Science Bowl

By: Dhruv

   The National Science Bowl (NSB) created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1991, is a highly competitive science academic event which students, particularly higher achieving middle schoolers and high schoolers are involved in. Science Bowl consists of many science and mathematical problems which students study often to be prepared and to solve the equations. Schools from all around the world participate in this event, and from each school in tournaments, 5 dedicated students, one dedicated alternate student, and dedicated coach(s) will be participating in the tournament. The group of students do certain math and science activities which they can achieve fame and prizes in, like shown in the picture above. There are 2 different teams, the academic team (a team that solves problems), and the car team (a team that builds cars to compete). 8-10 people are in the academic team, and 4-6 people are in the car team. The scholars also travel to many different places to play in the different tournaments. Aaroh, a student in Science Bowl, says, “To practice for upcoming competitions, we study sets of problems to understand the concept better.” Students in Science Bowl practice twice a week for about an hour each practice, which the members are expected to attend to. He also says, “Science Bowl is like science jeopardy, but harder.” They have to use buzzers to answer questions instead of having a plain old written test. Science Bowl also designs and builds a model car to race against other schools within our region. Currently, according to research by recent studies, it is proven that by the beginning of 2019 for Science Bowl, there will be 9,000 high school students and 4,500 middle school students, which is a huge amount of people. Daniel Wright’s team is amazing, and we should root for them. They are the former regional championship champions. Good luck and GO DW!!

If you want to learn more about this topic (Science Bowl), you can visit the following websites to explore and learn more facts about it:

https://d103.learning.powerschool.com/kperri/extracurricularactivities/cms_page/view/32709896

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https://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb

Show Choir

By Ruina & Ritaja

       Show choir is a place for people who have a passion for both singing and dancing. We have asked both a student and a teacher – Mr. Clark, of course— questions about what they do in show choir, what they are planning to do, and the differences between show choir and chorus. In show choir, they perform outside of school and sing a lot of songs. The last time they performed, they did it at two senior homes: Sedgebrook and Harbor Chase. During the time when we were asking them these questions, they were singing Let it Snow, Santa Baby, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, Feliz Navidad, and Happy Hanukkah.

Mr. Clark

       In the future, they are going to sing an entire selection of songs called “Songs of a Disney Hero”, songs by Pinkzebra, and songs by Pentatonix. They also plan to compete against other schools in March, where they will sing for the judges to give them critique and feedback.

       According to both Mr. Clark and Cheryl, show choir has more than only one or two difference from chorus. For one, in show choir, they compete against other schools. In chorus, they perform in school, not outside of school, and there are no competitions. Also, everyone can join chorus if they want to, but show choir is a selected group who have to get accepted through an audition. Another difference is that in show choir, they include choreography and dancing. In chorus, even though they sing with expression, they have no choreographed movements. The last main difference is that in chorus, they focus on the more classical, folk, and world music, whereas in show choir, they pay attention to what is more pop— and a cappella— oriented music.

        But if you like to sing and dance, you should go to show choir to improve your voice. Even if you think you might not make it into show choir, if you really do like or love to sing and dance, then next year, you should go try out and see for yourself. I would take Cheryl’s word and audition for show choir.

Outdoor Lunch

Wrestling

By: Autumn Wang

 Wrestling is a vigorous activity to join at Daniel Wright. The coaches are Coach Jones and Coach Ingratta. Every day at practice, the team does many drills and practice matches to improve their techniques for the races such as somersaults, cartwheels, and running.  In our interview, Coach Jones stated, “We welcome everyone to join the team and encourage all pupils to attend the wrestling matches, where we compete against other schools.” The matches tend to run through the season of this sport and at the end of the season, there are regionals and state meets, but only qualified team members can attend. Also, the coaches are grateful for the wrestling member Josh Zimring. He’s Daniel Wright’s first 4-year team member, as he was here from fifth grade. Both coaches are proud of his achievements and say he’s the most accomplished member by far. In wrestling, you compete by weight class. This means that you will be put in groups based on your weight and compete with someone most likely your size to make it a fair competition. In wrestling, you must also have the appropriate gear for the matches. This includes items such as wrestling shoes, singlets, headgear, knee pads, and special mats that you wrestle on. Practice at Daniel Wright runs from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. every Monday-Thursday unless instructed differently. Also, there is occasionally weightlifting on Fridays which is not required. Practice runs in the cafeteria or in the fitness room. This is a great sport to increase your intensity of activity daily and everyone is welcome to join!

Student Council: Adopt a Family

By: Soheni and Reyna


   Adopt a family is where Student Council “adopted” 3 families from the Vernon Township Administrative Center, and then bought holiday gifts from each family’s wishlist. Then, council members went on a shopping trip to Kohl’s to purchase gifts from those lists, such as jackets, jeans, shorts, kitchenware, and purses. Next, they wrapped them in 3 different types of wrapping paper. The families chosen to be given to were families #50, #51, and #52.

   They wanted to create this activity as a fun and festive way to transition into the holiday season and spread joy to other families in our community that may not be able to afford holiday gifts for their family. At parent-teacher conferences, student council sold bowls painted by student council members and handmade pouches by Sinh Lai’s mom. They took shifts from different times of the two days of parent-teacher conferences, Thursday and Monday, to take turns selling bowls. Also, student council tried to promote the taking of the leaves of the giving tree. The giving tree was where some families took leaves from the tree and bought the items back after. The families had to turn it in on a certain due date.

    “I like Student Council because I find it to be an interesting and fun experience. I enjoy participating in this after school team, because it gives me an opportunity to help others in my community. Ms. Buffa is a organized, and creative person. I absolutely recommend it for next year, so please join!” quoted Soheni.

Eighth grade basketball tournament


By Vishal and Yusuf

Did you know that the Daniel Wright basketball team had a tournament against the Fremont basketball team.  The game was played by the eighth graders and their was good playing from both teams. In the end the score was with many good plays and close calls.  We interviewed Mr. Rueth and asked him a few questions. The first question we asked was what was there favorite part of the game there response was they said everything was wonderful. We then asked what do you think you guys could have improved and he said we always have room for improvement.  The final score was not known yet, but there season ended on December 14. The match was on December,14 2018, it took place in the white gym.

They won 10 games out of the 12 they played. Mr.Rueth said  that’s his teams best qualities Effort during all practices and games. Also, they demonstrated wonderful Sportsmanship and Cooperation.were the team exhibited many qualities; however, the team demonstrated outstanding effort.

The basketball tournament went very well Daniel Wright won ten out of there twelve games and all of the teams had a lot of fun.