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Weekly News – 5.13.22

Quick Announcements:

Snackshack is Back!

Thank you for all your patience but the wait is finally over! The junior class will be opening the afterschool snack shack attached to the admin building as of Tuesday, 5/10 until the end of the year. If students are interested in purchasing any tasty treats please have them stop by the snack shack at 3:30pm!

Congratulations to Addison as he is graduating with his Masters of Social Work from UVI today! Addison has been an integral part of the counseling program this year at GHCDS and we are thankful for him! 

Thank You! Merci! Gracias!

GHCDS Teachers Appreciation Celebrations!

Thank you to the GHCDS Parents’ Association for a week of amazing celebrations!

Around Campus:

Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of Once Upon A Mattress

The quality of the performances is far deeper than what you would expect from a high school drama program, with the three pairs of actor-couples on whom the plot turns especially shining: Junior Noel Bridgman in the role of Princess Winnifred and freshman Nico Forno D’Adamo as the innocent, young Prince Dauntless who is haplessly in love with her; 8th grader Anna Simon as Queen Aggravain and her husband/nemesis senior Gabe Gelardi as the mute King Sextimus; and junior Jasmin Nieves as Lady Larken and the love of her life sophomore Jaden Gonzalez as Sir Harry. The comedic triple performances of 7th grader Tristan Samuel as the Minstrel, junior Luca Forno D’Adamo as the Wizard, and junior Anil Prasad as the Jester add to the fun, with senior Shana Sargeant (Princess #12) and ladies in waiting freshman Mia Benton-Huggins, 8th grader Allegra Ferreras, 7th grader Peyton Schindler, 8th grader Maya Prasad, freshman Yadielix Cruz, and 7th grader Kimaya Jackson adding depth, dance, and dynamism to the production. Necha Bishop’s crew did an amazing job setting up and running the show: Angel Tirado ’17 as audio engineer, sophomore Nick Turk as lighting operator, senior Lucy Sullivan as properties manager, 7th grader Annabelle Plourde as properties construction, and junior Keegan Gillis, junior Brielle Schindler, and 8th grader Riley Miller as stage crew. Special thanks are due to Aldo Pedrini (scenic construction), Barbara Gelardi (scenic artist), Caribbean Community Theater, Eileen Des Jardin & Charles Jaquays, Linda Stamper-Keularts and many parent volunteers. The show was produced in honor of Guy & Cecile Roth.

William Bugg

Head of School

Mini-Gusto 2022

Come, baila y aprende. The mini gusto activity where  the students prepared and enjoyed traditional  Latin American breakfast, worked out to and hour plus daily dance routines and revel in the mysterious Spanish series “Alta Mar”

Mini Gusto- Ready to Wear: Starting with XXL tee shirts, students cut, design, learn basic sewing and advance technical skills for their own wearable garments.

SCUBA open water certification

Over the course of the week Kirra and Mason Lambert, Chloe and Cole Schurr, and Lu Joseph completed their SCUBA open water certification. They practiced and demonstrated skills such as regulator retrieval, partial mask flooding and clearing, buddy breathing, gear removal, navigation, and buoyancy.  Over the course of their confined water dives and open water dives they gained experience with putting their gear together, and then breaking it down and washing it.  They now have a skill that opens up the underwater world to them which they can do as they travel the world.  The pictures include their pool work at the Carambola resort, their graduation dive in Cane Bay, and the fun dives at the Frederiksted Pier.  A big thank you to Sweet Bottom Dive Center for the instructors!

Athletics: Volleyball

A huge congratulations to our GHCDS Panthers on finishing their respective volleyball seasons. Our varsity girls competed on Wednesday against Free Will Baptist School and swept them in a 3-0 victory to secure the 2022 SCIAA Volleyball Championship. Special recognition to our seniors Frances, Aleah, Syrena, and Amirah (pictured left to right). We wish you well, and goodluck on your next step in your academic career!

Our MS Boys and Girls competed very well and finished this season in second place. The MS Girls lost after going to the 3rd and final set in what was an action packed game that came down to the wire. The MS Boys also had the gym filled with cheers and applause with blocks, spikes, and even some jump serves! Their game finished 0-2. 

The LS girls will be competing on Friday in their semi-final match and if they are victorious, they will move on to the finals match on Saturday morning at Central at 9:30 am. Wish them luck!

Soccer is Here! We have all been anxiously awaiting the return of soccer. As some of you may know, the SCIAA will not be hosting a soccer season due to the public’s school shortened year and the delay of sports due to Covid-19. We have partnered with Free Will Baptist School to hold a short series of 3 games for varsity students and lower school students. The 5/10 and 5/11 games will be played at Free Will. Games start at 4:00. Game locations for 5/12 and 5/13 are TBD but will be announced by Tuesday, 5/10. See below for the schedule of remaining games:

Varsity – 5/10, 5/12, 5/17

Elementary- 5/11, 5/13, 5/18

National Decision Day!

On Friday, April 29th, The Class of 2022 celebrated National Decision Day, the day that seniors from around the country commit to the college they will be attending in the Fall of 2022. Held in the Library, the “Seniors Only” event included completing their “Best High School Memory” and “Words of Advice” forms to post on the map, writing notes of gratitude to those faculty and staff who supported them on their journey to graduation and college, and of course, food! Many students wore “merch” from their intended college, as did many faculty and staff. Melvyn even joined The Class via Facetime!

A good time was had by everyone! Congratulations, Class of ‘22!

Earth Day

For Earth Day the Climate Action Club hosted an advisory period where students were encouraged to go outside. Students went on the nature trail, played soccer on the upper field, played basketball, went on the swings and just enjoyed nature.

Earth Day Fashion Challenge

We now know that the clothing industry and fast fashion has a major impact on the environment. Fashion Design students are learning more about what goes into your clothing and what happens when we continue to support fast fashion.  Students were challenged to celebrate Earth Day by wearing earth friendly clothing. Examples may include upcycled clothing, sustainable materials, natural fibers, earth tones, tie dye, images of plants, trees, flowers or the Earth. For this challenge, students were specifically told to look in their closets or ask a friend/ family member and avoid buying clothes. According to recent studies the average person keeps clothing for half as long as they did 15 years ago. Items are worn seven to ten times before being tossed. 

5th Grade Experience

Our 5th Graders had an amazing overnight field trip to Mt Victory Camp where they learned about red tailed boas on St Croix, how to use bow drilling for fire, and went on a hike to a nearby sugar mill. They helped prepare meals and enjoyed nature with friends. We are grateful for the experience.

College Acceptances:

(bolded entries indicate enrollment commitment)

Alexandra Bhola: University of Pennsylvania; Boston University; Duke University; Fordham University; University of Miami; Howard University; Northeastern University; Georgetown University; Spelman College

James Bugg: Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute w/scholarship; University of Vermont w/scholarship

Syrena Carter: Griffith University, Queensland, Australia; Bond University, Queensland, Australia; University of South Australia; University of Newcastle, Australia; University of Wollongong, Australia; James Cook University, Australia; American International College w/scholarship; Johnson and Wales University w/scholarship; Susquehanna University w/scholarship

Christopher Cawley: University of Tampa; University of North Florida; East Carolina University; Western Carolina University; University of North Carolina Wilmington. 

Michael Dizon-Bumann: Cornell University College of Engineering, Tufts University;; Georgetown University; Wingate University w/scholarship; University of Tampa, w/scholarship; Rider University w/scholarship; Bryant University w/scholarship 

Frances Falcon Vasquez: Universidad Sagrado Corazón; Baylor University; Hawaii Pacific University; University of Tampa; Universidad de Puerto Rico, Arecibo

Uchenna Ferris: University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas; Ball State University w/Ball State Scholars Award; Hollins University w/scholarship; Loyola University, New Orleans w/scholarship; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Drexel University w/scholarship; Case Western Reserve University w/scholarship

Melvyn Fox: Howard University w/scholarship; Northern Illinois University w/scholarship; Lynn University w/scholarship; Nova Southeastern University w/scholarship; Stetson University w/scholarship

Elyssa Franklin: Roger Williams University w/scholarship; University of Tampa w/scholarship; Rider University w/scholarship; College of Charleston; Gannon University w/scholarship

Gabriel Gelardi: University of the Virgin Islands

Hakeem Hamed: Quinnipiac University  w/Trustee’s Scholarship; University of Dayton w/the Dean’s merit Scholarship; Roberts Wesleyan College w/Dean’s Scholarship; Mercyhurst University; New York Institute of Technology, w/scholarship; University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown; The College of New Jersey, w/scholarship; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Clarkson University w/scholarship, Bentley University; Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Christopher Hasson: University of Colorado at Boulder;  University of Tampa w/scholarship; Arizona State University w/scholarship; State University of New York at Buffalo w/scholarship; George Mason University w/scholarship; Adelphi University w/scholarship

Croix Hess-Rivers: Quinnipiac University w/scholarship; Bridgewater State University w/scholarship; University of Maine w/scholarship; University of Massachusetts, Lowell w/scholarship; Virginia Commonwealth University w/scholarship, University of New Hampshire w/scholarship

Kenyon Jean-Baptiste: Undecided

Malik John: Howard University; New York Institute of Technology; Gannon University w/scholarship; Bentley University

Dawson Kohl: Palm Beach Atlantic University; Jacksonville University; Oklahoma State University; University of Oklahoma; Florida International University; Texas Tech University

Aleah Mann:   Xavier University w/scholarship; The University of Kansas w/scholarship; Seton Hall University w//scholarship; Baylor University; Michigan State University; Indiana University w/scholarship; Villanova University 

Makari Matthew: Baylor University, Curry College; Eastern Michigan University;; Gettysburg College; Louisiana State University; New Jersey City University; West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Imani Persaud: University of the Virgin Islands

Shana Sargeant: Boston University w/scholarship, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania;;  University of Tampa w/scholarship; Penn State University; University of Miami

Lucy Sullivan: Fashion Institute of Technology; Texas State University
Amirah Yusuf: Undecided

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