January in Review


by Jaesuh Lee & Elad Racin, News Editor & News Reporter

Graphics by Emily Cheng

All-State Student Successes

This year’s Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State auditions selected an unprecedented number of South musicians. 11 students were chosen to be members across the three All-State ensembles, including five being selected as participants of the 19-member jazz ensemble. In order to participate in the All-State ensemble, students must first audition for spots in their local districts, with top players from each district being invited to audition to play with the All-State ensemble.

“We’re fortunate to live in a place where we have access to the resources necessary to have a strong musicianship culture. I’m very happy that we were able to get so many people because that really shows how dedicated everyone is.”

Jared Wang, junior

“I’m excited to play in Boston Symphony Hall, which is crazy. To meet other oboists is always really fun because there are not a ton of us around.”

Claire Hooper, senior

Crystal Lake Reconstruction

The Crystal Lake construction, which is still in its planning stages, is set to start development in December 2023. The proposed construction will expand lifeguard areas, picnic areas and the parking lot while building wheelchair-accessible regions. However, opposition comes from residents, as it will build on free sections of the lake, leaving only minimal space for lake-goers. Additional controversy exists over the city’s directing of funding to the project rather than on other matters like the school system.

“This project will enhance the experience of visitors by providing adequate space for current programming while putting into place important environmental and ecological protections.”

Ruth Balseer, state representative

“I don’t understand why the city is asking for a tax override and prioritizing remodeling Crystal Lake instead of remodeling schools.”

Dubi Kelmer, Newton resident

$282 Million Bill Requested

On Jan. 30, Governor Maura Healy filed a $282 million supplemental spending bill, including an $85 million portion being used for the state’s emergency services for eligible residents. The bill mainly looks to resolve pressing issues like food and housing insecurities across the state. Massachusetts schools are also set to be greatly benefitted by the bill with a $21.9 million portion being used to support underfunded schools along with a $65 million extension for the school lunch program through the end of the 2022-2023 school year. 

“Our administration is committed to ensuring that families in Massachusetts have access to the shelter, health care, education, food assistance and other services they need.”

Maura Healy courtesy of Associated Press

“Through this bill, we’re also seeking to infuse more funding to programs that make sure kids don’t go hungry at school. These are essential programs that must be maintained.” 

Lieutenant Governor Driscoll courtesy of Mass.GOV

photo by Jaesuh Lee
photo courtesy of newton.gov
photo courtesy of Mass Live

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