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What’s Cooking? Chef’s Workshop both teaches and feeds students Left: Greg Morales, Alexis Whitted and Morgan Ryan cooking pancakes in Chef’s Workshop. “This is fun. (We) cook and eat,” said Whitted. Below: Alexis Cornell applies syrup to her pancakes.

By Cody Naccarato Highlights The bright sun is shining through the blinds on a late Friday afternoon. The sounds of spoons clanging on bowls, and people scrambling around kitchens looking for the right ingredient. Teacher Connie Costley is swiftly moving back and forth quietly watching and offering tidbits of advice along the way. “Don’t use peanut oil for this, use a cooking spray,” she said to one group who were having too much fun to notice the error. The smell of syrup fills the room as the finished product leaps on the plates: pancakes made from scratch. “Why are your pancakes so small?” said one student to the other mockingly. The class is Chef’s Workshop, a class under the Family and Consumer Sciences department.

A Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) class is a class where students apply the academic things that they learn and school, and find out how they relate in the real world. Fractions that you learn in math can help you understand how to carry out a recipe. In science, students learn carbohydrates and what they do for the human body. FACS can tell you where you can get them. “A punch word that's really floating around these days is college and career ready skills, and that's basically what the course is trying to teach. How to make foods for themselves, and be able to prepare foods from scratch,” said Costley. Costley is a teacher in the FACS department. She teaches classes such as Chef’s Workshop and Fashion Construction. The classes are aimed at teaching students about the things they learn

in school, and how they work in the real world. The class is full of students, and each student has their own reason for taking this class, whether it’s because they love to cook or because they believe it will be an easy credit for them. “I’m going to college next year” said senior Andrea Dassie, a student in Chef’s Workshop.“I want to know how to cook and how to eat healthy, but the reason I took this class is because it’s right after lunch and that means, more food.” For some students, it’s not even so much of the college part. “I got to learn to cook something” said senior Jeremy Walsh. When asked if he knew how to cook anything prior to Chef’s Workshop, Walsh answered “I knew how to cook Ramen.” SEE FACS, PAGE 3

Amnesty: No “Jamnesty” concert this year By Michelle Ianotta Highlights Students may be upset to hear that once again this year there will not be a “Jamnesty” concert. The reason for this, according to club advisor Juregen Wende, is that it is not financially feasible. However, they hope to have a concert in the future. The club was started in the 2002-2003 school year. Since that time, Amnesty International has had six successful concerts in the auditorium.

The club focuses on human rights as a whole but focused more on religious tolerance for the first half of the year. While focusing on religious tolerance, the group made short videos to show on KHS-TV. The purpose of Amnesty International is to try and raise awareness of human rights with such questions as why and what. The group also focuses on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration of Human Rights is made up of 30 articles that explain rights that should be

given to people and things that can not be taken away. An example of the articles is article number five: No one shall be subject to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This year the group will be selling bracelets throughout the month of March. The bracelets will say “Be the Change”. The bracelets will be sold for $1.50 and the proceeds will be going to the Red Cross. To raise awareness the group does letter campaigns. People can pick different letters

that they want to write depending on the cause they care for. “The letters are similar to signing a petition” says Caryn Pine, club vice-president. Aaron Sickler is the copresident of the group and joined Amnesty International because his brothers were in the group and he saw them perform and wanted to keep that performance going with new students. If you are interested in learning more about human rights, Amnesty International meets on Mondays in room 908 9th period.





Letter: Kingston-Newburgh rivalry not about fans Dear Editor:

Staff (2010-111) Keirsten Ashman Brittany Bennett Priscilla Burt Michelle Iannotta Adrienne Klonfas Katie McMullan Cody Naccarato Sky Polisar Joe Pugliese Justina Schouten Caroline Seche John Villielm John Welch Christina Whalen Maria Whitcomb

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As someone who spent most of his high school career reporting on KHS sports, many of my fondest memories stem from the Kingston-Newburgh rivalry. I remember when my classmates, Marc Jackson and Jason Krakowski, hooked up for a game-winning touchdown at NFA in 2005, my senior year, to get into the playoffs. I still laugh when recalling how Newburgh’s Brandon Brock dunked in pregame warmups, got a technical foul, and Kingston won the Section 9, Class AA title by one point: The pre-game free throw made by current Harlem Globetrotter Tay Fisher. But now, when I follow the rivalry from afar, I’m usually left shaking my head. Take, for instance, the KHS-NFA basket-

ball game earlier this season. After a hard foul, the gym resembled a prison riot more so than a high school basketball game. I’m all for an intense rivalry between two of the biggest schools in the area, but I’d like to think the people of Kingston are better than that, especially since I spent 18 years of my life there. This, of course, was far from the first skirmish at a KHSNFA game. During the aforementioned football game in 2005, a full-fledged melee occurred after Kingston took the lead in the waning seconds. At a 2004 basketball game, Kingston fans ushered NFA’s faithful out with a hearty, “—- you, Newburgh,” chant. The battles going past the verbal, on-thecourt trash talk, and into physical brawls between fans, dis-

gusts me as a KHS alum. Not helping matters are adults who think they know what’s best for the young men and women of each school. Some egg their kids on, teaching exaggerated tales of the blood feud between the two areas. This produces incidents like the violence on O’Neill Street in Kingston on New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, those in athletic departments are left throwing up their hands, bound to making small adjustments that don’t change much at all. I was a kid once. There was nothing I liked more than seeing my Kingston Tigers beating the Goldbacks in a big game. And yes, there were some instances I’m not proud of, including a run-in with Newburgh AD Chris Townsend as a senior working for the football team as the

videographer (to be fair, it was just as much his fault as it was mine). I’m not against a loud atmosphere at games, or against students coming out in droves to support their schools. But tact has been rarely-used as of late, and when animosity spills over outside the gymnasium, nobody looks good and nothing constructive happens. In closing: Have fun at the games, and be loud in support of your Tigers. But don’t disgrace yourselves and once-proud KHS alums by being stupid. Let’s start reading about the good in this rivalry, and letting the play on the court tell the story, as opposed to promoting an atmosphere where fans think THEY deserve to make the headlines. Andrew Champagne KHS Class of 2006

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The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, March 3: Republicans are so determined to block the Federal Communications Commission's proposed Net neutrality rules that they're pulling out a littleused law that gives Congress the chance to second-guess federal agencies before their regulations go into effect. The GOP's argument is that the Internet has thrived without government regulation, so there's no reason to start now. That's a fine sentiment, but the point of the rules is to protect the Net from being manipulated by the handful of

giant phone and cable TV companies that dominate the market for home broadband services. Reversing the commission's order would invite those companies to pick winners and losers among websites and services, potentially strangling the openness and innovation that has been vital to the Internet economy. The commission's neutrality order, adopted in December, strikes a reasonable balance between Internet service providers' desire to pursue innovative business models and consumers' ability to access legal sites and services without interference from their ISPs. The

order bars broadband providers from unfairly favoring or disfavoring any lawful sites or applications on their Internet access services, but leaves open the possibility for them to create optional, managed service tiers that give priority to certain types of traffic, such as video from their partners. It also exempts wireless broadband networks, which are evolving rapidly, from most of the new neutrality rules. House Republicans already voted to bar the FCC from enforcing the order, and two telecommunications companies have asked an appeals court to overturn it. But that's apparently not enough. Soon, a House com-

mittee is expected to approve a resolution of disapproval that seeks to block not just the order but any similar FCC action. The court appeal is a meaningful test, but the resolution of disapproval is more of a gimmick. Under the 1996 law that authorized them, resolutions of disapproval must pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the president. There's virtually no chance that President Obama, who made Net neutrality a campaign promise, will sign a resolution if it somehow makes its way through the Senate, and absolutely no chance of Congress overriding the veto. Instead, the GOP attack on the Net neutrality order seems intended mainly as a show of force that, win or lose, would discourage the commission from enforcing the new rules. Rather than railing against the evils of regulation, opponents of the order should consider the fact that most U.S. households have access to only one or two Internet providers that offer affordable broadband service. Which content and services prevail online should be determined by technology and innovation, not by the duopoly that acts as a gateway to broadband. (c) 2011, Los Angeles Times. Visit the Los Angeles Times on the Internet at Distributed by McClatchyTribune Information Services.



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FACS prepares students with career ready skills

According to Costley, there are normally more boys than girls in Chef’s Workshop. Cody Naccarato/Highlights


While ramen might be food for the everyman, students need to learn how to fend for themselves, and for the students who have no other means of learning, FACS classes like Chef’s Workshop offer help.

“People think that they can cook because they can put the frozen vegetables in hot water, and cut up some chicken and call it homemade. If they make it themselves, they understand what they are really eating and it teaches them about why home-

made pancakes are better than shake and pour,” said Costley. The other thing that Costley would hope to have her students learn is life skills. Life skills include things such as following directions, taught in a classroom setting, and in the kitchen when trying to follow a recipe. Things like thinking for themselves, and how to manage their time wisely are also things incorporated into the class. It’s also not to say that these mini lessons for life are only taught in Chef’s Workshop, as all classes have these incorporated in depending on what they are doing. If it’s food, then you follow recipes in a timely way. If it’s fashion, its constructing clothes in a proper way. At the high school level, classes like these can really prepare you for the harsh world that students are entering into. If you can’t cook for yourself, you might not eat too healthy. If you can’t manage your time wisely, you might drop the ball on

studying for an exam you need to pass. If you don’t think for yourself, you might fall into the wrong crowd. The life skill you learn here are needed to move on and be successful in life. If this class sounds right for anyone, they should speak to their guidance counselors quickly as classes do tend to fill up, or you can stop by Costley’s room and pick up a pamphlet that has all the information you need to know, but before you run off and do that, heed Costley’s warning: “I normally have more boys than girls in my Chef’s Workshop class, and my fashion classes this year are 100 percent female. So some guys join and tell me that they join Chef’s Workshop looking to be with pretty girls. To which I normally respond “If you want to meet girls, you have to take fashion, that’s where all the hot girls are!”


FACS courses offered:

 Chef’s Workshop. “An introduction to nutrition and food preparation.”  Student Gourmet. “More advanced techniques of preparation.”  International Foods. “Learn about different cultures through the study of”  Culinary Nutrition. “Focus of this class is healthy food preparation.”  Fashion Construction I/II. “Fashion, fabrics and sewing.”

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Net neutrality: Much needed change By Cody Naccarato Highlights When you go to a neighbor’s house to watch the big game, he doesn’t have clearer reception because he pays more. His channel might be in HD, or his television might output in higher resolution but at least you see what you need to see. When you make a phone call to somebody who uses a different phone service provider, your call quality isn’t any worse off because of the company you’re subscribed to. You can get fuzzy, but at least you hear what you need to hear. The Internet, being the final frontier of course is going to cause controversy. The thing about it is, you can do almost anything you want on the Internet. Can you imagine if you couldn’t? That’s what net neutrality is in place to protect. Net Neutrality, as defined by the FCC, is “acting to preserve the Free Internet and its Openness.” In its most prominent form, it means that Internet Service Providers, also known as ISP’s, such as Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon can’t mess with us. According to the New York Times, they must “provide equal access to all data sources on the Internet” What does it mean? Companies would like to offer exclusively higher refresh rates,

and faster load times in order to get people to use their services more. An example being if you were using Google Chrome, which is Google’s Internet browser, YouTube would load faster because it’s owned by Google, and all other video hosting sites would perform at lesser speeds such as MetaCafe, Hulu, etc. In the scenario it’s hard to figure out who’s the bad guy. Is it our ISP’s who want to do anything it takes to get another dollar out of the consumer, or is it the FCC’s who want to go after some of the more “untamed” or “raw” aspects of the Internet? Believe it or not, you need to fear. On the FCC’s official website, they categorize “net neutrality” as "the FCC acting to preserve Internet Freedom and Openness." Big businesses are in it to make more money and that's all they care about. They want to line their wallets with your money, and in the scenario of the FCC being the humble protector, everything seems fine. They wouldn’t let Comcast only communicate with their own subscribers, and they wouldn’t let Verizon charge for services such as YouTube and Wikipedia. It’d make the ISP’s treat each source of data, no allowing them to favor specific services over others. They couldn’t block

another photo sharing service, and only allow you to use theirs. The Supreme Court ruled in April 2010, that the Internet is not a telecommunication service, it was instead classified as a “…free information source.” Which is true, that’s exactly what the Internet was created for. The FCC’s loophole is that their not targeting the content their going after the providers. According to The New York Times, on December 21st 2010, “…the FCC approved a compromise that would broadly create two classes of Internet access, one for fixed-line providers and the other for the wireless Net. The vote was 3 to 2, with the Democratic commissioners supporting it and the Republican commissioners against.” The real issue is what else the FCC could do. For those who don’t know exactly what they do, they dictate what is appropriate to air on television. There’s a reason the “F word” is seldom heard over the glowing picture boxes, and it’s mostly because of the FCC. Their main function is to censor. They could actually censor the Internet, and that’s why so many are fearful of the subject. They could neutralize file sharing services like Bit Torrent, Limewire, Bearshare, and 360share.The persistence of

unlimited free downloading and copyright infringement is hard to prove, and an ever growing issue in our country. These services are highly illegal, and the government has the right to attempt the removal of torrent file sharing from the Internet. They can get rid of the sites and content, but the programs will not disperse and users will continue on. The problem is, that those big companies have a loophole of their own. They could always split their service in two. To use YouTube as an example; YouTube could offer two services, regular YouTube, and YouTube Premium. The regular version open to the public could be a toned down version with slower speeds, slower load times, and videos only available in SD (Standard Definition.) The flip side of this would be something of a premium

membership you get for paying extra money. It could feature the same content with faster load times, videos available in HD (High Definition) and even exclusive uploaded content from higher subscriber people. The sky is the limit when talking about what could be done. As of right now it is too soon to tell what exactly will happen. The final frontier could be tamed and reformatted so fast, you won’t even be able to Ctrl+Alt+Delete your way out. Simple command prompts aside, equal access to the Internet in exchange for Internet censorship? Separate services for higher paying customers? It could happen, and we could end up saying goodbye to the Internet we all know too well. Only time well, but one thing’s for sure, THEY AIN’T GETTING MY NETFLIX.




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Left: Sabrina Granger during a recent club meeting. Above: Food always plays an important part of Chic Chat meetings. “The club is perfect for a girl who is stressed out and hungry,” says Granger.

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Girls come together in “Chic Chat” club By Michelle Iannotta Highlights If you are a girl and you walk through the door of room 216 during 9th period on Wednesdays, you will be embraced by the warmth of other females. The warm, inviting place is Chic Chat. Girls in the club

come together and talk about issues ranging from their favorite vacation spot to what is stressing them out that day. Chic Chat was a club that used to be around the high school, but faded away after awhile. Sabrina Granger worked to bring it back after a two year absence. Granger wanted a place for girls to come and hang out.

When you attend the club, you come in and sit around in a circle and tend to eat snacks. The girls in the club try not to judge, and they want to make sure that the things they talk about stay in room 216, where it is safe to talk. The girls also do fun activities such as arts and crafts. On February 23 they wore summer

outfits since all of the members are sick of the winter and want to welcome the spring. Even though the club is made up of females they do go to males for advice. Once or twice during the year the girls invite a boys panel made up of their friends to ask questions that the girls have about guys. The girls tend to ask the guys about

relationship advice. The girls in the club do not do fundraisers like other clubs to raise money because their club does not depend on money. Each time the club meets, the girls volunteer to bring a snack. Sabrina Granger says “The club is perfect for a girl who is stressed out and hungry.”

B.O.Y.S. club raises money for senior scholarships Plans to continue fundraising with food sales, dances and other events By Joe Pugliese Highlights of?

What are Kingston B.O.Y.S made

No, this isn’t referring to the students, but for one of the newest clubs. B.O.Y.S is an acronym standing for Bringing Our Youth Scholarships. In November of 2010 the club originated as a group of friends setting themselves up for college. The club has gone above and beyond the expectations of its members, and now have dedicated themselves to raising money for their fellow peers and for future students in a similar position as they are. “B.O.Y.S is a non-profit club” said Jimmy DeCicco, treasurer of B.O.Y.S. “We’re just a bunch of friends trying to make a difference by raising scholarships for students.” And raising scholarships is exactly what they have done. Their latest project, the Cupid Ball, was a tremendous success, and currently the association has two $500 scholarships that seniors will

be able to apply for in a short amount of time. The club has also been planning multiple other fundraisers. DeCicco reported that they have been working on another dance in the spring that would mainly be for the freshman and sophomores. But more information will be developed on this later. He also said they have plans for a bake sale, and a candy sale in the nearby future. “I’m proud to be their adviser,” said teacher Jeff Karliner. “They got donations for the dance, organized it, and decorated it without any problems. They’re hardworking kids, and it paid off, they raised a lot of money for the scholarships.” From what has been witnessed of the group, they appear to be a bunch of students who are determined to reaching new heights. B.O.Y.S meets every Tuesday ninth period in Room 10, where they discuss new ideas for fundraisers. Interested? Stop by the next time they have a meeting, anyone is welcome.

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Katie Dowd The“quintessential” band story By Maria Whitcomb Highlights “What have I gotten myself into?” The shy, reserved freshman set her beloved bartione horn on the ground, and stared into the oppressive August heat at the scene lying before her: 200 whooping, stampeding, kids pounded the dirt near the Field House into oblivion with their decrepit Chuck Taylors as they carried on a dizzying bustle of activities. Hulking seniors carted heavy tables and water coolers larger than herself, student leaders barked directions to scurrying underclassmen, and the already intimidating kids around her became absolutely terrifying as they smeared war paint on their cheekbones. Suddenly, the sharp scream of a silver whistle was heard, and everyone dropped what they were doing as an “intimidating” figure mounted a high platform. Stephen Garner removed his sunglasses and scrutinized his unlikely champions. “Welcome to band camp, ladies!” the unforgettable voice rang out. Fast forward four years to 2011, and that same shy freshman dons her own war paint as she ruins pair after pair of

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Converse on the very same field. She is the one who whoops the loudest, and is arguably the most outrageous of them all. Katie Dowd, a low brass Senior, is most assuredly “the quintessential band kid.” At this characterization, Dowd lets out a pleasant chuckle.“The truth is, there is no “quintessential band kid”’she states. “The variety of people in band is amazing. We are all a lot of different people with a common love of music.” For Dowd, running with this particular crowd has given her unforgettable experiences, as well as the time of her life. From the second our friend strode onto that field, she had an instant family in the band and in her own low brass section, the endearingly quirky “island of misfit toys of band,” with instruments as zany as the kids that play them. “I remember walking into my first low brass sectional (rehearsal) and seeing seniors sitting with freshmen. It was so unusual, and everyone was so non-judgemental, with this ‘come as you are’ attitude. I never felt alone,” smiles Dowd. Dowd does admit that she loves the music in band, but her

Year: Junior Section: Clarinets Do you like Marching Band, Concert band, or jazz band the best and why? I love them all, I couldn’t choose between them.

true driving force behind her commitment to the program lies in this riotous “bamily”, or “band family.” From Tangchugging percussionists, to freestyling all-state musicians, Dowd describes the characters of the band as “amazing” and “stranger than fiction.” This becomes especially apparent during the bus rides to the band’s various competitions around New York State. Unsurprisingly, some of Dowd’s fondest band memories have taken place during these hilarious ventures. “During these trips, you have a whole bunch of kids stuck on a school bus for hours on end. We have to find some way to entertain each other.” For those of you who don’t find changing into marching uniforms on a moving vehicle to be enjoyable, Dowd has some words of wisdom: “Different strokes for different folks. I don’t understand the appeal of some sports, but I don’t do them. It’s not my thing to do.” As for those non-believers that dismiss band as “lame,” “nerdy,” and “wild,” Dowd shrugs them off.“Most people think this band is crazy, and rightfully so,” she states matter-of-factly. “Heck,

Brandon Rutski

Year: Freshman Section: Percussion What is your favorite band memory? Definitely when we were in Syracuse. Sharing a room with members of the drum line.

other bands think we are completely insane.” With this statement, a recollection comes to mind of this year’s marching band at the Carrier Dome. After the band’s second place win, Dowd and Caity Nee, a low brass sophomore, began chanting in the lobby, and were soon joined by the rest of the band. “There were 200 kids in a blob jumping up and down, chanting, We are tigers, mighty, mighty tigers! Of course the other bands thought we were nuts.” As this senior prepares to leave the fold of her “bamily,” she remarks that this band has shaped who she is for the better. She is secure and confident in who she is, and has developed a healthy “let it all hang out” attitude in terms of self-expression. “Not to sound elitist or anything,” Dowd demurs, “But I think band is just one of those things that you can’t understand unless you are a part of it. It’s just so surreal. To me it’s normal now, but sometimes when I can just remove myself from the experience for a minute, I realize that it’s really something.” To her, the fact that the band succeeds every year in their task of uniting kids to make spectacular

Fresia Martinez

Year: Sophomore Section: Flutes What has made you stick with band for all this time?-I love music, I’ve wanted to play something even when I was younger.

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music is nothing short of astonishing. The idea that a person can discover their own strengths, and ultimately their own identity through the love of this organization is also remarkable. For a final picture, imagine this: it is the last day of band camp 2011, and the final runthrough of the field show has just ended. A jubilant chord spears the sound barrier, but the show is not over yet, for now is the time that the senior prank usually occurs. Everyone waits with bated breath for a barrage of water balloons. Nothing happens, and all observing adults let out a sigh of relief. Suddenly, a ferocious bellow is heard: “IT’S BABYCHUCKING TIME!” The senior class of 2011, including our friend Dowd, dashes onto the field, throwing baby dolls into the air, and dispelling the contents of what must be every can of crazy string in Kingston. With memories such as these, it’s not hard to imagine the fascinating stories that band kids can tell in the future. “I suppose I’ll just tell people that band is a large chunk of how I got through high school,” Dowd casually remarks.

Paul Johnston

Year: Senior Section: Saxes What is your favorite band memory? Essentially Ellington 2009. It was a great learning and bonding experience.

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Above: Senior Pedro Diaz steps out of the ensemble during a scene. Left: Long night. Director Nick Avossa takes charge at rehearsal. Right: “Who’s afraid of the teacup?” Freshman Benji Farrell, who plays the part of Chip, shows off on set.

Above: Bright future. Freshman Dennis Wakeman takes center stage. Right: “Hearts Ablaze, Banners High, We Go Marching Into Battle.” Senior Kevin Ausanio (in white) with the company of Beauty and the Beast.

Photography: Maria Whitcomb/Highlights

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e, Woych states, may hit closer to home for all ory, Belle feels trapped in her little town, and et out, but yet she still misses home when she sort of the way I feel about going off to col-

ay have appeal, but the director is acutely duction’s success cannot rely on the hard fact little girl’s favorite Disney princess, and that ur generation have grown up with the classic

animated film. Avossa says that he also chooses a show based on the abilities of his carefully selected cast as a whole. “It’s not just about figuring out who’s got talent, but what combination of people work,” states Avossa. “Sometimes you have a super talented female and a super talented male, and when you put them together, it just doesn’t work. When you have multiple ways that work, it’s just about finding the best way that works.” The “best way” that worked was found through an audition process of singing and script-reading that was necessary, but at times nerve-wracking. “I was so nervous!” laughs Woych. “It’s senior year, and your last chance to get the lead role that you’ve always wanted.” “There was a lot of competition, a lot of good singers,” says Cedeno, “but I really thought that I was a good fit for the role. Like the Beast, I can be loud and scary, but I am sentimental too. In that way, playing the Beast is almost like playing two different characters.” “We are good fits for our roles, but more importantly, we all fit together so well because we are all such great friends,” says Ausanio. “We hang out all the time already, and we also have the same interests, which helps a lot.” “It really makes it so much easier to be ourselves and be comfortable around each other,” adds Woych. The cast also agrees that playing roles that they loved made getting into character a little easier. “I grew up with the musical, so I already knew all the words to the song ‘Gaston’,” recalls Ausanio. “It’s also fun to play someone so cocky and arrogant,” he adds happily. “He’s such great comic relief.” “I think one line sums Belle up perfectly,” Woych says of her character. “At one point in the show, Mrs. Potts says, ‘I like this girl, she has spunk.’.... I think that’s what I like the best about her.” Avossa also states that the members of the ensemble, not only the lead roles, play a crucial part in the production. “People walk into a production and expect Belle and the Beast. They expect them to be wonderful, and to sing and act well. But, what’s really going to make it real for the audience is an ensemble, people who add a third dimension of reality to a show. Without them, it’s just one person and a backdrop.” The onstage action is undeniably important, but anyone who thinks a production stops there is completely disillusioned. There are costumes to be stitched and sets to be built, and some higher power must also instruct novice high school thespians in the necessary arts of theater: acting, dance, and song. For anyone who watches Avossa run a rehearsal, he appears to be not merely a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of all, wearing the different hats of an acting coach and a set inspector in the same rehearsal. However, the reality still stands that the making of a

musical is a daunting task for one teacher. “For me, it’s just about being lucky enough to surround myself with people who in their own areas are just really excellent,” demurs Avossa. “I just absorb as much of that as I can.” Just as some lead actors in a production have a supporting cast, there is a core group of specialists behind the director who truly make musicals great, including Joe Hapeny, a retired English teacher who is responsible for the masterful sets, June Wolfersteig, who is in charge of costumes, music teachers Steve Garner and Lawrence Lohman, who take care of the instrumental and vocal aspects of the musical, and Danny Paul, who brings his thirty years of Broadway experience as an acting coach and choreographer. “I’m always learning from these people,” explains Avossa. “For example, Danny Paul has taught me so much about ‘theater magic’ - using simple things to tell your story, and not getting caught up in the glitz, the bang, and the boom.” For an example, Avossa references the Great White Way’s newest musical- Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. “It’s all about the technology and spinning things, but where is the story?” he laments. Not to say that details aren’t important, but for this theater department, renowned for phenomenal singing and acting, as well as the chalk drawings and ruffles of 2005’s West Side Story, Avossa states that a balance is key. “The difference between an amazing show and a mediocre show is the details; but I know people who get wrapped up in those details, and lose the big picture. I also know people who get so wrapped up in the big picture, that they lose details that would make their show real. Here, we give all of the attention needed to both areas.” Ultimately, the components of an entertaining story, a talented company, and backstage magic can make a successful production, but the experience is never complete until all of these aspects are united. “It’s great to see the progression from the first rehearsal to opening night, and all of the hard work and dedication that went into it paying off,” says Ausanio. “It’s also great that we become such a family by the end of production,” adds Woych. Avossa also agrees that the creation is really the best aspect of putting on a production. For him, it is rewarding to see the students work as a team, and eventually tell the same story together. It is this thrill that convinces him to annually reprise his role as director of the spring musical. “It is always a joy to see a student who is new to this, who may be a talented singer, but isn’t sure how to fit into the production. It’s amazing to watch them turn into something magnificent, and find themselves. When they really get it, and they know how to produce it every time......that I never get tired of.”


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March 17, 2011


WINTER SPORTS WRAP Girls’ Basketball

Boys’ Basketball

Boys’ Swimming

Record: 13-77. Season highlight: On February 7, the Tigers came back from a 21-14 deficit to beat Monroe-Woodbury 27-25, avenging an early-season home loss against the Crusaders.

Record: 10-99. Season highlight: On December 17, the Tigers beat Middletown 64-61 in overtime, playing in front of what the Daily Freeman described as a “boisterous crowd of 692.”

Nordic Skiing


Season highlight: Sophomore Martha Daniel placed 38th in the NYSPHSAA championship meet March 2 with a time of 34:48. Rebecca Craig placed 47th with a time of 38:13.

Season highlight: Seth Stauble, Andre Castro and Trent Costello all earned their 100th career victories during the season. Cindy Calixto, Rebecca Rich, Erica Bishop, Selena Brown and Gia Rowan all placed in the top five of a tournament in New Hampshire Sunday.


Indoor Track


Record: 5-00, Section IX Champions. The Tigers have won 76 straight victories, dominating Section IX for nine straight years. This year’s team sent eighth grader Jasmine Harrison, sophomore Colleen KeeganTwombly and freshman Emily Beck to the state championships, where Beck placed ninth in the balance beam.

Season highlights: The Tigers sent four to the NYSPHSAA championships in Ithaca. Season highlights include a personal best in the 300 by Cassie Bouton at the OCIAA meet and a third-place finish in pole vault by Kristine Carl at the Molloy Stanner Games. Senior Jillian Brooks will go on next fall to run for Fordham.

Season highlight: The Tigers continued their domination of Section IX bowling, sending complete boys’ and girls teams to the state championships in Syracuse March 5 and 6. Victoria Jansen had the girls’ high season average with 196.36, while Nick Torres led the boys’ team with 210.97.

Record: 4-77. Season highlight: On January 28, Cameron Meyer, Ryan Lindgren and Andrew Kleeschulte swept the top three spots in the 50-yard freestyle to help beat Newburgh Free Academy 102-82.

Alpine Skiing Season highlight: Greg Merrill capped off his sophomore season with another trip to the NYSPHSAA Alpine Ski Championships in Lake Placid. Merrill placed 18th in the giant slalom and 28th in the slalom

Information compiled from reports in the Daily Freeman

Our NCAA pick in the East: Ohio State over Xavier By Blair Kerkhoff McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) Ohio State is the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, but the other East Regional bracket favorites know a little something about NCAA success. Second-seeded North Carolina, the 2009 champion, is back in the field after a rare miss last season. Third-seeded Syracuse has reached the Sweet 16 each of the last two seasons, and coach Jim Boehiem owns a national title. Fourth-seeded Kentucky has played in more NCAA Tournaments -- this is No. 52 -than any other program. But the Buckeyes have the bull's eye. They won the Big Ten regular season and on Sunday

defeated Penn State for the conference tournament crown. Coach Thad Matta is grateful for all of the plaudits. "I think it's a great honor," Matta said after the Penn State victory. "But as I'll tell those guys when we get back to Columbus, it's not going to score a point for us or get a rebound for us." The Buckeyes have the nation's most complete starting five, and freshman Jared Sullinger rates among the game's best low post players. A Sweet 16 matchup against Kentucky would be one of the tournament's highlights. The Wildcats beat Florida in the Southeastern Conference tournament final on Sunday. Kentucky is a young and talented team,

and coach John Calipari knows how to win in March. So does North Carolina's Roy Williams, whose six Final Four appearances have produced two national titles. The Tar Heels fell to Duke in Sunday's ACC tournament final but have been one of the hottest teams over the season's final six weeks, losing only to the Blue Devils in that stretch. Looking for a pick outside the top four? Sixth-seeded Xavier, led by Atlantic 10 player of the year Tu Holloway, is making its sixth straight NCAA appearance, and the Musketeers have reached at least the Sweet 16 in the last three seasons. Best matchup Assuming Kentucky gets by Princeton and West Virginia

beats the UAB/Clemson winner, the Wildcats and Mountaineers will battle in a rematch of last year's regional final. This time, Kentucky prevails. Upset special Xavier over Syracuse in the second round. Ride the Musketeers all the way to the regional final. Player to watch With so many great freshmen in this regional it's difficult to choose, but Ohio State's Jared Sullinger is a beast in the block. Also keep an eye on North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and Kentucky's Brandon Knight. (c) 2011, The Kansas City Star. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger out rebounds Penn State’s Andrew Jones Sunday. (Neal C. Lauron / Columbus Dispatch/MCT)




March 17, 2011

“Unknown” thrills audiences By Cody Naccarato Highlights Staff Thriller movies usually don’t have a lot to play around with to excite an audience. That sounds odd right, but it’s actually pretty true. If a thriller movie wants to thrive it needs to keep plot elements shrouded, so that you don’t know too much at once. If you know more than what you knew the first time, you’re not all that thrilled. How many people were freaked out by The Sixth Sense, twice? Thrillers usually have to develop a unifying theme, or element that keeps the story together, and if they don’t they are normally weak, and hobble out of the box office in shame. Thrillers have a lot going against them, but I think it’s safe to say that Liam Neeson (one of the greatest actors of all time) shows how its done in his most recent film, Unknown. The main theme of this movie is identity. Through the movie, several different characters offer their own take on what identity is. Some say that when a traumatic life event happens, your identity can change. You can accept facts that aren’t true, and make up fake histories about yourselves. Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, who after taking a plunge off of a bridge in Berlin, finds that he has hit his head pretty hard and now is losing some of his memories because of it. When he finds that a man is impersonating him, he spends the rest of the movie trying to get him wife back, and his life. At least, that’s what he thinks he’s doing.

Alyssa Bernal: discovered on YouTube By Caroline Seche Highlights Staff

The movie really drags on in the beginning, as it seems more like an international film, or maybe an art film using sub titles. The effect of being in another country is key to the whole theme of identity because you meet Gina, who drove the taxi off the bridge, and subsequently saved your life. Gina is an illegal immigrant whose concept of identity is that you can be whoever you want to be, if you have the right documentation. The setting is important to the idea of identity, so it’s okay that it seems boring for a good half hour or forty five minutes. The effects in this movie are a little weird. The explosion of a car falling off of a parking garage is to be expected. But isn’t it overkill to have a second explosion after it lands? Maybe to emphasize that the people inside are dead? I’m unsure, but it makes the explosions seem cheesy when in actuality they’re very well done and appropriate.

Life at KHS by Justina Schouten

The ending scene takes place in the bottom of a building that has been blown up. How’s the building not going collapse in the time they spend down there chatting? Another element that they did very well was taking a page out of M. Night Shyamalan. The movie keeps you so far in the dark that you can’t see what’s right in front of you. There are times when you can tell that they are trying to give you clues, but events are playing out so fast you haven’t any time to really hone in on one particular thing. People who know about Shymalan’s directorial style, or have seen The Sixth Sense will know what to expect when walking into the theater playing Unknown. Liam Neeson is the greatest, other people should aspire to be more like him. His delivery is so cold, that you really believe every word that comes out of his mouth as fact.

If he told you that disco was alive and well again, while on camera you’d believe him because he’s Liam Neeson, and he is the greatest! In the movie, where false evidence is presented to you as fact, it’s really important that the lead actor, can make you believe the evidence being presented to you as fact. Especially, since he’s Liam Neeson and he is the greatest. Basically, here’s the long and short of it. This movie is deep in psychological mindnumbing events. The whole ending took the breath out of me, and I encourage all of you to see this movie. The only complaint that I do have is that the ending seems a little far fetched based on what happens prior. The plot didn’t seem to lean in the direction it ultimately ended up in until very late in the movie. The verdict stands that this movie is worth the two hours of your life it will take to watch it. Unknown gets four stars out of five.

I’ve reviewed other artists, but Alyssa Bernal is different. The others were kids just like Alyssa, who got lucky. They were discovered and now have released their first or maybe fiftieth CD, but Alyssa, what separates her from, Taylor Swift, is that she was discovered on YouTube. Imagine if suddenly, the girl behind the YouTube screen name has a record label; an album. You can always watch videos of artists like Lady Gaga or Eminem also on YouTube, but how many of those artists made a connection with their audience before they were signed? Trust me here, check out her videos, and Alyssa not only the Bernal professionally done ones, but the originals that got her all the way to releasing her first album. To watch someone singing to their webcam is a different experience than simply seeing them in concert or buying their CD’s; they’re closer to being real when they’re doing something so normal, that maybe you do too. When a person sits in their bathroom singing to their computer, it makes them seem more like they’re an average personlike the normal teen you are. In Alyssa Bernal’s videos she’s alive, and she’s shy and funny and friendly and most of the time has her friends lying on a couch behind her. Now tell me, does not stardom seem like it’s that much closer when the girl you subscribed to on YouTube was discovered through it? Bernal–she has a voice that really sings to you; in more than one way. She is one of those extraordinary artists who will never need the fancy costumes or revealing outfits or vocal modifications. She has done amazing on YouTube, so why should it change now?

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Entertainment March 17, 2011



Review: get Kinect’d to video games By John Villielm Highlights Staff For me trying to figure out what I want for Christmas can sometimes be, well it isn't the easiest thing for starters. But this year was different. This year my friends was the year the Kinect for the Xbox 360 came out! Now what could be so great about an add on piece to an already highly priced gaming system? Well that my friends is simple, you don't need to hold anything in your hands! In the beginning all of the video game companies were struggling to make the best and newest way to interact with the console. Nintendo made a break through in gaming history when they released the Wii in 2006. The Wii introduced to us the thought of playing games with only a motion controller. In 2010 both Sony and Microsoft released their own motion control console, only both Sony and Microsoft already had consoles so they went and made motion gaming an add on feature. Sony made motion control for the PS3 much like the Wii. You have either one or two hand held controllers and however you move your hands determines what happens in the game. Microsoft on the other hand took

motion gaming to a whole new level with the release of Kinect in November of 2010. With the release of Kinect no longer are you stuck to grasping a control that after long periods of time can tend to make your hand sweaty. It is no surprise though that Microsoft is the first to have this technology out for play. Let's be honest, Microsoft probably invented a can lead to you re-arranging way to teleport things with the your entire room because the amount of money they have, furniture is in your way. they just are keeping that one for This system can lead you themselves. and your family to ours of fun Back on topic, Kinect featime. Kinect doesn't take very tures an RGB camera, depth sen- long to set-up. Basically plug it sor and multi-array microphone, in into a few spots and go which provide full-body 3D through the set-up guide. When motion capture, you buy the facial recognition The Kinect can be Kinect it comes and voice recogKinect seen as a break- with nition capabiliAdventures. This ties. The system through in techled my family to sits on top of a become almost nology, which it pivoting base that brainless zombies allows it to adjust really is, but for for close to three to how close or before havgamers it is seen hours far away you are. ing to get some The system as pure fun. sleep for the folbasically kicks lowing day. total butt. Though the system The game doesn't come with isn't as great as we wish it could many game types. Okay, it only be. Some games may make you comes with four games during feel like rage quitting because no the whole campaign. The cammatter how hard you try, the sen- paign does allow co-op with one sor just doesn't want to do what other person which can lead to you tell it to do. The system also some interesting things, such as

Sony goes after PS3 hackers By John Villielm Highlights Staff With all game systems comes hackers. Hackers do their best to come up with ways to cheat the game just to give them the edge. With hackers no longer can you expect that you will always have a fair match, or for that matter ever have a fair match. Hackers can also cheat the system to obtain a video game that hasn’t come out yet and play it weeks in advance. I remember playing Modern Warfare 2 and not being able to play because you’d join a game lobby and die 100 times in a row due to an AC-130 gunship and a Chopper Gunner flying around in the sky raining death from above. However, at times you wouldn’t mind when a hacker was around. I remember in

Modern Warfare 2 trying to reach the much sought after 10th prestige. With a little help from a hacker you could reach 10th prestige in only a few minutes instead of a few months. Hackers don’t only go after gaming systems however. Hackers will go after just about anything technology wise. Cell phones, computers, game systems, anything that they feel they can make better use of. This is where the law steps in. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) went into effect in 1998 making it illegal to circumvent anti-piracy measures in commercial software. However it was ruled that cell phone “jailbreaking” modifi-

cations to the software of iPhones and other hand devices to use applications other than those approved by the provider are legal. Currently Sony took 21 year old George Hotz (also known by his alias, geohot) to court in legal action against the young man hacking the PS3 security measures unlocking features such as read and write access to the memory, homebrew, hypervisor level access to the processor and Playstation 2 Emulation. On January 12, 2011 Sony filed a lawsuit against Hotz on 8,000 counts for violation of the DMCA. In an interview with Attack of the Show host Kevin Pereira,

the funny photos that the game takes while your in the middle of playing. At times the pictures seem to be just about as funny as watching the person make a fool out of themselves playing. Kinect has an assortment of game types for everybody. They have a fighting game called Fighters Uncaged and racing games such as Joyride. They have numerous fitness games to help shred off some unwanted pounds or to just bump up your cardio. A few dancing games will leave you wanting to show off your new found moves in public, well not really but you still have fun while playing. Kinect will not just be for the Xbox 360. Microsoft will be releasing the Kinect for the computer to run for Windows 8. A few independent people or companies have found ways to make hacks for the Kinect. Many are just game hacks that enhance the game experience. At CES 2011

(Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas , Nevada. Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer announced that in the spring of 2011, Kinect users would be able to power Netflix and Hulu Plus with their Kinect. They will also be able to party chat with their avatars in different scenes with their friends. This will hopefully be the first of many software updates for Kinect users to encounter. The Kinect can be seen as a break-through in technology, which it really is, but for gamers it is seen as pure fun. Though with limited numbers of games it is hard to say just how great this system will truly be. As it stands right now I'd have to rate the Kinect game system a seven out of ten due to the fact that some games tend to lag or misread your actions and the poor amount of games available.

Hotz stated that he “made a specific effort in his attempts to enable homebrew without enabling things like piracy.” The case right now is in a stall. Judge Susan Illston of the California District Court of San Fransico asks the question “Does this case fall under the jurisdiction of California State Court?” The hacking took place in New Jersey where Hotz lives. The only thing linking this case to California is the fact that a PayPal account from California was used to pay towards the hacking of the PS3. If the case were to remain in California then it would benefit Sony because they are based there and it may cause the young hacker to forfeit in the case do to running out of money. As it stands right now George has already asked the online community to donate $10,000 to hire a great lawyer. On February 12 Hotz posted a rap video about the lawsuit. On February 19 Hotz has made a blog to update the situation going on in the court room. This case will basically change gaming history if Hotz wins. Already from strong

rumors it is said that due to the PS3 being hacked Sony will drop prices drastically for the original PS3’s before the release of a “new” un-hackable PS3 slim. Plus if it is found that hacking your gaming system is legal once you bring it home it means that anybody will be able to hack their system which could either make or break online gaming. To me, when the cheating side of hacking begins to affect online gaming, then hacking will become a problem along with the people who hack to play pirated games. However, some hackers, such as Hotz hack to bring the best out of a game system, which to me only makes it better. It is hard to tell who will win the case at this point, but my prediction this case will make its way to the Supreme Court depending if all parties can afford it. The only reason being, this will determine the future of gaming and will set a precedence for all of gaming.


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March 17, 2011

From the nooks and crannies of the community, people came to watch the annual St. Patty’s Day parade on Sunday. Nobody can argue that there isn’t a strong Irish community lurking, waiting to come out, and on parade day, it all explodes out for a couple of hours. At the end of the day the streets were littered with the discarded candy wrappers from children, and the tears of those who go back into their hiding places and wait for next year’s celebration. Some people ran, some people walked, some people biked, and some people skateboarded, but for one day, the community came together to enjoy the Irish heritage that many share. And as always, it’ll be interesting to see what they do next year!

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Highlights - March 17, 2011  
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