Homecoming Court- Emily Anglim

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by Chloe Deckrow

When Emily Anglim heard she was on homecoming court, she said, “I was really mixed on my emotions, being surprised, happy, and nervous all at the same time.”

When asked about how she prepared for such an event she said, “I went shopping the night I found out and bought a dress in the heat of the moment, but ended up not liking it and texting tons of people my height asking them if I could borrow one of their dresses.”

Emily’s favorite part of the whole experience was getting ready before the game and seeing how excited and supportive everyone was to her and the team. When asked about walking she said, “Im just happy my walking partner is actually taller than me.”

Honoring Swim Seniors Hard Work and Dedication

by Alyssa Potyraj

Thursday, October 19 is senior night for the Grandville girls swim team. This will be the seniors’ last meet in their home pool- the pool they have been competing in since they were young.

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Senior Julia Veenkamp said she started swimming when she was just 6 years old because her dad offered her 5 dollars to join the swim team. 11 years later, and now a senior in high school, she is still swimming.

One of Julia’s favorite swim memories was during her junior year at the OK Red conference meet. On the second day at conference finals, the coach (Matt) came up to her before the big 500 race of 20 laps. He told her she needed to race the two girls next to her, both rivals from Hudsonville. During the first 18 laps Julia fought through the pain to stay neck and neck with the two girls, but during the last two laps she overcame the pain and remembered what Matt told her about racing. She used the knowledge she learned through her many years of swimming to pass both girls and beat them to the wall. Julia was overcome with joy when she looked up at the scoreboard to see that she not only beat one of her rivals, but she beat both of them.

Although swim is physically and mentally draining, the happy moments and achievements make it all worth it.

Julia said she enjoys the thrill of racing, but she also enjoys the bonds made with the team and all of the funny memories she has made over the years. She remembers one time that coach Matt dressed up in a children’s Thomas the Train Halloween costume. In response, senior Rachel Otte made a mask of the coaches face and wore it to practice in hopes of scaring the coach during the week of Halloween.

Coach Matt has been the five seniors’ swim coach since they were in 7th grade. He has seen them grow not only as swimmers, but also into mature young ladies.

Coach Matt highlighted the seniors’ leadership

“I remember talking to this class at the start of the year and saying ‘this 2017 season can go two routes with your leadership. It can be a great season or it can be one of the best seasons to date for the Grandville swim and dive team,'” Coach Matt said. “They owned this statement and are making not only me, but the entire community proud.”

The seniors led the team with ease by getting everyone ready for meets, pumping them up, and showing the underclassmen the ropes of high school swim. They know when to lighten the mood and have fun, but they also know when it is time to be serious, put their best effort forward, and ulitimatly lead by example.

Junior Carolyn Peterson said “I will miss having the girls around who I grew up with. We have been together for so long; we are more like a family, and I will miss that.”

The senior class of 2018 will be missed. Come out and support them Thursday, October 19, at 6 p.m. at their last home meet!

Hitchcock October Marathon- Vertigo (1958)

by Nevin Hooper

Hello fans of classic movies! It is getting closer and closer to Halloween, so I shall continue with my Hitchcock October Marathon with one of his most famous films, Vertigo.

For those who have not read my reviews, my grading system is pretty simple. It goes from a 0/10 (movies that are so horrible, that they should never been made), to an 11/10 (movies that are so good, so amazing, that you just can’t give the average 10/10 grade). Now onto the review!

Surprisingly, when this film first came out, no one really liked it. Like, at all. People thought that the plot was unnecessary, the twist could be guessed easily (don’t worry I won’t spoil it even though the film is 59 years old), and the characters were weak. But now people have rewatched the film and it has gained a cult following being considered one of the best films of all time, and rightfully so because Alfred Hitchcock can never make a bad movie. Nonetheless, this one is still my least favorite film by him. This is still a phenomenal movie, but it is just my least favorite one so far that I have seen by Hitchcock. But, I should wait to tell you this after I explain the plot of the movie!

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 masterpiece, Vertigo, is about a man named John “Scottie” Ferguson (James Stewart, in a rather phenomenal and creepily well played performance). He is a retired detective suffering from some past experience and is also suffering from a sickness called “vertigo” where he is deathly afraid of heights to the point where he either faints or freezes up. The film portrays his sickness actually brilliantly through interesting camera movements, tricks, and colorization. But one of his friends, Gavin Elster (Tom Helmore), gives him the job to follow his wife, Madeleine (Kim Novak, in another absolutely astonishing performance), because he believes she is acting strange. But once John starts to figure out more, and the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place, this movie turns into a twisted tale of obsession, romance, false identity, and murder.

Positives first

The acting in this movie is some of the best I’ve seen. Sure, it’s not One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) acting masters, but it’s still really good. Kim Novak is so good in this movie though. There were many emotions that she had to play and she masters them perfectly. But, James Stewart is a revelation. I have never seen this kind of performance from him before. I usually find him doing characters like Rear Window (1954), and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), so his performance of a mentally crazed man is very different. He is breaking down under so much emotion that he can’t understand a thing that is happening around him. He starts to have errotic visions and dreams (also very effective and disturbingly amazing technically advanced sequences for the time) that drive him insane. The set pieces, the music, the visual aspects, the direction, it’s all phenomenal. Except for one thing….

Negatives next

A movie is divided into what are called acts. And movies and plays are divided into three acts (or as we have come to call them, the beginning, middle, and end), and with Vertigo, the first and third acts are some of the most intriguing scenes from a Hitchcock movie. But the second act really screeched to a halt for me. I felt like the second act considerably slowed down the story. I still cared for the characters, it’s just the first act felt so suspenseful, and then the second act slowed down and dragged. However, the third act immediately picked up and blew my mind. So, that’s my only problem with the film.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love this movie, and I still highly recommend it to anyone. I shall give Vertigo a 10/10.

Behind the Scenes With GHS Student Council

by Lizzy Pena

Homecoming week just passed not long ago, and speaking as a senior, it was a great last homecoming. As a school we all love the traditions, games, and dances put on, but does anyone think about how it all happens? Who puts homecoming week together?

Well, along with the teachers and staff, a lot of the credit goes to the student council.

Student council is a group of kids from each grade here at GHS that does so much for our school including putting together all the details for homecoming every year.

After speaking to some members of student council, many other events were mentioned besides homecoming that are put on by the student council.

“Student council takes on a lot of initiatives throughout the year. Our largest event of the year is homecoming that we begin planning in May of the previous school year,” student council member Matt Kocsis said.

Talent Rock, Teacher luncheon, food drives, and spring swing are just a few more of the various events and fundraisers the student council organizes.

When asked why he joined student council, Matt Kocsis said “I joined student council when I was in 5th grade because I thought it would be really cool to be a part of the “government” of the school. As I continued it in middle school and high school I realized that I love being a leader at Grandville and making a difference for our students and campus climate.”

Ellie Irwin, a freshman at GHS, loves to be part of the decision making at her school and “wanted to help give back to my community.”  

The student council does a lot of behind the scenes planning for the variety of events and fundraisers here at GHS and they definitely deserve some recognition for their hard work.

Homecoming proposal with pups

by Abby Mcdowell

We usually hear about guys asking girls to homecoming, but that’s not the case for Crysta Otts. Her boyfriend, Joe Klunder, goes to Calvin Christian, so she had to ask him to Grandville’s homecoming.

Crysta asked him with his dogs Buffet and Mosley. She texted him to come outside and she had a poster and the two dogs. The poster stated “How could you PAWSibly say no… Hoco? It’d be ruff without you.”crysta.jpg

Crysta says that she enjoys asking him to Grandville dances because she likes to see the excitement in his face. He also asks her to Calvin dances, so they both get to do a little something for one another.

Crysta said Joe loves his dogs the most, so she thought they would be a cool way to ask him. She has already asked him using the sports he played for other dances, so she had to switch her ideas up.

 

Review- Amadeus (1984)

by Brandon Matzke

Rating: (theatrical) PG

Wow.

Based on the stage production of the same name, Amadeus could be the best film I have ever seen. I almost never say stuff like that. This masterpiece of cinema is a story about every theme imaginable: love, hate, pride, jealousy, obsession, appreciation, whatever you want; it’s in there. The film follows Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), a former musician sent to an insane asylum following an attempted suicide. He is soon visited by a priest to whom he confesses to “killing Mozart.” What starts out as a simple life story ends up as a tale of rivalry between the surprisingly immature, yet talented, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (played to perfection by Tom Hulce) and a musician slowly losing his sanity.

Positives
Where to start? Well, the visuals are fantastic. There isn’t any CGI, but this film needed none. The colors reflect the tone perfectly: the uplifting scenes are bright and vibrant, while the more dramatic moments are darker and dimly lit. The costumes and sets put me exactly in this era, and the music, OH THE MUSIC! It’s about Mozart, so of course it’s going to have an amazing soundtrack. And the acting? Purely phenomenal. There isn’t a single dull performance in the film. And the directing is phenomenal; there isn’t a single dull moment in the film. Despite being almost three hours long, I never found myself bored.

Negatives
What negatives? I couldn’t find a single one. Sure, the runtime of nearly three hours can turn off some viewers, but it never stopped me before.

Overall
I consider this film to be one of the best films ever made, and for good reason. I’m not even that big on music, and I still consider this to be a masterpiece. So, of course, I have to give it an 11/10. If I could give it higher, I would immediately. This may be my favorite film of all time, even beating out other classics including Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Drive, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, To Kill A Mockingbird, Fight Club, Alien, The Dark Knight, The Empire Strikes Back, Rocky, The Shawshank Redemption, Lord of The Rings: Return Of The King, and Back To The Future (all of which I highly recommend). But now I’m curious; since I reviewed my favorite film of all time, I want to know what your favorite movie is. Be sure to comment!

What the critics say:
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

IMDb: 8.3/10

Insider with homecoming court nominee Brad Sanders

by Maddie Osterink

Brad Sanders is a senior dawg boy and homecoming court nominee. He gave me an insight into how he and the other boys got ready for homecoming.

“All of the guys on court went out and got our tuxedos fitted and we had to choose our color which was a lot bigger deal than anyone thinks.”

image1The tuxes had to match their walking partners date just right and there was many colors and choices. He explained that when he found out he was on court he was so happy and thankful that his class chose him out of so many great guys.

When asked why he felt he was voted on, he stated that he felt he was a pretty outgoing guy. He likes including everyone and going outside of his comfort zone to have a good time with everyone and anyone.

Brad would like to thank everyone for the votes and for giving him such a great opportunity and a great honor! He hopes everyone had a good time at homecoming and that everyone was happy.