By Xavier Smith
Last weekend the Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled out of town for two tournaments. On Friday December 8th we traveled to Syracuse for the first time and played against Henninger High School. Throughout the game our team played as hard as we could to win but there were simple mistakes that cost us the win. Even though we lost this game, we gained a lot of team chemistry with each other. The next day we played Liverpool High School at Bishop Kearney. This team was a little more difficult than the last team, but overall these teams were really competitive and we did not play as well as we should have. After playing these teams we learned that everything isn’t going to be easy and sometimes you have to play through it. We also noticed a couple of mistakes that we can work on as a team such as taking our time on free throws in order to win more games.
By Katherine Gomez Acevedo
During this time of the year, you hear the sound of bells, the laugh of families eating and telling stories and enjoying time together. You see houses shining with many colors. Although Christmas happens once a year, it’s a time when families come together and sit around a table and enjoy a variety of food. When you walk outside you can see the beauty of the houses shining with lights, and the Christmas songs playing in the stores as you walk in.
This season is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year not because families come from different places and visit each other, but in this time of the year when Christians believe a King was born, a King of Mercy, who intercedes for us between the Father in heaven. He is the one who died and was risen and is to come. Christians believe the savior of the humanity was born at this time of the year, the one and the only one that can save our souls if people get to know him. Most people have heard about Jesus, and the question of “Do you want to declare Jesus Christ as your savior?” One of the ways we answer is “Not now, I’m okay the way I’m living.”
The word of God declares that “He arrives on time.” This means that if you hear about Jesus and people that talk to you about Him, don’t close your doors to Him, that for some reason He had to knock on your door to save your life on time. This Christmas be reminded that you are in this world for a purpose and remember to be grateful for who you are and where you stand, and what you have. Jesus gave His life for me and for you to be where we are now, so appreciate of what you have. And remember that Christmas is not just presents but that Jesus was born at this time and went to heaven and is to come soon. Ready your heart this Christmas season.
By ZyeAnne Thompson-James
Frigid winds beating across your face, a bed made of frozen metal in a public park, frostbitten hands and feet. These are the daily troubles of a homeless person during the winter. Seven hundred people experiencing or at risk of homelessness are killed from hypothermia annually in the United States. It is never too late to reduce these numbers. Here are a few ways you can help saves lives.
There is always a way to advocate for others and make a difference in their lives.
College Admissions Deadlines
By Robin Kettles
Most colleges have a deadline for admissions and others have a rolling admission process. But just because a college might have rolling admissions doesn’t mean you should apply late.
If you apply late, you’ll end up trying to get accepted late into the school and the later you apply, the harder it is to get accepted into the school. The earlier you apply, the faster you get accepted into the college and you would know that you’ll actually have a spot into the college and don’t have to wait until May or June to know if you got accepted.
Also, there are deadlines for you financial aid or FAFSA, which is one of the most important parts of the college application process. FAFSA helps you pay for college and you definitely want the government to help you out. Your financial aid package might be a combination of grants and loans. A loan is something you have to pay back with interest but a grant is something you don’t have to pay back so the sooner you apply for grants, the fewer loans you have to apply for.
Now is the time to make sure you have your applications done, letter of recommendation submitted, and FAFSA completed. If you need help with any steps of this process, be sure to make an appointment with your counselor as soon as possible.
wBy Strong King
East High is not providing extra test prep on Saturdays in order to help students prepare for their January Regents Exams. By attending Saturday school, it allows students the opportunity to review subjects for up to 2 classes. Saturday school can be extremely beneficial in preparing students for the Regents exams they need to graduate.
The program runs from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm and yellow busses will be provided for transportation for every Saturday school student. Program subjects include Living Environment, Algebra, U.S. History, CDOS-Skillsusa review and exam, Earth science, Geometry, English, and Global History. There will be a break between sessions and snacks and juice will be provided.
If you sign up, it is really important you actually attend because the teachers are counting on you to be there. For any other questions and to sign up, please see your counselor about it ASAP!
By Leanne Garcia
Christmas tree, bright lights, and gifts being passed around. This are the common features of a Christmas day that families celebrate during the winter. Well that’s not all to this season! There are many different holidays that are being celebrated during this time around the world.
Hanukkah: This is one of the most important holidays for people of the Jewish faith. Every December for eight days, Jews light a candle holder called a menorah in remembrance of what they call the “ancient miracle.” Along with that they celebrate during those eight days by singing, eating potato pancakes and playing traditional games.
St. Lucia Day: On December 13, Swedish girls dress up as ‘Lucia brides’ to honor the third-century saint. Their costumes are usually a white long gown with red sashes and a wreath of burning candles on their heads. On this day the girls wake up their families by singing and bringing them breakfast.
New Year: We all know our typical New Year’s celebration, spending time with your family and anxiously waiting for the midnight countdown to celebrate the New Year. Well in Ecuador families have an interesting way of celebrating the New Year. Families start by dressing a straw man with old clothes, then each member makes a will for the straw man that describes all of their faults. At midnight they burn the straw man, hoping that their faults disappear with him.
Kwanzaa: Kwanzaa is week-long celebration from December 26 to January 1st. Kwanzaa means “First fruits,” so during this week many African American wear special clothes and decorate their houses with fruits and vegetables and light a Kinara.
These are just some of the holidays celebrated during this season, but if you are interested in knowing more about holidays worldwide you can visit https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/ Click on a country and it will show you all the holidays they celebrate and what they mean.