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Valedictorian Mancuso and Salutatorian Hilden: Two True Intellectuals

With 57 students with GPAs 95 and up and 6 students at 98 and up, the MHS Class of 2018 has an exceptional number of deserving graduates. But at the very top stand Rebecca Mancuso, this year’s valedictorian, and David Hilden, this year’s salutatorian. Each one has rounded off their MHS career with an outstanding academic record, an impressive lineup of extracurricular accomplishments, and a remarkable spirit of humility towards their peers.

Rebecca Mancuso lives in White Plains but was able to go to school in the district because her mother is a teacher at Chatsworth, where Mancuso went to elementary school. Her sister, Emily Mancuso, was salutatorian in 2013.

This year Mancuso was the co-president of the Chinese Club and the Quiz Bowl Club. She is also a lifelong Girl Scout. She took PACE for all of high school and played the viola in the the local St. Thomas Orchestra and the MHS Chamber Orchestra. For her senior internship she helped Ms. Rosen teach orchestra at Murray. Next year she will attend Temple University to study music education, and she intends to become a music teacher.

Mancuso’s APs this year were Physics C, BC Calculus, Literature, and European History, and last year she took AP U.S. History and Physics 1. She engages deeply in all her classes and does not lean towards any single academic area. “I find myself very interested in the topics that I am studying,” she told the Globe. Mancuso says that although she tries not to, she ends up spending most of her time studying so that she can feel she has mastered the material for every test. “She sits in the front of the room and she’s always on top of it, always answering all the questions, always helping her classmates,” said Ms. Valdez, the BC Calculus teacher. Valdez added, “I think she got a hundred on just about every test.” Continue reading “Valedictorian Mancuso and Salutatorian Hilden: Two True Intellectuals”

Mrs. Groninger Named Hommocks Assistant Principal

Next year, Mrs. Groningeran English teacher who has taught many classes including AP Language and 9th grade Englishwill be moving on to bigger and better things. Leaving many of her students with a mixture of shock and excitement, Mrs. Groninger has revealed that she will step in as the assistant principal of the Hommocks next year! Continue reading “Mrs. Groninger Named Hommocks Assistant Principal”

“We’re Here for the Students”: The End of Midterms

Principal Clain has announced that the 2018-2019 MHS midterm policy is changing drastically. After receiving backlash from the past year’s “summatives,” the Mamaroneck School Board decided to eliminate all midterms. Going forward, the teachers will decide how they test students at the end of the second semester.

Principal Clain hopes that teachers will think of “creative” ways to assess students. In an interview she questioned, “Why is our learning so disconnected? I am puzzled by this idea that we break things up into units.” With the new policy in place, she hopes that teachers will “build” upon previous units learned. For example, a test given in the third quarter may incorporate ideas learned in the first quarter into questions. As part of the new plan, the MHS administration has created a testing period of up to 12 days before the end of each quarter to reduce stress. This schedule will assign one or two subjects the ability to test per day.

Before the 2017-2018 school year, Mamaroneck High School stopped classes for one week of midterm testing. The week took days out of the school year and as a result did not meet New York State’s required number of school days for receiving state aid. The Mamaroneck School Board came up with “summatives” as a solution. Summatives lasted from the middle of December to the end of January in which there were several block days with 90 minute periods devoted to mid-year testing. After sending out a post-summative survey, Principal Clain said that the feedback received was “overwhelmingly negative for both teachers and students.” Many students reported that they crammed and felt even more stressed because they studied for the exams over the course of two months.

Most colleges and universities reserve a testing period for midterms, and many MHS students question if this new “no midterm” policy will prepare them for that. Others are skeptical of their teachers following Clain’s idea of “building” on material and instead sticking to their traditional ways of testing. Ms. Clain states that MHS is “here for the students” and hopes that this new plan will create a healthier and less stressful learning environment for the future.

By Lizzy Kaplan

2018: A Year of Changes at MHS

The 2018-2019 school year is surely not one to be forgotten, especially for this year’s graduating class. This year brought to the school physically as well as dynamically. Sports teams enjoyed successes and the arts the school prides itself on dazzled audiences. Individual students showcased their talents in areas such as the fields of science and in the humanities. Mamaroneck High School is as much a school located in Lower Westchester, New York, as it is one that is globally based- as seen in the diverse student population and its charitable efforts in countries such as Senegal and China. When asked how to describe the school year in only one word, Zoë  Yunger ‘18 said “appreciative,” and with a look back on the most recent school year, that assessment could not be any more accurate. Continue reading “2018: A Year of Changes at MHS”

Increasing Enrollment in District Schools Remains an Issue

The number of students entering kindergarten in the Mamaroneck district has rapidly increased over the past few years and is expected to continue growing. The challenge with this is finding enough room in each elementary school to handle all the new students. Among many possible solutions, the School Board most seriously considered redrawing the elementary school-assignment boundary lines, also known as redistricting. If this happened it would mean that many Murray and Chatsworth graduates at MHS would find that their homes were no longer zoned to those schools, but rather zoned to Central and Mamaroneck Avenue for new kindergarteners. For next year, the redistricting proposal is off the table, however, increasing enrollment is expected to be a challenge throughout the coming years.

Since 2010, the enrollment in schools in Mamaroneck has increased by 13%. The School Board thinks this is due to Mamaroneck’s proximity to NYC, the water, and the highly desirable schools in the district. Along with that, many new houses and apartment units have been built over the past few years. While this is a positive improvement for the town, it has caused a few problems involving the space the elementary schools have for the large amount of kindergarteners enrolling this coming fall. The School Board identified the two main problems as: whether there was enough physical space to provide for the students, and, whether the district would have the financial resources to deal with the increased enrollment. Continue reading “Increasing Enrollment in District Schools Remains an Issue”

FBLA Wins Big at State Conference

The State Leadership Conference is prepared for all year by FBLA members throughout the state, and is an amazing experience for all members. There are many aspects to the Conference, but the most exciting aspect is competition. FBLA offers a plethora of competitions for members to participate in such as Introduction to Business Presentation, Accounting exams, and Basic Decision Making. Some competitive events test knowledge, while others test public speaking and presentation skills. Continue reading “FBLA Wins Big at State Conference”

MHS Teachers Pioneer Interdisciplinary Beehive Program

On April 13th, a small crowd of teachers, administrators and students gathered on the hill outside the Mamaroneck High School overpass. Some wore helmets, yellow mesh face guards and white gloves, while others stood poised with their iPhone cameras. The white noise of 20,000 pairs of bee wings was everywhere.

Last summer, the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation issued a generous grant to allow MHS to install four beehives on school property. Since then, a wide range of people have worked together to help make the Honeybee Project a reality, officially launching it last month. The beehives now sit just outside the overpass window, where students can glimpse them on their way to class.

The idea for the project first came from AP Biology teacher Ms. O’Reilly, who was inspired by a friend she had visited over the summer. “They were telling me about their beehives, and I thought, I wonder if I could ever get something like that at Mamaroneck,” said Ms. O’Reilly. “I thought that it would be a perfect, authentic learning experience for a lot of people in the school building.” Already, the project has involved many people and much collaboration. Prior to the bees being transferred into their hives on the 13th, students and faculty at MHS spent months preparing for their arrival. Each hive—consisting of a white box with several wax frames inside—was built from scratch by engineering students in Mr. Love’s class. The engineering students, along with some of Chef Luff’s culinary students, also helped to decorate the hives and later install them in the ground. Students who were interested in helping with the project formed a “bee team” and volunteered to help with different aspects of the process.

While it may not seem logical to have thousands of bees living in the vicinity of a high school, honeybees are extremely unlikely to cause trouble. Although the suits and helmets might suggest otherwise, honeybees very rarely sting people who aren’t a direct threat to them. Honeybees also tend to fly up to three miles away from their hives in search of food, which means they won’t be noticed too much around the high school. According to Ms. O’Reilly, it will be more likely to find them at Harbor Island during the day.

Each hive, containing approximately 10,000 honeybees and one queen, is a self-sustaining unit that can last for years. In that time, the hives will hopefully provide lasting educational and practical benefits. The bees have already started to make honeycomb, which can soon be harvested with a large honey extractor that was included in the grant. “Honey is a really great sugar substitute for a lot of different recipes,” says Chef Luff, who plans on using the collected honey in his culinary classes. “Baked goods, even more savory goods…salad dressing is something that really comes to mind.” He added that whatever honey doesn’t get used in his culinary class will likely be bottled up and sold at school fundraisers. Continue reading “MHS Teachers Pioneer Interdisciplinary Beehive Program”

Senior Parking: A Debate Left Open

Cartoon by Eli Canter. 

This year, 293 seniors from the 2018 graduating class participated in a senior internship for a month once AP classes were wrapping up. As a result, the senior parking lot (known as SLot), located outside the glass door entrance, has had many open spots every day. Meanwhile, just up the hill around the small junior lot, students struggle every day to find parking in the overpopulated residential streets that serve as junior parking. Residents near the school have started to put cones out to prevent students from using the spots in front of their homes for the day, and some residents don’t even use their driveways anymore, opting to park their cars on the street to limit the number of spots available to juniors. Juniors have been forced to leave their houses earlier and earlier to compete for spots. Many had hoped that the departure of the majority of the senior class would allow them to park in the almost-empty senior lot. However, juniors were met with threats of being towed and fined if they parked in senior lot. In a few cases, juniors who tried parking in senior lot even had their cars vandalized.

One would expect that in the midst of such hostility between the two grades, the school administration would step in as an authoritative force and set policies to ensure that juniors have a place to park. But instead, the administration remained virtually silent on the issue. In fact, Ms. Clain officially told the Globe that with so many other things going on in the school, this is not her main priority. The silence from the school has caused an accusatory and tense debate, rather than the open conversation needed for a reasonable solution.

Fixing the school’s broken system for parking would obviously require much more long-term changes, such as assigning specific spots to students at the beginning of the year or even building a new parking lot. But letting students park in the half-empty main lot wouldn’t be a bad place to start. A few rows could even be designated for seniors only to guarantee they still have parking. Ms. Clain has said, “Senior lot is a privilege.” However, why should students who decide to go on internships reserve the privilege of a parking spot at the school?  And what did seniors do to earn this privilege in the first place?

Part of the reason why action has never been taken on this issue is that juniors know they only have a few months before they can roll down to senior lot and leave the chaotic mornings to the class below them, so there is never a sustained initiative. Rising juniors will just have to hope that the school decides to take action before they arrive next year.

Students Prefer to Not Take a Stand for Standing Desks

Anyone who has set foot in a public high school classroom can envision the classic desk and chair combination. It has been accepted in our society as the standard classroom furniture because it’s easy, organized, and functional. However, students who have sat in these desks are familiar with the neck pain, the back cramps, and the restlessness that results from sitting for a long period of time. And that’s even before sitting down in one of the connected chair-and-desks in the science wing that would be more recognizable as a sled. Continue reading “Students Prefer to Not Take a Stand for Standing Desks”

Words Matter

As MHS students embark upon numerous college tours, they will now notice tour guides stumbling on the word “freshman.” Many colleges have changed the term to “first year” to promote gender equality. If this term expresses equality, why don’t all schools, including high schools, use it? As we go about our daily conversations, we can notice how many words are centered around the word “man” or “male” and how many common expressions are gender-based. If society is so intent on recognizing that both genders are equal, why aren’t we using terms that encompass all genders?

The more a word is used, the more power it gains. Starting at a young age, children are exposed to “gendered language,” and stereotypes develop based on the words their parents and teachers use. Many everyday expressions reinforce gender stereotypes. Some common male-centered expressions, including “man up,” “ballsy,” and “wise guy,” represent strength, masculinity, and power. On the other hand, expressions invoking feminine terminology such as “run like a girl,” “drama queen,”  and “Primadonna” have predominantly negative connotations. They buy into the stereotype that girls are more emotional and represent weakness.

Over time, meanings of words shift; when the word “man” was created, it included all people. The etymology of the word woman is derived from “wifman,” which means female servant, an outdated concept. Since the word “man” has evolved over time, words including it should be modified to be more inclusive. Continue reading “Words Matter”

Approaching Media in the #MeToo Era

What does a student do with the music of Melanie Martinez, accused of sexual misconduct in the last few months? Do we strike it from our Spotify playlists, delete it and condemn it as if we never enjoyed it?  Do we stop watching the movies of the famous Harvey Weinstein, recently accused of rape and sexual abuse on multiple counts? Poof goes “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Playing for Keeps.” What about the comedy of Louis C.K.?  Do we forget the laughs, omit his cameos in many of our favorite shows, including the loved “Parks and Recreation?” While many may never say goodbye to some of these entertainment staples, this year has raised a hefty question: how do students approach adored pieces of art made by controversial artists?

Many people feel that enjoying films, songs, and literature that were meant to entertain does not offer up an endorsement of their creators. Psychologist Peggy Drexler of Weill Medical College of Cornell University states, “It’s critical to remember that when we watch a film, view art or read a book, we’re doing so to be entertained and enriched. We’re not doing it to issue an endorsement of the human being whose work it is.” Dr. Drexler believes that it is possible to condemn the person without condemning their work. Going forwards, it is essential for us to separate the work of art from the artist, especially if the current pattern continues. Continue reading “Approaching Media in the #MeToo Era”

Grit: The Secret to Success

As MHS seniors graduate and embark on their next adventure, there is great optimism about their prospects. Mamaroneck’s educators and parents of these graduates want to see students thrive and succeed. But what do most people say is the secret to success? Intelligence? Talent? Socio-economic status? College choice? All of these factors play a role, but according to Angela Duckworth, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the most important variable in success is grit.  In her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Duckworth defines grit as passion and perseverance toward long term goals. She explains that the highly successful people of the world have a “ferocious determination” that inspires them to work hard, face adversity with resilience, and stay focused on their goals. Contrary to popular belief, Duckworth’s research suggests grit may be more important than intelligence or talent. Grit goes hand-in-hand with achievement. Studies show grit is also associated with life satisfaction and well-being. Given the importance of grit, it stands to reason that educators, parents, and employers might want to learn how to encourage “gritty” qualities.

Historically, Americans have been more impressed by talent than by hard work. The notion of natural talent may be more interesting than considering this drudgery of hard work and persistence. We favor “naturals” over “strivers,” which explains our attraction to shows like America’s Got Talent, the X Factor, and So You Think You Can Dance? In the mythology of talent, Americans tend to idolize those people who seem to be born with innate skills, not taking into consideration that most individuals at the top of their fields are also spending thousands of hours working to develop whatever innate talents they posses. Our intense focus on talent sends the message that other personal traits are unimportant. This might cause us to look at talented individuals and think I’m never going to be as successful as they are. It’s probably not even worth trying. This refers to spending less time improving and pushing ourselves to our maximum potential. A Harvard psychologist, William James, explained this phenomenon: “The human individual usually lives far within his limits; he possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use.” Continue reading “Grit: The Secret to Success”

Seniors Off to Serve: Hannah Hanley (Naval Academy) and Beatrice Karp (R.O.T.C.)

Hannah Hanley

As a young girl, Hannah Hanley would go sailing with her family off the coast of Annapolis, Maryland. While sailing, she could see the midshipmen, cadets in the US Navy, training and thought the campus of the Naval Academy was beautiful. This summer, Hannah will be taking the first step to becoming a midshipman herself. In July, Hannah will be attending The Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. One year later, she will enter the United States Naval Academy.

The process to get accepted was not easy, and Hannah feels fortunate to have been chosen. Her first step was applying for the Naval Academy Summer Seminar last summer.  She was accepted and stayed there for one week, living how an actual student would. She loved it, despite its challenges. She enjoyed testing her limits and “being a part of something bigger than herself.” After the program, she knew she wanted to someday have a leadership role in the Navy, and knew attending the Naval Academy would provide her the best opportunities to fulfill that dream.

The application process for the Naval Academy is quite different and more challenging than most other colleges. A prerequisite for applying is to receive a nomination from either a congressman, vice president or president. Hannah received a nomination from Congressman Eliot Engel of New York. In addition, she had an interview with a local alumni and took a multitude of tests, such as fitness and medical exams. This long process started in the summer before her senior year, rather than September when most do. Continue reading “Seniors Off to Serve: Hannah Hanley (Naval Academy) and Beatrice Karp (R.O.T.C.)”

Internship Program Finds Success

At MHS, a major part of many students’ senior year is taking part in an internship program. They are based on an aspect of what the student wishes to pursue in their future. In general, they last about two months (or six to seven weeks). Some of the most popular internships at Mamaroneck High School are done at Habitat for Humanity (building homes), Discovering Me (a nursery school), and local elementary schools like Chatsworth, Murray, and Central. A few notable internships done by seniors include: iHeartMedia (done by Wyatt Feldman), 1-800-NYBULBS (done by Jessica Barrios and Garret Katz), and the New York Red Bulls (done by Matt Frank). Another unique internship is done at Penguin Random House, the famous publishing company. This was done by Samantha Lurie, Paula Torres, and Jordan Steinberg. Since this internship was done at a prestigious company, we decided to find out more from one of the seniors taking part: Sam Lurie. Continue reading “Internship Program Finds Success”

Holocaust Survivor Wants Remembrance

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How much do students know about the Holocaust? A recent article published by The New York Times alleges that 41%  millenials don’t know what Auschwitz is, 41% believe 2 million or less Jews were killed and 22% say they haven’t even heard of the Holocaust. Mamaroneck High School is making sure that our students do not fall into that category. In May, the sophomores in Mr. Madin’s english class had the unforgettable experience of meeting a Holocaust survivor. Dr. Salomea Kape, a 92 year old woman who lives in Larchmont, came in to share her story of surviving the Holocaust in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland until 1945.

During her teenage years from age thirteen to eighteen, Kape experienced the daily horrors of living in the crowded ghetto. She recalls one of the main natural killers, hunger, and how it can change a person entirely: “Hunger kills in you, your ability to be a human being. It dehumanizes you. [The hungry people] would look around and not actually see.” She remembers that in desperation, many Jews would become informants for the Nazis in exchange for an extra ration, but would later face the common fate shared by most in the Ghetto: transport to Auschwitz.

As an only child, she was saved multiple times by her mom. One dramatic example of this was during one selection in the ghetto, where the remaining Jews were divided into those who would be transported away to certain death and those who would be left to clean up the ghetto after it was liquidated. Her mother, an intelligent midwife, noticed that the line they were put in was composed of primarily weaker, older people. To save her daughter, she sneaked them into the other line, an offense punishable by certain death if caught. If not for the courage of her mother, she might not be alive today to tell us her story. Continue reading “Holocaust Survivor Wants Remembrance”

New MHS Gym Needs More Accessibility

Since the beginning of the school year, the remodeled athletic facilities in Palmer have been open. This $11.64 million dollar renovation has certainly improved our workout spaces, which are now filled with turf, fitness machines, weights, and even a climbing wall. However, there remain many questions among MHS students as to whether or not the new workout rooms are being used to their full potential, as they are only easily accessible to gym classes and after-school sports teams. PE teacher Ms. Byron approached the Student Council with an idea: could MHS fund after-school hours in the workout rooms for any student to exercise? Ms. Byron believes that it would be beneficial to implement open-gym hours to allow students the privilege of getting active without the added cost of paying for a gym membership. Continue reading “New MHS Gym Needs More Accessibility”

Farewell Globe Seniors

Editors-in-Chief

The Globe staff of 2017-2018 excelled under the leadership of Jordan Steinberg and Liam Katz, two of the three Editors-in-Chief for this past school year. Their enthusiasm and passion was shown through their dedication to the Globe and the two left a great impression on the staff.

        Jordan Steinberg began writing for the Globe his freshman year and became an Assistant Op-Ed Editor sophomore year. At the end of his sophomore year, Steinberg applied for Editor-in-Chief but did  not expect to get the position. Steinberg applied for the position because he knew he would put in the work and was a very active staff member. Steinberg’s hard work paid off and he was selected as Editor-in-Chief and held that position for two years. In addition to holding the head position for two years, Steinberg balanced that with the school’s Model Congress, of which he was the president, the Force, and music discussion club. One of Steinberg’s fondest memories of his time at MHS was being Editor-in-Chief. He went on trips to Columbia University, where the Globe staff attended lectures, conferences and met other publications from across the country. He added that he will also miss the “general community atmosphere” in the Globe room. Steinberg made the Globe room a welcoming place and formed bonds with many staff members. Steinberg demonstrated strong leadership skills and was respected by all of his fellow staff members for his positive and friendly attitude. After graduation, Jordan will attend Georgetown University and is planning to major in political economy. Continue reading “Farewell Globe Seniors”

The Man Behind the Tiger Mask

Meet Noah Wolfson: president of the school, DJ in the overpass, and the man behind the tiger mask. Noah first entered the Student Council world his freshman year when his orientation leader encouraged him to put his name on the ballot. Much to his surprise, he ended up becoming the freshman class president. The following year he continued his reign as the sophomore class president. During his junior year, he took a break from the presidency run and took on the position of vice president of social affairs. However, the break did not last long as he ran for, and was elected to, president of the school for his senior year. Looking back, Noah’s favorite Student Council memory was gaining the support of fellow Student Council members to invest in rally towels for the hockey playoff games his sophomore year. He enthusiastically sold the towels at a game against Scarsdale, in which the team came back from a 2-0 deficit and won 3-2. He recalls the rally towels making him feel as though he had “just won the Stanley Cup.” Continue reading “The Man Behind the Tiger Mask”