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TV Production has new options

Student Showcase: Sophomore Justin Agner breakdances as junior Dilio Martinez-Tran, sophomore Jaryd Justice-Moote, junior Daimen Labadie and Renata Malafaia ‘07 watch Thursday, April 30. See story and photos page 11.

BY MATT KALISH Having limped through the past three years, the TV Production program could be about to make changes for the better. “Over the course of the fall, pretty much all of our equipment broke,” said English teacher Neil Giordano. “By December, the studio was basically not useable.” Three weeks ago the aldermen approved $26,750 for TV Production from a pool of money the city allots to NewTV and other Newton telecom needs, Giordano said. The funds meant “we could replace what was essentially our central control system,” he said. “We got a studio computer, which replaced equipment that we have been using for way too long and finally broke down,” he said. “Our four editing computers also broke over a span of a few months, so we had to spend money to fix them and rebuild the complete hard drive. “Everything didn’t break at exactly the same time. If we were working with portable cameras, the computers would be broken, or if we were editing, the hard drive would crash and we would lose all of our materials.” Next year TV Production will ask for more money for portable equipment, Giordano said. When retired English teacher Lynne Rossman started the TV Production program in 1984, she was working with brand new equipment, he said. “I replaced Mrs. Rossman when she retired two years ago, and by that time we were working

with antiques and hanging by a thread,” he said. “The equipment was made for the non-digital era, and starting in the 1990s, everything was transferring over to digital. “It was obvious that we needed new equipment, but getting the money for it was the problem.” One future possibility, according to career and technical education department head Diana Robbins, is moving TV Production to tech ed. The change would “allow students to really develop the skills necessary to the field of media.” “One 55-minute class a day doesn’t do the trick because much more time is needed to master the skills. “Students need time to follow through on projects they start. “There are so many opportunities right in this area concerning television media with all of the local news stations and colleges around here.” Robbins said the program may be in next year’s course book. “Three years ago there was no plan for a TV studio in the new school, so it was considered pointless to spend money on new equipment,” Giordano said. “Now, there is a plan for a new TV studio in the new building, and we will see where the negotiations go with NewTV and City Hall. “Ideally, we still need a considerable amount of money to buy new cameras and other equipment, but at least now we are able to continue going forth.” MARENA COLE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY.

MARENA COLE Rules for attendance will stay the same in concept, principal Jennifer Price said. The N-rule, which refers to students receiving no credit if they miss too many classes, has been under discussion since January. “We’re tweaking it, but not overhauling the system,” Price said. “This is what I see as a middle-of-the-road solution.” Price said there are three main reasons for the revisions. Among them are an emphasis on consequences for unexcused absences and the elimination of three tardies amounting to a cut.

goal, we have to make sure students are in class.” Price showed faculty the third draft proposal for the N-rule at a meeting Tuesday, May 5. According to Price, this draft will most likely be the final draft of the rule. The faculty has had extensive discussions about the rule, she said. She has presented drafts to faculty at meetings and an N-rule Committee has met between the meetings to discuss changes to the rule. The latest version spells out procedures for enforcement. Consequences for unexcused

absences will be definite and standard, Price said. ◆ For one unexcused absence, the teacher must talk with the student about the absence. The proposal recommends the teacher notify the housemaster and call a parent or guardian, as well as requiring the student make up time with the teacher. ◆ For a second unexcused absence, the teacher must notify the housemaster within one day at most. The housemaster will call home, talk to the student and work with the teacher to assign a detention. ◆ For a third unexcused ab-

sence, the teacher must notify the housemaster. The housemaster will then meet with the student’s parent or guardian and assign the appropriate consequences. Price also said that families need to call by 10 a.m. if a student will be absent. As before, a student will get an N with an academic grade in in a class that meets four times a week if they have nine total absences, three unexcused absences or nine total tardies. In a class that meets twice a week, a student will receive an N if they have four total absences, two unexcused absences or four total tardies.

The Day of Silence was a time to recognize the way LGBT people “have been silenced in our culture over the years,” she said. For the Day of Action, Gay/ Straight Alliance members handed out T-shirts and buttons.

that would require them to miss more than one day of school.” The proposal applies to multiple-day field trips because it is more difficult to make up the work, he said. Under another proposal before the board, juniors receiving N’s would be eligible for open campus as long as the grade behind the N is above a D. While there should be consequences for getting Ns, being put in study halls shouldn’t be one of them, said sophomore Mercer Gary, who submitted this proposal with sophomores Jared Kalow and Emma Leader. Principal Jennifer Price told the board that more than 50 percent of those who get Ns have Ds and Fs behind the N.

“Urinetown:” Sophomores Johanna Gittleman and Sam Melnick and junior Corey Robins rehearse. See page 4.

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Price said that eliminating the three tardies amounting to a cut makes the rule clearer and easier to enforce. “One reason for the changes was a lack of consistent enforcement,” Price said. “Another was a lack of clarity, as to what the N-Rule actually was.” The most important reason, Price said, is that there is a correlation between students going to class and academic achievement. “We want to create a standard that kids will attend class on a regular basis,” she said. “Our goal is to narrow the achievement gap. If that’s the

Principal requests security cameras

MARENA COLE After an unspecified threat last month, principal Jennifer Price said she has decided to request peripheral security cameras. An unspecified threat “means that the threat did not specify a bomb, a shooting, etc.,” Price said in an email Thursday, April 30, the day it happened. “My intention is to monitor footage if there is an incident,” she said. “If we had had cameras outside in the past, it would have saved us and our emergency personnel a lot of time.” According to Officer Dave Spirito of the Newton Police, the threat is still under investigation BY

in brief and the paper the threat was written on is being fingerprinted.

GSA sponsors Days of Silence, Action

MARENA COLE To show support and raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, the Gay/Straight Alliance sponsored a Day of Silence and a Day of Action Wednesday, April 29 and Friday, May 1. “Newton North is a safe environment, but there are still ways LGBT students don’t feel safe, especially because of teasing and name-calling,”said math teacher Janice Lichtman, an alliance adviser. BY

Field trips before SFA

REBECCA HARRIS Students with low grades might not be able to participate in multi-day field trips. According to a proposal to the Student Faculty Administration Board that Riley housemaster Mark Aronson made Wednesday, May 6, “Students would be expected to have grades of C- or better in all their courses and have demonstrated good citizenship to be eligible for field trips


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BRIANNA CARUSO hile a number of soldiers from Newton were sent overseas in World War II, others were stationed in this country. My grandfather Bob DeSantis was one of them, and before he died last month he used to tell me stories about his experiences. “I joined the war to defend my country,” he said. “I wanted to defend my country as well as my parents did.” My grandfather died April 14 as I was preparing this article. He left this world in absolute happiness after 83 years of living. Raising me from birth, he changed my life in the most optimistic manner, leading me to nothing but great things to look forward to in my future. He will always be my hero. I will never forget him. Telling me about his growing up, he said that having done masonry work since he was 12 years old, dreams of finishing high school and then going to college were out of the question. It was shortly after moving to Nonantum in the 1940s that he joined the Navy. In the meantime, his mother made parachutes, and his father worked in a shipyard. What my grandfather remembered the most about the war efforts in Newton was the preparations for fear that an air raid might occur. “We had to cover all car headlights with black paint so that BY

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Open Studios: Senior Danylko Villano looks at student work on display at an open house Friday, May 8.

Safe Rides looks like a hopeful idea


ith Safe Rides, students can be sure to have a safe way home the weekend of June 5 and 6—after senior count-down and just before the prom. We certainly encourage students to use this service, but we don’t think the program exists to be misused. Safe Rides exists to help students out of dangerous situations. Some students may be uncomfortable asking for parents’ signatures because their parents might appear to be “giving permission” to get drunk. However, virtually all teen-agers can find themselves in a dangerous situa-


tion that they did not anticipate. There might be a time where a student really needs to use Safe Rides, which could certainly make a couple of minutes of embarrassment with a parent worthwhile. The program is there to try to make sure that everyone is safe. Use the service if you need it, and don’t hesitate to do so. Make sure to get a parent to sign the permission slip. Or if you are over 18, sign your own. The main point is to avoid any situation in a car which might cause harm.

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Seaman apprentices: Bob DeSantis and Fred Livermore served in the navy.


planes from above couldn’t see the city,” he said. “We also created bomb shelters around the city.” My grandfather also spoke about Frank Sonceni, a Newton pilot who flew his plane over Newton High in 1944 on his way overseas. “His plane ran out of gas right before he arrived in Germany, and he was killed,” my grandfather said. “He was really a great guy.” The war effort in Newton brought changes to the community. “There were things you couldn’t buy,” my grandfather said. Gas was rationed, and people could buy only a certain

amount. “I don’t remember how much exactly, but prices of gas and other items sure rose,” he said. My grandfather was stationed and trained at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. “Each day I spent half of my day driving the ‘crash truck’ on the runway for the airplanes, and the other half of my day I was on guard duty for a German prison,” he said. “The Germans always told me how badly they wanted to go home. They were decent prisoners.” “Most of them were nice and spoke broken English.” My grandfather said that being a prison guard wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be. After two years of doing his duty in World War II, he came home. He said he was the happiest man in the world to come home. “I remember my wife’s face the second she saw me,” he said. “She ran into my arms crying and kissing me. My mother then did the same.” Another thing my grandfather used to tell me he would never forget was the day the war was finally over. “I was on guard duty and the rest of the soldiers were in the building next to me cheering, ‘WE WON!’” he said. “I said, ‘Of course we won! We’re America. And we’re still standing. The Good Ole USA.” ◆ editors’ note: As Memorial Day approaches, we salute this city’s veterans.

Thomas DePeter taught English, directed plays, coached lacrosse MATT KALISH Thomas DePeter, who taught English, directed plays and coached lacrosse here, died last Wednesday. A winner of the Charles Dana Meserve Award for excellence in teaching, he returned after his retirement in 2005 to teach AP English. Most recently, this past fall, he taught two English classes during a colleague’s medical leave. Mr. DePeter said he loved it at this school. “I wouldn’t teach anywhere else,” he said in the retirement story this newspaper ran about him four years ago. “I’m kind of a Newton guy. When I pick up the papers, I’ll check for the Newton scores first. I like coming here. It’s like home.“ Born in Burlington, Vt., Mr. DePeter graduated from W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury, N.Y., in 1965 and from Assumption College 1969. He earned a master’s in English from Middlebury in 1972. While Mr. DePeter was working at Bread Loaf as a theatre assistant, English department head Mary Lanigan, now retired, established a program in which outstanding students might intern and then teach here. Through this program, DePeter began teaching at Newton High in 1970. An erudite scholar of literature whom actors he directed credit BY

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in memoriam with having a coach’s clarity and common sense, Mr. DePeter taught every curriculum level, from the old III-T to Ia. English teacher Peter Capodilupo described him as having a brilliant intellect and a creative approach. “Most students say he’s the first teacher who makes them see things in a different way,” he said. “He takes teaching to an art form.” Along teaching English, Mr. DePeter directed more than 70 plays and one-acts, ranging from “Crimes of the Heart” to “Oedipus Rex” to “The Bald Soprano” to

“Dancing at Lughnasa.” Also, Mr. DePeter coached varsity boys’ lacrosse for 10 years, leading three teams to E. Mass. championships and one to a state title. Russell (Bussy) Adam ’75, now the head coach, was among the nine of Mr. DePeter’s players who became all-American. In addition to coaching here, Mr. DePeter coached at LincolnSudbury, Medfield and South. He leaves six children, six grandchildren, his mother, one sister, three brothers and his dear friend, South world language department head Suzanne DeRobert. A funeral mass was said Tuesday at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Sudbury. People may send donations to the City of Newton/Newton North High School Tom DePeter Scholarship fund, c/o Lisa Mazzola in the main office.

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Free taxi service home Program to be in effect nights of June 5 and 6

MARENA COLE Students can plan ahead for the weekend of June 5 and 6 by signing up for the Safe Rides program with Veterans Taxi. On those nights from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., students can take a taxi home free of charge, said Nancy Holczer, the acting chair of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Safe Rides Task Force. “We are not expecting everyone to need a safe ride, but we can provide a free, confidential ride home for anyone who needs it,” Holczer said. BY

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Students interested in using the service need to bring in a consent form with a parent or guardian’s signature. Students 18 or over can sign their own consent forms, she said. “The taxi cab drivers will have a list of names, and students will have to show ID in order to use the service,” she said. Extra copies of the consent form are available in the house offices and in homerooms, along with a pamphlet by the Safe Rides Task Force detailing information on the program, Holczer said.

Graduate tells how addiction began ELI DAVIDOW OLIVIA STEARNS Will Slotnick ’76 said he became curious about drinking while he was an eight-grader at the old Warren Junior High. “I stole some alcohol and I went into the backyard,” he said. “I hated the taste, but I loved the feeling. “Because I was an athlete and had good grades, nobody suspected that I would be drinking,” BY


In ninth grade, Slotnick said, he tried marijuana. “I wish my life had fallen apart after I started smoking weed,” he said. “Then, it would have alerted my parents and friends. Instead, I was flying under the radar and no one noticed me.” Slotnick shared his experiences Wednesday, May 6 on behalf of the Freedom from Chemical Dependency Organization.

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“You don’t usually wake up one morning and say, ‘I have an alcohol or drug addiction,’” he said. At Syracuse University, Slotnick said, his grades dropped and he would often smoke pot in the middle of the night in his dorm room. “I got into a car accident and I also had surgery to remove a tumor on my lungs at age 20,

and still I was unable to quit the addiction. “I finally went to rehab for my mother and not for myself,” he said. “Most people who go sober do it for other people after seeing how it affects them.” Slotnick said that he has been sober for 24 years. “The thing that I have the most regret about, that haunts me to this day is the effect that I had on other people,” he said.

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Now sober, speaker describes struggle with alcohol REBECCA HARRIS AND GEORGINA TEASDALE Rich Savino said that he would drink, pass out, then wake up and drink some more. “I always came home shaking and sweating,” he said. “I was a mess.” After a five-day binge, Savino said, he finally decided to join Alcoholics Anonymous. Savino, who gave a presentation Wednesday, May 6, now works for Freedom From Chemical Dependency, and he said he has not had a drink in more than 26 years. Freedom From Chemical Dependency is a global organization whose speakers are all in longterm recovery. Savino said he started drinking because he liked the confidence alcohol gave him in social

divorce, he said, his drinking escalated, and he began to use other addictive substances. “I used to justify my behaviors with other things that have happened to me,” he said, citing Vietnam, his wife’s departure and family deaths. Even after joining Alcoholics Anonymous, the road to recovery was not easy, Savino said.


“That incident freaked me out,” he said. “I threw away the dope.” After getting sober, Savino said, he tried to repair his relationships with his family. He also got his old job back and returned to college. “A day at a time, I’ve been rebuilding my life,” he said. “My recovery has been like a gift to me.”

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situations. He said the nature of his drinking changed when he went to Vietnam in 1966. “I was scared to death,” Savino said. “I decided that if I drank, I wouldn’t be afraid any more.” When his first wife filed for

Bike crash cause of man’s brain injury

OLIVIA STEARNS At Braintree High, he was an honor student and a varsity athlete. After he graduated from college, he returned to Braintree to work at a pharmaceutical company. He said he won a variety of awards and was making a lot of money by his early 20s. “I thought I was the king of the world, and I got cocky because money was coming in so easily,” Matthew Hill said. But July 9, 2005, Hill said, he was stressed from work and wanted to blow off some steam. “I told my mother I was going to drive my motorcycle like a maniac,” he said. Hill said his motorcycle hit a pole, and he remained comatose for six weeks. Once Hill regained consciousness, he said, he didn’t speak a word for two months and remained in the hospital for seven. Hill went through 19 surgeries and lost 85 lbs. in the process. He said he now attends speech therapy five times a week. “Since my bike accident, I slur all my words, have trouble walking and am unable to memorize information, but I am lucky to be alive,” Hill said. Hill, who gave a presentation

He said he attempted suicide several times, but that he was interrupted by someone he knew each time. The last time, he called someone he had met in Alcohoics Anonymous to help him. Savino said that in 1983, he stopped drinking, but he said he didn’t stop smoking marijuana until nearly running over an old couple while he was high.


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Thursday, May 7 works with the Brains at Risk program. Its aim is to educate students about the link between brain injuries and decisions made behind the wheel. Hill said 1.4 million people die every year from brain injury. He said the main causes among teenagers are fights and violence, sports injuries and car crashes. He said that 50 percent of car accidents among teen-agers are because of alcohol or drug use and 75 percent of them involve the lack of a seatbelt. “These statistics are only good news because it means that these accidents are preventable,” he said. “Don’t take risks with your life because nothing is worth permanently harming yourself.”

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‘Urinetown’ to combine message, music, comedy KATE LEWIS “Urinetown” will touch upon themes of corruption, rebellion, love and environmental concerns, said senior Rachel Bronstein, a director. “I love this musical because it has relevant messages while still being really funny,” Bronstein said. “It’s a perfect combination. The ridiculous subject matter makes you laugh, but the show makes you think about the choices you make.” Under the direction of Bronstein and senior Rachel Gore, “Urinetown” will be in the little theatre Thursday, May 28 through Saturday, May 30 at 7:30, and Sunday, May 31 at 2. With the book by Greg Kotis, music by Mark Hollmann and lyrics by Hollmann and Kotis, the satirical musical tells a story set in the future. As the story goes, an enormous drought leads to a government-enforced ban on private bathrooms. To make matters worse, the monopolizing corporation, Urine Good Company, takes control of the water supply and charges citizens an exorbitant fee to use public restrooms. Outraged, the people rebel against the UGC and its corrupt leader, the villainous Caldwell B. Cladwell, whom sophomore Skylar Fox will play. BY

Two leaders of the rebellion are Cladwell’s daughter Hope, played by junior Julia Mandel-Folly, and the young custodian Bobby Strong, portrayed by junior Ryan Vona. The optimistic Hope and the daydreamer Bobby fall in love. “We really liked the music,” Bronstein said. “It heightens some of the intense moments, and adds to some of the lighter, funnier moments as well.” The music is challenging, she said, because of ensemble involvement in almost every number. The musical director, senior Melanie Greene, has two assistants, senior Emma Mayville and junior Nikolai Klebanov. Greene will conduct a six-piece orchestra of clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, bass, keyboard and drums. Also, seniors Molly King and Jesse Wilson did the choreography. For costumes, seniors Jasmine PullenSchmidt and Fiona Stoltze have designed mismatched, tattered clothes for the poor characters and elegant attire for the rich, Bronstein said. The set will be a “maze of pipes and wood” in order to evoke the impoverished and dismal setting, said junior Chris Annas-Lee, its designer. Tickets cost $8 and are on sale now.

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Groups excel in concert

Troupe speaks about losing parents, siblings

Dvorak, Bartok, Beethoven on varied program


After “Fanfare” by Charles Falken, a robust piece reminiscent of a march, Harney joined the ensemble and played the trumpet for “Canza Pian’e Forte,” a Renaissance work by Giovanni Gabriel. Melodies mingled in a canon, with a choir of three trumpets and a French horn, and another of one trumpet, one French horn and one tuba. Next on the program was the Honors String Ensemble, which music teacher Adam Grossman conducts. It performed two sets of trios, then two sets of duos. Juniors Liam Alves and Michael Goldenberg, two violinists, and sophomore John MacGaffey, a violist, played the first three movements of Antonin Dvorak’s “Minatures.” Following this piece was another engaging performance with MacGaffey and seniors Miriam Raffeld and Elizabeth Cooke, both violinists. They performed the first movement of Beethoven’s “Trio in C major, Op. 87” with clear phrasing and excellent dynamics. Then Alves and Goldenberg played Bela Bartok’s “Scherzo” and “Arabian Song.” The duo had superb synchronization in both pieces, playing back and forth—almost like a conversation—then coming back together smoothly. Cooke and Raffeld performed three more pieces by Bartok: “Rumanian Whirling Dance,” “Serbian Dance” and “Pizzicato.” The “Pizzicato” was especially notable as both players held their violins like guitars and plucked for the whole work. This gave the passage a light, ethereal flavor. For the last piece, fine arts department head Todd Young introduced Raffeld; junior Amalia Golomb-Leavitt, an oboe player; sophomore Annie Gombosi, a violist; and sophomore Caroline Ellison, a cellist. They performed the third movement of Mozart’s “Oboe Quartet in F major,” having also performed the selection in the Forbidden City during a trip last month to the Jingshan School in Beijing. The oboe set a special mood with its tone color, playing complex, dancing passages that the violin mirrored. In the background, the viola and cello accompanied with flexibility, making for a polished performance. Demonstrating group cooperation as well as individual work, the three ensembles made the concert a welcoming and enjoyable experience.

JAY KRIEGER Children’s Room, a teen-age performance troupe from Arlington, presented skits, monologues and music based on members’ experiences of losing a parent or sibling Thursday in the little theatre. The troupe performs original skits about losing family members and how interactions with people afterwards have been both positive and negative. “Having conversations with people who didn’t know that my parent had died was difficult,” said James Pryor, who lost his mother to breast cancer. “People would sometimes say things like, ‘I’d take those tickets over going to my mother’s funeral.’” Wearing red and blue T-shirts, members of the troupe began by bringing out photos of loved ones who had died and telling the audience how they died. They then presented skits about the grieving process. One skit had two boys standing back to back with one of them saying what he was thinking to himself and the other one actually BY

ALICIA ZHAO rass Ensemble, Honors String Ensemble and a chamber quartet showed this school’s musical diversity and gave their audience a warm and intimate concert Sunday, May 3. Both the conductors and players sat with the audience when they had finished, making the atmosphere more personal. Brass Ensemble opened the concert, with Ed Harney conducting. review BY

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Letting go: In one of the presentations, two members of Children’s Room, a teen-age performance troupe from Arlington, display portraits of family members who have died.

Pops Night to feature six musical groups

ALICIA ZHAO At Pops Night, musicians and their families will gather for a pot-luck dinner and then six music groups will perform, fine arts department head Todd Young said. The event will be next Thursday at 6. Performing will be Concert Choir, Family Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. “Everyone should attend because Pops Night is a wonderful glimpse into the Newton North music program,” Young said. “I’m looking forward to sharing music with everyone.” Tickets cost $5 at the door. BY

Jubilee to celebrate 10th anniversary

ELIANA ESKINAZI AND ALICIA ZHAO Jubilee will celebrate 10 years of growth and development at its annual concert, “We Have BY

on campus talking to people as they came up and tried to comfort him. The troupe also shared memories of the persons who had died. Talking about her father, Lauren Benoit told a story of how when she was little, she wanted to eat only peanut butter and jelly. “Once when we went out to eat, I wanted PB & J, but they didn’t serve it,” she said. “So my dad went to CVS and bought bread, peanut butter and jelly and made it for me.” After the stories and skits, audience members asked questions. One question was about how the members got over the grieving period. “I found ballet and the troupe really helped,” Katie McCarthy said. “Every performance is another step in the grieving process.” Students interested in joining the troupe or viewing a performance can visit for more information.

in brief Overcome,” said music teacher Sheldon Reid, the director. The concert will be Saturday, June 6 at 8 in the Lasker Auditorium. Selections will range from spirituals to contemporary gospel and original pieces, Reid said. “This is a milestone in the existence of any new group or program, as many die out or fail before reaching this point,” Reid said. “There have been many struggles along the way, but we didn’t let them stop us. We have come a long way.” The group started with 10 students and music teacher Richard Travers as its pianist, Reid said. Now, more than 100 students audition for the group, which includes an eight-piece student band. Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for non-students, and are available from Jubilee members.

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On sourrit aux USA, dit bonjour dans la rue FRANCK MUDIAYI En France, les gens ne sont pas très sympathiques avec les touristes. Ils gardent des préjugés envers eux et ils tendent même parfois à être méchants envers ces derniers. La chose qui m’a le plus surpris de ce fait Matt Kalish quand je suis arrivé aux Etats-Unis, c’est que les Franck personnes ici sont très Mudiayi gentilles. En effet, les gens disent bonjour dans PAR

Alisa Zeliger

A Boston: Jeanne Chalumeau est assise au volant d’un bus pendant un tour. Elle a fait partie de l’échange entre cette école et Massillon du 4 au 24 avril.


la rue alors que l’on ne les connaît pas. Ils font des sourires, et en attendent en retour. Ensuite, le lycée étant très grand, j’éprouvais parfois beaucoup de difficultés à trouver mon chemin. Cependant, les gens m’aidaient à le trouver même si je ne le leur demandais pas, et cela toujours avec le sourire. Cette convivialité était exprimée plus amplement durant les cours par le fait qu’ici les tables sont disposées en cercle. C’est un petit truc que je retiendrai longtemps de cette échange aux EtatsUnis.

Règles pour les jeunes sont différents entre les Etats-Unis et la France ELVIRE DESJONQUÈRES Aux Etats-Unis comme en France, les jeunes ont des règles à respecter, des interdits à prendre en compte. En effet en France, la majorité est à 18 ans, et aux Etats-Unis à 21 ans. Les jeunes doivent donc être capables de prendre des responsabilités plus tôt en France, car à 18 ans de nombreux interdits sont levés. Aux Etats-Unis, ce n’est qu’à 21 ans que les jeunes sont majeurs, mais déjà à 16 ans, les adolescents peuvent conduire. Ces différences entre les limites d’âge pour les droits et les interdits des adolescents nous font réaliser les défauts et les qualités des règles de chaque pays. PAR

Certaines règles trop excessives peuvent devenir frustrantes et la plupart du temps sont défiées par le désir de franchir l’interdit de beaucoup d’adolescents. Ainsi parfois, ces règles trop strictes engendrent un retournement de situation, où les adolescents, voulant braver les lois qui leurs sont imposées, finissent par contrer cette frustration par l’excès. Faire la part des choses pour ce qui est de la majorité et des droits accordés aux adolescents est donc une chose compliquée, car il faut trouver le juste milieu entre les règles trop frustrantes et trop laxistes.

Cuisines Restauration rapide partout ici, parmis cuisines variées ALEXIS ZACCHI Ici, la restauration rapide est privilégiée. Les fast-foods sont omniprésents, ce qui réduit considérablement le temps nécessaire pour manger. Ceci est très pratique durant la journée si l’on est pressé, mais a tendance à réduire le choix des plats. Néanmoins, de nombreuses cultures— chinoise, thaïlandaise, italienne, mexicains, et bien d’autres—permettent la diversification des menus et des spécialités étrangères.

En France, le repas occupe une place importante dans la journée. Sa préparation peut être longue, mais le résultat est souvent satisfaisant. Il n’y a certainement pas autant de diversité qu’aux États-Unis mais la plupart des restaurants proposent des plats typiquement français: pain, pâtée, foie gras, salade. De nombreux cafés permettent de se reposer et de se détendre comme à Paris tandis qu’ici, les Starbucks et les Dunkin’ Donuts les remplacent.

ANNISYA BAGDONAS La France a des pâtisseries et des pains incroyables et des chocolats fantastiques. En eux-mêmes, le pain et le chocolat sont bons, mais ensemble ils sont délicieux. Il y a beaucoup de façons de prendre le pain avec le chocolat. Dans une pâtisserie, on peut acheter un pain au chocolat – un favori commun entre les correspondants américains. Le pain au chocolat est un croissant avec des éclats de chocolat. On peut aussi acheter des brioches au chocolat. Les crêpes et les gauffres sont aussi délicieuses. On peut prendre des crêpes ou des gauf-

fres avec chocolat ou Nutella. Les marques les plus connues de chocolat en France sont Milka et Lindt. Quand nous sommes retournés aux Etats-Unis et le pain au chocolat nous a manqué, nous avons trouvé une solution. Nous pouvons simplement prendre du pain avec du chocolat. On met le chocolat sur le pain et on boit du thé, ou on fait la fondue au chocolat et y plonge le pain. C’est une combinaison facile et sucré que nous pouvons prendre chez nous et présenter à nos familles et nos amis. Il faut que vous essayiez cette recette.


Pain délicieux avec chocolat


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A Versailles: Senior Alisa Zeliger visite la Galerie des Glaces dans le Palais de Versailles pendant son séjour en France le 6 février au 6 mars.

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Aux Etats-Unis

La nature est visible même dans les villes B

PALOMA LOMBARD oston ainsi que New York, qui sont les deux villes que j’ai eu l’occasion de visiter pendant mon séjour aux Etats-Unis, m’ont étonné par leur diversité autant au niveau culturel qu’au niveau des religions. Ce sont des villes cosmopolites. Mais ce qui m’a le plus étonné est la nature dans chaque ville. Boston et New York ont beau être des villes très grandes et par la même occasion très polluées. Malgré la présence du Bois de Boulogne, un endroit plein des arbres et pelouses à Paris, la place qu’occupent les parcs dans les villes américains m’a parut immense. Mon étonnement fut intense face à Central Parc au milieu d’un quartier de hauts immeubles ou encore face à cerPAR

tains autres parcs au centre de Boston. En plus de cette nature fleurissante, les parcs sont toujours, ou dans la plupart des cas, excessivement grand et l’impression que nous avons, lorsque nous y sommes, est des plus dépaysantes. Nous nous trouvons en plein milieu d’une grande ville et pourtant l’atmosphère dans chacun de ces parcs est totalement différente: saine. C’est peut-être ceci qui m’a le plus marqué lors de ce voyage, car cela contraste beaucoup avec Paris qui est une grande ville, mais pas autant que New York par exemple. Et pourtant New York ou Boston ont atteint leur but car ces deux villes réussissent à nous replacer dans la nature que nous recherchons pour son calme et le repos de l’esprit qu’elle procure.

Ici, le sport aide les gens à se détendre, socialiser CAMILLE DROUET e sport aux Etats-Unis est tout d’abord un moyen de se défouler comme tous les jeunes de n’importe quel pays. Il est cependant beaucoup plus présent dans la vie de tous les jours. Tout d’abord l’école possède de multiples équipes (football, hockey, lacrosse…), et il n’est pas rare de connaître un Américain ou Américaine qui pratique deux ou trois sports différents de façon intensive. Les locaux sont aussi aménagés pour recevoir des compétitions mais aussi pour de simples cours de sport. Ainsi, une piscine, plusieurs terrains de tennis, de baseball et bien d’autres sont à la disposition des élèves. Mais le sport n’est pas uniquement PAR


présent à l’école. Les médias comme la télévision et les journaux passent et repassent en boucle les résultats des différents matchs. La publicité est aussi un bon moyen de mettre au rang de star les différents sportifs. Le sport est aussi présent dans tous types de conversations. Ainsi il n’est pas rare de parler à un déjeuner de famille du dernier match des Red Sox, la fameuse équipe de baseball bostonienne en grande compétition avec les Yankees de New York. Pour chaque Américain et Américaine le sport est donc un moyen de dépense physique et de détente, mais aussi de se construire une réputation sociale plus ou moins importante en fonction des différentes équipes auxquelles vous appartenez.

Assister à deux audiences dans une cour à Boston

MARGAUX D’ENFERT Quand nous avons visité la cour fédérale, c’était très intéressante. En effet, notre professeur connaissait un membre de cette organisation, et nous avons donc eu le droit à une visite plus ou moins guidée du bâtiment. Nous avons pu assister à deux audiences. La première audience, une audience en appel, était plutôt complexe puisqu’il s’agissait de termes techniques. L’avocat devait défendre une entreprise qui avait subi une faillite. Dans ce but, il essayait d’expliquer aux juges sa version d’un mot, afin de le mettre dans un contexte qui pourrait l’aider. Dans une entrevue avec les juges, ils nous ont expliqué que les juges, contrairement aux juges français, ont souvent à débattre par rapport aux textes de loi. Et ils ont aussi souvent recours à d’ancien procès pour voir comment la procédure avait été appliquée à ce moment-là. La seconde audience était une audience pénale entre un travailleur des chemins de fer et une compagnie de chemin de fer. Le plaignant avait longtemps souffert de problèmes de dos et il accusait la compagnie d’en être responsable. Il avait en effet subit un accident dans un train, à cause à priori d’une défaillance technique. Nous n’avons pu entendre que la plaidoirie de l’avocat de la compagnie. Il racontait comment les problèmes de dos PAR

Margaux d’Enfert “La visite était intéressante dans la mesure où elle était exceptionnelle et où nous avons pu comprendre mieux le système juridique français.” de l’homme avaient commencé avant cet accident. Il disait que même si le métier de cet homme était compliqué, la compagnie n’avait rien à voir avec les maladies. C’était en effet son choix et l’avocat a essayé en citant des rapports de divers médecins de montrer que l’accident n’avait rien à voir avec l’accident. Nous n’avons pas pu entendre le résultat du procès puisque nous sommes partis plus tôt afin de recevoir des explications à propos du système judiciaire américain. Il existe de nombreux différences avec le système français puisque des jurés décident toujours la sanction appliquée à l’accusé aux Etats-Unis alors qu’en France dans la plupart des cours, cette décision revient au juge. La visite était intéressante dans la mesure où elle était exceptionnelle et où nous avons pu comprendre mieux le système juridique français. De plus le bâtiment avait une architecture très intéressante, puisque le building était très moderne et ouvert sur la mer.

Une famille est ensemble au village de Yako.

Massillon, North travaillent pour aider Burkina Faso Concert ici pour gagner des fonds ELLEN SARKISIAN ALISA ZELIGER otre liaison avec l’école Massillon est importante pour deux raisons. D’abord, c’est l’échange française avec cette école qui permet aux étudiants américains d’étudier à Paris et de goûter la vie parisienne. L’autre raison c’est la contribution au pays de Burkina Faso, qui se trouve dans l’Afrique de l’Ouest. Ceci a commencé l’année dernière. Les élèves sur l’échange française ont eu l’idée après avoir vu les efforts au Burkina Faso par des étudiants et professeurs à Massillon. Maintenant, la classe française de Fiona Blyth a une liaison avec une école au village de Yako au nord-ouest de la capitale, Ougadougou. Il y avait un concert vendredi, le 8 mai a cette école. Des groupes de Newton ont participé et les élèves de Mme. Blyth ont vendu des pâtisseries pour gagner des fonds à envoyer à Yako. Par contre, le premier rapport entre Burkina Faso et Massillon a commencé il y a longtemps. M. André Silga, un prof de maths à l’école Massillon, y est allé en 1980. En 1982, Massillon a fondé une organisation nongouvernmentale qui avait comme but d’aider le collège Joseph Moukassa a Koudougou, selon un article par David Phelan, un des géniteurs de Mirettes. Silga, des étudiants et adultes comme Mme. Corinne Laparra, qui est l’organisatrice, ont contribué de leurs mains ainsi que leurs poches et ont pu donner certains avantages à cette ville appauvrie. Le pays était autrefois connu par le nom d’Upper Volta. Le nom “Burkina Faso” se traduit “Pays des Hommes Intègres.” Au Burkina Faso, il peut arriver que pendant quatre mois il ne pleut presque pas. Et parfois, la pluie détruit les habitations en terre. Aussi, il n’y a pas beaucoup de rues goudronnées. Certains des jeunes doivent marcher de très longues distances pour arriver à l’ecole. En fait, en ce moment des élèves de l’école Massillon aident à construire un nouveau bâtiment pour les filles qui étudiPAR ET


grace à Yassiha Yelkouni

Dans le village: Une jeune fille est dehors d’une maison à Yako.

ent à l’école, car c’est trop dangereux d’y aller à pied et surtout de rentrer chez elles pendant la nuit. Chaque bâtiment peut accommoder 15 filles. Elles vont y habiter pendant leur scolarité. Il y a plein d’opportunités pour aider cette cause magnifique. On peut toujours contribuer de l’argent, devenir correspondant avec les étudiants à Burkina Faso et aussi, ce qui est le plus important, parler de Burkina Faso et mettre le monde au courant. Si vous voudriez contribuer à Yako, contactez les élèves de Mme. Blyth à ou parlez avec Mme. Blyth à la salle 370.

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Moyens de transport

Beaucoup de gens prennent le métro, mais à Paris on aime aussi faire la promenade JOCIE SOBIERAJ es moyens de transport à Paris et aux Etats-Unis sont différents. Beaucoup de personnes utilisent le métro ou vont à pied à Paris. Au métro, on prend une carte pour une semaine ou pour un mois et l’on peut aller et venir comme on veut. C’est aussi possible d’acheter un “Charlie Card” qui est assez pareille pour le “T” ici. Un autre moyen de transport populaire en France est d’aller à pied. Tous les jours, j’allais à l’école à pied avec ma correspondante, parce qu’elle habite près de l’école. Ceci est populaire de même ici avec les élèves qui habitent près de l’école. En France, il ne neige pas souvent pendant l’hiver. Quand il neige, cela ne reste pas longtemps. Donc, il n’y a jamais de glace sur les rues, et il est facile d’aller à pied. Les classes ne sont jamais annulées quand il neige. Il y a des grands monuments aussi qui aident à se retrouver si on est perdu. C’est nécessaire pour tous les touristes qui viennent à Paris. Dans les rues, il y a beaucoup de cafés. Il y a des magasins aussi, comme des supermarchés et des boutiques. S’il fait beau, c’est idéal pour faire une promenade. On peut s’arrêter au café pour le déjeuner ou pour prendre un café. On peut acheter un cassecroûte, comme les crêpes ou les gauffres, prendre quelque chose à boire et puis continuer en promenade. PAR


grâce à Helen Smith

La Coulée Verte

Au-dessus de la rue, ce jardin à gauche, connu par le nom de la Coulée Verte, est invisible jusqu’à ce qu’on monte des escaliers. C’est construit sur un viaduc de chemin de fer élévé qui a été abandonnée. En bas de la section élevée du jardin se trouve le Viaduc des Arts, où des ateliers, des cafés et des magasins sont construits au-dessous des arches.

Deux écoles, deux systèmes LAURA VALLEY Tous les jours, l’école commence à la même heure à cette école. Mais à Massillon à Paris, les classes commencent à 8h 30 ou 9h 30, dépendant du cours. Les étudiants à Massillon restent avec les mêmes élèves dans la même salle de classe toute la journée, et ne changent pas de salle de classe chaque période comme chaque étudiant ici. Mais chez nous, c’est rare d’avoir le même groupe d’étudiants dans plusieurs classes. La grandeur de l’école ici est très différente aussi. Camille Drouet, une étudiante à Massillon, dit que l’école consiste en à peu près 500 étudiants. Ici, nous avons cinq fois plus que cela. À Massillon, les étudiants finissent l’école entre 17h et 18h chaque jour. Les classes ici finissent à 14h 20 lundi et ven-

dredi, 14h 35 mardi et jeudi, et 15h moins cinq mercredi. Les étudiants à Massillon ont entre une heure et une heure et demie pour le déjeuner, alors que dépendant si c’est un bloc long ou pas, les étudiants ici ont 25 ou 35 minutes pour déjeuner. La dernière grande différence est qu’il y a 15 minutes entre classes à Massillon, alors qu’ici il y a un temps de passage de cinq minutes. Chaque système a ses avantages et ses inconvénients pour les étudiants. Par exemple, c’est bénéficiaire aux étudiants de commencer l’école plus tard, comme à Massillon, mais alors ils ont moins de temps pour faire leurs devoirs puisqu’ils ne rentrent pas à la maison jusqu’à au moins 18h. Le temps court de passage de classe pour les étudiants ici permet d’avoir plus de temps libre après l’école.

JEANNE CHALUMEAU La première chose qui m’a frappée quand je suis arrivée fut le lycée. Un bâtiment d’une allure bien différente de celle de Massillon, croyez-moi. Un vrai labyrinthe de plusieurs hectares tout de briques et de métal. La journée débute, près de 2,000 élèves arrivent peu à peu aux alentours de 7h45. Les cours commencent, la découverte du labyrinthe également.

Contrairement aux écoles françaises, les tables sont pour la plupart disposées en rond, permettant une meilleure convivialité entre les élèves. Je fus surprise par le fait que malgré la liberté accordée aux élèves, les classes restent tout de même assez silencieuses. J’ai pu tirer comme conclusion de cette expérience dans ce lycée que les préjugés concernant les établissements américains n’étaient pas exactement bien fondés.


Malgré la liberté ici, les étudiants travaillent PAR

Gaby Perez-Dietz

L’hôtel de ville: Ici à Newton, l’hôtel de ville se trouve dans un endroit plus reservée en contraste avec celui à Paris, qui se trouve au milieu de la ville.

Pas de centre-ville ici

On dépend des voitures pour le transport ANTOINE VIBIEN n peut observer une grande différence entre les banlieues françaises et américaines. Les villes des banlieues américaines n’ont pas de centre-ville, contrairement aux villes des banlieues françaises. Autour de Paris on peut toujours trouver un magasin près de chez soi; même si on se trouve dans un quartier d`habitations, contrairement à Newton. C’est assez déçevant de ne pas avoir de centre-ville, car c’est un lieu convivial où PAR


l’on peut facilement se rencontrer, mais ici chaque fois que l’on a besoin de quelque chose, il faut prendre la voiture. C’est une autre différence entre les banlieues. Le réseau de transport est développé même dans les banlieues éloignées ce qui n’est pas le cas à Newton, tout étant axé sur le déplacement en voiture. Mais les deux banlieues ont un point commun: Toutes les maisons se ressemblent, ce qui rend impossible de les distinguer quand on vient d’arriver, ou quand on n’habite pas en banlieue.

Pâtisseries italiennes, américaines, et françaises.

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Oliviers, amandiers en plein soleil au Sud ROSIE MCINNES Pendant les vacances en France, je suis allée avec ma correspondante et sa famille au Sud. Le Sud est très différent de Paris, et j’ai vraiment eu beaucoup de chance d’y aller. Nous sommes allés dans une petite ville qui s’appelle Clarensac, près de Nîmes, et nous sommes restés avec ses grands-parents, qui y habitent. Dès le premier jour à Clarensac, j’ai pu voir toutes les différences entre le Sud et Paris. Premièrement, il faisait beau et il y avait beaucoup de soleil et de vent. En passant en voiture, j’ai vu les oliviers, les amandiers, les montagnes et la belle campagne. J’ai vu une grande, vieille maison en pierre qui avait une belle cave. Pendant une semaine, nous avons exPAR

plorés les villes du Sud à vélo, à pied et en voiture. J’ai vu Marseille, une belle ville à côté de la mer, où j’ai pris une bouillabaisse, une soupe de poisson; Uzès, où nous sommes allés à un grand marché; AiguesMortes, une ville entourée des remparts; et Aix-en-Provence, une ville avec des universités. Toutes ces villes sont différentes, avec l’architecture, la cuisine et le style de vie. Mais aussi, toutes sont françaises et similaires. J’ai très bien dîné dans le Sud. A Clarensac, la grand-mère de Jeanne, ma correspondante, cuisine très bien. J’ai goûté du lapin, du foie gras et beaucoup d’autres plats de viande, et du fromage, bien sûr. En particulier dans le Sud, j’ai aimé la boutique à l’usine Haribo, où j’ai acheté des bonbons.

Rosie McInnes

Dans le Sud: Le soleil réchauffe les tuiles sur les toits des maisons.

Prendre de bons mets en famille à Perpignan ANA MIJAILOVIC Pendant les vacances, je suis allée a Perpignan avec ma correspondante, Marion, et sa famille. Perpignan est une très belle ville du Sud. Là-bas habitent les grands-parents de Marion, et nous leur avons rendu visite. Sa grand-mère est une très bonne cuisinière. Chaque jour elle a fait la cuisine pour nous. La nourriture était merveilleuse PAR

Les cafés sont divers

ALISA ZELIGER Il y a deux sortes de cafés. Ceux qui sont peut-être un peu élitistes, par exemple “Le Café Français” et “Le Café Beaubourg,” sont en fait les endroits parfaits pour travailler car le plupart du temps, ils sont tranquils et spacieux. On peut faire une pause parce qu’il y a de la nourriture incroyable et raffinée. L’autre sorte de café est plus courante, par exemple “l’Eléphant Noctambule” et “Le Sully.” C’est à dire ce sont des cafés où le comptoir est l’attrait principal. Le matin, les gens viennent plutôt seuls pour se préparer avant le travail mais par contre, pendant la journée, ils y viennent avec leurs collègues ou amis pour un petit café. Le café est un lieu très vivant. J’ai demandé l’opinion des parents de ma correspondante française à propos des bons cafés, et voila ce que j’ai trouvé. Un bon café a besoin d’un “service discret mais élégant.” C’est à dire que les serveurs doivent avoir de l’humour mais jamais de familiarité. Les deux parents étaient de l’avis qu’il faut que les serveurs soient polis et aient de l’esprit. PAR

et délicieuse. Pour le dîner, nous avons pris de la soupe, de la viande ou des pâtes, et après le dîner, du fromage. Mes mets préférées étaient les saucisses grillées et le camembert avec du pain. Aussi, j’ai aimé un gâteau aux abricots et caramel. C’était très délicieux. J’ai adoré Perpignan, les grands-parents de Marion et la nourriture, et j’espère que j’y retournerai à nouveau.

Parisiennes ont un style chic,unique PAR ISABEL

Eleana Gudema

Une pause: Avant leur retour ici le 6 mars, sophomores Annisya Bagdonas, Isabel Dover et Ana Mijailovic se détendent à un café à Paris.

DOVER Paris est le centre du monde de la mode. A Paris, tous les gens font des grands efforts pour s’habiller à la mode. Il me semble que tout le monde s’habille très bien et prend beaucoup de temps. On dépense beaucoup d’argent pour bien s’habiller. En général en hiver, les filles et les femmes portent des couleurs très foncées pour réfléchir la saison. Elles mettent toutes sortes des bottes: à hauts talons, à petits talons, des bottines et des bottes hautes. Aussi, les vestes en cuir sont très populaires. Toutes les femmes portent des écharpes. Le style d’une Parisienne est un style chic et unique. Les garçons, en général, ne portent pas de vêtements larges comme aux Etats-Unis. Ils mettent des vêtements à leur taille. Beaucoup d’adolescents portent des jeans très serrés avec des T-shirts et des pulls. Le style des garçons à Paris est très différent du style des garçons à Boston.

Heureuse dʼavoir fait la connaissance dʼun petit frère et dʼune petite soeur

ELEANA GUDEMA Je suis fille unique, et j’ai souhaité un frère ou une soeur toute ma vie. Quand je me suis rendue compte que la jeune fille française chez laquelle je resterai avait un jeune frère et une jeune soeur, j’étais extrêmement heureuse. Enfin, j’aurais un frère et une petite sœur. Mes amis qui ont des frères et soeurs plus jeunes m’ont toujours dit, “Ils sont enPAR

grâce à Alisa Zeliger

En famille: Alisa Zeliger avec sa correspondante Paloma Lombard.


Ce 28ième numéro de Mirettes rejoint les efforts de bien des étudiants américains et français qui ont participé à l’échange de Newton North et les éditeurs du Newtonite. Mirettes compte une fois de plus sur une de ses géniteurs, Helen Smith, professeur de journalisme. Nous remercions Fiona Blyth, Norman Gaudet et Suzanne Putzeys, professeurs de français.

Cette édition est dédiée encore une fois à la mémoire de David Phelan, qui était le chef de département des langues étrangères, 1979-2000. rédacteur Ellen Sarkisian rédacteurs pour les graphiques Prateek Allapur Matt Kalish production Prateek Allapur

nuyeux” et “J’aurais souhaité ne pas avoir de frère ou de soeur.” Ils les adorent, mais vous voulez toujours ce que vous n’avez pas. Je les ignorais. J’étais trop anxieuse. Vont-ils être comme moi? Serais-je capable de communiquer avec eux? Enfin je suis arrivée à Paris. Naomi, ma correspondante française, et sa mère, Véronique, sont venues me chercher à l’aéroport.

écrivains de Massillon Jeanne Chalumeau Elvire Desjonquères Camille Drouet Paloma Lombard Franck Mudiayi Antoine Vibien Alexis Zacchi écrivains de Newton North Annisya Bagdonas Isabel Dover Eleana Gudema Helen Smith Rosie McInnes Ana Mijailovic

Nous sommes allées à leur appartement et sur leur porte il y avaient des dessins où étaient écrits “Bonjour!” et “Bienvenue Eleana!” Je me suis sentie bienvenue et prête à faire leur connaissance. Je suis heureuse d’avoir eu cette expérience. Sa soeur Elsa et son frère Michael ont été très gentils avec moi et très contents d’avoir une étrangère dans leur maison. Je leur remercie de m’avoir accueillie.

Jocie Sobieraj Laura Valley Alisa Zeliger photographie Eleana Gudema Matt Kalish Rosie McInnes Gaby Perez-Dietz Alisa Zeliger conseillers Fiona Blyth Norman Gaudet Suzanne Putzeys Helen Smith

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Friday, May 15, 2009


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Students present 80 exhibits to public M

ELI DAVIDOW ain Street was a stage, an athletic field and a classroom with more than 80 exhibits at the second Student Showcase Thursday, April 30. “It’s more like a festival,” said Ken Parker, a mayoral candidate. “I’ve spent a lot of time in this building, and I haven’t seen Main Street quite like this before.” Parker said the Student Showcase displayed “the tremendous amount of talent at Newton North High School.” “I’m impressed,” he said. “I’m amazed by the students’ spirit and enthusiasm. Their creativity is inspiring.” Another mayoral candidate, Setti Warren ’88, said every station had something special to offer. “What makes me feel good is that Newton North is just flourishing, with so many sports, arts and academic programs doing so well,” he said. Claudia Wu, a parent coordinator with Kristen Grannon and Maureen Sullivan, said this year’s Student Showcase was to benefit the Educational Excellence Campaign. The Student Showcase raised about $35,000, which passed the event’s original goal of $25,000, Wu said. Proceeds will go towards ◆lab equipment to develop the teaching of biotechnology ◆new computers to continue improving technology facilities ◆and training to support the development of collaborative teacher teams, Wu said. Presentations, a sampling of which appear on this page, showcased academics, athletics, career and technical education, clubs and fine arts. BY

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Biodiesel: Junior Alex Feinberg and sophomore Nick Santana showcase a processor that turns grease into an alternate fuel.


Sophomores Cory McDade and Maddie Perry worked on an interactive whiteboard with computer teacher Chris Murphy. This new technology, “a combination of a whiteboard and a computer,” showed how one could plot points on a graph in math classes, Perry said. Special education teacher Keren Sammett, whose daughter Leora just started in the Newton Public Schools, said, “I continue to be amazed by the variety of options that will be at this school some day. “I’m thrilled that my daughter will be at Newton North in the future.”


Cheerleaders demonstrated different stunts. “We wanted to show stunts people normally can’t do— something fun and exciting,” said junior Michelle Ng, a member. They also invited young audience members to participate in their routines, holding some up in the air. The cheerleaders perform at football games, pep rallies and competitions, Ng said. Tryouts for next fall are June 16, 17 and 18, she said.

Career and tech

At the biodiesel station, English teacher Steve Chinosi presented a processor that his English class had created two years ago. “The processor recycles grease from the cafeteria and turns it into usable fuel,” Chinosi said. “We’re offering a biodiesel career and tech ed. class next year. It combines both science and engineering in one class.” A parent, Joel Shames, called the project “exciting.” “It shows how creative the school is and how open it is to teaching cross-disciplinary subjects,” he said.

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Traditional dance: Junior Shweta Shankar performs an Indian dance called “Bharat Natyam.”

Cheerleaders: Sophomore Corrinne Beatrice, senior Jessica Stubblefield and junior Rian Murphy base junior Michelle Ng in a stunt called a prep.


In the film lecture hall, the Speech Team demonstrated a competition. Junior Jen Diamond, a member, said people have misconceptions about what speech involves. “People usually think that the team gives political speeches, but it’s really like competitive acting,” she said. Public speaking is a necessary skill in the long run, said junior Melissa Lozada-Oliva, another member. “It’s a really important tool after high school because it helps you get in front of small audiences.”

Fine arts

Juniors Paul Batchelor and Brendan Michael Hathaway performed a duet in the library called “The Ukulele Brothers.” They both played ukuleles in “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” by Hal David and Burt Bacharach and “Last Date” by Floyd Cramer. Batchelor played bass for “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman, the duet’s closing song. Hathaway said that cheerful music works well for the ukulele. “Our songs are jolly,” he said. “The ukulele is so adorable, and it brings smile to people’s faces.” A parent, Cindy Carter, said the combination of bass and ukulele make for an interesting contrast. “It was fun seeing someone play a really big instrument and a really small instrument together,” she said. MARENA COLE AND ALICIA ZHAO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY.

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Forte: Junior Joella Tepper, an alto, solos as seniors Chloe Langham, Olivia Donnini, Julia Hausman and Emma Mayville accompany her in Newton North’s all-female group.

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Helping rebuild in New Orleans C arpentry students described how the trip to New Orleans last month furthered their education.

Houses mean heritage

I was able to use my carpentry knowledge and apply it to a reallife situation. In this case, it was more challenging because the house we were working in had excessive termite and mold damage. I learned how to make a wind brace and what its purpose is: to give the wall more support. For me to work on one of the houses has brought me great pride in that I helped to save a family’s ancestry and heritage. Unfortunately, the citizens of New Orleans who lost their homes can’t rebuild or buy new ones. They have no insurance. America has to refocus its attention on the Katrina victims who are still having trouble in rebuilding their lives. —BRANDON DUCKHAM

For the Harris family

I’m only a sophomore so I didn’t think I would be ready for fixing up a house that had been trashed by a flood. When I got to the house, my Carpentry crew and I walked through it, and it seemed to need a lot of pieces replaced such as studs, rafters and window frames. We started working and it felt as if it came naturally to us, but I think it was because of the good we were doing and trying hard not to mess anything up for the owner. The owner’s name is Mrs. Harris. Her son drowned swimming to the rescue boat, and her husband is paralyzed from trauma. When rebuilding a house for a person who is living without her son and with a crippled husband, you try to do your best to lift some weight off her shoulders. This experience will stick with

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me for the rest of my life. I will never forget the time I helped Mrs. Harris. —RYAN GRIFFIN

Hardship in Lower 9th

The Leadership and Carpentry trip showed students what an aftermath of a natural and political disaster looks like. I think it is hard for someone from Newton, a mostly middle class city, to understand suffering on a large scale. Everyone here is used to an easy life, and when someone from a place like Newton goes to New Orleans it is a huge transition. It is so devastated. —SAM KINSELLA

Group works in Broadmoore Brian Zabchuk

Work site: Carpentry students helped restore this house.

Red ‘X’ on doors, walls

Almost every house that we went by in the area had a red “X” on the doors or the walls. Some of the houses hadn’t even been changed since Katrina. The house we worked on had a lot of termite damage done to the studs, the window frame and the floor joist. It took us three days to just fix these three problems, and had we stayed longer, we would have done much more. —GARRETT TURNER

Brown waterline

We learned that what we depend on–that we think could never go away–can go away. When we walked in the house we were working in, the first thing we saw was the brown waterline above our heads. Then when we walked upstairs, we saw that most of the studs (wall supports) needed to be replaced. Then we started to dig deeper into the house and we noticed bigger problems. The floor beams and the sills had been rotted from the storm. We fixed a lot of the problems in the house, but there were still many more problems. —BRIAN ZABCHUK

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Preparation for repairs: Sophomores Ryan Griffin and Mike McCoy remove a piece of rotted timber.

MATT BERKOWITZ ased at the Free Church of the Annunciation in the Broadmoore neighborhood of New Orleans, we could see the devastion that remains from Hurricane Katrina. Thirty-two students from the Leadership class and seven Carpentry students went to New Orleans Sunday, April 26 and returned Thursday, April 30 with English teachers Inez Dover and Peter Goddard, Carpentry teacher Garrett Tingle and parent Margaret Van Gelder. Leadership classes have volunteered in New Orleans three times in the past three years. After we got situated, we met in the downstairs area of the church, and a man we called Mr. James welcomed our group. He described the effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. “It was like a war zone,” he said. “There was nothing.” I could see remnants of the hurricane still apparent nearly 44 months after it hit. There were homes with completely destroyed porches that had not been touched since the hurricane struck. The Broadmoore neighborhood where we were staying had once sat under four feet of water. Monday through Wednesday we worked in groups. One stayed at the church to perform odd jobs, and Dover, Goddard, Van Gelder and Tingle took others to work at houses. My group helped to paint a house. First, we put ladders from the church into the church’s pickup truck. The truck went to each work site and dropped the ladders off. Another man who works for the church came with us and showed us how to set up the ladders. We chipped off old paint the whole day nearly three stories from the ground. The next day, my group applied paint to the outside of house. Its inside was empty, but all the walls were painted and ready to have electricity turned on. Two evenings, we watched Spike Lee’s documentary “When the Levees Broke,” a film about Katrina and its aftermath. Wednesday, we traveled as a group to New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, an area that was particularly devastated by Katrina. This neighborhood is next to a canal, and flood waters had poured in. The area is cleared of débris now, but there are many empty overgrown grass lots where homes used to be. It was amazing to look at the barren land and think that just a few years ago we would have been standing in the middle of a densely populated neighborhood. There is still much work to be done. BY



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Junior among Bentley’s annual ‘Tomorrow25’

REBECCA HARRIS Bentley University has honored junior Rebecca Kantar for her leadership in fighting child sex slavery. Along with 24 other high school juniors from 11 states and from countries including Canada, Greece, Jordan and Turkey, Kantar is a winner in the university’s fifth annual “Tomorrow25” competition. Kantar volunteers for Minga, an organization that works BY

against the child sex trade. She directed an Art Celebration fundraiser that raised $16,000 for Minga. She also worked with students courtesy Bentley from Harvard, Rebecca Tufts and Kantar Northeastern to give a conference called Des-

tination Freedom April 6. “The goal of this event was to unite non-profit organizations, experts and students working in the field of human trafficking in order to concentrate efforts and ensure efficiency, innovation and collaboration,” she said. Kantar also coordinated efforts to increase the academic focus on slavery with Kevin Bates, president of Free the Slaves; local university students and professors; and non-profit

organizations. In addition, she helped organize a fashion show to benefit Minga Sunday, March 15, as part of the Minga Club she founded here this year. According to materials from Bentley, “Tomorrow25” is “an annual worldwide search for 25 outstanding high school juniors who demonstrate initiative, citizenship, technological savvy, cultural awareness, social responsibility, a passion for the real world of

people and organizations, and a commitment to making positive things happen in their communities or schools.” Kantar said that she met Van Jones, President Obama’s special adviser for green jobs at the Bentley ceremony. “Minga will be going on a road trip around the country, and the White House is likely now a stop along the way,” she said. Rep. Kay Khan recommended Kantar for the award.

journalism in New England over the course of nearly four decades is second only to Robert Baram himself. “She is the editor of the two most widely used journalism textbooks in the country. “In the days following the Hazelwood Decision’s stripping of students’ right to free expression, it was her calm counsel and political intelligence that prevailed. “To paraphrase John Adams’ description of Benjamin Franklin, in our darkest hour, she struck the ground with her staff and up sprang Nick Paleologos, the chairman of the House Committee on Education, who shepherded our students and their bill through the House, the Senate and onto the governor’s desk almost before the ink was dry on the Supreme Court’s hideous decision. “She has traveled New England tirelessly, speaking at conferences, coaching new advisers and encouraging the first weak shoots of dozens of school newspapers across the region into

powerful voices for their fellow students and their communities. “In recent years she has spent her summers bringing the gospel of the First Amendment to schools in Africa and Central Asia—in one case to a community so poor that the students preferred to work in pencil so that they could erase their articles and reuse the paper for the next thing they wrote. “Since Bob Baram’s retirement, she has been the heart and soul of this organization and the guiding light of this conference. “There are times, in fact, that I think she channels Bob’s spirit. “I know of no one else who could have carried on his work and his vision more tirelessly or fearlessly. “And yet, despite all these accomplishments, this woman is the most modest person I know. Indeed she may be the most modest person I have met in my career. “She is a dear friend and colleague, and the godmother of scholastic journalism in New England.”

Teacher wins award for journalism leadership PRATEEK ALLAPUR English teacher Helen Smith, the adviser of the Newtonite since 1973, received the Robert Baram Award at the New England Scholastic Press Association’s conference at Boston University Friday, May 1. The award honors New England scholastic publications advisers who have helped students raise their sights and their standards in the practice of school journalism, according to criteria the NESPA board developed. Consideration for the award is based on an adviser’s contributions to the cause of ethical, thorough and articulate scholastic journalism in the adviser’s school and community, and an adviser’s support for school journalists in all facets of their efforts to present credible and useful material to their audience. The NESPA board presents the award on a discretionary rather than an annual basis. Harry Proudfoot, an adviser at Westport High School and the NESPA secretary, presented the award. “The Robert Baram Award is named for the founder and longtime executive director of the New England Scholastic Press BY

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Robert Baram Award: Newtonite adviser Helen Smith listens to Westport High publications adviser Harry Proudfoot read her citation at Boston University Friday, May 1. Association,” Proudfoot said. “It is the highest award this organization confers on any adult, and it is awarded to an individual who has had a deep and lasting impact on scholastic journalism, not only in his or her school, but in New England in general. “Over the dozen years since it was first awarded, only six

individuals have been honored with it. “Frankly, the person who will receive this award today should have been its first recipient. “Her impact on scholastic

Publication honors

Thoughtprints all-New England; Recognition for two on Newtonite MARENA COLE Students have received recognition for their work on two of this school’s publications. Thoughtprints, the literary and art magazine, won the first place all-New England award in scholastic editing and publishing from the New England Scholastic Press Association, said English teacher Helen Smith, the organization’s executive director. Also, senior Jacob Tang, production manager of this newspaBY

per for two years, has won a national award for ad design from Quill and Scroll Society, based at the University of Iowa. The prize-winning ad, “Go Tigers, beat Brookline,” ran as a full page in the November 21 issue. In addition, sophomore Teddy Wenneker, a Newtonite photography editor, has his photos on display online on the website of the College of Communication at Boston University.

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Softball makes tourney

EMMETT GREENBERG Softball qualified for the State Tournament 10 days ago by winning in Natick 4-2. “It’s just kind of comforting that we qualified this early,” coach Lauren Baugher said. A key member of the Tigers’ offense is senior Tiffany Hamann, whose batting average Wednesday was .435. After hosting Brookline Monday, the Tigers, 12-5 Wednesday, expect to visit a motivated Rockets team in Needham Wednesday. It will be the Rockets’ senior night, Baugher said. In recent action, the Tigers defeated Weymouth 4-0 in Weymouth Wednesday. Junior Rae Copan was two for three at the plate, “pitched well and played extremely good defense,” Baugher said. Monday, the Tigers beat Dedham here, 4-0. Hamann was one for two with two stolen bases, junior Leanne Precopio was two for four with an RBI, and Copan was two for three with two RBIs and six strikeouts. Pitching, Copan allowed Dedham three hits. Last Friday, Braintree handed the Tigers a 1-0 loss. Copan was the only player to have a hit for the Tigers. “It was a good game

Track teams win BSC


JOSH BAKAN ELLIOT RAFF Winning the Bay State Conference, boys’ and girls’ track, both 7-0, will send members to the State Relays tomorrow in Andover. The boys have “always done well in State Relays,” coach Jim Blackburn said. Saturday, May 30, members will participate in the Class A Meet in Andover. Wednesday, the Tigers visited the Perkins School for the Blind for a “non-competitive meet,” Blackburn said. Tuesday at Framingham, the Tigers beat the Flyers 86-49. Saturday, the Tigers sent members to the Coaches Meet at Durfee in Fall River. Highlights included senior Dan Hamilton finishing fourth in the two-mile at 9:37, Blackburn said. Wednesday, May 6 at Needham, the Tigers beat the Rockets 98-33. At the Weston Invitational Saturday, May 2, Hamilton finished second in the two-mile with 9:35 and junior Michael Goldenberg finished sixth in the two-mile BY


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Against Braintree: Freshman Katie Caruso plays shortstop. The Wamps won 10-0 April 13. The Tigers were 12-5 Wednesday. all around,” Baugher said. “They just capitalized when they had people on base, and we didn’t have anybody on base.” Monday, May 4, the Tigers

beat Framingham 7-0 at home, and Friday, May 1, the Tigers beat Needham here 7-0. The Tigers were to have hosted Wellesley yesterday.

with 9:52. Speaking about the girls’ relay prospects, senior Carolyn Ranti, a captain with seniors Sophie Duncan, Michele Kaufman and Emma Kornetsky, said the long jump relay with Kaufman, Kornetsky and sophomore Amy Ren “should do really well, since they broke the state record this year.” Saturday, May 23, the Tigers visit Norwell for a three-team meet against Norwell and Notre Dame, which the Tigers will use to get ready for the State Meet in Andover Saturday, May 30. Tuesday at Framingham, the Tigers beat the Flyers 92-44. Saturday, May 9, the Tigers sent members to the State Coaches Meet for individuals. Coach Joe Tranchita said highlights included Ranti finishing third in the 800 with 2:17.7 and freshman Steph Brown finishing fourth in the pole vault with nine feet. Tuesday, May 5 at Needham, the Tigers beat the Rockets 10126. At the Weston Invitational Saturday, May 2, Kaufman finished first in hurdles with 15.63.

Baseball’s offense improves JOSH BAKAN With the return of senior Billy Uberti, baseball, 5-8 Wednesday, has improved on offense, coach Joe Siciliano said. “Uberti’s batting around .400 and the people around him in the lineup are hitting better,” Siciliano said. Also improving are seniors Leighton Culici and Charlie Pappas because they’ve been hitting consistently and getting key base hits, he said. Looking ahead, when the Tigers visit Brookline Monday, they could find “one of the best pitchers in the league.” Hosting Needham Wednesday, they’ll face a team that has “lost a lot of one run games,” Siciliano said. The Tigers finish the regular season hosting South next Friday and then visiting Waltham SaturBY

day, May 23. “Both teams use aluminum bats, which we’re not used to,” Siciliano said. “We’ll need to get a lot of batting practice to prepare, and we’ll need to play our outfielders a lot deeper. “Waltham is a very good hitting team. It’s a good rivalry game.” In recent action, the Tigers won 14-0 at Weymouth Wednesday. Junior Eric Howard pitched seven shutout innings and gave up two hits. “We didn’t have any errors, and we also hit very well,” said senior James Krasker, a captain with Uberti and seniors Alex Clark and Lenny Tocci. Monday at Dedham, the Tigers beat the Marauders 6-0, and Pappas pitched six and a third

Volleyball in States JACOB BRUNELL By qualifying for the State Tournament, boys’ volleyball, 8-3, has exceeded expectations, coach Richard Barton said. “We have a chance to succeed if we capitalize on every opportunity,” Barton said. “We need to improve on our blocking.” Today, for their final match of the regular season, the Tigers visit Needham, “a very athletic team that has a height advantage,” Barton said. According to Needham coach Glen Hopkins, the Rockets “have a number of athletic players who have the ability to do some pretty good things on the court, but we also have some inexperience. Hopefully, at this stage of the season that won’t be as big a problem.” BY

The Tigers defeated Weymouth 3-1 Wednesday at Weymouth. “We played not so well the first game, but then we played better, then better, then best,” Barton said. The same thing happened in Braintree Monday and in Norwood Friday, when the Tigers won both matches 3-1, Barton said. At Brookline Wednesday, May 6, the Warriors beat the Tigers 3-0. “Brookline ran a new type of fast offense, and it took us a while to adjust,” Barton said. Monday, May 4, the Tigers beat Framingham here 3-0 after Natick won here 3-1 Friday, May 1, securing a spot in the postseason.

shutout innings. Last Friday, Braintree beat the Tigers here 4-3 after the Tigers beat Natick here 8-7 Wednesday, May 6. Monday, May 4 at Framingham, the Tigers beat the Flyers 12-2 after the Rockets won 2-1 in Needham Friday, May 1. The Tigers were to have visited Wellesley yesterday.

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Girls to visit Rockets

ELI DAVIDOW With the return of junior Brittany Jaillet, an attack wing, girls’ lacrosse, 7-7, has discovered new energy, said junior Kim Gillies, a co-captain with Jaillet and seniors Alyssa Hansen and Amanda Taylor. Jaillet, now healthy, adds to the team’s confidence, she said. Although Jaillet missed five games out of 14, she was leading the Tigers Tuesday with 33 goals. Hansen, a center-mid, is another leading scorer for the Tigers, with 29 Tuesday. Coach Kim Keefe called Hansen “by far the hardest worker on the team.” The Tigers will need to win two out of their next three games for a spot in the postseason, Keefe said. Today, the Tigers have a rematch with a “challenging” Needham team here, Keefe said. The Rockets beat the Tigers 17-5 Monday, April 27. Tomorrow, the Tigers host South, which will be an emotional game for both sides, Keefe said. In the Tigers’ last regular season game Monday at Braintree, Keefe said the Wamps, whom the Tigers beat 15-9 in Braintree Monday, May 4, will not pose a huge threat. In other recent action, the Tigers beat Brookline 15-7 Wednesday in Brookline. At Wellesley Monday, the Raiders, “one of the best teams in the league,” defeated the Tigers 21-0, Keefe said. Hosting Weymouth Friday, the Tigers won 18-5, and Keefe said the Tigers put together “one of the best games” she had ever seen. After beating Dedham here Wednesday, May 6 15-6, the Wamps in Braintree Monday, May 4 15-9 and Natick 13-11 in Natick Friday, May 1, the Tigers felt “a confidence boost,” Gillies said.

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Timeout: Boys’ lacrosse coach Bussy Adam talks over the game plan against Braintree here May 4. Around him are juniors Scott

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Guisti and Mike Vaglica, senior Mike Asaley and sophomores Sam Quigley and TJ Ryan. The Tigers won 7-6.

Defense a strength for 8-9 boys MEREDITH ABRAMS Leadership is crucial for boys’ lacrosse, 8-9, coach Bussy Adam said. “We have to continue to play well together and get everybody on the same page,” he said. Minimizing turnovers is another major focus because the Tigers average 22 to 23 turnovers per game, Adam said. Defense is a strength, especially playing together, communicating and playing aggressive, Adam said. Junior Mike Vaglica is the Tigers’ leading scorer, with 47 goals and 10 assists so far this BY

season. Other key players are junior Scott Giusti and senior Mike Asaley, who are both midfielders, Adam said. Giusti has 22 goals, two assists, 37 ground balls and is 66-23 for face-offs this season. Asaley has nine goals, nine assists and leads the team for ground balls with 65 so far this season. Senior Brian Tully, a captain, said the Tigers have the will to win. “We bring the mindset to put aside anything that would distract us,” he said. “You have to believe you will win no matter what and

refuse to accept anything less then a victory.” Hosting Needham today, the Tigers expect a challenge, Adam said. Needham coach David Wainwright said he expects a “fast paced, competitive game. It will come down to who can finish when they get their chances. “Offense has been a pretty consistent threat, but we lack depth at all positions,” he said. The Tigers visit Braintree Monday, they hope for a repeat of their victory here 7-6 Tuesday, May 4.

“The first quarter was probably our best quarter all season,” Adam said. “We possessed the ball, and won 13 out of 17 faceoffs.” Thursday, the Tigers host South, a game which Adam said “is probably going to be close.” Wednesday Brookline won 8-4 in Brookline and Monday Wellesley won 7-6 in Wellesley. In Weymouth Friday, May 8, the Wildcats beat the Tigers 7-3 after the Tigers had beaten the Marauders 22-0, Wednesday, May 6. Natick beat the Tigers 7-6 in overtime here Friday, May 1.

JOSH BAKAN Preparing for Sectionals, boys’ tennis, 9-6 Wednesday, is trying to improve from top to bottom, coach Phil Goldberg said. The Tigers beat Weymouth 50 at Weymouth Wednesday and qualified for the tournament. “We’re getting up to the net more and we’re keeping more balls in play,” Goldberg said. “Everyone’s trying hard.” Senior Andrew Whittum, a captain with senior Ben Cassidy, said that “younger players are stepping up at this time of year.”

Freshman Parker Swiston, who plays first doubles, has been “a real asset to the team,” Whittum said. Monday, the Tigers visit Brookline for a match the Tigers have a good chance to win, especially if they beat the Warriors’ double teams, Goldberg said. Wednesday, the Tigers will close the regular season hosting Needham, a “very strong team with good singles players,” Goldberg said. “All their singles players are

freshmen and they’re very talented.” Friday, the Tigers beat the Marauders 5-0 after beating Braintree 5-0 here last Friday. “They’re both weaker teams, but we stayed focused and didn’t underestimate them,” Whittum said. Thursday, May 8, Needham beat the Tigers 5-0 at Needham after the Tigers beat Natick here 5-0 Wednesday, May 7. Monday, May 4, the Flyers beat the Tigers 5-0.

pressure situation. The crowd is bigger, the volume is louder and people compete harder.” He cited senior Anitra Kloczewiak and junior Lee Ford, a captain with senior Perri Silverman, as the team’s top players. “Anitra has good athletic ability, and follows the game plan to the letter,” Gautschi said. “Lee just has the most experience of anyone on the team. Ford plays first singles and Kloczewiak plays second singles. Monday the Tigers visit Brookline, where they will be hoping for a repeat of their “incredible

win,” Friday, May 8, Kloczewiak said. “We won 5-0, but three matches went to three sets.” Visiting Needham Wednesday, Kloczewiak said the Rockets won 4-1 Friday, May 1. At Weymouth Wednesday, the Tigers won 5-0. “They were missing their best player, so that made them a lot weaker,” Kloczewiak said. “But I think we played better then them overall anyway.” Monday, hosting Dedham, the Tigers won 5-0. The Tigers were to have hosted Wellesley yesterday.

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Singles boosts girls’ tennis MEREDITH ABRAMS Girls’ tennis, 9-4 Wednesday, secured a spot in the tournament when they defeated Dedham 5-0 Monday. “It’s just great that we are in it,” coach John Gautschi said. “How we do is going to depend on the draw. “Typically teams from the Bay State Conference are the strongest in the South Sectionals, and are our major competition,” Gautschi said. “The girls are working on not getting down in pressure situations. “Every tournament game is a BY

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Against Braintree: Freshman Jesse Tripathi plays against the Wamps Friday at South. The Tigers won 5-0.


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