Thursday, April 26, 2012

GLHS Softball

     After a successful 2011 season, the GLHS softball team is working towards an even better season this year. 

     Last year, the softball team ended their season as State Runner-Ups after months of high achievement and determination that lead them to the championship game against Canton Vally Hoover, where they lost 4-2. The GLHS Varsity softball team also ranked 3rd in the OCC. 

     "We had really good chemistry last year. Even though we lost 7 straight games we knew that we had to come back and win it and that is exactly what we did to get to states," senior Sarah Seidel said.  

     After a season of records and high rankings, the team has even higher goals for this year. 

     "Our main goals are to win the OCC and to also win 20 of our games," sophomore Jessica Sparks said. 

     So far, Varsity's record stands at 12-7. Even with some minor setbacks, the team is not going to give up. It is still early in the season with multiple opportunities for accomplishment. 

     "There is some room for improvement, but it is still early in the season," junior center fielder Olivia Schumacher said. 

     The JV Gold team is showing their passion for the game by trying their best to get better and better each game.

     "Our team is doing pretty well this year. I think that we have the ability to do even better. We have a solid team that works together with the drive to win," Sparks said.

     The softball team has many games left in the season to show their ability and make it back to the top. 

     "It is so nice to have peers at the games! Last year we did not have many people come to our games, but since we did so well they are coming out more to support us this year," Seidel said. 

Written by Anna McCloud

A Great Day To Be a Lion

           GLHS celebrated another quarter of student achievement on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at the annual 3rd quarter Renaissance Rally.
            Students who have received platinum, gold, silver, blue, or high five renaissance cards for the 3rd quarter were invited to join the Renaissance action team in a celebration of academic achievement. The weather was nice so this renaissance rally was outside.
            “I had such a great time at the renaissance rally last week. It was fun to be outside and the activities made it a good time in general,” senior Elizabeth Storhaug said.
            Unfortunately, students who do not match the criteria in order to receive a renaissance card are not permitted to go to the renaissance celebration.
            “I was a little let down when I found out I wasn’t invited to the renaissance celebration. It gives me motivation to not be absent as much and get a card next quarter,” junior Kristen Gregory said.
            The renaissance action team works incredibly hard to put together these outstanding celebrations every quarter and to promote academic excellence among the students at GLHS. Students at Lincoln will continue to work hard so that they can enjoy a fun afternoon at the Renaissance Rally.

Students at the Rally
Written by Jenna Rajczyk

GLHS Reflects

Opening up to your peers can be difficult for most High School students, but students in GLHS’s Theatre Appreciation class faced this challenge openly with their Reflections project.
          The mixed class, made up of primarily juniors and seniors, works very hard to create and prepare personal monologues. Theatre teacher, Cynthia Macioce, leads students through the entire process. One major part of the reflections project is to open up to an audience and to learn who you really are.
         “The audience learns a lot about the performer, but more importantly the performer learns a lot about themselves. It is such a learning process for everybody and is one of the most meaningful projects we have done. It opens up my eyes and the audiences eyes about the whole person” Macioce said.
          Students in Theatre Appreciation value the experience and think it is a major part of the class as a whole, as well as the school year. Often times it is hard for teenagers to open up to their peers, but the reflections give the students an open environment to share.
          “I opened myself up to my peers and shared my inner-most thoughts. We said things that caused intense emotion, intense thought, and intense reactions. Every single reflection had an impacting theme to it, and those themes will stay with us while we continue to grow,” junior Alex Dilgard said. 
          Although the Reflections performances are done for the year, next year’s Theatre Appreciation students will have the same experience to open up about themselves to their peers and an audience.
          “Reflections were an amazing experience, not just as a performer, but also as a listener. I hope everyone can be a part of it at some point in their time at GLHS,” Dilgard said.

Written by Morrisa Cohen

Thursday, April 12, 2012

March Madness 2012

     March Madness this year was full of upsets and thrill, as always. Many upsets surprised viewers, causing an interesting tournament.

  • ·         12 VCU beat 5 Wichita State
  • ·         11 Colorado beat 6 UNLV
  • ·         15 Lehigh beat 2 Duke
  • ·         15 Norfolk State beat 2 Missouri
  • ·         13 Ohio beat 4 Michigan
  • ·         12 Southern Florida beat 5 Temple
  • ·         6 Cincinnati beat 3 Florida State
  • ·         11 North Carolina State beat 3 Georgetown

     A lot of GLHS students and staff members had Ohio University beating Michigan in the first round of their bracket due to one of their players, Stevie Taylor, who is a Gahanna grad.

     This year’s championship game was against #1 ranked Kentucky and #2 ranked Kansas. The final score of the championship game as Kentucky 67-59. 

Written By Morrisa Cohen

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Hunger Games Movie

     Raking over $400,000 worldwide and challenging Twilight and Harry Potter for box office records, The Hunger Games was an immediate sensation.
      Fans of the books and non-readers alike enjoyed the exciting story of Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, fighting for her life and for the honor of District 12.
     The premise of the book is that 24 teenage participants are forced to fight to the death while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. The Capitol has imposed this punishment as a reminder of their complete control over the people following a crushed rebellion that ended in the demolition District 13.
     Senior Anna Woodruff recommends seeing the movie, even for those who have not read the books.
     “It is still a good entertaining and quality movie,” Woodruff said. “I think they did a good job with the movie. The difference is all the books are from Katniss's point of view, so you miss some things that really made the book awesome. Things like relationship development and whatnot.”
Junior Stephanie McCann, who has already seen it in theatres twice, agrees that the film is worthwhile. 
     “I think the film adaptation of the book was really well done. The film did a good job of capturing the overall mood of the book. I saw it the day it came out and again a few days later. The book version of any story will always be better than the film adaptation.”
     Part of the excitement of this movie, especially for girls, is watching Katniss’s love life unfold. Hollywood hunks Liam Hensworth and Josh Hutcherson play Katniss’s love interests, Gale and Peeta, respectively. Both McCann and Woodruff root for Peeta.
     “My favorite scene was the riot scene in District 11. I was really glad that they showed that the people were beginning to turn against the Capital. My favorite aspect of the movie is how it ‘watches.’ It has a lot of ‘indie’ film qualities that makes it feel like a much more intimate experience and less like a beginning to another crazed book and movie franchise,” McCann said.
     Though The Hunger Games will soon leave theatres, fans can look forward to the sequel to the film, Catching Fire, which will be filmed in the fall.

Written by Angie Stewart

Monday, April 9, 2012

Spring Break Baseball Trip

     The Gahanna Boys baseball team dedicated their Spring Break to get their season off on an early start.

     Through the long winter months, students begin a countdown for the long awaited Spring Break.  This year the baseball team gave up their week off school to playing baseball.

     The boys headed down to Vero beach, Florida in hopes of bringing the team closer together and coming home with some wins to add to their season.

     “We went 4-2, which is pretty good for having a conceivably 'young' team per say. We competed in every game and never gave up,” junior Alec Tuohy said.

     Not only did the team play in six games, but they also had hitting practice each night to prepare for any differences in competition and for their season as a whole.

     “The pitching was the biggest different in competition, that and everyone can play defense. It was not something that surprised us at all. We are playing against the best that each school has to offer and that’s to be expected. I think that we were prepared very well for the change and it showed with our record,” Tuohy explained.

     Even though there were countless hours of baseball, the team still had time to enjoy the beach and relax.

     “When we were not playing, we would normally hang out in our rooms with the team, go and get lunch with our parents, or go to the pool,” junior Dakota Cararo said.

     After a week of baseball games, the boys got a chance to go to the beach before heading back home.

     “The last day at Vero Beach was awesome. We all played shuffleboard and went down on the beach as a team. It was just a good bonding day,” junior Shawn Martin said.

     The trip started out the season, brought the team closer together, and allowed for a great Spring Break.

     “The best part was getting to spend a whole week with the kids on the team and also getting to play against teams from all over,” Cararo said.

     Not many school teams get the opportunity to travel so far together for a week’s time. The trip was also beneficial for the Gahanna Athletics program as the team showcased the schools baseball talents out of central Ohio.

     “Traveling with the team is a great experience because we get to leave our home and get out of our comfort zone and just play baseball together with nothing else to worry about,” Martin said. 

Written by Anna McCloud