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Newspaper works hard to inform the student body of current issues and events concerning Centereach High School. From bands to politics, Centereach reporters cover everything! The advisor Mr. Nielsen is supportive of the staff and their efforts to report the truth! Also an added incentive is the pizza that everyone partakes of before starting their day’s work. With the help of the advisors, the reporters are able to find the most interesting topics for each paper. The editors work hard to edit the articles and create attractive layouts. With hard working students, the CHS paper is at its best!

 

Editors in Chief: Angela Boscarino and Riah Sharma

Managing Editor: Chris Baker, Josefine Nielsen and Ashley Gomez

Photography: Elizabeth Perez

Fashion: Alexandria Ortiz

Sports: Emily Tirado

Website Admin/Technical Editor: Samer Mahmoud

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Meets every Friday in Room 250 and Computer Room – 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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Class of 2018 Says Good-bye to Centereach and Hello to the World!

  By Megan Rutigliano   Sunday, June 24 was the big day that many seniors have been anticipating all school year: graduation! Emotions ran high as the Class of 2018 reflected on the four years they have spent at Centereach High School and what is to come in the future. As a senior myself, I…

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Nielsen and Nespoli Retire. Say It Ain’t So!

Nielsen Looks Forwards and Backwards in Retirement By Crosscurrents Reporter   Before you disappear into the sunset of retirement, we wanted to get a few last thoughts from you, if you don’t mind.   Of course not.  As you know, I’ve always been more than happy to share my thoughts. So, why did you decide…

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Senior Prom Night– Seniors Dance Their Look Super Fine!

  by Riah Sharma A wise person had once said, “sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” As I look back at the senior prom, I realize the importance of this quote. After, four years of hard work and stress, the graduates of 2018 finally earned…

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Valedictorian, Anthony Roman and Salutatorian, Olivia Zhu Talk About Their Goals, Successes, Failures, and Obstacles

By Laiba Qureshi and Annika Bumb   “Valedictorian” and “Salutatorian” are prestigious titles. We had a conversation with both Valedictorian, Anthony Roman and Salutatorian, Olivia Zhu about their goals, successes, failures, and obstacles. Anthony and Olivia both agree that their family and friends have greatly contributed to their success. However, it was undoubtedly their own…

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Student Elections 2018 This Thursday! Support Democracy–Your Vote Counts!

  By Annika Bumb and Laiba Qureshi   It’s election time again! Our candidates are running hard and campaigning like it’s nobody’s business. You have seen their posters scattered about the hallways and stairwells and you’ve probably received some of their complementary gifts. This year however, campaigning seems to be more difficult since there is…

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Augmented Way to Learn

By Thomas Polochak With the innovation and creativity that comes with technology in today’s society, teachers can now present topics to their students like never before. One of these teachers is Centereach’s very own Ms. Lerner, an Earth Science teacher. By applying for grants as well as working alongside Dawnwood Middle School’s tech club, Ms.…

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Murder Crime Caper Solved Again by Centereach’s Crack Forensic Team!

By Crosscurrents’ Crime Stopper Reporters:     So, Who did it?  According to the updated police report just released, Nicki Minaj hired the Blues Brothers to kill Steven Tyler.  She was outraged that he was being recognized by the Grammys after his comment back in 2012 that she thought was racist. (True story, google it).  When the Blues…

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Foreign Language National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Celebrates

By Thomas Polochak and Tyler Sharma   On a night exemplifying the best students in Spanish, Italian, and French classes in Centereach and Newfield High Schools the audience sat in awe of their accomplishments. From performances of members of the club, to the requirements needed to be accepted into this very prestigious club, the students…

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“‘Dream Student’ Myths Busted”

By Laiba Qureshi Annika Bumb     What is your “Dream Student” like? What qualities do you see in certain students that indicate to you that they have a bright future? How do students inspire you? These are the questions we asked many of the teachers of Centereach High School, and the results are not…

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Top 25 “Breakfast for Academic Champions!”

By: Alexandria Ortiz Every year, the location of the Top 25 breakfast is alternated from Centereach High School to Newfield High School. Today Newfield hosted the annual breakfast, recognizing the hard work of fifty students over the past four years. After an awards ceremony, the celebration began with a delicious breakfast spread. The students where…

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Never Again!

    By Emily Dwyer   On Wednesday, March 14, exactly one month after the senseless tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida at Stoneman Douglas High School, students across the nation rose from their seats, broke from their routines, and walked out of their school buildings. The students remained outside for 17 minutes, to honor…

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Broadway Lives At Centereach–42nd Street Has Everyone Tapping!

By Sakib Choudhury It’s that time of year again, musical season! Every year the remarkable theatre department at Centereach High School delivers an extravagant musical to the people of Centereach. This year, they performed an amazing rendition of 42nd Street. The show premiered on Friday, March 23rd in lieu of the loss of the Senior Citizen…

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CHS 2018 A Capella Invitational– Hits All the High Notes!

by Chris Backer It is no question that the Centereach Music Department represents some of the best talent the school has to offer. This is proven time and time again with events such as the annual Acapella Night. Schools from all over along Island as far as Wading River travel to perform fantastically arranged songs…

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Centereach Poetry Slams Away Expectations!

By Jackson Scott   Many people like to spend the day after Class Competition relaxing after working hard for weeks on end. For students in the Centereach H.S. Literary Magazine however, it was spent experiencing the feelings and listening to the work of their peers. The Literary Magazine held a Poetry Slam on March 2…

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Black History Celebration 2018 “Hidden Figures in Science and Medicine”

  By: Alexandria Ortiz As per tradition, Centereach High School celebrated Black History Month on the concluding day of February, reminding us that Black History should be celebrated every day, and not only through the month of February. Tommie Turner read an amazing original poem, “Power.” Her poem also reminds us that as a society…

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There Are No Words That Can Properly Capture…

By Emily Dwyer   There are no words that can properly capture the sinking feeling in my stomach; the agony and hopelessness accumulating in my heart. We have been through this so many times. Each time we cycle through the same mourning period where people shout that it is “too soon” to discuss gun control.…

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Pops Concert Sets Stage for Winter Break

  By Riah Sharma   On Thursday, February 15, the Centereach High School music department blew away the audience yet again with its amazing musical talent. All groups from orchestra to band to chorus, left the audience speechless. The hard work and dedication that each and every one of the students put into practicing their…

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Centereach and Newfield Cosmo Girls Team UP In Manhattan for Fashion Week!

Hello Everyone, This past weekend the Centereach & Newfield Cosmetology students worked alongside of New York Institute Of Beauty and participated in Fashion Week!  The fashion show was a Small Boutique Fashion Show located at Studio 450 in Manhattan, N.Y.  The girls did different types of makeup techniques and hair styles on multiple models for…

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Amber Seifts, #32 Talks Cougar Football!

Interview with Amber Seifts, #32 on the Football Team this Season By Cristina Costantino, Tyler Sharma, and Thomas Polochak     As you probably know, the varsity football team has had an amazing football season this year and because of their success we decided to interview one of the players. Here are some of the…

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Centereach Returns to Science Olympiad Competition

By Riah Sharma   On January 27, students of Centereach High School took part in the Science Olympiad competition at Ward Melville High School. After an eight year gap, the school decided to run the Science Olympiad club once again as it saw an increase in the number of students interested in science. Mr. Moore,…

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2017–A Favorite Fashion Year for New Looks!

By Laiba Qureshi People always ask me why I love fashion. The answer is quite simple; fashion allows me to express myself. It is ultimately a way for not just me but for all of us to show off our wonderful personalities. Personally, 2017 was my favorite year as it brought out some of the…

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Fencing Team Has Many Musketeers!

By Jeremy Schkoda   As the high school winter sports season draws closer to its inevitable end, the fencing season follows suit. As with any team, the Centereach fencing team responds in kind, in this case, making further preparations for the county finals, which will take place on the last day of the season. Excluding…

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Seniors Wrestle With “Final Match”

by Elizabeth Perez and Ashley Gomez Our Centereach Varsity Wrestling Team versed Smith-Town East at their senior game on Friday January 12! Our seniors Nelson Velasquez, Leo Bosch, Xavier Nicholas, and Matt Ciaverelli celebrated a great match on this emotional day as it was one of their last wrestling matches at Centereach High School.  While…

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More Than Words

By Emily Dwyer On Thursday, January 11, President Trump held a meeting on DACA and immigration reform. The meeting unleashed a heated controversy after reports were released of the president using hateful, vulgar language towards African nations. President Trump reportedly stated, “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?” referring to…

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Seniors Get Their Acts Together–Boffo Laughs @ Variety Show!

Senior Variety Show By Jeremy Schkoda On January 8, 2018, the Centereach class of 2018 vividly reminded everyone of all the fun times they had in their Senior Variety Show! As the name suggests, the show consisted of varying forms of content, including music, comedy, dancing, and more! It could be said it was hard…

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Winter Concert –Part II Joy to Centereach and the World!

  By Megan Rutigliano On December 21, Centereach had its final winter concert of the year. It was a great concert with performances from advanced chorus, select choir, wind ensemble, and philharmonic orchestra. The teachers and students of these groups have been working hard these last couple of months in preparation. This concert also included the special…

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Elves Once Again at Work Decking the Halls of Centereach

By Megan Rutigliano   Each year, Centereach celebrates the holiday season through Deck the Halls. Our classes have been frantically preparing for the past two weeks to make their hallway the best it can be. But the process isnt easy, it requires a lot of hard work and dedication to make the hallway look good…

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A Great Beginning to A Joyous Christmas

  By: Naomi Newen         On Friday December 8th, 2017, Centereach High School’s National Honor Society hosted a Holiday Movie Night in the auditorium. Children from elementary schools and their families were invited to bring in toys and $2 donations to sing along with carols performed by the Women’s Choir and to also enjoy…

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United Nations Trip Opens Eyes to the World!

By Caroline McParland   Members of Centereach High School’s Spanish Honor Society “left the country” for a few hours last Tuesday, November 28, as they visited the United Nations building. In the city, they first took a trip to Bryant Park in Midtown where the students had the opportunity to window shop, experience food from…

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AP Breakfast Celebrates Centereach Success With a Bagel!

By Emily Dwyer   On November 22, 2017, the AP students who received bronze through platinum awards on their AP exams were honored with a bagel breakfast. After a year of hard work along with late nights of homework, review, and stress, it is an important event to honor the sacrifices made by these impressive…

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On the Crisp, Rainy Morning of November 22, 2017…

By Nicole Sullivan On the crisp, rainy morning of November 22, 2017, the most elite students of Centereach High School gathered for a celebratory breakfast. All students who had scored a 4 or 5 on an AP exam the previous year were invited to the library for a complementary bagel breakfast. There was quite a large turnout…

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Tragic Ending For Outstanding Varsity Football Season

By Thomas Polochak, Tyler Sharma, Cristina Costantino   This year, the varsity football team performed the best it every has in years, ending the regular season with a 7-1 record. In the first round of the playoffs Centereach faced off against Bay Shore and won 37-14. Centereach’s second round matchup was against the first place…

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And the Winner is…

By: Kayla Gomez   The Centereach High School volleyball marathon was held on Saturday November 18. There were 6 different teams: the orange team which was a team of teachers and the student teams which were pink, black, white, light blue, and dark green. All the different teams were able to go against each other…

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A Marvelous Music Recital!

        Every year, the Music Faculty Recital takes place at the Newfield High School auditorium and  raises money for scholarships. The event also provides an opportunity for teachers to demonstrate their adept musical abilities that have been refined over the years with dedication and practice. Our own music department took part in…

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A Great Tennis Season!

By: Shula Adelman and Kayla Gomez   Tennis is an interesting sport because you cannot cheer out loud for your team but you can still support them, and even when you do not win you have the satisfaction of hitting a few good shots. After many wins and few losses this year, the Middle Country…

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Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs A Fairy Tale of Fun for All!

By Emily Bassett Dear future actors and actresses,   Blocking. Set Construction. Line work. Lighting. Music and sound. All these processes are those which the the audience is aware of while watching and after seeing a production. What’s nearly impossible to see from the audience, however, is the bond formed between everyone involved in the…

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Ted Koppel Speaks Volumes at SBU!

By Mehek Ahmed On Wednesday November 15, 2017, Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism hosted its outstanding My Life As Speaker Series: A Conversation with Ted Koppel. This took place in the Staller Center For the Arts with a high viewer turnout. Ted Koppel is a prominent figure of worldwide, British and American journalism while…

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Taking the lead in The CHS Varsity Football Playoffs

By Tyler Sharma, Cristina Costantino, and Thomas Polochak   The Centereach Cougars football team have done it again! The players showed lots of heart as we came back from a 6-7 deficit against Bay Shore from the middle of the 2nd quarter to a 21-14 scoreline by the end of the 1st half. However, it…

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Field Hockey Season at Centereach Has Been a Dynamic Two Months!

By Josephine Shea This field hockey season at Centereach has been a dynamic two months. This season the varsity and junior varsity teams not only had to adjust to new coaches, (Coaches Sandra Christen, Shawn Pleickhart, and Janine Bright), but were also moved up a division. Centereach played teams it has never played before and…

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Best Buddies Team UP With “Best Buddies”

By Frank DiCanio The day out on the grass with the Best Buddies club is one of sentiment and will not be forgotten.  The small yet meaningful time allotted, truly allowed the bonding between the new members of Best Buddies and the buddies themselves.  Everyone felt the wind in their hair and a soccer ball…

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration 2017″Noche de Unidad”

By: Alexandria Ortiz The Hispanic Heritage Celebration had the greatest turnout yet, uniting the entire community. The night commenced with a flag ceremony, showcasing all the Spanish-speaking countries.  The night featured incredible dance performances from the high school students as well as one dance from the middle school students. The annual essay contest winners were…

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Race to the Rescue!

By Briana Maldonado   Centereach High School had a one of a kind event on October 26, 2017 called Race to the Rescue. The event, hosted by English teacher Ms. Fitterman in the planetarium and was mainly focused around a full-time female racer in Riverhead Racewayj, Alyssa Paprocky. Alyssa Paprocky has always been interested in…

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Stellar Start to Centereach Varsity Football

by Thomas Polochak Cristina Costantino Tyler Sharma   This year, our varsity football team is on their hottest start in years. Led by one of the best running backs in the state, Alec Kiernan, they are completely stomping over the competition. On average they are scoring an outstanding 36.2 points per game, and are on…

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A Spectacular Surprise

As students entered Centereach High School in 2017-2018 school year they were pleasantly surprised with brand-new gym lockers! While sophomore Jonathan Stopanio expressed that the lockers are “much bigger and can hold a lot more,” sophomore, Kheerana Sharma exclaimed that, “the whole locker room smells new!” As these students have shown, the excitement for these…

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It’s That Time of the Year Again!

On October 31st, Centereach High School will be hosting its annual trick or treat street event. On this day, all the clubs and organizations of our school are given a task to come up with a theme and corresponding activities to entertain the kids. The clubs are assigned a certain classroom (including the cafeteria and…

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Computer Science Is The Future

     A brand new course was released by the College Board in 2016 called “Computer Science Principles”. This course teaches students the concept of computation, programming, analyzing problems, and communication. Stony Brook University, Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and many other top schools released the Computer Science course in their Engineering and Applied…

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The LGBTQ+ Flag is Blowing in the Wind

Throughout the years, society has become more accepting of humans as they are.  October 11th was National Coming Out Day and Centereach High School has done an amazing job at proving this statement. On this day our school showed its acceptance towards those who differ in sexuality.Students, teachers, and staff  were shown that they can…

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The Ocean Blue

Christopher Columbus, a historical figure whose reputation has been marked by controversy in the modern age, comes back into the spotlight every time Columbus Day approaches. Columbus is credited by many as the first European to discover the Americas, which led to their subsequent subjugation by European powers, such as the Kingdom of Spain. Columbus,…

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Robotics Club: It’s Time for Competition

       In the Robotics club students design, program, and create a robot that is able to do certain tasks. The game this year is called VEX Robotics: In The Zone. In this game students are to design, lift and stack yellow cones on top of conical cones. The end goal is to earn…

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Let Them Dream

  By Emily Dwyer Picture this: You just started college. You are the first in your family to ever attend. You never imagined you could make it this far, but here you are. You finally feel as though you have control over your future. And then a simple signature threatens to take everything you have…

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Pep Rally Stirs Up Great Expectations of Victories Soon to Come!

By Caitlyn Pietrzak and Megan Rutigliano     This past week students, and even some teachers, participated in Centereach High School’s Spirit Week in preparation for the school’s annual Pep Rally and Homecoming celebration. Students showed their school spirit by dressing up according to each day’s theme.  Monday was Morning Monday where students wore their…

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9th Graders Begin Their High School Journey With CHS Orientation

Freshmen Orientation 2017 By: Alexandria Ortiz   Centereach High School kicks off the school year with freshmen orientation. Students from all grades gathered together to make the freshmen feel comfortable and welcome. There’s no denying it, high school can seem scary and overwhelming. Firstly, the school looks enormous, making you feel small.  The white hallways…

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Seniors Celebrate Their Day With Friends Family, Glorious Sunshine!

    By Riah Sharma After four long years, our seniors have finally made it to their graduation. On June 25, Centereach High School celebrated the hard work of the class of 2017d.  As Dr. Lydia Patton had once said, “graduation is the beginning of knowing who you are, why you are, and always knowing…

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CHS Students place 2nd in Moot Court Competition

By: Riah Sharma   The students at Centereach High School never fail to make us proud.  Recently, three of our own sophomores have won second place at the EDNY Moot Court Competition. In July 2016, the Eastern District of New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, partnered with the District Court for the Eastern…

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Pirate Crime Scene Ends With ‘Singing Pirate’ Walking the Plank of Justice.

    By Annalie Buscarino Any uninformed student would elect to walk the plank after stumbling upon Centereach High School’s grisly murders of this past Friday. What would be sparsely crowded hallways on any other average day of school were drowning in pirate’s booty and mischief, with Blackbeard’s body strewn across the East Suite and the…