Monthly Archives: February 2017

Reflecting on Black History Month

Christina Yacoub ‘17
EE Co-Opinions Editor

IMG_2918Since the beginning of the era of exploration and colonialism, African Americans have struggled to establish equality. In the process, importantly, they created a rich history. From the foundation of the NAACP in 1909 to the election in 2008, inspiring and progressive figures have emerged. Although the United States has had an embarrassing history with racial inequality, we must remember the men and women who have tried to create a better world.

There is no shortage of men and women dedicated to creating a more just world. Some of the most prominent figures include Nat Turner, Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman, Booker T Washington, W.E.B Dubois, Frederick Douglas, Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale (black panthers), Stokely Carmichael, and of course, the Obamas.

Within pop culture, African American athletes, artists, and other performers have organized a platform and made sure their voice is heard. With social media such as Twitter and Tumblr, it is significantly easier to spread opinions about injustices in our society.

The list of people risking their lives to provide a better future for the next generation is truly endless. Even before Rosa Parks, African Americans refused to give up their seats on buses to those who demanded them to leave.

THS Model Congress Capitalizes on Successful Fundraisers

Ethan Bachand ‘18 and Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE News Editor and Co-Managing Editor

 The week of January 30th was a busy one for the THS Model Congress team who worked to raise money for their upcoming trip to Harvard at the end of February. Over the course of two events, the club was able to raise $800 and are looking to continue fundraising.

    The first of the events was sponsored by Old Towne, in which the restaurant generously agreed to donate 10% of all dine in profits to the team. It was a win-win for family and friends of Model Congress students, who were able to enjoy delicious food and benefit the club at the same time. The night proved to be a huge success, raising an impressive amount.

Assemble Against Abuse

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Features Editor

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Students from the Looking In Theater Program from Hartford, CT with their teacher Jonathan Gilman. The students answer questions that Gilman and the audience pose about their characters from the skits they performed.

You see your friend and you wave. You walk over and engage in small talk, things like the weather and school. You continue to talk for a little while. The topic changes. Now you’re talking about politics. Nope that changed. Now it’s problems in the U.S. like racism and alcohol abuse. Nope that changed. Now it’s how your friend Jenny got drunk at a party the other night. Nope that changed. Now it’s how Jenny’s nudes got leaked and the whole school has them. Uncomfortable yet? Some juniors certainly were while sitting in the auditorium last Wednesday at an assembly that covered these touchy subjects and more.

Mr. Mecca explained before the show began that, “While the performance will end, the thinking needs to continue.” While he and the guidance staff may have hoped that the skits, portraying uncomfortable or problematic circumstances that happen to teens, provoked serious thought, some students thought it was rather a “spiked version of teenage lives,” as junior Terril Pile put it.

The Greatest Comeback in Super Bowl History


Julian Edelman make what is perhaps the greatest catch in Super Bowl history.

Ethan Bachand ’18
EE Co-News Editor

Football is a 60 minute game. Sometimes a little more, but never any less. Until three zeros are on the game clock, however improbable, anything is possible. In what can only be described as one of the most electrifying Super Bowls of all time, the New England Patriots rallied from a 25 point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime.

The mission was clear for both teams well before the game even started. For the Patriots and their quarterback Tom Brady, they were chasing history as they hoped to seize a 5th Lombardi Trophy  for their owner, head coach, and star player. For the Falcons, they were simply in chase of their first ever NFL championship in franchise history. With both teams driven to succeed, the game was set up to be an instant classic. Lucky for us, it didn’t disappoint.

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