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Crusader Chronicle

October 3, 2018

Crusader Chronicle

James M. Coughlin High School just witnessed the start of yet another school year. The school was named James M. Coughlin High School in 1925 as a dedication to the Wilkes-Barre Area School District superintendent and has since witnessed the start of 90 school years, but this one is a little different. With the merging of the three local schools in the very immediate future, the students and faculty are trying to make the most of the last years under the name of the Coughlin Crusaders. The sports teams are facing the most immediate change. By this time next year, the sports teams will be merged, much like the schools will be soon after, with Coughlin, Meyers and GAR all playing under one name. The start of this new era brings an end to another — no longer taking the field as Crusaders. With fall sports soon to come to a close, each team is finding themselves trying to make a mark on the history of Coughlin athletics. When asked about the atmosphere regarding the fall sports teams, Senior Vice President Mikayla Cook responded, “All of the teams are on edge as their respective seasons are beginning to come to an end, and everyone is eager to make it their best season yet. Each win is worth more as time ticks on, making the Crusaders even more determined to make their final marks on the school’s history.” Mikayla is also a captain of the cheer team, and has a sideline view of how that school spirit affects game day on the football field. When asked about the feeling during the games she responded, “Being on the sideline, I’ve definitely noticed a change in tone and attitude within the football team. In years past, losing meant revision for next year’s games. ‘Next season’ isn’t an option anymore, and the sheer amount of emotion radiating from every move on and off that field is astonishing.” The homecoming game will be held Friday, Oct. 5, at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium. All Coughlin alumni are encouraged to attend the game, and any marching band alumni, young and old, are invited to perform with the band. The nominations for homecoming queen are Morgan Bilski, Ajalaya Butts, Kira Dobbs, Riely Snee and Kialha Shinko. Nominations for homecoming king are Nick Sebastian, Aaron Bennett, Gabe Albertelli, Marquis Silva and Jervone Young. The king and queen will be announced at 6 p.m., an hour before the 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday. The Coughlin and GAR Drama Club, one of the first merged programs in the school district, will perform “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, the story of a young girl’s adventure through a magical world. Hailey McMullen is playing Alice and talked about the experience. “I’m unbelievably excited to have the opportunity to play a character as fun as Alice on our own stage! I’ve always thought “Alice in Wonderland” was such a unique, strange, and beautiful concept, and I’m thrilled that I get to be a part of bringing it to life. This is a show you do not want to miss. It’s meant for everyone young and old, so make sure you come out.” The show will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 2; 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 4. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students. Alex Mykulyn is a student at Coughlin High School. Student columnists run every Wednesday in the Newspaper in Education column.

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