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HARMONY: Variety of November events held

by NICOLE ELLI on November 16, 2012 11:00 AM

WESTOVER -- In honor of the election this month, Harmony High School's senior class put on a mock election and debate. With a lot of hard work and dedication, social studies teacher Matt Woods helped the class prepare for a seemingly real election.

To start the campaign, the two presidential candidates -- Barack Obama, played by Mikala Eger, and Mitt Romney, played by Tyler Tiesi -- had a debate discussing topics, such as the economy. The seniors also presented campaign ads, and explained interesting facts about previous presidents. Students got to register to vote and elect their president. As it turned out, Mitt Romney won by twice as many votes as Barack Obama. The senior class helped shed a new light of understanding onto the election, and put a lot of time and effort into their mock debate and election. 

The student council has been very busy this month, planning their Veterans Day assembly, which was held Nov. 9. They decorated the cafeteria and invited the whole school to take part in the celebration.

After a brief history of Veterans Day, two guests spoke about their experiences in the war.

Louis Jacobs, a World War II veteran from the area, spoke about what being a veteran means to him, and exited the stage with an inspiring note, telling us to always "reach for the stars." Sgt. James McCulley Jr. came from Virginia to speak at our assembly. His cousin, Crystal Graffius, the middle school reading teacher, gave him an emotional introduction.

Sgt. McCulley explained what he did while serving in the war, and what it was like to be away from his wife and two daughters. He asked us to stand and think about all of those who are or were serving in the wars. It was an emotional moment shared by the entire school.

The elementary hosted their annual Grandparents' Day on Nov. 9. Each student got to invite one grandparent to read a story together and do crafts. Afterwards, everyone shared cookies and punch in the cafeteria. This gave students a nice break from class work and gave the students quality time to spend with their grandparents.

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