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COLUMNS: What’s In Your Queue?

In this monthly column, members of The Advocate staff will ask Law’s students what they’re watching on Netflix.

(Compiled by Nisali Fernando)

Week of March 6th, 2016

Amelia Mower – Freshman

“Ally McBeal”

“Futurama”

“Bob’s Burgers”

“Law and Order: SVU”

“Gossip Girl”

Cora Sula – Sophomore 

“Criminal Minds”

“NCIS”

“Law and Order SVU”

“Grey’s Anatomy”

“Parks and Rec”

Mimi Chrzastek – Junior

“Shameless”

“Hart of Dixie”

“Gossip Girl”

“That 70’s Show”

“Finding Dory”

Maddie Murphy – Senior

“Dexter”

“Law and Order: SVU”

“American Dad”

“NCIS”

“Brain Games”

Mr. Giangregorio  – English teacher 

“The Office”

“A Series of Unfortunate Events”

“The 60’s”

“Becoming Zlatan”

“The Endless Summer”

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(Compiled by Valeria Araujo and Tyler Chavez)

Week of October 3rd, 2016

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Makayla Mai – Freshman

“The Office”

“Stranger Things”

“The Fundamentals of Caring”

“Flash”

“Lost”

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Xavier Ramos – Sophomore

“Supernatural”

“Narcos”

“The Flash”

“Gotham”

“The Walking Dead”

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Dominick Buccitti – Junior

“Grey’s Anatomy”

“Parks and Recreation”

“Hairspray”

“Once Upon a Time”

“The Secret Circle”

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Sydney King – Senior

“Freaks and Geeks”

“The Office”

“Stranger Things”

“American Horror Story”

“Jane the Virgin”

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Mr. Evanko – History Teacher

“Star Trek: The Next Generation”

“Flash”

“Supergirl”

“Jessica Jones”

“Parks and Recreation”

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Week of January 4th, 2016

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Adrianna Izzo – Freshman

“One Trill Hill”

“American Horror Story”

“Grey’s Anatomy”

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Nate Merchant and Matt Boath – Sophomores

“Walking Dean”

“American Dad”

“Family Guy”

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Vanoulith Sirisouk – Junior

“The Fosters”

“American Horror Story”

“Sherlock”

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KC McDonald – Senior

“Narcos”

“Twin Peaks”

“2001: A Space Odyssey”

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Mrs. Andrews – Special Education Teacher

“Making A Murderer”

“The Office”

“Hart Of Dixie”

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(Compiled by Emily Carroll)

Week of November 2nd, 2015

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Abby Bernstein – Freshman

“Clueless” starring Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash

“90210” starring Shenea Grimes-Beech and Tristan Wilds

“One Tree Hill” starring Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty

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Santiago Palacio – Sophomore

“30 for 30” starring Dan Rather and Magic Johnson

“Narcos” starring Wagner Moura and Boyd Holbrook

“Prison Break” starring Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller

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Mike Sember – Junior

“Family Guy” starring Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein

“Walking Dead” starring Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal

“Friends” starring Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox

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Desiree Lopez – Senior

“The Carrie Diaries” starring Annasophia Robb and Austin Butler

“Charmed” starring Holly Marie Combs and Alyssa Milano

“Being Human” starring Sam Witwer and Meaghan Rath

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Mr. Batson – History teacher

“Family Ties” starring Michael J. Fox and Michael Gross

“The Brady Bunch” starring Robert Reed and Florence Henderson

“Orange is the New Black” starring Taylor Schilling and Danielle Brooks

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(Compiled by Ian Hugo)

Week of September 28th, 2015

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Troy Anderson – Freshman

“Longmire” starring Robert Taylor and Katee Sackhoff

“Burn Notice” starring Jeffrey Donovan and Gabrielle Anwar

“Breaking Bad” starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul

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Colleen Hugo – Sophomore

“The Office” starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski

“Doctor Who” starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

“Cosmos” starring Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Vanoulith Sirisouk – Junior

“American Horror Story” starring Evan Peters and Jessica Lange

“Friends” starring Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox

“Grey’s Anatomy” starring Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh

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Vanessa Cuevas – Senior

“One Tree Hill” starring Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty

“Remember Me” starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin

“New Girl” starring Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson

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Mr. Young – History Teacher

“Rescue Me” starring Denis Leary and Michael Lombardi

“Peaky Blinders” starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill

“The Fall” starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan

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COLUMNS: Law Draws!

Law Draws! is our showcase of Law’s talented artists.

Here are this month’s submissions:

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By Vanoulith Sirisouk

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By Sarah Fazekas

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By Priya Gupta

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By Julia Bolcer

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By Daniel O’Halloran

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By Jordan Negron

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By Jasmine Provo – Senior (AP Studio Art)

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By Sana Rana

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By Nikki Chasse

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By Patience Deprey

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By Erik Brzoska

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By Kristopher Osornio

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By Susan Wischow

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By Bianca Rizzo

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By Kevin Keramis

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By Adam Streeter

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By Kristen Plouffe

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By Sana Rana

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By Jasmine Provo

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By Camila Araujo

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By Thomas Kinross

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By Madisyn Rauscher

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By Jasmine Provo

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By Melanie Coleman

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By Jaret Petrie

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COLUMNS: What’s On Your Playlist?

In this monthly column, members of The Advocate staff will ask Law’s students what they’re listening to:

Week of March 12, 2017

Mike Losciavo – Freshman

“Purp” by Kodak Black

“Dat” by Kodak Black

“White Girl” by Shy Glitzy 

Troy Anderson – Sophomore

Shape of you” by Ed Sheeran

“Paris” by Chainsmokers

“Wanna be that song” by Bret Eldrige

“All we know” by Chainsmokers

Nick Owens – Junior

“Monster” by Meek Mill

“No Favors” by Big Sean

“Goldie” by A$AP Rocky

Jesse DaCosta – Senior

“Bring​ ​da​ ​ruckus”​ ​-​ ​Wu Tang​ ​Clan  

“Lemonade”​ ​by​ ​Gucci​ ​Mane

“Thousand​ ​Mile”​ ​by​ ​Vanessa​ ​Carlton

Week of September 12, 2016

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Justin Amaro – Freshman

“Body Say” by Demi Lovato

“All In My Head” by Fifth Harmony

“Into You” by Ariana Grande

“Formation” by Beyonce

“Scared Of Happy” by Fifth Harmony

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Joseph Fletcher – Sophomore

“Lake Michigan” by Rogue Rave

“Wake Up” by Arcade Fire

“Far Away” by Junip

Step Out” by Jose Gonzalez

“Quintessence” by Theodore Sharpio

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Rosalie Filippone – Junior

“The Nights” by Avicii

“Pride” by American Authors

“Kids” by Onerepublic

“King Of The World” by Young Rising Sons

“Fire” by Gavin Degraw

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Sarah O’Brien – Senior

“What the Heck I Gotta Do” by Anthony Ramos From 21 Chump Street

“Could It Be You (Punk Rock Chick)” by Hwood

“Welcome To Duloc” by Hope Levy

“The Office Theme” by The Michael Scott Fan Club

“To The End Of The Line” by Alan Silvestri

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Mr. Young – Social Studies Teacher

“Mouth Full Of Cavities” by Blind Melon

“Don’t Follow” by Alice in Chains

“Shelf In The Room” by Days Of The New

“Lounge Act” by Nirvana

“Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony

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Week of January 8, 2016

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Pam Ellison – Freshman

“Hello” – Adele

“Sorry” – Justin Bieber

“Hit The Quan” – iHeart Memphis

“Drag Me Down” – One Direction

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Santiago Palacio – Sophomore

“Hotline Bling” – Drake

“CoCo” – O.T. Genasis

“Gives You Hell” – All-American Rejects

“Mr. Brightside” – The Killers

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Jessica Cuevas – Junior

“Jackie And Wilson” – Hozier

“Diane Young” – Vampire Weekend

“Better Together” – Jack Johnson

“Holdin’ On” – Flume

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Paige Szygiel – Senior

“Hello” – Adele

“Back to Back” – Drake

“Antidote” – Travi$ Scott

“Same Old Love” – Selena Gomez

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Mr. Zuraw – History Teacher

“Friday” – Rebecca Black

“It’s Thanksgiving” – Nicole Westbrook

“Hotline Bling” – Drake

“Wildest Dreams” – Taylor Swift

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Week of November 2, 2015

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Robert Lopez – Freshman

“Futuristic” – King Speech

“Decline” – Lil Durk ft. Chief Keef

“Planes” – Jeremih ft. J. Cole

“Faneto” – Chief Keef

“Futuristic” – Too Easy

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Kiarah Billups – Sophomore

“Locked Away” –  Adam Levine

“The Hills” – The Weekend

“Often” – The Weekend

“Here” – Alessia Cara

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Manjot Kailey – Junior

“Run the World” – Beyonce

“End Of The Time” – Beyonce

“Single Ladies” – Beyonce

“Drunk In Love” – Beyonce

“Halo” – Beyonce

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Camila Araujo – Senior

“Flowers In Your Hair” – Lumineers

“Domesticated Man” – Jungle Giants

“Katie Queen of Tennessee” –  Apache relay

“Georgia” – Vance Joy

“Cherry Wine” – Hozier

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Mr. Evanko – History Teacher

“Tarifa” – Sharon Van Etten

“Pretty Eyes” – Shellshag

“Space Song” – Beach House

“Fangless” – Sleater-Kinney

“Spanish Bomb” – Clash

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Week of September 28, 2015

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Shaniyah Salmon – Freshman

“Right Hand” – Drake

“Tell Your Friends” – The Weeknd

“Bed Peace” – Jhene Aiko  ft. Childish Gambino

“Where You At?” – Future

“Hotline-Bling” – Drake

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Derrick Mclaughlin – Sophomore

“Grew Fast” – J. Cole

“I’m A Fool” – J. Cole

“Crunch Time” – J. Cole

“Rise Above” – J. Cole

“Tears For ODB” – J. Cole

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James Watterson – Junior

“Pride Rock Wulf” – Xavier Wulf (prod. Purp Dogg)

“Sofa King” – Danger Room 

“Gucci Rag” – Karmah ft. Black Kray

“Ray Gun”  – BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah

“Super Chef” – ILOVEMAKONNEN

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Brendan Felag – Senior

“Champion” – Kanye West

“Barry Bonds” – Kanye West (ft. Lil Wayne)

“Alright” – Freeway

“Break Ya Neck” – Busta Rhymes

“U Don’t Know Remix” – Jay-Z

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Ms. Mannion – History Teacher

“Viva La Vida” – Coldplay

“Sounds Of Silence” – Simon and Garfunkel

“Send In The Clowns” – Judy Collins

“Hey Jude” – The Beatles

“You’ve Got A Friend” – James Taylor

COLUMNS: Writings From 111B

jonlawpicIn this monthly column, students with disabilities at Jonathan Law High School will write about what they do during or after school.
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March 2015

This month’s question is: What do you like the most about the St. Patrick’s Day parade?

By Edwin Gonzalez, Jr.

At the parade I like to buy toys.

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By Robert Daniels

As the parade I like to see the floats.

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By Richard Anderson

At the parade I like the big balloons.

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By Jennifer Gill

At the parade I like to see the fire trucks. I hope to go to the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Milford.

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By Kristin Connolly

At the parade I lke to see the balloons, the way the marchers are dressed up, and the bands playing. I feel happy when I see them.

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By Luigi DeCastro

At the parade I like to see floats.

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January 2015

This month’s question is: What is your New Year’s resolution?

By Luigi DeCastro

My New Year’s resolution is not to bother people about classes.

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By Edwin Gonzalez, Jr.

My New Year’s resolution is to continue to be a good boy in school.

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By Robert Daniels

My New Year’s resolution is to not repeat myself about going to the Academy.

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By Richard Anderson

My New Year’s resolution is to try to come to school more.

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By Jennifer Gill

My New Year’s resolution is to go to more Unified Sports tournaments.

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By Kristin Connolly

My New Year’s resolution is to express myself independently to someone without being prompted and asked. Also, I want to initiate conversations independently.

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November 2014

This month’s question is: What did you do for Halloween?

By Richard Anderson

On Halloween, I passed out candy.

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By Edwin Gonzales, Jr.

On Halloween, I ate pizza at a party with my Buzz Lightyear costume.

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By Luigi DeCastro

On Halloween, I went trick or treating and went to a Halloween party and passed out candy. I dressed up as Jake the Dog from Adventure Time.

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By Jennifer Gill

On Halloween, I passed out candy to the little kids.

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By Robert Daniels

On Halloween, I dressed up as Robin and I went trick or treating with Sky.

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By Kristin Connolly

For Halloween, I went trick or treating with Terry, my aide and friend. I was Peter Pan. It was so fun. I still have lots of candy. I ate lots of chocolate and ended up with a tummy ache.

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September 2014

This month’s question is: What did you do over the summer?

By Jennifer Gill

Over the summer, I went out for a walk with my mom and my dog. We went out for ice cream. We went to the mall and we went to the movies. We went out for dinner.

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By Robert Daniels

Over the summer, I went to Summer School at Harborside.

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By Kristin Connolly

Over the summer, I went into my pool and jacuzzi. I did Summer School at Harborside. I felt happy. I Skyped with Grammy a lot. I shopped a lot at the Milford Mall and went to the Stratford movie theatre sometimes. We even had movie night at my house and watched “Catching Fire” on DVD and ate lots of junk food.

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By Luigi DeCastro

Over the summer, I went to California on August 1. I took a plane. I went to Summer School at Harbor side Middle School. I went from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I went on field trips to Breakfast Corner, Colony Grill, and Seven Seas.

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By Edwin Gonzales Jr.

Over the summer, I went to Chloe’s House on my birthday on August 9, 2014.

COLUMNS: Stop & Smell The Roses: No Slacking This Spring!

IMG_2383By Morgan Hennessey – Columns Editor

April showers in the morning and warm afternoons make it hard for many seniors to get to school and work their hardest, but do not let that make you lazy. Senioritis is just not acceptable. Whether you believe it or not, it is just as important to go to school now than it was during crunch-time, college application time. Most colleges want your mid-year grades, your second half grades, and definitely your final grades. Make some time for fun in play, because you are accepted into college and that’s exciting, but don’t slack now! You want those scholarships.

Take it from someone who waited until now. Juniors, sophomores, maybe even freshmen – you should definitely start looking at scholarships now. It is a lot to do, and it is hard to focus on it in the spring of senior year. I never knew this myself as an underclassman, but so many scholarships are available to non-seniors. Even if you don’t know what college you want to go to, it is nice to know you will have some money set aside.

To the underclassmen and the seniors who haven’t made any decisions yet: take advantage of all that guidance has to offer. They are constantly holding field trips for college visits and there are several college fairs throughout the year. They are there to help you, so find your way down to their office when you get the chance. You will find the school that you love, just keep looking and do not get discouraged. Sure, high school goes by fast – that’s what everyone says. But make the most of your time to prepare yourself.

So now that it is spring, there is prom and graduation and class night and all the fun stuff right around the corner. Oh, and AP tests! Keep studying at a steady pace. AP tests are only there to help you. If you pass them, you will save hundreds of dollars worth of credits in college. So it’s worth it to pass them. It is important to try your hardest no matter how long and hard the test might seem.

Stay on track! School is almost over, only one more marking people and you all can do! Have a good marking period, and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses… and the tulips… and the daffodils…

 

COLUMNS: Stop & Smell The Roses: Spring Is Right Around The Corner

IMG_2383By Morgan Hennessey – Columns Editor

It’s February… the new year has come and so has the frozen, winter weather (finally). With all this snowfall so far this month, we have to remember to stay not only warm, but also safe. Most of us are new drivers, so just be careful out there because the roads are especially icy in the mornings before school.

February also means Valentine’s Day! In elementary school we gave all our friends in our class corny little Valentines, now we don’t have to put that tradition to rest because we are in high school. Valentine’s Day is a day to show anyone that you care about them, it isn’t a holiday just for couples. There’s no need to hesitate showing your friends how much you love them and care about your relationships. Whether you make them a card, or pink cookies or cupcakes, or just tell them you appreciate them, Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a happy day for all.

Next month is Cotillion, which is very exciting for the seniors as it is their last dance. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get dressed up and spend a fun evening together, this year it will fall on March 13th. The girls need to start getting their dresses, and the task will probably cause nostalgic feelings of their junior prom…

Prom will come along with spring, and so many seniors say it’s their favorite high school memory. It’s a great experience, and an amazing night to spend with your friends. All juniors should go – at least to post-prom – it is not something that you want to regret missing. The girls are starting to look for dresses. A word of advice is to not settle on your first dress or even the first boutique you look at. There are thousands of dresses available, not only will you maybe find a better dress, but you will definitely find better deals throughout different boutiques.

You may think prom will break the bank, but there a ways to save money. Finding your dream prom dress at discount is a hunt worth taking. Also, when the time comes, you should look for friends and family who can do your hair and makeup for you. Cotillion is more relaxed, you don’t have to get a fancy updo or even a fancy, expensive dress for that matter.

Whichever function you’re preparing for over the next couple of months, remember it’ll be a memory worth making. Make the most of it and have fun.

Stay warm, stay happy, show your friends how much you love them, prepare for the best nights of your life, and in between all that – don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

COLUMNS: What’s APPening? 5 Apps To Download Now

By Kayla Patrick – Sports Editor

Here are January’s five apps to download:

trivia crack1. Trivia Crack

Trivia Crack is currently the top-rated free app in Apple’s App Store. In this Trivial Pursuit-style game, you can challenge your friends through Facebook or by searching their username, or play a random opponent. This is an international smash hit that pits friends against each other to determine who has the most trivia knowledge. The six trivia categories are science, art, entertainment, sports, history, and geography, and the game is won by being the first to obtain all six characters. Users get to spin the wheels and let chance decide which category they get. Trivia Crack is a game of strategy. Earning coins throughout the game allows you to get special advantages such as PowerUps and extra spins which you can use to gain the upper hand over your opponents. You also can face off against your opponent and steal their characters. This game includes over a hundred thousand questions, so it never gets old. This app is available in many different languages. You can share achievements, challenge friend to a duel, chat live with friends and opponents, and more.

nexusae0_unnamed162. Netflix

Netflix is a free app that can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on your phone. This Netflix app delivers you the best experience anywhere, anytime. In order to watch on Netflix, you must have a membership which costs $7.99 per month. This app gives users access to unlimited TV shows and movies – you can watch as much as you want, as often as you want, anytime you want. You can browse a growing selection of thousands of titles, and new episodes that are added regularly. After searching for titles, you can watch immediately on your phone or on an ever-expanding list of supported devices. Users can rate their favorite shows and movies and Netflix will then help suggest the best titles.

pinterest3. Pinterest

Pinterest is a free social networking app that can be used by all ages. This is an app filled with assembled collages of pictures, places, and items where people can share different tastes with others. This app serves as inspiration whether you’re decorating your home, wondering what to wear tomorrow, planning the perfect wedding, and more. Pinterest is a tool to help you discover and plan things you want to do. You can “pin” things that you like or find interesting as a visual bookmark. You can also organize your pins and share them with others. Pinterest can help you plan projects such as home remodels, or garden redesigns. It helps you dream your next trip like outdoor adventures, and family outings. Pinterest also lets you save great ideas such as articles to read, movies to watch, gifts to buy, fashion and beauty tips, food and recipes to cook, fitness tips, and Lifehacks.

afterlight4. Afterlight

Afterlight is an app found in the Apple Store that is able to be downloaded on Apple devices. This app is the perfect image-editing app for quick and straight forward editing. It includes a simple design and powerful, snappy tools that will change your photo to our likings in seconds. The app includes 15 adjustment tools and is uniquely made to enhance your images to perfection with ease. Afterlight has up to 74 filters, including the new Fusion filters which allow users to mix tools, filters, and textures to create their own personal filters. The app provides a list of 128 different simplistic and adjustable frames, and allows you to crop your photos with its quick and easy cropping tool. You can transform your photos with a rotating tool, vertical and horizontal flipping tools, and straightening tools. Afterlight costs $0.99 for users to install.

facteune5. Facetune

Facetune is a fun and powerful portrait and selfie photo editor. This app gives you the ability to retouch and add artistic flair to selfies and portraits with ease from the convenience of your iPhone. Facetune gives you the perfect smile allowing users to widen or refine smiles, and whiten and brighten their teeth. This app can smooth and rejuvenate your skin, remove temporary imperfections like pimples and blemishes or brighten dark circles under eyes. This app can change your eye color, remove red eyes, and color over grey hair, fill bald patches, and remove stray hairs. This editing app can refine jaw lines or reshape facial structure – even reshape noses. Photo enhancements include improved lighting, customized filters, and focused or blurred objects. This app allows you to instantly share and edit photos with your friends and family through social media or e-mail. Facetune costs users $4.99 and is currently the 11th-ranked paid app in the Apple App Store.

(Photos courtesy apple.com)

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Here are November’s five apps to download:

heads up1. Heads Up!

In the Top 10 paid apps in Apple’s app store, Heads Up! is rated four and a half stars. The app can be downloaded on devices for $0.99. This fun and hilarious game from Ellen DeGeneres must be played with friends. Players guess the word on the card that’s on their head by watching their friend’s hints and clues before the timer runs out. You are able to play one of the 18 themed exciting categories (decks), or create a category of your own. Decks include themed cards including, celebrities, movies, animals, accents, characters, and more! This app allows you to play up to as many friends as the gamer wants. Heads Up! includes the capability of drawing a new card simply by tilting your phone. Gamers can keep videos of their hilarious game play and share them right to Facebook.

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iMovie is a photo and video enhancement app for phones and other apple devices. This app is rated four stars in Apple’s App Store. This app is free for users to download onto devices. This app allows you to add a video filter, animated title, and soundtrack to any video clip, and then users can instantly save their new video clips to their photo libraries. iMovie lets users browse their video library, share favorite moments, create beautiful movies, and watch them on all their devices in iMovie Theatre. Users are also able to enhance their movie with slow-motion, fast forward, picture-in-picture, and split-screen effects. You’re able to create a soundtrack using built-in music and sound effects, songs from your music library and your own narration. These soundtracks can be fine-tuned with audio controls including trim, split, duplicate, and fade. Users can choose from 8 unique themes with matching titles, transitions, and music. Video makers can send videos with Mail and Messages and are able to publish them to YouTube and Facebook.

itu3. iTunes U

iTunes U is free to download to devices and is rated 3 and a half stars in Apple’s App Store. This app is the best way to create and experience courses on your personal devices. iTunes U gives you access to complete courses from universities, plus the world’s largest digital catalog of free education content directly on your apple product. This is a valuable tool to help you learn anytime, anywhere. Users can choose from more than 750,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources covering thousands of subjects. They can also browse collections from education and cultural institutions in 30 countries such as Stanford, Yale, and the Library of Congress. Teachers can also now create and update their courses using the iTunes U app freely, and provide students with a course outline, write posts, distribute assignments and much more. The camera allows you to easily capture photos or videos and upload them for course assignments. Students participating in private courses can pose questions on the course or any post or assignment, while other students can jump into the discussion and ask more questions or provide answers. Teachers and students can keep up with the conversation when they receive push notifications as the discussion progresses.

fb94ceb8176524c77d3e49ca8dbfb82f_400x4004. Plex

Plex is an app download on devices allowing users to bring their media with them. This app can be downloaded to devices for $1.99 and is rated four and a half stars in Apple’s App Store. Plex organizes your personal media, so users are capable to watch it on any device. With this app, you can easily stream your videos, music, photos, and home movies to any apple devices from your home computer by running Plex Media Server. Plex makes your media beautiful with descriptions, artwork, and other related. This app is essential to some users because it automatically converts your media on-the-fly to play on any device. This app makes it much easier to share your media with friends and family.

wwf5. New Words With Friends

The New Words With Friends is sitting atop the free charts in Apple’s App Store. The New Words With Friends allows users to test their skills with their friends. This game allows solo play to practice your own skills, or allows you to compete with others when browsing profiles for opponents in Community Match. May the best friend win! The Smart Match component allows users to connect with similar players. This game gives the users the opportunity to expand their vocabulary using the Dictionary and Word of the Day features. Detailed stats let you track your performance and improvements. During the game, you can now chat with friends.

(Photos courtesy apple.com)

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Here are October’s five apps to download:

IMG_63411. Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans is a free, epic combat strategy game. Users can build their own village, train their own troops, and battle with millions of other players online. Clash of Clans is an addictive mixture of strategic planning and competitive fast-paced combats. Gamers can raise armies of Barbarians, War Wizards, Dragons and other mighty fighters. Defeating the goblins is just the first step; your quest isn’t over until your clans reigns supreme over all others. This app is rated four and a half stars.

IMG_63432. Hay Day

Hay Day is a free app to download and play. Hay Day is a farming utopia. Gamers can grow and customize their own farm. They’re able to trade crops and farm-fresh goods with neighbors and friends. You can build your own town and welcome visitors. The game includes food that grows for free, smiling neighbors, and animals that are happy to see you. This app is rated four and a half stars.

IMG_63453. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

The Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app has hooked many users. The Kardashian game allows the user to create their own celebrity and rise to fame and fortune. Gamers create their own star and customize their looks with hundreds of style options. The game is a huge interactive adventure as you encounter other celebrities, dedicated fans, and paparazzi. It’s your goal to become an A-list movie actor, cover model, fashion designer and more. The Kardashian game is rated four and a half stars.

IMG_63444. Spotify

Spotify is the new best way to listen to music on mobile or tablet devices. You’re able to search for any track, artist, or album and listen for free. Alot like Pandora, this app is said to be better by users. “I actually like this better than Pandora,” one reviewer said. “Pandora doesn’t allow you to choose your own music or playlists, this app is perfect for streaming and it has the newest music.” This app allows you to make and share playlists, and you can access other apps while the songs are playing. This app is rated four and a half stars, and is a free download on devices.

IMG_63425. Swiftkey

Swiftkey Keyboard, for Apple products, is a smart keyboard that learns from the user. It replaces your device’s built-in keyboard with one that adapts to the way you type. This app is personalized to you! It learns your writing style and is capable of giving you accurate auto-correct and intelligent net-word prediction, reducing keystrokes, and it only gets smarter over time. Swiftkey has helpful features such as the ability to type up to two languages at once. With Swiftkey Flow, rather than clicking each letter, you type by sliding from letter to letter. Swiftkey is accurate with typos with its autocorrect based on your personal writing style. This app even inserts missed spaces for you! This app is beneficial to users, capable of predicting your next word. Autocomplete a whole word with a single tap, instead of typing letter by letter. Swiftkey Keyboard is loaded with features to make typing even easier. This app is a free download and is rated 3 and a half stars.

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