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Sportiness! Spring Season 06/20/2018

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By  Kate Schell, Sports Editor

Girls Track (WRITTEN BY QUINN BASEWITZ)

The Girls’ Track team had another successful season following their State Relay Championship this winter, with an impressive dual meet record of 9-2. The 4×400 meter relay team of Emily Wallace, Taylor Perkowski, Dash Cruz, and Samantha Hamrick won Penn Relays early in the season, and earned second at sectionals while placing third at the state meet. The team won Camden County Championships, beating Haddonfield in an exciting finish, 107-106. The 4×100 meter relay team of Precious Ayeni, Wallace, Cruz, and Perkowski had an exceptional season, bringing home the Group 1 state title! Although the strength of the team came from the all-around depth, there were a few standout athletes. Quinn Basewitz earned the sectional title in the mile and in the two-mile, also placing fifth in the mile and third in the two-mile at states. Jaaliyah Evans, a contributing freshman, succeeded in the triple jump and high jump, earning second at states in HJ as an individual Meet Of Champions Qualifier. Sam Hamrick continued her success after being an indoor sectional champion, earning third at sectionals in the 400 hurdles and placing fifth at states. Sophie Steidle added to the depth of the distance squad, placing second in the two-mile at sectionals and earning fourth at states. The team is excited about next season, as their depth will continue to be strong next year.

Tennis

After a long run in the playoffs this year, the boys tennis team was eventually defeated, but not until competing with top schools and making it to the Group One semi-finals. Off to a rocky start, the boys had to work hard and truly come together in order to find success. As many of the players were new this year, the team spent time concentrating on fundamentals of tennis, and the seniors truly stepped up to help the younger players. This spring, the tennis captains were Joe Buthusiem (senior), Hank Piper (junior), and Nate Draper (senior). All three made it their goal to help coach the newer players and aid in building up the program for years to come. Other standout players include Mark Moser and Jake Rossi, who worked hard as the First Doubles team. Without them, many of Collingswood victories would not have been possible. Despite a few losses in the beginning of the season, the boys stepped it up when it came to playoffs, winning in upset games over some of the top teams in the area, including Spotswood and South River. Their coach stated, “This team has a desire to win and they fought hard all season… the future is bright for this team if the boys continue to work hard and grow this offseason.” Although the team has many standout seniors whose talent will be missed, the younger players will continue to stay motivated and rise to the challenge in the upcoming seasons.

Baseball

Ending the season with an overall record of 11-9, the Collingswood baseball team made a name for itself this year. This season, the team focused heavily on being consistent players, as well as developing a culture of winning. The pitching was particularly strong, and many players contributed to the success of this position. Standout players all over the field included Jake Heinel, Tommy McConnell, Nate Koss, Chris Latch, Billy Hunt, and Alex Margot, all of whom worked hard, putting in extra hours outside of practice, as well as working to help the younger players to become stronger contenders for next season. The boys all worked together this year and created something special. Not only did they have a good record, but they were a strong team on and off the field. Many of the players who had an extremely valuable impact on the team will be graduating this year, so the team has to work on filling positions and finding out what works best in order to ensure success next spring. Baseball won their first playoff game against Cedar Creek 2-0, advancing to the next round, but unfortunately losing to Haddonfield. However, the team had beat Haddonfield twice throughout their normal season, so they definitely have the talent and ability to come back stronger for next spring. Look out, because the baseball team will be a strong force to be reckoned with.

Softball

This spring, softball had one of the best seasons in many years. The girls all worked together to achieve greatness, ending with an overall record of 8-12. This year, talent came from many positions all over the field. Two standout players were Kristen Aydelotte and Alexa Sherr. As a freshman, Aydelotte played second base and ended her freshman year with 30 hits, hitting 420. Sherr played third base, as well as pitcher, batting 326, and ending the season with 6 home runs and 25 RBIs. Captains for the team this spring were: senior Lindsey Cole (shortstop), junior Stefanie Gabris (catcher), and sophomore Alexa Sherr (pitcher/3rd base). All three worked hard on and off the field to help the team bond together and play as a unit. This year, girls softball won their first playoff game against Haddonfield 3-1. Unfortunately, they lost in the second round to Sterling. Although the outcome was not exactly what they had hoped, the growth and improvement the girls showed this year is a true testament to their athletic ability. Their coach encourages them to “keep working hard.” Although this year was great for the girls, with effort during the off season, next year they will emerge even stronger and better than ever before.

Boys Track

Coming straight off a winter season, the spring season of boys track began with ups and downs, but the boys achieved great things overall. Winning the Woodbury Relays this year, the members of the 4×100 team were Eric Wallace, Freeman Howard, Abdul Bangura, and Michael Davis. This season, two of the team members, Keven Kevelier and Freeman Howard both qualified for the Meet of Champions, in the triple jump and 100m respectively, after placing at sectionals and qualifying for the Meet of Champs after their state competition. Other standout contenders this season included Keven Kevelier, Abdul Bangura, Freeman Howard, Larry O’ Connor, Josh Wolfe, and Chang Liu, all of whom scored many points for the team in each meet, and were vital in bringing the team success. This season, boys track was very strong in their jumping and sprinting events, and Kevelier even broke the boys triple jump school record. Next year, Coach Witte is hoping to concentrate heavily on improving the distance and throwing events, in order to earn the team more points. Witte advises the boys, “Work hard everyday and the results will come.” With a bit of hard work in the off season, the boys will return next year already ready to race against some of their top competitors.

Lacrosse

Ending the season with a 11-9 overall record, the Girls’ Lacrosse team had exciting victories throughout the year. After losing important seniors last year, and having tough injuries early in the season, the team had spots to fill, and the young players stepped up to get the job done. One highlight of the year was a great game against Haddon Township. Even though the team ending up losing the game 11-10, the game was close, and all of the girls truly worked hard and gave all of their effort. This year, Carly Gregg and Bobbi O’Neill both scored their 100th high school career goal, as well as both achieving first team all conference. In addition, other standout players included Sara Waldron, Molly Davidson, Alecia Schlichting, and Katrina Adamczyk-delarge. Alecia and Carly were also selected as the team’s senior All-Stars. Each girl worked hard to set an example for the younger players, and bring success to the team. When asked, Coach O’Neill stated, “This team was full of great leaders and determination. They fought through injuries… always remaining positive and determined to reach their goal. I will will these seniors greatly, but I’m very excited for the future of this team.” Although the team will be losing a large amount of seniors for next year, the new talent coming up looks promising!

Boys Volleyball

The Boys’ Volleyball team welcomed many new players to their team this season. Although the overall record of 4-21 was not what most would have hoped for the outcome of the season, the boys all worked diligently during every single practice, even staying after to work on what they struggled with. They learned from the mistakes made in games and corrected themselves. The team, made up of many new players, focused heavily on fundamentals this season, so now that they have worked on learning the game, next year they will see the upside, and there should be more wins in their future. This year, the boys’ team had a huge upset over Northern Burlington, which was exciting! This year, Cyrus Deshayes was selected as 2nd team All-Star, and other standout players included Kevin Nguyen, the team’s best defensive player. Jared Selby, the MVP of the season, played many different positions this seasons, eventually settling into the position of setter, where he aided the team enormously. The team is looking forward to the success they will have next year, as many new players will be staying with them and continuing to learn more and more each day.

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CHS Top Twenty 06/20/2018

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The following list for Class Rank is based off of Semester One grades.

20. Elise Chomiczewski—Rutgers University—Camden

19. Michaela Pope—Stockton University

18. Kordelia Rea—Savannah College of Art and Design

17. Alyssa Boyle—Saint Joseph’s University

16. Amy Newton—Rutgers University—Camden

15. Selena Neris—Rutgers School of Nursing—Camden

14. Allison Seibel—Camden County College

13. Nicole Pernice—The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

12. Logan Napier—Bucks County Community College

11. Mark Moser—Rowan University

10. Molly Davidson—University of Pittsburgh

9. Lindsey Cole—Pennsylvania State University

8. Emmeline Arnold—Montclair State University

7. Anna Zou—University of the Sciences

6. Mackenzie Wilhelm—Temple University

5. Daniel Doan—Rutgers, The State University of NJ

4. Ava Engstrom—Stevens Institute of Technology

3. Jacqueline Giordano—Rowan University

2. Thomas McConnell—Saint Joseph’s University

1. Cecelia Heintzelman- University of Pennsylvania

Baker’s Dozen 06/20/2018

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The Guidance Department voted for the Seniors who they thought took most advantage of all the possibilities that a public education can offer. Students selected as the 2018 “Baker’s Dozen” served their school, community, and families to the best of their abilities. The time they spent in and out of school, set them apart from their peers.

Mia Mitchell

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Accomplishments: Senior Leadership, National Honors Society, Senior Board, and receiving the Sandy Ritter Award from Mrs. Dayton.

Highlights: Football games, Reindeer games, Homecoming

What makes CHS special? This school is just amazing. I’ve made so many friends and I’ve built so many connections with my teachers. I appreciate the love and care the staff has for all their students. There is just a family-like connection here and I wouldn’t want to have experience high school in any other way. CHS felt like home and I felt like I belonged.

Oliver Farquhar

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Accomplishments- I have always made an effort to put myself out there throughout high school. Some other achievements I have gotten through my high school career are the Panther Choice Award from Dr. Oswald, Writer of the Year Award from Mrs. Kriebel in my freshman year, the Junior Choir Leader Award in my junior year, and Performing Arts scholarship this year.

Highlights: A CHS highlight for me was going to Six Flags with my choir last week. Performing for judges then going to an awards ceremony in the park for our performance later was a lot of fun, and getting 3rd place was better than losing! I felt very content being with my friends and going on rides together as well – even just holding their bags as they went on large roller coasters that I was too afraid to tackle was relaxing for me.

What makes CHS special? CHS is special because of the people here. Both the students and the staff are very special and open, which is something not every school has. I have always felt comfortable being myself with the people here because I know I will not be judged, and it is something I will miss when I graduate.

Sophia Oehlers

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Accomplishments- NHS (Secretary),German Club (Co-President) / German Exchange, Interact Club, Marching Band (Drum Major), All-South Jersey Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble (First Chair), and All-State Symphonic Band (First Chair) and Orchestra, and Olympic Conference Honors Band (First Chair), I have also participated in professional ensembles around the area such as Prometheus Chamber Ensemble, Dark Horse Orchestra, Teaching Artist for Symphony in C Youth Orchestra, Rowan University Wind Ensemble, church gigs, and many musical pit ensembles at local high schools.

Highlights- A huge highlight during my high school career would be the German Exchange Program. I have met so many new friends from all around the world and have traveled far and wide to many new and beautiful places. It has been an incredible learning experience for me and many other students.

What makes CHS special? Collingswood High School has been an incredible place to be over these last four years. Because of my wonderful friends and teachers here, I have grown academically and musically as a student. Throughout high school, I have been a part of. One aspect that I enjoy here most at CHS is the abundance of opportunities given to students. For example, this year I was able to do an independent study in the 6th Grade Band class. Throughout the whole year, I taught every class, played games with them, and prepared/conducted them for their winter and spring concerts. This is an opportunity that many other high schools do not offer to their students. I am excited to embark on my new journey at the University of Colorado Boulder as a double major in Oboe Performance and Music Education next year!

Jaden Wallace

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High School Accomplishments: Varsity Basketball starter for 3 year, 1000 Points, 6th all time leading scorer, Best smile of class of 2018

Highlights of CHS Experience: Gym class and lunch was always fun to go to because I knew everyone. Also basketball season was fun as well being apart of this team made me feel like family.

What makes CHS Special: The big factor to making CHS special is the teachers because they always help out and want to see you succeed later in life and see you do well. Also the events and cool activities we do as a whole with all the classes.

Phillip Collier

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Accomplishments: worked full time outside of school and still kept a 3.0 GPA. Taught Karate, played volleyball freshman and sophomore year, accepted to Rutgers Camden

Highlight CHS Experience: Participating in Thanksgiving Parade 2016 and making new friends every year.

What Makes CHS Special: Building a strong relationship with your teachers

Cara Colletti

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Accomplishments- Senior Leader, Goalie on the Field Hockey team (received Varsity letters), Social Justice Club, Participated and helped with Refugee “Buddy” events like the pumpkin carving activity with Social Justice Club, honored at Art Awards, played softball freshman and sophomore year and participated in Mock Trial.

Highlight CHS Experience: All my art courses. I decided to change my future plans from Dermatology to the creative field.

What Makes CHS Special: For me, what’s most special is how diverse and accepting everyone is here and the close bond this school has. I feel like most schools don’t have that and I’m glad I get to experience it.

Nora Woods

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High School Accomplishments: NHS, 4 years on swim team, captain of the swim team, state champion in swimming for the 100 breaststroke, Academic All-American in Swimming, demanding training schedule and she has been able to maintain a high GPA, recognized at the NJ State Youth Art month, 2nd runner up at the Camden County High School Art Invitational

Highlights of CHS Experience: being a part of the swim team, winning states in the 100 breaststroke, and watching the football,basketball,and soccer games.

What makes CHS special: The relationships people build and the impact teachers and students have on each other.

Harry Hart

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Accomplishments- Student Council Executive Board Freshman year thru Senior year

Beats Maker Club– Freshman year thru Senior year,

Panther Choice Award

Highlights- Senior Trip to Florida, Reindeer Games, All the elective classes, just to name a few, Digital Production, Graphic Design, Design Tech and Sculpture

What Makes CHS Special:-All the friends you make along the way. The supportive and extremely helpful staff and teachers.  And a special thanks to CST.

Ava Engstrom

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Accomplishments: Tennis Captain, Varsity Bowling, Jersey Girls’ State, Good Grades, Paws TV

Highlights of CHS: The highlights of my CHS experience are mainly the fun times that I was able to have here with my friends. Going to Herr Oehlers’ room for enrichment proved to be a fateful decision during freshman year, because now he is one of my favorite teachers and his enrichment is a hot spot for hanging out. With this, it would be remiss to fail to mention Mr. Witte and Latin. While I was unable to take Latin my senior year, that does not lessen the impact of that class and Mr. Witte on me. I’m very glad I resolved to take Latin as an 8th grader, because I never regretted it. Aside from this, I found myself lucky enough to be able to participate in the Paws Tv trip to Los Angeles, which in itself was a blast.

What makes CHS Special: CHS is special in that – though it may not always seem it – it is a school that loves its students and wants to ensure that they know it. It is a very accepting school, and it does its best to ensure that everyone feels welcome. Much of this comes from the teachers, who generally love to help their students learn and have fun, and it shows.

Joe Buthusiem

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High School Accomplishments: Student Council Treasurer,

Inducted into NHS, Captain for Boys Tennis, Boys Varsity Soccer.

Highlights of the CHS Experience: Winning our first playoff match in over 20 years for boys soccer, Going to the semi-finals for Boys Tennis being the 12th seed, going to Disney for senior trip, and Powder Puff.

What Makes CHS Special: CHS is special because everyone is close. Even though we might not all hangout. The staff are great, there are teachers in this school that are amazing they are willing to listen and try to help with almost anything you have a problem with.  I will truly miss CHS.

Nicole Pernice

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Accomplishments: Academic Awards 4 years for GPA, Top 20, Panther Choice Award, French Club, Graphic Design for the yearbook.

Highlights: Being in Mr.G’s Bio class Jr. year and having great times with everyone in that class. Going to philly with my French class and French class in general. Chilling in the German room during lunch with friends.

What makes CHS special: The staff here is amazing. They’re not only good teachers, but good people.

Cecelia Heintzelman

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Accomplishments: Latin Club Consul (Pres.), Moch Trial Lawyer, editor of the Paw Print, cheerleading for 15 years, 4 years of varsity cheerleading, NHS, NFLHS, being top 5, Major Cum Laude and Cum Laude awards on the National Latin exam and Coronary Olivia in the Medusa Mythology Exam.

Highlights of CHS experience: Cheering as we won against Camden High in the playoffs Freshman Year, getting 3rd at Certamen, performing in Pep Rallies.

What makes CHS special? The incredible level of diversity and acceptance that the school and the people posses. It is a truly great place to learn.

Kordy Rea

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Accomplishments: 3 years Tennis, 4 years Varsity Bowling, First Team All-Conference – Bowling, Undefeated team record – Bowling, Vice President of the German club, NHS, NFLHS, Panther Choice Award, Writer of the year nominee, Leukemia Lymphoma Society Student of the Year nominee,  Editor of the Paw Print, Susan B. Anthony F. Douglas Award, Top 20.

Highlights of the CHS experience: The German Exchange was absolutely incredible. I made lifelong friends and met so many amazing people. It truly changed my life, Herr Oehlers german class, Mr. King’s Art History Class, Mrs. Tanier’s English classes, the last dance, and prom.

What makes CHS special? The people here are all so amazing. Everyone is so kind and considerate. It’s a pleasure to be a part of.

Car Culture 04/25/2018

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Danny Royds

Car culture is exciting, especially sports car culture. People drive sports cars to feel the acceleration, to be forced to the back of the seat as they start to feel the raw, intense power. All they can do is smile because of how fun it is to be in an actual sports car. Enjoying cars is not just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. Many people may say that a car is just a thing to take you from point A to point B, but then millions of others will disagree. I interviewed Samuel(Sam) Rodio on the subject:

 

Interviewer: What do you think about today’s car culture?

Sam: In today’s car culture there are many nice cars indeed, but yet there are still ricers. Ricers are people that customize their car in a way that is not visually and or audibly not appealing.

Interviewer: Do you think you will be involved in the massive car culture later on in life?

Sam: I might, because I want to have a nice car, but I definitely do not want a bad car to be driving on the daily.

Interviewer: What are your favorite cars?

Sam: One of my favorite cars is a toyota supra. I also like BMW’s and Porsches.

 

There are many other car fans out there, so here are some of the reasons why people like cars so much. First off, the sound of an engine is basically music to any car person’s ears. Just the sound of a nice sports car is incredible. Second, is definitely the customization. You can customize or “mod” your car in any way you want. You can change the color or the exterior or even the interior. You can truly change whatever you want to make it truly yours. Last, is the feeling. Being in a sports car is an addicting experience. Being pushed against the back of your seat, then going around a sharp turn and accelerating out of it, it’s an addicting feeling that no car person could ever give up. Also, you can take your car to the track. You can race around track and feel like you are in a video game. Speaking of video games, there are many car games that allow you to drive expensive cars that you might not be able to afford in real life. You can also customize, upgrade, and mod cars in the game to make it the way you like it. All in all, car culture is a lifestyle that the world will never give up.

 

Sports Article 04/25/2018

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By: Kate Schell

Winter Track

The Winter Track 2017-18 season was marked with many astounding accomplishments. The girls achieved Group 1 South Sectional Champions, and well as becoming State Champions. Led by standout members: Dash Cruz, Emily Wallace, Quinn Basewitz, Maddie Giordano, Taylor Perkowski, Precious Ayeni, Sophie Steidle, and Samantha Hamrick, the girls team was able to take home the gold! Samantha Hamrick also achieved the title of the Girls Sectional Champion in the 800m, helping the team to secure the lead that they had on the sectional title. However, it was not only the girls team that had a successful season; the boys accomplished goals as well. The Boys Sectional Champion in the 55m dash was Freeman Howard, and many other boys (including Kevin Madden, Josh Wolfe, Keven Kevelier, and Chang Liu) contributed to the overall success of the team. Although many valuable seniors will be leaving next winter, when asked, Mr. Swern states, “Next year looks just as strong for girls… and even better for boys!” Overall, the season was amazing and filled with many new personal records, as well as titles and medals. Collingswood Winter Track can only hope to build on the success of this season to make it even better next year!

 

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team ended their season with a 9-17 overall record. The previous year the team had lost many seniors, so this year there were many boys who needed to step up for their team, and they did just that. When asked, their coach stated, “We had only two returning varsity letter winners, so several juniors moved up from JV to varsity and we were able to qualify for the playoffs. I think this group played above their potential.” This year, the boys had many astounding accomplishments, including beating Woodbury on a three point buzzer beater shot. Leading the team this season was Jaden Wallace with 17 PPG. Wallace also scored his 1000th point this season. Unfortunately, the many players on the varsity team will be graduating this year, and next year there will only be one senior to lead this team. Although the team will be mainly comprised of younger players, the team will be filled with talent, and it looks promising for Collingswood boys basketball!

 

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team ended their season with a 16-11 record, averaging one of their best years in Collingswood history. The team was able to qualify for a home playoff game, and was also ranked #1 defensively in the state this year. This season, Coach O’Neill attained her 400th career win, in a game against Sterling high school. However, Coach O’Neill was not the only person achieving great things for Colls basketball. Bobbi O’Neill represented Collingswood in the 1st team all Colonial Conference, and she also led the team in scoring and rebounds. Isha Kargbo was 2nd in rebounds, and Lulu O’Neill was 2nd in scoring. There was a huge effort and tremendous skill all around for the team, and every girl put in time and hard work into making a team so successful this year. When asked, Coach O’Neill stated, “Players worked hard everyday. They believed in their defense and prided themselves on abilities. We laughed, we won we lost but we always did it as a team. Love these girls!” Next year, the girls will be losing many valuable seniors, however, they plan to work hard and return even better than ever.

 

Swimming-

After losing many seniors the previous year, the Collingswood Swimming team had to work extremely hard to maintain their success this year. Ending their season with a 7-3 record, the team worked tremendously hard, and truly came together and bonded. The team ended their season on a high note, after a five meet winning streak, many of which were hard-earned and very close. Standout swimmers on this years team were Carl Latini, Fiona Basewitz, Alex Musick, Rocco Evangelista, and Nora Woods. Woods ended her high school swimming season brilliantly, winning the state championship in the 100 breaststroke, a huge achievement for the team! When asked, the swimming coach stated, “We are losing a state champion, leaving a gaping hole in her wake, but there are talented freshmen coming in. Combine that with our standout freshmen and sophomores from the year’s team, and we will be sure to have a young, hungry team next year.” Although the team will be losing very valuable contenders next year, everyone will be sure to work just as hard as this season to make the year a success.

 

Wrestling-

Returning from a good season last year, the wrestling team was determined to make this season even better, and they ended the year with a 15-9 record! The team did well this season, cheering each other on during successes, as well as being there for one another during hard times. This year, there were four District Champions: Andrew Clark, Joe Downing, Aaron Carter, and Billy Plianthos. For Carter and Clark, this would be their second time as a district champion for Collingswood. Not only that, but Clark achieved eighth place throughout all of New Jersey at State Championships. The team will be losing many standout seniors, including Carter, who had 105 career wins, Downing, and Pilanthos. However, the coaches are confident that the team will be able to rebuild itself and come back next season ready to contend for another season. When asked, their coach stated, “Young talent is coming in next season, so it’s rebuilding time.” Everyone is excited to see what the Collingswood wrestling team will accomplish in the upcoming seasons.

 

Boys Bowling-

The boys bowling team, led by Coach McKinney, had an overall record of 36-16 in the season, but a record of 35-5 within their division. This year the boys finished first in Tri County Classic Division! This year they also achieved second place at the South Jersey Sectionals competition, awarding them a spot to compete at State Championships. At States, the boys placed six out of ten, with 2638 total pins. Alijah Fontanez had a high game of 255 and a high score of 681. This season, standout players were seniors Alijah Fontanez and Richard Bunnell, as well as juniors Jon Hahn, Nick Cole, and Hieu Tran. Within the Tri-County classic division, Fontanez and Bunnell were named first team all conference, and Hahn was named second team all conference. When asked about the season, Coach McKinney stated that the team “enjoyed the success… winning the tri county classic division and also heading to the state finals with our 2nd place finish in SJ Group 1 Sectionals.” The team looks forward to next year because, although they are graduating some of their best bowlers, the future looks bright for the boys moving up.

 

Girls Bowling-

Within the Tri-County Classic Division, the girls bowling team finished first, with a 40-0 record. This year, the girls bowling team was comprised of many seniors: Ava Engstrom, Kordy Rea, Selena Neris, Jackie Giordano, and Chaley Klotz. All five of the girls were named first team within their division, a well-deserved achievement! Junior Josie Cook was also named second team. At South Jersey Sectionals, the girls placed fifth out of eleven, with a total of 1,982 pins. Although the girls were disappointed with the fifth place finish, their success throughout the season still allowed them to be division champions, and their record portrays an overall amazing season. Although the majority of the varsity bowlers will be graduating, the team will have experienced and talented players returning next year, as well as new players joining, so they hope to be able to contend for the division title for the third consecutive year.

 

5 of 11 @ SJ Sectional, total pins 1,982; Selena Neris HG 158, HS 442

 

Addams Family-

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, the Addams Family”

This year, the Addams Family came to Collingswood High School for the spring musical! Under the direction of Mrs. Counsellor and Ms. Midili, the dearly loved Addams Family came alive onstage, only with a twist: Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love. The only problem is that she’s fallen for a boy from a “normal” family, and the Addams’ are anything but normal. Wednesday invites her love, Lucas, to dinner at her house, in the hopes that their families can bond before the two announce their engagement. Unfortunately, all does not go according to plan, and what should have been an uneventful dinner quickly landslides into a disaster. The Addams family (with characters played by Nate Draper, Morgan Justus, Emily Rivell, Colin Rivell, Kelsie Randolph, Declan Hastings, and Paul Maienza) must learn to get along with the Beineke family (played by Nate Addye, Kate Schell, and Christian Randazzo) in order to save the night from doom.  

This year, I had the privilege of getting to be one of the leads in the musical. Every moment of the experience was amazing for me, and I truly enjoyed getting to further my acting ability onstage with this show. I was always excited to go to rehearsals because they were fun and enjoyable, and they were something I would look forward to all day. As the shows neared, it was exhilarating to see the something that everyone worked so hard on for months come together in a matter of days, once lights, costumes, and set were added to the performance. Getting to perform in front of an audience is magical, and adrenaline was racing on opening night! Both weekends of the show turned out amazing, due to the effort and motivation of every single person in the cast. Throughout the run of the show, the cast became like family, and I know I speak for everyone when I say that the entire experience was amazing and worth all of the hard work.

Collingswood High School Presents: The Addams Family 04/25/2018

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By: Kate Schell

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, the Addams Family”

This year, the Addams Family came to Collingswood High School for the spring musical! Under the direction of Mrs. Counsellor and Ms. Midili, the dearly loved Addams Family came alive onstage, only with a twist: Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love. The only problem is that she’s fallen for a boy from a “normal” family, and the Addams’ are anything but normal. Wednesday invites her love, Lucas, to dinner at her house, in the hopes that their families can bond before the two announce their engagement. Unfortunately, all does not go according to plan, and what should have been an uneventful dinner quickly landslides into a disaster. The Addams family (with characters played by Nate Draper, Morgan Justus, Emily Rivell, Colin Rivell, Kelsie Randolph, Declan Hastings, and Paul Maienza) must learn to get along with the Beineke family (played by Nate Addye, Kate Schell, and Christian Randazzo) in order to save the night from doom.  

This year, I had the privilege of getting to be one of the leads in the musical. Every moment of the experience was amazing for me, and I truly enjoyed getting to further my acting ability onstage with this show. I was always excited to go to rehearsals, because they were fun and enjoyable, and they were something I would look forward to all day. As the shows neared, it was exhilarating to see something that everyone worked so hard on for months come together in a matter of days. Once lights, costumes, and set were added to the performance, the performance became real. Getting to perform in front of an audience is magical, and adrenaline was racing on opening night! Both weekends of the show turned out amazing, due to the effort and motivation of every single person in the cast. Throughout the run of the show, the cast became like family, and I know I speak for everyone when I say that the entire experience was amazing and worth all of the hard work.

Rally Speeches 04/25/2018

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Oliver Farquhar

Media portrayal of the events that have taken place in Florida has been nothing but piles upon piles of stress. It is one thing to grieve and show love for the victims of this shooting, but it is another to be completely engulfed with it until we no longer feel safety in the walls of our school.  In times like this, we need to constantly remind ourselves of how to bring back our sense of security, community, and trust. Look at what we have done today. While many schools have completely banned or threatened punishment for participation in this walk out honoring the lives lost in the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High, we have created this beautiful event for and by our students with the support of our wonderful staff. With the state of the world right now, sometimes we cannot convince ourselves that we are completely safe. However, the truth is that we are. We are a school full of love, protection, and support. Not just from the staff, but from every student here as well. Collingswood is full of people who look out for each other. We all look to be kind, to do our best. We are a school that will speak up for what we believe in, and will support each other on the way. All of us here have voices, and we will use them to not only make a change in the world, but to ensure that events like this never happen again. Now is the time to speak up. Now is the time to embrace the love that we all have worked hard to show. Don’t be afraid – we are the voices of the generation, and our demand for safety and love will be heard.

Ava Madarieta

I would like to start by saying that we all know and understand how hard our school is working to keep us safe.  Knowing that we should all understand that the power we need for change is outside of the school’s authority. That only leaves one other option; the students. USUALLY, students like you and I don’t have to come to school every day worrying about violence at school. Usually, I don’t watch the news, but now we have to because every other day it seems like there is a new mass shooting where – politicians aren’t being shot, our parents aren’t being shot, the NRA isn’t being shot. It’s the children at schools, students like us, who have to worry about this violence. So, no, I cannot make a speech that will make everyone happy because this issue is bigger than me and it is bigger than you. Our voices must be heard and no one is going to hear our voice if we wait for our school to be another statistic. Instead, I have a message for you, the school, and this country. We WILL NOT stand by while the schools of America get attacked.  We WILL NOT let our voices get silenced because we are young. This movement, to keep guns out of school, is OUR movement. And WE will put an end to the violence because no one else can!

Josie Cook

My job for this rally was to speak about unity. I sat down to write my speech, and came up with the things that all of you might expect; that gun control is a very divisive issue, but the two sides have to come together to come up with a compromise. What I eventually figured out, and what I think everyone needs to realize, is that that isn’t going to work. Americans are, historically, an incredibly stubborn group of people, and you’re kidding yourself if you think that you can get a far-right NRA member to support heavy gun control, or some liberal millennial to go against it. If there is one simple truth that everyone can unite on, it is that something must be done in order to prevent school shootings. Each side is constantly proposing new solutions, but the problem is that none ever seem to gain any ground. Take what is happening now, Florida just passed gun control legislation, an unexpected move from a state that has historically opposed it, only to immediately be sued by the NRA. There’s this constant push and pull back and forth that doesn’t let anything gets done.

This is not a simple issue, and the solution to stopping school shootings is not going to be easy, or happen right away, but arguing is not going to get us any closer to that solution. We can debate back and forth all we want about what we think is going to be the most effective, but we’ll never know for sure until we try it. Whether it is allowing gun control measures to be carried out even if you disagree with them, or supporting solutions that are found elsewhere, stopping school shootings should be more important than political agenda. If we are not united in beliefs, then we must become united in action.

Look at what we are doing here. With this rally, we show that we are united with other students across the country, not just in remembering the victims but in demanding action. We are here to send the message that we demand an end to school shootings. Whether it’s tomorrow, or next month, or years from now, we will be the generation, united in action, to see it happen.

Mia Mitchell and Dahmir Blakney

Today we are gathered here to remember those who have lost their lives in the recent shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

These kinds of tragic events that take place in the world have got to stop.

One of the first steps to preventing these tragic events is to be kind.

We all joke about the school’s slogan, #bekind, but it can really make a difference.

Every day that I enter the school, I make it appoint to smile at someone I don’t know, or say hello to someone I’ve never had a conversation with.

It’s the little things that can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

So the next time you’re in the hallway and see a kid who’s by themselves and looking down at the ground, say hi, make them feel wanted, and make them feel like someone actually cares.

We are the generation that can make a change. Our school is full of potential and full of students who will be voting very soon

The power is in our hands, let’s use it to make the world a safer place.

Lilly DeFrank and Nia Womack

We are here to try to rid our community of the stigma around mental disorders. I just want to make one thing clear. Not all school shooters have mental disorders. And not all people diagnosed with a mental disorder are dangerous. First things first, it is not an illness. You can not catch depression.We are talking about everything from autism, bipolar disorders, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and even addiction. The vast majority of those with these disorders are not driven to commit violent crimes.Believe it or not, 60 percent of Americans actually believe that people diagnosed with schizophrenia are dangerous. In reality, less than 1.5 percent of all violent crimes committed in the United States are related to schizophrenia. The truth is, 80 percent of all violent crimes are connected to substance abuse.Mental disorders and those affected by them are not the cause of violent crimes in America.  Knowing that, I hope that we can start to accept all people no matter what and not make assumptions based on something as trivial as mental health. Instead of judging people and assuming the worst, we need to be here for each other and help our peers who might be struggling with their own mental health and don’t know how to help themselves.In the end, it all comes down to seeing those who need help in your community and advocating for their needs and preventing any type of tragedy. It’s time for us to unify as students, as a community, and as a country.

Owen Faupel

Many people think of us as the young generation that hasn’t yet grown up, but this world is just as much ours as anyone else’s that is here, and its future is more ours than anyone else’s here. So even though we are young we have no choice but to become involved in our future. If you are going to be 18 by November have you have to register to vote in the midterm elections. Mr. Fieldman has voter registration forms in his office and you can register to vote online, and if you’re not going to be old enough to vote then you can still contact senators or representatives and tell them that we’re not going to go silent and that if they do then they will not have a job for very long. So please regardless of how old you just get involved in some way, contact representatives or if you are old enough then vote.

 

3G Article 04/25/2018

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By: Sianny Ruiz

3G is a group that empowers high school girls. It is a great opportunity to break out of your shell and see the bigger picture behind many of life’s challenges. It does not matter what specific situation is, or concerns are, because 3G is always supportive; however, the support does not stop at girls. Although this group is primarily for girls in high school, boys that attend high school can feel free to drop by and join the group conversation! Especially if they have something they think is important.

Personally, being a member of girls’ group, I see it as an amazing opportunity to let your emotions out and gain new life experiences. Also, 3G gives you the opportunity to meet new people, and opens up doors for friendships. Feeling that your opinion is valid, I think, is very important because it reassures you that people care, and that you’re really not alone. You should totally try something new, if you haven’t already, and stop by room 143 to see how you like it because you never know, it might open up your eyes on a lot of different subjects you can relate to. If you are going through drama, you can feel free to come in as well, because as I said earlier, everyone is helpful! Also, academically you can get help here too. You can get all your work organized, try to get in missing assignments, and stay on top of any extra credit opportunities to bring your grade up, if you’re not doing too well. The potential in everyone is so great, and spreading positivity needs to happen more, so I think this group is a great way to start some positivity. Try something different and open the doors to growth! Also, through this group, you can learn different points of view from different people and gain new information. Life is going to throw curveballs, and sometimes make you doubt everything and yourself, but don’t let that stop you from being happy or moving forward! What you think and feel matters, and we all have something to teach one another. So if you get a chance, stop into room 143 first or second lunch, and help make a difference!

Reindeer Games 04/25/2018

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By: Kordy Rea

The annual winter holiday competition between grades this year kicked off with Spirit Week. Both students and staff alike, dressed to the topic of each day. Whether that day was Pajama Day or Wacky Tacky Day, everyone involved had a ton of fun showing their school spirit, but that was only Spirit Week. The Reindeer Games outshine it exponentially.

This year, the winter-themed contest consisted of many familiar challenges. Trivia, the relay race, tug-of-war, musical chairs and pack the box all made their appearances. Each game, favored by a different group of contenders, was exciting to both watch and experience. Each team competing was split up into grades, freshman to senior, as well as the staff.

The stats came in at the end of the games, and after some very simple math was done, the results were the following:

5th: Freshman – 74 pts

4th: Sophomores – 92 pts

3rd: Seniors – 93 pts

2nd: Juniors – 106 pts

1st: Staff – 134 pts

The seniors this year didn’t really care much about Spirit, more focused on the half day that lets us out for winter break. Still, we didn’t come in last, which is both a surprising and exciting development that we are very proud of. Even without caring much, we’re still better than the freshmen and sophomores.

 

National Exams for Latin Students 04/25/2018

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Cat Abacan

What has the Collingswood Latin Club been up to? If you must know, we are currently preparing to take the National Latin Exam! Already under our belt this year is the National Mythology Exam, which was new to us. We also have Certamen coming up! Late winter is like a competition season for Latin students.

The National Latin Exam was administered this year on March 14th, during school hours. The test is 40 minutes long. For Latin scholars in levels I-IV, it consists of multiple choice questions that are broken up into three distinct sections: Latin grammar topics, ancient Roman history, and a chunk of text in Latin with questions about the story. For the advanced Latin students in Latin V and VI, they are given two passages, one poetry and one prose, which have questions to be answered. A few weeks after the test is taken, the results are mailed back. Based on their performance on the test, students could win certificates, or even a silver or gold medal.

The National Mythology Exam was a new test this year for Collingswood Latin students. Multiple choice questions on different topics were asked. There was a general mythology section, which consisted of questions on commonly known myths. Then, there was an entire section regarding the theme of the test: origins of Roman gods and goddesses. There was also a section where students may choose to answer questions about either the Iliad, Odyssey, or the Aeneid.

Certamen is a Latin general knowledge competition held at Princeton University, organized by the National Junior Classical League. This year, Certamen is on March 20th. Groups of top students in Latin levels I, II, and Upper Levels (III, IV, V) are invited to participate. Students are quizzed on their knowledge of Latin grammar topics, ancient Roman history, and short translations of Latin. Leading up to Certamen, the students participating will have the chance to practice in Witte’s room during first lunch.