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November 1, 2011 8141 College Parkway Edition 1 By Lindsey Tague The junior class erupted with cheers as it

was announced that they had won Home- comingWeek 2011. "I honestly don't think our class has

ever been more ecstatic," said junior Emma Galeana. "Hearing our name as the winner gave us all a huge adrenaline rush because we finally redeemed ourselves." According to Galeana, she and her

other classmates were hoping that they would place well this year because they had not done so well in previous years. Although the juniors took first

place for the entire week, they did not start off in the lead. In fact, they placed last dur- ing the "Rob the Casino" game. "I felt pretty embarrassed because

I'm super competitive," said junior Suzie Shin about her performance in the event. However, the Class of 2013 came

back into the lead after placing first for both their class t-shirts and create Facebook skit. Because first place was worth 200 points for the skits in comparison to 100 points for the other events, coming out on top for their skit

put them in the lead. According to Xylo Smith, class-

mate Suzie Shin came up with the creative theme that led them to victory. "We worked really well together,

Bump it up by Nick DiBenedetto Returning their entire starting line-up from

a team that finished second in the district last year, the Cougars felt optimistic about the 2011 Volleyball season. Many of the girls put in the extra hours in the off-season, playing for elite clubs in the tri-county area. The ladies proved that they were a force

to be reckoned with when they defeated Collier County rival Community School late in the season. The Lady Cougars wrapped up the regular season with an overall record of 12-8. Hot rolling into the district tournament,

the ladies started with a three gamewinning streak. In the quarterfinals, the Cougars de-

feated the Oasis Sharks,which matched them against

the Seacrest Stingrays for a chance to play in the District Championship. However, on October 25, the mighty Cougars fell as Seacrest swept the match. Canterbury finished the season 13-9, plac- ing third in the district behind ECS and Seacrest. "I am very proud of what the girls were

able to accomplishe this year," said Coach Carrie Lundy. Sami Blaze, the only senior on the team, certainly had an outstanding season, impressing fans and opponents, not only with her big serves, but also with her leadership. "Looking back on my career, I wouldn't change a thing," Blaze said. "I loved every

Photo by Sheena Neese

Senior Sami Blaze delivers her famous jump serve to opponents from the Com- munity School of Naples.

moment playing for Canterbury." While Blaze will be missed, the Cougars

need to focus on the 2012 season, in which they will have an older and more experi- enced team with four seniors and three juniors. Marion Chlipala, 11, who led the team in

kills this fall, will need to step up again as a leader. The ladies have all the components necessary to be a title-contender next fall.

PracticeMakes Perfect MUN takes first By Lindsey Tague How would you brace yourself to be tackled by a 6

foot 200 pound highschool senior? The varsity football team has various methods to pre-

pare for each one of their games so that they can do as well as possible on the field, whether they are on their home turf or not. "We usually get there like two hours before, relax,

and just get our pads ready," said running back Sam Per- sichilli, who was also a previous Athlete of the Week for his achievements in football.

According to Persichilli, the team has a boom box

that they use to listen to fast beat pump-up music. Two common songs that the team likes to hear are "Can't Be Touched" by Roy Jones or "Till I Collapse" by Eminem. Senior and quarterback John Badir also notes that on

game day, Coach Swaggler preps them about the op- posing team by talking about their plays. Badir and his otherteammatesconsiderthistobeasignificantad- vantage on the field. Along with the basic 30-minute warm up that the

team completes before each game, each player also has his own individual routine.

by Abbey Knox

Students of Canterbury School’s Model United Nations (MUN) team snagged another big victory winning first place as an overall school. On the weekend of October 14-16, 21

delegates gathered in Florida’s second biggest con- ference in UCF. The conference consisted of 21 schools, in which 400 students participated in. However, the team as awhole wasn’t the

only one to be placed. Six people, including Sam

Robbins, Kyle Tan-Kyi, Steven Schwartz, Lila Gut- stien, Neil Singh, and Carol Galloway, all placed in their categories. Nine of our 21 delegates were faced with

the pressures of their first big conference. “It was scary at first,” says Freshman

Kyle Tan-Kyi. “But after working with the delgates the Canterbury freshmen and I started dominating debate in the room.”

From the page to the stage, "Seussical" delights

by Auburn Skubic As the curtain rose, a familiar cat in a red-

striped hat stepped onto the stage to read from a page. "Seussical theMusical" debuted on Octo-

ber 27 as this year's fall musical, and the cast, crew members, and Director Jamie Hutteman worked end- less hours to ensure the backdrops recreated the whim- sical world of Dr. Suess. Seussical is a combination of multiple Dr.

Photo by Sheena Neese The class of 2013 roared with excitement after it was announced that they were

andwewere able to give it that special touch because we all are such close friends," said Ryan Foor. ...continued on page 5

Seuss books intertwined into one big plot The citizens of Whoville are in serious trouble and need Horton, the elephant, to save their city. Meanwhile, the Cat in the Hat, played by Kyle Tague, narrates. “The main reason we chose Seussical was

to appeal to all age groups,” Tague said. Tague serves as the president of the Thespian Society in his senior year. Beyond the colorful backdrops, the cos-

tumes and props brought the Dr. Seuss books to life. This made it fun and easy to come up with different ideas for different characters.

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