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5 QUESTIONS WITH…Principal Mr. Thompson About Law’s Charity PJ Day

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By Dominick Buccitti – Editor-in-Chief

Jonathan Law held a PJ Day fundraiser for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center on December 8 in honor of principal Mr. Thompson’s friend’s daughter Abby, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The Connecticut Medical Medical Center is part of the Children’s Miracle Network. Editor-in-Chief Dominick Buccitti sat down with Thompson to discuss more background information and the overall success of the fundraiser.

Dominick Buccitti: What specific form of cancer is Abby diagnosed with?

Mr. Thompson: Abby was diagnosed with  Esthesioneuroblastoma (ENB), an extremely rare cancer.

DB: How much money was raised?

MT: We raised over $1,100.

DB:  Why did you think that PJ Day was the right fundraiser?

MT: The PJ Day fundraiser is a statewide fundraiser put on by the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Jonathan Law was one of many schools and organizations that participated.

DB: What is your message to the Law students and faculty?

MT: Thank you, as always, for  caring and helping out.  I know how much my friends, Dan and Gwen (Abby’s parents) appreciated our efforts and they both asked me to say a warm thank you to everyone who participated.

DB: Will Law have another PJ Day fundraiser in the future?

MT: Like so many of the causes we support, it’s a worthy endeavor. So maybe.


5 QUESTIONS WITH…Freshman Naheim Washington On His Indoor Track Success

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By Cassandra Soda – News Editor

The Jonathan Law boys indoor track team started the season off right with many athletes breaking records and making states. Freshman runner Naheim Washington is a part of the 4×200 team who made states at an invitational meet. He also won the boys 55 meter freshman race at a developmental meet and broke the broke the school record for the 55 meter dash while improving his state qualifying time. Washington sat down with Advocate News Editor Cassandra Soda to talk about his upcoming season.

Cassandra Soda: What do you do to improve?

Naheim Washington: I train with with the other sprinters who are older than me like Alex Pratcher.

CS: Did you run before entering high school?

NW: I ran in the middle school track meets, running has always been a second nature to me

CS: What made you want to join indoor track?

NW: Seeing all the banners and all of the runners we have that have made it to states.

CS: What do you hope to accomplish this season?

NW: I want to get my name on a banner and make nationals.

CS: What are you most excited for this season?

NW: I want to go all-state my freshman year.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Freshman Swimmer Edward Platonov About His Record-Breaking Start

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By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

The Jonathan Law boys swim team has recently gained a new member. Freshman Edward Platonov has dove into the season, breaking two school records at the first meet of the season against Amity High School. He has since broken the 200 IM (which had stood since 1980) and the 100 fly (which had stood since 1979) Platonov sat down with Advocate Entertainment Editor Molly Mercaldo to discuss the upcoming season.

Molly Mercaldo: What records have you broken so far?

Edward Platonov: I broke the 200 freestyle (time of 1:53) and the 500 freestyle (time of 5:06) so far this season. (Note: Since this article was published, Platonov broke the 200 IM and 100 fly records.)

MM: What is your favorite part of swimming?

EP: My favorite part of swim in the competition and swimming against other people.

MM: What do you hope to accomplish this season?

EP: I hope to make states and bring some teammates up with me.

MM: How do you feel about the Jonathan Law boys swim team?

EP: I feel like we’ll be really good this year, and I hope to go positive.

MM: What do  you need to succeed going further into the season?

EP: I think we need team positivity and practices with effort to strengthen us.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Justin Amaro About The Drama Club’s Performance Of “It’s Only A Play”

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By Cassandra Soda – News Editor

The Jonathan Law Drama Club is performing its first show of the year, Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only A Play” on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11. The club has been rehearsing for weeks in preparation for the show. There will be three performances of the play in total – Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Senior Justin Amaro, one of the leads in the play, talked to Advocate News Editor Cassandra Soda about the show.

Cassandra Soda: What is the plot of the play?

Justin Amaro: The show is about the opening night party of a new play on broadway. The people are waiting for the reviews to be released, hoping they are good.

CS: How have rehearsals been?

JA: Rehearsals have been fun. We have made a lot of progress and have had lots of fun.

CS: What can the crowd expect during the show?

JA: The crowd can expect a ton of fun jokes.

CS: What are you most excited for?

JA: I am most excited for an audience finally seeing the work that we have put a lot of time and effort for. I think they will really enjoy the show.

CS: Are you guys planning anything for your next show?

JA: As of right now, we don’t have anything planned.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Coach Rhode About The Success Of The Girls Soccer Team

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By Nick Owens – Sports Editor 

The Law girls soccer team is off to a hot start this year with a 7-0-1 record, which includes big wins against Wilbur Cross, Bassick, and Cheshire. Head coach Mr. Rhode sat down with Advocate sports editor Nick Owens to talk about the team’s success and what to expect in the near future.

Nick Owens: What do you think is the biggest factor that is leading the charge of success right now for the the team? 

Coach Rhode: I believe our team chemistry and leadership (from the captains on downwards) are the biggest contributing factors. This is now the third year that we’ve played our current formation and system. This has been very helpful.

NO: After going 8-6-2 last almost matching that this year not even halfway through the season. What does that mean to you?

CR: The most telling aspect of our improvement is the attitude and mental change from previous years. Our girls believe it more and aren’t afraid of any teams.


NO: What’s the plan to carry on with this success throughout the rest of the season? What is going to carry  this team further?

CR: My main plan is to keep the girls mentally focused. It’s a long season, so to maintain this for the longevity will be tough. We just have to keep winning. It’s more fun when you win.

NO: Come playoff time, what is the mindset for this team? How far do you believe they will go?

C: Our immediate focus is qualifying for SCCs and seeing how that tournament goes when we make it.  But I feel there are no limits to what our team can achieve this year. We’re going one game at a time.

NO: Do you think other Law sports teams can learn from the success of your team? What do you see for the future of Law sports in general?

C:  I absolutely feel the other teams in our program can do the sam, and have already had very successful seasons. With the right attitude and belief in the mission, all teams at Law can do it.  I believe over the past few years a mental shift has occurred where we are no longer accepting of being mediocre.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Mr. Thompson On His Hopes For A #Lawmazing Year

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By Dominick Buccitti – Editor-in-Chief

As the new year at Jonathan Law High School gets underway, principal Mr. Thompson sat down with Advocate Editor-in-Chief Dominick Buccitti to discuss his goals and advice for the upcoming school year. He also reminded Jonathan Law of the true definition of a “Lawmazing” student.

Dominick Buccitti: What are your goals for this school year?

Mr. Thompson: My goals are to, firstly, provide a safe and successful school year to all students. Second, to work with the teachers to creating an academically challenging and engaging year. Thirdly, to continue to celebrate all things happening at our school and all the reasons our students are the difference-makers in the community.

DB: What did you do over the summer?

MT: I had to say goodbye to my friend Mrs. Drew, since she has retired and welcomed my friend Mr. Hoggatt as assistant principal. We hired eight new teachers. I worked with Mr. Marko and Mr. Hoggatt on the great start that we had.

DB: Any advice for the Class of 2021?

MT: Get involved because there’s so many things to do at our school. Ask questions and never stop learning.

DB: Any advice for the Class of 2018?

MT: Enjoy every moment. You’re a great class and are going to make a difference in this world. Don’t let this memorable year pass by you.

DB: What is your definition of a “Lawmazing” student?

MT: Someone who does their best. They appreciate the opportunities available to them. They give back to the community and are kind.

NEWS: Thompson Looks Back On School Year, Class Of 2017

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By Kristin Frank – Sports Editor

As the school year is brought to an end, principal Mr. Thompson took the time to to sit down with Advocate sports editor Kristin Frank to reflect on this past school year at Jonathan Law. Here is what he had to say about the community and atmosphere at Law:

Kristin Frank: What are some of your best memories from this year?

Mr. Thompson: I love this senior class and the entire year has been a real joy. I am very blessed to have been here all year for them and I am grateful for the people I work with and the family members apart of Law.

KF: What are your thoughts on how Law did academically, athletically, and socially?

MT: I believe everything went fantastically. By the state school performance index, we are the number one school in Milford. The students have been accepted into colleges more than ever before, as well as involved in more internship programs. The juniors did great on SATs. Jonathan Law over the past six years had bread academic success. Athletically, this school did really well. The football program has improved and did will this year, and the volleyball team making states. To wrap up the spring season, there has been incredible accomplishments from the track teams. I am so proud of the students and how they represent Law. Although, these kids need to get off Snapchat! Just kidding. But really, there has been a lot of giving back to the community from these students.

KF: What are you going to miss most about this graduating class?

MT: Collectively, I am going to miss the kindness; this class is overall a great group of people. I cannot wait to see the students next year and hear all the great things that have happened.

KF: What is your favorite part about this school?

MT: This is it. You guys. Not many people get to wake up every morning, wanting to come to work. This isn’t work, it’s family.

KF: Looking back to when the members of the Class of 2017 were freshmen, what sort of changes or improvements have you seen?

MT: Their academic accomplishments have improved over the years and their opportunities are greater. They connection to the community is greater and the pride the community has in Law is great.

KF: What advice do you have for the Class of 2017 as they start their journey to college and the workforce?

MT: Don’t forget who you are and where you came from, Law. They are all great people.

KF: Any big plans for next year at Law?

MT: I don’t know yet but I am excited for the opportunities ahead.

KF: What are your plans for the summer?

MT: Bobo and I are going to be doing work and redesigning our backyard. I will also be spending a week in the Dominican. I do enjoy going there.

KF: Any final goodbyes for the Class of 2017?

MT: This is not goodbye. You know where to find us.

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