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MHS Honors Area Senior Citizens

Issue Date: November 14, 2019

MARINETTE- On Thurs-day Nov. 7, at Marinette High School the Marinette High School Student Senate hosted their annual Senior Citizen's Day. Student Senate Advisor Brenda Blystone said that this year's Senior Citizens Day was almost fully funded by a grant from the M&M Area Community Founda-tion. This way Student Senate members get a jump into learning how to write a grant proposal and everything that goes into it, further preparing students for college and beyond. Many members of the Student Senate said they were very excited and thankful for the grant, as this event is the club's biggest and most meaningful for them. The high school's auditorium was filled to the capacity when co-president's of the Student Senate Courtney Anderson and Sam Drees welcomed attendees to "Be Our Guest". Then Student Senate members performed a skit from the "Beauty and Beast," to the song "Be Our Guest." Following the welcoming performance, Principal Justine Braatz and Superin-tendent Wendy Dzurick explained how important their guests were to the school, and how students benefit from all the extracurriculars and clubs provided by Marinette High School.

Next was a performance from the Marinette High School Band, and Hilary Oskey directed them through a host of songs, including the national anthem, MHS fight song, the band's version of the Marches of the Armed Forces to honor veterans of all military branches. Oskey explained why band members were excited this year, citing band members who help plan upcoming trips to Nashville, and the trip the band had just taken to Northern Michigan Univer-sity. The band also played a medley of songs from the '50s, '60's, '70's and '80s. The song played from the 1980s was Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" essentially the High School Band rick-rolled the whole auditorium!

The high school chorale and chamber choir performed and, and was lead by Cyndee Giebler. The choirs focused on seasonal songs, then lead the audience through the Woody Guthrie classic "This Land is Your Land."

Next up, was bingo and lunch held in the high school library, which was set up the night before by the student senate. Courtney Anderson explained that this committee is the largest one in the student senate each year. And many members of the student senate said that each year Senior Citizen's Day gets bigger and bigger. Meetings are held for about one month before the event to plan each part to perfection. Which shows, as attendees like Mary Lou Roeder said that she loves this event and that she looks forward to this event every year. Newcomer, Judy Witak who was a first time attendee was very impressed with the event, and said that a lot of people she knows also look forward to the event. 

As the success of Senior Citizen's Day grows, it has attracted interest by word of mouth. Former Peshtigo Elementary teacher Gordon Radtke's nephew Brad Potter, a teacher from Merrill Wisconsin brought his group from Merrill High School to learn more about the event. Kamille Ament and Caleb Novitch of Merrill asked many questions as Courtney Anderson explained the intricacies of serving a meal to such a large group of people. Plans are already in progress for next year's program.


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