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       Every summer, high school juniors are selected to represent their schools at Boys and Girls State. Each school can send up to three representatives to stay at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, and learn about Delaware politics and law. The students are selected based on grades, behavior, and recommendations from their Civics teacher from tenth grade. Mr. Allen Sylvester and Mrs. Tina Horgan sponsor Boys and Girls State at Delcastle and choose the best candidates to represent our school each summer.

       Delaware Boys State ran from June 12th to June 16th this past summer. Daniel Nepomuceno, Kelvin Maldonado, and Syheed Booker represented Delcastle. The boys learned about bills that could be passed, and they worked on a bill that would raise taxes to help schools with low resources give their students a better education. The Cougar boys were part of the House where they voted on bills and then sent the bills over to the Senate. The highlights of the week were meeting the Governor Jack Markell, a Secret Service bodyguard, and Bryan Townsend, Delaware State Senator.

       Similarly, Girls State ran from June 19th to June 24th. Denae Mendez and Danaya Dews represented Delcastle. On the first day, the girls were divided into two political parties—Nationalists and Federalists. Then, elections occurred and assignments were given for the House and the Senate. Like the boys, the girls had the opportunity to write bills and vote on them. In addition, they met Governor Markell, a female FBI agent, and other interesting guest speakers. Many friendships were formed during this fun-filled week and all of the girls enjoyed the Talent Show.

       Overall, Boys and Girls State was an amazing opportunity for our Cougars’ leadership skills to shine. The application process for current Delcastle juniors will occur in January of 2017 for the upcoming summer. Please contact Mr. Sylvester in Room C225 and Mrs. Horgan in C107 for more information.

Daniel Nepomuceno and Denae Mendez, Class of 2017

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       Spring is another busy sports season at Delcastle. Coaches and players enjoyed the sunshine at the beginning of the season, but then had to struggle through a very wet and cold May. Every varsity team had successes and obstacles, but in the end, sportsmanship and teamwork prevailed.

Baseball

First on the list is Varsity Baseball. Coaches David Battafarano and Aaron Yammamoto helped guide the Cougars on the winning path. Seniors Francis Forbes, Diangelo Wooding, Roberto Ramos, JaWan Ward, Austin Albright, Bailey Mathews, Wilson Gomez, and Corey Mitchell led the team. Their overall record was 8 wins and 9 losses. Big wins against Concord High School Raiders (11-4) and district-rival St. George’s Technical High School Hawks (5-4) helped end the season on a positive note. Several players were recognized for their strong performances this season. Seniors Wilson Gomez (Honorable Mention, Second Base) and Robbie Ramos (Second Team, Outfield) were both recognized for Blue Hen Flight A All Conference. Sophomore Nick Sensabaugh was recognized for his outstanding performance as a Designated Hitter. He earned First Team All Conference Honors and Second Team All State. Nick is the first Delcastle player since 1998 to be recognized by the All State Selection Committee. Congratulations Cougars for a successful season!

Golf

Next up is the Golf Team. The Cougars were coached by Marty Baeriswyl and led by senior Adolphus Fletcher. Even though the team was young, they earned big wins over Glasgow, McKean, and Brandywine, and ended up with a 3-11 record. Great job Cougars and good luck next year!

Lacrosse

The Cougars Varsity Lacrosse team keeps improving. Coaches Corey Shepherd and Ryan Scott are proud of their team’s season; they finished with 5 wins and 10 losses, which is a 1 win improvement from last year. Seniors William McCloskey, Heddel Cabrera, Chris Newcomer, Bradley Adams, John Foote, Ryan Shaver, and Jerome Henry-Cobb led the team. Some highlights from the season include an 8-5 win over the Green Knights of Mount Pleasant, and a 5-4 loss to the Hodgson Eagles. The Cougars came back in the Hodgson game after being down 4 goals in the 4th quarter. Several players received special honors. Both Heddel Cabrera (Second Team, Midfield) and Ryan Shaver (Honorable Mention, Defense) earned All Conference recognition. In addition, Ryan Shaver will represent Delcastle in this year’s Blue/Gold game. Congrats Cougars for all of your hard work!

Soccer

Next, we have the Delcastle Varsity Girls Soccer Team who had the school’s first winning season in 20 years! Coach Todd Lehman is proud of his team. Seniors Alondra Lara-Zavala, Nancy Santillan, Jocelin Montes-Bernal, Hilary Gonzales-Acosta, Yashira Ortiz, Danielle Harris, and Rosaura Bernal-Vasquez led the team.
Overall, their record was 8 wins, 5 losses, and 2 ties. Unfortunately, the team missed the state playoffs by .04 points. Two players earned All Conference recognition: Danielle Harris and Melissa Garcia. Great job Lady Cougars and keep up the good work next year!

Softball

Furthermore, the Cougar Softball Team clawed their way to a successful season. Coaches Anthony Webb and Margaret Battafarano provided motivation to keep the team strong. Seniors Michelle Minutola, Alexis Graham, Tara Anthony, Cassidy Hanifee, and Marissa Truman provided key leadership for the team. The Cougars finished the season with 5 wins and 13 losses. Several players earned All Conference Recognition: Tara Anthony (Honorable Mention, Center Field), Alexis Graham (Second Team, First Base), Danni Adams (First Team, Catcher). Congratulations Lady Cougars on a successful season!

Track

Last but not least is Boys and Girls Track. Coaches Carmella Anderson, Jonathan Dickey, and Samantha Kelly are proud of the team’s accomplishments. The Boys’ Team was led seniors Nicholas Cole, Damon Collins, Chukwunonso Ewunonu, Jonathan Henderson, Daekwon Sequira, Brandon Smith, Justin Walls, and Luis Zamora. Zekiah Fountain, Brianna Greenlea, Nia Johnson-Cox, Sherita Lowman, Ahjinae Mitchell, Karen Sackey-Solomon, Siani Sellers, Taylor Truitt, and Tyisha Zeigler, led the Girls’ Team. Both athletes and coaches earned special recognition this year. Sherita Lowman earned All-State for the 100 meter hurdles, and Justin Walls earned All-State for the 55 meter hurdles. Coach Jonathan Dickey was recognized as Delaware’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Great job athletes and coaches!

Overall, the Delcastle Varsity Sports teams learned lessons in perseverance and sportsmanship. The teachers, administrators, and students are proud of your accomplishments this season.

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       Starting in January, students from Delcastle worked hard to get ready for their competitions in Science Olympiad on March 5th at Delaware State University; there were at least 60 teams from all over the state of Delaware with groups up to 3 students from 9th grade to 12th. What every team was rooting for was to bring one of those colorful medals; 1-10th place could earn medals. Delcastle was pleased that we won more than 10 medals at the 2016 Science Olympiad. Getting “placed” is harder than it seems. Here are a few of the winners:

Grade

Students

Events

Medals

12th Graders

· Victoria Williams

· Elys Diaz

· Forensics

· Electric Vehicle

· Write it Do it

· Forensics; 1st place

· Electric Vehicle; 9th place

12th Grader

Almarith Arevalo

· Protein Modeling

· Forensics

· Protein Modeling; 4th place

· Forensics; 2nd place

11th Grader

Faith Joseph

· Wind Power

· Chem Lab

· Dynamic Planet

· Cell Biology

· Wind Power; 10th place

· Chem Lab; 8th place

10th Graders

· Dakota Wilson

· Modesto Estudillo

· Anatomy & Physiology

· Fossils

· Green Generation

· Forensics; 3rd place

The students who participated in the events said they liked the experience even though it was stressful, but it was worth it in the end.

Congratulations to all medalists and participants!

Writer:

Katie Hernandez, Class of 2018

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       Delcastle has many interesting career areas; each one is full of its own type of academically advanced students. However, even though each student is extremely hard working, there’s always one student who has improved in skills, personality, and/or maturity, the most. Each career area teacher in the Public Service Cluster was interviewed regarding his or her most improved student. In our Public Service Cluster, we feature many shops such as Business Technology, Digital Media, Graphic Arts, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Production & Imaging Technology. After asking each teacher individually, I was able to get insight on why exactly they picked their most improved student.

       Business Technology provides learning experiences in business-related and computer knowledge skills that prepare students for entry into today’s administrative, clerical, and banking fields. When I asked the Business Tech teacher about her most improved student, she took time to think and named her student as James Campbell, a 10th grader. Apparently when he first arrived in our Business Tech program, he was shy and reserved. She recalled him as one of her most quiet students. However, over time he became assertive, a hard worker and confident in the career area. According to her, he even talks more and is more confident during his shop presentations. Congratulations James Campbell for being the most improved student in Business Technology here at Delcastle.

       Next up is our Digital Media program here at Delcastle, which is broken up into two separate classes. Digital Media 1 deals with creating successful websites and evaluating the basic principles of good web page design and management. Mr. Phillips, one of our Digital Media Instructors, finally was able to name Chris Edge, a senior here at Delcastle, as his most improved student. Mr. Phillips says he remembers Chris as the kid who always used to sleep in his class but certainly ended up surprising him later on. He apparently became one of the most passionate, creative, and responsible students in the class. Congrats Chris!

      Now we move on to the second part of the Digital Media program. Digital Media 2 provides training in TV studios and teaches skills and techniques used by professionals in the field. Ms. Abell, the Digital Media 2 teacher, was asked the same question as the other shop teachers and immediately named Nancy Santillan, a 12th grader. When Nancy first arrived in Digital Media 2, she was apparently quiet and shy but was always a hard worker. As she started to mature, she became a leader and good example for younger students within the school and is even the executive producer of the Delcastle news program, Cougarcast. Way to go Nancy!

       After Digital Media comes Graphic Arts that is run by Delcastle’s very own Mr. Rykaczewski. He helps prepares students for careers in the printing industry. After thinking it over, he named senior Dante Perkins as the most improved student in Graphic Arts. Mr. Rykaczewski says that when Dante first got into the shop he wasn’t confident about his career area. Now he can see that Dante is a good student and has been working through the co-op program at screen-printing shops since he was a junior. Mr. Rykaczewski says Dante is always willing to help.

       Next we move on to Cosmetology or what we call “Cosmo” here at Delcastle. The Cosmo program is the art and science of beautifying hair, skin, and nails and is run by Ms. Tiberi. Her most improved student was senior Monet Johnson who Ms. Tiberi says has been through a lot. According to Mrs. Tiberi, Monet really didn’t know how to deal nicely with other students. However, now in her senior year she has matured and ignored immaturity, she is the perfect role model for sophomores coming into Cosmo. You certainly have come a long way Monet!

       Culinary is the second to last career area I interviewed but it certainly comes in first for their food. Dealing with educating kids in the fine art of cooking and baking, our chefs send these students out into the world ready to cook almost anything. It was hard getting one of the head chefs to sit down for an interview since culinary runs a fully functioning café open to the public, but I finally was able to get an answer. They picked junior Janyra Culbreath as their most improved student in culinary and seemed very confident in their decision. According to Chef Mullen, Janyra was very shy and mainly kept to herself; she really wasn’t open to being challenged. Presently, however, she is eager to learn and likes to be challenged. She’s become very open and focused in Culinary Arts; she even has a lot of questions. Keep up the good work, Janyra!

       Last but certainly not least is Production & Imaging, which is taught by Delcastle teacher Ms. Wells. Most of the school depends on it for things like school merchandise, banners and even things as simple as school papers. It is vital in running Delcastle as a whole. Now after hyping that shop up the most improved student must be an outstanding worker to shine above the many people doing all the amazing tasks. Ms. Wells picked a junior named Glenn Clayville and said that he was very quiet when she first met him. Now he’s even more of a hard worker than he was before and shows great potential in the world of Production & Imaging. Good luck Glenn!

       Delcastle is full of many constantly improving students. Congratulations to all of the Public Service Clusters students who were nominated by their career area teachers. Keep up the good work, Cougars!

Author: Ajah Quawiy, Class of 2019

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As this school year comes to a close, we on the newspaper staff would like to take a moment and review all of the excellent achievements that our Delcastle students have accomplished. One of the most rewarding experiences that the Business Tech students at Delcastle get a chance to be a part of is Business Professionals of America (BPA). Ms. Dobbs, Business Tech Instructor, guided the Cougars to success at both the local and national competitions.

In February, the Delcastle students competed with other students from Delaware. The following students placed in their BPA events and then qualified to go to nationals in Massachusetts during the late spring.

Ahjnae Mitchell: 1st Place: Intermediate Word Processing

O’Nesha Johnson: 1st Place: Fundamental Word Processing

George Grimes: 1st Place: Prepared Speech

Breahna Riess: 2nd Place: Fundamental Word Processing

Then, in May, those students traveled to Massachusetts to compete in the National BPA Competition. Here are the 2016 BPA National Winners:

Breahna Riess (10th grade): 1st place in Fundamental Word Processing
O’Nesha Johnson (11th grade): 2nd place in Fundamental Word Processing
Ahjnae Mitchell (12th grade): Top ten finalist

Congratulations Cougars!

Author: Tyler Ross, Class of 2018

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       “Skills! Skills! Skills!” These are the words you heard in the Delcastle halls starting December. As students prepared, they practiced every day until the month of February. Once February hit, then students would compete in Dover, at Delcastle, or at another vocational school. Students were anxiously waiting to see where they placed and if they won. Then, the Delaware SkillsUSA Banquet was held in Dover on March 22, where the students who placed received their medals. Students competed in different competitions and the results are in. Delcastle had 68 medalists, and 30 were gold. Here are some of the winners who won gold:

Action Skills

Nick Lauber

De’Shawn Coston

Advertising Design

Sasha Reddy

Architectural Drafting

Jalen Bond

Automotive Refinishing Technology

Jairo Magna

Aviation Technology

Anthony Ashcraft

Building Maintenance

Hunter Brown

Collision Repair Technology

Ulises Tovar-Rangel

Commercial Baking

Carmen Rangel-Cisneros

Employment Application Process

Sairiha Shipley

Framing

De’Shawn Coston

Graphic Communication

Justin Tucker

Photography

Michael Metcalf

Quiz Bowl

Austin Albright

Syheed Booker

Sarah Geho

Noah Hentrick

Ryan Quezon

Screen Printing Technology

Brittany Jennings

Sheet Metal

Kenny Oliver

Technical Drafting

Brian Cannon

TV/Video Production

Angelo Vansant

Ashley Wolski

Welding Fabrication

Franklin Carter

Ismael Valtero

Josiah Hector Ortiz

Welding Sculpture

John Gebhart

The winners will go to Kentucky from June 20 -24 to compete in Nationals. Wish the best of luck to them!

Author:

Juan Quiroz-Rodriguez, Class of 2017

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       Believe it or not, Delcastle has heroes! Not heroes who fly around catching bad guys, but heroes who stand up and take a step towards a better community. From meetings to festivals these seniors have come to show great passion and motivation to make the world a better place. Albert Fell, Sherita Lowman, and J’Nea Jenkins all made a positive impact on their communities through unique community service projects and programs.

 DTHS Lung Cancer 5k Walk/ Run

       Biomedical Sciences Senior Albert Fell held a Lung Cancer 5k Walk and Run Festival on Saturday, April 9th. The event started at approximately 9:30am and ended around 2:00pm at Delcastle Technical High School. The purpose of the event was to fund, promote lung health, and fight lung cancer. Albert had a strong and personal motivation stating, “Having experienced death in my family, due to cigarette smoking, I was motivated to take this huge step and plan a walk to raise awareness and funds. I lost both my grandmother and my great grandmother to lung cancer. With such low survival rates, I know firsthand how important it is to fund new treatments, therapies and resources for lung cancer.” The 5k was open to the general public to bring together students, teachers, residents of the community, and supporters of lung cancer. Food, beverages, prizes, activities, and games were available to guests, and participants were eligible for awards. The ultimate goal was to bring the community together, fund, raise awareness, and stomp lung cancer. The event would benefit The American Lung Association in Delaware. The community would also benefit because its people are brought together to learn about one of its major problems and spreading awareness. With the partnership of Bank of America, Albert was able to raise $2,000, which is double the amount his event originally funded! The Lung Cancer 5k was very successful in gathering funds for the cause and teaching people of a very real problem many of our own come to face. Lung cancer is an issue worldwide and just one step can make a huge difference.

Down Syndrome Awareness Family Fun Festival

       Sherita Lowman, A senior and girl scout at Delcastle Technical High School also helped to start the end of an issue facing our community. Ms. Lowman also embraced a take action project back in 2015. She held a Down Syndrome Awareness Family Fun Festival on May 30th from 10am to 2pm at Delcastle. The Festival was part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project in which she completed over 140 hours of community service. The event was to bring the community together, change negative attitudes, and to practice positive interactions between people with intellectual disabilities and others. The Festival was open to the public to play games and eat gluten free food while taking part in an event promoting pure positivity. The goal was for people in the community to get involved in making a difference for children with disabilities. People with Down Syndrome were able to benefit by being able to show others that they have the same interests and needs as any other human being; as a result the community was able to see that people with Down Syndrome aren’t as different as we may think. With the help of volunteers money was raised through bake sales, fish frys, car washing, and donations. The Festival was able to raise $5000, after expenses for the event were paid Sherita donated gluten free pretzels for The Down Syndrome Summer Camp! It’s clear that The Down Syndrome Awareness Family Fun Festival was very productive. Many people were benefitted including The Down Syndrome Summer Camp.

A Step Toward Ending Teen Violence

       Final recognition goes out to Delcastle’s J’Nea Jenkins and her friends Brielle Braxton-Young and Karisa Phelps for also occupying their time in effort to make a difference. These girls share a common motivation in their efforts including friends and family gone too soon in violent attacks. As a result to these tragic occurrences they felt obligated to create what is known as #DelawareStrongProject meetings for the community to discuss solutions for its problems. The first meeting was held on May 6th during the club’s weekly Teen Night at the Newark Boys and Girls Club. These meetings are in hope to teach the community about how things that are said online can be impactful in day-to-day life and to stride toward ending teen violence. The goal is to create a supportive community, to start the termination of teen violence, and spread the word about its effects on people. This will benefit the community because its people will be more aware of what Teen Violence really is and be able to put a stop to it when witnessing it happening. These meetings will not only boost those who are grieving but it will also help to spread awareness throughout Delaware and other places as well. J’Nea and her friends will continue fulfilling their motivation through holding #DelawareStrongProject meetings at their local Boys and Girls Club.

       These Delcastle seniors carried out their projects concerning huge global conflicts and achieved the diffusion of awareness. What can you do for your community?

Author: Christina Colatriano, Class of 2019

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        Winter sport season is a very busy one at Delcastle. Boys and Girls Basketball, Indoor Track, and Wrestling kept our Delcastle student athletes in shape despite the cold weather.

First up, the Varsity Boys Basketball Team had one of the most successful seasons in school history. The team was lead by seniors Sirterrance Simans, Lorenzo Hopkins, Adrian Cropper, Ahmere Dorsey, JaWan Ward, Desmond Gould, Damon Collins, Muhannad Hussein, and Gerrel March. Coach Kenny Avent mentioned that the team’s slogan was “Everyday We Get Better,” and they certainly proved it. The Cougars final record was 16-7, and they finished the regular season ranked #7 in the state. The Cougars had a 9 game winning streak and won 13 of their last 15 games. They had 2 playoff wins over Salesianum and William Penn; the team advanced to the state tournament semifinals (Final 4) where they lost to St. George’s by 3 points. Special awards were given to Desmond Gould (1st team All State, 1st Team All Conference), Muhannad Hussein (2nd Team All Conference, Honorable Mention All-State), and Ahmere Dorsey (Honorable Mention All State and All Conference). Coach Avent received the Blue Hen Flight A Co-Coach of the Year, also. In addition, both Desmond Gould and Muhannad Hussein were selected to play in the prestigious Blue-Gold All Star game. So far, Desmond Gould is planning to play for Chestnut Hill College next year, and JaWan Ward is planning to play for Del Tech. The school is proud of all of your accomplishments!

Next on the list is Varsity Girls Basketball. The team was lead by seniors Yashira Ortiz, Danielle Harris, J’Nea Jenkins, Essence Harmon, Nydera Matthews, Natalie Sierra, Robyn Pritchett, and Francesca Ciccarelli. The Lady Cougars, coached by Aaron Yamamoto, Margaret Battafarano, and Joseph Bolinksi, had 11 wins and 9 losses. Some of their season highlights include a 10 point fourth quarter comeback to beat Tower Hill by 3 points. Also, the team beat A.I. Dupont for the first time in 5 seasons, with a final score of 43-39. Finally, the Lady Cougars beat district rival Howard by 1 point at the beginning of the season, but lost to Howard in an exciting double overtime later in the season. Nydera Mathews was selected to play in the annual Blue-Gold All Star Game. Great job Lady Cougars!

Indoor Track had a very successful season this year. The team was led by seniors Jalen Bond, Nicholas Cole, Daekwon Sequira, Brandon Smith, Justin Walls, Elys Diaz, Zekiah Fountain, Brianna Greenlea, Nia Johnson-Cox, Sherita Lowman, Ahjnae Mitchell, Karen Sackey-Solomon, Siani Sellers, Taylor Truitt, Victoria Williams, and Tyisha Zeigler. Coaches Carmella Anderson, Samantha Kelly, and JJ Dickey are proud of all of their accomplishments. Justin Walls was All-State in the 55 meters hurdles. He will be continuing to pursue his Culinary Arts dream and love for running at Johnson and Wales in Miami. Sherita Lowman was All State for the 2nd year in the 55 meter hurdles. She will be attending Indiana Tech University on an athletic scholarship. Also, Siani Sellers will be attending Morgan State University on an athletic scholarship. Way to go Indoor Track Athletes!

Finally, the Cougar Wrestling Team had a very successful season. The team was led by seniors Hunter Lamarche, John Foote, Trevor Eveland, Sergio Escobar, and Ryan Shaver. The Cougars finished the season with 6 wins, 6 losses, and ranked 8th in the conference overall. The coaches Jeff Hughes and Jason Hughes are proud of the team’s accomplishments. The team qualified the following 6 individuals for the DIAA State Championships: Hunter LaMarche (2nd-120), Liam O’Connor (4th-126), Doug Markland (6th-132), Jose Escobar (6th-160), Shawn Cabalza (6th-195), Ryan Shaver (6th-220). In addition, the Cougars had 5 individuals make the Academic All-State Team, which included the following 2 managers and 3 wrestlers: First team-Jeffery Hewes, Jr. Kaitlyn Adams, and Sarah Penland. Honorable Mention was awarded to Ryan Shaver and Liam O’Connor. The Delcastle Wrestling Team will continue to work off-season on strength and conditioning, wrestling, and goal setting. Congratulations to the Cougars for all of their successes and good luck next year!

All in all, it was a busy and successful winter sports season at the “Castle,” Please continue to support our athletic teams in the future by showing your Cougar spirit.

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The Delcastle Jazz Band is looking for people to come and expand its family. You can still join; it’s not too late! Depending on the amount of positions available, auditions will be held either prior to or at the start of next school year. The door is open for anyone to join at any time; however, this welcome does not guarantee a spot in the band. It is expected for students of the jazz ensemble to have passion and be already aware of how to play their instrument. What exactly is an “Ensemble”? . An ensemble is a musical group that creates and/or performs music together. The band currently practices in a room behind the stage of Delcastle’s auditorium every Tuesday and Thursday until 6pm. Activity buses are available during this time.

In the very beginning the group started off with 8-9 people but over time shrank to just a few due to winter sports and other activities. Current members of the Jazz Band include: Jaiden Reed on drums, Timothy McLaughlin on saxophone, Chris Deel on Saxophone, Nate Davis on drums, and Lily Rojas the manager. The group’s most recent performance was back in March at the school play Here Come The Brides. The two songs played were “See If I Don’t” and “Synonymic Bossa“. Only a portion of the members were able to attend but when the group played together just a few students sounded like a lot more. The Jazz Band did a great job and received much positive feedback from audience members. Mr. Keeper, the instructor of the band, is working toward expanding the number and diversity of instruments. No one person or group for that matter is born perfect. It took the group months to build themselves to the point in which they have now reached.

Joining the Jazz Band is definitely a good way to get involved and become part of a team. With passion, hard work, and confidence, the Jazz Band is a huge success. If you are a Delcastle student interested in becoming part of the success, come talk to Mr. Keeper today in room C109.

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It is time to reach inside yourself, who are you? Look deep inside yourself, what do you like, what do you not like, what are you good at? Come out to the Delcastle Drama Club and find yourself. This club allows you to explore each aspect of yourself or even become someone else. Drama Club is a judgement free zone where you can act, perform, and learn. Auditions are held at the beginning of each school year. Practices occur in the school Auditorium every Tuesday and Thursday until 6pm; activity buses are provided. A large number of students came out to auditions this year (2016). Many students were called back a second and third time to make more efficient cuts. About a week or so later students were notified if they made the cut of the Drama Cast and Crew. Much potential lies within the Delcastle Drama Club. There is an immense amount of passion, determination, and talent in the group.

The Drama Club’s most recent performance was a play called Here Come The Brides. The Drama Club started working on the production since the beginning of the school year all the way into March. At first, there was a lot of difficulty in memorizing lines, limiting distractions, and stability. As the date of their first performance approached these difficulties became less and less. Due to their instructors, Dr. Hockersmith and Mrs. Brenner, the actors and actresses were forced to learn their lines and pull things together. Tech hand Sariha Shipley stated, ” I don’t know how they did it but I’m surprised they did because every practice they would mess up or forget their lines but in the end put everything together and put on a great show.” This was very shocking to hear considering their performances were performed so passionately and smoothly as if they were born with it.

Here Come The Brides was shown in the Delcastle auditorium on three different dates March 3rd, March 4th, and March 5th. The play is about a guy named Jimmy who gets a loaded check from his rich Uncle Dan every month and his friend Bill comes to stay with him. Jimmy writes his Uncle Dan a letter saying his friend will be there and because of this Uncle Dan automatically assumes Jimmy is married. That’s where it gets chaotic because now Jimmy has to find a brides but he’s not really married. In the end all of the women he interviewed to be his bride show up to meet Uncle Dan. It was very interesting to see actors go drag for the sake of their part, a job well done. Just before performances the majority of the cast and crew were nervous but excited. A special recognition goes to Alyssa White playing Madge Burns in the play. Her peers have shown much respect for her and her part due to the devotion she puts forth along with the personal connections she had with her character. Alyssa showed leadership and consistency throughout the entirety of the plays course and is definitely a Cougar role model. The Delcastle Drama Club brings people closer to themselves and others, come and be a part of the family.

Cast :

Aunt Ellen…Kalli

Morris Jimmy Took… Chris Fauls

Bill Thompson…Kevin Ryan

Madge Burns…Alyssa White

Mr. Oswald…Ziayre Ruff

Nurse McDaniel…Shayla Hayes

Lady McBeth…Alexa Archer

Mrs.Duvalle-Smythe…Leigh Bauder

Bubbles Duvalle…Diadem Abayode

Dan Took…Ryan Nagowski

Peggy Westfield…Jocelin Montes-Bernal

Crew:

Nay Richardson…Lead Tech/ Stage Manager

Sam VanBennekom…Assistant Student Director

Sasha Reddy…Stage Right Manager

Brandon Reed…Sound Effects

Logan Kenney…Media/Photography

Amanda Santiago…Curtains/Hair/Makeup

Sariha Shipley…Stage Assistant

Chris Cortez…Prompter

Ritzy Curry…Understudy/Assistant

Under The Direction Of:

Dr. C. Hockersmith…Director

Mrs. E. Brenner…Technical Director

Mr. A. Tiberi…Acting Coach

Play Written By: William Fisher

Presented By: DTHS Drama Club

   

Christina Colatriano

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