Tuesday, March 6, 2012

GLHS Lions Roar AND Soar!

Three Lincoln High School students won the honor of having their short films selected for screening at the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Film Festival.  Film and video production classes offered at GLHS – Classic Film Studies and Video Communications – provide students with the necessary tools to create polished, creative documentaries and short films.  On Friday, March 2nd, junior Kevin Crane and seniors Nathan Hengstebeck and Evan Moreland saw their work showcased at the annual Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Film Festival, held in conjunction with the Arnold sports expo that takes place annually in downtown Columbus.  The theme of the film competition was success in sports.  Filmmakers were asked to create short films that celebrate triumph over adversity in the world of sports.  Kevin’s documentary was titled FIELD OF DREAMS and focused on the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic medium.  Evan and Nathan’s film explores the spiritual, lyrical nature of quirky athletics in AS THE WORLD SPINS.  The screenings took place on Friday, with showings at 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, and 7pm-9pm at the Arena Grand movie theater downtown.  Congratulations to teachers Mark Miller, Tom Gregory and students  Kevin Crane, Nathan Hengstebeck, and Evan Moreland!

Four members of the Gahanna Lincoln High School speech and debate team advanced to the final round of the 85th annual Ohio High School Speech League’s State Tournament this past weekend at Jackson High School in Massillon. The results are as follows:
·       Senior Anna Woodruff – 6th place in oratorical interpretation
·       Seniors Graham Arledge and Nicole George-7th in duo interpretation.
·       Junior Nathan Power-top 18 in congressional debate.           
·       Junior Evren Gokcen advanced to the octafinal round of Lincoln Douglas debate.        
Congratulations to the state finalists and to coaches Lyle Linerode and Kristen Juth as well as the entire team for an outstanding season!       
The Orchestra performed well at the State Competition on Saturday at Granville High School. Their overall score was a 2, which is impressive since they tried some challenging music. Orchestra teacher Kevin Dengel and the students were pleased with their overall effort.
Congratulations to juniors, Kasee and Drew McDougle for qualifying to the State Wrestling tournament this past weekend. Drew McDougle made his way to the podium with a fourth place finish for the Lions and completed the season with an overall record of 47-7! Congratulations to Coach Kyle Bentley and the entire team for hours of hard work, dedication, and discipline this season.

The Lady Lions Varsity Bowling team finished the season on Saturday, March 3th with a sixteenth place finish in the state! Congratulations to Coach Bruce Zink and the Lady Lion bowlers! Way to Make It Matter! 

Senior Pole Vaulter Jake Blankenship continues to excel. He cleared an amazing height of 17'6" at Oberlin College last weekend! Congratulations to Jake! 

The Varsity Girls Basketball Team upset top ranked Pickerington North High School for the District Championship on Saturday, March 3rd! They continue to the first round of regional competition on Tuesday, March 6th at Otterbein University. Congratulations to Coach Hauser and the Lady Lions Hoop Squad!
On Thursday, March 8th, the Gahanna Lincoln High School Blue Band will be working with Ohio State University Director of Bands Dr. Russel Mikkelson on a piece of music that he and three graduate students composed in 2006.  Songs from the Heartland is based on the music of Dan Emmett, a prolific composer of folk music who was born and spent most of his life in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  The piece uses three of his most famous tunes: "The Boatman's Dance," "Dixie", and "Old Dan Tucker."  Many of the students did not know that "Dixie," usually associated with the Southern Confederacy, was written by an Ohioan prior to the Civil War and was Abraham Lincoln's favorite song.
The rehearsal with Dr. Mikkelson will help the band gain more insight into the compositional process and develop a more personal connection with the music they are performing. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and just another example of how GLHS Makes the Arts Matter!
This is another busy week for the Lions. The Boys Varsity Basketball team will play in the District semi-final game on Wednesday, the annual Varsity Varieties show is Thursday-Saturday from 7:30-9:30pm in the GLHS Auditorium, and the AthleticTag Day is Saturday, March 10th. Good luck to everyone representing GLHS on the court, stage, or in the community this week! You Make It Matter! Until next time...
Be Great,

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