Student Life

Social Interaction is Hard

by Katherine Carraway
I know what you’re really wondering: Kath have you gotten yourself into any awkward situations? Have you butchered the German language?  I mean the answer to both of those is yes. (I once used three conjugated verbs in the same sentence because I couldn’t figure out how to

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Welcome to Germany

by Katherine Carraway
Germany is weird.
I’ve only been here a week and have already done so much that I’m not sure how to include it all in one article.
For one, my flight went fine. No luggage was lost and no flights were canceled, though I can’t say the same for Inken’s

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ASMS Key Club Attends DCon 2017

By Katherine Carraway
The ASMS key club attended district convention, or DCon, the weekend of March 10-12. The group left school around lunch that Friday and drove two and a half hours to Montgomery with their sponsor Mr. Barry.
While at the convention, the group of students attended workshops, activities, and dance parties.

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New Club Spotlight: Poetry Club

By Savannah Campbell
Every new term opens up the opportunity for new clubs to be formed on campus. This term, another new club should be joining the many: Slam Poetry Club.
As the name suggests, the club will be centered around poetry and the students who would like to share it. It

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Tackling Stress, Sophomore Style

By Katherine Carraway
The Saturday before finals winter term, the sophomores held a destress event. The activity was held in two parts: a calm environment was kept in the coffee house where you could drink tea and make stress balls, and on Bedsole lawn there was a rather loud fight with

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Mobile’s Biggest Party

By Katherine Carraway
Mardi Gras started in Mobile, Alabama, but if you’ve been in the city for more than a day you’ve probably already heard that. It is something that the residents of Mobile are exceedingly proud of. Now, Mardi Gras is upon us. While the technical date of Mardi Gras,

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ASMS Film Club

By Joshua Buchi
Look forward to the ASMS Film Club this spring, coming to a ‘theater’ near you.
As we move towards the new term, new clubs are bound to show up, from old clubs that simply never made it to brand new ideas. Among these new clubs to appear with this

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Student Spotlight: Faith Eldridge

By Katherine Carraway
Faith Eldridge is a sophomore at ASMS. If she could have one wish, she would wish for world peace. She believes in luck and miracles some of the time, and possibly aliens. She thinks everyone deserves a second chance but not a third. If she could travel anywhere

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The (Almost) Plague: Influenza

By Joshua Buchi
After narrowly avoiding a mass evacuation for the second time in two years, we’re fortunately still alive to talk about the wannabe Norwalk: the flu.
Unlike its predecessor, it failed to shut down the school, and it did not manage to infect all that many people. Rather, seasonal illnesses

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ASMS Hosts Final County Chess Meet

By Jediael Fraser
On Thursday, January 12, the ASMS gymnasium was alive once again. A bustling audience filled the bleachers, and excited onlookers gave their support from the track above. This time, however, the masses were not gathered around the sport of basketball, or even volleyball; instead, they were there for

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ASMS Robotics Team Competes at FTC

By Shannon Regan
This past Saturday the Alabama State First Tech Challenge Competition was hosted at the Huntsville Middle School in Huntsville, Alabama. Along with several school from around the state, and a few from surrounding states, the ASMS Robotics Team traveled to Huntsville to compete and made it to semifinals

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Winter Term Geekfest

By Katherine Carraway
Winter Term’s Geekfest was held on Friday, January 13 from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Geek Fest is the one night a term where students are encouraged to play video games and stay up until the wee hours of the morning, and the ASMS student body always seems

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Polar Bear Plunge

By Joshua Buchi
At a frigid seventy-two degrees, the Polar Bear Plunge happened this past Saturday, threatening wickedly chilly water after the longest night of the year (Geekfest – What else?) Many brave souls dove into that water, daring to challenge the January weather for fun and for glory.
“It went well,”

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What is Science Bowl?

By Savannah Campbell
On February 4, 2017, ASMS will be hosting the Alabama Regional Science Bowl. Students from across the state will compete for the chance to go to Nationals in Washington D.C.
Science bowl is a competition held here at ASMS in which students from all across the state come to

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Christmastime is Here!

By Katherine Carraway
At the time that I am writing this article, there are 14 days, 13 hours, and 57 minutes left until Christmas break. While this does not seem like a very long time at all, making it through the last week of school before Christmas break is often very

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Performance at Bellingrath

By Joshua Buchi
On December 6, 2016, the band and choir performed at Bellingrath Gardens, which was arguably the biggest performance of the winter term.
Apart from performing for the crowds that appeared at Bellingrath, the band and choir students were free to explore Bellingrath until it was time for them to

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Open Mic Night: Santa Edition

by Shannon Regan
A special Christmas version of our school’s renowned Open Mic Night events was held last Saturday in the auditorium. Hot chocolate was available outside the auditorium, provided by SGA, and the show was full of a Christmas theme.
The show opened with a hilarious skit put on by

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Winter Formal 2016

By Katherine Carraway
ASMS held its annual Winter Formal on Saturday the 3rd of December. The formal was held at the Azalea Manor on Dauphin Street. The dance started at 8 p.m. and ended at 11:30 p.m.
“This year’s Winter Formal was amazing! The venue was gorgeous and the dance floor was

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November Preview Day

By Joshua Buchi
Twice every year, prospective students get the opportunity to survey campus, hear from teachers, and get a general feel for the school they may end up going to.
For most of us, it just gave us an excuse to not leave our rooms until noon. For some, it involved

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The First Home Basketball Game of 2016

By Katherine Carraway
The first home basketball games of the season took place on Thursday, November 10th.
The games were a massive success. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams won. While the first game started off without a large audience, a great portion of the student body trickled in to show their

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Let’s Get Spooky: Boo Bash 2016

By Maria Echols
If you happened to be walking through the courtyard on the night of October 22nd, you might have heard the blood-curdling screams and wails of terror coming from the blacked-out windows of Bedsole. It was a good night for a scary movie, and a wonderful night to live

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Weed and Eat: ASMS’s Gardening Club

By Katherine Carraway
Gardening Club held a “Weed and Eat” event on Saturday, Oct. 30. It was held at the garden on west campus and it started at 3 p.m.
“This was a great last event of the term for Gardening Club,” said Shannon Regan.
The event consisted of some typical gardening tasks,

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Off the Leash Volunteers at Woofstock

By Savannah Campbell
On Sunday, Oct. 23, Off the Leash hosted one of the best service events of the year: Woofstock.
Off the Leash spends most of their time as a club volunteering at and helping with the local animal shelter, ARF. If you miss your pets back home or just love animals

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WOW Participates in Local Breast Cancer Walk

By Katherine Carraway
Women of the World (WOW) recently took part in a breast cancer walk held Saturday, Oct. 29. Making Strides of South Alabama was held in Bienville Square and is affiliated with the American Cancer Society.
1 in 8 women will have breast cancer at some point in their lifetime, and after

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Fall Geekfest

By: Joshua Buchi
Geekfest is held every term, even though its time during the term varies. A running marathon from 10:00 PM Friday night to 4:00 AM Saturday morning, Bedsole is filled with plenty of activities, from movies to gaming to huge Just Dance mobs. The opportunity is presented to make

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Mesa: A Language-Enriching Experience

By: Sophie Sebastiani
Every Friday at lunch, Spain comes to the Alabama School of Math and Science. It arrives in the form of “Mesa” (meaning table), which is a gathering reserved for students to only speak Spanish.
According to Vic Corob, the Vice President of the ASMS Spanish Honor Society, the Mesa

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Boo Bash: An ASMS Tradition

By Jasmine Rabon
That time of year is upon us once more:  the leaves are turning colors, the weather is moderately cooler during some parts of the day, and finals are upon us. But even more important than the appearance of sweater weather and of our certain deaths due to exams,

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Physics Colloqiums

By Shannon Regan
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Recently, physics colloquium presented by Dr. Georg Rathiel was held at The University of South Alabama (USA). Colloquiums are academic conferences, presentations, or seminars and often times student from ASMS are invited to attend the ones held at USA. Dr. Rathiel’s  presentation was one

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Greekfest!

By Katherine Carraway
Every year, Greekfest rolls around, and ASMS students busy themselves with getting as many service hours as possible in the span of one weekend. This year was no exception, and students all had a great time at the event, whether they were volunteering or just enjoying the festival.
Greekfest

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Disney 101: Tips For Senior Trip

By Shannon Regan
During the next break, the senior class will go to Orlando for their senior trip. We’ll be going to two major amusement parks, Disney and Universal. Universal isn’t too hard to navigate, but you should note that Universal will have the more thrilling rides. Disney, on the other

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Dr. Gerard Brings Operation Footlocker to ASMS

By Caroline Steudle
Dr. Gerard is working with the National World War II Museum through Operation Footlocker, a program in which actual artifacts from the war are sent to schools to give students the opportunity to see, handle, and learn from primary historical sources. On Thursday, October 13, Dr. Gerard held

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Goofy Olympics

By Savannah Campbell
On Friday, October 7, 2016, spirit week came to an end with the epic competition that is Goofy Olympics.
As always, the event was a nice end to the week, finally bringing an end to the stress of trying to find the perfect outfit for each dress up day

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Spirit Week

By Shannon Regan
Spirit Week, a beloved ASMS tradition, was held October 3-7 this year. The students spent the week dressing up and attending sporting events, earning points for their hall through participation. The week culminated in Goofy Olympics. Each hall fought hard to win, but in the end, Da Vinci

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It’s Toga Time!

By Maria Echols
With yet another crazy Spirit Week event, the Administration of ASMS hosted a Toga Party this past Thursday, October 6, in the cafeteria from 9:45 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. One thing they did not count for, however was the sheer number of students that showed up.
“It actually went

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A German-American Adventure

By Jasmine Rabon
On Wednesday October 5, 2016 a small group of students gathered together on Bedsole lawn to dance to the beat of traditional German music under the instruction of Mrs. Hoequist and a select group of her pupils.
“It was really interesting to see all the different people come together

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Students Show School Spirit at Home Volleyball Game

By Maya Nevin
The ASMS volleyball team had their second home game on Wednesday, September 28. They played Alma Bryant High School, and although they lost, it was a close game.
The student body came out to support the girls at both of their home games, filling up a section of

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ASMS Marching Dragons

By Katherine Carraway
One of the newest clubs here at ASMS is Marching Band Club. Officially known as the ASMS Marching Dragons, the club is sponsored by Mr. Grabill.The band, however small, has majorettes, a color guard, and a dance line.
“I had marching band at my old school, and I loved

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The New SGA

By Joshua Buchi
After an excruciatingly long election process and suspense galore, we finally have them: the SGA Representatives for the 2016-2017 school year.
To give a short outline, five representatives from each class are elected to join SGA. From there, they join committees, each doing different things to help keep campus

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Welcome to Spirit Week!

By Maria Echols
Once October hits, the students of ASMS look forward to only three things; Boo-Bash, Spirit Week, and (of course) Goofy Olympics! So I stopped in with Johnnie Williams, the Dorm Coordinator for ASMS, and asked him to comment on Spirit Week and perhaps give us a few hints

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Lady Dragons’ Victory over Williamson Lions

By Caroline Steudle
The ASMS Lady Dragons recently played the Williamson High School Lions in their fourth game of the season. The team won all three games for an overwhelming victory.
The home game started at 4:30 in the ASMS gym, and the turnout was impressive, with parents, students, faculty, and even ASMS’s

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Sophomore Trip

By Katherine Carraway
The sophomore class trip to New Orleans happened last Saturday, September 17. The day kicked off with a swamp tour and ended with dinner at Mulate’s.
Students were required to meet at the buses at the crack of dawn (read: 6:45 am), which no one seemed particularly excited about,

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A Quiet Weekend

By Savannah Campbell
This weekend, September 17th and 18th, the ASMS students who stayed on campus were able to have fun with a couple of small events, such as a water balloon fight on Bedsole lawn and smoothie making event in the coffee house.
The school seemed pretty quiet on Saturday with all

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It’s College Season!

By Maria Echols
As the students flood back into ASMS, the incomings flounder through their new environment, the returning juniors settle into their old routine, and the seniors begin breaking out into carefully controlled panics over the daunting task ahead of them… applying to colleges. While ASMS is great at getting

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Class Spotlight: AP Computer Science A

By Hanna Bobinger
Every year, the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science Department of Computing offers an AP Computer Science A course for students who have had one year of Java. Last year, Mrs. Croom, the head of the computer science department, also taught a new pilot course called AP Computer

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Club Fair

By Joshua Buchi
It’s that time of year again. Signs are up, clubs are blooming, and everyone’s excited for the prospect of finding people like themselves.
For those who don’t know, Club Fair is a yearly event where a number of the school’s clubs get showcased, giving students the opportunity to sign

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Improv Weekend

By Katherine Carraway
Last Saturday, September 10th, ASMS hosted an improv night for its students. The event started at 7 p.m. and lasted until 9 p.m. The event was hosted by Jediael Frasier.
The improv activities ranged from participants having to put a marshmallow in their mouths every time they broke character

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ortell

By Maria Echols
The din of the cafeteria isn’t exactly the place you would think about holding more than the occasional spontaneous sing-along or hall competition, but as Dr. Ortell and I sat down for an interview in the crowded lunch room, a lighthearted conversation began.
Besides just being an overall wonderful

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Faculty Spotlight: Mrs. Rellinger 

By Katherine Carraway
Mrs. Rellinger teaches a variety of science classes at ASMS, most of them biology related. Recently, I sat down with her to ask her about her life.
She has lived in the Mobile area for 11 years. She went to high school and college in Maryland but grew up

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The First Crepe Sunday

By Savannah Campbell
On Sunday, August 21, Mr.Hoyle invited six students to his home for the first Crepe Sunday. This was in an effort to “better communication on campus between administration and students,” according to Mr. Hoyle.
The trip took place at 6 p.m. with a van load of students ready to

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Faculty Spotlight: Ms. Angelica Howard

By Shannon Regan
The new school year came with a lot of new changes. One of these changes was an addition to the Communications department: Ms. Angelica Howard. Ms. Howard is as new as the incomings, having only started a few weeks ago, but she is already off to a great,

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