Photos by Edyta Blaszczyk, audio and video by Kerry Dougherty
Each morning at Murphysboro Middle School, instead of going directly to class, the students gather in the gymnasium for the lesson of the day from Assistant Principal David Brauer.
The sessions are intended to give the students a positive start to their day, while teaching them life lessons about character, respect and responsibility. Through this program Brauer said students have learned how to treat others and how to make positive choices in their life. Before sending them off to class, Brauer tells students to “Have a great day (or not) the choice is yours.”
Photos and audio by Samantha Bowden
The Crimson Express is a well-known part of the band program at Murphysboro High School. The Crimson Express is accompanied by the Jazz band, Concert band, Pep band, and Solo & Ensemble It is also the most well known part of the band program.
The band room is covered with trophies from the past 15 years. The band was first formed by Mark Mikulay back in 1991. They pride themselves on their hard work and commitment to the program. The band has become a valuable asset to the Murphysboro community.
The band has traveled the United States for competitions; they have gone all the way from Canada to Disney world to Denver Colorado. They have performed at many international contests and festivals also. They also compete in the Mid-West Championships in Dekalb, IL. During the Weekend in Murphysboro Weekend the Crimson Express competed in the McKendree University Preview of Champions in Lebanon, Illinois. The band ended up taking first place in the 2A class beating out another local high school, Carterville.
Photos and audio by Evan Davis
“Murphy Pride” The saying is well known around the town of Murphysboro, but it is most used at the local high school.
Teachers, administrators, coaches and teammates all use the slogan to encourage and inspire students. The Red Devils football team knows all to well what it means to have Murphy pride. They work hard in school and on the field. Whether they win or lose they show satisfaction in their accomplishments, and look to improve their failures.Varsity Head Coach, Bob Stilley, Freshman Head Coach, Jim Hammers, and Sophomore Coach Jason LeGrand talk about the goals and challenges the team faced this season.
Photos and audio by Adriane Matkovitch
Beth Smout, a traveling art teacher who works with students at both Caruthers Elementary School and the John A Logan School, says two things motivate her in her classroom. First is her love for children, and second is her love for teaching them how to use different materials and techniques and then seeing their excitement for what they create.
Over the course of six days, Beth teaches approximately 1,000 elementary students in Kindergarten through fifth grade at the two schools. On her own time, Beth enjoys painting and drawing and often has more than one project going at a time. In their home pottery studio, Beth and her husband Gene collaborate on potter pieces together. They enjoy different parts of the process, Gene the symmetry of the potter’s wheel and the problem solving aspects of design and developing the right glaze while Beth enjoys designing and altering pieces through carving or adding carved pieces to something that Gene has thrown for her.