, or “Obama Care,” Keating ticked off a list of benefits, saying that it allows students to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26, gives senior citizens prescription drug benefits, and is reducing health care costs. Chapman vowed to help repeal the Affordable Care Act and said that it is increasing costs for businesses. The final question was on gun control. Chapman stated that he would not put any more regulation on guns. He also believes that the state should be in control of gun regulation. Keating responded by stating that just limiting gun control to the states won’t work because guns travel over state borders. He also believes that mental health and background checks should be in place for every gun owner. In their closing statements, Keating thanked panelists and asked the audience to realize that when he votes in Congress, he always votes for the people. Chapman closed out the debate by stating that the country needs change and Congress needs to change. He also stated that more jobs and less spending is the only way to lower our country’s debt. While the Monomoy students did not get to vote in this congressional election, they did have an excellent lesson in democracy as they watched two candidates for national office present their views.

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Principal Burkhead sees potential By Cecelia Kane Section Editor

“No stone will be unturned. I will commit to making sure our school is the best and that people want to come here, like coming here, and will enjoy the quality of the education they receive.” This is the philosophy of Bill Burkhead, the first ever principal of Monomoy Regional High School (MRHS). The new grades 8 -1 2 high school opened to students in September after the merger of the Harwich and Chatham school districts into Monomoy Regional School District. Although Burkhead did not officially start his job until July 1st, from the end of January when he was offered the position until the end of June, Burkhead continued as principal of Normandin Middle School in New Bedford and traveled back and forth from his home in Plymouth to Chatham and Harwich several times a week in order to be involved with important decisions and planning for the new school. As beautiful as the new stateof-the-art school is, there were still many challenges that had to be met and obstacles to overcome so that the school would open on time and offer its students an extensive academic curriculum and many opportunities to participate in sports and clubs. Now after four months into the school year with a new district, building, and principal, things seem to be going well for Monomoy. Principal Burkhead wants to keep it that way, and in fact, wants to make MRHS even better. Burkhead says that to continue to have a healthy culture here at Monomoy, there needs to be high expectations. Students should push themselves to their limits, Burkhead adds, and they should enjoy coming here every day. Since Monomoy is

ON THE JOB--Bill Burkhead, Monomoy’s first ever principal, is enthusiastic about the new school and is committed to making Monomoy “the best” school on Cape Cod. Erin Prescott Photo

new, Burkhead believes that everyone needs to learn about and decide on new and old traditions. Two key qualities that everyone who is part of Monomoy should have are pride and resilience, Burkhead

health teacher in the Massachusetts towns of Kingston, Canton, and Franklin. However, his experience does not stop there. He has also worked at Plymouth North High School where he held several posi-

“No stone will be unturned. I will commit to making sure our school is the best and that people want to come here, like coming here, and will enjoy the quality of the education they receive.” Principal Bill Burkhead says as he talks about his vision for the high school. “Everyone should be proud of our new district, so when we are faced with challenges, we will become stronger together,” he explains. Short term, Burkhead wants to establish more solid routines and a positive culture with high expectations of success. Long term, he wants to create more opportunities for students to learn, such as offering more AP classes and additional co-curricular activities. Working with students for years, Burkhead has held many positions in several school districts. He has worked as a physical education and

tions including adjustment counselor, athletic director, and assistant principal. Burkhead graduated from Springfield College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Additionally, at Bridgewater State University, Burkhead earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership. Despite the fact that Burkhead was perfectly happy as principal of the Normandin School, he decided last year to send in a job application for the principal opening for the brand new Monomoy Regional School District. Knowing that it was a very

unique position, Burkhead researched both Harwich and Chatham for weeks to learn every aspect possible about this potential opportunity and to determine whether the move would be right for him and the Monomoy district. Burkhead decided that he was the perfect fit for Monomoy and that he could help make the new district outstanding. While researching the history and traditions of each town, he found, “a high value in education. Both schools were run very well, and there was community support.” Burkhead’s love for Cape Cod helped to reinforce his decision to apply for the MRHS principal’s job. He has always enjoyed the Cape as he has been spending his summers here for many years. When Principal Burkhead is not busy working on school related responsibilities, he likes spending time with his family (he has two high school aged children,) running, exercising, and hunkering down to read a good book. Keeping a good tradition alive, Burkhead assures students and staff that he will indeed be swimming with the sharks this year. He loves the beach and swimming, and last year, was swimming in the icy waters of Plymouth Beach up until September 17th, just a week after a shark sighting. School has been in session for several months now, and even though there have been challenges, Burkhead “couldn’t be happier” and adds, “The potential of students and staff is even greater than I thought.” He also thinks that Monomoy is on the cutting edge technologically, but more importantly, the teachers and students are dedicated and invested. “We have all the tools to make this school one of the best in the state.”

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MRHS is a totally new environment for learning where students work collaboratively with teachers. Four classes each day allow for longer instruction sessions, whereas in some schools, students struggle to balance seven or eight periods in one day without time to absorb the material. The library/media center is a spacious, quiet environment for students to work and think. It offers a dozen touch screen computers, comfortable

couches, and multiple tables with laptop charging outlets. Large bay windows and skylights reduce the need for high electricity usage. Everything about MRHS is progressive, including its students. The diverse student body expanded this year to include the eighth grade within the high school. Of the school’s 640 students, 85 school-choice students pour in from the surrounding communities: Yarmouth, Osterville, even Sandwich to name a few. When asked why they chose to travel lengthy

commutes, the answer is usually the same: MRHS offers the most promising benefits compared to other Cape school districts. A club fair in the beginning of the year boasted numerous opportunities for students to get involved. The newspaper club, fishing club, and art club are just a sample of the cocurricular choices. Students can also create their own clubs, as senior Alex Sequin did. “I wanted to make a group for environmentalists like me,” she

explained. Sequin is the founder of MRHS’ Earth Club, which meets weekly to discuss ways to make Monomoy more eco-friendly. As for the mingling of the two districts, students seem to be enjoying making friends and meeting new teachers. “I think a lot of the Harwich kids are pretty rad, and I’m glad the melding went well,” junior Tucker McClain stated. Continued on page 4

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Mark Manion tells life & death story By Erin Fishman News Editor

He recalled the ticking of the wheels. The repetitive clicking as the spokes glided around and around, except the bike was bent and discarded in the grass. Its rider was bleeding, flirting with death, listening to that familiar tick instead of his cousin’s voice and waiting for an ending that did not come. Headlights sliced through the night and silhouetted the 17 year-old passenger of the vehicle. Tick. Tick. “You’re going to be okay,” the boy said. Did he even believe himself? He heard the sound of a phone call being made, footsteps crunching, headlights sweeping and fading in the night. Then, blackness. When Mark Manion woke up, his cousin was dead. The cross-country cycling adventure they had planned was a distant memory of the past. More pressingly, he could not move his limbs. The pieces of a horrifying story came together: the story of a group of teens who operated a vehicle while intoxicated. The story of a group of teens who ended the life of one young man and permanently maimed the other. Manion escaped the accident with a severe thigh gash, multiple broken bones, and internal decapitation, in which his skull separated from his top vertebrae. On the way to the hospital, the EMTs restarted his heart after multiple cardiac arrests. Manion lost mobility, rendering him completely paralyzed. The once independent, adventurous, and active young man found himself having to rely on doctors, nurses, and support personnel for their help with simple tasks such as eating and using the bathroom. It was a state of complete vulnerability, and one he never imagined himself in. But someone else made that choice for him. Forty years later, Manion travels across the country and

COMPELLING STORY--Mark Manion, center, shares a light moment with Principal Bill Burkhead (back right), School Resource Officer Tom Clarke, and students and staff. Angelina Chilaka Photo

presents his story at high schools, military bases, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, and churches. The students of Monomoy High School were on the receiving end of his harrowing presentation in the midst of the all-encompassing festivities of Homecoming Week. Manion’s story was a living testimony to students that the decisions they make affect not only themselves but others as well, and a reminder to students to stay sober as they enjoy the week’s Homecoming events.

“Some people ask if I was born in a wheelchair. I think if I was, my mother would have had to have had a cesarean section.” Mark Manion “How many people knew I was in a wheelchair when I came out here?” This is the first thing Manion asks, and students glance around, wondering if it is a trick question as Manion is very obviously sitting in a wheelchair on the stage in the high school

auditorium. Reluctantly, hands raise one by one. Manion is so used to his wheelchair now that it is almost an extension of his body, as natural as any other limb. “Some people ask if I was born in a wheelchair. I think if I was, my mother would have had to have had a cesarean section,” he jokes. Despite the tragic content of his presentation, students laugh as he makes some light of the situation. Manion effortlessly incorporates the audience as an active part of his speech; instead of lecturing about the dangers of driving impaired, he puts students in his shoes. I want you to imagine what it’s like to be paralyzed,” he says. “Stare straight ahead. You can’t turn your head or move an inch.” He pauses. “Now, imagine you have an itch on your cheek. Try to scratch it.” This was the reality Manion lived during the first five months of his hospitalization. Intensive rehab and a skilled set of doctors and nurses allowed him to regain enough mobility to use a walker, and then a cane. A year later, he was discharged from the hospital. For a while, life seemed to be regaining some semblance of normalcy. Manion settled down

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His opinion seems to be shared by much of the student body, many of whom socialize with students from outside of their previous districts. “There’s no reason for division,” junior Charles Kiernan added. “We’re all Monomoy now.” As for the sports teams, it is business as usual: the athletic department has been combined for several years now prior to the construction of the school. Student athletes have been showing great collaboration on and off the field. Students from both Harwich and Chatham also collaborated for some performing arts productions during the last two years. Aside from a fancy building, the most impressive aspects of Monomoy include its talented and diverse students and dedicated, hardworking teachers. Principal Bill Burkhead recently noted in a pep rally how proud he is of Monomoy’s students already. With its first year off to a great start, Monomoy Regional High School offers an exciting and promising future for its students.

with a wife and had two daughters. Although he still relied on a cane, he could perform many actions independently. That all changed one seemingly ordinary evening when he went to pick up a pizza for his family. “I didn’t notice that my foot had caught in the door,” Manion explains. Because his foot had gone completely numb, Manion fell forward and into the counter, breaking his neck. Manion never regained mobility in his legs. Again, the rug had been pulled out beneath his feet as he found himself faced with a whole new set of challenges. Manion reminds students that had he not been a victim of that first accident with drunken drivers, there is no way his foot would have gone numb if he had caught it in a door. Everything traces back to that first accident when a group of intoxicated teens killed Manion’s cousin and paralyzed Manion. It is this candid approach to the fragility of life that makes Manion’s words so effective. The nearsightedness during high school and the invincibility of adolescence are silent killers. “But don’t feel sorry for me,” he tells students. “I’ve had a great life.” Despite his handicap, Manion is enjoying a full, satisfying career as an author and speaker. “At theme parks, my party and I can skip lines,” he jokes, again adding a sense of humor most struggle to find in light of tragedy. Manion says he is okay. He is not perfect; he does not feign complacency with this debilitating injury. He does not pretend to feel normal, nor does he ignore the sympathetic glances or the unanswerable questions. He accepts that they are what they are. And still, he is okay. Because in the midst of death, somehow, Mark Manion found life. MONOMOY MUSICIANS STORMED DISTRICTS

Congratulations to the students who participated in the Senior Southeastern MA District Music Festival! The festival was held in East Bridgewater on January 9 and 10. Students endured a difficult audition process in November and seven Monomoy singers were selected to participate: Lillian McMurrer, Jasmine Vergara-Ullman, Samantha Minshall, Lawrence DiNoia, Garrett Sherman, Kyle Wisniewski, and Christian Pavlakis. Heather Gallant played the clarinet in the festival.

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Editorial

Students make a difference On October 29, 2014, just shy of a week before Election Day, a 9th Congressional District debate was held in the auditorium of Monomoy Regional High School. The debate involved Rep. William Keating (D) and John Chapman (R). Keating won the election the following week, but in terms of student impact, what was important about the debate at Monomoy is that it helped open the eyes of teens in our school about a variety of issues that affect them now or will affect them in the future such as the affordability of college, the economy and the job market, national debt, war and conflicts, minimum wage, gender and marriage equality, health care, the environment, and gun control. As high school students, improving education and college affordability are at the forefront of many ofour minds, but unfortunately, young people are not turning out to vote in large enough numbers to support politicians who will vote for issues that positively impact the youth of this country. With only 13% of 18-29 year olds voting in the 2014 midterm elections, it is clear that young people are the least interested or educated about politics in America. It is ironic really that 46 million young adults in America are eligible to vote compared with 39 million elderly people, yet 22% of those 65 or older voted in the 2014 midterm election. Young people are less likely to vote because many are enrolled in school in a place where they do not regularly reside. However, they have the option to file an absentee ballot in the community where they normally live. This enables youth (or any registered voter) to vote no matter where they are at the time of an election. Some voting districts require a photo ID, but most young people have some form of photo identification and should not use this as an excuse not to exercise their right to vote. One reason elderly people are more likely to vote is because it is a habit they have developed over many years, whereas teens might not have the experience yet to make voting part of their routine. It is also more “socially acceptable” for older adults to vote than it is for 18 year-olds who might think voting is not important to them or their peers. Older people generally have better transportation and have more time on their hands so it is easier for them to get to the polls according to USA TODAY. Additionally, senior citizens are very interested in preserving their Social Security and Medicare retirement benefits, so they make it a point to vote for candidates who support these entitlements. For 18-29 year-olds, Social Security and Medicare are not big issues. Although the majority of the students in our high school are not eligible to vote, it is still important that students stay involved and informed. Read the paper, follow your local politicians online via Twitter or Facebook, and participate in local political events such as town meetings or school committee meetings. Teens often fail to realize the correlation between the issues that impact them in terms of local, state, and national government and the influence that young people can have on affecting change by taking a stand. Stay involved; small changes add up. You can make a difference!

Roving Reporter

How can students become politically involved?

“Students can pay more attention in history class where they learn about the process and discover their own views.” Bitzi Windle, grade 12

“Grouping together and making sure your voice and opinions are heard on the issues that concern you.” Gabrielle Hurley, grade 11

“They can keep up with local and national politics and help advocate for local and national politicians.” Ben Baker, grade 8

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Special Olympics come to Monomoy By Erin Prescott Photo Editor

“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This is the Special Olympics oath, and it came to life in September when The Best Buddies and Peer Leaders of Monomoy Regional High School hosted a very successful Special Olympics. Schools from all over the Cape attended. The athletes played a number of games including football, soccer, and bowling. They also participated

in arts and crafts, which consisted of coloring and face painting. All the students who attended had a smile on their faces and you could tell they were having a great time. After the games, the Harwich Fire Department prepared lunch for all who participated. To finish off the day, there was an awards ceremony at which all students received medals. It was great to see how happy the athletes were when a medal was placed around their neck. Everyone is very excited for the Special Olympics to happen again next year.

OLYMPIANS--Special Olympics participants, Best Buddies, and Peer Leaders celebrate the success of their games. Devon Callahan Photo

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READY, SET, GO--The race begins for Olympics participants at Monomoy, which hosted the regional event. Devon Callahan Photo

Students earn computer certification Several students, with the support of Instructional Technology Specialist Diane Dorgan, have achieved the valuable credential Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. In the worldwide job market, MOS is a primary tool companies use to validate the proficiency of their employees in the latest technology. The certification helps employers select job candidates based on a globally recognized standard for verifying skills. In academia and in the business world, demonstrated skills in the powerful Office applications can be effectively used to determine academic preparedness and workforce readiness. Individuals with certification increase their own personal sense of accomplishment, while also conveying an important skill set for the competitive college admissions environment and for the job market. According to Mrs. Dorgan these students worked very hard using a rigorous certification exam book and an online program called Gmetrix which simulates the exam. To successfully prepare for this certification, students must be highly self-motivated and mature.

Look for Mr. Brown’s vest of the day By Caroline Atterstrom Staff Writer

If you take psychology, law, or history, then you might have Matt Brown for your teacher. He is easily recognized because Brown wears a vest almost every day. “I feel girded for battle,” he says, “and it covers my kevlar.” It’s that kind of humor that makes Brown and his classes popular. He is excited about teaching at the new Monomoy Regional High School and said he is “impressed by the quality of the building.” Some of the things Brown likes most about the new facility include the natural light, green, energy-saving features, and self-flushing toilets. “You have to admire a toilet that flushes itself,” he says. “It’s an example to all of us.” Regarding the merger of Harwich and Chatham school districts into

Monomoy, Brown said he is “optimistic” about the continued success of the regional district. “The joining of the two schools will create new opportunities for students, for teachers to teach what they care most about, and for staff members to create an exciting new place to learn. I am lucky to teach alongside so many talented people.” In addition to his teaching schedule, Brown is also head of the Social Studies Department. “It has been a challenge to take on so much this year, but all of the staff I’ve talked to who have taken on extra work this year are excited about the possibilities ahead.” While Brown’s enthusiasm for teaching is obvious to his students, what students also notice is that Brown loves music. In fact, he is a professional musician. He plays the fretless electric bass and the flute. He leads a jazz band, called “Matt Brown Jazz Trio,” and he also performs freelance.

READY FOR CLASS--Matt Brown waits for his students at the beginning of a new week at Monomoy. Caroline Atterstrom Photo

One other fascinating part of Brown’s life was that he traveled on a cruise with his band around Europe. He said he visited the “Baltic Ports, England, Scotland, Spain and Italy.” Before coming to Monomoy, Brown was a Social Studies teacher at Chatham High School, and prior to that he taught in Worcester where he lived from 1990 to 2007. Brown

studied Social Sciences at Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Social Science degree. Brown also has a Master of Education degree from Worcester State University. Brown is one interesting teacher. Consider taking one of his classes to see him in action or stop by and say hello. You definitely want to get to know him.

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ALS does not dictate Ellen C’s life exit the vehicle with ease. On her blog, Ellen discusses the technology around her home that enables her to do many actions mobile people take for granted: bathing, using the

By Erin Fishman News Editor

Ellen Corindia is a bilingual master of a language most people never acquire. A language that requires no spoken words and cannot be defined by syllables or variations of letters. Perpetually humbled by life, Corindia isn’t likely to recognize this although her bright and active brain is inhibited by her body. Words fall to pieces once they’re spoken aloud, sounding slurred or incoherent. However, Corindia isn’t trapped; in fact, she has achieved a sense of freedom most spend their lives searching for. Corindia was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (A.L.S.) 13 years ago after reporting preliminary symptoms to her doctor: numbness, pain, and occasionally slurred speech. Sets of tests later gave her the disheartening news that she has sporadic A.L.S., which means that no one in her family was previously diagnosed with the disease. A.L.S. is a degenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The oldest person living with A.L.S. is Stephen Hawking at age 72, but that kind of longevity is rare. Like Hawking, Corindia also has long-term A.L.S., which progresses slowly but with support from technology and caregivers, enables Corindia to live longer than those who have short-term ALS.. One thing Corindia made clear in a recent presentation to a group of Monomoy students is that her disease has not put her life on hold; she enjoys a variety of aerobic activities most people without a handicap find difficult: climbing, canoeing, and hiking, to name a few. She also has a boyfriend, Leif Moore, who assists her with many daily tasks. On her blog, [email protected] com, Corindia details the incredible adventures they have together. During the first half of the presentation, Corindia showed a video she made with compiled pictures of her

MAKING A DIFFERENCE--Monomoy students and staff donate money to the local ALS Association Chapter. Sandale Douglas Photo

friends and family, as well as places she has visited over the years. In one frame, Ellen is seen scaling a rock wall and navigating a canoe. She also participates in events put on by her local ALS Association chapter. After her presentation, Corindia answered questions from students. Each answer was heartfelt and sincere, yet honest about the impact of this disease on her life. One student asked what Corindia does in her free time, to which Corindia remarked: “I have time to reflect...I take two hour naps each day. I don’t have to justify this to anyone,” she joked. “‘Hey, I have ALS. I’m entitled to naps!’” Corindia’s faith is the most remarkable aspect of her character. She is devoted to her spiritual beliefs, which she states have only become stronger after her diagnosis. While many people in today’s world struggle to find a support system, whether in religion or elsewhere, Corindia has found her anchor and allows it to center and focus her. Some might wonder why God would punish someone with this disease, but Corindia says that she feels it is part of a plan for her. A plan to

bring happiness to people, to humble them, and allow them to recognize their blessings. Everyone who has met Corindia can agree that she has achieved and exceeded this goal. “My speech is still slurred; it’s kind of my own language,” she writes on her blog. When Corindia has trouble responding to questions, this is when Leif Moore steps in. He often helps “translate” what she is saying to students. Moore’s ability to listen and understand Corindia, speaks to their inseparable bond. At one point, a student asks what her favorite holiday is. Corindia begins to answer, but her speech seems like a spool of thread that is unraveling in her hands. Instead of becoming frustrated, she looks to Moore, a simple action that says so much. “Thanksgiving,” he answers after a pause. She smiles, a small gesture of their uncomplicated love for each other. In spite of her illness, Corindia says that she has a lot to be thankful for. ALS is an expensive disease, so her technology allows her to live as normally as possible. A speciallydesigned car allows her to enter and

bathroom, or eating. Support from her friends and family has enabled her to live the most comfortable life possible. At one point in her visit to Monomoy, English teacher Lisa ForteDoyle, presented Corindia with a check for $300 that had been raised by students and staff for the A.L.S. Family Charitable Fund. Forte-Doyle, a friend of Corinida’s, has been inviting Corindia into her English classes for several years after students have read “Tuesdays With Morrie”, a book about author Mitch Albom’s reconnection with his former professor who was dying from ALS. “Ellen is definitely our Morrie Schwartz, but she’s not dying. She is fully living! Every time she visits, I am uplifted and inspired. She is truly a personal hero,” Forte-Doyle says. Corindia’s compassion is displayed in her words, but more importantly, in what she does not say. How she watched the students while her video played, her charismatic laugh, her lively spirit that almost seemed too big for the classroom, that wonderful, boundless energy within her. It’s hard to take just one lesson away from Ellen Corindia’s presence because there are so many. A person’s struggle cannot be defined by “lessons” they teach us, nor should we exploit them as factories of inspirational quotes. In doing so, we forget that they are real people. Corindia’s handicap is plain to see, yet she doesn’t define it as her entire person. Her life, love, and passion resonate so much louder. She is a human: a complete person, who loves adventure, loves deeply, and laughs often. This is what is most fascinating about Ellen; not her disability, but her love affair with the world in spite of it.

Spirit Week features fun activities By Lauren Handel Features Editor

Homecoming 2014 for Monomoy Regional High School ( MRHS) was one that many students will never forget. The week leading up to the dance was booked with all kinds of fun filled activities that engaged and entertained each grade. Monomoy students kicked off Spirit Week with Twin Day on Tues-

day. Students and teachers alike dressed so similarly to their friends that you could hardly tell them apart. The Student Council was clever enough to organize a game of musical chairs that took place during each of the three lunch periods. On Wednesday, students gathered in the brand new MRHS gym, dubbed “The Shark Tank” for a spirit filled

pep rally. There were intense color wars with the eighth grade in yellow, freshmen in purple, sophomores in blue, juniors in red, and seniors in black. Each grade, proudly dressed in their color, watched a series of exciting events unfold in the gym. The fall pep rally for 2014 kicked off with the MRHS band playing music to get everyone into the home-

coming spirit. The seniors set the tone of pure excitement as they ran in like warriors, riding on each other’s shoulders and patting each other on the back. After this, the crowd watched as each sport showed off a humorous dance or skit that the athletes themselves had choreographed. The field Continued on page 9

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HAPPY ENDING--Jon and Lindsey re-discover each other at the end of ‘The Fantastics’ Sophie Clingan Photo

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OPENING SCENE--The moment the curtain goes up, the audience knows this is going to be an unusual treat. Sophie Clingan Photo

“The Fantasticks” earns five stars Board Operator was freshman Sophie Clingan. By Lauren Handel Features Editor The play features a boy (Jon Cornet), a girl (Lindsey Agnes), two Harwich Junior Theater put on a fathers (Daniel Fontneau and Peter spectacular performance of the play Milsky) and a wall (Karen Stewart). “The Fantasticks” for Monomoy Hints of humor and the spectacular Regional High School students. The productions of songs weaved their romantic comedy featured characters way throughout the play to hold the that the student could relate to as well audience’s attention. The boy and the as characters with a sense of humor. girl fall completely in love with each One actor and a few of the crew- other when the wall, which symbolmen are proud to call Monomoy izes the hate between their fathers, home. Lilly McMurrer, a senior, separates their houses. played one of the more humorous They know that their love was characters named Mortimer. The forbidden, so they love. Desiring Production Stage Manager was ju- something just because your parents nior Grace Fernandes and the Light tell you that you cannot have it is

nothing new to many of the teenagers in the audience, making the play even more appealing to them. When the wall is taken down, the excitement of their relationship is lost. The narrator, El Gallo, played by Ari Lew, then asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. After the boy and girl experience the harshness of the “real world” the young lovers find each other and appreciate the love that they have once again. El Gallo explains that hurting the lovers was a necessary part of their growing. One line of the song “Try to Remember” summarizes this very

well. “Deep in December it’s nice to remember / The fire of September that made us mellow.” Near the end of the play, one father suggests they tear down the wall again and El Gallo responds, “No. Leave the wall. Remember—you must always leave the wall.” By this he means that the appeal of love is lost if there are no obstacles to overcome. The pacing of this production was perfect and the actors were exceptional. The crowd seemed to follow the plot and they laughed at each and every joke. The Harwich Junior Theater’s production of “The Fantasticks” is recommended for anyone looking for an entertaining evening.

Students drink in African dance culture Community College who is enthusiastic about sharing her love for African dance and music with others. The rhythmic beat of drums and Students and teachers were quick to fast paced musical selections kept stustart clapping their hands and stompdents and staff tapping their feet and ing their feet as the program seemed for some, dancing on stage, when Tara to draw in the entire audience. Murphy and her African Dance and The presentation was part of the Drum Troupe presented a program at Wednesday Enrichment Program and Monomoy on Nov. 5. was coordinated by English teacher Murphy is an African American Lisa Forte-Doyle, who knows Murdance and drum teacher at Cape Cod phy and invited her to Monomoy. By Carly Holzricther Features Editor

DANCING AND DRUMMING--Tara Murphy and her African Dance and Drum Troupe present a lively program to students and staff at Monomoy. Sam Peckham Photo

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TWINS-- John Vagenas and Erika Venie enjoy some double fun on Twin Day. Erin Prescott Photo

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SENIOR PRIDE--Seniors show their enthusiasm during Spirit Week pep rally. Erin Prescott

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hockey team definitely stood out this year with their neon orange shirts, silver fin headbands, and an unforgettable performance. The girls and boys soccer, boys golf, and the cheerleaders also had fun performances. This year, instead of ‘ pie­ing’ a teacher in the face, the school decided to raise awareness for the ALS Foundation(www.alsa.org) by having a teacher take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Four teachers were nominated, and the one to receive the most donations in their name got the icy surprise. This turned out to be Andy Matheson, one of Monomoy’s

beloved History teachers. On Wednesday evening the bright lights lit up the turf for some more excitement. Competitive games of capture the flag were held for all grades and the junior girls had their traditional Powderpuff football game. There was no slowing down on Thursday. Students came to school dressed as something we all see daily in the summer: tourists. Ridiculous hats, ‘Cape Cod’ sweatshirts, binoculars, cameras, maps, and socks with sandals were just some of the accessories that could be seen that day. The junior class arranged for the Harlem

Wizards to come to the Shark Tank for the evening. They certainly added to the excitement with their use of audience participation, spontaneous humor, plus wild dunks that cannot even be seen in NBA games. The big dance started at 7 p.m. on Saturday and lasted until 10. The theme this year was “Out of This World”, and The Shark Tank was decorated accordingly. There were alien themed backdrops, paintings, and even balloons. The gentlemen were dressed in shirts, ties, and dress pants, and ladies wore beautiful,

classy dresses. Students had so much fun that the three hours just flew by. The DJ got the crowd excited and kept everything moving with good quality, upbeat music. By the end of the night, almost everyone there was dancing and jumping around to the music. Sadly, when it was all over students had to come back down to earth. The first Spirit Week and Homecoming held at the new Monomoy Regional High School was a great success, and students cannot wait for next year!

Wampanoags perform Native dances By Erin Fishman News Editor

On November 20th, the Native American Wampanoag tribe visited Monomoy High School to demonstrate native rituals, dances, and talk about the first Thanksgiving. Although most people assume that Native American practices are a thing of the past, many tribe members still live and practice their spirituality on Cape Cod. Mashpee contains a concentrated group of Wampanoag tribe members, and their offices also exist there. Many Wampanoag members descend from the Nauset Indians, many of whom live in Hyannis and Osterville. The town, school, and many landmarks on Cape are named after the Nauset tribe. The Wampanoag demonstration began with the introductions; one of the tribe members is from

Mashpee, while the others come from the Middleboro area. Each brought a unique element of Native American culture to the group, and they all fit together as a tribe seamlessly. The tribe members also listed their spirit animals, and what their name translates to in their language. For example, one member is referred to as “Flowing water”, or Danielle. The first half of the presentation demonstrated a ritual that involved using sound to convey emotion. The Wampanoags and other tribes use song to communicate, even without words. A unique pattern of high and low notes came together to form a song. Tribe members hummed as they moved around the stage, incorporating movement and speech. Music is a vital aspect of Native American culture; without it, Natives lose a part of their identity. Many sounds are created without instruments, using the voice or clapping of hands to create rhythm.

Another critical aspect of their culture is dance. The tribe briefly demonstrated simple dance moves, then asked for student volunteers to participate on stage. The feedback was overwhelming as students eagerly took up the opportunity, to the point where they had to cut off the number of students on stage. However, the program was still interactive for members of the audience. One tribe member led a chant, to which the audience responded by singing back. The first dance was simple, involving a group linking hands to form a circle and singing Native American chants. Next, volunteers were asked to partner up for a more challenging ritual. There was a bit of a learning curve to the next dance moves; students often stumbled as they mastered the “Mosquito Dance”. This involves dance partners linking hands and kicking their feet on alternating sides. Should the partners brush legs, it is said that they will be eaten by mos-

quitos. Some attempts were more successful than others, but the experience was still enjoyable to watch and participate in. Senior Alex Sequin commented, “The show was a fun experience. I learned a lot about Native American culture.” She also noted that she has Blackfoot Indian roots, so it was an especially significant experience for her. The hour flew by, and the experience seemed all too short to pack in the fascinating aspects of this native culture. It is important for students to examine cultural diversity on Cape Cod, especially since our home is such a historically significant landmark. Hopefully, this Native American presentation helped everyone think about the importance of the Cape’s first settlers, and their impact still today. We can also take a lesson from their book: sometimes, song, dance, and togetherness are enough to fulfill ourselves.

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READY TO PLAY BASKETBALL--The Wizards demonstrate fancy footwork and other cool moves as they prepare to take on Monomoy’s Sharknado Team. Erin Prescott Photo.

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ALL STARS--Sharknado team members from left included David Alexander, Social Studies teacher; Sam Hein, Harwich Elementary School Principal; Angie Chilaka, health teacher; and Monomoy Principal Bill Burkhead. Erin Prescott Photo

Wizards take on Sharknado

maica, King Arthur, Dp, and Rocket came onto the floor. Introduced last was the oldest Wizard on the team, When the Harlem Wizards come Tojo, who has been a Wizard player to town, everyone has fun. And that since 1967! was the case when the legendary Sharknado then brought out their Wizards came to Monomoy Regional starters: Scott Carpenter, SuperintenHigh School (MRHS) in October to dent of Monomoy Regional School meet Sharknado, a Monomoy team District; Bill Burkhead, Principal of made up of teachers, staff, administraMonomoy Regional High School; tors, and some MRHS students. Richard Houston, Social Studies While the Wizards came away teacher; Officer Tom Clarke, Monowith a 65-54 victory, everyone was a moy School Resource Officer; and winner in this game where fun was at Samantha Rafferty, Social Studies the top of the agenda. The Wizards teacher; visit to Monomoy was a fundraiser When jump off began, the Wizplanned by the junior class, which ards got the ball first and it was an immade out very well on ticket sales mediate dunk by Air Jamaica to start as the Wizards attracted a big crowd the game off strong. Team Sharknado to Monomoy’s new gym, the Shark had the ball, but it was intercepted Tank. by King Arthur who passed it to Air The Harlem Wizards are a basketJamaica for another dunk. Third shot ball team whose history goes back to was by the Wizards’ Rocket who had a nice jump shot to make the game 6-0. Air Jamaica scored two more times for the Wizards. Sharknado grabbed the ball and Rafferty turned the game over by putting the first points on the scoreboard for Sharks making the game 8-2. Air Jamaica brought the game into double digits with another dunk. Burkhead then took a shot but missed. However, he got the ball back and did an underhand toss for Sharknado’s second basket. King Arthur then gave the alley-oop to Air Jamaica. Clarke then grabbed the ball KEEPING THE BALL IN PLAY--Principal Bill Burkhead, left, and Social Studies teacher Sam and made a shot, but the ball got stuck Rafferty keep the ball away from the Wizards, while Superintendent Scott Carpenter, right, is in between the rim and the backboard, ready for defense. Erin Prescott Photo and that was the end of the exciting 1962 when it was created by sports your head, elbows out, and shaking first quarter. promoter, Howie Davis. Unlike most your hips or some variation of this. Second quarter started with the The Wizards’ newest players basketball teams, the Harlem Wizards score 14-4 for the Wizards. The vetare not primarily focused on win- were introduced first and included eran Tojo then shot a proud one for ning games; instead, their aim is to Mr. X- cellence and Zero Gravity. ‘Murica’ (America). Sharknado’s secentertain the crowd using a variety Then the older players like Air JaByJonathan Mede Staff Writer

of basketball tricks and alley-oops. The Wizards get the crowd involved, often bringing children out onto the floor to be part of a basketball trick. In a warm-up before the game, David Alexander, Sharknado player and Social Studies teacher, said, “I feel nervous, but it will be a good game.” The teams came out at 6:44 after a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem by senior Lily McMurrer. Sharknado and the Wizards both received a warm welcome from the crowd. It was immediately apparent that besides being a basketball team, the players are also dancers! The Wizards showed off their dance skills by shmoney dancing, a popular movement among professional athletes these days. Shmoney dancing involves raising up your hands towards

ond group started the second quarter and made a nice shot. Air Jamaica then put up two more baskets. Sam Hein, Harwich Elementary School Principal, was the third player to make a basket for team Sharknado. The Wizards then put two more shots in. Sharknado’s Alexander who attempted to shoot a three and missed, got a second chance-- missed it-- but got the ball back for a beautiful layup. Mr. X- cellence then passed the ball for an amazing dunk. Team Sharknado then scored back to back points by math teacher Jodi Kelly and science teacher Bethany Schiller. At the end of the second quarter, the score was 28-19. After halftime the team did not get back to playing right away. Dp demonstrated his ‘sneaky’ basketball skills by doing a ‘You’ve been Tricked” with children in the crowd. This is a game where the little children are not supposed to drop a ball that Dp throws at them. This was a crowd pleaser for the fans and the children. When the game started back up, the young Sharks got to play. The first one to make a shot was Maddie Kelly. The Wizards then made two dunks, one by Air Jamaica and one by Zero Gravity. The second half of the game was a lot more on the funny side than the first half and included several humorous moments like the “Let It Go” segment from the film Frozen. Although Sharknado did not win the game against the Wizards, everyone had a good time. After the game, wellness teacher Stacy Yarnall, who served as referee, said, “It was fun and not that bad to do.”

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Cross Country team finishes strong By Michael Pandiscio Staff Writer

Both the boys and girls cross country teams had good seasons. The boys ended with an impressive 10-1 record and the girls team had a competitive 7-4 record. The one team the boys lost to, Norwell, has been the undefeated league champions for 16 years. The team also ran and did well in the league, state, and twilight meets. Monomoy’s cross country team is made up of a boys team and a girls team, all coached by Don Bates (not to be confused with history teacher Kevin Bates.) Bates also coaches the spring track team and has been coach of both cross country and track for decades. Before he was a coach, Bates was an amazing runner. He ran marathons and super marathons, which are 50 miles or more. He has been credited with more than100 wins. Bates uses his extensive experience to help the Monomoy runners achieve their goals. Although the cross country team is rather small compared to most teams in the school, the runners make up for small numbers by working hard. This year the boys team had three of its members--Cam Jackson, Matt Hall, and Ryan Richer--and the

girls team had one of its members, Saray Dean, nominated as South Shore League All Stars. Cross Country is a lot of fun, even if you are not a person who enjoys running. Since the team runs with students from CapeTech, it gives the runners from both schools an opportunity to meet friends that they otherwise would not have met. In season, the team practices every weekday unless there is a meet on that day. At these practices, students either do distance work, speed work, or just work on their running form. The workouts can range from four miles of sprinting to 10 mile long distance runs. The practices are difficult, but they help the runners to improve quickly and become more confident in their ability to run. Cross Country is a sport that involves all of the participants from each team running competitively on their own across a roughly three mile course. The courses are outside and provide opportunities for running in the woods and running on pavement such as a street or a bike path. It is scored by giving each of the top 10 runners a certain amount of points (1st gets 1, 2nd gets 2, 3rd gets 3, and so on.) Then, when the scores are tallied up, the team with the runners who have collected the least amount of points in total, wins the race. The Monomoy Cross Country

LOOKING GOOD--Monomoy’s cross country team makes a strong run in home meet. Erin Prescott Photo

course is a 2.89 mile course that starts at the church graveyard in Harwich Center and goes around the half mile of road, through the bike path and through the trails in between them and ends where it begins, in the cemetery. The cross country runners are a close team since their numbers are few. The teams were sorry to see the season end and had an emotional and fun awards ceremony. At this time, the students said good bye to their captain and good friend, senior, Ryan Richer. He has been a great runner, a strong captain and leader, and, above all, a good friend and mentor to all of

the athletes who have participated in Cross Country. All of the runners on the cross country team will be seeing each other again in the spring because they are coincidentally all on the track team as well. The cross country team is made up of a small group of intelligent students who are talented runners and all around good people. If you’re looking for a good time with fun people and a great way to stay in shape, the Monomoy Cross Country Team in the fall (and the track team in the spring) is definitely the team for you.

Sharks Football just keeps on swimming By Jonathan Mede Staff Writer

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. It’s much more serious than that for true football fans. For those who love this sport, this year’s Sharks’ season might seem disappointing on paper with only one win and nine losses. However, those statistics do not tell the whole story behind a team that demonstrated lots of effort, teamwork, and an improved level of skills throughout the season while faced with many obstacles along the way. This was only the Sharks’ second year as a varsity program. Yet, with every game, the Sharks took away lessons they would use to improve future performances and dove head first into the ocean without looking back. The Sharks had an entire new lineup from last year including new quarterback Drew Senatore who did a great job filling a big role. The team

pushed forward facing many losses of players from concussions and injuries including senior captain Dalton Nickerson who was a key player for the Sharks. Despite the record of more losses than wins, the team’s spirits remained high during the season. Coach Terence Roche is supportive of his team and said, “Overall, the season was positive and the wins and losses are not what’s most important. Being undefeated or losing does not really matter; character is what makes a team. Building a football team takes time. This foundation is still being done, and I am proud of the players.” Senior Captain Sean Andreasson said, “Not the best record, but I’m not disappointed because of the effort everyone put in and everyone showing up to every practice and game.” A highlight of the season was the Sharks 26-14 win over key rival Cape Tech on Monomoy’s home field on Sept. 26. This game had several he-

roes including quarterback Senatore who threw three touchdown passes. Senior tight end Dalton Nickerson was on the receiving end of two of those passes and Senatore ran for the other. Junior linebacker Garrett Sherman had multiple tackles much to the dismay of the Tech Crusaders. Senior defensive lineman Pat Kampersal made it difficult for Crusaders quarterback Tim DiPrete to complete many of his passes. Tailback Quentin Barrie ran a total of 20 times for 117 yards. After the game, Coach Roche praised his Sharks, saying that both the offense and defense played well. Although the win against Tech put the Sharks back in the swim, they were not as successful in subsequent games. The Sharks had a disappointing 34-18 loss to Mashpee on the Sharks’ turf during Homecoming Week in late October. The season ended for the Sharks at home just before Thanksgiving when they suffered a 32-6 loss to Holbrook/Avon.

The Sharks came out on fire but were no match for the tough Bulldogs who dominated the game. With the season over, the Sharks are looking forward to the future. The team is still young and includes many underclassmen with lots of potential. Although things did not turn out as the Sharks had hoped, the players agree that it was one exciting season.

ON THE RUN--Sharks look for the advantage. Erin Prescott Photo

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ANOTHER GOOD YEAR--Once again, the field hockey team has an awesome season. Erin Prescott Photo

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STICK HANDLING--The field hockey team is noted for being able to control the play. Erin Prescott Photo

Girls field hockey is a model of fight By Samantha Peckham Sports Editor

When the field hockey season starts at Monomoy Regional High School, lots of people believe it is too early. Starting the week after school ends in June, alarms are turned on and the field is set up for Reach Camp. Young girls across the Cape meet at the field hockey field for early morning day camp to learn the skills and tricks of becoming a star field hockey player. From Monday to Thursday of two weeks, bonds are formed between all the girls, with buddy time and all- camp games. The current high school players are the camp counselors, leading groups and showing off their love for the sport. Conditioning starts the week after, and pre-season is soon to follow. The fitness that the team achieves during the summer is a big part of its success. The players build up their strength and endurance early on so they are then able to carry it into the season. Scrimmages are also part of the summer performance, as students re-gain game sense and learn new corner plays. The varsity and the junior varsity are selected then, and skills that need improvement are pinpointed and improved on. All of that pre-season training pays off as the Monomoy Field Hockey Team continues its record of excellence. This year the team made it all the way to the state tournament. The Sharks played their first and final game on Halloween at 2:30 against Old Rochester. Although the 1-0 loss to the Bulldogs was a tough one, the fighting spirit of the team

helped to make the final bus ride “Playing field hockey for Monomoy close to Coach Poore when trying home memorable. The players sang has taught me more than just the to precisely replicate her unique for“America the Beautiful” louder and better than they ever had. Senior Captain Madison Richardson said, “This year was definitely my toughest season. We faced really tough and aggressive teams, we didn’t win our league title, and we were beat in the first round of tournament. Despite the disappointing outcome of the season, I became closer with all of the girls than I have throughout all three years of playing on this team.” Ask anyone of the field hockey team, and they will tell you how much of a family they are. When you spend so much time with a group of girls who all share a passion for a sport, how could you not be a family? Team dinners and breakfasts are a big part of that. The night or morning before every big home game, the parents of one of the captains very graciously opens up their home for the whole team. Coming with food and drinks, the whole team piles into the living room, laughing and talking like it is the last time they will ever see each other. The atmosphere of these team meals is not able to be replicated. The get together is always after a practice, and the joy of being all together in a more social environment creates something very special. The coach of the team is Cheryl Poore. She is one of the most dedicated people to this sport. Planning out every practice the night before, she leads her team to battle and makes them as strong as they can be. While some do not understand her methods, those who do are forever grateful for her. Jodi Gould, a senior captain said,

game. Cheryl Poore has taught me respect, responsibility, loyalty and commitment. My past five years on this team has created friendships with an amazing group of girls. As a team we did so much more than just play together, we were a family. I will continue to use this seasons’ motto and the rest of what I have learned throughout my field hockey career for the rest of my life: ‘be bold.’” Coach Poore teaches her girls discipline and to work hard for anything they want. JV coach Addie Weeks played for Coach Poore while she was in high school, and has since played in college and come back to where it all began for her. “It’s a challenge to put into words how grateful I feel for the opportunity I’ve had to return to my hometown and coach alongside Cheryl Poore. Her teaching style goes beyond that of any other coach I have ever player for or worked with. Coach Poore’s dedication and passion for the sport of field hockey is unsurpassable for anyone who thinks they can compete with her. She really isn’t a coach I suppose, but rather an artist. She can take girls who have never played a sport a day in their life and turns them into not just a field hockey player, but a quality athlete.” Weeks added, “Coach Poore creates an atmosphere that is total magic...I don’t know how else to try and explain it. Her ability to mold girls into the best versions of themselves both on and off the field is something I admire so much and is ultimately what drove me to coach and teach. No one will ever come

mula of artistry and magic she uses to coach. I think I can speak for anyone who has ever been coached by Coach Poore or worked with her when I say she is unquestionably the best at what she does. She’s one of a kind.” At the end of every season is the annual Monomoy Regional Field Hockey banquet. Three hours of slideshows, skits, and heartfelt speeches makes the banquet one of the best times of the season. Put on by the junior parents, each year there is a different theme. Tribe Monomoy was the theme of this past season, with driftwood, plants, and homemade mini teepees. As a whole, the Monomoy Regional Field Hockey team is a unique group of girls. Ranging from three sport athletes to single sport artists, the team takes the best from everyone and uses it to create a dynamic unlike any other. Each season has its ups and downs, but at the end, it is viewed as a success by everyone who took part in it.

Check out Shark Tales online at the Monomoy Regional High School Website www.monomoy.edu