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BuccaneerBulletin Volume 1 Number 5

March 2013

Longer School Days/Years on the Way Pages 2 - 4

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Buccaneer Bulletin Oswego High School’s Student Voice Editor-in-Chief Chloe Martin & Taylor Falls Managing Editor Gabrielle Sacco Business Manager Patrick Baer Senior Writer Madison Rhoades Chief Photographer Jordan Oatman Art Director Catherine Wells Ad Representatives Morgan Cook Sports Editor Kellie Gorman Sports Writers Nick Czerow Layout Editor Tara Stacy Entertainment Editor Sage Dudley Alumni Editor Alanna Maldonado Clublicity Editor Rachael Purtell Advisers Bill Reeser Heidi Conland Sheffield The Buccaneer Bulletin, a member of the Empire State School Press Association, and The Quill and Scroll, is published periodically by the students of the Oswego High School, 2 Buccaneer Blvd.; Oswego, New York 13126; (315) 341-2200. It is intended as a vehicle to inform, educate, and entertain the student body. Opinions expressed are those of the students and do not necessarily reflect those of the administration or the advisers.

On the Cover: The spotting of a Leprechaun (played by Mr. Primrose) at OHS is a sure sign that Spring is almost here.

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. . . to the 100 days celebration for the senior class, the students enjoyed the hypnotism. It was a great time for seniors to come together and have fun before leaving for college. . . . to the excellent performances students put on at Battle of the Bands. It is a great way for students to showcase their talents. Congratulations to The Green Myle and all the participants, you all did a great job!

. . . to the renovation of the school bathrooms, it’s great we are getting new clean bathrooms, but it’s difficult to find an open bathroom. . . . to the negative attention Oswego has been receiving due to the inapproiate fighting videos posted on the internet.

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Editorial In Our View . . .

Spending more time in school-will it work or fall flat? As most students have probably already heard, there is talk of extending the school day or even the school year. Five states have already adopted the idea into some of their school districts. New York is one of the five; the OCSD could adopt this plan and add more time to our school year or school day. The basic plan as of right now includes about 40 schools across the nation simply adding about 300 more hours to the normal academic year. This could mean having longer days while keeping the same number of days or adding on more days. Thinking about devoting even more time to school than we already do most likely makes a lot of students cringe. The 40 minute periods that we endure now feel like hours long already; adding more time to periods may feel like the death sentence. Here at the Buccaneer Bulletin, we understand the reasoning of why school districts would want to extend our schooling, but at the same time, we hope it never actually happens. During the eight weeks of summer vacation students dream about all school year long, they lose a great deal of information that they have learned. Eight weeks is a long time to not study or even so much as look at a book. It

is a bad habit that students get into, but it is understandable to try and enjoy the freedom students have during the summer. Extending the school year results in starting school earlier than before. Griffith Elementary in Phoenix, New York, one of the many schools participating in lengthening their school day, now starts their academic school year at the end of July instead of September. Starting earlier lets students have a decent couple of weeks of vacation without forgetting most of what they learned in school. Starting that early in Oswego would be a disaster as the last week of July is Harborfest. Imagine having to sit in the sweltering heat learning trigonometry while parents and other adults are having a blast at Harborfest. Absolutely not! No one wants to deal with that. It is a well thought out plan and seems logical that it would help students do better in school, but the thing is kids need a break. School can be extremely strenuous and by forcing students to go longer can be harmful to their bodies and minds. Too much stress can really take a toll on the body. Additionally, the horrific drop out rate that OHS already has will most likely skyrocket into unbelievable highs if our school year is lengthened.

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What’s Your Opinion?

“How would you feel about longer school days or a longer school year?” Nick Hurlbut Freshman

“I think it would be a bad thing if they extended school hours and school days. Kids already have enough homework and having more school means more homework.”

Evan Davis Junior

“I don’t think that longer school days and years is a good idea. I think that it will just create a new thing for students to complain about and will not substantially improve grades.”

Ashleigh Thompson Senior

“My opinion on longer school days and years is that if school starts later in the day and homework is no longer an issues, the time wouldn’t be a problem. Also, we should still get breaks in between certain times. For example, every eight weeks, we get a week off.”

Chad Whitney Teacher

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“I don’t really think that longer school days will have a real impact on students. It would create issues with extracurricular activates. Longer school years could possibly have a positive impact; however, the current economic situation would make that idea almost impossible to implement.” March 2013



Education reforms may include longer school day/year Kellie Gorman Sports Editor

The idea of going to school for more hours a day or more days in the year does not appeal to many students and teachers. There are already many complaints of having to wake up early, and seven hours a day of learning is too long. The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Reform Commission created an education reform last spring whose purpose was to create big ideas for fixing the state’s public schools. The plan was created because of the fact that some students are not getting a sufficient enough education and it needed to be fixed. Many but not all of the ideas in the plan will take place in the near future. It was found that the state “stifles” its main goal of preparing students for college and their soon to be career. The commission’s complaint was that there is a lack of a coherent education system. There were many ideas tossed around such as adding more hours to the school day and more days throughout the year. The plan is also to have full day pre-kindergarten for all children instead of going only during the mornings or afternoons. Jason Primrose, OHS earth science teacher and father of four young children spoke about pre-kindergarten. Primrose said, “Full day pre-K is too much and too long for young children. Most parents would like it, though, so they do not have to deal with their kids. The best learning kids could get is from an involved family working with their children one on one.” The plan of improving the school system started by creating better coordination and communication between social service agencies. Many students in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools go

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Tiring and boring students with longer schools days is a concern of the NYS Education Reform Commission who needs to take complaints of students and teachers into consideration as it moves forward with changes.

without services they truly need. The Syracuse school district is working with the nonprofit Say Yes to Education and other partners to help students. Big steps have already been taken to provide services through or at school. The president of Say Yes to Education, Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, is also a commission member. The commission member’s jobs are to create ideas to benefit school districts. One of the major changes being made to create better education for students would be a restructured or longer school day and a school year to create more learning time for students. This means an extra hour or

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Many countries have longer school calendar years than most U.S. public schools. Students in Japan attend school for 243 days per year.

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two would be added on to the seven hour long school day. Students would be going to school for more than 180 days. OHS student Hannah Broadwell said, “I think that it would be a bad idea to create longer days because kids will lose interest and stop trying as hard.” This causes problems for the commission because many other students agree that they would lose interest including OHS student Johnna Tombollilo who said, “I think that if there were longer school days, students would not be able to concentrate. Longer school days would also give students less time to do their homework and after school activities.” Tiring and boring students with longer school days is another major concern of the commission who needs to take complaints of students and teachers into consideration. Even some teachers agree with students saying that school days and school years do not need to be made longer. Primrose said, “The school day and year does not need to be any longer, it just needs to focus on things to make kids think and not just do.” Another change that would be made is better use of technology throughout districts. This would mean “innovation zones” where schools would invest in “transformative technology.” “Innovation zones” are ideas that would help students learn better and more efficiently. Technology would provide students with a better education such as digital curriculum, online textbooks and online courses. Many students would find this appealing because of the amount of time that they are already on the

Internet. Building a better bridge from high school to college and careers is also a main idea passing through the minds of commissioners. The commission would like high schools to offer more classes that would count as college credit, benefitting students immensely. The commission brainstormed an idea to get the best teachers and principals into the New York State “education pipeline.” Having the best teachers would mean the best education. The governor was generally supportive of what he was presented with. The final action plan of fixing New York State schools will be presented in September. Cuomo agreed 100 percent on the idea of making pre-kindergarten a full day program but said that the question will be money. He would like to see the addition of technical skills training and widen the role of schools to serve as community centers. Cuomo also said the state must invest in training students for jobs because of what he called “fundamental mismatch” with the state’s lack of job training and ability to supply employers with qualified workers. With the commission proposing an overhaul of New York’s public schools, longer teaching days and academic years, teacher proficiency exams and full day pre-kindergarten classes may eventually take place. Many of these recommendations have been proposed but have mostly been disregarded because of politics or the lack of funding. Governor Cuomo said that those remain major obstacles to overcome.

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Redheads always seem more prevalent in March

By Catherine Wells Art Director

Carrot top. Red head. Ginger. There are many ways to describe someone with red hair, some unprintable, some insults, some compliments. Redheads have the rarest hair color, and make up 2% of the world’s population, so it is understandable the other 98% with different hair colors are curious about red hair. Historically, people with red hair are associated with a fiery temper. Recently I contemplated this stereotype as I was punching my brother for giving me a dirty look, and I decided I am a pretty eventempered person. As I was yelling myself hoarse at my younger sibling, I wondered if society portrays redheads as angry and we are simply fulfilling expectations. After looking through a list of bullies in TV shows and movies, the phenomenon of the red haired villain seemed very plausible. Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story is one famous example. With a name like Scut Farkus, who know what kinds of insecurities this kid had to justify, thus becoming a bully? How many of us remember Max Keeble’s Big Move and its red-haired tormentor, Troy McGinty? This guy wrote his victim’s names on his t-shirt every day! I think this behavior is a red flag towards serial killer tendencies. Our next red headed antagonizer is not one individual but a whole family! The O’Doyle clan in the Adam Sandler classic Billy Madison are all gingers, and they are all bullies. Maybe they have a mean streak next to the recessive gene for red hair. Finally, Joey Caruso in Everybody Hates Chris is one more example of a school yard intimidator, though I am sure there are many more I am missing. Maybe they all stood in front of a white wall to hide from this chilling exposé. This brings me to what red heads are perhaps most famous for: pale skin. I mean, sure, it can be cool if you’re on the beach and feel like hiding, you just blend into to the sand. Sometimes you want to be Casper for Halloween! I love hearing about my friends “laying out” and doing this thing called “tanning” as I slather on more SPF 100. I think the lobster look is going to be in one of these days. Or the infamous, “How many souls have you stolen? Is that why you have so many freckles?” On a serious note, red heads are more susceptible to skin cancer than other hair colors. The pigment that makes hair red is responsible for this. You know what they say: blondes have more fun, but redheads have more moles! No one says that, but there is a reason Scotland has over 650,000 redheads, which is 13% of their population, the highest in the world. It makes sense that people with fairer skin would evolve in areas of the world with less sunlight, such as northern Europe.

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Many natural and wanna be redheads can be found around OHS. Above (back row from left) are Sage Dudley, Mr. Sykut, and Catherine Wells posing with Connor Sheffield (front left) and Trent Baker.

In case you were not phased by skin cancer, redheads also have a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Tourette’s syndrome, and a higher resistance to local anesthesia and Novocaine! Also, they are more sensitive to pain, bruising, heat, and cold. You may be disease ridden, sun burnt, and conscious during surgery, but red haired people don’t go gray! And after researching this article, I’m doubtful I’ll even make it that far, but we will see. During witch hunts in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries many women were burned at the stake for their hair color. This takes “flaming red hair” to a whole new level. The ancient Greeks

believed that people with red hair turned into vampires after they died. Perhaps this is why people to this day think gingers steal souls and have no soul. Freshman ginger Trent Baker said “I don’t really like it. I don’t really care, it’s just a hair color, I don’t understand why people would care about that.” Sage Dudley said, “I like being a ginger because it’s a unique hair color, and I always get compliments on it.” Well said! The next time you see a ginger, follow that approach instead of screaming in fear of losing your soul…or maybe people just do that when they see me. Who really knows? Hair colors aside, society should embrace people’s differences.

and as hard as it is to believe, for you who can’t wait to graduate, I miss OHS so much! I just miss being an exchange student. If you tell me today I could leave for a year abroad once again, my suitcase is all packed, and I’m ready! BB: What did you miss the most about France when you were here? AC: My family and my friends BB: What was one of your favorite experiences being in America? AC: That’s the hardest question! I sometimes had difficult experiences, but all I can remember today are the good ones! But I guess what I loved the most are all the trips I went on, all the places I discovered, and

the wonderful people that I met who brought so much to me. Also, at the end of the year, in July, I went on a trip across the US with my program- that was the icing on the cake! BB: What do you like about being back in France? AC: Being around the people I love. But since I’ve been back home, I want to leave again and travel across the world. If you start travelling, you can never stop. And that’s what I love about France and Europe; it’s easy to move around. Last week I was in London, for example. So I know one day I’ll be back in Oswego and I hope soon!

French student Adele Castelain reminisces about the U.S. Buc Bulletin: What was it like going back to France after leaving America? Adele Castelain: It was extremely hard. It was definitely harder than leaving France to go to the US. I was totally lost when I got home and it took me months to get used to my old life again. Even now there are times when I feel like I’m still trying to readjust. BB: What do you miss the most about America/Oswego? AC: I miss everything! My host family and my friends especially. But also all of the people who helped me during the year. I miss speaking English

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Fundraiser continues to bring in large donations St. Baldrick’s Foundation brings the Oswego community together to raise awareness and money to help fight children’s cancer. By Madison Rhoades Senior Writer

Looking around you might notice a new trend of hairstyle. Lots of people have gotten rid of their luscious locks of hopes to raising money for childhood cancer research. This is part of an event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Back in 1999 three guys; Tim Kenny, John Bender, and Edna McDonnell got the idea to shave their heads to raise money for childhood cancer research. The first actual head shaving event was held a year later on St. Patrick’s Day where 19 heads were shaved and $104,000 was raised. The trend caught on very quickly. By 2002, the foundation had raised over one million dollars. Volunteer driven events were now being held all over, and many heads were going naked. In 2004, they made the St. Baldrick’s Foundation official. Last year they hit a milestone, $100 million in childhood cancer research grants since 2005. With all the success they have had so far, there is sure to be more to come. So far this year, over five million dollars has been raised. Some of that money has come from right here in Oswego with many people shaving their heads for the cause from all different age groups. OHS alumnus, Chelsee Brockwell recently shaved off all of her twenty plus inches of her hair. But before doing so, her pony tail was cut off to be donated to be made into a wig. “I think that it will be amazing knowing that some little girl ended up with a wig made of my hair,” stated Brockwell. She had wanted to shave off her hair for about two years, but when she first started to think about it, it was during photo courtesy of meghan crary wilson her senior year. “At the time, the event was only days Above is little Sadie Wilson and her twin sister Layla. Both little girls are wearing the color orange, the before leaving for the senior trip, as well as all the other color of the leukemia ribbon. senior events like prom and graduation,” said Brockwell. Last year, she was so consumed with school that she forgot about the event. But this year she took it upon done and they were then told to report to Golisano Chil- Trevor Mercier, and Caroline Moch. Oswego, being the herself to organize an event in Cortland. “After reading dren’s Hospital at Upstate Hospital in Syracuse right great community it is, has come together multiple times many stories, I have realized that the children affected away. Next they found out the terrible news that their for these children to try and raise money and awareness by childhood cancer are by far stronger than I could ever baby girl had leukemia and had to receive her first round in any way they can. This past fall almost every student think to be.” Brockwell ended up raising over 1,500 of chemo therapy the next day. Sadie’s mother, Mrs. could be found wearing a green and yellow ribbon for dollars and surprisingly loves her new drastic haircut. Meghan Wilson said, “I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t hear Makayla Walker. Her parents handed them out at footLast year, there were a few teachers in the school them. All I could hear was my heart beating in my ears. ball games and her brother, junior, Tyler Walker, also that shaved their heads for the event. Mrs. Patricia Kuhl My baby has cancer?” Sadie spent the next month in the handed them out in school to anyone who wanted them. This month there was a faculty volleyball game held being one of them, “The experience gave me the chance hospital because she got very sick very fast. However, to give something back because I have been blessed with she has come a long way since then. Due to all of the at OHS so that all proceeds could go to Team Sadie, and germs and sickness floating around, there was a jeans week for faculty members where they a healthy g r a n d c h i l d “I think that it will be amazing Sadie has to stay indoors most of the could pay to wear jeans all week long. At the same time, and felt that knowing that some little girl ended time because a simple cold could kill many other events were going on all over the Oswego her. Although she has come a long City School District. Over at OMS, they held a hat day this was a way, she will not be done receiv- the day of the shaving where five faculty members way to show up with a wig made of my hair.” my gratitude Chelsee Brockwell ing weekly chemo until October of shaved their heads and students sold stickers and butnext year. “I am now tons in the for being so OHS Class of 2011 part of a club that NO cafeteria to blessed.” ONE wants a memraise monThis is how In 2012 the St. Baldrick’s Foundation bership to. But, I will ey. In the many people was able to fund more than $25 million elementary feel about it, they see how many children are affected not let cancer win,” stated Mrs. Wilson. The Wilson family is a big fan schools, by cancer and realize how lucky they are to have their for childhood cancer research. they had health. Kuhl didn’t opt to shave her head this year and of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and hat days isn’t sure if she’ll be doing it again soon or not, “I will Mrs. Wilson will even be taking part and “Go continue to donate and help in any other ways I can. this year by shaving her head. “St. Shaving my head? Maybe some year down the road, I Baldrick’s is an amazing organization working to- Green” days where they paid to wear hats and green clothing. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation does a great may just surprise people and do it again. Time will tell.” wards finding a cure,” said Mrs. Wilson. Cancer is Another familiar name to OHS is Sadie Wilson, an awful thing that no one should have to experi- job of helping children’s cancer. While chilotherwise known as security officer Mike Wilson’s ence, but Mrs. Wilson says it has made her appreci- dren’s cancer is an awful thing, it brings peodaughter. On June 7, 2012, little Sadie had already been ate life so much more and for that she is thankful. ple together and binds them in the fight, because There are many other children in town suffering no one wants to hear that their child has cancer. running a fever for days and was not looking well. Her parents took her to the doctor where blood work was from cancer; Mary Isgar, Makayla Walker, Julian Ross,

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You m ake m e want t o roll my win Chase Izyk - Saturn S-series By Madison Rhoades Senior Writer

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Bella Winklestine - Jeep Wrangler By Gabrielle Sacco Managing Editor

A junior at Oswego High School, Bella Winklestine can be found driving her white 2008 lifted Jeep Wrangler around town. She received the Jeep for her sixteenth birthday this past fall from her mother. Although she doesn’t have her license yet, she has had many memorable experiences with her Jeep already. Her Jeep is a stick shift, something she has never driven on before. “The first time driving my Jeep, I was driving down a busy road and I came to a stop sign where I had to shift gears. My Jeep stalled and photo courtesy of bella winklestine there was a large line of cars behind me and I panicked so I pulled off to the side of the road and received some extremely vulgar gestures from people who were driving by me,” Winklestine shared. Winklestine says that she loves her Jeep and cannot wait to be able to drive it around town and to the beach this summer with the top and doors off. She said, “There’s so many benefits of having a Jeep. It’s good in the snow, it’s fun and it fits my personality.”

Shane Bowman - Ford Explorer By Morgan Cook Ad Representative

When you see a tan Ford Explorer driving down the street, you will see Shane Bowman behind the wheel. Thanks to his older sister, she left him the car when she went to college in the fall. Since she gave him the car, Shane thought it would be proper to name it after his wonderful sister. So, the car is known as “the Taylermobile” or “T- mobile”. For those of you who do know Bowman and his car, you will notice the license plate that has the name “Tayler” on it. Since having his license since photo by morgan cook November, Bowman ran into a funny story with his car. One day, he was driving down Utica Street and stopped to get gas. When he was done, he looked in his rearview mirror and spotted a cop behind him with his lights on. So, Bowman said “I’m feeling good today, I’m not going to give him a hard time.” When the cop came up to his window he said, “Where’d you go back there?” The cop stated, “I was trailing you back there and then I just lost you.” Bowman was pulled over for speeding in the city and received a ticket for speeding which was also his first ticket. So, you could say Bowman was in a high speed chase and did not even know it.

One of the many cars here at OHS is that of Chase Izyk. Izyk drives a 2001 gold Saturn S-series. About two years ago his grandmother was kind enough to give it to him. Although it isn’t his dream Austin Martin 310 Vanquish, it is what he has got so he drives it happily. And like many other students, his car has a named Douglas by Izyk and his friends. Izyk uses his car to drive wherever he needs to go, especially during hockey season when he also has several teammates in the car with him. Giving rides to teammates has lead to some photo by gabrielle sacco interesting times. One day after school when all the boys were packed into Douglas to head to the rink, they realized they did not have room for everyone so one got to ride in the trunk! “Instead of driving right to the rink, we drove around the city to mess with him. My car is tiny, so it was very uncomfortable for him,” said Izyk.

Cortnie Purce - Honda Civic By Kellie Gorman Sports Editor

Senior Cortnie Purce has had her precious car, Lola, since her seventeenth birthday. When she got her silver 2007 Honda Civic, she decided to name it Lola because the song “Lola” by The Kinks was the first song that she heard on the car’s radio. Since the car was a surprise, Purce had no idea she was getting it for her birthday. Now that she has Lola, the car is treated like a baby. Although she is Purce’s baby, Lola does not treat her well in the snow. When Purce spoke about Lola she said, “Lola is awful in the photo by morgan cook snow, I slide everywhere.” Living in Oswego, the weather is not always nice and even though her car slides everywhere, she’s never been in an accident. Not only has Purce never been in an accident, she has also never been pulled over or received a ticket. For the remainder of Purce’s high school career, she will continue to drive Lola to school blasting her favorite One Direction CD.

Kris Bardin - Hummer H3 By Chloe Martin

Cars definitely rev up Kris Bardin’s engine. He has had six different cars over the past several years. His favorite of the six was a 2000 Xterra. “I worked on it a lot, lifted it and spent a lot of money on it, it looked good,” Bardin said. Bardin currently has a 2006 Hummer H3 which was a gift from his dad. He plans to level it and put KMC rims on it in the near future. A memory about his car occurred with his hummer. “While I was learning to drive manual in the Hummer, I stalled out turning onto Bridge Street that was photo courtesy of kris bardin embarrassing.” Fortunately for Bardin, he has not had any incidents like that recently.

Mr. Jamie Sykut - Audi A4 By Catherine Wells Art Director


TV teacher and technology whiz Mr. Sykut is a cool guy’ he needed a cool car. In 2012, he purchased a 2009 Audi A4 in black. He loves his car, particularly because, “I can get my kids in the back, and it has a turbo engine.” Sykut used to duct tape his kids and put them in the trunk, but he’s recently discovered car seats. He said it’s a fun car; he likes it and takes care of it. “I just washed and waxed it this weekend.” Perhaps the worst moment in the life of his Audi was when a certain T.V. student who shall remain nameless put a huge scratch in it while filming a sporting event. Sykut was understandably angry but looks back on the incident with humor, saying the student, “Learned his lesson about putting stuff on people’s cars.” To all Buc Bulletin readers: stay away from Mr. Sykut’s Audi!

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dows down an d crui s e; OHS St y l e Brian Dodge - Jeep Cherokee By Jordan Oatman Cheif Photographer

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When senior Brian Dodge was a little kid a friend of his family owned a Jeep Cherokee. When he was first able to ride in it he said, “I want a vehicle just like this when I get older”. Over the summer the friend of the family actually gave the jeep to him for nothing. He generally only uses the car to get around town, to and fro school because of the bad mileage the jeep gets. One time, the first time he was driving in his car, the breaks stopped working and he went through an intersection. Everything turned out okay though.

Jake Oleyourryk - GMC Sonoma By Gabrielle Sacco Managing Editor

Jake Oleyourryk, junior at OHS can be seen driving his black 2001 GMC Sonoma around the city and town of Oswego. Oleyourryk’s grandfather, better known as his peepop, gave him the truck when he got himself a new truck. Oleyourryk has had his license for about eight months and has had memorable experiences with his truck. He said, “I’ll never forget the day that I thought Betty’s life was going to be over, when a school bus cut us off.” Oleyourryk’s truck’s name is Ol’ photo by gabrielle sacco Betty. Oleyourryk shares, “Brandon Tracz and I were throwing names back and forth one day, and the name sort of just came up and I liked it.” “I love the fact that I can take Ol’ Betty fishing at the streams and creeks in Oswego with my friends and I,” stated Oleyourryk. Betty is good in the snow, she’s very roomy and she gives people rides. Oleyourryk would not trade his girl Betty for anything; they are the perfect match.

Collin Daino - Toyota Camry By Tara Stacy Webmaster

Collin Daino is one of the few lucky Oswego High School students to own his own car. The senior got his vehicle in August of 2012, and it is a 2005 Toyota Camry. Daino’s most memorable moment in his car was the first time he got pulled over. He was driving with his friend Jake Anderson, when Anderson rolled down the window and threw a cup out the window at a man. Anderson did not know however, that the unsuspecting man was an undercover cop.

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Zack Salvador - Nissan Maxima

By Rachel Purtell Clublicity Editor

Zack Salvador proudly drives his 2000 Nissan Maxima down the streets of Oswego, New York. It is gray, has four doors and Zack has shamelessly named it Lorraine. It was purchased from a dealership in Fulton in December of 2012, a week before his seventeenth birthday, for $7,000. He had to work at Canale’s and save up money for a portion of the price and his parents and grandparents paid for the rest. Zack paid $6,500 toward the price of his car. photo courtesy of zack salvador

Morgan Hillman - Toyota Rav4 By Patrick Baer

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Morgan Hillman is the proud owner of a white 2010 Toyota Rav 4. This is Hillman’s second car since two weeks after receiving her license, she got in an accident with her 2009 Subaru Impreza. After getting Hillman’s Subaru fixed, she traded the vehicle with her mother. Hillman loves her SUV because it’s the perfect size, not too big or too small, with a big trunk and it is equipped with four wheel drive for the winter time. “I’ve gotten out of so many tickets with it so it seems to be a good luck charm,” Hillman stated. After photo by morgan cook being pulled over for having her lights off and another time for using her GPS, Hillman needs all the luck she can get. There are many stories behind Hillman’s SUV. “One night while driving over to my friend’s house, I ended up backing over their horseshoe pit because I couldn’t see where I was going, the Rav 4 said it had low tire pressure for weeks after that,” Hillman said. Overall, Hillman is very satisfied with her ride.

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Mr. Robert Talamo - Ford Escape, 1984 Chevrolet & 2 Harleys By Patrick Baer

Business Manager Mr. Robert Talamo, a chemistry teacher at OHS, has a wide variety of vehicles. Talamo’s daily drive is a 2005 Ford Escape; he also has a 1984 Chevrolet pickup truck and owns two Harley Davidson motorcycles. Since he was a child Talamo has worked on various vehicles and aircrafts with his father. Talamo’s favorite is his Chevy pickup. “I purchased it my senior year of high school when I found out I got a scholarship to college and didn’t need to spend my money on college, I bought this truck. I’ve kept it ever since, I work on it over the year rebuilding the engine and use it as a specialty vehicle,” Talamo stated. Talamo also shares a love for his Harley Sportster. “I bought it brand new for my birthday in March, but around here in March you can’t ride it. So me and my buddy brought our bikes down to Atlanta, Georgia and we cruised in the middle of winter in Georgia for three days, put about 500 miles on our bikes, just so we could ride out of season.” Along with Talamo’s variety of vehicles, he finds each one special to him.

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Walking the Plank

Emily Henderson values her artistic abilities Buccaneer Bulletin: What is your name? Emily Henderson: Emily Catherine Henderson

lonely. I love being around people, especially my friends and family. Without them I would be lost.

BB: What are you going to miss the most about high school and Oswego? EH: I am going to miss being so close to my friends. They are all in the same place at the same time, right there whenever you need them.

BB: What grade are you in? EH: I’m a senior. BB: Do you have any siblings? EH: I have a younger sister, Allie, who’s in 10th grade. We have a pretty goofy relationship. We love to nag on each other all the time and we get in occasional sisterly cat fights. We have become the best of friends over the years.

BB: What are three things you cannot live without and why? EH: Well, start with Koolaid. I cannot go one day without a glass. My friends and my family because they are all so important to me, and definitely sleep. Cannot miss out on a nap

BB: What sports and extracurricular activities do you or have you participated in? EH: I have played a lot of sports through high school. Volleyball, lacrosse, outdoor track, but I do not play anymore. I have a handful of jobs that keep me busy throughout the week. BB: What or who inspired you to become an artist? EH: My dad and my grandma really inspired me to start drawing. Both of them are really creative and have great artistic abilities. Mrs. Martin pushed me through high school and really got me to the point I am at now. BB: What awards have you received for your artwork? EH: I have gotten one gold key, two silver keys, three honorable mentions and a best of show award, and I have also won some money. BB: Who is the most inspirational person in your life and why? EH: I would have to say my mom. She is always pushing me to do my best and has never given up on me. She is helping me achieve my dreams. BB: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

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Emily Henderson was inspired by her grandma and her dad to become an artist, and she has won many awards for her artwork. Above, she is in Mrs. Martin’s class, another person who pushed her creativity level. Some pieces of her artwork are shown below.

EH: Hopefully by then I will have a job in medical illustration, maybe a family too. BB: If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be? EH: Creative, relaxed, and humble. BB: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be? Why? EH: My grandma, that is for sure. Bob Marley, and Walt Disney. That would be quite an interesting meal. They are all such inspiring people, I would love to be able to have just one

conversation with them. BB: Where do you plan on attending college in the fall and what do you plan on majoring in? EH: I just got accepted to RIT, and I want to go for medical illustration. BB: What is your greatest accomplishment? EH: I think I am my own greatest accomplishment. I have really developed over the years and I am proud of who I have become. BB: What is your biggest fear? EH: My biggest fear is being

BB: What is your favorite piece of artwork that you’ve done? EH: It’d be between my Grace Brings Contement because it was like the coming out of my artwork, or my Science of the Arts because it’s what I’m going to college for, to draw stuff like that. I think they’re both really impressive and they were both fun to do. BB: What is your favorite memory from the past four years while you were at OHS? EH: Senior Trip, because it was just a unique experience, it was so fun. You don’t get to do that everyday, especially with all of your friends. BB: What’s your favorite food? EH: I’d have to say mashed potatoes. And I always have to drink red kool-aid with them. Editor’s note: “Walking the Plank” is a regular question-and-answer feature of The Buccaneer Bulletin. If you know a student or staff member who you would like to see walk the plank, contact Madison Rhoades at mrhoades@oswego. org. This edition of “Walking the Plank” was written by Gabrielle Sacco.

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Point Counter-Point


Will newspapers soon be a thing of the past? Newspapers should not die By Taylor Falls Editor-in-chief

Journalism was all the rage back in the famous Woodward and Bernstein age. It was exciting and unpredictable; people thought that there would never be a boring day working as a reporter. They were absolutely right, it was interesting work that was almost never repetitive that would keep everyone on their toes. The sad part is we are moving into an age where it is nothing like how it used to be. It is becoming more of a dull desk job than the exciting job it was before. The industry is moving from hard copies of information like newspapers to all online short snippets of news stories. With the increasing quality of technology, it is becoming easier to get information. Reading an article online on some news website seems like a great way of receiving information quickly but the problem is articles online are straight to the point and not detailed enough. We are navigating into a world of quick responses and fast paced information gathering; it is one of the many negative effects of advancement in technology. E-mails and notifications are sent to our phones and other devices constantly throughout the day that give us little tidbits of news and information. That is not being educated about current events; we are only reading headlines or the few sentences that come along with the headline. It is sad to think that solid, well written, and informative articles are slowly dwindling in the new technology age. Newspapers are going out of business left and right because of this. Newspapers are one of the most reliable ways of receiving current events. Anyone can post a fake story on the Internet, which makes it completely unreliable; a newspaper would not print something that was not double fact checked. There are many benefits to reading a newspaper. The fact that there are so many types makes it beneficial because it is easier to find what kind of information you are interested in reading about. If you don’t live in a prosperous city like New York City, it’s probably much harder to hear or read about news from your area. Newspapers are almost always local which is great because it informs you about events and news in that town or city. Unlike watching local news stations, there are full detailed stories in newspapers. An event like 9/11 is an excellent example of why having newspapers in our lives is kind of a cool thing. Although it was one of the worst days in our history, the tragic pictures and bold faced headlines made it one to remember and never forget. Huge events that have impacted the country or even the world are plastered all over newspapers with crazy headlines and long stories on the true story behind the event. Keeping them is like having a memory saved forever. Online news sites refresh and cycle the old stuff out to display the new stories, the stories on a big event could be hidden and not seen again. With a newspaper, you have a physical copy of history. Everything that is printed is history down the road and could be very useful. Whether it is a memory that could be held onto forever or an historical event that could be used as a primary document, newspapers will become useful in some way.

Newspapers need to go By Chloe Martin Editor-in-chief In a world as fast paced as ours, who has time to sit down and read a newspaper? The truth is newspapers are dying and for good reason. They are not practical in today’s society. Our generation was one of the first to have computers as fast as lightning in our homes and classrooms. We are used to having information presented to us at the click of a button. Americans spend a large amount of their time glued to their smart phones, tablets, and computers all of which have the news on them for free. It is much easier to search online for the news article you actually want to read rather than search through a huge paper to see if an article is even there. You will also find different views and opinions on a topic online. Usually in a newspaper, you will find just one opinion. If you want the latest news in the quickest way possible, online is the way to go. Online news sites are constantly updating their information with text, pictures, and video. Newspapers typically only come out once a day or week, so you are not getting the most recent news. For people who do not want to read through a whole news article, an online version is sometimes better because there are pictures and videos. Videos help to explain the news to people who wouldn’t otherwise be interested in reading it. Pictures and slideshows help keep the reader interested in what they are reading online. If you are not as interested in the hit and run or disaster stories that online news sites are sometimes notorious for, you can easily find other stories that interest you online. Many online news sites have different categories that make it easy to find human interest pieces, recipes, and advice columns. Anything you can find in a real newspaper, you can find faster and easier in an online version. Newspapers these days are not very well written anyway. Many cannot afford to hire a lot of reporters so they have one or two reporters writing about subjects they may know nothing about. The result is a newspaper with poorly written articles and watered down information. On the Internet, you can find people writing stories about what they are passionate for whether it be sports or knitting. Online newspapers are much photo by Chloe martin more cost effective than paper ones. An online paper or blog can be run by just a few people. A newspaper needs editors, photographers, printers, delivery people, and the list goes on and on. It is very hard in this economy for newspapers to afford to pay all these people. Especially since their readership is declining. Who really wants to pay for a paper subscription when you can get the news for free online or on your television? Newspapers should just accept their fate and die. They are outdated, usually not very well written, and irrelevant. People will argue that newspapers were founded on paper and ink, but really they were founded on breaking news. What better way to get news out there than the Internet? It is the fastest and most effective way. Editors Note: “Point Counter- Point” is a regular debating feature



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‘Artist of the Month’s’ music takes him all the way to Texas By Madison Rhoades Senior Writer

The US All-American Marching Band is nothing new to OHS. Nine students from OHS have previously taken part in this band since 2007. This year, Joseph Bertonneau carried on the tradition. Eight years and six instruments later, Bertonnneau’s hard work finally paid off when he was picked to be a part of the marching band that performs during the US Army All-American Bowl. When he was in the fourth grade, Bertonneau picked up the saxophone. He realized he did not want to lug around the big instrument so he tried out the clarinet and liked it. Then in seventh grade, he started testing out the different kinds of clarinets. He now plays the E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, alto clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, and contra-bass clarinet. Here at OHS, Bertonneau is a part of the Wind Ensemble and marching band. He was also a part of the Area All-State Band for bass clarinet this year and for All County the past two years. photo courtesy of Joseph Bertonneau In order to be considered as a Shown above is Joe Bertonneau with principal Mr. Brian Hartwell while at the ceremony where he was presented member of the All-American Army with his official bowl jacket and hat for the 2013 US Army All-American Bowl. band , Bertonnneau had to go through a long application process which that it takes to apply alone is a great looks to Samuel Hazo. “The way he included a written piece and three two other high students in the marching writes just amazes me and I can’t think minute videos; an introduction video, band in San Antonio, Texas on January learning experience.” His life pretty much revolves of anyone else who could compare to a video of marching a box drill while fifth. “It was the biggest crowd I’ve around his music interest. “I wish him,” he said. playing a selected piece, and another ever performed in front of and it I could say I do more in my free Bertonneau is a senior so this is his video of the applicant playing a piece was an amazing experience,” stated last year being an of their choice. Oswego Buccaneer. In mid-October, “You learn so much just from applying. The determination and knowledge “I’ll definitely miss Bertonneau all the teachers who received an that it takes to apply alone is a great learning experience.” high school acceptance letter Joseph Bertonneau made an awesome four but could not tell OHS Senior year for me,” he anyone about it said. He loves the until the official music program here ceremony. He had time besides hang around with other so much that he hopes to help out the to wait until the 2013 US Army All Bertonneau. After everything he had bands kids but that’s about it,” stated marching band drill staff next year -American Bowl Selection Tour made to do to be a part of the band and Bertonneau. He likes to plays fast and while he is attending SUNY Oswego it to Oswego where a ceremony took his great experience playing in it, upbeat music that is a challenge to before he transfers to SUNY ESF after place after a marching band practice Bertonneau recommends applying to a year or two. Although he won’t be where he was presented with his any underclassmen who wants to try it. learn because once he gets it down, majoring in music, “I want to major in official bowl jacket and hat. “You learn so much just from applying. it is fun to play. When looking for inspiration while playing, Bertonneau chemistry for a career in pyrotechnics.” Bertonneau performed with 124 The determination and knowledge

Success continues for the OHS Boys Bowling Team By Morgan Cook Ad Representative

When we hear about the bowling team here at OHS we think, “What do they even do at practices?” and, “How that is even a sport here?” The CNYCL (Central New York City League) bowling team has come a long way at OHS over the past two years and that’s something to be proud of. “This year we were very successful in our league.”Said Clavelli. Last year, they won the Section 3 championship. This year they won their league and earned third in the section. The boys’ bowling team is made up of Matt Clemons, Zach DelBracco, Kevin Goodale, Jim Rose, Gavin Gilbert, and Joe Clavelli. “They are

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like a second family! When I’m down, they always know how to pick me up and we all have for the most part have been for years! And Clem just rocks.” Said Zach DelBrocco. Being close as a team was key for their success. They always helped each other get better and better each day of bowling season. For these boys, “Going this far again this year is amazing” said DelBrocco. Losing two graduates last year, Cameron Byrne and Dan Cliff didn’t stop this year’s team from making sure they ended the season on a high note. “We only lost 2 seniors this year but theres a lot of skill on the team to achieve our goals.” Said Clavelli. This year, bowler Matt Clemons bowled two

300 in his matches, which really helped step up the game for the bowling team. “Matt’s focused and serious about his game,” said DelBrocco. Just being a part of a successful team is the best feeling one can have. “Next year were looking forward to bigger and better things like getting to sectionals and competing in states.” Said Joe Clavelli. The excitement of knowing that you’re getting that much closer to winning an actual title for a team and bringing home many awards to the OHS family for many other teams to hear. The boys bowling team felt like they made an accomplishment for the school. “I don’t know what I’d do without my team to have helped us make it so far in the years.” Said DelBrocco.

March 2013



Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

“And nobody, in all of Oz, no wizard that there is or was, is ever gonna bring me down!” The Wicked Witch of the West flew above the crowd, while lights and smoke filled the stage as the music crescendoed. The citizens of Oz gathered below Elphaba in an angry mob as she held out the last note of “Defying Gravity,” and the theater erupted in applause before the curtain came down for intermission. The astounding visual effect of the witch flying in the air was, to use advanced musical critic jargon, the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. The musical Wicked’s showstopper song exceeded my wildest expectations, a sentiment which could be applied to the entire show. Wicked was recently held at the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse starring Christine Dwyer as Elphaba and Jeanna Waal as Galinda. The story follows the life of Elphaba before she was the Wicked Witch of the West and before Dorothy arrives in Oz, Toto in hand. Playing opposite the witch is Galinda, the essence of a stereotypical, blonde, shallow, popular girl. The curtain opens on Galinda (she undergoes a name change halfway through the musical) floating in her magical bubble, voicing the question of the show as she asks, “Are people born wicked?” Flashbacks are played out in a comedic scene involving the birth of a green Elphaba, whose parents express shocked sentiments over her skin color. Galinda then goes on to reassure the citizens of Oz she only knew the wicked witch at school; they were merely acquaintances. At this point, the scene changes to a school yard, and the story picks up from there. The young witch shows off her singing skills and her aspirations to meet the Wizard of Oz in “The Wizard and I.” This song assuaged my fears that listening to the soundtrack countless times would make Elphaba’s character on the stage pale in comparison to Idina Menzel, the originator of the role, but Christine Dwyer proved herself vocally and theatrically from the start. Galinda and Elphaba, the latter of which is considered a leper by her classmates, become roommates at Shiz University, and it is hard to decide who hates the situation more leading to a catchy duet about loathing, “What is This Feeling?” Whispers of ominous happenings in Oz involving propaganda and the oppression of animals are discussed between Elphaba and her professor, the goat Doctor Dillamond, but are quickly forgotten when a new student arrives: Fiyero, who dances his way into Galinda’s heart through a huge number at a school function, “Dancing through Life.” Afterwards, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Glinda and Elphaba, inspiring Glinda to give the green girl a makeover in “Popular,” a song as well-known outside of the musical as the name implies, as the scene is one of the most fun in the show. Jeanna Waal shines here, because until she starts being nice to Elphaba, she acts like a real witch. Galinda and Elphaba set off for the Emerald City, leading to a huge group number, “One Short Day,” with a tune reminiscent of old Broadway classics and

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Wicked is a musical story telling the tale of two witches, Elphaba and Glinda, the two witches of the Wizard of Oz. The tale follows the two’s adventures in friendship, and in being different.

the set adding to the feel of the city with huge green lights filling the stage. The day ends with Elphaba and Galinda meeting the wizard, who, predictably, isn’t all he’s cracked up to be. Without spoiling too much more of the story, Elphaba is soon ostracized by the citizens of Oz, hunted by the Wizard himself and the headmistress of Shiz University, Madame Morrible. Act I culminates in “Defying Gravity,” which left the spellbound audience eager for Act II. I won’t delve into the minutia of the plot, but Act II delivers drama-wise with the lives of many characters ending before the curtain falls. Musically, the songs in the second act aren’t as impressive as the hard to follow first half, but the story moves along quickly. “As Long As You’re Mine,” a duet between Elphaba and Fiyero, doesn’t stand out on the original Broadway soundtrack, but the live performance adds a new level of emotion that made me appreciate the song much more. One of the most well known songs from the

musical, “For Good,” was as heartfelt as expected. The song is a duet between Elphaba and Glinda, but live it only served to emphasize how Jeanna Waal’s rendition of Glinda couldn’t keep up with Dwyer’s Elphaba, both in her acting and singing. Glinda is supposed to be an annoying character, in a deliciously mean sort of way, but Waal couldn’t make the leap from annoying to amusing. This issue didn’t detract from the overall show for me; it only made me wish I could have seen Kristin Chenoweth perform as Glinda that much more. Overall, my feelings on Wicked seemed to reiterate those of all who attend the musical, it was amazing. While subtlety wasn’t in the writer’s vocabulary in terms of getting the moral lessons of the show across, I wasn’t complaining. Wicked asks the universal question: Are people born wicked? Elphaba’s struggles reflect the way our society views people who are born “different.” My final recommendation: if Wicked is playing in a theater near you, find a way to see this masterpiece!

March 2013



Former OHS student becomes a teacher and coach By Rachael Purtell Clublicity Editor

“Whereas, Erwin ‘Jeep’ Dewey has dedicated nearly half a century of service as a track and field and football coach for the students of the Oswego City School District, this track will be known hereafter as the Erwin ‘Jeep’ Dewey Track.” Anyone who has been to the track at Oswego Middle School since the spring of 2008 has walked past the sign with these words maybe without even knowing it. Teachers, students, and substitute teachers who have had a gym class outside have probably overlooked it as well. However, for anyone who has read it, the amount of time Dewey invested into his career makes it obvious that the track was dedicated to a very worthy recipient. On May 8, 2008, Erwin “Jeep” Dewey was recognized for the amount of time in his life that he invested into his coaching career in Oswego. A ceremony was held at the Oswego Middle School preceding a home track meet to honor him. Speeches were given both by him and others reflecting on his career, a plaque was given to him to commemorate the event, and the sign mentioned above was unveiled. His team showed their appreciation for him by giving him their favorite lucky gold baton that they used religiously in their relays. Dewey’s hands were shaking as he gratefully accepted the baton and the young man who handed it to him had tears in his eyes. Dewey then returned the baton and asked them to use it in their meet one final time before he took it home with him later that day. When the young man took the baton back, a smile broke out on his face and his team let out a cheer. These expressions of emotions made it very clear that the small object contained a great deal of history of victories, losses and sentimentality. Dewey has roots in the Oswego City School District that are much deeper than simply his coaching career, however. He said, “I was born in 1938 in Albany, moved to Oswego when I was two years old and I’ve been here ever since.” Dewey was very close with his mother when he was younger; she lived in Oswego and he did not want to move somewhere far away from her. He attended Fitzhugh Park Elementary School until he was in ninth grade and then spent his last three years at Oswego High School and received his diploma in 1957. His favorite classes included English, social studies, and science. Some of his favorite teachers were his math teacher; Miss Glann, and social studies teacher; Mr. Fleichman. His least favorite subject was math. As a teenager, he stated, “I don’t think I had too many hobbies. We played sports from the time the sun came up until it went down.” While

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Coach Erwin “Jeep” Dewey proudly stands next to the sign that celebrates the date of the dedication of the Erwin “Jeep” Dewey track on May 2, 2008.

Dewey was successful in academics, he invested the majority of his time and energy into the various sports he played. As a student-athlete at OHS he played three seasons of freshman sports, two seasons of junior varsity sports, and seven seasons of varsity sports. The sports he played included football, basketball, baseball, and tennis. Dewey went on to play three years of football and one year of basketball at SUNY-Brockport while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in physical education. The college courses he enjoyed most included English, health, science, and all the skills courses he was required to take in order to be a physical education instructor such as basketball, football, and tennis. His favorite professors were Mr. Boozer and Mr. Orbacker and the parts he disliked most about college were art and music, he said, “I wasn’t very good at them, in music I couldn’t carry a tune.” One interesting part of his college experience was that on breaks, Dewey hitchhiked back and forth from college and his home in Oswego with his friends. Eventually, one of them had a car; however, it did not have heat so the trips were never comfortable. Growing up, Dewey had many occupations before he finally settled into his coaching and teaching career. His occupational experiences included peddling soft drinks for Coca-Cola, unloading boats at the docks here in Oswego, umpiring softball, refereeing basketball,

being a paperboy, teaching physical education, and coaching football and track and field. He says that his favorites were teaching and coaching, and his wife Kathleen Dewey said, “He really cared about his players and students. He’d always been involved with them personally. He’s always cared about them; how they were doing in school, how they were doing at home. He was always there if they needed someone to talk to.” Coach Dewey was loved and admired by so many of the kids and people who he instructed and worked with. Track and field team member Ben Harrington said, “He was a great track coach. His workouts were hard but they made you stronger. He is also a very nice and caring person.” As a coach, Dewey was persistent and enthusiastic in helping his players to reach their goals. His wife said, “He was always hard on them, he made them work. It paid off in the end because they got the reward.” He said his gym teacher in Fitzhugh, Joe Wilbur, was his biggest inspiration in his career path and that he modeled much of his coaching and teaching styles after him such as his tough yet caring approach to instructing his athletes. One of Dewey’s favorite memories from his career as a football coach was when his team beat Cortland to end Cortland’s forty-three win streak. Another is when they defeated West Genesee when West Genesee was ranked number one in the state. These victories showed how hard he inspired his athletes to work so that they were

able to defeat extremely powerful teams. His favorite memory as a track and field coach was watching the athletes obtain their personal bests. Outside of his successful career, Dewey was a reliable, dedicated family man despite the fact that he also described himself as a bit of a workaholic. He married Kathleen Herman and this year they will be celebrating their fortieth anniversary. Together, they had five children; three daughters named Jennifer, Melissa, and Allison and two sons named Kevin and Jeffery. They also have two grandsons, one granddaughter, and two more grandchildren, one boy and one girl, are on the way! Dewey taught all of his kids in his high school physical education class and coached his son Kevin in football. When asked about his experience having his father as his football coach, Kevin Dewey said, “You can say that he is always there to support us. No matter what we did he always showed his love and patience. One of the greatest things about him as a father and a coach is that he left football on the field. He never brought any frustration home to his family. What happened on the field stayed on the field.” Presently, Dewey is retired from teaching and coaching football; however, he is still a varsity track and field coach at OHS. He also runs the men’s city basketball league. During his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf, watching westerns, babysitting, and watching his grandchildren play various sports.

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Is an imaginary bubble enough protection from serious injury? lacrosse could make it a rougher sport than it already is. When playing girl’s lacrosse you don’t want your head to be hit, so players try to avoid it as much as possible. But if the sport was beginning to get rough while helmets are being worn already, more equipment pads and protection would be added. This would end up making girls lacrosse similar to boys lacrosse in almost every way, which is the one thing that most coaches and players are Girl’s lacrosse is a non contact sport, but afraid of. But if the rules of lacrosse are concussions still take place. strictly enforced, there should be A proposal to require nothing to be afraid of in female lacrosse the first place. players to wear a Although many helmet, the same believe girl’s worn by men, was lacrosse players voted down by should not wear New York State’s helmets, many Public High School also believe they Athletic Association. should. So what if Helmets are only concussions are not mandatory in men’s as frequent in women’s as lacrosse, why not girls too? It is in men’s lacrosse? Girl’s lacrosse because in the girl’s version of the is not a joke as a lot of people think it sport, there is a halo or a bubble that is. The brain is the most important organ exists around the player’s head. The stick in the human body. You can’t live without it, so of any player is not allowed to enter this 7-inch it should be protected. Playing lacrosse without a sphere and if a stick does happen to enter, a foul helmet could be compared to riding a bike without is called and the player must go four steps behind a helmet. Sure, the person who you might not the foul was The brain is the most important organ be getting hurt committed on. in the human body. You can’t live when you first But if this check start out, but is dangerous, without it, so it should be protected. what if you the player may were to fall? get a yellow You would be card. A stick more likely to get hurt while not wearing a helmet check is when a player tries to harass the player than if a helmet was worn. If a player had to with the ball in attempt to dislodge the ball from choose between getting a concussion and wearing the stick. Rough checks and contact to the head a helmet, wearing a helmet would always or body is prohibited and will never be come first. tolerated. The goggles female players Not only could helmets wear do not even come close to the prevent head injury, the effect helmets have on a male’s number of broken head. The only reason female noses and gashes players wear goggles is to to the forehead protect their eyes and and lips would temple area. Even decrease to an though helmets extent. Although would be a the 7-inch sphere way to limit applies to all concussions and female players, head injuries, what if the ball there isn’t yet were to hit you any proof that in the head? That they could rule doesn’t mean help solve the anything, and the problem. person being hit Compare would end up with their adding helmets head being hurt. Even if to girl’s lacrosse concussions don’t occur as to when helmets often as sprained ankles and knees, safety were added to should be the number one priority. hockey in the The question of “Should girl’s lacrosse players 1980s. Before be forced to wear helmets?” will continue until a helmets were required, conclusion is determined. It would be nice to make there was very little contact. girls lacrosse safer and less risky. But it would cost Look at the sport now, concussions more to supply every female player with a helmet. take place almost every game, and But, are helmets for girl’s lacrosse necessary, or it is one of the most dangerous sports ever. Just are they really important? You decide. like in hockey, making helmets mandatory in girl’s


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1 year ago (2012) * Girls’ varsity basketball failed to qualify for sectionals with a record of 4-13. * They were coached by Phil Reed and the seniors on the team were Emily Barlow, Courtney Louis, Abby Haessig, and Taylor Giglio. * The leading scorers were Emily Barlow and Taylor Giglio. 5 years ago (2008) * Girls’ varsity basketball player Nikki Carroll joined the 1,000 points club with Dominic Scanlon and Ashley Wallace on Senior Night on January 29th in David E. Powers Gymnasium. * She went into the game only needing ten points and fans set up banners labeled 9901,000 and covered them with blue tape for each point she scored. * With just over five minutes to go, she made a lay-up assisted by Lauren Hunt to score her one thousandth point and play was stopped to honor her. * She led the team to a 52-35 victory that night. 10 years ago (2003) * Lighthouse Lanes was built on Jim Shampine Drive between Route 104 and East Albany Street, although, it was originally supposed to be located on West First Street near the Maritime Museum. * Owners were Bob Hoefer and Nick Sereno. * The bowling alley was about 23,000 square feet and had an estimated cost of $3.8 million dollars. 15 years ago (1998) * Health and physical education teacher and athletic director of the Oswego City School District, Ted Kerley, received Chapter III of the New York State Athletic Administrators Recognition Award. * The award was presented to one individual from each of the twelve sections and there were 102 school districts in Section III. * This was the sixteenth time the award was given, and the ceremony was at the Omni Hotel in Albany. 20 years ago (1993) * The boys’ varsity hockey won their second Section III title against top seed Rome Free Academy. * Jason Bauer scored three goals and goalie Jeff DeSantis made twenty-nine saves, seven of which were in the final period. * The Bucs scored a decisive three goals in the third period. * The Bucs lost to Rome Free Academy twice earlier in the season. 25 years ago (1988) * The boys’ varsity tennis prepared for a tough season in which they would face some of the traditionally tougher competition including Liverpool, Auburn, and Fayetteville-Manlius. * Their goals were to achieve at least a .500 regular season record like the previous two seasons and to match the record of 7-4 by the team of 1986. * The coach, William Fatiga, felt that these goals were achievable and the team leaders were Andre and Diego Labaudy, Matt Stock, Duane Lapus, and Chris Lamb.

March 2013

Buccaneer Bulletin Sports Volume 1 Number 5

Oswego High School’s Student Voice

March 2013

Athletes of the Month Marisa Dashner Chase Izyk By Rachael Purtell

By Morgan Cook

Varsity basketball captain Marisa Dashner is a senior here at Oswego High School and has been playing basketball since she was in seventh grade. Her favorite coach was the current girls’ JV basketball coach, Jess Burrige. When asked what her favorite memory from basketball was she said, “Making it to sectionals my senior year.” Marisa uses her hustle during games to catalyze scoring plays on offense and force turnovers on defense. However, her key contributions are not always during the games. For example, head girls’ varsity basketball coach Mike Palmitesso said, “I think Marisa brings a really good attitude to practice every day. She’s always got a smile on her face and she’s always willing to work hard no matter what drill we’re working on.” Many coaches talk about senior leadership and, as Palmitesso stated at the winter sports awards ceremony in the Oswego High School theatre on Monday, February 26, Marisa Dashner and her co-captains, senior Emily Heagerty and junior Erica Atkins nailed it. They were all excellent leaders who set great examples for the seven sophomores on the team. Marisa Dashner leads primarily by setting an example of hustle and hard work every day for her teammates. Teammate Reilly Patrick said, “Marisa was a great captain. She set a pretty good example because she was always trying her best out on the court. She led by example, inspiring us to do the same.” During games, Dashner is most effective on defense and rebounding. “She’s the best on our entire team at boxing out and she really got on us to do the same,” said Patrick. After a bad game or practice, she used her sense of humor to pick up her teammates, such as reminding them never to be afraid to shoot the outside “J.” Patrick also said, “Marisa brought everyone’s spirits up because she was just so hilarious!” Marisa’s perpetual sense of humor encouraged her teammates to stay positive and play with an optimistic attitude. On Dashner’s Senior Night, both she and Heagerty were presented with flowers, balloons, and Build-A-Bears by the underclassmen. Dashner said, “It was very emotional and fun. We also beat Fayetteville-Manlius which was good.” Dashner is undecided where she will go to college next fall, but she thinks she will attend SUNY Oswego or somewhere fairly close and is interested in majoring in veterinary medicine. She does not plan to continue playing basketball in college. Dashner describes herself as hardworking, dedicated, and outgoing. When asked what will be missed most about Dashner next year, coach Palmitesso said, “I will probably miss her sense of humor, her smile, and just a great team player. She just has never asked for anything special, even though she has been on the varsity team for three years. She just comes to practice every day and works hard. I just think she’s set a great example and hopefully our future Oswego High School girls’ basketball players can just follow in her footsteps.”

With fourteen years of hard work and coming such a long way in his high school hockey career, senior Chase Izyk has helped defend the net on the boys’ hockey team. “Chase has been our leader and backbone from day one,” said Coach Rozak. Chase had a very successful year from getting to play in the state championship game and earning second team all league status to receiving Channel Nine Athlete of the Week, The Palladium Times’ Athlete of the Week and Buc Boosters’ Athlete of the Month. It really is an amazing thing to be noticed so much at such a young age. “All Chase’s hard work paid off as he was voted second team all league by the other coaches in the league,” said Rozak. Izyk is always there for his team, always helping them out. “I would like to improve my leadership because it’s an important role on my team,” said Izyk. Izyk would call himself an aggressive and quick goalie, which is key to having a successful season for the Bucs. Hockey is just one thing that comes really naturally to Izyk. He loves just being on the ice with his teammates. Both his uncles having played for Oswego State has inspired him to keep playing hockey. Izyk also has always looked up to his cousin, Dalton Izyk, who is also a goaltender for the Indiana Ice. “I love hockey and always will,” said Izyk. His passion for the sport is incredible and has helped bring the team far with his help. “It does not matter if it was a game or practice Chase always gave 100% every time he stepped out on the ice.” Coach Rozak stated. This year’s hockey season was quite the ride. The boys won 14 games, lost 6 games and tied 3 games. This landed them in the playoffs, where they first played Cazenovia in the first round and came up with a win. Then, they played New Hartford and won again in overtime. The team lastly took on Christian Brothers Academy and ended up with a bad turn out. All and all they still came in third in their section in the regular season and still came in second in the playoffs. In the off-season, Izyk will play varsity lacrosse. Next year he will attend Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester to study biology. Izyk will also play Division II lacrosse at Roberts Wesleyan.

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Editor’s note: “Athlete of the Month” is a regular feature of The Buccaneer Bulletin to showcase some of the top athletes here at OHS. If you know a student who you think would deserve to be an athlete of the month, contact Kellie Gorman at

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March 2013  

This is the Month year issue of the Buccaneer Bulletin, Oswego High School’s Student Voice.