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Connor Nieman

Connor Nieman, Content Editor

Hello, my name is Connor Nieman and I’m a senior at Foran High School.  I’m a content and layout editor for the Mane Street Mirror.  At Foran, I’m involved in Natural Helpers Club, Key Club, and Debate Club and am a member of the swim team and outdoor track team.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working out, and playing video games.

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Taking to the Streets: Protestors peacefully gather around the center of an American city, holding signs showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Date unknown from Pexels.

The Death of Tyre Nichols

A Story of the Impact Tragedy Can Have on a Community
Connor Nieman and Cal Wrigley | March 8, 2023

          On January 7, 2023, five police officers of the Memphis Police Department pulled over a 29-year-old black man named Tyre Nichols for reckless driving. However, when the police restrained him, they took turns punching and kicking him, beating him severely.             Twenty-five...

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Helping Those in Need: Damar Hamlin running The Chasing M’s Foundation and providing less fortunate children in his community with toys. Photo courtesy: GoFundMe.

Hamlin’s Health

The Impact of Damar Hamlin’s Injury
Connor Nieman and Cal Wrigley | January 13, 2023

   On January 2, 2023, in the first quarter of a Monday Night Football matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals, Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field after standing back up from a tackle. He was immediately treated by medical professionals, while players from the Bills...

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Grouped Together: Women stand together wearing Muslim headwear in Bagram, Afghanistan. Date unknown from Creative Commons.

“It is time to hold the Taliban accountable for their actions.”

The Oppression of Women in Afghanistan
Connor Nieman and Cal Wrigley | December 20, 2022

       When the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021, the Islamic extremist group the Taliban took over the government. Without the U.S. for protection, former President Ashraf Ghani fled to the neighboring country of Uzbekistan, and democracy in Afghanistan was toppled. This left...

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Stopping a Steal: Brendan Fallon prepares to throw the ball as a runner attempts to steal a base, April 16, 2022.

Brendan Fallon Makes an Impact on the Community

Connor Nieman and Cal Wrigley | November 22, 2022

          Senior Brendan Fallon has made his mark on Foran and the Milford community.  His bright and funny personality lights the halls of the school every day.  He has been part of the baseball team for three years as a catcher and is a Milford Little League umpire.  On top of this, he holds...

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Screen Damage: A section of the screen in this lanai laying in a backyard pool in IslandWalk at the West Villages in Venice, FL. October 7, 2022.

Navigating Hurricanes

Staying Safe and Informed
Connor Nieman and Cal Wrigley | October 24, 2022

          Hurricane Ian recently slammed the coast of southwestern Florida, which marks the beginning of hurricane season in the United States. Hurricanes are formed by warm and humid air over the ocean, and the season lasts from June 1 until November 30.  Entering the heart of the season, it is...

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A Dedicated Runner: Kevin Chen runs the trail at the first meet of the season at Wharton Brook State Park in North Haven, CT.  September 8, 2022.

The Keys To Success in Cross Country

Boys XC Reveal Strategies
Connor Nieman and Cal Wrigley | September 28, 2022

         Foran fall sports have officially started, and cross country is underway. Runners have been trekking different trails throughout the state and facing other high schools.  However, though meet results are available for everyone to see, the strategies behind the race that Foran’s runners...

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Hard at Work: Gunnar Pikul studying to prepare for his upcoming exams, May 8, 2022.

The Keys to Studying

Connor Nieman and Cal Wrigley | May 23, 2022

          Studying is commonly overlooked due to students’ lack of awareness of effective study habits.  However, when students find study strategies that work best for them, they’re likely to be much more successful academically.           According to an article from Stanford University,...

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Stay Connected: Milford residents are encouraged to read e-books and digital magazines from the library.

The Aspects of Eisenhower Park

Connor Nieman, Content Editor | March 25, 2022

     This Milford Public Library advertisement encourages Milford residents to read e-books and digitals magazines and even allows them to scan a QR code to register for a free library card. The graffiti written on this light pole not only represents patriotism but is also physical proof of the teenagers...

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Opportunities Await: Working papers, provided at the main office, are very accessible to students applying for jobs.

How to Apply and Be Successful at a Job

Connor Nieman and Cal Wrigley | March 7, 2022

     Applying for a first job can seem like a daunting and stressful task. However, many students are unaware of the resources they can use online and through their high school to apply for a job.  Equally important, if students are hired, they need to be aware of the ways to be an effective and...

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Defending against Delta: Students wear masks to prevent Covid-19. Taken Dec. 21, 2021.

New Covid-19 Variant May End Pandemic After Two Years

The Quick Rise of Omicron
Connor Nieman and Ronan Smith | December 22, 2021

     Variants for Covid-19 have often caused fear. From the early variants to delta, they have often changed the virus’ strength or its ability to spread. However, recent developments in South Africa may pave the road to the end.      As of December 21, the Omicron variant of Covid-19, originally...

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Performing a Push-Up: Gunnar Pikul demonstrates correct push-up form. Photo Courtesy: Gunnar Pikul, December 5, 2021.

Calisthenics: A Form of Exercise Often Overlooked

Connor Nieman, Content Editor | December 20, 2021

     While people typically associate working out with going to the gym, calisthenics are workouts that can be done easily at home because they don’t require any equipment. Calisthenic workouts are perfect for people who have a busy schedule.      As someone who’s been working out using...

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Masking Up: What affects mask mandates in public high schools?

Mask On, Mask Off

Mask Mandates in Public High Schools
Connor Nieman and Kaleigh Porcu | November 18, 2021

     Mask mandates in public high schools differ as you travel throughout the United States. States like Connecticut and Massachusetts currently require masks in high schools, while Florida and Texas do not enforce mask mandates but allow counties and districts to decide mandates for themselves.   ...

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Mental Health and Social Media: The percentage of teens who have depressive episodes and either consider or attempt suicide increases as the amount of time teens spend using electronic devices increases.

Cutting Back

Recognizing the Harmful Effects of Social Media
Connor Nieman, Content Editor | October 22, 2021

     The internet and social media are dominating our lives. Social media has compromised our communication skills, strained family relationships, and negatively impacted mental health.      One of the primary reasons why people have a hard time putting down their phones is because social media...

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The Big Red Apple: The apple statue at the Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market and Winery in Guilford, CT. Photo courtesy: Christine Nieman, September 12, 2021.

Fall in CT: Affordable and Enjoyable Activities

Connor Nieman and Azam Hostetler | September 21, 2021

     Fall in Connecticut is when families get together and take part in seasonal activities to celebrate the changing of the seasons. With the transition from summer to fall, many events begin to gain popularity due to their association with autumn.      When the seasons change, Halloween becomes...

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What Started It All: The first of twelve books in the Invincible comic book series.  Photo courtesy: Connor Nieman, May 6, 2021.

Why Teens Need to Watch Amazon Prime’s “Invincible”

Connor Nieman | May 22, 2021

     Before it was announced in 2018 that it would become a TV series, Invincible was a comic book series consisting of 12 books written by Robert Kirkman. The comics were written between the years of 2003 and 2018, and the new 2021 Amazon Prime animated series brings back the familiar faces of superheroes...

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A Student Who Stands Out: Due to his academic excellence, sophomore Joseph Cichowski receives a special certificate from the President’s Education Awards Program in 2019. Photo courtesy: Joseph Cichowski, February 23, 2021.

The Key to Getting Good Grades

Connor Nieman, Staff Writer | March 17, 2021

     Every student has most likely heard sometime in their life that getting good grades in school is the best way to boost their chances of being successful in the future. In addition, good grades are also a confidence-booster and allow students to feel a sense of accomplishment.  That being said,...

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The Mischievous Mouse and the Tormented Tomcat: A hungry Tom the tomcat pursues a mocking Jerry the mouse on the cover of the Tom & Jerry Golden Collection Volume One Blu-ray Disc. Photo Courtesy: Connor Nieman, January 11, 2021.

Which 2021 Films are the Best for You?

Connor Nieman, Staff Writer | January 21, 2021

     As we enter 2021, there are numerous exciting films to be released in the new year. Many are wondering which movies are and aren’t worth watching. That being said, this article is an analysis of several 2021 films that will help the reader determine which films are most suitable for them based...

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A Brilliant Ball Handler: Senior Lauren Heenan dribbles the ball down the court for Foran on offense. Photo courtesy: Lauren Heenan, Nov. 11, 2020

How Covid-19 is Affecting the WNBA

Connor Nieman, Staff Writer | November 16, 2020

     The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has been providing people in the United States and around the world with sports entertainment for years, but this year things are a little different due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.      The WNBA was approved by the NBA Board of Governors...

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