Senior Proposals

Every year here at MHS Seniors creatively ask their dates to prom by making a sign or another sort of proposal, known as a “Promposal.” We chose some of the best ones.

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A Mindful Year for MHS

Photo courtesy of Dganit Alma: Ms. Whalen’s pre-calc honors class made 1,000 page cranes during their mindfulness period.

In the past year at Mamaroneck High School, the schedule has been altered to allow students to practice mindfulness during the first three minutes of first period and the period after lunch. Overall, the program has been a success, with students learning new strategies with how to manage their stress. However, just like anything, there have been some challenges.

Two years ago, Ms. Clain formed the “Promoting Student Health” committee, which is made up of student representatives, faculty, and parents. This was a direct response to continuous research showing that students have unhealthy stress levels. The group made decisions based off of two goals- to both help lower students’ stress and to teach them how to cope with it. The second line of thinking is what helped begin the mindfulness program. Initiatives were started to inform faculty members about the benefits of mindfulness, including a seminar by local Cheryl Brause, a certified mindfulness instructor. The decision to incorporate mindfulness into the school day was made when MHS Info was changed to only being aired on Fridays, not every day of the week. This allowed for six minutes on Mondays through Thursdays to be dedicated to practicing mindfulness.

In February, administration sent out a survey to MHS students asking them to reflect on their experience with the new mindfulness program. Out of 1,089 responses, 52% of students said that 1 of their teachers does mindfulness every day, 21.4% responded that 2 of their teachers do, 22.2% answered that none of their teachers do it, and 4.4% reported that they have 3 or more teachers that practice mindfulness every day. These are varied results, and show that only a small population of the school is actually following the guidelines provided by the new schedule. However, it is clear that students have been noticing some differences, with 54% reporting it has helped them feel more relaxed and calm, and 25.5% reporting reduced anxiety. Mr. Minotti, a health teacher at MHS, has noticed that his students are more focused and on task; he has also received mostly positive feedback. Continue reading “A Mindful Year for MHS”

Yanny or Laurel: Is it Science?

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Back in 2015, a picture of a dress went viral on social media and the internet. Everyone seemed to be talking about the dress because people saw it in different colors. “It’s blue and black” or “it’s white and gold” was the debate in every household. But now, it is not a visual puzzle that people are arguing over, but instead it is an “ear-ilusion.” The audio clip of “Yanny and Laurel” has gone viral and is causing debate everywhere. A one word robotic recording is making people hear different words from the same recording. So how is it possible that people can hear two different words at the same time, from the same device? Studies about “The Dress” have shown that it was a brain assumption of the lighting in the picture (livescience.com). Similarly, the one word recording allows your brain to interpret the words “Yanny and Laurel.”   Continue reading “Yanny or Laurel: Is it Science?”

Lettuce Eat Safely

Last month, Caesar salad enthusiasts got quite the scare when several cases of E. Coli-related illnesses were linked to the consumption of romaine lettuce. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the contaminated romaine was grown in the Yuma, Arizona region. Common symptoms of E. Coli include nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. Ultimately, the lettuce caused 172 cases of E. Coli across 32 states and resulted in one death. Romaine is now being grown in Salinas Valley, California and has been deemed safe to eat again by the CDC as the contaminated batch exceeded its 21-day shelf life on May 18th. Continue reading “Lettuce Eat Safely”

MHS Performances: The Year in Review

The 2017–2018 school year marked yet another excellent year of music and arts-related performances at Mamaroneck High School, and we’re not finished yet! PACE’s Senior Recital and Musical Revue are both coming up. Over the course of the entire year, Mamaroneck students put on over 20 productions/concerts spanning across PACE, the music department, and school-wide collaborations such as the musical. While all of the shows put on by MHS students this year are worth noting, there are a few that stand out in particular…

One of the first performances of the year was PACE’s two-cast production of Sense and Sensibility, which opened back in October. Directed by PACE theatre teacher Mr. Moore, auditions were held for the play in June of last year and rehearsals began just before school started. Based on the book of the same name, Sense and Sensibility tells the story of two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, as they learn what it is to fall in love. The two casts were led by Callie Zola (’18) and Lauren Kroll (’18) who played the role of Elinor. Lindsey Belisle (’19) and Abby Lee (18′) performed as Marianne. The two girl’s love interests, Willoughby and Edward, were performed by Grant Tucker (’19) and Sammy Pignalosa (19’), and  Ian Melemend (18’) and Chase Thede (18’) respectively. The play was well received by its audience, as many admired the wit, comedy and cleverness of the show and its actors.

Another PACE performance, this year’s Kinesthesia has actually made recent news. Choreographer Julia Hintz’s (18’) dance was performed at the 92nd Street Y Dance Up! Festival in April. Titled Girl with music by Jamie XX, the dance was selected from 75 other pieces to be performed at the nationally recognized festival. Originally choreographed for Kinesthesia, the dance features Sydney Chun (19’), Ava Cyruli (18’) and Lauren Sigda (18’). Kinesthesia itself was quite the production, showcasing over 15 dances choreographed by seniors in the PACE program. Performed in December, the show featured dance styles that ranged from tap to hip hop to modern dance, and pieces that included as few as two dancers to as many as 20 or more on stage at once. This years senior dance, choreographed by PACE dance teacher Ms. Parsley and performed by the PACE 4 Senior Dance class, was done to a lovely rendition of Andra Day’s Rise Up, sung by Lilou Bolieher (20’) and Lindsey Belisle (19’).

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5 Things To Do in NYC this Summer

1- Go Stargazing on The High line

Visiting the High Line is a great activity in general, but it’s especially beautiful if you go on a summer Tuesday night to stargaze and hang out with your friends. There are even telescopes set up on Tuesday nights for the chance to see stars and planets.

2- Watch an Outdoor Movie

Grab a blanket and set up under the stars to watch a movie with your friends. Try NYC Parks Movies Under The Stars, SummerScreen, or Bryant Park Festival to find a time to see some of  your favorite movies under the stars. And, on top of that, most of them are free! Continue reading “5 Things To Do in NYC this Summer”

Summer Music Preview

The summer of 2017 was jam-packed with everything from politics to celebrity news. In addition, tons of new music was released over these past few months. Here is some of the new music of Summer 2017:

Tyler the Creator released his 4th studio album titled Flower Boy on July 21st. The release was announced days after the two lead singles for the album “Who Dat Boy” and “911 / Mr. Lonely,” which was subsequently followed by the releases of “Boredom” and “I Ain’t Got Time.” Controversy surrounded the album before its official release, when a leak of Flower Boy hit the internet. In this leak, people noted a multitude of lyrics which seemed to imply the rapper is gay. This comes with extreme controversy as Tyler has been put under heat in recent years for using extreme homophobic and offensive lyrics in his past albums. Tyler has made no official comment on his sexuality in the internet chaos surrounding the album, but despite the controversial lyrics, Flower Boy has turned out to be what many consider Tyler’s best work. The album was met with universal critical acclaim as well as reaching the number two spot on the Billboard 100, selling 106,000 copies in its first week. Tyler’s previous album, 2015’s Cherry Bomb was met with lukewarm acclaim, and and around half the sales of Flower Boy, proving that Tyler is here to stay in the world of rap, and is more relevant than ever. Continue reading “Summer Music Preview”

Golf, No Longer Co-ed, is Growing

Originally, Mamaroneck’s golf team was coed, but now the team has been divided into a boys and girls team. In their first season the Varsity Girls Golf team has already begun showing themselves off. Even without the best record on the overall season, the team hasn’t let their losses deter them from moving forward to finish the year out strong.

With a packed schedule over the last few weeks of regular season play, at least one competitive round a week, it’s certainly been busy. Still, they haven’t let that stop them on their quest to cement themselves in Mamaroneck’s history books. Continue reading “Golf, No Longer Co-ed, is Growing”

Tigerstyle Wrestling Thrives in New Facility

Although this team usually enjoys flying under the radar, they have  accomplished too much this year to remain from public knowledge. Wrestling is a sport that takes focus, hard work and more than anything: perseverance. Mamaroneck wrestling, also known as Tigerstyle wrestling, has taken all of these aspects to the next level.

Mamaroneck wrestling went 8-6 this year and placed 10th at sectionals out of more than 30 teams competing. The team’s success comes as no shock to the players or coaches as they were practicing hard all year round. During the summer, Mamaroneck wrestling could be seen 3 times a week at 6 o’clock in the morning, working out on the track. Continue reading “Tigerstyle Wrestling Thrives in New Facility”

Lacrosse Wins Section Championship

Photos courtesy of Sandra Wong Geroux. 

The Tigers defeated Lakeland/Panas 16-9 on Wednesday, May 30 to capture the Section 1 Class A Lacrosse Champion-ship. This win quali ed the team for regionals, which they lost on June 2 to Niskayuna after a close game that ended 14-13. The regionals game marked the end of the season for the team, but they’re looking forward to another great season next year, hoping advance even further.

 

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Principal Clain Participates in Press Conference with Students

Photos courtesy of Emily Dombroff: Principal Clain takes questions. 

Students at Mamaroneck feel disconnected from the school’s administration and would welcome greater connection and communication. Mr. Madin’s first semester Journalism students had an opportunity to bridge that gap by conducting a “press conference” with Principal Clain. Continue reading “Principal Clain Participates in Press Conference with Students”

Lincoln Trials “Push” AP U.S. History Students

Last month, students in Mr. Goldberg’s and Mrs. Scudder’s AP US History classes took part in an annual tradition: The Lincoln trials. The trials are an extensive project in which students prepare for and carry out a mock impeachment trial of Abraham Lincoln. Continue reading “Lincoln Trials “Push” AP U.S. History Students”

Extra Credit: Taken Too Far?

At the end of each quarter, every teacher has students coming to them asking that one fateful question, “Is there anything that I can do for extra credit?”. Extra credit has been a part of Mamaroneck High School and schools across the nation in order to provide struggling students with an attempt to boost their grade. Usually, this entails some auxiliary work whether it be test corrections or a separate assignment. While students have harmless intentions when it comes to request, the question of extra credit has become increasingly more complicated over the past few years. Teachers are trying to offer extra credit in creative ways in order to motivate students to become engrossed in the topic that they are teaching. While extra credit has its place in the high school, it must be limited to one or two points in order to prevent rampant grade inflation and make sure that students still feel pressure to study. Continue reading “Extra Credit: Taken Too Far?”

Technology: Does It Help or Hinder?

In recent months, multiple scientific studies have been published suggesting the detrimental effects of technology in the classroom. Most notably, The New York Times published an article discussing the banning of laptops in college classrooms. Meanwhile, Mamaroneck High School and many other schools like it have been encouraging the use of devices in all classes. In the wake of these publications, it is vital to evaluate the successes and failures of MHS’s technology initiative.

In the article published by The New York Times, “Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting,” professor Susan Dynarski explains her choice to ban electronics in her classes. “The best evidence available now suggests that students should avoid laptops and just pick up their pens,” she writes. But in the past few years, the Mamaroneck School District has largely integrated technology into learning. MHS is in the process of transitioning from an iPad initiative to a bring-your-own-device program, but in some form or another, electronics have changed the way teachers are teaching and students are learning. Continue reading “Technology: Does It Help or Hinder?”

Why De-Extinction Should Be Made a Reality

It’s 2018, and people have a lot to look forward to. The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, movies such as “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” are set to hit the theaters, and the company Moon Express plans to send everyday people to the moon! However, the year isn’t looking so great for those not belonging to the human race. Last year, scientists reported that three species of lizards, an Australian bat, and the fishing cat went extinct, with even more species missing from that list. In addition, many other species, such as pandas, tigers, elephants, and gorillas are endangered.  Humans are the main cause of those already extinct and the species on the path towards extinction.Scientists have discovered a way to reverse this trend, but it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie: de-extinction, the process of resurrecting extinct species. Continue reading “Why De-Extinction Should Be Made a Reality”

MLK Day: A Reflection

The annual MLK show has presented itself once again, with some truly astounding acts. There were beautiful, meaningful acts that truly adhered to theme: stop the hate. Among these were the powerful dance Leah Richard, ‘19, did to “Rise Up” by Andrea Day, the song sung by Eliana Kraut, ‘20, “I Believe” about a world in which we could all truly be equal, and, of course, the annual “I Have A Dream” speech video. However, is this enough to commemorate a remarkably important leader such as Martin Luther King Jr.? MLK did so much for our country. He was one of many leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, but arguably the most well known, especially since he used peaceful protests to achieve his goals. It may appeal to our yearly presentation to acknowledge more of his achievements and educate its audience more what he actually accomplished. Continue reading “MLK Day: A Reflection”