When asked how she feels about the SRC closing, senior Kennedy Spang responded with, “What is the SRC?”
This is exactly why the Student Resource center was shut for students’ usage on Monday, March 16.
According to De Pere High School Principal, Ms. Deuman, the large room that overlooks the back commons was intended for students to get help from teachers and quietly study. The space was created when renovations were made to the school about a decade ago.
However, that idea never really took off. Students didn’t take advantage of what the SRC was supposed to be used for, Deuman said.
This may have happened due to lack of encouragement to use the room or lack of advertisement, she added.
Instead, it was a place where teachers dropped off retests and sent students to take missed quizzes. Also, the room was utilized by students with special needs and their aids, Deuman stated.
The area will now be rented out to the City of De Pere for meetings, classes, activities, etc.
Deuman encourages students to use other places within the building, such as the library, the counseling office, and the math resource room to get extra help or study.
It is senior year for Kylie Shannon, the aspiring thespian who starred in the main role of the latest De Pere High School Production, “The Good Woman of Setzuan.”
She answered 10 questions for the Crimson Aviator.
Q: Out of all the plays you’ve done in high school, which one is your favorite and why?
A: Definitely “You Can’t Take With You.” I really liked that is was a farce, but there was still a story behind it and not just a bunch of non-sequiturs. The cast was really fun to work with. You got Shiloh Andrus (as Alice), Mitch Gosser (as Grandpa), and Gwyer Sinclair (as Boris) . The best part about the whole thing was Bailey Ramos-Nelson (as Tony), and how he balanced comedy and drama.
Q: You’ve also done plays outside of high school. Which one was your favorite and why?
A: There was this play I did with Shiloh’s older sister, Cheyenne in St. Norbert’s called “Ghost Fragments,” where it consists of four different stories about ghosts. My segment was the only one-woman performance where I played this girl with schizophrenia. It was fun because I scared a lot of the audience. One time, during one of the performances, this guy in the front row was leaning in his chair and then I screamed “I HEAR YOU BREATHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” He then got so scared that he fell back to the second row. A random professor at St. Norbert’s, a different man whose name I forget, asked Mrs. Joelle (St. Norbert’s professor of drama at the time) if I actually was schizophrenic after seeing the show.
Q: What type of play do you enjoy the most?
A: I like doing comedy a lot. I like comedy better than drama. I always get cast as the comedic actress.
Q: What do you love the most about acting?
A: I love that you can be a different person in a different world, due to some playwright’s imagination. I also love acting because it is so magical when you take the audience into another dimension that is different from the one they are currently living in.
Q: Where do you plan on going to college?
A: I want to go to college in Ireland because it has a really good program for my future acting career, and I don’t have to take any gen eds. Plus, the tuition is very cheap.
Q: What happens after college?
A: I want to live near West End (London) and open up my own acting studio. I want to write my own original plays, and I do have this idea called “Les Miserables: On the Fly.”
Q: What’s that?
A: “Les Miserables: On the Fly” is where I have a bunch of these talented actors/actresses, and before every show, they pick what role they are going to do for this show. One person might get Javert. One person might get Cosette. It’s based on this theory I learned during one of my Shakespeare plays.
Q: Why do you want to move to West End?
A: I feel like everything in America has become kind of fake when it comes to acting. You see famous people on Youtube starring in movies and stuff. I just don’t like that. Plus, England is home to many great actors/actresses such as Benedict Cumberbatch or Colin Firth.
Q: What are your top 5 dream roles you hope to get in the future?
A: 5. Christine, Phantom of the Opera; 4. Richard III, Richard III; 3. Patsy, Spamalot; 2. Glinda, Wicked; 1. anything in an Oscar Wilde play.
Q: Who are your influences?
A: Robin Williams because he’s very funny. One of his movies, “Dead Poet’s Society,” is very inspirational to me because it proves you can do great at both comedy and drama like what Robin Williams does in this movie. The ending always makes me cry.
Tom Hanks, like Robin Williams, you can literally throw any role at him and he does it well. One of his movies, Toy Story, has an impact on me because when I was little, Buzz and Woody were my pretend friends.
My last influence is, without a doubt, Oscar Wilde because he writes so witty. Not only that, he can be rather depressing at times, too. You see, he was a playwright from Ireland living in Victorian England. Victorian England didn’t like Irish people back then. That fact alone is pretty depressing in itself, which might be part of the reason why he can juggle comedy and tragedy very well.
Quincy Gerritts, Ryan Monfils, and Matt Richardson placed third in the state in Marketing and Cara Duevel placed third in the state for Business Procedures in the FBLA state competition April 13-14 in La Crosse. All earned the right to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago in June.
** De Pere High School’s math, social studies, and language arts academic teams participated in the Green Bay Area Academic Competition at Green Bay West High School on April 13, competing against 13 different schools in three rounds of competition.
The social studies team won fifth place with a team comprised of Nick Beno, Nathan Jarvey, Megan Koenig, Laura Peterman, and Cole Runge, and coached by Mr. Spice.
Placing second was the language arts team made up of Lauren Arnett, Maddie Danen, Alden Hunt, Nick Ngo, Kyle Roarty, Erin Skarivoda, and Lydia Skarivoda, coached by Mrs. Hawley.
The math team won first place. Participating on the math team were Sam Bermke, Isaac Gage, Jack Hermsen, Nathan Rao and Michael Jacobson and are coached by Mrs. Turriff.
** On March 19, the De Pere High School Forensic Team attended the District Speech Festival at Bay Port High School. Earning scores of 20 in two of the three rounds of competition qualified the participants for the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association State Speech Festival on Friday, April 17.
Team members who qualified for state are Jordan Hoeft in Four Minute Speech; Michael Zeller in Oratory, Shelby Hawkins in Poetry Reading; Joelle Stewart and Morgan VanLanen in Group Interpretation; Megan Danan, Elena Groves, and Molly Kelly in Group Interpretation; Zoe Dobberpuhl, Claire Grafelman, Mariah Gentz, and Asia Miller in Playacting, and Hannah Spargur in Prose Reading.
** Several students from the Chamber Strings and String Orchestra advanced onto State Solo and Ensemble. Soloists advancing on to state are Lauren Arnett, Callie Youngquist, Jessica Orozco, Allegra Tashjian, Annissa Yang, Abe Lyerley, Nick Ngo, Olivia Rao, Lydia Skarivoda, and Evan Weaver.
Johnathon McCormick, a junior at UW-Madison, was privileged to go on a special trip for two weeks last August to study health care in Uganda. This interests McCormick because he hopes one day to be in the medical field.
McCormick, a 2012 De Pere HS graduate, was one of the many speakers during International Week from Feb. 24-26.
When he arrived in Uganda, McCormick said he was surprised to see how the children there reacted to him. They constantly touched him and demanded high-fives.
“The children were very playful and optimistic, unlike here. It’s interesting to see children who have nothing act so happy, like there was nothing bad in the world,” McCormick said. “Here in the U.S, the kids become depressed if they don’t have the next smartphone.”
McCormick and the other volunteers set up stands in certain areas of Uganda for HIV and malaria testing. Thankfully, not many villagers had the diseases, though some of them did have it and they were instantly hospitalized in Ugandan care.
McCormick said that he met an interesting local named Jeff in one of the villages who dreams of immigrating to America and non-stop talks about Barack Obama. Jeff thought it was cool that America has a black president.
Another interesting encounter McCormick had was when he went out of his hotel at night, only to come face-to-face with a pack of hippos. He was scared due to the fact that hippos are very territorial and are often the animals that kill the most people in Africa per year. Thankfully, the hippos just passed by.
“Throughout the entire journey, I felt very humbled,” concludes a very sincere McCormick.
A typical scene in high school basketball looks something like this:
Player makes a mistake. Player gets taken out of game. Coach gets in player’s face and yells at him or her. Coach walks away. Player gets subbed back in two minutes later.
Is it really OK for a coach to treat a player that way?
“There’s a lot of ways to define yelling,” said De Pere boys basketball coach Brian Winchester. “I can certainly be very loud by communicating information with a player. That could be defined as yelling. However, there’s no negative criticism along with it.”
Basketball may be one of the most contentious sports in high school athletics because of the way coaches communicate with their players.
“I don’t think there’s more yelling, other than it’s so much easier to hear because everyone is so close to the court,” said girls basketball coach Dave Johnson. “Also, like in volleyball, you reset so you have time to communicate, but in basketball, it’s constantly up and down. Also, for me, it’s a motivational thing.”
Coach Winchester agreed with Johnson, stating that the way the sport is played affects how he speaks to his players.
“I think one of the differences in the game of basketball is that it’s a flow sport,” he said. “In football, you have a play that lasts 4 or 5 seconds and then stops. The team goes into the huddle and goes onto the next play. During the course of a basketball game, the coach has to communicate information with the players while they’re actually playing.”
Varsity girls player Carly Cerrato said she believes the stereotype that all basketball coaches yell a lot is false. Some shout more, while others scream less, she said.
“It all depends on your coach because every coach has their own way of doing things,” the senior said. “I think (Mr. Johnson) yells a good amount. I think he yells when it’s needed and to motivate us. When you’re in the gym, everything echoes off the walls and the space is smaller so people can hear more. I think it just seems like there’s more yelling.”
Coach Johnson said that he uses practices to discover if he can shout at a player without hurting her emotionally. He tries to use something that upsets her to help motivate her to play better.
“Some kids react well to yelling, while some kids don’t, and those kids, I can’t yell at,” he said.
“The biggest part for me, as a coach, is finding out what makes each kid tick. Every kid is different so you treat every kid differently. Some kids don’t respond well to yelling and you know that from practice so you don’t yell at them in a game. You don’t want a kid to take something the wrong way in a game.”
According to senior Alexis Mashl, Johnson’s method works.
“Personally, I like when my coach yells because it gets me motivated,” she said. “It shows me that I need to work harder. It’s gets me going when I’m in a game.”
On the other hand De Pere athletics director Jeff Byczek believes that there is a point when a coach has gone too far. He can’t, however, say what that line is exactly. Instead, he said, it differs from player to player.
“The thing about viewing it from the outside is, we come to the games, and see one tenth of the amount of time the players and coaches spend together,” he said. “They have a relationship that’s way beyond what we see. I think it’s a little difficult to talk about what the line is for one particular case or another. It depends on the player-coach relationship and what the nature of the argument or the conflict is.
“Regardless, I think there’s still a line. Coaches have to recognize that, no matter how close they are to the players or whether the players understand where they’re coming from, they’re doing this while we’re all watching and they’re role models for behavior.”
Coach Johnson will admit that he has crossed that line during girls basketball games.
“I have gone too far,” he said. “I never get derogatory or mean or swear, but there are times when I get really bad. Especially when we do things over and over in practice and then screw them up in a game. It’s the situations that we’ve talked about in practice and don’t happen in games; that stuff really gets me mad. It’s only happened a couple of times in my career that I’ve gone crazy and lost it.”
Part of Mr. Byczek’s job is to let coaches know when they’ve made mistakes or when actions need to be corrected. It’s something he does either in the midst of the season or at the end during evaluation.
“I need to let them know what happened and that the behavior is not acceptable,” he said. “If the behavior doesn’t get corrected or if I don’t think that person is capable of improving, then it goes further.”
Both the boys and girls basketball programs at De Pere are known for their successes, and expectations are always high. However, Coach Winchester said any yelling he might do isn’t prompted from tension he feels due to public pressure.
“I don’t feel any outside pressure,” he said. “I think the expectations come within our own program and the talent that we have. I really don’t worry about or pay a lot of attention to what the outside expectations or pressures are.”
Byczek sees it differently.
“I think that we all feel more pressure to do well because of the people who came before us,” Byczek said. “But that shouldn’t affect how we treat each other. As a player, as a coach, you know what you’re getting yourself into here. The expectations are what they are. I think, for the most part, it’s a good and healthy thing.”