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Bodley Bulletins — by Julia Ludington

Keep listening to the morning announcements, as the activities of the school year are in full swing!

It may seem early, but many clubs and organizations have begun fundraising for trips later in the year. The GRB Chorus and Symphonic and Concert Orchestras are heading to Boston this spring and are putting together numerous fundraisers to support their visit.

The items they are selling are quite useful and oftentimes delicious. Members are selling Music Money Cards, which are a sort of reusable coupon that gives you discounts to several restaurants and other forms of entertainment in the area. If you are a frequenter of any of these establishments, a card could save you a lot of money.

Additionally, the members are selling candy bars throughout the school day and have just begun taking orders for frozen pies. If you know anyone in either of these organizations, make sure to treat yourself to either of these to help support the cause.

The first National Honor Society meeting for current members went well, and the chapter is hoping to give back to the community more than ever this year.

Members now have to complete eight in-school community service hours, which will be mainly through tutoring, and four outside-of-school hours each semester. The second meeting will take place Oct. 21 after school.

The end of fall sports is also the last time some of our seniors will play on the home turf.

The boys’ soccer senior night was last Tuesday, and it was an extremely exciting matchup. The boys played Marcellus and won 1-0, with Derek Prosser scoring the loan goal. The win was definitely bittersweet, as the underclassmen said goodbye to 11 extremely talented and dedicated team members.

Another senior night takes place tomorrow for girl’s soccer. The girls take on Homer, with JV playing at 4:30 and varsity starting at 5. The night will consist of a tribute to the team’s six beloved leaders and exciting play. Please come support.

Speaking of seniors, don’t forget to submit by Nov. 5 the prom and baby pictures you would like to see in the yearbook. Additionally, if you will be using your own headshot instead of the one taken by the school, then those pictures need to be in by the same date. All pictures can be turned in to Mr. Senecal.

Nov. 5 is a date to mark on your calendars not only because of the photos are due, but because it is the date of the first GRB orchestra concert. Nov. 6 is the date of the first GRB band concert.

The November concert is always a nice prelude to what the groups will play for the rest of the year. I know both groups have been working hard on their pieces. Be sure to come and listen to our very own musicians!

Bodley Bulletins, by Julia Ludington

I had a lot of fun over Spirit Week and I hope everyone else did, too!

More events are coming up that are a huge part of the year over at GRB.

One of these events is the fall play. This year, the fall play is entitled “What the Bellhop Saw.”

The play is a farce, as it often is during this season rather than in the spring. It is a bit of comedic relief from the seriousness of the amazing and extremely powerful fall play last year, The Laramie Project.

I was fortunate enough to get a summary from one of the play’s members, Grace Trepasso.

“What the Bellhop Saw” is about an accountant who books a room in New York’s best hotel through his brother, who is a bellhop there. The one-night romantic stay is scheduled to be with the accountant’s apparently oblivious secretary.

Parallel to what is going on with the hotel, an author who has written a controversial book has an assassin that is continually following him. Unfortunately for the author, he is being protected by a CIA agent who does not really live up to his title.

The agent is not very intelligent and is quite inept. The play is “filled with slamming doors and mistaken identities.”

I don’t know about you, but I am really excited to see how these two stories end up coming together!

The dates and times for the play are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26.

Grace Trepasso said, “It’s a really funny show and anyone who likes to laugh should come.”

It may be too early to be thinking about Halloween, but it’s not too early to be thinking about blood!

Just kidding. However, the GRB Red Cross Blood Drive takes place at 8 a.m. Oct. 31. Giving blood is an amazing and simple thing you can do to save lives.

If you’re still nervous, maybe the doughnuts and pizza they give you afterwards will sway you!

Bodley Bulletins

By Julia Ludington

I hope everyone enjoyed their first few days of school! I know that routine is a nice thing once we all get acclimated to the many new things going on.

Listen for when club meetings are! Students can hear when and where these meetings are over the announcements or during their Guided Study Hall period.

Clubs are a lot of fun and are a great way to get involved in the community, as well as in our very own school.

Environmental Club does the recycling for the entire school every Friday to make sure GRB continues to be as green as possible.

For the rest of this story, pick up the Sept. 11 edition of The Valley News. Call 598-6397 to subscribe.

Bodley Bulletins: Meet Julia, your new columnist

By Julia Ludington

Welcome back, everybody!

I hope all are ready for a new and exciting school year.

Freshman First Day was Sept. 4. The incoming students enjoyed an orientation that included helping them figure out how to get to classes, showing them appropriate clothing for school, an activities fair, and an opportunity to meet their new teachers.

It will definitely make their transition into high school less daunting. The sophomores, juniors and seniors will attend school on Sept. 5.

To introduce myself, my name is Julia Ludington and I am a senior this year at G. Ray Bodley.

I am heavily involved in school activities, including being a member of the varsity girls’ lacrosse and tennis teams. I am a member of the French Club, Environmental Club, Science Club and Ski Club.

I play the viola in GRB’s symphonic orchestra and I am also a member of the Oswego County Youth Court.

The schedule used at G. Ray Bodley this year is once again a bell schedule.

There are nine 39 to 40 minute bells with a Guided Study Hall between bells three and four. This period is 22 minutes long.

The Guided Study Hall is an opportunity for students to see teachers for additional help (with a pass, of course), catch up on homework and for their Guided Study Hall teacher to keep track of their progress and help them in any way they may need.

It is a nice morning break and a chance for students to collaborate on group projects since multiple people in their Guided Study Hall are also in many of their classes.

Additionally, don’t forget about picture day! There will be two consecutive picture days on Sept. 11 and 12. Students will find out from their teachers what day and time their picture will be taken. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep so you are rested for the shot!

Fall sports teams have already been hard at work. Be sure to attend the first home football game on the Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. to cheer on the mighty Red Raiders as they take on Fowler at home!

A senior’s farewell

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

School is officially over! Regents are taking place all of this week. Good luck to everyone taking these tests!

Last week, two champions were crowned at the Battle of the Athletes and the kickball tournament during the Bodley Bash. “Where My Pitches At” took first place during the kickball tournament and the green team was victorious in Battle of the Athletes.

This past weekend was the senior trip to Cedar Point in Ohio. A good time was had by all and everyone enjoyed the insane roller coasters. Thank you to the class of 2013’s advisor Mrs. Hallatt not only for a wonderful senior trip but for an amazing four years!

Snow cones, cotton candy, hot dogs, bouncy houses, and a dunk tank were all a part of the fun of Senior Day Monday.

Rounding up the senior activities is Senior Dinner Dance this Friday. And of course after that is graduation June 22 at 10 a.m. at the War Memorial!

I honestly could not have asked for a better four years of high school and a better class to spend it with. It went by so fast and it is hard to believe that in just a few months we will be saying good bye and all going our separate ways.

The 13-year journey we’ve been on has finally paid off and it is bittersweet that we are all now we are all moving on to bigger things. Good luck to my fellow classmates!

To read the rest of the column, pick up a copy of The Valley News. You can subscribe by calling 598-6397 or click on the link on our home page.

Battle of the Athletes

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

The last full week of school! Tomorrow is a full day and Friday is a half day. Monday is senior day and then Regents start on Tuesday, June 12!

Time is flying by. Graduation is in just 17 days!

Yearbooks were handed out on Monday. Pre-ordered yearbooks can picked up during lunch bells or they will be on sale.

Vanessa Langdon, the editor of this year’s Fultonian, spent countless hours working on the yearbook. Thank you, Vanessa, and the rest of the yearbook staff for all your time and effort! The yearbook looks amazing!

Seniors, the last day to buy Senior Dinner Dance tickets is this Thursday, June 6.

Between senior trip to Cedar Point this Friday and Saturday, senior day, Senior Dinner Dance, and graduation, the seniors have a busy few weeks coming up!

Monday was the annual awards night where students were recognized for their many achievements and efforts. Congratulations to all that received awards!

Tuesday was the Senior Sports Awards banquet at the Oasis at Thunder Island. All senior athletes have worked so hard in their four years! Good luck to anyone playing a sport in college.

Today is Battle of the Athletes at the Athletic Complex at 3 p.m. This event is where all athletes that played a junior varsity or varsity are split up into teams to compete in a variety of different events. Just a few of these many events include tug-of-war and relay races.

Tomorrow night is the High Honors Banquet in the cafeteria at GRB. A delicious dinner by Blue Moon Bistro will be served and all the honors will be recognized for their hard work!

What a busy last week! Good luck to all preparing for tests or finals.

School year coming to a close

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

The weather wasn’t as nice as we all would have liked it but I hope everyone still enjoyed their vacation. The parade and fireworks were a great way to spend Memorial Day weekend.

The year is officially wrapping up! June will be here soon and before we know it, school will be over.

Although summer vacation is approaching, it is extremely important for students to work hard these last few weeks. Regents and final exams are right around the corner.

Most teachers, if not all, hold regents review classes after school. They are a great way to prepare for the regents!

Summer Driver’s Education applications are available in the Guidance Office and due by today, May 30.

Registration for fall golf is now taking place; see Mr. Ascenzi in the guidance office to sign-up!

Good luck to any students taking the SAT exam this Saturday, June 1.

Next week is a busy week! Monday, June 3 is the G. Ray Bodley Academic Awards Ceremony; Tuesday, June 4 is the Senior Athlete Banquet; Wednesday, June 5 is Battle of the Athletes; and Thursday, June 6 is the High Honors Graduate Banquet!

Seniors don’t forget to buy your Senior Dinner Dance tickets by June 6!

It is time to return library materials. Please return all books to the library by Monday, June 3.

If seniors have any lost materials they must be paid for before they can receive their cap and gown at rehearsal.

Have a great week!

Only a few weeks left until it’s all over

Bodley-RothrockKate_Wby Kate Rothrock

We may have hated the snow back during winter but all students are thankful for those unused snow days!

Due to Memorial Day and unused snow days there will be no school Friday, May 24; Monday, May 27; and Tuesday, May 28.

This year’s Battle of the Athletes 2013 will be held Wednesday, June 5 at 3 p.m. at the athletic complex.

This event is for anyone who played on a junior varsity or varsity sport this year and will involve many team events such as tug-of-war and relay races.

It is only one dollar to participate and if you participate you get a T-shirt! Sign-up now as spots are limited.

There is a band concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the GRB auditorium. Come support the GRB bands and listen to the senior’s last band concert!

Seniors, time is winding down. From senior nights to last band concerts, there are only a few weeks left until it’s all over. Enjoy this last stretch!

Good luck to boys tennis, girls and boys track and field, girls lacrosse and girls softball who are all playing in sectionals this week.

Hopefully, I will have good news to report from many of the games played yesterday!

Have a great week! Enjoy the vacation!