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Denebola » Julia MacKenzie http://www.denebolaonline.net The Award-Winning, Official School Newspaper of Newton South High School, Newton, MA Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:00:19 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.2 Festival singers lose co-director http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/festival-singers-lose-co-director/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/festival-singers-lose-co-director/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 08:00:13 +0000 Ally Dellheim http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4987 The Festival Singers commonly known as “Festies have been a popular group since 2002. The chorus is student-run, and includes mainly sophomores, juniors and seniors who are currently enrolled in the chorus at the school, although it is open to anyone. The group meets during J-Blocks, and is an opportunity for students to receive honors chorus credits. The group meets, and rehearses songs, then performs them at elderly homes and assisted living facilities once a term.
The chorus’s conductor is senior Melanie Rucinski and the co-director was Jonathan Lee. Lee was a greatly valued member of the group, but unfortunately, he transferred to private school this year. Rucinski filled his position shortly after the start of the school year. He has been missed, and it was “difficult in the beginning, but Melanie has done a good job according to according to chorus teacher Benjamin Youngman.
Senior Rina Friedberg is the girl behind the scenes. She is in charge of attendance and finding the performance opportunities Both Friedberg and Rucinski are trying their best considering the recent loss of Lee, and they frequently receive feedback and advice from their advisor, Mr. Youngman. Mr. Youngman really values this club, because he believes it is: “a great way to share your art with the community and the world. There is no audition necessary in order to join the Festival Singers, and so many find this to be a really great opportunity for any aspiring young singers who enjoy being a positive part of the community.
They bring a bit of happiness into the lives of the elderly, or disabled people who live in these homes, and don’t usually have the opportunity to watch a live performance.
“When having a student-run chorus like this, the students participating need to be independent musicians, who come together to make their own music, Youngman said. To him independent musicianship is the goal to be pursued through choral groups.
The group has always had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, which they have displayed well throughout their many performances in past years. Although they have not yet performed this year, the Festival Singers have an upcoming performance.
On November 29th, during C and D blocks, they are going to Golden Living Center in West Newton. According to group member Alexandra Nesson, “We are all really excited! We cannot wait to give back to the community.

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Professional potters stir interest among ceramics students http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/professional-potters-stir-interest-among-ceramics-students/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/professional-potters-stir-interest-among-ceramics-students/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 08:05:25 +0000 Ally Dellheim http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4821 Professional potter Jeremy Ogusky came to South on September 30 to teach the students currently enrolled in ceramics.
Ogusky was a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, South Africa. As well as coordinating HIV/AIDS community programs and educating on public health, Ogusky also worked with local dibopi, or potters, to create pottery workshops. He shared techniques and learned from local potters.
Ogusky has always been passionate about pottery. He believes in creating functional and simple objects that are utilitarian enough to be incorporated into daily life. Ogusky’s passion for pottery extends from his belief of the deep significance of fired clay.
Ogusky’s visit to South elicited positive responses from many students. As a professional potter and social activist, Ogusky was the perfect mentor for South’s pottery students. His passion was infectious, sparking excitement and interest in the students.
During the week of October 18, another potter joined South pottery teacher Karen Sobin-Jonash in her ceramics classes. Megan Hergrueter, a Newton resident, was invited to lead a hand building demonstration as part of the Empty Bowls fundraiser.
Hergrueter takes a different approach to pot-making. While Ogusky uses the wheel to make pots, Hergrueter prefers to use the “pinch-pot method. Neither method is necessarily better, and exposing students to both provides them with a variety of methods to learn from.
Hergrueter has been a potter for many years, both making pots independently and teaching classes at her home. She participates in several sales a year and shows her work in a few retail stores.
She showed students how to make pinch-pots by evenly pinching and controlling the clay. Hergrueter focused on teaching about potting with no wheel and very few tools. After a 15-minute demonstration, she answered questions and helped students make their own pots.
Hergrueter foresees returning to present again in coming years. “Having had three kids graduate from South, I am more than willing to continue to volunteer if possible, Hergrueter said.
South’s ceramics teachers hold positive feelings about the guest teachers and their influence on ceramics students at South.
“Sometimes, when another person comes and tells a student something, it may only click when they hear it from someone new, Sobin-Jonash said.
Variety in instruction and style is important in all art classes in general. South two- and three-dimensional art teacher Megan Crist favors exposing students to different approaches to art.
“As a teacher, I need to help support all learning styles, and through having different people, with varying teaching styles, I can have that happen, Crist said.

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Acafest sings for Haiti http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/04/14/acafest-sings-for-haiti/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/04/14/acafest-sings-for-haiti/#comments Wed, 14 Apr 2010 05:27:03 +0000 Ally Dellheim http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4097 In an effort to raise money for Haiti, various a cappella ensembles participated in South’s Acafest on April 9. Ultimately, Acafest received exceptional praise and acclaim from its spectators.

Acafest featured three different a cappella groups: South’s Newtones, Harvard’s LowKeys, and Brandeis’s VoiceMale.

Fashioning a cheerful and lively atmosphere, organizers brightened up the auditorium with colorful balloons and streamers. The audience, excited to hear the voices of peers and local college students, filled the auditorium.

South’s a cappella group, the Newtones, is coed, and its members range from freshmen to seniors.

“I have been singing for as long as I can remember… I joined Newtones freshman year, and was one of two freshmen to make it, junior Jaclyn Horowitz said.

The Newtones were the opening and closing acts of the show. During “Feel Good Inc., sophomore Aaron Wolff got the crowd excited when he ran up and down the aisles laughing as the Gorillaz member, De La Soul, does in the recorded version.

The next group to perform was the coed group the LowKeys. One of the five songs they sang was “Love Me, by contemporary artist Justin Bieber.

The third group that performed was VoiceMale. The audience thoroughly enjoyed VoiceMale’s singing, especially during “Listen, a song by Beyoncé. The two soloists, identical twins Aden and Dotan Horowitz, garnered applause from the audience.

One of the group members, junior Adam Levine, has been a member of VoiceMale since his freshman year. He started voice lessons in the third grade and has been recognized for his outstanding voice numerous times.

Levine was runner up for the Contemporary A Cappella Rerecording Award.

During this competition, Levine beat last year’s American Idol contestant Anoop Desai, who placed sixth. He also won Best Male Collegiate Solo during the same competition.

During the Newtones’ performance, members of the group even came out and announced each group with a song, beat boxing, or skits, adding humor to the already enjoyable performances.

Coincidentally, both the Newtones and LowKeys sang the song “California Dreamin’, and both the LowKeys and VoiceMale sang Lady Gaga medleys.
Still, both performances were unique, using unique songs or styles, and making every aspect of the performances pleasing and different.

Even with repititions of songs, the three groups managed to make their performances unique.

VoiceMale even incorporated hilarious dance moves that the audience got a kick out of. Not only were the performances entertaining and filled with amazing talent, but the event raised a good amount of money for a great cause.

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