Friday, December 9, 2016

Episode 94: A Christmas Carol Radio Show (Re-Gift Edition!)


Episode 94: A Christmas Carol Radio Show (Re-Gift Edition)!
Charles Dickens (1843)
Running Time: 1:02:21

Original Air Date: 12/11/15

Directed By:
 
Co-Director (student) Kathryn Baker 

Starring:
The Narrator (student) Laura McLellan 
Scrooge - Fr. Gregory Thompson, Chaplain

Fred - Mr. Trent Jones, Art
Fred’s Wife - Mrs. Jill Williams, Science
Poole - Sister Tracey, Science & Math 

The Party Guests:
Young Scrooge 2 - Mr. Sam Pell, Science & Latin

Belle - Ms. Lisa Monyihan, History
Mr. Fezziwig Mr. Joe Crivella, Art 
Mrs. Fezziwig Ms. Kathryn Hogan, Christian Service

The Cratchit Family:
Bob Cratchit - Mr. John Meehan, English

Mrs. Cratchit - Ms. Allison Lattie, Religion
Tiny Tim - Mr. Jim Shirey, DJO Faculty 

The Ghosts:
Marley - Dr. Joe LeBlanc, History
Christmas Past - Mrs. Michelle Taylor, English
Christmas Present - "Coach" David Owens, Religion

Christmas Future - Mr. Frank Roque, Dean of Student Life

Student Ensemble:

Young Scrooge 1 - Peter Lucas
Fan - Ale Rocha
Tom - Andrew Oliveros
Martha Cratchit - Isabel Fernandez
Peter Cratchit - Aly Speier
Business Man 1 - Liam Behan
Business Man 2 - Thomas Guiseppe
Joe - Miranda Smith
Maid - Aidan Mulcahy

With a Special Appearance By:
"Town Girl" & Co-Director - Ms. Sara Zimmerman, Drama

It's the holiday season! And Christmas is once again in the air at Bishop O'Connell High School. This week, DJO was proud to stage our second annual production of the "radio play" adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, featuring a cast of teachers, students, and faculty members from all corners of the Bishop O'Connell family! Regrettably, it appears that The Grinch stole our audio input of this year's show during the live broadcast, and so our recording of last night's production has been swept away to the Island of Misfit Toys. 

But it's Christmas, and there's no point in crying over spilled (cookies and) milk! So we'd like to send a special thanks to everyone who took part in this year's production -- which included highlights like Mr. Pell singing Italian arias, Ms. Moynihan choreographing a team of teachers Jingle Bell Rocking to the Christmas Macarena, Father Thompson taking an onstage #ScroogeSelfie, and a cameo appearance from our very own Counseling department's Ricky Tanis in the role of the beloved Tiny Tim. Thanks to the magic of the DJO drama program, this year's rendition of A Christmas Carol proved that much like snowflakes, every adaptation of this winter tale is wonderfully unique in its own way.

Included here as our Christmas present to you is the audio from last year's production. We apologize again for the last-minute re-gift -- but we promise, it's a real treat.




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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Episode 93: The Podcast About Podcasts


Episode 93: The Podcast About Podcasts
Running Time: 27:00

This Week's Guests:

Mrs. Courtney Lewicki
Mr. John Meehan
This week, the Bishop O'Connell English department hits the road for the annual Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development's annual conference in Williamsburg, Va., where our very own Mrs. Courtney Lewicki will be delivering a breakout session to educators from all over the state in which she'll be discussing -- what else! -- the awesome teaching and learning potential of enhancing traditional instruction with your very own school, department, or classroom podcast. Join our off-site podcasting duo of Mrs. Lewicki and Mr. Meehan (likewise on the road at a conference this week from Seattle, Washington) brought together through the magic of the internet this week as we talk about the educational advantages and college- and career-ready skills that podcasting can provide. This week's episode offers a valuable insight into the awesome work that our teachers and students are doing each and every day at O'Connell High School -- and you won't even have to drive all the way down to Williamsburg to hear the cool things that podcasts can do!



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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Episode 92: What are You Thankful for, DJO?


Episode 92: What are You Thankful for, DJO?
Running Time: 16:40

This Week's Guests:

Dr. Joseph Vorbach, Head of School
Mrs. Diane Cerniglia
Ms. Allison Gibeily
Natalie Leiva, Class of 2018
Roisin Bergeron, Class of 2018
Mrs. Courtney Lewicki
Mr. John Meehan
Just in time for the holidays, O'Connell High School is serving up a special Thanksgiving episode of our weekly English Department Round Table Podcast. This week, we're celebrating the spirit of the season by asking members of the O'Connell community "what are you thankful for, DJO?" As you're enjoying a plate of turkey and a slice (or two) of pumpkin pie with your own family this Thanksgiving holiday, tune in to this week's episode for a thoughtful side dish of holiday insight from the O'Connell family of administrators, faculty, and -- of course -- our amazing students, as we reflect on this season of gratitude, community, and thanks.



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Friday, November 18, 2016

Episode 91: Student Battle Raps and Rhetoric REMIX!


Episode 91: Student Battle Raps and Rhetoric REMIX!
Running Time: 23:40

This Week's Guests:

Sabena Chadda as Jacob Black
Elysse Anderson as Edward Cullen
Serena Davis as Walt Disney 
Vanessa Nkurunziza as Dr. Seuss
Alec Quiroga as Cristiano Rinaldo
Seth Viani as Tom Brady
Bishan Shourie as Darth Vader
Christopher Ho as Vladimir Putin #1
Tyler Dittmer as Ronald Reagan

and 

Daniel Danenberg as Vladimir Putin #2

It's a second installment of the O'Connell English Department Battle Rap Showdown! Featuring Honors American Literature students assuming the personae of a star-studded lineup of figures from history, literature and pop culture, this week's episode is a second showcase of our students' high-energy display of rhetorical techniques and verse poetry in action. This week, we've got literary monsters trading lyrical barbs, icons of sports squaring off for rhetorical supremacy, and beloved children's cartoonists getting up close and personal with their lyrical smack talk. Join us for a look inside life in our Honors American Literature classroom, full of excitement, humor, and creativity.



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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Episode 90: Student Battle Raps and Rhetoric


Episode 90: Student Battle Raps and Rhetoric
Running Time: 20:12

This Week's Guests:

Will Whitt as The Burger King
Katie Geraghty as Inspector Javert
Katherine Gardinier as Maximilien Robespierre
Sophia Stalnaker as Cleopatra
Abi Dinegar as Mary Queen of Scots
Clara Cobb as Elvis Presley
Hannah Pin as Michael Jackson
Hugh Bothwell as the T Rex
Kyley Van Doorn as the Brachiosaurus


and 

Bart Whelan as Spongebob Squarepants

What happens when DJO students go toe-to-toe trading verses of rhyme and rhetoric to flex their poetic prowess? It's the first ever O'Connell English Department Battle Rap Showdown! And if you've never listened to a DJO English Department Round Table Podcast before, you are in for a real treat. Featuring Honors American Literature students assuming the personae of a star-studded lineup of figures from history, literature and pop culture, this week's episode is a high-energy showcase of rhetorical techniques and verse poetry forms in action. From smack talking dinosaurs to shade throwing historical icons, this week's student showcase is an awesome look at life in our Honors American Literature classroom, full of excitement, humor, and creativity.



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Friday, November 4, 2016

Episode 89: The Declaration of Independence


Episode 89: The Declaration of Independence
Running Time: 17:57
Thomas Jefferson (1776)

This Week's Guests:

Elysse Anderson
Sofia Cardenas
Sabena Chadda
Katharine Colclough
Thomas Cook
Natalie Leiva

Frank Lucchetti
Vanessa Nkurunziza
Hoang Pham
Pio Soliven


Our election season is drawing to a close, and so the DJO English Department Round Table podcast decided to kick it "old school" this week with an in-depth conversation about the founding document that made our democracy possible in the first place. This week, join Mr. Meehan and a super-sized student panel to hammer out the finer points of a new nation as we explore the rhetoric, power, and poetry of The Declaration of Independence. Tune in for a spirited conversation regarding the age-old principles that helped shape our country, and learn how 21st century students are finding new life and modern relevance in their study of this watershed text of literature and historical significance.



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Friday, October 28, 2016

Episode 88: A Student Club's Take on Edgar Allan Poetry


Episode 88: A Student Club's Take on Edgar Allan Poetry
Running Time: 20:44
Edgar Allan Poe (1849)

This Week's Guests:


Thomas Bascom
Jinlee Colucci
Cameron Feeley
Victoria Gordon
Caileigh Keegan


Just in time for Halloween, Bishop O'Connell's newest student organization -- the Poetry Club -- joins together for their first official meeting to dissect a seminal, seasonal, and spooky favorite of Gothic literature: the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Join Mr. Meehan and the founding members of the DJO Poetry Club as we take a haunted sleighride through Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells" and pay special attention to all the things that go bump in the night along the way. This digital conversation is a great chance to get a feel for what the Poetry Club is all about. So grab some candy corn and join us for a scare, won't you?



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