Senior Shon Johnson responds to Bin-Laden’s assassination.
Photo by Katia Lev
Meredith Starkman, an ambassador’s assistant to an “unnamed country”, Zach Kozlow, as the ambassador’s first assistant named Kilroy, Cameron Crawford-Mook, playing Susan as Walter Hollander’s daughter, and Patrick Moran, playing Walter Hollander, a tourist accused of being a spy, add humor to the opening scene in Don’t Drink The Water where Walter protests his innocence, ranting about how he was just taking pictures and had no idea that “guards, dogs, and barbed wire” meant a restricted area. This scene exemplifies the humor in the entire play, as the chaotic scenes created by the Hollanders’ mishaps continue to unfold, and the calamities befalling the poor Hollanders grow as well. The hilarity is emphasized by the obliviously clueless family, creating one international crisis after another.
Photo by Christine Chien
Senior Groves Symphony Orchestra violinist Maggie Starr plays her solo during the Barber Violin Concerto along with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra members during the GSO and DSO joint concert this February at the Groves auditorium.
After this collaboration between the DSO and the GSO, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) selected seven students from the Groves Orchestra program for their Honors Orchestra nominations: Maggie Starr and Maxime Lawton for violin, Aaron Yost for viola, Katie Nicholls for cello, and Chris Sinta, Dan Edwards, and Hannah Voigt for bass These students, who played alongside DSO members at the February concert, were chosen on March 26, based on their performances at the MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival.
After this collaboration between the DSO and the GSO, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) selected seven students from the Groves Orchestra program for their Honors Orchestra nominations: Maggie Starr and Maxime Lawton for violin, Aaron Yost for viola, Katie Nicholls for cello, and Chris Sinta, Dan Edwards, and Hannah Voigt for bass
These students, who played alongside DSO members at the February concert, were chosen on March 26, based on their performances at the MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival.
“The MYAF Honors Orchestra consists of the very best high school musicians in the state,” director of the Groves concert and symphony orchestra Paul Shawver said. “This is absolutely equitable to being an All-State athlete.”
The Groves Orchestra will be performing again with top musicians when they join the Honors Orchestra at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival on May 14th at 2:30pm, at Western Michigan University.
Photo by Katie Quasarano
Varsity goalie Rachel Dylewski saves a shot in the water polo game against Okemos. Okemos is undefeated, and the game was close with a score of 3-4 until the last quarter. Groves Gators lost 3-8 on April 26. Goals scored by co-captain Allie Gijsbers and junior Taylor Pfershy.
Photo by Katie Quasarano
“We need your help” the posters around the school cry out. Narumi Shikiya, a senior exchange student from Okinawa, Japan, urges everyone to take action to help those suffering after the tsunami. Nearly everyone in the country has felt the tragedy personally, including Shikiya, as her friend’s grandfather died because of his age and his inability to escape his house. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami have shaken not only Northern Asia, but the whole world. As of April 26th, more than 14,000 people have died. 130,000 are homeless and 28,000 are still missing.
Groves students can help by donating to the Japanese Relief Fund in the collection box that can be found in the main office.
Students can also help On June 1st by attending the the second annual Birmingham fashion show, put on by the Fashion Club and class, titled this year Forces of Nature. Rehearsals begin the week of May 9th. All profits from the show will be donated to the Red Cross for the Japanese Relief effort.
“It’s going to be a fashion show with a theme related to the Four elements (Earth, Air, Fire & Water) and tying that in with nature and the Japanese tragedy of nature,” community service organizer Sheila Brice said.
The theme for the show was chosen at the end of last year.
"Because of the timing of the show and the theme that was chosen," business teacher and fashion club adviser Kristen Erickson said, ”It seemed extremely appropriate to donate to the relief efforts in Japan. We found it such a wonderful fit for us and the charity fashion show, especially after we have now all seen, once again, what such a devastating combination of the “Forces of Nature” can do.”
When Shikiya heard about the fashion club fundraiser, she was so excited she loaned the club a Kimono she brought from Japan to use for part of the show’s props and displays.
For more information on this, follow the Birmingham Fashion Show on Twitter at BhamStyleShow11.
Students can also help the cause on Monday, May 16 by joining the “Bowling for Japan” fundraiser: 100% of proceeds goes to the Red Cross for Japanese Relief: $50 donation per 4 player team; $60 per 5 player team. Entry forms, requiring parental signatures, are in the front office and registrations are due Tuesday, May, 10 at 3pm. Make checks payable to Groves High School. See Groves Student Congress (GSC) advisers Kara Mason or Laura Sheckell with questions.
For information on donations to Japan, talk to Narumi Shikiya, Tatiana Boinais or Brice in the main office.
Defeatthelabel.com is a non-profit, anti-stereotype website created by the Friendship Circle of Michigan, dedicated to eliminating stereotypes forever. The website promotes living in a world without bullying, without judgment, and a society where all people are recognized not for their physical form, but for their soul within. Representatives from Defeat the Label have been visiting schools across Michigan, including Andover, Walled Lake Western, and Groves own Interact Service club. The Interact Service has been supporting DtL by passing out rings to the student body that say, defeatthelabel.com.
But how do you actually Defeat the Label? Each week, users are given a new mission to perform an act of good will. When he or she completes the mission, that person returns to the DtL site and posts a recap of the mission’s results. Dtl hopes performing a good-deed mission once a week will change those involved into less judgmental, more tolerant and inclusive of people. Their focus is not on changing the world all at once, but on inspiring one person at a time and to grow from the act of selfless giving.
Thirteen-year-old pop singer Cody Simpson is great supporter of Defeat the Label and the Friendship Circle. He’s recently begun endorsing a new limited edition sweatshirt for DtL, where the profits will benefit Friendship Circle style curriculums, and clubs that work to help.
You can join Dtl for free. Just go online to www.defeatthelabel.com and register. Participate in the missions, give some feedback, and improve your community. Buy some Defeat the Label apparel. All the proceeds benefit the Friendship Circle of Michigan. Show your support around school. Together, we can Defeat the Label.
Photo by Gregory Jackson
There were an estimated 4,500 people protesting at the “We Are The People” rally in Lansing on April 13th. Unions from all across the state protested proposed cuts by the Michigan State Congress and Governor Rick Snyder. Legislators are planning on cutting at least $470/pupil in public schools.
Photo by Gregory Jackson
Hundreds of unions gathered for the “We are the People” rally on the front stairs of the state capitol in Lansing, Michigan.