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November 2009

Music Man at SHHS

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/24/2009 - 13:08
by Kjirsten Collins


                The Salem Hills High School drama department earned a reputation of excellence last year, after they put on their first performances in the first year of the school. After the first play of the 2009- 2010 school year, would they keep that status? The answer, after the outstanding performance of The Music Man, is absolutely. 
Directed and choreographed by Polly K. Dunn, along with music director Justin Bills, the musical turned out to be quite the show. A perfect mix of humor and character, the cast members easily caught the attention of the audience throughout the play. 
Another notable aspect of the show was the live orchestra of Salem Hills. They played flawlessly and set the mood of each scene with their flowing notes. A mention must also be made of the leads, Kyler Gilstrap and Celeste Lee. Both amazing singers and performers, they did a terrific job of stirring the emotions of the audience. Behind the scenes, it was evident that the costume and set departments succeeded in capturing the setting for the play. Overall, The Music Man was completely worth going to, and the fine arts department of SHHS has again impressed the community.

Salem Hills Continues the Wishing Tradition

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 13:26
by Celsie Long
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Salem Hills Continues the Wishing Tradition
by Celsie Long – Student Body Historian

Last year Salem Hills High School started a new tradition; they got involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year we granted Porter’s wish. Porter is a nine year old boy who lived in Salem, but recently moved to California. He has Muscular Dystrophy and his wish is to go to Disneyworld.
The week started off with an assembly to introduce Porter. Throughout the week the school got caught up in doing all of Porter's favorite things; we dressed up in Disney costumes, ate Snickers, wore red, and brought stuffed animals to school.
We carried on the same traditions as last year and sold Porter dog tags, had a movie night, the Man-hawk Dance Off, and the Skyhawk Gorge. The Skyhawk Gorge is when businesses from all around the community and school clubs bring food to the school for families and students to come eat, enjoy entertainment, socialize, and have a good time. It's something the whole community enjoys. After the Skyhawk Gorge on Monday night we had raised more than enough money to grant Porter's wish, over $8,000 dollars.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation isn't only a good way to get a whole school united, it is a great way to get the whole community involved and brought together for a good cause.

Manhawk Dance-off Fundraiser

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 13:10
by JT Atkinson and Jacob Durfey
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Among many of the events going on for the Make A Wish week, the Manhawk Dance Off always goes down as one of the favorites. Four groups competed in the dance off, but only one could be given the trophy this year. The group Cinnamon Sugar coached by Kacie Hiatt came out on top after everything was done. 
“It was 100 percent heart. We danced for more than ourselves that night; we danced for 1) Porter, 2) Micheal Jackson, and 3) For the impoverished children in Africa, namely Ghana. Cinnamon Sugar would like to thank their instructor and choreographer Kacie W. Hiatt. We deserved that victory.” Said Jaxon Munns from the Cinnamon Sugar crew.
But unlike last year, all the dances were  well prepared, and one could tell the coaches and performers actually put some time and thought into these creative dances. There were four groups performing in this year’s dance off; Cinnamon Sugar coached by Kacie Hiatt, Neon Black Crew coached by Erin Mcmurray and Rachel Fitzgerald, Sub Zero coached by Kari Turner, and BADA’s coached by Sierra Poulsen. With a total of 1200 dollars raised for the make a wish foundation, the Manhawk Dance Off was an absolute success.

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