Indy theater department continues to rebuild

By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

The cast of Seussical the Musical from Independence High School.

The cast of Seussical the Musical from Independence High School.

Seussical the Musical opens January 31
The Independence High School theater program continues its rebuilding process by presenting Seussical the Musical. This fun, fast-paced musical is based on the books of Dr. Seuss. According to theater teacher Paula Baldwin, it has become a favorite with schools and community theaters.
“We chose the show because it has been very popular with many of the theatre companies in the area,” says Baldwin. “It’s light and fun for all ages.”
Baldwin, who has been at Independence for three years, continues to rebuild a drama program that had all but ceased to exist.
Although there had been a string of drama teachers over the years, there had been not been a musical produced at the school for 12 years until Baldwin took the helm and breathed life back into the program. Continue reading

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Independence students live and learn in England

Independence in England

Independence students ready for their trip to England. PHOTO COURTESY JEFF JONES

by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

This spring break, a group of Independence High School students made the trip across the Atlantic, to England, as part of the exchange program at the school.

Students traveled to Worcestershire, England, to stay with the families of exchange students they hosted in October 2012.

The exchange program allows students to broaden their horizons and meet people from around the world.

“This exchange facilitates growth for the students on a multitude of levels,” said Katie Willett, social sciences teacher and chaperone for the trip. “It provides students an opportunity to meet a person from a different country and to explore it with all its successes and failures from a native.”

Indy students Lauren Burrows, Kathia Toledo, Terhass Yosief, Connor Owens, Tanner Barnett, Keven Gomez, Josh Cobb, Crystal Conde went on the trip, where they are attending Kingsley College and visiting local historical and cultural sites.

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Indy basketball advances to round two of state tourney

Coach Preston Davis talks to the team during Monday night's round one playoff win. Photo by Ron Morris

Coach Preston Davis talks to the team during Monday night’s round one playoff win. Photo by Ron Morris

The Independence Patriots basketball team moved one step closer to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state tournament last Monday night, with a narrow first-round playoff win against the RJ Reynolds High School Demons.

The game was close and hard-fought the entire time, with the final seconds deciding the outcome, 74-73 in the Patriots’ favor.

RJ Reynolds (12-15) came into the game averaging less than 60 points per game, compared to Independence’s (23-5) Southwestern 4A Conference title season and scoring average of 66.5.

Independence won the tip-off, and strong defense on both sides made scoring difficult in the first quarter, but Independence held on to the early lead, ending the quarter with a score of 21-15, in Indy’s favor.

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