Vol. I, No. 2 Hear it through the Grapevine at Yonkersrising.com! Friday, November 21, 2008
PALISADE PREP’S SAUNDERS HIGH SCHOOL BIO-ENVIRONMENTAL MAGNET
NEW STUDENT GOVERNMENT THE ARTIFICIAL CARBS DILEMMA: TAKE THE SAUNDERS CHALLENGE
Top row (l to r):
L to r: Vice President Lauren Carroll, President Stephanie Marouh Hussein,
Fernandez, Treasurer Ramon Rosado and Secretary Christyn Raquel Romero,
Brown – Photo by Billy Onofre Melissa
playbook on Page 2
By Derrick Griffith
How many times have people been told that
eating healthy is very important? Has anyone ever
Harry Hall, the lead teacher of the bio-envi-
ronmental magnet of Saunders Trades and
Technical High School, demonstrated the impor-
survey based on students’ everyday diets. His class
tracked their entire dietary consumption, which
involved keeping a food diary. They wrote down
listened? Perhaps now is the time to do so. tance of eating healthy. He and his class created a Continued on Page 10
GORTON CELEBRATES HOMECOMING 2008 RIVERSIDE HS WITNESSES HISTORY
By Sierra Bangari
On October 16, Riverside High School was invited to the
docking of the historical replica of Henry Hudson’s ship, the Half-
Moon, at the Yonkers City Pier. Hudson originally sailed the ship
from Amsterdam, Netherlands. He was bound by a contract with
the Dutch East India Company to find the Spice Islands of the East
Indies. He and 20 others sailed out into the unknown ocean.
Hudson never made it to the Spice Islands, but instead, was first to
sail into the estuary now named in his honor, the Hudson River.
Along with Riverside High School, Master’s School of Dobbs
Ferry was present at the docking celebration. Students from the
Continued on Page 8
Above: The Half-Moon
sailing into Yonkers
Photo by Jason Cheru
Right: Jason Cheru,
Chef Peter Kelly,
Gorton High School recently elected its 2008 Homecoming Court (left to right): John Jalloh, Unique Casiano,
Natasha Brito, Christina Rodriguez, Shane Criton (back), Robert Owusu III, Lula Toone, Sierra Bangari,
Irving Robinson, Tatiana Ticora, Justyne Forrester-Jarrett and Kevin Brown Charlie Cruz,
Dr. Catherine Mayus
and Felix Loriano
ROOSEVELT’S JROTC ALL HAIL CAESAR! LINCOLN HS ARTISTS
CADETS MAKE US PROUD PREPARE THEIR PORTFOLIOS
See story on Page 6
L to r: Jarlyn Rosa, Jonathan Toro and Carlos Hidalgo
Timothy Montalvo stars as the title character Photo by Heather Eberhart
See story on Page 7 in LHS’ production of “Julius Caesar.” See story on Page 6
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A PERFECT SEASON!
See story on Page 6
Coach Rich Fortuniewicz and the Lincoln High School Boys’ Soccer team
See story on Page 4
The Saunders High School Volleyball team includes: top row (l to r) Dayanna Zapata, Sheala
Lennox, Amber Stacks, Marissa Rabadi, Yoshi Iturriaga, Michelle Wirchansky and Coach
Pyrch. Front row: Stephanie Fischer, Claudia Villanuev and Katrina Feri
See story on Page 8
See story on Page 6
Rich Fotuniewicz (Demon Lancer) overtakes Larry Berkowitz (tiger)
The Riverside High School Football team
See story on Page 3
Palisades Prep Boys’ Basketball
Back row: Chrystian Espinoza, Kevin Tsao, Michael Munoz, Ramon
Rosado, Robert Feliciano, Pedro Santos, Raquan Norman, Tyree Smith, See story on Page 9
Giovanni Chaves, Juan Reyes, Jeremiath Reyes and Brian Vaquero
Front row: Alvin Cole, Aljan Simpson, Aneuris Rodriguez, Anthony
Charles and Billy Onofre - Photo by Frank Thomson The Yonkers High School Football team
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 - YONKERS STUDENT GRAPEVINE - PAGE 3
PALISADE PREP SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR BRINGS SPORTS
TEXTING: HARMLESS FUN?
By Paola Hidalgo because the discussions are no differ- my teacher points to the number ‘2’ TO PALISADE PREP
Texting and instant messaging ent than telephone conversations. on my paper before crossing it out
have been growing in popularity However, teens admit that continu- and writing the word ‘to’ above it.”
By Felicia Lugo tor, he responded, “It’s an important bring forth a fully developed athletic
among teenagers. Most teens view ously using abbreviations and texting Abbreviations make it faster and
Palisade Preparatory welcomes step for Palisade Prep, every school program, Mr. Luciana assured the
them as fun and harmless ways of lingo does interfere sometimes with easier to send messages between
its new athletic director, Steven should have an athletic program and student body that the programs will
communicating with friends. They their schoolwork. friends, and it can be fun to create
Luciana. a team to be proud of.” grow each year. He stated, “Students
use a language filled with abbrevia- “If I’m rushing through an new abbreviations. However, when
The student body has expressed Mr. Luciana has announced the that go to Palisade Prep should be
tions and slang that only they seem to assignment, I’ll sometimes cut words the line begins to blur between the
much enthusiasm to this addition. start of boys’ and girls’ basketball proud because they are a part of his-
understand. Although adults are short by using the same abbrevia- appropriate use of this new teen lan-
News of an athletic director brought teams. Tryouts have been scheduled tory.”
often excluded from this social tions I use when texting,” said guage and that of proper English,
with it the hopes of introducing to begin Monday, November 24. The students of Palisade Prep
exchange, it is not something that Freshman Kaitlynn Marrero of people start to ask, “Has texting gone
sports to Palisade Prep. When Mr. There are also plans of having a girls’ are proud to announce that their
would normally draw concern, Palisade. “I don’t even realize it until too far?”
Luciana was asked what it meant for softball team this spring. While the teams will carry the name “The
the school to have an athletic direc- first year at Palisade Prep will not Phoenix.”
PALISADE PREP’S PEP RALLY IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT
By Michael Munoz DesSoye took the opportunity to dent,” Mr. Coyle continued, “is
By Kaitlynn Marrero ken nudge of appreciation, but we Of course, there are the typical
Palisade Preparatory School remind students of the upcoming Stephanie Fernandez.” Stephanie
Giving has no limits. Too many understand that the nudge comes ways to give, like donating to chari-
kicked off the month of October with PSAT exams, but this stall tactic only walked triumphantly to join Lauren.
people believe that giving is some- directly from the heart. These appear ties or cleaning our communities, but
the celebration of its first-ever pep drew louder cheers. Finally, the mic Soon, new Treasurer Ramon Rosado
thing to be done only during holidays to be small acts. They seem like we can also give even greater things
rally. After the last period bell sound- was handed over to student govern- and Secretary Christyn Brown joined
and special occasions. We have even things we should do or are even obli- to those sitting next to us every day.
ed, students crowded into the gymna- ment organizer and social studies the two other elected student offi-
designated a day honoring giving, gated to do. The truth is, however, Listening to what someone needs and
sium, where music blasted from the teacher Brian Coyle. Celebratory cials.
but Thanksgiving should not be mis- they are things we choose to do. They taking the time to help that individual
speakers. Signs that spelled out music once again played through the This was an exciting event that
interpreted as the only day to give. are acts that bring others smiles and a accomplish that goal is often the
“Palisade Preparatory” were speakers as he announced the new definitely thrilled the students at the
Such an act cannot be confined to feeling of confidence. We choose to harder, more meaningful way to give.
revealed, and students cheered in president and vice president. “The Palisade Preparatory School. As the
one day. give things that cannot necessarily be Regardless of how one does it, giving
anticipation of the announcements of vice president is …” He stopped to bell sounded to end the day, the stu-
Rather, this holiday is a celebra- touched. They cannot be measured in is a gift that is returned in the most
the results from their student govern- build suspense, “Lauren Carroll.” dents spilled out of the doors and car-
tion of how we give everyday of our dollar value. They simply make life a unexpected ways.
ment elections. The crowd roared as Lauren walked ried with them their cheers of school
lives. This act seeps into every aspect little more enjoyable.
Guidance Counselor Karen up to join Mr. Coyle. “The presi- spirit.
of our existence
is a natural
instinct. It hap-
THE YONKERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS: pens every-
where and to all
A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS degrees. It is
simply an act
that is too often
By Frank Thomson staff training, persuade parents and guardians to be overlooked.
Yonkers Public Schools (YPS) is committed to stu- involved in the schools, provide schools with more aca- We con-
dent success. On October 22, Yonkers Public Schools demic resources and develop a system to avoid future stantly give.
Superintendent Bernard P. Pierorazio held a problems. Raising our
Superintendent’s Community Forum at the Palisade The forum allowed parents and guardians to express hands to answer
Preparatory School. During the forum, Pierorazio dis- their concerns and ask questions pertaining to YPS. Many questions in
cussed school district goals for the 2008-09 school year: of the questions asked were regarding school budget cuts, class brings
• Educate all students for academic success after-school activities and student dropout rates. One smiles to our
• Ensure systematic professional development woman at the forum even ventured to ask, “Can a girl teachers that in
• Provide welcoming environments play on a football team?” Pierorazio happily responded turn gives us a
• Enhance student support services by saying, “It’s not impossible.” He then looked at the sense of pride.
• Renovate and modernize facilities woman’s daughter and continued to say, “You just have to Helping a sib-
• Commit to fiscal accountability make sure you are capable of doing the work.” ling or a class-
YPS is striving for a triumphant future. It is in the With the forum coming to a close, Pierorazio’s con- mate with an
best interest of students that these goals are met. The fident and determined attitude convinced everyone to assignment may
superintendent and the board of education are working look forward to a prosperous school year and a brighter be rewarded
hard to raise students’ test scores, improve teacher and future for YPS. with no more
than an unspo-
YONKERS’ CREATIVE AND ACTIVE
STUDENTS IN SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
vgiving back SOME THANKSGIVING ADVICE
in the Yonkers Public Schools
By Jazmin Graves on the student as an individual. with the Sharing Community, a com- By Kimberly Daadom grandma’s secret recipes, and then Thanksgiving is also a day for
The month of November brings When asked about the signifi- munity center in Getty Square, to Regardless of the numerous cel- rally family and friends for an invig- giving. As we think about our bless-
with it the themes of giving freely cance of CAS, a thoughtful silence organize a food drive. The club is ebrations and personal traditions, one orating game of touch, tackle or flag ings, we are compelled to help those
and loving unconditionally. At settles over a body of IB students as gathering donations of non-perish- thing remains constant about football. Because the country is fac- less fortunate than ourselves by vol-
Yonkers High School, these concepts they reflect upon their various expe- able food items from students, teach- Thanksgiving — it is a day to be ing one of the greatest economic unteering in soup kitchens, donating
pervade the lifestyle of all students riences. Senior Jocelyn Chacko ers and parents. Collected cans go to thankful. It is also an opportunity to crises in history, this is a time for to canned food drives or delivering
and are in sync with the philosophy responds, “CAS is significant the underprivileged of Yonkers. Said spend quality time with family. As reflection. It has been projected that food to the homes of those in need.
of the International Baccalaureate because it puts the idea of being a Key Club President Jorge Betanzos, we partake in food and festivities, we 165,000 people in New York City Remember, giving always feels bet-
(IB) Programme. global citizen into practice.” “It takes a lot of planning and organ- should share in some cheerfulness will lose their jobs in the next two ter than getting, so try going out and
In order to earn the IB diploma, Natasha Lopez, also a senior, ization to put this together. But over- and some good ol’ family fun. Use years. During this time of economic doing something that will, in turn,
students are required to fulfill a min- asserts, “CAS is a transformational all, it feels good to actually make an this time to roll up sleeves and get uncertainty, we should remember the make you feel good.
imum of 150 hours of CAS, a system process. It takes you from being a impact on the community.” those hands dirty. Get elbow-deep in prosperity we have had and keep No matter how you celebrate, be
of service to the community which student who is immersed in the Through CAS, and groups such turkey and help prepare a meal. It is faith in our nation’s recovery. A great sure to enjoy yourself, your family,
falls under three types: creativity, books to a well-rounded student who as the Key Club, students at Yonkers surprising how hot the kitchen gets, family tradition is to gather around your blessings, the parade and, of
action and service. At the end of each is devoted to making change in the High School are able to keep the not only with the cooking, but also the table and take turns sharing course, the food.
activity, the student must write a community.” spirit of giving alive each day as they with the stories of Thanksgivings things for which thanks should be
reflection piece in which he or she For the month of November, the extend their hands toward making past. Discover the ingredients of given.
examines the effects of the activity Yonkers High School chapter of the change in the world in which they
upon the community as a whole and Key Club is working in conjunction live.
SAUNDERS GIVES BACK
CARING: A WAY OF LIFE By Kenneth Campbell Open House. It allows the school to The Saunders High School
This year, Saunders High School spread the wealth. Student Council asks that anyone
FOR KEY CLUB COMMUNITY SERVICE began collecting canned goods and
nonperishable items in early October,
The food drive is one of
Saunders’ many ways of giving back
who would like to donate should
bring items to the school by
By Melody Niere izations within Saunders High School. school’s building to keep students and with the goal of delivering these to the community, and its students December 22.
Community service has become Since the Alzheimer’s and dia- teachers aware of how much help is foods to homeless shelters and feel strongly about their continued Saunders High School wishes
a daily routine for the members of betes fundraising walks, this organiza- needed, and the food drive has churches across Yonkers. commitment to this tradition. everyone a joyous holiday season
Key Club. From going on various tion has not stopped giving. With received assistance from the North Collecting these goods has been Especially during the holiday season, and thanks supporters for lending a
walks to donating food to homeless Thanksgiving approaching, the club Yonkers Kiwanis Club, which donat- a tradition at Saunders since the the students want to help the commu- hand.
shelters, participating students are has its focus on helping the local ed turkeys to support the cause. school started to host the annual nity’s less fortunate.
holding true to the club’s motto, organization The Sharing Community, With one service project after
“Caring — it’s our way of life.” which assists more than 400 homeless another, what will this club think of
Key Club is a high school organ- men and women in finding housing. next? The holiday season is around
ization branch of the Kiwanis Club. In addition, the organization provides the corner, and many are eager to see
Each school that has a Key Club is the largest soup kitchen in all of what new ways they can invent in
sponsored by a neighboring Kiwanis Westchester. order to serve their home, school and
organization. At Saunders, the club is To help out this terrific organiza- community. This will definitely not be
run by Lead Advisor Diana Andrusco tion, Key Club is holding its annual the last we hear from this amazing
and President Manish Taneja. This food drive. Canned food, nonperish- club.
strong leadership duo has brought the ables and monetary donations are Key Club thanks all its members
organization to new levels of commu- being collected to assist The Sharing and officers for their hard work and
nity participation and helped Key Community reach its goals. Posters wishes everyone a great
Club become one of the largest organ- are hanging everywhere in the Thanksgiving.
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SAUNDERS HIGH SCHOOL
STACK GIVES BACK TO AREA SENIORS - IN MY OPINION -
EAT LESS MEAT, RELIEVE WORLD HUNGER
By Jennifer Cross of energy. Then a cow, a consumer, 0.68 pounds per day. It is estimated
There are many ways people can comes along and eats the plant. Since that if everyone in the world ate as
give back and help relieve world only 10 percent of energy is trans- U.S. citizens did, less than half of the
hunger. Food drives and other ferred, the cow only gets 4,000 J of present world population could be fed,
fundraisers, for instance, help increase energy. Then humans want to eat beef, even on the tremendous grain harvests
food supplies. Something that many but only 10 percent of energy is trans- of 1985 and 1986. If, by contrast,
people do not realize, however, is that ferred, so they get just 400 J of ener- everyone in the world ate a typical
a very simple way to relieve world gy. Instead of eating the cow, had the South American diet, in which only
hunger would be to make vegetables person simply eaten the plant, he or approximately 15 percent of calories
the main part of one’s diet. she would have consumed 4,000 J of come from meat or animal products,
In the food chain, the transfer of energy, as opposed to 400 J. If people then about 75 percent of the world's
energy is never 100 percent efficient. ate the 4,000 J of energy from the population could be fed. Finally, if
Generally, as one moves higher plant, instead of passing it through the everyone was well-fed but on a strict
through the food chain, only 10 per- cow, a given unit of land being farmed vegetarian diet, the world could feed
cent of energy is transferred. For would be able to support more people. about 1 billion more people than its
example, producers, or plants, get Many citizens of the United present population, based on 1986
their energy from the sun. The sun has States are big meat eaters. In the U.S., harvest levels. So, by eating less meat
given off 400,000 Joules (J) of energy. average consumption of meat and and more vegetation, less energy is
However, only 10 percent is trans- poultry ranges between 178-250 lost, and more people could be fed per
ferred, so the plant only gets 40,000 J pounds per year, or between 0.5 and unit of land.
ASIAN CLUB DISCOVERS BOLLYWOOD
By Jordan Fakhoury The president of the club, Prince with their friends, learn about an
The Saunders Trades and Jacob, explained, “This one step may exciting culture, eat buttery popcorn
Technical High School Asian Club give people a minor idea of some and drink refreshments,” he said.
members devised a way to go up, aspects of the Indian culture. This is “The best part is, it’s at the low price
over and beyond. On Friday, our main focus for the night.” of $5.”
November 21, the club hosted the Mr. Jacob continued by describ- All proceeds benefit Global
first Diwali Movie Night. Diwali is ing the debut of the Indian movie Impact, a fundraising organization
the Hindu holiday of light. It is a playing at Saunders. “It’s called ‘Om that is assisting China’s Earthquake
five- day holiday that celebrates the Shanti Om,’” he said. “It’s a movie Relief Fund. The movie night is the
Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. that is a tribute to Bollywood, thus first of many events the Asian Club
One of the main reasons the signifying minor factors in the Indian has planned.
Maxine Pou (left) receives computer instruction from student Jill Gottehrer. Asian Club members wanted to culture.” Future event ideas range from a
embark on such an evening was The movie itself is a romantic Middle Eastern concert to a Chinese
By Maria Cristina Cruz Executive Director Janice Lubin and then move on to more complicat- because they wanted to inform their comedy with tragic elements. “Kids play. Stay tuned for further develop-
Students Teach Adults Computer Kirschner noticed that the adult vol- ed procedures such as online banking school and city about their culture. have the ability to enjoy themselves ments.
Knowledge (STACK) is a local pro- unteers who mentored students in the and shopping. Through these one-on-
gram that has become a hit among organization’s SMART Program one sessions, the adults are given the
senior citizens wanting to learn and (Students and Mature Adults Read opportunity to keep up with the mod-
acquire computer skills. During this
program, high school students volun-
Together) wanted to learn about the
computers they saw their students
ern world of technology and the high
school volunteers are given the
teer to mentor adults on how to use using. It seemed natural to “turn the chance to use their knowledge to By Melody Niere with Distinction. These students averaged a 3.5 on all
computers. tables” and have students teach the make a difference in someone else’s Fifteen Saunders High School students earned an exams taken and scored at least a three on five or more
The STACK program was adults. life. It’s a win-win situation, so Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Award in recognition exams.
launched in 1998 by the STACK was first launched at everyone benefits. In addition to of the exceptional achievement on the 2008 AP exam. Congratulations to the following Saunders award
JCY/Westchester Community Part- Gorton High School and is also cur- learning about computers, STACK The College Board’s AP program provides students with recipients:
ners. This organization, formerly rently running at Roosevelt, Lincoln participants learn about each other the opportunity to take college-level courses while in high
known as the Jewish Council of and Saunders high schools. During and forge lasting intergenerational school, and the AP exam tests what the students have AP Scholars
Yonkers, has been helping to improve the program, a high school student is bonds. learned and awards them with college credits according- Alexis Acevedo, Darwin Araujo, Michael Cinelli,
the quality of life in the Westchester paired with an adult for the six-week To receive more information ly. Nationally, only 18 percent of students who took the Daniel Cuomo, Matthew Fakhoury, Christie Lucchese,
community since 1920. Part of the period. The student becomes the about participating in STACK, con- AP exam performed high enough to earn the AP Scholar Melody Niere, Ezekiel Rosario and Stephy Sunny
organization’s mission is to increase teacher and the adult becomes the tact JCY/Westchester Community Award.
literacy, decrease isolation and bring student. The young teachers instruct Partners at 914-423-5009 or e-mail The AP exam is based on a five-point scale, with a AP Scholars with Honors
the generations together. the adults on basic computer skills, email@example.com. score of five being the highest. To earn the title of AP Marouh Hussein, Jason Lam, Anton Raskin
STACK was conceived when such as word processing and e-mail, Scholar, a student must take at least three exams, achiev- and Faaria Salik
ing a score of three or higher on each. An AP Scholar with
Honors must average a grade of 3.25 on all exams taken, AP Scholar with Distinction
THE POET SPEAKS and a grade of three on four or more exams. The highest
awards received by Saunders students was an AP Scholar
Tina Chang and Leonel Rosario
By Jordan Fakhoury communities of African-American explained that when one is writing
and Kenneth Campbell property owners. Mr. LaSusa’s three something that is personal, whether
Saunders students would like to
congratulate teacher John LaSusa for
narrators for this portion of the book
are African-American relatives who
they are stories or poems, one does
not look for others’ support. “You SPORTS FALL HIGHLIGHTS
publishing his first book, “Broken on recount tales tied to Seneca Village. write for yourself,” Mr. LaSusa
the Wheel and Collected Poems,” By Melody Niere score a goal against the Blue Devils, and the team was
The second part of the book con- emphasized. Having received so
which was published this August. Volleyball – The girls’ volleyball team finished off declared city champions for the sixth year in a row. The
sists of 25 autobiographical poems, much support and appreciation, how-
To get his collection of poetry the season strong with a 78 percent win rate in league. team finished the season with a record of 11-5-2.
written in chronological order. The ever, has encouraged Mr. LaSusa to
published, Mr. LaSusa encountered The team qualified for sectionals for the fourth year and Football –The football team won its homecoming
first is a poem of a memory when Mr. begin writing another book. This
some challenges. For example, his placed fourth in the tournament. game versus hometown rival Yonkers High School by
LaSusa was 5 years old. The last time, it is a murder mystery wrapped
editor wanted to change a few things, Boys’ Soccer – The boys’ soccer team remained scoring 30 points within the first seven minutes of the
poem recounts a memory set in the up in a love story.
but Mr. LaSusa did not agree. He undefeated against city rival Gorton High School. For game.
year 2000. One must have inspiration to
explained, “The publisher felt a little the first time in many years, the soccer team was victo- Track – The boys’ and girls’ track teams remain the
According to Mr. LaSusa, the create such works of literature, and
confused about certain things, espe- rious against Roosevelt High School. reigning city champions in Yonkers this year. The cross-
process of writing this collection was Mr. LaSusa said that two writers
cially with the poems. However, I Girls’ Soccer – Coach Carlos Mitrione led the soc- country team worked hard to become number one in the
time-consuming. It began almost five inspired him: William Faulkner and
disagreed because I wanted every- cer team to a new school record by winning 11 games, league.
years ago. A significant part of the J.D. Salinger. “It seems as though
thing to be completely pure.” In the nine of them in a row. No team in the league was able to Good job to all of the teams!
time was spent doing research, while they speak to me. It’s usually said
end, a compromise was found. other time was spent editing and that writers imitate writers they enjoy
Mr. LaSusa’s book consists of rewriting. Mr. LaSusa said that these the most, and I’m guilty of that as
two parts. The first half is a long his- aspects, “… were more painful than well,” he said.
toric poem that has three different the actual writing.” Mr. LaSusa offered advice to
narrators. The idea for this part of the What also catches the eye of the young writers: “You should disci-
book occurred one day when Mr. reader is the dedication to Mr. pline themselves to write every day.
LaSusa was in Central Park and LaSusa’s three children. One may Follow your passion. You are writing
learned that, before becoming Central think an important reason something for yourself. If others like it, that’s
Park, the area was called Seneca is being dedicated to another person ok. If they don’t, that’s also ok. Be
Village. Originating around 1825, is because they are extremely sup- curious about everything,” he said.
Seneca Village was one of the first portive. However, the author
‘LET’S GO, SAUNDERS, LET’S GO!’
VARSITY GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL
By Melody Niere Lennox. fundamental concept had the players
The Saunders Girls’ Volleyball Saunders had some of the high- pushing each other to their limits,
team started the season strong with a est-ranking players in the city league. thus making them work harder and
more than 50 percent winning rate. Villanueva, Rabadi and Serrano play better.
The seventh year volleyball coach, ranked in the top five in the league in “Although they had a perfect
Kristin Pyrch, had hoped to bring her kills. Villanueva, Serrano and Zapata season in league games against
varsity team through a winning sea- ranked in the top five in assists. Yonkers Public Schools teams, they
son. Claudia Villanueva and Katrina Ranking second in aces, blocks and struggled more outside of the district.
Feri, the team captains, led the squad digs were Villanueva, Rabadi and Out-of-league games seem to be
of 10. In addition to the captains, the Wirchansky. more of a challenge,” Pyrch said. The
team was composed of six other sen- This overall talent has given the coach seemed positive, however,
iors: Amber Stacks, Michelle players an advantage over the compe- with the 3-to-5 ratio. To the graduat-
Wirchansky, Christina Serrano, Yoshi tition, but talent could only bring the ing seniors, she said, “It’s been a fun
Iturriaga, Dayanna Zapata and team so far. Teamwork was also key three years.”
Marissa Rabadi. It also had two jun- to the girls’ success. “They get along Win or lose, it has been a fun
iors, Stephanie Fischer and Sheala on and off the court,” said Pyrch. This three years for them too.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 - YONKERS STUDENT GRAPEVINE - PAGE 5
GORTON HIGH SCHOOL
GORTON GETS GREENER: WOLVES BUST A MOVE AT HOMECOMING
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE By Jaylis Diaz
For the ones who attended,
lights dimmed, there was dancing all
across the floor. A DJ played the lat-
iously waited a week to finally hear
their names called out declaring them
Gorton High School’s Homecoming est hits, and students let loose and winners.
Dance 2008 was a night to remem- danced their stresses away. Even It felt as if the night would never
ber. Feet were hitting the dance floor though Gorton didn’t win the end, but, like every great party, the
in Gorton’s gymnasium from 7 until Homecoming game, students cele- end must come. When the party was
11 p.m. The event was jam-packed brated their unity as a great family. over, it was time for the students to
with fun, dancing and excitement, Gorton Wolves forever. go home and take only the memory
and students shared the memorable As the night went on, fun and of Gorton High School’s
moment together as one. excitement followed in its footsteps. Homecoming Dance 2008 with
When the lights were on, the The time came for the big announce- them.
room looked amazing! There was ment: this year’s Homecoming Court
green and white all around. Once the (see picture). These students anx-
A TRIP TO MONROE COLLEGE
AUTHOR INSPIRED BY LATINO FIESTA
Teacher Laura Civitano (left) and student Alyandra Ortega
By Alejandra Ortega the school to separate recyclable everyone’s help, and Mr. House is
Gorton is going green! A recy- materials and prepare them for trans- very influential in encouraging the
cling program has just grabbed fer to the proper facility. staff and students. “We need to help
Gorton High School. Although it has Since the amount of paper being get everyone to recycle and to make
just begun, staff and students are thrown away and wasted by the it a part of their lives,” he said.
working to make Gorton into a school has been profuse, the Gorton Staff and students are helping to
reduce, reuse, recycle environment. community decided to help save the promote the importance of recycling.
Thanks to a wonderful teacher planet by recycling. After meeting The program has just begun, but they
in the Medical Magnet, Laura with members of the Yonkers recy- are making sure that everyone By Carolina Vargas it was time to have lunch with the Bruja. She was such a great motiva-
Civitano, as well as savvy computer cling program, Gorton Principal embraces it. Things have started off On October 23, I attended staff, faculty and students. The food tional speaker that people jumped out
teacher Marco Buonacore, all classes Danny House approved the school’s slowly, but the community is work- Monroe College‘s Latino Fiesta. was delicious, and I met many nice of their seats. La Bruja sang a couple
are now collecting paper and related November 3 recycling program kick- ing hard to expand ideas and build This Latino Fiesta was created to people. The Monroe students took of songs and read poems. Her words
products. Paper, plastic bottles and off. Each classroom and office was new ones. They hope to ensure that address the needs of the Latino pop- their time to answer all of my ques- and thoughts were so moving. In her
cans are being put into separate given a decorative box to recycle the recycling program remains at ulation by providing an open dia- tions, and I received a student’s point mind, it did not matter if someone
garbage bins that are collected at the paper. Each week, the bins are Gorton and that it plays its part in logue between Monroe College and of view of what life on campus was was African-American, Caucasian or
end of the day by students. Thanks to weighed, and Gorton plans to save helping to make the world a cleaner the Latino community. It was over- really about. Latino, because we were all equal.
Gorton’s building maintance, large more than two tons’ worth of and less polluted place. whelming to see so many Latinos Monroe College Vice President She said that we should take that into
bins have been placed in the back of garbage. Meeting the goal calls for Let’s go green! attending this event. Schools from all Marc Jerome provided encouraging consideration and try to end some-
around brought students to partici- words of wisdom, and informed us thing big going on in the world, like
pate and enjoy what Monroe had pre- about what the college had to offer. racism. La Bruja was so inspirational
pared. He said that Monroe College provid- and opened many minds.
COLLEGE FAIR Once we arrived at Monroe
College, we took a tour of the college
ed professional, career-oriented
higher education to students from
From touring the campus, to
speaking with students, to getting
campus and its facilities. Luckily, it diverse backgrounds. inspired by La Bruja, my trip to
was a beautiful day, and we enjoyed To finish up the event, we were Monroe College was a most inform-
the walk. Once finished with the tour, entertained by a special guest, La ative and enjoyable one.
Roosevelt High School College Center
On November 7, Roosevelt High
School opened the doors to a new
College Center that will provide valu-
able resources to students and help them
navigate the complex road into college.
Staffed by a professional college advi-
sor, the Center will offer a range of col-
lege planning services, much like those
available to more affluent families. The
Roosevelt College Center is a result of a
partnership with the Nepperhan
Community Center’s Gateway Academy
(funded by a 21st Century Learning
Communities grant) and is also funded
by a grant from the New York Life
Foundation. The nonprofit organization,
Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE),
is driving the College Center initiative and hopes to open delivered by students, professors and business leaders on
Centers in each Yonkers high school. topics such as essay writing, interviewing and choosing
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Yonkers Public the right school; internship placements; and college fairs
Schools Superintendent Bernard P. Pierorazio said, “It’s and tours to augment the school district’s college prep
Devin Naveed Shaikh all about access. We need to give our students the best programs.
advice and the best counseling so that they will be able to “The College Center will open many doors for our
By Devin Naveed Shaikh colleges from their lists as they are that will fulfill their needs and meet attend the most prestigious schools in the country.” students and will allow them to explore different possibil-
Graduation is approaching for now faced with new possibilities. their expectations. Visiting the col- YPIE’s goal is to even the playing field for Yonkers ities for their future,” said Roosevelt Principal Jade
Gorton High School seniors. Many Choosing a college is a really lege fair at Westchester County students by providing private sector support to improve Sharp.
of them have been visiting colleges, huge task. College applicants must Center, however, has made it a less college acceptance and, ultimately, to help students A number of students attended the ceremony and
and, on October 23, some of the stu- decide if they have chosen the school stressful task for Gorton students. obtain the jobs of their dreams. To assist students and were excited to see the resources offered in the new
dents attended a college fair at families, YPIE College Centers will provide: designated Center. Senior Zacharie Ryan Gilliam told the group,
Westchester County Center. classroom space equipped with computers, online data- “My original SAT score was 1150. After taking the
The college fair gave the stu- bases and a variety of college resources; one-on-one sup- Kaplan SAT Prep class, my score went up to 1800. Now,
dents the opportunity to speak to port from a college advisor on the college admission, the College Center will help introduce me to different
admission representatives from acceptance and selection processes; financial aid and scholarships and help guide me to a career of success.”
many local colleges. Hundreds of scholarship assistance; college exploration seminars
colleges were present at the event
and many of them were from New
The college fair provided many THE SECRET TO SUCCESS: PERSEVERANCE!
opportunities for students to discuss
campus life, academic programs, By Klaudia Zalenska Unlike some students who are that this country gave them.
financial aid and admission require- Brave students are those who too busy and do not put much effort Theses are our English-lan-
ments for the colleges. The represen- want to succeed in everything they into their work, hardworking stu- guage learners, who prove that any-
tatives were very friendly and did a do. They are the ones who take the dents came to this country for a rea- thing is possible if you work hard
very good job of explaining the risk of going to a new school where son to succeed. and persevere.
majors offered, the scholarships they know no one and have to learn a Some students have lived in These students never give up,
available, the financial aid process new language. These students try countries where they did not have and they teach us each day that with
and, most importantly, the best fea- hard to pass everything, and they freedom to learn. When they came to a little bit of effort, anyone can reach
tures that reflect their schools. The succeed, even though they barely the United States, they took advan- his or her goals.
fair helped seniors eliminate some understand a word that is being said. tage of the educational opportunities
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LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL
CHOIR STUDENTS’ INTERNSHIP LINCOLN STUDENT ARTISTS
By Bianca Mitchell
Recently, two Lincoln High
ent in only his second year.
The students’ auditions took
[professional] choir is so unified. The
unity puts it on another level.”
PREPARE THEIR PORTFOLIOS
School students were selected to be a place on October 8 at the Masters The Hudson Valley Singers have
part of a vocal internship with the School. Shortly thereafter, they each been performing since 1951. The
renowned choral group, The Hudson received the exciting news. In fact, group is designed to provide amateur
Valley Singers. This internship oppor- Tavares celebrated the news of her singers with professional instruction.
tunity presented the students with a selection by singing the national The choir performs choral music
firsthand experience in a professional anthem at Lincoln’s pep rally that ranging from the 17th to the 20th cen-
performing choir. They see, hear, afternoon. tury, singing in a wide array of
practice and perform with singers “I feel that this is a very good diverse languages, including German
who have performed on the most experience for me because I get to see and Italian. The singers have recently
famous stages around the world. and hear how a professional choir traveled to Budapest and Costa Rica.
Sophomore Nathaniel Taylor and performs,” said Taylor with convic- Tavares and Taylor rehearse
senior Libet Tavares were the hon- tion. He acknowledged that Ms. every Wednesday night from 7:30 to
ored students. They are two members Myers’ choir is very professional, but 10 p.m. Their debut concert dates are
of Lincoln’s award-winning choir, “there is something different about December 14, 2008, in Larchmont,
which is headed by teacher Cecilia practicing with adults.” and January 11, 2009 in New York
Myers. Tavares has been a member of Tavares agreed and then added City.
Lincoln’s choir for four years, while another observation, “I feel this is a
Taylor has displayed tremendous tal- wonderfully different experience. The
MIGHTY TIGERS’ PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
By Libet Tavares The Republican Party discussed the troops home.
On October 30, Lincoln High developing a more independent coun- Education was the third and final
School’s freshman class held the try, advancing technology, establish- round. Representatives from both
Mighty Tigers’ Presidential Debate. ing programs to help smokers and sides sought to encourage children to “Hands” by Jarlyn Rosa
Representing the Democratic Party lowering the cost of health care. The stay in school and continue post-sec-
were John Simmons, Rashaun Smith Democratic Party, however, focused ondary education. The representative By Sandy Chocano The tuition for the class, howev- learn, and gives the students the
and Kenneth Poteat. The Republican on increasing the minimum wage, for the Republican Party emphasized Every Saturday morning er, was approximately $300 per stu- opportunity to fully focus for three
Party consisted of Dominique Hill, lowering taxes and investing in health several points, including more acces- through December, select students dent, which proved too steep for hours at a time on preparing their
Jasmine Tate and Shardae care services. sible tutoring; more funds for grants, from throughout Westchester County some. Understanding the opportuni- portfolios. The course has exposed
McClennan. These six freshmen, as The war on terror was the second scholarships and student loans; and attend the Portfolio Preparation & ty this course would provide for her the students to a number of art
well as their classmates, spent several issue. The Republicans preferred to the lowering of college tuition to Presentation course held at students, Ms. Kass immediately media, such as acrylics, charcoal, oil,
weeks reading, researching, writing leave troops in Iraq and increase fund- make it more affordable for the mid- Westchester Community College. searched for a scholarship to help pastel and ink. The class is designed
and discussing relevant topics in their ing for the war, whereas the dle and lower classes. Both party rep- Three students from Lincoln High defray the cost. Ultimately, Lincoln to enhance students’ skills in draw-
global studies and English classes Democrats favored bringing troops resentatives agreed, as did members School are the only Yonkers Public High School provided the scholar- ing, painting, creativity and self
prior to the culminating event. home immediately and using diplo- of the audience, that teachers should Schools representatives participating ships for the tuition, and a member expression.
The debate consisted of three macy to resolve the problems in the be rewarded with bonuses. in this course. of the faculty, who wished to remain The benefits for Hidalgo, Rosa
rounds, which were coordinated by Middle East. Back home, The students put forth an incred- Carlos Hidalgo, Jarlyn Rosa and anonymous, purchased three top- and Toro go beyond learning new
Christina Schmidt-Bellusci. In each Republicans felt the country would ible amount of effort in their prepara- Jonathan Toro were selected by their quality portfolio bags for the stu- techniques, however. This college
round, Mrs. Schmidt-Bellusci asked have more security with a more tion. At a time when this country is Advanced Placement (AP) art dents’ work. accredited course has also helped
the representatives three questions organized airport security system and overcome with political fever, these teacher, Marion Kass, to participate The Portfolio Preparation & them prepare their portfolio for both
pertaining to the economy, education improved alliances with other coun- students, many of whom are four in the course. “Their ability and ded- Presentation course provides stu- the college admission process and
and Iraq and the war on terror. tries. The Democratic representative years away from being old enough to ication is what got them accepted,” dents with a college experience and their upcoming AP art exam.
Round one of the debate focused rebutted this approach and thought vote, have established a base for polit- she said. mature environment in which to
on the methods each party would that the country could provide neces- ical understanding that will last a life-
implement to improve the economy. sary homeland security by bringing time.
BOYS’ SOCCER SCORES PERFECT SEASON
LINCOLN PEP RALLY By David Broderick
The Lincoln High School (LHS) boys’ soccer team
Edmond Addison was Lincoln’s star player. He led
the league in assists, averaging three per game, and fin-
has done it; they made it to the playoffs after winning the ished the season with 26 total. Addison made all league
By Heather Eberhart quiet itself and respectfully rise for known teachers made their way to the
Yonkers league title with a perfect 8-0 record. Their and all conference and was the MVP of the league. “I am
Friday, October 24, was not a the National Anthem, sung by Libet middle of the gymnasium and per-
dominance on the field, however, was put to the test in going to miss this season. Once we beat Ramapo, I could
typical day at Lincoln High School. Tavares. Then, Lincoln’s student formed the cheer, “Body Rock.” The
the first round. On Saturday, October 24, the team trav- tell we had the players to do something special this year,”
The sounds of drums got the blood council president, Timothy Montalvo, cheerleaders and the teachers then
eled north to face the number five seed, John Jay High he said.
boiling. Screams and shouts could be dressed as Abraham Lincoln, performed a cheer together. As the
School (12-2). The game was played at night under the The man who pulled the strings on this winning
heard throughout the halls. Waves of addressed the students. This was fol- teachers exited, the DJ played the
lights. But the unfamiliar darkness wasn’t the only obsta- team was Coach Fortuniewicz, who was honored by
the color purple ran as far as the eye lowed by a skit involving a ferocious “YMCA,” which got the crowd danc-
cle LHS had to face. Both teams had to deal with serious being named Coach of the Year for the league.
could see. It was time for the annual tiger, the White Plains High School ing again.
weather conditions as well. As the temperature dipped “Everybody was working together, striving together and
Lincoln High School pep rally. mascot. The tiger “escaped” from It was now time to introduce the
into the 20’s, and wind and rain whipped over the field, going for the same goal. As a coach, you can’t ask for
The event was organized by captivity, only to be overwhelmed by varsity sports athletes. The girls’ vol-
the two teams started play. any more than that,” Fortuniewicz said.
Coach Elaine Stahl, and it truly the rally emcee, safety officer Rich leyball, soccer and cross-country
John Jay won the coin toss and took the wind. This
revealed her hard work and dedica- Fortuniewicz, who was dressed as the teams were recognized for their com-
made all the difference, as the host school managed two Congratulations to the Lincoln varsity boys’ soccer
tion. The festivities began with the popular, “Demon Lancer.” The stu- mitments. The football team was then
first-half goals. Meanwhile, Lincoln had trouble advanc- players who garnered the following honors:
sounds of the drums reverberating off dents celebrated the tiger’s defeat by honored and Lincoln’s league cham-
ing the ball past midfield as every kick was blown back All-Section First Team
the walls of the gym as the sports dancing in the stands to the drum- pionship boys’ soccer team got an
towards their own goal. Edmond Addison (Sr.)
teams entered. The homecoming king mers’ familiar beats, which moved abundance of well-deserved acknowl-
In the second half, the Lincoln Lancers were only All-Section Honorable Mention
and queen, Henry Burgos and the crowd into a frenzy. edgment.
down by two and they started to put the pressure on John Ebenezer Mfodwo (Sr.)
Monique Smith, were introduced. Next, the cheerleaders were The pep rally came to an end
Jay. This gave Omar Aguilar the chance to score Joseph Barragan (Sr.)
They were followed by the home- introduced, and they quickly ran out with the students dancing out of the
Lincoln’s lone goal. Even though they played hard, they All-League
coming court ? Amilcar Monterrosa, to perform their welcome cheer, gym and departing from school with
surrendered two more goals, and the final score of 4-1 Rich Fortuniewicz – Coach of the Year
Ivelisse Amor, Michael Chacon and “Pride,” followed by a short dance. smiles on their faces in anticipation of
was in favor of John Jay. Adrain Andres (So.)
Bridget Magana. Cheers and laughter erupted from the the homecoming dance later that
Coach Richard Fortuniewicz and the boys have had Omar Aguilar (Sr.)
The excited crowd managed to audience when a handful of well- evening.
a wonderful season. By starting it off with a first-game Amilcar Monterrosa (Sr.)
win against Ramapo High School, the team played hard Osiris Moran (Sr.)
every day and gave their best efforts. By the time league Klement Tinaj (Sr.)
games started, the team was in shape with a high-pow- Jaleel Tullach (Sr.)
The Yonkers Student Grapevine extends a special thank you ered offense and a stingy defense.
to all YPS teachers, administrators and parents for their
continued support of our publication.
WALKATHON FOR AIDS ORPHANS
The Rising Media Group staff would like to wish everyone By Estefania Mejia money, but they also want students to become aware of
a Happy Thanksgiving! Lincoln High School (LHS) is not only a place the needs of other teenagers around the world.
where students learn, but a place where students can “Our students need to understand that, by the time
make a difference and help the community. children in Kenya reach high school age, the same age
The learning environment offered at the [Lincoln students] are, many of them have lost at least
school provides the young people of today one and sometimes both parents,” pointed out social
We welcome your feedback: with every opportunity to give back to people studies chairperson Aferdita Silverman.
less fortunate than themselves. Over the last Students are gathering donations based on how
E-mail us at few years, Lincoln has made a conscious many laps they will walk around the LHS track, topping
effort to expand the reach of its giving hand. out at 10. This has provided the students with an oppor-
grapevine@ Last fall, Lincoln students raised over tunity to not only help an impoverished community, but
risingmediagroup.com $500 for an animal shelter, in an effort to give also to socialize with other students, staff and communi-
back locally. In addition, during the spring, ty members in a way that is not available during school
the Lincoln Student Council’s global out- hours.
reach program raised $2,500 to purchase Proceeds from the Walk for AIDS Orphans
malaria nets for families in the Sudan. This walkathon will be donated to the ISAKA Memorial
year, Lincoln students are again looking to Foundation. This nonprofit organization provides essen-
Africa with the hope of making a difference. tial services to orphans and vulnerable children in eco-
The Lincoln Lancers have made nomically depressed communities in Kenya. Lincoln’s
Saturday, November 22, the Walk for AIDS association with ISAKA has been fostered by a working
Orphans Day. The Lincoln staff, Smaller relationship between social studies teacher Marcia Lyttle
Learning Communities and PTSA have com- and U.N. representative and ISAKA co-founder Dr. Mary
bined their resources in an effort to make the Otieno. Lincoln intends to exceed its goal of raising
day a success. Not only do they want to raise $10,000 for the orphans of Kenya.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008 - YONKERS STUDENT GRAPEVINE - PAGE 7
ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL
THE LIFE OF A BASKETBALLER MR. MACK: OUR MAN OF THE MONTH
By Shanane mc’Lennon
Currently in his seventh year of administration,
Roosevelt High School Assistant Principal Darryl
Mack is one of the most noteworthy men in Yonkers.
Mr. Mack graduated from Saunders High School in
1986 with a phenomenal academic record and a stel-
lar football career. After earning MVP and All-County
Selection honors, Mr. Mack received a full athletic
scholarship to the University of New Haven. He grad-
uated in 1990, with a B.S. in business administration
and marketing. While succeeding in college, Mr.
Mack said that his desire to study even more fueled
his ambition to become a life-long learner.
After college, Mr. Mack first aspired to be a
stockbroker. However, the influence of role models
like his former high school principal, Joe Farmer, and
his favorite high school teacher, Eddie Frasier,
inspired Mr. Mack to turn to education instead. He
received a job as a permanent substitute teacher at
Mark Twain and Emerson Middle schools, taught spe-
cial education for four years and then became an
Seeking a change of scenery after college, Mr.
Mack first intended to move to Atlanta. His mother
disagreed with his decision, however, and, after much
deliberation, Mr. Mack decided to stay in Yonkers to
set an example for the city’s youth. He wanted to
inspire them to go to college and utilize their talents,
and so he focused on becoming involved in the com-
Kenneth Fulwood Outside of Roosevelt High School, Mr. Mack has Darryl Mack
become associated with several groups, including the
Yonkers Historical Society, the Diabetes Association, struggle is getting young people to understand the pur-
By Steven Moore game.” International College and the Nepperhan Community Center and the Kappa Alpha pose of education. He said that he finds comfort in the
On the court, weighing in at 180 Basketball is more than just a Georgetown University and plans to Psi Fraternity. He is also a board member of both the words his mother told him, “always look to do good
lbs., standing six feet tall, playing sport for Fullwood. He believes he study elementary education. Ten YWCA and the Sharing Community. things, but don’t expect to be paid for it.” Mr. Mack, how-
short guard or small forward, is can make it all the way, despite the years from now, he sees himself mar- Mr. Mack is a firm believer in connecting with the ever, said that his payment comes often in the self satis-
Kenneth Fullwood. Fullwood, who disadvantage of his height. At six feet ried and, if not playing in the NBA, kids he interacts with, and he finds that his most difficult faction he from serving others.
has been playing on Roosevelt’s var- tall, he is considered “short” by bas- teaching in an elementary school. “I
sity basketball team since his sopho- ketball standards. He is confident, have a passion for youth,” Fullwood
more year, is now a senior preparing however, that his determination, ded- said. “Young students intrigue me
for his last year of play. Reviewing
his career at Roosevelt, he looks back
ication and love of the game will take
him to the NBA.
because they are innocent and
unblemished, and I love to watch
ROOSEVELT’S HIDDEN TREASURE
on the past three years with fond In preparation for the upcoming them grow.” To give back to the com-
memories. season, Fullwood trains by running munity, Fullwood also plans to coach
Fullwood recently recalled his laps, shooting and dribbling. He basketball.
favorite game, the first game of last trains in school with his teammates According to Fullwood, basket-
season when Roosevelt took on and year-round with his older broth- ball and education weigh equally on
Ketcham. He remembered making a er, Julance Jackson. Fullwood his list of priorities because both
fast break and a hard dunk in the very explained that Julance is a former investments will make an impact on
beginning of the game. The crowd football player who knows exactly his future. “The road to success is not
went wild. It was that moment, that what it takes to stand out from the easy,” he explained. “The journey of
adrenaline rush, which defined bas- rest. 1,000 miles begins with the first step.
ketball for him. Fullwood explained, Fullwood’s short-term goals It is wonderful to follow your dream,
“I love bringing the crowd to their include getting into a college or uni- but you have to have a plan B.”
feet. I love being on a team and versity with a basketball scholarship.
[being] an individual in the same He has applied to the American
THE GIVING SPIRIT OF ROOSEVELT
By Simourya Wright dent’s grade. and rebuild homes in Yonkers. Most Teacher and student: Ms. Rizzo and Irene Santos
Whoever said “beauty is only The Skills USA team is also recently, the Habitat volunteers pre- By Shanane Mc’Lennon nursing homes and at the Richmond nursing home, we interact with the eld-
skin deep” has not taken a look at involved in a letter writing campaign, pared a house for renovation by dig- Roosevelt teacher Helenia Rizzo Children’s Center. erly by asking them questions about
Roosevelt High School this year. communicating with soldiers sta- ging ditches, plastering walls and has struck gold — in the hearts of her While the students’ descriptions their lives, playing games with them
While the school’s new façade adds tioned overseas. Members also plan installing doors. own students, that is. Her passion for of their visits to the centers vary from and helping with projects and decora-
to the beauty of the neighborhood, to sponsor a child through the Ms. Berman’s crew is not limit- education has helped her blend the scary to dramatic to traumatic to mov- tions.”
the generosity of its staff and stu- Clinton foundation, visit St. John’s ed to the construction site, however. needs of her students with the gifts they ing, all agree that the experiences have There is a cause and effect for
dents adds to the community at a hospital’s children’s ward and spend Working with The Sharing can bring to others. offered tremendous learning opportu- everything and this is a big example.
deeper level. time with unwed single mothers in Community in Getty Square during Ms. Rizzo began her path towards nities that have helped them delve into Ms. Rizzo has created a program
Under the guidance of lead fac- the area. the Thanksgiving holiday, students the field of education by volunteering all types of volunteering. “When we through which a group of students who
ulty advisor Frank Leonetti, the In addition, Roosevelt teacher will help prepare and serve meals. at a multi-care center that her father volunteer, we learn responsibility and are sometimes overlooked can, and do,
school’s Skills USA team is conduct- Roberta Berman and Nepperhan The group also looks forward to vol- began. Her work there motivated her to accountability,” explained Roosevelt develop skills and confidence by help-
ing a canned food drive. The collec- Community Center’s Gateway unteering in December for the become a special education teacher. junior Irene Santos. “At the children’s ing others. What started out as a per-
tion began in early October and con- staffer Alonda Hassell have been Special Olympics at Mark Twain Seeing the compassion within her own center, we interact with the children by sonal legacy to Ms. Rizzo’s father has
tinues until Thanksgiving. All pro- working tirelessly with students to Middle School. classes, Ms. Rizzo began taking her talking to them and playing with them developed into a labor of love for her
ceeds from the collection will be develop and instill a sense of gen- The students of Roosevelt High students to volunteer at community to help them feel comfortable. At the and her students.
donated to the food pantry in erosity. Ms. Hassell gets Roosevelt’s School are grateful for what they
Westchester County through the finest to use their brains by tutoring have during these times and want to
Food Patch Organization. To help
motivate the students to donate, some
elementary and middle school stu-
dents at the Nepperhan Community
give back, believing it is their
responsibility and privilege to give to
ROOSEVELT’S JROTC PROGRAM:
teachers are offering points for cans. Center, and Ms. Berman encourages those who are less fortunate.
For every two cans of food donated, her crew to flex their muscles by FROM MY PERSPECTIVE
they offer one point toward a stu- helping Habitat for Humanity restore
By Maamideede Hudson can be used throughout one’s life. Yonkers hoping to recruit and edu-
JROTC stands for Junior For instance, high school students cate future students about the bene-
Reserve Office Training Cadets and put a lot of emphasis on respect, and fits of this program. Joining JROTC
focuses on the study of air space sci- many believe that they deserve it. does not mean that you have to
ence, aviation history and leadership One of the first things taught in choose a military career, but it does
Yonkers Student Grapevine education. The program is designed
to teach discipline, order, leadership,
JROTC is that one earns respect by
mean that you will have a life-alter-
respect, honesty, responsibility and All students who enroll in the As is true of anything else, what
Nick Sprayregen, Publisher teamwork. JROTC is one of the JROTC program are given uniforms students put into the JROTC program
many, if not the most, organized pro- which establish a sense of cama- is what they will get out of it. JROTC
Daniel J. Murphy, Editor-in-Chief grams available to students at raderie and unity. It also allows us to motivates students to give it their all
Roosevelt High School, and its par- stand out from the rest of the crowd to reap outstanding rewards. My per-
Carla Rose Arnone, Senior Editor ticipants are motivated to do well. As while standing together as a team. sonal experience compels me to rec-
a member of JROTC, I have gained Together, we are known for our gen- ommend that every student take
Elisabeth Ehrlich, Junior Editor confidence and learned about respon- erosity and charity. The JROTC- advantage of this program. It will
sibility and respect. I have also sponsored November blood drive has change your life in a way that you
Rebecca Bertoldi, Art Director developed a call to help others and a become a part of the Roosevelt cul- never expected.
concern for our nation. ture, and the group’s numerous Note: There is no military obli-
Barbara Seif, Advertising Manager
As JROTC cadets, we usually fundraising activities include canned gation required by students after
arrive to school by 6:30 a.m. to train food drives and toys for tots. We also graduating from district JROTC pro-
and practice drills for competition. raise funds to help the JROTC pur- grams offered at Roosevelt and
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org All work and no play makes for a chase supplies, partake in fun trips Lincoln High Schools. JROTC grad-
dull day, so we go on many trips and participate in competition. uates who wish to continue are eligi-
Visit us at www.yonkersrising.com throughout the year. We go to air JROTC instills a sense of self- ble for special consideration upon
force bases and boot camps where we lessness because we not only realize, application to a Service Academy,
Phone 914-965-4000 Fax 914-965-2892 learn survival strategies, rescue tech- but rather embrace, our responsibili- ROTC scholarships to college,
niques, combat skills and exercise ty to ourselves, our predecessors and advanced placement in college
25 Warburton Ave., Yonkers, NY 10701
training used by military academies. our nation. Members of JROTC visit ROTC and accelerated promotion
Everything learned in JROTC various middle schools throughout upon enlistment.
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RIVERSIDE HIGH SCHOOL
THE BENEFITS OF GREEN ROOFING FREESTYLE IN OUR FUTURE: A STUDENT’S
By Andrew McFadden
Last month, Riverside High School took a new step
PERSPECTIVE ON CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY
towards a greener future. Riverside Principal Dr.
Catherine Mayus, Library Media Specialist Anne By Jason Cheru
Mastropolo, environmental science teacher Marilyn While I sat in class,
Gallagher and student Andrew McFadden were invited to diligently listening to
get a close-up look at Sarah Lawrence College’s new students explaining to
addition. On top of the college’s dorm buildings, in lieu the teacher, one after
of the standard flat tar roof, was something entirely dif- another, why they did
ferent: square patches of soil, complete with tiny sprouts not have their assign-
poking their way into the light. ments, I thought about
This unusual roof design is called, appropriately, the ways in which incor-
“green roofing.” Sarah Lawrence is currently the only porating even more tech-
college in New York to incorporate the design on its cam- nology in schools would
pus. Naturally, the aim of the green roof design is not just dramatically improve
for aesthetic value (although with the plants’ maturation, academic life.
its aesthetics will be evident), they do have have more I know that most
practical applications. schools now have com-
Environmentalists and other groups surmised that puters, Smart Boards®
utilizing all of New York City’s flat roofs for growing and projectors in every
crops would grow enough produce to feed the entire classroom, but what I
city’s population. While there may not be many corn- think is necessary goes
fields or tomato vines sprouting up on the skyscrapers of beyond that.
Manhattan, the green roof is certainly a step in the right I believe that it is
direction. necessary for every stu-
In addition to being practical in preparation for the dent to have a convert-
Library Media Specialist Anne Mastropollo
future, the green roof design has just as much application ible tablet PC that is
and student Andrew McFadden interconnected in the
today. For instance, most major American cities experi-
ence what is called the “urban island effect.” This means classroom. This means
reduction. One lesser-known fact about trees and other Students Sierra Bangari and Jason Cheru
that steel buildings absorb the majority of the sun’s ener- that the students and
plants is that they filter the air that they take in. The same
gy, releasing it as heat. This can raise the temperature of teachers could wirelessly
concept that applies to a great oak tree applies to a patch wireless connection would allow all does require one thing, transition.
cities to up to seven degrees warmer than surrounding exchange files. Also, the tablet PC
of green roofing as well. In fact, a tree with a diameter of computers to link to a main printer Every teacher in the school would
areas. Buildings incorporating green roofs into their should be able to wirelessly present
16 feet at its canopy will filter the same amount of air in that is located in the classroom. In have to participate in the initiative.
designs are much cooler in the summer months because its files on a projector. This is an ideal
a day that a 16-square-foot patch of green roofing can. addition, teachers would be able to No matter what the subject may be,
the plants absorb the heat, which lessens the amount of setup because this eliminates note-
After seeing the green roof, Riverside students’ inter- view the students’ monitors from everyone must use this technology in
energy needed to cool the entire building. Knowing this, books, and students would be able to
est has been piqued about the possibility of installing a their computers, thus eliminating their classroom for it to really work.
it could be said that a key to reducing overall carbon diox- have everything that they need at all
section of the material on its building. Such a benefit to playtime. What an amazing future we have
ide emissions is to simply care for a garden, which is all times. The excuse “my printer wasn’t
the environment does not come cheap, however, so the Having this kind of technology in store in the world of technology.
that a green roof essentially is. working” would be history, because
school is currently working on a grant proposal to gener- in classrooms would be great, but it
Likewise, green roofs could have a key role in smog ate the necessary funds.
SPEAKING OF SPORTS ...
- IN MY OPINION -
By Unique Casiano football game of the season, which scored a touchdown to end the game
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION Give me an R, give me an A,
give me an M, give me an S. Go
The Rams took on Leake &
in a tie.
Although the game ended in a
RAMS! Students at Riverside High Watts at Trevor Field for the team’s tie, Coach Cruz was very enthusias-
By Brian Ponte change, it seems only logical to elect sion, he picked the inexperienced
School cheered on their teams at the final game of the season. Coaches tic and spoke highly of his team, say-
On November 4, the first a Democrat rather than another Sarah Palin as a running mate. At this
school’s first annual pep rally. Eric Cruz and Chris Ford were the ing, “I thought both teams played
African-American was elected as the Republican. His policies also appeal point, the public began to lose inter-
It was a time of rejoicing, not strength behind the team, and from very well. It was the best played
country’s next president. Although more to the common American than est in McCain and began to see
only for victories, but for the fact the very first moment, the players game of the entire season.” Coach
his victory was historic, it was not in McCain’s do. They include tax Obama as the better choice.
that students felt united. Coaches, worked hard. Riverside’s first touch- Ford added, “It is always important
any way unexpected. Political ana- breaks to the middle class, affordable The United States of America
along with their teams, introduced down was made by Donte McConey, to have a home crowd at the home
lysts were anticipating Sen. Barack health care for all and a plan to has always been a nation that preach-
themselves and their records. who came back with another touch- games. I was very pleased with the
Obama’s win days before the elec- reform the No Child Left Behind Act. es about equal rights and abilities for
It was the first year the school down to put Riverside in the lead large amount of students who
tion, and with 364 electoral votes to There were many other con- all, and with the result of this past
participated in junior varsity athlet- until the fourth quarter. showed their support, and we greatly
Senator John McCain’s 163, it was tributing factors to Obama’s victory, election, it seems that the country has
ics, and its teams were off to a great The Ram’s defense was deter- appreciated it.”
clear that Americans wanted a many of which were the result of the lived up to its promises. The racial
start. The boys’ soccer and football mined to prevent Leake and Watts Even though the team did not
change. train wreck that became McCain’s barrier that has surrounded the office
teams and the girls’ volleyball team from scoring, but the opponent’s win, the school was victorious.
There are many reasons why campaign. He suspended his cam- of president for the past two centuries
showed determination and dedica- aggressive offense managed to fight From the pep rally to the field,
Obama is more popular among the paign for two days in an attempt to has been done away with, and stu-
tion. The pep rally was an opportuni- back with a touchdown. With the Riverside Rams showed a com-
majority of the population. fix the economic crisis, only to arrive dents of every background are now
ty to honor these teams, and the Riverside’s cheerleaders and crowd mitment to unity and pride and a
Americans are eager to forget all in Washington and do absolutely beginning to see the full possibilities
majority of students and teachers cheering excitedly for the home great beginning season for the
about the presidency of George W. nothing. Additionally, in what can that await them in the future.
who attended the pep rally continued team, the game became very intense! school’s new athletic program.
Bush. With Obama’s promise of only be described as a very bad deci-
the celebration by attending the last At the last minute, Leake & Watts
RIVERSIDE IS CLEARLY ON THE MAP!
By Charlie Cruz one. We met people from all over the “ecologically” way. SYNERGY LABS AT RIVERSIDE
Riverside High School has taken world. Some people were from as far Overall, the trip was a great
its environmental efforts on the road. away as England,” Roger said. experience for the participants who
By Felix Loriano During meetings, students eagerly ers are designed to give the students
Recently, Riverside teacher Marleen As part of their green mission found it fun to see what other people
Did someone say robots? Yes! draw diagrams, list functions and information on how to create robots,
Leventhal and student Roger Osorio adventure, Roger and Ms. Leventhal, were doing to fight for the cause.
Every day in Riverside High write commands that they might like rockets and even stunning videos. A
had the opportunity to travel to along with the other members of the When asked about the trip, Ms.
School’s Synergy class, students are to see robots perform. At the end of Synergy student said, “This class
Milwaukee, Wisc., and learn how group, went on a hike up to the Grant Leventhal stated, “It was an excellent
actively engaged in brainstorming meetings, they just erase the marker really provides us with the skills we
other people from around the country Park Lodge. As they hiked the trail, trip because we got to meet people
conversations. The ideas that are dis- from the table. No damage done! need and which we are bound to use
are going “green.” they learned and discussed ways that from all over the country, as well as
cussed range from how to use sen- During an interview with in future jobs. We learn about differ-
Ms. Leventhal and Roger trav- they could improve the communities people from England. We enjoyed all
sors on a robot to creating robots that Synergy teacher Liliana Singh, stu- ent parts of robots and then realize
eled with a student from Saunders to in which they live. One young girl the activities, from the pollution
grab anything in their sight. The class dents asked about the goal of the how they all come together.”
Milwaukee on October 17 for a three- from Rhode Island, for instance, scavenger hunt to the news report
setting is very futuristic and techno- class. “The goal of the class is to sim- The structure of the Synergy
day adventure with Groundwork described how her group decorated a game that the group played.”
logically advanced, with many new ulate an actual work environment for classroom supports the exchange of
USA. When they arrived in trash can specifically to be used for Riverside students learned from
computers, earphone sets and robotic the students,” explained Mrs. Singh. ideas and offers a unique experience
Wisconsin, they were greeted by recycling. After the hike, the gang their new friends around the world
appliances. The room even has a ver- “In businesses, different departments to those interested in robotics, rock-
other members of Groundwork USA regrouped around a bungalow in the and may incorporate some of these
tical wind tunnel in which several have a common goal that they work etry and multimedia. Students
and Groundwork England, the place park and enjoyed a bonfire. As they ideas within the school.
bottles are attached to a piece of towards. Hence, our classroom has become so inspired, they never want
where Groundwork originated. sat around the fire, they discussed After all is said and done, the
string to test the drive of a rocket. It different harbors such as Aero-Space to leave.
“When we got there, we played their trips and how they might message is clear: RECYCLE.
is very cool indeed. and Rocketry, Intelligent Systems This sophisticated, friendly and
an ice-breaker game to meet every- improve their communities in an
During group meetings, upcom- and Multimedia. We communicate professional environment is a truly
ing projects are discussed around the through e-mails, business meetings remarkable experience that students
Synergy classroom’s specially and discussions, just as adults would at Riverside High School get to
SAUNDERS TRADES AND TECHNICAL HS designed tables. These tables can be
written on with dry-erase markers.
do in real work environments.”
The Synergy classroom comput-
encounter every day.
KICKS OFF 100TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY and owner of Xavier’s Restaurant, In this economic climate, that is
Saunders Trades and Technical superintendents of schools Reginald activities. The Web site details the Hudson’s Half-Moon Peter Kelly; and the director of the especially important. The Half-Moon
High School in Yonkers has graduat- Marra, Joe L. Farmer and Bernard P. schedule of activities for October 9- Continued from Page 1 Hudson River Museum, Michael basically places the City of Yonkers
ed some of the finest tradesmen and Pierorazio, joined on November 20 to 11, 2009, the history of the school, Botwinick. on the map.
scholars for close to 100 years. A gala formally announce the upcoming cel- the registration form for events, pro- Master’s School had been privileged There are many reasons why The Hudson River Museum pro-
100th Anniversary Celebration of the ebration. cedures for donations and sharing to board the ship and sail the Hudson this boat is important to Yonkers. vided transportation to the members
school and its alumni is planned for The Saunders 100th Anniversary memorabilia, information on spon- for an entire week. The young Amicone explained, “The ship will of the school’s Green Policy Task
October 9-11, 2009. Committee invites alumni and sorships and the souvenir journal to sailors were welcomed back during teach us history, and will also give Force and the Junior Docents, and
The Saunders 100th Anniversary friends of the school to visit the cele- be published to coincide with the the celebration. Among the event’s Yonkers a historical point of view. Kelly catered the event with deli-
Celebration Committee and three for- bration Web site, event. Join the blogs and post contact dignitaries were Mayor Phil The ship brings tourism and recre- cious food and beverages.
mer Saunders’ principals, as well as www.saunders100.com, to join the information. Amicone; Westchester County ational purposes to the area and is
Executive Andrew Spano; the chef good for the economy of our city.”
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YONKERS HIGH SCHOOL
ARTISTIC BULLDOGS EARN AWARDS TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: HTC TOUCH PRO
By Fareed Zahid
Innovation. This is HTC’s new approach towards
redefining its name in the mobile industry. The HTC
Touch Pro, which was released in October, is its primary
weapon of attack. Replacing the year-old Sprint Mogul,
this phone has been completely redesigned from the
The 2.8-inch VGA touch screen offers four times the
screen resolution of most other Pocket PCs on the market,
meaning that one has more screen space to use for Web
browsing, viewing pictures and reading e-mail. The web
browser puts the full Internet in the palm of one’s hand.
Web sites look just like they do on a PC, and revolution-
ary Touchflo 3-D makes it easy to navigate around and
zoom in on exactly the information one’s looking for with all on the TV! There is, however, a downside to this fea-
a single swipe. ture: The cable required to use the TV out function is not
This phone features a wide array of connectivity fea- included with the phone and costs an extra $40 above the
tures, including WiFi, Bluetooth, IR and Sprint’s high- hefty price tag.
speed EVDO Rev A, which brings the Internet to one’s Another unique feature is the adaptation of a five-
fingertips at blazing speed. HTC has also built an row QWERTY keyboard. Previous generations of HTC
accelerometer into the Touch Pro, which enables the user phones have had four-row keyboards, leaving out an extra
to turn the phone sideways and view a Web page in land- row for numbers. Now, rather than the usual tedious nav-
scape mode, rather than portrait. The phone also features igation of menus required to make a call, Touch Pro own-
a 3.2 megapixel camera, which is almost equivalent to the ers have a new dedicated row for numbers.
By Melissa Puma throughout Westchester, and a special In another artistic venture, female majority of digital cameras. The phone’s vast capabilities are not without faults,
Recent events at Yonkers High competition for high school students has Bulldogs have been offered an opportu- One of the most unique features about the HTC however; the two major criticisms are in regard to its
School have proven that the arts are given young artists the opportunity to nity to exhibit their art to the public with Touch Pro is that it is the first phone ever to come with weight and price. At 165 grams, this phone makes up for
thriving within its walls. With the selec- have their work featured in an exclusive the 15th annual Women’s High School built-in “TV out” functionality. This means that a user can its weight with features but still feels heavy. Also, at $500,
tion of two of its very own students as location as well. Selected from entries Art Exhibition. Selected pieces by four plug one end of the TV out cable into the USB port of the this phone is aimed at a small group of people. However,
winners of a ceramics competition and of students from across the county, the deserving students will be submitted to phone and the other end of the cable into a TV set and with a new Sprint contract, the price is reduced to $299.
an offer by Woman's High School Art winning pieces of 11th-graders Diana participate in an elegant display at the have the phone interface show on the TV screen. With this Now that HTC has bundled a camera, phone, PDA and
Exhibition to display several students’ Umana and Johnny Ramirez are cur- College of New Rochelle. As of now, feature, users can watch videos recorded from the phone, MP3 player into a single device, people no longer need to
work, the Bulldogs have been off to a rently being displayed with other tri- three of the pieces to be displayed have view slideshows, watch Youtube videos and read e-mail, worry about carrying all their electronics around!
very artsy start this semester! umphant works at the Museum of Arts been submitted by Breyanna Faulkner,
Sponsored by the Westchester Arts & Culture at New Rochelle High Nicole Ferrara and Rosa Reyna, all
Council and other local organizations,
“All Fired Up!” is a county-wide cele-
The “Feats of Clay: All Fired Up!”
notable 12th-graders in their second and
final year of the International PAYING IT FORWARD
bration of clay works. For the event, exhibition is open for public apprecia- Baccalaureate art course at Yonkers
professional pieces are being displayed tion throughout November. High. AT NATIONAL CHARACTER COUNTS WEEK
THE ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL By Bayan Baker
American writer Anne Herbert
with a simple “thank you” or by inte-
grating the adults’ lessons into their
the Character Counts week, students
were reminded of the importance of
once said, “Practice random acts of own daily lives. kindness and showing good charac-
By Jazmin Graves Jackie Bezos, the Bezos Scholars my family and a student of life itself. kindness and senseless acts of beau- Another concept that is swiftly ter, respect, responsibility, honesty,
The Aspen Ideas Festival is a Program enables 12 high school jun- I spent my days in Aspen feeling ty.” If people can indeed accomplish becoming popular throughout all commitment, compassion, trust and
grand event that has colored iors from across the country, and their overwhelmed by inspiration; howev- this, they can then help others feel parts of the world is the “Pay It citizenship. They were asked to pon-
Colorado summers for four years. school principals, to attend the Aspen er, the festival did end on a serious grateful for those small but important Forward” theory. The heart of the der a different question each day,
Hosted by the Aspen Institute and Ideas Festival. Yonkers High School note. Though we rejoiced in our new acts of encouragement and generosi- philosophy is not to return the favor, such as, “How do you gain some-
The Atlantic, and sponsored by com- Principal Ralph Vigliotti and I not ideas and discoveries, the other 11 ty. During National Character Counts but to share one’s own time, talent or one’s trust?” or “What character traits
panies such as Allstate, Intel and J.P. only attended festival seminars, but scholars and I realized, too, that Week, held October 19-25, Yonkers treasure with another person. This make up a good citizen?” The ques-
Morgan, the Aspen Ideas Festival is a also enjoyed vis-à-vis meetings with changing the world is literally the High recommited to instilling strong theory involves Herbert’s idea of ran- tions got the students thinking on the
forum for the expression and various figures, including former task of our generation, and the time to values in youth and encouraged dom acts of kindness — doing some- right path, the path that will lead
exchange of big ideas. Secretary of State Colin Powell; the make change is now. everyone to develop good character, thing simply out of the goodness them to success.
Festival attendees enjoy count- first female Supreme Court Justice, Indeed, the change does begin respect, responsibility, honesty, com- within oneself. Kindness affects everyone; it
less sessions in which the world’s Sandra Day O’Connor; and Allstate now. Having been granted a $1,000 mitment and compassion. Schools all over the district pro- does not see color, nor does it know
leaders, including historians, authors, CEO Thomas Wilson. School Award by the Bezos Family National Character Counts Week moted “Pay it Forward”/Character ethnicity or religion. Diversity is cel-
government officials, professors, sci- The capstone of our stay in Foundation, Yonkers High will hold is an opportunity for people all over Counts Week by instilling the impor- ebrated through acts of kindness,
entists and artists, assemble to dis- Aspen was “Profiles in Resiliency,” its very own Ideas Festival in spring the world to reaffirm their responsi- tance of acts of kindness within each which can help anyone and everyone.
cuss the challenges that the world an event that the 12 Bezos Student 2009. Entitled “The Whirling bility to their communities and to rec- student. Yonkers High School stu- Because of the altruistic nature of
faces and the ways in which these Scholars hosted. This event high- Rainbow: A Festival of Unity,” the ognize the importance of teaching dents walked around wearing red rib- kindness, it is one of the most power-
challenges can be met. At the same lighted the stories of Ingrid Inema of festival finds its foundation in the strong values. Many people through- bons and “Pay It Forward” bracelets ful interpersonal tools used to con-
time, the Aspen Institute presents a Rwanda, Lovetta Conto of Liberia, Seneca Indian philosophy of the out the community, such as parents, to encourage their fellow peers to nect one human being to another.
very unique opportunity to the coun- Ying Lao of Burma and Josh Miller Whirling Rainbow, scientifically mentors, teachers, coaches and spread kind words and actions. The As another notable human being,
try’s rising leaders — its students — of the U.S., whose incredible faith known as the parhelion or full rain- neighbors, serve as role models. They bracelets and ribbons had “Pay It Anne Frank, said, “How wonderful it
in the form of the Bezos Scholars and initiative in the face of adversity bow encircling the sun, and symbol- set positive examples and make last- Forward” messages attached to them is that nobody need wait a single
Program. This summer, I had the led to the triumph of justice. izes unity through the pervasion of ing contributions to children’s and were one of the simplest, most moment before starting to improve
honor of receiving this prestigious The Aspen Ideas Festival proved truth, wisdom and understanding. futures. In return, children can powerful ways to increase exposure the world.”
scholarship. to be quite a memorable experience, With the upcoming festival, fellow thoughtfully repay these role models for world change. Every day, during
Through the collaboration of the one that has reinforced in every way student organizers and I hope to pro-
Aspen Institute and the Bezos Family my learning as an International mote such values within the Yonkers
Foundation, established by Mike and Baccalaureate student, a student of community.
YONKERS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ROCKS
POWDERPUFF PRINCESSES By Carlos Burgos
“We are the Bulldogs! We are
football team. This year, team spirit
thrived under the direction of a new
Joshua Grant averaged 156.5 yards
per game. Kwaku Owusoford, anoth-
the Bulldogs!” That was the chant of coaching staff, including head coach er receiver, also showed promise on
By Megan Kenn seniors of last year had held their own down. Victoria Sullivan, a senior
the Yonkers High School football Sam Williams and assistant coaches the field, and Lamar Francis was a
On Thursday, November 6, by defeating the juniors. defensive end who made four inter-
team getting hyped for the game. The Darryl Mouzon and Anthony standout with 113 tackles in only
Yonkers High School held its third Although the junior team was ceptions, was also named a tourna-
Yonkers High School football team Signore. seven games.
annual Powder Puff football tourna- comprised primarily of student ath- ment MVP for her outstanding play.
was part of the Section One Although the team experienced a With this season done and only
ment. The Powder Puff football tour- letes, the senior team surprised the Although the seniors came out
Freelance Division, competing losing record this season, the talented the future ahead of them, the Yonkers
nament recently became a Yonkers crowd and won, 5-4. Nicole Sayegh, on top, the juniors put up a good
against teams in Class A, the second new staff of coaches and individual Bulldogs hope to keep their confi-
High tradition and is an extremely quarterback for the senior team, fight. Quarterback Stella Schwuchow
highest-ranked division in the state. growth of their players indicate an dence on the rise, along with the all-
enjoyable event for both the players threw the passes her team needed in threw four touchdown passes, three
“Our off-season dedication has exciting future for the young team. star numbers.
and the fans. The event consists of order to attain their victory, and to Rachel Algbedo and one to Jessika
risen like never before,” said Lamar Quarterback Jinu John excelled in Let’s go Bulldogs!
three first-round games of football Stephanie Cruz, who was named one Gentile.
Francis, one of the captains of the passing yards per game, and Receiver
played by female members of the of the tournament’s MVPs, scored The participants and fans who
senior and junior class. This year’s three of the team’s touchdowns. attended the event once again demon-
tournament began with the two junior Special recognition also goes to strated the tremen-
class teams playing one another for Diana Ramirez for her touchdown dous school spirit
two 12-minute halves. and Yakira Young for her running present at Yonkers
The junior class white team, play, which also resulted in a touch- High School.
coached by history
teacher Tim O’Reilly,
proved victorious over
the junior class grey
team, coached by his-
tory teacher Vincenzo
Pomilla. The white
team’s victory gained
its players a spot in the
final game, which will
be played against the
winning senior class
The senior class
victors turned out to be
the blue senior class
team, coached by sci-
ence teacher Matthew
Hausman, who tri-
umphed over the
orange team, coached
by Yonkers teacher
and football coach
Darryl Mouzon. The
pressure was on for the
senior team, as the
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ASTRONAUT ALUMNUS VISITS ROOSEVELT SAUNDERS HIGH SCHOOL ASIAN CLUB
By Cristina Mirco
On Wednesday, October 22,
Roosevelt High School students were
visited by Colonel Ronald Garan, Jr., a
Roosevelt alum who is proud to have
achieved his dream of becoming a
NASA astronaut. Throughout his pres-
entation, which was executed with
humble simplicity, Garan inspired the
students with uplifting words of Colonel Ronald
encouragement and perseverance. Garan, Jr. with
Garan wanted to be an astronaut the Skills USA
since he was seven years old. He was Team
inspired by the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, moving experience for
led by Neil Armstrong, who landed on pleted in 218 orbits, traveling
the students at Roosevelt. While many
the moon. Garan pointed out that, in 5,735.643 miles in 13 days, 18 hours,
have seen similar videos on television,
spite of the doubters and “haters,” he 13 minutes and 7 seconds. During that
the impact of an alum bringing this
was determined not to leave his “dream time, Garan operated the robotic arm
experience back home deeply impacted
in a box.” Regarding his time spent at that installed the KIBO scientific labo-
the audience. Students were able to see
Roosevelt High School, he confessed ratory on the International Space
Garan and other members of his team
that he was an average student who Station. He also accumulated 20 hours
walk in space, work in the lab and per-
enthusiastically enjoyed playing foot- and 32 minutes of extra-vehicular
form daily routines. The crew worked
ball for Coach Tony DeMatteo. activity by executing three spacewalks.
very hard to complete the mission but
Garan blasted into space on May During the spacewalks, Garan per-
also enjoyed themselves, defying grav-
31, 2008, aboard the STS-124 formed maintenance on the station and
ity with various gymnastic routines and
Discovery. The Discovery’s mission primed the new Japanese module's
fun, no-handed M&M eating contests.
was the space shuttle’s 123rd flight and robotic arm.
Garan also pointed out how fascinating
its 26th journey to the International Garan’s education and work expe-
it was to view shooting stars beneath L to R: Kiran Thomas, Michelle Lam, Melissa Gonzalez, Leslyn Prasad, Stephanie Fischer,
Space Station. Launched from the rience helped him to achieve this
his feet rather than above his head as he Lisa Lam and Prince Jacob - See story on Page 4
Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the ground-breaking personal achievement.
had watched them from Earth.
Discovery docked with the After graduating from Roosevelt, he
Garan is “proud of his roots,” and
International Space Station on June 2 to attended SUNY Oneonta, Embry-
as such, was thrilled to visit Roosevelt
deliver the pressurized module and Riddle Aeronautical University and the
High School and offer some insightful
robotic arm of the Japanese Experiment University of Florida. He then gained
Module, known as KIBO. Shuttle astro- flight experience in the Air Force.
advice. He challenged students to, “find
what you truly love to do and don’t let
Bio-Environmental and germ from whole grains. White rice and pasta
made with white flour are examples of refined carbo-
nauts delivered the 37-foot lab and While predominantly operating F-16s,
added its rooftop storage room. STS- he had the opportunity to fly over 30
anyone tell you that you can’t do it.”
Garan is an inspiration to all the
Magnet hydrates. Unfortunately, people often eat more of the
unhealthy products that contain refined carbohydrates
124 also delivered a new station crew different aircrafts. In 2000, he was Continued from Page 1 than they do of the nutritious dishes that contain more
students at Roosevelt High School.
member, Expedition 17 flight engineer accepted into NASA’s astronaut train- whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Through him, we realize that, even with
Greg Chamitoff. He replaced ing program as one of only 11 individ- every single thing they ate for one week. Findings con- Take the Saunders challenge and keep a food
humble beginnings, inspiration, dedica-
Expedition 16 flight engineer Garrett uals chosen from a field of 4,000 appli- cluded that the students ate more refined carbohydrates diary. Are you a healthy eater? See the chart below and
tion and perseverance will guide us
Reisman, who returned to earth with cants. than anything else. compare your consumption to the class findings:
the STS-124 crew. Viewing the footage presented by Refined carbohydrates are included in foods that
The STS-124’s mission was com- Garan of his travels into space was a have been processed by machinery that strips the bran
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