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HOMER-CENTER: Spring trips start; elementary holds reading day

by JULIA BUGGEY, Gazette Student News Reporter on February 28, 2014 11:00 AM

HOMER CITY — As the third quarter progresses on and interim reports are handed out to each of the students, Homer-Center High School’s spring trips appear closer on the school calendar.

Homer-Center’s Spanish Club spent Valentine’s Day at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. The school’s Spanish teacher and club adviser, Marcia Behr, traditionally takes her members to watch a ballet performance. This year, the chosen ballet was “Swan Lake,” a classic show.

[PHOTO: Homer-Center High School’s Indoor Nuclear Percussion team competed Saturday at an event in Tyrone. Pictured in front, from left, are Brandon Vought, Abi Hart, Kristen Peace and Joey Gorton; and back, Kristina Andrei, Nate Davis, Tonee Clawson, Quentin Davis, Mollie Little, Emerie Stagner, Shane Keslar, Hayden Michael and Gavin Cloud. (Submitted photo/Homer-Center High School)]

Many of the students were actually surprised to discover that the original story told through the art of dance ends with the main couple committing suicide together to avoid her permanent fate as a swan. They then reunite in the afterlife.

It was another good experience for the club as the show they attended was a student matinee; students from various surrounding schools attended along with Homer-Center.

Joy Wilson’s chorus students will be taking their biennial trip soon, departing Homer-Center on March 6 and returning on March 9. This 2 1/2-day trip will allow the students to experience “The Big Apple” for the first time as they make their way to New York City.

First and foremost, the chorus members will attend “The Today Show” at 7 a.m. on March 7; you might catch a glimpse of them on television, holding signs and posters. In addition, they will pass the Empire State Building and continue their sightseeing along Fifth Avenue, with eyes locked on Lord & Taylor, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, FAO Schwarz, The Plaza Hotel, Central Park, Times Square and more.

Next up, they will dine at Planet Hollywood before heading over to the Gershwin Theatre to enjoy the Broadway favorite “Wicked.” This popular musical is about Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West from the story of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The following day consists of some exploration and sightseeing in NYC’s Chinatown and Little Italy along with the 9/11 Memorial. Later that day, the students will arrive at the Century 21 Department Store and the Grand Central Terminal. On the final day, the chorus will make one more stop to marvel at the sight of Yankee Stadium before heading back home.

These students anxiously look forward to this coming week to get a taste of the big city and what it has to offer. Wilson has always planned trips every two years for the senior high choir and they have always been nothing but fun, including the most previous trip taken to Boston.

As for our younger students, the elementary children have had a pretty fun-packed week, showing school spirit and taking part in the national Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. The school spirit activities stemmed from an Accelerated Reading celebration, taking place today. This event has been nicknamed “Reading the Most from Coast to Coast.”

The AR celebration kicked off Monday, taking the theme “Hats Off to Reading,” as students were encouraged to wear their favorite or silliest hats. “Costume Day” had all of our youngsters dressed like their favorite characters or superheroes from books, TV shows, movies and comics on Tuesday. Wednesday allowed the kids to come to school in their craziest, most mismatched clothing to follow the guidelines of “Wacky Wednesday.”

My little sister, Maggie Buggey, took part in the school spirit activities and found this day to be the most memorable of the week. “Wacky Wednesday was my favorite day. I wore my favorite pajama pants, a flower headband and some slippers.”

Thursday went by the heading “Spring Fling Picture Day.” To kill two birds with one stone, the students dressed up both for the spirit week celebration and for their spring pictures.

Today, the grand finale of the celebration activities was simply titled “Read the Most from Coast to Coast.” Students from kindergarten to sixth grade wore either their Homer-Center clothing or their favorite sports team clothing. Thanks to all who put together creative outfits to help encourage the reading celebration throughout the school district.

Homer-Center High School’s Indoor Nuclear Percussion team competed Saturday in Tyrone and came home victorious, claiming the first-place honors at the competition.

That just about covers all of the previous and recent news in both Homer-Center’s high school and elementary school for this week. Thanks for tuning in and be sure to look for more news, trips and student involvement next week as we head into the month of March.

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