The Tower Pulse

President of school board, Brian Summerfield, abruptly steps down

Brian Summerfield talks at a board meeting on June 24, 2019. Summerfield stepped down Jan. 2 from his position as Board of Education president. Photo by Imran Siddiqui '20.

Erin Astfalk '21, Staff writer

January 16, 2020

In a seemingly abrupt move, Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education President Brian Summerfield announced that he is stepping down from his position on Jan 2. Summerfield has been a trustee on the Board for nearly seven years, taking on the role of president for the past three, according...

BASE making a comeback

Kevin Minor stands with the first slides for the newly revived BASE club. He will serve as lead club sponsor. Photo by Andrew Acker '21.

Andrew Acker '21, Staff Writer

January 7, 2020

BASE (Black Awareness and Social Engagement) is a club about improving opportunities for black students and helping the community. BASE started Dec. 12 and is having monthly meetings in room 186. MaShanta Ashmon who is helping lead BASE said that the club is important to start again so that we can get...

Science Olympiad eyeing regionals, states

Graphic by Evie Klepp '22.

Evie Klepp '22, Copy Editor

January 6, 2020

Following their first competition on Saturday, Dec. 4, held at Portage Northern High School, Grosse Pointe South’s Science Olympiad team is looking forward to a great season this year, according to team adviser Shelly Rothenbuler. Science Olympiad is a competitive team that goes to different science-based...

Saving the lake one bag at a time: Club far exceeds goal of collecting plastic bags to help the homeless

Save the Lake club members Emily Esmacher and Ally Vern, both '20, pose with the 1400 bags they collected to make mats for the homeless. Photo by Nina Simon '21.

Nina Simon '21, Page Editor

December 22, 2019

South’s Save the Lakes Club collected plastic bags for three days during the first week of December. The club, which has been at South for two years, plans to use the bags to make two six-foot long sleeping mats for homeless shelters. The group exceeded their goal of 700 bags as they gathered 1400...

Adopt A Family returns again to help needy GP families

Gifts prepared by SA for Adopt A Family in 2015. SA has been running the event which was originally started by North for decades. Photo by Juliana Berkowski ’16.

Olivia Bullington '22, Page Editor

December 22, 2019

Throughout the holiday season, many families go through a difficult time of getting their families gifts and preparing for the holiday season. Adopt A Family has helped families for 30 years in the Grosse Pointe district. “This is an event we have been doing for about 30 years in the district,...

South’s Culture Week sparks discourse, FOIA request

Posters created by SEEDS students shown displayed in Cleminson Hall during Culture Week. Photos by Zach Farrell '21.

Libby Flower '20, Supervising Editor at Large

December 21, 2019

Late last week, a group of Grosse Pointe community members requested information and documents regarding South’s recent Culture Week through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Culture Week was put on by one of South’s organizations, Students Empowering Education for a Diverse Society (SEEDS). This was their first year planning the event, which included...

Class of 2023 postpones annual Coffeehouse

Melody Balos '19 sings her heart out at last year's Coffeehouse. Photo courtesy of Victoria Gardey '20

Julianna Tague '22, Photographer

December 18, 2019

The Class of 2023’s Executive Board (E-board) has decided to postpone South’s annual Coffeehouse until later in the school year due to its lack of acts. Class president Caroline Jeup ’23 said there was a smaller turnout at the auditions than she’d expected, which she believes is due to changes...

Dialogue Day encourages conversation, growth in community

Dialogue Day encourages conversation, growth in community

Evie Klepp '22, Copy Editor

December 16, 2019

In order to spread acceptance and open conversation throughout and outside of Grosse Pointe, Student Empowerment: Educating a Diverse Society (SEEDS) sponsored Grosse Pointe South’s first Dialogue Day, according to SEEDS facilitator Christina Thomas ’21. Dialogue Day, taking place on Dec. 4, was pa...

Crafting through the snow: New club offers ornament making

Jack Michaud and Bridget Clark, both '21, work on their ornaments with help from teacher Tom Szmrecsanyi. Craft Club hosted ornament making Dec. 10 and 11. Photo by Kyle Harrison '21.

Kyle Harrison '21, Staff Writer

December 15, 2019

The Craft Club is exploding with new ideas and options for students to create their own piece of art and giving students the opportunity to explore their artistic personality. Ran by advisor Tom Szmrecsanyi, the club had a start last year but truly did not take off till this year. The club is open to...

Trading brown bags for basketballs: Tournament to start at lunch

Jackson Marchal '21, Assistant Business Manager

December 15, 2019

Slam the lunch and come to the gym to swoosh up. Administration is planning on hosting a three-on-three basketball tournament during both lunches after a recent surge in students recessing in the girls gym according to Vice Principal, Joseph Spryszak. All they are waiting for is enough kids to sign up...

This or that: Intersectional Feminists club fundraising to help women, girls

Club members run the fundraising table during lunch Dec. 11. The fundraiser runs Dec. 9-13. Photo by Nina Simon '21.

Nina Simon '21, Page Editor

December 11, 2019

South’s Intersectional Feminists club is having “this or that” wars every day at lunch the week of Dec. 9. The 10-member group is trying to raise money for Alternatives for Girls, an organization based in Southwest Detroit whose mission is to help women and girls avoid violence, exploitation and...

Girls swim to second at states

Swimmers compete in the breast stroke at a home meet. The Blue Devils took second at states on Nov. 23. Photo by Keely Messacar '21.

Bridget Doyle '21, Copy Editor

December 11, 2019

On Nov. 23, the girls’ swimming and diving team placed second in states. According to coach John Fodell, this was the highest placement for girls’ swim in Grosse Pointe South history. “Everyone knew it was going to be a battle,” Fodell said. “But (the swimmers) came in and did it together...

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