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What's happening here at Hoosac!

Students Attend Berkshire Symphony Performance
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Last Friday, March 3rd, Mr. Christopher Uhl took ten students to hear the Berkshire Symphony perform in the newly-restored Chapin Hall at Williams College. First the students enjoyed dinner at an Indian restaurant in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Afterwards, they walked across campus to hear the concert.

The first half of the program consisted of two Bach double concerti for two pianos and orchestra. The piano parts were performed by the world-famous Peter Serkin and his former student, Anna Polonski. After intermission, the Symphony performed Gustav Holst's colossal The Planets, which requires huge orchestral forces, including three harps, a large brass section, multiple percussionists, and an ethereal off-stage choir of female voices. The students left the performance fired-up by the intensity of the sound!

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Apostolakis Qualifies for 2017 Debate State Tournament
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On Saturday, March 4th, the Hoosac School Lincoln-Douglas Debate team, represented by Jana Apostolakis'19 and Daisy Perez'18, traveled to Mt. Markham High School in West Windham, New York to compete in the New York State District tournament for the Iroquois Region. Ms. Apostolakis and Ms. Perez had already competed since December in debates on a bimonthly topic. In November and December, the topic was qualified immunity for police officers, while in January and February, debaters squared off on the issue of free speech at public universities.

At Mt. Markham, students were asked to prepare both affirmative and negative cases for the resolution that "The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing." As expected, affirmative debaters typically tried to prove the need for a rights framework for socio-economic rights such as housing, while negatives challenged that view by insisting that the focus should be on providing the most and best housing, rather than understanding it within a discourse of rights. In many ways, the debate came down to a classic conservative/liberal difference of position. Ms. Apostolakis and Ms. Perez, who argued both sides in alternating rounds, were well prepared with key rebuttal evidence and philosophical context in which to understand the resolution. Mr. Kraig Odabashian, who coaches the team, encourages debaters to engage topics within a Constitutional framework, preventing the debate from becoming too abstract and grounding it in legal and historical discourses of concepts such as rights, progress, and social welfare. Both Hoosac debaters won key rounds, propelling Ms. Apostolakis to the 2017 state tournament. She will be one of several students representing central New York in Lincoln-Douglas Debate in April at Hofstra University.
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Boys Hockey Repeats as Champions
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This past Saturday the Boys Varsity Hockey Team traveled to the University of New Hampshire to play against Berwick Academy in the championship of the Holt Conference Playoffs. From the drop of the puck, the first couple of minutes were evenly paced as the Owls looked to find weaknesses in the Bulldogs defense. Hoosac took advantage of the large ice surface by making the most out of a 2-1 scenario, as Cullen Gustafson notched the first goal. The Owls used momentum to their advantage as senior Alex Demin buried the second of the night off of a rebounded slap shot the made its way off of the end board behind the net.

The Owls continued to keep the pressure on for the remainder of the period but the Berwick Bulldogs managed to bark back and score off of a shot from the point heading into the second. The pace of the game continued to go back and forth as both teams exchanged worthy chances for the majority of the period. However, just as Berwick seemed to get their legs underneath them, senior forward Andrew Lusignan capitalized on a loose puck in front of the net, essentially lodging a dagger in the back of their opposition.

Going into the final stanza up 3-1 is almost a curse in the hockey world. However, undaunted by what could happen, the Owls kept pressing as they smelt blood and got hungrier with each waning minute. Halfway through the third period, senior defenseman Benjamin Viens made the most of a Cullen Gustafson set up and leashed up the Bulldogs.

The game was out of reach in the final minutes of the 3rd period as Andrew Lusignan buried an empty net bid to put the nail in the coffin and hypothetically end the contest. Hoosac Boys Varsity Hockey ended the season by winning back-to-back Holt Conference Tournaments and repeating as Champions! Highlights from the contest to come soon!
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