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.

Link to clubs/activities list on school website:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Homecoming 2017

Devon Beacham
Staff Writer
New Hope-Solebury annual Homecoming is quickly approaching. Homecoming week/weekend, is known to be the most exciting time for the high school students in the fall season. Last year, there was conflict on where the dance should take place. It is well-known to take place in the middle school gym every year, but, last year due to construction, it was held in the high school gym. Now that the high school gym is closed because of the renovations, everyone is excited to hear that this year it's back to old traditions! Even more exciting than the dance being held in the middle school gym this year, it also happens to be completely renovated.
 The Homecoming dance this year is taking place on Saturday, Oct.14. The game is the day before, Friday the 13th. That week, Monday is Columbus day and Tuesday is professional development day. Thus, being a short Homecoming Week, themed days leading up to the game and dance have not yet been announced on whether they exist this year or not.
 To add to the excitement, Fall Fest is also a part of the Homecoming festivities! Fall Fest being a time where clubs and sports teams create booths and put together games and raise money for their teams/club members. Sadly, last year Fall Fest was cancelled caused by the rainy forecast. Hopefully this year we will get perfect weather like previous years!

 The exciting time of season is coming up very soon and students are filled with anticipation for the fun packed weekend. In the old location, students will hopefully have an amazing time talking, singing, dancing, and snacking together from 7:00-10:00 to conclude homecoming week. Don’t forget to bring your best attitude and semi-formal attire for a great time!

Construction Plows On

Amanda Horak & Parker Miele
Staff Writers

  It is year two of construction at the New Hope-Solebury High School and some major pieces of the project are complete and already being used by students. The office has been completely redone, and has even moved to a new location. The lobby area around the office has a high ceiling with big windows above the front doors. The old office now is the new home of the Guidance Department, yet it still looks the same as before.
  The biggest change that affects the students is the new hallway, which  features work created by the art students and new glass-front cases where the school can put its trophies. Many students don’t feel the hallway is big enough for the traffic in the halls, but some staff claim that once the senior hallway is opened the halls will become less crowded. Some people say that it is difficult to just have one hallway, but the students and staff are still managing.
  A 12th grader, Olivia Keenan, said: “The school is moving in a positive direction, but it is impacting my education.”
  There are multiple places in our school that are still under construction too, like the high school gym, locker rooms, and the fitness center. The high school gym has boards up and around it along with the fitness center, which means no one can see outside the windows.
  Teacher Mr. O’Hara said ironically the “glass behind the walls [makes him] feel insignificant.”
  Mr. Sherman, one of our Physical Education teachers, said that the new fitness center is to open on Oct. 19 if everything goes as planned. The machines should be delivered by Oct. 18 and the floors are being installed Oct. 9, 10, and 11. Many students, like those in Fitness for Life, are very excited.

   This is a very exciting time for our school with all the new and improved classrooms, gym, and lunch rooms we have been given. Many students are thrilled about all the new upcoming gyms and classrooms we will receive, but we still have a little bit of time to wait!

The Rise of Street Style during Fashion Week

Riley Brennan
Co-Editor In Chief

At the beginning of every September, for most people the school year begins, and for New York City, Fashion Week runs rampant. The season of shows came in a blur of designers, models,  and show stealing street style looks.
 While the motivation for this September’s fashion week was the designer’s display of their Spring/Summer 2018 collections, the people who attend the shows often stole the spotlight. It’s no secret that those lucky enough to frequent the shows throughout the week, dress to impress. Often times the looks the audience shows up in gain more attention than the actual work on display. Vogue magazine’s website even has an entire tab, featured on their homepage, dedicated to street style. In fact, there’s an article with a total of 223 photos, solely made up of “The Best Street Style from New York Fashion Week Spring’ 18.” Among the photos were common themes, warm toned colors, loose fitting jeans and trousers, flare pants, skinny stripes, plaid, pencil skirts, ruffled blouses, denim (x5), draped dresses and jackets, and a variety of fun patterns.
 Photographers line the street outside of show venues to snap photos of the attendees. This is one of the ways press is able to interact with fashion week, as not everyone will be invited to attend the shows. However, this whole concept of focusing on what the guests are wearing rather than what the models are wearing is troublesome. The concept of caring about what attendees wear to a fashion show is expected, but the line between caring and overshadowing is very blurry.

 An increasing interest in what the celebrities and bloggers are wearing to the shows seems to stem from social media, and the theory that anyone can be a celebrity in today’s pop culture. None of this is inherently bad, but with more and more focus going to the people at the fashion show, rather than the actual work on display, the fashion industry has the potential to evolve into one that is purely driven by social media stunts, instead of the artistic vision and talent. As always, it’s the masses that determine the future.

Security Cameras Added to the High School

Thomas Detlefsen
Staff Writer

At the back to school meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, Mr. Seier announced that a number of security cameras would be installed this coming year during renovations.
 In an interview, Mr. Seier confirmed that twenty-four cameras are to be installed, but there may be more.
 When asked why we needed these cameras, Mr. Seier responded with three main reasons: most other schools have them, they enhance the safety of the students and staff, and they are a mischief deterrent. On the cameras stopping mischief, Seier stated: “Cameras are a deterrent...people know there’s video evidence...if someone was planning something...either something serious or just mischief, they tend to not do it if they know it’s going to be on film.”
 Mr. Seier also stated the additional benefit of security cameras in conflict resolution, “If something does happen, maybe just accidental...the cameras always can give you a reference point to truth: people’s opinions, their memories, recollections can different even though they lived through the same thing.”
 Mr. Seier further supported the addition of cameras, with a story from another school district.  At his old school, there was a car accident in the parking lot during a football game. The two drivers had different stories on what had happened and so the police used the security footage to determine what had happened.

 Mr. Seier seemed confident in the benefit of the installation of security cameras in the school, but the true mark of their ability will be proven later this year during the senior prank.

I did it because

I didn’t say go away because I didn’t want to see your face
I did it because seeing you is still the thing that makes my day
I didn’t stop talking to you because it put me in a bad mood
I did it because I’m still stuck in our little honeymoon

I couldn’t face the truth that I wasn’t good for you
Because I was still in love with you
Every second that passes by I wonder why I said what I did to you
And I also wonder how you could hurt me the way that you do
How you could pretend everything was nothing or act like nothing was real?

I didn’t hurt you because I hate you
I did it because I was afraid to lose someone as wonderfully incredible as you
This fear became a reality as I watched you disappear
Disappear from a life that we made that I believed was equally treasured

I didn’t move on because I wanted to
I did it because I had to
Because the decision you made was depressing and rash
And I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forgive you for something as brutal as that
But I’m happy to see you’ve found what you need, even though that something wasn’t me

-Kayla Paul-Koch

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Student sociologists take a look at student life

Sociologists Thomas Detlefsen and Steven Elser, graduates from UFDDQ ( recently conducted a survey that found the correlation between workload and outlook on life for high school students.
 Both agreed that stress was a problem in the lives of the high school students and hypothesized that the most likely contributory factor is the amount of homework and how much time it takes them to complete it.
 With this in mind the two decided to create a survey in which students answered questions concerning stress, workload, and happiness. From this they gathered that oddly enough that most of the students were both high on the scale of 1-10 on stress as well as happiness regardless of how much homework they had.
 Although the results were not very exciting or profound. The two were still happy with the process that had been done. Thomas stated that “Although we could have edited the questions so that they were more descriptive and yielded better results, the whole process was pleasing.” (Detlefson, 2017) Performing a full experiment and interpreting the results so that it could contribute to the greater knowledge of the field of sociology.


Detlefson, T. (2017, April 15). Personal Interview.

Netflix influences teenage relationships

Brooke Black and Skylar Sherman
Staff Writers

As we have grown up in a world of technology and social media, students and young adults have gradually changed their mindset on relationships which could be influencing pop-culture nostalgia because of Netflix. Our parents grew up watching shows in the 80’s and maybe even the early 90’s and as a result they have shared with their children how influential all of them were. Netflix became insanely popular over the past five years so they have expanded their variety of shows especially after hearing what was popular. They have added Friends, Vampire Diaries, The Carrie Diaries, Gossip Girl, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Beverly Hills 90210, That 70’s Show, and more. As a result, we believe that teenagers and young adults have started longing for the relationships portrayed in those type of shows which is old fashioned dating rather than snapchatting and “hanging out.”
 Almost every single college and high school student has an account with Netflix and admits to binge watching shows and movies over the weekend and even during the school week. And since people believe that pop-culture nostalgia comes in 20-year cycles it makes perfect sense that the 90’s would be so in right now because so many teenagers think that they missed out on that decade. We decided to create an experiment for our hypothesis that states “If you regularly watch Netflix Shows from the 1990’s to the 2000’s, then you are longing for the relationships portrayed in those shows.” Our survey consisted of questions referring to the volunteer’s age, gender, amount of netflix watched per week, what shows they watched the most, and what their ideal date was. Our results weren’t exactly what we expected to get since most of the volunteer’s were not avid Netflix watchers but we were able to take that information and still made a solid argument about how when you don’t watch a lot of netflix or show from the 1990’s-2000’s then you think that the present day dating is the “best.”
 After about 15 surveys were sent out and 12 were returned, even though the information we received wasn’t exactly what we wanted, it did still prove our hypothesis, but in the opposite way we were planning. Of the 12 people whose survey’s we received back, eight of them stated they watched little to no Netflix per week and preferred today’s dating to the dating in the 1990s- early 2000s. While this wasn’t exactly the responses we were searching for, it still proved our theory as true. The students we surveyed didn’t watch very much Netflix, so they preferred today’s dating life. These students may have not necessarily ever witnessed or watched any shows that were portrayed or created in the earlier time period, so they only know of the dating that goes on in today’s society.

 In the perfect reality, we would have received surveys from a mixture of students who do and don’t watch Netflix and proved our theory completely right; however, with the information we collected, we can still state that our theory holds true. The more shows you consume from the early 1990s to late 2000s, the more you will long for the dating lifestyle portrayed in that time period and shows. If you don’t watch Netflix or don’t watch those shows, you will prefer the dating lifestyle of current time.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Israel decriminalizes marijuana

Riley Brennan
Features and A&E editor

Israel, a country leading the world in medical marijuana research, has decriminalized the recreational use of marijuana. Rather than continue to arrest and prosecute individuals caught with the drug, they are going to fine people. However, those caught growing or selling the drug will be arrested.
 Israel already legalized medical marijuana, and according to the Prime Minister Ayelet Shaked,  "Israel cannot shut its eyes to the changes being made across the world in respect to marijuana consumption and its effects.”
 There are a recorded 25,000 people who have a license to use medical marijuana, with more to come, and only 188 arrests for the use of it recreationally this past year, which is a 56 percent drop from 2010. The goal is to reduce the number of prosecutions for recreational drug use, which decriminalizing would hopefully do. The policy would apply to those carrying up to 15 grams of the drug, and first time offenders would receive a fine of $265, but would not appear on their criminal record. With the second and third offenses the punishment would increase, the second time resulting in a doubling of their first fine, and the third offense being a punishment determined by the police.

 The Israelis believe this process will ultimately reduce the number of drug-related arrests in the country, and positively affect the country as a whole.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mystery surrounds teh Kim Jong-nam Assassination

Deven Smith
Staff Writer

 The half-brother of Kim Jong-un, the “President” of North Korea, was mysteriously murdered on Feb. 13. There was no punctured points on his body so it is believed that he was poisoned. Two females that fled the airport in a taxi  are the leading suspects of the murder. Using many fake passports to avoid recognition he was travelling frequently to avoid detection. However he was tracke down and was murdered in Malaysia.  He had lost the respect of his family when he tried to enter Japan using a Dominican Republic passport.  He had little faith in Kim Jong Un saying he won’t last long because of his young age.  Although he has been in exile for years he is the eldest son of their shared father so it could be possible that he would’ve been able to replace Kim Jong Un as leader of North Korea.  Kim Jong Un took care of that though, it has been leaked by South Korean intelligence that Kim Jong Un did in fact order the assassination.  This is scary timing since Kim Jong Un had tested a ballistic missile just two days prior to the murder.  
 According to CNN the murder was carried out by two assassin groups, the first group was composed of North Korean state security department member Ri Jae Nam and foreign ministry worker Ri Ji Hyon, they had recruited a Vietnamese suspect, Doan Thi Huong.  The second group also consisted a state security member, O Jong Gil, and a foreign ministry member, Hong Song Hac, they had brought on board Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah.  These groups rubbed VX Nerve agent in Nam’s face killing him in twenty minutes.  If given in a high dose it can cause convulsions, loss of consciousness, paralysis, and death because of respiratory failure.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dr. Yanni shares a moment with the Lion’s Tale

Marc Verwiel & Katie Tangradi
Opinions and A&E Editors

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Superintendent Dr. Yanni to ask about how he felt the year was going and what he had planned for the future.
 The interview immediately started with positive remarks from Dr. Yanni expressing his love for the students and families of New Hope, attributing his success to them. So far, he said that getting the renovation project underway was the highpoint of his tenure. (We asked about the hallway smell, he had no clue what it was.) As for the future, Dr. Yanni believes more great things will happen in the coming months and years. He is looking forward to the APEX project, graduation, and opportunities to continue improving the school.
 However, the thing Dr. Yanni was still the most concerned about was the bullying issues that are still present within the district. He is confident that the "No Place for Hate" initiative--the culmination of the district issues last December--will bring positive change while also showing how close the community is. The goal is not to suppress what people can and cannot say, but to have resources available for those that become uncomfortable and spread a message of unconditional respect. He hopes that the students and community will take to these ideals, allowing people to feel safe while still being able to speak their minds.

 The conversation ended with Dr. Yanni giving advice to us and the rest of the senior class. He says we shouldn't rush time. You'll have four years to be in college so enjoy this while it lasts. You are surrounded by people who care about you, so don't try to rush along to the next phase of your life. Enjoy now.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What to consider before taking AP Psych

Shayna Berman and Laura Nagg
Staff Writers

With course selection coming up, there are some things to be taken into consideration before taking certain AP classes. AP Psychology is one of the most popular and enjoyed APs to be offered at New Hope. Taught by the one-and-only Ms. Anderson, students will explore and discover why we think and act the way we do. It is a “conversation about what it means to be human” according to Anderson.  With all of these aspects in mind you must also be aware that AP Psychology is a very demanding course and you will drown if you are not fully committed. Here are a few things that you might want to keep in mind.
 To begin with, you may hear students’ complaints regarding the summer assignment. It will be assigned before the school year is over. There are three separate (but doable) assignments, and there is a check in date mid-July to make sure you are actually keeping up with your work. As long as you don’t wait until the last minute, the summer assignment should not be a problem, and Anderson checks her email often if you have any questions.
 With consideration that Ms. Anderson needs to finish content by mid-April, you must keep up and be dedicated with the note taking in class and sometimes out of class. This kind of rigour requires a certain amount of initiative which is essential to be successful in the class. They will seem tedious and long at the beginning, but just chipping away at them each night working up to the test will save you in the end.
A student’s first mistake in the class is falling behind. You don’t learn how to ride a bicycle the first time you try- you need fall a couple times. The same thing happens with AP Psych. You need to get adjusted to the class and the expectations. You need to learn how to take notes quickly, and what questions to ask at the right time, and when you should seek extra help. There are going to be nights you stay up until 2:00 am trying to finish the notorious concept maps (not as bad as you may think). There are going to be grades that don’t fit what you expected. After your first mistakes, this won’t happen any more, and the class will actually become easy.
Use other classmates; you are a team! Your classmates are studying the same stuff, making the same mistakes, confused on the same material, and want to succeed just like you. Create study groups to meet in the library before a test. FaceTime someone while working on concept maps for terms you don’t know where to put. Find people that will help you succeed in projects, as there are a few a year. Using each other for support can only be beneficial for your AP Psych success.

 The course goes by so quickly, and will be over before you know it. So make sure you absorb what you can. Make sure you take a step back from the work every once in awhile and realize that the content is actually fun and interesting. You’ll have fun in the class- listen to Anderson’s stories and share your own. Take advantage at everything given to you. Choosing AP Psychology is a gift to yourself, you will be enlightened to your world around you, how you function and behave, and how to survive in this crazy world (shout-out to the one and only Ms. Anderson!).

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Driving into surreal history: The inauguration of Donald J. Trump

Danny Doherty Features Editor My junior license permits me to drive when the sun comes up. But on this day, taking to the roads at two in the morning was the least essential necessity that needed to be completed. For months, I had anticipated the day when someone I felt hopeful for, dedicated my time towards, and had some similar ideals to me would take the oath of office. Before the election, in the first brisk days of November, I wrote up an email to the (former) Congressman Fitzpatrick, requesting tickets to the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. No matter the outcome of the race, taking in such an historic day would be something I could not seize to miss out on. Rather than responding promptly to my email, his office promptly returned my message by phone, several times, over several days, all while I was at school. I will not skip out on school to listen to an outgoing Congressman’s staff tell me that I will be placed in a lottery for ticketing. So that is what happened. For two months I patiently awaited an email or phone call, eventually hearing good news that my brother and I had secured tickets to the event. Finally, just a week away from the 20th of January, that email came. How exciting it all was. The drive to D.C. had taken my family about four hours the previous time we trekked down, but to our luck (and speedy mindset) it took only two and a half hours to get down, all while picking up some free Dunkin Donuts thanks to being early birds. We pulled into our reserved parking that we had booked days before, about two miles outside of the Capitol. Walking around the nation’s centerpiece at five in the morning, with roads mellow and quiet, creates somewhat of a nostalgic feeling. This escalates when you take into account that most roads are blocked off, and military is patrolling every corner of every street. Wherever you lean on the sphere of politics, a genuine, good-natured sense of hope is uncanny and cannot be matched. Two miles later, our majestic feeling of getting there seven hours before the Donald was sworn in went sour, as thousands were already crowded around the entrance. Surprisingly, security for such a large event was swift and harmless, the crowd was pleasant, and protesters did not come in till later on. We took our places behind the Capitol water feature and packed tight for the next few hours. That hopeful feeling stayed strong within the fenced off area, but outside protests began. “No more entry in, the inauguration is cancelled,” yelled protesters, some physically beating down women specifically blocking off admittance into the event. This only lasted minutes, as the thousands of patrolmen got a few of their best to break it up and arrest violators of the peaceful protest. When the day really kicked off around 10 a.m., the mood was as vibrant as I have ever seen an event. The speeches got old fast, but once prominent men and women of government began to come out to the procession and get announced over the loudspeaker, emotions came out. To just about everyone’s delight, crowds roared for Obama, and nearly every Democratic politician (of course some Republican ones as well). Hillary Clinton, and pretty much only Hillary Clinton, received the largest collective boo I have ever taken part in. Trump closed the day with an uplifting speech, and Jackie Evancho bolted out the best rendition of the Anthem I have ever heard. Overall, the day ran incredibly smoothly and was something I will never forget.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dissecting the APEX experience

Brooke Black, Caroline Maloney, and Jacqui Vergis
Staff Writers

As the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year begins, seniors are starting to prepare for our senior project. Recently, the grade gathered for an assembly that outlined the process of this project. We learned that it is basically broken into a ten step process, leading up to our three week, real-world experience and school presentation. APEX, an acronym for what advisors have coined the Active Personal Educational eXperience, is an opportunity where seniors are able to explore career fields and personal interests by briefly working in a setting of their own choosing. The school district implemented this program with the hope that students might learn more about themselves and what they may want to pursue outside of high school.
 Many seniors are either anxious or excited about this process. Anxious because it’s our first chance to do something that we could be doing for the rest of our lives, and excited because we get to leave school three weeks early and explore our creativity. In the past, seniors were required to do a cumulative project based on a specific career path that they worked on for almost all of high school. Last year, New Hope-Solebury made the switch to the APEX project so that students were able to experience their interests first hand. One of the most interesting parts of this project is that we are able to travel outside of our “New Hope bubble,” within reason of course. For example, last year two seniors, Aaron Nagg and Lucas Ebeling, decided to travel all the way to Zimbabwe, Africa, where they were able to experience the culture and get an idea for what they wanted to do with all that they learned. This year, some will stay in New Hope and some will travel all the way to Africa again.
 Leading up to the project, seniors are required to finish assignments that will ask us questions about our APEX decisions, such as where we want to spend the three weeks, and who we are working with. We will be able to meet with our APEX advisors a few times before the internships begin so we will be well-prepared. Once the project starts, advisors will be coming to our workplace a few times over the 3-week period to see how well we have been working and how much progress we have made. By the end of the three weeks, seniors will have accumulated a ton of information to be turned into a presentation for our advisors, who will give us a pass/fail grade, and our younger peers, so that they can get an idea for what is expected of them in the coming years.
 The APEX project is only in its second year at New Hope-Solebury High School, but it looks as if it will stick around for quite a while. Even if the students from last year’s class did not like what they decided to do for the three weeks, many reported that it helped them make conclusions about what they may actually enjoy. This year, we are excited to see the outcome of the project so that each of us can get a better understanding for what career path we want to take in life. We are all very happy to be a part of such an interactive senior project.

Razer Creates Design First Ever Triple Monitor Laptop

Rhys McCollum
Staff Writer

Project Valerie: this is the name that Razer, a company that manufactures custom mice, laptops, desktops, and keyboards, has chosen for its new built in triple monitor computer system. Not much is known about this new system, but Razer seems to never fail at pleasing their customers.
 When getting down to the specifications of the computer, it becomes much more impressive. First, when comparing its size to other 17-inch computers, Valerie is much thinner. This is because when the computer opens, the three different monitors come out of the main middle monitor. When it comes to graphics on the system, not much is mentioned. The only two pieces of information on this topic is that each monitor will have a 4k display and that an Nvidia GTX series graphics card will be used. This may not seem like much information, but it is enough to predict how expensive this computer may be. Pairing the information of three 4k displays and Nvidia GTX series graphics cards, it can be concluded that some of the highest end of graphics cards will be used or in other words the GTX 1080. This is a very expensive graphics (around $700) card that will definitely deliver in terms of computer graphics. This graphics card is compatible with virtual reality games and videos. Finally, we will try to determine what processor will be used in this computer. With all of the power and speed Razer speaks of it can be determined that an i7 processor will be used. Since this computer requires such power, it may sport a Intel® Core™ i7-6970HQ Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) or something even more powerful. Go to to sign up for updates about Project Valerie.


Superbowl LI halftime show asks fans to read between the lines

Alexandra Buchler
Staff Writer

On Feb. 5 the Super Bowl LI aired at 6:30 p.m. with the New England Patriots facing the Atlanta Falcons. Every year, people gather around their televisions with friends and family to not only enjoy the game, but to laugh at the commercials and watch the halftime show. This year the halftime show featured the singer/song-writer Lady Gaga. Gaga shocked us all, starting her performance by leaping off the roof of the stadium, falling to the stage. She appeared in a diamond bodysuit, and jewels across her face. However, some people were so blinded by her glittering ensemble that they missed the message she was trying to convey.
 Many people watching did not realize that the song, “Born This Way” is designed for the LGBTQ community. If you have been to a march in the past four years, the “Born This Way” song is infamous for people dancing to the lyrics, surrounded by a ton of glitter, bare skin, and glorious, rainbow solidarity. Gaga faces much backlash for this especially risky performance. To make matters worse, Mike Pence, one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians today sat in the audience, especially when it contains lyrics like "No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life." According to USA Today, that was "likely" be the first time the word "transgender" was said onstage at a Super Bowl.

 This year, Gaga allowed her music to express a political issue in America, and let her act become activism. She played it out with confidence and did not let people with opposing views bring  her down. Gaga left it up to her audience to read between the lines.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Car Rides to 50 Million Copies to Christmas Eve

Jess Mullen
Staff Writer

Richard Adams known best for his first novel, Watership Down, passed away Dec. 24 at the age of 96. Adams was born in 1920 and grew up in England where he attended school and later continued his education to college. In 1940, two years after graduating college, Adams joined the British Army in the Royal Army Service Corps where he was selected to be a liaison for that division. After six years in the army, Adams was released in 1946 where he continued his education for an additional two years, yet in the years following college he was a part of the British Civil Service where he was promoted to the position of Assistant Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, an organization formed after World War II. This is the time frame in which Adams started to write fiction.     
 Watership Down began as a narrated tale to pass time in a car ride and bedtime stories shared by Adams and his two daughters. Adams recalled that “[he] had been put on the spot and [he] started off ‘Once there were two rabbits called Hazel and Fiver.” And [he] just took it on from there.” A narration that began in a car ride turned into what critics refer to as a “redefining anthropomorphic” tale which has won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and has sold more than 50 million copies. Other notable works of Adams include Shardik, The Plague Dogs, and The Girl in a Swing, unfortunately none of those earned any awards.
 Watership Down follows Hazel, Fiver, and a small group of bunnies as they embark on an endeavor to reach safety, after a foreseen danger in their warren. Adams was praised with the ability to portray the rabbits in a natural way and places them into a heavily developed culture with their own language and belief system. While Watership Down won an award for children’s fiction, it discusses dark topics such as fear, politics, violence, and humanity. Even Adams weighed in on critiques of this kind, saying that “maybe [he] made it too dark.” Adams also described his next novel, Shardik as “rather difficult” and a “savage novel.” He says he only wishes he had started writing earlier, had he known how “frighteningly well” he could do it.

 On Dec. 27 there was a post on Adam’s official website which read; “Richard’s much loved family announce with sadness that their dear father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve.” The brief statement was followed by a quote from Watership Down: ‘It seemed to Hazel that he would not be needing his body any more, so he left it lying on the edge of the ditch, but stopped for a moment to watch his rabbits and to try to get used to the extraordinary feeling that strength and speed were flowing inexhaustibly out of him into their sleek young bodies and healthy senses. “You needn’t worry about them,” said his companion. “They’ll be alright - and thousands like them.”’