Twice a year, the dramatic literature classes at Lowell High School put on a Shakespeare Festival, lead by English teacher Mrs. Magley. This two day festival consists of six shows, filled with entertainment in the form of real Shakespeare scenes, parodies, and songs. Each semester presents Shakespeare from a different approach, ranging from Shakespeare Night Live, William Wrestling Entertainment, to this most recent semester being ‘Shakespeare ‘N Out’ based off of the show ‘Wild N’ Out.’
Mrs. Magley has been leading these productions since 1999, but has been teaching for 37 years. In the time before creating the Shakespeare Festival, she noticed that students typically left high school with a hatred for Shakespeare. She wanted to try to find a way to bring Shakespeare to life and allow the students to enjoy his work. Thus, the Shakespeare Festival was created, and has been running successfully ever since.
This festival not only gives students an appreciation for Shakespeare, but an appreciation for the performing arts as well. Most of the students that take the class have no prior experience with acting, and this gives an opportunity to delve a little bit into it. Shakespeare Fest is a hit among the student body not only because of the entertainment aspect, but also because of all the hard work and planning Mrs. Magley puts into the festivals.
Senior Michael Langen has worked hard to make the most of his high school career, and his hard work has paid off in many aspects. He has been awarded First Team All Conference in both football and baseball. As well as First Team All Area for football and Second Team All Area for baseball. Not only does he excel in sports, but he has made a commitment to giving back to his school and community as well.
Michael is the president of the Letterman’s Club, which was a peer elected position. L-Club prides themselves on their leadership and service. They organize many fundraisers for the school, and are held to a high standard as both students and athletes at Lowell.
L-Club has so far organized Track or Treat, an Angel Tree, and the Hope Project. Their biggest fundraiser is coming up soon is the Special Olympics Basketball Game.
“It’s an honor to give back to the community and raise money for The Champions Together Program” Michael said of being president.
Michael is definitely doing his part in making a difference on and off the field.
To get excited for the upcoming break, the staff at Lowell High School participated in a Christmas Break Spirit Week. Some of the days included ‘Where I’d Rather Be Day’, ‘Bundled Up Day’, and ‘Ugly Sweater Day’.
The Mommy’s Haven fundraiser was a success. Over 200 items were donated to the local organization.
On December 18th, there was a band concert in the auditorium. Additionally, there was an art show to check out before and after the concert, showcasing some of the students’ work.
The Wrestling Team competed in the Al Smith Invitational at Mishawaka High School. This tournament is highly competitive consisting of 32 teams. Abel Verbeek finished fifth place. Both Chandler Austgen and Andres Moreno finished sixth place. z
The Boy’s Basketball Team traveled to Huntington, Indiana to compete in the Holiday Hoops tournament. This exposed the team to competition from other parts of the state. The Girl’s JV Basketball Team took 1st place in the Hanover Winter Wildcat Tournament. They went undefeated throughout three games to claim the victory. MVP was awarded to sophomore Emma Mulligan.
What’s Coming Up?
School resumes on January 7th, kicking off the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year. Report cards will be sent out on January 11th.
The Senior Night Game for Girl’s Basketball is on January 8th, against Gary West Side. The end of the season is approaching quickly, with the Sectional Tournament beginning on January 31st. The Sectional Tournament for Girl’s Swimming is also on January 31st, at Lake Central High School.
There will be no school on January 21st, because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.