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Vol. XLVIII No. 4

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

You’re Invited, Billy Joel Chorus classes celebrated the birthday of a Long Island icon Billy Joel this past April. Classes celebrated by performing various songs, reading articles about the star, and finally creating a recorded invitation for Billy to attend the Spring Gala of the Arts, where they will be showcasing an epic medley of his songs on May 21. A video of the invitation has been circulating on Facebook, and it now has over 2,000 views. Many hope that with enough coverage, Billy Joel might actually see the video and attend the concert. Chorus Teacher Barry Wyner has always had a deep admiration for the singer, which goes back to when he was in eighth grade. Back in 1989, Wyner reached out to Billy Joel in the hopes of getting an interview for his school newspaper at Higgins Middle School. To his great surprise, he actually got a response. Billy Joel himself called Wyner, with the casual opening, “Hi, Barry, this is Billy Joel.” In response to Wyner’s shock, Joel nonchalantly answered, “Well, you wrote a pretty good letter here.” It was very clear Joel took the interview, which Wyner recorded, seriously. When asked what advice he would give to kids hoping to pursue a career in music, Joel veered away from the stereotypical, “Follow your dreams” and “Don’t give up” response. He started by saying, “I would tell kids to write as much as they can; writing is the thing that really takes people through a longterm career.” Joel added, “Then, when you get old enough, get a lawyer and then get another lawyer to watch the first lawyer.” Wyner describes his experience as more than just a fun moment shared with a celebrity. He explains, “Just think how crazy it was that at the peak of his career in 1989, he let me interview him for over 20 minutes on the phone… and sent me a thank you note!” Wyner continues, “It shows that he values all humans, regardless of whether you are big or small in status. If this 13-year-old nobody was worthy of talking to Billy Joel, then I’m actually a somebody. This was very powerful for me.” To Wyner, Joel’s strong character is just as, and perhaps even more important, than his outstanding musical

By Elizabeth Ratkiewicz Managing Editor

Wyner proudly displays his interview with Billy Joel in an original copy of his school newspaper printed in 1989. Below, Joel’s initial response to Wyner’s request to interview him. ~Photos courtesy of Sam Cohen

talent. Wyner shares, “Setting aside all his musical achievements, how many celebrities who grew up in Long Island still choose to live here full time, and do great things for their home community: like donate over a million dollars to save a high school for the arts, start a local business, or promote Long Island musicians into his band?” Wyner continues, highlighting Joel’s contributions to the community, “In just the past two weeks, headlines in the New York Post have shown Billy Joel participating in a beach cleanup in Oyster Bay- like, he was picking up garbage with everyone else- and sitting next to Governor Cuomo as he signed a ban on offshore drilling, which would have hurt Long Island fishermen and coastlines.” Wyner shares that the experience truly affected his teaching philosophy, saying, “I tell my students the story of that phone call every year on Billy’s birthday because I think it’s a reminder that being a great musician is awesome, but being a great person is most important. That’s very much in line with what we try to teach here in chorus, and Billy really exemplifies that message.” Many students share Wyner’s appreciation for Joel. KaraVito, a junior in chorus, shared her love for the singer-songwriter: “I find that Billy Joel writes music that we can all relate to.” She continued, “I can’t wait to see him at our concert.” Senior Jason Shao shared, “I am truly bursting at the seams with excitement over Billy Joel. Him coming to the concert would be a sweet treat. I want the Piano Man to see adult Mr. Wyner playing the piano, man.” Lastly, Wyner expressed his excitement for the upcoming concert that will give students the chance to honor Joel’s work. Wyner ends by sharing, “From his incredible musical achievements, to his undying support of Long Island, to his long history of good deeds, and so much more, I think Billy Joel is an amazing guy who is well deserving of a rousing medley performance from our chorus. I think they’re really going to bring the energy that night and raise the roof to honor the Piano Man.”

In This Issue: Woman Trailblazer Remembering of the Year Maddalena Coletta Read about how Mary Kirby was Hear students and faculty share recognized for her innumerable fond memories after the passing of contributions to the community. our beloved Italian teacher. News / pg. 3 Features / pg. 7

Spring and Summer Trends Look at colorful illustrations of what trends will be “hot” this spring and summer. A&E / pg. 9

Cell Phones, Hoods, Headphones, Oh My! Consider supporting the increased enforcement of the cell phone use policy at school. Opinions / pg. 15

Tuesday, May 14, 2019



Classnight: A Night to Remember By Ambiya Hussain Editor

As the winter break came to a close and students returned to school for the new year, Lynbrook transitioned into one of the most hectic and exhilarating times of the school year: Classnight season. At the start, each grade elected two chairs to lead the charge in each of three categories: overall, art, and Sportsnight. However, dozens of students in each grade help out with scenery, costumes, choreography, and the writing and performance of the skit. Each year, the skits are chosen and written to reflect one central theme. This year’s theme was “Home is where the heart is.” The freshmen performed a rendition of Shrek, with the sophomores pulling off their version of The Wizard of Oz. The juniors took everyone on an underwater adventure with their performance of The Little Mermaid, and the seniors performed their comical yet heartfelt

expect. I did enjoy getting the chance to talk to more people in my grade that I normally wouldn’t.” The freshmen have plenty to look forward to for their performances in the future. Coming off the heels of their Smurfs-inspired performance last year, the sopohmores looked to hit the ground running this year to truly wow the judges. Rallying behind overall chairs Maeve Mooney and James Gilmartin, the grade worked tirelessly day and night to perfect this year’s skit, The Wizard of Oz. The classic story of the girl from Kansas who just wants to go home was brought to life by the wonderful personalities of the Wicked Witch of the West (Ricki Rizzo) the Cowardly Lion (James Gilmartin), the Tin Man (Luke Zaromatidis), the Scarecrow (John Bertolini), and,

production of The Muppets. The freshmen kicked off the night’s festivities by putting their unique twist on the story of everyone’s favorite ogre. After a dinner party gone wrong leaves Fiona storming out in a fury, Shrek must set out to win her back. With the help of his best pal, Donkey, Shrek fought off the evil Lord Farquaad and was reunited with his beloved Fiona. The highlight of the skit was the final dance-off between Shrek and Farquaad, which served as the grade’s boys’ dance and enlisted laughter and cheers from the crowd. For the freshmen, simply getting through Classnight unscathed was a victory. Freshman Julia Swerdin put it best: “It was really overwhelming, especially since a lot of the freshmen did not know what to

of course, Dorothy (Alicia Villadiego). The sophomores chose to convey the theme by explaining why--despite all her fun adventures in Oz--Dorothy still chose to return home to Kansas: She realized that home is where we all belong. Mooney was extremely pleased with the turnout of the performance: “My Classnight experience for the second year in a row was much better! I learned a lot and knew what must be focused on. My favorite dance was the girls’ dance because it looked great with the rainbow costumes, and it was so much fun being a part of it.” After last year’s second-place finish ahead of the current seniors, the Class of 2020 looked to steal the spotlight once again and swipe the coveted Classnight trophy from right under the seniors’ fingertips. Building on their


~Photos courtesy of Yearbook Club inventive and whimsical portrayal of Scooby-Doo last year, the juniors brought the audience on a trip under the sea with their spin on The Little Mermaid. The chairs, Jolie Sebel and Donovan Molinaro, oversaw the production. Impressive performances were given by Ethan Renz (Prince Eric), Kara Vito (Ariel), and Djellza Pulatani (Ursula). Despite her wicked trickery, Ariel realized that Ursula just wanted to come back from exile and be with her family. The entire gymnasium was wildly entertained when the juniors unveiled their kickline, who used fluorescent lights and inventive costume design to pull off what Sebel described as “one of the best kickline dances in recent memory.” As Renz explains, “Class Night this year was a great experience! My [skit family] was always fun, [and] we

sive and emotional. The seniors also received recognition for their impressive artwork and creativity on the box, for which they won first place. In the end, the seniors staved off the juniors’ efforts, clinching the Classnight title by a mere nine points, one of the closest competitions in recent history. The seniors were thrilled at how they were able to come together in the end. As senior Angie Chirchella explained, “I loved how we all came together as a grade and all had so much fun at our last Classnight. It was very rewarding to finally win our senior year.” Although each grade put on impressive performances, only one could be crowned the victor. With the freshmen and sophomores respectively winning fourth and third place in every category, the most anticipation lied with the juniors and seniors. While the juniors

had a great time practicing. Overall class night this year was an awesome experience and there’s no doubt that I’ll definitely be back next year!” After being defeated last year, the seniors certainly upped their game, but it was clear to everyone present that the Class of 2019 was there to have a great time, win or lose. Led by chairs Kiersten Aroksaar and Islam Purisic, the seniors put on an especially impressive performance of the The Muppets. After losing the rights to their theater, Kermit (Richie Wiater), Miss Piggy (Sam Barbato), and the rest of the Muppet gang decided to put on one last show to go out with a bang. The defining feature of the performance was Wiater’s heartfelt rendition of “The Rainbow Connection,” which was both impres-

earned first place in the categories of dances, costumes, props, banner, and scenery, the seniors were awarded first place for box and skit, which held the highest point value and gave them the needed push for their victory. With Classnight officially in the rear view, many can all look back on the events with fond memories. For the seniors, it will be especially bittersweet, as going out with a victory a great triumph, but knowing their Classnight careers have ended can be upsetting for some. As for the Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, they are already prepared to put on an even more unforgettable show next year. Before everyone knows it, it will be time for Classnight 2020.



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Goodbye, Lynbrook Diner After serving as a staple for the Lynbrook community for 90 years, the Lynbrook Diner unexpectedly closed its doors for the final time on Mar. 12. As former owner Nick Mavromihalis— whose family has owned the diner since 1985—briefly explained in a message posted to Facebook, the diner was forced to close due to “unforeseen factors.” According to Newsday, the diner was sold to Vemen Management Corp; based in Astoria, Queens, for $750,000 during chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. It is still unclear what the company plans to do with the space. The Lynbrook Diner is remembered as one of the island’s oldest and was recognized for its “old-fashioned” décor. “I enjoyed the diner very much; I always liked the atmosphere. The bright red booths and 1950s theme always caught my eye…I will definitely miss the Lynbrook diner very much,” commented junior Rachel Campanile.

By Jane Hoeflinger Editor

~Photo courtesy of Alex Sylvia After briefly closing after a fire in January of 2014, the diner reopened with a retro 1950s theme that featured glossy red and white booths and a revamped extensive menu. In addition

to its tasty food, the retro theme was a defining feature of the diner. The sudden and unanticipated closure of the long-lived diner (which first started business in 1929) gar-

nered shocked reactions from former customers. Junior and diner-frequenter Kaylin Tephly stated, “I made a lot of really great memories at the diner. It was the hop of the town, man. I’m really going to miss it.” Likewise, Lynbrook resident and U.S. History Teacher John Cornicello is “just devastated” by the diner’s unexpected closure. In his Facebook message, Mavromihalis described Lynbrook as his “second home” and explained that “letting go of Lynbrook Diner is like losing a family member.” Certainly, many regular customers feel exactly the same way: losing the Lynbrook Diner is like losing a part of Lynbrook. On Facebook, Mavromihalis said, “Thank[s to]each of you for your loyalty and support over the past 34 years.” Mavromihalis, however, still leaves a glimmer of hope in his message for long-time diner fans: “perhaps [the diner and myself] will one day meet again.”

Mary Kirby Named “Woman Trailblazer of the Year” “Passion and perseverance come easy when you work with the greatest kids on earth,” modestly shares English Teacher and Student Government Advisor Mary Kirby upon receiving the Nassau County Legislature Trailblazer Award for the 6th Legislative District. The award, in spirit of Women’s History Month, recognizes one woman from each legislative district for outstanding ability and exceptional drive to effect positive change in her community. To any LHS student, this quality is apparent in Kirby’s unyielding dedication to her roles as English teacher, SGA advisor, and advisor to the Class of 2019. Legislator William C. Gaylor, who presented Kirby the award, attests, “She takes the job of educating today’s youth very seriously, with a kind heart and a positive attitude…Her creativity and diligent planning provides an environment in which all students not only thrive, but are enriched and motivated.” Junior Caroline Ridings adds, “She’s a great inspiration for those around her and a great role model. She goes the extra mile, staying in school all day for evening SGA meetings despite how overworked, tired, or sick she may be.” As a classnight advisor, Kirby’s many close relationships with students in all circles helped the senior class, disgruntled from last year’s defeat, come together, learn to cooperate, and secure its first victory. “Her kind heart really helped us come together as a grade. We wouldn’t have won if it wasn’t for her,” says senior and Classnight chair Kierstin Aroksaar. Senior Ryan Denker adds, “I don’t know of many teachers who have the ability to command respect from so many different kinds of

By Sam Cohen Editor-in-Chief

Kirby poses with Legislator William Gaylor and her family as she accepts her award. ~Photos courtesy of Mary Kirby

people and motivate them to put the work into a project that big, but she’s managed to keep doing it over and over again.” However, Kirby’s influence goes above and beyond her responsibilities at LHS. She has served as the director of the Lynbrook Teacher Center, the director of the Lynbrook summer program, an internship coordinator, a coach, and a union representative. On her work with the Teacher Center, Gaylor explains, “Mary was instrumental in making the Lynbrook Teacher Center the heart and soul of professional development for Lynbrook and beyond. She has planned many conferences and initiated ‘collaboratorium’ Saturdays, inspiring teachers, retirees, and former students to come together in the spirit of listening, learning, and sharing topics relevant to every stakeholder.” Permanent Substitute Teacher Brian Donaldson shares his experience, saying, “The Teachers’ Center holds a mindfulness workshop that Mrs. Debetta runs, and it’s really helped me guide my teaching in a more mindful way. This wouldn’t have been possible without Kirby’s keen administrative direction and organizational skills.” Principal Joseph Rainis says, “Our community continuously benefits from her desire to enrich the educational experiences of our students. Mary Kirby blazes trails so that others can have a chance to thrive. She is most deserving of the Nassau County Trailblazer Award.” Senior Jimmy Murray sums it up best: “You can’t have Lynbrook without Mary Kirby, and there is no Kirby without Lynbrook. She supports the community in the best way.”


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Alan Beach and the New Vision Party Win Village Election

bors and pitch in and help out when The Lynbrook Village elections By Emily Bergin they see a problem.” were held at the Lynbrook Public Editor Pat Alonge, a Lynbrook Library on Mar. 19. Memresident who came to bers of the New Vision several board meetings Party (NVP) were reelectto ask questions prior to ed to keep their positions the election, is “happy on the board. with the outcome of the In the mayoral race, elections” and has “found NVP candidate Alan Mayor Beach, Mr. Boccio, Beach won with 3,330 and Mrs. Reardon to be votes while Hilary Becker trustworthy represenreceived 974. In the race tatives of the village.” for trustee, Robert Boccio Alonge is hopeful that (NVP) received 3,045 both sides will flawlessly votes, Ann Marie Reardon move forward and work (NVP) had 2,971, Steven together: “People with Liguori had 1,031, Antondifferent viewpoints can iella Tavella had 881, and work together to find David O’Neill received 626 votes. Pictired: Mayor Alan Beach (center) with Trustees Robert Boccio (Left) and Ann Marie Reardon (Right) common ground and ultimately solutions if they Beach, Boccio, and ~Photo courtesy of Alan Beach are willing to have an open dialogue, Reardon were sworn in on Apr. 2. board meetings often became intense ing the election, residents and board treating each other and their ideas Additionally, Beach appointed Miand hostile over disagreements about members hope to settle their diswith respect. I hope residents stay chael Hawxhurst as his deputy mayor; agreements and make a combined the election and the foul-play each involved and share their hopes, conBecker, the former deputy mayor and effort to move forward and benefit side employed. Beach commentcerns, observations, and suggestions opposing mayoral candidate, became Lynbrook. Becker commented, “I ed, “The disappointing part of any with our elected officials. I hope to do a trustee. Beach is hopeful about the campaign is watching your opponent look forward to working with the the same.” new board: “We have a phenomenal board to make sure that all of our turn negative. It was unfortunate to Members of the New Vision Party new deputy mayor [Michael Hawxfuture decisions are what is best for see them constantly attack our team proclaimed that they were grateful for hurst] who brings decades worth of instead of focusing on how they could the village and our residents. The the voter turnout and look forward to experience from the financial services campaign was an intense and difficult make Lynbrook better.” Similarly, working to make Lynbrook a better industry and is a trusted leader within time for everyone involved; however, Hawxhurst appears to be exclusively place. Beach exclaimed, “We worked our community. Additionally, Ann we must all move forward and work concerned with the slander utilized hard to demonstrate why we were Marie Reardon and Robert Boccio together.” As Becker explained, he by the Preserve party (NVP’s rival), the best choice to lead the village. bring diverse skill sets to the board believes “the residents of Lynbrook “Mayor Alan Beach and the team While I never doubted our message and are energized and ready to get deserve the best” and he promised to brought together a large group of and record of good government, it’s things done.” “continue to do all that I can to make people who cared about this coma humbling experience when you The campaign for this election was sure that the board works togethmunity and worked hard to get their receive 77% of the vote. Thank you, largely controversial. Mail-outs were message out and explain his ideas for er and makes decisions that help Lynbrook!” Reardon also said, “I sent by each party about the other, our community grow and prosper.” this great village. I think the results am proud to be able to continue to some calling their opponents liars Hawxhurst added, “This is a commuof the election show what people serve our resident as a trustee and and frauds along with other scathnity who cares about Lynbrook and thought of the tactics of the Preserve will continue to make Lynbrook the ing accusations. Several letters were what goes on in this Village. [The Lynbrook Party.” best place to live, work, and raise a also written through the Long Island community] cares about their neighDespite the animosity surroundfamily.” Herald about the campaign. Village

Cheating the System: College Admissions Scandal “High GPA, extracurriculars, and years of hard work? Who needs that when you have millions of dollars to bribe your way into the college of your dreams?” remarked junior Madeline Doyle. Recently, news broke of the biggest college scandal to ever hit American admissions offices--Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, University of Southern California (USC), and UCLA are just a few of the colleges involved in this high-profile scam. At the center of this notorious cheating scandal are Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, most known for their roles on Desperate Housewives and Full House, respectively. Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 for each of her two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, to fake their spot on the USC rowing team in order to be accepted. Huffman was accused of paying $15,000 to boost her first daughter’s SAT score. A professional scammer named William “Rick” Singer made these schemes possible by providing series of services that all involved navigating around the system. One service was that he would bribe college coaches to pretend that a student played a sport and had a spot on the team, thereby allowing the student to attend the university. Singer would “profession-


By Sara Bahri Editor ally” crop the students’ faces onto pictures of people competing in that sport. This was the service that the Giannulli family utilized, bribing the coaches to act like their daughters were talented. About two weeks before the scandal became publicized, Olivia Jade said, “But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know” (YouTube: @ oliviajade). This was the statement that started to make her followers question her abilities, since going to a school with a 13% acceptance rate while not caring about school simply did not add up. Another service that Singer provided was faking test scores. He would either set it up to appear as if like the student had a disability that required extra time for the test, bribe the proctor to fix the answers after the student took it (sometimes without their knowledge), take the test for the student, or utilize a combination of these tactics all at the same time. This was the offer the Huffman took part in with one daughter (and, allegedly, her other daughter as well.) After weeks of backlash and derogatory headlines, Olivia claimed that her parents ruined her life and

her YouTube career by forcing her to take part in this illegal scheme. Despite the Giannulli girls’ formal withdrawal from USC last month, they are still technically enrolled as the board of admissions conducts a “case-by-case” study for each of the accused.While Olivia has done everything to stay away from her parents, Isabella was seen running errands with them. As for the current situation, a massive investigation is underway. “I think that this situation is completely unfair because while there are plenty of qualified students who really want-

ed to go to these top schools and applied the right way, they couldn’t [get in] because people bribed their way into these schools,” said junior Ami Carey. There are 50 plus parents and students (not to mention hundreds of coaches and administrators) who are implicated in the investigation for committing fraud and racketeering by money laundering. This discovery has uncovered another piece of this “unknown” corruption of the college admissions process and has led many college administrators to reevaluate the content of their application.




With all the stressors high school students face daily, sometimes taking a step back is necessary to maintain health and sanity. Students in the Mindfulness class experienced just that when they visited the MNDFL meditation studio located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Mar. 28 with Health and Mindfulness Teacher Deborah DeBetta. There, students partook in a meditation session aimed to help them relax and enjoy time in the present moment. After arriving at the studio, students were free to enjoy several perks provided to them in the lobby. Mainly, students headed to the lobby’s kitchen to prepare tea prior to their meditation while others opted to relax and take pictures in the aesthetically pleasing studio. Junior Natalie Cardoso stated, “Even the lobby was beautiful in the mindfulness studio, and I really liked how it was run in such a relaxed way so everyone could enjoy the company of others before the actual meditation, which, of course, is very individual.” Although free tea and conversing with friends is always pleasant, students truly enjoyed themselves during their meditation. Once comfortably seated, the students were led by a meditation instructor in an hour-long “sound bath,” in which the instruc-

By Andie Glanzer Editor

~Photo courtesy of Andie Glanzer tor created different sounds through several instruments. The students were mesmerized by focusing their attention on the resonances. At several points in the meditation, the instructor even moved around to different parts of the room when playing the sounds, so each participant experienced the noises at different volumes. While some may question how

differences in sounds would help one stay mindful, the instructor explained that auditory stimuli act as a catalyst in meditation and referred to sound as “candy meditation.” The rationale is that during mediation, one wants to develop resiliency in his/her thought processes to help return to the present moment if one finds him/herself caught up in thought. Sounds make

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 this process easier by providing a sensory stimuli for participants to focus their attention to. Junior Maria Russotti stated, “That was one of the best meditations I have ever experienced. It was really easy to focus on the different sounds, and I was able to stay in the present moment by blocking out fears I have for past and future events.” This practice ultimately served to help participants concentrate on the present moment to prevent worrying and regret from plaguing their thoughts. Through mindfulness, unnecessary stress is reduced, leaving one calmer, and even happier. Junior Caitlin Buchala stated, “I felt extremely relaxed after the meditation and was in an overall better mood afterwards. In my free time, I hope to go back to this studio, or one like it because the experience was very rewarding mentally.” After leaving the meditation studio, students traveled to several designated restaurants nearby for lunch. From pizza, to salads, to chicken and waffles, students indulged in a wide-range of meals, and the majority appeared to be very satisfied with their choice. Russotti stated, “I ordered chicken and waffles at Sweet Chicken, and the food was excellent. Overall, the day was amazing and I cannot wait for next year’s trip.”

Rideshare Safety: A Growing Concern Rideshare safety concerns are becoming more of an issue due to the growing popularity of apps such as Uber and Lyft. Such companies offer new, convenient, and often inexpensive ways—compared with traditional cab companies—of receiving rides. While Uber was founded in 2011, its popularity has soared in recent years, and the company now offers over five million rides per day worldwide. In South Carolina, on Mar. 29, Samantha Josephson, a senior at the University of South Carolina, was killed after entering a stranger’s car whom she mistakenly thought was her Uber driver. She was found dead in the woods after a night out with her friends near downtown Columbia. Her story quickly took over the Internet, raising new concerns about Uber safety and that of other ride-sharing apps. Josephson’s parents immediately took to Twitter and other social media apps to share their daughter’s story. After one of Josephson’s parents commented “What is my name?”, students at the University of South Carolina started the new hashtag: #whatsmyname. This hashtag has taken over Twitter as a new safety campaign. #whatsmyname started as a movement to get riders to ask drivers for their name before getting in the car in order to ensure they are actually getting into the correct vehicle. People of all ages around the globe use Uber and other rideshare apps for transportation, and, unfortunately, Josephson is not the only victim of assault as a result. Others have made similar mistakes to Josephson and have ended up with the same fate. People are becoming more concerned about their safety when using such services. Jeanette Meszaros, science teacher

By Amintta Ragavanis Staff

their trusted contacts while using the app, so their trusted contacts can see where they are while in the car. To and mother, uncomfortensure safety, passengers should also rarely uses able. I do not look at the license plate to see if it Uber. After the know anything matches the description of the driver most recent about the driver on the app. To make sure a car is in tragedy with besides the fact an Uber, passengers can also look Josephson, name and other for the Uber decal that is displayed on Meszaros says basic info.” the windshield of most cars (although she refuses to Morris added, this is not a foolproof measure). let her children “I always pay Uber expanded its transportation take Uber: “I do attention to industry to deliver food to people’s not let my kids my surrounddoorsteps in 2014 with Uber Eats. use Uber beings [when in Some may be apprehensive to have cause I do not an Uber]; I do food delivered by a stranger, and trust the drivnot want to get perhaps they should be. As opposed ers. I only use killed, lost, or to using a delivery service affiliated Uber when I am worse.” with a restaurant, Uber Eats sends its with other peoIn 2018, as a own driver to one’s doorstep. A driver ple; I will not safety measure, affiliated with a restaurant directly take an Uber Uber joined is, perhaps, better vetted and more alone because with RapidSOS. accountable because he/she is more I do not feel RapidSOS will likely to have his/her background safe.” Meszaros send a passenknown by that restaurant. To address only represents ger’s location this concern when using services such a small perto police when as Uber Eats, consumers should ask centage of a rider uses their driver to leave the food at the parents who the emergency doorstep. The app allows people to are concerned button. Uber pay online, which can ensure that no with their own also stated that social interaction needs to occur, and and their chilit would start no driver ever needs to know if somedren’s safety. doing backone is alone in the house, which could Meszaros also ground checks place him/her in a more vulnerable commented on on its drivsituation. Josephson’s ers; however, Uber has tried to address the recent death: people question recent concerns of safety by adding ~Photo courtesy of Sam Cohen “She did not how thorough new features to make passengers feel know what she was doing. I do not and effective these checks actually more at ease. Although these features blame Uber at that point; she did not are. Although these features have have been added, the service is still make sure she was getting into the been around for some time, passennot perfect, and incidents with drivright car.” gers still argue that their safety is not ers have still occurred. Customers of Freshman Max Moscheni and as high a priority as it should be with such services need to be attentive and junior Emily Morris each occasional- these rideshare companies. Meszaalert, and they need to take responsily use Uber. Moscheni commented, ros stated, “Uber should display the bility for making sure they are getting “I mostly feel safe when with others, driver’s history.” into the right car. but when I am by myself, I feel a bit Uber passengers can manage


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They say travel broadens the mind, and the same was true for the students and staff of LHS last month. From Mar. 17 to Mar. 21, two students from Japan, Yuuna and Aoi, were welcomed to the high school as part of the BOCES annual foreign exchange program. Hosted by the Japanese Club, the two new arrivals were introduced to all the best American culture has to offer. “The experience is amazing and truly unlike anything I’ve ever done before,” said senior Cat Applebaum, who has been a part of the program for several years now. “Showing these people who have never been to America all the incredible things we have to offer is something I wish everyone could get the chance to do. Their reactions are priceless, and the memories we make last forever,” added Applebaum. Applebaum also noted the personal strength of the Japanese students in coming to the United States: “These girls have been through horrible things, like the tsunami and the reactor meltdown in 2011. It’s inspiring to see them have the courage to present and speak



Hello from Japan! By Terence Deegan Staff

Yuuna enjoying Madam Tusseu’s in NYC ~Photos courtesy of Izzy Wiess about their hardships in a foreign language just to educate the world. I’d recommend this to everyone with all my heart. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity.”

During their time in the U.S., the exchange students stayed in the homes of their English counterparts, all the while sampling American food, further mastering the language, and attending their student hosts’ classes. Junior Isabel Weiss also hosted one of the exchange students. Describing it all, Weiss had but only positive words for the experience: “I honestly loved it. I definitely want to do it again. Yuuna (my exchange student) was extremely friendly and fun to be around. It was incredible watching her experience so many new things and places and getting to know her. I miss her a lot.” Following her return home, Yuuna commented on the impact of the trip had on her life going forward. “I learned so much during this program: most of all that nothing will happen

unless I act first. Don’t be afraid of failure because you can do anything, little things especially. For example, I try to say ‘Hi!’ But you don’t always have to speak to people -- try to pick up garbage, eat green peas . . . something like that! Something good is bound to happen. I hope to see you all again someday.” Foreign Language Teacher Noriko Koide, known by the honorary title of ‘sensei’ to her students, elaborated further on the history of the program: “We have been participating in the Student Exchange Program at NECTJ, the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese, and hosting Japanese students who lost family and friends during the Great East Earthquake on Mar. 11, 2011, to the United States. This exchange program’s goal is to foster greater cultural connections between Japanese and United States students through the power of learning about a natural disaster and its effects upon a people and its country.”

Spanish Flamenco Arts and Culture Trip By Leo Finkelstein Contributor

When March 21 rolled around, it was time for sophomore students to go on their first-ever Spanish field trip. First announced in January, the trip was highly anticipated by students excited and curious to find out what was to come. In the weeks prior to the trip, Spanish Teacher Danielle Leighley introduced students to the culture by showing videos of traditional flamenco dances and foods. Students learned that flamenco dances developed over many years from the gypsies, Moors, and many other places. This type of dance became popular in the early 19th century and served as café entertainment in southern Spain. The trip started with all attendees meeting in the cafeteria, excitement filling the room. The bus ride there took an hour; students spent their time on the bus socializing and laughing. After arriving at a townhouse in Greenwich Village, students walked upstairs into a big room with many tables set up and a stage at the far end. Students sat at the tables and began enjoying tapas, traditional Spanish starters: tortilla de patatas (egg and potato omelet) and ensalada Espanola (Spanish salad). After students were settled in, a brief video clip was shown of the history of flamenco. Next, a man and woman started dancing while another woman sang. They tapped their shoes,


and music an individual would normally enjoy in Spain. When asked on how the trip went, Leighley responded, “I was so excited to finally take my students on a cultural field trip. We all really enjoyed the food, music, and dancing. It was almost like we were in a small flamenco café in Sevilla. We hope to go on many more cultural trips in years to come.”

~Photos courtesy of Leo Finkelstein spun in circles, and showed students something most had never seen before. While all the excitement was going on, plates of traditional Spanish chicken and rice were served. Some students were delightfully surprised by the extravagant, unfamiliar spices in the rice. Continuing on with the festive activities, it was time for the students themselves to participate in the cultural dances and music. Six chosen students went on a stage to attempt the dance that was previously shown. After many tries at the dance, the professional was content with how

quickly the students all learned it. As some of the students were dancing, the majority stomped their feet and clapped along to the beat. Sophomore Ella Asch exclaimed, “I had so much fun! My favorite part was watching my peers try to dance. I would totally go again, and it was a trip to remember.” The day was quickly coming to an end and the last course was being served. The students were given flan, which is a traditional custard and caramel dessert. After dessert was served, it was unfortunately time for students to return to school. On this trip, students were able to experience the food



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Remembering Maddalena Coletta

With extreme sadness, LHS’s students, faculty, and staff mourn the loss of Maddalena Antonietta Coletta. Coletta, who went by Signora Coletta to most of her students, passed away on Feb. 19. Coletta touched the lives of thousands of students at LHS, in addition to the numerous lives of students at South Middle School whom she taught. She knew the invaluable effects that sharing the Italian language and culture brought to the students, and she connected with each and every student as if he or she AS the most important person in the world. From handing out magazine clippings showing authentic Italian cuisine to students who she knew loved Italian cooking to sharing an Italian show on HBO and discussing it with the student once she watched,Coletta formed such personal relationships with her students. One of these students is senior Dylan Clarke, who affectionately said, “Ms. Coletta put up with so much of my hijinks that other teachers would’ve yelled about. Between botched Italian sentences after six years, or my own dialect of The Sopranos Italian like ‘gabagool,’ ‘pasta fajool,’ and ‘mootz,’ she was just so patient. I’ll always remember the day I tried to say I had a cold; instead of saying ‘un raffreddore,’ I said ‘un infradito,’ which means ‘a flip-flop.’ Instead of getting mad, she just laughed it off and corrected me

By Leo Glassman and Sam Cohen Contributor and Editor-in-chief after.” Another student, senior Sal Cimato said, “Signora Coletta as a teacher will be missed in the LHS community. I will personally miss our endless hours of talking about all the Italian soccer news. Whether it was in English or Italian, she always found a way to advance my understanding of the Italian culture. Even after I moved on from Italian classes, she still made an effort to talk to me and became someone I could go talk to about anything.” Senior Sam Cohen shares, “I will always remember on parent-teacher conference night last year, Ms. Coletta told my parents I was ‘slipping’ when I finished the quarter with a 99, as opposed to 100. My parents didn’t think much of it, but to me it was a reminder that I had a teacher who cared--cared that I was pushing myself and my own abilities despite achieving an objectively high mark in the course. Ms. Coletta knew me as a student, and she gave me the kick that I needed to get back on track. She taught me about so much beyond speaking Italian: we had nuanced political discussions about current events; we learned about food and culture; and she taught me the value of pursuing Italian for the sake of the love of the culture she instilled in me, not just the grades I got on the

tests. She was a great role model, and I miss her every day.” Senior Matt Venezia shares, “Ms. Coletta always put her students first and loved us so much. When I attended her wake, her sister old me that she went on and on about how much we meant to her. She truly was a special teacher and person, and I am very saddened by her loss.” Coletta was always close with LHS faculty and staff. Other teachers in the language department and teachers and staff from ~Photos courtesy of Laurie Mitchell every department knew and Sam Cohen of how incredible of a Ms. Coletta these past three years. person Coletta was. Guidance CounShe’s taught us so much about what it selor Christina Angelillo shared, “I truly means to appreciate the Italian will never forget Maddalena and will culture, and I’m glad I was able to always carry a piece of her with me. learn from her.” The scholarship will Her memory and life will always hold doubtless serve to honor Coletta’s a special place in my heart. She was a memory by continuing her mission of beautiful person both inside and out encouraging the love of Italian culture and will be sorely missed.” in students, even in her absence. In Coletta’s daughters have created a this way, and and through the many scholarship in honor of their mother lives she has touched, Coletta’s legacy that will be given to one senior whose in Lynbrook will live on for years to life has been largely shaped by Italcome. ian culture. Senior Kyle Schneider shares, “I’m grateful for having had


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A Definitive Ranking of Netflix’s Best Worst Rom-Coms By Alyssa Burton Staff

Recently, Netflix has released several “rom-coms” that have the teenagers of the Internet swooning, including The Kissing Booth, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Sierra Burgess is a Loser. As a lifetime rom-com addict, I adore the classic movies, those that are a perfect combination of quirk, romance, and cliché. But, these new additions are perhaps 98% cringe-worthy content and about 2% authentic entertainment value. Films like Clueless, You’ve Got Mail, and Pretty Woman have defined the genre, and I for one will not stand for these cheap replacements to foreshadow the future of the rom-com. Someone needs to say it, so I will: Netflix is killing the romantic comedy. I will admit, there is something about Noah Centineo’s smirk that can entertain you for an hour and a half (I mean, I am human after all), but a great romantic comedy need also be a great film, and these Netflix originals are far from that. And, because I know that you too will probably give into the rave reviews of every teenage girl on Twitter and watch a Netflix rom-com, I’ve decided to rank which ones are the most worthy of your time (although your time would undoubtedly be spent better doing nearly anything else).

1. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser

I would like to start this by pointing out that there are a few things that this movie does exceptionally well. First off, Shannon Purser’s performance as Sierra, an intelligent teenager who is not traditionally “pretty,” is captivating and authentic, and her acting is strong enough to carry the film’s uneven story. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is the tale of Sierra, who, in order to gain the favor of an attractive boy (the ever-dreamy Noah Centineo), pretends to be her bully-turned-friend, Veronica. This movie gets a lot of things wrong, anywhere from friendship to forgiveness to consent, but at its best, it is a refreshing story of good intentions, and it does portray the important (yet somewhat cheesy) theme that “love is blind.” It is always heartwarming to hear of the heavy or unattractive girl getting the boy of her dreams, but it is just a bit too unrealistic to make this movie a good rom-com. Sure, it’s cute, and if you are going to watch a Netflix romantic comedy, it should be this one, but let’s just say, it is definitely no You’ve Got Mail.

2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

3. The Kissing Booth

This movie is the WORST EVER. The plot follows an awkward teen, Elle, as she falls in love with her best friend Lee’s ridiculously attractive older brother, Noah, when a kissing booth at a fundraiser brings them together. Set aside the fact that the heartthrob of the film is believed to be a senior in high school, while he looks like he could be both a father of three and a successful WWE wrestler. Then set aside the fact that he is characterized as a pugnacious rebel who we then find out somehow has gotten into Harvard, despite that not even his girlfriend knows he is the slightest bit intelligent. What you are left with is still comprised of every cinematic cliché imaginable, and sets perhaps the worst example for any teenage girl (as a teenage girl myself, I was genuinely offended by some of Elle’s actions). In fact, the only element to this movie that could potentially mark it as a romantic comedy is the inclusion of Molly Ringwald as a minor character. Seriously, besides that, The Kissing Booth did not leave me with a “warm and fuzzy feeling,” but rather the feeling that I just watched 100 of history’s worst romantic comedies squished into two hours. Save your time and avoid this one; it’s for the best. Better luck next time, Netflix.


At number two is definitely the most mediocre and overrated of the Netflix rom-coms. Not surprisingly, it once again stars Noah Centineo, but this time he plays Peter, the recipient of one of five love letters accidentally sent by Lara Jean (Lana Condor). The pair then embarks on a fallacious relationship in order to make their respective crushes jealous, and, in an extremely expected turn of events, they fall in love. Unlike Sierra Burgess, the plot of To All the Boys is not salvaged by an incredible lead actress performance. The scenes in this “rom-com” that are supposed to be sentimental and heartwarming seem painfully forced. Also, I don’t know who was in charge of checking the continuity and logic of this movie, but they should have been fired before production. If for some reason you do decide to watch To All the Boys, prepare to be frustrated by the immense amount of plot holes (i.e. Lara Jean and Peter share a steamy scene in a hot tub, while Lara Jean is in a nightgown, and she somehow emerges completely dry and heads straight to bed). Finally, the main character’s name being LARA JEAN just makes everything else in this movie even worse.



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Fashion Trends for Spring and Summer

As the weather is finally becoming warmer and warmer, we get to make the switch to our summer wardrobe. Exciting new styles seem to surge in popularity throughout the year, especially ones specific to the spring/summer season. First, bright and vibrant colors are going to be all the craze this spring and summer. Mimicking the flowers and the overall colorful season, these shades are perfect for this time of year. In nearly every spring/summer 2019 runaway show, bright hues of pink, blue, and green are seen. Washed out tie dye is also a great version of this trend. This pattern can be seen in many new releases of clothing, like Justin Bieber’s new line Drew House. Tie dye hoodies and t-shirts were staples of the latest release. At Milan Fashion Week, high-end brands like Dior, Stella McCartney, and Prada showcased their tie dye masterpieces as well. So remember, for this coming season, do not be afraid to wear bright colors. Everyone knows that hats are the perfect accessory, especially in the spring and summer. Straw hats are a classic addition to many summer outfits, yet they are making a comeback as statement pieces. These unconventional hats had their debut this year at Paris Fashion Week. On the Chanel runway, in its latest spring/summer show, a model can be seen wearing an unusual looking straw hat with two visors on either end. The varieties do not stop there. At the Delpozo

Ambiya Hussain Editor show, a model featured an oversized bow shape hat made of straw. Now that is making a statement. Instead of wearing a traditional straw hat, opt for a more distinctive version this summer. A more unique trend that has been gaining popularity in 2019 is utility style clothing. This popular streetwear style mimics functional, industrial, and almost army-like clothing. This trend can be seen featured on runways and in streetwear. Gigi Hadid rocked this design at the latest Fendi show, wearing tan combat pants, an industrial belt, and a shoulder bag. High-end designers like Louis Vuitton, Off-White, Balmain, Dior, and Isabel Marant featured this trend on their runaways and new collections. Off-White made the perfect utility belt bag, with two pockets along its signature caution tape strap. Fashionable cargo pants can be bought from countless brands like Zara and Topshop. This new way of dressing is surely going to be popular this summer. Lynbrook sophomore Madison Crofts shared her take on these trends, saying, “My favorite trend is vibrant colors because they look good with a tan.” Sophomore Greta Kiefer shared, “I like the utility style a lot. I have seen it gain popularity, and many people pull off the look. I look forward to buying something that fits the trend.” The beginning of this time of year is always exciting and joyful, while also being a time for new trends to

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Jazz and Pop Concert The annual Jazz and Pop Concert, an evening of music featuring the chamber orchestra, jazz band, and show choir was held on Tuesday, Mar. 26. The show was full of diverse numbers, ranging from romantic orchestral pieces, to lively jazz solos, to heart warming dances. The show opened with the chamber orchestra, under the direction of Orchestra Teacher Alyssa White. The opening number was the rhythmic “Libertango,” which featured an accordion solo by sophomore Emily Bergin, and immediately had the crowd swaying along with the music. “Downtown Funk,” featured Jack Viceconte on drum set and brought great energy to the already “popping” string orchestra. The orchestra was followed by the jazz band, which took up a sizable and equally energetic portion of the

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joyed the jazz combo. I just really liked how every single person got a chance to flaunt his/her talents.” When asked evening. Under the direction of Brian here, was the jazz as well as the pop.” what made the concert truly special, Forster continued, “All jokes aside, White, the members of jazz band show choir member Anna Fucci, a my favorite part was when the show shone as a whole but also as individjunior, shared, “The show itself was choir performed, ‘Status Quo’ from uals, showcasing improvised solos. the best part of the whole experience the movie High School Musical.” She Finally, the show ended with a perbecause we finally got to make people continued, “I also loved the saxophone happy and show everyone how hard formance by the show choir, directed solo by Nick Christian.” by Chorus Teacher Barry Weiner and we’d been working.” Senior Danny Neri, who particichoreographed by Elise Candreva, Overall, it was a wonderful evening senior. The show choir performed var- pated in all three parts of the concert, enjoyed by friends, family, staff, and ious numbers, including a dance solo, shared, “My favorite part of the show the performers themselves. The show, and songs ranging from old classics to was my performance with the jazz which was about two and a half hours combo. We always arrange and choiconic pop. long, kept the audience swaying to reograph our own version of the tune.” the music the entire time. The imSince the show featured such diverse performances, it was easy for au- He continued, “During the show, we mense talent of the performers shone dience members and performers alike just dance around on stage and have through, and the fun, diverse set of fun while we play.” Ryan Denker, a to find a number that resonated with performances left audience members senior who was an audience member him/her. Sarah Forster, an audience with a new favorite song as a souvenir that night, shared his appreciation for from the night. member, shared with a smile, “My the jazz band, stating, “ I really enfavorite part, and I have to be honest

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A vintage video appears on the screen, a black border surrounding it. A man and a young boy are seen at a photoshoot dancing, joking around, laughing, and having a good time. This was the beginning of a controversial and disturbing documentary accusing late popstar Michael Jackson of sexual abuse and manipulation of two young boys. The lightheartedness of this first scene was a contrast to the content of the film. Prior to this, a trigger warning cautions people about the heavy topics discussed in the film. HBO aired the two-part and four-hour long series, Leaving Neverland, on March 3 and 4. Leaving Neverland was produced and directed by British filmmaker Dan Reed. The documentary focused on the alleged victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Robson, 36, is now a dancer and choreographer, and Safechuck, 41, is a software developer. They both reflect on the intimate relationships and alleged abuse they experienced at the hands of Michael Jackson, which all occured when they were just children. The documentary first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The initial release left spectators shocked and slightly disturbed due to the dark nature of the topic. At the festival, Dan Reed warned the audience of the film, and mental health professionals were present for people who may be upset by watching it. One audience member, who says he was molested as a child, states Robson, Safechuck, and Reed “are going to do a lot more [explitive] good in the world than Michael [explitive] Jackson” (reported by Amy Kaufman to Entertainment News). The response to the release at Sundance was emotional and overwhelmingly supportive. The documentary begins with an old video of the superstar and his


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Pop superstar Michael Jackson poses with a young Wade Robson. ~Photo courtesy of HBO

alleged victim. Pictures flash on the screen as the men describe the positive characteristics of Michael Jackson. The introduction solemnly concludes with Robson claiming he was sexually assaulted by Jackson for seven years. The documentary continues with Robson and his mother explaining how the relationship began. Seemingly innocent, Robson talks about his original love and respect for Michael, music, and dancing. He then explains how they met. Around forty minutes into the film, Safechuck introduces the beginning of their intimate relationship, followed by Robson. Then, both delved into vivid detail of the alleged horrors faced in their childhood. The first episode of the documentary concludes with a statement by Robson’s mother. One day later, HBO released the second part of the documentary. Part two deals with the after effects of Michael Jackson’s alleged abuse. Robson’s family describes how Jackson tore the family apart, convincing them to leave Australia and move to the States. After Michael moved on, their lives were still left in shreds. The documentary then introduces

the men’s wives, Amanda and Laura. Both men recount the serious battle with depression each faced throughout his life. It is revealed that both men are now fathers. “They say time heals all wounds,” Safechuck said. “But I don’t think time heals this one. It just gets worse.” Towards the end, Robson’s mother claims she still cannot forgive herself. Safechuck’s mother says Jackson took her son’s childhood away and the man he could have been, calling Jackson a pedophile with clear anger and disgust in her voice. The documentary concludes with Safechuck stating, “I think they [my parents] thought they were doing the right thing…it’s all a big seduction. So do I blame them?” A brief pause occurs until he ends with, “I’m still working on it.” One memorable scene was when Safechuck, hands trembling, held a jewelry box. He fished through the rings, explaining stories of abuse tied to them. The scene ends with him closing the box and agonizingly saying, “I don’t like looking at the jewelry.” The emotion these two men, along with their families, displayed was

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 passionate and palpable. As the story of the abuse unfolded, my heart became heavier. You can see the victims disassociate as they recall the alleged abuse. Filled with recordings of phone calls, handwritten notes, photographs, and grainy-films, it leaves viewers with an uncomfortable and disturbing feeling. Nearly every aspect of Leaving Neverland was filled with controversy. The whole project caused lawsuits, arguments, and a social media frenzy. Jackson’s fans and family stand by him while people who question his innocence applaud the documentary. The Jackson Estate vehemently denies the allegations, deeming it a “public lynching” and labeling the men as admitted liars. The estate continued their stance by filing a lawsuit against HBO for 100 million dollars, revealed in an interview with Vox. Safechuck, Robson, and Reed, alongside their family and supporters, defend their claim. The accusers pointed out there was no financial motive in creating this film. Reed emphasized that these men were not paid to narrate the film, and recording it only took three days. Personally, I believe the credibility of the victims, due to all the recordings and evidence that was presented. Nevertheless, controversy will continue to surround this topic, especially due to Michael Jackson’s stardom. Sophomore Matthew Medrano spoke about Leaving Neverland and Michael Jackson: “I heard about the Michael Jackson scandal on the news. It was definitely something I did not suspect or see coming. I never watched the documentary, and I am conflicted about watching it. listen to his songs maybe once a week when they are on the radio. I think the documentary definitely re-evaluates his reputation, whether or not it is true.”

The Jussie Smollett Scandal

It all began after midnight on January 29 when Empire actor Jussie Smollett made a police report claiming that two white men in ski masks yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, beat him, and poured bleach on him. However, as the truth was soon uncovered, it turned out he had paid two Nigerian men to commit these acts in a convoluted scheme to accumulate pity and get a pay raise from the show. In February, investigators uncovered a video of two men walking near the crime scene and purchasing ski masks at a local corner store. Smollett was arrested and charged with felony disorderly conduct along with 16 more felony counts due to his alleged lying to police about a hate crime. On Mar. 26, prosecutors dropped all 16 charges against the actor. “While the prosecutors have not revealed why they dropped

By Faith Koobial Editor to The Guardian. Ethan Renz, the felony charges,” shared Vuljunior, comments, “100% [he did ture, “they said the decision was it.] I think it was wrong, and it was made after reviewing all of the dropped because many people, facts in light of Smollett’s forfeiture of his $10,000 bond.” The including the Chicago Police Department and superintendent and state attorney’s office released a mayor, think it was a white wash statement saying that considerof justice. It was wrong. I think I ing Smollett’s volunteer service could believe it was because of his in the community and agreement money and status.” to forfeit his bond to the City of What will happen next? AcChicago, “[The Court] believe[s] cording to Good this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this Morning America, Smollett’s lawyer case.” So, Smollett will no longer did not deny the have to go through a trial and, possibility of filing in addition, has had his record expunged. However, the dismissal a lawsuit against of the charges does not necessarily Chicago police and stated, “We’re mean Smollett is innocent of the crime. In fact, Joe Magats, first weighing our assistant state attorney, said, “We options.” “Meanbelieve [Smollett] did what he was while, a federal investigation into charged with doing,’” according

whether Smollett played a role in sending a racist and homophobic letter to himself—before the alleged attack—is ongoing,” ABC News reported. However, according to People magazine, it seems that his role as Jamal Lyon on Empire will continue as FOX Entertainment released a statement claiming that Smollett has always “maintained his innocence, and [they] are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed.”


Tuesday, May 14, 2019



College Admissions Scandal: Who’s to Blame?

Until recently, college acceptance was looked at as a mostly fair process. People could donate money to the school, but it would not always directly influence their children’s acceptance. Everyone wanted to believe that getting into his or her dream school was based on the accomplishments he/she achieved. But, after a shocking investigation uncovered a college admissions scandal, many things have been questioned about the college acceptance process as a whole. College means different things to different people. For some, it could be a time to study and work hard in order to be the first in his or her family to graduate. For others, it might be the “best four years” of their lives to party and have fun. Others look at it as a time to begin the future, get a job, and have a successful career. Recently, it was uncovered that many wealthy people and celebrities have been paying off and lying to colleges to get their children into school. Celebrities Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, Fuller House) were both charged in this investigation. This is how it worked: wealthy people would secretly pay people to take their children’s SATs or ACTs. Others paid off schools and coaches to help get their children accepted. Along with this cheating, there was lying. The parents would lie about a sport their child played because being an athlete makes it easier to be accepted. They would take fake photoshoots of their child “playing” the sport. When attending the school, the children barely went to practice and never played. The schools

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involved were prominent; universities such as Georgetown University and the University of Southern California are both being investigated. A lot of things about college acceptances have been put into question, and investigations are going on at universities across the country. With over fifty people charged and millions of dollars involved, it is hard to say who is to blame. The parents,

of these cases, so they are mainly to blame for this situation. They used their money to pay off the coaches and colleges. They also were the ones who orchestrated the cheating on the tests. It would be unfair to charge the children. They were already expelled from the school, so now they have to find a way to have a future without cheating. The remainder of the blame falls on the colleges and coaches because

~Photo courtesy of Andie Glanzer coaches, and other adults have been they lied and cheated many innocent charged, but should their children children out of spots that might have have been too? At 17 and 18 years been theirs. The parents, coaches, and old, they know that lying is wrong, universities were all in the wrong in but they still went along with it. Fifty this situation. adults were charged, thirty-three of This scandal has affected many these adults were parents. The chilpeople. The children, parents, coachdren were not right to go along with es, and schools are the obvious ones, the plan. Yet, at the end of the day, but there are many people across the the parents are “in charge” in most country affected. School Psychologist

Jordan Richman states, “People were robbed of spots.” That is the truth. Many children across the country worked extremely hard to get into school but did not get accepted because these children took those spots. Guidance Counselor Jonathan Spector also gave his view on the subject. He explained that while he expected things like this might happen on a smaller scale, he did not realize the “national impact” it would have. This scandal has affected schools and children all across the country. When asked about who is to blame, both Spector and Richman immediately responded “the parents.” Richman explains his opinion: “As a psychologist, the most valuable lesson a parent can give to his/her kids is teaching kids that they can be independent and that they have to advocate for themselves. This scandal shows that a lot of parents are doing the work for the kids and doing the exact opposite of what they should be doing.” Spector agreed, stating that “helicopter parents” have become “lawnmower parents.” Spector and Richman have both seen firsthand how hard children work to get into college. They both are upset and disappointed that so many people were involved in something that was illegal and wrong. Parents, children, teachers, and schools all across the country were shocked by the scandal. The process of college acceptance must be altered and made more equitable. The parents involved in the investigation hurt their children and others too. After this whole scandal, there is one thing everyone wants: an equal playing field to get into college.

What Should Be Done About Climate Change?

Climate change has been an onChanging one’s energy sources can By Amintta Ragavanis going issue in the world. Politicians also help. Switching to reusable energy Staff and communities have debated the levels have previously never been the hardest tasks to accomplish, but if may be hard for some, but it is worth question, “Is climate change actually over 300ppm. As well as carbon levels humans started the problem, they can the cost. Reusable energy can maintain happening?” With certainty, climate lower global temperatures. Changing rising, sea levels have risen by about also fix it. One of the easiest ways to change is happening, and if countries to energy-efficient appliances may eight inches. Islands have already be- stop global warming is by spreading do not start working together to stop it, gun to disappear because of the rising the word. Telling people about the also improve the situation. In 1987, there will be no world left. energy-efficient appliances were Global temperatures are rising introduced, and they have kept rapidly. Over the past few years, around 2.3 million tons of carbon temperatures have increased by out of the air so far. around 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit, Electric cars are another way which has caused glacier retreat, of lowering temperatures. Fossil ice sheets melting, and warming fuels are being used up by vehicles, oceans. Additionally, species are but by changing to electric cars, starting to diminish because of the fewer fossil fuels are being used. rising temperature. The warming of They are also more cost-efficient the oceans is one of the main facand environmentally friendly. If tors affecting animal populations. electric cars are not prefered, using When the seas become warmer, other means of transportation can certain species of fish will go extinct also reduce the amount of fossil because they are not adapted to fuels being consumed. By walking, live in warm temperatures. Fish are taking the bus, or bike riding, one not the only animal species being will use fewer fossil fuels than he/ affected by the warming of oceans; she would by driving a car. birds as well are starting to go There are many ways to reduce extinct. When fish populations start global temperatures, but global to decrease, species above them in warming will never be stopped the food chain also begin to be afunless large communities work fected. Birds are already starting to together to end the problem. fall in numbers because their food Countries need to put aside their source is decreasing. differences and help one another. Apreciating Earth’s Beauty: view from a spring break hike in Bad Schandau, Germany. Studies have shown that carbon Urgent action is necessary; otherwise, ~Photo Courtesy of Sam Cohen levels have also risen since the 20th the amount of inhabitable land and century. Since the 1950s, carbon levels levels. Earth is already overpopulated adverse effects rising temperatures animal and human populations will have risen from around 320 parts per decrease. When the majority of people to an extent, but when sea levels rise can have on wildlife and living space million (ppm) to 400ppm. Scientists on earth come together, only then can more, land will be stripped away and can help tremendously. When word are becoming concerned about the fewer homes will be available. spreads, it is easier to get communities humankind diminish global warming. high carbon levels since carbon dioxide Stopping global warming is one of on the same page.




Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SNL Needs to Tone Down Its Political Bias Saturday Night Live has been an outlet of comic relief for millions of Americans since 1975. Each week, over seven million viewers tune in to NBC to watch the sketches and have a good laugh. However, in recent years, the show has increasingly revealed its political bias, particularly in the opening sketch or cold open. This is shown through the portrayal of certain political figures, and it is discernibly clear that SNL favors a left leaning point of view, much like most mainstream media. Despite your political opinion, whether you happen to agree with SNL’s views or not, it is indisputably annoying when your Saturday night comic show becomes just another political conversation. All week, we must endure the unpleasant topic of today’s government; why should our nighttime television be tainted by it as well? In addition to a politically saturated cold open, Saturday Night Live is notorious for its hilarious, although often politicized, “Weekly Update.”

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This sketch is a mock news show, often satirical and “fluff” news. However, the subject of politics is often, if not always, addressed. Most weeks, it is used to bash Trump, his administration, or simply any Republican politician. One of SNL’s youngest and most controversial cast members, Pete Davidson, came under fire in November 2018 for his insensitive comments during one particular “Weekend Update” called “Pete Davidson’s First Impressions of Midterm Candidates.” During the skit, Davidson insulted Republican Congressional Candidate Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost his eye while fighting the war in Afghanistan. Davidson’s cruel joke made bold headlines the following morning. The two have since made amends; although, many former fans of Davidson were disturbed by his insensitive comments.

Similar skits during “Weekend Update” where Davidson insulted Republicans include “Pete Davidson’s First Impressions of Trump’s Cabinet Picks” and “Pete Davidson’s First Impressions of Members of the Trump Administration.” While some find these skits amusing and indulgent, many have responded negatively to the strong anti-Republican rhetoric. According to an informal survey of students and faculty at LHS, 30% of Saturday Night Live viewers feel that the political jokes on the show are funny; although, there is a definitive bias toward the liberal point of view. Of those surveyed, 70% feel that the political jokes are annoying, do not belong on the show, and are clearly extremely partial. All those surveyed agreed that the show does not attempt to

hide its prejudice, commonly tormenting President Trump. While occasional political jokes are funny and harmless, Saturday Night Live has recently taken it to the point of overkill. Frankly, I do not care if this governor or that senator recently made a controversial comment. It is my Saturday night, and I just want to laugh, not be put to sleep by a clearly biased political skit.

Cell Phones, Hoods, Headphones, Oh My!

Principal Joseph Rainis, along with his colleagues, have recently decided to enforce stricter rules when it comes to students having their phones, headphones, and hoods on during school. At LHS, students can never wear headphones, hats, or hoods, and they can only use their phones when they are in the cafeteria. This rule has caused much controversy throughout the student body because while most students are not complaining about the hoods and headphones section of this policy, many students want to have their phones out during the school day. However, the teachers and administration have their many reasons for enforcing this rule, which is necessary to implement in a school building. In defense of the policy, Rainis explained that it has “always been in effect,” and this new rule is actually less strict than the previous policy. The previous rule was that students were never allowed to have their phones out in the school building. Now, students can have their phones out in the cafeteria because administrators are aware that students may want to connect with the outside world during the school day. Rainis explains that he wanted to enforce this stricter policy because he “was in the hallway asking people to take hoods down, phones away, constantly.” He was also aware that as soon as he walked away, students would go back on their phones, put their hoods on, and put their headphones in. The policy concerning hoods and headphones go hand in hand with the phone policy. He knew that students used wireless headphones, which were connected to their phones, and that they were hiding these headphones under their hoods. These rules were all enforced because in the end, Rainis believes that the “world’s problems can’t be solved on Snapchat.” and that students do not need to have their phones out in class and during the school day. He is not wrong at all, and there is a lot of evidence that backs up this enforced policy. There are multiples studies that show that people, especially teenag-

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selves or their fellow peers. LHS is doing the right thing by implementing this stricter policy because school is a ers, should cut down the amount of that students having access to phones place where students should come and time they spend on their phones and in the classroom will negatively affect learn, without being distracted. social media, so this rule benefits the their learning experience. There are Many students and teachers have student. One study published in the many other problems that arise when voiced their opinions about this new Journal of Educational Psychology phones are present in the classroom. rule. Of course, most students are revealed that students do in fact get These include cyberbullying, inappro- upset by this new enforced policy better grades when they are not expriate distractions, additional exporule, while most teachers agree with posed to cell phones in the classroom. sure to the harmful effects that can be new policy. Freshman Drue MarchetTo collect the data, the researchers caused by digital devices, and phones ta opposes this enforced policy, and took 118 students and separated them in the classroom can also cause there when asked why, she explains, “Stuinto two different classrooms. In one to be a disconnect between students dents should be able to go on their classroom, the students could have and teachers. phones in school because in case of an their phones, and in the other, the Along with these problems caused emergency, students should be able students could not have access to by cell phones alone, the same probto get in contact with their parents.” their phones. The study concluded lems are caused by hoods and headThis is a valid point, and students can that the students in the room with cell phones in the classroom. When a now go to the cafeteria to contact their phones got lower grades on end-ofstudent has headphones in his/her parents if necessary. Also, there are term exams, and that “the intrusion ears in the classroom, he/she has always exceptions to rules, and in an of Internet-enabled electronic detrouble focusing on the teacher beemergency situation, this policy would not be enforced. There are also many teachers and a handful of students who support this new policy. Freshman Rachel Edelstein states, “Students can get easily distracted by their cell phones in class, but they should be allowed to use their phones outside of the classroom.” This is exactly what this enforced policy allows students to do. Most teachers agree with this policy and have begun to enforce it. When Social Studies Teacher Olga Zisel was discussing this policy, she stated, “It is a board of education policy, and it has always been this strict; it is just enforcing something that has already been emplaced.” This policy should continue to be enforced for many years to come. Phones, hoods, and headphones are not necessary for a beneficial learning experience. Students go to school to learn, and these devices distract from this learning experience. Rainis and the rest of the LHS staff loosened the rules by allowing students to have ~Photo courtesy of Andie Glanzer their phones in the cafeteria in order vices (laptop, tablet, and cell phone) cause he/she simply cannot hear what to satisfy the needs of all students, has transformed the modern college the teacher is saying. In the hallway, and it is justified for them to enforce lecture into a divided attention task.” one may argue that students should be this policy throughout the rest of the This means that the students exposed able to have headphones in, if he/she school building. This is a necessary to phones had trouble focusing and wants to. However, students should rule and should be kept in place like it remembering the information that be alert in case of emergencies and was always meant to be. they learned. This study helps to prove to make sure they do not hurt them-


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The first round of the NBA Playoffs concluded on Saturday, Apr. 27 with the Nuggets outlasting the Spurs 90-86 to win game seven. That series was the only one out of all eight in the first round that reached seven games. Nuggets’ center Nikola Jokic was the star of the series, averaging 23.1 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 9.1 assists. The Golden State Warriors were able to take down the Clippers in six games with the help of Kevin Durant’s 51-point performance to end the series. The Clippers, however, exceeded most expectations, winning two games--including an outstanding 31-point comeback win in game two--from the defending champs. The Houston Rockets looked as good as they have all season in a fivegame series win over the Houston Jazz. MVP candidate James Harden averaged almost 28 points while dishing out a little more than 8 assists. The Rockets’ defense was perhaps most impressive as the Rockets held the Jazz to just 98 points per game. The Portland Trail Blazers took down the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games, the series ending on a Damian Lillard game-winning shot from 37 feet out. The Blazers looked dominant the whole series, as Lillard averaged 33 points per game over the five games. The Eastern Conference first round was much less competitive than its Western counterpart. The most lopsided of all the series was the Milwaukee Bucks’ sweep of the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons were missing star forward Blake Griffin for the first two games and had him playing limited minutes


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in the other two games. The Bucks completely outmatched the Pistons, winning every game by double digits. The Boston Celtics were able to sweep the Indiana Pacers, playing without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who suffered a season-ending torn quad injury during the regular season; The Pacers competed well but could not close out games in the fourth quarter. The Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets played perhaps the most spirited series of the first round, with much conflict coming both on and off the court. The Nets shocked many by winning game one in the City of Brotherly Love, but they could not maintain that momentum throughout the rest of the series. They dropped the next four games, as the young Nets’ core was overwhlemed by the Sixers’ bevy of offensive talent; The Sixers averaged 127.5 points per game in their four victories. The Toronto Raptors handled the Orlando Magic in five games behind

the dynamic duo of Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard, with the pair combining for nearly 50 points per game during the series. The second round in the East features the Boston Celtics vs. the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers vs. the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors-76ers series began with the Raptors handling the Sixers with relative ease, in part due to Kawhi Leonard and his 45 points. The Raptors mix of strong defense and dependable scorers will be hard to deal with for the 76ers. The Sixers have many offensive weapons, but players like Siakam, Leonard, and Marc Gasol can cause fits to any offense with their aggressive play. The Raptors getting good performances out of guard Kyle Lowry is key, as his career has been marked by playoff inefficiency. LHS sophomore Josh Santoro thinks that the Raptors can advance all the way to the Finals: “The Raptors are one of the hottest teams in the league and should use that momentum to get to the finals.”


The series between the Bucks and Celtics started off with a dominant 22-point victory for the Celtics. The Celtics pure talent has been on display this playoff as they are yet to lose a game. The Bucks need MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo to play better than his 7/21 shooting performance in game one. If the Bucks play as precise and disciplined as they have all year they should get back into the series. Out West, the second round features the Golden State Warriors vs the Houston Rockets, and the Denver Nuggets against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Warriors-Rockets series started in thrilling fashion with the Warriors picking up a close win. The Warriors still have tons of firepower without Demarcus Cousins, whom they lost to injury. The Rockets need James Harden to be efficient and Chris Paul to be at the top of his game. Junior Jake Mcdonald thinks the Warriors have a good shot to once again come out on top of the West: “The Warriors will make the finals once again because they have the perfect mix of talent and experience.” The Nuggets and Trail Blazers series pits perhaps the hottest player in the NBA, Damian Lillard, against one of the best young cores in the game with the Nuggets. The Nuggets’ lack of experience could hurt them: the Blazers looked unstoppable while the Nuggets took seven games to take down the seventh seed. For the Nuggets to have a shot, they need their young stars like Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic to show up in a big way. The second round of the playoffs as well as those that follow should be full of great games and long series.

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March Madness Round by Round As March Madness is now in the rearview window, college basketball fans can look back on what was another incredible season filled with major upsets, amazing game-winners, and, of course, some Cinderella stories. Starting on Mar. 21, 64 of college basketball’s best competed to win the coveted NCAA men’s basketball championship. With last year’s champion Villanova, ranked noticeably low, the field was wide open. Let’s take a round-by-round analysis of the most exciting tournament in sports. Round of 64: The tournament kicked off with an upset, as 10-seed Minnesota hung on late to take down 7-seed Louisville. Other notable upsets on the day included 12-seed Murray State, 9-seed UCF, 12-seed Liberty, 10-seed Florida, 12-seed Oregon, 10-seed Iowa, and 13-seed UC Irvine all knocking off higher-seeded teams. Dominant performances came from the likes of UCF 7’6 center Tacko Fall, who managed 13 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 blocks against VCU. Duke phenom (and likely first overall selection in this June’s NBA draft) Zion Williamson had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Murray State superstar Ja Morant registering a triple-double (17 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds). Both had major contributions to their team’s early successes. Round of 32: After two days chock-full of upsets, the madness cooled down for a bit.

By Josh Santoro Contributor

be taken down. Edwards was named the South Region’s Most Outstanding Player, marking the first time such an honor went to a player who failed to reach the Final Four since Steph Curry did so in 2008. Auburn’s hot streak continued when the Tigers took down 2-seed Kentucky, 77-71, to advance to the school’s first ever Final Four. In the first game of championship weekend, Virginia kept up its last-minute heroics in a controversial game against Auburn. Down by 2 with less than 10 seconds left, Virginia had one last chance to tie or win the game. After a foul stopped Virginia from running the floor, star player Kyle The only lower-ranked seed to win its favorites, in overtime. But the biggest Guy received the inbound pass in the game was 5-seed Auburn, who upupset of the night was 3-seed Texas corner and shot a 3-pointer, which he started 4-seed Kansas, which wasn’t Tech’s stifling defense only allowing was fouled on. Many fans disagreed exactly a bracket-buster. Still, there 2-seed Michigan, last year’s national with the call, as there was minimal were many games that came down to runner-up, to 44 points in a blowout contact on the play. Auburn players the final buzzer. UCF almost pulled off win. The Red Raiders, coached by were helpless as Guy swished all 3 free the biggest upset of the tournament former Division II shot-caller Chris throws, crushing Auburn’s title hopes Duke, the tournament’s top overall Beard, used its tenacious defense and and sending the Cavaliers to the title seed, but a potential game-winning aggressive press to put together the game. Texas Tech’s defense once again layup rolled off the rim in the dying most unexpected run of the tournaprevailed as it held off the Spartans, seconds. 3-seed LSU took down 6-seed ment, making it all the way to the 61-51. The stage was now set for the Maryland 69-67 on a layup with 1.6 national title game. En route, the team final game: Texas Tech and Virginia. seconds left in overtime. As expected, beat betting favorites Gonzaga and To little surprise, the game went some players put up huge stat-lines: 2-seed Michigan State, who knocked down to the wire, in true March Madmost notably, forward Brandon Clarke off Duke during the Elite Eight. On par ness fashion. Clinging to a three-point of 1-seed Gonzaga put up 36 points with Texas Tech’s run, Auburn domilead in the game’s final minute, Tech and 8 rebounds while hitting 15 of his nated 1-seed North Carolina, cruising did everything it could to keep Virgin18 shots. to an easy 97-80 victory. The most ia from tying the game, but Cavaliers dominant individual performance of guard De’Andre Hunter hit the biggest Sweet Sixteen through Title the tournament belongs to Purdue shot of his career, forcing the game Game: guard Carsen Edwards, who broke the into overtime. As the extra period proThe final 16 started off with Gonza- record for most three-pointers in a gressed, Virginia slowly pulled away, ga predictably beating 4-seed Florida single tournament (28). Despite putavenging its first round exit last year State. Shortly after, 3-seed Purdue up- ting up 42 points against Virginia, the in the best way possible: cutting down set 2-seed Tennessee, one of the title Cavaliers were simply too talented to the nets in celebration.

Eddie Bouhall (‘15) Drafted into MLL Eddie Bouhall is the latest Lynbrook lacrosse alumni to be drafted for a professional team. Bouhall, who graduated in 2015, was a star player for the varsity lacrosse team all four of his high school years. On Mar. 9 2019, Bouhall was selected with the 49th overall pick by the Atlanta Blaze. After being selected for the varsity team his freshman year, Bouhall made an instant impact on the defense, utilizing his quickness and strength to overwhelm defenders, a mantra repeated by Head Coach and Economics Teacher Bill Leighley. “[Eddie] will forever be one of the best on-ball we [have] ever had at Lynbrook, and his ability to pick up ground balls and generate transition [offense] for us was key to our success all four years he was on varsity,” said Leighley. As a senior, Bouhall was named an All-American and was awarded the James C. Metzger Leadership Award, a prestigious award given to only six players throughout Nassau County who best embody and exemplify all the best qualities of a great team leader. With Bouhall anchoring the defense, Lynbrook won the Class B Long Island Championship in 2014, Bouhall’s junior year. It was the first LI title for the Owls since the team won back-to-back state titles in 1999 and 2000. After graduating in the class of 2015, Bouhall attended Lehigh University, where he currently leads one of the best teams in the Patriot League, one of

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on just how much his time as an Owl has impacted, and how he still feels that affect every day. “When talking about my individual growth as a human being and an athlete, I can proudly thank the Lynbrook culture, all my previous coaches, and all of my teammates… All of these variables have given me important knowledge… which has allowed me to become a better person. Lynbrook’s team culture is important because it has shown me what values I need to portray in life and on the field. The connections I make with teammates is why I continue to play lacrosse.” When asked about his former player, Leighley thought of one story that best summarizes who Eddie Bouhall truly is: “I could talk all day about Eddie Bouhall the lacrosse player. But the thing that sticks out most in my mind about Eddie is how much it meant to him to have his brother, Mikey, who was a freshman at the time, brought up to varsity ~Photo Courtesy of Eddie Bouhall for the end of Eddie’s senior year. It showed how important team bond the toughest conferences in the nation. positive environment to help athletes More so than anything else, Bouhall improve their skills. These experiences was and how badly Eddie wanted to credits his time around the Lynbrook allowed me to gain a strong set of [at- share that with his brother. Winning lacrosse brotherhood as the source tributes] that I can now use to further and success [are] great, but there is so much more that can be taken from of his growth and ability as both an myself in lacrosse and in life,” said athlete and a leader, on and off of the Bouhall. “I am grateful for my experi- our experiences of being together as a lacrosse team in Lynbrook, and I will field. “There is a strong correlation ences at Lynbrook; they have shaped always be grateful to Eddie for rebetween my experiences at Lynbrook me into the person I am today, and minding me of that.” and my lacrosse career. The commuthey have allowed me to further my nity of Lynbrook does an excellent job lacrosse career,” added Bouhall. of connecting the youth and creating a Bouhall placed a special emphasis




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Tiger Woods Wins Masters

the following year and eventually led to the catastrophic downfall of one of golf’s most prolific athletes to ever play the game. Woods confessed his guilt of cheating on his wife, which led to major companies dropping sponsorships with him. Injuries to his neck, MCL, Achilles, and back called a need for ~Illustration by Amelia Pollicino multiple surgeries, which would hinder The year is 2008, and Tiger Woods Woods’ on-course performance. By is on top of the golf world. Through a 2017, Woods saw himself outside of torn ACL, Woods won the U.S. Open the top 1,000 ranked golfers. It apChampionship, his 14th major title, peared that Woods’ reputation, on and which led to his placement at #1 in the off the course, was ruined. World Golf Rankings, including over After striving for a comeback all $90 million in on-course earnings. throughout 2018, the stage was set Some off-the-course issues ensued for a triumphant return to glory at

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the 2019 Masters. Woods sat just two shots back of the lead held by Francesco Molinari heading into the final round. Molinari, leader through the opening rounds and defending Open champion, had gone the entirety of the match without going under par, until firing a tee shot on the twelfth hole into a water hazard. Molinari would double-bogey that hole; Woods parred. This led the two golfers to be tied for the lead heading into the back stretch of the course. With the crowd on his side, Woods gained momentum and found his rhythm, knocking in three birdies through the next five holes, giving him a comfortable two shot lead over the rest of the competition, with players like Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson looking to storm back. His fate laid on the 18th hole. Woods hit two solid fairway shots before chipping onto the green. A two-putt was all Woods needed to seal his victory. The fans were heard cheering after every marching step Woods took. He lined up his put, but the shot barely missed to the right of the hole. Nevertheless, Woods still had

an easy tap-in to seal his fifth green jacket. As the ball hit the bottom of the hole, the crowd erupted into a raucous cheer as Woods pumped two fists in the air in celebration. Considering that he saw his own career as “washed” just two years prior, the 43-year-old was overtaken by his emotions as he hugged his children in victorious delight. Woods’ fifth victory at Augusta National ties him for second all-time in Masters’ wins with the legendary Arnold Palmer, leaving him one behind Jack Nicklaus for most all-time. This victory also gave Woods his 15th major championship, trailing only Nicklaus’ 18.. After it seemed as if Woods was going to easily cruise past these records set by Nicklaus, Woods is still poised to rewrite the record books, despite his major career setbacks. Woods’ comeback story is one of the greatest in the history of sports, and the world will be watching as he continues to make his mark on golf.

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Owls Baseball Seeks Postseason Success The varsity baseball team heads into this season trying to improve after failing to qualify for the playoffs last spring. Standing in its way is a daunting conference full of some of the best teams in the county--and possibly the island. The Owls lost some key pieces from last year’s squad but retain a good part of the rotation and lineup. The team looks young on paper, but as Coach Al Marrazzo puts it, “We are virtually a young team starting many juniors, but many of those juniors received a lot of playing time last year, so they are battle-tested in a way. But, are they ready to face the competition they

done everything a captain should thus far. Other seniors such as Andrew Abrams, Jason Holquist, and Kyle Schneider have also been instrumental in leading a young team, so we rely on them very much,” said Marazzo. Those seniors’ leadership on the field and off is one thing that can immensely help the Owls succeed. Kelly, the team’s captain, leads with a mix of fun and accountability: “I try and stay loose and make sure everyone’s having fun, but I also make sure everyone’s focused and ready to work. I think the key to success is not to get in our own

The infielders and coach meet on the mound with junior pitcher Nick Focarazzo and junior catcher Dylan Burfield.

are about to face? I guess we will see. They have been working hard, and I am impressed with the effort they have been putting out.” This year’s group of juniors includes players like Anthony Ulrich, Nick Focarazzo, Danny Dalrymple, and Phil Piro who all played significant roles on the varsity team last year. However, the Owls’ leadership comes from its senior class. “So far, senior leadership has been excellent. Colin Kelly has been named team captain because of his hard work and effort. He is the guy who we look to to get things going for us. He is our mental leader, spiritual leader, and has

play and keep the defense on their feet.” The key bats for the Owls include Dalrymple, Anthony Ulrich, Dylan ference, we are going to have to limit Burfield, Jordan Caceres, Colin Kelly, runs,” adds Dalrymple. Marrazzo is and Kyle Schneider. Early in the seabullish on the team’s rotation: “I think son, juniors Ulrich and Burfield have a strength of ours will be our pitching. impressed with the bat, the former We have some juniors who can really hitting a three-run homerun against throw it. Piro and Dalrymple will Valley Stream South, and the latter headline the rotation. Holquist and with multiple multi-hit games during the young season. Although the competition will only get steeper for the Owls, the team has shown a lot of promise early on. Throughout the season, Coach Marrazzo expects to rely on his pitching and especially his coaching staff: “A strength of ours will be our Senior first baseman Kyle Schneider lays down a bunt. coaching ~Photos by Danny Neri staff. I other seniors also threw the ball very think we have one of the best coaching well in pre-season.” Some early season staffs in Nassau County.” As far as expitching highlights include Piro’s pectations, Marrazzo has one: “I think 11 strikeout complete game shutout the one expectation that I have for this against Floral Park, Abrams’ 6 innings year’s squad is to go out and compete of one run ball in a win against Hewl- every day to leave it all on the field. I ett, and Dalrymple’s 5 innings pitched think if we compete as hard as we can, with one run allowed in a victory over we will be able to keep up with some of Valley Stream South. these good teams and steal some wins. When the Owls are on offense, they That’s the only thing I expect them to will have to keep the opposing defense do is go out and work hard and comactive according to Dalrymple: “For pete every day. If we do, good things our lineup to consistently produce will happen for us.” runs, we will have to put the ball in

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heads too much. If we just play our game and play smart, we can go far this year.” For the Owls to succeed in their conference, they will have to pitch, which is seen as the team’s biggest strength. The rotation is especially talented this year, compromised of seniors Jason Holquist and Andrew Abrams as well as juniors Phil Piro and Danny Dalrymple. It is imperative for the Owls’ starting rotation to get deep into games and not allow innings to get away from them. “Pitching is essential to our success,” says Dalrymple. “For us to compete in our con-



~Photo courtesy of Jess Graelpel, Edit by Josh Polansky

By Dylan Burfield Assoc. Editor Throughout her time on the varsity softball team, Jess Graepel has thrived. Her leadership ability during her time at LHS has helped to further a young softball team. Her ability on the field is also unmatched, earning her the opportunity to play softball at SUNY New Paltz for the next four years. Graepel has been a staple of success for the Owls throughout her high school career, playing four years on varsity, each better than the last. Graepel has developed a very impressive resume in her time, including a homerun this season against Great Neck South, and an exceptional season last year that included a homerun against Wheatley and a 4-5 game against Garden City that included 3 RBIs. Graepel shares the way softball has impacted her over her years at Lynbrook: “Lynbrook Softball has made a big impact on my life. It has taught me the value of communication and working as a team on the field, as well as teaching me how to form bonds.” Beyond her athletic talent, Graepel’s leadership skills were another reason she made such a huge impact on the team. These leadership skills earned her the honor of being named captain of the team. “I try to lead by example,” commented Graepel. “As a

captain, you have to focus on getting a drill done while trying to make it as interesting as possible. There is nothing better than seeing a lightbulb go off in someone’s mind when you are explaining something,” added Graepel. Junior teammate Lia Cohen discusses the impact Graepel has on the team and its younger players in particular, saying, “Our team is mostly younger than Jess, and I genuinely feel like everyone really looks to her as a great role model overall.” She also added, “Jess impacts the team by being a true leader who tries her hardest for the team and who everyone loves.” Although Graepel’s time with the Owls is coming to an end, she is moving on to bigger and better things at New Paltz, but she will not soon forget her fond times at Lynbrook. “One thing that I will miss the most from softball at Lynbrook are the people who I have met along the way. I played for many travel teams, but there is nothing better than playing a sport with the people you have grown up with,” commented Graepel. “When you have dedicated four years of your life to one team, it is very hard to let it go.” One thing is for sure, Graepel’s impact on and off the field will be remembered by everyone around Lynbrook Softball for years to come.

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By Harrison Simon Managing Editor With spring sports well underway, senior athletes are entering the home stretch of their high school sporting careers. With that in mind, Sean Barrett’s impact on the varsity lacrosse team has certainly been felt thus far. After being brought up to the varsity team for the postseason as a freshman, Barrett has continued to grow and thrive as a player. Barrett was inserted into a major role right away as a sophomore and has been one of the Owls’ cornerstone players ever since. After registering 14 goals and six assists last year, Barrett is tearing up opposing defenses this season, already nearly matching his scoring totals last year, as he currently has 13 goals and 15 points overall through ten games. In the eyes of Head Coach and Economics Teacher Bill Leighley, Barrett is simply being rewarded for his tireless effort and dedication to the game. “Sean is one of those special players that can be described as a ‘gym rat’ … [he is] someone with a special internal fire that pushes [him] constantly to improve [his] game. He has an inner drive that is rare these days in high school athletes because they are so often pulled in many directions. Sean rarely missed a box lacrosse session at 6:00 am this past winter while he was contributing in a huge way to the success of the [Nassau County Class A runners-up] basketball team.” Like-

wise, Barrett’s teammates gave him high praise for his commitment to the betterment of the team. “Sean always gives 100 percent, no matter what the score is,” commented senior midfielder and faceoff specialist Jake DiBenedetto. “Sean has definitely made me a better player by pushing me to go harder [during practice],” said DiBenedetto. “Sean inspires others to follow him,” said senior goalie Kevin Loonie. “He clears the ball well, creates space, gets ground balls, and, as a result, puts the ball in the cage. He also has helped me to remain calm on clears… I know I will have him coming down for the ball,” added Loonie. As much as he enjoys the game and coming to practice daily, Barrett cherishes the community and culture surrounding Lynbrook lacrosse and the significant impact it has had on him. “My biggest takeaway from Lynbrook lacrosse is coming to work [each and every] day with a positive attitude after being put down or losing. My teammates and the community play a huge role in my experience because the lacrosse team means a lot to this town and my teammates and I get to represent that” said Barrett. Barrett will be playing lacrosse next year at SUNY Cortland, where he will seek to utilize his experiences as a member of the Lynbrook lacrosse family in order to thrive at the next level.

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May 2019 Issue  

Profile for lynbrook6