The Scarlet Scroll

Kira Imhoff

Kira Imhoff, Staff Reporter

Kira Imhoff is a junior at Mater Dei. She is a first-year staff reporter for The Scarlet Scroll. Newspaper is a great way for her to try something new and discover more about her fellow students at school. At school, Kira sings in the Chamber Choir and recently joined Surf club. Creativity comes in many forms. For Kira, she uses ceramics, baking, cooking, theatre, and playing piano as her creative outlets. Learning is a integral part of who Kira is and is something she enjoys immensely. Her favorite subjects are science and English. She also has fun when she volunteers at beach cleanups with her dad.

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News briefs for Feb. 12

News briefs for Feb. 12

February 13, 2021
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT DRESS DAY
On Dec. 7, Mater Dei had a spirit dress day to get students into the Christmas groove with a red and green dress day. The day was also filled with fun activities such as playing trivia quizzes and receiving candy in one's shoes in honor of St. Nicholas Day. For example, ASB created a trivia quiz that involved emojis. “It was fun to guess terms surrounding Christmas with only emojis for hints,” senior Melanie Montegani said.

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February 11, 2021
A DIVERSITY OF TRADITIONS 
Mater Dei hosts a diverse group of students that celebrate Christmas with a variety of traditions. Tradition for junior Julio Delgado means making Rosca de Reyes. “Since I’m Mexican, we bake a kind of cake (Rosca de Reyes) and we have to cut it and put a baby Jesus inside of it,” Delgado said. “Whoever gets the baby Jesus, makes the masa.”

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February 11, 2021
FAITH, FAMILY, AND MEMORIES
Each of Mater Dei’s students have a Christmas memory that they hold close to their heart. Senior Gianni Palazzolo’s favorite Christmas memory is going to see South Coast Repertory’s production of the Christmas Carol. “It’s just such a great show and a fun way to usher in the Christmas season and it reminds us all or what Christmas is really about,” Palazzolo said.

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February 11, 2021
SANTA’S HELPERS
ASB is responsible for putting on events such as Christmas Spirit Dress week. They initiate, plan, and lead assorted events for the student body. “The perfect amount of planning, decorating, and holiday spirit drives its success,” ASB Secretary David Nisson said. “Our goal is to embody the holiday spirit right before finals week to make sure everyone is excited for the break.”

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February 11, 2021
News briefs for Dec. 7

News briefs for Dec. 7

December 7, 2020
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE: After receiving new music, junior Katherine Lowe, senior Katherine Wieland, and sophomore Katherine Potter start to familiarize themselves with their pieces. Their music consisted of “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid” and “Africa” by Toto. “It's good to practice individually because it allows us to memorize small pieces of rhythm and easily play them before bringing it together as a group,” Potter said.

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October 13, 2020
MUSIC MOVES: Junior Katherine Lowe sets up the various shades of greens and blue boomwhackers. She will use each of their different pitches for the song she is practicing. “Working with boomwhackers is fun because we get to work cohesively as a group but without having to learn complicated instruments that would be found in an orchestra,” Lowe said.

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October 13, 2020
MAKE SOME NOISE: Junior Katie Lowe distinguishes the sound and pitch of the emerald green and lime green boomwhackers. “Rehearsing individually is important because it allows the group to focus on the piece as a whole during practice instead of wasting time learning individual parts,” Lowe said.

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October 13, 2020
PITCH PERFECT: Senior Natalie Erhard and junior Katherine Lowe unpackage the colorful Boomwhackers and sort them according to their pitch. These will be handed out to the rest of the handbells ensemble to practice with. “We just have fun creating together and spending time together,” Erhard said.

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October 13, 2020
STAY TUNED: In order to get some practice in, senior Katherine Wieland carefully studies her sheet music. While doing this, Wieland also rehearses by tapping the Boomwhackers against her knees to each note. “What I like most about working with the boomwhackers is that they are easier to handle than the Handbells,” Wieland said.“I just need to focus on hitting the boomwhacker correctly to get the right sound.”

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October 13, 2020
WE’VE GOT THE BEAT: Imitating playing the drums, senior William Gibson practices with the Boomwhackers provided to him. “You’re playing rhythms with boomwhackers but you’re playing notes with handbells,” Gibson said.

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October 13, 2020
MIX AND MATCH: Hunched over, senior Natalie Erhard organizes the Boomwhackers into piles. Erhard separates them in order to easily identify which instrument plays what note. ”Music to me is a way for people to come together and express their art. It's really just a place for artists to come together, tell stories, and just entertain others and give them an escape from whatever is going on in life,” Erhard said.

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October 13, 2020
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