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MCHS gets Clued in

Students use investigative skills to solve ‘crime’

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 7:00 a.m. CST

Did you get a Clue?  Morris Community High School students did.

This Halloween was the first annual real life Clue Mystery Game at MCHS.

Planned by Media Director Mrs. Gail Janz, the event hosted live “suspects,” teachers who spent the day dressed as their character (like Kasandra Scarlet and Victor Plum) and the “detectives,” who were the students.

The students spent their time before school, during passing periods and lunch searching for clues. The event kicked off with a gathering of teachers in the library, who posed around the victim (Marian the librarian) with the possible “murder weapons” for all the students to see.

The rumor was that Scarlet had provided letters to Mr. Hawthorne for his novel, The Scarlet Letter, that contained the secrets of many, including Professor Plum, Ms. Black, and Mrs. Peacock. When Marian stayed late to close the library, she was met with a thief so desperate to keep his (or her) secrets from being revealed, the robbery soon became a murder.

The first 10 students to solve the mystery received movie certificates, while students who came in next were given candy and a coupon for 50 cents off a library fine. The contest remained open for all of Halloween and the day following, but several enthusiastic students first solved the mystery within just a few hours. (It was Sally Green with the computer keyboard.)

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