News from Colchester schools

By Colchester schools
Colchester - posted Mon., May. 6, 2013
Adia Cordova had her artwork showcased, which was completed at home on her own time, independently from school. Adia is a fourth-grade student at Jack Jackter Intermediate School. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Bacon Academy presents ‘The Election’
“The Election,” presented by the Different Drummer Drama Guild, is a comedy in two acts, which is appropriate for all ages. It will be staged May 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., and May 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and senior citizens. All performances are at the Bacon Academy auditorium. Tickets are available at the Board of Education Office in the Town Hall, and at the door before the show.

Students collecting gently-used prom dresses
With prom season in full gear, the Clothing Seminar students from Bacon Academy collected gently-used prom dresses that they were able offer to Bacon students for $10. Students will be able receive their $10 back if they chose to return the dress after the event. Students were able to try on the various dresses during lunchtime, and Clothing Seminar students were available to make alterations.

Students raise funds for cancer research
Students at WJJMS recently had the opportunity to discover the difference a little spare change could make. The WJJMS Student Council collected spare change during lunch waves for one week during the month of February. During that one-week period, more than $160 was collected for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  This money will be used to further cancer research in the area. The Student Council members are: Teagan Lewis, Courtney Losier, Zach Provost, Abby Eberle, Erin Rose, Phoebe Miller, Natalie Sedor, Maddy Scherff, Jack Reever, Brianna Stonick, Josh Stanavage, Cara DelSesto, Tony Tyler and Connor Hills.

JJIS student artwork displayed
Jack Jackter Intermediate School, along with art teachers Mrs. Brandon and Ms. West, has announced that several students had their artwork on display in March at the 2013 “Young at Art Show” at the Mystic Arts Center. “Young at Art” is the region’s largest annual youth art exhibition and showcases creative works from hundreds of students, ages 18 and younger, from all over southeastern Connecticut. Artwork was created by Luke LaSaracina, Adia Cordova, Tyler Gudelski, Jackson Sylvester, Grace Reilly, Alyssa Brown, Nathan Wall, Auron Lorenzana, Joseph Zachas, Cayden Bertrand, Elizabeth Caster, Taylor Williams, Kieghley Whitcomb, Nicholas Paggioli, Rachael Parlee, Galen Flynn, Gabriel Collin, Andrew Gatesman, Vivian Nguyen, Kayden Sargent, Morgan Merchant, Rosemary Gignac and Michaela Baxter. Adia Cordova had her artwork showcased, which was completed at home on her own time, independently from school. Adia is a fourth-grade student at Jack Jackter Intermediate School.

BA senior selected as poetry festival winner
Last month, Bacon Academy senior Trey Geisman was selected as a finalist in Hill-Stead Museum’s 2013 Fresh Voices Competition for the prestigious Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features readings by the Nation's most decorated and honored poets. This year, more than 175 students from all over Connecticut submitted entries, with Geisman’s work selected as one of the top 10 entries. The next part of the competition was the finalist readings, which were held at Hill-Stead Museum on Friday, April 19. Each of the finalists read a couple of their submitted poems before an audience of hundreds in the Sunken Garden, and then the judging committee selected five students as the 2013 Fresh Voices winners. Geisman was selected as one of the five students at the final judging and will participate in the Fresh Voices reading on June 12, at 5 p.m., at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead. The Fresh Voices Competition judges “were deeply impressed by the quality of the poems” and find Geisman “a talented young writer and are proud to feature him as a Fresh Voices reader this summer.”

BA Robotics Team competes in Chesapeake competition
From April 11-13, the Bacon Academy Robotics Team 1699 competed in the 2013 Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Baltimore. This year’s challenge, Ultimate Ascent, included 64 high school teams from all over the United States competing in the Baltimore competition. The competition is to inspire high school students to be the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators. Students design and build robots to compete in a fast-paced, sports-like challenge.  Team 1699 consisted of 24 students, three junior mentors (FIRST Robotics student alumni), and nine adult mentors. At the end of the qualifying matches, Team 1699 was in second. This placement allowed the team to select their alliances. The two teams they chose were: FIRST Team 2534, “The Lakers,” from Baltimore, Md., and FIRST Team 250, “The Dynamos,” from Colonie, N.Y. In the finals, together, the three teams came in third overall.

Bacon holds first Sadie Hawkins Dance
On April 6, Bacon Academy held its first Sadie Hawkins Dance.  The students had an amazing time. Sadie Hawkins Day is a pseudo-holiday that originated in Al Capp's classic comic strip, “Li'l Abner.” The concept of a Sadie Hawkins Dance was popularized by establishing dances where the girl invites the boy, instead of the boy inviting the girl. The first-known event was held in 1938 and since then has become a tradition at many American high schools and college campuses.

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