Monday, May 22, 2017

Europe Trip 2017

By Avery Bolduc
Edited By Julia Gregoire

Over April vacation Mrs. Chamoff and one chaperone, Shannon Batson, took a group of 8 kids overseas and to Europe. They all met in the Boston Logan Airport, to depart to Amsterdam. After a 6 and half hour flight they landed safely around 5:00 am. Their layover was supposed to be 4 hours, but was delayed to 5 hours. They flew Air France from Amsterdam to Paris De Gaulle Airport. This airport was huge! It took only an hour and a half, but for those who slept through it, it felt like 30 minutes.
In Paris, they visited the Eiffel Tower, went on a cruise around the city, went into the Notre Dam Cathedral and even went to the Louvre; where the Mona Lisa is! Then after two days in Paris, they took a bullet train down to the French Riviera.
In the French Riviera, they went to Monaco, and saw the changing of the guards outside the palace. After that they went to Nice, and some swam in the Mediterranean Sea!
Then off to Florence they went! While in Florence they went to all the main squares and saw all the artwork from all famous artists during the time. Afterwards, on the way to Rome we went to The Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Their final destination was Rome. By far my favorite of all places, while we were there we went to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Vatican City,and even the Roman Catacombs.
Over the course of 10 days, the students learned about French and Italian Culture. It was an eye opening experience. Thanks to EF Tours, they made this amazing trip possible. Along the way, everyone made friends that we may not see, but will stay in our hearts.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

DaddyOfive Child Abuse Allegations

***DISCLAIMER: CONTROVERSIAL AND SENSITIVE SUBJECT***
By Kayleen Turner
Edited by Guinevere Cote

    Recently a youtube channel that goes by the name of “DaddyOfive” has blown up across the internet. The channel was labeled to be a prank channel. However, one of their most recent “prank” video has been controversial among many. The video featured their youngest son. The parents had made a mess of his rug and had started aggressively yelling and accusing him of being responsible for the situation. When confronted by his parents the child becomes visibly distressed. Knowing that he took no part in this he starts to cry and defend himself against the accusations.

    Many people found the video disturbing due to the child's reaction and the parents unstoppable instigation. The video was soon removed off of the channel and all other videos were made private and later removed by the creators. Many other youtube creators took a stand against the channel accusing them of potential child abuse, and criticizing the channels existence over all. Most videos include clips of the children being yelled at to the point of tears, being hit by siblings, and the parents. This caught the authorities attention and led to an investigation. In one of two apology videos the family says that they had already been investigated and that the authorities found nothing.

    The most recent investigation led to the parents losing custody of the two youngest children. Here's a link to a video that talks about the situation very well, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jfpzCsXGxQg . If you or someone you know is being abused call the authorities or tell a trusted adult.

Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship Award

By Emily Morin
Edited by Julia Gregoire
(School Life)

   Massabesic High School has been very successful in sports this year and many students have done great things for their athletic careers. One student in particular, Hope Saucier a senior at MHS, attended the Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship award banquet on May 7, 2017. The Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship awards student athletes $5,000 for those who are a good sport on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. After thousands of applications for the scholarship, 60 finalists had interviews and 18 of them got the scholarship award. Hood congratulated each athlete with $5,000 and they get to be in the Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship Hall of Fame. Hope Saucier said her and the winners, ‘went to the Hood banquet, got a tour of Gillette Stadium, walked through the locker room and all of the ‘behind the scenes’, got to stand almost on the field, met Gord Kluzak who spoke to us regarding sportsmanship, and got to have lunch in a box seating area that people are on a waitlist for 20 years to see a game!” These finalists showed how memorable they are on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. “This experience has been incredible and I can’t express how much I appreciate the amazing support I received,” Hope noted. Hope also thanked the school, teachers, and coaches for their support and guidance in what she has accomplished as a student athlete. “Thank you all so so much.”

Sudan, The Last White Rhino In The World

By: Savannah Wakita
Edited By: Guin Cote
(National/Global)

Sudan is a Northern White Rhino who lives in Kenya, he is the last male of his kind. He is under armed surveillance 24/7 to protect him from poachers. This gentle giant is the last resort to help reproduce and multiply the species before they go extinct. There are only two female White Rhinos in the world and with the help of the community and the whole world, he will be united with one. The two rhinos are named Najin and Fatu, Fatu being the daughter of Najin. Tinder, the famous online dating website has created a profile for Sudan where users who swipe to the right are directed to a website where they can donate money to fund for a treatment that will help him and his new mate multiply. The scientists who will be conducting this experiment will need an estimated 10 million dollars to go through with the treatment. A main factor to this issue is that none of the three are exactly capable of breeding anymore. In efforts to protect the rhinos lives, the handlers remove their horns as poachers mainly want that. The three rhinos are the last hope for their species, so they are monitored every moment by radio transmitters that have been implanted where their horns would be and lots of other procedures and technologies. There is hope for him out there. In 1895 scientist were able to bring back the species of Southern White Rhinos from a small herd, to 20,000, and technology has definitely increased and advanced since then. Everyone’s watching this story closely to see how it plays out and if Sudan reaches his 10 million dollar goal and saves his species.

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Taz’s Little Lego Library


By Breanna Melanson and Allison Blair
Edited By Arie Moore
(Community)


    A young boy in Portland, Oregon, is changing the community one lego at a time. Lending libraries are small, weatherproof boxes that usually contain books, which people can swap with or borrow from. However, the Little Lego Library is a bit different; instead of books, people can exchange Lego figurines. The small library was set up by Taz, a local elementary schooler, and his mom.
    “At school, Taz (who's 9) was studying how toys are made and learning about all the waste’” Taz’s mom, Mrs.Higgs, stated in an email. “He decided he wanted to prevent people from buying more plastic toys and instead share his Legos with other kids and he came up with the idea of a little free library to share his Lego minifigures.”
    


“Hi! Take a minifigure and leave a minifigure that someone else would like. Leave a note in the little log if you want. Have fun!”


    After the Lego Library opened last summer, it quickly gained popularity. “It was posted on Facebook and got 20,000 views in the first few days, Mrs. Higgs wrote. “It seems to be the first Lego library out there, and now we know of a couple kids who have built similar lego libraries of their own.” According to Mrs. Higgs, hundreds of Legos have been exchanged. Kids from Portland are getting a chance to play with legos, and, All in all, Taz is changing the world, one Lego at a time.



A photo of Taz and the Lego Library.

Tennis at MHS


By Zachery Bandle
Edited By Ben Sampson
(Sports)

Being one of our spring sports, tennis differs greatly from most of our other activities. For example, every member is ranked according to how many games they win in a small competition between the team. Also, tennis has the least amount of people when it comes to playing on the courts; specifically, one plays singles or doubles (alone or with a partner). Due to the intended lack of people, everyone who plays must have good concentration because they're constantly moving to their target.

As a freshman on the tennis team, I've learned a lot about how to go about a target and how to work with my teammate in doubles. Learning the variety of moves and the basics of the court is always the starting point, but building off of those is the fun part, i.e. working on your aim, your fastness, and your stability in your hits. Communication is an important factor notable for doubles; during a match, you and your teammate call hits and move around the court to make sure that every single area is covered.

Even though tennis has many ways for improving, that doesn't mean you shouldn't join. The best part of it is just trying your best and having fun. There's no reason to see it as a life or death situation where you must win. Afterall, tennis is a quiet sport; work on your finesse and fix it if you're able to instead.



Girls Varsity Softball Season

By: Jocelyn Jaro
Edited by: Ben Samson.
The Massabesic Girls varsity softball team has had a successful season so far with only two loses. Freshman and varsity player, Julia Gregoire answered some of my questions about the season so far. What has been the best part of the season? “The team chemistry has been great.” How is the team doing as a whole? “We’re working as a team more than at the beginning of the season. At the beginning, it felt like everyone was working as their own.” How has doing the 10 week hitting program in the winter helped the team? “It made us 10 weeks ahead of most the teams we are playing.” How have you improved personally? “The speed of the game has improved for me. Everything is a lot faster and I'm finally getting the hang of it.” Where do you see the team headed for the rest of the season? “We are facing some pretty tough teams for our last 6 games so we are going to work hard to come out on the top with some wins.” Come support the girls at their last home games!
    (Julia Gregoire vs Biddeford. Picture credit to Jason Gendron)

Boys Lacrosse

By Jake Abbott
Edited by Ben Samson
Sports

     Boys lacrosse is looking promising this year and for those to come. The team is getting much stronger. I interviewed Cameron Goodrich about his experiences and thoughts on the team. The first question I asked him was, “What's your favorite thing about the team?” and his answer was, “The brotherhood you build up after the first couple weeks.” The next question I asked him was, “What are your predictions for the season?” He said, “We should be able to be .500 or a little over this year.” When I asked him, “What's your opinion on the coaching staff?” he replied with, “Coach Gallo is good, he knows the game really well, and he teaches the game well too. Coach Allen Curtis is the soccer coach as well as the lacrosse coach, and he's always pushing us to be our best in practice. And our other coach Curtis has been in the military and he helps us communicate with each other and form that brotherhood. Coach Wright is always encouraging us and helping us.” Then I asked, “Where do you think the program is heading?” his response was, “The next couple years will be tough but in a few years we will be a very strong team.” Lastly, I asked him, “Are you planning on chasing a scholarship for lacrosse?” and he replied with, “It's not necessarily something I've considered yet. If I got an offer I'd take it but I think I'm more likely to get my scholarship from hockey or academics.”
     The program definitely seems as though it's heading in the right direction. You should definitely try to make it to some of their games this year and see the progress they've made. They work very hard and have made a lot of progress. There's a lot of promise in the upcoming years as well. Wish them good luck!


MHS Talent Show

By Rebekah Roy
Edited by Julia Gregoire
(School Life)
The Massabesic High School talent show was on Thursday, May 11th. Featured acts included a group number that had Sammy Dudley and Amie Giles strutting around the stage dressed as trolls, and Ian Ryan and his son, Roy, that had the audience in awe. Chris Jandreau played his guitar and sang a song, and Norrie Chamoff sang in multiple numbers and directed the whole thing.  Amber Arsenault, who performed multiple dance pieces, answered some questions about having been a part of the talent show.
Q: Were you surprised at the talent that your classmates have?
A: Yes, I was. For such a small town and school, we had really good talent.
Q: Did you have fun performing with your classmates?
A: Yes, it was very fun!
Q: Were you excited when you heard that the MHS Culture Club was hosting a talent show?
A: Yes! I wasn't only excited to be able to perform myself, but to see everyone else show off their skills.
Q: Which act was your favorite?
A: Definitely Mr. Ryan and his son. It was too adorable!
Q: Did you get nervous before you performed?
A: Even though I've been dancing for a long time, I always get nervous before performing. You never know what's going to happen.
Not only was the talent show fun to watch, it was also fun for the performers! A big thanks goes out to the MHS Culture Club and the performers for making it such a fun night.

Amber Arsenault during her performance

Ian Ryan and his son, Roy, before heading on stage

Filly Lacrosse


By Trie Yale
Edited by Julia Gregoire
School Life


         Filly lacrosse is a program for young girls grades 2-6, but they might have grades kindergarten and 1st join next season. The Massabesic High School girls lacrosse teams are the coaches. The program is put on by Denise Benton and Coach Bowen. The Filly lacrosse program was started in the 6 year period between 2006 and 2012. Every Monday and Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 at the high school; everyone meets and then separates into their teams. Basic stick skills are taught, such as: throwing, catching, cradling, and scooping. Teamwork and good sportsmanship are also things learned by the girls participating in this amazing program. The purpose of Filly lacrosse is to give girls the necessary skills and to prepare them for the middle school level.


      

Baseball


By Mia Skowronski
Edited By Benjamin Samson
(Sports)


      The Massabesic baseball team is one of the highlights of the spring sports season, with devoted players ready to get to work. Since preseason is now over, as we head into this year’s season all are excited to see the outcome of this new combination of players. With seasoned athletes from every class, there can only be a good outcome this season. The season is still starting, and hopes are high this year, with hard work and devotion, we just might make it.


   Speaking for the team is Hunter Monahan, a freshman on the team this year. Hunter has been playing the sport for nine years and what he said he loved about the sport is “the thought process.” Asking on what he loved about the team, he said that, “Our JV team has just started to come together winning our last two games, so I love the fact that we are becoming a family.” However the team still has a while to go if they hope on achieving their of “a 500 winning average,” that Monahan said they wish to achieve. If the team really does play like a family and stays untied it's hard to see where they can go wrong especially if they put in the hard work to achieve their goal. Since he loves the sport so much, Monahan was asked whether or not he'd suggest the sport to others, he said, “I strongly encourage anyone to try this sport or start playing again because of opportunity and family building. Only having 2 teams right now there is plenty of space for people to learn and play the sport.” So next year anyone hoping to sign up for baseball should just try it out, since the team will accept them with open arms, from any level of play.




Advice With Bryce


Anonymous
How can you tell if someone likes you?
Dear Relationship Wonderer,
To tell  if someone likes you look for some of these signs: standing close to you, gazing, hyperactivity in your presence or when you leave, change in behavior, mirroring your body language, complimenting you often, smiling for no reason, and remembering small detail about conversations you have.

How to not be late to class?
Dear Troubled Tardy,
Try and leave your class right as the bell rings. Do not dilly dally and talk to your friends. Just walk with a purpose straight to your next class. If you still cannot make it in time, talk to your teacher and let them know why you are late so that you will not be marked absent. They will probably understand. Good luck, and remember, walk with a purpose!

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How to stop nailing my head to the wall.
Dear Nailer,
Remove the problem, get rid of the wall, or the nails, your choice. If you go to a location with nails and a wall, ask someone else to remove the nails or walls. This may seem ridiculous, but it is very effective way to remove the problem. Nailing your head to a wall is not a good choice.
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Bryce, how do I French braid hair? I really need your help on this!
Dear Frazzled French,
French braiding is so simple! There are many great videos out there on how to braid. I found a helpful one, and I linked it here!
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My parents are making us move, and I really don’t want to, what should I do?
Dear Miserable Over Moving,
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Sorry to hear about this dilemma. One thing could do is, sit down with your parents and have a conversation about your feelings about the move.  Say what's on your mind, be respectful, give reasons why you don't want to move, and listen to what your parents have to say.   Your parents might have a reason for doing this like; job changes, moving closer to family, or they like something about the new place. Look on the positive side of the situation, moving can be an adventure.  You will have the chance to meet new people and make new friends.  Moving doesn’t mean that you have to let go of your old friends.  Make time for seeing your old friends, arrange ways that you can enjoy both the old and new, and if you can’t get together as often as you would like, social media is a great way to stay in touch.   

I need advice on how to peel oranges.
Dear Perplexed Peeler,
There are many ways to peel oranges, and you can use whichever way works best for you! Here is a quick tutorial if you don’t know any ways. Click Here!
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I need advice on how to handle absolutely insane parents.
Dear Baffled Bud,
To handle insane parents you should try talking to them clearer; when talking to them try managing the conversation instead reacting negatively. Don't take it personally some people are just like that. Lastly, enjoy your life don't let them bring you down!

I like a girl on my team, and I'm not sure if she feels the same. What should I do?
Dear Athletic Attraction,
Talk to her, try to see if she likes you through subtle things. Try to start conversions you know you know could increase your reĊ‚atioship status with her. Try and bond over your shared love of sports. If she really doesn't like you, then it is not meant to be and look somewhere else for help.

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My parents are very busy.  They make me take care of my little brother after school and on the weekends. They tell me that because they pay for my cell phone each month that I need to babysit.   It is cutting into my time for homework and seeing my friends.  What can I do to get out of this?  
Dear Still Only A Kid,
Having to take can of younger siblings often happens to many young people.  Helping out watching your brother or sister is part of being in a family, but here should be a limit to how often you are expected to do this. Politely ask your parents if you could have a talk with them.   Tell your parents that you feel like babysitting is affecting your school work and you have no time for your friends.  It is also important that you let your parents know that you need time to relax, after all you are not an adult yet.  If say you have to do this because they pay your phone, say that you're grateful that you can have the phone, but maybe you could negotiate a set number of hours or time.  If this doesn't work try to compromise by saying, you'll wash dishes, take out the trash, or do additional chores rather than babysit.  This way you can do it when you have time and not according to their set schedule, allowing you time for homework and a social life.

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How To Deal With People
The Advice With Bryce Column now has an etiquette section! Enjoy!

How do I deal with nosy people?
Dear Dealing With A Busy Body,
Dealing with nosy people can be very annoying at times, but keep pushing through.  If a person asks a question about your personal life you could say this in return:
  1. Why are you asking?
  2. I am not really sure the answer to that?
  3. Who wants to know?
  4. Or a funny answer could be, “ Are you from the CIA or FBI?”.
Maybe by answering your need to know it all “friend” with one of these questions, they will start to notice that you don't really want to answer. If they don't get the point you could try being direct and say, “Why are you being so nosy?”.  Don't worry this happens to everyone, and if you don’t want to respond you can just walk away.  
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How to deal with a know-it-all?
Dear Don’t-Know-It-All,
The best way to deal with a know-it-all, is to distance yourself. You cannot change their nature, so you should just politely distance yourself. Do not talk to them if possible, and you will not be annoyed. Remember, still be nice!
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Sources:
Clouducation. "10 Best Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Parents." CLOUDUCATION. N.p., 18 Oct. 2013. Web. 18 May 2017.
Harbinger, New. "Parents Who Drive You Crazy: Four Steps for Handling    Emotionally Immature Parents." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 05 June 2015. Web. 18 May 2017.
"Signs That Show That Someone Likes You." Speeli. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2017.