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Reilee Barron

Staff Writer

Cedrick Finishes High School on a Strong Note, Looks to Fulfill as a Yale Bulldog

Cedrick RBSenior Cedrick Lingane, an active member of the Foran High Community, is in the spotlight this month.

Cedrick is a very successful teenager in more ways than one. He takes his schooling very seriously and his outstanding grades have opened up an amazing opportunity for his future. In the fall, Cedrick plans to accept the offer to attend Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut. There, he will study mechanical engineering, finance, and computing. His goal coming out of Yale is to build a business that will provide society with a helpful product or service. When asked where he sees himself in ten years, Cedrick replied, “In ten years I see myself fulfilling my goal and running a successful company.”

Outside of the classroom, Cedrick has a busy life. In his free time, he enjoys learning about investing and studying computer science. Cedrick has also been playing soccer throughout his entire high school career. He shared his thoughts about his soccer career, saying, “I love the game and it is very important to me because it has helped me make great friends and gain more confidence.” Aside from sports, Cedrick is also an active participant in school clubs. He is part of the Foran STEM team, after hearing about it from Mr. Connors during his junior year. He says, “The STEM team is a great club because it is good competition and a place to apply the skills you learn in high school. It allows you to work with professions and see a high level of work.”

As a hardworking student, athlete, and club member, Cedrick admits that he struggles with certain aspects. He shares that he struggles with planning and procrastinating, as most high school students do with their busy lifestyles. He shares that he often finds that he has to work extra hard to make up for it, as a result. Though this can be a struggle, Cedrick has found a way to overcome it. He says, “I try my best to stay organized and create a schedule that I follow seriously.” Senior Madison Wong shared with us, “Cedrick is undoubtedly one of the most hardworking people I have ever met. I have known him for three years and I have watched him excel in academics and sports. Cedrick manages his time well and is able to partake in several clubs and sports, as well as maintain a strong academic performance. He has an admirable. At all times I have found Cedrick to be a reliable, honest, and dedicated individual.”

With all that is on his plate, Cedrick still manages to keep a positive attitude. He uses the word “disciplined”, to describe himself, which accurately describes his hardworking personality and success. In order to pass along his success to other students, Cedrick offers a word of advice, saying, “Always strive to do the most, do well, and do what you are truly passionate about.”


Gavrielle Figueiredo

Staff Writer

The Root of Bullying

Bullying in schools has been a problem since children have had to find their place in the social system.  It’s safe to say that children can be cruel coming from their own formed cliques and social groups, but no child deserves to be shunned or rejected by fellow classmates while trying to find their place in this world.

Experiencing this as a child has made me the person I am today and guided me towards the friends I now have, but it’s no secret that having experienced the effects of bullying placed a sense of insecurity and self-doubt upon myself both when I was younger and occasionally creeps up on me in insecure times.

This same cycle has started all over again with my younger brother, who is 13. It pains me to see such a bright person that I care for be hurt and occasionally come home crying just because of this “eat or be eaten” cycle to find a spot in society – and schools tend to turn a blind eye.

The definition of bully is anyone who uses superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants. This is now evolving not just at schools behind closed doors or open hallways, but spreading from the schools to electronics. This is creating an even harder way to target the bully due to the fact that it is online and not in school. Results from the 2007 School Crime Supplement and National Crime Victimization Survey say that, “Higher percentages of students who reported any criminal victimization at school reported they were the targets of traditional (62.2 percent) and electronic (11.6 percent) bullying”. Many students that have a hard home life or that have been bullied themselves; either at home or at school, are more likely to become the bully by taking out anger and frustration on peers. This can be subsided with one on one counseling from the schools counseling department, but bullying can never be completely stopped.

After talking to my younger brother about past experiences, once where a police officer had to report the case, he told me that “I don’t feel safe in schools sometimes because some of my classmates are mean to me and call me names, and sometimes threaten me.” I asked him if he has lost friends due to bullying and he responded with, “Yeah, I lost two friends because both of them started bullying me because another of their friends told them they shouldn’t like me.” Finally I asked the question of if he felt that the teachers did anything about this bullying and he responded with, “Sometimes they do but a lot of the time I don’t like telling the teachers because either they don’t do anything or other people call me a ‘tattle-tail’.”

Another case where an incident was made over the Xbox Live electronically was when a student in his class said he was going to ‘shank’ him in school. Bullying is a real thing and is progressively getting more challenging to target due to attacks online. Advisory classes and presentations in schools are created for children to know what bullying is and how to stop it, yet bullying is continuous.

Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University. According to a study by ABC News there are more than 160,000 kids that stay home every day due to the fear of being bullied in school.

Jadin Bell was a 15 year old boy at an Oregon high school who was a victim of suffocating bullying, online and in school. He was a gay teen who was part of the high school’s cheerleading team. After being bullied over a course of time, he was found January 14th, 2013 hanging from a local elementary school’s playground. He didn’t immediately die, and was rushed to the emergency room where he was later taken off of life support. This tragedy created a national profile for gay bullying and bullying in schools.

Terrible incidents like these should not be the point that opens the public’s eye’s to bullying every once and a while. Bullying should be stopped at its roots with the kids and teens that are starting it. Each child should have a quick counseling session once a week and create a close bond with the faculty member that is advising them. Faculty of schools should also be more aware of how to handle bullying

All of these statistics and numbers aren’t only put in here to prove a point, but to really and truly open the eyes of the reader to something that may always be a problem, because let’s face it children and teens can be mean, but a problem that can most definitely be subsided and can potentially save lives.


Emily Harrison

Staff Writer

Message To Juniors

Juniors: You’re in the home stretch! (Well, kind of.) Nevertheless, you’re almost done my friends. It’s said that junior year is the most stressful year of high school, and for some or most, that may be true. SATs, prom, college searching, there’s just so many things to focus on, and only one you. But summer is coming, and once September hits, it’s crunch time. Here are some tips for now and going into your senior year.

On this coming year:

Enjoy your high school career, or what’s left of it. Take classes in all sorts of categories, don’t feel pressured to take the classes your friends are taking. Take classes that interest and benefit YOU.

When I started my senior year, my main focus was getting all my music classes under my belt. No, I didn’t take many APs, and most of my friends took more science and history courses than art classes; but music is what interested me, regardless of who was taking it with me. And now, I’m on my way to college with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education major in front of me. This is YOUR year to take the classes that you want to take. Don’t let peer pressure and friends change your mind.

On friends:

I know I know, cliché, but friendships can (and most likely will) be altered, whether you know why or not. Different interests and opposite future plans surprisingly will drive you away from some, but towards others.

On planning:

Going into your senior year, you feel the pressure of knowing exactly what you want to do, where you want to go, and how things will turn out. But the thing is, you may not have all the answers yet. Yes, you may have schools in mind, but that does not mean that that is where you will go. Delve deeper into what the school offers. Do research, (LOTS of research), on the schools that you are interested in applying to. Some may have the programs you are looking for, but some may not. Be open to what it does offer, and look into what catches your eye. You may change your mind from your original interest.

On inevitable senioritis:

Let’s face it, senioritis is a real thing, and everyone experiences it. You will get lazy, and deadlines will be the least of your concerns at times. Senior privilege will be your best friend, and more times than one, you’ll find yourself starting an assignment at midnight. But believe me, it WILL catch up to you. Junioritis is very similar, but senioritis is worse because you’re aware that it’s your last year of high school. More often than not things get put off until the last minute and then you’re struggling to catch up.


Aley Phelan

Guest Writer

Hello Foran! By now you have probably read a decent amount of alumni articles. There’s a lot of advice to give about college so here’s mine.

imageIt’s only February so there is still time to decide what school is best for you. In my experience I waited until the end of April to send it my deposit, which was cutting it close. The reason I did this was because I was waiting to hear back from my top school, the Fashion Institute of Technology. FIT kept pushing back when they would be sending out their decision letters, first it was the first week in April and then it was by the 20th of April. This was obviously very stressful for me because I had already heard from the rest of my schools but I wanted to hear from them before I made my final decision.

When I finally heard back I was put on the waitlist. I was crushed but in hindsight this was the best thing that happened to me. I knew I didn’t want to spend the rest of the year and summer still waiting to hear if I got off the waitlist so I didn’t go on and submitted my deposit to Drexel University.

Being here at Drexel made me realize that I would have been miserable at FIT. I am sure there are people there that love it and are happy they are there but I now know I would not be one of those people. Being at a university there is opportunity to meet so many different types of people. Some of my best friends are engineers here, and I know I would not meet those people at a fashion school.

Just because one school has the best reputation for the major you want to go into doesn’t mean there aren’t other school that have great programs as well. Do research (like I’m sure you have) on all of your choices, look online for how students like the school and join the Facebook groups, they may get annoying and you don’t even have to post anything (I never did) but it is a good way to get a feel of what life would be like at that school and who you would meet.

All that research online is great but the best way to know if a school is right for you is to visit. There are probably accepted students days coming up, which in my opinion are the best way to get to know a school. Going to accepted students days is so helpful, at most schools it’s more in depth than a regular tour and you get to meet with people in your major and see the dining hall and so much more.

To wrap up my advice for all the seniors at Foran keep these two things in mind for the next few months. One, your top choice might not be the best choice for you and that is okay. Two when going on school visits make sure you sit in the cafeteria, even if you don’t eat anything just sit and look around at the people, ask yourself “Do they seem nice? Are there a lot of people sitting alone? Do people seem happy?” this will give you a feel of how the people are at the school.

Good luck with the rest of senior year! I know the stress doesn’t stop but enjoy your last days at Foran and with your life-long friends!


 

Julia Silvestri

Staff Writer

Student Spotlight: January

Column Student Spotlight Pic 1Sophomore Jake Burwell is a standout member of the Foran High community. Not only has Burwell been a great addition to the Foran community for the past two years, he has also been an asset to the Milford community since he was little.

Burwell attends classes at both Foran and Bridgeport Aquaculture.

“I believe that I have exceptional grades and an academically challenging course load,” Burwell said. “Being enrolled in two schools and still being able to participate in sports and activities is a big deal. A solid work ethic and good time management skills are needed.”

This year, Burwell was accepted into Natural Helpers. He said, “It was a club that stood out to me because it does a lot for the school and in the community.” Natural Helpers work every day to make the school and Milford community a more welcoming and inclusive environment through community service and outreach.

In addition to participating in school, Burwell is involved in sports. Hockey has been a part of his life for four years. During the winter sports season, he plays for the Milford Indians co-op, and during the rest of the year plays for the regional Southern Stars.

Luke Gibbs, a senior on the Milford Indians said, “Jake is an awesome teammate. He works hard day in and day out and always puts the team before him.”

Column Student Spotlight Pic 2Burwell doesn’t just stand out on the ice, but in the classroom too. With a course load like his, balancing sports and other activities could be challenging, but he manages to handle it well. He is enrolled in all honors classes this year, as well as last year. He also tacked on his first AP class.

Burwell is one of the few students at Foran that is dual enrolled at Foran and Bridgeport Aquaculture. Aqua is a half-day school for students who want a more serious pursuit of marine science and engineering based courses. Every afternoon, after taking a few classes here, he hops on a bus and travels to take these courses. He takes classes pertaining to fish culturing, boat building, and more. Burwell said he is interested in a  marine-based career.

Outside of school, Burwell still seems to be attracted to the water. He is a member of the Milford Yacht Club   and is an avid sailor. He competes in the summertime in a variety of regattas in Connecticut and New York. Not only does he do it himself, but he is also a coach for younger sailors that are also members of the Milford Yacht Club. He has high hopes to one day form a sailing team at Foran.


Reilee Barron

Staff Writer

Teacher Spotlight: January

Column Teacher Spotlight RBMiss DiCapua, part of the math department, teaches AP Statistics and also works with students in the Numeracy Support Center.

“Miss DiCapua is very friendly and helpful,” said senior Richard Repetsky.  “She is easily approachable and is always available for extra help if you need it. I really enjoy math and I need AP Statistics for my college major. I’m really happy that Miss DiCapua is teaching me what I need to know.”

Miss DiCapua enjoys teaching this subject because, she said, “it can be used in many different parts of everyone’s lives.  It is a subject that is used in many careers.”

This is her second year teaching at Foran High. She also taught eighth grade in Springfield, Massachusetts for three years.

So far, Miss DiCapua has had a very positive experience working at Foran and values her job very highly.

“My favorite part about being a teacher is getting to know all my students and preparing them to become successful adults,” she said.

In addition to the pleasant aspects of being a teacher, there are also some challenges. Miss DiCapua shares, “The most difficult is making sure I am preparing the best lesson for all my students.”

To start her career, Miss DiCapua attended Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Graduating with a major in mathematics and a concentration in Secondary Education, Miss DiCapua then moved on to start her career as a teacher.

Growing up, she never doubted her desire to become a teacher. She said, “Growing up it was an elementary school teacher.  Then, when I was in high school, it changed to a high school history teacher, and well as you can see in college, I decided on a high school math teacher.”

Other than teaching, Miss DiCapua works to be an active part of the Foran High community. She has been helping out with the Powderpuff football team since she has been here. She plans to continue as an assistant coach in future years. Miss DiCapua also advises the SADD club, or the Students Against Destructive Decisions club. And she can be found at all of the various sporting events and theatre productions that are put on at the school, as she tries her best to attend as many as possible.


Gavrielle Figueiredo

Staff Writer

What’s Appening? January

Columns whats appening GFHaving a hard time pulling yourself out of your bed in the morning to get ready for school? With the cold weather bringing out our inner hibernation, it tends to be a struggle to motivate yourself to get out from under the toasty blankets. With the heavy sleepers the struggle is hitting the snooze button half asleep. People usually sleep with their phone nearby either on a dresser or plugged in, so why not have an app that helps you get out of bed in the morning?

No need to worry about snoozing your alarm and missing school with this new app called Mathe Alarm Clock; it’ll have you wanting to get out of bed.

This new app has made an incentive to turn your alarm off using the power of how much people don’t like math problems, especially right when they wake up. The alarm clock is a regular alarm clock that allows you to snooze, but in order to snooze you must do a number of math problems to shut off the alarm. There are different levels of math that can be chosen, along with the number of problems you’d like to set for the snooze button. This app is free in the app store and is completely customizable. The alarm can be set to a ringtone you choose or even your own music.

A student who has had problems getting up and hitting the snooze button too many times, Julia Ziemer, decided to try out the app to help her get up.  She said, “It’s amazing, it was able to wake me up in time so that I even had extra time in the morning.”

This app can be bought on the app store for IPhone and Samsung phones.

Mathe Alarm Clock was rated 4.5 stars by user ratings and seems to be helping many people get up in the morning according to the user reviews.

Other people, such as other Foran students, have begun to use the app since it’s been found and have had only positive reviews. This is a great way to wake your brain up in the morning. You’ll start to hate the alarm clock because of the math right when you wake up, but you’ll learn to love the feeling of relaxation of no longer having to rush to school in the morning.


Gavrielle Figueiredo

Staff Writer

Fig’s Food and Fitness: January

gavIt’s that time of the year again when everyone says “new year, new me” and reads off of the list of resolutions. Instead of rolling your eyes at the cliché of another year of making half fulfilled promises to yourself, discipline yourself to stick to your New Year’s resolution and prove yourself wrong.

Making these resolutions can sometimes be hard, and especially harder to change your old ways to become that better version of yourself. There are some tips to creating a reasonable resolution that won’t be given up on. First, think about what you’d really like to improve on this year, making new habits and getting rid of the old, bad ones. After you think of a small list of things that can be somewhat easily attained and fit into your either busy or slow paced schedule, think of what you’ll want to accomplish first. Resolutions should be something that happen throughout this upcoming year, so pick things that will change every day, slowly becoming those new habits.

An easy way to do this is taking a calendar or a piece of paper and writing what small thing you’d like to change each month. Do this in a way that you start with the most important thing for the beginning month, then each month adding a resolution to what you‘re already doing. For example, January, drink more water every day until it becomes a habit. February, make going to the gym a priority along with drinking more water daily. Fit this into your schedule: even a short run in the morning will make a big difference in how you perform throughout the day. March; get more sleep by going to bed early, drink more water, and exercise. Doing this will help you have that extra boost of energy during the day. April, eat more fruits, vegetables, and along with eating healthier cut out the processed foods. Now you already have a healthier body in time for the spring so you don’t have that winter body as you try to get ready for spring break.

New Year’s Resolutions are the equivalent of what your teachers tell you in school. When you know you’re going to have a test, you’re going to study a little every day. Slowly adding to what you already know, you make it so when it comes to the test you’re ready and not scrambling last minute trying to cram. Think of that test date spring break when you go off to Florida beaches and you want to feel good. In order to get to that in a healthy way, these habits should be started earlier on.

I hope everyone sticks to their resolutions this year, stay golden Foran.


Emily Harrison

Staff Writer

College Column: January

As the college deadlines approach and our hairlines recede, seniors have one question (or 500) running through our minds. “Where will I decide to go?” “What will I do if I don’t like my roommate?” “Am I going to be okay on my own?” “What should my major be?” Preparing to go off on your own for the first time in 12 years is something scary to think about, and the newfound freedom may be a bit overwhelming. But fear not, because this column is full of tips to keep your heart rate down and your mind open.

Deciding a major is one of the most stressful things about applying to college. Not only is the price of colleges astoundingly high, but we as seniors also have to filter what colleges we apply to based on the major we decide. Sometimes, people don’t even know what to major in at all, waiting to get to college to see what genuinely interests them.

Mrs. Braniff, special education teacher, says, “My advice is that you should definitely not decide on majoring in something before you attend college, because there is a 99% chance you will want to change your major once you get there. Make sure that you take all your pre-requisites and general classes first, and then make a decision. It will definitely save you time and money.”

Sam Martinez, senior, says, “Applying to colleges can be tough. They expect us to choose our life paths at 17 to 18 years old. Remember when applying and figuring out your major, do not only look at what could make you the most money, but rather what would make you the happiest.”

Tip number two: Keep an open mind. When transitioning into college, you are going to meet people from totally different backgrounds than what you’re used to back home. This is something you should keep in mind throughout your entire life, but it is especially imperative your first weeks of school. You don’t know the kind of environments your fellow classmates have left behind, what kind of home life they’re used to, or the experiences they’ve gone through. Be friendly, open-minded, and welcoming to your roommates and classmates. Who knows? Your roommate or physics partner may become your best friend.

Tip number three: Do not procrastinate. Make a schedule/routine for yourself to follow. We all tell ourselves now that study habits will become easier in college due to the extra free time, and for some, that may be true. But for others, it’s a deadly trap that could be extremely difficult to crawl out of. You are incredibly independent in college, and way more free time than you’re used to. Mrs. Smith, another special education teacher, says, “You never want to cram in an assignment last minute because you’re busy having fun with your friends. Give yourself cushion time. Grant time to get it done sooner than later, because the feeling afterwards is the most rewarding.”

With this advice in mind and in heart, I thoroughly encourage all seniors to take these tips with them on their new journey to wherever they may go. We as a senior class have the opportunity to make the beginning of next year the best it can be.


Gavrielle Figueiredo

Staff Writer

What’s Appening? December

What’s that I hear? Is it the sound of holiday joy ringing through shopping malls across the country? Or is it purely the sound of many stressing over the organizing of their gift giving lists. Either way, everyone can use a little help during the holiday season when juggling between staying on a budget and remembering who’s getting what. Here are some apps to help with lessening that seasonal shopping stress.

Columns What's Appening The Christmas list GFDepending on what you’d prefer, many of these apps have different ways to help out. Many of these apps are free as well, just to save you a little more money to put towards your gifts. Two useful apps are “The Christmas List” and “GiftPlanner”.

The Christmas List is a $1.99 app that allows you to see your shopping list in an organized and clear manner. It also shows you how many days of shopping you have left along with easily showing you what you’ve wrapped, purchased, received, and other to-dos.

Everyone knows the frustration of going to a store to get a specific gift, leaving to go home, then finding out something else you needed to get was at the same store. No need to worry about that anymore: this app organizes your gifts by which store you can get them at, making shopping a piece of holiday pie. If gift shopping is a team tackle, the list of gifts can also be sent via email or text message.

GiftPlanner is a free app, which is even better; it’s equally as organized and is great for any occasion that incorporates gift shopping. It helps you balance the budget for each occasion while allowing you to browse online. Even better, it has a bookmark that allows you to add things to your list while online shopping.

If you’re looking for a specific gift you can find it online through the app and then add it to a wish list. If you’re unsure exactly what to get, you can send gift cards directly from the app as well.

My personal favorite part of this app is that you can snap a picture of whose present is which before and after you wrap it. This way you don’t have to worry about being in the holiday daze of wrapping and forgetting whose present you just wrapped.

So, whether you’re stressing about this shopping season or you simply want a little more of an organized way of shopping, either one of these apps will point you in the right direction.


Reilee Barron

Staff Writer

Teacher Spotlight: December

Columns Teacher Spotlight RBMr. Peters started teaching at Foran High School in the month of August 2007. Starting his ninth year at Foran, Mr. Peters teaches math and more recently, took on the duty of teaching physics, as well. Though Mr. Peters is now a math and physics teacher, he planned on a different path before he discovered his passion. Mr. Peters says, “I was originally thinking of entering the exciting world of pharmaceuticals. As it turned out, it wasn’t as exciting for me as I thought it would be.” Mr. Peters studied at Southern Connecticut State University. Originally a chemistry major, Mr. Peters switched his course of actions during his sophomore year of college, now majoring in mathematics. Finishing with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in mathematics, Mr. Peters decided to become a math teacher. He taught at a middle school in another district before coming to Milford. He stated, “I thought I’d enjoy the younger crowd since I did my student teaching with 7th graders, but I could not have been more wrong. My hat goes off to middle school teachers everywhere. You are all amazing. This year I’ve been privileged to be able to teach physics as well at the high school level.” Though Mr. Peters loves to teach, he does admit that it is difficult at times. He says, “My favorite part is the actual teaching and helping students find the way that they best understand challenging content. My pet peeve is when a student already has the mindset that they are ‘not a math person’. Much like anything else in life, math is accessible to those who seek to practice. There are so many opportunities in life available to people who have strong math skills.” Every student that has Mr. Peters has nothing but positive comments about his teaching, and him as a person.  Not only does Mr. Peters teach at Foran, but he is also a very active member in the Foran High community. Aside from teaching, Mr. Peters coached the wrestling team for seven years. He is currently the proud advisor of the after school Smash Club. Junior Mike Carroll, a member of Smash Club says, “Mr. Peters makes Smash Club extremely fun, especially because he plays Super Smash Brothers with us.” Outside of the Foran High community, Mr. Peters loves spending time with his wife and two children. Mr. Peters says, “Family is very important to me. We like camping, the beach, and anything else involving the outdoors.” He also hopes to get back into martial arts one day; something he had trained in before he became too busy in college. Overall, Mr. Peters offers so much to our school’s community; playing an active role in both the academics and the extracurricular. We are proud to have Mr. Peters as a part of our school.


Shannon Flynn, Khadija Ashfaq

Staff Writer, Editor

Student Spotlight: December

Many students know the struggle of balancing their sports team with academics, but how about the struggle when your sports team plays across town?

kellyJunior Kelly Kurlya makes the balancing act work, playing for Notre Dame’s girls hockey team while still keeping up with her school work.

Since she is a junior, the workload is piled on along with the pressure of college coming up and high school coming to a close, but Kurlya can handle it all. Kurlya plays hockey along with only one other Foran student, sophomore Rebecca Paine.

Being the only two Foran players on that team, the two girls get along well, with Paine speaking very highly of her high achieving friend. Paine said, “Kelly is a great teammate on and off the ice, and a great friend.”

Paine added that Kurlya is a well-rounded person, saying, “She’s a great hockey player and a great student too.”

Kurlya began her life on the ice at a very young age of around four years old, and she says her friends along with her brother led her to play hockey about three years ago. She encourages any other Foran girls to join her and Paine, saying that even her coach, Kerri Rowland, agrees that anyone can play no matter if they have played previously or not.

Playing a sport out of town does bring up complications that Kurlya deals with every season. The lack of communication out of the rink becomes an issue for practice time changes and staying connected with her teammates.

Although team bonding seems difficult when the team is at another school, Kurlya says she meets tons of friends through hockey, and the majority of her friends go to Notre Dame. During game time, those girls play like any other team regardless of their difference in grade level or school, acting similar to Kurlya’s cross country team that she plays on in the fall at Foran.

Overall, Kurlya’s athletic ability shines through in both of her sports which was shown this year especially in her success during the cross country season. Her team, along with the boys team, took first place for Foran at the Platt Tech Invitational, and second at the Harry Geraghty Invitational.

For Kuryla, time management is key. When playing for a team that is across town it is bound to affect academics in some way, and on top of that, Kurlya has a job.

About the impact of sports on academics, Kuryla said, “It depends in how you manage your time. I’m personally still working on managing sports, work and homework.”

Besides playing hockey, Kuryla’s cross country in the fall also adds to the stress of junior year. Having time for all of these activities is definitely a challenge, but it is one challenge that Kuryla is surely conquering. Besides the two sports, one job, and homework, Kurlya also has to be mindful of the time it takes getting from one place to another since the hockey team she plays for is Notre Dame. Although it seems as though Kurlya would be squashed under the pressure of her many responsibilities and activities, she manages to handle it all while maintaining her upstanding character.


Gavrielle Figueiredo

Staff Writer

Fig’s Food and Fitness: December

gavWelcome back readers of Foran. This month’s article will cover two things that everyone loves, holidays and food.

Having a holiday party or just looking to create a creative snack to have around the table while celebrating? Well I have the snack for you, and even better, instead of fighting off the holiday weight and gaining weight from that ham you indulged in, I’ll give you some tips on how to stay healthy this holiday season. So, no need to worry about dieting the week before a big feast when you can use these simple tips to eat whatever you want.

First things first, here are some easy steps on making some little penguin finger foods made from olives, carrots, and cream cheese that are sure to get some attention.

The four things you will need are cream cheese, a bag of baby carrots, a bag of tooth picks, and a can of olives.

First, cut the baby carrots into slices (the feet), now cut a small triangle (beak) out of each slice. Now, take half the olives, the other half will be used to make heads, and cut a slit down the center, but do NOT cut the olives in half. Take cream cheese and pack and fill the slit you have made. Once you are done filling this half of olives, take the carrot slice (feet) and a tooth pick, and pierce through the center of the slice into the bottom of the cream cheese filled olive. Next, taking a non-cream cheesed olive, place the remaining carrot triangles (beak) into the top of the olive where the hole is. Place the olive on its side so the carrot (beak) is pointing out on the same side as the cream cheese side (chest) of the other olive. Place the olive head onto the body pushing it onto the toothpick that is in the olive body. Now you have an easy to make, eye catching finger food.

Now here are some tips for staying slim during the holiday season while still eating what you want. First of all, it’s proven that when you grab a smaller plate your brain thinks you’re full faster because there’s less room for food. Next, remember portion sizes and choices. Any meat should be the size of the palm of your hand, your veggies should take up almost 40% of your plate, and carbohydrates (potatoes) or breads should be about 20% of your plate. Make sure to take more vegetables to fill up on before filling up on breads or meat. For pie or dessert, wait about 20 minutes before eating. Your stomach takes about this long to realize it’s full.

Have a healthy and happy holidays Foran.


Mark Duffy

Editor

Don’t Fall Behind

collegeBy this time of the school year, early action and early decision deadlines have come and gone, and many students are finalizing their applications for fast-approaching January deadlines. As students begin to breathe sighs of relief, and decision letters start rolling in, it is important to remember to enjoy senior year while also staying on top of our academic work.

Holding that first decision letter in your hand, whether it is from a safety school or your dream school, is a monumental moment. Finally, after these last three years of diligent work, a college or university has accepted your application. A wave of excitement falls over you as you realize that a school will welcome you with open arms come next August. Seniors often fall into the habit of sleeping on their school work, especially in the second semester, once they have learned of their acceptance, however, this time off can prove to have disastrous results.
“A decision from a university is never final, and students should be careful not to let their grades slip below average,” said English teacher Mrs. Ramsey.

For all of your regular decision applications, schools will most likely be requesting your mid-year reports, and at the end of the year, all your schools are going to check up on your final transcript. If you fail to meet a university’s standards, or if you are performing well below your usual best, universities may think twice about the “yes” you received in the mail.

It may be easy to also forget why you took many of your most rigorous classes in the first place. Always remember that AP and ECE classes translate into college credit, and if you begin to fall behind, it will be extremely difficult to gain enough momentum to catch back up in time to finish above that C+ threshold or score a 3, 4, or 5 on the exam. It will be difficult for many of us to stay excited about all our APs, but if we perform well now, we’ll save ourselves and our parents hundreds of dollars next year.

“AP classes are basically free college credits. It would be so wasteful to sleep through class now and pay $1,000 per credit in college to learn the same material,” said senior Julia Mahroos.

We also should maintain a positive work ethic to avoid being hit too hard by the academic demands of college. I am sure everyone is aware that college is a big step up from high school, and by leaving our school work incomplete and tossing our textbooks to the corner now, it will only make the change that much more difficult. While it may be hard to imagine, college is just around the corner, and we should make sure we are prepared to study and work hard because, unlike public high school, college costs big bucks.

Alright, enough of the nagging. I know many of us will continue to do our best from now until graduation, but everyone could use a couple extra tips to keep them motivated.

“I have already been accepted to two of my schools, but I keep myself on top of my work by making flashcards nightly to keep material fresh in my head, and I make sure to get enough sleep every night so I feel refreshed when I come to school in the morning,” said senior Brianna Dudding.

There you have it folks – if you thought second semester was going to be pre-summer vacation, I would urge you to rethink that thought. So until we walk across that graduation stage next June, stay studious, but be sure to enjoy the last few months of high school as well.


Reilee Barron

Staff Writer

We asked faculty and students to respond to the following question:

What does Veterans Day mean to you/Why is it important that we celebrate it?

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Mrs. Pellegrino

“My father was a veteran and one of my uncles died during World War II. It means a lot that people recognize the sacrifices that people continue to make in order for us to have our freedoms.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Victoria Savoca

“Veteran’s Day is important as it is a designated day to show our appreciation for all that are fighting and risking their lives each day in order to protect our freedoms.”

 

 

 

 

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Erin Suech

“Veterans Day is important to celebrate because it is a day to honor those who have fought, are fighting, and those who have died for our country and to protect our rights.”

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor Lambiase

“Veteran’s Day is a day to remember those who have fought for us and to honor those who have sacrificed themselves in order to protect our country and our freedoms.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Pangu

“It is extremely important that we honor those that have made the choice to defend our country so that we can have very basic rights and freedoms that a lot of us tend to take for granted each and everyday.”

 

 

 

 

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Dennis Mema

“Veterans Day is important, as we owe it to the veterans to pay respect, for all that they have sacrificed to defend our freedom.”

 

 

 

 

It is clear that most students and teachers appreciate the freedoms that our veterans protect each day they spend fighting in the service. As students and faculty, it is important that we all take time to appreciate all that we have because of the sacrifices that people have made. Each day, people risk their lives in order to protect our rights and our country as a whole. There are many actions of kindness that can be taken in order to recognize the people that protect us. Whether it be writing letters to let our veterans know that we care about and recognize all of their sacrifice and hard work, or running a fundraiser to raise money for disabled veterans, any thought counts. Together, as a community, it is important that we speak out and let our veterans know how much we appreciate all that they have done.


 

Jenny Weissauer

Foran Alumni

Columns Jenny Weissauer MDHey Foran!! Do you miss me already? Well, thanks to the power of the internet I can still give you my dearest advice all the way from college. Getting a glimpse of what your college experience will be like can help you create lasting habits that will help you in your future.

I know I won’t be the first to tell you that college is much different than high school. For starters you’re not in school for six hours each day. The schedule is much different, which makes it easier for studying and extra curricular activities. For example, I have four classes on Monday and Wednesday, two on Tuesday and Thursday, and only one on Friday. Having a widespread schedule means you need to use good time management. You cannot wait until the last minute to do projects and assignments like you do in high school. (I bet about a third of you are reading this article and procrastinating something in this very moment.) The reason in college they give you so much “down time” is so that you can use it wisely.

Secondly, study, study, study, and a little more study. We’ve all studied for a test the night before or sometimes not even studied at all, I know I’m guilty of it too. However, that is not going to fly in college. Most professors will tell you that for every hour that in you in class, you should study three more. So if calculate how many classes times how many hours times three…well that’s a lot of studying. No one likes to study, but it’s something that definitely needs to be done. After all you are paying a lot of money to go to school, don’t you want to do well? A study tip that I use is that I study my notes an hour before each class so that way I have a heads up of what we are going to be talking about and that way it takes the load off when studying for an even bigger test.

The last piece of advice I have for you guys is one that you can get a head start on right away. And that is to enjoy your time at Foran. I absolutely love college and have no doubts most of you will, but Foran will always be like my second home. The time goes by in the blink of an eye and before you know it you’re like me having to go back and change the title under my name from columns editor to “Foran alumni.” I guess what I’m saying is that just like you I was in a complete rush to get out, but now I realize that I could have stopped and smell the roses a little bit more.

Well Foran, I know you’re keeping that lion’s den warm for me. Have a rockin’ school year and do your best! Feel free to ask me any questions about college or swing by if you’re in the New Haven neighborhood. See you at Thanksgiving!


 

Juliana Tuozzola

Staff Writer

Student Spotlight: Gino Esposito

Gino Esposito is well known for being a tremendous student-athlete at Foran. Whether you follow up on his inspirational tweets, know him personally, or have heard of Gino Esposito, it is easily concluded that he is both determined in the aspect of academics and athletics. A student who has experienced the wonders of being a successful student and athlete, and has also been face-to-face with the difficulties, he shares how he keeps himself on top of his game while providing personal insight on his life and goals.

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Esposito emphasizes and communicates the importance of self-motivation. The reason why he is an outstanding wrestler and intelligent student is owed to the fact that he motivates himself, understands and clearly determines his goals, and works diligently every day.

Being a student athlete comes with its hardships. Esposito says, “Being a student athlete is very hard. The time management aspect is so important ‑ I usually work out twice a day and getting in those workouts while trying to do all my homework/studying, and on top of that get eight hours of sleep, takes a lot of discipline. I have to stay motivated all the time to put in the work, even when I don’t feel like it.”

The basis of Esposito’s success as a student and athlete is due to the fact that he constantly uses motivation and discipline to guide him through his work whether it be school or sports.

Esposito not only is self-motivated and disciplined, but also very organized. He says, “At the beginning of each week, I write out a detailed, time-oriented schedule. Having a plan in anything you do is very important in my opinion. I plan out the week so I know when I am going to get my workouts in, and when I am going to do my homework and study, and when I have time for everything else in between.” One of Esposito’s favorite quotes is “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” He believes in setting high goals, and sees that he always has a plan for how these goals will be achieved.

“If you want to be a student athlete you should begin by writing down your goals,” he suggested. “What do you want to achieve in the sport you play? You should visualize and think about your goals each day; they should motivate you.”

Writing down and creating a relationship with your goals is key to success. He also says, “It takes an extreme amount of discipline, hard work, and time management to balance the two, but that is what it takes if you want to be the best.”


Ms. Sheppard Helps Foran

Aley Phelan

Staff Writer

The loved Spanish teacher Ms. Sheppard knew at an early age that wanted to teach and help others. She took these strategies into her passion for Spanish and became the woman we know her as today, a great Spanish teacher. Ms. Sheppard says, “I always enjoyed sharing knowledge and strategies for learning.”

“Being a Spanish teacher is my way of sharing in the mission of peace and brotherhood. I aim to encourage acceptance of diversity and celebration of life in its many expressions.” Ms. Sheppard says of her mission as a teacher.

In High School, as a student, Ms. Sheppard found inspiration through her own Spanish teacher. Her teacher traveled through Latin America as a Peace Corp worker and Ms. Sheppard was excited by, “her descriptions of different cultures and the practical use that could be made of a subject I was studying in school.” Ms. Sheppard was drawn in to the subject because of the cumulative nature of learning a language.

Ms. Sheppard brought these skills to Fairfield University where she went to college and met a professor who she ended up modeling her teaching methods on. The professor “made language learning come to life by bringing in musical instruments and cultural regalia”. Junior Mark Duffy says, “She always strives to make her class fun while also educating through her passion for teaching.”

Ms. Convertino, head of the Spanish department says, “All of Ms. Sheppard’s students love her and she is one of the most dedicated Spanish teachers ever.”

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Ms. Sheppard doesn’t only connect with her Spanish students, as the advisor of the Helping Hands club at Foran she reaches out to many students. Duffy says, “She is always there for her students, no matter what the circumstance.” Every year Helping Hands chooses a charity and raises money for that charity. This year the charity was the Yale New Haven Children’s hospital and the club raised $359.01 from their community tag sale. Sheppard encourages all students to join, she says “Simply come see me in room 338 and inform me that you would like to help out.” The club also hopes to join up with other service clubs at Foran to work together on future events.

Ms. Sheppard’s favorite aspect of teaching and advising is working with students every day to bring happiness into each other’s life. “Every day is a new chance to make a different in others’ lives directly and indirectly.”

Ms. Sheppard believes all students can learn multiple languages, regardless of their abilities. As a teacher she is talented in enabling struggling learners to succeed. She was opened up to this skill from the birth of her son, Patrick. Patrick has Downs Syndrome and learns best though “repetition and experience, humor and low anxiety, and a nurturing environment.” Ms. Sheppard added, “If Patrick can learn a second language, then all students here at Foran can progress toward becoming bilingual.”

Ms. Sheppard is loved by all her students because of the joy and fun experience of learning she brings to the classroom every day.


Student Spotlight: Chloe Poroslay

Paige Kissinger

Staff Writer

This month’s student spotlight focuses on senior Chloe Poroslay. With graduation just around the corner, her plans are set in stone. Poroslay was accepted in the Questbridge National College Match Scholarship, which matches low income students with full rides to top schools.

“The process was intense, but worth it. I encourage everyone, sophomores and juniors in particular, to check QuestBridge out and see if they qualify. For me, it was a life saver,” she says.

Poroslay was accepted into Davidson College, located on the main street of Davidson, North Carolina. She is interested in learning many things, such as computer science, environmental biology, German, and dance with a pre-law track.

“But who knows? I’m also interested in engineering, human bio, and my life goal is to become an astronaut,” Poroslay says. “I like to argue.”

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Poroslay participated in Davidson’s Spring Visit Program in March where they flew her to the campus. “It was an amazing experience. I met some of the coolest people and made some great friends,” she says. She had front row seats to Davidson’s Q&A style discussion with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She also attended several courses and met with many professors during her stay at Davidson.

“The town of Davidson has a really cozy small-town vibe, it reminds me of one of my hometowns, Windham, New York,” Poroslay says.

When asked what she will remember most about Foran, she said, “On moving to Foran last May, I felt like the new kid for all of thirty seconds, and I won’t forget that. I’m going to miss the five minute walks to the beach after school.”

Poroslay can’t wait to experience and learn new things in college, but says the thing that she will miss the most when moving to North Carolina is “just how liberal Connecticut really is.”

To learn more about the scholarship that Poroslay participated in, there is a website available online here.


 

Anna Levinson

Class of 2014

A Message From Foran Alumn

Perhaps nothing is more tantalizing and terrifying than the idea of living under your own responsibility – a tenuous independence between high school and a career. This is the essence of college: awe inspiring and yet utterly unnerving (especially if you start off the semester by stumbling over a chair and spilling your coffee everywhere). But while college is a far cry from any comfort zone, it will force you to grow and develop into yourself in the best ways, especially if you choose a college in an individual-emphasizing city, as I have with NYU.

It is obvious that college is very different from high school: teachers become professors, classes become lectures, and fire drills become an annoyance rather than a reason to miss class – even more so if you’re in the shower when it sounds. However, college is not as you may have seen it portrayed in the movies with obnoxious frat parties or sophisticated-seeming weeks of exams. My best comparison, in fact, would be to sleep-away camp, except instead of kayaking and crafts, you have naps and 150 pages to read for the second day of class for some cruel, cruel reason. The point is that when you’re in high school, college seems like some unfathomable other world, and granted, for the first week or so it may still feel like that. However, in time it will become part of the everyday and you will realize that you were more prepared and capable than you thought, as I did.

When my mom left me alone in my dorm for the first time –  unpacked and overwhelmed –  I sat there for a long while, perplexed by possibility and searching for answers within the class Facebook page, legitimately afraid to go outside. But with one semester under my belt –that semester passes faster than expected, as all things do – I am impassioned as I never have been before, falling in love with this city’s magnificence and even its desolation every day. College will do this: it will help you understand yourself as you understand your surroundings. It will give you the opportunity to choose a place that feels new and infinitely vibrant, as well as tailor your classes to your interests. This individualized experience is perhaps the greatest aspect of college – you treasure learning more when you are able to create your own education in a sense, both in the classroom and out of it.

I have learned firsthand about activism, philanthropy, and last but not least, the ruthlessness of New York drivers. I can tell you about sprinting 10 blocks in heels to catch a fashion show, or the kind man who brings buckets of soap, sticks, and string to wrap people in enormous bubbles in Washington Square Park. I have already garnered so many unique experiences and met so many extraordinary people. Even if you choose to commute or attend college close to home, there is something to be gained from the chance to start anew, to flourish as you abandon the familiar. College will test you, but it will also show you a new world exteriorly and within you, once you develop the confidence to embrace it. You will grow to appreciate the potential and instability of such a transition, and you will never know how you once functioned at 7 a.m.


Jacqueline Fernous

Staff Writer

What’s Appening?

While surfing the web for the next two apps to talk about this month, I came across Foran’s Media Center site where Mrs. Pellegrino shared a link to 40 apps useful for school. While looking, I found a great app called “Popplet.”

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Popplet is very similar to Spiderscribe and Prezi. It is used for organizing notes and projects into something that is very easy to read and clearly present. Popplet can be used for school and work purposes and is very quick to learn.

When opening the application the first time, a box shows up in the corner that gives step by step instructions on how to use the functions on the site. A good thing about this app is that it is available online and on smartphones.

So you can access Popplet virtually anywhere. Popplet is very customizable especially in the sense that it allows you to draw things anywhere on the presentation, which is something that neither Spiderscribe nor Prezi can do. And for those teachers who are looking for new ways to present their information to their classes, this can be a very useful tool for them as well. Popplet presentations can be printed and given out to students as well.

Another app that I have come across is called “Aurasma” and this is a very interesting and somewhat complicated app to understand. It is probably most beneficial for students who are drawn more to the arts and graphic design. The basic idea of the app is to upload what are called “trigger pictures” and then to add an “overlay,” which can consist of images, videos, 3D scenes or models. Formats include: MP4, FLV, PNG, JPEG and .TAR (3D). Then a channel must be created which is where all of your Aura’s are stored.

The app allows people to create images that are personal to them and express a message through more than a simple picture and a few words. The location of your trigger image can be added so others can see where it was taken. Aurasma is very useful for people who are interested in marketing and selling products because it sets your product apart from others based on the applications available on the site. It can also be used for “Advertising, Publications, Product Apparel, Point of Sale, Location Events, and Catalogue Questionnaire.” Both of these apps are highly useful and definitely worth a look.


By: Julian Yuliawan

A Message From Foran Alumn…

Some people have it all figured out and know what they want to do for the rest of their life. For example, get a bachelor’s degree, go to grad school, and become a doctor.

The truth is, however, most of us don’t know what we want to do and that’s okay. So how does one figure out what they should study in college? The key is to follow your passion. After all, you are going to be paying thousands of dollars and accumulating debt, so make sure you are going to study something that you actually care about or are interested in.

Yes the main goal is to choose a major in which you can find a sustainable job after graduation. However, probably an even more important goal is to love the job you have. As for me, I was always passionate about sports so I decided to major in kinesiology in hopes that I can become an athletic trainer for a professional sports team or university.

For some people though it may not be as easy to automatically know what they are passionate about.

The good news is that this is what college is all about, discovering you. It is perfectly okay to go into college with an undecided major. This allows for opportunity to try different classes and really figure out what interests you and what does not. Also, just because you enter college with a certain major does not mean you will graduate with a degree in that major. I know several people who have changed their majors multiple times throughout their collegiate careers.

What it all connects back to is passion. Don’t be one of those people who chooses a major simply because it makes money. Yes that is important, but what is also important is your happiness. So when the question, “What do you want to be when you’re older?” arises, don’t answer with an occupation such as doctor or lawyer. The real answer is “happy.” The best advice I can give is that when you get to college, lead with your dreams and follow your heart.


 

Liam Oliver

Former Staff Writer

A Message From Foran Alumn…

The college application process is probably the most confusing thing I have ever done. I ultimately made a good choice in my college decision though; I am currently commuting to Albertus Magnus College. When applying to college I looked at two things and two things only, available majors and tuition price. Around now and is when everyone in the senior class starts talking about their dream schools and it becomes hard to remember that college is an investment. By this I mean that no matter how gorgeous the campus is or how great the football games and night life sound, at the end of the day we are all leaving there with a degree and a bill. Those two things will dictate how your life goes for many years after that. For some people the degree really doesn’t mean much but for others it will help get a job to pay off those student loans and start an independent life. The key is recognizing your interests and when in doubt, go to the place that costs the least. I implemented this strategy when deciding to commute, admittedly it was hard when my other options were far more glamorous and in keeping with the classic “college experience” idea. I stuck to it though and it worked out great, I have way more freedom than I would if I was stuck with no car or job on a big campus somewhere, I have avoided student loans thus far and I really don’t feel like I am missing all that much. A group chat has been made with some of my friends who decided to commute as well and “the squad” (as I affectionately refer to it) hangs out several times a week. I admit though that some of my satisfaction comes from luck, the major I decided on is available at my school and I generally am a low-key kind of guy (It is easier not to miss all the parties when you aren’t totally committed to the party lifestyle to begin with). If I had any advice to give to someone who was picking a college right now, I would say ignore your friends they know basically nothing, ignore your college tour guide, he/she is a salesman. Visit the friends you may have at their dorms, decide if that is what you want and more importantly, what you truly believe will be of value to you. Be honest with your self about where you may land career wise and finally, remember that if you actually had any game to begin with, girls would like you in high school. Moving to a dorm in Massachusetts won’t change much, but having no debt later and buying an Audi might actually help your chances….Unless you are Nik Griswold, in which case apparently all it takes is leaving high school….


 

Hanna Birenbaum

Staff Writer

Hola, National Spanish Honor Society was held on Thursday, October 23. Nine 12 graders were inducted and twenty 11 graders. The 12 graders inducted were Shaina Arsenault, Bryce Ciccaglione, Tyler Colwell, Nicole Jurgot, Drew Lenz, Alfred Mingrone, Matthew Rubenstein, George Rusu, and Michaela Smith. The 11 graders inducted were Sarah Barrett, Joesph Bartone, Lindsay Broderick, Emily Bromley, Katharine Buckheit, Lindsey Carlson, Justin Dickovick, Mark Duffy, Julia Farrell, Abby Felner, Matthew Flores, Julia Gual, Maxwell Gorlick, Ethan Hanna, Julia Mahroos, Sabrina Morgan, Pocholo Recto, Barbara Shehata, Bailey Wheeler, and Brian Wydra.

This marvelous ceremony began by each member being called up to receive their pin. Not only did they receive a pin, but they also were awarded a T-shirt and sign into the journal that has been going strong for 13 years. First year inductees received a white T-shirt and gold pin, while Second year inductees received a red, black, and gold pin. They were presented with these to signify their induction into the group.

The colors of the National Spanish Honor Society are red, black, and gold.  The qualifications for the National Spanish Honor Society are very difficult therefore showing the extent of how much of an honor it is to be chosen. To be selected a junior or senior must have completed Spanish 3 at levels one or two, additionally, the inductee must be enrolled in Spanish 4 or 5 at levels one or two. Also, needed by all, is a 3.7 or higher weighted cumulative GPA at the end of their sophomore or junior year and a cumulative GPA of 3.7 in Spanish 3 or 5. Lastly, juniors must be enrolled in Spanish for 3 years and seniors must be enrolled all 4 years. You cannot apply to the National Spanish Honor Society, therefore, proving just how impressive it is to be inducted. Mrs. Convertino as well as all the other Spanish teachers could not have been more proud with how well the celebration went!

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Amber Frank

Jacqueline Fernous
Staff Writers

Say “Nín hǎo” to Tyrone, and “S̄wạs̄dī” to Kata, two new exchange students at Foran High School.

Tyrone is here in Milford all the way from China.

“It is very cool,” Tyrone said about Milford. “The weather is nice. The beach is close to home; I want to go swimming at the beach but I was told it is too cold.”

Tyrone really enjoys his host family and gets along with them well.

“I enjoy all of the activities that Foran has,” Tyrone said. “It is much different from my home in China; there isn’t much to do there.”

Tyrone said his life in China is different than here.

“My home is very small by Chinese standards, but big for America. The air quality is a little better here, but that is common for big cities in China. Life is very fast and busy at home.”

Tyrone really enjoys soccer and volleyball, and in his free time, he says, “I like to play board games, table tennis, and Dungeons and Dragons.”

Tyrone wants the Foran community to know that he is a really funny guy who can tell lots of jokes. He is aware of the large language barrier, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make new friends. Next time you see Tyrone in the hallway, make sure to say hello – and maybe even ask for a joke.

We then caught up with Kata, another exchange student, from Thailand: The Foran community extends a hefty welcome.

When asked what his hometown was like, he responded by saying, “It is a small town surrounded by forest. It’s cold but not too bad.”

Next I asked what he thought of living in Milford so far, and he said, “It’s been very good and reminds me of my town a little bit.” Kata told us about his host family by saying, “They are very good! I like them very much, they are like my parents.”

When asked what he has thought about being a student at Foran so far, he said, “It’s cool! I like it a lot. They have so many activities and clubs to join.” While we chatted about some of his interests and hobbies he replied, “I like to play sports, like basketball, and I joined the chess club. So I’ll play chess with them when I have free time.”

We ended our interview with this message from him to our school: “Hi! I’m Kata, I’m very shy but it’s nice to meet all of you.”

It was so great getting to know and talk with Kata and Tyrone; they are very delightful. Make sure if you see Kata and Tyrone around to give them a warm welcoming smile.


 

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Jenny Weissauer

Columns Editor

Have the Power Tech Stars Fix Your Cars!

Ever wonder what’s wrong with your car brakes? Or how to change your oil? Take a trip down to tech hall and find out! I had the pleasure of observing a Power-Tech class and learning so much about great classes this school has to offer. Mr. Domeracki, a previous mechanic of 24 years, teaches students lifelong skills regarding auto mechanics.

There are three Power-Tech classes available including Power-Tech I, II, and III. Power-Tech one mainly focuses on an introduction to a small engine. Power tech II introduces the brakes, while Power-Tech III is a hands on experience fixing brakes and working with different parts of the car.

I sat in on period 5 Power- Tech III class and learned so much. Seniors Alex Russo and Mike Duhaime said in class they do various things that can range from oil changes, fixing brakes, and check fluid. Teaching repairs on suspensions and brake lines is definitely key because many of them become rottened from road salt and become unsafe.

“A productive mess,” as Mr. Domeracki describes his classroom. The students are busy and clearly work very hard at their jobs. Learning how to fix up your car in Power Tech III is very productive considering you can save you a lot of money! You can save money instead of having to go to a mechanic and pay hundreds of dollars for repairs.

In our power tech classes students fix up their own cars, as well as the options is open to all Foranpower tech 5 teachers and students. English teacher Mrs. DeFonzo had her car worked on a few time.  She has had her oil changed and some work done on her windshield wipers. DeFonzo says, “They took really good care of my car and were very careful. They give you your keys back at the end of the day and the price is very good. If there is ever a problem you can always go back!”

I highly suggest looking into Power Tech classes. It is a great way to get some very helpful and resourceful information under your belt! So, check it out and head down to tech hall today.


Fallon Bevino                                                                                                                                                                                 Former Staff Writer

A lot goes into going to college. The visits, the applications, the essays, the stress and constant pressure, the decision, and then the anticipation that leads up to move in day. It’s stressful, and its something that high school seniors have never had to do or think of before. When looking back, I wish I had did some things differently. I wish I had known the things I know now, but that’s why they always said that we live and learn. To most, college is looked at as a time to party and make new friends, and really be on your own. For the most part it is, and its fun, up until you realize that you have to make  schedule for yourself, maintain a healthy lifestyle and sleep schedule, and then on top of that, you have to go to class regularly, study on your own, do all your work, and work for good grades. College can be a great thing if you learn how to balance it all.

The toughest transition I faced was being so unsure what was in store for me. I wasn’t sure if I truly liked the school, I had doubted my ability to live on my own, and I was worried about where the semester would take me. The hardest part about that was that I was doing it on my own, in a new area, new people, and no familiar faces to comfort me.

Going to college does different things for each person. I’ve witnessed a few. There’s the freshman that is so wrapped up in meeting new people, going out, barely sleeping, always eating, and after a few weeks its starts to catch up with them. From Then there are the kids who overly stress about every little thing, so much so they end up driving themselves crazy. If I had to dig down and really search for something that I like, it would definitely be that it put me on a better schedule. I’ve noticed that I’ve become more organized, driven and motivated to do better in my classes and put more effort into my health.

If there was one piece of advice that I have for students applying, and choosing schools it would be that in the end, when you’re at school, living on your own, you are the only person that your decision will affect. When visiting schools, try to plan ahead, and think about more than just if you like the campus or not. Will you feel at home? Will you be comfortable living in the area? There are tons of things that will go into your decision, but in the end, all that truly matters is your happiness. If you feel that you will be happy and successful at a school that you’re choosing, odds are you will be. But the only way to figure it out is to give it a try. We all live and learn, and as long as you put your best foot forward and go into it with an open mind, things will work out in this long, hard, and stressful process.


Max Jerue

Editor-in-Chief

I’ve always found it quite mystifying the way music, no matter the genre, moves people: whether it entails the band pumping up the football players before a game or classical music allegedly helping students study.

Although my demeanor seems robotic and my actions are almost always satirical, I – surprising to some – have feelings, and the music I play often reflects the mood I happen to be in. Most of the songs I mention are played on a regular basis; the songs may be uninspiring, cliché chart toppers or unknown gems. Hopefully my choices garner some intrigue, be it in a positive or negative light.

High school can be really tough in a first world country: Air conditioning, food, and receiving an education are challenges that we, as a civilized, evolving society, need to overcome. Therefore, I often need heavy music to get me through the day.

It could happen on a Monday, a Tuesday, or a Thursday; a name given to a certain day in a week is negligible. Often, I find myself going through the five stages of loss and grief, clinging to accumulated hope, rightfully gained by overcoming intense environmental adversity.

Chum” by Earl Sweatshirt, is a song that is indeed a deviation from the artist’s routine work, fitting the feelings of denial and sadness well. The depressing, downright ominous piano really steals the show, with Earl’s signature monotone voice – although the artist is losing the tone in future works – painting a dark picture of childhood abandonment.  Earl’s mother, “often offering peace offerings” to the artist, makes the listener wonder about an obviously strained relationship – and if the father played a role.

I usually play this song due to a variety of reasons, but not limited to: looking at my class rank and tearing up; perusing the site College Confidential and exploring a page entitled “Chances of Getting into Harvard”; or by simply looking at my Calculus grade, all while on my right elbow sighing deeply, as if there is a profound purpose attached to my exhalation.

I express my anger not by punching a pillow, but by listening to “Radicals” by Tyler, The Creator. This song, with – as usual- the production and the lyrics created by the U2 hating, Supreme loving Tyler, amplifies anger and rejects conformity, all while encapsulating the idea of individualism. Don’t follow the crowd and wear khakis to impress the girls or guys. Come on now: A nicely tailored jean is an essential staple to a young man’s growing wardrobe.

The five stage cycle is usually cut short because I realize I live in Milford, Connecticut. So, I regain my calm composure, and play “Do You” by Spoon. An upbeat track at its core, this song speaks on a surprisingly personal level to me as a young boy.

A man’s struggle to understand a girl’s nuances brings forth an eerily accurate representation of the perplexing circumstances revolving around the abstract idea of love – this description that may or may not pertain to me.

Speaking of love, when I need to get pumped up to talk to a girl, I usually play the song “Blue Suede” by Vince Staples. Try playing this song on a good pair of speakers. It makes one wonder if the Shmoney Dance is wired into the body because, inevitably, one will dance.

Trust me on this one: this song gets the blood pumping, and newfound confidence seems to appear out of thin air. Talking to senior Katherine Kurata is then a breeze. “Hi Max!” she says and I, with my confidence boost, answer with a succinct “Hey,” although minimal loss of thought may pop up. Not the song’s fault, though.

Cool Kids” by the group Echosmith is a fan favorite, and for good reason. The figure in the song has a dream of being friends with the cool kids, stating that they “seem to fit in,” although the character comes to a realization that the “cool kids” have their own individual problems; ones that cannot be easily detected.

“This song is really good! It really describes you, Max,” senior Franklin Valdez said to me. I agreed with him because, well, Frank is on the football team. Overall, music speaks to us all on different levels and can affect our everyday lives.


Jenny Weissauer

Columns Editor

Hi my fellow students, peers, friends! My name is Jenny Weissauer and I’m coming to you monthly with all the advice about high school you need. In other words, I’m basically like “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” for Foran High School. For those of you that don’t know me, I’m a senior, captain of the swim team, member of FIT and Natural Helpers, and a dog lover.

Now let’s get down to business. This month I’ve decided to focus on something we all could use a little help with. How many of you have been personally victimized by the stress of back to school? (Mean Girls reference) Seriously, getting back into the swing of things with a new school year can be pretty difficult. Many of us have some trouble trying to get organized. Let’s be honest, most of us are still stuck in the summer mindset.

If you’re a visual learner like me, sticky notes are your best friend.  My room becomes barricaded with notes such as hand in that scholarship! Or you have a psychology test Friday! Or even the basic reminder to be a boss every day!

If sticky notes aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of other ways to hop on the organization train. Junior Jess Lavallee suggests having various folders for different subjects. Lavallee says, “Keep it color coded.” Different colored folders can be a helpful way to keep subjects separate and make for an easy trip to your locker .

Everyone should take a page out of senior Alexia Malangone’s Lily Pulitzer planner. When it comes to being busy, Malangone is the perfect person to talk to. Through juggling soccer, FIT club, and being president of Lion Pride Club (which you all should join if I do say so myself), Malangone keeps sane by planning out all her events. Writing out your schedule and assignments ahead of time can help relieve stress and promote good time management. After all, you know what they say: when in doubt, plan it out!

Let’s switch gears to draw attention to our lovely freshman. Freshman year can be quite hectic during the fall. Getting lost, getting adjusted to high school, and making new friends are all not such easy tasks. The best thing to do is just relax and remember it’s going to get easier. Your fellow freshman Emma Longley recommends to just stay positive. Agreeing with Longley, I think it’s all about looking forward to learning a lot and having some fun!

So remember the beginning of a new school year can be very difficult, but with some focus and hard work (and killer advice from this column) you’re going to get through it and have a great year. That’s all I have for you this month. Stay tuned for next month’s column with some new helpful tips by yours truly.


Jacqueline Fernous

Staff Writer

By now, it seems as though the whole world knows about Apple electronics and the ever-famous iPhone. Just recently, Apple CEOs unveiled their newest additions to the family. iOS 8 operating system, and the iPhone 6 as well as iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been the talk of the school for the past few days, maybe it’s  that 4.7 inch screen or the new camera quality and features. Both new iPhones are much bigger than the iPhone 5 and shockingly larger than the iphone 4. Some new features include faster Wi-Fi and improved LTE. Also the ability to send a voice text is something new and innovative to use.  Many buyers are extremely interested in the Apple Pay mobile wallet, where all your credit cards will be accessible through an APP on the phone. This is a feature not yet available on either device.

The only real difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is that the 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch screen and a much better battery life. Senior at Foran and IT wizard, Josh Teller says “I already pre-ordered the iPhone 6 Plus and cannot wait for all the amazing features.”

And of course, what’s a new phone without a new operating system? The iOS 8 operating system that come out only a few days ago, there are mixed reviews from downloaders across the world. For those of you with iPhone 4’s, the update may cause serious lagging and make the phone very difficult to use. iPhone 5 users will have a bit better of a time with the update. It offers more sharing options with ease of use, more photo editing features for all you “selfie” takers out there. And also the feature to create different keyboards, including Swiftkey which was a signature feature of Android devices.
The new updates in the Apple Electronic world are exciting and with the very high prices it might not be in everyone’s budget just yet, but in time, everyone will be carrying around and iPhone 6.
For all the Instagram users reading right now, here’s a tip for you! If you find your pictures too big for the app, you can always try InstaSize. Simply upload the picture you’d like to post on the app, and it will automatically make it small enough to post on Instagram! It’s quick and easy to use and will also show the whole picture.

 

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