By: Mrs. Dykeman On November 24, 21 students and two faculty members woke up very early and set forth on what would be an exciting adventure. Three cities in eight days; California or bust! For many of our International students … Read More
By Lauren Freedman
Hope is a powerful emotion. Hope can move an individual, a community, and even a nation. For every person, hope comes in a different form; it can be the sun rising into the dark skies or the breath of a new morning. Every year since 2007, Cheshire Academy has participated in Lights of Hope. For those unaware, Lights of Hope was founded by Don and Jennifer Walsh to raise awareness and money to fight multiple sclerosis. After the tragic loss of a beloved nurse and member of the Cheshire Academy family, along with her two children, the event took on a new meaning.
The town of Cheshire had never experienced such horrible violence and it changed the community forever. Though the anniversary of this loss is a difficult time every year, Cheshire Academy turns the anniversary of a tragedy into a day that people now look forward to; a day where the town of Cheshire is lit up. On a cold winter night every November, Cheshire Academy’s campus has thousands of white paper bags filled with the flickering lights of candles.
This year, there were over 1,000 luminaries on our campus. Due to the diligent efforts of Mrs. Eident, Ms. Anderson, and the junior class officers, the wonderful display of lights was the best it has ever been. Additionally, Ms. Bond helps us maintain a connection with the Walsh family and enables us to garner the kits needed to decorate our campus. The money raised is donated to the Petit Family Foundation.
The Petit Family Foundation, as said in their mission statement on their website, www.petitfamilyfoundation.org, gives funds to “foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.” A day once commemorated for violence is now remembered for the beautiful decorations around Cheshire, which honor the lives of Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela Petit.
By: Christopher Jamidar
It has been such an honor to work on the fabulous play The Mad Woman of Challiot. To be able to work with such a wonderful cast, with so many fun and talented actors and actresses, has been spectacular.
Being a part of The Mad Woman of Challiot was so much fun and a real blast. It was interesting and fun to take part with lines that could be from the 1800’s and make it into a high energy, over the top role that would make any person laugh. During rehearsals, when trying to get into character, I found it so hard not to laugh. I wasn’t the only one, many others I caught laughing or giggling while trying to find their inner madwomen!
Mr. Aronson, the play director, is now one of my favorite people. He is an amazing director and one of the best around. In rehearsal he was strict but effective; he taught the cast helpful acting tips, and led the show to greatness. It was known that if you did a good job, he always offered an encouraging smile. His smile made you happier with your performance that day. This was my first play being directed by Mr. Aronson and I have learned so much in this short period of time. I cannot wait to see what Mr. Aronson has in store for the next CA production.
I would like to say thank you again to the wonderful cast and director for making The Mad Woman of Challiot one of the best productions at Cheshire Academy. I was ecstatic when I found out I had gotten a part in the play. I was so happy to be part of The Mad Woman of Challiot; I would not have changed the time I spent doing the play for anything.
By: Gillian Reinhard
The 2013 Volleyball NEPSAC Championship was an exciting and momentous event for anyone who had the opportunity to see it. The two finalists were our Cheshire Academy girls volleyball team against the King School- the only team that managed to defeat the girls during their otherwise undefeated season. After two well-fought semi-final games against Chase and Bancroft, Cheshire Academy was looking for another win. However, after an extremely competitive game in Stamford, CT, the Cats fell to the King School 3-1. Despite playing an away game, the Cats were not alone in the court, many of their fellow students showed up to cheer along the team at the championship. As the match began, King took an early lead, but the Cats did not let King further advance. Soon, both teams became evenly matched as the score was tied. However, King managed to win the first set. With a strong defense and impressive serves, King struck down Cheshire for the second set.
Although they seemed behind, Cheshire pulled through and defeated King for the third set. The Cats did not let the score hinder their skills and played hard until the very end, when King won the fourth and final set, securing their victory. Nonetheless, King’s title as champion was not easily won. After coming off from an amazing 15-1 season, the Cats used all their skills against King, but they weren’t enough to defeat the school.
Despite their loss at the NEPSAC championship, our volleyball team showed an impressive and admirable amount of sportsmanship, skill and passion for the game. Next year, we can look forward to an even more incredible team who has learned and grown from the amazing season they experienced this year.
By Anni Garvy
On November 13th, 15th, and 17th, Cheshire Academy hosted an Invitational soccer tournament for the boys varsity soccer team. The invitational tournament consisted of 6 teams: South Kent, Marvelwood, Hoosac, Suffield, Chase, and Cheshire Academy. Game one of the tournament was between Chase and Hoosac; in the end, Hoosac ended up knocking them down in a win of 6 to 1. Game two was between Marvelwood and Cheshire Academy; luckily we came out on top with a win of 4 to 1. In the third game, Cheshire Academy played very well. CA ended up beating the difficult South Kent, 3 to 1. In game four, Suffield ended up beating Hoosac 3 to 0, making it to the final of the invitational tournament. Unfortunately, in the championship game Cheshire Academy came up just short to Suffield, losing 3 to 2. It was a great run for all teams that participated this year.
By: Michael Caldwell
At the end of last season, the returning players gathered with Coach Dykeman to plan for next year. We were asked what goals we wanted to set for the 2012-2013 season. We came up with two goals; first, Beat Suffield Academy, and second, win a championship bowl game. We prepared all throughout the summer and trained day in and day out in order to accomplish these goals. As the season started, we hit adversity during our first four games. The Williston Northampton game (game #4) was a nail bitter. Fighting to the very end, we came out on top with a last second play. Then we geared up for our biggest game yet, Suffield. We practiced hard and with intensity. When we took the field, we soon realized that Suffield would be the victor. Having lost the opportunity to realize one of our goals, we made it our soul purpose to seize our opportunity to win a bowl championship.
We rolled through the next three teams and gave the bowl committee no reason not to grant us a bowl game. As we waited in anticipation all day Sunday, the bowl committee made its decision. We had made it! The Cheshire Academy Fighting Cats were to play The New Hampton School in the Dan Rorke Bowl Championship Game. We had worked for eight long weeks to gain this opportunity and we were ready to seize it. We took the field with pure passion and determination to win the game. As we started to take a commanding lead, we knew our hard work had paid off. We won the championship game 70-20. We had accomplished our goal of winning the bowl championship and left a great legacy behind.
This bowl game was no ordinary championship game though. The seniors on the team had won their third bowl game in four years. The seniors had secured a long list of victories with very few defeats. This bowl game was a culmination of four years of hard work and dedication by the Captains (Mike Caldwell, Matt Torrey, Alec Keener) and all the other seniors that gave their time, effort and love into a strong football program. The bar has been set high for the next generation of Cheshire Academy football players, but I believe that they have the determination and heart to take the football program to new heights.