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The Crimson Post Dec. 2022

First print issue of '22-'23!

Our December issue covers all of our fantastic falls sports and club events.

Millis High School Haunts a Hayride

By Riley Sullivan | Nov. 16, 2022

The annual haunted hayride at Tangerini’s farm hosted by MERIT took place on October 15. Teachers, students, and other community members participated in this sold-out event.

Chemistry teacher and Terpsichore director Ms. Copice had two stations at the spooky spectacular event: the Chem Club did a vomiting pumpkin chemistry demo at the start of the hayride while the Terpsicore Club had spooky dancers heading into the final Hocus Pocus act.

Mrs. Fitzgerald, beloved Spanish teacher, had a group recreating the Purge which included several MHS students.

The girl's varsity soccer team had a group organized by their head coach Liv Zitoli and were stationed about halfway through the hayride. Players dressed as zombie cowboys and jumped out of the corn maze and danced the Cotton Eye Joe in their best zombie performances. A senior on the girls varsity soccer team, Mackenzie Sullivan, stated that "it was a fun team bonding experience."

The event was once again a great success thanks to the many volunteers in the Millis school community. MERIT (Millis Educational Resource Initiatives Team) is a nonprofit organization, and its mission is “to award grants in the Millis School District to fund educational tools that are not typically provided by the district's budget.”

A Spirited Week of Competition and Costumes

By Kaitlyn Richards | Nov. 16, 2022

Spirit week was a big hit this year at MHS! There were many fun activities and themes that were decided by the Student Council. The theme days saw a huge number of participants throughout the week. The week started on Monday, October 28 with pajama day. It continued throughout the week with USA day on Tuesday, Hawaiian day on Wednesday, Thursday was “GroutFit” day, and closing out the week on Friday was Millis pride day. Even some teachers dressed up for the week!

The week also included many exciting lunch games. The games occurred during the first and second lunch every day. All four grades were competing against each other for spirit week points. The activities included corn hole, bobbing for apples, eating donuts off of a string, spike ball, and egg toss.

On Friday, The Student Council members for each class were able to show off the hard work they did on their class banners which were showcased at the annual Pep Rally. Members of each class walked out holding their banners with a fun theme song playing in the background. Some of the classes even had their members doing some fun flips and tricks to entertain the crowd.

“We’ve seen the pep rally indoors before as middle schoolers, but this year as high school students the gym had a different energy to it. The excitement from everyone was awesome” said sophomore student Madi Adams. “I really enjoyed watching all the competitions and the announcement of the winner of spirit week.”

After the banners were showcased, the competitions began. The Pep Rally competitions turned out to be a great time. The first competition was a combination of different relay race style events. The seniors ended up winning the races. The intensity turned up in the gym once the tug of war started. The rounds started when the senior class competed against the freshman class and the sophomore class competed against the junior class. Both the seniors and the juniors won their preliminary rounds. Then the freshmen and the sophomore classes faced off and the sophomores won. In the final round the juniors faced the seniors and the seniors won.

At the end of the pep rally the winner of spirit week was announced. The seniors took the win for the entire week!

Students Dancing in the Aisles: Mohawk Council’s Assembly educates MHS on Indigenous culture, the Nipmuc tribe, traditional songs and dances

By Kaitlyn Richards | Oct. 25, 2022

On Friday October 21, the Mohawk Council arranged an assembly to spotlight the culture of the Nipmuc people. The assembly was performed by Andre Strongbearheart Gaines Jr. and his nephew Dayshawn. Gaines's goal is to focus on bringing back the traditional Indigenous culture to the Native Americans who may have abandoned or forgotten parts of their native culture.

Gaines is a member of the Nipmuc nation. He is a public speaker, educator, and Indigenous rights activist. Gaines is also a traditional dancer and singer. Gaines taught Millis High School students about the different cultural and daily practices of the Nipmucs. Gaines also highlighted the importance of nature to Native Americans. Unfortunately Gaines stated that there were only around 2,500 members of the Nipmuc tribe remaining.

Gaines showed Millis High School students traditional songs and dances. He even allowed the students to participate in a “snake dance” and in a “round dance.” The two dances were being danced by the students and Dayshawn while Gaines sang a traditional Nipmuc song. Also, Gaines's nephew Dayshawn performed a dance that showed the four cardinal directions. Prior to the dances, Gaines also highlighted the wrongdoings that the colonists did against the Native Americans. He taught the students about the King Philip's War, which was one of the deadliest wars against the Native Americans in American history.

“As a teacher I want to continue to bring indigenous learning opportunities to the students and staff. It's one thing to talk about indigenous people and their culture but it's another things to give students a hands on experience.” said Mr. Fallon, advisor of the Mohawk council. “I thought the assembly went great! I thought that our speaker was engaging, insightful, and I thought that he had great energy.”

“As teachers," Fallon continued, "we need to be able to find the natural instances in our curriculum where we can teach about indigenous history. It's our job as educators to be able to create more opportunities for students to learn.”

The assembly gave Millis High School students the opportunity to appreciate and to be educated about cultures that are different from their own. Gaines brought many of his creations to the auditorium for students to look at. He brought traditional Nipmuc clothing, wooden tools, and he even brought different animal skins.

Sophomore student Avery Covitz said that “I’m very thankful that we got the opportunity to meet Andre, a member of the Nipmuc tribe and that he was willing and excited to share and educate us about his incredible culture.”

Overall, the assembly was very well received by the students and the staff of Millis High School. Many students and teachers agree that this was one of the best assemblies Millis High School has seen in a while.

A Step in the Right Direction: The Mohawk Trail’s Grand Opening

By Lilly Cassidy | Sept. 30, 2022

Two years after the school-wide debate over our mascot (the Mohawk) the Mohawk Council, a club which arose out of a town need and effort to incorporate education of the Mohawk people into our community, have revealed their brand new Mohawk Trail. This Wednesday, September 28 at 11 AM, a ceremony celebrating its opening took place at the practice football fields which is near the entrance to the trail.

The gathering of about thirty people or so listened to Mr. Fallon, Mia Molinari, and Jack Catalano give brief speeches about the trail. The trail, neat and newly furnished with wood chips, stretched off into the woods, eventually leading to the main football field. The entrance adorned a banner reading “Grand Opening” in big white lettering. The location of the trail, while benefiting from being on school grounds, is tucked away and out of sight for most students of Millis High School.

Despite the dividing debate over the mascot, most of those in the community agreed that education on indigenious peoples should be promoted. The Mohawk Trail was made with the intention to see that agreement come to fruition; The sign at the entrance to the trail includes information on the Mohawks as well as a QR code linked to a website for further information. This message was made clear by Mia Molinari, co-president of the Mohawk Council, at the opening of the Trail, saying that the trail and council were created not because they wanted to keep the mascot but because they wanted to educate the community about the Mohawk people, specifically the Kahnawake Mohawks.

“When the mascot discussion started a few years ago,” club advisor Mr. Fallon said in an interview, “many of us believed then–and still now–that the answer was not to remove the name but to begin the process of providing educational opportunities for our students and community to learn about the Mohawks then and now.” “This trail is proof of that commitment. It is my responsibility and the responsibility of members of the Mohawk Council to not only maintain this trail but to also continue to seek more opportunities to enhance our indigenous curriculum for our students and staff.”

Now that the decision to keep the mascot has been finalized by the school board, the trail offers an opportunity for our community to move forward in our understanding of the Mohawk people on which our mascot is based. However, although the opportunities to learn about the Kahnawake are there if students seek them out, they still must be sought out. With the possible passing of a state bill that bans Native American mascots, some students are wondering if these efforts to educate the community will continue to be supported and grown even in the event of the mascot's demise.

“I don’t like the mascot, I think we should remove it. I understand people's efforts to teach about it and I think that’s great, but I don’t think it should be used as an excuse to keep the mascot,” says senior Juliana Pardi, “I’m concerned that if we get rid of the mascot, efforts to educate would also be gotten rid of.” Such efforts are thoughtful and commendable, but are still optional, with many students possibly not understanding what is truly meant when we say, “we are the Millis Mohawks.”

Please visit this website for more information on the Mohawk People and their History

Welcome Back MHS!

Newspaper Wishes Everyone a Great School Year!

By Maddie Miga, Editor

With the 2022-2023 school year just beginning, we from the Crimson Post hope all students and staff have had an amazing start so far. Since my freshman year, I’ve helped the Crimson Post by writing articles and being our staff’s Social Media Manager. With this being my senior year, I look forward to taking on the role of editor and continuing to contribute to journalism at Millis High.

Now is a great time to join the Newspaper staff! We are always looking for students to publish articles, stories, comics, photographs, and more. The Crimson Post meets every I-days during both lunches in the library, and we’re always welcoming new staff members! With any questions, please reach out to either Mr. Carter or myself.

Here on the Crimson Post Website, we are constantly updating our website with new articles, op-eds, and more! Make sure to check back here throughout the year for the latest coverage about MHS.