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Clubs and Activities News

Here you will find all the latest news about Mainland's awesome clubs, activities, and extra curriculars!
 
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The words "thank you veterans" with an American flag
 
Mainland's Support Our Troops club has been a staple here for over a decade with Mrs. Jo Carney as its advisor. Mrs. Carney and her selfless students collect for, put together, and ship care packages to local service members overseas, specifically in war zones. The club also hosts special event nights in conjunction with some of our teams such as football, wrestling, and softball in which service members and veterans are recognized and items are collected to support the club's mission. We here at  Hoofprints would like to extend a heart felt thank you to Mrs. Carney's club and for all you do for veterans and service members both locally and overseas! Also, we join the club in its gratitude to veterans for their service. 
 
Recently, on Veterans Day (November 11), the Support Our Troops club hosted their annual Veterans Day breakfast. Mrs. Carney explained that this was one of the largest that she has been a part of over the last ten years. Over 90 local veterans from various organizations were in attendance. These organizations include: VA Outreach that provides services to veterans, the Legion Riders, Vietnam Veterans Association, Somers Point VFW, and many other local veterans. New Jersey State Senator Chris Brown was also a guest at the breakfast. The Support Our Troops club would also like to thank the Show Choir and Wind Ensemble for being part of this event as well. Over 50 Mainland students came together to help make this event possible. Click below to see a gallery of photos from the wonderful event. 
American flag with the logos of each branch of the armed forces.

 

It has been 5 years since Mainland’s Marching Band has taken home the title of State Champions and Regional Champions, but Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20, 2019 the band took it home again. These wins are a result of a dedicated band and color guard and all the work they put in. You could be asking yourself, how hard do they work, and here is an answer to that. The Marching Band’s rehearsals start in June, every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. Then they have mini-camp the week before and after band camp; band camp is 12-hour long practices for a 5-day week. Once band camp and mini-camp are over, they get back to a regular schedule of Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals. If you live close enough to the school, you can hear the band practicing; while the band learns and memorizes their music, the guard learns and memorizes flag work. They perform every home game on Friday nights, and then wake up early the Group photo of the Mainland marching bandnext day to compete Saturday and sometimes Sunday. 

Being in Guard myself, I can say that the environment this year is a lot better than it was last year, which plays into the winning streak. For example, last year Color Guard did not have a proper instructor and the captains had to rewrite all our work; this year we have an amazing writer and instructor for Guard that have taught us a lot and make the season great for the veterans and the rookies. The staff overall this year has been amazing because they believe in us a lot so they push us to do ur best. Compared to last year, this personally has been the best season for us. Hearing “Mainland Regional High School” for first place was astonishing because, most of our show wasn’t on the field. Also, before our first competition we were worried because of the schools we were going against, but once hearing our score and hearing the judge's tapes everyone knew that if we kept working hard, we can keep getting better every weekend. The picture above is right after we won State Championships, the photo is from the Marching Band group on Facebook. 

Leading up to being State and Regional Champions of 2a, it took six competitions to achieve the scores that put us in an undefeated spot this season. Scores are based off different aspects of the performance like marching, visuals, and music. Here are the scores from our season so far: Competition 1- 79.3; Competition 2- 84.86; Competition 3- 83.55; Competition 4- 88.305; Competition 5- 90.185; Group photo of the Mainland Marching bandCompetition 6- 90.965; States- 91.71; Regionals- 92.755. Breaking the score 92 means that the band gets promoted into open class which is a more competitive group. Being undefeated this season has made not only mad us recognized by the school and local newspapers, but we are also known by other bands in different groups. The picture on the left is from a rehearsal showing our Regional and State Champion banner and our trophies from this season, I got this picture from Facebook, picture credits to the Band Director, Mr. Ratcliffe. Having an undefeated season like this one makes it more nerve wracking for Nationals because, you never know how the performance might go for us and other bands. Mainland has never won Atlantic Coast Championships (ACC’s), the name of Nationals, and being undefeated this season we must push ourselves harder and make our performance on November 2nd the best one yet.  

Photos of food from Peers In Transition clubs thanksgiving Submitted by Mrs. Rivera for the Peers in Transition Club:
 
On November 12, 2019 The Peers in Transition club held their annual Thanksgiving dinner. We had approximately 40 family members that came out and supported the Peers in Transition Club. In Students and their families enjoy Peers in Transition Club's annual Thanksgiving continuing with our annual tradition, students and their families enjoyed all of the traditional Thanksgiving fare. 
 
 
Table of desserts
Table of food