Vol. 43 No. 13
Inside This Issue
Cherry Hill High School East: 1750 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Mock car crash stuns seniors Opinions, Pg. 4
Senior superlatives finally revealed! Seniors, Pg. 12-13 (F-G)
A peek into the seniorsâ€™ time capsule Seniors, Pg. 16 (J)
Twins of the senior class show their pride Seniors, Pg. 17 (K)
NEWS/FEATURES Page 2
Double the Baloffs, double the talent ■ By Amanda Michelson (‘10)
with through Andrew's instructor, Ms. Adriana Linares. They have each received five scholarships from West Branch Music Festival in New York;
Serena and Venus Williams have tennis, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have merchandise, and Orville and Wilbur Wright had the airplane. Now, East’s very own sibling dynamic duo, Andrew (‘10) and Katherine (‘11) Baloff, have music, a passion and talent that has brought them extremely close throughout their educational careers–and earned them a few awards along the way. Music has always run in the Baloff genes. “My mom played the violin. [Andrew and I] used to play on hers, and then in elementary school my dad got us our own,” Katherine said. What started out as simple violin lessons, however, grew to be a hobby that would impact their futures immensely. “I've always dreamt of following in my mom's footsteps, but the point where I really realized it was possible [to be a professional violinist] was when I got first in All South Jersey [Orchestra] in eighth grade,” said Katherine. For Andrew, his point of realization occurred when he started Philadelphia Youth Orchestra his sophomore year and realized how much he loved playing with other great musicians. Currently, the two are enrolled in lessons and perform recitals with Temple University Youth Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Rowan University Orchestra. Additionally, they are enrolled in the Elite Strings Program in Landville, PA, a group that they were familiarized
Courtesy of the Baloffs
Katherine and Andrew perform with the Rowan University South Orchestra. Temple University Music Preparatory Program; Doylestown, Pennsylvania Community Conservatory; Dali Quartet String Festival and the Elite Strings Program. They have also participated in a vast amount of competitions in which they have been awarded for their outstanding performances. On April 12, Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt even held a town council meeting in which he named April 12 Katherine’s Day for her musical achievements.
Courtesy of Kneehigh Spunk
Kneehigh Spunk poses for a photo at Mr. East.
Although pursuing their talents and attending a wide range of institutions is both exciting and admirable, according to Katherine, it has given way to an unconventional routine. “Just ask my dad,” she said. “He has to drive us to the city four times a week and we pretty much only have off on Wednesdays, so it has definitely impacted our home life.” While Katherine chose to continue to play the violin, Andrew learned how to play the viola in September, due to his larger hand size, and prefers it to the violin. The duo often performs duets together in addition to their solo pieces. In fact, they were asked to play solos and duets by the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. They also are paid to play with their musician friends at weddings, b’nai mitzvah, corporate dinners and showers. “Playing with my sister makes it more fun. If I
just played by myself, it would be more boring,” said Andrew. Katherine echoed similar sentiments about working with her brother. She said that the greatest thing about having a fellow musician in the house is that they push each other to practice and improve. According to Katherine, the two of them love to play because their mother was a violinist and she passed
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away when they were very young. They had her violin to play, so they were able to bond through playing music on her instrument. “We barely have to look at each other on stage and we can just feel [the connection we share]," said Katherine. Andrew is spending all of next year perfecting his technique for the viola, as he has not been playing it for nearly as long as he has played the violin. Katherine will finish up her last year at East, and then the two plan to audition for a variety of music conservatories. With a vast amount of experience under their belts, passion and the support of each other, the Baloff siblings will leave East to enter the world of professional music on a most positive note.
Kneehigh Spunk keeps up the funk ■ By Sari Soffer (‘10) Eastside Editor-in-Chief
Here’s the deal: First, open your music library. Next, place the setting on “shuffle songs.” Now, click the “next” button every ten seconds or so and enjoy the crazy conglomeration of tunes. What you’ve just done is created your own mash-up. Not satisfied? Well, that’s why Cherry Hill East prefers its own mash-up professionals, the boys of Kneehigh Spunk. Kneehigh Spunk consists of four talented singers who consider themselves less a band than a group of best Brooke Weiss (‘10)/News/Features Editor buds joining together in song. The performance group, admitting that most of their so-called practices originate as Kneehigh Spunk performs at East’s Got just hanging out, bring to the stage a ukulele, guitar and four Talent with Katrina Hauck (‘11). captivating voices during every one of its performances, which have all yielded considerable awards. Justin Singson (‘10), Griffin Back (‘11), Cole Spencer (‘11) and Ian Parker (‘11) have recently amazed audiences at East’s Got Talent, Mr. East and Cherry Hill’s Got Talent, where they’ve made a name for themselves as the incredibly talented Kneehigh Spunk boys. Singson, winner of Cherry Hill East’s Mr. East and the only senior in the group, said, “Most people would say Mr. East would be my happiest [moment]…but [Cherry Hill’s Got Talent] was the happiest moment of all of our lives. Something about [it]; it was more time to hang out.” Graduating and off to La Salle University in the fall, Singson has a most evident appreciation for the times he can just “hang out” with his musical clan. Yet, each member feels as if the dynamics of the group will not change come Singson’s move across the state lines. “We’ll be fine. We can all drive. We’ll all still be in touch. Everything’s going to be fine,” said Spencer. Singson said, confidently, “They’ll keep me in the loop.” Singson added that he is thankful for technology so that they will all be able to exchange ideas and songs via email throughout the year. Back, also sure that Singson will remain active in the group, said, “In a way we’re all the lynchpin.” Not only do the boys rely on each other to contribute musically, but they also rely on each other as friends. According to Singson, the four started getting together a lot after East’s Got Talent, where singer Katrina Hauck (‘11) replaced Parker in the repertoire, and the group gradually came to be. “We’re so glad that we’ve all found each other. [We’re] not only lifelong friends, but great counterparts for our musical experience,” said Back. And an experience it is. With music ranging from rock to pop to the Nickelodeon soundtrack, and artists ranging from Lady Gaga to Journey to R. Kelly and more, audience members find it hard to sing along as their jaws drop to the floor while watching Kneehigh Spunk perform. “Everything just clicks automatically,” said Singson, explaining what seems like the impossible task of joining together such an intricate mix of music. In addition to creating more mash-ups by the minute, the group plans on releasing some original work in the near future. Spencer confirmed that a demo album is in the works. As far as Singson moving on, that just does not seem to be an option for this loyal buddy. It seems as if the boys of Kneehigh Spunk will be keeping up their spunk for as long as knee-high socks are in style, and all fashion experts agree; you’ll never get bored of this fabulous get-up. All art by Sally Yang (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director
COMMUNITY June 2010
“Culture” your summer experiences ■ By Avra Bossov (‘11) Eastside News / Features Editor
Given that summer is just around the corner, many people have vacations planned to foreign countries in order to experience the delight of immersing themselves in another culture, exotic foods and unfamiliar sights. However, due to the increasingly penny-pinching habits developed by potential vacationers, as economic matters continue to limit all but essential elements of American life, many others must make do without vacationing. For those who will not be traveling thousands of miles across oceans this summer, here are a few options to check out within our community where one does not need to worry about carry-on items or booking hotels: 2. Shofuso Also referred to as the Japanese House and Garden, Shofuso is located in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Shofuso is a seventeenth-cen3. Benjamin Franklin Parkway 1. The Italian Market tury-style shoin-zukuri (desk-centered) house, in Since Philadelphia is famous for its colonial Located on Ninth Street in South Philadelphia, which visitors witness the intricacies of the wood- influences of great thinkers such as Benjamin the Italian Market, filled with vendors, emulates work in the interior of the house as well as vibrant Franklin, Philly honors the man by dedicating the hustle and bustle of the streets of Rome. The flowers, such as the striking 110 dwarf Hino azal- the Parkway to his personal interests. The area vendors sell everything from fresh vegetables to eas that are currently in bloom inside of the lush allows visitors to dine and spend time with the gourmet pastries. While the Italian Market is a traditional Japanese gardens. Within the house, family while experiencing the history of our hubbub for Italians, it has become diversified with there is very little furniture, as is Japanese cus- nation. people of several ethnicities who wish to experi- tom, so that “any room could serve for sleeping, The Parkway is said to have French influence the delights of buying food that is not shrink- dining, meeting guests, or other functions,” accord- ences, which is only fitting since Franklin wrapped on a grocery store’s shelf. Along with ing to Shofuso’s website. On some of the walls and loved France and even considered making Italian food, visitors can taste the flavor of Mexican on the paper sliding doors, visitors are visually his home there rather than in Philadelphia food as well as Korean barbeque. Italian culture enchanted by the murals of prominent Japanese during his tenure as America’s first French and Philadelphian culture combine here to produce artist Hiroshi Senju. While a trip to Japan itself ambassador. The Parkway has several sights to two famous cheesesteak vendors, Pat’s and Geno’s. can cost thousands of dollars, admission to see, including the more popular tourist attracThe market is open Tuesday through Sunday and Shofuso, open Tuesday through Sunday, is only six tions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art extends for about ten blocks. At the Italian Market, dollars. and the Franklin Institute. However, the Parkwithin a thirty-minute car ride, guests can experiway also contains LOVE Park on the west side of ence the taste of Italy without enduring an eightCity Hall and several sculptures, including the hour flight. . Henry Moore Sculpture and the Parkway Sculptures.
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Shofuso displays blooming gardens. Nickee Plaksen (‘10)/ Eastside Photo Editor
Mia Holley (‘12)/ Eastside Staff
Lively vendors sell authentic goods. Art by Sally Yang (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director
Seniors reflect on Cherry Hill lifestyle
Phillie Phanatic makes appearances in the city ■ By Alana Kopelson (‘12) Eastside Opinions Editor
68% would not consider living in Cherry Hill in the future because of the town’s costly expenses and in order to experience something different.
The seniors’ most popular “hang-out” spot in Cherry Hill is Wawa, better known as “Club Wawa.”
The top three reason why seniors who are leaving Cherry Hill will miss the town are: the people, the location and Wawa.
32% would consider living in Cherry Hill in the future because of the town’s good education, convenient location and safe environment.
Art by Nicolle Rochino (‘10)/ Eastside Art Director
The Philadelphia Art Museum houses exciting cultural masterpieces.
Philadelphia has a new tourist attraction, and no, it is not another museum: it’s the Phillie Phanatic! On March 29, all twenty of the “Phanatic Around Town” statues were officially unveiled at the Please Touch Museum. All of the customized statues were displayed along with the many artists who created them. The event was free and open to the public. Each Phillie Phanatic statue stands at six-feet tall and weighs one hundred pounds. From “Phrankenstein” to “Ben Phranklin” to even the “Mad Hatter” and an astronaut, the artists used their creativity to the best of their abilities. The artists each spent almost 150 hours working on their statues to make sure they were perfect. One of the many artists, Lilliana DiDovic, said, “It [was] so great to see all this excitement.” DiDovic worked with coartist Ronnie Norpel on the “Philanatic” Phanatic,
which will be on display at the National Constitution Center. Another artist, Tom McLaughlin, shared the same feeling, although he did admit that he would miss seeing his “Phanatic in his living room.” McLaughlin created the Negro League “Tribute” statue, which will soon be on exhibit at the African American Museum. After the statues were displayed at the museum, they were moved to various spots around
Philadelphia, providing a fun way for people to tour the c i t y . Among the destinations are The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, Comcast Center, the P l e a s e T o u c h
Museum, Independence Visitors Center, the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia International Airport and the Phanatic’s home at Citizen’s Bank Park. Along with the presentation of the statues, there is also a photo cont e s t which started on A p r i l 13, called the “Phanatic Around T o w n ” photo submission contest. This contest will go on for t w e n t y weeks, featuring a different Phanatic every week. The “Phanatics Around Town” will not only lure in tourists, but they will also give fans who already love the Phillie Phanatic a brand new way to see him. The unique characteristics of each Phanatic will bring out the diverse spirit of Philadelphia. Phillie Phanatic photos courtesy of gophila.com
OPINIONS Page 4
“Stayin’ alive” at prom and on the road ■ By Julia Finkel (‘10) Eastside Opinions Editor
While students may listen to the warnings of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol from teachers, family members and friends, or even through movies,
In 2001, more than one third of adolescents under 21 years old involved in alcohol-related fatalities were killed during this prom “season,” according to NHSTA. Along with many schools and communities across the country,
for the demonstration at East. He also explained that he hopes it will help students understand the consequences of making poor choices about their driving, especially on prom night. However, instead of waiting until the end of senior year to put on a powerful crash demonstration, an equally effective presentation should be given to students when they begin to drive. According to the NHSTA 2008 Traffic Safety Facts “Youth Drivers,” 5,864 of drivers involved in fatal crashes were between 1520 years old. Among these drivers, 31 percent of those killed in the fatal crashes were drinking prior to
truth is that many kids are consuming alcohol before this age and should therefore be given the same education earlier on. More than thirty percent of tenth graders admitted to drinking alcohol in the past month, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s “Monitoring the Future Study” on the “prevalence of various drugs for 8th graders, 10th graders and 12th graders.” This is the same age that students are first learning to drive. Students’ education about drinking and driving should therefore not be postponed until the end of senior year. Drivers Education classes show
Nickee Plaksen (‘10)/ Eastside Photo Editor
Car used in demonstration is torn apart by the Jaws of Life rescue system to free student actors from the damaged car. there is something more powerful about seeing a mock demonstration of the scene in real life. Cherry Hill East and the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Department should be applauded for their efforts to raise awareness about drinking and driving in a way that really makes an impact on students: creating a mock demonstration of an alcohol-related crash just before Senior Prom. April, May and June are marked by a slew of celebrations, especially for graduating seniors. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) has also identified this time as the most dangerous for under-age drinking and driving.
East has taken measures to lower the number of alcohol-related deaths in today’s youth. The seniors gathered outside of school to witness the scary sight of a car crash caused by a drunk driver. Students at East, selected by Mr. CJ Davis, served as the actors in the demonstration. When the senior class gathered around to see their peers, who appear bruised and battered from the car crash, and who were being picked up by paramedics and surrounded by fire engines, many realized the severity of driving under the influence. “It is organized to raise awareness about making good decisions on prom night,” said Davis, who serves as the primary coordinator
Nickee Plaksen (‘10)/ Eastside Photo Editor
Students re-enact a crash caused by drunk driving with the help of the Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments. the crash. By the time students are shown the mock demonstration at East during their senior year, most are already 18 years old. But, the ugly
New bill hopes to reduce obesity ■ By Rebecca Ohnona (‘12) Eastside News/Features Editor
Within Obama’s health care legislation bill that was recently passed is the key to the improvement of overall health in American society. There is a new requirement that will soon affect all major chain restaurants. As of 2011, all large-scale chain restaurants will be required to post calorie information on menus and drive-through signs. Soon enough, it will be nearly impossible for one to consume an item of unhealthy food at a chain restaurant without being aware of the huge amount of calories he or she is consuming. Never again will someone think that he or she is being “healthy” by ordering a salad, which may contain up to 700 calories. Additionally, vending machines must also post the caloric information for each item, so that a consumer can never again down a king-size Milky Way without feeling the guilt of the 480 fatty calories. Many consumers believe that the government is committing an “invasive action,” claiming that the government should not have the right to tell people what to eat, even if
they are doing so sublimiing consumers who are nally. blatantly aware of how fatHowever, the governtening the food they want ment is not telling people is, thus most likely buying what to eat; it is merely less of it or none at all. In providing people with the return, these individuals facts, and then letting will be healthier, greatly them make a decision decreasing health care based on the given inforcosts. mation. Some S o m e also think that states have “All large-scale because calorie already information is chain restaurants made such a v a i l a b l e will be required to laws for online for those restaupost calorie who are interrants in ested, it is their state, information on therefore such as u n n e c e s s a r y menus and driveNew York for the inforand Calthrough signs.” mation to be so ifornia. A prominent in the actual recent survey in New York restaurants. These same City showed that only 15 consumers also claim that percent of people surveyed this conspicuous calorie said they even looked at information will make the numbers available. people feel guilty for eatThose who did only ing the foods they once ordered 106 fewer calories loved. In spite of this, guilt than others. The larger may be what it takes to amount of calories that the make the country a ignorant are eating may healthier place. This is a seem small, but these risk that the government additional one hundred should be willing to take. calories daily add up to ten This new health act is pounds each year. highly beneficial to the A recent government nation as a whole, from the report says America is set most obese Americans to to spend 344 billion dollars the fittest citizens, because on obesity-related health it will hopefully cut costs care. Hopefully, this and improve the overall extreme number will not health system. The govbe reached if Americans ernment is trying to shave respond as expected to the off costs from the system. new postings of calorie They are therefore foreseeinformation in 2011.
videos about the dangers of drinking and driving, but a video is not nearly as effective as the experience of a mock demonstration or guest speaker.
ENTERTAINMENT June 2010
What’s Up What’s Down: Summer…ah. The perfect time to go see a blockbuster movie. The top ten summer movies in 2009 grossed approximately : Released 2.361 billion dollars domesticalRobin Hood am-up of ly; in 2008 the top ten grossed May 14. A te Scott and y approximately 4.895 billion dolir D ector Ridlee, also starw ro C l lars domestically; and in 2007 Russel nchett. the list grossed 2.43 billion dolring Cate Bla lars domestically. Let’s see what Shrek Forever After: The 2010 has in store... final movie of the Shrek franchise came out May 21, starring the original cast plus Jon Hamm, Craig Robinson, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin. : Sex an tch ske , the a n y d Prind the City 2 ed orte 21. c m o C F c ame oue of Persia: ll May ” i L t May W 28. “SNrring iered m a t e S pr The Twilight film Saga: Eclipse: The third movie Get Him To The from the Twilight Greek: Starring series came out Russell Brand and June 2. Jonah Hill, along with musical cameos including P. Diddy, Katy Perry and Pink. Came out June 4. Kill ers: C J Ashtune 4, stame out with on Kutc arring Kath her a erine long Heig l.
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So ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy the show, and remember: “State Law prohibits smoking in this auditorium.”
Blast from the Past: Nick GAS - Games and Sports By Meredith Medoway (‘10) Eastside Entertainment Editor
Nick GAS “Nick Games and Sports for Kids” was a game show network part of MTV Networks’s digital cable channels. S u m m e r Sanders, Dave Aizer, Vivianne Collins and Mati Moralejo all hosted, usually taking part in the small segments in between the shows. All of these segments revolved around the world of sports and sometimes concentrated on famous athletes or “Heroes of the Game,” a short story about an underdog that overcomes his/her peers in a traditional kid game. The channel aired various shows over the years including “Figure it Out,” “Splash TV” and “Finders Keepers.” Here is a short synopsis of tsome the channel’s most memorable game shows. Nickelodeon GUTS “GUTS” was a sports show broadcasted from 1992 to 1995, hosted by Mike O’Malley and Moira Quirk.
It took place in the “Extreme Arena” and consisted of contestants participating in three tasks with a final mission to climb the Aggro Crag. Three contestants competed against each other, winning a certain amount of points for each task. The three tasks were made up
GUTS,” in which contestants from all around the world competed, and in 2008 “My Family’s Got GUTS” began its two-season run. Legends of the Hidden Temple Hosted by Kirk Fogg and co-hosted by a giant-talking stone head, “Legends of the Hidden Temple” was
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of an event from the Elastic/Aeiral, Gym, Track, Pool, Field or Ski Slope. The winner received a piece of the Aggro Crag as a trophy and ran a victory lap around the arena. In 1995, Nickelodeon launched a spin-off of “GUTS” called “Global
a kid’s game show with three seasons from 1993 to 1995. During the show, six teams competed for the chance to run through the hidden temple in order to win valuable prizes such as vacations to the Bahamas. In order to qualify to run through the temple, competitors first had to accomplish a task across the moat. Next, they answered trivia on the Steps of Knowledge. Finally, once only two teams remained, they competed in the
Temple Games to determine the winning team. Double Dare The original Nickelodeon “Double Dare” began in 1986 with host Marc Summers. It combined trivia with physical challenges performed by teams of two kids. Each show had two rounds, and at the start of each round, the two teams would have to race to complete a tossu p challenge t h a t determined which t e a m would be able to answer trivia from Summers. If the team answered questions correctly, it kept control over the round, but if not, control went to the other team. Occasionally, additional physical challenges were added to the round and could gain a team more money as well as control of the round. The team with the most money at the end of two rounds had the opportuni-
ty to attempt to complete the final challenge: the obstacle course. The course had eight obstacles to finish in sixty seconds. Each part completed won the team a new prize and, if all eight were completed, the team won a larger prize such as a vacation. There were various spin-offs of the game show including “Super Sloppy Double Dare,” “Family Double Dare,” “Celebrity Double Dare,” “Super Special Double Dare” and “Double Dare 2000.” The original “Double Dare” ranked 29 on TV Guide’s “50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time.” TurboNick “Nick GAS” launched in 1999 and continued until 2009. Starting December 31, 2007, the channel moved online to Turbo Video (previously known as TurboNick), which contained approximately 15 hours of new material each week. Nick Video contains both current and archived programming such as “Hey Arnold,” “iCarly” and “Rugrats.” Shows from “Nick GAS” are no longer shown on this channel, however.
EDITORIAL Page 6
Editorials represent the views and opinions of the Eastside Editorial Board.
Cherry Hill High School East
Rick Friedman: Eastside’s Person of the Year As the Eastside Editorial Board sat down to discuss the annual Person of the Year Award, a friendly face in the back of the classroom worked diligently to repair the Quark License Administrator (QLA) server on an old computer. Mr. Rick Friedman, a regular visitor to F087, listened into the conversation and later commented, “This process is really interesting. I like hearing what everyone has to say.” Unbeknownst to him, the board had devised a codename in order to discuss his eligibility, which yielded the discussion of a dedicated, kindhearted technician who undoubtedly deserves recognition as the 2009-2010 Person of the Year. It’s not just F087 that Friedman frequents. With new gadgets piling up in every East classroom, it is no surprise that teachers and students need technological support—and often. Students turn pale and worried whenever a classroom computer refuses to display the correct website. Teachers start to sweat when an audio clip ceases to project throughout the room. All of East is in shock when the Internet shuts down. And what happens next? We call Rick Friedman. Everyone at East can recognize the influence technician Friedman has had on the equipment around school, and many recognize the influence he has had in revolutionizing the competitive spirit of East’s very own Wing Bowl. But it isn’t just Friedman’s tangible efforts that make him special; it’s his attitude. Friedman never fails to help out any teacher or student requesting assistance, even if he or she interrupts another scheduled task. He even extends his aid to help with any student’s or faculty member’s personal device as well. Still, he does not stop there: Friedman stops by teachers’ classrooms to make sure all his repairs are successful and that all technology runs smoothly. He is always more than willing to help out with any kind of problem, and can be seen out and about in the East community, despite the stereotype that technicians are cooped up behind computers. Over the years, Friedman has set a job description for himself that extends way beyond what is expected of him. He has taken on the responsibility of helping with East’s security
1750 Kresson Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 cameras, managing the Aramark server and mediating the Request for Service Phone: (856) 424-2222, ext. 2087 (RFS) system on the East website for his Fax: (856) 424-3509 colleagues to request technological assistance in an organized fashion. In addition, Friedman has created easy-to-follow Eastside Online pop-ups on a number of East computers, which instruct teachers how to http://www.eastside-online.org navigate certain computer systems and software, as well as set up start screens for student Publisher computer usage. While FriedFort Nassau Graphics man’s job description may be Thorofare, NJ described by an onlooker as complete mayhem, his work surpasses the expectations of a Letters to the Editor school technician. With all of the aforemenSubmit signed letters to FO87 tioned tasks on his plate and the endless amounts of post-its Awards lining his office walls, it would seem as though Friedman The International Quill and Scroll Society, The American would have no time for teacher pop-ins; but, with his “open door policy” in Scholastic Press Association, The Garden State Scholastic Press Association, The Temple Press Tournament, and action, Friedman refuses to decline assistance to his colleagues. Friedman works The National Scholastic Press Association. long hours–sometimes working through Person of the Year discussion, it was apparent the night–because he is truly dedicated to the that Friedman was due for some true outward East community. He is not paid overtime: his recognition. The decision was unopposed; there outside efforts are based solely on his desire to is no better fit. help. He continues to work throughout the entire summer, citing (in an interview unrelated to this Eastside’s Person of the Year originated in topic) four different occasions when he worked 2003. It is a four-stage process, which includes 36 hours straight on technology-related tasks in Eastside’s editorial board voting at each stage. the school. Yet, according to Friedman, long Recipients receive a personal plaque in hours often fail to put a dent in his never-ending addition to being listed on a plaque next to the to-do list. He recounts this with a smile, though, Hall of Fame bulletin board. and never complains. Past Person of the Year East’s go-to guy for all technological issues Award Recipients: has spread both his knowledge and benevolence throughout East over the past four and a half 2003: Mr. Matthew Carr years. He has displayed his love for East stu2004: Ms. Elizabeth McLeester dents through attending and chaperoning vari2005: Mr. Tony Mancini ous East events (often in company with his 2006: Ms. Marilyn DiCiurcio equally cheerful children), maintaining his pres2007: Mrs. Linda Heath ence in students’ lives both professionally and 2008: Mr. Jonathan Strout socially. In turn, the East community has 2009: Mr. Charles Musumeci responded with an appreciation for their friendSpecial thanks to the Student Government ly techie. As members of the Eastside Editorial Association for donating money to pay for the Board giggled at Friedman’s oblivion to the concolor used in this issue. stant mention of his codename during the
Congratulations to the 2010-2011 Eastside Editorial Board! Managing Editor Sally Yang
Sports Editors Max Cohen Dillon Rosenblatt
Editors-in-Chief Avra Bossov Julie Coben Laura Kane
Community Editors Alana Kopelson Hannah Feinberg Opinions Editors Lindsey Duboff Sherin Nassar
News/Features Editors Juliet Brooks Hailey Edelstein Gabrielle Kains
Entertainment Editors Danielle Fox Rebecca Ohnona
Global Commentary Editors Moriah Schervone Diana Yu
Art Directors Danielle Hu Kevin Cook Photo Editors Mia Holley Ben Taylor
Humor Editors Jake Trommer Gina Villecco
Video Editor Rebecca Mulberg
Underground Editors Jack Braunstein Sarah Minion
Radio Manager Prashasti Awadhiya
Online News Editor Darby Festa Online Sports Editor Jake Fischer Business Manager Alex Feldman Tech Director Peter Shivery Editorial Assistants Hank Davis Bryan Sheehan
2009-2010 EASTSIDE EDITORIAL BOARD Managing Editor: Devon Braunstein News/Features Editors Avra Bossov Rebecca Ohnona Brooke Weiss Sports Editors Mike Davis Nate Mulberg Community Editors Julie Coben Laura Kane Opinions Editors Julia Finkel Alana Kopelson
Editors-in-Chief: Rob Incollingo, Amanda Michelson, Sari Soffer
Entertainment Editors Paige Hymson Meredith Medoway
Art Directors Nicolle Rochino Sally Yang
Global Commentary Editors Dan Perlman Moriah Schervone
Photo Editors Karina Korneyeva Nickee Plaksen
Humor Editors Andrew Huff Zach Schwartz
Video Editor Shelly Tan
Underground Editors Jason Cominetto Steven Markowitz
Radio Manager Autreen Rahbari Adviser Mr. Greg Gagliardi
To contact a member of the Eastside Editorial Board via e-mail, Online Sports Editor type the person’s first name Max Cohen followed by a period, his/her Business Managers last name and Alex Feldman “eastsideSomya Mawrie online.org,” ie: mike.davis@ Editorial Assistants eastsideonline.org. Nupur Mital Elana Perilstein June Staffer of Dillon Rosenblatt the Month: Jake Trommer Rich Hanna (‘10)
Online News Editor Hailey Edelstein
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Nickee Plaksen (‘10)/ Eastside Photo Editor
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Senior Perspectives 2010 Bret Marlowe Over the past four years, I have been called Marlowe, Mr. Marinara, and that guy with the really loud voice who is obsessed with food. However, the nickname that best distinguishes me is Mr. President. I have been honored to serve East these past four years as Class President, SGA Vice President, and SGA President. This role has allowed me to form a special bond with East faculty and students as well as enabled me to make an impact on people through school affairs. No other club enables a student to associate with such a broad and diverse group of people. Therefore, it was fitting that this past year’s Student Government was comprised of leaders with distinct nationalities such as Indian and Korean as well as leaders with different faiths such as Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism and Christianity. East’s Student Government, like Cherry Hill, represents a microcosm of the world. Celebrating this microcosm of diversity has become an integral part of our lives. Cherry Hill offers Greek, Polish and Korean festivals. Cherry Hill has also exposed us to exotic foods such as Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Afghan. As students in the Cherry Hill community, we have broadened our perspectives and knowledge by associating with other students who have varying backgrounds and viewpoints on different issues. As the head of a diverse group of leaders, I particularly have gained invaluable exposure to different cultures. By sharing experiences and drawing on ideas from diverse people, leaders of any organization gain insights to make decisions for the betterment of humanity.
“You can’t sit with us.” I woke up on the eve of my first day of high school in a cold sweat, dreading lunch time. Coming from a small private school, I was not looking forward to entering a ‘real school’ where my first period class would be bigger than my previous entire middle school. I don’t remember much about my first day, but I do remember lunch time. I looked around Cafeteria Two for the stereotypes I found in Mean Girls: the jocks, the preps, the ‘art freaks’; the view was great from my table for one. I became overwhelmed at the thought of being accepted at one table and finding my group of friends. Fast forward three years, and I begin the same first day of school rituals, only this time, with a lot less anxiety. While I have learned a lot in high school, the most important lessons I have learned came, surprisingly, from lunch. You don’t need to fit in solely with the jocks, the preps or the art freaks. You don’t need to abide by the rules set by the nerds or the “cool kids.” Who cares if you are that girl who “eats her feelings?” The truth is: no one. No one cares if you wear pink on Wednesdays; no one cares if you get dessert after you eat cheese fries. So why should you? I have taken tastes of all East’s courses: the art, the music, the sports and the spirit. And while I have realized that I have loved some activities more than others and have been more successful in some activities than others (I didn’t make the Mime Company freshman year), I am nevertheless grateful for all of my experiences. Fit in with the jocks, but fit in with the preps, too. Be a cool nerd. Become a blend of your surroundings. Get involved—it’s the best way to make friends and guarantee a spot at multiple lunch tables. Bon appétit!
High school, to me, is like a game of Blackjack. The only way to win is if you play your cards right. For instance: Situation A: Minus 3. Vocab test tomorrow in Carmody’s English 3H class. HBO’s “Entourage” continues tonight at 9:00 p.m. I need an A on this test tomorrow, but I’m not sure I can make it through school tomorrow having to hear my friends talk about Ari Gold’s comeback or Vinny Chase’s new movie. Remember the count is minus 3. This deck is definitely not hot, so now is not the time to take a chance. I fold my hand and decide to spend the next few hours studying for this test, understanding that my grade in this class matters more than my knowledge about Vinny Chase’s career in tonight’s episode of “Entourage.” Situation B: Plus 7. Student government elections tomorrow. Spanish 4AP presentation sixth period that I am definitely not prepared for. I want to do well on my Spanish presentation, but I can't keep my mind off of the election. Today is the last day to campaign for some pivotal votes. The count is plus 7, so the deck is favorable. I really want this election tomorrow and I'm prepared to go all-in to secure some voters. I close my eyes and push my chips into the center of the table. I run to the cafeteria and spend the next four periods doing table-table campaigning. I win the election the following day and that feeling of euphoria trumps any sour feelings about my not-so-hot Spanish presentation. High school is a place that spends four years preparing you for a life full of unexpected ups and downs. Like blackjack, high school puts you in positions that you may not always know how to handle; you need a strategy. For me, it’s counting cards. I analyze my situation, consider my options and play based on the odds. In order to succeed in blackjack, you need to have a unique approach. High school is the same way, so don’t be afraid to count cards.
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Senior Perspectives 2010 Justin Henderson If you didn’t know before, now you know Cherry Hill East made me who I am: a good-looking, self-proclaimed “situation” every girl dreams about and every guy wants to be. Looking back at East, I have taken so many weird and unusual life journeys, but they brought me here to finally graduating. Freshman year I came into this school not knowing what to do, going on Google for advice on how to impress people, or tuning in to Nickelodeon’s “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” on Sundays at eight for notes. Sophomore year I got caught red-handed eating out of the Slurpee machine after school during Spirit Week practice. Junior year I walked into the girls’ bathroom because I wanted to, so I could “do my business.” Senior year I lived the dream every Thursday night at ten watching “the Jersey Shore,” and at eleven on the dot, updated my Facebook status about the show so everyone would “like” it. All of these stories are true and incredibly the worst decisions I made at East, but I do not regret making them. Cherry Hill East has prepared me to take risks out there, and has shown me that I can make it on my own in the real world. Realize this: you can only have four years of high school – some of you five – and believe me, it does go by quickly. Completing high school cannot be done alone: a supportive family is behind guiding the way. Each of these events transformed me into a better person, and I feel that I can conquer any obstacle that is thrown at me, like Team Jacob vs. Team Edward.
Shayna Golkow Don’t get involved. Really, stay home. Two-thirty means time to leave school for your usual three hours of ABC Family followed by two hours on Facebook. If you’re not interested in the most common activities – sports, music or theater – just stay home. There’s nothing for you at East. Right? Wrong! As a freshman, I wanted to get involved but was not particularly interested in sports, music or theater. Here are the basic facts about me: I’m 5’1” with really curly hair, I love macaroni and cheese, I can recite all lines from Mean Girls by heart and I am passionate about community service. You now know everything you need to know about me. Problem: Considering that a Macaroni and Cheese-Eating Club and a Mean Girls Recitation Club do not exist, I chose to seek community service activities, but was not thrilled with the opportunities available. Obvious Solution: Go home every day at 2:30 to eat macaroni and cheese while watching Mean Girls and thinking about community service by myself. Don’t worry, I’m sure it’s tons of fun. Less Obvious But Really Not So Difficult Solution: Start, or in this case re-start, a club that fits my vision of community service. That’s what I did by re-starting East in Action. Fast forward to my senior year. For some reason, starting a club has a mysterious fog surrounding it, and no one seems to think of it as a possibility, especially not as an underclassman. If you have an idea for a club that is not already at East, go for it! Who knows, there may be lots of people who share your interest and have felt the same way until now, and they can join your club. Tada! You have just made a difference! Not everyone likes common activities. Not everyone likes the activities offered at East. But everyone should have the opportunity to get involved in their own way and make their unique mark on our school.
Jared Widman Hakuna Matata. In Swahili, it literally means “No Worries,” and is the American English equivalent of “No Problem.” In one of the greatest movies of all time, The Lion King, it is the adopted lifestyle of meerkat and warthog duo, Timon and Pumba. In their own Church of Hakuna Matata, they preach to “put your past behind you.” Generally, this is how I live my life. Of course, I learn from my mistakes, but I do not dwell on them, and I live for the present. Hakuna Matata. No worries. However, I foresee a coming problem with this. Soon, high school will be officially behind me. I will have moved on to college and will encounter completely new situations. I’ll admit that high school wasn’t the greatest of times. It was a time filled with awkwardness, hard work, pressure and teenage drama (OH NOES). People didn’t always get along. My attempts to pick up women ranged from ineffectual to, well, non-existent. I am definitely ready to forget the past. Hakuna Matata. No worries. On the other hand, I have also seen great times and made tons of amazing friends whom I would not be able to live without. I am at a crossroads. Like Simba, I must choose between reinventing myself in another place, or staying true to myself and my past despite its darkness. I must heed Mufasa’s immortal advice: “Now, release your anger. Only your hatred can–” er, I mean “Remember who you are.” As the Simba of this metaphor, I can only hope that in the coming years, I will be able to return to Pride Rock with my identity intact, not having fallen prey to the hedonistic lifestyle displayed by Timon, Pumba and most college students, and become King of the Jungle.
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Eastside Senior Perspectives 2010 Eastside Managing Editor and Editors-in-Chief say their final goodbyes
A life-size banana, a piñata, a President Barack Obama and a Super Soaker water gun. What do these things have in common? To the average East student, nothing. But to any Eastsider, everything. Walking into F087 every day is, as cliché as it may be, comparable to arriving at home. At my ‘formal’ home, my typical arrival includes dropping my book bag to the floor, flopping down on my bed, laptop in hand, and grabbing a snack to munch on from my kitchen pantry. At school, my treatment of “the Eastside room” fares no differently: I drop my book bag on a desk, flop down on the couch next to the giant stuffed gorilla, open the Eastside laptop and munch on leftovers from our dodgeball baked goods from the closet. Well, maybe slightly differently – none of my household stuffed animals exceed the size of a small Barbie doll. Yet, when “home” comes to mind, I think of much more than physical attributes of a classroom within the walls of Cherry Hill East, even if I am greeted with a smiling cardboard Obama figure that I consistently mistake for Mr. Gagliardi. Eastside has become a part of me, something I am aware of everywhere I go. From never forgetting to take note of local restaurant openings or major events for potential online features, to secretly setting eastside-online.org as the homepage of my grandparents’ computer, or even boasting about its newest “tweeting” capabilities to a stranger sitting next to me at the nail salon, I can honestly say Eastside never leaves my side.
Being a part of Eastside has given me a community where I know what I’m doing and I feel comfortable – something every high school student should experience sometime during his or her four years at East. I was lucky enough to find my calling early in the high school process sophomore year when I haphazardly enrolled in Journalism I because I thought I might enjoy writing for the newspaper. Three years and approximately thirty Eastside editions later, I know I would not have developed into the person I am today and the person I am continuing to become without Eastside’s role not only in my academic life, but also in my overall existence. While the thought of departing from Temple’s auditorium on June 17 yields feelings of nostalgia and reminiscence, it is the sense of purpose and dedication I receive from being a part of Eastside as a publication, as well as a community, that I will truly have the most difficult time saying goodbye to. Trying to imagine distributing my last Eastside, sending my final email, frantically typing up and laying out five pages at once for the Senior issue – it is these, though seemingly trivial, final moments of my life as a high schooler that I know will hit me the hardest in the end. As I watch my younger brother Jack take on his new position on the Eastside Editorial Board for next fall, I can only envy the experiences and growth, as a journalist and as a young adult, he has to look forward to in his future years on Eastside. Though it is not until August 25 that I formally depart from my house and head towards Syracuse, New York, I leave my own personal home as I walk out of F087 on the last day of school, confident in the journalist and human being Eastside has shaped.
There are some things you just can’t learn on your own. (Mind you, that’s a very bold statement coming from a self-sufficient person who thinks she knows everything.) Although I would have never made it through high school without my teachers, my textbooks and my coffee maker, I admit that the lessons I learned in school could have been attained by other means, had it been necessary. However, I feel confident saying that the qualities I observed – and then assimilated into my own character — over my years on the Eastside Editorial Board became lessons that have given me inspiration, perseverance, dedication and all of the other attributes necessary of the go-getter I have become. The Eastside Editorial Board is undoubtedly a diverse group of people. Over my years on the team I have met people from every clique and every crew; and to be honest, I learned more about myself through them than I did about them specifically (writers can be a complicated bunch to understand). For example, it’s hard not to value the quality of dedication after admiring the girl who stays up all night just to finish everything on her to-do list with perfection. It’s also hard not to realize that there are so many opportunities in high school after meeting the president of almost every club in school. And try striving to be normal all the time after meeting someone who brightens your day by just being weird. It was each and every person on the board who brought a unique work ethic, and in turn, I learned to love Eastside and love the person that these people inspired me to be. However, I believe I was truly shaped by the person I observed the most: Gagz. Now that all my recommendations are done, I believe I can say without appearing like a suck-up that Gagz’s dedication to the newspaper is one of the most admirable things I have ever seen. There are very few people that have ever been a part of a class where the most prevalent goal is to bring out the best in the students and entertain them with a spirit that can only be attributed to pure love for an art. Sure, we’re the number-one school newspaper in the state (had to mention that, I guess), but let’s face it: we’re just a high school newspaper. Yet Gagz makes it feel as if we are the most prestigious professional paper in the country. And before we realize it, we have learned more about the real world and about our future than one could ever expect. Although I am aware that college journalism will be a huge undertaking, I know that I am one step ahead after Gagz and the rest of the board has instilled an immense love for the media in my heart. I love Eastside; there is no doubt in my mind. Although I’ll be thousands of miles away next year, I will feel that pang in my heart every time someone steps on an issue that lies on the floor. So pick it up, read it and treasure it for everything it has given me.
Amanda Michelson It’s hard to believe that a little earlier than this time three years ago I was applying for an editor position on Eastside. For those of you that know me, you have seen me nervously awaiting a staff position, running around the school handing out surveys, screaming announcements about the newspaper and helping to barricade the school entrances on distribution days. You may also know how great of a newspaper Eastside is since I probably bragged about it winning number one in the state at some point or another. The truth is, there is never a dull moment in F087; but, an onlooker would never really know the series of events we editors have experienced, which is why I have broken down the chaos for you in my own personal Eastside by the Numbers: # # # #
of newspapers I’ve singlehandedly picked up off the floor: 40+ of dodgeballs I’ve taken to the head during tournaments: 3 of ant infestations I’ve witnessed in our closet: 5 of times the newspaper program kicked me off and I had to re-do my pages: 10 # of pounds I gained thanks to the delicious food at layout days: 5
Yes, being on Eastside has exposed me to all sorts of strange events I would otherwise have never experienced, but more than that it has touched me in a way that is indescribable, and can therefore only attempt to quantify. # of times I said I was proud of Eastside when we won awards: 100 # of times going to eighth period significantly cheered me up on a bad day: 50+ # of jokes cracked daily in the classroom: 20+ # of times I jumped up and down each time I got an Eastside position: 15 # of times I felt inspired by the people around me in Journalism II: 35+ # of times I will probably refer to Eastside next year at school: 20+ # of fond memories I will always carry with me: infinite I could say Eastside was the best club ever (although it’s really more of a part-time career than a club), but that would be biased, and also inaccurate, since everyone has their own interests in the school. What I will say is this: I hope that whatever activities East’s seniors are leaving behind this year, the students will feel the same amount of nostalgia and utmost gratification that I feel towards Eastside, because that would signify that they have truly been a part of something great. Thank you, Eastside, for a fun, inspirational and memorable high school experience.
Rob Incollingo I suppose you’re wondering why I’ve called you all here today. I guess that makes two of us. I’m not sure exactly what I’m supposed to put here, but I think that might be just the thing. For the first time in…twelve grades (plus kindergarten), it’s nice to not be told what to write. But at the same time, it’s scary. As a major in Writing for Film and Television, I’m going to have to write for my life. Until I find my voice, I’m going to become very familiar with the multi-layered culinary delicacy that is microwaveable Ramen. But I digress. I mention writing because Eastside has been a part of my life since freshman year. I feel that, as an ex-Humor editor, I operate on a different plane than most of the EICs, past and present. The focus of my Eastside career has been creativity, vision and the specific emotions evoked by my section. Coming from that background, I think I’ve had a fairly different time from my co-editors. The thing that I will miss most about Eastside is the sense of camaraderie. Not everyone may love everyone else, but we’re certainly more than friends. To notice a fellow board member has to be similar to seeing a brother or a sister, just without the violent shoulder check. Another thing that I imagine that I’ll miss, at least for a while, is having something to show for your troubles. As I mentioned before, I’m going to school for screenwriting; I had better end up with a finished product. It’s just that so many people go through school (and life even) without ever really accomplishing anything. I can’t live like that. It’s not like one can pour so much of oneself into an endeavor without getting something in return. Eastside has given me the drive, the get-up-and-go necessary to succeed in college and the world beyond. At least, I hope so. I don’t know where you’re going, or where you’ll go, but come one morning in August, I’m going to wake up literally 300 miles away from my family in Cherry Hill. The point I’m trying to make is that through my experience here, through having to self-motivate and self-evaluate, I’ve been able to give myself that much of an edge in the real world. Above all, Eastside has given me the desire to create and to realize my vision. Because of my experience here, I won’t ever have to lie awake at night wondering whether or not I’m making a difference. Thank you.
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Kyle Northrup “What would you do to change the world?” I would make more people realistic (maybe pessimistic) in the world instead of so many optimistic people living in their own little world.
Childhood Digressions In fifth grade, students of the Cherry Hill School District were asked questions, and their answers were printed in their yearbooks. Here, Eastside has chosen some of our favorites.
Somya Mawrie “Someday I’ll...” Dye my hair pink and get a nose ring. I’ll also become a hippie environmentalist.
Jack Pinsky “Favorite saying.” I reckon...
“Favorite memory:” In 4th grade my mom brought in ourr worm composter and everyone held and named the worms.
Dane Berkowitz “Wants to...” Sell sound and security systems.
Adam Conn “Hero:” Me.
Brett Duffey “Favorite memory:” In 3rd grade, Andrew Nahum spilled Sunny D on me 11 times.
Ed Laird Anna Johnson
“Hero:” Me and Spongebob
“Nickname:” Eraser Queen
“Happiness is...” The smell of warm cookies baking in the oven and a warm spring day.
“Misery is...” A burnt cookie and a pickle destroyer.
Ross Handler “Nickname:” Rossy
“Describes himself as...” Observant Layout by Meredith Medoway (‘10), Nicolle Rochino (‘10) and Brooke Weiss (‘10)/ Eastside Entertainment Editor, Eastside Art Director and Eastside News/Features Editor Information and photos courtesy of Cherry Hill elementary school yearbooks. Photo illustration by Meredith Medoway (‘10) and Nicolle Rochino (‘10)/ Eastside Entertainment Editor and Eastside Art Director
Sergei Zemerov “Nickname:” Mubby & Mubs
“What bugs me...” Wearing long sleeves over short sleeves. “Misery is...” Annoying commercials and rotten pumpkins.
Natasha Andriyanycheva “Likes:” Ball dancing
Photo Illustration by Steven Markowitz (‘10)/ Eastside Underground Editor Headshots by Karina Korneyeva (‘10) and Nickee Plaksen (‘10)/ Eastside Photo Editors
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In ninth grade on a cold day in February, I was running after my bus because I was late to the stop. As I was running, I slipped on some black ice which was clear, and fell straight on my bottom in front of everyone at the bus stop. What a shameful walk on the bus that was. I never bought Nike Shocks after that day. That same day, in school, I walked to my health class and happened to walk into the wrong lecture hall. The one I walked into just happened to be Mr. Valore and Mr. Martin. Within t e n
seconds of walking into class, my phone started to ring, exposing my ringtone of “peanut butter jelly time” in front of the class full of juniors. - Jason Dorfman
Headline by Julie Coben (‘11)/Eastside Community Editor All photos by Nickee Plaksen (‘10)/Eastside Photo Editor
The most embarrassing moment of my high school career occurred during my junior year. For over a week, I waited anxiously to get back a history test that would either make or break my 3rd marking period grade. I decided to approach my teacher, Ms. Mason-Smith, to check the status of my test. Before I brought up my test, I decided I would flatter her first, assuming that would help me get my test back sooner. I forget exactly the words of flattery I used towards Ms. MasonSmith, but after I was done sucking up to her, I asked, “Now that I am done sucking up to you, did you SUCK my test?” I meant to say, “Did you GRADE my test.” My face turned fire engine red. Ms. Mason-Smith, on the other hand, was dying with laughter. I have never seen anyone laugh so hard in his or her life. Thankfully, that embarrassing moment did not turn into an awkward one. - Bryan Barkow
I was sitting in Spanish class my freshman year when I felt my nose running a little bit. After quickly wiping my hand across the bottom of my nose a few times, I went to pick up my pencil and immediately saw streaks of blood across my hand. Right when I realized what was happening, blood started pouring out of my nostrils and dripped all over the desk and floor. Without even raising my hand to leave class, I got up and sprinted to the bathroom across the hall. To add to the embarrassment, after my nose finally stopped bleeding, I had to come back into class and clean up the mess while the whole class stared at me. I was mortified! - Sara Gurkin
CHANGED Molly Moskowitz
Liz Hansen All art by Sally Yang (‘11)/Eastside Art Director All photos courtesy of Eidolon 2007 and by Devon Braunstein (‘10)/ Eastside Managing Editor
SENIORS ‘10 June 2010
Eastside by the N u m b e r s Number of countries from which Eastside Online visitors came: 137
Times “Rochino” was mispronounced: 9,000
Steve Markowitz references made by editors: 132 Views of the April online issue: 4,357
Times the religion committee met: 0 EIC breakdowns: 1
Times Becca brought up the racial profiling story idea: 19
Percent of ad revenue sent to Haiti relief as a result of the above: 87 Dollars embezzled by Jake Trommer (‘11): $46 Eastside Online visitors this school year: 44,468
Code names used: 1
References to Sally as “Chinese”: 26
Number of times Paige’s interview with Laurence Bender was “rescheduled:” 3 Eastside Facebook Fans: 1,292
Number of e-mails sent in May via the Eastside Editors YahooGroup: 304
Avg. caffeine consumed per editor per layout day: 276 mg
My Eastside Confession
Devon I don’t know the Braunstein rules to dodge ball.
Ratio of Online stories assigned vs. completed: 5:3
Handing out Steve Celebrity Markowitz is___. surveys is_____. Doppelgänger overrated
like giving yourself eyedrops
I sell contraband kimonos on eBay.
the creator of Heaven and Earth
like being in Vietnam all over again
I still never organized the human tetris fundraiser.
an Eastside hero
to hang out with Obama.
like trying to get someone to eat Becca’s whole wheat, low-fat, low-sugar banana bread
I got all my friends to vote for the teal Eastside shirt.
an inspiration to us all
not good for one’s self-esteem
Brooke White (past “American Idol” contestant)
Mike Davis: the junior
I have never finished an Eastside layout on time.
Mike R. Davis
My best friend is Jake Trommer.
the perfect activity for a date
the answer to every question
not for the fainthearted
T.R Knight (George from “Grey’s Anatomy”)
Sari Soffer I sneak in during lunch Brooke Weiss
Mike Davis I traded Julie Coben for
I'm scared to eat an apple in class because I think Rob might glare at me as if I were Jolie.
I am Osama bin Laden.
Betty White is my mother.
Neil Patrick Harris
I’m really, really lazy.
a mortifying experience
Gordo from Lizzie McGuire
I’ve never woken up early enough to hand out issues.
not as fun as it sounds
Zach Schwartz Julia Finkel Jason Cominetto
I’m a bumblebee.
kingpin of Cherry Hill East
way too early in the morning
We pray to a giant stuffed monkey for story ideas.
the most exhilirating experience of my life
I have eaten too many snacks out of the back pantry.
How can I even put this into words?
better than counting them!
Alex from “Totally Spies”
the best thing that has happened to Eastside in years
something that I usually avoid doing
the only reason I come to class every day
what I call a successful Friday night
a tiresome experience that makes me lose all hope in humanity
a study in coercion
Apparently Asians all look alike, so take your pick.
That chick from ER
Karina Feldman and I are Korneyeva Alex secretly going out. Nickee Plaksen
I’m madly in love with the giant monkey in F087.
I’m actually Rob Incollingo.
Departing Eastside seniors answer serious questions. Logo by Avra Bossov (‘11)/ Eastside News/Features Editor
Ants killed by Autreen Rahbari: 940
I always include a line in Barefoot Editors that could be taken out of context.
The best part of Dodgeball is free food.
Elana Perlistein I failed Journalism IR.
Catherine Zeta Jones
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Retiring teachers look back on their time at East As of late May, ten teachers have announced their retirement from East. Those who chose to fill out a form are listed below. As more forms come in, we will update you online at www.eastside-online.org. Eastside wishes all retiring teachers the best of luck in the future.
Mrs. Donna Barbieri
Mr. Glenn Berryann
Years at East: 16 What you’ll remember most about East: I will remember how enjoyable it was to help East students, especially in the college search process. When I retire, I will still be working in the field of college admissions as a private college consultant via www.TheAdmissionExpert.com.
Mrs. Lois Silver
Years at East: 5 What you’ll remember most about East: I will always remember how much the teachers, the counselors and the rest of the staff really cared about the students, even if the students didn't always think so.
Years at East: 42 What you’ll remember most about East: A lifesize picture of me posted on my classroom door...scary.
Ms. Ileen Morris
Years at East: 16 What you’ll remember most about East: I will remember the wonderful relationships I have had with so many of my students. I feel they are a part of my extended family. I will also remember the lasting friendships I have made with many of my colleagues here at East throughout the years.
September 1991 to June 1992 Take a journey into the past...
Technology • Super Nintendo Entertainment System released. • Sonic the Hedgehog released. •Mortal Kombat arcade game released. Television • ”The Jerry Springer Show” premieres. • Jay Leno debuts in “The Tonight Show.” • Johnny Carson retires as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” Film • The highest grossing film of 1991:Terminator 2: Judgment Day. • Winner of Best Picture Oscar in 1991: The Silence of the Lambs. • Winner of Best Picture Oscar in 1992: Unforgiven. • The highest grossing film of 1992: Aladdin. Compilation and art by Jason Cominetto (‘10)/ Eastside Underground Editor, Steve Markowitz (‘10)/ Eastside Underground Editor and Dan Perlman (‘10)/ Eastside Global Commentary Editor
Ms. Janet Denker
Years at East: 23 What you’ll remember most about East: As I reflect on my time in this building, I think about the thousands of students I have had contact with over the years. They have certainly influenced my life and I do hope I have had some impact on their lives. It is the students that I will miss most!
Ms. Diane Kuhl
Years at East: 37 What you’ll remember most about East: I will miss my colleagues, our shared efforts and support. Photos by Sari Soffer (‘10)/ Eastside Editor-in-Chief and Alana Kopelson (‘12)/ Eastside Opinions Editor
Music • Nirvana releases the album Nevermind. • Pearl Jam releases their debut album Ten. • The Talking Heads disband. • Biggest single: “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. • Freddy Mercury, lead singer of Queen, dies. Sports • Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for 1991 and 1992: Michael Jordan. • Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for 1991 and 1992: Monica Seles. • Winter Olympics takes place in Albertville, France. • Redskins defeat Bills in Super Bowl XXVI. Events • The Galileo probe is the first spacecraft to visit an asteroid. • Ötzi the Iceman is found in the Alps. • Collapse of the Soviet Union. • George Bush inaugurated into office. • Russia promises to stop aiming nuclear weapons at America.
SENIORS ‘10 June 2010
1. I think Josh. 2. Are you best friends? 3. No, but planning on doing so. 4. Me, by ten minutes. 5. I intentionally grew my hair long.
a. Josh b. Adam c. Adam d. Josh e. Josh
a. I am, of course! b. I don’t know. c. We’re the same. d. Josh e. No clue.
1. Me. 2. Do you sleep in a bun bed together? 3. No. 4. Adam. 5. No.
1. Me. 2. Are you going to college together? 3. No. 4. John by 15 minutes. 5. Sometimes we’re wearing the same colored shirt, so I change.
1. Me. 2. Are you John or Josh? 3. Yes, in 7th grade he came into one of my classes, and I went to his. 4. Me. 5. I try to dress differently and get my hair cut at different times.
1. Me...Duh. 2. I hate when people go on a five-minute rampage when they call us by the wrong name. 3. No, we are too different looking. 4. Me by two minutes. 5. When we were little, Molly refused to dress anything alike.
1. Me. 2. Do you like being a twin? 3. No. 4. Anna by two minutes. 5. Different haircuts.
a. Josh b. Josh c. John d. Josh e. Josh
a. John b. John c. Josh d. John e. John
a. Anna b. Molly c. Anna d. Molly e. Molly
a. Molly b. Molly c. Molly d. Molly e. Molly
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2. What is the most annoying question you've ever been asked about being a twin?
1. Both. 2. How do we know we’re ourselves and not each other? 3. No. 4. Felicia by two minutes. 5. Wear different hairstyles.
1. Equal. 2. How do you know you’re not actually the other one? 3. No. 4. Me by two minutes. 5. Yes, different hair.
a. Both b. Martina c. Felicia d. Felicia e. Both
a. I don’t know b. Martina c. Equal d. Equal e. Martina
a. Ben b. Ben c. Ben d. Jason e. Jason
a. Jason b. Ben c. Ben d. Jason e. Jason
5. Have you ever done something intentional to differentiate yourself from your twin?
1. Me. 2. Do you have twinto-twin ESP? 3. No. 4. Mike by five minutes. 5. Not that I can remember.
Who is more... a. attractive? b. athletic? c. artistic? d. stylish? e. intelligent?
1. Definitely me. 2. When your brother feels pain, do you feel it too? 3. No. 4. Me by five minutes. 5. People think I grew my hair out not to look like him.
a. Me b. Mike has stamina, I have everything else. c. Me d. We’re even. e. We’re even.
a. Me b. Me c. Brian d. Brian e. Me
4. Who is older?
1. Me. 2. Do you guys do everything together? 3. Yes, gym class in 8th grade. 4. Kirsti by 3 minutes. 5. Nope, I stayed the same, she changed her hair.
a. Kirsti b. Kirsti c. Kolbi d. Kolbi e. Same
a. Kolbi b. Kolbi c. Kolbi d. Kolbi e. Same
1. Me. 2. Do you guys think the same way? 3. No. 4. Ross by one minute. 5. I can’t remember.
1. Me. 2. Are you related? 3. No 4. Me by one minute. 5. Yes.
a. Ross b. Drew c. Drew d. Ross e. Drew
a.Ross b.Ross c.Drew d.Ross e.Ross
Photos and layout by Devon Braunstein (‘10)/ Eastside Managing Editor and Paige Hymson (‘10)/ Eastside Entertainment Editor Headline by Avra Bossov (‘11)/ Eastside News/Feature Editor
a. Me b. Me c. Me d. Me e. Me
a. Kelly b. Meghan c. Meghan d. Meghan e. Meghan
1. Me. 2. Do you like being a twin? 3. Yes. 4. Me by 12 minutes. 5. No, but Meghan dyed her hair blonde.
1. Kelly. 2. When you get hurt, does she feel it too? 3. Yes, in 4th grade. 4. Kelly by 12 minutes. 5. I dyed my hair.
3. Have you ever switched places?
1. Me. 2. Can you read each other’s minds? 3. Yes, we would switch seats in 4th grade. 4. Me by 3 minutes. 5. I dyed my hair blonde and got a nose ring.
1. Jason. 2. Do you have the same birthday? 3. No. 4. Jason by 17 minutes. 5. Hair length.
1. Ben. 2. Are you guys twins? 3. No. 4. Jason. 5. Hair length.
1. Who do people like better?
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College & military-bound graduates of 2010 The list on this page was compiled by Amanda Michelson(‘10)/ Eastside Editor-in-Chief and Julia Finkel (‘10)/ Eastside Opinions Editor. All students were handed slips to write down their school choices, but some did not hand one back and are therefore excluded from this list. Art by Nicolle Rochino (‘10)/ Eastside Art Director Albright College Francis Schmutz
Drew University Robert Scheffler
University of Alabama Sean Gillooly Melanie Wittenberg
Drexel University Taylor Chausky Claire Diemer James Dover Justin Elfman Nicholas Fabriitis Melissa Goldstein Richard Hanna Bela Kraut Nathaniel Maor Robert Marini Kathryn McCormack Chelsea Myers Dil Patel Victoria Powers Joshua Ritz Sonia Selvan Monty Singh Jessica Smith Felicia Tucker Martina Tucker Kosta Vrontis Lona Wang
American University Justin Horowitz Meredith Medoway University of the Arts Lucas Kappler Amanda Medina Sara Rodriguez Atlantic County College Kelly Matchett Babson College Michael Liachowitz Bard College Dan Perlman Barnard College Michaela Reeser Boston University Spencer Diehl Marissa Ziets Bowdoin College Somya Mawrie Brandeis University Yael Einhorn Bucknell University Mariel Rothman Jonathon Swirsky Michael Wolf Burlington County Community College Miles Agag Jimmy Campoverde Cabrini College Robert Riches Camden County Community College Anthony Fortunato Dittmar Gagnon Nick Giunta Patrick Leach Mac McNelis Christina Paglione Matthew Rodriguez Billy Roesberg Nicholas Russo Dave Samelko Avi Segal Joshua Sky
Duquesne University Melissa Caprice Max Rubin Eastern University Britney Ford Nathaniel Roberts Elizabethtown College Carly Shrader Elmira College Carly Wichrowski
James Madison University Brian Devlin Samantha Mermer Shari Rosen
University of Pittsburgh Jacob Convissar Seth Friedman Lindsay Lehrman
Johnson and Wales University Brittany Lazar George Madosky
Polytechnic Institute of New York University Rishi Sarkar
State University of New York-Purchase Anna Birnbaum
La Salle University Devin Brooks Daniel Gorenstein Justin Singson
Pratt Institute Thorton Dai
Swarthmore College Ammar Dahodwala
Princeton University Carrie Vuong Nikhil Yegya-Raman Darvin Yi
Syracuse University Evan Asroff Alex Boory Devon Braunstein Nicholas Chou Perry Davis Jennifer Donsky Michael Hernberg Steven Markowitz Alexandra Meyers Amanda Michelson Jeremy Stitt
Laborators Institute of Merchandising Molly Birnbaum Justin Wachman Lehigh University Julie Stomel Liberty University Elisa Buchanan University of Maryland Mark Barbagallo Alyssa Bonventure Paige Hymson Andrew Nahum Marymount Manhattan College Erica Cavaliere University of Massachusetts-Amherst Kathryn Savarin McDaniel College Tammy Warowitz Alyssa Zell
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Peter Sanchez
University of Miami Edward Laird Molly Ruttenberg Benjamin Silver
Emerson College Rob Incollingo Brett Israel
University of Michigan Julia Finkel
Fairleigh Dickinson University Kevin Tonczyczyn
Monmouth University Samantha Kofsky
Fordham University Drew Handler
Muhlenberg College Michael Davis Ross Handler
Franklin & Marshall College Nathaniel Moldoff Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Sean Lowen George Washington University Autreen Rahbari Julia Susuni
University of New Haven Joshua Merhar Matthew O’Neil The College of New Jersey Jeffrey Chiusano Michael Hsieh Amy Pearl Brooke Weiss Sergei Zemerov
Case Western Reserve University Sarah Chung Derrick Tilsner
University of Georgia David Ravitz
Castleton State College in Vermont Andrew Pursell
Gloucester County College Natalie Kuszca
Catholic University of America Alicia Ucciferri
George Mason University Alex Krefetz
University of North CarolinaWilmington Sara Gurkin
University of Central Florida Morgan Lawler
Goucher College Andrew Huff Elana Perilstein Alisa Petrunis
Northwestern University Kevin Schwarz Sari Soffer Shelly Tan
Green Mountain College Scott Chernoff
Ohio State University Morgan Greenetz Anna Metzger
Clemson University Jenna Hamill Coastal Carolina University Aharon Ashfield Shane Kilduff Carly Mc Clellan
University of Guelph Jacob Willson
Colgate University Marissa Johnson
Guilford College Eric Spiller
University of Colorado-Boulder Samantha Manin
Gwynedd-Mercy College Dante Cassano Kimberly Regan
University of Connecticut Jason Dorfman
University of Hartford Michael Tyszka
Cornell University Cara Berkowitz Joshua Brown
Harvard College Loren Oh
Dartmouth College Evan Kramer
Haverford College Bret Marlowe
University of Dayton Christine Cirrillo
Hawai’i Pacific University Karina Korneyeva
University of Delaware Gregory Alexander Samantha Burns Margaret Gammie Elizabeth Hansen Catherine La Voice Brian Liachowitz Melanie Mijares Lauren Ruediger
Hofstra University Jason Cominetto Allie Elgrissy
Delaware Valley College Paul Johnson DeSales University Brett Morris Matthew Radziwill Dickinson College Michael Fogler
Howard University Janaire Hawkins Indiana University Brandon Gratz Jacob Greenberg Devin Kessler William McHugh Alexandra Neubaum Gregory Sperling Ithaca College Alexander Belfer Alexander Spirgel Elizabeth Stuessy
New York University Arielle Braude Sophia Zhao
Ohio Wesleyan University Mina Abdulla Pace University Obi Onejeme Palm Beach Community College Arielle Kitey University of Pennsylvania Shayna Golkow Manmeet Singh Samuel Stern Andrew Wynne Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg Justin Henderson Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park Dane Berkowitz Alexander Dickinson Jonathan Gabay Benjamin Gerstein Daniel Glantz Jacob Granoff Dov Halevy Natalie Handali Noah Lieberson Kate Nelson Teran Oung Chan-Min Park Ari Rosenthal Michael Winter Philadelphia University Peter De Crescenzo
Purdue University Samuel Slutsky Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Calvin Hou University of Rhode Island Eve Cohen Anthony Scardapane Lauren Wenter Rider University David Kim Erica Krepow Adam Ritz University of Rochester Nathaniel Mulberg Rochester Institute of Technology Steven Markowitz Rowan University Melissa Calabrese Jane Chang Marc Coutin Daniel Hartman Alexander Herman Cara Kaplan Haley Koller Emily Maggioncalda Josh Moskowitz Carly Rothenberg Sara Vallett Rutgers University-Camden Bryan Barkow Gregory Brunkel Joshua Canale Connor Collins Christian De Angelis Zachary DeCillis Brian Errickson Jordan Fox Francesca Greenwald Jason Im Jihyun Kuk Vincent Lombard Conor McVeigh Michael Randall Nicolle Rochino Shuvo Roy David Siegmeister Dylan Sieh Jack Stetser Rutgers University-Newark Anar Sheth Rutgers University-New Brunswick Natalya Andriyanycheva Josh Basak Alexander Bendik Amy Chau Alexis Cherry Wilson Chiu Esther Choi Grace Chung Joseph Crimaldi Christopher Dinh Mandy Frantz Uchenna Iwuagwu Paul Jang Haley Kibala Daniel Kim Daniel Kukainis Aaron Levin Jia Li Amanda Matteo Sarah Ogen Lokesh Ojha Shayna Penn Davina Perera Samuel Roda Jake Rosenthal Kelvin Soewono Vivian Wu David Yang Minda Zhu Saint Joseph’s University Brian Reynolds Aubrey Rossi Gianna Valentino Jacquelyn Vosbikian Salisbury University Matthew Bennett University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Kirsten DeMarco Shippensburg University Danielle Farkas University of South Carolina Upstate Brian Thompson
University of Southern California Anna Johnson Springfield College Megan Di Tore
University of Tampa Amy Ressler Chloe Secord Temple University Naomi Avner Lawrence Chopp Gavi Cohen Ryan Delaney Emily Grossman Hyun-Ha Kim Nelly Mac Esteban Morales Nickee Plaksen Victoria Sklar Jared Widman MaryKate Workman Towson University Shajohn Basak Dana Chatzinoff Jeffrey Dolin Brett Duffey Erica Finn Marissa Goldberg Kevin Hansen Brandyn Lazar Hannah Race Michael Rubinson Sylvia Samelko Zachary Schwartz Debra Schwarzl Amanda Soslow United States Air Force Christopher Zmuda United States Coast Guard Patrick Schetter United States Military Academy at West Point Alyssa Sohn United States Navy Matthew Wilson Ursinus College Monica Bonitatis Kevin Charan Sarah Polekoff Vanderbilt University Mohammed Jaigirdar University of Vermont Max Nugiel University of Virginia Amanda Laskey School of Visual Arts So Mang Kim Wagner College Kristen Lee Walnut Hill College Christopher D’Amelio West Chester University Bryan Birchmeier Felicia Block Monica Frank West Virginia University Lee Bienstock Jamie Eglin Kirsti Paolini Kolbi Paolini Widener University Kelly Conroy Meghan Conroy Spencer Markoe College of William & Mary Eliana Bennett University of Wisconsin Dylan Linsky Xavier University John McDermond Yale University Jung Won Byun Katarzyna Hitczenko York College of Pennsylvania Samantha Kasten
COMICS June 2010
The Truth About the End of Senior Year by Zach Schwartz (‘10)/Eastside Humor Editor
It Felt Just Like... by Zach Decillis (‘10)/For Eastside
Dude by Rich Hanna (‘10)/Eastside Staff
Got Any Antihistamines? by Nicolle Rochino (‘10)/ Eastside Art Director
ACROSS 4. She is one or another name for a critic of restaurants. 7. She ‘s one of these in 2010. 8. Brewster’s name with an “S.” 10. Looking out for the welfare ot others. 12. Don’t cross her or she’ll bark at you because she’s so ____. 13. A father’s greatest blessing. 15. In ambition, or dumb, her natural color. 16. Her astrological sign proves this character flaw. 17. She is always ____ to get the job done. 18. This will bode well in t he future. 19. First and foremost, she loves all of her ______. 20. Not too pushy, but always getting what you want.
DOWN 1. The emotion people feel for her. 2. Inside and out. 3. The motto of her workout routine (2 words). 5. Her mentor. 6. Modern has always been one of her favorite art forms. 9. Always orders this at a chinese restaurant (2 words with 2nd word shortened). 11. She strives to have this vocation one day. 14. She’s always concerned about those in need of help.
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New EIC tells all
Old-style portraits ■ By Gina Villecco (‘11) Eastide Staff
Logo by Sally Yang (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director
Mash pit? Student: “You don’t mosh? Everyone moshes... Moshed potatoes.”
Sally Yang (‘11)/ Eastside Art Director
■ By Laura Kane (‘11) Eastside Community Editor
I’m devious…and I love it. One month ago, I stole the Eastside Editor-inChief position by cheating my way to the top of the newspaper chain. And there’s nothing anyone can do about it: I signed the contract already. Rob Dolingo, this year’s EIC, never saw me in the tree outside his window, snapping criminalizing shots of him selling contraband on eBay. With a stoic face I slipped copies of photos of him and his Kimono dresses under his door. His tears meant nothing to me, and I won his vote for office. I didn’t blackmail him, though. I mean, the envelopes were light beige. For a brief moment I felt a tad guilty, just a tad. After all, I let loose thousands of baby mice in Lava Boscov’s house and duct taped Yally Sang’s entire house to sabotage their interviews. Then I stole an
embarrassing baby photo of Shelly Coben and threatened to post it on Facebook. My competitors applied the honorable way, and I, well, applied more creatively. Then I remembered the Opinions story that reported 97% of East students don’t care about honor. I trust Eastside reporting, so I felt better about myself and my actions. Days before my interview, I walked into the journalism room carrying a hammer. I crept up to Mr. Maglardio’s desk, and as I stared him straight in the eyes, I fixed a loose nail on his desk. Then I simply said, “You owe me.” It’s very obvious that Mr. Maglardio felt obligated to tweak my application results in my favor. Achieving the editorin-chief spot took a lot of dedicated hard work. Yet the challenges were worth it. I could not be more thrilled with myself for achieving such an honor.
He needs to hear it Boy: “Tell me I’m beautiful, tell me I’m beautiful!” Substance abuse Boy: “You’re probably gonna get asbestos from all the stuff in my bag.” Red-blooded American Teacher: “Nobody has common sense anymore. If we did, we would all still believe in capitalism!” The good die young Girl:“It’s a goldfish. It’s supposed to die in four days.” A very Stalin birthday Teacher: “Today we’re talking about the fall of the Soviet Union.” Student: “This is the best birthday present ever.” On the cutting edge Teacher: “Did you remember to check your Facebook—I mean Progressbook?”
Poster model bids East farewell
Karina Korneyeva (‘10)/ Eastside Photo Editor
■ By Mark Barbagallo (‘10) For Eastside
For years now, I have hung on the Cafeteria 1 wall watching down on all the boys and girls of Cherry Hill East. Everybody speculates as to how my modeling career started, but nobody knows for sure. This story should explain everything. On the first day of freshman year, I ordered a wrap from Ruba. We bonded immediately. She told me I was “smoking hot” and that I should go to a photo shoot at her modeling agency (what she does when she is not making wraps). Upon my arrival, I was told that I would be modeling with three other kids. Since they all looked incredibly lost, I knew that I had to take charge. I told them to look pretty and to “follow their dreams” of modeling (they stole my line for the cafeteria poster). Ruba ended up choosing the photo
of me blindly staring into space. Actually, I was staring at a mirror, entranced by my olive-toned beauty. At that moment I knew my destiny was to model. There’s a heart behind this beefy chest: I strive to help the East community. Once, a kid came to me for modeling advice because he wanted to be in Mr. East, and I told him that the secret was to look “ridiculously good looking,” so I showed him how to walk on the runway. I also clean the hallways after really rainy days. Rather than mop the floors, I just take off my shirt and let my hotness evaporate the water. I really am a hero in many kids’ eyes. After high school, I am going to work at the most high-fashion store in America: Abercrombie and Fitch. After all, I would be the first tan person to ever work there. I will also attend The Academy of Really Extremely Beautiful People, enrollment two: me and Dr. John Anthony Vivone.
This year, Jostens is taking a new approach to senior portraits. For the seniors graduating in 2011, Jostens will hand-paint each portrait instead of taking regular photographs. “Sure, it’ll take a while,” said Jostens representative Mary-Anne Dawson, 42, “but I think it will be a really great project that no one will ever forget.” Dawson is not the only one behind this proposal. “In the East community, we are over-achievers,” said Principal Ron O’Schmeeza. “We want to be the best of the best, so we’ve planned to do something revolutionary.” However, Dillon Saykes
(‘10), a senior class representative, said, “It’s not fair. I want to know why the juniors get this privilege and not us. What’s next, prom in Vegas?” On the other hand, the juniors support Jostens, according to Junior Class Principal Lexi McReester. “Oh, we are just so excited to be provided with such an amazing gift. The time those painters are putting into this project is wonderful. It’s a shame the seniors don’t get the same opportunity. It breaks my heart to see a great group of students so disappointed,” she said. According to Dawson, students will have their finished portraits handdelivered by June 21. “Talk about hands-on service!” said O’Schmeeza.
Obscure book wows ■ By Zachary Schwartz (‘10) Eastside Humor Editor
For the first time at Cherry Hill East, a student, Justin Marmosetto (‘10), has made it clear that he really, really enjoyed J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. “Frankly, I’m astounded,” English teacher Dr. Henry Vorning said on Marmosetto’s newfound enthusiasm for literature. “Typically, the English Department deliberately selects the least interesting books, via a tedious progress of weeding out any with compelling characters, entertaining plots or elements relatable to teenagers. I guess this one must have slipped through the cracks,” Vorning said. Marmosetto was assigned the book in Vorning’s English class and was hooked soon after starting, finishing the book in one sitting. “I just feel a profound, emotional connection to this book. I mean, it’s a pretty obscure book. You’ve
probably never heard of it, so it’s hard to explain,” said Marmosetto. “But I really feel a kinship between Holden and me. He’s a jerk, and I’m a jerk. It really works on a lot of levels. More people need to read this life-changing novel. It’s really changed my outlook on everything.” Marmosetto has been suggesting the book throughout the school to many of his classmates, who remain indifferent. “I skimmed it, and I honestly don’t get what the big deal is. All I can remember is a lot of stuff ‘killing’ him, and that he hated…ponies? No, it was phonies. And that he felt ‘sexy’ sometimes. That was kinda weird,” said Stan Hollister (‘11). “I didn’t read it,” said Sean Milgrim (‘10). “But I read the Sparknotes. You know, in case Justin decides to give us popquizzes, or something.” Marmosetto hopes to spread his new favorite novel to other like-minded teens by starting a Facebook fan page.
GLOBAL COMMENTARY June 2010
Too much soccer fanaticism ■ By Moriah Schervone (‘11) Eastside Global Commentary Editor
A handful of Americans mistakenly believe the World Cup is equivalent to the Super Bowl here in America. Ironically so, considering that most countries refer to “soccer” as “football.” Starting June 11, the rest of world will be engaged in the tournament, while Americans and Canadians are preparing for summer. South Africa will become the first African country to host the quadrennial event that is even more popular than the Olympics. The people and government of South Africa are going to make the most of the time when (almost) all eyes from around the world are focused on them. They see the World Cup as a business venture rather than
an entertaining competition. One of the problems South Africans will face, much like those cities hosting the Olympics, will be filling up all of the large renovated stadiums once the World Cup is over. Another may be the recent outbreak of Taft Valley Fever, which has infected and killed some tourists coming from South Africa. Yet soccer fans will not stop when they need to see how their country fares in the World Cup. Although the matches are quite interesting, the fans are even more intriguing. Like Miley Cyrus, they can’t be tamed. The only time Americans take to the streets in sports is when a team wins a national title. Yet around the world, the case can be a bit different. For instance, Egypt was
defeated by Algeria in Sudan in 2009. The loss caused riots in the streets, and according to the BBC, one businessman even went so far as to say on television, “When you insult my dignity... I will beat you on the head.” Riot police were called to handle the violent protestors that demonstrated near the Algerian Embassy in Cairo. Egyptians became even more enraged when it was reported that Algerian fans attacked Egyptian fans leaving the stadium. For the past two years, Egypt has threatened to leave the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world football governing body, because of various incidents involving Algeria. The Olympics are like a mild substitute for war.
Instead of having armies kill each other on the battlefield, the countries’ best athletes compete under the Olympic torch, and whoever wins, wins. Yet the World Cup is something completely different, like a severe substitute for war. The battles extend far beyond the time when the game has ended. With riots like those in Egypt, winning the World Cup has become more a political statement than just a trophy. FIFA needs to be able to take control and end the political tensions over soccer. FIFA has a presence around the world and should prevent countries from rioting because of a FIFA event, such as the World Cup. The people participating in the World Cup should be only as sport “enemies,” not political ones.
South Africa World Cup 2010 logo courtesy of FIFA
World Cup 2010 Facts: • North Korea is participating for the first time since 1966. • Argentina is adjusting its school curriculum to be based on the World Cup during the month of games. • Somalian singer K’naan wrote the official theme song for the World Cup, “Waving Flag.” • Slovakia and Serbia will be competing as independent nations for the first time. • South Africa’s budget for the games makes up about 1.7% of its entire GDP, over $4 billion. • Of the 32 qualifying teams: Europe-13, Africa-6, S. America-5, Asia-3, N. and Central America-3, Oceania-2.
Done waiting for global action ■ By Autreen Rahbari (‘10) Eastside Radio Manager
Many people were happy when President Obama announced he was going to travel to Copenhagen to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNCCC). After eight years of the incompetent Bush Administration, the U.S. government was showing interest in our planet – so it’s a shame that it was a waste of time. Nothing happened in Copenhagen. The resulting Copenhagen Accord offered only a vague agreement between nations that pollution, deforestation and the disruption of ecosystems are bad, working together is good and that they should meet again in Cancun, Mexico soon to talk more about why the climate is bad and working together is good. Sure, it’s nice that they finally recognized that if the world’s temperature increases two degrees Celsius, the effects of climate change could be irreversible, but to combat this threat, these leading governments agreed to recognize that they needed to combat this threat… Super. And yes, it’s all fine and proper that the Accord cites those most threatened by climate change need assistance from developed countries to support their green adaptation. It’s good to help those in need except that the
Accord offers no proposal regarding who specifically will provide assistance, how much money should be allocated or even where the funds and resources are going to come from! Even if these were well thought-out proposals, none of them would matter because this entire Accord is non-binding. In short, politics got in the way of the planet – again. The good news is
out another accord. Around 30,000 people from nearly 130 countries were represented, and instead of top diplomats and world leaders, a pallet of politicians, indigenous groups, scientists, activists, grassroots organizations and delegations from across the globe attended the Bolivian summit. The resulting “People’s Accord” includes, amongst other things, a project for a
Courtesy of The Democracy Center
Bolivian President Evo Morales and some silly string. that most of the people who attended the conference weren’t thrilled either – especially Bolivia President Evo Morales. In fact President Morales was so fed up with the way things bogged down in Copenhagen that he started his own conference – “The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth” to hammer
fifty percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by developing countries for the 2010-2017 period, a declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, a proposal for a “global referendum” on climate change and the creation of an International Climate and Justice Tribunal. In short, the Accord offered the rudimentary dregs of an international
system to curve the threats of climate change that Copenhagen failed to even attempt to provide. More importantly, the summit was an indication that people all around the world were willing to push politics aside and chip in to rejuvenate the planet. So why is a proposal that offers more detail and focus than the Copenhagen Accord now being treated as a document of terror? Three million dollars of funding for Bolivia’s project has been frozen for opposing the Copenhagen agreement, so what is the value of negotiation when financial pressure is applied to those who disagree? Even if the U.S. and western states don’t treat these proposals seriously in Cancun, and even if the UNCCC was just a sort of “ice-breaker” to jumpstart the real environment discussion, the cold backlash for disagreeing with western policy is not the message that needs to be sent. If anything is clear from the huge response this summit has received, the people of the world do care about the environment. If President Obama claims to be available to sit down with other nations and negotiate constructive policy, then he needs to prove his metal now. Otherwise, any hope for establishing a global initiative to save this planet will be lost to the creeping forces of charged politics.
■ By Dan Perlman (‘10) Eastside Global Commentary Editor
The end of senior year is a time of reminiscence and speculation…so let’s talk about time travel. According to Stephen Hawking, the British celebrity-genius, time travel is possible—but only forward in time, never backwards. We know from Einstein’s work that (oversimplifying here) the faster an object moves in space, the slower it moves in time. Hawking cites the example of GPS satellites, which must adjust their internal clocks for the discrepancy in time between themselves and GPS units on the surface. I’m going to accept for the sake of this that Hawking is simply correct. The revelation raises dilemmas for the potential time-traveler. Would you want to travel into the future, knowing that you could never return? I would not. Thinking about time travel into the past, the desire to change things around in order to create a better present is always central. With all the advances made by humankind, a traveler could go back and create an ideal world, leading our relatively primitive ancestors into an alternate, much brighter future. The hard science may not support that possibility, but the fantasy is pleasing. It’s not really about the past; it’s about the potency of mental progress. Stephen Hawking has neutered that particular dream though. Now we are condemned only to become dumb objects for the humans of the future to study when a few of us shoot forward to meet them. In a way I’m glad. Now that we know for sure that we cannot go back and erase our mistakes, the desire to make reality better can only take root in our visions of the present and not get diverted to that particular kind of escapism. Shutting doors on escapism is an activity not undertaken enough in the Western world. However, proving that something physically can’t happen is never really an obstacle for fantasy; few people seriously believed in time travel in the first place. The desire is what’s important. There will still be dreams about traveling back in time. The discovery is for now simply disquieting. We are absolutely stuck here. Ultimately not so bad as far as big revelations go.
UNDERGROUND Page 22
■ By Brett Israel (‘10) Eastside Staff
With summer on the horizon, you know DC comics won’t be playing lightly. Three big anniversary issues are set to come out that you won’t want to miss. Batman For over 70 years, the Caped Crusader has been filling the pages of DC comics, and in June it reached the milestone issue 700. In this oversized 56-page issue, writer Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, JLA) follows the three batman generations. These will spotlight the characters Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson and Damien Wayne. Grant will work with artists Andy Kubert (Ultimate XMen, Action Comics), Tony Daniel (Teen Titans) and Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, New X-men) in this story leading into the return of Bruce Wayne. Buy Batman 700 on June 9 for $4.99. Superman This June, the poster child for truth, justice and the American way reaches issue 700 as well. Follow Superman into three tales: first, find out who really killed Superman, written and drawn by Dan Jurgens (Booster Gold, Thor). Next, James Robinson (Justice League of America, Starman) concludes his run on Superman with Superman’s return to Earth from New Krypton, featuring art from Bernard Chang (Wonder Woman). And last, we enter the start of a new creative direction written by J. Michael Straczynski (Thor, Amazing Spiderman) and art by Eddy Barrows (Teen Titans, Blackest Night: JSA). You can’t miss the Man of Steel on June 23 for $4.99. Wonder Woman And last but not least, the quintessential heroine Wonder Woman reaches an anniversary in issue 600. While not much content has been revealed, J. Michael Straczynski will introduce a new direction to the series along with tales written by Geoff Johns (Green Lantern, The Flash) and Gail Simone (Secret Six, Action Comics). The art duties will be performed by artist George Perez (Crisis on Infinite Earths, Fantastic Four) along with Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis, Astonishing X-Men) and Joe Madureira (Ultimates 3, Uncanny X-Men). If you have been looking to jump onto the Wonder Woman title, get this issue on June 30 for $4.99.
■ By Jack Braunstein (‘13)
s of Glory
On December 27, 1831, Charles Darwin set off on a worldwide expedition that would change the face of science forever. In April of 1836, Charles Dickens began one of the most influential publishing careers of all time. On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most powerful speeches in the history of the United States of America. All these men were courageous, honorable and innovative. Also, all these men had beards. Coincidence? Maybe. Awesome? Absolutely. Beards are not simply some fashion statement of yester-year that passed like any other fad: they are a timeless symbol of power, sophistication and masculinity. When it comes to styling facial hair, there is an infinite amount of choices. There are classic beard archetypes, ranging from the ethnic Fu Manchu to the minimalist throwback soul-patch, all sending different kinds of powerful messages to any witnesses to their furry greatness. It’s also popular to base one’s facial hair on the signature styles of celebrities, such as the long, thick scruff of “The Devendra Banhart” or “The Zach Galifinakas,” an unkempt hurricane of facial hair. The possibilities of style are almost as extensive as the myriad of reasons why people grow them. Sometimes the motive is on a passing whim, or pure sloth: “I am lazy,” said history teacher Mr. Tom Howard about his inconsistent facial hair. “Sometimes I forget to shave.” In other instances, members of religious practices, like those of Sikhism, are asked to refrain from cutting their facial hair. Sports fans often engage in the tradition of letting their face fur grow out during a crucial period of games to send good luck to their team. The power of beards can be seen everywhere. The world of music is full of great bands like Mastodon, Fleet Foxes and ZZ Top, who have beards that extend almost past their fame. Many actors often grow out a beard, or at least some scruff, in order to play a role that defines their career. Manmeet Singh (‘10) is the owner of one of the most impressive beards at Cherry Hill East. Taking care of a beard isn’t as simple as it may seem. Every morning, Singh takes a handful of Garnier Surf Hair Gel and applies it to his full beard. “It’s a short process, but it has to be done very carefully,” Singh said. All of this information may prove to be inspiring enough to make any Eastside reader want to grow a beard for him or herself. But according to Singh, there are a few guidelines that need following: “1. The beard has to complement your skin color. 2. It has to cover the face, not simply random spots. 3. It has to be smooth. 4. It has to fit your personality. Like, if you’re a professional athlete, then you probably don’t want a huge beard, and if you’re a business teacher, you probably don’t want a beard at all.” There’s plenty of debate on history’s greatest beard. Some say it belonged to Russian advisor Grigori Rasputin, others making a fair debate for the likes of Karl Marx. Both of these facial hair icons relied on sheer size and the intimidation factor of their beards, but arguably the most famous historical beard, Abraham Lincoln’s, was scraggly and inconsistent. So, perhaps it is the man behind the beard that provides the greatness, not the other way around. But Singh thinks otherwise. “When it comes to my love life,” he said, “it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” Beard art and characters by Nicolle Rochino (‘10)/ Take the hint, gentlemen. Eastside Art Director
Hot sauce photos courtesy of www.chez-williams.com
Chili weapons and conventions are the hot thing ■ By Autreen Rahbari (‘10)
sprinkling of carnivals and cult-like gatherings to share the love of hot sauce. The Cajun Hot Sauce You’ve put it on your Festival in New Iberia, nachos. You’ve put it in Louisiana; the Fiery your chicken. You’ve taken Foods Barbecue Show shots of it with your budin Albuquerque, New dies to prove that you are a Mexico; and The man. You’ve probably even Houston Hot Sauce sneaked some into your Festival in Houfriend’s food to see if he ston, Texas are would react. Now let’s Stamp Acts on the make a bomb – a hot sauce fiery southern tour bomb. – but the biggest Yes, scientists working showcase belongs to with the Indian military another Texas heavyhave created a weapon to weight. use against potential terAustin’s Hot Sauce ror forces using a special Festival is probably one of local ingredient — the the most famous of these world’s hottest chili pepgatherings. Founded 20 pers, the bhut jolokia. years ago amongst friends These peppers, ground to a and family with a handful spicy, woefully painful of sponsors, the compeScoville Units - Measurement of the heat of a pepper tition regularly collects according to its capsaicin (active component of chili thousands of competipeppers) content. tors from across the counTobasco: 2,140 Da Bomb Final Answer: Blair’s Reserve: try and features thou1,500,000 16,000,000 sands of tasting booths, local musical acts, entertainers and the like. The Hot Sauce Festival also serves as an important footing for the Capital Eastside Radio Manager
dust, have been fastened into powder grenades that, according to India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, are made to make the victims throw up and have the backs of their eyeballs burn. The creation of this weapon shows just how creative people can get with their sauces and reflects the booming lifestyle based around hot sauce. Shifting from India to the States, hot sauce and chili pepper tastings and competitions have been sprouting across the United States for some time now. The Southwestern United States is especially notorious for its
Area Food Bank of Texas, raising over 14,000 dollars and more than 29,000 pounds of food in only six short hours last year. Although this trend of hot sauce carnivals is much more present in the south than in the north, expect for the spice tasters to make their way up north soon. Already in places like Ocean City, NJ, small restaurants are hosting award-winning sauces from the Deep South and festivals are breaking out like Ohio’s North Market Hot Sauce Festival. If the hot sauce craze does manage to catch on here like it did in the south, expect to see the local hoagie and sandwich stands stacked with some nasty, tasty concoctions and maybe a grenade or two to complement your meal.
SPORTS June 2010
East senior athletes set to play at the collegiate level Baseball:
• Dante Cassano: Gwynedd-Mercy College • Nate Mulberg: University of Rochester • Sam Slutsky: Purdue University • Brian Thompson: University of South Carolina Upstate
• Jeff Chiusano: TCNJ • Andrew Pursell: Castleton State College • Obi Onejeme: Pace University • Kevin Tonczyczyn: Fairleigh Dickinson (Florham)
• Genevieve Boisvert: Dawson College (Canada)
• Evan Asroff: Syracuse University
• Mike Liachowitz: Babson College • Spencer Markoe: Widener University (track) • Terrence Owens: Rider University (track) • Carrie Vuong: Princeton (track) *All college committments were provided by individual coaches and athletes.
• Monica Bonitatis: Ursinus College • Arielle Kitey: Palm Beach Community College
• Kristen Lee: Wagner College
• Justin Henderson: Penn State
Harrisburg • Brett Morris: DeSales University • Mike Randall: Rutgers-Camden • Brian Reynolds: St. Joe’s University • Francis Schmutz: Albright College
• Mike Davis: Muhlenberg College • Max Rubin: Duquesne University
• Yael Einhorn: Brandeis University
• George Madosky: Johnson and Wales University
Eastside Sports’ ‘09-‘10 “All-East Team” Eastside Sports’ “All-East Team” is a compilation of East’s most prominent athletes for the 2009-2010 school year, aside from Eastside’s two Athletes of the Year. Eastside sports editors Mike Davis (‘10) and Nate Mulberg (‘10) and online sports editor Max Cohen (‘12) made up the selection committee of each All-East Team. The same criteria used to determine Eastside’s Athletes of the Year were used to select each “All-East Team” (see page 24 for selection criteria).
Jason Cornog (‘11) Bowling • Courier Post’s Bowler of the Year. • His average of 222.20 was the best in South Jersey. • Set a school record by bowling an 834 series vs. Deptford. • Bowled a 299 in the second game of his record-setting series. • First team All-Olympic Conference and All-South Jersey. • Won the Snowball Tournament.
Andrew Pursell (‘10) Football/Volleyball Football: • First team All-Olympic Conference as a safety. Volleyball: • First team All-Olympic Conference. • Selected to be in the Senior State All-Star Game. • Helped lead team to 24-3 record and berth in the NJ South championship.
Eric Zaun (‘11) Volleyball
Chris Santo (‘11) Basketball
• First team All-Olympic • First team All-Group 4 in Conference. New Jersey. • MVP of Eastern Volleyball • First team All-South Tournament. Jersey and All-Olympic • Courier-Post’s Player of Conference. the Week on 4/24/2010. • Averaged 27.9 points per • Helped lead team to 24-3 game to lead South Jersey. record and berth in the NJ South championship. • Front-runner to be named Courier-Post’s Player of the Year
Alex Reber (‘12) Football/Track Football: • Second team All-Olympic Conference as a punter. Track: • Second team All-South Jersey (winter track). • Won individual 400m race at the South Jersey Group 4 Sectionals (spring). • Member of the 4x400m relay team that won at the Penn Relays and was ranked 16th in the nation. • Broke 28-year-old 400m school record by running a 48.64. • Broke 200m school record by running a 21.4. • Broke school 400m hurdles record by running a 54.61.
Headshots by Karina Korneyeva (‘10)/ Eastside Photo Editor
Marie Boisvert (‘11) Basketball • First team All-Group 4. • First team All-South Jersey. • First team All-Olympic Conference.
Christine Gordon (‘11) Bowling • First team All-South Jersey. • Averaged a team-high 179.91, which was fifth best in South Jersey. • Had the sixth highest single series in South Jersey with a 627.
Monica Bonitatis (‘10) Softball • First team All-Olympic Conference. • Tied single season school record for homeruns with 5. • Stole 31 bases this year to raise her career total to 101, which is a school record. • Camden County All-Star • SJ Coaches All-Star. • First team All-SJ and Group 4
Anna Johnson (‘10) Volleyball • Second team All-Olympic Conference. • First team All-South Jersey. • First team All-Group 4 in New Jersey.
Marlee Ehrlich (‘12) Swimming • First team All-Division A (500- freestyle). • Second team All-South Jersey (500-freestyle). • Broke 500-freestyle school record. • Helped lead team to the Public Central A Sectional. Championship.
Marissa Johnson (‘10) Volleyball • First team All-Group 4 in New Jersey. • First team All-South Jersey. • First Team All-Olympic Conference. • NJ State All-Star.
SPORTS June 2010
Eastside’s Second Annual Athlete of the Year
A committee made up of Eastside Sports Editors Mike Davis (‘10) and Nate Mulberg (‘10) and Eastside Online Sports Editor Max Cohen (‘12) determined the winners of Eastside’s Athlete of the Year based on criteria including overall performance, individual achievements, work ethic, coaches’ opinions, teammates’ opinions, seasonal statistics and number of varsity sports played.
Female Athlete of the Year: Carrie Vuong (‘10) Carrie Vuong (‘10) was arguably the most versatile female athlete at East in the 2009-2010 school year. A top student and member of East’s Cum Laude Society, Vuong earned varsity letters in three sports this year – swimming, cross-country, and spring track – and made a significant contribution in all three. In swimming, she was a member of the 200-freestyle relay team that earned First Team All-Olympic Conference. In crosscountry, she was a top runner despite the fact that it was her first year competing in the sport. But she shined the most on the track, where she broke East’s all-time 400-meter record this year by running a 57.50. Vuong will further her running career next year as a member of Princeton University’s track team. Q: What does it mean to you to be named Eastside’s Athlete of the Year?
“Carrie has been an essential part of the heart of the girls’ track A: It's an incredible honor. It is great to be recognized in that sense, and I team. Along with a am very grateful for all the support my coaches, teammates, classmates champion’s work ethic, and teachers have given me. Carrie also leads by example; she is Q: How are you able to balance such high academic achievement approachable and easy alongside your high level of performance in three different sports? to get along with regardless of what A: Having specific goals for what I wanted to accomplish pushed me this year and kept me on task. Also, the focus necessary at practice and meets is the same focus I needed and used in the grade or event the other classroom. team members are in. In terms of her Q: What colleges recruited you? Why did you choose Princeton? contribution to the team, Carrie has A: I took official visits at Princeton and Dartmouth. Brown and Columbia also showed some always been willing to interest. I chose Princeton because they were very supportive to me throughout the recruiting compete in whatever process, and I felt Princeton had the best mix of athletics and academics. races were necessary. necessary.”” Q: What does it mean to you that you will leave East with the best 400-meter time in the history of the school?
-Mr. Lee Troutman East girls’ track coach
A: It means a lot to me that I was able to leave my mark on East track and that I could help my team score points in the meet [where I beat the record]. Q: What are your goals both academically and athletically for next year? A: Academically, I want to learn as much as I can with less scheduling restraint than East and to figure out what I want to do with my life. Athletically, I hope to run a 56-second 400-meter. I want to get in the best shape possible and to help Princeton's team the most I possibly can. Vuong interview and write-up by Nate Mulberg (‘10)/ Eastside Sports Editor Vuong headshot and action shot by Karina Korneyeva (‘10)/ Eastside Photo Editor
Male Athlete of the Year: Joe Petrone (‘13) Entering the season, Joe Petrone (‘13) was an unknown commodity among Cherry Hill East and South Jersey high school swimming. But by the season’s end, Petrone was regarded as one of the area’s finest. As a freshman, Petrone won an individual state championship in the 500-freestyle with a time of 4:37.81. With his state championship, Petrone became East’s first state championship swimmer in seven years, and the state’s first freshman champion since 2004. He also placed seventh in the state in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:45.50. In a season that was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the dynamic boys’ swimming program, Petrone helped lead the team to the Public Central A championship and a berth to the New Jersey state semifinals. Because of his tremendous season, Petrone earned numerous honors following the season including First Team All-State, First Team All-South Jersey and First Team All-Division A, all of which were for the 500-freestyle. “Joe’s best quality is his ability to push his teammates to raise their performance during a race. He is one “Joe is the consummate of the best swimmers in New Jersey and he makes all his teammates want similar success for themselves competitor. He has an and the team.” innate understanding -Mr. Joe Cucinotti of competitive strategy East boys’ swimming coach for middle distance and distance swimming.” Q: What does it mean to you to be named Eastside’s Athlete of -Ms. Marilyn Brahms East boys’ swimming coach
the Year? A: I think it's a great honor, knowing there are lots of great athletes who are upperclassmen. Being picked above them feels really great. Q: Where do you swim outside of East, and how did your experiences swimming outside of East prepare you for your dominant freshman campaign? A: I swim at Jersey Wahoos. I'm in the national group and they have produced a lot of great swimmers. They made my good swimming great. I've been going there since I was nine or ten only in the summer, but now I go year round. Q: What was your reaction after winning the individual 500-freestyle state championship? Did you expect to win? A: Going into the meet it wasn't expected. After the preliminaries when I got a best time, I started thinking I could win it. When I won, I was really surprised and excited. Q: What are your goals for the next three years, both individually and as a team? A: Individually, I would like to win three more state championships and maybe break some of Sean Killion’s (‘86) records from East [Killion went on to swim in the Olympics]. I'd like to return to and win the state finals [as a team and individually]. If not next year, then my junior year, with some of the younger kids coming up. Petrone interview and write-up by Max Cohen (‘12)/ Eastside Online Sports Editor and Nate Mulberg (‘10)/ Eastside Sports Editor Petrone headshot and action shot by Karina Korneyeva (‘10)/ Eastside Photo Editor