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

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Introducing our New Viking Voices Editor

Posted: 03/04/2011 by Chomela in News

by Ms. Pamela Chodosh

Like most publications, our Viking Voices Online News Journal now has an editor. His name is Jon Kuvaja and he is a senior at OHCHS. He is editing our work,  managing story assignments and taking care of many other behind-the-scene tasks. He is doing this as his senior project.

On The Culture Of Death, part 2

Jon has a keen interest in writing and a natural ear for language. Though he has never been an editor before, he is quickly learning what it takes. He may work with the Advertiser Democrat to see what a real-life editor does day-to-day. He certainly will be learning as he goes, as will we. We are excited to have such talent behind the scenes. You won’t see his writing, but you will see the results of his editorial eye.

Coming Soon

Posted: 03/02/2011 by Chomela in News
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by Pamela Chodosh

First of all, thank-you all for reading our Viking Voices News Journal. As some of you may have noticed, our writers are not only publishing stories here. They are publishing in the Advertiser Democrat and in the Sun Journal. We are currently working on a bunch of stories and as well beginning to create some podcasts and online photo journals.

The students and I have begun to look at Viking Voices with an eye to improving it. We have ideas for new stories, a way to make our content more timely and even some thoughts about changing the actual look of this site. If anyone has an idea, please feel free to post a comment here. Your feedback is invaluable. Be assured that we will consider each and every idea. Again, thank-you for your loyal readership.

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.

Join an Oxford Hills Technical Program Now

Posted: 01/14/2011 by abbyshanor in News
Chefs in training in Paris, France (2005).

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by Abby Shanor

Last Wednesday, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School held it’s annual Technical Program fair. Each Tech Program set up a display in the main hallway, and students were free to walk around and get information about each one. Although there were students from all grades, the majority of the prospects were freshman. Tech Programs are only available for sophomores and above.

Tech Programs are classes that students apply for/ They are focused on a specific career. For example, the Early Childhood Education Program gives students the chance to work in a real preschool setting. The students become teachers to preschoolers, and see for themselves what that career would be like.

With a wide variety of programs such as Culinary Arts, Auto Collision Repair, Media Arts, and many more, there’s a program for anyone interested. Although some programs can take up to 3 periods of the day, it’s a great experience for students who are undecided about their future to explore careers they might want to study further in college.

NOTE: Applications for all Tech Programs are due by January 28th.

Eating Green at OHCHS

Posted: 01/06/2011 by clewis12 in OHCHS Life
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Eating on the Pyramid

by Crissy Lewis

There are many different options to eat at lunch. There are healthy choices but there are also some bad choices of eating there. Eating healthy can make you feel better and get you ready for your day ahead. It can be very hard sometimes to get students to eat healthier at school. OHCHS is trying to improve what they are making and selling for students to have for lunch.

Ken Morse, the main representative for Healthy Oxford Hills, works with schools to eat fresh healthy foods. His job is to help schools eat better and to be more farm to school. He is part of the National Farm to School Network. Their job is to make a better relationship between school and farms, support community-based systems, and to help children be healthy and to prevent childhood obesity.

The website of the Farm to School says it’s a program that connects schools and their local farms “with the objective of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers”. They go beyond than the farm fresh salad bars and local foods in the cafeteria. They consist of “waste management programs like composting, and experiential education opportunities such as planting school gardens, The Allan Day Garden on Maple Street, cooking demonstrations and farm tours.”

It would be nice to have a strong connection to local schools with farms and have the students eat more local. Having a school garden where they can grow their own things can make it more special too. It’s a benefit you get with Farm to School and Ken Morse says, “If you grow it yourself, you’ll eat it”. Children and the community will learn more agriculture and nutrition and the environment. Food security will be better too since food travels a lot, making it not fresh. Buying local food will mean local taxes, which helps the school. A salad bar is offered in the cafeteria that’s has fresh vegetables in it. By doing all this you’re just, “changing the whole culture on how to eat” says Morse.

You can always get more information about Healthy Oxford Hills because it’s not too far from OHCHS. You can also go on Farmtoschool.org to find out more information about what it’s all about. If you eat a lunch that is healthy and local your day will be better and you will feel better about yourself and what you’re eating.

Best Part Is Eating

Posted: 01/04/2011 by abbyshanor in OHCHS Life

“My favorite part of making cookies is eating them!” explains Oxford Hills preschooler Nicholas Clough. 

On December 16, The Early Childhood Education program (ECE) at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School (OHCHS) expanded their normal classroom boundaries into the larger school, to make gingerbread cookies in the Culinary Arts kitchen.The ECE room is just like any other preschool, complete with their own kitchen, play areas, and bathroom, so they normally have no need to leave that area. This made the children even more excited, because they got to explore new parts of the building. Before heading to Culinary, the eager children gathered for their circle time, where they discussed rules and directions, but they were far too excited to pay any attention.

The excited children and their teachers, who are OHCHS students,took a walking field trip down to the Culinary Arts kitchen, to make gingerbread cookies. This is an ECE/Culinary tradition that has been going on for years. It’s one of the few occasions where two Technical Programs at OHCHS work together.

Scandinavian-style ginger thins.

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“Culinary always enjoys working with the kids in making cookies.” says Culinary teacher Frank Maccarrone.

The Culinary students prepared gingerbread dough, so when the children arrived they could start right in on cookie cutting. The ECE instructors, Deb LaFrance and Genivieve Ricard, supplied the children with various sprinkles, raisins, and gumdrops for the children to decorate their cookies.

Preschooler Kate Belanger shares that her favorite part was “decorating the gingerbread people to make them look like my family”.

When finished, the children returned to their preschool and continued their day with play time and lunch, as they waited for the Culinary students to return their baked cookies, and the children got to take the ones they made home.