Hopkins School 986 Forest Road New Haven, CT
Vol LXV, no. 7
May 10, 2018
Hopkins Students Unite to Talk About Gun Violence Sarah Roberts '20 News Editor On March 24, hundreds of thousands of people across the country marched together in solidarity with the student survivors and activists from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students. All of these individual marches were subsidiary to the massive March for Our Lives on Washington, with over 200,000 people in attendance. In memory of all students wounded and killed as a result of gun violence, many schools participated in a nationwide walkout on April 20, the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine shooting. Hopkins hosted an all-school Assembly on this day to provide the community with an opportunity to openly talk about the issues at hand. In a recent survey of 150 Hopkins students and 50 staff members, over 20 percent reported attending one of the various marches that occurred in March, in local locations such as Guilford, New York City, and Hartford, marches in other states such as California and Vermont, and even the largest march in Washington, D.C.. Students attended the march for various reasons. Tamara Lilenbaum ’19 attended the New York City March with her family. She explained that, after the Parkland shooting, she was "very upset" but wasn't planning on doing much because
“school shootings had become the norm” to her. It wasn’t until she saw “all of the high school students around the country and around the world take action” that she was inspired to get involved: “It made me feel proud to be a part of my generation; I felt like I'd be letting them down if I didn't attend.” Sophie
Sonnenfeld ’21 attended the march on the Guilford Green for a similar reason: “I was inspired by the courage and eloquence of the Parkland survivors and realized we can all make a difference to effect change for safer schools and communities.” Emilie Harris, a science teacher, fencing coach, and advisor for the Class of 2020, attended a rally in Montpelier, Vermont, with her cousin and her aunt, who had been a special educator for 40 years. “For me,” she explained, “one of the biggest reasons I felt I needed to attend was this question: how can I stand in front of my students who are asking for improvements in gun control that I believe in if I just sit idle?” She also noted the remarkable sense of community she felt at the march, in a place where she knew no one but her two family members. “Had I marched at home, it would have been a sense of community with a large number of people that I knew,” emphasized Harris. Khelan Parikh ’20 explained that the march had a personal significance for himself and the rest of the people in Guilford, Connecticut. “In my town just a few weeks before, a young freshman was shot and killed at his friends house by accident. This horrific tragedy brought the issue close to home. You could feel that everybody’s passionate voices and signs came from a feeling Naomi Roberts '18, Jeff Gu '18, Avi Bhaya '18, Jenn Horkovich '18, of utter sorrow and despair. You could tell that my whole town Georgia Doolittle '18, Donasia Gray '18, and Sarah Roberts '20 internalized the issue, which made for a very powerful march." (Continued on page 2) participate in the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Hop Robotics Competes at World Championships independent and apt at solving problems. Connelly referenced the team’s work ethic: “The team is very energetic and really has a passionate drive to deFrom April 25 to 28, The sign and build the best robot possible. Hopkins Robotics Team competed at As an engineer myself, it's great to see World Championships in Detroit, Michthe students get experience with going igan. The team’s qualification to the through the engineering design process.” World Championships is an impresTilton applauded the team’s insive feat to anyone, especially considdependent spirit: “We pride ourselves for ering the team’s humble starting point. being almost entirely self-taught. Each Two years of us has learned ago, the robotics team the essentials of was nothing but a robotics on our Wednesday activity. own by watching Led by captains Josh many Youtube Ip '18 and Liana Tilton videos and learn'19, the team made its ing from more FIRST Tech Challenge experienced team (FTC) debut one year members. We deago. At this time, the sign, plan, build, robotics program at and organize alHop had evolved from most everything this small group to ourselves.” This two competition ready group is also very teams and a club. dedicated to their Even though projects, devotthe team barely qualing time for the ified for States last robot during and year, the accomIan Guthrie after school, as plishment marked a well as off days significant turning point for Hopkins The Hopkins Robotics Team participated in the FTC World Championships in Detroit, and breaks. Adwith Mukherjee Michigan, this April. robotics. This year, '19 commented with a season of experience under its belt, the team not only the most experienced team member, re- on the team's chemistry: “The robotqualified for States, but also set a record flected on the team’s improvement: “Start- ics team is a lot like any other team on for its event. The team also won the In- ing in January, we went unbeaten in two the hill. We spend a lot of time together spire Award, a prize given to the most straight qualifying rounds of competition. in the robotics room, so naturally there well-rounded team, as well as the Think We literally went from a team that no one are ups and downs. But in the end we Award, given to the team with the best thought or cared about to the best team all work really well together and it's alengineering notebook. Additionally, the in the state, and that’s pretty amazing.” lowed us to build a successful robot.” The robotics program, as a The members of Hopkins Roteam qualified for the Super Regionwhole, has a unique dynamic. The group botics tries not only to improve their own al Competition, an event in which only included two teams: one team of experiskills, but also helps those in the communithree teams from Connecticut compete. Tilton reflected on the team's enced builders and programmers and an- ty get interested in this activity. The team, qualifying: “When the judges announced other of inexperienced Hopkins students especially the captains, devote countless our name, I remember all of us jump- trying to learn something new. Overall, hours toward outreach programs like Pathing out of our seats, beaming with even with a useful base for resources, in- finder to teach robotics to younger chilsmiles, and hugging each other. I, my- formation, and help, including the head dren and spark an early interest in STEM. (Continued on page 2) self, could not stop smiling for the rest coach Lynn Connelly, the team is very
JR Stauff ’19 News Editor
of the weekend. The countless hours and energy that everyone had dedicated to the team had really paid off.” The team kept its streak of hard work and success to Super Regionals, taking ninth out of 72 teams and qualifying for the World Championships. This success was particularly exciting to members of the team, as the group started the year unsuccessful, finishing last in their first competition. Ip, one of the captains and
Inside This Issue: Features, page 3 News...........................1-2
Seniors Give Features.......................2-3 Op/ED............................4 College ApplicaVoices.............................5 tion Advice Arts.................................6 Sports..........................7-8
OP/ED, page 4 "Rhyme and Reason" - A Political Cartoon by Ben Nields '19
Voices, page 5 On Maroon Fridays by Gigi Speer '18
Josiah Kaplan Visits Hopkins Julia Kosinski '21 Assistant News Editor Dr. Josiah Kaplan, this year’s Hopkins Spring Fellow, will visit Hopkins and speak in Assembly on Friday, May 11. Kaplan is currently a Research Advisor at Save the Children International in London where he serves on the Global Migration and Displacement Initiative (MDI) team. After graduating Hopkins as a member of the class of 2001, Kaplan attended Dartmouth College, where he received a BA in International Relations. Kaplan then attended the University of Oxford, earning both a Masters in International Development and a PhD in International Relations. Kaplan's 2001 Hopkins yearbook page discusses his commitment to The Razor, Debate Club, and his leadership role in the History Club, sharing some of his busy participation in school activities. Art teacher, and a member of the committee responsible for choosing the spring fellow, Eric Mueller, believes Kaplan must have certainly been a “serious and strong student.” Mueller further stated: “It will be interesting to hear how he evolved from his Hopkins days through his time at Dartmouth and then Oxford.” Kaplan’s current role at Save the Children as Research Advisor for MDI, makes him responsible for facilitating research on child-focused migration and displacement. He is an expert in both international aid and security affairs. Kaplan has previously advised and provided expertise on research practice in humanitarian settings. In his capacity as a research associate with University of Oxford Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP), Kaplan also coordinates research involving the refugee crisis in East Africa and the Middle East, as well as disaster response operations. Kaplan’s co authored book, Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development, discusses refugee based innovation that can lead to improvement in refugee economies.
L Bloom, RSC, University of Oxford Josiah Kaplan (left) was selected to be this year's Alum Spring Fellow.
Arts, page 6 Hopkins Musicians Make Melodies in May
Sports, page 7 The Effects of Psychology in Sports
The Razor: News/Features
May 10, 2018
Hopkins Community Discusses Gun Violence
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Although members of the Hopkins community attended the marches for different reasons, they all left with similar feelings of empowerment and motivation. Sonnenfeld explained that seeing several thousand people on the Guilford Green was unbelievably uplifting. “People were joining in solidarity across age, race, gender and political affiliation with enthusiasm and positive hopes for the future,” she said. Yasmin Bergemann ’20 added that this march, along with the movement itself, gives her hope and that she felt that “as a younger generation, it is nice to think that things can change and improve, especially if we really push for it.” Similarly, the Assembly that took place here on The Hill was planned to be “as student initiated as possible” said Lars Jorgensen, Dean of Students, “where the role of the administration is simply support and guidance.” A committee with representatives from all four grades of the Middle and Upper Schools, spearheaded by Jenn Horkovich ’18, Avi Bhaya ’18, and Madeleine Walker ’19, was in charge of planning the Assembly, with little intervention from the administration. Horkovich explained that Jorgensen was the only administrator involved and that “he said yes to everything we asked and helped us talk through all of our ideas, asking important questions so that the Assembly would run smoothly.” The committee made clear that the main goal was to look at the past mistakes during the Conversation on Race and the Talk About Hate to focus on how the discussion could stay away from forcing a conversation and instead create a platform for all voices. Jorgensen emphasized that it was a very deliberate decision that the Assembly focused on gun violence instead of gun control. In today’s political climate, many students recognize the importance of allowing people on both sides of any issue to speak their minds. To facilitate this, Horkovich went directly to people with more unpopular views to ask them what they thought of the committee’s ideas, which is how Mack Reiferson ’18 ended up on the committee and the discussion table during the walkout was formed. “I am certainly one of the voices who isn’t heard from too much at Hopkins so they sought me out to basically serve as a bridge to the people whose voices tend not to be heard” Reiferson added. Reiferson explained that the committee attempted
many strategies to create an open dialogue. Although it was under consideration in the first few weeks of planning, it was decided that no outside speakers would be asked to come to the Assembly. Reiferson explained that the purpose of this was “to eliminate the aspect of authority but rather move to a dialogue between stu-
Sarah Roberts ’20 Liz Bamgboye ’20 marches alongside other Hopkins students during the National School Walkout dents.” Instead, the committee sent an email to the entire Hopkins community, asking for submissions from people who wanted to speak in the Assembly. “We were fortunate enough to be able to put in all of the pieces we were given, so the balance that occurred was natural, which was really cool to see,” emphasized Horkovich. On April 20, Assembly kicked off at nine in the morning with an introduction from Horkovich and Walker followed by a history of gun legislation given by Sophie Sonnenfeld ’21 and Ella Zuse ’21, an original poem titled “Shot Heard ‘Round the Nation,” by Miya Segal ’21, a history of the second amendment given by Ben Nields ’19, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” by Bob Dylan, performed by Ashley Chin ‘19, Alexis Chang ‘21 and Lucy Panagos ‘20, a speech from Prairie Resch ’21 about her experience at the march, a speech on the statistics of gun vio-
Robotics Attends Worlds (Continued from page 1) Connelly described the team’s dedication to both their robot and community service: “The best part of the group is the camaraderie between the students and their dedication to the team. The robotics league that we are a part of requires teams not only to build a robot but also create an engineering notebook and provide outreach to the community. Members of the team teach robotics to Pathfinder and do other forms of outreach. Our engineering notebook documents the entire year and is reviewed and critiqued by judges at competitions. So really being on the robotics team is so much more than only building a robot; the students are learning how to be engineers.” Hopkins Robotics has evolved from a small Wednesday activity to a large, serious, and competitive team. For anyone interested in joining a club next year, this club has several outreach pro-
grams that allow anyone to experience robotics,including club and rookie teams. Tilton reflected on the program: “What many people don’t realize is that a robotics team is more than just building a robot. The writing of a very detailed engineering notebook, the planning of all outreach efforts, ordering the many, many parts, keeping track of finances, and much more, must be organized.” The team entered Worlds with low expectations. According to Ben Goldstein ’19, one team goal was to defeat more than 20 percent of its competitors. The Hopkins team ended the tournament with a record of 5-4 earning a twelfth-place finish. In only a year, Hopkins Robotics has bounded from a regional competitor to a Worlds powerhouse. Next year, led by Tilton and Mukherjee, the team hopes to continue their dominant run and to expand their program with new teams, hopefully including the Junior School.
lence from Sonni Fitzsimonds ’18, an original poem “On October 25, A School Demolished,” by Kyle Burton ‘18 read by Naomi Tomlin ‘19, “None of this is Normal,” by Jenna Harris, read by Dania Zein ’21, and two speeches from members of the Sandy Hook community, Bhaya and Geneva Cunningham ’21. After the conclusion of Assembly, a half hour period of unstructured time, allowed students to participate in the national walkout from 10:00 to 10:17, engage in discussion at the table on the Big H, or take some time to think. The students who spoke in Assembly were motivated to stand up in front of the entire school for varying reasons. Panagos explained that she chose to play “Blowin’ in the Wind” because of the underlying message in the lyrics. Panagos explained,“Though Bob Dylan wrote the song in protest of the Vietnam war, the idea that innocent people are still being killed resonates with the current issue of gun violence in America and the initiative by the younger generation of America to reform the second amendment.” Kyle Burton ’18 knew from the start that he wanted to participate in the Assembly in some way, noting that he feels very strongly about the issue of gun violence. “The poem was mostly inspired by a conversation I had with my aunt. She said she was so in awe of the students who marched but that when Sandy Hook happened, those who would have stood up were mothers and fathers were so hurt and grieving that they didn’t have it in them to start the movement that’s getting traction right now.” He continued, “I didn’t think it was right to ignore their importance to this movement, so I wrote a poem based on this half of an essay, and it looked into this idea of a grieving mother. In the aftermath of Assembly, Horkovich and the rest of the committee “couldn’t be happier or more proud of the committee, the speakers, or Hopkins as a whole.” Despite the timely nature of the Assembly, students and teachers, alike, recognized that the conversation on gun violence does not end here. In order to keep this conversation going, Reiferson emphasized the importance of being politically literate. He suggested just scrolling through Snapchat Discover every day and subscribing to CNN or The Washington Post in order to gain the knowledge to spark political conversation. Jorgensen also points out that “What’s wonderful about this school is that we can engage in difficult conversations and look at thing from different angles, so we should always take advantage of that.”
Sam Jenkins Elected StuCo President
Zoe Kim ’20 With the Hopkins schedule already busy Assistant News Editor for the next year, Jenkins says that he is “focused With only a couple months left of the more on improving things, rather than adding more school year, the Hopkins comHighpoint Pictures to Hopkins’ already busy munity has chosen Sam Jenkins schedule.” This includes ‘19 as its new Student Council the annual Canned Food President. Jenkins has been an Drive fundraising week. As active member at school, includhe stated in his presidening being a part of concert choir, tial speech, Jenkins wishes the Hopkins Harmonaires and beto mix up the fall fundraising on StuCo for three years, he ing season by creating a also held the title of Class PresiTeam Fundraising Weekend. dent during his Sophomore Year. With this, varsity, Jenkins says that he junior varsity, intramurals hopes to make the 2018-19 and the drama department school year “the best it could can fundraise with their be” by encouraging more school- Sam Jenkins ’19 was elected Student friends, thus allowing funwide participation with comCouncil President on April 10 draising between grades mittees and planning events. and promoting a little “healthy competition.” He plans to install a new committee system in With three years of StuCo alwhich participation is open to the whole school. ready on his back, as well as working closeWith students being able to plan their own ly with the previous presidents, Jenkins says events with their friends, Jenkins says he aims that he feels well prepared for the upcomto raise the enthusiasm for these class events. ing year and is excited to start his first meeting.
You SUREly Will Have Fun at the SURE Dance Lily Meyers ’20 Assistant Features Editor George Kosinski ’19 Assistant Voices Editor It’s spring on The Hill now, and that means Prom season has officially arrived. The “Prom mindset” is prevalent across the Upper School. Many have already began thinking about whom they plan to ask and what they want to wear. For those seeking a more casual dance that is open to both the Middle School and the Upper School, does not necessitate buying a dress, renting a tuxedo, or worrying about finding a date, the SURE Dance, on May 18, presents a wonderful option. SURE stands for Students Unite for Racial Equity and is one of the most involved and vocal organizations within the Hopkins community. The club organizes the Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly, brings various guest speakers to Hopkins in order to better inform the student body, and establishes values such as inclusivity and compassion in many creative ways throughout the year. The SURE Dance encompasses the inclusive nature of the SURE organization: it offers the opportunity to celebrate the different personalities and ideologies at Hopkins within an inviting atmosphere in which students from different grades can spend time together. According to SURE Club Heads, the dance is closely tied with the goals of the club: raising money for speakers and trying to bring together the student body. “This year, through monthly meetings and assembly announcements, we hoped to bring attention to different heritages and, through the SURE Dance,
we hope to bring everyone together and celebrate those different heritages and cultures,” said SURE Co-Head Gigi Speer ’18.
Alexis Chang ’20 Kate Loffredo ’20, Alexis Chang ’21, and Chloe Smith ’20 attend the 2017 SURE Dance.
The SURE Dance is more casual than other school dances, such as Homecoming, Yule, Collins-Post, and Prom. In fact, there is no dress code at all. Speer hopes “the casual environment of the dance encourages many people to come together, which is a main mission of our club.” SURE Co-Head Lionel Louis ’18 noted that although the SURE Dance may be casual, its decorative flair and inspired theme choices always make the dance an exciting affair. “The themes make it special. It makes taking pictures and getting ready feel more exciting than most dances.” Every year, the dance has a new theme, which the heads announce a few weeks before the dance. Some of the past themes have been Beach, America, and Outer Space. This year’s theme will be decided based on a student vote. Students can also dress up based on the theme, allowing for much more creativity among students’ wardrobe choices. Another way the SURE Dance distinguishes itself from other school dances is the cheap tickets: this year they cost only five dollars each. For Louis, “Five bucks is a steal for a such a great time.” The money raised from the dance goes to the SURE club’s funds. “These funds will hopefully be used to bring in a speaker, performer, or educator to present in future assemblies or club meetings,” Elena Brennan ’20, the third Co-Head of SURE, explained. “We hope the SURE dance has a big turn out so we can sustain the club for future years.” Tickets will be sold in the days leading up to the dance. Brennan wishes “that our student body will see their attendance to the dance and donation to the club as having a direct impact on the activities and school climate of next year.”
May 10, 2018
Seniors Give College Application Advice
Connor Pignatello ’19 Features Editor Veronica Yarovinsky ’20 Assistant Features Editor
The Razor staff interviewed Hopkins seniors about the college process. Below are their responses. How did you differentiate between all the colleges you visited? “I took notes and I had a notepad with me wherever I went. If someone was wearing something weird, I would take note of that because the weird things that you see jog your memory and they are things that stand out. It helps you remember what you were feeling and the sentiment you had towards the school when you were there. But also, write down the annoying things about the school and the general education requirements. Also, if you’re generally bored throughout the tour and the info session, take note of that. You can also find out a lot about the school online, but I would recommend to take notes and make weird comments as you go along on the tour. When you’re on the tour, take note of the traditions they have and write those down, because a lot of schools in their supplements will say ‘Why do you want to go here?’ or ‘What are you looking forward to about this school?’ If you can write down a special tradition, or a club they have at this school, or an event that they have every year, that’ll make the admissions officers say ‘this kid did his research, he was paying attention.’”-Declan Goulding “The best advice I can give for differentiating colleges is taking notes on the tour, information session, and anything else you attend at the school. As much as this seems like a pain in the moment, it’s so helpful to be able to remember details that might make a certain school really unique.” - Zander Blitzer “I didn’t differentiate between the collegesthat’s why I can’t decide right now.” - Josh Ip Who should I ask to write my college recommendations? “You should ask teachers you’re comfortable with, not just teachers that you think
would look good [on your college application]. Not teachers that are just helpful on whatever you’re studying, teachers that know you well. Teachers that you get along with and can communicate with.” -Jonathan De León
tracurriculars will be what you write about in your essays and supplements and whatnot. I had a couple extracurriculars that I was really into, and I was able to focus on those a lot. So, I think they matter, but less is more.” -Goulding
“Recommendations are scary because they are the one part of the application you can’t really control, but you can control who you ask. Ideally, you want to ask a teacher who you’ve had for a year or more, in a subject you enjoy and do well in. However, this is not to say you should ask the teacher for a class you’re acing if you’re not very interested or engaged in the class- this teacher won’t have much to say besides talking about your grades in the class. You want a recommender who can speak to who you are as a person and thinker, and who can discuss what you can add to a classroom and community.” -Blitzer
“While I’m not an expert, I think extracurriculars are moderately important for college. Extracurriculars can show colleges what you’re passionate about, and the lengths you are willing to go to commit to those passions.” -Blitzer
Zander Blitzer ’18 recalls her own experience with the college process “I asked the teachers who knew me the best and hated me the least” -Ip How important are extracurriculars for the application? “Community service -- that’s a big one. I put down that I was a Boy Scout, an Eagle Scout actually, and I feel like that helped me.” -Steve Prinz “Don’t have a bunch of extracurriculars that you don’t really care about, because your ex-
“I think that a few extracurriculars that you care a lot about is better than a lot that are just a surface level involvement.” - Karyn Bartosic What should I write my college essays about? “Something that’s personal and unique to you. Don’t write something mainstream… write something that’s weird, but cool. I wrote about playing guitar, and that story was unique to me. It was right after Back to School Bash and how at the start it was not very good. My essay was about how things happen, but if you love something enough, you’ll still do it. If you can cite specific instances or a specific event like at Back to School Bash, that will help a lot. You don’t want the same cliche comment that everyone else has, I mean at the end of the day you’re going to have to put a cliche in there, but write about whatever you want. It shouldn’t be a big struggle coming up with ideas for a particular topic that you’re writing about. Write down a bunch of random ideas first, and in all of those bad ideas there’s going to be a good one.” -Goulding “Someone last year told me ‘There’s an essay in you that you need to write before you can write anything else.’ Write about something that means a lot to you and don’t write something that you think other people want to read about, because colleges can tell if it’s genuine or not.” -Lily Tipton “Try to make it as interesting as possible, because those people (college admissions officers) read hundreds of essays, if you just have boring stuff like everyone else you won’t be able to differentiate yourself.” - Steve Prinz
lege essay someone wrote about their life as a refugee or an octuplet, but the truth is most of us don’t have stories like that. I think the college essay should take one small aspect of your personality or life and expand it to give the reader a window into who you are as a person. It doesn’t have to be a life changing event- it could be a class, a club or a concept. It just has to be important to you.” -Blitzer “Whatever the prompt, write from the heart and be genuine.” -Bartosic “Write about what interests you -- I wrote about playing with fire for my Cal Tech essays and experimenting with lemons for my Yale essays and look what happened, [I got in.]” -Ip What are the advantages of Early Decision and Early Action? “You have a better chance getting into a school via Early Decision than Early Action because in Early Action you’re not committing, you’re just applying early. In Early Action, you don’t have to make so much of a commitment as Regular Decision, you just have to get your forms in earlier.” -Prinz “If you know where you want to go, why put all the pressure on yourself and wait so long? For example, at Johns Hopkins, where I’m going, one of the admissions folks told me that they fill up almost half of their class with kids from Early Decision. If you apply Early Decision, you’re setting the stage for what kind of applicants they want to accept. These are the kids they want, whereas in Regular Decision, they’re just filling gaps.” -Goulding “Early Action and Early Decision are advantageous because you find out in December whether you have been accepted or not. So if you are admitted under the ED program, it’s obviously a huge burden off your shoulders for the rest of the year. Sometimes the early acceptance rates can also be higher than regular acceptance rates, but this is misleading because recruited athletes are counted in the early acceptance pool. Overall, I would recommend applying Early Decision if it’s absolutely your top choice.” -Blitzer
“Every year we hear about the amazing col-
Hopkins Students Get the Job Done Izabella Lopez-Kalapir ’20 Features Editor Veronica Yarovinsky ’20 Assistant Features Editor With the warm sun shining and the classes over, summer vacation is a great time to relax and take a break from the demands of school. Some students decide to spend their time going to the beach or travelling, but many others use this free time to earn money through a summer job. What exactly are Hopkins students doing at these jobs and how can they help you land one, too? The allure of the beach makes for a perfect summer job and drives some students to work near the water. Julius Herzog ’20, reported the very obvious benefit: “It’s better than working inside.” At the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club, he teaches children how to sail. “I enjoyed it because it’s fun but also because it gave me a chance to share something I enjoy with kids who have never done it before. In the morning their faces are usually terrified because the boat is banking [leaning to one side], but at the end of the day, when we come ashore, they have learned from their mistakes and always have a smile on their faces.” For Herzog, the job was less about the pay and more about what he took away from it: “I’m not exactly out there making ducats, but it is actually less about that and more about what you can learn about what it is like to work and have a job.” Herzog advised students trying to get a job to find something that you enjoy. He said, “Do something you’re interested in. If there’s a job opportunity there, that’s great; take it. If not, just try to learn as much as you can from something else.” While not at the seashore, Caitlyn Chow ’19 also worked by the water at the Trumbull local pool. Chow recalled, “I was a lifeguard and I applied through my town’s parks and recreation department. In total I got around $1,600 for working for a third of the summer, so I would say it was worth it.” Not only was the money a plus for Chow, but the work itself was also enjoyable: “I liked it because it was relatively easy. My work consisted of sitting in the sun, telling kids to stop running, manning the waterslide, and having half of the day on break because they hired an overflow
of guards. I got all of my summer reading done in less than a week while at work so all in all it was a win-win.” Beth Hartog ’19, who also worked as a lifeguard, spoke on the benefits that comes with having a job. “It’s worth it because you get to earn your own money which is a really cool prospect.” Even if students are below the age of sixteen, it is
ing around town, and doing other exciting things for children.” He will work for minimum wage with two days off each week, but this still adds up to forty hours a week. Doing the math, he will be making over four hundred dollars a week. His job required an application, which Day described: “Online originally and then was followed up with in-person interview and a ton of physical paperRaimund Herzog work. It was a little stressful and frustrating just waiting for responses but it wasn’t that bad.” Day also said, “If you want a summer job, [start] looking and applying early.” Josh Ip ’18, found his summer job from volunteer origins: “I got my summer job last year working at Horizons at Foote School. I’d volunteered the year prior, and when I asked if I could volunteer again last summer they offered to pay me.” This was not Ip’s only job, as he laughingly retold his experience working in the dessert industry: “I also got a job at a rolled ice cream place last year, but Bryan Gu ’18 got me fired.” Ip explained that at this Horizons job, “I taught little kids from K-4 grade about Lego Robotics.” Horizons provides “local enrichment learning programs for over four thousand students over the summer across the US,” according to their website. “It was super fun and never felt like a job.” His sumJulius Herzog ‘20 hard at work teaching a small child how to sail. mer routine was as follows: “Wake up, go to Horizons, go to possible to find a paying job. Hartog said, “Honestly, it’s not that work in the lab for the rest of the day, train for a half marathon, hard to get a job over the summer. It was a little more difficult for sleep, repeat. It was fun for me but probably seems like torture me because I was only fifteen last summer and most jobs require a for others.” Though one may not find Ip’s choice to spend his minimum age of sixteen. I looked around for swim clubs that hire time the most attractive, it still proves that there is much time to fifteen-year-olds, submitted an application for each of them, and devote to other activities while working a job at the same time. eventually one got back to me saying that I could work there.” There are countless possibilities for teenage occupaThe idea of a crazy boss may scare someone looking tions. Some other options are working as a waitress, like Sarah for a chill summer job, but Hartog said, “Most of the time, your Roberts ’20, who worked at a restaurant in Redding, Clare Cheboss is really nice and considerate. Mine understands that we’re mery ’19, who worked in a kitchen, or Liz Bamgboye ’20 who teenagers and that sometimes we go on vacation and as long as worked as a CIT (Counselor in Training) earning minimum wage. you get someone to cover your shift, you’re pretty much golden.” Whether the job is boring, fun, educational, well-payLiam Day ’18, will be working a job at a hotel this ing, or even below minimum wage, there are several ways to summer. “I’m working at a pretty expensive and real nice make some extra cash this summer while still having lots of time hotel called Chatham Bars Inn and I was hired earlier this to hang out with friends or and pursue other commitments. Find spring to work as a counselor of their Kids Crew. I’m pret- a passion that pays and hope a friend doesn’t get you sacked. ty much hanging out with kids, playing fun games, walk-
May 10, 2018
Inspiration That Excites Katie Broun ’19 Managing Editor Stephen Hawking, an iconic, inspirational figure in the scientific community, said, “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” Hawking passed away over Spring Break. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis caused him to suffer and become wheelchair-bound for the majority of his life. However, he never considered himself to be burdened, and constantly worked to solve the problems of the universe one day
The Aftershave at a time. After his long and fruitful life as a scientist who inspired researchers around the globe, Hawking will be remembered for his work as a brilliant scientist and for his kind heart. These two features make him an inspiration to the scientific community -not only at Hopkins, but around the globe. I read the news of his death on my cell phone as I woke up to get ready for a slew of college trips. As a woman in science, I was shocked by my emotional reaction and immediately looked for his own words as a method for comfort and healing. After reading one of Hawking’s books over the summer, falling in love with physics and his intense understanding of the universe, I’ve learned that even
“We become fixated on our own work and miss out on the moments of immense creativity” though his life ended, his work that inspired my passion for science would live forever and continue to inspire people everyday. While Hawking is an international icon for those who are passionate about science, not all whom we consider inspirational figures are household names. Inspiration, and those who acquire it, develops from anywhere and everywhere. By simply being at Hopkins, we are surrounded by inspiring people every day. Teachers who lead us to spark new ideas in our minds and give us the tools to solve problems. Friends who challenge us to think outside the box
and dare to be creative. Family members who accept us for all of our talents and gifts, sharing in our successes and helping us up when we fall. They all inspire each one of us to continue to better ourselves rather than staying stagnant in our actions and ideals. Every interaction we have can inspire and excite new thinking or changes in prior ideas. Over the past few years, people have been inspired to take action for their rights, through demonstrations such as the Women’s March, March for Our Lives, and school walkouts. While these actions may carry some political context, people sometimes participate for other reasons. As a society, individuals have motivated each other to work harder and fight for their beliefs. However, while these moments are described by many as the utmost
“By simply being at Hopkins, we are surrounded by inspiring people every day.” inspiring, they are few and far between. We are too often unaware of this constant inspiration that surrounds us. By resting in our own worlds and avoiding connections with one another, we become fixated on our own work and miss out on the moments of immense creativity and inspiration that could lead any of us to our next discovery. When I was researching Hawking’s life and work, and reading some of his memorable quotes, I was inspired to express gratitude towards those who influence me and are present in my own backyard. As I wrote notes of gratitude, I observed the impact of acknowledging those who inspire me. People were touched by the simple statement of “Thank you,” two words we can never truly say enough. Thank those who inspire you. Not just by saying it to them, but by getting out a notecard and writing something down. If we are able to notice their minute, discrete acts, we can also be inspirational to others. In this case, Hawking’s study of physics applies through Newton’s Third Law: “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” Create those actions by seizing opportunities not only to see the inspiration, but to be an inspiration for someone else.
A Call for Peace It would be an understatement to call the current political climate polarizing. Democrats and Republicans are essentially at war, and both sides view each other as the Antichrist. This war is unnecessary. Instead, we should strive for intellec-
Razor’s Edge tual discussion, thriving on cool emotions and hard facts. That is why we are calling for disarmament: a peace accord of sorts. First, we want to establish that not all Trump supporters are racists and not all liberals are hypocrites. If we stereotype those who disagree with us, it is impossible to learn anything from them. We need to remove emotions from politics. Students should still be passionate about what they believe, but should not feel morally superior to others. Humility is essential in order to engage in meaningful debate. If we do not respect our political opponents, then we cannot listen to them and thus learn from them. We do not want free speech to be limited at Hopkins. We do not want conservative students to feel as if they cannot discuss their opinions in fear of inciting ridicule or judgement from their peers. Instead we want to encourage them to speak out, to complicate class discussion and introduce new ideas to the school. The only way to combat this prob-
lem of polarization is to learn more. Understand the events that led to the current political climate. Learn about past societies who have solved our very own dilemmas. History class has taught us that we cannot not rely on only one authority. Look at a variety of sources and identify the bias of each one. Formulate personal assessments rather than just following the mantra of one political ideology. There is no need for this “research” to be rigorously academic. Visit forums and read posts. Watch YouTube videos. Just listen to different
“If we do not respect our political opponents, then we cannot listen to them and thus learn from them.”
ideas and try to understand the opinions of others. Try to have an open mind. Learn about the arguments up for debate, and be flexible when new information comes along. At the end of the research session, the issues may be clearer. We are not encouraging students to stay silent. Some students do not have the time or interest to research every controversial issue. That is fine. Everyone can still have visceral opinions about topics, and we should share our thoughts. However, we
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have the obligation to admit when we do not know enough about the subject. This act of humility can limit hostility, as students will hopefully educate each other instead of ridiculing each other. There is hope for our school. The Gun Violence Assembly was impressive, as student leaders took the initiative to include multiple opinions in school-wide debate. Mack Reiferson ’18 eloquently stated in a school-wide email, “As someone who is known for having less popular political opinions, I want to reassure you all that no political views will be censored in any way. The word ‘offensive’ was a miscommunication on our part. The nature of these discussions is bound to always offend someone, which is what makes them so difficult and uncomfortable to have.”
“Formulate personal assessments rather than just following the mantra of one political ideology.” We need voices like these in the Hopkins community: people who are willing to give space to a broad spectrum of political opinions. We hope that this effort to include a variety of views will be replicated in future school discussions. The merit of our scholarship depends on it.
May 10, 2018
The Importance of Maroon Friday Genevieve Speer ’18 Sometime this year, Athletic Director Rocco DeMaio made an announcement in Assembly, creating a recurring weekly event called “Maroon Friday.” This may have seemed like a silly dress-up at first, but I think it is exactly what we need. Before I came to Hopkins, I wasn’t sure about the school because I wanted to go to a more athletically rigorous institution, where I would play sports at a high level, even if it meant the academics wouldn’t be up to par. What a fool I was. My Uncle Pete talked some sense into me, and I ended up applying to Hopkins. I was so nervous awaiting the results (for reference, if you’ve ever showed up five minutes late to class with a bagel in hand or if you’ve ever swam with sharks, that kind of butterfly-in-your-stomach nervousness) and was even more ecstatic to find out that I got in. I prepared to climb The Hill that fall, which included going to preseason for volleyball. I chose volleyball because it seemed fun to me: yet, when I told my older brother’s friends that’s what I was doing they just laughed and told me the program was a joke. And when I started basketball a couple of months later, I got the same response. And when it was warming up and finally spring time, and it was time for a sport that I had played before, I loved, and was good at, I got the same response I got the other two seasons: people laughed in my face and said softball at Hopkins was comparable only to the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats or the Godfather III. The “haha alright” I got when I said I was joining the teams hurt, and made me feel like people didn’t care about these sports. I felt as if I should laugh at my teams too, and have no pride in them, if that was the norm. The reasons for these laugh-in-your-
face moments weren’t because of the play- have to prove themselves. Only after countless ers, they weren’t because of the coaches, and championships and an undefeated season or weren’t because of the athletic department. two will people fill the stands. WNBA players These moments were because it has been in- are forced to play internationally in addition to stilled in Hopkins students, faculty, and staff playing in the American league in order to make that we should be a reasonable salary. okay with being meThe Doris Burkes Peter Mahakian diocre when it comes of the world are to athletics at Hoprarely given the spotkins. Mediocrity is light, and the USA accepted when teams Women’s National have losing records, Soccer Team had to don’t make the playendure a multi-year offs, or lose to Hamlegal dispute in their den Hall. We have fight for equal pay. an “at least you tried Although there your best!” attitude. are many reasons for And when teams this disparity, in the do make it to playworld and on The offs, do have winHill, I believe (truly ning records, or do believe, like a kid beat Hamden Hall, it believes in Santa... is very rare that the who is real, by the whole school feels way, if there are any a general sense of junior school bepride for those teams. lievers reading this) Especially that Hopkins is betwhen those teams ter than that and that are girl’s teams. Alwe could do better. though I just started Some people may not Gigi Speer ‘18 playing shortstop for the Hop- see what I’m talktalking to people kins Varsity Softball team. about this disparity ing about when I say this year, I have seen little things that made that there is an inequality in sports at Hopkins, me feel as if the team I was on was valued yet I think it is most evident when looking in slightly less by the general public at Hopkins. the stands for fans. This basketball season, we It felt like I was Beyoncė (a great feeling) per- were playing Hamden Hall for the first round of forming at Coachella, yet although I’m giv- playoffs. It was a game we knew we could win ing the performance of a lifetime, everyone if we played well, executed, and trusted each is at the other stage watching Jay-Z perform. other. We were so excited and it was like the But, it’s not just here. It takes mon- match-up of the century, I’m talking Pistons v. ster teams like the UCONN Women’s team Bulls, Larry v. Magic, Serena v. Venus kind of to convince people to come to games. They anticipation. Yet the only Hopkins people in the
stands were the parents who could make it to the game, and Sam Phelan’s Nonna. I love to see Nonna, but I would have loved to see peers and other Hopkins students cheering us on. Having people there to support really does help, in my opinion, and it could have been the difference-maker in the second half. Now I know that the boy’s team had superstars like Edens [Fleurizard ’16], Charlie [Zane ’16], Drew [Nolan ’16], and James [Speer ’16] in the past who brought them success as a program, and I know that our Girls’ Basketball team didn’t have these kinds of players or accomplishments, but still, it’s Hamden Hall! I’m not saying that I expected to see the stands filled or I expect people at every girls’ athletic competition from here on out, but I think that we should have more pride, and people should want to go out and support our athletic teams. This is what Maroon Friday is all about. Showing pride every week for the school you go to. Be proud of our accomplishments, our hard work, and our greatness. And this isn’t limited to athletics. We have an award winning theatre program, robotics team, Science Olympiad team, great teachers, administrators, and students all with something special about them. That’s why we’re here. We are all special, and not in a corny way or the kind of “special” a mom calls her kid that likes to bite things. I mean that every single person on this campus, from to four-foot-tall-junior schoolers to Kai Bynum is on The Hill because they have something about them that got them here, and something about them that will take them wherever they want to go or do whatever they want to do. And we should be proud of that. Wear maroon, and wear all maroon from a beanie to the socks on your feet if you want to compete with Rocco! Just be prideful for going here, and don’t settle for mediocrity.
Intersecting Paths at the Shibuya Crossing
this crosswalk possessed. With the electric noises and flashing the end, their minute-long experience fleeting too fast. All lights of the city no longer blaring in my face, I had a moment the people crossed the street and then moved on. However, to collect my thoughts. I stared intently at the crosswalk, watch- they did not leave behind their mindset for there is an iling again and again as the cycle of crossing and waiting con- lusion to our actions, small steps and thoughts connecting I had just crossed the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan, tinued, wondering what about the experience had transfixed me. humanity. The only time that they truly shared that fundaperhaps the busiest pedestrian Finally, I saw a new layer to the two di- mental sameness was when they were crossing the “street.” intersection in the world where Miya Segal ’21 mensional street: every person thousands of visitors come to walks in their own unique diThere are see its magic every day. As my rection in their own life, yet we many crossmother and I walked from out all cross the same metaphorical walks around hotel in Tokyo to Shibuya, I street. No one walks some spethe world, and asked myself, what draws so cial street, for we are all funthis action of many people from all walks of damentally equal. More than crossing and life to go through such a munthat, I realized that despite our moving has bedane experience? Upon arrival likeness to one another, all income one that at the crossing, the shift from dividuals possess diverse ways is thoughtless. everyday city life to the nightto think and feel. Our previHowever, this life experience of Shibuya ous experiences and emotions intersection of was something that I could affect our every move -- even people can drafeel instantly, and I wanted the way that we cross a street. Chensiyuan matically move to explore as much of it as I Miya Segal ’21 at Kinkaku-Ji in Kyoto, Japan From above, it seemed us while movThe Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, Japan. could before the jet lag set in. as though all the people ing those around I neared the crossing, and already I could see the were completing the same action, but truly, every per- us, and we can decide to take away whatever experience that hordes of people gathering closer to the street. I was sud- son was experiencing a moment in their own respective we may wish from that. The shared perception of a minute denly overwhelmed by the presence of many others and way. What were they really crossing? Was it just a cross- moment in time re-introduces the concept of conscious action I was so mesmerized that I did not even realize that I had walk? Had the Shibuya Crossing become an opportunity into our being. It can show us that small parts of our day can crossed the street until I was already on the other side. to be a part of a community? To feel a moment of euphoria? leave lasting impacts on those around us. We are the same yet It was only later, when I was sitting in a coffee shop From the perspective of the cafe above the street different. Usually, we don’t stop to think about it - the signifiabove the crossing, and I had a birds-eye view of something that it seemed that the crosswalk that physically connected these cance of being an individual in a crowd - but perhaps we should I had just been immersed in, that I understood the power that people could also separate them, as they all spread out in dare to let our actions influence the citizens of our society. Miya Segal ’21
THE ONE-PAGE RAZOR May Favorites: 1. May Flowers
4. The Library Patio
2. Senior Spring
5. Class Trips
6. Farmers’ Markets
Songs of the Issue: 1. "Nice For What" - Drake 2. "The Ways" Khalid ft. Swae Lee
The Meh List:
3. "Crown" - Por- 1. AP Exams tugal the Man 2. Cheesy Promposals 4. “Psycho” - Post Malone 3. Stuco Elections
4. Spring Special Schedules 5. April Showers 6. Sweating
May 10, 2018
Hopkins Musicians Make Melodies in May
Director, said, “I was really looking forward to this concert. Choir called “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff. Jackson Weisman Most of the pieces the choir was singing have been published ’20, a clarinet player, said, “I was especially looking forward to in the last ten to fifteen years.” Arrangements of “Waiting Wasps Overture. It is the one song that we have been practicing on the World to Change” by John Mayer and Jemma Williams all year, During the past few months, students in both the or- “Run to You” by Pentatonix, and a Bollywood and it chestra and concert choir were busy preparing for the annual song called “Balleilakka” are just a few of the was be Spring Music Concert. Held at Church of the Redeemer, the pieces that were showcased by concert choir. cool to music consisted of joint ventures by the Hopkins Concert Choir Several songs were performed in Spanfinally and Orchestra, as well as performances by student soloists. Rob- ish Schroth said, “The Spanish songs are in anget to ert Smith, conductor of the orchestra, said, “We featured pieces ticipation of our upcoming tour to Portugal and perform that both classes have been rehearsing since January.” Caroline Spain. One (song) is a setting of a Lorca poem and it.” TakRocco ’20, who sings soprano in choir, said, “I was definitely is so evocative and expressive.” Katie Broun ’19, oudes Jemma Williams said, “especially pumped for people ’20 said, to finally get to lissince we are go“my faten; these songs ing on this sumvorite were so unique and mer tour, we have piece different.” Drew been working a has to Williams ’21, an alto lot on finding our be ‘Carin the choir added, sound as a group. m i n a “I really love singI’ve been singing Burana.’ ing a with the choir, with these people T h e I think we sound so long, and it’s piece Hopkins Jazz Rock Ensemble showcases their work in Upper Heath is engreat together and really starting to during their Spring Concert. I was psyched for feel like one coergetpeople to hear us.” hesive unit rather than a bunch of ic, powerful, and stunning, and conveys the viOn Tuespeople singing songs together.” vacity of the ensemble to the audience.” day, May 1, the Jazz The Hopkins Concert Choir performs at their annual spring concert at the The Orchestra also ofThere were more soloists performing this year than in Rock and Band En- Church of Redeemer. Hopkins Orchestra also performs with the Concert fered a program filled with incred- past years’ concerts. To showcase more individual talent, Alex Choir during this Spring Musical Celebration semble concert ofible music. Katherine Takoudes Zhang ’19, Teddy Glover ’21, Caroline Blake ’21, and Kyle Shin fered another chance ’20, a violinist in the orchestra, ’20 all performed solos. Zhang ’19 said, “This concert featured a to hear Hopkins’ music groups. Chris Devona, conductor of said, “I enjoy performing in concerts because as an orchestra, we lot of solos from the strings section -- more than we’ve ever had both music ensembles said, “Our concert featured four groups: get to show off the beautiful music that we have been practicing all in a single concert!” Concert Choir also had a large number of Concert Band, seventh Grade, eighth Grade, and Jazz/Rock. year. Plus, the concert represents all the hard work that has gone soloists performing. Schroth enthused, “We are featuring quite a This was the final concert of the year, and it will feature music into the year.” Alexander Zhang ’19, also a violinist and concert- few soloists on the program, and we had a super exciting big finthat we’ve been preparing since January.” Alex Weisman ’20, master, added, “I get most excited about simply getting on stage ish planned - three movements of Carmina Burana with the Hopa trumpet player in Jazz Rock Band said, “Jazz band has been and telling the audience through our music, Watch. Listen. This is kins Orchestra. It’s the rock and roll of choral-orchestral music!” a lot of fun this year. We have been preparing for the concert what we’ve worked so hard on together. This is what we can do.” Zhang ’19 said, “This was a fantastic program and we’re playing a lot of great songs. Everybody in the jazz The repertoire for the orchestra included “Creatures performed by two incredible groups of fantastic musiband has worked really hard and the concert was a lot of fun!” of Prometheus Overture” by Beethoven, “Wasps Overture” by cians, who are all passionate about what we do. The conThe choir repertoire included more contemporary Vaughan Williams, “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saens, a concerto cert is where we prove ourselves. We were ready for it.” pieces than in previous concerts. Erika Schroth, Concert Choir grosso for strings by Corelli, and a combined piece with Concert Eleanor Doolittle ’20 Arts Editor
Artist of the Issue: Kieran Anderson ’18 Katherine Takoudes ’20 Arts Editor For Kieran Anderson ’18, music has always been a part of his life. Anderson first sat behind a piano in second grade, Michele Medina sang a solo in fourth grade, and appeared on stage in eighth grade. Ten years later, Anderson has taken part in the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Regional Festival for seven years, was selected to perform in the CMEA All-State Concert for three years, and was chosen to take part in the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Choir during his senior year. On campus, Anderson has been a member of the Hopkins Drama Association (HDA) from freshman to senior year, recently starred as JD in Heathers: The High School Edition and is currently a fourth-year Tenor Two and the co-president of the Concert Choir with Naomi Roberts ’18. Anderson grew up in a household of music, with his dad’s piano playing and mom’s singing. Even as a senior in high school, his parents’ love for music continue to influence his practicing. Anderson said, “My father has played the piano for years and continues to fill the house with music when he practices. My mother sang in chorus for many years and took piano lessons as well, but she didn’t really continue doing so after college. Her singing now is limited to showing me the proper way to sing a phrase or measure when I mess up; she likes to show off!”
Even with his parent’s musicality, Anderson’s passion for singing did not surface until the fourth grade, when he was prompted by a teacher to try out choir. When the choice came for all third graders in his elementary school to choose between band and chorus, he
performing. “I remember singing the solo in front of everyone and just falling in love with singing,” he remarked. Even to this day, Anderson looks to Mrs. Mills as a source of inspiration and gratitude. “She discovered my vocal talent and perfect pitch,” he said. This past fall, Anderson’s Peter Mahakian talent was recognized on a national level, when he qualified for the NAfME All-National Honor Choir. To earn a spot in this choir, Anderson first qualified for last year’s CMEA Regional Festival and the All-State Festival before he was selected from a pool of talented singers all over the country. There, Anderson represented Hopkins and joined 280 other choral students from around the country to participate in a five-day rehearsal and then performance in Florida. His busy schedule of practicing, taking voice lessons, performing, and participating in CMEA competitions is demanding, but his love of music makes up for it. “There is no greater feeling than performing,” said Anderson, “When you’re up on stage, sometimes you get lost in the moment, in the music, and in the art that you are Kieran Anderson ’18 sings “Meant to be Yours” making and it’s in those moalongside co-star Kiarra Lavache ’18 in HDA’s ments that you feel emotionally production of Heathers: The High School Edition. connected to everyone around you. For me, this emotional chose band. “I didn’t think I wanted connection is what music is all about.” to sing,” noted Anderson. His middleAnderson hopes to continue school music teacher, Jane Mills, con- his music career when he attends Harvinced Anderson to try out chorus for vard University for college in the fall. a day to see what it was like to sing. He intends to sing in an a capella group, Later that year, Anderson landed his the glee club, and a Harvard chorus. first solo in that year’s winter concert. “My goal is to surround myself with as Anderson decided the winter concert much vocal music as I can,” Anderson was the moment he fell in love with said of his plans for the future years.
Once in a Lifetime Hits the Stage
Peter Mahakian Leah Miller ’20 Assistant Arts Editor The Hopkins Drama Association (HDA) was back at it again with their triumphant spring production of Once in a Lifetime, on April 26 to 28. Once in a Lifetime is a story originally crafted by the famous George S. Kaufman in the 1930’s of three wannabe Vaudeville actors trying to “make it big” in the emerging film industry. As their act continues to decline in viewership, May Daniels (Unique Parker ’18), George Lewis (Andrew Treat ’18), and Jerry Hyland (Colin Flaumenhauft ’18) decide to leave their acting days behind and open an elocution and voice culture school to train actors to speak in “talkies,” movies that were trumping silent films as they began to include talking actors. This show, directed by Michael Calderone, included one of the largest casts the HDA has ever seen, made up of over 50 students, with roughly fifteen students working on the technical aspects of the show. Nate Stratton ’19 described the experience: “HDA has got a great combination of new people as well as the great chemistry and seasoned talent from our seniors.” Once in a Lifetime was HDA’s fourth and final major show of the year, and was widely delighted in by the entire cast. Griffin Congdon ’20 said, “Once in a Lifetime is an interesting combination of hectic excitement with refined humor, making it a fun show for everyone!” Once in a Lifetime premiered in Townshend Auditorium on April 26 and closed on April 28. It was the last HDA show of the season.
May 10, 2018
Athletes of the Issue
Grace El-Fishawy: Terrific Track Star
Chris Sherk: Gifted Goalie
commented on El-Fishawy’s crucial role in the team: “I am so grateful to have had Grace as a friend and cocaptain and I can’t even begin to image what the team would be like without her.” Despite El-Fishawy’s obvious successes, in-
so he can see shots before Assembly. He is willing to put in the time and effort to make the team better - that’s what Chris Sherk ’18, a sets him apart from others.” Co-Captain of Hopkins Boys Sherk often ends Varsity Lacrosse, has been a tough practices and games prominent force in the prowith a “family on three” chant. gram’s defense for the past Bucklan elaborated on this act as a younger player on the team, stating, “Chris is almost like a father figure on the field. He is kind to all of us and really commands the team with care.” Bartush expanded on this familial leadership saying, “Over my 14 years of coaching players, some of whom go on to play Division I in college and even in the MLL (Major League Lacrosse), I’ve never been around a captain that has such dedication to each individual teammate.” After a tough first half against Suffield Academy in early April, Bartush stated, “Chris is keeping [the team] in the game right now.” This was no exaggeration, as Sherk holds the school record for most saves in a single game, and mulPeter Mahakian tiple league achievements, including being named Western New Sherk ’18 defends the Hopkins goal against Brunswick at home. England all-league six years. “Although he only for,” said attackman Cooper Sophomore year and an FAA started playing lacrosse in Bucklan ’21. Head Coach honorable mention his Juseventh grade, he’s one of Scott Bartush explained his nior year. “Chris is a standthe best goalies [Hopkins] theory for Sherk’s success out lacrosse player and caphas ever seen,” said attack- as a captain: “He’s used to tain.” Schneider commented. man Quinn Schneider ’18. leading the defense, which Sherk is undecided Sherk began play- I think is why he’s so good as to whether he will continue ing goalie out of necessity: at leading the entire team.” to compete at the collegiate “In seventh grade the goalie “From the moment level. Focusing on the presshattered his leg and the boys I began coaching [at Hop- ent, Sherk stated, “My favorite needed a new goalie, so I de- kins], Chris stood out to me memory of Hopkins lacrosse cided to play,” Sherk com- as a natural leader.” Bartush was our double overtime upmented. “[Lacrosse] is the only said, “Chris has an incred- set win against Wilbraham sport where Chris can stand in ible work ethic,” Delfini com- and Monson, but I hope to the net and be lazy... I think mented, “Sometimes Chris top this by winning the FAA that was part of the appeal,” and I will wake up early, just championship this year.”
Anu Vashist ’21 Assistant Sports Editor
forward to the challenges of the current season: “With a new coach and a relatively young team I think this season holds a lot of potential for us. I’d hope to see as many of my teammates as possible qualify for the New England championship meet and
Girls Track and Field Co-Captain Grace El-Fishawy ’18 has been on the team since seventh grade; however, her love of running began much earlier. El-Fishawy recalled, “I’ve always loved running and had been running recreationally with my dad for years before I ever joined Hopkins Track.” El-Fishawy prospers in an environment where enthusiasm and persistence allow advancement. According to Varsity Track Head Coach Julia Rowny, “Grace’s best attributes as a captain are her love of running, her dedication to her teammates, and her willingness to work hard to improve… Her work has been an inspiration to the team; Grace really cares that each girl has a positive experience both as a runner and as a teammate, and her teammates look up to her because of that care.” El-Fishawy’s personality allows her Peter Mahakian to be a strong leader. According to Sophie Sonnenfeld ’21, a team- El-Fishawy ’ 18 at the Hopkins home Cross Country meet last fall. mate, “Grace is such an inspiring team captain! Her juries have caused difficulties I’d hope to have the chance positivity and enthusiasm in her Hopkins career; she to race there myself…More about track is motivating as has not been able to partici- than that though, I hope to she works hard at every prac- pate in New Englands since finish this season knowing tice and really cares about she was in eighth grade. Ac- that I gave it everything and each aspect of the team.” cording to Rowny, she still made the most of the short Drew Slager ’21 worked diligently: “Grace time I have left at Hopkins.” El-Fishawy does agreed with Sonnenfeld: was injured for several sea“Grace is a kind, funny, and in- sons and was unable to run, not intend to keep running spiring captain that I have had but she worked tirelessly at on a varsity team at the colthe honor to be on a team with. her physical rehab. Having the legiate level; however, she She is caring and her love of patience to go through all of stated, “My plan, as of now, running inspires me to push that work was worth it for her, is to run club Cross Counmyself beyond my limits.” since she has now returned to try and Track, and to conEl-Fishawy’s Co- doing something she loves.” tinue training on my own!” El-Fishawy looks Captain, Lilly Tipton ’18,
Alex Hughes ’19 Sports Editor
Co-captain Mitchell Delfini ’18 joked. Being a goalie is not only about stopping shots, but also leading the rest of the defense. “I’ve played on really good teams before Hopkins, but Chris seems to unite the defense more than any other goalie I’ve played
Spring Sports By the Numbers 1) This year the Girls Varsity Water Polo team is the biggest in Hopkins’ history. How many people are on the team? 2) How long is a defenseman’s stick in Boys Lacrosse? 3) How many innings does high-school baseball play? 4) What is the fastest high-school boy’s 200-meter sprint time? 5) How many people per team are on the field at one time in Girls Lacrosse? 6) What are the odds of making two hole-in-one shots in a single round of golf?
1) 24 2) 6 ft 3) 7 4) 20.09 sec 5) 12 6) 1:64,000,000
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Picking Sides: The Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry to New York, saying, “My mom grew Regarded as the greatest up in NYC rivalry in sports by many, the hiswatching toric competition between the Red the YanSox and the Yankees boiled over kees, and I yet again on April 11, culminathave been ing in yet another brawl. Started by watching pitcher Joe Kelly of the Red Sox them for as and first baseman Tyler Austin of long as I the Yankees, both benches cleared can rememas tensions boiled over between the ber.” Furhistoric opponents. Although this onthermore, going feud captures the attention of h a v i n g not only the United States, but the direct conwhole world, it is mostly focused in nections to the combined regions of New Engone of the land and New York. This leaves New teams can Haven, and more specifically Hopimpact this kins, right at the center of the rivalry. decision. The wide geographic range Chris Waof Hopkins students divides the camnat’s ’21 fapus in Red Sox-Yankees enmity. ther worked Drawing on over 60 different cities and towns from all around the state Joe Kelly throws haymakers at Tyler Austin during a brawl on April 11. in the Red Sox dugout of Connecticut for a few like it [the Yankees or Red Sox], to fill its student years, creating a culture of support I like it.” While this reasoning is body, Hopkins is not as prevalent as other factors, for the Red Sox in the Wanat fama great represenit can still play a role when stu- ily for years to come. Gollaher also tation of the effect dents decide on a team to support. commented on his beginnings of geography has Of course, success will baseball: “The first T-Ball team I was on this historic always be a reason for supporting on when I was 5 was the ‘Guilford debate. Students a team. Both teams are successful Yankees,’ and I loved the color navy from towns in enough, but Brennan Gollaher ’19 blue at the time so when it came time Fairfield County said this of the Yankees’ prosperity: to pick a team, I chose the Yankees.” such as Westport, “Having twenty-seven World Series As with Gollaher, oftentimes the Norwalk, and titles doesn’t hurt.” The past triumphs early years of one’s life will deterGreenwich tend of the Yankees garners the team many mine their support for a team, esto support the fans, and these successes can even pecially when a rivalry is involved. Yankees because Whether it is family ties, trump location and other factors. of their compaadmiration for a team or player, Possibly the most common rable proximity to response on The Hill as to why one success, friendships, geographic New York. Elena supports the Red Sox or the Yan- location, Hopkins students have Savas ’19 from kees was determined before birth or a variety of reasons for supportWilton “definitely at a very early age. Many fans, such ing the team that they do. By picksupport[s] the Map of Red Sox vs. Yankees fans across Connecticut and beyond. as Fiona O’Brien ’21, support the ing sides, Hopkins students parYankees.” to examine the culture and style a certain player often leads to team that their parents support or the ticipate in a (sometimes) friendly Their peers on the other side of New Haven however, in towns like of a team when choosing whom to the support of that specific team. team from their parents hometown. rivalry that is centered here on the Another reason to choose O’Brien “like[s] the Yankees because Hill but spans the globe. But then Old Saybrook, Branford, and Guil- support, especially in a rivalry as ferocious as the Red Sox-Yankees. either the Red Sox or the Yankees both of [her] parents are from New again, in the words of Johnny Mills ford, usually lean more towards the Another common reason is to build friendships. In the words York.” Alfandre also has strong ties ’21, there are always “Mets fans.” Red Sox. For instance, Ellie Miller for supporting either the Red Sox or of Olivia Capasso ’19: “if you Teddy Glover ’21 Assistant Sports Editor
’21 of Guilford “likes the Red Sox.” While where one lives might seem like the most common reason to support one team or another, a multitude of factors exist that influence Hopkins students when they decide between the Red Sox or the Yankees. For instance, whether or not one plays baseball or softball can affect the reasoning behind the decision and the final verdict. Josh Seidner ’20, a year-round baseball player, explained his thoughts regarding the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry: “I love [the Red Sox’s] tenacious style of play. They never quit even when down five or more runs; that makes every game exciting to watch.” Jack Dove ’19, the Hopkins Varsity baseball third basemen and an avid sports fan, agreed with Seidner, remarking on his experience with the Red Sox: “I support the Red Sox because of their incredible culture. A night game at Fenway is an unbelievable experience.” Those who play baseball and softball tend
the Yankees is the admiration of a player on one of those teams. Evan Alfandre ’21 talked about his role models on the New York Yankees: “Role models from the no-so-distant past like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera as well as the current role models like Aaron Judge have made me a die-hard Yankees fan.” Usually, controllable factors in a player’s game such as determination and effort make them admirable to fans. Remarking on his favorite player, Dove said, “My favorite player has always been Red Sox 2B [second baseman] Dustin Pedroia; he works hard and hustles on the field.” Respect for
The Effects of Psychology on Physical Performance Kristina Yarovinski ’18 News Editor Emeritus The stands are packed with cheering crowds, eager to watch the athletes compete. At this point, it is too late for the athletes to train harder, eat healthier, or sleep more. Their physical preparation is done, leaving their mind as their most powerful tool. Varsity Swim Coach Chuck Elrick said, “The mental state that you are in at the moment you start your race has a lot to do with your performance. Your physical ability and your strength certainly are important, but your mental preparation has just as much significance.” Varsity volleyball and crew captain Sam Dies ’18 explained, “With a sport like crew that’s so heavily based on endurance, being able to work through the pain and stick to your goals is the only way you’re going to succeed. With sports like volleyball, pushing through the pain isn’t as important as being able to focus and stick with it after messing up a couple times.” Joshua Brant, the school psychologist, has conducted research on the significance of mental preparation. From his sample size of one hundred athletes, Brant concluded, “the most important aspect of playing your best is the mental aspect.” Good psychological preparation requires careful planning. Surroundings can be very impactful for an athlete. Elrick explained, “Everything you do affects your swim. Say you had a bad test grade that morning. You’re going to be upset. You’re not going to be in the right frame of mind to swim your fastest.” One of the most useful strategies for preparing and avoiding last-minute distractions is visualization. Brant said, “I’m sure that long before Olympic athletes got to the Olympics, they were practicing visualization. As the competition approached, their anxiety levels started to rise. It’s important that athletes address that
as well--not only to recognize it but to do something about it.” Elrick added, “You can’t just step up on the block and expect that you are going to do everything right. Visualizing your event before you swim it is a good practice. Seeing all of your turns properly, your finish properly. And I think just the state of mind that you’re in at that moment has a lot to do with it.” The audience can also impact an athlete’s performance. For example, a rivalry can often improve perfor-
mance through a social component. Brant explained, “Social facilitation is the tendency to play better in front of people.” However, too much pressure from an audience can also be harmful to athletic performance. Brant continued, “If you’re really good at a particular skill, then having people doesn’t affect you. But if you have to perform at a level that you’re not used to performing at, then that could be negative.”
Similarly, nerves can be both helpful and harmful. Eleanor Doolittle, a tennis player, described how anxiety can affect her performance; “[Being nervous] can help me move faster on the court. After the first point, however, I’m not as nervous because I’m more into it.” Alex Hughes ’19 claimed that anxiety is an important aspect of sports: “My hockey coach used to tell us that if we were not nervous, we were not prepared to play.” A crucial part of mental preparation is emotional regulation--recognizing one’s emotions and actively making adjustments. Brant said, “Anger is not an athlete’s best friend. I would say stress, anxiety, worry, and self-doubt are very destructive. Confidence is by far the number one psychological variable that athletes report as being most helpful.” How can athletes regulate their emotions and mentally prepare before their competitions? Brant said, “One of the easiest things you can do is to breathe. A popular saying among psychologists is that it’s impossible to feel anxious and relaxed at the same time. When anxiety dissipates, it allows us more access for performing the way we want to perform.” Thus, if athletes replace their anxiety by breathing or visualizing a successful race, they will effectively get rid of their nerves. Coaches can also help their athletes by stressing the importance of mental preparation. Brant said, “Successful coaches probably address the mental aspect more than they realize. A lot of coaches know that success on the team is conditional on the team being in a good mindset.” Dies agreed, saying, “My crew coach talks a lot about setting reasonable goals and being mentally strong during practices and races. With a sport like crew, being as strong mentally as you are physically is really important, and he makes a point of coaching us to be mentally determined.”