Welcome to the official news magazine for Brooke Point High School. This is the full, online, completely colored version of the second issue of the 2015-2016 publication. Within this issue, you will find articles about our students, the community, the winter weather, the upcoming Valentine's Day season, and much more!
As the season for winter activities continues, basketball is not the only activity preparing for a VHSL competition. <strong>The</strong> Brooke Point <strong>The</strong>atre Company, under the guidance of Directors Lisa Cover-Tucci and Mary Southall, is rehearsing a one-act play to perform in hopes of bringing a new award back to the Hawks’ Nest. Although this competition is one of the most rigorous ordeals the theatre company will face, many students are unaware of the impact that the theatre company itself can have on the school. Sophomore Keegan Pursley, who recently moved to the area, says that the club was intrumental in helping him find new friends. Southall agrees that the theatre company is one of the most welcoming and diverse clubs in the school. She says, “Everyone just comes in and is welcomed. It’s nice because people you’d never expect to see working together are doing just that.” However the welcoming atmosphere is not the only attraction for the theatre company. Assistant Principal Laura Sullivan says, “<strong>The</strong> theatre company is a huge part of our community outreach as far as their perceptions of who we are. <strong>The</strong>y can see that we’re proud of who we are.” Photo by Michele Jahimczuk 6 Setting the Stage For Victory: BPTC prepares for competition By Grace Rolle Anyone following the productions closely this year might recognize that the theme “Be Proud” is highly prevalent throughout the plays that have been chosen. Pursley agreed that “<strong>The</strong> Adding Machine,” this year’s competition piece, also aligned with that theme. He added, “I think [it] helps people learn to look past differences and accept others for who they are.” Sullivan remarked on the school’s theme when she said, “<strong>The</strong> best way for it to become a way of life is to integrate it into every part of the building we can.” She adds, “It’s inspiring to see how all the talent in the building shines through.”.... “It’s great to see students doing something they feel successful in.” Each of the actors expresses personal pride being associated with the theatre company and seem excited about its future. After the competition, which will hopefully result in the theatre company gaining the recognition they’ve worked hard for and deserve, the directors, actors and crews will turn their attention toward the spring play, where they hope to express their pride in the earth through innovative means. Interested? You’ll just have to go see for yourself. Actor & Actress of the Moment By Jasmine Sutton-Banks How do you prepare for your auditions? Senior Travis Morgan: “I print out my monologue and I highlight and underline the words that I want to emphasize. <strong>The</strong>n I tape my monologue to the wall, stand back, and practice my script because it helps me memorize my lines.” When did you decide you wanted to act? How did you get into it? Junior Calie Bain: “I think I was watching the Oscars in middle school and I decided that I wanted to be up on that stage. So, my freshman year, I auditioned for my first play and I’ve been a part of every play since.” How many plays have you been in? Travis: “I have been in ten plays. <strong>The</strong> crane wife where I played the neighbor, In the play 1984, I played O’Brien who is tough and aggressive, and in Canterbury Tales, I played the Reeve.” How do you get over stage fright? Calie: “I take some deep breaths. When Travis I’m not in character I’m nervous, but Morgan when I start performing, the scary feeling goes away after a while.” What do you do to prepare before you go on stage? Rituals? If so, what do you do? Travis: “Usually I do a prayer group with the other cast members and I do a shake down to calm the nerves. I also do a prayer to myself. I pray instantly before I go on stage.” Burning Up the Dance Floor By Kiara Neely Photos by Giselle Namata <strong>The</strong> Brooke Point Dance Team has made its mark throughout the years and once more they plan on making our school proud. <strong>The</strong> school dance team is best known for its fun and energetic dances. From hip hop to jazz, the dance team makes the crowd get involved in Brooke Point spirit. This year the dancers are mostly looking foward to Nationals. Senior Riley Ritchie said, “Well we start our competition season this weekend and I’m really excited to compete because we have a really strong team this year.” Through dance, the team has grown closer as a family. Many girls on the team are returning members who enjoy encouragement from their fellow dancers. Some girls have been dancing since they were younger, which is one of the reasons they joined the team. Every team has its struggles and the dance team is no different. Sophomore Itzabella Santana said, “<strong>The</strong> practices are kind of hard, but it’s worth it in the end. Like during Nationals, it shows how hard we work.” To other dancers, the trouble is time management between school and home. A closer look at BP Dance Through the long practices and the tough dances, the dance team still remains one big family. Coach Amanda Baker-Foley said, “<strong>The</strong>se girls are like kids to me. I love them, I see them all the time. <strong>The</strong>y drive me crazy, but we work together and accomplish things.” Junior Cassie Nector explains, “<strong>The</strong> dance team has taught me perseverance definitely because I know that sometimes during practice I feel like leaving but you can’t do that. You have to keep going.” <strong>The</strong> dance team learns more than just dancing. Some dancers take life lessons, from their years of dancing with the team. Junior Ahne Folwaczny said, “[Dance has] taught me leadership, patience, and just overall how to work with other people.” while Senior Natalie Malstrom said she learned “how to work in teams, handling pressure.” In a sport known for individuals, dance has brought a group of girls, who are very different dancers, together. In the end, Brooke Point is proud of our dance team and the hard work they do to entertain our school. Brooke Point wishes our dance team good luck at Nationals this year! Calie Bain 7