Thursday, May 31, 2018

First Annual "Cafe Night" a Success

Grade eight students along with the music teacher Mr. Haché and other staff members hosted the first ever "Cafe Night" on Tuesday, May 29.

A lot of talent was showcased as students performed over 30 acts for members of the school as well as the public.

A canteen was also available with baked goods and drinks for purchase.

The event was held in order to raise funds to help cover the cost of the grade eight field trip to the Sports Dome in Moncton.

Overall, the students raised over $1100 to go towards the trip.

Article by Noah Donovan

Monday, May 28, 2018

Blackville Steals the Show at the 2018 NB Drama Festival

The Blackville High School Drama Club and grade twelve Theatre Arts class traveled to Fredericton to participate in the Annual New Brunswick Drama Festival on Thursday, May 10.

The two groups had worked hard all semester to perfect their plays, spending countless hours practicing and doing dress rehearsals, and all of their time and effort really paid off. Both performances went smoothly, and the two groups returned home with a number of awards.

 "Cheque Please", performed by our Theatre Arts class, was the first to go on. Their performance in the Memorial Hall earned them an astounding 11 awards, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Use of Set. The awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor went to Darian Donovan, Noah Donovan, Daniel Richard, and Eve Pond. Jules Keenan And Nicholas Hallihan received the Outstanding Actor awards. Samuel Keenan and Cassidy Coughlan also received the Special Adjudicator's Mention for Sound and Lights. Ms. Cheryl Underhill was presented with the Outstanding Teacher Director award as well.
The Drama club performed their play, "Dystopia! The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death", shortly afterwards, earning them a total of 7 awards. Nicholas Hallihan, Cassidy Coughlan, Christopher Underhill, and Maggie Jardine received Outstanding Actor awards. Eve Pond received the Outstanding Student Director award. Noah Donovan also received the Outstanding Supporting Actor award.
The cast as a whole was presented with the Special Adjudicators Mention for Comic Chemistry.

Blackville Schools participation in the 2018 NB Drama Festival was evidently successful. It's safe to say that there is no shortage of talent among our students.

Article by Samuel Keenan

Friday, May 18, 2018

Athletes of the Month

The Senior Boys Athletes of the Months for April and May have been awarded to Daniel Richard and Garett Donahue. Both of these boys are players on the Seniors Boys Volleyball team and play a key role in each game.
Senior Boys - Daniel Richard 
Daniel Richard is a dedicated athlete. He goes above and beyond each time a sporting season rolls around. The majority of Richards time is spent in the gym or on the field, getting better at the sports he loves to play. His determination and constant desire to improve helped him throughout the challenging volleyball season. His positive attitude and love for the sport helped his team on and off of the court. Richard's positivity transferred to the boys and helped improve the overall team's game. Whenever there is a challenge, Richard is always ready and more than prepared to rise to the occasion. Not only did Richard captain the volleyball team, but he also was a key component on the Senior Boys soccer and basketball teams this year. This final athlete of the month is a bittersweet award for Richard, as his final sporting season came to an end wearing an Eagles jersey. The blue and gold will certainly miss Richard next year.
Senior Boys - Garett Donahue

Garret Donahue is another deserving recipient of the Athlete of the Month honours. Donahue was a starter for the Senior Boys Volleyball team this season. His athletic abilities shone on the court. Donahue's hard work throughout the season helped the boys volleyball team in each and every game. His dedication and love for the sport was easily seen by all. Donahue is an all around team player and athlete. Along with his importance to the volleyball team, Donahue also laced up for the Senior Boys soccer and hockey teams this year. Donahue will enter his senior year next season, with one final run representing the Eagles.

Senior Girls Athletes of the Month have been given to Abby Donovan and Olivia Buggie. Both are Seniors on the Girls Varsity Volleyball team. Donovan and Buggie bring an abundance of athletic ability and talent every time they set foot on the court.
Senior Girls - Abby Donovan

Abby Donovan is a blocking machine. Donovan is a middle starter for the volleyball team and rightfully so. The blocks go up and Donovan shuts the opponents down. Donovan has a pure love for the sport of volleyball and has spent the last few months committing herself to her team and the sport. Spending hours upon hours on the court practicing each week can be draining for an athlete, but Donovan says there's nothing else she'd rather do. Along with her mega blocks, Donovan is also a powerhouse hitter from the middle of the court. The biggest hit of her life occurred during the game at regionals that sent our Eagles to Provincials. Donovan also played a key role in the successes of our Senior Girls soccer, basketball and hockey teams this year. As the volleyball season is closing out, Donovan has one more kick at the can to bring home a Provincial banner when her team heads to ESN for the Provincial weekend. 
Senior Girls - Olivia Buggie

Olivia Buggie shows up to play. Volleyball has been a passion of hers from a young age, and that is evidently shown each time she returns to the court. Buggie is the setter for the Varsity Girls Volleyball team. The importance of that "second ball" always sets the pace for the game, and Buggie executes herself well. Coach Jennifer Curtis has been extremely pleased with  the improvements Buggie made this season. Her setting and serving abilities have certainly set the bar high and have been a key factor in this seasons success. Buggie's leadership qualities show, as she Captains the volleyball team as well as wearing an "A" for her assistant captaining position on the first Senior Girls Hockey team. Buggie was on the Senior Girls soccer, basketball, hockey and volleyball rosters this year. Closing out her senior year, heading to Provincials is the best way to end a season. Her continuous efforts have not gone unnoticed, as Buggie received the NBIAA Raymond Legere Sportsmanship Award. 

Middle School Girls -
 Dakota Curtis 
The Middle School Girls Athlete of the Month goes to Dakota Curtis. Curtis played on the Middle School Varsity team this season. Her dedication to the sport was shown through each and every practice/game. Curtis captained the volleyball team and helped lead her team through a great season. Her leadership qualities were shown with her class and respect toward each and every teammate and opponent this season. Curtis is a strong power hitter and has a lot to bring to the table. As Curtis finishes out her final middle school season, she has her sights set on continuing her volleyball career with one of our High School Girls teams. Along with her volleyball, Curtis was a strong fullback during this year's soccer season. Her abilities were shown this season and she will continue to develop her game into her high school years.

Middle School Boys - Hudson Underhill

The Middle School Boys Athlete of the Month is Hudson Underhill. Underhill played for the Middle School Boys Varsity Volleyball team this season. His dedication to the sport was clearly shown, as Underhill never missed any chance to jump on the court. Underhill has a true talent for the game, always shutting the opponents down with his rock hard blocks and setting the tone for the game with his fast and well placed serves. His hits are also always on point, but his personal success is only for his overall team's success. Underhill sets on his team; he is a team player and plays the game for his team, not himself. His leadership abilities are shown, as he is co-captain of the team with Owen Underhill. Underhill also played for the Middle School Boys soccer and basketball teams and affiliated on the High School Boys hockey team this year. As Hudson ends out his middle school sporting career, he is excited for the challenge of high school sports and plans to bring his best game. Underhill will definitely be a great addition to next season's volleyball team.

By Marlee Schofield 

Volleyball Update: Eagles Among Best in Province

Junior Varsity Girls (Provincial Silver Medalists

The Blackville School Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball team made history on Sunday May 6. They won the first ever Volleyball Provincial Medal for Blackville School.

The girls started off their season with a tough loss in the fifth set to rival NSER. Veteran players Maggie Jardine and KC Hallihan still had hope in their team and believed in their skill and ability to succeed.

This enthusiasm carried over into the next 6 games against Dalhousie, Campbellton and Carrefour Beausoleil where the girls went undefeated. NSER put an end to this streak, but the girls still headed into Regionals with second place.

The girls showed up to play and found themselves topping Dalhousie in the fifth set 19-17 to head to Provincials in the 1st place slot. Booking their ticket to the provincial weekend did not come easy or without an abundance of hard work and dedication to the sport throughout the season.

As the girls rolled into Provincials, they were set on one goal: the provincial final. They had a chance to do what no other volleyball team from our school could do before and they succeeded to the best of their ability. Each set was a challenge, but our Eagles were able to rise to the occasion and come out on top each time. Another tight game against Dalhousie landed our girls in the finals.
Veterans Maggie Jardine and K.C. Hallihan

After a hard fought battle against a fast and well executed Tobique Valley team, our girls recieved a provincial silver medal, naming them the 2nd best "A" level Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball team in the Province of New Brunswick. Coaches Marilyn Underhill and Cheryl Buggie were extremely pleased with the powerhouse squad they coached this season.

A congratulations is in order for the girls. Their hard work will certainly not be forgotten anytime soon. The younger players are extremely proud with their accomplishment and excited to see what next season will bring. This season was certainly one for the history books!

The Varsity Girls Volleyball team also had a fantastic season, showcasing a lot of volleyball talent that our school has to offer. The girls headed into a regionals, with an exceptional season under their belts.

Playing a total of 12 sets, during the regional weekend, our girls showed up to play and won 10 of those 12 sets. The girls started off the regionals, in a pool with Dalhouse, Minto and Chipman. They ended the round robin playing at the top of their pool and headed to the cross overs against long time rival NSER.  This was the most important game of the season, as the winner was headed to Provincials.

Our girls didn't miss a beat, blocking, attacking and placing each and every ball correctly, landing themselves a ticket to the golden weekend. A placement game was set against Rogersville and Eagles soared, coming out on top, beating them in two straight sets.

The girls are ranked number 1 in the NorthEast of the province as they head to ESN to take on one final weekend of volleyball. Senior players, Abby Donovan, Darian Donovan, Olivia Buggie, Amber Walls, and Erin Moody say they are on cloud 9. Having the chance to capture one final Provincial title is always the best way to end off their High School sporting careers.

The hard work and dedication that the entire team has put into this season was shown on the court and helped our girls excel to the top of the pack. The girls are set to play Kedgewick at 12:00 on Friday May 25 at ESN. 

A big congratulations and good luck is sent to our girls. No matter what the outcome, our girls always leave it all out on the court and play with their hearts for the blue and gold.

By Marlee Schofield and Daniel Richard

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Blackville Theatre Rocks the Stage

Guy (Nick Hallihan) and Cleo (Eve Pond)
Many actors at Blackville had the chance to showcase their talents for the school on Monday, May 7. 

Students from the Theatre Arts 120 class and members of the High School Drama Club presented "Check Please" along with "The Maze" for parents and other students.

The crowd went wild with laughter as both productions were a huge success.

Both groups have been working hard all semester in preparation for the Annual Provincial Drama Festival, and all funds raised went to help cover expenses for the students to attend the festival this year.

More photos from this event can be found here.
Contestants of "The Maze" cower from the guards

Article by Noah Donovan
Photos by Allan Carter

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Students Participate in Spell-a-thon Fundraiser

Elementary students, along with Principle Rodney Buggie
Elementary students participated in a Spell-a-thon on Monday to raise funds for field trips and other school activities.

The top pledge earners were Avery Donahue in grade four who was awarded a Nintendo Switch, Nathan Stewart in grade five who was awarded a hoverboard along with a helmet, and grade five student Kyle LeBlanc who was awarded a drone.

Students who spelled all their words correctly or raised $50 or more in pledges had their names entered in a draw for one of two 450 movie certificates. The winners were Ethan Sullivan in grade 4 and Turner Kenny in Kindergarten. Mrs. A Waugh's grade 5 class raised the most money.

The elementary were successful in their endeavors, as the students raised over $7000 in pledges. The funds will go towards the cost of field trips and other activities.

To view more photos from the event, click here.

Photos by Cassidy Coughlan
Article by Noah Donovan and Samuel Keenan