Friday, December 1, 2017

A New Year for the Robotics Club

Thomas Detlefsen
Staff Writer

The New Hope-Solebury High School Robotics Club is off to a great start in 2017, bringing in new members and preparing for competition in the spring. This is the second year that the club is competing in a competition called Vex Robotics. In this competition, each team has to build and program a robot that will compete against other teams in a game. The competition changes each year; this year it is In the Zone, where robots have to stack cones in certain areas for points.
 The club was created in 2016 by, and mostly populated by, a group of about 10 or 15 seniors. In its first year of competition, the club placed 13th out of 30 teams. This year the club has seven members, but they are still working hard to compete against the teams with 20 or more members and with more experience than last year, the team expects to place even higher in the competition.
 Currently, the club is in the building phase where they are testing out multiple designs in order to determine which will be most effective in competition. Freshman Ben House says “For me it is always fun to think through difficult problems...It is always fun to relax from the chaotic classes, sit back and build.”

 2017 is also the first year of the Middle School Robotics Club, which is participating in the same competition. The middle school team has 20 seventh and eighth graders learning about engineering and programming. Both teams look forward to a stronger future high school club.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Peer Leadership at NHS

Stella Kelley and Chloe Miller
Staff Writers

In the first six weeks of the 2017 school year, 22 junior and senior peer leaders conducted meetings every Thursday during freshmen Exploring the Non-Western World class periods.
 During the sessions, they instructed students on adjusting to the many challenges they may face throughout their high school years. Throughout these six weeks, peer leaders covered topics from academics and activities to peer pressure and decision making. Additionally, peer leaders met once a week with their advisors, Ms. El-Turky, Mrs. Reeder, and Mr. Olszewski, to discuss any problems faced during group sessions and what worked well when addressing certain topics.
 Senior peer leader Laura Nagg noted: “Overall, even with many new peer leaders, this fall session went smoothly and the freshmen cooperated really well. During meetings, there were never any major problems or conflicts that came up, and from what I’ve heard all the peer leaders really enjoyed their groups.”
 Although groups have said goodbye and reminisced on their favorite fall session memories, it’s not over for New Hope’s peer leaders; this spring is the second session, in which meetings will take place with eighth graders. During these meetings, juniors and seniors will mentor students as they leave middle school and prepare for freshman year. The spring session is a bit shorter than the in-depth fall session of Peer Leadership, but that does not mean groups won’t be as close-knit.
 Senior and seasoned peer leader Shayna Berman remembers her spring session last year: “Despite it being shorter we were still able to create relationships with them and make the transition to high school easier.”

 Sophomores and juniors have the opportunity to apply for Peer Leadership at the end of the year.  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Season is Right Around the Corner

Devin Bock and Claudia Kolinchak

This year, Nov. 23 brought the start of the holiday season: family, friends, shopping, and great food. With Thanksgiving already behind us, the holiday season is in full-swing.
 Besides giving students and teachers a break from school and work, Thanksgiving is commonly viewed as the commencement of the Holidays. It is the time everybody’s been waiting for, when it is socially acceptable to start decorating for the holidays and, for some, even listen to Christmas music.
 Thanksgiving is well known for its hearty menu and quality time with loved ones. Families spent countless hours and even days preparing food for the upcoming Thursday to feed their families and friends. From warm mashed potatoes and savory turkey, to sweet pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream and cinnamon; the Thanksgiving Feast was sure to exceed its high expectations. People traveled miles, sometimes even cross-country, to come together to eat food and spend time with their relatives.
 Once the clock struck midnight, and a lot of the time even before that, Black Friday madness began. The best deals on the newest trends and technologies were available for a limited time only, and people camped outside or stores, like Best Buy, for hours before the doors opened.
 Traffic near shopping centers on Black Friday is even more chaotic as the malls, and this year was no exception. One New Hope shopper, Olivia Keenan, states, “Two people almost hit me trying to cut in front of me in traffic lines and it took me fifteen minutes to leave the parking lot”.
 This was prime time for the holiday gift search, but in order to get the best deals, shoppers must have the shopping endurance to spend hours store-hopping and waiting in long checkout lines. From now on, however, it’s smooth sailing until Christmas or Hanukkah, and it’s nice to be prepared with gifts which were purchased for great prices.

 It’s time to “Deck the Halls” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” because before you know it “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town”!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"My Fault"

"My Fault"

It’s all my fault,
You did nothing wrong.
I am the reason that it fell apart.

It’s all my fault that what you said made me sad;
And it’s all my fault that your jokes make me mad.
It’s all my fault that you make me cry
It’s all my fault that you always deny,
The fact that you hurt me because how could you, right?

You tried your best and it’s all my fault that it wasn’t enough
You only said what was true and it’s all my fault that I wasn’t tough
Tough enough to handle the truth,
That I was just too complex for you.

You did nothing wrong, you’re perfect with no flaws
And it’s all my fault that you proved me wrong.

Scary nights unite the community

Bernadette del Prado
Staff Writer

New Hope-Solebury started off the Halloween weekend with the annual Haunted Woods event. The event is organized by the high school student government and gathers students from grades 9-12 to decorate the woods near the school’s track for the halloween season. The three-night fright fest was held from Oct. 26 to 28, advertised for all students, faculty, and community members to attend.
Each grade was assigned a different section of the woods, which was then decorated to fit individual themes. This year however, the students decided to collaborate together, and have the decorations follow a cohesive theme. The students embellished the forest with spray-painted ornaments, fake bones, torn tarps, and music that successfully transformed the woods into a New Hope nightmare.
“I could tell there was a lot of effort put into the event with the fog machines and the lights. I was really impressed this year.” said Junior Class President Larissa Borys.
Since the beginning of construction, planning the Haunted Woods has been under question. Rumors have circulated in the past about the woods being taken down for new campus infrastructure. Students reacted to the rumors quickly, and this became a huge upset within the community. Fortunately enough, the rumors were false. The successful event carries on its legacy with its great scares and impeccable student teamwork. The Haunted Woods continues to bring the high school together and enhances support from the local community.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Peer Leadership 2017-2018 Kicks Off

Stella Kelley
Staff Writer

 Beginning the third week in September, peer leaders began conducting meetings with freshmen during their Non-Western World class periods every Thursday. During their meetings, they will discuss navigating and coping with the social and academic pressures that often face them in high school. Some freshmen view peer leadership as just another class that they are forced to take. However, for other freshmen peer leadership can be an exciting time for underclassmen to connect with older students.
 Through weekly meetings that include team bonding games, questions, and exciting new information, peer leaders are hoping that freshmen will open up and participate in order to get the most benefit possible out of the sessions. Senior peer leader Riley Brennan stated. “It is my first year being a peer leader, and a goal of mine has been to relay information to my group that is not only informative and helpful, but realistic and relevant to them and their time in high school.”
 Peer leaders are selected through an application process with includes feedback from teachers, essay submissions, an interview with a guidance counselor, teacher, and former peer leader. Once applicants are accepted, they choose a partner to work with for the duration of the school year. These partnerships plan agendas, create fun games, and even bring snacks to their freshmen group meetings each week.

 During the first week of meetings, peer leaders met with their groups for the first time. These meetings generally involve team building and getting to know each other games, as well as discussions concerning the overview of what future meetings would be covering. In the upcoming week, most peer leadership groups will begin discussing the academic components of high school, such as; rigor of classes, homework, organization, time management, procrastination, and teachers.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Getting Involved in NHS School Clubs

Laura Nagg
Staff Writer

Clubs at New Hope Solebury high school are a big part of students’ extracurriculars. Most of the clubs have already had their first meetings, and are getting ready to start activities. Whether you’re a brand new student or 12th grade lifer, there is still time and room for you to join clubs and organizations at school. For those who don’t know where to start, here’s a list of popular clubs and their connections.
 Key Club is one of the most popular, with over 100 members this year. It is “a student-led organization whose purpose is to better the community and help those in need,” stated co-presidents Emily Madara and Michaela Park. One of their biggest events is Adopt-A-Child during the holiday season, Wear It Pink Wednesday for breast cancer awareness month in October, and the Second Hand Toy Drive.
 If you have a heart for inclusive activities for all students, Athletes Helping Athletes and Changing Social Perspectives will be a great fit. These two clubs have merged this year in order to become a bigger force working in the special needs community. Activities include Hope N Soul cafe, and honorary captain days. If you want to get involved, reach out to Presidents Zoe Palau and Mathilda Scarlata, or supervisor Ms. Urkes.
 If you have a special interest in politics and foreign affairs, a passion for business, feel competitive about math, or a love for reading, you could look into Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Mathletes, or Reading Olympics. Model UN is a newer club at New Hope, initiated and lead by Bernie de Prado. Here you will practice skills for global communications, and discuss politics. If you’re interested in a career in business, or want to see what all the fuss is about, check out FBLA. This club, lead by Kaylee Tao, even gets to take trips to Hershey, if students advance in the business competitions. Mathletes, advised by Mr. O’Hara, and Reading Olympics, advised by Ms. Schwander, are academic clubs here at New Hope, which involve competing in academic events, whether it be solving math problems, or answering questions regarding various books, against students from all over the local Buxmont region.
 Students who have a passion for acting, singing, or backstage work can look to Mask and Zany Theater Club. Courageously lead by Ms. Pittner for many years, talented students have put forth countless, fantastic plays and musicals for the school and community.
 A club determined to encourage positive, healthy actions is Positive Student Interactions and Choices (PSIC). Members plan different activities throughout the year with the support of NHS Cares in efforts to fight against drug and alcohol usage among students. Mr. Achenbach, the club advisor said “I don’t know if they had elections in June or if they waited until now.  I haven’t heard anything from them yet”. This concluded the club has not had its first meeting and to look out for any new announcements.
  Mr. Sorensen is the club advisor encouraging students to use their interest engineering and creative ideas to build robotic projects. The Robotics Club currently has a working robot and they are always looking for new participants.
 And if none of these activities appeal to you, look on the school website for even more clubs, as well as a variety of sports teams.

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