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The Green Wave Gazette The Trip of a Lifetime
Abington High Students Get a Taste of Italy Featured In This Issue
Caroline Bradbury Staff Writer
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Traveling the world is an ambition many students hope to accomplish in their lifetime. For junior Alessandra Vento and eight other Abington High students, that dream became reality when they travelled to Italy during February vacation. The trip was organized by Frolio Junior High English teacher, Mr. Mark Regalbuto with the assistance of Abington High librarian, Mrs. Susan Crowley. A lot of planning and preparation took place prior to the trip. But, it was all worth it. Students flew to Italy for school vacation and stayed with host families that served as their guides and friends on the trip. The students attended school with their hosts in the mornings and explored Milan, Florence, Verona, and Venice once class was over.
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Vento was excited prior to the trip. ―I have been to southern part where I was born, but I was curious to see what the north was like,‖ said Vento. She was born in Messina, Sicily and moved to the U.S when she was one. Vento is fluent in Italian and goes to Italy as much as she can to visit her friends and family. ―I love Italy, so I take advantage of any opportunity to visit.‖ In the north, they visited the Duomo in Milan and the Duomo in Florence, which are large churches that many cities in Italy have. ―We climbed the Duomo in Florence and saw a view like no other. It was surreal. I love going to all the cities and just exploring new things,‖ said Vento. They also visited many art museums and monuments, and explored the cities and their cultures.
As fascinating as it may seem to learn about others‘ experiences, students at AHS might have the opportunity to have these experiences for themselves in the near future. Next year, the school is looking into allowing students to travel to several countries in Europe, including France, Switzerland, Germany and England. Some of the teachers trying to make this happen are Ms. Daisy and Ms. Louko. If this is something that seems appealing to you, Vento offered a few tips to make your travels worthwhile. ―Learn everything about the countries you are going to,‖ she said, ―You need to travel with an open mind. Always remember if this is the only opportunity you have to travel out of the country, (you should) take it because you get to see a completely different part of the world. It shows you a new way of life and opens up your mind. It‘s amazing how similar people half way across the world can be. And always remember, a smile goes a long way.‖ It is a great opportunity to learn about the world, but it‘s also a great way to bond with different people. ―One of my favorite parts was meeting all new friends that I will now have for a lifetime,‖ expressed Vento. ‖Everyone that went to Italy is now so close, and I‘m happy I got to be a part of that.‖ So, if you‘re questioning whether to go on the trip next year or not, ask any of your peers that went to Italy. The other students that attended the trip are Amandha Antonio, Christopher Burgess, Brian Curran, Amanda Doherty, Christina Howe, Cameron Reynolds, Jeremy Sullivan and Jenna Warsheski; they are sure to tell you that traveling the world with friends isn‘t something you should miss out on.
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Looking at Florence from the top of the Duomo
“One of my favorite parts was meeting all new friends that I will now have for a lifetime.” — Alessandra Vento
Photos by Mrs. Crowley
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Stocking the Pantry The St. Vincent de Paul/Abington Food Pantry provides much needed support to the community Jenny Worden Contributor
Pete Worden volunteers regularly at the food pantry. Courtesy of Jenny Worden.
“Each canned good or a box of pasta makes a huge difference to someone in need. ” — Jenny Worden
Whether it is helping to feed Abington residents in need or assisting a family financially, the St. Vincent De Paul/Abington Food Pantry is a great resource in our community. The food pantry is staffed by over 20 volunteers. My grandfather, Pete Worden, has served as a volunteer at the food pantry since retiring three years ago. The volunteers at the food pantry work together doing many jobs that help the entire process run smoothly. From big jobs like unloading groceries from the trucks to little jobs like checking the dates on cans, every single detail matters. According to Worden ―shopping with the people‖ is his favorite thing to do at the pantry. He also has ―enjoyed meeting new people and becoming friends with other volun-
teers.‖ Throughout the pantry, there are many rooms, and each serve a purpose. There is the shopping area, inventory, walk-in freezers, the meat room and the waiting room. Small aisles are set up in the shopping area so it is easier for people to move around and find items. The rooms are well organized. The food that is stocked in the aisles is usually the result of generous donations. Many local business and community groups donate to the pantry, including Trader Joe‘s, Pea Pod, UTZ, Abington Public School food drives, Trucchi‘s, the St. Patrick‘s Day Parade and the Boy Scouts. Food drives within the school system encourage young children to think of others and to contribute to those in need. The small jobs that the volunteers do help make the
pantry successful in servicing the community; each canned good or a box of pasta makes a huge difference to someone in need. The St. Vincent de Paul/Abington Food Pantry provides a great opportunity for residents to give back to the community and to help others. Whether you are in elementary school or retired, there is always a way to help. Volunteering at the pantry is also a great way to get community service hours for confirmation or to satisfy school community service requirements. Anyone who is interested in donating to or volunteering for the St. Vincent de Paul/Abington Food Pantry can call 781-878-6087. Sometimes it‘s the little things we do that make the biggest difference.
What to Wear When Spring Arrives Spring Fashion is in the air Nicole Bradbury Staff Writer Spring is finally here, which means it‘s time to pack away those heavy coats and scarves and make room in your closet for some new clothes. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your spring wardrobe. This season, tribal print is one of the most popular and flattering prints on any piece of clothing, according to Vogue Paris. From long maxi skirts and dresses to blouses, this trend is eye catching and colorful. Tribal print would look best paired with a solid color top or bottom that corresponds to a color within the print itself. According to Elle Magazine, some of the most popular colors this spring are pastel shades. Any light pink, yellow, coral, or green articles of
clothing are used during spring to reflect the light and cheerful colors of flowers and plants. Pairing up multiple pieces of clothing all with different pastel colors is in as well. For example, taking a pastel yellow top and matching it with a pastel pink skirt or pair of pants is another popular look. Pack away the combat boots and riding boots, because the trendiest shoes for spring are Converse sneakers. The Love Style Fashion Blog says that paired with denim jeans or even skirts, adding high top or regular Converse to any outfit is another look to add to your spring collection. To add some spring flair, get Converse in any pastel color! Elle Magazine also stated that collared shirts are possibly the biggest trend this spring. The best thing about these is that they can be dressed up or dressed down. To dress up a collared shirt, add a bright colored necklace, or to dress it down,
pull over a light sweater. This shirt creates a preppy sophisticated look perfect for school or even a fancier occasion.
Photo by Amandha Antonio
For makeup, a natural face with slight pops of color is the most popular look. Stay simple with eye shadow, using light browns and pinks, but to add some flair wing out your eyeliner to create a more dramatic yet effortless effect. Popular blush and lip colors this season are light pinks and corals. Now that you know all you need to add to your closet this spring, get shopping!
“It’s time to pack away those heavy coats and scarves and make room in your closet for some new clothes.”Nicole Bradbury
Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Scott Ten Years of History at AHS Alyssa Devlin Staff Writer
World War II, and my favorite story from history is the stealing of Lincoln‘s body.
Mr. Scott teaches history and is the Adviser for the National Honor Society and Ultimate Frisbee Team Did you always want to be a teacher? If not, what did you want to be? Growing up, I wanted to be an FBI agent. I first went to college for criminal justice as my major, but changed it after my first semester to pursue a career in teaching. I never even took a criminal justice class! Both of my parents were teachers, so I wanted to be different than them. But, I ended up following the same path that they did. Where did you grow up? Rockland What aspect of history or specific time period is your favorite? My favorite aspect of history is
How long have you been teaching at Abington High? This is my tenth year. Which classes do you/have you taught here? Which are your favorites to teach? I have taught US History I and II, AP US History, Law, and Psychology. My favorite to teach is AP US History because it challenges me the most. What do you like the most about Abington High? The tight community, how students are driven to succeed, and the students want to work together rather than against one another. What has been your most memorable moment at Abington High? I do not have a specific moment, but in general it makes me happy when I
hear back from students that they got something out of my class and they thank me for it. It is so rewarding. Also, (I appreciate) how Abington High took a chance on me, and hired me despite being straight out of college.
How long have you been coaching Ultimate Frisbee? Ten years. What is your best memory from Frisbee from any season so far? Winning the Division I Andover Invitational. Do you think that the team will have much success this season? I think so; we will be a much better team in May. We have a lot of new players, and I think we will surprise some teams. Do you have any hobbies? What are they? I like to play golf, play guitar, cook for my wife and spend time with my family.
“It makes me happy when I hear back from students that they got something out of my class and they thank me for it.” - Mr. Scott
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The Green Wave Gazette Staff Kim Phan - Associate Editor Ian MacLeod –Associate Editor Caroline Bradbury Nicole Bradbury Matthew Burbine Kailey Campbell Alyssa Devlin Amanda Doherty Michael Donaher Nick Freberg Alanna Halloran Leighann Healy Megan Meehan Jake Snyder Alessandra Vento
Eleven Prom Couples (Guiseppe Vento)
Contributors: Amandha Antonio, Alexia Cerasani, Ashling Geary, Marianna Porcello, Mitchel Vongbandith, Kathryn Wood and Jenny Worden Adviser - Mr. Dorman, firstname.lastname@example.org Please contact Mr. Dorman if you have any comments, questions, have a story idea or would like to advertise in the Green Wave Gazette.
Christina Howe Shows off her prom footwear (Susan Crowley)
Ray Emery and Kylee Gavin (Amy Lewis)
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THE END OF THE BEGINNING A Poem by Ms. Pflaumer’s Senior Poets
Nicole Harris, Cameron Reynolds and Samme Thompson (Patricia Pflaumer Photo)
Joe Marella, Kevin Zdonek and Steve Bunszell
I will not miss a place I never wanted to be But then again… Life‘s all about choices Speak of the devil For four years of 180 mornings We stepped on the Go Greenwave mats The feeling of feeling safe Never alone Inside looking out the big picture window The daily ―What‘s up, Buddy?” from
Paul the Janitor The look of the ashy purple linoleum The lights that followed us down the middle of every hallway The sounds of the hallways where random lockers are not locked Down the broken stairs, chipped like broken teeth To the gym and the tease of the Coke machine Then to the Green Wave Café
the delicious aroma of Cinnabons Beyond the first floor sculpture room where cold clay meets fire crackling kiln Stuck in a rut of routine Until the day we leave And the mice will play
Four Years of Memories Marianna Porcello Contributor As school winds down, many seniors are looking forward to graduation. The lucky ones are finalizing their college decisions and tying up loose ends. Even though most of us complain about being here for six hours a day, there is a lot we will miss. We thought this was a good time to ask a few seniors what they will miss most about Abington High School. Kelly O’Brien
I will miss the teachers who I have formed close relationships with. I‘ll miss seeing my friends everyday and being able to know everyone‘s name and having the comfort of knowing everyone is supporting me when things go wrong.
Michael Manley I will miss some of the great teachers in this school who helped make this a fun place to go every now and then. I'll also miss the people because I've enjoyed most of their presences...usually.
I will definitely miss our athletic program the most. They have helped create memories that I will never forget. I‘ve learned things from coaches that have helped me grow as a player and person.
Geese, well, uhh, hmm; I'll definitely miss my teammates. Being on a team has been one of the best parts of high school. I will miss Green Wave Pride in general. It's amazing how such a small town can come together during traumatic times. From freshmen to senior year, I have always felt comfortable in these halls.
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Unsung Hero: Kelly O’Brien Kim Phan Associate Editor
horrible, but I liked it at the same time. We just have to sell the yearbooks soon. KP: This year is your senior year, how has it been for you? It’s almost over. KO: Everyone always says that senior year is the most fun, but I think it‘s the most stressful year because you have to get in all those last classes and you have to decide where you‘re going to school next year, so it‘s stressful, but I‘m making the most of it.
Kelly O’Brien—all grown up
Soon we will be saying goodbye to the seniors and there is one in particular that we are very happy to recognize, Kelly O‘Brien, the hard working editor of the yearbook. Kim Phan: What has it been like to be editor of the yearbook? Kelly O’Brien: Well, it‘s over, so that‘s amazing. I had to make sure that everything ran smoothly and make sure that there were no mistakes. It was stressful and sometimes it was
KP: What are your plans for next year? KO: I‘m going to college, and I want to major in psychology; I just want to help people. KP: What has your experience at Abington High School been like? KO: Well, before I went to high school I think I must have been one of the most awkward people ever, but during high school I started to come out of my shell. High school pushes you out of your comfort zone, and that helps you realize who the person you want to be is.
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KO: I‘m going to have to say Ms. Doherty and Ms. Pflaumer. They always say hi to me in the hallways. Ms. Pflaumer is so dedicated and she‘s always been there for me since freshman year. The same (is true) for Ms. Doherty. Her fifth period class freshman year was the first time all day that I felt comfortable; she made me like high school. KP: One of the staples of “Unsung Hero” has been this pair of questions, so what are your feelings on Klondike Bars and what would you do for one? KO: Ummm…They‘re okay. I would probably go to Trucchi‘s and buy one.
Kelly O’Brien in younger days (Photos courtesy Kelly O’Brien)
KP: Wait, don’t you work at Trucchi’s? KO: Yeah, I wouldn‘t put too much effort into it…..Wait! I just remembered. I‘m also on National Honor Society!
“Wait! I just remembered. I’m also on National Honor Society!”
KP: How could I have forgotten that? I’m on National Honor Society with you.
- Kelly O’Brien
KP: Who are your favorite teachers and why?
Samantha Thompson’s Home Stretch Samme's work ethic has been the key to her success in softball and school Kathryn Wood Contributor Senior co-captain and shortstop, Samantha Thompson has been dedicated to her softball career ever since she was in kindergarten. It‘s the reason why she has been so successful. One of the reasons she says she has stuck with softball for so long is because she likes to keep herself active and practicing outside. ―I don‘t get bored with it, and I‘ve been on some good teams. So, it‘s always been fun,‖ said Thompson. She keeps herself busy year round with soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring.
Getting solid hits, making diving catches, forcing outs and turning double plays motivates her to keep up the good work and to push herself to keep practicing. Thompson says her friends are what make softball so enjoyable. ‖My teamates are the only friends that have lasted all these years,‖ aid Thompson. She says her friends always have her back and support her on and off the field and she has theirs. She is currently the only senior on the varsity team, and has worked her way around the field in the past few years. Growing up, she loved playing first base and since entering high school has played right field and second base. Other than playing on the high school team, ―Samme‖
has played in Bay State tournament basketball games on weekends. She juggles softball, basketball, schoolwork and other obligations, but makes sure she doesn‘t take on Samantha Thompson (Photo by Laurie Curran courtesy of the Green more than she can handle. ―I Wave Boosters) take time out of my day, even if it‘s annoying, to do my work. I make sure that I don‘t take on more than I “I take time out of my can handle.‖ After graduation, she day, even if it’s hopes to continue playing, but says it all depends on how much work annoying, to do my she‘ll have in college.
Green Wave Gazette Contributor Kathryn Wood is a freshman and a member of the JV softball team
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Gazette’s Political Pundit Prepared for the Future Outgoing staff member reflects on his experiences Ian MacLeod, Associate Editor Mike Donaher, Class of 2014, is the longest serving member of the Green Wave Gazette staff and is graduating this year. When did you first join the Green Wave Gazette and why? I wrote a little bit freshman year but I didn't write consistently until my sophomore year. I joined the staff because I was interested in writing and felt like I wrote about an important topic, which was politics.
“Shout out to the lunch ladies!” - Mike Donaher
What has been your favorite part about writing for the Gazette? My favorite part has definitely been the freedom that I've been given thanks to Mr. Dorman to write about basically any topic I want to. Whatever issue was on my mind or was making headlines that month I could write about. Those long editing meetings with snacks are a close second though.
Do you have any articles that you enjoyed writing? Any article that I didn't procrastinate to write until the last minute. I especially enjoyed writing my article about marijuana laws and some of the feedback I received from that. Writing about the cigarette tax in Massachusetts was another favorite of mine. What are your plans for after you graduation, short and long term? I decided recently to attend American University, in Washington, DC this upcoming fall. I will be studying CLEG, or an interdisciplinary program that consists of Communications, Law, Economics, and Government. My hope is to attend Law school afterwards. What will you miss most about Abington High? I'm going to miss all of the teachers and staff that are so friendly and dedicated. Its not going to be the same going to get lunch some place where
Getting Your Day Started with Brian and Matt The Voices of AHS Seniors Brian Nickley and Matt Whalen will soon complete their tenure as the morning voices of Abington High School. For the past year they have diligently prepared us for each day with the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silence and the all important morning announcements. We asked each of them a few questions about their experiences. Brian Nickley and Matt Whalen
“My most memorable moment was when Mr. English tried to tickle me during the Pledge and I had to keep my composure.” - Brian Nickley
they don't know that I want a ham and cheese sub. Shout out to the lunch ladies! What’s your life passion? Thats a tough question to explain or put into words. I'm really passionate about history and politics, which is why I seem to be following the path that I am, but community service and helping others has always been a big part of my life and time at Abington High. Throughout your Abington High career, what has been your greatest achievement? That‘s a tough one. I think being a finalist for the US Senate Scholarship in Massachusetts was my biggest. This past October I took a test along with around 150 others juniors and seniors in the state and placed in the top 10. I was both surprised and honored.
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glad I did it, and that we are leaving it in the capable hands of Sam Malafronte (unofficial successor). My most memorable moment was when Mr. English tried to tickle me during the Pledge and I had to keep my composure.
Matt Whalen: It was a great experience. I liked being ―in the know‖ about all the things that were going What did you like about it? Were on at school. I enjoyed informing the there any memorable moments? school about current happenings. I will miss it. I hope next year‘s mornBrian Nickley: I liked doing the ing announcers will do a just as good announcements because I enjoy a job as we did. My favorite moment being involved at AHS and contribut- was (also) the time that Mr. English ing in some way. I think (Matt) tickled Nickley mid-announcements Whalen just liked to hear himself talk and also the time he messed up say(LOL, :), JK). It was an interesting ing ―hospice.‖ experience mostly because I could hear myself on the loud speakers across the hall (from the office). I‘m
Leighann Healy Congratulations to senior and Green Wave Gazette Staff Member Leighann Healy. Leighann joined the staff this year. She wrote articles about entertainment and school news. Leighann will attend the University of Rhode Island where she plans to study Psychology.
“Anything Goes” Makes Waves: All Star Cast was Unsinkable Megan Meehan Staff Writer Despite the twists and turns involved in its plot, Cole Porter‘s classic musical comedy ―Anything Goes,‖ directed by Mr. Steve Shannon was smooth sailing. The show was presented by the Abington High Drama Club and ran for three nights in March inside the Frolio Auditorium. It captivated each audience and pulled them into the crazy events that unfold onboard the S.S American. There was a lot going on during the ship‘s journey to England involving passengers planning their own agendas, gangsters masquerading as ministers, and a nightclub singer with her aggregation of angels. As cluttered as a story with all of these
elements could become, ―Anything Goes‖ made its voyage sans an iceberg incident. Billy Crocker, played by Sean O‘Brien, stows away on the ship in hopes of winning the heart of Hope Harcourt, Alessandra Vento‘s character, who is previously engaged to Timothy McDonnell‘s character, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh. Crocker enlists the help of his friend Reno Sweeny, the nightclub singer who is played by Leighann Healy. Sweeny agrees to help the love-sick Crocker in his endeavor for Harcourt which ends up entangling the minister onboard who Crocker discovers is really gangster Moonface Martin, brilliantly portrayed by Riley Morrison. Moonface gets a lot of support from Bonnie (Abigail Budwey), his suprisingly resourceful accomplice who leads the company through two big song and dance numbers, ―Heaven Hop‖
and ―Let‘s Step Out.‖ The musical was steered in the right direction with the help of musical director Mrs. Joyce Harrington and choreographer Ms. Tara McSweeney. This production was unique for AHS due to its amount of dancing. Stand out dancers Caroline Bradbury and Nicole Bradbury played two of the Angels, Virtue and Faith. These two used their talent to raise the level of performance in the show, partly because of the height their legs reached in the Angels‘ kick-sequences on number like ―Anything Goes‖ and ―Take Me Back to Manhattan‖ sang wonderfully by Healy. The cast and crew steadily put on a great show each night, which can be considered a titanic sized feat. The high applause that was given was well deserved.
Reno Sweeny (Leighann Healy) and the Angels
“There was a lot going on … involving passengers planning their own agendas, gangsters masquerading as ministers, and a nightclub singer with her aggregation of angels” — Megan Meehan
“Newsies” – Read All About It! Disney Musical was a Highlight of the Band Trip Ashling Geary Contributor In March, the Abington High band and chorus took a trip to New York City where the itinerary included seeing ‗‘Newsies‘‘ a Disney musical appearing at the beautiful Nederlander Theatre. This original Broadway musical, directed by Jeff Calhoun, stars a group of boys and the challenges they go through in order to gain better rights as workers. Based on real events, ‗‘Newsies‘‘ takes place during the summer of 1899, in Lower Manhattan. The newspaper sellers or Newsies are led by a radical boy named Jack Kelly (Corey Cott). He and the others strike against Joseph Pulitzer (Stuart Marland) who raised the amount the boys have to pay for the newspapers. Enraged, they work together to shut down the big newspapers. They also meet up with news reporter rookie, Katherine (Liana Hunt). She writes an article that strengthens the strike and she also
helps Jack find a true love (with her). Everyone working together with a lot of writing, fighting and a bit of love they find a way to ‗‘Seize the Day.‘‘ The show was very enjoyable to watch. The story-line, acting and dancing really kept you hooked. The costumes were very well made and matched up well with the choreography. The dancers did a phenomenal job. Everything was en pointe. The singing was mesmerizing and made you want to sing along and keep watching. The set design was very unique. It used scaffolding to represent buildings and other structures, and it moved around the stage. It was fascinating! The costumes had the look of the late 1800s look and added a bit of pizzazz to the show. All parts of the show whether it be the costumes, singing, dancing or the setup were spectacular. They obviously
helped the show gain several Tony nominations in 2012, winning for best choreography and original costumes. ―Newsies‖ continues its run at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. They also sell tickets at the Nederlander Theatre, but buying them online prevents you from waiting in line and possibly getting a bad seat. ―Newsies‖ is a great show for all ages. It does have some fight scenes, but nothing bloody or profane. It does have a lot of great sense of humor, and singing and dancing that is great for the whole family. Check out this original Broadway show.
“The singing was mesmerizing and made you want to sing along and keep watching.”Ashling Geary
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Managing the Sox Bullpen Whitman Native Dana Levangie is the Red Sox Bullpen Coach Jake Snyder, Staff Writer
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“There is a lot of studying that can go into being a front office employee that builds major league teams. If you do want to be a player, regardless of your size, baseball doesn’t turn you down when other sports might.”Dana Levangie
After their World Series win in 2013, the Boston Red Sox look to defend their title in 2014. Dana Levangie, who grew up right down the street in Whitman (graduated from Whitman – Hanson Regional High School) and lives in East Bridgewater, is a 22 year veteran with the organization who serves as both bullpen coach and catching instructor. He recently gave us some insight into his job and the world of major league coaching. As a bullpen coach, what specifically is your job and who do you work with the most? My specific job as a bullpen coach can go a lot of different ways. First off, I am the bullpen coach as well as the catching instructor so it is really important for me to work closely with Juan Nieves the pitching coach. I need to be a second set of eyes not only for the starters but also for our relievers. I need to have the ability to communicate what these guys are going through and what they maybe need to fix. I also need to know the opposing offense, and know the hitters, and our guys stuff, and be able to match them up so they have the best success they can possibly have. What is the hardest part about your job?
The hardest part is being away from your family and then dealing with the overall schedule. Sometimes you need 26 hours in that day to accomplish everything that you want to do. You need to be able to be on the field building relationships and trust while also watching the videos to see what needs to be corrected. Then you add in all the travel , and it can become difficult. But, it is an awesome job that most people would love to experience. How did your career with the Red Sox begin? My career began back in 1991. I was drafted by the Red Sox in the 14th round out of AIC in Springfield, Mass. Luckily enough, I was able to spend the next 20 years with them and hopefully the rest of my career. Since you are also a scout for the major leagues, which do you enjoy the most playing, coaching or scouting? You know what, I think they all have their plusses and minuses, but the biggest thing is just being a part of the game. And for me working at the major league level and seeing the guys play who are the best in the world is the most rewarding whether it is on the field or being a scout.
Coming off of a great season last year, what are your thoughts on the pitching staff this year? First off, so far so good. We have a lot of healthy arms here and some veteran guys that challenge and push each other to be the best. We have a very blue collar type atmosphere and approach in our pitchers and players, and they challenge each other every day to be the best. Every team is going to come in and bring their best to beat us because of what we did but we got too many guys who would not want to get comfortable or let the other teams get comfortable against them. You came from a small town, what advice can you give to someone looking to make a career out of the game of baseball? There is a lot more to baseball then just playing on the field. There is a lot of studying that can go into being a front office employee that builds major league teams. If you do want to be a player, regardless of your size, baseball doesn‘t turn you down when other sports might. It is a game where you can be small in stature but have a tremendous heart that can carry you through the major leagues, like a Dustin Pedroia. Or you can be big and strong like a Jon Lester. It welcomes all!
The Heroin Epidemic Drug Addiction on the rise says National Survey Matthew Burbine Staff Writer Heroin. This dangerous drug has made recent headlines because of the recent overdose of the famous actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. What they may not realize is that, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of people who have become addicted to heroin has increased 60 percent in the last 10 years. Here in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports that over 185 people have died from heroin overdoses since November 1, 2013 alone, including at least 20 people in Plymouth County. In recognition of this heroin problem, on March 27 Governor Patrick declared a public health emergency. Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a powerful painkiller which comes from the Asian opium poppy plant. Heroin is usually in the form of a white powder, a brown powder, or a black sticky substance. Heroin can be snorted, injected with a needle, or smoked. At first, heroin gives users a ―rush of good feelings. But then users
can feel sick to their stomachs and itchy and can have trouble breathing as heroin slows down their heart rates and their breathing rates. They can even go into a coma and die. Heroin is a highly addictive drug and as a person takes more of the drug, the high may not be as strong. This leads the user to take more and more heroin to feel the high making a user more likely to overdose. For more information the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens has a wealth of knowledge on the subject. According to the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration‘s 2013 National Drugs Threat Assessment Summary, some heroin users first became addicted to prescription painkillers. According to this report, heroin use will likely continue to spread because heroin is cheaper and more easily obtained than prescription drugs and produces similar effects. The report also states that heroin purity and dosage amounts can vary, and users do not know what substances the heroin may have been cut with. This puts users more at risk of an
accidental overdose. Heroin addiction is not just hurting addicts and their families. It hurts society as a whole. According to Steven Kassels, M.D., in an Op-Ed piece for the Boston Globe, when viewing the costs of heroin addiction in terms of law enforcement, increased crime, court costs, incarceration, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, lost job productivity, and workers‘ compensation, the national annual cost is over $180 billion dollars. Dr. Kassels estimates The needle and the that in order to treat one drug adspoon. Britannica dict in Massachusetts, including counseling, random drug testing, medical “Heroin examinations, and testing for diseases that can be spread from sharaddiction is not ing needles (like HIV or hepatitis C), the cost is about $5,000 per year. If just hurting someone is placed in a halfway house, it can cost $20,000 per year, addicts and their while incarceration can cost $50,000 per year. The heroin epidemic in the families. It hurts United States must be controlled and society”— national and state governments need to work together to raise awareness Matthew Burbine about the dangers of heroin.
St. Vincent Mitchel Vongbandith Contributor St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) recently released her fourth album. It features excellent use of electronic sound, vocals and lyrics that paint images based on modern day society as well as loneliness. Most specifically ―Digital Witness‖ specifies modern society‘s focus on technology while the song ―Rattlesnake‖ begs the question ―Am I the only one in the only world?‖
St. Vincent‘s recent album has subtly changed her pattern of releases from less poppy (Strange Mercy) or slightly baroque-ish (her first album Marry Me) to more noticeably dark in tone while keeping the songs more upbeat — very much reminiscent to her other album Actor released back in 2009. Clark‘s use of electronic instruments along with her unique vocals have definitely made herself a landmark in the
indie music scene. Her maturity as an artist is certainly intriguing as well her changing styles between albums. She even took on the Talking Heads‘ style of rock with David Byrne in their collaborative album Love This Giant. Alongside Björk, PJ Harvey and Tori Amos, Annie Clark puts herself on a list for notable female solo artists that will have impacted indie/ electronic music.
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One Year Later Boston Marathon Survivors Continue to Fight Alexia Cerasani Contributor
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On April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon bombings took place. It‘s crazy to think that it has already been a year since this tragic occurrence. There were many victims who were affected by these bombings old and young but where are they now? Below is an update on just a few of them: Celeste Corcoran from Lowell, MA was hospitalized after the attacks. Celeste lost both her legs, and is now using prosthetics. Her daughter Sydney, a senior at Lowell High School at the time, was also seriously injured in the attacks. According to the New York Daily News, Celeste is running on treadmills without any assistance. It‘s pretty amazing how a woman who
went through such a traumatizing situation can get back up so fast. ―I was never a runner. I hated running,‖ Corcoran told Boston television station WCVB. ―I feel myself getting stronger and stronger and more and more steady.‖ ―I‘m not going to give up. This is not the end. This is just a different beginning,‖ she told ABC News. Celeste Corcoran is such an inspiration for not giving up even when times got really tough. Steven Reny and wife Audrey were waiting at the finish line for their daughter Gillian to cross when the first bomb exploded. All three were hospitalized, but according to WCVB Gillian was the most seriously affected. ―These were limb-threatening injuries and particularly the right side,‖ said lead plastic surgeon Christian Sampson
who saw ―a big fragmentation of the bone of the tibia where she sustained the full brunt of the blast injury.‖ She stayed in Brigham and Women‘s for a while rehabilitating until she could get back up on her feet. Gillian was a senior in high school and almost couldn‘t graduate with her class but she finished and received her high school diploma even though she had to use crutches. There are so many more victims from the Boston Marathon bombings who recovered so miraculously and strong. These people are true fighters, and its people like this that everyone should look up to. They went through life changing events and kept trying to improve and move forward. They are Boston Strong!
Fight for Freedom Vivid Historical Fiction Reads Like a Movie Jake Snyder Staff Writer
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“I got to practice public speaking and share my culture with the school.” - Kim Phan
Simon Scarrow is a historical fiction writer known for his books that take place during the time of the Roman Empire. ―Fight for Freedom‖ is the first young adult‘s book he has written, and is the first in the new ―Gladiator‖ series. The story is set in Italy at the height of the Roman Empire. The main character is a boy named Marcus, the son of a Roman
centurion who becomes a student in a gladiator school after his father is killed and his mother is enslaved. Simon Scarrow wrote Marcus as brave and strong, but also gives him child-like traits so the younger reader can experience the journey through the eyes of a less hardened warrior. He vividly describes the frequent battles that happen within the book which may not be appealing to some, but to others it would
be enjoyable. This book would make a celebrated movie because it would entertain many audiences, especially fans of historical fiction who are intrigued by the life of the people living during the time of the Roman Empire. The suspense and anticipation of what could happen makes this book a quick read – which is a good thing because the second book in the series is already in bookstores
Hola! Bonjour! Oi! Chao Anh! AHS Celebrates National Foreign Language Week Amandha Antonio Contributor
together as the school celebrated this cultural week.
National Foreign Language week could not have arrived soon enough! With some students returning from their foreign exchange program in Italy, the school was in perfect condition to celebrate the annual week dedicated to foreign language appreciation. Entryways and hallways were ornamented with flags from countries around the world. Students from different backgrounds were brought closer
A handful of students were selected to present the morning announcements in different languages. Juniors Alessandra Vento and Kim Phan presented the morning announcements in Italian and Vietnamese. ―I got to practice public speaking and share my culture with the school. I hope the students appreciated the surrounding cultures exposed to them during the week,‖ said Phan. During Foreign Language Week
students learn more about the languages and countries of the world. Many may not realize how much of an impact Nation Foreign Language Week has on the student body as a whole. ―It was a perfect initiative. It allowed all students to participate either by speaking in his or her native tongue or by listening to trivia questions and submitting answers. I thought it was an impactful school wide event,‖ said Ms. Pflaumer.
Crimean Crisis Cold War Era Tensions on the Rise as Russia Annexes Part of Russia Ian MacLeod Associate Editor On February 28, the citizens of the Crimean Peninsula, a small piece of land jutting out of Ukraine and into the Black Sea, woke up to find that armed men had surrounded their major airports while others had taken the regional parliament building. Flash forward to March 16, the official results of a vote were published showing that a suspiciously large majority of participants (97 percent) had decided to allow their land to be absorbed back into Russia, the region‘s former master. Two days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with the newly minted ―Republic of the Crimea,‖ officially making it a part of the Russian Federation. How did this happen? For many years the Crimea was a part of Russia, and was originally conquered by Catharine the Great in 1783. After World War II, it became a part of the totalitarian and Russian dominated Soviet Union. In 1954 it was handed over to Ukraine by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. At the time, Ukraine was also a part of the Soviet Union, making the transfer inconsequential. But, when the Red Empire collapsed in 1991, and Ukraine gained independence, the Crimean Peninsula went along with it. Today ethnic Russians make up about 58 percent of the Crimea‘s population. Per an agreement between Ukraine and Russia, the Crimean city of Sevastopol is also the home of Russia‘s Black Sea Fleet. Problems arose after Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, who also had been accused of corruption, rejected an agreement that would have strengthened economic ties between the European Union and his country. He instead chose to pursue closer ties with Ukraine‘s former overlord, Russia. Putin was a big supporter of his. According to the BBC, over 100,000 protestors amassed in the capital city of Kiev last November. In December they would take over Kiev‘s city hall and Independence Square, ―turning it into a tent city.‖ After weeks of deaths, bloodshed,
arrests, and a legislative attempt at suppressing demonstrations, this series of protests, dubbed the ―Euromaiden‖ by Twitter users, reached its climax on February 20 when 88 people were killed and many more were injured (according to the BBC); some reportedly by sniper fire. The next day Yanukovych agreed to a compromise deal which the New York Times reported ―mandates early presidential elections by December, (and) a swift return to a 2004 constitution that sharply limited the president‘s powers.‖ Then, in a quick turn of events protestors entered executive buildings and the Ukrainian Parliament voted to remove the President from office. They also voted to free Yulia Tymshenko, an important female politician and a leader of the previous anti-corruption protests in 2004 who was controversially imprisoned back in 2011. Some claimed that her imprisonment was politically motivated. The BBC and various news agencies have reported that Yanukoych has since fled to Russia and in Ukraine a new government was elected. The New Crimean War? On February 28, Crimeans found themselves being silently invaded, or at the very least in the middle of pro-Russian revolution. According to the BBC armed men in combat uniforms not bearing any insignia or other markings appeared outside of the area‘s major airports while others took over important government buildings, like the Crimea‘s Parliament building, raising the Russian flag above its roof. Checkpoints were also erected between the peninsula and Ukraine and there were numerous reports of these gunmen having Russian military equipment, including helicopters and armored vehicles. The Ukrainian government accused Russia of illegally invading its sovereign territory, an accusation reiterated by many spectators in the West such as President Obama, who on March 1 told Putin to order his troops back to Russian military bases. As strategic locations were either being taken over or surrounded by these ―soldiers,‖ the BBC reported that Putin denied that these men were part of the Russian military, instead claiming them to be local militiamen. Later, on March 4, according to NPR, in a press conference in which he claimed the men surrounding Ukrainian military bases were ―local self defense
forces,‖ Putin also said that any action Russia had taken was done with the intention of protecting ethnic Russians in the area. A referendum to decide whether or not Crimea should join Russia was held on March 16, while armed men, most likely Russian soldiers, occupied the area. The vote revealed that a 97 percent majority of people who voted were in favor of being annexed by Russia. This vote is not widely accepted by western governments as legitimate. Reports suggested that while many Crimeans (the majority of whom are ethnic Russians) were happy at the prospect of rejoining ―the motherland,‖ others were not and boycotted the vote, the Tatars in particular. A minority in the Crimea, the Tatars were persecuted and deported by Joseph Stalin under the suspicion of that they had aided the Nazis when they invaded the area during World War II. They are not keen on living under Russian domination once again. On March 24 the last of Ukraine‘s armed forces stationed in the Crimea left the region. Elsewhere in Ukraine, pro-Russia demonstrations have occurred and continue to occur, mostly in Ukraine‘s Russophile Eastern halve. International reaction to Russia‘s involvement in the Crimea, its secession and its subsequent annexation has largely been negative. The U.S. and many European countries have announced financial and travel restrictions against key individuals involved in Russia‘s annexation. Recently NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), a mutual defense organization of which the United States is a founding member, has expressed concerns over Russian military buildup near the Ukrainian border. These events are of significant concern to U.S. allies and NATO members like Estonia and Latvia that are also former parts of the Soviet Union, have sizeable ethnic Russian minorities, and border Russia. Stay tuned, The Ukraine Crisis is shaping up to be a defining moment for 2014, and perhaps for this century.
Associate Editor Ian Macleod
“International reaction to Russia’s involvement in the Crimea, its secession and its subsequent annexation has largely been negative.” - Ian MacLeod
Residents of Slovyansk, Ukraine, talk to Ukraine National Guard soldiers outside the town on Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Sergei L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
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