The RoundUp The Student News Site of Barrington High School Mon, 09 Dec 2019 23:54:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Climate change political cartoon Mon, 09 Dec 2019 23:54:00 +0000 0 Girls’ golf: Janess wins state championship Mon, 28 Oct 2019 07:21:55 +0000 For two days at the Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur, the Stevenson and Barrington girls’ golf team were in a tightly-contested match race for the Class 2A state championship.

When it was over on Saturday, the Patriots (601) won in a photo finish by 1 stroke over the Fillies (602), who were second for the fourth straight year.

Barrington sophomore Mara Janess got to pose in the winner’s circle for individual honors after winning a one-hole playoff over Glenbrook South junior Maria Perakis.

Both athletes navigated the first 36 holes in 147 strokes (3-over par) before Janess’ par on the 37th hole made her Barrington’s first state champion in program history.

Incredibly, the Fillies had two more players in the top five as senior Caroline Smith tied for third with Stevenson’s Emily Duan and sophomore Sophia Sulkar tied for the fifth with Patriots freshman Allie Santos. The Fillies had never even had two golfers place in the top five.

“It was a heavyweight fight for two days and give Stevenson all the credit,” Girls; Varsity Golf coach, Tim Martin said. “They played great and pulled it out but our girls played great, too, and I’m proud of them.”

Janess has been on a roll since late last season when her game started coming together and she ended up 19th in Decatur.

“Going into the playoff hole, I knew Maria was a very good player,” Janess said. “I was just hoping to stick to my process, stay relaxed and stick to what I always do and it obviously it paid off.”

“As a sophomore, that’s an unbelievable accomplishment,” Martin said. “She was so locked in and just played flawless golf for two days. She has been so good this season and seemingly didn’t miss a shot the last two days few days. She is a genius around the greens and really thinks her way around a golf course.”

Seniors Caroline Smith, Samantha Saile, Phebe Chen, and junior Sophia Denison greatly impacted the Fillies to a great finish with Stevenson.

“Samantha easily had her best round in four years with a 76 on Friday which put us in a great position, ” Martin said. “Sophia Dennison continued her strong play in the postseason where she has played so well in the highest-level environment. Her 81 on Friday was her best round in Decatur and her best of the season. And Phebe had an 82 which we needed to stay in the hunt. After a tough start, she buckled down and was fantastic.”

Martin was grateful to many as well as proud of the turnout in Decatur.

“A big thank you goes out to my seniors,” he added. “They have given so much to the program over the last four years. They put in so much hard work and set such high standards. And of the course, they are amazing young women. I’d also like to thank the parents and the community for the support. This was an unbelievable team. It’s been the greatest privilege for me to coach this team.”

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Halloween costumes on a budget Mon, 28 Oct 2019 04:04:47 +0000

1. Arthur 

This costume idea is simple, cheap, and could work for guys and girls! All you need is blue jeans, a white collared t-shirt, a yellow sweater, a pair of glasses, and some paper cut out ears. Most likely, you already have all of these items lying around your house, and all it takes is a little DIY.


2. Bob Ross and His Painting. 

This dynamic duo is the perfect costume for you and a friend. While both of you fight over who gets to be Bob Ross, it would be helpful to get your materials together. For the painting, your gonna need, a neutral colored sweatshirt, and colored paper to represent the painting. This could be leaves (as shown above), waves, mountains or whatever you want, get creative! As for Bob Ross, you are going to need a paintbrush, a light blue collared shirt, a painting pallet, blue jeans, and a fake beard and Afro (optional).



3. The Nerd.

Possibly the easiest and cheapest to make a costume on the list, the Nerd costume is a homerun. All you really need for this is an assortment of boring clothes, a calculator, and of course, a pair of glasses. The suspenders and glasses tape are nice touches but aren’t a necessity.


4. Ketchup and Mustard 

For this costume, you can take it in two different ways. One way is buying it off of Amazon. This option is a bit more expensive but easier to put together. This option will run you $38, but if you split it with a friend, it’ll cost less than $20. If you choose option number 2, the DIY option, you’ll spend less, but work more. This option includes finding a long yellow and red dress. Then, all you have to do is make a squirt top out of a pie pan, some paper, and some colored paint.


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How bout’ some history? Mon, 28 Oct 2019 03:55:51 +0000 In 2015 when the music for the Broadway production of Alexander Hamilton was released, all my friends raved about how good it was. I wanted to be different so I didn’t listen to music until late 2016 and I loved it.

I first listened to music in history class and liked what I heard. Later I didn’t go a day without listening to the playlist and soon memorized the lyrics but never actually paid attention to what the lyrics said or meant.

After a few months, I stopped listening to the music and moved onto different music but my dad would occasionally mention Hamilton and his importance in shaping our country. 

This year in my history class was when I started learning more about Alexander Hamilton and about his plans for the new republic. Reading about him in my textbook got me to listen to Broadway music and the lyrics of his story.

In class, I learned about Hamilton and how he was the leader of the Federalist political party. The Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans were the first political parties of the new nation and Hamilton played a very important part in the making of the parties. 

These parties set the stage for the decisions made for the country. The two political parties in his time had aspects of liberal and conservative beliefs that do come up nowadays.

Hamilton is a founding father of the United States of America and helped make laws that are still in effect today. So much of history is still prevalent today and Hamilton was a big part of making history.

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Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Mon, 28 Oct 2019 03:50:26 +0000 Ted Bundy: Smart, charming, clever also has the side of being extremely wicked and shockingly evil and vile. A former law student that ended up taking the wrong path in life. With over 36 confirmed kills, Ted Bundy was a serial killer.

Zac Efron playing Ted Bundy was one of Efron’s best work. Efron is an extremely talented actor playing over at least 33 movies, Efron has always been the “good guy”. In the new movie, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Efron plays a much more evil role than he usually plays.

The movie portrays the infamous serial as a hero more so than evil, this then creates a lot of suspense for the viewers. Ted’s perspective made it seemed like he was being set up and the positioning of the camera showed him how worried he was about being found guilty over and over. 

Bundy had a family with two people and it was very disturbing to know he with a straight face would lie to them about his actions. 

A scene that really hits any viewer hard is after Bundy’s closing statement of Bundy, and where the judge stated, “Take care of yourself, young man. I say that to you sincerely; take care of yourself, please. It is an utter tragedy for this court to see such a total waste of humanity as I’ve experienced in this courtroom. You’re a bright young man. You would have made a good lawyer and I would have loved to have you practice in front of me, but you went another way, partner.”

I give this movie a 5/5, the way Bundy seemed so innocent made me believe him, but in the end, it just horrified me personally because it was not something I was expecting. I would recommend this movie to anyone that loves suspenseful movies. Some movies/Tv schools are Dexter and Zodiac.

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Fall experimental: Pump Boys and Dinettes Mon, 28 Oct 2019 03:44:39 +0000 The BHS Theatre Department will present the musical Pumpboys and Dinettes from November 14-16 at the Black Box Theatre. Pumpboys and Dinettes is an interactive and unique production and is directed by Ceci Yasell, ‘20, with Jalen Fertig, ‘21, as the music director. Pumpboys and Dinettes are centered around Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, the “Dinettes,” who run the Double Cupp diner off of Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country, where the “Pump Boys” sell high octane. 

Pumpboys and Dinettes is a very casual and interactive experience, and I think it’s completely different than any show we have done in my time at BHS,” Fertig said. “The audience is sat around the Black Box as if they are eating at the Double Cupp diner themselves. Besides [immersing] the audience into the show, Pumpboys and Dinettes also offers dinner theatre. We provide pie to the audience so they can get the true diner experience.”

Rehearsals for Pumpboys and Dinettes began in mid-September. The rehearsal process is fast-paced and structured to prepare the actors for the shows. The schedule itself is divided into three parts: music, blocking, and dancing. 

“We started rehearsing three times a week for two hours every day, but now we have switched to five times a week for two to two and a half hours a day. The cast has been doing a great job with the fast-paced nature of the show,” Fertig said. 

Pumpboys and Dinettes are comprised of nineteen songs that range from country-rock to traditional love songs, performed by a cast of twelve. Because of the versatile and comedic nature of the show, the casting process focused on finding students who matched the tone. 

Pumpboys was difficult to cast because there are so few people in the show and so many people who could’ve played the roles,” Cecilia Yasell said. “We needed really strong performers who can not only fill the room with their voices but also bring some over-the-top characters to life. In the end, I feel we’ve found a lively and talented group of people who work together well and are really bringing this show to life.”

Students interested in being cast in Pumpboys and Dinettes prepared a monologue and an excerpt of a song from the musical. After the initial auditions, selected students participated in a callback process. 

“We held callbacks after two days of auditions, where we ran songs and dances to finalize our cast list. After callbacks and a couple of hours of discussions, we finalized our cast,” Fertig said. 

The directorial process poses both challenges and opportunities to grow. Fertig and Yasell deal with the workload and responsibilities placed upon them, but both enjoy the new experience and are excited to see the final production. 

“I’m so excited to see it finally finished. Costumes, set, everything. Being a director has really attached me to the show, and every little improvement is so rewarding. I can’t imagine how thrilled I will be when I see everything out together,” Fertig said.

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Fall play: The Diary of Anne Frank Mon, 28 Oct 2019 03:43:00 +0000 This fall, students will have the opportunity to see Barrington High School’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank. The play will be performed from November 7-9. Featuring a cast of twelve, The Diary of Anne Frank is a stage play adaptation of the famous memoir. Dominique Duval, the student director, weighs in on the impact of this production. 

“It deals with a lot of different issues, whether it be growing up as a teenager or being oppressed, or being put into the state that society rejects you. I think with this diary, it’s a very good representation because it’s based on true events,” Duval said. “We want our actors to fully immerse themselves because it’s a very serious piece. It’s not something we want to give 50% on, we have to be 100% on with everything.”

In order to accurately portray the characters as well as the historical circumstances, the cast is conducting research to fully understand the impact of the Holocaust and make informed character choices. 

“Every actor has researched their individual character on their own, but additionally we’ve watched several documentaries, [and] we have the 50th anniversary TIME Magazine that is Anne Frank’s feature, so we went through that,” Fall Play and Musical director Paula Nowak said.  “On October 22nd, we’re taking a field trip to the Skoki Holocaust Museum. I have a speaker who is coming in to talk about the historical impact of the Holocaust. Essentially, we’re using history as a basis to make the character choices we need to make.”

Amy Jessup-Tilford, the technical director and co-sponsor of the Drama Club, and her technical team also conducted extensive research, and have pulled real historical images and videos to add depth to the production. 

“We’re doing a lot of video work, video integration, that will bring in some of what is going on outside of the house. It’s actual historical images and footage. My technicians have been doing a lot of extensive research on what was going on, and they’ve put a pictorial review together,” Jessup-Tilford said. “There’s a Hitler speech that we’re supposed to hear, and we’re pulling in actual footage so we can get some of those very scary and real feelings that were happening.”

Because The Diary of Anne Frank has such historical importance, the cast and crew are careful to portray the story realistically and accurately. For example, there is a scene where the characters sing a Hebrew song. Duval is aware of the seriousness of the piece. 

“We were learning how to properly enunciate everything. We are lucky enough that Ms. Nowak is of Jewish descent and she is teaching us Hebrew. There is a portion of the play where the family sings a Hebrew song during Hanukkah, and we want our actors to say the Hebrew correctly. We don’t want anything to be screwed up,” Duval said. 

Nowak hopes the audience will feel the significance of Anne Frank’s story, and that the production will express the importance of kindness and humanity. 

“This story is a very human story that exists in an absolute inhumane historical period of time. Even though all of these horrible things are happening outside of the annex, inside the annex there is still life and breathe and excitement, as well as pain and sadness,” Nowak said. “My hope is that people take away the idea that you can stay positive, but also to understand that we cannot be complicit about an event like this happening again. Hopefully, Anne’s voices tell us not to be complicit. We are all human, and that should be our driving connector.”

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POTW: October orchestra concert Mon, 28 Oct 2019 03:30:44 +0000 Chamber Orchestra
The Chamber Orchestra is highly accomplished students who play a stringed instrument and have successfully auditioned into the orchestra. Wind and percussion students wishing to perform with the orchestra must be enrolled in the band and are placed in the orchestra as needed by audition. The focus of this ensemble is to develop and refine students’ musical experiences and techniques through the performance of masterworks written for string and symphonic orchestra. While focusing on traditional orchestra music, it is the intent of this class to expose students to a wide variety of music from the past and present and from our own and other cultures. Once per week the orchestra is joined by select members of the Symphonic Band for a full orchestra rehearsal. The Chamber Orchestra performs several evening concerts each year that are required for participation. In addition to regular performances at BHS, performance opportunities include IMEA Honors orchestra, solo/ensemble festival, Fine Arts Musical Pit Orchestra, and performances in the community.


String Orchestra
The String Orchestra is open to any student grades 10-12, who has experience playing a stringed instrument. The focus of this ensemble is to develop and refine students’ musical experiences and techniques through the performance of music written for the string orchestra. While focusing on traditional orchestra music, it is the intent of this class to expose students to a wide variety of music from the past and present; from our own and other cultures. The String Orchestra performs several evening concerts each year that are required for participation. In addition to regular performances at BHS, performance opportunities include IMEA Honors orchestra, solo/ensemble festival, Fine Arts Musical Pit Orchestra, and performances in the community.


Varsity Orchestra
The Varsity Orchestra is open to any 9th-grade student who has experience playing a stringed instrument.  The focus of this ensemble is to develop and refine students’ musical experiences and techniques through the performance of music written for the string orchestra.  While focusing on traditional orchestra music, it is the intent of this class to expose students to a wide variety of music from the past and present; from our own and other cultures.  The Varsity Orchestra performs several evening concerts each year that are required for participation.  In addition to regular performances at BHS, performance opportunities include IMEA Honors orchestra, solo/ensemble festival, Fine Arts Musical Pit Orchestra, and performances in the community.  All incoming 9th-grade orchestra students are enrolled in the Varsity Orchestra unless auditioned into the Chamber Orchestra.

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What Kind Of A Flirt Are You? Mon, 28 Oct 2019 02:44:58 +0000 0 POTW: Fall experimental play, Pump Boys and Dinettes rehearsal Sun, 20 Oct 2019 03:10:22 +0000 From November 14-16, students will be putting on performances of the fall experimental Pump Boys and Dinettes. With show dates fast approaching, students are in a rush of preparation.

The show is a country musical about a gas station and diner on highway 57 in grand ole opry country. The set design, music, and costumes are all meant to reflect the tone of the story. 

The goal of the performance is to give the audience a taste of what the life of the country characters is like. The show is told mostly through stand-alone songs, so the plotline is haphazard and quick. 

Student music director Jalen Fertig, junior, has been putting in a lot of work to make the show the best it can be. He handled the vocal auditions, created pieces, and will direct the musical aspects of the show. 

“Music Directing Pump boys so far has been fun and challenging,” Fertig said. “This show is completely student-directed (except our choreographer) so it puts a lot of responsibility into students’ hands.” 

Typically, preparation weeks are set up with one day where the entire cast will sing, another where the guys will dance and girls will sing, and a third day where the girls dance and guys sing. 

“You should come to see Pump Boys because it’s done in dinner theatre style,” Fertig said. “That means we feed the audience milkshakes, burgers, etc. We also have a genuine 50s dinner set that the Priola family is letting us use.” 

See all of their hard work pay off by attending a show, starting at 7 pm on one of the nights in November!

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