Who Returned My Soul Cast Members Speak at Shabbat and a Kristallnacht Commemorative Service

Who Returned My Soul Cast Members

November 9, 2012 marked the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Night of Broken Glass when Nazis destroyed Jewish Synagogues, businesses and destroyed many Jewish lives.  Kristallnacht was the beginning of the Nazi pogrom, which according to the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum is a Russian word that literally translated means “wreak havoc” which is exactly what Hitler and the Third Reich did to the Jewish people of Europe. Kristallnacht signaled the beginning of the nightmarish journey for millions known as the Holocaust.

Rabbi Joe Blair of the Temple House of Israel in Staunton invited members of the cast, Mr. Stephen Winslow, and Mrs. Beam from the one-act play, Who Returned My Soul, to speak as part of the Shabbat service which incorporated a commemoration of Kristallnacht.  As part of the Shenandoah Valley Holocaust Project sponsored by The Foundation for Holocaust Education Projects cast members were asked to share their experiences and speak to the importance of Holocaust education.

Cast members, Lucas Burns who plays Issac Kline and Henry Frydman, Zoe Chetlin who plays Sabina Frydman and Clarice Ellinger who plays Edith Castoriano all spoke about their experiences developing characters who were real Holocaust survivors who witnessed Kristallnacht and the horrors of the Nazis.  All spoke of the importance of bringing these stories to life so that the entire world will never forget in the hopes of learning from history so that we will not repeat its mistakes.  Mr. Winslow and Mrs. Beam shared elements of the plays message and theme and charged members of this generation to be mindful and watchful of bullies and the influences of peer pressure that target individuals.  As part of the commemoration, students and members of the Temple House of Israel recited in unison the poem, “I Am the Glass” by Rabbi Karen Bender.”

In addition, many cast members were present for the service which was a beautiful celebration of the Jewish faith and provide many opportunities for fellowship with members of the congregation.

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“Wilson Family Barn Dance”

Homecoming 2012, a Boot-Scootin’ Good time!

This year’s theme, “The Wilson Family Barn Dance,” was the focus for Homecoming week activities. Students competed in a spirit banner decorating contest this week and the Junior class were our winners! Homecoming events included a variety of dress-up days including country/superhero day, crazy hair/pajama day, nerd/twin day, favorite book & movie character/decade day and concluded with Hornet spirit day. The annual Powderpuff volleyball game was held that Monday. The Freshmen went undefeated at first, beating the Sophomores, Juniors, and the Seniors! The Faculty stole the crown from them, only then to be defeated by the Alumni team! Our annual Powderpuff football game was held that Wednesday. The Seniors and Freshmen defeated the Sophomores and Juniors. Saturday night, the SCA hosted our country themed Homecoming dance from 8 pm to 11 pm.

2012 Homecoming Court


Homecoming Prince and Princess

Teagan O’Brien and Sheridan Critzer

Homecoming King

Ricky Hanger

Homecoming Queen

Dakota Morris

The SCA would like to thank parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators for their support of our students during all of the Homecoming events.  We would also like to extend our gratitude for all of the drivers of the trucks for our Homecoming processional.






Congratulations to Sarah Daley, Cullen Edwards, Brennen Gilbert, Tori Leche, and David Casey for making District Chorus!   The Band & Chorus Holiday Concert will be Wednesday, 12/19 at 7:00 PM. Admission is free! Come enjoy an evening of music that is sure to put you in the spirit of the season.
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The Wilson Memorial High School chapter of FCCLA is in full swing! We just finished our first fundraiser, as well as a community service project. A couple weeks ago the officers and members served a meal at the Valley Mission in Staunton. We’re also busy filling stockings for the Salvation Army. If you would like to fill a stocking see Mrs. Harris for more information. Stockings will be due on our November, 7th meeting.

FFA News

The WMHS FFA has been hard at work taking in fruit sales for the past several weeks. Fruit and gourmet nut orders will be in the first full week of December. Thank you to all of our loyal customers! 

The FFA is also selling Poinsettias in 4.5”, 6”, 8”, and 10” in red, white, pink, and marbled.  Contact the Ag Dept today to place your order!

At the November meeting, FFA members signed Christmas cards to send to active duty military serving our country overseas for the holidays. They also took a picture in all camouflage to add to the card to give the soldiers a picture from home! At the December meeting, students will hear from a local Forester who works for the Department of Forestry.