Interview by Eleanor Larsen, Year 12
On both Friday and Saturday night, hoards of students from Ecolint's three campuses came together to enjoy the yearly Bal Des Neiges organized by Nations Stuco, La Chat Stuco, and our own, Nova Stuco. Through the eyes of the guests, it was a night filled with dancing, socializing, and glamorous outfits at one of Geneva's most swanky hotels, the President Wilson. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the makings of the Bal Des Neiges from Nova's Andrea Aguirre:
EL: How far in advance were you planning the BDN with the other Stucos?
AA: We first started planning the Bal Des Neiges four to five months ago simply to ensure the venue availability. However, the more in-depth planning happened about a month ago.
EL: Why did you choose to host the BDN at the President Wilson?
AA: We picked the President Wilson because it was the cheapest venue that could hold 400 people.
EL: Overall, were you pleased with the outcome?
AA: We were very pleased with the BDN and have been getting very positive feedback from the guests.
EL: What will the money earned be going towards?
AA: All profits made during the year will go to charity.
A huge thank you to all three Ecolint Stucos for their time and effort in planning the Bal Des Neiges, an night that many call the most eventful of the whole school year!
Junior Bal Des Neiges
(Photo courtety of Nations Stuco)
By Ana Pavlova, Year 12
So… it’s here. It’s finally here. The LGB Express will be commemorating its 2nd Year Anniversary! March Madness, as it is otherwise known, will be celebrated throughout the whole of March! Naturally, this is a time of celebration, and The LGB Express would like to invite the whole High School to celebrate too!
- On Monday March 10th (next Monday) at break, The LGB Express will be distributing FREE cupcakes around the cafeteria, and the team will also be available to answer ANY questions you may have about The LGB Express, or March Madness!
- FREE RAFFLE: Monday March 17th – Thursday March 20th
- The way this will work is simple: simply show up to the caf at break or lunch, and write your name, and grade on a raffle ticket. You don’t have to pay anything to enter, it is completely FREE! The following break, we will be announcing the winner in the cafeteria, so be sure to be there to receive your prize! There will be 4 different raffles: 1 on Monday (winner announced Tuesday), 1 on Tuesday (winner announced Wednesday), 1 on Wednesday (winner announced Thursday), and 1 on Thursday (winner announced Friday). We have some awesome prizes and sponsors lined up, including 2 FREE Birthday cakes kindly donated by LGB Express staff, and a FREE ticket to the LGB Fashion Show, kindly sponsored by our very own Nova Stuco! Be sure to take part, and tell all your friends!
- TREASURE HUNT: Monday March 24th – Friday March 28th
- There are 2 ways to take part:
- Physical Treasure Hunt: Start at the cafeteria and find the first poster with a letter. Follow the hints to find the remaining 5 posters and then put all the letters together to make up a 6 letter word.
- Online Treasure Hunt: Go to http://lgbexpress.ecolint.ch and find 6 letters at the top of 6 articles. Start at School Events! Put the letters together to make a 6 letter word
- The word for the physical and the electronic treasure hunt will be the same, so you can start at school and finish it online if you want!
- Submit your answer to email@example.com! We have an awesome prize lined up, so be sure to take part!
- THEMED ARTICLES: Monday March 31st – Friday April 4th
- The LGB Express articles will be centered around a theme. Guess what the theme is by reading ALL the articles, and send us your answers at firstname.lastname@example.org! Great prizes await.
All of these activities are completely, and 100% free. All you have to do is take part! What are you waiting for? Get celebrating! And be sure to tell ALL your friends about it! “Like” our Facebook Page to receive updates on when all the events are, and to stay up to date, check out the Birthday Video on The LGB Express, and share our Facebook posts to inform others of the great events!
Interview by Eleanor Larsen, Year 12
EL: Why did Stuco choose to spearhead a rose sale for
JN: Selling roses and cards is a wonderful tradition at LGB
that we wanted to continue.
EL: Who in Stuco participated in the rose sale and delivery?
JN: The entire Stuco helped to sell roses and cards. However,
Lucia, Andrea, Arielle and I did not have class when we were distributing them,
so we let the boys stay in class.
EL: Were there any difficulties in executing this rose sale
and delivery? Any challenges?
JN: Some students who were receiving roses were sick, so
they are yet to receive their cards. They will on Monday.
EL: What was the best moment in the sale and delivery of the
JN: I would say: walking into the classes and seeing the
people who received the roses with huge smiles on their faces, while everyone
in the class was looking at them (including the teacher).
EL: Were there any awkward moments?
JN: When we walked into a classroom and they were taking a
test, so the teacher yelled at us as we slowly closed the door and ran away.
EL: Any funny moments?
JN: There were many funny moments while selling the roses: finding
out who was sending roses to whom and copying ridiculous messages to friends
and wonderful messages to sweethearts.
EL: Were the majority of roses sent to sweethearts or
JN: There were definitely more sent to friends than
EL: Will the money be going towards the Bal de Neige or a
JN: The money raised will be going towards the Bal de Neige;
however, any profits at the end of the year will go to a charity.
EL: Please describe the rose sale in one word.
by Laurin Rupp, Year 10
the Mind: A growing event
Friday afternoon, directly after school finishes, our secondary, middle, and primary
school teams attend a preparation session for a globally-recognized event
called Odyssey of the Mind. Here, children and teens are taught how to think “outside the
box” and different ways to find creative solutions to various technical and
Saturday, at LGB, dozens of brains worked together, some steaming at times, for
the Swiss championship in “Spontaneous,” an event where teams are given
problems to be solved quickly and creatively. After that competition, the best teams
qualified for EuroFest and World Finals, to be held in Slovakia and Iowa this
year. For the first time ever, teams from Bern, Nations and La Châtaigneraie attended
this event, giving our LGB teams quite some competition, and all performed
is supported by many people in and outside the school, including the vice principal
from the primary school, Marcia Banks, and the director of learning and
education of the three campuses, Conrad Hughes, who both do an excellent job at
promoting Odyssey and encouraging the children. We hope that many more will
join not only for fun and competition, but also for a great experience.
Join Odyssey and get out of
by Eleanor Larsen, Year 12
Videos taken by Denisa Turturea, Year 12
When asked to describe their act in one word, selected contestants candidly responded:
Lian (Guitar & Singing Mash-up with Alex)
Original? -Mac (Instrumental guitar)
Ambient. -Elina (Singing: "Say Something" with Fotis)
My world. -Misa (Piano: "Fantasie Impromptu" by Chopin)
Electrifying... or Dance-tastic, whichever sounds better. -Louis (Dancing)
Surprising? -Haroon (Singing: "Small Bump" by Ed Sheeran)
Original. -Natalie (Reckless Perfection Acapella Group)
Beatboxing. -Antoine (Beatboxing Rap Medley)
Personal. -Kanza (Singing & Piano: "All I want" by Kodaline)
The 2014 Talent Show, organized by Nova Stuco, consisted of 15 acts, each one more unique, poignant, and entertaining than the last. Contestants performed their own original creations as well as made popular and classic songs and numbers their own.
On its opening night, the audience members were allowed to vote and choose one act to send to the Intercampus Talent Show, which will occur later this spring. By popular demand, Mac Nelson, year 13, was chosen. His instrumental interpretation of Ben Howard's "Under the Same Sun" was one of a kind.
On Saturday night, a panel of judges perused the show's array of talent and chose Asher Varadi, year 13, as its reigning winner. His performance of his original song was impressive and started the show off with a bang. Reckless Perfection (Abha Calindi, Natalie de Cesare, Flora Vickers, Priya Roy, and Nurin Abdul-Aziz), whose medley of songs gave a punch of girl-power with every note sung, came second. Third Place went to two groups: Elina and Fotis with their touching rendition of "Say Something" and Jose Salgado and Pierre Muletier with their performance of "Old Pine" accompanied by guitar and drums.
Overall, the talent show was a raging success! Nova Stuco's hard work and dedication proved successful: Andrea changed props on stage in a flash, Arielle manned the lights, and Andy, Theo, Jessie, and Lucia diligently worked backstage and behind the scenes to ensure everything was orderly. A huge "thank you" to Nova Stuco, MC's Abha, Umar, and Gwyn, all volunteers, and all performers who contributed to making 2014's Talent Show the best yet. It certainly did not disappoint.
Be sure to cheer on LGB's talented performers as they compete in the upcoming Intercampus Talent Show!
By Eleanor LARSEN, Year 12
Modern Family Fridays is the newest and easiest way to
support a good cause while relaxing and enjoying oneself. The event, which
started January 17th, meets every Friday in Ms. Kretzmeier’s room
(GB101) from 1:00-1:30pm and raises money for Cystic Fibrosis. Most students donate more than the
suggested amount of 2chf. All proceeds go to Switzerland’s Cystic Fibrosis
As it is during the lunch hour, Ms. Kretzmeier encourages
students to bring their lunches. She also offers a selection of pop, juice,
tea, and snacks for purchase. “In the future we could order pizza and we will
be having fresh baked goods for sale starting next week,” says the event’s
When asked what her hopes were of the event, Ms. Kretzmeier
responded “I hope to have a full house with lots of people enjoying the show
together while supporting a great cause.”
Last week, twenty or so students of all ages and grades
crowded into the classroom, ate sugary snacks, and laughed at Cam and
Mitchell’s crazy antics (They went to a play group with daughter, Lily, who was
not as skilled at block-building as the other infants.), all while helping to
find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis! Stephanie Moumtzis, Year 12, described the
event as “… a big success! I couldn’t think of a better way to end the week.”
Check it out and end your week on a relaxing and charitable note!
Filmed by Ana Pavlova, Flaminia Cooper and Maria Calbo, Edited by Flaminia Cooper
By: Julia Drouliscos
Flyers with a little dancing evzone have been popping up around school
advertising a Greek Evening. So
what exactly is this mysterious Greek Evening in January? Each year the Graduation Committee holds
an event to give the Graduating Class an opportunity to momentarily put all the stress aside and have some fun before starting mock exams in
February, and then final IB exams in May. Traditionally a family
evening – which is open to and welcomes ALL secondary school families - this
has previously taken the form of an Italian Evening or a Fondue Evening but
this year the Class of 2014 have gone Greek! So come one, come all on a journey to Greece - well,
Plainpalais actually - and enjoy
some delicious Greek food, Greek wine and some Greek dancing!
The Greeks are famous for their hospitality and the Class of 2014 would
like to emulate some of that hospitality by welcoming you for what should be a
great evening. Those who have
holidayed in Greece will surely have tasted some meze and 8 of these little taster starters will be served at the
Greek night, including delicious tiropitakia
- melt in the mouth triangles of crisp filo pastry filled with goats
cheese, kolokythakia - mini courgette fritters and tzatziki a dip made of Greek yoghurt (not unlike sour cream) with
garlic, mint & finely chopped cucumber served with very moreish pitta
bread. These tasty offerings will
be followed by a brochette of poulet (chicken kebab) & frites and a
selection of Greek sweet desserts.
MCs and a DJ from Y13 will be there to make sure that the atmosphere
& ambiance will have guests thoroughly enjoying themselves. They’ll also draw the fantastic Graduation
Raffle prizes - an overnight stay
at the Four Seasons Des Bergues, a mini iPad, CHF 300 Swiss air vouchers or
brunch for 2 at Hotel Kempinski are some of the many prizes. A few tickets should still be available
to buy on the evening.
After dinner before the students hit the dancefloor in the club room
downstairs, there will be a chance to try out some sirtaki dancing. When
people think of Greek dancing they think of sirtaki but in fact sirtaki is not
a traditional Greek folkdance but a bit of a hybrid. Created and choreographed
by Giorgos Provias for the famous 1964 film Zorba The Greek starring Anthony
Quinn, it draws some fast and slow elements from the traditional hasapiko dance. Usually performed by people linking
together in a circle with hands on their neighbours’ shoulders there is also a more
formal line version. Starting
slowly with increasing tempo the sirtaki always gets people up on the dance
floor forming an instant camaraderie and lots of shouts of “OPA!” This is exactly what we want to
demonstrate to the Class of 2014.
That family and friends throughout the school community are there to support
them and have fun with them before they embark on their final journey to
Greek Evening: Emilio’s Restaurant, 7 Rue Leschot, Tuesday 21 January -
7.00 p.m. Tickets CHF 40 available
from Carole Giboz - Secondary School.
So get a few friends together and come and enjoy an evening that will
lift your spirits in gloomy January!
Hurry though, places are limited…..All purchased ticket stubs will be
placed in a separate draw for a “Greek Evening Prize” – it could be you!
By: Lucia Saborio Perez
LGB’s very first mascot elections are coming up very soon! We’ve had
many suggestions and ideas from you guys, but in order to have a “good
selection” to choose from, we need you, dear reader, to spread the word! An
essential ingredient to school spirit is self-involvement: that means caring
enough about what goes around you to do something about it. Sometimes that
means speaking out about something you think is wrong. Other times it means to
come watch a football match to support your school’s team. This time, it simply
means sending us a message with what you think should be LGB’s new member of
Who will be LGB's next mascot?
We will take all those suggestions (get them sent out for approval
to the P.E Department) then draw a shortlist of the five best suggestions. The
entire high school student body, that means every person from 9th
grade to 13th grade, will then be able to vote for their favourite
And it doesn’t just stop there: whilst we order and receive the
magnificent costume which will represent our school with honour and pride, we
will hold Mascot AUDITIONS. That’s right! You may get the chance to be the man
(or woman) in the suit. This role requires: an uncanny sense of humour, an
utter lack of embarrassment and self-consciousness and a real cheering spirit.
This mascot will have to attend several major sports games and encourage his
fellow peers and teammates to win it all! (If you’re interested in this role,
keep tuned! We will send out more information about the auditions after winter
You might be thinking, why the mascot though? One of Nova’s strong
points in our campaign was to increase and better school spirit. Throughout the
year, we’ll be planning more events which we hope will bring students together
and create a real community feeling. It’s not easy to do that, especially in an
international school where people come and go, but we hope we can really help
give you the best possible high school experience you can have (or at least,
close enough to that) and give you real moments and memories to cherish.
A (caring) Novite.
P.S. Send us a message at email@example.com
or through Facebook with your mascot suggestion!!
P.P.S For those who suggested the unitato as the school mascot, I’m
sure the unitato is a “magnificent and magical creature”. (How can it get
better than a mix between a unicorn and a potato?) Unfortunately, according to
the official school rules, “no magical and/or fictional creature may represent
the school in any sort of organised event, sport-related or other”. Sorry