Volume 47, Issue 1
By: Marian Asuncion Big Sister / Little Sister Picnic
On September 2, 2010, the Class
of 2014 stepped onto the grounds of
Mother Seton. Upon entering, they
were greeted with a smile, given a
name-tag, and reunited with their
“big sisters.” It was the day of the
‘Welcome Freshmen Picnic.’
The day was filled with forming
new friendships, creating new
memories, laughing, eating, and
playing games, and tossing water
balloons. The incoming freshmen
were treated to a day of fun as they
met their classmates through ice-
breaker games and bracelet-making.
“I really enjoyed it. I got to meet
new people and make new friends,”
said incoming freshman Angelica
Avanzado. The picnic served as an
opportunity for the incoming fresh-
man to get to know their peers while
having a good time. “The picnic was
a lot of fun,” said incoming freshman
Mary Grace Morales: “I enjoyed
meeting my classmates, and also
faculty and upper-class girls.” “It
was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed it!”
agreed freshman, Anna Onday.
Overall, it was a good time for
everyone involved. A big thank you
goes out to everyone who took part
in the picnic planning, but a special
thanks goes out to Mrs. Connell, the Also, congratulations to those elected to freshman class office:
peer ministers, and the new Big
Sisters. The Welcome Freshman President: Arienne Saldanha
Picnic was as much fun as ever and Vice President: Lena Buccigrossi
got the new freshmen involved in
some of MSR’s famous Seton Spirit! Secretary: Marialaina Nissenbaum
Treasurer: Elizabeth Valenti
Publicity Chairperson: Christelle Chua
By: Lauren Mateo eating in the cafeteria. Junior execu-
tive board member, Dannah
What started with a batch of Laguitan, made the dance extra
cupcakes ended in a night of sweet by baking some delicious cup-
dancing! On September 17, 2010, cakes which were sold during the
the Student Council hosted the dance. The tasty red velvet cupcakes
Mother Seton Back-to-School Dance. sprinkled sugar over the entire night.
Boys in attendance were from St. The MSR students made new
Joe’s, Oratory Prep, Seton Hall, and friends, displayed their skills on the
many other high schools. dance floor, and shared laughter
Boys and girls could be seen throughout the course of the night
dancing in the gym or talking and that kicked off the year!
By: Kristie Killen Setonaire Staff
Pink cupcakes, pink ribbons, Editors
pink bracelets, pink baskets, and
pink posters. October is the month
to support breast cancer awareness.
Mother Seton, as always, did a great Photography Editors
job of getting involved! Anabela Santos
On Friday, October 17, 2010, Danielle Pfleghaar
Mother Seton kicked off its Breast
Cancer Awareness week. This began
to the lunchtime offerings. The fes-
with Denim Day, on which students
tivities did not end there; baskets of Jouviane Alexandre
wear denim to school. On Monday,
pink were raffled off, too. The win- Marian Asuncion
the students started Spirit Week by
ners of these fantastic baskets were Marissa Castro
wearing pink, which filled the halls
Breana Liebowitz McDaniel, Carolina Kristie Killen
with multiple shades of warmth.
Batista, and Mrs. Sullivan. Overall, Lauren Mateo
On Wednesday, students were
the week was a great success. Sheryl Mathew
given the opportunity to purchase Lauren Santos
A very special thanks goes out to
delicious frosted cupcakes during Elizabeth Solan
Mrs. Hanson, Miss Barkan, and
their lunch mods. On Friday, pret- Diajonnea Tharrington
everyone who contributed to making
zels shaped like ribbons were added
this week possible.
MSR Takes the ‘Crowne’ Dr. Motto
By: Sheryl Mathew Mrs. Turowski
their high school years by getting
On September 1, 2010, involved. The video was followed by a
several Mother Seton girls reunited “break-out session” conducted by
with several of their friends after a Mrs. Connell. Then, Coach Randy Contributors
great summer. All the girls in atten- Nathan, who has come to speak at
dance were especially selected to be the leadership training in the past, Miss Barron
ambassadors: stellar examples of our came to enlighten us on the art of
school who would assist at several “The
school activities and events. Elevator Speech.”
Every year, both returning Lunch time! Crowne Plaza
ambassadors and newly selected provided us with a generous and
ones attend a leadership training delicious lunch and dessert—we
session before school starts. This were all full and re-energized in time
year, the Crowne Plaza hosted the for another video by Mark Scharen-
training event. At 8:50 AM, the girls broich and a “break-out” session led
all walked across the street (it was by Miss Barron. Finally, we returned
extremely hot out) to the Crowne to school for dismissal after a day of
Plaza, where all assembled in an air- acquiring new knowledge on how to
conditioned hall. be the best we can be at representing
Mother Seton Regional High School!
The presentation began with
a hilarious but advisory video by Thanks especially to Mrs.
the renowned speaker Mark Connell and Miss Barron for
Scharenbroich in which he advised arranging this fun-filled and infor-
ambassadors to make the best of mative day!
Haunted Hayride After the hayride, the girls
slowly made their way through a
the corn maze or the haunted house,
or rode the hayride. At the end of
haunted corn maze and a haunted the night, many girls had lost their
By: Lauren Santos house. Their suspense increased as voices from screaming in fright—but
they rode into the darkness. Then, no one regretted going on the trip.
The Bates Motel, infamous they ventured into the corn maze
for suspense and horror in the film Our thanks go out to the
and a graveyard filled with zombies.
Psycho, was this year’s haunted hay- faculty who organized the trip, Mr.
ride destination. The Mother Seton Amazing sound effects, Downey, Mr. Moran, and Mr. Uriarte.
girls experienced an evening of thrills special effects, and actors created All in all, it was a huge success!
at the Bates Motel at Arasapha Farm terrifying realistic scenes that
in Pennsylvania. horrified those who walked through
By: Sheryl Mathew
On Friday, October 29, their colorful, creative cos-
all of Mother Seton cele- tumes: Snow White and the
brated Halloween in the Seven Dwarves, Alice in
gym. Wonderland, the Wendy’s
Once everyone had girl, Oopma Loompas,
gathered in the gym, the Ronald McDonald, Avatar,
seniors, who were all Smurfs, and senior citizens The girls of MSR spent
dressed up in costumes, were just some of the char- the rest of the afternoon
made their entrance and acters assumed by the sen- talking, eating, and danc-
paraded around the cafete- iors. ing in the gym.
ria and gymnasium.
They soon found out how wrong The quivers and shrieks of
By: Sandeep Sandhu
they were. terror proved that the night was a
Walking through MSR on memorable success. The senior
This year’s Haunted
October 31st proved to be a horri- class would like to thank Mr.
Hallways featured an organ player
fying task! The halls were trans- Downey, Mr. Moran, and Mr.
with dismembered legs, a dropped
formed into an eerie, abandoned Uriarte for coordinating this event
ceiling room, an asylum, a jazzy
building where a young girl lurked, and Sister Regina, Miss Barron,
detective mystery, and a lifelike
looking for vengeance: her friends and Sister. Jacquelyn for their
cardboard cut-out of Edward that
had mocked her for believing sponsorship. It was a Halloween
turned into a human being, along
Twilight’s Edward Cullen was real. that won’t soon be forgotten.
with other rooms and spectacles.
We’ve Got Spirit! Yes, We Do.
Class Themes & Results
Spirit Week 2010 Theme: Classic Children’s Story Books
Seniors: The Magic School Bus
Juniors: The Cat In The Hat
Freshmen: The Little Engine That Could
32 points - Seniors 32 points - Sophomores
A Tie for First Place!
22 points - Juniors
21 points - Freshman
Revenue from Play Journal Ads throughout Spirit Week
Logo, Trivia, Pink, & Color Day
Seniors & Sophomores
We’ve Got Spirit, How ’Bout You?!
Skits & Posters
The juniors won the skit competition with Hat The sophomores took first for their art in
their rhymed skit based on Dr. Seuss’ Cat In The the poster competition based on Madeline.
The senior class was
victorious in this battle-
was spent on
all the classes
Mother Seton Athletes
By: Liz Solan & Brianna Velez
NJSIAA Non-Public State Tourna- exceedingly happy that he was voted
ment. The team made it all the way Coach of the Year!
The Mother Seton volleyball to the GMC semi-finals, and proved Congratulations to Lauren
teams had an extraordinary season themselves by taking IHA to two very Mateo, Laura Fernandez, Katie Doo-
this year! The varsity team, led by close games. ley, and Noelle Maertz on making the
captains Lauren Mateo and Laura Varsity also received a distin- First Team All White Division. The
Fernandez, advanced farther than guished honor, the Sportsmanship varsity team ended their season with
any other team in our school’s Award. To play volleyball at such a a record of 24-4.
history! The varsity Setters took first high level and win a good sports- The JV volleyball team led by Mr.
place in their division, second place manship is a special honour. Downey also had a great season,
in the Heal the Children Tourna- Mr. Moran once again received chalking up a record of 15-3. Con-
ment, were seeded second in the the Coach of the Year Award. He is gratulations to all the players and
GMC County Conference Tourna- not only a skillful coach, but also an coaches!
ment, and took fourth in the excellent mentor, and his team was
By: Lauren Santos
This year, MSR’s soccer playing soccer games two days in a about this season’s results, Coach
team has done a great job in a new row. The team finished with a record Diaz said, “I’m proud of how hard
division. After last year’s great divi- of 7-12. the girls have worked!”
sion-winning performance, the Big Coach Diaz and assistant The girls suffered some
Dogs were moved up into the Blue coach Tom Coohill have worked hard losses but they also had some spirit-
division. The girls have played with the girls, using new, different, lifting wins; their dedication and love
against teams from schools such as and tough drills to prepare team for the sport were evident through it
Perth Amboy High School, JFK members for their games, to improve all. Led by Captains Jasmine Sangu
Memorial High School, and Bishop their performance and to help them and Kelly O’Boyle, the soccer team-
G. Ahr High School. They’ve done a challenge each other to do better. has proved itself in a new division.
great job in playing against these When asked about how he feels Congratulations to all!!
new fierce competitors, sometimes
Have a Banner Year!
By: Marissa Castro No matter how many girls whipped into shape in no time.
run the 5k race, only the top five on
Each team member
MSR’s dedicated Cross the team are counted, so numbers
performed with everything she had.
Country team started to train during are important. This year, the MSR
Personal bests were made and
the summer, before school was on team consisted of only nine girls: five
improved as the girls strove to break
anyone’s mind, and continued to juniors, three sophomores, and one
their own best times over and over.
train until the end of October. freshman. Although small, this team
The team finished strong, winning
won every meet it faced.
This hard work certainly every one of its meets in the division.
paid off! The 2010 cross country The most surprising part of
The standard has now been
team became the first MSR cross the story was that most of the team
set, and all are eager for the next
country team to win its division, to was new to running. With Coach
season to start. The new banner will
go undefeated, and to earn a school Larson’s enthusiasm and excellent
hang proudly in the gym.
banner for the season! training, however, each runner was
Tennis during the practices, with both fun ended with a 10-6 record. Congrat-
By: Patricia Onday and fundamentals. The team was gulations!
also grateful for the refurbished
In tennis news, the team courts that looked brand new. Sen- The Setters put a great deal
welcomed back Coach Pollard! With ior Captains Elisabeth Ongtiong and of effort into the season, and ended
his guidance and new techniques, Marissa Candiloro were full of opti- with a record of 11-7. The team en-
the players were able to adjust mism and liveliness as they encour- joyed this year, and look forward to
successfully. They performed well aged the team to never give up. They the next tennis season!
Following the Yellow Brick Road
By: Anabela Santos
Following the yellow brick sas and accompanied her in pursuit The story that warmed the
road, traveling from near and far, of asking the wonderful Wizard of hearts of millions over the years was
many came to see the Wizard on the Oz, Paul Rosato, for courage, a outstandingly performed by MSR’s
stage of MSR. The curtains opened heart, and a brain. Senior Soley talented cast. Several weeks of hard
up on Friday, November 19th, and Esteves was the Cowardly but work and commitment were put into
the cast and crew of this year’s mu- Friendly Lion, senior Lauren Mateo this year’s production. The perform-
sical were proud to present The Wiz- was the Tin Man, and senior Sarah ances would not have been complete
ard of Oz, an original classic by L. Derderian was the Scarecrow. without help from Mr. Uriarte, who
Frank Baum. moderated hair and make-up, Mrs.
Connell and her sound team, along
A big thank you is extended with assistance from Mr. Minch, and
Dorothy, none other than to all those who participated in and Sister Michelle and her props
sophomore Hannah Clark, wanted helped make this production of The committee. In addition to the com-
only to find her way back to Kansas, Wizard of Oz possible, especially to mittees who worked on lighting and
and just when she thought that Toto Mrs. Margaret Hak, who directed the special effects, thank you to everyone
(“Briscoe” Blechar and “Bela” Fiol) school play, and Mrs. Lucille Obie who helped out in any way, includ-
would be her only companion, she who provided the music. Chore- ing those who helped donate to the
encountered several others along the ography was done by Mrs. Megan play journal and bought tickets!
way who were willing to help her. Ferentinos. Mrs. Henderson, Mrs.
The Munchkins, in their colorful and Margaret Ripka and their committee
cheerful dress, gave Dorothy a warm of costume designers helped dress The cast received wonderful
welcome to Munchkinland, and the characters, human and animal! responses to their four terrific
Glinda, the good witch, sophomore Mrs. Janet Murphy designed the sets shows, which included the elemen-
Katherine Newton, gave Dorothy the and Mr. Jack Duffy helped put them tary school matinee on Wednesday,
ruby slippers to help her along the together with assistance from others. November 17. All shows were a suc-
journey. Her biggest challenge was Thank you to our stage manager, cess! Every single cast member,
to steer clear of the Wicked Witch of Miss Megan Ripka, and to Mr. Moran Munchkin Winkie, Monkey, Ozian,
the West, senior Takisha Pierre, who who played the introduction to the Crow, and dancer is commended for
wanted to steal the slippers and stop show during every performance. his and her work! In the end,
her from returning home! Eventually Thank you also to Sister Mary Anne Dorothy again discovered that it is
a few other friends joined to help the who moderated each rehearsal and possible for dreams to come true if
young girl find her way back to Kan- to Sister Theo who coordinated the you just follow the yellow brick road.
entire play. Congratulations to everyone involved
for this wonderful production!
At the Sunday matinee, MSR welcomed back two
former stars. Kassie Lagua, now a music teacher,
played Dorothy in MSR’s 2004 production of The
Wizard of Oz; in the same production, Christine
Danelson played the Lion. Christine recently starred as
Tracey in the Paper Mill Playhouse’s Hairspray.
By: Diajonnea Tharrington A tour guide led the class of tombs and the history of pharaohs
through many ancient artifacts. The who reigned before King Tut.
On Thursday, October 8th, the class also had the opportunity to The trip was a great learning
ninth grade class went to New York view a replica of King Tut’s experience that also gave the girls a
City to the Discovery Times Square sarcophagus. chance to meet and socialize with
Exposition. The museum uncovered After the tour, the students saw other members of the class. Thanks
the mystery surrounding King a short film explaining the creation go to the social studies faculty for
Tutankhamen's death. arranging this trip.
Becoming The Citizen families who came to the United the way home, and the city’s skyline
States in the early 1900s. After this, faded in the distance. Many, many
By: Jouviane Alexandre
the girls headed to Katz’s Deli, where thanks go to the social studies de-
they were met with amazing sand- partment, which arranged and ac-
Takisha Pierre took a bite
wiches, hilarious waiters, and fries companied the trip.
out of her enormous corned beef
that rivaled MSR’s own.
sandwich on rye while Lauren Mateo
waited for the arrival of the world Lunch was
famous New York cheesecake: This followed by a ferry ride to Ellis
was one version of the lunch enjoyed Island. On the way, students
by the senior class during the tradi- snapped close-ups of Lady Lib-
tional fall trip. erty holding her torch. Ellis Is-
land was full of information
When the class first arrived
about how the immigrants came
in New York City, they visited the
into the U.S. not even 100 years
Tenement Museum where they
ago. A crisp breeze blew while
delved into the lives of the immigrant
the sun set behind the ferry on
Poetry in The City it was held in the past. From October
By: Mrs. Turowski the Victoria Theater, and many other
7th to the 10th, more than one hun- nearby buildings.
“The Dodge Poetry Festival was dred poets from around the globe Megan Valdes said, “The festival
like a fruit basket filled with the col- gathered to celebrate each other’s was an amazing opportunity to ex-
ors of cultures and feelings and the view of the world in poetic form. perience the countless forms poetry
juicy meaning behind delicious Along with Ms. Larson and Mrs. can take.” Marissa Candiloro praised
poems,” commented poetically Turowski, twelve MSR student poets the festival as being “very informa-
spoken Virginia Keating. attended the festival on October 8th. tive.” Amanda Panicali said, “I’m so
This year’s Geraldine R. Dodge Outstanding weather enabled happy I could take part in the trip; it
Poetry Festival was held in Newark, a teachers and students to wander is certainly an experience I won’t
rather different environment from through and appreciate the different soon forget.”
the pristine Waterloo Village, where facilities that offered poetry readings The day ended too soon for all
by the respected poets. Those facili- the MSR girls, yet their experiences
ties included the New Jersey Pruden- were just a beginning to their poetic
tial Center, the Robert Treat Hotel, fame.
History Alive play, a domestic drama about a dys-
By: Sheryl Mathew & Sandeep functional family—King Henry II, his
On October 27th, the MSR jun-
Sandhu wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their
iors and seniors enjoyed The Lion In
“boys”—was funny, dramatic, and
“I know. You know I know. I Winter at Drew University’s Shake-
sad all in one. After the show, the
know you know I know. We know speare Theater. With its witty dia-
cast emerged for a Q&A.
Henry knows, and Henry knows we logue and refreshingly direct speech,
Thanks to the English Depart-
know. . . We’re a knowledgeable LIW was enjoyed by everyone. The
ment for this wonderful event!
MSR Takes Over The Jersey Shore
By: Elizabeth Solan dolphins swimming along the shore. who accompanied them on the trip
Each day, two girls from each and made it possible, especially
An early morning sunrise, many class level gave talks. They spoke Sister Jacquelyn, who organized the
happy tears, and butterflies were about their experiences and relation- trip and was tireless in her efforts to
just some of the memories from the ships and shared life stories with the make the trip enjoyable, and Mr.
2010 Junior/Senior Retreat. The rest of the girls. In addition, all the Uriarte, who led the sessions. In
Sisters of Charity compound, Maris students attending the retreat were addition, Sister Regina, Miss
Stella on Long Beach Island, was the asked to take time on their own to Buontempo, Sister Michelle, Sister
location for the weekend of reflect peacefully. During this time, Mary Anne, Dr. Motto, and Mrs.
reflection. The goal of the retreat was each girl was given a piece of paper Hanson were all there for us.
for each girl to strengthen her bonds to write a letter to herself. The weekend was a time for
with herself, God, and others. Everyone walked away with new reflecting, but it was also a valuable
On Saturday morning, the girls memories—memories that will last a time for bonding with friends new
awoke to a beautiful sunrise on the lifetime. All girls in attendance are and old and for creating memories
beach accompanied by a school of very thankful to the faculty members that each girl will carry forever.
Rising with the Sun
By: Katie Sprowls
It is really dark. Where am I? Someone is
trying to wake me up. Why? Oh, I remem-
ber—the dawn prayer service. I am so tired,
but I remind myself that this trip is not
obligatory; I chose to be awakened. I finally
open my eyes to hear my teacher saying,
“Katie, time to get up.” In the background are
the faint voices of other girls leaving for the
service. I wonder where they get their energy.
Knowing it will be cold, I pull on sweat-
pants and a sweatshirt. I step outside and
the wind is coming at me from all sides.
Since I am not even on the beach yet, I am
dreading the journey across the street to the
The plan was to participate in a prayer service and watch the sunrise.
However, before the quiet service concludes, someone notices that the sun is
already on the horizon. I quickly walk down toward the ocean’s edge, hearing
the sound of the waves and smelling the salt water. As I approach the shore-
line, I feel the sun’s radiance envelope me. When I am as close as I dare go,
near the natural bulkhead created by the rough surf, I can see the waves.
The cold I felt is gone, driven away by the sun. I want to sit and gaze at it
all day and contemplate all its mysteries as it crosses the sky, warming the
entire planet. Soon it is time to depart and start the day’s activities. As I
stand up and start to walk away, I am thankful for all of my senses. I hope I
carry this wonderful memory with me for the rest of my life.
Mind, Body, & Soul
By: Marissa Castro
The buses arrived at St. pray, relax, and experience silence.
Elizabeth’s where the students were This was the most calming part of
On Thursday October 28,
dropped off at the Xavier Center. the day. After this relaxing prayer
the Mother Seton juniors hopped
Awaiting the students was a time, the students filled the buses
onto the school buses and headed
wonderful program based on social yet again and headed back to Mother
towards the College of St. Elizabeth
justice. The program started with an Seton.
for their day of reflection. Many
enjoyable ice-breaker, which was Many thanks go to all who
students agree that junior year is
followed by other activities. set up this day of reflection,
difficult, with its college searches,
studying, and SAT prep,, so the trip After a fun-filled afternoon especially Sister Mary Anne and the
was a welcome stress-reliever. the juniors moved to the college religion department.
church, where they could meditate,
I Know What You Did Last Summer
By: Lauren Mateo
The MSR girls spread out far and wide during the summer. Just a few of their
diverse activities follow.
• Alexandra Garcia, a junior, traveled to Barcelona, Spain with her 1. Mother Seton is transformed
family. into nightmares come alive at this
• Raquel Molina, a senior, volunteered at a summer seminar at the spooky event.
Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. 6. The sport we don’t love when we
• Paige Tannenhaus, a senior, housed four mentally ailing boxer dogs earn a love.
to rehabilitation through the Second Chance Boxer Rescue program. 7. Brave students show their skills
• Nia White, a freshman, scaled a mountain in Colorado. during this breathtaking assembly.
9. This week is the most stressful
• Jeannide Vincent, a sophomore, volunteered at a vacation Bible
of the year, yet summer is near.
11. It’s a birdie! It’s an eagle! No,
• Gabriela Bzdyra, a junior, volunteered at a nursing home in Clark.
it’s this MSR team!
• Deandra Cadet, a senior, traveled to Indiana for a political science 12. It seemed fitting that our girls
program hosted by Notre Dame University. wore pink clothing this week.
• Junior Noelle Maertz won 1st place in five different golf tournaments. 13. This hat-tricking, bicycle-
• Marian Asuncion, Patricia Climaco and Patricia Onday, all juniors, kicking sports team moved up a
took courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. division this year.
• Ingrid Morales took a trip to Guatemala to visit her family. 14. This popular event transforms
MSR into a festive wonderland.
17. Our fellow students take us on
MSR Crossword Puzzle a trip around the world during this
By: Danielle Phleghaar entertaining show.
2. This week, we all traveled on a
magic school bus and a train to an
girls’ school in France where a
certain doctor shows us just
what’s so special about MSR.
3. Tears of laughter, emotion, and
friendship poured from the upper-
classmen on this life-changing
4. This extremely successful fall
sport sounds violent with its kills
5. The Setters’ stunting team is
loud and proud.
8. Rain or shine, this fall team
runs their way to victory.
10. Half of the year is spent pre-
paring for this event, which is
scarier than all the others.
15. This forum is an educational
experience for the Freshmen.
16. When allergy season is near
and Christmas has just passed,
we begin the countdown for this