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									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):
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Noemi Tovar,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tammy Mejiah,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Marissa Rabadi,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Katrina Feri,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jitin Philip,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jennifer Cross
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and Crystal
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bottom row:
 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Barragan and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Kimberly Rivera


    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,
                                                                                                                    County Executive
                                                                                                                      Andrew Spano,
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

           sports playbook

                                                        A PERFECT SEASON!

  See story on Page 6

                                                          Coach Rich Fortuniewicz and the Lincoln High School Boys’ Soccer team

 See story on Page 4
                                                                                                Mascot Mayhem!

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
                                                                                                                                because giving
                                                                                                                                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-

                Happy Thanksgiving
                                                                                                  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.

      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
                                                                                                                                                         SAUNDERS ACHIEVEMENT
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,      rginsberg@jewishcouncil.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!’
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
                                                                                                                                            Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
                                                                                                                                 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
York state.
     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

                     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

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.
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                    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
                                                                                                                              assistant principal.
                                                                                                                                    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

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
                                                                                                                                                                          giving respect.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mean that you will have a life-alter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing experience.
                                                                                                                              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 grapevine@risingmediagroup.com                                                            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.

             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
                                                                                                                                                                              immediately followed.
                                                                                                                                                                                   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

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
                                                                                                                                       inside out.
                                                                                                                                            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

    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:
                                                                                      towards greatness.
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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