The Fort Frye Marching Cadets begin their competition season at Cambridge High School's 33rd annual Cavalcade of Bands on Sept. 15. Fifteen bands took the field in the Ohio Music Educators Association adjudicated event.
Placing first in Class C was the Marching Cadets. Their show, entitled "Batman: Time Tested Hero." The Marching Cadets also received the award for best auxiliary. Placing second in Class C was the Shenandoah Zeps Marching Band, which also won best percussion. The Waterford "Wildcat Pride" Band placed third in Class C.
Fort Frye's director is Casey Mercer. Tina Bohl is color guard instructor, and Rachel Worthington is choreographer.
Other high school bands participating in the Cavalcade of Bands were Class B - Union Local. West Muskingum, Coshocton and Meadowbrook, Licking Valley, and Maysville; Class A - Zanesville, Tri-Valley and John Glenn; Class AA - Groveport Madison and Rutherford B. Hayes. Cambridge, as host band, performed in exhibition.
THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN MACHINE
Students at Beverly-Center Elementary School had the opportunity to learn just how incredible the human body is thanks to the Beverly-Center PTO and COSI on Wheels. Visiting the school on Sept.18, COSI on Wheels brought its hands-on science lessons to the students for a day of learning and fun.
How good are you at multi-tasking? At the all-school morning assembly, fourth-grader Brady Kutscherenko tried to simulate all the body systems that are at work together without our even thinking about it. He beat a drum for a heartbeat, wore headphones for hearing and sunglasses for sight, waved colored streamers to show our constantly circulating blood, wore a brain hat to remind us to think and finished things off by constantly honking bulb horns to simulate breathing. Not easy tasks, and yet our body performs these and many other tasks without our thinking about it.
Grade-level classes then went into the gym during the day to participate in other related hands-on activities to learn more about their incredible bodies. Centers included studies of building a "Mr. Bones" skeleton puzzle; studying optical illusions, "Spot the Starch" by testing the "starchiness" of food; "Find Your Pulse" during pre-and post-exercise experiments; studying tissue samples under the microscope; building healthy meals; X-ray studies of broken and healthy bones; vials of fat showing the fat content of popular foods; and information about cigarette content, including the chemical count of cigarettes - 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Each session finished off with physical activity courtesy of Wii "Let's Dance."
Helping the COSI program were these PTO parent volunteers Kelly Adams, Amanda Kasun, Jessica Ross, Missy Huck, Carly Spindler, Mollie Zimmer, Amanda Duskey, Tammy Gregory, Kim Dixon, Tammy Hall, Jennnifer Stegner, Dorothy Huck, Sandy Spindler, Stefanie Nelson and Kim Brothers.
Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.