By Jaylon McCrea
From the time we were born, it has always been instilled that we all will one day die. To live is to experience everything that this life has to offer. Remembering both the good times and bad times is what makes life worth living. Some people who are often very depressed by certain events, such as losing a loved one, tend to suffer from suicidal thoughts.
Suicide is a very serious issue that does not get discussed as often as it should. Its importance is vital to not only you the reader, but to everyone, everyone from the little boy on his bike to the next President of the United States.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there were a reported 47,173 suicides in America in 2017 and there were an estimated 1,400,00 suicide attempts. Not only do these statistics show that many American citizens have attempted to kill themselves but many feel as if they have no one to talk to and no reason to live.
For anyone who feels like suicide is the only option, it’s not; there is always help available. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here you can explain your problems to an expert who will listen and direct you to get all the help you can need. Many people are often suicidal because of losing a loved one, natural disasters, and even disabilities.
The best thing we can do to support our loved ones is to pay close attention to not just their physical well-being, but their mental health as well. It could be a matter of life and death.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
By Kermarie Principe Caceres
East High School has much to offer to scholars, teachers, and the community. It is known that East High School partnered up with the University of Rochester in 2014 while still being a part of the Rochester School City District. East has made some progressive changes to its environment and the building itself.
The building was designed by architect J. Foster Warner which opened in 1902 on 410 Alexander St. and later relocated to its current location of 1801 East Main St. Since the year 2002, many changes have occurred on the property to make it a safer and better place for all. The school split into two separate schools: Lower school and Upper school. The Lower school is composed grades 6-8 grade and the Upper school grades 9-12.
For the past few years the school has been focused mainly on coming up with new programs to help scholars be academically successful, while also meeting their social and emotional needs. Some of the programs developed were Family Group along with after schools clubs such as Hillside Work Scholarship, Upward Bound, TLI, Culinary Arts, after school tutoring, Vision Care and so much more. For seniors, the Upward Bound Program and Hillside Work Scholarship are valuable resource since it helps students get a job, offers scholarships, and supports with the college application process. Family Group also has a big part in the scholar lives because it symbolizes a family who offers support and friendship. The school is still making changes to give scholars and the East community new and better opportunities.
The Support room assists scholars with assignments, gaining one-on-one access to content area teachers, Regents prep and monitoring academic progress. They also advocate for scholars and their academic development. Along with the Support room there’s a Care room also known as the “cool down room” that consists of social emotional supports run by social workers. It shows that East has been how students can be tenacious which has helped the school’s graduation rate to increase in the past few years.
By Miguel Rodriguez Segarra
On Friday March 15th, three New Zealand citizens caused one of the saddest events in New Zealand history. Four men were sought out to be terrorists. They murdered 49 innocent people just because they were Muslim.
Unfortunately only one of the four is charged with the murders, and it is said that only one did the shooting, 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant, believed to be a neo-Nazi. Of the other three men two have appeared in court the other has not been identified. It is still unclear what the other three men will be charged with.
They caused this mass murder because they believe the way Muslims pray is not the way people should pray. What made the situation worse was that the shooter walked in their churches and in cold blood kill the innocent people that were praying.
To prevent a further attacks, New Zealand is now passing down a gun law to ban all guns in New Zealand. This law will be passed this week. The prime minister reacted smartly and quickly.
We have to pray for the families who has lost their loved ones in this mass murder and hope for the best.
By Alejandra Cedeno
On March 1st culinary students assisted 7 staff members in a Soul Food Throw Down. As a way to celebrate Black History Month, culinary teacher, Chef Jeff, created an event for teachers to be able to showcase their version of what they consider “soul food” in their culture and family. Along with the help of second and third year students, the teachers prepared foods such as jambalaya, pasta, cod, beef stew, meatballs, and oxtails to then face head to head in a competition of recipes.
The competition was fierce but English Teacher Mrs. Conroy and sous chef Rishad Ragland took the win with her homemade meatballs and sauce. All the meals were exceptional and culinary students enjoyed sampling different types of traditional foods. They also enjoyed being the ones to give their teachers a grade for once!