THS Happenings By Jordan Vericker, Olivia Spaulding & Lauryn Gibas
Last year, art club did not run; but this year, Art Club is in full swing at Trenton High School. There are 46 current members. Mrs. Weaver and Mrs. Skrynzski are the club advisors. Art Club was created because they felt that class was too short to get everything they wanted done. There are several fun things that get left out due to lack of time.
Art Club meets every two weeks in Mrs. Weaver’s room. The club does a variety of projects. The most common ones though are tangible items that kids can take home, like tie-dyed t-shirts. The main goal is to get kids to have fun creating art, and show them it can be very fun and healthy for your brain.
“Going to art club is definitely the highlight of my week, I love having something fun and creative to look forward to,” senior Laine Carmona stated.
Everyone in the club gets along very well and enjoys one another.
“Art Club is so much fun,” said junior Ally Clark. “We get to paint a lot and I absolutely love painting.” Art Club is always accepting new members and is a fun way to get involved.
This year’s fall play was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Auditions were in early September and many students came to try out for a part. The cast was released the following day and the student actors could not have been more excited.
“I like being a part of the fall play and in the theater in general, it somehow motivates me to be a better person,” stated Rachel Becker.
The leads were Jaret Franzel as Willy Wonka, Kaitlyn Darling as Charlie Bucket, Elainah Bayless as Violet Beaurgarde, Haylee Miller as Veruca Salt, Braiden Roegner as Mike Teavee, and Kaden Guidry as Augustus Gloop. After the roles were cast the rehearsals began right away, every day after school.The performers also made all of the sets for the show and they looked amazing. Kyla Maguire, Trenton High School graduate, was the leader of set making, but everyone chipped in.
Elainah Bayless shared, “We’re all just one big dramatic family. If you’re ever without a home, you can find comfort on the stage.”
Being in school productions really brings classmates together. The play showed Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, nights the cast members will never forget.
Kaitlyn Darling explained, “Being in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a blast. The whole cast became a family to me in such a short time. I’ll never forget it!”
If you could not make it to the fall play, go to the spring play and the musical. The students at Trenton High School have already begun their palling.
“It’s always a lot of fun being in the plays at school,” senior Laine Carmona said. “Our director, Mrs. Wagner, always makes it fun for everyone and I can’t wait to show you what the spring play and musical will bring.”
The Trenton High School Marching Band — Downriver’s largest high school marching band, consisting of 176 members — had a great season performing its show, “The South Seas.” The South Seas had music from the musical, “The South Pacific,” and also had key songs such as, Beyond the Sea from “Finding Nemo,” and the wonderful classic, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” This year, senior drum major Alex MacDougall wowed the audience with his Ukulele skills during, “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”
Unlike most activities at the high school, marching band starts before the season starts and works hard until its very last performance. Starting in May with its first practice as the new band it shows incoming freshman what high school band is like and the amazing bonds that come with it. Soon enough it’s every band kid’s favorite month of the year, August. Every August the band travels all the way to Almont for a whole week full of sweat, fun, hotdogs — and more walking than you can imagine. Each morning there is freshman initiation. Each senior gets a freshman who they can dress up in funky clothing and signs. The rules are that the freshmen have to wear their initiation gear everywhere they go all week. At each initiation they play games to help the freshman bond, better their marching skills, and to get some giggles from the seniors.
“My favorite thing about band was band camp, especially this year when Maddi Memmering put a dead snake on my back. I also love passing the Chinese restaurant Takee Outee and the band camp dance!” said senior bass clarinet player, Hannah Gandolfi.
Once the band is home they start practicing every Monday and Wednesday until late October. Each practice is two hours long, making it a huge commitment along with meeting
every day in second hour to practice their music.
For the past five years THS MB has been a feature band in the Cedar Point Halloweekends Parade. Also in those five years THS Band has gotten first place at every competition they have performed in. It looks like hard work does pay off.
“Marching Band is a great activity to be a part of. Having a bond with that many people is something that will be a great memory for the rest of my life,” said senior flute section Captain Olivia Stachecki.
Student correspondents Jordan Vericker, Olivia Spaulding and Lauryn Gibas are seniors at Trenton High School.