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- 11/18/16--11:10: _A Reality Check
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- 11/29/16--11:15: _Spirit Week 2016
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- 11/16/16--11:14: Politics Meets Art
- 11/16/16--11:15: Football: Season Comes to a Close
- 11/17/16--11:11: Cheerleading: Season Comes to an End
- 11/17/16--11:12: Nedlam’s Corner
- 11/17/16--11:13: Boys Cross Country: Season Comes to a Close
- 11/17/16--11:14: Danny’s Run
- 11/17/16--11:15: Girls Soccer: Season Comes to a Close
- 11/18/16--11:10: A Reality Check
- 11/18/16--11:10: November 2016 Print Edition Crossword Puzzle
- 11/18/16--11:11: Ballot Question Results 2016
- 11/18/16--11:12: Pictures at an Exhibition: A Tribute To Friendships Photo Gallery
- 11/18/16--11:13: Should the Voting Age Be Lowered?
- 11/18/16--11:14: A Look Into The Key Club
- 11/18/16--11:15: MHS Students Tsige, Missamou, and Bilimo Overturn Headwrap Ban
- 11/28/16--10:45: A Look Into the Comedy Club
- 11/29/16--11:13: 2016 Malden Thanksgiving Day Parade
- 11/29/16--11:14: MHS Play Production Presents: Godspell
- 11/29/16--11:15: Spirit Week 2016
- 11/30/16--11:14: Masculinity: Why It’s a Danger to Men and Boys
- 11/30/16--11:15: Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The week of Nov. 7, Joseph Luongo’s two Studio 2 honors classes exhibited some of their projects outside of the cafeterias.
The projects were portraits of political figures, either serious pencil drawings or comical caricatures.
The portraits were displayed just in time for the Malden High School’s parent-teacher night on Nov. 7, and the presidential election on Nov. 8.
As for the project itself, Luongo hopes that it “exposes the students to different political figures”, and that the exhibition of the portraits “plant[s] a little seed of curiosity” in students who didn’t partake in the project. Mostly sophomores participated in the project, but there were some juniors and seniors, too.
Luongo hopes people who view the portraits “appreciate how good a job [the students] did” and understand “how difficult it is to draw someone’s likeness.” Luongo says that drawing portraits takes a lot of patience and focus to make the portrait work “structurally.”
Luongo gives this project to his students every other year, both during midterm elections, and the presidential elections, too.
Sophomore Novia Li exhibited a portrait of Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate during the election. Li especially likes to “draw […] faces of people” and “human features,” so this project was enjoyable for her. As for the portraits as a whole, Li notes that “most of them were pretty well drawn,” and that’s why so many were displayed.
Another sophomore, Delilah Doleman did two portraits of former president Richard Nixon, both a serious pencil drawing, and a caricature, which was the portrait exhibited. Doleman likes “that [they] had [the] freedom to interpret the person [they] chose.” In her caricature, Doleman made “Nixon look really angry because that’s what his personality had a lot of.” Doleman hopes that since her artwork was displayed, it will make people more interested in politics, and is glad that people got to see her work.
The artist of the Elizabeth Warren portraits, sophomore Michelle Nie, chose Warren to draw because “she carries herself with great confidence and is not afraid to voice out her opinions.” Like most students, Nie completed two portraits, a serious pencil portrait and a caricature. Nie thinks that this project was one of the “best works [she has] done.” Nie notes how she preferred the formal portrait over the caricature, because the formal one was “easier to draw and shade, since [she had] a formal photograph of [the politician]”. While completing the caricature, Nie said, “[she] needed to push [her] creativity a little further and create [a] whole new image withseveral references.” Nie is honored to have her work displayed, and has gotten several “amazing comments”on her artwork, especially on her formal portrait.
Overall, by displaying these portraits of politicians, both Luongo and the artists, hope people view them with respect, and become interested in politics.
The Malden High Football team have had a season of ups and downs. The Golden Tornadoes have a record of 4-6, with just the annual Thanksgiving rivalry game against Medford left to play. The Tornadoes will finish the year below .500, but despite the record, William Manchester’s first year as head coach can be looked back upon with optimism.
Throughout the season, the tornadoes went on multiple streaks, but their season started winless. After losing three straight games to begin the season, all of which came down to the wire, the Tornadoes bounced back. Losses at Methuen, Malden Catholic and versus Peabody were followed by two straight victories when they hosted Somerville and Lowell. The only difference between the victories and defeats were that in the victories, the Tornadoes were able to execute in late game drives. In fact one of these victories came in a dramatic 48-42 game with the win coming in triple overtime against Lowell.
However just when it seemed that Malden High had turned its fortunes around, they were faced with a tough two game road trip at Catholic Memorial and Lawrence. On both away games the team was not able to produce much, both offensively and defensively. The two losses made their record 2-5, essentially eliminating them from playoff contention.
Despite this, the team still fought on, winning their next two games versus Lawrence and Newton South. This included their 42-20 win against Newton South, their largest margin of victory this season.However, just like the rest of the season however, the Tornadoes were not able to extend their winning streak, losing 27-21 at Lynn Classical on November 10th.
Inconsistencies and the inability to win close games early in the season may have cost Malden High a playoff berth. However, throughout the season, the Tornadoes showed their potential that can be maximized in Manchester’s second year as head coach.
Sophomore Reginald Charles stated that the most positive aspect of the season “was [them] becoming a team and playing together to win.” In addition, it was also their impressive overall home record of 4-1, with their only loss coming in their home opener, back in week two.
Charles mentioned that their impressive home record is due to “[their] fans cheering [them] on,” which gives them the added “confidence to play better.”
Their 4-1 record at home is a particularly important stat as the Tornadoes will play the annual Thanksgiving rivalry game at home, hosting Medford on November 24th. The Medford Mustangs are currently 3-7 and both teams will look to end their season on a high note.
As the Cheering season comes to an end, the cheerleaders have worked their very best.
According to Senior Gabriella Amisano, who is one of the four captains, says although this season had many ups and downs, the team has been working hard through it. Now that the season comes to an end, Amisano says preventing all the injuries is something she would have done differently. “[She wishes] [she] could have done more to prevent all the injuries that really threw [them] off track this season,” she says.
Amisano also says that this season, “there were a lot of challenges and [that they] were not able to overcome. [She thinks] [they] suffered a lot of injuries, and a lot of strong personalities on the team sometimes made practice hard, but when it came down to it, [they] worked hard at practice and always tried to be [their] best self on the mat and as this season proved it isn’t always enough, sometimes there are circumstances that you can’t overcome, but that didn’t stop [them] from trying extremely hard to make it work.”
Being one of the captains of the team comes with a lot of responsibility, and Amisano expresses that she loved being captain of the team. “It’s hard sometimes though because these are [her] friends but sometimes you have to ‘lay down the law’ because [they] need to get things done. Being captain makes [her] push myself that much harder because [she wants] [her] team to succeed and [she wants] to set a good example for the underclassmen,” she explains.
Senior Gianna Giuliano, who was also one of the captains this season, says this season went pretty well. “[They] had a strong start but [they] ran into a few things that created a big challenge that [they] got through throughout the season,” she says. She also expresses how working harder during the season to achieve their goals faster is something she would do differently. Giuliano’s biggest challenge this season for her is fracturing her ankle which she says was a huge setback for the team, “[the team] got through it and [they] learned a lot of new girls were willing to fill in [her] spot and work hard.” She also states that being captain for the team was amazing because she loved being a rolemodel for them.
Giuliano also explains how her overall experience with the sport was awesome and that she loves her team. She also says how she plans on trying out for a college team, to continue with the sport.
Senior Janae Rodriguez, who is also one of the four captains, explains that, “[they] had things that made parts of the season difficult for [them] with girls getting hurt throughout the season, but [they] pushed through it all no matter what.” She also says that this season, the main challenges were how many girls were getting injured. “Everyone on the team is talented. [They] overcame [the challenges] by with working with the girls [they] had left,” Rodriguez explains.
Rodriguez also explains how becoming captain for the team was an honor and her experience with it was great. She expresses that “[she] wouldn’t ask to cheer with any other team [her] senior year of high school.”
Rodriguez’s advice for others is “always try your hardest. Never give up on anything your heart desires! Just because you may not be as good as other girls doesn’t mean you can’t try… what matters is that you are giving it your absolute best! The most important thing to remember is to always have fun with it!”
Recently, the people I’m hanging around have gotten me into trouble. I enjoy being friends with them, but I don’t want to get in serious trouble again, what should I do?
From your pseudonym I can tell that you already know what you believe the right thing to do is but are “reluctant” to do it because sometimes doing what is right is less appealing than doing what you want. If the trouble you were getting into wasn’t serious than I would have recommended that you just say you have to leave whenever your friends are doing something you don’t agree with or something along the lines of that. However, since the trouble is serious than I suggest you think about your priorities. Is it your health, safety and protection? Is it also the health, safety and protection of your friends? If that is the case then think about the trouble and harm you could be causing yourself physically, mentally, in your health, or in your education if you continue to go along with what they are doing. Unfortunately, as much as we wish we had the ability to change others, we cannot. It is up to your friends if they want to change their lives for the better. But you, on the other hand, recognize that what they are doing is wrong, and have seen the trouble that it can cause. I know it is hard, especially in high school, to break away from a group of friends. However, depending on the danger you and your life could be in, I believe that it may be necessary. Measuring up to others expectations just to keep their approval is wrong because while you may have friends they will be untrue, and you will not feel satisfied with yourself because you are not living for yourself. I know its easy for me to sit here and type these words, because even if what I tell you is what you need to do, it will be a hundred times harder for you to act upon it than for me to write this. But high school is a fleeting moment in your life, and when you look back at it won’t you feel glad that you escaped a giant pitfall in your life and kept on a better path? I’m sorry that I can’t make the answers any easier, and I can’t satisfy you with an easy way out to ease your reluctance, but I can tell you the truth and confirm that your conscience is telling you the right things. Of course, if the situation gets even more dangerous for you then I’d suggest immediately contacting a counselor, which sounds like selling out your friends, but getting them and you help now is far better than continuing to spiral downward till you have no hope left of improving. Hope this helps you! Good Luck!
The boys cross country team began their season strong and finished it off with equal amounts of victory and potential.
Senior Jason Chan was not only proud of what the team accomplished, but also of “how far he [came]” compared to the commencement of his cross country career at Malden High School. Chan describes that one of his best meets of the season was the GBL, Greater Boston League, Closing meet. He says that he “felt so much joy crossing the finish line” and as a novice runner, he promised to challenge himself more in order to improve.
Chan met all of the goals he set for himself at the beginning of the cross country season. He describes that in the GBL Closing, he put all of his power into triumphing over the very runners who once defeated him thus he reached his main goals as a team member.
Although this was one of the major goals set for Chan, he had also established many more objectives for himself. One of them was to make the list of the team’s top three runners after facing defeat by three “very good” runners. He voiced that he “had a feeling” his goals would be reached if he employed the necessary hard work to his training and competitions. He expresses a sentiment told to him by cross country coach David Londino; “if [one] has the determination to do it, [they] can meet [their] goal”.
Overall, Chan expresses that he had “a pretty good season” compared to what his first meet in the GBL tournament, when he had no prior experience with long-distance running.
Junior team member Juan Buenrostro had similar additional thoughts regarding the conclusion of the boy’s cross country season. His personal record for this season was 5-1 for Malden. He placed first in five of the six races he ran in for the team. Although the sole meet he did not place first in was the GBL Opening, he did succeed in placing first in two out of three GBL races (against Somerville and Medford).
He describes that in a meet verse Everett he placed third. He had thought it “was supposed to be an easy win” so by the end, after falling behind, he had to “force it” in order to pass his fellow competitors. He gives credit to fellow team member, sophomore Ameen Anwar, for pushing him to place as high as he did during the meet.
Altogether, Buenrostro felt “not perfect or great, just good” about the season in its entirety. He says that given it was his first time running for the cross country team, he “ran his [hardest]…and tried really hard to make [his] coach happy”.
Contrarily Buenrostro admits that there are still areas as a team member that call for improvement. He says in one particular meet, Londino believed he could have ran the five miles in under seventeen minutes, despite the fact that it was his “first ever 5k race”. He ending up running the span in no less than eighteen minutes. He describes how this came as a disappointment considering his “perfect first mile”. He says Londino “didn’t deserve those results” especially after “all the training he gave [him] and the team”. Besides those few hitches, he says it “was a good season”.
In regards to personal goals, Buenrostro says he only had a couple for the season. He was proud that he was able to defeat a senior runner from Medford who previously outran him. He also says that as the season progressed, he was able to meet the remainder of his goals such as beating top runners from Somerville and “trying to stay with the best runner in the GBL in a race”.
Lastly, he talks about his favorite meet of the season, Malden verse Everett. He says that he “really made a difference in [this] race” and that this particular meet had very powerful impact on him. He describes how his Coach depended on him and his fellow teammates and top runners, Ameen Anwar, Kyle O’Brien, and Brian Tran Le to secure a win for Malden. He simply “was not going to let Everett win”. He says that the his favorite part of the race was “being the reason [they] won” as he placed third for Malden securing the team a hard-earned victory after an intense race.
To many who knew Josue “Danny” Daniel Quispe, this was a moment filled with unexplainable emotion. To those who were there to show support, it was a moment to remember to appreciate life and everything it has to offer.
Last year, Malden High School lost an amazing student. It came as a shock when the bright, happy, and hopeful Danny, was found washed ashore. The loss shook his family and many other people. But when one loses something, they also gain something. The first annual Danny’s Run, was held November 13th. This charity run was to commemorate Josue’s love for giving back to his community, so all proceeds went to St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital.
Before the run, everyone gathered for a word of prayer guided by Danny’s church pastor. Then with the help of Mrs. Quispe, the run began. Many students, and adults came to show support to his mother, father, and sister and carry on his memory. Danny was known for being part of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track team. That being said, the whole cross country team, along with coach David Londino, walked the course to show support.
After the run, people were happy, talking about running, and relaxing in the morning air. One of the things that stood out about Danny was his love for life. His father spoke about how the run really let Danny’s love for life live on by letting people do something in which they can love life. Londino gave a speech about how Danny was as a person and he said, “one of [his] vivid memories of Danny was during a practice, it was a rather nice day, the sun was out- it was a good day to run… and we’re doing a workout, and [he saw] Danny fly through a first lap… then a second… and [he says] ‘Danny, slow down. What’s the rush?’ and he looks at [him] and says ‘Coach it’s just a good day’ … and that’s what was great about Danny. He didn’t have a good day because of anything else… just that the day was nice.”
After a long and competitive season with ups and downs, the Malden High School’s girls soccer team said farewell to the seniors, as well as the season. With a record of 5-11-1 the girls played their senior game of the season on Wednesday October 26 against Medford. The girls all shared that they had mixed emotions, being sad at the results of the game but proud that they had given all they had.
Senior Natalie Rodriguez shared that one of her fellow teammates she will definitely miss on and off the field is sophomore Francesca Reyes. After 17 games, she still kept determination and along with everyone else, kept going until the very last minute. For Reyes, she felt “really nerve racking” right before their last game because the season as well as their last game, did not turn out how they had expected.
Underclassmen like Angela Tejada-Soliz and Reyes both shared that they already miss the season and can not wait for the season to start all over again next year.
One piece of advice senior captain Felicia Lombardi shared with Reyes before the game started, was “no matter what the outcome [was] of the game, [she] had to be confident and [that she has] potential. When asked what she would miss the most about the season, Reyes said “the seniors [because] a lot of the leadership would be lost, [however Reyes] know[s] that others will fill in their place.” Now that the season is over, the seniors are really missing the season more than ever. Senior Natalie Rodriguez stated “all [she] can say for the girls is to make every moment count because four years goes by so fast.” Senior Cleverina Cong along with Lombardi both added on, saying that “playing soccer has definitely been one of the most rewarding experiences in high school. The only advice [Cong wants to] leave [her] fellow athletes with is to embrace challenges [Lombardi] went further on by saying that “whether on the field or off it is important to continue to challenge yourself.”
Coach Rick Caceda, who has been coaching the girls soccer team for several years, will definitely miss the seniors a lot because he has been coaching a few of them since they were freshmen. Although he is excited to see what new talent the underclassmen will bring, he will always remember the memories and talent the senior girls have brought to the Malden High soccer program.
After almost four years of high school, I’ve come to realize a lot of different things that I should have done differently.
Everyone’s high school experience is different, and I realized that there are so many different factors that change the way we experience high school, but there is one thing that is crucial to a painless (or maybe less painful in some cases) high school experience: self-care. It is important to care not only about surface things like your grades and your friends and your relationships, but that doesn’t mean the importance of your mental health should be compromised just because you need to raise an 89 to a 90. It is also important to realize that your GPA doesn’t define your worth, and that the education system isn’t designed in a way that will work out for every single student.
Ever since I was young, I struggled with academics and focusing on creating a good work-ethic. I never consistently earned bad grades (I was a straight-A student up until high school), but when high school rolled around it literally knocked me right to the ground. Not to be dramatic, but high school didn’t just slap me in the face and provide me with endless wake-up calls, but it broke every bone in my body. I am fully aware that I am partially responsible for this; my work-ethic is not the best, I could procrastinate for six years straight, and I have the attention span of a slice of bread.
My grades weren’t necessarily bad, but my days of being a consistent straight-A student are in the past as of now. I’ve always known that getting good grades required a lot more effort and hours than it would for most of my peers, but when I got to high school my motivation to put in that same amount of effort wasn’t entirely there anymore. I think every high school student has felt defeated at at least one point of their high school career, and sometimes we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We all cope in different ways and sometimes we are able to find ways to motivate ourselves to keep going, but this isn’t always the reality for some people. Our education system, like I said before, wasn’t designed to fit everyone’s needs and ways of life, but that doesn’t mean it is the end of the world. I’m sure those few times I’d completely given up all hope of earning an A in a class would have not happened if I hadn’t let stress and anxiety build up and pushed my mental health aside in order to please my parents and my teachers. Not taking better care of myself over the last few years of high school is the one thing that I’m 110% sure that I regret. I’m sure almost every student can relate to putting their health, even physical health, on the back burner because they didn’t want to disappoint other people.
Allowing yourself to not have a mental break down by the end of the week is not selfish. Every day, I usually hear the majority of my friends tell me that they are tired in every way possible because of school. School is intense and tiring and of course it is rewarding in the end when you walk across the stage at graduation, but are the grades really worth your own health? I personally feel that the grades mean nothing if you aren’t okay. Many of us know firsthand how it feels for people around you, whether it was with negative intentions or positive intentions, tell you to ignore how you feel just for the sake of education. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “suck it up,” “you have x amount of years left until college,” “you’re being a baby about everything,” etc. in the last four years. There is not only stigma associated mental illness, but there is also a lot of misunderstanding around taking care of your mental health and avoiding the development of mental illness if it is possible.
From what I’ve witnessed in my four years of high school, so many people whose traditional cultures and religions are more prominent in their everyday lives that struggle with mental illness are less likely to feel the need to investigate their mental health with their doctor and talk about it with their families. In many cultures and religions, mental health is practically a myth. Mental health, to a lot of people, is something that many people can’t understand because it is not talked about or recognized in their culture. I know so many people who have told me that they have been told by adults at home that their poor mental health “is inside [their heads]” and that “God can heal” the way they are feeling if they focus on their faith. With all due respect to other cultures and the importance of religion to some people, I do believe that if the facts and science are there, then why is it so hard for people to accept that?
Mental illnesses are usually due to chemical imbalances within the brain. There is endless scientific research and discoveries to prove that mental illnesses exist and that they can become just as life threatening as physical illnesses. If the majority of society knows that illnesses like cancer can’t be treated through cultural/religious practices, then why can’t we make the same exception for mental illness? I wish I had the answer to this question, and I don’t think I will ever be able to view an answer to this question as acceptable.
Regardless of the circumstances in you life and what the people you are surrounded by tell you, take it from me: the grades on a report card aren’t even comparable to your worth as a individual and a human being.
Election season has come to an end and although majority of the countries’ attention has been focused in on the presidential election this past month, four ballot questions have been decided on and most of the them will take action on January, 1. 2017. Here are the results.
Question 1, which discussed the expansion and creation of Slot Machine Gaming, would allow the state Gaming Commissions to permit operation of a gaming establishment with no more than 1,250 slot machines with restriction on table games, as stated by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As recorded by the Boston Globe, the outcome of the popular vote was 60.7% or 1,896,982 voting no. This meaning there will be no change to the current law regarding slot machines which is that the state of Massachusetts permits up to three casinos and one slots only casino in the state, as stated on Malden Gaming Commissions law.
Question 2, which discussed the expansion of charter schools, would allow the state Board of Elementary and Secondary education to allow twelve new charter schools or enrollment expansion in existing charter schools each year. The approval of this proposal would expand statewide charter school enrollment by up to 1% of the total statewide public school enrollment each year. However these charter schools would be subject to the same approval standards and be subjected to annual performance reviews according to standards established by the Board, as stated by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts . This would take effect on January, 1. 2017 if passed. The outcome of the popular vote, as recorded by the Boston Globe, stated that 62.1% or 2,004,932 votes voted negative on this proposal. This meaning there will be no change to the current law being that there can be no more than 120 charter schools in the state are allowed to operate and there are currently 78, as stated on WBUR 90.9.
Question 3, which discussed the improvement of animal confinement, would prohibit a farm owner or operator from knowingly confining any breeding pig, calf, raised veal, or egg laying hen in a way that prevents the animal from lying down, standing up and fully extending its limbs or from free movement. This proposal would exempt sales or food products that combine veal or pork with other products. The outcome of the popular vote, as recorded by the Boston Globe, stated that 77.7% or 2,502,676 votes voted yes. This meaning that the proposal will prohibit any confinement of pigs, calves and hens that prevent them from having free movement on January, 1, 2022.
Question 4, which discussed the legalization of Marijuana, would permit the possession, use, distribution and cultivation of Marijuana in limited amounts by persons age 21 and older and would remove criminal penalties for such activities, as stated by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This authorizes persons at least 21 years old to possess up to ten ounces of Marijuana inside their residences and grow up to six marijuana plants in their residences. However the proceeds of retail sales of Marijuana would be subject to a state sales tax and an additional excise tax of 3.75%. This would not apply to existing law regarding medical marijuana treatment centers or operation of motor vehicles while under the influence. The outcome of the popular vote, 53.6% or 1,745,945 votes, voted yes. This will allows persons 21 years and older to possess, use and transfer marijuana and cultivate marijuana in limited amounts and provide necessary tax on December 15, 2017.
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A question that’s been asked by many people of all ages is: “Should the voting age be lowered?” Right now, you can vote at the age of 18, but there are debates and campaigns on lowering that age to 16. In 1971, the United States the validated the 26th amendment, which prohibits the states and the federal government from using age as a reason for denying the right to vote to citizens for the United States who are at least eighteen years old. People want to acknowledge this rule, but include it for 16 year olds.
There are plenty of pros to letting 16 year olds vote. Letting this happen means more votes and more voices being heard, resulting in it becoming more democratic. The voter turnout would most likely increase. The voter turnout in the United States is currently 50-60 percent. Including two more years worth of voters would most likely boost that percentage at least 10%.
The youth of America pay taxes and live under the laws, so why shouldn’t they be allowed to vote? Youth pay taxes through sales taxes from things like clothes and food. Most high schoolers, about 80% of them, work before they graduate high school, meaning that they pay taxes before receiving their paycheck. If these high schoolers are doing the same things adults are doing, why aren’t they allowed to vote like these adults?
18 years old is such a hard age for teens. At they age they are rightfully called “independent” and start doing things like leaving home, going to college, and going away to look for work. They’re busy and have plenty going on there lives that don’t have to do with politics or local issues. At 16, students are still well into school and have a great appreciation for local issues, and would be more focused on it.
Some adults do things that aren’t considered smart, like drinking alcohol or overdosing drugs or not paying their taxes, and other things. Even though there are some teens that do that, there are actually a lot of smart kids on top of their class or doing well in school that deserve to vote more than those adults who are misinformed and uneducated and are making bad choices. Why shouldn’t these smart teens be allowed to vote over these adults that shouldn’t be allowed to vote, just because of their age?
Even though there are plenty of reasons why 16 year olds should be allowed to vote, there are also plenty of reasons why they shouldn’t. Younger people tend to be easily persuaded. Due to lack of experience, they could be easily manipulated by someone supporting a bad campaign, and these teens could believe these supporters because they don’t know the real backstory or understand the candidate’s history. They also might not be mature enough.
Some teens are informed, but others aren’t. The ones that aren’t have not been exposed to the real world experience in the same way that adults have, and might not really know about the government until they learn about it later on in school. This is why it would be a bad idea to have younger teens vote, because they might not actually understand what they’re voting for.
There are many people in the world that have different opinions on this topic, so I asked some Malden High School students how they felt about it. Angelina Schorr is a freshman at Malden High. She thinks that lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 wouldn’t do much because she knows many young people aren’t really involved in politics so they would decide not to vote. 16 is a little too young, some 16 year olds are still sophomores in high school; they probably don’t know how to vote correctly or what makes a candidate a good or bad candidate. When asked if she would vote at 16 if she were able to, she said she probably wouldn’t because she doesn’t like to get involved in politics too much because she’s not so great at understanding it and what makes a candidate ideal.
Julia Argueta is another freshman at Malden High. She personally believes that the youth have a lot more to say about politics than people think. Many want to have their voices heard and not just stand by while other people vote for their future.
“Yes, 16 is a young age, and some may think that their voice may be childish and uneducated, but it’s worth a shot,” Argueta stated. When asked if she would vote at 16 if she had the ability to, she explain that “yes [she] would vote at 16,” asking, “why not fulfill [her] responsibilities as a citizen and take part in who will run the country in which [she] live[s] in.”
Rebecca Corcoran is a teacher at Malden High. She provided us with her perspective as an adult that would be seeing 16 year olds vote, and she actually would love to see that happen. She thinks it’s a great idea. “The old saying that teens don’t care about politics is dead,” she stated. She said that with the media and social media teens are actually learning and are caught up with what is going in the election and with candidates because about politics is all over the internet. She believes that 16 year olds voting would be a great way to represent the population.
There are people all over the country and in our very own school that think lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 is a good idea. There are also people that think it’s a bad idea. Either way, this is still an issue discussed every day somewhere around the country. We don’t know if there is going to be a bigger outburst about this notion, or if it will keep quiet, but we will find out sooner or later.
Malden High School Key Club is a student-run club that contributes locally and to the Greater Boston Area by helping out in events. These events include walks were they cheer the participants on and help them get through it, volunteering at the senior center, and working with Title One at the middle schools in Malden. The club works closely with the Chinese Culture Connection as well.
Senior Nicholas Luong, junior Cindy Siu, and senior Lynn Nguyen have all been part of the club since their freshman year. All members of the club joined because they thought it was a great way to be involved in their community and do something instead of sit at home and do nothing. Luong, who is the president of the club, stated that he joined “because of [his] two cousins who are Malden High School graduates. They said it was a great way to spend free time.”
Nguyen, who is the treasurer, joined as well because of her sister and people from her church. “They told [her] that it was really fun, a great way to make new friends, and it looks good on college resumes which is a plus,” she stated. Siu, the historian, joined for the same reasons too.
The Key Club has influenced and impacted the students in a positive light. Luong stated that, “[he] has grown as a person. Before, [he] was a scared freshman who didn’t want to do anything.” Then, through the club, he made a lot of friends and eventually became the leader of the club.
For Nguyen, the club influenced her to start volunteering more, and getting more involved with her community instead of doing nothing and “staying home and being boring,” Nguyen said.
What all three officers enjoy about the club is that “it’s very independent,” Luong says. He likes how, “it’s not as strict as other volunteer clubs like the YMCA Leadership Club where you need a certain number of hours to stay a member. You show up on your own time and volunteer on a schedule that’s best for you.”
Luong tries to keep an environment that’s free-flowing. Siu enjoys how fun the club is and the enthusiasm the members share. Nguyen likes that, “it gives you a chance to explore what you like, and if you enjoy community service.”
The advisor of the club is Melissa Macey, an English teacher at Malden High School. She’s been the advisor for three years. Her role as advisor is to make sure that the club has events, that there is communication between the club members and the officers, that they are fulfilling their mission statement, getting signatures that are needed for certain events, and making sure the club acts in a mature and responsible manner. All in all, she is here to guide the club and is more behind the scenes.
She thinks the club has become really successful throughout Malden and with certain organizations. They are known to be very reliable, and accommodating. The students are very mature too. She finds that a real testament to not only the students of the club but the Malden High School as a whole.
Malden High school is the most diverse school in the state of Massachusetts. The students and faculty pride themselves in being exposed and extremely acceptant to cultures of all kinds. With that being said, back in October, a student wearing a headwrap, a cultural tradition in her family, was told that she was not allowed to wear her headwrap.
The student wore her headwrap, and was told by a faculty member that she was not to wear it, or she would face suspension. Naturally, in a school that prides itself in being culturally diverse, this caused some outrage among the students, which led to a group of girls organizing a protest in which they all wore their head wraps to school, proudly representing their culture.
Around the halls of Malden High, dozens of girls were seen wearing their headwraps. Many of the girls’ parents were called and informed that their daughters were not following dress code. The school handbook strictly states that head wraps may not be worn except for religious purposes, which in the eyes of the stated administrator, was not the case for these girls.
When asked, Malden High student Birukti Tsige gave some insight. “Head wraps have been a style worn by many black girls for generations,” she stated, “In Malden High, most teachers don’t say anything because they understand that it has a meaning. It’s not a cap or a hat; it’s more than that. But one day, a group of girls came to school wearing a full head wrap and were told to take it off or face suspension.”
MHS principal, Ted Lombardi was a key part in this change. He stated that “[f]rom the moment they came in to talk to [him that he] thought this was a great opportunity to make a positive change. To [him], this was an area of the dress code that was unaddressed, so the chance was there for [them] to work together as a school community to make the change [they] saw fit. Ultimately [they] offered supports to the girls but they really did the work themselves and left everybody at the school committee meeting in awe of what thoughtful, intelligent students [there are] at Malden High.”
After being advised to address the School Committee, Ruthie Bilmo, Birukti Tsige, and Cedrina Missamou gathered to speak to the School Committee and the Superintendent. Tsige stated that “[they] were a little nervous but this was very important to [them] and [they] weren’t backing down.” She continued to state her amazement at how quickly the School Committee changed the rule, which happened right in front of them, rather than months later, as the girls had expected.
The girls’ accomplishment made it to Wicked Local, WCVB, and other local news channels. Tsige said addressing the School Committee and seeing the rule changed was an incredible experience for her, and that she truly felt what it was like to make a change. Students are now allowed to wear headwraps in Malden High because these students decided to take a stand.
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The Comedy Club is a new club offered here at Malden High. This club is run by Beth Horwitz, a business and technology teacher. Horwitz was approached by sophomores Zaina Abdalla and Comfort Acheampong. When Abdalla and Acheampong were looking for an advisor they asked Mary Ann Seager and she recommended Horwitz saying that she would be perfect for it. She agreed to be a part of it because she thinks “it’s an interesting concept for a club and thought students would enjoy it.”
When asked what the club meetings will consist of they said that that was still up the air. They do not want to have a plan and have the members dislike it. The first meeting is going to be an open forum because of that. There they will be able to develop what they actually want the club to be and be able to see how the members bond.
Horwitz is confident that the club is going to attract a lot of members, although she acknowledges that it will be hard to tell until the first meeting. She feels as if “there are a lot of comedians in the school and here they will have a real platform for it.”
The co founders Abdalla and Acheampong completely agreed with this statement and said that their goal in the end is to make people laugh. The idea for the club was “originally just an idea [they] didn’t think [they’d] follow through on but as [they] kept talking about it [they] realized that [they] would actually really enjoy making the club.” They then wrote the proposal for principal Ted Lombardi, and when he agreed they began to plan and advertise it. They have posters around the school and Horwitz is going to advertise it during her classes.
When asked about what people they hope join they mentioned that they hope entertaining people will as well as people who would like to be in the background. Since this club’s goal is to make people laugh anyone who would be interested in that in any capacity would be welcome.
The club had big plans coming up including doing a comedy skit during JV’s, bringing local stand up comedians to meetings, and hosting an open mic night.
If you are interested in joining the club the first meeting is on November 30th in H304.
BY NEDEN BERNADIN & NICK POWERS
On November 26th, the City of Malden showcased the 13th Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions. Following the parade was the traditional Christmas Tree lighting by Mayor Gary Christenson located near the Malden Public Library. Participants of the parade started walking from the Salemwood School to the Malden Teen Enrichment Center. Residents were invited inside MTEC for coffee and hot chocolate provided by Dunkin Donuts. Children were also offered the opportunity to write letters to Santa Claus.
Participants of the parade were the Malden Fire and Police Department, Elective Officials, Piantedosi Baking Co., Ward 7 Association, Malden Golden Tornadoes Marching Band, Gentle Dental, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Postal Office, Aleppo Shrine Unit, US Submarine unit, Darcy´s Dance Company, Paula Terenzi’s Dance Complex, Mystic River Rugby Club, Malden Institute of Korean Karate, etc.
This year, each school in the district had to create a float and presentation to the theme of ¨ Moving Malden Forward¨. The prize was a cash reward of 350 dollars to the school´s art department. Residents had the opportunity to cast their vote via smartphone. The winner was the Linden STEAM Academy with their motto of teamwork.
Joe Piantedosi from Piantedosi Baking Co. and Steve Kaloyanides of New England Coffee were chosen as this year’s Grand Marshals.
Check out the rest of the photos from the parade here.
BY SYDNEY STUMPF & SABRINA MONTEIRO
The fall musical Godspell, performed by Malden High School’s Play Production class, was first created and directed by John-Michael Tebelak, who also wrote a book based on the musical. The music and new lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz. The musical’s first performance was in 1970 and was performed off-broadway on May 17th, 1971.
Godspell was presented at the high school by students in grades 10th-12th. It was performed in the Jenkins auditorium for three days. From Thursday, November 17th – Saturday, November 19th. The play was based off the teachings of God and some events that occurred in the play were from the Bible itself. The characters were dressed in all different types of clothing. Some were dressed as hipster, some geeky and some chic. The characters learned to forgive and love their enemies, even if they’ve said or done the most horrible things. It brought real emotion to not only the actors, but to the audience as well. Plenty of jokes and lots of singing & dancing helped to bring the story to life.
Miranda Libkin, an English teacher here at Malden High, co-directed with Sean Walsh and did the choreography of Godspell. They perform musicals in the fall, a student written show in the winter and then another play in the spring. Libkin [says] she “enjoys musical theatre because it involves collaboration with tons of different people and ‘Godspell’ is a very good example of that.” This is Libkin’s first year officially teaching in Play Pro but for the past three years she’s been unofficially participating in the productions. After Godspell was performed on Thursday for the first time, Libkin thinks it was very successful, with a really good crowd and went really smoothly. Libkin says, “it’s a show that’s about love and community and respect. [She thinks] it’s hitting [her] and the students, the audience made it a wonderful experience.” Libkin loves being apart of Play Pro and her background is in theatre, which is what she did before becoming a teacher. Libkin also says, “it’s apart of [her] life and it’s apart of who [she is]. Now getting to inspire [the] students just makes [her] very happy.”
Head of Tech Department, Allen Phelps, described the first performance a “testament to the hard work that many of the new students have put in.” Phelps says that this year’s group of students has been “one of the most hardworking” in the years since Phelps and Sean Walsh began collaborating. A problem with the stage and set as a whole is that the “space is not meant for theatre.” Phelps notes the difficulty of creating an effective lighting design because the only place to hang lights is the balcony. Lighting is also something that can be difficult. “[Thursday] [there were] 300 people,” but the amount of people in the auditorium affects the sound and how it is carried throughout. Besides tech-aspects of the performance, Phelps notes that Thursday was the third time that the cast sang with the band. Singing with the band is an “adjustment,” says Phelps. The whole message of the musical was about community, and that attracted church organizations and other community members in Malden. Godspell, cites Phelps, “is usually done with 12 people and a much bigger setting”. Godspell, performed with many more than 12 people, it obviously larger cast-wise, though the set is smaller.
Sean Walsh, an English teacher at the MHS, is the producer/director where he works on a variety of things like publicity, tickets, finances, making sure the music director, band director, the choreographer and the tech director are all on the “same page.” The musical Godspell is the 7th musical the Play Pro team has done together. It is Walsh’s 11th year being apart of Play Pro and has enjoyed every year and how it’s different. Walsh notes that the “large class this year, [and] relatively new students and are enthusiastically taking new opportunities.” Walsh wants to “encourage people who are self starters, risk takers, people who are able to manage their schedules, to join Play Pro and anyone else interested in costume, lights, set, singing, acting or dancing.”
Todd Cole, a music teacher here at MHS, worked on coaching the students when singing, specifically if singing solo. Normally, Cole would direct the music however this year decided to leave it up to Erin O’brien Mazza, MHS band director. Cole says that “this [was] the first show [he’s] ever gotten to stand back and watch it happen because [he’s] usually in the pit conducting the music so [he doesn’t] usually enjoy the performances.” Cole has been here for 14 years and has done seven musicals with Sean Walsh. Some of the musicals from the previous years include Blood Brothers, Shrek, Oklahoma, Working and much more. They love to work on a variety of different types of musicals and Cole doesn’t have a favorite but that Shrek was probably the hardest one. Godspell was successful in Cole’s opinion because for this particular play he says, “it’s a musical you can do on a really small scale, you can get just 10 people or have really talented singers and less talented singers and still pull it off. Watching last night’s show they definitely bumped the bar off on Godspell, when you saw it, you saw what Godspell can really be if you really put a lot into it.”
BY CHRISTINA APPIGNANI & MICHELLE YIN
During the week of Thanksgiving, Malden High hosted its annual spirit week, in which students and staff participate by wearing outfits that correlate with the day’s theme. Monday was Pajama Day, Tuesday was Wacky Tacky Day and Wednesday was Blue and Gold day. Wednesday was also the day of the annual Pep Rally, in which the entire school gathers in the gym to support the football team in their yearly Thanksgiving game against Medford and where spirit teams representing each individual class compete against each other.
Spirit Week encourages students and staff all around the school to show their Malden pride. Each of the four classes participates in Spirit Week, and tallies are counted by members of National Honors Society to determine how many people from each class dressed up for each particular day. This year, the seniors won both Pajama Day and Blue and Gold Day, and the juniors won Wacky Tacky Day.
On Wednesday, the Pep Rally kicked off with the MHS chorus performing a rendition of the “The Star- Spangled Banner.” The MHS Step Team as well as the cheerleading team also performed for the crowd before the competitions began. Some of the competitions between the spirit teams included the human pyramid, pull-ups, tug-of-war, up-and-over and free throws. Each class’s spirit team competed to earn the most points. Each class also created a banner to support the football team that added to their overall points. In the end, the seniors won first place, with the juniors in second, sophomores in third and freshmen in fourth.
The class advisors were very engaged in spirit week, as they helped their particular class create the banner, encouraged them to dress up for each day and coached the spirit team prior to and during the pep rally. Class of 2019 advisor Rebecca Corcoran believes that spirit week is important to participate in because “it creates a positive school environment and community amongst the grades. It gets students involved who wouldn’t normally get involved in school activities.”
Class of 2020 advisor Caitlin Quinn mentions that “there are so many great things going on at [MHS] and students and staff work so hard throughout the year, and it’s nice to have this time to just stop, think about them and realize how spirited MHS really is. [The school] has a lot of pride, and taking the time to represent ourselves and giving our sports teams and clubs recognition is a great way to show [their] pride.”
Class of 2018 advisor Kate Haskell thinks that “spirit week is a really fun week for the school to get through a difficult time in the year. [She] thinks there are a lot of factors that contribute to the success of Malden High, and [she] believes an important factor is the sense of community within the school, and spirit week helps to amplify that. It really helps unify students and staff and gives people a reason to be excited to come to school.”
“The three most destructive words that every man receives when he is a boy is ‘Be a Man.’”
– Joe Ehrmann, Coach & former NFL player
“No homo.” “Man up.” “Stop acting like a girl.” “Men don’t cry.”
These phrases and many others are constantly repeated to boys in our society, and this culture is damaging. Boys are told from a young age to “be a man” because acting anything less than that will cause boys to be viewed as inferior.
Gender stereotypes are toxic towards both genders, but while it is acceptable for women to cry and express their emotions, men are told to “bottle it up” and this isn’t particularly healthy for them. Often men from a young age are told that if they cry, they will be seen as weak or feeble. For as long as I could remember, I have never seen my dad cry once. Upon asking him, he told me that he has only cried twice in his adult life.
Our society also teaches this generation of boys that their manliness is determined on whether they play or show interest in sports, but what about the boys who like to sing or dance? Why are the more athletic boys considered more of a man than someone who wants to pursue a living in theatre? Since the beginning of time, we have been teaching boys that it’s more important if you are able to tackle someone than if you are able to perform on a stage, when that isn’t particularly the case.
In addition, our society teaches boys that aggression is the only valid emotion they have. The phrase “boys will be boys” is one of the most worn-out and overused phrases I have probably heard in my life. It has been very common for when a young male child is being mean to another young female or being aggressive toward her, it means that the boy ‘likes’ her. This is toxic because from a young age, we are already allowing abuse in a relationship. We are telling girls that it’s okay that a boy is acting this way toward them because he clearly likes you, so girls should be flattered. We are also telling boys that it’s fine if they act this way because this is the way they are supposed to show affection.
This matters because men should be able to portray how they are feeling without feeling like they are putting their masculinity in jeopardy. Like everybody else, men are human. They should be allowed to feel emotions other than anger. What our society teaches boys isn’t healthy. The idea to bottle their emotions is harmful in the sense that they have to be aware of your emotions and let them show. If you are just a ticking time bomb emotionally, something is going to happen. You’re going to explode. This explosion not only will affect you, but it will affect the people around you as well.
All in all, toxic masculinity is a real danger to boys. Not only does it affect the men in our society, it affects women as well. Instead of teaching or boys to hide and keep their emotions to themselves, and don’t let anything show, we should be allowing them to express themselves in healthy ways.
After a long time, J.K. Rowling finally showcased her Harry Potter prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, on November 18th. Wizards, witches, and muggles teleported, went by floo powder, or walked in to their nearest movie theatre to follow Newt Scamander’s adventures in the unknown land of 1926 New York, with his briefcase and pocket Bowtruckle. Muggles are now “no-majs” (non-magical people) the Ministry of Magic is now “MCUSA” (Magical Congress of the United States of America), and Hogwarts is now “Ilvermorny.” Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a delightful prequel to the Harry Potter world, initially being a book Harry Potter had read from the library at Hogwarts written by the main character of the films.
Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, has a very soft spoken and shy personality considering he chases down magical beasts for a living, though it’s clear he’s just like any crazy animal lover. You will woo over his nurturing actions, laugh at his sarcasm, and find yourself immersed in a different world. There is also an ex-auror (highly trained magical officers), a ligament (can delve into people’s minds), a no-maj who only wanted to own a bakery, and an adopted child who has to hide his magical abilities from his adoptive anti-magic mother. Of course, there are beasts, creatures, and a suitcase that can fit entire communities of animals as well.
The film also showcases a forbidden love between a witch and a no-maj, how people can effectively help kids of abuse, and the long list of things that need to be done to take care of thousands of magical creatures that live inside a suitcase. The care given to every detail, and the plot that flows evenly without inconsistencies add the “magical-ness” that I hoped would return one day.
Unlike the Harry Potter films, all the characters are adults, however the film was just as relatable as the previous films. To those who have read “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, the play about Harry Potter’s children, and are familiar to the world of Harry Potter, the film settles it once and for all; J.K. Rowling’s universe is complex, filled with a history, and wizards and witches who did great things. I found myself exposed to something completely different from Harry Potter, and I am still completely in love with Rowling’s work.
David Yates, the director of both the Harry Potter movies and the Fantastic Beasts movies, is planning to create another magical series out of the current installment. There will be eight movies for Fantastic Beasts, the next film yet to be announced.
With a 76% rotten tomatoes, and a box office of $132 million globally, the film is fun, exciting, and capturing to the world. Anyone who hasn’t yet entered the magical community can enjoy the film, while the rest of fandom can fangirl their hearts out once again about the interesting lives of magical people. This is one fantasy movie that will remind you that you don’t have to be a wizard to live a magical life.
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