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Bull City Lights, Shine On

Staff Writer, Jules Woodward

Starting way back in the fall of 2010, Voyager Academy High School was born, and with it a chorus that would continue to amaze audiences now. Every year, they travel to different places and compete against other high schools. To compete, they have to start practices early in August. They began practice two days before school even started, to learn the choreography for their opener and closer for their competitions that would begin in the spring.

At the end of every school year, Ms. Deans and Mrs. Hobgood hold auditions for the placement classes for the upcoming year. Not only do they decide who gets into Bull City Lights, they also assemble classes to have a good balance of singing sections. The sections typically range from Soprano, Second Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone/Bass. Soprano’s have the highest pitch out of the choral group. Alto’s tend to represent the females with a lower range and males are usually placed on the lower register of the scale.

Each day, they start with warm ups for their voice, just as someone would stretch before a marathon, people wouldn’t start singing without warming up. They then go through the solfege scale. The solfege is a singing exercise and can be used to practice sight reading vocal music. The solfege scale goes through an octave, and it goes like this: Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do. Every other Monday, they practice from two to five with choreography, not only that, but Friday and Saturday they have choreography offsite from nine to four.

What is all this for? Competitions; the choral group competes in Florida in March for Nationals and the go to Virginia in March. Not only do they compete outside of school, but they also have both a Spring Choral Show and a Fall Choral Show.

Leigha Hofmann, a Freshman, decided to audition for chorus because her older brothers have participated in chorus, and Leigha was an audience member of the past competitions. She told The Viking Tide, “it looked really fun, and chorus was able to bring a group of people together.”As this is her first year, she is likely to take chorus for all four years of high school. Everyone in chorus was completely open to having freshmen in their class, even the upperclassman, who naturally tend to bend away from freshmen.

Abel Holleman, a Sophomore, was telling The Viking Tide about why he decided to audition for chorus; he said that the chorus group has the opportunity to go on some “pretty awesome trips”, as well as the fact that he enjoyed singing and dancing. He plans on taking chorus all four years of high school. This year has differed from last year, in the sense that they have harder songs, and both different and harder choreography. If students want to participate in the competitions, Abel recommends putting away a thousand dollars each year. Not to worry, there are tons of fundraisers to help decrease the cost.

Chloe Dixon, a Senior, told me about how she has taken chorus all four years of high school and she really recommends taking chorus for everyone. Chorus brings individuals of all grade levels together. Chorus also brings a family relationship for everyone, in the halls of Voyager Academy, they always say “hey” and talk to one another. She also loves to perform and she has also performed in the school spring musical for the last two years. Even though the weekend practices are a hassle, it’s always worth it when it comes to be competition weekend.

Overall, many of the student who take chorus recommend that if  a student loves to perform, would like to travel and compete in new places, and would love an easy way to meet many people, they should audition for chorus next May. If students have a couple of spare weekends, they shouldn’t forget to go out and support VAHS chorus for their Spring and Fall choral show. F

inally, don’t forget to stop by Mrs. Hobgood or Ms. Dean’s rooms to get more information later in the year on auditioning and being a member of the Lights at Voyager.

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Road to Champions: Science Olympiad

Sophomore Staff Writer, Amith Jagannath

For years, Science has been developing and directing our society in ways that have made the world as advanced as it is. With small efforts originating from all across the world, an organization called Science Olympiad has provided children with a promising future by giving them ways to express their knowledge and various cognitive abilities. On a small scale, states across the U.S. have been competing for years to win the pride and infamous identity as the national Science Olympiad champions. Founded in 2007, Voyager Academy has been an active participant in the statewide Science Olympiad competition since 2009 throughout all three of the schools.

Voyager Academy High School has formed many rivalries since its preliminary stages in competing in both regionally and statewide. Ranging from recently founded home schools to well-established public schools, Voyager has always been put to the test when it comes to winning as a team. For those who don’t know about the fields that are covered in Science Olympiad, events are classified between hands-on, testing, and stations. Hands-on activities can include building a structure prior to the competition and impounding it on the day of. One of the most historic events that continues to give teams a run for their money is, “Bridges.” This event involves constructing a bridge that has a lightweight but can hoist a larger one. The organization ensures that they include specific restrictions to really challenge the event entrants.

In the past few years, Voyager Academy has been striving for excellence, hoping to one day make it to the revered state competition. Students even look forward to that as it is a prideful accomplishment and it looks excellent on college applications. Last year, Voyager made history by making to the state competition for the first time. Constructing a solid team requires a few key factors. Firstly, to even be able to start a team, a coach has to be involved. Voyager has been lucky to have Brandon Le in the past and his involvement has been essential. Mr. Le says that, “Being part of a greater cause has allowed me to turn my students into my friends. I love helping people with a field that I enjoy and am passionate about.” Unfortunately, Voyager lost such a great teacher as he left to pursue his degree in Biology. This year, the school will be in the hands of Amanda Honey, the Chemistry teacher at the Academy. The second most important factor in constructing a great team is the students. Usually, students who have the drive to succeed participate in Science Olympiad to sharpen their skills and broaden their horizons in the various fields of science.

In a grueling competition like this however, experience matters. From the get-go, Voyager has been efficiently grooming students from a young age, so that when it comes time to participate in high school, their skills are polished. One of Voyager’s most infamous students, Rosie Scott-Benson has been an active member in the Olympiad throughout her Voyager career. Starting from 4th grade itself, she has been involved and is a wonderful team player. When asked about her favorite kind of event to do, Rosie said, “I like the stations actually. I like that the stations give a variety of  questions and some are interactive.” Throughout Rosie’s schooling career at Voyager, she has been successful on all fronts. In Middle School, Rosie won the schoolwide spelling bee two years in row making Voyager Academy history. When it comes to athletics, Rosie takes part in cross-country, swimming, and track. She says that her versatility influences her focus when it comes to the academic portion of school. “I’ve been doing it for a long time, I know a lot of people who do it, and it’s fun! I like getting to compete at states,” she says in response to her liking of Science Olympiad. To motivate others to join, Rosie says, “I think it’s a good out of school activity, you learn a lot, and it’s a fun team competition.”

Voyager Academy is also home to students who are not as extracurricularly affiliated. But, as they get older and more mature, they realize that afterschool activities are imperative to having a good future. One student that is a recent participant in the Olympiad is Dillon Woodward. Dillon has only been in Science Olympiad for one year but his experience and teachers have had a lasting effect on his growing knowledge basis. Throughout Voyager, Dillon is known for his intelligence, so naturally, he likes testing events in Science Olympiad. “I prefer having a nice knowledge base and comparing that objectively against other students.” He says that his Biology teacher, Mr. Le provided Dillon with a few suitable events and that that has sparked his interest in Science Olympiad. His goals for the future in Science Olympiad are to, “Go to states on the varsity team.” He encourages people to join by saying, “Sometimes science class can be fairly boring by learning subject matter that is boring. Science Olympiad has such a broad spectrum of topics, that you can find one that appeals to you and fully delve into that.”

One of the ways that people can be affiliated with the Olympiad is to talk to Amanda Honey, the Chemistry teacher. The VAHS Science Olympiad is in dire need of more students and the people we have at this school are the right choice. So, who will be the next champion? The Viking Tide says Voyager Academy.

VAHS Yearbook: Behind the Scenes

Staff Writer, Camryn Dunn

Who could possibly be thinking about the Voyager Academy High School 2017-2018 yearbook? Well students need to start placing orders sometime soon. Yearbooks are now on sale for only $55. However, starting September 29th the price is going up to $60. The price will continue to rise throughout the school year. This year the yearbook staff has decided to make the theme “Behind the Scenes.” Their goal is to take students, staff, as well as families behind the scenes of a small school. This is unlike the previous yearbook staff members.

This year, the staff has really taken on social media marketing. From Instagram and Twitter accounts, to their own email where students are encouraged to send in photos that they would like to be included in the yearbook. This year the staff has set many sales goals. New teacher Mrs. Kreisman is taking over for Mrs. Deans, not only teaching yearbook, but also teaching marketing. Her plan is to really teach the yearbook staff how to properly and effectively market the yearbook.

Creative efforts of marketing have already happened. Last week, the yearbook class constructed fake parking tickets and place them on students windshields. The tickets included information on how much the yearbook was and also where to buy it. The yearbook and marketing classes are also working together to film a commercial that will be shown to not only students and faculty, but families as well on exhibition night. The commercial will be advertising the yearbook for this year and giving information on how/where you can purchase one.

Senior, Taliek Pratt in charge of sports coverage said, “This year in yearbook the students really have a say. We love pitching ideas to each other and giving each other feedback on how to be better. I’m excited that I can cover the Varsity basketball team as well as other sports this year.” Senior, Diamond Champion the member on the yearbook staff in charge of marketing stated “This is my first year taking yearbook and what I really like about it is how Mrs. K lets us really take charge in our roles that were assigned. She’s gives us freedom and responsibility which is cool.” The yearbook this year is going to be different compared to previous years with the unique theme, so make sure you buy yours now while it is on sale!

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