Tower Media The Student News Site of Madison East High School Fri, 08 May 2020 01:51:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tower TV – Episode 7, May 11, 2020 Fri, 08 May 2020 01:51:05 +0000 Tower TV – Episode 7, May 2020  Watch episode 7 here!

In the episode, we have a shortened version of an interview with Principal Kearney. Watch the full 11 min. interview without any edits here:

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Announcement Tribute Fri, 17 Apr 2020 14:19:32 +0000 In December, Tower Times reporter Evelyn Stephens brought you this inside scoop on security guard David McCullough, who delivers the announcements to East students almost every school day. Although East, and schools across the nation, are currently closed to traditional, in-person classes, school continues via online lessons, and McCullough also continues delivering his daily announcements for East staff and students.

You can catch his daily announcements – on East’s Facebook page.

And, in honor of both McCullough and the fact that April is National Poetry Month, East Spanish teacher Barbara Davis wrote this poem, entitled “Announcement Tribute,” to celebrate the essential worker and unofficial spirit of East:


David brings us daily news
Quotes, and weather, advice and views
He even does it on the bus,
Say the pledge, inspires us
I look forward every day
To seeing David and hearing him say
what makes us feel not quite so stranger
despite Corona and the danger
of going out, not getting ill
of missing friends and staying still
Thank you for your inspiration
optimism and invitation
to greet each day and do our best
to put our efforts to the test
Thank you for all that you do,
What makes East great is folks like you.
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Tower TV – Episode 6, March 9, 2020 Wed, 11 Mar 2020 21:56:49 +0000 Tower TV – Episode 6, March 9, 2020  Watch episode 6 here!

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People of Eastside, March 4 edition Wed, 04 Mar 2020 18:38:51 +0000 Photographer Alison Cykana took these candid portraits of East freshmen and interviewed them for our latest “People of Eastside” post. Enjoy!

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Newest edition of Expressions Literary Magazine is available Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:29:52 +0000 Check out the latest issue of the school’s literary magazine, Expressions, for student artwork, poetry and more. You can get a beautiful, full color copy from the stands outside the LMC or from librarian Ms. Jen Milne-Carroll today, or view it online here.

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Behind-the-Scenes with EHS Athletic Trainer Mandy Louderback Tue, 25 Feb 2020 01:50:10 +0000 Many student athletes come to the athletic trainer’s office expecting to be sent off with just an ice pack and instructions to stop practicing and playing. Mandy Louderback has been working as an athletic trainer at East for more than eight years, and she wants student athletes to know she has a lot more to offer.

Louderback says she does, “anything from injury prevention to evaluation of injuries, doing taping and rehab. If there’s anything that we don’t know what to do, making referrals to different specialties or physicians, just sort of anything that has to do with injuries and illness around sports and helping kids get back to what they want to be doing.”

While it may seem like seeing the athletic trainer is something athletes should only do when they’re so injured they can’t play, the athletic trainer’s office is actually well equipped for all athletes.

“Anybody that’s in a sport at least can come in for anything. If they think they have a problem, or they think they have an injury, they can come in and we’ll talk about it,” Louderback said.

In high school, Louderback played basketball and did track and field, and she continues to spend time with athletes because of the connections she has made and the people she gets to spend time with.

“I like the relationships you make with the students and just sort of the athletics community in general and just getting to know people, kids and their families and being around them. It’s pretty cool,” Louderback said.

Louderback enjoys her job here not only because of the athletic aspect, but also because of the school where she gets to work.

“The Eastside community is so much closer than a lot of other schools, in my experience, so just being a part of that, I think, is pretty cool,” Louderback said. “…I grew up in an area that was not very diverse and went to college in a town that wasn’t very diverse, so coming here and just learning about people and different cultures, I learned a lot.”

Above all, Louderback wants to let all athletes know that her office is not a scary place to be.

“A lot of people avoid coming to see me because they think I’m just going to sit them out. But there’s a lot of things that we can do to work with you on your injuries to keep you going in your sport or to get you back into it sooner than maybe you would have just trying to work through things on your own,” Louderback said. “I think the biggest thing is just realizing I’m not just here to sit you out. I want you to be in your sport, and I want to get you back in as soon as I can. Just realizing that I’m on your side.”

posed image of the athletic trainer
photo by Tahji Jackson
“I love getting to be a behind the scenes part of every team. I love getting to know the athletes and becoming someone they trust. I get to experience the ups and downs of their sport and their injuries with them, so when they succeed, so do I,” said Mandy Louderback, East High athletic trainer.
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Varsity Boys Basketball Slam Middleton Feb. 11 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 18:09:24 +0000 Photos by Ava Davenport & Sofia Losada

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Vote for a Purgolder! Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:48:28 +0000 Summit Credit Union’s annual “Project Teen Money” contest is live! In November, Summit chose two finalists from each of the four MMSD high schools out of many applicants. East’s finalists are senior Reece Walters and junior Ike Lavitschke.

There will be three rounds of voting – one for each of the contestant’s three videos. Voting is:

  • now through Sunday, Feb. 16 for Round 1: Save
  • Monday, Feb. 17- Sunday, March 1 for Round 2: Spend
  • Monday, March 2- Sunday, March 15 for Round 3: Give

The contestant with the most votes will win a $2,500 scholarship and bragging rights for their school. East has only been a part of this contest for a few years, and we have never had a winner from the school.

To vote, go to – you can check out the finalists videos on web or mobile. Vote for your favorite, then share the link with others.

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Tower TV – Episode 5, Feb. 10, 2020 Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:29:44 +0000 Tower TV – Episode 5, Feb. 10, 2020  Watch episode 5 here!

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East Students are Finalists in Fox47 Contest Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:51:21 +0000 Juniors Niko Esh, UJ Bergh, Rhys Decoster and Nick Hildal have entered Fox47’s “MSG 2 TEENS” Anti-Drunk Driving PSA contest for teens, and their video made it into the top five. They need help to win a $1500 grant for the school, which would be used for enhancing the media and production equipment at East.

“If you could head over to the link below and vote for ‘Madison East High School,’ we would greatly appreciate your efforts!” Hildal said.

Follow the link, and scroll down past the videos to the bulleted list below to vote. Anyone can vote as many times as possible between now and Jan. 15. The group encourages people to share the link on their own social media, and to ask friends and family to vote as well.


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