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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 - 107 / "ScHoOL &: EDUCATION Cape Higl:t students attend leac[ership conference in D.C. By Maggie Beetz Five juniors from Cape Henlopen High School recently returned from the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. 'q'he main goal was to have leadership skills," said Mark Sudimak, a student who returned from the six-day trip March 6. "We learned about politics and government." The forum incorpo- rates actual world events and through specialized simulations allows students to take on political roles and develop strategies to uphold national security. "I was the assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of African Affairs," said Chelsea Schellinger, who attended the conference, Feb. 15-20. "You had to act the role. It was a lot of fun. People were running around the hallways with informa- tion. We had to come up with our own foreign policy." JROTC instructor Carlos Sosa nominated the students, all JROTC cadets, for demonstrating academic achievement and an interest in national security. The other cadets include Andrew Schneider,,who attended the con- ference with Schellinger, and Emilie Urdahl and Matt Hamilton, who returned with Sudimak. The students had the opportuni- ty to learn how the country pre- pares for crisis and plans for peace and got the chance to visit military and government institutions. "First I was nervous because they roomed us with strangers," Schellinger said. The purpose was for the approximately 400 other juniogs and seniors across the country to meet each other. It worked. She said she made many friends. '`i wasn't sure I was going to have fun, but when it was time to come back I didn't want to leave." The students were divided into groups of about 22 people and vis- ited different political institutions. Schellinger said her group went to Capital Hill, explored Senate .buildings and the Supreme Court, visited the State Department and the Saudi Arabian Embassy. She Chelsea Schellinger, above left, a Cape Henlopen High School junior and an aspiring pilot, and Cape High junior Mark Sudimak were among about 400 students from across the country who attended the forum. even witnessed "sniper guys" guarding entranceways. Sudimak said he visited Capitol Hill as well, but also went to Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Naval Academy. He said his favorite parts of the trip were going to the Smithsonian Institute and seeing all of the monuments. Schellinger said they saw many famous monuments including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Marine Corps War Memorial. "Every single second of the day was scheduled," said ScheUinger, who noted the students did get one free day to explore on their own. Schellinger and Schneider spent most of their day in muse- ums, especially the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum because both cadets want to be pilots. After graduation, Schellinger sees herself attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis or the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. "It brought up a lot of questions about the future," said Sudimak. He said it was an opportunity to see firsthand many different opportunities. He said he wants to be a military offcer. '`i had a blast. I probably know someone from every single state," said Schellinger, who is. already keeping in touch with the friends she made. ''I would recommend the trip. It a great opportunity," she noted. "It was a really great trip," said Sudimak. Sosa said Cape Henlopen High School has participated in the forum for the last nine years. Cape sending six teams to OM competition There will be six teams repre- senting the Cape Henlopen School District in the Odyssey of the Mind (O.M.) competition slat- ed Saturday, March 12, at the University of Delaware in Newark. O.M. is commonly described as a wacky, zany and creative, approach to problem solving. Students from Cape in grades 2- 6 will compete this year in prob- lems ranging from building vehi- cles to performing visual arts skits to meet many required elements. Milton Elementary has four teams participating. Primary and Division I Teams are as follows: Fable Us: Coach: Jackie Shockley; team members: Holly Anderson, Christina Gooding, David Kennedy, Juliet Kenton, Nicole Lallier, Kaitlin Philcox, Amanda Rose, Rebecca Sponaugle, Sarah Tappan, Ryan Thornburg Laugh-a-Thon: Coaches: Shay Eli, Beth Joseph; team members: Ethan Caldwell, Alex Coverdale, Maggie Delp, Luke DiGuglielmo, Karalyn Joseph, Katherine Judge and Matt Kane Stunt Mobiles: Coaches: Lynne Maloy, Pam Salisbury, Maddie Bala; team members: Phoebe Fetzer, Alex Maloy, Allie Continued on page 108 Visit the tropics with Cape's production of 'South Pacific' Winter got you down? How about dreaming of a beautiful island somewhere in the South Pacific where the palm trees sway to the tune of graceful melodies?- Many Cape Henlopen High School students were not just dreaming but making that dream a beautiful reality with the produc- tion of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific ." The story is set during World War II somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The language and 'the cute story line are definitely old-fashioned but the music and the performances by enthusiastic and talented young Cape actors was pure heaven. Sailors and nurses made up the central cast. They danced and sang their way across the Little Theatre stage. Derek Daisey, Cory Johnston, Bryan Rizzo, Zach Scudlark, Ross Thompson and Garrett William were ornery sailors who endlessly pursued "dames". The dame were the nurses who were stationed on this South Pacific island, M.E. Fischer, Alex Hellams, Danielle SCHOOL JOURNAL Diane Albanese Hillanbrand, Jen Hudson, Shanna Locklair, Hannah Lokken, Maggie Lingo, Courtney Marvel, Michelle Munyikwa, Sarah Murray, Jamie Shea and Carly Shirm. Child actors McKinnon DeKuper and Jared Norris were perfect as Ngana and Jerome deBecque, singing a sweet song in French to welcome their father home. Their nanny, Maggie Lingo, was attentive and charm- ing. The father and lead played by Kameron Schleifer turned out an outstanding performance. Even though he is a young man, his stage presence suggested the older Emile deBecque, and he was able to pull off some difficult love songs with aplomb and vocal excellence. Leading lady Landra Melvin sang like a nightingale as the nurse ensign Nellie Forbush. The entire audience was charmed as she sang "I'm gonna' wash that man right out of my hair," while standing in a makeshift shower stall. We didn't believe her for a minute; she was too much in love with the alluring Emile de Becque. The story is really about guys and dolls set on a tropical island. There is drama and intrigue as they try to shut down the enemy's war efforts. This was the perfect vehicle to highlight the comic talent-of Conor O'Hollaren who played Billis, a conniving but lovable sailor and his Lieutenant Joe Cable, played by Marty Furbush. O'Hollaren actually had the spunk to perform song and dance wear- ing only coconuts and a grass skirt in "Honey Bun". The audience was in stitches! What fun! Mike Holdridge and Chris Wade were officers in charge of the troops and delivered a believ- able commanding performance. Bloody Mary and her assistant had the best one-liners, "You like?" and were portrayed as spunky island ladies by Ariel D'Angelo and Danielle Hillanbrand. The song Bali Ha'i was haunting and beautifully exe- cuted by D'Angelo. Kelsey Buchanan was the lovely native island daughter Liat who falls in love with a Joe Cable but suffers great loss. Tyler Long was charming as a nurse and then as a singing sailor who stole the show in the second act musical number, "The Thanksgiving Follies." She danced in front of a set designed by Jason Wilcox and created by Stephanie Huerta, Marissa Carey and Leah VanRees. Stage man- agers Lauren O'Neil and Nona Landis must have been very pleased with this fine production. We did not see the stage crew, comprised of James Denver, Deirdre Kelly, Nona Landis, Ashley Marshall, Emily Mason, Josh Mixon, Lauren O'Neil, Valerie Puckett and Sarah Walls, but they made all the pieces come together beautifully. Nothing could have been accomplished without the support of the orchestra under the direc- tion of Barry Eli. They are Bridle Hayward, Amanda Hopkins, Cody Leavel, Jenn Dukes, Jalisa Bonville, Victoria Alfimow, Emilie Urdahl, Kiran Peri, Bernard Miller, Jason Cooper, John Gardner, Missy Moore, Mark Kreitzer and James Sudimak. Just when we thought that we could not stand one more day of winter weather, directors Aleta Thompson, Michelle Bland and Tara McCredie helped to create an "Enchanted Evening" and bring a little bit of a tropical paradise to Cape High School. How divine! Diane Albanese is a parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District.