• Signing Day at EHS

    Posted by Mitzi Wilson on 2/7/2018

    Wednesday, February 7 ,10 Pioneer athletes signed at 8 a.m. in the PAC to continue their athletic careers in college.  They are:

     

    Carter Hyde – Ohio Christian University – Baseball

     

    Sabastian DelCorral – Ohio Wesleyan University – Soccer

    Haley Walton – Wright State University – Soccer

    Ja’Maya Ward – Cleveland State University – Soccer

     

    Tristan Arno – Mount Union University – Football

    Dontae Beckett – Mount Union University - Football

    Scottie Ethington – Otterbein University - Football

    Dayonte Horton – Otterbein University – Football

    Jordan Lucky Baker – Otterbein University - Football

    Johnanthony Lowery – Grand Valley State University – Football

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  • Arsenic and Old Lace

    Posted by Celeste Kapalin & Destiny Torres on 2/6/2018

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    By: Destiny Torres & Celeste Kapalin

    Many kids dream of becoming a famous actor or actress someday, but most of them don’t put in the time or effort to reach this goal; well, except for the amazingly talented thespians of drama club!

    Several of these students got the chance to perform in the drama club’s first play of the school year, Arsenic and Old Lace. (November 10-12, 2017) These students worked extremely hard to memorize their lines, be loud and clear on stage, and make this the best performance possible.

    Have you ever wondered what goes into a play?

    Well you can find out by joining Elyria High’s Drama Club. They put on three different plays throughout the school year, the last of which being a musical.

    Even if being up on stage is not for you, we have a job for you!

    The performers could be the best in the world, but if there are no sets, costumes, makeup, props, sound, or lighting, their hard work is worth nothing.

    This play, written by Joseph Kesselring, is about two spinster aunts who murder lonely old men whose secret is not discovered until their nephew, Mortimer comes to visit. Then everything spins out of control when their crazy nephew Jonathan suddenly comes after years of no one hearing a word from him.

    While the cast of the play and other members of drama club were preparing the set, we interviewed some of the members.


    Meet the Cast

    Mrs. Christian- Director

    Q- “How long have you been directing plays here at EHS?”

    A- “20 years.”

    Q- “What is the most challenging thing you’ve dealt with during this production?”

    A- “Finding the props for the show, since the show is set in another time.”

    Q- “Do you have any advice or words of wisdom you want say to the cast and crew?”

    A- “Relax and enjoy the experience. This may be the most fun time of you lives, spending it on stage. Just try to have fun. Also, audition for the winter play and musical.”

    Garrett Chapin- Officer O'Hara

    Q- “What is your favorite memory while working on this play?”

    A- “My favorite memory is pointing my gun at Mathew.”

    Q- “Do you think this play would be as entertaining if it was a musical?”

    A- “It would be a little more entertaining.”

    Q- “Serious question: do you believe in Bigfoot?”

    A-  “No.”

    Kaleb Robinson- Mr. Gibbs

    Q- “Are you and your character similar in some ways?”

    A- “Yes, they're both tiny and like to get right to the point”

    Q- “Do you recommend people joining drama club?”   

    A- “Yes because drama club is the foundation of ELyria high and it is where a kid can be whatever they want.”

    Q- “If you could only eat one food for the rest of his life, what would it be?”      

    A- “Fried chicken, hands down.”

    Abbey Sears- Drama Club President

    Q- “Do you think this play would be as entertaining if it was a musical?”

    A- “It would be even more entertaining!”

    Q- “What is your favorite memory while working on this play?”

    A- “Having all the actors as the characters they are makes me very happy.”

    Q- “Do you recommend people joining drama club?”

    A- “Oh heck yeah!”

    Jyrone Tucker- Dr. Einstein

    Q- “Have you been in any other productions?”

    A- “No.”

    Q- “What is your favorite memory while working on this play?”

    A- “The Halloween cast party at Emilia’s.”

    Q- “Do you think you and your character would get along in real life?”

    A- “Maybe.”

    Tom Rothgery- Jonathan Brewster

    Q- “Who’s someone who has helped you a lot during this play?”

    A- “Jyrome, he’s just on the ball and looks out for me.”

    Q- “Do you think this play would be as entertaining if it was a musical?”

    A- “No, I don't think any play would be interesting as a musical.”

    Q- “Do you think you and your character would get along in real life?”

    A- “No, he’d kill me.”

    Lilly Ruth- Officer Klein

    Q- “What is your favorite memory while working on this play?”

    A- “Tom is supposed to strangle me in the play, first time we’re running the scene and Tom just looks at me and says “I don't think I feel comfortable doing this” and C (the director) teaches me how to get strangled.”

    Q- “Who is your favorite superhero?”

    A- “Deadpool.”

    Q- “Do you think you and your character would get along in real life?”

    A- “Possibly, my character is pretty dumb.”

    Emily Madisson (Gregory)- Aunt Martha

    Q- “Are you and your character similar in some ways?”

    A- “I think we’re both caring people and kind of shy and timid sometimes.”

    Q- “Have you been in any other productions before?”

    A- “Over 23 productions.”

    Q- “What has been the most difficult scene to act out?”

    A- “Probably the quick witted scenes.”

    Ben Torres- Officer Brophy

    Q- “Do you think you and your character would get along in real life?”

    A- “No.”

    Q- “Do you recommend people joining drama club?”

    A- “Of course!”

    Q- “Do you think this play would be as entertaining if it was a musical?”

    A-  “This play would be fantastic as a musical.”

    Bobby Long- Harper, Roony

    Q- “Have you been in any other productions before?”

    A- “Yes.”

    Q- “Do you think you and your character would get along in real life?”

    A- “No.”

    Q- “Serious question, do you believe in Bigfoot?”

    A- “That’s classified.”

    Diamond Brown- Abby Brewster

    Q- “Do you think you and your character would get along in real life?”

    A- “Yes.”

    Q- “Do you think this play would be as entertaining if it was a musical?”

    A- “Yes, that’d be amazing.”

    Q- “What has been the most difficult scene to act out?”

    A- “When Jonathan and Dr. Einstein come in for the first time.”

    Matthew Plumb- Mortimer

    Q- “Do you think you and your character would get along in real life?”

    A- “We might occasionally, we might not see eye to eye on everything though.”

    Q- “Favorite memory while working on this play?”

    A- “Hearing Xander yell charge for the first time.”

    Q- “Serious question, do you believe in bigfoot?”

    A- “I have no reason not to.”

    Zander Saunders

    Q- “Do you think you and your character would get along in real life?”

    A- “Heck yeah.”

    Q- “Favorite memory while working on this play?”

    A- “Putting up the signs around Elyria with Matthew.”

    Q- “Who is your favorite superhero?”

    A- “Green Arrow.”

    Brandon Hernandez- Witherspoon

    Q- “Are you and your character similar in some ways?”

    A- “Yeah. We’re both responsible.”

    Q- “What has been the most difficult scene to act out?”

    A- “I haven’t had more trouble spots, but at the end I have to act happier and I haven’t reached that yet.”

    Q- “Favorite memory while working on this play?”

    A- “Being able to hang out with my friends and making new friends.”



     






         



















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  • Leo Pop Tabs

    Posted by Celeste Kapalin on 2/6/2018

       Leo Club is one of the community service clubs at Elyria High School, and is the student version of Lions International. Each year they collect pop tabs to donate to the Cleveland Ronald McDonald house, but this year they are running short on pop tabs and time.

       “There is not yet a concrete due date as of yet because we are still finalizing a date to deliver them, but we are aiming for the end of February/ early March,” says Ms. Pokorny, one of the Leo Club supervisors.

       My next question was their pop tab collection goal.

       “We would like to be able to fill at least one trash bag,” she told me, “which is easy to do if everyone can bring in a Ziploc bag full!”

       But what does the Ronald McDonald house use the pop tabs for?

       “The Ronald McDonald house recycles the tabs to generate revenue for house operations. Last year they earned just under $7,000 solely from recycling tabs! All of that money goes back to providing services for the families staying at the house.”

      They could use your help!

       Collected pop tabs, which can come from containers such as soup cans as well, can be delivered to Ms. Pokorny in room 204, Ms. Moujaes, the other supervisor, in room 133, or a Leo Club member.

       If you are interested in joining Leo Club, meetings are every other Friday at 7:15 a.m. in room 204. You can also visit one the supervisors for more information.  

       Thank you so much for your help and support!

     

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  • One Last First Play

    Posted by by Sierra Lawson on 12/5/2017

    Won’t you try a glass of our wine before we start up?” said Diamond Brown as Aunt Abby, in the fall play of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Little do her guests know, the wine contains poison. Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha are two main characters played by both Brown and junior Emily Gregory. Another character is this ensemble cast is Haley Meeks. She plays the Elaine Harper who is the protagonist’s fiancee. The protagonist, Mortimer Brewster, is portrayed by Matthew Plumb.

     

    “Arsenic and Old Lace” is about two women who believe they’re helping these old fellows who were lonely in the world, but they were in fact not helping them.  Recently, the EHS Drama Club put on a performance of the play. These two seniors, Haley Meeks and Diamond Brown, are involved in their first play of their last year of high school.

     

    Haley said, “This experience was a long process, but it was also a gratifying experience.”

     

    Haley took Drama 1 freshman year, she remembers watching ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ in that class. Mrs. Christian told Haley and Abbey Sears, who was the Stage Manager for the play, that she wanted to do this play again before she retired.

     

    “Some of the cast members in this play I have been friends with and some of them I didn’t know, so it was very exciting to be able to get to meet new people and to work with them,” Haley said.

     

    Diamond said, “Getting a lead role in this play was very exciting. I felt bad because a lot of my friends wanted a part and they didn’t get it. I soon became excited and grateful to be ap art of this.”

     

    Many hours were spent rehearsing and doing set. The cast and crew who put the set together and all worked together to make everything run smoothly spent hours day after day to make sure everything would be ready for show night.

     

    “Working with everyone was like home. The new people adapted really fast and made everything work smoothly. Being able to connect and act with my family again felt refreshing,” Diamond said looking back on the play.

    Everyone who helped or had a part in this play were like family. All that helped wanted to be there and put as much effort as they could into this play.

     

    “I was super excited to see the list of shows and to see that this was on it,” Haley said.

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  • Senior Macy Taylor Signs with Truman State University for Softball

    Posted by Jazzman Pearson on 12/5/2017

    Image courtesy of Chronicle Telegram Senior Macy Taylor stars as number 2 on the field but is number 1 in many hearts as she finishes her last year here at Elyria high school heading on to future success with her softball career.

     

    Macy was only 8 years old when she first began her passion for sports but fell in love with softball. Macy said, “When I was younger I played a lot of sports but I always found myself happiest when I was playing softball!”

     

    Macy not only wants to set a good example but she is definitely a team player on the field, along with setting goals and accomplishing more than she ever imagined.

     

    According to her coaches and teachers they've had nothing but positive and uplifting things to say about her. Her former teacher/ coach Mr. Wallace says she's a “natural leader by example” and she's always been “responsible, reliable and full of integrity.”

     

    She’s not only a strong athlete, but has a strong academic acumen. Macy has even been given a full ride to Truman State University in Missouri, where she plans to major in Exercise Science for pre-athletic training.

     

    Macy was asked her feelings on moving so far away from home, leaving her little brother Nate, mother Nikki and father Dan. Macy said, “Yes, I'm excited to play softball for Truman. I'm a little nervous just because it's so far but I'm excited to move far to start a new chapter in life.”

     

    Macy has been on top and has been noted the very best and most responsible through her senior year, “she’s definitely a dream to be apart of,“ Mr. Wallace said.

     

    Macy’s peers admire her hard work and congratulate her on her signing and wish her nothing but the best for her future.

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