New Year, New Grenadiers
As the first semester comes to an end, the G.A.R. faculty and students are getting ready for exciting events in the near future. If you don’t already know, the Grenadiers, Mohawks, and Crusaders are combining sports and becoming the Wilkes-Barre Area Wolfpack, which makes this year one heck of a battle to fight. The girls’ basketball team has beat their record from last year. They are 5-6, thanks to Coach Caruso, compared to 2-20, last year’s record. “I believe having more athleticism, being stronger, smarter and faster, has helped us immensely this year,” says Olivia Prato, a member of the G.A.R. senior class. It is certainly a new beginning for these Grenadier girls. Prato said, “I would say Hannah Cook, Gloria Adjayi, myself, and other great players put a considerable amount of effort into this team.” On Jan. 17, the varsity girls have a home game against Lake-Lehman. Please come out at 7 to support the Grenadiers. Speaking of new beginnings in sports, a boys tennis team will be a new addition to G.A.R.’s sports program. Raphael Cooper, the girls tennis coach, has spearheaded this initiative and will serve as the boys coach as well. Even though mandatory practices begin on March 4 and the season begins on March 18, Cooper has been holding conditioning practices since December. The newest addition to G.A.R.’s agenda is the Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CAPAA) program. It takes place in a wing of G.A.R. during the second half of the day. The dance studio is on the second floor and features Raphael Cooper as instructor. The art studio is on the first floor and features Ann Gubitose as instructor. There is also a music studio in the basement that houses both vocal and instrumental instruction, featuring instructors Joelle Deluca, Lynn Hurst, and Patricia Martin. Finally, the CAPAA program offers instruction in theatre arts featuring Alice Lyons as director. Students come from all over the community to enjoy this program. Students come from Coughlin, Meyers, Wyoming Area, Crestwood, Hanover, G.A.R., and others. Bussing helps tremendously by getting the students back and forth to and from their home schools. “I felt there was a need within the area to give an alternative learning with the arts. We have a great faculty, so why not,” Cooper and Gubitose agreed in response to why they felt the need to establish the program. Gubitose also stated, “I would say, so far, the program is successful. The students are enjoying their time working and thriving within their projects. Overall, I believe the program has exceeded our expectations.” A CAPAA showcase will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at G.A.R. The art gallery will be held in the lobby. In the auditorium, there will be performances by the chorus, dance, and theater components of the program. Come out and support the CAPAA program’s success. If you are interested in joining the CAPAA Academy next year, you can look for applications on the district website http://www.wbasd.k12.pa.us/garjrsrhighschool_home.aspx. The applications are not yet on the website, but look for it when the year comes to an end. It is just the beginning of the year, but there are so many more exciting things to come. Go Grenadiers! Go Wolfpack! Elyzabeth Hock is a sophomore at G.A.R. High School. Student columns are published Wednesdays during the school year.