Dallas High School students were awarded a much-needed break from tests and homework this week. During this period of rest, 89 students from the Class of 2008 traveled to Baltimore, Maryland for the senior class trip. Organized by senior class advisors Mr. Tom Gilroy and Mrs. Joanne Drayer, the trip offered seniors the opportunity to explore a new region of the nation and to bond with their classmates. For three days, students explored all of the attractions Baltimore contains and just had fun. Thanks to the parents, teachers and Mr. Shaffer for being great chaperones and making our time a memorable one.
At the very start of spring break, Dallas High School held its annual spring play. This year’s select production was of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.” Directed by Dallas High School history teacher, Mr. McKeown, with costumes designed by Mrs. Ide, the play was performed on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15.
A play that possessed such humorous subject matter and challenge, neither the difficulty of the text nor the arduous nature of its concepts seemed to stall any of the performers. Starring in the play were Christopher Jayne as Charles, Ashley Zerfoss as Ruth, Sara Siegel as Elvira, and Rachel Kesselman as Madame Arcati.
In his last performance in the auditorium of Dallas High School, Chris Jayne appeared to be truly committed to his character. Charles came to life on the stage and Chris’ performance was excellent. Another senior, Rachel Kesselman, portrayed Madame Arati, an eccentric physic, with a wonderful humor. Sara Siegel, also completing her final performance, and Ashley Zerfoss superbly took on the roles of Charles’ two ill-fated wives. Also, embracing the supporting roles of Doctor and Mrs. Bradman, Jonathan Wallace and Lana Hawley accomplished a grand task.
A group of Dallas High School students who participated and received awards in the 27th Annual Rossetti Memorial Art Exhibit sponsored by Joe and Sue Hand of Dallas in memory of Suzanne Rossetti are Kate Moran, Joe Pretko, Joe Stachnik, Jenna Stanish, and Brittany Thomas, 12th grade; Erin Fallon and Jane Tomkinson, 11th grade; Blair Costantino, Eden May, Elijahbleu Price, Rebekah Stuart, and Amber Wesley, 10th grade; and , Taylor Culver, Nick Gototweski, Kelsey Mulhern , and Elizabeth Rybakovsky, ninth grade.
Joe Stachnik, a Dallas High School senior, produced artwork that stood out to such a degree he placed in the top four of the overall competition. Joe also recently composed a poster on safe driving for AAA and won first place in the regional competition, advancing it on to the National AAA competition.
Just a short time ago, Dallas High School’s Science Olympiad team competed in the regional Science Olympiad at Penn State Lehman Campus. Facing 30 opponents, the team managed to achieve a seventh-place finish, a position that will take them to the state level competition on April 23. Deserving to be singled out are Preston Balavage and Nicole Clemson who placed in the “Write It Do It” category and Mary Ketchner and Monico Esopi who placed in the “Rocks and Minerals” category.