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Malden High School's Official Newspaper

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    With the new season just beginning, the gymnastics team really seem eager to start off the new year. The team is excited to be starting off the season with new equipment and more space to be working with.

    Melissa Macey is the new gymnastics coach and also an english teacher here at MHS. Macey explained that she thinks this season is so far going “really well.” [She] added that “The kids are learning skills really quickly and are all willing to try new things.” Macey is generally excited for this season, seeing how this is her first year as a coach and did gymnastics for fourteen year’s growing up. Macey is excited to see the skills and abilities they have, seeing how well the students are adjusting to their routines, competing, and to “really get there feet wet.”

    The team’s strength is how confident the students are and how they collaborate with one another. However, the team consists many new athletes that have joined this year and aren’t experienced in the sport. When asked what influenced her to be a gymnastics coach, Macey responded by saying that “was hard to turn down the opportunity when it was presented to her.”

    Gymnastics Team Stretching Together. Photo by Josandy Jeune

    Ereeka Metellus, a senior here at Malden High and has been doing gymnastics since her freshmen year in high school.  Metellus says the goal for this season is to “Progress from last year and learn something new.” Metellus says “[she is] also excited to be competing this year, especially because it is her last year.”

    Gigi Lantiani, a junior at MHS has been doing tumbling, which is a form of gymnastics since she was two years old but has been doing actual gymnastics for three years. Lantiani believes this season is going to be successful due to all the new equipment and also because ‘[they] have new coaches too which is really good” As a goal for the season Lantini stated that “it’s all about teamwork and how the team interacts with each other and not about whether or not [they] win or lose as long as [you’re] trying [you’re] hardest. Lantiani is excited to be using the new floors and seeing some improvements from last season.

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  • 12/09/16--11:11: Library Updates
  • New Library Policy

    There is a new library policy here at Malden High. Now, instead of just being able to go to the library, a pass will be needed to come in. This pass can be acquired from the librarian, Mary Liberge, in the morning before or during homeroom. This is going to be enforced by the library now locking its doors ten minutes after a period starts. Also, if students have to go the library for chromebook help during a class they will be expected to bring a pass with them to show Liberge.

    Liberge explains the positives of this new sign in policy by saying that now “both direct study teachers will know where students are going and can now help to limit the amount of people allowed in the library.” Before this policy, there were times when over 60 people were in the library which made it distracting for people who had actually gone to the library to get work done. Now that there’s more control into who can come into the library the limit of people allowed was changed to 35. Now that space is more limited, Liberge states that “more students will come to the library to get work done and have a safe environment to do that”.

    Malden Public Library Book Sale

    On Wednesday December 14th, there is going to be a mini book sale at the Malden Public Library. Books can be purchased for either the regular book sale price or can bought by a bagful for $5. The library has an annual book sale in October with the same deals but with a higher variety of books. However, there are still many books available to purchase and it’s an easy way to find some books to read for the upcoming winter break or even to gift as a Christmas present.

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  • 12/09/16--11:11: City Council Meeting 12/6
  • On Tuesday, December 6,  the City Council met at the Senior Center in Malden. Prior to the Council meeting, the Waterfront Access Committee, Rules and Ordinance Committee, Finance Committee all met to discuss varying occurrences around the city.

    The meeting began with a recess, due to technical difficulties, which hindered the meeting from being televised. The Council granted a Malden woman permission to sell Christmas trees from December 7 to the 25. Multiple local businesses were requesting permission to extend their hours, to which the Council referred them to license. Similar to previous meetings, the councillors discussed construction and construction budgets around the city, as well as the Moratorium Committee created a while back.

    The technical difficulties were resolved just in time for the councillors to tell Malden that Santa Clause is coming to town. It was announced that Santa will be in the Pine Banks park, as well as Ward 7 in the upcoming weekends.

    The Rules and Ordinances Committee, which includes Councillors Spadafora, DeMaria, Crow, O’Malley, and Kinnon, met to discuss and amendment to sections 8.35 through 8.38, which refer to non-union salary schedules. The Finance Committee then met to discuss the following:

    • “Funds be transferred to departmental budget to fund a 2% increase in certain non-union salaries.”
    • “That $41,899 be transferred from revenue reserve to mayor’s office salaries.”
    • “That $37,352 be transferred from revenue reserve to police salaries.”
    • “That $14,000 be transferred from permits, inspections and planning salaries to permits, inspections and planning professional services.
    • “That $24,549 be transferred from police salaries to public facilities salaries.”

    (All information can be found under the details of each Committee meeting on cityofmalden.org)

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  • 12/09/16--11:12: Swim: Start of the Season

    As the season for swim dives into action, the excitement is palpable among all swimmers and newcomers. Tryouts have been held and the season is starting with practices every day after school.

    The stakes are high this season with swimmers eager to maintain their Greater Boston League title as it is their last GBL and are moving to the Northeastern Conference. Over the years, the swim team has grown in size since their 6-0 track record from last year. On top of succeeding as a whole, individuals have broken personal records as well.

    Goals for this year have been made and members are seeking to accomplish them over the swim season. Captain Felicia Lombardi says that she hopes “to teach new members that they should never give up and always challenge themselves because swimming is not an easy sport, but it is not an impossible sport either. If they believe they can do it, then they will do it”. Her personal goals include honoring her captaincy by striving to become “more of a leader this year”.

    Joanne Ho, who is a sophomore at MHS in her second year swimming, last year’s goal was to “grow close enough to the team to call them [her] second family” and this year has made a goal to become more active in the swim team by “going to states and more events” says Ho.

    Overall, returning members like sophomore Agatha Silva, hopes newcomer “bring good swim times,” Sophomore Joanne Ho hopes for “more diversity among the team” and Sebastian Romani, also a sophomore, hopes that new members bring “a new flavor” to the team. Contributing to “the close knit family” is also important to Ho who has grown very close to the swim team.

    Last year, Ho credits the team’s incredible success to “the support given to each other since there was a lot of of newcomers competing and no matter who you were, the whole swim team would be cheering for you,” as well as the amount of “great ambitious swimmers” helping them remain undefeated and positive throughout the season.

    However this year, as many former alumni members like Ryan Luu, Alexandra Lombardi, Matthew Perry, Samantha Forestier and previous captains Stephen LaFauci, Austin Giang, and Lucia Quesada Nylen with great swimming experience, have graduated new difficulties have arisen especially as the team progresses to the NEC. Captain Lombardi hopes to remain “undefeated, and hopefully win the GBL for the last time.”

    The team remains positive due to the new swimmers who have joined the team. Freshmen Haoxi Wang and Angelina Shorr have swimming experience outside of school and hold deep passion for the sport. Shorr details her personal goals hoping to acquire confidence, time management skills, and become a better competitive swimmer by gaining endurance and speed. They both look forward to doing swim because of the importance of being a part of something they can enjoy.

    Overall, both new and returning swimmers are excited to embrace the new season, try their hardest, and make the most out of this team experience.

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    This winter, the Malden High School boys basketball team will play their final season in the Greater Boston League (GBL).  After the winter season concludes, MHS will be moving conferences to the Northeastern Conference (NEC). With this season being their last in the GBL, the boys hope to have a successful season and leave the conference on a high note.

    Last season, the team finished the with an overall record of 8-11, unfortunately missing the playoffs. Finishing above .500 and making the state tournament as well as hosting a playoff game  is one of the major goals the team has heading into the season. After losing key senior players from last year, the varsity team has many newcomers that hope to takeover from the Alumni.

    Junior Malik Bissett shooting a jump shot during practice. Photo by Abhishek Rana

    One of the newcomers to the team is junior Malik Bissett who plays power forward or center. Bisset recently transferred to MHS from Chelsea High School and praised his current team. When asked about his new team, he mentioned that all of his teammates “[work] hard,” and are “focused on setting goals for themselves,” without “getting distracted by drama.”

    Another newcomer to the team is a sophomore point guard, Robens Garcia. As a freshman, Garcia played in the junior varsity and the freshmen team, and this season will be his first as a varsity player. When asked about this, Garcia responded by saying that “[he is] looking forward to a great experience,” as well as “the challenges that come with being a varsity player.”

    The team will tip-off their season on December 13th, hosting the Tewksbury Memorial Redmen at the MHS Finn Gym. To get ready for the upcoming season, the team has already played in a few scrimmage games and tested their skills. Two of the scrimmage games came against Quincy and Catholic Memorial on December 3rd.

    Junior Marlon Cook shooting a layup. Photo by Abhishek Rana

    When asked about what he noticed during their scrimmages, Bisset mentioned that “[they] have to continue working on [their] ball movement,” as well as “causing a lot fewer turnovers.” According to the Head Coach Don Nally, although they have had very few practices together “[the team played] really well together” during the scrimmages. He also observed that “the team needs to improve on offense and continue to move off ball and run set plays.”

    Nally described this year’s team as a ”battle tested” one because the team also has a lot of returning players such as senior captains Nathaniel Ilebode and Bernard Taylor. He also expects his new players to not “be too nervous” and “contribute to the team”


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    Malden High School is known for its cosmopolitan environment as it is ranked as the most diverse high school in Massachusetts. Although it can certainly be stated that Malden High is wonderfully welcoming of all races, genders, beliefs and identities, I believe there is a major factor of that picture that is overlooked. Within the umbrella concept of diversity are the vast complexities that come with being a person of color in a country founded by subjugation and marginalization of diverse groups; to understand these complexities is to be able to strongly reinforce the ideals of equality and equity in our school. Students undeniably face social stigma outside of the shielded bubble of a diverse school and it is imperative to ensure that this does not become an obstacle they face in school as well. After local and nationwide events that have penetrated Malden which reflect a lack of cultural consideration, ignorance toward feelings felt by minority groups and an inability to become an ally in times of social crisis, it is important to reinstate how our staff can properly walk in their students’ shoes with sensibility as to not step on their feelings and beliefs in the process.

    The school has established many safe spaces where students and staff alike can be themselves without suffering from any consequential unease or rejection. Our general progressiveness is commendable and I am not invalidating it by saying that we can do better to expand our philosophy of sustaining an environment that is all-inclusive and further understanding. The smaller amount of racial diversity in the staff compared to the students can result in an incapacity in being able to be empathetic to students who are dealing with issues of social discrimination, whether it is directed toward a particular race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. It is definitely possible for the staff to achieve this and overcome the feeling of “How can I support my students?” when it comes to heavy societal subjects, but it starts with simply understanding. I believe that it is paramount for staff and even certain students endeavor to be cognizant of what adversely affects their community and think of what they can do to alleviate it, not perpetuate it.

    Diversity is a beautiful asset of Malden that our community takes profound pride in. We always speak of it in awe as we list solely the positives of diversity; opportunity for cultural exchange, development of open-mindedness, ability to broaden one’s worldview, etc.

    Discrimination is a vulnerable subject to have conversations about, but when somebody is talking about something personal in terms of this, they deserve to be purely listened to without interjections. Experiences that are dealt with by particular groups can not be challenged by another group that does not face that experience, so ensure that you respectfully listen to students who reveal this instead of debate with them on the validity of it. Due to the fact that discrimination is experienced differently by everybody, there are varying perspectives of how discrimination manifests in life. A certain perspective can not be discarded as fallacious because you can not personally identify with it; that said, to grasp said perspective requires that you are open to learning about it which can happen if you solely let someone speak. A student at Malden, who is passionate about matters of social justice, reports that in their politically driven history class they do not “feel like it is a welcoming environment” when it comes to their views. This student also reports that several of their peers and teachers of  “don’t have respect for the opinions and the of experiences myself and other students who are people of color,” revealing a troubling pattern of ignorance and arguably indifference toward students that face marginalization.  Listening and understanding go hand in hand; if you don’t listen, you will never understand. If you don’t understand, you will never listen. Although that sounds redundant, it is crucial to note. Ensuring that students can use their voice without disruptive remarks or suggested cessation is apart of ensuring that your classroom is a safe space. Creating an equal environment goes beyond constructing protocol highlighted in a syllabus — it must be practiced in reality.

    Due to the fact that our school embodies the idea of a “melting pot,” we are all inevitably exposed to a plethora of cultures, genders, ethnicities, beliefs, styles and overall individuals. We should not generalize every student of color by believing they all face the same issues and thinking they all come from the same background, but a prevalent commonality is that society views people of color differently.  Understanding how students feel during a “social crisis” as mentioned earlier goes beyond than being able to recognize merely the existence social inequality. It doesn’t stop there. It must be known that social inequality manifests in the lives of the people around you and shaping your perspective to see that clearly will stop you from making the mistake of refuting their struggles. For example, if a student is describing an experience they have had where they have been treated unfairly because of their racial identity, you should not play the devil’s advocate and find explanations for the perpetrator’s discriminatory behavior.

    Speaking for this country specifically, race can wrongly define people, consequentially inciting close-minded or simply ignorant people to treat a person according to their preconceived notions of said identity. People refuse to accept that this is a reality for people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and other minorities which only serves to worsen the problem. If a student brings up a personal incident of this nature, do not think they are being delusional or misunderstanding. For example, many students felt pangs of devastation after Donald Trump’s win of the 2016 election because of all of the scapegoating and aversion directed toward people of color. Some of those (both teachers and students) who could not relate to those feelings seemingly snubbed those who were suffering. “People weren’t willing to ask why people were upset or understand what people were going through, they were just like ‘get over it,’” as another student reports. The passive reaction toward students’ grief embodies the presence of microaggressions in people who fail to empathize with marginalized groups. From racism to sexism to classism, the country is filled with social constructs that allow the privileged to reap the benefits of not being the less privileged. If you are an educator, you can not abandon this truth for being educated on it strengthens not only the depth of your perspective of your students’ “diversity”, but also your role as a supporter to students and to the social progression of this nation.

    Freedom of speech is a right given to every member of this country. I do not mean to digress, but often times people warp the ideology of freedom of speech to allow themselves to publicly make bigoted statements but condemn those who choose to speak out against it. We all deserve the access to our voice. A student should not feel judging eyes on them whenever they discuss their views on or experiences with discrimination because they are just as free to state it as others feel they are free to counter it. Although nobody is obligated to necessarily agree with anybody for the sake of dismantling bias (especially as a facilitator), everybody should be able to speak without an antagonistic atmosphere that strives to silence them. Provide students with a safe platform to both voice their discomfort with certain state of affairs in the world and in school.

    In general, students should be able to be outspoken in class, but this applies especially to social and political conversations. These conversations are necessary to have because it is in these where one truly learns how social constructs affect people in reality. Authorizing simply freedom of expression will inevitably open the minds of everyone in the room as the difficulty of these topics become increasingly easier and clearer. The overruling headwrap ban was a perfect example of how students can use their rightful platform to create a more equitable and accepting environment at school. If a student feels that they are being targeted because of their identity or if they feel a part of their identity is not being respected, it is an earned merit of theirs to make it known. Doing so will only improve the framework of the school as it becomes more and more of a safe space and we can live up to the expectations of harmony and equality that we set here in Malden.

    Malden is special because of diversity. That word is thrown around on a daily basis here because it is the foundation of strength not only in our school but in our country as well. Those who oppose diversity both fear the unknown and reject advancement. We can not make our school a place where that opposition exists. If we are not exactly “well-versed” when it comes to communicating to people that you do not understand, that does not excuse discriminatory behavior especially when you are sitting in a classroom with people of various backgrounds and identities. How can we marvel at our diversity but refuse to respect each other on the basis of misunderstanding what it means to be a minority? If you are reading this article and feel that everything listed above does not apply to you, think again. To say that immensely exploitive and harmful issues such as racism are not present everywhere is unfounded and simply ignorant. It is a sad fact that we are bombarded by oppressive rhetoric and treatment everyday that we have internalized in one way or another. Instead of undermining that actuality, reflect on how that may manifest in our lives and work toward demolishing that. We can be a revolutionary school; in fact, I believe it is our duty to be such. Setting that goal can start by solely recognizing the need to further broaden our perspective of our community and embracing this movement.

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  • 12/14/16--11:15: Embrace It
  • I remember visiting colleges my sophomore year, not knowing what I was getting myself into, and here I am in my senior year, and I still don’t know what I’m getting myself into.

    It is finally that time, applications are in, I am patiently (not really) waiting for my acceptance/rejection letters. I’ve been doing the college search since my sophomore year and I feel like I’ve been waiting for this forever. The idea of choosing a major is difficult process. I had my heart set on a major that I was passionate about, but I had to take a step back and look at the reality of life. I had to choose an area that would not only be good for me in the long run, but would also nourish the creative passion I have.

    Applying was a long and dreadful process, coming up with a topic to write the essay on and actually writing the essay and other supplements was probably the hardest part for me. My least favorite question was ‘why do you want to apply to this school?’ I always felt that it was hard to put into words and not make it sound boring. I nearly had a panic attack because I realized last minute that 2 out of the 11 schools I was applying to required 2 letters of recommendation from a teacher and I only had 1. I finally got to breathe when I did find a teacher to write another letter for me in mid-October and it was finished right in time before the deadline. Now that it is over, it feels like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders, but then reality starts to set in.

    When I sent in my first application, I cried. I thought my mom would be the one to cry, but it was me. I stared at the submit button and started crying before I hit it. My mom just kind of stared at me like I was crazy and asked me why I was crying. After I submitted it, I felt the reality set in. It felt like mini me in my head was running around and screaming. All of my emotions were coming out all at once, I was frustrated, overwhelmed and nervous. I was scared of the outcome, after that moment I questioned whether I wanted to go to college or not. I didn’t feel that I would fit in anywhere, and that I am too attached to my parents and I don’t want to leave them.

    I’m sure that anyone would be scared to move away from their family. Our parents have been with us through everything and are always there for us to fall back on. It’s a scary thought to think that in college we have to do everything on our own. Our parents aren’t going to be there when we’re sick and need comfort, or when they can see that we are not doing so well in a class and are constantly on us about it. We must look at the other side of this and see that this is what they prepared us for, this is what we know and what we will now do on our own. We can get through it.

    The longest I’ve spent away from my family was five days at a summer camp called Days in the Arts (DARTS) when I was 12. Spending the next four years away from my family, possibly in another state, terrifies me. I feel like I need my parents for everything, and I’m sure that might be the same for others too. It’s scary to think that I’ll be away from my home, where I’ve met some really cool people and created great memories, but then I have to remember that I will still meet some super cool people and create more memories.

    Although I was afraid to be away from my family during summer camp, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I made a lot of friends while I was there, and I enjoyed myself. I came out of my comfort zone and I took a theatre workshop and I performed in front of my campmates. Yes, I did miss my family, but the community feel of the camp made me feel more comfortable and I was able to get through the week. I will keep this in mind as the time approaches for me to make that transition into college.

    I do like being alone, but I don’t like being lonely and I’m not that great at making friends either. It takes me awhile to get comfortable in different surroundings and really open up. A change in scenery will really put me to the test and force me to be a lot more social than I am now. With the liberal arts schools that I applied to, I believe that I will get comfortable easily because of the sense of family I felt while visiting the campuses. The students and faculty made it clear that they loved where they were and were all very welcoming.

    I hope that other students in my position too, will see that they should not be afraid of this transition. This next chapter that is inevitably coming, will shape who we are bound to become. We want to be happy with whatever we do in life, and we will strive to whatever that is. We want to become our own person.

    The college experience will only be as good as we make it, which means we have to embrace it 110%. Be involved. If our involvement in high school was not how we thought it would be, make it count in college. Let’s not be the person who doesn’t ask for help in class, and let’s be the person that takes advantage of the resources that we are given in college. We must push ourselves to really get out of our comfort zones and break out of the “high school” us.

    Let us prove to our parents and to everyone else that we can do this, all the nagging and pestering was not going in one ear and out the other. All the hard work our parents put into us, left a mark on us and we shall continue to thrive.

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    Malden junior Michael Giordano checking the score board just before the end of the first period. Photo taken by Ryan Hames.

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    On December 14th, the Malden High School varsity girls basketball team went head to head against their opponents from Georgetown. The game was up and down, with both teams revealing their strengths and weaknesses. The game was tied multiple times, and the score was close throughout the whole game.

    In the beginning, Malden was off to a rocky start, with Georgetown scoring two points against them. It was seen how the other team had a nice defense, that continued to shut down Malden’s attempts at scoring.

    Junior Xue Zhou was getting the attention of the Malden crowd with her skillful play. Georgetown proved to be very skilled when it came to passing as they continued to pass the ball around and through the Malden players without interceptions. By now, the score was Georgetown 1-6. Malden didn’t give up because of this score.

    Then Malden really picked it up with two shots that were made from a pass across the court, leaving a Malden player with just them and the hoop and the Georgetown defense rushing to get to them before the shot was made. They made both of these shots, and were then winning 7-6. Malden was picking up, and the defense was doing better.

    Head coach Scott Marino could be heard yelling directions all across the gymnasium. Malden’s defense didn’t get to the Georgetown offense quick enough though, but Malden was able to get two free throw shots off violations. Sophomore Salma Bezzat scored another free throw, and by then, it was the end of the quarter. The first quarter ended with Malden 8, Georgetown 11.

    There were many points scored early in the second quarter. There were steals and free throws from Georgetown, a shot by senior Grace Cappuccio, and impeccable passing from Georgetown’s offense.

    The team huddling up during a time out. Photo taken by Emraude Bonnet.

    Soon, it was 12-20, with Georgetown in the lead. Though, the Golden Tornadoes don’t like to lose, so the offense was starting to pick up.

    There was another pass across the court, leaving junior Ashlyn Fitzpatrick all alone with just her and the hoop, and she scored, making the score 14-20. Then, after three attempts at a shot from a combination of players from Malden’s offense, one of the shots went in, and the score was 16-20.

    There was a great steal by junior Mackenzie Furlong which caused a great stir in the crowd, she continued on with two attempted shots, but didn’t get any points. Though, soon enough there was another pass from across the court and Furlong found herself scoring with no one in her way. After these shots and a couple of free throws in Georgetown’s favor, by the end of the first half, the score was Malden 18, Georgetown 22.

    During the second half of the game, Malden really picked it up because they knew they were capable of winning. They recognized Georgetown’s offensive strengths and how that affected their game, and with the help of their coaches, they found ways to shut them down.

    They realized Georgetown’s defensive weaknesses and used that to their advantage. The game was close and was back and forth, but Malden really wanted this first win, so they don’t give up on their team.

    The game ended Malden 35-34. The one point score difference is proof of how intense the game was. Due to their teamwork, communication skills, and great ball play, MHS was able to succeed in getting a win. With this, the girls basketball team is off to a great start to their season.

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  • 12/16/16--07:13: A History of Gymnastics

    Gymnastics is a sport that was named after the ancient greek word for disciplinary exercises. The sport is combined with a multitude of exercises which include running, jumping, wrestling, and weightlifting. It illustrates physical skills which can help balance the mind. Meaning it teaches combinations of body control, concentration, coordination, gracefulness, dexterity and strength with acrobatic and tumbling skills.

    Many years ago, during the war, after the Romans had conquered Greece, gymnastics was used in more of a formal manner where people fighting in war would use the gymnasium in physical training. With the decline of Rome, came the major increase in the interest for the sport.

    Gymnastics flourished in Germany in the late 1800s. As for the materials used in the sport, the side bar, horizontal bar, the parallel bar, the balance beam and jumping events were developed in the late 1700s by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn. Men’s gymnastics was already included in the first modern Olympic games since 1896.

    For women gymnastics, it was only permitted in the Olympics in 1936 and in 1952, competition for the separate events was added. Gymnastics wasn’t always a popular sport. It lacked popularity in the past but has risen due to the performances of Olga Korbut of the Soviet Union in the 1972 Olympics, and Nadia Comaneci of Romania in the 1976 Olympics.

    The sport gain more popularity in the Hellenistic period thanks to the Greek Olympics. It included a lot of exercises from the military and was incorporated into everyday life. Gymnastics was such a popular sport in ancient Greece where it became mandatory to know the sport.

    The U.S military brought gymnastic training to America in the 1800s. As the sport quickly gained popularity in America it led to very first organized gymnastic teams in the early 1900s. This sport was popular because of the mental and physical challenge it brought to the player. The civilians who played this sport mainly consisted of the middle and upperclass.

    Gymnastics is now officially recognized as a varsity sport at over 82 different colleges and universities in the U.S. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) offers all gymnastic programs to give out 6 scholarships to men and 12 to women. This program gives at least 1,500 gymnastic scholarships yearly to high school students.

    All in all as centuries tumbled on gymnastics has become a very popular sport and just grew and flourished. Now it is practiced at high schools all around America and is a professional sport played at the Olympics and is a profession.

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    It all really began when Marisa Vasquez had Coach David Londino as a homeroom teacher, and he pointed her out and said she needs to do track. Londino’s recruiting didn’t do much- in the end it was her friend who actually got her to try out for the team. But after Londino saw her run an impressive time it was apparent to her that maybe pursuing something in track might be something she’d enjoy. Vasquez knew she liked to run, but she didn’t think it’d be beneficial to join a team. However, that’s exactly what she did.

    Since freshman year, Vasquez has been doing indoor and outdoor track. Having the ability to get on the varsity team from the get-go, it became one of the things she just naturally loves.

    Senior Marisa Vasquez with freshman Nour Chouiki. Photo taken by Ana Pirosca.

    4 years, and 8 seasons of running later, Vasquez still runs the varsity 1 mile race. She’s looking forward to always run faster than her best time, especially since this is her last year on the team. One of the things that she notably loves about track, aside from the team being like a family, is that it’s a difficult sport; athletes need to push themselves mentally and physically. “As you’re running you have to convince yourself and as well as your body… to push yourself… You have to tell your mind ‘don’t give up just because there’s a person behind you is behind you, and you feel like they’re going to catch up. You gotta push yourself harder,’” she explains. ”[She wants] to set [her] goals up high to try my best at practices and meets because [she’s] amazed with the hard work [she puts] in, and the results [she achieves].” Running is about racing yourself, and others. Vasquez is looking for a win for her team, but also a win for herself.

    Scientific studies have shown that athletes that run, or do another sport often do much better in school, can manage stress very well, and have elevated happiness. Vasquez is grateful for track since it offers her a sort of stress relief. “Track has really helped [her] because it gets some of [her] anger and emotional problems out… [she] can get [her] anger and motivation out,” states Vasquez. For instance during practices she can listen to music and just run. Simple as that.

    Since, this is Vasquez’s final year at MHS, it’s time for her to apply to colleges, and there’s a lot of stress involved, along with the normal school work, job, and team to worry about. “[She’s] surprised [she’s] able to manage [it] very well actually,” she explains. Her normal after school day starts off getting as much homework done before practice as possible, then track, and back home to finish the rest of her homework. Sometimes after track she’ll go to work, which she explains is some of her most stressful days. Though in the end all the hassle is worth it. Vasquez believes that “it helped [her] physically, to [stay] in shape… and mentally because it has taught [her] to strive to the best ability [she] can aim [for].” Track has also taught her that she will spend most of her life being very busy, and that it will be hard, but she can do it all if she just motivates herself.

    Though Vasquez’s belief is this: running is like life. And if there is one thing to understand about high school it’s that it’s like running a mile on a track- just 4 laps on the outdoor track. The first lap you start off slow, like trying to figure out what classes to take, where to go, trying not to get ahead of yourself, but trying not to go too slow. Quarter mile ends, and you’re off to sophomore year. You start picking up the pace, but still not going too hard to save some energy for later. You know you’re way around the school, you know some of the things you want to pursue. And soon enough you just ran your second lap. Off to junior year, and now you’re even faster than before, still holding out a little bit trying to save as much energy as you can for that last lap. Things are shaping up, you’re getting more things into your brain, and have a good sense where you belong. Finally there’s the last lap. There’s no stopping, and you need to push, run as hard as you can, even if you feel like puking. You’re in the home stretch, so close, almost there. Things are finally becoming real, colleges are looking at you, or you found a job that keeps you alive. You need to go!

    Vasquez hopes that she can continue running well into the rest of her life, and plans on running a marathon eventually. Running is where she belongs. She explains that “[she has] found true friends [on the team]… and at the end of the day [her] team doesn’t look at [her] [strangely]” for being her jumpy, “crazy,” motivated self.

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    The Malden High School boys basketball team tipped-off their season on Tuesday, December 13th against the Tewksbury Memorial High School Redmen.

    The Golden Tornadoes hosted the Redmen at the MHS Finn Gym amongst a vocal home crowd. The boys wanted to start the season on positive note, and they did just that winning the home non-conference game with a comfortable margin.

    Junior Darius Henry dribbling the ball. Photo by Abhishek Rana.

    The game began with MHS asserting themselves on offense as well as defense. After a quick 8-4 lead within the first two minutes, the Tornadoes never looked back. Throughout the rest of the first quarter the Tornadoes continued to play stifling defense and forced the Redmen to multiple turnovers, including two traveling violations. This tight man-to-man defense also resulted in multiple rejections on the Redmen players during their drives to the rim as well as jump shots. This resulted in the Tornadoes defense only allowing 8 points in first quarter while the offense scored 18.

    Junior Daniel Perez on defense. Photo by Abhishek Rana.

    The second quarter began with Golden Tornadoes leading by a double digit margin. However, a determined Tewksbury offence were able to cut their margin of deficient to 4 points within the first two minutes of the quarter.

    Thanks to two back to back three pointers by Tewksbury captain and senior forward Steven Catanzano, the momentum seemed to tilt in Tewksbury’s favor. However, four points was the closest the Redmen ever got within the Tornado lead.

    When play resumed after a timeout by MHS head coach Don Nally, the Tornadoes reasserted themselves, and took control of the game. Senior guard, Bernard Taylor, was able make a couple of three pointers as well as continuing to go to the free throw line and converting. Taylor’s offensive clinic as well the hustle for loose balls and rebounds by his fellow teammates, helped the Tornadoes rebuild a commanding lead and go into halftime up 33-23.

    The third quarter began the way the second ended, with Taylor continuing his great shooting performance. Throughout the quarter he was able to continue converting from downtown, as well drive to the rim and make contested layups. This continued into the fourth quarter as Taylor had an overall magnificent night.

    The game was essentially wrapped early in the fourth as the Tornado lead seemed insurmountable for Tewksbury to overcome. A tremendous night for the Tornadoes was wrapped up when junior guard Darius Henry made a highlight play to end the game. With ten seconds left in the game and after a barrage of crossover moves on his defenders, Henry was able to convert the three point jump shot as the shot clock expired. This gave MHS a decisive 64-47 win over the Redmen.

    Sophomore Joseph Perrotto trying to get past his man. Photo by Abhishek Rana.

    After the game, when asked about what he thought of his debut, newcomer to the team, junior Malik Bissett, mentioned that, “it felt really good to be playing basketball with such an athletic team.” Bisset continued to say that “[he thinks] the team can go really far this season.”

    Taylor added that “it was very important for the team to start off with a win” and hopes that “[they] can keep working hard hard and continue to get more wins.” Taylor credited his great scoring performance to him “[working] so hard in the offseason” and that hard work “paying off.” He continued saying that during the game, he noticed the team “stuck together and kept their intensity throughout the whole game” as well continuing to “communicate on defense”

    After a winning start to the season, the boys will face the currently 0-1 Marblehead High School Magicians on Saturday, December 17th.  

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    The Winter Band Ensemble concert was held on December 9th, starting at 6:30pm. This concert was hosted by the Instrumental Methods class and they played many modern pop songs as well as well as classics. The members of this class had spent a lot of energy and dedication to this concert with the motivation of their interest for music. Students from different grades were joined with the common goal, to entertain their audience.

    According to junior Lionel Walker, a drummer for the songs ‘Flashing Lights’ and ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ says,  “[he’s] always been kind of musically inclined, so [he] felt like this was the perfect class to be in to like experience and do  different things with [his] music and come together with other people and make music, it’s really cool.” He had really enjoyed this concert as well as the company of the people he was playing and working with. He recommends that students take the class next year because, “[he learned] from Ms. Mazza, and [he] definitely [learned] from other people, when there’s other people around you will start to pick up things and that’s how you become a better musician, listening and observing basically.”

    The students that participated in the Winter Ensemble had enjoyed it a lot. Senior and junior Hebart Desane and Sebastano Bret were drawn to the class because they wanted to make some noise and music has always been part of their life. They both agreed that the class including themselves had done good, although they were nervous when the concert had first started but they grew more confident as it went on.

    The advisor of the concert as well as the teacher of the Instrumental Methods class, Erin O’Brien Mazza says that “[she thinks] [the concert] went pretty good overall, this a really hard performance because it’s the very first performance for a lot of [the students]…but [she thinks] they did a really good job.” The Small Ensemble is where people could  write their own curriculum and pick their own songs, they could take control of their learning and freedom to choose what they want to do. Mazza had stated that what’s special about teaching this class is “their excitement, it’s so new to them…these students are so excited about it, so it’s really special every time we get to perform.”

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    Recently, Malden High School’s science department, gained a new chemistry teacher, Gregory Simone.

    Simone, at the beginning of the year, taught as a student teacher alongside MHS chemistry teacher Katherine Haskell, whom Simone credits having learned what a real “student-teacher connection” is like, as well as social and emotional aspects of teaching including the real application of teaching.

    In graduate school, he learned how to create lesson plans, but there was no interaction with students. Simone credits Haskell for teaching him classroom management skills.

    Gregory Simone. Photo by Ryan Hames.

    From Poughkeepsie, New York, in the Hudson Valley, Simone was not interested in chemistry in high school. In college, Simone took a general chemistry course and “really liked it.”

    Simone had a “great professor,” which was a leading factor in why he began considering it as a career. Simone was interested in the experimental aspects of chemistry, “the exciting parts,” such as reactions and fire. As the course went on, Simone became interested in the conceptual math aspects of the field.

    Simone originally wanted to work in a lab, but his junior year of college he decided that he wanted to teach. Simone participated in a chemistry demonstration for high school students, and thought that it was “what [he] should be doing: working with students.”

    Simone currently goes to Northeastern University, and is finishing his masters program. Simone was at MHS last year, observing classes, taking notes, and writing papers on what he saw for a course. He saw several science teachers teaching, and remembered Haskell, deciding later to work with her as a student teacher.

    Not expecting to get a job this year, Simone knew he wanted to work at Malden High School. He expected to come back next year or in the future as a teacher.

    From being a full-time student to student teacher was a “manageable” transition for the new teacher. Simone had “a lot of independence with [his classes].”

    Now as a full-fledged teacher, Simone teaches five classes, as opposed to the three he had as a student teacher. Simone is ready “for [his program] to end, so [he] can be fully emerged in [teaching].”

    “Change is hard,” Simone noted of Haskell’s former classes, which he now teaches. “It’s almost like the first week of school again. [We had] to go through the rules again; restart.”

    Simone said that some students still see him as a student teacher, as opposed to their full-time teacher. Simone believes that this perspective will change, “but it will take a while.”

    Simone really likes the diversity among students, which he said is “way different from any other school.” He also sees that every student have “one teacher they can go to for non-academic related things, and that’s specific to Malden.”

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  • 12/19/16--10:45: Women in Science Competiton
  • The 14th Annual Women of Science Competition was held on December 10th, at Bedford High School. The team representing Malden High prepared for the competition by working on their pre build project. They built a device that was required to roll down a ramp without stopping, using specific materials and had to meet the design requirements. The group had to do a series of challenges in the morning with their pre build project. In the afternoon, the girls were given 40 minutes to build a device that had to be tall enough to have a small flag and could withstand a fan on high for at least 30 seconds, which was described as challenging by coach Brian Morrison. Malden won fifth place out of 40 other teams.

    Seniors Cleverina Cong, Phuong Nguyen and junior Alicia Tan at the competition. Photo submitted by Cleverina Cong.

    The students who represented MHS were senior Cleverina Cong, senior Ashley Kang, senior Karen Poon, junior Alicia Tan, senior Phuong Nguyen, and junior Sydney Addorisio. According to coach Brian Morrison, the events are structured the same way every year. Previously, Malden has usually won fourth and fifth place. “Since it’s a scholarship competition, [he] would love the girls to get into the top three places so they could get scholarship money,” he says. Morrison credits his wife into getting him into coaching the team. “She is a science teacher and her school hosts the event.  She asked me to bring some teams of girls several years ago and we have been attending since,” he explains. He says that if you’re a woman who wants to pursue a career in the science/technology field, you shouldn’t hesitate to pursue it. “There are plenty of jobs, different majors to choose from and a lot of smart/interesting people to meet in the STEM fields,” Morrison says.  

    According to Cong and Addorisio, the purpose of the competition was to foster a greater interest for female students in science-related fields, an area where women are often underrepresented, and promote and honor women in the sciences, “because the sciences are, for the most part, a male dominated field,” says Addorisio. “This year the focus was on women in chemistry in particular. A variety of female professionals in STEM fields had lunch with us to tell us about their experiences and the many opportunities there are for women in science,” Cong adds.

    Seniors Cleverina Cong, Phuong Nguyen and junior Alicia Tan with coach Brian Morrison. Photo submitted by Cleverina Cong.

    The team started preparing for the competition in November by talking about ideas for the pre-build engineering event, in which they had to create the slowest possible object to roll down an incline. They didn’t start actually building it until the week before the competition. “This event was challenging because it involved a lot of trial and error. [They] probably ended up making at least 10 different models before finally designing a roller that worked best, which [they] finished the night right before the competition,” Cong states. To Addorisio, however, the most challenging part would have to have been the build at the competition, even though it was the most fun. “Teams got more points if the structure stayed within a certain area. But, none of the teams knew about the logistics of this build in advance. All we knew prior to the competition date was that it was called ‘Last Flag Standing.’ We were also only given 40 minutes to build the structure which is what made it the most fun! It was a race against the clock,” she explains.

    Cong participated in the Women in Science competition last year and that team placed 4th out of 40 teams. She explains that, “Even though [they] didn’t finish top 3 this year, [she’s] extremely pleased with [their] 5th place finish. [They] competed against 40 teams from some of the best schools in the Boston area, so it was pretty amazing that [they] were able to place so high and make a name for ourselves.” Addorisio says that, “Malden actually entered 2 teams and [she] was not on the one that came in 5th place, but it was really rewarding to hear that my peers had achieved such a high ranking in the results of the competition. [she] was overjoyed for them and was also proud of the effort put into the competition by both teams.”

    Cong  states that she likes the entire competition in general, since she had a passion for science, and being able to utilize it in various fun and competitive events was an exciting challenge for me. She also liked being able to talk to the woman professionals in STEM because their inspirational stories of success motivated me to continue to pursue a future in science. For Addorisio, she was excited before the competition, because she wanted to see what kind of questions they going to be asked as well as to see the ideas of other teams for the building events. She admits that she was a little nervous must say though, because “[she] didn’t know what to expect.” She also always had a strong passion for the sciences (particularly biology) and being a part of this competition exposed her to more areas of the scientific field, allowing her to expand on her knowledge and experience in the sciences. She also said that the best part about being a part of the competition was being able to work cooperatively with her peers, both at the same level as her as well as seniors. “[She] only knew two of [her] other teammates, so participating in the competition allowed [her] to get to know more people as well.”


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    Teddy Louis Jacques is a Malden High Alumni from the Class of 2007 and an active member in the Malden Community. He is currently enlisted in the United States Army and Massachusetts Army National Guard and has recently come home from a deployment.

    Louis-Jacques completed his Basic Combat training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri from September 2014 to February 2015. When he came home in February, he found out that he was being deployed for the first time in his Army career. On October 22, 2015, he was deployed overseas to Kuwait. He came home from his deployment on September 9, 2016.

    He talks about how joining the service, he was nervous and that the whole experience was “quite a journey.” He said how “as long you take care of the person to your left and the person to your right, the ones who are with you every single day, you’re good.” He refers to those people as his “battle buddies” and says that some of his fondest memories were formed with them.

    As far as coming home, he talks of it as being a transition. He’s still getting used to everything. Before he left, he had thought that a year was that long, but now he realizes that “a lot changes in a year and that a lot of people’s lives get different.”

    Teddy Louis-Jacques. Photo submitted by Louis-Jacques.

    His “family means the world to [him],” especially his son Jeremiah. Louis-Jacques credits him as “the sole reason why [he is] working this hard in life.” He wants to “lay the groundwork to make sure a path is set for him for the future.” He mentions that his first day back all he and Jeremiah did was “just hug tightly.” He says that a “whole year of not seeing him was extremely hard” and that it has “been amazing being back and spending time with him.”

    His current and future goals are to complete graduate school and run for public office in the City of Malden “sooner rather than later.”

    He obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice at Mount Ida College where he graduated as the Class President in May of 2011. Currently, he is in the process of obtaining another degree in Homeland Security & Emergency Management which he will complete in the spring of 2017.

    He joined the Army because “[he] felt like he’s worked for the city since 2012 and that was one of the best experiences he’s had in his young adult life.” He saw that he was serving his community here and started to think about what’d it’d be like to serve his country and be part of something bigger.

    One of Louis-Jacques’s hobbies is basketball, which he does while helping to coach basketball here at the high school. One of Teddy’s mentors and former coach, Don Nally, has been at Malden High for 17 years and Louis-Jacques contributes learning what being part of a team is like to him. Louis-Jacques says that Nally “is like a father to [him]” and that he wants to “give back all of the knowledge that Nally gave [him], to the new generations of young adults growing up and coming after [him].”

    Another reason he coaches basketball is that he likes to help out in the community and this is an outlet for him to do that. He likes that he “gets to collaborate and help young kids find what they want to be and do with their lives after Malden High.”

    Along with basketball, Louis-Jacques also played soccer and football during high school. He mentions that one of his fondest memories is being on the soccer team in 2006 when they won the championship and feels “fortunate and humbled” to be on that team.  After high school he continued his sports career when he played four years of college basketball, which he “tremendously enjoyed.” There he experienced what it is like to be working together because people come from everywhere in the country and work together.


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  • 12/23/16--05:21: Winter Concert 2016
  • The Winter Holiday concert was held and performed on December 16th. According to Erin O’Brien-Mazza, who is the director of the band choir, says the performance went really well. She also includes how the students learned many important things about music through this performance. Mazza also includes how fun it was to teach all the students that performed. She explains that all the students have different personalities and different abilities. “It’s fun working with the different abilities and talent levels,” she says. Although Mazza says the performance went really well, she also describes the challenges that they came across. She states, “working with the chorus is always a challenge because you don’t get to rehearse with each other until the day before the concert.”

    Mazza also includes how this concert was different from last year’s concert because this year she had a lot of new students, mostly freshmen. “It took a long time just getting used to the format of band and just being at everything,” she says. She also includes that it was a challenge just to get all the students on the same page. Aside from the performance, Mazza also explains that she has been noticing some drastic improvements within the students. She says, “[she’s] seen a lot of improvements in personality, like dedication wise, they are definitely more dedicated than they were before when they first started.”  Mazza also includes that the students have been learning to count which they have not known how to before.

    Todd Cole, who is the director of the choral art society, also says the performance by the students went great. Cole says that he was really pleased with the performance. He also adds, “I thought they did everything the best that they could.” Cole also says there were only a few major errors that needed to have any attention paid to them. “[He] was really happy,” he states. Cole also says teaching the student choir is always a long journey. He explains the groups are completely different, making them have their own challenges. Cole also adds, although the process of the preparation took quite some time, there have been a lot of “huge” improvements from when the students first started.

    Even though the performance went as planned, Cole mentions that himself and the students came across some challenges. He says “just getting technique, getting them to know sound is a challenge.” Cole also mentions, “[he thinks] people helped each other throughout this because any one little thing falls out of place, then it creates panic and anxiety and stress for everyone and I think everyone helped each other through tonight.” He says everyone helped each other tonight and all the students were responsible for their behaviour.

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    Salma Bezzat is one of the two sophomores that are on the Malden High girl’s varsity basketball team. She has already shown her skills in even just the very first game of the season.

    Last year, she was on JV and she “played like one or two games” but this is her first year on varsity officially. She doesn’t start on varsity, but she’s one of the runner-ups.

    When asked which team would be her favorite team to play, she said Everett because it’s “going to be pretty intense” and can’t wait to play them.

    Sophomore Salma Bezzat. Photo taken by Emraude Bonnet.

    She’s been playing basketball since fifth grade, where she started on the recreational team.

    Her goals for this season are to really want to beat the varsity record from last year. Last year, the varsity team won 2 games and lost 18 games out of 20 games. “[She thinks] that even if [they] win three games and lose 17 that would be great because [they’d] be moving forward.”

    Salma plays a forward/shooter; and plans on playing basketball after high school.

    When asked how she feels about being one of the only sophomores on varsity, she talked about how it’s pretty intense and how coach Scott Marino always refers to her “as the sophomore on the team.” As a sophomore she’s the one who collects the balls after practice and has to do tasks like so. It was “a little intimidating” because last year she was playing with them as well, as a freshman, but she likes it. “It’s pretty chill,” according to her.

    So how did Salma make it this far? The answer is wherever she goes she brings a ball, she used to play with the boys when she was younger, and even though her mother thought that the boys were too rough, Salma observed that they were the only people who were playing sports that she could play with. That must be how she learned how to play so skillfully and aggressively. She’s just doing what she loves, and according to her, “this is just [her], being [her].”

    Salma is not only on the varsity basketball team, but she’s also on the varsity soccer team, so naturally, we asked which one she likes better. It was a hard question that she struggled to answer with, of course. She likes the sport soccer a little better, but still has a great love for basketball. She loves both teams equally, yet the basketball team is smaller, which gives them a more concrete relationship.

    Make sure to watch out for #22, Salma Bezzat, on the basketball court!

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  • 01/04/17--11:12: New Year’s: A Reflection
  • Time. It dictates life. It is used interchangeably as a synonym for life and even though it is a highly valued concept, it is still hard to see how large of an effect it has on people’s lives in general. Often when one experiences the premature death of someone they know, they often say they wish they had “more time.” “‘Time’ to complete more tasks in their life. ‘Time’ to make a larger impact. ‘Time’ to enrich their existence.”

    The New Year is a direction manifestation of society’s fascination with the idea of having “more time.” Its celebration is an important part of global culture as it represents the positive aspects of life that people easily ignore do to the business of life.

    The New Year is a unique divisor and marker we have in society that can help one establish goals, acknowledge the past, and yearn for the future. Reverberations of celebration occur in every area of the world and most celebrators have similar perspectives on what the New Year means. There are very few other occasions in which a majority of humanity will count down the seconds until the beginning of a holiday and the ultimate ending of it. But overall, New Year’s is a holiday that fosters positivity and excitement in global communities.

    When we think of the “New Year,” we think of new political rotations, new advancements in technology, new developments in the media and entertainment. New life, new opportunity, ad infinitum. It is generally an exciting time. Everyone is granted their very own clean slate and has the chance to fill their life with brightness and ambition. If anything other than that it represents progression, steps taken forward towards advanced ages and modern life. A New Year is another record of history, another unit of what will be accomplished in the world in a mere 365 days.

    Most importantly, the New Year can pose as a prime opportunity for reflection, acknowledgment of our past and acknowledging the fact that we survived, we made it through a fairly tumultuous year. We experienced multitude of the American celebrity deaths such as Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Prince Alan Rickman, George Michael, many of whom were icons for the LGBT+ community. They may have accomplished their more notable work during our parents time, but their legacies still carry on into our lives, and the lives of future generations.

    Assessing the most outstanding social events in a particular year makes me evaluate what society deems as valuable. What makes a person iconic? What makes them worthy of carrying and upholding a legacy? Is it their work, how effective they are in reaching their audience, how widespread their fame is? Celebrity or not, what does one have to do in life to be honored or remembered subsequent to death? With the privilege of living fortunate lives, we are tasked with making the best of the time we are given on earth whether it be to fulfill personal goals or goals in relation to other people. Shared experiences are often the most potent. The more people we reach the more beneficial our lives become.

    The 2016 United States Presidential could easily be viewed as the most notable publicized event for Americans this year. From the moment President Elect Donald Trump’s successful campaign ended, the United States government was already evolving, adapting to a new president and in a way, a new nation. It has been said by many that this election will be “one for the books” and it should be. It will most likely be an election that will be remembered by many and highly scrutinized considering the scope of our nation’s history. Trump’s campaign and election is one of the many events public telling on how much things can change in a year politically, economically, and fiscally.

    I haven’t been as conscious of the cultural importance of the New Year until now. Even though the holiday has been shrouded by American consumerism, it will still continue to have major philosophical aspects.

    It means more than just another a slight increase of a yearly digit or growing older. It is a catalyst for society to fulfill the aspirations we constantly dwell on, but need the motivation to complete.

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