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November 2011

Langevin rehired as Latin teacher Spotlight to

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Brett Reardon Photo Editor

After a brief period of assuming a back-room position at Sears and other odd jobs, Phil Langevin is now the permanent Latin teacher here at the high school. Langevin was the temporary replacement for Debra Caldieri following her dismissal during the 2010-11 school year. Due to Langevin’s lack of teaching certification, William Schiller was hired to fill the position. According to Assistant Principal Bill evans, Schiller resigned from the position to be with his family back in New York and Lydia Fassett was hired as a temporary substitute until a certified teacher was hired. Now, following a gradual return to substitute teaching and a minor series of interviews and teaching stand-in classes, Langevin is the official Latin teacher and will remain in the position for the remainder of the school year. Langevin has passed his certification test, but is still waiting to be certified officially. Langevin said he is proud to be the permanent Latin teacher. “All the support that the kids gave me felt great,” said Langevin. “They really liked me as their teacher. I appreciate that. It’s heartfelt to hear such things and I can’t really express how nice it is to hear that.” Senior Jack Bonatakis took his first year of Latin with Caldieri. His second year of Latin was split between Caldieri and Langevin. This year, Langevin was rehired as permanent Latin

Administration considers changes to Cotillion

Caitlyn Hoschtetler Staff Reporter

The Winter Cotillion - a popular dance held annually by the high school - is currently under scrutiny from school administrators. The event, planned by senior class officers with help from student council adviser and math teacher Michelle Bussiere, may undergo significant changes in coming years. Yearly alterations occur regarding Cotillion, only to improve it for all attendees. This year, taking buses to Cotillion has been proposed. Although this has not been finalized, it is being considered. “It’ll be a safe way for kids to get to and from Cotillion,” said Bussiere. “They will meet at the high school and be driven to the Log Cabin. This

Julian Suarez Managing Editor

Staff photo by Julian Suarez

REPORTING FOR DUTY: New Latin teacher Phil Langevin listens to music as he fills out his grade book for his classes during his prep period.

teacher for the duration of the year. Bonatakis said that the class may get back on track with Langevin as the permanent Latin teacher. “Taking Latin has been like a roller-coaster ride and really inconsistent,” said Bonatakis. “I feel like I have not had the best opportunity to excel as much as I could have, had I had a consistent teacher throughout my Latin career. Now that Mr. L is back, we can achieve a level

of greatness as a class.” “It’s nothing that can’t be fixed with hard work, hopefully on both of our ends,” said Langevin. “What I’m really looking for is an overall willingness to try.”

Brett Reardon may be reached at bmrspotlight@gmail.com.

In contrast to previous years, we at Spotlight hope to increase the recognition of our newspaper by improving our website. This year, we aim to familiarize it with the public and develop it into a popular source for information on the high school or even events occurring in other parts of the world. Web Editor Teddy Baston has directed his efforts towards getting the website to function and perform properly. Our print version requires a lot of time and effort to put out monthly issues. The purpose of the website is to update information immediately following an occurrence. For example, we want website visitors to know the final score of a game that occurred the previous night. We’d also like to make reviews of video games, music albums, movies and other releases available to read on the website. Due to our time constraints for our monthly publication, we are not able to publish all of the essential material we’d like to. Therefore, we urge readers to visit our website for full coverage on topics that may not have made it to our print issue. Spotlight’s website is www.southhadleystudentpress.com. Julian Suarez may be reached at jhsspotlight@gmail.com.

will take the stress off of students when trying to find transportation there or renting limos." When this was proposed, students were concerned as to how this would be organized. Bussiere reassured them that it would be an enjoyable method of transportation. “You will still be with all your friends and dates,” said Bussiere. “It’ll be fun and it will help avoid some of the crazy partying and drinking that occurs on party buses and limos. It will keep kids safe and allow them to still have fun with their friends.” Another major aspect of Cotillion is the music, which senior treasurer Chris Menard is in charge of. “The music is going to be awesome,” said Menard. “I’m in charge of making the playlist. Cotillion is really fun so everyone should come.” Junior Chris Larrow said his favorite part of cotillion last year was the energy. “It was so upbeat and energized. I hope that it’s like that again this year,” said Larrow. Caitlyn Hoschtetler may be reached at chspotlight@gmail.com.

Photo courtesy of Grynn and Barrett

EVERYBODY DANCE NOW: Students at last year's Cotillion are seen dancing with each other, while having a great time during.

Ohio man releases exotic animals Iraq conflict to end, says Obama

Charlie Allard Staff Reporter

Tigers and lions are not a daily fixture in an Ohio citizen’s way of life. However, on the night of October 19, about 50 exotic, ferocious animals were liberated by a man was found dead following an apparent suicide in Zanesville, 17 lions were killed dur- Ohio. ing the Ohio animal masInitially, the man’s sacre death was debated as to whether it was homicide or suicide- however, following investigation of the case, it was determined to be suicide. The animals were a threat to the town, causing the police to act quickly. Animals were already attacking each other and other animals in the town. The situation had to be resolved before it escalated. Originally, the police attempted to tranquilize the animals. However, due to the animals running wild and the dwindling sunlight, this solution was not effective enough to subdue the animals quickly. The police eventually decided to use their firearms and kill the animals. Overall, 49 animals (18 tigers, 17 lions, six

black bears, three mountain lions, two grizzly bears, two wolves, and a baboon) were killed. However, some of the animals managed to survive. One monkey was able to elude the authorities until a few days later. Also, three leopards and a bear were given to the Columbus Zoo after they were found alive in their cages. “Hearing about these kinds of stories is sad and it makes you realize that anything can happen,” said sophomore Mark Kelleher. “If it happened in a small town in Ohio, it could happen here in western Massachusetts.” After the event, many people were arrested for trying to steal valuable dead lion carcasses. Multiple animal rights groups expressed their displeasure upon hearing this news. They were also enraged that the animals had to be shot down, especially the Bengal tigers, due to their nearextinction. “I think the animals wouldn’t have done much harm if they were out for one night,” said Sophomore Tom Crotty. “They should have been able to tranquilize them and put them in a zoo, or give them to me.” [Above photo by Meghan Murphy] Charles Allard may be reached at cjaspotlight@gmail.com.

Tyler Labombard Staff Reporter

With the end of the war in Iraq approaching, there has been much controversy on where and what the United States should focus on next. President Barack Obama announced, on October 21, that all troops will be out of Iraq by 2012 to return home for the holidays with their families. He also said that the country will immediately focus on Afghanistan and have the war over there terminated within the next three years. “I think the war in Iraq altogether was pointless, and I think it is great that the troops are finally coming home,” said sophomore Zach Simon. “I think we should be done with war and forget about Afghanistan and other corrupt Middle Eastern countries.” The war has been going on for a little over a decade. It initiated because Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction, which was followed up by an attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon during the events of 9/11 by Middle Eastern terrorists. “The war was stupid. I don’t even know what they were fighting for,” said physical education instructor Eric Castonguay. “They said it was because they were looking for weapons of mass

destruction, but what happened after we found out Iraq didn’t have any? We should of just left Iraq right after that.” After the troops are all discharged from Iraq, the U.S. can expect to see troops sent to Afghanistan. The question is, just how many troops will be sent over and what will their focus be? It’s also difficult to say what the United States’s focus will be if the war in Afghanistan is over within the three-year projected time. "I do not think the war was necessary,” said sophomore Connie Bosinger. “It started because Iraq supposedly had weapons of mass destruction, but we didn't have any evidence to support that. We invaded their country and started hurting their people and all we did was start controversy. I also think that most Americans are sick of war altogether, and we should leave all of these other countries alone." Essentially, Obama is finally pulling troops out of Iraq, which is an action that U.S. citizens have longed for. In a brief time period, it is expected that troops in Afghanistan will return home as well, allaying internal conflicts of the U.S. Tyler Labombard may be reached at tjlspotlight@gmail.com.

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EVERYBODYDANCENOW:Studentsatlastyear'sCotillionareseen dancingwitheachother,whilehavingagreattimeduring. BrettReardon PhotoEditor REPORTINGF...

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