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By Tish Sarracino

 The month of February brings many reasons to celebrate. It is the month that recognizes the importance of love, Presidents, and, believe it or not, being halfway through the school year.  A number of Gloucester City High School events relate to those three areas.

  On Friday, February 15, a Valentine's Day dance will be held for students in grades 9 through 12.  This semi-formal event will take place in the old gym from 7 to 10 p.m.  The cost of admission is $5.

  Again relating to the topic of love, Mr. Iannetti's English I classes are in the midst of reading Shakespeare's perennial favorite Romeo and Juliet.  The unit will conclude with students presenting various projects relating to the play. 

  Both students and staff at GHS have been busy showing their love for others through their generosity.

  On January 23, Ms. Katie Light's Art Club sponsored the 3rd Annual Locks of Love Day at Tia's Hair Care on Monmouth Street.  Nine students and two teachers courageously donated a total of 300 inches of hair to be used to make wigs for cancer patients and others experiencing medically-related hair loss.

  Those participating were Chelsea Hammil, Leah Farvour, Rebecca Johnston, Tina Davis, Emily Leggerri, Elaine Duran, Jennifer Martin, Jared Korman, Vince Burkett, Ms. Lisa Labbree, and Mrs. Tammy Souza. 

  Ms. Light would like to thank the students and staff members for their generosity, and the staff at Tia's for donating their time and for the great haircuts!

  In another act of generosity, staff members participated in a dress-down/wear red day on Friday, February 1, to raise money for the American Heart Association.  A total of $375 was collected from the 75 participants.

  The arts are also in the spotlight this month. The Yearbook Literary Staff, under the direction of Mr. Pete Iannetti, are preparing for their final deadline.  In conjunction with that event, Mrs. Jill Darrow, Yearbook Business Advisor, would like to remind families of seniors that the original deadline for turning in information to purchase an ad in the yearbook to honor "your special senior" has passed. However, ads will still be accepted for one more week. Do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

  The fourth issue of the Lion's Roar will be distributed to students on February 14, said Mrs. Christine Pierce, advisor. Parents should request that students bring home their newspapers so they, too, can catch up on what's going on at GHS.

  The cast and crew of "Little Shop of Horrors" has started practicing.  The cast includes senior Nick Ors-ino as Seymour and junior Kerri Ciggalione as Audrey.  The show will be presented April 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

  The Art III students in Mrs. Palaia's 5th and 7th period classes, the GHS Drama Club, and the GOAL Center's "Behind the Scenes" group are collaborating to produce a documentary celebrating the history of Gloucester City High as it graduates its 100th senior class. 

  The film, which is expected to be finished by May 1, will air on public television. In addition, a premier showing will be held for contributors and their families, community members, invited guests and the press in the high school auditorium prior to the film's general release.

   The 2nd Marking Period has ended, and report cards have been mailed.  Parents with questions about grades should contact the appropriate teacher by phone or through email.  Information on both methods of contact is available on the district website at