By Sam Trelegan, Sophomore Class Reporter
The Sturgis East Fashion Club will be hosting their 1st annual fashion show today, Friday, November 20 at Rendezvous Cafe on 394 Main Street, Hyannis. This event will feature clothing from local boutiques as well as from student designers. Stop by at 5 pm to see Sturgis East students flaunt the latest styles. The entrance fee is either five dollars or you can donate a new or lightly used winter coat to be given to the Hyannis homeless shelter. Come support Fashion Club!
By Katie Curran, Editor-In-Chief
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Mr. Whalley, Sturgis East’s IB Chemistry teacher. In honor of Veterans Day, I asked him about his experience in the Marines and beyond. I appreciate him taking the time to answer these thoughtful questions below. Sturgis thanks Mr. Whalley for his service!
Describe your experience in the Marines:
“I went to college for two years as a Bio major and decided that I didn't want to be there … I knew I was likely to be drafted so I joined the Marines. I was in the Marines for three years 1968-1971. I was in California for a year, Viet Nam for a year and my last year was served in South Carolina. For me, it was a very maturing experience. [It was] sort of like taking a "Gap" three years. I went back to college and had no problem focusing on my school work.”
What does Veterans Day mean to you?
“I was lucky in that I did not have any friends who died in Viet Nam. I did have friends, fellow Marines, that died later from causes related to our time in Viet Nam. On Veterans Day I think and reflect on our service together even more that I usually do. So for me, it is a time to think about service, friends and relationships.”
What is the most important thing high schoolers should know about Veterans Day?
“We live in an amazing country. There are many ways to show our appreciation: military service, volunteering and activism are among a few. Veterans Day is the day to show appreciation for those who chose the military.”
After the Marines, how did you become involved in high school science?
“Growing up I was always a science geek. I did chemistry experiments at home. [I] enjoyed my science classes in high school. That is why I started out as a bio major.
When I got out of the Marines I still wanted to be involved in science and was interested in teaching. I had some great science teachers at Salem State and later at Fitchburg State. I started out as an Earth Science teacher, teaching Geology and Astronomy. Along the way, I taught Biology and later Chemistry. For the last seven years I have been at Sturgis and now teach IB Chemistry. Teaching has been a great career which I still enjoy.”
By Mark Agostinelli, Sports Editor
The boys soccer team soared to new heights this season. Despite losing seven seniors who graduated last May, the team had a successful season. They defeated Saint John Paul in double overtime 1-0 to win their first ever state tournament match. Hundreds of fans from both sides packed Old Town House Field on a cold Thursday night to watch the thrilling battle, but no one could have expected the dramatic fashion in which the game would end.
As soon as the first whistle blew at 6:00 pm, Saint John Paul came out firing on all cylinders, prompting Coach Brian Hastings to make some quick first-half adjustments. The Storm battled back to dominate the possession for the final 30 minutes of the first-half, but the result was a scoreless draw.
The second half was a similar story. It was a defensive battle between teams who had given up the second and third fewest goals in the Cape and Islands League. Sturgis again won the possession battle and accrued more shots. However, Sturgis almost fell when one of SJP’s captains lined up to take a free kick 20 yards from the Storm’s net, but time luckily expired.
In the MIAA, if time expires in a tournament game and there is a tie, the teams play two 10-minute sudden death rounds and then potentially engage in a penalty shoot-out. However, with under five minutes remaining in the second overtime, Ahmad Akkawi went on a breakaway counter-attack and crossed the ball to freshman Nathan Slover, who headed the ball over the goalie for the 1-0 stunner. Hundreds of Sturgis students, alumni, teachers, and parents stormed the field to congratulate the team and Nathan. Aaron Nadler famously commented, “I doubt Nate fully understands the magnitude of what he just did for Sturgis”. The resonating chant of “Re-le-vant! Re-le-vant!” filled the air on the soccer field in Yarmouth.
Although the players were surely disappointed by the subsequent loss to Nantucket in the quarter finals, the boys soccer program continued to progress and certainly exceeded expectations this season. The Storm finished with a record of 8 wins, 7 draws, and only 3 losses, qualifying for the state tournament for the seventh consecutive year, a Sturgis record. With a young underdog team that had more starting freshmen than seniors, the group took the league by storm and managed to put together a great tournament run.
Junior midfielders Sawyer Gibbons and Jake LaMotte paced the team with seven goals, one of LaMotte’s being a header in the state tournament match against Nantucket. Ahmad Akkawi and Matt Donahue recorded 7 and 6 assists, respectively, both career highs. Other highlights throughout the season included Jake LaMotte’s game-tying rocket in the waning minutes against Sacred Heart to spoil their Homecoming game into a 1-1 tie. Junior goalkeeper Nick Pinard was particularly impressive, recording 8 shutouts in the 2015 season.
A special note goes out to the graduating seniors in this soccer program who will never play another game for Sturgis Storm soccer. They played soccer with an extremely high level of passion, and their presence on and off the soccer field will be sincerely missed.
The boys soccer team knew how to put their personal differences aside and work together towards their common goal of a state tournament victory. When every single one of the players was focused on communication with each other, they were unbeatable. Through a resilience and refusal to quit, this band of brothers came from behind to either win or draw on five separate occasions.
Next year is sure to be another promising year as the team has ten more months to mature in technical skills. After six years, the Storm has finally won its first state tournament soccer game in school history, a feat that will establish this team as one of the greatest Sturgis teams of all time.
Congratulations to Sturgis S.T.A.G.E. for a wonderful show this weekend! East and West students performed Once On This Island directed by Ms. Botsford and Ms. Young. The Sturgis community enjoyed the exciting performance! Sturgis students showcased such great talent!
By Khidra Weisman, Senior Class Reporter
Sturgis is known for having students who are active in their local and international community. In fact, they oftentimes address political and social events. Amnesty International definitely connects with this field of interest and is now offered at Sturgis.
Erin Golden Linehan, a sophomore brought the club to Sturgis this year because of her deep concern of infringements on human rights. She has always followed Amnesty and its impact on the world. Erin is currently arranging a wool sock drive for the local main street homeless population due to the approaching winter.
The Amnesty club is hoping to engage all Sturgis students and encourage them to become more active members of our community. Students should develop skills to further the pursuit of equal opportunity for all. President Obama urged civilians to be active in politics, remarking in Selma last spring, “How do we so casually discard the right for which so many fought? How do we so fully give away our power, our voice, in shaping America's future?”
The Amnesty Club serves as a platform for students to create real change. It is supervised by Ms. Wheeler and the weekly meeting are held in room 205 during Monday lunches.
Amnesty International is a an organization dedicated to mobilizing humans in their pursuit of human rights for all regardless of irrelevant factors such as race, sex, sexual orientation, and nationality.