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Unsung heroes take spotlight

Unsung heroes take spotlight

Randhika Aturaliya, Deputy editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Reviews

The 1960’s were a time of jamming rock and roll tunes, electrifying space discoveries and, above all, a deep and poignant racism. “Hidden Figures” in no way shies away from this racism, portraying the day to day racism that African Americans faced. While also unearthing a piece of history never...

‘Manchester by the Sea’ gracefully portrays grief

‘Manchester by the Sea’ gracefully portrays grief

Maria Eberhart, Staff writer

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Reviews

Take tissue, Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” paints a stark portrait of grief. But go anyway. Casey Affleck’s phenomenal performance will likely win him best actor and ranks among some of this year’s best. A cinematic masterpiece, the film has garnered...

Powerful film fulfills hype

Powerful film fulfills hype

Jason Fontelieu, Deputy editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Reviews

Every second of director Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” contributes to this gorgeous triptych, a haunting narrative about an African American male’s journey of self-discovery. The movie, one of the year’s most provocative films, denounces the stereotype of equating homosexuality with weakness....

Children’s flick tackles stereotypes, prejudice

Children’s flick tackles stereotypes, prejudice

Anna Yan, Staff writer

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Reviews

A bunny hops through a dark forest, eyes wide and innocent. She sniffs at a pool of water when a stalking cheetah suddenly pounces with a ferocious roar. Just before it gets gruesome, the scene cuts to a play where kindergarteners are enthusiastically reenacting the history of mammals before their civilization. In...

Lighthearted film enchants

Lighthearted film enchants

Emma Walz, Managing editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, Reviews

The film “La La Land” opens with a stretch of colorful cars immobilized by traffic, prompting a spontaneous musical number. Brightly-colored shirts contrast with dull concrete on the highway as young men and women jump on top of their cars and sing about their hopes of “making it” as actors. After...

New songwriting club aims high, starts with fundamental techniques

Grace Hazlehurst, staff writer

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features

Club sponsor and English teacher Dirk Frey strummed his guitar briefly and played a video of a Bare Naked Ladies singer-songwriter. Then he promptly turned over the debut meeting of the songwriting club to the students. After all, the club originated with junior and sequel staffer Samantha Engler. “I...

The Post: Manasseh Nyirongo

The Post: Manasseh Nyirongo

Emily Levitt, staff writer

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, The Post

Between succeeding in four Advanced Placement classes to fostering his interest in computer science, senior Manasseh Nyirongo is a go-getter. He sat down with staff writer Emily Levitt to discuss his future prospects in engineering and current entertainment favorites. Reading: I’m currently reading ...

Cancer survivors relay unique message

Cancer survivors relay unique message

Sophie Bates and Emily Williams

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features

Juniors Evelyn Jiang and Samira Vuchula have both faced the dreaded C word: cancer. Jiang was only 14 when she was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma. “When my parents first got the news, they almost fainted. They didn’t know how to deal with it,” Jiang said, recounting how she was in and out of...

Department rallies to reverse reading rate decline

Department rallies to reverse reading rate decline

Anna Mason and Annabel Park

February 15, 2017


Filed under Features

Sophomore Shannon Tragesar has read more this year than ever before. “I’ve read five books and last year I read none, besides the books we were forced to read,” she said. Her change in habits is because of a new program encouraging English teachers to leave 10 minutes of class for free reading. Tragesar...

Counselor channels positivity through sartorial selections

Counselor channels positivity through sartorial selections

February 15, 2017


Filed under Fashion Forward, Features

Between coaching the Boys Varsity Soccer team, Baltimore Armor teams and chasing after his three kids, counselor Daniel Skelton still finds time to dress with style. Staff writer Emily Levitt sat down with Skelton to discuss his clothing inspiration and typical look. Q: What is your favorite thing...

Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

Artist Among Us: Joslyn Lapinski

Audrey Houghton, Staff writer

February 13, 2017


Filed under Artist Among Us, Features

One sketchbook plus one pencil equals a masterpiece – at least in junior, Joslyn Lapinski's case. Lapinski, who takes five Advanced Placement classes, finds her fantastical artwork is a relaxing outlet. Still, she said, if she has learned anything in her Gifted and Talented Studio Practice class,...

Prom dress Facebook page proves obligatory

Prom dress Facebook page proves obligatory

Hanna Bewley, Associate editor

February 13, 2017


Filed under Features, Photo Gallery

It’s not only a rite of passage, but an opportunity to spend hours in dressing rooms. The senior prom dress search isn’t complete until the dress has been selected and posted on Facebook. Just ask the 173 members of the Senior Prom Dresses Facebook group who’ve been sharing their dres...