Thursday, December 15, 2016

Students thrilled by Mini-Thon date change

Kevin Dougherty, Jay MacDowell
Staff Writers

2016 marks the fourth year of New Hope-Solebury High School’s “mini-thon.” The mini-thon is based off of Penn State’s THON, which raises money for the Four Diamonds Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research. The mini-thon at New Hope has been raising more and more money each year: starting with $5,000 the first year it was held, growing to $6,000 the second year, and then doubling to $12,000 last year. This year we, as a school, are looking to raise over $15,000 for pediatric cancer with our mini-thon.
 After the student government released the date that our mini-thon will be held, this figure began to seem much harder to reach. “January 20 at 7 p.m. to January 21 at 7 a.m.,” Anthony Lagana, the student government president, announced, as some murmurs were heard from the audience at the assembly. The majority  of these murmurs were from the junior class, who knew that the given date was likely not going to work. Many students were scheduled to take the SAT on Jan. 21 at 8 a.m., so obviously this date wouldn’t work for them. The announcement created a slight outrage among the junior class, as this once-a-year opportunity to raise money for pediatric cancer and have a great time with THON teammates was vanishing.
 The student government heard the junior class’s complaints and took action. They looked into changing the date of mini-thon and were finally able to settle on pushing it to the following night, Jan. 21 into Jan. 22, and got it approved. The generosity of the student government to listen to the junior class’ complaints and take action will hopefully result in this year’s mini-thon raising more money than ever “for the kids.”

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

FBLA gets ready to host annual ‘Breakfast with Santa’ event

Stella Kelley
Staff Writer

On Sunday, Dec.17, New Hope-Solebury High School’s FBLA club will be volunteering at the annual “Breakfast with Santa” event, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company.
 At the event, FBLA members dress up in elf costumes, take pictures with children and Santa, serve food to guests and help supervise at the arts and crafts station.
 FBLA has been volunteering at this event for several years, establishing it as a club tradition and one of the most important volunteer activities they take part in throughout the year. Breakfast with Santa also provides a profit for the fire company, as well as a profit for FBLA club.

 The event is open to the public with a small admission cost of $7 for children 8 and under, $4 for children 4-7, and free for children under three. Breakfast with Santa has been a tradition at the New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company for over a decade, and FBLA hopes to see you there.

Answers to that nagging question

Nina Coughlin and Courtney Purdy

Have your grandparents been asking you what you want for the holidays? Is your typical response “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure yet”? Then fear no longer because we have come up with a list of ten popular gifts this holiday season.
  1. Gift cards ($15-$150)
If your grandparents are anything like mine, they may not be too pleased with this suggestion because it’s not “sentimental” enough. But on the other hand some would find this idea to be the best possible option.
  1. Amazon Echo aka Alexa ($179)
On the more expensive side, but if you tell them Alexa can help you with your homework I think they will cave.
  1. Google Home ($129)
  2. Kylie Cosmetics ($15-$290)
If your grandparents are only up to date with politics and not so much the celebrity news, then I don’t think they’ll know who Kylie is but I also don’t think they’ll have a problem with purchasing you some makeup.
  1. Fitbit Charge ($150)
They can even buy one for themselves!
  1. Essential Oil Diffuser ($85)
  2. Apple Watch ($369)
  3. MacBook Pro with Touch Bar ($1,799)
Definitely on the pricey side, but IT HAS A TOUCH BAR.
  1. Ray-Bans ($105-$340)
  2. Elf on the Shelf ($29.95)

I’m sure they’ll love this. It’s as if you’re young again.

Community Christmas Events are Sure to Delight

Laura Nagg

Staff Writer

As Christmas is quickly approaching, many holiday events and attractions are opening up to be enjoyed with friends and family. Luckily, the Bucks County and Philly areas have plenty of holiday themed activities.
 Peddler’s Village is located in Lahaska, and its  Season of Lights display is one of the most popular shopping and holiday attractions in Bucks County. With millions of colored Christmas lights covering the buildings and landscape, visits with Santa, hot cocoa, shopping for Christmas gifts, the gingerbread house display and so much more can be enjoyed!
 Only a ten minute drive away from Peddlers, is The North Pole Express on the New Hope Ivyland train, which is another  attraction that can be enjoyed by young and old. Take a train ride through the wintery Solebury woods while enjoying cookies, hot chocolate, and Christmas caroling with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
 At the Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show, there’s no need to stand out in the cold, with 3 million lights in designs of familiar characters and winter displays, all visible through the window of a car. The Light Show is designed in a 20-minute loop around the farm with Santa, warm fires, cocoa, and treats at the end! Even take home a Christmas tree!
 Longwood Gardens is also a premier holiday attraction, with beautiful greenery, flowers and fountains and half-million lights. It is the prime spot to enjoy the day inside and outdoors. The buildings are filled with over 6,000 flourishing seasonal plants, caroling and a twinkling 18-foot Christmas trees. The outdoor exhibits are just as extraordinary, with Christmas light lit paths, colorfully illuminated fountains, and relaxing train rides.
 Looking for a fun place to ice skate? Enjoy either Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park in the heart of the old city looking over the Philadelphia Museum and illuminated trees and modern sculptures. Or Blue Cross RiverRink enjoying twinkling river lights and hot chocolate at wintery transformed Penn’s Landing.
 Whatever chosen to enjoy the winter season and holiday festivities, cherish the time spent with family and friends and treasure our wonderful and beautiful community!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NHS Key Club Helps with Adopt a Child

Amanda Horak, Parker Miele, and Isaac Zucker
Staff Writers

  The NHS Key Club has always helped run Adopt A Child. This year, the officers of Key Club have decided to adopt two children for the holidays, and will be hosting the annual drop off day on Dec. 14. During the drop off day, volunteers and Key Club members gather together to pack the gifts in large bags and prepare them for transport to Fisherman’s mark.
  Adopt A Child for The Holidays is for children in the New Hope and Lambertville area, whose families cannot afford presents. The presents will be purchased by volunteers, who pick presents based off the child’s “wish list.” Their “wish list” has a list of things the child wants for their holiday. The suggested amount of money for one child is $150. People are suggested to spend this much so that many unfortunate children can have a great holiday season. These people are not supposed to wrap the gifts because the committee at Fisherman’s Mark will be taking care of them to make sure they are appropriate. The gifts will be delivered on Dec. 14, by volunteer parents and Key Club members after school.
 At the time recorded, 228 children have been adopted for the holidays out of 233, which is really amazing. These children just want to have a great holiday season, and now they can. They will be forever grateful when they see so many presents for them under their trees.

FBLA Heads to Regional Leadership Conference

Jacqui Vergis
Caroline Maloney
Brooke Black
Staff Writers

This December, NH-S Future Business Leaders of America will “suit up” for Pennsylvania’s Region 12 FBLA Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) at Del-Val College. Prior to the trip, members took exams, sent in projects, and prepared speeches and/or presentations in hopes to qualify for the State Leadership Conference (SLC) this spring.
 FBLA is a club organized to encourage students to participate in activities which are designed to facilitate intelligent career choices, develop business skills, teach the value of community responsibility, and strengthen self-confidence.
 At this conference, students will have the opportunity to expand their existing business knowledge by listening to local business owners, business professors, and peers. In addition, they will find out if they advance to the SLC.
 Advisor Mr. Marchok, club president Caroline Maloney, and many other students are very excited to see the results of their hard work, so make sure to encourage your FBLA friends for their trip!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Google and Amazon are always listening

Riley Brennan, Erica Brennan, and Shayna Berman

Editor and Staff Writers

At the top of everyone’s gift list this holiday season is the hot new item that is essentially a stationary robotic personal assistant. Google and Amazon both have their own version of these voice activated assistants. The rise of bluetooth and voice-activated gadgets started years ago, with devices such as bluetooth earpieces and Siri, but this year, we saw Google and Amazon putting out voice-activated speakers that wait to be addressed by their known commands.
 With Amazon’s model, which has been named “Alexa”, owners call out “ Alexa,” and the machine, which has to be plugged into a wall nearby, will respond with a blue glow at the top of the cylinder shaped machine and a female voice. Similarly, “OK Google” activates Google Home.
 The problem is, Alexa and Google Home are always listening. The second either of the devices detects a voice, it is recorded and the notes are sent to either Amazon or Google servers. Amazon and Google store these audio recordings, which can be found in their servers or cloud. The devices pay special attention to what users are searching for online, what directions their using in maps, and what phrases they use in texts and emails. While all of this may seem like trivial information, both Amazon and Google can use this information to their advantage. Possible theories as to what the gathered information is used for range from allowing Amazon and Google to tailor the ads that come across their customers profiles to the government using it to collect information on people.
 Both Alexa and Google’s machine have many abilities, one of which has raised concern among many people: the ability to know when no one is home. When Alexa does not hear any voices, she assumes nobody's home, proving that she is always listening.The thought of this device knowing when people are and are not home is frightening to students at New Hope. Junior Julia Mycek says, “It is disturbing to think that these devices record your conversations, and have the ability to know so much about you.” The main scare factor of the Amazon and Google devices is that buyers are unsure of what they are capable of. People are scared of the unknown sophistication of these robots and the consequences that may arise from them.
 Google addressed these concerns and tried to comfort buyers, saying that users can access the data stored in the device by going to their My Activity page and delete information from there. Representatives of Google have also pointed out that there is a mute button on the device that can stop it from listening, but that ultimately defeats the purpose of the device.
 Alexa and Google Home are not technically awake until they are addressed with their wake word. But in order to hear this wake word, the machine is listening to any conversations occurring, just waiting to be addressed. There are few differences between the two devices, and they are both supported by huge companies, who could arguably have a lot to gain from being a fly on the wall in their customers’ homes.

Mini-INFO on Mini-THON

Jess Mullen
Staff Writer

 On Monday, Nov. 28, during first period, the entire high school staff and student body gathered in
the auditorium to discover the theme of this year’s Mini-THON: Coloring Book.
 The audience was greeted by Gail Frassetta from Four Diamonds, who supports Penn State’s THON and other Mini-THONs, and the only instruction given to students was to remain standing once they stood up.
 “Stand up if you have ever been diagnosed with cancer.” Everyone looked around to see who was standing.
 “Stand up if you have a sibling who has ever been diagnosed with cancer.” Again, everyone looked around to see who was standing, this time, a few more on their feet.
 “Stand up if you have a parent who has ever been diagnosed with cancer.” Once more, everyone looked around to see who was standing, again, more students on their feet. After the same statement was repeated twice more with grandparents and aunts and uncles, everyone looked around to see who was sitting.
 Frassetta simply asked, “See how much cancer affects people’s lives?” and told the majority standing to join their peers still sitting.
 Four Diamonds is an organization dedicated to conquering childhood cancer. Ninety-five percent of money raised at Mini-THONs goes towards fighting cancer. Seventy percent of all money raised is to fund research to fight pediatric cancer and the rest of the money goes to help families pay for treatments that insurance does not cover. Four Diamonds’ Mini-THONs held at schools all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Four Diamonds hopes to make Mini-THONs a nationwide event. Aside from aiding to end the fight of childhood cancer, Mini-THON teach kids that they can have a lasting impact on other’s lives.
 Last year, New Hope raised $12,000 at Mini-THON which doubles from $6,000 the year before, and tops $5,000 the first year New Hope participated in Mini-THON. This year’s goal is to raise $15,000.

 The theme of this year’s Mini-THON will be Coloring Book. Coloring Book is the perfect theme to bring high school students and young children together because high schoolers love Chance The Rapper’s new album, Coloring Book, and kids love to color! Mini-THON will run from Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. to Jan. 22 at 7 a.m. In the words of Four Diamonds, “One day we will dance in celebration. Until then we dance for a cure.”

Monday, November 21, 2016

How to Survive the Holidays

Kelly Hyland and Taylor Selbst
Staff Writers

Snow, hot chocolate, and presents are the best part of any holiday season. People look forward to getting together with extended family they do not see often and giving presents to close friends and family, but what people fail to remember are the hardships of the holidays: constant questions about your life, the struggle to buy presents when you bank account is empty, and keeping your parents happy when company is coming over. These are the struggles all teens face during the holiday season. Here is  a short survival guide for the holidays.

1.Buying on a Budget
  Your friends and family deserve the world, but sadly you can only afford a DIY project from the dollar store. Don’t fret! As long as you show your friends and family that you care, they won’t mind what you get them as long as it’s from the heart. Also if you are looking for good sales, I advise you to go shopping for loved ones on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

2. Avoidance
  Honestly, staying in a corner or upstairs in your room will solve all of the problems involving family members asking many questions you are trying to avoid.
  -Worst possible questions relatives can ask:
  -What college are you going to?
  -What are you going to major in?
  -Who are you dating?
  -How are your grades?

3. JUJU your way through the holidays
  The holidays are a time for good food, loved ones, and kissing under the mistletoe. Your parents may be stressed during this time with hosting family, so maybe help them out once in awhile to keep everyone happy.
  The holidays are a great time to do you and try to make the most of crazy relatives, an empty bank account, and parents nagging you to get out of the kitchen before the rest of your family comes over, so make it LIT!

Deciding When To Decorate

Shayna Berman and Erica Brennan
Staff Writers

When is an appropriate time to start putting up holiday decorations? Students at New Hope are very opinionated on this topic, with a fairly even split of whether decorations should be put up before or after Thanksgiving.
  Junior Riley Brennan argues that “You can’t just skip over Thanksgiving. If you put up decorations before Thanksgiving, then the Christmas season seems too long.”
  She says that her family puts up decorations purely for Thanksgiving, so putting holiday decorations up would take away from turkey time with family. A common trend found among families is that they have completely separate decorations for Thanksgiving from Christmas or other holidays in December. So, for those who follow this trend, decorations for the holidays start being put up after Thanksgiving.
  On the other side, junior Stella Kelley believes that decorations should be put up a week before Thanksgiving in order to get things ready for her favorite holiday.
  “My family gets things started early. We try to keep our decorations up as long as possible,” Kelley said. Because Christmas is her favorite holiday, she starts preparing as early as she can so she can cherish the time.
  Almost everyone can agree that once the decorations are up, they cannot contain their excitement for the holidays. The holidays celebrated in December are the favorites of students, so decorating is part of the experience.
  Students differ on this topic. Some wish to savor the holiday spirit while others believe in separating the holidays rather than combining the two. Both views result in staying in the holiday spirit.  Whether they put up decorations before or after Thanksgiving, students are ready to celebrate the holidays with their families and friends during this time of year.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Do’s and Don’ts of Online Classes

Do’s and Don’ts of Online Classes
Marc Verwiel

In order to fill a gap in my schedule and learn more about one of my favorite topics, I made the decision to take AP Economics as an online class during my senior year. After two months of being enrolled, I have learned some crucial tips for deciding which class to take, and how to handle the new experience.

  • Do- Take a class in a subject you are interested in. Online classes usually require a lot of personal effort, so if you are not engaged in the subject, it may be hard to motivate yourself to learn the content.
  • Don’t- Procrastinate. Many online classes are partially self-paced, with deadlines being in terms of units, not individual assignments. If you don’t keep up, you could find yourself doing an entire year of mandarin work in a few days.
  • Do- Use the time given to you to do homework for your class. Typically, you will get a period of the day to do your online class work, which is usually done through a study hall. Since an online class is just as rigorous as a regular class, using this study hall for other classes will lead to an additional 40 minutes of work after school.
  • Don’t- View this class as a second priority. Even though the class is taught in a different format without a teacher hanging over your shoulder to make sure you get your work done, this class counts as much as any other. An online class is still a class, and will still count towards your GPA like any other class would.
  • Do- Engage with others in your class. In most online classes, there are 20-30 other students taking the same class with the same teacher. Use this to your advantage when it comes to asking questions or studying for tests.
  • Don't- Expect this class to be easier than regular classes. Just because you are learning the content in a different way does not mean that the content is not important. If you expect to take an online class as a study hall for credit, you will be unsuccessful and end up damaging your GPA.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Keeping Fall Fun

Mackenzie Carpenter
Katie Tangradi
Staff Writers

Welcome back to another beautiful fall season in New Hope-Solebury. Last year there was a poll deciding best fall activities. The winner of that poll was “hanging out with Russell Abernethy.” This year after receiving a wide range to total 78 responses, hanging out with Russell is no longer the favored choice of fall fun among New Hope-Solebury students.
 The number one choice for fall fun, with 48 votes, is apple picking! Solebury Orchards is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Find some time this fall season to take a ride on that tractor and pick some apples. Then maybe  make an apple pie for a friend or family get together!
 Coming in at a close second at 47 votes is drinking apple cider. Once again, Solebury Orchards is the move to make for fall fun. Can’t get all the way out to Creamery Road? No problem! Solebury Orchard apple cider is stocked up at Jamie Hollander and other local businesses.
 One of the choices given for fall fun included “hanging out with Matt Fest”. Opposite to the victorious results of hanging out with Russell Abernethy, Matt Fest only received 18 votes. That’s less than 25 percent. What if Russell was back on the choice list? Would he win again?

Who are The Pink Panthers?

Neftali Jimenez-Castro

Who are the so called Pink Panthers? They are believed to be the gang of thieves organized by Dragan Mike, a Serbian national. Yes, they were also named after the successful series of crime comedy films. The gang of thieves are made up of ex-Yugoslavs, citizens from Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, and are credited with many of the most bold thefts in criminal history for over the last two decades.
 Interpol estimates about 60 people are in the gang and possibly even several hundred others involved in the network. The Panthers consist of some former soldiers with violent pasts; fluent in various languages and carrying passports from different countries. They are well known for their robberies of luxurious jewels worth millions. Past jewel robberies in Dubai, Switzerland, Japan, France, Liechtenstein, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Monaco are thought to be connected with the Pink Panthers. The group’s largest heist took place at the Harry Winston jewelry store in Paris in December 2008. The thieves took nearly $98 million in jewelry. With 340 robberies, the professional thieves have managed to perform feats right out of the movies: daring escapes, smashing car chases, and planning straight out of sophisticated detective novels.
 Some of the gang members have been arrested and have served sentences of up to 10 years. Others have been able to escape prison. A few are are currently on the run. But most of them are still free and organized and seeking to commit more crimes. The robbery that took place in Paris this past week may prove to be the responsibility of the Pink Panthers. Although it is unclear at the moment who exactly robbed  Kim Kardashian, it shows distinctive traits of the Panthers.
 Pink Panthers’ member Novak once told a reporter: “There are no victims to what we do, we scare people but we do not hurt them. We only take expensive things from rich people.”
 Kardashian claims she was handcuffed and held at gunpoint by men who appeared to be police officers. They then left her in her hotel bathroom and made off with nearly $11.2 million dollars worth of jewelry including her engagement ring.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Top 3 DIY Costumes for under $10

Jen Abele and Kelly Hyland
Staff Writers

BOO! Halloween is quickly approaching and it is time to start planning out your Halloween costume. Here are three costumes that you already have in your closet for your costume this year. Happy Halloween!

Kim Possible
Materials: Black turtle neck shirt, belt, green pants, black gloves, and black shoes.
Dress up as this iconic Disney character and you will be saving the day in no time!

Social Media Icons
Materials: Wear clothes that have the background color of your selected social media icon. For example, if the social media icon is Snapchat, then the proper color would be yellow. Then print out the social media icon to the size of your liking, and attach it to your clothing.

Girl Scout/Boy Scout
Materials: Girl scouts wear vests for their specific age group. The famous green vest is for juniors, blue is for daisies, brown is for brownies, and beige is for cadets. If you were ever a girl scout, then you can reuse your vest in the back of your closet. If you weren’t a girl scout, then you can cut some felt into the shape of a vest or sash. Then design your own patches out of paper, and attach to a white felt circle. Cover the white felt and then sew or hot glue the patches to the vest! Wear anything you want under your vest. Peace out girl scout!
Boy scouts wear a beige shirt with various patches, a green vest full of badges, a scarf with a pin, socks, sneakers, green cargo shorts, or green pants with a belt. The badges can be replicated by printing them out, placing them onto felt, and hot gluing them to a button-down beige shirt. You can use a single-colored bandana to use as a scarf, and then pin it in the center. Create medals for various scout awards out of ribbon, attach a photo to felt, and place it onto the ribbon.

Dress up as these creative DIY costumes this year! Enjoy your Halloween New Hope Lions!

2016 Halloween Costume Design Suggestions

Rhys McCollum
Staff Writer

This October with everything such as homecoming, elections and CBA’s people may lose thought about what is really important. You may ask yourself what I am talking about. I am talking about Halloween, but more specifically what costume to wear. With this step by step tutorial I will insure that you are looking fresh in your brand new, stylish Halloween costume. Without the backlash of outraged people.
 Let's start with the basics. This year a clown costume is almost a definite no. One of the reasons that I am saying almost is because if you want to go around and scare random people that might be fun to you (Still not a good idea). The rest of why I am saying not to wear a clown costume is because you are most likely going to get harassed or even injured from the other crazy people trying to hunt you. If you are going for a cheaper alternative you could always just wear a colored shirt and say you are a banana or grape but everyone get’s tired of that after about five minutes. One good idea of a costume is the Ken Bone look. This costume should be popular this year, but it will set you back a bit of money. If you want to buy a high quality sweater and glasses you can, but you could always just create your own spin off of Ken Bone . A very popular costume to use this year is dressing up as the presidential candidates. This can range from just a mask of Trump to a full out suit and red tie to go along. Wearing your prefered candidate as a costume might outrage some people, but in most cases you should be fine. If none of my ideas so far have sparked your interest you could always just make your own costume from scratch. Doing so is a process, but it is easier than you think. All you need is an idea some time and money. If you do decide to make your own costume try to stay away from mainstream designs that you could just buy at the store.

 This Halloween is going to be big so, what you just read should not be taken lightly. With my guide on what to wear you should be the center of attention at all times, so this Halloween make sure to take time to prepare a luxurious costume for onlookers to gaze upon.

Friday, October 28, 2016

In Memoriam: New Hope's Scott Petrie

Alexandra Buchler
Staff Writer

Mr. Scott W. Petrie, 56, was a night time custodian at New Hope-Solebury who tragically passed away on Sunday, Oct. 16 in a fatal motorcycle accident in Hanover Township.
 Petrie was riding his motorcycle when he was struck by an SUV and was rushed to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill. Sadly, Scott Petrie was pronounced dead at 1:24 p.m. due to blunt force trauma. Petrie’s death was ruled as an accident. Police say the Ford Explorer was heading south and failed to yield. This resulted in a collision between the motorcycle and the SUV. The police have not released the SUV driver's name as of now.
 After an interview conducted with a former coworker, Peter Rivera, we learned much more about Petrie. Rivera was generous enough to answer some questions about Petrie.
 “Scott was a charismatic, funny, strong, and trustworthy person. He talked a lot about the making of his birdhouses...” claimed Rivera. Scott Petrie spent a lot of time building birdhouses as well as other projects for himself and other people. “He enjoyed bringing in pictures of his work to show to everyone.” said Rivera.

 Scott Petrie came to work in April of 2010, and has been here for a little over six years. All of his friends and coworkers dubbed him as a very engaging, approachable and generous person who is always trying to better the lives of people around around him, especially the students. He expressed his innovative ideas and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and coworkers. According to Rivera, there is talk of planting a tree in commemoration of him, but this is not final yet. Scott Petrie’s funeral was held Saturday, Oct. 22. His memory will live on in the hearts of his wife and three children. Scott Petrie will be greatly missed at New Hope-Solebury.

Remembering 9/11: 15 Year Anniversary

Krupa Shah
Staff Writer

Tears, vows, and tragic memories consumed the emotional ceremonies Sunday at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a rural field in western Pennsylvania marking the 15th anniversary of the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history.
 Bells rang out across the country at 8:46 A.M EST, the moment the first plane struck the North Tower. Thousands of people gathered here as family members and friends. After a moment of silence, the names of approximately 3,000 victims were read aloud and each presenter gave insight into each of their losses.
 At the Pentagon President Obama participated in the wreath ceremony that paid tribute to the 184 victims killed when Flight 77 flew into the western part of the massive building. In his speech President Obama stated, “No deed we do can ever truly erase the pain of their absence.Your steadfast love and faithfulness has been an inspiration to me and our entire country.” 9/11 is a day that will infamy.
 Approximately seven days later, several pressure cooker bombs filled with shrapnel and Christmas lights rocked the neighborhood of Chelsea in the southern part of Manhattan. However, only one bomb went off while the other failed to detonate. Twenty-nine people were injured in the first blast mainly due to shrapnel wounds. Both bombs were designed to create maximum chaos and fatalities. The bomb that exploded was found on 23rd Street while the other undetonated bomb was found on 27th Street. In a news conference Governor Andrew Cuomo stated, “This is one of the nightmare scenarios. We are really lucky that there have been no fatalities.”
 A few days later another bomb was found in the Elizabeth, New Jersey. Law enforcement claimed there was a link between both bombs. They were right. A few days later the man who caused terror across two states, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was arrested in Linden, New Jersey. The arrest was culmination of a connect-the-dots manhunt grew in urgency and priority as the police and the F.B.I agents pieced together clues using high-tech investigative techniques and other types of detective work.
 Even with all of these clues, investigators are still in the earlier stages of trying to figure out the motive behind the attacks and why a street in Chelsea was one of the targets. One law enforcement official has stated that the bomb technicians involved in the investigations believe that Rahami constructed all of the devices, but that the handiwork raised the possibility that he may have had some assistance.  The FBI has also examined the devices created by Rahami to determine if he was inspired by any Islamic terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and have reported that there is no indication of a terrorist cell operating in the area.

 Recently, surveillance footage has been released showing two males with a suitcase that supposedly contained a wired pressure cooker bomb that they found in the street. Law enforcement is stressing the importance of both individuals. They are being sought as potential witnesses, not suspects, since investigators believe that they are in no way linked to Rahami. They have been identified and are currently out of the country. Authorities are trying to contact them for questioning.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Faces in New Hope

Julia Coburn, Kelly Hyland and Taylor Selbst
Staff Writers

A new school year has begun and new students have arrived. These unfamiliar faces have traveled to New Hope from places such as Minnesota, New Jersey, France, and even Israel. According to the new students, the biggest differences between New Hope and their old towns are the trends of winged eyeliner, people's love for Wawa , and the level of difficulty of classes. Each of these new students is a great addition to our classrooms and sports teams, and we are excited to show them all New Hope has to offer.
 We have taken it upon ourselves to provide the new students with a list of what we consider the top five “Just New Hope” things.
 First, when in doubt, Wingdam it out. The Wingdam is located in Lambertville and is a nice place to hangout with friends and enjoy a great view of the river and town.
 Second, we recommend walking around New Hope on a Friday night; it's the best sort of nightlife around. On the first Friday of every month there are fireworks at nine p.m. and will light up your night.
 Third, go out to breakfast at the exclusive breakfast place, Fred's, before a big exam. I suggest the cinnamon bun as they are the best in town.
 Our fourth suggestion is to go to Wawa in the morning to get coffee. Disclaimer: you WILL see every teacher and student from school there.

 Fifth, you should get the apple cider donuts from Solebury Orchards; they are delicious.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Don’t Flirt With it, Cure it!

Jennifer Abele
Staff Writer
September is childhood cancer awareness month. Every day, 43 children are rushed to the ER and diagnosed with childhood cancer. One out of eight kids will not survive their childhood cancer. Fifteen thousand, seven hundred and eighty children from ages zero to 19 years old are diagnosed with childhood cancer each year. The top five cancers diagnosed each year are in order from least to greatest; Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Hodgkin Disease, Brain and Central Nervous System, and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).I want everyone to support my sister and others like her who are fighting cancer by wearing gold.
 My little sister, Melanie, has a subgroup of AML called APML which is a curable subgroup of leukemia; she was diagnosed at 13 years old. Every three months Melanie had to have a spinal tap and bone marrow aspirations to make sure the chemo treatments were effective and that the cancer cells had not relapsed into mutations. These procedures were very painful, but recent approval by the FDA of a new blood test eliminated the need for these procedures. The DNA can be checked in that manner instead, which is a major breakthrough for all of these children. We just need more of these breakthroughs. Our drugs need to be revamped and more research is needed to minimize a child’s chemo dose so it is effective but not the same as an adult. It’s important that the treatment plans are different because the adult’s treatment plan has a higher dose with a steady pace. This approach does not work for children because the symptoms appear rapidly the longer the child is administered chemo. With a higher dose and rapid chemo session the child doesn’t have a severe reaction to the symptoms from chemo.  

  There have been advancements in ALL, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. In 1975 only a quarter of ALL patients ages 15 to 19 survived for more than five years after diagnosis. Recent technology and medical updates have allowed 90 percent of patients to survive childhood cancer. Between 1975 and 2010 mortality has decreased by 50% with AML. AML, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, is the deadliest form of leukemia.
  Melanie Abele, my younger sister,  was diagnosed with APML, Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia on July 9, 2014 at CHOP: a day that changed my family’s life forever. Melanie was easily diagnosed because she showed symptoms of every single symptom known to AMPL Leukemia. Bleeding gums and rapid nose bleed are the two most common symptoms. Every year in CHOP only two cases are reported of APML Leukemia. At the time of Melanie’s ER visit to Doylestown Hospital on July 5, I was singing in Paris and Normandy with a 500 piece choir from Clarion University for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I did not find out until I landed in Atlanta, Georgia at 3 p.m. on July 11, 2013. My grandma Judy got the call from my mom, where she asked Grandma to turn off the speakerphone because she had information to discuss. My Mother recalls that phone conversation to be one of the hardest phone calls she ever made to my Grandmother.  
  My Grandmother told me Melanie had a severe nose bleed, and I connected the dots. The previous summer I had to read “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie” by Jordan Sonnenblick which is about a teenage boy whose brother contracts AML Leukemia.  I automatically thought it was AML Leukemia, which is the deadliest form of leukemia. I was extremely terrified, and so was Mel.  Melanie’s life had been changed forever while she was hooked up to an IV in PICU. Melanie cried when she lost her hair, and began to idolize my dirty blonde waves. She was absolutely devastated. I cried the entire flight from Atlanta to Pittsburgh because I thought I was going to lose her. After all of the fighting over the years I thought I was going to lose my little sister.
  As soon as we landed in Pittsburgh we drove all the way to CHOP running on three hours of sleep. My Mom was shocked to see  my Grandma and I arrive at Mel’s room on third floor Oncology so soon, but we had to see Mel.  The next day the diagnosis came through as  APML Leukemia. I can remember Mom saying this is the best news, because this particular kind has the highest cure rate (which is 80%) .  The nagging question of would my sister be one of that 80 percent entered my thoughts.   
  Due to her condition, Mel was moved to the PICU and was there for 28 days because of a respiratory issue. Upon release of PICU, Melanie was to have a port installed a minor surgery, but after six days the port got infected and failed so it was removed. Instead of having a new port placed immediately my Mom chose to try IV treatment for the chemo. Melanie reported the port was not right, and the nurses praised her for being so brave and forthcoming. Mel was devastated, and returned to administering chemo through an IV. Her first trip home from the hospital was Sept. 28, 2014 we all went to the beach for a getaway weekend.  
 The phases of  IV chemo had caused Mel’s hair to fall out. Then it grew back in, but it was lost again in December during the third phase of chemo.  Jan. 9, 2015 Melanie had confirmed remission and the oral chemo pills started. This past Friday, 9/9/16, Melanie started cycle eight out of nine continuing the oral chemo pills. We have six months to go and she will be a survivor!  
  Melanie had a horrible time being hooked up to an IV, but she also has amazing stories of her experiences at CHOP. Once she was out of the ICU, PICU, the cardiac floor, and into a normal oncology room she had some thrilling experiences. She met the band 5 Seconds Of Summer, and got a calendar with their signatures. Melanie met The Vamps and talked to them. Melanie also met Meghan Trainor at CHOP, before she started to get ready for Christmas and school in January. Ryan Seacrest has a radio studio in the lobby area of Chop where the children can meet and visit with celebrities.
 For the last two years Melanie and I have been going to RMC, Ronald McDonald Camp, for a week up in the Poconos.During 2015, our first year at the camp, the theme was under the sea. In 2016 the theme was Hollywood. Mel and I have made a lot of friends at RMC, and some of our friends have gone to a better place. Both of us were in the talent show this year at RMC. Melanie sang along to Centuries, and called herself “Mel Money.” I went up with my band, and sang an original song that I wrote with our guitarist Claire.
 We will travel to Los Angeles with the music department in February; both Mel and my mom are going.
We plan to celebrate Mel’s treatment ending a little early.  Mel finishes oral chemo on Mar. 9, 2017.  We haven’t planned all of the festivities yet, but a major celebration will be happening.
 Since it is Childhood Cancer awareness month our last  football game of this month is Sept. 30, 2016. The entire student body should wear gold out of school spirit as well as childhood cancer awareness. It’s important to support childhood cancer awareness because it’s a very difficult struggle to not only survive, but also live a “normal” teenage life. Show your spirit for Sept. 30,