By Tyron Manning
Some people want to graduate early but why? Maybe because they want to start their career early or join the military. Sometimes people hate school and that's the biggest reason someone would want to graduate early. But leaving school early can be bad because some people don't know what to do and students will miss social activities like prom, pep rallies, and homecoming. Everyone has their own perspective, but in my opinion students should wait to graduate. I think they are rushing to get to their dreams too fast and not enjoying high school experiences.
Mrs. Blocker says there are students graduating early this year because they have 22 credits and 5 Regents exams. In her perspective, she thinks students that graduate early must be prepared for college. She says some students that want to graduate early want to go into the military or armed forces.
I like my senior year for many reasons. I have 5 Regents exams completed so I can concentrate on earning the rest of my credits. I also can make time in my schedule for classes like home and repair and drivers ed. I am looking forward to going to college, but I’m going to enjoy my high school years.
By Jaheim Jones
On May 29th, prom night will feature a masquerade themed setting with the compliments of Mexcian cuisine, full of fun times and good vibes. Seniors will have their last year to be a part of prom night with loved ones, friends, and classmates. If it’s your first prom or you’ve benn to previous ones, you don’t want to miss out on this year’s prom.
Located at the Staybridge suites, scholars from East will enjoy a wonderful time and night. While enjoying the time there you won’t be able to help but notice the view of the University of Rochester across the river, a nice symbol of what's ahead of the road after high school.
How might you be involved? Well we have the student council and the senior class advisors to ask: Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Flaherty, Mrs. Wise and Chef Jeff. Plenty of food beverages and desserts will be provided with the cost of the ticket which is sold for now $65 which is a $10 difference from last year. Senior Class Advisor Chef Jeff stated, “The more students that come to the senior meetings, the more you guys can voice your opinions.” Being more involved as a class will help with planning our 2020 prom night. So come to the senior meetings to plan our prom night to remember.
By Elisha Jenkins
What is soul food? Soul food is food that comforts you, that is important to you and your culture, and that brings love to every home. Soul food is just not any usual meal that anyone can make at home; it is a meal that has a special place in your heart and in your home.
Last year Chef Jeff started to do this soul food throw down. This is a way for the students to learn and how to cook different meals from different places. This year Chef Jeff has organized this soul food throw down again for teachers and students. The teachers will cook a meal with their sous chefs, who are the culinary II students. Teachers cooked variety of food ranging from breakfast to desserts. On January 16th and January 17th this throw down happened during second and third period.
When talking to Chef Jeff, soul food to him means “bringing everyone together, very humble beginnings, love, attention, and family.” Chef Jeff came up with this soul food throw down because he wants the students to know that soul food is different to everyone and it’s not just American soul food. The meaning behind soul food throw down is to widen our views of “Soul Food” a bit and look at other cultures as well. Mrs. Conroy is a returning chef and said her experience last year was “pretty intense but fun.” Mrs. Conroy cooked meatballs last year because they are close to her and her family. Who will be the winner this year? We’ll find out soon.
By Tahaara Gazali
New years are meant for new changes and advancement, but yet we still face conflict around the world, which might evolve into a new rising war with Iran.
The U.S. assassinated Iranian Major General Qasseem Solaimani, which lead to greater tensions between both nations and may result in both countries taking action. According to CNN, Peter Bergen states, “The general had the blood of many Americans on his hands." This shows that America wanted to get revenge for a grudge they had with Iran. Iran had enough with the U.S. and the growing conflict over the assassination that they have bombed the American Base in Baghdad. This has very much angered the U.S. and President Donald Trump decided to respond with economic sanctions. "This order will have a major impact on the Iranian economy," President Donald Trump said. This act would not only punish the Iranian government but will also hurt the innocent people who have nothing to do with the actions of both nations.
By Byron Ramos
Will World War III begin? As some of you already know, many news headlines feature articles that imply a Third World War. This article will specify reasons that discredit this popular belief as well as offer explanations given by those who believe this will happen. Personally, I believe there is a big possibility that World War III will not start. Why? Iran's economic and commercial allies are not something we should fear, since it is quite doubtful that they would be militarily supported in a war against us. Iran's main allies are Russia, Lebanon and Venezuela. Lebanon is not a credible threat. They lack military power as to overpower ours. It’s highly doubtful that Russia wants to face off with the United States, although it is true that Russia has made comments of disapproval against the U.S. However, it is unlikely that Russia wants to rise in arms with the U.S. especially for a situation that doesn’t concern them. Finally, Venezuela, which has a magnitude of problems in its own country does not want to get into an armed conflict against us. The only allies that could and would support Iran militarily are the Middle Eastern militias. These include militias from Gaza and Syria, like Hezbollah, among others. They are militias that do not have a good amount of armament in order to compete with the country that has the greatest military power in the world. So the answer to the question “Will World War III begin?” is a big “No!”
By Nazier McDonald
Looking back at the year 2019 there were many highs and lows. Here is a recap of events by month for East High School.
January - There were big changes in the cafeteria. The assembly line started and the food improved! There were more food choices, such as subs and chicken.
February - East High School hosts a Black History Month and hip hop assembly to celebrate African American history.
March - Chef Jeff leads the Soul Food Cook-off. Mrs. Conroy wins it all with her fantastic meatballs!
April - East observed the Day of Silence to support LBGTQ+ people.
May - The University of Rochester extended their agreement with East High School.
June - East graduation rate hits 69%, up 3 times as much as before the U of R took over.
July - Summer was in full swing and students enjoyed a much deserved break. Juniors became SENIORS!
August - Rochester City School District celebrates their graduation rate, hitting a 10 year high.
September - Students are welcomed back to school. It was a much calmer and organized start to the year. The Pep Rally kicked off the sports season.
October - The Z grade hits the grade books. Students are now given a Z for a zero grade if their grade is lower than 50.
November - Students take to the street to protest teacher cuts in the District. The Board of Education votes to make mid-year cuts to 95 teachers in the district
December - Last but not least, the sudden death of rap artist Juice WRLD passes away at the age of 21. Many students were struck by this because his music was very influential to some. Some can even say it helped them through a tough time during their lives. Lost but never forgotten.