March 2019

TASC Committee and Quarter 2 Celebration

Andrew Smith ~ March 18, 2019

At the beginning of the school year, the Crusader community welcomed a new committee into action to ensure students and staff were getting the best out of TASC Time. There are two separate groups of students making up the one committee, these two groups of students are from grades seven to nine, and grades ten to twelve. This group of students is run by English teacher Ms. Potter and Biology teacher Ms. Sandvil.

Throughout the school year, the committee has put forward several new things to ensure the students and staff at LHS are enjoying their experience with the new TASC time that was implemented into the schedule in the 2017-2018 school year. In the past, after each quarter there was a celebration which would acknowledge the accomplishments of the students in the Crusader community. This year, the student-run committee has taken over this celebration and implemented things that have made the celebrations much more enjoyable for both staff and students. ‘

Students are now working on our celebration for Quarter 3. If anyone would like to have anything added to the presentation or would like something changed about the celebration itself, they are asked to contact Ms. Sandvil or Ms. Potter, and it will be brought up to the committee, and they will work their hardest to get the student's ideas implemented.

Photographer Tyrrell

Releases New Work

"elizabeth sporting the look of the shakespearean era"

Visual artist Emilie Tyrrell's new photograph is published for the very first time here in our newspaper. It is part of the photographer's portfolio focusing on various historical eras. Model Liz Rochefort has collaborated with Tyrrell to make this theme successful. "Liz is inspirational to my creative spirit," Tyrrell said. "She is a guiding star."

The History of St. Patrick's Day

Jamielee Lamarre ~ March 7, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17 during the Christian season of Lent. This is a well known holiday in the US but is mainly celebrated in Ireland. As you may know on St. Patrick’s Day now people dance and eat food such as cabbage and Irish bacon. This part of the celebration would happen in the afternoon after going to church in the morning (Editors, History.com). Most people know what you do on St. Patrick’s Day, but does everyone understand why?

Before people called him “Saint Patrick”, his name was Maewyn Succat (GotQuestions.org). He was born in the late 4th century in Roman Britain. At the age of 16, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland to work as a slave (Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia). While he was enslaved, he had a dream. Supposedly in his dream, he heard God speak to him and say “your ship is waiting.” Saint Patrick soon was able to escape Ireland by ship. After he escaped, he had yet another dream where he was given a note. This note was tTitled “The Voice of the Irish." When he opened it he heard voices from the people he met in Ireland begging for him to come back (GotQuestions.org).

Eventually, Saint Patrick came back to Ireland upon request. The reason he came back after being a slave was to teach people about Christianity. His dreams made him realize that he could help people through Christ. He worked in Ireland for 30 years and converted 135,000 people while he was there (GotQuestions.org). Saint Patrick also made monasteries, churches, and schools during his time (Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia). Another critical part of his story is that he took Celtic symbols and “Christianized” them. The well-known symbol of St. Patrick’s day is a shamrock. This was a sacred clover to the Druids that was used as a symbol of Trinity (GotQuestions.org).

This holiday was celebrated in Ireland but soon made it to the US when Irish people moved there. During this time they had major political power and turned St. Patrick’s Day into a secular holiday. There were many different celebrations among different people, but parades were very common. The first parade happened in 1737 in Boston (Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia). Throughout the years more and more places started celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and they have been celebrating ever since.

Saint Patrick was someone who took their hardships and turned it into something that has stayed with us for years. To this day we still celebrate that he came back to Ireland to help the future of Christianity. This must have been hard to return after being taken as a slave, but he wanted to help the people of Ireland.

March Madness is Coming to America

Nick Sanborn ~ March 13, 2019

March Madness is a single elimination tournament of 68 teams to determine the Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association for Division I college basketball champion. March Madness is about as competitive as college sports get. There are 68 teams fighting for that last spot and a chance to win March Madness.

Often a fun thing for the fans is to make a bracket with all 68 teams on the bracket and pick a team to win each game until there's only one team left. The chances of actually winning the bracket game are slim to none. You have a better chance at winning the lottery than having a perfect bracket.

Last year was the first year that a sixteen seed beat a first seed. 1939 was the first year that it was actually introduced to the NCAA. Only eight teams competed with Oregon beating Ohio State in the first college basketball National Championship. Even though the tournament has been going on for 81 years, only 35 teams have won the championship.

UCLA is the tournament's most decorated champion. Ten of those titles were earned under legendary coach John Wooden, and seven of them came in a row. UCLA was the only college to top the ladder between 1967-1973. We all know who the real winners are because American beer companies produce an average of 14 million barrels a month, that number will probably boost up to 18-19 million barrels in March. Another fun fact is that pizza sales increase by 19% during March Madness.

Tri-M Music Honors

Madeline Carbonneau ~ March 19, 2019

This year has been full of many new things, such as the grading system. One new thing that has also been added to our Crusader Community is the Tri-M Music Honors Society. Tri-M stands for Modern Music Masters. This program has been around since 1936 and became official in 1952. The main focus of this group is to add leadership roles and service project to young music students. This year is the first year that we will have this group in our school. Lots of people are excited about this group, especially music students. This group is similar to the National Honors Society (NHS) being that both are leadership groups focusing on making our community more involved with our school.

The Tri-M chapter at Littleton High School will be lead by our band and chorus teacher Mrs. Noyes. Recently, I was able to talk with her about Tri-M. I asked a variety of questions and learned a lot about how this group will help improve our Crusader Community. There will be a total of 21 students entering into this honors society; three in the junior chapter and 18 in the senior chapter. Mrs. Noyes, when asked about how long she has wanted to bring this to Littleton said, “3-4 years.” I am sure that she is beyond excited that it is finally happening this year. She wanted to bring this group to Littleton High School, “To recognize our hard-working music students and to provide a connection of bringing music more to the community.” Noyes also said that she had run a program similar to this in a school she previously taught in. However, this will be her first year running a Tri-M chapter.

Our Crusader chapter will have its first induction ever on March 25th at 7:00 pm. In addition to this being Littleton’s first Tri-M group, it is also the first one in the north country. This group will start planning fundraisers and activities for our community. They are hoping to get younger students at Lakeway more involved to keep our music program growing. Our school is lucky to have a teacher like Mrs. Noyes who is making this program possible for all of our music students.

In conclusion, this program is new to our community and will, with no question, better our music program, and the school community.

2019 Girls Division IV Championship

Kaylee Manzella ~ March 12, 2019

On March 8, 2019, the Littleton’s Girls varsity basketball team played in the Division IV Championship game against the Hinsdale Pacers. In 2018, the same two teams were facing off, Littleton and Hinsdale, the result of that game was a loss for the Crusaders by two points. This year's outcome was much better for Littleton and something everyone should be excited and proud of.

Heading down to Plymouth for the second time this year getting ready to play the team that it had lost to last year made the Crusaders a little nervous, but it also provided more motivation to them as to win this year instead of repeating the same series of events as last year. Madisen Dumont shared with me that going into the game knowing that Hinsdale was the same team the Crusaders lost to last year made her work even harder and want the win more. Laney Hadlock also shared that because it was the same team as last year, she felt her team wanted the win way more.

Because this year was the senior year for four of the five starters, it meant a lot to the team and the seniors that they were able to pull through with a win. Laney made it clear that their win was awesome and it was their last chance to win a championship attending Littleton High School. Madisen said almost the same thing but also added that before the game started she thought it would be sad knowing that it was her last high school basketball game ever, but the win made it impossible to be upset.

The girls of the varsity team have practiced and played so hard for the numerous games and practices and it definitely paid off. Being able to experience the work that the girls have put into their basketball career is amazing. When the season began, I believe all of the girls and both coaches had a feeling that this point in the season would come. Laney stated that the team's inseparable chemistry made her believe that they would definitely be able to make it to championships, which is not deniable. The bond of the girls on the team is very strong and they play and get along amazingly together.

All of the girls, Madisen excluded, have also been close and playing together since they were in elementary school which is most beneficial and also great that they have been playing together for so long and able to work with each other and know how one another plays. Madisen came in during her junior year but is able to work as though she had been playing with them her whole life as well. “As a freshman, I was in a different school and playing basketball for another team, so as a junior and senior, everything was different. I had to learn how Littleton played, but I think moving here has benefited me in many ways. I have accomplished more than I could have ever imagined by being apart of the Littleton basketball team.”

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes during practices and team activities that you couldn’t begin to imagine. The girls have worked so hard and many, many people are so proud of them for not only winning the championships but also going the entire regular season undefeated. Congratulations girls!

LHS Hosts the NCMF

Austin Hastings ~ March 17, 2019

On March 13th Littleton was blessed with the return of the North Country Music Festival to Littleton High School. The North Country Music Festival (NCMF) is a day-long event where students from schools all over northern New Hampshire go to a predetermined school to spend the day practicing songs for a night time performance. This festival gives advanced music students the ability to play with the elites of the North Country.

Littleton band and chorus director Mrs. Noyes said there were about 150 kids participating in the festival, including 27 Littleton students. This year, the choral part of the concert was conducted by Ms. Kristen Bushway, the music teacher from Profile High School. The music she chose for her students to perform included “How can I keep from Singing”, “16 Tons”, “Carrickfergus”, and “Shosholoza”.

All of the music for the chorus was beautifully performed, but “Carrickfergus” was extra special, even bringing tears to the eyes of some of the audience. One of our Littleton seniors who sang with the choir, Ms. Laura Lucas, was in attendance this year making it her third year at NCMF. Of the song selections, she said that her personal favorite was “16 Tons” because “It's catchy, I like that it’s acapella, and it’s got a good beat.”

Alongside Ms. Bushway and serving band director was Mr. David Arsenault from Berlin High School. The list of songs that Mr. Arsenault selected is as follows: “Carry On Wayward Son”, “The Washington Post March”, “The Light Eternal”, “Tsunami” and “At The Movies With Danny Elfman”. Of these songs, my favorite would have to be “Carry On Wayward Son”. This song opened up with a fanfare of trumpets and trombones that was then repeated by the saxophones and clarinets. Throughout the entire song, the percussion section beat out a tattoo varying between straight rock and swing, one that would have made Phil Ehart proud.

Starting around nine o’clock in the morning, rehearsals ran until noon where the students took a lunch break. Then, they went back to practicing until four o'clock when they stopped for dinner. Dinner was provided by The 99 Restaurant and prepared by Mrs. Webster and her party of parents. After dinner, everyone went to change into their concert attire and to finish preparations for the concert. Mrs. Noyes would like to extend a warm thank you to Nurse Roberts, Mrs. Webster, the LHS custodial staff, all of the parent volunteers and also to the large audience that turned out to partake in the night’s entertainment.

Laws and History: Freedom of the Press

Bre Lemay ~ March 19, 2019

Back when Great Britain controlled the thirteen colonies, the colonists were not allowed to publish anything in the newspapers that opposed anything about the government. A bit later, a collection of letters called Cato’s Letters were published. These letters, written by Brits John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon, criticized the British government and its corruption.

A while later, Cato’s letters were frequently being quoted in the newspaper. About ten years later, Virginia Representative James Madison drafted the first amendment.

The first amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Virginia was the first state to adopt the first amendment in 1776. It protects the freedom of the press, allowing people to post their opinions in the newspapers. The right to have freedom of the press is very important for America. It ensures that people can express themselves and their ideas safely, which also gives America plenty of new ideas and mindsets.

LHS Represented at

Student Athlete Leadership Conference

March 14 & 15, 2019, Bretton Woods NH:

Nathaly Rossi, Lauren McKee, Jason Brammer, Quinton Eastman and Chris DeMoras take a break from this year's NHIAA Student Athlete Leadership Conference held at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Jason reported that the food was "beyond belief, excellent!"