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Malden High School's Official Newspaper

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  • 12/15/15--11:28: Humans of Malden 12/15
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  • 12/15/15--11:31: There is History to be Made
  • Malden High School’s former History Club has amped up their game and has officially become the National History Club. They look forward to uniting as a club to achieve their goals.

    The main goal of the National History Club is to bring students and faculty together to affect positive change in the Malden community. The club works to address issues and determine the ways in which to resolve those issues.

    Currently the club is working on a few different goals such as lowering the voting age, creating campaign posters, as well as the history essay contests. It has been considering what actions they can take to lower the voting age in Malden since last year. They wish to eventually lower the voting age in Malden to 16 years of age. A draft of the bill is under construction by both the members of the club and the co-advisers, teachers Michelle Filer and Damian Aufiero. If the bill is to be passed it will be “an act allowing citizens 16 years or older to vote in the city of Malden’s elections,” stated Aufiero.

    A similar bill regarding the voting age was proposed in Lowell, MA. Aufiero revealed, “It was reported favorably by the committee of Hearing but no action was taken on the bill.” The support on this bill in Lowell gives hope for the National History Club that they will be able to gain the city’s support on this bill so that it may be approved. The development of this bill is not surprising  due to the fact that their Aufiero has past experience in writing legislation.

    They are also in the process of designing campaign posters for the upcoming presidential election. The posters have the intention to raise awareness to students and faculty as to who the candidates are and what they represent. Another one of their projects underway is their involvement in an essay contest.  The contest allows for high school students (grades 9 through 12) to submit an essay to the Gilder Lehrman Institute to have a chance to win big. The two essays are about the Civil War essay and an Age of Revolution essay. The National History Club encourages students to take the time to participate in one of these essays.

    First place winners of the Civil War Essay contest will receive $1,000 and $500 for their school along  with an all expenses paid trip to New York with 2 guests and their teacher. The top 3 winners will receive larger prizes and then 7 honorable mentions will receive $100 each. The top ten winners of the Age of Revolution Essay Contest will receive $1,000 and $500 for each winner’s school as well.

    President of the National History Club is senior Sarah Rosatone who suggested that “history club make an honors level civics class at [MHS].” Rosatone along with the rest of history club believe that “[students] should not be able to opt out of history [during] senior year.” Rosatone questioned as to  “how [schools can] send students into the world not knowing about how their government functions.”

    The National History Club has many empowering projects underway and will continue to tackle important issues within the community.

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    A video commemorating Principal Dana Brown’s last year at Malden High School. Interview conducted by Marly Loreus & Ziqi Zeng. Filmed and edited by Ryan Huynh and Stacey Wong. 

    After 12 years of hard work and dedication here at Malden High School, Dana Brown will be resigning from his position as principal. The end of Brown’s time at MHS signals a need for someone to fill his seemingly irreplaceable shoes.

    Final candidate Ted Lombardi during his interview with the Malden community.

    Final candidate, Ted Lombardi, with Adam Weldai, School Committee member, during his interview with the Malden community.

    When seeking out candidates for the job, the high school had to organize a new principal search committee. The committee includes several divisions which consist of the Community Committee, the High School Committee, the Search Committee and the Interview Committee. The extensive process in choosing the next principal required members of the community and school to help out.

    During the summer, members were selected and sent a letter from the mayor’s office asking for their input when carrying out the process. The combined total of those involved in the decision committee consists of is some 35 members that have been diligently working in recommending and interviewing candidates. There were some committee members that took on roles based off of their personal interests and expertise. The committee is a well-balanced representation of the community of Malden, pulling from current staff at MHS, workers in the community, community members and even student representatives.

    The school and Malden community as a whole anxiously awaits the announcement of the new principal but that time has yet to come as the principal search committee has not completed come to a final decision. The committee has recently performed a series of interviews to select the candidate they find most suitable for the position. The superintendent has plans to announce the new principal in the beginning of 2016. 

    One of the final candidates, Richard Bransfield, being interviewed by Malden community members.

    One of the final candidates, Richard Bransfield, with Adam Weldai, School Committee member, being interviewed by Malden community members.

    Malden is known for its camaraderie and so it is imperative that the new principal is involved in the community outside of school hours. Drama and English teacher Sean Walsh  expressed that “[he is] always in awe that the principal of the high school shows up to every performance of every show and does not stand in the back, but sits in the audience and watches the performance as a community member. This is awesome and inspires [him] and the students as well.”

    Within the requirements that come with the position, a principal must be attentive, meticulous in his work, and to meet the needs of students and staff. Brown exemplifies the charactersitcs of an ideal principal should with his ability to connect with students and staff. Sophomore Jason Montezuma pointed out that he wishes for a principal “who is kind and enjoys spending time with the students.” All great leaders must reach out to the people in order to be successful. Brown has made a positive impression on students and staff alike throughout his 12 years as principal. Freshman Terrell Pesaturo explained that “[Brown] comes and checks on [her] classes and it’s cool to interact with him.”

    One of the final candidates, Kevin Brill, is interviewed by Malden community members. Screenshot from the video Kevin Brill Interview.

    One of the final candidates, Kevin Brill, with Adam Weldai, School Committee member, is interviewed by Malden community members. Screenshot from the video Kevin Brill Interview.

    The search will soon be coming to an end as the Superintendent makes his decision after carefully evaluating the finals interviews. The Malden community are saddened by Brown’s resignation but look forward to what the future principal will offer to MHS and the city overall.

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    Senator Lindsey Graham has made his own destiny. From growing up in the backroom of a pool hall-bar-liquor store combination, to raising his sister after his parents passed away within two years of each other, Senator Graham has created his own destiny and his own version of the American Dream. From being the first in his family to attend college, to being elected to the United States House of Representatives and then the United States Senate, Senator Graham has created a legacy of hard work and determination from a past fraught with death and tragedy.

    Born in Central, South Carolina on Jul. 9, 1955, Senator Graham was born to Millie and Florence James Graham, who ran the pool hall-bar-liquor store that Graham would one day inherit. When he was 21, his mother died of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 52, and then 15 months later his father died of a heart attack at the age of 69. The death of both his parents prompted Senator Graham to step in to care for his then 13 year old sister, Darline, while also focusing on his studies.  

    When he started college at the University of South Carolina, he entered into the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). ROTC allowed him to continue attending the University of South Carolina as a means to get an education and still provide for his sister. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1977, and then graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1981.

    When he graduated from law school, Senator Graham then enlisted in the United States Air Force as a continuation of his ROTC training and a dedication to service. Since he had completed law school, he enlisted in the Judge Advocate General Corps, “where he acted as a military prosecutor and a defense attorney. During his six years of active duty, [Senator Graham] served both stateside and in Europe and was involved in countless cases.” In 2015, Senator Graham officially retired from the Air Force at the rank of Colonel, after 33 years of service to his country. This helped to shape his current stance on national defense and security, two issues that he considers to be of the utmost priority for this nation to continue being the superpower it is.

    Elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1994, Senator Graham represented South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. Of the four times he was reelected, he received at least 60% of the vote. Currently, Senator Graham is sitting comfortably in the polls with 0.3% of the polled people supporting him. 

    Lindsey Graham on Abortion

    • Protect the sanctity of life (Aug 2008)


    Lindsey Graham on Energy

    • Greenhouse gas is a problem, but EPA shouldn’t regulate it


    Lindsey Graham on Guns

    • Rated an A, by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights stance


    Lindsey Graham on Immigration

    • Legal status for undocumented workers


    Lindsey Graham on Technology

    • I don’t email and I’ve never sent an email (Mar 2015)

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  • 12/17/15--11:11: A Homemade Holiday
  • The holidays always seem to creep up on us, leaving many scrambling to find last minute gifts, myself included. I usually opt for online shopping as stores are often hectic and sold out of merchandise around this time of year. But items I’ve recently tried to purchase are out of stock or on back order. I considered braving the chaos in the malls but instead I have chosen to make homemade gifts. 

    Making gifts by hand adds a personal touch that can be lost in a store bought item. Those receiving the gifts are more likely to feel appreciated based on the time and effort put into the gift. 

    I recommend  making items that are gender neutral so that you don’t have to do separate projects based on gender. Some of the gifts I intend to make this weekend are face scrubs, sugar cookies made from scratch, and candles. Though the face scrub and candles generally target women, food is a great choice for anyone. The scrub includes coconut oil with peppermint extract to add a holiday touch. Every year my mom and I bake sugar cookies so I’m not adding more to my plate but instead decreasing my work load as I plan to gift them to friends and family. As for the candles, I have never made them before so I’ll make sure to bake an extra batch of cookies if all else fails. 

    Also, I’ve found that mason jars are very versatile. You can put different foods in it, turn it into a snow globe, or even make custom coasters using the lid. In the past I’ve received a personalized cd with some of my favorite songs that I still listen to in the car. 

    You can easily find do it yourself gifts online, Pinterest being a popular choice. So if you’re as unprepared as I am for the quickly approaching holidays, hopefully you gained some gift ideas.  

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    Tours are being scheduled, interviews are being held, acceptance letters are being received, and over there, right in the shadows, is a parent crying at the thought of their child leaving for college. Nevermind the mere idea of their child attending school that’s not down the street, but the idea of them living on campus? No way. Not on my mom’s watch, at least.

    For the past seventeen years, my mom has fed me, put a roof over my head and has been no farther than a phone call from the nurse and a 5 minute drive from my school. It just doesn’t make any sense to her as to why I’m planning on dorming. “How could [her] baby leave [her]?”

    Showing up to a new school with all of your luggage in a new city with a bit too many new faces is nerve-wracking. Most of us seniors are ready to take on this challenge though. Our parents, not so much. I get it. It’s more nerve-wracking not knowing who your child is going to be living with for the next year, or if they liked the food they ate today, or if they even ate at all.

    Don’t they want us to grow up though? I find myself contemplating this question every time my mom is baffled by me not knowing how to cook a turkey dinner but then, ten minutes later, she is begging me to stay home and commute next year. College is supposed to help us gain our independence. I thought that’s what they wanted.

    But the reality is, our parents rather have us living in their house for the rest of our lives than for us to go live at college. They rather deal with our mood swings, hungry stomachs and poor attitudes than to only see us once a month.

    And as much as we think we want to get out, we’ll be crying on move-in day too. Our parents are the only roommates we’ve ever known. They’re also the best roommates we’ve ever known because who else will cook and clean for us just because we don’t feel like it or don’t know how to?

    Of course, living on college campus may not be the best fit for everyone, but it does open up a lot of doors for those who decide to. On top of being an independence-builder, dorming allows students to make more solid connections with their peers, especially their roommates, to be more active in the school’s activities and to feel more apart of the school’s community. It’ll be heart-breaking for our families to let us take this life-changing step, but it’s a major part of the college experience.

    If you or your parents are hesitant about the whole dorming situation, I suggest planning a visit to the college with them. Once your parents meet adults and students at the school, they’ll hopefully warm up to the idea. It gives them the chance to know where you’ll be and to feel more comfortable about it. If they’re like my mom, a college visit isn’t enough to change their mind, but we’re working on it! College visits also help you feel less intimidated by living on campus and taking this drastic step.

    So, seniors, as over-dramatic as we think they’re being right now, cherish the time you have left with your parents. Take your mom out to eat, or better yet, learn how to make her favorite meal.  Involve them in the college process and be patient with their stubbornness, they’re only being protective. It’s a big step for them too. June 5th is approaching fast and before you know it, you’ll be at Target getting your twin-size comforter set for your new room.

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    Samantha Forestier posing for a picture. Photo by Cassandra Reyes.

    Samantha Forestier posing for a picture. Photo by Cassandra Reyes.

    Samantha Forestier, a senior at Malden High School, has been awarded with the Posse Scholarship presented by The Posse Foundation. It is the foundation’s goal to “[identify], [recruit], and [train] youth leaders from urban public high schools to form multi-cultural Posses” in colleges distant from the applicants’ hometown  (Posse).

    Forestier spoke of the application and interview process, explaining that it was “stressful at times, but overall fun and interesting.” Even though the final days before she received her admission decision were “filled with anxiety,” the Posse staff and other applicants would make “[each other] feel comfortable … and proud of how far [they had] come.”

    The foundation awarded Forestier with a full, four year tuition scholarship to Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, only a few miles outside of Philadelphia. Bryn Mawr caught Forestier’s attention right away because “the [school’s] posse is made up of women who are interested in STEM fields, and [she] knew that [she] wanted to surround [herself] with students who shared similar interests.”

    She also added how “absolutely gorgeous” the campus is from “the old historic buildings” to the “green lawns and Cherry Blossom trees” that create a “serene feeling.”

    Samantha is interested in studying chemistry, biology, and medicine, but has not yet decided which path she will take. Her ultimate goal is to “positively impact the lives of other people” which starts with her studies.

    As senior class president, captain of the swim and crew teams, and member of many clubs including Chemistry Club, Forestier is likely to continue being just as involved on campus next fall. She is already familiar with nine girls who will also be attending Bryn Mawr through the Posse Foundation who she believes “will become family to [her],” especially when she’s away from her own.

    Come next fall, Forestier will be on her way to Bryn Mawr and will surely be missed by students and staff at MHS.

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    On Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 Malden High School hosted the annual Winter Concert. It was a night to celebrate the talents of musically gifted students. The acts featured the Concert Choir, Mixed Chorus, madrigal singers, and the Malden High School Concert Band.

    The concert opened with Principal Dana Brown introducing the band where they started the show off with the song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with words and music by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanaseiff and arranged by Larry Kerchner. They went on to perform holiday classics such as “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Frank Loesser and arranged by John Moss. “A Canadian Brass Christmas Suite” by Calvin Custer was the band’s last song. The band then presented their band coordinator, Erin Mazza, with a gift and flowers.

    Mazza then introduced a new section in the concert called the Christmas Carol Sing Along. This idea was brought up by one of Mazza’s students that would include the audience in the concert. In this section the chorus walked down the aisles and led the audience in a holiday sing-along. The audience sang “Joy to the World” , “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, and “The First Noel”. The lyrics had been written in the program given to people at the door.

    After intermission the Concert Choir and Madrigals walked down the aisles with candles and began to sing “Procession” and then transitioned into “Silent Night”.

    The Mixed Chorus then took the stage and performed an array of songs. They began with “Alleluia Noel” ,and after many lively performances, they finished with “Bidi Bom”

    The Madrigal Singers took the stage next, starting off with the song “Sleigh Riders” and after a few songs moved on to the song “Hanukkah Wish.” Their closing song was “Carol of the Bells”.

    The concert choir then entered the room and began with the classic “What a Wonderful World.” They later sang the challenging French song “Le Train D’Hiver”, which showcased their vocal skills. Before their last song, some students took the stage to gift Todd Cole, the chorus conductor, with a varsity jacket as well as flowers for Cindy Horsman McKeen, a pianist. Cole then went on to thank certain people including Mayor Gary Christenson and Principal Brown before the choir closed off with a fast paced song called “The Sleigh.”

    Mhs alumni were invited up to the stage to sing with the students. The Concert Choir, Madrigals, and alumni went on the stage and finished the night off in the perfect way.

    Cole gave closing remarks and reminded the audience of the Spring Concert where the students at Malden High will be able show off their musical talent again.

    The Winter Concert is a show that Malden is able to pride themselves in because everyone that is a part of this show works tirelessly to deliver a fantastic performance. Freshman clarinet player, Sebastian Romani stated that in preparation of this concert, “most nights [for him were spent] practicing.”  

    Cole admitted that though the show takes endless time and effort, he enjoys “watching all the hard work pay off for both [himself] and the students.” The night was a success and delight for students, faculty and community members alike.

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  • 12/22/15--11:33: Debate Team Q and A
  • Q and A with Damian Aufiero

    1.What makes you inspired to advise the debate team?

    Honestly, a few students asked me to advise the team this year and I agreed on a very limited basis. This is a completely student-run organization, with the club’s members deciding where and when to compete, how to get there, and what events to do. To that end these students are inspiring – they are self-starters, self-motivating, and self-monitored, and that has bred success for them this year.

    2.What has the debate team accomplished?

    The team has competed in two tournaments, and already three of the team members have a bid from those events. Two bids automatically qualifies an individual for the state tournament, so Harrison Zeiberg, Jasper Haag, and Efran Himmel are halfway there.

    3.Is there anyone that you feel had improved a lot? If so, why?

    I’ve just met most of these students, but any Freshman in the club is automatically a success story. In addition, Harrison Zeiberg, the co-president, is doing a great job in a new role for him this year. I have Harrison in class, so to see that other side of him is a good surprise.

    4.When is the debate team meetings?

    The team meets every Thursday.

    5.Where is the debate team meetings?

    Often in my room (B336) after school until about 3, but if I’m unavailable they will meet in the library.


    Q and A with Harrison Zeiberg

    1.What inspired you to do this?

    My family did Speech and Debate, and I wanted to follow their example.

    2.When did you start?

    I started my Freshman year. The team started at least in the early 2000’s probably before.

    3.What are your goals?

    To get to states, and have the whole team qualify team.

    4.What is the biggest achievement you have accomplished?

    Getting a bid for states. A bid is what qualifies you for states, you need two to go.

    5.Why do you like to debate?

    I get to talk about a lot of interesting things, with a lot of interesting people.

    6.How would you describe the debate team?

    Small, fun, and interesting.

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    Girls varsity basketball coach Lydia Coverdale posing for a picture. Photo by Neden Bernadin.

    Girls varsity basketball coach Lydia Coverdale posing for a picture. Photo by Neden Bernadin.

    The girls varsity basketball coach, Lydia Coverdale, is entering her fourth year of coaching. She discovered her love for basketball in middle school and played while attending Malden High School. As a former student-athlete, she learned important lessons about life and had the opportunity to create lasting friendships with her teammates.

    During her time at MHS, Coverdale played on the basketball team for three years. The team she was on won a Greater Boston League Title and made history as the first women in Malden High School to score 1,000 points. Coverdale later went on to attend the University of Massachusetts Boston where she majored in psychology and sociology, which has helped her in coaching. 

    After college, Coverdale wanted to share her passion for the game with the next generation of female basketball players and so she decided to become a coach. She believes that “learning to play a sport and being part of a team is important for self confidence, camaraderie, and teaches you to understand the competitive nature of the world we live in.” Her very first coaching experience was with third graders for the Malden Youth basketball program. From that moment on, Coverdale knew she wanted to be more involved.

    Principal Dana Brown and Malden Recreation Director Joe Levine were her coaches when she played on the MHS team. Coverdale thought it was important to coach in Malden so she could give back to her community. Both Brown and Levine were her motivation to join the girls basketball program and contribute to Malden.

    Her favorite part about coaching is teaching the players to cooperate together and try their best on and off the court. When working with the girls, she can see that they are determined and focused which is what she loves the most. Seeing how they work as a team and the support they have for each other this season brings excitement to Coverdale most of all. The team is focusing on both their defensive and offensive skills as well as becoming more aggressive.

    Coverdale does not want to limit her influence to sports but for it to transcend beyond basketball so that the girls will be good people, not solely good athletes. All in all, she wants to see them become “responsible young women, who stay motivated to improve in all that they do.”

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  • 12/22/15--11:36: Powderpuff 2015
  • The senior and juniors girls of Malden High School gave it their all during this year’s annual Powderpuff game. The girls spent hours and hours of their time to practice plays and learn their positions from their coaches. The game was held on November 25th, 2015 at MacDonald Stadium.

    The game was very intense, as in the beginning, the seniors were the definite favorite to win, as historically, the game is always won by the seniors. Both sides fought hard, with both sides of the ball making many key plays. The defensive side of the teams were especially notable as several interceptions were made during the game. The offense of seniors and juniors were very strong as well, as both were able to drive the ball down the field with great success.

    The seniors were coached by several senior members of the MHS football team. Senior Robert Green expressed how being a coach has allowed him to “take what [he has] learned [his] whole life and [teach that] to other people.” Green goes on to confess that being able to do so, especially when “[he] saw them succeed, it is just the best feeling [one] can honestly have.”

    The senior powderpuff team in a huddle during the game. Photo by Tenzin Dorjee.

    The senior powderpuff team in a huddle during the game. Photo by Tenzin Dorjee.

    As the powderpuff coaches are also players themselves, senior Djorggenson Exilhomme adds to Green’s sentiments, saying how powderpuff has allowed them “to know how [their own football] coaches go through [the process].” Exilhomme akins powderpuff to football as “when [they] call a play, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but [still, they] just have to do their best to making things work in a positive way.”

    When looking back at the game, senior Gillian Willcox admitted how “[she] was nervous,” because during the game, while “looking at the crowd, [she] saw a [lot of] people, [and it] was really scary.” This gave her a better appreciation for the football team as she now better imagine “how [the boys] feel [as they] have full bleachers [during their games].”

    Seniors Kelsey Gordon and Jacqueline Smith explained that their inspiration for joining powderpuff was because “it is [their] senior year [and] you have to [experience] everything.” Willcox elaborated, stating that “[one does not] end [his] high school [career] thinking ‘Oh, I wish I did this. I wish I did that.” Gordon and Smith agree that it is best to experience all that they can, so as not to end up with regrets in the end.

    The junior girls were taught how to play by junior members of the MHS football team. Junior Joshua Simon echoed the words of Green, saying how being a coach “is a fun experience to get out there and show what [they have] known, since [they] have been playing [football] for forever.” Junior Pedro Lugo explained how since “there is no [official] girls football team, having powderpuff, as it is close to having an [actual] organized [girls team, is great].”

    Junior Deyshawn Boucicault remarked how “football is not just a ‘man’s sport’; it’s also a girls sport.” Fellow junior coach and MHS football player Andy Tham noted that “anybody can play [football], and [that] everybody should play it,” a sentiment the other coaches honestly agree with.  

    The junior powderpuff team in a huddle during the game. Photo by Tenzin Dorjee.

    The junior powderpuff team in a huddle during the game. Photo by Tenzin Dorjee.

    For the junior girls, this was their first time playing powderpuff. Junior Felicia Lombardi expressed that “football is definitely harder than it looks,” because on paper, the plays seemed manageable, but once the ball was snapped, things quickly became easier said than done. For junior Lucia Ramos learning and playing the game was also difficult, because, “it is a very physical game and it’s something new, [though], it was a good experience.” After having played powderpuff, Lombardi explains how it gave the girls “more respect for football.”

    Thanks to powderpuff, the girls were able to play with people they have never met before and already knew. Thus, new friendships and teamwork skills were formed, and old ones solidified. The juniors this year were able to make history, as through their hard work and determination, they were able to snag the 2nd ever tie in MHS powderpuff history.

    In every powderpuff game, both sides always want to win and push themselves. While MHS always enjoys seeing the competitive spirits of the players, MHS, above all else, always hopes its girls enjoy themselves and looks forward to future powderpuff games in the years to come.

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    The Malden High School Golden Tornado and the Medford Mustangs add another chapter to one of the most historic high school football games on Thanksgiving, with a victory score of 59-36. The Malden boys soak up the triumph and take home the trophy. Senior Mack Brunot expressed that “bringing back the trophy to the den was the only way to end the season. [They] had our ups and downs during the season, but [they] played the game with everything [the team] had and left everything on the field.”

    The game was held on November 25th, 2015 at Hormel Stadium, in Medford, Massachusetts. The day before, MHS held its annual pep rally. The pep rally’s chants of “Go Malden Beat Medford” resounded throughout the gym and helped to keep the boys’ minds focused on the match ahead.


    Head coach Joseph Pappagallo relaying the play to sophomore quarterback Jared Martino. Photo by Tenzin Dorjee.

    During halftime, head coach Joseph Papagallo made a shocking announcement. The 6-year MHS football coach veteran had decided to retire. “[The boys] had an idea that [the coach] was leaving so [they were not completely] shocked when [he] announced that at halftime during the Thanksgiving  game. [Coach] is just glad that [he] was able to accomplish being a Greater Boston League champ with us! Something that hasn’t been done in malden for a long time” explained senior captain Danley Exilhomme. “He was an amazing coach. He led us to victory against great teams” said senior Deven Kelley. The seniors were glad that they were able to spend their last high school football experience with him.


    Malden was able to score the most points ever on Thanksgiving. In addition, the Golden Tornadoes’ defense was able to score 4 touchdowns in the 1st half as sophomore Jared Martino and senior Lincoln Ibanda returned fumbles and Danley Exilhomme picked off 2 passes and ran them back for touchdowns. Senior captain Djorggenson Exilhomme had 3 rushing TDs.   

    Sophomore QB Jared Martino receives the snap as the play begins. Photo by Tenzin Dorjee.

    The 2015 Golden Tornadoes are one of only 10 teams ever who have defeated Somerville, Everett and Medford in the same season. Brothers Danley and DJ Exilhomme broke the most touchdowns scored by siblings record and scored the most points during the history of the Malden Vs. Medford Thanksgiving game history. “It was a very special day and a great way to end our high school careers” confessed Danley Exilhomme. “That was probably one of our best team wins. Everyone contributed and it was really special. The only thing [he’d] change is the length of the quarters to keep balling with [his] boys,” he continued.

    Although the game was their very last for the senior boys, the season was one of hard work and talent. With the confidence to win, the boys knew that they could succeed. Brunot explained “[they] went into the game with the same mentality [they] went with in the Everett game. [They] took everything personal because [they] knew how much change this would bring to [their] community.”

    MHS is truly proud of its boys and wishes the team all the best as they regroup under a new head coach next season and for their future Thanksgiving games.

    The team holds up the trophy proudly after a 36-59 victory in their favor. Photo by Tenzin Dorjee.

    The team holds up the trophy proudly after a 36-59 victory in their favor. Photo by Tenzin Dorjee.

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    Senior Marwa Khudaynazar taking a shot on goal. Photo buy Jesaias Benitez.

    Senior Marwa Khudaynazar taking a shot on goal. Photo buy Jesaias Benitez.

    To win the Peter J. Donahue scholarship for $1000, a student must write about a coach who has influenced him/her. This year, senior Marwa Khudaynazar won this scholarship. Khudaynazar wrote about her very first coach, her junior varsity field hockey coach, Deena Bello.

    She chose to write about Bello because she “was the reason [Khudaynazar decided to] played field hockey in the first place.” She added that Bello “encourages new players and that’s when [Khudaynazar] became more open to try new things.”

    “One day, [Khudaynazar was] sitting in AP Government, a favorite class of [her’s], and [her teacher Gregg] Hurley got a call from the Athletic Office saying that [she] needed to come down after class.” Jeanne Marquado gave her the good news because the letter that was mailed to. Khudaynazar that announced her winning never got to her. The scholarship is a testament to Bello’s great influence on Khudaynazar and she is grateful to her coach for her guidance.

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    A valiant effort was made by the Malden girls varsity basketball team on Jan. 2, 2015 but they fell to Lynn Classical with a score of 36 to 59.

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    Malden attempts to block as Lynn Classical lines up a shot. Photo by Alexis Brown.

    Malden started off strong in the first quarter as they capitalized on every Lynn Classical blunder. Senior Janaya Walcott, sophomores Tiffany Tortora and Xue Zhuo scored a combination of four points through free throws alone. Both Tortora and Walcott added onto the score  in the first quarter along with sophomore Mackenzie Furlong who scored two points for the team. In total, the girls scored ten points within the first quarter but their opponents answered back on almost every basket. At the end of the first quarter Malden was down seven points with Lynn leading 17 to 10.

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    Coordination between Malden’s team as they hold possession of the ball. Photo by Alexis Brown.



    It took Malden longer to get into a rhythm during the second quarter as Lynn Classical continued to add onto their lead. A three pointer was made by junior Caitlyn Leonard. By the end of the first half Malden was behind by 14 points with a score of 15 to 39.

    There were 6 points added onto Malden’s score, the majority scored by junior LaDaveya Moise. But Lynn remained in control as they grabbed most of the rebounds. As the fourth quarter approached, Malden was behind by 32 points to their opponents, but they refused to give in. Coach Lydia Coverdale continually cheered on her team.

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    Both teams peer down-court as they prepare for the ball to advance. Photo by Alexis Brown.


    It did not take long in the final quarter for Malden’s offense to come alive. There was a clear team effort within the final minutes as almost all the girls helped the team offensively on the court. Baskets were made by Moise, Walcott and freshmen Salma Bezzat. There is no doubt that Malden outscores their opponent in the fourth quarter as the girls score the most they have all game long with a total of 15 points.
    By the end of the game the girls had given their all though they did not clench the win with a final score of 36-59. A successful season is not measured merely by wins but by teamwork as well. If the Malden girls varsity basketball team plays the rest of their season like they did in the final quarter and maintain positive attitudes, the team will be unstoppable.


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    Senior Michelle Chung posing for a picture. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    Senior Michelle Chung posing for a picture. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    Where will you be attending college?

    I will be attending Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.

    How did you hear about the Posse scholarship?

    I first heard about the Posse scholarship through a few friends of mine who were going through the interviewing process and was truly impressed at how successful they came to be. I was actually apprehensive at trying out at first because I thought I didn’t stand a chance against so many amazing candidates from around the state, but I’m glad I took the opportunity for such a great scholarship.

    What was your reaction when you found out you won the scholarship?

    I tend to be self-critical sometimes so after my final interview I felt a bit disappointed in myself for not doing as well as I could’ve and thought that I wouldn’t end up becoming a scholar. But once I got the call, I felt a weight lifted off of my shoulders and an overwhelming urge to cry out in happiness. I was so relieved and shocked and honored that I actually won one of the spots as well as excited for what the next four years of life will bring.

    What are your future plans at Hamilton College?

    I really value moral and social justice as well as ensuring that the emotional quality of life is better for everyone, so some plans I’m looking into for the future are in fields like industrial psychology, human resources, or politics. I’d also love to write a book one day. Overall, I just hope I can find a path that will make me happy and contribute to others happiness.

    What are some of your interests?

    Everyone always teases me about my obsession, but I really have a passion for English. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved reading literature and writing stories, which helps since Hamilton has so many writing-intensive classes. I’ve also recently gained an interest in statistics and psychology. But in my spare time, you can find me volunteering or attempting to learn different instruments.

    Do you know what you will be majoring in?

    As of now, I am planning on majoring in Psychology and Economics and possibly minoring in English Literature.

    Are you a part of any clubs?

    I am involved in the Malden High School Concert Band, Key Club, YMCA Leaders Club, National Honor Society, and a program called Youth and Government.

    Do you participate in any sports?

    I was a sprinter for indoor and outdoor track during my freshman year but opted to take a job tutoring younger kids to help pay for college instead (which ironically, I won’t need as much now)!

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  • 01/04/16--11:54: Posse Scholar: Madeline Lam
  • Senior Madeline Lam poses for a picture. Photo by Anna Powers.

    Senior Madeline Lam poses for a picture. Photo by Anna Powers.

    How did you feel when you first found out that you got the scholarship?

    “I was at my spiritual center’s service and I missed [Posse’s] call. I knew that Posse calls you the same night [of the final interview] to see if you got the [scholarship] or not. So I called back and the first time there was no answer, then I got sad. I called back a second time and they answered saying ‘Posse Boston’, and I couldn’t believe that I actually got it! Then they asked me if I wanted to be apart of Posse Centre 11, and of course I said yes.”

    How was the application process?

    “The college process is very stressful. So I guess in general it is really intense, and there is a lot of doubt when you are going through it. For anyone going through it you really have to believe in yourself. I had a lot of people telling me that I could not get the scholarship, or I had a very little chance of getting it. But then on the other hand I had a lot of people telling me that I had this, and I had to keep telling that to myself also.”

    Any plans of what you are going to major in?

    “Not as of right now, I don’t have anything solidified. I definitely want to pursue something in humanities, music, or a field where I’m able to work with people.”

    What are you most looking forward to about college?

    “There are so many things, but I think mainly independence. Also riding horses…there are a lot of horses there and I am so excited. But really just being apart of a community where I can be involved and where I can make a change. A place where I can really be a light there.”

    What are you doing to miss most about Malden High?

    “I’m not sure. I think when we are in a certain place we tend to not miss things and we take things for granted. But mostly I think that I would miss a lot of the teachers because they have been so supportive of me over the years.”

    Would you tell others to pursue the Posse Scholarship?

    “As scary as it is, and as intense as the process is, definitely try. Don’t ever think that you can’t do something because someone else tells you that you can’t. Never believe that you are not good enough, or smart enough, or that you can’t do anything just because that is the way that you are perceived. Break out of that and do what you want because that is all that really matters.”

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  • 01/05/16--10:53: Wrestling Team Photo Gallery

    The wrestling team preparing for upcoming meets during their practice. Photo by Joanna Li.

    The wrestling team preparing for upcoming meets during their practice. Photo by Joanna Li.




    To read the season opener to wrestling click here

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  • 01/05/16--10:56: Swim Profile: Vivian Nguyen
  • Junior Vivian Nguyen swimming the back stroke. Photo provided by Vivian Nguyen.

    Junior Vivian Nguyen swimming the back stroke. Photo provided by Vivian Nguyen.

    As swim season progresses, junior Vivian Nguyen falls more in love with the sport. Nguyen first began swimming at the age of seven and has since been a major part of her life.

    One of Nguyen’s favorite memories about swim was at a states competition during her sophomore year. Nguyen mentioned that  “[she] tend[s] to get

    really nervous before [her] races” especially during the states meet. But she explained that her friends and teammates as well as her brother Kelvin Nguyen, MHS graduate, helped to calm her down. At that meet she “raced in the 100 butterfly and looked up to the scoreboard and [she] saw that [she] got a best time” which gave her a sense of pride in the race that she was so nervous about beforehand.

    Nguyen loves everything that has to do with swimming but her all time favorite thing has to be the way it challenges her both physically and mentally. Being part of a great team also makes the love she has for swim only grow. Nguyen credits her team and family for her success, stating, “There’s nothing greater than having a supportive team cheer you on.”

    Nguyen has no doubts that the swim team will have another successful season as they have in the past. When Nguyen thinks about the next few meets and the rest of the season, three words come to mind, “confident, excited and eager.” She is working hard to qualify for states with hopes of becoming a state champion for the 100 butterfly and break the record. With her tireless work ethic and support system of teammates and family, Nguyen is sure to thrive.

    From left to right: Senior Alex Lombardi, senior Samantha Forestier, junior Vivian Nguyen, and junior Felicia Lombardi at the states meet last year. Photo provided by Vivian Nguyen.

    From left to right: Senior Alex Lombardi, senior Samantha Forestier, junior Vivian Nguyen, and junior Felicia Lombardi at the states meet last year. Photo provided by Vivian Nguyen.


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    Friends of Oak Grove Inc. (FOOGI) is a nonprofit organization that was formed by Malden residents. It is an all-volunteer organization run by board members which celebrates diversity and run a variety of events throughout the year.

    In October FOOGI organized a 5k Haunt Jaunt run for all ages. People were encouraged to dress up in costumes and they even had a buffet at Dockside after for the participants. Along with this event the organization also has an annual “Pawrade” and “Plant Swap.”

    There was a surprise flash-mob right before the race. Here is the flash-mob dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. Photo by Ailin Toro. Participants in the FOOGI 5k Haunt Jaunt. Photo by Ailin Toro. Runners in the 5k Haunt Jaunt. Photo by Ailin Toro.

    On Dec. 19, Foogi along with the Malden YMCA hosted a December Family Day. The family day started off at noon in the YMCA gym. From 12:00 to 2:00 the attendants could enjoy an afternoon full of music, pizza, arts and crafts, and games. There was even an appearance from Santa who came ready to surprise the kids.

    Participants in the puppet show alongside Mayor Gary Christensen at the December Family Day. Photo by Ailin Toro.

    Participants in the puppet show alongside Mayor Gary Christensen at the December Family Day. Photo by Susan Margot Ecker Photography.

    Later at 2:30 a relatively new tradition for FOOGI followed which was an original puppet show. In the past FOOGI held a book reading until their board member, Julie Magnan, thought it would be more entertaining to perform a puppet show.This year the puppet was “The Skunk Who Sprayed Christmas” written by Magnan.

    The show followed two characters that had escaped from prison and and attempted to steal all the candy and presents from a workshop at the North Pole. The workshop was protected by the security team formed of skunks who saved the day.

    The puppet show was performed by children who had previously been involved in a free workshop at the YMCA. The children were involved in every part of the process, from making the puppets, to scene design, to performing in the show. This workshop was run by Magnan and Paul Sieswerda .

    Magnan expressed that she was incredibly proud of the children’s final performance. She continued, stating that “ [they had] done [their] job of bringing the story to life” and gushed on how happy she was about it.

    After the performance there were cookies and hot chocolate available for everyone. The Malden High School choral group then made an appearance to sing assorted classic holiday songs such as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks and “Jingle Bells” by James Pierpont. Each child was given a goodie bag with a hand puppet, a skunk tail, and an ornament.

    Members of he Malden High School Choral Arts Society performing at the December Family Day. Photo by Ailin Toro.

    Members of he Malden High School Choral Arts Society performing at the December Family Day. Photo by Susan Margot Ecker Photography.

    To get more information on FOOGI and their future events visit their website here.

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    The girls basketball team on defense during their game against Randolph. Photo by Neden Bernadin.

    The girls basketball team on defense during their game against Randolph. Photo by Neden Bernadin.

    For more photos from the game, check them out here.


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