ABRHS Principal Dr. Alixe Callen could use a clone about now. Despite being out six of seven evenings last week, she wasn’t able to witness all the athletic match-ups and competitions on her calendar.
In an email to parents this past Monday, Callen called her students’ success “unbelievable” and explained why it was just too much to ask her overscheduled staff to provide bus transportation and supervision to students who want to see their peers compete at out-of-town locations.
“I do hope that families will consider attending together,” she wrote.
Here is the latest information on the aforementioned competitions:
Festival Play, Fuenteovejuna
Proscenium Circus’ rendition of the Spanish classic, adapted for festival by ABRHS Spanish teacher Diego Mansilla, was one of 44 plays selected to move on to the semi-finals of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild competition. The original number of entered schools was 108.
Lead actresses Amy Bullock and Sarah Serabian received All Star Acting Awards. Alex Groher-Jick, Tim Manning and Patrick Phillmore garnered awards for their musical performances. Laurel Wills was recognized for Outstanding Stage Management
“Last Saturday was a wonderful experience for all of us,” said Mansilla of the preliminary performance in Leominster. “The actors were amazing. They demonstrated a level of maturity much higher than their age.” Full of praise for Director Linda Potter and all who helped with the show, Mansilla said the cast’s success was due to the “professionalism, camaraderie, friendship and unity” that was apparent throughout the long day.
“All the actors on stage were in character all the time, which gave the play a sense of realism that was deeply felt by everybody in the audience.”
The show will be performed again this Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at Ipswich High School. Admission is $10 and is good for the entire day. Fourteen schools will be chosen to compete at the finals in Boston, March 22-24, 2012. To access the results of both days’ performances, click here.
Mock Trial Club
After winning their first three matches in the Mass Bar Association’s 27thaannual Mock Trial Program competition, Acton-Boxborough’s club was eliminated after losing a regional tie-breaker to Voyagers, Inc. of Acton.
Kathy Kennedy, the group’s faculty advisor, said, “The team performed superbly in the last match. I was very surprised they didn't win.”
Of the experience, co-leader Abha Patil said, “I felt that this year was really successful in moving the AB mock trial team to a more permanent status. We were able to integrate new students into the group and be more successful than ever. That really speaks to not only the kids themselves, but the program itself lends itself to bringing students together through a shared passion for public speaking and justice.”
High School Quiz Show
ABRHS students John Russell, Ken Davidson, Tom Russell and Victor Pavao are representing ABRHS in the annual High School Quiz Show hosted by WGBH. They won their first competition against a team from Beverly High School; that match ran on February 26, 2012. They will face their next opponents, from Rockport High School, in a show to be aired on April 15, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 2.
To follow the action, click on the bracket which is updated as matches are broadcast.
After beating Methuen, 60-45, and Lawrence 63-58, at the start of the MIAA tournament, the Boys’ Basketball team will face Lexington tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Lawrence High School.
“We are playing exceptionally well right now,” said Coach Rick Kilpatrick. “I feel we have played our best ball of the season over the last few weeks. Lexington is a very talented team—great skill and the biggest team we have faced this year.”
“We are going to have to play extremely well against this opponent. But the guys are excited about the opportunity,” said Kilpatrick.
Follow the tournament with this bracket link.
Boys Ice Hockey
After victories against Reading and Woburn, the boys’ ice hockey team fell to Burlingon, 5-1, in the North Division 1 semi-final round of the MIAA tournament last night.
Girls’ Ice Hockey
The girls’ ice hockey team was eliminated last night as they lost to Braintree, 4-3, in overtime. The game was a Division 1 quarter-final.