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Biener~ reaches by Bonnie Y ee and Michael Munoz The judges of the 1996 Westinghouse competition recently chose the finalists and semi-finalists amongst the Science Talent Search applicants. Senior Ofra Biener was named . a finalist in the renowned competition, while seniors Emily Haisley and Wendy Chen finished as semi-finalists. On January 22, senior Ofra Biener learned that her social science project, "A Comparison of Paper and Computer Screens in Deleting Errors in Written Texts," had secured her a spot as one of the 40 nationwide finalists, $1,000, and a trip to Washington, D.C., in order to compete for one the top ten spots and prize money totaling $40,000. Ofra was overjoyed that her hard work had paid off. "I feel great," she said. "I never expected this." For her project, Ofra relied on the help of the word processing

by Richard Capone What would you do if someone smacked a flying object into your face at over 100 miles per hour? Well, if you were a contender for the 1996 Summer Olympics, like senior Karen I. Chang, you would probably return fire with a whirling loop. Karen is a competitive table tennis player and will be heading to the Summer Olympic Tryouts in Flint, Michigan . From February 21-23, the topranked ping pong players in the nation will face off in order to get the opportunity to be among the three men and three women selected to represent the United States in the 1996 Summer Olympics. In order to be invited, Karen had to rank among the top 30 ping pong players in the U.S. "Initially, I was surprised and excited at having been invited," said Karen. "Now, I think about my chances and how difficult it would be. Most of the other contenders are in

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classes. The subjects were asked to read two texts. One was on a computer screen and the other was a computer printout. The readings were embedded with grammatical errors. No spelling mistakes were included, because they would have been easily detected with the computer's spell-check. The purpose of the project was to see which medium allowed students to pick up more errors. In the end, Ofra discovered that paper was much better for error detection. "Many businesses are thinking about going paperless and just using computers," said Ofra. "Getting rid of paper is not the answer. It may be quicker to do things on computer, but you're giving up quality in the final copy." According to Susan Appel, Assistant Principal of Science, contestants take part in a research program, a social science research program, and an independent study when preparing for the competition.


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Emily and Wendy both did their research in the biological sciences .. For her project, Emily spent a great deal of time working in New York University's plant molecular biology laboratory to conduct research on the genetics of a model plant. Specifically, she was studying how one gene is regulated in a plant. In order .to do this, Emily grew a plant in an agar media. After reaching a certain age, the plant was treated under experimental conditions. A protein (RNA) · was extracted from the plant, frozen and ground up. The purpose of the experiment was to discover the function of the gene, how the plant regulates the gene, and to "extrapolate information to plants used for crop production to make better plants," according to Emily. Such research was time-consuming, but Emily felt it was worth it. "I love working in the lab. I've learned how to present results with scanners and computer graphics," she said.

Becoming a semi-finalist for mous amount of time and effort her project, "Opioid Receptors into the project, Wendy is not in Rodent Testes," was a very rewarding feeling for se- · nior Wendy Chen. The purpose of her project was to locate a type of receptor on reproduCtive cells. An opioid is a chemical compound ...<.> neurotransmitter c <.> used in intercellular iii communication that <!:: "' 0 is found in the tes'0 tes. Wendy was re>. "'<.> searching intercelt:: :::: 0 lular comunication. u 0 '~It means a lot to 0 ..c -me, because I put so "'much time into this project and it's sort Westinghouse finalist Ofra Biener. Her of like you get a project dealt with the detection of typing compliment for errors on paper and computer screens. something you do and it makes you feel good," upset that she did not become a said Wendy. "It's like a pat on finalist. "Nobody's effort is less the back." Continued on p. 4 Although she put in an enor-

champ -chang tries out foi -olyinpics men and 16 women divided into four teams," explained Karen. "My team won the silver and I placed third out of eight in the Women's Doubles Competitions." In the Junior Olympics, an annual national tournament for Juniors Under 18 held in Des Moines, Iowa, Karen placed third in the 1995 Under-18 Singles tournament, came in second in 1994, and in 1993, won the gold in the Under-16 Girls' Singles competition. Karen has also participated in competitions abroad, including some in Taiwan, her parents' birthplace. In Taiwan, table tennis is the number one sport and is called, "The People's Sport." "Playing in Taiwan is a very different experience from playing in the U .S.," explained Karen. "There are different•· types of training, different styles, and different strategies. People even bow to each other before a competition." Continued on p. 4

first lessons at a Chinese community center. From §0. there she went on ~ z to compete in local tournaments and ~ <.> c then moved up to :.2 u national competi"@ tion1), under the E :::: guidance of her .Q ::9 coach, Liu Hui ~,; Yuan. Some of tournaments :e these have included the ·:; ::r: U.S. Open, the bo c U.S. Olympic Fes<.> ..c tival, and the Junu >. .0 ior Olympics .. 0 Karen has proven 0 ..c that she could be "'-' successful in these member. prestigious competitions. h1 this year's U.S. Open, her Junior National Team beat Sweden and placed second. The U.S. Festival schedules competitions during the non-Olympic years. "All top athletes in the country compete. There are 16


SSSWACK! Senior Karen I. Chang competes as a National Junior Team their twenties and thirties and have more experience." Karen is also worried about an injury from a recent ski trip and whether it will affect her performance. "I pulled a muscle in my back while I was skiing. In

the beginning, I could not even bend down. Now I've started training again, but not as intensively as I want to or should be," said Karen. Karen was only ten years old when her mother sent her to her


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A beautiful quilt created in remembrance of the lives lost to AIDS by the members of SPAA (Students Promoting AIDS Awareness) was recently dedicated in a moving ceremony attended by dignitaries, faculty and students (See page 3). The quilt brings a certain somberness to the main lobby; the victims' names gleam brightly in the soft light, like polished tombstones, reminding us of the pain and suffering AIDS brings and the lives it has stolen. However, the quilt also serves as a symbol of hope that we will one day conquer this fatal disease, and it is an inspiration to today's youth to become more active in and aware of the campaign against AIDS. For over a decade, AIDS has spread its lethal fingers around the world, leaving behind emaciated corpses and frustrated scientists unable to find a cure for this pestilence. Despite the slow progress in AIDS research over the years, groups like SPAA have continued to have a positive outlook for the future. Not only do AIDS awareness organizations educate the public about the disease, but they also rai se money through dance-a-thons and other benefits to fund research projects. Now, finally, it seems their hard work has been rewarded. A recent breakthrough in AIDS research has restored hope that a cure will be found, and finally provides concrete evidence that their efforts have not been futile. New drugs, known as protease inhibitors, seem to eliminate "detectable traces of HIV from patients' bodies ... by interfering with the virus' final stage of reproduction," but researchers say that the virus is not completely terminated - it reappears in laboratory tests once the drug treatments stop (Newsday, 1130196). This discovery does not cure AIDS but it does manage to temporarily keep the disease "in check." Although the drugs' side-effects are said to be minimal, further studies must be conducted to determine their influence upon the disease and the body for an extended period of time. As wonderful and exciting as these findings are, we must stay vigilant, because AIDS remains a killer on the loose, and the new drug treatments are merely an obstacle in its pathway to destruction. Scientists are urging everyone to remain cautious, reminding us that they had initially misjudged favorable AIDS discoveries in the past, and the recent study was too short and had too few participants to actually determine the treatment's full capabilities and/or disadvantages. We cannot, of course, view this breakthrough as a green light to engage in reckless behavior, because we are still at risk for HIV for which there is still no known cure, not to mention STD 7 s and teenage pregnancy. However, we should certainly feel encouraged to support with renewed vigor AIDS research and community and school organizations that deal with educating the public about the disease. We are very fortu nate that so many people in Townsend Harris are involved in SPAA, which has over 100 members who meet weekly to plan school-wide activities promoting AIDS awareness. Hopefully, sometime down the road, a real cure for this deadly disease will be found, making groups such as SPAA unnecessary.




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Letters to the Editor Classic coverage belittles teams To the Editor: I am upset that your paper does not acknowledge many of our undefeated sports teams. I was greatly disappointed when I found that New York Newsday had a bigger article about our swim team than our "hometown " paper. The people on these teams work hard to make sure they are the best they can be and you should acknowledge them. Even though this is not an "athletic" school, these teams should not be belittled by minute articles and no publicity. Dorcas Davis Editor's reply: The Classic went to press as the swimmimng season was coming to an end. Please turn to page If for extensive coverage on the team.

Speeding up the lunch line To the Editor: Every time I come down from the 6th floor to the lunch room, I have to run like a roadrunner to get my lunch early. This is due to the fact that there is only one line instead of the two we had before. I know this happened because of budget cuts but I think even though we have only one line, we can still hurry it up . Sometimes when I come down late and the line's a mile long, I have to wait 15 to 20 minutes in order to get my lunch. This makes me late for service as well. Maybe we can help by asking for student helpers to assist the lunch ladies. We can give service credit to anyone who wants to volunteer. If we did this, everybody would be happy, and no one would be late. Maggie Yuan

Media attention for O.J. To the Editor: If you are so concerned with how much media attention the O.J. trial got, why did you have two pages of articles on it? You blame us for not turning off the TV when it comes on, yet you devote all of your op-ed pages to 0.1..


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To the Editor: In response to the November issue's article, "Turn off jaded programs; send mes ... sage to media," I strongly agree that all of the attention the O.J. trial generated from the media was over-saturated. But now that thetrial is over (thank God!), "TV land" is just as pathetically populated with garbage as it was during the seemingly never-ending duration of the Simpson trial. Talk shows seem to have spontaneously multiplied and are featured on every network. It's mind-boggling how many useless topics they can concoct and then be able -to spend an entire hour covering them. One wonders what ever happened to Oprah-type shows that discussed something semi-intelligent. But the point is that millions of Americans every day settle in front of the TV set and supply these shows with high ratings. I strongly applaud your views and agree that America should turn off this garbage and show the media that we want something more intellectual on our TV's - not the mindless junk they supply us with. Annette Orzechowski

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To the Editor: . by Amanda Schoenberg "Prejudice is the child of ignorance." ·Ambrose Bierce I deeply thank the editors of The Classic for doing follow-up-reports on the speSilence filled the lobby of Townsend Harris on January 22 as the AIDS memorial cial auditorium assembly dealing with the aftermath of the O.J. Simpson trial....O.J. quilt was unveiled for the first time. Students Promoting AIDS Awareness (SPAA) was the worst thing to happen to racial relations since the Dred Scott trial of the presented the quilt of over 120 patches, which they constructed to pay homage to Supreme Court.... those who have fallen victim to AIDS, to a crowd of students, teachers, administraI never thought I'd see the day when the cantankerous tlemon we call racism tors, and members of the press. would rear its ugly head in the hallowed halls of Townsend Harris. It was truly a sad The dedication ceremony began with an introduction by Ilene Marcus, Spanish day when a majority of the black students cheered for O.J.'s freedom and when a teacher and advisor to SPAA. Ms. Marcus thanked all those involved in the project, majority of the white students groaned in bitter rage. I was shocked to see my black including Mr. and Mrs. Shane, parents of a Townsend Harris student, who sewed friends smile with joy and victory. But in actuality, we didn't see a case of judicial the quilt. Following her introduction, several students lit candles for those who glory, but of black students on one side and white students on the other. We're have died of AIDS, ending with a candle to signify hope for a cure. Former cosupposed to be a loving school, a humanities school-it's just too bad racism taints presidents Aimee Shapiro and Jordana Kaban, and current co-presidents Jennifer our purity.... Belo and Jennifer Molina added their own thoughts about the ceremony and the We are born together, we die together. We lay in cradles next to one another, we quilt. The jazz ensemble then added a musical interlude to the ceremony. Under lay beneath flower beds next to one another. Then why not also live together? the direction of Peter Lustig, they played "In the Mood" and "Chameleon." PrinciI implore all fellow Harrisites to love one another while in this haven of ours although unstable, it is indeed as close to utopia as we can get... .. As hard as it may be to hold hands in union, let's take that step. Let's get away from O.J. and racism, and start to face and build the foundation of a "city [that will be better] than [we] have found it." Let's do it together hand in hand, black, white and gray, brother and brother, sister and sister. "While there is life there is hope.. " ·John Gay Name withheld upon request of writer.

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To the Editor: I was very upset to find out that because of one person, we all had to suffer. The response to the incident of a person writing on the bathroom was not fair. We were forced to sign out from the class and sign in when we got back, with the exact time and date we went to the bathrooms. There was even a person there who would check the bathroom after you were done. We were treated as if we were the culprits, without any respect and trust. I am glad the person who did this was caught and punished, but it was not necessary to punish the innocent. I do not think that we should all pay the price for one student. We are ·still required to use the sign out sheet. Will it never end? Despina Ganis

Dance-a-thon to raise funds For tarp to protect gym floor by Amy Kommatas Were you among the 600 students who shook up the dance floor at this year's Kick-off Mixer, or among the 400 who wish they had? Have you lost faith in the idea that the Student Union will ever hold a dance other than the Mixer? To all those nodding their heads in agreement... SURPRISE!! On March 29, from 3-6 P.M .. , the S.U., with help of Judy Biener, Coordinator of Student Affairs, will sponsor a Dance-a-thon! Due to the rave reviews of the DJs from this year's Mixer, the S.U. has yet again lined up "Twice As Good INC." As at the Mixer, the.DJs will take requests and play a variety of music ranging from hiphop to alternative and reggae. Held in the S.U. building on the Queens College campus, the dance will raise money which will go towards a muchneeded tarp for the gym floor. A tarp would allow for a whole slew of events held in the gym that the school could not otherwise host. A Health Fair, Winter Carnival and even a College Fair within our own building are all possible future events with the purchase of a tarp. Such a tarp costs several thousands of dollars, which the S.U. hopes to raise a portion of through the Dance-a thon.

All interested students will be given sponsor sheets which explain that they must raise a minimum of ten dollars for admittance to the dance, whether through donations, paying a flat fee, or a combination of both. This may seem like a hefty price; however, S.U.· Senior Vice President Namrata Kapoor explained that "Students will have three hours of free fun because they aren't paying anything out of their own pocket." S.U. Treasurer, junior Franzo Law., agree~ "Even though it may seem like a lot of money, it's for a good cause. The key word in 'dance-a-thon' is 'DANCE' and that's what the student body wanted.'' The Dance-a-thon is actually the culmination of a full week of spirit raising activities. Tentative plans include a "Battle of the Grades" where students may participate in various Spirit Days to score points for their grade. The winner ofthe "Battle of the Grades" will be announced at the Dance-a-thon. "I think it's a great opportunity for students to have fun and raise money for school activities at the same time," Narnrata concluded. Senior Valerie Fristachi summed it up by saying, "I'll see you all there!"


· IMMORTALIZED ON CLOTH, the names of AIDS victims occupy each patch of the memorial quilt made by Students Promoting AIDS Awareness (SPAA).


pal Malcolm Largmann, who accepted the quilt on behalf of the school, offered few words of his own . He spoke about the tremendous work and commitment involved and thanked all those who participated. He said, "This is a moment of great sentiment. .. There are many reminders implicit in this quilt." One such reminder was, as he said, "AIDS has no particular face. The only way to be 100% safe is abstinence." He also mentioned the death of one of the members of the first class of the new Townsend Harris, who was 20 years old when he died. A poetry reading of works dealing with AIDS followed, with Claire Schnabel reading "X", Orli Sharaby presenting, "The Plague" and Henry Wong reading his own piece entitled "Flowers." The dedication ceremony ended in song, with a duet of the Mariah Carey/ Boyz II Men hit, "One Sweet Day" by sophomores Kim Guerra and Eric Baez. During the duet, members of SPAA stood and pulled guests out of their seats to sing along. The SPAA quilt was made possible by a $300 grant from the HIV Technical ~ssis­ tance Department of the Board of Education. The idea for the quilt originated in a SPAA meeting last year, and students have been working on the patches since last · March. The project was completed by January. Ms .. Marcus said that after all the students' hard work, the dedication ceremony was "a real tribute to the students in the club." Former co-president of SPAA, senior Aimee Shapiro, said, "The ceremony was beautiful and I really hope our message has gotten through." Effie Bynum, a guest from the division of high schools, claimed that the dedication was "very moving and very lovely." She also said she was impressed with the high level of participation among Townsene Harris students. Several seconds of the dedication ceremony were captured on film by NBC news. Ms. Marcus said , "They did it as a favor to us. 30 seconds of fame is better than no seconds of anonymity, anyway." An article was also written about the dedication in the Queens Chronicle on January 25. Upcoming events for SPAA include an AIDS Awareness DAY in May, with the performance of a play dealing with AIDS, and possible appearances by guest speakers. SPAA also plans to raise money for children with AIDS.

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. citywide Penny Harvest totaled approximately $77,000 when counted at the New York Coliseum in Manhattan on Sunday, December 3. Representatives from Townsend Harris and other participating schools assisted in sorting the coins and had the opportunity to meet with other involved students. Proceeds of the drive will be donated to charities and other public service organizations. Sponsored by Arista, Townsend Harris' Penny Harvest, held during the last two weeks of November, raised nearly $775, consisting of 15 30-pound sacks of about $50 each. Arista members collected pennies and other spare change in containers which were placed , in the dining hall, at the bagel counter, security desk, and other areas in the school. Signs posted throughout the building reminded students to bring in their donations. "This is our first time participating in the program, and we rose to the challenge magnificently," said Margaret Landry, Arista Advisor. "With little notice, we achieved a high level of participation school-wide, including all staff and students and families. Arista officers, many collectors, and poster makers helped us to reach our goal," she said. . Junior Mirella de Rose, FirstYear Arista Vice President, senior Annie Kuo, Arista Treasurer, and Ms. Landry, attended the "Field Day" or sorting of the pennies. This event lasted about six hours and included students from approximately 200 public schools and 20 private schools throughout the five boroughs.




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REAPING THE HARVEST. Seniors Akiba Smith, Heather Ward, Samir Patel, junior Ronald Lee, and Arista advisor Margaret Landry show Principal Malcolm Largmann the sacks of coins collected during the Penny Harvest,. Elementary and junior high schools had the majority of partiCipants, although some other high schools such as Stuyvesant, Hillcrest, Forest Hills , and Edison were involved . . ''I'm very honored to have been able to participate in the Penny Harvest. With all the money raised, it's a great example of how each of us can make a difference," said Mirella. The program behind the harvest is called "Common Cents." This organization has been successful with the support of companies including Brink, Chemical Bank and Lane Gottleib Advertising, as well as the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the New York Public Library. Containers for penny collection have been available at the public libraries and other areas in the city in addition to the schools. When all of the contributions have been collected, the alloca-

tion of funds will be decided. Common Cents has an association of high school students from all over the city called the Student Community Action Fund (SCAF). These students will allot money to charities fighting problems such as homelessness, and those assisting needy children; Grants may also be awarded for student projects that help people in need, focusing on peer education, or geared towards improving the environment. "The program benefits the city in a number of ways. In one aspect it gets students active within their own communities. It also teaches students that they can involve themselves with problems that society has a difficult time addressing, such as homelessness and health care issues. Students are also taught how to be responsible for money. We {Common Cents] truly support the empowerment of students," said Terris SmithCaronia, Office Administrator of Common Cents.

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"Ne cede malis," says Margaret Anne Landry to her ninth band Latin-I class. She is explaining the motto of the Bronx, which means "do not give in to evils," and can be found on the Whitestone Bridge. Ms. Landry enjoys helping students to find Latin phrases anywhere they _may be- on signs, postcards, coins, or book covers. For the past nine years, Ms. Landry has taught Greek and Latin at Towosend Harris. In 1994, she became the advisor to Arista, the National Honor Society. During her high school years when she herself was a member, she was "in awe of' her advisor. "When I thought I could be like him in some way, I jumped for it; he was a real role model for me, " said Ms. Landry. She admired him for his absolute hohesty, rigorous teaching, and insistence on upholding standards. She calls Arista' s most recent project, the Penny Harvest, a "success." Arista sponsored the collection of over $750 in pennies., with the help of students, parents, and teachers. She says that Ler:oy Howard, 0ne of Townsend Harris' security guards, and Irving Katz, aide, were especially helpful during the col1e.ction. "They encourag~ every0ne who passed by, am:l were very persuasive!" she said. "'' Ms. L~dry also helps out with the ninth graders irl Save the Children. "When we. wete in the old building, Ms. Garcia asked for my help one day, and I was pulled in," she said. "I do kind of miss the old building, "said Ms.Landry. She explained that teaching in room 221 at the Parsons B.oulevard site was "like teaching in a treehouse" because of all the "wonderful animals" that could be spotted in the wooded lot next door. Lessons had to compete with sightings of ~ resident golden-necked pheasant, woodpeckers and reportedly a possum. "I am not able to belie:ve in the possum story!" she exclaims. Ms. Landry says that she also misses the "family feeling" of the old building. Ms. Landry grew up in W!tl'tham, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. In high schooJ she took four years· of Latin, but Greek was not available. A "wonderful" Latin teacher in high school inspired her to study Greek as well as to continue her education in Latin at Boston College, where she eventually went on to obtain a Masters degree. Her graduating class was only the second open to women. Seven out of lO students were male. Before coming to Townsend Harris, Ms. Landry taught handicapped students in the South Bronx and Latin in Virginia at a private school. Ms. Landry is married and has two daughters. One daughter, who was recently married, is an attomey; and the other is a medi~ cal writer. Ms. LIUldry says she enjoys reading, baking, and going t0 Off· Broadway plays. Her favorite type of music is classical, specifically Bach and Beethoven. According to lrer students, Ms. Landry is quite a comedian. They say that it is not uncommon for her to tell a funny joke or story in the middle of c:lass. Though Ms. Landry, may appear serious and quiet to those who don't know her, she is really talkative and humorous. She brings back life to two dead languages.

(continued from pg. 1) Before each match, Karen engages in a routine of exercises to prepare herself. These include jump-roping and serving balls continuously to the corners of the table. "I also engage in waistturning activities and move quickly in small areas. This establishes foot movement and quickness, which prepares me for the rapidness of the ball after I serve," Karen said. Karen practices table tennis three to four times a week, but still manages to engage in other activities. She is also quite devoted to the violin. "I've been playing the violin for about 12 years, but I've never really done it competitively. I don't really have time because of pingpong," explained Karen. As a

member of the New York Young Musicians Ensemble, she will be performing in four concerts in Paris during spring break. Karen's other activities include sending E-mail, reading, talking on the phone, watching movies and playing the guitar. "I also like making bead necklaces and creating animal balloons," she stated. All the time Karen spends on ping-pong sometimes interferes with her getting together with her friends. "They bec.ome upset because I'm always playing table tennis and have no time to hang out," said Karen. When Karen travels to competitions, she often has to do her schoolwork on airplanes and in

hotel rooms. She says she has learned a valuable lesson from her busy schedule. "I manage to keep my grades up, and I learned about time management; it's taught me not to procrastinate," said Karen. Playing competitively has taught Karen many other things. "Competing helps to enrich me, not only as a player, but also as a person. Competing has increased my mental strength in all fields," Karen pointed out. She also learned to ignore critics and avoid discouragement. "Losing a few games does not mean that I'm a failure. They are lessons that will help me win the next game. I apply these same lessons to school, violin and all other areas that encom~ pass my life," said Karen.

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.. than anyone else's," she explained. "Everyone really had good science experiments. We were all in it for the research experience, no matter if Westinghouse recognized it. We all succeeded. It's such an accomplishment - we're all a team." Ms. Appel concurred, noting that the "team" included Debra Michlewitz, English teacher, who taught the social science research class and worked with Ofra; English teacher Harriette Blechman, who read the contes-

tants' essays; mathematics teacher Joseph Horn, who helped with statistical analysis; Assistant Principal of Mathematics Harry Rattien; Assistant Principal of Humanities Lynne Greenfield; Assistant Principal of Foreign Language Joan Walsh; science teacher Odile Garcia and the rest of the science department. "Everyone was really a winner," said 'Ms. Appel.. "They learned something others don't until college: how to work independently on a large project."


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New teachers bring diverse beickgrounds to classroom by Jennifer Pare and Cory McCruden Students and staff welcomed three teachers and several student teachers this semester. Norma Branson, James Favino, and Chris Hackney are the new faculty members in the Foreign Language and Humanities departments. Student teachers Kathi Vieser and Michael Carbone are working in the English department, and Robbin Chamoff is doing her student teaching in health education. Norma Branson teaches Spanish 2 and 4. Her decision to teach stemmed from the inspiration she received from her




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dents make her feel even more at ease. "They work very hard gnd are very intelligent," she said. "I'm learning a lot from my students. I'm enjoying it." Prior to coming to Townsend Harris, Ms. Branson taught at Queens College. She likes to travel, read, go to the theatre, and visit museums. ~ James Favino is teaching English 2 and l'-J health. He majored in · «< English at Wheaton ·c ~ College in Illinois. Af.J:J "' ter graduation, he .,~ moved to Mississippi c.. where he had a low-income job building homes, and also worked James Fauino with high school students whose drop-out professors at Queens College. rate was 70%. He enjoyed Ms. Branson is Mexican, and working with them immensely, feels most comfortable teaching and thus began a career in eduher native language. The stu-





cation. Mr. Favino's background also includes working with teams. He has coached football, wrestling and track. Chris Hackney, who is teaching Global Studies : 1 and econom- ,• , •

South Africa and left for political reasons after he finished high school. His entire family still lives there. He attended Wesleyan University where he majored in psychology. After graduation, Mr. Hackney worked in banks for awhile, but felt he wasn't making a useful contribution to the world. "I wanted to do something I actually enjoyed," he said, so he turned .to teaching. "The students here are the best I've ever come across," he said. "They're nicer. The people I went to school with were meaner, more dangerous." Mr. Hackney wants to get his Ph.D. in social or educational psychology. Looking even further into the future, Mr. Hackney added, "I think I'd like to start a


ics, has i• known about this school for ; eight years. ' His wife, Heather Nash, was a member of the first class of Townsend Harris, and editor of The Classic for four years . "In fact, the first time I saw her, I think she was wearing a Townsend Harris sweatshirt," he said. "Heather loved Townsend Harris. She loved the teachers." Mr. Hackney was born in

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"The faculty and the students are so wonderfui. .. I'm learning so much ," she commented . "I am thoroughly enjoying this experience." Michael Carbone is also preparing to be a high school English teacher at Queens College. While working alongside English teacher Harriette Blechman, Mr. Carbone observes classes from ninth to eleventh grades. "This experience has taught me a lot that a textbook could never teach me," he commented."Townsend Harris has been great. I'm really enjoying myself and the students are the cream of the crop." Robbin Chamoff started working at age I 7. She was an accountant for I 0 years and worked for a real estate firm in Manhattan . Prior to coming here, Ms. Chamoffwas a stay-at-home mom, but as her children got older, the desire to work grew aga1n. Now she's teaching health under the supervision of E, \


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Iln,e." Kathi Vieser is studying to be a high school English teacher at Queens College. Working with Judy Biener, she observes freshman English classes each day .




Schwartz. The students here have especially impressed Ms. Chamoff. "They're very proud of who they are, what they've accomplished, and what they believe in," she said.

Pilot Special Education program provides peer role models by Beth Mattucci A group of special education students, assisted by Townsend Harris students, stack books in the Queens College library . or clean the tables in the college cafeteria. These students are working at job sites, which is just one part of their curriculum. Housed in room 412 of Townsend Harris from 8:30 A :M. to 2:30 P.M. five days a week, this class serves as a pilot program meant to place disabled students in an environment with their peers. The six students are part of 255Q, 'a special education schooL Its student body is distributed in five different public schools, usually occupying a room or a wing of the building. Originally, the four boys and two girls who now attend Townsend Harris, were instructed in Parsons Junior High School 168. However, since they range in age from 18 to 21, they were in a setting with much younger children. Joan Baltman, the Principal of255Q, proposed the pilot program to provide specially selected stu-

dents with more age-appropriate role models. Individualized Programs

patory Democracy class as part of their community service requirement, thanks to the suggestion of social studies teacher Myron Moskowitz.

In this program, all of the students are autistic. As defined by Webster's New World DictioHarrisites Help Out nary, autism is, "a mental state marked by disregard of exterOn Mondays and Wednesnal reality." The disabilities that days, Carmen Rodriguez and result from autism vary widely. Heather Garber help the stuSome students are verbal, and dents with their Queens College some are nonverbal; some can jobs. On Fridays, Amanda read and write, and some can- Schoenberg, Irina Tsytsylin and not. Some have trouble with junior Cynthia Freeman go on motor skills. outdoor excursions and help in Due to these differences, each the classroom. person has an individualized "It's been a really incredible program taught by one teacher, experience," said Amanda. "It Donald Rubino, and two para- sounds a little corny, but I feel professionals, Judy Broderick like working with the kids has and Scott Idson. There are also been rewarding for all of us inspecialty teachers who come in volved. They are all amazing." weekly. Basically, the curricuMr. Rubino feels that these lum includes learning about volunteers are a welcome addicommunity, language, indepen- tion to the special education curriculum. He said, 'They've endence, and behavior. Part of the learning process in- . hanced our students' lives with cludes going to various job sites pleasure and understanding, and to acquire vocational skills. they have helped them to deThere, the special education stu- velop independence skills for · dents are assisted by seniors the rest of their lives." from Townsend Harris' ParticiSo far, the special education

pupils have not had too much interaction with the mainstream student body, other than through the use of the dining hall and the outdoor track at Queens College. Junior Erin Troy said, "I think that if it will help them learn better, it's good that they are here, but they could become more involved in school activities. I think that we should at least be told more about them if we are expected to become their peers." Sheila Orner, Assistant Principal of Pupil Personnel Services, is working on more ways for the ,special education students to interact with others. "I'm happy to have them here in the building. Our kids have been wonderful role models for them," said Ms. Orner. Many Harrisites have had a positive reaction to the addition of the special education program. "I think it's a good idea because they will feel more ·comfortable around their peers," said freshman Lisa Tscheinkowitsch. The adjustment to the new school has been rough for a few

of the students. Some talk about missing friends and teachers from their old school. However, the teachers have noticed that the students have paid more attention to their appearance now that they have better role models to follow and are treated more appropriately for their age. Feeling Welcome "I want to thank the staff and all the students that have given us a warm welcome. This is' a great opportunity for the students to be treated like and respected as people," said Mr. Rubino. As a long-term goal, students are expected to be graduated up until the age of 21, having learned the skills necessary to function as independently as possible in society .Transitional coordinators help to place the graduates in a community job setting or shelter workshop. "The importance is that they are treated as normal human beings even though they have disabilities," said Ms. Broderick.


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Conference publicizes risks of smoking by Natalka Pal czyiiski & Dominika Bednarska "Mission 2000: Save 12 million lives, serve 6 million new cancer patients, and raise 523 million dollars." The American Cancer Society, Queens chapter, publicized the organization's turn-of-the-century goal at its Youth Press Conference for high schooljournalists on Monday, November 13. Hazards of smoking and advertisements' effects on cigarette ,purchasing were addressed. This prelude to the 19th Annual Great American Smokeout was held at the office of Queens Borough President Claire Schulman. The conference featured four panel members, including pediatrician Allan Bernstein, project ASSIST field director Elizabeth Hobkirk, consumer affairs specialist Frances Cerra Whittelsey, and St. John's University media professor Barry Sherman. Michael Wilson, Director of Project ASSIST, moderated the conference. Francis Cerra Whittelsey is an award-winning author, marketing expert and consumer affairs specialist. She is a reporter who worked for the New York Times and Newsday specializing in consumer/ investigative stories . When her husband quit smoking I 0 years ago, he suffered severe withdrawal symptoms. "He was a real mess for quite a few weeks," she said. She contacted the National Institute of Health (NIH) for some information on smoking and was surprised by what she received. "They told me things that shocked me. Smoking is more addictive than heroine, they said .. The NIH knew this and they kept it to themselves!" She used the information to compose some factual articles and some editorial pieces for


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women's magazines. She felt that a woman's work. They work in a cumulative way . They magazine might be especially interested be- present an image and symbolism." cause ofthe statistics that showed women had He went on to explain how cigarette coma harder time quitting than men. "Not one panies categorize different groups by age, inwomen's magazine was interested in what I come, region, race, and personality. "Every had to offer because they all had tobacco in- demographic group has a buzzword," he said ~

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dustry clients," she said. "That's one thing that I quickly learned: a magazine will never criticize their advertisers. Did you ever see an article in a magazine putting down cosmetics? All lipsticks are great, right?" Targeting women Elizabeth Hobkirk is the field director for Project ASSIST for the New York State Department of Health. She's the co-founder of the "Women and Tobacco Task Force," which specializes in studying the effect of tobacco advertising on women . Ms . Hobkirk presented an array of slides featuring a century's worth of cigarette advertisements. Most demonstrated how the tobacco industry targets women. Since the introduction of Virginia Slims, cigarette usage by teenage girls has doubled. Statistics now show that lung cancer causes more deaths in women than breast cancer. Promotional advertisements were shown, including Marlboro Adventure Team Gear, "free" with proofs of purchase. Cosmopolitan magazine featured a pullout catalog of V Wear- VA Slims. In order to receive the "free" leather jacket, the purchaser had to buy $800 in cigarettes. That would mean someone would have to smoke a cigarette every 8 minutes to be able to get the jacket before the offer expired. Companies like Misty and Camel have followed the trend . Queens Borough President Claire Schulman admitted to being a former smoker, starting at age 16. She said that her children (two are physicians) made her kick the habit. "They gave me a hard time. Every time I lit a cigarette, they threw a: fit. They banned smoking in their cars too." She said that she quit smoking, cold turkey, from her average three packs a day, and the worst withdrawal symptom she , suffered was lethargy. "I began enjoying food a lot more after I stopped. My taste buds had been dulled by cigarettes," she said. Barry Sherman, a media professor at St. John's University specializing in TV, radio, and communications, spoke on the powerful role advertisements play in hooking potential smokers. "People say: 'I don't smoke because of ads' but they don't realize how influential ads are," he said. "Ads work. We know they imposes by Demetrios Bertzikis It has been more than ten months since the enactment of New York City's strictest anti-smoking statute. The Smoke-Free Air Act proliibits or drastically restrains smoking in public places, including most city restaurant&. After surviving i ntense criticism from organizations, such as the New York Tavern and Restaurant Association and othets who lobbied.for smokers' rights, the Smoke;-Free Air Act took effect April 10' (Newsday, 8/20/95). The law is considered among the nation's sti,ffest. Legislators who made the law call it "yet another in a succession of local steps to safeguard the health of the people and the planet" (Newsday, 4110195). It prohibits smoking in restaurants with more than 35 s_eats_, unless then

Survey sho\J\J "Tobacco companies find the buzzword and use it. The buzzword is the word, phrase, or even photo that will make [a person] want to go out there and buy a pack of cigarettes in order to have the life or be the person [portrayed in ads]." "Knowledge is power when it comes to not smoking," said Mr; Sherman. He wants teens to be aware that they're being hunted down and lied to. " A cigarette is not a horse ride in Montana. It's not a dance with a gorgeous woman on the roof of a New York City apartment building. And it's not a sleeping bag with a beautiful babe .... If you bring your peers' attention to the ads, you'll be able to identify the buzzword which only works subconsciously and therefore break the link," he said. Luring teens

Dr. Allan Bernstein, the Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for New York Life Sanus Health Plan, provided statistics on smoking, especially among adolescents. The average age for a teen to start smoking is II years old. When you start, there is a 50% risk of becoming addicted; 75% of teens who now smoke say they wish they had never started," Mr, Bernstein said. "Most smokers begin in junior high school or high school. Because teens are very subject to peer pressure; this is .an extremely critical age in preventing people from smoking and .discontinuing use," he said. All participants weregiven posters to bring back to their high schools. "Marlboro Gear" and "Get your butt out of my face" are hanging throughout Harris' hallways. It is not illegal to use cigarettes if you are under 18 years of age, but it is illegal for retailers to sell cigarettes to minors . The tobacco companies profit l.5 million dollars from illegal sales to minors in New York State alone. According to John Stade of the University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey, 1.6 million teens' names are on the tobacco companies' marketing lists. They are sent promotional items, .and advertisements are geared to them. NCI (National Cancer Institute). says that 80% of the time, minors can buy cigarettes illegally. Only 2 states actively enforce illegal sale to minors and those are Vermont and Florida.

by Veronica Lee In a smoking survey recently distribute1 knowledge in, experience with, and persor smoking, but there was a correlation betw The highest percentage of smokers was (5% ). Awareness of the health risks of smol feel you are aware of the risks of smoking knowledgeable about the risks. Health clas the hazards of smoking, and may have had risks had little to do with a person's choice Although the percentage of smokers in tl cigarettes before, with 43%, while the sop] Most students supported the new law w freshmen and 73% of the sophomores agre The freshmen also lead the list of student (11%) and juniors (7%). The most popular reasons students gave f1 One anonymous senior said,"! smoke beca one." "For the past two months, I've cut , thought of how the future would be if I got Many non-smokers stay away from the family member to a smoking-related disea pointless the habit is," said Yvette Lopez,: truck. I don't need someone filling my lm health-conscious, but it seems as though t~

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new restrictions on smokers is 'a specially ventilated enclosure for diners who want to smoke (Newsday, 8120/95). Non-smokers can now enjoy smoke-free air while being in virtually any area opened to the public. On the other hand, the number of people w~o feel they are affected negatively by the law is not minute. Smokers who enjoyed smoking while they cheered for the Me.ts at. Shea, dined at McDonald's, or took in a Broadway show, are no longer permitted to do so, and must now smoke only in private. Some businesses say they have experienced a sharp qecline in revenue since April 10, and blame the non-smoking law. Their owners complain that the city is picking their pockets and that it should stop. Many restaurateurs have not created separate smoking areas for their smoking customers because of the $50,000 ot so it would take for such a

project. However, restaurants who did comply · with the law, and whose customers are predominantly non-smokers, are experiencing great business. The reason many give is that non-smokers ate now going out more because of the clean air and that New York is attracting more tourists thanks in part to the smoke-free air (Newsday, 8/20/95). The one event that people credit with initiating the new anti-smoking campaign is the Environme.ntal Protection Agency Report released in 1993. The report concluded that tobacco smoke is a "class-A carcinogen" and that "an estimated 3,000 people die each year from. lung cancer as a result of other's people smoke" (Time, 4/ 19/95). The rep0rt bo0sted the anti-smoking movement, which has led to smoking bans in over I ,000 U.S. cities and counties.

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:s 20°/o of seniors smoke by the Classic, 125 seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen were questioned about their 11 views towards smoking. There did not seem to be any relationship between age, gender and en grade and the knowledge of health risks of cigarettes. )und in the senior class (20%), followed by sophomores (18%), juniors (7%), and freshmen ing increased with each grade; 94% of the freshmen responded "yes" to the question, "Do you '" while 95.3% of the sophmores, 96% of the juniors, and 98% of the seniors felt they were ;es, which are usually taken during sophomore or junior year, provide extensive lessons about an effect upon the students' responses to this question, but it seems that awareness of health to smoke. ~ ninth grade is the lowest in the school, the freshmen top the list of students who have tried )mores had the lowest number of cigarette experimenters (33%) . ich bans smoking in restaurants ; nearly 95% of the juniors, 86% of the seniors, 81% of the ~d with the regulation. · who feel that smokers are unfairly persecuted (23%), followed by sophmores (18%), seniors r smoking included: to relieve stress, peer pressure, family members smoke, and "it's a habit!" 1se I like to .. .it relaxes me. And a cigarette is a friend that's always there whenever you need own on five cigarettes a week. I was aware of the risks and started thinking about them . J cancer," said senior Spiro Kartsonis. 1abit because it causes cancer, is generally unhealthy, or because they have lost a friend or e. "Growing up in a household where there is a smoker made me realize how disgusting and !nior. "I don't want second-hand smoke. I'd rather die of natural causes. I could get hit by a sSwith tar," said senior Nia Rhodes . Senior Dalila Paul agreed, "People in this school are so :y contradict themselves, because smoking is far worse than eating a cookie," she said.

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by Adrian Castro "Cough! Cough!" goes the song of the smoker. _It's the sound of your lungs turning black and dying . Even worse than this "song" is that nicotine, a chief ingredient in cigarettes, has been proven to be addictive (Hilt and Collins). Even though people are aware of this fact, they still resist a ban on smoking. What could be going through their minds? Smoking is one of the nation's deadliest killers. It kills more than 434,000 Americans each year (Smoke Fre·e Educational Services Pamphlet, 1993 ). That's more deaths than alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroine, homicide, suicide, fires, car accidents, and AIDS combined (SmokeFree Pamphlet). How strange it is that all those-other killers cannot be as easily prevented as smoking. Smoking has been proven to cause such deadly diseases as cancer and emphysema. Second-hand smoke is another killer. Second-hand smoke is caused by a smoker exhaling ~rnoke or smoke produced by a cigarette Wii .le it's lit. It isn't bad enough that smoking kills those who smoke; it also kills those who are near a smoker. In fact, it kills 53,000 Americans each year (Hilt and Collins). That makes it the third leading cause of premature death in the U.S. after primary smoking and alcoholism (Smoke Free Pamphlet). Second-hand smoke is like direct smoking; it also leads to the development of cancer and respiratory diseases. Smoking does not affect only those who smoke but it also affects the friends and family of smokers. All these things added up is not as bad as this : Smoking is addiCtive. What this means is that once you start, you can't stop. Recent reports from the FDA have proved this to be true (Hilts, Hilts and Collins, Purdum). Recently the New York Times got a hold of . th t b , d ocumen ts th a t be Ionge d to e o acco . company Philip Morris (Hilt and Collins). These documents show that tobacco companies knew that smoking was addic-

tive as far back as 15 years ago. Now come on. Isn't that reason enoligh for the FDA to take drastic measures to prevent people from getting hooked on smoking? Most tobacco companies will argue that smoking isn ' t that bad. Now let me get this straight: a substance that causes 487 ,000 deaths a year is not a bad thing. The fact that it causes fatal diseases like cancer is enough to prove them wrong . Tobacco companies say that they do all they can to prevent kids from smoking (J.R. Reynolds Tobacco Company ad) . Who are they kidding? Kids and teenagers are their biggest customers. Do you really think they would try to prevent themselves from making money? Not when they spend five billion dollars a year marketing their products (Verhovek) _ The entire world community agrees that smoking causes disease and death. Isn't it funny that the only group that disputes this is the anti-health tobacco companies (Smoke Free Pamphlet, 1993)? Smoking is the deadliest of killers. All research to date has proven that smoking is an addiction that causes death. It kills those who do not smoke as well as those who do . Only a ban on tobacco can stop this killer from killing more people_ Support a ban on smoking not only for yourself but also for those you love.



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-Bath room becomes Victim of vandalism by Alex Blunt · New Yorkers are so used to graffiti and property defacement. that it almost blends in with the environment the same way trees, open fields, and clean air do in the countryside. However, when vandalism strikes a small community such as Townsend Harris, it seems everyone is affected in some way. For the past few months, students have been feeling the effects of misconduct in the girls' and boys' bathrooms. Unclean conditions in the girls' bathrooms and an incident of vandalism in the boys' bathroom in which marker writing appe_ared on the stalls and a cap was taken off a smoke alarm resulted in the administration's decision to close all bathrooms except those on the fourth floor, in the basement, and those in the locker rooms . The student who was caught for the defacement of the boys' lavatory was 5;USpended. "I don't think he'll ever do anything like that again." said Principal Malcolm Largmann. Dean Wanda Nix supported the shut down of the lavatories and told The Classic that because of budget cuts and a lack of additional staff for security, it would be difficult to re-open many of the bathrooms. "It's unfortunate that this kind of thing becomes necessary," Ms. Nix commented. "However, I don't think it's a big hardship on anyone." Reports about the uncleanliness of the girls' bathrooms first arose from the custodial staff, . in response to complaints of female members ofthe Consultative Council that that there was a lack of toilet tissue and recep- .

tacles in the girls' bathrooms. According to Junior Vice President and Consultative Council member Amy Kommatas, the council was "basically upset that the bathrooms were closed, but everyone agreed that something had to be done about the cleanliness of the bathrooms." Amy added, "I don't think the whole school should be punished for the actions of one student, but I still think some students need to take better care of the bathrooms." Currently, students are still restricted to the bathrooms on the designated floors and are required to sign out of class when going to use them . However, due to recent improvements, Dr. Largmann told the Consultative Council at its meeting on December 6, that he was considering reopening therestrooms.The administration's goals are to maintain order and the quality of life at Townsend Harris, especially since the school facilities are brand new. Student reaction over the matter varied. Sophomore Stephanie Levine said, "It's really not a big deal. If you have to use the bathroom, you just walk up or down a flight or two. If this is what it takes to keep the bathrooms clean, then some of the bathrooms should be closed." Jason Postelnik, sophomore, had a different opinion. "It's more than just an inconvenience. This new bathroom situation takes away one of the few freedoms we already have. The whole school shouldn't have to suffer because of one person. I thinl,< [the administration] overreacted," he said.

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Winter Concert features world premiere by Beth Mattuci Every year, the Winter Concert showcases the talents of the band and chorus members. This year was no exception. However, the December 13 concert marked two firsts for Townsend Harris. It was the first concert

Mr. Katz visited the school several times prior to the performance to see ho\'{ things were coming along and to make any necessary changes. He said, "I am delighted to be writing music for the band here."

COMPOSER Marco Katz and music teacher Peter Lustig discuss the Intermediate Band's performance of Mr. Katz's work. held in the new auditorium and the Intermediate Band played a world premiere with its performance of "Condado de Ia Reina" by Marco Katz. Mr. Katz, a musician, composer and parent of Nathalia Katz, sophomore, wrote this piece for the Intermediate Band. After hearing last year's concert, Mr. Katz had expressed his interest in composing a piece for the band to Peter Lustig, music teacher. The beat was inspired by Colombian rhythms.

Nicole Porti, junior and intermediate band member said, "I enjoyed playing Marco Katz's song because it was good to have his input on how the Intermediate Band should perform it." The evening's festivities began with the chorus' rendition of "Every time the Music Starts" by Mac Huff, under the direction of chorus teacher, Florence McKinley. Soloist Coleen Chan, senior, performed "Colors of the Wind,"

•12 Monkeys• screeches onto screen by Demetrios Bertzikis And now for something completely different... Try to imagine an earth reclaimed once again by animals, after the death of five billion people in a plague in 1996. If you want to get a clearer and closer view, go watch Terry Gilliam's ambitious] 2 Monkeys. The science-fiction thriller uses the future (post-virus) as a home base and launching pad for the central story, which is set in 1990 and 1996.12 Monkeys stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a time traveler who is · chosen to travel back in time to gather information on the virus that has driven humanity, or what's left of it, to an underground makeshift totalitarian society. The movie holds out no hope that he can


"stop" the plague befor~ it virus, returning conrol of the starts; from his point of view, it earth to the animals? Or does his has already happened, and the father,oranothermemberofthe future society is seeking team? The pleasure of 12 treatment, not prevention. Monkeys lies in the way Gilliam Jeffrey Goines, a paranoid plugs us so deeply into the mental patient (Brad Pitt), Dr. moods going on in the movie Kathryn Railly, a doubtful that we find ourselves making psychiatrist (Madeleine Stowe), the same leaps that Cole does. and a man with no teeth also Like him, we are wrenched back play key roles. The high profile and forth through time. cast of 12 Monkeys performs Theplotof 12Monkeys,ifyou like a great marriage of talents. follow it closely, involves a time Willis and Pitt do some of the travel paradox. Almost all time best work of their careers. Pitt, travel·movies do. The point is in particular, will surprise that Cole's own life is caught people with his deftly funny between rewind and fast-forcharacterization of a fruitcake ward, and he finds himself rewith a cause. peating in the past what he As the movie develops, Cole learned in the future, and vice discovers that Jeffrey is an versa. animal rights activist and has a Disappointingly, the ending to father, whose laboratory may be 12 Monkeys is inconclusive harboring the deadly virus. leaving moviegoers at the edge Does Jeffrey want to unleash the . of their seats, and wanting to see

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accompanied on the piano by senior Christine Han. The chorus also sang holiday classics, such as "The Joy of Hanukah" and "White Christmas." The choral ensemble, a smaller group of vocalists, performed a medley of Richard Rogers songs. Mr. Lustig not only conducted the Intermediate Band, but the jazz ensemble and Concert Band as well. The jazz ensemble performed "Mercy, Mercy," "Watermelon Man, " and "In the Mood." Their set also featured an alto sazophone solo by junior Amy Kommattas for the song "Stormy Weather." The concert band played "Sleigh Ride" and the "Mission Impossible Suite," among others. Some faculty members performed their own rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" called "The Twelve Days at TownsendHarris:' They were accompanied by the chorus. Nicole Tuzio, junior and cho- · rus member said, "The Winter Concert performance was very enjoyable. The crowd enjoyed it and so did the performers . Everyone seemed to get into it, clapping along." Marco Katz has a long list of credentials other than writing "Condado de Ia Reina." He composes band music for Bourne, he was the composer of the All City High School Band for two years, he recorded a CD called "Whirled Music From The Americas," he has written the VH I station identification, and the theme for a show called "Love Songs." Mr. Katz plays the trombone in jazz and salsa bands, and he often performs for hospital audiences, nursing homes, and AIDS wards. Mr. Katz attended the Manhat-. tan School of Music all through high school and later, the Amherst Music Center. He also studied privately under Ep Resnick, a trombone player. Marco Katz is continuing to learn about the music of other cultures. For instance, in the SUIJimer of 1992, he studied Gamalon music with three teachers in Bali, Indonesia. Hez considers himself a truly American composer, and so, in his music, he tries to incorporate a mixture of cultures to represnet the cultural diversity of America. •· Fernando Moreno contributed to this article.


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Chancellor restores funding Varsity boys trounce seniors In basketball challenge For Junior Varsity sports by Romina Perrone Junior Varsity sports were restored this year following numerous pleas to Schools Chancellor Rudy Crew. Donations from individuals and corporations provided much of the money needed to revive the program. Junior Varsity sports cost the Board of Education a little under a million dollars, and due to the budget crisis, this million dollars was sliced out last year "We were fortunate that... Rudy Crew, decided to give the money back to PSAL because he listened to the pleas of the parents and politicians and was impressed that a company like NIKE contributed [$1 00,000] to the effort in bringing Junior Varsity sports back," said Rose Korten, Acting Deputy Director of PSAL (Public School Athletic League). Girls' Junior Varsity Basketball is back, coached by Anthony Scarnati. The cuts had also wiped out Girls' Junior Varsity Softball and Volleyball. The volleyball season was over before the teams were restored and softball should begin in the spring, according to Wanda Nix, physical education director. "The Junior Varsity Program is very good for us .... I wish it were stronger citywide so that we had more teams to compete against in our area," she said. For competitions, the Harris J.V. teams mostly have to travel to the Bronx and Staten Islarid. Junior Varsity teams are for students in grades nine and ten. "[Junior Varsity] is important to prepare us for varsity teams and it is a good learning experience. It is also fun," said Meredith. Junior Varsity "allows younger athletes to develop their skills to prepare for varsity teams," said Ms. Nix. "It also gives them the opportunity to compete. If they can't make varsity, where would they play?" Thomas D. Hemans, the director of PSAL, oversees the whole league and works with networking the program with NIKE, ADIDAS, and other companies that can help PSAL. The rest of the funds come from the Board of Education,

which allocates approximately $7,500,000 to PSAL. These funds are used for expenses, including salaries of coaches, athletic directors, and officials in league and post-season competitions. This money is also used to rent facilities for championship games and pay for room and board when athletes travel to state and national competitions. The Board of Education does not give PSAL any extra funds so a school must raise its own money for equipment and uniforms. Athletic Director Wanda Nix pointed out that most teams buy their own uniformsTownsend Harris' sports department receives some money from the Student Union and raises the rest with juice machine and candy sales. The Athletic League decides what school receives which teams. One factor is if one gender is under-represented in a school. According to Federal Law Title IX, equal opportunity for both genders must be provided in an institution which receives federal money. PSAL was formed in 1903, but girls didn't becomei)art of the Interscholastic Sports System until 1967. Still, of the 35,000 athletes who are part ofPSAL, most are boys. The League has tried to build up girls' sports, but shortage of memey has slowed the process. Therefore, whenever time and money are made available in the budget, it goes toward the forming of girls' teams to "make sure as best as we can according to the budget that girls and boys will get an equal opportunity to participate in the [PSAL] program," explained Ms. Korten. "Ms. Nix and I have fought very hard to get a strong girls' sports program to stand on its own." Certain schools such as Townsend Harris consist of fewer boys than girls. This year, available money in the budget allowed Townsend Harris to start a new boys' basketball team. "We needed a boys' team and we were very excited to get the team, especially in these times of budgetary crisis," said Ms. Nix. (See "Boys' Varsity B-Ball... ," p. 12.)

Girls break track records


by Liron Shapir The Girls' Indoor Track team lived up to pre-season expectations, finishing fourth in the Queens Borough Championships and placing very well in individual events. They came off a second place finish in cross-country and as they have in the past, the girls broke various records. In the Queens Championship, the relay team of freshman Heather Ibert, junior Judy Lee, and seniors Lizabeth Nolan and Heather Garber came in third in the 4x400 meter run. Judy also scored points for the team by seizing third place in the high jump. A relay team of juniors Kazia Musial and Kien Quach, and sophomores Dayna White and Sarah Sidar, finished fourth in the 4x800 meter run. Another point scorer for the team was junior Maria Wormack, who came in third in the 55 meter hurdle. "Maria is a very .strong high jumper," commented coach Joseph Horn. He also pointed out that this year was the first time they had

use of a high jump pit. "It was exciting for us," he said. . · Many of the team members had been top cross-country runners earlier this year and their success spilled over into the indoor season. After being Queens Varsity Champion in cross-country,junior Christina Juva finished second in the 3000 meter run at the Indoor Queens Championship, and third in the 1500 meter. She also had previously set the school record for the 5000 meter. Senior Cheryl Ryder, also a crosscountry runner, had previously broken the school record in speed walking 1500 meters, with a time just under eight and a half minutes, and placed second in the 1500 meter walk at the Indoor Queens Championship. Sarah Sidar, who was part of the relay team, also had come off a third place finish in the cross-country championships. Mr. Horn believes that the success of the indoor season will carry over into

by Heather Paterson the seniors could do little but retreat to . The Senior vs. the Boys' Varsity Bas- three pointers in desperation. Yet the ketball Game could be described as the Varsity side, and their fans, still held biggest sporting event of the year so far. many smiles on their faces. Mr. Never had anything been so hyped up. Hanson used his bench, putting in A crowd of about 300 fans had come as sophomores and freshmen who drove spectators, some bearing signs support- to the basket, and brought the Varsity ing their teams, and the band played bench to its feet twice. The team crowd-roc kin' music that created an at- members certainly felt good about their mosphere of a sports arena. Over the play and themselves. Much pride had previous week, students had engaged been on the line and Mr. Hanson even in trash talk as to which team would said, "If we'd lost, I would have quit." win. The game, however, disappointed The seniors ended the game with 21 many of the fans, who predominately fouls and 25 points, while the Varsity supported the seniors, when the buzzer team had seven fouls and 80 points. rang and the final score read 80-25 in Mr. Hanson was proud of his bench and favor of the Varsity team. how far the team had come in their From the very start things got out of season. The seniors looked like my reach for the seniors, who found them- team when we first started," he said. selves in a 7-0 deficit in the first two "It just shows you what practice and minutes, and which eventually deep- training will do." ened to 23-6 at the end of the first The Varsity team had listened to requarter. At that point the seniors were marks from seniors about them based left asking themselves what had gone wrong, while coach Keith Hanson of the Varsity team told his team to keep up the good work. His words of .s inspiration and -'0 the team's strat;>., egy were obviously working. Unless the Q seniors could ;>., .0 mount a big 0 comeback and ~ the Varsity team faltered badly, the game had already been decided. Chants of "DEFENSE" by the crowd and strains Gf "Tequila" being played by the band were not enough to spark the comeback the seniors needed. The Varsity team continued to put points on the board, ALVIN MAALA AND ALEX GEORGIADIS watch as capitalizing on Chris Mogilski drives to the basket for a layup. fouls and turnovers. At the half, the Varsity team led by 25 and in on their losing record, a'nd had .taken the third quarter, the seniors could on the seniors' challenge. They stood muster only three points on a shot by up to it, proving that despite their Oren Eisenberg. The seniors' frustra- record, they had worked long and hard tion had begun to show with technical all season, and had become a real team, fouls being handed out to Scot Scher worthy of representing the school. Senior Jimmy Pardalis, who played • and Ari Schulman and the team racking on the Varsity team, commented, "It up fouls faster than points. Eventually, the game could be com- would have been better to have had pared to a delicious scoop of ice cream more seniors on the team." The game brought excitement to the that had melted in minutes on a hot summer day. There was no longer excite- school, and raised close to $800. "It ment in much of the crowd. Some fans was so great," said coordinator Tom commented, "This is depressing," and Sweetin, "that we're doing it one called for Dr. Kevorkian. Likewise, again." Another game will be held on the band .seemed to dwindle and no March 15, but this time between a selonger played many tunes. Down by nior-freshman team, and sophomorel 43 with six minutes to go in the game, junior team.



outdoor, just as the cross-country season helped indoor. With several new members characterized as "potential starts" and yet another "very good season" with the team qualifying runners

for city championships, Mr. Horn predicts many more records will be broken in the future outdoor season, and sees a strong chance of finishing as a top Queens team.



.... The Classic February 1996

Swim team sails into second place

by Beth Citron and Amy Kommatas team tore through the water to victory, caps, the Turtles could be found paintThe shouts of "T-H-H-S, we are the putting them in contention for the cov-, ing their nails black and scrawling team slogans on various body parts before 'the best" echoed throughout the humid eted city title against Stuyvesant. bleachers. Hand slaps and hoots of vic"We didn't go into the finals expect- start of a meet. "We have a lot of spirit. tory sounded with the finish of each race. ing to beat Stuyvesant. We just wanted Swimming on the team is such a psyThe Turtles, the Girls' Varsity Swim to give them a: good fight," said sopho- chological rush," said sophomore team, swam to their best season ever. more Tara Berger. Indeed they did give Jeannemarie Hendershot. "I love how I Undefeated in the Queens division, the them a good fight, as the final score was can display my shouting skills on a reguswim team went .on to compete in the 56-43 Stuyvesant. Victories from junior lar basis," added senior Val·e rie city finals at Stuyvesant High School. Erica Carroll in the 100 yards butterfly Frisstachi. Unknown to many, the Turtles pracThe Turtles capped off the season with and Alison Lewis, senior, in the 200 a second tice at Franklin K. place victory Lane High in in the City Brooklyn. This onehour trip includes Championtwo train rides and ships. one bus. ThroughErica Jed the out the sea~ son, the ~ team, representing "' New York City in swim team ~ dominated ..:.< "' the State Champiall of Ji onships . She finQueens, with £ ished fourth in the 0 Cardozo 0 state in the 100 ..<:: Q.. yards butterfly. SeHigh providnior Elisha Ramos, ing the only who also played a challenge .. As Queens . large role in the teams' success, was Champions, an alternate.Dorcas the Turtles FOUR TURTLES: Sophomores Selena Lee and Sandi Intraub, junior Amy Davis, freshman, went on to Kommatos, and sophomore Mi~helle Wolman pause between laps. added strength and compete for speed to the team. the City Championship. They first yards freestyle led to a close finish. "I love this team. It was our first team battled Brooklyn Tech and won, mov"We went into the season happy, howing them closer to the title. Next they ever we finished, and second place was and the meets are always exciting and a sought vengeance against Midwood, just an added bonus," said sophomore lot of fun," said athletic director Wanda Nix. "It's the best swim team in the which had eliminated the Turtles in years Michelle Woolman. past. Trailing by 14 points, the swim Dressed in black bathing suits and world," added freshman Helen Jan.

Carroll strokes her way to top by Amy Kommatas Gliding through the water, she makes swimming look so easy, so effortless. She touches the wall and waits for her opponents to finish. And she waits, and waits. For star swimmer Erica Carroll, her countless wins may look easy , but in fact, they are a result of many years of hard work and practice. Erica practices six days a week for the Flushing Flyers, the best YMCA team in New York State. The rigorous practices are from 4-7:30 P.M. Sit-ups, crunches and other exercises are done daily for about an hour before she even enters the water. All this practice does produce results. Competing in the Empire State Games and numerous other meets over the year, Erica has lost count of all the awards she has won. "My mom cuts out all the articles I'm mentioned in, even the small ones," Erica said. "We have a big trophy shelf, but now that it is all filled up, my parents just throw all the trophies in a box and put them in the basement." This year, Erica represented New York City in the State Championships. There she placed fourth in the butterfly event. Erica is not only a champion swimmer statewide, but nationwide as well. "Over the summer I went to the YMCA Nationals where I placed fourth in the 50 meter butterfly. This was probably my most exciting swimming moment so far," Erica explained. Swimming lessons started for Erica at the age of five. Her interest in the sport grew when she joined the Cross Island y and a summer swim league at the age of eight. · · "At first I was on the Cross Island Y but by ll they told me I should join the

Flushing Flyers," Erica said. "I didn't through swimming. I would swim forstart seriously competing until I was in ever if I could!" she exclaimed. seventh grade." · Erica is also a member of the Townsend Turtles Girls' Varsity Swim team. Finishing first in virtually every event she competed in, she led the team to a u second place victory ·c::u"' citywide. "She is not ....~0 only the best swimmer ·~ on the team, she is also t:: "' a great person to be "'0 u 0 with," commented a 0 teammate, sophomore Beth Citron. Jeannemarie Hendershot, another PULLING HERSELF INTO POSITION, Erica Carroll~ sophomore on the junior, prepares for the backstroke. team, agreed. "Erica leads the whole team in cheers and even Looking ahead to the future, Erica dances around with us while she's not said, "Even though I'm not an Olympic swimming to help rev up the crowd," she hopeful, I would like to get a swimming said. scholarship to college. After that, maybe Erica explained the "winning strategy" I'd like to coach swimming." she employs while swimming. "I usuEven though swimming takes up much ally think about school or swimming, or of Erica's time, she is still able to maineven what I'm doing Saturday night," tain a high academic average. "I think she said, laughing. swimming has made me a better stuErica is also involved in a slew of non- dent because I've learned how to manswimming activities. She is a member age my time wisely. I know that pracof Students Against Drunk Driving, a tice starts at four, so everything has to lector at her church and a member of the be done by then," Erica said. photography staff of the Classic. Erica If Erica hadn't been involved in swimcan also· be found boogying down with ming, she could see herself as "probably the best of them in the Concert Band, involved in more school activities. I defiwhere she plays the trumpet. nitely would enjoy the more time to reErica often speaks of her many friend- lax. I think swimming is worth it, ships that have developed over years though," she said. By the excitement in through swimming and team trips. "I've her voice and the glimmer in her eyes, made so I1lany of my closest friends one can tell this is the truth.




Turtles make waves by Erika Zwetkow A small rock creates many ripples . when tossed into a pool of water. The ripples grow and grow and make more of a commotion as they succeed. Except this time it was the Townsend Harris Turtles (Girls' Varsity Swim Team) turning those ripples into waves on November 29, as they shouted victory cries, and tatooed any part of their body not covered by the almighty black suits with the mighty Turtle. A chilling draft over the pool deck swept over the capped, goggled, and anxious teams. The score was tied yet the meet wasn't nearly over. The Hornets didn't know what was in store. It came down to the last few events: Who would win? Who would go on? Who would go home? The waves the Turtles created with their "Turtle Power" and all they ~lad accomplished this season climaxed at this point. Finally, the immense wave swept Midwood off their feet. As they mourned, the Turtles made more waves, pouring into the sea after their coach, Jim Jordan. They triumphed, chanting "I don't want to be a penguin, I don't want to be a fish ... I just want to be a Turtle!" and 'TU-R-TL-E-S is the way we spell success!"

Girls' Bowling Pins Division by Katherine Rube In their best season ever, the Girls' Bowling team went undefeated, placing #I in their division. They went into the city playoffs with an unblemished record, but lost in the first round to the Staten Island High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology . Their coach, Ellen Schwartz, was extremely pleased with the year's season. "It was very surprising ... we'd graduated so many seniors last year," said Ms. Schwartz. "They all rose to the occasion and bowled very well when they needed to." Among the best scores of the season were those ofLatoya Burgess, Christian Grant, and Lauren Lang, each of whom had a score of 173 in games against Francis Lewis and Forest Hills. The bowling team, which practices at nearby Jib Lanes, competed against five other Queens high schools, facing each school twice. The games are based on matches- the school winning two out of three matches is declared the victor. The first two matches are played simultaneously, one match between each schools' "A" team, and the other ..between their "B" teams. A third match, of the "C" team, is played afterwards. The team, which consists almos·t entirely of juniors and seniors, is a closeknit and friendly one. Ms. Schwartz explained, "This is a team that really enjoys being with each other. They're all very supportive ...I think that's why we went as far as we did ." She hopes that she can recruit some freshmen and sophomores for next year. According to the girls on the team, a Jot of their success should be credited to their coach. "We're very thankful for having a coach like Ms. Schwartz, who dedicated a lot of her time and effort to the team," said junior Ilana Yagadaev.





Girls• B~Ball dunks opposition

Stevens serves up

by Justin Fox and Heather prised withtheteam'scompeti- · featedintheirleaguewitha 17Paterson tiveness this season, and re- 0 record, and actually went With visions of playoff ceived much strong play from searching for more challenging prominence in their heads, the Girls' Varsity Basketball team won their first round game 36-32 against Grover Cleveland, the first place team in Queens Division III, ~0 February 13. The team will compete in their next playoff game on February 28, and has spent their vacation .;::: "'0 practicing long and hard. » In addition, the Junior .0 Varsity team went undeB _g. feated in their league. Q., The victory over Cleveland advanced the Varsity team to the second round for the first time in eight playoff seasons, this coming after a 16-5 season, I.0-2 in their . . Queens II DiviSIOn . PUMPING UP SPIRIT, coach Lawrence Ceraulo leads the It was a scenario coaches Girls' Varsity Basketball team in a pre-game cheer. dread: one of the top players fouling out in the final minute both his starters and bench. opponents. They played a few of an important playoff game. "We had good ball handling non-league games against St. Witn 17 seconds left, senior from Pauline, offense from Johns Prep, Mary Lewis and _ starting point guard Kelly Olino Christine Grant, rebounding Midwood High Schools, going fouled out, and junior back-up from Christina, defense from 2-2 against those teams, who Debbie Stroumbos was asked to freshman Flannery Stevens, gave them the better competicome in. Five seconds later, she and a pretty fast team, overall," tion they were looking for. De- · was fouled. The girls were up he said. "Our good bench, with spite the fact that there were no by two, thanks to senior Chris- forwards Adrienne Socci and playoffs for Junior Varsity, tina Babian, who gave them the Sarah Courtney, guards Melissa "There was satisfaction of a job lead with I :06 left, and led the Hogan and Debbie, and center well done," said Scarnati. The presence of a JV team this team with 13 points. "I had faith Tara Eliason, really saved us a we could pull it out," said Chris- couple of times." season was questionable at the tina, "We really wanted to make Besides the playoff win, a beginning ofthe school year, as it to the second round." Debbie gaine that stood out for the Var- Junior Varsity teams around expressed the pressure she felt. sity t~am members was their New York City were slashed "I was very nervous because eve last home game. They played due to budget cuts. (See erybody was depending on me," a top August Martin team and "Chancellor restores fundshe said. Despite her nervous- lost, but what made the game ing... ," p.lO.) Mr. Scarnati took ness, she came through, sinking so great for the them was the the place of Keith Hanson who both free throws that ended up "unbelievable support from the coached the new Varsity Boy's being the last points of the fans; it was storybook," said team this year. Coach Scarnati did not have Mr. Ceraulo. Assistant coach game. Ironically, last season the Paul Stessel encouraged stu- high expectations for the JV team was beaten by Cardozo in -dents to come out and watch the team, since for many it was their the first round of the playoffs on game, and as a result of the sup- first exposure to it, but they a basket by a player who had port, the team played better and proved they were strong enough just come off the bench. This gave a "genuine effort," ex- to play hard and win. "My objective was to teach them how year the tables were turned . plained Ceraulo. Mr. Ceraulo will be sorry to to play competitive basketball, Since last year's 14-9 season, the Girls ' Varsity team was kept see his five seniors - Sarah, -and I did," he said. He pointed to five players relatively intact, except for losKelly, Christine, Pauline, and ing high scorer Jennifer Collins Christina - go, and says next who are ready to move up and to graduation. Coach Lawrence year will be a rebuilding year help the Varsity team next seasophomore Vicki Ceraulo, pointed to his experi- with much ' of the team's son: Realmuto, the best rebounder; enced four-year players that nucleus gone. ' freshmen Jennifer This season's strong Junior and stepped it up this season. "Kelly Olino, guard Pauline Chang, Varsity team will definitely Galatioto, the point guard and forwards Christine Grant, and help the Varsity team in its re~ leading scorer; Kelly Sabbagh, Christina Babian really helped building efforts next season. center and shot blocker; Julia make this season as successful The Junior Varsity team, Heim the best outside shooter; coached for the first time by and Tara Principe, the best deas it was," he said. Ceraulo was pleasantly sur- Anthony Scarnati, went unde- fensive player.

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Classic February f996 The

by Rebecca Silver and Erik Bloch Collaterals and TI¥0TS may be a dominating aspect of many freshmen lives, but for some, the&e acad,e mic demands are only part of their high school careers. One such student is Flannery Stevens. During her first Y'e·a r at Townsend Harris, Flannery has found time to help lift the Gids' Varsity Volleyball and Basketball teams to new heights and this spring, she will try to do the s:ame on the Varsity Soccer team. Speaking of heights, this five-fbot ten athlete has measured up to some high expectations. Flanney started p]aying sports at the age of fl)ur. "Soccer was the first sport I was introduced to," she said. A year later, she developed an ,interest in softball. "Some tend to assume that I was preS,sured ... into athletics by my parents'," Fbmnery said, but this was not the case, "Although I started very young, my parents did not push me to play sports. When my own, interests grew, they encouraged and supported me." In addition to playing volileybaU and basketbaH for Townsend Harris, Flannery also takes part in the Christian Youth Organization (C,Y.O.) league for basketball, and plays soccer on a travelling summer team. With so many teams to play for, Flannery keeps a busy schedule nearly aU year round. "At first I found it difficult to keep up with my schoolwork and [sports] practices, but playing on a sports team has helped me to maximize my time and use it efficiently," she said. "I don't know how she does it," said volleyball teammate and senior Tamar Aydin. Dean and volleyball coach Wanda Nix also seemed impressed with Flannery's timejudging ability. "Flannery is very committed," she stated. "Her dedication is admiraple." Flannery says that she owes



her success to her fa:mily. "When school and sports seem to be too much, they always are there to support me," she said. Her family, which includes five other sisters, is qui"te sports-oriented. With tliree athletic older sisters, she has many role models in her home. Her oldest sister Rlays soccer and ·SWims. 'fhe next eldest also plays soceer, as well as softball. A third oldest sister is an All-City soccer goalie, and an AU-Borough basketball player fo.r her colleg:e. "My two younger sisters are also starting to get into sports,'' Flannery said. Sports may very weH be in her blood; with her, it certainly appears that way. Whtle some may assume that because of her nearly six-foot athletic, sports come easy to her, Flannery says t.h:is is not the case. "I believe volleyball is not only a physical spQrtl but a mental one, too," sht} said. "The concentration factor in volleyball, as in all sports, is most important_..... Your height, jumping ability, and strength may determine the position you play, not whether or not you can play." Apparently, Flannery possesses both the physical and psychological qualities to excel in sports. "Flannery is very coachable," said Ms. Nix. "She is truly a pleasure to be around. I'm planning to move Flannery to a starting position next year, being that she has proven to be very helpful when playing with the team so far," she added. Athletics currently play a huge part in Flannery's life. But will they continue to be a dominating force in her future? Flannery says don't count on it. athletic freshman has far different goals. "A lot of people think I want to be a ball player when I'm older, but what 1really want to he is apediatrician. I want to be able to help people through medicine," she said. However, that may have to wait a while as Flannery prepares for thespring season on the Girls' Varsity Soccer team.

Boys• Varsity B-Ban finishes first season by Johnny Wong and Heather Paterson The first Boys' Varsity Basketball Team coached by Keith T. Hanson ended their first official season with a record of 612. Despite the losing record, the team turned their season around at the half way mark. When things looked bleak, they improved a 1-6 record to 6-12, winning the majority of their last games marginally and "wire to wire" and convincingly beating the seniors in the Varsity- Senior game 80-25. Practice and developing skills

proved beneficial in the end, bringing the improvements needed for victory. "We rose above pre-season expectations," said senior co-captain Jimmy Pardalis. Mr. Hanson worked the boys hard with three and a half hour practices and many drills. "He gave a lot of time and effort into improving the team, said senior Jamal Mitchell, "and did his best to encourage the team to do much better defensively and offensively ." It is no surprise, though, that the boys had trouble when they

first started, going up against more experienced opponents as a new, inexperienced team. Mr. Hanson would call out plays but the players would not perform them effectively. Yet junior Latoya Burgers, one of the managers said, "They did their best." The team also lacked height, with their tallest player at 6' I" while their opponents had players at 6' 5" who could dunk. The boys did possess, however, two seniors - Brian Purville and Jimmy - who provided leadership and points. Jimmy com-

men ted on the team's turnaround, pointing out, "In the beginning we were scared, but towards the end we knew how to play and were even better than most teams." With time, the team played better, and the boys gave much credit to Mr. Hanson for turning a new, inexperienced team, into one that was ready for anything the opponents brought on them. Coach Hanson in turn also gave credit to the boys for their efforts, and commented, "The team can only go uphill next season; we should expect


more wins. Our players will be much more experienced and trained. They will be a much better team altogether and be more on the offensive rather than be defensive most of the time." Next season the team will actually play real league games, and the players, although they do not see a championship in the future, do see more wins. The team also hopes to receive much more fan support at home games to raise the players' morale, which could lead to more wins as well.

The Classic newspaper Volume 12 Issue no. 2  
The Classic newspaper Volume 12 Issue no. 2