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5 QUESTIONS WITH…Senior Wrestler Kevin Brocksom On His All-State Season

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By Cassandra Soda – News Editor

The Jonathan Law wrestling team recently finished its winter season. Senior wrestler Kevin Brocksom had many impressive moments during the season. Brocksom earned his 100th career win, became the SCC champion of his weight class, finished third at the Class M State Tournament, and finished sixth at the State Open Tournament. Brocksom sat down with Advocate News Editor Cassandra Soda to talk about his season.

Cassandra Soda: What has led up to you being an SCC champion?

Kevin Brockstrom:  A lot of hard work and never giving up.

CS: How did it feel to be an SCC champion?

KB: It feels fantastic because it was a goal of mine to take first place.

CS: How long have you been wrestling for?

KB: I’ve been wrestling since fourth grade, so nine years

CS: What was your strategy at states?

KB: I had to win every match I wrestled that day and my strategy was to give my all so when the other person makes a mistake or gets tired I can take the advantage and win the match.

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5 QUESTIONS WITH…Senior Priya Gupta About Being Named A National Merit Commended Scholar

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By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

Priya Gupta, a senior at Jonathan Law High School, recently earned the title of National Merit Commended Scholar from the College Board. To accomplish this, Gupta needed to place in the top 3.1% of students nationwide in the Preliminary SAT. This test is taken by about 1.6 million students every year. Gupta is one of three students in the Milford Public Schools to receive this award this year. Entertainment Editor Molly Mercaldo interviewed Gutpa about her accomplishment.

Molly Mercaldo: What steps did you take to accomplish this goal?

Priya Gupta: I took an SAT English class and studied with review books. I also took practice tests before the test day which helped me feel prepared.

MM: How does being a National Merit Commended Scholar affect you?

PG: It gave me confidence going to take other standardized tests and it showed that my hard work paid off.

MM: What colleges are you looking at?

PG: I’ve applied to Boston University, George Washington University, and Brown. My decision will depend on what program I get into, because I want to get into an 8-year medical program.

MM: What advice would you give to others hoping to accomplish this?

PG: Taking practice tests is really important because it get you familiar with the format of the test.

MM: How do you feel you are doing academically?

PG: I think I’m doing well. I hope to keep my grades up for the last two quarters.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Law Senior Connor Creane About Boys Basketball Making States

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By Nick Owens – Staff Reporter

The Jonathan Law boys basketball team has followed in the footsteps of many other Law sports team this year and is on its way to states for the first time since 2010. The Lawmen clinched a berth in states by beating rival Foran 62-57. Sports Editor Nick Owens caught up with senior Connor Creane to discuss the accomplishment.

Nick Owens: The big news is obviously is that the team has made states for the first time since 2010. What does this accomplishment mean to your team?

Connor Creane: It really give the team confidence and improves the overall culture of the program.

NO: It’s has been a huge turnaround for you guys from this season to last season. What do you think led to the huge turnaround?

CC: A lot more guys stepping up and our defense has really improved.

NO: What’s the goal for this team from this point on? You reached your first goal, what’s the next one?

CC: A state championship.

NO: If you had to pick one special moment from this year, what would it be?

CC: The win against Foran was huge, especially coming off of a loss.

NO: How excited are you for the future of this the team and Law’s athletic program in general?

CC: I’m very excited to look back and see the changes we made.

5 QUESTIONS WITH…Junior Basketball Player Cali Jolley About The Team’s Hot Start

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By Nick Owens – Sports Editor

The Law girls basketball team has jumped onto the trend of Law sports teams having exceptional seasons. Their record currently stands at 11-3 and they have already qualified for the SCC and state tournaments. Sports Editor Nick Owens caught up with junior basketball player Cali Jolley to discuss the team’s impressive start.

Nick Owens: The girls basketball team is 11-3 right now. What can we expect from the team the rest of the season?

Cali Jolley: For the rest of our season, you can expect to see our team continue to improve and work hard to earn home games for both the SCC and state tournament which we qualified for.

NO: You’ve been the team’s leading scorer so far this season. What else can we expect from you?  

CJ: I plan to continue to work hard in practice and push myself to improve and do whatever I can to help us win games. A great thing about our though is that we could have a different scoring leader in any game which gives us an advantage offensively.

NO: You guys are coming off a win against Lyman Hall you have all the momentum in the world right now you have a big away game coming up against Sacred Heart. What’s the mindset going into the game?

CJ: Our mindset going into the Sacred Heart game is that in order to reach our seasons goals we have to never take any game lightly and always play our game whether we are losing or winning by a lot because anything can happen in these games. Also Sacred Heart is a good team that also has momentum from winning two games in a row so we have to show that we are stronger and want it more.

NO: What has been the highlight of your season so far and what are you looking forward to coming up?

CJ: So far the highlight of our season was probably beating Foran at Foran for our eighth win because it qualified us for the state tournament. Another highlight is just in general to see the determination in all of my teammates this year and how we are never ready to give up or ease up. Last year we struggled so much and it’s great to see the whole mood of our practices and games to be so much more positive and determined.

NO: Jonathan Law sports in general have had very successful fall and winter seasons. How excited are you to be a part of this resurgence?

CJ: I am very excited for the future of our school and believe that we will continue to get better as we gain confidence and as more people get involved and support our teams. Being a part of it has been great because there isn’t a much better feeling than being the underdog and just surprising people and winning when no one else thought we would. It makes the high school sports experience so much more fun and exciting.

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.

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