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The Tide

Long Beach High School 322 Lagoon Drive West Lido Beach, New York 11561 (516) 897-2056

Editorial Board Jessica Amen Dalvin Goodridge Geoffrey Noss Staff Writers Jesse Adler, Ayla Alvarez, Alana Costello, Shilani Guitterrez, Virginia Khavin, Joley Klein, Joseph LaRosa, Brittany Nurse, Shannon Spada, Danielle Stapleton, Crystle Wenz, Ashley Woo Advisor

Mr. Joseph Jeremias Board of Education Dennis Ryan, President Patrick E. Gallagher, Vice President Gina T. Guma, Trustee Darlene Tangney, Trustee, Roy J. Lester, Trustee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Greenberg Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi Editorial Policy The Tide is a non-profit studentrun organization. Editorial decisions are made by the Editorial Board made up of the Editor-in-Chief and the associate editors. The Editors adhere to the traditional guidelines of a free press and oversee all contributions to the newspaper to be sure that they comply with legal and ethical standards. The Tide accepts and prints all letters provided that they are signed, space is available, and they comply with our editorial policy. Letters do not reflect the opinions of the editorial board. Tide Submission Guidelines The Tide is the official newspaper of Long Beach High School. All students are encouraged to write, take photos, and assist with the production of the newspaper. Students interested in working for The Tide should attend the general meetings on Thursdays at 2:50 in the Library. The editorial board of The Tide reserves the right to edit all articles for content. Due to space limitation all articles may not be published.

 

By Alana Costello

Enthusiastic LBHS students participate in Model Congress, the school’s debate team. Model Congress has been operating at LBHS for 16 years.

Students Debate in Congress By Ashley Woo Students fall in love with Model Congress. “Students that feel  they don’t fit in anywhere else find they fit in at Model Congress” said Mr. Hartmann, the advisor for the club. Model Congress is our schools debate team. The club has been advised by Mr. Hartmann for the past six years. Meetings take place in the upper auditorium every Thursday. The club competes regularly with other schools in events called foreign congress. Foreign congresses are two day event where the host schools provide activities and debate sessions. The club leaves on Friday and the students stay at the homes of the students of the host schools that night. When the club isn’t arguing their opinion, the host schools plan activities such as a carnival and sport competitions like dodge ball. Foreign congresses are held about once a month and there are 8 schools, including Long Beach, that participate. Members debate about different subjects, from laws that are debated

in U.S. congress to which music artist is better. Model Congress started 16 years ago but other schools have been participating for 50 years. Despite the difference, Long Beach High School has brought home many Model Congress trophies. The schools win awards for speaking and one of the schools win an award for best delegation. “Long Beach [High School] is the best” says David Fuchs, a sophomore and committed member of the club. Fuchs joined his freshman year and “fell in love with it.” He has only missed one meeting in the two years that he has been a member. Stephanie Smith joined the club in her sophomore year and had graduated from the school last year. “You will always learn something; there are a lot of bright students. It also helps with public speaking.” said Smith “This club is for anyone and everyone,” says Fuchs. The club currently has 80 members and about 55 of them go regularly to the meetings.

Meet Jake Gelfand By Jesse Adler also interns at the American Air Power Meet Jake Gelfand, your typical Museum at Republic Airport in Islip. high school senior. Green eyed, blue After taking Mr. Heck’s Aviation jeaned, Gelfand exists within Long class during his junior year, Gelfand Beach High School just like any other made the decision to devote his student. However, “There is a whole career to the field of flight. “I plan to side of me people do not know,” says go to college to study aviation, with he. “Many say I was born in the wrong a minor in business. The colleges I generation.” am applying to are Embry-Riddle Gelfand can often be seen sporting Aeronautical University, Florida tee shirts of his favorite musical acts. Institute of Technology, Purdue “I listen to bands such as the Beatles, University, University of North The Rolling Stones, Queen, Bob Dakota, and SUNY Farmingdale Dylan, The Who, The Moody Blues State College.” and several other classic rock bands But above all else, Gelfand’s life that I was not alive to see.” During passion is surfing. At the age of 10 he his sophomore year, Gelfand began received a soft top Liquid Shredder learning to play the guitar, taking Mr. surfboard for Rossi’s Guitar his birthday. class and He surfed performing in his first wave the culminating on National guitar show at boulevard, the end of the and has been year. “Guitar devoted to the is my key of sport every keeping music since. “I am alive in my life,” very dedicated; he said. “I play I would surf the guitar every before hanging day. I am not the Senior Jake Gelfand shredding the gnar. o u t , g o i n g best, but I can to family play it, I love it, occasions, or and that’s all that matters.” going on vacation. The main reason While he spends his mornings at I surf is really to forget about the Long Beach High School’s campus, stress of my everyday life. When I’m Gelfand seems to vanish after 4 th surfing a wave, politics, my social life, period. “I go to the BOCES program everything in my life, it doesn’t exist. to study aviation for half of the school At that moment, it is all about what’s day. There we learn about all of the right in front of my eyes.” different aspects of aviation, such Gelfand wholeheartedly believes things as airport operations, aircraft that one mustn’t judge a book by its systems, weather data, navigation, cover. “All you need to know about weight and balance, and much more.” me is what’s said in this article, and Armed with intense focus and high the rest, you should be able to see in ambition, Gelfand is currently working me as a person. It’s not easy to see, towards his Private Pilot’s License. He but it’s there.”

“Blocked” is a familiar term when it comes to the school computers. The internet filtering system at LBHS is a service that comes to the school from BOCES. Administration believes the system is extremely n e c e s s a r y. S o m e students on the other St. Bernard iPrism the software LBHS uses for hand complain. T h e S t . B e r n a r d filtering the internet services. iPrism hardware filters on certain keywords and websites. It effectiveness and controlling,” says also comes with virus protection. Senior Aaron Banschick, “Instead of   “Final say about what’s blocked keeping me from gaming, it winds up is on a case by case basis” says Vice firewalling sites I need for research Principal, Mr. Emmons.   papers.” Most of the complaints, he says, Other students admit that it’s have to do with getting immediate e f f e c t i v e i n b l o c k i n g o n l i n e access to certain sites which have been distractions, but “it’s annoying,” says blocked either because the system freshman Tamisha Lewis. Students finds the content questionable or the believe they should be allowed more site triggers the virus blocker. Teachers freedom on the school computers, however can get permission to access others even find loopholes in the certain sites that have been blocked. system. Teachers usually have more access Mr. Emmons states “The purpose than students, and some students find of the filtering is to make sure students the system an obstacle. use internet sources for appropriate “ T h e r e ’s a l i n e b e t w e e n school related activities.”  

Students Create New Club By Jesse Adler Senior Robert Cornacchia and junior Ambrose Plante have been playing chess together since their sophomore and freshmen year, respectively. “We would play chess when Mr. Kaplan was out for chorus. We wondered why there was no chess club in school when a bunch of people we knew were actually pretty good at the game.” It may not officially be a club, but Sixty-Four Squares Chess is nothing less. The group meets three times a month on Wednesdays and Fridays, alternating between the Library and Room 214. According to co-founders Cornacchia and Plante, “It’s not formally a club because it was formed too late, but next year it will be. There is a formal process that clubs go through around the end of the year.”

After doing some research, the two discovered that a chess club had existed at Long Beach High School in the past. They decided to revive it, and with the insight of club advisor, Vice Principal Mr. DePaola, they named it “Sixty-Four Squares Chess,” after the number of squares on the chess board. Occasionally, meetings begin with a brief instructional session, during which Cornacchia and Plante review various chess strategies. “If there really is not a large crowd, the meetings tend to be more informal, usually including only games, but if there is a large crowd we’ll teach,” said Cornacchia. Senior Elana Weinstein, who has attended every chess meeting thus far, views the club as a “great place to come and compete in a game of chess with someone you may or may not know.”

Asian Culture Club Has Thriving Start By Crystle Wenz The Asian Culture Club begins its first full year at Long Beach High School. The club was started this year by senior Alex Obed co-founder and President. The Asian Culture Club is all about bringing everyone together despite their background, to understand all different types of Asian culture. They discus the history of Asian cities and they try new Asian foods that they have never had before. Obed described the club as, “bringing us all together to better understand one another.” The club has made videos on the history and important events that has followed the history of these Asian cultures; they try to make the experience of learning about another culture fun and exciting. “It’s more exciting to learn about history when you’re acting it out rather than just

reading about it in a textbook.” Obed described. The club has upcoming events like candy selling during the holiday season for charities and early next year the club will be trying to host their own talent show so that they can bring everyone together to showcase their unique abilities. Obed wants everyone to feel special and different. Advisers for the Asian Culture Club are English teacher Mrs. Gretchen Rodney and history teacher Ms. Lisa Casey. Mrs. Rodney welcomes all students to the Asian club, saying that it is a new experience. “You get to look at all cultures. It’s for young people to really become focused on a culture they don’t really understand. They look at music, movies, fashion and food. It lets you understand how the history evolved, but it is also entertaining.” The club meets every other Thursday at three in room 218.


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