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Leaks plague art wing, labs by Naomi Volk Editor-in-Chief

Art teachers and students alike were displaced recently as the ceiling leaked and tiles started falling in Room B268. This incident may point to a pattern, as other areas of the building have also experienced leaks. Senior Catherine Ruvolo, an architecture student, stated, “Teach-

ers said the whole ceiling by the sink and windows completely collapsed.” Ruvolo added that the collapse left “dust and a strange odor throughout the room.” The room was shut down, “dramatically” affecting the students, according to art teacher Michael Goldberg. Mr. Goldberg said the administration was “receptive,” but “no one really knew what to do imme-

Scoreboard dedication

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Mrs. Carol Gies looks on as Mr. Seinfeld speaks at the Ronnie E. Gies Memorial scoreboard unveiling (see page 15).

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The art wing has had a problem with leaking throughout the school year.

diately.” The administration brought in an environmental agency to test the air quality. Said Principal David Seinfeld, “We know the air is not unsafe.” According to Mr. Seinfeld, the school will “continue to replace [damaged tiles] in different areas of the building.” The sink and ceiling tiles were replaced in the art room. However, even after all the repairs, there are still plenty of discolored tiles in the room and exposed pipes in the ceiling. “Whenever there’s moisture, mold is always a concern,” Mr. Goldberg said. Many of the other leaks are found on the third floor. Science teacher Robert Kaefer rattled off leaky areas including, “stairwell, the third floor hallway, the chemistry room’s closet, Mrs. Flanders’s room, and [his] room’s closet.” Mr. Kaefer said that the custodians attempted to find sources of the leaks on the roof and fix them, but it was difficult to find the sources. That said, “a good number of the

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leaks have been repaired,” according to Mr. Seinfeld. The principal also said that the building has been “much improved since the beginning of the year.” Art classes, in general, are more disturbed by changes in location than most other classes. Ruvolo said the architecture class “had to change its course schedule to fit around what materials [it] had.” Art classes held in the room were moved to other rooms. “While some [classes] found another classroom to be in, one class was held in the cafeteria,” Mr. Goldberg said. The architecture classes had to stop work on their projects, “[jeopardizing] the projects because we were unaware if our projects would be damaged after the ceiling leak,” according to Ruvolo. “We didn’t have a steady flow going back into our project since we couldn’t’ work on it for a long period of time,” she added. The eventual answer, Mr. Goldberg predicts, will be getting a new roof. At this time, he said the administration is handling the problem with “consistent fixes on the most damaged areas.”

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June 2010


Are we on the right track? by Philippa Boyes & Kara Iskenderian Managing Editor and News Editor

Is it better to struggle in an advance class or succeed without being academically challenged in a Regents level class? This is the decision that many at Calhoun have to face. A student entering the district is put on an academic track, typically honors or Regents. Although some students tend to mix and match their Regents and honors courses, many stick with their track from 7th through 12th grade. This separation of students has both social and academic consequences. Senior Joanna Nazario explained, “I think when you track, it socially breeds people competitively - you’re constantly around the same people.” Academically, students set on different courses face diverse challenges. Those on the honors track take standardized tests as early as eighth grade and end up in AP classes starting as early as their sophomore year. Regents tracked students follow a more traditional rout, taking their Regents in their freshmen year or later, and possibly never even taking an AP exam. Tracking through the middle and high school experience not only affects a student’s academic life, it has major implications on their high school socialization.

Excluding sports and certain clubs, there may be little interaction between kids on different tracks. Junior Garret Brucia, a self-professed “typical honors kid,” said, “Honors and regulars are completely separate in school. I never see kids on the Regents track.” Similarly, junior Kevin Walsh said, “I’m much more likely to talk to Regents level kids; most of my friends are in those classes.” However, guidance counselor Ricky Posner pointed out that electives, along with clubs and sports, provide opportunity for honors and Regents students to interact. The development of tracks has also led to stereotypes of the different students at Calhoun. “[AP kids] measure their success through their GPA. It’s extrinsic motivation, versus intrinsic motivation. They do it to beat the kids next to them and put it on a college application,” said Nazario, a stu-

dent in classes of different academic levels. When talking with students, it’s no secret that there’s a significant difference in the honors versus Regents classes. Brucia added, “I’m in a regulars class, and it functions like a menagerie, whereas my AP class is much more orderly.” Senior Julia Yu said honors curriculums treat students as if they were in college, and Walsh claimed, “Teachers set lower standards for Regents level students; they just want us to get a 65 or higher.” On the other hand, Senior Lauren Levin said the difference in the tracks “is not h o w smart you are,

it’s how hard you try.” In order to bridge this gap, especially for students like senior Krystin White, who wish to be challenged more without taking an AP level class, an idea of having

an honors level, between Regents and AP, is one that students seem to support. Some believe that an honors level would be a perfect meeting point between the current tracks. Many schools across Long Island, including Syosset, employ this type of curriculum to serve as a “medium,” as Kevin Walsh put it. Mr. Terrence Hinson, assistant principal to the guidance office, said by not offering a medium track, students will challenge themselves in an AP course. “By not offering an honors course it opens up opportunities for AP classes,” Mr. Hinson said. “Even if a kid gets a 1 on the AP level, he is that much more prepared for college.” Meanwhile, Mr. Posner said, “We always students to challenge themselves, but we understand reality. If it’s right for you, it’s right for you.” Mr. Posner said when students wish to change from AP to Regents, it’s “generally more in English and Social Studies.” Regarding the idea of honors in 11th and 12th grade English, Mr. Posner said, “I like the idea of it. It’s that middle ground. I really don’t think that’d be a bad idea.” Mr. Hinson admitted that “Many teachers and students would like to have an option of an honors track, and many students have shown success in those courses.”

Q & A with Jun Luke Foster As the valedictorian of the Class of 2010, senior Jun Luke Foster, finishes his time at Calhoun, he answered some questions for the school newspaper. Hoofbeats: Why did you decide to go to Yale University? Foster: I was drawn to the emphasis on small classes taught directly by full-time professors at Yale, as well as to some of the programs that Yale offers in areas of interest to me. For instance, they have a program for freshmen that focuses on the literature, history, and philosophy of Western Europe and the interactions between the three. Also, I’m hoping that easy access to piano practice facilities and the opportunity to study with professors at their Graduate School of Music will help me continue to develop as a musician. Hoofbeats: What did you enjoy most about Calhoun? Foster: The people. There are a

lot of great people here: students, teachers, and staff, who I’m glad to have met and who I hope to stay in touch with in the future. Hoofbeats: What do you like to do in your spare time? Foster: Sleep - especially during the college application and audition period. Beyond sleeping, I meet up with friends, listen to music, and take my dog for a run. Hoofbeats: What would be your ideal job? Foster: I’m not sure exactly what my ideal job would be, although I think I would enjoy a job where you work with other people toward a shared goal. Hoofbeats: What’s your favorite subject to study? Foster: I guess music would come in first, but it’s difficult to rank the academic subjects. I’ve really enjoyed learning about a number of

different subjects in classes here. Hoofbeats: Do you think you missed out on anything? Foster: It has been tough balancing music, schoolwork, debate, and other extracurriculars with a social life. I certainly haven’t been able to hang out with friends or just relax as much as I would have without those commitments, and some of my friends kid me about what a hassle it is to hang out with me. But I still feel I’ve been fortunate enough to have developed some great friendships and have gotten to know a lot of wonderful people who I hope to stay in touch with after high school. Hoofbeats: What are your plans for the summer? Foster: I’ll be going to a summer program at SUNY New Paltz for piano studies in the early part of the summer. I plan to keep looking for ways of helping pay for college

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Valedictorian Jun Luke Foster

and summer studies, including giving small recitals, looking for scholarships, and am considering giving (or at least trying to give) piano lessons. Beyond that, I’ll be practicing, maybe getting a head start on some reading for college, spending time with grandparents in the city and family and friends at home.


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Special memories for Spivak by Sarika Singh Staff Writer

A fun and kind teacher, Mr. Steven Spivak will be retiring after this year. Many students will hate to see him go, and Mr. Spivak is equally reluctant to leave the district. Mr. Spivak, a special education teacher, has contributed countless hours to the school and his pupils, and without a doubt, will be dearly missed. Started his Bellmore-Merrick career in 1978 at Brookside Junior High School, he began working

as a teacher at Calhoun in 1984. Thinking about his favorite teaching memories, Mr. Spivak smiled widely. “I think graduation is the best part, and especially watching the special education students graduate. Some think that some kids won’t get diplomas, and when they do, its just great,” he said. Mr. Spivak said what he will miss about the school is its students, and “teaching them to be better learners.” He said he enjoyed listening, laughing, and enjoying the time he spent with his students through-

out his teaching career. “If you have a bad day, come back the next day and start over!” Calling his time here a “pleasurable challenge,” he explained his job as the challenge of teaching kids, and the pleasure one gets out of it. After retirement, Mr. Spivak is looking forward to spending time in the city and visiting a lot of museums. He also enjoys sailing and traveling. Mr. Spivak especially is influenced by Philip Broth, and “artists who see things differently, like Picasso.

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Goodbye, Mrs. Geller Hoofbeats first in nation, sweeps news contest

by Aeryal Davison Staff Writer

After 24 years of teaching in the district, Mrs. Maxine Geller is getting ready to retire this year. Not only is she a speech teacher, she is also co-chair of the curriculum committee. She was also the adviser for the Entrepreneur club, which increases the interaction among students involved in the PREP program and those in outside of the program through raising funds for several charities. In addition, she mentored new Special Education teachers to better assist the students in meeting their goals. Although she may be retiring, she’s not about to cut strings from the academic community just yet. Mrs. Geller is planning to continue her educational aid to her pupils by organizing PREP for Life dances and sporting events. Looking back at her most memorable experiences, Mrs. Geller said, “It’s discovering that students who were labeled as ‘unteachable’ can be taught and eventually earn a local diploma.” Mrs. Geller said her main objec-

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tive was to improve interpersonal communication skills among her students. As for her plans after retirement, she looks forward to volunteering her time and teaching skills by promoting literacy. She will also take time for herself and travel while exploring new recreational activities. Mrs. Geller advises current or future teacher to, “think outside of the box and discover the hidden potential within every student.”

For the second year in a row, Hoofbeats won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual newspaper competition. In the Newsday High School Journalism awards contest, Hoofbeats swept the top three places in the news writing competition. First place was awarded to alumna Sara Macias (Class of ‘09) for her article, “Seedless,” a piece about the district’s removal of the Bad Seed from the English curriculum. Macias also won second place for her cover story, “Don’t blow it!” about the breathalyzers that were to be used at last year’s prom. Third place went to junior Kara Iskenderian and her piece, “Locker room for improvement,” an article about the locker room situation at Calhoun. Also in the Newsday awards contest, Hoofbeats won first place for commentary for a staff editorial written by senior Kelsey Lee, “A banning by any other name.”

In the American Scholastic Press Association, the paper finished first for high school newspapers in the country among papers that serve student populations of 1001-1700. Earlier this year, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded Hoofbeats with a silver medal. Last year the paper won a gold.

Mrs. Katz leaves her mark at Calhoun by Philippa Boyes Managing Editor

Mrs. Ellen Katz has been teaching at Calhoun for 28 years, serving as in the esteemed business department, as well as the DECA adviser. This year marks her final year teaching at Calhoun, as she plans to retire as the school year draws to an end this month. Growing up, Mrs. Katz wasn’t sure if she wanted to go into education or

business, so she made sure to take both classes in college to keep her options open. Finally settling on business education, there is no doubt Mrs. Katz has been an asset to Calhoun community, leading year after year a successful DECA team, in addition to her marketing, Virtual Enterprise, and accounting classes. “Everything Mrs. Katz has done during her time at Calhoun has been with one goal in mind: ensuring that her students get ev-

erything out of their high school experience,” said senior Kimberly Brower, president of DECA at Calhoun and also the president of the New York State DECA chapter. “I have never met a teacher who is more dedicated to her students and her career than Mrs. Katz.” As for plans in the future, Mrs. Katz said, “I have a couple of different opportunities. One is to work for Nassau BOCES to perpetuate the VE [Virtual Enterprise] program, or I can teach at a local

college. Possibly, I can work for VE International in New York City.” It seems there’s nothing but exciting opportunities ahead for Mrs. Katz, but she still believes it is the students she’ll miss most about leaving Calhoun - the students have always been her favorite part about teaching. Wise last words, Mrs. Katz advises students to always “follow your dreams - everything is achievable. Work hard, and it will happen.”



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Congratulations to Katherine Delrosario - Pratt Institute Alyssa DeMonte - Molloy College Kara Dempsey - Buffalo State Danielle Denenberg - Hofstra University Patricia D’Eredita - Employment Alexandra Diana - Adelphi University Thomas Dickson - Undecided Michael DiFiglia - Michigan St. University Camillo DiLorenzo - Nassau Community College Charles DiMaggio - Nassau Community College

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Nicholas Abbaj - Nassau Community College

Amber Abdylji - Undecided Martin Abrams - Molloy College Alexandra Acquavito - Nassau Community College Matthew Alberto - West Virginia Univeristy

Stefany Alzate - Undecided Lauren Amatulli - Fashion Institute of Technology

Francesca Angelini - Undecided Kyle Arabian - Undecided Elizabeth Aracena - Undecided Oscar Arana - Boston College Shawn Asman - Undecided Nicholas Assabi - Nassau Community College

Nicholas Astre - Undecided Adam August - West Virginia University Frank Azzara - Undecided Francesco Badalamenti - Undecided Randy Baicich - SUNY Maritime Kurt Baldauf - Binghamton University Blake Baltazar - University of Indiana Alexa Barash - Undecided Alyssa Barresi - Adelphi University Amanda Barry - Undecided Emily Begin - Quinnipiac Univeristy Christopher Behnke - Marist College Jake Behrman - University of Michigan Gina Bellafiore - Employment Nicholas Bencosme - Nassau Community College

Edward Burbes - Sacred Heart University Seth Burrell - College of Charleston Thomas Burzynski - Nassau Community College

Michelle Calamia - Adelphi University Dana Calderone - Undecided Matthew Callman - Molloy College Brian Canals - Nassau Community College Michael Cappuzzo - University at Albany

Ruthann Eagen - Nassau Community College

Danielle Kirby - Nassau Community College

Kristina Figueredo - Nassau Community College

Daniel Finnerty - Undecided Jonathan Fisch - Undecided Meghan Flood - Hofstra University Alexander Fodor - Undecided

Anne Concepcion - SUNY New Paltz Allison Connerty - Nassau Community College Timothy Connerty - University of New Hampshire

Connor Fogarty - Nassau Community College

Jun Luke Foster - Yale University Zachary Fox - Nassau Community College Gabriella Franzese - St. John’s University Stephanie Frasca - SUNY Oneonta Emily Freeman - SUNY Cortland Gabrielle Fry - Undecided Stephanie Gaeta - Nassau Community College

Anastasios Galitos - City College of NY Gina Gallo - Hofstra University Kaitlin Gallo - SUNY Oswego Nicole Garifo - UMass Amherst Joseph Gavin - Undecided

Molly Conway - Binghamton University

Danielle Genoski - Nassau Community College

Ariel Coopersmith - Nassau Community College Amanda Cordiello - Nassau Community College

Stephen Giaco - NYIT

Harry Corradi - Adelphi University Kevin Correa - Nassau Community College Kelli Cosentino - Wagner College Samantha Costa - Molloy College A. Liam Courtney - Undecided

Max Glogau - Drexel University Cory Goldband - University of Hartford Patrick Goldberg - Hunter College William Golden - Undecided Erin Green - University of Scranton

Vincent Giaquinto - Nassau Community College

Ricky Beneventano - Undecided Daniel Berger - University at Albany Kathleen Berghorn - Marist College Julia Bergin - UMass Amherst Tyler Berk - Ithaca College Emily Bernstein - Kutztown University Zachary Best - Penn State University Vanessa Blair - Undecided Peter Bochynski - Nassau Community College Kelly Bosco - Southern Connecticut State Mareena Botros - Adelphi University Travis Brands - U.S. Air Force

Brendan Coyne - Hudson Valley Comm. College

Patrick Greene - Nassau Community College

Brittani Crawford - Undecided Kelly Cummings - University of Albany

Amanda Breivogel - University of Central Florida

Christie Dejesu - Nassau Community College

Allison Greenfield - Syracuse University Brittany Greenlinger - Adelphi University Shannon Grimsley - Quinnipiac University Jeremy Gross - USC Matthew Gross - Binghamton University Paul Grubb - Manhattan College Michael Guerra - Adelphi University Daniel Haggerty - SUNY Oneonta Alexander Harrison- University of Penn. Courtney Hartnett- Fordham University Kevin Harvey - Fordham University Navdeep Hayer - Queens College

Scott Briones - Undecided Adam Brollosy - Nassau Community College Kimberly Brower - Binghamton University Jeffrey Buffalino - Nassau Community College

Ariel Dillon Dahan -Nassau Community College

Lauren Danese - Nassau Commuinty College Amanda D’Archangelis - Boston Conservatory

Caroline Davis - New York University Jessica DeFranco - SUNY Cortland Angela Delcastillo - Nassau Community College

Jacqueline Delcastillo - Suffolk Vincent Delcastillo - Nassau Community College

Brittney Delfin - Quinnipiac University

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Bianca Kaltenbach - Nassau Community College

Ashlee Earle - SUNY Farmingdale Rachel Fabian - Rowan University Michael Fay - Nassau Community College William Fernandez - Undecided Kristina Fiesel - Undecided

Stephanie Fitzgerald - University of New Haven

Galina Colasuonno - Nassau Community College

Bradley Isaacs - Johns Hopkins University Rachel Israel - SUNY Oneonta David Jacobs - New York University

Heather Karlin - Hofstra University Ryan Kass - Cornell University Justin Katzman - Undecided Jeremy Kemerson - Undecided Katherine Kennovin - Ithaca College Eric Kerzner - YAI

Kacie Caprariello - Nassau Community College

Michael Christiano - Undecided Marco Cicchetti - SUNY Oswego Alessandra Cirenza - SUNY Albany Sean Clifford - West Virginia University Ashley Cohen - SUNY Cobleskill Douglas Cohen - Virginia Tech

Michael Iacono - Nassau Community College

Maria DiMatteo - Adelphi University Samuel Dobre - Binghamton University Matthew Dods - Adelphi University Christina Doster - Undecided Daniel D’Ottone - SUNY Cortland Steven Downey - QSAK James Dragan - Stony Brook University Jennifer Dunne - Undecided

Samantha Carucci - Undecided Eric Catafago - West Virginia University Krista Catafago - Davidson College Ryan Charles - Quinnipiac University Joseph Chiaffitella - Nassau Community College

Matthew Healy - Undecided Matthew Hinrichs - UMASS Amherst Brian Hoch - West Virginia University Connor Hoch - Undecided Robert Hodkinson - Molloy College Elif Humet - Nassau Community College Metin Humet - Undecided

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Ryan Kitchener - University of Arizona Craig Knettel - Molloy College Daniel Knipfing- Hofstra University Jennifer Kotler - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Eli Kozin - Duke University Livana Koznesoff - Boston University Samara Kravitz - Stonybrook University Alyssa Kurtzberg - Adelphi University William Kuschner - Nassau Community College

Daniel Lafata - Undecided Matthew Lagueras - SUNY Oneonta Nicholas Landi - Mount St. Mary’s College Santino Larios - Undecided Brittany Ledgin - Penn State University

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the Class of 2010 Cindy Lee - Stony Brook University Kelsey Lee - Middlebury College Kenneth Leon - SUNY Buffalo Allison Lerner - Binghamton University Lauren Levin - SUNY New Paltz David Levine - Binghamton University James Levine - Boston University Tzvi Lewisohn - YAI Alec Lievre - Nassau Community College

Michael Matzen - SUNY Cortland Nicole Mauro - SUNY New Paltz James McCallen - NYIT Robert McGetrick - Muhlenberg College Thomas McKeon - Nassau Community College

Amanda McLoughlin - New York University Jonathan Mekelburg - University at Buffalo Kevin Metz - Nassau Community College

Edmund Metzger - Undecided

Gerard Ligonde - University of Sciences/Philly

Timothy Metzger - Nassau Community College

Lisa Lobalsamo - SUNY Old Westbury Robert Loffredo - Undecided Gabriella Long - Iona College

Patrick Milano -Undecided

Hayley Lubow - Florida Atlantic University

Kevin MacBride - Springfield College Anthony Maggiotta -Undecided Alexandra Magliochetti -Undecided Gregory Magno - Undecided Caroline Maino - Nassau Community College

Magdaleeni Milonakis - St. John’s University

Matthew Montesano - Undecided Ashley Moran - SUNY Delhi Lee Ann Morgan -Undecided Alex Morra - Loyola Univertsity Maryalnd John Mucaria - Undecided Ashley Mulcahy - University of Michigan Richard Mundy - SUNY New Paltz Thomas Murnane -SUNY Buffalo Anne Murphy - SUNY Oneonta Erin Murphy - Undecided Leigh Anne Muscarella - SUNY Oneonta Kevin Nash - Undecided Nicole Naula - Penn State Carlos Navas - SUNY Cortland Christopher Nazario - SUNY Cortland Joanna Nazario - Molloy College Cosmo Nestola - Undecided Melissa Nuzzi - SUNY Oswego Lisa Ohlendorf -Nassau Community College

Caitlan O’Shea - Nassau Community College

Emily Osterman -Undecided Vincent Pacheco - Nassau Community College Wesley Paladino - Nassau Community College

Anthony Papadopoulos - Employment Carly Paris - Stevenson University Anthony Pellegrino - Undecided Jessica Peloso - St. Joseph’s University Philip Perrone - Cornell University Michael Petassi - Cornell University Danielle Petrovich - St. John’s University Maria Pokorny -Undecided Brian Pollack - Employment Jonathan Preiser - QSAK Daniel Qiu - Cornell University James Raheb - NYIT Jacqueline Ramo - SUNY Buffalo (photo by Amanda Breivogel)

Macaulay Maldarelli -Undecided Brittany Malloy - Nassau Community College Kevin Malone - Five Towns College Michael Mancusi - FREE Justin Mandeltort - University of Michigan Michelle Manfrede - Undecided Jeffrey Mangual - Nassau Community College

Jenna Mannion - Employment Thomas Mansmann - SUNY Purchase Michael Manticoff - Undecided Justine Martillotti - Towson University Chantel Mason - Sophie Davis College of NYC

Travis Massetti - Nassau Community College

Jake Mastrangelo - SUNY Farmingdale

Alexis Ramos - Nassau Community College Louis Rappaport - Nassau Community College Timothy Reid - Nassau Community College

Connie Reilly - SUNY Potsdam Anthony Reyes - NYIT Luke Roberti - Siena College John Robinson - Hood College Moises Rodriguez - Stony Brook University Rebecca Rood-Goldman - Clark University

Henry Rood-Matza - SUNY New Paltz Rebecca Rosenberg - University at Albany Michael Rosenthal - Employment Jonathan Rosner - SUNY Purchase Liana Ross - Central Connecticut State Holly Rudolph - University of Vermont Oscar Rumaldo -Undecided

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Catherine Ruvolo - High Point University Kevin Ryan - Stony Brook University Douglas Ryniker - Nassau Community College

Anthony Sacco - UCONN Samantha Sachs - Indiana University Brandon Sackler - SUNY Buffalo Stuart Sacks - University of Miami Joseph Saladino - Gettysburg College Frank Salerno - Employment Adam Samuels - Buffalo State Richard Santagata - Nassau Community College Kamaris Santiago - Valencia Community College

Meagan Sapperstein - SUNY Plattsburgh Victoria Scanlon - Stony Brook University

Julia Schifini - Northeastern University

Zunira Sumra - Undecided Nicholas Taborsky - Nassau Community College

Anne Tallerico - SUNY Cortland Laura Tejo - Adelphi University Jessica Teves - Molloy College John Tew - Nassau Community College Taylor Thomas - Nassau Community College Tyler Thornton - James Madison University

Charlotte Tiff - University of Georgia Amanda Tobia -Nassau Community College

Lauren Tolchin - University of Maryland Theodore Topper - Nassau Community College Cory Traustason - Nassau Community College

Claire Tucci - University of Iowa Daniel Tyson - University of Iowa

Matthew Schmidt - Nassau Community College

Christian Vadillo - Nassau Community College

Carly Schoenfeld - Undecided Andrew Schreiber - USC Jordan Schultz - Ithaca College

Kyle Vadnais - SUNY Buffalo State

Stephanie Schwartz - Nassau Community College Nicole Scialdone - Nassau Community College

James Sciolto - UNC at Chapel Hill Carla Scolieri - Adelphi University Tyler Seaman - University of Florida Danielle Seifert - Nassau Community College Christopher Serenita - Stevens Institute of Tech. Ariella Serur - Ithaca College Neal Shah - Boston College Sunil Shah- NYIT Brian Sherman - L.I. Business Institute Thomas Simmons - St. John’s University Dean Simms-Elias - Ithaca College Michael Simon - Towson College Joseph Singer - Undecided Sam Sklover - University of Wisconsin Alyssa Slater - Gainseville State College Ashley Smith - Undecided Kathryn Smith - Wagner College Lindsey Solomon - New York University Hunter Spector - University at Buffalo Taylor Stevens -Undecided Christina Strezenec - College of St. Rose Jesse Strommer - SUNY Farmingdale

Victoria Valentin - Nassau Community College

James Valle - SUNY Farmingdale Aly Vanderwalde - New York University Dillon Vaneck - Nassau Community College

Darius Vargas - Undecided Nikki Varricchio - Nassau Community College

Anthony Vertolomo - Undecided Joseph Villafane - Five Towns College Juliet Villani - University of Wisconsin Christopher Vogel - Iona College Naomi Volk - Brandeis University Kenneth Volkell - UCONN Erika Wagner -Undecided Meghan Walsh - Loyola University Maryland

Gabrielle Weil - SUNY Oswego Adam Weingarten - Nassau Community College

Erica Weitz - Nassau Community College Corey Werbelow - University of Penn. Deanna Werthauer - SUNY Purchase Krystin White - The Art Institute of NY Erin Yackavage - LeMoyne College Tomer Yoffe - Undecided Julia Yu - New York University Kevin Zimmermann- Binghamton University Sierra Zorn - Siena College

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Boswell’s: by Leah Sobel Editorial Editor

It’s lunch time on a sunny afternoon. You have 41 minutes to devour lunch before your next class starts. But where should you go? You could walk to Dunkin’ Donuts, but an iced coffee and a donut won’t satisfy your deep hunger. Souper Fry is an option, but their pricey (and let’s not forget greasy) menu can be difficult. Via Roma’s pizza is great, but the lines go out the door with students. So what’s left? How about a place where you can purchase steaming french fries, crispy salads, mouth-watering mozzarella sticks, filled sandwiches, and addictive iced tea. Now that’s what your stomach wants. But where can you get such food? There just so happens to be a little place on the corner of Horatio and Merrick Avenue, less than a mile from Calhoun. This haven for teens goes by

Boswell’s Deli, or more commonly known as “the place to get the plastic-wrapped iced tea.” Sure, Boswell’s is not the most sophisticated place, but it has all the necessities any Merokian could need. A place to sit and chat on the curb? Check. Plenty of places to park your car? Check. Some of the nicest employees you’ll ever meet? Check. Boswell’s iced tea is a delicious drink that can satisfy any thirst, whether it is for a basketball player or a computer club member. It’s a taste like no other - not like Brisk or Nestea, but something better. Something that tastes just like hot summer days and fun in the sun. Many have tried to copy the greatness of Boswell’s, but all fail in comparison. Why is this? Rob, manager of Boswell’s, said the reason why students always come back for more is because their iced tea is “all natural, with nothing but tea bags, lemon, and sugar.”

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cold drinks, warm love

When I was five, I used to make iced tea and sell it for one dollar on the street corner with the same ingredients, but it never tasted like theirs! While they may be known only around Merrick, as all the other Boswell’s on Long Island went out of business, it is arguably one of the most visited restaurants in our community. With some businesses in our town closing for financial reasons, it is always nice to know that a few small businesses may be able to

(photos by Leah Sobel)

How often have you seen this picture: a Calhoun student sipping a Boswell’s iced tea after walking out for lunch.

sustain themselves with the help of loyal customers. Boswell’s Deli is one of the few small businesses that seems to be doing well, despite economic setbacks. “Not only does Boswell’s provide great iced tea, but they also show how much they care about their customers with the idea of wrapping the drinks,” said junior Alyssa O’Braskin. “It might not seem like much, but it avoids spills that are sure to occur in a high school.” A medium iced tea might be the most popular item, but they also carry an assortment of food that is sure to brighten any day. Kelly Bogart, sophomore, praised Boswell’s, saying, “The service is quick and efficient. They have good food, and the employees always make you feel welcome.” At Boswell’s Deli, you’re always sure to find something that can meet your needs. Yet, the real masterminds behind the operations are the employees. They come to work, listen to whiny teenagers, and still enjoy their jobs. Most of them are from the area, and there is definitely a different vibe that comes from a small business, such as Boswell’s, rather than a large chain. Although the deli may not seem like a popular spot from the outside, locals know the taste and quality of Boswell’s menu, which keeps them coming back.


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Room with the right mate by Juliet Villani Contributing Writer

Would you be worried going into college without knowing anyone? With seniors deciding which college to attend, websites like Facebook are enabling people to contact others throughout the

country who will be accompanying them to college this coming fall. Facebook groups allow people to discuss similar interests, ask questions, and find prospective roommates. The question is: Does this social networking simplify the process of finding a roommate, or does it add more pressure to search for a compatible match?

Steep Competition

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Senior Bobby McGetrick leaps over the steeple chase hurdle at the Valley Stream Challenge Central meet.

Before the world of social networking, colleges would assign roommates to students based on similar interests. Most people went into college blindly, without previous knowledge of their soonto-be peers. Horror stories have been told throughout the years of roommates from hell—those with bad hygiene, odd habits, careless behavior, or just stubborn and disagreeable personalities. Wouldn’t you want to hand-pick your future roommate? Although this sounds ideal, it’s important to consider how well you can get to know someone through the Internet. One can scope out possible roommates through Facebook based on pictures and small talk, but does that ensure that a pair will be 100 percent compatible living together? Online networking seems to relieve people of the stress of having a bad roommate by allowing them to choose their own, but it does not guarantee that there won’t be problems. When I decided to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall, I was quick to update my status on Facebook, notifying friends about my decision, and joined the UW Facebook group. I visited the page for the group daily, curious

to see my future classmates and potential friends. I began adding people as friends and even had a few awkward conversations here and there with girls who seemed pleasant. I decided to take a bold move and announce my desire to find some roommates on the University’s public webpage. Lo and behold, a few friend requests and exchanged messages later, I had my roommate and suitemates all lined up. I got a little taste of what this first meeting would be like when I went to a Wisconsin Class of 2014 meet-up in the city. There were only girls there from the tristate area, so I was meeting with a small percentage of the girls in my dorm next year. Nonetheless, the experience was interesting. Through my experiences, I discovered that it is not imperative to make friends before actually attending college. Facebook is a great instrument to use for meeting new people, but if you are not victorious in finding a roommate, you have nothing to stress over. Social networking is a handy tool to have in steps of the college search, but it is certainly not a vital key to a social life—the ease of college life and friends will come once you set foot on campus.

Must-haves for counselors by Alex Topper Staff Writer

Working at camp all summer: awesome. Missing the items you need: not awesome. Here’s five items any counselor-to-be should definitely have. Spray-on Sunscreen Spray-on sunscreen prevents sunburn without stopping you from getting a nice tan. It’s lightweight so it won’t make your bag heavy, and it doesn’t have that overpowering smell that many other sunscreens do. Chances are, you’ll be helping campers put their sunscreen on so a quick spray without the messy white goop will save you lots of time. Recommended: Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray Cost: $8 to $10. Comfortable Shorts If you’ve ever gone to camp or played a sport, you most likely have thousands of these lightweight cotton shorts in your clos-

et. They come in many colors so they match any color staff shirt the camp will throw at you. The cool cotton material won’t make you too warm. Also, they come in tons of sizes and won’t bleed if you wear them in the pool. Recommended: Soffees Cost: $7 to $12.

always use it next summer. Recommended: Jansport SuperBreak Backpack Cost: No more than $30.

Refillable Water Bottle While keeping campers hydrated it’s easy to forget to about yourself. A refillable water bottle will

save you money and assure that you always have water. Plastic disposable bottles run out quickly and you don’t want to be stuck on the crowded bus with nothing to drink. Recommended: Camelbak Classic Waterbottle Cost: $10 to $15

Flip Flops Walking to the pool on the hot cement is not ideal, so let these cheap flip flops protect your toes. Another plus: they come in almost every color so you can match it to your bathing suit. Recommended: Old Navy Flip Flops Cost: Two pairs for $5. Backpack You may just be thinking that old drawstring backpack from your friend’s Bat Mitzvah will do but trust me, it won’t. By week two the flimsy bag will fall apart just as you’re getting on the bus. Investing in a better bag will make your summer much easier, and you can

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Supplies such as camp sweatshirts and bug spray are also necessities for camp.


Are bracelets silly or stylish? by Julia Martinez Staff Writer

Tamigatchis, Pokemon Cards, Webkinz, and now this. Silicon rubber bracelets are dominating and not even the fashion police can stop this one. Everyone simply cannot resist these colorful, bendable accessories. The way they never lose their shape leaves me in awe, but many believe they are as stupid and pointless as the newest Ke$ha song. Silly Bandz act as though they are normal rubber bands when being stretched on someone’s arm, but when they are removed, they spring back instantly into their given shape. What is so spectacular about them? Kids across the country are collecting and trading them like baseball cards. Young people are spending up to $5 a pack for them (of course, they could be donating that money to cancer relief or protecting the environment). After reading several general descriptions of this new fad, I could not help but notice a pattern. Most of them didn’t seem to mention anything about teenagers sporting animal bracelets. In fact, several stated that they were targeted for those in kindergarten and elementary school. Not high school. But this doesn’t seem to phase today’s teen youth. Teens are decorating

their arms with rainbows of rubber, flinging them across the classroom, and color coordinating them based off their outfits. They have gone mad in the search to collect their favorites and now, due to popular demand, companies have decided to expand their product from zoo animals to trucks, instruments, and every other species in the animal kingdom. Not to mention, the rare fantasy shapes such as the magic genie lamp, dragon, mermaid and unicorn. But it does not stop there. Tye-dye bracelets, and glow in the dark. How adorable. While in class I couldn’t help but overhear one student saying to another, “I’ll trade you my pig for your elephant.” This soon resulted in a heated debate over which animal was worthy of such a trade. And yes, trading. Plus, these bands are practically everywhere. Not only are they all over the school but you could find them in almost any convenience store. Even Mepham High School has decided to take the rubber band craze to a whole new level by selling “Pirate shaped bands” (their school mascot). Talk about spirit. “I think they’ll go down as the ‘thing’ of this generation like we had snap bracelets and tattoo jewelry in the 90s, the 2010 generation has animal bracelets,” stated ju-


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Most of Calhoun’s students, particularly girls, have donned these Silly Bandz this year.

nior Celine Katzman. Chrissy Ganci, a sophomore said, “I think they are stupid, even though I have a ton. They cut off circulation and when they are being worn they just look like something ugly on your wrist. The animals are cute though” It’s true. Silly Bandz are known to be tight and uncomfortable, yet kids continue to wear them. Is the red indent on your wrist truly worth it? Ben Ross, junior, added, “I think people should do whatever they want do. It shouldn’t be a big deal if people wear them.” But does it become a big deal when kids’ circulation start to slow down to a point where it might even stop in some extreme cases? Some doctors have gone on to warn against teens from embracing this new fad. According to the Ex-

aminer, doctors believe the bands can cause blood clots to form in the veins of the wrist, possibly leading to phlebitis, the inflammation and clotting of the vein. Perhaps these rubber bands will be the next topic of warning alongside smoking and drinking for high school students, ridiculous (or silly!) as it sounds. But until that day comes, it’s nothing but fun for Calhoun kids whose Silly Bandz have become such an integral part of their outfits as a watch or a bracelet. Funny as it is, they’ve become stylish. Most agree that the bandz are just fun, a throwback to childhood. And so even though the newest fad of the 2010 era is a complete waste of money and an obnoxious distraction, the only explanation must be that every person truly is a kid at heart.

Senior Experience shows fashion

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Seniors Nick Landi, Meghan Flood, John Tew, and Victoria Scanlon walked the runway in style at the Senior Experience Fashion Show. Mr. Michael Hughes and Mr. Brian Joyce (rt.) also strut their stuff.


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Summer by Nicole Simmons &Lindsey Solomon Staff Writers

The Blockbusters Robin Hood Though the story has been told before, the flick is anticipated to be a huge success. Academy Award winner Russell Crowe stars, alongside Cate Blanchett, in this darker version of the 1938 film. The story takes place in the troubled 13th century England, where Robin Hood and his men have to try to stop a brutal civil war from developing. Toy Story 3 Who doesn’t love the Toy Story movies? Pixar is now back with Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends for the third hit of this series. For this movie, the gang winds up at a day care center after Andy, their owner, leaves for college. The movie is being promoted with a connection to the 1963 WWII film, The Great Escape, because the movies have many similarities. The anticipation for this movie is really building up and is expected to be a big winner among kids and parents. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Twilight has become the obsession among tweens and teenagers all over the world. This is the third movie of the series based on the books by author Stephanie Meyer. The admired actors, Taylor Lautner and Robert Patterson, once again star in the movie and fans will once again pick sides between Team Jacob and Team Edward. In this movie, Bella (Kristen Stewart) has to choose between Jacob and Edward. June 30 is right around



the corner and Twilight fans cannot wait for the movie to finally hit theatres. Shrek Forever After The fourth movie of this beloved series hits theatres with the continuing advancements in technology, it can be seen in 3D in select theatres. In this movie, Shrek ends up in a completely different world where he and Fiona have never even met before. This final movie of the series was already premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival but will hit theatres worldwide in just a few weeks. Sex and the City 2 Enough said. Indie Flicks Babies There is nothing more beautiful than the miracle of life. And Babies follows this adventure in the cases of births in San Francisco, Tokyo, Mongolia, and Namibia. The documentary displays the universal gift of love and affection as the screen displays the first laughs, walks, and cries of the newest entrants into the world. The Killer Inside Me An adaptation of author Jim Thompson’s 1952 crime novel of the same name, this independent film, directed by Michael Winterbottom, is unflinchingly scary and a movie any horror movie buff would relish if given the opportunity. Starring Casey Affleck, as Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford, a smalltown lawman leading a secret life as a serial killer in a town being hit with a series of unsolved murders;

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Oscar winner Russell Crowe stars in the latest re-telling of Robin Hood.

throughout the film Deputy Sheriff Ford does his best to maintain a cool façade while working to cover himself from the suspicions of the locals. Very similar to the runway bandit stories of the headlines of today, as the suspicions of Ford’s town grow, Affleck’s character starts to buckle under the pressure.

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Everyone’s favorite Pixar characters are back this summer for the third installment of the series.

Happythankyoumoreplease Actor Josh Radnor of “How I Met Your Mother” makes his debut as a writer and director with this independent comedy-drama about the plagues of growing older and taking control of your life once college ends and

adulthood begins. Sam (Radnor) is a struggling writer who has trouble with longterm relationships. One day while on the subway, he meets Rasheen (Michael Algieri), a young boy who has been abandoned by his parents. Sam takes the boy in, which gives him a preview of parenthood but also proves to be more complicated than he expected. Happythankyoumoreplease opened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the audience award for Best Dramatic Feature. Cyrus Ah, the mid-life crisis. Starring a variety of stars including Jonah Hill, John C. Reilly, and Marisa Tomei, Cyrus is a tale of the oddities of life and how you deal with them. With John’s (Reilly) social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get re-married, a down on his luck guy meets the woman of his dreams (Tomei) and her son.



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Teachers, give us a break N

ote to all teachers: vacation is not an excuse to pile up a week’s worth of work on students. Over the last few years, it has become a popular fad for teachers to treat vacations as nothing more than a week to give students huge amounts of work. Hello! Vacation is vacation for a reason. Just like teachers and staff members, students need the mental break. The few weeks given a year away from school are sacred rests for a hardworking student. Many pupils have found that they receive huge projects, outlines, and other frivolous assignments from teachers in more than one subject. These assignments do nothing more than limit the time students can spend away from high school life. It’s not that were lazy and are opposed to doing work - we just need a well-deserved break. Spe-

cifically, a break from good-for- years in advance, is it realistic to nothing busywork. assume that a student is willing to There comes a point when sit in their hotel room, filling out the work given to students, even a take-home test? Wouldn’t it be when dispersed across the time more beneficial to a well-rounded of vacation, becomes too arduous education if students used their to complete. We understand that vacation time to go out into the classes, especially those at the AP real world and see what the planlevel, demand students and teach- et has to offer outside the confines ers to complete of a desk, lamp, Staff Editorial a massive curand textbook? riculum in a short Students can time, so naturally vacation work benefit so much from just a dayis vital. That said, students should trip into the city to see the Musenot be assigned 60 textbook pag- um of Natural History. Or a mees to outline, or three take-home ticulously planned journey across tests to complete. It is simply too the ocean to see the Great Wall much. Vacation should not be an of China. Either way, teachers extended school day. should keep in mind that students Sometimes the ridiculous have plans that won’t necessarily amounts of homework given to always allow them to complete students leads to a clear and un- their many assignments. avoidable ultimatum: life experiIt is not like students can just ence or chapter outlines? While come home and tell their parents, they’re touring Italy with their “Sorry Mom and Dad, but I can’t family during a vacation planned go with you to California on this

family trip you’ve been looking forward to for months. I have too much work.” It is unrealistic to assume that students are going to drop whatever is going on in their lives to sit at their computers, typing up outlines. We are not looking for homework-free breaks. We are just looking for a lightened load compared to what we are assigned currently. Whether they are staying at home or travelling the globe, vacation time is supposed to be vacation time—not another week for teachers to overwhelm their students (even more so than normal) with piles of work. Truth be told, if that were the case, we might as well still be sitting in the classroom with our friends. We’d rather spend nine hours of work with them than alone, wishing we were actually enjoying our vacation.

The blame game by Kelsey Lee Editor-in-Chief

Recognized by Columbia University, ASPA, NYPA, LIPA, and Newsday for journalistic excellence Editors-in-Chief Kelsey Lee Naomi Volk Managing Editors Philippa Boyes Emily Wrynn Editorial Editor Leah Sobel Colture Editor Tatianna Flores Sports Editors Rachel Tyson Tessa Patti News Editor Kara Iskenderian Faculty Adviser Jason Boland Staff Members: Emily Begin, Amanda Breivogel, Kimberly Brower, Ashley Cohen, Maria DiMatteo, John Eyerman, Michael Falbo, Emily Freeman, Jenee Gaccione, Lauren Herschbein, Arooj Iqbal, Julia Martinez, Shannon Matzen, Michelle Prussen, Rebecca RoodGoldman, Rachel Safford, Nicole Simmons, Kushhali Singh, Sarika Singh, Nina Thomas, Taylor Thomas, Alex Topper, Meghan Walsh Hoofbeats Sanford H. Calhoun High School 1786 State Street Merrick, NY 11566 (516) 992-1300 e-mail: Volume 52 No. 5

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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.

Dear Rand Paul, please shut up. I mean really, we all know you’re a complete nut, but do you have to make it so obvious? Want to know the worst part? People are buying into this. Bravo, Rand Paul, bravo. You are a stand-up guy, a real model citizen. You’ve really showed us how to be a true conservative. We get it. You want America to have a hands-off government. But do you really think that applies to the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Rand Paul said private businesses should have the right to refuse service to anyone they want to, including based on races or ethnicities. He said the federal government shouldn’t be able to force privately owned restaurants to serve people they don’t want to serve, even if it is blatant ethnic/ racial discrimination. I know that racism still runs rampant in the world today, but this is just an insult. Most people at least try to be subtly racist. Of course, Rand tried to clear everything up later on. “I unequivocally state that I will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Well, thanks for that, Rand, but you still said that the Civil Rights Act was basically unconstitutional. You really can’t fix this. But when all else fails, blame someone else, that’s the mature route.

He also said, “The problem with most people from the left is they want to make this an issue about you supporting abhorrent practices which I don’t support.” Hey Rand, just to remind you, no one’s putting words in your mouth. You said it. And how about the other gems of wisdom Rand has been imparting with us. When asked about the BP oil crisis, Rand said, “I think it’s part of this sort of blame game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen” Rand, you ignorant fool. I mean really, you would think that they interviewed a child. Accidents happen, but someone is to blame in this case. Some say that if American citizens used a little less gas, this may have been prevented. Others, like Nancy Pelosi, blame the Bush administration, by saying that “Many of the people appointed in the Bush administration are still burrowed in the agencies that are supposed to oversee the [oil] industry.” Others still blame Obama, but no matter who is to blame, we can’t chalk up this incident to “an accident,” Mr. Rand Paul. America, we are in grave danger. It’s a sad day when morons like Rand Paul run for senate. It’s a sad day when the Republican Party puts up candidates like him or Sarah Palin. And for the sake of America and its future, Rand Paul, will you just shut up?


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Spill calls for more action, reaction by Michael Falbo Staff Writer

When a government is not prepared to solve an enormous problem, they must improvise and take direct action to solve it and admit failure. It might also help to prepare accordingly in case this disaster could happen again. British Petroleum, an enormous corporate benefactor to President Obama, is a stain on the face of capitalism. Their blatant disregard for the safety of workers and the environmental implications of their actions make me wonder if executives have a shred of morality in their bodies. Readers, let’s take a look at British Petroleum’s inability to properly maintain safety standards on an oil rig and their destruction of the Gulf Coast. The newly infamous corporation British Petroleum has showed us that by ignoring safety tests which indicated that trouble was brewing, and using broken fail safe devices on hydraulic equipment (which was clearly in a state of disrepair), you can get catastrophically bad results. When dissecting this crisis it is important to remember two things. The first is that this incident was totally avoidable and would merely have required a brief systems shutdown for maintenance. Second, in the face of an environmental disaster, BP has decided to attempt to salvage the well with ineffective temporary fixes until they can get the oil pumping into their tankers as it once did. They could logically close the well up permanently by destroying it. There is

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BP crews clean oil off of the beach at Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

a time when morally one should concede that taking a multi-billion dollar bath is necessary for the preservation of an entire region’s ecology and environment. It angers me that we have not seen a fervent and angry response from environmental activists (whom I typically hate). When the Exxon Valdez spilled an estimated minimum of 10.8 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s waters in 1989, there was an immediate and passionate outcry on the part of environmental advocacy groups. The government took action and resolved the problem to the best of its ability. Why are the activists and government officials being silent and complacent now in the face of a catastrophe where the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez takes place every four days? The environmental impacts are clear; the remaining marshlands of the American south

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Oil was first spotted on the Louisiana coast on Wednesday, May 12.

will be further decimated to the point of near non-existence. As an individual who subscribes to the laissez faire theory and a belief in the fallacy of governmental regulations in all but the most severe emergencies, I would usually squirm to think of a government barking orders at a private company without some sort of legal standing. However, this is a cataclysmic situation where a lackadaisical response to a situation of enormous magnitude will have unprecedented and disastrous ramifications. I say to you Barack Obama: take action to handle this crisis or be the man who allowed a preventable environmental slaughter.

Volk Tales Erasing history by Naomi Volk Editor-in-Chief

What is history? Is it some malleable concept, subject to the whim of its constituents? Or is it a clear idea, unchanging no matter who attempts to put a slant to it? If Texas has its way, history may be entirely dependent upon the audience. According to the New York Times, “the Texas Board of Education approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics.” That’s right. The Texas Board of Education is attempting to rewrite history to make it conform to the ideals of social conservatives. While these board members say they are attempting to right a left-leaning curriculum, members are proposing changes that include questioning the separation of church and state and a more heroic view of Joseph McCarthy – the leader of the 1950s witch-hunt for communists in the United States. Now why should it matter to us what the kids in Texas are learning? Aside from the fact that there are 4.7 million students in Texas that would grow up learning a false history, other states will be directly affected by the nonsense. The country has unwittingly catered to the Texas educational whim for some time. The same textbook (catered to the Texas market) that would be sent to Texas would also be sent to, for example “Michigan and Illinois

and New York.” Yep. New York children are being poisoned by falsehoods that infiltrated the system not by historians and teachers, but by school board members who chose to ignore professional advice and follow the agenda of social conservatives, who outvoted the moderate Republicans and Democrats on every issue. The school board voted directly on party lines – with the 10 Republicans outweighing the five Democrats. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said that, “We do a disservice to children when we shield them from the truth, just because some people think it is painful or doesn’t fit with their particular views.” Sorry, social conservatives. It’s not just your country. It’s my country too. And I have a right to want a future full of educated peoples from around the country. How dare you try and take that away from me. Let us hope that, should these textbooks see the light of day, students will continue to pursue the truth. And let us hope that many will be privileged to have good history teachers who will take it upon themselves to teach history as it was and not history as Texas wants it to have been.



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Are girls running with a double standard? It’s just a sports bra get over it

some of the toughest people out there. I speak for more people than myself: we can take care of ourImagine this: it’s burning hot, selves. We have thick skin. The picture of poor frail girls 90 degrees, uncomfortable beyond belief, and you still have four more is the antithesis of a female athlete. miles to run. You’ve been sweat- The belief that girls need some sort ing profusely, causing your face to of protection from males may be drip sweat and your shirt to stick taken as cute or caring, but I find it uncomfortably to your body. The to be an insult. Secondly, it is my body; it is logical solution to the problem is my choice what to do with it. I’m to take your shirt off. Oh, but wait: society has a prob- speaking as an athlete competing lem with that. For some strange after school - not a desperate teenreason, the idea of a sports bra age girl showing off her body in a classroom. makes people If teenage boys uncomfortable. “If guys were told they could They can’t handle not take their shirts off, this want to stare the idea of a fe- would not be an argument; at my stomach, so be it. Just bemale athlete with we would deal with the heat cause a boy may her shirt off. When it comes and sweaty shirts just like stupidly stare at the tiniest hint to running, a the every other athlete.” of bare skin does shirt can become not mean I will cumbersome, so several members of the girls’ track team decided to cover it up to protect “my poor do away with them. In response, frail self.” I am an equal, and I am many people, including Calhoun just as emotionally strong (but adcoaches, have voiced their con- mittedly less muscular) than most cerns over such a “horrible of- guys. As for the claim that girls in fense.” How is it that boys can take sports bras are more promiscuous, off their shirts without having to there is simply no connection. Just worry about any possible reper- because we’re showing more skin cussions while girls aren’t allowed while competing does not mean to? Sounds like a double standard. that we are inclined to show even There is no rule against cooling more. The purpose in showing our off, but for some reason girls are expected to follow along with this bodies is to cool down and have a better workout, not to send out a unfair standard. A prime example of this blunt sexual message. Now I might sound a bit irrainequality is the story of world champion soccer player Brandi tional to many, but this is just my plea for a bit of equality. Athletes Chastain. After kicking the winning pen- are athletes; they train hard, comalty shot during the 1999 World pete and push their bodies to new Cup, Mrs. Chastain peeled off her personal limits. Gender just isn’t a factor. If guys jersey revealing her… gasp, stomach. A massive controversy stirred were told they could not take their around America. Even though the shirts off, this would not be an arpractice of taking a shirt off in vic- gument; we would deal with the tory had been exercised frequently heat and sweaty shirts just like evin male soccer, somehow the rules ery other athlete. The fact that one group can while the other can not applied differently for women. One might argue that making is unjust. It might be the rebel in me, but female athletes keep their shirts on is for their own protection, that I feel no need to play by society’s revealing our stomachs is ask- rules just because they exist. As ing for trouble. You can say that Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “Evguys are pigs that are hormonally eryone has a moral responsibility imbalanced and that girls should to disobey unjust laws.” Whether it is printed or implied not be subjected to the teenage male’s cat-calling and immaturity. I will not fall victim to this obvious In response to these obvious facts double standard. When the workI say, thanks but no thanks; we out is hard and the heat calls for a don’t need your protection. Trust little bit of extra skin to cool off, I me when I say female athletes are will take my shirt off. by Kara Iskenderian News Editor

Girls in sports bras send the wrong message

by Gabriella Long Contributing Writer

spect for ourselves and prove the stereotypes against us wrong. And let me ask you this: is it ever really that hot out? Is it really necessary to take off a thin cotton shirt to reveal a Nike polyester sports bra? You’re still sweating and still confined in an uncomfortable, hot piece of clothing. This cancels out the purpose of taking off the shirt. There is absolutely no difference between wearing a thin shirt to wearing a sports bra. It’s not like we’re comparing it to running with a sweatshirt on rather than a t-shirt, which would be something to argue. I am very much a proponent of equal rights for boys and girls in sports, academics, and careers, but boys should be able to take off their shirts because they are not a distraction to us. Yes, some girls might like seeing a guy with good abs running shirtless, but girls are way more of a distraction, and boys are way more immature about seeing more skin than usual. Is there a double standard? Maybe. But girls have a responsibility to themselves and each other. There’s a place and a time for revealing your body. Calhoun is not that place.

If several members of the girls’ track team want to make a good name for themselves, they should want to be known as the girls who are amazing runners and are as competitive as the track boys - not the girls who run around without shirts. As a member of the track team, I feel it’s unnecessary to run without a shirt. Although it would be hard to get the girls to admit this, the main reason for running in only a sports bra is for the attention. And as a proud athlete, I don’t want us to be lumped in with the girls who run around with nothing on and are looked at by some to be promiscuous. Although these girls may not be promiscuous in their teenage lives outside of track, people are known to judge a book by its cover. Fair or not, we are just helping society think that way and not helping ourselves. A day after running without their shirts on, the girls heard comments from guys and other coaches that they were a distraction and what was their reaction? The track girls got mad? The first reaction people have if they see a girl running without a shirt is that they are trying to show off. But if people are commenting on their lack of clothing then the runners have to accept the message they are sending is the wrong one. Senior Gina Gallo agreed and added, “You have the responsibility as a woman to understand that we have different features than boys do, and we need to cover up in places they necessarily don’t.” (photo by Kimberly Brower) As women we Should girls be allowed to run wearing a sports bra if the boys are have to show re- allowed to run without a shirt?


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E-reading is just not the same by Nina Thomas Staff Writer

Never could I have imagined hat a good book could be replaced. That was until the Kindle. Books have always been a big part of my life, and I never imagined they could be compared to video games. But it was when my brother traded in his old Nintendo 64 to make the cost of the amazing Play station 2 cheaper that I first realized just how outdated the console had become. As an avid gamer, I learned when to buy products at their best value. But one thing I thought would never become obsolete was books. With recent advances in technology, it seems as though that might be happening. Books are now being replaced by e-readers, computers with downloadable books that are revolutionizing the way we read. The question is, which is better, the traditional book or the e-reader? Books have a certain charm to them: the way paper feels while

reading out on the grass on a humid day, the leisure found in simply curling up with a good book after a long day. “I think the Kindle would be easier, but if it breaks you can’t really continue reading, and a book can never really break,” said junior Alex Salomone. Sophomore Elana Pelosa also seemed to prefer paper books. “I would much rather read a book than a computer. The experience is for more rewarding when your reading paper than a (photo courtesy of machine.” For a long time I agreed with Alex and Elana. Paper books seemed easier on the eyes and much easier to use. Junior Halli Rosen also held a similar view saying, “I’d rather read a book than a computer because technology is basically used for everything else and we should leave the past for something.” But then I saw the Kindle. When looking at the Kindle I realized it

actually looked like a normal page As crazy as it may sound, I would in a book. I then began to list the still personally take a paperback standard arguments used against copy of a book over a Kindle if give-reading: it’s too bright, too hard en the choice. Books have a smell to read, not as comfortable. But for to them. They have a unique feel, every argument I had against the and that’s something that is not Kindle, it seemed to counteract. It easily replaceable. I may be able to wasn’t too bright, in fact it was eas- read a book that looks the same on ier to read as you could adjust the the Kindle, but it wouldn’t feel the brightness, and it was relatively same. With books, you can feel it small and easy to read on a whole. when its humid out, you can hold The Kindle was even cheaper. the edge of the next page while finAmazon holds an array of books ishing up their page your currently available to cusreading. You can tomers complete- “Books have a smell to them. hold the cover in ly free. There They have a unique feel, and your hands and are more than 14 that’s something that is not just read. webpages of free easily replaceable.” Normal books books available won’t have speto readers. What cial graphics amazed me even more was that e- when you turn the pages like the books could even be checked out new e-book version of Alice in through your local library. Wonderland, but sometimes there I quickly began to worry that is just a particular feel to books books would soon become like that I’ve come to love. To hold a CD’s, which, for the most part, have book I love in my hands look at the been replaced with iPods and cell cover and feel the pages. phones holding music. However, I agree with Halli. Technolreading an e-book is not the same ogy has taken over so much of our as reading for your cell phone or lives that some things should just your computer. E-reading can be stay the same. I don’t believe that much easier than reading a nor- my paperback copy of Romeo and mal book when you can holds and Juliet will soon become obsolete in reach hundreds of books at your the same way that I believe my DSi fingertips. When going on long will. trips, traveling or even just when Books are special and e-reading, you don’t want to carry a bunch although very convenient, will of books around, e-reading can be never completely replace paper very helpful. books for me.

Living through the tragedy in Haiti by Frantz Hosty Contributing Writer

Frantz Hosty is a recent addition to Calhoun, having just moved to the area from Haiti. Frantz shares his story with Hoofbeats.

I can finally thank you all for your acts of solidarity toward me and toward my country. It is not just the Haitian people who have been affected - the victims of the January 12 earthquake belong to nearly 50 nationalities. I do not think there has been, in recent history of humanity, as strong of an example of solidarity than the one I have just experienced. My family and I came across great forms of compassion. Although these intense pains are very personal, intimate even, it was good to feel we were not alone. My experience in Haiti after the tragedy I can attribute to the strength felt throughout my nation. During the search and recov-

ery of remains of five members Foreign media, which covered of my family, people who did not Haiti 24/7, were probably not in a even live in the neighborhood and position to report that local soliwhose names I did not know, of- darity, because it was not as visible fered assistance. One of them told as international solidarity. Yet it me he had lost everything and had is this solidarity with bare hands never searched for corpses before. that saved most lives and has Me neither, I thought. He taught withdrawn the largest number of me that putting victims from the kerosene mixed “My experience in Haiti after rubble. It was with Clorox on the tragedy I can attribute to the solidarity the decomposing who gave first the strength felt throughout body greatly reaid, offered the my nation.” duced odors. first bottled waAn architect, ter, and the first who I had just blankets. met, stayed with me all day, guidI chose to respect the remaining ing us to the best place to search. Haitians’ privacy and tried instead On the first day alone, two corpses to understand what was happenhad been recovered. The commu- ing with post-disaster operations nity spirit allowed me to bury them and reconstruction. The concept in, more or less, a decent cemetery behind it applied to all countries outside Port-au-Prince after dark, for the reconstruction of a country despite the fierce indignation of will not know success if it is just the residents who insisted that we accompanied by a comprehensive not bury the dead at night. I was rehabilitation program in provincial towns and rural areas. It apologetic. I did not know.

should also build new towns. By focusing on developing renewable energy sources (solar, wind, biofuels) they could also serve as a catalyst for new investment. If our new communities and cities are adopting strategies that have less negative impact on the environment, our country will become a more attractive place to live, visit, and invest. In this dream, aid to Haiti would exist not because we are poor, but because we are among the nations and peoples who have a future. In this sense, the reconstruction must prepare our country to be a leader in the new global economy. Would not it be extraordinary if the country that is designated as the poorest in the Western Hemisphere become one of the greenest nation in the world? After the nightmare of January 12, I propose to transform into reality this utopia, and offer it to the people of Haiti.



June 2010


Athletes graduate to next level by Tessa Patti & Rachel Tyson Sports Editors

Calhoun is known for many things, including the athletic talents of its teams and players. Many of those players will be continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. For senior Jess Teves, it has been her dream to play lacrosse in college since she began playing in third grade. Teves will be playing at Molloy College. She has been interested in Molloy since this past summer, and is really excited for the opportunity. Senior Paul Grubb will also be playing lacrosse next year for Manhattan College. Grubb was recruited at a showcase last summer and has been looking forward to playing at Manhattan ever since. Calhoun’s track and field and cross country teams will have three representatives in the New York area. Bobby McGetrick will be continuing next year at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. The Muhlenberg team has been strong in meets for the past few years and McGetrick is ready for the challenge. Kevin Harvey will be a runner at Fordham. Fordham recruited Harvey during his junior year, after deciding he wanted to continue to run in college as early as tenth grade. Harvey said he

“expects to train harder and longer than ever before.” Matt Callman will be joining Teves at Molloy College next year where he has chosen to continue running. Callman has been looking into running in college since early in his junior year and is definitely excited to make the transition onto a new team next year. But the college athletes don’t stop at the New York border. Calhoun will be represented around the United States. Baseball player Tyler Thorton will be at James Madison University in Virginia.

(photo by Ashley McGetrick)

McGetrick is running to Muhlenberg.

(photo by Maria DiMatteo)

Grubb is headed to Manhattan College.

Thorton has wanted to play college baseball since he was young and is eager to have this opportunity to fulfill his dream. Thorton was recruited, like Grubb, by playing in showcases around the area. Also playing baseball is senior Ryan Kass who will be at Cornell University in New York. Joey Saladino will be playing baseball at Gettysburg College. Other athletes like Mike Guerra, Dan D’Ottone, Mac Maldarelli and Cosmo Nestola will be carrying on their careers onto the college field as well. Both

Guerra (Adelphi University) and D’Ottone (SUNY Cortland) will be playing soccer, while Maldarelli will prolong his wrestling career, and Nestola will go on with playing football. Many of these athletes said they expect a huge change in the dedication and commitment compared to the teams they have been playing on their whole lives. “For my new team, I expect to be training harder and pushed more than ever before,” explained Teves. “I also expect to compete at an extremely high level and with girls that want to win and play as much as I do.” All of the athletes agree that practices and games will be much harder than most of what they faced at Calhoun and outside leagues. “I expect it to be crazy with practice every morning at 6:30 and playing with the best players around the country,” said Grubb. Another big change is the balance between school work and playing. The college workload is much different than high school, and the college teams require more dedication. But these athletes are ready for the challenge. “It will take time to learn how to balance school and running,” said Callman. “I have been balancing it for years so I feel it will be a pretty smooth transition.”

Strezenec a finalist for Heisman by Alex Foley Staff Writer

Senior Christina Strezenec is a finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. This national award is based on one’s academic excellence, service to the community, and athletics in high school. The students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their previous three years in high school, and must participate in one or more extracurricular school sport. Strezenec’s application was a prime example of all of the qualifications it took to be eligible for the WHSH considering her high grades, her artistic abilities, her self-less community service, and her outstanding athletic participation in both badminton and volleyball. Because of these characteristics Strezenec’s application was recognized out of many other well-rounded students’ applications, and has now moved up to a national level.

Varsity volleyball coach Ms. Heather Glick, said, “I first met Christina when she was a sophomore playing on the varsity team. I remember thinking how fortunate the program was to have such a talented player, and right then, it was easy to recognize that she would have a very bright future. Not only does Ms. Glick think Christina simply meets all of the requirements of the award, she knows Christina is dedicated to all aspects of it. “To prove she was a dedicated team player, she worked incredibly hard on a social, academic and athletic level to show her commitment to her teammates. In fact, she told me early on in the season that she was willing to do anything to help the team,“ Ms. Glick said. Although at first Christina did not think she would ever actually achieve the award her dedication and persistence paid off. “When I handed it in to the office I realized I purely did it for the sake of my curiosity and I

thought, hey, why not try it out?” She was right. There is no harm in trying, and her achievement is proof of that. “I’m actually quite thankful I have received the award because it does mean a lot.” Although Christina’s hard work and determination brought her to achieve the WHSH she hasn’t forgotten those who have assisted her along the way. “I owe a lot of people who have helped me in my high school journey. Because of them I’ll be off to college soon with a level head on my shoulders. Without them I would have not received the award and most importantly I would not be the person I am today.” Ms. Glick added, “Throughout my interactions with her both on and off the court over the past two years, she has proven herself to be an excellent team captain and leader, a cooperative and responsible student-athlete, and a loyal and sincere team player.”

(photo by Jamie Kudler)

Christina Strezenec will be attending the College of St. Rose.


June 2010



by Tessa Patti Sports Editor

The Colts have ridden a wave of success and are in the Nassau County Finals against MacArthur. Finishing in Conference AA-I with a 10-4 record, the Colts were ready to go into playoffs. Throughout the season, the team battled their way through difficult games coming up with big wins over typical powerhouse teams like Massapequa and Bellmore JFK. The first round of playoffs for the Colts were played against Oceanside, who the boys triumphed over in the regular season winning both games played 13-1 and 9-1. In Game One of the Class AA quarterfinals the Colts came out victorious in a tough game that ended at a score of 12-11. Calhoun was challenged by this Oceanside team, but had big hits by sophomore Robbie Rosen and junior Jake Thomas. Solid pitching by junior Joey Christopher helped Calhoun finish off the game. In Game Two against Oceanside the Colts once again battled through, winning 9-5. The winning pitcher was senior Jon Mekelberg. Juniors Dan Sullivan and Jake

Finals week

Colts head to Counties (photo by Maria DiMatteo)

Third baseman Robbie Rosen warms up before an inning - much like the Colts have warmed up in time for the playoffs.

Thomas, as well as Rosen added to the Colts’ lead with home runs. Sullivan went 3 for 4, pushing the team to a win and advancing them to the Class AA semifinals against Carey. During the regular season Carey provided Calhoun with two tough games just two weeks before. The Colts got the win in one of them by a score of 11-9 but in the second game of the series, Calhoun lost to

Carey 6-3. That loss did not stop the boys from coming out strong and defeating the No. 3 seeded Carey in two games. In the first game of the semifinals, the Colts, led by senior pitcher Mike Simon, won 15-9. Sullivan hit not just a home run, but a grand slam, while Jake Thomas and sophomores Frank Trimarco and Zach Goldstein added to the Colts 15 runs.

In Game Two, things were a little bit closer. With one out in the top of the eighth inning, senior Ryan Kass doubled in Sullivan to take the lead by one run. In the previous inning, Trimarco had a tworun single with two outs to tie the game, ultimately setting the Colts up for a victory by a score of 4-3. With this win, the Colts are set to play MacArthur in the best-ofthree county finals for class AA.

Remembering a local hero by Tessa Patti and Rachel Tyson Sports Editors

(photo by Nicole Simmons)

Mrs. Gies with her sons Thomas, Bobby, and Ronnie at the scoreboard dedication.

A new scoreboard was installed on the baseball field in the memory of Lt. Ronnie E. Gies, a firefighter who tragically lost his life during the Sept. 11 attacks. Ronnie E. Gies was a beloved member of the Merrick Community and the New York Fire Department who tragically lost his life fighting to save lives during 9/11. Mr. Gies was an active member of the Merrick Little League, coaching many of the players who later played at Calhoun. His three sons, Ronnie, Bobby, and Tommy, have played for the Colts as well, and received an immense amount of support from their father. The Gies’ family involvement with baseball within the neighborhood prompted his wife, Mrs. Carol Gies, to begin a scholarship fund in his name to benefit the sport. ”The scoreboard means a lot. It’s very heartfelt and special,” Mrs. Gies said. “There are no words to describe how wonderful a feeling this is to see. The boys, not only ours, but the community kids from the team, and baseball, meant so much to Ronnie. So to see his name up on that scoreboard means so much.” The unveiling ceremony was

held prior to a varsity baseball game. At the gathering, the Gies family, as well as friends and coworkers from fire departments across New York made speeches commemorating Mr. Gies’ dedication and heart in saving lives by risking his own. After saluting the flag and displaying the scoreboard the festivities were brought to a close with a scrimmage against Holy Trinity. Each year at the Sports Boosters Annual Dinner, Mrs. Gies and her sons present a memorial scholarship to a Calhoun player. This year, the Lt. Ronnie E. Gies Memorial Scholarship Fund, along with funds from Senator Fuschillo, Dave Denenberg, and the Calhoun’s Sports Boosters committee, all donated money to purchase a new scoreboard in Gies’ name. The scoreboard reads “In Memory of Ronnie E. Gies FDNY 9/11/01.“ The scoreboard does not only mean a lot to the baseball team, considering their previous scoreboard barely lit up, but it means a lot to the Gies family to have this memorial in their neighborhood. The scoreboard is located in centerfield behind the home run fence, and not only is it a memorial, but a source of luck to help the Colts battle through their home games and throughout the playoffs.

County champs!

(photos by Jamie Kudler)

Senior captains Alyssa DeMonte, Kaitlin Gallo, and Christina Strezenec with Coach Musc (inset: the happy bus ride home)

by Rachel Tyson Sports Editor

The girls’ badminton team lived up to its high expectations, bringing home yet another County championship win. The girls defeated Great Neck South in the finals to win their second consecutive title and the sixth

in the past nine years. Coach Gregg Muscarella, who has been leading the program for nine years, said maintaining such a program is “all about the basics!” The 4-3 win over Great Neck South was a close one, with matches won by first singles, Christina Strezenec, as well as second singles Elise Meade. Although Calhoun

beat Great Neck South during the season, it was their hardest, and closest game. The Lady Colts used that edge to beat them the second time around. Previous success in an undefeated season didn’t get to the girls’ heads. They knew that, although they were triumphant in the regular season, hard work was still

needed if they wanted to continue their winning streak in Counties. “Our program’s confidence is high from our past success; we set high goals each year. Setting goals and doing what it takes to accomplish your goals are completely different,” said Coach Muscarella. “Athletes have to want to win enough that they will succeed. I wouldn’t say we were expecting to win a County title, but we had the desire to want to win.” The girls continued to hold vigorous practices all season long, to prepare for the playoffs and County championship. “We practiced every chance we could. Coach Musc and Coach Sue Litwin definitely made sure that we had as much court time as possible,” explained Strezenec, senior captain. “When we sat out, there was no ‘ifs, ands or buts”; we were always on the court, and we always did our best. Musc says that there is a difference between going to practice and practicing, And let me tell you, I learned the difference from day one.” Although they’ve achieved their goal, this badminton program is no where near finished. Even with the loss of a great group of hardworking and spirited seniors, such as Kaitlin Gallo and Alyssa DeMonte, both the coaches and the team alike feel they have the potential to win another title next season. Returning players such as Meade, as well as Danielle Augugliaro, Fariha Chowdhury, and Jenna Del Bove will be given the chance to step up and lead their team. Judging on the amount of work this team puts in year round, along with an immense amount of ambition, another county title seems possible for the 2011 Calhoun Colts Varsity Badminton team. “We went into the match with pure determination and belief.” said Meade. “When we started the season, we had one goal and that was to win the county championship. After every single match that we’d win, Musc told us that we can’t be satisfied, because we haven’t met our goal yet. That [encouraging] mentality drove us through the season and always pushed us to win the next time.”

June 2010 Hoofbeats  

June 2010 Hoofbeats