By Jaquayla Young
What is the College Prep Center?
If you need a place to get help with anything college related this is the place to be. Want to explore colleges and careers? Need SAT practice? Are you interested in tutoring? Or maybe even college tours. An upcoming trip to Philadelphia area colleges will take place November 9-12. You must be a senior to attend. For more tours and information take advantage of what’s right in front of you. You do not have to be enrolled or sign up for anything; it’s simple.
The College Prep Center is located in room F116. There you will find amazing staff like Mr. Fergusson, Ms. Anthony, and Ms. Scrivens. The CPC is open to all grades 6-12. Everyone is welcome. The College Prep Center’s very own Mr. Fergusson states, “Students will get out of it what they put into it.” So now it’s in your hands. Will you put forth the effort? Go visit East High’s very own College Prep Center today!
Vision Care Gives the Gift Of Sight
By ZyeAnne Thompson-James
Did you know that 2 out of 5 children go without glasses because of lack of healthcare or low income? The fact that we can change this statistic by providing free glasses is nothing less than a miracle. The East Vision care program is a Program taught by optician Logan Newman, where high school students get a chance to experience the work of an optician. “I love being able to help on many different levels” said vision care teacher Mr. Newman.
Even if you dread waking up in the morning and going to school, your mood will change coming to our Vision Care classroom. Senior Vision Care student Noah Al-hamachi says, “my favorite part of the program is seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces when they can see clearly for the first time.” This program make you feel like a hero for making a difference in your community.
Mr. Newman said, “I love that my students connect with the program and find things that helps them find a direction in their life. I've witnessed many students of this program graduate and become successful opticians, thanks to this program.” So if you're interested in helping people in need, stop by E107 and learn more!
Club Fair Showcases New Clubs at East
By Xavier Smith
Do you have nothing to do after school because you were such a great scholar and completed all of your work? Well maybe a good idea for you is to join a club that interests you. Earlier this month there was a Club Fair held in the cafeteria where more than 10 different types of clubs that scholars could join showed off what the club has to offer. The purpose for this was to get the scholars more involved with each other and some of the teachers and also to spread the word about what things East High School offers to everyone. If you have a great talent of acting things out maybe you should join the Drama Club or maybe even the Improv Club. If you are a person who is active then you might want to join a sports club and Field Hockey might be a great idea for you. This fair was run by the Student Government, so if you’d like more information, see Mr. Delehanty for a full list of clubs being offered.
By Juan Santiago
As we all know, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and the results were traumatic and devastating to the people of Puerto Rico. Many of the students that attend East high School have families there. So Chef Jeff came up with an idea to fundraise by selling Puerto Rican themed food, such as rice and beans, chicken, salad, and also flan. This was a very big hit and the East High Community ended up raising about $1300 from food sales. All of the funds were donated to the Red Cross to aid in their recovery efforts. So when Chef Jeff says “we’re changing the world, one plate at a time,” he really does mean it!
Student Government Needs Your Support
Student Government is a club that many schools have to promote leadership among the students. As a Student Government participant or member, students get to work with their peers on making changes for the school. Once you're in this club, you get the opportunity to run for positions of office that you would like to hold such as the representative of your class, secretary, treasurer, vice president, and president. I have had the privilege to be the President of the Student Government here at East. I decided to run for this position because I believe – as many other students and teachers also believe – that there are many problems that need to be addressed in order to become a better East.
Many have asked what the role of the Student Government is, what can it do, and even what the president does. To be honest, not much. Due to the lack of support and involvement from the student body as a whole, we have not been able to make significant changes here at East. I can assure everyone that we have great ideas for the school that would make East an even better place.
Unfortunately, we can't do this alone. In order to make East the kind of school that everyone deserves, we must work together not just as students but as the community that we are. WE must speak up and communicate our ideas to each other but most importantly you must communicate YOUR ideas to your representative officials in order to solve our troubled school’s affairs.
Everyone’s ideas are important! If you think that the food being served in our cafeteria is not good enough, speak up! If you think that seniors should be allowed to have an open campus, speak up! If you believe that the culinary students should cook our meals, speak up! If you think that we need Club 22 to be reinstated, speak up! There are many issues to be addressed and if we work together, we can make them a reality.
Remember, if you see me in the halls, the cafeteria, or have a class with me, communicate your concerns to me. We are here to help you and to listen to what you have in mind. If you are interested in being a part of Student Government, contact club advisor Mr. Delehanty in room E118 for more information
RYCE Restaurant Nears Opening
Excitement is in the air as the RYCE program at East High School moves closer to their opening date. RYCE stands for Rochester Youth Culinary Experience. Run by Jeff Christiano, this student-run program will open the doors of the long awaited restaurant in December. The opening has been a hot topic for many bloggers and news articles for many months.
The menu is fully planned and being put onto paper. It consists of many Caribbean themed dishes such as Ropa Vieja, Shrimp Po Boy, and House Made Jerk Chicken. The restaurant, located in Village Gate between Salena's and Nox, will have an open kitchen and a tiki bar. All food will be prepared by the students and previous graduates of the program. The school’s community garden, also student-run, will provide organic produce for the restaurant as well.
Another possibility that is being discussed is a food truck. Planned out by Kenny Jackson, this food truck, named BEANS, will be similar in cuisine to the RYCE restaurant. As the program continues to grow, it is possible that other new ideas will develop and grow. Stay tuned.
Book Club Begins at East
The Upper School Book Club will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, October 5th from 3:45pm-4:45pm in room D236. They will meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month and bus passes will be provided to club members. The first book is What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. If you’re interested in joining and would like a copy of the book, please see advisors Mrs. Price or Mrs. Collins for more information.
Extracurricular Activities at East
What would a school be without its after-school activities? Have you- students, parents, teachers, and counselors- ask yourselves this question? Without the amazing extracurricular opportunities that we have, East High would not be the same.
After school activities are very important for the development of every teenager. For every child, it is our escape from the real world, it is where we can clear our mind and for a moment think that our performance is not going to determine whether we graduate or not.
I have been involved in five different clubs at East that have shaped my views and enriched my wisdom. YMCA Youth and Government program, Mock Trial, East Debating Team, East Student Government, and East Golf Team have each helped me understand our society. These are just a few of all of the extracurricular activities that East offers and I know that there are many more, including Book Club, Newspaper Club, and Yearbook Club.
Extracurricular activities can also provide us with the opportunity to make real change. For instance, did you know that the law “turn right on red” came from a national club at the YMCA called Youth and Government that we have this club at East? Get involved if you’re interesting in making changes that matter!