Story by Nyle Nasir and Isaac Saghir
Photos by Dylan Horoho and Sydney Rickel
Loud clapping and applause run wild as the cast and crew look up to see a sold-out show for the third night in a row.
This year’s Clay musical was the "Wizard of Oz." The show was led by Mrs. Miranda Susie and Mr. Josh Lowe. It took hundreds of hours to make the show come together.
The cast and crew were picked during first quarter. Members of the cast would stay for hours after school each week to practice their acting, while every Thursday the crew was busy building the props.
While it was a challenge, many people in the cast loved being apart of the production. “It was really hard finding time for everything, but I loved the experience,” said Alex Russo, who played the Wizard.
When asked why they joined the cast, many including Daniel Tanner, said that it was a great place to meet a lot of people and become a better actor.
The crew also had a large part in the musical. They built and moved all the props for the show. Joey Hummel, a crew stage manager, said, “It was an awesome place to be a part of something bigger than myself.”
The musical had one understudy show and two main cast shows. The understudy show took place on November 16, while the main cast performed on the 17 and 18. All three performances were sold out.
“It was one of the best shows I’ve seen,” Dylan Horoho, eight grade, said.
Mr. Andy Simon, eighth grade science teacher, watched the understudy show and had one thing to say, “How are these guys the understudies? This show had outstanding talent and a marvelous crew.”
Story by Jake Reasoner
You may know Mr. Andy Simon as a kind, outgoing science teacher, but after the 3:05 bell rings, he becomes a training phenomenon.
Simon, eighth grade science, can be seen spending his afternoons running around Clay’s halls.
“I enjoy the running," he said. "It’s a great way to keep a healthy heart."
Simon usually spends about an hour on his run, and other teachers have also been spotted racing with the him. Mrs. Kelly Speidel, sixth grade science, is often seen running with Simon.
Simon has been involved in athletics for a very long time. He was a wrestling coach, track coach, and enjoys many other sports.
As an experienced runner, proper form is very important. Speed is not only achieved through strong leg muscles, but correct form, according to Simon.
He started his after school runs two years ago when he decided to start amping up his physical activity.
He enjoys the freedom of running around the school. A treadmill is not his preferred method of cardio.
Simon is aware of the importance of staying active and healthy. “As we get older, it becomes harder and harder to stay in shape, so never take a workout routine out of your weekly schedule,” he said.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.