by Sandy Kuntsi
In preparation for Easter Weekend, the school celebrated last Thursday with a chocolate egg hunt organized by Students’ Council. Lots of tiny chocolate eggs were scattered on doors, in bookshelves and in classrooms. Students collected as many chocolate eggs as they could. They munched on their delicious chocolate and started their Easter chocolate horde.
The badminton team had a great tournament in Central Algoma. They are proceeding to the North Shore Championships and will be practicing hard so they can represent MSS well. Grade 9 doubles player Victoria MacDonald said, “The tournament was fun and a great way to help us prepare for NSSSA. I think it showed me what I should work on before NSSSA. Ethan and Hunter Taibossigai won every single game they played and Bryce Mastelko got second I believe.” Bryce Mastelko did an amazing job and won almost all of his games. The rest of the team was sitting in their coats and backpacks cheering but also waiting for him to lose a game so they could get home.
The boys’ hockey tryouts are coming up fast. Any students interested have tryouts on April 9, 13 and 15 at the Little Current Arena at 3:30 pm. Good luck to the young men trying out for the team.
A boater safety course could be offered at MSS if there are enough interested people. Interested students should talk to Mr. Doane. This is a great opportunity for students to get their boater’s license and get ready for a summer full of boating.
Share Go Green will be selling Vesey’s flower bulbs until April 30. There is going to be a We Are Silent day which honours people without a voice (e.g. women and children in third world countries, child soldiers, people in poverty, disabled people) and participants will be collecting pledges in their community to go towards brick by brick in Haiti to build a school.
There have been several creative writing opportunities. The Spring Thaw Short Story Contest by MSS Minute has come to a close, and the winners have been announced. In the Grade 9-12 category, Robin Genereux (Grade 12 from MSS) won first place with her short story “It’ll Turn You Into Something Ugly.” The winner of the Grade 7-8 category is Caleb Byers (Grade 7 from CMPS) with his story “Never Let Go.” Honourable mention goes to Liam Leblanc (Grade 11 from MSS) with his short story “The Stalker’s Trial.”
Another opportunity for writers is the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award recognizes aboriginal youth for their creative writing talent. Every year up to six aboriginal students each receive the award of $2,500. The award is named after the Honourable James Bartleman who was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 2002-2007. Bartleman was the first aboriginal Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The award was set up as a legacy to his efforts in promoting literacy among aboriginal youth. This is a great opportunity for Native students to show their culture to the world.
Everybody is having a good start to spring, and had a great Easter. ‘Til next time, stay golden, Mustangs.