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Spartan Talk April 17, 2024

On March 16, the Lady Spartans volleyball teams participated in a tournament at Heritage Regional High School. CVR 1, one of the senior girls’ teams, finished in third place in the SSIAA standings, after a well-fought semi-final against HRHS. CVR 2 also played an amazing season. Their coaches say that the girls have learned a lot and believe that their experiences will help them next year. Ms. Caza said that Alexia Farquhar had a truly great season and wishes good luck to her for next year.

On March 22, the annual Talent Fest took place at CVR at 7:30 p.m. The tickets for the adults were $8 and the tickets for students and seniors were $6. All the profits from the tickets went into the show. They covered the cost for costumes and all the tech equipment used. The organization process for the event began in October, with meetings with advisors. Auditions were held in December and rehearsals were held throughout January, February, and March. Ms. Guerin, CVR’s dance teacher who played a huge role in the event, loved to see the whole show come together and really enjoyed the final act in which the whole cast came on. She thought that it was a really nice moment for the grade 11s, as this was one of their last performances together. Ms. Harper, Ms. Babin, and Ms. Georgakalis did most of the organizing; however, Ms. Barrette, Ms. Chow, and Mr. Geukjian contributed a lot as well.

On April 9 and 10 at lunch, the clothing swap took place. For a few weeks, there has been a bin beside the office where anyone – students, teachers, and support staff – could drop off any clothes that were in good condition. Four students in Ms. Lum’s environmental solutions class, Ava Jeuris, Maurene O’Farrell, Grace Sutton, and Avigail Demers, organized this project. They went through all the clothes that were collected, making sure that none were damaged, and then separated them into different boxes. On the day of the swap, tables were set up in the lobby with all the articles collected and students could pick some pieces for themselves. Ms. Lum and Maurene came up with the idea, and the students began planning it in February. The rest of the clothes will be donated to local second-hand stores or used to make fabric bracelets, which was also Maurene’s idea.

For their end-of-year trip, the groups nine and ten in the alternative program are going to Ottawa. This trip was organized by Ms. Chartrand and Ms. Starnino to celebrate all the success that the students in the program have seen throughout the year, since for some, these are the first big accomplishments during their high school career. The students will stay one night in the haunted jail and get a haunted tour and ghost walk. They will also visit the art and the history museum. Ms. Chartrand used to organize this trip for her students at Howard S. Billings and thought it was a wonderful idea to offer it to her CVR students. To fundraise for the trip, the students are putting on a bake sale on April 10 at lunch.

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