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A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

Seniors Hit the Runway By Danielle Capelli ‘22 n Friday, April 12th the Blind Brook Senate hosted the Senior Fashion Show, where Blind Brook seniors dressed up and walk down the runway to show off clothing from local retailers. There are also performances by many high schoolers, to further entertain the audience. Senior Rachel Penn, the president of Senate, explained, “It’s something that seniors look forward to all year. It’s a good end of year tradition that people get to look forward to for their senior year.” All of the proceeds from the fashion show were donated to Operation Prom, an organization that collects prom dresses and tuxedos, and other items to donate to high schoolers around Westchester that are unable to afford prom dresses themselves. “We thought that it’s a good charity to [donate to] because it’s like seniors helping seniors,” Rachel Penn said. Freshman Senate member Madison Muoio thinks that the fact that this event fundraises for Operation Prom is truly a great thing. She explains, “[Prom is] a once in a lifetime experience for kids, and if they can’t get it then we can possibly provide a prom experience to some [teenagers].” Senate obtained the money to donate to Operation Prom by selling admission tickets for the Senior Fashion Show, and also from the raffles that occur at the fashion show. Some items that are usually raffled off include tickets to sporting events, gym memberships, gift cards, clothes, jewelry and more. Most of the money that the Senate gets from the fashion shows is from the raffle tickets. This year, approximately 50 seniors participated in the fashion show, more specifically 35 girls and 15 boys. The clothes worn by the students were donated by local stores in Rye Brook. Some of these stores include Sportech, Mixology, Lesters, Z-Life, All Dressed Up, Vanilla Sky, and LF. Not only did this fashion show serve as a fundraiser for charity, but it also provided advertise-

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Photo/Julia Rosenberg Erlind Balidemaj walks down the runway in his suit from Ridge Squire.

Viewpoints Read about upcoming musical festivals on page 15.

Photo/Julia Rosenberg Lilli Trevino poses on the runway in her outfit from Mixology.

ment for these local stores. After the clothes were worn and were modeled by the seniors, they will be returned back to these local stores. The 2019 Senior Fashion Show wasn’t the first one to be put on at Blind Brook. Penn says, “It’s been happening for years. It’s a fun tradition.” She adds, “In years past, people said that [the senior fashion show] is so much fun.” As stated earlier, there were performances by high school students during the fashion show. Performances happened between the modeling of stores, and the performers are open to all Blind Brook high schoolers, not just seniors. Some of the performers for this year were sophomore Kayla Mak, and junior Michael Lieberman and senior Julia Short. Mak competes on a television show on NBC, World of Dance. Mak performed a dance, and Short and Lieberman sang a song for the fashion show. “It’s a very fun event for seniors and for all high schoolers,” said sophomore Lindsay Schwartzman who is also a member of the Senate. Schwartzman also said, “[The senior fashion show] is a great opportunity to donate money to an important cause.” In years past, the audience has consisted mostly of parents of the seniors. Also, many BBHS students attend to support the event and their friends that are performing in the show. Although this event usually happens annually, last year the fashion show was not able to happen at Blind Brook. “I remember last year we didn’t have a fashion show and everyone was really upset about it,” Penn said. The fashion show was canceled last year due to a walkout that was supposed to happen to protest gun violence. Most BBHS students support the fashion show and think that it’s a really good fundraiser for the school to do. Freshman Senate member Madison Muoio said, “I think [this event] is awesome because it’s the senior’s last year [in high school] and they get to do something that’s about them.” The fashion show raised $2,500, all of which will be donated to Operation Prom.

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Viewpoints

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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ay 1: for high school seniors, the day when the hours on hours of studying, the SAT and ACT prep, and the college application process finally pays off. Students across the country, including those here at Blind Brook, will be sending in their deposits and deciding on their educational fate. The past four years of high school will finally have payed off, because seniors are moving on to college. Last year one hundred percent of BB graduates were accepted to institutions of higher education. In just a few short weeks seniors will finally have found a home for the next two or four years. It is more than just moving on from high school, more importantly it is the hard work and dedication exemplified by students that get them there. College is a main focal point throughout high school, and the stress that comes along with every test taken for better or for worse has to do with the thought of college in the back of student’s heads. That is why it can be somewhat calming and exciting to see the many seniors representing their school on the first. Although May 1 is the official decision day for high school seniors many students at Blind Brook tend to commit before the esteemed day. Senior Paige Tankel recently committed to the University of Michigan and found herself relieved upon commitment. “I was overjoyed to finally commit to a school that I knew I loved. Making the decision was not easy, but it definitely has allowed me to relax and enjoy the rest of my senior year,” Tankel stated. It is that feeling of relief and the eagerness to end the college decision process that makes May 1 and the weeks leading up to it such an exciting time for seniors. However, it is important to not rush the process. Between early decision appli-

cants who know their fate by midDecember, May 1 can seem like a lifetime away for regular decision and early action applicants. Senior Zach Marks who is taking his time with his decision understands the importance of not rushing the process. “It is very important to not focus on other people and what schools they are committing to. The decision is a big one and taking your time and evaluating all of your options is imperative,” Marks said. A joyous time for many seniors, the decision is definitely not always an easy one. As the last days of high school wind down for our seniors it is important to celebrate the next steps in their educational careers. This decision day take a moment to realize that it is more than the name of the college on a t-shirt, and more how the seniors came to that decision and achieve their dreams of attending their school. May 1 is just the start of the roller coaster ride of the next 4 years.

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Viewpoints Inexcusable

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

By Abby Ochs ‘21 oming from a partly Jewish community, the topic of anti-semitism hits home for myself and many others. In today’s world, people are constantly being segregated solely because of the color of their skin and the beliefs in their hearts. So, to hear that a decision making body, the Congress of our nation, is publicly conveying antisemitism is appalling. As humans, we are taught to be kind, respectful, understanding, and most of all, appreciative of our differences. As a Jew, I have been taught to stick up for my faith and interpret the world in my own way. It is extremely upsetting to see a government body, who is supposed to represent our country, disrespect a whole portion of their constituents. Anti-semitism has always been a problem in regards to our government. Even in 2012, Ilhan Omar tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” In 2015, Donald Trump said, “You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money.” He then added, “You want to control your politician candidates, fine,” in response to a group of Jewish Republicans. Dozens of Labour elected officials, candidates, and party members have been caught making anti-Semitic comments, including one municipal Labour official, who labeled Hitler “the greatest man in history,” and said, “it’s disgusting how much power the Jews have in the US.” More recently in Congress, representative Ilhan Omar has made anti-semitic comments. Omar tweeted in February that lawmakers support Israel for the sole purpose of obtaining money from a proIsrael lobbying group. Later on, she apologized for the poor wording of her message, but never clarified her poor view of Israel. Later, she spoke about Israel again, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to

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push for allegiance to a foreign country.” Now, her fellow House Democrats want to plan a resolution to condemn anti-semitism which completely contradicts Omar’s statements. Her defenders say that one should be able to criticize Israel without being labeled a bigot, which, in my opinion, is completely wrong. This resolution started as something to condemn anti-semitism. However, according to the New York Times, “Then, anti-Muslim bias was added in. After that came white supremacy. By the end, it cited ‘African Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, immigrants, and others’ victimized by bigotry.” This seems like a good idea on the surface, but, in reality, it was just a ploy for the Democrats siding with Omar to cover up her mistakes. All (Jewish) Republicans voted no for this, as it was just a failed all-inclusive attempt to end bigotry. In summation, this resolution is a sorry attempt for peace and a cover up for Omar, even though she needs to be punished for her actions. Of all people, as one of the first Muslim women in Congress, it would appear that Omar would understand the hate and discrimination that minorities receive, making it more disappointing that she openly spoke out against Jews. Even though she is a Muslim, one would hope that a member of our governing body would be able to separate ‘church and state.’ Omar has accused american Jews of having dual loyalties, which was an extremely low anti-semitic comment stemming from as far back as the Persian Empire. Omar does not deserve my anger against her, as that would be wasting my time. Instead, I feel sorry for her. I feel sorry that as a double minority, she is still too blind to see and appreciate other cultures. As a Jew, I hope that in the future, any body that represents our nation will one day value everyone equally.

NBA Fans Phenomena By Bryan Moroch ‘20 topic that has sparked controversy in the world of sports recently is how players are treated by fans. Last month, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s star point guard Russell Westbrook was involved in a verbal altercation with a fan while his team was playing in Utah. As a result of the incident, Westbrook was fined $25,000. The NBA’s reaction to the altercation proves their ignorance to the fan’s wrongdoings, which provoked the player’s reactions. In this particular instance, the fan shouted a racially insensitive comment, to which Westbrook responded with inappropriate remarks about the fan and his wife. The fan and his other friends involved in the racial commentary were given a “warning card” for violating the NBA’s Fan Code of Conduct but were permitted to return to their seats. This “punishment” given to the fans was negligible compared to the fine that Westbrook was forced to pay. The most likely reason for such a significant difference in punishment is the idea that professional athletes are held to higher standards and should not respond to these comments. However, at the end of the day, these players are human too and can

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sometimes let their emotions get the best of them. In Westbrook’s situation, he had previously been a victim to racial comments the last time Oklahoma City was in Utah. The first time this occurred, the fans were not reprimanded, as they should have been. The second time he was victimized, Westbrook finally grew tired of the rude and inappropriate comments by fans and acted out. It must be understood that Westbrook’s reaction is not only understandable but also justified, especially since the fans were not penalized. In a similar incident last week, New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis was fined $15,000 for inappropriately gesturing something to a fan. When asked about this, later on, Davis said, “Of course they not gonna show what the fan said.” Players are clearly being led on and eventually punished for their actions, while the NBA completely ignores the misbehaviors of fans. While some of the reactions by the NBA players are most definitely inappropriate, the NBA must understand why their players act in such ways. Additionally, it is essential that the league strengthens the fan code of conduct, making stricter punishments for fans that provoke the players in such a way.


Viewpoints

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

A Week in Washington: Insights for a Lifetime By Abe Baker Butler ‘20 arly on March 2, I boarded the train for a week in Washington D.C. as a delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). This was an honor bestowed upon two high school students from each of the fifty states, along with two from Washington, D.C. and two from U.S. military bases throughout the world. I was on my way to spend a week learning about civic and political engagement with 103 other 17 and 18-year-olds, many of whom came from places and backgrounds wildly different than my own. On the train, I was both excited and nervous. How would the experience transform me? From Alaska’s Avram Salzmann to Hawaii’s Zane Yamamoto, the delegates literally ran the gamut from A to Z. The first night, I had a conversation with a delegate about supply-side economics. She articulated a perspective I had rarely heard: the government should not regulate the economy, but should instead let market forces work unaltered. I disagreed. We talked on and on, passionately but respectfully. This was the first of many conversations that would challenge my views. Sunday brought more excitement: conversations about Israel, Brexit, populism, and austerity, as well as discussions of salmon fishing, gender pronouns, Colin Kaepernick, and a lecture from Jack Warren, the Executive Director of the Society of the Cincinnati, who framed the American Revolution for me in a totally different light. Although our Founding Fathers were flawed, he posited, the principles and ideals they dictated, even if unrealized in their lifetimes, are applicable to everyone. He spoke persuasively and passionately in a way I had never experienced, talking about how our responsibility is to fully realize the ideals of the American Revolution. Monday’s agenda included conversations with political luminaries, including the Senate Parliamentarian and Historian and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts. I learned about the validity of multiple judicial perspectives and the ways in which judges maintain cordiality in our current environment of hyper-partisanship. I also spoke with a North Dakota delegate, the only Democrat In her school of about 100 students. She told me she receives hate for her ideas, causing her to have ambitions to leave the state. Nearly everyone in her town, she said, plans to stay and become a farmer and they shun those who are liberal or leave the state. I debated with Illinois and Nevada delegates about the #MeToo movement and where to draw the line between presumed innocence and guilt. Unsurprisingly, it was an extremely dynamic conversation without easy answers. I also met a delegate from Colorado whose family had a proud tradition of hunting but was still in favor of common-sense gun safety measures. On Tuesday, we participated in a diplomatic simulation at the State Department, which provided tremendous insight into the complexity of Ameri-

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ca’s diplomatic operations and illustrated how easily tense dialogue can devolve into armed conflict. To top it off, we dined in the Benjamin Franklin Dining Room, which resembled the Palace of Versailles, with Secretary Mike Pompeo. I also had the opportunity to meet the National Archivist, David Ferriero. Touring the National Archives, it was awe-inspiring to read the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence. During dinner, I engaged in intense conversation with other delegates on gun safety, a topic which I am extremely passionate about. What was remarkable to me about this conversation is that these other delegates presented the counterargument to my views in a way I had never previously considered. I felt challenged, yet I was struck by the civility and vibrance of our dialogue. Later that week, we toured the White House. I learned that The Art of the Deal is not in the White House Library, and had the opportunity to explore the East Room, Movie Theater, the China Room, and more. And yes, I shooks hands with the President as well as White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway. We also had a C-SPAN televised student town hall, as well as a meeting with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Four-Star General Paul J. Selva. General Selva’s policy answers were impressive and made me feel that our national security was in good hands. However, what I found most fascinating about his speech were his comments on work-life balance, telling us he plays guitar for an hour every night and that no matter how high-ranking we get, we should always find an activity that is relaxing and enjoyable. When I traveled back home one week after my departure, I knew I had only begun to understand the ways in which USSYP would affect me. I learned the importance of having a firm grasp of history and strong personal principles to be an effective leader. The political and civic leaders who spoke to our group advised us to find a career we love and a way to unwind to succeed in life. They emphasized the importance of spending time with family, regardless of professional ambition. They told us not to fear debate or compromise, but rather to use these to our advantage by growing and learning from our colleagues’ ideas. They implored us to be decisive, take prudent risks, and dedicate our careers to a positive cause larger than ourselves. Whether in village politics on zoning or the national debate on gun control, the lessons articulated by these leaders of our democracy have relevance everywhere. My interactions with the other delegates showed me that civil dialogue is still alive and that diversity truly is a strength, not a weakness. They made me optimistic for the future of civil discourse and progress in our democracy as we respectfully and productively delved deep into the major issues facing society. Most significantly, my USSYP experience gave me hope that collaboration and compromise will prevail over America’s current divisions. 5 19


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A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

The Meaning of the Ripple Effect

By Lauryn Weintraub ‘20 ourth quarter is here, and the current seniors loved so much by the Blind Brook community will soon leave for their senior options. However, within their absence, current juniors have a reason to rejoice: they can drive to school! Junior driving night occurred on Tuesday, April 9th, and all juniors wishing to drive to school attended to learn how to be safe on the roads. Junior driving night has been a tradition in Blind Brook High School for many years. Previously, students and parents gathered at the school to hear the tragic story of a Blind Brook student, Michael Blank, who passed away in a speeding related car accident on King Street about ten years ago. The story was told by his grieving family and they felt it crucial for young drivers to hear. However, the trauma of returning year after year to relive the tragic event became too much for the family and they decided to retire from Junior Driving Night. This year, a new couple with an equally grim story spoke to the juniors and their parents about the ripple effect one person has on another when they are driving. Steve and Jacy travel all around the country speaking at schools, press conferences, and even the United Nations to tell the story they shared with the juniors. Although the presentation handles difficult topics, they presented it in a creative way telling their love story rather than the story of a car crash. They were able to make the tragic event a part of their life and not their entire life which made their message resonate with students. Junior Alex Weiss enjoyed the creative way they handled the subject: “The way they were able to give it a personal feel, instead of just rattling off statistics, made it so much more engaging and impactful than I expected.” The presentation Steve and Jacy gave was a personal story about two sweethearts who met in college in 2004. The pair dated throughout college and were ready to get married, have kids, and live happily ever after when they graduated college on May 18, 2008. Unfortunately for Jacy, that afternoon her family was involved in a car crash after a teenager on his phone got distracted and forced an eighteen-wheeler truck to crash into her family’s car. Jacy lost both her parents that day, but thankfully she

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was able to recover from multiple broken bones and brain damage. The story was heartbreaking and raw, but seeing someone who had suffered through that and come out stronger—after nearly two months in a comatose state and countless more learning how to speak, walk, and function with the left side of her body paralyzed—was an unforgettable experience for many juniors. “It was very shocking to see the girl in the crash right in front of me,” Lauren Demarco said after the presentation. Demarco, and many of her fellow students, had their eyes opened afterwards. After sharing the devastating story, Steve and Jacy talked about a ripple effect that every car crash has, which really resonated with students. For every person that uses their phone and causes a car crash, they aren’t just injuring or possibly killing those in other cars, they are damaging the lives of the family members of people they have never met. Mitchell Saunders appreciated their use of the ripple effect in the presentation because it made the effects very clear: “It was impactful to see how one person’s actions not only affect their life but everyone else around it to degrees which you don’t even know.” Saunders also thought the use of the ripple analogy showed that “regardless of whose fault it is, it is a life altering experience for everyone involved, which affects more people than you might think.” Junior Driving Night has always been solemn since juniors learn about the dangers on the road. However, this presentation especially stuck with a lot of students because it wasn’t the traditional lecture they are used to hearing about why certain behaviors are bad. It was personable and relevant, and that made it impactful for students and parents. Abby Schlactus was moved and inspired by the presentation to consider the consequences of her actions: “This presentation will forever make me think twice before using my phone while I am driving because nothing is more important than someone’s life.” As juniors move forward and start driving to school in the upcoming months, they will hopefully remember the story of Steve and Jacy and use the story they heard during Junior Driving Night to rethink their actions to make safer decisions, for the sake of everyone around them.


News

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

Necessary Positivity By Shira Mallah ‘22 onstruction on the track surrounding the football and soccer field started in late February due to damage sitting below the track. The repairs are estimated to be complete by mid-May. The construction is in order to fix the field’s drainage system and to repair the track itself. The effects will be felt by physical education classes, the track team, and townspeople who use the track. The people who have been most greatly affected by the repairs are, evidently, the track team. The team started practices in early March and will be continuing until the end of May, which is right when the repairs end. It happens to be that the repairs of the track will be going on exactly during the entire track season, which is an unfortunate, but necessary coincidence. The real differences made to the schedule of the track team were answered by Freshman, Jordan Casutto who said, “[The track construction] is extremely prohibiting because I can’t run certain workouts. I like to run longer distance workouts and due to the construction on the track I’m not able to do so on it.” The long distance runners are the most affected, because sprinting events, like the 100 and 200 hundred need to be done on the track. Since a whole quarter of the track is under construction, events only up to 200 can be practiced on the track. Long distance runners have been using apps like map my run and other measurement tools to track their workouts, but it is not the same. Since the long jump pit is also in the area of construction, athletes who are doing the long jump are not able to practice at all, which negatively affects them during meets. Track coach Mrs. Tara Strauss said, “We are running all over campus. Sometimes when we can, we’re going to Crawford Park, which is off campus… running all over campus also means running while other practices are going on and staying out of the way.” Since the team is used to running on their own track, sharing the fields and other spaces with other groups of people is a challenge. When asked how the team is responding to all of this, Strauss said, “They’re very flexible, and we are just working with what we have and looking forward to having a successful season.” With a flexible attitude, the impacts of the track construction can decrease significantly. Capitan Lisa Brady said, “In my opinion, the team will not suffer significantly due to the construction because we are still working hard and getting stuff done during practices... overall we still run the same amount we would and we do the same workouts.” Her only major concerns are that practice is very unpredictable, it takes extra preparation to measure distances, and the team gets used to a surface that they won’t be competing on.

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On the bright side, however, Brady did bring up the point that this surface could be easier on runners joints, preventing injury. This is a major problem for the track team because the amount of running done in practices can be hard on many people’s joints and muscles. Physical Education classes are one of the main groups that have also had to accommodate the construction. Physical Education teacher Gina Carlone says, “We will notice it more during the Spring season when we start to go outside for Phys. ed. classes but right now we have not seen much of a difference because all of our classes are inside.” As of right now, except for the days where gym classes go outside to walk, there is not catastrophic difference. When gym classes go out to walk, it is typically on the track, but recently it has been along the perimeter of the upper baseball field. This is not a big difference, and the classes have not been hurt yet. When asked if the repairs are “worth it”, Carlone responded, “Yes. This is for safety purposes.” Evidently, both gym classes and the track team have been and will be affected by the repairs of the track. However, this construction is something that the school needed for safety reasons, and they did not have much of a choice. Everyone will have to be flexible during the upcoming weeks until the end of the repairs, and then the track will be in better shape than ever. 7 19


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A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

BB Sophomore Competes on NBC

April 2019

By Hannah Bailey ‘19 rounds to move to the World Final. The winner of orld of Dance is an NBC reality tv show that the World Final wins the title of “World of Dance”. features a variety of styles of dance. Groups Kayla Mak, a sophomore at Blind Brook High School of dancers and solo acts compete for over 16 episodes is competing in World of Dance’s third season. She to win the one million dollar prize and the title of “Best has studied dance since she was four years old and has in the World” while also receiving the opportunity of won many awards including the Young Dancer of the a lifetime to showcase their talent. Since premiering Year title and the National Mini Female Outstanding in 2017 the show has gained a devoted fan base and Dancer award. She studies an assortment of dance global success. This season the show features Blind styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical, Brook’s own sophomore, Kayla Mak. pointe and contemporary. Kayla is competing in the juCelebrities Jennifer Lonior division, she ended pez, Ne-Yo, and Derek the Qualifying round Hough judge the perforwith the third highest mances and score the dancscore (90.3). This score ers based on a combination was an advantage as of five categories. Each she entered the Duel category is worth twenty round because she had points, for a total of 100 one of the first picks points. If a dancer receives for who she wanted a 100, this is a perfect score. to compete against in First, judges evaluate the Duels. Mak picked performance, this includes Funkanometry, a hip effort, and personality, hop duo with a style how dancers insert emovery different from her own. Funkanometry tion and a story into their incorporates humor dances. Next is technique, and entertainment into this includes transitions their routine but uses from move to move, and far less complex chorecleanliness of the routine. For example, technique ography than Mak uses would judge questions like when she performs. “how synchronized were Mak put out an outthe dancers?” or “how prestanding performance cise were the movements?”. in the duels and judge The third part of technique Derek Hough claimed is the execution, how well Mak’s moves were “on the dancer executed their another level” as she routine. received high praise The next category is from the judges after Photo Courtesy of NBC World of Dance choreography, with subcather routine. Judges Mak performing on the World of Dance stage. egories including the diffiscored Funkanometry culty of moves, musicality, highly for their “great how well the movements were choreographed with entertainment” and enjoyed their humor, and many the sound of the music and tricks. Creativity is also viewers criticized judges for scoring Funkanometry’s important, including originality of performance and performance higher than Mak’s, with a 91.7 to Mak’s artistic choices, this can range from the costume to the 91. This edge gave them the win in their duel round. music to the dance style. Dynamics are also judged in However, Mak did have a chance to redeem herself in the creativity category, how powerful the performance the redemption round and she competed against the felt. Finally, presentation is the last category, crowd House of Tap. Mak won this round and will continue appeal and impact are evaluated in this category. With onto the next round, the cut. so many aspects of performing for dancers to focus Kayla Mak has many fans cheering her on from Rye on this makes receiving a high score very rigorous. Brook, Blind Brook High School senior, Lilli Trevino The show’s elimination process starts with the says “I love watching World of Dance and it is so cool Qualifiers, in this round competitors must have a to see someone from our school competing. I thought score of at least 85 points to move on. Next, the danc- her performance in the last episode was amazing and ers progress to the Duels where they choose their op- I hope she can make it to the final round and win!”. ponents in order of highest to lowest score. The Cut Senior Gabby Egol agrees, “I can’t wait to see the peris the third round, here dancers are assigned mentors formances the dancers create for the upcoming epito prepare them for their performance and the win- sodes, especially Kayla! They’re all unique and it’s so ners of the Cut move on to the divisional final. Each interesting to watch”. World of Dance is on at 8 pm division (based off of age and group size) has a final on Sundays on NBC, be sure to watch and see what round and the contestants perform in two different happens!

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NBA Draft Eligibility Debate Columnist Spencer Feuerman ‘20

hile it is often thought that age the league later. Players’ rookie is simply a number, that is not contracts are typically worth less than so. At age 14 Guan Tianlang partici- those of later contracts. For example, pated in the Masters golf tournament, Lebron James rookie contract was worth and Alphonso Davies joined the MLS at about 39 million dollars over three years. age 15. But yet, a phenom killer point After that contract expired, he signed an guard can’t enter into the NBA until he 80 million dollar deal over three years. is at least 19. This draft age debate has Owners are able to capitalize on this sitrecently resurfaced due to the injury of uation by optimizing player talent while Duke basketball star, Zion Williamson, spending the least amount of money. who was injured as a result of a sneaker Opponents to the current draft eligimalfunction. A majority of fans advo- bility age claim that lowering the age cate for lowering the draft eligibenefits players by allowing them bility age, but I believe the to earn guaranteed money in current rule of eligibility the NBA rather than riskshould remain as it bening injury in the NCAA efits team owners, athand never receiving letes, and society at pay. But I believe this large. argument is not sufThe current draft ficiently compelling age aids NBA owners as the benefits of the in their recruitment current eligibility age process. By having clearly outweigh this these prospects play singular negative in college, scouts are The current rule not able evaluate these playonly helps athletes and ers in more competitive owners but also society at situations. This ultimately large. With talented playhelps scouts reduce the risk ers going to the NCAA rather of selecting a player who than the NBA, colleges can’t perform at the lev- Photo Courtesy of Spencer Feuerman are able to generate more el of play the NBA derevenue from TV conmands. Players such as Robert Swift tracts. Colleges are then able to lower and Ndudi Ebi are perfect examples of tuition costs, attract better professors, what incomplete scouting reports can and make more capital improvements lead to. Prior to the rule change, both to their campuses. The bottom line is these players went straight to the draft more money is being put back into the from high school, were drafted fairly college system. Society further benefits high, and went on to have very unsuc- from the entertainment that these colcessful careers. Many players have fol- lege teams offer. If the draft eligibility lowed this same path. age was lowered, the level of competiAlong with helping teams better as- tiveness and overall gameplay would desess new talent, college attendance acts cline as would the level of enthusiasm as a free training ground for these ath- and excitement around the league. By letes. Through this experience, play- keeping the draft rule as it exists players become more mature and are better ers are forced to attend college for at able to handle intense travel, game time least a year, and those players who depressure, and media scrutiny. In addi- cided to not go into the draft may enjoy tion, while players are developing their the “taste” of college and decide to conbasketball skills, NBA owners save mil- tinue, adding to a more educated citilions of dollars by having players join zenry. 9 19


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April 2019

Model UN Breaks Records at EagleMUNC By Nicholas Laterza ‘22 his past weekend marked the end of a historic year for the Blind Brook Model United Nations (MUN) club, as 34 students attended their final conference of the year at Boston College, EagleMUNC. In MUN, students discuss geopolitical issues and improve their public speaking skills. 60 total students are led by five board members: Shivani Thaneer, Aliza Kibel, Bryan Wei, Carly Kabot, and Alex Weiss. The club advisor is Mrs. Nicole Simmons. Blind Brook took home ten individual awards from the Boston College conference, adding up to a total of 33 awards from all three conferences this year. This topped their previous school record of 24 awards set last year. On top of that, Blind Brook also received the Best Large Delegation award for the first time in school history. This is given to the school with the best performance in all committees out of all 50 schools who attended the conference. Advisor Mrs. Simmons was extremely proud of everyone’s effort this year. “Some students have won more than one award, but I’d really say in terms of success they’ve all been successful. They’ve all shown a great amount of improvement over the years” said Simmons. One of the most memorable moments of the conference was when Blind Brook was announced as the Best Large Delegation. “All 36 of us in total just erupted...people were so happy, screaming, yelling, and jumping” said Simmons. Ten Blind Brook students won individual awards at the EagleMUNC conference. Ranked from the most elite, the awards include best delegate, outstanding delegate, and honorable mention. Abe Baker-Butler, Abby Ochs, Nicole Rosenzweig, and Shivani Thaneer won best delegate. Carly Kabot, Aliza Kibel, and Alex Weiss won outstanding delegate, and Chloe Ng, Mitchell Saunders, and Jake Seff were awarded honorable mentions. These ten awards helped propel Blind Brook over the previous record of 24. They already had won 12 awards at the Rutgers University conference and 10 awards at the

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John Hopkins University conference. Mrs. Simmons strives in working with students to improve their public speaking skills along with their knowledge of geopolitical ideas, in order to nourish their MUN abilities. First-year member, freshman Josh Rosenblut stated, “I learned many leadership skills and more information about my topic [in the last conference] which was the Roman Senate.” Although Rosenblut said MUN could be stressful at times, the hard work pays off. “The best part was being up there and being able to make speeches in front of all these people” remarked Rosenblut. He hopes to win his first individual award next year. When it comes to Model UN, the improvement and progress made throughout high school are extremely prevalent. Senior board member Bryan Wei talks about his development up to his current position he is in now. “My first trip as a freshman I spoke once throughout the whole conference whereas this past conference I would say I spoke 50+ times” said Wei. Bryan Wei has been participating in Model UN for four years and has been a board member for the past two years. He has attended ten collegiate conferences and won six awards, with five of them being from his junior and senior year. “When I was an underclassman, it was a lot of looking up to board members but now I’m a part of planning the trips and helping the underclassmen prepare. I’m also responsible for teaching them general Model UN skills” said Wei. Along with soccer, MUN has become one of Wei’s biggest passions. Following EagleMUNC, Blind Brook was even named one of the top 100 Model UN clubs in the country. It was the perfect end to a record-breaking year as this achievement is also a first for the school. When asked about goals for next year, Mrs. Simmons said, “We are going to continue working individually with our younger members to strengthen their performance.”

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Arts & Entertainment

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April 2019

Stranger Things: Season Three By Lauren DeMarco ‘20 t has been a long wait, but finally, the third season of Stranger Things has been announced. It will be released on July 4th on Netflix and is only 8 episodes. Season 2 ended on a positive note. In summary, the shadow monster was temporarily defeated, though it still lurks in the upside down, watching over Hawkins. Also, Eleven has closed to gate between the upside down and the real world, but as it has it the past, it likely will find a way to open again. Next time it opens there just might be more scary monsters making their way into the world. This past season has left fans is suspense for what is to come. The episodes’ names for the season 3 have been released. They are: - Suzie, Do You Copy? - The Mall Rats - The Case of the Missing Lifeguard - The Sauna Test - The Source - The Birthday - The Bite - The Battle of Starcourt It is the summer of 1985, and as said in the trailer for season 3, “One summer can change everything.” The gang’s all back together. Eleven, Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas, Max, and everyone else in Hawkins are in for a ride. When the poster for season three was released, a lot of predictions were made by fans desperately waiting in suspense for more information on the new season. On the poster, many people have noticed there are some rats scurrying around. This must hold some significance because one of the episodes for season three is called “The Mall Rats”. Could they be “demo-rats”, or Demogorgon rats, from the upside down coming into the real world? Months later, a video was released showing a ton of rats run to some part of an abandoned building. It was captioned, “It’s almost feeding time.” Not a lot is certain about the upcoming season from the trailer, but it looks very good, maybe even enough to top past seasons. One Junior at Blind Brook High School,

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Alyssa Arnett, is looking forward to the new season. Alyssa loved the past two and said, “I thought the producers of Stranger Things did a great job making all of the pieces of the show come together.” She is not sure how they can top the past two seasons since they were so good, but she is sure they will find a way. Another Junior at Blind Brook, Sophia Mullaly, watched the first two seasons and said, “I’m really excited to watch season three because the last two seasons were really interesting. I’m also really excited to see how the newer characters develop in season three.” There will definitely be development of the characters, but the growth of the actors as they get older will be shown through this new season. Season 2 was released October 27, 2017, so it took around 2 years to come out with the next season. Season 3 will pick off a year after the conclusion of season two (the summer of 1985). The aging of the actors will correspond similarly to the characters and makes the show feel even more real. If the recording of the show continues at a similar rate, fans will be able to follow the group as they go through their teens and for however long the show goes on. Overall, there are big shoes to fill for season three of the Stranger Things. Only a couple teasers leave fans waiting for more. They won’t know how good season 3 is until July 4th. Will Hawkins be peaceful for the summer? Probably not, but no one will now until season 3 finally comes out. 11 19


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NY Teen Makes Broadway Debut

By Olivia Zahl ‘22 t only sixteen years old, Andrew Feldman is making his debut on Broadway. Feldman, a junior from Woodmere, New York and attends Lawrence Woodmere Academy. Ever since he saw “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway, when he was three years old, Feldman has been obsessed with theater. He enjoys singing, dancing, playing instruments, but he especially loves to act and perform. Feldman always stars in the plays at his school, and he has also landed gigs at St. Gregory’s Theater Group, located in Queens, and Broadway Workshop, in Manhattan. The talented teenager continued to grow a reputation for himself, and was eventually nominated for the National High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. Among tough competition, Feldman was named the winner of the 2018 best actor within the National High School Musical Theater Awards. After this amazing achievement, Feldman was recognized by many high ranking people in the theater industry, including the lead producer of “Dear Evan Hansen.” After this recognition, Feldman was offered the role of Evan Hansen, which he took in a heartbeat. Receiving a Jimmy Award is obviously a big deal, and there were a few students from Blind Brook High School who qualified for the award. Julia Short, a senior at Blind Brook, is one of those students. Short explained the award, “The Jimmy Award is a national high school theater award.” Short also explained the significance of this award: “I think being considered for this award means that you are essentially the best of the best in New York, and possibly the entire country.” As mentioned earlier, the competition for the Jimmy Award is extremely high, and actually winning the award is a huge honor and accomplishment. Short stated, “If I was able to participate in the Roger Rees awards and the Jimmy awards I would be ecstatic. Winning the award could mean so many things from getting an audition on Broadway to performing in New York City all the time. Many

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past winners are on national tours for shows and some are performing in NYC frequently, which is the opportunity of a lifetime.” This year the sophomore class at Blind Brook has been given the amazing opportunity to take a trip to Broadway and witness Feldman perform in “Dear Evan Hansen”! They will be going on this trip on May 15th. The chapersones are English teachers Christina Colangelo and Jon Ambrosio. Both are greatly involved with and love theater; Ambrosio is always looking out for new shows to attend and Colangelo is the director of theater at Blind Brook. Both are thrilled to attend the show: “I think it is an extremely important piece for teenagers, their parents, and those who educate them to see. Since this is the second time I am seeing it, I plan on paying more attention to the directorial and acting choices because the first time I spent most of the musical with tears clouding my view of the stage!” Colangelo said. Ambrosio stated, “We all know that the show itself has garnered amazing success: the Tony Awards, the social media presence and the box office records. I think most people are going to see the show because they are excited by its success and anxious to see what’s happening behind the doors of the theater. Even though I have seen the show several times, I too fall into that category and as a teacher I’m also excited to see my students reaction to the subject matter and our talks afterwards in class.” Both were then asked more specifically about their expectations of Andrew Feldman. Colangelo responded with, “The most interesting aspect of getting to see Andrew Feldman in the role is that he is the EXACT same age that Evan Hansen is supposed to be! I saw Ben Platt, who was amazing, and I am curious to see the different portrayal. I love having the opportunity to see what different actors do with the same roles. I anticipate that he will bring an innocence to the role because of his age and I think this will impact the audience’s emotional response.” Besides the teachers, the students are excited too! Sophomore Carly Wager is one of the students attending the class trip. Wagner is also excited to see the show: “I have never seen it before and don’t know much of the plot. I am looking forward to seeing how the actors work together to make the show successful.” On the topic of Andrew Feldman, Wagner can’t wait to watch an actor so close in age to her perform. Wagner stated, “I am excited to see how such a young actor portrays the tough subject of suicide. As suicide is becoming more public, kids are more aware of mental health and of suicide. I am looking forward to seeing someone who I can relate to because he is so young.” Both chaperones and students are eager to watch “Dear Evan Hansen” but, they are mostly excited to see Andrew Feldman, a sixteen year old, take on the lead role of Evan Hansen in the sensational Broadway musical.


Arts & Entertainment

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April 2019

College Scandal

Rick Singer, the CEO of a college prep company. In By Lauryn Weintraub ‘20 hether watching the news or Full House re- exchange for large sums of money, Singer helped runs, the recent college admissions scandal students of rich parents bribe or cheat their way into is consuming the media. While over 50 wealthy par- elite universities. The irony of the situation is that in ents, coaches, and procters were found to be guilty of order to avoid detection, Singer had parents donate cheating—in the form of bribery, cheating on stan- the money to his nonprofit organization, Key Worlddardized tests, and photoshop—only two names are wide Foundation, which aimed to help less fortunate circulating in the news: Lori Loughlin and Felicity students. After all of the illegal actions that have takHuffman. en place in the past few years, Singer and the parents The two actresses made headlines for their immoral involved are being tried in court. Loughlin and Huffand illegal actions they took to get their daughters man are facing charges up to 5 years in prison, while admitted to selective colleges. Lori Loughlin is well- Singer could spend the rest of his life behind bars as known for the orchestrator her role as of the bribery Aunt Becky and corruption. on the TV A scandal this show Full large should be House, and rattling college sequel Fulladmissions, scarer House, ing admissions while her officers wishing daughters to clear the name Isabella and of their schools Olivia are and students aspiring acsending in aptresses and plications under influencers. these conditions. Olivia Jade Yet this massive is famous story seems obfor her Yousolete for stuTube chandents. Senior Kinel with dar Kooverjee, Photo/Abby Kimmel nearly 2 million subheading to USC in the fall, Costa Rica is a popular vacation spot, with lots of wildlife said he was not shocked by the scribers who watch that attracts tourists. allegations. He added, “It’s not her beauty and lifestyle something that weighs on my videos. Sarah Cassuto, a junior, has been subscribed to her for over 2 years: mind at all actually.” Confident in his application, he “I came across one video on YouTube and loved her knows that the rich find loopholes in whatever they style and personality.” Although the last few weeks can: “Every school has unfair admissions, be it from have been rough for Olivia Jade, with sponsors pull- legacy, racial or sexual preferences, or donations.” ing their endorsement and many subscribers unfol- The scandal had a similar effect on Cassuto, who will lowing her, Cassuto is staying loyal. “I did not let one be applying to colleges in the fall, since she knows she mistake that her mom made affect how I view her. I has no control over the admissions process. So if this like her videos, and even though she is a part of this is something students view as old news, why did it scandal it doesn’t mean I should boycott her,” the ju- become such huge news? “This one was just less legal than the rest,” Kooverjee said in reference to the other nior added. While Cassuto is right that Olivia Jade didn’t play immoral ways people get a leg up in admissions. a large role in the Varsity Blues scandal, her mother The Varsity Blues scandal is no doubt serious, but did. Lori Loughlin allegedly paid bribes of $500,000 it’s started multiple discussions about the injustice in to coaches at University of Southern California to college admissions. People began questioning the imvouch for both of her daughters during the admissions pact legacy should have, the socio-economic division process, claiming that they would join the women’s that allows tutors to be hired, and the role affirmative crew team. However, neither Isabella nor Olivia had action should play in admissions. Even though the ever rowed before, and neither had any intention of media broadcasts the scandal everywhere, only the rowing in college either. Instead, the girls were pho- names of Loughlin and Huffman are thrown around. toshopped onto the bodies of athletes to make it look The other convicted millionaires are getting off the like they had experience rowing. On the other hand, hook in the public eye since celebrities are taking the the Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman brunt of the hate and opposition. This investigation paid $15,000 for her eldest daughter to cheat on her shouldn’t merely cause a new discussion about colSAT exam, boosting her score by 400 points. lege admissions. People need to stop hiding behind The money paid by these parents, and the other celebrities and place the blame and burden on all of parents involved in the scandal, was paid to William the guilty parties.

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A Millenial Born in the Wrong Generation Columnist Mackenzie Drangel ‘19

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ob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band said it best, “Just take those old records off the shelf. I’ll sit and listen to ‘em by myself. Today’s music ain’t got the same soul. I like that old time rock ‘n’ roll.” There are special people in this world who find themselves isolated almost since birth. I am one of them; I am an old soul. We can’t help but feel we were born in the wrong generation. We are slightly removed from the worries of today and somehow feel a little out of sync with what our peers are concerned with. We long to be apart of a simpler time, and find comfort in the world of past decades captured in their music and movies. For starters, I was born to two nostalgic Gen Xers. From as early as I can remember I was forced (and I now understand why) to watch 80s films with my dad like Photo Courtesy of “Ferris Bueller’s Day off,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Princess Bride” and my favorite, “The Breakfast Club.” Watching these movies resulted in my growing admiration of film and preference for this period of time. To me, these films were more entertaining, worth-telling, and more genuine than what people my age would obsess over. I also would listen to Billy Joel and Cheap Trick with my dad in the car as he drummed on the steering wheel. These songs told stories and these artists had something worthwhile to say. They weren’t auto-tuned disarrays about what they did last night at the club or how their “girl” is better than yours. Every band and artist had their own unique sound. The 14 18

Rolling Stones did not s o u n d like Elton John and so on. My “Oldies” playlist has every genre you could think of and it is refreshing. My interest in older films and music made me something of an outsider among my peers, but I treasured the moments it helped create within our family. With the popularity of the Queen and Elton John biopics (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Rocketman”) came a new appreciation for the 80s icons amongst millennials on social media. On Spotify, the song “Bohemian Rhapsody” went from 87 place globally one day before the movie’s release to 15 place one week later. It also returned to the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the third time. It is evident that classic rock has “staying power,” some just choose not to indulge knowing it’s the music their parents Mackenzie Drangel used to rock out to. Just like my parents passed down their childhood to me, Generation X writers today are greatly influenced by their childhood films and television shows and it’s reflected in what we watch and listen to in 2019. Whether teens like it or not, 80’s and 90’s nostalgia has infiltrated its way into our own pop culture with the return of chokers and shows like “Glow,” “Stranger Things,” and “The Goldbergs.” The ’80s provide an escape from today’s political chaos through a neon-colored lens that Gen Xers and old souls can’t get enough of. So it’s time for millennials to get used to big hair and John Hughes type films because people still love the 80s!


Arts & Entertainment Upcoming Music Festivals

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

By Abby Schlactus ‘20 magine being able to go to an impressive location filled with photo opportunities, every food imaginable, and, most importantly, everyone’s favorite music artists and performers. Well, if this does not define a music festival, nothing ever will. Music Festivals are events for music lovers to see their favorite artists live, one after the other. Music festivals draw in crowds from all over the country and appeal to various genres of musics. From pop music to country music and everything in between, everyone is able to find a Photo/Jack Wells music festival that they will love. Crowd at the Governors Ball Music Festival in 2018. A few well known music festivals that are coming up are Coachella, experience is like no other and it is right around the Governors Ball Music Festival, and Lollapalooza. corner, so get your tickets now! Each of these music festivals have their own special Another music festival that is coming up this attributes that make an experience unlike any other. summer is Lollapalooza. This music festival, in Coachella is a glamorous California music festival Chicago, is a four-day experience unlike any other. that kicks off the summer festival season. Equipped With everyone’s favorite music artists, it is imposwith many stages, food vendors, and numerous ac- sible not to find someone to listen to. Headliners tivities, Coachella has become a largely anticipated Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Flume, Childevent. This festival, April 12-21, has a large line- ish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, up, including headliners Childish Gambino, Tame The Strokes, J Balvin, and many other performers, Impala, Ariana Grande, Khalid, the 1975, Solange, festival-goers will never get bored. Every year, difDiplo, DJ Snake, and many more. Here, people can ferent brands sponsor this festival and have booths, dance to their favorite music and watch their idols free giveaways, games, and many more fun things perform in front of their eyes. However, there are to do for the people who need a break from the muother things to do here. The Do Lab is an open sic. stage that everyone should go to when they need While these music festivals have become major to cool off. A DJ blasts music while the audience successes, one other music festival, Panorama, has gets blasted with water hoses. There are also many not experienced the same luck. With art exhibits art exhibits at Coachella. Around the entire festi- and amazing lineups in the past, people would exval ground, there are impressive centerpieces and pect that Panorama would be just as well-liked as sculptures created by artists to enhance the visual the previous music festivals. Unfortunately, Panoraappeal of the festival. ma has been cancelled this year due to negative feelNext, Governors Ball Music Festival is a popu- ings towards the festival. Last year, one full day of lar festival among Blind Brook Students. This fes- the festival was rained out and cancelled, angering tival, alike Coachella, has cool stages and delicious festival-goers. While this does seem like it would food, but where it differentiates is the location. This make people upset, Panorama was only trying to music festival is located on Randalls Island in New keep the festival-goers safe because of the dangerYork. This is much closer to Rye Brook than Coach- ous weather. Panorama is taking a year off and the ella and has a lot of the same artists. This festival, Panorama team is hoping to regroup for 2020, so May 31-June 2, has headliners such as Major Lazer, stay tuned! The 1975, Lil Wayne, The Strokes, Nas, SZA, Ty- Music festivals are essential to visit during the ler, the Creator, and many more artists. While these summer to experience a fun and exciting atmoperformers create an amazing experience on their sphere with none other than everyone’s favorite own, Governors Ball offers many other activities artists. Whether people buy VIP passes or just and sites. These include giant-sized art walls, food general admission tickets, the experience is once in trucks, and locations to hang out if one is a member a lifetime! Who knows? You might even make it an of certain companies. Overall, the Governors Ball annual thing.

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Climax Score: 94/100 If you’re a lover of pure, original, and experimental cinema, then buckle up for a wild ride! Primiering at the Cannes Film Festival way back in May, Climax is an excellent and innovative film that surely isn’t for everyone. From Argentine-French filmmaker, Gaspar Noé, it takes place during the winter of 1996 in a single building, and is based on a true event. Sofia Boutella stars as the leader of a group of dancers who throw a party after a rehearsal. As the film progresses, the dancers begin to feel nauseous, confused, and start to figure out that their alcoholic punch they’re all drinking is full with acid. From start to finish, the film is slow, psychedelic, and crazy. The improvisational acting and cinematography are just a few of the excellent aspects that make the experience unlike any other. However, throughout the film there are awkward cuts to black, which is up for debate if this was Noé’s intention. Noé’s use of long takes makes the audience feel like they’re are in an inescapable nightmare, especially the last 45 minutes of the film which is all one take. It probably is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen in a motion picture. Noé’s other films use techniques like this, but not quite the same. Yes, I strongly recommend the film. But if you are just looking to watch a movie to have a good time and have fun, I would think twice before watching this. But if you’re searching for something original and not your average movie please, check this one out. Climax will absolutely end up being one of my favorite films of this new year, and upon rewatch, could become one of my favorite films. Only time will tell….

Captain Marvel Score: 50/100 The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought audiences around the worlds movies that will end up classics such as Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Infinity War. But have also made some disappointments such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Marvel Studios’ 21st film in the Infinity Saga is somewhat in the middle. From filmmaking duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, and producer/comic-book aficionado producer Kevin Feige, the film tells the story of Carol Danvers, portrayed decently by Brie Larson, as she becomes Captain Marvel after Earth is caught in the center of a galactic conflict between two alien worlds, the Kree and the Skrulls. The film is set in 1995 (about 15-20 years before the other films in the saga) and there are plenty of clever -- yet somewhat repetitive -- references to songs, movies, and locations from that era. Larson gives a decent performance as Danvers even though she was given a mediocre screenplay. Larson stars alongside Samuel L. Jackson in his ninth MCU appearance as Nick Fury, who is magnificently deaged ditially to look nearly 25 years younger. Captain Marvel marks the first female-led film in the saga, and shoves it down the audience’s throats, making them well-aware it’s a female-led superhero movie. There is no need to get political, but what bugged me and many viewers the most is the amount forced female empowerment. Female empowerment is perfectly okay in movies! But the film completely lacks reason in caring for Carol’s character. Take films such as Aliens….with Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley. Throughout Aliens, audiences entirely buy into the character of Ripley. She feels as real, relatable, believable, and as human as the person sitting next to you at the theater. You care for the character, and want her to make the right choices. Not only that, you desperately want her to succeed. The film doesn’t portray Ripley as invincible, rather as an average woman in the craziest of predicaments. And there is not forced female empowerment in the film whatsoever! In Captain Marvel, there is not single moment in the film where you care about Carol and her consequences, and the forced empowerment does not help the film in the slightest. On the bright side, the film is entertaining most of the time, and the action is pretty great for a Marvel film. Most of the performances from the leads were competent, most of the visual effects are good, and is a must-watch if you are a fan of Marvel and are preparing for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. However, the film is overall a generic prequel with forced messages and not the best story. Thankfully, superhero-movie fatigue has not quite hit audiences just yet…. 18

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Us Score: 54/100 I don’t know if I was thinking straight, or if I was feeling ill, but I was genuinely disappointed with the result of this movie. From Jordan Peele, filmmaker behind the excellent Get Out, Us is about a family who are confronted by their doppelgängers. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as Adelaide Wilson (née Thomas) and Gabriel “Gabe” Wilson, and their doppelgängers. Before I get to all the negatives, I just want to discuss everything I thought was done well with the film. First of all, Lupita Nyong’o was excellent in her two roles as Adelaide and her tethered doppelgänger, Red. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if she might even get an Oscar nomination at next year’s Academy Awards! It would be interesting to see! The cinematography was also pretty good, there are plenty of memorable shots that will stay in my memory for days. Peele’s direction was all right, and the score was chilling at times and it made nervous in a few scenes….that’s about it for the positives. I went in to see this film with extremely high expectations after watching Get Out for the second time. This quality of this film compared to Get Out pales in comparison. First off, the film was more of a comedy than a horror film. I don’t remember a single moment where I felt scared while watching the film unless there was good scary music behind a scene. The comedy I thought was mediocre. Yeah, I laughed a little, but not as much as the filmmaker’s intention. In Get Out, when it was supposed to be funny, it was funny. When it was supposed to be tense, I felt my heart was beating faster and faster. For Us, I didn’t feel anything. The acting from the two children didn’t feel believable or natural. Some of the humor felt forced, and that’s never a good thing. Us also has hidden messages about politics and society, similarly to Get Out. But in that film, it was good the first time around. In Us, you start to get the feeling that Peele is going to have these kinds of messages in every movie he makes in the future, and it already feels repetitive. I wanted to love the film, but sadly, I just didn’t. Others might find my opinion to be wrong, and might consider the movie to be a masterpiece. It’s your opinion, and I respect that. This was an unexpected disappointment, but maybe there was just something I missed….

Shazam! Score: 77/100 Speaking on unexpected, Shazam! is probably one of the biggest surprises out of any movie I have seen in quite some time. Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, Shazam! stars Asher Angel as foster-kid Billy Batson, who can transform into an adult superhero, played by Zachary Levi. Levi stars alongside Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, his new roommate at his group home. Shazam! is an absolute blast from start to finish, and is easily the best DC film of the past five years. The film is set in the DC Extended Universe, alongside other films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. The films in this universe have a well-earned reputation for being very dark, and not fun to watch. Each film would feature brooding characters and dark stories most films in this universe are a bore to watch and pretty bad in overall quality. The biggest shock with this new entry is that it’s fun, entertaining, heartfelt, enjoyable and overall: watchable. Director David Sandberg does a decent job with keeping the tone energetic, and playful, which is such a welcome change compared to the other films in the franchise. However, the film frequently changes its tone completely from happy fun to gruesome horror, particularly when the Doctor Sivana played by Mark Strong, the villain of the film, shows up. This shouldn’t be a surprise since Sandberg directed horror films such as Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation. Characters get thrown out windows, melted, get involved in car crashes, and get decapitated offscreen. While some may say that this makes the film tonally inconsistent, this makes me feel kind of frightened by the Sivana’s presence and backstory, which is set up fairly well. There is a sequence in the film which reminds of a horror-themed hospital scene for Spider-Man 2 that takes this horror route that fits with the overall tone. Although being a generic, cliched, and kind of forgettable villain, Mark Strong does a pretty good job portraying Sivana. Something I didn’t notice in my first watch of the film were the surprisingly some terrible visual effects. Most of the effects are decent for an $80 million dollar superhero movie. But when the effects are bad, they’re bad. Specifically when a character lifts another character into the sky and one slow motion sequence. Otherwise, the performances were excellent, particularly Zachary Levi. Levi maintains a level of childish wonder while using his adult physicality to excellent comedic effect. Jack Dylan Grazer alongside Levi have magnificent chemistry. And these two make the film so much more fun than it already it has any right to be. The film’s pacing was actually decent for being an over 2-hour superhero flick. My eyes were glued to the screen at all times and I didn’t want to leave the theater. Audiences can forgive the film’s flaws due keeping the audience entertained from beginning to end and having so much fun throughout and its heartwarming message of family. You just can’t wait for more on screen adventures with these characters. 19


Arts & Entertainment Spring Fashion

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

By Olivia Jaccoma ‘20 fter a long, cold winter, spring is finally here! Blind Brook students are ready to say goodbye to their thick sweaters and winter coats, and are seeking lighters colors, and brighter fabrics. With warmer weather approaching, it’s time to revive your wardrobe and start looking at new spring fashion trends. Many students have been glued to their phones, scouting the internet for the latest, hottest fashion trends, and many have been taking part in said trends. Some trends that can be seen already around Blind Brook include Nike Air Force Ones, multiPhotos/ colored hair clips and scrunchies, Blind Brook students pose in their trendy spring outfits. Lululemon leggings, Stan Smith sneakers, camo pants, Fila sneakers, Adidas sneakers, and colorful vintage tee-shirts. nice high waisted ripped jeans with a chunky sneakSofia Scappatura, a fashion-forward junior, can at- er and a long sleeve shirt under a t-shirt.” Emma test to this. Scappatura stated, “I have basically been agrees vintage is back and better than ever, and that following all the trends at Blind Brook, but mostly brighter spring colors and trends, such as neon, reLululemon leggings and scrunchies. In my opinion, ally make outfits pop with color and assertion. Popular fashion magazines, such as Vogue, have mostly everyone wears the same thing and no one really has their own style. I think most students already started publishing their spring trend issues, are afraid to stand out. If you wore even a dress to proclaiming how yellow is a top color to be seen this school, everyone would ask themselves, ‘What are spring. Puffy sleeves and tie-dye are additional looks they wearing?’ Individuality is limited. For upcom- designers are creating, as well. Many stores have ing trends this spring, I predict more vintage in- come out with their versions of spring collections spired looks, as that is what is on the rise in fashion as well, and multiple students are already rocking these looks. now”. Some fashion tips for certain spring inspired looks Some of the popular stores that have the latest that one could wear to different spring events can in- spring trends are LF and Brandy Melville, both clude: jean skirts with thigh high boots and a classic of which are located on Greenwich Avenue. A few long sleeve close-knit shirt, ripped jeans with classic other popular stores are Urban Outfitters, Ameriwhite sneakers and a festive tee shirt, or a halter top can Eagle, Hollister Co., which can be found in the with light wash jeans and colorful sneakers to com- Westchester Mall. Additionally, the go-to local Rye Brook stylish stores are Mixology and Vanilla Sky. plete the look. Spring is all about everything blooming! Some Junior, Sydney Panzier stated, “ I definitely folblooming colors that can be seen in many spring low the trend of mom jeans with crop top shirts. I fashions can include lilac, green, yellow, pink, blue, also love the new layering trend that is happening. and white. Ellie Sanchez, a very stylish senior, stat- During winter months, I live in my Doc Martens, ed that “Right now, I’m really loving the lilac trend but now, as it gets warmer, I mostly wear my white that’s going on, so I’ve hopped on that trend. I also platform sneakers. I predict that during the warmer really like that neon pieces have made a comeback. months people will start wearing mom jean shorts Neon makes an outfit really fun and draws the eye, and skirts.” Sydney has a great eye for putting towhich is what fashion is meant to do if you ask me.” gether show-stopping outfits and likes to keep up Ellie points out how spring fashion trends focus pre- with new trends while implementing her own style cisely on how bright, lively colors are transforming as well. She also agrees that “spring colors mainly consist of pale yellow, light blues, and some pink. fashion right now. Sophomore Emma Marshall pulls her intricate You can always add to an outfit by wearing a belt style from these bright colors as well. Marshall and accessorizing with different articles of clothing states, “Although it sounds cheesy, I believe in cre- or jewelry.” ativeness and having your own style. I consider my- These are just a few of the trends that are becomself a crossover of street style, although I adore the ing popular among students at Blind Brook that are skater style/ ’90s streetwear. Neon colors are back really in right now. Spring fashion turns the dull winand so are utility clothes. One outfit that I absolute- ter wear into bright and fun warmer wear. Warmer ly can’t wait to wear for warmer weather is a slip weather is on the way, so make sure to start piecing dress with a long sleeve shirt underneath. I also love together some fun, bright, colorful spring looks!

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Health & Science

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

Updates from the Latest Community Coalition Meeting By Ben Simon ‘20 he Blind Brook Community Coalition held a meeting open for students to attend during first period on Tuesday, March 12. The Coalition, a group of students, teachers, school administrators and notable guests, look to “Nurture the youth” and discuss new ways they can influence the children and adolescents in the district for the better and bring ‘new business’ to each agenda. In this meeting, however, the body mainly discussed the latest school news, updates on the fight against the legalization of Marijuana, E-Cigarette (or Vape) flavoring updates, as well as their latest community survey and more. Here’s what happened:

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School News A new rule is to be introduced to this year’s Seniors regarding their annual Prom. Soon to be enacted is a mandatory assembly that all of the class must attend. One parent for each child must be present as well. The discussion will revolve around substance abuse, and if the assembly is unattended you will not be allowed to go. In regards to April being Alcohol Awareness Month, the school will be featuring a Drunk Driving Simulator. The simulator is meant to emphasize the ramifications of consuming alcohol before getting behind the wheel. The machine is set to arrive around the middle of April. Along with this, JC Good, a speaker who suffered a brutal car accident caused by another driver that was texting and driving, will be speaking at the school in order to spread the message against distracted driving. Marijuana Legalization Updates A topic frequently discussed, the legalization of marijuana has been consistently fought against by the body. Accompanying the Coalition in their efforts are the State Parent Teacher Association, NYS Council of Superintendents and several Health Officials. Joined by Rye Brook Police Chief Greg Austin, the group discussed updates on statewide legislation regarding Marijuana, while the leading officer stressed the urgency of this issue, all law enforcement agencies in New York State have unified in efforts to prevent a law from passing in the state’s history. Among these updates include the Marijuana is a component of the upcoming budget bill presented by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The intention is to not include any language regarding legalization, however this seems to reveal possible progress towards the gradual decriminalization of the drug. Similarly, Austin noted that if Marijuana is removed from the state budget bill, the proponents will get stronger and the support will be much greater for legalization in the upcoming bill. Regarding Westchester County legislation, many towns have passed local ordinances preventing the selling of marijuana in their municipalities such as Pleasantville. Regarding Rye Brook, Mayor Paul Rosenberg has indicated that the town council has no interest in selling marijuana legally. However, towns with populations of over 100 thousand people, such as Yonkers, can decide to opt in or out of having their own independent dispensaries of the legalization of Marijuana is implemented by the Governor while Westchester County opts out. E-Cigarette Flavoring Updates Since its emergence of use among teenagers, the Community Coalition has fought against the use of Electronic Cigarettes. However, legislation regarding reform of vaping laws as well as new proposals in Albany have been introduced and heavily discussed, much to the delight of the body. On a more local level, Students Against Nicotine, an organization created by Scarsdale High School Student, Jack Wachsman, hosted a media conference and rally at the Country Center on April 1, called ‘April Fuuls.’ Among the board of the club is Blind Brook junior Abe BakerButler, and the organization is largely supported by the Community Coalition. Community Survey The Coalition created and sent a survey via E-Mail to several adults within the town in efforts of receiving a wide variety of reviews regarding things such as underage substance abuse, along with other points and school matters. The Coalition has distributed surveys among the district quite often in the past in order to get a better view of the sentiments of the community. Wellness Week Success The body was in the final stages of finishing the planning of the annual Wellness Week this past March. Among things being discussed were the beloved Therapy Dogs that are enjoyed by Middle and High School students alike whenever they arrive. In addition, the return of the popular Basil Plants was confirmed, and the headlining Ice Skating event was also said to be but in place. Sponsored by the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club, the event was held Playland Ice Rink and promoted a safe, enjoyable way to spend a Friday night. 19 19


Health & Science

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

Artificial Intelligence: How it Helps

By Sam Lazar ‘21 rtificial Intelligence, more commonly known as (AI), has been an idea in global circulation for some time. However, as it continues to become more prevalent as humanity depends on its abilities, AI has very much become the next big thing. AI is something that can be programmed into computers or other machinery. Essentially, this phenomenon occurs when the application of human actions/tasks are implemented into nonhuman things. One of the more common ideas that come to mind when thinking about AI is a self-driving car. With advanced programming, a car can essentially “learn” how to drive on its own. Artificial Intelligence has proven to be useful, applicable and versatile in each field of society, and it will continue to become more frequently used right before our eyes. AI has begun to be more commonly used in many aspects of medicine. It can be useful for people’s health checks and doctors visits and can assist with tasks such as registering personalized medications and performing x-rays. By training different machines on how to conduct these tasks, medical procedures will be very efficient and less time-consuming in the future. Not only will artificial intelligence make different medical tests go faster, but they will also be more in-depth and analytical. Instead of having people work at the pharmacy to distribute prescription medications, a robot with programmed AI could carry out the same task. Don’t be shocked if you are picking your prescription up from a robot at a pharmacy in a few years. In addition, this outstanding technology can play a significant role in

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the retail industry. Whether it is virtual shopping or handling purchases and sales on items, AI can be a huge help. AI can better help a shopper with different recommendations based on what the website believes you will like. Shopping in the real world can be streamlined with cashier-less stores, allowing for the checkout process to be quicker and more efficient. This is similar to the already present self-checkout system at stores. Moreover, AI will be able to communicate the most significant information to the shopper. This would ultimately make the online shopping experience ideal for customers. Another tremendous upside to this machinery is its ability to complete banking tasks in a unique manner. With the use of AI, people looking to check their credit score would be assisted better than ever before, while trained machines could use AI to handle the tasks of a banker. (Collecting checks, exchanging money, etc.) Furthermore, there would be no need to have people working in the bank. If there were specially trained machines for tasks of a banker, then people would not have to wait too long at the bank. It would be a very productive operation. Clearly, AI will make daily tasks easier in the future, and as time progresses, it seems as if AI implementation is inevitable in the future. While technology continues to evolve and become more and more advanced, AI also develops with it. Eventually, AI will probably become an everyday use type of thing. Artificial Intelligence is the future of our society, and it will most likely change the way that we go about our daily tasks.


Health & Science

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

Why Choose Native Plants?

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Columnist Chloe Ng ‘21

pring is finally here! While birds are chirp- can also help save money and resources. Because ing and the bees are buzzing, it’s time to endemic plants naturally grow in the area that take out those gardening tools and get to work they evolved in, they are adapted to the region’s on that patch of overgrown weeds in your environmental conditions. Compared to exotic backyard. But this year, why not try something plants, natives require far less water. They are new? Instead of exotic trees, shrubs, or grass, also known to be hardy and less susceptible to you might want to switch out your ornamental pests and diseases, decreasing the need to use harmful fertilizers and pesticides. Once estabspring foliage for native plants. Native plants are those that exist in a region lished, a native plant typically doesn’t require without human introduction. This can include a much maintenance to thrive. Sustainable landwide range of different plants, from flowers and scapes that incorporate these plants can provide herbs to trees and shrubs. Unlike exotic plants, the community with a variety of benefits, such native species can provide a host of benefits for as cleaning the air, mitigating flooding, protecting soil fertility, and even helping to comthe environment and for you. Not only do bat climate change. they increase biodiversity, thus susNative plants are the foundataining the ecosystem, but they tion of a biodiverse ecosysalso help to conserve natural tem, but they are disappearresources. ing rapidly due to human One key characteristic of activities. Where there native plants is that they were once fields and unadapt for many years touched woodlands, there alongside natural predaare now urbanized spaces tors that help maintain the and monoculture lawns. balance of the ecosystem. In fact, resource-draining This means that unlike grass lawns in American exotic plants, which either suburbs span over 40 miloriginated from other areas lion acres, are virtually bioor were engineered by hulogical deserts and require vast mans, native plants are unlikely amounts of water. It is estimatto become invasive. Invasive speed that at least a third of residencies are a serious concern with many tial water use is allocated to lawn of the flora that people introduce Photo Courtesy of Chloe Ng and garden irrigation, and much because they can spread quickly of that is wasted. If that wasn’t and frequently destroy natural habitat, disrupting healthy ecosystems. For ex- enough to discourage you, lawn maintenance in ample, in New York, kudzu and mile-a-minute America uses up more than 600 million gallons weed are extremely dangerous invasive plants of gasoline per year and releases harmful chemthat were originally imported from Asia. These ical pollutants into the air. vines are able to spread rapidly and smother lo- If you want to make an impact on the world, cal plants, resulting in areas of low contribution start by planting some native plants in your garden or your lawn. New York boasts a large to the food web and altered soil chemistry. In contrast, native plants are able to increase collection of beautiful endemic plants to choose biodiversity, which leads to greater resilience. from. For those that like vibrant flowers, try inIndigenous plants are the foundation of a bio- digenous sunflowers, asters, and coneflowers. diverse ecosystem, allowing a healthy competi- Flowering trees or shrubs are also a good option and supporting local wildlife by providing tion, with alternate-leaf dogwood and Amerinecessities such as food and shelter. Birds, but- can plum being important species that provide terflies, pollinators, and many other animals rely resources for birds. Look for these species at on native plants in order to survive. Because of native plant sales coming up soon in the area! this, planting more native plants can help to sup- Choosing native plants is an extremely simple port vulnerable species and attract more wildlife and effective way of improving your community and supporting the ecosystem for years to to your yard. Not only beneficial for wildlife, native plants come. 21 19


Health & Science

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

A Rampant Rise in Measles Cases Hits the U.S. By Nick Laterza ‘22 nated. There are currently six U.S outbreaks he disease that the United States was so going on in 2019 in Rockland County (NY), joyous to deem nonexistent has now re- New York City, Washington, Santa Cruz turned decades later: Measles. Now, the coun- County (CA), New Jersey, and Butte County try is trying to find answers to stop the out- (CA) break before it becomes an epidemic, and at The outbreaks are linked to unvaccinated the rate, it is spreading, the “War on Viruses” people who traveled abroad to countries with is looming on the horizon. Although many Measles outbreaks, like Israel, Ukraine, and factors have contributed to the abrupt show- the Philippines. When these travelers return ing of measles, an anti-vaccination movement home, the disease can reach communities with is a headlining cause for the recent U.S out- large groups of unvaccinated people in which it will spread rapidly. breaks in 2019. You are probMeasles is an infectious disease ably wondercaused by the ruing, why not just get vaccinated beola virus resultthen? Although ing in high fevers vaccines prealong with rashes covering the whole vent people from body. It is most diseases, some common in chilpeople refuse to have themselves dren under age five or their children but also occurs in vaccinated. This adults above twenis due to the bety years old. Symptoms include fevers, lief that vaccines coughs, runny noscan cause autism. Despite this bees, and watery eyes. The largest threat lief, there has that measles posbeen no scientific Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia evidence supportes stems from how A portrait of 41st president, George H.W. Bush transmittable it is. ing it. When a person that In Rockland has it coughs or sneezes, the virus can lin- County, NY, an outbreak of 167 cases have ger in the air for up to two hours. If another been confirmed in 2019. Linked to internaperson then breathes that air or touches the tional travelers, the cases have primarily contaminated surface, they can easily become been in the eastern Ramapo area. However, infected. This happens to up to 90% of people because of Rockland County’s small geowho have not been immunized when they are graphic area, anyone in the county is capable near a person with measles. of being exposed to it. The Rockland County The U.S has led a battle against measles Department of Health (RCDOH) is working ever since the early 1900s. There was an av- to protect more people from getting measles erage of 6000 measles-related deaths each by offering the vaccine free of charge. year during the first decade containing re- In New York City, 259 cases of measles have ports. During the 1950s, almost all children been confirmed in Brooklyn and Queens. The got measles by the age of fifteen, and three outbreak primarily exists in Orthodox Jewish to four million people were diagnosed with communities, as unvaccinated people traveled measles each year. By 1968, a measles vaccine to Israel, where there is a huge Measles out(MMR Vaccine) was made and distributed break ongoing. throughout the U.S, significantly decreasing The Centers for Disease Control and Prethe number of cases each year. Finally, in the vention (CDC) had this to say about the mayear 2000, measles was declared eliminated in jor measles outbreak between 1989 and 1991: the United States due to a successful vaccine “The most important cause of the Measles program. resurgence of 1989-1991 was low vaccinaBut now, in 2019 alone, there have already tion coverage.” 90% of those fatal cases were been 387 cases of Measles confirmed in 15 people who were not vaccinated. The CDC states. This is the second largest amount of continues to support the vaccination of chilcases since 2000 when it was declared elimi- dren in order to reduce Measles outbreaks.

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Health & Science

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

January 2019

Elephant Rides: Tourism or Torture?

By Nicole Rosenzweig ‘20 main a key part of Asian tourism. Many individuals any tourists enjoy the traditional elephant are unaware of the treatment of captive elephants, rides of Southeast Asia, yet they are often and they regard elephant riding as a bucket-list goal, unaware of the taxing impacts of riding on the not a cruel form of repression. According to a surbacks of these captive, endangered creatures. El- vey conducted by World Animal Protection, almost ephants across the Asian continent are dying from 50 percent of travelers “pay for an animal experience exhaustion after being ridden by strangers day after because they love animals.” This is a clear indication day. They often become weak as a result of being that the public remains uninformed regarding the overworked and underfed. According to the World treatment of elephants in captivity. Wildlife Fund, there are fewer than 50,000 Asian el- Given the evident cruelties facing captive eleephants remaining on Earth, approximately 30 per- phants, why is elephant riding still a major tourist cent of which are held in captivity. activity in Southeast Asia? Unfortunately, even if Captive elephants are typically kept in small enclo- tourism companies agreed to give up their elephants, sures in zoos, ridden by tourists on safaris, and even many factors are preventing these endangered aniparaded through the streets. Many of these crea- mals from returning to the wild. Large portions of tures are unable to socialize with other elephants and elephants’ natural habitats have been destroyed, and do not receive veterinary care. Due to the extended some captive elephants carry diseases that could be time spent standing on hard surfaces and a lack of very detrimental to wildlife. Additionally, according proper exercise, captive elephants often face arthritis, to Condé Nast Traveler, “a single elephant consumes back injuries, and major foot problems. Because of 550 pounds of food a day and costs around $18,000 this, the majority of captive elephants do not survive a year to support.” Because of this, tourism has beeven close to the normal elephant lifespan. come the customary way to sustain the Asian eleIn nature, elephants roam in matriarchal herds, phant population, even if it puts these animals at risk foraging for vegetation and bathing in rivers as they of major injuries and premature death. travel. Yet, the elephants that are held in captivity are While the future may seem dire for the Asian elonly able to move in small circles within contained ephants, many organizations are working to sustain settings and routinely forced to carry people on their these creatures and improve their lives. Elephantbacks, even during the scorching summer days typi- Voices has utilized research and conservation projcally associated with the Indochinese region. ects to raise awareness about the brutalities facing Not only are elephants treated poorly while di- elephants. Save the Asian Elephants is an organizarectly serving tourists, but they are also subjected tion that focuses on outreach to legislators to protect to cruelties when they are captured. Many wild ele- Asian elephants. The World Elephant Society even phants undergo a brutal process known as the “train- launched World Elephant Day, which is celebrated ing crush,” which forces them into submission. This on August 12th, to share global appreciation for consists of beating and terrorizing baby elephants in these endangered animals. cages to crush their spirits and introduce them into a life of tourism. Elephants subjected to this treatment often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder later on. Other elephants are forced into captivity through the “pit trap”, which involves herding elephants into a corridor that contains a pit. This technique yields high rates of injury and mortality among the elephants. Furthermore, many elephant mothers are killed trying to save their babies from being captured in the wild. Despite these cruel practices, elephants rePhoto Courtesy of Mason Adventures Bali

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Health & Science

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

High Heat, Low Ice By Amanda Weinberg ‘20 arning the title of Earth’s fourth-warmest year, 2018 experienced waves of record-breaking heat. According to NASA, the highest heat rankings begins with 2016, followed by 2017, 2015, 2018, and 2014 in that order. The Director of the Center for Climate Science at UCLA emphasizes the weight of the trend when saying, “If you smooth out these year-to-year variations and look at the big picture, the overall trend in the past few decades is one of accelerating change. We are seeing more and more warming that is happening at a faster and faster rate.” Scientists predict that this upward incline of atmospheric warmth will pass on through 2019 and into the following years, which, according to climatologist Gavin Schmidt, may result in a catastrophic event such as a devastating volcanic eruption. These undeniable trends can be attributed to human interference with the environment. Through the burning of fossil fuels and the destruction of forest ecosystems, humans have trapped greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which, in turn, have heated the planet. Carbon dioxide is the most prominent heat-trapping gas. According to the UCS, “The atmospheric concentration of CO2 has increased dramatically, from a pre-industrial era (AD 1000 – 1750) concentration of approximately 280 parts per million (ppm) to today’s 400 ppm”. The increased presence of CO2 serves as a thermal blanket, absorbing heat and warming Earth’s surface. Rising temperatures have proven to be detrimental to ice conditions in Alaska. A lack of spring Bering Sea ice and record-breaking warmth has shocked

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climatologists Rick Tohman, who claims describes the situation as” absolutely unprecedented”. Western Alaskan coastal communities have suffered the consequences as villages have been invaded by winter floods. Similarly, the North Pole is struggling to overcome overwhelming temperature increases. Cape Morris Jesup in Greenland, which holds the northernmost weather station globally, had experienced above freezing temperatures for a consecutive 24 hours. Temperatures crept up to 43 degrees Fahrenheit, a mind-blowing 45 degrees above the Arctic standard norm and the warmest it has been during the month of February since at least the 1950s. According to senior research scientist Julienne Stroeve of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, “What’s exactly driving these changes is not clear, but having storm tracks move further north (i.e. the North Atlantic storm track) may be tied to the northward retreat of the ice edge. “Thus, while having temperatures exceed freezing during winter is not uncommon, but it may be becoming more common as the climate changes and the ice edge continues to retreat.” Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, states that it is incredibly concerning to have three years of heat waves back to back. Various scientists have presumed that this warming event can be classified as a warm air intrusion, a common feature of Arctic climates. However, the use of technological devices such as monitoring stations have identified that this event was not like others in the past, for a prolonged period of warmth had never been seen in previous years.


Politics

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

Student Congress 2018-19 Overview By Jack Kohn ‘22 hroughout the school year, there are many student-run events that occur. These events can range from many different things, but they are all for a very good cause. One main group that sets up these events is the Blind Brook Congress. The Board Members of Congress are President Carly Kabot, Vice President Alex Weiss, and Parliament Ben Simon. Some topics that the Congress discusses are the new block scheduling, solutions that improve school safety, and how to accommodate space for all students to eat lunch. Another idea formulating with Congress is to host an International Day, to celebrate all the different countries, cultures, and languages around the world. Wellness Week, which is organized by Congress, is set up to ensure happiness and mental stability for all students. Newfound confidence and satisfaction in students

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was ushered in via therapy dogs, drunk goggles, and a driving simulator. Additionally, Congress had multiple different types of food brought into the school commons to popularize healthy diets by providing delicious foods. Congress members work with a Mrs. Monique Tricario and SADD club to discuss many strategies to integrate health benefits into a students daily life. Moreover, Ben Jaffe stated that a safer lockdown procedure has been placed on the top of their list of priorities. Another member, Josh Rosenblut, had claimed, “Congress helps make changes to the school, after hearing from the [students] about changes they would like and we hopefully can make the changes with the help of the Board of Education and Mr. Schuelein.” Rosenblut explained how the people of Congress care about their impact on the students and for their own school district.

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Politics

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

Progress of the Wall By Lauryn Weintraub ‘20 uild the wall. This line served as the cornerstone of President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The President has been dedicated to protecting the southern border and the country from illegal immigrants, and in his mind, building a wall that spans the length of the Southern border is the only way to effectively accomplish that. Yet as his presidency has progressed and the country changed, so did his notion of the wall. When Trump first took office in January 2017, he had his heart set on a sturdy wall of solid concrete and steel. This was all part of his goal to build up the image of America to something great; a wall of solid concrete is symbolic of the United States as an impenetrable fortress. Congress soon realized his proposed wall could cost upwards of twentyone billion dollars. Suddenly, Trump switched to talking about a transparent wall, which would allow border officials to see through to the other side and monitor suspicious activity and scout out any immigrants attempting to cross. The wall went from a solid structure of fortitude to a less intimidating steel fence, although in Trump’s mind “the wall is a wall”. A year after his inauguration, the wall began to seem like a lost cause since Trump’s original goal was too ambitious to be carried out. Nevertheless, he continued to push for a border wall, since this was his foreign policy platform that he felt he had to follow through upon. For months, Trump scrutinized over details, deciding whether to propose a concrete or steel slab wall to Congress. Finally, by December 2018 Trump had his finalized “steel slat barrier” that needed around six billion dollars allocated towards it within the federal budget. Yet, as the government session was drawing to a close on December 22, Trump and Democrats in Congress refused to agree on the funding of a border wall. Thus, the President shut

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down the government. The infamous government shutdown lasted a total of 35 days—the longest shutdown in American history—all because Trump thought there was a security crisis in the country. In a frantic panic to pass his own agenda, Trump hurt millions of Americans who depended on their federal government jobs for salaries. People were laid off or asked to come into work for over a month without receiving an income. Americans who voted for Trump to protect themselves found uncertainty about how they could pay for their rent or food. In order to reopen the government, two leaders of the Democratic party, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, met with Trump on multiple occasions to try and negotiate terms. Yet the President was unwilling to budge. He would have a border wall whether it was the last thing he did during his presidency. When Democrats were still unwilling to pass his budget for the wall, Trump finally put an end to the shutdown and declared himself “open to anything” in a tweet on January 27, 2019. Although he tweeted, “As long as it can stop criminals, gangs, human trafficking and drugs”, he quickly reversed his position four days later and declared he wanted a wall again. Throughout Trump’s long and exhausting fight for a border wall, the country has suffered humiliation and a humanitarian crisis. The country has been ridiculed by other nations for ostracizing immigrants and spending money to keep people out, rather than help those within the country. In addition, the border has led to the largest atrocity of Trump’s presidency. Border security infamously separated young children from their families when they crossed the border and detained them, effectively keeping them in cages. Yet no matter what happens regarding the border, nothing can keep Trump from fulfilling his dream of a sea to sea border that will, in his mind, Make America Great Again!


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A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

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April 2019

Speak a Little Louder

Columnist Carly Kabot ‘19

many of rowing up, I never thought about what it of ethics. I do not agree with meant to be girl. Admittedly, I was both the agenda items of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, naive and ignorant to believe that as my world but her remarkable ability to use her position of expanded beyond my own community being a power to empower others, and to be able to do girl would never pose a challenge. Nearly eigh- so at the mere age of twenty-nine, inspires me teen years later, I now know what the world endlessly. Historically, passionate women are wants me to believe being a girl means–– that labeled as irrational, their flames extinguished I am inferior. That it is fine if I am cut off mid by those who feared her ability to start a fire. sentence because what he has to say will always To be able to turn on the news and see someone be more important. That I should never be in a mere ten years older than myself speak with charge because I am too short, too emotional, such spirit about issues like climate change and too weak. That I will never beat the boys, and health care, regardless of whether I agree with every sentiment raised, helps me see mythat trying would be a waste of my time. self and my role in the course of The women of the 116th Conour nation differently. She and gress have taught me otherwise. many others are changing the To be able to witness over one connotation of Congress; hundred women be sworn while only a few months into Congress for the first ago I associated our govtime in our history made ernment with white old me not only proud to be men, I now picture the an American citizen, but faces that are redefining proud to be a girl in this normalcy. There is hope country. During an adfor our future, and hope ministration plagued by for equality. elitism, sexism, and miThe shift in demosogyny, our nation made graphics of Congress have history by electing Memprompted me to realize that bers of Congress that betnobody else’s words define ter reflect both our diversity you–– it is your voice that makes and our values that act as the you the person you are, and your acpillars of a functioning democrations that show the world what cy. Not only were a record 117 Photo Courtesy of Carly Kabot you are capable of.What it rewomen elected to Congress, but ally means to be a girl is to be these women comprised a Congress of firsts–– from Democrats Abby Finke- unapologetically ambitious, to keep going and nauer of Iowa and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez going and going and going to the place everyof New York being the youngest women ever one told you was never reachable. To know elected to Congress to Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan that your worth is more than the money you Omar being the first Islamic women elected to make, to never listen to those who say you will serve. Perhaps we owe a thank you to President never be leading that meeting, that company, Trump for reminding us the power of strong that country. To understand the responsibility women–– his divisive, explicitly inappropri- of sisterhood, of motherhood, of womanhood, ate, prejudiced, and racist rhetoric and actions to learn how to carry yourself with grace catalyzed our need for institutional change and and dignity in the face of unprovoked humilimobilized thousands to take part in making ation. The women of the 116th Congress remind me that we must always make ourselves change happen. With America on track to be a majority-mi- heard–– even if that means we have to speak nority nation in the coming decades, the many a little louder, work a little harder, and try a firsts of the 116th Congress go beyond al- little more. Perhaps we can be the ones that lowing our policies to better reflect reality–– make sure the next generation of women does they empower the next generation of aspiring not have to. Together, our call for equality will young girls to believe in themselves and their drown out the noise of all those who ever told dreams. It is not a question of politics, but one a girl she can’t. 27 19


Politics

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

The Green New Deal

April 2019

By Sam Lazar ‘21 lasting negative effects of Climate he Green New Deal (GND) has Change on the environment. For inbeen developing through the stance, the use of electric cars has sigGreen Party for years. However, re- nificantly increased. This means that cently, some Democrats, including less fossil fuels have been released into Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio- the environment related to cars. While Cortez, have taken further action and there is no exact price for the GND finalized some details which were un- at this point in time, there are some clear. Now, the Green New Deal is a estimations for the cost. People have Congressional Resolution that aims estimated that the cost of the GND to tackle climate change. The Green could be anywhere from $700 billion New Deal is filled with different com- to $1 trillion a year. Some Republicans ponents related to the environment, who are opposed to the GND have climate change, and clean/renew- also been working on proposing some able enerdifferent gy. Some alternapeople betives to the lieve that GND. the GND The whole is a great take away long term here is that investment Climate for the Change is a U.S., the priority for funding for the govthe GND ernment, has been however questioned the Green many difNew Deal f e r e n t is not too t i m e s . realistic. In M a n y the future, Green Parthere will ty Officials most likely believe be different Photo Courtesy of Time Magazine in raisalternative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks about the Green New Deal. ing taxes, plans to the more speGND precifically, a tax on the wealthy, in or- sented, and that will be more practider to implement the GND. Support- cal. Furthermore, these plans will be ers of the GND argue that there is a more cost-effective, and not as expenneed to fix climate change. As a result sive. Also, the funding will probably of the Green New Deal, there would work a little differently, and people also be an increase in job opportuni- will not have to pay more expensive ties for people. However, while a lot taxes. There is definitely a better way of these details might seem ideal for to fund a potential future Climate the future, the Green New Deal, is in Change plan, with the money coming fact flawed. from a set government budget. It is Supporters of the Green New Deal not realistic to have a plan, such as the will argue that Climate Change is a top Green New Deal, that fails to take the priority. While this is absolutely true, cost into consideration, and the peothere might be some better ways to go ple. The government will eventually about fixing Climate Change. In addi- find a way to create a Climate Change tion, there have already been a bunch plan that is realistic, and effective at of strides taken in order to reduce the the same time.

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Sports

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

Softball Welcomes a Revitalized Roster

Photo/Gillian Milbauer The Lady Trojans’ huddle before they hit the field.

By Charlie Schloss ‘20 he Blind Brook varsity girls’ softball team is off to an amazing start this season, looking to improve from last year’s impressive 12-7 record. Coming out of the gate, the Trojans won two of their first three games. The team had a 6-2 victory against Pawling High School which included a noteworthy 11 strikeouts by sophomore pitcher Alyssa Bucci. Following that performance, they had an explosive outing against Keio Academy, where a dominant Trojan team won with a final score of 18-0, including a solo home run and a grand slam by eighthgrader Hailey Greige. This is an encouraging start for the Trojans, given that the team was shaken up this season, having lost several key graduating players to college. As part of its rebuilding efforts, the team has been looking to develop its younger talent under the tutelage and experience of coach Gina Carlone and five veteran seniors. When questioned about what she feels will make the Trojans successful this season, Alyssa Bucci had this to say about the team: “I think that we do a great job coming together. I feel as though there is a big sense of responsibility and communication between all members of the team. This passion and determination allow us to be inspired, to work hard, and

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reveal a new player within ourselves.” Senior captain Julia Short was similarly optimistic about the team’s initial performance, and noted, “If we practice well and win non-league games as well as league games, that could seed us higher going into playoffs which would be really good for the team. Shoutout Halstead.” Over the next week, the team will be taking its winning momentum into upcoming games against Briarcliff High School (away) on April 4th, Pleasantville High School (home) on April 6th, and Alexander Hamilton (field TBD) on April 8th. Come out and support the players during these games! The players are feeling confident about their start to the season, and anticipate making a deep run in the playoffs later this spring. When asked about her outlook for the team, Bucci said: “I expect the team to want to work hard on and off the field, to constantly be communicating, and to learn to be comfortable while facing unfamiliar situations. If we accomplish these aspects then we’ll do just fine.” If the games thus far are any indication of future performance, the Trojans are in for a memorable season, and the fans cannot wait to see what will come of the team’s early triumphs. Good luck to the team as they look forward to a winning season! 29 19


Sports

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

Baseball Swings Into a New Season

April 2019

By Zach Chernick ‘20 so other players need to step up. Giuliahis year, the Blind Brook baseball no added that “some people have to play team is looking to build upon its positions they aren’t accustomed to unsuccess from last season. They made it til we are back at full strength.” This alfar last season but they want to go all lows for an opportunity for the younger the way this year. “The goal is to win players to get more experience that can come in handy states,” senior during the catcher Andrew playoffs. “It’s Winton said. going to be “Obviously it’s tough but the a challenging guys who can goal, but I think play are willeveryone is going to work ing to do their hard and they best to make it have the suphappen.” It will port of their be more diffiteammates cult this year who cannot be since the team on the field.” lost many imThis season pactful seniors will be long if from last year’s Blind Brook team, but evwants to win eryone on the Photo/Gillian Millbauer states, so they team has faith Senior Chris Bucci tags a runner out on first. need all the help that the team will do well. It’s going to start with the they can get from everyone on the team. current seniors. “Senior leadership is By the end of the season, though, Blind extremely important to our team. We Brook should get all of its players back all have to work together and use the fully healthy for the stretch run of the experience we have from many years of season, so limited depth will only be a varsity baseball to compete and win at a problem for a short while once everyone high level,” he added. There are no of- has the number of required practices or ficial captains this year because the team returns from injury. believes that the senior leadership will The group has a tough schedule this help carry the team. Winton mentioned year, and they are going to play tough that his position demands having a lead- teams this year on their path to win ership role on and off the field. Due to states. When asked about what games their experience, Blind Brook is primed he’s looking forward to most, Winton for a deep run and achieving their main said, “we are excited to play Putnam Valgoal of winning their last game of the ley at their place because they beat us in season, whether it’s at states or some- the playoffs.” They are also looking forward to playing Pleasantville this year where else. Right now, however, the team has a lot as they won sectionals in Class B last of players who are ineligible, mostly due season. The team acknowledges that this to not having enough practices. Senior won’t be easy, and they understand they Matt Giuliano said, “A few players in- are going to struggle early on. In their cluding myself, don’t have the required early games against Rye and Port Chesnumber of practices in order to play in ter they got shut out both times. While the games.” This obstacle may only af- this may be demoralizing, these early defect the early games, but as Winton said, feats will hopefully give the team more “we are marking all the games on the fire power and motivation later on. Evcalendar. We need to take each game one ery game on the schedule is going to be at a time to have a successful year.” The tough, but in order to be the best, you’ve team realizes that every game matters, got to beat the best.

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Sports

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

Girls’ Lacrosse Seeks Redemption By Justin Schuster ‘21 he 2019 spring sports season is underway, and so is what is anticipated to be an incredibly successful year for the Blind Brook girls’ varsity lacrosse team. The team is stacked with an exceptional amount of young talent, who will look to thrive under the leadership of their captains, Rachel Sosin, Lilli Trevino, Kaitlyn Shaw, and Gabby Egol, who unfortunately tore her ACL earlier in the season during a practice. In addition to these leaders, the team is made up of many other long-time players, who have made a names for themselves on the field within the past few years. Despite their record of just 2-4, these girls will find success not just through their play on the field, but their attitude and team unity. With the strong sense of unity and leadership integrated into the team, combined with the extraordinary amount of young talent present on the roster, the girls could potentially make a run at the league, and be the best team Blind Brook has seen in a long time. There are high expectations in regards to the rest of the season. Coach Mike Martino has visualized a deep run into May and June in the playoffs for this team for nearly a year, as the amount of potential and ability of many of these athletes are almost unreachable by many of their opponents. The girls are looking to do this by improving their play and attitude throughout the vast majority of this season. Martino knows what this group is capable of,

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and wants them to keep playing within themselves, not try to do too much, and to improve their work ethic and hustle during practice. With Martino’s expertise in the sport, and his high-reaching attitude, this group could be capable of anything, certainly a deep run in the playoffs, as they plan to do. “My experience playing for this team is something I will never forget. Having been playing within the program for four years has just been an honor, and out of all my years having played for the girls’ varsity team, I think we truly have something special this year,” said fourth year player and sophomore star, Brynn Korpi. “This year could be the year in which we dig deep and make that run in the playoffs. Being a leader on this team is so special to me and the fact I am able to help my peers and bring together this team during special moments is something I will cherish forever.” As supporters of the team, students at Blind Brook could learn an extreme amount from these girls about attitude, family, and friendship. This team embodies what all sports teams need to have, a feeling of unity and a family environment. With this special bond shared throughout the locker room, on and off the field, this team will be able to make anything happen. Come out and support these girls! Their wins thus far will hopefully prove to be a stepping stone towards further success throughout April and May, and beyond into the playoffs.

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Sports

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

April 2019

Boys’ Lacrosse Look to Make a Comeback

By Joe Kohn ‘20 about lacrosse, it may be the contact, but I he Blind Brook boys’ lacrosse team is love it.” Santorelli, who is a first year playback for another season with hopes of er on lacrosse, a defensive starter, is a great proving the haters wrong. They lost a good addition to the team. The team may lack in amount of guys last year and people began experience but what they have in leadership, to look down upon them. Returning for the makes up for it as Rowan Kansler is a foursquad are senior captain, Rowan Kansler, year player and the current captain of the junior captains, Cameron Storch and Drew team. He says, “A lot of teams out there may Kaye, with Brett Goodman, John James Ba- not see us as a threat to them, but to me, that nahan, and sophomores Justin Schuster and makes it more fun. We work hard in practice Gray Fischer helping out as well. Coach Matt and that carries over to games. We are trying to make a statement in our league and Thom 29 son is also returning who is also the modified trying to bring football coach, home a league and has a new championship. addition at assisWe need to start tant coach, Coach early and pick Wabin. The team up wins.” also sees 11 new Unfor tunateadditions to the ly that wasn’t roster, the mathe case for the jority being unteam with their derclassman. home opener Many of these against Hastplayers are great ings on Mar. 28. all around athThe boys got letes that want to off to a hot start enjoy playing the scoring three sport of lacrosse. goals in the first Since many of half of the first them are freshquarter. Sadly, it Photo/Paige Tankel man, they will all went downSenior Rowan Kansler sends the ball up the field. definitely have hill from there. time to develop Hastings went their skills and increase their playing expe- up by one and never looked back. The final rience. “The future’s looking bright” accord- score was 18-4. The boys have a lot of work ing to starting attackman Cameron Storch. to do to improve their defense and scoring. Storch who is assisted by Drew Kaye and Their next game was on Apr. 1 against eighth grader, Ethan Taerstein on attack will Dobbs Ferry. It was an emotional game for look to put the ball in the net many times this the team since the coach of Dobbs previyear. Both Storch and Kaye are coming off ously left Blind Brook after the 2017 season. strong seasons last year as sophomores as The game got off to a bumpy start and finthey look to keep raising their level. Storch, ished at 23-6 in favor of Dobbs Ferry, putwhen asked about playing with Taerstein ting Blind Brook at 0-2 on the season. The says, “He’s a great all around athlete and one team was led by captain Drew Kaye with a heck of a lacrosse player. To have that much hat trick, Rowan Kansler, Cameron Storch, talent at such a young age, he is definitely and Justin Schuster each scoring a goal going to be a star later on.” Manning the themselves. According to Drew, “we fought back end of the defense, is senior Dean San- hard, it’s a tough loss but we will get back torelli. He was the captain of the football at it against Haldane on Wednesday, Apr. 3.” team and he brings the same physicality he The boys look to make a push for the playhad on the football field to the lacrosse field. offs and be a threat to all opponents later on “I like the contact, I don’t know what it is in the season.

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Sports

A Blind Brook High School Student Publication

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April 2019

Tiger’s Comeback

Columnist Ben Sachs ‘19

plagued or the first time ever, all of Amer- tional in 2012, Woods was ica was together rooting for the with a back injury in 2014. After a series same result. Everyone was united to see of terrible performances, Tiger had two the greatest turnaround in sports histo- more procedures on his back in late 2015. ry, Tiger Woods winning his first master It seemed as if things could not possibly since 2005. Many people believed Tiger get worse, until Tiger had another back had no business even being at the Mas- surgery in 2017 and then was arrested ters, but he proved the haters wrong. and briefly jailed in Florida on suspiSports can do special things but it is cion of DUI. Finally in 2018, Woods got back to competitively golfing and very rare to see the way Tiger shocked the world with his connected everyone. victory at the 2019 MasTiger is currently secters. ond all time in PGA To conclude, the imTour wins, behind Jack pact of Tiger’s recent Nicklaus, but it hasn’t victory is truly realways been smooth markable. After seeing sailing. After turning the athlete who domiprofessional in 1996, nated the sports world Tiger racked up 14 for a decade recover from major tournament wins such adversity is inspiramong the Masters Touring. After being physically and nament, U.S. Open, The Open Photo Courtesy of Ben Sachs emotionally at the very botChampionship and PGA tom, Tiger found a way to Championship. At the time, Tiger looked like he was on track to be resurface. The whole country was left in the conversation for the best golfer of in shock, after experiencing the greatall time. In 2009, Woods’ career began est comeback in the history of American tur ning upside down. The spark of the sports. Now the question is, how will #6 decline was when he crashed his SUV into ranked Tiger perform next? Can the 43a tree. Within a few weeks, his personal year old realistically chase down Jack life unraveled with reports of multiple Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championextramarital affairs and he lost major ships? Tiger’s next shot at keeping up sponsorship endorsements. The affairs this high level of play will be the Wells resulted in Tiger and his ex-wife, Elin, Fargo Championship in the first week of finalizing a divorce the following year. May. But for now, thank you Tiger for Although, Tiger looked like he was back uniting the American sports world and after winning the Arnold Palmer Invita- achieving the unthinkable! 33 19

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