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“You Will Find That Sunset Days Make You Who You Are”

these sunset days are yours.
you’ll trip and fall, sure, but at the end you’ll finally stand steady.
these sunset days teach you what happiness is.
they teach you about family, about home,
and most importantly to someone who once stood unsure,
they teach you who you are.
these sunset days are yours.

you sing off key broadway songs at seven am on packed school buses,
and you drink so much coffee you think you might explode.
you talk too fast and stress too much, but the stress is bearable
because there are 20 other people on that bus,
and you shared iced teas, bagels, and teddy grahams.
they have hair straighteners and clipboards and gossip,
and laughs that fill you with incredible happiness.
and their stress sits there, right alongside yours.
you argue about which songs to play,
screaming across the bus just to be heard.
you recite the whole play exactly at the same time,
to the confusion of the bus driver listening in.
you are together from before sunrise to after sunset,
but there is nowhere else you would rather be.
if the day stills glows after all that,
you know they must be family.

you watch the same scene a hundred times
while you laugh with each other backstage,
even when you really shouldn’t be talking.
you misplace your script so many times that you’re constantly reaching for the ones around you,
and you climb onto set pieces and under tables in an attempt to be stealthy.
you carry random pieces of furniture through high schools,
and accidentally bruise yourself more times than you can count.
when you are among broken pieces of furniture and painted pieces of cardboard,
and paper mache trees and costumes strewn about on scraped staged,
you know you are home.

once someone told you, “this is what you’re made for, kid.”
you took these words to heart,
because you are made for this and made of this, all at once.
you are made of black socks and splinters,
of the writing on the wall that commemorates everyone before you,
you are made of jetting across the stage with props,
and taking your shoes off the minute you enter the auditorium.
you are also made of extra large meatball subs from Angelina’s,
and high fives given in the middle of a show.
you are made of colored tape covering the stage,
of jumbled, tangled, sound wires,
and wearing your paint clothes every day for a month.
you have never felt more you than when you are running around backstage,
scribbling notes along margins of scripts,
or spending hours upon hours at rehearsal.
you are you when the lights are dimmed
and the curtains are open three fourths of the way.
when you stand there and know the puzzle pieces have all been found,
when you feel complete in these moments,
that’s when you realize it is not what you do but who you are.

you cry happy tears after great performances,
and every time you think about those moments, you cry again.
you make sappy speeches on bus rides home after long days,
and sob as everyone else makes their own sappy speeches, because you’re a sappy bunch.
as the bus drives on and the night gets late,
you feel as if you could live in this moment forever.

you know one day it will be time to turn off the lights for the last time,
you’ll no longer be waiting for the next script or the next dunks run,
but this people will always be your family, this place will always be your home,
and this will always be who you are.

these sunset days are yours, but these days make you you.

By Ava Berarducci

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“The Hills are Alive!” : The Sound of Music Comes to Boston’s Boch Center

By: Angelina Kemmett

Everyone has heard of The Sound of Music.  Most would first think of the Julie Andrews movie musical, perhaps focusing on the song “My Favorite Things,” popularly used as a Christmas carol.  But before the true story of the Trapp Family Singers was adapted for the silver screen, it made its way to the stage. Nowadays, the tale of an Austrian family united in song in a time of war continues to warm the hearts and empty the tear ducts of audience members of all ages.

Currently, the talented touring cast of the show have set up shop at Boston’s Boch Center Wang Theater.  From the youngest Von Trapp child, Gretyl, to the oldest character, each and every cast member is better than the one before.  Especially notable is the actress who plays “Mother Abbess”; her high notes fill the theater with feeling and do not waver, and her stern lovingness toward Mara is beautifully portrayed.  As for Maria and Captain Von Trapp, the two actors, both remarkable in their own ways, do a wonderful job of showing that they are in love without their words. Their voices blend together as remarkably as their stories.

The Sound of Music is complete with stunningly ornate, while not over the top, set pieces. The most thrilling component of the set is the breathtaking mountain view through the grand floor to ceiling windows of the Von Trapp home.  Add together great acting, great singing, and great backdrops and get a play that is more than worth the over two hour run time. Especially watch for “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Climb Every Mountain,” and for when the Captain first sings for his children.  You will not be disappointed.

The Sound of Music runs through May 13.

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Junior Night

The evening of April 26th was Matignon High School’s annual Junior Night. The event was a night to celebrate both the junior class’s achievements and to recognize that we will soon be the leaders of this school. First, there was mass led by Father Nedder and accompanied by the Choir. The Gospel reading was one that our class chose that meant a great deal to us, “The Good Samaritan,” which we had gone over many times in theology class in our previous years. The offering was composed of objects that symbolizes our learning and development as people of God. Some of the objects that were included were a computer, a globe, and a dictionary. The class rings and jewelry were brought up at this time as well. To conclude the Mass, Father Nedder blessed the rings, sprinkling water on them before blessing all the juniors with the holy water, either by throwing it or making the sign of the cross on our foreheads. After Mass, all of the juniors and their families made their way to the cafeteria for a lovely dinner. It was there that we were able to pick up our class jewelry and put it on for the first time, a symbol of our class and how much we have gone through together. The evening ended with a slideshow, created by the student council officers, of pictures that were taken throughout t the past three years that we have been at the school. It was a wonderful night to come together and celebrate who we are as people and as a class.

By Rada Ruggles

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Thoughts and Overview on the New Schedule

Recently, Matignon High School proposed a schedule change for the 2018-2019 year. There were a few hiccups before it transformed into the schedule students have been enjoying for the past month. Though it was popular enough to make its way into the current school year, how good really is it?

The new schedule consists of six classes every day, with the first and last classes being fifty minutes long, and the other four being only forty-five. Students are expected to file to homeroom at 8:25, and need to be at their first class by 8:35. Then, announcements will play, and class will begin. This setup offers a wide array of pros and cons. On the positive side of things, students can sleep in a bit longer without having to worry about being late, have extra time in the morning for clubs and activities, and can meet with teachers in the morning without having to be worried about being cut off by the bell.

This schedule is not without its faults, however. Many students are forced to arrive to school far earlier than they would have liked, simply because their parents still have to be in work earlier than 8:30. One class a day is dropped as well, meaning if a student is struggling in that class, they will have to miss it once every seven days.

Still, I believe that the pros greatly outweigh the cons. If a student has to miss their hardest class, they will have time to meet with their teacher before school begins. Also, if a student is forced to get to school early, they are able to spend that time decompressing and preparing for the incoming school day in the cafeteria or library.

By Gina Petraglia

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Matignon National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Thursday, April 12, 2018 marked the induction of 7 juniors and 30 sophomores into Matignon branch of the National Honor Society. The ceremony started out with the procession music being played by Frodoe Cui, a member of the Matignon class of 2018, while the officers, the inductees, and the current members of the society walked down the aisle of the auditorium to their seats. After everyone settled down, Mr. Salvucci, the adviser of NHS, delivered an invocation followed by a greeting by former president Jeremy Piecz. Then, the Principal Mr. DiSarcina stood up to talk about character, one of the four aims of NHS. This was preceded by Jeremy Piecz speaking about scholarship and former NHS secretary Angelina Kemmett talking about leadership. Due to receiving an award elsewhere, former vice-president Ryan Jefferson was not able to be present to speak on service but Angelina Kemmett read his speech for him. After each speech, a candle was lit. This lead up to the next step in the induction process which was the candle lighting ceremony in which each inductee lit the candle of the inductee next to them. Then, the inductees turned to face the crowd and recited the NHS pledge led by Jeremy Piecz. There was a moment during this step in which none of the inductees remembered the line given to them but it was quickly repeated and just added levity to the whole situation. Once the pledge was done, Mr. DiSarcina named the inductees and some of their accomplishments. The inductees wrote their name in the book of NHS members and then received a certificate and pin handed to them by Mr. Salvucci. The next segment of the ceremony was the changing of the guard in terms of the NHS officers. This segment was done by the former officers handing objects representing their roles to the new officers. The new president Brenda Genium received a gavel, the new vice-president received the book of NHS members, and the new secretary received a pen. Then, the former officers sat in the stools that the new officers sat in earlier and the night and the new officers sat in the chairs the old officers used to be in to formally represent the passing of the torch. Ms. Hovander then received the Teacher of the Year Award and gave a heartwarming speech about what teaching means to her and how much she enjoys helping a new generation. The ceremony ended by Mr. Salvucci sending everyone off with a benediction and people going downstairs for refreshments.

By Maria Aliberti

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Matignon Drama Club “Makes Nice” at Dramafest

On Saturday, March 3rd, the Matignon Drama Club performed their winter show, Making Nice, at the Massachusetts Drama Festival, put on annually by the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild. Making Nice tells the story of a harsh, critical director who is tasked with making a success out of a play in which everything seems to be going wrong, and all with only 24 hours to spare before opening night. The horse costume is horrible, actors spontaneously fight each other, the lead has a bad case of the giggles, and no one is sure of their final entrance, but these problems pale in comparison to the arrival of two emotional safety workers, who warn the director that she had better make nice-or else. What follows is a last-ditch attempt by Barbara, the director, to convince the emotional safety duo that she can be nice. Comedy and chaos ensues, but the show must go on, and the day- and show-is saved by a lot of acting on the part of the cast, as well as the director and stage manager. Matignon competed in the preliminary round hosted by Winthrop High School against seven other schools. Of these schools, three schools moved on, including semifinalists Pope John High, with their show Lockdown, Swampscott High, with The Woman in White, and Winthrop High, which went on to become a state finalist with their show Faustus. While Matignon did not move on to the semifinal round, the cast and crew of Making Nice had a lot of fun putting on an entertaining show that earned two seniors, Angelina Kemmett and Maeve Rushe, All-Star Company Acting Awards for the role of Ellen the stage manager, and Barbara the director, respectively. Overall, the cast and crew of Making Nice would agree that, win or lose, this year’s Drama Fest was an exciting and worthwhile experience. Next up for Matignon Drama Club: the spring musical, Beauty and the Beast!


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By Katie Coviello
Photos taken by Ashley Murphy

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Student Walkout 3/15/18

When groups of intelligent minds join together to stand up for what they believe in, incredible things can happen. This proved to be true on March 15th, 2018 when a group of students from our school joined together to walk out in support of stricter gun legislation. The student walkouts that have been occurring across the nation recently are intended to let government officials know that the youth of America is more powerful than they may assume, and that we have a message that needs to be listened to. This has become more than an issue of politics, and instead it has become an issue of innocent lives being taken.

What blew me away most about the walkout was the overwhelming support the staff gave its students. In many schools across the country, teachers were punishing students for their peaceful walkouts, but we were extremely lucky and blessed to have teachers and administration who understand their students are merely trying to make a difference in the world around them, and are willing to support them as they do so.

Being part of this walkout and seeing the overwhelming support from the students and staff greatly warmed my heart. A special thank you to my fellow students who organized the march, to all the brave souls who gave touching speeches, to everyone that participated, and to our very supportive faculty. This walkout gave me hope that by uniting together we can all make a difference.

Arianna Dinardi






All photos courtesy of Ashley Murphy