Model Congress Students Thrive at UPenn

Photo courtesy of Caroline Scudder. Pictured from top to bottom, left to right: Julia Lehman, Kevin Shen, Emily Shen, Sam Mollin, Benji Canter, Nick Lynch, Sam Hodman, Alec Sicklick, Lily Kalish, Lizzy Kaplan, Robert Emmett, Alex Herzig, Andrew Basta, Max Plonsker, Eli Kalish, Jack Spiridellis, and David Lehman.

Thursday afternoon, 17 MHS students accompanied by Mrs. Scudder and Mr. Paez left the school for a Model Congress conference in Philadelphia, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. The conference, which spanned four days, involved each delegate participating in a total of 20 hours of debate over student-written legislation: Continue reading “Model Congress Students Thrive at UPenn”


West Side Story Wins Praise from Audience

Photos courtesy of Brooke Smith: Members of the West Side Story cast take a bow after a performance.

People said it was like they were taken out of the seats of the McClain auditorium… and they were right.

From March 2nd through March 4th, a group of talented students, teachers and musicians performed the annual MHS musical. This time, it was the profound West Side Story. Unlike last year’s lively, charming Anything Goes, West Side Story brought in a whole new type of MHS musical –a sense of dark, captivating emotion. This aspect of the show pulled people out of their seats to make them feel as if they were not, in fact, watching a high school performance. Continue reading “West Side Story Wins Praise from Audience”

Board of Ed Proposes New Budget

On March 9th, superintendent Dr. Shaps presented his recommended budget for the 2017-2018 school year at the Mamaroneck Board of Education meeting. The recommended budget, which totals $135,277,639, represents an increase of 1.59% from the previous year.

Among many components of the recommended budget, one benefiting the high school is expanded elective pathways. The design, engineering, computer science and culinary arts programs will receive a boost, further improving their respective course sequences. In computer science and OSR, new teachers will be hired to meet growing demand. Continue reading “Board of Ed Proposes New Budget”

La La Land Producer Visits MHS

Picture by Owen Zucker: La La Land producer Fred Berger answers a question from Emily Renner ’17.

Fred Berger is the producer of award-winning film La La Land and an alumnus of Mamaroneck High School. Recently, he returned to Mamaroneck to talk about his experiences at the school and his eventual success in the film industry. Continue reading “La La Land Producer Visits MHS”

President Trump Orders Resurrection of the Dakota Access Pipeline

Photo courtesy of Protesters of the pipeline suffered a disheartening blow when Trump recently ordered the construction to continue.

Over the past year, an intense political battle has been waged between Dakota Access, LLC and the Sioux Native American tribe in the Dakotas over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a 1,172 mile oil pipeline that would be used to transport almost two million gallons of oil across the country each day. Continue reading “President Trump Orders Resurrection of the Dakota Access Pipeline”

Travel Ban Causes Unrest Among Americans

On January 27th, Donald Trump signed an executive order which has been coined the travel ban. The order terminated all immigration from seven “high risk” countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. These are the only countries affected by the travel ban, meaning that people from these countries are prevented from entering the U.S. This has been a central part of President Trump’s plan for America since he began his Presidential campaign back in 2015. The travel ban has caused mixed feelings around the country. Continue reading “Travel Ban Causes Unrest Among Americans”

The World Reacts to Trump’s Foreign Policy

Photo courtesy of the Daily Dot: Donald Trump smiles for the cameras after delivering a speech.

For the past two months as Donald Trump’s presidency has dominated the American news and the American conscience, the rest of the world has also been unable to drop the news of Trump’s presidency. There have been countries both celebrating and mourning the results of the election since November, and the opinions have only spread and strengthened as the Trump administration has taken its first steps on the world stage. So far, phone call exchanges with Russia, Australia, Mexico and China have stirred both praise and anxiety at home. However, some of the most important reactions to Trump have been overseas, as the rest of the world has become divided by the implications of his administration. Continue reading “The World Reacts to Trump’s Foreign Policy”

Devos Appointment Causes Controversy

Americans express concern about the new Secretary of Education

Photo courtesy of NBC News: Critics of Betsy Devos’ policies are concerned about her confirmation as Secretary of Education. 

By now, most people in our country know of Betsy Devos. She was confirmed as our new Secretary of Education in a historic vote, where the Vice President was needed to break a tie for the first time in United States history. Many people do not support her, as she has never had any experience public schooling and in her senate hearings showed that she does not really know what she is doing. But others feel that she can help all of our public schools through her beliefs in vouchers for school choice and charter schools. Continue reading “Devos Appointment Causes Controversy”

Trump Fills Cabinet With Wealthy Business Executives

Photo courtesy of Rex Tillerson being questioned at a hearing

President Donald J. Trump has chosen nearly all his Cabinet nominees for Senate confirmation.

His Cabinet is shaping up to be a mixture of insiders and outsiders, right-wing conservatives and mainstream Republicans, with no uniform political ideology. A number of them may be intended to disrupt–or even to undermine–the departments they are slated to manage. Continue reading “Trump Fills Cabinet With Wealthy Business Executives”

Cheerleading Meets Olympic Standards to Become a Sport

Photo courtesy of Vice Sports: The IOC has officially recognized cheerleading as a sport.

For millions of previously unrecognized athletes, there was reason to cheer this past December. On December 6th, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially recognized cheerleading as a sport. With this recognition, many previously existing contentions and debates about the degree of athletics required by cheerleading have been settled. Continue reading “Cheerleading Meets Olympic Standards to Become a Sport”

Attack on Berlin: the Devastation and the Aftermath

For most, the holidays are a time of happiness and celebration among family and friends. Yet during this festive time the monstrosity of a terrorist attack became a reality in Berlin. More than the holiday spirit was at stake when a truck was driven through a Christmas market near Berlin’s Memorial Church on December 19th, 2016. Christmas markets are a traditional part of the holidays in Germany, and are normally a very cheerful experience. The location of the attack was not a coincidence, as this was intended as a direct attack on Christianity. Continue reading “Attack on Berlin: the Devastation and the Aftermath”

Facebook Team Responds to Fake News Complaints

Photo courtesy of Mercury News: Mark Zuckerberg responding to critics.

An issue which many readers of online news have recently been facing is the reporting of fake news on social media websites, most notably, Facebook. The website has encountered a lot of criticism for this, especially following the U.S. Presidential election. Continue reading “Facebook Team Responds to Fake News Complaints”

Aleppo in Crisis

The world looks on in dismay

Photo courtesy of NBC News

Aleppo is the largest city in Syria, and since 2012 it has been a warzone. The battle of Aleppo began on July 19th, 2012. Ever since, the city has never been the same. The city is split between the government and the rebels. This devastated city is a byproduct of the Syria’s horrific civil war. Continue reading “Aleppo in Crisis”

The Simpsons Hits 600 Episodes

Photo courtesy of Engadget: Ground-breaking comedy show makes history with 600th airing.

On Sunday, October 16, the 600th episode of “The Simpsons” aired, titled “Treehouse of Horror XXVII.” The episode is only the second scripted prime-time American TV show to reach 600 episodes. Continue reading “The Simpsons Hits 600 Episodes”

Samsung Recalls Combustible Galaxy Note Seven

Photo courtesy of CNN: The Galaxy Note 7 has spontaneously combusted in some cases.

For most students at Mamaroneck High School, one of the most important components of their laptop or mobile device is its battery. “It’s a hindrance to my schoolwork,” says Josh Nidus ’19, who has been experiencing issues with the battery life of his schoolissued iPad. He adds, “Most of my classes require the use of my iPad for work every day, but since my battery isn’t working, I’m unable to use it.” Continue reading “Samsung Recalls Combustible Galaxy Note Seven”

Poll Finds Students Widely in Favor of Clinton

A poll of 400 MHS students, which asked respondents to state who they support for President and where they stand on a handful of major issues, found that the majority of the high school supports Hillary Clinton in her campaign to be the next president of the United States. Continue reading “Poll Finds Students Widely in Favor of Clinton”

International Summer Recap

Photo courtesy of “All eyes were on Turkey during the volatile uprising this July”

While Turkey and Israel were making amends and Brexit was rocking the world, we were finishing up the school year. Although class time came to a halt, the world sure didn’t. Here’s a quick recap of what we all missed this summer break: Continue reading “International Summer Recap”

Nation Observes 15th Anniversary of September 11th

Photo courtesy of NY Daily News: “President Obama gave a speech marking the 15th anniversary of 9/11.”

On September 11th, 2016, Americans throughout the country commemorated the 2,977 men and women whose lives were taken on 9/11. Families of victims embraced among the crowd of people at the National September 11 memorial in New York, and many were at a loss for words. Similar atmospheres of remembrance and commemoration were felt across the country as people came together for support throughout the day. Continue reading “Nation Observes 15th Anniversary of September 11th”