East’s Journalists Take the Lead

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Students in Joseph Sagarese’s journalism and media literacy class at High School East are learning all the basic roles of journalists during their class time. Each student has the opportunity to write, edit and layout articles for the school’s quarterly newspaper “The Matador.”
Students have the opportunity to pitch articles that interest them and are responsible for generating a minimum of four stories per quarter plus website content. After articles are submitted, most of the work –such as editing and layout – becomes student-centered, Mr. Sagarese said. 
“Students are learning how to write objectively and with purpose in addition to learning the basic mechanics of journalism,” he said. Based on their areas of interest, students gravitate toward different positions in the journalism field such as proofing, editing, layout and design.
Students have the opportunity to work together in editing tables, where submitted articles are discussed and edited by the students and revisiting their articles if needed. In the coming months, the class will be moving to a multimedia approach, incorporating video and video production skills into their work. “This is hands-on real-world learning that the students can take with them as they move to college and beyond,” Mr. Sagarese said. “It gives them the tools to work in different areas of journalism but also gives them a good idea if this is a career path they want to pursue moving forward.”

Logo Makes a Mark on Carnegie Hall

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High School East 10th grade student Aidan Byrus from Dianne Shanian’s digital media arts class designed a winning logo in Adobe Illustrator for the school’s annual trip to Carnegie Hall in New York City. Orchestra teacher Brian McCoy collaborated with Shanian to offer this design challenge to the art students. Aidan’s design was printed on 300 T-shirts that will be worn by High School East student-musicians and their teachers during an April trip to perform at Carnegie Hall. He is pictured with Ms. Shanian and Mr. McCoy. 

Student-Artists Take Home Scholastic Honors

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Seven student-artists from High Schools East and West have been recognized in the annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Five students in Timothy Needles’ AP art and digital class at High School East won 10 awards, including an American Visions nomination (Best of Show) along with three gold key winners, which will advance to nationals. They are: Ashleigh Golden (Gold Key in video game design); Kiersten Hebron (Gold Key and Silver Key in photography); Trisan Davis (Gold Key and American Visions nominee in video game design); Nethmi Withanage (Two Silver Keys and two honorable mentions in drawing  and illustration and painting); and Krishna Palempalli (Honorable mention in video game design). 
From Steve Halem’s art class at High School West, Rebecca Lee won the Silver Key for mixed media, Silver Key for drawing and honorable mention for mixed media. In addition, Lily Seeley won a Silver Key in drawing.

East Whisperettes Secure 22nd Consecutive Title

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High School East’s varsity kickline has been named the small high kick national champions for the 22nd consecutive year. The team attended the Contest of Champions Nationals from Feb. 28 to March 1 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. The Whisperettes also earned first place in the medium high kick category. The team is coached by Sarahbeth Cook, and led by captain Kelsey Finn, and junior captains Jayme Mattera, Lauren Quick and Skylar Park.

Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

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Twenty-two student athletes from the district put pen to paper as they signed national letters of intent to continue to play their sports at the collegiate level next year.

The district congratulates the following students from High School West: Hayley Beutel, diving, Townson College; Chad Cusumano, boys lacrosse, University of Tampa; Michael Danzi, cross-country, Columbia University; Reed Greco, boys lacrosse, Robert Morris University; Isabella Justino, girls soccer, Pace University; Emily Leverich, girls soccer, Southern New Hampshire University; Nicholle Marshall, girls lacrosse, James Madison University; Jill Meaney, girls soccer, LIU Post; Maria Paredes, softball, Saint Peters University; Kirsten Rafferty, field hockey, Belmont Abbey College; and Michael Simone, boys lacrosse, Florida Southern College.

From High School East, the following students signed letters: Chris Arceri, boys lacrosse, University of Penn; Justin Carroll, boys lacrosse, Yale University; Nick Dagnello, baseball, College of Charleston; Mia DeNicola, women’s lacrosse, SUNY Binghamton; Julia Fabiano, women’s lacrosse, Wagner College; Jessica Gengler, women’s soccer, Winthrop University; Emily Ginty, track, LIU Post; Marisa Lee, swimming, SUNY Binghamton; Kevin Melore, football, LIU Post; Eric Nicholson, boys lacrosse, University of Hartford; and Dean Schaffer, football, Yale University.