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HOMER-CENTER: Honor society members inducted; senior class play scheduled this evening

by MICHAEL SWEENEY, Gazette student news reporter on April 25, 2014 11:00 AM

HOMER-CENTER — Welcome back everyone; I hope you all had a nice spring and Easter break. If not, well hopefully some Homer-Center news will lift your spirits!

First off, congratulations go to all of the new inductees to this year’s 2014 National Honor Society, as well as everyone who remained a member.

In order to be a member of National Honor Society, a student must hold an average grade of a 94 percent and hold that average throughout the school year. It’s certainly a pleasure to see many Homer-Center High School students, from a multitude of grades, become members of the National Honor Society program. The induction ceremony was held April 15 for the senior high classes, and the junior high inductions were the following day.

In addition to the upcoming springtime events, it wouldn’t be a full Homer-Center year without the annual pet food drive held by the Homer-Center Elementary School. Every year around this time, the elementary school holds a pet food drive in order to raise donations for animals in need. Everyone in the elementary school was encouraged to bring in items this week. As further encouragement, the homeroom that donated the most receives their own pizza party, surely a large incentive to support the many animals in need.

Now for the big news: It’s that other time of the year for Homer-Center, where the senior class will be performing the senior class play. At 7 p.m. today, a variety of seniors will be acting out Mary Chase’s play “Harvey” in the high school auditorium. This play is a “comedy in three acts,” as a whole cast of characters have to try to understand the story of a big white rabbit named Harvey. Harvey is a character of a man named Elwood’s imagination, and as the story unfolds, Elwood isn’t the only one who sees this rabbit.

[PHOTO: Tonee Clawson stars as Veta Simmons and Patrick Clark stars as Elwood Dowd in Homer-Center High School’s senior class production of “Harvey,” today at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. (Stephanie Myer/Homer-Center High School submitted photo)]

The story of Harvey is a rather enthralling one, where a variety of mishaps happen between the cast of characters and a lot of humor is thrown into the mix.

The senior class has been spending months on this play and it surely will be well worth all the hard work. We hope that we’ll have a good audience to come watch the show.

Homer-Center High School English teacher Lou Step-anik, the dedicated director of the senior class plays as well as the annual musicals, has been the mastermind behind “Harvey.”

When asked about why he continues his passion with musicals and plays, Stepanik said, “I feel that live theater entertainment is a dying art and I’d like to try and preserve what I can. I hope to achieve this by bringing such performances to Homer-Center and continuing to try and inspire future students.”

Not to mention the resources that students gain when they participate in such unique extracurricular activities are surely something that will be more than worthwhile.

On a side note, this past Tuesday seniors had an assembly in regards to driving safety and violations.

Homer City Police Chief Louis Sacco and Homer-Center’s own Mock Trial team ran through a variety of scenarios in front of the senior class to demonstrate what it’s like to go through a court hearing for a traffic violation.

This program helped raise awareness and cleared up some questions students had about the law and what it really means to be a safe driver.

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