Sports Two divisions bounce to the beat of the Purple Pacers and Soulja Girlz hoops. Page 7
Op-ed Column A reality every parent must face, Drugs. Is the Academy responsible for making students and parents aware of the dangers of students and drugs? Page 4
Brighter Horizons Academy
Volume 5 Issue 2
First Fall Fest Journalism Department and Seniors team up to raise money by hosting the first Fall Fest. Page 8
The new Verizon Voyager out performs Apple’s i-Phone. Page 6
Garland, TX 75044
Chocking game recieves new name Students engage in seemily harmless game seeking a high without drugs By: Zeena Alkurdi Editor-in-Chief It is known to most boys and girls nine through sixteen years old as Space Monkey, Funky Chicken, Grandma’s Boy, Breathing the Zoo, Bum Rushing, and Hoola Hooping, but at BHA it is known as “Halal High.” It began during Drug Free and Character Counts Week, when Laith Alsalih  witnessed a group of students spinning around in circles during recess, attempting to attain a “high” sensation as experienced when consuming drugs. “What are you doing that for?” Alsalih asked them, “I know a much better way!” He told them about the choking game; The chocking game is known to boys and girls nine through sixteen years old as an activity through which Space Monkey, Funky Chicken, Grandma’s Boy, Breathing the Zoo, Bum Rushing, a state of unconsciousness and Hoola Hooping, but at BHA it is known as “Halal High.” or near unconsciousness Graphic designed by Anam Bakali
is produced by restricting the supply of oxygenated blood to the brain. It begins with some form of hyperventilation and is quickly followed by putting pressure on the carotid artery, or by choking themselves. When they release the pressure, blood that was blocked up floods the brain all at once. According to G.A.S.P. (Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play), this sets off a warm and fuzzy feeling, killing thousands of brain cells at a time. “I didn’t know how dangerous it was,” Alsalih said. “but it feels good, and it’s cool to feel something different.” Three days later, Anas Khalil  fainted and suffered a cut a
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Famous Twins visit students No longer conjoined at the head, two years later, Ahmed and Mohamed travel to Dallas for a post operation check-up By: Zeena Alkurdi Editor-in-Chief A pair of famous twins visited the Academy. These twins have been featured in a plethora of newspapers and news stations in both the United States and overseas. They have made appearances on Good Morning America and Oprah. Ahmed and Mohamed are the cranially con-
joined Egyptian twins that were successfully separated after a 33 hour surgery in 2003. After living in Dallas for three and a half years and receiving intensive therapy, the boys returned home to Egypt in November 2005. Two years later, they returned to Dallas with their mother, Sabah Abu Al Wafa, and 14-month old baby brother for check-ups. They stopped by to visit with students at the Academy, be-
cause their family remembered the numerous get well cards and gifts they received during their stay at Medical City Hospital, in Dallas, TX. Teachers who saw the boys for the fist time since the surgery were emotionally moved to tears. Mazena Barakat, 1st grade teacher, remembered being at Medical City at the same time that they were having their sur-
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Mohamad and Ahmed (in stroller) are very excited about the candy they just received from students. Mohamad prefer to walk while Ahmed feels safer in the stroller. Photo by NMS
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Incident sparks talk about drug awareness Continued from page 1 said. “They obviously events
cut on the cheek while performing the steps of the game. Soon after, the administration quickly discovered that other students were also engaged in the same activity. That day, Alsalih was expelled. “It was a lesson for all,” Wisal Abusaad, Alsalih’s mother, said. “I cannot blame the school and I understand
weren’t aware of the harmful nature of their choices.” Later that day, Diwan addressed the entire student body during Duhr prayer regarding the day’s events. “I informed them of the harmful nature of such actions and strongly warned them against being involved in
“It’s dangerous and can really mess up your brain.”
their decision. The school cannot afford a bad reputation, nor can Muslim-Americans as a whole.” The administration was made aware of five other student participants. Their parents were called in and students received counseling. “This appeared more to be a scenario about students needing to be educated, instead of punished,” Mohammad Diwan, vice principal,
these sorts of activities,” Diwan said. Natalia Suleiman, Drug-Free and Character Counts Week coordinator, believes that incidents and games of this nature can be avoided. “To me the problem has gone too far when an incident happens,” Suleiman said. “Problems like this can be avoided, or at least caught during initial stages, by holding
sponsored by D.A.R.E. and inviting professional speakers to come and speak to our students about such issues.” She also finds the fact that incidents with this game occurred during Drug-Free and Character Counts Week ironic. “On a positive note, it shows that programs like DrugFree and Character Counts Week should be implemented year round.” While less than a handful of students tried the choking game, many other students believe it was foolish. “I think it’s stupid because people can die like that,” Rana Dallah  said. “Some people just want attention which isn’t cool.” Alsalih said that he will never go back to playing the choking game. “My friends in public school do it and I watch them, but I won’t do it again,” Alsalih said. “It’s dangerous and can really mess up your brain.”
Choking Game FAQs Who’s playing the choking game? Mostly boys and girls between 9-16 years old. But the most recent use of bonds (ropes, belts) and the growing practice of playing alone have increased its deadliness dramatically. It’s estimated as many as 250 to 1,000 young people die in the United States each year. Why are kids doing this? Some do it for the high, which can become addictive. Others do it because it’s “cool” and risky. Most kids who have died from this were active, intelligent, stable children who thought this was a safe alternative to drugs and alcohol. Why are so many adolescents dying? There’s often the chance of seizures, stroke, or injuries from a fall. Playing the game in any form causes the permanent death of a large number of brain cells. Within 3 minutes without oxygen to the brain, a person will suffer noticeable brain damage. Between 4 and 5 minutes, a person will die. What can I do to help stop this? Talk to the children in your life, as well as parents and everyone you know who works with children. Make sure they understand why the Choking Game is so dangerous. Insist that the school provide education about this activity. Doing so ensures all children are warned of the dangers of this activity. This should begin as early as elementary school. Courtesy of Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play (GASP). For more information, visit www. gamesadolescentsshouldntplay.com.
Twins give high fives, say cheese from class to class Continued from page 1 slower.”
Top picture: Nedal Elass and Magda Yousef met the twins back in 2002 while they were still conjoined at the head. Elass carries Mohamed and Yousef carries Ahmed. The boys call Yousef “mama”. Photo courtesy of Magida Yousef Bottom picture: Mohamed gave out hi-fives to all who asked. He is not shy and very friendly. Photo by NMS
gery. “I was in delivery and was praying that they would survive their lengthy procedure. They were so young and I could not help but worry because the chance of them surviving was less than 10 percent,” Barakat said. “Seeing them now and separated gave me such joy.” The twins went from class to class at the Early Childhood Elementary campus, where they visited grades kindergarten through 4th. Mohamed was visibly elated as he ran around hugging and granting “hi-fives” to any who asked. He speaks Arabic, but has learned much English. On the other hand, Ahmed was more reserved and preferred to stay in a double stroller. He still has difficulty walking. “Mohamed is my busy-body and he’s always all over the place,” Al Wafa said through an interpreter. “However, Ahmed is a bit
The twins have obvious cranial deformities and often have to wear protective helmets. During a visit to the 1st grade, a couple of students asked why they looked so different. “Perhaps Allah wanted them to be made that way,” Hosni Hamdan  said. Afterwards, children and teachers alike gathered candy and other gift items and presented them to the twins. They spent several hours taking their pictures, a task which Mohamed enjoyed. “When we take pictures we say CHEEEEEEESE!” Mohamed said, with every pose. They left only after they visited the playground for awhile. “SubhanaAllah (All praise be to Allah), they are a miracle,” Magida Yousef, Islamic Studies teacher, said. “These children are so loveable and it was a pleasure to see them again.”
Twin Facts • Ahmed and Mohamed were born conjoined at the skull on June 2, 2001 in a small town about 500 miles south of Cairo, Egypt. • For the first six months of their lives the boys were cared for at the University of Cairo Hospital. • In 2002, the twins traveled to Dallas and Dr. Kenneth Salyer craniofacial surgeon and President of the World Craniofacial Foundation, along with a team of experts from both the United States and Egypt began preparations for their surgical procedure. • The twins have three other siblings, 11-year-old Fauzia, 7-year-old Mahmud, and 14-month-old Taha, all are healthy. • Six months later, the then two-year-old boys were separated after a 33-hour operation. • They are constantly monitored by a team of doctors in Egypt; however, they will continue to come to Dallas for check-ups every two years until further notice.
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Three teams will represent NHS begins first at World Quest competition selection process
Fourteen students practice every afternoon for Sixth Annual Global Knowledge contest By: Ayah Elnashar Staff Writer Insaf Lachtar, Social Studies department head, has been preparing three Academy World Quest teams since September. They will be competing in the Sixth Annual Global Knowledge competition to be held on February 23, 2008. The teams are
comprised of 14 students from the 9th-12th grade, two of them being alternates. Second year competition veteran Safoora Rashid [sophomore] has high hopes this year. “I m excited for the competition, because I want my team to win,” Rashid said. Students prepare by learning about world affairs, current events, history, flags, governments, geography, and politics.
“I enjoy World Quest because you look at things in a different way,” Rashid said. “It’s really beneficial for a citizen.” Four-man teams compete by answering questions. An entire competition is 100 questions long, 10 rounds of 10 questions per round. The winning team is the team with the highest number of correct answers. Last year’s BHA World Quest team placed 13th out of 33 on their first time at competition. Lachtar wants her competitors to learn more about the world and excel in out of school activities. “I want them to be confident, believe in themselves, and know that they can achieve in out of school competitions,” Lachtar said. Pictured to the left: First time team members Osama Syed and Suhail Varwani represented the Academy at last year’s competition. Photo by Aysha Ahmad
Character Counts Week initiative creates school pride T.R.R.F.C.C pillars are Islamic pillars By: Saman Najmi Staff Writer T.R.R.F.C.C. is what Character Counts! Week is all about. Character Counts! is a character-education initiative implemented by thousands of schools, communities, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. This initiative was launched at the Academy this year. The Six Pillars of Character, Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship (T.R.R.F.C.C.), are designed to help students guide their choices. “I think that this program is essential to Muslims,” Natalia Suleiman, program coordinator, said. “The pillars of the program are those which Islamic character propagates. They shape a child’s life in the same way as they should an adult.” During Character Counts! Week, an essay competition was held. Nusha Laleh [freshman], the first place winner for 9th grade in the essay contest, based her essay on the character of Caring. “Caring has kind of a ripple effect. I saw my mom
care for an old man and a girl, and then I helped my friend and my friend might have helped someone else after that,” Laleh said. According to studies conducted by Character Counts!, research has shown an overall improvement in academic performance and a decrease in misbehavior issues. “With the Character Counts! program, we do two things, we create Islamic pride, and help students take responsibility for their actions,” Suleiman said.
Muhammad Diwan, vice-principal, believes this program is a reminder and that the Academy’s behavioral problems are not unusual for a private school. “In order for students to apply good manners in their lives, they need to learn them first,” Diwan said. “Students should look at the misbehavior in our school as opportunities for learning.” Pictured below is Anusheh Kashif  reading card attached to Character Counts pencil for participating in the week’s activities. Photo by NMS
Fourty-three meet initial criteria: leadership, service, character, citizenship; evaluation begins By: Aneesa Andha Staff Writer Saturday, February 2nd, 2008, will be a historic day for the Academy as students will get inducted into BHA’s first chapter of the National Honor Society. As an accredited school for two years, the Academy became a member of this prestigious organization which recognizes hardworking students and helps get them noticed by colleges. “ B e ing a member of an honors society looks great on your résumé, it gives you an edge over other applicants, and it is also an honor which will follow you through out your life,” Natalia Suleiman, faculty council member, said. Part of the criteria includes that students must be in the 10th-12th grade. They should have a 4.0 GPA, on a 4.5
scale. Students are also evaluated on leadership, service, character, and citizenship. They are expected to uphold Islamic morals standards. “Students are required to be involved in extra-curricular activities, to have leadership values, good grades, and be held accountable for their ethnics,” Samia Khan, high school counselor, said. Students are selected by a five member faculty council that has been appointed by the principal. Khan will be over seeing the students and their activities. A set of bylaws has been set up to facilitate the council on their selection process. “40 out of 43 of students have turned in their Student Activity Information form and the selection process has begun. However, students will not learn of their membership until early February,” Suleiman said
Chili Pepper supplies new pizza Caterer change appeals to all By: Usman Asad Staff Writer Because they already cater BHA’s lunch menu from Tuesday through Friday, Chili Pepper is now also providing pizza on Mondays, as well. Sopranos had been catering pizza for the Academy since 2004. Now the entire weekly lunch menu is being out sourced to one business. An informal poll, of 8th and 9th graders, was conducted and it showed that
some students prefer Chili Pepper over Sopranos. Furthermore, administrators and staff find the change a convenience. “Not only can we order our entire lunch menu from one vendor, but more students seem to be ordering more pizza on Monday’s.” Firdose Qureshi, administrative assistant and lunch manager, said. More students are ordering pizza at lunch time. Raheel Haider and Mu’ath Adlouni enjoy the new pizza. Photo by Abdullah Zidan
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Drugs a reality all parents must face All of these important questions should be answered, NO EXCUSES! This leads me to ask, why did our school do next to nothing in the National Drug Awareness Week? (Yes, we did have a National Drug Awareness Week at BHA for those of you who are as clueless as I was when I heard we had one). I don’t think that the school or parents should provide an overprotective bubble. Drugs are a very real thing, and those who are ignorant about them
are the most susceptible to them. I bet half of the students do not know marijuana can be baked into brownies and that eating this “space brownie” can result in a similar psychoactive effect as is achieved when smoking marijuana. However, the hit will be stronger and last longer than normal (meaning it’s more dangerous). According to Project Alert, all primary school levels (elementary, middle, and high schools) need to teach about drugs in order to provide reasons why not to use
them and give students the belief that one can resist pro-drug pressures, the ability to identify and counter advertising appeals, the motivation and skills to help friends avoid drug use, as well as the ability to identify and resist internal pressures to use illegal substances. If I were to go around asking students what “getting high” means, I would probably receive answers like ‘I don’t know, I guess it means you feel good?’, or ‘Man, it means getting high!’ (The sad truth being that this is a likely answer). The vast majority of students don’t know what drugs really do, and believe that getting high might be fun, due to jokes on television. They know that people aren’t in their right minds when they are under the influence of drugs. However, do they know that these substances can cause effects that range from loss of sleep and hunger, to hallucinations and paranoia? Most would not. This “halal high” incident at BHA should serve as a wake up call to students and parents of BHA. We NEED education on drugs and their harmful effects.
Do you think drug awareness is necessary at all grade levels?
“I do not think that drug awareness is necessary for all grades. It should be for 5th grade and up (Main campus) because students younger than that are too small. They are still kids.”
Azhar Abdeljaleel Arabic Teacher
“1st grade and up, it was beneficial to my students. The way it was presented was important because it wasn’t presented at a high school level, but it was enough for them to understand that it is bad.”
Drug awareness should be for all the grades, students should know from the beginning that drugs are bad, even in kindergarten. My daughter is in kindergarten and she asked me about drugs and alcohol.
Jennifer McCormick Samira Siddiqui 1st grade Teacher Edline Administrator
“For all grades, because everyone should know about drugs so that they don’t get into it. Start telling them when they are young, so they are not surprised by it when they get older. If they are ignorant about it, they are easy prey. “
Donna Lee-Velasquez 3rd Grade Teacher
YES, I DO
Drugs and kids, it’s a reality every parent must face, head-on and adequately. You cannot deny it. You cannot ignore it. Unless parents have lived here (in the United States) long enough
NO, I DON’T
By: Ahmed Alahmadey Staff Writer
(meaning through their childhood), I don’t believe that they have extensive knowledge about drugs other than that of prescription drugs. C o n s e q u e n t l y, I believe it is up to the schools to inform their students about the subject, meaning more than just: ‘Don’t do drugs!’ Yeah! We understand: ‘Don’t do drugs!’ and ‘Say No to drugs!’ But what on earth do different drugs look like? How would I know what to say no to? What are common names for drugs? Where would we run into drugs?
Editor-In-Chief Zeena Alkurdi Anam Bakali
Ahmed Alahmady Usman Asad Ayah Elnashar Aziz Hammoud Javariah Khan Aneesa Andha Saman Najmi
OnLine Producter Naveen Syed
Contributing Writer Ali Qamar
Critic / Review Writer Aziz Hammoud
Sports Writer Noor Alkurdi
Head Photographer Bakr Elnashar
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Parent involvement equals student achievement The December edition of the PTO newsletter states that only 20% of parents participated in the PTO Parent Survey. The PTOsponsored snack table was closed during lunch for over one week due to the lack of parent volunteers. The newsletter reads, ‘We are still struggling for volunteers.’ It is time for more parents to get involved at the Academy. Every voluntary act by a Muslim to bring about a material benefit or happiness for a human being is regarded as an act of worship. The Prophet (peace and blessings be
upon him) designated several forms of social services as kinds of charity: removing objects from the road or path, enjoining what is good, forbidding what is evil, reconciling two people, receiving a Muslim brother with a smile, a good word, and so on. This means that even volunteering at your child’s school is considered an act of worship. According to Family Involvement in Children’s Education: Successful Local Approaches Idea Book, a publication sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, students whose parents are actively involved in their children’s school
have better grades, test scores and long-term academic achievement. Students also attend school more regularly, complete more homework, and demonstrate more positive attitudes and behaviors than those with less involved parents. In addition, ProjectAppleseed, a nonprofit digital network dedicated to getting more parents involved in their children’s schools, says that each parent has a duty to volunteer at his/her child’s school at least ten hours each school year. Many parents may think that it is enough to just be a member of the
PTO. However, enough is not accomplished by only filling out a form and paying yearly dues. Attending and participating in meetings, voting, and engaging in discussions of educational matters and child advocacy issues come in line with the membership. Parents who fail to complete these tasks do not have the right to complain about certain school issues, because they do nothing to try and fix them anyways. We encourage parents to take a more active role as volunteers at the Academy, not only to fulfill their duties as parents, but as an act of worship as well.
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The BHA Post is published by the Journalism Dept. of Brighter Horizons Academy, 3145 Medical Plaza Dr., Garland, TX 75044. The BHA Post is a member of the Interscholastic League Press Conference and a recipient of the 2007 Award of Excellence in overall ILPC newspaper competition, and Star nominee. Letters to the Editor All of our readers are encouraged to participate in this forum by submitting letters to the editor for publication. Letters can be mailed or E-mailed to bhajournalism@sbcglobal. net. Letters must include the signature and telephone number of the writer. We reserve the right to edit letters for length and grammar. Disclaimer The views and opinions of the journalism students do not necessarily reflect or represent the views of the Academy’s Administration. The BHA Post is a platform by which the student body’s voice may be represented within the highest journalistic and Islamic ethical standards.
Letters to the Editor The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree Dear Editor: I am always very impressed with how well the students put together the BHA Post, MashAllah! I was happy to see the editorial “Parents behave inappropriately” on page 5 of the October/November issue as a reminder to all of us parents that our children indeed do not “fall far from the tree!” When my 7-year old son, who of course does not drive yet, started to talk to other drivers on the road, I had to check myself, SubhanAllah. Thank you for
the reminder, and I hope all parents will take it to heart Insha-Allah. Sincerely, La Tonya “Rashidah” Floyd BHA Parent
Think hard before you do it These days it seems the stranger things are, the more appealing they are to kids, especially teenagers. Phrases to lookout for can sound like this: “Watch this!” or “Check this out!” or “Hey, this is so cool!” These are all warning flags. To a responsible person, caution and dili
gence would be the appropriate response. Laith (my son) was shown a “cool” game, he was told to “Check this out!”, it was the newest and coolest game in town, called “The Dizzy Game”. To some teens, it’s a fun and funny game. However, this type of activity is not only uncomfortable, but also can be a very dangerous game. The dizziness can cause someone to fall and really hurt themselves. This silly game can also have the potential to cause brain damage. The event which happened at BHA was a big loss for Laith and his parents considering that he was
on the waiting list for BHA; the only school in town that teaches great academics in line with his culture and religion. The loss was in the form of being expelled as this type of behavior in not consistent with the guidelines of good behavior the school expects from its students. What needs to be emphasized here is that we need to teach and promote; Think, Reason and Use Common Sense. Think hard before you do it Wisal Abusaad Parent of Laith Abusaad See choking story page 1
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ev i ew C R s
By: Aziz Hammoud Critic
Food Service Price $$
Located in a Hispanic plaza on the northeast corner of Coit and Spring Valley, Noodle Wave is an authentic and contemporary Thai restaurant. Noodle Wave’s menu is packed with soups, salads, stir-fries, rice, noodles, and Thai curry dishes. Thai is often tearfully spicy; dishes can be ordered at four levels of spiciness. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts alike are artistically decorated and picture perfect. All the ingredients are fresh.
Noodle Wave offers fine cuisine
Thai cooking: exotic, spicy, fresh, zabihah
Noodle Wave is a halal (permitted by Allah) restaurant with zabihah (slaughtered by Islamic guide lines) meat. S o m e recommended dishes are the Thai Noodle Soup and Sukiyaki. The Thai Noodle Soup is served with chicken or beef along with bean sprouts, cilantro, scallions, peanuts, and big or rice noodles. Sukiyaki is a noodle dish served with beef or chicken, celery, spinach, Napa cabbage, scallions, and cilantro. Quality food deserves quality service. The waiters and waitresses at Noodle Wave are endearing, friendly, and attentive. They are happy to answer questions and recommend dishes. The food is served quickly, so do not expect any long waits.
A visit to Noodle Wave for lunch or dinner is an entire dining experience. The restaurant’s interior is elegantly modeled with an air of sophistication that sharply contrasts from its simple, modest exterior. The colors, lighting, and music are profound and often mesmerizing. I can never stop staring at the cool fish design hanging on the wall. The atmosphere is alluring and family oriented. Overall, Noodle Wave offers exotic, fine Thai cooking for a reasonable price. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want your taste buds to explore new waters. However, as a note of caution, do not be too daring with the spiciness levels, or you’ll be in for some tongueblistering pain.
Top picture: Udon (noodles) and Sesame Chicken is a good first try for first time diners. Those more daring may choose something from the curry list. Vegetarian alternatives are available. Bottom picture: Customers waiting for their pick up orders typically enjoy either the coffee bar or lounge. Photos by: Bakr Elnashar
Voyager: iPhone killer of the season T
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By: Ali Qamar Contributing Writer
Last summer, the cell phone market received a breakthrough when perhaps the smartest smartphone, the Apple iPhone, was released through AT&T. People waited eagerly outside every Apple store in the country just to get
their hands on the newest technology revelation. Sadly, the iPhone did not live up to the hype. Sluggish Internet, average call quality, touch screen texting, lack of 3G support, and an expensive price, were just a few complaints that many owners had. Disappointed, people had to wait for the “iPhone killer” to be released into the market. A few weeks ago, Verizon released the LG Voyager. The market went into an uproar and people started to believe that the “iPhone killer” was here. So is the Voyager really a smart
replacement for the iPhone or is it just more hype? Indeed, it is a better choice. Let’s take a look at what makes it so much better than its rival, the iPhone. The Voyager features the same touch screen as the iPhone however it also features a flip open QWERTY keyboard with a second screen. So, if you do not like using the touch screen
for text messaging the Voyager provides a smart and speedy alternative in the form of the added keyboard. Although it is a bit bulkier than the iPhone, this possible con works in favor of the Voyager because it feels quite firm when you hold it. As far as features go, the Voyager has a built in 2.0 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. It also features mobile TV, a GPS system, and 3G support, all of which the iPhone lacks. Like the iPhone, the Voyager also features a music player but goes a step further in being WMA compatible. Call quality on the Voyager is far superior than the iPhone’s and the speakerphone is
quite clear and loud. Overall, for only $349 ($50 cheaper than the iPhone) the Voyager is quite an impressive phone. It not only provides a smart alternative to all the quirks on the iPhone but also looks sleek while doing it. If you were not impressed by the iPhone, take a look at the Voyager. I guarantee you, you will be mesmerized. The Voyager
Pros: • Mobile TV, GPS system, and 3G Support • Alternative QWERTY keyboard • High Resolution Screen • Speedy Internet • WMA compatible music player Cons: • Second screen is not touch • Only available through Verizon. • Although cheaper than the iPhone, it is still quite pricey for a student on a budget.
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Sports Photo Essay
Photo by M Shaito
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1. Nusha Laleh, [freshman], Soulja Girlz #13, outruns her apponent, Sana Ali [freshman], Emerald Ice # 23, to her team’s basket. 2. Sada Aref  of the Pumaz keeps the ball in her team’s possesion as she dribbles across the court. 3. Noor Alkurdi [freshman], Pumaz, takes the ball to the back board for a lay-up. 4. Nabiha Khan, Purple Pacers #21, dribbles across the court with no defending opponents to stop her. 5. Aseel Dweik , Soulja Girlz # 32, attempts to get through;
however’ Suma Naja [freshman], Emerald Ice, and teammate put their best defense foward. 6. Sahar Kuzbari , with the Wild Butterflies tries to get away from her opponents the Blue Jays. 7. Sumayyah Zidan , Purple Pacers, is beaten to the jump at tip off by Faraha Hasan  of the Wild Butterflies. 8. Maria A Zidan, coach for Purple Pacers, shares the game plan with her team during halftime. They go on to become Division I champions defeating the Wild Butterflies. They were recognized at the basketball
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banquet with trophies. 9. Maryam Elnashar , Blue Jays #33 attempts to dribble away from her opponent Marwa Eltjani , Purple Pacers. 10. Pompoms and megaphone in hands, Afreen Amini cheers on her daughter’s (Shabnam) team, the Emerald Ice. 11. Sarah Gamal [freshman] ,Emerald Ice #10, dribbles intently down the court. Her opponets Soulja Girlz chase closely behind. 12. Undefeated and Division II champs, Soulja Girls, huddle and strategize before the start of one of their games. The girls were recognized at the basketball banquet first place trophies. 13. Sherry Kuzbari encourages her daughter’s team, the Wild Butterflies, during half time. 14. Zaira Abu-Baker, coach of the Blue Jays, sends in Kulsoom Zulqarnain  with the next play.
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Noor Alkurdi - Sports Writer / Anam Bakali - Design
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Not only were the coaches happy, but the players were too. “I enjoyed it. It was a good opportunity to play with my Muslim friends. I think we should always be given opportunities like the boys are,” Nusha Laleh [freshman], Soulja Girlz player, said. Each team played two pre-season games, and two regular season games. The team with the most wins from these games automatically advanced to the final game of the season. In Division 1, the Purple Pacers automatically advanced and so did the Blue Jays by winning against the Wild Butterflies in playoffs. In the final game, the Purple Pacers won and took first place. The Blue Jays got second place and the Wild Butterflies third. In Division 2, the Soulja Girlz automatically advanced and so did Emerald Ice by winning against the Pumaz in playoffs. In the final game, Soulja Girlz won and took first place while Emerald Ice got second place and Pumaz third.
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After a year without girls’ after school sports, the PE department reintroduced the intramural girl’s basketball tournament and has now wrapped up. Sign up and tryouts were held in Ramadan, and practices and games started in early November. “It’s important to have these tournaments. It’s good for the girls, because a lot of the girls don’t have the opportunity to play outside BHA. The girls need physical activity. This will keep them in shape,” Regina Zghool, PE coach, said. The league was divided into two divisions. Division 1 consisted of girls in 4th through 6th grade. The teams were named Wild Butterflies, Blue Jays, and Purple Pacers. Division 2 was comprised of girls in 7th through 12th grade. The teams in this division were Emerald Ice, Pumaz, and Soulja Girlz. “It was nice to get it going, and get the girls all excited again,” Maysoon Isa, PE coach, said.
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Purple Pacers, Soulja Girlz victorious
Page 8 December 2007 In order to raise money for the journalism department and seniors, a Fall Fest was held on November 18th. The Fest included a boyâ€™s baskeball tournament, rides, jump house, game booths, international food court, and a homemade pie baking contest. Volunteers including parents, juniors, and community members helped out. 1. Hands free and smiling sliding, Muna Al-Makhamreh [KG], rushes down a 25 foot slide.
2. Mariam El-Jaouhari [freshman and journalism club member] volunteers at the face painting booth. Kids, Pre-K through 3rd, were her most consistant customers. 3. Khalid Bakri , hangs on to the net in the jump house as his friend tries to bring him down. 4. Mariam Muhanna [senior] and Sana Ali [freshman and journalism club member] man the popcorn and candy stand. Working behind them are students on the cotton candy machine. 5. Teams of three players signed up for the boys
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basketball tournament. Teams competed for a first place prize, Dallas Maverick tickets. 6. The Swing was a favorite at the Fall Fest. Other rides included the Barrel of Monkeys, the Rock Climb, and the Ferris Wheel. Could it be that the attendee was calling his friends to tell them he was having fun? 7. What is a Fest without a train and train rides? Children and adults alike went round and round. 8. The food court was continously busy with an array of international flavors. 9. The lines to try and get to the top of the Rock Climb were long. Kids as young as five attempted the climb. Those that reached the top and rang the bell came down smiling and a sense of conquering.