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The Scituation Holiday Edition: A transition in season and our school year
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Managing Editor Alyssa Pasini Production Manager Meredith Sullivan Director of Multi-Media Packaging & Production Gina Brazao Multi-Media Editor Katie Albanese News Editor Isabel Martin Features Editors Caroline Giovannucci Arts & Entertainment Editor Gabe Goodman Opinion & Editorials Editor Miranda Lan Sports & Wellness Editor Amanda Mendes Photo Editors Katie Whelan Kyle Rodrigues Public Relations Manager Casey McCormack Directors of Advertising Rachel Antos & Liz Harriman Webmasters Jenna Baker & Robert Connelly Business Manager Julie O’Keefe Archivist Lindsay Curran Social Communities Managers Hannah Nelson & Cara McConaughey Staff Writers Max DiRado, Leah Doherty, Chloe Ewanouski, Maddie Gillespie, Nikki Margeson, Kate McCormack, Gillian O’Malley
The first snow fell last week covering the last traces of autumn’s leaves. With the fall season behind us, the Scituation staff is reflecting on the success of the SHS student body. From fall sports teams breaking records to the freshmen class adjusting smoothly to our high school environment, SHS has a lot to be proud of moving into 2014. The longest holiday break since our elementary school years marks this transition from fall to winter and a season of success to new opportunities. School vacation is a time for sitting back with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoying time with friends and family, especially before the grueling midterm week to come. The next 12 days are a time to recharge, and more importantly, stay healthy and safe. In this edition of the Scituation, readers can find helpful tips to reduce stress, drive safely in the winter, and handle gift-giving dilemmas that might arise over vacation. Staffers also recognize a variety of artists and athletes whose achievements have caught the attention of the entire SHS community. Continue to check out our website at www.scituation.net, our Facebook page, and Twitter feed @theScituation. Kim Whitney, Editor-in-Chief Alyssa Pasini, Managing Editor Meredith Sullivan, Production Manager
Mission Statement and Policy Guidlines The Scituation newspaper is a student forum produced by the Honors Journalistic Writing class for the Scituate High School community. The purpose for this newspaper is to guide, inform and entertain SHS students. The staff of the Scituation will ethically and objectively cover important events and issues. Any reader who wishes to express his or her concern is encouraged to write a letter to the editor. The Scituation staff reserves the right to edit for length and libelous content. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Scituation is a student production. Any opinions expressed by Scituation writers do not represent the administration or faculty at Scituate High School or the Scituate Public School district. The opinions are those of the signed author(s).
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Keeping the Bell Music Tradition Alive Nikki Margeson Staff Writer
As three minutes of passing time comes to an end, music fills the hallways of Scituate High School. The bell music has been a tradition at SHS since the school’s renovations in 2001. It was first organized as a way for administrators to motivate students to get to class. Math teacher Ms. Szymaniak, whose husband was part of administration at the time, said, “It was kind of like musical chairs. You have to be in the chair by the time the music ends.” At the beginning of its implementation, students were recommending songs frequently. Even entire sports teams got involved, playing songs that rallied up the school for game day. Recently, however, the bell music seems to have taken the position of background music. While some students could care less, others, like junior Katie Irish, depend on the songs to brighten their school day. Irish said, “It helps to improve my mood over the day. When I’m stressed over classes, I take a break and dance to the music.” Some people have suggested having themes such as 80s, country or R&B each week. Freshman Lauren Flynn suggests her favorite singers Ariana Grande and Bruno Mars for possible
bell music artists. Assistant principal Mr. Duffey said any student or staff member “can suggest music of all genres and languages, provided that they are appropriate and generally positive in tone.” As a newcomer to SHS he said, “I think that the bell music establishes a positive and upbeat tone at Scituate High School. I wish my high school had music during passing time. It likely would have elevated my mood.” Most students, however, might not know how to recommend a song. First, students must make a CD (yes, they do still exist) and bring it the office to either Ms. Ward or Mr. Duffey. The song’s lyrics must also be handed in with the disk. “Provided that the CD plays on the machine and the lyrics are clean, the song will be played within five days,” said Mr. Duffey. Since students rarely contribute ideas for bell music, Mr. Duffey must choose the songs we hear in the halls. Although he doesn’t mind them, he would like to hear more of the students’ favorite music, especially more of music he rarely gets to listen to, like country. If you have a suggestion for possible bell music, don’t let this tradition fade and submit a CD to administration to continue the SHS tradition.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY rEVISED Isabel Martin News Editor
A new school year brought new changes to one of SHS’s biggest clubs: National Honor Society. The National Honor Society is a national organization founded to promote scholarship, leadership, service, and character. A major part of being in NHS is tutoring your peers. The premise is that seniors can help other students through classes that they themselves have taken, and students can learn from each other. Each student in NHS is required to complete six hours of community service through tutoring, and students tutor in the high school library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:002:45. NHS students truly want to be there. Now tutors have lanyards so they are easily recognizable, and they are set up with placards based on what subjects they most enjoy teaching. This ensures that tutors are teaching subjects that they are passionate about and that they know a lot about. Tutors can also collaborate with each other to form a bigger knowledge base on a subject, providing a bigger resource for students. Tutors ask students directly if they need help, and are available to meet with students one on one on
a regular basis. Students and teachers can talk to Ms. Mohr if they’d like to set up a schedule with a regular tutor. NHS tutors can even be connected with elementary school students, a project which is growing this year. Tutors can provide fresh ideas and explain things in a different way from the style students are used to. They’ve all been through the classes, and can teach students valuable tips and tricks about how to be successful in them. Senior Katie McCarthy agrees. “It’s a good way to connect upperclassmen with lowerclassmen while still doing something academically invigorating,” McCarthy said. NHS also helps tutors themselves refresh information and learn explanation and teaching skills, as well as give back to the community which has enriched them. School Counselor and NHS adviser Ms. Mohr attests to the value of the two-way learning NHS tutoring promotes. “To see the tutors working with a table of freshmen laughing and getting work done is a great thing for me because the tutors are mentors too, and I think that’s great,” she said. NHS tutoring is a great way for students to learn from each other and give back to their school.
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The Future of SHS Pep Rallies Alyssa Pasini
You walk into the gym and the energy is electrifying. Music is blaring, classes are cheering, and students whisper excitedly about who’s going to win the Handball tournament. The pep rally seems to be the one event in Scituate High School that brings the most school spirit, yet there is a rumor flying around that it’s going to be eliminated from the winter and spring Student Council agenda. So the question is, what is the future of our pep rallies? Principal Wargo said, “Student Council and administration are going to review the pep rally, look at the strengths and weaknesses, student involvement, the expectations, and student behavior. At some point we need to make a decision on how many pep rallies we really need per year. I think it would be good to get Student Government involved to have more hands on deck. Student Council did a great job with orchestrating the event, but there was some confusion with communication outside of Student Council. There are always going to be rebels who want to defy the system.” The pep rally is one of the many events Student Council runs to instill school spirit. Senior and Student Council President Jessi Tassini said, “The pep rally went well, there was a lot of organization and the transition between the activities went smoothly. Pep rallies are the main focus in involving students for Student Council, school spirit would be lost without it. We are willing to work with administration to meet halfway; both sides just need to be
Student Voices: Freshmen
“I liked the cheers, I liked the spirit! We cheered in Gates, but this one was so much better than Gates, there were more events, more grades to compete with. There was nothing I didn’t like, but my favorite part was the cheer battles. We cheered ‘We’re Just Freshmen,’ it says we’re the little ones but we can still win! I just think we should have won the handball game!” - Maeve Kotelly
Seniors cheer for their fellow classmates at SHS’s most recent fall pep rally. There has been a lot of talk of fewer pep rallies lately. Photo by Mrs. Hendrickson.
Sophomores “I liked the pep rally because we all got to compete against each other in a good nature. As an underclassman this year and last year, it feels good to compete with the seniors in cheers and activities” - Frankie Ragge
Juniors “The whole school is completely united during spirit week, so why can’t we be united with our class on the day of the pep rally? It’s part of our school culture, if they’re trying to take it away I don’t understand why. I would love going to school if we had spirit weeks and pep rallies like Cohasset does. We should open up nominating spirit days to homerooms instead of just Student Council- we could even have activities at the pep rally that correlate with each spirit day.” -Jonny Ricci
open minded to accept change.” The future of the pep rallies at Scituate High School is going to be determined through cooperation between Student Council and administration throughout the next month. If you as a student or teacher have a strong opinion about the pep rallies, speak up and voice your opinion to your Student Council representative or the administration. “The voice of the majority needs to rule, not the voice of the minority,” Principal Wargo said.
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“In the past four years I know I’ve had the most school spirit at our pep rallies. Plus the competition is good, America is based off competition! If they take away pep rallies it’s going to do more harm than good. If they take the others away, what about all the spring and winter sports? Captains get so excited to go down to the pep rally, it’s not fair if we only have a fall pep rally that’s like saying ‘Football, Field Hockey and Soccer are the only appreciated sports at this school’.” -Morgan Moore
Savagery in SeaWorld: Why you should care & how you can help Isabel Martin News Editor
Slavery (noun): When an individual is removed from his or her home by force, imprisoned, made to work, and forever denied their freedom. The offender: SeaWorld. SeaWorld has captured the attention of many after the premiere of BBC’s Blackfish, a documentary detailing the horrors of life in captivity for orcas. These huge, formidable creatures, at the top of the food chain in the ocean, are highly social, intelligent mammals. Different pods even speak different “languages,” and are highly transient and closely knit. Captivity destroys everything that makes these animals living, conscious beings. Hunters from SeaWorld attack pods by encircling them and picking out the weakest, youngest whale, tearing them away from their families and putting them in tiny containers where they can’t move until they become effectively sedated. They are forced to swim in only one direction in cramped concrete tanks, which is why their fins flop over to one side. This defiguration is extremely rare in a natural environment. Orcas have a life expectancy of 80-100 years in the wild, but only up to 20 years in captivity. Whales die from diseases and suicide in their cages, kept prisoners from a young age. They are forced to perform circus tricks, taught by trainers withholding food until the orca performs the trick properly. Isolated by language barriers and tortured by forced behaviors, the orcas are induced into psychosis. They go crazy. There are no known records of killer whales attacking humans in the wild, but
in SeaWorld, aggression by frustrated, terrified, isolated, and abandoned orcas is common. SeaWorld has turned orcas into breeding machines and circus animals for profit, kidnapping them and killing members of their herds to cause rapid deterioration of the animal’s spirit. Orcas aren’t the only fish damaged by the SeaWorld environment. Although it’s cute, scientific studies have shown that humans swimming with dolphins causes the dolphins extreme stress and disrupts normal behaviors such as feeding, resting, and caring for their young. Imagine being kidnapped and confined to a bathtub for the
ing to Sea World, then it will have to shut down. Sign petitions, start rallies, and pressure policy makers into forcing a legislative shut down of Sea World. Get involved with organizations such as PETA, which has recently brought a lawsuit against SeaWorld for violating orcas’ right to freedom and enslaving the animals. Due to legislative and economic pressures as well as rapidly declining ticket sales, SeaWorld has been forced to sell thousands of shares of the company’s stock. SeaWorld is on the decline, and now its gates needs to be closed for good. You can watch the documentary and talk about
Lolita, a killer whale now about 50 years old, pictured here in 1994 at the Miami SeaQuarium, is one of many whales that activists have attempted to return to the wild by filing lawsuits. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus News Service
rest of your shortened life. Senior Victoria Johnson is horrified by this. “I am fully opposed to fully abled animals being stuck in tanks or cages. It’s just wrong!” The animals are bored, lonely, and driven to insanity, as everything natural has been violently taken away from them. It’s animal cruelty. If this sickens you, boycott Sea World and increase awareness. If people stop go-
it for a few days, or you can do something about it! Visit http://www.seaworldofhurt. com/case-against-seaworld.aspx for more information.
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Step aside Nutcracker; the Rockettes are here to dance
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Synchronization beyond belief, music that excites your ears for the holiday season, dancers with perfect smiles and technique, and a show that leaves you gazing in disbelief from beginning to end, the Rockettes’ yearly “Christmas Spectacular” truly earns its name. With shows running from November 8 to December 30, the Rockettes celebrate the holiday season with their one-of-a-kind performance set complete with their renowned soldier line and giddy finale full of snowflakes and your favorite holiday tunes. If you haven’t seen the Rockettes, then this is the perfect time to take a break from the holiday stress and catch a show. The Rockettes are a precision dance company that originally performed out of Radio City Music Hall in New York City, but today the company travels all across the country. During the Christmas season, the Rockettes perform five shows a day, seven days a week, known as their “Christmas Spectacular.” The dance group is most wellknown for their kick line in perfect unison, which is included at the end of every performance, as well as their modern dance and classic ballet style. While there is a lot of chatter about the Nutcracker holiday performance put on by the Boston Ballet, the Rockettes provide a more professional setting and show. The show is made with all ages in mind, so bring the whole family along because it will be a night to remember. In the Rockettes’ 81st year, the show features classic routines like “The Living Nativity,” “The 12 Days of Christmas,” and “The Nutcracker.” At only ninety-minutes, the show includes Santa’s workshop, fireworks, friendly rag dolls and snow. Thousands of girls try out for the Rockettes each year, but only the best
36 dancers make the cut, guaranteeing this show to be of a higher skill level than the Nutcracker. One of the most magical parts of the Rockettes’ “Christmas Spectacular” is the venue. Yes, the Boston Opera House is an amazing venue with a beautiful stage and ample seating, but the Wang Theater, home of the Rockettes, is absolutely breathtaking. The theater’s regal design and billowing seat plan makes for a special show for each audience member, no matter where you sit. While reminiscing on her Rockettes experience, junior Erica White said, “the stage was incredible. It really made the whole production so professional.” Whether you choose to see the Rockettes or the Nutcracker this holiday season, realize that both performances have been preparing for months and are sure to get you into the holiday mood. When you do make your choice, make sure to keep in mind the experience of the Rockettes dancers. Their renowned status of perfection and holiday cheer definitely add to the reasons of why you should buy a ticket to see the “Christmas Spectacular” this holiday season.
The Radio City Rockettes rehearse the falling soldiers, a move which requires hours of practice to perfect.
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Showdown Dance to the death? Why The Nutcracker dances circles around the Rockettes Isabel Martin
Since I was a toddler, I’ve looked forward to seeing the Nutcracker every holiday season. I dream about the gorgeous costumes and intricate steps, the ethereal ballerinas and the stunning illusion of a magical world on stage. To me, and glassy eyed little girls and appreciative adults, it personifies the Christmas season and the true spirit of Christmas. So when I finally became a part of Boston Ballet’s most famous show, I was disappointed to find out that we had lost the prestigious Wang Theater and been “dis-staged” by a newer, flashier, prancier show: The Rockettes. One is dancing, the other prancing. The latter could be symbolic of reindeers in the Christmas season, but the show just isn’t as interesting and beautiful to watch. The Nutcracker, on the other hand, is a surreal story told through intricate steps and elaborate costumes, bringing a world to life with the voices of the orchestra and the images of ballet. Developed from a story by E.T.A. Hoffman, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is more than a sequence of memorized steps illuminated by flashy smiles. It is a story told through artistry, musicality, and grace. The Nutcracker inspires and enthralls its audience of all ages. The children watching want to be Clara, and want to dance like the glimmering ballerinas on stage. The adults revel in the musicality and technicality of the performance, or its delightful scenes and story. Senior
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Cathyrn Blair agrees. “I love The Nutcracker! It is such a classic and beautiful ballet. I remember going as a kid and then a couple years ago I went and I loved it even more now than I had when I was kid. As a ballerina it is an inspiration to see those beautiful dancers glide across the stage.” The story’s message, too, is an inspiration. It is one of dreams, sugarplums, hope, and joy in the holiday season. And this has made it a timeless tradition. Beyond the transcendence of a good story, the Nutcracker is the perfect combination of classical music and ballet choreographed at the height of the classical period. This aesthetically pleasing and mentally nourishing performance is in itself timeless, as it is a testimony to human achievement. All the musicians of the orchestra and the dancers on stage come together to tell a gorgeous story, speaking to each other without words and to the audience by appealing to their emotions and sentiments, just as the ballet has been doing for over a hundred years. As sophomore and ballet enthusiast Carina Ellis said, “The Nutcracker is a mystical fairyland that little children enjoy every Christmas and yet it is equally sublime for adults. The Nutcracker isn’t just a ballet. It’s a family tradition. A story. A mystery. The Nutcracker inspires people of all ages to take up dance as an art form and express themselves through movement. It is a truly magical experience.” The Nutcracker has it all. The story, the music, the dancing, the acting, the performance. It is a tradition now so ingrained in the holiday season, it cannot be upstaged.
FUN FACT The Nutcracker originally premièred at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Sunday, 18 December 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera, Iolanta. www.dancecritics.org
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Winter concerts: The shows that will end your winter blues Hannah Nelson
Social Communities Manager
Weekends in the winter generally mean staying in, bundled up and drinking hot chocolate, but that doesn’t always need to be the case. Although the bitter weather may be a restriction on the activities available to teens, winter concerts are the perfect hiatus from dreary gray skies and crammed midterm studying. This winter especially, Boston is hosting a wide variety of musicians and bands. These shows have a varying price range, from very affordable, to more expensive if it’s a splurge you’re willing to make. The Holiday Pops run throughout the holiday season, and are a fun and festive way to get into the holiday spirit. The classical orchestra plays holiday music at the beautiful and timeless Symphony Hall. Although tickets run more on the costly side, the Holiday Pops are a professional, family friendly way to celebrate this winter. Although less famous in the United States, Jake Bugg is an up and coming mu-
sician from Nottingham, England. Bugg is an indie folk rock artist, and his tour will feature songs from his self-titled album. Tickets for his show at the House of Blues on January 11 run under $50 and are an exciting, affordable way to introduce yourself to some new music. The indie pop band Neutral Milk Hotel are coming to Boston on their reunion tour with their original lineup from their In the Airplane Over the Sea tour. Reunion concerts are not just for diehard fans! Neutral Milk Hotel’s concert at the Orpheum Theatre on January 18 could be the start of a newfound love for psychedelic folk. Panic! At The Disco fans will be glad to hear that the group will be stopping in Boston on their most recent tour Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! at The House of Blues on January 30. Junior Annie Bonner was ecstatic to hear of their late-winter stop in Boston and said, “Their music has a good feel to it and [the concert] would just
be overall amazing.” Country pop trio Lady Antebellum heads to the TD Garden on January 31 despite being postponed for a month. Their Take Me Downtown tour, which begins in Illinois, brings their soft country sound to fans across the US. Junior Meghan O’Toole said, “they have atmosphere and [it] would be a fun concert to go to with friends.” Junior Leah Block chimed in and said “they are extremely talented and their harmonies are amazing.” No matter what genre of music you like to listen to, there is a varied selection of shows and concerts coming to Boston this winter. Take advantage of talented musicians and bands touring here and buy tickets to a show that you otherwise wouldn’t attend. A night out on the town might be just what you need to end those winter blues.
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December Holiday Pops - Boston Symphony Hall Saturday January 11 (7:00), Jake Bugg - House of Blues January 16, Neutral Milk Hotel - Orpheum l January 30, Panic! at the Disco - House of Blues Friday January 31 (7:00), Lady Antebellum - TD Garden
A 21st Century holiday season; Out with the classics and in with the new Katie Whalen
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, albums of both new songs and covers are on the shelves. This year it’s more than the usual cover of “Jingle Bells” or “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Long time stars have teamed up with the new, and opera is combined with rock and roll. Artists with new releases include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, Susan Boyle, and Trace Adkins. In years past, some have waited to turn on the radio before Thanksgiving in fear of quickly becoming tired of the tunes. This time around, though, the large range of seasonal music will not call for boredom. Senior Molly Bo-
gusz favors this update in holiday music. “I feel like everyone always loves the classics but it’s always nice to introduce some new songs at some point,” said Bogusz. Kelly Clarkson branched from tradition by releasing her own set of holiday music in her new album, “Wrapped in Red”. Mary J Blige also released a new Christmas album, including “Silent Night” and “Do You Hear What I Hear,” as a duet with Jessie J. Wondering where opera and rock and roll come together? Although this will be Susan Boyle’s second holiday album, it will be huge. “Home For Christmas” contains a digitally- created duet with Elvis Presley on “O Come All Ye Faithful”. On a more popular note, something that will surely
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get many new ‘Arianators’ pumped for this holiday season would be her new EP, released mid-November. Ariana Grande has released her own version of “Last Christmas,” already racing to the top of the charts. Sophomore Gina Collari is one of the many excited for this new addition. “I think she brought a new vibe to holiday music. It makes it more enjoyable for our age group,” said Collari. No longer will the holiday season be full of the same songs on repeat, or hearing “Jingle Bells” in our sleep. This is not to say that we should lose appreciation for the classics, but to add a little bit of the new on our holiday playlists.
A star among us: Anna Maguire’s Instagram fame Kate McCormack
Believe it or not, this work of art is a hand-drawn picture. Drawing by Anna Maguire
Read texts, scroll through your Twitter feed, glance at Facebook, then check out Instagram and repeat. This cycle happens multiple times a day for most teens, especially those whose smartphones are an extension of their arm. For SHS sophomore Anna Maguire, however, checking Instagram is a bit of a different experience. Maguire started drawing when she was a little girl and hasn’t stopped since. At first she drew because she liked to, but more recently she’s begun to challenge herself trying to draw more difficult, realistic things. In the past year, Maguire decided to make an Instagram account to feature her art. “People were like, ‘Oh that’s really good!’ and I wanted to see what would happen because there weren’t really any other art accounts, but I mostly just wanted to see how it would go,” said Maguire. With about 161,000 followers to date, you could say that Maguire’s Instagram account, a_c_m1 is doing pretty well for Maguire and her art. Her climb to Instagram stardom was relatively quick, and soon after creating her account, she was featured on the popular page of Instagram. Another way Maguire gains followers is when people repost her art on their own Instagram pages, essentially a shout-out, giving her work wider exposure. 19 weeks ago Maguire posted a picture of Talia Castellano, a 13 year old girl who died from a rare type of childhood cancer called
neuroblastoma. Talia gained her YouTube celebrity status through her channel where she mostly did make-up tutorial videos but she was also famous for her strength she had when discussing her disease. The picture Maguire drew of Talia was reposted to Talia’s Instagram page where it got 169,627 likes. Maguire thought that it was really awesome that they saw it, especially because Talia was such an amazing person. When it comes to her famous status on Instagram, Maguire is modest about all of the attention that her page receives. When she posts a piece of her art her phone goes crazy with notifications. “I turned off notifications because the battery will die within a couple of minutes,” said Maguire. There is some obvious pressure that goes along with having this many followers. Sometimes Maguire feels like she has to keep posting more and more to keep up so she doesn’t lose her followers’ interest. For the most part her pictures each garner about 8,000 likes, but before the summer when she posted more frequently, her drawings would get up to 30,000 likes a piece. When she isn’t drawing or posting, Maguire likes to play music and is also a member of SHS Spring Track, but drawing is her biggest passion. She doesn’t know if she wants to make her talent into a career, but she knows that drawing is a hobby she will always love. Maguire said, “I think when I started out I was passionate about it and I think now it’s just the same.”
Mcguire’s eye drawings have proven especially popular on her Instagram page. Drawing by Anna Maguire
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Movie Club Rolls Into SHS Gillian O’Malley
In light of a new academic school year, the usual clubs brainstorm ideas for yearly trips, fundraisers, and activities. For some, it could be traveling to a Model United Nations Conference in Chicago, preparing for the service project to Guatemala, or even competing in a regional robotics competition. Now, however, there is a new door open for anyone interested in filmmaking. SHS hasn’t recently had a Movie Club. Mr. Raymond sparked a new creative opportunity for students who shared his similar passion for film. “I founded the club with a group of my sophomores in late September. In two months, we now have 80 students on our active roster,” Mr. Raymond said. The club graciously received a $3,500 grant from the SHORE foundation this past October to purchase cameras, computers, editing software, and audio equipment, all essentials for the club’s success. “We’re actually going to make movies,” Mr. Raymond said seriously. Such short films are in the works now, as they hope to produce and sell annual projects such as “Teacher Shorts,” which will be mockumentaries of various teachers voted upon by the club members. Using the new materials, the goal is to create 15-20 minute long movies, all directed, written,
produced, and edited by our very own SHS students. Sophomore Maddie Ryan was incredibly excited for the project and had nothing but praise for the new addition to our school. “It helps get other types of kids together who don’t necessarily play a sport or do other clubs. It brings all sorts of people together,” Ryan said.
Mr. Raymond and the all-new Movie Club hurriedly pose for a photo, anxious to return to their afternoon of movie watching and making. Photo by Gillian O’Malley
Another aspect of this club is that it sets SHS apart from other schools that aren’t as fortunate to have an independent filmmaking studio. Additionally, it reiterates recent goals of the public school system that wish-
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es to incorporate more educational technology into the curriculum. Not only do the film club members focus on the production process, but they also get together and vote on what new movies they want to watch. Co-vice president, sophomore Mairin Sheridan said that each month has a different movie theme. November was Leonardo DiCaprio month, and the students watched Inception. December is holiday themed, as A Christmas Story will be featured. Co-vice president, sophomore Gina Collari wishes to inform the student body that the club is open to all grades. “We don’t only make movies but we watch a lot of them too and talk about them. It’s wicked fun!” Collari said. For all the students who haven’t found the perfect club, room 244 is the place for you. Not only can you munch on goodies and watch a cool movie with friends, but you can even become an official producer, editor, etc. It’s a common misconception that watching film in school might be boring documentaries. Despite this, the Movie Club is determined to become the coolest and most popular place to be after school on Friday afternoons.
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Who’s Who: Ethan Dunlap Max DiRado Staff Writer
Ethan shares the status of the production of his self-made series, Those Guys in the Hall on his YouTube channel. (Photo from YouTube).
www.scituation.net “To start off, what is your name?” “President Ronald Reagan” “And how are you spelling that?” “E T H A N, D U N L A P” To friends like junior Olivia Taylor, senior Ethan Dunlap is a “funny” and maybe a little “weird” character. She reminisces about their first meeting three years ago. Taylor said, “Even though I haven’t known him for that long, he managed to make his way to being my best friend.” Dunlap and Taylor are writing partners for their soon to be released SCTV series Those Guys in the Hall. TGITH is a perfect representation of Dunlap’s style and creativity. The off-beat indie style shows writing that could one day be premiered at film festivals. The plot describes the life of students and their relationship with their school’s TV studio, as well as their actions as returning students try to take it over. Dunlap is known for the movie reviews he makes on Facebook; an aficionado of random film facts of all assortments. Being such a fan of the film industry, he plans to continue his movie blogging and low budget masterpieces, even if he doesn’t pursue a film major when he graduates. Dunlap, unable to decide on one favorite movie, described his “Top Five”: Clerks, The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction, The Original Star Wars Trilogy, and American Werewolf in London.
His personality can be predicted from his style in fashion. His rounded glasses and scruffy beard are only the candy shell to the unique person inside. The upbeat and sarcastic humor that emanates from his actions is in ways, contagious. His laugh is one that most people have probably heard at some point in their high school career. But like any character, he cannot survive on his own, and it’s easy to see how he is able to stay his true self around the people he surrounds himself with. Junior Casey Egan is just one of the many students that love to joke around alongside Dunlap. “Wow look at that cool cat over there with his Dragon Ball Z references” said Egan describing his first impression of Dunlap. It was easy to get thrown off into a new world while talking to the many unique personalities Dunlap has found himself associated with. Listening to their conversations you could hear hundreds of different topics thrown around in a matter minutes. They are always going off in different tangents, but all still attached in one overall comedic topic. He and his friends are always laughing together and spreading their joyful moods to whoever may cross their path. The perfect posse for this unique soul.
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Driving to Brant Rock is worthwhile for Haddad’s Nikki Margeson & Rachel Antos Staff Writer & Co-Director of Advertising Everyone knows language teacher Mr. Haddad. Whether you’ve had him as a French or Spanish teacher or just seen him walking the hallways, he is a symbol of Scituate High School. Although you may see him everyday there is one thing that only few students know: he is the co-owner of the locally famous Haddad’s Ocean Cafe in Marshfield along with his two brothers. When he’s not teaching class or grading papers, Mr. Haddad is a business manager and a chef. “I do a lot of different things. I cook, I manage, I clean when I have to, I do whatever it takes,” said Haddad. With new renovations to the restaurant this past year, Haddad’s is bigger and better than ever before. Along with building a brand new structure, there is now a room for functions. His new outside deck offers extraordinary views of the ocean in the summertime. Although students aren’t allowed to work there, Mr. Haddad always welcomes his students to stop by for a meal. “I usu-
ally buy them a coke,” he said. Sophomore Emma Finnegan, a student and customer at Haddad’s said, “The food was really good and the staff was so nice.” Not only students enjoy a meal at Haddad’s, but the SHS staff does as well. Ms. Lima, a frequent customer, said “The atmosphere is jovial, relaxed and local. It’s great people watching! Haddad’s is a gem in Marshfield with fun people and great seafood and a marvelous view!” Mr. McLaughlin is also a local diner of Haddad’s. He said the restaurant has a “great atmosphere. The staff is friendly.” Mr. Haddad takes care of his regular
customers and makes himself familiar with their orders. He said, “The nurse [Mrs. Bernard] always orders lobster casserole, onion rings, and salad with blue cheese dressing... Her order I know by heart.” For Haddad, being a restaurant owner is a very different experience than teaching. “There’s not a lot of people I can speak French and Spanish to there,” he said. Even though his restaurant is extremely popular and successful, Mr. Haddad won’t be leaving SHS anytime soon.
Girls at the Stoop Maddie Gillespie Staff Writer
Between every passing period the main staircase is flooded with students trying to make way to their next class. Among all of the hustle and bustle however there is a select group set back from the crowd, hanging out on the stoop. Every year the new senior class takes over the stoop as a somewhat unspoken tradition here at SHS. But why the stoop? Why the senior class? The boys who hang out on the stoop claim that it is somewhere to sit and relax. It is somewhere for them to get together between classes and catch up with their friends. The stoop provides a central meeting point for the boys in one of the most active hallways in the school. Math teacher Mr. Forde also spends a majority of passing periods at the stoop. Forde said, “It’s the only intersection area to stand with space out of the way and over
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Haddad’s Ocean Cafe is a great place to grab a bite to eat on the beaches of Marshfield in the summer, and equally delicious in the winter. Photo by Nikki Margeson
the years they are more respectful getting to class on time and not lingering around.” But why are all of the “stoop-kids” senior boys? Junior Dan Foster said, “I’ve been there a few times, not sure if I’m stoop worthy though.” Although Foster admitted to this in a sarcastic tone, that is a lingering question throughout the school. Are underclassmen and girls intimidated to hang out at the stoop between passing periods? Senior Amy McQuaid said, “I’m not intimidated to go to the stoop I just don’t have time between classes.” Many girls at SHS will agree with McQuaid saying that they do not know how boys have time to hang out at the stoop be-
cause they do not even pass the main staircase between every passing period. Even freshman Heidi Martin said, “No, I’m not afraid of the boys there, but none of my friends’ hangout there so I don’t.” To answer our question, underclassmen are not “afraid” of the stoop; they are simply respecting senior tradition. Every grade looks forward to the year that they can come together with their friends on the stoop with a sense of class pride. The new senior class will claim it as their own with dignity and accomplishment next year. Seniors are able to feel on top because they have finally earned their spot at the stoop.
Freshman Abduction: Adam Sample
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If you could describe yourself in one word how would you do that? -I would say that I’m kind I guess. Awwwwwww Do you play sports? -Yeah baseball and soccer. Reppin’ the vineyard vines I see -Yeah I like to buy nice clothes Keeping it classy as always. Do you consider yourself a bachelor? -*shakes head no*
If you woke up one day and everyone in the world wasn’t there, it was just Adam and your dog Goldie (we discovered he had a pet dog named Goldie earlier), what would you do? -I wouldn’t go anywhere without my dog. I would probably just like get a nice vehicle and drive to the grocery store. I would probably build a house next to the grocery store, or I’d just live there. Smart man...food comes first. I like your sneakers -Thanks. He’s wearing Jordans. Started singing 23 by Miley Cyrus (“J’s on my feet”) -I honestly don’t like that song at all. Well this is awkward … Who’s your favorite artist if you don’t like Miley? I guess like Taylor Swift or Tyga -Similar artists….makes sense. Do you have a twitter? Do you hashtag things? -No
Adam’s favorite singer Taylor Swift shows that she is just as adorable as he is. Photo from MCT Campus News Service
Is that because you’re taken? -No Watch out ladies. So you’re on the market? -I guess Seriously ladies….watch out. We creeped on your schedule and you’re really smart, you’re in all honors classes? *Smiles* I’m not in honors history. He’s just being humble. Do you consider yourself the Henry David Thoreau of your grade? -*Chuckles* No there are kids in my grade that are smarter than me. Debatable.
Freshman Adam Sample flashes a smile as he takes on another day of being a new high school student. Photo by Katie Whelan
What are your thoughts on tattoos? I don’t really like tattoos, they make you look weird Where do you see yourself in four years? Do you see yourself being “the cool senior”? -I don’t really care what people think. Awwwww
If you had a twitter name what would it be? -Well they spelled my name wrong on my soccer jersey and put an r on the end of my last name so it said Sampler. So it’d probably have to do that “The Sampler”. @TheSampler is reserved for when Adam gets a twitter. No one take it. What’s the most trouble you’ve ever been in? -I said good morning to my teacher in middle school and she sent me to the office because she thought I was being sarcastic. I just sat outside the office because I didn’t know you had to go in so then I got a detention. Wait what?
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How to handle gift giving gone wrong Kim Whitney Editor-in-Chief For those moments when your awkward uncle or overbearing aunt really shouldn’t have, here are some tips on how to handle the worst gifts you’ll receive this holiday season. These tragic gift ideas are inspired both by online reports and SHS student experiences.
Retainer cleaner: Did your mom really just make
you open this in front of all of your distant cousins? What it says: You wear a retainer every night, and it might be a hint about your breath. Option A: Hide this in the back of your bathroom cabinet until the expiration date passes— “Oh darn, it’s gone bad.” Option B: Don’t you dare try to throw this gift away too early. Your mother lives with you and notices everything, including what ends up at the bottom of the trash barrel.
iPhone 3: Most defi-
nitely used or re-gifted, this is “The iPhone you [were waiting] for” –in 2010. With the first ever turn-by-turn navigation system and App Store, this iPhone won’t make you wait for updates; iOS 2.0 isn’t compatible with the iPhone 4 or anything newer. Option A: Lucky for you, iPhone 3gs phones with 8GB of storage still sell for over $50 on eBay.com. (Just make sure your favorite bargainhunting aunt doesn’t see your name as a seller.) Option B: Donate the old phone to charity or give it to that friend that’s always losing his or her phone.
Cooking for OnE:
Plenty of recipe books now provide instant meal ideas with microwave instructions designed for single serving sizes. At first glance, this gift might seem slightly offensive to the receiver. What it says: You’ll probably need this because you can’t cook and you will be eating alone. But for a future college undergrad, your dorm room’s microwave might be your best option for late night snacks. Maybe you don’t want to share your food with your room- mates. what to do: Sell it at a yard sale, only after careful storage in your attic for a few years, just in case you get desperate when you’re off on your own.
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Someone took the time to bake a Zucchini Casserole just for you. Or someone remembered a box of your favorite kind of cookies, but they expired two months ago. What to do: Mention in your “thank you” that you’ll save this for later. The trash is the best option for expired foods.
“Plotting your demise”: You can
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never start buying your gravestone and cemetery plot or writing your Last Will and Testament too soon. Funeral arrangements are expensive and someone must think that you’ll need a head start. What to Do: If everything has already been paid for, just wait it out. It will come in handy eventually.
American Girl Doll’s “The Care and Keeping of You”: For the girls, it might bring back some
dark memories from the pre-pubescent years and your mom’s or school n u r s e s ’ “special” talks. At this point, the gift is probably a few years too late. Option A: Re-gift or provide another hand-me-down to your little sister or cousin. Option B: If you have no use for it, do not leave it sitting around the h o u s e . It’s probably best just to toss it.
Winter Wonderland: The best places to enjoy the cold weather In town
Stockbridge Pond (Scituate, MA) Widows Walk (Scituate, MA) Graffiti Hill (Scituate, MA) Scituate Country Club (Scituate, MA)
World’s End (Hingham, MA) Turkey Hill (Hingham, MA off of 3A) Blue Hills (Milton, MA), Norris Reservoir (Norwell, MA)
In the city
Boston Common (Boston, MA) Charles River (Boston, MA) the Frog Pond (Boston, MA) Faneuil Hall (Boston, MA)
Christmas Ain’t Christmas (Without Dunn’s Countdown) Jenna Baker Webmaster Sleigh bells are ringing and senior Shannon Dunn’s Christmas obsession is in full force. She has been counting down the days until December 25th since the beginning of the school year. Dunn’s countdown “gets everyone very excited and in the spirit” said senior Brooke Bartoloni. Since seventh grade, Dunn has been broadcasting her Christmas countdown at home, in the halls and throughout Facebook. Dunn admits to always being obsessed with Christmas. Sophomore Halle Rhodes said as Christmas looms nearer “she’s always bouncing off the walls with excitement” In preparation for the holiday, Dunn and her family organize a “Secret Santa” between her and her six siblings. Unfortunately Dunn said “they don’t usually work” considering someone always finds out who their “Secret Santa” is. For Christmas Eve, Dunn spends the day preparing their house for festivities with her family. She loves to decorate every-
Forever in love with Christmas, Shannon Dunn will be sad when her countdown to the 25th is finally over. Photo by Katie Whelan and graphic courtesy of MCT Campus News Service
thing from her agenda to her locker to her Christmas tree. At night, she goes to church, and then has a Christmas dinner with her grandparents and sometimes her cousins. Among Dunn’s favorite movies are A Year without Christmas, Love Actually and A Christmas Story. She loves Christmas music so much that she can’t even decide which song is her favorite. Finally, on Christmas day, very early in the morning, Dunn’s younger brother wakes up first, followed by the rest of her family. They open presents together and have a big family breakfast to celebrate. After that, the Dunn family spends the rest of their day with their extended family. But Dunn’s love for Christmas is not rooted in gift receiving. For Dunn, the holiday is supposed to be about being jolly. “It’s a good holiday. It’s a happy holiday. Most of the time we hear bad news in the news but it’s a time to be happy” said Dunn. She looks forward to finding an opportunity to volunteer somewhere and give back to her community which she thinks is an important part of the holiday season. Dunn sees Christmas as a time for everyone to appreciate what they have, making December 25th her favorite day of the year.
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How to handle college rejection letters Kyle Rodrigues Photo Editor Liz Harriman Co- Advertising Director
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With the May 1st college deposit deadline looming, seniors have already started to receive college acceptances, deferrals, and the worst: the painstaking rejection letter. With the pressure of being admitted into your dream school, living up the year, and family’s standards, the urge to self-combust is almost unavoidable. However, with these simple tips, you may be able to avoid a breakdown.
Head to the gym: Sweat and tears are basically the same thing, so go to the gym and work away your misery. You’ll feel better about rejection, get some endorphins going, and save yourself the pain of an emotional breakdown. You might even muster up enough motivation to apply to that last safety school you really don’t want to attend.
Yes, you cannot have your cake and eat it too, but being rejected from a school means: eat away. Munch on your favorite snack and eat until your stomach explodes, or until you’re accepted into another college.
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Take a transcendental nature walk: Getting some fresh air into your lungs can clear your mind of the blow of a rejection letter. Some alone time will allow you to reflect and come to terms with the loss of your childhood dreams that you will never fulfill.
Eat tubs of ice cream: Who needs
that prestigious Ivy League anyway? You’ve got sugar and chocolate! Eat your sadness for a while- you’re better off eating than stressing over the course load of college classes.
Dream about something other than rejection: Catch some Z’s to ease
your anxiety about the overpowering sense of doom you feel after a rejection letter.
Vent to your BFF: Let’s be real, your best
friend may have gotten into their dream school, so while they may not be able to relate you know they’ll always have an open ear. Feel free to sob, scream, or wail with sadness to your BFF because who knows, this may be your last high school breakdown with them (hopefully).
Have an online shopping spree:
With all that money you won’t be spending on your dream school, treat yourself to a new designer bag and/or shoes. You’ll feel better about your overall image, and maybe your school will see the fashionista they really missed out on.
Whether you prefer an unhealthier route by eating your pain away, or want to stay healthy both mentally and physically by working out or getting some sleep, there are numerous ways to lift your spirits after being rejected from a college. It’s not the end of the world and you have to look at all of the positives. Who knows, you might come away from it with a new Fendi purse and abs. Features
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Earn major present points this holiday season with the ideal gift Cara McConaughey Social Media Manager
As the holidays quickly approach, picking out the perfect gift for your family and friends can cause quite a tizzy. Whether it’s finding a gift for your great-aunt who you haven’t seen in four years, or your grandmother who doesn’t like anything besides cats and knitting, these ideas will help you choose the ideal gift for any relationship. You definitely don’t want to go wrong when getting a gift for your grandparents. Grandparents adore anything that has to do with family. A great gift idea is a nice frame with a picture of your family; heartfelt and inexpensive. Or, if they enjoy something with a little more “bling”, jewelry is perfect. Nordstrom’s offers high-quality jewelry that ranges anywhere from $30-$100 and can be ordered online, or picked up at the Braintree Plaza store. Since finding time to squeeze in a job can be nearly impossible during high school, inexpensive gifts for the holidays are a must. To show your close friends that you care about them while not spending your
entire savings, try choosing something that reflects their personality. If they’re bubbly or even shy, the ideal gift can be found on Etsy.com. Etsy is an online website where anyone can create a “shop” and sell their homemade items. The website sells anything from iPhone cases, to home decor, and even clothes for any occasion. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Etsy, you probably can’t find it anywhere. Freshman Lily Ryan, who prefers the inexpensive route for the holiday season, said, “a hug is the perfect present! It doesn’t require any money and shows your thought at the same time.” Relationships. Finding the right gift for your other-half can be grueling. There are many things to take into consideration when choosing “The Gift”. Have you been together for three days? Four months? Two years? Is your man or woman trendy or athletic? It all plays an important role. Ladies, if your man is preppy and fashionable, the monthly Birchbox subscription for men is perfect. Birchbox is known for
sending a box full of new makeup samples, skincare products, and fashion accessories to women each month, although they have now come out with a men’s version. Each month your man will be supplied with a new box of the latest shaving products, sunglasses, soaps, and lotions, so they can find their new favorite product, at only $10-$20 a month. Junior, Meghan O’Toole, agreeing, said, “birchbox subscription sounds likes a great idea for guys that care about their appearance, I mean it’s all about fashion.” Gentlemen, try giving her something from Lululemon. Lululemon aims to create athletic gear that’s perfectly suited for ladies everywhere. Although Lululemon can be pricey when purchasing some of their larger items, their headbands, yoga mats, hats, tank tops, and shorts range anywhere from around $16-$6. Bonus: girls love it! Whether you have $10 or $100 to spend on others for the holiday, a gift that shows thought and respect is sure to make your gift-receiver be tickled with delight!
Bake the perfect batch of Chirstmas cookies Ingredients
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1.) Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. 2.) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll dough out thinly and use cookie cutters to shape cookies. Cover in colored sugar and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. 3.) Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks. 4.) Put a plate together and serve to family, friends, or bring a plate down to the local fire station!
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1 cup butter, softened 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ cups white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Delicious cookie recipe from bettycrocker.com, and background from MCT Campus News Service
New pet fad found at SHS student homes Gina Brazão Director of Multi-Media Packaging and Production
Are you on the market for a new pet? Usually this means one would buy a cat or dog, but I would not be so sure anymore. There has been an increased interest in strange and unusual pets. It seems as though the outdoor inhabitants have slowly been creeping their way in doors. Some of these strange pets can include goats, bearded dragons and even hedgehogs. For years, humans have just come to accept the fact that your run-of-the-mill pet is going to be a cat or dog, but now many new animals are joining the pet category. It’s no surprise that the occasional person owns a ferret or even a horse, but a bearded dragon? This one is new to me. Sophomore Kyra Risley is the owner of a pet known as the bearded dragon. Other unusual features about the dragon, Risley said, “He puffs out his beard sometimes and he can turn his beard black when he wants.” Contrary to what
you may believe, this little creature is very friendly, explaining how he earned his name, Buddy. There has also been new talk of hedgehogs for house pets. So why the sudden urge? Junior Natalie Knapp said “I want a Kyra’s bearded dragon, Buddy, shows that just because pets have scales doesn’t hedgehog because mean they aren’t cute. Photo courtesy of they are too cute, Kyra Risley. like who wouldn’t want a hedgehog they sleep in little balls and eat pears, and are so adorable.” So, it looks like some of the interest is stemmed from the “cute factor”. Other strange pets that have made its way into
the home of another Scituate High School student are goats. Senior Mitchell Loring shares his home with not one, but two goats. Loring said “I’ve had goats for a long time, but we picked them up from a farm. You do not bring them inside, anything that’s linen will get eaten. You have to watch them when you’re setting up appliances outside, they will eat anything.” Loring made sure to add that there are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to goats; he said “They are incredibly smart; they have learned how to open up the gate and go into the garden.” It seems as though goats may be taking the place of your typical four legged companion; the dog. New pets these days seem to be more of the four legged outdoor type, rather than your usual domesticated species. So keep an open mind next time you are on the search for a new companion. With all the new trends these days, who knows what the newest pet could be.
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Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! Caroline Giovannucci Features Editor
In New England, there’s no telling what the winter will bring us this year. We could be wearing flip flops and tank tops on Christmas, or rocking some new ski jackets. Let’s pray for the latter and hope Mother Nature brings us some good old fashioned snow- and the snow days and delays that come with it. The school handbook allows for four unexcused days off from school per term before you fail a class. Snow days allow you to have a much-needed mental health day you might not otherwise be able to take off. Even better, there’s no make up work. Everyone gets the day off, including teachers. Of course seniors have the added bonus of not having to make up snow days at the end of year, but making up snow days isn’t nearly as bad as everyone makes it seem. A break from the busy stress of school where you have a chance to get some R&R that you actually need is much more pleasant than the few extra days of summer that you most likely would have wasted watching TV or sleeping during anyways. Despite how magnificent snow days are, delays are the definition of perfection. With delays you come into school later than the usual 7:18. You get an extra hour or two to sleep in or finish up homework, and you don’t have to make up any school. Classes are shortened, but some of the teachers with giant hearts don’t even make you do work in class that day anyway. Junior Katie Golden, a strong lover of delays said, “Delays are the ish. You get to sleep in, drink some hot chocolate, snuggle up, and then go and it’s like totally acceptable to dress as a bum for the little time you’re there for.” Above all, despite the opportunity they offer to sled or curl up by the fireplace, snow days and delays make sure that everyone is kept safe. Snow days don’t just give us a day to play in the snow, they also protect us from the icy roads. One day last year, instead of having a snow day, we went to school when one should have been issued. Pulling into the parking lot, cars were skidding and gliding around everywhere you turned. This year, especially since kids are fighting over parking spots because it’s a free-for-all, make sure to keep your eyes open in case we aren’t rewarded with a needed snow day. With the winter coming in close, I have just one thing to say: “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”
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Rather than sitting in classrooms, many students would rather hit the slopes when the fresh, powdery snow starts falling. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus News Service
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get worse. Superstorm Nemo hit the East Coast from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9. Nemo hit New England, causing up to 40 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 83 mph. Nemo left Scituate with a power outage that lasted as long as seven days, adding another four days to the snow day count. As if that weren’t enough, we had another two snow days due to the storm in March, making the grand total eight snow days, and prolonging the last day of school eight more days. All these snow days changed the particularly early June 17 date to a depressing June 27. “Considering last year, we had to stay in school a lot longer and get out later, and we had a lot of work to make up, and it was difficult,” said senior Kerrin Taylor. After spending six days in the freezing cold with no heat, and then spending the week of June 24 takBeauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Success originates in your submissions. Do not dare to give us the cold shoulder, Or else disturb the literary traditions. Rather, submit a poem or painting, Draft a drawing or a doodle, Imagine a story quite entertaining. Provide us your kit and caboodle. After two years of publication, We will thus ensure this club’s fate. As we await your artistic donation, Let not your interests in design deflate. In seeking students to work with print, We know our destiny has a glorious tint.
ing final exams in the blistering heat, one might say that snow days simply aren’t worth it. “They’re just pointless because then you have to go later in the summer, and no one wants that. We already have vacation anyway... It’s six hours, we can just go to school it’s not a big deal,” said junior Savannah Hayes. This winter when you’re sitting in school and wishing for a snow day, just remember that they’re not as much fun as they seem. So don’t hope for snow days, because the less we have, the happier you’ll be this summer.
Rachel Antos Co-Director of Advertising Waking up on a school morning and hearing the news that school is cancelled will make any student happy, but the joy of a snow day is only temporary. The truth is, snow days are fun while they last, but they’re really just a couple extra hours of relaxation in the winter that can have big consequences in the summer in return. We all remember the winter last year, when having a five day week was an extremely rare occasion. The “snow” days began before the snow was even falling. When Superstorm Sandy hit, the East Coast was devastated with flooding, power outages, and winds up to 80 mph. This storm was the cause of 2 snow or “weather” days in Scituate, tacking on an extra two days to the original last day of school, June 17. The weather only continued to
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Search for a Sailor: Where’s our mascot? Amanda Mendes
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“I believe..I believe that...I believe that school spirit, and be willing to put yourself Even new faculty members have some we….I believe that we will win!” This out there” said junior Sean Williams. Wil- feedback on what a mascot would mean to chant, among many others, can be heard liams also advised that the mascot should the school. Assistant Principal, Mr. Duffey, echoing through the stands of the Scituate only attend certain events, like big games said, “If someone was willing to dress up Sailors’ super fans. But one question miss- and pep rallies. and be at sporting events that would be a ing from much of positive thing. the conversation I think it would is: where is our be great and Scituate Sailor add a real posimascot? We are tive element the Sailors, and to any sportthe students show ing events that their blue and could really white pride, but get the crowd we don’t have going.” an actual mascot Someone going to games needs to step and attending up to the plate pep rallies. and take on “It’s good for that role. We school morale, need someone and brings more who would excitement to the create a posifans,” said junior tive influence Christian Brady. and increase Getting a mascot school spirit is not something here at SHS. A to be taken lightmascot could ly though. Brady add a whole said, “It would new element to be an honor to our school and be the mascot, The Scituate Sailor mascot painted in the cafeteria is missing out on quailty sports events. Photo by Katie Whelan what it means you’d have to to be a part of qualify.” Scituate High. Going back to when she was the cheer- Having a mascot that everyone knows and So who qualifies? What does it really mean to be a Sailor, and who has what it leading coach, math teacher Ms. Syzmaniak loves would be so beneficial for the school takes to become the Sailor Mascot at SHS? said, “There was an official mascot only he and could only unify SHS more. The qualifications of the mascot would wasn’t ever a part of a group, I don’t even “Have to be a student, really outgoing, have know where he got his costume”
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PDA at SHS on the rise
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Seniors and soulmates Amanda Mendes and Joe Lynch show how PDA can be both awkward and uncomfortable. Photo by Meredith Sullivan
Two innocent sophomores are spotted giving each other a goodbye kiss as they depart on their voyage across the hall and into their separate classrooms. Sound awkward? Well, public displays of affection (otherwise known as PDA) are something that members of SHS are now coming into contact with every day at school. Whether it’s a snuggle session before homeroom, a farewell kiss as they part ways (only to be reunited again in 63 minutes), or holding each other’s hands as they venture off from a long school day, many lovebirds at SHS are now partaking in some form of PDA. If you’re not one of the PDA-ers, then you have surely (by choice or not) witnessed some form of it as a student or staff member. This brings about the question, how much is too much? Though one can see couples making out against their lockers in any movie or TV show depiction of high-school life, it is only recently that SHS has been bringing this stereotype to life. In the past couple of years, the amount of PDA present at SHS has become increasingly noticeable. When it comes to how people feel regarding PDA, there seems to be significant amount of students who would rather not see it in school. Senior Hugh Byrne said, “I don’t think it should be allowed in school and people should wait until after school. It can make people feel uncomfortable and awkward.” Although it may be hard to hide the passion between you and your special friend, there is a place and time for PDA, and that place is not SHS and that time is not between 7:18 a.m. and 1:51 p.m. Junior Tiger Kelley said “It’s embarrassing for the people doing it.” It simply comes down to a matter of the extent of the PDA. In fact, many of the actions that are categorized under the term PDA are often harmless. If one was to see it outside of school it probably wouldn’t even catch their attention. Numerous teachers and staff members are present in the hallways in between passing time, which exposes them to the PDA first hand. But is it a teachers place to tell a student to stop? Health teacher Ms. Dwyer said, “I don’t know to how to respond to it. The teacher may feel uncomfortable but they don’t want to make the students feel uncomfortable too.” There is a place and a time for everything, especially PDA. Though it is often a harmless act, in a school setting it can make others feel awkward. So next time you find yourself feeling the urge to show affection to your special someone, just take your surroundings into consideration. Overall, it’s just a “touchy” subject.
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What’s Your Opinion?
Miranda Lan Opinions & Editorials Editor
Open any past yearbooks from Scituate High S seniors dream of being voted “future president of school want to be remembered for a role they pla Sophomore Brendan Deary said, “Every unde tion that [almost] every high school has.” Some p as superlatives. Senior superlatives are as much a part of high s a tradition that students at SHS look forward to people want to be recognized for things that they Senior Hannah Leeping was one of the One of the winners of most fashionable, sen “I don’t see anything wrong with winners ofbest dressed. Photo by Katie leave some sort of mark on high school. People w Whelan them I just think it’s a fun way back on the superlatives and remember who won. for seniors to end their senior your class.” For the people that win, it is a special experience. Superlatives can year.” - sophomore Emily Whelan in Scituate who have done great things and been a good person, and also give class as a whole to reflect on their time together. Senior year is a time for people to reflect on their last four years and look to their futures. Superlatives are an easy and non-stressful way to recognize t people that you have grown up with before the senior class moves on. Not only are superlatives fun for the senior class, but they help the senior class connect, look back and remember each other. Superlatives bring the senior class together right before the class separates. It reminds people of what mark fellow ng classmates left and how they impacted others. With tisi r e so many other things changing within the an Adv rrim or of a school, why would anyone want to take H ct Liz Dire away the harmless voting of the seCo nior’s class’ superlatives? This “I think they’re okay, I dont get the is one high school tradipoint of them too much. It’s just tion that shouldn’t kind of a way to remember people.” be left behind. - senior Gabrielle Blacker Photos by Katie Whelan What do you want to be known for at the end of high school? What are you most highlighted for in your class? If you don’t know what they are, your superlative nominations might be able to help you point out what you will be most recognized for when you graduate. As a senior, it is a huge confidence booster to be nominated as a superlative for the senior year book. After nomination, students then vote for who they believe deserve the title. Opinions & Editorials 24
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School and you’ll find senior superlatives, regardless of how old the yearbook is. Many ou Y s ’ f the United States” or “best date to bring home to your parents.” Seniors in high hat W ayed in high school. erclassmen looks forward to superlatives their senior year. It is a tradipeople, like Brendan Deary, look forward to senior privileges such Huge school as prom and football games are. Superlatives are packets senior year. Not only is it an important tradition, are distriby’ve done in high school. uted by yearbook nior Hannah Leeping said, “It’s nice to staff in homeroom and will keep their yearbooks and look you vote for each superlative . It’s nice to be recognized by after people from each homeroom also recognize students are nominated. es a chance for the Overall, these superlatives don’t really define anyone or their actual characteristics. Someforward times, you might get nominated for something that the “I like them, I don’t see a problemmight not even apply to you. Many students found themwith them. It gives everybody the selves nominated for things that rarely ever applied to them. chance to goof around and be funny. “I got nominated for class flirt,” said Senior Shannon Whalen with They’re meant to be true and funny.” a laugh, “I felt like it was a shocker and I didn’t love that as my repu-sophomore Andrew Zilonos tation.” While voting and being voted for can be fun, superlatives can also become a popularity contest. Seniors run from friend to friend, to make sure they have a vote in each category they are nominated for. This makes each category more like a contest rather than a true portrayal of someone’s fit in each category. “It’s just a popularity contest rigged towards certain people,” said senior Jo Kelly. These contests are taking time out of classroom activities and teachers become annoyed by the constant chatter about who is getting voted for which “I like it to a certain extent becategory. Once you are finally voted to cause it gives a spotlight to win a superlative, you take an awkward some people who feel unnoyearbook picture that will follow you ticed, but it’s also a popularity once you graduate and yearbooks are contest, so I can go either way.” distributed in the fall. -senior Caroline Hall Photos by Katie Whelan Superlatives have taken away from classroom learning and have become a contest as to who can get the most Half of the winners of best twitter feed, seniors Kyle Rodrigues and Miranda Lan pose for a votes. photo-op. Photo by Katie Whelan Opinions & Editori-
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Catching One dream after another Jaylen Cromwell
Gillian O’Malley Staff Writer
As the Scituate High Varsity football team steps off the field after taking the title of Patriot Fisher League Champions, the seniors reminisce on their final moments. But for the freshman starter, his journey has just begun. Jaylen Cromwell, #11, a prospect for the future of the team, started almost every game this season and his defensive talent was essential to each victory. Cromwell is the Defensive Back/ Slot Receiver for the team. As the youngest on the team, Cromwell earned praise from coaches, spectators, teammates, and was even mentioned in the Scituate Mariner on multiple occasions. Summertime gives teens a chance to escape all the stress of school and activities and relax on the beach with friends. Instead of wasting such valuable time, Cromwell focused on his football career. “I spent most of my summer working out in the gym with the varsity team and did personal workouts with my trainers, so coming in wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be,” said Cromwell. His performances this season show that the hard work paid off. No matter how much time and effort he put in, Cromwell still faced obstacles along the way. He admitted it was challenging being so undersized during games and in practice. “You’re always the youngest on the field and weigh the least, so you get pushed around a lot by the opponent,” said Cromwell. Despite this, teammate Tanios Abi-Saad recognizes his skills and said, “For a kid his size, he hits hard. He has no fear.” From the remarks of the team regarding Cromwell both on and off the field, it’s clear that they were a family. Quarterback Christian Brady professed nothing but positive words for his teammate and said, “I love him like a brother.” Cromwell announced deep appreciation for his friends. The team’s chemistry was obvious from the start. The list of goals for this freshman shows his genuine passion for the game. “Coach always told us we had a chance to do something special,” he said. He hopes to break all records for Scituate High and play at any college of his choosing. Without a doubt, Cromwell says his childhood dream has always been to be able to play in the NFL. For the rest of the year, the freshman said he will continue time to his studies and is excited to enter a new basketball season. Jaylen Cromwell’s intense devotion can be valued to motivate any freshmen or incoming high-school athletes who are serious about their preferred sport and wish to play at the varsity level.
Cromwell running towards victory in one of his many football games this fall Photo by Brian Woods
Cromwell and teammates pose for a picture showing their sailor pride. Photo by Brian Woods
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Beating the Holiday bulge Katie Albanese
As if picking out presents and seeing too much of your crazy aunt isn’t stressful enough, students and adults alike have to also face the “holiday belly bulge.” It’s that time of year again, folks; the pumpkin pie, the turkey dinners, Nana’s extra buttery cookies. While the holiday season is a joyous time of year, the struggle to stay in shape intensifies. So, what are some ways to stay in shape for the holidays? First, plan ahead. Keep in mind that you’re sure to be swamped with family parties, gatherings, holiday shopping. Be sure you set aside time to work out, and keep to that schedule. One slip can put an inch on the hip. Plus, if you plan ahead, “I have no time” is no excuse. Before your schedule gets too cramped, take the time to look up some easy, at-
home workouts. That way, wherever your holiday festivities take you, you can still throw in a workout here and there. Some of these equipment free workouts include jumping jacks, squat jumps, side-toside jumps, and everyone’s favorite: burpees. As for how to handle the temptation of holiday sweets, it’s all about being prepared. Suppose you go to the same family member’s house every year; you know what’s going to be there. Make a list before you arrive to your holiday parties of how many treat’s you’re going to allow yourself and stick to it! Treat the list as if it were a nagging personal t r a i n e r, constantly reminding you to keep on track. Having an actual list on you will remind you to not overeat, no matter how delicious those double fudge squares
of heaven look. And if you know you’re one to stray from a set diet, resort to create healthier treats, like chocolate covered fruit, rather t h a n cutting down on treats. So there you have it, all you holiday cheermeisters. Whether you’re one who j u s t All drawings by Max DiRado needs a small p u s h to stay on track, or a downright holiday cookie feign, there’s still hope for you this season. If you’re positive that “the holiday bulge” is something that will only happen during the holidays, eat away. But if the holidays put on weight that you can’t get off right away, figure out which routine best fits you!
Why drivers tend to hate Jack Frost Leah Doherty Staff Writer
While the snow brings many wonderful things, including epic snowball fights and consecutive days without school, snow can also be scary when it lies on the surface of roads waiting for a driver to experience a brief mental lapse behind the wheel. As a relatively new driver who received her license in late August, Katelyn Capprini discovered that driving is not as easy as it seems. According to Capprini, a junior at SHS, “Winter driving is so nervewracking for me because I really don’t know what to expect.” After years of observing other people at the wheel, whether it be her parents or older friends, Capprini knew that winter driving is “definitely dangerous and something you need to be pretty careful with.” Among the many dangers of winter driving, including black ice and sharp turns, she realized that a driver must stay
focused on the road at all times, especially if their visibility is impaired by millions of tiny snowflakes. Senior Jessi Tassini drove home last winter, and suddenly was stuck in the middle of a snowstorm with her friends in the backseat. In less than a second, the car fishtailed and swerved out of control. “I was lucky no one was around and didn’t hit anything,” Tassini said, as she New Englanders know just how scary winter driving recounted the terrifying experience. can be. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus News Service Similarly, junior Sean Williams expe- surroundings, but they must take into acrienced the same problem while driving count the obstacles they might face. home from lacrosse practice in a snow“I would keep a larger driving distance storm. With just one turn of the wheel, he between myself and the car in front of me had lost control of his car and faced what and hope that the person behind me does seemed like an imminent catastrophe. the same,” said foreign language teacher Based on statistics from IcyRoadSafety. Mr. Haddad. From an adult’s perspective, com, there were at least 458 deaths during driving in the winter requires people to act the 2009-2010 winter season alone. Even more responsibly on the road and consider in normal conditions, driving is a difficult the extra dangers that come with driving skill to learn. Not only does a driver have on slippery surfaces. to be constantly aware of their
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Junior Max DiRado stresses out over the thought of winter approaching. Photo by Gabe Goodman
Are you having trouble rolling out of bed in the morning? Are you experiencing bouts of low energy and fatigue? While most high schoolers are sleep deprived, there could be something more to your drowsiness. According to Web MD, these symptoms, along with sudden mood changes and loss of interest in everyday activities, could be signs of SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Also known as winter depression, summer depression, or seasonal depression, SAD is a type of depression which fluctuates based on the amount of sunlight a person is exposed to during the day. While experts are not completely sure of the causes, many believe that a lack of light results in the disruption of a person’s sleep-wake cycle, and that it may affect a person’s level of serotonin, a brain chemical which alters mood. For this reason, a person with SAD may experience increased symptoms during the winter, when the days get shorter. Junior Maeve Burke believes that she might experience Seasonal Affec-
tive Disorder during winter months. “I start feeling very sad after my birthday, which is in December, and it lasts until about May,” Burke said. If you believe you are affected by SAD, you might be wondering about the next step in diagnosis. Ms. Heffernan, an SHS health teacher, says that she hears from a lot of students who are concerned about possible SAD symptoms. “It’s common enough that a lot of people bring it up to me” she said. Regarding self-diagnosis, Ms. Heffernan said, “If you’re feeling down during the winter months, there are strategies that can be taught to help you through it.” She recommended talking to your family or your doctor, also citing Ms. Lopes, SHS adjustment counselor, as an appropriate consultant. When it comes to the treatments that are available for Seasonal Affective Disorder, light therapy is a common solution to the lack of sunlight a person is exposed to during certain parts of the year, with a recommended exposure time of about a half hour.
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Senior Fiona Martin, whose family recently acquired a new sauna equipped with specially-colored lamps, has experience with light therapy. According to Martin, it can help to balance the body physically and emotionally. “Light therapy helps to reset your inner biological clock and helps to regulate sleep and mood,” she said. Less conventional treatments include dawn simulation, in which another lightemitting device is used to simulate a sunrise while a person wakes up, getting brighter with time. For those that are seriously affected by SAD, different methods of treatment like antidepressants and counseling are often considered more effective. While SAD can seriously influence a person’s life, it’s evident that there are numerous ways to combat the gloominess of winter months. If you’re just craving an escape from winter, though, the South Shore YMCA is always a good place to be, with bright lighting and numerous indoor pools, saunas, and hot tubs.
6 Ways not to deal with Midterm Stress
Robert Connelly Webmaster Try Not to Procrastinate When you need to study, study, try not to avoid the task at hand. Regardless of how funny the current tweet you’re trying to write about how you hate studying for (which you’re not doing), maybe try to avoid posting it. A few favorites and a retweet aren’t worth the bad grades.
Junior Joseph Downing said “Procrastination seriously affects me. I always procrastinate and it causes me to put half-hearted effort into my work, but that usually depends on the assignment.”
Stop Looking Out the Window Seriously, how long have you been doing it? It may seem like a few seconds, but the more you gaze out that window in hope of finding inspiration, the less you know about cell membranes. Look away, close the shades, do whatever you have to in order to stay focused on your current task. Junior Steven Collins said “I do it when I’m at school because I fantasize about being ‘free”
Get Out of Bed You’re lying down now, aren’t you? You don’t need that power nap, you need to study. If you try to do work in bed, it’s almost a guarantee that you will pass out and eventually, those Z’s will turn into F’s. So get up and get back to work. Get Off of Facebook You’re still on Facebook? Well, you and the other six people currently online need to get off and start doing some work. There isn’t enough time to make a new photo album full of selfies you made three minutes ago, or make a controversial status about how bad you are for not studying.
Avoid Binge Eating The worst thing you could do, or at least a mildly bad thing you could do, is cram your face rather than your mind. At some point you’ll have to put down the spoon and pick up the book. Remember: a healthy mind is a healthy body, so drop that ice cream and rally those study skills. Junior Savannah Hayes said “I eat when I’m stressed, but I also eat when I’m scared, tired, happy, bored, confused, uncomfortable, comfortable, lonely, and hungry.”
Senior Remy Lovell said “When it’s 12 O’Clock at night and I have little to no hope of even remotely completing my homework, Facebook is there for me.”
Stop Watching Netflix No matter how close you are to finishing Breaking Bad, you have to remember your responsibilities. You’ll have plenty of half-days to binge watch your favorite shows, as long as you study beforehand.
Even though this may look tempting, you will regret it later. Photo courtesy of MCT Campus News Service
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Athletes of the Month
Charlotte Carr & Morgan Moore Jenna Baker Webmaster
The dynamic duo of seniors Charlotte Carr and Morgan Moore is a “recipe for success...on and off the court” said their coach, Mr. Matt Lewis. Playing together since they made the A-team in 5th grade, Carr and Moore can’t believe that they’ve finally reached their last year of high school basketball. Beginning in second grade, the pair was working hard on the courts to improve their skills and talent. Aside from playing town basketball, they played Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball, fall league and summer league in the offseason to stay in shape and fuel their love for the game. Carr’s passion for basketball started when she was a child, when she used to go to practices with her mom, who was a coach As freshmen, both Carr and Moore were put on the varsity team. Moore said it was “scary [and] petrifying”. Carr said that is was a “great opportunity to grow as basketball players.” Both agreed that they had extremely talented players to look up to as role models. Their successful season, with a final record of (21-3), motivated the girls to work just as hard in their next three years. Their time on the courts has taught them about commitment and loyalty, and how to be a team player. They hope that in their final season here at SHS, they can instill their respect and love for their sport into the rest of their teammates. Fortunately, their team already considers them leaders. Junior Erin Duffey said that, “both show good leadership and enthusiasm for the sport.” Carr and Moore are excited to be leaders of their team this year. They hope that if their team considers them leaders that they can live up to their expectations. Moore said, “we hope that if they do then we are Carr and Moore share a smile as they good role models for them. hold the MIA Semi-Finals game. It’s weird to think about Photo courtesy of Morgan Moore because we were freshmen and we idolized the seniors so much.” As far as this season, Moore said, “our strength is gonna be running.” They agree that they will have to come together as a team and move on after losing a lot of talented players last year. Despite the tough losses, both girls are remaining confident that this season will still be successful. Following this season, both girls plan on playing club or intramural basketball in college. Carr and Moore are sad to see their high school careers come to a close. Moore said, “I don’t know how I’m going to be able to cope with it.” Carr is determined to continue to play in college. She said, “It’s not that I want to play in college. I have to.”
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Keegan True is not only a soccer player, but a basketball player as well. He wears the number 14 on his jersey has been a member of the Varsity Basketball team for three years. True has been playing basketball for 13 years. He has two siblings: one brother and one sister. One goal of True’s this season is to “Hopefully be successful and make it to the state tournament” said True. One of True’s closest friends gave some insight of who True is as a person. “He’s goofy, he’s just fun to be around.” said senior Matt Murray. “Keegan, he’s just a nice guy, he’s a nice kid.” said Murray. Some of you may know that True has a younger brother in the school. Braeden True is a sophomore at SHS and looks up to his older brother. “He’s a good guy, he sets a good path for me,” said True. Coach Poirier wants this season to be great and influence his players, “To always make True glides down the court in one of his many varisty the winning efgames. Photo courtesy of Keegan True fort every second of every tryout, practice, scrimmage, game. They are all the same. We will only be as good as the effort made on a daily basis. If we make a genuine winning effort, everything else takes care of itself.” added Coach. When playing in a game, True is a leader. “He’s a great player. He is a winner and a calm person on and off the court.” said teammate and fellow senior Noma Okundaye. “I love his patience on the court. He lets the game come to him and goes with the flow.” said Okundaye. “He can speed up the pace or slow it down, he’s a great point guard and leader.” added Okundaye. Coach Poirier had a lot to add about True. “Hardworking and leadership,” said Poirier. “He is a point guard who is always communicating with teammates. He is an excellent leader. He demonstrates that same leadership off the court. Keegan is a winner. The next school he attends will be lucky to have him either as a student-athlete or just as a student. This is the type of person you want in your dorm, dining hall, classroom or basketball court. He is a person you would definitely want to refer to as an alumni. The school that does not accept him is missing out.” said Coach.
Fall Sports Highights Chloe Ewanouski & Julie O’Keefe Staff Writer & Business Manager The boys soccer team had a successful season with new coach, business teacher, and previous girls soccer coach, Mr. Maki. The team, directed by senior captains Joseph Desmond, Keegan True, and Gibson Davis made it to the first round of playoffs. In accordance, the team won Patriot League Champions for the second year in a row. The boys soccer team finished the season with a 12-5-1 record. The girls’ soccer team exceeded their high expectations. With the help of new coach Rob Williams, and senior captian Meghan James and junior captians Marlaina Reidy, Erica Badger, and Corey Murray, girls soccer made SHS history. The team made it to the State Semi Finals, losing to Notre Dame Academy, but the girls can be proud that this year’s team made it further than any girls soccer team at Scituate High School. The girls took the title as Patriot League Champions and wrapped up their season with an impressive record of 18-1-2. Scituate High School’s golf team reached new heights under the leadership of senior co-captains Ryan Donovan and Trevor Ciessau. Coach Chisholm was very proud of the team’s progress as the 12-4-1 record was the strongest record the team has held in the past 10 years. The triumphant season ended tying Hanover for the Fisher Division title in the Patriot League. The team demonstrated progress and determination throughout the season, proud for their Fisher Division title. With a new coach to start off the 2013 season, girls field hockey had a powerful season. Leaving the soccer field to fulfill her true field hockey passion, Gates Geography teacher Sara Paster was eager to take the available position this season. Aiding Coach Paster in leading the team, senior captains Molly McConoughey, Hannah Clougherty, and Hannah Roy played strong roles. Coach Paster was very pleased with the team’s accomplishments adding, “It was a fantastic first season as the varsity coach and I want to thank all the girls in the program for a great season.” With a strong first year with a new coach, the Scituate community looks forward to watching the field hockey team’s potential emerge. As for cross country, coached by P.E. teacher Ms. McCarthy, the girls team was guided by senior captains, Carly Martin, Jamie Kelleher, and Jenna Baker. The season ended with a 6-3 leading record. Junior Jackie Coscia was a Patriot League All Star and senior Veronica Hayes received the Patriot League Sportsmanship award. The boys team consisted of senior captian Jake Reynolds and junior captian Aaron O’Connell. Reynolds proved his leadership and dedication to the team with the title of Patriot League All Star, and Patriot League Sportsmanship award went to junior Brian James. The boys wrapped up the season with a 4-5 record. The school was represented in the state meet at Wrentham by boys Reynolds, O’Connell, James, junior Teddy Raggae, freshmen Wells Culkins and Ben Smith, and sophomore Trent Linker, and by girls Kelleher, Hayes, Martin, Coscia, juniors Erin Duffey and Shannan Callanan, and freshman Bridget Grant. Ms. McCarthy should be a proud coach for guiding two teams to a successful season. The football team, coached by Herb Devine had a 4-0 record in their league this year. Senior captains Timothy Churchill and Dawayne Kirton contributed to the team’s title as Patriot League Champs for the Fisher Division. This is the first time Scituate has been awarded champs since 2010. Along with the entire teams contributions to a great season, some recognition was given to seniors Dawayne Kirton, Noma Okundaye, juniors Christian Brady, Brian Cochran, Scott Radding, and Devin McCarthy for being selected as league players for the Patriot League. According to Coach Devine, a couple of standout players have been Kirton, all-time leading rusher at SHS, as well as Okundaye with 1066 yards in his SHS football career. Contributing to the success of the football team, the fans that come to support, and the school spirit the town has for its teams is the cheerleading team led by senior captains, Gina Brazao and Rachel Antos, and junior Maggie O’Connor, and Coach Michelle Hayes. The team participated in the Patriot League Cheerleading Competition at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School and head coach Hayes had high hopes at the time, and said, “We hope to round out our season with a win against Hingham at Thanksgiving!”
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