Tag Archives: Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra Curricular Activities Add Value to EL

by Bilal Hussein, ’18

Here at Edward Little, extra-curricular activities do not get as much of the attention as sports do. From band, to drama, many students embrace different activities that they enjoy and yet it seems they get little to no attention compared to sports.

“I see a resurgence for the excitement for the band,” band teacher Bill Buzza said. After the All-City Band Concert on March 22, many of the audience members were amazed by the professional demeanor and talent the children from grades 5 to 12 had to show at Edward Little High School. The high school’s band was lead by Buzza, who explained “there’s a lack of interest” in the band, which “is not as popular as it used to be.” With all the negatives, there must be some positivity for the band.

Edward Little gets SMART

By Jake Bazinet, ’15


Danielle Gagne shares her project on water quality to local business owners in the field of science and agriculture.

Edward Little students, part of SMART, the Stormwater Management Research Team, visited the University of Maine recently to study ways that stormwater run-off affects water quality. The students studied a variety of factors that impact water quality, and their research may be used in the future to help inform the Auburn community of local water quality issues. 

Do Students Really Know What’s Going On?

Danica Nadeau 15′

For years, when the bell rang and signaled the start of second period, Edward Little High School students would hear announcements from the great “Brian Williams,” aka Mr. Steve Galway. This year, however, Edward Little has transferred to announcements on Powerschool, the web program that students use to check up on homework assignments and their grades.

The New York Experience: EL Students Travel to Big Apple

By Trevor Laliberte

The view of the city from the Top of the Rock, 70 floors up.

The view of the city from the Top of the Rock, 70 floors up.

Forty Edward Little music students, myself included, were in New York City last month for four days of musical and non-musical learning experiences alike, as well as a day on Broadway and every cliché tourist attraction in the Big Apple.

Spotlight on Drama: Slow Knife! The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered

Soap operas, murder, mystery, narcissism, and “slow acting” knives all in the same play? I believe so. “The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered” is essentially a satire of the soap opera genre and, to a lesser extent, the 1945 film “And Then There Were None.” This production, hosted January 18, was the directorial debut of Paige Weber and Ally LaVerdiere.



Student Safety Worth Less Than Sports Glory?

by Alex Lally, ’14

Last Saturday, the Edward Little High School track & field team had a track meet at Colby College in Waterville and it was the worst Saturday of my life. When I woke up, I thought the meet was going to be cancelled due to rain and icy roads.

However, I got a text from my coach saying the meet was still on. Washington St. was covered in ice and my car was sliding all over the road. Our bus was ten minutes late and five of our guys couldn’t show up due to bad roads.

Songwriting, Life, and “Staying Zach”: The Budding Career of Student Musician Zacharie Hurd

By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Zacharie Hurd, a junior at Edward Little High School, was born in Haiti. He’s over six feet tall, a black belt in karate, and most importantly, he’s a compassionate, principled person. He started writing music when he was ten and from the beginning, crafting meaningful lyrics has been Hurd’s focus. 

“I’ll never write a song unless it has a subject matter,” Hurd explains. “I don’t like to talk about frivolous things,”  he said, deep in thought about his songwriting process. Finding a subject that means something to him is both a challenge and an adventure. That’s what sets him apart from the many rappers in the music industry today. While a lot of mainstream rappers talk about their expensive cars, alcohol, drugs, or women, Hurd earns respect with songs about issues with material possessions, his religion and spirituality, or just staying positive and having a good day.

Letter to the Editor: Community Service a Burden, Better Options Available

I completely agree with Bryan Koester’s article on community service (“Community Service: A Benefit or a Detriment?” Nov. 22). The idea of community service is to take the time we want to volunteer and give back to the community. But is a requirement to graduate still considered volunteer work? I personally found it hard to make time for community service with the busy schedule I have.

All through high school I have had to make time for so many things and that got hard. This year is my senior year in high school and I had to rule something out to make time for my new job as a nursing assistant. So first on my list to go was cheerleading. I have been a cheerleader for four years. With balancing school, homework, working, making time for friends and family, and also helping out around the house, I couldn’t continue the sport. Now, imagine my surprise when I forgot I had to do 24 hours of community service my senior year, as well.

Need for Speed: EL Sophomore Not Phased by Go-Kart Crash

By Trevor Laliberte, ’16

Sophomore Brittany Jalbert's  go-kart was totaled after a wreck during her last race of the season in late October.

Sophomore Brittany Jalbert’s go-kart was totaled after a wreck during her last race of the season in late October.

The final go-karting race of the season was just about underway at Richmond Karting Speedway on Oct. 20. Edward Little High School sophomore Brittany Jalbert, a regular racer, was preparing to enter the first lap of what seemed like any other race. The normal feelings of anxiety and excitement rushed through her head as she waited impatiently for the race to start.

As soon as the racers took off, Jalbert’s nervousness was replaced with pure adrenaline. This particular race was her first time without the aid of a restrictor plate, which is designed to limit the speed of the vehicle for beginning drivers. As drivers become more experienced, they are allowed more speed. This was the first race Jalbert could go as fast as the engine would allow.

EL Poets Slam After School

Junior Jake Bazinet won the second annual Edward Little Poetry Slam with his poem "The Common Closet."

Junior Jake Bazinet won the second annual Edward Little Poetry Slam with his poem “The Common Closet.”

The second annual EL Poetry Slam was held yesterday in the library, organized by Mrs. Gleason. Students in her Oral Interpretation class as well as poets from around the school presented original works. Thirty- six students signed up to perform, so many that the event didn’t end until 4 p.m. The winner was junior Jake Bazinet. A full article on the event will run next week.