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Sing and Experience

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A chance to sing live and have your life change forever

by Katherine Hoang ’19

You love to sing. You want to become famous. You want to be coached by the world’s top artists. What could be better than doing what you love while earning fame and money?

Ever since the beginning of the twenty-first century, thousands of television shows ranging from comedy to music have been launched. Among the many television singing competitions is a show called The Voice, which was first broadcast on April 26, 2011 by NBC. With a unique competition format, The Voice quickly surpassed other big singing shows like American Idol and X Factor in the ratings, and its audience and number of participants have steadily grown over the years.

Unlike American Idol or The X Factor, the first part of competing on The Voice involves a “Blind Audition” round. To ensure that the coaches only judge contestants’ voices rather than their appearances, the coaches do not face them while they perform their act. If the coach wants the participant to be on their team, they will push a red button allowing their seat to turn around and face the lucky contestant. If multiple coaches turn around, they will each try to persuade the contestants to choose them over the others – making this round the most entertaining of the entire show, in my opinion.

Following that, the contestants go through a “Battle Round,” in which they must sing a song with another member on the same team. The coach then picks one contestant out of the two from that sing-off to advance in the competition. Next, the contestant must face the “Knockout Round” where they sing against another participant on the same team. The coach must choose one person to continue the competition.

Once they make it through those rounds, the contestants head off to the “Live Shows” where they will perform live. Each week, each contestant has a solo performance and a group performance with his or her team, coach, or a guest. They are eliminated one by one until the winner is chosen.

Not only does The Voice provide a different competition format, but it also gives the contestants many opportunities. Shantel Hubert, an English teacher at George School who used to be a professional singer, shared her views: “I think it is great for the contestants to be given a chance to work with the coaches as well as producers of the show. As a singer, […] the more experience you have, the better you become. Because you know what to expect, you are not as nervous.”

Shantel further commented on the different experiences contestants gain: “I think putting the singers through different trials, in front of the judges and on stage, is very good practice for what’s to come.” Overall, Shantel believed strongly that The Voice prepares contestants nicely to become stars.

It has only been five years since the show first started, but The Voice has produced many successful artists, such as Cassadee Pope (Season Three), Melanie Martinez (Season Three), Danielle Bradbery (Season Four), and Jordan Smith (Season Nine).

With the show stepping into its twelfth season, The Voice is starring four impressive coaches: Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, and Gwen Stefani, replacing Miley Cyrus from last season.

The show’s audience is expected to have a blast as two amazing female artists are in the house.

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We don’t just do it for the candy.

by Eden McEwen ’17

George School is the beginning of some of the best parts of life. The beginning of lifelong friendships, understanding of the world around us, and whatever else we pick up from our teachers and classmates. In other ways, its the end of the biggest chapter of our life so far. The most notable by far is the end of a full night of sleep. Beyond that, though, is childhood. Some of us grow up because thats what boarding school defaults us too. As a boarder I’ve started to do my own laundry, manage my time, and decide what I eat for meals each day. Beyond that, we’re learning about real issues in the world, childhood ignorance is being chipped away by the education itself. By the end of our four years, we are a bunch of scrubbed and shiny adults eyes bright for the future. So can you blame us for wanting to hold on to childhood for as long as we can while we’re here? Continue reading

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A Morning Walk

Editor’s Note: 

This post is a personal essay written for Colette Weber’s  sophomore English class. From the assignment: “Philip Lopate in The Art of the Personal Essay sees the hallmark of the personal essay as its intimacy.  He says, ‘The writer seems to be speaking directly into you ear, confiding everything from gossip to wisdom.  Through sharing thoughts, memories, desires, complaints, and whimsies, the personal essayist sets up a relationship with the reader, a dialogue—a friendship, if you will, based on identification, understanding, testiness, and companionship.’”

by Dana ’17

While most people can enjoy the luxury of sleeping in on a Saturday morning, I have to get up by 6:30 in order to get myself ready for a busy morning of work outside. Since it’s wintertime, the first sleepy rays of the sun have just begun to peak out over the horizon, casting a low light over campus. Checking the day’s temperature, I shiver just from thinking about the intense cold waiting for me outside. One layer quickly becomes three, which then becomes a total of five layers with a scarf on top. Finally, I feel ready to face the outdoors. I quickly walk down the stairs of the dorm, trying not to let my footsteps, made heavier by snow boots, echo too loudly. Leaving the dorm so early seems wrong at first, as though I’m running away from home, or going against the schedule that everyone else tries to follow. I always worry that I’ll wake someone up, and be confronted about why I want to leave so soon. Continue reading

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Pumpkin Spice Oreos

Hello, all.

By now we can agree that the George School academic year is in full, Cougar Crazy swing. We are all getting to know our new teachers and excitedly greeting our old ones in the happy halls that make up our friendly establishment. Yes, Friends, the year is on, and we are ready to take it in with open arms, hearts, and minds.

I know I’m super excited for the rest of this year, though I have to admit that I am amazed at how quickly summer flew by me. Only about a month ago I was lounging on my couch with a fuzzy blanket wrapped around my torso and Netflix reflected in my retina. Just before that, I was a whimsical sophomore coasting on the gentle waves of my then minimal workload. Answer me this: what happened? Where’s my Netflix? Where’s my blanket? Where did all this homework come from? Continue reading


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For the thrill, for the King, for GEORGE SCHOOL!

By Chloe ’16

It’s coming.

What is that green stuff that keeps popping up everywhere? It’s so new… so profound… I have heard stories of this entity, but never have I seen it with mine own eyes!

At least, that’s what it feels like.

For a while there it seemed as though we’d never see grass again, especially after that crazy one-snowstorm-per-week deal Mother Nature made right before exams. But look outside! Because we were under so much pressure from exams and all, a great lot of us failed to notice that there was actual, bonafide, for serious GRASS coming up through the snow. It’s amazazing!



Photo credit to Max ’16


Now, with the return of grass comes the eventual return of warm weather, and with that comes…




Already the post-study hall mob has begun to form nightly on Red Square, despite the chilly weather. The ritual has begun anew, and it is only a matter of time before the (would be) Olympic sport we know as George School four square will commence once more.

Come third term, there will be roars of laughter, shouts of triumph, and cries of defeat as Friend encounters Friend in an ongoing friendly competition for the position of King. To start out as a pawn and (by kicking, shouting, clawing, punting, screaming, debating) finally be crowned King is probably one of the most euphoric feelings on earth. That being said, the rest of the players’ job is to dethrone you, but no matter. It’s a cursed, endless cycle of triumph and disappointment, but we play anyway – for the thrill, for the King,


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Follow a Student: Sara ’14

Sara is a senior and a day student. She practically lives at the barn and loves taking photos.

Personally, I love Tuesdays. I start the day in World Literature with one of my favorite teachers. I learn more from Kim McGlynn in a week than I have from some other teachers in an entire year. I have so much respect for her as both a teacher and a person. Today we discussed the motif of singing/ rhymes in 1984 by George Orwell.

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8:00 a.m. classes are always hard, but I had some Navajo tea that I brought home from my service trip to make the morning a little better.

Next I have a lab period of my Alternative Photo class. I love that George School’s photo program is not the stereotypical program. We have learned to shoot meaningful, truthful images instead of bowls of fruit and smiling friends. I feel completely prepared to continue photography in college.

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Danielle demonstrated, in the dark room, how to print the pictures we took over break with a Holga camera. Then, I worked with her to plan out my AP project. Danielle is the sweetest, most caring teacher I have ever had. She cares about her students as if we are her own kids and wants the best for us. She, just like Kim, pushes us because she knows that we are capable of so much.

After a quick consultation with my history teacher about a project I went to Physics. Today we did a lab on momentum and measured the velocities from different types of collisions.

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Almost every Tuesday we do a lab, my favorite part of any science class.

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I learn best by doing so this really helps me understand the concepts we discuss in class.

Then I walked down meeting house hill to the library for my Simplicity class. Despite the power going off, we were still able to have a good discussion about time and how it controls our lives.

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We ended the class with meditation, guided by our teacher Carolyn (pictured).

On Tuesdays my classes end at 12:50. I have my free period after lunch, which I either use to get some of my work done before practice or to go down to the barn early to get in extra time with the horses and our coach Tiffany (pictured).

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I love spending time at the barn. I have been riding at the GS barn since I was little so it is a home away from home for me.

The trainers and my teammates have become like one big family. This horse, Bob (owned by Courtney Smith), is one I have been riding and caring for over the past year. This winter has been hard for us with all the snow. We have barely been able to ride since the rings are full of snow and ice, but I take every opportunity I can find to spend quality time with Bob even if it’s just some bareback snuggling. Developing relationships with the horses and people at the George School Equestrian Center is an experience truly unique to George School and is one that has shaped who I am. I will be forever grateful for the experience that the equestrian program has given me.

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For the Birds Part Four.

Early in November two pink plastic flamingos appeared outside the library. There was no explanation for their arrival–and they began moving about campus a few days later. Without explanation, they disappeared sometime during Study Weekend. Read on to see how our community responded.

To follow the story from its inception visit the first post: For the Birds.

If you stole ’em…put ’em back, Jack!

The Wild Flamingos of Coole
by Terry Culleton, English department
Perhaps they drift upon the water,
Mysterious, beautiful.
Among what rushes might they build,
By what lake’s edge or pool
Delight men’s eyes
As I awake today
To find they’ve flown away.

A Travesty
by Chloe Hannah-Drullard ’16
Oh Lord, this is a travesty!
A huge, full-on calamity
It seems overnight,
These pink delights,
Have gone, succumb to gravity!

but then…


The Flamingos Are Back!
by Terry
Outside ole Retford they stand,
All plastic and pinkish and grand.
Says one, “Here again?”
Says the other, “Amen!
It’s great to be back in George Land!”

All a Bad Jest
by Chloe
I guess it was all a bad jest!
The flamingos are back; it’s the best!
I might have to dance,
‘Cause this means I’ve a chance
At passing my English test!

Crossing Boundaries
by Ralph Lelii
A lone Flamingo, sad and repressed,
found the courage at last to confess.
“I can’t quite explain,
but I’m crazy ’bout Cranes,
which makes my pink parents depressed.”


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For the Birds Part Three.

Early in November two pink plastic flamingos appeared outside the library. There was no explanation for their arrival–and they began moving about campus a few days later. Read on to see how our community responded.

To follow the story from its inception visit the first post: For the Birds.

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Ode to Flamingos
by Zaid Walter ’14
Flamingos are delicate creatures
With quirky and colorful features.
They’re a joy to espy
And I bet this is why
They are constantly praised by our teachers.

Flamingo Madness
by Faith Boucher ’17
I know I should be studying
but I’m distracted by the flamingo’s fluttering.
All this commotion,
about birds with so little motion,
from my window I can see them strutting.

In Defense Of Our Friends The Flamingos
by Terry Culleton, English department
In moments of sad circumspection
When life seems devoid of direction,
Flamingos appear
So pink and so dear
To astound us with soundless affection.

by Ralph Lelii, English department
Flamingos have a certain mystique
by virtue of their leggy physiques.
To balance with mirth
their girth since birth
on twin stalks speaks of cunning technique.

Flamingo Things
by Ralph
Though flamingos are hardly loquacious,
they manage to be coyly flirtatious.
They’ll knowingly sneak
a half shuttered peak
atop legs both pink and audacious.

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For the Birds Part Two.

Early in November two pink plastic flamingos appeared outside the library. There was no explanation for their arrival–and they began moving about campus a few days later. Read on to see how our community responded.

To follow the story from its inception visit the first post: For the Birds.

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Flamingo Fun Fact
by Terry Culleton, English department
Flamingos must migrate at night,
Having stood there stock-still by daylight.
Now they’ve found a peacock
Up the hill, and a plaque
To ponder till next they take flight.

Flamingo Psychology
by Ralph Lelii, English department
Flamingos are seldom neurotic,
rarely if ever psychotic.
They will get profane
when mistaken for Cranes
an error they find idiotic.

Homesick Flamingo
by Nancy Culleton, director of college guidance
A flamingo who called himself Sammy
Flew in yesterday from Miami
With a bad GPS:
He squawked, “What’s this GS?
I thought I was in Alabammy!”

Identity Crisis?
by Terry
There was a flamingo from York
Who thought that he might be a stork.
“But storks aren’t pink,
Nor of plastic, I’d think.”
Said flamingo, “Shut up, you old dork!”

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For the birds.

Early in November two pink plastic flamingos appeared outside the library. There was no explanation for their arrival–and they began moving about campus a few days later. Read on to see how our community responded.

Flamingo Arrival
by Laura Lavallee, director of public relations
The two pink flamingos you see,
Prompted several adults to agree.
That limericks should be written
Causing folks to feel smitten
With the birds of pink feathers, yippee!


Pink Flamingos Limerick
by Terry Culleton, English department
Flamingos are birds of a feather.
They frequently hang out together.
They eat little fish,
Which they find quite delish,
And they’re plastic — they don’t mind the weather!

by Ralph Lelii, English department
Flamingos are oddly sympathetic,
kinetic yet not quite frenetic.
Hardly high couture,
yet that pink plastic allure
is a funky and kitschy aesthetic.

Flamingo Migration
by Nancy Culleton, director of college guidance
They don’t congregate with the tree flocks:
Flamingoes like preening near peacocks!
On days like today
When it’s chilly and grey
You might even see them in knee socks.


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