RIZON Lynbrook High School
Vol. XLVII No. 5
Monday, June 11, 2018
Reflections from the Valedictorian and Salutatorian
In The Issue: V a l e d i c t o r i a n
By Dustin Mandell and Jack Hunter
Dear Jack Hunter, Although the time we shared together consisted of just our four years in high school, I have gotten to know you
through this time as a peer, a leader, and a friend. Since our freshman year, we have both been elected officers representing our class in the Student Government Association. Through your dedication, passion, and attention to detail, I could immediately foresee your potential to be a natural inspiration to our fellow students. I was quickly proven correct when you took the reigns as our classnight chair sophomore year, and you thrived in a difficult situation while being a mediator amongst many conflicting voices and ideas. Our grade quickly became a force to be reckoned with on the LHS stage with you at the helm, and our prowess only grew in our upperclassman years under your guidance. Our Classnight and Sportsnight success was due to a clear flow of communication and collaboration established by the tone that you set, and it is clear you left your mark on the competition. Outside of extracurriculars, I have seen the kind of academic you are in the classroom. You raise insightful points and intriguing questions yet always respect opposing viewpoints and help facilitate discussion. One of the most admirable qualities you possess is your selflessness towards your peers. While some in your position may have become cutthroat or competitive, I am proud to say that anytime I, or any of my fellow peers it seems, reached out to you for assistance, you eagerly obliged and did the best you could to assist me. Your understanding of the larger picture and embodiment of compassion and empathy instead of a pursuit of self-achievement has really spoken volumes about your character and morals. Furthermore, when certain things happened throughout our high school careers that some students may have disagreed with such as new school policies, you did your best to make sure the voiceless were represented and spoken for. This is an honorable trait that does not always bring along with it recognition or acknowledgement. One of the most difficult things in life to do, in my opinion. is to do the right thing even when it can be difficult, and you have excelled at this quality with the utmost integrity. I know you will have incredible success at the University of Georgia and beyond with all of your future endeavors as long as you stay true to yourself. Thank you for being such a dependable friend, peer, and classmate. Congratulations on receiving this honor!
Your Friend, Dustin Mandell
Dear Dustin Mandell,
S a l U T A t o r i a n
When we are little, we are taught to look up to those who lead us, our role models. We admire our family members, our favorite athletes or musicians, our firefighters and police officers, even our favorite fictional characters who bring out our own best in showing us theirs. Though by the time we are in high school, we discover that sometimes we don’t have to look so far to find our role models: sometimes they are standing right beside us (and usually wearing neon). You have certainly become a role model for the Class of 2018 and me over the past four
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years. I first remember taking note of your leadership when you ran for class president freshman year. It seemed like you were the shoe-in since your days at Waverly Park and South, and I wondered what caused so many people to think so highly of you. I soon learned. You have a gift for public speaking. Whether it was in making your many announcements over the loudspeaker, presenting in class, or voicing your opinion in our late-night SGA meetings, you did so with eloquence and ease. I was impressed. You also bring a sense of professionalism into everything you do. Who you are in front of parents and teachers is who you are with your peers, and that is responsible and determined. When we were together at Horizon meetings (we both know I missed...a few), crickets would chirp as no one would step up to write certain articles or offer to stay past 3:30 on a Friday to finish layout. Oftentimes, it was you who would break the silence with a classic “I’ll do it.” It has been the accumulation of your “I’ll do it’s” that has earned you your respect and legacy in this town. By September of our junior year, it was time for SGA elections, though this time you were a member of the slate, leaving behind the position of class president. I figured it was my time to say “I’ll do it.” From then on, I have tried to lead our grade with a bit more professionalism and understanding of its needs than what I had once known. I have learned many lessons from you over the course of our time together. Beyond my occasional, “Dustin, what’d you get for number six?” (the answer to which almost always being right), I have learned how to become a better writer, how to not overthink simple questions, and how to speak in front of an audience, to name a few. Most importantly, I have learned how to become a better leader. Thank you for being a role model in my high school experience.
In This Issue:
Your Friend, Jack Hunter
Phillips Plaza Starbucks to Move LHS's closest Starbucks is moving to a new location this summer.
The Life of a High School Hockey Star Hear about Christian Sarlo and his experiences as a hockey player.
13 Reasons 13 Reasons Why Improves Look at this review on the controversial series.
News / pg. 5
Features / pg. 7
Opinions / pg. 14-15
A Year in Review: The Best Moments of Lynbrook Sports Take a look back on sports highlights of the 2017-2018 school year
Sports / pg. 23
Monday, June 11, 2018
Graphic Design Ad Campaign
School safety has been one of the most controversial issues of our time, especially considering all the recent events that have occurred across the country. School safety is an important issue that needs to be addressed. Art teacher Michael Kunz and his graphic design students attempted to bring awareness to LHS by creating ad campaigns on issues. Located on the steps near the cafeteria, library, and nurse’s office. Kunz’s graphic design class embark on various real-life class projects that emanate reality, such as creating a holiday-themed Starbucks cup and creating a t-shirt logo design for a company. However, Kunz decided to bring back another project that is relevant to today. His second period graphic design class was split into six teams, each with three people. Their goal was to create an ad campaign based on school safety, and each group needed a unifying factor to bring its ad campaign together. In previous years, different topics and themes were explored. “We do this project every couple years, and I try to pick a theme that is current and relevant,” Kunz stated. “In years past, we have done ad campaigns for donating blood, Relay for Life, and anti-bullying.” Students had to exhibit certain requirements in the project, which include font pairing, an Ad Council logo, and a sponsor for the ad campaign, just to name a few. There were ad campaigns about fire safety, lockdown procedures, and student entrance/ exit points. However, Principal Rainis decided to choose one of these ad campaigns to display to the students and faculty, and that was the “Be” ad campaign (every design starts with “Be”) that was created by senior Stephanie Syrota, senior Paul Traumiller, and junior Joshua Polansky. Syrota’s design was entitled “Be Aware.” It focused on the use of all doors going in and out of LHS.
~Photo Courtesy of Michael Kunz
By Josh Polansky Staff
The design depicts a girl sitting alone and eating her food at a lunch table. Traumiller included a statistic that one out of five students report being bullied at school. This is an alarming statistic; however, it is one that the students can help to eliminate. Traumiller hopes that his design will lead the charge and make LHS a friendlier place: "I hope that my design will teach kids to be nice and friendly to each other. Too many kids are bullied inside school doors, and it should be a sanctuary for learning and not a place to be feared." His design can be seen on the steps near the cafeteria, fitting as if any student sees someone eating lunch alone and decides to act upon it. My design was called “Be Aware.” It corresponds with the new policy that every student must have his/ her ID with him/her when they enter the building, and if not, he/she will not be allowed in the building. Due to this, Syrota took a picture of me near the front doors of the school with my ID hanging off of my backpack, and I came up with the slogan “No ID, No Entry, No Exceptions.” I coupled this picture and slogan with a quotation from Rainis that reads, “School IDs will become even more important as a building security measure.” School IDs have become a necessity to the school, ~Photo Courtesy of Michael Kunz so it is imperative that students have them in their possession when coming Ever since the shooting at Marjory aware of their actions when trying to to school. This design can be seen on Stoneman Douglas on February 14, leave through the library doors. The LHS has implemented new security ad campaign has made me think more the steps near the nurse’s office. These three designs incorporate measures to make sure the school about my actions when I try to leave the message of safety that Principal environment is safe and secure. This the school. I think that we should try Joe Rainis has been stating. He took design depicts school doors with to imagine if something bad happens caution tape around the door handles. because nobody expects the bad things it upon himself to assure the students and faculty that if we work together This is due to the new security meato happen to them, so we should be to create a stable, safe, and friendly sure set in place that all students and proactive to make sure nothing does school environment, LHS will be a faculty must enter and exit from the happen.” Her design can be seen on safer environment. “I said it after the front door. Its design is subtle, but the the steps near the library. events of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. message is clear. Syrota had this to Paul Traumiller’s design was “Be a say about her design: “I want people Friend.” His design aimed at prompt- ‘Protect the house.’ Students and staff safety is everyone’s business. Protect to look at my design and appreciate ing students to attempt to be friendly one another, and protect yourselves, the artistry of it but also to be more with everyone, no matter who the stated Rainis.” person is or what the situation is.
~Photo Courtesy of Michael Kunz
Monday June 11, 2018
LHS to Move Foward With District Renovations
This past October, Lynbrook passed a bond that will fund renovation projects at LHS and other schools in the district. The Board of Education has submitted construction plans for the middle schools and kindergarten center to the New York State Education Department’s Office of Facilities Planning (NYSEDOFP), and they are expected to be returned and possibly approved by the spring of 2019. If approved, renovations at those schools should start as soon as the summer of 2019. The plans for the high school should be sent to the NYSEDOFP in fall 2018, be returned in fall 2019, and work on the high school is then set to start in summer 2020. Plans for the middle schools, elementary schools, and Atlantic Avenue have been finalized and sent to the NYSEDOFP. These plans consist of renovations to the middle school locker rooms, the kindergarten center wrestling room, and the installation of air conditioning to the elementary and middle school gyms. The plans for the high school include many classroom redesigns for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) classrooms, the addition of a new career development classroom that will be connected to a new family and consumer science room, and a school store. Additionally, a new building will be constructed next to the high school and will allow for more classrooms; art facilities will also be renovated. These plans are still in progress, and the district is working with the architect and fiscal adviser to plan a timeline for this project. Facilities Director James Saitta said, “The design phase of the project will encompass a team of many members including district administration, teachers, board of education members, the district architect, and myself. Their input will be used to determine space utilization as well as products and finishes that will be selected and used for the new wing.” Dr. Paul Lynch, assistant superintendent for finance, operations, and information systems, said, “We are lucky to have an excellent architect, Bob Cascone, who is very experienced. His firm, John Grillo and Son, works almost exclusively with schools. They are highly trained to translate educa-
By Emily Bergin Asst. Editor
tional visions into practical construction plans.” The planning process is currently right on schedule, and construction is expected to take place on time. According to Saitta, three phases of construction are in place. The first phase will complete renovations at the middle schools, elementary schools, and kindergarten center. This is expected to be done mostly during after schoolhours and throughout the summer, and it should be finished by fall 2019. The second phase will be constructing the 33,000-square foot exten- sion to the high school. The construction will take place on the field adjacent to the school that is often used for march-
ing band practice and fire drills. This project is set to begin in spring 2020. The final phase will be renovating spaces in the existing sector of the high school. This should be started in spring 2022 and finished by fall 2022. Some of the spaces being renovated will be closed during construction. The timeframe for this project is based on projections of the NYSED timeline and are awaiting its approval. Principal Joseph Rainis made it clear that despite the project’s approval, the school still faces a long road ahead in terms of the renovations: “When the public votes ‘Yes’ on a bond, that’s really just the beginning of the project, and there’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into getting it approved. The architect plans have to be put together and submitted, those have to be approved, and then we can go out to the con-
struction companies with it. I’ve been in meetings with Dr. Lynch and Mr. Saitta, and architects, and the teachers. We’re meeting with the teachers to figure out what the classrooms need. When you’re putting together the plans, you need to know where everything goes, including all the electricity and plumbing. We’ve also been looking at the room re-designs that will take place, and planning for those. Things are moving along as expected, and as of now,
most likely by the summer of 2020 or 2019, construction should begin, and they’ll break ground on the field.” “The project has been in the planning stages for a while,” said Lynch. “The original plans were presented to the community on March 15, 2016. After that referendum was voted down, the district put out a survey asking people what the priorities should be for a new bond. Those results created a strategic vision for the new bond. The priorities were instructional in nature, centering on STEM, the fine arts, music, and special education. With these priorities in mind, the district met multiple times with our architect and produced a plan that would match the community’s priorities. We are currently working on the preliminary plans to go to the New York State Education Department. Final plans will be sent in the fall. The state could take as long as a year to evaluate and approve them. This means that we would
hopefully be ready to go out for bid in the spring of 2020 with groundbreaking that summer,” added Lynch. The district is hopeful that this construction will benefit the community and schools. “The new air conditioning will provide a safer environment for students to perform physical activities in the hot weather and a safer locker room with new lockers in the North and South Middle Schools,” said Saitta. “The wing on the high school will provide students with properly equipped and modern spaces to enhance the educational programs for the science, music, arts, and career educational programs as well as modernize several general educational spaces. A renovated auditorium will enhance the performing arts programs and create a versatile space that several groups can use. The new Owl Store will provide all students with a modern area to purchase LHS gear and enhance the school’s business education program. Security enhancements will also be made creating a safer environment for all,” added Saitta. Lynch also made it clear that the security of students is of chief importance: “The largest issue encountered was the fact that many people expressed a concern that the new plan was a compromise compared to the old plan. Many community members expressed disappointment at board meetings that the plan was smaller than the one originally presented and were especially upset that the auditorium was pulled from the plan. In the end, folks understood that a major project like this must create a balance between cost and the product produced. The main concern is that we are designing this building to last for the next 50-100 years. It is a great responsibility to be present in a district when a major project like this is proposed, recognizing that the granddaughter of a current student may be actually using this same building in 2075! It is hard to predict the future, so we have to plan with as much specificity as possible to meet our current needs while leaving enough flexibility to accommodate the needs of our future generations after the current board of education and administration is long gone.”
PayByPhone Parking Meters By Jane Hoeflinger Editor
Ever needed to pay for a parking meter but did not have change? That worry could soon become a thing of the past, as Lynbrook drivers will have the opportunity to join PayByPhone’s 17 million registered users. The village plans to roll out the app on more than 600 parking meters throughout 2018. PayByPhone, which allows users to pay parking meter fees via their smartphones, is the global leader in the mobile parking industry as it processes $345.6 million in parking transactions each year in thousands of cities such as London and Paris. The app is currently available on Apple, android, Blackberry, and Windows devices, and it does not raise parking costs from their original amount. It allows users to pay for parking virtually anywhere and includes a timer that alerts customers of when their meter
has expired. The village board unanimously voted on March 5 to sign a one-year contract with PayByPhone to begin the service in the Lynbrook area, which will not cost the village any additional funds; the village will
also still offer meters that accept cash or credit cards. Lynbrook will be the first town on Long Island to make use of mobile parking meters. Junior Taib Houssaini takes pride in the town’s urge to move to implement the new technology: “Paying through cell phones sounds cool and I ~Photo Courtesy of Josh Polansky
would like to use this in the future. I’m glad my town is ahead of the game and is alrea students as senior and junior students who drive to school will be able to make use of this product with the parking meters on Union Avenue. “I would definitely use this when I start driving to school next year,” said sophomore Ami Carey. “I’m surprised this wasn’t done sooner; it seems logical to make everything digitized,” added Carey. Junior Sunny Unger agrees: “Paying for parking digitally sounds really convenient. I would definitely use this when they’re available.” Lynbrook officials reported that once signs are posted and the meters are installed with the proper software, the app will be serviceable. The targeted launch was initially intended for the end of June, but recent reports suggest that it may not be ready until July.
Monday, June 11, 2018
NAMM Recognizes Lynbrook Music By Maeve Mooney Staff
Chorus students playing at Carnegie Hall ~Photo Courtesy of Lynbrook Public Schools
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation recently awarded the Lynbrook School District one of the Best Communities for Music Education in 2018. The award recognizes Lynbrook for “leading the way with music opportunities.” The performing arts department has hosted several events this year showcasing the school’s wide array of musical talent; events such as Cabaret Night hosted by the Tri-M Honor Society, the NYSSMA Festival, the Carnegie Hall trip, and the Jazz and Pop concert have all played a role in earning this award. Since 2006, The NAMM Foundation has recognized 583 districts and 135 schools as “Best Communities for Music Education.” Districts and schools are chosen for having common traits, such as “consistent funding and strong community support for music.”
Dear 2018-2019 Horizon Staff,
Throughout the years, music participation in Lynbrook has been growing rapidly. Every year, more musicians are recognized for academic and musical achievements through Tri-M, LHS’s Music Honor Society. Tri-M currently has 70 members, garnering more each year since its creation. In Tri-M, students are heavily involved in the Lynbrook community, as its outreach goes beyond the school walls. Students offer their time tutoring, caroling in nursing homes, and ushering concerts year round. Their efforts play a major part in the musical community not just at LHS, but throughout the entire community. This year, auditions for NYSSMA (the New York State School Music Association), a professional organization that evaluates student musicians in New York state from elementary
school to high school, were held at LHS. For NYSSMA, students choose a song to perform in front of an adjudicator; the scores they receive can help them earn recognition as an All-County, All-State, or even an All-American musician. Overall, this year’s event was a great success. Tri-M members contributed and assisted students from other schools who come to perform. Shoshana Markowitz, a freshman and newly inducted member of Tri-M, believes that “NYSSMA is a great experience. It really prepares students who are looking to pursue music and forces musicians to focus on needed performance skills.” Junior Jared Harwin agrees: “Not only does NYSSMA help show musicians what they need to work on, but it also praises them for techniques that were well shown during the performance.”
According to Tri-M Advisor and Chorus Teacher Krystian Jamrozek, “It is no surprise that the district was yet again recognized for its musical community. Lynbrook excels in many areas, both academic and extracurricular, but it is no secret that music is an integral part of the students’ lives; it is something that is treated with the utmost importance. We strive for excellence and work very hard to be great; it is an honor to be recognized for it.” Lynbrook has and will continue to lead the way with music opportunities combined with a strong community support for the fine arts. The achievements made in just this year alone, clearly show the strong growing foundation held by the music department.
From the EIC's Desk By Dustin Mandell
Wow! What a year it has been for us in Horizon. Before I begin talking about next year, I just want to thank each of you, the writers, photographers, section editors, managing editors, and Sam, my fellow editor-in-chief, for all of the amazing work we’ve completed together. It takes a lot of late nights, early mornings, skipping lunch and off periods, yet we made it all happen. I especially want to thank those who were always there for me when I was in a tough spot or could be relied on to come through in difficult situations. You guys are the reason this year was a success, both in print and online. I hope you appreciate the relationships we’ve forged and the memories we’ve made as much as I did. When you put your all into something, you take a lot of pride in what you create. I am truly proud at the stories we’ve written, pictures taken, and issues created. Although we had our fair share of challenges, I found that the dedication, grit, and resourcefulness exhibited by many of you was more than enough to resolve our problems. Additionally, everyone should be proud and honored to have received the awards and acknowledgements that we did at the Quill Awards, Hofstra Press Day, and the others. A few special statements of gratitude are necessary for me to mention when reflecting upon my time with Horizon. Thank you to all of the seniors who saw this through with me. Even when the going got rough, we always saw the big picture and could lend a hand to help each other. Although others around us did not always stay, I am thrilled the we have developed lasting friendships and achievements with our small core of seniors. Lauren, your work with A&E was diligent and impressive. The pages of your section consistently featured color and stories that brightened the entire edition, and you held your section to the highest of standards. Seamus, I’m glad we could develop our relationship together this year, and your editing skills were top-notch. Yet what was most meaningful to me was the times where you had my back, took care of things, and kept the club as your highest priority that have stood out the most. I don’t think anyone will be able to replicate the length of your articles, either. Sam, it has been quite a ride since our co-editorship of the sports section as underclassmen. You have been my closest friend in this club, and I will always cherish the work we’ve done and the fun we’ve had. No matter what, I could rely on you to relate with my struggles or celebrate my achievements, and our friendship has grown immensely through our partnership. I have always considered you someone I could count on, and your dedication and persistence to follow through have exemplified this. I know all of you guys are destined for great things in your futures, and I will keep in touch as we continue on to college. Don’t forget about the skills and life lessons we learned the hard way here; these will be invaluable to you as you continue your pursuits. To the new staff of Horizon for 2018-2019, you have no idea what you’re in for! Horizon is tough, stressful, and an arduous task, to say the least. The deadlines seem like they get tighter and tighter and the expectations higher and higher. But that is why Horizon is single-handedly the most rewarding activity I did in my four years at LHS, and that is why you guys need to remind yourselves to slow it down and appreciate it every so often. Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture and your original goals when committing to this staff. Be responsible, honest, and open to communication. Depend on your colleagues, bring excitement and creativity, and always have best intentions at heart. Most importantly, be accountable for your actions and decisions. It is this skill and maturity that make the paper have the success that it does. I would like to briefly offer some advice to you guys for next year. News: Work hard to find the news stories within the Lynbrook community. They’re there, you just have to look for them. Avoid national news and keep the stories interesting and relevant to students. Never forget you have the luxury of the front cover, so use that to your advantage. Features: The potential is highest for your section. Articles can be about almost anything, so creativity is a necessity. Utilize the layout tools to make complicated and colorful designs; it will boost your section even more. Lastly, make your pieces have real meaning and they will become special to you. A&E: Stay diligent. There are so many deserving stories out there in the LHS art atmosphere that never see the light. Find them. Opinions: This section has such a great opportunity in front of it. Seize it. Get passionate students to write supported opinions, and never shy away from controversial material. Exemplify qualities of true journalists. Sports: This section can revolutionize the story of Horizon and its future. Sideline interviews, videos, slideshows, and score reports. LHS sports is the key, not professional. Don’t forget that. It’s all there just waiting to be harnessed. The best way for viewer traffic to increase is through you, so let’s see what you can do. All other staffers: Keep the business coming and the layout looking professional; it is the backbone and soul of this paper and staff. Managing editors: You are in the most critical position of the staff. You bridge the sections to the EIC, and the way you utilize your unique position will without a doubt determine the success of this paper. Be there for Sam, yet stay on your section editors. Don’t let layout fall behind, and remember to follow through all the way until the paper is printed. EIC (Sam): Step back and observe the process. Find the inefficiencies and fix them. Set a culture of communication and collaboration. Treat the staff with respect, and expect the same in return. You are uniquely given oversight to the whole staff while having a fresh mind, so integrate new ideas and challenge all traditions of the process. Keep it Lynbrook-centered and exciting to look at. Focus on layout, and everything else will come along with it. One last thank you is deserved, and probably the most important one. Thank you, Mrs. Sanders, for your undying enthusiasm, spirit, and professionalism. I have seen firsthand the dedication which you bring to this paper, and the challenges it throws at you. Even when you’re faced with impossible deadlines or workloads, you are able to be there for the whole staff, especially me, when needed. You have taught me what it’s like to be a professional, to be mature, and to be responsible in the truest sense. I appreciate and recognize the immense contribution you’ve had on my growth and development, and can see how you have shaped my character and the person that I currently am. I can never thank you enough for believing in me, guiding me, and supporting me throughout this whole process. You have without a doubt helped me achieve my full-potential as a writer and collaborator, but also as a leader and a human being. I will carry the lessons and memories of our time together close to me as I continue, so I can rely on it as I experience future struggles and successes. Good luck to all of the future staff members of Horizon, and remember to keep alive the passionate spirit that has existed in this club under the leadership of me and all of the editors of the Class of 2018. We leave this club to you. You can do this, and we couldn’t be more excited to see you try.
Sincerely, Dustin Mandell (Editor in Chief ‘17-’18)
Monday, June 11, 2018
Say Goodbye to Phillip’s Plaza Starbucks The Phillips Plaza Starbucks will be closing down over the summer and moving to a new location. During the first week in August, the store will close and reopen on the corner of Freer Street and Sunrise Highway, next to the tile shop. While Starbucks initially filled the “hipster” niche, in recent years, it has expanded into the mainstream, operating 26,696 locations worldwide as of 2017. Starbucks stores tend to pop up everywhere and quickly become the social and professional hub of an area. The case is no different for Lynbrook’s home store in Phillips Plaza. People come from all over to do anything from going on a date to having a job interview. With comfortable seating, free WiFi and electricity, a cozy atmosphere, and great food and beverages, one can always count on the Lynbrook Starbucks to be bustling with activity. Because of its strategic location near the high school, it also has become a popular place for students to eat lunch, hang out, or get homework done. “I definitely see a lot of the high school kids every day during sports and lunch periods,” says Store Manager Kelly Drummond. One such student, sophomore Katie Baltes, says, “I love going there for lunch and getting iced coffee after eating.” In addition to lunch, students also love to go after school and on the weekends. Sara Bahri adds, “I get Starbucks after school before Chamber Orchestra every week. It’s kind of a tradition I have
By Sam Cohen Editor-in-Chief
~Photo Courtesy of Tess Rechtweg
grown to value.” After the move, these students’ Starbucks habits might not be able to continue. While the new location is just a five-minute car-ride (an eight minute walk) away from the current one, the distance adds up for a student on a 40-minute lunch or a quick trip before after-school activities. “We’ll have to see when we open if the kids want to take the extra five-minute trek,” speculates Drummond. According to Drummond, the store’s lease is up in Phillips Plaza, and instead of renew-
ing it, corporate made the decision to move somewhere else. Many students and other people in the community have a sentimental attachment to the location. “The Lynbrook Starbucks has always been a big part of my life. Ever since middle school, I’ve come here with friends and family to talk and hang out. I think it’s a shame that all those memories are going to be abandoned for a nicer location,” says junior Sloan Keller. “It was really my first hang out spot in high school; it’s going to be
sad when it’s gone,” adds junior Matt Calabro. Nonetheless, Drummond is excited for the move. “When I took over the store two years ago, we were supposed to move the next month, so now two years later, I’m really excited. I am taking the whole staff with me to the new location,” she says. Drummond says there will be a lot of upgrades for customers to look forward to. According to Drummond, the new location will have a drive-through. It will serve “nitro cold brew” on tap (nitrogen infused coffee). The store will also be LEED certified, meaning that most of the materials used to build it will be recycled, and it will be a lot more green--from the products to the toilets. Lastly, there will be ten more seating spots compared to the old location. Many customers of the current location are more than ready for some upgrades. Jessica Tovar, a recent customer, says “This not my favorite Starbucks because it’s usually really crowded...I usually just come here to study when the other Starbucks’ are too busy.” A similar move to the one Lynbrook will undergo took place in Hewlett a few months ago. The new location there is spacious and modern, and Tovar looks forward to a similar transformation for the Lynbrook store.
The Man, the Myth, the Slevin
Patrick Slevin came to LHS in Deseen or spoken to Slevin in almost 35 By Brian Egan cember of 2014 as a short-term leave years. As fate would have it, she was Managing Editor replacement in the English departgoing to be traveling to Long Island left high school teaching and coaching es. “Many of the great teachers that I ment. In January of 2015, Slevin bethat very weekend to see her nephew to take a Division 1 college coaching had in high school inspired me to go came a permanent substitute teacher, graduate from high school. Slevin and job at Manhattan College. Sadly, in into education when I was a young and he has been here in this position Jeanann both agreed that it would be July of 2013, Slevin’s wife, Regina, man,” Slevin shares. For Slevin, LHS ever since. “fun” to get together and catch up over was diagnosed with cancer, and she became “home.” Before working at LHS, Slevin lunch while she was visiting Long Isdied suddenly on Since his arrival worked at variland. “The rest,” says November 27 of the at LHS, Slevin has ous high schools Slevin, “is history.” same year. Evencontinued coaching across Long Slevin and Jeanann tually, Slevin left on the college level. Island and New were engaged in JanManhattan College He was hired as the York State. From uary of this year, and because he did not head cross country 1988 to 1994, they plan on getting want to keep up with and track and field Slevin worked at married sometime in the heavy traveling coach at LIU Post Hempstead High August. Unfortunateschedule that went in 2015. Recently, School. He served ly, he will be leaving along with being a Slevin filled in as the as the English LHS after this year. Division 1 coach. “I coach at Molloy Coldepartment chair Slevin currently lives needed to be home lege after the school’s at Cardinal Hayes in Wantagh, and he with my daughter coach passed away High School from will be moving to just and only child, Cait- unexpectedly in 2017. 1995-1999. He outside of Philadellin,” Slevin says. Slevin also coaches then worked at St. phia, Pennsylvania to To Slevin, his job three professional Anthony’s High be with Jeanann. at LHS was a “godathletes in the New School, located “I told the seSlevin and Jeanann today Slevin and Jeanann at their senior prom send.” He says he York metropolitan ~Photo Courtesy of Patrick Slevin in South Hunting- in 1978 nior class that I hate immediately connect- area. ~Photo Courtesy of Patrick Slevin ton, from 1999 to goodbyes. I don’t like ed with the students He recalls an experience that can 2004. From 2004 airports or cemeteries or graduations,” here, and he considers the Class of only be considered “amazing.” One to 2012, Slevin was a teacher at Cham- 2018 “his class.” “I am very close to he says. Slevin admits he will miss day last year, Slevin was on hall duty inade High School. To this day, Slevin the Class of 2018 more than any other many of the seniors who are ready to during final exams. To pass the time, is the only teacher to ever teach at group of students he has ever taught in leave the ‘Owl’s Nest’ to head to colhe was on a laptop chatting online both St. Anthony’s High School and his over 30 years as an educator. “The lege. The students at LHS took me into with one of his friends. “I keep in Chaminade High School. These two Class of 2018 and the faculty and adtheir hearts when I most needed to be touch with many of my friends from schools are “fierce rivals,” says Slevin. a part of a community,” he says. my Floral Park Memorial High School ministration of Lynbrook High School Freshman Jason Huffine says, “Slevin His class shares his affection for days on Facebook,” says Slevin. Slevin helped me overcome one of the truly enjoys teaching, and his students enjoy them. “He gives the best advice and is and his friend were chatting about saddest experiences of my life. Allearning.” always willing to listen when you have their 40th high school reunion, which though I am very sad to leaving LHS, I While Slevin’s primary job was to a bad day or a problem,” says senior will take place this upcoming Septem- am very excited about starting the next teach English, he was also the cross chapter of my life, and I will be forever Nicole Domanico. Senior Samantha ber. Suddenly, his conversation was country and track and field coach at grateful to everyone at LHS for all that Rizzo adds, “Mr. Slevin has a unique interrupted by someone he had not each of these former schools. Slevin sense of humor. I just loved going heard from in a long time: Slevin’s se- they’ve done for me,” says Slevin. achieved both state and national prom- to English every day. He made me Slevin offers two pieces of advice: nior prom date, Jeanann. “She was not inence for the athletes he coached. “Be careful of who you take to senior excited about literature and made the my girlfriend in high school. We were “I was a very successful high school prom, and you never know who you classroom so entertaining.” just friends!” Slevin insists. Jeanann coach,” says Slevin. are going to connect with on FaceSlevin equates his experiences at worked as a nurse in Pennsylvania, In 2012, Slevin “took a chance” and book!” LHS to his own high school experienc- and, aside from Facebook, she had not
Monday, June 11, 2018
Researching the research teacher By Arpie Bakhshian Staff Science Research Teacher David Shanker has been teaching for 31 years, 19 of which at LHS. He was hired in 1999 to create and run the science research program, which has burgeoned and flourished ever since. John Krendel, a senior who has had Shanker for two years, says, “Mr. Shanker introduced me to the great world of research, and his guidance helped me progress at competitions. Without him, I don’t think I would have been able to achieve as much as I have in the field of research.” Shanker was born in Flushing, Queens, where he attended Jamaica High School. He then attended Queens College for his undergraduate years, where he worked at a lab investigating opiate receptors in the brain, the study of which would potentially help prevent drug overdoses. For his
research, he was required to drive to a kosher butcher in Brooklyn and pick up chicken heads that he would proceed to pry open, and scoop out, and blend their brains. As horrible this may seem, it was all in the name of research. For his graduate degree, Shanker attended Columbia University in the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He majored in chemistry, worked in multiple labs, and had a fellowship at the institute. After the completion of his education, he worked studying blood cancer at Downstate Medical School. He took a job at UPS for a year while finishing the requirements for his teaching credentials. A week after crashing his UPS truck (and getting fired), his teaching career began with no prior student-teaching experience. “Both my parents were teachers, so I
guess it was in my genes,” says Shanker. Shanker got his first teaching job in Manhattan at a vocational high school for nursing in 1988. Afterwards, he worked at Cardozo High School in Queens, then Hewlett High School, and finally at LHS. His love of research and teaching has continued to grow throughout his years teaching. Shanker is appreciative of the freedom to choose what he teaches; he does not have to adhere to a certain curriculum, and he can even teach topics relating to current events. The independence his students have without a set curriculum allows his research course to stay unique. He especially loves the growth he sees when his students come back to visit and tell him stories of their success. Other than his students, Shanker
Bernard Pivot • What are your favorite words? "Yes, you can do it." • What is your least favorite word? "No," and when students say, "I can't do it." • What other profession other than yours would you like to attempt? Being a fisherman; glassblowing.
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also takes pride in his daughters, one of whom is getting married this June, and the other five months later. They are both exceptionally bright and successful women. Outside of school, Shanker enjoys going to Shelter Island, where he enjoys activities such as kayaking, biking, oyster farming, clamming, crabbing, fishing, and sailing. He also loves spending time with his family; he especially takes pleasure in cooking with them. Shanker has had an impact on students as well as teachers throughout LHS, and without his work, there may not have been such a strong research program at LHS. Charles Vessalico, who teaches research alongside Shanker, says, “Shanker is passionate about research, and his dedication to the Lynbrook science research students is unmatched!”
Favorites Movie: The Third Man Book: The Gene: An Intimate History TV Show: Black Mirror Food: So many, cooking with family (they're very into food) Song: “You Are Everything” by Marvin Gaye and Dianna Ross (played at his wedding) Sports Team: Australian yacht racing team Band/Musician/Genre: Blues (Allman Brothers Band) Hobby/Pastime: Boating and kayaking Snack: Homemade dried fruits Play: “All My Sons” Color: Blue
Shanker with Science Research students at the NYSSEF competition ~Photos Courtesy of David Shanker
Shanker with his daughters ~Photos Courtesy of David Shanker
Shanker with Science Research students on a field trip ~Photos Courtesy of David Shanker
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Welcome Back, Brian Donaldson
Most students know Brian Donaldson as the occasional substitute teacher, or, for a select number, as an assistant coach of the Lynbrook boys’ varsity track team. Fewer know Donaldson as a Lynbrook graduate and former track star who is also studying to be an educator in both the physical education and health fields. “Physical education was always my favorite subject. As a kid, I was very physically active. In my free time, I either did sports outside of school or ran,” Donaldson reminisced, “I ran every season.” When asked what sports were most popular with him, he named basketball, football, and baseball. Having been interested in sports education from a young age, Donaldson came to consider this for his career path. “In a way, it was pretty early onset,” he joked. “I coached my younger brothers’ sports teams and was a counselor at summer camp,” he added. But Donaldson admits his decision was not entirely unilateral; “Ms. DeBetta, Mrs. Friedman, and Mr. Cornicello were probably the three teachers who had the biggest impact on me. They really stood out as role models to me.” Graduating from LHS in 2013, Donaldson pursued his education at Cortland State University in New York. “I went there and fell in love instantly,” said Donaldson. “College-wise, I knew that’s where I wanted to go from the beginning of junior year.” Donaldson graduated from SUNY
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Cortland in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and concentration in adaptive physical education. He easily recounted the effects the school had on him: “At Cortland, I became more socially active—I opened up more. Being away from home helped with that development.” He continued,“I learned new teaching styles from different parts of the country that made me understand students from other schools and such.” The Adapted Physical Education (APE) program, which deals with people of physical and mental disabilities from ages three to 60, also played a role in Donaldson’s time at Cortland. “The program there is one of the best
Donaldson was also caught off guard by recent developments in Lynbrook. “Technology is a much bigger aspect of school life; my class didn’t have tablets. When I first came back to start subbing, I didn’t even know what OneNote was. Besides that, the only thing which changed about the school since my time here is the gender-neutral bathroom—that used to be a part of the library.” Donaldson is intensely popular among the student body; when teachers inform classes they will be absent, ~Photos Courtesy Brian Donaldson some students go so far as to ask for in country,” he stated. Donaldson specifically. Sophomores After graduating from Cortland, Billy Wren and Conall Maloney, both Donaldson began student teaching of whom ran track under Donaldson at West End Elementary School. “I in the past, spoke of him with great worked at West Hempstead as well, respect. though I still coach there. These “He’s a mentor,” Maloney stated. experiences helped me better under“Donaldson is really a good, friendly stand that schools’ problems are the teacher.” Wren said, “As a sub, [Donsame. No matter where they’re from, aldson] is someone who tries to help learning about the student outside you rather than hurt you. He doesn’t the classroom is the biggest motivaoverwhelm students unnecessarily tor to connecting the teacher and the with work, which I feel happens a lot.” student.” “Donaldson is good. I like him as a When asked how he felt as a former sub. I love him,” Junior Collin Kelly student returning to the school in a said. “Just a great guy, to be honest,” teaching role, Donaldson admitted added Kelly. As of now, Donaldson it was a bit strange. “Coming back to coaches middle school track and boys’ Lynbrook as a teacher was certainly spring league basketball. However, he interesting. It felt like I never left. Of still emphasizes his dream of working course, the students were all differin a permanent teaching role. “No ent. I wasn’t called by my first name matter what the school district or anymore, for one thing—that’s where grade level, I want to help educate ‘Donaldson’ came from. Calling my other people to live healthy lives,” old teachers by their first names was added Donaldson. also weird,” he commented.
Bon Voyage!: Students' Unique Summer Plans As another school year comes to a close, talks of summer plans have begun to circulate both on and off campus. Some students will be going away to exotic locations with family and friends, while others may be attending sleepaway camps or staying home to enjoy summer life in Lynbrook. While all of these options sound like fun, there are a few students who are choosing to take exceptionally interesting trips. Junior Elise Candreva will be taking a journey to Africa this summer to volunteer by helping underprivileged children get the medical help they need. “I am going to Nigeria to volunteer for two weeks. I’m going with a group called Mercy Medical Missions. I’m going with a team of doctors who are going to perform surgery on children whose families can’t normally afford to pay to see a doctor,” she stated, describing her plans. Along the same lines, I will be traveling abroad to offer help in an underdeveloped country. I will be traveling with a group of volunteers to Kyrgyzstan, a country in Central Asia bordering
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China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. I will be spending two weeks (August 2-12) helping at several orphanages. Many of these orphans suffer from mental or physical disabilities and need special care. So, aside from taking care of the children, the group and I will teach the caretakers new techniques for cleaning, cooking, and caring for the children, while also evaluating the children for a medical team that will arrive about two weeks after we leave. Some students are furthering their education while school is out of ses-
sion. When asked about her summer plans, sophomore Izzy Weiss said, “I’m not doing anything too awesome this summer, but I applied to a few writing institutes held at colleges. I got into a few and chose to go to the Bard College Young Writers’ Institute and NYS Summer Young Writers Institute at Skidmore College. Skidmore is a one-week program taking place from June 24 until July 6. Its focus is on poetry, fiction, and other forms of creative writing. We even take a weekend trip to Great Escape.” Immediately after the first program ends, Weiss will
head straight to Bard from July 8-28. They both focus on creative writing, but Bard seems to have a more relaxed campus. Junior Sam Cohen will be broadening his view of the world when he travels to Iceland and Greece for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience. He described his trip, saying, “I’m going on a teen tour to Iceland where I’m going to see glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, hot springs, and lava fields. The trip is pretty ‘naturey,’ so I’m going to do stuff like rafting, cave exploring, whale watching, and hiking. The teen tour also goes to Greece where I’m going to go SCUBA diving in Naxos, kayaking in Santorini, and tour the historical sites in Athens. I’m really excited to see the beautiful landscapes in Iceland but also to get to relax and be in the sun in Greece.” So, no matter what this summer has in store for students, remember to stay safe, responsible, and seize the day while it lasts because in the blink of an eye, it will be September again.
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Kids Ask Kramer Edition #3 What’s the Scoop? Well, here we are! Summertime, summertime, glorious summertime. For many of us, this is the season we love the best for a variety of reasons. Some of us love the outdoors, the jacketless weather, the bright warm sunshine, less stress, and, of course, the food that makes this season such a colorful one. Summer brings on sweet fruits, delectable veggies for the grill, and our favorite frozen treats. So here’s what the kids asked Kramer about foods:
Are açaí bowls healthy for me?
Let us begin with the acai berry itself, pronounced ah-sigh-ee. Is that healthy for us? Yes. Just as all berries are. However, the acai bowl is not only a bowl full of berries. You could possibly be eating a bowl full of sugar. Some bowls are as bad as having two and a half cans of soda! Wait, I thought they were healthy? Just like anything else, you need to know and read your labels. The acai berry is not very sweet on its own. So, in order to excite your palate, they need to add, guess what? SUGAR! Next, we have to tally up all the sugar that the socalled “healthy” granola adds to these “healthy’ bowls. Then, when we add even more toppings, we, of course, add more sugar. So to answer the question, acai bowls can be healthy, but you have to know the source. These treats should be consumed sparingly, not every day and by no means as a weight loss program since some come can be a close relative of the ice cream sundae. Get your healthy antioxidants from the other berries that are flourishing at this time of year, not just from one source and because the media says you should.
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Summer is short. The days fly by, and before we know it, the seasons will be changing again. Take advantage of every moment, especially the simple ones. Enjoy your summer for all that it brings, but always keep your health your highest priority. The nutritional choices you make should serve you and your body well. Someone once said, “Health is the crown on the well person’s head that only the ill person can see.” It has been a pleasure spending time with you here at Kramer’s Korner. This will be the last written publication, but please look for Kramer’s Korner on the online version of Horizon. Until then, peace, love, and kale, everyone.
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Monday, June 11, 2018
The Life of a High School Hockey Star Iâ€™m a high school dropout. Well, sort of. This past October, I made the decision to leave Lynbrook High School for my junior year to live and play hockey in New Jersey. It was a tough decision leaving the school and town I grew up in, but it ultimately was for the best. Leaving home was a weird transition, but my circumstances were pretty special. I left my house and my parents
By Christian Sarlo Contributor door and skate. Following my skate, I rink, and I would consider it a pretty would shower, make some breakfast, busy, but fun day. and then head to schoolâ€Śwhich was in While there were a lot of positives the living room. Online school is way at the house, it came with its flaws, different than people think. I took six most specifically the social life. I did classes this year: AP English Literahave the eleven other guys in the ture and Composition, AP US History, house, but since none of us went to honors physics, precalculus, psycholreal school, all we really had was each ogy, and creative writing. The teacher other. Getting out of the house was a creates a study sheet of about 18-20 treat, and going to a local Rite Aid or
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, Minnesota, and Arizona. I love travelling, so it was cool to be able to go to these different places. All the hockey and travelling definitely made me tired, but I loved every minute of it. As for my future, I am not sure what it holds. With respect to college,
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for a mansion. Next door to the house was a miniature ice rink with a gym in it that was available for our use whenever we wanted. I lived with eleven of my teammates, and the house was run by two 30-year-old men who have played hockey their whole lives. The other kids in the house were from all over the place. My roommate was from Sweden, the guy down the hall was from Canada, and the two roommates downstairs were from North Carolina and Florida. Days in the house were way different than anything I was used to. Wake up was at 9:00 a.m., but I would get up at 7:00 a.m. and go over to the rink next
pages that I read, and then I take a couple of quizzes and write some papers and move on the next unit. While I admit that online school was not very difficult, I was putting in just as much, if not more work, than when I was at LHS. I will also admit that I am still taking my classes even though I should be done, as I started watching The Office at the wrong time, and that took up a lot of my time at the house. Other than school, we had workouts every day from at 2:30-3:30 p.m. and practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Mix that in with lunch, dinner, and the time it took to get to and from the
the mall felt like a vacation. I loved being able to come home on the weekends and hang out with my family and some friends from school. The social aspect was not ideal, but it was still a great time at the house. I was captain for the North Jersey Avalanche U16 team, which was ranked fifth in the league. We were knocked out in the round robin of the National Championships, finishing with an overall record of 63-13-1. In 77 games, I finished with 51 goals and 55 assists to lead the team with 106 points. It was a great year and a lot of fun, filled with lots of travelling. From September to April, my team played in
my top-three choices right now are Cornell University, Union College, and Princeton University. I am hoping to commit to one of these schools by the end of the summer. As for next year, I am hoping to play in the United States Hockey League with the Chicago Steel. If that does not work out, I will either play in Massachusetts or New Jersey. There is a slight chance I may return to LHS for my senior year. If I do not return, however, I would like to thank everyone in Lynbrook for shaping me into the person I am. The people I have met and relationships I have made at LHS are something I will cherish and remember forever.
Monday, June 11, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Review
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It’s a great mystery about housewives I had been anticipating Avengers: who investigate a murder. Infinity Wars for years before I saw it. -Andrew Cohen, senior Patience was non-existent; I wanted to see it after I saw Captain America: Civil War. Now, after I have seen it, I am amazed at the way Anthony and Joe Russo, the directors, played out the story. Avengers: Infinity Wars may be one of the best and most shocking movies of all time. Before I begin, I must note that I may mention some spoilers! Avengers: Infinity Wars chronicles the quest of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy fighting Thanos, a mad titan who wants to wipe half the population of the universe out of existence to balance it out, thinking that Emma overpopulation is the root to all the By Jane Austen universe’s problems. Characters such I love the beautiful message, and love as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Dr. Stephen Jane Austen’s writing in general. Great Strange, Peter Quill/Starbook! Lord, Drax, -Pooja Shah, junior Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, Gamora, and God Bless You Mr. Rosewater Thor must by Kurt Vonnegut fight Thanos to make sure It’s one of my favorite book and has one of my favorite characters ever. It he does not manages to be both serious and funny get all six of very gracefully and there’s such a reso- the Infinity nant message about so many different Stones, five things all in about 200 pages. I adore of which have previously it. been seen in -Ryan Denker, junior other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies. After watching this cinematic marvel, I walked out of the theater crying my eyes out over what I just saw. I was in shock. “I hated that it ended on such a cliffhanger,” says freshman Emily Begin. I call this the most shocking ending of all time (my dad later scolded me for saying this after not watching The Sixth Sense or The Crying Game). I could not get over what the Russo brothers had done. They made an ending The Color of Water that almost no one would expect. In By James McBride a shocking twist, some of the most beloved characters were gone. “It was The Color of Water is an easy and extremely surprising,” said sophomore quick read that touches on important Julianne Maselli; “… it was a bold move issues such as family, race, heritage,re- by Marvel.” ligion, and identity. The Russo brothers made something -Brian Egan, junior beautiful with an ensemble cast of almost 70 characters. However, the movCall of Cthulhu ie was well balanced because not too By H.P Lovecraft many characters were in each scene, and there were some quiet moments This is one of Lovecraft’s best stories. alongside the explosions of energy. If It introduces us to one of his most it was any other movie, it may have famous creations, Cthulhu. It’s not felt like some characters and storylines too long of a read, such a great book. Definitely something to read poolside over the summer! -Dylan Clarke, junior
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were out of place because everyone in the movie (except Thanos) had less than 20 minutes of screen time. It may have seemed like some characters were on screen a lot, but in reality, the intervals were only about a minute long each time the characters appeared. Excellent acting (and hopefully possible Oscar nominations) come in the form of Josh Brolin, who portrayed Thanos; Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man/ Tony Stark); Zoe Saldana (Gamora); Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Stephen Strange); Paul Bettany (Vision); Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man); Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord); and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). Brolin powerfully captured Thanos’ passion for collecting all of the stones as he forged a path of destruction through
the MCU. After collecting one or two stones, he would send out his “children” (children being used very loosely) to collect others. Moreover, Brolin’s performance was so good that there were moments where one could possibly feel sympathy for the villain. “Thanos was well represented from the comics,” Maselli also added. The dynamic among Downey Jr., Cumberbatch, Holland, and Pratt was amazing, constantly bouncing lines off each other. Bergin continued saying, “I liked it so much because it was so good, and the characters were so good together.” Freshman Angel Duran agreed adding, “I was very satisfied with the movie. The ending is what did not satisfy me.” I like that even though there was a darker theme (i.e., the possibility that half the population of the universe would be wiped out), there was still comedy. Some of the best lines could be attributed to Downey Jr., Dave Bautista (who does a hysterical job as Drax), Chris Evans (also known as Steve Rog-
er/Captain America), Hemsworth, Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Pratt, and Holland. Even more impressive, most of the comedy was improvised, and it brought happiness to a rather dark film. Some lines have become iconic, such as Tony Stark telling Peter Parker while talking to Dr. Strange “the adults are talking,” and during a confrontation Drax telling Parker, Stark, Strange, Star-Lord, and Mantis, “I’ll do you one better. Why is Gamora?” Most of Holland’s comedic parts came from the fact that he is playing a 15-year-old naïve kid, contrasted by Bautista, who just has a good sense of humor. The scenery in the movie was beautiful, and the storyline shifted from Wakanda, where some Avengers such as Black Panther, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Rocket, Groot, and Bruce Banner were fighting the “children” of Thanos, to the planet Titan, where some of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Dr. Strange were fighting Thanos himself. Each shift reset the mood and portrayed a magnificent scene. Fans like myself have agreed that this is one of the best MCU movies yet. Infinity Wars has also broken many box office records. Not only is it the fourth highest grossing movie of all time within three weeks of it being released, Infinity Wars also broke the record previously held by Star Wars: the Force Awakens for the fastest movie to reach one billion dollars in box office sales, and, has biggest opening weekend. The sequel, the yet unnamed Avengers 4, is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019. “I am very excited for Avengers 4,” said Duran. “I cannot wait for them to continue the story,” he added. The anticipation is building because of the shocking ending of Infinity Wars. Infinity Wars was a well-made film, with a real sense of suspense, making fans crave more.
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Summer sunshine cookies
Servings: 24-36 cookies
Icing Ingredients: 1 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons milk 2 teaspoons light corn syrup ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or ¼ teaspoon almond extract Yellow food coloring
Cookie Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature for 1 hour 2 ounces cream cheese, softened at room Decorating Ingredients: temperature Candy corns Icing 1 cup granulated sugar Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla 2 teaspoons milk extract 2 teaspoons light corn syr½ teaspoon almond extract up 1 teaspoon lemon zest ¼ teaspoon vanilla (optional) extract or ¼ teaspoon almond extract 3 cups flour Yellow food coloring 1½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt Decorating Ingredients: Candy corns
Cookie Directions: 1. In a bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese with the sugar. Beat for several minutes, or until light and fluffy. 2. Beat the egg and add vanilla extract, almond extract, and lemon zest. 3. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Gradually add flour to the butter and sugar mixture until fully mixed and a soft dough is formed. 4. At this point the chill or freeze the dough. divide the dough into 2 balls and roll each out to 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness between pieces of parchment paper. 5. wrapped in plastic wrap, Refrigerate or freeze the balls for at least 1 hour 6. To bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F, Cut cookies out of the rolled dough, and place them on parchment paper or a non-stick silicone baking mat. 7. Bake cookies for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to a wire rack. Cool completely before icing or decorating. Icing Directions: Stir the powdered sugar and the milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup. Stir in food coloring. Decorating Directions: You can dip the cookies, paint them with a paint brush, or spread them using a knife or the back of a spoon. Add candy corns around the edges of cookie with the white tip facing out like sun rays.
Brian’s Bake-Off By Brian Egan Managing Editor
Summer sunshine cupcakes Cookie Directions: 1. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. In the bowl, beat the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar together for 45 seconds or until light and fluffy. 3. Add in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract, and beat for 30 seconds or until fully mixed. 4. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until just combined. 5. Fill each cupcake liner half full. and then Bake at 350°F for 15 to 18 minutes. 6. Remove cupcakes from pan and Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting. Icing Directions: 1. In a small bowl, beat together butter, sugar, milk, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy. 2. Stir in food coloring. Decorating Directions: 1. Place the cupcake on a flat surface and put blobs of frosting on top. then Take a knife and spread frosting evenly. 2. Press two chocolate chips into the cupcake for eyes. For smiles, cut licorice into 1-inch pieces; bend slightly to curve. Press one licorice piece into the cupcake. Add candy corns around the edges of cupcake with the white tip facing out like sun rays.
Servings: 24 Cupcakes Cupcake: ¼ cup (½ stick) salted butter, softened ¼ cup vegetable oil ¾ cup granulated sugar ¾ cup buttermilk, room temperature 2 large eggs, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1¾ cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt
Icing: ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons milk ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ⅛ teaspoon salt Yellow food coloring Decorations: Miniature semisweet chocolate chips Red shoestring licorice Candy corns
Every year, celebrities and socialites flock to the Big Apple to attend the famous Met Gala event deemed the “Super Bowl” of fashion. But what even is the Met Gala? On the first Monday of May, the Museum of Modern Art hosts its annual fundraising event, the Met Gala, formally known as the Costume Institute Gala. This event attracts well-known people to enjoy an evening of performances, dinner, and a walk through of the new art exhibition. But perhaps the most notable event that occurs is the red carpet. Hundreds of photographers photograph celebrities and their elaborate costume ideas. Every year, the committee comes up with a new theme This year’s theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” According to Vogue magazine, this is said to be the most controversial theme in the history of this event. Curator Andrew Bolton shared his opinion on this claim, “Some might consider fashion to be an unfitting or unseemly medium by which to engage with ideas about the sacred or the divine, but dress is central to any discussion about religion.” Anna Wintour, co-chair, backed him up stating, “Fashion reflects the world around us and nobody understands that more clearly than Andrew.” The article “Met Gala by the Numbers: Quantifying Fashion’s Big Night Out” from Fortune magazine talks about how this high-end event breaks the banks of these celebrities, costThe wind ensemble and symphonic band went on their annual trip on Apr. 27 and 28, . This year, the destination was Boston, Massachusetts. The trip started early in the morning where the band met in the cafeteria at 6:00am sharp. Soon after, the buses departed for the 5-hour bus ride up to Boston. Students arrived at Quincy Market and quickly had lunch before their performances. Just as the band started setting up, it began to rain. This would not stop them though. The symphonic band performed its opening number, the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Next they played their middle piece, “Aventura.” Their final piece was a suite containing the music from the Broadway musical Hamilton. After they finished, it was the wind ensemble’s turn to play. Their set was only one song: “To Tame a Perilous Skies,” an epic fourteen-and-a-half minute piece depicting the forces of good prevailing over evil in an aerial battle. Playing through the rain, the students showed their devotion and love for the music program. Kevin Langbart, a wind ensemble member, shared, “There’s no better way to bond with your band family than playing a fourteen-and-ahalf-minute piece in the rain.” Students then quickly packed up and went back on the buses to make their way to Boston’s famous Duck Tours. The rain was relentless as the students walked a couple of blocks to where the Duck vehicles were. The tour started out driving on the streets showing many of the landmarks in
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was rocked by Rihanna. Her outfit included a tall, intricately embellished headpiece and strapless beaded miniBy Ambiya Hussain dress under her jeweled overcoat. This Asst. Editor costume was meant to represent the Pope’s papal, going along with the Catholic theme. Freshman Marti Candel shared her favorite outfit of the night: “Personally, my favorite outfit was worn by Kendall Jenner, she looked elegant and simple. It contrasted nicely with all the other extravagant outfits.” Kendall Jenner; came wearing an off-white jumpsuit accompanied with simple makeup and a slick ponytail. The elite gather at this event to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition at the museum. The Vogue article “Met Gala 2018: Everything You Need to Know” revealed the difficulty Andrew Bolton went through to create this exhibit. He worked hard to secure certain artifacts, which never left the hands of ing $30,000 arrived wearing a beautiful red and the Vatican. It took Bolton ten trips to per person or gold studded gown with a long trail of Rome to obtain around 40 accessories $275,000 per embellished fabric flowing behind her. and vestments worn by the church. table just as an As stated in Money’s article, “Blake Some items he put onto display were entry fee. These Lively’s Insane 2018 Met Gala Look,” Pope Leo XIII’s pointed bishop’s hat funds benefit the bodice of her dress took more than and Pope Benedict XV’s white silk the Museum’s 600 hours to make, that is around and gold thread embroidered cape. costume insti25 consecutive days of sewing. Lively These will be displayed alongside tute. In addition rocked two million dollars’ worth of pieces done by Coco Chanel, Donatella to this, attendees custom Lorraine Schwartz jewelry to Versace, and Cristóbal Balenciaga. As must pay for this event. This included gold braceanother unforgettable Met Gala seatheir extravagant costumes, which can lets, ruby and diamond rings, 30-carat son comes to an end, celebrities and near 35,000 a piece, not even includColombian emerald earrings, and the viewers around the world reminisce ing the jewelry. most notable piece, a custom halo con- the event and anticipate what next Some of the most lavish pieces this sisting of 100 champagne diamonds. year’s theme will be. year were worn by Blake Lively, who Another staple outfit worn this year
LHS Band Trip to Boston 2018 By Alex Gugglielmo Contributor
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a city rich with history. Things got interesting when it was time for students to see the city while sailing on the Charles River. The trucks can drive on water and turn into boats. As they were cruising on the river, some students had the opportunity to steer the boats. After going back on land, the tour ended and the students had to walk back to the buses in the pouring rain.
For dinner, the students headed to Pizzeria Uno, where they were treated to pizza and pasta. After the yearly tradition of singing happy birthday to Band Teacher Brian White (even though his birthday is in October), it was time for the next item on the itinerary, The Blue Man Group. Paint, drums, marshmallows, toilet paper, and Twinkies were all part of
the exciting show. Science Teacher Kevin Tranchina was chosen by the Blue Men to throw Toblerone candy into their mouths. After the show ended, students made their way to the hotel. Many were tired after a long day of activities. In the morning, students started off the day with a catered breakfast at the hotel. They soon departed for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum where they saw a short movie on the President’s life leading up to his 1960 election. After the movie, the students had some free time to see the rest of the museum or buy souvenirs in the gift shop. After seeing the museum, students boarded the buses and headed home. Halfway through Connecticut, students stopped at a rest stop for lunch and quickly took a group photo before boarding the buses one last time. Throughout the trip, spirits stayed high despite the rain. Freshman Andrew Moscheni, who is in symphonic band said, “I never thought I would play in the rain, but in the end, I enjoyed it and the trip as a whole.” When asked about the band trips, White said, “I plan the band trips to have them be as fun as possible and to create lifelong memories.” The trip would not be possible without White. Randin Chiappisi, who is in wind ensemble, said, “We learned a lot about each other on the trip, and it was a lot of fun.” Throughout the band, new friends and memories were made that make all the hard work students put in the entire year worth it.
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While taking a stressful examination, more often than not can a student’s eyes wander towards his/ her peer’s scantron beside him/her, despite understanding the gravity of this transgression. Being caught in the act of cheating leads to great repercussions and can cause a student’s grade to suffer significantly; however, when caught in a difficult testing environment, sometimes the fear of poor performance can outweigh the threat of potential consequences. If cheating has been condemned as an unethical act of academic fraud, then why do so many students do it? LHS aims to uphold high academic excellence all while ensuring students display an honest effort. The LHS Code of Conduct describes various forbidden acts of academic misconduct that can result in severe ramifications, including and not limited to plagiarism, cheating, copying, altering records, and assisting another student in previously stated actions. Unfortunately, it is rather unrealistic to believe that all students religiously follow rules against academic misconduct. Cheating seems to be so prevalent that even the highest achieving and determined students may participate in the act. Ultimately, much of the emergence of cheating can be largely attributed to both a highly competitive academic environment and the increasing reliance on technology in education. It is well known that many students care immensely about their grades, but some students have taken the pressure to obtain desired grades too far. Sophomore Kaylin Tephly shares, “There is a really competitive atmosphere here, so people will do things to get ahead. And, often, if you not participating in something, then you will fall behind.” Specifically, students have been known to share assignments such as homework, take-home-tests, and online-assignments to prevent them from receiving low grades. Once assignments gets shared, they can be mass distributed via technology throughout the class,
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Cheater Feaver By Andie Glanzer Editor
which leads to people completely copying the assignment. This deprives students of the aim of learning and prevents them from grasping the concept. Ultimately, if grades were viewed with less importance, students would be less likely to cheat on assignments, which in turn would likely
may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school.” While cheating can result in significant consequences, students very rarely are caught for such acts, which could explain why cheating seems to occur so frequently. Sophomore Caroline Ridings states, “People
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help students to learn concepts more efficiently. Additionally, refusal to participate in corrupt actions of academic fraud may lead to more repercussions than participating in it. Page 10 in LHS’ Code of Conduct states, “Students
cheat pretty often, but I have never seen anyone get caught before. It ranges from smaller things like sharing homework, and other times people are completely sharing answers during tests.” In events such as sharing takehome assignments like homework, it
is extremely difficult to catch cheating amongst students since claims for these events would derive merely based on speculation rather than sufficient evidence. Likewise, with just a single teacher proctoring a room full of students, he/she may not always accurately monitor each student during an exam. Thus, the difficulty teacher's face when attempting to catch cheating can ultimately lead to cheating not being caught. Moreover, the emergence of technology seems to have enabled cheating to become more popular. Sophomore Casey Shea states, “I have noticed people cheating more this year than last. I think the tablets may have something to do with it because it is so easy to spread information.” With freshmen and sophomores carrying out their classwork on tablets, it allows students to have more access to answers and work online. This ultimately leads to an increase in plagiarism. Now more than ever, the Internet can provide many resources regarding a specific assignment that students can use, such as essays written by other students or answer keys found online. Additionally, technology allows for a convenient avenue for students to share work for assignments via email and/or text messages. Ultimately, cheating seems to be relatively easy for students to get away with. Due to the competitive academic nature at the school, and the difficulty teachers face attempting to catch cheating, students likely will not refrain from cheating without further restrictions on technology. While cheating will always occur in classrooms regardless of attempts to mitigate it, new incorporation of personal tablets into school serves as an enabler for students to cheat; thus, cheating will only rise so long as tablets continue to dominate learning.
Bring PowerSchool Access Back!
Recently, the Board of Education made the executive decision to turn off PowerSchool, the system for checking grades, for the entirety of every school day. While assuming that the limited use of PowerSchool would prevent students from obsessing over grades during the school day, it is ironically doing the complete opposite. Without access to grades, the ability to focus in class is sabotaged by the endless possibilities grades endure a spiral of negative thoughts that can sabotage their ability to focus in class. From Monday to Friday, PowerSchool is programmed to turn off from 7am-4pm. It is only after 4pm that students and parents can view PowerSchool. Many have complained of PowerSchool having not turned back on after school hours. If the school day ends at 3pm (at 2:52pm, to be exact) then why does PowerSchool not turn back on until 4pm? Not only change inconvenient, but it is pretty much pointless. It goes both ways, either the student is freaking out about the grade or about the lack thereof, regardless of the activation of PowerSchool. Despite intentions, the update is not supporting the mental wellbeing of students during
By Sara Bahri Editor
the school day because it results in the same level of anxiety. Whether one checks a test grade at night or midday, the grade is still the same. Therefore, it will result in the same reaction, as time of day is not a factor in this scenario. According to some teachers and staff, it is a student’s responsibility to keep track of his/her grades and maintain them. Several teachers support the idea that students only care about the numbers because, at the end of the day, the grade is what it is. However, a student should be able to check for grades during the school day. Limiting the hours increases the panic and apprehension in students’ minds. Freshman Maeve Mooney agrees saying, “I am more stressed and anxious to know my grades than before.” Similarly, sophomores Casey LaBarbera and Madeline Doyle responded that, “The timing is incredibly inconvenient and it seems that sometimes PowerSchool does not turn back on as it should.” Why is PowerSchool automated
to turn off during the school day if students are not permitted to use their phones during school hours anyway? Perhaps the issue is not with PowerSchool but with the lack of follow-through with the “No Phone Policy.” Regardless, PowerSchool is solely a platform on which students view their grades; the reactions form by the student’s performance on the exam. If students want to check their grades during lunch/off periods, they should be able to because it is not a closed campus and students are not required to remain on the school’s property during that time. Time spent away from school is considered free time, so why is only afterschool and weekends considered appropriate time to check grades? Bad grades = Freakouts and dissatisfaction. It is as simple as that. Seeing a bad grade should inspire the student to do better, try harder during class, ask more questions, and study harder. When the grade is up on PowerSchool for viewing during the school day, it is easier to gain access to the teach-
er to ask for explanations and for help rather than checking it at home. Teachers and staff assume that young adults know how to healthily cope with failure, and that could not be farther from the truth. The students are not upset by PowerSchool as a system, it is the grade that provokes the reactions that is the issue. PowerSchool is an online grading system that displays grades in a simple format and makes managing multiple siblings’ academics easier for parents and/or guardians. The system itself is not the problem, it is the reaction that students get to their own performances on the test. Removing PowerSchool creates a hostile and impatient environment in which students constantly think about getting home to check their grades. Whether students and their families wish to check PowerSchool at 9am or at 2pm, the decision should be up to them. This topic has caused much controversy and should be subjected to a vote with all students and families involved, as it affects all of them as well.
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13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why Season Two Improves
The first season of the immensely popular Netflix series based on Jay Asher’s 2007 novel, 13 Reasons Why, faced extreme condemnation by parents and mental health professionals due to the show’s simplification of suicide. Critics of the first season feared that the show’s glorification of suicide, misrepresentation of help, and graphic depiction of suicide would promote suicidal thoughts among impressionable teenagers rather than prevent the effect suicide has. With the arrival of the show’s second season on Friday, May 18, producers attempted to correct criticisms faced in its first season all while shining a light on important issues experienced by teens. 13 Reasons Why Season Two focused on resolving conflicts that developed in the aftermath of 17-year-old Hannah Baker’s suicide, along with the development of a trial pitting Hannah’s mother, Olivia Baker, against Liberty High School, with claims that the school failed to protect Hannah against her eventual suicide. While the second season was certainly flawed, the show greatly improved in its availability of resources to viewers and depiction of sexual assault. 1. It included trigger warnings: While the series’ first season included cautionary descriptions for episodes containing graphic scenes of suicide and assault, the second season additionally had members of its cast record messages before each episode to serve as an added precaution to warn vulnerable viewers of the dangers that can arise while watching the show. Trauma from situations similar to that faced in the show, such as sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide, and more, may trigger flashbacks; thus, it is important for these individuals to be aware of the show’s content if they choose to watch the series. 2. It provides resources: Often, teenagers experiencing trauma, suicidal thoughts, or depression feel extremely isolated and struggle to find adequate help. Rosanne Bogard, school social worker, states, “It is important to respond to the warning signs. Teens often try to respond to issues themselves, so creating resources can be so helpful.” To address this issue, 13 Reasons Why created a website (13reasonswhy.info) containing links to free, confidential crisis centers, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, along with a plethora of resources online, each addressing serious topics teenagers may face. This information is stated by cast members both in each episode’s trigger warning video and at the end of an episode. 3. It takes steps outside of the show to support suicide preven-
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tion: Executive Producer Selena Gomez tweeted on Tuesday, May 15 that 13 Reasons Why will donate proceeds from the show’s soundtrack to The Trevor Project and Crisis Text Line. The Trevor Project aims to help young members of the LGBTQ community and provides 24-hour crisis hotlines by trained counselors to help people experiencing suicidal thoughts. Additionally, Crisis Text Line allows a person to seek help regarding a significant problem he/she may face by texting with a trained volunteer. 13 Reasons Why’s support of both The Trevor Project and Crisis Text Line demonstrates that while the show may not have correctly portrayed everything it aimed to in its inaugural season, its intentions to amplify suicide prevention have always been genuine. 4. It addresses what to do: While last season failed to demonstrate actions that should be taken in serious situations, the second season provided more examples to help people in need. To elaborate, during school guidance counselor, Mr. Porter’s testimony during the trial, he begins to reflect on how he could have given Hannah more efficient help before she died, rather than letting her leave disheartened after she alluded to have been raped. By showing how to respond to people in crisis situations and experiencing suicidal thoughts, it educates viewers to appropriately tackle these situations when presented, which helps those in need receive the proper aid they seek. Social Worker Samantha Lancaster stated, “It is important for us to be there for each other. Saying: are you serious, or do you mean that, because it’s difficult to predict how people feel.” 5. It shows suicide is not impulsive: 13 Reasons Why further
highlighted in its second season the thought process Hannah Baker was plagued with prior to committing suicide. Often, suicide can be mistaken as a rash decision a person makes when experiencing a difficulty, but that is further from the case. In the final episode of the season, Olivia Baker comes to Clay Jenson, who was one of Hannah’s closest friends, with a list written by Hannah that states, “Reasons Why Not.” This demonstrates that suicide is an elaborately thought out, premeditated action, and thus, can be prevented through helpful resources. By displaying the complex thought process Hannah went through leading up to her death, it helps viewers further understand suicide and the struggles people face that lead them to that point. Social Worker Rosanne Bogard states, “It takes a stigma away from suicide and that suicide is real.” 6. It accurately portrays self-harm: The first season of 13 Reasons Why normalized self-harm with Skye Miller claiming that selfharm is what you do instead of killing yourself. Fortunately, the second season’s representation was much more accurate for viewers. Skye is seen engaging in a relationship with Clay Jenson, and he expresses concern after seeing fresh cuts on her body. While beginning a healthy relationship would seemingly make Skye happy, thus demotivate her from harming herself, external factors do not simply rid one of depression as portrayed in the show. Moreover, Clay and Skye begin to fight, and Skye hurts herself shortly after. Skye explains to Clay that he is not the cause of her self-harm and that she was experiencing personal issues that led her to that point. Afterwards, Skye seeks help at a facility to obtain proper aid to battle her issues. Making it apparent that self-harm stems from mental illness
rather than environmental factors, along with showing that mental illnesses can be treated by seeking help, is incredibly imperative to educate people on the realities of self-harm. 7. It demonstrates the dangers of substance abuse: Justin Foley was shown experiencing extreme guilt throughout the first season for allowing his best friend to rape his girlfriend; however, in the second season, Justin’s remorse morphed into a heroin-addiction. After being caught by his friend Clay, Justin attempts to undergo withdrawal, which is seemingly achieved, though, through intense difficulty. However, much to the viewer’s dismay, in the final episode, Foley is shown returning to the harmful drug. 13 Reasons Why’s, authentic depiction of substance abuse demonstrates the painful reality faced by addicts and their struggles to avoid relapsing. 8. It truthfully portrays grief: Hannah’s mother, Olivia Baker, struggles to cope with her daughter’s suicide throughout the series and largely aims to preserve any last piece of Hannah. In one scene, Olivia Baker cries as her friend unintentionally washed the blood-stained dress she wore the day Hannah died, claiming it was “all she had left” of her daughter. Portraying the sorrowful, physiological pain parents whose child commits suicide goes through, allows viewers to better relate and sympathize with people experiencing grief. Sophomore Maria Russotti states, “Mrs. Baker’s grieving shows how impactful suicide is and how difficult it is for people in [his/her] life to recover.” 9. It debunks sexism: After Clay Jenson questions why women would hang out with boys like Bryce Walker given their reputation of taking advantage of girls, Sherri Holland is quick to call out the sexist nature of his claim and states, “Girls don’t just get themselves into bad situations. Guys make the situations bad.” Sherri is highlighting the error in a common, victim-blaming notion that it is women’s obligation to protect themselves from rape rather than men’s responsibility to avoid sexually assaulting anyone. 10. It accurately portrays sexual assault: The second season focused largely on the aftermath of Jessica Davis’ rape by popular classmate, Bryce Walker. Jessica struggles to cope with her traumatic rape and is shown experiencing PTSD, as is common with many survivors of sexual assault. Perhaps the most powerful scene regarding sexual assault/rape occurs during Jessica’ testimony against Bryce, where other female characters soon replace Jessica and tell their experiences of abuse. This scene proves very timely considering the eruption of the #MeToo movement in which people share stories of sexual assault/rape to reduce
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the stigma and start a conversation of the widespread nature of rape. According to a RAINN article (rainn. org) entitled “Scope of the Problem: Statistics,” one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Thus, having each female character share her story of sexual assault helps viewers recognize how frequent rape is and can encourage victims to tell their experiences and seek help if necessary. 11. It explains how women of color are treated differently: While the catalyst of the #MeToo movement aimed for all victims of assault/rape to come forward with their stories, white women highly dominated the conversation. 13 Reasons Why attempted to emphasize this injustice through Jessica Davis’ apprehension to testify against her rapist, as she states, “Hannah was sweet innocent
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and white and look at what they’re doing to her. I’m not the right kind of victim to go against Bryce Walker.” 12. It shows that rape-culture is evident in the courtroom: Serial-rapist Bryce Walker was given a merely three-month sentence for raping Jessica Davis, largely due to the judge attempting to consider “both sides” of the students’ experiences and explained how both made questionable choices. This victim-blaming sentence mirrors the famous 2016 sentencing of white athlete Brock Turner, in which the ex-Stanford swimmer served a mere three-month sentence after raping an unconscious girl. The judge of this case seemingly justified Turner’s short sentencing by claiming the harm the case had on Turner’s reputation emulates the physiological trauma experienced by the woman who was raped. While the outcome of Jessica’s testimony
was certainly unjust, 13 Reasons Why genuinely accentuated the realities rape victims who seek judicial righteousness face. 13. It demonstrates that men can be raped too: While it is women who mostly face the burden of sexual assault, men can and do get raped. In the final episode of the season, Tyler Down is brutally beaten and sodomized with a broom by bullies at his school. While many condemned this scene for being used for “shock value,” sparking an uncomfortable reaction by its audience, this scene greatly highlights the extreme trauma experienced by victims. The show’s creator, Bryan Yorkie, defends Tyler’s assault in a statement to Vulture stating: ”When we talk about something being `disgusting` or hard to watch, often that means we are attaching shame to the experience… This is why victims have a hard time
seeking help.” Since male rape is often thought of as taboo, as shown by criticism through Tyler’s rape, rarely do men seek justice over their assaults; thus, portraying male rape can reduce the stigma regarding this abuse and help provide resources for male victims. Ultimately, while the first season of 13 Reasons Why failed in its intention to accurately portray suicide, the second season exceeded the show’s motives by realistically portraying difficulties teenagers face. If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, depression, or coping with trauma, LHS school social workers, Rosanne Bogard (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Samantha Lancaster (email@example.com), are available to help and take all threats seriously. You can also visit 13 Reasons Why’s website (13reasonswhy.info) if you want to speak with a mental health professional.
Animals Should Not Be Used in Entertainment
Animals have been used in entertainment for years in circuses, zoos, and aquariums but throughout the years, many such animals have been abused and their needs neglected. One of the most infamous examples of animal abuse is at SeaWorld, an amusement park featuring several types of marine animals. Since its opening in 1964, SeaWorld has had a history of failing to cater to the safety of its killer whales, or orcas. The process by which SeaWorld has obtained its orcas in the past is awful. Orcas travel as families in groups called pods. Throughout adulthood, orcas stay with by their mother’s side. Young orcas are corralled in, separated, and taken from their families. Because of the increased cost of shipping a heavier adult orca as opposed to a young orca, wild adult orcas are rarely captured. This separation is scarring for these family-oriented animals. In the wild, killer whales tend to swim in depths between 65-200 feet. SeaWorld’s deepest tank is only 50 feet deep. This lack of space confines them and puts them under tremendous stress. Sarah Fischbeck was once a trainer at SeaWorld in San Diego and experienced firsthand the darker side of SeaWorld. She told a Dodo reporter (www.thedodo.com), “Ex-SeaWorld Employee Gives Chilling New Details About Orca Mistreatment,” "You'd be diving at the bottom of the tanks and you'd find these long strips of what looked like black rubber. And it was skin they'd peeled off each other. We had divers take whale skin home to their families all the time as souvenirs." The stress put upon orcas at SeaWorld caused them to be aggressive towards one another and peel the skin off each other. This is called “raking.” The abuse and mistreatment of the orcas at SeaWorld over the years has promoted orca aggression and has, in various park locations resulted in
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the death of several trainers, such as the infamous death of senior animal trainer Dawn Brancheau who was attacked and killed by an orca named Tilikum in 2010. Animal abuse is also an issue in film, The movie A Dog’s Purpose released in January 2017 became the center of controversy after a clip surfaced of a dog appearing to nearly drown in a stunt during the filming of the movie. The stunt consisted of a German
Book, a live-action remake of the 1967 film. Robert Legato, visual effects supervisor on the live-action remake of the classic Disney film, told the Los Angeles Times, “"Once you pioneer the technology for the first time and make the eye believe an animal is real, it becomes cheaper and cheaper. And a dog probably wouldn't be as difficult or expensive to make because you're at least allowed to raise, train, photograph and study it up close without
harm, unlike a wild animal.” In the case of SeaWorld, it is clear that certain regulations should be put into place to help limit and hopefully end all harm to whales and workers, such as regulations on tank size and breeding. To avoid the mistreatment of animals in film, animals should be replaced with CGI effects, which, although make the cost of producing a film more expensive, protect the rights of animals, which should always be of a higher importance.
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shepherd being pushed by a stunt worker into rapidly moving water. Watching the video, it seems clear that the dog was being forced into a potentially dangerous situation and was quite fearful, trying numerous times to escape and avoid being pushed into the water. The filmmakers were quick to claim that the video was edited to make it appear as if the dog was in more danger than it was, but many still criticized the film for not opting to use CGI, or computer-generated imagery. CGI effects were used in the creation of the 2016 film, The Jungle
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Monday, June 11, 2018 Fortnite, a new video game developed by Epic Games, has gained immense popularity within the past few months. It has gained the attention of both hardcore and casual gamers alike, making it the most played game of 2018. However, is Fortnite necessarily as amazing as everyone claims it to be? To understand the juggernaut of a franchise Epic Games has successfully created, we must first understand exactly what Fortnite is. Fortnite was originally released as a cooperative game, priced at $60, known as Fortnite: Save the World. The premise of the game was to survive against hordes of zombie-like creatures, all while building forts to protect yourself from the waves. However, this game never picked up off the
ground; therefore, Epic Games decided to add a free-to-play Battle Royale game mode to Fortnite. In Fortnite: Battle Royale, a squad of four, duo, or single player must face off against 100 other players to be the last one to survive. Each player starts off with an empty inventory, and when they are released from a flying bus, they must scavenge for weapons and health in order to compete. They must do all of this while a storm forces all remaining players to a smaller, more confined
Fortnite: Battle to the Top
er things. Although this seems as if it solves the problem of children having no motivation to work for an award, it Royale game mode to consoles. is essentially the same thing because Another reason why Fortnite does you are paying the company to give not deserve high praise is because of you exclusive skins and items masked its financial strategy. Yes, the game behind a written set of instructions might be free for download and anyone can enjoy it; however, Epic Games that probably took them 10 minutes to come up with. A smarter way to find absurd ways to reel in revenue. make revenue off the game could be to make new content. They could develop new maps for the players, or possibly an extension to the game, such as adding a story They put new character skins for sale, mode. This way the consumer can pay which appeal to the young players of for something that has actual replay the game. Instead of using skins to value, instead of building a virtual motivate the player to continue playing, it has an adverse effect. The young wardrobe. However, if the game was not free and being constantly updated, players tend to buy the skins using maybe it would have never become their parents’ money, and then when famous. Maybe Epic Games needed to
By Isljam Purisic Staff
area in the map. The simple, yet refreshing, multiplayer aspect of Fortnite: Battle Royale made the game instantly popular. Considering that the mode was free to download on any console, also allowed it to grow. The excitement around this game found its
way to lunch conversations in schools, to social media, and to the news. Although Fortnite introduces a fresh game mode to many players for a cheap price, it is not completely deserving of its fame. One reason is that the game is very much a reskin of
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the popular PC title, Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG). Everything from PUBG’s mechanic to enter the map, to the storm system is completely the same. In both games, players must scavenge for health and weapons as well. The only unique mechanic added into Fortnite’s Battle Royale is building, which primarily acts as a barrier for defense. However, Fortnite gets credit for bringing the Battle
they are bored with the skins after a few days, they buy another one, only for the cycle to continue. Essentially, they are wasting money in an effort to dress their virtual characters for about a week. A battle pass also comes out every few months. In these battle passes, new challenges are given to the consumer, which awards the player when completed with skins exclusive to the battle pass, along with oth-
design its plan this way in order to get people to play its free game, but also make some money off of their work. Fortnite is a fun, simple game that has the world going crazy at the moment. It seems as if everyone is playing this game. However, Epic Games’ blatant copy of Player Unknown Battlegrounds, as well as its questionable financial strategy makes this game not worthy of the praise it has been receiving.
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LHS Athletes Ready to Take the Next Step By Dan Darlyrmple Contributor Although their high school careers are over, their sports careers are not. We asked college-bound student-athletes what they are most looking forward to as they continue their athletic endeavors. Tom Urena, NYIT, lacrosse: "To start day one and learn to manage school and sports better." Matt Renz, NYIT, lacrosse: "I’m expecting it to be a faster pace the talent to be a lot stronger then in high school and the practices are going to be a lot harder I think it will be exciting."
~Photo Courtesy of Stephen LoCicero
~Photo Courtesy of Gaby Vogt
Tim Marski, Florida, swimming: "I’m expecting it to be very difficult but I’m ready for the challenge and can’t wait ." Ryan Mueller, NYIT baseball: "To surround myself with likeminded teammates with the goal to compete, also to better myself through college training and workouts and by facing a new level of talent." Sophia Locicero, East Carolina, lacrosse: "I’m very excited to have the opportunity to play at the d1 level and I expect a lot of hard work and time management to come into play." Kyle Bergin, Manhatten College, swimming: "I look forward to getting faster, competing at a higher level and having fun."
~Photo Courtesy of Gina Giovinco
Sean Sebaszco, Desales, baseball: "I expect to go up against some very good competition that will test my abilities. Playing at a higher level will be challenging but I think I’m ready for the next stage. "
~Photo Courtesy of Sean Sebaszco
Gaby Vogt, SUNY Cortland, track and field & cross-country: "My expectations are its going to be a big change and going to be a lot of sacrifices but I’m excited for the experience." Juliane Grapel, John Jay College, softball: "Waking up early and working out for many hours."
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Spencer Sundeburg, Misercordia, lacrosse: "My expectations are to receive an education while still being able to further my athletic career and I look forward to creating a bond with teammates." Gina Giovinco, South Carolina, soccer: "I expect that it will be a big commitment, but I can't wait because I know it will be the greatest time of my life."
~Photo Courtesy of Ryan Mueller
Hope Germanakos, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, lacrosse: "To taking my talents to the next level. The challenge of being in goal mor experienced players is something I feel will only make me better. I also look forward to gaining lifelong friends."
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Destination: LeBron Since the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated in last year’s NBA Finals, one rumor has dominated the league: Will Lebron James leave the Cavs this offseason? At the onset of the season, when the Cavs were clearly struggling to beat even the weakest of opponents, Lebron’s exit seemed almost inevitable. In an attempt to sway’s LeBron’s opinion to stay in Cleveland, management blew up the roster at the trade deadline, garnering more offensive talent in order to appease the King. Since then, the Cavs have certainly improved their level of play, but they have not been anywhere near as dominant as they were last year when they had Kyrie Irving starting at the point guard position. Nevertheless, LeBron led the Cavs back to the finals to once again face the Golden State Warriors. Will Lebron dare leave the Cavs for a second time, despite bringing them to four straight finals? Or will he begin a new journey to stroll into the twilight of his career? While it is not feasible for the majority of them, every NBA team will certainly have open ears as far as where LeBron might go. Currently, the Philadelphia 76ers seem poised to win the LeBron James sweepstakes, using their young talented core as bargaining chips. However, LeBron has also been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets. Other teams, such as the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwau-
By Dylan Burfield Editor
Where will Lebron James sign this coming Free Agency? ~Photo Courtesy of Google Images
kee Bucks, and even the Golden State Warriors have also been rumored to be potential destinations for the King, but their odds are significantly less than those of the leading candidates. The Case for the Rockets: The Rockets were one win away from reaching the NBA Finals and dethroning the superteam that is the Golden State Warriors this year. Some argue that they are just one piece away from being able to take over the NBA, and LeBron James can certainly be that piece. The addition of James to a Rockets team that already has the
MVP favorite James Harden and playmaking veteran Chris Paul would make the Rockets the team to beat in the West, and it would most definitely give the Warriors a run for their money in the Western Conference. The Case for the Lakers: The Lakers, unlike the Rockets, were not a playoff team this past year. However, the future is bright in L.A, as General Manager Magic Johnson has stockpiled the storied franchise with young players such as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma; all three have all-star potential. The Lakers
would have to clear some cap room to try and sign James, but Julius Randle and Brook Lopez are on expiring contracts, which could open up money for the Lakers to sign LeBron and possibly another all-star (Paul George?). The Lakers would certainly be an intriguing destination for LeBron, as the team is close to contending, and LeBron could be the final piece in the puzzle for the Lakers. L.A. also makes sense for LeBron for his future, as he has expressed interest in pursuing an acting career after hanging up his shoes, and what better place to start an acting career then in the entertainment capital of the world? The Case for the 76ers: The pitch the 76ers will make to James is simple: They want him to speed up the process. The 76ers’ long and painful rebuild is finally coming to an end, as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons showed how dangerous they could be when healthy this season, and combining that with the talent of LeBron would easily transform the 76ers into a bonafide NBA dynasty for years to come. Not only would this team be phenomenal, but they would be the league’s top attraction. The exuberant personality of Embiid, coupled with the wisdom and comedy of LeBron, would make 76ers’ games a can’t-miss show. Out of all the options that LeBron will have this offseason, this may be the most interesting and intriguing of them all. Continued on Page 22
Monday, June 11, 2018
NBA Playoffs Provide Faces Both Horizon Talks NBA with Coach Old and New Adams By Harrison Simon Managing Editor
As the summer approaches, it signals the end of the pro basketball season. When the dust settles, only one team is left as champion. Will the Larry O’Brien trophy return to Oakland in the hands of the Golden State Warriors? Or will LeBron James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to eternal glory, winning their second title in three years? Or perhaps, could a newcomer steal the title from both of these powerhouses? Thus far, the NBA playoffs have been nothing short of a wild adventure filled with twists, turns, and exciting game conclusions. Let’s start with the Eastern Conference. At the beginning of the year, the Boston Celtics were primed for a title run. After trading for guard Kyrie Irving and signing Gordon Hayward in the offseason, the Celtics seemed like they would be the team to beat. However, that all quickly changed when Hayward suffered a gruesome broken ankle just minutes into the opening game, ending his season before it even began. The weight of the team then fell to Irving, who kept the Celtics atop the conference standings for most of the season until he was ruled out for the remainder of the season in early April with a knee injury. At this point, most fans and critics gave up on the Celtics, believing that their young crop of players could not compete without their two best players. The Celtics took this as a chip on their shoulder as they set out to prove that they were truly a force to be reckoned with. After ousting the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games, they easily handled the upand-coming Philadelphia 76ers in five games, setting the stage for a highly anticipated battle with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The Celtics, led by rookie guard Jayson Tatum and veteran center Al Horford, won the first two games of the series in convincing
fashion before losing the next two to tie the series up at 2-2. The teams exchanged victories in Games five and six, setting up a Game seven matchup in Boston. Despite a valiant effort, James’ efforts were simply too much for Boston, as the King’s 35 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists overwhelmed Brad Stevens and company. In the end, LeBron proved that he could not be stopped, as he will now play in his eighth straight NBA Final, the longest such streak in more than 20 years. As for the Western Conference, things might turn out a little differently than usual. For the first time since 2014, the Golden State Warriors were not the number one seed in the NBA. In fact, they were not even the number one seed in the West this year. That honor goes to the Houston Rockets, who finished the season with a record of 65-17. Since trading for megastar James Harden in the 2013 offseason, the Rockets have been right on the doorstep of having a breakthrough and reaching their first NBA Finals since the 1990s. However, they always seem to come up one step short. This past offseason, the Rockets were determined to make the next step, as they made a blockbuster deal with the Los Angeles Clippers to send nine-time All-Star guard Chris Paul to Houston. Combining Paul with Harden has seemed a very smart move thus far, as the backcourt has led the Rockets all the way to the Western Conference finals against the Warriors. In addition to Paul and Harden, the Rockets have had major help from players Clint Capela, Eric Gordon, and Head Coach Mike D’Antoni. As the season winds down, the Rockets will certainly have to play their best basketball if they want to capture the NBA title.
By Adrian Duran Contributor
Lynbrook varsity basketball Head A: Celtics in seven. Coach Jaime Adams has a long history Q: Betting against LeBron, huh? Bit in coaching. After spending two years of a bold move, don’t you think? coaching the Dowling College women’s A: I put high emphasis on home court basketball team, he was hired at Seaford, advantage, and they have the best coach in his former high school, where he coached the league in Brad Stevens. the girls’ JV team at from 2000 to 2002. Q: Which players have stood out He then coached the Seaford girls’ varsity most in this series, and why? team from 2002- 2004, and coached the A: Cleveland’s bench has been playing boys’ team from 2004 until 2014, when he well, and Tristian Thompson has been joined LHS at a substitute teacher and the very good, and that’s what they need. Al boys’ varsity basketball head coach. Horford is their leader, and he has to play Q: Who do you think will win in the well for all his teammates. Jayson Tatum Golden State Warriors vs. Houston has been lights out, and that’s why he’s Rockets Segoing to be one of ries? In what the best players game will the in the league. series send? Q: How would A: Golden State you rate the wins in Game 7, coaching staffs in a close game. of both teams? Q: Why do A: Celtics’ coach you believe is the best coach the Warriors in the league with will win? his unpredictA: Their expeable game plans; ~Photo Courtesy of Jaime Adams rience will get them in Cleveland’s coach is unthe lead. derrated because it’s not so easy to coach Q: Which players have stood out the best player in the league. most in this series and why? Q: Do you enjoy watching the NBA A: Chris Paul and PJ Tucker from the playoffs why or why not? Rockets. Chris Paul is a big-time offensive A: I do enjoy it because the coaches have a player for them. If Tucker plays good off big impact because they must be on their the bench, he’s a big impact for the Rock- game. They also have a lot of pressure, and ets. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry from I love that kind of pressure. the Warriors. Kevin Durant is the best Q: What do you think about the player on that team. When Steph Curry is changes in the NBA since you’ve his normal, caliber self, he is very good. been watching? Q: How would you rate the coaching A: It’s a much more officiated, which staffs of both teams? benefits the offensive side of the ball. It’s A: The advantage goes to the Warriors’ not as physical as it was when I played the coaching staff because of experience, but game. [Houston Head Coach] Mike D’Antoni is a Q: What might make the NBA better very good offensive coach. in the future? Q: Who do you think will win in the A: The development of the game has to Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavbe better; we’ve lost the whole aspect of aliers? And in what game will the basketball. It’s only threes and mid-range series end? now.
Curry and LeBron ready to battle ~Photos Courtesy of Google Images
Continued from page 21 The Case for the Cavs: Finish what you started, Cleveland. The Cavs are not the same team as they were before they traded Kyrie Irving, but that does not mean they can return to their former glory. If the Cavs were to add another premier talent (Demarcus Cousins or Kawhi Leonard), they would be right back where they were two years ago when they won the title. LeBron will certainly have to take a long look at what the Cavs have to offer, but the addition of another star would take plenty of burden off of LeBron’s shoulders, and it would certainly entice him to remain in the city where he grew up. Although these teams are consid-
ered the favorites for the King, it does not guarantee that he will sign with one of them. The opportunity to play at Madison Square Garden on a nightly basis, or the possibility of joining one of the league’s best young talents in Giannis Antetokounmpo will be on his mind this offseason and could impact his decision, but it is very unlikely that LeBron will end up in either New York or Milwaukee. In the end, “The Decision 2.0” will be one of the biggest news stories of the summer, and considering the number of options LeBron has, no one knows for sure where he will end up and how it could shake up the entire NBA landscape.
Where will Lebron James sign? ~Photo Courtesy of Google Images
Monday, June 11, 2018
Historic NHL Playoffs Await Thrilling Conclusion By Harrison Simon Managing Editor The Stanley Cup Playoffs are considered among the most exciting events in sports, and for good reason; this season is no exception. With the final round nearing conclusion, let’s take a look back at what has been a momentous season for the NHL. Without a doubt the biggest surprise of this season has been the Vegas Golden Knights. The Knights are the first team in professional North American sports history to earn a championship berth in their inaugural season. After being approved to begin play this season by the NHL owners, the Knights were expected to completely drop the ball this season, as most expansion teams usually do. Rather than flounder, the Knights, led by General Manager George McPhee and Head Coach Gerard Gallant, finished first in the Pacific Division and defeated the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, and Winnipeg Jets in the playoffs en route to a Stanley Cup Final appearance. The Knights have been a true Cinderella story team, taking a mix of old veterans and young, unproven internationals and making them into
~Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault celebrates after a goal against Tampa Bay. ~Photo Coutesy of Google Images
one of the league’s best teams. If the Knights were to win it all, it would result in one of the largest payouts in sportsbook history, as the Knights opened the season at 500-1 odds, the lowest odds in the NHL in this millenium. Facing the Golden Knights in the finals, the Washington Capitals’ story
is equally inspiring. The Capitals have long been a proven team poised to win the Cup, but have always fallen short of their ultimate goal. Ever since drafting Alexander Ovechkin with the number-one overall selection in the 2005 Entry Draft, the Capitals have been waiting for a chance to lift the Stanley Cup as champions. Despite
this, they were unable to make it past the second round of the playoffs before this year. It had become almost that of a curse; the Capitals would always have one of the league’s best records in the regular season, only to blow a lead in the playoffs. This year, the Ovechkin and the Capitals would have none of it. After defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the playoffs, the Capitals upset the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, whom Washington defeated in six games. The Capitals then defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games to reach their first Stanley Cup Final in more than 20 years. Regardless of which team wins, the result will prove equally improbable. Either Ovechkin finally leads the Capitals to glory, or the Knights end the greatest underdog story in NHL history with a victory for all-time. No matter the victor, the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will go down as one of the best in recent memory. And both teams will come back next year hungry for another chance to reign supreme.
A Year in Review: The Best Moments from Lynbrook Sports Varsity Football Clinches a Playoff Berth Heading into the final game of the season, the Owls were desperate for a win to launch themselves into the playoffs. Despite coming off three consecutive losses, Lynbrook dominated both sides of the ball against the Roslyn High School Bulldogs. The ground game was particularly effective for the Owls, with senior quarterback Joey Castillo and running backs Steven Hendrickson and Dylan Shapiro all rushing for scores. On the defensive side, the Owls held Roslyn scoreless through three quarters thanks to the efforts of defensive ends and seniors Jerrol Watt and Gerard D’Agostino; the two combined for two sacks and two fumble recoveries. In addition to the victory, the game saw a moment bigger than football when Lynbrook allowed a Rosyln player with a developmental disability to score a 75-yard touchdown. Sophomore Kyle Serro loved what the Owls did: “That was a really special moment; despite it being a score for our opponent, it was a moment our team was proud to be a part of.”
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a really good win,” said sophomore Kate Foley. Overall, both teams played impressive basketball and did so for a great cause. Lynbrook Boys Swim Team Dazzles at County Meet
~The Owls take to the field before the Homecoming Game. ~Photo Courtesy of Jimmy Murray
were pressed heavily in the third and fourth quarters, which helped Lawrence High School make the game close in the final minutes. In the end, Lynbrook was able to hold on thanks to a three-pointer from junior and co-captain Rylan Blondo with less than 90 seconds remaining. This was an especially big win for the Owls because it earned them a playoff berth. Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Basket“It was a great win for our team, and ball Win for a Cause it was definitely much more special because of the cause we were playing The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketfor,” commented sophomore and ball teams partook in a charity event, team member John Malinka. where both teams played games to The girls’ team had a lot riding on raise awareness for the Jimmy V Founits game. With a 7-6 record, the girls dation, an organization that searches could not afford to lose if they wanted for a cure to cancer on Jan. 20. The to make the playoffs. The Lady Owls first game of the day belonged to the came flying out of the gate, outscoring boys and was truly an exciting contest their opponent by a whopping 27-2 throughout. The Owls dominated in in the first quarter and never looking the early going, scoring the game’s’ back. Leading the way for the team first nine points and taking a 12-point was senior captain Sophia LoCicero, lead into the second half. The Owls
who scored 15 points and dished out four. Later in the season, LoCicero would score her 1,000th career point, just the second Lady Owl to do so this decade (Kerrin Montgomery also did so last year as a senior). Sophomore Sara Bahri poured in 12 points, and her sister, freshman Camilla Bahri, added eight more; sophomore Kayleigh Stalter collected six rebounds. “A lot of people contributed, and we got off to a great start; it was
The Lynbrook-South Side combined swim team set a Nassau County record for the fastest 200yard relay time on Feb. 1. With a time of 1:35:09, Lynbrook swimmers Kyle Bergin, Tim Marski, and Dan Dalrymple, along with South Side swimmer Ryan Davidoff, swam fast enough to make the cutoff for an All-American time. For Marski, who will continue to swim at the University of Florida, it was one of many dominate performances of the day. In the 100-yard butterfly relay, he came in first place with a time just over 48 seconds. Marski also was able to place in second for the 50-yard butterfly. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Lynbrook impressed again, placing second behind only Garden City. “It was really great to put everything together and have a great race,” said Bergin. Lynbrook truly put its name on the map with strong performances overall, including that record-breaking performance.
OWL SPORTS Azam Hussain Leads Tennis Team by Example By David Schaffer Asst. Editor
Gabby Vogt Leaves Mark on Teammates, Coaches By Harrison Simon Managing Editor
~Photo Courtesy of Gabby Vogt, Photo Edit by Josh Polansky With the school year coming to a
~Photo Courtesy of Azam Hussain, Photo Edit by Josh Polansky
For years, boys’ tennis has struggled to find in-conference success. However, this year’s team was able to perform thanks to the leadership of the senior class. Led by senior Azam Hussain, the team was able to elevate its play to another level. Hussain, who has been on the team since his freshman year, plays first singles, meaning he competes against the opposing team’s best player. Despite facing stiff competition all season long, Hussain had a phenomenal season, finishing with a record of 8-4. “Personally, I think this was the best season I have played mentally and physically, and I believe I was able to lead the team very well this year,” commented Hussain. “I think this has been Azam’s best season,” said senior and teammate Brian Gomberg, “He has been successful in the past, but he played especially well this year,” added Gomberg. Although he is extremely talented on the court, what makes Hussain such a valuable asset to the team is his willingness and desire to help others. He can be seen giving his teammates
advice during practice and cheering them on during matches. Freshman Dylan Moreida said, “Azam has helped out everyone on the team. He does not just want himself to win, he wants the team to win.” On this season, Hussain believes it was a highly successful endeavor: “I think this season was a step in the right direction for this team. We achieved a record of 9-5 in the same conference we went 3-11 last year, so it’s a huge improvement.” As a tennis player, Hussain’s strengths are his powerful serve and commanding forehand shot. He wins by overpowering his opponents and making them pay for their mistakes. He uses this strategy to win against some of the best players in the conference. Hussain wants to see the tennis team succeed more than he desires winning any individual awards. As a player and a mentor to younger teammates, he seeks to help out any way he can. He cares about both the present and future of LHS tennis, and he has been an essential part of this year’s team, both on the court and off.
close, spring sports seasons are pretty much complete. And for seniors, this means an end to their high school sports careers. For senior Gabby Vogt, this is a bittersweet moment, as she is sad to leave her teammates, but she is eager to tackle the challenges that lay ahead. Vogt has been a standout on the track and field and cross country teams since her freshman year. After earning All-County honors in cross country in ninth grade, Vogt was inspired to become the best. Four years later, she has shown everyone how great she truly is. She earned All-County again earlier this year for cross country, as well as for her efforts in the steeplechase as a junior. This, in addition to her countless other awards and accolades, led her to continue her running career next year at SUNY Cortland. Although she did not plan to be a runner when she was younger, Vogt now feels that running is part of who she is. Her coaches and teammates have made a significant impact on her life as a runner and, more importantly, as a person: “When I first started running in seventh grade, I never saw myself as a distance runner until my coach told me to try it out, so I did. Having my teammates and coaches by my side, cheering me on and making me better, inspired me to succeed. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy running or
want to pursue it in college,” she said. “Gabby is an incredible runner and an even more incredible teammate,” commented Vogt’s coach and North Middle School Teacher Joe Beyrer.” Despite her record-setting performances for Lynbrook, Vogt best remembers the moments shared and bonds made with teammates, not just the running. “My favorite memories have to be going to the Penn Relays freshman and senior year, breaking Lynbrook history with my fellow teammates, joining the Top-15 Brown Invitational Board, the one time the team had a huge water balloon fight, and all the friendships I have made since freshman year,” Vogt reminisced. Vogt’s teammates agree that Vogt’s most important quality on the team is that of friend: “Gabby has been one of my closest friends for as long as I can remember. “She is so motivating and caring for all of her friends and teammates,” commented senior Allie Kunstler. “Having Gabby as a captain this year showed how much of a leader she really is,” said junior Sophia Miele. “Having Gabby’s positive attitude throughout the season made our team very successful. Although she is nervous to compete at the next level, Vogt is excited to create new relationships as she continues doing what she loves: “I’m most nervous about the training and competitions. It’s a change I’ll have to get used to, but I am more than excited to!”