Sangamon Valley High School will take a Fine Arts field trip to St. Louis on Thursday, March 26.
This trip will start at 9:00 a.m. to depart from Sangamon Valley High School, they will visit The Old Spaghetti Factory for lunch. After lunch, they will go to the Fox Theatre to attend a 2 hour Broadway performance of “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.” The students will leave the Fox Theatre at 4:30 p.m. On the way home, they will stop to eat at McDonalds. The students should arrive back at Sangamon Valley High School between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
This trip applies to all Band, Choir, Drama students, and anyone who was in the plays. Mrs. Moore says this trip will help students see and hear more things outside of Central Illinois, as well as experience new things. Our Fine Arts Trip will be a long, fun, and exciting trip you will love to be apart of. If you have any follow up questions about the Fine Arts trip please stop by Mrs. Moore’s room.
The trip will cost the individuals about $125-150. The payment will be divided into three sections. The first payment will be $50, due by January 17. The second payment of $50 on February 18, then the last payment of $25-50 by March 17.
Sarah is a freshman at Sangamon Valley.
The fall season of Scholastic Bowl has ended, and it went extremely well. Varsity finished the season with a record of 7-1, and JV finished with a record of 8-0. Both Varsity and JV won conference. They beat teams like St. Teresa, Mt. Zion, Eisenhower, and MacArthur. The three contestants that had the top toss-ups were Alex Mann on the Varsity team, Ben Whitney and Caleb Alderson on the JV team.
When interviewing Coach Scan, I asked him what he was looking forward to during the spring season. He told me he simply wants the team to do their best, and that he hopes the teams have fun and enjoy each others company while continuing to win. He then told me that both squads are 3-0 so far in the winter season. When I asked him how many matches he hoped to win he said “as many as we can”
Madyson is a freshman at Sangamon Valley.
As first quarter wrapped up, so did the marching band season. Even though the marching portion of band is almost over, concert and pep band are just getting started. We caught up with some of the exemplary band members to get their thoughts on how marching season went, and what we can look forward to moving forward this year.
Senior Jacey Centola has been in band for eight years. She is also a member of colorguard. “The marching season for me has been a fantastic year and I believe we have tried our hardest and its gone by so fast. I wasn’t ready for the season to end,” Jacey told The Bolt. Although she is sad for this chapter to be over, she is looking forward to the rest of the year. JAcey also added the following in our interview: “I can’t wait to start the Christmas music in band, and I especially can’t wait to see what Mr. Gorecki has chosen for the next marching show.”
Next, we have a Junior Anna Hainline. This is her first year here at Sangamon Valley, and after taking a break from band, she is back and ready for another great year. In our interview, Anna said, “Marching season was rough as a new kid, but I had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends through band. I’m looking forward to playing new music and improving my skills.”
Sophomore Jacob Etter has been in band for six years. We caught up with him to get his perspective on the year. “I was fine with everyone and everything that went on. I am hoping for a good year with fun times.”
Lastly, we have a five year band member, and freshmen, Shea Richards. Here are his thoughts of how the marching season went: “It’s been very exciting, and full of surprises and changes.”
With a great group of students and an awesome band director leading the way, the rest of the year is sure to be great.
Beth is a sophomore at SVHS. She is also the Editor-In-Chief for The Bolt.
Matching Storm had a successful season this year. Unfortunately, like all good things, it had to come to an end. The matching band’s season ended last Saturday, September 19th. The Marching Storm arrived at their last competition at Effingham and played their show Tim Burton Takes the Field.
The band placed 1st place overall in class 2A, and they could not have done it without their wonderful band director, Mr. Gorecki, their amazing color guard coach, Mrs. Hargrove, and the judges constructive criticism from their previous competitions. They also received some extra awards, including: Best Music, Visual Effects, and General Effects.
With the season coming to a close with this competition, it was also the last time the seniors would perform with the band as students at SVHS.
When the seniors were asked about their season, this is how they responded:
Q: This competition, whether you win or lose, is your final competition with the Marching Storm. How do you think you will react after the day is done?
A: Riley Becker- “During our performance and awards I'll be nervous for our band but ultimately I want to have fun. I would rather save the tears for after and just enjoy the day while it lasts.”
A: Connor Edwards- “With this being the last competition I compete in, I am reminded of how band is what got me through high school, music was always one of my favorite subjects, and because of that, it has always been my anchor through school.”
Q: What has it been like being apart of the Marching Band? Have there been some times where you wish things were different
A: Riley Becker- “Being apart of Marching Band is like being a part of a family. We have our ups and downs sometimes, but what family doesn't? I'll be honest, sometimes I wish people who didn't want to be in band just quit. If you don't want to help or put effort into our team you shouldn't be here.”
A: Connor Edwards- “While there are certainly aspects of marching band that are difficult, it's an experience that you will often find enjoyment in, whether it's through competition or the themes.”
Band is much more than a team: it is a family. After the competition Mr. Gorecki awarded the band with a family dinner at Cracker Barrel, and they pretty much took up the whole building.
Logan is a senior at SVHS. He is also the News editor for The Bolt.
As the new school year is starting up, so are the activities. The fall play is no exception. This year's play is “12 Angry Jurors”. With several familiar faces and a big group of seniors returning for another year, the show is sure to wow.
We sat down with drama director Mrs. Moore for a sneak peek into this year's production. Mrs. Moore said: “This year's play is about a murder trial. We have a 19 year old boy who is on trial for murder and there are 12 jurors who have to decide whether or not he should get the electric chair or be let off.” When asked where she got the inspiration she said, “There is a movie out called, ‘12 Angry Men’ from 1957.” “The play has been done many times at several different schools. It’s a very dramatic show. They now have it to where you can get a script for both the ‘12 Angry Men’ and ‘12 Angry Women’ and that's what we’re doing. So you combine the 2 so that we can have both guys and girls who play the jurors in it.”
Third-year drama participant Sierra Centola has very high hopes for this year’s production. “This year's play, I think it is going to be a very different play, but I think that it will be good for all of the actors in it. Everything we have done before was either comedy or a story. This one is still a story, but its very dark and very serious. I hope that it is just a fun year, especially for my senior year. I hope everybody enjoys it, everybody gets along, and that we just have a smooth ride this year.”
One person who everyone is excited to see is senior, Will Bryan. “‘12 Angry Men’ is one of my favorite movies, so I'm really excited to get the chance to act in the play. It's a "bottle movie," a movie (in this instance a play) where roughly the entire thing takes place in one room, so it's a nice change in pace from last year's Peter Pan, which had us flying around Neverland.”
Overall, both the seniors and Mrs. Moore have very high hopes for this year's play. This year's fall play is definitely an event you will not want to miss.
Beth Stacey and Faith Buoy
Beth Stacey and Faith Buoy are both sophomores at SVHS. Beth is also Publication Club's Editor and Chief.
This band season will be like no other. There are many exciting ideas that are being prepared for this school year. There are also new faces in the band and a new and improved show. I spoke with Mr. Gorecki about his goals for this year and competitions to come in the future. Mr. Gorecki’s goal for the band students is always that they learn how to respect and cooperate with each other, and that they put on an awesome show for the audience! The band will be attending three competitions this year in Monticello, Newton, and Effingham. To prepare for the performances they practice together everyday during first hour and Wednesday evenings.
Their biggest competitors, since we are a smaller school, are Okaw Valley, Heritage, Arcola, Bement, and Oblong, which all have excellent band programs. Now, for the question we have all been waiting for: What songs are the band going to play during the games? The band is going to stick to the more traditional songs since most of their rehearsal time and effort goes into the halftime show, which always delivers. Needless to say, this band season is going to be very fun and exciting, and with many hours of practice plus competitions, it is sure to be memorable.
Ashlyn is a sophomore at SVHS. She is also our Sport's editor for The Bolt.
The Winter Concert featuring the fine arts of SVHS kicked off on December 12 at 7:00. With a gym packed with families and friends, the band, choir and art students were ready to show off what they have been working on.
The Choral program started off the concert with a selection of songs: "Howl like a Winter", "Pata Pan", "Silent Night", "Sweet Singing in the Choir", and "Feliz Navidad". Miss Johnson conducted the "Howl like a Winter", a showcase for our choir this season.
Johnson has been working hard with our choral students throughout the last few concerts for her college classes. The choir students at SVHS have been taught a few exercises and breathing techniques while she has been here that have really brought out our top performances.
The band finished the program with, scenes From The Nutcracker, "Mary’s Boy Child", "Baby it’s Cold Outside", "Solitary Wish", and Fantasia.
Story by Logan Brisch.
Each year, the Marching STORM arrives a few weeks before school starts to start band camp, a week long rehearsal where students organize and practice for the coming year's show. This year's show, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is set to wow the crowds with a marching band full of wonderful and creative student musicians.
You can catch the Marching STORM as they play during every home football game, performing during the halftime show and pumping up the crowd with their “Storm Shorties.”
We caught up with Fine Arts Director Mr. John Gorecki and he commented on his thoughts for the start of this band season. He said “I am very happy with the band's progress this season. Marching band can be a difficult activity - students have to think about the music they are playing, their horn and body position, their marching technique, where they are going in the drill, and when to stop and start moving. My expectation is that they give their best effort each day at rehearsal, and come on time and prepared. We have an excellent group this year and I know they will do great things at our two competitions!”
Students in the Marching Band love to be a part of Mr. Gorecki's program and Sophomore Caleb Incarnato who plays tuba in concert band and sousaphone in the marching band had some wonderful things to say about his love of band. Caleb said “that ever since I joined In 5th grade, I have enjoyed being apart of the band and the experience of Marching Band.”
The Marching Storm has many performances throughout the year, but the ones that they really look forward to are the competitions. Their first competition is on Saturday, Sep. 22 at Mt. Zion High School. Come out and see this year's performance and cheer on the Storm as they march their way to another victory (fingers crossed).