SALISBURY HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
On Oct. 23, Nicholas Croft, Cammi Jefferson, Kevin Esslinger, Natalia Lopez, Thalya Cresswell, Alyssa Sipos, Ciara Caldwell, myself, advisor Laura DosSantos of the No Place For Hate group and Salisbury High School Principal Heather Morningstar attended the annual Anti-Defamation League conference in Philadelphia. Students from the tristate area gathered in the Irvine Auditorium at Pennsylvania University. The day began with speaker Judy Shepard, the mother of the late Matthew Shepard. Participants were able to hear her give testimony in regard to her son and the fateful events surrounding his death. Many are familiar with the numerous stories of Matthew Shepard who was the victim of a hate crime in the late 1990s, in regard to his sexual orientation.
Later in the day, students from different schools dispersed to areas of the campus and participated in two workshop rotations centered on bullying and its prevention, tolerance and individuality.
"I learned that everyone should be treated equally and have a right to be happy," SHS junior Alyssa Sipos said.
At the conclusion of the day, the schools had a rotation together and contemplated what they could do to change their high school environment and assessed the severity of bullying and the necessity of promoting tolerance and acceptance within their community.
"I believe the conference calls my students to think about hatred and ways that it is exhibited in society," DosSantos said. "It also sheds light on issues and topics that they may have never thought about before."
In other news, Puzzles, a division of the Media Messages class run by Kelly Wetherhold, shot a short horror film which was shown at the Emmaus theater's film festival Oct. 27. Given 96 hours to complete their finished product, they filmed and edited their story from Friday to Sunday and won second place out of 29 other films.
"Time constraints were really one of the biggest obstacles we had to overcome. Our film had to be no more than six minutes," senior Casey Creveling said.
He also mentioned none of the film was scripted, which is quite a feat; the actors relied on lines given from previous takes and ad-libs to form dialogue.
Congratulations to all participants in placing second.
A reminder to all juniors and seniors that graduation project presentations are Dec. 4, 5 and 6. Don't forget to put on your best attire and show up promptly at your presentation time. Ninth and tenth grade students, as well as any junior or senior not presenting on a certain day, will be on a 2-hour delay schedule on those days. On Dec. 11, SHS will be administering the ASVAB test 8 to 11 a.m.; this test is open to any freshman, sophomore or junior who wants to find out the certain aptitudes they have for careers of their choosing. You must have parental permission to take the test. All materials necessary are available in the guidance office.
Editor's Note: I would like to welcome Asia as our new Salisbury High School correspondent. Asia is a junior and has been writing since she was about seven or eight years old. She is involved in many activities at the school including the theater program and chorus.