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Caring for a cause Dinner celebrates season of giving by Dana Reilly News Editor

The holidays came early this year with the Calhoun Cares Thanksgiving Dinner, a night that raised both money and spirits.

For the fifth straight year, many people came out to celebrate the holidays and raise money for those who have a hard time during the holiday season. Principal David Seinfeld said he first went to the PTSA five years

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Senior Tiffany Minors performed at the annual Calhoun Cares dinner.

ago, looking to organize an event with the administration, the teachers, and parents “The PTA helps out, a lot of parents volunteer. Parents primarily do the cooking and donate paper goods, drinks, cranberry sauce, and turkeys,” he said. With the past success of the event, locals stores and restaurants volunteered to help out this year to make it an even bigger success. “Our ovens can cook seven turkeys, but we usually need around 12. R.S. Jones cooks and donates two turkeys and a couple of other people do the rest of the cooking” said principal Seinfeld. While many of the parents and teachers give their time and talent to make side dishes, food isn’t the only thing that these giving adults put their effort into. Cathryn Brucculeri, the school’s social worker, organized all the raffles. A generous parent came into Mr. Seinfeld’s office and dropped

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Mr. Seinfeld said he wanted the school community to help those in need.

off four tickets to an Islanders’ game and Mr. Heide made two wooden snowmen. Mr. Seinfeld noted that “Every department in the building creates a raffle basket, we all chip in.” When Mr. Seinfeld first thought (see CAUSE on page 3)

Seniors cut out early by Tessa Patti Editor-in-Chief

Though seniors consider it a tradition, teachers and administrators are questioning the practice of “senior cut day.” Senior cut day has been considered a tradition or unspoken rule among students for years. In the past, seniors chose a day in the spring on which their absences would hopefully go unnoticed. However, this year students have already exercised this tradition,

putting senior cut day on the map in November. On November 1, 166 seniors were absent from school. What may not have been realized by most was the backlash of the decision. Most of the absences were called in and reported as sick days by parents, so the school could not take action treating the missed classes as cut classes. Even so, administration did not believe that a punishment would

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have solved any of the issues they believed to surround this decision. “I sent out an e-mail to all of the

But at what cost?

parents,” explained Principal David Seinfeld. “They understood where I, as well as the rest of the staff, stood on the matter. As a whole, the choices made were just (see SENIOR on page 12)

Do energy drinks deliver?

Seniors lead the way for girls’ bball

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Merrick’s got talent by Dana Reilly News Editor

Calhoun students showed some appreciation for their school during the annual talent show.

The talent show was run by SADD, Students against Destructive Decisions Club, along with some help from the Key Club. The two clubs came together to put on a great show and raise $2,000 for

(photo by Laura Mae Hozer)

Freshman Julian Eichholz and senior Sophia Eichholz perform at the talent show.

Wrestling with a dangerous foe by Jenna Weinstein Staff Writer

Recent outbreaks of an infection called MRSA have caused wrestling teams to step up their cleaning and safety procedures. Last April, Hauppauge High School’s wrestling program suffered its first case of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) in 32 years. Nick Mauriello, a junior, was diagnosed after claiming he had muscle pains. Shortly after, he was comatose and nearly killed from the infection. MRSA is a type of bacteria similar to staph, only it is harder to treat. These infectious germs affect the skin on almost any area of the body, causing an appearance of a boil or pimple, but if entered into a cut or wound, it can damage one’s heart, lungs, blood or even bones. Participating in contact sports, such as wrestling, is one of the easiest ways to spread the bacteria. The infection is also spread in contained spaces, such as locker rooms. The national news about MRSA spreading has brought awareness to Calhoun’s wrestling program. Eddie Lopez, a senior member of the wrestling team, knows how easily a wrestler can catch this infection; he and the team use the

best avoidable techniques. “Wrestling is a close contact sport and unfortunately getting MRSA is part of it,” explained Lopez. “I am cautious, especially in practice. I try to cover my body as much as I can and shower right after. Unfortunately, even this can’t stop me from getting MRSA. I have gotten ringworm before, but am lucky to have never encountered MRSA.” Experts believe that covering all cuts will not only help the wounds, but prevent any bacteria from getting into one’s system. Saul Lerner, the district’s director of health, PE, athletics, driver’s education and health, is confident that being on the wrestling team is not so dangerous. He and the coaches run a program they feel is successful because of the steps they take to educate the team. “We educate them on what the infection is, and the best ways to prevent it. They learn the importance of staying clean, and keeping all of the equipment clean as well. We set up policies for the boys and coaches to follow, so that they understand how much we emphasize being clean,” Mr. Lerner said. “In my 16 years of being involved with this program I have only seen one case. No one will get it this year. It is very unlikely with the way we run this team.”

Tyler Seaman Scholarship Fund, a foundation that is close to the heart of many students. Each of the 17 acts was unique and definitely filled with talent. There was a wide variety of acts, ranging from music to acting to dancing, each impressing the audience of students and parents. The event was hosted by three senior members of SADD, Jessica Ruggiero, Danielle Losee, and Carley Singer. The hosts kept the show interesting while the stage crew set up for each of the acts. They also showed their spirit during the “High School Musical” act, performed by teachers who volunteered for the show. During this act, the teachers were dancing to the theme song of “High School Musical.” Math teachers Mr. and Mrs. Haruthunian were Troy and Vanessa, and

the other teachers were the rest of the gang from “HSM.” Other acts included the musical performance of first place winners Noah Turner and Angelique D’Alessandro, both freshmen. Turner played the piano while D’Alessandro sang. Another great act was performed by senior Spenser Carrion, the second place winner, who sang and played the guitar. The third place winner was junior Lucas Truisi, another singer, whose act was not only entertaining but interactive with the crowd. Musical performances were not the only highlight of this event. SADD went on to introduce more talented students, such as Cara Leggio and Christine Vanella, who were dance partners in their act. Courtney Bieda and Breanne Pinto, another dance group, spiced up the talent show with a dance routine from “Burlesque.”

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Amanda Anzelone makes her sandwich as part of the peanut butter & jelly-a-thon.

Spreading jelly & joy by Samantha Sanky Staff Writer

The air was filled with the smell of peanut butter in the west cafeteria as honor society students were busy making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. “Not only do I have a wonderful time running it, but I also enjoy getting the students involved, as well,” said Mrs. Julie Rosslee, the adviser of honor society. Students had their peanut butter, jelly, and bread ready to start making the delicious sandwiches. The students were set up in groups of eight, each with a different job. They ran from table to table collecting the supplies they needed to finish their sandwiches. After they were made the sandwiches were wrapped in foil and placed gently in a box. The boxes of sandwiches will go to the Mercy Inn in Wyan-

danch. Mrs. Rosslee said the club has been doing this event for several years and encourages students to take time out of their after-school activities and help make food for people who need it the most. “Honor society is about helping others and bringing everyone together by doing so we are able to have a good time while making a difference,” said Kurt Brown, honor society’s president. By the end of the day when everyone was finished making and wrapping their sandwiches, the 87 students who participated in the event made a total of 349 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Not only were Calhoun’s students able to come together to have a good time, but they also made a difference by helping the less fortunate during this busy holiday season.


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by Jenna Rudolfsky Staff Writer

With families in need this holiday season, it was important to many staff members and students to help those around us. For Thanksgiving this year, Cathryn Brucculeri, social worker, and Head Custodian Lenny Heide



Calhoun’s got drive ran the annual food drive and said the event was a success. Food was collected in the main office for about a week and the food was distributed for all the

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Students enjoyed taking a break from classes to visit the tables at the Health Fair.

families that had requested it. leaves a rough estimate of 760,000 In total, Calhoun collected 850 people that go hungry every day. cans, which was about the same With this number of people in number they received last year. need being so high, it is important The number of cans was able to that action is taken to help all of help feed local families who were those who do not have the luxury going without food. of a Thanksgiving dinner on their These families all reside in the table. Calhoun community, in neighOrganizations on Long Island, boring towns or in Merrick. Any such as Long Island Cares and Isperson who went land Harvest, are to Calhoun was “We collected enough food to constantly trying eligible to receive feed all the families we had to make people food this holiday more aware of to feed in the community, how hunger has for themselves and their fami- plus more.” become a problies. The food was lem, and on what - Cathryn Brucculeri they can do to then delivered to Social Worker help. the families on the Wednesday For any stubefore Thanksgiving. dent that did not get involved this “We collected enough food to year, there are still ways a person feed all the families we had to feed can get involved this holiday seain the community, plus more,” son. Donating money, volunteerMrs. Brucculeri said. ing for the organization’s numerIn 2010, it was reported that one ous activities, and donating food, out of everyone 10 people fight the are all great ways to participate hunger battle on Long Island. As and give back. of 2010, Long Island has a popu“Thanksgiving is about giving lation of 7.6 million people. That back,” Mrs. Brucculeri said.

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of this event about five years ago, he believed having background music would make the charitable event even better. Many talented musicians came out this year to entertain the guests of the dinner. Some of the vocalists were seniors Michael Korins, Robbie Rosen, Sophie Mullens, Tiffany Minors, and Ian Stone. Two other performances from the night were “The Express Yourself Troupe,” and student magician Patrick Clare. “The Express Yourself Troupe” is a singing group showcasing the vocal talents of the special educa-

tion students and the drama students. Patrick Clare performed mind-blowing card tricks that stunned the audience. “I just couldn’t believe them. I was looking at his sleeve the entire time!” said sophomore Lauren Streznec. Patrick went around to each of the tables and made sure that he left the audience members wondering how he did each trick. The Calhoun Cares dinner really was an “All-Calhoun” event. Teachers, administration, and students came out to celebrate the holiday and show some spirit for their school.

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Seniors Sophie Mullens and Leanne Gallati put their Concert Choir skills to use.

Above, the “Express Yourself Troupe” performs for the crowd in attendance. Below, Ms. Nicole Hollings (right) serves food to students, teachers, and community members.



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Following in the path of an older sibling at Calhoun sophomore Caitlin Brievogel. When she started in 2011 people within the program did bring up Becoming a student at Calhoun her sister Amanda. Like Ariella, can be very daunting, especially Amanda was in the drama and when you have an older sibling choral programs. She was also who was known by almost every- known for her amazing talents one due to their success (or failure) with singing and acting. stories. “In drama Sophomore “On the first day of school, Amanda used to Farah Serur is a one of my teachers said that be brought up part of the drama and I was happy they expected a lot from me program, and in the fact that said she loves because of what my siblings people looked photography and accomplished.” up to my sister,” her talented sissaid Caitlin. - Matt Donnelly ter, who graduLike Farah, ated in 2010. Caitlin is not only “She is wonderful, she’s beauti- in the drama program. She is also ful, and she’s talented” said Farah, involved on the softball team. of her older sister, Ariella. In the drama program, though, Ariella was in the drama pro- she always makes sure that people gram, the choral program, and the know she isn’t “Amanda’s little sisshow choir. She was well known in ter.” the choral program for her amaz“I kind of go out of my way to ing voice and in the drama pro- be my own person, since last year gram for her acting talents. Farah, people realized we are nothing as her younger sister, knew all this, alike.” and embraced it with open arms. Some students have siblings “It comes with benefits,” Far- who excelled in both sports and ah said, “because all of the upper academics. Junior Matt Donnelly classmen knew her, so they also has two older siblings who left knew me too. We all became really their impressions on Calhoun. close, it’s just really great.” “My sister was 4th in her class, But Farah found her own place she also took advanced classes and to make an impression at Calhoun. excelled in all of them. My brother She is in the art program and has was also very intelligent. Both of the ability to draw and paint mar- them left an impression on Calvelous works. houn athletics, as well,” Matt said. “I got more involved in the art Matt’s sister was recruited to programs, and that’s where I found play Division I at Colgate Univermy place more.” sity, after winning the Calhoun laAnother student whose sister crosse MVP award her sophomore, was also in the drama program is junior, and senior year. She also by Dana Reilly News Editor


was the Calhoun senior female athlete of the year in 2003, excelling at both soccer and basketball. His brother played lacrosse at the Division III at SUNY Geneseo. In 2005 at Calhoun, he won the lacrosse team “most dedicated player award.” Matt is proud of his siblings, but he mentioned that “Occasionally it can get to be overwhelming.” His siblings graduated about 10 years ago, so many of their teachers are gone, but teachers still compare him to them. “On the first day of school this year, one of my teach-

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ers said that they expect a lot from me because of what my siblings accomplished and because they were successful in that class.” Matt did say that there are also benefits with having older siblings. “At the same time, I enjoy pushing myself to be like my siblings and emulate them because they were so successful and I look up to both of them.” Having a sibling who left an impression has benefits. It may be overwhelming, but these students will always be proud of their siblings and their accomplishments.

(photo provided by Farah Serur)

Sophomore Farah Serur (right) said her sister Ariella helped paved the way for her.


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Coming home tography. Many of the teachers agreed that students’ increased technolTeenagers are often told by ogy use has improved the school. adults, “I’ve been in your shoes.” Guidance counselor Mr. Ricky But as a high school student, it is Posner, a 1999 graduate, believes difficult to imagine adults at your the easy access and rapid flow of age, facing the same problems you information throughout the buildexperience daily. ing due to technology has defiHowever, if you are told this nitely changed the atmosphere of by a teacher, don’t immediately Calhoun. roll your eyes; there over a dozen “We only had AOL instant mesteachers that proudly call them- senger. There was no Twitter, no selves Calhoun alumni and truly Facebook, and no one had smart have walked in your shoes. phones,” he said. After talking with several of In regard to the building itthose teachers, it’s clear that as self, the most prominent changes the years pass, several aspects occurred to the B wing over the of the Calhoun community have years. The hallway that is now changed. Today’s teachers are a lot home to Senior Experience, Virtual younger and more vibrant than the Enterprise and art classes used to teachers of yesteryear. Most of the be filled with students in BOCES time teachers lectured, students programs taking woodworking took notes, and and automotive “I know what it’s like to the classroom classes. grow up in this town, and it had a very seriMr. Elias deous atmosphere. is hard to imagine teaching scribed the B Mrs. Dawn anywhere else.” Wing as a place - Jay Kreutzberger where “Blue colBoland, a class Social Studies teacher lar kids could go of 1997 graduate, described the latinto blue collar ter by saying, “I used to get talked careers. They would build a one at. Most teachers sat behind their room house every year outside the desks and seemed unapproach- B Wing doors.” able. It isn’t like that anymore.” Other than that, the building Calhoun offers students more has kept a relatively similar floor academic opportunities now than plan. Class of ‘97 graduate and in the past. Mr. Jason Elias, who Social Studies teacher Ms. Jennigraduated in 1991, recalled that fer Hahn noted that, “There is still there were minimal Advanced no turf field and the field still falls Placement classes available to stu- apart every spring.” dents, usually only one or two APs “Kids still walk to the pizza available for a student to take in place during lunch. Not much each grade. has changed, we just had cheesier Now students have the option clothes,” joked Mr. Elias. of more than 15 AP classes, rangThe stereotypical groups and ing anywhere from physics to pho- factions are still a prevalent part of

Many teachers are Calhoun grads

by Jaime Berghorn Staff Writer

(photo provided by Mr. Pappas)

Mr. Pappas was taught by a teacher still working at Calhoun, Mrs. Lascarides.

(photo provided by Mr. Posner)

Mr. Posner, center with two fellow graduates, said technology was different in his era.

the Calhoun society. “Cliques are still the same,” explained Mr. Nick Pappas, a 1998 grad. “You have the jock crew, the drama kids and the smart kids. They are just as present as ever, and I don’t know if that will ever change.” He noticed that bullying was more visible when he was in school, and that due to technology, it has shifted onto a cyber scale, rather than verbally. When Mr. Pappas came back to work in Merrick, he had a mission to end bullying and victimization in Calhoun. He noted, “I knew it existed then and it exists now. I feel like it was meant for me to return and preach against it.” Mrs. Julianna LaLuna, who graduated only seven years ago in 2004, explained that over a short period of time, things have already begun to change. “Calhoun has become more diverse and accepting and definitely more embracing of that diversity,” Mrs. LaLuna said. Mr. Jay Kreutzberger, who graduated in 1993, expressed his awe at how positions and roles in a high school setting are always assumed, adding that, “I see a lot of students that remind me of my friends or someone from my grade. We had our superlatives and our class clown too. There are always individuals who fill those categories.” Surprisingly, most of the teachers noted that they never imagined themselves working here when they were students. In fact, most of them were not even sure they wanted to be teachers. Several described landing their

jobs as a complete coincidence. However, they were all happy to come back to Calhoun and teach because it would allow them to work with the people that inspired them in their teenage years. Mr. Elias and Mrs. LaLuna both believe that the teachers they had in the subjects they teach inspired them to want to become teachers. “I always hoped to come back to Calhoun,” Mr. Posner added. “I just never thought it would happen.” For each of these alumni, coming back to teach at their school was an added bonus. They mentioned feeling lucky to have the job that they do, and excited to come back home and teach at Calhoun.

(photo provided by Ms. Hahn)

Ms. Hahn and Mrs. Boland, seen here as senior teammates on the soccer team.



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Sweet tweets by Kelly Gallo Staff Writer

Twitter has taken social networking sites by storm. It has proven itself as not only a place to socially interact with friends, but also to interact with people from across the world. Twitter has also become a great source of news, history, and comic relief. Here are 10 of the best Twitter accounts to follow: @HuffingtonPost - The Huffington Post provides updates of current events happening in the country. Most often their tweets provide a brief headline and a link,

Top Twitters to follow in which more information is attached. The headlines vary from politics to scientific discoveries to breaking news stories of any kind. @FirstWorldPains - First World Pains is an account that gives way to comic relief throughout the most stressful of days. Poking fun at the privileges the people of first world countries have and the problems they think actually mean something. FirstWorldPains tweets things like, “I don’t get the new iPhone until a month after it came out.” While often making a mock-

Some of Twitter’s finest tweets @FirstWorldPains I bought an iPad App for my cat to play with, but he didn’t like it. #firstworldpains

@omgthatspunny He had a photographic memory that was never developed. #punny

@90sgirlproblem I wish I knew what slime tasted like. #nickelodeon #90sgirlproblems

@GreatestQuotes “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” - Jimi Hendrix. #greatestquotes

@516GirlProblems No, I will not say coffee, dog, or water for you. Oh ma gawd can you like stahpp I down’t tawk funny. Wait... #516girlproblems

@HoofbeatsPaper Read the online edition at #hoofbeats

ery out of the privileges countries like the United States have. Their tweets help keep things in perspective. @516GirlProblems - 516 Girl Problems tweets about problems that girls from Nassau County often find themselves complaining about, or what other people often find girls from the 516 area complaining about. Tweets often include “Breaking a $20 at the LIRR ticket booth. Seriously, where do you do you expect me to use these coins?” 516 Girl Problems uses common trends in fashion, books, television shows, stores, etc. to represent a large amount of the similarities the girls of towns of Nassau County share. @ProFootballTalk - This account updates any follower on the scores, stats, and important facts about all NFL teams and players.. Tweets include information about injuries, signings, and rumors and updates followers on all the breaking news and important details from each game. They even include links to interviews of players and coaches. @90sGirlProblem - 90s Girl Problem tweets from the perspective of a girl living in the ‘90s. The tweets often provide a blast from the past moment of topics that were huge in the ‘90s, but often forgotten about today. It pokes fun at the various fads, trends, and pop culture aspects of the decade. For example, the biography of the user reads, “Things we LOVE: Scrunchies, AIM, ‘Saved by the Bell,’ VHS movies, and the boys on Dream Phone. Call us on our landline!” Joking about the technology of the ‘90s, 90sgirlproblem leaves the reader laughing about something they most probably haven’t thought about since 1997. @GreatestQuotes - Greatest

quotes is an account that tweets various people from the entertainment world, politicians, religious leaders and more. These quotes often put life in perspective and provide a bit of encouragement on a lousy day. Quoting people from Bono to Confucius, Greatestquotes simply tweets quotes, yet often leaves its followers inspired. @ZodiacFacts - Zodiac Facts tweets characteristics of all the zodiac signs. This account allows followers to relate to their sign and compare themselves to the characteristics of other signs. Zodiacfacts also tweets the compatibility between two signs, or the lack their of. It’s great for the follower that loves to compare their traits to the time of their birth. @Omgthatspunny - Omgthatspunny is an account that tweets puns of all sorts. The puns tweeted often spark creativity in the follower to try and create their own. It also presents the follower with a chance to chuckle each time they read one of the puns. For example, “Sleep comes so naturally to me, I could do it with my eyes closed.” @EpicTweets - Epic tweets is an account that tweets statements that followers find themselves saying “that is so true.” Epic tweets tweets random quotes and statements that relate to all generations. It retweets or takes the tweets from other accounts and tweets it to their followers from many different accounts. @Hoofbeatspaper - Following the lead of newspapers worldwide, Hoofbeats is finally on Twitter. This is a great way to stay in touch or contact the staff, especially after graduating. You can answer questions, keep up to date, and read the paper online and from the comfort of your own phone or computer.


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Compact catastrophe Streaming in a new era by Gabby Simonson Staff Writer

Next time you reach for an iTunes gift card, you might want to swap it out for that deluxe edition CD, because this could be your last chance to physically own it. Major labels such as EMI, Sony, and Universal plan to

abandon the CD format by the end of 2012 or earlier to replace them with digital downloads. Amazon will be one of the only carriers of limited edition CDs that will not be available for every artist. In a way it makes sense. In addition to listening to music on your computer, Apple’s iPod and other mp3 players have become the most widely recognized ways to listen to music, slowly pushing the CD player out of view. Even for some cars there are plugs to play your mp3 player out of the stereo that are separate from the CD player. It is also helpful financially to the labels themselves. CDs cost money to produce and distribute to stores. Not to mention, labels also have to pay the distributors when they return CDs that have not been sold. By switching to the streaming format, all labels have to worry about the marketing and release. While things are looking up for the labels, the chances of success for stores that only sell distributed CDs are looking grim. The few

limited edition vinyl and CDs for select artists are not going to be enough for stores to stay in business, only adding to the unemployment rate we are still struggling to overcome. We have already seen stores like Tower Records go out of business because the market does not call for records and CDs the way it did even 10 years ago. Another casualty of the end of CDs is the artist. If too few people buy music online, this also ends up hurting the artist. Instead of whole albums or CDs, many listeners buy songs one at a time. According to the numbers found on, it would appear that on average an artist makes $0.108 for every $1.29 song

after the label rakes in most of what is made. Depending on how popular an artist is will be how much the label will put into their touring and fame, smaller and independent artists will have a much tougher time rising to the top. It is all a matter of progression in history; we’ve moved forward from record players, cassettes, and now the CD is next to go. This leaves many people wondering what will come next, and will there be a new music king to overthrow iTunes’s grand throne, or will there be a resurgence of nostalgic buyers, leaving the CD to live another day.

300 days in America by Laura Mae Hozer Staff Writer

You know the awkward moment when you are the new person in a new environment, when everybody is looking at you, but you don’t have any clue what the person in front of you is talking about? I do. Are you the new girl? Yes I am. Are you really French? Yes I am. Did you, like, move here? Nope, I’m an exchange student for a year. You have a silly accent! Yes…I know! I used to be introduced as,“Hi! I’m Laura Mae, what’s up?” or “This is my friend Laura Mae.” But forget that, that was in France. Here in America it’s more like, “Hi, I’m Laura Mae and before you notice my accent, I’m French” or “Hey, this is my friend Laura Mae, she’s French!” My nationality has become the main adjective to describe myself. I

know that few of you could laugh at my accent or my grammar mistakes, but ask yourself if you’d be able to talk at least one day in another language instead. You Americans are awesome. I love your country, your life, your architecture, your malls, your high school, even your food. I love how in the morning you reply, “I’m tired” every single time that someone dares to ask “How are you?” I love how all of you make me feel about myself. Someone asked me why I love America, and my answer was easy to give. Stop me if I’m wrong, but when you wake up in the morning, for you it’s just the beginning of another regular day, isn’t it? Not for me. I feel every single morning like I have to enjoy that day more than yesterday because there is a countdown in my head which tells me I’m going to live my dream for 300 days, no more. I’ve got the pleasure to already

meet, during these last 80 days, a bunch of amazing people who have changed my life forever. I don’t even know if they know it, but I should thank them. I discovered another culture, and how awesome is that? They changed my point of view and my goals. I do want to change. In France, I started school at 8:30 a.m. and finished at 5:30 p.m. One period is around one hour (you get bored easily!) and unfortunately, we don’t have any art subjects. We don’t have clubs or sports team after school. Why? Because of a whole bunch of homework we have to do at night. I wasn’t a bad student in France but I really had to work very hard and push myself, unlike here, to get fair grades. To give you an example, my math class (I hated math) was my worst average in France: I got a 50 and here it looks more like an 86 (thanks Mr. H.). That’s also one of the reasons I

Laura Mae will be spending 300 days in the United States.

have this little cheeky smile in the morning when I hear ”I’m tired.” I don’t know who are you, but if you’re reading this in the paper, and if you see me in the hall or outside of school, I would enjoy talking to you.



What to do in Merrick by Nicole Witte Contributing Writer

What to do in eye opening, heart stopping exciting Merrick? Basically, nothing. But you might be surprised to know that there are at least 10 ideas. Eat - Merrick has so many places to go to. There’s your typical fast food on Merrick Road, and about a million pizza places on Merrick Ave. like Galleria, Milos, Pizzelli’s Via Roma, La Piazza, Roma, Joey’s, and a bunch of smaller brick oven pizza places as well. Frozen yogurt is starting to become a hit with Robeks, Moolala or Red Mango. Specialty sandwiches could be found at Crave, My Hero or any of the small personally owned delis like Smith Street or Boswell’s. There’s a few nice restaurants you could go to like Brooks & Porter, Michael Anthony’s or La Strada. Get fit - With all the places to eat in Merrick, you want to do your best to stay in shape, so the gym might be a smart decision. Synergy just opened last year on Merrick Ave. directly across from Chatterton Elementary School. Synergy is a huge, clean gym and provides classes such as kickboxing and spin. So many students go to Synergy to prepare for

sports seasons that going alone is never really a problem. Merrick Cinemas - The movies are a great place to spend a rainy afternoon, have an awkward first date, or have a fun family night. Merrick Cinemas offers many special prices such as “Ladies Night” or “Wacky Wednesday.” The movie theater is right by the train station on Merrick Ave., so after the movie there’s plenty of things you can do. Sports & clubs - Dance, karate, cooking, soccer, lax, and so much more is offered to kids of all ages and for an affordable price. All these activities make it so much easier to make friends and find people who share the same interests as you.

Skills are picked up and you could really find out what your hobbies are starting at a young age. After your PAL days are over, you realize what sports or activities you really enjoyed and try to continue them in high school.


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Going to the movies is just one of the many things that Merrick has to offer.

Hair salons - Girls, it pays to be beautiful. Merrick has so many hair, facial, or nail salons scattered in North South and Central. Personally, I’ve been going to Unique Nails across from Boswell’s since forever. Harvey Allen on Merrick Road is probably one of the best chain salons in Merrick. Schedule a nice girls’ spa day out and pamper yourselves. Shopping - American Eagle, Village Street Wear, Gap, Inmotion, Max and Gino’s, Let’s Accessorize and many small boutiques are all stores that you could shop at. American Eagle has more than enough stuff for both guys and girls and is perfect for gifts cause a lot of people are familiar with the brand name. Village Street Wear is

(photo by Nicole Witte)

Merrick has dozens of eateries and restaurants, like Brooks & Porter. Gyms like Synergy (center) are great for teens to join.

not only known for their clothes, but a lot of girls have gotten piercings there. Let’s Accessorize has really nice bags and jewelry. Parks - Head down to Town Park on Merrick Ave. or over to Newbridge Park (even though it’s in Bellmore). Both parks are full of fun events and activities for all ages. Friday nights are open to everyone to go ice skating during fall and winter seasons at Newbridge. Coffee coffee coffee! Sixty percent of New Yorkers rely on coffee every single day to get through the day. Both of the Starbucks locations in Merrick get a lot of business and are great places to go and get a hot drink, and study, or meet up with friends. Dunkin Donuts is a lot cheaper though, and down the block. Most of the delis in Merrick can make a decent cup of coffee and 7-11 also is a quick stop for coffee. Libraries - Studying is a big part of being a teenager, but studying at home sometimes doesn’t work when you get distracted by your phone, family, and the other million distractions in your house. The Merrick Library across Sunrise is huge and has plenty of sections closed off for either personal or group study seshes. The North Merrick Library isn’t as big but has a large selection and gives you a quiet place to hit the books. The beach - If you’re like me, you’re obsessed with summer. Warm sand, tan lines, sunglasses, and, of course, the beach. Lucky for us, we’re surrounded by the ocean and the beach is only a 5 to 10 minute drive. There’s Jones, Point Lookout, Nickerson, Malibu and Lido. Lido’s mostly known for going surfing and for a much younger crowds, and Jones Beach has so many fields that anyone could enjoy them. There’s a bunch of private beaches on Long Island, as well.


December 2011



Bite, but no bark A true energy drink story by Leah Sobel Managing Editor

I’ll always remember my first time. It happened at the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2” midnight premiere. It was a moment I will never forget, and that’s because it was that warm Thursday night when I tried a 5- hour Energy drink. My first experience was tough. My heart was beating rapidly, and I felt nauseous and dizzy. I swore to myself that after that time, I would never drink an energy shot for as long as I shall live. That plan was enacted until senior year started, and college applications had to be done on top of an already rigorous course load. So I surreptitiously bought more energy drinks, since my mother believed that I would “become addicted and hurt myself” if she caught me. But I digress. I found that drinking a 5-hour Energy drink did not make me more alert. Rather, it made me shaky and anxious and it

worsened my productivity. Knowing this, I wondered why people still purchase and use these substances as if they actually work. I figured to get the whole story, I would need to taste other kinds of energy boosters. I tried Red Bull, probably the most popular drink of its kind, and was instantly disgusted and appalled by the strong, sugary stench of the brown-ish liquid. The tang made my lips curl up as if I were eating a sour Warhead and drinking it through eighth period was sickening. I could not even finish the whole eight ounce can. Red Bull claims that their drink “increases performance and increases concentration and reaction speed.” Though I didn’t feel much of a change in performance, my concentration did seem to be stimulated, which is a positive effect for a lazy senior like me. The next energy drink I tested was 5 -hour Energy Extra Strength,

Wrestlemania This year’s wrestling team is led by Eddie Lopez, (top right), Genard Rosemond (bottom right), and Jesse Picarello (bottom). The team hopes to improve on last year’s record and is shooting for the playoffs. See page 14 for more. - photos by Katie Hecker

a new, intense version of the famous energy shot. Unlike the more common red-bottled drink, this extreme edition promises a comparison to 12 ounces of coffee. To experience the full effect, I chugged down the berry-flavored drink and waited. But with this type, I felt the unnerving potency immediately. A jittery feeling started and my stomach rumbled in disagreement. Why do people drink this stuff ? Although it gives us that feeling of exhilaration, much of the energy drink business is purely psychological. 5-Hour Energy implies that you’ll get five full hours of energy, which I found to be completely untrue. The drink did not make me any less tired, as the recognized commercial declares it does, and only masked my fatigue for the time being. Still, the little to no calories may attract people to energy drinks to use them as a diet device. These drinks are also good for that temporary jolt of energy people so deeply crave. The FDA does strictly regulate these substances, 5-hour Energy states, so no serious effects have been found…yet. While I just cannot support the use of these boosters, I can sympa-

thize with those who must depend on them just to get through the day. If you’re not into nausea and dizziness, but still like the flavor of the drinks, both Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy have a decaf version.



December 2011


Report cards go unreported W

ith the go green movement in full swing, Calhoun has decided to jump on board by moving to online report cards. The Parent Portal has now replaced the old paper copies handed out at school and mailed home. At this portal, parents can access their account by creating a username and having the school verify their e-mail. Once the account is made, report cards and progress reports become available almost instantly. In the first marking quarter, the administration sent out an e-mail notifying parents that their kids’ evaluations would be available online on this day, at this time. If parents do not have a portal, their option is to have the report card mailed home as usual, but this must be requested. The biggest change is, of course, that report cards will not be handed out 9th period after each mark-

ing quarter. tronically. Some students have yet Not giving out report cards is to see their grades. Parents that where Calhoun believes they em- check their portal without consultbrace going green because a sig- ing their children read their grades nificantly large amount of report and presumably, moved on. They cards will not be mailed home may have told their kids that they with the introduction of the paper- got a 90 average, but failed to mention specific free portal. Staff Editorial grades and comThe portal, ments that indithough, comes with some problems. Parents are vidual class teachers gave them. expected to know how to work These details are important to their computers enough to receive students. The portal, while giving the e-mail, sign up for the account, parents an opportunity to access and access it on the eight or so grades easily, takes away from a specific days throughout the year. student’s ability, which is arguably This shouldn’t be too hard, right? more important. A major reason for Calhoun For some parents, though, using 21st century technology can be a giving two paper report cards in daunting task. Figuring out how the past - one handed to students, to open up the perforated edges one by mail - was so administraof the paper report card was defi- tion could make sure that parents were seeing their kids’ grades and nitely much less of a hassle. Other issues have arisen with that students weren’t hiding them the Parent Portal now that the first when they got home. We all know report cards have been sent elec- the simple way around this was to

just throw out the first copy and beat your parents to the mailbox a day later. Regardless, the portal almost makes it easier to hide grades from parents. Plenty of parents didn’t make an account, so when the first marking quarter ended, students simply made the account for their parents and checked their grades without mention to their parents of what they have done. The portal has its problems, but maybe it isn’t so bad. Parents can still request a paper report card be sent home and if students didn’t see their grades, they can walk into guidance and ask for a copy to be printed. With 1,400 students and two copies per kid, it was a lot of paper used up for report cards and progress reports. Maybe the portal is propelling us into a paper-less school. For now, though, the portal needs adjustments to make it function the way paper report cards used to. what? by Jenna Weinstein Staff Writer

Recognized by Columbia University, ASPA, NYPA, LIPA, and Newsday for journalistic excellence Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor News Editor Faculty Adviser

Tessa Patti Leah Sobel Dana Reilly Jason Boland

Staff Members: Jaime Berghorn, David Braunstein, Asia Brown, Julie Ciccone, Kat Donnelly, Tatianna Flores, Hollie Foster, Kelly Gallo, Maddy Gottlieb, Sarah Greco, Katie Hecker, Laura Mae Hozer, Arooj Iqbal, Aleyra Linares, Shannon Matzen, Ashley McGetrick, Robbie Mutarelli, Jenna Rudolfsky, Vincent Ruvolo, Rachel Safford, Samantha Sanky, Gabby Simonson, Amrita Singh, Rebecca Spina, Rachel Tyson, Jenna Weinstein, Jocelyn Yu

Hoofbeats Sanford H. Calhoun High School 1786 State Street Merrick, NY 11566 (516) 992-1300 e-mail: Volume 54 No. 2

December 2011

Hoofbeats is the official student newspaper of Calhoun High School. Hoofbeats serves to inform its readers of news and events, and as a forum for the students of Calhoun to express their ideas and opinions. Hoofbeats accepts letters to the editor, but reserves the right to edit or refuse the publication of submissions. Letters should be sent to the school or placed in the Hoofbeats mailbox. All letters must be signed and include a contact number for the writer. Some visual material courtesy of the American Society of News Editors High School Newspaper Service. The paper also accepts advertisements for a fee, but reserves the right to refuse advertisements for any or no reason. The views expressed in Hoofbeats do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the administrators, teachers, editors, or faculty adviser.

The reason high school students try to keep their grades up is to get into the best college possible. So once you get into a great university, how prepared are you? Calhoun, as we know, has great teachers. Teachers that are willing to help, and strive for their students to do the best work. Most teachers stay until at least 2:45 p.m. three days a week to provide extra help, offer extra credit assignments, and some even let students hand in assignments late. Although it doesn’t seem like it at times, Calhoun basically spoils us. However, college is a bit different. In speaking with three Calhoun graduates, Mitch Fox (Class of ‘08, currently at Adelphi University), Krista Paolucci (Class of ‘11, now at Towson University) and my sister, Lindsey Weinstein (Class of ‘08, now at Towson University), there are many obvious differences between college and high school. If a student misses a class without a doctor’s note or an e-mail providing an excuse, professors aren’t as welcoming as our school and teachers. And forget about extra credit; all three of the graduates said they never got the chance to have test corrections or extra credit in any of their college courses. “I felt over overwhelmed with the work I got in college. It is a lot of work at once, and there is so much

outside reading and research you have to do,” Paolucci said. I learned from all of them that when they read books for their classes, they don’t get reading quizzes that can be answered by just reading Spark Notes. They have to read it thoroughly and usually write a paper on it. In all honesty, I may have written three papers in my 12 years of learning. The best advice Fox mentioned is to stay as organized as possible. He also threw in some advice for current seniors choosing which school to go attend “Narrow your college search to things you want in a school. If your dream school doesn’t have your program, sorry, pick another. Also, don’t pick a school because your friends or boyfriend or girlfriend is going there, and don’t be afraid to stay home for school.” All three of them didn’t fail to mention the number one difference of high school and college that haunts many students: independence. “College gives students more responsibilities and requires students to come to class with professional behavior,” Weinstein said. “A lot of professors have other jobs besides teaching so they do not have time for students’ excuses and laziness. A teacher’s office hours may be once a week. If you need to see or speak to a teacher anytime other than that day, you may have to contact them by e-mail, which may become frustrating.”


December 2011



Try occupying new ideas by Sarah Steil Staff Writer

Having money was never something I was able to accurately conceptualize, because I never had much of it. Having $20 in my pocket could provide for anything I could ever want, though I would always frit it away within a day. So a social war, one that involves millions of dollars, billions even, is never something I’m going to have a good understanding of or even a slightly colored-in picture of. Everything is in black-and-white. And perhaps what astounds me about this is that there are people with money dripping off their walls and leaking from every pipe and pixel in their 80-inch television sets. And because of these meaningless slivers of paper which dictate every single American’s life, this one easily destroyed mark of some sort of value, I will never be able to think the way “these” people do. And so the majority of the oppressed will raise their voices high and scream and preach and demand what they’ve been starved, with indignation diluting their blood, and no matter what they say or do, they will never be understood by those “fat cats” in their suits of green and their condescending sneers. I’m not saying I take a passive, Daoism-influenced route with Occupy Wall Street, it just scares me how easily demeaned and corrupted wealth makes people. We are so divided by our united faith in money. Of course, there are a number of listed grievances that broil the 99 percent’s blood, but they do all stem from corruption due to pow-

(photos by Gabby York)

The protesters for the OWS movement stayed in Zuccotti Park in Manhattan day and night and even created a library (bottom right).

er and wealth. And I wholeheartedly support and understand their resentment, but unfortunately, I do not agree with how these riots have evolved. Originally, the riots on Wall Street were a polite but adamant opposition to the corruption tearing out the eyes of every politician and banker and back-handed associate, a respectable image of nonviolent disobedience. Though sneered at, they included notable and commendable human beings who refused to accept all of the intolerable and disgusting actions of big businesses and the government’s careless dispensing of money. And I was nothing less than infuriated at the vicious and unexplainable actions of the

police, who so thoughtlessly used violence against these protestors. But what seems to have begun with honest and good-hearted intentions has been crumbling by divided grievances and questionable actions. For example, the protestors aimed to block subways throughout New York City. The protestors’ actions are frustrating at best, because at most, this merely ruffles the feathers of those going to work, not some hot-shot CEO. The crime occurring where people have been camping (ex: theft, rape) is also unbelievable, because it merely reflects poorly on the movement as a whole. I stand behind what the protests once stood for. But what they’ve

been degraded to is a different story. And I do understand the difficulty of taking action, but it seems many have joined in to riot just for the sake of rioting, and their causes have been muddled. However, luckily, I do believe that once a fire has started it is extremely difficult to snuff it out. And even if the protests falter in their attempts or don’t always succeed, I think an idea has been instilled and inspiration has sparked within many. I do not think you can take away what’s been started, or that anyone can change the protestors’ minds. People know of the blatant corruption yellowing the teeth of our government, and I don’t think you can take that awareness away.



Senior cut day (continued from page 1)

unacceptable.” Mr. Seinfeld said one of his main concerns was how this idea was circulated so effectively. Social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have been used around the world to start a movement among people. While administration is not sure where the idea rooted, it was inferred that social networking was an instrument in the communication across the grade. “It hindered teachers from getting their jobs done and from providing quality instruction to their classes in light of so many absences,” said Assistant Principal Nicole Hollings. “As such, it could be perceived by some as disrespectful.” Some believe “Senior Cut Day” has been a privilege in schools around the country for years. At Calhoun, it dates backs more than two decades. In the long run, seniors believe their actions will have no consequence or repercussions in the future. “I don’t think missing one day is going to make a difference at all,” said senior Kenny D’Auria. “You can make up a day’s work in a couple hours No harm done at all.” What may have seemed like a case of make-up work was not seen the same way among the administration. “As a high school, we work hard to make sure we uphold standards and expectations outside senior expectations,” said Mr. Seinfeld. He added that this privilege is something that has always happened at the end of year, when AP tests are over, final papers are written, and college decisions have been made. According to Mr. Seinfeld, “accessing this right in the first marking quarter dilutes the traditional aspect.” Administration believes that this action directly affects the entire student population, especially the underclassmen who may now believe that this is acceptable behavior. “I’m ok with a senior cut day,” Mr. Seinfeld added. “Days, though, is taking advantage of what is thought to be the right of being a senior.” On November 1, 202 out of 368 were seniors in school. Though regular attendance resumed the next day and has since, the question remains how this one day will affect the senior cuts day in the spring or next fall.

December 2011


No tech for a week

tion, I took out the old, dusty dictionary. By the end of the week, my hand was cramping because I have I am dying inside. For one week not been able to type up my homemy cell phone was not turned on, work, either. I had to talk to people my television was not watched, on the phone – with a landline. and my computer was not used. To add to this horribleness, I After a conversation with had to spend my free time doing friends, I challenged myself to go other things besides talking to my one week without any technology. friends and watching TV. I had to My results were quite surprising. actually socialize with my family! I I couldn’t go on Facebook, Twitter, played a board game; yes, a legitior Google. When I needed a defini- mate board game with worn out pieces and dusty dice instead of a game on my iPad. This was the slowest week of my life, but I learned a lot doing this social experiment: we depend way too much on technology. Normally, any little fact I wanted to know I could just look up on the Internet and find in seconds. Any time (photo by David Braunstein) I needed to contact Many students have never even used a rotary phone like this. my friends I could by David Braunstein Staff Writer

text them, talk through Facebook, or e-mail. But not this week. A few interesting things did happen related to me not using technology. First, my family got lost on a trip to our cousin’s house. They were depending on me to bring my phone and use its GPS, but, of course, I did not have it on me. Though we ultimately got there late, I realized that I’m not the only one who relies on technology so heavily. I usually wait until the last day to do homework. Without the distractions of technology, I did a little bit of a project every day until I finished. I also got more sleep since Facebook and YouTube were not eating up my time. This experience showed me that technology both helps and hurts us. Being able to contact people instantly and access information within seconds is important for school and keeping up with friends, but I also had a chance to hang out more with my family and take more walks with my dog. However, I can’t wait to get back onto the computer and play some Angry Birds on my cell phone!

Time for us to clean up by Maddy Gottlieb Staff Writer

Whether students are bickering about serious or frivolous matters, people will say just about anything to seriously scar another person. Why do people find it socially acceptable to call their friends, or enemies, such awful things? It’s come down to the point where people call each other these names in jest, but is it really ever funny? One of the words that I find to be most thrown around is the “b word.” Why is it that people, especially girls, feel the need to completely destroy each other? Doing everything in your power to hurt another person is completely barbaric, yet I’m positive that all students have felt like they were the victims of that kind of aggression at some point in their lives. There will always be name calling, and although none are intended to be nice there are definitely certain names that are better to be called than others. Too often are terms for women being tossed around casually, most of them with a theme of promiscuity. I’m sure you can fill in the blanks with the terms I’m talking about, but all of this needs to come to an end. I’ve found that more than ever,

there has been a double standard created by society concerning cursing that has integrated into our school. An example of this type of double standard would be something as common as this: Someone of the Jewish faith calls another Jewish person cheap. No harm done. But if someone who is not Jewish calls a Jew cheap, they are forever labeled as anti-Semitic. Or perhaps an African American student calls another the “nword.” Due to its excessive use in the media and in music, this outrageously offensive word is often perceived as being fine when said

by someone of African American descent. But if a Caucasian student says it, that person is completely out of line and branded as racist. These are just two of the many examples of this double standard. Why is that fair? If no one spoke in such offensive profanity in the first place, this problem wouldn’t exist. Though some may find cursing necessary in their dialect, the important thing is to think before you speak. You never know how what you say will affect another’s feelings, whether you find it hilarious or not, or how it makes you look as a person.

(photo by Maddy Gottlieb)

Offensive words should be erased from every student’s vocabulary.


December 2011


Letters to the editor... To the Editor, Regarding the article “That Awkward Moment” [Colture, October 2011], I can honestly say the show being represented, “Awkward,” is anything but “realistic.” It’s just as vapid and hypocritical, as, say, the famed “Jersey Shore.” What irks me so deeply about such shows as “Awkward” is the poorly designed and thought-out

characters. In the show, there are the “good people” and the “bad people.” In this case, Jenna Hamilton, the main character, is portrayed as the only sane character, the enlightened one who scorns the foolish people in her life (which include everyone else). Her mom is a spacey and careless dunce; her friends are stereotypical and loudmouthed; she needs to guide her

13 own loopy guidance counselor; and, of course, all of the cheerleaders are mean and stiff and talk animatedly about being dumb. The show represents (or at least makes an attempt to represent) what people deem real teen-dom to be: being the ‘awkward’ one in the crowd. Everyone can attest to being Jenna Hamilton. However, the stereotypical and simpleminded supporting cast is nothing more than filler. In reality, such cliché stereotypes don’t ex-

(photo courtesy of MTV)

Several readers acknowledged the reality of MTV’s “Awkward,” while others classified it as the average teen TV show.

To the Editor, to understand exactly what hapAfter reading about the success pened inside the gym for six hours of Challenge Day, and hearing the on three different days because I buzz around the school of how did not participate. The only infortouching this program was, I am mation I can get from sophomore bothered by the fact that not every friends around the school is that student in the school was able to all they did was tell touching stoparticipate [News, “Up to the chal- ries of things people did not know lenge,” October 2011]. about them, and that every particiWhy was this assembly for only pant that day was treated the same. one fourth of the school popula- But in order for myself to actually tion and not every student in the feel the same way as they did and building? What makes the sopho- talk to others about my feelings, I more class more deserving of this must experience Challenge Day day than the juniors or freshman? and live it. In order for Challenge Day to be As juniors, we have experienced 100 percent efhigh school for fective and for “Why was the assembly for two years and Calhoun to gain only one fourth of the school have a good unas much positiv- population and not every derstanding of ity out of this as the environment. student in the building?” possible, the proWe have gone gram needs to be through ups shared with all and downs with grade levels in the school, not just friends and family. We have secrets one or two! that aren’t meant to be told and I understand the tremendous keep them hidden inside because cost of getting Challenge Day for we cannot speak out about them three days, but even if we had publicly with confidence. We even our own event that mocks the real store deep down life lessons which Challenge Day for less money, and should be shared to help others imall grade levels were included, prove their way of living. Now we I think the whole school would have to possibly wait until senior have a better understanding of year, and by then, it could be too life and what we must do to make late for some to express our feeleach other better. It’s hard for me ings, because there are many who

ist, and it’s selfish to think that we are all Jenna Hamilton – the sane and enabled main character – in a sea of incompetence and stupid people. However, “Awkward” does succeed somewhat in the area of entertainment. It would be foolish to view it as an accurate representation of anything other than just a diluted and contrived show for teenagers. And while the artificially of the show is irritating at best, the overly idiotic and pugnacious characters make it a good, mindnumbing artificiality. And in times where the “Jersey Shore” stars earn more than double the salary of the president, it’s obvious that mind-numbing shows sell, and sell well. I don’t condemn Awkward as complete trash; though I don’t believe it’s anything more than just an average, mediocre show designed for teens. And while it is definitely not as bad as some of the other shows on TV, it’s not fair to hold it to a higher standard and say that it’s accurate and truthful. It’s mindless and entertaining, and well, that’s TV for you. MTV hasn’t broken their cycle, and it’s extremely and shamefully prominent in “Awkward.” The show is exactly what it’s been made to be: entertaining, but little more. - Sarah Steil, Class of ‘13

Fresh Take

by Andrew Boyd

need to open up and feel wanted by their peers now. Give the chance to every student at the same time, so at least everyone will have had an opportunity to feel appreciated by others for one day, and not be upset hearing about what went on from others because one group experienced it and another didn’t. My last point has to do with the closing sentence from the editorial you wrote, “Where do we go from here?” The school’s answer to this was reserving a school day for Awareness Day, which we had in October. I will admit that this did

make the school feel the same way as those who participated in Challenge Day in that it made people think more about their surroundings and peers. But did it have the same appeal as Challenge Day? Absolutely not! Facts and videos do not have the same emotional appeal as experiencing the day yourself and seeing others cry with sorrow or joy. You need to live it in order to feel it, and Challenge Day must be brought to all grades, not just one select group. - Matthew Pilotti, Class of ‘13



December 2011


Dedication is key for wrestlers (photo by Katie Hecker)

Senior Eddie Lopez, who started the season with a 2-1 record, said he runs three miles before and after each practice to stay in shape.

by Erika McLeod Staff Writer

Calhoun’s wrestling team has started their season off strong with high hopes of adding to their collection of county titles and championships. After graduating key seniors and getting used to new coaches, the team has new, promising athletes who are looking forward to stepping it up and pulling out big wins. Senior leaders Jesse Picarello and Eddie Lopez plan to lead their team to victory. Dedication and commitment are the keys for Calhoun’s leading wrestlers, especially Lopez. Before and after practice, Lopez runs three miles, diets strictly, and stays focused. Lopez explained that working extremely hard before and after practice will be the ultimate key to his promising success. “Wrestling in the 138 weight division takes on a brutal toll physically and mentally,” Lopez said.

Every wrestler has sacrifices they make in order to maintain and achieve goals. There are crucial workouts and runs, and a few wrestlers even had to give up food on Thanksgiving and other days just to meet their weight class. After ending their season last year with a record of 20-20, Lopez’s goal is to make not only himself, but also the team stronger. So far, Lopez has started the season off strong with a 2-1 record. Wrestling in the 160 weight division, Picarello finds it challenging, yet rewarding to meet his requirements. “I must work hard, run after practice, and continue lifting as much as I can in order to reach my goals,” Picarello said. “Wrestling throughout my four years of high school has shaped me as a person and as a student, and I have learned to be more responsible.” After going (2-2) at the Hank Paris Tournament Picarillo said, “I am very focused and will work hard

toward winning all my matches at the Spring Gardner Tournament. Basically, I am looking forward to the rest of this season my senior year.” Now his fourth year on the team, Picarello takes it upon himself to fulfil the leadership role. “The team is very young, and they are filled with many promising wrestlers for next upcoming years. The team’s juniors, Austin Hecker, Genard Rosemond, Joe

Mark Antonio, and sophomores Dylan Goldstein, Willy Jutt, and Chris Johnson will be the future team that will carry out the reputation of Calhoun wrestling,” Picarello explained. There are more competitions and tournaments coming up this season, but not without many long hours of gruesome practices, hard workouts and intense dieting if the wrestling team hopes to end their season as county champions.

(photo by Katie Hecker)

Senior Jesse Picarello said being on the team helped him become more responsible.

(photo by Katie Hecker)

Genard Rosemond came out on top in a recent wrestling tournament.


December 2011



Seniors lead Girls’ bball by Rachel Tyson & Kat Donnelly With a lineup of 10 returning players, the girls’ basketball team is sure to use its experience and leadership to come out on top. The Lady Colts are confident that their abundance of leadership and talent will guide them this season. Of its seven seniors, most

(photo by Kat Donnelly)

Senior Carley Singer

have been part of the varsity team for three or four years. Seniors Jess Parascondola and Talia Charidah hope they and their fellow seniors will lead by example. “There’s a total of eight seniors on the team,” Parascondola said, “and I think we should lead the team, and work together as a whole, both at practice and at games.” Similarly, senior Danielle Losee, a varsity player of four years added, “With so many seniors, we really help mold the younger kids for what they need when we graduate.” While the team did lose two key players, they are looking forward to showing teams what they are made of with a new offense, while maintaining a strong defense. “Our defense as a team is great. Our coach stresses that taking charges in a game can change its entire momentum. And as far as offense we’re a run and gun team and that’s how we score a lot of points - on fast breaks,” Parascondola said. The team’s coach, David Radtke feels just as positively as does his

team. The girls work well both on the court, as well as off the court. Coach Radtke said, “The effort that is put in daily is tremendous. ‘A day off ’ is not in this team’s vocabulary.” Not only have the girls practiced throughout pre-season, but on the off-season, playing on teams outside of school. “The work that all the girls in the program have put in during the off seasons is going to make us better as the year moves on.” Coach Radtke said. This team has leadership, experience, talent, and above all, confidence. While they are facing two-time county champion Baldwin, the team remains optimistic. “We are in a stronger conference, but we have the ability to go far” explained another four-year varsity player, Jess Ruggiero. Losee further explained, “We are in a tough conference. But, I think if we all really want it, we can beat anyone; as long as we work hard.” With a good start, defeating Oceanside in a scrimmage 36-27, the Colts maintain their positive

outlook on this season. Parascondola explained the team’s dynamics best: “We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. So now, we are looking forward to great season.”

(photo by Rebecca Spina)

Junior Ann Marie White

Focused on & off court challenge is the boys want to do better than last year.” There is no doubt that he thinks the team can do that and go even further than they did last season in Conference AA-III. Not only does the team have a lot of promise in its upperclassmen, but a few sophomores have made their way onto varsity as well. Chris Melito, Kyle McGinley, and Brian Downey combined for a total of 25 of the Colt’s 47 points in a 56-47 non-league loss against (photo by Rebecca Spina)

Junior Tom Joannou

by Aleyra Linares & Amrita Singh With a roster their coach called the most talented he’s had, the boys’ basketball team is looking to improve on last year and go even further in the post-season. Last season, the Colts ended with a record of 9-5 in the regular season and although they suffered a first round loss to Uniondale, it was the first time they reached the playoffs since the 2005-2006 season. “This is the most talented group of players I had,” said Coach Kreutzberger, who is entering his fifth season as head coach. “The

(photo Rebecca Spina)

The basketball team puts in long practices that they hope will pay off in league games.

(photo by Rebecca Spina)

Junior Kevin Hiss

Mepham. The boys know how hard they are going to have to work this year and they are up to the challenge. “For the past few season, many of us have suffered injuries and we haven’t all played up to our ability,” Sweeney said. “I know with all of that aside this year, we can definitely have a successful season.” Basketball isn’t the only thing team members have to maintain in their daily schedules. Their main

priority is their school grades. Coach Kreutzberger said that the boys on the team should be maintaining their GPA and that basketball should not take away from their studies. “We couldn’t ask for a better coach,” said senior Corey Sweeney. “He has been around Calhoun basketball since I’ve been in the school, and I’m glad I have gotten the chance to play under him for the past two years.”

Finals run for Lady Colts (photo by Robbie Mutarelli)

Junior Michelle Iacono was a key factor in the Lady Colts’ run to the County finals. Iacono received All-Class honors for her work throughout the season.

by Kelly Gallo Staff Writer

The girls’ soccer team ended their 2011 season in the county championship game with a heartbreaking loss to MacArthur, 3-0. MacArthur, the No. 2 seed in Conference I, went on to win the New York State Class AA Championships, so even though the Colts were finally defeated after an undefeated regular season, they truly lost to the best. Despite the score, excellent defense was played in the goal by junior Alissa Battaglia, with 8 saves, and senior Chandler Baltazar with 2. This was the Lady Colts first time in the championship game since 2000, when Calhoun was defeated 4-0. “We had one of the best seasons in Calhoun history. And I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said senior co-captain Mary Hijazi. This year’s squad finished their regular season as Conference II champions with a record of 12-0-2.

The girls also went on to win three playoff games against top Conference I teams. In the semi-finals, Calhoun played a thrilling game against Mepham. After going down by one in the first 16 minutes, the Lady Colts remained optimistic. With less than 2 minutes left in the game, sophomore Jessie Foley scored, tying the game and sending the Colts into overtime. With 3 minutes and 11 seconds left in the first half of overtime, Hijazi scored off a penalty kick, giving the Colts the lead. Outstanding defense in double overtime was led by senior captains Hijazi and Talia Charidah, which secured the Colts’ advancement to the finals. During the quarterfinals, the Lady Colts knocked out top contender Farmingdale 2-1. Farmingdale, the Conference I champions, went into that game as the No. 5 girls’ high school soccer team on Long Island. Senior Kristina Gandolfo tied the game 1-1, forcing the girls into double overtime. Within the

first minute of the first overtime, Gandolfo scored again, giving the Colts the lead. Gandolfo ended the season with 34 points scored and led the team with 24 goals. Michelle Iacono contributed with 14 goals for the season, while Taylor Sipos provided 8 assists for the Colts. The team is graduating nine

seniors, six of which were on the team prior to their junior season; however, they still remain optimistic about next season. Starting sophomores like Nora Charidah, Kayla Capuzzo and Jessie Foley will return to help lead the team under the direction of starting juniors like Michelle Iacono and Alissa Battaglia.

(photo by Robbie Mutarelli)

Sophomore Kayla Cappuzzo received third team All-State after the season.

Hoofbeats December 2011  

Hoofbeats December 2011