"I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow and each road leads you where you want to go. And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose, I hope you choose the one that means the most to you." The seniors' class song, "My Wish," preaches exactly what is happening these last few weeks of high school for this class of twenty-five. Recently, they've kept busy with events focused on them.
On Wednesday, April 16, the senior class was invited to the Presbyterian Church for the traditional senior tea. The tea was held at 1:30 in the afternoon. Lyla Ackerman greeted each senior at the door and the Presbyterian women also greeted the seniors. Time was spent conversing and eating goodies.
On Sunday, May 4, the senior music students will be travelling to Saint Paul, Minnesota, to attend the Blue Man Group performance. Vocal director, Kathy Greve, added, "The senior class represents a huge portion of the choir. There are seventeen seniors involved in choir and band; that's about a quarter of the choir. They will be leaving a large hole when they leave."
Some other events the seniors are looking forward to are Baccaluareate at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at the Presbyterian Church. Immediately following Baccaluareate there will be the senior awards ceremony at the high school auditorium.
Lastly, the most awaited date is Sunday, May 18. At 2 p.m. in the Harris-Lake Park High School gymnasium, the seniors will be spending their last moments of high school receiving their diplomas at commencement.
It's our wish that we cherish these last few events that we will be attending together. It's these moments and these friends that we'll never forget.
Written by: Katie Goodell
On Wednesday, March 19, the Harris-Lake Park National Honor Society gained eight new members at the induction ceremony. The ceremony was held in the late afternoon in the high school auditorium. The five returning members spoke about the history of NHS and the qualifications of being an NHS member. The returning members that spoke were Katie Goodell, Macy Gunderson, Sarah Kruger, Noreen Morrow, and Grace Winters.
Among the people that spoke was also David Stein, an attorney from Milford. He addressed the NHS members with a speech relating sports and the values of NHS. After Mr. Stein's speech, NHS advisor, Lisa Weeks, began the induction process. The returning members, all seniors, warmly welcomed the eight inductees, who included two seniors, Jennie McClain and Dalton Snow; one junior, Morgan Eggers; and five sophomores, Zayda Elbuytari, Mary Kate Hoerichs, Katherin Ihnen, River Kelly, and Jacie Rueter.
After the induction ceremony, there was a reception with family and friends. Advisor Lisa Weeks commented, "It's fantastic to see so many students inducted into NHS and to know that they are out there representing some of the best of H-LP. They are striving with their academics and developing into good leaders and people of good character, serving their school and community in a variety of ways."
I wish the NHS members the best of luck throughout the year as they exhibit their outstanding qualities of character, service, leadership, and academics while representing the National Honor Society.
Written by: Katie Goodell
The Harris-Lake Park music department had their annual swing show on February 28, 2014. The theme this year was “In The Mood.”
Miss Emily Gladfelter directed the concert band. Concert Band opened up the swing show playing two songs, “Devonshire Overture” and “Pirates of the Caribbean Highlights.”
After the concert band played, they had five solos. Katie Goodell, a senior, started off the solos singing “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman." Next came sophomore Mary Kate Hoerichs singing “Let It Go” from the popular new movie, Frozen. Another sophomore, Jacie Rueter, sang “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.” Next came a duet between two juniors as Kaelyn Byers and Alex Luitjens sang “Royals” accapella. Senior Chandler Brons ended this part of the solos by singing “The House That Built Me.”
The mixed chorus sang next. First, they sang “For Good (from Wicked).” There were three soloists during that song-Noreen Morrow, Katie Goodell, and Bailey Heikens. The last song the mixed chorus sang was “One Day More (from Les Miserables).”
Vocal Jazz was up next. “Operator” was the first song they performed. Soloists in that song were Bailey Heikens, Morgan Eggers, and Alex Luitjens. “Falling Slowly” was next with Javier Tapia, Noreen Morrow, Kaelyn Byers, and Sarah Kruger as the soloists. “Some Nights” was their next song. Luke Harmon and Mikaela Heikens were the soloists, and David Schurtenberger beat-boxed. This was a great song to end their performance with!
Four more solos performed after that. A junior, Alex Luitjens, sang “My Heart Will Go On” and junior Morgan Eggers sang “Your Song”. Sisters Bailey and Mikaela Heikens sang “It’s Time for Movin’ On,” which made everyone tear up, even them. Junior Kaelyn Byers ended the solos singing and playing piano to “Skinny Love.” Jazz Band was next. They played the songs “Attitude Adjustment," “Chillin’ Time," and “In the Mood.”
This year’s swing show was amazing and it did put people “in the mood”. Mikaela Heikens says, “I cried when Bailey and I were just singing about saying goodbye. I'm definitely not prepared to actually say goodbye to my best friend.”
Written by: Jennie McClain