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Assembly brings Halloween to High School

Maddy Whitman
Pete Grieg (’20) speaks in front of the crowd during the Halloween assembly. Grieg dressed up as the AP exams that were lost by College Board earlier this school year.

The High School Halloween assembly took place in the School Center on Oct 31. The assembly started with a scare cam recording, which was followed by a Brooklyn Nine-Nine-themed video, put together by the Senior class of 2020. 

This was followed by a costume contest, judged by World Languages Teacher Victoria Hamadache, English Teacher Stephan Potchatek, and Social Studies Teacher Travis Schill. 

Omar Ben-Gacem (’20), who dressed as a student’s transcript, Pete Greig (’20), who dressed as the SAT test and Tomas Belinky (’20), who dressed as the AP exams which were reported as missing last summer, all won the contest together. In addition to these three, many other students participated in different costumes, such as Spider-Man and Elton John. 

Elena Stathopoulos (‘21), who was a member of the audience, spoke highly of the assembly. 

“I think that the competition that they always do is fun, as you get to hear from people that you might not have necessarily heard from before,” said Stathopoulos. 

Maddy Whitman
Student band Out of Commission performs during the Halloween assembly. Left to right: Nathan Potter (’20) plays guitar, Lauren Sadler (’20) sings, Reece Dubin (’20) plays the drums and Can Suyur (’20) plays guitar.

Stathopoulos also said that she “thought that the assembly was really fun and was able to bring different grades together.” 

To conclude the assembly, the student band Out of Commission performed two pieces and Eli Anderson (‘22) played his original song, “Cigarette Butts.” 

“It was really exciting cause whenever I perform my heart beats really fast and I get really nervous, but in the end, it’s what I live for. I love it,” Anderson said. 

Anderson also praised the assembly set-up.

“I liked how behind me there was apparently, I didn’t realize, some lighting there,” he said. “It was in the background.” 

Throughout the entire assembly, the audience was cheering, laughing, and clapping. 

However, Darren Morris (‘23), Student Council representative believes that the assembly did not go exactly as planned. 

“We didn’t prepare as early for the assembly as we would have liked. I think it would have gone a little smoother if we had started planning a few weeks before than we actually did,” he said. 

Stathopoulos agreed with Morris on the organization of the assembly. 

“I think that the transitions weren’t that smooth and there was a lot of time between the competition and when the band performed,” she said.

However, Morris felt that the assembly was an overall success. 

“We thought it went pretty well,” he said.

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About the Contributors
Nick Zirinis, Lead News Editor
Nicholas Zirinis (’23) is the Lead News Editor for The Standard. He initially got into journalism on the Middle School newspaper The Scroll, giving voice to those in the school community and being an asset to informing the student body intrigued him. Since then, Zirinis has taken part in several journalism classes while also attending NSPA and CSPA journalism conventions and participating in summer courses.
Maddy Whitman, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online
Maddy Whitman (’22) is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online of The Standard. Whitman spent her Grade 11 year in the role of Media Director and was a Media Editor and staff writer in the two years prior. Whitman loves that she can combine her passions of photography and journalism to create work for The Standard. Outside of her role, Whitman enjoys baking, running, watching Formula 1 and following her football team, Fulham FC.

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