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SOS America BY KYLE FEE COPY EDITOR
The Titanic American economy finally hit the oncoming iceberg. Even now, the financial sector’s hull has been breached, and it is sinking into the dark, murky, and cold depths of a recession. The captains of industry are calling S.O.S., and the passenger companies are jumping ship. Houses are being foreclosed. Assets are being taken away. All is doomed. Or is it? Look over there! —it’s a 700 billion dollar life raft, here to save the day. All kidding aside, lawmakers in Washington are discussing the infamous bailout plan, otherwise known as the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. According to the Washington Post, the lengthy bill calls for a bailout of the Wall Street sector in order to refuel businesses, and hopefully jumpstart the economy, at the cost of 700 billion dollars. One particular highlight of the bill is the creation of a Troubled Assets Relief Program, which will allow the government to buy into businesses when they are at a financial low. Also, an office of Financial Stability will be created in the Department of Treasury in order to make sure the economy is balanced and on target. Washington bigwigs have mixed reactions to the plan. Many Democrats feel that the bill’s funds are not being appropriated correctly. They believe that the money should go to projects to aid the consumers, rather than projects to aid the businesses. Strong opponent Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts said on BarneyFrank.net, “The fundamental policy issue is our disappointment that funds are not being used out of the $700 billion to supplement mortgage foreclosure reduction.” Despite that, President Bush had a positive outlook with the passing of the bailout plan saying in the Chicago Tribune, “We have shown the world that the United States will stabilize our financial markets and maintain a leading role in the global economy.” Where the funds will be distributed is another dilemma in the saga of the bailout plan. Recently, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler argued for an American auto appropriation in order to prevent an inevitable bankruptcy. Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd argued against the “Big Three’s” request, citing that any money given to the auto industry would only help automakers out of a mess they made for themselves. Any auto appropriation is still pending. The cabin crew is currently bucketing out water, and the Titanic economy is gaining water rapidly and at an alarming rate. The bailout plan is trying to patch up the hole that is present in the American economy. Will the heart of the economy be preserved with this plan? Or will it sink?
Vol. LVII - ISSUE 3
The Age of Obama
The Obama family poses for a photo after Barack Obama is announced President-elect of the U.S. BY TJ KELLY
Barack Obama has won the race for the presidency of the United States of America, a fact that most are already aware of—except those living under a rock, that is. Obama’s mark on presidential history is that he is the first African American ever to be elected president. He joins other presidential firsts such as Theodore Roosevelt, who, at the age of 43, was the youngest president ever elected, and John F. Kennedy who was the first and only Roman Catholic president of America. Many doubted they would witness this event. MHS alumnus Craig Coyle (‘06) said, “I can honestly say that I’ve never been prouder to be an American. This is such an historic event.” Even Obama in his victory speech on Election Night said, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is where all things are possible…tonight is your answer.” Most people feel that this is a step in the right direction for America. “I think it is a sign of the progress we have made as a country regarding racial equality,” said an MHS senior.
Barack Obama’s victory represents more than just a simple presidential victory—his victory opens the door for many people of a minority background. Although by law minorities should have the same opportunities as other American citizens, Obama’s victory is a confirmation to them that change is possible and real—they too can reach the pinnacle. Valerie Grim, the chair of Indiana University’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies said Obama’s candidacy “represents for [African Americans] a new day, a new opportunity to see that black people can contribute, on the ultimate level, to the social order,” according to the Washington Post. This hope for a “new day” and a change from the Bush administration was asked for by seemingly both Americans and members of the world alike. Obama said, “It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled—Americans who sent a message to the world that…[we are not]…just a collection of red states and blue states; we are and always will be the United States of
America.” This change, which we have heard constantly in debates, the news, and stump speeches, will come through Obama’s policies. According to the President-elect, he will attempt to resolve the economic crisis first before tackling the other issues. On his first weekly YouTube video as President elect, Barack Obama said, “Make no mistake this is the greatest economic challenge of our times…but I know we can steer ourselves out of these times, because here in America, we always rise to the moment, no matter how hard.” “I think he’ll be good for the economy. His plan seems like it will bring economic stability back to America, which we need right now” said senior Jen Bentz. The extent to which Obama will be able to do everything outlined in his policies is anyone’s guess. What we do know is that change has to happen in order for this country to turn around, especially the economy. All we have to hope for now is that more change will come than simply a historic election; rather, a historic administration that will lead to prosperity in America. Obama said it best, “Change has come to America.”
The Obama Administration: Now What? Barack Obama’s election to the United States Presidency is nothing short of historic. As the first African American President-elect, he ends the status quo of Caucasian men in office as old as the republic itself. There is no doubt that his lofty ideas energized Americans, due in part to the recent instability in the U.S. economy. The people of America needed someone to provide hope for their future. Obama created excitement about “change” and government programs but this brings rise to a question—how does he plan on executing them? Currently, the United States is ten trillion dollars in debt and boasts a 600 billion dollar deficit this year, prior
to Congress approving another 700 billion dollar financial bailout—not to mention the Wall Street debacle. One must wonder if the financial situation the US is in will hinder the execution of Obama’s ambitious proposals. Many fear the widespread debt will inhibit Obama from fully carrying out his expansive healthcare, education and energy programs, which helped get him to the White House in the first place. Obama’s healthcare overhaul would cost the federal government 75 billion dollars in order to cover uninsured Americans, according to Yahoo!News. In a report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, “The plan would increase to one trillion
dollars cumulatively by 2018 or approximately $130 billion per year.” Additionally, they report it is unlikely that new federal money will be available, so health reform may require reallocation of dollars already in the health system. Obama plans to spend 19 billion dollars on education to double federal funding for private charter schools, to upgrade technology, and to award merit pay and higher salaries for math and science teachers, according to The Boston Globe. Obama’s energy proposal is also currently being cut down. Reuters News Service reported that his plan to “develop green technology, slash oil imports from unfriendly nations and tax
more of the profits of oil companies” would cost about 150 billion dollars. It is expected that energy will be put on the back burner due to the drop in tax revenue, a weakened economy and the decline in gasoline prices Despite good intentions, America will have added 15 billion dollars to its debt based on the figures stated above. This does not include any additional plans not mentioned within. The task at hand is monumental, and we can only hope that the new administration is ready and able to act upon their promises. What do you think? E-mail The Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, I Like Pina Coladas BY IAN GOODMAN PHOTO EDITOR
How is it that college students can be sent to study abroad programs in countries with a lower drinking age than the United States, and America’s young adults can go off to war with a firearm at 18, but they can’t crack open a beer? The federal minimum drinking age was set in 1984 at age 21, but now, many are questioning it. According to Potsdam.edu, the U.S. has the highest drinking age in the world, sharing its title with Mongolia, Indonesia, and Palau, while the rest of the world has its drinking age minimum set to 16, 17, or no minimum at all. Many supporters say that the brain develops at least until the age of 21, but some studies state there is not enough evidence to show that the consumption of alcohol hurts brain development in the general population, according to Reason.com. In fact, students in other countries with lower drinking ages generally
do better than U.S. students on standardized tests. According to USAtoday.com, lowering the drinking age would also increase awareness of the dangers of alcohol. Even though the law supposedly reduced underage drinking, it sharply increased the amount of binge drinking incidents, mostly in private. Also, the largest amount of DWI (drinking while intoxicated) fatalities happen at the ages of 21 followed by 22 and 23, when the majority of young adults are away from home and cannot learn safe drinking practices. In my opinion, the best way to deal with this is to lower the drinking age to 18, in conjunction with educating teens on alcohol safety. Alcohol is all around us, and according to several researchers (including the presidents of Middlebury College and Loyola University Chicago), lowering the drinking age would reduce binge drinking in young adults, and increase alcohol awareness among parents and their children.
Babies Don’t Need Booze BY THERESA POLLY STAFF WRITER
Too many teens seek acceptance and exhilaration from a beer can rather than the important “natural highs” of life. Much discussion has developed in society about changing the legal drinking age to eighteen years of age. This has evolved into a very controversial topic and, as a fifteen-year-old girl, I am astounded by this suggestion. Teen drinking has become a part of American culture. In advertisements, alcohol is represented as a luxurious beverage, just waiting to be consumed; however, what we are not shown are the detrimental effects it has on people. By changing the drinking age to eighteen, the government would be giving the people, or teens, exactly what they want. Sure, that sounds like a fair and just system of decision making; however, the government’s true responsibility is to do what is right for the people, to do what is
best. Ultimately, changing the drinking age would be anything but. The future lies in the hands of today’s teens. What kind of future does the effects of alcohol abuse build? An encouragement is surfaced when the government gives in to the pressures of society, rather than standing on level ground and having the people’s best interest at heart. Yes, many may say, “It’s only three years younger,” but those three years do make a difference. Already there are too many underage drinkers. By lowering the drinking age, and giving these adolescencts what they desire; our government is going against what it once tried to encourage. Our government and our world relies on those who dare to explore their minds and utilize its full potential, instead of washing it away with alcohol. Rather than focusing on a life with alcohol, our nation and our world should focus on a life of excellence and improvement.
The Chief Editorial Staff EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Angela Roamer Marissa Cetin MANAGING EDITORS Caitlin Waldron T.J. Kelly HEAD COPY EDITOR Charlotte Burger PHOTO EDITOR Ian Goodman SPORTS EDITOR Ben Sklar Anthony Cassero
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Jamie DeFilippis COPY EDITORS Kevin McCarthy Kyle Fee Katie Fuccillo Sara Pickles EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Noelle Witt Paige Snider HONORARY PHOTOGRAPHER Mr. Piotrowski ADVISER Elyn Coyle
Alternative Energy at MHS BY JAMIE DEFILIPPIS ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Massapequa High School to the environment’s rescue! This past July, Massapequa High School received a total of $300,000 to use towards alternative energy sources in the school. Thanks to Senator Charles Fuschillo, the New York State Senate has donated $250,000 to MHS to help install an “environmentally-friendly solar technology project.” The district will be using the money to install solar panels on the roof of the main campus. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) also contributed by funding $50,000 towards the project through a solar technology incentive program. “It’s definitely worth it. My uncle did something similar and saved thousands of dollars; considering his house produces so much solar power,” says senior Nicole DiTrani. The panels will be connected to an “energy kiosk,” according to Anthony D. Lofaso, Director of Facilities and Operations for the district. The kiosk will monitor and measure the amount of energy that the panels are generating—this way students can get involved and see their impact.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” says senior Sean Mulligan, “Especially considering Massapequa’s goal for the last few years of reducing its carbon footprint.” According to Mr. LaFaso, the $300,000 funding will create enough energy to provide approximately 15,000 watts of energy, which would be almost enough energy to power the new wing. Even though this alternative energy project will not replace all of the school’s energy consumption, every step taken towards helping the environment contributes to the cause. Mr. LaFaso thinks it’s essential that the youth of the nation gets involved in finding and using alternative energy sources rather than oil. He argues, “Part of the problem is that we haven’t done enough research to find alternative energy. It is essential that the United States as a whole be concerned, and put forth the most effort they can to create renewable energy.” Mr. LaFaso hopes that this project will demonstrate to students, as well as the public at large, that alternative energy is a necessary and viable possibility.
Cabaret Night BY ANGELA ROAMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
On Saturday, November 8, Massapequa High School’s upper gym was transformed into an intimate cafe setting where talent graced the stage act after act. Seniors Kristen DaCunto, Stephen Houseman, Matt Imperio, and
“If Mama was Married” Jackie Nelson hosted the event. They wrote a silly script that portrayed Jackie as a total ditz who was being chased by lovestruck Houseman and Imperio, and included skits about Titanic, Rockband, Survivor, and Harry Potter. Nicole Nudge started the show off strong with her performance of “Cabaret.” Following her act was Erin Dooling, who sang “The Rose” beautifully (as performed by Bette Midler). Rachel Randazzo’s performance of “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia made the crowd feel as if they were listening to the movie’s soundtrack. Next, host Matt Imperio sang “Fly Me to the Moon,” accompanied “Part of Me” by Mike Pitocchi on Double Bass and Brain Maldanado on drums. Sophomore Shannon Oliveri stunned the audience
when she sang “A Quiet Night At Home,” and afterward Ryan Coyle sang his original composition “Part of Me” while Ryan McLoughlin played the accompanying bass line that he composed. Brandon Renda played along on the bongos. Mariel Horn energetically performed “Anything but Lonely” from Aspects of Love. The dynamic duo of Joey Garland and Pat Regan followed, singing “Lucky” as performed by Colby Caillat and Jason Mraz. The first act finished off with a bang as the band Running on Empty excited the audience with their original composition, “Burst of Lightning.” The second act began with Contrast’s third Cabaret Night appearance, performing “Calling All Angels” as performed by Pat Monahan. Then, Angela Davi serenaded (a picture of) Orlando Bloom with “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from Sweet Charity. Next, Carissa Allen flaunted her vocal range singing “Think Of Me” from Phantom of the Opera, and Sam Masone took us under the sea when she sang “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. Jonathan Comeaux and Jamie DeFilippis created beautiful harmonies while singing “Remember to Breathe” as performed by Dashb o a r d Confessional, and Devon Stolfi and Samantha Ta u s s i g also harmonized wonderfully when they sang “If Mama Was Married.” Host Kristen Dacunto had a standout
Teen Drinking BY CONSTANCE DEANER JOURNALISM STUDENT
“Teen drinking, is very bad, yo, I got a fake I.D. though.” The song “Tipsy” by J-Kwon sadly shows how teens illegally consume alcohol. In Massapequa, teen drinking is on the rise. A poll was taken at MHS concerning illegal alcohol consumption. Ten percent of the schools population, 190 students, consisting of sophomores, juniors and seniors, were randomly asked a variety of questions concerning drinking. “Everyone does it,” is a popular response MHS social worker Diane Marascia hears. The survey showed that of the 190 students surveyed, only 22 sophomores reported they consume alcohol. Marascia added that it is not unusual that a higher percentage of seniors drink alcohol than the sophomores; alcohol consumption tends to increase as students get older. “Approximately 35% of my grade drinks on the weekend,” said a sophomore, whose comment supports the low sophomore statistic. Monheit.com stated that 26% of students have had their first drink of alcohol before the age of 13 and then escalates so by age 15, that 35% have consumed alcohol.
Some parents seem to be relieved their teens are drinking rather than doing drugs. There have been reports of parents allowing alcohol to be served at parties in their homes. This tolerance and facilitation of drinking by some parents may be what is adding to the increase in teen drinking. A poll taken at MHS indicated that mostly, students have one or two drinks. The poll also showed that most of the students get the alcohol from their friends. Mrs. Marascia said that the New York State Office of Substance Abuse Services is consdiering taking a substance abuse survey. The Office would then compare the results to a similar survey taken in 2004. This will allow them to see if drinking has increased or decreased. The 2004 survey showed that 91.8% of parents of surveyed did not believe their kids were involved with underage drinking. A parent commented, “It’s common sense that kids drink illegally. Parents just don’t want to think it’s ‘their’ kid that is the one doing it.” Mrs. Marascia believes parents should join together and try to solve this problem. Together, faculty and parents can help decrease the rate of alcohol and drug use in our school.
Around the World in Three Minutes as opposed to only the people who register to be an organ donor being able to give their organs. GREECE—In order to mark This change is being prethe 35th anniversary of the stu- sented because Britain has one of dent uprising against the military the lowest organ donor rates in dictatorship that ruled Greece Europe. Through a $6.7 million from 1967 to 1974, about 10,000 awareness campaign next spring, students braved a thunderstorm to the government hopes to double protest outside of the U.S. Embas- the number of people signed up as sy in Athens, who had supported potential donors. the dictatorship at the time. According to MSNBC, KENYA—An investigation Greek riot police fired tear gas of illegal wildlife trade in five to disperse the protesters throw- African nations led to the seizure ing rocks and Molotov cocktails of one ton of cheetah, leopard and outside the U.S. Embassy. These python skins, ivory, and hippo annual marches often bring vio- teeth. The four-month investigalence, and despite the 8,000 of- tion, conducted by Interpol (an ficers deployed in advance, it did international police association) not stop the protest from getting used undercover agents to track out of hand. suspects in local airports, borders, and smuggling points. ENGLAND—At a recent According to Wildlife Sermeeting, Prime Minister Gor- vice Director Julius Kipng’etich in don Brown discussed the idea of The Associated Press, the investichanging the country’s organ donor gation was a blessing for countries policy. This policy change would whose elephant populations “have make everyone an organ donor un- declined tremendously over the less he or she chooses to opt-out, years.” BY ANGELA ROAMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
performance when she sang “I’m Not Afraid of Anything” from Songs for a New World. After, Gina DeGasperis contributed to the talent when she sang “On My Own” from Les Miserables, and Jenna Briedis showed off her strong vocals when she sang “Being
Alive” from Company. Closing the show was sophomore Jagger Kugler with an amazing performance of “This is the Moment” from Jekyll & Hyde. Congratulations and great job to all who participated in another successful Cabaret Night!
New Club on the Block BY CHRIS NENCHIN STAFF WRITER
With the year 2008 coming to a close, a new club has formed that is catching the attention of many students. The Gentlemen’s club had their first meeting on Wednesday October 29 where its members discussed its goals and plans for the year. The Gentlemen’s club is essentially based around the principle of being just that—a gentleman. “The goal of the club is to facilitate fundraising for charitable causes” says club founder Mike Cooke. The Gentleman’s club plans to work closely and coordinate with other clubs to host events and fundraisers. The members plan on organizing and hosting events for such fundraising. Although not many events have been scheduled yet, events in the works include a Valentine’s Day auction and a Winter Semi-formal. For the Valentine’s Day auction, the club plans to “auction
off” people and donate the proceeds towards stopping the genocide in Darfur by way of the Darfur Awareness Club. The semi-formal is anticipated to be on January 19 and will most likely be Sadie Hawkins style, with the ladies courting the gentlemen. “We plan on supporting a higher level of sophistication” says other club founder Mike Laventure regarding the inspiration for the club. If you plan on joining the Gentlemen’s club they meet on Wednesday in room 139. All are welcome. The club currently has about 30 members and is growing each week. The Gentlemen’s Club, although new to the scene, plans on doing as much as possible for the school, and needs the support of all who can help. Adviser Mr. Romano said, “I think it’s going to be a great club. The students involved seem spirited in helping to benefit the less fortunate in different causes.”
Reach for the Stars BY DANA CANALE JOURNALISM STUDENT
It is Wednesday afternoon and you don’t have any homework. There is no extra-help that you need to attend, no clubs that seem to interest you are in session, and you do not want to go home. What to do? That’s easy: go to Astronomy Club! The Astronomy Club is one of the oldest clubs at Massapequa High School. “[This year] is the 40th anniversary since the founding of Astronomy Club.” said Mr. Hahn, founding advisor of the club. Astronomy Club has a laid back, relaxed feel that makes the club comfortable for students of all grades. Anyone can join at any time. “On November 30, we will be holding an evening observing session to view the planets Venus and Jupiter,” said Mr. Hahn. But be warned—the date of
the viewing session is set to change at any time due to weather forecasts. You are probably asking yourself, “What if the stars aren’t visible that night?” That’s an easy question to answer. Astronomy Club has one thing that is completely unique to MHS: Starlab. Starlab is Massapequa High School’s planetarium that most students probably remember visiting on a field trip in elementary school. This planetarium gives the opportunity for students to observe stars and constellations when the stars are not visible in the night sky. Mr. Hahn has made Starlab presentations since the founding of the club. To make them even more source:swosu.edu enjoyable, he adds music like The Beatles, Metallica, and Rammstein to set the mood as students gaze into the stars and constellations above. Astronomy Club meets biweekly, so listen up for announcements regarding the club, and join the fun!
Community Service is Key BY JORDAN NADELL JOURNALISM STUDENT
Are you looking to get involved in community service acts but not sure how? The Key Club may be for you. The Key Club is actually a sister group of the Kiwanis charity organization (Kiwanis Educates Youth) with over 130 members in this district alone. One of the big projects that has already been completed is trick or treat for UNICEF, in which the students involved had an orange box they used to collect coins for children around the world. Joe Persico, president of the Key
Club, said, “It takes a big part out of my life but knowing that someone is benefiting from my work is just amazing.” He also said that working with Key Club boosts your community service hours, and that only after fifty recorded hours one becomes a fully-fledged member. The Key Club has raised thousands of dollars and will continue to do so with their charity events. When advisor Mrs. Domenech was asked why the students get so involved and so dedicated, she responded, “Because they enjoy helping others and [because] we’re a family.”
MHS Care Club on CBS BY PATRICIA COLON STAFF WRITER
the new Showtime Series Dexter. However, while waiting, I discovered three children who were receiving hospitable attention from a woman who seemed to work for CBS. I soon came to a sudden realization—that this woman was a sponsor for an organization called Candle Lighters, which is a part of the Childhood Cancer Foundation. The three children—named Ida, Tyler, and Athena—are battling cancer. As I viewed the faces of these magnificent children, they looked like
As I laid in solemn sleep, I was suddenly awakened by an alarm clock ringing. I glanced over at the clock; it was four in the morning. As I lay in my bed with my alarm clock petulantly ringing, I covered my head with the nearest pillow. Suddenly, I remembered the significance of this day. If there is one thing I remembered most from that morning it is the many attempts I made to make myself “stand out” so I’d be easily viewed among a compacted crowd. It’s not everyday that a seventeen-yearold teenager gets to be on television and meet her idol! If only I knew Patricia Colon//The Chief that this day Michael C. Hall signs autographs would be something more to me than normal, healthy, growing children, but thirty seconds of fame. If only I knew I knew that inside, their journeys were this day would change my outlook a struggle. Every moment of these chilon the world. It all began with three dren’s life was a moment to rejoice, for they were living and winning the battle words... against cancer. While I was stressing “Lights, camera, action!” On Wednesday, September 24, about getting into college, these beauti2008, Massapequa Cancer Awareness ful and bubbly children were just trying Research Education Club, otherwise to survive life. These glorious children known as Care Club, was invited showed Care Clubbers that we must to be on CBS’s Early Show. That’s always have a positive outlook on life right—Massapequa’s Care Club was on because there are always individuals in television. Care Club was granted this the world who are not as lucky to have once in a lifetime opportunity to meet such an outlook. Care Club advisor, Ms. Pulick Lance Armstrong, one of the world’s greatest cyclists, winner of the Tour de said, “This trip illustrated that what we France seven consecutive years, while do as Care Club members makes sense, battling testicular cancer. When we arrived at C B S ’s E a r l y Show station, one word defined my first experience of the world of media: Chaos! I viewed the sensation of media life as it poured into the lives of the audience, who pushed one another like a crowd of hun- Members of Candle Lighters organization Patricia Colon//The Chief gry animals, trying to get their few which is to make the life of cancer seconds of fame. Care Clubber Katie patients more enjoyable and to raise Fuccillo said, “Everyone in the studio money for cancer organizations and was in a rush; each individual had a task cancer research.” Our job in Care Club is not to complete.” Care Club saw the make-up just to raise money for cancer research crew dazzling the stars on the show, cre- and for cancer patients, but to restore ating a guise for the stars. Massapequa’s life back into the hearts of millions of Care Clubbers were excited to hear cancer patients as we form a world wide Lance Armstrong’s legacy and discov- coalition against a deadly disease. We ered what inspired him to remain strong cry for tragedy and fight for triumph, while fighting cancer. Care Clubbers one cancer patient at a time—we are also got to meet Michael C. Hall, star of Massapequa Care Club!
Get Your Sign On BY JEN PAOLINO
If you ever thought that a quiet classroom had no communication, you may want to think again. Communication is a key element to the American Sign Language Club, which has proven to be a highly effective tool for all wanting to be involved. Members of the American Sign Language Club really enjoy this club for a few reasons. Mrs. McCarthy, the adviser of the ASL Club, said that students using their signing skills and seeing how a deaf community works is what these students enjoy the most about being in the club. Students get excited when the people who are hearing impaired understand and comprehend what they are signing. Students do not need any experience or prior knowledge to join the club, according to Mrs. McCarthy. If a student is interested, he or she can attend “business” and “fun” meetings. During fun meetings, students learn how to sign the basics of ASL, like colors.
Robo Club BY MIKE GELFAND JOURNALISM STUDENT
Robots are taking over Massapequa High School! The Robotics Club is the school’s very own technologically advanced gathering. It is the perfect place for anyone interested in constructing a working robot, working with metal, wiring, and other materials. The club meets every Thursday after school in Room 91. Each student works on building robots to compete in the First Technology Challenge, or the FTC. The FTC provided the school with the parts and pieces needed to build a robot, said club advisor Mr. DeSantis. The club has around twenty students who work with the materials to design and construct these machines. “The club is open to all students. This is the first year of the club; hopefully we will place in the competition.” said Mr. DeSantis. “We have six weeks to build, program, and test the robot for the competition.” The FTC is
To support the deaf community, the ASL Club holds several fundraisers, like a bingo night, to raise funds. In the past, money has been donated to a deaf family and a summer camp that was in need of help. Mrs. McCarthy adds that there will be some new events taking place this year, like a pasta night. The entire deaf community will be invited for the pasta night, and club members have the opportunity to put their signing skills to use. This practice will not only improve their signing skills, but will also make communication clearer for the hearing impaired that are present. Attending deaf socials, participating in the fundraisers, going to the Helen Keller Sans Point, and having a general love for the language are important aspects in being a member of the ASL Club. The American Sign Language Club is a very rewarding experience, and those students who are involved have learned to admire and appreciate the language in a whole new way.
holding its competition for the first time this year, and other schools that offer the club can battle their creations for one ultimate prize. Not only do the students in the club learn the technique of building a working robot, but they also get an insight on working with various materials used in building appliances. According to Mr. DeSantis, “the robot has to meet criteria to compete in the FTC. The team is broken into three groups. The design and build team, the programming team, and the driver team which controls the robot. It is a learning experience for everyone…including me.” If you have a knack for technology, you should check out the Robotics Club as soon as possible to help construct Massapequa’s robot. For the rest of us, all we can now do is keep our fingers crossed and our batteries charged to see if Massapequa’s robots will win in the upcoming battle.
Video Games... in School? BY MATTHEW ELDER JOURNALISM STUDENT
At some point during the school day, students’ minds begin to wander and they begin to think of more enjoyable things, such as video games. Normally, video games are the last thing teachers want on students’ minds while they are in school, but as soon as school is over, that is all you’re thinking about in the Electronic Gaming Club. The club (often shortened to EGC) meets every Friday in Cafeteria 141, and goes from 2:30 to about 4:00. The main purpose of EGC is to give students a social setting in which to interact with fellow students. However, club advisor Joseph Zanco says that the real purpose of the club is that, “It gives geeks who play video games a chance to play with other geeks.” He later claimed that it’s okay for him to call people geeks, “Being a geek [himself].” Since students supply both the games and the systems, the selection of games available can vary. However, the most common turn-ups include Halo 3 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, along with a few Dragonball Z-based fighting games. The club isn’t just limited to vid-
eo games however; card-based games are also played—the most common of which is Magic. Due to the school’s code of conduct, no M-rated games are permitted at the club (the only exception being the aforementioned Halo). According to club president Mark Engleman, while most members bring whatever games they wish, the club uses a sign-up sheet to remind individuals to bring particular systems, including the X-Box 360 and the Nintendo Wii. As for special events, the EGC hosted its first video game tournament of the year on November 8. The tournament included two-on-two matches in Halo 3, four-way-free-for-alls in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and one-on-one clashes in Soul Calibur 4. The future looks bright for EGC. Zanco states that the club has had an influx of students in the past year, claiming that it is the biggest crowd ever. A number of students are even coming over from Ames to attend. Let’s hope that the club continues to stay active; most students will go home and play video games after school anyway—so you might as well do it with your friends.
Law and Order: MHS Unit BY BRIAN SMOCOVICH JOURNALISM STUDENT
A gavel bangs on the Judge’s podium as two parties get to their feet and introduce themselves. Some of these faces are from the returning juniors, now seniors, but the others are unfamiliar. Were these students found and recruited? OBJECTION! In reality these new faces were selected as the elite attorneys and witnesses who took part in the Mock Trial tryouts. Mock Trial is a team, of twenty talented individuals. These students compete in court cases in which the students act as both the attorneys and witnesses as they face off against other schools. So what does it take to be ac-
cepted onto the Mock Trial team? For one, one must not be afraid to speak out, both loudly and clearly. One must also be both determined and hardworking as the cases take a substantial amount of time to prepare. Unfortunately, this year’s tryouts had held less of a turn out than in the past years. “Many students had significant commitments that cut into their time for extra-curricular activities,” stated Mock Trial advisor Daniel Bachman. Many hopeful and talented students from last year’s Introduction to Law class, a Pre-Law class available to students at the high school, did not show up for this year’s tryouts. Although this team is ready to start a new season, the memories from last year remain within seniors Liz Sarant and Mike Schiano, stating that
this year’s team may not live up to the entertainment value of last year’s due to the absence of graduates Tom Warns, Trisha King, and Nipun Marwaha Although missing from the team, Tom and Nipun have both continued their Mock Trial experiences onto the Boston University and Brandeis College teams, respectively. Regardless, this year’s team packs a punch with twelve returning seniors and the expectation of “defeating every team [they] encounter,” ac-
cording to Mr. Bachman. The team will soon meet with its attorney advisor Ivan Hamitz and Judge Laura Ward to discuss future plans and put their skills to the test. These seniors all have competition experience as well as the pressure that comes with the cases. “The students who I have selected are some of the most intelligent, open minded, and genuinely talented kids that I ever worked with,” said Bachman.
Pulling Your Hair Out?
the most is the college essay,” Melanie Mattassa, a MHS alumnus said. JOURNALISM STUDENT MHS guidance counselor, Mrs. Is applying to college stressing Fernandez agreed that the essay is the most challenging part. Mrs. Fernandez you out? It’s October and the crowd- gave some tips on how to make things ed hallways are filled with nervous, less stressful for seniors. Firstly, stustressed out seniors getting ready for dents should come to guidance if they have any questions about anything. the college admissions process. “There is a college for ev- Second, being organized is the key to making things less eryone,” said Mrs. stressful for students. Fernandez, guidance Third, be sure to look counselor at MHS. at a wide variety of So why are so colleges. There are many seniors stressing colleges to fit every about getting into a students needs. Lastly, college? be sure to take matters According into your own hands. to a survey taken at Colleges appreciate MHS, all 50 of the it when students ask students questioned, questions themselves plan on attending colinstead of leaving it lege. Of these 50 stuup to their parents dents, half of them Ian Goodman//The Chief to do all the work. are planning to go to “Make sure you get all your an out-of-state college. Of course not recommendations done early and beat every senior at MHS plans on going to college, but a good percentage are—that the rush,” Melanie Matassa advises. The college admissions process means a lot of stressed out seniors. may seem stressful at first, but take But what’s so stressful? “The thing that is stressing most things step by step. This way, everything seniors out and that stressed me out will be less stressful. BY KATIE JACQUES
In a recent poll, 50 MHS seniors were asked about their college plans during lunch periods five, six, and eight. This poll was designed to see how prepared a random portion of the senior class is for college. Do you plan on attending college?
Yes: 100% No: 0%
Have you visited at least one college?
Yes: 68% No: 32%
Yes: 32% No: 68%
Have you decided your major?
Do you plan on staying home?
Yes: 50% No: 50%
Are you applying early decision?
Yes: 48% No: 52%
Have you applied to any colleges yet?
Yes: 32% No: 68%
Poll conducted by Megan O’Brien & Katie Jacques
No Plans for College BY WILL RUSSEL
Planning for college may be a difficult task for some—but it is an important step in securing your future. College is very necessary, especially if you want to succeed in this highly competitive society. A recent informal survey (results not represented below) taken at Massapequa High School showed nearly one in every five students has no college plans after high school. This is a very severe problem considering that possibly up to a hundred students are unsure of their futures. Linda Russell, an Academic Support Assistant at St. Johns University stated, “Although new freshman
students accepted to the university increased since last year, the majority of students indecisive of their academic major.” She continued, “Students are indecisive in what major they want to follow because of how our economy is today. Students are not following their dreams; they are looking to find a way to make a decent living.” Students don’t know what they want to be or where they want to go. many students found themselves caught between two things: following their dreams but not making enough money to survive or doing something tless desirable, yet making a lot of money. It is a very difficult decision holding many students back.
SAT Slant BY NATALIE TAYLOR JOURNALISM STUDENT
As if high school isn’t stressful enough, students are overloaded with college application deadlines, personal statements, and the dreaded SATs. Many students who are future-conscious have planned to “wow” the college admissions with their years of dedication to their grades, extracurriculars, and community service. But some wonder if any of it will have an impact on admissions the way SAT scores do. Joe Brandt, a senior at Massapequa High School, has taken the SATs twice, as most students do, but feels that neither of his scores accurately portray his intelligence. “I should have done better,” he said. “I don’t think it [the SAT] measures academic potential.” Miss Moran, a guidance counselor at Massapequa High School, says that the SAT has always been important for college admissions because it is the one leveling agent between all the different states and schools, but agrees
that the test is not an end all measure of a student’s academic success. Over the years, she has had many good students score poorly on the SATs, and poor students score highly. This may happen because some students are simply better test takers than others. Many students feel that it is unfair for colleges to judge a prospective student mostly on their SAT scores. “I think they should judge students on SAT scores,” said Joe. “It’s a standardized test that everyone takes, but I don’t think it should be such a huge determining factor for admissions.” Like many others, Joe feels that extra curriculars don’t matter to college admissions officers. Only a student’s SAT score, G.P.A, and transcript truly matter. Miss Moran, however, says if that were true, there would be no application process. Colleges wouldn’t require essays, resumes, and supplements if only the SAT, G.P.A, and transcript were important.
Shea Stadium: A Field of Memories BY KEVIN McCARTHY COPY EDITOR
On the way to the Met game, our last trip to ol’ Shea Stadium, we listened to the radio. It was a sports show, and the commentator was predicting the outcome of the game: the Mets would lose, providing a disappointing end to their season, and leaving the unhappy crowds with a bittersweet closing ceremony after the game. He described it as “something that could only happen to the Mets.” As a big fan of the team, I know how disappointing The Mets can be. It’s hard to forget their historic collapse in the 2007 season. It can be hard to be a Met fan, and perhaps it’s fitting that they celebrated the end of their historic forty-four year old stadium while simultaneously blowing their shot at the playoffs. While this would obviously be a let down to any Mets fan, I was still surprised at the crowd’s reaction. You would think that anyone who was a big enough of a fan to get tickets to the last game (which required buying either season tickets or a five-pack
of tickets) would appreciate just being at such a historic event. I was shocked to see how many people got up and left after their loss, refusing to stay for the stadium’s closing ceremony. The people who stayed proved themselves as true fans: people who stand by their team in good times and bad, remembering the good memories in spite of all the failures and disappointments. That’s the heart of baseball. And it was especially true for this game. Those who stayed got to see over forty years of baseball legends: Keith Hernandez, Doc Gooden, Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza, Robin Ventura, Darryl Strawberry...players who had been childhood heroes to generations of fans. Though it was a disappointing loss, it was also an emotional event for
BY KYLE FEE
working until their imminent deaths, Martin and his family were sent to a factory to work on war goods, but, “…my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were killed in the camps.” The conditions of the factory were extreme and the work was tedious and dangerous. Thankfully for him, the Russians liberated the factory in 1945, and set him and his family free. At the end of the war, Martin and his family stayed in Lodz and hoped for better times ahead. His father Moshe opened an ice cream parlor, in which the whole family worked and maintained. Soon after, Martin and his family received money from family in America to live in Sweden for five years. After living in Sweden, Moshe bribed officials, disguised his family as members of the United Nations Relief Organization, and headed to America. I asked him what his first memory of entering the U.S. was. He said, in a simple tone, “Statue of Liberty.” Once in America, he made a better life for himself, one that could never be duplicated in Lodz. He joined the army, found a wife in a striking young woman named Irene Fishman, opened a grocery store with his family, had four kids, and still to this day, works as any normal twenty year old stock boy would work. After having this melancholy conversation with him, I can now see the traditional wear and tear that age brings to a face. I ask him how we can remember the times he endured. He said that through firsthand experience, museums, teaching, and TV programs, we could all get a small sample of what happened. The terrors talked about in this conversation would surely depress any individual. Yet, Martin, my grandfather, kept hope during these dark times. When I asked if he had any additional comments, a small sample of that horizon-sized smile stuck out when he said, “Even when we went through all this bitterness in life, our family stuck together.”
‘I really laughed out loud.’” Despite the inconveniences of A raging epidemic has recently the LOL, society continues to use the surfaced across the borders of life as we term as if it is fresh and dazzling in know it—over-obsession with the LOL. comparison to all other chat-speak. The It can probably be found anywhere, from ironic aspects do not stop here, howteenage magazines to an message inbox ever. It can oftentimes be observed that bursting with the hackneyed phrase females use LOL more frequently than that seems to encompass the entirety of males do, for many believe that when coming from men, LOLs seem insincere many peoples’ vocabulary. MHS senior Michael Pitocchi and unrealistic. When an anonymous source agrees, “Like the top of the food pyrawas asked if males mid, [LOLs] should tend to use the LOL in be used sparingly.” order to utilize an easy The swellescape from participaing usage of this tion in a conversation, term can be conhe responded, “Yes, tributed to multiple but I think that both alterations in the sexes do.” He went recent trend in comon to say that, “Girls munication. Text do laugh more than messaging and guys do in reality, so online chats have it seems more in place nearly absorbed the when females say it other methods of [LOL].” correspondence; Thus, when teens, and more signing onto AIM recently adults, (AOL Instant Messenuse tools with keycartoon by Angela Roamer ger) or even flipping boards in order to contact nearly every individual with open a phone to send a text, be sure whom they are acquainted. (We are the to avoid the LOL. Instead try a Haha, “thumbs” [shoutout to Mr. Pio!] genera- Hehe, or even a LMAO. The recipient will be glad to see that there is more tion, after all.) Sophomore Kristin Magaldi put into the conversation than humdrum said, “[LOL] is extremely overused; no phrases representing a lack of emotion. one even laughs when they say it.” She So go ahead, take this article in stride added, “In order to show that I’m really and bring it with you wherever you go! laughing, I now have to say IRLOL in all It will come in handy the next time your capitalized letters in order to represent, fingers reach for the L and O keys. EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS
and the technical improvements, I know plenty of long-time fans who will still refer to it as “Shea.” Hopefully Citi Field will be a second home to generations of Met fans just like Shea Statium was. Say what you want about the Mets, but after seeing their last game at Shea, I’ve never felt like a bigger fan.
A Face of the Holocaust
Hold the Phone with the LOLz BY NOELLE WITT & PAIGE SNIDER
those who were there. Shea Stadium’s age makes it not only outdated and uncomfortable, but also makes it the host of four decades of memories. It was a second home to many people. The Beatles performed there. Pope John Paul II held a mass there and made it stop raining. It’s a place parents passed down to their children and it was a second home to many people. It’s a place that I’ll always remember coming to as a child with vivid memories of seeing the field, the home-run apple, and those giant neon signs for the first time. But the memories won’t die with the stadium. Next door to Shea, the new Citi Field is being built. Despite the name change
Right at this moment, my grandfather is the embodiment of relaxation. With a lit cigar in his mouth, and lounging on a black leather chair, he proceeds to skim through the different sections of the newspaper, reading it from front to back. For his age, he is well taken care of, wearing an oxford shirt, covered with a blue sweater, black slacks, and leather shoes. The light from the lamp above him, bounces off his bald, caramel colored head. The few hairs left on the top of his head are neatly brushed to one side. When I knock, and enter the room, a smile as large as the horizon made its way onto his face. We shake hands, and then he asks me how I am feeling. I tease that he was “one of the hardest subjects to get a hold of,” and he has a light laugh. I tell him the subject of the interview, and our lighthearted banter ends abruptly. My grandfather, the embodiment of relaxation and ease, is named Martin Mintz. He is a Holocaust survivor. Mintz was born in Lodz, Poland, one of the many Holocaust ghettos, in June of 1937. His family consisted of his mother, his father, two older brothers, and two younger brothers. Because of his age, he was largely naïve to what was going on, but noticed some major differences when there was no food, and no medical care. He said, “…certain Jews in the public were treating the people in the ghettos.” Martin’s father Moshe went above and beyond to provide for his family and community, by doing such things as building a bunker and hiding 39 people, including his family, and stealing food to give to them. He talked about how it worked well until, “…we were discovered by the Germans.” He remembers certain things about the day vividly. When the Nazis entered, he recounted, “We hadn’t seen the sun in a longtime, so we couldn’t see anything because our eyes were used to the darkness.” Unlike many Jews who were sent to the concentration camps,
BY CARLY CASSIN & LYNN HOROWITZ STAFF WRITERS
Spirit Week is one of the best weeks of the year for students to express themselves in creative ways that show school spirit and is concluded by the anticipated pep rally. Spirit Week consisted of five specialty days: Monday–Profession Day, Tuesday–Would You Still Be My Friend If I Wore This Day, Wednesday–Disney Day, Thursday–Pajama Day, and Friday–Chief Spirit Day, as well as Pep Rally. Profession Day was the biggest disappointment of the week. Not many students dressed up because they did not know what to dress up as. A member of the tenth grade class stated, “I didn’t know what to dress up as. It was hard.” Since Profession Day was on a Monday, many forgot that it was even Spirit Week, and thus did not dress up. Would You Still Be My Friend If I Wore This Day is one of the favorite days each year because it allows students to be their most creative and wear whatever they want, within reason. However, some students feel that this themed day is not good for the school environment. “It’s sending mixed messages. Schools are telling us it’s on the inside that counts, but would you be my friend if I wore this?” sayssophmore Alyssa Derasmo. But in the end, this day was a huge success. Disney Day was not as popular as Would You Still Be My Friend If I Wore This Day, but well-liked nonetheless. In addition, Disney was the theme for hall decorating this year, which was won by the seniors with the The Little Mermaid theme. Among the sea of Tinkerbells and Minnie Mouses, both female and male, there were some truly unique costumes. Some of the teachers even dressed up. For example, Mrs. Colgan in room 81 dressed up as Jessie the cowgirl from Toy Story 2. Pajama Day is a great day to just roll out of bed and come to school. However, you should really change your pajamas… and maybe comb your hair too. This is a day where almost everyone dresses up. Ally Zvinys of the sophomore class said, “It made the environment much more relaxing and calm, making the day pleasant and less stressful.” We agree. Lastly was Chief Spirit Day, also known as Blue and Gold Day. This was the day where students really showed their school spirit. The chief-filled day was concluded with Pep Rally. Most students dressed up for this day because they truly wanted to show everyone their school spirit! Pep Rally, headed by TJ Kelly, was a real hit. The students who decided to cut truly missed out on quite a show. The band opened up the event with the “Star Spangled Banner”, followed by the Treble Singers singing “God Bless America.”. The Chiefettes were next with a variety of dances. All of the sports teams and each classes
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homecoming court were announced. In between, the band played the theme from the film Batman and part of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. The football team was the last called out to run through the tunnel created by the cheerleaders and Chiefettes. To get the crowd excited, the band played the Tomahawk. Everyone yelled for the team as they walked out of the tunnel and they got the loudest cheers, by far. Following the introduction of the football players was a short performance by the Ames cheerleaders, which consisted of a short cheer and a stunt. After the JV and Varsity cheerleaders made a per-
formance which in performance, howe original performanc “We got out and Spirit Week rai encourage students
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BY ANTHONY CASSERO ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Going into the Homecoming game on September 27, Massapequa had a dominant offense that scored 87 points in the first two games. Even the mixture of the rainy weather and the Baldwin defense could not stop the Chiefs. Their 17-6 victory was led by the defense—especially the ball-hawking secondary—who forced three interceptions. W h a t turned the Massapequa defense from average to great the week of Homecoming? This could be attributed to the rainy weather that caused throwing to be an obstacle for Baldwin. This was an especially good turn of events for senior Mike Mauri, who had all three interceptions for Massapequa. After two disappointing weeks on defense, coach Pat Nolan made a number of personnel changes to help the defense. The biggest change made by Massapequa was moving Dan Ebbecke from free safety to linebacker, where he had 19 tackles against Baldwin. Although Massapequa’s of-
fense was not able to score as many points as they had in the two weeks prior, they did manage to limit their mistakes and only turn over the ball once. Quarterback and team captain Rob VonBargen made up for the lack of a passing game by rushing for 56 yards on eight attempts and only threw one interception compared to his Baldwin counterpart, who struggled in the inclement weather and threw three interceptions. The offense was led by running back Joe Cordeira who rushed for 97 yards and scored two touchdowns. One of the more subtle reasons Massapequa won the game was the force of its special teams. Massapequa punter John Kelly helped his team with some great kicks that led them to win the field position battle, which was more important than usual since b o t h o ff e n s e s were struggling. When Baldwin finally did score on the Massapequa defense in the fourth quarter, all their momentum was suddenly brought to a halt by the Massapequa special teams who blocked the extra point.
ncluded a bunch of dances, stunts, and tumbling. This was supposed to be the last big ever, the football team requested to see the Chiefettes because they had missed their ce. t of class. It wasn’t that bad,” says Bryan Buttigieg of the sophomore class. Pep Rally ise school spirit. These two events also prepare the student body for homecoming and s to take part in school activities. In the end, it was a true accomplishment. source: facebook.com
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The Stock Market Game BY BROOKE DUTKA JOURNALISM STUDENT
During these times of economic turmoil, a student may find refuge in learning personal financial skills. Many of these abilities, such as managing your own portfolio, buying and selling stocks, and understanding all the aspects that effect your money, like interest and taxes, can be acquired through the use of the stock market game. Throughout the half-year course of Personal Money Management, a student can find his or her way through the sometimes scary, yet exciting world of the stock market. As I have come to learn, this quick and easily understood game of fake money really helps. In groups of three or four, students are given 100,000 “dollars” to invest in the stock market. They are permitted to buy and sell any stocks as they please, but first, someone in the group must research the stocks he or she believes will be the most profitable. Though one would imagine this task to be trouble-free, it often proves very frustrating due to many aspects that a person would normally not take into account when buying a stock. These difficulties consist of the students researching which sector or industry they would like to buy from, the products or services a particular company sells, the strengths and weaknesses of that particular company, and that company compared to its competitors. All of these important factors affect only one action of buying a single stock—there are many more! Another group member is responsible for actually making the transactions of buying or selling, and keeping track of the portfolio. This position
also requires determining the amount of stocks to purchase and an appropriate time to buy or sell stocks, since the market itself is so unpredictable. Lastly, one group member is assigned the role of recording all of the group’s actions. This allows the group to stay organized and up–to–date with all of their stocks, which is very important in order to make future decisions. This may include recording a certain stock’s start and end of day price, its overall profit that it made for the team, and the interest it earned. Students are allowed to trade on the following stock exchanges: NASDAQ, American, and New York. All of the transactions are completed together, and decided on together in order to allow participants to give input and opinions. This may seem a bit mind-boggling, but once you start to play the game and have the freedom to invest in the stock market, you look forward to playing. Oftentimes you want to immediately make high-risk investments of commodities and Mutual funds, and then realize that sometimes it is important to save and build up your money first. All these factors come to life as students prepare themselves for the real world of the economy. Through the stock market game, a student can acquire the life-long skills of decisionmaking, critical thinking, independent research, cooperation, communication, and saving. Without this game, I do not think I ever would have gained as much of an understanding of the incredible impact that monetary transactions have on a person’s life, especially during these times of financial distress.
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Holiday Cheer...Picasso Style BY NOELLE WITT & PAIGE SNIDER EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS
“A little more shading under that intersection. Wait; now add a highlight to that curve. Perfect.” Helpful hints like these were common from Mrs. Thornton as she aided students in painting a window in
celebration of the holiday season. Artists included students from Mrs. Thornton’s Drawing and Painting I class, who bundled up in layers on the crisp morning of Nov. 17 and prepared for an extensive day. After loading a school bus with quarts of bright acrylic paints, the participants arrived at the Massapequa Post Office, where they began positioning the panels with the enlarged contour of an original holiday design. While at first the task of arranging the panels proved to be a bit more difficult than planned due to an unforeseen complication (an obstructive screen was located on the left-hand side
of the windows where a curling ribbon was supposed to be), the clever students quickly deciphered a new plan that consisted of working around the screen and started painting at the scheduled time of 9:00 a.m. The finished image consisted of a turquoise ribbon that swirled about in a majestic fashion and entwined a bouquet of candy canes that sprouted from the center knot. MHS student and creator Liana Comito was “proud to see the design,” and a visible smile was present on her face at the end of the day as she admired the translation of her image onto an expanphoto provided by Noelle Witt sive window. “The students did an amazing job painting and creating a realistic design,” Mrs. Thornton explained. “It represented a good feeling of the holidays.” Students were generally pleased with the outcome of the mural and were proud of their dedication to completing the task at hand. Despite extremely chilly weather, everyone contributed and certainly created a cheerful display of holiday spirit. Many passersby commented on the loveliness of the image throughout the course of the day, and hopefully future viewers will be inspired by the work of these MHS students.
Behind the Scenes and on the Stage with 12 Angry Men BY DAVID TROMPETER STAFF WRITER
In the dark recesses of the auditorium for two to three hours every day during the months of October and November lurked an organization of men and women, united towards the common pursuit of complete synchronization. No, they were not some covert organization, but the MHS Drama club preparing for their annual fall play. This year’s production of Twelve Angry Men, directed by Mr. Benbasset and assisted by new addition to the Drama club Mr. Romeo, was performed on November 21 and 22. The play is about the trial of a teenager who is being charged with the first degree murder of his father. It puts the audience in the jury room where fierce debates occurs over how the jury should rule. The suspenseful battle of wills between the jurors kept the audience on the edge of their seats for the entire show. The jury, composed of many different personalities, did not agree on a ruling, and almost resulted in a hung jury. The jury began to make progress when Juror Eight, played by Chloe Durkin, convincingly explained her reasonable doubt to the rest of the
jury. Stubborn Juror Three, played by Jagger Kugler, was far from convinced at first, but after incredible deliberation, he changed his mind and was the last vote that lead to the unanimous decision of “not guilty” in favor of the
teenager. With a title that includes “Men” in it, one would expect an all male ensemble; however Mr. “Ben” was fair to the talented female actresses of MHS and has incorporated females into tra-
ditionally male roles in the show. This is a common procedure for the Drama Club, which depends on the current year’s play and the talent of the actors and actresses auditioning. Have you ever been watching
the best actors and actresses had to start somewhere. James Vigilante, a talented actor who has been in multiple MHS productions, was not even interested in acting as a child. “I started with sports in elementary school—I wasn’t very good. After, I tried out for the Berner musical, Guys and Dolls. It all started there.” If you are aspiring to be an actor or actress, or are trying to make it into future years’ productions, here is some advice from those who know best. Mr. Benbasset says “Read out loud in front of anyone you can practice with, even a mirror if needed.” James suggests to “Trust yourself; the biggest thing about acting is overcoming our insecurities. If a person MR.PIOTROWSKI//THECHIEF has self-confidence, the rest TV or a movie and wondered, how hard should come to them naturally or in can it be to act? Not to be discouraging, time.” but as a person who has acted on stage All of the actors portrayed their before, it is not as easy as it looks. Like characters with conviction and it was a anything, it takes practice and a lot of great show. Congratulations to the cast hard work. But on the bright side, even and crew on a fantastic performance! Article contributed by Angela Roamer
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Movie Review: Pride and Glory Debate ‘08- Mario v. Sonic BY KEVIN McCARTHY COPY EDITOR
The weekend of October 24, the rest of the world sat watching in awe at the wonder of High School Musical 3: Senior Year, and unless there was a scene where Zac Efron threatens to burn a baby with an iron, I was seeing a completely different movie. The movie was Pride and Glory, a typical Hollywood “cop drama” about a family of police officers, played by Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight and Noah Emmerich. Simply put, the movie is an intriguing concept that does not play out very well. It was a potentially great film that seemed to get too wrapped up in it’s own bleak violence and cynicism. The concept is based around the different morals of the four main
characters. The four police officers, all related by family, have different senses of justice regarding their careers. On one hand, Edward Norton’s character is a strict follower of the rules of the department. He is respectful, honest and against unnecessary use of violence. On the other hand, there is Colin Farrell’s character, who, like I mentioned earlier, threatens to burn a baby with a steam iron (I wasn’t kidding.) He is the foil to Norton’s character: a hot-tempered vigilante officer who takes justice into his own hands, regardless of the rules. In between we have Noah Emmerich, the most morally conflicted character, who is caught between his faith for the justice system and his own moral values after feeling responsible for the death of a fellow officer. Jon Voight’s fathercharacter believes in the old fashion idea that police officers are a brotherhood who stand by each other. The performances are all good, if not totally memorable or praise-worthy. Edward Norton plays his role subtly and understatedly, which fits well with his temperate character. Noah Emmerich pulls off his complex character, and Voight gives a convincing but underused performance as the father. The weakest link is Farrell. However, I do not think it is the actor’s fault; the character is unbelievably schizophrenic, be-
ing both loving father and a completely psychopathic sadist. The film is far, far, far from the masterpiece it seems to think it is. The major flaw in the film is the decision to be extremely dark and cynical. In our post-9/11 America, I don’t think many people want to see police officers depicted as the dark, disturbed group the film makes them out to be. The violence is not necessarily gratuitous because it fits in to the style of the film, but it is the wrong style. The film would have worked if it had been lighter and more realistic; —perhaps if it had concentrated on the personal lives of the characters a little more. Or perhaps a little humor here and there. The best crime movies have some sense of humor: Goodfellas, for example, was a serious depiction of organized crime, but is also remembered for it’s use of Joe Pesci’s character as comedic relief. The Departed has a few hilarious scenes; even The Godfather has a few jokes thrown in amidst the tragedy and violence. But Pride and Glory never even smiles. O n e thing especially annoyed me by the film: Emmerich’s character has a wife dying of cancer. She’s part of a few source: filmpeak.com scenes, but then she disappears towards the end of the film when it begins to concentrate on the whole web-of-lies-and-corruption plot. Seriously, she completely disappears, no mention of her at all. Another thing that annoyed me was that there are several extended scenes in which the characters converse in Spanish. There are no subtitles. I’m not trying to sound dumb or ignorant here, I only bring this up because it comes across as bad filmmaking. I think they were trying to be gritty and real by omitting subtitles, but the real result is confusion. You go a whole minute not knowing what they’re talking about. And another thing: the end credits of a movie do not usually have an effect on the overall quality of the film, but putting a really random freestyle rap over your movie’s dramatic score just seems like a bad decision. Now, I didn’t hate this movie. Its most redeeming quality is that it, for the most part, keeps you watching. It is not exactly entertaining, but it does keep you intrigued from scene to scene. I would not have nitpicked it so much if I hadn’t taken it so seriously. But this movie demands that you take it seriously. Overall, the movie is a good idea done in a mediocre way. That’s the most depressing thing about it.
BY KYLE MAHONEY STAFF WRITER
Seventeen years of arguing. Seventeen years of rivalry. Seventeen years of a fat plumber and a speedy hedgehog taking the videogame world by storm. Almost every gamer knows about the rivalry of Mario from Nintendo and Sonic the Hedgehog from Sega ever since Sonic debuted on the Sega Genesis in 1991. Mario and Sonic games are pretty simple; Mario saves Princess Toadstool from Bowser by jumping on turtles and collecting coins, while Sonic has to stop Dr. Robotnik’s latest Doomsday device by spinning on robots and collecting Chaos Emeralds. Their latest games, however, are a bit different. In Super Mario Galaxy the Princess has once again has been kidnapped and Mario must go through space to find her. With gravity-defying levels and great graphics, this game is good, but nothing special. In Sonic Unleashed, Dr. Robotnik has split the world into seven pieces using the Chaos Emeralds. As a result, Sonic must collect the emeralds in order to get the world back to normal. With a new twist courtesy of “Sonic the Werehog,” this game seems to be really great. The music in both games has been awesome over the years—many people know World 1-1 from Super Mario Bros. and Green Hill Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog (1991). Mario’s tunes are classic, but have never really gotten stuck in our heads. Sonic, on the other hand, has given us hits like “Super Sonic Racing” (Sonic R) and “Live and Learn” (Sonic Adventure 2). In my opinion, Mario is a bit of a sellout with his many spin-offs that deal with sports and other crazy things. But while Sonic stays somewhat true to the original idea, some of the spin-offs have not been up to par either. Certain games of the characters have stunk, such as Mario Paint and Sonic Labyrinth, but both have their share of good spinoffs, like the Mario Kart series and the Sonic Riders series. Both have also been introduced as RPG’s (Role Playing Games): Mario with the Paper Mario series, and Sonic with the recently released Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood.
Although not video game spinoffs, Sonic and Mario have cartoons, comics, and McDonald’s Happy Meal toys versions of themselves. Sonic’s comics have done much better than Mario’s, and are still going strong at issue #191. The Mario franchaise even made a live action movie with Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper—you can pinpoint the exact moment when Dennis Hopper’s Career went down the toilet when he says, “B-Bomb”. Lastly I have taken a poll of 48 students and two teachers of what cartoon character they preferred. Here are the results: Mario: 29 Sonic: 19 Luigi: 1 Donkey Kong Jr: 1 (Due to insubordination, one student chose Donkey Kong Jr. and had no rebuttal to my questioning of his choice.) “Mario will always overpower Sonic, with his years of experience that have made him wiser over that blue little fuzzball,” said Mr. Kabelka. Dennis Gross sides with Sonic, “Say I know nothing about either: if you tell me that Mario jumps on mushrooms, while Sonic spins on robots, I’d go with Sonic. You can’t beat the fastest thing alive. “ On a completely different note Peter Mahoney said, “Luigi is better than both of them because he’s been around almost as long as Mario but never gets recognition. Mario casts a shadow over Luigi and he deserves his glory.” So it seems that Mario has won this battle. Bowser will always loose the princess in the end as long as Mario is around and Mario will always be there to stop the impending doom that is a world ruled by turtle type creatures. If
Mario was writing this he’d probably say “Thank you so much for-a reading my article”
Gotta Catch ‘Em All (151)
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BY MICHAEL “SKIPPY” PITOCCHI STAFF WRITER
So you know the feeling when you’re walking north up Route 1? You’ve just left Pallet Town and you’re heading towards Viridian City. Oh, the excitement just from the thought of your fate! You’re UNSTOPABLE! Then BAM! Wild Pidgey attacked! “GO PIKACHU/CHARMANDER/ SQUIRTLE/BULBASAUR!” you shout! A “critical hit” here, a “super effective” there, and down…down goes source: pokedream.com wild Pidgey. But wait! Is it down? NO! It gone through that. I actually caught all still has a little HP left! Then it hits 151. But what really killed me was the you. “Gotta catch’em all…” Quickly, ending. Maybe you didn’t care, but at you reach into your items screen and the end of the game once your pokedex grab that spare Pokeball. You throw it! has been completed, you go to Professor Then, with all your might, you tap that A Oak to show him. button like it’s your only air supply and You’d think that you’d get the only way to get at that sweet oxygen Pokefireworks or a Pokecertificate, to crash down your vicious thumb upon maybe even a Pokehandshake. Yet, all that plastic letter barrier! he said was “good job!” …It’s all over. You’ve caught …What the hell!? I mean your first wild Pokemon. How do you you’d think just 150 pokemon would feel? I bet you feel important, don’t you? be good, not to mention adding a Mew You feel like the best. The very best that to that list! Come on! That’s gold! A no one ever was. Or at least you have nugget if you will. Anyone else would the potential. Oh, won’t your mom be be like “Oh crap! You caught th…how proud? Ah! Won’t Oak be proud!? That did you…151!?…what did…GAH!” professor who started it all for you! The But Oak didn’t stumble through his very reason you decided to become a sentence like that, did he? It’s like he master. You’re hooked. didn’t care at all. 1:07 a.m.- Five months pass. I mean it is a pretty impresYou’ve grown strong, as have your sive achievement. Catching them all is friends. You have caught many of them only a fraction of the task. (“To catch by now. 149 in fact. All you need is them is my real quest, to train them is one more Pokemon, you think, and it’s my cause.”-Ash Ketchum). Not evin that last cave. You know you’ve eryone has the patience to go through come so far, so let’s make this count. the grueling stress of training for hours Cerulean Cave is nothing for everyday for months. It takes a you, with all your level lot out of you. You be50’s and 60’s. Maybe come hypnotized by even 70’s and 80’s. Pokemania and No competition. ignore everyAll you need is thing around that last one you like to complete your bleedyour Pokeing thumbs dex. Then, and future and only carpal tunthen, will nel. you have become the But true Pokemon does everyMaster. thing else reFinally ally matter? Of you catch it! You’re course not. Somefinished for good. thing inside of you But hold on. What knows it’s got to be source: crystalxp.net about the one that Kenny worth it in the end. So you from down the block had? Well you’ve become full of diligence. You just can’t heard of that one, but could it actually leave the game alone. (“Just when I exist? Oh sweet lord you missed one! thought I was out... they pull me back Quickly! Trade a spare Pidgey for it! in!“ -Al Pacino). Not like I’m comparReal quick! You’ll trade it back! Really! ing it to the mafia or anything. It doesn’t You just got to fill your captain’s log! threaten you to play or anything but There you are, 151, baby! Life it might as well. It is very addicting. is complete. You’re a big shot now, eh, Even though some parts may be long Pokemon Master? Now, you rule! and drawn out, you work through the Now, we know this is all a make boredom and pain. You have to, no believe video game called Pokemon. matter what the prize, though it may be Ha, only if it could be real…’cause a big dish of disappointment. You gotta that would be AWESOME! But no, it’s catch’em all. fake. Though, for all of you masters So for all of you people out out there who actually did the work and there, all you Pokesaints who went caught every last pokemon and took above and beyond, I commend you. the time to evolve them, I sympathize Nay, I salute you. For you all have done with you. I know what it is like to have myself, as well as all of Kanto, proud.
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The Twilight Zone BY CASSIE TEEVAN STAFF WRITER
When a book series grabs the attention of guys and girls alike, it must be pretty good. And when it becomes popular enough to knock the final “Harry Potter” book off its number one spot, it must be pretty spectacular. Stephenie Meyer, a Mormon stay-at-home mom with three young boys, never really considered herself to be a writer. Meyer’s fantastical tale begins with a dream she had one night, of a teenaged couple discussing their relationship. source: createyourfuture.org T h e o n l y problem was one simple fact—the boy was a vampire. This vivid dream became reality in chapter thirteen of Meyer’s first book of the series Twilight. Only three months after her inspiration came knocking, Meyer had the entire first draft written. She found an agent online and was set to publish her first novel. Not even she could predict the outcome. The sheer popularity of the
series seems to grow every day. Eclipse, the third novel of the Twilight saga, managed to push Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows out of its long held number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. The storyline is not hard to grasp: a typical teenaged girl, Bella, moves to the dreary town of Forks and meets a mysterious boy that has more than a few skeletons in his closet. Edward, the object of her affection, turns out to be a blood-sucking vampire that can barely stand the thirst he has when he is around her. And, of course, they fall for each other and develop a relationship that is almost too deep to comprehend. And with some werewolf rivals, high school politics, and lighthearted humor, you have it—the perfect young adult vampire novel. The chronicles of Bella and Edward came to an end this past summer when the final book, Breaking Dawn had its official release on August 2. Filled with more action, comedy, drama, romance, and suspense than ever, it’s a must-read for any teenaged girl or boy. The original Twilight has already been made into a film, released on November 21, 2008. Fans lined up outside their local theaters to purchase tickets for the box-office hit.
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TheVibe: A Look at Local Talent BY JAMIE DEFILIPPIS ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Holden Pan (Emo/Pop-Punk) http://www.myspace.com/holdenpan Floral Park, NY Desmond Zantua-vocals Ricky Arayaguitar/vocals Brian Spinner-guitar Pat Byrnes-bass Ryan Maguire-drums Venues played: Vintage Lounge, Vibe Lounge, Crazy Donkey Upcoming: Vibe Lounge Oct 19th Influences: blink-182 brand new the promise ring sunny day real estate taking back sunday the get up kids “Making you better feeling.”
Through My Passion
(Metal/Hardcore) http://www.myspace.com/supressedtheory Long Island, NY Sal S. - vocals John Gribbin - guitar, back up vocals Rob Rose - guitar Joey Glexner - bass Pat Aiello - drums Influences: Dream Theatre Upcomming Shows: December 13th at Lefty’s Bar and Grill This Condition (Alternative/Indie) http://www.myspace.com/thiscondition Long Island, NY N a t e vocals/ acoustic guitar MikeGuitar Steve- Drums/backup vocals Anthony- Guitar Nicky C.- bass Venues played: Village Pub South (VPS), Vibe Lounge, Adelphi University, as well as other locations up and down the east coast. Upcoming Shows: November 23rd at Munchaba Lounge for their CD Release show Nightfall (Metal/ Post-Hardcore) http://www.myspace.com/nightfallspace Wantagh, NY JP- Vocals Marco - Guitar Chris - bass/studio guitar Brendan- drums
(Progressive/Alternative/ Rock) http://www.myspace.com/tmp516 Merrick, NY Joe Villifane -vocals Jay Figz-vocals Rob Muellerguitar Chris Mackinguitar Luke Desarbo s-bass Jake Masters-drums Venues played: Ollie’s Point, Crazy Donkey Upcoming: Ollie’s Point in Amityville, on November 29th Influences: Linkin Park, Disturbed, Fuel, Led Zepplin, Aerosmith
(Funk / Jam Band) http://myspace.com/ryan-thomas123 Massapequa, NY Ryan Coyle- vocals/ rhythm guitar Ryan Mcloughlin- bass Jesse Davidson- Lead guitar/ backup vocals Bandon Renda - drums Influences: average white band, phish, dave matthews band, Jimi Hendrix Venues played: The Cup, MHS’ Cabaret(sp?) Night According to Jamie: This band is perfect for a rainy day. They’re light and soothing. Guava has great energy and sick band chemistry; definitely a must-see cup of tea. Set in Color (Powerpop/pop/rock) http://myspace.com/setincolor Long Island, NY Matt Villani -vocals / guitar Anthony Purpura -guitar Tom Angenbroich -bass Kenny Gallart –drums Venues played: Crazy Donkey Upcoming: December 4th at the Union Ramp Skatepark in West Chester, Pennsylvania, December 6th Vibe Lounge in Rockville Centre According to Jamie: Set in Color is the perfect mixture of personalities. With three ex- Stereo Skyline Members this band completely puts their heart and soul into every line and every chord. This band was highly anticipated within the first few weeks of their existence, and their E.P. coming out on December 6th is also promising to drop hearts all across Long Island.
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Safety Comes First BY VICKY SHREVE STAFF WRITER
On October 26, 2008 Massapequa High School was transformed into a fun-house for hundreds upon hundreds of trick-or-treating children and their parents to enjoy. Each year the Halloween season quickly rolls around, not only do young kids get excited but high school students become anxious as well. S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) members are happy to make Safe Halloween possible for the community to enjoy. For Safe Halloween, S.A.D.D. members and their group of friends each pick a theme and are assigned to a section of the hallway at MHS. At Safe Halloween, they give out candy to each child who walks through the hallways. The goal of Safe Halloween is to “unite high school students in a positive way to create something special for the kids,” Dr. Arale, advisor of S.A.D.D., stated. About 1500 kids and parents attended this event hosted by about 600 students who dressed up in accordance
to their own theme. Some of the themes featured in Safe Halloween were Rock N’ Roll, Nickelodeon, superheroes, 1920s and scary themes as well. Massapequa High School students and teachers truly gave it their all. Halloween does not only bring people together through costumes. As we know, it is also associated with egging, shaving cream and other mischeivous activities. The goal of Safe Halloween is to “provide a community activity for kids that’s a healthy alternative instead of other dangerous activities,” Dr. Arale commented. Parents were were plesantly surprised and happy to see that their children enjoyed the day. “I can’t even believe this is a high school, my daughter loved it,” an impressed parent commented. A great amount of money was made and will be used to buy supplies for next year’s Safe Halloween. In fact, the money raised from last year’s event was used for this year so that people ended up spending less in all. Safe Halloween was, without a doubt, a huge success.
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Girls Soccer BY SEAN MULLIGAN
SPORTS made tremendous saves all season—including a game-saving stop to blank Baldwin in the County Championship. The team has tripped up along its journey to win the county championship, tying Farmingdale, Island Trees, and South Side. However, team co-
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the most talented teams I’ve had. It was the most talented team in twelve To say the girls’ soccer team years; maybe last year’s team and It was déjà vu all over again has been dominant this season is an understatement. The team was undefeated for the Massapequa Chiefs Soccer this team. It was a different team with a record of 16 wins, no losses, and Team. After getting all the way to the than last year, more athletic. This three ties going into the playoffs. year’s team Long Island was more Championdangerous,” ship for the Coach Stanthird straight ley explained year, a 1-0 about his loss against team. Brentwood With ended the twelve seChiefs’ seaniors graduson once ating this again. year, the un“ We derclassmen didn’t finish have some chances. Not pretty big a lot went shoes to fill. wrong. It After a spewas unfortucial year like nate the way source: facebook.com this year, the The team is ranked first in the captain Kim DeCesare was confident it ended. You team hopes state, fourth in the nation, and played in her team, saying, “I feel like we can can win the arguably one of the most difficult sched- do it this year. I feel like we will come game and not Mr.Piotrowski//THECHIEF to keep up ules in the nation. However, this year, to play for the big game.” be the better team,” Coach Stanley the success and to bring a state the Chiefs cut through their schedule That big game, the Long Island stated. championship home. like butter, winning nine out of their Championship, was held on Saturday, Even though the loss was first ten games, including a 5-0 victory November 8 at the Dowling Sports obviously a disappointment for against their rival South Side. Complex. Unfortunately, the Lady the Chiefs, the season as a whole The team has been led by senior Chiefs suffered a devastating loss was successful. The team finished captains Kerry Sullivan and Kim DeC- against undefeated East Islip, 2-0. esare, who lead the conference in goals. Regardless, the Chiefs have had the season with an undefeated However the team has seen its best play a great season. They were undefeated in conference record for the first from a midseason addition, goalkeeper conference play and grabbed another time in Coach Stanley’s career, won their conference, and won the EmmaLee Meyer. Nassau County Title. Meyer, an eighth-grader, has Nassau County Championship. “The season went great. MHS Golf Team Finishes Second in Conference It was a little disappointing. We BY JOHN NELLE The September 22 match hoped to win the Long Island STAFF WRITER against Plainedge was no different for Championship,” Coach Stanley Golf is not only a sport, but the Massapequa Team than any other explained. Although this did seem an art form; anyone can play a sport, match. The match against Island Trees to be an overall disappointing seabut to be an artist is truly something. This year’s Massapequa golf team sure on October 7 was won in the same man- son, it was one of the best teams ner as the the coach has had. “Without a doubt one of pervious Mr.Piotrowski//THECHIEF STAFF WRITER
games. According to Sklar, Island Trees was not a threat and the team won easily. The end of the season photo provided by Mrs. Price and Mrs. O’Hara was very strong for Massapequa as they finished with two looked like artists when they finished second in the conference, with a 12-2 wins. The team beat Bethpage 6.5 to 2.5 record, and seniors Kevin Goldstein at the Blue Course in Bethpage. They and Ben Sklar received All County level had John Conlon shot a 5 over par-41 to lead Massapequa 10-2. The final match honors. The competition this year was was against Island Trees which they nothing the team could not handle; won 9 to 0 with Billy King shooting only however, Farmingdale did give them 3 over par on the front nine of Bethpage their only two losses. Ben Sklar, one of yellow, according to Newsday.com. Above all, the Massapequa the captains, said, “Farmingdale was an Golf Team had a great season, finishing well-rounded team that gave us a really good fight.” The team played stupen- second in conference. Best of luck to the team in the future! dously from start to finish.
BY BEN SKLAR STAFF WRITER
The girls’ tennis team had a very successful season this fall, landing them a spot in the playoffs. “We had a good, fun season,” says Aylin Mehter, team captain and a varsity player for six years, “but it was disappointing at the end.” After much hard work and dedication, the girls lost the playoffs by only one game against Friends Academy, four to three, and came in second place in Division two.
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Massapequa Football Completes Very Successful Season BY SEAN MULLIGAN STAFF WRITER
It has been a roller coaster of a season for the Chiefs football team. After winning their first three games, it seemed that the Chiefs were going to roll right into playoff season with a high seed. Then three heart-breaking losses in a row brought the team back to Earth. However, two blowout victories against 2-6 East Meadow and 6-2 MacArthur have instilled confidence back into the team just in time for playoffs.
The team has been an offensive power all year. They have yet to be held to less than ten points all season. Senior quarterback and captain Rob Von Bargen has been an integral part of the offense, leading the league in touchdowns and second in the league in passing yards. Of his 87 completions, 27 of them were received by sophomore Steve Romano. He has caught six of Von Bargen’s eleven TD passes. Von Bargen attributed his success to the offensive line. “They have given me just enough time to make
Girls Swimming & Diving BY MEGAN O’BRIEN STAFF WRITER
Splash! Did you just hear that? That’s the sound of the Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving Team ending with a bang. Coach Bethany Bracconier and Assistant Coach Brendon Mims led all thirty-two girls through another great season. With their final record of 4-4-1, the girls are taking no prisoners. Freshman Kyle Sanders beat the school’s 100-meter backstroke
record. On October 3, Kyle received a time of 1:05:39 at the meet versus Bethpage. The team’s closest meet was against Syosset, which ended in a tie score of 91-91. “It is nice that the meet came down to the last relay, and ended in a tie,” said Coach Bracconier. “There is always pressure, pressure for personal best,” Coach Bracconier stated about end-of-season expectations for the girls.
On October 28, the girls competed in Divisions, which are the qualifiers for the County Championships. At Divisions, Asu Atali received AllDivision honors in her 100-yard breaststroke. Nina Sabatini received All-Division honors in both her 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Nina Sabatini, Victoria Meyer, Kyle Sanders, and Asu Atali received All-Division honors for their 400-yard freestyle relay. Counties held on November 7 and 8 were quite a success for the MHS Chiefs. The girls finished eighth overall in Nassau County. The 200-meter freestyle relay team—Victoria Meyer, Nina Sabatini, Katelynn Boland, and Kyle Sanders—received sixth place in the county. Jusource: facebook.com nior Nina Sabatini broke the school record in her 200-meter freestyle, placing eighth in the county. With the girls’ season closing, it can only be described in one word. “To sum it all up—rewarding” said Bracconier. And fear not, all future Michael Phelps at MHS, the Boys Swimming and Diving season started November 18.
the throws that our team n e e d s , ” s a i d the Chiefs’ field general. I t hasn’t been all offense for Massapequa. Its defense has been stingy for most of the season, holding the high-powered offenses of Baldwin and MacArthur to a combined nine points. Seniors Dan Ebbecke, Mike Mauri, and James Burrows have held the defense together. Mauri and Burrows have a combined total of seven interceptions with Mauri catching three of them against Baldwin at the Homecoming Game. Ebbecke, originally the Chiefs’ safety, moved to linebacker and never turned back. He was voted one of the best linebackers on Long Island by Newsday’s blogger Gregg Sarra. Sarra said that Ebbecke “plays with so much heart.” This season, Ebbecke has a touchdown, a sack, and a fumble recovery, making him a dangerous player.
Two hard fought playoff victories against MacArthur, and Hempstead put the Chiefs into the Nassau County Championship. However, a tough loss to the Freeport put an end to their season and the Nassau County title. It has been a very successful season for the Chiefs who finished with a record of 7 wins and 4 losses improving upon last season’s 6 and 5 record. Tailgate Team Captain James Moran felt optimistic about the season saying, “They had an all around great season and if some things fell our way we would have had a Nassau County Championship.”
Volleyball BY ANTHONY CASSERO ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
In modern sports coverage, words like “dominance” and “dynasty” are cliché. However, in our school we have the best-kept secret in high school sports—the Varsity Volleyball team. The team had won the first seventeen games this year by a wide margin, and only a few teams even managed to win a single set against them. What makes this team so good? It could be the superb setting of Katie Bryson. Bryson has recorded as many as 26 assists in one game. However, Bryson’s amazing passing skills would be of little help to the team if they did not have great scorers like Brianna Wallace and Samantha Berna, and Dana Vosilla. These players fly above the net and spike the ball with a tenacity that is rarely seen.
In volleyball, like all other sports, defense is just as important as offense. Players like senior libero Julie Bies digs the balls effortlessly, preventing other teams from getting easy points on massapequa. Massapequa definitely has a dynasty in the volleyball team. All you need to do to see the greatness achieved by the Massapequa volleyball team over the past few years is look up at the flags hanging in the gym, where you’ll notice all the championship titles the dominating team has acquired, including last year’s incredible state title. After starting the season out 17-0 Massapequa seemed destined to possibly win a repeat state title. Unfortunately their season came to an abrupt halt to the hands of Lindenhurst. Lindenhurst shocked the Massapequa team, taking all three sets from them.
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