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NEWS: Jonathan Law Band Marches Through Successful Fall Season

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By Dominick Buccitti – Editor-in-Chief

The Jonathan Law band has started the 2017-2018 school year with a bang – and a clash.

This fall, the band has had two major performances: marching in the Connecticut Day Parade at the Big E and participating in a “side-by-side” performance with the United States Marine Corps Band stationed at Base Quantico.

The members of the band sat with the Marines while they played pieces from their Tour of New England. Band director Mr. Giampietro got to conduct the Marine Corps Band.

“We’ve been much better in the past two years, and are continuing to work hard to get better,” junior band member Michael Bagdasarian said.

The band has performed a 10-minute halftime show at each of the home football games. They are also playing in the upcoming Milford Veteran’s Day parade.

“The band is good this year,” junior band member Jessica Scherback said. “We got a few new people which is always nice.”

Outside of marching band, the concert band and the Jazz ensemble will perform in the Jonathan Law Holiday Concert on December 13. Later in the school year, the band will travel to New York, to attend a clinic at Columbia University with the Wind ensemble director.

“I think that the experience we will have at Colombia will have a great impact on our program and I think it will allow us to improve and grow,” junior band member Hannah Swenning.

As the band has grown, they will be losing four senior members: Kyle Shugrue, Sam Serbin, Sean Patterson, and and Nelson Gomes.

Each of these four young musicians has made an important impact on our band and it will be sad in June to see them go,” Giampietro said. “I am hoping that the commitment and dedication they have made to our progress and growth will make a lasting impact on our current band members.”

The band has current goals of growing even larger and improving their skills of musical problem solving.

“This year has already been an amazing experience of growth and achievements throughout the band, both through bonding together and welcoming in our talented new members,” junior band member Alyssa Decker said.

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NEWS: History Club, Computer Science Club Debut At Law

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By Cassandra Soda – News Editor

The Jonathan Law History Club is brand new to the school this year.

The club was started by history teachers Mr. Roumeles and Mr. Zuraw. The club meets on selected Thursdays after school in Room 191 throughout the year. The club is meant for students who share an interest in all things historical or having to do with social studies

“Mr. Zuraw and myself love history, politics, and social studies in general,” Roumeles said. “We wanted students at law who share those same feelings to have a club they can call their own.”

The club has more than 20 students attending the meetings, and they are planning activities such as movie afternoons, historical presentations, and possibly some field trips.

“I wanted to join the club because Mr. Zuraw and Mr. Roumeles both make their classes really interesting and they are both so fun, so I thought it would be a cool thing to do and talk about different topics,” junior Grace Wootton said.

Students are very excited for this club and cannot wait to see what is to come in the future.

“We are hoping we grow as a club and take on whatever activities and direction the students are interested in taking on,” Zuraw said.

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Jonathan Law also has a brand new Computer Science Club this year.

The club is run by computer science teacher Ms. Corriveau and meets after school on Mondays in Room 125. Sophomore Neal DiBlase had the idea to start up the club.

“I really enjoy coding; it’s fun and kind of therapeutic,” DiBlase said. “It’s also what I want to do as a career and I thought it was a shame that there wasn’t anywhere to learn more.”

The club together learns various coding languages such as Python, C++, and Java. They also work on computer science related projects to help develop their skills while hanging out with like-minded people.

“I like seeing the students collaborate with each other and I love seeing their enthusiasm,” Corriveau said. “They are all so smart and motivated, it’s a great environment for creativity and big ideas.”

In the future, the club hopes to be working on projects all together, while teaching each other about computer science and programming unlike currently, where they are all learning together.

NEWS: Annual Thanks For Giving Food Drive Helps Those In Need

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By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

The 13th annual Thanks for Giving Food Drive is taking place from November 10-12 at Wasson Field in Milford to collect food for over 250 local families.

This fundraiser is hosted by local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts with the help of Cub Scouts, and the Jonathan Law Key Club, National Honor Society, and Keyettes who collect and sort non-perishable foods and frozen turkeys.

“We appreciate all the past support from Key Club and National Honor Society and look forward to getting help again from the Lawmazing community,” event chairman Thomas Mercaldo said.

This tradition of giving back was started in 2004. A scout and his father decided that they needed to help out those in need especially because of the upcoming holidays.

“I think the food drive is a great way to have fun while helping the local community” senior Emma Caserta said.

In 2016, the drive collected 3,800 cans of vegetables, delivered 315 baskets of food, and received over $4,000 in cash donations. Since 2004, the turkey count as more than tripled.

“I think the turkey count is great because it allows the public to see the progress and feel motivated to get involved,” junior Tyler Goodwin said.

The volunteers help to distribute individually made meals to over 250 families in Milford and surrounding towns, as well as local food banks. Businesses that are collecting food for donations include Aquinas Consulting, People’s Bank, Milford Town Hall, and Give a Dog a Bath.

“I volunteer at the food drive because I want to give back to my community and knowing the work I’m doing makes a difference,” senior and Eagle Scout Ryan Lapadula said.

Although the food drive is mainly for food, the volunteers will also take miscellaneous items like clothes or toys that can be given to families.  

“The food drive has a friendly atmosphere where everyone is working hard to help out” senior volunteer and former Girl Scout Priya Gupta.

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For more information on the food drive, please visit thanks4giving on Facebook or follow @thanks4givingfood on Twitter.

NEWS: Law’s Unified Sports Team Excited For New Season

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By Cassandra Soda – News Editor

The Jonathan Law Unified Sports team is ready and excited to jump into the new school year.

Unified Sports is a program where special education students work with regular education students and play sports in a fun environment.

“I love coaching because I enjoy watching the athletes skills increase and them making new friends with the partners,” Unified Sports coach Mrs. Daniels said. “I also enjoy going to tournaments and meeting members of other teams.”

The team plays soccer, wiffle ball, basketball, bowling, and track. There are three tournaments for soccer, two tournaments for volleyball, and one tournament for bowling and track, and Law hosts a wiffle ball and basketball tournament.

The athletes enjoy all the sports they play.

“My favorite part about Unified Sports is when we do drills and kick the ball into the wall,” freshman Anthony Correia said.

Many students at Law volunteer for the club and attend the practices and tournaments with the athletes.

“What I like the most is they are always eager and excited to practice and try new things,” senior Ciara Boyd said. “They are such a happy and motivated group and it is so much fun working with them.”

The students who volunteer love to help and see the kids having fun.

“I like seeing the excitement the kids get when they are able to do a certain skill,” senior Jennifer Contreras said.

Seeing the kids work hard is very motivational and exciting to the partners who all love what they do in working with the kids.

“I like how every kid makes an effort to overcome challenges that they face regularly,” Contreras said.

The athletes work hard at every practice to try and improve their skills while also having fun.

“My favorite part is helping the athletes play these sports to the best of their ability while also creating a bond with them,” Boyd said.

The team participates in a Youth Leadership Summit in December where partners from other districts in Connecticut meet and attend break-out sessions to talk about leadership.

The team in the past has won the Michael’s Cup award and hope to win it again this year or in the future.

The team practices on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 in the old gym from September to June. The kids and partners are all looking forward to having a fun, enjoyable, and successful year.

NEWS: Hoggatt Enjoying New Role As Assistant Principal

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By Dominick Buccitti – Editor-in-Chief

This year, Jonathan Law welcomed a familiar face, Mr. Hoggatt, as a new assistant principal.

Just before last school year ended, the position opened up when former assistant principal Mrs. Drew announced her retirement. The candidates for the job went through a series of interviews, including a student panel.

“I have enjoyed Jonathan Law and I wanted to get involved with administration,” Hoggatt said. “When this job opened up, I felt that it would be a good fit.”

Before becoming assistant principal, Hoggatt was a math teacher at Law for the past 13 years, where he had served as math department head for the past three years and athletic director three years before that.

“Mr. Hoggatt is knowledgeable, supportive, humorous, sympathetic, and authoritative,” senior Kayla Sharpe said.

Law principal Mr. Thompson feels grateful to have Hoggatt on his administrative team. Hoggatt was what they were looking for in an assistant principal.

He has shown himself to be an excellent fit as an administrator,” Thompson said. “His love of Jonathan Law and his commitment to making all of us better is evident every day.”

Some of Hoggatt’s goals were to: continue to meet and learn about the students, try to get as many after school activities at Law, and to get into as many classrooms as possible.

“He understands their [students] needs and works with them to reach their full potential,” assistant principal Mr. Marko said. “In every decision that he makes, he considers the needs of the students first and then tries to make it happen.”

This year’s senior class and a portion of the junior class were the last classes to have Mr. Hoggatt as their math teacher.  

“He is a fair disciplinarian and is attentive towards the whole school,” senior Grace Piselli said. “He has a big heart.”

Hoggatt currently oversees the sophomore and senior classes. He has a piece of advice for the Class of 2018.

“Take advantage of all of the great opportunities Law has to offer,” Hoggatt said. “Don’t wish your senior year away.”

NEWS: Law Hosts Milford’s Annual Relay For Life

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By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

Milford’s Relay for Life was held on Saturday, September 16, from 1-11 p.m. at Jonathan Law High School.

Relay for Life is a signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that incorporates communities and volunteers in an effort to raise money in the fight against cancer, while also celebrating fighters, survivors, and their families.  

“it’s a good way to raise money for a well known and helpful organization. And there is so much to do there with your friends,” senior volunteer Ciara Boyd said.

Milford has held this fundraiser for 15 years and has raised a total of over $1.1 million since its inception.

According to the American Cancer Society, almost 22,000 people in Connecticut will have some form of cancer this year, which is one of the leading diagnosis’s amount per state.

“My mom had cancer and my grandmother had cancer; I have lost a lot of important people in my life to cancer,” Jonathan Law senior Brianna Lenotti said.

Relay for Life’s opening ceremonies began at 1 p.m., including speeches from Milford Mayor Ben Blake, and Milford Superintendent of Schools Dr. Feser.

This year, over 30 teams and clubs participated in the fundraiser this year, and raised money for the foundation.

“When I was 10, I got diagnosed with skin cancer and it was the scariest moment of my life,” senior cancer survivor Salma Samih said.

To fund raise, teams held stations where you could win a fish, take pictures, and get henna designs.

Along with stations, Relay for Life also had a lemonade stand, a food truck, and bouncy houses.

“We drew freelance henna pieces on participants who wanted a piece of art,” senior Mikaela Bravo said.

Law’s sports teams and clubs and Foran sports teams and clubs made Relay teams to help raise money.

Milford Public School teams included the Law National Honor Society, Foran Cheer, Law Girls Soccer, Foran Boys Soccer, and Law Girls Swimming and Diving.

Each team included adult supervisors and team captains some of which who are student leaders.

“I felt like I was doing a good deed because I was able to raise money for cancer research while I was having fun with my friends,” president of National Honor Society and team captain Robert Fisk said.

Closing ceremonies from Relay for Life includes a luminary lighting, a slide show featuring survivors and those lost to cancer, and a lap of silence for those taken by the disease.

NEWS: Senior Marino Aspires To Rap Career

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By Kira Ortoleva – Staff Reporter

Many popular musical artists have revealed new albums and songs recently.

A group of Jonathan Law seniors will soon be joining that list.

Senior Matt Marino, a captain of the boys track team and a rap enthusiast, has been creating the music and lyrics to his own rap songs for three years on Soundcloud. He’s accompanied by seniors Connor Creane, Dean Pettway, Ronnie Spangler, and Jordan Beck.

“I just wanna get to the top,” Marino said.

Marino balances his academics and athletics with his rap career. He has several songs out on Soundcloud, and creates the music himself. He and his senior classmates formed the group The Jiggy Fellows and will drop their debut album, “Jiggy Forever,” this month.

Creane said he enjoyed the process of making the album.

“We gave tips back and forth,” Creane said. “Lyrics back and forth.”

As a boy, Marino was always infatuated with music. He’s played multiple instruments throughout his life, and started with jazz music.

He plays the trumpet, guitar and drums, and was inspired by his father, a music teacher. Marino grew up listening to rap music, and it eventually inspired him to make his own.

Of all the professional rappers in the industry, most of Marino’s inspiration comes from Logic and Kendrick Lamar. He’s based his type of music off of the type that Logic produces.

“He’s got a good mind,” boys track coach Mr. Beler said.  

Pettway is impressed with the diversity of Marino’s lyrics and messages.

“He has a few different flows which is what’s good about him,” Pettway said. “He can switch it up, his lyrics are meaningful, and every beat he uses compliments them well.”

Marino’s peers said they enjoy his music and that they see consistent improvement with each track.

“He’s getting better and better with each take,” Beck said.

Marino plans to become a doctor and study at a college in California. In the meantime, his peers and teachers are taking notice of his musical talents.

“He’s very creative,” technology education teacher Miss Corriveau said. “He’s an outside of the box thinker, and likes to get things done quickly and right. He’s extremely talented with writing lyrics.”

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