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  • 02/02/16--09:21: 2016 Lunar New Year Festival
  • Dancers performing a traditional dance with fans. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    Dancers performing a traditional dance with fans. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    The Lunar New Year festival took place on Jan. 30, 2016 in the Jenkins Auditorium. The festival started at 1 p.m. and went on until 5 p.m. Many people in the Malden community came to the show, including Mayor Gary Christenson.

    The first performance was the Lion Dance which was said to scare “Nian,” a monster from Chinese mythology. Group dances included “Ballet of Spring,” performed by the Winchester Chinese School Dance as well as CCC’s art performance troupe dancing to the songs “Song of Liu Yang River” and “Beautiful North River.” Members from the Malden Senior Center danced to the song “Moonlight on the Lotus Pond,” and MHS students Chon Huynh, Sally Zhang, and Derick Yu performed modern dances to Korean songs. In addition, MHS’s dance group Airbound made an appearance followed by Chinese folk dances such as“The Last Emperor” and “Blue Fan” danced by the students of Chu Ling Dance Academy.

    A solo performance during the festival. Dancers performing a traditional dance with fans. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    A solo performance by Amy Li during the festival. Dancers performing a traditional dance with fans. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    A modern dance group performance. Dancers performing a traditional dance with fans. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    A modern dance group performance. Dancers performing a traditional dance with fans. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    Solos included an erhu solo which is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument that was performed by the Boston Erhu Ensemble student Wu Fei Ge as well as Amy Li, an eleven year old who has won many prizes, singing a solo song called “I Am A Little Bird.” A guzheng, a plucked string instrument, was played by Rachel Huo who is a member of the Boston Chinese Musicians Association. Adding on, there was a solo dance by MHS student Teresa Shi who danced to the song “Kaoru Wada- Affection Touching Across Time II,” a solo that included longhorn, mantra chanting, a flute solo performed by Penpa Tsering, and Yang Liu who sang “Heavenly Road” and “Happy Mountain Song.”

    Among the choral performances were the Newton Chinese School Singing Group that sang “Wusuli Chantey” and “Mother,” Malden Senior Center singing the songs “Best Wishes” and “Family Harmony Brings Happiness,” Students of Little Dragon from the Beebe School singing “Chinese New Year,” and CCC’s arts performance troupe singing “The Beautiful Prairie, My Lovely Home” and “Happy Chinese New Year.” There was a united feeling as they sing together in harmony.

    Violinists performing during the festival. Dancers performing a traditional dance with fans. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    Violinists performing during the festival. Dancers performing a traditional dance with fans. Photo by Kristy Yang.

    There was a kung fu show performed by Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy and a Tai Chi Sword demonstration performed by the Malden Senior Center. Following these acts was a violin performance by the Students of Little Dragon at Beebe performing  the songs “Two Tigers”, “Happy New Year” and “When We Are Together.” Zhi Min Zhao Chinese Music School had an instrumental show to the song “happiness” and “Whipping the Horse to Go Faster.” After this there was a Beijing opera performing a section of “Red Lantern” and “The Way to be” by Cici Cao. Last but not least, there were two fashion shows, one by the Sunset Fashion Group and one by MHS students.

    The Lunar New Year Festival was an overall success as it displayed captivating performances for all of the audience to enjoy.

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    Kerri Floramo posing after completing a race. Photo sumbmitted by Kerri Floramo.

    Kerri Floramo posing after completing a race. Photo sumbmitted by Kerri Floramo.

    The Boston Marathon draws in people from all around the world, attracting about half a million runners. One of these 500,000 runners is Kerri Floramo, member of the Malden community.  Floramo has worked at the Forestdale School for ten years and has been a resident of Malden for 23 years. She has been training to run the Boston Marathon since the tragic bombings that occurred in 2013.

    Always interested in fitness, Floramo began preparing for half marathons five years ago. When the Boston bombings occurred, she began preparing to run the Boston Marathon. Floramo expressed that the hardest part in preparing for the race is the brutal New England weather which makes it very difficult to train. Running in the summer time is much easier, but with her dog, Apple, and good music, Floramo remains determined and motivated.

    Floramo’s main goal in the race is to raise money and awareness for a cause that is very important to her. By running, she hopes to benefit the UMass Medical School Cellucci ALS Fund by raising $7,500 by Apr. 18, 2016. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that affects the nervous system and causes muscles to weaken, in turn leading to difficulty in moving.

    Floramo decided to dedicate herself to helping raise for ALS because of her son’s school, St. John’s Prep School, and its student Pete Frates, who is the inspiration of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Floramo stated that “[Frates] story is truly inspiring and his family is amazing.” She was “beyond thrilled when [she] realized [she] could run the marathon and help in the fight against ALS.”

    She firmly believes that with the help of the Malden community, she will be able to raise the amount of money she set out to do and will be able to make a difference. To donate to Floramo’s cause, visit  her fundraising page: www.crowdrise.com/kerrifloramo.  

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  • 02/04/16--11:27: Humans of Malden 2/4
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  • 02/04/16--11:28: Poetry Out Loud: 2016
  • By Anna Powers and Nada Tuffaha 

    First place winner senior Heresa LaForce reciting her poem. Photo by Meghan Yip. Second place winner Birukti Tsige reciting her poem. Photo by Meghan Yip. Third place tied winner sophomore Jenny Huynh reciting her poem. Photo by Meghan Yip. Third place tied winner sophomore Eva Lao reciting her poem. Photo by Meghan Yip.

    Each year Malden High School hosts one of the largest Poetry Out Loud competitions in the state which includes the entire student body, regardless of grade, class, or experience. Poetry Out Loud had been a long journey and finally came to an end on Jan. 27, 2016. The first place winner was senior Heresa LaForce, in second place was freshman Birukti Tsige, and in third, it was a tie between Eva Lao and Jenny Huynh.

    To prepare for the finals, students had to recite their original poem they performed in the semi-

    finals. Then they needed to perform another poem that had to be written pre-20th century with a

    minimum of 25 lines. The pressure was on for all of the competitors as they were tasked with memorizing and perfectly performing two poems. Jenny Huynh said that “[she] imagined it to be a very competitive environment, but it wasn’t, it was the opposite. [She] met some of the other students who made it really fun.”  

    First place winner Heresa LaForce “expected [her] competition days to end there”. By the time LaForce moved onto the finals, “[she] was comfortable enough with [her] original poem to leave it as is”. LaForce also stated that the overall level of difficulty throughout the competitions were consistent. LaForce seemed to be calm and collected when going into the finals, which clearly benefitted her, seeing as she won first place.   

    Freshman Birukti Tsige was this year’s Poetry Out Loud second place winner. Tsige was one of the youngest competitors in the competition, but that only made her second place victory even more surreal. She explained that “most of the finalists were upperclassman with much more experience and they all performed beautifully.” She continued, “[She] felt proud of [herself] that [she] could get that far just as a 9th grader.”

    In preparation for the POL Finals, Tsique recited her poems over and over again until “it was like a prayer and after a couple of days [she] knew [she] could say it in [her] sleep.”

    Jenny Huynh and Eva Lao both tied for third place. Huynh “knew the finals were going to be more intense [than the semi-finals]” so that inspired her to work harder.

    In addition to the student competitions, a POL competition for teachers was also held. The teacher competition only had three competitors this year, including math teacher Evan Mauser, student teacher Thomas Snarsky, and ESL teacher Jessica Haralson.

    Although Snarsky isn’t an official teacher just yet, he was still able to compete and successfully win the teacher competition. Snarsky recited a poem titles “A Poem” by Ariana Reines. To prepare for the teacher competitions, Snarsky stated that he “read the poem a lot, and [he] stared at the paper because [he] needed to see where the lines broke.”

    He never competed in a POL competition before, but has recited poetry multiple times in front of audiences.

    MHS hosted another successful Poetry Out Loud competition. The finalists as well as all performers throughout the competition left their audiences and the judges speechless with their moving performances.



    Freshman Rebecca Pereira reciting her poem. Photo by Meghan Yip. Freshman Leticia Sidney reciting her poem. Photo by Meghan Yip. Teacher competition winner student math teacher Thomas Snarksy reciting. Photo by Meghan Yip. Junior Rual Juan Colon-Lord reciting his poem. Photo by Meghan Yip. Junior Nathan Grebremicael reciting his poem. Photo by Meghan Yip. Math teacher Evan Mauser recites a poem for the Poetry Out Loud Competition in the teacher's round. Photo by Meghan Yip.

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  • 03/18/16--10:29: Technovation Bootcamp
  • Recently Technovation, a program focusing on girls in technology, arrived at Malden High School. Technovation is a program from the company Iridescent. The Technovation Challenge is a 12 week program where members create an app “that will address a community problem” (Technovation  Challenge). Brainstorming, attending workshops, creating a business plan, pitching and marketing the idea to venture capitalists are also vital pieces to the process.

    Senior Trang Do mentioned that Technovation really helps with “getting a feel for what the industry is actually like.” Computer science teacher Paul Marques referenced Technovation as the “most real world experience students can have.” This opportunity for real world experiences sets Malden High School apart as it offers students insight into entrepreneurship in technology.

    On Feb. 28, 2016 a Technovation “Bootcamp” was held at District Hall in Boston from 2-5 p.m. The program focused on marketing and pitching ideas which helped put everything the Technovation group had done all year into perspective. The bootcamp “redesigned the scope of the project” in a structured, educational environment and showed a lot of hard work. Do cited Technovation Bootcamp as a “quick and simple thing out of a lot of work” and “[gave] insight into what a Technovation [career] would be like.”

    Technovation draws in students with a passion for technology and offers them greater experience in the technological field.



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  • 03/18/16--13:10: Trivia Night at MHS
  • Junior Felicia Lombardi, Junior Cleverina Cong, Junior Stephen Deng, history teacher Damian Aufiero, and Junior Phuong Nguyen participating. Photo by Meghan Yip.

    Junior Felicia Lombardi, Junior Cleverina Cong, Junior Stephen Deng, history teacher Damian Aufiero, and Junior Phuong Nguyen participating. Photo by Meghan Yip.

    Trivia night took place on Tuesday Mar. 15, 2016 where students and teachers gathered in teams to compete against each other on a variety of topics. Senior Sarah Rosatone explained,  “[They] did eight different rounds on different topics of questions,” including pop culture, history, and science.

    Senior Terrica Dang and Rosatone decided to organize trivia night as their service project for National Honors Society. The money earned from the entrance fee was donated to a foundation to support veterans.

    Dang commented that trivia night “was more successful than [they] expected” with a total of seven teams in attendance. The trivia competition got very heated and competitive after the first few questions. “[She] think[s] during the third question where teams started to get answers wrong is when it started to get more competitive,” stated Dang.

    History teacher Damian Aufiero was on the winning team that included juniors Felicia Lombardi, Phuong Nguyen, Vivian Nguyen, Stephen Deng, and Cleverina Cong.

    Overall the trivia night was a success in funding money to support veterans as well as bringing Malden High School staff and students together.  

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  • 03/18/16--13:15: Humans of MHS 3/18
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    Amidst the excitement of the 2012 Olympic games, was the sadness of saying goodbye to an athlete who had been as successful as historically possible in the games- Michael Phelps. Before he competed he had announced that he was going to retire from swimming after the London games.

    Then Phelps announced in April of 2014 that he was coming out of retirement and was going to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Since then he has been training and hard at work for his last swim in the pool. However how many of us actually know for certain whether this is really going to be his last year swimming? He has stated that this is his last games however many people question his reasoning behind his decision.

    As an avid swimmer watcher that I am, I am not complaining about watching Phelps compete and give a performance like no other of his; one that is exhilarating and breathtaking to watch. I know so many people that although they don’t even watch swimming they agree that seeing him perform is something different. No one will ever forget the 2008 performance by the men’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay that won gold and beat France by out touching them and shattered the world record. The relay consisted of Phelps, Garrett Weber Gale, Cullen Jones, and Jason Lezak.

    In addition, Phelps is most known for his outstanding performance in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in his 100 meter butterfly. He out touched his opponent, who had the lead the entire race right until the end. Phelps finished with a time of 50:58, only one hundredth of a second faster than the second place finisher, Milorad Cavic from Serbia.

    The controversy is over the fact that so much was done for Phelps when he initially announced that he was retiring, like giving him a plaque with his name engraved in it in honor of his past performances, seems really awkward now that he actually isn’t retired.

    In an interview with USA Today, Phelps explained that “‘Retirement was pretty boring, to be honest”he explained “It’s funny — I literally would do nothing. If I was at home, I’d always try to, like, golf, or do something with friends, but everyone was working. Everyone had a job. I’d call and text people. I’d either go to the range and hit balls by myself. It got really boring. I’d never be home. I was always on the road traveling and seeing different people.’”

    As an athlete myself I understand where he is coming from with the urge to constantly be doing something because there is no off season in swimming, it’s year round swimming. But not swimming for two years for any athlete catches up to them. Although it has been recorded that Phelps is looking to enjoy this summer rather than set super high expectations for himself like 2008 when he got gold for eight different events, breaking the record for the most gold medals received in one Olympic games, where Mark Spitz previously held it.

    As we look forward to the summer games, all eyes are on Phelps and his performance. Although it’ll be great to see him once again in the pool, there’s a part of some viewers that are anxious for his infamous legacy and whether it’ll be taken away. Phelps would still be the most decorated Olympian of all time, without a doubt, however some people question what would happen if he lost events he usually wins, would he come back for another?

    Phelps is currently engaged to former Miss California USA 2010, Nicole Michele Johnson, and also has a baby on the way.

    Whereas competitors like Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, and Tom Shields have been training since the end of 2012. As it has been investigated by USA Today, Phelps has been training significantly less for these games compared to past years. He has focused on shorter events so the training isn’t as grueling. After spending a lot of his time getting back into shape and training his mentality to not constantly compare himself to his pastimes, Phelps is less than five months away from his end goal.

    In 2015, Phelps used the U.S National championship as his ‘test’ meet. He had been dropped from the 2015 World Aquatic Championships due to his DUI in December of 2014. He won gold 100 meter butterfly, 200 meter butterfly, and 200 meter individual medley.

    The Olympics are by far one my favorite events because of all the surprises that they hold. I don’t doubt Phelps’ ability to possibly win gold in the events he swims however I do know that swimmers like Ryan Lochte; long time competitor against Phelps, Tom Shield; a 24 year old who didn’t make the Olympic team in 2012 but has been training ever since and has beaten some of Phelps’s past times, and Thiago Pereira; the Brazilian swimmer who beat Phelps in 2012 in the 400 meter individual medley, all of whom are competing in Rio this summer and have been training just as hard to be successful.

    These summer games will surely be as exciting as the last, but in a different way. In 2012 everyone was cheering for Phelps due to it being his last competition, this year it’s supposed to be his comeback year.

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    For weeks now, primary after primary, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have held onto their front runner positions. Throughout the campaigns, Clinton and Trump have been predicted as the presidential nominees by The New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, and so on. They have also been endorsed by hundreds of politicians, celebrities, newspapers, labor unions, and organizations. Her list of endorsements can be found here, and his here. The nomination is starting to become a reality for Clinton and Trump.

    On Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2016, the third Super Tuesday occurred in five states, and one territory across the nation. Primaries were held in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and North Mariana Islands. The remaining candidates in the running include Democrats Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and Republicans Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich.

    Here are the winners in the respective states:

    • Florida: Clinton and Trump
    • Illinois: Clinton and Trump
    • Missouri: Clinton and Trump
    • North Carolina: Clinton and Trump
    • Ohio: Clinton and Kasich
    • North Mariana Islands: Trump (The Democratic caucus was held on Mar. 12., Clinton won).

    After Tuesday, Clinton remains in the lead in the Democratic Party with 1,606 delegates, followed by Bernie Sanders with 851, both a combination of delegates and superdelegates. In the Republican Party, frontrunner Trump also remains in the lead with 678 delegates, followed by Cruz with 413, and finally Kasich with 143. Less delegates are needed to win the Republican nomination because unlike the Democratic Party there are no superdelegates.

    Only 2,383 delegates are needed to win the Democratic nomination, and 1,237 delegates to win the Republican, making both Clinton and Trump well over halfway there.

    Former Republican Party candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, pictured, has suspended his campaign. Photo provided by Red State.

    Former Republican Party candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, pictured, has suspended his campaign. Photo from Red State.

    Following Tuesday night’s results, Florida Senator Marco Rubio decided to suspend his campaign after losing in his home state. In his exit speech, Rubio stated that it is “not God’s plan that [he] be president in 2016” (CNN). There is speculation that he will endorse Cruz now that he has dropped out.

    The next set of primaries will be held today on Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016, which will include Arizona, Utah, and Idaho’s Democratic caucus. The remainder of the schedule and list of results can be found here.

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    It may not be the time for peanuts and cracker jacks at Fenway Park just yet, but it sure is time for the Boston Red Sox to begin training at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida. Boston’s beloved baseball team has begun its annual spring training down south. Every year before each season, the team trains at JetBlue Park in Florida to practice and prepare for the upcoming season. The team officially began their training for the 2016 season on Feb. 18, 2016.

    However, many concerns for the team need to be addressed as the new season approaches. For the past few years, the team has needed to improve defensively, particularly with player Hanley Ramirez. His performance was less than stellar in the outfield last season, and great defenders in the outfield can really change the game. The outfield can also make the infield work harder to create for a more cohesive system of teamwork throughout the game.

    There are plenty of outstanding players on the Red Sox as well. Among those admired by Bostonians are Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. Pedroia and Ortiz have been a part of the Red Sox since the mid-2000’s, and have become fan favorites.

    While Pedroia has not spoken out about his remaining time on the team, this will be Ortiz’s last year in Major League Baseball. He has been in the MLB for 20 years and has had a tremendous impact on the Red Sox(Lauber). It is difficult to adequately convey what [Ortiz] has meant to the Boston Red Sox,” said Red Sox principal owner John Henry (Lauber). “For [his teammates], [Ortiz] has been the one constant force underpinning what it means to play for this organization and making it fun. For the fans, [Ortiz] has been the one consistent force behind three world championships” (Lauber).

    So far, the Red Sox have played seven spring training games, including a doubleheader with Boston College and Northeastern University. They have won four games so far and have lost three games. After taking a leave of absence last year due to his cancer diagnosis, Red Sox coach John Farrell will return to coach the team this season.

    However, Torey Lovullo will remain on the team as bench coach. He is very grateful to be continue to be a part of the team, and claimed that “It just felt right to stay here to see this through. [He has] have a love for the organization. [He has] a love for John and for the players. If something were to happen, [his] time is coming if it’s meant to be. It just felt like this was the right thing to do to stay here to see it through” (Lauber).

    The Red Sox will continue to train until Apr. 2 and will begin the 2016 season on Apr. 4 , where they will play the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

    All information from [http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/clubhouse_insider/2015/10/john_farrell_will_manage_red_sox_in_2016_torey_lovullo]

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    Carol Mastromauro was an important staff member at Malden High School for years and touched many lives. At the end of this post is the obituary and information on her services, which can also be found on Dello Russo Funeral Services Website.

    The following post is from Ryan Gallagher:

    I met Carol Mastromauro about 14 years ago when I began teaching at Malden High School. I consider myself so blessed to have known her. As many of us realize, to know Carol is to be close with Carol. To have known Carol means that she really knew you–that she knew your core. She was a mentor to me; she was like a mother to me; and, she was one of my very best friends.

    There are, literally, thousands of students that view her as a second mom. I was lucky enough to work with her for years on a team–there is not another teacher that I have ever met that has had the capacity to know others as deeply as she did. She was also the most innovative teacher I have ever met–she was constantly reinventing herself, and her practice; and still, this is not what we will remember her for–because she had such a profound impact on everyone she met in such a personal way, sometimes we forget about her creativity, expertise, and intelligence. She simply meant so much to so many of us.

    Carol took the time to know every student, even ones she wasn’t teaching. Because of her, we met families of students, shared strategies, shared content, planned together, stayed after school, came in early, went to events, and started summer programs. We ate lunch together every day as a team–talked politics, talked travel and culture, talked about art, shared our lives, talked family–really talked family, and talked some more about how to teach, how to improve the school, and what was going on with students. To work with Carol on a team, or to have her as a teacher, meant that every part of your life mattered to her–there was no point of learning content, or learning how to be a teacher, if we couldn’t share our lives with each other. If you worked with her on a team, it also meant that your families were going to celebrate holidays together, and that she would buy gifts for your children and attend birthday parties–there was no such thing as a “work” friend for Carol: if you were lucky enough to work with Carol, you were friends for life. If you were her student, she knew about your parents, how many siblings you had, your family dynamics, your passions, your dreams, your strengths, and what you needed to improve. She knew which buttons to push, when to do it, and why it was going to motivate you. Students would hug her and call her mom, show her pictures of prom, ask her for advice, and come back in their twenties to share life accomplishments.

    She would feed us, and she would feed students–she was always hosting; her classroom was an extension of her home. She mentored student teachers and new teachers, and shared her own children’s lives with her students. Her cell phone would ring and she would drop everything to talk with her kids on the phone, even for a second, even in the middle of class. She was showing everyone what it meant to be part of a loving family–we’d all just wait, because nothing is more important than the people in your life. This is what she was teaching all of us–her subject just made us realize we were part of a vast cycle of humanity and history.

    Carol made time for everyone. She mentored so many teachers at this school, not just on how to be a good teacher, but how to live the job–how many of us went to her first to figure out how to navigate teaching as new parents? or broke down to her with our fears of parenting or having sick children? or how to care for a sick family member? or because we were facing a daunting personal tragedy of our own? She was the reason many of us stayed teaching, and found comfort in teaching, through our own personal struggles–we found comfort, support, and inspiration in the community she created.

    She taught me passion, and how to care deeply and fight and challenge whatever needs to be taken on–and yes, passion can be taught, but only from someone as special as Carol–you only needed to be around her to realize what a form of grace it is to exude passion, to fight for things, to fight for people, to support each other, and to make the time to know people deeply.

    It amazes me how much capacity she had to know others so deeply. Most of us have a limited reserve for this–how can we possibly make the time for our families, for our students, for our past students, for our colleagues, for our past colleagues? But for Carol, the larger the circle of people in her life grew, the larger her capacity grew. Most of us have to pick and choose where we put our energy–she just grew more. Even when she was diagnosed, she continued to grow, make time for others, and really know and understand everyone she met.

    I wanted to write this because I thought this part of her life, and her legacy, was so important to tell. For those of us that worked with her, we knew so much about how important her family was to her, and what a source of strength and joy her family was for her, but I wanted to make sure her family really understood how many people’s lives she impacted so deeply and so profoundly. And for those of us that were blessed enough to have worked with Carol, I wanted her legacy to remain with us and our community and continue to inspire us. She has been a source of inspiration for me every single day that I have ever taught, and this will never change.

    Ryan Gallagher





    Carol A. (Ferrone) Mastromauro, of Melrose, formerly of Medford, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 18, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 66.

    Born and raised in Medford, she was the daughter of the late Cosmo and Sylvia (Constantino) Ferrone. Carol graduated from Medford High School with the class of 1967. She continued her education at Salem State University. In 1971, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education & History and in 1975 she completed her Master’s in Education. Shortly after completing her degrees, Carol began teaching in the Social Studies Department at Medford High School as a history teacher. Carol and her husband Charles were married in 1982, at St. Clement Church of Medford and started a family four years later. She resigned her teaching position in 1986 in order to raise their children. Caring for her children was her prime concern. When her children were grown, Carol returned to teaching History, this time at Malden High School. She taught there from 2000 through 2013.

    Following her retirement, Carol spent much of her time with her granddaughter Arianna Rose, whom she loved and adored. Carol also enjoyed traveling. She traveled to Greece and to Italy. On their honeymoon, Carol and Charles visited Hawaii and San Francisco.

    Carol loved decorating for the holidays. Her home could be referred to as the “Hallmark Home.” It was elegantly transformed to fit the season. She was also an excellent cook and was known for her famous Nana’s Christmas Soup and her handmade ravioli.

    Carol will be remembered as a dedicated and loving mother. She was always kind and selfless. The best tribute that can be given to her is to note her strength and strong will.

    Carol was the beloved wife of Charles Mastromauro, with whom she shared thirty-four loving years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Matthew Mastromauro of Cambridge and Dianna Abrams and her husband Zachary of Easton. She was the loving Nonni of Arianna Rose Abrams of Easton and the dear sister of Guy Ferrone and his wife Connie of Wilmington. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

    Funeral from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main Street, Medford, on Wednesday, March 23rd at 9 AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Clement Church, 71 Warner Street, Medford, at 10 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 through 8 PM. Services will conclude with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford.


    To read a profile and watch a video from 2013 on Mastromauro, visit the following link:

    Model UN Teacher of the Year Award

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  • 03/24/16--11:01: Humans of Malden 3/24
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    It’s 2016, and technology has been a major part of our lives for years. We have our phones in our pockets and our Chromebooks in our backpacks, pretty much all of the time. We have classes to learn about our computers and technology as a whole, and those who have a lot of interest in the field may join related clubs.

    For three years, MHS’ Computer Club has been a popular club. Those interested in computers meet, “hang out”, learn new computer skills, and attend computer workshops and events, like hack-a-thon. It is a place for future entrepreneurs to meet, blend ideas, and gather and share information and resources, furthering their knowledge about computers and technology.

    Freshman Will Duggan joined because of his interest in computer science. Duggan feels “that computer club is a place where there really is an opportunity to learn something you really want to.” According to Duggan, there is not set routine, and something different happens every week. “There are people who specialize in all various sections of computer science and computer club is a place where you can figure things out and problem solve,” Duggan says about the people in the club. Because of all of this, Duggan will “indeed return in future years.”

    The club meets from 2:30 to 5:00 on Wednesdays focusing on programming, designing, software and networking techniques. The club also focuses on gaming, both “playing and designing”, sharing resources, the parts of a computer, and how to build a computer.

    Computer Science Club, to balance each other out, has four co-presidents, including senior Efran Himel. Himel believes Computer club “Allows it’s members to pursue, their own technological interest while also providing a group to assist ventures.”

    New members are always welcome at Computer Club, so if you’re interested you can attend on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 5:00 in H403.

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    By Anna Powers and Megan Downer 

    Junior Leah Tramondozzi playing the piano in JVs. Photo by Jesaias Benitez.

    Junior Leah Tramondozzi playing the piano in JVs. Photo by Jesaias Benitez.

    This year’s Junior Varieties show of course impressed the Malden community as families and friends joined one another for a fun night full of outstanding talent. This year’s show was filled with singing, dancing, and tribute performances.

    The planning process for this year’s show was created by officers for the Class of 2017. Planning started at the end of last year where officers laid out all the different components that contribute to the creation of the show. Auditions were then held in November with rehearsals commencing in January.

    Junior class advisor Heather Northrop stated that the show pushed “juniors to step up into leadership roles to put on their biggest fundraiser of their high school career, as well as students developing skills and talents as performers and crew to raise money for the benefit of the entire class.” Another junior  class advisor is Amelia Collison who added that “[she] definitely expected for there to be a lot of details to keep track of. But our class officers did a tremendous job taking over many responsibilities.”

    Collison mentioned that they experienced “serious technical difficulties with lighting” a few days before the show. But she commends the lighting crew for “working really hard to figure out what was wrong and working even harder to make sure everything was perfect.”  Going into the show, Northrop had “no doubts that the show [would] be successful.”

    Rehearsals were buzzing with energy and enthusiasm. Collision describes these as some of her favorite memories from the whole JV experience. “[She] had a lot of fun watching all of the acts really transform from auditions to the day of the show. Northrop was touched at the end of practices when “students [were] laughing together and bonding over a common cause.”

    JVs always attracts curious audiences eager to see what each year has in store. Audiences raved about junior hosts Erin Mulcahy, Jesse Bouly, and James Mac. The chemistry between all three of them was electric. Everyone was just waiting to see what relatable references, or funny jokes that they had in store.

    Junior Jeremiah Qussa performing in a dance group at Junior Varieties. Photo by Jesaias Benitez.

    Junior Jeremiah Qussa performing with Scorpions at Junior Varieties. Photo by Jesaias Benitez.

    Mulcahy expressed her gratitude for being apart of this event, stating, “This year’s Junior Varieties was such an amazing experience. Going out on stage to a sold out auditorium was the best feeling. There was so much talent this year [and she is] so grateful to have been a part of such a wonderful event.”

    Mac hoped that the crowd would find his jokes funny and his puns were met with laughter and applause from the audience come show night. He described that “having gone through the JVs process, [he] can gladly confirm that hard work does pay off.”

    Bouley stated that “both shows exceeded all of his expectations.” “Every seat was filled and every act was amazing in their own way,” expressed Bouley.

    Class of 2017 JV Coordinator junior Nicolas Acuna was completely impressed with the way that both shows ended up. Acuna was a little nervous when first elected as he felt he was unprepared. But there was a complete turn around because he had “the right people and the right support to do it.” Acuna’s favorite memories include working with the crew backstage because it included a lot of his good friends. He stresses the fact that the backstage crew deserves recognition “for all the times they had to stay longer, deal with the performers and [himself], and how much work they actually put into it.” Overall Acuna describes this as an experience that brought the members of his class closer together.

    Sophomore and Blue and Gold member Meghan Yip performing "House of Cards" by the band Twenty One Pilots.

    Sophomore and Blue and Gold member Meghan Yip performing “House of Gold” by the band Twenty One Pilots.

    Another student thrilled by the JV experience was the Class of 2017 President juinior Vivian Nguyen who explained that “this JV’s helped [her] and the other acts and hosts step out of [their] comfort zones to deliver a successful JV’s for the community, especially Mr. Brown.” JVs went exceptionally well, especially to Nguyen who gushed that “[they] had amazing acts and hosts and the crew and advisors helped [them] in every step of the way.” Nguyen also revealed that the main blunder experienced during JVs would have to have been the technical difficulties with the hosts’ microphones, which caused for a hard time of hearing for audience members in the back.

    Many might be wondering about this year’s storyline since there was a lot of controversy around the name of the show. Hosts Bouley, Mulcahy, and Mac searched in between acts for the person who stole the Key to JVs. This key needed to be passed down to the new principal from Principal Dana Brown in order for there to be more JVs for future years. Throughout the show they used clues to determine who was holding the key captive.

    In the end the key thief ended up being Nguyen. She stole the key because she wanted Brown to stay principal due to his memorable years at MHS. The hosts convinced Nguyen that both Brown and Malden High School must start a new chapter in their lives. The 2016 JVs was a tribute to Brown as principal and the legacy that he has left at MHS.

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    On Feb. 26, 2016, Malden High School hosted a swimathon for a very special cause: Alzheimer’s Disease. The swimathon was an idea originated by MHS’ assistant coach Jessica Bisson years ago, and has become an annual tradition since.

    The swimmers on the team’s objective was to spread the word about the fundraiser.  The amount that they had raised was correlated to the total laps they were required to swim. The money was both donated to the Alzheimer’s Association, and a portion contributed to the swim team’s equipment.

    All proceeds were a great contribution to both of the groups associated in this fundraiser. Although each team member had to raise a minimum amount of 75 dollars, roughly each team member raised 85 dollars or more. The main objective was to raise $4,000 to $5,000. The team is made up of roughly 40-50 swimmers, and the whole team had participated. The main goal for the team was to raise as much money as possible.

    It is safe to say that this event was a success. The team’s main goal is not only to raise money but also to have a good time with a team. Freshman Joanne Ho mentioned that she has “grown so close with everyone for the last time before [their] banquet, while also raising money for a good cause.”

    Although the swimathon was an event to raise money for Alzheimer’s, it was also an event that helped strengthened the team’s relationship as a whole. Ho also mentions that “this event was a great way for us to bond while doing good for our community, but also fun because we didn’t have to actually practice like we normally do.”

    Being able to have fun, help out the community and do good is what brings joy to the team’s heart. Other teams and clubs in the school should participate in events like these. It would not only be a great experience for the team but for the members individually. An overall feeling the team felt was rewarding. It is great knowing that the season is over but when the team unites as one, the bond is still stronger and better than ever. Freshman Agatha Silva mentions that she is “looking forward to hanging out with the swim team again” since she hasn’t “hung out with some of the swimmers in a while and [misses] laughing with all of them.” Being part of an event like this is great for our community, it is something that should not be yearly event but monthly one.

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    This year, four math and science teachers from Malden High Schools have been selected to be awarded with Mass Insight Education’s Partners in Excellence award.

    This award is given to 54 Massachusetts teachers who push their students towards academic achievement. The teachers were selected out of 600 advanced placement teachers in Massachusetts who participate in Mass Insight’s AP Stem program. The teachers who received the award include Nicholas Lippman, Paul Marques, Bradley Gelling and Genoveva Mateeva.

    Math teacher Genoveva Mateeva posing for a picture. Photo by Felicia Fallano.

    Math teacher Genoveva Mateeva posing for a picture. Photo by Felicia Fallano.

    Mateeva expressed that she is “very satisfied and happy for the students and their work.” She described winning the awards as “very unexpected, but it was very satisfying when [she] did.”

    Math teacher Paul Marques posing for a photo. Photo by Felicia Fallano.

    Math teacher Paul Marques posing for a picture. Photo by Felicia Fallano.

    Marques also expressed that he is, “honored to receive the award, but the true joy is working with [his] students in the computer science program.

    Math teacher Nicholas Lippman posing for a picture. Photo by Felicia Fallano.

    Math teacher Nicholas Lippman posing for a picture. Photo by Felicia Fallano.

    Lippman was first selected based on his students’ performance on their AP exams and his involvement in activities such as teaching at Saturday AP sessions. This is Lippman’s first time winning this award and he expressed that “it is incredibly exciting and rewarding to win this award.” In 2012, he won the National Math and Science Initiative’s “Math Teacher of the Year” award for Massachusetts. In 2011, he won the “Teacher of the Year” award for the Malden High School chapter of the National Honors Society.

    “[Lippman is] honored to have won this award and [he is] particularly happy to be winning this award with [his] colleagues,” expressed Lippman. He continued, “[They] have worked together for several years now to improve [their] AP Math program and [he] hope[s] that this award is an indication that [their] teamwork has benefited [their] students.”

    Math teacher Bradley Gelling posing for a picture. Photo by Felicia Fallano.

    Math teacher Bradley Gelling posing for a picture. Photo by Felicia Fallano.

    Gelling explained that when he won the award he actually wasn’t aware of it and wondered why “people were congratulating [him].” Gelling stated that he was “surprised, honored and thankful.” He has been teaching at MHS for almost nine years, and “[enjoys] the elegant logic of math [because] it’s less subjective than other courses, [which] makes it easier to grade student work.”

    Lippman accredits his students for the award because “it was the students who took the exam and earned the scores.” He added that he is “fortunate to have such fantastic and motivated students who show time and again how capable the students of Malden High School are.” In addition, he acknowledged the math department for their teaching abilities “that [have] prepare[d] [their] students so well for success in AP courses.”

    All the teachers that won this award have worked towards similar goals of having their students reach their full potential, whether it’s in AP courses or outside of the classroom. Gelling explained that he feels “important qualities of any teacher must include patience and kindness.”

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    The eighth annual Student vs Faculty Basketball game took place on March 16th 2015 in the Finn Gym. The doors opened at 2:45 while the game began at 3pm and ended around 4:30pm. Over twenty teachers and faculty participated in a heated game against the best of basketball players at Malden High School.

    This year, the profits from the game were a fundraiser for the Tornado Travelers Club, a club that allows students from MHS to travel all across the globe. The club is run by Science teacher Shauna Campbell and math teacher Sarah Jones. Campbell claims that “This year, 352 students attended the game. [The game] usually has about 350 to 400 students each year.” Campbell explains that each student that is going on a trip through the club “sells their own tickets. The tickets were $3 each, and $2 from each ticket goes towards a student’s actual trip. The extra dollar goes towards the green t-shirts the teachers wore as a thank you for their participation in the game. Tickets that are sold to teachers or at the door go towards scholarships.”


    Sophomore Tiffany Tortora attempting to score. Photo by Meghan Yip.

    The student-faculty basketball game was not always a fundraiser for the Tornado Travelers Club. Campbell secured the event as a fundraiser for the club a few years ago, as she claims that “the first two games was a fundraiser for [the] graduating class. When that class graduated, [Campbell] asked to make it a fundraiser for the Tornado Travelers.” This was the fifth basketball game that Tornado Travelers have ran.

    On participating in the game, Campbell thought that “it was fun to play with the students. [She] coaches crew, so playing another sport with other students is really fun. [She] also thinks it was really fun to play with [her] colleagues because since [teachers] are in our classrooms all the time, [they] never really get the chance to see each other so doing an extra activity with [other teachers] is really awesome.

    Students from the game come directly from the boys and girls basketball teams here at Malden High, from freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity. Campbell sent emails to teachers about the game to see if they were interested. Teachers and students alike greatly enjoyed being in the game. Math teacher Elizabeth Gibbons claims that “it was really fun to practice and play with fellow staff members and students. [She] chose to participate in the game because it’s a fun opportunity for students to watch their teachers do something out of their element. It’s also a great fundraiser.”


    Boys team anticipating a point. Photo by Meghan Yip

    The first and third quarters of the game were played by the females, and the second and fourth quarters were played by the males. Guidance counselor Taryn Belowsky scored the most shots for the female teachers with 22 points, and both freshmen Salma Bezzat and senior Tishia Stroud scored the most points for the female students with 22 points each. History teacher Jonathan Copithorne scored the most points for the male teachers with 23 points and junior Nate Ilebode scored the most points for the male students with 22 points. To entertain the crowd during the halftime intermission, a group of sophomores and juniors along with teachers Kate Haskell, Jessica Sullivan, Rebecca Corcoran, Chris Giordano and Kate Bizier danced to a remixed version of Bell Biv Devoe’s  “Poison” and Missy Elliott’s “WTF (Where They From)”.


    Math teacher Chris Giordano during the halftime show. Photo by Meghan Yip

    The final score of the game was 49-48 with the teachers earning a victory, both for themselves and for the Tornado Travelers Club.


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  • 03/28/16--11:33: Drama Fest
  • The cast acting out a scene from Humpty Dumpty. Photo by Meghan Yip.

    The cast acting out a scene from Humpty Dumpty. Photo by Meghan Yip.

    Based on the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty in 1946, Robert Penn Warren published a similar novel called “All the King’s Men.” Malden High School’s Play Production is greatly known for recreating famous plays like Shrek: The Musical but this time around, Play Production created their own version of All the King’s Men with a twist.

    Competing against at an average of one hundred-twelve acts produced by other students in the state of Massachusetts, MHS Play Production knew they needed to make an impact. Going into competition within a couple of weeks, the members of Play Production practiced endlessly, fitting every hour as they could. Senior Sarah Bendell, who played as herself, told Blue and Gold “[her] goals for the competition were to mainly tell people [their] story.”

    All the King’s Actors is a play that connects with many people and as Bendell says “connect[s] deep social issues with a cause that is close to all of [their] hearts.” Members of the Play Production “went [into the competition] with the mindset of whether or not they won, [they] had to share [their] story” expresses Bendell. Senior Kamila Regalado expresses that the director Mr.Walsh “makes it a point to make it about the competition and to really make it about working on something that’s important to [them].”

    Now come competition day, Play Production performed and made it to the semi-finals of the High School Drama Festival. As the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild puts it, “The competition is organized [and based] on three levels – preliminary, semi-final and state.”

    Each performance is based upon the acting and technical design. Although they will not be moving on in the competition, on behalf of MHS’s Play Production and Bendell, they “hope that [their] message stuck with [the audience] and [are proud to all have the opportunity] to take part in writing together and showing everyone what Malden Play Production is truly about.”

    As senior Brayan Angulo puts it, “[he and the cast] just plan to focus and commit to the next and last play [they are] working on for the year” and intend to impact their audience with this final performance.  With every production that’s put on, Regalado states “[they are] going to connect as a class and be truly focused on executing what [they create].For their final play, Malden Play Production will have a couple changes in their cast. Senior Sajeanah Cadet explains, “Mr.Walsh have given [her] the opportunity to help direct the show [in the spring], [in] which [she] is very excited about!” All-inclusive, Malden High School’s Play Production performed great at competition,but as the year comes to an end, they intend to create a show never done before.


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  • 03/29/16--09:00: Put MCAS in the Past
  • If you’re from Massachusetts, you’re probably familiar with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). The purpose of MCAS is to improve curriculum and instruction, evaluate student and school performance, and to partially determine whether or not students receive high school diplomas.

    The system was designed in 1993 by the Massachusetts Department of Education. according to Paul J. Phillips of the Quincy Education Program, “The MCAS test hurts kids.” Phillips stated, “[Massachusetts] should end it immediately.”

    It is safe to say that close to no one actually enjoys MCAS. The questions are confusing, the test wastes time and money, and it stresses people out. The question is, why do we still use this system?

    The one consistent answer to the question is that standardized testing provides good comparison of schools and students. Besides comparing schools and students, there is no true beneficial purpose for the exams.

    In my opinion, the MCAS does not help me in any way. Students are forced to complete the assessment on top of the classes they already have scheduled. The system should not work this way. If students are going to be forced to take the MCAS, at least give the students the rest of the day off rather than attend a full set of classes afterwards.

    Some argue that MCAS helps teachers determine what to teach students and when to teach it. This results in teachers “teaching to the test” which in turn limits what teachers can or want to teach because they are obligated to teach exactly what MCAS wants them to. It is then difficult for teachers to implement fun or useful lessons.

    Other than MCAS, there are plenty of other ways that the state can gain results to compare schools and students. There could easily be a much shorter assessment that doesn’t require so much writing and mind-numbing questions. Perhaps even online surveys or tests. The chances that any student or teacher is against removing MCAS is very slim. MCAS, this year, will be 23 years old. It is time for a change.

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  • 03/29/16--09:19: Spring Playlist
  • We’ve reached the end of this windy and cold winter, and spring is finally upon us! Get ready for the comfortable weather and sunny days with this playlist of relaxing and fun songs to listen to while the flowers bloom.

    1. “Gold” by Marina and the Diamonds
    2. “All I Want Is You” by Barry Louis Polisar
    3. “Love Me” by The 1975
    4. “Night Channels” by Foxing
    5. “Blister In The Sun” by Violent Femmes
    6. “Fireworks” by Radiator Hospital
    7. “Brother’s Song (Demo 2006)” by Brand New
    8. “I Love You, Honeybear” by Father John Misty
    9. “Life On Mars?” by David Bowie
    10. “Hannah” by Freelance Whales


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