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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.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Senior NHS VP Nisali Fernando About Welcome Back Graduates

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By Kristin Frank – Sports Editor

Advocate Sports Editor Kristin Frank recently sat down with senior vice president of NHS Nisali Fernando to discuss the upcoming Welcome Back Graduates event which will be held on March 13.

Kristin Frank: Who are the graduates coming back and what colleges and universities do they currently attend?

Nisali Fernando: The graduates are Leo Merturi (Wesleyan University), Colby Brennan (UCONN) James Mercaldo (UCONN), Gianna Laezzo (Penn State), Emma Shea (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).

KF: Why does NHS honor and welcome these students back?

NF: For many Juniors and Seniors, college is a very overwhelming and stressful time. By March most seniors have already finished the application process, but can still have many questions about college life and the “college experience”. Juniors get an opportunity to ask these graduates about test scores, AP classes, and the college application process.

KF: What does the event look like? What goes on when they come back?

NF: It will be set up sort of like a seminar. We will have a panel of graduates in the senior cafe and juniors and seniors can sign up for one of the two sessions to ask these graduates whatever they want.

KF: What impact does them coming back have on you guys?

NF: Most of these graduates were our friends and having them come back and visit is awesome. Some kids on this panel were also in NHS, there’s nothing better than having kids you spent almost every Thursday with come back and tell you how to survive college and tell you that whatever we’re stressed about will not be that bad.

KF: How do you plan for their visit back to Law?

NF: We’re planning to have a breakfast for our guests, once they are all settled they will answer some of our prepared questions and then we will open it up to the crowd.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Law Sophomore Laura Dennigan About Being Named All-SCC In Hockey

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By Valeria Araujo – Editor-in-Chief

Law sophomore Laura Dennigan, who plays on the Notre Dame co-op girls hockey team, was recently named All-SCC Honorable Mention. Advocate editor-in-chief Valeria Araujo talked to Dennigan about the honor.

Valeria Araujo: When did you start playing hockey?

Laura Dennigan: I started playing hockey when I was three years old.

VA: What is it like playing hockey for another school?

LD: It’s nice playing for another school because I get to meet so many new people.

VA: What is your favorite thing about the sport?

LD: My favorite thing about hockey is how intense it is to play.

VA: What is your fondest memory from this year’s season?

LD: My favorite memory this year was winning against Mercy which is a Division I team.

VA: What can we expect from you in the future?

LD: In the future, I’m hoping to help my team improve and make it to states next year.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Junior Class Vice President Colleen Hugo On the Trivia Night Fundraiser

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By Tyler Chavez – News Editor

The junior class will be hosting a Trivia Night competition on Friday, March 3. News editor Tyler Chavez recently caught up with junior class vice president Colleen Hugo to ask her questions about the event, which is a fundraiser for the junior class prom.

Tyler Chavez: How did you guys come up with the idea of a Trivia Night fundraiser?

Colleen Hugo: Ms. Burns came up with it. She said she knew a guy who could do it, but then couldn’t, but then we thought, “Let’s do it anyways!”

TC: What categories will this competition have?

CH: It has similar categories to the Brain Bowl. So there’s geography, history, languages, math and science, sports, arts and entertainment, and there’s a pop culture one we’re doing, too.

TC: How will the trivia game work?

CH: There’s three rounds and 15 questions per round. We’re going to do 2-3 categories per round and what we’re going to do is ask questions and everyone has to write answers on a numbered sheet. At the end of each round we’re going to take a couple minutes so people can chill out and get snacks, then we’re going to grade the answers and put on a board who’s leading.

TC: What do you hope comes out of this trivia night?

CH: We hope that people like it so maybe we can do it again next year. As well as to fund-raise for prom to get tickets as cheap as possible.

TC: What other fundraisers do the junior class have lined up for prom?

CH: We want to do a Spikeball tournament in the spring, maybe April or May when it’s warmer out.

Teams for the trivia night can be made up with up to five people. Each team must contribute $20 to compete. The winning team will receive a cash price dependent on how many teams enter the contest.

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