the mane street mirror

Olivia Salai

Olivia Salai, Co-Editor in Chief

Hi! I’m Olivia Salai and I’m a junior. Outside of journalism, I’m choir president and my class’s vice president as well as an active member of Debate Club, Drama Club, Natural Helpers, and the outdoor track team. I dance in Teen Company at the Lee Lund Studio of Dance, volunteer for the Milford Historical Society as a docent and a Member-at-Large, work at Cone Zone, and perform in Broadway Method Academy’s productions.

All content by Olivia Salai
Foran at the Festival: Ryan Purviance, Olivia Salai, and Noah Held all participated in the 2022 All-State Festival for Band, Orchestra, and Choir.

All Smiles at All-State

April 12, 2022

     This year, student musicians were thrilled to find out the All-State Festival was able to happen in person. Students spent three days in Hartford working with a talented group of musicians, led by expert directors and conductors. It was many students’ first overnight trip of their high school...

Continue Reading
Out With the Old, In With the New: Inspirational quotes replace the familiar lions outside the Lit Center.

Mural, Mural, On the Wall

February 3, 2022

      After returning from winter break, many students were surprised to find the age-old lions had vanished from Foran’s walls. The school logo, accompanied by motivational quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Maya Angelou, have taken the lions’ place outside the Literacy Center. Additionally,...

Continue Reading
Monitoring Malnutrition: Doctors in Madagascar measure childrens’ arms to track their weight loss. Photo Courtesy of the World Food Programme.

“Silence, No Joy”

Madagascar Struck by Severe Famine
December 9, 2021

     Madagascar’s citizens are making history as the country battles the world’s first climate-induced famine. Cyclones, locust invasions, and half a decade of consecutive droughts aggravated by sandstorms have plunged 1.3 million people into a state of severe hunger. This crisis has left Madagascans...

Continue Reading
Rebel Territory: The Tigray Region highlighted within a map of Ethiopia.

Tigray Terror

Ethiopia's Capital Awaits Rebel Advance
November 10, 2021

     Ethiopia, the second-largest nation in Africa, has faced brutal battles over the last quarter century, but their most recent conflict may prove to be their downfall. Under the rule of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the country waged an intense 15 year war against the previous dictatorship,...

Continue Reading
Flashback to First Edition: Skyler with her first novel, EIGHT VEIN: THE GOLDEN HEART.

On The Write Track

Skyler Agresti's Novel Idea Becomes Reality
November 2, 2021

     At 12 years old, most kids are just beginning to explore the prospect of future aspirations. However, Skyler Agresti got a head start at the same age and used the literary works written by her 12-year-old self to publish her first novel on September 12, 2020, during her sophomore year. Agresti,...

Continue Reading
In Need of Some TLC: Foran’s media center prior to renovation. Photo courtesy: Olivia Salai, August 23, 2021.

Foran Provides TLC To Newly Coined “Teaching and Learning Commons”

September 14, 2021

     Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, the Foran media center operated on a digital basis to prioritize student safety. With the reversal of some Covid-19 protocols, online checkouts have been abandoned as most media centers revert back to the standard system.       While the likely return...

Continue Reading
Milford Memorializes: A photo of Foran’s new-and-improved softball field. Photo courtesy of Olivia Salai.

Honoring Danni Kemp

Excellent Student, Star Athlete, Exceptional Person
May 10, 2021

     On the morning of April 10, 2021, members of the Milford community attended a dedication ceremony at the newly christened Danielle Kemp Memorial Softball Field. The refurbished field honors Danni Kemp, a former student at Foran and a talented athlete. School officials also revealed to attendees...

Continue Reading
New Business, Old School Music: Storefront of Milford Static Era and Records. Photo courtesy of Olivia Salai.

Open for Business

Downtown Milford Welcomes New Stores
March 31, 2021

     Amidst the pandemic, many businesses have opened or are preparing to open in downtown Milford, Connecticut.      Milford Static Era and Records opened in October 2020. According to their https://staticerarecords.com/, they stock “new and (cared for) used vinyl, vinyl accessories, new...

Continue Reading
Foran Reads: Jaclyn DeLoma, the new Media Specialist poses in Foran’s library. (Photo courtesy of Olivia Salai, February 16, 2021.)

The Benefits of Reading for Teens

March 4, 2021

     Many students vividly remember their weekly trips down to their school’s media center back in elementary school. They could let their imaginations run free and escape into a make-believe world, or explore a topic of personal interest in the non-fiction section. As students progress into middle...

Continue Reading
New to the Zoo: Photo of a Mexican gray wolf, the newest addition to the Beardsley Zoo.  Photo courtesy of the Beardsley Zoo.

Beardsley Zoo Handles Covid-19

January 27, 2021

     Many Foran students growing up in Connecticut can recall a memory of attending the Beardsley Zoo. Popular among the young and old alike, Connecticut’s only zoo is a fan favorite for many events, including birthday parties, educational opportunities, or weddings.      In general, most...

Continue Reading
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: John Krusinski stands in front of the donations he’s collected for Toys for Tots this holiday. Photo courtesy Krusinski family.

Community Spotlight: Toys for Tots

Milford community donates
December 9, 2020

     During the holidays, local businesses and houses place oversized red mailboxes outside of their buildings to help Toys for Tots, an organization run by the Marine Corps. Community members donate toys throughout the colder months and are comforted knowing the toys will stay local and help kids...

Continue Reading
Giving Back at a Young Age: A young volunteer helps fill food bags. 
Photo courtesy of: Food 2 Kids Website

Community Spotlight: Food 2 Kids

November 13, 2020

     Food insecurity is a worldwide problem, and Milford isn’t exempt from this issue. Organizations like Food 2 Kids recruit volunteers from within the community to battle this widespread concern.       Volunteers at Food 2 Kids pack bags to send home with students who are dependent on school...

Continue Reading