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Volume 44, Issue 3 Colonia High School, 180 East Street, Colonia, NJ 07067 MARCH 2010
Budget cuts put CHS in a rut
By: Caitlin Karabin million is going to the tax- cer, six assistant secretaries, searches
payers. The district is plan- five custodians, one
Schools through- ning on making as much as plumber, and all high for stats
out Woodbridge Township $10 million in cuts if they school and middle school
are suffering from the reduce the aid to Wood- security. If you add up all By: Priscilla Savage
thoughts of the budget cuts bridge by ten percent and the money they will be
that are going to be made. increase tax percentage to saving if they cut these jobs The US Census,
There has been thoughts four percent, according to is $1,905,000. The amount which counts the number of
about what the district Sergio Bichao in an article of these cuts that may be residents in the United States,
wants to do, but there has he wrote. made are going to greatly takes place every 10 years.
been no definite cuts made. There are cuts affect each worker. Wood- The next US Census will take
The meeting for all deci- that are going to affect the bridge has a large amount place this March.
sions are going to be made workers and the students. of student aid. Woodbridge, US Census forms
on February 17, 2010. The They plan on cutting two with a significantly larger will be delivered to every
amount of money they will vice principals, two middle economically disadvantaged residence in the US around
receive will be $69 million school librarians, one physi- population, receives mid-March. Every residence
and $26 million will go to cal education teacher, two approximately $2000 in will receive one (this includes:
Woodbridge Township social workers, 16 clerical hotels, military bases, prisons,
Schools while the other $43 aides, one attendance offi- See [budget cuts] on page 2 homeless shelters, trailer
homes, nursing homes, and
college campuses.) When you
Naseem wins grant for a "Greener" School receive yours in the mail you
are required to fill out the 10
By: Sandhya Kambhampati questions listed on the form.
The questions on the form
Sending Colonia High School down a "green" path, include ones such as “How
Senior Sana Naseem earned a $500 grant from the many people are living in this
National Planet Connect Grant Competition to install household?” and “What is
motion sensor lights in the bathrooms of the school. See [2010 Census] on Page
These sensors will turn lights on when motion is 30.
detected and off when no motion is detected, saving
the school energy and money. Inside this issue:
Naseem found out about this competition
through Ms. Chantel Greffer, science teacher and Clubbin’ @ CHS Pg 14
Ecology Club advisor, who has known Naseem for
Entertainment Pg 27
two years. Greffer has always motivated Naseem
and other members of the Ecology Club to take part Opinions Pg 24
in some form of activity, whether it is
just brainstorming or group work. Naseem thought Reviews Pg 31
See [Naseem’s Grant] on Page 2 Sports Pg 19
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Naseem’s Grant CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 1
about light energy and how much money the school would mind. Naseem believes that it is one's "intention and willing-
be saving if the school did not always have lights on unnec- ness take the initiative to do something bold" that will lead
essarily. After submitting her grant, Naseem hoped her grant them done the same "green" path she has taken.
would win so that students would be exposed daily to ideas Principal Mr. Robert McLaughlin and Ms. Greffer
of conservation and act upon these ideas. Initially, Naseem are extremely proud of Naseem's achievement. McLaughlin
never thought her grant would win because the grant was for also added, "Sana's personality, creativity, and her excellent
$500 and in order to install these lights, she would have to academics will surely lead her to be successful in life."
fundraise an additional $400 to make her dreams into real- In addition to her passion for saving the environ-
ity. After months of waiting, Naseem's proposal was one of ment, Naseem is actively involved in the National Honor
ten chosen from a large pool of applicants. Now, Naseem Society, Spanish Honor Society, DECA, Interact, and Fusion.
has no need to doubt her dream. In the future, Naseem hopes to go to NYU and make docu-
"I feel absolutely great about winning because it mentaries that will "inspire others to be or do something
really made me feel like I had a voice that represented the beneficial for the world." Naseem would like to thank Ms.
community," Naseem remarked about her achievement. She Greffer, for always being there for her and inspiring her, Mr.
continued on to say, "By winning this competition, I hope I McLaughlin and Superintendent Dr. Crowe for approving her
set a precedent for other students to do the same, if not proposal, Mr. Naseem and Rabia Mir for being supporters,
more. The combined vigor and effect we as students have is and Colonia High School.
almost immeasurable. The only thing holding us back is our "I realize no one really has to get awarded grants or
own insecurity. I want [students] to realize there is so much thousands of accolades for whatever reason, but it's one's
potential in [themselves] to do great things and actually, be character and ability to find the motivation from within that
the change." leaves a legacy that people will automatically always remem-
This attitude stems from Naseem's strong interest ber. Leaving a legacy is very important, but how one goes
in the environment. However, Naseem was not always inter- about doing it is simple-all one needs is a good heart, soul,
ested in the environment. After taking several science and intention and everything will fall into place," Naseem
classes, she began to understand the connection that people remarked.
have with the environment. Because of this information, As for the future, Naseem will continue on her
Naseem has taken part in "green activities," such as the "green" path, knowing that her grant will always be a part of
Ecology Club's "river clean-up" and the "catalog cancella- Colonia High School.
tion project." This grant is one of many to come in Naseem's
B u d ge t C u t s
CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 1
state aid. promised them in return from their
For the students taxes. They are concerned about how
they plan on cutting middle school their students don‟t receive as much
extracurricular activities, middle funding as many other schools in New
school track, late buses, strep testing, Jersey. Reducing the state aid to 10%
uniform cleaning, and curriculum worries most of the parents. They don‟t You can call this
clerks . By getting rid of all these they want their taxes increasing along with
will make a total of $521,100. Many cuts that might be made that will affect number hours a day &
of these things students at all schools
use or need for themselves. By getting
their children‟s education. There are
letters that can be written to the Gover-
report your concerns.
rid of them it limits what they will be nor, Commissioner of Education, NJ No one will ask your
able to do after school with their clubs State President, and NJ Assembly
or sports without a ride home. In- Speaker. You can choose how you want
name; you will remain
creases their chance of getting sick to address yourself in the letter as either anonymous.
without strep tests. Some of these cuts a parent, taxpayer, employee or a sup-
could possibly affect their education as porter. This way you can get your point
well. across and possibly help stop budget (800)-782-7463
Many parents of the students cuts might be made.
in both middle school and high schools
are fed up, and want what the state has HELP KEEP COLONIA SAFE!
PAGE 3 MARCH 2009
Celebrating the Year of the Tiger
By Nicole Hom New Year from going bad: good wishes like “happiness
Step aside St. Pat- See the world in red. Red is a and wealth.” Also “lucky red
rick; you‟re not the only symbol of good fortune and envelopes containing money
lucky holiday any more. happiness. You can wear red are given out to children and
That‟s right, it is Chinese clothing; hang red banners, unmarried people,” stated
New Year. On the day of called spring couplets, offering Chinese teacher, Mrs. Lin.
love, Feb 14, 2010, one Crack open the window.
of the most cultured na- The old year is the only thing
tionalities celebrates the you are going to let out, so
coming of the New Year the New Year can come in.
according to the lunar Throw noise poppers to
cycle. Each year is repre- scare away the bad spirits
sented by 1 of 12 animals that can make you very
in the Chinese zodiac, unlucky.
and this year belongs to
Keep it messy. On New
the tiger, ROAR! Be
Year‟s Day don‟t clean your
careful of what you do,
house. It‟s alright to clean it
because your next move
the day before or the day
can determine the fate of
after, but cleaning on the
your upcoming year.
holiday is thought to clean
Chinese people believe in
away any fortune and good
many superstitions, here
are some examples of
ways to prevent your See [Year of the Tiger] on
Illustrated by: Noel Capiral Page 17.
Observing the Chinese traditions
By: Tracy Ng tant as Lunar New Year. The former is when extended
family (uncles, cousins, grandparents, and children)
This year, the Lunar New Year, better all gathered together for the delicious family dinner.
known as Chinese New Year, is on February 14th. The foods there all have a special meaning, such as
On that day, a new moon will appear in the night sky good luck or prosperity. Just a sample of the food
and signal a new and hopefully prosperous year there are long rice noodles symbolizing longevity, a
ahead. To ensure a successful and happy year ahead, plain whole chicken, roast pig, a vegetarian dish of
Chinese people have numerous traditions on the tofu, beans and Chinese vegetables, and fresh oysters
Lunar New Year. Families spent weeks preparing the symbolizing a good harvest season.
house to “welcome” in good fortune. The day before Finally, Chinese New Year has arrived. At
Chinese New Year is Lunar New Year Eve, which is this day families visit their relatives and give out red
an important family reunion. The day after, Chinese envelopes. The dragon dance and the lion dance are
New Year, is jammed packed with visiting extended big events. Dragon comes in four different colors:
family and watching the Dragon Dance. yellow, black, blue, white, and red. The yellow dragon
The weeks before, Chinese people clean is the most revered by the Chinese people. The lion
their house and buy new clothes to start the new year comes in two colors: gold and black. The gold lion is
fresh. Around the house, are vertical strips of red the young lion, while the black lion is the old one.
paper, displaying Chinese words. The most popular These two mystical creatures scare away evil spirits,
symbol is “Fu”, which means “Blessing, Good For- with the help of loud firecrackers. Today, the dragons
tune and Good Luck.” Normally, people hang this and the lions visit Chinese restaurants to help scare
symbol upside down, so good fortune and good luck away bad luck. According to http://
can come “down to you.” Finally, married people www.newyorkled.com, on February 14th, dragons,
placed money in red envelopes. This money is given lions, and other mystical creatures will dance around
only to unmarried people and children. Usually, Mott Street, East Broadway, Bayard Street, Elizabeth
relatives give children $2, nieces and nephews re- Street, Pell Street, and finally Bowery Street. This
ceive $5 each from their aunts and uncles, and whole event starts at 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. So, it
grandparents give their grandchildren $10 each. doesn‟t matter if you are Chinese or not, everyone is
Lunar New Year Eve is equally as impor- invited to this spectacular!
PAGE 4 MARCH 2009
All ‘Psyched’ up to conduct experiments
pected wasn‟t Each group had to research more
our results.” about their topics and with “an over-
Not dose of researching,” they became
only was the “experts about their one area,” ac-
fair supposed cording to Miss Becky DeRollo.
to teach the With a variety of activities,
psychology students did not know which one was
students, but it the best. Mary Ukah, a freshman,
was done to explains, “I did a sleeping activity and
educate each found out I am a stubborn and selfish
student who person. I did a taste testing experi-
participated in ment where you had to wear a blind-
the activities as fold, but you had to hold your nose
well. History while tasting the object. The last thing
students from I did included different objects and I
each block had to think of ways, other than the
participated in usual, to use them. The person that
Chelsea Cimmilluca, senior, tests Melody Gianullo, senior, while Stephanie Wnek
the fair which won received a lollipop and of course
observes. This experiment was inspired by Pavlov and his dogs. took place on I won. My favorite activity was the
January 14th. sleep related activity.”
By taking part The psychology teachers,
By Ambica Trehan in doing the activities, students were on the other hand, had a different
given an understanding of what the opinion about the fair. DeRollo stated,
On January 14th, in Colonia experiment was trying to prove. “I truly do not believe that one activ-
High School‟s main lobby, students in Preparation for the activities ity was better than another one. It was
the psychology classes tested their began in October and it lasted until obvious that the students took their
hypotheses focusing on different spe- the end of the semester. During this experiments seriously and they put a
cific subjects on their fellow students. time, students wrote research propos- great deal of time and effort ensuring
The fair enabled psychol- als to gain knowledge on a that the day was a success.“ Mrs.
ogy students to demonstrate an ex- certain principle. Then, they re- Gavura explains, “The activities and
periment that was based on a psycho- searched each principle they found experiments were well thought out.”
logical principle. Students presented interesting and learned about past
experiments such as brand food ver- experiments which were done on it.
sus generic food or highlighting ver- By re-
sus no highlighting. The experiments searching
had two main variables and the pur- this, it
pose of conducting the experiment made it
was to show which main variable was easier for
“better.” For example, Jasmine Patel, the students
a senior, along with her group, con- to pick a
ducted an experiment on topic. The
“Highlighting versus no highlight- “real re-
ing.” The group was divided into two. searching”
One group read an article while the began in
other group read and highlighted im- December,
portant parts they read. Then, both when stu-
groups had to answer questions based dents got
on what they read. Her group was together
trying to see if it is easier to remem- into groups
ber something with or without high- and picked
lighting. By performing the experi- a topic that
ment, the group found that it is easier the mem-
to remember things without highlight- bers agreed Erica Lunin, senior, shows Joe Nisky a flash card while Caitlin Flemm, Jonathan Chung
ing. Jasmine Patel stated, “I liked on demon-
and Sam Acuna monitor the test.
doing the fair because what we ex- strating.
PAGE 5 MARCH 2009
Landing a part-time job in this economy
By: Sylvia Jaroslawski adult clothes,” states Ali Giardina, a Adults are also more experi-
Brand and Sales Associate at Pac Sun. enced than teens and need the money
Today‟s society is struggling However, the type of job doesn‟t seem more to support an entire family while
to maintain jobs to keep everyone sat- to stop them from applying to anything 89% teens need the money for college.
isfied, meanwhile the low economy they can get their hands on. These adults are working to support
and striking recession are to blame. Government budgets are fal- their children, for food, money, shelter,
High School teenagers 16-18 ling short, and unemployment is high. “I and to pay off taxes.
are mainly the ones affected by this. think I got my job because of luck to be Applying for a job is so diffi-
Unemployed adults are slowly taking honest,” says Jaymee Kruysman, a cash- cult because most managers look for
over the jobs that teens would normally ier at Colonia Pharmacy. “My job relies how much experience the person has
apply for, causing controversy. Young more on the adults, but only because had either at a previous job or how
adults need the money for college, and teens are irresponsible.” Could this be a well they communicate with others.
to support their families as well. They reason why teenagers don‟t get the job Instead of searching for one
last at these jobs for no more than three they applied for? particular job, www.groovejob.com
to four years because after that school Behind every job come diffi- can answer one‟s questions with many
starts and the colleges 90% teens go to cult responsibilities as well. Jaymee options. All one has to do is type in
are away from home. However, the states “I‟m on my feet the whole time their zip code, click on one of the op-
adults that apply for jobs such as in and it can get very stressful when you‟re tions that comes up, and see if their age
“Mandees,” might make it their perma- trying to close the register and more matches. The website shows the posi-
nent job, because the struggle with the customers walk in messing up what tion that is available and all the areas
economy leaves them jobless. you‟re doing. If I mess up and do some- that the job is available at. Ali gives us
“If more adults start working thing I shouldn‟t then they‟re going to some useful advice advising us to
at Pac Sun, it would be weird because fire me. The liability will only hurt “start applying for summer jobs in
my store is made for teen clothes, not them.” April.”
Running “Operation Smile” is a success
By: Mary Ukah “The best part of this raising money for Haiti.” zation. They also have many
was giving knowledge to Since this fund- other celebrities in their other
In CHS‟s gymna- students about causes that raiser was such a good suc- organization called the Smile
sium, during gym classes, they could be helping at,” cess the first time around, Train. Supporters of the or-
Operation Smile was held on commented Sheehan. Colonia High School will be ganization include: Amerie,
January 21st and 22nd which Also, this event holding another fundraiser Donald Trump, George Bush
raised $1,400 for children in has helped out for the where all the proceeds will Sr., Jane Kaczmarek, Helena
need. Haiti relief foundation as be going towards the Opera- Bonham Carter, Alek Trebek
Colonia High well. Since the earthquake tion Smile and The Smile and Robin Williams.
School decided to host this in Haiti, many countries Train Organizations. This People have the
event to help those who can‟t have been trying to get way, children and teens power to be a supporter by
afford visits to a dentist to fix Haiti back on its feet around the world will have a donating to Colonia High
their smiles or basically can‟t again.” The earthquake clear, clean, good looking School fundraisers to help
travel or don‟t have the trans- has been devastating sta- smile to share with the people in need, and to fix
portation or money to go to a tistics show that 50% of world. “Anytime we get a someone‟s smile. For more
doctor to fix them. Operation Haitian children won‟t chance to help others it is information on Operation
smile was organized at Colo- make it to 5 years old,” always a success,” stated Smile or The Smile Train log
nia High by Mrs. Lynn Shee- explained Sheehan. This Sheehan. on to:
han, the director of the Inter- event has a positive impact Many celebrities www.OperationSmile.org or
act club. The purpose of this on lives because have joined the cause as www.SmileTrain.org or con-
event was to raise money for “teenagers are willing to well, some examples include, tact Mrs. Sheehan. But, if
an organization was created help,” with the Operation Jessica Simpson, Donald you have a true passion to
to fix children‟s smiles that Smile Fundraiser. Trump Jr. and Vanessa help out, students can join
were born with clefts or cleft Freshman, Trump, Billy Bush, John the Interact Club that is held
palates. By raising money we Nicole Hom added this as Salley, Dhani Jones and Car- on Thursdays with Mrs.
were able to raise enough for to why she participated in mit Bachar just to name a Sheehan at Colonia High
three operations and fix three Operation Smile, “This few of many supporters of School.
smiles of these children. was good because she was the Operation Smile organi-
PAGE 6 MARCH 2009
Ecology Club Green Tips from the Ecology Club
The Ecology Club meets
every Wednesday in room 133. Turn the temperature down in your house by 1 degree to drastically reduce
Members help out the energy usage. For every degree you lower the thermostat, you‟ll save between
environment by collecting ink jet
cartridges, growing 1 to 3% of your heating bill. To stay warm you can wear a sweater.
& selling plants for Mother’s day. 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating, so use cold
water. Most loads don‟t need hot water anyway.
If you want to join the
ecology club, Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves
see Ms. Greffer in room 133 money, ink, and paper.
Unplug appliances when you‟re not using them. Many appliances use electric-
ity even when they are turned off.
Donations fill Netbooks make their
‘Empty Bags’ way into CHS classrooms
By: Kelly Cao
By: James Schaeffer
How much has this school‟s technology changed
over the years? Well, it‟s the 21st century; there has got to be a
Last year the Colonia High School ran a pro-
change. Recently, we got netbooks for a few classes.
gram called Empty Bowls. This year they are calling it
The special education and inclusion classes received
Empty Bags. The purpose of Empty Bags is to donate
netbooks for their classroom. In a recent interview with two
food and money to the St. James Churches Food Pan-
special education teachers, what was learned was that these
netbooks are “working well.”
The teachers running this program include
“The technology has improved, when I first started
Ms. Mollica, and Ms. Galganske. Mollica is the cook-
working here they didn‟t have laptops, projectors or online
ing teacher and Galganske is the art teacher. So how
grading” Teachers usually use notebooks for grading all the
are kids participating in Empty Bags? Mollica noted
work. When using a notebook to put in all the grades you have
that “all of the cooking classes are participating, as well
to make sure you‟re putting the correct grade on for the right
as Ms. Pliss‟s computer class.”
student. When using the online grading system, you could just
Staff and students familiar with Empty Bowls
click on the student‟s name and you‟ll be sure to enter the
are probably wondering why did they change Empty
correct grade. No more whiting out their grades, now you
Bowls into Empty Bags? Empty Bowls had art classes
could just change the grade without making a mess.
make pieces of pottery, and cooking classes would
What is a netbook? Well, it‟s a small portable laptop
make food. Then, they would sell the pottery and food
similar to a notebook. It‟s light in weight so people usually
to the teachers for about seven dollars. The money they
travel with it. But some just use them because they are “Easier
made from selling the pottery and food to the teachers
would go to the St. James Church Food Pantry. Both
Both students and teachers enjoy using them.
programs had the same concept; both wanted to help
“Netbooks help with science labs and starting projects in
out the food pantry.
class,” a teacher shared. There isn‟t word yet if the student‟s
So why do they call it Empty Bags now?
averages are increasing due to the visual of the netbooks. “It‟s
Vice Principal, Ms. Fitzgerald got the idea from gro-
too soon to tell”
cery stores. “They had bags that you can put all of your
Wouldn‟t it be nice if every classroom started using
groceries in using paper or bags.” Until you fill the bag
netbooks to teach their students? Yes, of course but it might
with food it is just an empty bag.
depend on the teacher‟s material. A special education teacher
The school is also running a food drive. This
was asked if more people should start using netbooks in their
is just any student from school, you do not have to be
class and she said, “Absolutely, if it fits in with their teaching.”
in a food class or Pliss‟s computer class. You can bring
It‟s nice using new technology but; does it make
in any type of food, preferably can goods. The food that
learning easier? “The new technology makes learning easier;
you bring in is also going to the St. James Church Food
especially for the visual learners.” One teacher uses the net-
Pantry. $80 was raised in total for monetary donations.
books every day.
Parents attending the open house were also encouraged
Even though netbooks are new and might not have
to bring non-perishables for the food drive.
all their teaching material on it. People have used textbooks
The students are one of the biggest help for
since they were young. Netbooks may also be tough for other
Empty Bags. Jocelyn Ramos is currently in cooking.
See [Netbooks] on Page 39
See [Empty Bags] on Page 7
PAGE 7 MARCH 2009
Can I Have This Dance?
Sarah Maneri, 15 year old high school sophomore dancing her way to the top. Auditioning for Radio
City and dancing at Dancing in the Spotlight are just a few ways Maneri busts a move.
By: Brittany Hruska New York. talking. In dance you show
Man- emotion by the
Dancing more eri says that it‟s way you are moving with
than six classes a week is all about the the music. If the music is
not easy for a 15 year old music. The slow then you are most
high school student. But judges take the likely dancing slowly and
Maneri manages to do it all music as the the crowd will get the idea
while getting good grades lead of the that it is supposed to be a
in school. She started danc- dance because sad or emotional dance. But
ing because that‟s what her you can‟t really your feelings besides talk-
mom put her into when she dance without ing about them. Also, the
was three and she loved it any music. Also, good thing about dance is
from the first time she ever the judges take that you don‟t have to be a
did it. Maneri says, “I am into account if teenager to move around
always in the dance studio, the music is age and dance to the music
sometimes for three to four appropriate. that‟s playing. You can be
hours a night which makes Danc- three years old or 65 years
it harder to complete my ing in one class old and still be able to
homework and study but, I is easy, but dance.
seem to keep it all under dancing in six Maneri says that
control.” classes is a lot in ten years she hopes to be
Maneri is also of hard work. in the city auditioning for
involved in Show Choir and Maneri dances Jazz, Tap, “If I were not a Broadway or Radio City
the play at CHS. She helps Lyrical, Ballet, Point, and dancer I would probably be again. Also she also audi-
teach three and four year Hip-Hop. Her favorite into cheerleading,” stated tioned for Radio City re-
old girls at her dancing dance is Jazz because it is Maneri, “because it is the cently in New York with
school on Saturday morn- sort of a mix between every closest thing to dance.” her sister. She didn‟t make
ings. She says she loves it dance. She takes at least Maneri also says that dance it but she still tried really
because it reminds her of four Jazz classes a week. is in fact a sport and cheer- hard.
when she started to dance. Having role mod- leading is too. She says,
Talk els is important when you “anything that you compete
about dancing in the spot- are doing something so in is a sport.” Fusion
light, Maneri really dances difficult and competitive. Maneri‟s favorite
at Dancing in the Spotlight Maneri‟s role models are part of dance is being up on Night Out
in Rahway, New Jersey. her dance teachers from the stage in front of a crowd
Maneri doesn‟t every dance class she takes.
filled with a bunch of peo-
only dance in recitals; she Her sister Cassandra Man- ple. She said, “I get such an from 6-9pm
dances in competitions with eri, a CHS graduate, is her adrenaline rush when I‟m in the gym
her team too. Some of her inspiration to dance. She up on stage in front of a Tickets are $7 pre-sale
competitions have up to says her sister is such a crowd and the judges.” and $10 at the door.
1000 people at them and are good dancer and she is a Dance is a way of express-
held in big cities such as great person to learn from. ing your feelings and not
Empty bags CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 6
When asked if students were contributing in English teacher, added.
her class she responded, “Yes, There are a Anybody who is interested in do-
lot of students contributing. I have not gotten nating food can bring in food during food
a chance to contribute, but I would like to.” drives. Or you can go see Mollica, Pliss, or
“I think it‟s a good idea. It is good Galganske. It is going for a great cause, and Food * Fashion *
to participate in school activities, and help the food pantry can really use the help. Get-
out, because you never know if you are go- ting involved will help out a great number of Entertainment
ing to need help,” Miss Danielle Simkovich, people.
PAGE 8 MARCH 2009
CHS extends helping Will Saturday HSPA
hands to Haitians tutoring raise scores?
By: James Schaeffer
By: Aleksandra Wec agreed to take half of what was The High School Proficiency Assess-
earned and add that money to ment test, otherwise known as the HSPA, is a state
In the week of January Haiti relief fund. Lovdeep Kaur test that you are required to pass. If you feel that
19th, Colonia High School‟s herself donated $400 additional you are not quite ready for the HSPA, there is
Interact Club collected funds dollars making the grand total tutoring for extra help.
from the student body during $2447.25. A portion of the The teachers that will be running this
homerooms and lunch to aid money collected was sent to tutoring program are Ms. Fitzgerald, Mr. Cor-
those devastated by the Haiti Save the Children fund. The rest nachia, and Ms. DeMarino. Tutoring is available
Earthquake. was given to Rotary, the adult before and after school, and on Saturdays. When
Lovdeep Kaur, an sponsoring organization of Inter- asked the purpose of HSPA tutoring, Ms. DeMar-
active CHS Interact member act, and later sent to the Shelter- ino responded, “It is to give last minute skill re-
took on the responsibility of Box and Haiti for Pure Water to view, which will be given in March.”
organizing the Haiti Relief Fund. help built temporary shelters and The tutoring program is offering numer-
Lovdeep felt it was the school‟s provide pure drinking water for ous amounts of subjects. “In all language arts
part to do something. The idea to victims of the Earthquake. Sup- classes, teachers provide weekly lessons that rein-
collect money to help the victims plies were not collected directly force the skills which are tested by the HSPA.
of the Earthquake struck her from those willing to donate Which include narrative reading, persuasive read-
while watching the news. She because the exact number of ing, persuasive writing, and expository writing.”
wasn‟t sure if anyone at CHS those who needed help was not Most teachers seem to be very stressed about stu-
was actively doing anything to known in the first weeks after dents understanding the material that will be on
help those in need. Within a the Earthquake. the High School Proficiency Assessment test.
matter of days Lovdeep created Regardless what or- “Teachers are so stressed, because schools are
colorful and informative posters ganization the collected money evaluated upon their test scores,” explained De-
to raise awareness and help in- went to, it is currently helping Marino.
form CHS students and faculty those whose lives were affected Most students really do not want to fail
about this disaster. She also by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake the HSPA. But if they do, there are serious conse-
wrote detailed instruction for that struck Port-au-Prince Haiti, quences. “If they fail in March of their junior year,
those in charge of collecting January 12, 2010. Out of its they are scheduled for SRA(Student Review As-
money, and wrote the message population of 10 million, Haiti sessment) in their senior year, and are given an-
read by Mr. McLaughlin during lost 200,000 people due to the other chance [for the HSPA] in either October or
the morning announcements. She Earthquake. An estimated 1.5 March.”
decorated the jars the money was million people are currently Most students regret failing the HSPA.
collected in as well. “You can homeless and require aid accord- “I did, because I had to take another math class,
tell her heart was really, really in ing to BBC World News. In Port but the teacher was very nice.” Others wish they
it,” Mrs. Sheehan, head of Inter- -au-Prince 97% of school build- can go back in time and study harder. “I would
act Club, stated. “She wasn‟t just ing have completely collapsed. have, because I would had a much better chance
talk, she came up with the idea Various agencies and organiza- of passing.” Anybody interested in joining tutor-
and followed through,” Mrs. tion across the world have col- ing for the High School Proficiency Assessment
Sheehan also stated. Not only lected millions of dollars to help test, should contact Ms. Fitzgerald, Mr. Cornachia,
was money collected during Haiti recover just as Interact has or Ms. DeMarino. It is well worth it because it
homerooms and lunch periods, done. prepares you for the subjects you will need to
money was collected during Even with Interact‟s know when you take the HSPA. And who knows
Total Rock on Friday January 22 effort, the outcome of the fund- it might make a huge affect on the way you score
as well. raiser was less than what was on the High School Proficiency Assessment test.
The students and fac- hoped for. “I was a little disap-
ulty members of CHS, as a col- pointed. With over 1600 students
lective, donated $1347.25 to- in this building we collected less
wards the Haiti Relief Fund. than a dollar from each person,”
Another fund raiser, for Opera- Mrs. Sheehan said. She believes
tion Smile, also occurred during that more money could have
this time and Interact Club See [ Haiti Relief] on page 10
PAGE 9 MARCH 2009
Bringing Seuss to life on the CHS’s stage
By: Ambica Trehan students involved in the play, but a have choreographed dances for years,
fourth grader, Stephen Cracchiolo, however, I have never choreographed
From March 25th – 28th, has the part of Jojo in the play. Mrs. a musical before so I wanted to chal-
Seussical the Musical, directed by Platko answered, “We sent out mes- lenge myself.” A graduate from Colo-
Ms. Stephanie Platko, will be staged sages to the elementary school and he nia High School, Matthew Goncalves,
for people of all ages to see in Colo- was the only person that replied.” assisted Ms. Cioni in making the
nia High School‟s auditorium. Not only are there a lot of choreography. “He brings a lot of
Beginning March 1st, tickets students in the play, but the following ideas to the table and we are really
will be available for purchase during faculty members have assisted Ms. working together. Reading different
lunchtime for students. Tickets will Platko in making this musical: Mr. Dr. Seuss books has really influenced
also be sold by the band office at Kevin Perdoni is the instrumental the movement for the play as well,”
(732)-499-6507 or email them at director. Ms. Kristin Cioni is the cho- responded Ms. Cioni. Different types
email@example.com. The reographer. Mrs. Melissa Abrams is of dances were incorporated into the
costs of the tickets are $10 in ad- the tech director. Mrs. Alaine Bolton play such as modern, jazz, lyrical, and
vance, $14 at the door, and $5 for is the vocal director. Ms. Danielle acro dances.
senior citizens. Simkovich is in charge of costumes The music in Seussical
Ms. Platko put much con- and Mr. William Leahy is in charge helps explain different emotions
sideration into choosing the spring of building the set. brought out during the play. “Most of
play. She stated, “I wanted to do a In addition to acting, danc- the play is happy and the music sup-
really fun show, one that was family ing and music play an important role ports that part of the story in various
oriented and right for kids.” in Seussical. Ms. Cioni answered, “I upbeat styles like funk, rock, and
The musical tells the Latin. Other times, the story is
story of the famous elephant, sad and reflective so the music is
Horton, and his journey to res- slower and prettier. The music of
cue the Who‟s that live on a a show like this must be varied
speck. While on his trip, Horton to reflect a variety of styles and
is faced with many troubles. emotions. That makes it chal-
The narrator of the story, Cat in lenging to play and teach to
the Hat, is played by senior young musicians but it also
Zach Fishman who exclaims, makes it fun,” replied Mr. Per-
“I‟m very excited. The Cat in doni. Students from the school
the Hat was always one of my make up most of the pit band.
favorite Seuss characters grow- Parts that can‟t be played by the
ing up.” students are played by other
Not only are the cast musicians like the alumni.
members excited for the musi- Since Seussical the
cal, but students from Colonia Musical is more of a family play,
High School are thrilled as it features sounds and songs that
well. Mary Ukah, a freshman, wouldn‟t be played in other mu-
explains, “I am excited to see sicals. Mr. Perdoni stated, “I
who will play the Cat in the Hat really like the music this year. It
because Mike Myers played is very fun to play and features
him so well in the movie and I many surprises not found in
want to see who can go above other shows like car horns and
his standards. No pressure animal sounds.”
though.” Deiana Skarda, a jun- This year, just like in
ior, stated, “I heard that it is the past five years, Ms. Platko
going to be big and the cos- has placed Colonia High School
tumes are going to be good so I into the Paper Mill Playhouse
am excited and I plan on going Rising Stars Awards. Hundreds
also.” of schools across the country are
The cast for the play chosen for this and Colonia High
consists of 36 people and the School has been nominated five
crew consists of about 34 peo- out of six times for the award.
ple. Not only are high school
PAGE 10 MARCH 2009
+ = A double life for a teacher
Mr. Tom Pasko might just look like an ordinary math teacher, but behind that all he is so much
more. When he is not teaching, he is enjoying the melodies and symphonies of music.
By: Alexandra Giardina math teacher Pasko participated in
who helps Colonia‟s 2008 fall play
Behind all the students pass “Low Budget Broad-
puzzles and math equa- a AP Calculus way.” “His stage pres-
tions, Pasko has a hidden exam. “Math ence was excellent and
talent that nobody would comes easy to he was very good in his
ever guess. Along with me, I like act,” said senior, Mary-
his passion for teaching, solving puz- Claire Lordi. In addi-
he also has an earful for zles and being tion to that, he also
music. He not only challenged,” was a chaperone on last
sings, but he also plays explained year‟s Florida Trip with
other instruments as Pasko when the Colonia Choirs and
well. “He is a good guy talking about Band and he also helps
and very talented and he the subject. out with the Jazz Band
helps with the jazz He graduated on a regular basis. “He
band,” says Mr. Kevin Rutgers Uni- helps out by playing the
Perdoni, CHS Band versity in saxophone and shows
teacher. 2006 and the students how certain
Pasko attended received his things go,” stated Per-
Woodbridge High masters in doni, explaining how
School and graduated in 2007. Then Pasko gives a helping
2002. While he was at during the hand to the band.
high school, he was in- school year of Pasko is very
volved with theater and 07-08, Pasko talented and enjoys be-
the music department. got a teaching job here at also involved with his ing involved with the
After graduation, he CHS. He teaches Math church choir. He learned Music program here at
went on to bigger and 3, Geometry S-track and how to play the piano CHS; his talents should
better things. He at- R-track, and Pre- and saxophone at only not go to waste. Pasko
tended Rutgers Univer- Calculus R-track. ten years old. Why is he lives a double life of
sity and majored in Pasko has al- so musically inclined? I music and teaching
mathematics. Pasko was ways been very involved guess you can say it‟s math. Hopefully, he
heavily influence to be- in music throughout his just in his blood. His will become more in-
come a math teacher by a life. When he was in grandmother played the volved in the future and
movie called “Stand and elementary school, he violin and his other he will be able to show
Deliver.” Stand and De- was a part of the G & T grandmother was a everyone his other pas-
liver is a movie about a Music program and was singer. In addition to sion in life, Music.
Haiti Relief CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 8
been raised if the students had more of an opportunity to the people devastated by this disaster are humans just as hey are,
see the real impact of the earthquake; before morning and since people are humankind everyone should be both human
announcements for example. Lovdeep Kaur said that the and kind. Even with the less than hoped for outcome Mrs. Shee-
student‟s poor response was because students didn‟t see han says that no one is ever going to convince her fundraiser
anything in for them when they were giving money. didn‟t matter. In Mrs. Sheehan‟s own words, Interact Club is
Mrs. Sheehan added that students also must learn that always sharing and always caring.
PAGE 11 MARCH 2009
Eckhardt writes her way to the top
By: Caitlin Karabin eventually joined the newspaper. She
now does something that she loves
“When I was little I wanted to for the school‟s paper. “Yes, I do
just have good grades and play basket- enjoy journalism because the people
ball, but that took a turn around because who I work with are great and Sim is
I never thought I‟d be writing for the a great teacher.”
school paper.” says student of the week Alyssa‟s life doesn‟t al-
Alyssa Eckhardt. As she didn‟t dream of ways revolve around the school‟s
anything too big she got more then she newspaper. She is a typical teenager
bargained for. Alyssa is a junior at our that likes to go out with her friends,
school and has a passion for journalism. go to the gym, and go out to eat.
As of now she is only in the newspaper Since she likes to do most of her
club. She made student of the week for work in school, it gives her more
being the editor of the reviews section in time to spend for herself and not
our newspaper, the Declaration. Basi- worry about getting an article done.
cally her job consists of her writing a She‟ll have more time for her friends
few articles, and then she assigns other and go work at her job. She likes to
writers to write a review on a restaurant set goals for herself and is ambitious.
or movie. Then she would edit every- “When senior year comes I‟d like to
one‟s article to make sure it is ready to be put into the newspa- still be writing for the paper and
per and she lays the page out. She never would have thought hopefully join more clubs for college and maintain a good
she would be where she is now with her writing. GPA.” says Alyssa.
The inspiration she had to do journalism was that she Throughout her four years in high school she
always loved to write. She thought that journalism 1 would be would like to accomplish her goal, and move forward onto
a good class for her to take. It turns out that she really liked it, college. In college she hopes to maybe one day write for her
and she decided that she should take journalism 2 next year. universities paper. Since her passion for journalism is apart
With doing that she became to love writing even more and of her she may take some classes when she gets to college.
She doesn‟t plan on majoring in journalism though.
Pruitt’s vocals get him Student of Week
By: Jenna Rose rehearse songs and practice
music as well as practices that
“I guess I consider it to be more occur both before and after
than just a school activity because it's school.
what I devote the majority of my time to However, Ron‟s musi-
doing,” said Ron Pruitt when he is asked cal abilities go beyond vocals;
about his involvement in the choirs at he is the drum major of the
marching band and play‟s mul-
Colonia High School. Ron, a senior, has
tiple instruments in Colonia‟s
immersed himself in the choirs since his concert and jazz bands as well
freshman year when he was a member of as wind ensemble. Outside of
both mixed chorus as well as concert school, Ron is a member of
choir. It is an incredibly rare feat to sing local band WrongAnswer and
with the concert choir during one‟s fresh- Operation Wang Chung, which
man year, and no one could have de- is currently competing for a
chance to play Bamboozle in
served the spot more than Ron. Since 9th
the spring. Not only is Ron
grade, Ron has joined Men‟s Choir, Show actively engaged in music in
Choir, and is a member of the Acapats, the present, but his future will
the newest vocal group, which performs also be one that is filled with music. “I High School,” says Ron. With the
pieces of music a cappella, meaning with- plan on teaching Instrumental music talent and passion Ron possesses,
out any instrumental accompaniment. primarily in the future, but would also there is no career path better suited
like to teach vocal if possible; it is not for such an individual.
Ron attends lunch-pullout almost daily to
something I want to leave behind at
PAGE 12 MARCH 2009
Adase bowls over the competition
By: Jenna Rose bowling: he is a stellar student at
Throughout his high school
For ten years, Scott Adase
bowling career, Scott has had many
has been bowling. For three of those
high points. His highest point, he
ten years, Scott has been an active
recalls, was this year‟s Carteret/Old
member of the Colonia High School
Bridge Baker Tournament. “We were-
bowling team where he has made quite
n‟t very strong in the beginning, and
an impact. As a junior, he holds a high
we won the semi-finals, which lit a
score of 289 and high series of 699,
fire within the team. We ended up
Scott‟s participation to the team is key
winning.” Scott knows that one per-
to their success. Scott believes that
son cannot carry the weight of an
being on a team is an important experi-
entire team to victory: it is a group
ence for students to have, “Any sport
effort. “We are losing a lot of seniors
gives you a good work ethic and it also
this year who were very strong play-
teaches you how to balance your
ers, and they will be missed,” says
school work better. It also teaches you
Scott. With the skill and passion Scott
how to be a good person.” Scott has no
possesses, his future in bowling is
trouble managing his school work with
illuminated with possibility.
Bacha bumps her way to recognition
By: Hiba Saleem team work involved and the captain because she Amanda‟s life, even though
being able to trust each wanted to be involved in she doesn‟t want to make
Amanda Bacha, a other not losing a grip of Colonia High School after volleyball her career. How-
former student in Colonia that trust. “It takes a lot of school activity. Further- ever, becoming the volley-
High School was nominated teamwork which I like,” more, Bacha doesn‟t want ball captain has showed that
as the Student of the Week Bacha proclaimed. Team- to make volleyball as her Amanda had potential and
for her exceeded perform- work can lead to and ex- official career. believed in herself and her
ance as a volleyball captain ceeded amount of winnings Volleyball be- team.
for the Varsity team. and respect of one another came an important part in
As a volleyball on a team. “You have to be
captain, Bacha had suc- athletic and have sports-
ceeded in taking the Varsity manship,” as Bacha de-
volleyball team into making clared.
it to states. “We were able Volleyball season
to make it to states, but we begins in mid September
lost the first state, but it was until the beginning of No-
a really big goal for us,” as vember. The team has only
Bacha announced. lost a couple times as Bacha
She was in sixth had informed. Bacha an-
grade when she first was nounced, “You have to
introduced into playing work together.” Its six peo-
volleyball. However, she ple in the court and the
committed herself on the players on the team have to
Colonia High School vol- try to balance the ball in
leyball team since her order to let the ball pass the
sophomore year joining the other side.
Varsity team. She had There are scholar-
joined volleyball because ships that can be received
mostly she wanted to be in from the volleyball team,
an activity and she also but Bacha has yet not ap-
enjoyed playing this sport. plied for these. As she men-
Being a volleyball tioned she just joined the
captain, there was a lot of volleyball team and became
PAGE 13 MARCH 2009
Cole dribbles his way to success
By: Ellery Ramos ate way. He believes that David is the
David Cole, student at Colo- leader of the team, he makes payers
nia High School, was recently chosen play at his pace, and “it‟s an honor to
for student of the week. Cole doesn‟t play with him.” Its comments like that
only excel as an athlete, but also in the that truly describes the type of leader
classroom. ship David Cole brings to the table day
David Cole, now the student of in and day out.
the week, is the true definition of stu- Mathew Wagner also added “he
dent athlete. Not only does he rise deserves to be captain. Three year var-
above the competition on the basket- sity player, two year starter, I don‟t
ball court but also rises to the occasion think anyone else is more deserving
in the class room as well. Cole, a bas- then he is. He‟s our point guard, our
ketball player since the age of 4, future leader on the court, and that‟s a job he
seems so bright if he continues on the fulfills very well.”
path he‟s on. “I practice a lot”, David Cole If people speak so highly of
10-13, a record that was much says. The more he practices, the more David Cole, then all the hype must be
unexpected for Colonia High School‟s his skills on the basketball court in- true. But are David Cole skills good
basketball team, David Cole still be- crease. And his hard work and hustle enough to succeed at the next level? “If
lieves that there season was very suc- displays on the basketball court every I was going to play at any school in the
cessful, but could‟ve been better. An game, where he and his teammates country I think it would be George-
attitude like that provides great leader- give it 100%. town,” David Cole says. Setting his
ship for others on the basketball team, Mathew Wagner, an excellent goals at a high Mr. Cole does, and if he
and gives them motivation to succeed shooting guard for the team, de- continues at the rate he‟s going, his
in the future. scribed David Cole in a very passion- goals will be accomplished.
Double the Blizzards, double the fun
By: James Schaeffer “I don‟t care if we have another snow day, because we al-
The month of February had two major blizzards. It ready have a lot of days off in spring break.”
is the most snow New Jersey has had in February in the past When students hear over the loudspeaker that they
10 years. are leaving school early due to inclement weather, a roar of
Overall, Woodbridge Township got over two feet excitement fills the classrooms, except for one group of
of snow. There was one foot during the first storm, and then people: the janitors. When it snows students and teachers get
fifteen inches during the second. The past couple of years to stay home, but janitors do not. Paul Meyler is the head
we really did not have any snow. Some say it is the cause of janitor at Colonia High School. “About four people stayed
global warming. Others think it was just a drought. But for this last snow storm,” Meyler explained when asked how
whatever it is, some people, especially students, enjoyed it. many members of his staff had to stay at school during the
Children love the snow. Small children play in it. blizzard. One would think they got paid extra to do this.
Older children shovel it and maybe make some money. But, Well think again. “No we do not unless it snows on the
all kids share one reason why enjoying it. No school! weekends,” Meyler explained.
Shetanshu Sharma, a freshman, was asked why he likes the It seems like it would be expensive to get all this
snow and responded, “I really like it because we get out of snow removed. “It is not expensive because we do it our-
going to school.” When it snowed those two times there selves. We still have to pay for gas [for snow plows] and
were a lot of kids outside playing in the snow. I stayed in maintenance [of equipment.] If the snow is over ten inches
my house and played videogames.” we are forced to hire a contractor to plow out the snow,”
Although snow is nice, some don‟t like it. “I pre- Meyler added.
fer a nice sunny day because I can go outside, without being When asked how exactly the CHS janitorial staff
bundled up, and hang out with all of my friends,” com- gets the parking lots and sides walks clear Meyler said, “We
mented Sharma. use snow plows to get rid of the snow. Shovels would take
Now that Colonia High has used its last snow day, way too long to remove it.” After hearing everything jani-
student and teachers are praying for no more snow. If they tors have to do during a snow storm makes one realize why
have to use another snow day, the Woodbridge Township custodial staff members are not always pleased to hear about
Schools will lose time away from their spring break. Even snow in the forecast.
though it is nice to have a snow day here and there, it is not Two blizzards in one season make one wonder
worth missing a day from spring break. Sharma responded, what Mother Nature has in store for New Jersey next winter.
PAGE 14 MARCH 2009
Wielage retires from teaching English
By: Zach Fishman
It‟s always sad to see a faculty member of Colonia
High School retire from their teaching position, especially
someone as loved and appreciated as Mrs. Daryl Wielage.
Wielage decided it was time to move on from
teaching after the first semester of the 2009-2010 school year.
She was a freshmen English teacher for many years at Colo-
nia High School and recently moved to the new wing, room
282, which she thought was delightful and spacious. As a
teacher for many years at Colonia, Wielage cared for her
students tremendously and they cared for her as well. She
enjoyed reading literature works such as The Odyssey and
Romeo and Juliet aloud to her students with great emphasis
“I take pride in what I teach,” Wielage said. “I‟ve
read these stories over and over again and I never grow tired
Students adored Wielage‟s melodic voice as she
read these stories aloud, such as Claire Kelly, a senior here at
CHS. “I always loved seeing my freshman English honors pleasures of being a grandmother. “I‟ll miss everyone very
teacher in the hallway,” stated Kelly “I‟ll truly miss her.” much, but hopefully I will be able to see many of them at this
Now that she is retired from teaching, Wielage can year‟s senior play,” she said. Thank you Mrs. Wielage for all
spend more time with her grandchildren and enjoy the that you‟ve done.
Hearts beat for Hospice Valentine’s Day party
By: Hiba Saleem tant to us,” as Christina stated. On the Happiness and grief, know-
On February 12th the staff of other hand there are some residences ing that someone is there for them can
CareOne Highlands in Edison will be that desire to be left unaided but the make a residence more contented to
having a Valentine‟s Day party for all staff then only provide them with not be able to think of suffering. Physi-
the residence living there to express whatever there need is. Some activi- cal therapy and variety of activities can
their love for each other. ties include playing bingo, poker keep the residence minds working,
June, who is a staff member night, visiting diverse places that the alternating, stimulated, and occupied to
of Care Alternative says, “Hospice is residence hearts desires to go and help the residence being visual and
all about coming in to give one on one more which Christina is in charge of. behaving improved. There are some
care to people that have short term life The staff also provides the residents cases that a residence will improve and
expectancy or are suffering.” To others with ice cream sundaes, brownies are sent back to their real home but this
hospice is basically death, a way to dessert, and others that the residence is usually rare. Residents sometimes
give people more comfort, “Known as may yearn for. Since some residents behave in an unusual way when they
Death with a smile,” as Christina said, have unusual eating behavior for an have something taunting themselves.
who is another staff member at the example some residence are purée For example they may start mumbling
center. (fed through a tube) or can be diabet- different things and wanting you to
To keep the residents vigor- ics so the staff have to be careful give something to your family but the
ous there are activities being provided about the beverages. best way to handle this situation is to
to them so they can improve on their “Knowing that I can make a trail of their minds.
visual and communication. By commu- difference that maybe it could possi- Myriads of residence are
nicating their skills and movement this bly be my parents being abroad to the excited and passionate for the Valen-
leads to become more active toward center,” is how June feels toward the tine‟s Day party because this party is a
one another. “It is important to com- residences. Emotions with a memory, get together for one another to show
municate with residence because they remembering from the past can lead each person how much they mean to
have feeling meant to heard,” as June to expression changes in residence. one another which can make a differ-
declares. “We provide them with care But it is hard to interpret how they ence.
and love because they need to know feel until a strong enough bonds cre-
that they mean someone really impor- ated with one another.
Clubbin’ @ Colonia the club that prays
Together see page 16
PAGE 14 MARCH 2009
CHS falls a step short of third
“We are a participants. It‟s a very competitive
team and moreover a sport.
family…” says a for- Mr. Ferris indicates, “males
mer step team member, are important on a team because they
Shaniqua Murray. bring certain dynamics that girls do
The teams not…step started out as a male activ-
are judged accordingly: ity…they bring richness and zest.”
synchronization, vo- Mr. Ferris adds, “Step was created
cals, theme, creativity, by males and it‟s the only sport, be-
and more. Colonia‟s sides cheerleading, that males and
very own Soul Steppaz females can participate in competi-
stepped to Run DMC‟s tively giving guys a chance to show
ole‟ school jams like: off athletically.”
“Walk This Way”, Coming from the only boy
“Tricky”, “Run‟s on the team, Mohammad Paracha,
House and “Run Rock “being with a lot of girls all the time
Rhyme” showing off a can be annoying and since I‟m the
variety of moves, never only boy , I‟m the first to be blamed
before seen, revealing for anything and almost everything
unique skills, ability, but it‟s great because what guy
creativity and original- wouldn‟t want to hang around girls
ity. and know what they think,” says
“If only they Mohammad A.K.A Moh Moh adding
can get over their nerv- on, “sometimes it can be a challenge
ousness before going being the only boy on the team doing
The step team relaxes after rehearsal on the CHS tennis courts. onto the floor; they feminine movements because
would be set and ready Lashawn (team captain) makes me
By Imani Wheeler to go. That‟s their only weakness,” but I always wind up doing the same
chuckles Mr. Ferris. moves they do but in a different way
On Saturday, January 30th at "There is always a feeling of in order to be that masculine figure.”
Woodrow Wilson High the Colonia anxiety and discomfort right before However, Colonia‟s Soul Step-
High School Soul Steppaz competed they announce the winners. No matter paz‟s biggest challenge is finding
against ten teams. First place winner, how good you are or how well you ways to raise enough money. They
the West Orange A.B-Salute boys performed, but once your group is
were able to make outreach to the
team, followed by second place Car- called that all goes away," says
teret, and in third place Colonia‟s big- Chiemika Nwosu, the captain of A.B- community by way of volunteering at
gest threat, Summit. Salute West Orange boys‟ team. Shoprite, a local supermarket and
Summit has been on the verge of The next tryouts are sched- supporting R&D Promotions with
taking dominating the competition over uled in April; many boys hesitate to getting the community to buy T-
the years by progressively getting bet- join the team because there are certain shirts, sweat shirts and sweat pants. In
ter and forging, “They have become stigmas attached to guys joining an addition, the Colonia steppers are
the team to beat,” states Mr. Ferris activity with dominate female partici-
thinking of new and improved ways
(Soul Steppaz Coach). pation, but it depends on the ratio of
The placing average count girls to boys on a team. This year‟s to bring in profit. The Soul Steppaz‟s
for Colonia Soul Steppaz is around 4th team has been more family-oriented are determined to raise enough money
and 5th place, but with the Soul Steppaz and the magnitude of dedication shown to go to Walt Disney and compete
gaining momentum, they‟re coming by all participants has been remark- with some of the top notch teams.
out stronger and better than ever this able. It‟s a great experience and the
year. coaches and teammates welcome male
PAGE 16 MARCH 2009
Juggernauts hope to win memorial competition
By: Danny Passarelli answer is right or wrong. For the there can be any question a school
Colonia juggernauts, the most impor- subject or a question about pop cul-
In Colonia High School tant competition is the Colonia Arch ture and computer lingo.
there is a club that contributes to the Academic Challenge which is held in One member of the jugger-
school that the students may not know Colonia High School each year and is nauts is Christopher Ngi, sophomore.
much about. The Academic Comple- in memory of Carol Ann Kiyak, for- He explained that in a competition
tion Club, also known as the Jugger- mer English teacher and Juggernaut there is generally an equal role be-
nauts, represents CHS by participat- advisor. Normally, there are 20 to 25 tween team mates. Ngi says “The
ing competitions and winning tro- schools that participate. The event is team has seen improvement since last
phies for the school. so huge that it happens to take up the year; we work every week to im-
One has helped the club whole second floor and the cafeteria. prove.” “The team‟s goals are to win
bring home a trophy this year. The The quarter final teams all receive a competitions and his goal is to do all
Juggernauts club starts in September trophy. he can to help. It is also important to
and ends the first week in June. With The Colonia High School‟s know that you can be a part of other
practice every Friday, the club works Juggernaut Club currently has 18 activates. Ngi is in the band, on the
hard to properly represent the school members. The two captains are senior swim team, and plays tennis in the
in competition. With one competition Jenna Rose and junior Rovy Cha. spring.
having as many as 25 schools it is Rockmaker has been involved since Rockmaker would like to
very difficult to win. So, when the 1999 and took over as advisor in 2003 make special thanks out to Mrs.
opportunity comes to bring in a tro- after Kiyak tragically passed in 2003. Platko, Mrs. Merkel, Ms.McCauley,
phy it is an important thing. Rockmaker said, “Every year there and Mr. Kluizenaar for aiding in judg-
Competition time is an are many different students with ing competitions. She also stressed
intense and serious matter for jugger- many different talents, some who can that there are no cuts because they do
nauts. In a competition there is usu- solve an advanced algebra problem in not want people to be discouraged
ally a head to head jeopardy style their head or some who can name the from joining. If interested meetings
format. This means that two teams capital of any country on the map.” are held every Friday after school in
will face off and the winner move on Considering the wide range of sub- room 110.
to the next round. The moderator will jects involved it is important to have
ask the questions and determine if the many different talented kids. In fact,
D.E.C.A. is on the road to states competition
By: Aleksandra Wec profit for a newly opened PathMark without spending an
excess amount of money in the process.
Starting Wednesday February 24 to February 26, In order to qualify for States Colonia‟s D.E.C.A.
Colonia High School‟s D.E.C.A, supervised by advisor Mr. had to first compete at the Central Regional Conference
Chmiel, will compete at the States Leadership Conference in which took place Thursday, January 7. Sana Naseem and
Cherry Hill, NJ. Aditi Bothra members of Colonia High‟s D.E.C.A, were two
D.E.C.A. stands for the Distributive Education of the students who won at the competition. Naseem and
Club of America and focuses on student activities related to Bothra were first place overall winners in the Business Law
marketing, marketing education, business, management, and and Ethics team event. Other students who qualified for the
entrepreneurship. A standard D.E.C.A competition com- State D.E.C.A. Competition were: Brandon Jimenez, Jose-
poses of 2 sections; a written exam and a role play. A role phine Lee (Apparel and Accessories category), Juan Her-
play is done before judges like marketing directors from nanadez, Cody Jensen (Automotive Services), Pooja Pan-
different business. Competitors are presented with a busi- choli (Food Marketing Services), Sabina Bukowska
ness related problem or situation in which they have to pre- (Resturant and Food Services Marketing), and Uzma Arif
sent informed and creative solutions to. A role play can be (Retails Merchandising). Those who did not qualify at
done in pairs or individually. Pairs perform two role plays, Regionals for the States competition are still able to compete
while individual competitors have only one scenario. Role if they organize a fundraiser or research project to present in
plays have more weight on the outcome of the completion front of the judges at competition. Several D.E.C.A. mem-
than written tests do. The written test at the State D.E.C.A. bers who did not qualify at Regionals have organized a
Competition will consist of 100 questions, and role plays fundraiser for St. Jude‟s Research Hospital and will present
will be included as well. Anika Bhola, a junior and mem- how they put the project together. Mr. Chmiel is hopeful t
ber of D.E.C.A., gave an example of a role play scenario:
the individual or pair has to come up with ways to make See [ D.E.C.A,] on page 18.
PAGE 17 MARCH 2009
Mixing things Prayer unites the Christian Club
By: Mary Ukah ent students from all backgrounds to
up with ‘Fusion’ The Christian club is where
all high school Christians join to-
come together and talk about their
religion and faith. There is a bad
gether to talk about their religion. side to everything and the bad side is
By: Hiba Saleem This club usually meets on Wednes- “when people talk too much, “Anita
On May 6, 2010 Colonia High days or Thursdays but, dates are Bonsu said.
School will be holding a Fusion Night for scheduled to change. This club is growing and
all the students and family members to bring This club began this year. growing every single week as new
different types of cultures together on one Due to Mr. Pasko, a teacher at Colo- members join every meeting. With
night. nia high school and the support of previous discussions about movies,
Fusion, (also known as the Multi- fellow students, the club was brought schools, home life, and “touchy
Cultural Club) will be corresponding a one back to the lineup of the many clubs topics” have found their way into
night out for all the different broad cultures. at Colonia. There are a steady number conversations. Often, students say
Fusion is a club that various students around of students attending meetings every comments about people or things
Colonia High School are familiar with, but week. that can hurt others, which is some-
mistakenly some students call this club, “The best part of this club is thing that several kids from Chris-
“Asian Fusion Club.” Technically this club finding people who are just like you tian club face. When they face these
is a fundamental area where, “Basically and have the same interests as you problems kids start to hide who they
when all different cultures come together too. All the discussions we have are are. When asked about this problem,
and show their background,” as Ambica fun too. The worst part has to be the Bonsu replied, “If you‟re a Chris-
Trehan declares, a member of the club. small amounts we get every week tian, don‟t be afraid, be proud of
On May 6, 2010 the Fusion club because of other clubs people are who you are.” With all the tempta-
members will be holding a Fusion Night in attending. The greatest part of this tion and responses from students
the gymnasium from 6:00pm till 9:00pm. club it getting in touch with yourself Bonsu stated,” It‟s hard to be nice to
Tickets will be sold shortly soon during and knowing others around experi- others, who you may not like but
lunches and at the door of the night, al- ence the exact same things as you do you have to forgive and forget.”
though students should purchase a ticket in your life,” a fellow member stated. Christian club is a club to go
earlier due to the shortage of them. If stu- “The goals and efforts made by to, to open up about your problems,
dents have any questions for the tickets or the Christian club are positive ones” feelings, and thoughts about things
other types of pieces in the show they can declared Anita Bonsu. We have that are happening in the world and
ask for Jasmine Patel, the president of Fu- helped the Haitian relief foundations the school. Christian club members
sion Club, Ms. Kaur and Mrs. McCauley and gave it to our churches. Trying to have stated that anyone can join, but
and various other students. help it is what the Christian club you have to choose your religion,
Fusion night will have myriads of does,” Anita Bonsu states. not your parents nor anyone else can
diverse performances. For instance, Kids join clubs for several choose it for you. You have to make
“There‟s going to be a fashion show, dances different reasons but as Anita Bonsu your the decision.
of different cultures, and last but not least said, “I joined the club because it is a To find out more information
variety of diverse foods,” as Neha Patel good opportunity to have a club for about Christian club, contact Mr.
announced, another member of the club. teens like us, share our feelings and Pasko or any other Christian club
Majority of students are excited about Fu- opinions about God to my fellow members.
sion night because not only the perform- classmates.” This club allows differ-
ances but how each performance is unique
in their own way.
This year the members of this
club hope to encounter several different
Year of the Tiger
CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 3
types of decoration and more performances.
“I am hoping for more variety and better Place a bowl of oranges or tangerines with the branches and leaves at-
decoration” as Ambica Trehan proclaims. tached, in every room in the house for good fortune and wealth.
Ambica will not be performing any activity Chinese food has always been a little taboo; you just may not have
at Fusion night but will be helping with the known it. Whether it is the feet of a chicken and the blood of a duck or a big
decorations around the gymnasium. On the
Mac with a side of French fries, food is food. But on Chinese New Year you
other hand, “I will be Indian dancer and
wearing traditional Indian dress for the should eat things like noodles, which represents longevity. Also a whole
fashion show,” Neha Patel states. chicken is cooked and served to represent good health. A whole fish, including
Fusion night is going to be better than last the eyes, is steamed and served to exemplify abundance as well. “It is also very
year; as countless of students hope to see good to eat dumplings simply because they are the same shape as the money
See [ Fusion] on page 39 used in ancient times by Chinese people.
PAGE 18 MARCH 2009
Choir auditions are a singing success
By: Deiana Skarda curricular activity, resulting sen to become part of the pected to be performed are
in a better record for col- choir not only on their abil- Lean on Me, Book of Love,
On February 8th leges. ity to sing fairly well, but Girls‟ Sing Off from Glee,
and 9th, auditions for the Women‟s Choir is by their dedication and Ave Verum, and a medley
spring concert choirs took a group of female singers effort contributed to the from Mamma Mia. The
place with Mrs. Bolton who share the gift of music classes. “I look for students students give their time
after school. The final have through difficult, yet man- who are willing to work and during lunch and after
been made, and preparation ageable, harmonies. Men‟s who are willing to open school to practice, and are
for the Spring Concert have Choir proves to be a unique their minds to the endless also preparing for the up-
begun. group of male individuals. possibilities that music coming annual Spring Com-
Mrs. Bolton, the Their strong voices and offers,” advised Mrs. Bol- petition Trip, which will be
accredited choir teacher at animated personalities even ton. taking the students to Vir-
our school, has auditioned gave them a chance in the Mansi Sanghvi, a ginia for a few days this
students for the Women‟s spotlight at the Winter Con- junior and active choir year.
Choir, Men‟s Choir, Con- cert last year, with a memo- member for two years, is Mrs. Bolton is
cert Choir, and A Cappella rable performance of Up- part of both the Women‟s looking forward to another
Choir. She has seen an town Girl that won them a Choir and Concert Choir. fun year of getting to know
increase in the amount of standing ovation. The Con- She informed that joining her students through their
students joining, but feels cert Choir is comprised of not only improves an indi- personalities and their sing-
that less people are inter- nearly 40 students, both viduals‟ singing ability, but ing. “I think everyone
ested. Although students male and female, from it brings the members closer should give choir a chance.
have a right to their opin- grades 10 through 12 that together. “The personalities We have a lot of fun! Music
ion about singing in the perform with piano. A Cap- of the choir people are fun is a big part of everyone‟s
school choir, Mrs. Bolton, pella Choir, also known as and happy,” she announced, lives, judging by the num-
as well as the members of the A CaPatriots, showcases “they enjoy life by singing.” ber of IPods I see out in the
her classes, assure that the remarkable talents of This year, the morning, so come and ex-
choir offers an enjoyable students to sing in harmo- Spring Chorus Concert will plore the music.”
learning experience for all. nies without the aid of a be held on Wednesday,
Being a part of the choirs piano. May 12, 2010 at 7pm.
also counts as an extra- Students are cho- Some songs that are ex-
D.E.C.A. CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 13
hat D.E.C.A. will place at states. Mr. Chmiel stated, “I think we‟re going to do well.
This is one of the best groups of students I‟ve ever had. I think they will do their best to
To prepare for competition, D.E.C.A meets right across from the business
office in the first floor of Colonia High School. Meetings take place on Tuesday,
Wednesday, or Thursday depending on the amount of members who can or cannot at- Come join the
tend a meeting. Members practice problems similar to the ones that will be given to
them on the written test at competitions. They practice role plays as well. According to
Benjamin Liu, a sophomore and member of D.E.C.A., taking business oriented classes
will help members improve in D.E.C.A itself and also at competitions. Students are Meet new people.
encouraged to take a business classed before joining D.E.C.A. Students in
D.E.C.A have different reasons for joining. “I decided to join D.E.C.A. because I enjoy Laugh.
the business field. It is a fascinating field with a variety of career opportunities as well
as many skills that are needed to be successful in today's society,” Liu later commented. Play games.
Anika Bhola, a junior member of the club stated, “I joined because I was interested in
entrepreneurship for my career and this is hands on and good for your college transcript
and it‟s just fun.” Mr. Chmiel says that he thinks students not only enjoy the competi-
tion but also the entire experience of going and staying at the hotel. Mr. Chmiel had his The life club meets
own reasons for wanting to be the advisor of D.E.C.A. Besides being the co-op market- every Tuesday in
ing teacher he, also wanted to reach out to students and motivate them to go into the room 132.
There’s mountains and
Sports then there’s ‘Hill’
See the inside story on page 23
PAGE 19 MARCH 2009
Demcher a star Favorite Olympic event
on and off the mat
By Danny Passarelli He doesn‟t take part in any other
activities so he can stay focused
Every week one of on his wrestling. It is very impor-
Colonia High School`s best tant for him to stay on the top of
academic and athletic students are his game because he is a part of
recognized as Student of the the every so difficult heavy
Week. They are interviewed dur- weight division.
ing the morning announcements Demcher who is very
and have their picture on the wall. obviously a very dedicated wres- Justin Bukowiecki Grade 9
One of these students is tler is Fairley new to wrestling “I liked snowboarding ever since I was a little
freshman Robert Demcher who is and says one of his many goals is kid. It takes endurance, determination, and agil-
a member of the wrestling team. to learn as much about the sport as ity”
Demcher who works hard every possible, so he can improve to
day in practices said he was proud help the team all he can. He takes
to be nominated to be Student of his work ethic from the mat into
the Week and hopes to set an the class room as well. He consis-
example for the rest of the team. tently pulls of good grades in the
“I believe I was nominated be- class room, and it is very well
cause I try to do my best in every- known that his favorite food is
thing, I get along with the team, raw cookie dough.
and I try to be a leader. “So far In the off season he Zachary McCord Grade 10
this season has not had as many likes to watch other sports. His “Hockey, I‟m a huge Devils fan and I like
wins as he had hoped for but is favorite football team is the New hockey. I just like seeing our country compete.”
happy with his work ethic and is York Jets; his baseball team is the
glad how the team did this sea- New York Mets. When he is not
son.” “The team did very well wrestling during the season he is
as we matured through the season often seen at the Colonia basket
we beat teams like Ridge, Wood- ball. “I enjoy watching the com-
bridge, Metuchen, New Bruns- petition of other sports.” “It is also
wick Carteret and Bernard‟s,” a lot of fun to go and support my
explained Demcher. Demchers school. In his free time he likes to
biggest win was agents a heavy- hang out with his friends and go
weight from Sayreville War Me- to the mall.
Robert Demcher also Ciera Whitsett Grade 11
morial which was an upset vic- “Figure skating, because it takes balance, stam-
tory. During the season Demcher has a lot of respect for Coach
Grasso who helps him improve ina, and strength.”
is a responsible for working hard
at practice and improving until he for years to come. “Coach Grasso
is the best. The whole team works is the best.”
very hard with their wrestling Coach Grasso has high
skills and extra hard in condition- expectations for this freshman
ing. wrestler: “I expect Robert Dem-
Also, Demcher is a very cher to be a motivated wrestler,
firm believer in hard work will student and person. By the time
have its reward. He also is will Robert is a senior, he is going to
always give his all to improve. He be a force on the mat. If he keeps Melissa Morrison Grade 12
also puts the team before himself, pushing himself, the sky is the “Figure skating, because it‟s cool how they spin
so all he wants is the team to win. limit.” around the lift each other.”
PAGE 20 MARCH 2009
The icing on the end of a tough season
By: Nicole Hom and show that you have what it Butseniors had some advice for future
With one win, three ties, takes,” she stated, “Team work and students with hockey playing poten-
and 16 losses, the Colonia high trust as a member of the team is im- tial.
school‟s Ice Hockey team strived to portant but there is always a separa- Polonis commented, “Play
succeed this season. With only 16 tion." your best, and treat each game like
players this year, the team endured While new players are your last.” While other seniors like
hard conditioning, long practices, and brought about, some players will Nisky said, “Play hard, skate hard.”
intense games. leave. It is not by choice but they Rackley stated “Don‟t give up, use
This year‟s team captain have to move on to lead their own discipline, and try not to fight.” Just
was senior Lee Rackley, and the lives. Coach Monticollo feels it is an for a review the following Friday
team‟s assistant captains were junior upsetting loss to see his senior players after the last scheduled game, Colonia
Arik Rebetje and sophomore Patrick leave. But he is also looking forward was entered in a playoff game vs.
Lear. “Being a captain is tough and to having new and returning players JFK. In the first period JFK got the
hard work,” says Rackley, “Becoming on the ice. first goal, but Colonia was just getting
the leader is very gratuitous, and I “I am going to miss the fun started. In the second period both
feel very grateful to have this posi- I had with all of the guys” says Rack- team had scored two more goals,
tion.” Rebetje stated, “Being assistant ley. Senior Joseph Nisky is going to making the total for the end of second
captain is a big responsibility, and is miss carving up the ice with his bud- period; Colonia with two goals, and
not to be taken lightly.” Rebetje will dies. “I played it all my life,” he says. JFK with three goals. By the end of
be continuing next year as a senior Other senior, Joe Polonis, is also go- the third period the scores were tied, 4
and will take great pride in being on ing to miss playing with his friends -4 and the game had to go into five
the Patriots hockey team his last year and unifying as a team in the rink. minute overtime. When the five min-
at Colonia High. But, although play- After the rough games, and laborious utes passed no team has broken the
ing as a team is a challenge, senior practices the team has not yet suc- tie, so there had to be a regulated
Ashley Heintjes, who is the only girl ceeded at raking in the winnings. shoot out. Sadly though JFK had won,
on the team, remained strong as a “It was a very exciting game, the fans
participant. “Being the only girl on were on the edge of their seats,” says
the team, you have to prove yourself Coach Monticollo.
PAGE 21 MARCH 2009
Girls Basketball Team Dribbles To Success
By: Sylvia Jaroslawski be successful.” Blocking everything else around them
Her goals were soon met. At and relaxation are key to success.”
The girls Varsity basketball the beginning of the season in the first However all of this makes them
team experienced a successful season round of the Christmas Tournament stronger, more confident players. An-
this year with a record of 11-14. the girls had, they beat Westfield in a dreini states that it only “made me
Before the season begins, con- great comeback victory. 30 points work harder.”
ditioning is important for the girls to were scored in the fourth quarter When the girls get injured at a
get in shape. They train by running, alone. The girls all depend on each game, it‟s very nerve-wracking be-
working out, and lifting to get in shape other when in a game; Cimmilluca cause the team all relies on each other.
for the summer and fall before the states that at a New Brunswick game, For example when Cimmullica got
season begins. “ I hit the winning shot.” Andreini injured, she was afraid she‟d get hit so
According to Captain Alexan- states that against Carteret, “ I held she didn‟t practice as well. This only
dra Andreini, “the season was started the leading scorer to only 16 points. affected the team for about a week but,
off right. Our most successful game She usually averages 30 points a she soon bounced back quickly.
this season was our first game against game.” Overall, the girls had a suc-
Monroe. We came out hard on all 4 As a basketball varsity player cessful season. Winning games in-
quarters.” the girls experience much pressure, cluded at Carteret, 51 points were
From day one when the team and intense anxiety, especially during scored and 32 at New Brunswick. At
would struggle they all tried to pull it foul shots. Distractions from the Monroe, 48 points were scored. One of
together and worked as a team in order crowd, pressure from teammates, and the main reasons why this season was
to pick each other up. Captain Chelsea a person‟s own skills at taking a shot so successful was because they all
Cimmilluca states that being chosen as all affect the girls. Andreini and Cim- work together.
Captain she “wanted to push everyone milluca give us advice by stating that
to their upmost potential so we could “foul shots are mainly about focus.
Pats struggles to hold on with 8-14 record
By: Ellery Ramos shooting guard Matthew Wagner due to an injury, CJ Grey
Large crowds, food, cheering and massive amounts of inten- took on the scoring task, and accomplished it very well. CJ
sity are just a few of the many aspects that are a part of Colo- Gray on the season averaged around 17.0 per game and to-
nia‟s basketball games. wards the end of the season where the team needed him most,
Colonia‟s basketball team is considered to be a power averaged around 26.0 points per game. CJ scored his season
house in the white division, and have been considered so for high of 33 verse Woodbridge in a game which was a fierce
the past five to six years. But this year only posting an 8-14 battle till the end.
record was a sight for soar eyes for many of the Colonia Mahmoud Seleman, Colonia forward, doesn‟t believe
faithful. that the team played to its full potential. “We‟re a young team
Starting off the season 0-5 was not part of Coach Chiera and could‟ve done better. Next year we‟re winning states, we
and his coaching staff‟s plans, and came to a surprise to the the hardest working team in the state and next year we‟re
fans as well. “The Colonia crazies would‟ve never imagined going to be experienced and ready for the competition. Last
our basketball team to start off so slow, we‟re usually so year we lost 8 players and this year we‟re returning all but 3.
good.” This type of comment symbolizes the type of expecta- We know how each of of the players on the team play, and
tions this team was receiving and also foreshadows that type next year we going all the way.”
of pressure these boys could‟ve been under. Seleman spoke of the team for next year with high
Did the pressure get to the team or was it just a bunch of hopes and so did Mathew Wagner. “This year could‟ve gone
guys learning how to play with one another? People may a lot better for us as a team. But since this year‟s over, next
have different opinions but the statistics can prove that to- season we have high hopes for our team. We‟ve only lost
wards the end of the season this team learned how to work three players. Our guard play for next year will be good and
together, and played as a whole. In the first 13 games Colo- our team play will be improved. In our best games like Cardi-
nia‟s basketball team went two and thirteen and couldn‟t nal McCarick, where we were victorious after being blown
seem to find their groove. But as the season progressed they out the first time, we played as a team. But in our bad losses
gathered up the strength to win six out of their last nine like New Brunswick, our flaws as a team were easy to find.
games. Next year we hope limit those kinds of games, and increase
Throughout the season, it was obvious to many who the our wins.”
team looked for to score. Without their extremely talented See [Basketball] on Page 33.
Page 22 MARCH 2009
Patriot wrestlers compete Bowling pins
in district tournament fall as wins
By: Priscilla Savage increase Matt Golias of Arthur L Johnson and
The Colonia High School Finally, weighing 285, Neil By: Deanna Sanchez
Wrestling team wrapped up their Garrett of Colonia lost to Christian The only team from Colonia
regular season with a 5-7 record but Bollin of Middlesex. High School, the sport everyone con-
not before competing in the district By the third round of the siders more of a hobby, was the only
tournament. tournament, Colonia Wrestlers Zach team to win anything this school year.
On Friday, February 19th, Matthijs, Brian Rodriquez, Pete The team was successful in placing
and Saturday, February 20th, the Melendez, Ives Viola, and Andrew fourth in state and the girls won the
Colonia High School Varsity Wres- Yamakaitis remained, and were set to white division. Although the team did
tlers participated in the district tourna- wrestle for a spot in the champion- so well, it was not an easy ride for both
ment which was held at South Plain- ship. At 112, Zach Matthjis, wrestled the girls and the boys. One of the hard-
field High School. During the first Tim Terrezza of New Providence and est teams for the girls to play was
round each wrestler had a bye. The lost. Colonia‟s Brian Rodriquez, at against East Brunswick. Lacey Thome
results of second round were as fol- 125, wrestled Rich Szeliga of South Had bowled the best that day shooting
lows: Wrestling 103, Richard Piperato Plain Field and was defeated. Weigh- a 403 series. The second best bowler
of Colonia lost to Frank Aleman of ing 145, Pete Melendez of Colonia of the day was Morgan Brown shoot-
North Plainfield. lost to the 31-3 Ryan Sacco of South ing a 401 series. It was a close run that
At 112, Colonia‟s Zach Plainfield. In the 189 division, Ives day but the Colonia Girls made it
Matthijs beat Mike Hnylycia of Mid- Viola took on Mike Wagner of South through and won the match with a total
dlesex. In the 119 weight class Plainfield and lost. And finally, wres- of 1,968 pins.
Micheal Orak of Colonia wrestled tling 215, Colonia‟s Andrew Yam- The boy‟s hardest opponent
Tim Scherer of Arthur L Johnson makaitis went against South Plain- was Sayreville. They had played
High School and lost. Colonia‟s field‟s Seth Yocum and suffered a against them during the state finals.
Brian Rodriquez wrestled New Provi- defeat. The game was close and Taylor Wynne
dence‟s Dan Smith and won 14-5. Consolation matches were was the last bowler for Colonia. He
Wrestling 135, Jake Pero of held for those who did not win in the was ready to go, ready to win until he
Colonia went against Matt Mandel of semi-finals. The results of the match released the ball and threw a split. It
Watchung hills and lost. At 140, would determine which place the was unfortunate but they had only lost
Corey Chandler of Colonia lost to wrestlers came in their division as by a few pins. They had put up an
Corey Stasenko of South Plainfield. well as who would advance to Re- amazing three games. This was the one
In the 145 weight class, gions. Colonia Wrestlers: Zach Mat- time that you saw the boy‟s give their
Pete Melendez of Colonia wrestled thijs and Pete Melendez both took all into the toughest game of the sea-
Max Torres of North Plainfield, he third and advanced to Regions. son.
beat him will a pin in the first 27 sec- Despite finishing with a 5-7 A junior varsity bowler Ma-
onds. season, members of the Colonia rissa Curia has been preparing to take
Edward Jules of Colonia Wrestling Team are still proud of Lacey‟s place as Captain next season.
wrestled Shane Haddad of Governor their season. “I feel that we had a “I think I will be a responsible and fun
Livingston in the 152 weight class, great season,” freshman, Robert Dem- captain. I am fair and get along well
Shane Hadddad won. cher explained, “We showed great with the girls”.
160‟s, Benden Carroll of improvement in what we did. We Unfortunately being the only
Colonia and Ryan Billich of South matured a lot not which will not only junior now after the tragic accident last
Plainfield wrestled; Ryan Billich help our team in seasons to come but May, is willing to take the responsibil-
came out on top. in life.” ity of being captain for Jennifer. She
At 171 Steven Silovitch of Varisty Wrestler, freshman, was willing to speak for the team on
Colonia wrestled Thomas Villines of Jake Pero, added “Next season is behalf of Jen. “Not having our team-
Watchung hills and lost 10-4. going to be a better season for us, mate was really hard. It took a lot out
Colonia‟s Ives Viola, at we‟re going to work toward more of us. It felt as if we lost a part of the
189, wrestled Gregory Price of Plain- wins.” team, which we did, but being the
field. strong team that we are we pulled
In the 215 weight class, through and won for her.”
Colonia‟s Andew Yamakaitis versed
Page 23 MARCH 2009
Climbing the “Hill” to success:
transitioning from player to coach
By: Stephen Alvarez He
Whether it was defense, or expected to
just pure hustle, Coach Andrew Hill succeed in
always got his point across to his team. football in
From playing as a young boy, to coach- high school,
ing as a young adult, Coach Hill defi- yet was the
nitely has plenty of experience. star point
Not only his mental tough- guard on his
ness, but also the emotional passion he basketball
has for the game makes him such an team. In high
outstanding coach. If one is strong, he‟ll school, Hill
make one stronger. If one is fast, he‟ll had to main-
make one faster. And if one is good, tain an A-B
he‟ll make one better. That‟s just the average. If he
type of guy he is: the “if you do it, do it got anything
right,” type of guy. Work ethic is more lower than a
important to him then talent. And all this B, he would-
is just from a coaching standpoint. n‟t be able to
Mr. Hill started his sports play sports.
career at the age of six, and followed it One would think that the school had coming to coach the freshmen boy‟s
up in high school. He played three this rule on all of the athletes, but it basketball team here at Colonia.
sports including, football, baseball and was his parents who made him keep He started coaching at Colonia
basketball for varsity at Carteret High. his grades up. in 2006, and is still coaching the fresh-
Although he believes that he was the His father, who played men team to this day. After a career best
best at football, he just has a special love high school football, baseball, and 15-8 record season as a head coach last
for the game of basketball. semi-pro football, was very encourag- year in 2008, Coach Hill looks forward
ing. He wanted him to fol- to this upcoming season.
low up as a football player Despite the hard work he puts
in college, but Hill just had into his team every year, he believes the
too much passion for the record doesn‟t mean anything for fresh-
game of basketball to give it man; “I‟m never worried about our re-
up after high school. cord, it‟s all about development and
Therefore, he went getting the kids ready for upcoming
on to play college ball for years,” claims Coach Hill.
four years at Washington He also feels helpless when
College on an academic coaching, compared to playing, because
scholarship. He majored in he really has to depend on his team and
History, with a specializa- has to trust his players to get the job
tion in teaching. Out of rec- done. Some say freshmen year is point-
reation leagues, high school, less; it‟s all about varsity and winning
and college basketball, Hill state championships, yet Coach Hill
says high school was the thinks otherwise. “Freshmen year is the
best. He had a better team in most important year because you lay
high school, and the fan down a foundation for the young players
support was through the and help develop and improve them to
roof. prepare the kids for varsity in their later
He coached at years.”
Carteret High School a little
during college, and later
helped out at St. Joseph‟s of
Metuchen. That was before
Is the „Jersey Shore‟
See page 26.
PAGE MARCH 2009
24 The Declaration
I n any other sport, if you miss the catch all you lose is the ball
Cheerleading: is it really a sport?
By: Kira Brennnan & Brittany Hruska Deak who is on the competition that simple to get 36 people to do the
cheerleading team. “You have to be same motions and all to look like one
Cheerleading is a sport that strong and have stamina or else your person moving. The judges at these
involves breath-taking routines such as routine won‟t hit.” competitions are not nice when a stunt
stunts, jumps, basket tosses, tumbling, For two and a half minutes, comes crashing down or someone tum-
pyramids, and screaming on top of cheerleaders must put on their best bling falls on their back. They take ten
that. It is one of the most dangerous performance. “Performing in front of points off for every stunt that falls and
sports in the world for girls. judges and an audience gets you ex- at least five points off for every tum-
It is said that in some cases, cited and gets your adrenalin pump- bler that falls to the floor. Therefore,
cheerleading is more dangerous than ing,” states Lindsey Pangborn, who is most cheerleaders work out and prac-
football. In 2002, 22,900 cheerleaders also a part of the competition cheer- tice almost everyday, especially all-star
were injured badly enough to be admit- leading team. teams and competition teams.
ted in the hospital (http:// Cheerleading has changed Cheerleading can be a co-ed
www.livescience.com/health/080811- since time has gone on. Now, cheer- sport. On some teams the boys are the
cheerleading-injuries.html) with inju- leaders do flips and tumble. They best ones on the whole team. For ex-
ries ranging from concussions, to bro- also do pyramids and stunts that not ample Top Gun All-stars Unlimited Co
ken bones, and torn tendons. Cheer- just anyone should try. As a result of -Ed Senior 5 team is pretty much all
leaders are thrown over twenty feet in its more athletic and challenging tum- boys besides the flyers which are girls.
the air in basket tosses. If the bases bling and stunting, cheerleading ac- Also, the boys are the main tumblers
below you do not catch you, there is a counts for about 67 percent of all on the team.
high possibility that you will get hurt. female sports injuries. Between 1982 This year, Colonia High
When a member of the team can‟t and 2007, there were 103 fatal, dis- School is an all girl competition team.
cheer it‟s not easy to replace them. It abling, or serious injuries among Although boys showed up at the try-
leaves holes in the formations and cheerleaders. outs, they were not selected for the
forces the team to rearrange their Holding pom-poms and team. “Performing the stunts and rou-
stunts. moving from side to side is not hard tine is a lot harder than last year,” Deak
Although some people be- at all. All star teams, co-ed teams, stated. “Now the girls need to be the
lieve that cheerleading is not a sport, and high school teams all have to be ones that are lifting and throwing since
hard working cheerleaders would say it strong. If one is weak, a stunt will not there are no guys on the team.”
is. “Not just anyone can be a cheer- hit, resulting in people falling which Although cheerleading does-
leader,” explains sophomore, Jessica causes more injuries to occur. It‟s not n‟t seem that hard, practices can be
long and rough. Perfecting a routine
takes time. Learning an entire routine
also takes a long time. Once you learn
a routine, you have to perform parts of
it at a time so fewer injuries occur. For
50% example, after being taught a routine, it
is not possible for a team to perform it
40% perfectly the first time. Breaking it up
30% into bits and pieces is much easier.
From there, a team usually moves on
Men and practices more and more.
Women When people think of the word
10% “cheerleader” most will stereotype and
say that person is stuck-up
0% and ditzy. This may be true for some.
Always Sometimes Never Some cheerleaders think they are on
*50 students were polled during the school day. The statistics from this poll are not statistically proven.
See [Cheerleading] on page 22
PAGE 25 MARCH 2009
Cheerleading Undecided on what you want to be
CONTINUATION when you grow up?
FROM PAGE 21 By: Mariel Quintana various outlets of life skills.
In addition, skills can be bene-
It seems as though now that graduation is fited from more than just an educational
top of the world and that they are clearly in view, many students‟ vision standpoint. Being undecided can bring
the greatest. Some cheerleaders about their future seems a bit blurry. The forth and open mind and hence a more
walk in the hallways thinking term “undecided” as a major is often a abstract way of thinking. Senior Bianca
that they are the coolest people term that is looked down upon, but who‟s Pineda stated, “I don‟t think it‟s a bad
in the world. But, every sport is to say that it is such a bad thing? thing to be unsure of what you want in
special and unique in its own Nowadays the 17 year olds (and the future because there are people out
way. A true athlete for any sport even some younger) are exiting high there who know what they want but then
will train and work hard, school and stepping outside of their com- get disappointed… it‟s good for people to
whether it is football, baseball, fort zones to enter the unknown world of try out all sorts of things to find out what
dance, or softball. college. Although terms like, they want to do.”
Cheerleading at a foot- “independent” and “responsibility” can In short, knowing what one
ball or a basketball game is not seem intimidating, learning about them wants in the future can be great, but being
challenging; in fact anyone can from an undecided point of view can be indecisive isn‟t so bad either. Either way,
do that. Those cheerleaders just an indirect blessing in disguise. Being an it‟s a good thing to not stress the future so
stand on the sidelines and move undecided student offers a limitless much, and enjoy the ride.
their arms and hips and scream amount of experience that can lead to
cheers. But, it is performing
routines at competitions and
doing stunts that are indescrib- Easy but Dangerous Crutch:
able. The cheerleaders who do
that are athletes. Reviewing Supreme Sparknotes
something that no other sport By: Allison Gutworth be hurting teenagers.
has. They always have high True, when students use the
spirits. No matter what the case, Sparknotes may be defined by literature guides, they often get general
cheerleaders must always put a teenagers as the ultimate study guide and ideas about what books are about, but are
smile on their face. Athletes in summary source for classic books. Teen- they truly learning anything? Students
other sports should try playing or agers go there to get the general idea of are addicted to Sparknotes and their sum-
running or swimming with a chapters or sections of novels that they maries can never measure up to the value
smile. It is not as easy as it may not understand. However, when is it and challenge of reading actual novels.
looks. While competing, cheer- okay and not okay to use them? Do This is true for influential pieces like,
leaders put on a show with stunts Sparknotes have a negative impact on Frankenstein, To Kill a Mockingbird, and
being thrown over peoples‟ peoples‟ lives? “The Crucible” that cannot be summed
heads, facials on everyone‟s Sparknotes says on their web- up in a few pages.
faces, and feet being held above site, “Our literature guides are meant to Although Sparknotes are okay
the flyer‟s head. Cheerleaders be read along with the books they ana- for reviewing and studying post-read
must be flexible to be able to do lyze.” In other words, ideally, teenagers material, students should not use them as
things while being thrown in the should read the books that they are as- their main outlet to the literary world. If
air. signed in school and only use Sparknotes they do, then Sparknotes is simply a tem-
Cheering on a compe- to review read material. Marina DeMar- porary crutch. The literature guides may
tition team takes determination ino, CHS‟ English Department Head, seem like quick, easy solutions if students
and hard work. If you fall, you seems to agree with this statement. She have reading deadlines. Eventually
must get back up and try again. emphasized, “Using Sparknotes is not though, when it comes time for class
Working as a team is essential recommended in lieu of actual reading of discussions, quizzes, or essays, students
and without your teammates, you the text.” may be so dependent on this system that
won‟t get very far. Also, although the company says, “We're they may be unable to contribute as much
“Cheerleaders are the only ones clear and concise, but we never leave out as students who actually read the book
who know how to fly high and important info,” they often do not include can.
reach their goals at the same everything that students need to know for Surprisingly, Sparknotes can be
time.” essays, quizzes, or tests based on their dangerous because teenagers may be
respective novels. Thus, Sparknotes may See [Sparknotes] on Page 39
PAGE 26 MARCH 2009
“Jersey Shore” gets mixed reviews: Is it offensive or entertaining?
By Christina Destro The
The new MTV reality show, other side of the
“Jersey Shore,” is a very controversial spectrum believes
topic. While some people find the show that Jersey Shore
offensive, others find it entertaining. is not offensive.
“MTV has devolved from a music em- The "Cake Boss"
phasis into a channel mainly known for Buddy Valastro is
tacky shows that espouse violence, cas- not insulted by
ual sex, nonstop partying, and overt the show person-
materialism,” writer Alana Arbuthnot ally. When asked
voiced her opinion. for his outlook by
The people that find it dis- E! Online, Buddy
tasteful are usually either Italian or from responded by
New Jersey. Italians may be outraged by saying that
the way the show portrays them. The "Being Italian-
entire Jersey Shore cast is made up of American, I'm not
Italians that refer to themselves as like, 'Oh, my god.
„Guidos‟ and „Guidettes.‟ They keep up I'm so offended
that image by tanning often, getting a by it.' It's taken
fresh haircut, either straightening or out of context."
spiking their hair, and wearing labels Buddy also ad-
such as Ed Hardy. mitted that he
They also go to a club almost never actually reached 2.5 million viewers. Fellow
every night to drink and dance, whether watched the show, but he has rented a MTV reality star Kristin Cavallari ad-
it‟s „Karma‟ or „Bamboo.‟ Their most house in Seaside Heights over the mitted that even she is jealous of the
famous dance move is called the „Guido summer so he already knows what cast because her show, “The Hills,” has
Fist Pump.‟ Assemblies such as the that scene is like. dropped in ratings since “Jersey Shore”
National Italian American Foundation The poll above is from Poll- began.
and Unico National have disapproved of Daddy.com and while 58% of viewers Hence, Italian-American
the premise of “Jersey Shore.” "It con- voted that they find the show enter- groups endeavored to cancel the hit
tinues to perpetuate negative stereotypes show “Jersey Shore,” but they seemed to
taining, 42% voted that it‟s offensive.
about Italian-Americans," UNICO Na- have failed because of the excellent
tional President Andre DiMino told People think it‟s entertaining for dif-
ratings it has received. Some find it
FoxNews.com. ferent reasons. People might watch it offensive while others find it enjoyable,
Italian American actress, because they find the cast funny. amusing, and maybe even addicting.
Alyssa Milano, is personally upset about Some might watch it because nothing Sources:
how the show stereotypes Italians. else is on TV, and others may watch it http://www.statepress.com/
Citizens of Seaside Heights or because of all the drama that unfolds. node/10008
New Jersey in general might be of-
There are episodes that include fights http://www.hollyscoop.com/kristin-
fended by the show by the way it depicts
them. Luckily, only one of the cast in which the Seaside Heights Police cavallari/kristin-cavallari-
members is actually from New Jersey. Department stops by. Other episodes jealous-of-jersey-shore-
Samantha, also known as Sammi Sweet- have drama like tension between the cast_22698.aspx
heart, is from Hazlet. The Jersey Shore cast members. The cast includes: http://www.examiner.com/
Convention & Visitors Bureau manager, Mike “The Situation,” Nicole examiner/x-11363-Dallas-TV-
Daniel Cappello, proclaimed concerns “Snooki,” Ronnie, Vinny, Pauly D, Examiner~y2009m12d24-
over how the show belittles and dimin-
Jenni J-WOWW, and Sammi Sweet- Jersey-Shore-is-not-offensive-
ishes the area as a destination and makes
it look trashy. Hence, some people be- heart. to-ItalianAmerican-Cake-Boss
lieve it gives New Jersey a bad reputa- The episode in which http://www.foxnews.com/
tion. Snooki got punched by a grown man entertainment/2009/11/25/
As a matter of fact, MTV has in a bar caused a lot of controversy. italian-american-group-asks-
even received death threats and acti- Many people wanted to see what
vated protests. A couple of advertisers, happened, so they watched it. Jersey
Shore became a hit once the show http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/
such as Domino‟s Pizza, are starting to
pull out. staytuned/jersey-shore-
Entertainment See page 26
PAGE MARCH 2009
27 The Declaration
Top 8 Things NOT to Buy in 2010
By: Alyssa Eckhardt Everyone hates when they and better picture.
As we advance in technology our have all their music, pictures and files Newspaper subscriptions
DVDs, books, and newspapers are be- lost when their computer dies. They have been declining ever since they
coming less popular. have external hard drives to back-up started putting news on the internet.
About five years ago, people their files. Now there are online back- Sales for newspapers have decreased
would always go to the video store if up services that are a simpler way of by 10.6% in 2009.
they wanted to watch a movie, but now keeping your files. These services are a College tuition is enough
we have things like Netflix, where the little more expensive then an external of money by itself. Buying brand-
movies are delivered right to a person‟s hard drive, but it is so much easier and new textbooks could cost over 1,000
house. Also there are cable networks more effective. dollars. A better alternative is buy-
that have programs where you can just The Iphone and all the differ- ing used books for a fraction of the
order a movie and watch it then and ent Blackberrys are some of the most price. Another substitute for buying
there. And these programs are just a popular phones currently. There are new books is downloading books
fraction of the price it is to rent a movie smart phones that are comparable to online.
from a video store with no late fees. these phones. Yet people still go with The last thing that you
Lastly, there are now Blu-Ray movies, the Iphone or Blackberry. Smart should avoid buying in 2010 is gas-
which have a clearer and a higher defini- Phones like the My Touch and Palm- guzzling cars. Gasoline could cost a
tion picture. Pre aren‟t half as popular as a Black- fortune in this economy. Buying a
The next item that is becom- berry or Iphone. Eventually, these car that gets more miles to the gallon
ing obsolete is home telephone services. Smart Phones aren‟t going to be is more efficient such as a Honda
More and more people are ditching the around anymore. Civic or a Volkswagen Jetta.
landline telephones and switching to just Compact Digital Cameras are So if you‟re trying to save
having a cell phone. There is also some what every person always wanted a little money or make life a little
computer video chat programs that cost when they came out. Now they have easier, stay away from these items
nothing and you could see the person single-lenses reflex camera which are a and find alternatives. It will help
you‟re talking to also. little bulkier, but take such a clearer your life and your pocket.
When they were our age . . .
Can you guess from these senior photos which staff members these are?
(Answers will be printed in the March issue)
1. 2. 3.
Answers from February’s issue: 1. Ms. Barbara McCauley 2. Mr. Robert McLaughlin 3. Mrs. Michelle Smith
PAGE 28 MARCH 2009
Total Rock shows Colonia’s musical talents
By: Survas Lal But it is up to their fans to decide
if this change has affected their
Total Rock 2010 sound. Mike Schiavo speaking
proved to be a great accom- about the departure of Joe
plishment by the musically Ciampi commented, “I‟m afraid
gifted students at CHS. The to answer that question.” But
evening opened with a surprise: this, no doubt, has not affected
the audience was NOT allowed the band dynamics. “It‟s great,”
to get out of their seats and stated Mike Schiavo. Also, cov-
mosh, like the majority of what ering the #1 hip-hop single
Total Rock over the years actu- “Down” by Jay Sean, OLH
ally involved. showed off their musicality and
The first act can be technical skill.
considered quite a mouthful: Of The penultimate band
Divinity and Humanity, also of the night, the popular Lake
known by their fans as ODAH, Ave. headed onstage greeting
[simply for easier reference]. A everyone. Almost like the love-
fiery, explosive vocal perform- child of Fall Out Boy and All
ance by senior Sean MacIntyre Time Low who had an affair
featured bloodcurdling shrieks with Mayday Parade, Lake. Ave.
and death growls, eliciting a proves to be a successful venue,
dramatic response from their gaining extended exposure after
biggest fans in the audience. opening for Jordin Sparks at Six
With impressive original mate- Flags. With a surprise, the lead
rial and breakdowns, it made an singer Anthony Rieder called
intense performance from the Mike Schiavo onstage to sing
Deathcore/Metalcore band. with him as they serenaded the
When asked about their influ- audience with a ballad. They
ences, they mentioned Emmure, formed three years ago, and
and the popular Christian when asked about the fans,
Metalcore band The Devil Rieder noted, “They‟re awe-
Wears Prada. some, I love playing here.”
Sophomore Nicole Last but not least, the
Pinkham explained, “I like punk rock/alternative band
screamo music, really loud wrong Answer combined ska
music. It was great.” and an unfamiliar but refreshing
Following ODAH, a brand of punk, almost experi-
band of underclassmen- Our mental with the use of brass
Last Hours appeared on the instruments not commonly found
stage. Sounding like a mix of in rock music. Pleasant stage
Senses Fail, Amber Pacific, and presence makes wrong answer a
possibly Dance Gavin Dance, unique and dynamic band to
melodic and soaring vocals watch. Seniors Brian Chesney
from sophomore Mike Schiavo and Ron Pruitt of the band are
make OLH an interesting alter- the masterminds behind their
native rock band. At one point songs, and Chesney said” We‟re
in the performance, guitarist pretty much a punk rock/ska/
Joe Handville and bassist reggae band. Ending the night
Marco Brenco let loose and with a rhythmic song that got the
wildly attacked their instru- audience up on their feet, they
ments, showing off their en- threw articles of clothing such as
ergy. This band also has a new scarves to the audience to end an
Top: Left to Right: Mike Schaivo, Dave Stoneback, Sean MacInntyre lineup, replacing the guitarist/ interesting night of complete and
Middle: Joe Handville vocalist Joe Ciampi is the tal- total-ROCK.
Bottom: Andrew Marshello, Taha Attia , Dan Johnson, Ron Pruitt ented vocalist Billy Schneider.
PAGE 29 MARCH 2009
2009 introduced 10 new Late Night Fight
musicians to our ipods By: Mary Claire Lordi
After only seven months of hosting “The
Tonight Show,” soon to be former host Conan
By Alexandra Giardina you got it. 15 year old Justin O‟Brien is being shoved out by the peacock net-
Bieber came out in late 2009 and work. Jay Leno will be reclaiming his old spot,
“But the party don‟t has so much talent for a kid so because his prime time show was bombing in the
start, till I walk in,” lyrics sang young. He sang in front of ratings.
by breaking new artist Kesha and Usher at only 13 years old and This is the second time Leno has screwed
that‟s just what these new artists has been working with him ever someone over for “The Tonight Show” hosting gig.
have been doing; stunning and since. His first released single Back in 1992 when Johnny Carson was looking for
shocking listeners with their new called “One Time” was a hit and a replacement, everyone thought it was going to be
music and catchy tunes. It is his second single “One Less David Letterman that was going to replace the
safe to say that the Top 10 New Lonely Girl” was even better. “King of Late Night”. But a wise talking jay Leno
Artists of 2009 are ones to look This kid has talent, and is sure to talked his way into the spot. This spurned long time
out for in the new year of 2010. be a rising star this upcoming friend Letterman, who was offered a job as CBS,
One Artist that made year in 2010. and has been killing in the ratings since then.
their name known is Iyaz with Even bands made a Five years ago Jay announced that he
his song “Replay”. This song breakthrough in 2009. Owl City would retire in five years time leaving “The To-
exploded onto the radio and came out with his single night Show” to O‟Brien. NBC wanted to keep Jay
everyone reacted very strongly “Fireflies” and it sure caught at the network so they got rid of the 10p.m. drama,
and seemed to really like the everyone‟s attention. When you and gave Leno the time slot for a show similar to
song. Personally, I love the song hear the name, you would think “The Tonight Show”. The show in question was a
it is very catchy and every time it it‟s a regular band, well not this ratings bomb. If people weren‟t watching Jay‟s
is playing I can‟t help but sing one. This is a one man band and new prime time show, who would want to stay up
along. Iyaz is a 22-year old from his name is Adam Young. His and watch late night TV. Which ensued Conan‟s
the Virgin Islands, and was electronic and emo-pop sound is ratings to be just as poor, and yet worse than Jay‟s.
found by another artist Sean what makes his music different Over the past few weeks this whole situa-
Kingston. Kingston took Iyaz from all the other new break- tion has been all over the media. There are rumors
under his wing and soon enough through artists of 2009. and false reports flying around about Conan and
Iyaz was known all over the Another new band that NBC. But finally on January 21, 2010 Conan and
country in a matter of weeks. came about in 2009 is The Kings NBC reached a deal that would give Conan $45
Another break through of Leon. They have been work- million and his staff $12 million to split. Conan is
artist is Drake. Aubrey Drake ing in the industry for awhile and not allowed to be back on TV hosting, until Sep-
Graham is a Canadian actor- in the UK, but only until this tember 2010.
singer. He was first seen on the year did they become more suc- While Conan time on “The Tonight
hit teen show Degrassi. Even on cessful than they every dreamt. Show” is winding down he is bashing NBC,
the show, he would show off his They have a few hit singles like doing outrageous things, and even putting “The
rapping and music skills. Be- “Sex on Fire” and “Need Some- Tonight Show” for sale on Craig‟s List. He has
sides being an actor, he was hard body”. These singles gave them been showing hi s audiences “Classic Tonight
at work sending mix tapes out the chance to tour eight different Show Moments” from his seven month stint on the
trying to get known in the music countries, including America. show. O‟Brien has said that “Until NBC kicks us
industry. Soon enough, Lil They have much more material off the air we can pretty much do whatever we
Wayne took him under his wing to be shown, and I cannot wait want, and they have to pay for it” And he has been
and signed him with his label. until I hear more from them. doing pretty much whatever he wants. On last one
Drake‟s first single “Best I Ever Overall, 2009 was an of his shows he put the Kentucky Derby winning
Had” was the summers hit song accomplished year full of new horse in a mink snuggie, while watching restricted
and was constantly playing on artists. Others to be mentioned super bowl footage. This whole sketch cost NBC
almost every radio station. Since are Adam Lambert, Orianti, 4.5 million dollars.
his first single, he‟s been making Jason Derulo, and Jay Sean. All This whole ordeal has been all over the
hits ever since and he is one to these artists are sure the ones to late night talk shows. David Letterman has been
watch out for in the upcoming look out for in this new year of ripping Leno a new one. They have been firing
year. 2010 and im sure everyone is on shots at each other back and forth. Letterman has
It doesn‟t matter what the edge of their seats and just been saying this is the second time Leno has
age you are, if you have talent, can‟t wait to hear what is next. See [Late Night Drama] on page 30
PAGE 30 MARCH 2009
Late Night Drama 2010 Census
CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 29 CONTINUATION FROM
passed over for “The Tonight Show” spot. Leno has been hitting below the belt,
but bringing in Letterman‟s recent adultery scandal into the picture. The winner your telephone number?” The
of this ordeal has been Letterman, because most of the Hollywood community is form also includes questions that ask
angry with Leno for shoving Conan out of the way for his own selfish needs. about the ages and race of residents.
All in all, real bad guy in this story id NBC, for breaching Conan‟s Once all 10 questions on the form are
contract, and trying to befoul the name of “The Tonight Show”. Johnny Carson properly filled out, you simply send it
is probably rolling over in his grave because of this. NBC needs to get their act back in the postage-paid envelop it ar-
together. Conan will probably be moving to FOX in the fall, because FOX has rived in. Census day, the day in which
no late night talk shows. Conan probably saved himself in the long run from all US Census forms must be mailed
leaving a sinking ship of a network. back, is April 9th. If your Census is not
filled out and mailed back, expect a visit
from a Census Taker who will ask you
Rolling our the red carpet for the the same questions on the form.
Filling out the Census forms is
82nd Academy Awards required by the US Constitution.
It is absolutely imperative that
By: Mahasen Rais plained Mary Ukah. It was hosted by every US resident fills out their Census
Where can you see some of Hugh Jackman, “X-Men.” Out of form completely and honestly. Not only
the biggest stars in Hollywood? many nominees, only one came out do the results help to keep an active
That‟s right, the Oscars. The Oscars on top. Sean Penn from Milk, took the count of our growing nation, but also
will be hosted by Alec Baldwin (It’s award for “Best Actor” and Kate determine where 400 billion dollars in
Complicated) and Steve Martin Winslet, The Reader, took an Oscar federal funding goes. This money will
(Cheaper by the Dozen). It‟s going to home for “Best Actress”. Other win- provide funding towards: hospitals, job
be held at the Kodak Theater in Hol- ners were, in supporting roles, Pene- training centers, schools, senior centers,
lywood on March 7. lope Cruz and Heath Ledger, and for emergency services, and construction
Homes are excited to see the “Best Director”, Danny Boyle. There projects. The results of the US Census
Oscars this year and see how they were also several performances by determine how the money is distributed.
turn out. But some are not. Mostly Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Anne The results of the US Census also deter-
because “There weren‟t any movies Hathaway and Beyonce. mine how many seats each state has in
that were that good this year,” as a Beloved celebrities will arrive at the House of Representatives.
local, Ambica Trehan, tells. But those the Academy Awards to present the 2010 US Census data is rock-
who are excited want to see the per- awards. Celebrities such as Robert solid secure and is inaccessible to those
formances and, of course, who‟s go- Pattinson, “Twilight”, Amanda Sey- who are not involved with government
ing to win. People also want to see fried,” Dear John”, Jennifer Hudson, matters. In fact it is against the law to
who is attending the affair. “The Secret Life of Bees”, and others. publish 2010 Census results such as:
Families usually sit together Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Tine names, addresses, social security num-
after dinner time to watch the cere- Fey, Tilda Swinton, and Alicia Keys bers, and telephone numbers. Violators
mony. Many people watch the awards will present at the ceremony along will receive a $250,000 fine and up to
ceremony every year for many differ- with other artists and actors. five years in prison.
ent reasons. Some watch for the per- There are new nominees for this Though current Census data
formances, others watch to see who year‟s ceremony. “And the nominees is, for the most part, inaccessible, past
wins, and others just want to see their are…” for “Best Picture”, Avatar, The Census data is not. In fact, past US
favorite stars. “I want to see the peo- Blind Side, District 9, An Education, Census data is easy to find and can help
ple who deserve to win,” says a local, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, with tracking down people from the
Mary Ukah. Parents watch to see their A Serious Man, the animated movie past. Journalism teacher, Miss Danielle
favorite stars. Children watch to see Up, Up in the Air, and Precious. For Simkovich, says, “The Census data is
their favorite movies. Teens watch to “Best Actor,” Jeff Bridges, George very helpful; it helped my track down
see the different outfits and to see Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Free- my grandparents where they once lived
their favorite movies, also. man, and Jeremy Renner. And for while they were growing up. Since there
Last year was unforgettable with “Best Actress”, Sandra Bullock, was a spot for occupation on the census
“Slumdog Millionaire” taking home Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Ga- I learned that my father‟s side of the
“Best Picture of the Year” and many bourey Sidibe, and Meryl Streep. family moved to Port Reading to work
other awards. “A.R. Rahman is great. Vote for your favorites. It happens on on the rail road. I also learned that they
The song, the entire movie…,” ex- ABC. housed boarders.”
PAGE 31 MARCH 2009
People hate the Jonas Brothers for the wrong reasons
By: Christina Destro ple find it gay to have morals. Every- the ability to impress an audience of
one should be able to believe in what over 10,000 people every night.
Although I may get har- they want to believe in without getting Some haters even go on ex-
assed from wearing my Jonas ridiculed for it. As a matter of fact, treme measures just to distress Jonas
Brothers tour shirt, that doesn‟t their wearing purity rings inspired me fans. For example, they create groups
stop me from loving and supporting and other fans to want one. on Facebook for the haters to unite.
this amazing band. Another thing that bothers „1,000,000 Strong against the Jonas
The Jonas Brothers con- me is when people remark, “Their Brothers,‟ is a group on Facebook that
sist of three brothers: Kevin, Joe, music sucks,” when they haven‟t ever someone created. Honestly, what is the
and Nick. Kevin is 22 and was even listened to them. Maybe if they point of this group? There is no reason
recently married, Joe is 20, and weren‟t so ignorant, they would give to take the time to make a group that
Nick is 17. them and their music a chance. They declares how much you hate a band.
One thing I absolutely might even enjoy it if they weren‟t so They also incorporate pictures of the
hate is when people call the Jonas single-minded and only had the idea in Jonas Brothers that are destroyed and
Brothers gay. I can‟t stand it be- their brain that they suck. colored over, portraying a mocking
cause most of the time, they are not Certain comments that some image. Sometimes I think they spend
aware of their personalities and people say about the Jonas Brothers are more time making fun of the Jonas
judge them by their looks and completely false. They say that they Brothers than fans do admiring them.
clothes. The thing is, however, that are untalented. There is no way this is Personally, I have got in
the clothes they wear are normal true. If they didn‟t have talent, they arguments online with Jonas haters. I
and worn by straight men. Just wouldn‟t be capable to write songs was just defending them and they
because they wear skinny jeans with meaningful lyrics and catchy gui- would call me stupid and ignorant and
doesn‟t mean anything. Males in tar solos and drum beats. They also call me a 12-year-old for liking them.
our school wear skinny jeans and wouldn‟t be able to perform live if they This is a dumb statement because I
nobody bothers them about it. Also, were untalented. know plenty of fans that are in college
dressing nicely by wearing ties and As a matter of fact, they and over 20 years old. Just because
suits casually doesn‟t make them never lip-sync unless they are required some of the band‟s followers are
gay either. to at a parade or something similar. young, doesn‟t mean all of them are.
Moreover, people con- I‟ve seen them 13 times and they Hence, I get annoyed when
stantly call them gay for owning amaze me every time. Their voices people make fun of the Jonas Brothers.
and wearing purity rings. Their sound good as new and seem to im- I try to ignore it but most of the time I
purity rings symbolize that they prove every time I see them. Their wind up saying something to defend
will stay abstinent until marriage stage presence is wonderful and they them. It doesn‟t bother me if they don‟t
and try to make virtuous decisions. undeniably know how to entertain a like their music, that‟s understandable,
Their father, Kevin Jonas Sr., was a crowd. I‟ve seen them do acoustic sets not everyone likes pop-rock. But I hate
minister in a church in New Jersey as well as concert tours, and both are when people call them gay or judge
and they were brought up as Chris- unforgettable. They are always on tour them based on their looks and morals.
tians. I don‟t understand why peo- and they need plenty of talent to have
SEASON OPENER Basketball
CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 21
Even though the coaching staff and players didn‟t
come into the season thinking of it as a year to rebuild
the team, but in the end that‟s exactly what the season
did. It gave the team the experience of loss, and the
FRIDAY, MARCH 26TH amount of heart and hard work it will take to win.
Having a season as they did will only better the team
At CHS’s Gym and strengthen their mentality for the season to come.
Only three players will be leaving and our team will
At 3pm return our five starters. The record and statistics may
show otherwise, but in reality this season was a suc-
cess and will only prepare the team, and motivate them
COME AND SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT!! to reach the top for the season to come.
The ups & downs of
Reviews Dear John
see page 37
PAGE MARCH 2009
32 The Declaration
The proof is in the slice
By: Mary Claire Lordi different types of pizzas to can even create your own. people will never get bored
choose from. You can cre- What is not to like? of this food. A person can
Oakwood Pizza is ate your own, or buy one of With all of the have a different kind of
a great place to just grab a Oakwood‟s own creations. different varieties of pizza pizza every time they go!
slice with friends. From “It‟s the best pizza I have and pasta to choose from,
their plain pizza to the buf- ever had”, said
falo chicken pizza, they freshman Con-
have all different varieties if nor Lordi.
pizza to choose from. They
It is located on have many
Oak Tree Road in Edison. It unique selec-
is in a little strip mall next tions to choose
to a Payless shoes. It looks from. There is
very simple on the outside, a chicken parm
but on the inside there is a Pizza. There is
cozy little pizzeria and res- even a cheese
taurant. The food is simply steak pizza.
spectacular. There are so
The pizza is some many choices
of the best pizza anyone to choose
will ever have. There are all from, and you
Illustration by Noel Capiral
D e f i n i t e l y n o t a z e r o i s C i r o ’s
By: Nick DiProfio They do also have a very And with a small town, you need that
large menu other than just pizzas. small town feel when you go to these
Ciro‟s Pizza is a small piz- Some of which include calzones, pizzerias which is exactly what Ciros
zeria located in Colonia on Lake Ave- salads, sandwiches, wraps, pastas, and gives you.
nue. It‟s a small building made typi- side dishes‟ such as fries and such. It‟s not huge or overpriced,
cally for eating out, but they do have Every meal is cooked to perfection or even as processed tasting as places
seating available if you wish to sit and is always priced right. such as Dominoes or Pizza Hut which
down and have your food there. It‟s never too expensive
we all know have all of those traits of
Ciro‟s has the type of pizza which is when you go there; pretty much your
different from you typical pizza standard pricing. which I have just mentioned before.
which you may find at a restaurant Your typical pie cost about So when looking for some home style
such as Domino‟s or Pizza Hut be- $10 which is like standard for the cooked pizza, one that has a soft but
cause those types of pizzas tend to majority of pizzerias. The location is crispy crust all at the same time, you
have a more processed like taste to very easy to find and easy to get to. It are looking to go to Ciros Pizza, lo-
them, of which Ciros does not. It‟s is located on Lake Avenue in Colonia cated on Lake Avenue in Colonia
more of a homemade type deal. All New Jersey, just by School 27. It is
the pizzas are made by hand, fresh just on the out skirts of Colonia, see-
every time. ing how Colonia is such a small town.
PAGE 33 MARCH 2009
D’Italias is the Place to Go
By: Karmen Caporaso sell Sicilian pizza, fat-free cheese
pizza, and whole wheat pizza. You
When you‟re in the mood can choose between all of those piz-
for a great slice of pizza, how do you zas plus adding toppings like extra
know where to go? Almost every- cheese, pepperoni, sausage, mush-
where you go there are pizza places rooms, spinach, ham, onions and
everywhere, but which one has the more!
thinnest, crispiest pizza? D‟Italias It‟s nice to go sit in and
Restaurant on St. Georges Avenue in have a personal pie with a salad on
Avenel makes traditional style pizza the side; people say they have the best
and gourmet Italian dishes. house dressing ever. A small garden
D‟Italias is a casual restau- food, such a great choice of Italian salad is only $4.95 and a large is
rant, and a really nice place to sit in foods, from pizza, pasta, salads, $7.95. If you‟re not in the mood to go
and eat or take a seat outside when wraps, subs, soups and their specialty out and eat they also deliver all day
the weathers nice. It is a very friendly foods. The bigger place gave them within 30 minutes. And if you don‟t
environment inside; all the waiters more room to bring in a lot more feel like waiting you can call ahead to
and waitresses are always having business. There were ads in the paper make reservations, so when you walk
conversations with costumers. and around town advertising their in your table will be ready.
D‟Italias Restaurant started grand opening. The only con to D‟Italias is
out as a little shop next to Home De- Their choices of pizza are that it‟s usually always a long wait
pot in Avenel and when business got amazing, and loved by everyone. and in the winter you can‟t eat outside
started, there was not one minute of Anytime we are ordering a pie, we
so the wait gets even longer around
the day when people weren‟t in and automatically know it‟s going to be
out either picking up food or eating from D‟italias. They sell personal dinner and lunch time. But it is defi-
in. The wait for food was getting pizzas, medium pizza, and large antly worth the wait, to eat it in, pick
longer and longer, and the place just pizza. The prices range from $6.50- up food or get it delivered. So come
wasn‟t big enough for all the cos- $17.95 plus additional toppings for an on in and try a great piece of brick
tumers they were bringing in. extra $1-$1.95. Not only do they have oven pizza, yum!
Right when the place thin cheese pizza with crispy crust,
opened people went crazy about their and it‟s not too greasy, but they also
Strawberry’s makes top notch thin crust
By: Daniel Passarelli
Strawberry`s pizza is an intriguing and a
very interesting place to go and eat. With its many
HD TVs it is an ideal place to go and watch the
game. It also has a very different atmosphere.
With sports memorabilia all along the walls and
eating in one big room it is an enjoyable place to
be. If you are okay with eating with other people
near you then you would enjoy the experience of
eating at Strawberry`s.
Strawberry`s which is most famous for
its pizza also has many other types of food. The
best of being the buffalo wing appetizer and the
nacho appetizer. They are not the best around
though. They are actually average at best; this is a
lot like the rest of their food. Their pizza is good if you like “If you like thin crust pizza, its really good,” com-
thin crust; I personally do not, so I don‟t think their pizza is all mented Mrs. Sandra Sobel or the CHS English Department.
that great. But as far as thin crust pizza goes it may be the best “They are really friendly there and value repeat
around. customers,” added Mrs. Cynthia DiChiara, Yearbook
Movie rating scale on emotional impact:
= Tear Jerker
= Eye Dabber
Artwork created by Noel Capiral
A Walk to Remember
The story starts with an
elderly man who is telling a story to A stuck up cocky high school
an elderly woman in a nursing senior Landon Carter (Shane West) gets
home. He tells the story of a boy himself stuck into the wrong crowd. Just
and a girl, Noah and Allie, who one night changed his life completely,
meet at a carnival. Noah is persis- leaving a fellow classmate paralyzed.
tent and goes to the highest extents Forced to do community service he seeks
to go on a date with her. Noah and out help from Jamie Sullivan (Mandy
Allie‟s friends bring them together Moore), a quiet responsible girl which
and Allie finally agrees to go on a basically is the complete opposite of
date with him. They spend the sum- Landon. Both of them run into some strug-
mer together. Throughout their time gles. Jamie deals with her strict bishop
together, Noah and Allie fall in father (Peter Coyote) while Landon tries to
love. The only problem is that cope with the popularity drop because of
Allie‟s parents do not approve of him falling in love with Jamie…
Noah. Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.
Noah slowly begins to under-
stand that Allie‟s parents are right; she Director: Adam Shankman
should not be spending the rest of her life
with someone who is of lower standards Cast: Mandy Moore, Shane
than her. Allie‟s mother decides to leave West, Peter Coyote, Daryl Han-
the town right away. Noah and Allie try to nah, Lauren German
keep in touch after this, but they go their
separate ways. Allie gets engaged to a
wealthy man, Lon Hammond Jr. Noah tries
to sell his plantation and Allie finds out
about this through the newspaper. She
eventually finds Noah who tries to per-
suade her to return to his life. Will Allie
return to her true love or follow her par-
ents‟ wishes and marry her fiancée?
Runtime: 2 hr 3 minutes
PAGE 34 MARCH 2009
P.S. I Love You
P.S. I Love You is a comical
yet tragic movie. A young widow
Holly Kennedy (Hilary Shank) loses
her Irish husband Gerry (Gerard
Butler) from an expected brain tu-
mor that left Holly unable to re-
spond to the world without some-
thing constantly reminding her
about Gerry. Throughout the
movie Gerry sends Holly a series
of letters and gifts to help her
move on from morning his
death. On her 30th Birthday he
started sending these messages
to her telling her to start get-
ting out the house and go
have fun on her birthday with her
friends. Throughout the year he helps
her have new adventures… Time Traveler’s Wife
Runtime: 2 hr. 6 min. This is an enchanting film
that will keep you on your feet waiting
Definitely, Maybe Director: Richard LaGravense what is to come, even though you al-
ready know. A Chicago librarian
Henry (Eric Bana) suffers from a rare
A politition Will (Ryan
genetic disorder that sends him from
Reynolds) that is the middle of an
one place to another place in time.
upsetting divorce tries to avoid talk-
Falling in love with a woman Clare
ing about his past relationships with
(Rachel McAdams) that he knew all
his ten year old daughter Maya
his life, knowing how things turn out
(Abigail Breslin). She constantly
all the way to the very end. Throughout
questions him about how he and her
the movie you expect the unexpected
mother met and his life before the
in this dramatic fantasy film…
marriage and continues until she gets
the answers that she was looking for.
He falls in love with three Runtime: 1hr. 47 min.
totally different women.
Emily (Elizabeth Banks) , Director: Robert Schwentke
April (Isla Fisher) , and Sum-
mer (Rachel Weisz). While
trying to keep his love inter-
ests from his daughter and
her figuring out what will
happen she changes their
“identities” to make more of
a puzzle for his curious
Runtime: 1 hr. 45 min.
Movies were reviewed by: Deanna San-
chez & Ambica Trehan
PAGE 36 MARCH 2009
Haunting murder of Salmon draws viewers up stream
Rated: PG-13 about the book first. A fan, been better, the
Kayla says “I enjoyed the movie seemed to
By: Mahasen Rais book more because it had have some missing
more details, imagery, and parts as some put it.
Have you read symbolism.” The book was “They were missing
The Lovely Bones? Or deep and inspiring, a tragic some scenes from
have you seen it? Either murder story. “My favorite the book, but overall
way, you have experi- character in the book was it was a good movie.
enced the masterpiece of Jack Salmon, the father. It I liked it,” says
Alice Sebold. The movie made me think of my own Kayla Zimmerman.
was directed by Peter father and my family. My The whole
Jackson. He did an amaz- least favorite character was movie is set in the
ing job bringing the movie Mr. George Harvey, the early 70s in subur-
to life. The clothes, the neighbor, because he kind ban Pennsylvania.
characters were perfectly of scared me,” proclaims Susie Salmon is a
portrayed. Sebold made Kayla Zimmerman. The normal fourteen
the setting so descriptive book came out in August year old girl who
that it made you feel like 2002, can be bought at Bar- wants to grow up
you were in the book. It nes & Noble and other book and become a pho-
made you think as if you stores now. tographer. She lives
were a character in the The Lovely Bones with her mother,
novel. came out in theaters on Abigail Salmon, her
This book and December 11th and has father Jack Salmon, her but not even her killer knew
movie became controver- since grossed $43,364,519. younger sister, Lindsey that her father would do
sial when asking people The 2009 movie was a heart Salmon, and her younger anything possible to catch
which they liked more. warmer. It was passionate brother, Buckley Salmon. her murderer. While her
Others didn‟t like either. I and inspiring. There isn‟t Susie is a normal teenage father is on the chase, Susie
am one of those people any other way to put it. girl that goes to high school is trying to help her father
who can‟t say that didn‟t Saoirse Ronan did a great and never wants anything catch the murderer. She is
like the book because I job portraying Susie more than to have fun with stuck in the between land,
didn‟t read it. But I would Salmon, it felt like the exact her family and to eventually unable to cross over until
very much like to. On the character. But not just become a photographer. But her murderer is found and
other hand, others who did Ronan, but everyone did a all of that is changed when she discovers about his past.
read and watch The Lovely great job with the characters Susie is murdered by a mys- It‟s a case you just don‟t
Bones liked both. they were playing. Al- terious man. No one but want to miss.
Let‟s talk a little though the movie could‟ve Susie knows who killed her,
See angels from a whole new perspective
By: Imani Wheeler In an out of the way diner in the middle of the des-
sert ,where a group of strangers of many differences join alli-
The new movie release of Legion, a horror/ sus- ances to battle together in order to save humanity protecting
pense/ supernatural movie earned $38,206,460 in the box the unborn child of a single mother waitress, Charlie(Adrianne
office directed by Scott Charles Stewart. Worldwide, Le- Palicki). God sends down his general Arch angel, Michael
gion has earned $49,027,429; the domestic total as of Feb- (Paul Bettany), to kill the unborn child but when he reaches
ruary 21, 2010 is $39,226,000. This supernatural movie has earth he turns against God almighty himself with his own will
been rated 31 out of 69 on the „Rotten tomato and belief to change destiny. Michael tries to prove that there
list‟ (Rottentomatos.com. Legion came in number 14 out is still good in the depth of human society for the baby to start
of 50 on the weekend of February 14, 2010. Production a better future for humanity itself. His new mission is to make
budget: $26 million. sure the baby lives risking his own life in return.
Everyone knows Angels are supposed to be good Starring Lucus Black from Fast and the Furious:
protecting mankind from the demons of evil but when God Tokyo Drift (2006), Tyrese Gibson from Baby Boy of 2001
lost all faith in mankind he send his “Legion” of Archan- and the Transformers trilogy (2007- 2011), Charles s. Dutton,
gels‟ to exterminate all that was created- The Apocalypse. Jon Tenney, Kevin Durrand, Gossip Girl Willa Howlland,
See [Angel Perspective] on Page 39
Tatum wins the hearts of many letter writing teens
By: Kayla Zimmerman letters to each other. One letter Savan-
Thum nah wrote to John says, “Dear John,
bs Nicholas Two weeks together that was all it took
Up Sparks‟s for me to fall in love with you.”
heartwarming The movie gives a descrip-
novel, Dear John, tion of how they overcome their strug-
is now a major motion gles as a couple, and the true meaning
picture. If you enjoyed of love. In my opinion, the ending
the movie, The Notebook, you will could have been more straight out,
fall in love with Dear John. The movie considering they didn‟t come out and
was released on February fifth, and it tell you the true outcome. It caused you
was a hit, breaking first in the box to infer as to what might happen. The
office knocking down Avatar. The motion picture sudden and surprising
director, Lasse Hallstrom created a ending leaves you guessing.
setting exactly how you would picture Dear John involved many
a love story. The movie reminded me life lessons, and related in many ways
of The Notebook, and brought out some to the book. I loved t he way the book
of the same themes. was translated onto screen into movie.
Dear John is a romantic I feel if you want to understand the
drama that takes place in the summer at movie, you should read the book. The
the beach in North Carolina. A college book had used many meaningful
PG-13. Although Dear John is very
student named Savannah, played by quotes. This was displayed in the
different then the book, I loved the
Amanda Seyfried, falls in love with movie as long were some of the les-
movie. Being a fan of The Notebook and
army soldier John Tyree, played by sons. If you enjoy love stories, Dear
Nicholas Sparks movies, Dear John has
Channing Tatum. After falling in love John one you will never forget.
exceeded my expectations. Almost eve-
within 2 weeks, John must go back to The movie raised over
ryone in the movie theater was crying.
war while Savannah goes back to col- $56,077,760 in the box office. The
The movie touched your emotions.
lege. To keep in touch they write love movie is 105 minutes long, and is rated
Dear John becomes a waste of postage
Thumbs By: Samantha Meyers John was younger he and his father had a connection by lik-
down ing coins. They would collect and talk about them for hours.
From the writer of The Note- When John got older he told his father he doesn‟t like coins
book Nicholas Sparks, Dear John is a anymore and hasn‟t had a full conversation with him since.
roman- tic drama of a soldier who fell in love with a Once John went away to war, that‟s what the entire
friendly student while on his break. movie then focused on. John and Savannah wrote letters back
I thought this movie was going to be great consider- and forth, but only about two were read aloud. I would have
ing I heard everyone who read the novel, loved it. The Note- liked to hear what they were writing about to each other.
book is one of my favorite love movies. I was excited to After John decided to go back to war for another 12
know Nicholas Sparks was making another one of his books a months, he stops receiving letters from Savannah and begins
movie. to worry. The movie didn‟t show us what Savannah was do-
While soldier John Tyree, played by Channing ing while at home which didn‟t surprise me when she sent
Tatum was home on break, he met a friendly college student him a letter saying she‟s engaged. She doesn‟t say who and
Savannah Curtis, played by Amanda Seyfried at the beach. gives no other information but ends the letter with good-bye.
Savannah is on spring break helping build a House for Hu- When John comes back, Savannah invites him to
manity which John then helps builds. Savannah brought him her house to see who she married and how her life is. Savan-
to a party of hers and John fell in love instantly. Personally, I nah married Tim who John met at Savannah‟s party. Tim was
believe two weeks is not enough time to fall in love. I don‟t a family friend who Savannah knew for a long time. His son
think you understand the true meaning of love that fast. Alan was autistic and Savannah was the only person he
Before both their two weeks were up, John brought would talk to.
Savannah over for dinner. John‟s father, Mr. Tyree played by After the horrible situation with John‟s father, John
Richard Jenkins and Savannah finally meet. Mr. Tyree was decides to sell his father‟s huge coin collection. I was asking
the only person in the movie I liked. I thought he was the myself why but it was simply because he wanted to donate to
cutest person. Every Sunday night he would make lasagna, Tim because Tim had cancer. I guess that‟s sweet but I know
which I thought was adorable. his father wouldn‟t want that. At the end, John and Savannah
What I hated was that John and his father wouldn‟t ended it on a good note by hugging each other.
talk to each other and he was heartless towards him. When
PAGE 38 MARCH 2009
Coburn’s novel leaves readers “Love Sick”
By: Samantha Earley book was about 300 pages long.
In the book, most of the con-
It started because of drinking; versations took place in emails and if
but that never stopped Ted from crash- it‟s hard to read them then take your
ing his truck while being intoxicated. time while reading because they play a
Ted was on his way to getting a full big part in the book. The reader had to
basketball scholarship to college. But, re-read the emails twice just so they
after his accident, he banged up his knee could make sense.
and now he can no longer play basket- It really wasn‟t that confusing.
ball. His free ride to college was over as But, if I had to change something about
he knew it. the book, I think that it would be the
On the other side of the Big way that they describe what Erica and
Apple, Erica doesn‟t like to eat; making Ted‟s problem were. Author Jake
her binge. Binging is when a person Coburn gave a fascinating description
eats food and then throws it up minutes about Ted‟s accident and Ted‟s alcohol
later. She wanted to go college, to be addiction. But, then Coburn just leads
free; but her father doesn‟t think that she for her. you to believe that he‟s just a home
can make it on her own. The reader strongly believes body and doesn‟t have a life without
The story “Love Sick” by Jake that this could have been a very good basketball.
Coburn tells how Ted and Erica are movie because it seems like it could With Erica‟s situation, they
faced with very difficult challenges be a true story. Students younger than only describe how she throws up food
about their new lives about a recovering fourteen should not read this book every time she eats; and they never
alcoholic and a girl who hates food. because there is a lot of foul lan- really give you a reason as to why she
Throughout the book, the guage, basically on every page. even got started with binging. That is
author describes how both Ted and Er- This was a very exciting the real mystery,
ica get into the same school (Ted, actu- book and the reader said that they There were a lot of good
ally gets bribed by Erica‟s father to go didn‟t want to put the book down. points about the story. They give you
and keep an eye on her. Erica also had Though it got boring sometimes, it suspense about why Ted is even getting
no idea about the whole set up, and later never truly lost me interest. When the paid to spy on Erica. Ted and Erica‟s
finds out that she was starting to fall in reader got to a certain point they relationship can work itself out if they
love with the person who was sent to be couldn‟t put the book down and fin- put the past in the past and realize it
her spy. But that wasn‟t good enough ished the book in three days; and the wasn‟t any of their faults.
In the night from the pages, a butterfly emerges
By: Richard Paola begins to transform into his female self, Luna, at
“Luna” is a fictional novel by Julie night with the help of his younger sister. Initially,
Anne Peters about a person discovering who he Luna only came out at night because that‟s when
really is and the consequences he faces with the crazy people came out and it was those peo-
transforming into Luna. ple who would easily accept who she really was
Liam is a young high school student and not judge her. When Luna came out at night
trying to figure out who he really is and what she felt she could do anything and be anyone.
makes him happy but he has people standing in When Liam was out he felt caged in and that‟s
the way of that. Throughout Liam‟s life his not who he really wanted to be.
father always pushed him to play sports and to Through out the book, Liam becomes
get involved but that‟s not the direction he was more and more unhappy because he cannot be
going to take when he got older. Liam‟s mother Luna all of the time. Either Liam ends his life all
and father always new he was different since he together or lets Luna emerge for all to see. The
was a little boy and they could never accept it choice is not easy.
because they where in denial that their only son This is the type of book teens should read if they
hated being a boy. are struggling with identity. Julie Anne Peters daintily shows
When Liam was a little boy he would gravitate the reader the turmoil and pain some transsexuals and their
towards more of girl things then guy things. As Liam got
families go through in this easy to read novel. Due to the
older he realized he wasn‟t comfortable in his own skin and
was tired of doing what made everyone else happy. Liam sensitivity of the topic, this book will be appreciated by a
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tempted to plagiarize them. They may take CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 37
the easy way out and believe that they will
not get caught. These people should hear Kate Walsh from
what the company has to say: “We‟re here to TV sitcom Grey’s Anatomy
help you learn, not to help you cheat.” (2005- 2010), Dennis Quaid
There are other ways to reinforce from G.I. Joe: The Rise of
what is earned in the classroom. “Taking the Cobra (2009) and The
Alamo (2004) and also The
thorough notes in class is one way students
Day After Tomorrow (2004).
can review material at home. In addition to Paul Bettany was
note taking, students should pay attention in nominated in the year 2000
class and ask the teacher for clarification on for British Independent film
material they may find confusing or unclear,” award: Best actor for Gang-
explained DeMarino. She also feels that ster NO.1. In 2004, Bettany
students should take advantage of the won Evening Standard Brit-
ish film award for Best Actor
school‟s tutoring sessions. Clearly,
for The Heart of Me (2002)
Sparknotes is not the only option. and also for Master and
Overall, although Sparknotes can Commander: the Far Side of
be extremely helpful and useful, they can the World (2003). Bettany
also be harmful and inadequate. Teenagers won Hollywood film award
need to be careful the next time they read a Ensemble Acting of the year
in 2008 and the ALFS
book that they do not understand. They
(London Critics Film
should read what they can first, and then, and Awards) for best supporting
only then, reach out to Sparknotes for help. actor of the year for A
Knights Tale in 2001.
Netbooks Coffee House Night
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students to use. So what would most April 15th from 7-9
people rather use; netbooks or traditional text-
books? “A combination of both, textbooks are at the Community Center
traditional and some kids aren‟t used to the
technology.” Both teachers agreed on that.
If the students enjoy using the net-
books, it‟s all that matters; right? Well accord-
ing to a teacher, “Yes, the students enjoy using
netbooks, they change things up.” It‟s always
good to be a little different then how it always
Fusion CONTINUATION FROM PAGE 16
was using textbooks. It also aids students in because this night is an entertaining event where people will get to interact
these classes with taking notes and writing with new people and learn to have a valuable time with one another. Some-
essays. thing new that came across this night is that, “This year the senior dance will
There is usually a good and bad side be on fusion night also,” as Neha Patel proclaims.
to using new technology. Is there any prob- “I would love to come to the party because I want to see what the
lems? Glitches? Freezing of screen? “No none big fuss is all about,” Mary Ukah affirms. Though Fusion is a club that some
at all.” But the other teacher might just have to students like Mary Ukah, aren‟t familiar with, the club still tries to exceed
disagree “The netbooks are slower than I the amount of members in it. Fusion night is going to be a blast this year but
would like and they tend to freeze when more some students are hoping that there is an open dance floor. The reason be-
than one program is running.” hind the bane of the open dance floor is because of the difficulty of it last
Good or bad, CHS improving tech- year. Yet students still want to participate this year; this year will fusion will
nology in the building is a step in the right be better than before and entertaining for everyone.