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October 2016 | Volume 81 | Issue I | Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School | 667 Westfield Road | Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 | (908) 889-8600
Green is the new black: SPF goes green by Eliza Kuperschmid
cotch Plains-Fanwood High School students are responding to the urgent call for environmental aid by establishing their own projects pertaining to environmental sustainability. Among working with endangered species, bringing affordable and sustainable products to those in need and growing produce here at the high school, students and staff are working hard to make the community a greener place.
Project Terrapin SPFHS will be welcoming diamondback terrapin hatchlings, a breed of turtles, in the fall as part of an environmental initiative the school is participating in called Project Terrapin. Created by Dr. John Wnek, the science supervisor at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in Ocean County, NJ, Project Terrapin During her time at a camp run by the New Jersey Audubon Society, senior Christina Lamagna met Wnek at one of the Terrapin research sites, Barnegat Bay located on Sedge Island. This encounter inspired Lamagna to bring terrapin conservation back to the high school. “We’re going to have a small group of people to take care of them [the turtles] every week and do housekeeping things like weigh them, feed them and measure them,” said Lamagna. “We’re going to give them the best head start that we can for when we release them in May or June.” The most notable portion of this project will be the terrapins’ release in the spring. “At the end of the project,
photo by Eliza Kuperschmid
AP Environmental Science students record data in the greenhouse. The greenhouse was donated by Thomas Hargreaves, an SPFHS alumni.
myself and those who are participating will get to go to [Barnegat Bay] and release the hatchlings with all of the other schools that have participated in the hatchling initiative throughout the school year,” Lamagna said. “We’re going to get to see them go off and hopefully, our hard work will have paid off.” The determination and excitement Lamagna and others involved in the project exude will ensure its success for years to come. Lamagna has high hopes for Project Terrapin and feels that students who are passionate about the conservation of wildlife will really enjoy getting to learn about how they can help out locally. “I’d like to promote the message that conservation can be in our very own backyard,” Lamagna said.
Environmental Club The Environmental Club has
been in existance for many years. Their most notable contribution to the school community in recent times was the implementation of clean water dispensers by the main office and in the music auditorium. Senior Julia Guarneri is leading the club this year and surrounding herself with peers who want to complete service projects geared towards environmental sustainability. The first project Guarneri hopes to tackle with the help of the club is with a program called “Blue Jeans Go Green”. The clothing store Madewell teamed up with the organization behind the program, Cotton Inc. to create the project. It involves collecting old blue jeans and turning them into affordable insulation for houses. “It saves money and when you have insulation, you don’t need to use as much heating which reduces CO2 emissions,” Guarneri said. Guarneri relied on the support
of her friends and peers in order to find members for the club. Using social media, she found many people in the high school who were equally as passionate about the environment. Guarneri was successful in starting her environmental project and she encourages other students to try the same. “I think you just have to have a plan for what you want to do,” Guarneri said. “Make it something that you are interested in and something you think other people will be interested in and just get the word out.”
APES Greenhouse The once empty courtyard on the SPFHS campus is now home to a beautiful and fully-functioning greenhouse. The teachers from the science department and custodial staff worked diligently last year and over the summer to set up the greenhouse for the
school community to use. The greenhouse was generously donated to the high school by Thomas Hargreaves, a Fanwood resident and SPFHS alumni. Currently, students in the new AP Environmental Science (APES) classes have been taking advantage of the research opportunities available with the addition of the greenhouse. One of the APES teachers, Lynn Canfield is thrilled to see the courtyard being put to good use. “We want the greenhouse to be a huge part of the environmental course and we want to eventually see that it runs into the community,” Canfield said. “It would be great to [kickstart] community gardens and we can help start that by using the greenhouse.” Canfield sees a bright future for the greenhouse as not only a place for high schoolers to learn about the environment, but also as a place for the community to come together and garden. “The greenhouse is up and running and we expect it to be blooming by the Spring and for the years to come,” Canfield said. Canfield feels that it is imperative that the community continues to be educated on the topic of environmental sustainability in order to control the many environmental problems facing the world today. “We have to repair the damage we’ve done,” Canfield concluded We have to educate people to move in a more positive direction when it comes to our environment. We’re using up too many of our resources and we have to be able to come together as a group and make some positive changes.”
graphic by Eliza Kuperschmid
Phys. Ed Department offers new gym classes
SPF introduces public wifi access to staff and students
by Majeda Mohammed
The Physical Education department opened up the new school year by introducing a new gym class available to the students of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Based on a program at Roxbury High School, the Physical Education department now offers a high-performance gym class to students. High-performance gym is a class for students who have an interest in fitness and are willing to work hard; it is not just a class for athletes. Rather than working on basic skills, the class focuses on strategy. There is an entrance test which consists of questions based on different sports strategies, agility, and coordination that students must pass in order to join the class. It is not available every period due to student-teacher ratios. As of right now, there is a period 7/8 class and a period 10/11 class. The gym department hopes to eventually expand the program into more periods of the day.
by Sophia Iacona
s school began on Sept. 9, the Technology department unveiled a public wifi
network. In prior years, students and teachers could only access wifi on school-issued devices. Now they can use the network labeled “byod” for “bring your own device” to access the internet on any personal device. “We have become attached to our smartphones,” Supervisor of
news Technology Darren Watsky said. “It’s reasonable that students and staff have access to those resources when they’re not engaged in education.” The goal of the wifi is to giveconvenience to network users and to keep up with other school districts with similar systems. The process of putting the server together began last year, when administration and faculty realized that public wifi was important to students and staff. Throughout the summer, the technology department tested the
october 2016 bandwidth to see if it it could accommodate the traffic of devices. On any day, 1,200 to 1,600 devices are connected to the byod network. The accessibility of wifi excites many students, including sophomore Josh Klapper. “I’ve logged into the network and I find it really helpful,” Klapper said. “It’s working really well, and I feel like it’s been better than the service I used in school prior to the wifi.” However, the network can only be accessed through school-issued Google accounts. This leaves
many weary of using the wifi because any searches or actions made on personal devices can be tracked by the district. “I don’t like that they can see what you’re doing,” sophomore Shannon McCreesh said. Similar to other wifi provided by the school, in order to maintain a safe environment, students are asked to login under their school ID. This rule has been put in place due to E-rate, a federal funding system that provides grants to expand technology use.
Cafeteria staff introduces vegan lunches by Colleen Robinson and Haley Nakonechny
Effective the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Scotch Plains Fanwood High School made the decision to incorporate vegan lunches into the cafeteria menu. In the past, there has been widespread debate over whether or not to amend the lunch menus for students with other food preferences. The district decided to incorporate vegan lunches into the daily menu at SPFHS. The options for these lunches include and are not limited to lentil loaves, stuffed bell peppers, black bean burgers and vegetarian scampi over brown rice.
Bowcraft Amusement Park closing for good by Kevin Eviner
At the end of the current season, Bowcraft will close its gates for good. After being a part of the community since the 1980s, Bowcraft will become an apartment complex. The same family has owned the property since 1995; however, its origins go back further to 1946, when skiing enthusiast Ted Miller opened up a small ski slope to accompany his archery and ski equipment store. Miller named the slope, ‘Bowcraft Park.’ ---Rumors foreshadowed the closing, and it is now confirmed that the town’s planning committee approved a redevelopment plan to take down Bowcraft and make room for an apartment complex. The plan is to convert the site into 190 apartments, 10 townhouses, and 41 other units. The park will still hold events until the end of October like “Pantophobia,” and will be open on Halloween.
graphic by Sophia Iacona
Fresh faces make an appearance at Scotch-Plains Fanwood High School by Michelle Cagnassola
cotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s return from summer break brought new faces. Out of the 130 faculty members, the new teachers are excited to become more comfortable in their environments. Kyle Anderson, Physical Education teacher and recent graduate of The College of New Jersey, reflected on his first day. Anderson was concerned about what his days as a new teacher would be like. “I was worried if the kids would like me, if I would be able to teach a class, and overall just nervous how the day went with my schedule,” Anderson said. Anderson is quickly transitioning into the community by coaching the Junior Varsity and Varsity football teams. “I am looking forward to getting to know all the kids at the
school,” Anderson said. “I have a select category of kids based on my schedule now so, hopefully, by the fourth marking period, I can meet everybody.” Although he was nervous, Anderson was optimistic that his first day of school would go smoothly. He had high hopes for the school’s Physical Education program and was excited to help students learn about personal wellness. “I hope that our department will be able to impact the kids just based off of our activity, keep a healthy lifestyle outside of school and to think of exercise positively,” Anderson said. He looks forward to growing as an educator and developing skills to teach kids about living healthy lifestyles. He wants to help teenagers make positive changes and grow into young adulthood. Also new to the school is English teacher Nicole Petrone. Petrone is a graduate of The University of Delaware.
She is looking forward to the upcoming school year and learning more about her profession. “I am excited to continue to grow as an educator,” Petrone said. “I am excited to succeed and fail, to find out more about who I am and who other people are.” Her transition into the SPF community has been smooth. She feels welcomed and wants to get involved. “I hope to impact the community positively by being someone who students know that they can talk to, and who they feel comfortable talking with,” Petrone said. “In the classroom I hope to help my students recognize their voices, potentials and worth as thinkers, writers and speakers in this world.” Petrone is slowly recognizing her role in the teaching world and wants the best for her students. Petrone’s enthusiasm for school translates into ther teaching. She is excited to come to work everyday. “I love coming to school and seeing faces that make me happy,” Petrone said. “I love knowing that I have an opportunity to inspire those people every day.” SPFHS is happy to welcome the new teachers, and all are looking forward to an eventful 2016-2017 school year. Go to thefanscotian.com to learn about other new teachers.
photo by Stephanie Colinders
photo by Michelle Cagnassola
Anderson and Petrone are both first-year teachers. They attended The College of New Jersey and The University of Delaware respectively.
Advice from the Vet
photo by Michelle Cagnassola
Amy Rutkowski is a Special Education teacher. She has worked at the high school for 12 years.
Amy Rutkowski, a veteran educator at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, shares advice with her fellow teachers. Regarding first day nerves, Rutkowski recommends staying calm. “[My first day,] I was so nervous!” Rutkowski recalled. “I think I felt like I had to act like a big, strong, authoritative person which is not who I am by nature.” The lesson she took away: it gets easier. “With any job, the more experience you have, the more confidence you gain,” Rutkowski said. “With that confidence comes the assurance that you can be who you are, and not who you think you have to be.” Rutkowski advises new teachers to remember the reason they decided to teach. “You want to have connections with students and you want to make a positive impact.” Rutkowski said.
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With liberty and justice for all?
Kaepernick-influenced student protests should not be barred
Editors-in-Chief: Alyssa Cordero McKella Sylvester Peter Warren Copy Editor: Ian MacPherson Technology Director: Alexa-Jada Nelson Arts & Culture, Opinion Editor: Kevin Rohman Layout Editor:
Feature Editor: Majeda Mohammed Head of Sports: Robert Fallo Managing Director: Haley Nakonechny Arts & Graphics Editor: Stephanie Colinders Advisers: Randolph Koetzner Heidi Novik Robin Stayvas Got something to say? Letters to the editor are encouraged. The Fanscotian reserves the right to contact writers or edit submissions for reasons of space and clarity. The Fanscotian will not publish any writing that is libelous, obscene, or an invasion of privacy. Anonymous letters will not be published. All letters will be published on a space-available basis. Letters to the editor may be submitted by: (1) emailing email@example.com (2) mailing to The Fanscotian at Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s address: 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 (3) delivering them to The Fanscotian in room 215, or (4) placing them in adviser Heidi Novik’s mailbox in the main office Editorial Policy The staff editorial represents the opinion of The Fanscotian, its advisers, or Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Advertisement Policy The Fanscotian reserves the right to refuse to publish advertisements it finds salacious or inappropriate. Mission Statement The Fanscotian is a publication of the Journalism II class at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Its goal is to educate and inform, accurately and impartially, students, staff and community members about relevant issues and events and to serve as a forum for authentic student expression.
as America lost sight of true patriotism? Students around the country are remaining seated during the pledge of allegiance. This summer, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem during the preseason. Many Americans feel that these choices are anti-American. The Fanscotian believes that no students should be denied their First Amendment rights, and should be able to respectfully express themselves without limits. The First Amendment of the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
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assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” To summarize, the First Amendment denies any branch of government the power to create legislation that limits the expression or creation of religions, free speech, information provided by the press, the ability to protest in groups or the right to assemble and protest political contoversies. against government issues. The SPF Board of Education’s current policy concerning the pledge of allegiance requires each school to conduct the pledge on a daily basis in its opening exercises, although it allows students to be exempted if the pledge conflicts with their conscience. Our district provides students with a choice. Some school districts, however,
are not as lenient. Leilani Thomas, a student from Lower Lake, California, was penalized for refusing to stand for the pledge. As punishment, her teacher lowered her grades. Thomas has been sitting for the pledge since second grade, but it was not until this past September that her high school expressed a problem with her silent protest. Similarly to Thomas, 15 yearold Shemar Cooper, a student from Chicago, faced off with a teacher who attempted to force him out of his seat when he refused to stand for the pledge while voicing his opinion that “America sucks,” and “doesn’t support Black people.” SPFHS students refuse to stand for the pledge for their own unique reasons. Some agree with Kaepernick, who expresses that
he does not stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that “oppresses Black people and people of color.” Other students decide to sit simply because they demonstrate apathy to the pledge. “I think protests are a good way to bring a change in the country,” Kenyela Horn, president of the Black Student Union said. “Because when many people protest, that is when many people start to listen.” The important question to ask is: can sitting or standing determine one’s level of patriotism? “Patriotism, in my definition, is showing pride for your country or what you believe in, and identifying and working to resolve problems as well to make your country better,” one student wrote when asked to define patriotism in an anonymous survey given to homeroom classes. The same student cited Kaepernick and his kneeling protest as an example of patriotism. Some would say that Kaepernick’s protests are harmful to American patriotism. “Many critics say that his protest is ‘disgraceful’ and ‘disrespectful,” Tashira Wheeler, Black Student Union Adviser, said. “I feel that Mr. Kaepernick has a right to his beliefs and his right to protest.” American patriotism encompasses the idea that all Americans have the natural right to voice their opinions. Students who were inspired by Kaepernick’s protest have the right to follow suit and do so without facing consequences for sitting down for what they believe in.
The cost of senior year is way too high, ‘they’ need to cut it Between college apps and AP classes, senior year for most students is expensive by Alexa-Jada Nelson
eniors get a taste of how expensive college will be even before graduation day. College application fees, standardized testing, and other end-of-the-year activities hit them like a ton of bricks. As seniors prepare for life beyond high school, they must maintain a financial and psychological balance between work and play. They must understand how to prioritize within budget, maintain grades, and have a social life. These unrealistic expectations that are put on students are excessive and bring on undue stress. Senior class advisers Amanda Moser and Cynthia Prybella have been in charge of senior-related events for the last couple of years and understand that the expenses of senior year add up quickly. Moser, who is also a guidance counselor, understands the college application process firsthand. “We encourage our students to tailor their lists of schools as much as they can so that fees are cut down,” Moser said.
Prybella, senior class advisor for eight years, insists that it’s not ideal to try to participate in all senior activities. “You don’t have to do every event,” Prybella said. “There may be a lot of peer pressure to do it all, [but] we hope that students more often do what they’re
end, it’s going to prepare me [for college],” Cestone said. “It’s good to know I can handle this much pressure.” For those who are really feeling stressed, it may help to come up with a plan to pay off fees gradually; this way, they do not build up.
“We encourage our students to tailor their lists of schools as much as they can so that fees are cut down.” - Amanda Moser comfortable with.” It is important to note that seniors do not have to do it all. Of course, they have have reason to celebrate, but it is important to keep in mind that there are other things they need to pay for. Senior Natalie Cestone definitely feels the stress coming. Between taking five AP classes and dividing time between school, sports, and extracurriculars, the year is already hectic. “Everything is just coming at me from all directions, but in the
“Pay attention to when deadlines are so that the week of, you’re not trying to come up with $90 for a prom ticket,” Prybella said. Universities and colleges should work to exempt application fees for prospective students. However, seniors can save money in a number of ways: requesting fee waivers for test and application fees, renting dresses and tuxedos, and cutting down the application list of colleges. graphic art by Alexa-Jada Nelson
Teachers’ Pets: meet the furry friends of SPFHS
SPFHS’ teachers share the heartwarming and hilarious stories behind their animal acquaintances by Camille Colemon
photo courtesy of Daniel Valentine
Half pit bull, half labrador, Henri is the faithful companion to social studies teacher Daniel Valentine. Though he is now greatly adored, this watermelon-loving pup came from tragic circumstances. Before Valentine’s wife, Adelle, adopted him, Henri is believed to have been a bait dog, a dog that fight dogs use to practice biting. On top of this, he had been suffering from a condition called demodectic mange, an infestation that causes bald patches in a dog’s fur, as a result of his neglect. Henri was not the only one in need of a friend. Prior to Henri’s adoption, Adelle had been at a place where she was missing someone in her life too. “I think the way most of us would say it is that our pets have found us,” said Valentine. “I think that was the case in this situation as well.” Whether it was chance or fate that Henri and Adelle found each other, they were certainly a great addition to each other’s lives. When asked how Valentine would describe Henri, he had the perfect word. “Loving,” Valentine said. “He loves everyone, he loves everything.”
photo courtesy of Jan Allen
Beaker is the (presumably) three-and-one-half year old tabby cat who resides in the home of choral director, Jan Allen and her husband, Jeff. Named after the wacky Muppets scientist, Beaker found her way into the Allen’s abode from the “wilderness”, as Allen describes it. Born a stray, she was found by a friend of the music teacher and later adopted after the passing of her previous cat, Kiefies. It is not all cuddles and kisses, however. According to Allen, Beaker is one crazy kitty. “At home we call her “Beaky-Jerky” because we think that she’s a jerk a lot of the time, even though we love her,” Allen said. As a testament to her jerky nature, Beaker frequently enjoys hiding out under the bed and whacking the feet of passers-by. This doesn’t keep the Allens from loving her, however. In fact, this adoration has led to many a “duet” between Allen and Beaker. The feline frequently meows along to Allen’s loud singing. Though they have bestowed many nicknames of the jerky and rotten variety upon Beaker, the Allens love her unconditionally, as she does them.
photo courtesy of David Kessel
Meet Alexander & Jackson
Leave it to a science teacher like David Kessel to have some of the zaniest animals on this list. After having everything from iguanas to snakes to water monitors, Kessel introduced four month old bearded dragons Alexander and Jackson into his home. Acquired at only a few months old, the pair have already made quite the impact. Alexander is a “hyper maniac,” as Kessel describes, while Jackson is of the more subdued variety. These dragons could not be more different. Unfortunately, opposites have not attracted, in this instance, as Alexander also happens to be quite the “carnivorous beast,” in the words of his owner. Although they are of the same age and species, Alexander began to make a habit of stealing Jackson’s food. This led to a complete takeover of their shared tank. Thankfully, the Kessel clan began to feed Jackson outside of the tank, saving him from potential malnourishment. Of course, the Kessels still love their dragons despite any attempts on their part to starve out the other.
To find out who these furry friends belong to, go to thefanscotian.com.
SPFHS offers clubs that fit any student interest
by Alyssa Cordero
photos by Stephanie Colinders
tudents do not have to be athletic or musically inclined to get involved at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School; there are many clubs that can fit one’s interests. From clubs that focus on community service to clubs that prepare students for their possible careers, SPFHS has it all.
If students are interested in challenging their minds and gaining new points of view, Philosophy Club is the right fit. Philosophy Club is an open forum for students to meet and discuss anything and everything. “What we want to do in Philosophy Club is to encourage higher level of thinking within all aspects of life,” said founder and co-President Isaac Velazquez. Last year, the club discussed hot-button topics like politics and economics. This year, however, Velasquez and his co-Presidents seniors Natalie Cestone and Michael Giuliani hope to discuss more diverse topics and take the club on a few field trips. In order to improve discussions, the co-Presidents each researched one type of philosophy. Cestone is skilled in eastern philosophy, while Giuliani is skilled in political philosophy and Velasquez is skilled in metaphysics and epistemology. Philosophy club meets every Friday in room 139.
Habitat for Humanity
Those interested in community service should stop by room 208 on Tuesdays for SPFHS’ Habitat for Humanity. The club raises money through fundraisers to fund build days, during which members help build homes in Plainfield and Middlesex. “We are able to make a huge difference in the community,” Ryan Midwinter, junior and Habitat for Humanity Officer, said. “We are really hands on.” Habitat for Humanity worked hard last year to fund a build day through successful fundraisers. The club competed against other Habitat for Humanity chapters to see who could raise the most money. With their hard work and dedication, members won “swag bags” filled with Habitat for Humanity gear. The club also won a free build day, so members did not have to pay to participate. The club hopes to continue their success from last year by hosting more fundraisers and participating in more build days.
Students who are eager to get a headstart in their careers should pop into the monthly Medical Club meetings. Medical Club hopes to show their members different career options in the medical field by hosting guest speakers who are currently in the medical field. Officer and junior Caroline English reflects on one of the speakers from last year that performed lap band surgeries. “It was interesting that even though he deals with unhealthy people,” English said. “He still was so positive on the outlook of their life and how to improve their life.” Medical Club aims to improve this year by having more guest speakers and providing activities where students will pretend to be performing various surgeries. Even if students are not sure if they want to become a doctor or have an interest in math or science they should join medical club to weigh different career options in the medical field.
Fanscotian presents election ‘Tale of the Tape’ Democrat Hillary Clinton by Giancarlo Castro
he presidential election of 2016 has been remarkable. With fierce media coverage, and Election Day nearly a month away, the race to the White House has become increasingly intense for two major presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “I think it’s going to be a big election, [it] has gotten lots of media and public attention,” history and AP Government teacher Stephen Kolesar, said. That is certainly true, as the media has remained positively transfixed on the election. WikiLeaks scandals and email allegations have overshadowed the important things: Clinton’s stances. Clinton has undoubtedly been plagued by scandals during this election season. As a result, polls show that people are wary of Clinton. One such poll, conducted by CNN on July 25, 2016, presented results that 68% of voters find Clinton untrustworthy. Despite this, Clinton is leading in most minority demographics, according to a poll run by the Washington Post, making her the popular candidate in theBlack and Latino communities. She also has a major advantage with female voters, young voters, and voters that have some form of higher education, according to the Pew Research Center. Considering the views she holds, that comes as no surprise, as the communities that have supported her in the past support liberal points of view. She is pro-choice, meaning she believes that women should be allowed to get an abortion in cases of endangerment to the mother’s health. She is also in support for gun regulation and for higher taxes on the upper class. “33,000 people are killed by guns each
year,” Clinton stated. “It’s time to act. As president, I’ll take on the gun lobby, and fight for commonsense reforms to keep guns away from terrorists, domestic abusers, and other violent criminals.” Kolesar stated that young voter turnout would play into the favor of Clinton. “If young voters do go out [to vote], I probably think they will vote for the Democratic candidate, as history would state,” Kolesar said. Additionally, Clinton stands behind renewable energy, for a tough fight against the terrorist organization ISIS andw the cutting of taxes for the middle class. Despite the continuous mentions of her email scandal and the misogyny thrown her way, Clinton has held her own and proven to be a sufficient presidential candidate. She continues to make strides as the first female major party presidential candidates in United States’ history and gain new supporters every day.
Republican Donald Trump by Kevin Rohman
ver since June 2015, his face has dominated the media. From updates on his latest comments to the most recent polls, Donald Trump has been on the nation’s radar. This is not without good reason, as the candidate has earned the love of some and the hatred of others. Moreover, recent allegations regarding Trump’s conduct have troubled even some of his devoted supporters. An analysis of the famous businessman and his policies should clear up some of the confusion surrounding him. Though controversial, Trump is a legitimate candidate whose vision for America could become a reality come November. To some at SPFHS, that may not be a good thing. “His character is a little flawed,” junior
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Hillary Clinton poses in front of the media. She is the first Democratic presidential candidate from New York since 1944.
Donald Trump takes questions from the media. He is the first Republican presidential candidate from New York since 1956.
Steven Holmes said. “He seems to have a temper, and he doesn’t have good composure that can last.” Trump has said that he hopes to bring American business back to the country, and has laid down plans for high taxes on imports from China. All of this is fairly standard for a Republican candidate; less conventional is Trump’s foreign policy, specifically regarding immigration and trade. Especially unorthodox is the wall Trump has famously proposed to build on the U.S.-Mexican border to keep undocumented immigrants out of the country. Though some call the idea ridiculous, Trump and his supporters see it as simply looking out for American interests. Senior Ashwin Anandacoumar is wary of Trump. “Even though his policies don’t address the issues logically, he still is setting out to do the right thing,” Anandacoumar said. Coupled with the wall is another divisive policy: Trump intends to deport all undocumented immigrants to their countries of origin. Trump has made it clear, however: “We’re going to bring people in, but we’re going to bring people in legally.” Trump’s policies boil down to the same fundamental ideas. He is dissatisfied with the state of the union, specifically with American trade and the current immigration policy. He plans to remove illegal immigrants from the country, vet immigrants from the Middle East and put “America First.” This causes many of his critics to believe he is racist and others to call him shortsighted. Despite this, Trump has come further than most experts imagined he could, and his millions of supporters are convinced that he truly will make America great again.
Humans of SPF: History teacher Mr. Multer by Zachary Barash
he teachers and students of SPFHS have all written their own stories. They have all had experiences that have shaped them. Humans of SPF was created so that they may share these stories and provide advice. This particular edition features history teacher David Multer. How long have you been working at SPF? I spent my first year at Park. I was hired in September of 1971, and at the end of that year, Park didn’t have a position for me, which basically meant I would be unemployed. As it turns out, something opened up over here. So, that’s how I ended up here, but I’ve been in the district for 42 years. What is your proudest moment? Whether it be in teaching or just in life in general, I don’t know that I can pick one. I think I’ve been very fortunate in life. I’m in a profession where I enjoy going to work. My own brother and others [I know] hate where they work. They dislike going,
“I can’t say that I haven’t been the victim of good fortune, and that, I think, helps put things into perspective in terms of what you think is really bad.” -David Multer dislike what they do, dislike the people they work for, and it’s terrible. So, certainly that’s been a blessing. I think I’ve been very fortunate in life. I married late, but I married up. Who I had married, was perfect for me, and if I hadn’t, I don’t know if I would have at all. It’s gotta be the right person. I’ve survived a few health scares. I’d like to say I learned from them, but that wouldn’t be true. In terms of the big picture, I really don’t have many complaints about things in my life. I got my job because somebody died, and to this day I don’t know the person’s name. It was a trying year to put it mildly, because I don’t know if [my first class] thought, “Oh this one won’t be around for long either.” But maybe that was good; I basically had to fly with what I knew.
I had no doubt that I could do it, but it was a challenge. They were ninth graders, and ninth graders are interesting people. There are so many things going on in their lives; they’re like the Wonder Bread commercial where they’re growing ten, twelve different ways. I can’t say that I haven’t been the victim of good fortune, and that I think helps put things into perspective in terms of what you think is really bad. My wife deals with Multiple Sclerosis, so I’ve seen people with incredibly bad situations in life, and I’m going to complain about not having a good day here and not having things go the way I want? I mean really? What plans do you have for the future? Who knows? I’d like to do this for at least another ten years, I
enjoy it. There’s an old saying, “Man plans, and God laughs.” But that’s what I would like to do. I expect that this job will continue to change; the nature of teaching will continue to change. I’ve had two years of law school, which I never regretted. That was pretty much what I wanted to do, and teaching was going to pay for it. So, after two years, as I was sinking further and further into debt, I had to ask myself a very simple question: If I had my law degree today, would I give up teaching? You
can’t do them both at the same time, and I couldn’t say yes. So that was it for law school. No regrets. Are there any final thoughts you would like to add? Last year towards the end of the year, some of my freshman said, “You’d better watch out for next year’s freshmen.” I said,”Why?” They said, “They’re gonna be a real challenge.” And I just looked and said, “The moment they walk into this room, THEY’RE MINE.”
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Mr. Multer sits at his desk. The history teacher has been working in the district since 1971.
Presenting the SPFHS Marching Band by Stephanie Colinders and Melanie Litwin
he 2016-2017 season is well underway for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s Marching Band. After an impressive season last year, the ensemble is more than ready to take on the challenges of this fall. Simon Oster, a senior and drum major reflected positively on the marching band’s progress. His eager anticipation is shared by the rest of the hard-working students who have been training and practicing since the end of last spring. “I think we’ve been doing great this year,” Oster said. “The energy is really high, and I’m really excited to see what comes out of it.” This season’s show is titled “The Code: Of Kingdoms and Glory” in keeping with the show’s medieval theme. Each season, the marching band communicates a different, unique theme to the audience through the music of the band, drill formations, and the visual aspect of the colorguard. Every piece comes together in order to create an unforgettable performance. Inspiration for this theme came from the days of knights and the code they lived by in medieval times. The show pays tribute to their bravery and chivalry. Erin Chiappi, this year’s band president, believes the band can take this theme to new heights. Fortunately, this sentiment is common to the rest of the band members as well. An engaging theme is crucial to craft an engaging show, and this year’s band and guard are clearly already on their way to success. In order to perform their show at the highest level, the marching band has been hard at work, tweaking their show to near perfection. The marching band endures rigorous three-hour-long practices most days of the week. The musicians and colorguard can consistently be found practicing outside in the intense heat or frigid cold. Whether learning new formations, practicing old ones, adding to musical selections or working on technique, the students are always determined to make the show the best it can be.
The trumpets are lined up right before a performance. The marching band also performs at football games.
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The flutists are in formation during a performance. The SPFHS marching band, as a whole, is excited for upcoming performances such as Regionals and Championships.
“You can look out into a student’s eyes and see the fire light up in them.”
As colorguard captain Tracy Prusik explained, the members of the colorguard are no exception to this hard work. “[Practice is] intense, long, usually about three hours, but we get a lot of work done and have a lot of fun,” Prusik said. A typical colorguard practice entails working on the basic spins, across-the-floor work, and joining the band to practice everything all together. For the musicians, rehearsals can include practicing as sections or as an entire ensemble, and working on marching technique and drill. While marching band can be strenuous, band director Durand Thomas revealed that this activity is a mental game just as much as it is a physical one, and requires an immense amount of commitment and focus from the participants. “The physical stuff and the muscle memory hopefully is there already, but getting everyone mentally focused is probably a bigger challenge,” Thomas said. All of this intense practicing is in preparation for the weekly football games and competitions. Every public performance is viewed as important, but competitions add the extra pressure of receiving a score and feedback from the judges. However, the staff and students of the SPFHS marching band do not focus on winning or losing, but rather putting on a great show that they can be proud of.
The percussion line is in mid-performance. Senior and captain Tayor Sirchio led the section.
“It’s not really about a piece of plastic. It isn’t about a trophy for me,” Thomas said. “For me, that idea of what they can take and use to get a job and go to college, that’s the stuff that’s important.” While everyone wants to win, the aim of this program is to be the best band that they can, and to walk away with the experience and knowledge that will ready the students for the real world. During performances, there is a sense of enthusiasm and excitement in the air as the young musicians restlessly prepare to showcase the work that they have invested so much of themselves into, and capturing this feeling is really what performing is about. “[It’s] when you can look out into a student’s eyes and see the fire light up in them,” said Thomas. Some of the most anticipated competitions for this season include the Bands of America Regionals in Delaware, the New Jersey States Competition at Rutgers, and USBands National Championships at MetLife Stadium. The excitement of performing extends from incoming freshman to fourth-year seniors. Many of the current members were introduced to the music department by friends or older siblings; the marching band is constantly increasing their ranks and welcoming newcomers of all ages and
skills. Due to the tireless but rewarding hours spent together, the marching band creates a bond like no other. “There are so many of us and we all come from different backgrounds, but we all become one family really quickly and we all just really want to be there and have a lot of fun with it,” Oster said. “You make friends with people you never would have expected,” Prusik adds. “And it’s like, you’re basically one giant family. You become a family and everybody leans on each other for support.” It is evident that there is a strong emphasis on the family-like atmosphere that is formed throughout the year. Any student in the music department will agree that marching band is a great way to make friends and find individuals who will support each other and help you through your high school journey. Overall, the band this year is more driven and excited than ever before. The collaborative efforts of the marching band to perfect the show is incredible, from their pre-season summer camp to three hour practices every week. Although it may seemexhausting, the music students don’t seem to view it this way. For most, it’s about more than just playing an instrument or spinning a flag. “I really like that you can just be with your friends in [an] activity that you really love together,” Chiappi said. The dedication put into this program is unlike any other extracurricular or sport, but at the end of the day it’s worth it; the members of the band are going to walk away as different people than they were when they first picked up their instrument or flag. “[They are] constantly building on things that have absolutely nothing to do with music or marching band or any of that stuff...that’s the part that they’re going to take with them well beyond the hallowed halls of Scotch-Plains Fanwood High School. That’s the stuff that makes people, that’s the thing that makes students in high school into young adults,” Thomas said.
The wind section plays mid-performance. They paused for an impactful moment during part three of the show.
Senior Victoria Gonzalez stands at attention. The Colorguard costumes are aligned with this year’s theme: the Middle Ages.
arts and culture
“You Can’t Take It With You” lights up SPFHS stage The fall play returns for a second year with a philosophical comedy by Melanie Litwin, Reina Makimura and Sydney Shuler
ome one, come all! The SPFHS Theatre Department presents “You Can’t Take It With You” as the upcoming fall play. Last year, the SPFHS Theatre Department brought back fall plays with a bang - a World War II drama, “Idiot’s Delight.” This year, the play’s cast is busily preparing for its debut. ---Director Kale Thompson, Terrill Middle School’s music teacher, has been working with students on the play since auditions on Sept. 14. Audiences are sure to find the production both funny and thought-provoking. The show is a comedy, but Thompson described it as being philosophical at the same time. “It’s in the title,” Thompson said. “‘You Can’t Take It With You’ [is] talking about earthly possessions. There’s no point holding on to them, or making your life really centered around money, or greatness in that way, but rather, having a good time and enjoying yourself.” The play follows an eccentric family as they search for true happiness, while dealing with the government’s greed. On top
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of all of that, there is also the pressure of first encounters with the family of a romantic partner. Thompson says that he believes the “sitcom” feel of the show will allow the audience to fall into a “false reality” as they become immersed in the characters and story. Sophomore Raina Jablon and junior Caitlin Bourke are the starring roles in the play. They read through the script during twohour rehearsals. Jablon has been hard at work preparing for the role of Penelope “Penny” Sycamore, the good natured mother of Alice Sycamore. Penny is just about as crazy as the rest of the Sycamore family. “[Penny] is a play writer,” Jablon said. “She has a history of having a lot of hobbies that she’s not very good at, but does all the time.” Jablon is joined by Bourke, who plays the eccentric Grandpa. While she admits he is a little crazy, Bourke revealed that the character is kind-hearted. “He wants the best for all of the members of the family,” Bourke said. “You Can’t Take It With You” is a production she has wanted to be a part of for a long time. Not only does Bourke have a major role in the show, but she and juinor Amelia Graham were also responsible for the proposal og bringing fall plays back to the high school. During the 2014-2015 school year, they worked with Thompson and Dr. David Heisey to make their idea into a reality. “We wanted an opportunity for students who didn’t want to sing or dance, they wanted to act,” Bourke said. Thompson shares her vision. By bringing fall plays back to Scotch Plains-Fanwood, he hopes to help create more of a theatre community. “Because of the absence of a fall drama, there hasn’t been that feeling of community just within straight acting; it’s always coupled with singing,” Thompson said. “That’s what I think this is start-
ing to create,” Thompson said. The instant connection between the cast members has helped to establish the familial atmosphere of the show. “It’s really cool to be with a group of people that share a similar interest with you, and to just all be part of one group that’s making one thing happen,” Jablon said. Thompson felt the same way. “Immediately, they bonded,” Thompson said. “There’s all these different grade levels here, and they don’t sit together at lunch, but here? They’re a family and they have a great time.” Together, the entire cast has put in great amounts of dedication and commitment to producing an exceptional show. The hard work of every actor and actress is essential to the success of the show and every role plays a vital part in crafting the story. This year’s cast includes students from several different grades and with varying acting experience, but they are all coming together to create a spectacular performance. Performances of the play will be held on Dec. 2 at 7:00 pm. and on Dec. 3, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
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photo by Reina Makimura
photo by Reina Makimura
The cast of “You Can’t Take It With You” reads through the scenes without acting, then explores where on the stage their characters should be. This is the second year in a row there will be a fall play.
Popular anime series ends after 14 years on-air by McKella Sylvester
fter 14 years and 481 episodes, the “Naruto” franchise is coming to a close. The popular anime was adapted from the 72-volume manga, which was created and developed by Masashi Kishimoto in 1999. The original show follows the story of a young ninja, Naruto Uzumaki, who aims to become the world’s most powerful ninja. “Naruto Shippuden” is the continuation of the original series, and takes place two years after the events of “Naruto.” Anime is usually the film adaptation of manga, which is a style of Japanese comics. Manga
debuted in the early 1950s and its target audience was adults, but later included children. The Naruto franchise is just one of the numerous manga se-
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ries that have accrued a following in both Japan and in the United States. Senior Conor Flood believes that “Naruto” is one of the most popular anime for today’s generation. “It’s one of the most grossing anime ever made,” Flood said. “It was that generation where anime started to pick up in America instead of Japan.” The Naruto manga concluded in 2015 in Shonen Jump Magazine while the television companies, Studio Pierrot and Tokyo Japan, were still producing and distributing the show. The television companies are responsible for other popular anime such as “Bleach,” “Fairy Tail,” and “Pokémon.”
Despite the show’s success, many have criticized the magnitude of filler episodes. Filler episodes are episodes that do not serve a purpose except to allow animators more time to focus on crucial canon episodes that are important to
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Masashi Kishimoto’s “Naruto” manga contains 72 full volumes. Over the years, it has garnered a large following of millenials.
the original storyline. About 45 percent of “Shippuden” episodes were filler episodes. Senior Aleacia Jensen believes that there comes a point where popular series are unnecessarily dragged out. “After a certain point, shows like these become endless filler that do not even reflect their original purpose,” Jensen said. “Good content should be valued more than new episodes.” Even though the anime has its shortcomings, it remains a staple in the current generation of kids and teenagers in terms of foreign entertainment. As cliché as it sounds, all good things must come to an end.
arts and culture
Iconic events shape students’ lives Russia sends residents to live in a space station A privately financed crew was sent to the Mir space station.
by Ian MacPherson and Majeda Mohammed
eople are often reflections of their time. The following events shaped the students of Scotch Plains Fanwood High School.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone “Fandoms” grew out of the cult following and became a widespread phenomenon.
Students were born this year into a world facing daunting issues while also largely optimistic for the future. End of the World “Millennium parties” celebrated the transition from the 1900s to the 2000s; conspiracy theories predicted the end of the world. Columbine Shooting Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold carried out a mass school shooting. The event resulted in more stringent school security and bullying policies. “The Sopranos” debuts The widely popular television series has been called “the best television series of all time” by the Writers Guild of America. President Bill Clinton is impeached Congress impeached Clinton following allegations that he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky.
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Monica Lewinsky poses for a photograph. She was involved in the Clinton impeachment.
Students who were born this year were born into the start of a new millennium. Dot Com bubble burst Stocks fell rapidly following five years of internet-fueled prosperity. Sydney, Australia hosted the Olympic games Triathlons and taekwondo were added to this year’s olympics. Women were also allowed to take part in the modern pentathlon and weightlifting for the first time. George W. Bush wins presidential election Al Gore won the popular vote but Bush won the electoral vote.
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The Olympic flame is a universal symbol for the event. This flame was displayed at the 2000 Olympics games.
Students were born this year into a time of widespread paranoia and coming together. 9/11 Terrorists crashed planes into the twin towers in downtown Manhattan and the Pentagon outside the District of Columbia. Shrek is released Shrek was and is to this day one of the iconic movies that many current students watched as children. U.S. declares “War on Terror” Insecurities about terrorism and the rise of Islamophobia have their roots in this event.
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Kelly Clarkson wins first American Idol contest Though the show ran its last season in early 2016, its legacy can be seen in the many reality talent shows on the air today. Miss World Pageant causes Riots in Nigeria Nigerian youth protested the Miss World pageant being held in Nigeria. After many injuries, some resulting in death, the contest was moved to London. George Bush creates the Department of Homeland Security Former president, George Bush, created this department to prevent future attacks and further secure airports.
The repercussions of 9/11 are still apparent in the modern world. After it happened, first responders rushed to the scene.
Students were born this year into a time of healing and focus on preventing future attacks. The Winter Olympic Games are held in Salt Lake City Women’s bobsleigh was first introduced. Vonetta Flowers was the first black woman to win gold in the Winter Olympics.
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American Idol is a milestone in television history. As its first winner, Kelly Clarkson was an instant celebrity.
Five places you do not want to be near on Halloween
The most haunted locations in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood area by Peter Warren
cotch Plains and Fanwood have a long, rich history. Like any area with an interesting past, local legends filter down through the generations. The SPF community has its fair share of stories, especially about ghosts. “Scotch Plains holds its own in terms of paranormal activity,” L’Aura Hladik Hoffman, founder and director of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society, said. “It’s a great area. There is plenty to do and great places to eat, and then there are these awesome haunts to check out.” From haunted streets to haunted houses to haunted bus stops, many places around town are reported to be haunted. With Halloween just around the corner, here are five places you do not want to be near on the night of Oct. 31. Church, located right next to the Park Avenue Bus Stop Watchung Reservation Ghost of Benedict Arnold The bus stop at the corner of Bus Stop, and found some good The Watchung Reservation Another famous haunt in Park Avenue and Mountain Av- evidence of paranormal activity. has had many reports of haunt- Scotch Plains is connected to “A team member captured enue is a well known haunted ings. Some of the most notable Benedict Arnold. The story goes location. The legend goes that the EVP of someone whistling,” have occurred in the Deserted that the revolutionary era traia young boy was hit by a stage- Hoffman said. “And none of us Village of Feltville. Many ghosts tor currently haunts a home in coach trying to cross the road were breaking investigative protohave been reported in the village’s Scotch Plains. Arnold reportedly long ago. Now, when some driv- col, let alone whistling.” rundown buildings. Other appari- visited the location for two days ers cruise by at night, they see a tions have been seen jumping into in 1779 and has not left. boy running out in the middle of Hawthorne House Lake Surprise. One of the biggest Even though Arnold never the road. reported haunts is at the water personally had a connection to The former home of Julian There is another ghost story Hawthorne, son of The Scarlet tower, where a local teen jumped Scotch Plains and Fanwood, his photo by Peter Warren about the bus stop. At night, bus Letter’s Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Johnson Drive street sign on to his death after murdering his legacy has become tied to it. In drivers drive up to the stop and has many ghost stories associated its east entrance. The street is a parents in the 1970s. the 1970s, a Scotch Plains resisee a woman sitting down. But, with it. One is of a lady that could well known location in the New “Over the years of visiting this dent appealed to the governJersey ghost hunting community. when they open the door for her be seen walking around on the tower, I can tell you that suspi- ment to have his named cleared. to hop on, the woman disap- second floor. Another is that pink Johnson Drive cious photographic anomalies He even started a group of likepears. Johnson Drive connects Scotch have been captured coinciding minded citizens: The Arnold Sodust can be seen surrounding the Hoffman once led an investiga- house on certain nights. Plains and Watchung. From start with strange, incoherent EVPs,” ciety, which became nationally tion of the Scotch Plains Baptist to finish, the road has 13 bumps Hoffman said. known. in the pavement. The legend goes that those 13 bumps are the bodies of witches that were accused of killing children in the 1800s. In defiance of multiple repavement efforts through the years, the bumps continue to return. Reportedly, if one counts the bumps and says “thirteen witches,” apparitions will appear and follow the driver. While Hoffman has not experienced the witches, she has had an eerie encounter. “I have to say, we didn’t always count all 13 bumps,” Hoffman said. “When [we did], the hearse would react with its headlights malfunctioning or the clock in the photo by Peter Warren photo by Peter Warren dash would skip an hour or two.” The haunted bus stop on a brisk Autum night. The bus stop is located on the corner of Park Avenue and Mountain Avenue.
A building welcomes vistors to the Deserted Village area of Watchung Reservation. The Reservation was one of America’s first county parks.
After more than 40 years, ‘Brez’ keeps winning by Miles Owens
ince 1975, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School boys soccer program has enjoyed a remarkable 41 years of winning. Many players have come and gone and done remarkable things for the program, but all of the success tracks back to Coach Tom Breznitsky. ---On Sept. 15 in a game against Elizabeth, Robert Devine-Gelling scored the game-winning overtime goal that inducted Breznitsky into a legendary group of seven high school soccer coaches in the nation that have reached 700 wins. Breznitsky’s will to win is put on display in games and practice as he is always trying to impart new ideas to his players. “Coach Brez’s desire to win has been instilled into us,” said junior Jon Schwab. “We work hard in
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Players from the soccer team sign a poster for Breznitsky’s 700th win. Breznitsky has led the Raiders to winning records in all his seasons as head coach.
practice, the results show and that is why we are consistently one of the top teams in the state and nation.” But for Breznitsky, success is not
given, it is earned. “He studies the game day in and day out and is always trying to bring new things and ideas to training sessions to help all of the
players stay engaged,” said Ryan Breznitsky, son of Breznistky. Ryan Breznitsky played under his dad from 2000-2004 and was able to lead the Raiders to a state
crown his senior year. When Breznitsky took over the SPF program, he took a semismall school to the top almost instantly. His son attributes this success to the relationships he forged with generations of players. “Many of them have returned or stayed in Scotch Plains so that their sons can play a role in the program’s success,” said Ryan Breznitsky. As his career progresses the question arises of whether or not the program will be able to cope with his loss. “After he leaves, I believe that the program can continue to consistently keep reaching the goal of winning counties and going far in states,” noted junior Jack Brady. “Obviously, he is going to step down some day but before he does I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win one or two state championships.”
Raider Nation kicks year off with a bang by Daniella Cohen and Sarah Spitzer
he start of a new school year calls for more powder, black and white-outs, new chants and a fresh set of leaders for Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s fan section, Raider Nation. This year, seniors Sophie Brause, Keara Farley, Andrea Leitner, Colin
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Senior Melissa Baldani holds the American flag at a soccer game. Raider Nation has been a key part of Raider home games for many years.
McAlindin and Peter Yarem took the reins. “Our goal is to have everyone incorporated and make everyone feel as if they are a part of [Raider Nation],” Leitner said. “We are going to try and be loud and come up with new chants.” For years, soccer games have been the most popular sporting event among students. Raider Nation leadership is looking to change this and increase the fan section’s attendance for all sports. The winter and spring seasons are not as popular as the fall, so each leader is motivated to encourage the students to attend more games during those seasons. “We really want to increase [our presence] at basketball games and hopefully get [people at] the lacrosse and baseball games as well,” Yarem said. Raider Nation is most known for throwing blue powder at soc-
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The crowd throws up the #1 sign during a Raider Nation themed whiteout. For the past couple years, Raider Nation has tried to make every big game color themed.
cer games; however, the leaders have plans for showing spirit in other ways. The ideas range from Hawaiian luau, pajama-outs, and different colored powders for different games.
Students can find all the game schedules, themes, scores and more on the Raider Nation Twitter page. The Twitter account runs polls based on new theme ideas along with other ideas to
pump up the crowd. The leaders hope the themes will create a more exciting atmosphere for the students. “We usually do the color themes like blue, white, black, but we are going to start polling people to see what kind of themes they want,” Yarem said. Similar to last year, the Westfield games always get the biggest and loudest crowds. “The rivalry is always there, so there are always a lot of people there,” Leitner said. While leading Raider Nation takes a lot of time and effort to plan all the events, it is a commitment that each of the members have been waiting for. With new ideas and plans in store, this year’s Raider Nation should be the most energetic and biggest so far.
Blast from the past: SPFHS brings ‘Da Ruckus’
From Dec. 20, 1996 edition of The Fanscotian
On the record with the Weber sisters going home and coming to school with someone that you very year, it is com- know; a familiar face that you mon to see new staff can see around. It is definitely members roaming fun, but it is a lot in the beginthe halls. However, ning as a first year teacher. this year, the new staff additions are sisters, Sarah and How long have you each Virginia Weber. played field hockey and ---Sarah works in the Special lacrosse for? Education department and Sarah Weber: I started field played Division I Field Hock- hockey around the same time, ey at the University of Vir- second or third grade, and all ginia, while Virginia works as throughout college. a physical education teacher and played Division I Lacrosse at Loyola University in Maryland. In addition to filling new teaching positions, both are spending their first year as coaches fir Field Hockey and Lacrosse respectively.
hockey and lacrosse I would say.
by Haley Nakonechny
Is it fun to be working and coaching at the same school? Sarah Weber: It’s definitely fun! It was definitely unexpected and we didn’t realize when we were applying to jobs that we would end up at the same place. Virginia Weber: It is nice
photo courtesy of Virginia Weber Virginia Weber runs down the field while playing lacrosse. She played at Loyola University in Maryland
he volleyball team has shown the signs of an elite program in recent years. Not only has this achievement occured because of talent, but it also has
been because of their leader. Coach Adrienne Stack is that leader for the volleyball program. Since obtaining the role of head coach back in 2005, Stack has won 156 games in her 11-year tenure. She has transformed the
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Coach Stack huddles with the volleyball team during a timeout. Stack has won over 150 games since becoming head coach in 2005.
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Receiving touchdowns for sophomore Isaiah Stewart against What are each of your North Hunterdon, equaling last goals for your current season’s team total
and upcoming seasons? Sarah Weber: Well since it is a brand new program, I think it’s just getting the girls’ basic photo courtesy of Sarah Weber skills in and learning to play Sarah Weber defends a play while as a team. Just having [stuplaying field hockey. She played at dents] understand the main University of Virginia. concept of field hockey and having them love it and want Virginia Weber: I probably to come to practice everyday started playing lacrosse in sec- rather than it being someond grade and I stopped play- thing they have to do, but ing once I graduated college. something that they enjoy doing. Coaching-wise, do you guys collaborate or share Virginia Weber: I think my ideas on how to coach? main goal is bringing some Sarah Weber: Yeah the only fun and camarderie to the thing would be running or con- team. Not making it be like, ditioning-wise. “oh I have to go to lacrosse practice,” but making it fun Virginia Weber: I haven’t start- for them. And also having ed coaching yet, so not many them win some games. ideas yet, but maybe in the It will just make it more of a spring once I start coaching fun season for the girls to just and after she’s had a season enjoy it. Once we start getting under her belt, we might start our basic skills down, we can talking about it. But it is dif- move onto higher-paced offerent sports, and there’s really fense and defense. not that much overlap in field
Coach Stack leading a volleyball resurgence by Robert Fallo
volleyball program from being mid-tier in the 1990’s into one of the best volleyball teams in Union County. One of the first changes Stack made as a coach was instituting an elevated work ethic from the team while getting the program to follow in her direction. “I am a firm believer in hard work to turn a program around,” Stack said. “We were 0-11 my first year before we won our first game. But, over the years the girls believed they could win. They bought into my system, my program, my beliefs, my ideas and as a unit that’s what led to the wins.” This has been shown with the team already winning two tournaments to open up the campaign. “She is a very motivating coach,” senior captain Stephanie Ponterio said. “She clearly
has a lot of love and dedication for the sport.” Along with being an endorser of hard work and inspiring players with her coaching style, Stack finds one important cog to create a winning program: staying strong in the heat of the moment. “When we are mentally tough and mentally focused we play our best,” said Stack. “When we’re frazzled and we second guess ourselves that’s when we let the points slip away.” The time Stack has put into the program will lead to triumphant seasons now and in the near future. “With all the training and time [Stack] has put into the program eventually it’s going to pay off,” said Ponterio. “I think it’s going to pay off in a big way.”
The percentage of players on the boys soccer team roster who have scored at least once
Winning streak for the girls soccer team to open up the season
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Score by senior Amelia Paladino on the vault, the highest score for any gymnastic event this season
A season best top five average time for the girls cross country team at the Greystone Invitational
Kills by senior outside hitter Callen Leahy, 32 more kills than anyone else on the team
Amount of games girls tennis team won by 5-0 set sweep
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Junior John Murphy takes a free kick. He recently played with the United States U-17 soccer team.
All stats as of October 24