SHS/SWWC Video Program Success

From Mr. Bush: I want to take a minute to brag about some Video News success from the SHS Today and Hornet Nation programs.  We were fortunate enough to be able to submit videos to multiple contests before the shutdown, and the results have been trickling in over the last two weeks.  

First good news, SHS Today won a Student EMMY through the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for Best Newscast!  This is a big one!

Second, the students submitted 33(ish?) individual videos to the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA), and were recognized for 28 of them.  Some won first place including our Diversity Coverage story that featured Sarah Price’s choir and how they were responding to the racial issues during our SHS Today – Black History Month Special.

Also worth noting, Hornet Nation placed first and second in the highly contested Sports category.  We will find out if we won Spartan Awards on Friday (fingers crossed).  

Third good news, we found out last night that three videos earned Best of Show through the Digital Arts Film and Television (DAFT)organization.  They will be recognized through the Detroit Institute of Arts livestream next Friday and Saturday.  An episode of Hornet Nation, our 17 minute collaborative SWWC Program highlight video, and Frank Parkinson’s documentary “The Trip of a Lifetime” will be honored.

Thanks for always supporting this program and recognizing that the products the video students create matter to our community.  

Sophomore Elinor Roth receives Art Awards

Ellie Roth has been working with her SHS Art teacher Cyndi Koppelman to prepare for the Scholastic Art Award competition, held by the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Ellie received an Honorable Mention and a Silver Key for two of her photographs. Some of her pieces can be found below.

For more information, visit

Congratulations, Elinor!

NEWSIES Tickets On Sale!

The SHS Drama Club is performing Disney’s Newsies February 28-March 1 and tickets are now on sale! Go to the Newsies webpage: for
information, or you can go directly to the ticket selling page at:

Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right!

Based on the 1992 motion picture and inspired by a true story, Newsies features
a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken (Little Shop of HorrorsSister Act) and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). Featuring the now classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. Want to make it a whole SHS evening? Saturday, Feb 29th our dinner theater package is available, with a pre-show meal prepared by our award-winning SWWC Culinary Arts program. The menu includes New York strip steak, baked potato, glazed carrots, and NY cheesecake. More info is on our webpage .

Dinner Theater tickets must be bought online and the deadline is Wed, Feb 26th. Last year we sold the dinner theater out early, so get tickets soon if you want to enjoy this fun event!

Thank you for supporting the SHS Drama Club!

Congratulations to SHS Art Students!

Here is the MAEA brochure for the current show being held at Ypsilanti District Library. We have 8 pieces featured at this regional show. For more information on the Art Show, please click here.

From there, artwork gets selected to the top 100 Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

If Art is the top 33 move on to be part of the Governors Traveling show, which is currently on display (from last year’s crop) in the District board room at Liberty.

Last year Lola Ernest was selected from the Region 3 show to be part of the MYAF and the Governor’s traveling show. What an honor. Sam Dodge from last year, was selected to be part of the top 100 at MYAF. This is the second time Saline has hosted the gov. show because we have had students awarded this honor.

These students were selected to participate in the Region 3 show:

Gabriel Churchill-Torres -12th
Rachael Armstrong – 12th
Natalie Malbone -11th
Azriel Wotton -11th

Grace Woodruff- 12th
India Pruette (2 pieces)- 12th
Maddy Stewart- 12th

Ann Arbor Prom Dress Project

Prom Dresses under $35? Oh, Yeah!

OMG! I think I’m in Prom Dress Heaven!

Buy your Dream  Dress. If you want to go to your prom without spending a fortune, don’t miss this amazing event! The 8th annual Prom Dress Sale will take place on Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11am – 4pm atthe Double Tree by Hilton (formerly the Holiday Inn) at 3600 Plymouth Rd. in Ann Arbor. Over 900 beautiful, like-new prom dresses and over 350 short special occasion dresses will be available to make any girl feel like a princess for her special event. Dresses are available in a huge variety of styles, colors and sizes (0-24). All dresses are lightly used and have been expertly cleaned and mended. Sales are as-is, cash only.

Donate a Dress. Dresses for this sale have been donated by generous community members who have fond memories of a special girl on a happy night. Community members can help the A2 Prom Dress Project bring joy to another young lady by donating gently worn formal gowns to the Ann Arbor Prom Dress Project. The committee will clean and repair all gowns before selling them. To donate, please bring your gown(s) to this year’s event on March 22, or email throughout the year at

About the Project: The A2 Prom Dress Project is the passion of longtime Ann Arbor resident Jan Wery. Jan believes every girl should be able to attend her prom in an amazing dress that won’t break the bank. She began this project in 2013. Jan collects donations of prom dresses year-round to bring the exhilarating magic of being a princess for an evening to high school girls in the greater Ann Arbor area.  In 2019, girls from 58 schools in SE Michigan attended the sale. This is a volunteer-run project that benefits several local organizations serving children and teens in our community.

Contact the coordinators at

A Statement from Saline Area Schools

February 4, 2020

Saline Area Schools Families & Staff,

Hate, prejudice, and racism have no place in our schools or our community.  

Yesterday, February 3rd, an individual in the Saline community made racist remarks at a forum directed at one of the parents in our community. This type of bigotry goes against all of the values and beliefs of our school system.

The Saline Board of Education and administration take the issue of student and adult behavior seriously.  We are striving to ensure a welcoming, inclusive, and safe environment for all students and families, regardless of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, or any other identity.

We have heard from and are listening to students, parents, community members throughout the District.  We will continue to listen as we move forward and establish additional actions to support our students.

Over the past several years, we have established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, worked with our local intermediate school district to train teachers and administrators on social justice practices, and taken a number of steps to support a more culturally inclusive curriculum in our school district. However, it’s very clear that there is a great deal of additional work that we need to do to educate our students, staff, and community on the painful impact that racism has on our society.

This is an opportunity for us – the staff, students, and community of Saline Area Schools – to stand for anti-racism, respect, and inclusion of all students.

Scot Graden


Saline Area Schools

Washtenaw Superintendents’ Association Anti-Racist Commitment Statement


Contact:  Scott Menzel, PhD, (734) 994-8100 ext. 1300,  

Date:  February 5, 2020

Washtenaw Superintendents’ Association Anti-Racist Commitment Statement

Washtenaw County, Mich. – After the recent occurrence of overtly racist incidents in Washtenaw County garnering national attention, the Washtenaw Superintendents’ Association (WSA) has issued a statement condemning these acts of racism and solidifying their commitment to anti-racism within all local public schools. WSA represents the superintendents of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and the nine public school districts in Washtenaw County: Ann Arbor Public Schools, Chelsea Schools, Dexter Community Schools, Lincoln Consolidated Schools, Manchester Community Schools, Milan Area Schools, Saline Area Schools, Whitmore Lake Public Schools and Ypsilanti Community Schools. Their statement reads:

“As leaders of the nine traditional school districts and the Washtenaw ISD, we are compelled to speak out in response to recent events that have called attention to racist attitudes and actions within our schools and the larger community in Washtenaw County.

The stories of students at Saline High School have surfaced in the media recently, but microaggressions and more overt aggression happens in every district.  Now is not the time to point fingers at one district or one community, but rather to reflect on the ways in which each of us, individually and collectively, contribute to an environment where racial insults, bullying, and harassment are permitted to take place or are even seen by some as acceptable.  It has been said that “what you permit, you promote.”  Silence in the face of racism and racist actions is complicity and therefore we will not remain silent.

As leaders of the public education system in Washtenaw County, we are committed to nurturing anti-racist educational learning environments where each and every child is respected and valued for who they are regardless of skin color, gender, sexual identity or orientation, ability or disability, or any other category.  Our diversity is what makes us stronger, and we will not accept educational environments where students are subject to conditions where their identity makes them a target of abuse.

All of our students will be asked to be competitive workers in a society that assumes an ability to work in a multicultural world.  For many, the ability to understand difference is developed through their educational experience. 

How we treat each other is a measure of our shared values and commitment to basic human dignity and worth.  As superintendents in Washtenaw County, we commit to anti-racist leadership and fostering inclusive educational environments where each person, students and staff, feels a sense of belonging and is treated with dignity and respect.”


SHS Band and Dr. Chandler Wilson

The Saline High School Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band students had the opportunity to work with Associate Director of Bands at Eastern Michigan University and composer Dr. Chandler Wilson on Monday, January 27.  It is an inspiring and rare opportunity for a high school musician to work with the composer of a piece they are studying.  The band students will be performing Dr. Wilson’s pieces at their upcoming concerts on February 19th, and 20th.  Thank you to the Saline Music Boosters for making these kind of experiences possible for our student musicians in Saline.  

Congratulations Business Professionals of America!

Saline’s BPA chapter competed on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Regional competition held at Jackson College with 400 students in attendance.  The following students placed and are eligible to attend the State Competition at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids March 19th-21st.  
Individual Events:

Administrative Support Concepts – Ritom Sen – 4th 

Advanced Spreadsheet Applications – Ritom Sen – 1st

Economic Research Project Individual – Audrey Weadock – 4th

Extemporaneous Speech – Jack Pribble – 4th

Extemporaneous Speech – Sarah McNally – 3rd

Financial Math and Analyst Open – Aditya Arora – 3rd

Fundamental Accounting – Carter St. Lawrence – 1st

Fundamentals of Web Design – Taylor McKee – 1st

Digital Marketing Concepts Open – Sophie Shepps – 4th

Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts – Olivia Helmer – 2nd

Parliamentary Procedure Concepts – Aditya Aurora – 3rd

Payroll Accounting – Ian Winslow – 2nd

Prepared Speech – Sarah McNally – 2nd

Business Meeting Management Concepts Open – Sophie Shepps – 4th

Java Programming – Ritom Sen – 3rd

Business Law and Ethics – Sophie Shepps – 4th 

Business Law and Ethics – Carter St. Lawrence – 3rd

Team Events:  

Economic Research Team – Saline High School – 1st 

Nic Dills, Jackson Savage, Mario Shehaj, Cal Thompson

Presentation Management Team – Saline High School – 2nd

Colin Finnegan, Griffin Granica, Lucas Gravatt, Spencer Staples

Small Business Management Team – Saline High Schools – 2nd

Sydney Baldwin, Emma Driskell, Allyson Miller, Audrey Weadock

Saline High School Kicks Off Season with a Strong Showing at Northview.

Both Saline High School and Saline Middle School Science Olympiad kicked off their season at the Northview Tournament in Ohio on Saturday.   Several top national teams were present.  Saline High School competed with three teams and took a sixth place overall along with nine medals and ribbons. 

“The Northview Tournament is an excellent first tournament for us,  students spend several months preparing and it offers us an opportunity to see where we need to improve.  We have a very young team this year, with only three seniors.   We took over thirty students to the tournament and it’s by far the largest group we have ever taken to this tournament.”  Said Nath Akella, Head Coach.

Centerville (OH)  won the tournament and Pioneer finished third.  Pioneer finished fifth at Nationals last year, and their two teams had an exceptionally strong showing. 

Highlights from the day:

Jason C and Prasiddhi S  4th place in Anatomy and Physiology.  (Note Yolian accepted the medal for Prasiddhi)

Codebusters- 4th place  Aditya A,  Jordan R,  Yolian L.

Designer Genes 4th Place  Sahil T,  Jason H

Disease Detectives 3rd place  Sahil T,  Jason H

Experimental Design 5th Place  Eli E, Aditya A,  Yolian Y.

Water Quality 5th Place  Yolian L,  Jason H.

Gravity Vehicle 2nd Trey W and Deric D   and  3rd  Brian Z and Christian M (Not shown)

Ping Pong Parachute 3nd Trey W and Deric D