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Farewell to Toper ROBIN STIEGLITZ


rom is over, finals are approaching, and the weather is getting hot. Many students are not thinking about next year and all the changes including an eight-period day, no drop days, and shorter Wednesdays. One change, that has not slipped the minds of students and staff members alike, is the retirement of the White Plains High School Principal for six years, Mr. Ivan Toper. Mr. Toper came to the high school from Lincoln High School where he was a math teacher, a dream job of his, and then principal of the same Yonkers school. Mr. Toper got into the educational administration as a result of a friend’s challenge. A friend told him about an administrative training program he was applying for and challenged Mr. Toper to apply as well. Mr. Toper, being a competitive person, could not turn down the challenge. Both Mr. Toper and his friend were accepted into the program and were trained to become school administrators. After being recruited by a personnel director in White Plains, Mr. Toper met, then superintendent, Mr. Connors, and went through the vigorous interview

Friday, June 11, 2010

White Plains, New York

process. After being selected Mr. Toper said, “When we to be here. to become White Plains High talk about the achievement gap, Mrs. Dalto is also the adviSchool’s principal in 2004, Mr. it’s not a gap that we closed. sor to the General Organization. Timothy Connors, the superinten- We’ve allowed all students in the She said, “Mr. Toper taught me to dant at the time, called Mr. Toper high school to approach achieve- critique my objective when planto congratulate him. Mr. Toper ment at the same level. No matter ning an event and to see the total remembers one of the most pro- the race, all students are given the picture. By looking at all of the found things Mr. Connors said variables I was able to help the to him. “Enjoy the kids. You’ll G.O. (General Organization) figure out what to do. Make and the clubs create and sponsure to provide leadership.” sor successful events.” This is exactly what Mr. Mr. Toper has had other Toper aimed to do for his six very fond memories at the years as principal. He, along school. One of the best, he with others, has drastically said, was last year’s pep rally. changed the staff development “Almost two thousand people program. Mr. Toper also beand everyone did exactly what lieves strongly that the printhey had to do while working cipal should be seen walking together. Every person had a around the school, not behind great time. It truly was a mindsome desk all day. He always blowing day.” tried to walk around, greet the Mr. Toper also rememkids, show a smile, to make the bers the first summer school Mr. Ivan Toper, retiring principal of WPHS HANNAH MATUSOW graduation held. He remembers environment a friendly place. Co-workers agree that how happy the kids were and Mr. Toper was an active presence same opportunities at the same believes it was a “huge shift in in the hallways. Mr. Davis, Hon- level. That’s what I’m proud of.” thinking.” The graduates from ors and Advance Placement World Mr. Toper recalls some of summer school were not able History teacher, said, “White his fondest memories at the high to graduate with their class two Plains is bidding farewell to school. On one of his first days months earlier because they did our principal. He was more of a at the high school, he remembers not achieve all requirements. presence in the hallways than his being greeted by student activi- After successfully fulfilling their predecessor.” ties director, Paula Dalto, with a requirements, the students were Some of the teachers con- giant tiger balloon. Mr. Toper thrilled to graduate in front of their sider one of Mr. Toper’s greatest remembers how it was the per- teachers, families, and friends. accomplishments as bridging the sonal touches to the welcoming he Mr. Toper’s wife is happy “achievement gap” between races. received that made him so happy he is retiring. The two of them

can now visit their granddaughter, Ariah, in Texas more often. Being a husband, father of three, and grandfather of one, Mr. Toper felt, as principal of such a large school, he did not spend as much time as he would have liked with his family. Mr. Toper will not cease his work with children after retiring, because children are his passion. “After I retire I want to continue working with young people,” Toper says. “I may train new administrators or volunteer up in Rockland where I live. I still want to continue helping the kids in White Plains.” After forty-two years in the field of education, Mr. Toper bids a farewell to his staff, friends, and the students at the High School. When asked about one thing he would like to share with the students before he leaves, Mr. Toper took a brief pause to reflect back on all experiences he has had and seen over his career. “Appreciate how fortunate you are to be at a school like White Plains High School, which provides opportunities that can impact you for the rest of your life,” said Mr. Toper. “And don’t be afraid to take chances.”

Welcome Knight

Orange bids adieu to Bayuk




oodbye drop days, hello new interim principal Mrs. Knight. Students at the High School are aware that Principal Ivan Toper is retiring; however, many do not know that Mrs. Knight will be his replacement. Mrs. Paulo Dalto said, “I am excited about Diana Knight as principal because she understands the dynamics of being a White Plains High School Tiger and will play an integral part in the lives of all the students at the High School.” Opinions about the decision are mixed. Junior Daniel Petralia said, “It is the best decision the school has made all year. She is an amazing person and very charismatic!” Sophomore Regina Francis said, “Personally I

feel that she’s not quite ready to be principal of the High School because she just came from the middle school. It would be nice to have someone like Mr. Dixon, who already knows the roundabouts of our school, to be principal. I believe that would be the best move for us as a whole.” Sophomore Tori Antico said, “I think Mrs. Knight might be a good change for this school because there are certain things that she might be able to improve.” Freshman, Erica Henriquez said, “I’m all for it. When I went to Highlands she was the type of principle who understood you. She was a nice principal.”


New Interim Principal, Mrs. Diana Knight


So, along with the budget cuts and school day changes get ready for Mrs. Knight to be our new school principal.

any teachers leaving this year have had numerous impacts on the High School, but one teacher who has had profound effects is Ms. JoAnn Bayuk. Ms. Bayuk started teaching in 1981 in the Bronx. She taught there for 13 years. In 1995 she came to White Plains High School as a business education teacher and has been a beloved part of the staff. One of Ms. Bayuk’s goals has been to improve student used of computer technology. Ms. Bayuk said, “I am most proud of updating our computer system to a networked one, because when I first came we were on a DOS based stand-alone system. I also created 21st Century Computer Essentials because I wanted to level the playing field and bridge the “Digital Divide”.” Ms. Bayuk was not only a teacher, but a vital part of the Orange as one of the advisors. She has been working on the Orange

as an advisor helping students gain confidence in their writing, improve their writing skills, empower students and help them find a voice. Sabina Barbulea, editor-inchief of the Orange in 2006, said, “Even as a recent college graduate, I remember Ms. Bayuk as a calm and rational voice amidst the chaos there was in the Orange office at times. My senior year, she gave me advice I will never forget regarding the importance of prioritization in my own life, which I often turned to throughout my four years in college up to today as well.” Ms. Bayuk continued on to say, “I will miss all of the students that I have worked with. I will miss the Jiggy Showcase and my computer club. I will especially miss the Orange.” Sophomore Michael DiBenedetto said, “No one can believe that Ms. Bayuk is really retiring. Everyone loves her and everything that she does for the school.”

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2 News “Mac & Cheese” contest

Alumni celebrate Polanco




r. Dennis Polanco has been running the Songwriter’s Club for 10 years and on June 5, alumni and current members of the club got together in celebration of this amazing anniversary. The anniversary party was a celebration of the amazing work all the students and alumni have done and enjoying the variety of music represented through this students. This club has always been one where students could creatively express themselves and get feedback from other musicians on their work. However, what most students love most about this club is the advisor, Mr. Polanco. Previous member of Songwriter’s Milan Karuaratne, who graduated in 2004, said, “When I joined songwriter’s, it was just starting, and I learned how to write music with the help of Mr. Polanco. I continue music today with my band LBW and all the members are White Plains High School graduates. [Polanco] is crazy, he is a great teacher and inspiration, and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be playing music. He is the one who pushed me to start writing and performing.” Lourdes “Dezzy” Torres, who graduated in 2004, said, “Polanco is amazing; I always thought he was amazing. He is a great friend, advisor,

and leader of the pack. He has always been a good influence.” Sharisse Stancil-Ashford, graduate of 2005, said, “Mr. Polanco is one of the greatest people who has ever graced the High School. He really has a great connection with students and really understands them. He is also a great musician, understands the arts, and has great energy. He is the perfect person to run Songwriter’s. I am a poet singer, songwriter, and I started my own

something that was desperately needed in the High School.” Freshman Sebastianne Kent said, “You get a lot of input from people, and they help you. I think Mr. Polanco is amazing; I can’t wait to graduate and come back to this club and think, wow I was a part of that.” Mr. Dennis Polanco said, “This is a surreal experience. We are celebrating not only the alumni coming back, but acknowledging this club and all that they have done to shape this club, as well as this year’s songwriters so they can network and learn from previous members. It’s about songwriters appreciating what past songwriters have given. All I did was give them [students] a platform. Most of these kids came and wanted to create songs on their own. 99.9 percent of the songs created were all done by them. I nurtured them onto the stage and put them on the stage; I Polanco and alumni pushed them out of their nest and ALISON MORFOPOULOS taught them how to fly.” The Songwriter’s Club is a independent record label. I continued unique aspect to the High School, a music throughout college and will be club that many schools are lacking. releasing a mixtape soon.” From seeing all of the students, new Dan Getman, graduated in and old, perform and collaborate, you 2002, said, “I preformed in the first see the amazing things Mr. Polanco two showcases. Polanco has been a has done in just one decade. I cannot mentor to me and absolutely indis- wait until the 20 year anniversary and pensable to this school in bringing all the talent that will come along this club here. Polanco has brought with it.

Spotlight on Cutsumpus ROBIN STIEGLITZ


t Senior Awards held earlier, many students received awards for participating in plays, showing passion for a language, and volunteering in the community. One award that was not mentioned was the Con Edison Athlete of the Week Award which was given to senior Nicholas Cutsumpas. The Con Edison Athlete of the Week Award is given to students who show outstanding field contributions, scholastic achievements, and a dedication to community work. Cutsumpas is now eligible for one of three Con Ed scholarships, the first is of 10,000 dollars and the second is of 5000 dollars. On May 28, both Mr. Galligani and Nick Cutsumpas had their interview with Bob Wolf aired on the

radio; it was on station 103.9 fm at both 12:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mr. Galligani said, “I know


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many people were instrumental in this fine young man’s development. Anyone who knows Nick knows what a quality human being he is.” The White Plains community is so proud of Mr. Cutsumpas, his picture and an article appeared in the Saturday June 6 Journal News in the Sports Section. Although he is being celebrated all over the community, senior Nicholas Cutsumpas, who is attending Tufts University in the fall, is still very humble. He said, “It was a great honor to have received the award. All of the other winners were incredible students, athletes, and people. I am proud to be considered among the best scholar athletes in Section One.”

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n May 25, 2010, the Black Awareness Club and Student Activities came together to crown the Mac and Cheese King and Queen of the year. Participants had to enter by cooking a sample of their best macaroni and cheese. Many participants used recipes passed down from generation to generation and others concocted an original dish. This event was not only a contest, but it was also a social gathering. Music was performed by artists from the Songwriters’ club. At the end of the event, the “Mac and Cheese King and Queen”

were announced. The school’s new superintendent, Dr. Christopher Clouet was named the king, while the school’s computer teacher and advisor to NHS and The Orange, Ms. Bayuk, was crowned the queen. When asked about her winning mac and cheese, winner Ms. Bayuk said, “It is a famous recipe from Louisiana, and it contains five different kinds of cheeses; that’s what makes it so good!” The Black Awareness club commends all participants on their effort and hopes to continue this tradition next year.

A stary night at prom LUCY SCHWARTZ


eniors spend the year planning the logistics of their prom. From picking out a dress or tux, to planning after prom, students spend a lot of time, money, and effort on this event. On Thursday, May 20, a large portion of the senior class enjoyed the hard work of Mr. Roma and the Senior Class Government.   Just as promised in class meetings and assemblies by the class advisor, Mr. Roma, the prom was enjoyed by all. “I had a great time hanging out and dancing with the friends I have been going to school with for so long,” said senior Hannah Orfe. The Class of 2010 Cabinet surprised people when tickets were seventy-five dollars, instead of the normal price which is at least eighty dollars.  It was clear that the cabinet had been planning for what seemed to be all four years just to lower ticket prices. For many, the immediate preparations began that morning when a lot of seniors missed the full day of school to get ready. Closer to the prom starting time, around six at night, students participated in pre-proms, where they took pictures with friends and family.  “It was a lovely experience to take pictures with family and friends while I was all dressed up, at someone’s house before the night really got started.   The rest of the night was a big success,” said senior Regina Brady. Soon after, it was time for the huge and highly anticipated event.  Students rolled into prom in

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their limos and party buses and where immediately greeted by teachers and faculty. After signing in, a back patio was set where students took pictures and chatted with teachers they will miss next year. The Prom was a hit! Students were kept busy eating the delicious food, dancing, conversing outside before having desert, and spending time with one another.  Senior Carlos Perez-Vivaldo said, “Prom lived up to its expectations; the setting was beautiful and the DJ really knew how to keep everyone on the dance floor.” After around an hour of socializing outside, the real fun began.  The lines got long as people were eager to enjoy the food.  The DJ started to play the songs that everyone loved and the dance floor began to fill up. “It was amazing and you could tell everyone really enjoyed it just by all of the energy.  The Cabinet and Mr. Roma did an awesome job, I was very impressed,” said senior Laura Pellegrini. To some, the night is a little sentimental, getting one step closer to graduation and then eventually college. For all, though, the night is mostly about having fun with the people who have been with them throughout the four years of high school. “I thought the Prom was a lot of fun, the whole night was a great chance to spend a wonderful night with my friends before heading off to college, said senior Mariana Hess. Senior Carolina Melo only had a few words yet was able to sum up the entire experience. Melo said, “It was simply memorable.”


4 News Retiring Teachers Farewell to our Faculty

Ms. Blatt




fter twenty-four years of teaching at the high school, ESOL teacher Mrs. Blatt will be retiring at the end of the school year. She has been teaching for twenty-eight years, getting her first teaching job in 1982. Blatt said that she has many fond memories from her teaching experience here. “Just working with the ESOL students has been a joy,” she stated. “Most people who start off in the program speak no word of English, and watching them grow and learn is truly wonderful. It gives me tremendous satisfaction.” She also said that the friends she made in the faculty made her experience even more special. From these experiences, she will retain the friendships she has made with students and co-workers, as well as her love of teaching.

“Memories of different students will stay with me forever; their immense kindness to me and the new cultures they brought truly enriched my life,” Blatt explained. She would like to tell future students entering the ESOL program to never give up. She understands that many feel frightened and overwhelmed when entering a school where they do not know the language but also knows that they are capable of succeed, graduate and go on from there. M r s . Blatt will be truly missed at the high school, but her continued support, especially in the ESOL department, will be salient for years to come.

teer her expertise at local schools or become a museum docent. She said, “I feel that a new world beckons, and it is exciting.” Students of Grusko often rave about her enthusiasm in class and her cheerful spirit. Junior Michelle Songalia said, “Mrs. Grusko is a fantastic teacher. She knows what she’s teaching. I really miss her.” Grusko will be sad to leave her students, though, as they are one of the best parts of her job. She explained, “I have seen many changes in staffing, in methodology and in the administration. What has not changed, however, is the student or my excitement in reaching each of my charges. Each day is a new day, and, as I tell my students, ‘A day without English is a day without sunshine’.”

Mr. Kirkpatrick KATE WEINER


lthough Mr. Kirkpatrick has merely worked as a security guard in our school for the past six years, his influence extends far beyond the hallways. Many students admire him for his friendly demeanor and easygoing air; a lucky few know him for his inspiring readings of Hamlet. One of Ms. Tito’s English Language AP class’ favorite memories was when Mr. Kirkpatrick performed one of Hamlet’s soliloquies, bringing the text to life and making relevant the struggles of Shakespeare’s antihero. By many, he is considered a literary lion; he hopes, after retiring,

that awareness, with much thanks to Mr. Bailey’s constant assistance. Not only was he active in extracurricular activities; his teaching was also awarded much praise. He was knowledgeable about many subjects and found his own way to connect with his students. Sebastian Montoya, a senior who had Mr. Bailey for both Economics and Criminal Law, was easily able to relate to Mr. Bailey and the topics he taught. “He talked about real life and things we could actually use,” he explained. “He described things not in textbook style, but in a way we could relate it to real life. It made us think more about what it was and how it actually affects us as opposed to just telling us the definition and what it means.” Ms. Briguglio, a new teacher who started at the beginning of the second semester, who is taking over

some of Mr. Bailey’s classes, said, “Obviously, Mr. Bailey left some very large shoes to fill; however, I’m excited about working with a new group of students and staff, who have—so far—been wonderful.” It seems as if students such as Montoya would like the teaching style of Ms. Briguglio, as she continues to say, “I’m looking forward to teaching Economics, Criminal Law, and Sociology in ways that excite students and interest them in the curriculum.” Mr. Bailey will surely be missed. As Montoya concluded, “He was like a role model to me and made me think of things in a different way. I feel like I learned more from him in a semester than I did from any other teacher in my four years of high school.”



rs. Robin Grusko, after thirty-one years of teaching—twenty-six of which were spent at the high school—will retire after the 2009-2010 school year. A l though she said that she is still “at the top of her game” teaching such classes as English Lang u a g e A P, she would like to have more time to spend with her four grandchildren, two of whom live in Mississippi. Also, she and her husband are planning to move to New York City to take advantage of its cultural opportunities. Otherwise, Grusko does not feel that she is done with teaching. She may teach at the college level, volun-

s second semester rolled around, students at the high school were in for a surprise. As they walked into one—and, for some, two—of their classes, they were introduced to a teacher whose name was not on their schedule. Mr. Bailey taught American History, Economics, Criminal Law and a few other Social Studies courses throughout his many years teaching here. Now, some new teachers and some old teachers who are taking on more classes are now teaching these students. Mr. Bailey retired from the school district immediately after the first semester. Although his absence began at almost a random time in the school year, he has been around for so long that it was certainly noticed. Mr. Bailey started the Black Awareness Club towards the beginning of his career at the high school. To this day, the club strives to bring

Mrs. Magnotta

Mrs. Grusko



to pursue his dream of improving literacy. This is a goal that perfectly reflects Kirkpatrick’s natural love of reading, appreciation for students and desire to mold the educational world that surrounds him. Kirkpatrick is also working on writing two books, one about leadership, and the other about his experiences. In addition, he is going to enjoy relaxing during his retirement. The student body at the high school will dearly miss Kirkpatrick and wish him luck in his future adventures.


rs. Magnotta has been an educator for thirtyeight years. She started out in Post Road Elementary School, and she loves working with little kids. She enjoyed working in the Learning Strategies Program and having her own pre-reading program in kindergarten. However, when an opportunity arrived at the high school, she knew that she was ready for change. The transition from elementary to high school was easy, and working in the high school has always been a great pleasure for her. She enjoys being involved in several activities, such as Halloween

and prom. “I enjoyed seeing our seniors and underclassmen all dressed up for the occasion,” she said. “I did enjoy taking their pictures and posting them for the children that weren’t there to see.” Magnotta has decided to retire because her attendance job at the high school is being eliminated, and she would have to be transferred to a preschool. When she retires, she plans to relax and just let it settle in that she is actually retired. She admitted, “I will miss the children. That’s

what it’s all about.” Thankfully, she will have the time to do the things she loves, such as yoga and gardening. In her free time, she will also be doing volunteer work. “My hope for the future is that the children will realize what a wonderful school we have,” she said, “I made many rewarding relationships during my thirty-eight years. I will miss my White Plains High school family.” The last thing that Mrs. Magnotta wished to say to everyone is “to get involved and show school spirit.”

Education program. In 2004, according to the White Plains City School District Special Education Quality Assurance Review Team Report, only sixty-six percent of parents of Special Education students said their child’s current education will lead to a high school diploma, further education, or a further job. In 2005, just one year later, seventy-two percent of parents agreed with that statement. Also, in 2004 only sixty-four

percent of parents said they were satisfied with the program. In 2005, this percentage was up five percent, and nearly seven out of every ten parents were now satisfied with the Special Education program. The High School will miss Mr. James Torchia and Mr. Joseph Giulino as the new school year begins in September without them. The White Plains community wishes them the best of luck in any future endeavors.

Junior Steven Aranda stated, “I believe that Ms. Holloway does her best for her children. She believes in all of us because she wants us to have the best future. For example, she helped me decide what classes would be best for my career, time, personality and what’s most useful for the future. She is a very helpful and caring person and simply loves spending time with her students.” The care for her students and the dedication to helping them

become better people is her greatest influence, one that is evident in the high school graduates and current students. The support and authority that students received from her will continue to benefit them for the rest of their lives. The White Plains High School Community bids farewell to Ms. Holloway and wishes her the best; she is a remarkable woman who will always be remembered here.

Mr. James Torchia & Mr. Joseph Giulino ROBIN STIEGLITZ


fter many years working in the Special Education Department at the High School, co-workers Mr. Torchia and Mr. Giulino retired as of February 2010. These two men were extremely important in the success of the students in the Special Education program. In additon, the two teachers helped improve the program as shown by the survey taken by parents of students in the Special

Mrs. Holloway YMA ORIA


fter many years spent influencing and guiding numerous students as a guidance counselor at the high school, Ms. Dorothy Holloway will be retiring at the end of this year. Although she did not want to be acknowledged for her work and effort, people all over the school—especially students— recognize her as a caring woman who devotes her time to help students who want to receive a better future.

News 5 Mrs. Cutaia

Mrs. Brightman



everal students and teachers at the high school know that Mrs. Cutaia, one of the World History Advance Placement teachers, will be retiring at the end of this school year. What many do not know is how this school has changed her life. She has been teaching at this school since January 1973; after thirty-seven years, she will dearly miss her job. “Mr. Dillon and I introduced the course of World History AP to the curriculum in 2003,” said Mrs. Cutaia, in respect to her most memorable moment at this school. In fact, the first time she taught World History AP, she immediately fell in love with it the curriculum. She would have never been able to teach this course without the help of her colleague Dillon, though. Surprisingly, this school was



r. Dennis O’Brien, a U.S History teacher who also works with ESOL students, is retiring in June after 38 years of teaching here. Earlier this y e a r, j u s t w e e k s before the AP U.S. History Exam that he was ardently and enthusiastically preparing his students for, O’Brien had to leave the school to get appendicitis; the infection spread, and he did not return

the place where she met her husband, Mr. Cutaia, who is one of the school’s physics teachers. Graduating senior Matthew Soyk said, “I have had the pleasure of learning from both Mr. and Mrs. Cutaia and feel that they helped me enhance my knowledge of world history and physics greatly. I appreciate what they did for me and will miss their warm welcomes, since I, too, will be leaving the school at the end of the year. I wish Mrs. Cutaia luck on her retirement and hope that Mr. Cutaia will continue teaching for the many years to come.” “Working with students and teaching AP World History is what I am going to miss most at the High School,” admitted Mrs. Cutaia, whose lessons will be cherished by many of the students who were lucky to have her as their teacher. Everyone at the school wishes her the best of luck and congratulates her for her hard work and dedication over the thirty-seven years.

to the school until three days before the exam. The warm welcome that he received upon his return indicates how much students and staff missed his sense of humor and persistence and how much they will miss him after he has retired. O’Brien will miss the students and staff, as well, but he is looking forward to spending his retirement reading, woodworking and traveling.



s many teachers are retiring next year, one of the biggest losses will be English and history teacher Mr. Robert Costabile, who has been teaching for thirtyseven years in White Plains. He has been considering retirement for the past couple of years, but decided that, with the staffing cuts in his department, it was finally the right time to retire this year. Mr. Costabile has been in Education for thirty-nine years, and has taught students ranging from Kindergarteners to adults. After spending nineteen years at the high school, he has decided to “just chill” during his retirement,

something that he said his students do very well. He is not sure exactly what he will be doing, but some of his options include teaching college students and tutoring. However, he may do something completely outside of the realm of Education and is open to anything. Mr. Costabile is sure to be spending more time with his three grandchildren. “I’ll miss the students [the] most. Their energy and vitality makes teaching such a rewarding experience, and not just a job,” says Mr. Costabile. “I’ll also miss my colleagues and all the staff here at White Plains High School. It has been a pleasure working with all of them.”

The Orange would like to wish the best of luck to all of the retiring staff and thank them for all their hard work.



he high school is bidding farewell to Mrs. Stephanie Brightman, a devoted health teacher of over thirty years, twenty of which were spent at this school. She decided that this year was a good time to retire, although she will certainly miss the students. “They have been much fun, most of the time, and I have had some attachments with quite a few students over the years. They are bright, personable, and funny,” said Brightman. She recalls many fond memories from her long teaching career. One of her funniest memories came

while she was grading a test. The question was, “What is it called when the sperm and egg unite?” One student wrote down, “Interception.”

Brightman thought this was particularly funny because the student was a football player. Sophomore Stephanie Sheehan said, “I had Ms. Brightman this year, and I learned a lot in her class. She is a really independent and influential person. She really cares about her students.” Brightman plans to leave the school with a few wise words for her former and current students: “Achieve and be all that you can be. Don’t take school for granted. Get involved in all your classes and do all your work with pride.”



rs. Kathleen CurcioPollio, a teacher of the Spanish language for sophomores, juniors and seniors at the high school and an advisor of the Spanish Club, is retiring in June after 26 years of teaching here in order to save the jobs of other teachers in light of the current budget crisis. Students will miss her easy-

goingness, her unpretentiousness, and her dedication to helping her students perfecting Spanish, and she will miss the school’s student body equally. Hopefully, she will enjoy her retirement, which will give her time to travel to and live in Spain, learn how to play the piano, and do college-level teaching, among several other activities.



fter thirty-five years of

Alexandra Larreynaga, one of her Forensics students, enjoyed her classes with Gunning. She said, “I never

teaching science at the high school, Mrs. Gunning will be retiring. Upon deciding to retire, her biggest regret was leaving her kids and her garden. During her retirement, she plans on doing everything she never had enough time to do, such as adopting a horse to care for, making more art, opening a farmers’ market, teaching spinning and weaving, trainings puppies, helping out at the Katonah Art Museum, becoming the president of a guild of natural science illustrators and making masks and puppets for theatres.

Ms. Bayuk continued ALISON MORFOPOULOS

Julia Rose, co-editor-in-chief of the Orange in 2007, said, “Ms. Bayuk was an integral part of my three years’ experience with the Orange. She dedicated countless hours to the publication itself, but more importantly she loved and respected the students she came to know. Under her guidance we were constantly challenged to be the best staff we could be and represent the diverse interests and needs of White Plains High School. She created a sense of family that made hard work enjoyable. Ms. Bayuk will certainly be missed and although it is hard for me to imagine the Orange without her, I know that the wonderful legacy she has helped to build is strong and will continue to thrive.” “Ms. Bayuk is the epitome of authenticity being everlastin. She has continuously been the shoulder I can lean on. She has been a foundation of service, academic excellence and good character. White Plains will miss her forever loving heart, Shirley Noel, co-editor-in-chief of the Orange DiBenedetto could not be more correct. Ms. Bayuk is the heart of the school acting as teacher, advisor of the National Honor Society, advisor of the Orange, mentor, friend, as well as other roles. She

is always there for her students and can always be seen smiling and telling stories like the one of her and her sister in Louisiana where she swears

she saw a ghost. Orange advisor, Mr. Mark Spiconardi, said, “Not only will the Orange sorely miss Ms. Bayuk, but all of White Plains High School will as well. From the Orange, to National Honor Society, Students Targeted and Ready for Academic Success, and the Jiggy Showcase, Ms. Bayuk has dedicated so much of her time and efforts to the students of our school.  Her retirement is going to leave a major void at 550 North Street and the younger faculty of the High School is going to have

really wanted a science class for my senior year. However, having Mrs. Gunning [for] second period made the class better and more fun than what I had expected. She is a wonderful teacher, and I will miss her dearly.” Students are not the only ones who were saddened when the news of Mrs. Gunning’s retirement was released. Her co-workers, such as librarian Ms. Kitty Allen, are already admitting she will miss Gunning, whom Allen described as “an ultra-creative original whose retirement is our loss.” Everyone at the high school bids a farewell to Gunning and wishes her the best of luck in her future journeys in retirement.

to help fill that void.” Junior Avi Bronstein said, “I had Ms. Bayuk for 21st Century Computers. She is one of the most popular teachers and she’s really organized. The whole school will miss her a lot.” Orange advisor, Mr. Jonathan Joseph said, “For as long as I can remember, Ms. Bayuk has been an integral part of the newspaper. Her commitment to the principle of free student speech has been unwavering, and we will miss her advocacy on behalf of young people.” Ms. Bayuk has contributed so much to the school that she will be missed greatly. Her take charge attitude, and effervescent personality makes her one of the most loved teachers at the High School. Ms. Bayuk looks forward to writing curriculum and spending time with her grand children. When asked what message she would like to leave to the students and staff Ms. Bayuk said, “If I were to leave a passing message of encouragement to the rest of WPHS it would be to keep fighting to bridge the achievement gap.” Everyone at the Orange wishes Ms. Bayuk the best if luck. We will miss her greatly and hope she enjoys her retirement.

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Budget cuts cutting classes? WILLIAM TUNNEY


s we are all aware, the recent economic recession has made the administration of the White Plains School District make some very tough decisions. It is already known that our schedule for next year has been changed to ensure maximum use of the school’s funds. In addition, some teachers have sacrificed their own positions in order to save other teacher’s jobs. Funding for certain programs has been drastically lowered or cut completely and now some classes may not even be offered next year at the school. One of the things that makes the High School so unique is the wide range of classes that are offered. Many classes- be it

ASR, Lifesaving, Programming, or Psychology, along with many others, cannot be found in other local schools, and the opportunities we have as students are nearly endless. These and other classes deserve to be funded accordingly and not left by the roadside. Over the years, our school has been fortunate to see continued support from the community as the budget was increased year after year. However, this year the budget was decreased, primarily due to the lack of state funding along with a list of other economic reasons. Hopefully, the school will be able to coast through these tough times without too much interference on the part of our education.

Should sports teams endorse political views? BEN WEISS


hether it is baseball, basketball or hockey, sports hold a special place in the hearts of many. People allocate time every week to watch what can sometimes be as simple as people kicking a ball. However, it is not the actual game which attracts fans; it is the dynamic dramas and stirring rivalries inherent to sports that rouse such passion and excitement. This drama draws fans from everywhere, transporting them from their mundane, daily lives into an elemental struggle for success and redemption. As the years have gone by, sports have become more and more romanticized, to the point

where sports teams and players alike have become symbols of natural human emotions and desires. This is why people refuse to accept the idea that sports teams are actually businesses which have opinions and ideas like any other company or group. This can be seen in the recent controversy regarding the Suns’ uniforms in their game versus the San Antonio Spurs. The Suns have decided to wear uniforms with the name “Los Suns” to subtlety protest the new immigration law passed by the Arizona state government. This protest against the federal and state government’s failed attempts

at immigration reform has brought the basketball community in uproar. Many people are surprised and disturbed at the new role in politics that the Suns have created. However, the Suns are a business, a private interest group, who can make their own decisions and are allowed to have their own opinions on hot topic issues. They are simply seizing a great opportunity to broadcast their message to millions of people watching their playoff game. In today’s society everyone has the right to freedom of speech, and in any group or business that right holds true, including any sports teams.

Shenanigans in the locker room

The prom (a short story)




ere at the High School, we all have gym class. Sometimes it can be fun, when we play frisbee, soccer, or dodge ball, and then there are other times in which you don’t want to change, because you actually have to do work. Regardless of the class you have, whether it is fitness or yoga, etc., you have to go through a wonderful trip through the locker rooms in order to find your locker that you’ll have for the rest of the year. I ventured into the locker room, and the first thing that I noticed was the pungent smell that went nicely with the grimy green floors that probably weren’t meant to be that way. Something that I noticed quickly was how bad the conditions of the bathrooms were, particularly the sinks, which appeared to be broken, with no working faucets. That didn’t really bother me, because there are two bathrooms in the locker room, but it is still just a testament to how much the kids care about keeping the locker rooms nice and in good condition. Trying to ignore the awful smells and green floor, I noticed for the first time that many lockers were just missing the doors on them. Gone, just absolutely ripped off. I really don’t understand the extent in which some people go to steal, and that just doesn’t seem that smart. Why destroy the metal door? Still, I kept walking, searching for a locker that could actually protect my valuables, and

as a found one in a good condition, I opened it up, only to find someone else’s sweat-stained gym clothes. Needless to say, I kept walking and finally finding a suitable locker in which to put my lock on, my journey had finally ended in the locker room, but what

I didn’t know at that point, was that my experiences in that place were going to get worse and worse. Around two months later, I walked in after my fitness class to find my lock absolutely destroyed

by, what probably was a wrench, and found to my displeasure a rifled-through bag with a missing graphing calculator. I figured it was an isolated incident, and got a replacement lock for my locker and had no more thoughts on my items being stolen. How naïve of me to believe that humans can actually be decent, a week later, I came back from gym to find again my lock broken and a bag that now was missing a phone. Losing the phone, though, was really more a nuisance of losing contacts, as it was a crappy old phone, but nonetheless it still sucks. I feel bad for people that actually have good things in their locker to get stolen, but why would they steal a cracked, bulky, old phone? The phone was internally locked, and if they are the type of people who I think may steal something so worthless, then they aren’t getting in, but I digress. Theft isn’t the only thing happening in that vile room though. When I walked in to get changed for practice one day, there were just brownies, everywhere on the entrance. Another time, someone had smashed deodorant all over a bunch of lockers and locks, and after that, I found one of Mr. Drach’s tools, a T-square splintered and broken over the floor. The locker rooms aren’t necessary evil though, but sometimes the shenanigans that occur inside it are just awful, and most, just really stupid.


eo is taking a swig from the plastic Polar Spring bottle that’s containing vodka, which is as disguising as water. The officers had assumed, while inspecting the party bus, by the clearness of the fluid that it was water and didn’t feel the sexual urge to screw the cap off and stick their noses inside to sniff the scent; thank the Lord. On the dance floor, women are grinding against men. The vodka is tasting like crap, like the fluids emerging out of an old Russian sewer, but Leo is feeling the need to do it, ‘cause he is needing to cool his nerves. If everyone feels bizarre being here, he is thinking, then what the hell is everyone doing here? The answer, it is seeming to Leo, is peer pressure, that urge to come here to the Hotel ‘cause your friends are coming here, too, yet who’s pressuring them? Some puppetmaster from the past, a physically dead ghost who’d made his contribution to society by inventing the concept of the “prom”, is dangling them on threads from his coffin. Should I be grinding with a girl? Leo is asking himself. Temptation. Yeardley, the hot platinum blonde girl, is dancing with merely girls right now—perfect opportunity. There is something sexy about interracial interminglings to Leo, who is remembering that a friend of his told him that a girl’s ass felt like soft, warm rubber. Leo’s great-grandfather was a slave on a rubber plantation in the Belgian Congo in the 1910s ‘til he miraculously escaped and made his way through the most acidic trials and sufferings, all the way to Liberia; and from there, he took a cruise to D.C., hiding in steerage. He married and taught Leo’s grandfather tough life lessons, one of which was, as the now-deceased man once told pubescent Leo as he sat in his brown leather chair, talking from crusty, chapped lips: “Those guys who want nothin’ to do with gals but grind

‘em, they ain’t got nothin’ else in life. They got a whole boat-load of problems with college and grades and family and all, and they want the world to think they’re perfect ‘cause they got to be grindin’ against a gal’s rear end like that. Leo, tell me now, you think you need to grind ‘gainst a gal to prove you’ve got worth in this life, in this world?” The irony is, guys and gals in the Top 20 of the class are taking part in this sexual simulation. Is that the valedictorian up against the salutatorian? It is becoming a zeitgeist to Leo, a mark of the generation. His father and grandfather had their own outlets—why not him? Yet, Leo has so much to stand up for. He is defying racial barriers; whereas his fellow black friends are sticking with Regents and pretending to be gangsta, Leo made #21. Why must I stoop to such a level? Leo is thinking. To make myself look good? I’ll only be making myself look bad, like I’ve got nothing else to live for. He is taking another long sip of vodka to pry himself and his mind from the philosophical ho-hokum. With his eyes closed, he is drinking air; the bottle is empty, which is stunning Leo. He is feeling hot-headed, languid. Yeardley, in her tight, sparkling, red dress, is glancing at Leo, smiling brightly and waving. Leo is waving back. She is continuing to look at him, and now beckoning him towards her, sensing his masturbatory loneliness. She’s just been through a rough break-up, Leo is remembering. I could be her hollaback guy. Plus, her ass is extraordinary. Leo is tossing away the vodka bottle, standing up and preparing himself, his nerves cooled off, his mind distracted. Somewhere in Heaven, Leo’s Congolese relatives are attacking the puppetmaster who invented prom, with ominous utensils resembling the pitchforks of Hell.

Glee goes global!

Entertainment 9 Lost finally finds finale



hese days everyone knows Fox’s hit TV series “Glee”! If you haven’t heard of “Glee” by now, then you must have been living under a rock because this show is amazing. “Glee” has been absolutely everywhere these days, each week after a new episode is released; its music is instantly on the ITunes list of the top 10 best selling songs. All of you ‘Gleeks’ just can’t wait to buy the songs featured on the latest episode. I have to admit, I am a major ‘Gleek’ myself, but who can blame me? Each episode there is something new going on with McKinley High’s Glee Club and each episode they’re singing new songs. The songs sung on “Glee” vary from different artists to different genres every episode. This is a great way for fans to expand their taste in music. Personally, I have discovered all types of new music through Glee that I’ve ended up really loving like Total Eclipse of the Heart and Jessie’s Girl, two songs that were popular in the 80’s. Musically “Glee” has not only influenced people’s tastes in music, but inspired viewers to sing as well! Many schools have


created their own Glee clubs and The Music Conservatory of Westchester is offering a Glee Club that will take place over the summer. Glee clubs allow kids to perform and sing today’s popular music or any songs they just have fun singing along to, which is exactly what they do in the show. “Glee” is becoming quite the phenomenon, it even has its own iPod app that allows you to sing along with the members of McKinley High’s Glee Club, create harmonies and share your own covers with the rest of the world; I’m not going to lie I made my

The Glee cast


mom buy this on her iPhone and I am constantly using it, having a blast singing along with Finn, Kurt, Puck, Rachel and all the other members of “Glee”. Check out “Glee” Tuesday nights at 9pm on FOX!


The Musical is about the life of Evan Goldman, a 13 year old boy who is forced to move from New York City to Appleton, Indiana, during the year of his Bar Mitzvah. Evan agonizes about fitting in while finding himself torn between the popular kids and Patrice, his quirky and not so popular friend. Like teens everywhere, Evan suddenly has to survive problems with parents, classes, and figure out how to get “in with the cool crowd.” Evan goes on a coming of age journey where he learns how to find real friends who will stick up for him and care for him, no matter what. The Lighthouse Youth Theater, based in Thornwood, puts on one of the most unique productions of 13 that you will ever see. The show is performed at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, a thrust stage where there is an audience on three sides. Tickets to see the show also include lunch and dessert. The local kids performing there range in ages from 13-17 and come from all over Westchester and Ridgefield Ct. This play will have you clapping along right from the start! Director Jon Fannelli, choreographer David Arzberger, and assistant director

y 11:30 PM, on May 23, I was sitting on my couch in shock. Lost had finally come to an end. If fans were hoping for an ending filled with twists and turns that answered all of their questions then they were surely disappointed. However, there was plenty of action and exciting events throughout the entire season. After every episode of Lost, one always ends up with more questions than answers. Fans were hoping to finally get the answers they had been searching for and they did get a few. The black smoke was finally explained, along with the mystery of why Richard does not age. Season 6 contained many twists and turns that left you in shock. One of the most shocking scenes to me this season was the romantic death of Jin and Sun. Another great event that happened this season was “parallel world.” During the first few seasons, there were flash-backs

that explained each characters life before the island and what made them unique, for example, Hurley and his numbers. By the end of the first few seasons the flash-backs were replaced by flash-forwards of what life would be like once everyone got off the island. This season there was “parallel world” which seemed to show what life would be like if no one had crashed on the island at all. The Lost series finale currently has millions of debates over the internet and everyone has their own interpretation of the final episode. Many are arguing over what the “parallel world” was, or whether or not the survivors actually survived the plane crash and lived on the island. My interpretation is that “parallel world” is a purgatory-like place. Everyone in the show did in fact survive the plane crash and the events that the viewers saw on the island actually happened. Just as Jack’s father said to him, “Everyone dies sometime, some of them before you,

some long after you“. I believe that all of the survivors lived their own respective lives and died at different times. They were then, however, all reunited again in their afterlife through their memory of the island. I know that many viewers, including myself, don’t know what they will do with their Tuesday nights now that Lost is over. Lost is such a unique show with a truly special and talented cast. The show has never failed to keep me on the edge of my seat and asking questions. One thing I will truly miss now that it’s over, is answering questions like “What is Lost about?” There is no way to explain Lost to someone who has never watched it without sounding absolutely insane. To me, it is about destiny and finding one’s purpose in life. Lost is destined to be one of the most intriguing, cult-like shows in television history that will last forever in peoples’ hearts.

The new Justin Bieber

13: The Musical



Alex Gold, create a unique and fun show that brings back childhood memories and will have the audience begging for more. The Lighthouse Youth Theater puts on approximately nine musicals a year and one or two ‘non-musical’ plays a year. They perform at the JCC in Pleasantville, the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, the Ridgefield Playhouse, and the Yorktown Stage. This particular production of 13 is performed by the protégé group: a group of young performers who put on more challenging shows such as Sweeney Todd and A Chorus Line. They are also required to take classes and participate in committees to get a “taste” of the other aspects of putting on a show. These terrific performers are skilled, charismatic, versatile, and have more than enough electricity and talent to charge anyone out of their seat during this song filled journey into a whole new fantastic era: The Teens! The next performance of 13 is June 12 at 1:30pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling Westchester Broadway Theatre at 914.592.2222. If you happen to miss this show, stay tuned for their next performances during the summer sessions!



ver heard of Greyson Chance? If not, you should know he is the next Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga mixed into one. Sound strange? Not quite because his rise to fame is from his YouTube account greyson97 singing Paparazzi at for his sixth grade talent show. Greyson Chance decided to post up three songs of him singing the infamous Paparazzi and two other songs that he wrote himself. The first song is Broken Hearts and the second is Stars, which talks about a wife who dies from cancer and goes up into the stars and her husband dies shortly after and goes off into the stars as well. Greyson Chance is not just a one hit wonder! He can truly write deep and beautiful melodies that speak from the heart and really touch you emotionally in the end. Greyson is only 12 years old and Ellen Degeneres has already called him to her show twice to perform live. Greyson is

also signed to Ellen’s new record label and will make new music coming out soon. He has even talked to his idol and many others such as Lady Gaga on the phone! Greyson has the cute charm and young-boyish looks, as well as hair, as the newhit teen sensation Justin Bieber. However, Justin Bieber is 16 while Greyson Chance is only 12, so he has a very bright future paved along for him. AdGreyson Chance on the Ellen Show ACE SHOW BIZ ditionally, both boys have claimed their rise of fame pretty familiar to Justin Bieber, through YouTube. Yes, you can the Jonas Brothers, Justin Timget discovered on YouTube! berlake, Usher, and many other Watch out for Greyson male singers who have paved Chance because he will definitely their way through great music, be the next superstar of 2010. Not charm, and good looks! Check only is he charismatic for such a out Greyson’s YouTube channel, young age, but he has a beautiful as well as the song Paparazzi that and pure voice, is talented on the he is now known for; it has over piano, and will make any ‘tween’ 30,000,000 views and that number girl’s heart swoon. That sounds is still growing!

Teen sensations on tour LIANA COSTABLE


ixteen-year-old pop singer, Justin Bieber, has announced dates for his North American headlining tour! The My World tour will feature Sean Kingston and himself, and is set to hit 40 cities throughout the U.S. Justin twittered ,”The 1st leg of the MY WORLD TOUR has been announced on the new official site - register for your presale ticket NOW!!” Justin Bieber was discovered on Youtube by Scooter Braun, who showed him to Usher, and was soon signed to Raymond Braun Media Group. Now he faces crazy fans, and girls crying at his concerts. Recently Justin

Bieber admitted that his voice was changing and puberty has finally hit him! But how will fans cope when their cherub-faced young idol turns into a man? Will his career survive puberty? Go buy Justin Bieber tickets soon before they’re all sold out and you will have to power more than double of the original cost of a ticket! Will you be attending this summer? Additionally, the Jonas Brothers recently announced that they are having a worldwide summer tour as well! Along with the Jonas Brothers will be the cast of Camp Rock and Demi Lovato. The tickets are currently on sale through their fan page and Tick- and Ticketsnow. com, as well as other places on the internet. They are going to be performing new songs in their upcoming album as well as Camp Rock 2 songs. The question on everyone’s mind is, will Demi and Joe’s relationship last long enough to survive the closeness and pressure of being on tour for a couple of months? Do the Jonas Brothers still have what it takes to be at the top after almost a year long hiatus from Kevin’s marriage and Nick and Joe’s new projects? We will have to go and see their concert to say for sure!

10 Features College Acceptance Process KIMBERLY EYSSEN, JENNA ZITANER, & OZZIE TORESS JR.


hen students start to think about college they usually have concerns, some being how to get into college or how to pay for it. Over time, these concerns turn into stress, which most students at the High School have. Fifty three percent of the 160 students polled in the High School feel stress over college, if not extreme amounts. On the contrary, the other 47 percent are not so stressed yet for various reasons. Zachary Eller, a junior at the High School, is a student who has yet to feel the college stress. “It’s not that stressful for me yet, but next year it will kick up,” Eller said. Paola Toledo, a senior at Good Counsel finds the college process extremely stressful. “To put it this way, on a scale of 1-10 it’s a 39,” Toledo said, “it’s stressful and annoying.” Leslie Tompkins, the Head of Guidance at the High School, thinks that more stress comes if you apply to competitive schools. “It’s not a problem to apply to competitive schools; the problem is not having options. You are setting yourself up for misery if you want to get into the best school,” Tompkins said. Norman Silverman, a guidance counselor, agrees with Tompkins about the students adding more pressure on them. “The pressure varies – some of the kids put pressure on themselves. A lot of it is artificial,” Silverman said. Recently, there has been a note of change between the competition of state and private schools. According to Silverman, with the economy at its worst, private and

more competitive schools are getting fewer applications, while state schools are getting record numbers of applications. “I would think that it’s the competitive colleges. It’s the beginning of an easier time to get in provided you have the economic resources,” Silverman said. Silverman also pointed out that 78 percent of a family’s income is used to send someone to a private school as opposed to the 25 percent needed to go to a state school. The cost of college has always been an issue for people going to college, especially now considering the fact that the American economy is in a recession. Toledo faces these issues as well. She expressed that paying for college is a major concern of hers. “You can only get so much financial aid,” she said The truth is, if you really do your research, most of your education can be paid. According to an article in the Careers and Colleges Magazine, written by Don Rauf, there are many ways to get enough money to pay for college. There are two types of financial aid: Need-based aid and Meritbased awards. Need-based aid is according to your financial status and need, typically given by the college itself. To get need-based aid, it is recommended to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the College Board’s PROFILE form. These help the colleges assess you level of need for financial aid. Merit-based awards are schol-

arships given based on talents in various areas. Christa Eyssen, a college graduate and alumni of the High School, recalls financial aid being a pain, but a very important part of the college process if money is a concern. “Apply for every scholarship even if you don’t know if you’re going to get it. Every little bit counts,” Eyssen said. Another major factor of concern in the college acceptance process is often the essay component. “Different kids stress about different things; the essay you’ve got to write naturally – they [colleges] say that if you write what you think, they want to hear it. Let you shine through. It should sound like a seventeen year old wrote it,” said Silverman. According to an article entitled by Mark Rowh from Careers and Colleges Magazine, “off target essays” are one of the top ten admission mistakes. Mary E. Chase, Director of Admissions and Scholarships at Creighton University noted in an interview with Careers and Colleges Magazine that the lack of genuine interest is a common weakness [in essays]. “All too often, students will fail to write about some they are passionate about,” said Chase. “You should select something [a topic] you truly believe in.” Both Silverman and Tompkins stressed that the essay is an important part of the application, and that you should enjoy writing it – it will make your essay better.

“You can’t control everything but you can control the essay. You can’t go back to Global II and get a better grade,” said Silverman. Thompkins had the same sentiments. “Don’t waste it, don’t say what you’re not,” she advised. Beyond the issue of writing an essay, many students get stressed out over tests, such as the SAT and ACT. SAT tutor Jeffrey Gittleman said, “I have seen students taking more standardized tests. The ACT has become quite popular so many students are taking the ACT; sometimes in addition to the SAT. This has led to more stress on behalf of students as they often prepare for two tests instead of one.” According to the blog Testniques, in 2008, 1.52 million students sat for the SAT and 1.42 students sat for the ACT. Although this may cause more stress for students, many feel that it is important to take as many tests as possible. “Take the SAT, ACT, and SAT II’s; take every test possible. You want to give people the best view of who you are as you can. They don’t know you at all,” said Eyssen. However, if you do not do well on the SAT or ACT, it is not always the end of the world. “I find that if a student has an otherwise good record (grades, recommendations, extra-curricular activities) but doesn’t do well on their SAT (or ACT), the student won’t be penalized because of their score. On the other hand, if a student doesn’t have such a wonderful record but does well on the SAT (or ACT),

that good test score can really help a student’s chances of admissions,” said Gittleman. We could go into more of the issues that arise during this stressful process, but quite frankly, there is not enough space. “The pressures [on students] are many: waking up early to get to school; struggling to understand teachers, struggling to find time to do homework (and, quite often, struggling to do the homework correctly); struggling to hold down a job; struggling to deal with any family issues that may arise; struggling to deal with standardized college entrance exams in addition to keeping up with school work; and maybe, most importantly, dealing with a variety of social issues, both in school and out,” said Gittleman. However, fear not, for there are countless opportunities for students to make this an easier process. From the College and Career Center with its abundance of resources, to online study programs, there are many things students can do to be well prepared; and of course, your guidance counselor will be there to help you along the way. “Students should look at the process as a wonderful opportunity to explore the best place for them to spend four important years of their lives. Despite the pressure felt by students during the application process, they should rest assured that they will eventually find the right college and hopefully spend four happy years there,” said Gittleman.

final grade average, so if a student doesn’t study, or has a bad day, it can affect them severely, even though it is only one test.“I do not think that final exams are weighted too heavily because they cover material from the entire school year,” says sophomore Matt Adlman. “I think final exams are weighted too heavily, it is too much for students,” says senior Allie Alayan. The contention between students, teachers, and parents is whether or not a single exam should be so important in determining a student’s overall grade. Many students believe that if you mess up on a final exam it can detract from the hard work done throughout the school year. In addition, many believe a final exam cannot fully cover the material from the entire year, thus making it an unfair assessment of a

student’s true abilities. Finals can be extremely stressful for students. This can hinder a student’s performance and result in an unfair assessment of a student’s knowledge of the course. Stress can also have many other more serious repercussions for students. Depression and drug use among students is on the rise because of the increase in pressure put on them. “Final exams put a tremendous amount of pressure on students to do well. In turn some students go to extreme measures to do well. Cheating is the most common method to deal with the stress. Some students also turn to drugs or alcohol as an escape from the stress.” says sophomore Danielle Berkman. But others believe that a final exam, being worth a significant part of a student’s grade, can have benefits. First off, it is a way for a

student to improve their grade in a class. If a student did not do as well as they would have liked to, a final exam is a way for a student to boost their grade. If the High School makes the finals grade worth less, students might not appreciate the importance of doing well on a final exam, and might not be prepared as well as they could be for college. Many students look at a final exam as an even playing field for all students. Everyone takes the same exam and a student’s ability can be judged without biases. “Final exams have the benefit of allowing students to review what they have learned throughout the year. If teachers spent more class time reviewing and addressing the specific needs of the students, not only would people learn more, they would also do better on the exams,” said Berkman.

A significant number of students agree that a final exam motivates students to study. Without a final exam, most students wouldn’t put in the time to review their materials from the year if they weren’t being graded on it. Many students, teachers, and parents believe that a cumulative test for a course is essential. If a student is not tested on material learned, they will not remember it, and the knowledge gained throughout the school year would be for nothing. “Final exams are good at judging what you have done throughout the school year, but they can also be stressful. If teachers were more specific about what is on the test it might be less stressful for students and there would be less of a concern about the negative aspects of final exams,” said Adlman.

“I think my junior year will be harder, but I’m looking foward to it. I have to start focusing on colleges and really work hard.”

“I think sophomore year will be fun and exciting because I’m used to the school by now. We’re going to be dominating in sports!”

-Robert Winter, Sophomore

-Tom Johnson, Freshman

“Junior year is probably going to be difficult because colleges will start to have an eye on me. It will also be different because a lot of electives will be gone.”

Are final exams for the better? ELYSE SCHUPAK


s the end of the year approaches, students look forward to the relaxing months of summer vacation. Unfortunately, end of school exams stand in their way. Before students can enjoy summer they must go through the stressful final exams and Regents. Most students agree that a final or Regents exam isn’t an enjoyable activity. Students would also agree that a final exam or Regents is a way for a student to demonstrate their knowledge from throughout the year, and see how much the student has learned in the course. However, what many people don’t agree on is how important the final exam should be and how much it should be weighted as part of a student’s final average. A final exam or Regents is worth 16 percent of a student’s

Heard in Halls: Views on the upcoming year ALLISON SEIFE AND HANNAH MATUSOW

“I think sophomore year will be easier because I’ll be used to the school. It took a while to get used to the school, but I’m excited for next year.”

“Next year will be awesome because I will be a senior. There will be a lot of less work later on in the year and I’m really excited to graduate!”

-Heather Ungerer, Freshman

-Louis Lacarbonara, Junior

-Mariana Rodriguez, Sophomore.

Class of 2010 College Acceptances Good luck and congratulations Aarin Thomas Aaron Klimchuk Abby Fried Adrian Wilson Alannah Smith Alex Reynolds Alex Rosenblum Alexandra Alayan Alexandra Raffington Alexandra Sampugnaro Amanda Bellantoni Amanda Simmons Amy Kasman Andrea Campanelli Andy Seife Angelica Rivera Anthony Pescara Anthony Cardon Ariel Miller Austin Saiz Benjamin Matusow Benjamin Shannon Bobby Leight Brandon Clayton Brian Barry Brian Doyle Brooke Lawrence Carlos Perez-Vivaldo Caroline Alcocer Cassandra Lawrence Charlotte Zeitel Chris Rivera Christian Suqui-Rodriguez Christina Schulz Danny Cassarini David Getman David Lewis Davila Thompson Deanna McCloskey Donnice Wortham Doug Sewitch Elizabeth Quinn Emily Conroy Emily Frawley Emily Moses Emma Livne Emma Roithmayr Evan Petre Evan Rose Fabian Escobedo Hannah Orfe Holger Moustakas Indy Li Jaclyn Wing Jacob Carmen Jamie Pinkas Janelle Young Jeremy Storm Jess Hamburg Joanna Galeano Joel Burton Joshua Gribetz Joshua Jaffe Julia Puff Julian Sledge Kaitlin Mak Karen De Leon Katarina Garced Katy Dockery Kees Noach Kelly Linehan

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Indoor soccer tournament A DAVIN POONAI

lthough varsity and junior varsity soccer has officially ended in the fall, many students feel that the sport has not died yet for this year. Many students do not realize that, from the start of about three weeks ago, ten teams enlisted in the soccer indoor tournament that is hosted by Varsity Soccer and Baseball Coach Marcel Galligani. Coach Galligani hosted this indoor tournament for previous years, and every year the tradition is followed by the new students that attend the school. Every year, students from all over the high school come together to make teams to represent themselves in the indoor league. This year, there was a total of ten teams participating in the tournament. After receiving the rosters and making the schedule for the upcoming games, Coach Galligani posts them outside the gym where all the players can see the team rosters and when they will officially play. One special note on this tournament is that the ten teams are broken down into two groups of five teams. Of those two groups, the top two teams will then advance to the quarter finals. Then the winner of the quarter finals will move onto the finals. Therefore, right here at the High School, we have our own world cup unfolding in front of our eyes. The tournament began on a great note because everyone was excited and optimistic to show what

they’ve got. As such, the spectators would be allowed to enter the gym after paying a toll of twenty five cents, in order to see the game. The games can be very breath taking because all the spectators are seeing their very own classmates perform right in front of them and watch how they battle to be victorious at the end of every game. Basically, the games start directly after the period is over before lunch. All the players have to promptly come down and be changed in less than ten minutes and be out on the gym ready to go. If they do come out early they are responsible in setting up their goal for the game. The games are played for twenty minutes and there is a ten minute half. So far in the league, Group B consists of some of the more skilled teams such as Cute Teddy Bears FC, Sporting Kaau, and Lima Alliancas. These three times are known throughout the whole tournament because they have a lot of varsity players on them. These teams are also known because they play for competitively and it’s always a joy to watch these teams play. With a lot of knowledge and experience, they can easily sweep through opposing teams and show their dominance. When asked about one of his most memorable games in the tournament so far Alex Retamozo, of Sporting Kaau, said, “The game we played against the Cute Teddy Bears FC.” In this game, it could have been possibly one of the best games

Golf: hobby or sport? MICHAEL LAU


olf is famous for being something that often only rich old men play. You might see your grandfather falling asleep watching it on a Sunday afternoon, but you are most likely not going to be watching it yourself because, honestly, most kids these days like to do fun and interesting things, like sports. That’s where there seems to be a problem. Golf is not a sport. You might be thinking, “Everyone calls golf a sport, and it’s on ESPN so…-,” but it is still not a sport. Compared with everything else out there like baseball, tennis, lacrosse etc. golf doesn’t remotely meet any form of qualification to deserve the title sport. While golf may be on ESPN, keep in mind that billiards and poker are on that channel, and you, no doubt, do not consider them sports. Golf does require a lot of skill in order to play it well, don’t get me wrong, but that is just one criteria for a sport. You might as well consider bowling a sport if that is the only criteria. The fact is, all real sports, like basketball, track and swimming require an incredibly high level of fitness, and the ability to keep physically pushing yourself until you’ve either won or lost. You have to be able to run and every single athlete in these sports is fit and incredibly well trained individuals. In golf though, the most exercise that any golfer does is swing the club, and

that is it. They don’t carry their own stuff. They don’t even walk to the next ball. They are driven in cart. You don’t even need to be in shape to swing the golf club. Look at John Daly, who has won major tournaments on the PGA tour. He is overweight, 54 years old, and is a heavy drinker and smoker. In any other sport, John Daly would not even be part of any form of minor league or tour, but he is a major competitor in golf. Something else that is problematic with golf is that, in order to play, you have to be rich and a member of a golf clubs, and that means many people will never have a chance to pick up a club and just play around. All other sports don’t require a field over a hundred acres big to play or a 100,000 dollar golf club membership. And sure, there are driving ranges, but that isn’t really playing. One last criterion that golf fails to fill is major to why people like sports in general. When real sports are played hard, there is a rush of endorphins that effectively make the player feel happy and like the sport. However, because in golf there is no actual exercise, no release in endorphins there is no reason to call it a sport. I cannot deny that golf takes a large amount of skill to be good at, but please golfers, don’t call it a sport. Call it what it really is; a hobby.

played in the tournament because and give it their best at these games. both teams gave it their all and when One of the most key spectators is the the dust cleared at the end of the referee and coach, Marcel Galligani. game; both teams were deadlocked He is the varsity soccer coach and he at three to three. Likewise, Larry always keeps an open mind when it Gonzalez, captain of Cute Teddy comes down to tryouts in the sumBears FC, said, “I believe my most mer time so, during these exhibition memorable game was when I scored matches, players can try and give a third goal on Sporting it their all to make an impression Kaau to take the lead on Coach Galligani. after coming back Larry Gonzafrom a 0-2 lead.” lez said, H o w e v e r, “When I when asking specstep onto tators on who they the field I thought had the make sure I most memoraplay my game ble game, both only.” Manuel Gutierrez However, and Chris Eyssen teammate Ozzie Toragreed that one of res of Cute Teddy the best games Bears FC said, played so far “When I step in the tournaonto the field, ment was Cute I make sure I Teddy Bears FC do not get Kid kicking soccer ball intimidatand Real 94. PRINT ACTIVITIES Chris Eyseen ed. Howsaid, “One of ever, when the most memorable games was I step onto the pitch I want to make Real 94 and Cute Teddy Bears FC sure the other team gets intimidated. because Real 94 came into the game Anyone who sees me coming after as underdogs. Real 94 kept it tight them is always intimidated, even if the whole game and regardless of they deny it! As for being nervous, the score line Real 94 put up a big a player must feel a little nervous fight against probably the best team before stepping onto the pitch. That in the tournament.” little bit of nerves is what helps us At times, it can be seen that in big games; however, being too players can get nervous when they nervous isn’t good either.” step onto the field before a game In this group, there is a lot and at times like these, players try of talent and, in the end; it will be

breathtaking to see who ends up qualifying. At the other end of the teams, Group A has many good teams as well. Los Nanitos, a very strong team has, ended up winning a lot of games in their group and is trying to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Led with experience and skill, the team rises to occasion with beating other good teams in their group. The end of the regular tournament is getting close and now teams are trying to rack up as many points as possible because it’s crucial to qualify to the playoffs. Teams are trying to give it all they have since two points for a win, while a tie gives you a point, and finally a loss earns zero points. For many new players and freshman, this could potentially be their first experience of many in the high school’s lunch tournament. Some advice Larry Gonzalez of Cute Teddy Bears FC and also newly National U 17 player can give to younger and upcoming players is, “My advice to younger players is to work hard and not to wait until the last minute to try and cram the hard work in. When you feel the workout or game is going to hard to achieve don’t give up, just go harder and it will pay off believe me.” This indoor tournament has been extremely fun and exciting and it will be very glorifying to watch the new champion of the league play in the finals and win. It will be a game we will not forget at the High School.

Lacrosse throughout the years GUY GITLIN


acrosse is a sport that is not played as much as other main stream team sports. This is due to the fact that it is relatively new as publicized sport; however, technically, lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in America. Lacrosse is of Native American origin. It was originally a religious ritual; however, since then there have been some modifications to the sport. For example traditionally in the Native American version, each team consisted of about 100 to 1,000 people on a field that stretched from about 500 yards to a couple of miles long. Also most games lasted around two to three days long. Now a day it is a sport that is played in almost all high schools,

colleges, and now there is a new National Lacrosse League known as the MLL. The object of the modern version of the game is to advance the ball into the net by throwing and catching it with the lacrosse stick. The lacrosse stick allows the players to catch and throw the ball. There are 10 people per team, one goalie, three defenders, three midfielders, and three attackers. At the High School, Lacrosse is a major sport. The Lacrosse teams have done pretty well this year. It is a physically demanding sport, which takes strength and endurance. This is one of the reasons why it is hard to start in a High School level. It is impossible to go into the sport at the college or major league level

unless the person has experience in the sport. At the college level, it is a pretty serious sport, but most people do not continue on into the major league level for various reasons. The biggest one being that, in the MLL, there are only 6 teams. However, it is trying to expand and the eventual goal is to create a large league such as the MLB for baseball. For the most part lacrosse is played in Canada and the United States. However, lacrosse has begun to expand into the international level in Europe and East Asia. Now there are even World Lacrosse Championships. This is an overview of the sport of Lacrosse and how it is now a rising sport in the world.

it became clear that he would not be able to return to duty for the rest of the season, Swim Coach Patti Gilmartin stepped in lead. Her enthusiasm and strong coaching style motivated the team to become the best in the league. Additionally, the team was placed in a new league this year, one that offered tougher competition against stronger schools in the county. The team rose to the challenge, led by senior captains Panos Kerwick, Kyle Moody, Reid Cohen, and Marco Correa. With eight returning Varsity members, the team used both talent and experience to their advantage, and was able to send nearly all players into the playoffs. The sophomore

singles players, Michael Lau and Will Tunney, and the doubles pair, of junior Matt Miller and freshman Juan Leyghton, were able to successfully make it through the league playoffs and competed in the Conference II tournament. Freshman Evan Marks also planned to go through playoffs, but an injured rotator cuff prevented him from competing. Sophomore Ben Weiss and managers Martin O’Donnell and Juan Velez rounded out the team. The team looks forward to the opportunity to go for their third consecutive league championship next season.

Tennis team repeats as champs WILLIAM TUNNEY


nding the season with an 11-1 record, the Boys Varsity Tennis Team once again secured their spot on the wall. The team’s only blemish on what was an otherwise perfect season was a tight 3-2 loss to rival Dobbs Ferry, who finished second in the league. This year brings the tennis team’s record for past two seasons to an impressive 24-1, quite an accomplishment considering the problems that the team initially faced at the beginning of the season. The team started the season with many questions, the biggest of which was a coaching issue. After Varsity Coach Brian Golden tore his Achilles tendon in early March, and


Volume 100, Number 7 | White Plains, New York | Friday, June 11, 2010

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