What Happened to the School Store?

Brooke Taylor and Yasmine Powers

Staff Writers

 

Did you know we have a school store? The store is open twice a week during activity period, on Mondays and Wednesdays.  The club meets twice a month and decides what to stock in the store.  They currently sell Gatorade, water, gum, chips, Chewy granola bars, lollipops, and candy.  

The club officers responsible for running the store are juniors Kaitlyn Gera, Kelvin Huynh, Rachel Batizfalvi, and Amandeep Kaur.  When the store is open it is run by the members of the club and it is overseen by one of the club’s officers, who are also the store’s managers, and one of the club’s advisors. “We make a calendar and when people come to the meeting they can sign up for what days they want to work,” said Gera.

The club also decides how to price these items.  In fact, this was the topic of their first meeting of this year.  “We are also taxed on anything we sell, so we also have to include taxes when considering the final prices of everything in the store,” said one of the club’s advisers, Terese Eaton. The club buys most of their items in bulk from grocery stores and then they resell them inside the store in order to make a profit.  “It’s easier to buy in bulk, so we’ll go to BJ’s or Sam’s Club and we’ll buy the items and then we exchange the receipt for money we have in the club,” said Gera.

The sales have raised some money, but not a large amount because the store has some restrictions, like it cannot be open during lunches because the students already have food available to buy from the cafeteria. Many students that are a part of the club also have different academic and athletic obligations, making it sometimes difficult to workout a proper schedule. All the money they gain from their sales, aside from taxes, goes back to the club. They haven't raised quite enough money yet to do anything with it, but this will be a topic discussed at their next club meeting.

In the future, the club would like to expand the inventory in the store to selling clothing.  “They’d like to put the money back into the store, moving forward,”  said Rice.  The officers also look to possibly open the store another day of the school week during activity period. “As the year goes by, maybe we’ll add another day because we know a lot of people stay after school, so it may be beneficial for them to buy a snack,” said Gera.

Corporate Communications established the store, but in 2016, the club took over. Last year, students became quite involved during the second half of the school year, now they run it almost entirely independently. “It was the second half of the year that they ran [the store],” said the club’s other adviser, Stephanie Rice.


 

Another Successful Year at ESSPA

Emaline Mason

Murphy Foss

Nick Mannion

Staff Writers

Sports Editor

On Nov. 3, Jamesville-DeWitt High School students from  Rambunctious and RamPage earned 31 awards from the Empire State School Press Association for their artistic and journalistic talents. They received the awards for a wide array of pieces, from sculptures to articles, poems to webpage designs.

Members of both clubs as well as students from the Journalism class attended the ESSPA conference, held at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. The ceremony was held after a collection of seminars that focused on improving students writing and media skills. ESSPA has been promoting the education and development of aspiring high school journalists since 1937. Co-founded by M. Lyle Spencer and Dr. Douglass W. Miller, the organization has been holding this event for 80 years and students from Jamesville-Dewitt have been attending for over two decades.

Both J-DHS’s Rampage and Rambunctious publications took home numerous awards (listed below). “This was our third year going [to the ESSPA conference],” said Rambunctious editor, junior Sophia Liaw, “we’ve grown a lot in terms of quality and amount of awards won.” The conferences have also been helpful in giving suggestions and advice to the publications who have attended. “It has helped us a lot,” said Liaw, “since last fall we’ve added a lot of elements that we learned from ESSPA.” adviser Matt Phillips was also pleased with the publication’s experience this year, “I thought [the event] went very well,” said Mr. Phillips, “we split up and got to go to lots of different workshops.” Rampage adviser Trinity Conner added that she was “very pleased” with the publications awards at ESSPA.


RamPage Awards:

  • Honorable Mention, Feature Writing (Division B), Everett Moss and Evan Blust, (“New Faces in the Old Crowd”)

  • Honorable Mention,  Front Page Design

Rambunctious Awards:

Gold:

  • Literary Magazine / All New York -- Rambunctious Winter 2017

  • Literary Magazine / All New York -- Rambunctious Spring 2017

  • Best new publication -- Rambunctious Online

  • Online / All New York -- Rambunctious Online

  • Most Improved Publication -- Rambunctious

  • Haberle Conlon, “Before the Flood” (Poetry)

Silver:

  • Rambunctious Staff, “Mama and I” (Layout)

  • Sofia Liaw, “Sox: a play” (Specialized Content)

Bronze:

  • Michale Schueler, “Stardust” (Poetry)

Honorable Mention

  • Rambunctious Staff, “Carl Wenzel Interview” (Specialized Content)

  • Giovanni Antonucci, “Spring 2017”(Cover Design)

 

Artwork Awards:

Gold:

  • Mona Osman, “Seksaka”

  • Mary Dorazio, “HIdden Towers”

  • Claudia Hauser, “Girl” (Photography)

  • Ailish McDevitt, “Blue Suede Shoes” (Photography)

  • Maddy Ferris, “Clown” (Sculpture)

  • Nikki Jiang, “Mice” (Sculpture)

  • Zachary Kushnir, “Keeper” (Sculpture)

Silver

  • Caelen Constantino, “Whose Men”

  • Emma Buck, “Venice” (Photography)

  • Katie Tzivanis, “Look Away” (Photography)

Bronze:

  • Anna Naugle, “Photograph” (Photography)

  • Clare DiGiovanni, “Doll”  (Sculpture)

J-DHS Holiday Spirit Wear Sale

Steven Baker and Tarky Lombardi

Staff Writers

The holiday season is here and for those of you looking for gifts, the Corporate Communications classes are having a Spirit Wear Sale. The sale includes long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, a quarter zip sweatshirt, and a winter hat. “ The Corporate Comm. students came up with the idea for the hat because “it’s fun, it’s winter, it’s Syracuse,” said Terri Eaton, one of the  Corporate Communications teachers. It took a lot of trial and error among the Corporate Communication classes to come up with the final designs.

Although, it’s unknown where the proceeds of the Spirit Wear Sale are going yet, Corporate Communications will give it to a good cause. Most J-DHS student athletes buy their JD apparel through the sports they play.“It’s hard for kids that aren’t involved in sports to buy JD clothing and this sale gives them an opportunity to buy some,” said Mrs. Eaton.  Make sure to show your school spirit by purchasing something from the Spirit Wear sale. See Mrs. Eaton or Kristin Gallivan for an order form or visit https://stores.inksoft.com/jdrams.

Boys Basketball Play For A Great Cause

Francesca Chirco and Everly Kessler

Staff Writers

Our neighbors at Fayetteville-Manlius High School have shown their support for Camp Good Days in years past by hosting dance marathons to raise funds for the organization. This year will be different as Jamesville-DeWitt and F-M will be joining together in a charity basketball game on Friday, Dec. 8, in order to raise money and awareness for the Camp Good Days organization.

This idea of holding a charity basketball game has been something both schools have wanted to do for a couple of years now, as more people can be involved and a greater impact can be made. This year, the students of both the F-M and J-D National Honors Society have been collaborating in order to plan the “Hoops for Courage” game and the smaller fundraisers that will also be taking place. One of J-DHS’s guidance counselors, Diane Ennis, who has been on the Camp Good Days board for three years, was especially interested in hosting a charity game, and she was the one who presented the idea to the NHS officers. Mrs Ennis hopes that this will be a very successful fundraiser and she says her main goal is to “raise money and awareness while having fun in the process.”

The NHS officers from both schools have been planning the game for weeks via conference calls and over email. The officers have been promoting the charity game by putting up posters and giving students the chance to pre-order “Hoops For Courage” shirts for $15. All profits from both of the school’s shirt sales will be given to Camp Good Days. The NHS officers are also responsible for coordinating the details with Mrs. Ennis and Camp Good Days as 10 local campers are being honored at the game and will also be attending a few of the practices. “This game is our way of showing that we care for our community and will always be there to support one another,” says NHS co-vice president, Jenna Vespi.

Leading up to the game, J-DHS’s and F-MHS’s Varsity Boys Basketball teams will be holding joint practices where the campers will have the chance to meet the teams and interact with the players. The coaches are planning to make these practices more relaxed and fun so the kids can participate alongside the varsity players. Not only will these practices benefit the children, but the coaches and players will be equally as impacted.“I think that the joint practice will make the kids less intimidated by us and will be really inspirational for our team,” says J-DHS Head Coach Jeff Ike.

In addition to selling t-shirts at the game, tickets for 50/50 raffles will also be available, as will be tickets to win various baskets donated by local businesses. All revenue from the sales will be donated to Camp Good Days to be used to benefit the children attending the Camp. During the game, children who attend Camp Good Days will serve as honorary coaches and cheerleaders for both teams. These children will be escorted by the players onto the court at half-time as students and spectators alike listen as the J-D Honors Chamber Choir, which is a chorus of 24 hand-picked signers, and campers sing Fight Song, the camp’s anthem. “When I realized I would be playing in this game, I was happy that I would be a part of raising and helping out for this foundation,” says sophomore Matthew Ceiplicki.

For Coach Ike, this is his first time coaching at a charity game of this size. He plans to play this game like any other but reminds his players that “it’s more of raising money than a competitive game.” Senior captain Takuya LaClair is also motivated to give the campers the best possible experience as he knows that this game is important for the kids, their families, the organization, and even both schools. “It’s good that we’re doing this to spread awareness to make their days and make them happy,” says LaClair.

Camp Good Days Syracuse is an organization that provides free programming to kids of all ages who have been diagnosed with cancer. The purpose is to raise their spirits and to create interaction between local children with cancer, as they are the only ones who truly understand each other's struggles.This organization originated in Rochester, New York but has since spread to 22 other states. According to Campgooddays.org,1,500 kids, adults, and families are helped by the organization each year.

“It shows the kids that there is more to athletics than just winning and losing. You can use it as a platform to be helpful and I think that’s one of the big things that makes it an important game,” says Coach Ike.

Come support this great cause!

Model United Nations Rocks The Competition

Grace Paparo and Lily Loewenguth

Staff Writers

The Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s Model United Nations recently returned from two conferences, one in Rochester and one, locally, at Manlius Pebble Hill. The team did “really well, probably the best JD has done in a while,” said club president junior Alan Gao.

For the first conference of the year, MUN went to MPH on Oct. 21. When students attend conferences they talk about real world issues in the perspective of a country. “The person who stays true to the policies of the country, (the) student who speaks persuasively, and who works well with others is the person who is going to win an award,” said club adviser and social studies teacher Donna Oppedisano. Sophomore’s Josh Hillers and Eva Schooler won “outstanding delegate,” senior Somil Aggarwal won “best delegate,” and both junior Aliyah Kilpatrick and sophomore Aniket Maini won an honorable mention.

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Freshman Max Mimargolu, also won “best new delegate” despite being a new member of MUN. He said he won the award by “getting out there and speaking (in front of people).” According to other members of the club, such as sophomore Pranathi Adhikari, who is the club’s treasurer, many students win awards by being an “outspoken delegate” which means “talking a lot and having good ideas.”

On Nov. 3, MUN traveled to Hilton High School in Rochester for their annual conference Brighton High School, another school who attends the conference, is known for “dominating that conference but we came very close (to winning),” said Gao; “many of our new delegates did really well.” “We did historically well in Rochester… close to 70 percent of the students at the conference won an award,” said club adviser and social studies teacher Vitaliy Yanchuk. Each committee debated, found resolutions, tried to get other people on board and finally pass those resolutions. Sophomore Wynnie Gross says that “it was shocking how well we did considering lot of our best delegates were chairs,” meaning you can’t win an award, only reward them to other delegates.

The club teaches its members how to implement research, speak in public, have an open mind and use active thinking skills. “The Model U.N club gives kids a chance to choose a country, do research, and represent their country at a conference,” said Yanchuk. It also helps create an aspect of a school community through teamwork and independent leading roles.

You may find more information about chairs and committees at http://www.hilton-mun.org/

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Hurricane Hits Home for Señora DeJesus

By Francesca Chirco and Everly Kessler

Natural disasters caused extreme devastation in the southern part of North America this fall.

Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, a category four hurricane, on Sep. 20, 2017, causing 51 deaths and a 40 day blackout according to CNN.com. Maria has provoked the longest blackout in the United States’ history, with the loss of 1.25 billion hours of electricity for the Puerto Ricans according to Weather.com. A majority of the residents of Puerto Rico have been displaced from their homes, due to the destruction from the hurricane.

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Mexico is also recovering from the earthquake that struck Sep. 19 and took over 200 lives and completely demolishing hundreds of buildings according to CNN.com. Rescuers and soldiers worked for days cleaning up and pulling people out of debris from fallen buildings and houses. Mexico also lost electricity as power poles toppled, and along with causing a power outage, blocked roads and streets, preventing transportation. Over 5 million civilians were still without electricity the next day according to CNN.com.

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Jamesville-DeWitt High School junior class officers initiated a fundraiser in order to raise money for the people of Puerto Rico and Mexico. “My fellow officers and I saw what was going on in the news and how certain people in leadership positions weren’t taking enough initiative to do the things that would help,” said junior co-Vice President Sayaka LaClair. The officers placed boxes in all of the homerooms so that students could deposit any loose change or cash. The homeroom which collected the most money was to receive a doughnut party in reward.

Tragedy from the hurricane struck close to home as some of the J-DHS faculty members have relatives in the affected areas. Spanish teacher Señora DeJesus has family in Puerto Rico whose homes have been completely demolished. They lost all of their valuables and are still without power. This fundraiser was especially personal for Señora and she took it upon herself to motivate her homeroom students to bring in as much money as possible. In order to show the students the extreme need for aid in Puerto Rico, she displayed photos her family and friends had sent her of the destruction. “Most of my family lost everything. All but one of my family members lost the roof of their home and with that went everything in their houses,” said Sra. DeJesus.

In Sra. DeJesus’s 12 years of working at J-DHS, she has never once had a homeroom raise more than $50 for a fundraiser, but this year’s class was different. She promised the students that she would double the amount of money they brought in, as well as award them another doughnut party in addition to the one given by the junior class. The students brought in donations, and by the first week, the class had already raised $100. After DeJesus doubled that amount, the students continued to donate and support the cause that was so close to their teacher’s heart.

Many of DeJesus’s homeroom students, including freshman Inika Gajra, felt connected to her story. “She was pretty emotional about the family she hadn’t heard from yet and she showed us pictures of her family and neighbors, and we got to see how they had nothing left. I think that really encouraged us,” said Gajra. By the end of the fundraiser, DeJesus’s class was able to have collected $343.00, which was over half of the total amount of money raised by the whole school.

In total, the school raised $641.68 for the people Mexico and Puerto Rico, over the course of three weeks of funding.The junior class officers then donated the funds to the Hispanic Federation via local banks whom were accepting donations to distribute to the organization.“We wanted to do something about it. We are not a big city but we wanted to do something to spark change,” said LaClair.

Another Successful Pink Out

Zoe Potamianos, Mara Durkin, Meghan Evans

Staff Writers

This October, Jamesville-DeWitt High School students and staff participated in the annual Pink Out and other fundraisers in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Students and teachers have had parents and relatives who have been personally affected by this awful disease, so the community likes to support organizations that fight it.

One way the community supported the fight was through the monthly Red Out, which is when teachers can wear red and donate a $1 or more to that month’s chosen cause. Since October was breast cancer awareness month, teachers donated to Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer. According to Mr. DeChick, the teachers donated $97.76.    

The Pink Out is an annual sale at J-DHS that has been going on for seven years. English teachers Terri Eaton and Kristin Gallivan run the fundraiser through the Corporate Communication senior English class. The students are in charge of designing and selling the shirts, which change every year. Short sleeve shirts were $10 and long sleeve shirts were $15. This year, all 300 shirts were sold out.The Pink Out shirts were worn by students and staff on Oct.13 to school and the home football game. The class also sold other items like stickers, doughnuts and bracelets on the day of the Pink Out. All together they raised $1,000.

“I am very happy about this fundraiser because we could do something local and we donated all proceeds to Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer, which is a very good organization,” said senior Ryan Evans, who is part of the Corporate Communications class. Others were happy to contribute to this fundraiser because they could relate to this illness personally. “I feel good about this fundraiser because my mom, grandmother, great aunt, and my great grandmother all had breast cancer and it feels amazing we get to participate in this fundraiser to raise awareness,” said freshman Amelia Zumbuhl.

Ann Marie Otis, who works for Stupid Dumb Breast Cancer, came in to talk to the Corporate Communications class on Oct. 27 in order to explain where the money they raised goes once it is donated.

Every two minutes, a women is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 in 8 women, or 12% of women in America, will get diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, however 2,470 men a year are also diagnosed. Raising awareness for this illness and donating to research organizations from our school can make a difference to the outcome of this cancer.

Welcoming New Students to the J-D Community

Lucas Bort and Reinaldo Colon                                            

Staff Writers

With the new year already nine weeks in, over 30 new students are getting used to calling Jamesville-DeWitt their district.  All of the students interviewed agreed that J-DHS has been very welcoming. 

Freshman Nasir Reynold says that he likes it here at J-DHS and that “it is really cool here.” Freshman Preston Shumpert says that he likes the longer classes and thinks that the teachers are nicer than those at his old school, Christian Brother Academy. His older brother, sophomore Payton Shumpert, agrees; “being here at J-DHS has been a good experience and there are a lot of nice people and teachers.”   

The students interviewed said that they have found it easy to find their classes already and can find their way around the school. Preston Shumpert also said that “J-DHS has been pretty easy so far.”  Junior Jordyn Hatch agrees that it has been easier than expected to find her classes and that J-DHS is better than most of her past schools.  

A lot of the new students said that they like J-DHS more than their past schools.  Payton Shumpert said that he likes the block scheduling here at J-DHS because “it gives you more time to do your work and get  stuff done.” Sophomore Jada Robinson, who came from Nottingham High School, said that “the students and teachers here are nicer and more welcoming.”  Sophomore Sofia Assuncao said that “J-DHS is a lot bigger and has a lot more students” than her past school in Brazil.  Hatch says that J-DHS is better academically and socially than her past school, General Brown.

Some of the students are also starting to get involved with J-DHS sports and extracurricular activities. Sophomore Annely Petz, who is an exchange student, played on the girls JV soccer team this past season.  Freshman Reed Jones has joined the Outdoor Pursuit club as well. Freshman Khanimambo Cossa is a member in the French club and the debate club.  Robinson also said she attended the homecoming football game against Fowler.

JUULs: The Newest Teen Addiction

Scottie/B.T. O’Bryan, Jamie Boeheim, Mia Potamianos

Editor of Production, Assistant Producer, Editor of Promotion

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With numerous suspensions in surrounding Central New York districts, and even a few at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, the vaping epidemic is sweeping through the lives of teenagers across the country. The most popular being the JUUL, an electronic vape pen that is used with highly concentrated nicotine pods that come in different flavors.  Because this device creates less smoke and does not have a strong smell, it is easy to smoke a JUUL almost anywhere. Students are taking advantage of this by vaping in school bathrooms, sporting events, and even on occasion, in classrooms. Administrative officials and teachers are beginning to crack down on vaping, and the JUUL specifically.

JUULs have a small and slender body that is similar to a portable flash drive. The nicotine is contained in what is called a pod. When buying pods, they come in a variety of color-coordinated flavors; mango, cool mint, virginia tobacco, fruit medley and creme brulee. JUULs retail for $34.99, JUUL pods sell for $15.99 for a 4-pack, or $49.99 for a starter-kit which includes a JUUL device, a 4-pack of pods, and a USB charger along with a one year device warranty. JUULs are rechargeable and a single pod can last a daily user a day or two. The effects of a JUUL are similar to those of tobacco products like cigarettes: a short, head-spinning “high” along with feelings of happiness caused by the nicotine.

By law, the age restriction for purchasing a JUUL device, both in-store and online, is 21 and over. However, depending on the state and county laws, you can legally buy the JUUL pods at ages 18 or 19. In Onondaga County they can be purchased by 19 year olds. High school students are finding ways to obtain JUULs through either older siblings and friends or with the use of fake identification. Due to the high demand among the American youth, stores that sell JUULs sell out within days of restocking, and its exclusivity makes it even more sought after by its young market.

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Not only is it illegal for high school students, but little is known about the health effects that come along with vaping. Some compare these JUULS to cigarettes, saying that both are extremely addictive because of nicotine or other chemical substances. “Although nicotine is in both, its the other chemicals that are in cigarettes that aren't in (JUULS),” says Health teacher Melissa Moore. Since vaping is a fairly new introduction to the market, much of the substances and manufacturing is unregulated. Mrs. Moore also says that American teens are the “guinea pigs” for vaping since so little is known about the long term health effects.  

“If you’re using a vape with nicotine, then you might as well just go outside and smoke a cigarette, same idea,” said Mrs. Moore.  Student counselor Will Hartley, who is trained in The Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Education Program agrees, and says that teenagers are choosing the “easier” way of doing drugs rather than smoking a pack of cigarettes. “One benefit with vaping is that your aren’t inhaling smoke, but usually, one leads to the other,” said Moore.

As these highly addictive, chemically filled vaping devices are becoming increasingly popular amongst teenagers, the danger of addiction grows. If you see a student in school with a JUUL and/or a device that looks like a flashdrive, report them to Administration. All activity will be kept confidential. Help to end the vaping before it becomes an addiction that they are unable to quit.


 

J-DHS Introduces New Clubs

Jacob Marshall and Marcus Payne

Staff Writers

Clubs are a great way for students to get involved in the school and show school spirit. This year Jamesville-DeWitt High School has eight new clubs including Grill Club and Art and Life.

One of the clubs new to the art department is Art and Life. This club was started by senior Nikki Jaing, who is also its president, and is  advised by art teachers Jacob Brodsky and Mark McIntyre. In this club students use materials around the art room to make art. For example, one of Art and Life’s first projects was making stamps using ink and leaves. Each of the students in Art and Life is making a portfolio, which will be shown in an art show at the end of the school year.

This club is not only home to students that take art classes, but also has kids in it that do not. In fact, this is one of the things Mr. Brodsky enjoys about Art and Life. “I enjoy seeing many new faces, which means that there are a lot of kids that want to do art, but may not have room on their schedule for it,” Mr. Brodsky says.

Jaing got the idea to start this club when she found out that the school didn't have an art club. “You can't do math, computer science or coding for life. You have to do something that's fun,” said Jaing. Art and Life has had four meetings so far this school year. Thirty-five people have signed up for Art and Life. At each meeting there has been around 15 students. Jaing says that the club is planning on going to the Everson Museum and Chittenango Zoo. She hopes that by doing these activities and attending meetings, people will build relationships and by the end of the year they will have built a community. “I don't really care about the quality of art. I just want people to have fun doing art, build relationships and forget about the stress of homework and life,” said Jaing.

Both senior Paige Petrell and freshman Cassie Cappelletti  think Jaing’s goal of building a community is being met. “I've made some new friends, (Jiang) is one of them and I also hang out with some of my other friends I made this school year,” said Cappelletti. Petrell says that the art and life club is a very “chill” club with little pressure. “We work together to get projects done. We’re friends and we’re a close knit group that will welcome other people and just have fun,” said Cappelletti.

Although this is Mr. Brodsky’s first time advising a club, he has goals for it. Mr. Brodsky says that he wants the students that join this club to be self motivated to do their artwork, and be prepared for their meetings. Mr. Brodsky makes sure that the club advisers run through the exercise before the meeting. He wants them to understand it so that they are ready for any problems that may arise.

Art and Life meets every tuesday. Their next meeting will be on Oct. 30.

Grill club is one of the eight new clubs that have joined J-DHS. Grill club is a club designed to teach students how to have good grilling skills, have a good time, and most importantly, how to grill safely. Senior club leader Nico Modesti said the club will have a happy, healthy, fun grill environment. He also said the club will teach the members how to grill and “how to act like dads.”

Grill Club was started when senior Jack Underhill went to Colorado in May of 2016 to see old friends and go to his brother’s college graduation. While there, he visited his friend’s high school. He noticed that they had a grill club so he thought it would be a good idea to bring a grill club to J-DHS, and he did.

They have only had one meeting which was just for organization purposes. They didn’t grill any food during the meeting but they hopefully will next meeting thanks to the grills that were lent for use from people who support the club. The members, Underhill, Modesti, and club adviser and math teacher Mike Klemperer will be grilling the food.

The Grill Club is planning on charging money for the food they cook. “The cost depends on what we’re grilling and we’re going to mix it up event-to-event and (it) won’t cost too much,” said Underhill. This money will be going to some good causes such as efforts to help aid those affected by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes. It will also be given to different charities and the JD Booster club.

The food will most likely be sold outside the main entrance but if it’s at a sports game it might be sold down by the field. They are going to hopefully sell the food the week of Oct. 29, but it depends on how much funding they got from the PTG.

During the winter it will be freezing and snowing but the club doesn't think they will have trouble grilling. “We will have tents that don’t have walls for events that can be used to set up when it’s not frigid and we will take advantage of any nice days that do happen in the winter,” Underhill said.

The Grill Club was unsure on when the next meeting will be. He also said “We’re always accepting new members.” So if you’re not in the Grill Club but are interested then listen for their next meeting on the announcements in the coming days.

Spanish Club Takes New York City

Lily Loewenguth and Grace Paparo

Staff Writers

For yet another year, the Spanish Club will be heading down to New York City on Nov. 5 to experience the Latino culture. For their three day expedition to the Big Apple, they'll be involved with many activities focusing in on the culture like salsa dancing, Latino drumming and making conversation with the people of the Latino culture will take place as well as going on fact finding missions, which the students will walk the streets of Spanish Harlem to find objects using their Spanish abilities. “Hopefully they use their knowledge in authentic ways,” says Señora Simone Pacilio, and explore more of the Spanish society.

Before making their way down to the city, the club relied on money raised from past fundraisers, such as the poinsettia sale, to fund for the trip, but also funded themselves. Things were a bit “rushed” said Señora Maria DeJesus because of her medical absence the past year and the cancellation of the trip last spring.

As the students journey through Spanish Harlem, a heavy populated Dominican area, they will go on fact-finding missions to learn more about the Latino culture, communicate better with the residents and enjoy it. “The culture is very varied. It’s not just Spain. It's the Caribbean, it’s Central and South America,” said Pacilio. “I hope they will appreciate the Latino culture a bit better.” Senior Emma Prosak, who has never been on the trip, is eager to explore more of the society and learn more about Spanish. “I hope to learn more about the culture by going to Spanish restaurants and visiting Spanish Harlem,” said Prosak.

Along with walking and exploring Spanish Harlem, the students will take Latino percussion classes, which they have done in years past. “It is so much fun,” says Pacilio. “I am excited to learn more about the culture when taking the class. I think it’s going to be a good experience,” said junior Courtney Burns. They will also be taking a salsa class with professional dancers and watching them perform. “In the past most students are afraid of it at first, but usually ends up being their favorite activity from the trip,” said DeJesus.  

Although the trip is mainly focused on the Spanish culture, the students will visit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, walk through Times Square at night when it is all lit up, “which is always exciting” for Sra. DeJesus, because she likes “to see students reactions, especially ones who have never been to the city before. They will also be able to have time with their friends to explore New York. “I think we will have a good time going shopping, visiting the memorial and Spanish Harlem,” says Burns.

The students are hoping to learn more about the Spanish culture, but Pacilio has a different view on the trip. Although she wants the kids to indulge in learning more about the culture, “New York is almost like going home, it’s like a reunion for me,” since she grew up in New Jersey. DeJesus and Pacilio both are excited for the students to pick up some more information about the Spanish culture.

 

Welcoming the Community Library of Jamesville & Dewitt

Mia Potamianos

Editor of Promotion

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It’s out with the old and in with the new in regards to the Community Library of Jamesville & Dewitt. After moving from the previous location in ShoppingTown Mall, the library is now in a more spacious area in a stand-alone building on Jamesville Road.  Since it opened its doors in August, people from all over Central New York have come to check out the new library.

Throughout the building, there are multiple rooms of children's books and a meeting area where kids participate in story times, toddler dance parties, and yoga. The library features state of the art equipment such as rows of computers with the newest running software and 3D printers. Scheduled afterschool and weekend activities give parents a time to either bond with their kids in a parent-kid class or to get away and have some quiet time to walk around the library without distraction.

With the new modern look and quiet, widespread layout, there are high hopes that this library will thrive. Children’s Librarian Emily Wormuth, who moved with the Dewitt Community Library to the new location, said, “we’ve been really busy since we opened at the end of August with lots of families who have never used a library before.” The front desk has issued a burst of new library cards, including to J-DHS senior Markos Petkopoulos.

Many J-DHS students and staff have been taking advantage of the new quiet place to get work done. Senior Lauren Saletsky, who has visited the library a few times since it opened to work on homework, said she likes how there are multiple little rooms used for studying with a group of people. The Science Olympiad officers took advantage of one of the rooms during the summer before this school year. “The room we used, called The Vault, was really well set up,  filled with tables and chairs for studying and group resources,” said senior Science Olympiad officer Rebecca Teitelbaum.  Freshman Jamo MacLachlan said he also took advantage of “The Vault” and borrowed a book and enjoyed his time there sitting by the window and reading with the natural light. With a two story wall of entirely windows, patrons enjoy the view with the benefits of natural light throughout the library.

The new architectural layout seems to be very pleasing to many of the patrons. Our J-DHS school librarian Mary Panek said she thinks the libraries new look is “very modern and updated” making it more up to date with other public libraries that she has been to recently. Junior Greta Smith, whose mother, Mary Keib Smith is the president of the board of trustees of the library, said that her mom picked the location and helped with the design of the building. Smith says she enjoys how the layout is really spread out and everything is very easily accessible. Another very helpful addition to the library that wasn't there in the old building is the drive thru book drop-off, making it easier for everyone to bring back books when necessary.

The library is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. If you haven't already, make sure and check out and open up a library card at the Community Library of Jamesville and Dewitt!

 

Las Vegas Massacre

Murphy Foss and Tarky Lombardi

Staff Writers

Tragedy struck the city of Las Vegas on Oct 3, 2017. A lone shooter on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino reigned terror down on a crowd of 22,000 at a Jason Aldean concert. Aldean was the final act of a multi-day country music festival in Vegas. The shooter, 64 year-old Stephen Paddock, left 58 dead and hundreds more injured, making this the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. He used the 23 guns he had brought up to his suite over the course of previous two days. Most of these firearms were either fully automatic or had been converted to automatic by devices that Paddock had legally purchased.

The shooting has raised concerns over gun control, even here at Jamesville-DeWitt High School and what the solution is to our gun violence issues. “Gun control doesn’t work,” said junior Quinn Walton, “there are still other ways for people to obtain firearms if they are restricted.” Some people, like freshman Inika Gajra, think gun control is necessary.  “I don’t think mentally ill people should have guns and guns should be harder to get in general,” said Gajra, “automatic weapons should not be available to the public.” Senior Leah Netti agrees with Gajra, “these things just keep happening, we need gun control in order to put an end to this,” said Netti.

Despite the divide on issues like gun control, it appears as though there may be room for compromise. “There is no need for automatic weapons to be on the market,” said Walton, who is an avid hunter, “no hunter I know uses an automatic weapon or has the need for one.” Some citizens, like junior Jakob Ellithorpe, think the best thing we can do as a country right now is to come together, “we all just need to stand together,” said Ellithorpe, “we need to work together to find solutions that will benefit our country as a whole.”

Paddock had been planning this horrific event for a while. He had even set up cameras on the door of his suite and in the hallway outside so that he would know when police officers and SWAT operatives arrived. He even sent his girlfriend, Marilou Danley, out of the country to visit her family and wired around $100,000 to her in the Philippines. However, she says she saw no signs that Paddock was planning anything of this sort and claims to have thought that the money he had sent was a way of breaking up with her.

Because there is no way to know when and where the next mass shooting will take place, so schools have to be prepared. Legislation could take a while to pass, so schools are looking for their own solutions to stop active shooters. “Being prepared for emergencies is really important,”

said Principal Paul Gasparini, “(Dave) Nylen, (Will) Dowdell, and I met with a first responder yesterday to go over lockdown drills and we had an awareness meeting with our teachers.” Other CNY schools like Baldwinsville are taking it a step further, going through active shooter scenarios with teachers. “Our primary goal is to keep students safe at school,” said Principal Gasparini.

Paddock himself was a retired accountant, who had made a lot of money over his career. He was a big time gambler, gambling up to a million dollars in one night. He spent a lot of time on the road, most of it in casinos. Paddock’s own brother was completely shocked by his actions, describing him as someone who loved video poker, cruises, burritos, and country music. However, he had only started gambling after retirement as he had no children and plenty of money to play with.

Legislation could take a while to pass, places such as schools are looking for solutions to stop active shooter. “Being prepared for emergencies is really important,” said Jamesville-DeWitt High School Principal Paul Gasparini, “Mr. Nylen, Mr. Dowdell, and I met with a first responder yesterday to go over lockdown drills and we had an awareness meeting with our teachers.” Other CNY schools like Baldwinsville are taking similar measure, going over drills with teachers in case of a shooter. “Our primary goal is to keep students safe at school,” said Principal Gasparini.

 

State of the School 2017

Spencer Schultz, Jenna Vespi and Jillian Risavi

Editor-in-Chief and Producers of the Ramfeed

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Once again, Jamesville-DeWitt High School is ranked as one of the premier schools in New York State by U.S. News and World Report. Yet, the administration is committed to maintaining the success J-D has achieved in the past by improving different facets of the school. “We’re standing on the shoulders of giants, and looking forward into the future,” says Principal Paul Gasparini.

The Flock, J-D’s student section, has led the charge on reinvigorating school spirit. After a two year hiatus, the club is back in action. Club president Paige Petrell emphasizes that the Flock hopes to “put the enthusiasm back in all school events, big or small.”

While spirit for sporting events has been greater than ever, participation in other school-sponsored events, namely the Homecoming Dance and J-D Day, is a different story.  Though there has been limited excitement for J-D Day in recent years and the Homecoming Dance has already been cancelled, Mr. Gasparini asserts that school spirit is at an all time high. While Mr. Gasparini says J-D Day is definitely still a go, he is working with Student Government to change things up, by maybe creating a music festival called RamJam. “We are developing a stronger and stronger feeling of unity. Students want to support each other,” he says.

As the number one ranked sports program in Central New York according to Syracuse.com, it is no surprise J-D athletics remain supreme. J-DHS student athletes not only succeed on the field and on the courts, but also in the classroom. This year, J-DHS received a citation from Assemblywoman Pamela J. Hunter, who congratulated J-D for being a school of distinction in New York State. “All of our athletic teams are athletically superlative; our students are achieving students. They set goals, they’re ambitious, they work hard.” says Mr. Gasparini.

In the past two years, the art department has suffered major losses in their staff, with the retirement of longtime teachers Carlos Benedict, Carl Wenzel and Steve Pilcher. Leaving big shoes to fill, the hunt was on to find adequate replacements who would be capable of continuing the success of the J-D Art Department, and that was found in Jacob Brodsky, Ashlee Childers, and Mark McIntyre. They’ve done “a really nice job taking the program to the next level,” says Mr. Gasparini.

J-D’s technology program has also been on the rise in recent years. Our Project Lead the Way program is responding to a rise of interest in STEM classes with the addition of 24 new computers in Room B05. “Girls Who Code” has been a contributing force behind that increase in participation, by encouraging more female students to take part in the technology department. “It’s very important for us to get more young women involved in technology and our girls who code, both in the middle school and the high school, have helped to push more young women into that field,” says Mr. Gasparini.

In the ever-changing environment that defines our high school, Mr. Gasparini has a positive outlook on the year ahead. “I am excited for this year. We have a great student body, we really do.”

Pink Out for Breast Cancer

Scottie/B.T. O’Bryan and Jamie Boeheim

Editor of Production and Assistant Producer

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jamesville-DeWitt High School is currently having its 7th annual Pink Out. Every year, 20,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 people will die from the disease. Breast cancer mostly affects females; 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The goal of the Pink Out is “...not just for money, but for awareness,” said English teacher Terri Eaton. The students who design the shirts and sell breast cancer awareness items must be seniors in the English Corporate Communications class.

Each year the school raises different amounts of money. Items such as shirts, bracelets, donuts, and stickers were sold during pre-sales at the entrance of the school. Senior Ryan Evans helped to sell the shirts in the large cafeteria for two days of the week and said the Corporate Com class reached their goal of selling 250 shirts, and sold 256. In 2016, almost $1,000 was raised and donated to the Baldwin Foundation located in Syracuse, NY and this year, each grade will vote to decide where the money will go. The only requirement that Mrs. Eaton and the other Corporate Com teacher, Mrs. Gallivan, have is the money raised must be donated to a location organization.

Every year, each Corporate Com student is required to draw a Pink Out shirt design and the class votes on the best one. Senior Markos Petkopoulos had the winning shirt design, and said it was “ inspired by the famous street-wear brand, Supreme and their famous box logo design.” Evans also said that the fundraising is “for a very good cause and is important for students at our school to be aware of breast cancer.”

For those who missed the initial order forms, less than 50 extra shirts were ordered. You can buy them for the same price, but it is on a first come first served basis! Make sure to purchase a shirt for the Pink Out school day on Friday the 13th and for the J-DHS Boys Varsity senior night football game that night.

New Weight Room Equipment

Everly Kessler and Francesca Chirco

Staff Writers

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After 13 years of running, biking, and working out on the same exercise equipment, Jamesville-DeWitt High School students and teachers arrived this fall to find new equipment in the weight room. During the summer, new treadmills, stationary bicycles, rowing machines, and yoga mats were bought to replace old and worn out equipment.  

The newly added equipment includes three treadmills, three rower machines, three bikes, and three elliptical machines that were purchased from Advantage Sport and Fitness in Ithaca, NY. The rower machines offer an extensive full body workout, great for building cardiovascular endurance.The treadmills and bikes are modern with large screens that show information about the workout being performed. They also have features that allow users to sync their phones to listen to music and watch Netflix shows or movies while exercising. Also shown on the screens are calories burned, heart rate, distance traveled, and duration of workout. On the bikes, users can choose from a variety of trails/modes and create accounts to track their progress and race their friends. ”The graphics are really cool and make the workout better,” said freshman Gunther Schnorr.

The fitness center is not only used by athletes and teams, but is also used by phys. ed. classes and faculty. “Mostly students use (the fitness center), but it’s great because about 10-12 staff members also use it frequently. Many people use the fitness center because it is free compared to the price of a gym membership,” said  physical education teacher Cara Goldberg. When the old equipment could no longer suffice, coaches and physical education teachers came to Athletic Director John Goodson to request new machinery. As this idea gained supporters, fundraising efforts to purchase the equipment began. The JD All Sports Booster Club was informed by phys. ed.  teachers, especially Ms. Goldberg, about the need for new fitness center equipment. The booster club began to plan and organize fundraisers and events to raise money. Jodi Schwedes, Booster Club vice president and PTG president, was one of the many people who took an active role in raising funds for the equipment.

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During the December 2016 Booster Club meeting, the members agreed to pledge a large sum of money, $18,000, from different fundraisers to update the fitness center. With help from JD parent Jim Smith, owner of Sports Center 481, who donated $25,000, the goal was exceeded. With a total of $43,000, there was enough money to purchase the new equipment and to buy new yoga mats.

“The old equipment was difficult to use and it didn't always work right,” said junior Kelvin Huynh, who has already used the new equipment into his workouts. The updated equipment is giving both students and staff the chance to improve their workout, to try some new exercises, and to even incorporate technology into their routines. The use of technology is helping to keep users pleased and wanting to come back to the fitness center to maintain healthy and active lifestyles.

Though the new equipment is up and running in the fitness center, there are a few technical issues with internet connection and the downloading of software that need to be resolved. Despite these minor issues, the new equipment offers more diversity in one’s typical workout and it allows users to enjoy their time in the gym. “It’s all about the experience and having fun while working out. The new equipment makes me want to workout,” said sophomore Riley LaTray.

 

The Students Have Spoken

Lucy Falso and Sofie Brutseart

Staff Writers

Slate Two member (from left) Luke Smith, Ana Dieroff, Nancy O'Connor, Katie Sullivan, Katie Lutz, Alex Pomeroy, John Bridge, and Joey Armenta.

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Despite not even having a full slate on the due date, Slate Two took the win for Jamesville-DeWitt High School Slate on J-D day, Friday, May 26. They managed to put together a “hardworking and loyal” slate.

This slate is made up of juniors John Bridge and Luke Smith who are Co-Presidents and juniors Katie Lutz and Joe Armenta who are Co-Vice Presidents. There are also sophomore Ana Dieroff and Nancy O’Connor who are Co-Directors of Communication. Lastly, there is freshman Alex Pomeroy who is Secretary and Freshmen Katie Sullivan who is Treasurer.

On the due date to turn in the final slates, Slate Two was unaware that some members of their slate had left and started Slate One. The next day they got permission from social studies teacher Meghan McGee to extend the due date and put together a slate in one day. She said that although this situation was somewhat in “gray area” as far as the rules, she and Principal Paul Gasparini both thought the decision was for the best.  “Mr. Gasparini likes to have competition when it comes to who runs for student government,” said Ms. McGee. “He likes the kids to be able to vote. If there wasn’t that second slate the first slate would have run unopposed.”

Next year will be Bridge’s third consecutive year serving on the school slate. He and Smith have worked together in the past. On last year’s slate, Bridge was Director of Communications and Smith was Secretary. “We’re working on ideas from both platforms including vending machines, winter pep rally, along with the possible removal of styrofoam trays,” said Bridge. Protecting the environment through removing styrofoam trays from the cafeteria was originally part of Slate One’s platform, but Slate Two is considering implementing it into their own.

“I really want to fulfill both platforms, especially the study hall after school,” said Lutz. “That’s what most students want.” This year, library restrictions for after school use have grown more and more strict. This has caused some upset among student who want a quiet place to work or hang out after school. Slate Two is hoping to loosen these regulations or find an alternative location for students to go. They also are looking into a music festival and improving the school Olympics. “I was very active in that [the Olympics] this year as part of the sophomore class government, so I think that would be a lot of fun to expand,” said O’Connor who is Co-President on the sophomore slate this year.  

Everyone on Slate Two is thrilled by the win. “I was really excited because I have lost in the past and it was nice to be on the other side of it,” said Lutz. “I enjoyed student council this year and i want to continue to make a change,” said Smith. Slate Two is planning on having a great school year for the entire student body next year. “I want to see us achieve what other students want to be done,” said Dieroff, “ What people tell us would make the school better.”

Sullivan and Pomeroy are freshmen this year, so this was their first year running.  Both are excited to be a part of the school slate as early as they can be. “I was really surprised,” said Sullivan. “I didn’t think we were going to win because I never win anything.” Pomeroy wants to make sure that the goals set on the platforms actually happen. “ I hope that next year is going to be a great year and that we make student life at J-DHS a lot better,” said Pomeroy.

J-D National Honors Society Welcomes the Class of 2018

Alex Pomeroy and Connor Ball

Staff Writers

On April 26, 132 Jamesville-DeWitt High School juniors were inducted into National Honor Society (NHS). After saying a pledge and blowing out their candles, the newly inducted juniors joined the NHS community. They were met with loud claps of proud parents and family members.

“It was very much like a cult induction,” said junior Taylor Roadarmel. Roadarmel explains that lighting the candles and saying chants in unison reminded of her just of that. Besides her initial thought, Roadarmel said the ceremony was very nice and appropriate to honor all the students and their hard work.

Other inductees like juniors Meg Hair, Katie Lutz and Kate Foraker said the ceremony was very long but rewarding.

“It feels amazing,” said Hair. Roadarmel says she feels accomplished because it’s what many high schoolers strive for. “I feel it’s a very big accomplishment,” said Foraker. Having a different opinion is junior Maddy Sullivan, who says that the number of students inducted makes getting accepted less special since the number of inductees has grown in recent years.

For this reason, starting next year, the standards to get into NHS are being raised. “The faculty council voted to raise the academic standard to a weighted 93 GPA,” said counselor Diane Ennis who co-runs NHS. Students have differing opinions on whether the newly-raised standards are a good idea.“I feel like it would be bad for the kids who work harder in AP classes but don’t get as good of grades because they are in those classes.” says junior Jessica Spina.

Students must show and excel at the NHS four pillars: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Three of the four pillars and easily shown in the classroom, but in order to achieve and demonstrate the service aspect of NHS, students are required to do ten hours of volunteer service during the school year. “I think I am going to work at the YMCA and help them with basketball in the city,” said Hair. Foraker is planning to help at Helping Hounds or the Samaritan Center, and Spina said she is going to work at the VA hospital.

Another requirement for NHS acceptance is writing two essays. One of the essays was about character and the other asked if you had a thousand dollars to give to a charity, which one would you donate to.

Also inducted into NHS was Jamesville-DeWitt High School social studies teacher Andrew Cottet, as the honorary inductee. Mr. Cottet was nominated and selected by J-DHS’s 2017 NHS class. “I was extraordinarily honored to be chosen to be the honorary inductee this year,” said Mr. Cottet.

Many students see NHS as a huge advantage to have on your college résumé. “It shows you’ve achieved a certain amount of academic excellence,” says junior Marie Saba. Similar to Saba, Sullivan said, “It shows colleges that you took extra steps in school and it wasn’t just about the grades you got, but what you did to help the community.”


From the J-DHS Rampage staff, congratulations to all of the new inductees!

The Regents Exam Is Making Changes

Tyra Carter

Staff writer

For the past few years, Jamesville-DeWitt High School students and students across New York public high schools have faced the math Common Core exams in early June. While math has been the hot topic of the new Common Core plan and has certainly received mixed reviews, the changes to the math curriculum in New York is part of a larger scope of changes coming to public education in the Empire State. Last year, changes were implemented to the English 11 Regents exam. Soon, changes will be coming to the social studies department as well.

There will be Common Core changes for the Global History Regents exam in June 2018 and August 2018. There will be a transition Regents which will be based on the current test model but will only test 10th grade material. It is also expected to be similar to the Advanced Placement exams, because of the more stimuli-based questions. The new Common Core exam will still be similar to the previous Regents exam, because there will be a DBQ essay, as well as  short answer and multiple choice questions. The new Common Core exams will be available in August 2019 or January 2020. “I find most of the changes are in verbage,” says head of the social studies department, David Bunyun. “The content is similar, just worded differently,” says Bunyun. Junior Rachel Setek is currently in AP US History and feels prepared for the US History Regents exam in June. “I think I’ll do well on the Regents exam because I’ve already been studing for my AP final,” says Setek.

Changes in the Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 Regents exams have been made in the past years. In 2014, students took both the old integrated Regents exams and the new Common Core exams. On the new tests, the emphasis is no longer on procedure, but is more focused on being able to communicate, justify and explain the work. “Students have to be able to think more abstractly and be able to explain the reasoning behind the work they're doing,” says head of the math department, Susan Techman. Sophomore Niko Dimkopoulos will be taking the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents exam in June. “It’s been a good year and I’ve worked really hard, so I feel prepared for the test.” says Dimkopoulos.

The new Common Core English Regents exam was officially administered in 2016 for the junior class. On the new exam, there is still multiple choice and writing, however, the types of questions being asked are different from the old Regents. “I think the focus in the writing in particular has changed,” says head of the English department, Connie Myers-Kelly. There is more rhetorical analysis on the new exam instead of literary analysis. “I think our students were well prepared because we’ve known about the change.” says Myers-Kelly.

With staff and students working hard to prepare for these exams all year, hopefully J-D students will experience a smooth transition to the new exam formats.

End of the Year Tips

Evan Blust

Staff Writer

As we approach the end of the school year, some students may want to slack, but now is one of the most important times to keep your grades up. A lot of the time, students’ grades will drop towards the end of the school year. Here is some advice from your fellow students to keep this from happening.


“Time management,” said sophomore Ben Virgo and, “...don’t cram,” said senior Melissa Gao. These two individuals have similar ideas. At the end of the year, it’s important to use your time wisely. You may not have much homework but this provides you with time to study for those important AP and Regents tests. Don’t wait until the night before a test to study. It’s proven that looking over your notes little bits at a time helps a person remember something better.

 

“Keep it up,” said sophomore Ian Freezman,” Don’t slack and thinks it’s the end of the year so it’s not important. This marking period counts the same as the others.” Freezman provides us with some good information. All marking periods count the same. It affects your GPA and your overall average for the year badly if you slack so keep it up.

 

“Don’t stress out,” said sophomore Muhammad Musaab and Gao said,” Have a little bit of fun because it’s the end of the year and you’ve been working hard.” Even though you need to keep working hard, have a little fun. This doesn’t mean skip school or class or not do your homework. It means add a clever joke into an assignment as long as it’s relevant and flows smoothly, or try to relax and the occasional whisper in class won’t hurt. Also, if you stress out it makes life more difficult. Just take it easy and as said above manage your time and you’ll be ok.


“Keep your priorities in order,” said freshman Haberle Conlon,” keep a solid and maintained approach both academically and athletically, the whole spectrum.” It is fun to think about what you’re going to be doing over the summer, but school and athletics are first priority because it is not summer yet.