Why we need stricter gun control
BY: Paul Raglow-Defranco
Gun Control has been a heavily debated topic for the last decade, but the
debate is greater now than ever before because of the recent mass shootings that have
been occurring across America. In order to decrease the number of deaths because of
shootings, there must be stricter gun control.
One reason why gun control should be in existence is because without law
saying otherwise, a gun could be anyone’s hands. Many of the shooters in the recent
mass shootings had some sort of mental disability. With stricter background checks,
people who are mentally unstable would have a harder time obtaining a gun. As of
right now, it is way too easy for just about anyone to purchase a gun. One of the most
memorable mass shootings in recent years was the Las Vegas Shooting that occurred
in 2017. The shooter took aim at a crowd of people during a concert killing fifty-eight
people and injuring four hundred and eighty-nine. The shooter had signs of a lack of mental
health and yet he was still able to purchase a semi-automatic which led to fifty-eight
people being killed and four hundred and eighty-nine injured.
Gun control is necessary in order to prevent these mass shootings that have
been occurring across America. Without background/medical checks, a gun can get
into the wrong hands which could lead to many people being murdered, like we’ve
seen in the past.
Diwali is a joyous occasion
By: Shradha Chabhra
Diwali is a Hfrom a one per indu festival which is celebrated in a colorful way. Some people may have not known but it just passed on November 7. During Diwali people from India celebrate much like others celebrate Christmas. There is no tree but there are lots of lights! Rangoli is something that is made outside the house with colorful powder. Rangoli is a welcoming gesture to God and others that are entering the house. There is also Diya everywhere around the house which is a clay pot with oil and cotton that has been lit to bring light throughout the whole house. This is the reason that Diwali is also called the Festival of Lights. It's not all about the light: it's about sweets. Additionally, it's a holiday to spread love to each other because we also celebrate the coming of the new year. This was one way of introducing Diwali a one person perspective. Wishing everyone a Happy Diwali!
Native American Heritage Month Celebrated at NW
This year's Native American Celebration was a true success! Students from the middle and high school showcased Haudenosaunee social dances. The 2018 Tuscarora Princess, Mackenzie May Smith also delivered a greeting in the Tuscarora language. Many students participated in the event.
The importance of off-season training
BY: Mackenzie Mae Smith
For every sport, race, tournament and competitions, the season has an ending. Although training doesn’t stop there. Off-season training is important regardless the sport because it is a time to rest, develop, improve and focus on skills that directly and indirectly affect your competitive performance.
The JV Girls Lacrosse coach Cory Turner had said:
”In my opinion there is no “off-season.” There is in-season training and out-of-season training all with the same goals in mind. “Off-season” to me means time away from official scholastic games. “Winter champions are made in the summer” and vice versa. If someone is serious about becoming a champion or at the very least above average and effective on a sports team, they must train out-of-season. It is not realistic to come into your scholastic season out of shape and be able to reach your potential.
I am of the belief of “active rest.” Maintaining recovery and maintaining fitness. If a sport requires heavy lifting trying cardio. Or a if there is a sport that requires cardio like sprinting, try lifting. I do believe playing multiple sports is crucial to to reaching one's potential and becoming a well rounded athlete and person. After a season if someone is not playing another sport, an athlete should take time off to let his/her body heal, recharge, and not “burn out” or lose interest in a sport/team. But this time should be a couple weeks to a month, not anymore than that. Once the season is closer, it is important to redirect focus to sport specific exercises as well.
Out-of-season is a great time to develop and gain focus towards your goals and keep exercising and training slightly less rigorous than in-season. It is a great time to improve in new ways. Baseball players for example, can work on strengthening muscles and flexibility in their throwing arms. Football players for example can work on techniques to strengthen/reduce injuries to knees.
All-in-all, out-of-season training is crucial to any athlete and they can’t expect to be successful without it.”
It’s important to maintain athletic prowess, because it’s much easier to stay in shape than get back into shape. It’s also important to find an enjoyable way to train in the off-season so as to avoid becoming burnt-out or injured. All in all, off-season training is important regardless of the sport because it is a time to rest, develop, improve and focus on skills that directly and indirectly affect competitive performance.
For JV Girls Basketball, Coach Hefferon had stated: ”I would say it is very important to train during off-season. If you want to get better and more cooperative. Too many athletes put the ball down at the end of their season and don't pick it up until the start the next season.”
Active rest” is the balance between recovery and maintaining fitness. Active rest can be accomplished through participating in a different, enjoyable activity — something that includes different muscle groups and a fresh way of thinking.
Mrs.Printup the Varsity Lacrosse coach replied: “Off training is important to all sport teams by staying conditioned and by keeping up with sport specific technique. Staying conditioned can be accomplished by playing other sports, which is highly recommended for many reasons. Cross training is also good for the body. Keeping up with sport specific techniques can be playing with friends or participating in off season tournaments. Off season is important. I have noticed athletes grow the most by going hard all season and working off-season by focusing on their struggles.”
All during the summer you can do summer camps and tournaments to help better your skills. Learning from the coaches at camps can help you learn new techniques and drill that will help better you. Repetition is a main key in training. Shooting the same shot over and over again helps you get your form correct and that way when you go to shoot in a game it's already natural to you.
The Varsity girls basketball coach, Mr.Jackson had said: “During the off season there are athletes that go out there and continue to train smart for the next season, athletes that go through the motions and work out once in a while in attempt to maintain their strength, and there are athletes that during pre-season training all of a sudden realize how out of shape they let themselves become and find themselves struggling to catch back up to where they need to be. What many athletes don’t realize is how quickly the body can regress back to pre-training levels after periods of not training when duration and intensity is reduced. It has been found in research that these changes also occur quicker with females than in males. However, for both genders alike this is why the off season is arguably the most crucial time for an athlete to focus on maintaining training and preparing the body for the next season and I’ll tell you why.
Goals of the off-season include providing a base level of conditioning, preparing the body for more intense training, and combating muscle imbalances to reduce the risk of injuries. Often times in season the body experiences very repetitive movements and some muscles are worked more than others due to the nature of the sports we engage in. There are three planes of movement the body works through and sometimes in sports we are in one plane of movement more than the others. During the off season we can emphasize increasing strength and mobility in the other muscles and planes of movement that don’t always get enough attention and can lead to injuries.
Bottom line, good off-season training prevents injuries and helps you to be in shape instead of trying to get in shape once the season starts.”
Near the end of off-season, all athletes should begin training with specific sport exercises. Keeping intensity the same but duration and amount decreased, athletes should reintroduce their bodies to the ‘old’ exercises and ease their transition back into seasonal form. Once your competitive season commences, you will be warm and ready with newfound abilities and a stronger defense against injury.
NW Interact Students Give Back to Veterans
At one of the November meetings, The Interact Club was treated to a talk by Rotary Club president Dave Evans. He brought in artifacts from World War One in honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. He explained to the club why Veterans Day is when it is and provided primary source documents of Veterans who were in The World War One and Two conflicts. The students then completed thank you cards to local veterans.
PHASE ONE OF THE ECO CAMPUS REVITALIZATION PROJECT WAS ALL HANDS ON DECK!
On Saturday, October 13, the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, Interact Club, Outdoor Club, My Brother's Keeper Group and various administrators and teachers joined forces to begin Phase 1 of our Greenway trail revitalization. Over 65 native species perennials were planted. It was a huge success!
bullfighting is bloodfighting
By: Molly Crandall
The Spanish tradition of Bullfighting has sparked controversy as animal rights groups have denounced the sport as cruel and have fought for the Spanish government to ban the practice. Bullfighting is banned in the majority of developed nations across the world but is still practiced in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, France, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador. Bullfighting is the most prolific in Spain, where the tradition dates back hundreds of years. Recently however, many spanish citizens hold negative views of their cultural tradition. Animal rights groups such as Pacma, an animal rights party in Spain, have held protests and petitioned their government for an ban of the blood sport, while pro-bullfighting activists have pushed back, citing the cultural value of the longstanding tradition. In 2010, bullfighting was banned in the spanish reason Catalan, but the ruling was later overturned by the Spanish Supreme Court in 2013 and the practice was named part of the Spain’s protected cultural heritage. Recently bullfighting has become a political issue, with the far left political party Podemos taking a clear anti-bullfighting stance while more conservative parties support the continuation of bullfighting. The Spanish public is split on the issue, while many of the younger generation are against “La Corrida” (the fight), older more conservative spaniards believe bullfighting to be an essential aspect of Spanish culture.
Bullfighting originated in the mediterranean area and is often said to have roots in Roman gladiator fights. In a bullfight bull is first forced into an area and then stabbed with lances by men on horseback, called picadores, in the shoulders, back and neck, in order to limit its ability raise its head and brandish it's only defense- its horns. Then Spectators cheer as the banderilleros (the matador’s assistants) taunt the animal with a brightly colored cape to run towards themselves, then quickly doge and twirl around the bull while they attempt to impale its shoulders with three sharp hooks, known as banderillas. With each additional “pass” the men weaken and further enrage the bull while dodging its sharp horns. The closer the bull passes the the more the crowd cheers, and shouts of “Ole” can be heard ringing throughout the stadium. After the Bull has been sufficiently injured it becomes weakened and disoriented from blood loss, not to mention dizzy from being run around in circles in its fit of rage, the fabled matador, or literally “killer” arrives. At this point the matador will then wave his red flag ,draw his sword, or “estoque”, and attempt to drive it through the bull’s heart or aorta as it charges with its only remaining strength. Often this “finishing strike” does not succeed in putting the bull out of its misery. Several more attempts may be made, often under “boo’s” of the crowd. After a point an additional matador may be called in to finish what the other had failed. During a single event up to six bulls are slowly tortured and killed in front of hundreds of people watching as if they were simply attending a football match. Around 230,000 bulls are killed in arenas each year.
This torturous “entertainment” has spurned protests from several animal rights groups around the world. A Spanish animal rights political party called Pacma held a protest in protest in Madrid which drew thousands to rally against what they believed was a cruel, medieval practice in 2017. Groups such as PETA, the League Against Cruel Sports, CAS International, Humane Society International, Torture is not Culture, and many other groups advocate for an end to bullfighting both in Spain and worldwide. It’s not only these groups which detest bullfighting; according to surveys by the World Animal Protection only 19% of adults in Spain currently support Bullfighting. Greater awareness spurred by animal rights activists have caused the popularity of fights to decline. In 2015 the Spanish government reported that only 19.5% of spanish citizens attended bullfighting events that year. With the efforts of these groups and others bullfighting has been banned in several areas spanning over 100 Spanish cities including Calonge, Tossa de Mar, Vilamacolum and La Vajol and Barcelona, joined with several Mexican states, and over 90% of France. Animal rights activists continue to fight for an end to this sport.
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MANY FALCONS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE gREENWAY TRAIL!
save the bees
BY: Sarena Sendor
Extinction of many wildlife species has been occuring in recent years due to human activity. Pollution, rising water temperatures, and loss of habitat are the most threatening factors contributing to the destruction of nature. Honey bees in specific, are one of the most crucial endangered species. The dying honey bee population is a threat to our food chain and this can put mankind in danger. Bee depopulation is increasing each year however, there are ways to preserve them in hopes of reversing the crisis.
Unnatural infringement of the planet disrupts functioning ecosystems and potentially puts all organisms in harm's way. Pesticide use, climate change, foreign pests, disease, and habitat loss are all factors contributing to the extinction of native bees. The use of pesticides kill bees which prevents the pollination of plants. farmers have no choice but to resort to manual pollination by dusting pollen atop of flowers individually, to sustain their production of crops. Pollination is essential for a successful harvest and bees not being able to function consistently puts plants at risk to not grow so food sources in return become very limited. This puts mankind in danger of starvation and possible malnutrition. Climate change affects bees directly because they can not adapt to the changing weather. Bees are unable to perform regular seasonal migration patterns due to unstable weather conditions. Seasons are arriving earlier because the Earth's temperature is fluctuating so rapidly. Bees have not adapted to these unusual atmospheric conditions so when plants are in bloom they aren't being pollinated; this is another reason humans may have to resort to manual pollination. Intensely cold temperatures affect not only migration patterns, but reproductive habits also by causing bee eggs to die therefore, no new bees can emerge. Climate change is leading to habitat loss so bees aren’t migrating and reproducing as they should. As greenery is being destructed for industrial purposes, species go without a place to thrive causing native creatures to die off or relocate. When there are various vermin abnormally operating they become hazardous to each other as they fight for new territory. Bees are susceptible to parasites, foreign pests, and predators which are perilous to the health of these vulnerable critters. When a bee is infected, their lives are shortened and in return the entire bee colony is deteriorated and weakened. We can protect them by planting food sources that bloom for most of the year for the bees to provide stable food sources and safety to keep them healthy.
The rapid disappearance of bees can be alleviated through precautionary steps. Eliminating toxic chemicals, and not using pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides while gardening will keep plants from becoming contaminated and killing the bees. Planting native and bee friendly plants will provide nectar and pollen, and a regular food supply for them. Setting out a bowl of water will provide a food source for bees also.
Exposure of the dangers diminishing bees is becoming more acknowledged. Programs have been implicated to inform and bring consciousness to this growing problem. Celebrities have endorsed alertness relating to the preservation of this species. Tyler, the Creator; modern rap artist, uses a personal merchandise line to influence his audience, by incorporating an education of environmental deterioration and protection. The iconic symbol representing Tyler’s brand is a bee itself; along with flowers, to show his interest and fundamental dedication to the fragile beauty of nature. By releasing hoodies that include phrases displaying “Save the Bees”, he is contributing to a company named GreenPeace USA; who organized the Save the Bees foundation, as well as many other environmentally friendly groups. People who are cooperating and encouraging others, individually spread mindfulness concerning the eagerness for protection of the bee population. Education on the risks of bees vanishing can help salvage the species by spreading respect and awareness.
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A Vape Epidemic Looms Over NW
BY: Matthew Saunders
Vaping is the new “toy” keeping underage kids hooked on nic. Throughout the years, vaping has progressed and has become a popular topic. Today’s generation are affiliated with the vapes known as Surin Drop, Sourin Air, Juno, Phix and Juul. All of these vapes contain extreme levels of nicotine. In the Surin Drop, there is a cartridge one buys and refill after about two refills. A new pod is five dollars for the Surin Air. People use the same cartridge the entire time, they just continue to put the juice in. The Juul, Juno, and Phix contain pods which have flavors available such as cool cucumber, mango, blue razz, watermelon, tobacco and fruit. All of the devices have nicotine levels ranging from 30nic all the way up to 60nic. Most kids push 50-60nic and are going through two pods a day which is equivalent to smoking a pack and a half of cigarettes a day.
Every school has vapes in it. Almost every student has a vape; even kids on sports teams and most of the kids can’t go 30 minutes without hitting the vape to get the buzz. The small handheld devices are not super cheap. They range from forty dollars to eighty dollars not including pods which are 18 dollars for a 4 pack and a bottle of juice is 20 dollars; this habit gets pricey.
The schools are just coming to notice that the students are smoking vapor in the bathrooms at all times throughout the day. Usually the ninth, tenth and eleventh graders give twelve graders their money to give them stuff. It’s a business persay. The tenth and eleventh graders have started to sell the produce for more than what they paid to make a profit. Typically, the kids will go to the seniors and buy the juice to fill pods and split the cost down the middle.
Vaping has gotten out of hand in the last couple of months and schools are seeing an increase in suspensions. They are cracking down so that they have a smoke free school. Vaping is not the only habit to skyrocket: dabbing, which is 95 % THC (the same chemical as marijuana), is another habit to plague the schools. The vape companies can’t control what the customers do with the product when leaving the store; all they can do is I.D. the customer to ensure he/she is over 18. Typically the average kid spends 100 dollars at a vape shop. All their Christmas, birthday or any other money they earn goes to vaping. The nicotine has taken control and will not stop. Kids from the ages of 13 and up suffer from withdrawals and it isn’t good. It’s quite sad to see them go through something at such a young age.
Parents are now finding out about the vaping situation and are concerned about their child and want to know if he/she is doing it. No child is going to tell their parents that they vape. It’s a popular thing that has risen to the top and is controlling young kids and their body because the kids that are ingesting the nicotine are addicted. I decided to take the opportunity to enlighten the teachers and staff about hardcore vaping to show how bad things have become. Establishing a story about a hot topic that has affected students makes more people want to read about it and grabs their attention as well as helps to educate those who are concerned. The one thing kids don’t understand is that it causes serious damage to your body like your liver and your heart and it affects your breathing; it causes a lot of problems and it isn’t being controlled nor will it. It’s something right now that they can’t stop.
School Starts Too Early
By: Molly Crandall
Every teen knows the struggle of rolling out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to catch their yellow school bus. It’s common knowledge teens are late sleepers, but it isn't irresponsibility which drives teens to oversleep their alarms. Multiple studies have shown that the reason teenagers want to stay up to midnight and sleep in to noon is firmly rooted in biology, precisely their natural circadian rhythm. Multiple studies has proven that early school start times have a negative effect on students health and disrupts their learning. Students at schools that start later are happier, healthier and more successful.
The circadian rhythm serves the role of the body’s biological clock, and regulates the production the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is produced by your body at night as a cue to rest, it makes you feel tired, and it is almost impossible to fall asleep without this all important hormone. Remember when you were five and you woke up every morning at the crack of dawn, but sometime around puberty you began dread your alarm and suddenly wanted to stay up late, much against your parent’s wishes? It turns out this common phenomenon is not simply irresponsibility and an outlet for teenage rebellion, but is due to a fundamental shift in the body's internal circadian rhythm. Around the age of 13 the body’s internal clock shifts, resulting in a later production of melatonin throughout adolescence. This natural rhythm determines the hours the body feels tired and wakes. According to the National Sleep Foundation the average sleep cycle for an adolescent based on production of melatonin in the brain begins around 11 pm and ends around 8 am. This means it can be very difficult for a teen to fall asleep earlier than this time, regardless if they want to or not. The national sleep foundation asserts that The average teen requires about nine hours of sleep a night, more hours than adults because their bodies are still growing. However, studies by the Center for Disease control have found students in the United States rarely get a sufficient amount of shuteye.
The key driver of widespread sleep deprivation in American teens can be attributed to early middle and high school starting times, which force students to wake in the middle of their natural sleep cycle. In order to receive a healthy nine and a half hours a night, schools must stop waking teens at an unnatural time. The center for disease control recommends high schools start no earlier than 8:30, although only a measly 7% follow their medical advice. ¾ of high school students nationwide get less than 9 hours of sleep per night according to studies. Sleep deprivation harms students in several ways and is associated with higher levels of depression, anxiety, obesity, substance abuse and behavioral problems. Early start times contributes to an increased number of car accidents, tardiness and results in over all lower academic achievement. A study by the Bureau of labor statistics found that students who attend schools which start later than 8:30 am overall have higher average SAT scores those students which attend schools that begin earlier. It’s simply common sense that high schooler’s can’t learn very well when they’re half asleep.
Early start times are a relatively recent phenomenon. For the past 100 odd years schools began around 9:00 am until, in an effort to save money on bussing by using the same busses for elementary and high school, schools reeled their start times back in the 1970s and 80s to the system we have we have today. There are many arguments for the early start times and many misconceptions. First is that early start times teach responsibility and prepare students for the adult world. This is false because by the time teens are in the working world their bodies will have adjusted to an adult sleep cycle which, in addition to requiring less sleep in general, shifts natural wake up time earlier in the day. Forcing teens to wake at a time unnatural for them is counter productive and actually harms their future success instead of bolstering it because sleep deprivation reduces cognitive performance according to US National Institute of Health which reduces learning. Another argument in favor early start times is that schools have always opened early, so why change.? As stated previously early start times are a relatively new, and many European country already begin middle and high school at more reasonable times. Secondly, a recurring argument for early start times is after school activities, namely sports and jobs. A change is start times will not be disastrous for after school activities. Remember we’re only talking about an average delay of one hour. A school which previously started at 7:30 and ended at 2:30 would start at 8:30 and end at 3:30. A study by the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement found that delayed start times will not significantly affect the number of hours teens are available for work. Another knee jerk argument to the proposition of changing school start times is after school sports. Shifting school start times an hour later in the day will will have immense benefits for students which outweighs a small loss in practice time. Anyway, well rested students make for better athletes. According to a Stanford University study, athletes who sleep more perform better, and a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that "adolescent athletes who slept eight or more hours each night were 68 percent less likely to be injured than athletes who regularly sleep less.”. Shifting start times later in the morning would have immense benefits for students health and would vastly improve their learning, resulting in happier, healthier and more successful students.
'The Audition' and 'High Stakes' were hits!
This year's duo of Spring Plays did not disappoint!
In The Audition, Mr. Torrence and the Stage Manager look for the perfect cast for the school musical. Carrie would be perfect for the show, but can’t because of her mom. Soleil needs a role because of the joys she finds on stage. Yuma just wants to dance.
In HIgh Stakes, Mindy needs to take her test, but finds herself distracted by sneezing, coughing, and cucumber flirting. The worst part is the teacher doesn’t notice what’s going on. It’s not until Mindy loses her mind that the teacher does something, by taking Mindy to court.
Heavy Metal showcase will make a smash performance in the falls
By: Tim Barry
Black Veil Brides will be performing at Rapids theatre on May 18th, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Along with Asking Alexandria these two modern heavy metal bands truly put on spectacular performances and leave audiences all across the world stunned and amazed at the true heart and soul that is poured into their gritty and hard-hitting lyrics and sound. Lead singer of Black Veil Brides Andy Biersack says he is excited to put on a great show at Rapids theatre this Friday night.
Asking Alexandria’s lead guitarist Ben Bruce and lead singer Danny Worsnop are also very excited to join along with Andy Biersack and the Black Veil Brides to rock out the Rapids Theatre. Tickets are going cheap and fast so you can bet that it will be crowded and a truly wonderful night to remember for years to come in the heavy metal rock and roll scene.
Heavy metal fans across New York state will want to get a taste of these two spectacular bands colliding together on May 18th.
A fantastic falcon is honored
On April 19th, Niagara Wheatfield Junior, Sarah LoCurto was awarded the "Youth Leader Award" at Leadership Niagara's annual Leader of the Year Luncheon. The event took place at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center. Various individuals and organizations were recognized for the contributions to Niagara County. This is the first year they have given out a "Youth Leader Award". Mrs. Young, her Spanish teacher introduced Sarah to a crown of over 150 people. Sarah was recognized for her may contributions within her school and her community. Sarah was introduced to the Leadership Niagara organization through her participation in their LYNC Program,.
soaring falcons fly high at boys and girls state!
The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Wheatfield Post 1451 have selected their candidates to represent Niagara Wheatfield High School at the Boys State and Girls State Program this summer.
Quinn Stevenson, Michael Lippa, and Dominic Rotunno were selected as delegates to attend Boys’ State which will take place from June 24th –June 29th at Morrisville State College in Morrisville, NY. Nicole Guldin and Danielle DeVantier were selected for Girls’ State which will take place from July 1st -July 7th at Brockport State College in Brockport, NY.
Boys’ and Girls’ State is a weeklong civics and leadership program sponsored by the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Hundreds of students from across New York State spend the week creating their own mythical state, run for offices, pass bills, while learning about the importance of our own government and patriotism.
Shoutout to Jaden Williamson for having the highest grade on his ELA test in all five of Mrs. Dobe's sections
Shout out to...........
- the JV and Varsity Girls Lacrosse Teams for helping me in the cafeteria after school
- the Modified Boys Lacrosse and Baseball Teams for helping to clean up and organize tables in the cafeteria after school
Shout out to Brandon Pardee who has had a wonderful freshman year. He is always positive and respectful : )
Mrs. Zwelling would like to commend the following students:
Hunter Schwenz for always putting forth amazing effort in Global.
Tyler Seiwell for always being prepared and polite.
Ryan Parker for the never ending entertainment in first period Global.
Solo: A Star Wars Blunder?
By: Cole Kish
In 1977, the sci-fi movie universe was changed forever when George Lucas released the summer blockbuster, Star Wars. Forty one years later, the movie has spanned into the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, the new trilogy, tv shows, special appearances, and countless merchandise. There has even been a spin-off movie featuring characters we never got to see. With the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney has announced the new Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Though there is excitement, many fans question the movie´s overall success.
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With all of the hype about the new Star Wars trilogy and the spin-off movies, fans have a lot to be excited about. But when it come to the new Han Solo standalone film, fans are quite skeptical. Han Solo is every Star Wars fan´s favorite smuggler, and getting every single little detail perfectly correct about the character is very crucial to the success of the film. Many fans believe that the cast they chose to play the roles of Han Solo himself and Lando Calrissian won’t be very compelling to the audience. “They don’t even look like Harrison Ford or Billy Dee Williams,” says long time Star Wars fans Mike Manth and Andrew Zuccari. When asked about the characters, Mr. Zuccari also had this to say,”The producers and director should have chosen to do the CGI option for the characters like they did in Rogue One for the young Princess Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin. Everyone wants to see Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams, not these scrubs.” Harrison Ford IS Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich will be taking up the mantle in Solo, which is supposedly set 10 years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. Given that the character is supposed to be to be roughly 30 years old in the original film, that means Ehrenreich is to play a 20 year old Han Solo. The Character may not have been Ford’s first role back in 1977, but it was the one that propelled him to stardom. There’s no debating that Ford is the breakout star of the Star Wars franchise, going on to star in the Indiana Jones movies, Blade Runner, The Fugitive, and many others. He’s a beloved actor who many fans associate with the role, and that’s a steep uphill climb for Ehrenreich.
Messing with Character Development
One thing that prequels often do, and the Star Wars prequels sometimes did, is mess with previously established storytelling. For example, in A New Hope, Obi Wan Kenobi has no clue who R2-D2 is, but the prequels show him spending plenty of time with the little droid. In Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Leia mentions having memories of her birth mother, but in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith we learn that Padme died shortly after giving birth to Luke and Leia. Important plot points? Not exactly. But still, as the years have gone on fans have become extremely comfortable with the story as they know it. For example, Disney had to reassure fans that Han Solo is the character’s actual name after briefly insinuating that it was actually something else. What we already know of Han Solo and how we’re introduced to him in A New Hope is all the backstory we really need to understand what motivates him. Again, it’s not that a prequel that adds to the character is necessarily a bad thing. But changing that story in a meaningful way or messing with future character development would leave a bad taste in the mouths of fans.
Ron Howard Had to do a Ton of Reshoots
Originally, it was thought that much of what Lord and Miller had shot would be salvageable, leaving Howard to shoot around 70% of Solo and put together a movie that fits the vision of Kasdan and Kennedy. But that estimate ended up being pretty light, with basically everything being completely redone. “His staging ability is so brilliant,” says Bettany of Howard. “I think he went in and he was like a laser, working out what needed to be done when he looked at the footage. And then, as things moved on, everybody felt so secure with him. And they gave him more. He reshot a lot more than was originally intended.” It’s possible that this is actually good news. Howard is an accomplished director, with credits such as Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and Cinderella Man. But he had to understand the script, get up to speed with all the actors, create a vision, and re-shoot the whole thing within a matter of months. There’s little room for optimism here.
Disney is Preparing for a Flop
We’re not the only ones that are skeptical of Solo. There are rumors that people working on the movie found the script unworkable, which would be somewhat of a surprise given Kasdan’s history. According to Screengeek, a source close to the film’s production had the following to say:
“Disney is bracing themselves for the Han Solo movie to bomb. They were worried about it before all The Last Jedi controversy, but now they’re essentially writing Solo off. The lead actor, Alden Ehrenreich, can’t act, and they had a dialogue coach on hand for all of his scenes. On top of that, the script is unworkable. It’s going to be a car crash.”
Coming off the split reception to The Last Jedi, that has to be hard for Star Wars fans to hear. Disney can’t afford to start throwing out clunkers within the Star Wars brand or they’ll risk further alienating diehard fans. There is still hope that this is a bad source and the movie will be fine, but there are other reasons to be concerned as well.
A Han Solo Story was Never Necessary
When the first two anthology films were announced, Rogue One was met with piqued interest while Solo was a major head scratcher. Why was an origin story about Han Solo truly necessary? The answer is that it wasn’t. What we know about our favorite scoundrel is well-established in the original trilogy. He’s a smuggler working for Jabba the Hutt. He dropped a shipment after running into some Imperial trouble, and for that he owes Jabba quite a bit of money. At some point in the past, he tangled himself up with Lando Calrissian, won the Millennium Falcon in a bet, and met his good friend Chewbacca. What else is needed? Ford brought charm to the role of Han Solo, using his rugged good looks to somehow convince the audience, and Princess Leia, to fall in love with him despite his questionable morals and antagonistic style of flirtation. Placing another actor in the role was always going to be tough, with the already hyper-critical fans assuredly dissecting the way every single line is delivered.
When discussing the new Solo anthology film, fans have mixed feelings. Some say it will be exciting and awesome, while others have the total opposite mood. Whether the film succeeds or flops, it is the new addition to the galaxy far, far away.
On March 20th, seventeen Niagara Wheatfield High School students graduated from the LYNC Program. This is a year long youth leadership program run by Leadership Niagara. One hundred students from Niagara County High Schools and Grand Island participate in monthly leadership activities where they learn about their community, meet community leaders and develop their own leadership skills. Monthly sessions include topics such as Change and Transformation, Creativity and Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion, Community Leadership, Critical Thinking, and Communication. The program started with an overnight retreat at Camp Kenan and ended with their graduation ceremony at Antonio's Banquet Hall.
2017-18 LYNC participants: Giuliano Pupo, Michael Tilkins, Kamal Allen, Tony Liu, Sarah LoCurto, Cameron Racey, Andrew Rambali, Olivia Gonyea, Natalie Clause, Samantha Ranney, Surjit Arnone, Ravdeep Minhas, Kierston Klidonas, Brianna Walker, Gabriela Bonura, Cara Janowsky, and Danielle Brochey, The LYNC Program is funded by the generous support of the Irene E. Witkowski Agrawal Foundation.
The Real Colors of Cosmetology
Written by: Candice Horton
Boces is a two year program that influences young adults into starting their life and trying to figure out what type of career that want to for the rest of their lives. When people hear that you're going to BOCES they may just think you're going just to get out of class, but the way some may look at it is you're one step closer to a career when leaving. Once graduating BOCES your experienced in the job and sometimes certified.
Cosmetology is one of the programs in Boces that teaches students the skills and the artistry of the maintenance of hair, skin and nails. It is a great way to make people feel more comfortable in their skin and gain more confidence. There are three different cosmetology classes at NCTEC. The thing that is a little different about cosmetology, compared to the other classes is in order to take the test to get your license you have to acquire 1,000 hours in the classroom. One of the teachers was Mrs. Smith who may be called a significant figure in her students lives. She has inspired many of her students and taught them the skills they acquire today. The class teaches you not only how to do hair, but also, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing and makeup. The class also educates the students on the science behind all of the services they do on clients, such as, the diseases in the scalp, skin and nails.
Some students may not want to have their career in college, many of the students are doing cosmetology but leaving high school and are going into college to be nurses,teachers, and many other things. They have their license to work off of while doing more school and also have it to lay back on, if their plan doesn't work out for any reason. When you first get out of school you have to take 2 different tests. The first one is your written exam, and the second one is the practical exam. Once you pass both of these New York State will supply you with your cosmetology license then you can go and work in a salon. When first starting in a salon, you’ll most likely be an assistant then work your way up, unless you rent a booth. You could also eventually open your own salon. There are many different opportunities that come along with going to beauty school.
Interact Shares Breakfast with senior citizens
On Saturday May, 14, the Interact helped the Niagara County Central Rotary Club serve breakfast to over 300 senior citizens who live in the Niagara Wheatfield district. The students helped to set up, serve and clean up the event. Superintendent Ljiljanich helped out as well by doing the dishes with the members! The food was great and the company was even better! The students were honored to applaud veterans from World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. Interact looks forward to this event every year and enjoys the morning spent with such wonderful neighbors!
Spiral or Straight?
BY: Mary Harding
Mac and cheese has been a fan favorite since forever. From the cheesy sauce to the Noodles it's a perfect balance. Kraft has been the original brand of mac and cheese for a long time; they've made changes and came out with different noodle shapes and sizes. The real debate is between whether there spiral brand on mac and cheese is better than there round noodles, in my opinion the spirals are the best. I think they have the perfect shape to capture all the good processed cheese sauce. It's a great to side to make any meal better. Mac and cheese first was thought of in 1769, by Thomas Jefferson. In the article by smithsonian.com written by Jesse Rhodes, he claims that Thomas Jefferson loved to indulge in pasta and so when he was in France and brought pasta machines back to the states and made the first batch of mac and cheese. Then in 1937 Kraft foods picked it up and made its boxes of mac and cheese.
America has enjoyed this pasta cheesy dish for centuries, and there's been this argument forever about whether the spiral noodles or the round/straight noodles are better. They also expanded the shape to cartoon characters like Spongebob Squarepants and other fun characters. In my opinion, I like the spiral noodles better. Spiral noodles have the ability to hold onto the cheese sauce mixture better than the round ones that have no texture to catch the cheese and make it stick to the noodle. Many would agree with this statement and also agree that spiral noodles are cheesier than the round plain noodles. Mac and cheese has advanced since Kraft first made boxes. There are even restaurants that have created different kind of flavors for mac and cheese, like the local restaurant Mooney's which serves variations of the meal: it includes mac and cheese dishes that have brocoli another includes potatoes with bacon and different cheese sauces from mozzarella to swiss.
Mac and cheese is favored in the south, its known as a comfort food. You can do alot with mac and cheese, some will make it in the fryer, that's known as “fried mac and cheese balls” which makes the outside a delicious crunch but leaves the inside moist and gooey and cheesy. Another way to make it is to bake it, which is easy too. All you have to do is cook the noodles put the cheese sauce in and then put it in a casserole dish (anything thats oven approved) then proceed to put bread crumbs or even parmesan cheese which makes a nice crust.
Food is always a good option for anything: if you're feeling sad you can eat, if you're happy you can eat, food is always a safe bet. Mac and cheese is a safe bet too because its very easy to cook and takes 25 minutes or less to cook. You just have to boil water, cook the noodles in the water and then drain the noodles, put in the amount of milk and butter the directions on the box say, add the whole cheese packet and mix! And it's a dinner your kids are sure to enjoy
your next burger may be grown in a lab
BY: Molly Crandall
Cultured or “lab grown” meat is striking up a storm in agriculture business around the world. A process first popularized by Jason Matheny almost two decades ago, cultured meat is produced through a method often called “cellular agriculture” where a small sample of stem cells are taken from a live animal and then fed nutrients in a controlled environment.These cells divide to create muscle tissues which are grown on a scaffold to simulate movement and stretch the muscles to provide a natural texture. While the idea of petri dish patties may make you squeam, environmentalists and economists alike are positive cultured meat is the future.
Traditional livestock agriculture is one of the largest contributors to pollution in the world. According to the United nations "the livestock sector is a major stressor on many ecosystems and on the planet as a whole. Globally it is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases (GHG) and one of the leading causal factors in the loss of biodiversity, while in developed and emerging countries it is perhaps the leading source of water pollution.” Traditional agriculture is extremely inefficient and absolutely guzzles limited resources such as farmland and water. About 40% of the of the average industrialized nation’s agricultural output is dedicated to growing feed for livestock alone, with an estimated ⅓ of all arable land across the world being utilized in feed crop production according to a study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The organization also found that 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions result from the meat industry alone ,while producing a single pound of beef can take up to 1,800 gallons of water. With the demand for meat projected to double by 2050, cultured meat may be the answer to the world’s meat problem. According to researchers at Oxford and the University of Amsterdam cultured meat has the opportunity to reduce the energy needs of meat generation by up to 45% and requires only 2% of the land that the global meat/livestock industry currently utilizes.
Not only can lab grown meat lower our carbon footprint, it can be healthier too. Lab grown meat is taken from unmodified natural cells and is not considered a GMO. However if one wished, the meat could be easily modified through genetic manipulation or just by changing the conditions in the growth environment to make test tube meat healthier. One option is the fortification of meat with essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids. Another is the removal of carcinogenic hem iron found in red meat. A huge advantage of cultured meat is that since it’s grown in a sterile environment it is not necessary for it to be treated with antibiotics, which is always a major concern for livestock. The accelerated growth of cells also requires no growth hormones which are often pumped into livestock to accelerate their development and found to be harmful to ingest.
Several startup company’s have taken cultured meat in stride. Memphis Meats, a Silicon Valley company headquartered in San francisco, expects to have clean meat on tables around the world in 5 years. Others such as Modern Meadow seek to explore culture technology to its fullest and is working to develop their own clean leather. However, great strides have been met with push back from the agriculture business. Lab grown meat spells a possible end to traditional animal agriculture-and agribusiness as we know it. The especially vulnerable cattle industry is in the midst of a legal battle to define “meat” as the flesh taken from a slaughtered animal, which would limit clean meat from taking the title in any possible products. However, some companies have dipped their toes into this new technology. This week food giant Tyson invested 2.2 million dollars in an Israeli clean meat startup known as Future Meat Technologies and is enthusiastic about the future of cultured meat. Lab grown meat has the opportunity to not only change what’s on our plates, but how we think about meat as a whole.
stricter and stronger laws needed for animal cruelty
BY: Abigail Kroening
Everyone around the world loves and have animals. Each animal has their own personality but all animals are loving, compassionate, and loyal. They love you no matter what and will always be there for you but there are still people that will abuse animals. How can someone hurt an innocent loving animal? There needs to be stricter and stronger law and punishments for animal cruelty.
In 1997 there was a study done by the MSPCA and Northeastern University that found that 70 percent of the people that committed a violent crime against animals also had records of other crimes.I think with stricter laws and punishment hopefully would prevent others and discourage others. Animals have feelings but aren't able to speak for themselves, so we need to protect them. If someone does abuse animals or do any cruelty against animals needs long jail time and large fines, never be able to have pets, and needs to see a psychiatrist do they learn how to handle their anger, and to understand what they did was very wrong and unacceptable.
There are many states that have increased punishment and penalties, but there still are some states to have stricter, stronger punishment and laws. I believe with doing this we are able to hopefully stop animal cruelty.
Phantom of the Opera at Shea’s
By: Cole Kish
The spellbinding broadway musical, Phantom of the Opera, is “Down Once More” at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in downtown Buffalo. The magnificent musical was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the mid 1980’s when he was inspired by the 1911 Gaston Leroux novel, “Le Fantome de l’opera”. He wrote the part of Christine for his then-wife, Sarah Brightman, who played the role in the original London and Broadway productions alongside Michael Crawford as the Phantom. Ever since then, The Phantom of the Opera has been captivating audiences worldwide.
Performing at Shea’s, Quentin Oliver Lee as the Phantom, Eva Tavares as Christine Daae and Jordan Craig as Raoul. Mr. Lee gave a spectacular performance as the Phantom, bringing to life the “loathsome gargoyle who burns in hell but secretly yearns for heaven”. Jordan Craig’s performance was magnificent, showing that he deserved the role of Raoul. “As for our star, Miss Christine Daae...”, her voice was truly incredible. Eva Tavares hit every note with grace, elegance, and extreme power. It is no wonder that the Phantom wanted her voice all to himself.
And if the cast wasn’t enough to make you feel “the power of the music of the night”, then the effects should be “an unparalleled delight”. Such magnificent sets have rarely been seen in a touring production. The rotating turntable that brings Christine and the Phantom down into the bowels of the Paris Opera House and it's underground rivers, was magical and eerie. Floating stairs spookily erupted from the wall as the pair descended and then retracted again, leaving no way out. The orchestra was lush and the sound design by Mick Potter was fascinating, as the Phantom's voice was projected in multiple areas of the theatre as if he were everywhere at once.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA runs at Shea's Buffalo Theatre through May 6, 2018. Visit sheas.org for more information.
By: Adie Holland
Fortunas formerly known as the Deluxe Grill has been a family owned Italian restaurant since 1945. It is located in the heart of Niagara Falls, which isn’t known for a very good area, but Fortunas brings a nice light. They are known to be good for Sunday dinners and special occasions. They hand make everything they serve from their pastas, to their sauces, to meatballs, and everything else between. Which explains why they’re closed Mondays and Tuesdays; they need to stock up.
My family has been going to Fortunas for years, even before I was born 18 years ago. Their food has always given us a homey feel, whether its from being the restaurant or bringing it home. Their food has been a tradition for Sunday dinners, birthdays and anniversaries. The most recent was my great grandparents 73rd anniversary. As my mom would say, “nothing compares to their meatballs.” But personally, my favorite is their amazing red sauce.
Fortunas has renovated and made some changes over the years, of course they’ve had to; things are a little different now than they were 73 years ago. They’ve modernized the entire building, they added a spot for banquets or large parties, they carter and even have a large variety for their take out.
One of the biggest concerns for not only Fortunas but other family owned businesses is the competition with chain restaurants. Although it’s pretty pricey, it has better quality to the food and the atmosphere. What could get much better than a hand-made, fresh meal at a restaurant that makes you feel at home?? I don’t think Olive Garden can do that. So if you’re in the area don’t be afraid to stop and try it out for yourself.
Fortunas is located at 827 19th St, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
Interact and Outdoor join forces to honor earth day and clean up the niagara river
The Niagara Wheatfield Interact and Outdoor Clubs armed with bags, gloves, and a love of the environment tackled the shores of the Niagara River on Saturday April 21, 2018. This initiative is a joint effort with NW students, faculty, parents, the Central Niagara Rotary Club and the New York State Greenway Commission. The goal was to help with the clean up and beautification of Gratwick Park so that residents can enjoy the scenic beauty that the Niagara River has to offer. This was the first step in what we hope to be a long partnership.
Teachers step down and step on students in the process
BY: Sarena Sendor
Health Occupation Technician students at Niagara Orleans Career and Technical Education Center fell behind on clinical hours after two teachers resigned their positions. Due to the chaos from sudden abandonment, confusion erupted in the H.O.T. program classrooms at BOCES. To meet the required amount of hours to become a certified nurses assistant, students must go to various nursing facilities and professionally provide care to residents. The ratio of students to a teacher is 10:1 maximum, for supervision at each residency. Between the two classes it was impossible to legally achieve the required hours without proper instruction. Since then, three teachers have been added to the program and students are able to go to clinical daily until their hours are met.
alarming outbreak causes tension in the medical force
The United States E. coli outbreak affects fifty-three people within sixteen states. The outbreak is connected to romaine lettuce. Warning to avoid any form of romaine lettuce is in place. CDC based a warning on eight cases of Acute Gastroenteritis from a correctional facility in Nome, Alaska. Gastroenteritis is a sudden inflammation in the lining of the stomach and or intestines. Gastritis directly affects only the stomach, which may cause nausea or vomiting. Thirty-one people hospitalized, none dead, five people developed a kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Spring Play is in Full Swing
BY: bronwyn Buckenroth
This month, the theater students are working hard on the Spring One-Act Plays. Ms. Dibernardo is directing the freshmen and sophomores in High Stakes and Mrs. Dobe is directing the juniors and seniors in The Audition. High Stakes features Mindy, a student trying to take a test, Mrs. Mock, who’s oblivious to the students around her, and a highly disruptive classroom. The Audition follows various aspiring performers as they try out for the high school musical. Mrs. Dobe, the leader of PAVAS, puts on the Spring plays every year. Rehearsals continue until the end of April with shows being Thursday May 3rd and Friday May 4th.
Keeping Niagara wheatfield safe: a school safety panel discussions
BY Molly Crandall
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, where on February 14th 2018 a lone gunman killed 17 students and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Florida, high school students across the nation have been asking “what if”. Students at Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School demanded answers this week, joining with teachers and their principal to organize a panel of various officials from around Niagara county and NYS to discuss the steps the Niagara Wheatfield district is taking to ensure their schools are safe. Two school-wide assemblies hosted officials from the Lewiston Police department, Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Niagara Emergency services, Sanborn Fire Department, Niagara Boces Security, District Attorney and legislative departments, as well as superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich, the school resource officer and Principal Mann.
Students asked the panel questions regarding school shootings such as what to do if a fire alarm is pulled during a school lock down. This tactic was used by the Florida shooter to lure students into hallways to be shot. Mr. Ljiljanich informed students that the school district has noted the problem and an official policy is to remain in a safe place regardless of the alarm. Other students asked about the possibility of investing in new safety measures such as metal detectors and a bullet proof film for classroom windows. The Superintendent made it clear the district would not be acquiring metal detectors due to budget constraints and their doubtful effectiveness. In response to investing in bulletproof film, the superintendent simply states “we’re working on that”. The Principal Mr. Mann cleared up many student's fears when a student asked about the gaping hole in our school's safety plan: the cafeteria. The “fishbowl” as the principal described it, is one of the most vulnerable locations in the event of a school shooting. It can hold up to 300 students at any time and with nowhere to hide the yearly lockdown drills required by the state have been traditionally scheduled around lunch periods. After taking office this last fall, the principal has worked with cafeteria and custodial staff to map out safe hiding locations and clear out offices and closets in and around the cafe to house students in a shooting scenario. Four additional lockdown drills have been scheduled before the end of the year, one during each lunch period, to teach students the new procedures.
Special thanks to, Chief Frank Previtte, Lieutenant Kurt Schmitt, Chief Deputy Michael Dunn , Fire Chief Rob Hoover, Grand Jury Bureau Chief Claudette Caldwell, Mr. Jonathan Schultz, Officer Rob Rougeux, Chairman of Public Safety David Godfrey, Senator Rob Ortt, Mr. Leon Szczerbinski and our district administrators.
Gaining Shear knowledge of cosmetology
BY: Candice HOrton
On April 17, the Niagara Orleans BOCES Cosmetology classes went on a field trip to A&A Beauty Supply. When we first got there, we all sat down and the manager introduced us to the work staff and explained what we would be doing. They had 3 different stations set up with an educator. She showed us how to do a haircut with a razor in a limited time frame. There were many interruptions; our instructor told us to always expect and be prepared for obstructions while on the job. Often, there are clients who are late, don't show up or change their mind on the service the hair dresser was initially asked. The students then went to the second station described the makeup brand she the instructor is an instructor for. She explained how all the products are vegan and they had benefits for one's skin. She also explained that the makeup was only sold to licensed cosmetologists because the designer of the makeup line was only offered in a salon and was great to use on clients. The last station was to show the students how to get smooth, straight and frizz free hair. This was a good opportunity for students to learn from different instructors that may work differently than the two main instructors at BOCES. It helps to give insight on the techniques we learn in the classroom.
Three Niagara Wheatfield Students Medal at Area 1 SkillsUSA Regional Competition
Three students from Niagara Wheatfield High School medaled at the Area 1 SkillsUSA Regional Competition at the Alfred and Wellsville campuses on March 6th.
The students take career and technical education classes at the Orleans/Niagara BOCES Niagara Career and Technical Education Center and are members of SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
A big congratulations goes to:
Logan Blazejewski who took first place in the Job Demo A competition. She is taking the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program.
Austin Zwelling who took first place in the Power Equipment Tech competition. Hs is enrolled in the Diesel Technology Program.
Reanna Hewitt took first place in the Restaurant Services competition and is a student in the Culinary Arts program.
The students will be competing in the New York State SkillsUSA in Syracuse in April. We wish them the best of luck!
Bald for Bucks
Help NW Go Bald for Bucks!
On March 6th at the Sabres Alumni basketball game, Niagara Wheatfield High School’s National Honor Society held a Bald for Bucks event. The game was held in the Niagara Wheatfield High School gym at 7:00pm with the culminating activities for Bald for Bucks happening at half time. Last year, Niagara Wheatfield lost longtime friend, assistant principal, and athletic director, James Campbell, to cancer. This loss has greatly impacted NW’s faculty and students. Because of this, Sarah LoCurto, a NWHS junior, decided to make a difference. In association with Niagara Wheatfield National Honor Society, Sarah formed a Bald for Bucks team to help fight this tragic disease. Cancer is something that she is unfortunately very familiar with; her grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer when she was young and she recently lost a family friend to the disease.
Sarah and the National Honor Society accepted donations for Roswell Park and Bald for Bucks. This very successful event featured a basket raffle in addition to the game. Over 10,500 dollars was raised for this worthy cause. Key members of the Bald For Bucks committee were invited to the Kiss 98.5 studio to report on the event. The interview was aired on the Kiss Ten at Ten.
By Sydney Dippold and Corina Carr and NW Newspaper Staff
Jake Vallas and Surjit Arnone play Amazing Grace
Spirit Rally 2018!!
Best wishes to our section 6 champion hockey team as they advance to the state semi finals march 10, at 9:30am at the harborcenter!!
Congratulations to our wrestling all stars!
2nd Place at State Tournament - Justin Mcdougald
3rd Place at State Tournament- Warren Mcdougald
8th Place at State Tournament - Josh Thibeault
State Representative - Jake DeWolf
State Representative - Collin Coughenour
WINTER SPIRIT WEEK!!!
Interact Club Had A Blast With Brookdale Residents
The Interact Club had a great time making Valentines Day crafts with residents as part of our partnership with Brookdale Niagara. They assisted the wonderful ladies while they made a love themed door decoration and Valentines for their loved ones. On Monday February 12, Interact is excited to have the residents join them at NWHS for their collaborative Valentines Day Bingo extravaganza that is presented with Mr. Azarella's class.
HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK
STARTS MONDAY DECEMBER 18!
congrats to the cast of this year's children's theatre production!
- Amendola, Elleana
- Amendola, Geordyn
- Ammar, Alla’a
- Bowers, Kirsten
- Buckenroth, Alaina
- Buckenroth, Bronwyn
- Buono, Jordan
- Carbin, Kahlan
- Cheema, Navroop
- Chong, Esther
- Culver, Skylar
- D’Aloise, Anthony
- Emily Duchesne
- Efthemis, Andrea
- Faller, Christy
- Feng, Claire
- Friess, Nichole
- Guldin, Nicole
- Hemmingway, Hailey
- Jacobs, Siana
- Jung, Rhylee
- Kaur, Kiran
- Klosko, Kelsey
- LoCurto, Sarah
- Marcantonio, Alicia
- McGarvey, Morgan
- Meacham, Kristen
- Mt. Pleasant, Kiowa
- Musgrove, MacKenzie
- Newell, Nakia
- Oakes, Tia
- Patterson, MacKenzie
- Poczciwinski, Abby
- Quarantillo, Rachel
- Rafter, Trinity
- Rees, Emily
- Roberts, Emma
- Rowsey, Chase
- Scott, Nick
- Shaffer, Lea
- Springer, Amaya
- Springer, Kylie
- Stevenson, Quinn
- Tober, John
- Travers, Stephen
- Untulis, Victor
- Zuccari, Abigail
- Zuccari, Heather
thanksgiving starts early at the career path academy!
Sharing a meal helps to foster friendships and community. On Monday night, teachers, students and Mr. Galgovich shared a delicious Thanksgiving meal. What a great evening!
adopt a tree was a hit!
BY: Sydney Dippold
The Adopt-a-Family Trees were just decorated last week, and they look fantastic! The tree decorating was celebrated with cookies, hot chocolate, popcorn, and of course fellow falcon friends! About 40 of the best trees will be selected by a committee, and those selected will then be put up for auction. The other trees will be donated to families that do not have a Christmas tree this holiday season. Hopefully, if you made a tree, your’s will get bid on, but if it doesn’t, just know your tree will be going to a good cause. Thank you to everyone who participated and I hope you had fun!
Mr. Galgovich is in the Holiday Spirit!
Last week, Mr. G and members of the Career Path Academy worked hard on handmade ornaments to adorn their CPA tree that will contribute towards the Adopt a Tree fundraiser.
12 Days of Giving is in full swing!
11/14 (Tues) Canned Vegetables
11/15 (Wed) Canned Fruit
11/16 (Thurs) Gravy
11/17 (Fri) Mashed Potatoes/Yams
11/21 (Tues) Cereal/Oatmeal/Pancake mix
11/28 (Tues) Pasta/Soup
11/29 (Wed) Stuffing
11/30 (Thurs) Cranberry Sauce
12/1 (Fri) Cake mix/Brownie Mix
12/5 (Tues) Jello
12/6 (Wed) Flour/Sugar
12/7 (Thurs) Candy
12/8 (Fri) Anything from the list
12/12 -TURKEY (frozen)
Student Shout Outs!!
Yesterday I saw Zach Muzi carry Ryan's (student in Mr. Azzarella's class) lunch tray to his table for him in the cafeteria because Ryan has to use crutches right now. Shout out to Zach!
Mrs. Pyskaty would like to send a shout out to Sam Hartman: you rock!
Mrs. Porter is grateful to Arriana Deyo for her continued hard work and kindness towards others!
Lexi Leffler deserves a shout out for always being so helpful!
Mrs. Zwelling would like to send a shout out to:
Maddie Schultz for always having a smile on her face and being kind to others.
Dylan Coutriaux for being a super star in Social Studies.
Alissa Ferguson-Sahr for her dedication to her work completion in Global Studies.
Shout out to:
Tyler Hassan for being a positive role model to a rookie teammate! From Senora Young
Shout out to Madame Kojsza's French classes for sponsoring 3 trees!
Shout out to LilyAnn Truesdale, John Tober, Abby Pocziwinski, Nikki Freiss, and all of her students for making Mrs. Dobe's 40th birthday very special!
Mr. Pogel sends a shout out to the Student Council and SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Council) for their great work at the Inaugural Wall of Fame ceremony and to Danielle Carlson going to States in swimming.
Mrs. Young would like to send shout outs to:
my Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 classes: keep doing those Random Acts of Kindness for people - it's contagious!
Ms. Yahr would like to send a shout out to Julia Carr for her never ending positivity, What a nice way to end the the day 8th period with her perky smile.
Mr. Smith thinks that Meg Gleason deserves a shout out for being kind to a new student and offering to show him/her how to get to class today.
Mrs. Dobe would like to send the following shoutouts:
Bianca Guerin for being kind to others.
Alex Newman for showing Mrs. Dobe how to set up her Google classroom.
Madison Sesnie for always positively participating in class.
Damian Newman for making efforts to catch himself to ensure his own success.
LilyAnnTruesdale for being a tremendous artist and writer
Mr. Azzarella would like to send shout outs to:
Mrs. Young's Spanish 4 class for their random act of kindness.
Jordan Chew- For finishing a race with a mile left on a sprained foot.
Josh Landes- For decorating the front the hall.
Emily Thomas- For decorating the front hall.
Morgan McGarvey- For decorating the front hall.
Ian Strope- For decorating the front hall.
Ryan Page- For decorating the front hall.
Theresa Victor- For decorating the front hall.
Mackenzie Zimmerman- For decorating the front hall.
Amanda Zbieszkowski- For decorating the front hall.
Mrs. Taravella would like to send a shout out to Cody from 5th period for always volunteering to transport the chrome book cart.
Shout out to Mr. Azzarella's class for the scrumptious pea soup!
Mrs. T and Mrs. P would like to send a shout out to Cameron Fickes for his hard work and awesome sense of humor!
Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Pyskaty would like to send a shout out to all of the awesome volunteers who represented NW so well at the HANCI Senior Prom!
Mrs. Pyskaty would like to send a shout out to Patrick, Lydia, Annabelle, and Dominic for a great job organizing the book room!
Alexa Homa is such a great student! She has been helping new students to the district feel comfortable at NW!
Mrs. Zwelling is so proud of Kyler Engel for working so hard in class and always having a positive attitude!
Mrs. Levine is grateful for Ethan Jackson: he helped her without even being asked.
Shoutout to Mr. Azzarella's class-- they made an EXCELLENT pea soup!
The LMC recognizes some students who are always willing to help with some library tasks: Ravie Minhas, Shawnee Gentry, Patrick McKeown and Tyler Fleckenstein
Tyler Colman, a JV volleyball player, went above and beyond with helping to clean up after school in the cafeteria. Gracias por tu ayuda Tyler - Senora Young
Mr. Pogel would like to send a shout out to Alexandria Leffler and Kelsey Kendzia for their grass-roots effort to educate and eradicate cyber bullying.
Huge Shout out to Jacob Phillips for his hard work in English class!
Cameron Elder is a scholar AND a gentleman! Mrs. Porter is so grateful for your hard work and kindness towards others.
Mrs. Pyskaty would like to send a big shout out to the newly elected NHS officers:
Thank you to everyone who ran.
Mrs. Zwelling sends a BIG shout out to
Alexis Guerin in 9th Grade. She always has a smile and completes work in Global studies.
Jacob Halleen and Dominic Rotunno saw that a new Freshman was lost and offered to take him to his next class. So proud of our Spanish boys!!!!
At the beginning of the school year, TJ Natalino, saw a student who was not sure where to go, went up to the student, offered and walked with the student, until the student knew where to go - class act!
Kyle Adams and Zachary Stanley both deserve a shout out for returning $20 that they saw another student drop on his way out my classroom.
A shout out to seniors Chris Smith and Adam Grotke who are always helpful when tech issues happen in my film class!
Mrs. Dobe says:
Shout out to Brandi Fisher in my 1st period for always participating and having something insightful to share!
Shout out to Gabrielle Sirgey in my 1st period for loving to read!
Shout out to Tyler Walton in my 1st period for knowing his grammar like a boss!
Shout out to Brett Zaker for his confidence to share his writing with the class
Ms. Yahr would like to give a shout out to Jordon Flach for being very responsible and keeping his word.
Mrs. Taravella wants to give a shout out to Dominic Scinta for putting a smile on my face and literally putting an apple on my desk everyday!
Mrs. Pyskaty would like to give a shout out to Micah Rice for being so helpful and welcoming to our foreign exchange students.
LYNC FIELD TRIP TO TUSCARORA NATION HOUSE
On November 7th, the LYNC students participated in Diversity and Inclusion Day at The Nation House on the Tuscarora Reservation. Thy attended workshops facilitated by the NFJC and they also learned about Native American culture by watching and participating in Native American Dances performed by NWHS and ETMS students.
My favorite teachers: an interview with ms. Yahr
By: Patrick McKeown
Patrick: Dear Ms. Yahr, what inspired you to be a teacher in the first place?
Ms. Y: I had a desire to help people and cheer for the underdogs
Patrick: Who inspired you?
Ms. Y: My Grandma for her kindness, and loving attitude
Patrick: What is one occupation would you like to have done other than a teacher and why?
Ms. Y: I would have been a dentist; I enjoy listening to classical music and getting my teeth cleaned. I have only had one cavity in my life
Patrick: How has teaching benefited you and your life?
Ms. Y: Teaching gives me a true sense of purpose and fulfillment in the world.
Patrick: Why has becoming a teacher a great job to achieve and become.
Ms. Y: I enjoy meeting new students every year. I love getting to know their strengths and personalities. I also love to watch the students grow from ninth to twelfth grade and watch them graduate.
My Favorite Teachers: An Interview with Mrs. Luce
By: Patrick Mckeown
Patrick: Mrs Luce, what inspired you to be a teacher in the first place?
Mrs. L: I always enjoyed physical education when I was in school and I like to be active.
Patrick: Who inspired you to be successful?
Mrs. L: My uncle.
Patrick: What is one occupation you would have done instead of being a teacher and why?
Mrs. L: I would have been a detective because I like problem solving and putting puzzles together.
Patrick: How has teaching benefitted you and your life?
Mrs. L: Teaching is fun and I get to be active at work every day.
Patrick: Explain why becoming a teacher is a great job to achieve and become.
Mrs. L: I get to meet new people every year and impact students which helps to put them on the road to success.
Journalism students took a field trip to st. bonaventure university
BY: James Agee
On October 20, students from Niagara Wheatfield took a trip to St. Bonaventure University to get a hands on experience of what it's like being like being in a college classroom. There were workshops for the students to take part in. Most students took part in the photography workshop to get some knowledge on how pictures can save a life. Other students went to the writing workshop.
Besides the long bus ride, the trip was a blast. Even though we didn't compete in the contest, NW is prepared to bring home a win next year.
my first college visit: St. Bonaventure university
By: Maya Pera
St. Bonaventure, a college, a school full of amazingly intriguing teachers and peers. A family bonded through their passion of learning, (and maybe even food on account of their lavish, welcoming dining hall). My short lived experience at Bonaventure has caught my eye and opened up both of my eyes in the most beautiful way. I attended the writing workshop with one other student from NW. Our professor was so engaging, I found myself analyzing every word he spoke. Our first means of business was, weirdly enough, to walk in a big circle around the area of the college, FIVE times. Returning from each walk, we wrote down what we saw or noticed. Most only looked with their eyes. Although, this professor so elegantly led us into the ideology that looking doesn't have to be with one's eyes only. A writer uses all senses. He used this repetitive walk as a metaphor for writing, for a reader should be able to put all of the senses into their reading at the will of a writer. This walk is something I most definitely reflect on when picking up a pencil to write.
Another truly eye opening thing I will take away from this is experience is that everyone has a voice to be heard, in writing, in journalism, reporting, etc. It is necessary to make your voice loud and proud; it needs to be the best it can be so that it may be heard. Journalism is a competitive field; that being said, one must be the best he/she can be, otherwise someone else will be the best he/she could've been. Today I will take away that I must take risks in my writing as I do in my own mental walk around the school so that I can be the best writer I can be when I return back to St. Bonaventure as a dedicated student.
a LOT WAS LEARNED FROM THE PHOTOJOURNALISM WORKSHOP
By: Danielle Siegmann
The art of practice of communicating news by photographs: this is photojournalism. It's not just taking a picture and posting it on Instagram or Snapchat, it must have meaning. It affects anything whether it be big or small. At St. Bonaventure University, we went to a photojournalism workshop that was presented by professor David Kassnoff.
Professor Kassnoff started by telling us that photography is storytelling and what that your photography must be important to you. Later in the workshop, he talked about what type of cameras were made throughout the past ten years and at the end he explained that it didn't matter what type of camera you had, or even if it was the camera on your phone you were using, you have to make sure you tell a story when you take the photo. We learned that taking a photo everyday is key to being a great photojournalist. So, thank you to St. Bonaventure for letting us have this opportunity to let us take a glimpse into our future as college students.
NW Falcons travel to the new era field october 19
Students from Mr. Proefrock's Nutrition class traveled to Orchard Park to learn from some of the NFL's greatest! The students met with the team nutritionist to discuss dietary needs and nutritional plans created for athletes. They also went on a full tour of the grounds. Richie Incognito (Bills Offensive lineman) is doing a video segment called “Going Incognito with Richie.” On the tour we stopped at the Bills team store where Richie was undercover (dressed like a sales associate) and interacted with our class to see if anyone could recognize who he was. Some of our students’ reactions will be used to create the video and will be posted on the Bills website for viewing. They also ran into Tyrod Taylor in the locker room. It was a very cool experience!
sarah is on the news! click on the picture below to link to the story on wgrz:
OUtstanding Falcon Raises awareness and funds for roswell
Sarah LoCurto was 8 yrs old when her Papa was diagnosed with lung cancer and she vowed to help the fight against cancer. At 15, she’s living up to that promise. As a three year member of the yRoswell Street Team, Sarah actively participates in raising awareness and fighting for a “world without cancer.” She’s often found at local 5k races, Buffalo Sabres games, the Ride for Roswell, and other events with fellow yRoswell members bringing awareness to this cause.
She performed in Roswell’s “How Big is Your Heart” and “Bald for Bucks” campaigns dancing on stage at Kissmas Bash, Jingle Jam, and the Celebration of Hope. This past summer, in addition to attending two different week long programs at the University at Buffalo’s medical campus and completing 46 volunteer hours at Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, Sarah also traveled to Boston, MA representing WNY as a delegate in the Congress for Future Medical Leaders. She wrapped up her summer by participating in a three week internship at the Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Center in Buffalo. And just before the 2017-2018 school year began she initiated a “Bald for Bucks” campaign to be held at Niagara Wheatfield High School in honor of Asst. Principal James Campbell who had just lost his battle with cancer. She strives to do what she can for others--all while enrolled in Honors and AP courses ranking her among the Top 10 of her junior class.
Last March, after losing a family friend to cancer, Sarah began brainstorming for more ways to help. The idea of a special project came to mind. The concept was to create beautiful PAPER flowers to donate to RPCI patients and families. The motivation behind this idea was the fact that a freshly cut, floral bouquet purchased for that family friend was never received since fresh flowers are not permitted at Roswell due to health concerns. Sarah named the project “Because Char Smiled” in honor of that family friend, Charlene Weishaupt, who is forever in our hearts. Char’s beautiful, contagious smile won’t be forgotten. Those who were lucky enough to know her can attest to the fact that she was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. It didn’t take long before “Because Char Smiled” was blooming with beautiful flowers and a logo designed with both Char and Sarah’s beloved Papa in mind--a yellow tulip (Char’s favorite flower) and angel wings (representing her Papa).
Since cancer has affected most people in some way, “Because Char Smiled” is garden of courage, strength, love, and hope. The slogan, “Angels help our garden grow” is a testament to Sarah believing her Papa is one of the angels guiding this project. His memory inspires Sarah to keep learning and keep helping others in the fight against cancer. She’s hopeful other “angels” across WNY will join her by creating flowers to donate to her cause. She would love to keep this garden of love and hope in full bloom and see “Because Char Smiled” grow bigger and bigger each year providing hundreds, if not thousands, of flowers to patients and their families on a regular basis.
Sarah’s been tending to this “garden” since April creating hundreds of flowers for donation to help brighten the days ofpatients and their families. Her first delivery to RPCI is very soon. She’s hoping this small gesture of kindness will improvethe health and well-being of the patients. Her goal is to have this beautiful garden of donated paper flowers continue togrow across WNY. Sarah’s reaching out to groups such as Girl Scouts, after school clubs, youth groups, etc. to help keep“Because Char Smiled” blooming. She needs your help for this project to continue to grow. With help help from friends,classmates, and others in the community it can happen!
To learn more about this project, please email BecauseCharSmiled@gmail.com
2017 HANCI Senior Citizen Prom Did Not Disappoint!
On Sunday, (10/16), fifteen members of the Interact Club joined students from other schools and over 300 area senior citizens at this year's HANCI, (Health Alliance of Niagara County) Senior Citizen Prom/Luau! Interact members visited and danced with their date and everyone had a blast!
HOMECOMING 2017: WHERE IT'S OKAY TO PLAY GAMES IN SCHOOL!
Pink Out was a success!
Student created snapchat filter available for homecoming!
The winning filter participants include:
Niagara Wheatfield High School is celebrating Homecoming this week. There is lots of excitement about
Friday night’s game under the lights, made possible by Buffalo Bills Linebacker, Preston Brown, sponsor
of the event as part of his, Preston’s Playbook community outreach program. In addition to the school
spirit activities and sports games is an opportunity offered by Niagara Wheatfield Alumni, Justin
Gilmore. Justin is a digital media artist who uses social media to showcase his work. Justin approached
Mrs. Bloom from the HS Art department about a live assignment for her students that involved
designing an idea for a Snapchat filter. NW fans can use the filter with selfies taken during Friday night’s
game against Williamsville-North.
Students created a sketch that communicated the theme of Friday’s football game under the lights.
Students had to present their idea so it would work as a filter for digital photos taken during the game.
Mr. Gilmore will select a winner from the student submissions then create a filter using the student’s
For people wishing to use the custom Niagara Wheatfield Snapchat filter, simply scroll through the
available filters to find NW’s!
FALCON FEST Will Be FUN!
BY Japria Elder
On Friday the 13th there’s going to be a Falcon Fest! There is going to be food, games, and most importantly, being able to dunk some of your favorite teachers and your principals Mr.Mann and Mr.Galgovich. Some of the teachers you can dunk are Mr.Coiyne, Senora Young, Mrs.Labeda, Ms. Kennis, and Mr. Krolewski. There will be and ice cream truck and other foods at the concession stand. There will be many games that you can also participate in, such as corn hole, bungee run, bounce houses, and etc. Make sure you come to Falcon Fest it’s gonna be a blast!
How can the career center be beneficial to you? An Interview With Mrs. Szegda
Written by Abigail Potts
Below are some questions frequently asked by students and answers given by Mrs. Szegda.
Q: What resources are available at the career center?
A: At the career center, there is plenty of information to help students plan on after High School, whether this be jobs, colleges, military, trade schools, or unions. There is plenty of information on how to apply for scholarships, write a resume, or get volunteer hours.
Q: When should a student start thinking about their future?
A: Although this depends on an individual, 9th grade is a good time to start thinking about this. Depending on the student; it may be later or earlier.
Q: If students are indecisive; what steps should they follow?
A: There are plenty of resources available in the career center that can help students get an idea of what they want to do after high school. This is based on their interests, favorite subjects, and freetime activities. There are many online websites where students can set up accounts that help them investigate possible careers.
Q: Is college and trade school beneficial?
A: The more experience a student has equates into a wider opportunity of jobs they may be interested into the more jobs that they may be interested in. Whether this be getting more courses in a trading union, or getting a Master's degree will give a student more opportunities and options in the job they would like to pursue.
Q: How important is getting good grades and choosing the right courses?
A: By getting more training and taking more academic preparation classes will help a student get ready for the next step. It is important for students to have a balanced schedule and concentrate on preparation throughout their High School career.
Q: Is there any additional information that you would like students to know about the career center?
A: Come in to see what the career center is about and how it can help you!
INTERACT CLUB SHARES FALL FUN WITH RESIDENTS AT BROOKDALE
BY: Brianna Walker
On Wednesday October 4th, the Interact Club visited Brookdale Senior Living Center to make a fall craft! The members each worked with a senior citizen to create a clothespin wreath for the autumn season. At the end of last year, the club made this same craft, but with red, white, and blue for the 4th of July. Because some of the seniors still had those wreaths up, they thought it was time to switch them out for the new season. The wreaths turned out amazing, and both the students and senior citizens enjoyed the company of each other!
Bruno Mars Concert Did Not Disappoint
By: Lauren Vickers
Bruno Mars played at the Keybank Center on September 27. The show he put on was absolutely amazing. He really is good at getting the crowd into the show. He put tons of time into all of the background effects and his dancing with his crew. Just his dancing alone made everyone go crazy and applaud really loudly. I've been to a lot of concerts and he is the best live singer that I've ever heard. He sounded even better live in concert than he does on the radio. The songs he played were so good and he sang tons of throwbacks that everyone loved. He just puts so much extra time making his concert amazing and everything he did really showed because everyone had a great time and I would definitely go see him again if I ever got the chance.
Honoring Assistant Principal James Campbell
By: Sarah LoCurto
Many people are currently mourning the loss of an integral part of the Niagara Wheatfield School community. Mr. James Campbell was a dedicated administrator, father, and friend to so many people, he certainly gave much to our family of falcons and to many more.
What some people may not be aware of is the level of his dedication. As both athletic director and assistant principal, he served the students, families and staff of Niagara Wheatfield for over 23 years. He was a man so devoted to the school that he drove from Brockport to Sanborn for more than two decades, and he would strive to come to work despite personal ailments.
To honor the memory of Mr. Campbell-a loyal, enduring, and motivated member of our school community-NWHS is organizing a Bald For Bucks event through the National Honor Society. The event is currently in the planning stages, set to coincide with the February Spirit Week, with more information soon to come.
We not only hope to support Roswell Park Cancer Institute in this endeavor, but we hope to come together as a community. We hope to offer a place where students can grieve for a member of the NW family, and then heal, by taking an active role in this project for Mr. Campbell.
Once a falcon, always a falcon.
Dear Niagara Wheatfield Students and Faculty,
I am Alexandria Leffler, a senior this year, and I feel that this topic needs to be addressed. I am implementing awareness for my mission: BullyProof. I have had first hand exposed to cyber bullying and there's a time and place where it should be prevented all together.
There are more people that can be there for someone than a lot of you may be aware of. As a senior, there is, not only me, but a lot of my senior friends that feel, as leaders of our school, that we need to do something about cyberbullying.
Niagara Wheatfield is a Busy Place!!
Hundreds of students are involved in extra-curricular activities and clubs. Below are some of the highlighed clubs that have exciting upcoming events:
Are you nice? Do you like helping others? The next Interact Club is meeting on October 25. We will continue to make Veteran's Day cards. Our next field trip will be November 28 to Brookdale to help residents make Christmas cards.
Outdoor Club meets every Wednesday morning in the LMC LGI at 7:30.
Newspaper meets EVERY TUESDAY afterschool in C105
Student Council meets every Tuesday and Thursday in the ALC afterschool. Hope to see you there!
The Gay Straight Alliance is a club that welcomes everyone! The club meets every Wednesday afterschool in room A109.
Career Center Spotlight
*All in the Career Center unless indicated*
October 24th at 1:15pm- Canisius College
October 26th at 11:00am- D’Youville College
October 27th at 10:15am- Mercyhurst
October 31st at 8:45am- University of Tampa
College Information Programs and NIghts
Military Fair at Niagara Wheatfield- October 19th, 10:30am- 12:30pm in the ALC
Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations Admissions Event- October 21st, Buffalo/ Erie County Public Library
Trades Fair at Niagara Wheatfield-November 2nd, 10:30am- 12:30pm in the ALC
SUNY Financial Aid Day- November 8th, 10:00am- 12:00pm at NCCC
Alumni Visitation Day at Niagara Wheatfield- December 22, 11:00am- 11:50am in the High School Auditorium
Brown, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Rice Information Session- Various Dates and Locations
The Best Show Ever
By Helena Spendio
The show Impractical Jokers is a hidden camera show, taken place in New York, that follows four lifelong friends, Brian “Q” Quinn, James “Murr” Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano. On the show the friends challenge each other to do ridiculous and crazy dares, in public and on strangers. To find out which of them is the best under pressure, they compete in awkward and outrageous shenanigans. At the end of each episode, which is around 21-24 minutes long, the loser must perform what is believed to be the most mortifying and embarrassing challenge yet. There are six seasons and a total of one hundred and forty nine episodes all together. Impractical Jokers is a super funny and very entertaining show to watch. Once you start watching one episode, you’ll just want to keep watching because it is extremely funny and entertaining. This show is on channel 74 on Time Warner Cable, (now Spectrum) and on channel 246 for Direct TV customers.
Start your world traveling adventure here at NW!
BY: Sydney Dippold
¡Hola! Bonjour! J’wan. ¿Cómo estás hoy? Not understanding? Well, chances are if you are not enrolled in a foreign language, you wouldn’t. Learning a new language, such as Spanish, French, or Tuscarora here at Niagara Wheatfield is a good choice. A new language can open anyone up to new experiences, such as field trips and class food days, as well as new friendships. Also, a new vocabulary can allow you to understand new cultures, lifestyles and a new part of the world. It can enable you to easily communicate with other others whose first language is not English. A new language can lead you to a whole country, maybe even multiple, of possibility and opportunity. World traveling sure does sound pretty good to me. So, give a new language a chance. It is a choice that could change your life.
Welcome To The High School Mr. Mann!
By: Mackenzie Mae Smith
Q: “How is it different here at the High School than at the Middle school?”
A: “The biggest thing here at the High School that makes it very different from the middle school is the maturity level. With the Middle School kids you have to be very strict , very direct, “this is what you need to do.” With the High School kids, you treat them as young adults, and it's not so much as directing them as presenting them with options.”You can do this, if you make this choice, this will happen..” The maturity level and the direct vs. presenting options.”
Q: “Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of your job?”
A: “First and foremost, my job is about keeping people safe, because learning does not take place if people are not safe. So, seeking security is job one, the other part of my job is to support the teachers so they can do what they do best and to support the kids so they can do what they do best. The other piece of my job, the most aggravating part of my job is the 60-100 emails that i have to respond to every single day. So by the end of the week, there could be 500 emails. It is just very time consuming: I prefer the people side of the game, not the electric side.”
Q: “What do you believe are the most important qualities for someone to excel in your role?”
A: “First and foremost, you gotta have people skills, you're gonna be dealing with a whole lot of different people: they’re all wired differently. They all respond to different things, so you gotta know how to read people; this approach is better for this person and the approach will work better with this kind of person. You gotta be calm, cause there's gonna be crises. Everyone is gonna be throwing their hands up in the air going, “Oh my god.” you gotta be the guy that's calm and keeps things collected. You gotta have empathy, have to try to step into the other person's shoes, as your dealing with them say, “How would I wanna be dealt with if I was that person? What would I respond to?” You gotta be super organized, when you have so much to do, you gotta be organized. And last but not least you gotta be able to multi-task; like the plate-spinner at the circus, you got 12 plates spinning all at once, you gotta keep them all going.”
Q: What are you expectations for all students by the end of the year?
A: “Be successful and achieve your potential. You know not everybody has the same potential. So you don't measure it by where the finish line is, cause the finish line for you might be different for where it is for someone else. So, I want everybody to be successful within their own ability levels.”
Q: Why is it that you decided to come over to Niagara Wheatfield High School?
A: “I came to Niagara Wheatfield High School from the Middle School because I prefer to work with High School kids. It’s not that I don't like Middle School kids, where I gotta be direct with them, I prefer treating high school students as young adults, give the options. I’ve been an educator for 27 years and 27 of those years I spent in a High School, that's where my comfort level; it is that's where I prefer to be, I love that age group.”
Q: What are you most excited about at the High School?
A: “The opportunity to be here with everybody else, the opportunity to serve the community, and to serve the people who are here. For a chance to make a difference in other people's lives which is what God put me on this earth to do and of course Friday night football under the lights.”
Patrick's View: So You Think You Can Dance is A Must-Watch
By Patrick McKeown
So You Think You Can Dance is an American Television dance competition series that premiered on Wednesday July 20th 2005. Over the course of 14 seasons, the show has had a combined total of 247 contestants, with 15 winners, with the 16th one to be announced on Monday September 25th 2017. At the end of season 14, the show will have aired 267 episodes total. The original set was used for the first 5 seasons, totaling 102 episodes, with the last 2 season 5 episodes, as well as the entirety of seasons 6 and 7, taped in the Kodak Theatre, totaling 49 episodes with the Kodak Theatre (2nd) set. The 3rd set was used from season 8 to season 13, totaling 101 episodes. The current set has been used since the beginning of season 14, which will total 15 episodes by the finale.
The show aired its 100th episode on Thursday July 23rd 2009 during season 5 with a cake and blown confetti and streamers at the end. The show aired its “200th” (really the 180th) episode during season 9 on Wednesday July 27th 2012. The real 200th episode aired on Tuesday July 23rd 2013. On Monday August 29th 2016, the show aired its 250th episode, with a special duet in honor of 250 episodes, by Maddie Ziegler, who judged for season 13 only and appeared on Dance Moms for the first 6 seasons, and Travis Wall. It's a great, exciting show to watch, especially for people who take dance classes, who take competitive dance, and who has experienced dance for a long time.
Stranger Things: A Review
By: Sophia Stickney
If you have not seen "Stranger Things," you have at least heard of the Netflix original that has won countless awards and has people all over the world waiting in anticipation for answers. The second season is airing on October 27th and all the fans are excited to see what’s in store.
If you are one of the people who haven't seen this show, you might be asking,”What’s the big deal?” and that’s understandable. It’s near impossible to imagine how just a show can become such a phenomenon; but I assure you, it’s not just a show. It’s a story surrounding a group of teenage boys, Michael, Dustin and Lucas, who feel they only have each other to count on.
A rip through time and space has been created and there is a thin line between the real world and the alternate world, the Upside-Down. That’s where their friend Will has been taken. While trying to save Will, with the help of a girl they meet with special powers, they go through challenges that puts their friendship to the test. In the end, they learn they have to stick together and that they’re a team.
Not only does Stranger Things show the importance of friendship, but it portrays multiple female leads who prove their strength numerous times. Eleven, the girl who helps the boys try to find Will, is constantly putting herself in danger to fix what she has done wrong. She sacrifices all she must to get Will back. Nancy, Michael’s older sister, is determined to protect her brother from the thing that took Will. Along with Will’s older brother, Jonathan, she attempts to destroy the monster, ultimately failing, but nevertheless proving her bravery.
When it comes down to it, Stranger Things is just an outstanding show. It has equal amounts of hilarity, seriousness, geeky sci-fi and everything in between. It teaches important lessons and shows you you’re never alone.
Windows Operating Systems, A Comparison
By Patrick Mckeown
There are only a few similarities between Windows XP and 10 and Vista and 7: They are all Windows PC operating systems, they are all great systems, 10 being the best, and their security is well maintained, with the exception of XP. Their security was greatly criticized until Windows Defender, a virus and antispyware malware program, was released in early 2005.
However, there are way more differences: Even though Windows XP was criticized for its poor security until Windows Defender was released in 2005, XP and 10 are both extremely fast. Unlike XP and 10, Vista and 7 have been criticized for their performance and speed: They are both very laggy, glitchy, and they take forever to load and boot up. Pretty much all schools across the U.S. have upgraded to Windows 7 since 2011. Beginning in the summer of 2017, schools are now upgrading to 10, which is super beneficial to these schools, because 10 is extremely fast, it starts and boots up fast, and it isn’t laggy and glitchy at all, plus its performance is excellent. 7 is way worse than Vista, because compared to Vista, 7 is much more laggy, glitchy, and slower. All school districts across the U.S. need to upgrade to Windows 10 and get rid of 7 for good. At first, 10 may be a little bit confusing to comprehend since it's the latest Windows release and because it's advanced, but after a while, it’ll be extremely easy to use.
Reminder to Seniors:
- Senior Portrait Deadline: October 31, 2017. Legacy Studios, our school photographer, will be here for the final time to take senior portraits on October 26th and October 27th. You must make an appointment at www.legacystudios.com.
- Senior Parent Ads for the yearbook are due November 3, 2017.
- Senior Quote Submissions – The link for senior quote submissions is now open. Go to the high school home page>Clubs and Activities>Yearbook>Senior Quotes Submissions and click on the link to enter your appropriate, inspirational senior quote.
General Reminder to All Students from the Yearbook Staff
- Yearbooks are on sale now. Pre-order your yearbook at www.jostensyearbooks.com now through October 13th for the lowest price of the season. The price will increase after October 13th. You must pre-order a yearbook to guarantee your copy at the end of the year.
- Download the ReplayIt app and share your photos with the yearbook staff!
NW Then and Now
By: Patrick McKeown
Niagara Wheatfield High School’s cafeteria was completely remodeled in the summer of 2007. Before it underwent the complete major overhaul, it looked like the classrooms and hallways of each building: fluorescent lights, 4 rows going vertically, totaling over 100 fluorescent lights in the cafeteria. It also had wall panels and windows; exactly what is seen in the halls and classrooms. The original ceiling tiles were the ones in the hallways and classrooms; however, the construction of everything besides the cafeteria started in the summer of 2006. During the summer of 2006, the cafeteria’s ceiling tiles were all replaced with mirror-like ones, since the construction was going on. The mirror-like tiles lasted only for the 2006-2007 school year. Starting by the wall, the tiles and lights were taken out, and ended at the windows. The cafeteria had 0 air conditioning, meaning that the screened windows were the only way to cool it down. That was helpful, especially for kids sitting near or next to the windows in the fall and summer. It was also helpful if the day was hot and breezy. It also had round vents in there too. It was also all wide open, meaning no doors to enter into or exit out of. You could walk into a hallway or exit the front entrance, which also got completely remodeled, but still has 0 air conditioning. You could also exit the front of the gym or auditorium and you’d be in the cafeteria.
As of Wednesday September 5th 2007, the first day of NW for the 2007-2008 school year, the cafeteria was completely air conditioned. The wall panels above the screened windows and the screened windows themselves were replaced with glass windows. The brick walls were replaced by brand new square wall tiles, the lights were on the walls and were halogen lights that faced upward instead of down, which is good, but it ain’t enough light fixtures to light up the cafeteria like the fluorescent lights did. There are now doors on both sides, making it enclosed, because before the overhaul, there were no doors, meaning kids escaped anywhere, especially to get out of the heatwave oven. The cafeteria has no old fashioned vents now. “So where does the air come from?” you might ask. Well, the vents are actually small, skinny, narrow rectangular gaps that are on the ceiling. A glass hallway was added next to the currently renovated cafeteria to make getting around easier, since before it was added, you’d have to cut through the cafeteria to get from the south side to the north and the opposite way. There is also a separate room by the cafeteria’s front exit: you can hook a laptop/computer up to the speakers in there, allowing you to play music to the cafeteria. We only do that for Christmastime by the way. A lot of people obviously prefer the renovated air conditioned cafeteria to the old heatwave oven cafeteria, but we’d like to hear your opinion on which is better. And if we could remodel the cafeteria again, I would say to make it even more fun than it is now: make it like a disco joint sort of, that way lunch is fun for everyone. So let's hear your preference: the old heatwave oven cafeteria, or the 2007 air conditioned version?
A History of the LIght Fixtures Within the Niagara Wheatfield School District
BY: Patrick McKeown
The light fixtures within the Niagara Wheatfield school buildings have been changed quite a few times since it opened in 1956, with the 1st graduating class being in 1959/1960. The original lights before 2006 and 2007 in the high school were heavy duty square/rectangular ones that were in some halls. Other halls had the lights that are in the classrooms. In the summer of 2006, the high school lights on the south side were replaced with mostly curved lights, which may have been brand new at the time, but they're not great quality, as they are cheap and burn out a lot. And in the middle of the halls, and in a couple areas, long skinny fluorescent lights were installed. In the summer of 2007, the rest of the lights in the building were replaced with the exact some ones. This past summer, only 3 lights by the main office were replaced with brand new LED rectangular light fixtures. What I love about them is that they actually look like the old style ceiling mounted rectangular fluorescent lights.
The two in the main office are rectangular based, but have a curve in them, so it's kind of like a combination. I hate those ones. The current curved ceiling mounted lights are not fluorescent fixtures. The original and current lights at ETMS are the exact same as the high school hall lights. The classrooms on the second floor of ETMS all have the original lights that were in the halls of both buildings. The original lights in the classrooms in the middle and high school were older fluorescent lights, which were replaced in 1996 with the current ones.
The lights at my old elementary school, Colonial Village, were originally rectangular hanging fluorescent lights and round hanging pendant opal lights. In the summer of 2006/2007, the rectangular hanging lights in the classrooms only were replaced with curved hanging lights which are not fluorescent fixtures. The round hanging lights were replaced with square fluorescent lights, similar to the more common rectangular ceiling lights. The round hanging lights colors were all an orangish color. They were dangerous because they could start fires, and because the covers were big, 20 or more pound glass covers. The covers were not that secure, meaning that they could fall at any time. There were only 4 of them; Two were in bathrooms of two classrooms, the other two being in a storage room of both classrooms. If you were underneath the round hanging lights and the cover fell on your head in the right spot, it could actually kill you. Two rooms at the middle school and two rooms at the high school also used to have the rectangular hanging lights.
Before 2006, but mostly 2007, which is when the new lights were installed, every single light bulb on every single fluorescent fixture, except the round hanging lights of course; they were all always perfectly and completely white. The lights in the classrooms however are retained, but not all are the color that I just mentioned. The curved ceiling mounted lights usually lit up in a yellowish color. The curved hanging lights are usually lit up in a pinkish color. The lights in the computer lab/library of the high school are original, since they were built with the science wing back in 1999. Those lights are also curved hanging ones, but are a little different than the more common curved hanging lights in the classrooms.
The ones in the library/computer lab usually were lit up in a white/brown color. Give us your opinion on which lights you like better: the original lights, the current ones, or the brand new LED lights. The rest of the LED lights will be installed in each building next summer. I can't wait!