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In this Issue:
25 Things You Don't Know About...Mrs. Vasquez
- I graduated from a Career and Tech High School in MA.
- In high school I was in the Business Technology shop NOT Health Careers.
- I went to college for International Business for two years and dreamed of traveling the world before changing my major to nursing.
- I LOVE the beach and spend as many summer days as possible laying in the sun.
- My first job was as a cashier in a lumber yard my freshman year of high school.
- I love to go camping.
- I was a very adventurous child/teenager.
- My cousins and I would go quarry cliff and waterfall jumping in NH and MA.
- My family enjoys riding ATVs and dirt bikes.
- I got my first four wheeler when I was 8 years old.
- I had my motorcycle permit when I was 16 but never actually had the nerve to drive one -- I preferred being a passenger.
- I worked at a motorcycle and leather shop after high school.
- I have a shopping addiction.
- I love to travel with my family
- I got my first passport last year and traveled outside of the country to Punta Cana, DR.
- Family means the world to me. I have 12 first cousins and 7 second cousins that I am very close with.
- I am the oldest child of three -- I have a younger brother and sister. We are all 2.5 years apart.
- I have a blended family -- I have a 10 year old daughter and 2 step daughters that are 12 & 14.
- My music interests changed a lot but as an adult I love country music.
- I love going to concerts -- especially outdoor concerts at Gillete and Xfinity center.
- My first concert was OZ fest -- I went with my mom and dad for my 12th birthday.
- I love singing Karaoke with family and friends -- even in my living room.
- My favorite artist to sing Karaoke is Alanis Morrisette.
- I work as a Registered Nurse after school and on weekends.
- I have been known to be a bad driver.
Holiday Spirit Week
By: Julie Lavigne
Davies held their annual Christmas Spirit Week on December 16th-20th where Davies staff and students showed their holiday spirit. As students counted down to their holiday break, fun and cheer abounded around every Davies corner.
First on Monday, there was Holiday Tree Day where Davies students dressed as Christmas trees OR showed their best holiday colors. Tuesday was scheduled to be Pajama Day, however, school was cancelled due to the snow. Thankfully, the fun week continued on Wednesday with Santa's Workshop where Davies students dressed up as their favorite holiday characters like the Grinch, Santa and even his reindeer! Thursday was Ugly Sweater and Pajama Day (I mean, did you really think we'd cancel Davies ́ most favorite and comfy day of the year?) where students showed their creativity and wore ugly sweaters but they also could ́ve shown their holiday spirit by wearing comfy Christmas pajamas. Finally, we ended the week with Fun Flannel Friday where Davies faculty and students showed off their own unique personal styles by wearing flannels and taking pictures to show off their spirit.
Cookies, Cocoa and Cheer was on Thursday the 19th after school by Profe Bishop as a fundraiser to help out Senior trip expenses. This activity ran from 2:15 to 4:45 with an admission ticket costing $5 where students were able to enjoy a Christmas movie and some delicious Christmas cookies and hot cocoa.
The Dodgeball Tournament was the last of our festive events. Held on Friday the 20th, students and teachers participated in a game of competitive dodgeball periods 2 and 3 as part of fundraising for the school. Admissions included spectators at $4 each, $30 for a team of 5 and individual players at $6. The winning team was rewarded with a trophy and free admission to the next dodgeball tournament in 2020. The winning student team includes David Marroquin, Tevin Lima, Derick Lima, Devanne Lima and Marckus Silva, as seen in the photo below.
The Abandoned Tennis Court
By: Averie Langdeau
It was January of the year 2020, and a group of curious students searched the grounds of their high school after hearing a whisper of an abandoned overgrown tennis court that resides somewhere on campus. The air was cold, a blanket of frost covered the ground they walked on and their cheeks flushed red as the wind blew, shaking the bare tree branches of the forest they traversed. It wasn’t long before the three young teenagers stumbled upon what they were looking for.
“No way,” one student muttered to the two boys next to her.
She looked up at the metal fence which had turned red from rust. Above the wide-open gate that hung by a single hinge was a wooden sign, the words too faded to read.
“All I can make out is ‘Students and Staff of Davies’,” the youngest boy said.
With excitement in her voice, she ushered the others to follow her into the uncharted territory, “Come on, let's go in!”
The three were shocked at the sight before them. The area was so overgrown that the once cemented ground was covered in grass and weeds; trees had broken through the concrete and grown to be 20 feet tall.
“How did we not know about this?” one of the boys asked to no one in particular.
The tennis court was right next to the parking lot that the students use, however, the trees and bushes were so overgrown that it was almost impossible to make out anything behind it. The dense landscape gave the impression of a post-apocalyptic playground.
The following week they decided that they needed to investigate further so they approached Mr. Champagne to ask about this mysterious locale. He explained that the school used to use, “the courts during the winter for the boys baseball and girls softball team just to get outside and throw the ball around when the field was full of snow. The courts fell to ruin from disuse. The team dissolved due to lack of interest. The same thing happened to the hockey and golf teams.”
This left the students wondering if people could lose interest in these sports, and forget about them to the point where the court is left to crumble to nothing but a faded memory, what will the school look like 10 years from now?
Davies Newfound Wrestling Team: Interview with Coach Poirier
By: Bryanna Kapp
This year Davies has a new addition to its winter sports collection! This new addition is the wrestling team, which is coached by Coach Poirier! This is the first time in Davies history that there is a wrestling team so this is going to be quite an exciting season!
When asked what the goals are for this season, he responded by saying, “The goals for this season are to constantly improve after every practice, win some matches while preparing for the State Tournament, and to create a strong tradition that builds a winning future.”
When asked how he thinks the first season will go, he replied, “There are a lot of natural athletes on the team and everyone has been learning exceptionally fast. A rocky start is expected as everyone has to get used to the rules and the aspect of competition but there is an extreme belief that there will be at least a few wins this season. The coach believes that they will finish somewhere in the middle of Division two along with having a strong showing in RI State.”
After being asked how long he has been coaching, he stated, “This is the first time I have coached a high school team but I have been coaching for the last ten years. I was the assistant coach of Kryptonite Wrestling Klub in North Attleboro which is where I coached with both of my younger brothers for seven years. We coached K-8 and produced dozens of boys and girls that have gone on to high school to win the MA Sectional and State Championships. I have also coached numerous wrestlers that have gone on to compete in the NCAA at D3, D2, and most recently D1 levels. I later moved onto Canton, MA where I started the American Grit, wrestling team. My main focus was on K-8 during the winter season and eventually, I started coaching off-season programs for youth, high school, and adults. I have most recently been coaching at the club level in Cumberland. I was the co-head coach of the River Monsters, which is a youth team. I helped to develop the Blackstone Wrestling Club youth program for the off-season. Last year, we took the River Monsters to new heights by improving from 19th place to 9th in just one year and twelve kids competed at the state tournament.” He has only coached wrestling at the club level, but for all age levels.
When it comes to who is on the team, there was an excellent showing during sign-ups with a whopping 33 attendees which has started to settle down to around 14 student-athletes that are now representing the Patriots. The seniors on the team will be the captains this season, which are, Christian Godinez, Edison Giraldo, Tyler Faria, and Emmanuel Diaz. The remaining wrestlers on the team are Nickia Chere, Adrian Fraettarelli, Aiden Alves, Logan Viveiros, Skyla LaValley, Jared Rahed, Matthew Kravitz, Joseph Reid, Jaden Mercedes, and lastly, Nick Mercer.
When asked what hardships he sees coming his way and how he will overcome them, he responded, “The most difficult thing that we are currently facing is learning how to work around work and home life. This is their first year as a sport, so nobody knew what to expect. The 4:30 - 6:30 time slot for most practices is difficult to juggle with those that have jobs. I’m being as fair as possible since I remember being in high school and needing to pay for things, like a car, so I understand how hard it can be. My only stipulation is that you work hard during practice. The conditioning aspect is going to be hard, but everyone will be in good shape by the end of the year which is when it will really matter. “
After being asked about having a rival, he replied, “There is no specific rival just quite yet but I’m sure we will find one at some point in time. The team consists of pretty diverse students that come from all over. Many of the wrestlers on the team have actually competed in clubs around Northern Rhode Island, so they are familiar with wrestlers from other schools in our division. Once a rival is developed, it will be due to healthy competition and no other reason. If I had my choice to create a rivalry, I would love to have it be with teams like Woonsocket, who was undefeated in Division two last year or Division one teams like Cumberland, who is a perennial powerhouse every year.”
Some advice that Coach Poirier has is, “To show up every day expecting to work harder than yesterday. If we work hard and focus on learning the basics of wrestling, then we will be successful for years to come.” Another piece of advice he has been giving his team this year is that they are all writing history each and every day. Everyone is to keep in mind that no other student-athletes in the history of Davies has done what they are doing and the wrestlers are to remember that every time that they step on that mat. Everything that is being done creates tradition and if the hard work stays consistent, then future wrestling teams, 10-20 years from now, will be flourishing.
After being asked about his past wrestling experience, he replied, “I have wrestled for North Attleboro High School and later went on to wrestle at Roger Williams University. I originally fell in love with the sport by watching my older cousin compete and soon after, I became one of the first members of the Big Red Wrestling Club, which eventually evolved into the Kryptonite Wrestling Klub. During freshman year, I learned the sport and got into shape. I competed at 145 pounds. During Sophomore year, I had a goal of becoming varsity and I spent the summer leading up to the season training harder than ever and even by going to camps and off-season tournaments. I eventually bumped up my weight class and won my varsity spot by the 3rd week of the season. During Junior Year, I continued my training and started obtaining a broader spectrum of wrestling knowledge. I lifted weights and gained some weight and moved up a weight class. I weighed somewhere in the mid 160s and competed at 189 pounds. Senior year, I continued my training even further and came into the season ranked top five in the state at both 171 pounds and 189 pounds. At Roger Williams University, I had a great team success and had a decent career. My team was Ranked in NCAA for all four seasons that I was there. I won two League Championships, won one New England Championship. I spent some time competing in Russia, Finland, and Estonia. My Sophomore Year team was inducted into the RWU Hall of fame. I won a 2009 Team Spirit Award along with a 2009 Ray Cordeiro Award - Most Dedicated Athlete at RWU.”
Lastly, after being asked what the best and worst part of coaching was, he responded, “The best part of coaching wrestling is that I get to share my love of the sport that has given me so much. I love seeing this sport grow and watch everyone I coach grow up into hard-working and successful individuals.” He says, “The worst part of coaching is watching a wrestler’s final match.
Nothing is sadder than having a career end right in front of you, whether they win or lose, it’s still a tough situation walking off the mat with the athlete for the last time. Wrestling is a sport that requires different training and discipline that only other wrestlers understand. As a coach, you see how hard someone works and you help them to manage their weight, work to reach their personal goals and you get to learn how they balance the rest of their lives, which is why wrestling really is like a family. He says, “I still remember walking off the mat after my final match in high school falling short of my goals. I started the match with just one of my assistant coaches in my corner, but I noticed that in the final thirty seconds of my match all of my coaches came to my corner. I was speechless after my match and didn’t know what to do, but each of my assistant coaches gave me a firm handshake and my head coach, who was never really the warm fuzzy type, gave me a hug and talked to me for a while. It was rough, but my coaches understood how to handle this better than my friends and parents.”
Davies New Year's Resolutions
By: Johana Hernandez
With the new year upon us, we took the time to ask the students and staff of Davies high school what their New Year's Resolutions are. Here are some of our responses:
"People can improve anytime."
"Exercise, make sure I get out more and experience more."
"I will be doing a new year reflection with my husband."
"I want to connect with people more, invite people to my house."
"I would like to be more organized."
"Hand things in on time."
"Improve on self discipline."
"Lose more weight."
"Go to the gym more."
"Be a kinder person."
"Get rid of bad energy/people."
"Prioritize my future goals."
"Go to sleep on time."
Holidays at Davies
By: Averie Langdeau
The Month of December is filled with nothing but holiday cheer. From the joy of Christmas to the traditions of Hanukkah, Yule to Festivus, the students, and staff at Davies celebrate a wide range of holidays each in their own unique way.
When we think of the term ‘Happy Holidays’ most of us automatically think about Christmas or Hanukkah, sometimes even Kwanza, but did you know there are more holidays to celebrate? When talking to the students and staff of Davies, it became clear that our school celebrates more than just those three holidays.
Have you ever heard of the holiday Yule? In the classic Christmas song ‘Deck the Halls’ there is a line “Troll the ancient yuletide carol” and “see the blazing yule before us”. Must of us have sung these lyrics our whole lives without knowing what they actually mean. According to the website ‘Got Questions’, “Yule was the name of a winter festival that occurred in December and January on the German lunar calendar. In the fourth century, the church decided to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ at that time with a 12-day feast, often called Epiphany or the Feast of the Nativity,” (What is Yule). To put it simply, Yule is a feast that celebrates the birth of Christ. ‘Yuletide’ is the Christmas season.
Another holiday that is celebrated at Davies is Festivus. First made popular by the show ‘Seinfeld’ in a 1997 episode entitled “The Strike”, Festivus, a holiday celebrated on the 23 of December, was introduced when “George Costanza’s father, Frank (Jerry Stiller), decided he was staging a one-man war on Christmas. In lieu of celebrating a crassly commercialized holiday, Frank was going to start his own tradition—Festivus” (Locker). As the story goes; “Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son,” explained Frank in the show. “I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.” With that, Festivus was born.”
Many people know the holiday from Steinfeld however, the origins go beyond that. What most people don’t know is that a writer for the show Dan O’Keefe’s father, created the holiday when his son was only eight years old (Locker).
Another popular holiday the students and staff of our school celebrate is Hanukkah. “Hanukkah in my family is the festival of lights - commemorating the rededication of the temple after a battle and how the oil that only should have lasted one day lasted for 8,” says Profe Bishop, one of our Spanish teachers. Everyone
has their own traditions that they participate in, no matter the holiday. Jenna Nocks, a ninth-grader explains one of her traditions: “before we light [the menorah] my father has me say three blessings. After, I get a gift and sometimes if my family has time there is a game we play called a dreidel. We spin it and on each side of the dreidel there are sayings and we get or lose chocolate coins to the other players.” Profe Bishop has a different type of tradition with her family, “For Hanukkah, we always give socks and underwear as a gift one night! Everybody needs them so we always get them.”
Hanukkah is not the only holiday that Profe Bishop and Jenna Nocks celebrates, surprisingly they both celebrate not only Hanukkah but Christmas as well! “For Christmas, I love to watch holiday movies, watch the lights on the tree, and stay up till midnight on Christmas Eve to know that NOW it is Christmas,” Profe Bishop explains. When asked how she celebrates these holidays, she states, “Sometimes, it's a huge family gathering, sometimes just a few of us. Sometimes it's crazy, sometimes quiet. But it's always a joyful time.”
Christmas is the most popular holiday when it comes to what the students and staff of Davies celebrate. “I describe Christmas as family you love coming together as one, sharing presents,” states senior Alexandra Devargas. She is one of the many who celebrates this widely spread holiday. According to Devargas, “I celebrate with the ones I love the most; we usually celebrate at my house. I eat eggplant but not just any eggplant you get from the store; it's made from scratch by my dad and my favorite part about Christmas is seeing my family members happy and cheerful and lastly the presents.”
When it comes to this holiday, everyone has a different perspective of what Christmas means to them, for senior Julie Lavigne Christmas is all about “the food. I love food. I love decorating too. That is really fun.”
December is a month full of fun and amazing holidays all different in their own ways and the students and staff here at Davies, celebrate a wide and diverse range of holidays.
Locker, Melissa. "The Origins of Festivus, the Festival For the Rest of Us." News Feed, 23 Dec. 2016, https://time.com/4617553/festivus-holiday-origins-seinfeld/
"What is Yule, and What Does it Have to do With Christmas?" Got Questions?, 2 Jan. 2020, www.gotquestions.org/Yule-Christmas.html.
Lady Patriots Maintain their Determination in Quest for the Playoffs
by MacKenzie Glennon and Amedeo Musto
Almost everyone’s favorite winter sport is here. Basketball has officially started, which means another spirit week is not that far away. Even with some losses from both the girls and boys team, both teams are still determined to win. Currently, the boy’s basketball team is 4-7 and the girls are 3-6.
We were able to have the chance to talk to some of the senior girls who expressed that the goal this season is championships; they are still determined no matter what.
The girls’ starter players are Anna Gomes, Paola Hernandez, Jennifer Cruz, Keeara Howard, and Alaynah Rubio.
For the interview with the girls, Coach Cabral had some questions of his own, one being, "can you beat Coach Cabral in a game?"
The girls’ response was, “We would tear him down.”
They are pretty positive they would beat him, but according to Coach Cabral, they wouldn’t. Their losses don’t make them less determined though, it makes them want to push themselves to go harder and be better.
Though they are confident in themselves, they do recognize that some teams will be more challenging to beat, such as; Lincoln, Woonsocket, and Mt. Pleasant. The girls not only recognize the teams to beat but they also know their strengths. When questioned about the strengths and weakness of the team, they stated speed and communication is one of the team's strongest as it is key to winning any game. Their weaknesses however, are their frustration
and in the girls’ words, their free throws.
We also asked the girls, as it is their last season playing high school basketball, what they will miss the most about their experience. They told us that they will really miss everything about Davies basketball because they are a big family and the bonds they made are irreplaceable. One of the last questions we asked was what makes you a Lady Patriot; they said it is "dedication, a strong work ethic, and heart."
We were unable to talk to the boys’ team but we do know they are doing pretty well in their season and are also working hard to achieve their goals. Hopefully with the dedication and hard work from both teams, they will each earn a spot in championships.
Fun Facts About Davies
By: Caleb Gilbert
- Davies was founded in 1971, that is the same year that Walt Disney World was opened and the same year that Apollo 14th was launched. Those are two events that completely changed the history of the united states.
- Exactly 881 kids attend Davies at this time. The first graduating class had 58 students.
- There are currently nine technical areas in Davies:
- Health Careers
- Graphic Design and Interactive Media
- Bio Manufacturing
- Machine Technology
- Derrick Lavasseur, a contestant on the show Big Brother and former Central Falls police officer, graduated from Davies in 2002.
- Mrs. Kelly has been teaching at Davies for a little over 32 years
- Our school colors are black and “vegas gold”