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Wood Hill team participates in Out of the Darkness walk

By: Taum Ahearn

Service learning is all about educating people on topics of interest and identifying problems, solutions, and ways that you can help in your community. To help raise money and attention towards teen depression awareness, Wood Hill students, staff and families were invited to participate in the Out of the Darkness walk at Phillips Academy, Andover on Sunday, May 5.

The walk was three miles long around the streets of Andover. The Wood Hill team has raised $1,058, but donations are still accepted until June 30. Some students that attended from Wood Hill are Anyaa Munot, Arjun Chavan, Lila Davis, Caroline and Mollie Bedard, and Brennan Bhattacharjee. Some other participants in the walk were Ms. Chu, Mrs. Healey, Ms. Najarian, Mrs. Downs, and Ms. Combs.

Service learning can also help to get people thinking about what they can do better in the world. The seventh graders get to choose the topic that interests them most. This year they chose teen depression. Last month, speakers came and helped better educate the seventh grade on teen depression and how we can create a better community for the school and a safer space for people.

Andover students perform at All Bands Night

By: Emily Flanagan

Last Tuesday was All Bands Night for the entire town. Students who participate in the band program from grades 4-12 performed at the Collins Center on March 26. The bands that played were the all town elementary band, the all town middle school band, the high school concert band, the marching band, and the four different levels of jazz bands.

Students in middle school and older can audition to be in jazz band. You can play instruments such as bass, guitar, or any of your classic band instruments. The elementary school band meets before school at their respective school once a week to practice. The middle school band meets twice a week during BOC. The high school band meets every A block. The marching band and jazz bands are after school activities and practices are arranged by the teachers.

All Bands Night was a huge success, everyone played extremely well and there were smiles all around.

All Strings Night coming!

By: Lisa and Madeline Shin

Students in the Wood Hill Orchestra are pumped up for this year’s All Strings Night! For once they will get to play with students from the other schools in Andover and they will get to hear just stringed instruments. The event will be Tuesday, April 2 at the Collins Center.

It is incredible to see such diversity of playing and it can be seen all in one night (for free)! Second grade through twelfth grade all participate in the All Strings Night, and as the grades go higher and higher, the level of difficulty of each piece increases. Parents of the younger grades realize that their kids will grow up to become fantastic musicians while the parents of the older kids proudly watch the level of development that their kids went through. It is quite inspiring to watch.

From slow, lyrical pieces to fast, articulate music can all be heard in just one night, and every year, the high school, middle school, and the elementary kids all team up to play the theme song in a civil war documentary named Ashokan Farewell. It is a vibrant song that has a wonderful melody that can easily become an earworm for those who hear it. However, the real thanks should go to Orchestra teachers Ms. Elliot, Mrs. Diehl and Ms. Hofius for being the masterminds behind this night.

Girls Scouts dealing with donut drama

By: Emily Flanagan

Everyone loves a good coffee, hot chocolate or donut from Dunkin’ Donuts. What people don't know is that there is some disagreement between Dunkin’ Donuts and the Girl Scout of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA).

Troops who had scheduled booth sales were turned away by the manager of both Andover locations. However according to GSEMA Product Program Administrator De Corrigan, the problem was not with the managers but with the franchise owner. The managers had agreed to allow booth sales at their locations, however when they met with the franchise owner about Girl Scout brand coffee sales, things changed. The owner said he never approved the sales and doesn't want anymore sales at either Andover location. GSEMA was not given a reason why.

This has caused a decrease in sales for many troops, several troops had pre ordered cookies to sell at the booth sales, and now have cookies leftover. Many are using these cookies to fill private orders, but this has caused a definite decrease in sales. Locals are wondering if Dunkin’ Donuts cancelled these booth sales due to a conflict of interest. However, that is highly unlikely. Booth sales are often held at Perfecto’s in downtown Andover and at grocery stores everywhere.

Nearly everyone enjoys Girl Scout cookies, including Governor Charlie Baker, who bought cookies at a booth sale at the Dunkin’ Donuts downtown.

Many activities offered at Cormier youth center

By Emma Capaldi

The Cormier Youth Center, 40 Whittier Ct., is open to all the schools and all ages, but is recommended for middle-schoolers and high-schoolers. To join, you can purchase a year membership, for about $150. You can also sign up for drop-in activities for $10 each day. A membership gets you a small card that you swipe on the door to get in. The hours are from 2:30 to 4:30, so you can drop in after after-school activities.

Buses at Wood Hill are available for most of the days, so you can go right after school. Depending on the activity, you may have to bring your own stuff, but like the after-school activities, you sign up once and you get the whole package. Once there, try out different activities and see which ones you find most interesting. The Cormier Youth Center provides many types of indoor sports, a cooking class, and many art classes. You still have time to sign up, so if any of this interests you, head on over to the Cormier Youth Center and sign up!