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R.I.P. Mr. Grasso
Along with losing most of the Tech Ed department, NHS lost Mr. Michael Grasso, long time Tech Ed teacher, who passed away on Sunday, May 9th at the age of 53 from cancer. He taught woodshop and a manufacturing class since 1980. He went on medical leave during the ’08’09 school year and did not return. “He was like a big kid,” said long time friend Mr. Sacchinelli who knew Grasso since he first arrived. Mr. Grasso enjoyed cars, guns, and snowmobiling in his spare time, and owned a Corvette and Galaxy during his life. He also owned and operated ‘Mikes Pool Service’ which serviced over 240 clients across Fairfield County. Mr. Grasso leaves behind two daughters Jennifer and Michele along with his loving wife Michele Lewis Grasso who he had been with for the past 26 years. Photo Credit: NHS Yearbook, 2008-2009
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Mr. Michael Grasso, former Tech Ed teacher.
Anna Theodoridis ’10
Matt Cranston ’11
After 36 years of service at Norwalk High School, the Technology Education Department is fading away. Following the ’09-’10 school year, only one teacher, Mr. Sacchinelli, will remain in the department. “I feel like the lone Indian,” said an upset Sacchinelli who has been at NHS since 1980. The recent budget cuts have forced Principal Mecca to cut teachers and classes. “In two years, I have had to cut seven teachers all due to the city’s budget cuts,” said Mecca, “For every teacher that I cut, 130 desks are left empty in classrooms.” “Some teachers just were not doing a good job, and this helped make my decision on which teachers that I had to cut,” said Mr. Mecca, “The Tech Ed Dept being the most affected is just the way that it turned out.” Many veteran teachers at NHS were confused as to why the budget cuts would lead to the school taking away some of the most popular and necessary classes for high school students.
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T H I S A&E
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Tech ed Department
The superintendent position in the Norwalk Public School System has remained unfilled for nearly eleven months since Sal Corda resigned last June. The Board of Education has officially offered the job to Dr. Susan Marks, the assistant superintendent of Montgomery Country Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland. Susan Marks is expecting to step into office on July first with preplanned visions of what subject matters need to be tackled first. “The first few months I am going to do a lot of listening and learning from those who know the area and school system well,” stated Marks. “I hope to work with people to look where the budget is and if we are using money efficiently and accurately.” Susan Marks clearly emphasized the importance to improving the usage of money in the Norwalk Public School System. “When there’s a limited amount (of money) you need to make sure you are using it wisely,” said Marks. “All decisions should be made for the students,” she continued. The change of location seems to be no inconvenience for her and her families desired lifestyle.
New superintendent Dr. Susan Marks.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS News................................1 Campus Clean Up........................2 Arts and Entertainment...............8 Editorial...............................10 Opinion.........................11 Sports....................................14
CAMPUS CLEAN UP 2010
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Campus Cleanup A Success
Nataly Monsalve ’11
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“I believe every year it gets better and better.”
Two Hundred and twenty-seven students gathered together to work on improving the appearance of the school. Campus clean up has been going for eleven years and seems to only grow with more students every year. This event gathers students, teachers, and community members to come together and make Norwalk High a better place. The history behind campus clean up began eleven years ago, when Mr.Seaburg and Mr. O’Shaughnessy were walking out of Norwalk High and they saw the principle in his suit the day of graduation pulling out weeds and adding mulch. “I believe every year it gets better and better,” said Mr. Seaburg. Mr. O’Shaughnessy was asked if campus clean up has been more successful every year and he responded, “It has, in several years it has gotten bigger. The classes have been contributing to the funds.” The next goal for campus clean up is going into the courtyards, but Mr. O explained, “I have to get rid of the poison ivy.”
“Campus cleanup is a great way to show how much we care about our school and make it look presentable for our senior’s graduation.” -Brittany Lowden ’11
Brenna Beluk (’10) explains that she enjoys the time she spends with her friends helping out and, “I like to see the school look pretty.” She also believes “It’s the greatest turn out ever seen.” Beluk got one last memory, which was to drive Mr. O’s truck. She said cheerfully, “Happy I got to drive Mr. O’s Truck”. First year and first comer Emma Chassagnoux (’13) said, “I will do it next year, and the year after that and the year after that.” When asked if campus clean up gives students pride Emma responded, “Yes, it makes me protective of what I just did.” Ms. Eliane said, “I wanted to be a part of the day, I wanted to learn how to weed and plant”. She continued, “The kids work hard and the end result looks amazing.” Mr. Mecca came to campus clean up because, “I want to be apart of an incredible event. This is one of the times when I’m most proud of my school and students.” This is his third time at the event and said, “I will keep coming, and enjoy hanging out with the students.
“It felt good to help out the school. Twenty years from now I can say I was one of the people to plant the tree by the athletic wing.” -Evan Bonenfant ’11
Thank You to everyone who
helped make Campus Clean Up a success.
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Students Shine While Bank Accounts Decline Photo Credit: Jasmine Pounds
Vernece Richardson ’10
Tech Ed Department
NHS History and Civics teacher Mr. O’Shaughnessy felt that this was a sad passing of an era for students and teachers alike. “These are expensive classes to teach along with numerous safety hazards,” said O’Shaughnessy, “However, it strikes me funny that if theses classes are so popular, why can’t we produce the money to support them?” “It’s a shame to see something so great go away,” said Mr. Sacchinelli. “These classes are definitely necessary because it
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is sad to see some students not know the difference between a flathead and a Phillips screwdriver.” Enrollment is not the issue with the department. “Each year, the classes are always full and overpacked with students,” said Sacchinelli. First year Tech Ed Dept. chair Ms. Masek noticed that the teacher count was diminishing. “We went from 5 teachers last year to 3 this year, and only 1 next year,” said a distraught Masek. Over the last few years, NHS lost Mr. Bakes, Mr. Alesevich, Mr. Blanchard, Mr. Louis, and Mr. Mike Grasso, leaving only Mr. Sacchinelli next year. Mr. O’Shaughnessy also felt the Tech Ed Dept has been sadly neglected. “Every few years things change in society, thus affecting what young high school students are interested in learning,” said O’Shaughnessy. Sacchinelli will be teaching five transportation classes to students next year as he tries to revive a department that has lost so much. In the last two years, $500,000 has been cut from the budget, and $300,000 of that has come from the disposal of the Tech Ed Department. As of next year, graphic communications and architecture design will not be classes at NHS. Instead, the entire 1st floor D and E houses will include the popular child development classes, the new culinary center, and Mr. Sacchinelli’s transportation classes. Photo Credit: Ashley Cortes
One of the Technology Education classrooms in first floor E house.
memories are being made, prom should not cost as much as it does. “The reality is that prom does not have to be so expensive,” says Clyna Richardson, a parent at Norwalk High. Over the years, the cost of prom at Norwalk High has fluctuated depending on fund raising, the venue, and how many people attend the prom. Last year, the cost of prom was $120 for students who did not pay dues and $20 for students who paid dues. This year, the cost of prom is $135 for unpaid due students, and $35 for paid due students. If students paid their dues, tickets are something you really do not have to worry about, but if you did not, then they are a problem. “The tickets alone are too expensive for getting dressed up for a couple of hours,” said Alyssa Fortunado (’10). Emily Bonebrake feels, “Although it’s a memorable part of our high school experience, at the end of the day we’ve spent hundreds of dollars on a dress and shoes and hair for a 4 hour event. I do not think that it’s worth it.” Prom should not be about the glitz and the glam, and how much you spend on a dress, hair, and makeup. It should be about making memories and having a good time. “Prom only happens twice a year and it is a time for us to feel special, and pampered,” says Teresa Falbo (’10). Though the cost of prom is expensive, it still does not stop many people from attending their proms each year. Photo Credit: Katie Hefferan
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Every year during the months of May and June high school students around the country get ready for their Junior and Senior Prom. Prom, the abbreviation for Promenade, is an American custom that has been going on since the early 1950’s. The custom began when students decided that they wanted to throw a formal end of the year dance to commemorate what they have accomplished. Through the years prom has not only gone up in popularity, but also in cost. “I think we spend too much money on prom. I feel like it’s all a competition on who looks the best,” commented Ashley Bright (’10). Prom is something that only comes once a year, and it seems people spend more money on prom than on things that matter. Why is it so that we spend so much money on something that only lasts one night? In a survey taken within the past few weeks, 50% of the girls in the senior class said that they are spending over $200 on their prom dress. Half of the class also said they are spending $50 or more on a party bus or limo. “I think we spend a lot of money on one night but it’s worth it because it’s something we will always remember,” says Amanda Otero (’10). “I believe it’s not about the money, but about the memories,” said Marcella Libertino (’10). Though
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“I started my career in Bristol, Connecticut, and I was looking in the New England area,” stated Marks. Susan Marks saw the Leadership Profile on the NPS website and took action and applied for the job. She stated she knew they were looking for “some one with experience, who has run schools, and had a vision...someone with a proving record.” “I have background on how school systems work. I know how to work collaboratively and be a good leader,” Marks continued. “I love working.” Dr. Susan Marks is ready to make positive changes to the Norwalk Public School System and has set goals and definite changes she wishes to see in this system. She will dedicate time to “making sure we are improving the academic rigor of the schools...to provide an outstanding academic program for each program,” Marks said. To many, the main concerns and responsibilities of a superintendent may vary. Dr. Susan Marks believes the main priorities of being a superintendent are making sure of a couple of different things. She said some of these include that, “Kids are safe, learning, engaged, and prepared to go to college and if not college, (prepared to head) to the world of work and being successful.”
Carolyn Knowles ’10
Staff Writer Teenagers and alcohol can be a dangerous and sometimes even lethal combination. But what happens when parents ‘approve’ of or even supply their teens with alcohol? Depending on the State, laws about possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor can vary, especially when parents are involved. In 2006, Connecticut passed a bill that allows misdemeanor, not felony, charges to be filed against adults who knowingly allow a minor who is not their own child to possess alcohol on their property. The fines for minors in possession of alcohol were switched from $200 to $500 and police have more power to enter and investigate homes for underage drinking. It also changed the illegality from just being in public places to everywhere including private homes. Under social host liability laws, parents are responsible for underage drinking and any injuries that occur on their property if they are aware of the alcohol use. If parents are not home, the issue gets even fuzzier. Depending upon the circumstances, keeping alcohol in the house, lack of proper supervision, and knowledge can impact a parent’s liability. “In case of an accident, the parents who provided
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Mom and Dad, Pass The Booze! the alcohol should be held responsible,” said Moira Whalen (’11). Though it seems to be more widespread at other schools in Fairfield County, Norwalk High certainly has its own parents who do this. “I know of parents who provide alcohol to their kids and their kid’s friends. It definitely happens, but most parents don’t do it,” said Bonebrake. “In case of an accident, the parents who provided the alcohol should be
held responsible.” -Moira Whalen (‘11)
Parents can sometimes be under the impression that teens are going to drink anyway no matter what and therefore it would be ‘safer’ to have them drink at home under adult supervision. Other parents try to be ‘cool’ and befriend their kid’s friends and provide alcohol. Either way, providing alcohol to minors is unethical and poses serious risks to both parties.
Parents sometimes supply alcohol and other types of drinks to teens.
Studies That go Beyond The Classroom
Victoria Giannitti ’10 Staff Writer
NeWS BRIeFS Art Show
The school art show will be June 8-10 in the lower library, during school hours. The art show opening reception will be June 9th in the library from 6-8pm.On June 10th the art show will be in the lower library.
Footpath Cafe The Footpath cafe concert will take place Wednesday June 19 and June 10th, at 7:30pm in the auditorium. Come and support the Jazz ensamble and chamber singers.
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Project explore is a very unique course offered at Norwalk High. “It is an independent study project offered to seniors who want to study something different and not a regular course.” Explains Dr. Radshaw, head of project explore. Since the interests of students are broad and not every class caters to such detailed interests, project explore gives the students the freedom to design their own course of study. Project explore is worth up to one credit. Students who want to join Project Explore must first choose a mentor, someone who will oversee and advise their project. An initial proposal and questions about their ideal project are answered and submitted. Applications are available by December 7th from your guidance counselor and must be handed to Dr. Radshaw before January 31st. Any interview with the faculty committee takes place in the following month. They will either approve or deny the stated project after reading the final proposal. If you are approved, your project is ready to go. The cost of the project is funded by the student alone, and all projects must be displayed in a public forum before May 31st. This year sixteen seniors are enrolled and their public presentations are very soon. Kenzie Bess (‘10) is creating a veteran memorial for past students that served in the U.S.
Military. Olivia Bonilla (‘10) will showcase her photography in an exhibit. With the variety of different choices in these projects the possibilities and ideas a student can choose are endless. “Project Explore has been a wonderful experience for me. It has taught me how to work with people and time management, two skills that are necessary to be successful for the rest of my life. I would DEFINITELY recommend that underclassmen get involved.” Says Courtney Thomas (’10) Project explore gives students the independence to study anything that sparks their interest. It also gives them an opportunity to explore themselves through projects and create something that reflects their own personal interests.
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Retiring Teachers At Norwalk High
Jeniece Roman ’10 and Nataly Monsalve ’11 Staff Writers
Senior year has come to an end and the seniors have there last dance. Senior Prom will be on June 12th at the Hilton Stamford Hotel from 7 to 12 midnight. Have fun Seniors!
The seniors have had a wonderful year and they leave with a wonderful Senior breakfast on June 25th in the cafteria at 7:30am.
The Staff has worked hard all year and the year is coming to an end, a staff pinic is being held on June 18th at Shady beach at 2:30pm. The rain date for the pinic will be June 25th.
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Senior Graduation is June 28th on the Testa Field at 6:00pm. June 28th is a half day as well. Congrats to the seniors and good luck next year!
to all retiring teachers. You will be missed.
Mr. Lewis Been Teaching: 34 years Best memory: My students creating model homes. What’s next: Playing golf, getting a part time job. Destination: Florida
Mrs. Bakes Been teaching: 40 years Best memory: Seeing Seniors getting into colleges. What’s next: Throw out math books! Travel Destination: Staying in Connecticut
Mr. Mc Cue Been teaching: 36 years Best memory: Coaching victories against McMahon What’s next: Traveling Destination: Staying in Connecticut
Final senior obligations are due June 24 by 1:30pm to the House offices. Final Underclassmen obligations due June 28 by 8:00pm in the House offices.
The last day is June 28th at 11:40am and No Lunch will be served. Have a nice summer!
Exam Schudule June 17- Regular school dayFinal exams Pt. 1 for seniors Mr. Voychack Been teaching: 35 years Best memory: Students calling me when I was sick in the hospital. What’s next: Travel Destination: A place with no snow.
Mr. Blanchard Been teaching: 32 years Best memory: Retiring What’s next: Buy a house, sailboat, motorcycle Destination: Maine
Mrs. Cutuli-Block Been teaching: 35 years Best memory: Teaching Hamlet What’s next: Rediscovering who I am. Destination: Staying in Connecticut
Mrs. Prado Been teaching: 41 years Best memory: Teaching Seconardy School with students of Latin American culture. What’s next: Travel, golf, vacation. Destination: Staying in Connecticut
June 18- Regular school dayFinal exams Pt. 2 for seniors June 21- Period 3 finals- all students - Full Day
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June 22- Period 4 finals- all students- Full Day June 23- Period 5 and 6 examsAll students- Half Day June 24- Period 7 and 8 examsAll students - Half Day
Mr. Smith Been teaching: 35 years Best memory: Winning first marching championship in 1986. What’s next: FISHING! Destination: New Hampshire
Mrs. Revel Been teaching: 20 years Best memory: Seeing AP students getting 4’s and 5’s on their exam. What’s next: part-time job, travel, Destination: Connecticut
Mrs. Serena Been teaching: 34 years What’s next: volunteering, continue to work with kids. Destination: Connecticut
Mrs. Vavernack Been teaching: 36 years Best memory: caoching victories against McMahon What’s next: Not getting up at 5:30am and camping, Destination: Connecticut
June 25-Period 1 and 2 examsUnderclassman-Half Day June 28- Make ups exams for Underclassmen
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No Cell Phones at NHS James Welch ’11
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Norwalk High School has a strict cell phone policy that states no one is allowed to use their cell phone at any time during the school day. However, throughout the halls and classrooms students can be seen using their phones at any time of day. According to the student handbook, the state of Connecticut Regulations (PUBLIC ACT no. 96-108) states under section two: “No student may use a cellular mobile telephone in school or on school property during school hours.” Also according to the student handbook, for a first offense the disruptive items will be confiscated and returned only to the parent. A second offense, according to the handbook, results in the item being returned to the parent at the end of the school year. “The policy is enforced unevenly, some Student texting in school. [teachers] give it back at the end of the day,
some at the end of class, or at the end of the week,” said Principal Mecca. “This is one of the few polices that isn’t applied uniformly.” Some students agree with Mecca’s opinion regarding the way the policy is enforced in the school. “It’s not strictly enforced,” stated William Marr (’10) about his stance on the cell phone policy. “I think if it affects the learning of the other students in the class, then yes [it should be strictly enforced].” Marr stated that the rule should be strictly enforced if violators of the rule are impeding upon other students’ learning ability, but some students feel that when they use their cell phones in the hallways between classes it is not bothering anyone. “I was walking down the halls one day and my phone got taken away because it started ringing, but I didn’t answer it. I walked away from a security guard because I didn’t hear him and then he took it away,” Gina Groseclose (’12) said. “I got it taken away right before lunch and then got it back right after school from my housemaster and he gave it right back because it was my first offense,” Groseclose added. “My biggest problem is that I see no place for these devices in the classroom. The policy is very old and needs to be updated. I would love to have the district look at this policy and possibly revisit it,” Mecca stated. Mecca referred to students and their use of electronics by stating, “They think it’s as much of their daily makeup as the t-shirt I wear under my dress shirt.” The policy was last updated in 1996. It mentions the restriction of walkmans (personal CD players), but not iPods which were not even invented fourteen years ago. Mecca strongly believes that the policy needs to be revised and revisited for the benefit of the enforcement of the policy and the benefit of the school.
X-Marquees The Spot: NHS Marquee Installation Ryan Tolmich ’10 Staff Writer
will be used to update students on upcoming events, such as graduation, concerts, sporting events, or any other school activity. According to Emro, the marquee will be functional as soon as it is installed. The NHS Marquee Project has been a long, stressful process, but all of the hard work is about to pay off. The installation of the marquee will help make Norwalk High more visually appealing, along with being extremely informative for the NHS community. Be on the look out for construction to begin in the near future, and a new, welcome edition to the Norwalk High School renovation process. Photo Credit: Brendon Prescott
Norwalk High School has undergone a massive renovation process over the past few years. The construction of a new Science Wing, the renovation of the gym, and the purchase of flat screens have all been welcome editions to the school. However, the recent campaign for the installation of a marquee has been a struggle for the NHS community. The NHS Marquee project was started roughly four years ago. Rose Emro, the head of the marquee committee, attended a meeting and came up with the idea of installing an electronic marquee system to help notify Norwalk High School students about upcoming events in the community around them. After discussing it with school officials, including former Principal Mr. Daddona, Emro put into place a plan to get the marquee up and running. A marquee committee was formed, and things were underway. However, plans of installing the marquee were halted when a zoning issue threatened the installation. “We had this worked out to the last detail, and all of a sudden it came to a halt, and zoning said the Board of Education never contacted them,” says Emro. “We had the thing purchased. It was all set to go in the ground and we were all at the meeting when we were told by the Board
that they had permission from zoning and, apparently, they had no permission. So, the thing has been locked up for a good two and a half years.” This forced the NHS Marquee Committee to work hard to convince the zoning committee to make an amendment to allow the marquee to be placed in the residential area in front of Norwalk High School. Eventually, a five to two vote got the marquee authorized and installation was planned. However, the struggle for installation was not over yet. After the zoning committee approved, a plan was put into place to actually get the marquee up and running. However, several missed deadlines have delayed the putting in place of the new system. “Through no fault of the marquee committee or parents of Norwalk High, there were things that were out of their control in order to get this in the ground. There was a deadline set for February or March - it was missed. Then, April or May. It is the second week of May and still no marquee,” said Emro. The process has involved what Emro calls “a village of people”, including zoning officials, electricians, and school faculty. It has been difficult to get all of these people on the same page, which has led to the delays. However, when the process is complete, the marquee
The Marquee being installed in front of NHS
In-School Suspensions at NHS Martine Liberte ’10
“I’d rather stay home, then be in school in a small cubical,” said John Walters (’11). In addition Mr. Morris added that, “We are trying to find a better way to get these students in school and we are willing to take any measures. We passed a law where instead of young people going to jail or getting kicked out of school they do community service.” Students and staff may have different opinions on in school suspension, and out of school suspension, but in the end it all comes down to the state’s decision. Photo Credit: James Welch
Watching TV, playing video games, and hanging out is not a priority for students who are suspended. Starting this fall out of school suspension will be changed to in school suspension. According to state legislative acts, it is mandatory for all public schools to have in school suspension. Bruce Morris, state representative affirmed that, “The district planned this about 2 years ago to get into the high schools and we are finally getting this through. This is a way where students are getting punished for what they have done without disrupting other students. Rather then staying home where for some students it may become a vacation.” Students and staff thought it was an excellent idea to switch out of school suspension into in school suspension. James Middleton (’11) explained “It is better this way because it will make them hate being suspended, just sitting there doing nothing or homework.” Mr. Mecca stated, “There will still be out of school suspension for more dire consequences such as bringing weapons and alcohol on school grounds or assault. In school suspension was built for less dire actions. This is an excellent idea, but that means I have to cut three or two teachers for this.” Ms.Gilloti, a Norwalk High staff member thought, “In school suspension can be reinforcing because students do not have to deal with the daily pressures of school.” Ryan Collazo (’11) expressed that “We should not have in school suspension, there’s a zero tolerance in the real world and there should be a zero tolerance in school. And school should be preparing us for the real world.”
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future president with the school and how students want the school to be like.” Pramer added, “I have a good chance at winning.” Tevin Christopher (vice president) commented, “I am running because I know the majority of the students and if I don’t know the students I am willing to become acquainted with them and improve their lives at NHS.” Tevin continued, “The race is equal because everyone has something to offer and they all have good ideas.” Moira Whalen (president) (11’) mentioned, “I am willing to listen to what every student wants and represent them in any way they want me to represent them.” With competition Whalen responded, “The competition is evenly matched everyone is putting up a good fight.” Current secretary Marisa Shields (10’) noted “I think the competition is pretty fierce all the competitors should be on their toes.” “Well when I ran for my position no one was running. Evan Lester and Ellen Foster were pretty competitive, and yeah the candidates are pretty good this year, the people running have been in student government for a number of years they know what has to be done.” Shields continued. Alyssa Barone (10’) notified, “Yeah it is different theirs more people running and taking it serious and who ever wins would do a great job so I am not worried about the outcome.” The winners for this years Student Government elections are, Ricky Joslyn (president), Tevin Christopher (Vice President), Gabrielle Nowack (Treasurer), Brendon Prescott and Jennifer Wing (Senator Class 2011), Michael Morabito and Vanessa Gaddy (Senator class 2013). These candidates were chosen to represent the school and the students. These candidates caught the student’s attention to make this school a better place for everyone.
Emely Montenegro ’10 Staff Writer
With elections held on May 19, 2010, Student Government was working hard to get votes. Ricky Joslyn and Moria Whalen ran for class president of 2011. Tevin Christopher, Meredith Pramer ran for vice president. Alexa Connors ran for secretary, and Gabby Nowack, Jennifer Gulemi ran for treasurer, and senators Brendon Prescott 2011, Jennifer Wing 2011, Sal Nasution 2012, Michael Morbito and Vanessa Gaddy 2013. Ricky Joslyn stated, “I am running to increase the accessibility of student government in NHS. I want to build positive and trusting relationships with teachers and every student, personalizing each person’s experience in school.” Student Government includes the whole school, not only a certain grade. Kathleen Gill (12’) explained, “Elections are important because you can have a say in what’s getting done. I think the people would make a difference in this school.” Elections took place in the Social Studies resource center on May 19 and 20th, 2010. Miles Turner (12’) said, “Elections are important because it allows everybody to have their point of view. Yeah I think the people running would make a difference because from their bios they look like leaders.” Student government made bios explaining how they would improve the school, or make students more comfortable in the school, and represent the students as well. Meredith Pramer (vice president) concluded, “I am willing to take in consideration of students, help the
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Hard-Shifts Staff Writer
My fellow students,
President Ricky Joslyn Photo Credit: Facebook
There is always gossip and complaints from students about what lunch shift they have for the day. For most, they hope it is not third. Myles White (’13) says, “The school should make the lunch shifts equal so there isn’t too many students in one shift.” For many that is the problem. Matthew Waring (’11) stated, “When my friends come to third shift there isn’t room for them to sit at the table because there isn’t enough room. And they pull chairs from other tables which blocks the way for custodians to get through.” On the other hand, Christopher Crothers (’11) argues, “I like third shift. It is usually crowed which means that all my friends will be there.” Students are frustrated everyday when they realize they have third shift. Rashad Sellers (’10), comments “It is aggravating to get my lunch in all this commotion.” Dr. Karagus, who picks what classes go to the lunch shifts, explained, “The first and third shifts are heavily crowded because there are a lot of classes that need two shifts in a row to do work such as science classes, art classes, gym classes, and music classes.” Understanding this, students still feel something could be done. Waring, says, “The lunch shift you go to should go by what “house you are in during that one lunch period.” This policy, already applies because, if you look at the lunch schedule it does go by what house you are in. On the other hand, Dr. Karagus states, “There are certain classes that need to stay in two straight lunch shifts. Such as science classes that need to do labs.” With that he also says, “If a lunch shift is too crowded, I will request for a teacher to adjust their lunch schedule.” Overall, there are some arguments about how the lunch shifts work among students, but Dr. Karagus, feels that the lunch schedule is perfect.
Letter From the President: Photo Credit: Facebook
Jamel Brown ’11
VP Tevin Christopher
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It is an unbelievable honor to serve Norwalk High School as your new Student Government President for the ‘10-‘11 school year. Congratulations to the rest of the officials elected to student government positions. On behalf of the entire student government, I would like to thank you all for voting. I am humbled by my new job and look forward to the great responsibility that comes with it and, especially, the chance to serve YOU. It is my mission to make the upcoming school year the best it can possibly be. This is no small task. It will require persistence, dedication, and creativity. I am fully prepared to take on these challenges. I assure you that student government will be more accessible. If you find something you do not like about NHS,
I urge you to message me online or come up to me in person and voice your concerns and possible solutions. It is my desire to make next year as personalized as possible for you. I would also like to congratulate the remarkable Seniors of 2010 on their graduation this month. Good luck to all of you in your future pursuits. Finally, I would like to thank and congratulate the outgoing Student Government President Ellen Foster for her devotion and fervor towards not only student government, but NHS in general. She and the rest of the Class of 2010 have left a deep impact on NHS that will last forever. Sincerely Ricky Joslyn, President of Student Government
A.P. Testing At Norwalk High Neha Patel ’11 News Editor
Advanced Placement testing is common in Norwalk High School, especially among upperclassmen. There are eighteen AP classes being offered at NHS (even though some, such as AP Physics, Latin, and Spanish Literature will be cut next year). Only 19.8% of NHS students who took an AP test scored a 3 or higher in 2009, which are scores that increase college success (but not necessarily college credit). Recently, there have been misconceptions on if it is required for students to take AP exams to gain a weighted GPA. Although this is what
teachers and students have been told, it is not the case. “Teachers really have discretion as to whether or not your grade suffers depending on if you take the AP Exam or not. The rules say that you have to take the exam to have a weighted GPA, but even if they choose not to, students are granted the weighted GPA,” Ms. Docimo, AP Testing Coordinator, said. Some wonder if this is fair. Mr. Hariton, AP Economics and AP US History teacher, alleged, “It’s not fair if some students put in massive amounts of effort for the [AP] exam and others do not.” The majority of students take APs to earn college credit early, but find out they worked all year for scores that did
not give them any credit. “Kids think that earning college credit is a good idea but most selective colleges don’t accept anything less than a 4 or 5. Even if you pass, it may be likely that you won’t get college credit,” Oliver Viera (’11) said. Others believe a rigorous course throughout your high school years will separate you in admissions. Larry McGonigle (’11) stated, “Although the college credits for AP exams are not usually taken, colleges notice your performance and take it into consideration.” Either way, AP classes will continue to remain an essential part of Norwalk High School for years to come.
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Wrecker Radio Cameron fuller ’10 Staff Writer
BMHS Radio Station Eric scatamacchia ’11 Executive Editor
In Fairfield County only a few high schools give students the chance to work with radio by actually having their own station. Brien McMahon High School is not one of these schools, despite the fact that it has the majority of the necessary equipment to run a station simply sitting in a room unused. Dr. Robert Polselli, the Director of Technology for Norwalk Public Schools, said, “Several obstacles have kept the radio station [at Brien McMahon] from becoming a reality. From my perspective, lack of an academic program, a teacher leader, and student interest are among the most significant”. Mrs. Koroshetz, the principal at Brien McMahon, continued on this subject, “There is much more than equipment needed to have a radio station. There are many more resources needed the least of which is time and other priorities”. In order to overcome these
of the station was that he thinks “it’s really cool to be able to connect with other people through music…I might play an older song and someone who grew up during the sixties or seventies or another older generation will call in and we’ll have a great conversation about music and bands in the past.” Photo Credit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wwpt-radio
If there is one thing that can inspire the youth of a nation it is music. What better way to communicate and inspire the youth of your school than through music. One school that has taken this sentiment to heart is Staples High School with their daily radio program, Wrecker Radio. Wrecker Radio first became student run in the 1970’s where it was first broadcast at its current 90.3 F.M. station. Early on the station was only able to be heard in the Staples lunchroom but soon the station grew to cover most of Fairfield County. Wrecker Radio broadcasts sports coverage, news, and talk shows, but the eclectic mix of many different types of music is what brings listeners back for more everyday. The station is actually a class which is taught in the school by Mike Zito who is the guiding force behind the station. Mike Friedson, one of the station managers had this to say of him, “Zito is a great guy, the station really would not be the same at all without him.” He went on to say, “He pushes us to put as much effort as we can into the station and doesn’t allow us to get lazy. He always has the station’s best interest at heart. He’s been doing radio for so long and has so much experience; he really can help us in any situation. I’ve seen every student at WWPT grow under his wing.” Of course not all of the stations success can be given to the teacher. In fact most of the creative drive and influence comes from the students themselves as they are usually let
alone to decide what is put into each broadcast. The creativity of the shows is really what distinguishes Wrecker Radio from other programs. The amount of freedom that the students are given is what really allows the students to excel, Friedson had this to say about the restrictions they are given, “Obviously there are FCC regulations which need to be followed, but other than that, we give all of the DJs the freedom to do what they want with their show time.” Friedson also described how the broadcast connects with each listener, “The originality of each show contributes a lot to the image of the station. It creates a more intimate atmosphere with the listeners.” Wrecker Radio also has a lot of fans at Norwalk High School. One avid listener, Andrew Krasnavage(’10), a self described “audiophile”, had this to say about his WWPT experience, “I think wrecker radio is cool, I feel like I’m listening to somebody who could be my friend.” Marisa Shields(’10), another everyday listener said that she most enjoys “ the unique music selections” that Wrecker Radio brings to the table. One of the main questions that is asked when radio stations are brought up is if the shows are all planned out. Friedson explained, “It depends. For anything that involves reporting, generally news/sports casts or sports play-by-play/commentary, there is some stuff that needs to be planned ahead of time. But when I do my weekly radio show pretty much everything is ad-lib.” He went on to say that in his own experience he likes to write a few conversation points down, but not much of his show is planned out because, “No one likes being read to for an hour.” According to Friedson his favorite part of being apart
Wrecker Radio is broadcast live every weekday from the studio inside the school. Their rotating schedule is streamed on their websitehttp://shswestport.k12.ct.us/ medialab/WWPT/live/live.html. It is one of the best student run radio stations in Connecticut as evidenced by their Drury award nomination, so don’t miss out on all the fresh music and ideas that come free and live everyday from our neighbor Staples High school.
Illegal Downloading At NHS
Kevin Tobias ’11 Staff Writer
obstacles two technicians, Bill DeFelice, an expert in radio broadcast, and Robert Kane, a teacher at Brien McMahon, have been put in charge of running the station. They have been assisted by Juan Barragan, a senior at Brien McMahon who has made the radio station part of his Entrepreneurship studies. As a result of their hard work as well as an increased interest in a radio station Brien McMahon is optimistic about having a station in the near future. Dr. Polselli said, “My hope is to get the station operational by the middle of June. At the very least, we plan on having a fully functional (on campus and possibly Internet) radio station for the start of the new year”. With the Brien McMahon radio station coming to fruition perhaps the focus can be moved to getting a radio station for Norwalk High.
A song downloaded from the Internet can cost you anywhere from nothing to eighty thousand dollars. How much you pay for it depends not only on how and where you get it, but also if you get caught or not. On Thursday, June 18th 2009, a woman in Minnesota was fined 1.9 million dollars for twenty-four songs she had pirated illegally from the Internet. When divided, that comes out to eighty thousand dollars per song. That is eighty thousand times more expensive than what the woman could have purchased the songs for from a legal music program such as iTunes, where songs can be purchased for ninety-nine cents. Some students at NHS are seriously underestimating the severity in the fines. AnaMaria Vongumpel (’11) guessed, “Maybe five hundred,” for twenty-four songs. It was one hundred-sixty times more than that per song. “Wow, that’s bonkers,” she continued. On two occasions a student at Norwalk High has been caught with items on his computers that were acquired illegally. Ryan Tolmich (’10) was caught on two occasions
gina larochelle ’10 Staff Writer
Due to the storm that hit Norwalk, Connecticut in March, 2010, NHS students and faculty received an unexpected week long vacation. However, consequences were of result to this storm. Not only was the entire school schedule pushed back five days, but color war was moved into fourth quarter. The object of Color War is for students and faculty to express their school spirit by dressing up to assigned themes. Sophomores and seniors compete against the freshmen and juniors by winning the most points for their team. Whichever team dresses up the most and does the best in the end-of-color war-assembly, wins the title. However, this year the assembly on the last day of the week did not happen. Due to the storm which caused Color War to be moved into fourth quarter, many school days were lost. As a result, the Color War assembly was removed completely this year, causing students to become outraged at the fact no Color War assembly occurred. “I’m really upset,” says Sailija Shri (’10), “It’s my senior year. The assembly is what everyone looks forward
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Color War Remains A Success
with movies. The first time, Ryan was caught downloading “The Dark Knight.” A week later he received an email from Warner Bros. saying that he had forty-eight hours to delete the downloaded items or he would be fined one hundred thousand dollars for each. Ryan said, “I deleted everything super quick.” The next time, Ryan was caught illegally downloading “Scarface.” Ryan said, “It was a one in a million chance of getting caught,” and the next day he did. He deleted the movie from his computer right away. On the topic of the consequences, Ryan went on to say, “I knew, I just didn’t care.” Dan Munoz (’12) said, “I think it is unnecessary to sue someone for downloading a couple of songs. There are bigger crimes going about in America like counterfeiting or stealing people’s identities.” Downloading something off of the Internet is something that should be taken extremely seriously. Although it is not common for someone to get caught, if you are caught serious action can be taken against you.
to.” Many others, part of the class of 2010, completely agreed and expressed how enraged they were there would be no assembly this year. “It means a lot to us. That’s like the whole point of color war,” says Rachel Dubay (’10), “Why my last year of high school?” When Principal Leonard Mecca was asked about the Color War assembly being cancelled, he responded, “We lost five days of school. Missing any more class time would not be good.” He also expressed his concern of how color war affects the students. “Students get so excited they can’t even Students dress up for Color War control themselves for the rest of the day,” Mecca were unaware the assembly was taken away. said, “We just have to go with out it this year.” “It’s actually not boring,” says Alejandro Rivera (’13) “The reason why we don’t have Color War this year who is experiencing his first year of Color War, “But to makes sense,” says Marissa Shields (’10) who is student hear there’s usually an assembly, is kind of upsetting. It’s government secretary, “We tried doing alternative activities like we all dressed up for nothing I guess.” during lunch to get students involved. But even when we Whether the students looked forward to the Color War tried that, it kind of failed.” assembly every year at the high school or whether they “I think that’s why so many people just didn’t dress up did not even know the assembly ever happened, everyone this year,” says Joey Dellaripa (’11), “They didn’t see any seems to be let down. Hopefully next year the students point to it.” Without the assembly students were resistant opinions of color war will change back to excitement, but to dress up for color war this year. However, many students only if the assembly is allowed to come back.
Not Miserables At All
Neha Patel ’11 News Editor
NHS Students Performing
Jean Valjean (John Cunsolo ’11), number 24601, is released by the officer Javert (Alex Handler ’10). He escapes and starts a new life but Fantine (Siena Dryden ’10) is on the verge of death so he promises to look after her girl Cosette (Nicole Monahan ’10).
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Norwalk’s Home Of Arts
Kristen Cordero ’10 Staff Writer
The development at seventy-one Wall Street, Norwalk Connecticut, started out as a home to the arts at the turn of last century, and at its prime in the mid ‘90s, went under the name of “The Globe Theatre” and became one of Norwalk’s most prominent music venues. The Globe Theatre has since closed down, but has recently been passed on to new owners who plan to usher in its revival in hopes to liven Norwalk’s cultural scene. “The Globe was a really fun place,” said Scott Frosch, a resident of Norwalk. “It’s a shame it closed down, I saw a few great acts there.” Opening in 1994, The Globe provided a stage for acts such as The Go-Go’s, Squeeze, They Might be Giants, The Violent Fems, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, and Robert Cray. The theatre was composed of a main floor with standing room only, as well as a steep balcony, providing room for the various types of people that the music attracted.
“Home sweet home!” said Flaco Zacarias, a member of The Globe Theatre group on Facebook, where concert-goers post there memories and pictures from their times at the venue. Owners are hoping that the reopening of the venue’s doors will once again attract the masses to downtown Norwalk and become a place of recreation for the new generation. “I think re-opening up the globe theater would be fantastic,” offered Juan Velasquez (’11). “Not only can we book bands to come down here but it makes Norwalk better. I also think it would be a great place for teens to hang out at and keep them out of trouble.” Residents of Norwalk can look out for “Rap City USA” who will be making the Globe their home in the near future. Photo Credit: Kristen Cordero
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Norwalk High School’s annual spring musical was a great success this year and definitely exceeded my expectations. Les Mis was watched and enjoyed by kids of all ages, teenagers from other high schools, and adults. Les Miserables, a French musical that takes place in the early 1800s, is a favorite of band director Mr. Smith, musical director Ms. Pettibone, and orchestra director Ms. Saccomano. It starts off in a prison where
As the plot unfolds about nine years later, a twist of love fills the air including Eponine (Marcela Osorio ’11), Marius (Ryan Swick ’11), and Cosette. The climax of the story is great because of the emotions it invokes from the audience as a little boy dies in the war, a girl gives up her life for the man that will never love her, and an officer commits suicide by jumping off a bridge. However, it was also hilarious to the point of a stomach ache, especially thanks to the Thenardier couple (Gina Cunsolo ’10 and Michael St. Lawrence ’11). The pit and tech crew were also amazing Their music and management added to increase the intensity of the play. They spent a lot of time on the musical right along with the cast and did an amazing job. Although the cast, pit, and crew worked very hard, there were definitely obstacles that had to be overcome. Some students became sick from the stomach virus or lost their voice, but by opening night everything was resolved. Problems also arose when students could no longer take part in the musical because they ‘H’ed the third quarter. However, the replacements did a wonderful job in learning their roles in a short amount of time. Congratulations to everyone who was involved and especially Mr. Smith, Mrs. Pettibone, and Mrs. Cutuli-Block for making it happen!
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American Idiot In Lights
Chris Santaniello ’10
Luke Porco ’11
The latest block buster super hero sequel has arrived and this time it is actually some what good unlike past sequels like Spider-Man 3, or the unforgettable and unforgivable Batman and Robin movie from the mid 90s’. In this movie Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) actually has a real opponent, which is played by Mickey Rourke. The characters in the film are performed very well considering how ridiculous some the plot is, but that can be said for any super hero film. The amount of stars in this film is very surprising considering how good it is. In most films when you have an all star cast like Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow, disaster is almost expected. After watching the films back to back, the differences between the first and second are noticeable, Don Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard as Stark’s best friend. The sequel does not revolve around Iron Man’s play boy attitude and has more sub-plots to keep the movie going. The film does have a couple of odd plot holes and the script seems like it was a bit more rushed than the original, but other than that it’s mostly good. The biggest surprise in the film for me was seeing Samuel Jackson pop on to the screen and actually not yelling all of his lines and giving a some what good performance. With plot twists and tons of action scenes it makes sense why this film did so well in the box office, just definitely watch the original first, because it could get a little bit confusing if you do not exactly remember the first film.
American Idiot, the Broadway musical based on Green Day’s 2004 album of the same name, is currently playing on Broadway at the St. James Theater. It opened on April 20 and is currently playing. The play is about a guy named Johnny and his two friends, Will and Tunny, who live in suburbia (known as Jingletown). They do not like their lives which are being taken over by media and its influence impacting the world. They decide to get away from their normal lives and go to the city. However, they all take different paths as Will finds out his girlfriend is pregnant and has to stay in suburbia. Johnny and Tunny go to the city and also take separate paths as Johnny takes advantage of the city and meets girls and takes drugs. Meanwhile, Tunny sees a commercial for the army and enlists. The play shows their lives as they progress and the events that occur. Throughout the musical, all the songs from the album were sung, as well as some songs from Green Day’s newest album, 21st Century Breakdown and it went well with the story. The actors did a great job of acting as they played their parts while singing. Also, there was a band on stage which gave the play a lot more depth for the songs. It was a very fun and enjoyable play to watch. I would definitely recommend it not only to fans of Green Day and their music, but also people who are fans of plays or people who want to enjoy a good experience.
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No Nightmare on Elm St.
Neha Patel ’11
Jillian Winters ’11
Formspring.me is a new forum that began to popularize this year where people can post questions on other people’s walls anonymously. People can create pages and go onto other people’s pages to post any question they want, and usually they get their answers. Most of the time, friends just post pointless things and have conversations that they could have through texting or Facebook. However, now the site is just used to leave mean comments instead of asking questions. This site is pointless and demeaning. I think that it is only used to release emotions that are bottled up inside us. Because it is anonymous, people post things that they would never have the courage to say in person or even on Facebook because a name is associated with the comment. “Because of Formspring, I lost a couple of close friends. I just deleted it completely. Whoever has it, I would warn that it is going to be really harsh what people post about you, especially the ones you think are your friends,” Martine Liberte (’10). Formspring is another form of cyber-bullying and has already taken a toll on teenagers. 43% of teens who admit to being bullied say that it was through some type of social networking. Now, bullies have another way to put someone down, and deaths have already occurred because of Formspring comments. Phoebe Prince, a 15 year old girl from a Massachusetts high school, committed suicide after people left comments calling her an “Irish slut and whore” and telling her to “go back to where she came from.” Another teen named Alexis Pilkington from Long Island committed suicide when Formspring comments and Facebook comments became too harsh to handle. Although she was a great soccer player, very popular, and smart, she reached the point where she was no longer able to handle criticism. Basically, this site was created so people could get feedback on themselves from other people. This negatively led to the lowering of self-esteem and even more cyber-bullying to take place than there was before.
Freddy is back! The new remake of the classic horror movie Nightmare on Elm Street hit theaters on April 30th. The hype around the movie was nothing big, with viewers already certain that the remake would be unable to live up to the frightening original. And they were right. While the 2010 version had all the scenes from the 1984 version that scared the wits out of its viewers, that is exactly why the remake failed to produce screams. The new Freddy had none of the of the original’s scare factor. However, Jacke Earle Haley does the best he can in trying to bring horror back to the character of Freddy, even if he now looks like a melted candle rather than a burned killer. While Haley’s attempts to scare were the best part of the movie, protagonist Nancy, played by Rooney Mara, had zero intensity. Her reactions to the killer in her dreams were nothing to be frightened by. If you are looking for a good scream, or even a good story line, this is not the movie for you. So pass up the ten dollar movie ticket and put the 1984 version on your Netflix cue for a real horror movie.
Google: Good vs. Bad
Brendon Prescott ’11 Opinion Editor
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Over the course of about five years, Google has rapidly become the most popular, profitable, and used search engine in the world. Taking up more than fifty five percent of the search engine market, Google miraculously seems to get by on a simple logo and search key, only seeming to change things up on holidays or special events. This dominance in the face of creative search engines such as Ask.com and Bing begs the question: why is Google so successful. Google makes profits from its monolith of an advertising business and website payments for high spots on Google’s search results. Most websites are attracted to Google; therefore their selection is greater and more specific. The consistency and reliability on Google to give consumers the information they truly desire contribute to its massive popularity. Eloise Libre (’10), a certified Google fanatic and lifeguard, loves Google not for its bland homepage, but for the hidden features and facts that make it unique and technologically advanced. “I am so impressed by the shear genius of Google. They hire their staff through an intricate math problem all applicants are required to solve and the mastery of the site just surpasses all others. There is even a function on Google Maps that gives you the best routes to different places, whether it is by bike, car, boat or plane.” “The first thing that comes to mind when I think of a search engine is Google,” says Kuba Nowiki (’10). Google is usually the first thing that comes to mind for almost all students here at NHS. Based on a poll of 104 U.S. History and AP Comparative Politics students, only three of the 104 said that Google was not considered their number one search engine. Although Google is considered to be the most reliable source when it comes to search engines, it is also the most controversial. Questions have arisen about the legality of Google’s privacy laws. Not all queries are the same. Google gives the customer specific results based on his or her Google Profile. This profile is developed based upon past searches the customer has made. NHS social studies teacher Ted Welsh does not believe that Google does anything wrong. He also stated that Google can probably attribute some of its popularity to its unique ability to “know all” about its customers. “This whole idea of profiling customers sounds a little bit like 1984 but in retrospect, it is understandable and it works. Google still has to abide by some privacy laws.” Google has been accused more than once of “WiFi” spying. In both 2006 and recently on May 14th of 2010, Google admitted that their StreetView cars, the ones that take the pictures for Google Maps, also recorded data on open WiFi networks in the vicinity. This is illegal based on privacy laws and may land Google in the hot seat in the future. Controversial as it may be, there is no doubt that Google is a huge presence in society and is here to stay.
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Sam Adams Music Cam Piasecki ’10 Staff Writer When one hears the name Sam Adams the first thing that would most likely come to mind is beer or the iconic revolutionary war hero, but an up-and-coming rapper out of the Boston area may be changing that for all rap fans. Sam Adams does not have some crazy “got out of the ghetto” story. He has not shot anybody and as far as I know he has never sold crack to get by, but he did manage to release a number one album on iTunes the first time he decided to publish his music. As an average kid Sam Adams grew up playing piano and living a normal life style, until he got to college. At college he began rapping and eventually his friends convinced him to record. After only nine months of learning the art of rapping he released an album on iTunes, not endorsed by any record labels, and managed to reach the top of the charts. The thing that sets Sam Adams apart from the rest is his very unique style. His voice is a combination of singing mixed with rapping that changes up the way you perceive new age hip hop. He knows he grew up in the suburbs and he is proud to boast it in all of his tracks. Ever since the release of his album, Sam Adams has been collaborating with various artists such as DJ Tiesto and the rapper Currency to bring his fame to new heights. Sam does have the curse of rapping about cars, women and money on a constant basis, but once again he does it in a very different way from everyone else. In a joking way he talks about how broke he is, his inability to even afford a car, and his skills in picking up women virtually anywhere. The rappers new mix tape received a total of 12,700 sales within the first two weeks of being released, and according to Sam a good portion of that money will be going straight back to studio time to work on his next album. Whether you are looking for a good artist to listen to on the ride to school in the morning or trying to find some new rap in general, Sam Adams is a sure bet.
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Fighting Students at Norwalk High Matt Cranston ’11
fight itself. If you are at a fight, you could become involved in the fighting in so many easy ways. Norwalk High School Fighting. It is something that we hear about Even worse, when security eventually arrives, 23 Calvin Murphy Drive everyday at school and around the world, but you could end up getting in trouble for just being Norwalk, CT 06851 the big problem is its growing popularity among there. (203) 838-4481 Just recently at NHS, there was a fight between students at Norwalk High School. ext. 1808 two students. Both of them were suspended for a Whenever the word fight is heard at NHS, students have always been prone to turn their set amount of time for carrying on the fight. These The Paw Print would like to thank all heads and ask questions such as “Who fought?” types of fights are truly an act of immaturity among Journalism students for their work in the “When and where did it happen?” and “Who high school students. creation of this newspaper. High schools students should be mature enough won?” Students are starting to put more interest The following writers are those whose work to handle their anger and use their common sense in fights and “Who is Beefin’?” rather than in their appears in this issue. before brawling like two kindergarteners. Just own school work. Fights at NHS also usually draw large crowds because somebody has angered you does not mean executive editors of students. There have even been cases of students that you have to punch them in the face. Matt Cranston As a high school student, you are engaging in a jumping out of their seats and leaving class just to Eric Scatamacchia time of maturity where you prepare to go out into see other students beat each other senseless. What most students do not notice is that attending a fight the world. You better learn how to cope with anger ___________Design Team:___________ now because what you will soon come to know is is almost as bad as being in it. Being at the “scene of the crime” of a fight puts that a lot of people are going to piss you off down News editor a student at as much risk as being involved in the the road in life. You wouldn’t want to punch your Neha Patel boss in the face for cutting your pay, would you? A&e editor Jillian Winters approve of their own children breaking a law? It Feature editor is like telling your child it is okay to steal from a Eric Scatamacchia department store, it is just not right. Eric Scatamacchia ’11 Opinion editor Executive Editor Also, drinking alcohol is proven to hinder Brendon Prescott people’s judgment and if taken irresponsibly can Too frequently stories about teenagers who make Sports editors result in fatal consequences. If one were to ask any one too many bad decisions as a result of alcohol Matt Cranston of the parents of the five thousand teenagers who and end up hurting themselves or someone around James Welch died last year as a result of alcohol, they would them appear in the news. Photography editors never endorse underage drinking. Underage drinking has become somewhat Olivia Bonilla When it comes to alcohol, one extra drink or one commonplace in our society and it is jeopardizing Ashley Cortes more bad decision can be the difference between the well being of thousands of teenagers. life and death. This may sound melodramatic but In Connecticut as well as Fairfield County Staff Writers: history has proven this on countless occasions. It this problem has become extremely prevalent. just does not seem right that parents would allow Jamel Brown Nataly Monsalve According to a document created by David Pease, their children to take such a dangerous risk. Jinsil Chun Cam Piasecki founder of the Get a G.R.I.P Foundation, board The job of a parent is to do everything in their Kristen Cordero Luke Porco member of Connecticut Communities for Drug Free power to ensure that their child stays out of harm’s Cameron Fuller Vernece Richardson Youth, and a Wilton resident, the average age for way. Parents who allow their children to drink are Victoria Giannitti Jeniece Roman first time drinkers in Fairfield County is 11.7 years simply not doing their job. Carolyn Knowles Rob Romano and teenage alcohol consumption in Connecticut is Perhaps we are soon going to live in a world Gina LaRochelle Chris Santaniello 20 percent above the national average. where underage drinking is the norm. Who knows, Martine Liberte Anna Theodoridis One reason contributing to the regularity of maybe whole-hearted acceptance of underage Emely Montenegro Kevin Tobias underage drinking is parents who do not care if drinking will result in more responsible drinking. Ryan Tolmich their children drink, or even encourage it. But, without this theory being proved as a fact, It is absurd that some parents do not object to parents should not allow their children to drink their children’s drinking. For starters, underage Advisor: until they are of the legal age. drinking is illegal. Who in their right mind would Mr. Karl Executive Editor
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The Craze For SillyBandz Gina Larochelle ’10
It was not until study hall on April 22, 2010, that I truly realized how the new trend known as SillyBandz, had become so popular. These rubber bands made into shapes and sizes of almost any kind have become a big hit among children, teenagers, and adults alike. As I was sitting in the middle of a mob of study hall students, gushing over these so called SillyBandz, I was amazed. “I love them!” says Jamie Hevrin (’10) “They are fun to see what everyone has.” Everywhere you turn, a number of children from every age are wearing what are being referred to as SillyBandz. These fun shaped rubber bands have become the new hit trend that everyone is wearing. There’s really no point in wearing rubber bands made into shapes around your wrist, but there’s something about them that just makes you want more. SillyBanz come in a variety of colors and shapes. They are made to look like zoo animals, pets, sea creatures, dinosaurs, fun shapes, and much more. Many people wonder how the SillyBandz return to their original shape. The reason is because they are made of 100% silicone. No matter what you use them on, whether it is your wrist, paper, or your hair, they will never change size or
shape. Although they are a hit for many students and children, Alex Lengyel (’10) feels differently. “They just are not cool,” he says, “You have to take them off to see it, which defeats the purpose.” Some students are choosing to not participate in this new trend. When asked if she had any SillyBandz, Marla Jolicoeur (’13) replied, “No, I kind of think they’re stupid.” However, despite the negativity she did recognize that they were becoming the new hit trend. It seems as though everywhere you go they have been sold out or the person before you just bought seven packages of SillyBandz. Not to mention high school students showing off who has the coolest rubber band bracelet, or trading with other students their same age. Something about these bracelets is making people go crazy. The next time you notice a kid of any age with about five or more colorful rubber bands around their wrists, the first thing that should come to your mind is SillyBandz.
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to receive this type of treatment. Pigs have intelligence equivalent to that of an average three year-old human child and spend their entire lives in cramped warehouses. As piglets, they are taken away from their mothers and when they are less than one month old, their tails are cut off, and some of their teeth are cut off, all without any pain relief. At the slaughterhouse, chickens’ legs are snapped into shackles, their throats are cut, and they are immersed in scalding hot water to remove their feathers. Most are still conscious when their throats are cut open, and many are literally scalded to death in the featherremoval tanks after missing the throat cutter because birds are exempt from the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act (HMLSA). Most of these animals are forced to cooperate by method of electric prods. If an animal is not considered good quality for meat, they are either beaten to death with rods or slammed into the floor. Not only are factory farms unsanitary and cruel but also leave a big carbon footprint. Eating one pound of meat emits the same amount of greenhouse gasses as driving an SUV for forty miles. A 2006 United Nations report summarized the devastation caused by the meat industry by calling it “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.”
Jeniece Roman ’10
Second Semester is usually that time of the year when juniors at Norwalk High begin to cram for SAT’s and blast Asher Roth’s “I Love College” as loud as they can. Juniors first begin to explore their lives outside of NHS and enter a whole new world full of fraternities, Ultimate Frisbee, and O.AR. At first it seems like fun and games but the college process can be a daunting one. Asher claims that he wants to go to college for the rest of his life but he fails to explain his feelings for college before he actually got there. Listening to the song I do not believe I heard anything mentioned of SAT’s, college road trips, and these ridiculous SAT II Subject Tests; seriously, ask any sophomore if he or she knows what those are. He also forgets to include how he and his parents pay over 45,000 dollars a year in tuition and how he actually chose which college he wanted to go to. Naturally the first thing that comes out of a junior’s mouth when SAT’s are mentioned is a gasp, a wince, or perhaps both. These juniors have good reason to be afraid. How is a person supposed to get a 700 on the Critical Reading section when the articles are written in a different language? What would you say the tone of the author’s last statement was: dogmatic, credulous, dubious, or antipathetic? If you guessed A, B, or C, you have just failed the SAT and should probably just stop reading this article now because you clearly are not college material. Filled with Starbucks coffee, endless information sessions, and pamphlets of teenagers looking just a bit too happy, the college road trip can drive even the most stable person insane. Although it does have its perks, like touching Testudo the Terrapin’s nose and making fun of bubbly admissions ladies, one student can only handle eight or so colleges in one week without crying like a baby. Arriving at the college is the best part of the visit. You look around wondering why every single student does not just go to school here and then you hear it. Did she just say 50,000 dollars a year? When it is finally time to apply to all these colleges and universities, it is very likely most juniors will be all college’d out. So Asher, I am not sure how you got through this whole process but by the time this whole College Application Form thing is over, I better love college.
As long hot summer days slowly creep in, most Norwalk High school students will be hitting the beach or enjoying a cook out. Though summer is a time to be carefree it is important not to overlook the dilemma of what exactly can be put on the grill because of the hazards of the meat industry. Every year in the U.S., more than twenty seven billion animals are slaughtered for food. About ninety-five percent of pigs, seventy eight percent of cattle, and 99.9 percent of chickens are “produced” in meat farms. These meat farms house animals in tightly packed cages and fed unnatural diets, using antibiotics to fatten animals more quickly so that they may be slaughtered. Boston University recently found that antibiotics kill bacteria in high doses but when administered in low doses, like factory farms, bacteria mutate. This is to say that in eating the drug infused meat, humans might not respond to antibiotic treatment when they are sick. Bacteria, E.coli, and Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA because of the unhealthy living conditions of the animals’. Often, cows are still processed despite being sick; sometimes having cancerous tumors. Unhealthy meat is not the only problem being discussed about factory farms. The treatment of the animals has been taken into question numerous times. Animals are born and raised to die. The process that a cow undergoes to become the burger on someone’s plate starts with branding. To mark cows for identification, ranchers restrain the animals and push hot fire irons into their flesh, causing third degree burns. Male calves’ testicles are ripped from their scrotums without pain relievers, and the horns of cows raised for beef are cut or burned off. Cows are not the only animals Workers at a Meat Industry
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When you think of a stereotypical Girl Scout, what do you see? A khaki skirt? Mary Jane’s? Braided hair? I am a Girl Scout and I have none of those things. I started out like most little girls, signed up in first grade because my mom thought it would be good for me. Over time I realized I actually liked the program; sure some parts of it like the full uniform are geeky, but for the most part I enjoyed my scouting experience. It was mostly my leader who kept me happy and engaged. She was less rigid about the rules and allowed me and the other girls in my troop to express ourselves and bend the rules. We got to make our own choices about what we wanted to do within the community and that kept me active in Girl Scouts. I have been doing it for over ten years and most of that time I kept it a secret. People tend to have preconceived notions about people who are still scouts when they are in
high school. Mainly that they are no fun, goodie-goodies who always follow the rules and wear the uniform. Because of those ideas I never really wanted to make it publicly know that I actually was a Scout. This year I am coming out of the closet. What people do not always realize is that Scouts can definitely have fun and they are totally normal. Some of them, like me, even venture to interpret the rules their own way and bend them a little (or a lot). For the most part, scouting helps keep me in touch with my community. There are a lot of people in Norwalk that I have connected with because of volunteer work that I do with Scouts. I have also realized what I want to do with my life because of Scouts. I want to be a teacher and I found that out through the work I did with younger Girl Scouts. I enjoy spending time with them and teaching them how to be good Scouts and good people. I became a role model and I found role models of my own. People may think its geeky, but being a Girl Scout has helped get me jobs, get into college, and get recognition
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Not Your Everyday Girl Scout
from other people in the Scouting community. It helps keep me focused and inspired to be a good person and to do my best in everything I try to accomplish, whether it is getting my dream job or selling more Samoas then anyone.
Norwalk High Students Dress Up and Down For School
Gina LaRochelle ’10 Staff Writer
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Whether you enter school dressed up as if you were going on an interview or wearing what you had on as you rolled out of bed a few minutes earlier, you are walking into the same place: school. Some students choose to “dress-up” to go to school while others choose to “dress-down”. No matter what you choose to wear, does it really affect your day? I very rarely wear sweatpants to school, but, although this may sound strange, it is because I never feel comfortable when I do so. Most people wear sweatpants to feel more comfortable or because they do not care to look presentable at school. However, some would rather not. For whatever reason it does not feel right when I step out of my house wearing baggy sweat pants and I know I am going to be some place where around a thousand people are going to see me. Many may dress-up for school to impress someone else, when in reality the only opinion that should matter is your own. I highly doubt anyone would care if I came to school wearing baggy sweatpants one day, just as I could care less when I see someone else wearing them. I’m not a fashion expert by any means; however, you should not “dress-down” to school everyday. When you have had a rough night or simply just do not feel like looking
nice for school, every once in a while it is all right. If you choose to wear sweatpants and sweatshirts everyday, it is still whatever you feel comfortable in. But, mix it up every once in a while. Wear jeans and a nice top or jeans and a sweater. Not everyday at school is a fashion show, but it is not your house either.
Olivia Bonilla and Ashley Coto display their color war wear.
Fake Beauty Teens Desensitized
Nataly Monsalve ’11
Jeniece Roman ’10
The word beauty has been twisted throughout the years by a society that has a listed vision of what beauty is. They have created this meaning in their minds, and labeled everyone based on it. The truth of the matter is that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes. The word beauty has lost its meaning in the 21st century. The word “beautiful” now refers to getting plastic surgery, tattoos, and piercings. According to nationmaster. com, 30,768 people out of 100,000 get plastic surgery per year. Many people believe that by changing their image, they will somehow be beautiful. Every culture views beauty in a different way. The Maori people of New Zealand practice the ritual of beauty by tattooing their lips and chins. It is what makes a woman desirable in their culture. Brazilian women are known for their looks, which sometimes drives them to extremes. Indonesia also sees being thin as beautiful. Women there sometimes wear a Stagen, a piece of cloth wrapped around the stomach after giving birth. Being thin does not cut it in West Africa. In Mauritania, being plump is beauty. The bigger someone is the better chance they have of finding a husband. In Mauritania the practice of force feeding is important, it is the key to their beauty. Beauty comes in different shapes and sizes and no one really has the definition of what beauty is. The way someone perceives beauty depends on the culture and their own personal taste. Only the beholder can say what beauty is to them and that is why everyone is unique!
Most students of Norwalk High School are not concealed from the world of sex and violence. Whether it is a graphic video game or a sensual television show most teens are exposed to the world of adults. Teens simply can not see the negative influence that the media has over them. Because of access to vast sources of the internet, television, and video games, the media influences teens through many different ways. These influences have the power to affect change in an adolescent’s behavior. According to a 1999 Senate Judiciary Committee report, “Since the 1950s, more than 1,000 studies have been done on the effects of violence in television and movies. The majority of these studies conclude that children who watch significant
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Eric Scatamacchia ’11 Executive Editor
This summer the world’s eyes will be on South Africa as thirty-two soccer teams from thirty-two different countries meet to compete for the coveted title of the world’s best team in the FIFA World Cup. The World Cup is a spectacle like no other in which teams throughout the world gather on the biggest stage to play the world’s game, soccer. This year the World Cup is being hosted by South Africa beginning with the opening match on June eleventh and culminated by the championship match on July eleventh. Despite soccer’s lack of popularity in the U.S., the World Cup is the mostwatched sporting event around the world every time it takes place. This year looks to be no different with super-stars such as Lionel Messi, Didier Drogba, and Cristiano Ronaldo as well as many other players who are looking to make their mark in history. In addition to the ndividual star power the teams in the World Cup are looking as
competitive and evenly-matched as ever. Some of the favorites include number one Spain, the always-talented Brazil, the defending-champion Italian team, and a collection of other teams who can make a serious run for the title. With the exception of the Olympics, the World Cup is the largest gathering of countries in one place competing in athletics. Besides the actual teams representing their countries, the World Cup brings together a diverse group of passionate fans as well as evenly passionate diplomatic officials and political leaders all for the common purpose of watching soccer. When the World Cup is in session the world takes a pause from all of the arguments and dissent that consume our world and shares in watching the World Cup. It does not take a dead-hard soccer fan to appreciate the blend of cultures and backgrounds that the World Cup provides. It is truly a sight to see which comes around only every four years.
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Teams Preparing for Cup
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Jozy Altidore and Charlie Davies celebrate a goal versus Spain
Should Ben Get A Big Punishment
Dom Starsia once said, “Champions aren’t made from March to June, they are made from June to March. This “Rule of Thumb” is applied to all sports and plays a key role in the success of a season. The aphorism means practice and dedication is what can make or brake a season. No championship caliber team is built the first day of practice. Staples High School was the 2008-2009 FCIAC Baseball Champions. Senior Danny Carbone has played two years of varsity and was a member of that team. Carbone said, “Our offseason is a huge factor in our success. We do a lot of camps and have intense conditioning a few months prior to the season.” As shown, their hard work has lead them to a FCIAC title. There are some rules when it comes to offseason training. In the state of Connecticut, according to the CIAC Handbook, no high school coach is allowed to instruct a team comprised of their high school players outside of the regular season and playoffs. However, there are some ways that coaches work their way around this. A coach can be hired by an outside program to run a camp. So, that means the school’s players can sign up for the camp and can legally be instructed by their high school coach. There has been recent controversy over the construction of the new Sono Field House. This is a Norwalk based indoor facility offering a variety of athletic camps and physical fitness training programs. Although Norwalk may be home to this building, it is not Norwalk oriented. The debate arose when people started to notice that the camps were composed of almost entirely all Darien High School athletes. Drew Krasnavage (’10) participated in one of the training programs the Sono Field House has to offer. “I would walk and it would be like a sea of blue”, said Krasnavage. “Most if not all players were from Darien.” When asked to comment on the subject, Trifone simply said, “It is not my fault that my players sign up for the program. The camp is open to all athletes, not just my own.” This has coaches around the league up in arms. “I think it is ridiculous how a coach can instruct their team outside of the season,” said Norwalk High School Boys Lacrosse coach Chris McGee. He added, “But unless there is a rule change, there is seemingly no way of stopping this.” There are many ways teams train during the offseason. The path they choose and the steps they take are what determines the success of their season.
Over the off-season, Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a woman college student in Georgia. Of course Roethlisberger denied the accusations and claimed they were far from the truth, however his reputation still took a big hit. Ben is a well respected player in the league and he is a two time Super Bowl champion. He has gotten into some off-season troubles that have some people questioning his character. The most recent of his troubles is the most shocking and confusing. Why would he even be involved in this kind of crowd when he can go anywhere he wants? He did not really use his head in that situation. Did he really do something or is the woman crazy and just wants some attention? No one knows the answer to that question as of now, but it will most likely be answered soon. Even though he was not convicted of sexually assaulting this woman in Georgia, he was suspended six games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The basis of Goodell’s suspension of Roethlisberger was that he violated the personal conduct policy of the NFL. In a letter to Ben Roethlisberger, Goodell says, “In your six years in the NFL, you have first thrilled and now disappointed a great many people. I urge you to take full
Rob Romano ’10
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advantage of this opportunity to get your life and career back on track.” The Commissioner makes a good point that he was doing all the right things in his career to start off, but now he has taken a very wrong turn and is spiraling downward and needs Is Big Ben in big trouble? to fix it before it gets too late. The only problem with Roethlisberger’s suspension is that it seems a little too long. Now, although Mike Vick served two years in prison, he was only suspended from the NFL for two games. Vick was found guilty of all these crimes and only suspended for two games. Roethlisberger was not found guilty and is suspended for six. This does not make any sense. He does have a chance for the suspension to reduce to only four games, but that is still more than Vick who committed a much worse crime and was proven guilty of it. People should be punished for wrongdoings yes, but only if they truly did it.
NHS Athletes: How Many Play? Luke Porco ’11 Staff Writer
Norwalk High School has many activities offered to students. Sports are a popular activity that many students choose to do. According to athletic director Mr. Mones, the total number of students who play sports this year is 871, which includes multiple sport athletes. The number of individual student athletes is 626. Mones commented about this saying, “It’s increased a bit, women’s sports have gained interest. Girls freshman lacrosse and girls’ freshman field hockey. These have been an attraction for middle school girls coming in.” Efforts are being made to increase participation. “The school encourages students by offering a wide variety of sports at the varsity, JV and freshman level. For the student who never played before, they can try on a freshman or JV level, and if they’re dedicated, passionate and put in the time, by their junior or senior year, they may contribute to varsity,” said Mones. “We offer the most competitive level of sports in the most competitive athletic conference in Connecticut. The
best way to promote sports in school is to have a tradition of excellence. That culture has been established before I got here and the outstanding coaches, they’ve been able to maintain it. Evidence of that is one out of every three students are on an athletic team in high school.” Proof of students positively benefiting from sports is soccer player Michael Broncati (’12) when asked about playing sports said, “I have been playing soccer for 11 years. It definitely has impacted my life in school because it gives me a circle of friends that share a common hobby and love to play (soccer) like me. I think the athletics program is great. I’ve only been here for a year but from what I know the teams are continually getting better. I know the soccer team sure is striving to have its best season in the fall.” The Norwalk High athletic program has definitely had an impact on the school and has shaped the school. Many students have benefited from sports at school and having the large selection of sports to play has definitely paid off for not only the students, but the school in general.
NHS Spring Sports
Lady Bears Reach States
Track Hurdles Through
Ashley Cortes ’11
Vernece Richardson ’10
Nikki Taliercio delivers a pitch
the post season. The girls have worked very hard this season, practicing everyday, and winning the majority of their games, to get where they are. Though the team did not make FCIACs they are not going to let that put a damper on their chance at States. The team this year is like no other. “States was a goal but becoming a family was also a goal for us”, says tri-captain Nicole Talercio (’10). Billmeyer adds, “We have meshed together really well. We are more of a team this year, than we were last year.” In the beginning of their regular season, the team was not optimistic because they had lost many seniors at the end of the season last year. This forced Coach Delong to bring up players who had never been in a varsity team environment. “There has been a tremendous amount of improvement from the beginning of the season until now,” says Coach Delong. As the team turns their focus to States, they hope to make it past the first round. “I think we will be pretty competitive with the other teams. States is always interesting, because you don’t know what teams will throw at you,” says Delong. The future is unclear for the Lady Bears, but they hope that they will win their first game, and move on to the second round.
At the beginning of the season, the Norwalk High School boys’ track team started off doing really well. Captain’s Taylor S. (’10) and Dom K. (’10) pushed the team to work hard through out the season. “We started out very well, said Dom. The boys track team started the season nine and two but went a little down hill towards the end finishing nine, eight, and two. When asked why they thought they scored lower toward the end of the season Adam Robertino (’12) said “There were very though teams.” In the FCIAC’s Adam placed first in the hundred ten hurdles and second in the three hundred hurdlers. Also Billy Reyes (’11) placed third in the hundred ten hurdles. When Reyes was asked about the teams score he said there was easier teams in the beginning and that they just had more people. Though it may seem like they are at a loss, the season has been better than past seasons. When asking Dom how he felt about the teams effort this season he said “I was so proud of the team…we all ran faster.” This season the boys track team really had a great run, no pun intended, congratulations boys track. Photo Credit: Taylor Sccihicatano
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Like many spring sports the girls softball team is preparing to have a longer season than usual. The team made the States tournament which started Tuesday, June 1st. The girls are very excited “Making states was one of the goals we set for ourselves in the beginning of the season,” says tri-captain Megan Billmeyer (’10). The Lady Bears started off their season with a 3 game winning streak. Their overall record for the season was 11-9. The Lady Bears are hoping to add to their record in
Billy Reyes races to the fnish in a recent race
Serving Up The Future girls Successfully Make States Jamie Chun ’10
Brendon Prescott ’11
With the tennis season over, the girls tennis team had a win of 1-0. Although it has been a tough year, with hard work and dedication, the tennis team gave it all they had. Despite that eight of the tennis members graduated last year, leaving only a few members behind, Mr. Hariton, the girls’ tennis team coach, hopes that more students will join tennis next year. “Unfortunately, we didn’t reach our team goal, which was to make it to the states, but they had
Opinion Editor fun and they improved a lot during the practices but most of all, they loved being in the team. I hope that more students will join the team next year,” said Mr. Hariton. “People underestimate us because we never win but we never let that bring us down. We have fun and we tried our best. I hope that next year will be a better year for the team,” said Stefani Gospondinova, one of the two captains of the girls’ tennis team.
After a wet and rainy setback against Staples High School, the Girls Lacrosse Team triumphed their way into the State Tournament. The deal was sealed when the girls won their away game at St. Joseph High School. Senior captain Nicole Brancaccio was ecstatic by the opportunity to finally play in a State game. “We have worked so hard all season to get to where we are today and I am so proud of the girls and the effort everyone put in this year. This is definitely a great way to end my senior year at Norwalk High School.” Despite the fact that the girls lost in the Photo Credit: Ashley Cortes
Olivia Bonilla pratices her backhand
first round of the tournament, it was a great accomplishment to both the school and the team. Coach Morganthaler has no regrets about the team and their season. “The girls worked very hard this year. All of the long and difficult practices paid off in the end and we accomplished a feat that we never could have dreamed of achieving.” With Brancaccio and eleven other seniors leaving, the team is still filled with talent for the upcoming season. “As long as we continue to push hard and work with diligence, we can do anything.” Says junior Jennifer Wing (’11)
In Need of Recognition Gina LaRochelle ’10
At Norwalk High School the teams that seem to receive the most attention are football, lacrosse, and others. But no one seems to recognize the golf team. “No one knows about it,” says Jake Passero (’10) co-captain of the NHS golf team, “People don’t even know we have a team.” As a result, the co-captain never expects very many fans to show at his golf tournaments. “You can’t really hang around school and watch a match,” says Passero. “There are different courses so its hard to watch.” This year the golf team has done fairly well. “We’ve done a lot better than in the past,” says second co-captain, Drew Pennell (’10),
“There has been great improvement.” Pennell and Passero discussed the team’s latest accomplishment. The golf team shot a 174 one match which was the best the NHS golf team has shot in five years. “Everyone scored under fifty strokes for eight holes,” says Pennell, “And some even shot under forty.” The low scores brought the team to be acknowledged for their hard work and improvement. Although the team does not get noticed as much as other sports at NHS do, the golfers do not seem to mind at all.
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Bears Swing Into States James Welch ’11
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The Norwalk High Baseball team started off slowly, but finished the season strong with a 14-6 record overall, 14-4 in FCIAC. The Bears started off the season 1-3 only to go on to win thirteen of their final sixteen games. The Bears struggled with defense early on, but stepped it up realizing that their hopes of winning a championship would only be accomplished through solid defense. Some of the key wins in the season include games against Fairfield Ludlowe, Wilton, Ridgefield, and of course Brien McMahon. Senior captain Jon Cohen (’10) believed in his team all year saying, “No one saw us being able to compete with the top teams in the conference but we’re right where we should be. We’ve beaten everyone but the teams above us, Greenwich and Staples. I’m not worried about who we play because when we play our game we’re tough to beat.” The key turning point in their season, according to the hard throwing left-hander Cohen, was after they loss to New Canaan. Cohen believed that the game should have been won and after that they started to catch a winning streak and started to fit things together. The Bears have battled through this season from being down in many games and also being down through injuries. However, they managed to maintain their composure and continue to go out and play solid, winning baseball. Bears catcher Kevin Daniele (’11) agrees, “I think that the team’s play has been good even in situations where we are down players or losing in the game, we find a way to comeback.” Daniele started every single game for the Bears and knows what the team has set out for, “The entire team expects to win a championship and until that goal is met we won’t be satisfied.” “I spent my sophomore year playing part time on varsity and from my experience as
Leon Fleming and Jon Cohen practice groundballs during a practice
a sophomore and also last year as a junior I haven’t been with a closer team. We have a great time and enjoy playing with each other,” Cohen stated. The team chemistry of the Norwalk Bears has been noticeable through their demeanor, tenacity, and ability to have fun while winning ball games. It is obvious how important having good team chemistry is when trying to win. Norwalk has had an outstanding bounce back season after a relatively disappointing year last year. Unfortunately the Bears suffered a crushing first round loss to the St. Joseph Cadets in the first round of the FCIAC playoffs. The Cadets pitcher, Dan Julian, no-hit Norwalk in a 4-0 win. Many players were frustrated after the game because of the unexpected and early loss. Cohen, who only gave up two hits (one being a three-run homer run in the first), pitched very well after a rough start to the game. Cohen about the loss said, “It was a team loss. We all have to bounce back.”
Success for NHS Boys Lax Nataly Monsalve ’11
The varsity boys’ lacrosse started the season off with a kick, and hope to end proud. The boys practice hard in the scorching sun to make this season the best season ever played. The guys have won seven out of nine games and have made it to states. Co-Captain Rob Romano (’10) explains “We are doing pretty well, doing better than last year.” As a team, they have fights like a family and argue like brothers. “Were just like a big family, we have been through a lot of fights.” said Rob. Co-captain Drew Krasnavage (’10) says there best success this season is “probably making states, because we won three games last year.” As a team “We’ve been working hard, and we’ve had our ups and downs,”
said Drew. Rob explains his best memory this season has been, “Senior night, we played really well.” Drew Krasnavage explains his best memory this season has been, “Senior Night because we needed it to make states.” Coach Mr. Mcgee says, “We accomplished one of our goals, state.” He also states, it’s been a good season. His best memory this season has been, “Just coming out and working with these group of kids.” Rob’s last words to the team are, “Keep practicing, never be without your stick.” Also, “We have played are best lacrosse right now.” The coaches last words for the seniors are, “We thank you for your time here, on the boys’ lacrosse team, your always welcome back to help, make the Norwalk High team proud.”
Drew Krasnavage catches a pass Photo Credit: Taylor Scicchitano
Sprinting To The Finish Brendon Prescott ’11
“Even though the turnout is Armed experienced veterans, an impressive coalition of young blood, small this season, the girls we have and a stellar coach in Patrick Moffett, are excellent runners. All I ask is that the girls outdoor track team was they go out and compete to the best of definitely up to the challenge of facing their abilities and the record does not other teams at the FCIAC meet this matter.” The girls recently competed at year. Despite their poor record, the girls have been trying hard to improve and have a lot “Even though the turnout is small of fun doing it. Girls sprinting captain this season, the girls we have are Libby Burr (’10) knows the excellent runners.” girls are outnumbered, but - Girls outdoor track coach, still believes in the team. “This season has been Patrick Moffett tough due to the numbers but the girls are coming out every week improving their times the FCIAC track meet on May 25th. and working hard. We have a few girls Strong performances were put in by who have qualified for FCIACS and Ivy Chen, who won fourth place in the we are trying to improve our work 100 meter hurdles, Katie Paschovsky, ethic everyday. That is all I could ask who nearly missed placing in the 300 for.” meter hurdles, and the 4x400 and Norwalk sprinting coach Patrick 4x100 teams, who put together valiant Moffett is still optimistic about the efforts in their events. strength of the girls’ team.
Libby Burr and Rebecca Eli exchange the baton.
CONgRATULATIONS TO ALL NHS SPRINg ATHLeTeS ON A SUCCeSSFUL SeASON. HAVe A gReAT SUMMeR!!!!!