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.)”
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”
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”