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The Blue and Gold

Malden High School Volume 97 Edition 2

Our 97th Year November 2011

Malden Struggles Against Everett

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Senior captain Witche Valence-Exilhomme kicking off the ball against Cambridge. Photo by PJ Montezuma


s the leaves change colors, and the air becomes cooler, students can tell it is time for football season. After starting off with a rocky start going 0-2, Malden High School football team has fought back from a deficit and now stands with a record of 5-4, winning five of their

last seven games, after recently suffering a tough loss against Everett High School on Nov. 12, 2011. There is one big game left in the season against long-time rivals, Medford High School on Thanksgiving Day. The varsity team is led by senior captains Witchie Valence-Exilhomme, Jamie McInerney, Garvin Cius, and Austin Teal. The captains were chosen by the players and coach-

ing staff due to their ability to lead the team. The captains show great commitment during the off season conditioning and are well respected because of their moral character. Senior players who stand out with potential to make it far in football are seniors running back O’Shane McCreath, outside linebacker Dimas Bardelas, right guard continued on page 20

Gary Christenson Wins Election

The Field Hockey team barely misses the state tournament. See Page 26

In This Issue: Gaddafi’s death page 6 MMSI PAGE 10 Malden elections pages 12-13 Unified Sports Page 15


n the cloudy and murky Election Day of Nov. 8, 2011, many citizens of Malden went to vote for their future mayor that would best manage their city for the next four years. According to the number of votes by the City Clerk’s office, Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson won with a 6147 to 2907 victory over Councilor-at-Large Deborah Fallon. With a friendly disposition, Fallon had called Christenson when the results were announced and congratulated him. Throughout his campaign, Christenson’s only focus was “delivering [his] message and talking to many residents as possible.” For Christenson, it has always been his dream to be a mayor of continued on page 12

urinetown play page 17 Glee Season 3 Review Page 19 Cheerleading Page 21 Boys Soccer Page 24

Images of Gary Christenson at the post electoral poll counting party. Photos by Lauren Benoit

Volleyball Page 28



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Breaking Addiction Malden High School

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EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Print: Dan Holmqvist Print: Cristina Peters Online: Omar Khoshafa MANAGING EDITORS Paige Yurek Brittany McFeeley HEAD COPY EDITOR Joel Stevenson HEAD LOCAL NEWS WRITER Print: Lauren Benoit Online: Catherine Poirier HEAD WORLD NEWS WRITER Megan Kelly HEAD ENTERTAINMENT WRITER Rebecca Broomstein HEAD SPORTS WRITER Print: Sharon Lee Online: Joshua Kummins HEAD OF BUSINESS Lesley Ta HEADS OF PHOTOGRAPHY Kayla Bramante Natalie Fallano HEAD OF SURVEYS Johanna Lai


hen people think about coffee, the first thing that comes to mind is not exactly the old African legend of Kaldi, the goat shepherd who was believed to have discovered the coffee plant growing in bushes growing nearby, decided to taste the beans, and voilà, the magical coffee plant was discovered. What they do picture, thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts, is their delicious coffee, contained inside the famous white Styrofoam cup. Each day, thousands of customers enter Dunkin’ Donuts and order their coffee whichever way they believe is best. Ordering drinks may go something like, “Can I have a large, half Caramel Mocha and Gingerbread Swirl with extra skim milk, double espresso shot, three Splenda, and one Sweet N’ Low, please?” When hearing orders like these, I cannot help but notice a parallelism between such complicated coffee lingo and problematic issue of how to handle society’s addiction to it. Coffee is deeply incorporated into the world economy, as it is second only to oil on the world market. Businesses such as Dunkin’ Donuts, found in over 30 countries, have over 10,000 stores worldwide. Serving over three million customers per day, with 6,700 stores within the United States alone, it is clear that America truly does “run on Dunkin.’” Many people do not realize that coffee plays such a huge role in global trade, however, I feel that it is something that needs to be brought to everyone’s attention, as the coffee-crazed portion of our society is one that is becoming more and more apparent, considering that I have yet to go a single day without seeing someone have a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in their hands. As of 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts has been selling 2.7 million cups of coffee every day, which is close to 1 billion cups a year. With coffee sales on the rise, these numbers are increasing rapidly as the demand for coffee is higher than ever before. According to recent statistics from the Na-

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tional Coffee Drinking Trends Study, 49 percent of the American adult population (age 18+) drinks some type of coffee beverage on a daily basis, averaging about 3.4 cups per day, with 84 percent of those individuals consuming the coffee in the morning. Although the majority of scientific studies conducted have shown that coffee has many health benefits, what many people are not aware of is its hidden dangers, as it can do much more harm than good. No matter where I may be, I can not help but notice just how many people rely on coffee to get through their day. The overwhelming amount of students I see, even at the Tornado Café in Malden High School alone, that are drinking coffee is something that is truly shocking. Telling friends and teachers how harmful coffee is and receiving countless eye-rolls or nonchalant comments such as how they rarely have coffee only causes me to think about how their routine of having one cup of coffee a day will soon escalate to two or even three in a matter of time. What most coffee drinkers do not realize about their morning cups of coffee is just how much their body is affected by it, going through a day filled with physical and emotional highs and lows, only to end out at the point of collapsing at the end of the day. Just a little while after their first cup, when the artificial high dies down, many people tend to reach for more coffee, leading to daily fluctuations in energy and attentiveness, and ultimately, exhaustion. The secret ingredient, caffeine, is a type of drug, after all. Everyday Americans lead extremely busy lives, but let us not use this as an excuse to have coffee as a ritual. Although the taste may be mouth-watering and the cravings may be near irresistible, the damage it does to your body in the end is something to consider. So before you decide to drink that cup of coffee, just think about how you’ll feel when that caffeine adrenaline high wears off. Will it be the worth the damage you are doing to your body?

Cristina Peters Editor-in-Chief

Editorial Policy The Blue and Gold is an open forum for student expression. It is produced by students for the school and the community. The views presented in this paper are not necessarily those of the advisor or the school administration. The views presented in the editorials are those of the editors-in-chief or guests. The goal of The Blue and Gold is to inform and entertain students as well as the community regarding issues that we feel are important. We strongly encourage readers to respond to material printed in the form of signed letters to the editors. No libelous, malicious, defamatory, obscene, or unsigned material will be printed. The Blue and Gold reserves the right to edit the letters. Names may be withheld upon request. Not all letters will be printed. Although The Blue and Gold appreciates the support of advertisers, we may refuse any advertisement that violates the above policy or that promotes products questionable to student use. Any correspondence concerning this publication should be directed to Mr. Ryan Gallagher’s room in J387 or to his mailbox in the main office.

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Corrections: Page 8- Ms.Yuen’s name was spelled wrong. Page 13-Analyzing The MHS school ranking was continued from page 4 not page 3. Page 18-In the cheerleading article, Chardeza’s last name is Coleman, not Cloeman. Page 19-In the boys cross country article, Jonathan’s last name is Gipson, not Gibson. Page 22-Field hockey Erika Hansen’s name is spelled wrong, correct spelling is Erika, not Erica. page 23-Crew captain Carlos Flores is from Somerville High School, not from Malden High School. Page 23-In the golf article, Matteo Pocobene is a senior not an alumni.

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Carole Remick:

Opening the Doors to Journalism

Carole C. Remick

December 26, 1938 - October 18, 2011 Members of the 2011 New England High School Journalism Collaborative at Regis College. Photo courtesy of former Blue and Gold staff member Lynn Tran

Carole Remick was an English professor, an inspiring leader, and a role model to many aspiring journalists. She was the benefactor of the New England High School Journalism Collaborative, a week long summer program at Regis College that teaches students the basics of the journalism free of charge. Six staff members of The Blue and Gold were able to attend the program this past summer. I have only had the pleasure of knowing Carole Remick for less than a year, but from the moments I spent with her, I could tell she was a caring, compassionate, and dedicated woman. She has given me, and countless other young students a window into the world of journalism and an opportunity to succeed in the future. Thank you Carole! -Dan Holmqvist, Editor-in-Chief Carole Remick was an unbelievable woman that put others before herself. She was the benefactor of a journalism program (NEHSJC) that I attended for two years, and unfortunately she passed away. With her humor and dedication, she was a wonderful character full of energy and ambition. She gave us, “her children,” opportunities and life lessons that we will forever remember. -Omar Khoshafa, Online Editor-in-Chief I have never know anyone to have a heart bigger than Carole Remick, as she gave so much to make the NEHSJC possible. I cannot thank Ms. Remick enough for everything that she has done, and for most of all, giving each and every one of us so much love and support. -Cristina Peters, Editor-in-Chief My time at Regis this past summer was one that I will never forget. I had a great time experiencing what it is like to be a journalist, discovered new things, and built friendships that I know will last a lifetime. All this would not have been possible without the sweetest person I have ever met, Carole Remick, the program founder and director. The day I met her I could see the high hopes she had for all of us. Ms. Remick will be truly missed, and always appreciated. -Paige Yurek, Managing Editor It’s hard to believe one of the strongest and most inspirational women I have met left us. Carole Remick opened my eyes to something I didn’t previously realize I had the potential for. Thank you Ms. Remick for everything you have done, and you will be greatly missed. -Haley DeFilippis, Former Staff Member My time at NEHSJC was a turning point in my life. This program helped me open my eyes to a new realm of possibilities. I wouldn’t have made it this far without Carole’s dedication to Regis. Ms. Remick will always be in my heart for her charisma and gentle kindess. -Lesley Ta, Head of Business


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Letter to the Editor: Raising Breast Cancer Awareness All Year Long Dear Blue and Gold,


Above: Pink Rubber Duckies and Ribbon fundraiser sales. Above: Various Fundraisers the Breast Cancer Awareness sells. Left: President Warda Khurram and member Albisladys Castellanos support the cause during a pink-out volleyball game.

Right: Breast Cancer Club sells pins to fundraise for the cause.

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n 2009, a group of juniors at Malden High School decided that we needed to increase our awareness of Breast Cancer; an important cause that they felt was not utilized in young adults. Even though our age group has a low risk percentage, our family members and loved ones have higher chances of being affected which can cause emotional difficulties. But the most important part about going through a treatment is their support system. Breast Cancer is well known, but not many people have a clear understanding about how are affected and what the outcomes are. According to the Nation Cancer Institute, the predicted amount of deaths from Breast Cancer in 2011 for women is 39,520 and for men are 450. Both women and men can be affected by Breast Cancer, so it is important for as many people as possible to be aware of the symptoms and treatments of Breast Cancer. Last month (October) was Breast Cancer Awareness month; as a club, we dedicate it to spread awareness about Breast Cancer in women and men. October was the kickoff month to reach out to the students in Malden High School and get them involved in events that we hold. This year was the first year that the club held Pink Out games in the fall for Football, Girls and Boys Soccer and Volleyball. Pink Out games not only allows the club to spread awareness but also bring more school spirit for the school sports teams. Pink Out Day was also a first for the club this year. On Oct. 14, 2011, the school showed their support by wearing pink and coming to the Football game even though the weather wasn’t pleasant. Either way, we really appreciate and were amazed at how many people participated by getting dressed and coming to the game. Our Pisa Pizza Night also helped raise $200 to send to Susan G. Komen. While the club was spreading awareness by holding many events, members were also responsible for selling items throughout the school. If you pay close attention, many of the students and staff are wearing a Pink Ribbon Pins, Buttons or Bracelets. As the year continues the club holds many other events like Day of Beauty in March at Head to Toe Salon, bowling night in April, and the Basketball Pink Out Games for boys and girls which many of you have probably attended over the past years. As word gets around, new students continue to join the Breast Cancer Awareness Club (BCAC), which is a great thing! We love accepting new students to come in and join because that means the club is fulfilling one of its goals which is reaching out to a wider range of students. Another one of our goals is to have raised $2,000 by the end of the year to send to Susan G. Komen and so far we have raised over $500 in the past two months! If you would like to join the club or have any questions or comments please speak to our advisor, Mr. Berryman. Sincerely, Warda Khurram and Urusa Sheikh

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“Get Off the Ledge and Drop the Knife” One student’s view of standing up against dissection inside the classroom


iology teachers consider dissection to be an important educational tool, but dissection happens to be optional in the state of Massachusetts. According to the Massachusetts Department of Education’s 2005 Guidance Document, “All public schools that offer dissection as a learning activity should, upon written request by a student’s parent or guardian, permit a student who chooses not to participate in dissection to demonstrate competency through an alternative method.” In simple terms, if you really do not want to dissect because it goes against your moral beliefs, and your parent or guardian permits your refusal to dissect, they can write a letter to your teacher or to your principal saying that they would like you to participate in an alternative activity. Though I understand that dissection can help you learn, a humane alternative can be provided. As sung in Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back by My Chemical Romance, “Get off the ledge and drop the knife.” Virtual dissections are available, so you really can “drop

the knife” when asked to do a dissection. Also in the Guidance Document, “The school’s policy on dissection and dissection alternatives should be included in the student handbook.” In our student handbook, located in the beginning of our agenda book, there is no mention of dissection. The headings go straight from Computers to Discipline. Personally, I would rather fail my classes than dissect an animal. It goes against my moral beliefs that all species (humans, frogs, chickens) deserve the same rights. No human would be killed for a high school dissection, so why do we do it to animals? But with this law, a student will no longer receive a zero. Instead, the student will be provided an alternative activity that allows them “to gain the same knowledge as a dissection activity, and should allow for a comparable investment of time and effort by the student” when they choose not to dissect. I find this quite fair, and actually I think that the alternative should be the only option. It is inhumane to use animals in a lab. If animals are alive, they should be

living in their suitable habitat; if animals are dead, their lives should be honored and they should not be cut open in a high school lab. Further, according to the Guidance Document, “Dissection of dead animals or any portions thereof in . . . schools shall be confined to the classroom and to the

exhibition.” This law covers treatment of animals in school settings, not just dissection. I think it is about time that all teachers who use dissection methods switch to humane alternatives. I believe that students will learn the same, but now just in a cruelty-free environment.

prese n c e of pupils engaged in the study to be promoted thereby and shall in no case be for the purpose o f

Inequality in Female athletics


omen’s athletics have come a long way, but they are still not up to par with men’s sports. Women athletes do not receive the same amount of recognition in the world of sports that men do. In fact, professional women athletes are significantly more underpaid than professional male athletes. Specifically in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the average annual salary for a woman athlete is at least 51,000 dollars, but that is if they are

an experienced player. Rookies get the short hand of the stick, receiving only 35,190 dollars a year. To put this in context, this is significantly lower than the average salary of a male NBA player (significantly lower proves to be quite an understatement). A NBA player, on average, receives a yearly salary of slightly above five million dollars – yes, that is six zeros. It is not that the women of the WNBA lack talent or skill; it is that these women lack support. Most people probably did not even know that the WNBA season of 2011 ended this past October or that there are only 12 teams composed of the WNBA compared to the 30 teams in the NBA. It is not only financially where women athletes do not receive equal opportunities as men do, but they also do not get enough media coverage or highlights as male athletes. Every game the Boston Celtics play is televised, pre-season, regular season, and playoffs, however the chances of coming across a WNBA game is very rare, espe-

cially in a state where a team is not represented. For every male sport, there is a woman counterpart – even for football. Yes, there is a professional football league for women, full contact, pads, and all. Here’s the catch: they play in only lingerie. Think I’m kidding? It’s called the Lingerie Football League or the LFL, recently founded in 2003. To match their outrageous uniforms are the even more ridiculous names of teams, such as Los Angeles Temptation, Orlando Fantasy, Las Vegas Sin, just to name a few. As a big advocate for female sports, I have always wanted to see women sports gain support and recognition, however, I think there are plenty of alternate ways to grab the attention our viewers other than playing football in panties. It is also grabbing attention in all the wrong and inappropriate ways. The LFL is degrading towards the progress of women gaining credibility in sports, if anything the LFL has taken a step backwards. The audience this league must draw goes without saying because it is blatantly obvious. Is this what we want women football fanatics, like me, to have to look forward too? Playing football

in underwear? It is a shame that the only way to get people interested in women’s football is by putting them in lingerie, but could this is a step in the right direction? Hopefully one day, these athletes will not have to play in lingerie to spark interest in viewers. That is the hopeful wish and the probably unpractical one, however, the LFL is looking to expand its league to Canada, Europe, and even Australia by 2014. So if equally in this sport is possible, it does not seem to be in the near future.


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Muammar Gaddafi killed

Amanda Knox Freed


Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi together with his son Mutassim and his army chief Abu Bakr Younis. Their dead bodies are displayed inside a marketplace cold storage unit in Misrata, Libya, on October 22, 2011. (Erhan Sevenler/AA/Abaca Press/MCT)


ompared to their eastern neighbor Egypt, Libya has been a story in progress for several months now; as Egyptians were able to push President Hosni Mubarak out of a 30 year “presidency” in a matter of weeks, Libyans had to go through an eight month war before finally reaching an end point with longtime dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s death. Gaddafi’s death was first reported on Oct. 20 around 10 a.m. EST with reports first declaring the dictator’s death coming in from the Arabic News Newtwork Al- Jazeera, where sources of a cell phone picture of Gaddafi’s body could be found, though other news agencies such as the BBC and CNN only released that the information on his death was speculated. As the day progressed, the situation got stickier. Arab broadcasting companies showed a video of a half alive Gaddafi being paraded around on the front of trucks in the streets of Sirte, the city that he had taken refuge in after being ousted from tyranny in August. The video shows Gaddafi, bloodied being led by a mob of rebel fighters who could be heard shouting two phrases, “We want him alive,” and “God is great.” Two accounts of the dictator’s death have been established. After being found by pro-National Transitional Council fighters, part of the new democratic government that has taken Gaddafi’s regime’s place, in a convoy of 80 cars that was attempting to leave Sirte, Gaddafi, who had been injured in the neck, was taken to an ambulance which was to transport him to the Rebel controlled city of Misrata. In route the ambulance got caught in rebel and pro-Gaddafi cross fire and

Detailed map of Sirte, Libya, hometown to ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who was reportedly killed as he tried to flee the city. MCT 2011 Gaddafi was shot in the chest and head and died before the ambulance could make it to Misrata. Whether it was rebel forces of pro-Gaddafi forces who fired the rounds that killed Gaddafi is still unknown. Another version of the story as shared by Adel Busamir, a fighter present at the battle, who told the AP Televsion News station that Gaddafi’s convoy had been stopped by NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) air strikes. NATO who had also caught wind of the escaping convoy used French fighter planes in an attempt to stop Gaddafi’s escape. After fleeing the convoy and falling back to a compound which was later taken by rebels Gaddafi was said to have been found hiding in a drainage pipe and then shot by a rebel with a nine mm gun, as well as being hit with by the rebel’s shoe,

which is a blatant sign of disrespect in the Arab world. The unknown circumstances of Gaddafi’s death, whether it be the accidental drive by shooting in a fire fight or the direct murder of an angry rebel, has led for the United Nation’s International Criminal Court to call for an investigation of the dictator’s death as well as the of the rebel forces, pro-Gadaffi forces and NATO. NATO is being sued by Khaled Hemidi, a regime general, in a Belgian court for the death of his three children and wife in a June 20, 2011 attack, there are also other similar cases arising as NATO air-strikes against Gaddafi and pro-Gaddafi forces have caused the deaths of possibly a thousand civilians. Both Libyan forces are being charged with various crimes.

manda Knox was once an average American college student who decided to study a semester abroad in Italy. The four months she had planned to stay in Perugia, Italy, became four long and lonely years in an Italian jail cell. On Oct. 3, 2011 thr murder conviction of her British roommate Meredith Kercher was finally overturned. On Nov. 6, 2007, five days after Kercher’s murder, Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were arrested. In 2009 they were both convicted of sexual assault, burglary, and murder under the first degree. The court found them guilty, calling the cause of death “a drug fueled sex game gone terribly wrong. “There was no material evidence and no motive, just prosecutors calling her “luciferina,” meaning “a she-devil.” But the Italian law system does not find one guilty until they are convicted in the second degree. This portion of the appeal lasted until Oct. 3, 2011 on which the first conviction was overturned. Knox was found innocent and released. At a public press conference at the Seattle airport where Knox landed, Knox held back tears as she addressed the gathered crowd of supporters and media from every major and local newstation: “Thanks to everyone who believed in me, who has defended me, who supported my family.”

“Thanks to everyone who believed in me, who has defended me, who supported my family.” Knox’s story had gone global while she was in prison, especially in the United Sates, Italy, and the United Kingdom. She gained support of Americans, who were upset about the Italian legal system, who had almost no evidence linking Knox and Sollecito to the murder. Upon Knox’s release and return home she revealed everything about her experience to the continued on page 8

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World News

New Study Examines Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder M

any people have been hearing the term Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder also referred to as ADHD, since they were young. Either a cousin, friend, brother, or neighbor had it. But with the new diagnosis and treatment guidelines comes two pressing questions; did they really have ADHD, and were they treated correctly? ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects about 10 percent of all students. Percent of Youth 4-17 ever diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity DisBecause of reasons that have order: National Survey of Children’s Health, 2007 not yet been determined, boys are about three times more likely to have ADHD than girls. Children with ADHD are often hyperactive and have a difficult time concentrating on even simple tasks such as homework or chores. Of course, all young children act this way on occasion. However, children who have ADHD experience these symptoms for over six months and often their relationships with family members and quality of school work suffers. Guidelines issued only ten years ago focused on diagnosing and treating children from ages 6 through 12. The new guidelines, released Oct. 16, 2011, by the American Academy of Pediatrics expanded the age range for diagnosis of ADHD. Now, children as young as four, and as old as eighteen can be diagnosed and treated. These Approximate Prevalence Distribution of the Subtypes of ADHD as cited by new guidelines have raised Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD. New York, NY: Routledge. 2008. quite a bit of controversy because of two studies conducted last year. These studies showed that that the increase of medication is tions, medication can be very useful the youngest child in a class is 60 because ADHD has been recog- as long as it is monitored carefully. percent more likely to be diagnosed nized as a chronic illness, causing For most children, three continuwith ADHD simply because they children to stay on medication for ous years of medication is enough appear to be less mature in compari- longer periods of time. As stated in for them to learn how to manage son to their older classmates. her blog post, Gold argues that the ADHD, but for others, the need for Dr. Mark Wolraich says that new guidelines will only continue to medication is ongoing. one of the goals of the new guide- increase the use of medication. The new guidelines also stress lines is to decrease over diagnosis by However, the AAP guidelines the need for pediatricians to acproviding pediatricians with better strongly suggests that children 4 knowledge the fact that ADHD is a criteria for diagnosis. Pediatrician through 6 only receive medication chronic illness and that while mediClaudia Gold wrote a blog post on if they become a danger to them- cations can help control symptoms, Oct. 7, 2011, saying that extending selves and those around them. For there is no cure. One of the reasons “the diagnosis down to age four is all other cases, behavior therapy the AAP extended the diagnosis age very worrisome.” is recommended with medication up to eighteen is because studies A recent study, published Sept. added later on, if need. Wolraich have shown that ADHD can con28, 2011, by the American Journal says that “the hope is that starting tinue into the late teenage years and of Psychiatry shows that more and treatment in preschool if a child has even adulthood. more children have been receiving serious problems will lead to better While the new guidelines have medication to treat ADHD. Five outcomes.” Dr. Richard Gallagher received both support and opposipercent of American children have says that while he strongly believes tion, one good thing that will come been prescribed stimulant drugs in behavioral work over medication, out of the guidelines is awareness. to treat their ADHD. Researchers it “has its limits.” He says that if a And if awareness increases, perhaps who conducted the study suggest child is getting into dangerous situa- a cure is not too far behind.

News Highlights from Around the World Norwegian Shooter in Court


uly 2011 was a turning point for Norway. The Nordic country suffered the deadliest attack since World War II occurred at a youth summer camp that left 77 people dead. Anders Behring Breivik, the suspect for the mass murder, appeared in a Oslo court, has pleaded not guilty to the charge, though he has confessed to the murders. Breivik, a right wing Christian extremist, wrote a 1,500 manifesto were he addresses himself as the Commander of the Knights Templar. The manifesto goes on to talk about Europe’s changing liberal policies and on Muslim immigration. Breivik on July 22, planted a car bomb in the government district of Oslo (the capital of Norway). The bomb killed eight. He then traveled to Utoya Island, were he shoot and killed 69 young people who were attending a Labor Party youth camp. While he has admitted to the terrorist attacks, he has also rejected the Norwegian court’s authority over him. The hearing on November 14, determined that Breivik will stay in state custody until his trial in the spring of 2012.

More Trouble for Italy


ike neighbour to the east, Greece, Italy also has a troubling and mounting public debt. Many see soon to resign Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to blame for not passing economic appeals that would help the economy to recover. After Berlusconi resigns several possible futures can come to play for Italy: Berlusconi with his ability to stay on even in the harshest time of criticism can stay on as PM until new elections are held next year, Berlusconi could also call for a major government reformation that would allow his allies to come to power or he could hand the torch over to a canidadate that would have the skills to pass the necessary measures to keep the country from economic collapse.

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Greece Bailout Amanda Knox becomes emotional at a news conference at Sea-Tac International Airport Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle, Washington. Knox was acquitted of murdering her roommate in Italy. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/MCT)

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media. While in prison, Knox was told falsely from officials that she had HIV. They told her to provide then with a list of her past lovers, which was then leaked to the Italian media, making headlines across the country. Knox also claims that she was sexually harassed during her time in Perugia’s prison by several officials. On one occasion a guard allegedly entered Knox’s cell, illegally, and made sexual remarks towards her. On another occasion Knox claims she was forced to accompany a high ranking administrator into his cabin to discuss sex. Knox also recounts that she was bullied by police and was not provided with a translator. The controversies and story of Amanda Knox have not only caught the attention of the media but also the entertainment business. Lifetime filmed a movie, “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” staring well known American actress Hayden Panettiere, as Knox. However, before its broadcast the Kercher family called the trailer “horrific and distressing.” Knox and Sollecito’s lawyers demanded that Lifetime abandon the project, at which they did. Kercher’s family claims that all media attention towards Knox had caused people to forget the murder of Kercher, the true purpose for the trial. Instead, this trial has gained worldwide attention due to public disgust of the “medieval” Italian legal system. People realize that not every court system is as developed as the court system in the United States. How was it possible for two people to be kept in prison with a minimal amount of evidence?

The leader of the financial crisis in the Eurozone, Greece is getting another bailout to help save the Eurozone as a whole before the rest of the region is pulled into crisis.


or the last two years, Prime Minister George Panadreou has made famous for the economic turmoil Greece is facing. Recently, the country has been threatened to be pushed out the unified European currency and into bankruptcy. In efforts to cure this economic and political downfall, Greece has been presented with yet another bailout on behalf of the European Union and International Monetary Fund. Eurozone countries are worried that if economic woes continue, their troubles will spread even more so to other countries. The southern European country owes 200 billion euros in debt, yet the bailout plan will wipe away half of the country’s debt, and include 30 billion euros to aid the public pay its debt. Despite the generosity of the bailout, it comes with some setbacks for the country; government jobs and pensions will be reduced, as well as more government sectors becoming privatized. Greece is far from getting over these economic difficulties. These bailouts, while essential to the survival of the economy, can only buy time for the Greeks. In order to pave the way for passage, two opposing and leading political parties are working together in order to create a unity government. The ruling socialist party and the New Democratic Party met on Nov. 6, 2011 to discuss the new government. President Karolos Popoulias mediated the meeting between Panadreou and leader of the New Democratic Party Antonis Samaras. The prime minister has remained dedicated to the passage of this bailout; he claims it is necessary to the success of Greece. Due to constant criticism of Panadreou’s economic leadership qualities, President Popoulias announced on the same day, that Prime Minister Panadreou will step down on condition that the bailout is passed. On Nov. 7, 2011 they met again in order to discuss who the successor of Panadreou will be, candidates for the job

including Petros Moliviatis and Loukas Papimos. All financial ministers also met in Brussels, Germany on the same day in order to decide on the fate of the bailout from the EU and IMF. Prior to the meeting on Nov. 6, 2011, Samaras Timeline of the financial crisis in Greece; Greek Prime stated that when Minister George Papandreou may offer to resign over fallPanadreou steps out from his proposed popular referendum on the latest down everything bailout plan for his country. MCT 2011 will “take its course.” He also added that “everybody has to act responsibly now and send a message of stability abroad to the people of Europe and the people of our country too.” Papoulias concurred, saying that the sense of instability needs to end. Although the life of the new unified government will only last until elections in the spring, officials and citizens are depending on it to revive all aspects of Greek life. On Nov. 11, 2011 Greece’s new interim prime minister, Lucas Papademos, was sworn in. Other officials of the Eurozone have been reminding Papademos of the urgency of getting the country back on its Panic over a nightmare Greek default gripped globfeet and implementing al stock markets today, Tuesday, November 1, 2011, the first bailout from as dire news from Britain’s manufacturers threatOct. 27, 2011. With the ened to derail the recovery. Premier George Papanbailout still not passed, dreou’s shock decision to put Greece’s latest bailout and economic woes to a referendum triggered fears that the beleaguered increasing, Greece still nation could default and crash out of the euro if the remains in crisis. deal is rejected by the people. Papnadreou is shown in this October 13, 2011 photo in Brussels, Belgium. (Wiktor Dabkowski/Abaca Press/MCT)

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Chinese Hit and Run Accident C

hina undergoes questioning after Yue Yue, a two year old girl, is ignored by eighteen passerby. Yue Yue was rushed to the hospital after getting run over twice by a van and then a light-duty truck seven minutes later. Her chances of survival could have been increased if those eighteen people had proceeded with action. Yue Yue’s mother left her child at the family’s hardware store, not knowing that she would wander off. Panicking, she asked many people where her child was, and they had no response that could help her mother. When a fifty-seven year old rag collector started yelling, Yue Yue’s mother ran toward her. Unsure of what to do as she saw her unmoving child, the ambulances finally came. Yue Yue was still alive, but barely, as she was declared “brain dead.” Adding in her unsteady breathing, it was hard to tell whether treatment would help. The police caught the men who ran over the helpless child. The driver of the van turned himself in. He was found to be talking on the phone to his girlfriend who he had just split up with. His

A Google Maps view of the location of the Hit and Run accident concerning two year old Yue Yue, who died of injuries suffered during the accident. Map credit to Google and Megan Kelly final words before confessing was that paying for her death would be less money than paying for her injuries. The video showed several passerby ignoring the agonized child. It is curious why so many people chose to ignore her. The Ministry of Health issued an order to the citizens of China. It was said to them, “Don’t rush to lend a hand to the elderly after seeing them fall over. It should be handled

by different measures in different situations.” The people, heeding this advice, chose to ignore the little girl, unsure of how to proceed. A similar event took place in China when Wang Xiuzhi accused Xu Yunhe of hitting her with his car in October 2009. Yunhe claims he is innocent, explaining how he saw Xiuzhi fall stop his car to offer help. Yunhe let her borrow his phone. However, when she called, the first thing she

managed to say to her relatives was “I was hit by a car. Come to help me,” Yunhe recalled. It was said how Xiuzhi illegally crossed to the road and was blamed for the accident as well. Also, it was not evident if Yunhe actually hit the woman. Even if he did stop, it could have startled Xiuzhi and caused her to fall. Despite all these facts, Yunhe was still ordered to pay 100,000 yuan, equivalent to 15,632 dollars, to Xiuzhi by the court. This event sparked people’s memory to another incident that happened in 2007. Peng Yu, a young Chinese man, was accused of knocking down an old woman when supposedly he was helping her. The woman ended up suing her, and Yu was ordered to pay her 45,000 yuan, equivalent to 7097.81 dollars. It is clear that China has a history for these events. Guilty or not, many people were accused of similar crimes. The passerby who ignored Yue Yue in her most desperate time have a specific reason, but has shone a dark light on China. Days after the incident, the little girl died, and both drivers were put into jail.

Herman Cain Campaign Under Fire Republican candidate, Herman Cain, is under public and media fire as accusations of sexual harrassment come to light.


erman Cain, a possible representative for the Republican Party for the 2012 presidential election is a man of many descriptions: a business man, a pizza entrepeneur ,a radio show host, tea party member, and a man seemingly who is in love with the number nine. Though according to settlements made to two women that Cain worked with in the 1990s, when he was chief executive of the national restaurant association, he is also a deviant. The women’s claims, which came to light last month, tell of the range of sexual harassment that Cain imposed on them, as word spread of their outcries two more women have come forward accusing harassment. Guidelines in the settlements limit the amount of information that the original two women can share, though the two other victims have been sharing that Cain while in the work place would ask suggestive and personal questions as well as make sexual jokes and gestures. The

women’s testimony has been confirmed by fellow employees who worked in the office at the time. Cain’s wife, Grace Cain, has been defending her husband as the allegations have racked up, stating to USA Today “He totally respects women.” But even with her defense, Cain’s support decreased, especially with female voters who before the scandal supported Cain at 28 percent, though this number has now dropped to 15 percent. From left, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, businessman HerEven though he is unpop- man Cain and Texas Gov. Rick Perry line up on stage before the start of the ular Cain is still making public GOP Debate in which eight Republican presidential candidates spoke at appearances and has avoided Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, on Wednesday, November 9, answering the media on the in- 2011. (Jarrad Henderson/Detroit Free Press/MCT) cidents. One tactic he has used Though while the accusations into a success. is by turning a question posed are an alarm for voters, Cain still And while it does say someby a reporter, “Have you ever been accused, sir, in your life of harass- has support even though he has thing about Cain’s perseverance for ment by a woman?” back around, never held an elected political office turning a bad business good, his perhaps childishly responding, before. Cain’s past achievements in- inexperience and supposed history “Have you ever been accused of clude turning a financially collaps- is troubling. ing chain pizza restaurant business sexual harassment?”


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Mass Math and Science Intiative The MMSI program has shown significant signs of progress in recent years and looks to expand its successes into other schools, while accomplishing other specific goals.

MMSI Goals

1) Increase participation - Having a greater student enrollment in AP classes 2) Increase performance - More students receiving a qualifing score on AP exams 3) Increase college success - A higher number of students getting on the right track for college

The Massachusetts Math and Science Inititative logo. Photo courtesy of


igh school is a very important time in one’s life that involves many decisions. Among these decisions, planning for college is very high on the majority of student’s priority list. Along with the strenuous process of college planning, many students are trying to take initiative and plan ahead by taking AP classes their sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school. Although this is a very big decision for students, they are supported by the Massachusetts Math and Science initiative, MMSI for short. The MMSI program is currently in 53 schools across the Commonwealth, with an expected number of 73 schools getting involved in this program in the upcoming year. This is exactly the type of results the president of the MMSI program, Mort Orlov, wanted to see at this stage of the program. Orlov is also very excited that Massachusetts, along with five other states, was selected in participating in the program. Initially, the MMSI program needed funding to make it as successful as it is today and Orlov recognized the legislatures who supported this education reform in a ceremony making the success of this program known. Orlov stated that, “We are in the FY-12 budget because of the legislatures.” Bill Gunther, another president of the MMSI program also stated that, “four years ago, this program needed 13.2 million dollars to be a five year program. Most of this money came from fundraising, state funds, and private donors.” The success of this program is widespread, but Orlov revealed that MMSI would not be what it is today without the support of private investors. This program is

now facing the issue of how they are going to come up with the money to fund the program’s expansion. Gunther explained that, “the program needs to keep expanding, but at a six million dollar cost. Four million dollars will be provided from the state and two million dollars will be coming in from private donors such as Exxon Mobile. Orlov also stated that, “by other motives [for this program] there are corporations and foundations that are interested in making sure America is competitive in the 21st Century.” The MMSI program has three main goals they would like to see being accomplished: increase participation by having more students enrolled in AP classes, increased performance of qualifying scores on AP exams, and increased skills and college success. All of these goals each have their own benefits either to the student or, from a political and economical stand point, to society. As Orlov stated, “we need [the students who are taking AP classes] to have these skills so we can be secure in the future.” Adding on to Orlov’s message, Gunther

stated that, “MMSI aims to make Massachusetts number one in the nation in math and science education.” Gunther also pointed out the fact that modern businesses look for new employers with math skills and that will, “feed the prosperity of the future.” Taking more AP classes in high school can benefit students as well. Orlov stated that, “for scores of a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam, most colleges and universities grant credit, advanced placement or both, so it depends on how many AP courses a student takes, how they do on the exam and what school they attend and even from which department they’re seeking the advanced placement and/or credit.” This also ties in with what MMSI stresses most which is STEM, an acronym representing college and career success in science, technology, engineering, and math. The STEM platform is endorsed by a group known as Change the Equation. Change the Equation was launched in September of 2010 with President Barrack Obama’s support. This group aims to encourage

schools in each state to maintain the high expectations they have of students and to test to see if the methods of teaching have been working up to now. Some ways of testing this are through state assessments and this is imperative to the goal of this goal of this group. Change the Equation not only takes in the statistical information of grades in math and science state by state, they also look for ways to improve the methods of teaching in these areas to find a method that works. In a policy briefing conference held on Apr. 21, 2011, Carl Wieman, associate director of science explained that, “the achievement standards for STEM represent the real expectations to thrive in the economy.” Although MMSI and its endorsers look to the future, most students would agree on one question, will MMSI ever run out of money and if it does what will happen to AP prep sessions? Orlov assures schools that AP Saturday prep session will continue as funds for these events are paid for by private donors. Some of the money MMSI has as well comes from the state budget for education.

The graph displays the enrollment of students in AP programs throughout different years of the Mass Math and Science Initiative. The increasing amount of students taking AP classes in these schools is seen as an encouraging sign. Photo courtesy of

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Haunt Jaunt


n Oct. 30, 2011 one could have seen Spider man, Darth Vader, and Woody from Toy Story race around Malden for first place in the annual Haunt Jaunt race. Many residents of Malden and the surrounding areas had been excited for this year’s Haunt Jaunt sponsored by the Friends of Oak Grove Incorporation. Runners participated in this race to have fun, or to take this friendly gathering with a competitive edge as they wanted to see their five kilometer time. Walkers, kids, and experienced runners alike all attended this fun run. Members of FOOGI were anxious to see how many participants showed up this year. Despite the cold weather, and snow on the ground many runners did show up. The 5k route started at the Oak Grove Community Building and first went down Winter Street, then runners took a left along Main Street towards Melrose. Then runners took a left onto Slyvan Street, which might have been the most challenging part of the route as it consists of a gradual uphill incline. Once

reaching Lebanon Street runners felt relieved, as it was the two mile mark. The rest of the course continued onto Forest Street and then back onto Winter Street, and finishing at the Oak Grove Community Building. Once Racers at the start of the Haunt Jaunt 5 kilometer race. Photo courtesy of Friends of Oak reaching the finish Grove Incorporation (FOOGI) member Karen Hayes line, runners were Christenson, who is never found banner with her picture on it. To greeted by cheering without a suit, completed this race help with the success of the event, crowds, music, and awards. The overall first place winner wearing his suit jacket, a dress shirt, members of the the Malden High this year was Mystic Valley Charter and tie, complimented with running School Cross Country team showed School senior Zachary Kelso with a shorts and a pair of Asics running up bright and early to direct runners final time of 19:07. Jen Starrett was shoes. On the back of his suit was along the course. A special performance was the first female finisher with a final a sign that read “ ‘Running’ For Mayor.” made by the Wa Lum Kung Fu and time of 21:23. This years run was dedicated Tai Chi Academy before the race What made this day more unique was that all the runners, to Jenna Jacob, a student from Beebe began. They performed a religious walkers, and children had to wear School who recently passed away dragon dance which pumped the their Halloween costume. City of- due to cancer. Team Jenna partici- runners up before the race. This years Haunt Jaunt was a ficials also joined in on the fun. This pated in this race, which included her parents, friends, and family. The great success, as FOOGI and particiyear Councillor-at-Large Gregory team walked the whole course wearpants are excited about next year’s Lucey and Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson attended the Haunt Jaunt. ing “Team Jenna” shirts and held a race.

Making Math Easy As 1, 2, 3


t the young age of 12, Hava Daniels already knew she wanted to pursue math as a career. Daniels grew up in Rockland County, New York, and that is where she got her inspiration to be a teacher. All throughout middle school and high school math was always Daniels’ favorite subject. She recalls her high school experiences to be similar to those students here at Malden High School,but instead of her teachers confiscating her cell phone she was “always getting [her] beeper taken away.” Daniels could not name one specific teacher that greatly influenced her decision to become a math teacher, but she does confirm that both the good and bad teachers influenced her decision. As a student she had many different types of teachers, those she categorizes as the “good” and “bad”. Daniels wanted to become a teacher not only to follow in the footsteps of her most favorite teachers, but to also be the most effective. “The good ones I wanted to be like, the bad ones made me want to be a teacher so that there was one less bad one out there.” Not only does she teach math because it is her best subject, but because she loves watching her students succeed. She vividly recalls her peers’ expressions when she was able to help them understand math back when she was in school.

Daniels is confident that with her help her friends enjoyed math more, therefore she wanted to continue to help students understand and enjoy math as she does. Watching her students develop from freshmen to young adults is one of Daniels’ favorite parts about teaching. She feels proud of each of her students and their accomplishments. After high school, Daniels went on to New York University for her bachelors degree in science and math education. She recalls that one of her most memorable moments in college was the time after the tradegy of Sept.11. On Sept. 11 Daniels was abroad in Spain, she came back a couple days later to learn that the twin towers had been crashed into, and that her dorm building had to be evacuated for a period of time. After attending NYU, she went on to teach math at the High School for environmental studies in New York City. She stayed there working until the day she met Danny, her soon to be husband. Daniels then decided to move in with him in Boston. New to the area Daniels did not know where to start looking for a job, but reading the Boston Globe one day she came across a “help wanted” ad and decided to look into the opportunity open here at Malden High School. Daniels has been a teacher at MHS for the past five years. She ‑

Math teacher Hava Daniels explaining a word problem to her students. Photo by Lauren Benoit teaches a variety of classes, including math lab, integrated math, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Daniels “enjoyed working at [her] old high school” but since the two schools are so different, she feels that it “is difficult to compare the two, as they both [have] their strengths and weaknesses.” In addition to working at MHS she also teaches algebra 1 to students at Salem State, where she most recently got her masters degree in mathematics. The majority of Daniels’ students agree that her teaching style is one of a kind. She uses many different methods of teaching, which keeps the class interesting. Junior Anita Caceda, who is in Daniels’ Algebra 2 class, says that “she makes the learning atmosphere so fun.” Being in math long block is no chore if one is in Daniels’ class. Every long block after lunch she delivers a small “Public Service Announcement.” Her PSA’s range from funny stories,

to advice and life lessons. Her laid back attitude makes her approachable so all students are comfortable with asking questions. Last year Daniels was eager to become more involved in the MHS community, so she became the class of 2014 advisor. But this year, Daniels plans on resigning from the position. The reasoning for this is because she feels overwhelmed with the amount of work she is doing now. Daniels plans on getting married this summer, and she has a lot of planning to do. She said that she does not want to get too caught up in the planning of her wedding and abandon the class. But she still plans to support class events and “be there when [she] can.” Even though Daniels is not able to be as involved as she would like to be, she is still a dedicated teacher who is striving to help her students succeed.


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“A New Era In Malden” With a different approach than Mayor Richard Howard, Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson has the goal of implementing technology and moving Malden into a more modern era. Christenson will be continuing the legacy of Howard, and making sure all the voices of Malden’s residents are equally heard. As Howard stated, he “best represents what the city needs.”

“One thing is clear. This was not about me it was about you. Hearing your voices [showed] your passion to me. It was you who helped me.” - Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson “There will be a new philosophy for managing the city starting in January for the next four years. We must continue to build on the successes we have had including the exciting renovations and proposals for the downtown area.” - Ward 4 Councilor Jim Nestor “We’re entering what I would call the ‘Malden Technological Revolution’ bringing our city and schools into the technology age step by step, and we’re looking at attracting new businesses and restaurants into Malden. ” - Ward 5 School Committee Member Adam Weldai

The newly elected mayor Gary Christenson giving a speech at his post election poll counting party at Anthony’s. Photo by Lauren Benoit

continued from page 1 Malden. An alumnus of the Malden High School and a long term resident, he “[feels] overwhelmed by it all” when his dream was achieved. He believes that communication was an essential factor in his triumph and was able to keep in touch with many people during the Election Day using emails, online forums, and phones. “It shows that dreams can come true so long as you work hard and dedicate yourself in pursuing those dreams,” Christenson stated. Being a budget director of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office for almost 15 years and a Ward One School Committee member, Christenson has the necessary experience to successfully handle the role of succeeding Mayor Richard Howard. Stepping down after his 16 years of service to Malden, Howard believes that it is a “good time for the city to have some new leadership,” and had publicly announced his support for Christenson during the elections. Many of Christenson’s supporters believe that he is fit for being a mayor through his ability to

efficiently handle financial budgets, his knowledge, and his active role in the community. During his years serving as the Ward One School Committee member, he had enthusiastically attended many events such as the Walk for Bread, Bike to the Sea, and more. As a man of many achievements in his life, Christenson plans to provide many improvements to Malden. Reducing the crime rate, enhancing communication around the community, and modifying the Pay As You Throw system are only some of them. Malden’s local economy is yet another concern for Christenson. Expanding the local economy will supply Malden with the necessary resources in order to address issues such as providing materials for education and improve the fire department. Approaching his term differently from Howard, he has the ambition of using technology to keep Malden residents informed on matters and issues of their community to increase communication. The mayor has the responsibility as the chair person of the School

Committee and for managing what happens around the clock 24 hours a day. Christenson strongly believes it is important to listen to the opinion of his residents, and wants to “host online forums where residents can share their concerns” as well as “post online polls where people can offer feedback on City policy.” In addition, he will be a “’mayor on the move,’” meaning that he will not only work in the City Hall, but also around Malden. To Christenson, an important aspect of becoming mayor is attending groups and organizations that can potentially improve the city. “My number one goal is to help our students to excel and graduate.” Not just focusing on his residents, Christenson’s goals include developing the conditions of the Malden High School students as well. As a former class president at MHS, he has plans to urge students to be more involved in their community, and to help graduating students register to vote. Planning to collaborate with The Blue and Gold, he will work on keeping students informed

of events and issues in Malden. Christenson also hinted at the possibility of establishing a teen center and having students serve on the school committee to provide insight about events and facilities that will be built. Currently working with a transition team to prepare for his official acceptance as mayor on Jan. 2012, Christenson is also organizing ideas he gathered from residents and business leaders as a guide for term. He also joked about how he will need to catch up on his sleep after his long campaign. For students with goals of majoring in politics, he advised that “Without doubt, work hard and dedicate yourself not only in school but also in the community.” They should try their best to communicate and network with many sorts of people, and volunteer in services that will help their community.” Malden is a large part of Christenson’s life. “I want Malden to be a place that is affordable, full of pride and spirit, and a city where people feel safe and have the opportunity to lead successful, happy lives.”

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What’s happening? *Nov. 19 MHS Crafts Fair 10-3 in cafeteria A and B

* Nov. 19 Golden Tornado hall of Fame banquet @ Anthony’s *Nov. 21-23 Spirit Week

- Nov. 21 Pajama day - Nov. 22 Wacky Tacky day - Nov. 23 Blue and Gold day, Pep Rally, Powder Puff Football Game @ MacDonald Stadium

*Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day football game v. Medford @ Hormel stadium *Nov. 29 Junior Varieties Audition Interest Meeting

Gary Christenson’s New Administration Under Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson, his new administration hopes to change the course of Malden.

City Council: Councilor-at-Large: Craig Spadafora Gregory Lucey David D’Archangelo

City Ward Councilors: Ward 1: Peg Crowe Ward 2: Steven Ultrino Ward 3: John Matheson Ward 4: James Nestor

Ward 5: Barbara Murphy Ward 6: Neal Kinnon Ward 7: Neal Anderson Ward 8: Judith Bucci

School Committee: School Committee Chairperson-Elect: Gary Christenson

School Committe Members: Ward 1: Jennyfer Cabral Ward 2: Maria Doucette Ward 3: Deborah DeMaria Ward 4: Leonard Iovino

Ward 5: Adam Weldai Ward 6: Steven Winslow Ward 7: Kevin Casucci Ward 8: John Froio


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Hands tied, Footloose Malden High School’s Helping Hands volunteered at the annual EMARC Halloween dance

Junior Crystal Araiza and Daniel Casey pose together for a picture in their Halloween costumes. Daniel Casey has been going to these dances for several years. Photo by Rebecca Broomstein


MARC is a cooperation established to help those with development disabilities live amongst others in their daily communities. Since 1954, EMARC has been providing many non-profit charity programs for the special needs citizens of Saugus, Everett, Reading, North Reading, Melrose, Malden, Lynn, Lynnfield, Medford, Stoneham, and Wakefield, Massachusetts. Some of these services include residential support, job training/job placement, family support groups, food pantries, and many recreational programs. Malden High School’s Helping Hands club works with EMARC for these recreational programs. Founded by senior Alana Casey in 2009, and now run by her and senior Jenna Johnson, Helping Hands dedicates time to spend with the PACE students, at MHS. The club meets every Wednesday afternoon to discuss their plans for the third Thursday of each month, the day that the club gets to hang out with the students and partake in some sort of activity, whether it is a form of arts and crafts, games, or a combination of the two. Casey started the club her sophomore year of high school, inspired by her brother, Daniel Casey. He is a student of MHS’s PACE program, and has always been social during

Some of the Helping Hands group volunteered at EMARC’s Halloween dance. These volunteers consisted of students, from left to right, junior Crystal Araiza, seniors Daniel Rendon, Daniel Glynn, Kyle Carvalho, Alana Casey, Daniel Casey, juniors Amanda Ramsey, Blue & Gold staff member Rebecca Broomstein, seniors Tommy Tran, Jenna Johnson, freshmen Michelle Foley, and Devon Laudadio. Photo courtesy of EMARC recreation director, Chenine Peloquin lunchtime and after school with all of Alana Casey’s friends. From this, Alana Casey realized “the importance of integration,” stating that she “wanted more people to become accepting and thought that the club would be a great foundation.” With the help of Johnson and Helping Hands advisor, B-House guidance counselor Erin Craven, they “really had [the club] going in no time.” Helping Hands was a hit from the start, having 30 students who attended the first meeting. The numbers gradually decreased throughout the year, but the club retained about 15 core members. Volunteering plays a very prominent role in Alana Casey’s life, and she hopes to continue until she is “too old to move,” she laughs. Being a volunteer is such a rewarding way to spend one’s time because important lessons can be learned, that will stay with one forever. Johnson states that volunteering gave her a “different outlook on life and how we treat others.” She learned that although unfortunate things can happen in her life, they could be worse. “At least I [am] healthy, and so [is] my family.” Another important lesson to be learned from volunteering for those who have special needs is that the use of derogatory words, no

matter which group of people they are attacking, is never excused. The major EMARC recreational events that MHS’s Helping Hands club volunteers at are the occasion dances. Every year, around Halloween time, EMARC has a Halloween dance for their teens with developmental disabilities, and every year members of Helping Hands participate. Because the volunteers come from all around—Malden, Melrose, North Reading, and Reading high schools—there are always plenty of them making the teenagers feel comfortable in an average, fun environment. “I honestly just love dancing with all of the kids and singing and feeling like I was making a difference in their lives,” stated Casey. The state of absolute state of gratification reflected on each of the participants’ faces when the volunteers simply walk into the room is priceless, and they know that they are about to have a wonderful time. This year’s Halloween dance was held in the cafeteria of the Reading middle school, as are all of the EMARC dances, in Reading, MA. The layout of the dance hall was rather simple. A large space that took up about two thirds of the room was used for dancing. All of

the tables were moved to a small portion of one side of the room for dance-goers to put their belongings and relax when they grew tired, along with the snack table in the back. In 2003, a mother of a teen with developmental disabilities contacted EMARC because she wanted her son to have the same experience with dances as his typically developing brother. This was the birth of the EMARC dances. With the help of volunteers from surrounding cities in Massachusetts, as well as the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress “Advocates in Motion,” EMARC began hosting these dances. The dances include a Halloween-themed one in October and a formal snow ball in February. The purpose of these dances is to integrate the volunteers and the teens with special needs to find that similar interest and have a fun time doing so. “It’s like any other dance,” explained Casey, “only better because after it’s all over, you have a happy feeling inside of you and you realize that even if it was in the smallest way, [you have] made a difference in their lives.”


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Unified Sports: One School, One Team

Proud in Pink, Tough in Teal

A Malden High School program that students feels that “should definitely spread.”

All seems to be normal in the Malden High School gym, boys are playing basketball, girls are kicking a soccer ball back and forth, with a few students standing around. But while the group looks like an average group of teens enjoying exercise, there is actually a unique happening taking place; MHS’s student athletes and special Olympics athletes are teaming up during period three to form the Unified Sports program. Led by senior football captains Witche Valence-Exilhomme and Jamie McInerney with fellow senior basketball and field-hockey captain Kiara Amos, the program brings both groups of athletes together to enjoy a period of time in the gym were they get to play, exercise and hang out with friends. The idea for the program had originally been mentioned by Barbara Scibelli, secretary to MHS’s sports director Daniel Keefe, but then when collaborating with a few members of the captain’s council the program was put into the schedule. “At first not everyone hopped on,” explains Exilhomme as the program started after the first few weeks of school. Scibelli and the captains looked at their combined schedules and concluded that the best period for the program would be

period three. And as Unified Sports started to take off, other athletes “would have studies and drop by,” continues Exilhomme, allowing for more PACE program students to gain one on one experiences. The class begins with athletes leading warm ups for the group, involving all the usual stretches that are in MHS gym classes. Next, jumps, sprints and exercises work with students’ cardio before they split up into the different activities being offered. As students run around and wander from game to game a variety of activities have been set up for Junior Laurie Hyppolite and Para-Professional students of varying ability. Andrew Johnson dancing at the Halloween A soccer game is set up party. Photo Credit Megan Kelly off in one side of the gym, part in the program, allowing the McInerney throws a footbal with a seniors to feel that they are going to student at the opposite end of the leave the program in secure hands. gym, while a bean bag toss is set up, Speaking on the singularity of the with sohpomore James Todd throw- Unified Sports program in the area ing bags from a few feet away. Exilhomme comments, “I think they Even though the school year should definitely spread the idea.” has just seems to have started, many of the senior captains are looking forward to the future, as many underclassmen athletes take

Left: Junior Laurie Hyppolite dancing with senior Kiara Amos. Rigth: Witche Valence-Exilhomme smiles for the camera with sophomore James Todd during the Halloween party on Monday Oct. 31, 2011. Photos by Megan Kelly


n honor of ovarian cancer and breast cancer awareness, Malden High School sports teams hosted pink out and teal games. During these games, many MHS athletes wear pink to support breast cancer, with the exception of the field hockey team who had a teal game to show awareness of ovarian cancer. The soccer team also showed support by dedicating their games to Jenna Jacobs, a Beebe School student who died of cancer last year. Freshman volleyball player Taylor Figueiredo said that the volleyball team “felt more supported by the student body, even though [they] lost.” As the number of breast cancer awareness supporters grows, the program continues to expand. “It felt like there was more pressure [because] there were a lot of people there supporting us and the [breast cancer awareness club],” says freshman volleyball player Samantha Kiernan. “[Pink outs are] something done across the country.” Says Martin Berryman, “In the past [at Malden High] it’s been just basketball, but this year, we said, ‘Why not do all sports and get the awareness out there?’ The purpose of the club is to get awareness of how many people are affected. The students in the club do everything they can to get awareness out there. The Breast Cancer Awareness Club was started in the 2008-2009 school year by Arlene Cepetelli. There were a couple of students who wanted to start a club and they came up with a cause that people would support. The purpose of the club is to raise awareness of breast cancer and how it affects others.” The club participates in activities such as the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer; Making Strides; and Brides Against Breast Cancer, an event when former brides donate old gowns and upcoming brides buy them. All the money goes to breast cancer research.


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The Blue and Gold November 2011

Life’s a beach, so clean it up E

ndangered animals, water pollution, and global warming are only a few of the environmental hazards that have pushed the general public to pay attention to Earth’s well-being. The Environmental Club of Malden High School spread awareness of being green and set an example for the rest of the world as it cleaned up Revere Beach in Revere,

Massachusetts on Oct. 22, 2011. The windy weather of the bright Saturday afternoon turned up about 12 volunteers for the event. Between the hours of 10am to 2pm, the volunteers dedicated their time to make a small impact upon the community. Most of the volunteers spilt up into groups for their mission; each group received a piece of paper and was given instructions by Coastsweep, an organization that organizes cleanups all over

Seniors Tanisha Heriveaux and Eric Tran work hard to clean up the beach. Photo by Lesley Ta

the country, to record what and how much they collected. Va r i o u s items found have included feces, pieces of wood, a deceased squirrel, beer bottles, cigarettes, and a dog collar and leash set that a man immediately reclaimed. S e n i o r Stacey Sousa, Vice President of the Environmental Club, was inspired by a similar Seniors Gabriel Piau, Stacey Sousa, and Eric Tran discuss beach cleanup their plans for cleaning up Revere Beach. Photo by Lesley that a women’s Ta leadership proClub senior Eric Tran discovered a gram held in South Boston. Sousa tattered green shirt deeply buried in attended the program at Pine Manor the sand near the shore. After clawCollege last June. ing the shirt out with much will“I started planning this Sep- power and teamwork, Heriveaux tember, before school started,” stat- wearily stated, “Somebody was haved Sousa. “I emailed [Coastsweep], ing too much fun at this beach to not got quick responses, and they sent even care about the consequences.” me supplies in a week.” “It was disgusting!” added Tran. Senior Tanisha Heriveaux and President of the Environmental

YMCA opens its Doors To Students Malden YMCA offers a night of basketball, pizza, and board games to MHS students


n Nov. 5, 2011 the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) hosted Teen Night. Teen Night is an event dedicated strictly towards having fun in a safe manner. Teens can come to the event to play basketball or board games, or simply just to socialize. The amount of teenagers who attended was quite large. Many teenagers got phone calls from Dana Brown, the principal of Malden High School. The phone calls promoted the event to all the students of MHS. This is the first time the YMCA promoted Teen Nights through the school. This brought many more teenagers to the event. Over the summer, the YMCA hosted two Teen Nights to act as trials to see if teenagers would actually attend. According to Frank Molis, who chaperoned Teen Night, both events were successful. The YMCA even hosted events other than basketball and board games, “[the YMCA] even brought in a DJ to one event” said Molis. Knowing that both events over the summer were a success, the YMCA quickly planned more Teen Nights.

There are many positives feelings towards Teen Nights, from both teens and adults. For sophomore Allan La, this is the second Teen Night he has been too, “ [He] really [enjoys] Teen Nights. It is a nice place to socialize and play basketball with your friends.” The students that attended Teen Night definitely had a fun time. They played basketball and board games with their friends, and even got to eat free pizza. Principal Dana Brown believes that the YMCA Teen Nights are definitely a success and “even if only five kids showed up, it would still be a success.” In the end of the day, keeping one teen safe is better than keeping no teens safe. To the YMCA, keeping teenagers safe is a top priority. Now that winter is approaching, they want teens to have a safe place to stay away from the cold. Even though many people attended the most recent Teen Night at the YMCA, there is still the question, why is there still many teens who do not want to go? According to freshmen student Sebastian Patino, “Teen Night seems childish.” Some students do not like the idea of adults supervising them. It makes them feel inferior. To sophomore Cristina DiScipio she does not want to attend because “there should be

Sophomores Allan La and Hanh Pham playing basketball at the YMCA Teen Night. Photo by Jason Drapinski different activities other than just basketball and board games. [She] just does not find them fun.” Many students think there should be variety in the events, because basketball might not appeal to every student. Students think the YMCA should accommodate to every student’s like and dislikes. In the future, the YMCA hopes to continue Teen Nights. They would like to host events like movie nights

in Malden High School’s Jenkins auditorium, jewelery making nights, and maybe even a swimming night. The YMCA hopes to continue promoting Teen Nights through MHS, they would like to switch of places, too. The Teen Night might be at the YMCA one time, and for the next it could be at MHS. The YMCA staff hopes that the Teen Nights in the future are even more successful than the past events.

The Blue and Gold November 2011


LOcal News

You’re in town for Urine Town Play Production is beginning to get the recognition they worked hard to recieve.


magine living in a world where one must pay to use the bathroom and having a company control each and every toilet because of a water shortage. Decide not to pay? Well that would send you to Urine Town, of course. Bobby Strong, a custodian of this odd society at toilet number nine, becomes frustrated with living without peeing freedom and organizes a rebellion against Mr.Cladwell, the adamant businessman working in the town. Malden High School’s very own Play Production will be performing a parody of the original musical and mocking social corporations and the environment. The characters to watch out for are Bobby Strong, the hero, Mr. Cladwell, the businessman, and Hope Cladwell, the inflicted daughter of Mr. Cladwell. Playing these parts are seniors Daniel Rendon as Bobby, Clarissa Henebury as Hope Cladwell, Eddie Fisher as the narrator and junior William Lombard as Mr. Cladwell. Even though the musical seems not so far away, there is still plenty of work to be done. This musical will not be like the rest due to its high demand of songs and dances making it unlike previous productions. Another twist in this production? The actors will not be the only ones being spotted in this one. Watch out for other people found in MHS, for there will be plenty. With its preposterous humor, unimaginable scenes, suspense, romance and other members of the school system, this musical is sure to be enjoyable by anyone who sees. With all the new actors that “bring a lot of energy to the show”, accord-

ing to director Sean Walsh, it will be making you beg for more. Play Productions dedication and time show that they are willing to spend most of their free time to make the play something memorable. For each and every production they make, they rehearse and practice everyday, including weekends, which brought them to perform at Harvard on Oct. 21, 2011 for an Arts in Education performance with a play from last year entitled American Land. This play was based on the lives of the cast member which brought a personal touch to the play. Seeing the cast perform a regular play and seeing them perform American Land there was an overall difference in the way they presented the play. They seemed to have more emotion in the way they performed because it was about their own lives which made seeing the play touching and one was able to feel the emotion coming off of the performance. They also practice the plays during every class period. Also, aside from the performance, director Sean Walsh was asked to participate in a round table discussion, after their performance, on the impact and development of the play production. This was a huge deal for the students, seeing as all their hard work had paid off and they were beginning to get recognized. They cast seems proud of their work and commitment seeing as they continue to use their time on creating plays. In addition all the new cast members this year are a great plus in this play for they bring all their energy they have into making plays. The excitement and entertainment of Urine Town can be seen on Nov. 18 and 19, 2011, a production worth while.

Play production performing at Harvard with an award winning play, American Land. Photo courtesy of Sean Walsh

Former Blue and Gold member Reginah Sanyu at the Harvard presentation of American Land. Photo courtesy of Sean Walsh

Show Info:

Friday Nov. 18 & Saturday Nov. 19 @ Jenkins Auditorium Doors Open @ 7 p.m. Show @ 7:30 p.m. $5 pre-sale tickets $8 at the door



The Blue and Gold November 2011

Winter Survival 101


round this time of the year, many of us wonder how we can abide the horrible laws of the weather, all the while keeping up with what is trendy for the season. Here is guide that will help you endure the impending winter temperatures and look good doing so. The staple item that anyone would associate with the winter season is the coat. Its overall purpose is to shield our delicate bodies from the cold temperatures that winter entitles, retaining our natural body heat. Weather-resistant down jackets are ideal when it comes protecting our bodies from the cold. The water-resistant factor comes in handy on those unexpected rainy days or inevitable snow. Although these snug jackets are very effective, they may not be the most “fashion-forward,” if you will. For a more trendy option, one may choose the classic wool coat. They are not as warm as the down material of a jacket, but sure do look a heck of a lot better. Staying warm during the winter time is very important, so adding layers underneath the coat is a smart way to achieve just that. This can be done with wool cardigans or cashmere sweaters for max warmth; plus, it looks cute all the same. Itchy collar on that coat? No problem: add a scarf to the get-up. These come in many differed shapes and materials for the wearer’s liking. The traditional shape- lengthier than others- looks cutest when wrapped around the neck a few times, leaving the ends loose. Another style (one that has been very popular this fall season) is the infinity scarf. The scarf is a circular shape, without any ends (hence the name), meant to be wrapped around the neck for a layered look. Scarves are great because they can be worn with any outfit. Whether you’re wearing a jacket, a nice coat, or neither, they can be dressed up or dressed down for comfort. A prominent trend this winter is faux fur. This can be incorporated into any piece- handbags, boot lining, snow caps, coat trims- but will mainly be seen on neck wraps. These are very similar to scarves, but much shorter. Neck wraps usually clasp at the ends, so no layering is needed. This trend might be considered controversal, so the emphasis on the “faux” is encouraged. Another piece many will be reaching for this winter are gloves. Because your hands are the farthest part of the body from the heart, they

(Left-right, top-bottom) Infinity scarf,; traditional scarf, www.; faux fur scarf,; knit gloves,; wool coat,; down jacket,; Teig winter boot,; Uribe lined leather boot, get colder, faster. Speaking technically, blood takes a longer amount of time to reach them, and this lack of blood restricts the hands’ ability to heat up at a quick rate. Therefore, be sure to cover your vulnerable little digits in a cute pair of gloves this winter! The most-worn footwear during the winter is the boot. If you plan on trecking through the snow, throwing on a pair of snow boots is probably the best choice. They are water resistant, so nothing can seep through the material. Also, snow boots are very tolerant of all weather conditions, so they are guarenteed to last. For those less snowy days,

go for a pair of leather riding boots. They look best when worn over over-the-knee socks. They may not protect the feet from snow, but they are certainly in season. Priorities tend to become a problem during the winter. Many want to keep warm, but at the same time, not loose their sense of style. In fact, neither needs to be sacrificed; achieving both is possible.

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Terra nova: Future, Meet Past S

teven Spielberg has brought America almost every one of its favorite science fiction thrillers and dramas including: Jaws, E.T. , and Jurassic Park. His latest project, in which he is an executive producer, is FOX’s newest hit- show Terra Nova. The sci-fi drama, is unique, with it’s blend of futuristic life lived in the past. The show centers around a family of five: Jim, Elisabeth, Josh, Maddy, and Zoe Shannon. The family lives in Chicago in the year 2149, when the earth is at its near end, with bad air quality and over population have caused it impossible for humanity to continue. But scientists find a rift in space-time which allows people to time travel, 85 million years back in time to the late prehistoric earth. It offers a new beginning, a chance for the family to join the colony Terra Nova, on the tenth pilgrimage. But life in Terra Nova may just as as dangerous as 2149. Although Terra Nova supplies the newest technology, the colony is surrounded by a world of carnivorous dinosaurs. They know little about

the world around them, including the dinosaurs, plants, and not to mention their rivalry colony. Commander Nathaniel Taylor, leader and founder of Terra Nova, rivals with rebel group, led by Mira. They call themselves the Sixers because they arrived on the sixth pilgrimage. This nomadic colony spends their time plotting against Taylor and attempting to take Terra Nova down. Terra Nova provides numerous genres of television from guns to romance to science and to average family issues. The colony has a natural-esque look, shot in the magnificent landscapes of Australia. Along with the gorgeous setting, the show contains brilliant computer generated imagery, especially the dinosaurs, who have come a long way since Jurassic Park. FOX expects high success rates fore Terra Nova, which costs $4 million dollar per episode to shoot, one million more then there usual budget. FOX did not even bother with a pilot, but instead ordered a full season, 13 episodes. Terra Nova has done well in the eye of critics, receiving positive critical reception from all around. Voted by journalists who had seen the pilots Terra Nova was one of eight honorees in the Most Exciting

New Series category at this summer’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The Los Angeles Times called Terra Nova “easily the most exciting show of the fall season” due to its “instant and demographically diverse appeal.” the Washington post also praised the show calling it “dazzling”, and claiming “Terra Nova’ has it all: time travel, misguided utopianism, ‘Swiss Family Robinson’-style cohesion and lots of hungry dinosaurs.” But the important test for any new show is the number of viewers who watched, and returned to watch the again. On Terra Nova’s two hour launch, it received a over 9.2 million viewers and a 3.1 rating. The fol-

lowing week, the show received 8.3 million viewers, and kept 100% of its initial rating, the best retention of a new series this fall. FOX has fell victim to many show cancellation over the past few years and hopes that large sum of money they have dedicated to the project and its interesting plot will keep Terra Nova on air for seasons to come. The quality of the actors and effects provide them with a high good at filling a permanent place for Monday nights., but only if Americans turn the channel from their usual football game, and give this unique story line a shot.

Glee Takes A New Direction The shocking kiss at the end of every other episode of Glee is starting to get old. It was a sweet surprise at the end of season one, leaving fans thirsty for more Will and Emma. But now, it is really just creepy, with shockers like Will and Coach Beiste, or Puck and Ms. Corchoran. When Will kissed Coach Beiste, though it was just once, it completely shook any chance of the show ever being realistic again; it kind of was just weird. As for Puck and Ms. Corchoran’s relationship is very unusual. Also, it is very odd, as she adopted Puck’s unwanted baby, because she is Rachel’s mom, and Puck used to date Rachel. It was no surprise, with all the strange twists on this show, Gleeks have learned to expect the unexpected. The only thing keeping me glued to the TV every week is Kurt and Blaine’s relationship. They are pretty much the only characters in the show that keep me captivated. Not to mention, they are probably the least annoying couple that the show has ever seen. What used to be the most fun and entertaining show on TV , has

now just being taken over by leprechaun impostors singing songs from The Muppets, and annoying side characters having their own episode. For example the extremely racial steriotypical episode “Asian F” was entirely focused on Mike Chang, otherwise known as either “asian” or “other asian” because he’s such an unimportant addition to the Glee club that nobody even cares to remember his name. So, in this episode, Mike was too focused on his dancing that he lost track of what his father wants, all high grades, and no social life. Overall, in these passing episodes, we see a change in a past audience favorite, Rachel Berry. The shining senior, most loved for her bossy personality and constant craving for the spotlight is now overly concerned with how others feel and even letting Mercedes share the role as Maria in West Side Story. This act is completely out of character and is making us all wonder “What happened to the real Rachel Berry?” or even more important, “What happened to this show?”


The Blue and Gold November 2011


Not Just a Team, But a Family

Witche ValenceExilhomme

O The Malden High School football team in the huddle at a game against Swampscott. Photo by Sharon Lee continued from page 1 Alishaan Moughal and right tackle Tyrone Frank. McCreath, has had three impressive 200 plus rushing yard games in his two seasons on the team. Everyone on the team and staff were looking forward to both of their last two games. Facing Everett gave the Golden Tornados a chance to beat the number one ranked team

in the state, and would have been able to represent the GBL in the upcoming playoffs but fell to the Crimson Tide 42-20. Malden never gave up throughout the game, even after the score being 35-0 by the end of the first half, only letting Everett score 7 points in the second half of the intense game. They are looking forward to the Thanksgiving game against Med-

A Malden High football game is not complete without a performance by the marching band. From top to bottom, Malden High School Marching Band performing their routine Think Outside The Box at the game against Cambridge. The Everett High School Marching Band performing their routine at MacDonald Stadium. Photos by PJ Montezuma and Rebecca Broomstein

ford because it is second oldest continuous rivalry in the country behind Norwich Free Academy (Norwich, CT) vs New London High School (New London, CT). Winning those two games could have gave Malden an above .500 season for the first time since 2005/2006, a time when MHS was ranked number nine in the entire state of Massachusetts. An above .500 season means the team won more than half of their games, while a .500 season means the team won half of their games and lost half of their games. During the off season, the football team was a help to the community. Off field highlights included the team participating in the Bread of Life 5k walk. In addition, they moved the Bread of Life’s entire pantry as a community service project. “The student athletes did it with dignity, respect and pride. The coaching staff couldn’t have been more proud,” commented Head Coach Joseph Pappagallo. On the field, Malden defeated an unbeaten Swampscott, who are ranked 16 in the state, with a score of 29-19. MHS scored 53 points in their win over Cambridge and played two shutout games against Lynn Classical, beating them 21-0, and Somerville 26-0. Coach Pappagallo not only coaches football, previously he coached youth basketball for 16 years, but has recently just retired. When asked if this team is better than last years varsity team, Pappagallo stated, “I never compare teams. They are all special to myself and the coaching staff. We preach every year that football teams are families. Parents do not measure one child against another.” With the Thanksgiving game against the 1-8 Medford High Varsity Football team around the corner, the team is working hard to end their season on a victorious note.

ne of Malden High School’s football team captains, senior Witche Valence-Exilhomme is a 6’1 215 lb college gifted outside linebacker who is being looked at by several schools, such as Syracuse, University of Conneticut, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, University of Maine, Boston College, Villanova, and Umass Amherst. Exilhomme started playing football in 2007 when he played for Malden Pop Warner A- Squad. Believe it or not, that was his first time playing a sport on a team. Exilhomme has been on the football team all of his four years at MHS. He not only plays linebacker, he is a full back, a slot receiver, and the kicker. Football is Exilhomme’s favorite sport along side basketball. Exilhomme is also the captain of the Malden High School basketball Team. However the interesting part of the story is he started playing basketball his junior year which was his first year playing basketball on a team. When asked about MHS quarterback and Blue and Gold staff member Jacob Martino, Witchie said he “plays with a big heart.” He said the team this year is a very young team, with one goal and is always striding towards that one goal. That goal is to win the super bowl ring and play the game at Gillette stadium. That has not been done by a Malden High team. Exilhomme never spent many years settled down in one place, moving from Haiti at the age of two then to Somerville and staying until the fifth grade. He started his life in Malden shortly there after. He has three younger brothers, two of which play football for Malden Pop Warner A- Squad, one older brother, one little sister, and one older sister. When Exilhomme is not on the football field or on the basketball court, he picks up various jobs around the neighborhood, such as shoveling snow and mowing lawns. Exilhomme has vastly enjoyed his time spent at MHS even revealing that he had “a great experience.” He is looking forward to the upcoming football game against Medford High School and his final basketball season.

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Rounding Off a Great Season

High in spirit, the girls cheer on the Malden High School football team October 22, 2011 at a pink out game versus Cambridge. Photo by Alan Shooteech

New cheers, new cheerleaders, and a new direction. The cheerleading team is finishing off a fantastic season. Cheerleading coach, Diana Buonopane, is really pleased with the girl’s performance this year saying the team is “a talented group”. After a season filled with new routines, pink out games, and everything football, the cheerers finally approach the Greater Boston League (GBL) competition. For the competition the girls were required to perform a three minute routine showing all their skills, which includes stunting, dancing, cheering, and more. In order to qualify the girls had to earn a certain score to move forward. The cheerleaders had worked on their routine since the beginning of October with hopes of their hard work would earn them a place in the GBL competition. At Medford High School, on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 the MHS cheerleading team competed against Everett and Medford in the GBL competition. The entire competition lasted about three hours

and multiple cities participated. Divisions determined which schools competed against each other. Malden High’s cheerleaders placed third in the competition for the first time. Senior captain Chardeza Coleman describes how last minute changes were made to the routine before the performance, however the girls had a fun time and it was “the best yet”. The cheerleaders give support at the stadium and in the community. Buonopane says the cheerleaders “are very involved this year”. The girls have participated in the Walk for Bread, Alumni Breakfast, and a School Committee Event at Anthony’s. Cheerleaders, sophomore Cori Malone and Carli Belmer sang the national anthem at the home football game on Oct. 23. For the first time “as a team,” Coleman states, the cheerleaders volunteer, mentor, and help with homework through the YMCA Outreach Program on Newland street. The girls have really owned this project and enjoy working with the children. The cheerleaders worked extremely hard this season and it certainly paid off. In the following winter season the girls hope to compete again, picking up where they left off.

Above: Junior Karen Souza, a flyer being held up by her bases, performing a stunt. Photo by Alan Shooteech Left: The cheerleading team posing for a team photo at MacDonald stadium. Photo by Alan Shooteech

Nesline Exil


igh school flies by when enjoying the days spent with friends, cheering, and meeting new people. Senior year has come for Nesline Exil, and each day is bittersweet for this spirited young lady. Nesline’s days at Malden High School were spent hanging out with friends and building relationships with new people. As her days are numbered at MHS, Nesline still can recall her freshman year, remembering how “overwhelming” the first few days are. However, she can finally say she feels “like [she] knows the senior class now”. For Nesline, freshman and senior years were her most enjoyable during her high school career and say “it’s sad to leave and start over as a freshman again”. This year is Nesline’s second year cheering at Malden High School. Nesline had cheered for Pop Warner in previous years, giving her experience in cheering. The cheerleaders completed a successful season, and Nesline says “this year we really worked harder” and it definitely shows. Saying goodbye to cheering will be difficult and Nesline says she will miss her “coach, decorating the lockers, and the girls”. When it comes to careers, Nesline has not completely figured out what she wants to do, however, she is really a star in the making. Nesline is very interested in media and “loves TV”, she claims to have a desire to one day be on television. Nesline’s career interests also lie in psychology. When she is not at the stadium or not making new friends, Nesline is drawing or listening to music. Although, it is important to always look ahead, when looking back on high school Nesline wishes she had participated in more clubs and sports for more opportunities to meet new people. For incoming freshmen, Nesline advises students to “do your homework, pay attention, and above all, be yourself.”


The Blue and Gold November 2011


Goal Achieved: Undefeated

William Wong

2nd Year GBL Champions


The boys cross country team warming up outside of Malden High School before a practice. Photo by Casey Lyons


inning the Greater Boston them to go to the GBL closing and ners and they are automatically GBL League title is not an easy feat, winning makes them the cham- all-stars. Triumphantly, the boys but the boys cross country team has pions. Londino stated before the cross country team had six boys on done it again. They have won the GBL closing that, “they’re trying to the top ten for junior varsity who GBL (Greater Boston League) title make sure that they are 100 percent were Yosef Tefera, Fitzgerald Eloi, this year, once again. focused on individual and team Jonathan DeCicco, Kelvin Nguyen, But how do they do it? It is a goals.” Jonathan Ye, and John Zhang. There process of setting their goals and The team’s victorious GBL were five boys in the top ten on the achieving them. “I think that It’s opening was at Fresh Pond in Cam- varsity team who were: Yusuf Mofulfilling to be undefeated. We were bridge, which is also the same place hamed, Tsige, Wong, La, and Gould. motivated to have another great for the GBL closing. Some of the All of the hard work the team put in year like last year despite losing runners were relieved that it was this season did pay off, because this great runners from last year. So somewhere they recognized. But is the team’s second year in a row of that was our goal. The hard work others dreaded the fact that they winning the GBL championship. just followed our motivation. Hard knew that the area consisted of hills. Impressively, out of the seven work is just part of our love and “It was helpful that the closing was people going to states one is a freshpassion for running.” In this case, in the same location to see if any- man, Tsige, and four were sophthe boys wanted to be undefeated, a one improved. But I didn’t like the mores who were La, Gould, Kibozo, goal which they accomplished. hills because we had not trained on and Bonnet. It’s a very sucessful Every year is different, es- them much.” stated freshman Huy seaon for the boys cross country pecially this one because of the Nguyen. team. increase of runners. Senior captain During the GBL closing, the William Wong said, “There were league recognizes the top ten runmany things that were a lot harder to manage than previous years. So far we have been managing the team pretty well. ” This year five members of the varsity team include freshman Berhanu Tsige, and sophomores Allan La, Daniel Gould, David Kibozo and Claude Bonnet . Over the next weeks until indoor track, they will be tapering, which is reducing the mileage they usually run. The boys team is doing more fast running and speed work to make the runners faster, prepping for indoor track. The team was working on staying focused because gaining the GBL title is not A team photo of the boys team at a cross country meet in Wrentham. Photo by winning the championship. Casey Lyons Gaining the title just allows

hen it comes to college and setting out to find yourself after high school, William Wong has plans to attend a college somewhere close and continue running. Wong explains how when he was a freshman, seniors would tell him that the years flew by fast and before he knew it he would be a senior too. He says that he loves everything about MHS and that he will miss everything about it, including Spirit Week because it made MHS so lively because it was fun dressing up all wacky. Everyone has a person that has made a big impact in their life. For Wong, it is David Londino. Wong said, “I learned a lot from him over the years and will continue to learn from him throughout the year. He has my thanks in helping me succeed in my high school life.” Wong is one of the captains of cross country team, a title with a lot of responsibilities. He has to make sure each team is doing exactly what they are supposed to by leading the stretches/counts and holding the captain practices. This year the team is larger and a lot harder to manage than before. But so far they have been managing well. “When we do workouts we’ll have varsity as one group and junior varsity as another group. Each group would get their own workouts to do for the day,” explained Wong. This procedure helps manage the large group during workouts. Gaining the GBL title was also a great victory for the cross country team too. Wong says that he hopes the team will continue to defend the GBL title in future years. Wong had many goals too. He said that as a freshman he wanted to be one of the top seven runners on the distance team and he has already reached that goal. He also said that he’d like to see two of his mile time track this year improve from last year. And for school he said “ As for academic goals, I’m right where I should be. Really nothing much expect to finish senior year strong and to graduate!” The future looks bright for Wong. Hopefully he’ll leave MHS confident, happy, and ready to explore the world.

The Blue and Gold November 2011



Break Out The Banner

Haley DeFilippis

Girls Cross Country wins First GBL Title Ever


s the first sports season of the 2011-2012 school year comes to an end, the girls cross country coach, David Londino has nothing but good things to say, especially since the team will be getting their very first banner hung up in the Malden High School gym. His favorite part of the banner going up in the gym? He says that it will be an inspiration for future runners to look up and see the banner and know that they are “part of a winning team.” The team went undefeated this entire season and Londino claims that it was their hard work and preparation that led to their “great success.” Londino also says that he is very excited for the girls and thinks they really deserve the title of GBL champions because they worked hard and were “focused all season.” He says that the freshmen picked a great year to come in because the team had a great season and many goals were accomplished. He also says that this year the team had top level talent and “commitment” from all members. Londino says he has always loved the sport and that he ran cross country as well as Indoor and outdoor track back in high school. Londino says he coaches because he “loves to watch the athletes find themselves” and feels the same joy that the athletes do when their goals are accomplished. He also says that coaching has its challenges because there are so many different types of runners who all have different strengths and weaknesses. As a coach, it is his job to construct train-

ing plans that are beneficial to everybody which is what he has found to be the most challenging part. Moving towards their final meets, Londino hoped to avoid any more injuries or sickness. He said that it is always good to have the team healthy for the final meets of the season which is why all strength training was done at the beginning. He hopes to recruit a “strong class of new runners” next year and also wants to continue developing current runners. Londino says that five out of his seven Blue and Gold staff member and Junior Lauren top runners will be Benoit competing at the MSTCA Invitational Meet. returning next year: Photo by Amanda Moraes. Photo to the right by Blue and Gold mem- Amanda Moraes bers Haley Dowdie and Lauren Benoit, as well as Jackie will have run a total of 12 seasons. Bouley, Iris Feng and Cristina DiS- The other girls cross country captain cipio. is Blue and Gold member Haley The team began the season Dowdie. Londino says that they are with three seniors, Haley Defilippis, both “very committed to off season Marielle Colt and Rachel Odillia but training” and have strong leaderdue to an injury suffered by Odillia, ship skills. they are now finishing with two. Overall it was an extremely Out of the two remaining seniors, successful season for the girls cross the one he has been with longest is country team thanks to both Lonformer Blue and Gold staff and se- dino and each individual runner on nior captain DeFilippis. In her four the team. When asked if he would years at MHS, she has participated change anything about the season, in 10, soon to be 11 running seasons Londino smiles and says “the girls total and Londino says she has been went undefeated; I wouldn’t ask a “pleasure to coach.” By the end of them to change a thing.” her senior year at MHS, DeFilippis

The Malden High School Girls Cross Country team smiles after the MSTCA race. Photo courtesy of David Kibazo


ormer Blue And Gold staff member, Haley DeFilippis, has nothing but good things to say of her experience with Cross Country and Track. The senior captain has been running since she was a freshman but can recall that even in Middle School, she thought running “felt good.” DeFilippis has run 10 seasons total in her high school career. This upcoming Indoor Track season will make 11. She says that although Cross Country and Track are both a lot of commitment, she does not regret anything. DeFilippis says that the long practices,often lasting until 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon, have helped her as a student. She says she has become more “focused and determined”as a runner and a student. DeFilippis is currently taking three Advanced Placement classes; AP Psychology, AP Biology, and AP Literature. Out of the three, she says that AP Biology is her favorite and she hopes to major in Biology in college. Some of the schools she is currently looking at include Providence College,University of Rhode Island and Syracuse University She also plans to continue running in college, and is excited because many of the schools she plans on applying to are Division 1 schools. Although this means she will have to tryout for the team, DeFilippis is excited for a “new chapter in [her] life” and plans on doing a lot of hard work over the summer to improve. DeFilippis feels as though Cross Country has helped her learn how to push herself in several aspects of her life and she is extremely grateful. She has learned that it is important to “set goals for yourself and stick to a plan to achieve them.” DeFilippis also says that she believes everyone is more dedicated when they have “something to work for.” As her last Cross Country season in high school comes to an end, the successful senior looks back on her last four years at MHS and comes to the conclusion that graduating is “bittersweet.” DeFilippis says she will miss all of her teammates and her coach. With a smile she says that Londino has been the “most influential person in [her] life in the past four years” and that she sees him as a “fatherly figure”. It’s clear to see that this June, when the class of 2012 graduates, MHS will be saying goodbye to not only a great student but a promising athlete.



The Blue and Gold November 2011

Renaud Jean

Tough Time Against Brookline

I Senior Daniel Rendon clearing the ball during a game against Medford. Photo by Sumya Mohiuddin


s the season comes to an end, the Malden High School boys soccer team has found themselves in the same situation that they experienced last year. Having to win the last four games of the season, the team had their hands full again. However, the MHS soccer team knew what had to be done, and at the last game of the season the boys’ record was 8-9. They did this by recording wins against Shawsheen Tech, Lawrence, and Metheun. At Shawsheen Tech, the boys had to overcome a 1-0 deficit and a 2-1 decifit. They came back from Shawsheen’s homecoming game with a 4-2 victory. Against Lawrence, senior Renaud Jean scored a one time shot into the bottom left corner of the goal. This goal came in the last ten minutes of the game, which helped the team secure the victory and continue their push towards qualifying for the state tournament. In their penultimate game, the boys held their pink out game against Metheun at MacDonald stadium, pulling off an easy 2-0 victory. With that record the boys had to win the last game of the season against Brookline High School. Every year Brookline has had a well coached soccer team and always seems to give MHS a good fight. The previous year MHS came out on top against Everett in their final game and advanced to the state tournament. Unfortunately, this time around they fell short to Brookline with a score of 3-0. Although MHS largely controlled play for the opening 15 minutes of play, they conceded a controversial penalty that shifted the momentum of the game towards Brookline. Brookline then seized on two set pieces, a free kick and a corner kick, effectively ending the team’s season. Coach Jeremiah Smith, despite the fact that he was happy with the

team’s effort throughout the season, knew they had more in them. “It was a little bit of a disappointment,” Smith commented. “Every time you do not achieve your goal it has some disappointment” Smith added. Although the season did not go as planned, Smith felt that the Captains, senior Dan Holmqvist and junior Prince Mukala did a great job leading the team. “They were not very vocal captains, but they led by example. They helped the younger players on the team find their place,” Smith commented. Next season, the team loses nine seniors and Smith feels this will have some impact. Still, he is

not worried. The underclassmen are ready to step up and take the jobs of the graduating players and try to be able to compete in the state tournament next season. Smith feels like the players coming up have a great chance to succeed adding, “The junior varsity team went 10-3-3 and there are a lot of good younger players,” Smith replied. The junior varsity record has been one of the best in Malden High School history. Smith hopes the boys can become even stronger as a team and not have the season be decided by the last game again.

Senior captain and Blue and Gold member Dan Holmqvist dribbling the ball against Medford. Photo by Sumya Mohiuddin

f you see senior soccer star Renaud Jean in his warm-up suit in the hallway, he might seem like he is obsessed with soccer. That is because he is; Jean eats sleeps and breathes soccer. In his free time, the thing he loves to do the most is just go to park and play soccer either by himself or with other friends or teammates. His laid back attitude might make one think that he is lazy, but he is far from that. When he has free time and is not practicing on his skills, he likes to spend time at the gym working out and staying in shape. “I love working out, it is fun to me,” Jean commented. His personal philosophy is that if someone is just sitting around, he is just wasting time on doing something that is unproductive. Besides playing on the Malden High School soccer team, Renaud also plays for Boston Blast as a striker at the club level. Renaud has been at MHS since he was a freshman and been playing soccer on the varsity level since then and has loved every minute of it. He plans on playing soccer at the next level no matter where he ends up going to school. When asked about who gives him the motivation to play soccer, he explained, “No one really inspires me. I just know what I have to do and I get myself ready for the games.” Even though he does not have an idol, like many aspiring young soccer players, his favorite athlete is Lionel Messi, “He is the best,” said Jean. Before games Jean does not like to listen to music, instead preferring to prepare himself mentally in silence. Still, off of the soccer pitch, he still enjoys listening to reggae. He feels that everything about the music is fun and it puts him into a good mood. Jean, despite the team’s inability to make it to the state tournament, was very proud of how the team played during the season. “We did good, very good,” he said. His advice for future Malden soccer players is, “Play as a team, do not give up, and make coach Smith happy.”

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Soccer Girls Teaming Together Carolyn Lam


mprovement would be an understatement. The girls soccer team went from struggling, to communicating, to pure education and determination. Lindsey O’Leary, the optimistic coach for the girls soccer team, has been involved with soccer since she was four. “It [has] shaped my entire From left to right: Junior goalie Christina Ascolillo saves an attempted goal made by life, [helping me] keep out Medford. Defense players sophomore Bestine Cong, junior Lorna Ibanda, and freshof trouble, and manag- man Samantha Drapinski preparing for Ascolillo’s punt. Photo by Sharon Lee ing my time better,” she O’Leary, excited about the their act of kindness. It “[portrayed] added with a giggle. Her season, explains how the girls have the girls more clearly,” giving her no passion for soccer surely rubs off on the girls as they are also dedicated their mentality piece taken care of. doubt that these girls were pure of The communication between the heart. to the systematic sport. Qualities found in captains reThe devoted coach had the girls improved immensely, and addprivilege to watch the girls grow ed a lot to the structure of the team. quire a certain amount of leadership Instead of focusing on prob- and positivity on and off the field; on and off the field. “There are defilems irrelevant to soccer, the girls someone young girls can look up to, nitely cliques, but they all get along came together and worked toward representing a role model. All the and work together on the field,” O’Leary said confidently. Thanks their goals set at the beginning of girls illustrated these specific traits to her and her zealous attitude for the year. “Building up on [what that night. When asked if O’Leary could soccer, the girls are now shaped into we have] is extremely important,” go back and change anything, she young women with the same goals. O’Leary said wholeheartedly. Soccer is a universal sport and simply said there was nothing to “We all have fun. That is what with it, news can be easily spread. change. With a reminiscent look to matters,” O’ Leary says with a smile. But fun, unfortunately, does Last year, O’Leary recalls the girls her face, she stated, “I am proud teaming together for something of their efforts. They try so hard not mean easy. Although the season started that was purely important to them. [to work toward their goals]. Great off roughly, the girls never gave up, Rochel, a basketball player who memories were made.” Scores do always keeping up their positive at- graduated in 2010, was someone not matter. O’Leary reflected on the seatitudes. Even though eleven seniors who inspired the girls. The coach explains how they all either knew son by commenting, “The team were lost at the end of last year, and the girls struggled with their skills, him or known of him, and they culture is there.” However, she also wanted “to do something to show admitted that there was room for they came back ready to fight. They achieved their goals their respect to him.” Taking it upon progress. on the field. “The mental through communication and work- themselves, the girls wore black arm piece is there. The skill piece needs ing better as a team. Compared to bands to show their support and improvement.” This season was a learning proprevious seasons, it is evident now honor to Rochel. During one of their games, both Malden and the opposcess for the girls. With many returnthat the girls have come a long way. The season was a “good challenge, ing teams took a moment of silence ing underclassmen, they hope to and [they] learned a lot from the was taken to remember what he have a more successful season next year. past,” according to O’Leary. The meant to them. O’Leary, being a personal path for their success opened up a guide for these girls, was touched by little more.

Junior Ashly Brun trying to beat a Medford player to the ball. Photo by Sharon Lee


arolyn Lam, a senior at Malden High School, ended the season in high spirits. By jump-starting her soccer life in eighth grade, she ended up working harder, and keeping on track. Her competitive ways as a soccer player began right when her brother started playing football in seventh grade, and Lam wanted to show him that she can be just as great. Lam happily says how she loves every single person on the team, and “never felt like a loser,” despite all their losses. The team supported each other, and they never gave up on their love of the game. With a nostalgic smile, she said she will miss them. “I survived [my years as a soccer player], and I am glad I had the chance to experience all four years,” Lam states, reminiscing. Five years of soccer certainly left Lam with a lot of memories. Her favorite one being in her sophomore year, after a victorious game. Brian Morrison, the former coach for the junior varsity soccer team gave them cookies, and they all celebrated together. Their team bonding throughout the years never seemed to waver, although it was not always evident. Lam’s rush from the school to practice every day is something she will always remember. That need to be on time and do her best was prominent. However, it was not always like this. On her first practice, Lam giggled as she stated, “I had my hands in my pocket, not wanting to run. I was playing with my hair.” And now, her determination spiked to its full height. Soccer has changed her, for the better. Current coach, Lindsey O’Leary, helped Lam with her soccer abilities. Excuses were not accepted, and the players were pushed to their full potential. Lam added exasperatedly, “She knew your full potential before you even knew it!” No matter what is in store for Lam now, she can definitely look back and remember her soccer years .as one of her best experiences.


The Blue and Gold November 2011


One Step Closer to the Tournament Kevin Schlegel

From top row, left to right: Coach Susan Famiglietti, Junior Emily Moran, Junior Amanda Ramsey, Junior Elyse Valente, Junior Bridget Furlong, Junior Natalie Melo, Junior Catherine Poirier, Junior Marissa Lally, Junior Jessalynne Brown, Junior Erika Hanson. Bottom row: left to right: Senior Rebecca Krigman, Senior Kevin Schlegal, Senior Captain Stacey Sousa, Senior Captain Emily Hoffman, Senior Captain Kiara Amos, and Senior Brittany Powers. Photo by Natalie Fallano.


ith a final record of 7-10-1, the Malden High School field hockey team came just two games shy of making the state tournament this year, their first time since 2004. Although frustration and disappointment flooded the faces of the team at first, a sense of accomplishment and improvement would soon replace that. Senior captain Stacey Sousa credits the “varsity defense team [who] played phenomenally” this year by improving in “communication on the field, dribbling and passing skills.” This proved helpful throughout the season, especially during many of their tight games in which they could not afford to let up any goals. For example, in their win over Methuen, defense was key. Senior captains Emily Hoffman and Kiara Amos consider it “the best game [the team has] ever played.” But the improvement does not stop there. Hoffman and Sousa both believe that the team has a bright future ahead. This is due to their strong line up of juniors who played on varsity this year and will be returning as seniors next year. Sousa praised certain girls in particular for their commitment and drive by playing “back to back games to help out the junior varsity[team].” This included junior goalies Erika Hanson and Emily Moran who switched between junior varsity to varsity for every other game. Goalies are usually the hardest players to come by due to their difficult job, but MHS is in luck. The team will have three returning goalies next year: Hanson, Moran, and junior varsity goalie

Amanda Iraola. Although MHS is known for its pink out games, in which players support and try to raise awareness for breast cancer by sporting pink clothing, the field hockey team broke the status quo. They wore teal instead, in support of ovarian cancer, another type of cancer that effects large numbers of women throughout the world in vast numbers. Sousa claims she will miss “the bus rides [and] the two pasta parties.” The team shares a close relationship and friendship on and off the team. Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 was the last home game for the seniors. The underclassmen showed their appreciation for their leaders and departing friends by making supportive and glittery posters that were hung up along the fences. Before the game, each senior ran through an arch of field hockey sticks raised high by their teammates. Their parents took pictures as they received a bouquet of flowers at the end of the arch. The team showed their sportsmanship by doing the same for their opponent, Bedford High School. After a fierce game, a game that would decide if they would make the state tournament, the final score was a tie, 0-0. Although the team did not make the state tournament, they still fulfilled many of their goals. Sousa is proud they played “as a united team” all season and were able to beat “rivals like Everett.” Under the leadership of Hoffman, Sousa, and Amos, as well as head coach Susan Famiglietti, the team finished the season strong. The team will be losing five seniors from varsity: Sousa, Amos, Hoffman, Brittany Powers, and Rebecca Krigman.

Next years returning varsity players are juniors: Natalie Melo, Bridget Furlong, Amanda Ramsey, the Blue and Gold member Catherine Poirier, Marissa Lally, Hanson, Moran, Elyse Valente, and Jessal-

ynne Brown, which means varsity will consist of nine experienced seniors, Next year’s captains have not been decided upon yet, but Amos has confidence that whoever it will be will do a good job: “the whole senior class will be seen as leaders because they all communicate with each other and do well on and off the field” Famiglietti reflected on this season with praise for her “captains who shows profound leadership” and her team overall who were “so close to reaching the .500 mark.” She has high hopes for next year’s team who “are a skilled group of returning and upcoming players.”


evin Schlegel tried out for the MHS field hockey team this year as a senior with no experience and made varsity. A three seasons cross country runner and two year track runner, wanted to try something new. Luckily his two good friends, junior Jessalynne Brown and senior Kiara Amos convinced him to give field hockey a try. Before Schlegel’s arrival, the team consisted of all girls. But the team accepted Schlegel as one of them right away, and continued “to be supportive and congratulating” throughout the season. Schlegel recalls his skills at the beginning of the season as “horrible,” but by the end of the season he learned to “drive the ball, almost scored goals, and was relied on by [head coach Susan] Famiglietti.” In the and switching to field hockey was “worth it” and considered it the best season of hi four years in MHS athletics. Schlegel plans to play intramural field hockey in college. Earlier this year he watched a University of Massachusetts varsity field hockey and was amazed. “It was as if their were 10 Emily Hoffmans on the field: amazing.” Schlegel’s top school is UMASS in Amherst where he plans to major in micro- biology.

Senior Rebecca Krigman fights for the ball. Photo by Sharon Lee.

The Blue and Gold November 2011



Siblings: A Driving Force

Daniel Glynn


fter overcoming a weak start the Malden High School golf team finishes up their season with a record of 4-3-1. This season was full of “grit, determination, and courage” according to coach Rick Malatesta. Even though the team did not win the Greater Boston League Championship, they did win the GBL Team and Individual Tournament Championship. To qualify for this tournament the team needed to win three out of four of their final matches. “We just took it one match at a time”, states senior captain Matteo Pocobene. He won the individual championship and MHS won the team tournament. In additon to making this tournament, six team members, Matteo Pocobene, senior assistant captain Daniel Glynn, sophomores Nick Ward and John Hastings IV, and freshmen Piero Pocobene and Tristar To qualified for states and competed as a team. To qualify for states the team needed a record of .500 or better and each competitor needed to have an average score 80 or under for 18 holes. “There [is not] a better feeling than making the state tournament,” stated Matteo Pocobene. This year was his second year competing in states, which makes him the only golfer in MHS history to go to states twice. He shares that even though he was “disappointed” with the way he played, it was “an accomplishment

The MHS golf team from left to right (back row), Coach Rick Malatesta, sophomores Philip Glynn, Nick Ward, John Hastings IV, junior T.J Ruddock, Sophomores Devin Fitzpatrick, Derek Mauriello, junior Chris Acres, and Coach Zamagni. From left to right (front row) freshman Piero Pocobene, seniors Matteo Pocobene, Daniel Glynn, and freshman Tristar To. Photo courtesy of Matteo Pocobene

just to make it to the tournament.” Something unique about the golf team this year was that there were two sets of siblings on the team. They were Matteo Pocobene and freshman Piero Pocobene, and also Daniel Glynn and sophomore Philip Glynn. With siblings on the team there was bound to be rivalry. Phillip Glynn states that it was not only competitive with him and Daniel, but it was “competitive to everybody.” He also states that he and Daniel would “always compare scores.” “There [were] some matches where [Philip would] have a good day and I [would] have a bad day and he [would] score better”, stated Daniel Glynn. Even though there is some competition between the

Glynn brothers Daniel Glynn shares that it is “actually pretty cool” to have his little brother on the team because “it’s nice to laugh about things that happen on the team with him.” He also says that he and his brother have formed a legacy on the team that he likes to call the “Glynn Legacy.” Matteo Pocobene states that he and his brother “have been looking forward to this year for a while” and that it was “awesome” to have Piero on the team. He says Piero was “motivation” for him because he “forced him to play his best.” Maletesta, however, does not see any sibling rivalry and sees the siblings being “supportive and encouraging.”

Heading Down the Charles T

he Malden High School crew team jumped at the opportunity to challenge themselves and end their season at 47th Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 23, 2011. People from all around the country gathered at the Charles River to compete in this crew event, including many good competition for the MHS crew team. They were up against 76 other teams in their league, rowing three miles up the Charles River, from Boston University DeWolfe Boathouse to Artesani Playground in Brighton. Four mem-

bers of the crew team, Daniel Doza, James Hickey, Mohamed Amwar, and Kevin Bui, who are all juniors at the MHS, decided to compete in this race as the Gentle Giant club in boat 46.“Participating in this event means a lot,” stated science teacher and coach Shauna Campbell, along with math teacher and coach Sarah Jones.“ Its the second largest race in the world. We participate with lots of other schools. Its important because we become part of a big range of the community.” Having only to compete two races prior to Head of the Charles competition they team lacked preparation. The course was also difficult, being windy and not a

The MHS Crew team at the Head of the Charles event. Photo by Kerry Ngan

straight shot. With all the struggle to pass another boat, the intensity at a higher level than any other race can be felt by any bystanders. However, “the whole team came together to make it a lot stronger for today” said Campbell. Each member of the team displayed a great deal of support as they cheered out with enthusiasm while the four competitors passed by racing up the river. The team was very excited and eager to participate in this competition. Rowing to the finish, the team of four ended their race with the time of 20:18.45. “Personally, they did really well. They kept up with good competitions and even though their time is not high on the standing they did really well and had fun.” stated Campbell. Fall season of crew was only the baseline for the crew team to improve. They want to apply the intensity of the Head of Charles for every race and improve their ability to cope with the stress. The anticipated amount of members joining spring crew which is a sport, excitement also has stirred up in the team. Dedication and willingness to improve are some of the better strengths in the team. They prove to always be striving to get better and decided that challenging the 2nd largest crew race in the world is one of the best ways to end the season.


ix years ago senior and assistant captain of the Malden High School golf team Daniel Glynn hit the green for the first time. Even though he picked up golf six years ago Glynn states “I was never considered a true golfer until I started golfing for the team four years ago” Glynn spends a lot of time with music and can play the guitar, ukulele and “recently taught [himself] how to play the banjo and violin.” Glynn has known that he wants to be a Biology major “ever since [he] was a freshman sitting in Shannon Votaw’s honors biology class.” When he was a junior Glynn also took AP Biology with Votaw and “loved it even more.” So which college will help him become closer to his goal of majoring in Biology? Glynn says that Boston College is his top choice.

Manny Martinez


artinez, now one of the captains of the crew team had no initiative to join crew at first. He discovered the sport through his algebra one teacher, Sarah Jones, who is also one of the coaches for crew, during freshman year and became interested in it ever since. “Just the uncommonness of the sport really sparked my interest. Not to mention the fact that it was a sport on the water! I thought it was totally cool.” stated Martinez “I loved almost everything about crew, other than waking up at 5 in the morning for a race in New Hampshire.” says Martinez. He’s considering on becoming a coxswain in college since “I have a lot of experience in coxing adult rowing teams, so I’m pretty sure I will be fine for a college team.” says Martinez. To read the rest of these profiles, go to


The Blue and Gold November 2011


Can You Dig It?

Hakima Missbah


still relatively new program, the Malden High School girls volleyball team has had a roller coaster of a season this year. With a final record of 4-12, “this season has put the program on the right track for years to come”, junior captain Lisa DeLacey stated. The season was unlike previous ones, in the sense that there was a solid balance of juniors to seniors, allowing the team to retain strong varsity players looking into the upcoming season. Also, this year the team had two designated setters DeLacey and junior Fricya Silva, a new strategy for the varsity team which proved to be effective. The team had high hopes at the beginning of the season that they would have a higher rank in the Greater Boston League, and to an extent, they did just that. Although they did not have an undefeated season, DeLacey and the rest of the returning players next year have “high hopes for the future because of how much [they have] improved just within a year.” One of the team’s highlights of the season was defeating one of their rivals, Everett, both in the GBL championship and split games during the season. The girls will be saying goodbye to a total of seven seniors, captains Commie Ayuk, and Blue and Gold member Brittany McFeeley, Anabette D’Entremont, Tiffany Rodriguez, Joan Katluge, Claudergene Aspilaire, and Hakima Missbah. “I think the numbers and positions will just impact the team but I know that the juniors and


From top to bottom: (from left to right) senior captain Commie Ayuk, juniors Joyce Ly and captain Lisa DeLacey, and senior captain Brittany McFeeley trying to block the opponent’s pass. Junior captain Lisa DeLacey preparing to serve the ball. Photo by Rebecca Broomstein sophomores will definitely step up, they have so much potential, it’s a guarantee,” Ayuk stated. With many new members to the teams and the addition of Jenkins and Brunelli house freshmen guid-

ance counselor Matt Sadowski to the coaching staff, the girls are confident that as the program grows, the seasons to come will surely be exciting and better every time. “We’ll be back next year!” DeLacey concluded.



fter losing their playoff spot in the final days of the 2011 season, the Boston Red Sox felt that it was time for change. As the off-season hits full gear on Yawkey Way, change has certainly been the name of the game. The Red Sox began September 2011 with the best record in baseball, but won just seven of 27 games during the month for the secondworst mark in the Major Leagues. Boston lost to Baltimore, 4-3, in the final regular season game on Sept. 28, 2011, ensuring them of missing the Postseason for the second consecutive season. The Sox entered the ninth inning of that game with the lead, however pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was not able to stop two runs and in turn, they suffered the loss. On Sept. 30, 2011, the Red Sox announced that manager Terry Francona had resigned from his position at the helm of the team’s

dugout. Francona signed on as the team’s 44th all-time manager before the 2004 season and brought the city of Boston its first World Series title in 86 years. Francona, one of only two managers ever to spend eight or more full seasons with the Red Sox, resigned from the position after his two-year club extension was not put into place. Over his last eight seasons – beginning in 2004, Francona led Boston to 744 wins for the secondbest winning percentage in all of baseball during that stretch. “In my eight seasons as manager of the Boston Red Sox, I have developed a tremendous appreciation for Red Sox Nation,” Francona said in a statement after the announcement of his departure. “This is a special place with some of the most knowledgeable and passionate fans…They packed Fenway Park for every game and because of them, I had a special sense of pride coming to work every day.” Less than a month later, Gen-

eral Manager Theo Epstein left the team to take a position of higher authority with the Chicago Cubs and has since been named as the team’s President of Baseball Operations. On the same day, former assistant Ben Cherington was promoted to fill his spot after serving thirteen years in the Red Sox organization, including two seasons as the team’s Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager. The 37-year-old Cherington previously held the position of Red Sox Vice President/Player Personnel beginning in January 2006 and was in charge of overseeing scouting and the minor league system. His 2006 Draft class was named the best out of all 30 MLB teams by Baseball America magazine and the minor league system is consistently one of the best in baseball year in and year out. With players still to be signed and a new season to prepare for, it should be an eventful offseason for the Boston Red Sox.

Moroccan native, senior Hakima Missabah came to the United States in the sixth grade, and struggled for “two years” with assimilating herself into American society. “I had to get used to a new language and it was hard work, but it was worth it,” she states. She is now fluent in both Arabic and English. Her efforts have definitely shown many aspects of her life, including her education, clubs, and sports. From her sophomore year up until now, Missbah has gone above and beyond with her education, taking an impressive total of 7 AP classes. They include AP Psychology, Calculus AB, Biology, Chemistry, French, World History, and United States History. As for after school activities, Missbah is Vice President of Malden High School’s Chemistry Club, and a member of the varsity volleyball team. When asked what she enjoys doing in her very rare amount of spare time, she laughs and says simply, “sleep.” Although Missbah enjoys everything that she does, volleyball is her ultimate passion. Missbah took up the sport her sophomore year with no prior experience, and with her “practice and motivation”, she now holds a significant role in the team. “Looking at the coach putting me as a starter made me feel really good,” she admits. Missbah is one of the only non-captain seniors that gets a significant amount of playing time, her graduation this year will have a huge impact on the team. One may wonder how Missbah manages to juggle so things in her life, but she advises incoming freshmen at MHS to “Do sports. Keep trying, and stick to it, because it can make your life easier. After all of the stress of school work, sports are an escape.” Although the end of her high school volleyball season was very heartbreaking, Missbah plans on continuing to play the sport in college. She has applied to Northeastern University and Tufts University. She is interested in studying “either Biochemistry or pre-med”, and looks forward to what the future has in store for her.

November 2011  

The November 2011 edition of Malden High School's official newspaper, The Blue and Gold.