Kief places first at Arcadia

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Kief for her Championship in Poetry Interpretation. Kaitlyn led North Pointe’s Speech and Debate team at the Winter Trophy Championships held at Arcadia HS. Kaitlyn was presented with her championship trophy, the coveted event poster and a college scholarship for her fourth event championship of the season. Kaitlyn also placed 3rd in Dramatic Interpretation and 5th in Congressional Debate. Kenleigh Dooley was in tears when the poster drop revealed her name as a finalist in Humorous Interpretation. “ Kenleigh’s reaction was priceless; it’s moments like these that remind coaches why they do what they do,” said Coach, LeAnn Richards. Julian Alejandre placed 3rd in Programmed Oral Interpretation and was a semi-finalist in Humorous Interpretation. Adalila Machic- Huitzil was a semi- finalist in Original Oratory and Freshman, Ty-Reek Gilliam was a semi-finalist in Humorous Interpretation.

Fall Arts Festival – Jr. High/HS Dance

On Wednesday, November 29th, North Pointe’s Dance Program presented: Trove. The show kicked off with a Jr. High class performing Singin’ in the Rain, and included class dance collaborations in which high school students created a story and portrayed it through simple props and choreography. In second period’s dance, Let’s Get Ridiculous, a girl’s text to her friends “to hang out” turned into a “ridiculously” good time.  A Ballet class’s music malfunction brought out student’s sassy hip hop moves in fifth period’s dance; The Nutcrackers. 

In addition to the dance department’s usual, upbeat jazz and hip hop dance numbers, this semester’s show included three contemporary pieces; Satellite, Believer and Stand by Me.

Satellite was choreographed by Jr. High students Grace Chapman, Adriana Howard, Kaylie Kolb, Amelia Murray and Nasser Sinnokrot.  High school dancers and choreographers, McKenzie Bishop, Mieja Levy, Anna Nguyen & Valeria Nuno Medina wowed the crowd with their technique and emotion in Stand by Me.  Lost and vulnerable, “the group” discovered something to believe in again after an encounter with the charismatically evil man in the red shirt. . Miss Dabkowski’s creation Believer was darker than her usual sassy, upbeat pieces and was thrilled when her students “took to” the concept and change of pace.

When commenting on Trove she stated, “The students blew me away this semester with their creativity, energy and dedication! It is unbelievable how much theses students have grown in such a short period of time.”

Fall Arts Festival – Jr. High/HS Piano and Guitar

The Jr. High and High School Piano/Guitar students presented a sincere performance on Tuesday evening for the second day of the Fall Arts Festival.  The concert included  the “oldies” Stand by Me and Duke of Earl.  The 4th period Jr. High Piano/Guitar class also performed The Beatles favorite Let it Be.  The concert was an application of the study of chords, classical guitar technique, and strumming patterns which all of the students have been striving to master.  Most of the students have only started to learn to play the guitar for the first time during the second quarter of this school year, but they have taken on this task with bravery considering the difficulty beginning to play the instrument.  The night was concluded with five dedicated and very hard working soloists.  Paul Dellinger performed a demanding classical guitar arrangement of Felix Mendelssohn’s Hark! The Herald Angels Sing to contribute to the holiday season.  Gabriel Aukett, Christian Gonzalez, Lauren Hutchison, and Jacilyn Norton all played advanced piano solos with a fantastic feeling which could be felt throughout the theater.  Instructor Justin Leon commented on the evening, “I am delighted to work with such hard working and thoughtful students, I look forward to each school day because I know they will be filled with emotionally captivating experiences of musicianship.”

Fall Arts Festival – Jr. High Theatre

On Monday night the Jr. High Theatre classes performed for their families at the Fall Arts Festival.  The students have been learning about different performance styles in class this semester and most recently have been studying spoken word poetry.  For their performance they performed pop songs in the style of spoken word poetry.  Most notable was Team 1 from 2nd hour which included, Hope Carney, Lyncoln Carbajal, Christin Cedillo, Erik Estrada Garcia, Morgan Page, and Vanessa Sempoalt in their performance of Stand By Me and Team 2 from 4th hour which included  Samantha Bricker, Kiera Carpenter, Jocelyn Dean, Susana Hinojos, Vanessa Lopez Rodriguez, and Cheyenne John for their creative performance of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Director Katie Gardea said, “It was really fun to see each group put their own spin on a pop song and explore the style of spoken word poetry. The results were very creative and interesting.”

Speech and Debate at Mesquite HS

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Kief for her Event Championships in Poetry Interpretation and Radio Broadcasting at Mesquite High School. Kaitlyn received all first place ranks in prelims and was leading the field going into the final round. She was able to edge out her competition and bring home her first double event championship so far this season. Adalila Machic-Huitzil was a finalist in both her events, Original Oratory and Prose Interpretation, while Julian Alejandre was a semi-finalist in Humorous Interpretation. “ I am happy with the results and can’t wait to see how we do next at Winter Trophy at Arcadia HS in two weeks,” said Coach Richards.

Marching Band – State Championships at Perry HS

North Pointe’s Marching Band competed at the State Championships on Saturday at Perry High School. The Marching Band performed their show “Fuego Cubano” and left it all out on the field. The Falcons finished in 13th place with a score of 62.225. “The team performed well and came together to finish the season strong,” said senior John Fitzner.

Speech and Debate at Mountain View HS

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Kief for placing 3rd in Poetry Interpretation at The Toro Country Classic at Mountain View High School. Kaitlyn was leading the field of 50 and was inched out of 1st in the finals. Kaitlyn also went to semifinals in her debut event Programed Oral Interpretation.  “I am extremely proud of entire effort of the team at this very competitive tournament; everyone got some great scores and feedback that will surely help them improve on their performances for our competition next week,” said Coach Richards.