‘Food of Love’ New Year, new you? nets $1500 See Page 3 3 Mount Greylock RHS Williamstown, Mass. Friday, January 18, 2008 Committee eyes curriculum change By Sofia Brooks “When the proposals were brought up this lty to comment on the proposed changes at The Mount Greylock School Committee fall, there remained some questions fthat a meeting earlier his year, and an informa- considered this week long-tabled propos- had been addressed to the Committee which tion sheet was handed out to parents on als to review curriculum, scheduling, class- no one knew the answers to,” explains David Parent’s Night this fall explaining the four ranking and elimination of prerequisite re- Langston, a member of the School Commit- proposed changes. Lehleitner understands quirements for AP classes. tee. the delays in voting on the motions, say- Many students remember the uproari- Upon contacting another member of the ing, “The School Committee is aware of the ous controversy at the end of last year re- committee, Robert Ericson, it is apparent to heavy-duty implications for Mount garding a group of students and teachers the Echo that the committee is making an Greylock culture inherent in the proposed calling themselves Strategic Planning Com- effort to thoroughly research the proposals changes. They’re trying to make an in- mittee 3.1. Robin Lehleitner’s Strategic Plan- presented to it. The committee has consid- formed decision.” ning Committee was, in reality, a subcom- ered several topics regarding each proposal One area in which there has been action A passion for mittee of a larger program to critically re- such as financial implications and what the is the development of the tutoring program. chocolate -- view Mount Greylock’s policies in several potential negative outcomes are that could With the help of Heather Dunlavey and other and Shakespeare . . . areas in an effort to improve them. result from the potential changes. In addi- Page 3 The students, community members, and tion, the committee decided to allow the fac See CURRICULUM, Page 4 Mount Greylock faculty that met in Poster: Diana Walczak / Inset photo: Hank Gold Lehleitner’s room last year were in charge of curriculum improvement. After much debate throughout the year, this group presented a proposal containing four action points to the School Committee last June. In making this recommendation MG student council: What does it do? to the School Committee, the subcommittee By Krista Mangiardi put the task of implementing these sugges- The Mt. Greylock Student Council is a student tions in the hands of the School Committee organization in which a lot has been going on this members, and since then, no one has heard year. The Student Council is a group made up of much news. six delegates from each of the high school classes. Initially, the School Committee decided These students are elected into the council by to vote on each point of the group’s pro- their peers. Then, from within the delegates, a posal separately. They chose to discuss the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and proposed tutoring program during their Parliamentarian are chosen at the first meeting of October meeting, the proposal to eliminate the school year. The council meets in the new meet- prerequisite requirements for AP classes in ing room every Friday at 2:30 where they discuss November, and the proposals to eliminate current issues such as high school and middle weighted grade point averages and class school interaction, lacrosse’s becoming a varsity rank in December. sport, and student parking. These discussions can The tutoring issue came up in the Octo- then be transformed iinto changes and improve- ber meeting as promised, but the committee ments in various aspects of the school. saw problems with funding for the program This year, the Student Council has incorpo- and decided to postpone their final deci- rated some new ideas that help anything from the sion until these problems could be ad- way meetings are run to student body involve- dressed. In November, the proposals were ment. For example, students can now find a page still on the agenda for the meeting, but once on the school website sidebar where minutes, pic- again, the committee made no final deci- tures, and an email address for the council are sions. posted. Soon, a constitution outlining the way The day before the most recent School the group is run and the rules that it will adhere to Committee meeting in December, the votes Photo: Echo archives will be approved and posted as well. Furthermore, on the Strategic Planning proposals were From left, student council members Tijana a Greylock Student Council Facebook group now dropped from the agenda. (The committee exists for easy contact. planned to discuss the issues again earlier Samardzic and Gina Riggins, and junior-class In addition, meetings are now run by Robert’s this week, but at this point, everyone is won- president Michael Leja shown during the Rules of Order, a guide book for running orga- dering what they have been doing all this September community building day. time.) See COUNCIL, Page 3 R.L.P. -- Life-changing experience for MG volunteer which I am in: one where edu- unteers interested in community service By Sarah Crosky cation is poorly valued and work and spreading literacy in Latin America. If you are reading this in one of lacks structure, a society Past volunteers include Henry Suave, the many classrooms, at Mount where motivation is scanty at Marichal MacDonald, and various Greylock Greylock Regional High School, take best. Most of all, this society alumni. The project was created eight years a moment to look around you. There lacks the resources that of- should be books-- too many in the ten provide the impetus for See RLP, Page 3 opinion of some students. There are productive learning. At cer- posters, paper, new desks, lockers, tain moments, all I can do is INSIDE: televisions, projection machines, compare this picture to my computers, printers, maps, and more. colorful days at Notice the details. Williamstown Elementary Now picture this: A single room School. with a door to the outside. The floor During a break from obser- and walls are concrete. Thirty tired vation, we meet the teacher, desk-chairs are set up in crooked and she is more than happy Tributes to the memory rows. A few sitting in the back are to leave us with the students of Geoffrey Lewis, missing seats. There is a white for a whole morning (a day of (MGRHS 2008), by a board at the front of the room and a class) to work with the young teacher and classmate typewriter on a desk in the corner. Photo: Sarah Crosky students on their pen-pal let- ...............................Page 2 That is all. Imagine this: The room Sue O’Riley instructs in Guatamala ters to next fall’s class of is the fourth-grade classroom for fourth graders at in An insider view of the Escuela Basico, an elementary school in the out to greet us. They offer to help us carry Williamstown. MG nordic ski team by poor, rural village of San Andres, Guatemala. our bags and boxes to the fourth grade “Amigos Del Mundo” (Friends of the Patrick Joslin.......Page 3 The school consists of a row of these class- classroom. We peek into the room, and the World), the pen pal and photography pro- rooms, each with one door to the outside, teacher is explaining how to divide and gram involving Spanish conversation be- in front of which is a cement basketball multiply fractions. Confused, I think back tween students in San Andres and the stu- Meet the Misses and court-sized area used for physical educa- to every time I learned this skill in my math dents of Williamstown Elementary School, Mr. January ........Page 3 tion. The bathrooms are outside in a sepa- classes. The way she’s teaching, it’s wrong! is one of the many projects established by rate building. When we approach the class- Completely wrong! the Rural Literacy Project. The project is a room, the younger children, all smiles, rush At this instant, I recognize the society group of teens, educators, and other vol- Page 2 REFLECTION Flexibility, empathy and identifying what doesn’t work On Thurs., Dec. 20, 2007, the Mount Greylock community Like many of us who knew Geoff, I’ve asked myself if lost a beloved student and friend, senior Geoffrey Lewis. there was anything I could have done to make life better Echo editors invited English teacher Robin Lehleitner and for him. I know that it’s possible I’m simply overreacting, senior Sean Peltier to reflect on Geoff’s life. given the circumstances, but it strikes me now that I could have come up with a couple of alternatives to the poetry assignment when I realized he was struggling with it. By Robin Lehleitner Surely, there was some other way for him to show me that Geoff Lewis was a smart kid. He was one of the he had learned what I wanted him to learn. Some of you smartest kids I have ever encountered in my eight years at who read this will want to tell me I shouldn’t feel this way, Mt. Greylock. I knew how smart he was smart the first time but I feel this way because I want to—not out of guilt. I I read one of his essays when he was a tenth grader. It was can live with this feeling and learn from it. I sincerely wish flawless: the sentences were beautifully constructed, the that I had gone a little farther to meet Geoff on his own ideas were clear and well-articulated. Geoff was smart in a terms. I’m not sure it would have made any sort of natural way—the kind of “smart” that could do well on an difference, but I still wish I had done it. in-class essay even if it hadn’t studied; the kind of The lesson here, for me, is about flexibility. It’s about “smart” that could ace a test with one hand tied behind its seeing beyond the walls of the box I live in. Geoff’s death back. But for a reason I never totally understood, Geoff has made me think, among other things, about how great was also the kind of “smart” that didn’t like school, it would be if we were all just a little bit more relaxed with especially certain kinds of assignments. He was usually one another—if we could feel safe enough to identify here, but I’m guessing he usually didn’t want to be. On what does and doesn’t work for each of us, both as many days he may have watched those around him having students and as teachers, and if we could respect and what he assumed was a good time while he just felt like appreciate one another’s differences. It’s not always going home. possible to change something in order to make someone Most of the kids in my first and second period English feel more comfortable and capable. But whenever it is 12 classes grew up with Geoff, and I have, unavoidably, possible, it’s a good—not a bad—thing to do. This may experienced my grief with and through them. The morning seem to you like an insignificant realization for me to take after his death, nearly all of them came to school. They away from the death of a student I had in both the tenth were devastated, but their automatic and natural response and twelfth grades, but it doesn’t seem insignificant to me was to begin telling stories—both sad and happy—about at all. I’m going to think a long time about the fact that a their friend. Through them, I’ve heard about the things student as blindingly brilliant as Geoff, one who cared as Geoff did like: music, exploring caves, anything and deeply as he did about turning in his work, could not everything to do with computers. A few weeks ago he bring himself to write a few poems. went to his first concert ever, and the kids who saw him About mid-day on that Friday morning before there noticed how happy he seemed. Later he spoke of it Christmas, I saw a group of seniors who had known Geoff as the highpoint of his life. The one consistent thing most Geoffrey Lewis, ‘08 Photo: Courtesy of Judy Dias well huddled together in a small, miserable clump in the people, including teachers, noticed about Geoff this year wide breezeway near the principal’s office. Grief and was that there were a lot of things he was looking forward shock were still bubbling up into their faces. It was class- to doing. The last time I talked to him, he spoke with passing time and all around them, in either direction, confidence about writing his college essay. The lesson here, for me, is innocent, noisy kids were walking briskly towards class, Geoff was friendly whenever you spoke with him, but laughing and talking and flirting, unaware of the smaller he never felt comfortable sharing his ideas aloud in class. I about flexibility. it’s about seeing group standing there feeling unbearably sad and isolated. place a high premium on class discussions, and sometimes his grade suffered as a result of his inability to participate beyond the walls of the box I live I stopped to ask if I could help in any way. Their answer: they didn’t want to talk to anyone; more than anything, in them. Once in a while, I would tease him about his in . . . Human beings give each they just wanted to go home. It struck me later that these shyness in an attempt to loosen him up a bit, but it never desperate, out-of-place kids, overwhelmed by the happy, really changed anything. This quarter, however, I was just other extraordinary gifts each and confident majority, were feeling the way Geoff may often beginning to feel that maybe we had hit on something like a solution: when my seniors tackled Beowulf, a very long every day: admiration, kindness, have felt. It was as if, for that one moment in time, they were standing in his place and experiencing what it might 1000+ year-old epic poem, I decided to invite them to earn emotional validation, financial have been like to be him. their class participation credits by reading sections of it Human beings give each other extraordinary gifts each out loud. Geoff delighted me by volunteering on a number support, and romantic adoration. and every day: admiration, kindness, emotional validation, of occasions. I could feel a sort of hush descend on the financial support, and romantic adoration. But of all the room every time he read: he was a very, very good reader, But of all the gifts we give to one gifts we give to one another, nothing hits the spot like and we were all aware of it. He was aware of it too. It was just something that came naturally to him, something he another, nothing hits the spot like empathy. Putting yourself in someone else’s place, heart- wise and mind-wise, actually understanding where was comfortable doing. empathy. someone else is coming from, is heroic work. Every time On the morning of the day he died, Geoff handed me someone practices it, the world becomes a more humane his final essay on Beowulf. It was one day late. I place. It changes the person who gives it as much as the considered this the most difficult assignment I’d given my almost always. When Geoff died he still owed me one person who receives it. If Geoff’s death means anything seniors so far this year, and I expected a lot of them to thing—a major poetry assignment from a few weeks to us, let it mean this: today, or any day, for just a little struggle with it. When I read Geoff’s essay, however, I back. I had asked him about it, but for reasons he never while, stand in someone else’s shoes. Feel, even just for realized that he had completed it with his usual flair for explained, he simply couldn’t bring himself to do it. five minutes, what it is to be another person—preferably, excellence. It was, beyond a doubt, an “A” paper, the kind Critical essays were really a breeze for him; the creative someone as different from you as possible. It might of writing he had turned in on other occasions. Geoff stuff, not so much. I don’t think he was unusual in this stretch you, challenge you, turn you inside out in a way cared deeply about the quality of his work, and he way; over the years, I’ve come to realize that many kids that feels uncomfortable, but afterwards—I guarantee— couldn’t stand to let an assignment slide. Sometimes he are comfortable with one kind of assignment but not with you’ll be someone significant. You’ll be one step closer to turned things in late, but he always turned them in. Or another. understanding how to change the world. Enthusiastic, gifted writer, a lover of video, computers, caves By Sean Peltier whatsoever. That was our thing, our beyond. I never asked Geoff what the Pringles®, or green grapes, or a Capri I will never forget Friday, Dec. 21, the connection and tradition. Geoff was the appeal of climbing into a cold, muddy hole Sun® juice pack, hear about spelunking or day I learned that my friend and classmate most enthusiastic kid I’d ever seen in gym. was but I wish I had. He was also a good hear Sublime on the radio, I’ll remember Geoff Lewis had passed away. That day He would fly about the floor wreaking employee. Only after his death did I Geoff, his smile, his giving his insanely will remain etched in my memory, forever, havoc on the game of soccer. Later, at discover that he had worked with my enthusiastic best in gym soccer, and his for so many reasons. The hallway, lunch, the usually talkative table at which I cousin, Tim. Tim described Geoff very much appearing to be asleep in psychology yet normally a happy, loud place full with normally sat next to Geoff was completely like anyone else would; he described him as somehow hearing everything and chatter prior to that dreadful first period silent, not a word was spoken, nor was a great guy. Geoff was a great guy. He never receiving better grades then I did. I’ll was eerily silent, with only whispers and much food consumed. Even later came had anything negative to say and he was remember how he could always tell when I sobs audible. Faces were gaunt, showing psychology class, in which I sat next to always there to pick you up when you were was having bad day and how he always either absolutely nothing or the deepest Geoff and completed worksheets with him. down, telling a dumb joke and cracking his managed to cheer me up. I know one thing, pain. Classmates turned to each other, I never saw it coming. But he’s gone now, goofy smile. Geoff Lewis was truly a great a part of Geoff will remain alive as long as looking for comfort, an answer, or any and nothing I can ever do will bring him guy. we remember him, and I, for one, will never connection. We asked ourselves how it back. There are many different beliefs and forget. was possible that one of our classmates Geoff was, despite his unconventional theories regarding what happens to us after Geoffrey Lewis is gone, yet, in the was gone; how was it possible that we had theory that sleeping in class made you we die. I would be lying if I said I had any weeks since his passing, I have seen lost one of our own? smarter, a good student, a gifted writer, clue as to what actually happens. changes within the student body. I have It could have happened to any of us, and a fun kid to be around. He loved video Nevertheless, I personally find it difficult to seen people checking on acquaintances to and yet, there we were, without Geoff. The games (Who doesn’t?), enjoyed driving, believe that our souls can die. Right now, make sure they’re alright. I’ve seen day proceeded in the same manner, a day going to Greylock football games, and the loss of Geoff is fresh and the thought of friendships forged because those people of silence and sorrow. Personally, three simply hanging out with friends. He loved going ten minutes, much less a day, without who knew Geoff came together to portions of the day affected me most making movies; I could never get him shut thinking of Geoff is incomprehensible, but remember him. I would like to think that, at profoundly. On my way into to gym class, up about Mr. Powers’s video editing class. time heals all wounds and healing will the very least, Geoff’s death brings us I turned around in the same spot I always And the caves were ever so important to happen. It’s simply the way people are. together as a class, a school, and a do. I turned to say “HI” to Geoff and chat him. Geoff loved spelunking, crawling into Even so, I know one thing for certain: community. Rest in peace, Geoff Lewis. We about something of no importance dark nooks and crannies to see what lay Anytime I see a Chips Ahoy!® cookie, or will never forget you. Page 3 OPINION/ARTS New year, new you: Less cool, less tough, less judgemental? By Nick Fogel it seems cliché, maybe the New Year is the perfect time are willing to help us if we fail, loads of opportunities to 2008 is well underway and it’s time to pack the excuses to make some changes. I’m not talking about drastic find out who we are; what we like; and what we want to away and start making good on the New Year’s measures that require loads of effort. Maybe this change do, opportunities to have a lot of fun along the way. resolutions. You want to shed a few pounds without is as simple as holding the door an extra couple of Let’s look at 2008 as the chance for change. If you spending too much time in the kitchen or the health food seconds for someone who is a little ways behind you or have never played a sport before and are used to taking aisle? Is it finally time to unveil the six-pack abs? Maybe not cutting the entire line at lunch as though you are more the 2:30 p.m. bus home every day, try a sport. If you’re a you are determined to be a better spouse: cook a few deserving of your bagel than everyone else (I’m talking to boy, maybe try a sport outside on the snow that has a meals, spend more time with the kids, and not watch so you junior boys). three-year win streak, a sport with a group of the coolest much football? We’ve got all you need to stay motivated and best looking guys in the school. If you haven’t yet and, in the words of our democratic candidates, make 2008 spoken to a lot of people in your grade, don’t think that the year of change! Don’t worry; the Echo has not turned into Men’s Try being . . . “ a little nicer to you are too cool or too lame for them and say hello. If you have been too afraid to talk to your lifelong crush, Health. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of New Year’s hype each other, a little more under- Valentine’s Day is coming up, so put on your best myself. Does 2008 really feel different than 2007? There is clothes, get a nice haircut, and work the magic. nothing new or fresh about January in New England. But, standing when someone is upset, a Sometimes it seems impossible to change and break if there is one good thing that this “holiday” offers, it is a little less judgmental, a little less out of our routine. Sometimes we need these artificial chance to change. However, artificial it may be, 2008 is a holidays like New Years and Valentine’s Day to realize new opportunity. concerned with looking cool and what’s important to us. Sometimes they provide a wakeup For many of us, 2007 could not have ended much worse. Geoff will forever be in our hearts and minds. As tough, and a little more concerned call to who we want to be, who we want to be with, and how we want to live. So whether you have big or small we move on in this New Year, we carry the memory and with being a good friend.” plans for change, take 2008 as a chance to try new things, pain with us. I know there is nothing I can say to ease the grow, and be happy. Best wishes to everyone in 2008! pain felt by those friends and family who were close to Geoff, but I want you to know that we are here for you There are a lot of problems in the world that could be and pray for you every day. solved if people made a point of being a little nicer to each 2008 is full of possibilities, uncertainty, and new other, a little more understanding when someone is upset, a little less judgmental, a little less concerned with looking Feb. 8 ‘Food of Love’ beginnings. Seniors will leave, with any luck, enter college, make new friends, and open a new path in their lives. Underclassmen will have to suffer with the loss of cool and tough, and a little more concerned with being a good friend. I know there are a lot of people that dread mix to include chocolate coming to school, and I’m not going to pretend that I’m the best class any of us can remember and somehow find a way to carry on for at least one more year. All of us have not looking forward to February break, but I know that I’m also dreading leaving Mount Greylock. and the ‘darker side’ the better part of six months left in the school year. While We have loads of people that want us to succeed and By Patrick Madden “A combination of three of life’s most delicious things: Shakespeare, love, and chocolate” is how Deb Burns Nights at the library, a direct result of the Rural Literacy R.L.P. Continued from Page 1 Project serving as the nightly hotspot for the youth of the town, consist of intense Scrabble competitions among kids of all ages, English tutoring, checker games with bottle describes the annual Food of Love theatrical event that takes place at the Williams Inn in Williamstown on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. -- just before Valentine’s Day. Sound appealing? It should. There are cups of chocolate mousse caps, and the production of library cards for the new com- (literally cups made out of chocolate filled with chocolate ago by a fourth-grade teacher at the Williamstown Elemen- puter system we installed. The library has become a safe mousse) and a plethora of other delicacies, all making up tary School, Sue O’Riley. It has helped to establish libraries and encouraging place for the children and is serves as a an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet available to audience in rural communities of Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Nicara- transition from educational neglect to a what could be a members. “The audience gets to sit and gorge on gua, and Bolivia. Future plans involve a trip to Ecuador. bright future.These grateful children and their families were chocolate (made by the Williams Inn’s chefs) while Each trip involves many heavy suitcases packed with eager to receive us in every way possible. We left the small amazing young actors in books, paper, games, projects, and soccer equipment. Most community with pleas that we return from all, which we will costume perform recently the bags carried a computer, two printers and all not deny. Shakespeare’s love the necessary cords and accessories. Nothing goes The Rural Literacy Project is currently selling calendars, scenes — comic, through the mail. jewelry, and bookmark beads to raise funds for books and romantic, tragic — all I traveled to Guatemala this past summer and am plan- classroom supplies for the next trip. Crosky encourages around them,” says ning my second trip in February. The trip was a life-chang- those interested in the project to contact her. Burns, the show’s ing experience that opened my eyes to the power of volun- director and originator. teering and developed my sense of cultural awareness and respect. I discovered a deeper passion for photography and for language study. The children I met became my close Student council Food of Love was pioneered by Burns four years ago as a fund-raiser friends and were enthusiastic and curious about partici- Continued from Page 1 for MGRHS’s pating in the pen pal project and contributing to our activi- participation in the state- ties and work. nized and official club or group meetings. “We are hoping wide Fall Festival of that the Student Council will hold a lot more decision mak- Shakespeare. Burns has ing power as [it forms] committees and subcommittees to continued the program, address issues and concerns in the school.” says faculty much to the benefit of all Photo: Patrick Madden advisor Mrs. Keeley. This system has helped the Student chocolate and/or Council add to their list of successes. The group recently Shakespeare lovers. Tickets will be approximately $15, and The Mount Greylock Echo is the student newspa- got the student parking line to move forward and is con- all proceeds will go towards next year’s Fall Festival. per of Mt. Greylock Regional High School in tinuing to work on getting rid of it altogether. While tickets will be sold at the door, seating is limited, so Williamstown, Mass. Published monthly during The members of the Student Council show exemplary it is safest to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will be the academic year, each issue is developed and leadership skills with running school wide events, making available shortly at Where’d You Get That?!, Wild Oats edited by a team of editors and writers. Any Mt. changes that effect everyone, and representing their peers. and can also be purchased from Robin Lehleitner. Greylock student may join the staff, attend Mrs. Keeley also states that “it’s really exciting to come to Some 25 student actors -- include a few MGRHS alums, meetings and submit articles. Mt. Greylock where we have the potential for incredible are preparing for this year and are already hard at work, leaders who can make a big difference in this school.” Cur- rehearsing sometimes twice weekly in the First Next issue: rently, the council is considering creating a time during Congregational Church and the ’62 Center for Theatre and Friday, February 15, 2008 which underclassmen may consult seniors about the col- Dance. Milos Mladenovic, a highly experienced actor and Copy Deadline: lege-application process and course recommendations. director, and Franny Shuker-Haines are also helping to Friday, February 1, 2008 Another idea that they are working with is groups of direct scenes from eight or nine Shakespeare plays. Local Next staff meeting: high school students going to middle school classes to world music group The Shoes will also provide live music Thursday, January 24, 2008 talk to them and answer questions about high school and before and throughout the performance. Staff meetings, open any to Mt. Greylock student, more. Furthermore, the Student Council is considering hav- Burns hints the program includes some surprises and are held at 2:30 p.m. in Mr. Niemeyer’s Room (54) ing a Spring version of the Community Building Day from new elements this year, including swordplay and more the half-day this Fall. exploration into love’s darker side. Food of Love actors Editor-in-Chief: Chris Densmore Of course, there is also discussion about the ways in are able to explore their scenes independently and/or with Associate Editor: Matt Baker-White which the Student Council, students, and school can com- a director. Mount Greylock sophomore Isabel Kaufman memorate Geoffrey Lewis whether in the form of an assem- calls Food of Love “an amazing opportunity and the This month’s contributors: bly or some sort of monument. perfect fundraiser because it incorporates what we love Sofie Brooks, Sarah Crosky, Nick Fogel, Patrick The Mt. Greylock Student Council is a school organiza- most about the Shakespeare experience with copious Joslin, Robin Lehleitner, Patrick Madden, Krista tion that has the power to help the school environment in amounts of delicious chocolate!” Mangiardi and Sean Peltier. which so much time is spent. The council works directly Burns loves that each student is “a star in his or her with both students and faculty to make sure that concerns own little scene, so students who sometimes don’t get Mount Greylock Echo are dealt with. Anyone may approach a council member big parts are playing [leads].” She also loves it when Mt. Greylock Regional High School and input is welcomed. The council is a voice and govern- Mount Greylock’s experienced actors try new things, and 1781 Cold Spring Road ing body of the high-school classes. one of her favorite aspects of the project is that “the Williamstown, Mass. 01267 USA To contact the Student Council, either speak with the students do most of the work to raise money for this pro- (413) 458-9582 representative from your grade, email them at gram they care about so much — although this is really All submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at http:/ play, not work.” Burns guarantees “a fun, warm, relaxing email@example.com /www.mgrhs.org/page.php?pid=162. evening with lots of laughs and some magic moments.” Page 4 SPORTS X-C ski team looks to continue splendid success By Patrick Joslin perennial success, as with most cross-coun- When most people think about cross- try teams in the school. It would not be un- country, or “Nordic,” skiing, they probably reasonable to say that the Nordic ski team think about revealing spandex, skis that look is the most under-appreciated team in the absurd and skiing uphill (a grim prospect school. for most). Many teenagers dismiss Nordic The boys’ team has been both undefeated skiing as dull, boring, and monotonous. and reigning MIAA Division III State Cham- However, the truth is that most students at pions for five consecutive years. This year’s Mount Greylock Regional High School squad is poised for another stellar season. probably don’t know about our Nordic Ski With its only loss being that of its number team’s perennial success and the excitement one skier, the ever-charismatic; attractive; that accompanies it. and cheerful Evan Dethier, the squad is re- The abridged version of the scoring sys- turning seven of its top eight. tem for Nordic skiing works like this: The Leading this year’s crew into the cold, first four skiers on are scorers. Their places frosty, gutsy competition is standout se- are added together. For instance, if your nior captain Nick Fogel, who will look to team had skiers that placed 1st; 2nd; 4th; and contend for the individual state title. Nick is 6th, you would add those numbers together closely followed by other senior and cap- to calculate your score. In this case is would tain Ben Ogden, junior Dylan Dethier, and be 13. yours truly rounding out the top four. The team with the lowest score wins. The Any one of those top four skiers could Photo: Chris Densmore make a serious bid for a state title. Nipping next four skiers that ski varsity can displace skiers from other teams That is, they can The Mountie ski teams working out in the school’s weight room. at the first four’s heels are junior Cary move other team’s skiers down in rank but White, sophomore Jordan Touboly, and cannot score themselves. of the most hysterical and charismatic per- nomenon of global warming. But, that is freshman Greg Karibinos. White, fresh out The Nordic ski team at Mount Greylock sonalities around the school. Although another story. Despite striving against the of cross-country running and a good sum- is, from this admittedly biased author’s point Nordic skiing is viewed predominately as an elements and the ever inconsistent weather mer of training, has impressed early with a of view, one of the greatest all-around teams individual’s sport, the Greylock squads ex- they bring, the Nordic ski teams have some sixth and seventh place finish in the first at Greylock both on and off the ski trails. emplify team-building skills and incredible of the best results, if not the best, of any league races. The eighth spot is hotly con- The team usually attracts roughly between collective sportsmanship on and off the team in the school. tested for by junior Evan Grillon, sopho- sixty to seventy students from both the se- course. Many of us winter sports fanatics, at mores Nate Nurmi, and Caleb Pudvar, and, nior high and middle school, amounting to Although there is room for individual one time or another, have found ourselves last but not least, senior captain Peter Glover. an astounding approximately ten percent of glory, any one of the skiers will tell you that in the perpetual alpine skiing vs. Nordic The races are usually held on Saturday the student body. the team goals are set far above individual skiing argument. The truth is that both mornings and there are both junior varsity Each and every team member adds to the gratification. Nevertheless, this chemistry is sports have their respective lures and chal- and varsity races for boys and girls. So find nearly family-like feeling of one of the most truly put to the test when rain covers the lenges, but this is neither the time nor the a cross-country skier, get directions to the tightly knit teams in the school. The atmo- trails in the middle of January. This circum- place for that debate. The fact is that the next race, and get out there to cheer on one sphere on the team is always a constructive stance has plagued several seasons in re- vast majority of the school is uninformed of our schools most successful athletic en- one. The team is also a collection of some cent years due to the much-debated phe- about the Nordic skiing and our ski team’s deavors and most lovable teams. Students of the month Curriculum speeches. This year he was a main organizer of the pep rally. (He ensured that his cool- Continued from Page 1 ness made up for the lameness of the other MC to illustrate how sweet our class is.) representatives from Williams College, last Everyone at Greylock is thankful that the year’s Step-Up Tutoring program has been ABC program exists and chose Anthony to transformed into the Williams Center, a tu- come here. When Anthony talks, people lis- toring program with Williams College un- ten. When Anthony sings, hearts of young dergraduates as well as Greylock students. girls melt. When Anthony enters a room, you Now, with no cost to Mount Greylock, get a strange feeling that you should stand. students may visit Ms. Lehleitner’s class- Anthony claims that he wants to be a judge room after school on Mondays and Wednes- when he grows up, and I have no doubt that days to receive free tutoring, or tutor other he will succeed in any path he chooses, but students for service-learning hours. Al- let me be the first to say this: I endorse An- though there is some uncertainly about the thony Bellmon for President in 2028. (Maybe future of this program after this year, the this column can serve as his first campaign creation of the Williams Center has been a ad?) Anthony is a true role model, someone big success for the school committee and that this class and school will never forget. the members of the Strategic Planning Com- mittee. By Nick Fogel Lindsay/Alysson Maynard This article is dedicated to the best twins Anthony Bellmon at Mt. Greylock, two girls who stand out from There is something different about An- by being tall, stunningly beautiful, smart and Background on the thony. He has something I just don’t see a lot of at Mt. Greylock, something that sepa- kind. Lindsay is basically married, and Allyson — who knows her status? But what Zach Bishop at the pep rally. planning comittee: a rates him from the rest of the students. Yes, he is black, but no, that’s not what I’m think- self-respecting Greylock guy wouldn’t want to win at least the friendship, if not the heart The only problem with the twins is find- ing a way to tell them apart. Nothing is survey of needs ing of. Actually, Anthony has a lot of unique of one or both of these amazing women. more detrimental to a first date than calling The Strategic Planning Commit- qualities that make him one of the most re- The twins first made their mark at Mt. the girl her sister’s name.If you have not tee has included apprxoimately 20 spected people at Greylock, Greylock on the sports scene. If you’ve ever met them, or still have trouble telling them students, teachers, co-Principal Tim In ninth grade, Anthony journeyed north been in a gym class with either of them, you apart, here are pointers: Allyson sometimes Payne, and parents. The group has from Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, already know that it is a challenge for the has curly hair and usually sports a very been working on evaluating ways to to Williamstown. Most of the girls who saw best male athletes to appear cool and manly fashionable outfit while Lindsay usually make students’ lives better at Mt. him on that fateful first day probably re- with the twins there, and the rest of us are in goes with simpler clothes and is easy to Greylock. It’s work began with a member grabbing their best friend, point- serious danger of being completely left in spot as the girl walking with Matt St. Pierre. questionnaire to all high-school stu- ing, and asking with wide eyes, “Who is the dust. Both twins star on the softball team, The “diesel” twins have helped keep ev- dents seeking change requests. that hottie?” Anthony has moved well be- and Ally is dominant on the soccer field and eryone smiling in their six years here and Students listed .more free time for yond being the good-looking guy from the basketball court, leading the basketball team have helped their sports teams immeasur- school work and the availability of city who is good at dancing and singing in scoring and shutting down opponents as ably. Their contributions as classmates and extra help during school hours as and looks a little bit like Kanye West. An- the goalie in soccer. friends have made them well deserving of their top priorities. The committee thony is known as a leader, a voice for the If you are a middle-schooler and don’t the title of Miss(es) January. determined a need to explore ways students, a good friend, and a kind class- know these two, you might be afraid to meet I apologize to anyone who has had a to have students interact more with mate. them walking down the high-school hallway hard time with college apps or the social various community organizations -- From the beginning, Anthony did not to lunch. You might wonder why you haven’t scene because they have not been named including businesses -- to enhance openly look down upon us “country folk.” had any trouble keeping your lunch money. Mr or Miss of the Month. There is no doubt their educational opportunities. Such He fit in immediately — winning the ladies But, in fact, the “deisel” twins are two of the it’s among the most prestigious awards at over with his charm and extraordinary fash- kinder people at Greylock. I mean Lindsay is Mt. Greylock. If you are not selected, well school-community partnerships ion sense and befriending nearly everyone always hugging some boy in the hallway, deserving as you may be, colleges will con- would benefit everything from se- he met. Last year Anthony was a finalist for and both of them are always laughing and sider mitigating factors in assessing you nior projects to applying for joint Berkshire Idol, showcasing his musical and joking around. They are often willing to help application. You may also still have a shot grant programs with other schools performing talents. He also captivated all those in need — you probably remember at a reputable institution, though probably and various local groups. present at last year’s Martin Luther King their coming to the defense of 120-pound not your first-choice school.
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