Sizer Boys Soccer Team makes school history

Sizer School Boys Varsity Soccer Captains Walker Peters (#1) of Hubbardston, Donny Crowley (#40) of Fitchburg, and Chris Zanni (#8) of Leominster with coaches (l-r) Jordan Whelpley and Zach Martins.

In photo, Sizer School Boys Varsity Soccer Captains Walker Peters (#1) of Hubbardston, Donny Crowley (#40) of Fitchburg, and Chris Zanni (#8) of Leominster with coaches (l-r) Jordan Whelpley and Zach Martins.

 

Sizer Boys Soccer Team makes school history

Boys team make it to District Playoffs

 

Recently, the Sizer School Varsity Boys Soccer Team reached the district playoffs for the first time in school history after posting a 10-6-2 season record. The team only gave up 44 total goals in the season.

 

The team, led by senior captain and defender Chris Zanni of Leominster and senior captain and forward Donny Crowley of Fitchburg had an amazing season, which ended November 3 following a hard-fought battle against Parker School. Sizer fell 4-0 to Parker but not before giving the Parker defense a run for their money. 

 

Donny Crowley was named MVP for the season, having scored 44 of the 70 total goals scored and had 10 assists. 

 

“First-year player Davi Dias [of Fitchburg] was a huge addition [to the team] as an 8th grader. His immediate impact was a key part in making the playoffs,” according to Athletic Director Timothy Sargent. 

 

Walker Peters of Hubbardston, junior and one of the captains has continued to be a key contributor to the success of this team. The team will look to Walker to lead the way next season as a senior and captain.  

 

Walker, Zanni, Crowley and Dias all earned the honor of being named WCAC All Stars. 

 

“The WCAC is the Worcester County Athletic Conference and they were voted in by the coaches in the league,” said Sargent.

 

The Sizer School Girls Varsity Team finished the season at 6 wins and 12 loses. This season will be remembered as a great year for seniors/captains/all stars. 

 

“Angie Welch [of Fitchburg], Senior/captain earned the honor of WCAC all star for her play all over the field. She was a problem for the other team wherever she was. She was outstanding in net as a goalie and played a fair amount on offense and defense,” said Sargent. “Anna Pettirossi [of Hubbardston], Senior/captain was has been one of the most consistent players in her years at Sizer. She was huge on offense and defense.”

 

Sargent went on to say Stephanie Montanez of Fitchburg stepped up as a sophomore to boost the team in the midfield. 

 

“She was a key part of many goals and valuable on defense as well. Claire Petersen of Hubbardston, Senior/captain and now MVP has been so much fun to watch during her Sizer career. She influences the game so much when she is on the field.”

Petersen finished her senior year a captain, a WCAC All-Star and the team MVP. These four athletes were well-deserving of WCAC all stars honors. 

 

Sizer School Basketball will begin Monday, Dec. 2. Practice times: Boys Middle School 3-4 p.m.; Girls Varsity 4-6 p.m.; Boys JV and Varsity 6-7:30 p.m. All paperwork MUST be submitted prior to December 2 in order to play. Email sargentt@sizerschool.org for more information. 

Speakers visit Health Class

Members of the Sizer community came in to the 8th grade Health class to share personal stories related to drug use and abuse.
Members of the Sizer community came in to the 8th grade Health class to share personal stories related to drug use and abuse.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, students in Sneha Verelst's 8th grade Health Class were visited by volunteer speakers from the Sizer School community who gathered to share personal and professional stories related to addiction, drug use and abuse. Each speaker was given 10-15 minutes to share their professional anecdotes and experiences with students and at the end, time was given for answering questions from the students. 

According to recent statistical data collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco are substances most commonly used by adolescents.*

Their findings indicate that by 12th grade, about two-thirds of students have tried alcohol, about half of 9th through 12th grade students reported ever having used marijuana, about 4 in 10 9th through 12th grade students reported having tried cigarettes; and among 12th graders, close to 2 in 10 reported using prescription medicine without a prescription.*

Being able to relate the important topic of drugs in society to real world experiences and to people, not just statistics, changed the way many students understood drug abuse and addiction. 

* “Teen Substance Use & Risks”, https://www.cdc.gov/features/teen-substance-use/index.html

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Interview with Matt, Class of 2018

Matt Marr, Class of 2018, will be going to Fitchburg State University next year to study Game Design. Matt has been a student at Sizer School since the seventh grade and in an interview with Ms. Craigen, described his seven year journey with Sizer.

 

Coming from Gardner Public Schools and homeschooling, Matt described himself as not being “very socially inclined” when he started in the middle of his seventh grade year. A friend had recommended Sizer to him and after doing a tour of the school, he was surprised by the smaller classroom settings and individualized attention that teachers were able to give the students. Soon after, he found himself falling in love with Sizer School’s mission and getting involved in multiple different activities at the school including athletics and after school programs.

 

Matt described his teachers at Sizer as “a good change” and attributed his abilities to overcome personal and emotional obstacles to his teachers and guidance counselors. It was in his two ninth grade years that Matt found his passion for singing and performing, participating in both Chorus and Sizer Theater Arts (SiTA). With his mother being a member of Sizer’s PTSO, he has volunteered for multiple events such as Open Mic Night, House of the Rising Starts, and spaghetti suppers.

 

In tenth grade he was persuaded by Mr. Prescott, Athletic Director and Cross Country Coach, to join the Cross Country team. Admittedly hesitant at first because of his distaste for exercising, Matt was surprised when he found a true passion for running.

 

“Mr. Prescott has said before that I’m the heart of the team. The truth is, he’s the one that really made me enthusiastic about running. One person that also made me happy to run and someone who inspired me to keep running is Julie Gambill [Class of 2016]. It has surprised me to notice it, but kids have started to look up to me as their role model too”.

 

After his first year of Cross Country, Matt also joined the Track and Field team alongside Coach Prescott. His advice to anyone is “Exercise is good for your physical and mental health! It will make you happier. Do it! Run! You’ll get better”. He plans to participate in Cross Country at Fitchburg State University in the Fall.

 

In addition to athletics, Matt successfully launched a Dungeons and Dragons after school club in the Winter of 2018 after multiple years of trial and error. He learned from his previous mistakes, adapted his approach, and started his senior year with optimism and positivity. With this and help from his peers and 12th grade teacher, Mrs. Sweeney, he created balance with academics and emotional stress; this allowed him to start this club after having tried three times before. Matt is passing the club leader responsibilities over to his peers and their intent is to continue meeting in the 2018-19 school year.

 

When asked what advice he would give to anyone who is considering coming to Sizer next year, he said, “We’re willing to help no matter where you come from and no matter what you’re background … we are always willing to help. We will be your shoulder to cry on if you need, your backup system if you’re having trouble with someone; but most importantly we are all your friends. And no matter what, we are here for you”.

 

Interview with Alex, Class of 2023

Photo of Alex wearing headphones in the computer lab.

One of Sizer’s teachers knows his mom, and told her about Sizer. Mom checked it out, and thought it would be good for Alex. He said it’s been fun to meet so many new students, and he also knew a few students from his old school that also chose Sizer this year.

Alex likes advisory especially because he gets to know other students even better. If you’ve met Alex, you KNOW he likes music. We asked him to tell us about music in his life. He has been making music for about two years. “I do mash-ups. I do classic hard style, big room, and electro house.” He says he specializes in big room, specifically electro-progressive type. He first discovered his interest in this hobby when he listened to a Big Room song on Youtube that his father had saved. “I remember the song that hooked me, ‘Ready for Action’ by Alvaro & Joey Dale. It got me interested in mashups and I wanted to make some.” His dad downloaded “Virtual DJ” and Alex started experimenting with it. When he had gotten used to the program and had practiced with it, he got his first 2-deck turntable, which came with Cross DJ software. “It let me do mashups but it didn’t have a lot of plug-ins, which limited me.”

Last year, he got his second turntable, a Numark Mixtrack Pro 3, one of the most professional turntables, as a gift from his grandparents, dad, and uncle. “I also got a laptop, because I needed it to do my mixing right on the turntables. I had the program Serato DJ Intro, but I couldn’t record on it, so I went back to Virtual DJ again.” Alex was excited to talk about the his new music coming up. He is working on his My Sound of Revealed 2016 Mashup pack. He’s got 52 mashups already of songs from 2016; he’s aiming for 60 songs. He’s also working on the first episode of his brand new radio show, called DJ Alexander on Air, or DJAOA for short.

You’ll be able to listen to it on Soundcloud, Mixcloud, or Wavo. If you’ve only got a few minutes, you can listen to minimixes on demodrop. It’s free to listen to DJ Alexander. Alex loves to talk to people about music, if you see him, please say hi! 

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