On Saturday, April 16, 10 softball teams from Staten Island, Queens, and Brooklyn came together to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. Fontbonne Hall Academy raised $900 to donate to the cause.
Fontbonne’s varsity team played two games, the first against St. Joseph by the Sea and the second against St. John Villa. In the first game, Fontbonne was able to pull ahead. With bases loaded and two outs, freshman Alexa Bertelle hit a single up the middle which drove in two runs. Senior pitcher, Bianca Marletta, was able to hold down the opposing team for the rest of the game leading Fontbonne to a 6-2 victory.
In the second game, Fontbonne could not catch up to Villa’s nine runs even after Gabi Casagrande and Emily Manti hit consecutive home runs to Villa’s center fielder. The final score was 9-4.
Head coach, Frank Marinello, stated that it was a huge day for the girls.
“The girls really bonded around the cause. They took it to heart and it really showed through their performance on the field. They played with emotion in order to support a great cause.”
Prior to Fontbonne’s first game, varsity catcher, Manti, received the first pitch thrown out by Fontbonne’s physical education teacher, and breast cancer survivor, Mrs. Proseus.
“I bring my team back to this tournament every year because I coach women. It’s important that if one of our ladies get affected, they can get the proper resources that they need,” stated Coach Marinello when asked why he is a huge supporter of St. Joseph’s tournament.
Between the 10 teams, thousands of dollars were raised in order to raise awareness for the cancer that affects one in eight women in the United States alone.
For years, Fontbonne softball has been attending the St. Joseph by the Sea Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament in order to support breast cancer research. St. Joseph by the Sea decorates their entire 11 acre sporting complex in pink. They sell various baked goods, have a merchandise stand for their breast cancer products, and have an auction with over 35 chances at winning prizes.
For the second year, Fontbonne will be working with the Brain Trauma Foundation, in order to help students receive proper care, while studying the diagnosis and treatment processes of various brain injuries, specifically concussions. Last year, testing was available to any athlete that opted to participate.
Concussions are very serious injuries that are being taken too lightly. Concussion research has boomed. The amount of concussions that occur in high school athletes doubled within the last 10 years. Recently, more technological ways of diagnosing concussions have been tested out. Medical professionals have stressed the importance of fast detection to prevent serious head trauma in the future.
One device used to detect head trauma is called RightEye. It uses an eye tracking test in order to determine whether any trauma is present. It detects multiple health issues, some of which can go underlying for years to come. RightEye was created by Melissa Hunfalvay and Adam Gross. Some of the benefits of using the RightEye program are accessing immediate results, which can prevent athletes from going back into the game immediately after a collision. If slow eye movement is detected, a coach or parent can stop the athlete from getting furthermore injured.
Another tool used for athletes is the King-Devick Test. This test shows a series of cards that may be harder or easier to read, based off of the letter spacing. This system uses eye movement in order to detect a concussion. It was developed 40 years ago by Alan King and Steven Devick. It has been proven to be helpful in diagnosing other problems such as learning disabilities.
Members at University of Arizona have created an app that may be successful in diagnosing concussions. This app is called BrainGainz and was originally entered as part of the NCAA Mind Matters Challenge. It tasked participants with changing the opinions the younger generations have regarding concussions.
All of these systems are developing ways to help the future generations become aware about how traumatic a concussion could be, whether they play a contact sport or not. Even within the community, Fontbonne is becoming more proactive in helping athletes prevent permanent brain damage.
The Easter Bunny, egg coloring, and peeps; these traditions are all common when celebrating Easter in America. But Easter is a holiday that is celebrated worldwide, so how do other countries celebrate Easter?
In Brazil, huge parades are planned out, the biggest being in Rio de Janeiro. These parades are filled with blocos, Brazilian street parties. Brazilians also bring flowers to Church for a blessing. The most common flower is the Macela flower. Special because it only blooms during Lent. Easter delicacies in Brazil include clipfish, Easter Ring, and the most well-known pacoca. Pacoca is a paste that is made from peanuts, sugar, and flour.
The biggest German celebration during the Lenten season is the Oberammergau Passion Play. This play is performed every 10 years and is a thank you to God for saving the village of Oberammergau back in the 17th century. On the Thursday before Easter, it is tradition for Germans to eat foods that are green. They usually prepare chervil soup on this “Green Thursday.” On Easter Sunday, children look forward to waking up to surprises from Der Osterhase, the German version of the Easter Bunny.
Easter festivities start on Thursday in Greece, when eggs are dyed red to symbolize the blood of Christ. In Greece, many traditional Easter foods are prepared. Labatha is a candy that is often given to children from their parents or godparents. Other traditional foods include koulourakia, orange sesame cookies; mayiritsa soup, consisting of rice and lamb; and tsoureki bread, which is sometimes decorated with hard boiled red dyed eggs.
Mexico is another country that celebrates the Easter season with passion plays. These plays have been going on since the early 1800’s following a cholera outbreak in Iztapalapa. On Holy Saturday, statues of the Virgin Mary are covered in black dresses to symbolize her mourning. Some parts of the country participate in the Burning of Judas, a Judas figure is filled with fireworks and set on fire in town squares. A traditional Easter dish in Mexico includes Capirotada, which is bread pudding. They also prepare Cascarones. These are not edible but they are prepared similar to dyeing eggs. Eggshells are hollowed and then filled with confetti.
Easter in Spain is full of art and historical culture. During this time, people can be seen wearing a capriote, a tall hat that masks the face. This represents someone who has just received penance. Women commonly can be found wearing a mantilla, a black laced veil. Valladolid is known for their pasos or floats. Because of this, Valladolid hosts one of the most elaborate parades in Spain. Traditional foods during this time include torrijas and pestiños. Torrijas is a bread snack mixed with milk, sugar, and other sweeteners. Pestiños are sesame flavored pastries glazed with honey or sugar.
Many different countries celebrate Easter. Even though the way they do it is all different, the meaning behind the holiday is the same, to celebrate Jesus’s life and resurrection.
Today, more and more toddlers are getting diagnosed with ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They are being sent to testing, which can be beneficial by getting them the proper care and attention that they need, but it may also be detrimental. Children may be set up for a long life full of medication and special treatment in school. ADHD is currently being tested by use of a scale. It has been suggested that they should switch over to diagnosing ADHD based off of a spectrum.
Professor Dimitri Christakis believes that being tested based off a spectrum rather than on a scale could be able to diagnose students with more accurate results. Currently, ADHD is tested based on a nine behavior scale. If a person being tested matches up with six out of those nine behaviors, then they are officially diagnosed with ADHD. Christakis argues that this isn’t beneficial to people being tested at all because, even if one matches up to five of those behaviors rather than six, then they are told that they do not have ADHD and miss out from a life full of help, medicine, and the proper care. If ADHD begins to be tested based off of a spectrum, then more children have the chance at receiving a proper diagnosis, even if they have acute ADHD.
“If you fall on this side of the line, we label and medicate you. But on the other side of the line, we do nothing.” says Christakis.
Like Christakis, many people are against using the scale, for it is considered to be judgemental. The spectrum is more individualized and better suits people based off of their personal situations. One of these people that agree is Mark Mahone, a neuropsychologist who works at the Kennedy Krieger Institute for children with special needs. He believes that by switching, the service can become more inclusive to helping everyone. Mahone also is sure to specify that he is not against the diagnosis and medication, which is beneficial to cases of severe ADHD.
If ADHD, becomes diagnosed on a spectrum rather than a scale, the testing process will become one that is more personalized. More and more experiments are being done to prove that there are major differences and sometimes even symptoms between acute and severe cases of ADHD. Many cases of ADHD need to be treated differently, they should not all be treated in the same manner.
Banana and walnut muffins are a quick dessert to whip up. The recipe is very simple and they taste great! The walnuts can also be switched out for pecans or pistachios, which all taste just as good as walnuts. The total time to make these muffins is about 30 minutes. This recipe makes 8 muffins.
Step 2: Mix the butter with the sugar very well, then add in the egg and the vanilla extract and beat it until it has a fluffy consistency.
Step 3: Add the bananas in and the nuts. Mix it all together.
Step 4: Pour the flour and the baking soda into a separate small bowl.
Step 5: Mix the flour and baking soda mixture into the other bowl and slowly add the milk while continuing to mix.
Step 6: Pour the mixture into a muffin pan and set in the oven to bake for about 23 minutes.
Step 7: Take them out, let them cool, and enjoy!
Sleepovers have been popping up all over the Fontbonne community. First it was the juniors, now it’s the softball team. Both members of the JV and Varsity Softball Team slept overnight in Ms. Duggan’s room, 302. They were accompanied by varsity coaches, Frank Marinello and John Heinsch, as well as junior varsity coaches, Nicole Marinello and Dawn Duggan.
Across the hall, room 301 was filled with snacks. Some girls baked cookies and brownies, and some brought chips and popcorn. The night was spent playing board games, dancing to music, and reading the classic Christmas stories Twas’ the Night Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The night ended with the 24 girls laying down and having a movie marathon, which started with It’s a Wonderful Life.
Head coach, Marinello, thought of this great idea after hearing about the successful junior's sleepover, one month prior. He believed that this would be a great way to get the girls to bond. Everyone hung out with each other and Marinello made sure of it! During a game of Heads Up!™, Marinello made sure that every team member got a chance to play. The players also made sure he and Heinsch were included. Following Heads Up!™, the team proceeded into the courtyard to start a pickup game of volleyball. “Let’s just say, we should all stick to softball!”, said freshman Alexa Bertelle.
The goal of the sleepover was to form unbreakable bonds between the girls and the coaches. The result definitely met and exceeded that goal. “It was really great being able to spend the night with the whole team, it was the first time I’ve ever had a sleepover with them all,” says junior Emily Manti. For one freshman, the purpose left her mind. “I’m really happy that we spent a lot of time together, not only as a team, but as a family. Being a family is extremely important in order for us to function as one,” said freshman Liani Kane.
Coach Marinello was very happy with the outcome. He concludes, “It was a tremendous night for Fontbonne softball. It became an off-field activity. No one had to worry about anything softball related, it was all about having a good time and enjoying yourself. The night was a ‘no-worry’ night.”
Family is something that is always stressed once a person becomes part of the Fontbonne Softball Team. Players gain 20 sisters to do everything with. Performance suddenly relies on the eight other girls on that field. There is absolutely no way a team can succeed without becoming a family. The Fontbonne Softball Team has never felt like anything less than a sisterhood.
Mr. Adam Segall is one of many new teachers at Fontbonne this year. He has been very hands on in working with the school’s extracurricular activities. He created the school’s chess club. Many students have turned to him for help with math and science problems. He has set a reputation for himself not just as the “new engineering teacher” or “new computer science teacher,” but he considers himself to be a “class supervisor and a guide person to have discussions with rather than just lecturing.” Mr. Segall is very passionate about his job. He says "My least favorite thing about my job is not having enough time to do everything I want.”
Mr. Segall was born in Stanford, FL. After 10 years, he moved to Jacksonville, FL until 2002 when he moved to Tallahassee, FL. In 2008, he came to New York. Mr. Segall’s affinity towards our school clubs does not reflect himself as a high school student. He participated in his school’s philosophy club and attended “one French club meeting, if that counts.” When asked if he knew that he wanted to be a teacher growing up he responded with “No, I originally wanted to be a test pilot but I found out that I couldn’t because of my vision. Then, I thought about being a lawyer but realized I couldn’t because I don’t like reading and writing, then I thought about owning a sandwich shop on the beach.” He received his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and his graduate degree at Dowling College, in Long Island.
He explains his inspiration for becoming a teacher as “I have a passion for science and math and I love talking about it.” His favorite course is Physics and it shows when students ask him for help with studying. “Mr. Segall has helped me greatly with my physics homework. In resources, I see him engaging with other students in various courses like AP Calculus, trigonometry, and precalculus. If anyone needs help in any of the math or science subjects you should definitely go to him, it’s worth it" said junior, Mary Petrosino. He doesn’t mind, though. “I love that the students are motivated and organized, it’s something I’ve never come across before.” Mr. Segall is definitely a great addition to the Fontbonne teaching staff!
Many people today are stressing the importance of eating organically, they’re tending to follow the paleo food trend. This is because so many food companies are adding in chemicals to their products. These chemicals are foreign to the human body and are recognized as toxic.
Why would companies basically poison their customers? Well, it’s because they’re benefiting from it. It’s financially cheaper to add chemicals such as preservatives and hormones to products that people consume. It’s financially cheaper to add small amounts of meat to “vegetarian” products. In some cases, it’s even a matter of population control. Food producers know that the foods are toxic and are instructed by the government to purposely try to harm consumers. So, can you really trust what you eat?Warning: May Not Contain Nuts (FACT)
In 2013, producers were attempting to fill walnut shells with rocks and cement. They would then attempt to pass them off as fresh walnuts. This started in order to increase profits. The manufacturers would receive double the profit for selling half the amount of walnuts. The overall price of walnuts in China has increased greatly, due to traditions involving them. The process was done by splitting open the shell, removing the core, filling it with concrete, and then gluing it shut. In order to spot a fake walnut, consumers had to look for a thin, white line of glue around the split in the shell. This was an ongoing issue in China for a while but seems to be lessened greatly today due to the arrest of these manufacturers.
Kentucky Fried...Oh, Wait… (FICTION)
The well-known six-winged, four-legged, two-headed genetically modified chicken has been making it’s way around the internet. The claim is that this mutated animal is the source of KFC’s “chicken.” KFC has recently stated that they do use genetically modified chickens. The image collect via email by Snopes.com is blatantly photoshopped. There has been more controversy over why KFC has chosen to shorten their name from Kentucky Fried Chicken. Some say it’s because they don’t use real chicken anymore so they can’t have it in their title. The real reason, stated by KFC themselves, is that they just wanted an abbreviated title, similar to how people don’t refer to IHOP as International House of Pancakes. Another rumor floating around is that they’re not allowed to use the term “chicken” anymore, which is entirely false. According to these rumors they had to remove all terms using “chicken” off their menus and out of their advertisements. This is not true, their menus still have a chicken section.
Glow-in-the-Dark Pork? (FACT)
In Shanghai, China, a woman bought some pork. She used it to make dumplings for her family that evening, and left it out in the kitchen that night. She awoke in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and noticed a faint glow coming from the kitchen area. She found that the pork was emitting a vibrant blue glow! The pork was found to be contaminated with a bacteria that caused the glow-in-the-dark feature. This was not the only sighting of the contaminated pork, it was also spotted in various restaurants throughout Shanghai.
Chipotle’s Closing in 2016 (FICTION)
Many people have heard about the recent E. Coli outbreak most likely coming from Chipotle stores. The source of the bacteria is yet to be announced, but evidence is pointing away from the Chipotle suppliers themselves. Besides that, a prank website, formerly known as FeedNewz started an internet scare about how Chipotle was closing. Anyone who clicked on this link would be taken to a page that said “You got owned!” To throw even more drama at Chipotle, there have been rumors saying that all chains will close in March of 2016 due to dog and cat meat being used. It even went as far as saying cat corpses were found in the freezers of some Denver locations. These claims are entirely false and were published by an entertainment website which claims to use a “combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.” (Huzlers.com)
Getting More Than You Bargained For? (FACT)
It has been found that in 10% of all so-called vegetarian hot dogs, small amounts of meat have been found. But, it gets better. Two percent of a small sample size of various vegetarian hot dogs were found to be contaminated with human DNA. Some people purchase special “pork-free hot dogs” for religious reasons. Some brands that were supposedly pork-free had pork chunks in them. Other brands even had stranger meats such as traces of chicken and lamb. Since you cannot always trust the packaging labels, the simple solutions are to go for the more popular and trustworthy brands, rather than the unknown brands. It makes more sense to pay an extra dollar and get exactly what you want compared to eating human DNA.
(Spotlight on: Mrs. Correira, Campus Minister)
Fontbonne is always thinking of new and exciting ways for the students to help out in the community. This year, the junior class is volunteering every Friday at Park Slope Christian Help, Inc. or CHiPS. CHiPS was founded in 1971 as a charity service in Brooklyn designed to provide hot, nutrious meals to the less fortunate community. Per their websites, they also offer “offer seasonal clothing, emergency pantry items, and shelter for young mothers and their children” all free of charge. Every Friday, 6 Bonnies sign up to go to CHiPS and spend the day helping out those in need. The CHiPS retreat is led by Fontbonne’s campus minister Mrs. Correira. The retreat sounds basic; you arrive, you prepare food, you serve food, you leave. But it is far from that. Every week is a new experience; you never know what to expect or who you’re going to meet.
When I attended CHiPS on October 23rd, it was unlike anything I ever imagined. When I was younger, I used to volunteer at CHiPS. As a younger volunteer, I never provided a direct service to the people who needed it. I would drop off food and help sort it. This time I helped serve the people and it was so great!
Before leaving school, Mrs. Correia does a variety of activities in the school’s chapel to prepare the group for the day ahead. She reminds each group to wipe any expectations out of your head. She wants the group to go in with open minds. I found this preparation beneficial. The day turned out to be very positive and the activities became fun.
This retreat was meant to teach a lesson through the experience of providing a service to those in need. Karla Lopez, a CHiPS retreat member, said “My favorite part of the CHiPS trip was seeing the smile on everyone’s face when they received the food. I learned that it doesn’t take a lot to put a smile on someone’s face or to make someone’s day. It’s something that is so simple and should be done more often.” Kyra Petalas also commented on her experience. She said “Something that really touched my heart was when a man told us ‘God bless you, you don’t know how much I thank you for doing this!’ then I told him it was my pleasure and he started to tear up. I will never forget that moment and I would definitely go back and help again.” This just shows how even the smallest of actions can impact someone’s life in such a major way. How can you change someone’s life today?