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Gracie Brogan

Gracie Brogan, Staff Writer

     Hi, My name is Gracie Brogan. I’m a freshman at Foran. I like to spend my time reading, writing, and listening to music. My favorite subjects so far this year are English, science, and journalism. 

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Marble House

Built in 1892, the Marble House was meant as a 39th birthday present for steamboat industry heir William Vanderbilts wife, Alva Vanderbilt. Not only does the home serve as an architectural landmark for the area, but it also shaped the social scene of Newport, transforming it from a quiet summer destination to a Gilded Age hotspot.

The Rich History of Newport Mansions

Gracie Brogan, Content Editor | May 10, 2024

While the New England hotspot of Newport, Rhode Island is known for its picturesque beaches and vital sailing life, it's home to historic Gilded Age mansions, each with a mysterious and unique history. The homes have seen years of luxurious parties, scandals, and important figures of the Gilded Age.

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Connor Rizzo performs on the keyboard.

Youth Band Dazzles California

Teach Kids Music All-Stars Band Plays at Music Festival
Gracie Brogan and Dabi Lee | March 7, 2024

          Music at Foran mainly consists of the band, orchestra, and choir, though a student at Foran seeks a bigger pursuit in his own band. Junior Connor Rizzo recently traveled to California for the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention. Where he, along with other members...

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Orchestra: Ryan Purviance performing on bass.

Turner Talks Tri-M

Gracie Brogan and Madeline Babcock | January 12, 2024

          Tri-M is a long-standing honor given to high school students around the country, a select group of students within Foran are admitted to this prestigious society through a rigorous test of musical ability. Orchestra and Band Instructor Ms. Turner breaks down the technicalities of this...

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Midterms 101

Guide to Acing Midterms
Dabi Lee and Gracie Brogan | January 10, 2024

          As the second semester comes to a close, students begin preparing for their dreaded midterm exams. For some students, the process has become familiar, while others have not yet had the experience of taking their midterms. What are Midterms?           Midterms are an exam taken...

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Key Club: Welcoming new members to the club! Key Club having its first meeting, the club meets every Tuesday at two o’clock, after school in the cafe, September 12, 2023.

Clubs Around the Corner

Rumeysa Bayram and Gracie Brogan | October 2, 2023

           Now that classes are settled and sports have officially begun, it's time for students to establish their pick of the numerous clubs and extracurriculars offered at Foran.             Foran's variety of clubs offer opportunities to practice any interest one might have. With...

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Orchestra Seniors: The seniors in orchestra for the 2022-23’ school year all posing together for the last time, April 25, 2023.

Tying the Final String

Saying Farewell to Seniors in Orchestra
Rumeysa Bayram and Gracie Brogan | May 19, 2023

          The graduating class of 2023 has made their mark across several groups and communities at Foran.           After four years of representing the school's musical talent, the orchestra class of '23 will move onto the next chapter in their lives.           Many of the students...

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Going Into The New Year: Lindsay and her family celebrating the New Year, December 31, 2021.

Out with the Old, In with the New

Celebrating the New Year
Rumeysa Bayram and Gracie Brogan | December 31, 2022

          As calendars come to a close and ‘22 becomes ‘23, many around the world are prepared to finish the year off strong with lively traditions and get-togethers. Whether it be festive meals, games, or general gatherings, many find a special celebration before and after the clock strikes...

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Charity Collection: Milford Fire Department Displays Toys for Tots donation box downtown. November 16, 2022.

True Holiday Spirit: The Act of Giving Back

Gracie Brogan and Dabi Lee | December 6, 2022

          The smell of a homemade meal, the first tear of wrapping paper on a present, and the laughter of loved ones are things one might describe when it comes to the holidays. Unfortunately for families in need, this ideal is not a reality. Aside from a lack of gifts and company, many are even...

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Key Club: Foran’s Key Club advisor and members showcasing their club, October 4, 2022.

[Photo] Getting Involved: Club Fair Brings New Opportunities to Students

Rumeysa Bayram and Jocelyn Gonzalez | October 18, 2022

Key Club: Foran’s Key Club advisor and members showcasing their club, October 4, 2022.

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Diving for Fall Season: Foran girl’s swim and dive performs at the fourth meet, September 20, 2022.

Cannonball: Girls Swim Jumps into New Season

Gracie Brogan and Jocelyn Gonzalez | October 10, 2022

            While the sports fall season tends to focus on football, the 2022 girls' swim and dive season is starting to make their splash. The team started their season with a win against West Haven, one of the fourteen meets the team will attend, West Haven, Cheshire, Daniel Hand, North Haven,...

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Working Together: Students Help Work Out Geometry Problems in Study Hall, May 1, 2022.

School Resources to Utilize for Final Exams

Gracie Brogan, Staff Writer | May 13, 2022

          With summer break approaching, students await the sand, sun, and surf. However, this anticipation comes with a catch, final exams. The school year concludes with the summary tests for each subject. Students may jump through hoops to gather all of the materials they can to be fully prepared...

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Emerald Dancers: Irish step dance team “Emerald Dancers” from the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance. Photo courtesy: Mulkerin School of Irish Dance.

Stepping into Success

A Look into Irish Step Dance
Gracie Brogan, Staff Writer | March 1, 2022

     Connecticut is home to many cultures and customs that embrace diversity of artistic expression. With St. Patrick's Day coming up, Irish culture and its customs, especially in the United States, is more prominent than ever.       The ways in which Irish step dancing continues to diversify...

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Comet Commotion: The characters looking up at the notorious comet. Photo courtesy:, December 27, 2021.

Film Review: Don’t Look Up

Gracie Brogan, Staff Writer | January 28, 2022

     In December of 2021, the dystopian comedy film, Don’t Look Up, was released on Netflix. Don’t Look Up, which was written, produced, and directed by Adam Mckay, is in the top five watched films on Netflix charts as of January 1, 2022. Accumulating about 321.5 million viewing hours so far according...

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Class Officers: Officers from the classes of 2025-2022: Connor Rizzo, Arvid Torngrip, Olivia Salai, Jacob Collette, Kaleigh Morton, Julia Decicchi, Katharine Harrison, Jay Yang, Megan McTigue, and Arezoo Ghazagh.

What Class Officers are Doing to Benefit the Student Body

Gracie Brogan, Staff Writer | January 5, 2022

     In the spring and early fall, student council elections are held. The class elections allow students to be able to choose a representative from their class. These representatives, or officers, help with many events and organize fundraisers which benefit the school. Many students aren’t aware...

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Vaccination Sites Around Milford: Pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS are places you are able to receive a vaccination.

Pfizer Announces Vaccine for Ages 5-11

Further Steps are Taken to Maintain a Healthy Learning Environment
Gracie Brogan, Staff Writer | November 11, 2021

     As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact schools, medical workers strive to make learning environments more secure. The release of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for ages 12-16 made it possible for middle and high school students to get immunized. Now, there is news about a vaccine for younger...

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Key Club Officers: (From left to right) Arezoo Gazagh:  Vice President of the Key Club, Mrs. Ganun: Club Advisor, and Delaney Mayville: Media Specialist.

Lending a Hand

Volunteer Opportunities Up and Running Since Quarantine
Gracie Brogan, Staff Writer | October 21, 2021

     Schools across the world changed drastically due to Covid-19. Precautions like cohorts, masks, and social distancing were taken, and extracurriculars ceased to operate.      This year, Foran hopes to welcome back clubs and create a less-isolated environment for students. Some clubs that...

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