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NEWS: Law’s Advanced Creative Writing Class Publishes Book

(Photo courtesy Mr. Healy)

By Dominick Buccitti – Editor-in-Chief

Jonathan Law’s new Advanced Creative Writing class is currently working on its first anthology “Trust the Process.”

The class currently consists of 18 student writers, working on three stories each. Student stories go through a pre-writing phase, drafting phase, and a revising phase; each story is revised five times before a final submission.

I like the challenge of helping students shape and mold their ideas,” Advanced Creative Writing teacher Mr. Healy said. “It’s amazing when you see a student’s initial idea turn into an amazing story.”

This publication will contain a span of genres and topics, including mental illness, race, life and death, and love. The stories range from fantasy, realistic fiction, action, humor, and dystopian literature.

“I enjoy being able to pick any genre, the style I write my stories, and how long I can make stories,” senior Lindsaylee Buskey-Maud said.

The book will cost $20 and is currently on pre-sale. If interested, Healy and his students are taking orders.

It will be on sale through Barnes and Noble and Amazon in June.

“Creative outlets are so important for our students and the support of the community means a tremendous amount,” Healy said. “And, who knows, maybe it will inspire readers to express themselves.”

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NEWS: Ice Cream Emergency Comes To Law

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By Cole Egersheim – Staff Reporter

They are a full service mobile ice cream patrol.

And on November 14, Ice Cream Emergency came to Law to speak to Mr. Beler’s business students.

Ice Cream Emergency is a family-owned business located in Oxford, CT. They have over 10 years of experience in catering and event arenas and they service the entire state of Connecticut.

Founder Debbie Arrato said that the company’s ice cream trucks are very unique. They are designed as hospitals inside and their motto is “Saving lives, one scoop at a time.”

They offer super premium gourmet ice cream, delicious frozen yogurt, and low-fat and fat-free options.

“I think it’s a great experience for the Jonathan Law students,” Beler said. “Debbie has great experiences ranging for corporate and entrepreneurship skills. She is able to apply real life stories and success and the ice cream doesn’t hurt either.”

Students enjoyed hearing the presentation and learned how Arrato began her journey. Everyone also enjoyed the ice cream that was handed out at the end.

“I had the chocolate chip cookie dough,” junior Zach Smith said. “It was fire.”

Senior Maggie Kelly said she learned the process involved in opening a business.

“I learned that a business doesn’t start from one day,” Kelly said. “It takes a while to figure out what kind of business interests you and that you want to possibly spend the rest of your life as a career.”

NEWS: National Honor Society Sponsors Annual Giving Tree

(Photo by Morgan Taylor)

By Morgan Taylor – Staff Reporter

Jonathan Law’s Giving Tree re-appeared in time for the holidays.

The National Honor Society decorates the tree each year with tags that include a boy or girl along with their age and a gift. Students and staff can take a tag off the tree and return it with the gift that is listed.

“We work with Milford Bridges who work with families who are dealing with mental health and addiction issues,” NHS advisor Ms. Turcotte said. “They collect a gift list of their neediest clients and we help fulfill the list.”

Many children ask for clothes and other necessities that many people take for granted.

“Most of the gifts are given anonymously so we don’t know the exact amount of gifts that are given each year,” said Turcotte.

NHS collects about 180 gifts each year to donate to the Milford Prevention Council and the Milford United Way.

Both students and staff participate in the activity.

“I think it’s one of the most important things I do each year,” history teacher Ms. Mannion said. “I think it’s most important at this time of the year to help someone out who is less fortunate than I am.”

NHS is going to be taking a part in many activities in the upcoming future.

“In the new year we are hoping to get welcome back graduates running again, inducting new members and getting ready for the brain bowl in the spring,” said Turcotte.

NHS inducts new members every year and this process is starting soon. The induction ceremony will take place in March.

NEWS: Law Celebrates Extended Spirit Week

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By Cassandra Soda – News Editor

Spirit Week at Jonathan Law was not an average week this year – considering it consisted of 10 days of festivities.

Spirit Week took place from November 13-17, November 20-22, and November 27-28. Some of the themes were Pajama Day, Tacky Tourist Day, All-American Day, Twin Day, Color Wars, and Black and Gold Day.

“The level of participation from all four grades and staff was the best we have ever had which made spirit week even more special,” Athletic Director Mr. Sarullo said.

The goal of Spirit Week is to bring the school together and increase the pride, energy, and school spirit through fun activities.

“I thought that Spirit Week was very eventful and it was a fun way to compete against the other grades,” freshman Jordyn Konlian said.

This year’s Spirit Week continued on after the Powderpuff team and football team won against Foran in their annual games. The football team continued on to the playoffs and spirit days were used to help them get excited for the game.

“This Spirit Week was better than previous ones because there was more school spirit everywhere and there was more competition and participation in general,” senior Molly Mercaldo said.

Spirit Week is usually used to help teams get excited for their upcoming games and give them motivation to go out on the field and win.

“My favorite part of spirit week is to see how much fun everyone has with their outfits for the themed days,” Sarullo said.

Through the use of spirit points, the week becomes a competition throughout the grades to see who has the most school spirit and who can win at the end of the week.

“My favorite thing about spirit week is being able to dress up to show my school spirit and competing against other grades for points,” junior Samantha Franzman said.

The themes of the days were picked by a committee of students and staff and the points were awarded by a secret committee that got together each day and determined points.

NEWS: Eagle Eye News Adds Radio Station, Podcasts

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By Molly Mercaldo – Entertainment Editor

Eagle Eye News at Jonathan Law looks – and sounds – a lot different this year.

New technology, new students, and new projects have all been featured on the school news which streams live after the first period of every school day.

Broadcast Journalism, the class that is in charge of running Eagle Eye News, is taught by English teacher Mr. Kulenych.

“It’s been an exciting first few months of the year,” Kulenych said. “We’ve been looking forward to getting this new equipment and the kids have been amazing in learning how to use it.”

New high definition Sony cameras allow for higher picture quality than the old cameras and also have different featuring and settings that the class can use.

The news is now being streamed throughout the school online instead of being played on a channel on Law’s television system.

This year, the cameras and new studio equipment have been used to stream Eagle Eye News, record segments for the news, and to film projects outside of the news.

“I’m excited about all the new stuff we have this year,” senior Nick Owens said. “Last year, the old equipment broke down and was hard to work with.”

The Broadcast Journalism class is also currently working on making short news segments to be featured on the Fox 61 Student News. The Fox 61 Student News opportunity allows students from different schools in the state to produce and submit news stories to be featured on Fox’s news stations.

This contest also gives the students who produced superior video the opportunity to be rewarded for their excellence in news work with prizes such as cash rewards.

“This opportunity makes me feel like I have a voice to get information out and express creativity through a video,” senior Jack Pincus-Coyle said.

Also new to Eagle Eye News this year is a podcast network. 

Law’s current podcast lineup includes “Fran’s Friday 15,” a music podcast deejayed by Law principal Mr. Thompson, “Four Down Territory,” a sports podcast produced by seniors Nick Owens and Paris Champ, and “Technical Difficulties” produced by history teachers Mr. Zuraw and Mr. Roumeles.

The Jonathan Law iPads in Music class is also developing a podcast to show off its digital music.

“I like doing podcasts because it gives me the opportunity to have fun in school and talk with Roumeles,” Zuraw said.

The streaming technology has also allowed Eagle Eye News to add a radio station to its list of productions. This radio plays Billboard Top 100 music throughout the day and seasonal music for events and holidays.

“We definitely have a lot of projects going at once, but it’s been a lot of fun,” Kulenych said. “The kids are now able to get more real-world experiences in TV and radio and they have more avenues to make an impact on the school community.”

NEWS: Lui Excited To Join Law’s History Department

(Photo by Cole Egersheim)

By Cole Egersheim – Staff Reporter

Jonathan Law is happy to welcome Mr. Lui to the history department.

Before coming to Law, Lui student taught at North Providence High School in Rhode Island and taught at Daniel Hand High School last year.

“I heard nothing but positive reviews for Law, so when their was an opening for a social studies position I immediately applied,” Lui said. “The students, staff, and community are all amazing”

Some of Lui’s goals for his classes are that all of his students are able to develop awareness and understanding for contemporary issues. He said he thinks it is mportant that students grasp how diverse the world is and understand the challenges that come with it.

He is currently teaching U.S. History, Civics, and Modern World History.

Before starting his teaching career, Liu attended Providence College where he was on the swimming and diving team and was captain his senior year. He made the Big East All-Academic Team all four years at Providence.

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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