Ephrata AM 4/20/18

Good Morning Ephrata, NAMES today is Friday April 20! Please rise for a moment of silence and the pledge to the flag.
Yesterday, members of the Cloister FFA traveled to Newmanstown to compete in the regional public speaking creed contest. They had to compete and qualify in the county level contest in order to earn a spot to advance to this level of the competition. The chapter was represented in 4 of the 5 speaking contests that occurred. Their placings were as follows:

In conservation, placing 4th out of 8… Ashlyn Taylor
In junior prepared, placing 5th out of 11… Payton Miller
In creed speaking, placing 5thout of 11… Tori Merkey and placing 1st and moving on to states in June… Josh Potts
And last, but certainly not least, in extemporaneous, placing 1st and moving on to the state level competition in June…Clara Bollinger

If you see any of these students in the halls today, please congratulate them on their accomplishments.

Hey Freshmen!!!  Don’t forget that your fundraiser, the fantastic NOSUB sale, is currently taking place.  Papers and money can be returned to Dr. Gambler in room 214 at any time.  The sale will run through the 25th, so get those donations and get your money in today.
This announcement is for any student taking an AP exam this May.  On Monday, April 23rd, there will be a mandatory AP Pre-Administration meeting in the café immediately following homeroom on Monday.  ALL students who are taking an AP exam must attend.  Seniors who come in late are expected to show up to the cafe by 7:45am. During this meeting you’ll receive your AP student packs (with your AP number) and you’ll complete portions of your AP answer sheets. 
Raul Castro, current President of Cuba, has announced that he will be surrendering power to his Miguel Diaz-Canel, who was elected by the Communist party after Castro released a statement declaring that he was to step down shortly. Although little is known of his personal life, it is known that Diaz-Canel is likely to take a significantly more progressive stance of social issues in the country, having historically rallied support for anti-discriminatory legislation in labour as well as having supported legislation to protect the threatened Cuban LGBT community. It is also likely that Diaz-Canel will begin liberalization measures that could open up economic barriers in the country, making it easier for goods and financial capital both in and out of the country. Other than this, very little is known of the new President of Cuba.

On this day in history, what is generally regarded as the first detective story is published in 1847. Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” focused on the incredible “analytical power” that the main character, C. Auguste Dupin, uses to solve a series of murders in Paris. And, like the later Sherlock Holmes stories, the tale is narrated by the detective’s roommate. After this, detective stories were all the rage, and they gave birth to a lot of common mystery tropes we still enjoy today. 

Now over to _________ with lunch
In sports results, volleyball lost 3 games to 1 at home vs Cocalico.
On a very cold & windy spring day the Track & Field teams completed their third straight dual meet sweep at Garden Spot yesterday afternoon. The Boys team took care of Spot 112 to 36 to improve to 3 wins and 1 loss on the season. Logan Usner & Elie Basenga were the double winner for the boys while Ray Truex, Jonah Riddle and Trevin Hertzog won their first varsity events. The girls team was equally impressive as they won 108 to 38. Kandice Liebl, Faith Hershberger and Madison Martin each won two events for the girls team. Congratulations to both teams on a great meet!

Today in sports, baseball is at McCaskey, boys lacrosse is at Cedar Crest, tennis is at Annville Cleona, girls lacrosse is home vs Cedar Crest, and softball is home vs McCaskey.
Now back to the main desk
Pick on a senior day is coming up! It will be held on May 11th. Here is your chance to bid on one of the seniors and dress them in the most creative way possible! Bidding will be held in the cafeteria during your lunch from April 24th through May 8th. Seniors who choose to participate should sign up during lunch. IF you have any questions, stop down to see Mr. Marzock in room 137

(Show Mini Relay for Life Flyer)
On Wednesday, April 25th, we will be having our Mini Relay for Life here at the HS.  We will be having spirit days next week to recognize the different cancers.  (show spirit days on screen)
To help raise money to beat cancer, all you need is one dollar!  Please bring in a dollar to your homeroom teacher.  You can also donate money during lunch!
On the day of the relay, every grade will be going outside to walk for a cure!  In addition to walking, we will also have fun competitions to win prizes!  If you want to compete in one of the competitions, you can sign up during lunch.  (show competitions on screen)



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