By Jordan Vericker, Olivia Spaulding & Lauryn Gibas
The 2016-2017 hockey season has finally begun in Trenton. Tryouts were early November. Twenty boys made the cut, 10 of whom are seniors. Last year, the team lost Niko Potestato, Jeremy Ross, Grant McClellan, Solomon Markus, Nick Trela, Tyler Carlos, Carl Olds, Parker Dukus, Rob Delarosa, David Chavez, Jason Welsch, Griffin Sawyer, and Joey Krolicki.
This year, the team gained Drew Welsch, Sheldon Clark, Jack Palazollo, Richard Boulware, Justin Litchard, Donte Diponio, Devin Dunn, Nolan Sczepaniak, Nick Moody, Patrick Bazner, and Noah Thackeray. Returning players are Kenny Styles, Brandon Morgan, Jordan Cormier, Anthony Lemerand, Conner Howey, Drake Ryznar, Kyle Lucas, Joey Santangelo, and Brody Wilson. The goals are guarded by our talented seniors Anthony Lemerand, Joey Santangelo, and Brody Wilson.
“Being on the team is not just a joy, but an honor.” said returning senior Joey Santangelo. “If we all put our full effort, heart, and integrity there is no doubt in my mind that we will win a state championship.”
The coaching staff is very strong, consisting of Mr. Clements, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Freeman, and Mr. Obrycki. The captains are Kyle Lucas, Kenny Styles, and Brandon Morgan.
The season kicked off with a game against Plymouth Salem at the Plymouth Cultural Center on Nov. 18. The team quickly pulled ahead, and won 5-0. (read more…)
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. (read more…)
BY JORDAN VERICKER, OLIVIA SPAULDING
& LAURYN GIBAS
(Editor’s Note: Please welcome the Trenton Trib’s correspondents from Trenton High School for the coming school year, Lauryn Gibas, Olivia Spaulding and Jordan Vericker. The three seniors will team up monthly to help keep the community informed about all the important activities at the school. Thanks to Lauryn, Olivia and Jordan for their willingness to take on this responsbility, and also to THS journalism instructor Susanna Palazzola for helping us with the selection process. Please meet our student writers below.)
Lauryn Gibas: “I am the Senior Class president as well as Interact Club president. I’ve been in marching band for four years, play soccer at THS and I caddy at Dearborn Country Club. I have three dogs and one turtle that I love very much. I am very involved with leadership and have attended multiple leadership conferences along with a leadership camp for the past three summers. My favorite thing about high school is Homecoming spirit week, I love to get decked out on the spirit days and celebrate with my class when we win the tug-o-war contest at the pep assembly. Another thing I am involved with is the class float and that is something I am very proud of every year. I plan on attending Michigan State University and major in human biology to become a dermatologist. I am very excited for this school year and to be able to share all the activities that come along with it in the Trib.”
By Maria Hedges, Zoe Van Auken and Nina Baldwin
(Editor’s Note: After pooling their talents to write one article each month throughout the school year, Trenton High seniors Nina Baldwin, Maria Hedges and Zoe Van Auken have opted to write individually for their farewell article to each share personal thoughts on their time at Trenton High).
BY NINA BALDWIN
As the school year draws to a close, seniors have begun saying our goodbyes to friends, peers, staff, and the high school itself. We are on to bigger and better things, we know, but we are still leaving behind the place and the people we grew up around and have even come to love.
And although we have been anxiously awaiting the moment that we will finally walk across that stage to receive our diploma, there will come a moment — maybe not today, maybe not next week and maybe not until we are finally settled in our dorm rooms — that we will realize how much of who we are was because of our time at Trenton High School.
It has been a great pleasure documenting some of the best parts of our senior year through the Trenton Trib, and I will cherish our monthly column when I look back and reminisce.
Much has changed for me personally since our first article with the Trib. I will now be attending Central Michigan University and have intentions of studying Speech & Communication Disorders in hopes of pursuing a career in Speech Pathology.
In honor of our last few weeks at THS, I would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Marcia Gutierrez, Mr. Mark Bronson, Mrs. Heather Shimanek, Mrs. Denise Paczewtiz and Mrs. Pam Wilcox, all of whom have contributed so much to my successes and to the person that I have become. Thank you for your continued support, guidance and friendship over the last few years. You are greatly appreciated and have truly touched the lives of so many students.
Lastly, I would like to thank Mr. Joe Hoshaw and Ms. Kathy Kane for allowing us to be a part of the Trenton Trib family this year. The three of us have thoroughly enjoyed selecting topics, collaborating ideas and writing together. We appreciate all the time and effort both of you put into this, and we especially appreciate your patience with our untimeliness.
Congratulations to Trenton High School’s class of 2016. Thanks for the memories, and wherever you go, always remember where your roots are.
BY MARIA HEDGES
As my senior year draws to a close I would like to say how thankful I am to have had an amazing year with my friends, from spirit week, to Student Council, to prom I’ve had an unforgettable time.
My favorite memories of this year were student council states, band camp, spring break and prom, I got to spend that time with my best friends and both events were unforgettable.
I am so grateful to have had the high school experience that I had and while I am sad that I have to leave some of them behind I am looking forward to the future as I head to Grand Valley State University as a social work major as well as playing in the Lakers marching band.
I would like to thank the Trib for the awesome opportunity for letting us write for them this year, it was a blast and I’m glad we got to write about all of the awesome things THS has to offer. Also I would like to wish the class of 2017 luck as they head into their senior year!
BY ZOE VAN AUKEN
As my last year at Trenton High School comes to a close, I am grateful to have had so many memorable experiences. I look forward to studying in the field of pathology at Wayne State University as a member of the Honors College.
From running my last cross country meet at Lake Erie Metropark, to dancing the night away at my senior prom, to wandering the streets of New York with my closest friends, the memories I have made will stay with me forever, and I look forward to the new people and experiences that wait for me at Wayne State.
I would like to give a huge thank you to the Trenton Trib Newspaper for allowing me and my fellow writers to share some of the happenings at THS with the community, and write about the things we have loved being a part of during our time in Trenton. This has been a wonderful way to connect with my community before I have to say goodbye, and I have loved every minute of it. Thank you!
BY MARIA HEDGES, ZOE VAN AUKEN & NINA BALDWIN
Mid-April was a very exciting time for Trenton High School, especially for the robotics team and the Student Council. Both groups were able to attend statewide events. The robotics team traveled to Grand Rapids, after qualifying for states earlier in the month. Unfortunately they didn’t qualify for Worlds but team members represented Trenton wonderfully! (read more…)
Usually this column is used to cover events happening at Trenton High School, however this month we are bringing you a blast from the past and an inside scoop on Rydell High School. (read more…)
BY MARIA HEDGES & NINA BALDWIN
Thursday, Feb. 18, was a night of fun and fiasco at Trenton High School’s 10th Annual Talent Show, which featured about 20 acts including, dancing, singing, and a mock “Ted Talk.”
The night did not quite go down without a flaw, but it did leave a memorable experience for both the audience and the performers. Starting out the night was Linda’s School of Dance (LSOD) dancing to “Do Mah Thang.” (read more…)
Every year Trenton High School has a canned food drive for families in need over the holidays, and students and teachers alike contribute to help us reach our incentive goal of 5,000 cans. The incentive is an hour off of school the Friday before Christmas break, which is an attention grabber for students and teachers. Trenton has been able to reach this goal almost every year, which is very impressive, to say the least.
A smaller contest is held between all of the first hour classes in the school, with a Panera bagel breakfast for the class that collects the most canned goods. Some teachers offer extra credit for cans brought in, which tends to influence more students to help out.
This year’s winner was Mrs. Lowe’s AP Environmental class, which brought in almost one-fifth of the school’s total cans. Economic times can be tough and money can be short during the holiday season, but regardless students in Trenton are still able to collect a mass amount of cans to donate to other people who need them. These cans are sent to the Trenton Bus Garage and St. Tim’s church to be sorted and boxed by students and volunteers of the city. (read more…)
BY MARIA HEDGES, ZOE VAN AUKEN & NINA BALDWIN
If you were to have asked a Trenton High School student what Challenge Day was all about before they experienced it, they probably would have answered with something like, “I heard you hug a lot of people and cry a lot.”
And, technically neither statement is wrong.
After 100 students and more than 20 adults spent their day with members of the “Be the Change” team, there was not a dry eye in the THS gymnasium. A slew of supporters truly did take the “challenge” out of Challenge Day.
Challenge Day is a one-day event that Trenton High School has successfully hosted five times now. Two members of the “Be the Change” movement from the San Francisco Bay area fly out to lead students through a day of emotions and excitement. The objective of the program is to create a confidential, safe environment where adults and students alike can express themselves in any way that they feel comfortable. Essentially, it makes everyone realize that they are not alone in any battle they are fighting, whether it be personally, socially, or otherwise. (read more…)
BY NINA BALDWIN
Our Homecoming festivities began the weekend of Oct. 10, when 30 girls representing different clubs and activities at THS partook in the 59th annual Queen’s Judging pageant. Queen’s Judging consists of both an informal, fun-loving question, as well as a formal, more serious question for each candidate. Judges from the city of Trenton ranked all 30 girls according to their poise, confidence, and attitude on stage, and at the end of the night, the top five candidates were chosen to be on the 2016 Homecoming Court.
This year, Griffin Sawyer was the Master of Ceremonies, and the escorts were Ryan Quinn, Matt Irvin, Nick Roberts, Jordan Dionne, and Brad Drabczyk. The five finalists that were chosen were Nadia Kurtzhals, Abbie LeFevre, Veronica Slaven, Peyton Szczechowski and Jade Williams.
On Friday, Oct. 16, the Homecoming Court and their escorts, as well as returning 2015 Homecoming Queen, Madison Moody, were all featured in the pre-game parade and also at halftime at the football game. After much anticipation and excitement, Veronica Slaven was crowned as the 2016 Homecoming Queen.
“I was very shocked, and I felt very overwhelmed, but a good kind of overwhelmed,” stated Queen Veronica. “It was one of the best days of my high school experience.” (read more…)