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Creative Read -a- thon

Posted: 05/20/2011 by typelle19 in Events, News

At the Norway Public Library on a cold and rainy Wednesday night, students  from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School  brightened up the town. Mrs. Chodosh’s period 3 and 6 classes came up with their own pieces to read to a small crowd of family and friends. These pieces ranged from short little lyrics, long rants and stories, and songs played and sung on guitar. Funny, serious, inspiring and a bit creepy, all pieces were read aloud and were followed with a round of applause. Not all pieces were hand written though, one reader chose to speak her mind through a quote from a famous book called “Waiting for Alaska.”

Although the reading was simple, the overall impact is much larger.

“It’s more than just writing and sharing pieces. This is a Library. It’s a real life setting. It adds another layer to the writing experience when students have to read their pieces to the public,” Ms. Chodosh said.

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Thirty pieces of original writing was read by twenty students. Group readings, which consisted of a class reading one poem line-by-line, was a different approach to reading aloud.

“I liked that these poems were experimental,” said Chodosh. We needed more time to practice and make the poems better, but the point was we did them anyway.” The group readings just as well as the individually read pieces. However, some pieces were read not performed. An awkwardness in the voice turns the listener away and a shot at learning about the reading is lost. Some of these readings did lose the listener. With a tad bit more practice on how to use the voice, these pieces could have been great.

A decent turnout of over 50 people was a good amount for this small library space. The crowd self seated in wooden chairs which formed a half circle around the readers’ podium. We all sat rather clustered but no one complained. The room was comfortable despite the lack space to walk. Students sat in the front and guests sat in the back, due to the students each taking turns reading their pieces.

The night went well. Almost all the students read and each had his or her own little spin. The two pieces that caught my attention were one done by Kristina Rogers and another by  Bradey Newman. Rogers’s reading was about what inspired her to go into a field of forensic science. The inspiration, although shocking, immediately made me fascinated. Right down the road from Rogers’s house a family was brutally murdered, and the killer, just smiled as he was sent to jail. She asked herself why he could do such a thing, and how he could just smile it off.

Newman’s piece was a bit more, humorous. He wrote about himself in Wal-Mart as he was attacked by monkeys. It was called Monkey Attack. Although the poem was in no way inspirational, it did grasp my attention. The absolute ridiculousness of the writing and how he put a picture in my mind about an actual attack in Wal-Mart by monkeys actually lead me to believe that this could happened.

A couple of people decided not to read. Instead they had others read for them, This didn’t take away anything from the show.

At the end of the show, drinks and snacks were offered and the book “Bits and Pieces” was on sale for $5 dollars. “Bits and Pieces” is a book comprised of pieces written by the students, most of which were included in the reading.

Creative Writing was an elective before becoming a core class in 2009. Seniors can now take this course if they love to write and get a full credit in English. “The class has become a popular choice for seniors,” said Chodosh. Next year there are going to be three full classes of people who want to write.

These types of public readings should never be swept under the mat. This should certainly happen more often. Maybe with three classes there will be more than one opportunity to hear writing from our OHCHS seniors.

Good job to everyone who wrote and read.

Oxford Hills has some MAJOR Talent!

Posted: 03/10/2011 by typelle19 in Events, OHCHS Life
Former logo of American Idol from 2002 to 2008.

Talent Comes to OHCHS

A mix between the hit shows ‘American Idol’ and ‘Americas Got Talent’, Oxford Hills Got Talent is the new rave in the school. Consisting of singers, dancers, magicians and more, this show is gonna’ rock your shoes off. The contestants that wish to be in the actual show must go through auditions, with judges and peers watching. From there, you wait until the day of Winter Carnival where Mr. Cummings, the headmaster of Key Club, announces the top 10 acts that will perform in the real deal.

Three judges determine who will win the cash prize. The winner receives $200 while the runner-up receives nothing. There is also a crowd favorite contest, the winner of which will also receive $100 cash prize. The three judges are Stacey Hanscom, Barbra Ruth, and Sasha Campbell.

This being the third year of this event, it is already a crowd favorite. People of all sorts attend the event, students, parents, and others in the community that enjoy the arts.

The contestants each do one 4-minute performance, and the top 4 perform again to see who the winner is.

During the event there will be free refreshments in the cafeteria.

All proceeds for the event will go directly to the Key Club.

So if you want to come join in on the fun and support your fellow Oxford Hillians in their art, come to the show. The show is on March 11th at 7 pm in the auditorium. Prices are $5  if you buy before hand and $6 at the door.

The contestants with their act are as follows:

1.    Lacy Landry – singing
2.    Lindsey Redgate – singing
3.    Jasinda Mills – singing
4.    Matt Bouchane – singing
5.    Caitlin Fouler & Clare Robertson – dancing
6.    Caleb Ferris – singing
7.    Shelby Downs – monologue
8.    Meredith Potter – singing
9.    Zach Waite – singing
10.   Jesse Newcomb – singing

Winter Carnival Fun Week

Posted: 02/16/2011 by clewis12 in Events, OHCHS Life

by Crissy Lewis

This year’s 2011 Winter Carnival is coming up fast. On Friday February 18th the fun begins for students and teachers to gain and form relationships outside of the academic classroom. The day is filled with workshops, carnival time, and pep rallies. Workshops range from basketball to guitar hero, to Tye-dye to skiing and ice fishing and much more. Tommy Vee the Hypnotist will be joining us again and as one of the three major changes for this year’s Winter Carnival, everyone will be able to see the hypnotist and be able to take part in workshops. Winter Carnival excitement builds during the week of fun themes for each day.

On the days leading up to Winter Carnival there are themes concerning what to wear.  Monday is monochrome day, Tuesday is Tye dye, Wednesday is plaid, and Thursday is sports team/jerseys day. On Friday students and staff wear their designated class colors. Hats are allowed that day as well. Freshman will be green, sophomores blue, juniors red, seniors black and faculty and staff gray. The day pep will be packed with color and energy.

It will be even more fun with the inflatable obstacle course. Popcorn and snow cones will be a nice treat to have during the day, and the pep rally will allow all students to let out all their energy. The Pep Rally relay race has new challenges with it and this year calligraphy is one of the new workshops you can choose to do. The morning Pep Rally will be a fun way to kick off the day. The Kiss the Viking and Tug of War games always entertain all. Later in the afternoon, we will be having a second Pep Rally where the graduating class of 2011 will walk into the gym.

Students love to compete and there will be tons of contests going on including arm wrestling, pie eating, air band, Chilli cook offs, tug of war, and much more.

To finish off Winter Carnival, on Saturday February 19th there will be the Winter Carnival Dance. The theme of the dance is Las Vegas. Students can dress up “all snazzy.” The dance will be held in the gym from 7pm-10pm. Admission will be $7.

How to Get a Date with a Hunk

Posted: 12/20/2010 by typelle19 in Events, OHCHS Life
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December 9th wasn’t your average Thursday. At Oxford Hills,  some handsome guys were put up for sale. These guys weren’t just your average homeboys. They were chosen for one reason: they were the most desirable men in the school. The winning bidder did not get to own a man. Instead she got a date.

The men who were sold were seniors Alex Hardy, Spenser Morse, Chris Alberi, Kurt Kilgore, Bret Stuart, Matt Farnum, and Andy Ripley; sophomore Conner Beebe; and freshman Ben Bowie. The festivities were run by seniors Kate Mann and Chelsea Gould for their senior project. All the proceeds ended up going to Christmas for Teens.

The night went well. Sam Feely was the announcer for the event. He spoke quickly, just like a real auctioneer.

Alex Hardy commented, “I felt mine was really quick. Nikki Surette bid like 20 and then it was over. . . . It was really fun and a couple guys were bought by one person multiple times.”

The movie “The Killers” was included in the event , as was a meal cooked by Levi Gloden. On the menu was spaghetti and cupcakes. The biding only lasted about a half hour. Eating took around 45 minutes. The whole event was about 3 ½ hours in length.

Over $100 was earned by the event. Another event like this is planned for the future. So if you’re looking for a date with one of the most desirable men at OHCHS, watch for another “Go on a Date with a Hunk.”

OHMS goes all the way to the championships

Posted: 12/10/2010 by typelle19 in Events, Sports
Football

Vikings at OHCHS might have looked like this only they would be green.

By Abby Shanor, Tyler Pelletier

OXFORD HILLS – There’s big news here in the Oxford Hills – the middle school football team made the state championship game. Over the course of a long six-game season, the Vikings went 3-3, a respectable finishing record. Starting the season with 0-3 and the Vikings made it all the way … a true underdog story.

The first three games were lost by a combined margin of nine points, all very close losses. What turned this team around was a win over Auburn, 13-12 at home. Auburn hadn’t lost a game before and didn’t lose another after until the play-offs.

The Vikings then went on a winning streak of three games including defeats of Lewiston, and Gardner by forfeit. When Gardner forfeited it gave the Vikings the fourth seed in the play-offs, which meant a rematch of the game with Auburn, who only lost one game the entire season and was the number one seed.

“The boys were really motivated for that game,” said Coach Chris Marston. “Not only because it was a play-off game, but because they knew if they knocked Auburn out of the play-offs, we would be the only team to beat Auburn all season and we would have done it twice. They took a lot of pride in knowing that they could accomplish that and nobody else could.”

The Vikings ended up shocking the Red Eddies 21-14, a major upset. They made it to the big show, as a complete underdog. The championship game was held at Mt. Blue middle school where the Vikings would take on Mt. Blue, one of the teams which beat the Vikings early in the season by two points. “We were very positive about our chances going into that championship game because we felt that we outplayed them earlier in the year, but they stole one from us,” explained Marston. “They returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the first meeting and those were their only points.”

Mt. Blue got on the score board early and used that momentum to spark a 16-0 lead at the half. The Vikings started the second half with the ball and marched up the field with a good running game by Gavin Bandy and a strong offensive push led by Zack Little and Brennan Gillespie.

The Vikings would score off a 20-yard touchdown pass by Brady LaFrance to Ian Lejonhud. That would be the only offense shown by the Vikings, and Mt. Blue would eventually win by a final score of 30-6.

“To go from 0-3 to playing in the championship game is something these boys can be proud of…this class will use that as a motivation for when they get into high school,” said Marston.

Coach Marston also noted how supportive families and local businesses were.

“This success could not have been possible if it wasn’t for them,” he concluded.

Gubernatorial Candidates Travel By Satellite

Posted: 10/28/2010 by gemme2011 in Events, News
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By Elizabeth Gemme

Wednesday October 27th history teacher, Mr. Long and his students hosted Oxford Hills’ Gubernatorial Forum. This was a first time for the community to put on this kind of election event, and although the class didn’t receive the kind of crowd they were hoping for, it was a great way to help educate the many high school students who did attend.

Before the debate began, member of Mr. Long’s class, Kait Mann, gave a few welcoming words to the audience and some information about the schedule for the evening. Shortly after 7:00pm the debate, which was actually begin held in the Bangor High School, was underway. At this time, an online chat became live for all viewers so they could discuss their feelings on the issue. (www.facebook.com/preparemaine).

As the debate started, the Oxford Hills forum began filling with recognizable faces; OHCHS  graduates and students took seats. When asked why some of these alumnae decided to attend the broadcasting, a student replied, “I can vote now. I want to know what I’m voting for.”

Although the debate wasn’t successful in drawing the large crowd it had hoped for, it was able to give bring the participants face-to-face with the weighty decision they would be making the following week.