LINCOLN â€” It was a beehive of activity over the past two months at Lincoln High School, where students took part in several programs and activities.
On Nov. 30, the high school hosted over 600 students from 15 different schools from all over the state as part of the American Association of Teachers of French Rhode Island Chapterâ€™s annual Francophone Concert. The event featured Sidy MaĂŻga, a master percussionist from Bamako, Mali in West Africa, who specializes in drums called the djembe and dun dun. Though trained in the complex traditional rhythms of Mali, Sidy is also well-versed in Caribbean and hip-hop rhythms. All of these musical styles are well represented in the Francophone communities throughout the globe. A Providence resident, Sidy was named the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Fellowship Winner and was selected as one of the MacColl Johnson Fellows for Music Composition.
Organized by Lincoln High School French teacher Rebecca Regan, the show was a hit with her French students. The high-energy performance featured West African dancers as well as the members of the band. Students eagerly joined in the fun on stage, learning to dance in traditional West African ways.
Lincoln High School once again participated in Operation Holiday Cheer. Organized by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, Operation Holiday Cheer gives Rhode Island residents, businesses and schools a chance to give back to the troops who are serving abroad at the holidays with care packages from home.
During the month of November, students took part by collecting needed articles and writing letters to members of the armed services serving abroad. Math teacher Peter Prendergast, co-chair of the Personalization Committee, organizes this effort each year. The Personalization Committee is in charge of monitoring the effectiveness of the advisory program, and this charity drive is an important chance for the students to give back to the community.
Always striving to bring in new and exciting programs, members of the Rhode Island National Guard visited the school's physical education classes on Dec. 7 and conducted the â€śplank challenge.â€ť The plank exercise builds muscles in the abdomen and creates a strong core. While it may seem easy, the longer one holds the pose, the harder it becomes to maintain. The â€śplank challengeâ€ť winners were Donovan Chan, who held the pose for 10 minutes and 2 seconds, and Sara Donahue, who held up for 9 minutes and 5 seconds.
The Lincoln High School Jazz Band, Concert Band, Chorus and Select Chorus performed many shows to delighted audiences earlier this month. All elementary schools attended the shows, and members of the public were entertained on Dec. 14 and 16. An additional show for high school students was held Dec. 17.
During the show, Band Director David Enos announced that this year Lincoln High School had the most members of the All-State band in the schoolâ€™s history. Junior All-State Band members are: Alexandra DalBon, 9th grade, trombone; Kayla Oster, 9th grade, flute; Melissa Drake, 9th grade, flute; and Terren Nunes, 9th grade, tenor saxophone.
Senior All-State Band members are: Carlos Cosme, 10th grade, trumpet; Courtney Lemois, 11th grade, baritone; and Martine Lokken, 11th grade, flute.
It was a busy couple of months at Lincoln Middle School, as well.
Rachelâ€™s Challenge lives on through Lincoln Middle Schoolâ€™s â€śDream Team for Self-Esteem,â€ť an anti-bullying, self-reflection program. As their first act of kindness, students gathered together to decorate the Lincoln Senior Centerâ€™s holiday tree on Nov. 28. All three grades participated in the event and handed out candy canes and sugar cookies to the seniors as well as one another. A former middle school student, Shannon Camara, joined in for the holiday spirit playing the piano for a cheerful sing-along.
On Dec. 11, students welcomed LTC Andrew Nault, who had just returned home from Afghanistan after being deployed from October 2011 through October 2102. Colonel Nault gave a PowerPoint presentation on the life of the Afghan people and connected it to life in Japan.
He spoke to the students about the living conditions and hardships experienced by the Afghan people. Among the topics covered, students learned about life expectancy, wedding rituals, jobs, military, and Nault's participation in the army.