The team has worked hard all year by meeting regularly to improve their mathematics skills. In addition to the incredibly talented students on the team this year, the captains, seniors Kenny Lu, David Weng, and Jie-Yoon Yang, have worked hard training the team.
They have effectively organized runoffs, tests that determine the members of the team participating in the main competition. “Our organization this year has been better, Weng said. “We’re putting more effort into practices.
Sophomore Jolie Yu attributes the team’s success to their excellent captains. Yu believes that the captains’ passionate involvement brought the team to states this year. “They are very serious about practices and runoffs, she said. “They care about Math team so much. Math team advisor, Steven Rattendi, agreed and said, “They’re more committed this year.
Sophomore Tomer Reiter agrees that this year’s excellent leadership has given them the edge they need to succeed in the state championships and even make it to the New England competition. “[The captains] kept us on track, gave sufficient practice, and made good team selections every meet, Reiter said.
While the members of the team are confident in their abilities, they are aware of the challenge that awaits them at states. “We could potentially place in the top three, Weng said. “But it could range anywhere from three to six. Reiter believes that Lexington, Canton, Belmont, Acton-Boxborough, Weston, and Concord Carlisle are the top contenders of the 15 teams participating in the competition.
The main differences between the state championship and a regular meet include the difficulty of math problems, the length of the meet, and the number of schools in attendance.
Reiter believes that this years team is “dominated by rookies with exceptional talent, which added to its success. Both Yu and Reiter hope that the team will succeed in the state championship and perhaps move on to the New England competition.]]>
Potential changes could involve swapping the fall drama and the spring Shakespeare production, denying seniors directing the spring One Act plays or full length the chance to act in the year’s drama.
Under the current theatre schedule, the modern drama of the year occurs in fall, while the Shakespeare production and student-directed plays take place in spring. Typically, experienced senior actors would participate in the dramatic fall play and then direct a show later in the year if selected.
As many seniors choose to direct the One Act plays, the other spring plays lose some of the most experienced actors.
“This creates problems for productions in the spring,” head of Newton South theatre production, Jeff Knoedler, said. “With so many parts available and a handful of senior actors directing their own shows, the casting pool gets shallow.”
Knoedler believes that if the Shakespeare production, one of the more challenging and less-accessible shows, took place in the fall, more experienced actors would audition for it, improving its quality.
Furthermore, if South Stage goes through with the change, the fall drama would require a much smaller cast, opening up a wider range of shows to choose from.
Despite some benefits, if the theatre department enacts the plan, director of the past fall dramas, Nancy Cromwillis, may not be able to direct under the new schedule.
There are a range of reactions to this proposal, but several theatre students are upset. Juniors would be the most affected by this change as many have been looking forward to directing as well as participating in the 2008-2009 drama.
“We have been looking forward to [it] for the past three years,” junior Alex Caron said.
Caron feels that the switch is “unjustified overall” and that it will start an “unnecessary conflict” between actors and administrators.
Junior Anya Whelan-Smith understands where administrators are coming from but is unhappy with the change as well.
She feels that the swap “strips us of our only big, non-classical drama” and forces very dedicated committed members of South Stage to make a difficult decision.
“I completely understand and appreciate Mr. Knoedler’s reasoning for switching around the order of the shows for next year,” junior David Broyles said. “But I am sure that he and the students can come across some sort of agreement that meets the needs of both parties.”
Junior Maddie Sharton, who plays Wendy in this fall’s Peter Pan, is also upset by some of the changes, but thinks she can handle them. “I completely understand why they’re doing this. It makes complete
sense,” she said. She had wanted to direct a show, but was also looking forward to her senior fall play. Given the choice, she would pick directing. Sharton remains optimistic and said she would audition for Shakespeare now that she has the chance.
Junior Sam Levenson, a cast member of Peter Pan, is supportive of theproposal, but he currently does not plan to direct during his senior
“I can understand the frustration of people who want to be in the big fall play,” Levenson said, “but that’s what change is: it’s compromise.”]]>