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30-Day Responsible Citizenship Challenge In the face of change and division, our society must do more than acknowledge our differences and problems. We need to work together to accomplish our goals. The first step is to identify our responsibilities as citizens. Then, we need to act. To help students, faculty, and staff engage in this process the students in Mrs. Janovitz’s English classes are running a 30-Day Responsible Citizenship Challenge beginning on March 1st. Over the course of the month, participants will be asked to complete actions that promote the democratic values of equality, justice, diversity, liberty, community, and popular sovereignty.

We hope you share in this effort with us!

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Mrs. Janovitz’s AP Literature class, Period 7







1.​ R ​ esearch a current political issue that you hear about all the time, but don’t feel informed about.

2.​ P ​ romote involvement in a school activity and plan to attend a school event.

3.​ M ​ ake a list of 5 questions to ask someone who supported a different presidential candidate than you.

4.​ R ​ ecommend a Music Monday song with a positive, unifying message.

6.​ R ​ ead something written by a person from a different background / culture / race / religion than you.

7.​ H ​ ave a conversation with someone about what you love about your culture.

8.​ R ​ esearch a female social or political activist for a cause you believe in and share what you learn with others.

9.​ H ​ ave a respectful conversation with someone from a different political party about current political and social concerns.

10.​ I​ dentify how you

are privileged and reflect on how you can use your privilege for social justice.

11. C ​ reate something that expresses how you feel about a current political or social issue and share it with others.

12.​ R ​ eflect on

13.​ H ​ igh five at least one random person in the hallway.

14.​ C ​ hoose a topic in

15.​ S ​ it at a different

16.​ A ​ ttend an event

17.​ G ​ o green. Be

18.​ S ​ hare your ideas

19.​ R ​ esearch and

20.​ W ​ rite down three

21.​ W ​ rite a slogan about the promotion of equal rights and share it with friends and/or on social media.

22.​ C ​ ommit a random

23.​ W ​ atch a film that addresses an important political or social issue.

24.​ S ​ chedule a time to volunteer for a local cause or support a charity. Commit to seeing it through.

25.​ W ​ rite a letter to a local war veteran, social activist, or political leader thanking them for their work and service.

26. L​ ook up the

27.​ W ​ ear something

28.​ W ​ rite a letter to or

29.​ M ​ ake a personal action plan identifying the steps you want to take to continue progressing as a responsible citizen.

30.​ W ​ rite down 5

31.​ S ​ HOWCASE

write down three ways the U.S. has been positively impacted by other nations.

Students discuss their ideas at a computer


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Mrs. Janovitz’s AP Literature class, Period 5

5.​ R ​ ead an article that expresses a different opinion about a political or social issue than the one you hold, and reflect on the argument presented.

politically or socially motivated artwork. Write down five thoughts you have in response to the artwork.

Above photos courtesy of Shannon Janovitz

For more information on the challenge and to learn how you can participate, please visit Follow us on Twitter: @BHS30Day or on Instagram: @bhs30daychallenge. Join us on Google Classroom: code dli0zk; Contact: Shannon

definitions of patriotism and nationalism and reflect on the differences between the two terms.

things you’d like to see our government do and brainstorm ways you can help to make them happen.

that reflects your pride in America.

American history to research.

call a local, national, or global leader expressing your thoughts about a current issue or concern.

table in the cafeteria and get to know new people.

act of kindness :)

that promotes equal rights for all.

reasons that you are grateful to be an American and talk about those reasons with others.

vigilant about minimizing your global footprint.

about what it means to be a responsible citizen in 21st century America.

OPENING- display of student work/participation throughout the month.

‘This is what democracy looks like!’ By Olivia Celeste & Zahra Mohammed On January 21, 2017, 3.3 million Americans participated in Women’s Marches. Protests were held in 500 cities across the country and 70 countries worldwide. Marchers protested the derogatory comments that President Trump made about women on the campaign trail. They fear the curtailing of women’s reproductive rights under his administration. Protesters also marched for the rights of groups that could be marginalized un-

Chanted marchers seeking to protect their rights

Photo by Olivia Celeste

People gather at the Mall to protest for their rights der the new administration, such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Muslims. In Washington D.C.,

500,000 marchers galvanized around the cause. They carried signs, sang songs, and chanted “Yes,

We Can.” BHS history teacher Joyce Carey attended the march. “All [of] the women were inspirational and hopeful,” explained Carey. “[I] felt love and patriotism. We wanted to fight for our nation.” Protester Maureen Duffy flew from Illinois to participate in the Women’s March in Washington. She was overwhelmed by the huge crowds that flooded on to the Mall. “There were people from many different com-

munities,” said Duffy. “We had strength-in-numbers. It was empowering.” One hundred thousand people marched through the streets of Downtown Boston, including BHS foreign language teacher Abigail Abbott. “I [do not] want the United States to be a place where things are only fair if you fall into a narrow percentage of the population, and it looks as [though] that is what the President wants,” explained Abbott. “Attacks on freedoms will not be ignored. Those who

are scared have allies who value them and who will stand with them.” The Women’s Marches are just the beginning of the movement—“Love Trumps Hate.”

Photo by Olivia Celeste

Protest sign


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Trump’s trajectory

By Alyssa Porter, Ranya Paul, & Dylan Lechner “We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together, we will make America great again.” These are promises President Donald Trump made at the end of his inaugural speech on January 20th. But what has he done to execute them? Let's take a closer look at Trump’s first--and highly controversial--week in office. Many have questioned Trump’s ability to have civil discussions with the leaders of foreign countries. Trump’s diplomacy was tested when he engaged in his first meeting with a foreign power, the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. The two to discussed future trade relationships between the countries, as well as the Syrian refugee crisis. “I'm terrified,” Senior Jo Samarjian stated, anxious at the thought of Trump’s negotiating with other countries. “He makes our country look like a joke and is so easily pushed around.” Trump has also announced planned meetings with the leaders of Mexico and Canada to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, aiming to focus on immigration and border security. Trump’s most prominent pledge during his campaign was his plan to force Mexico into paying for a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border through sanctions that many critics argue would violate NAFTA’s current terms. Senior Aashay Madhani speculated that this plan

would simply not work. “[It] sounds absolutely ludicrous....The majority of illegals do not come by simply walking across the border, but rather obtain a tourist visa and simply do not go back,” Madhani explained. “The cost and labor of building the wall will be futile and a waste of taxpayer money.” Wasting no time to stray from his campaign promise of destabilizing free trade agreements, Trump has withdrawn from all negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive agreement that took two years and eleven countries to initiate during President Obama’s time in office. This move highlights the administration’s goal to keep American manufacturing in the United States, and is the beginning of many changes to trade poli-

cies already in place. Among Trump’s many objectives for the beginning of his presidency is an effort to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the capital, Jerusalem. According to Israeli officials, President Benjamin Netanyahu had a “very warm conversation” with Trump and plans to support the embassy relocation fully. On the other hand, the relocation may prove to be quite the controversial move, as it would be a statement that the U.S. effectively recognizes Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. Because the ownership of Jerusalem is so internationally debated, Trump’s “statement” could have its political repercussions. On the state-side front, the new president has also issued one of his most

widely anticipated executive orders, rolling back previous President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Many aspects of Obamacare are set in regulation, which a president does not have the power to nullify. Not much can occur until Trump chooses his health secretary, just one of many of the argued Cabinet appointments the new president is making. With these intentions in mind, Trump has halted all government agencies from hiring or passing new regulations in order to give the new administration time to review and give their stamp of approval. There are pros and cons to effectively reshaping the different bureaus of the federal government. “When we halt hiring, we can begin to work toward eliminating wasteful

spending and decreasing our deficit,” argued Madhani. Along with a complete party shift, Trump’s presidency will also bring about the pending Cabinet positions. Samarjian is concerned with some of the appointments Trump has made and those that are yet to come. Specifically, Samarjian questions Trump’s choice of Oklahoma lawyer Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. “[Scott Pruitt] has been trying to sue the EPA for his entire career and he doesn't care about the environment at all,” Samarjian stated. Pruitt has definitely proven to be one of Trump’s more disputed Cabinet picks, as shown through protests and debates that have sprung up across the nation.

By Joseph Barbieri & Paul Barbieri President Donald Trump recently took the oath of office on January 20th, 2017. Coming into the White House with Trump is his cabinet which includes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. However, these cabinet members are still waiting for approval from the Senate. One member of Trump’s team who has already been approved by the Senate with a 98-1 vote is Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis.

Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps General with 41 years of experience. Before becoming Secretary of Defense, he was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace David Petraeus as commander of United States Central Command. Over his years of military service, Mattis has gained the reputation of being a warrior among Marines. His nickname “Mad Dog” suggests how much of a warrior Mattis is. Mattis is also known for his famous quotes that suggest his aggresive nature. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet,” Mattis said to his Marines

in Iraq, as quoted in Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (2006) by Thomas E. Ricks. BHS junior Timmy Bridges is excited to have Mattis as Secretary of Defense because of Mattis’s fearless and brave character. “I know James Mattis as a fearless and brave General of the Marine Corps who will do anything to protect his country. I think Trump appointing him was a very smart and strong move. I’m very excited to see what he will do,” Bridges said. The Pentagon recently announced that Mattis’s first trip overseas as Defense Secretary will be to Japan and South Ko-

rea. This trip will hope to strengthen US-Japan-Republic of Korea security cooperation. BHS Senior and future Marine Nick Scali believes that appointing Mattis was a smart and strategic move that will better the country. “Mattis was in the Marine Corps for 44 years and he is one of the best generals to serve. His leadership skills and knowledge of leading troops will help him as Secretary of Defense. I couldn't think of a better choice,” Scali said. Mattis started off his first day with a bang. Literally. Mattis bombed ISIS 31 times, according to The Daily Caller. Whether or not you agree with Trump

appointing Mattis as Secretary of Defense, Mattis will

Trump at a press conference in Iowa

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Following the election, Trump had a notorious feud with the intelligence community on social media, after rumors of possible Russian influence were leaked. On his first day as President, he addressed the CIA at its headquarters in Langley, Virginia. However, many felt he fell short, choosing to speak about his inauguration and issues with the media for the majority of his address. He appealed to his audience, but as partisan allies in his election rather than as fellow patriots. “The military gave us tremendous percentage of votes… And probably almost everybody in this room voted for me,” he declared. The media has yet to give Trump administration’s any slack. After the National Park Service tweeted a side by side picture comparing the difference in size of Trump’s inauguration crowd to Obama’s in 2009, the N.P.S. was asked to temporarily stop using Twitter. The N.P.S. did apologize, and the issue was resolved, but the incident certainly wasn’t saved from the classic media frenzy after the administration offered “alternative facts.” In the past week, Trump has made many controversial decisions that have sparked debates nationwide. Even though he has made plans for progress in these few days since the inauguration, it is too soon to see if America will indeed be “great again.” However, Trump’s message is clear: he is getting down to business, and he is doing what he promised.

Mad Dog becomes Secretary of Defense

have plenty of time to live up to his reputation.

DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr, Wikimedia Commons

President Donald J. Trump departs from the Pentagon alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Jan. 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C.


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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry outloud finalists pose with their prizes. Sophomore Gati Aher took home the championship with her stellar recitations of “Sonnet 1” by Sir Philip Sydney, and “To Live with a Landscape” by Constance Urdang. The runner-up this year was Julianna Grossman, and tying for third place was Neil Bhammar and Jenny L'Heureux. Honorable mentions went to Neha Patel, Becca Haded, Dan McCarthy, and Zyann Sharkah. Aher will represent BHS in the state semifinals in Framingham on Saturday, March 4.

“You dig, man?”

Photos by Callie Graham

Photo of Aher above and Gibson below courtesy of Lifetouch Studio

“Yeah, we dig!”

Entertainment during tallying was provided by Regie Gibson, a literary performer who has lectured and performed in the U.S., Cuba and Europe. Representing the U.S., Regie competed for and received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He’s featured on HBO, 3-TED X events and was nominated for a Boston Emmy. He performs regularly with Atlas Soul: a world music ensemble, his own word music ensemble, The Regie Gibson Project, and Shakespeare to Hip-Hop: an education and performance program integrating classical and modern texts into English curriculums. He kept BHS students captivated with his engaging call and response poetry.

Teacher’s Choice Award Winners

for their excellent performances in the semifinals:

Neil Ford, Marlea Gainley, John Francis Hornicek, Tony Kanyike, Brendan Lucas, Allison McCaffery, Amanda Melin, Grace Muggale, Neil Pandit, Diana Sears, Sean Sullivan, Bailey Towle, Claudia Webb, and Christian Weisse. Great job! Bravo!


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Indian weddings: A celebration beyond vows Wedding

By Riya Kamani A lot goes into planning an Indian wedding. It takes many months to a year with a lot of hard work. The first thing to decide is the date of the wedding. This all depends on the Murtha which is the hindu calendar’s measurement for time. An Indian wedding always has many people attending. A normal Indian wedding usually has 400 to 500 people in attendance.


During this event all the girls in the family, friends, and the bride put Mehendi or henna on their hands or feet. The first part is a more private affair for the bride, her family, and her closest friends. One great aspect about having Mehndi on your hands for hours is that you will be fed by hand by someone. Everyone knows that food tastes better when you’ve been hand-fed. Then, most families have a lavish and grand event. During this celebration, people perform numerous dances and sing

Family gathers around the new happy couple at an Indian wedding about the bride, groom, and the marriage sentiment. There are many different styles of Mehendi, including Arabic, Rajasthani, and Crystal Mehendi.


Sangeet means music. It is the celebration of the upcoming wedding with music. The Sangeet is where the fun and partying

Photo by Riya Kamani

really begins. People gather to celebrate the joining of the groom and bride by dancing and singing many songs in their honor.

Even before the groom gets to the wedding site he participates in more dancing. This is called the barat. In the barat, the groom’s side dances on the street, from the groom’s house all the way to the wedding site. When they get there, there is more dancing and the mother of the bride participates in a religious ceremony towards the groom. During the wedding many religious pujas and ceremonies are performed by a priest. After the wedding is over the bride walks with her entire family and her husband to the car that will take them to the groom’s house. During this time there is not a dry eye in the house. Everyone is crying because this is when the daughter has finally grown up to be a woman and is now leaving her family’s house and going to her new home. It is a happy and sad time for all in attendance.


The reception is when the groom and bride meet all the family and friends that came to wish them good luck with marriage. During this time everyone socializes, eats, and takes plenty of pictures to make it a night to remember. Something that will never stop you from getting bored at an Indian wedding is the food. Indians love their food. At an Indian wedding there is always a variety of food to choose from, including Indian, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, and Chinese, just to name a few.


Some different styles of Indian wedding outfits are Sari, Chaniya Choli, Gowns, Kurta, Modi Style suits, and suits. Women have many more options in what to wear than men just like in western clothing. People spend months planning what they are going to the wear, especially the bride. After 3-5 tiring days of amazing festivities, the wedding activities are over.

Date night!

By Alec Rollins & Frankie Bonanno Stuck in the house too much? Running low on money? Or even just want to spice up your relationship and treat your special someone to a fun night out? Well, we have some ideas for you. Here is a list of places you should go depending on your situation. Though they range in price, at each of these restaurants, the food is still good quality. We have broken down the list of places by cost and event. Whether it’s your first Valentine’s date or another date in your long relationship, here are the best places to spend the special night.

First date / Start of Relationship:

Quick Places: • Chipotle (Burlington) • Pressed Cafe (Burlington) • Panera (Burlington) • Noodles & Company (Burlington)

Running Low on Money: • Border Cafe (Burlington) • The Chateau (Burlington) • The 99’s (Billerica and Woburn) • Chili’s (Burlington)

• Seasons 52 (Burlington) • Tony C’s (Burlington) • Red Stone (Burlington) • Movies and Dinner AMC (Burlington)

Money is not an issue: • Bricco (North End) • Cafe Escadrille (Burlington) • L’Andana (Burlington) • Capital Grille (Burlingotn)

Casual Restaurant:

• Tuscan Kitchen (Burlington) • Tavern in the Square (Burlington) • Brickyard (Woburn) • Flatbread (Bedford)

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Bob Conceison:

Back to BHS: From the court to coaching

By Kyle Barry & Jack Frieden Bob Conceison has been a significant asset to the Burlington Red Devils Hockey team for the past 30 years. Taking over behind the bench in 1986 and posting an overall record of 368-18379 coming into this season, Coach Conceison at practice Conceison has clearly de- voted his time and commitment to the Red Devils and shows no signs of slowing down. Anyone who has ever met Conceison knows he is not one to brag; even with his impressive record, he still remains humble. He has also never let his coaching responsibilities interfere with his family duties; in fact, his children embrace the sport of hockey, watching the games and supporting their father’s passion. A few of them have also played the game. Daughter, coach, and health teacher Chrissy Conceison, explained how her father has done it these past 30 years. “Definitely because he is passionate about coaching. He’s passionate about the game of hockey. He devotes more time than any coach I’ve ever known had to the game, whether it’s learning about hockey still 30 years later or learning about his players to make his team go to the heights it should with the talent he has,” Conceison said.

By Lindsay Corbett & Ranya Paul Ever heard someone say you’re going to miss high school when you leave? In some cases that’s true, especially in the athletic department. Burlington High School’s Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Pamela MacKay, shows that prolonging the “high school experience” isn’t always the worst thing. The BHS class of ‘03 graduate came back to her alma mater in the fall of 2010 to teach English, after she had been at Memorial Elementary school as a classroom aid. However, she had no idea what else was in store for her when she came back to BHS. She was given the position as the coach for the JV girls basketball team, which she carried for two years. After the two years, she was upgraded to a bigger and better position. “The following year the program lost their head coach a month before the season, and I was lucky enough that the seniors in that program really wanted me to be their coach

30 years coaching

“His core values are second to none.” - Assistant Coach Steve Rolli When Conceison first started coaching 30 years ago, he did not have plans to stay here this long. However, the community in Burlington caught him off guard. “The townspeople really embrace athletics as an important part of education, so our philosophies were a good match,Conceison said.” Among the team’s biggest achievements under the coaching of Conceison are two state championships, two Super 8 appearances, and countless Middlesex League Freedom Division titles. When Conceison was asked what the most special memory he’s had as a coach, he responded, “Winning the two state championships… not a lot of teams get to win their last game, and those were both special moments for me. Playing against the best teams in the Super 8 was good too.” No matter how hard we tried during his interview, Conceison would not talk about himself, just the teams, so assistant coach Steve Rolli chimed in. “His core values are second to none. We talk about this [hockey] all the time,” Rolli said. Senior assistant captain Riley Gilberg appreciates having a coach as “by the book” as Conceison. “He’s a very consistent reliable coach, and he gives good pregame speeches when we need them.” Conceison takes coaching very seriously, but is still appreciative for just having to head to the rink for work. “It’s definitely better than a lot of other jobs,” Conceison said.

and were pretty active [in] to her team this year. In getting me that position,“ giving support to all of her players, she hopes to guide MacKay explained. The gameplay wasn’t them to being successful in new to her since she had many important aspects of previously played for both their lives. BHS and Emerson as a power forward. Taking bits and pieces along the way, the Emerson class of ‘07 graduate soon started running her own practices with the mindset of winning the league. “As a coach, you should be using every resource that you have. So in terms of drills that we do that I Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Studio did in high school and college, I have Coach MacKay talks to her team found that I have implemented a lot of [those] skills and drills “I definitely joke here,” MacKay noted. around with the girls and It is no secret that one of try to have fun, and I think the former PF’s strengths is the kids are more successcreating a strong team men- ful in general when they are tality to push her team to be comfortable--but definitely its best. Coming back from learning how to compete a 8-12 record last season, whether it’s academically MacKay is set on bringing or athletically is an importa balance of heat and drive ant trait,” MacKay reflect-

ed on her style of coaching. By modelling the values of skill and a strong will, MacKay has motivated her girls more than ever. Setting the example of hard work paying off, she emphasizes her hopes to better the girls as individuals and athletes-- which does not go unnoticed. “I think she’s a great coach. She brings out our best technique and our best selves,” Senior Captain Ally Rosberg noted. As for the future, it is bright in the hands of Coach MacKay. With plans of being a strong force in the league, a lot is in store for the coach and her team as the season draws to a close. However, MacKay holds the principle that becoming a better player is more important than necessarily winning, which is her true objective for every individual and the team as a whole. “I think that for most coaches, your ultimate goal is not winning. Your ultimate goal is to help kids reach their potential,” MacKay said

Nutrition holds the key to high performance By Olivia Celeste Many factors—practice, skill development, and talent—contribute to athletic success. However, nutrition, an overlooked facet, helps athletes reach their true potential. According to The Washington Post, “of all aspects of teens’ athletic careers, there are two areas over which they have the most control: what they eat and the number of hours they practice....teens themselves can make meaningful daily food choices that can offer them an edge.” Some BHS athletes already implement a nutritional regimen into their lives. Kyle Forrester, a se-

nior who plays football, is committed to improving his performance through diet. During his junior year, Forrester did not diet. However, the summer going into his senior year, Forrester made a change. “I [began] eating meat and vegetables,” explained Forrester. “They are high in protein. Also, the vegetables are fresh with fiber and iron. They

build muscle.” After improving his diet, Forrester began to notice results. “My progress came [naturally],” Forrester said.

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Morgan Powers, sophomore, plays multiple sports — cross country, crossfit, swimming, and track. She is likewise

committed to improving her performance through diet. Powers was initially struggling with her energy. “When my father heard that I was struggling, he recommended the Paleo Diet to me,” Powers explained. The Paleo Diet consists of proteins, fruits, and vegetables. It does not include dairy and grains. After improving her diet, Powers began to feel more energized. Whether an athlete follows a nutritional regimen or not, the point remains the same: Nutrition holds the key to high performance.

Devil’s Advocate Staff

Editors-in-Chief: Kyle Barry & Meenal Khandaker

Opinion Editors: Joseph Barbieri & Hannah Pais

Sports Editors: Dylan Lechner, Paul Barbieri & Joe Viscione

News Editors: Kyle Barry & Alyssa Porter

Puzzle Editors: Bridget Conceison & Jack Frieden

Features Editors: Olivia Celeste & Ranya Paul

Copy Editor: Benny Grubner

A&E Editors: Riya Kamani & Lindsay Corbett

Media Editors: Ranya Paul & Lindsay Corbett

Staff: Lily Algeri, Joe Bertolami, Frank Bonanno, Emmet Funchion, Rachel Gavin, Matt Hanlon, Anthony Kanyike, Zahra Mohamed, Julia Papasodoro, Alec Rollins, Suzanna Samuel, Jake Sarver, & Taylor Tabor Advisor: Callie Graham

We welcome letters to the Editors!

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‘Patriots Day’: Movie of remebrance By Lindsay Corbett I sat in front of the television watching in awe as runners competed in the Boston Marathon. I had watched the marathon before and was always amazed that people prepared for months for this one-day-ayear event. Occasionally, I got up to get snacks from the kitchen because of how long it usually took for a runner to cross the finish line. Suddenly a long bang rumbled through the television. Running back into the living room, all I could see were puffs of smoke. All of a sudden, a second loud bang reverberated through again but this time the screams of horror sounded more prominent. In that moment, I felt nothing but numbness. The Boston Marathon Bombing was a day of shock and terror. But the days following gave hope for the families whose relatives lost their lives or were seriously injured in this cruel act. “Patriots Day” shows the manhunt for justice and brings back memories of April 15, 2013. The drama-thriller was directed by Peter Berg and released December 21, 2016 in the United States. The movie was produced by Dorchester native, Mark Wahlberg.

Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg) is sent on duty to work the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A young couple Jessica (Rachel Brosnahan) and Patrick (Christopher O’Shea) Downes are in attendance for this event. They happily made their way down to the finish line, clearly excited to watch. A father and son patiently await for their wife and mother to cross the finish line. Happiness and excitement filled the air in the crowd that day, until it happened. The aim of the movie was to portray the different perspectives of the survivors, the sadness, the hate, and the love. The scenes go back and forth from different story lines because within the movie, there are different stories. It wasn’t hard to follow whatsoever, as Berg didn’t make the scenes short. He also didn’t downplay the audience that the couple and father and son were relevant to the storyline. Patrick Downes is a survivor of the tragedy. He was helpful in the movie by sharing his life which was then portrayed on screen. Like the other survivors that influenced the movie, he shared his thoughts

during the rolling credits. “Two people took many days and weeks to plan out hate, but love responded in an instant,” Downes said. “Patriots Day” had a lot of anticipation. A lot of people know about the bombings but it was a question of when it was going to show up on the screen. There would be short pauses but nothing would happen but it helped the build up of emotion in the theatre. It made the scene burst with energy. When the bombs went off, people couldn’t help but jump up in their chair because it was so unexpected and it was a heads up that the movie was going to take a horrifying turn for the worse. The standout scene in the entire movie was the Watertown shootout between Watertown Police and the bombers, Dzhokhar (Alex Wolff) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev (Themo Melikidze). The reenactment was filmed in Malden but realistically portrayed the original shootout on Laurel Street. It’s a back and forth, good versus evil, gun and bomb fight. As the bombers throw explosives at the police, the police fight back with their handguns. Sparks were everywhere. To add a little comical relief to

break up the serious scene, there is a noisy local neighbor who keeps popping out of the door and eventually throws a sledgehammer for the cops to use. Emotions were high as Tsarnaev was hiding in the boat. People in the theatre were aware that this is where the story ends. As the helicopters scoped out the area, they saw the shadows of the terrorist in the boat. After the police coax him out, he surrenders. Clapping roared, people stood up and cheered. It almost felt as good as when it actually happened a few years ago.

Students and teachers at BHS are all aware of the bombings. You’ll hear your parents say “I remember that on 9/11, I was…” As for students, we don’t really remember that day. The Boston Bombings for many BHS students was the first time that they had witnessed a terrorist attack. “I was shook by it. One day we were all excited for the marathon and the next we wish it didn´t. Like you wish something else came up like the weather was going to be bad for it to cancel,” Senior Lauren Boeri said. Having it happen closer

to home was even more of a reality that something like the bombings could occur. ¨It´s just one of those things when you’re in a large crowd, you have to be more alert. The Boston Marathon was one of those events that you never really thought that that was going to happen,” BHS teacher Matt Angelo explained. You may not remember what you had for dinner last week but you will always remember that moment when tragedy struck Boston. “Patriots Day” marks a memory that we as citizens of BHS, Massachusetts, and the United States will never forget.

By Jack Friden & Kyle Barry At the end of last year, Sum 41 released their first album in over 5 years. Since 2011, the band has faced near death experiences, emotional reunions and more along their road back to recording music. In May 2014, Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley was at home pouring himself a drink when he suddenly collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. He would spend the next week unconscious and the next 30 days in the hospital recovering from kidney and liver failure. In a post on the band’s website, Whibley said, “I finally realized I can’t drink anymore. If I have one drink the [docs] say I will die.” Shortly after Whibley was in the hospital, the band’s original guitarist, Dave Baksh, asked if he could rejoin the band after

he himself went through drug addiction problems that caused him to leave the band in 2005. Shifting their attention back to music, Sum 41 set out to do something they had never done before with this album; blend their spiky-hair original pop sound with a dark and heavy one. The first song certainly focuses on the latter. “A Murder of Crows” features the band’s first ever stringdriven intro to a song as well as a hollow repeated chorus, leaving listeners with goosebumps. It transitions perfectly into the second song. “Goddamn I’m Dead Again” also falls upon listeners as a dark song, and is most noticeable for the minute and a half overdriven guitar solo, which was a great way to welcome Dave Baksh back into the band and show listeners he means business. In an interview with, Baksh said, “When that song was presented to me, like Deryck’s playing it and it had no lyrics on it... Then he’s like ‘ya you gotta play a minute and a half solo’. I just sat there and my soul, my hands, my fists clenched, and I was just like ‘yeaaaaaaa!’” The first single off of 13 Voices, “Fake My Own Death”, is the most popular song. It was the first new song people heard from them in five years, and it established what their new sound would be. The catchy chorus and guitar riffs help the track stay true to their pop punk roots. The fourth song on the album is “Breaking the Chain”. This is a song that is representative of how Whibley has recovered from his addictions and the divorce from Avril Lavigne, and is moving forward with his life. Musically it falls flat, however, and becomes uninteresting for the last minute or so of the song.

“There Will Be Blood” is one of the more forgettable songs on the album. The chorus does not really make sense and the drums never change throughout the whole song, combining for an overall boring sound. Another very dark song follows. The song the album is named after, “13 Voices”, is one of the best on the album. Whibley wrote and sang some of his most clever lyrics for this piece, and the drums flow with the pace of the song seamlessly. It also has a very similar sound to the band’s 2004 album, Chuck. The saddest song on the entire album is also one of the best. “War” is the first song Whibley wrote after leaving the hospital. The lyrics are incredibly sad, and sung to perfection along with simple guitars and drums that will leave a feeling of sorrow on any listener. On the band’s website, Whibley said, “I feel this

song literally saved my life. I was at my absolute lowest point of what seemed like a never ending recovery. I was at a tipping point where I could have easily just given up and went back to my old ways of alcohol abuse which would’ve ended up killing me, which at the time felt like a better option. When all of a sudden, in mid thought, these lyrics sort of appeared in my head and I grabbed a pencil and paper instead of bottle and started writing.” The next song was the last single for the album, and is supposed to be a middle finger to the way society views music. “God Save Us All (Death to Pop)” is a song Whibley and bassist McCaslin wrote to say how disappointed they are with what has become the popular music of today. The song also has McCaslin singing the backing vocals, something he did for a lot of the band’s first album in 2001.

The fast paced ninth song on the album is “The Fall and the Rise”. This song is extremely catchy. The lyrics hit fast and fall into the groove of the guitars and the slamming of the drums. It is also symbolic of the fall and the rise of Whibley and the rest of the band as they went through their problems and recovered to full form. It’s hard to tell if Sum 41 was trying to save the best for last because as good as “Twisted by Design is”, some of the other songs are definitely close. It is, however, the most ear friendly song on the album. Ditching the overdriven guitars used in the rest of the album, “Twisted by Design” relies solely on Whibley’s softest vocal recording he could do at this stage in his career. Never too loud or too quiet, the lyrics on this song show listeners that Sum 41 is debatably the best they have ever been.

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Boston Marathon finish line, April 21st, 2013. About a week after the bombings.

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By Hannah Pais Nick Viall, a 36 yearold from Milwaukee, Wisconsin has returned to The Bachelor for his fourth time in the hope of finding love. The twenty-first season, which aired January 1st, 2017, continues to show the various young ladies who dream to be Nick’s significant other. Of course, “The Bachelor” would not be complete without a bit of drama among the girls, and this season is sure to be one for the books. So far it’s been filled with romantic one-onone dates, dramatic group dates, and beautiful cocktail

‘Split’ satisfies

By Rachel Gavin & Julia Papasodoro Director M. Night Shyamalan has returned to theaters after two years with his new, highly anticipated film “Split.” If you are looking for a creepy flick with an abundance of twists and shockers, this is definitely worth watching. This psychological thriller stars Scottish actor James McAvoy as Kevin Crumb, a formerly abused man with dissociative identity disorder who has 23 distinctly split personalities. With no apparent motive, Kevin mysteriously abducts three teenage girls, including outsider Casey Cook (Anya Taylor-Joy), from a parked car after a birthday party. As the movie quickly changes scenes to a dark and isolated basement, the three girls appear terrified as they try to dissect their situation and plan an escape. The film continues to shift scenes with meetings of Kevin and his therapist Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), along with flashbacks of Casey’s disturbing past. Dennis, Kevin’s dominant personality, isolates the girls from one another after various unsuccessful attempts of escape. Switching personalities to Hedwig, a nine-year-old boy, he gives an ominous warning claiming that a 24th personality known as “the beast” is arising to come and get them. Alone and desperate, Casey begins her attempts of outsmarting the personalities to escape the beast’s wrath. Production also plays a large part in developing the thrilling atmosphere.

Closeups of Kevin as he tries to torment the girls are frightening, yet they draw you in to pay attention. Partially cutoff camera angles during the few gory scenes have the same effect, making you want to know what is out of sight, even though you know that it is gruesome. Despite having a challenging role, McAvoy prevails and does an exceptional job at playing the multiple personalities that live within Kevin’s mind. He surprises audiences by the drastically different changes he makes in his character. For example, in

Kevin’s past. Although McAvoy did an amazing job at portraying the many personalities of Kevin, there were some unsatisfactory scenes and moments in this film. At some points, the captured girls trying to escape the what seemed like endless hallways of Kevin’s house were very repetitive. The prisoners of Kevin would run down the halls in attempt to sneak their way out, however this concept seemed to have occurred several times with all of the girls. Shyamalan leaves the audience on a bit of a cliff-

one scene he portrays the identity of Patricia, a straitlaced British woman who respects the three girls, and in the next scene he can be shown as Hedwig, a goofy nine-year old boy with no personal boundaries. It’s a remarkably believable and impressive change in character for McAvoy. Each and every character that lived within Kevin was extremely unique and made you wonder whether or not they were hiding something. The eerie mood some of the personalities set left you questioning what would happen next, and the occasional secrets that slipped out from the different personalities revealed bits and pieces about the personalities and

hanger which left us quite confused as to what had just happened. The major plot twist of this film seemed incomplete, almost as if there was a missing scene. Despite the ending, this thriller really did lift you off of your seat at times. With the suspense of what would happen next, it left you reaching for more popcorn throughout the movie. The amazing backstories of the characters, seamless transitions between scenes and personalities of Kevin, and mysterious shots really made this movie a true thriller. Overall, “Split” will bring you to the edge of your seat, and definitely make you question the future of this film.

parties. But one question crosses everyone’s mind when watching the show-will Nick finally find love? In the spring of 2014, Nick Viall entered “The Bachelorette” during Andi Dorfman’s season. After spending a night in the Luxury Suite, and Andi eventually picking Josh Murray over him, Nick humiliated Andi by asking her in front of a live audience, “After our night in the suite, why didn’t you pick me? Did you even love me?” This triggered many fans of the show to strongly dislike him. Then, during Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season, Nick came up to Kaitlyn with an engagement ring in his pocket, only to be sent home. He decided to try his luck again on “Bachelor in Paradise,” but ended up not sealing the deal with Jen Saviano. Thus far, the current season is off to a rocky start. The group of girls who entered the competi-

tion are one interesting mix. Corinne, the bachelorette receiving the most buzz, is viewed as dramatic and fussy. Freshman Noel D’Amico, who has been watching on and off for four years, discussed why she thinks Corinne is not on the show for the right reasons. “It can have to do with her young age, but Corinne, she can be so immature,” said D’Amico. “I definitely think that she is not on the show for the right reasons.” And based on her attendance records, other viewers might think the same way. During the rose ceremony on the season premiere, Nick called Corinne’s name, and everyone stood in awe. “Where is she?” asked the bachelor. Turns out, Corinne was taking a nap on one of the mansion couches. Yet, she’s still one of the several bachelorettes remaining. Corinne is not the only person on the show not receiving love from fans. Nick Viall, the bachelor of season twenty-one, is not

well liked by all Bachelor fans. Lindsay Baxter, a freshmen here at Burlington High, explained why she thinks Nick won’t find love that will last. “Based on previous seasons, it’s an easy prediction that Nick won’t find his one true love,” said Baxter. “Compared to past seasons, the girls all seem either rude or a bit fake, so the season is not as good as others. But, most importantly, I am not a fan of Nick and his lack of holding onto love.” Taylor, a cutthroat and often harsh contestant from Seattle, WA confronted Corinne about what she sees to be “childish antics.” “I just don’t think your age level and maturity meet Nick’s expectations,” Taylor remarked to Corinne. This came back to bite her on the episode that aired January 31st. Nick decided to take Taylor and Corinne, enemies of the house, on a 2-on-1 date. Nick ended up picking Corinne, leaving Taylor to go home. Known for its heart-hitting romance and escalating drama, The Bachelor’s twenty-first season will determine if Nick can truly find love, or if he’ll come back for a fifth time.


By Lily Algeri & Bridget Conceison Fresh, healthy food, and classy, and inviting decor contributes to the overall experience at Pressed Cafe. Located at 200 District Avenue near the Burlington Mall, the new cafe offers a wide variety of food items on their menu, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When you first walk in, your eyes are instantly drawn to the light bulbs hanging all over the ceiling. The unique fixtures add to the elegance and refinement of the cafe. The bulbs provide a warm light that creates a cozy environment to enjoy a delicious meal in. Whether your preference is bar style seating, table seating, booth, or even a comfy couch, Pressed does its best to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. For a cafe, Pressed offers a wide variety of food. Most cafes only serve drinks and the occasional variety of pastries, but Pressed provides healthy options of these sides such as paleo muffins, on top of the wide selection of breakfast foods, salads, sandwiches and more. The food is extremely delectable and the menu is filled with choices. Though the menu can be overwhelming because it lines the front wall, all of the choices are healthy and enjoyable. Some choices include, an acai bowl which is a smoothie topped with soft bananas, juicy strawberries, crunchy granola, and gooey honey, and warm paninis. Pressed also offers a delicious french toast with cinnamon and vanilla and topped with fresh strawberries. When you go out to eat, you can often find yourself feeling full and drowsy after completing your meal. After finishing a meal at Pressed, however, you can strangely find yourself feeling refreshed and healthy on top of full and content. I got a sandwich with the smoothie bowl, which balanced nicely because I got my serving of fruit and carbs. The food at Pressed can be seen as expensive. I had the bacon egg and cheese ($3.25), acai bowl ($8.50), and strawberry banana smoothie ($5.50) and it ran me a gawking $17.25 in total. The high prices are surely balanced by the freshness of your meal or drink and you can clearly taste what you are drinking. If you you’re looking for delicious food with a healthy twist, Pressed Cafe is the place to go. You are sure to be imPressed!

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A tough, tough game: Is football too dangerous? By Joseph Barbieri Mike Webster was dead, there was no question about it. The former Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame center and city legend died after suffering a heart attack. Life after football was tough for Webster, as he was living in his pickup truck or in train stations between Wisconsin and Pittsburgh. He superglued his teeth back in his mouth when they started to fall out, he zapped himself into unconsciousness with a taser he had bought, and he also wrapped his hands with duct tape and stuck a pen in the tape so he could write thousands of letters. Webster had simply lost his mind after playing football, reported Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Webster, was simply baffled by how a healthy NFL player had simply gone into madness and was now dead at 50. Omalu concluded after a series of tests on Webster's brain that he had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by multiple blows to the head. Over the course of many years, Omalu discovered CTE in other NFL players brains. The names on this list include Hall of famer Frank Gifford, Dave Duerson, Chris Henry,

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Tumbling Gymnast Judy Desmond tumbles through the air.

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Justin Strzelczyk, and Andre Waters, according to the Kansas City Star . CTE was and still is a growing epidemic in sports that deal with head to head contact. Football players are not the only athletes affected by CTE. Former NHL left winger Derek Boogaard was diagnosed with CTE after his brain was donated to the Sports Legacy Institute at Boston University Medical School. Sadly, CTE has also been found to affect high school football players. An 18-year-old high school football player, whose family has chosen to keep his identity private, died and his brain was studied to see the effects of playing high school football. Analysis of his brain revealed the earliest evidence of CTE ever recorded according to the Boston University's CTE Center. BHS Athletic Director Shaun Hart said that to make the game safer, players should play less games. “There's no reason for a kid to play eleven games in a football season. To ensure player safety, players should have a limit to the amount of games they should be allowed to play. According to, 1-in-5 high school athletes will suffer a concussion during their season. According to that same same source, the concussion rate for football is 64-76.8 per 100,000 athletic exposures. Ice hockey follows after at 54.

1-in-5 high school athletes will suffer a concussion during their season.

BHS Health Teacher Amy Doughty thinks that the game of football cannot be made safer. “I believe that there is nothing we can really do to make the game of football safer. We can adjust practice because that's when most concussions occur.” Doughty is right about that. According to South Athletic Trainers Association, 62% of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice. BHS Nurse Mary Sullivan believes that football is a dangerous sport. “Given my recent research done on concussions, in my opinion, I believe football is a dangerous game. Given the force of impact against the players, the risk for concussion is high.” Given all the negative comments about football and head injuries, the game has to change to ensure player safety. However, just because the game changes, doesn't mean players can’t enjoy the game that they love.

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By Lily Algeri “It’s fun to do flips and jump on the tumble track, plus I can do the events that I like best,” said freshman Judy Desmond, “I like getting back into gymnastics.” Judy Desmond’s routines would never lead you to believe she has not practiced gymnastics in two years, but it is true, which makes her performances even more impressive. When asked why she stopped, Desmond responded, “It just became too intense.” Judy said, “Practice over the summer would have been three hours and I never had any free time or time to relax.” Hopefully, though, the high school team will give Judy the chance to regain her passion for a sport at which she clearly excels. In fact, Judy’s teammates, freshmen Samantha Murphy and Kristen Harder, believe that Desmond is very “passionate in floor” despite her break from the sport. The girls also commented on her ability to bounce back into gymnastics so easily, stating that she “makes really fast recoveries.” Desmond has competed with beam and floor routines at the past three meets, but had to miss the first meet due to illness. On Thursday’s meet against Arlington, Desmond stepped up and competed in vault in addition to floor and beam since several people on the team are currently injured. Desmond is one of the only two freshmen to compete at the meets, the other being Kristen Harder. The team has started the season with three victories and one loss. They faced defeat against Melrose in their second meet, but came back with a win against Arlington this Thursday with the final scores being 129.7 Burlington and 124.7 Arlington. When asked how Judy contributes to the team, captain Josephine Samarjian said, “I love Judy; she brings good scores, and she’s super positive.” At the meets, the routines are scored out of ten and only the top four scores for each event are counted in the total score of the meet for each team. All three of Judy’s scores counted toward her team’s final score at the Arlington meet. When asked what she feels Judy brings to the team, Harder responded, “Her positive energy provides a good mood when the team’s feeling down. Aside from being a tremendous athlete, Judy carries that extremely positive energy with her wherever she goes. Freshman Carolyn Phair commented, “She’s always smiling, and she laughs at your jokes even when they’re not funny.” Despite being a very strong varsity athlete in her freshman year, Desmond is not cocky about her skills and still wants more from herself. “My goal is to someday compete vault and do a front tuck step out into tumbling,” Desmond said. Desmond is also on the swim team and received a varsity letter for her impressive year. For her success in both swimming and gymnastics, Judy has been presented with athlete of the month two times. Judy’s determination shows that individuals can always keep pushing themselves to be better and accomplish new things. You can bet that she will bring great achievements to the team in her seasons to come.

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Flipping out

Senior Gymnast Anthony Petrizzi

Senior Gymnast Devanshu Soni

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By Alyssa Porter & Dylan Lechner Hurtling at a vault, flipping through the air, and throwing yourself off a bar are just a few of the most difficult feats of gymnastics. But sometimes, the most difficult challenge, is to take that first step. Senior Captain of the boys’ gymnastics team Kenan Shakaib is well aware of this “first step.” Countless times at practice, he throws himself into a front flip, regardless of how he landed the previous time. “I always tell myself that I have experienced coaches to guide me, and to make sure everything goes smoothly,” Shakaib explained when asked how he mentally prepares to tackle a new skill. “Sure, that doesn't necessarily save me from slamming my backside on the floor all the time, but it's a good confidence boost when I'm nervous.” With intense workouts and rigorous conditioning, the boys’ gymnastics team is always preparing for their next meet. While acquiring a new skill is important, safely doing so is paramount. Shakaib is certainly conscious of the possibility of injuries. The opportunity to become injured is accurately portrayed by research from the Center

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for Injury Research and Policy, which states that of the youths who participate in gymnastics, twenty five thousand are treated for severe injuries. This puts gymnastics on the same level of hard contact sports such as hockey and lacrosse. Although the threat of injuries is always present, one element the boy’s gymnastics team does not have to worry about is good coaching. As they were both avid high school gymnasts, coaches Richard Baczewski and Jourdan Marino are certainly accustomed to the fear that trying a new skill entails. “Everything in gymnastics is progression, progressive learning, so for every skill that is difficult or potentially dangerous to learn, there are drills to strengthen the gymnasts [and to help them] acquire that skill,” Marino explained. Training everyday, from 2:30 to 4:30, the boys’ team definitely experiences progression. But like all sports, skills take time and work to develop and master. Coach Baczewski admitted that the hardest part of gymnastics can sometimes be this progression. “The most challenging part of gymnastics [is that] unlike baseball, hockey, soccer, basketball, a lot of the kids we get here, 90%

of the kids we get here, don't have any gymnastics background,” Baczewski said. Because BHS has such a well equipped gym, Marino and Baczewski seem to have no problem training incoming freshman with no gymnastics experience such as Kenan Wilson. “I expected a little bit of danger… but I expected a lot of fun,” Wilson explained. “[Gymnastics] is a little bit more vigorous… and more injury prone.” Having already competed in his first meet, Wilson is progressing quickly and having fun at the same time, something that does not go unnoticed by his captain. “Everyone is enthusiastic about the sport, which thrills me,” Shakaib elaborated. “Everyday, someone is learning a new skill or attempting something they haven't, which is always good news.” Winning their recent meets against Attleborough and Braintree, the boys’ gymnastics team has certainly proved to be physically and mentally strong. Many members of the team admit that trying a new skill can be nerve wracking, but effective practice with experienced coaches Marino and Baczewski makes taking that “first step” just a little bit easier.

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By Frankie Bonanno & Alec Rollins It’s the game every high school hockey player looks forward to in their high school career-playing in a place where college level and pro athletes play. For the Red Devils, that means the most iconic ballpark in America, Fenway Park. They took the ice in Boston on Wednesday, Jan 11 at 5:30 P.M. Each player was filled with all kinds of emotions as they had been working towards this for a while. Although the game did not count towards the team's record, it will build on the two teams (Burlington & Arlington) new upcoming rivalry as the two played each other in Burlington on Jan. 28, where the Devils fell to Arlington 3-0. Excitement and pressure went through the minds of the players beforehand. Personally, the school day had to be the slowest day ever. Heading out of school, running to the car to get to the rink, getting in the locker room,

taping our sticks, packing our bags--the day seemed endless. The atmosphere before even getting to the rink was outstanding. Sitting in traffic and seeing Boston made our hearts beat just a bit faster. Finally, we got to the rink and headed to the locker room. Smiles were glued to every single player's face. We got all of our pads on, cameras flashing, videos recorded, eye black smeared--it was time to rock and roll. We took the ice. The sky was dark, lights were bright, and the feelings

were unbearable. This is what hockey is all about. One player to another, we expressed how we could not believe how lucky we were to have this opportunity. Burlington fans and Arlington fans filled into Fenway to support their teams. This was a big game for both teams. With each fan section on opposing sides of the ballpark, each town was loud for their hockey team. Junior Sean Casey, when asked how he was feeling before the game said, “Well I knew that this game was a huge turning

point in our season whether or not it counted because we had been on a two game skid [losing streak] and needed to get back to playing good hockey, so it was honestly one of those games where you gotta give it everything because you never know how many times in your life you're gonna be able to play at a place like this.” No matter what, it was game time. We came out for the first period and fought hard. The ice was tipped onto the Arlington side with us applying pressure. Then, we took a penalty. Arlington struck first with

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Red Devil’s Boys’ Varsity Hockey Team 2016-2017

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From the stands of Fenway an ugly goal that squeaked by the goalie. After the first period the score was: Arlington-1, Burlington-0. Second period. The greatest moment of my life happened. My linemate curled behind the net with the puck. Everything went into slow motion. I found a soft spot in the defense. My linemate threw me a pass. I caught it in my skates, kicked up to myself without hesitation, and let go a snapshot. The puck bounced off the goalie’s glove and rolled into the net. It truly felt like a dream. We later went on to score a goal by Ryan O’Connor to take the lead 2-1. The rest of the game went downhill as we fell to the Spy Ponders 6-3. After the game, senior

captain Pat O’Halloran stated it was a “pretty exciting moment for the team to play at Fenway. We needed that game to catapult us through the rest of the season. We came up short, but we’ll bounce back.” Though the experience was amazing, the long quiet bus ride home was still upsetting because our tradition is not losing; we have built our culture around winning. Fortunately, the game was only an endowment game and did not count towards our record, which kept the team's spirits up. Also, we were grateful to everyone who put together this experience for us. This will no doubt be a top three memory in our lives.


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Am I on the right track?: A sport in perspective By Hannah Pais & Rachel Gavin placed on the Varsity team, she’s come to see how fun run The Girls’ Varsity Indoor Track team was in it to win ning can be. it this winter, following their 2014 and 2015 Middlesex “What made me do track was I wanted to stay in shape, League Freedom Division wins. From tough workouts, but as I got into the sport and made Varsity, it really beto running in the cold New England climate, determina- came something that I enjoy now,” said Papia. “I used to tion drove of the athletes to reaching second place in the hate running, but now I love it and will definitely do it next league, as well as a 4-1 record. year.” Everyone on a sports team views that sport from a dif- Several of the athletes commented on why they chose ferent perspective, and to understand the perspectives of indoor track as their sport in the winter season. The numthe athletes, we sat down with them to ask about the sea- ber one overall reason was it is a great way to stay in son so far, and their hopes on what is yet to come. shape, but many other athletes voiced their love of the new “Leadership is what stands out for me when it comes coaching staff. to my team,” sophomore Makayla Houniet said. “I just Burlington High School’s class of 2010 student and remember walking in my first day, everyone was so nice track athlete Jessica McCarthy is a new addition to the and welcoming, and the upperclassmen are so motivation- Indoor Track coaching staff this season. After graduating al. It’s like we’re all cheerleaders for from the University of Maine in 2014 each other.” and running for the Division 1 team, Senior, 4-year varsity runner, and Coach McCarthy was sure to work her captain Mikenna Mattson explained magic on the team this winter season. how “the girls embody the passion “I like Coach McCarthy because that this sport should instill in everyshe knows a ton about track and has one. We really just needed to work taught me a lot,” junior Emma Ventura on our performances and competing explained. “Since she’s young and enfor the team.” thusiastic, it makes practices more con Senior Julie O’Connell has been structive.” on the team since she was a sophoBut Coach McCarthy isn’t the only more. track coach admired by the student ath “Before meets we normally work letes. Math teacher and Coach AnnMaon our specialized events. Based on rie. Bilotta, “is a fantastic coach. She’s our season so far, our team needs to very motivating and wants us to do betwork on our endurance,” Julie exter everyday,” according to junior and plained. “Hurdlers practice going long distance runner Danielle Lynch. over hurdles, high jumpers work on “I enjoy track and want to help others high jump, and sprinters normally improve at it. It is a mentally tough work on their block starts.” sport, so there is an element of psyPhoto courtesy of Lifetouch Studio For underclassmen, track was a chology involved that I find interesting. Girls’ Track in action fun time due to the encouraging and We have a great coaching staff as well welcoming team. which makes the experience even bet “I really enjoyed going to meets and getting the chance ter,” Coach Bilotta commented. to watch everyone compete in their events,” freshmen Although track consists of tough obstacles, the Girls’ Chloe McGonagle said. Varsity Indoor Track team pushes each other to improve. Sophomore Maggie Papia learned to love indoor track. Rather than a team, they are a family just crossing the finWith it being her first year ever doing track and being ish line.

Patriots win thriller in Super Bowl; Come back from 28-3 deficit By Joe Bertalomi The New England Patriots are your 2017 Super Bowl champions! In a game that will be widely regarded as the great Super Bowl of all time, and possibly the greatest sporting event of all time, the Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28 in overtime, after trailing 28-3 late in the third quarter. For the majority of the game, there was not one positive thing to take away from Super Bowl, especially from the perspective of a Patriots fan. They were getting beat in every phase of the game. The defense was getting torched and the offense couldn’t get anything going. However, all of this changed late in the third quarter on a James White touchdown. The Patriots took off after this, scoring 19 points in the final quarter, which included two 2-point conversions. After winning the coin toss and getting the ball in overtime, Tom Brady drove them down the field, and James White, who was the game’s best

player other than Brady, scored his third touchdown of the game to win it, making the Patriots the first team to win a Super Bowl in overtime. This game resonated well with Patriots fans all across New England, including right here at BHS. From my point of view, this was the greatest game I have ever seen. They hit rock bottom during the game when they were down 28-3, but the resiliency that they showed is nothing short of exceptional. This game will be remembered forever. BHS senior Patrick O’Halloran, a diehard Patriots fan, was very ecstatic about this game, saying, “I was honestly flabbergasted beyond belief. Couldn’t believe they did it. I don’t know how they did it. I don’t get it. What I do get is Tom Brady is the GOAT. No question. No argument,and the pats are super bowl champions again baby. Fire up the duck boats.” It truly is hard to comprehend what happened.

One thing that was made pretty clear by the game is that Tom Brady is the best to ever play the game. Brady broke the record for Super Bowls, winning his fifth, and broke the record for Super Bowl passing yards, with 466. BHS senior Matt Tierney weighed in on the situation and praised Brady, saying, “Brady has placed himself on a level completely above every other QB to ever live. I don’t think there is much of an argument anymore. The way he was able to lead his team back from so far behind is incomprehensible. The whole rest of the country called him a cheater and fraud, the very own commissioner of the NFL did everything in his power so Brady couldn’t win-- and he did just that. Unbelievable. Brady is the GOAT. It is very hard to argue the point that Tierney makes. However, another thing about Brady that makes him special is the way that he handles himself. There was a lot of talk about Goodell hand-

ing Brady the trophy and whether or not he and the Patriots would have a “in your face” type of attitude in this situation. Brady accepted the trophy like a gentleman and had nothing but appreciation for his family, the fans, and his teammates. Overall, it was an unbelievable season for the Patriots and this will go down as the best Super Bowl of all time. As for Brady, he doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. When asked about retirement, he said, “If it was up to my wife, she would have me retire today…I said, ‘too bad babe, I’m having too much fun right now.’” How the subject of retirement came up doesn’t make much sense at all, considering that Brady is coming off one of his best seasons yet, but it is good to know that even at age 39, he is still playing some of the best football of his career. As long as Brady and Belichick are in tact, more Super Bowl parades should keep be coming to Boston.

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By Bridget Conceison & Julia Papasodoro While athletes and coaches are obviously vital parts of all sport’s teams, team managers, such as freshman Jackie Damato, are also putting in work to help with the team’s operation. Damato recently entered her first year of being one of the three managers for the 2017 boys’ swim team. After learning about the position from fellow team manager sophomore Marissa Cormier, she was eager to become involved. “[Marissa] said that managing helped you to get a varsity letter, so that’s really what got me interested,” Damato exclaimed. “It also gave me something to do over the winter because I didn’t have a sport to do, but now I love managing.” Swim managers typically have multiple duties, including timing races at meets, keeping the swimmers’ scores, and attending all practices at Shawsheen Technical High School. Damato admitted that managing does involve a great deal of commitment. “It’s kind of a lot because we have to go to all the meets, and some of them are farther away, like Belmont. Also, all the daily practices are from 4:00 - 6:00 at Shawsheen so that takes up a lot of time too.” Yet, the time consumption is still not a huge bother for Damato, as well as for her fellow managers Cormier and Junior Ellie Yu. She enjoys being able to help the team out and spending time with Cormier and Yu outside of the pool at meets. “It’s a good time for me because the boys I work with are new swimmers, so we get to teach them the basic skills, show them techniques, and introduce them to the strokes. Plus, sometimes we get to go in the water to teach, so that is always really fun for me, Marissa and Ellie,” Damato said. Cormier agreed that managing with Damato is enjoyable for her as well saying, “Jackie is always fun at practices because she makes me laugh. Plus, she helps the new swimmers learn so that they can understand and do well at meets.” In fact, Shawsheen Tech’s pool isn’t new territory for Damato at all. Along with managing the boys’ team, Jackie is an avid swimmer herself, having been part of multiple local teams for about 8 years. She completed her first season on the BHS girls’ swim team not long ago, ending their season in a 2-9 record, and is looking forward to playing for the softball team in the upcoming spring season. Damato credits part of her skill for managing to some past volunteering she has gladly done in Burlington. Some of her previous summers have been spent at the Burlington Swim and Tennis Club where she helped out kids from a variety of ages in weekly swim lessons. Freshman swimmer Jack Cormier positively spoke about Damato’s contribution to the team this season, saying, “It’s good to have Jackie as a manager because she’s always helping out the kids who can’t really swim their events well.” Boys’ swim coach Stephen Papagno also believes that Damato positively impacts the team as a whole. He believes that she is helping the team to improve and that her assistance is “excellent and attentive to detail.” “[Without] Jackie and the work of the other managers, the team could not have come on here as fast as they did. The team knows [Jackie] can be approached for assistance” Papagno continued. Being a freshman girl managing a varsity boys’ team sounds like it could be a challenge; however, Damato claims that she doesn’t find it difficult to manage. “Surprisingly, that does not really affect me at all, and I really don’t mind it,” Jackie said. “I mean there are freshmen swimmers on the team, so that makes it a lot better. Definitely knowing people that were on the team helped because [it] makes it less awkward as a freshman girl.” While the team hasn’t come back with any victories so far, Jackie is hopeful for the team’s future meets and races. “We haven’t had any wins yet, but we have had some pretty close meets. The team is definitely getting better, so I am hoping for at least one win before the end of the season,” Damato said. Damato plans to keep swimming in her upcoming years at BHS, hoping to eventually become a team captain, and will continue to happily manage the boys from outside of the pool.


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Road to the Superbowl Crossword Puzzle By Jake Sarver

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Valentine’s Day Matrix By Alyssa Porter

Myron, Gus, Floyd, and Burt all sent Valentine's Day gifts to each of their girlfriends: Betty, Gertrude, Thelma, and Rose. The gifts included flowers, perfume, candy, and a ring. Use your best deduction skills to find out who is dating who and what gift was given.

Down: 1) Falcons Quarterback 2) How many Superbowls the have Falcons won 3) Who the Patriots have trouble stopping in the back field 7) Superbowl location 8) AFC team 9) NFC team 13) How many superbowls the Patriots have won (before this game)

Across: 4) The Falcons starting center 5) In his 17 years of playing, never lost to the Falcons 6) Patriots quarterback 10) Wide receiver the Falcons had to stop 11) The Patriots running back 12) This linebacker was a great help 14) Player the Patriots had to contain

Clues: 1. Nobody's name starts with the same letter as his or her girlfriend/boyfriend 2. Myron bought his girlfriend something living 3. Rose's gift is the same as her name 4. Gertrude, who loves her diamond ring, is friends with Betty, the lady who will wear a new scent this Valentine's Day. 5. Floyd is allergic to anything scented. He won't go near sweet smelling stuff. His girlfriend is allergic to chocolate.

Valentine’s Day

By Julia Papasodoro

By Rachel Gavin

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5. A secret ___ might give you a gift on Valentine’s Day 6. When you really like someone you ___ them 9. “Hershey’s” is a type of this kind of food 11. The person this holiday is named after is ___ Valentine. 12. A popular Valentine’s Day color. 13. A shape that is often used on Valentine’s Day



1. Some people give or send this to others on Valentine’s Day 2. A person that shoots love arrows 3. Another word gor joy 4. The month that this holiday is in 7. Roses and daisies are types of this 8. You want to keep flowers in this 9. Another term for sweets that are given on Valentine’s Day 10. Be ___

Win a romantic date with your significant other! The Devil’s Advocate supports the 30 Day Responsible Citizenship Challenge: Send a selfie completing any of the 30 day challenges to For each picture submitted, you’ll be entered to win a $40 gift certificate to Arcenia’s Cucina Rustica in Woburn, MA. Flower Frenzy Answer key

Valentines Day Matrix answers

Valentine’s Day Crossword Answers Down 1) letter 2) cupid 3) happiness 4) February 7) flower 8) water 9) candy 10) mine

Road to the superbowl answer key

Solution: Compass Roses Across 5) admirer 6) love 9) chocolate 11) saint 12) red 13) heart

Gus, Betty, Perfume Myron, Rose, Flowers Floyd, Gertrude, Ring Burt, Thelma, Candy

1) Carnations 2) Orchids 3) Lilacs 4) Peonies 5) Tulips 6) Hydrangeas 7) Zinnias

8) Daffodils 9) Violets 10) Buttercups 11) Azaleas 12) Sunflowers 13) Gardenias 14) Anthuriums

1) Matt Ryan 2) Zero 3) Devonta Freeman 4) Alex Mack 5) Tom Brady 6) Tom Brady 7) NRG stadium

8) Falcons 9) Patriots 10) Julian Edelman 11) LeGarrette Blount 12) Vic Beasley 13) four 14) Julio Jones

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Photo by Yaju Tuladhar

BHS gathers together to show their love and support for beloved custodian Ray Harbour Words of love gathered by staff writers “Hope you are feeling better. We all miss your smiling face and good attitude around the school.” -Julie O’Connell, senior

“Ray, I hope you feel better soon! We miss you at BHS.” - Taylor Breiby, freshman

“I hope you get better as soon as possible! We appreciate all your work here.” - Nicole Benjamin, freshman

“I hope you get better and that you get the best of support from the school you're so devoted to!” “We miss you and - Bella Alessi, you do so much sophomore for the school; it “Hope you feel hasn't been the same better! We miss without you.” - Sarah you.” - Lauren Conley, junior “Things definitely aren't the Tharp, math same around here without your teacher smiling face. We can't wait till you return!” - Deb Deacon, “You are missed - we all Associate Principal miss you. I miss just being able to say hi to you in “I don’t think I’ve ever the halls and get better seen him not smiling. “I hope you get soon!” - Erin Lapsley, He’s been missed.” better soon!” math teacher - Nathan Walzer, - Will Ryan, senior freshman

“I respect how much you provide to the school and you are missed.”- Nick Papia, senior

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