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Students, Faculty Discuss Multiracial Experience
Michael Reiss
Staf Writer
From name games to standardized
testing, Freshmen, Sophomores,
Juniors, and Seniors convened in
grade meetings to get to know each
other as classmates Dean of Class of
2012, Stephanie Feigin said.
Te Class of 2015s meeting, held
in the Upper Gym, covered the
ending of HMO, announced the
Communal Meal, invited students
to get involved with curriculum
development, and introduced the
grades members of the Community
Council. Te assembly ended with
a name game in the style of Duck
Duck Goose that let students share
their middle names, favorite food,
and favorite and color.
Te Class of 2014 frst heard from
Director of the College Counseling
Ofce Cahn Oxelson about
standardized testing. In the seecond
half of the meeting class ofcers and
Community Council representatives
led a dicussion about a lot of things
related to people being insensitive or
thoughtless to each other, Dean of
the Class of 2014, Dr. Glenn Wallach,
said. We do have a slight bullying
problem, Class Co-President Nikki
Amirsaleh (10) said. Well never
be able to stop it but we can raise
awareness.
Te ofcers of the Class of 2013
organized a game of Minute To
Win It, involving twenty four Junior
contestants who werent worried
about feeling silly, but dove in to
have a good time Class President
Alex Posner (11) said. In the past
weve held talent shows, and people
enjoyed them, but we wanted to take
this opportunity to try something
new.
Te seniors meeting hosted Beth
Pili of College Counseling, who
reminded the students to stay focused
on their schoolwork and to remain
considerate of others throughout the
college application process.
Te meeting included
performances by John Arvanitis
(12), also know by his rap name
Akillezz, violinist Jacob Bass (12),
and a collaboration of Sam Torres
(12), Erik Derecktor (12), and
English teacher Harry Bauld [see
full coverage of their performance in
Arts].
Te meeting also featured a
stretching and relaxation exercise led
by Lindsey Willis of the Counseling
and Guidance Ofce.
Each of the grade meetings was
prepared by the grades respective
deans and class ofcers. Te
meetings allowed each class to get
together and do what seems to be the
right thing to do. Teres a world of
things to do when you get the grade
together, and all of them are good,
Wallach said.
Taiwanese Educators Visit School
Asher Baumrin
Staf Writer
Fifteen teachers, principals,
and city school administrators
from Taipei City, Taiwan attended
classes, received a tour from student
ambassadors, and joined faculty
members for lunch yesterday during
their a to campus.
The visitors began the day with
a welcome by Head of School Tom
Kelly, where they enjoyed tea and
pastries as they listened to Kelly
speak about Horace Manns core
values and vision for the future.
Our friends from Taipei City were
quite interested in our recent re-
accreditation process and how our
Core Values live and breathe within
our classrooms, Kelly said. They
also had many questions about the
schools use of technology, such as
the Smart Board and the Moodle,
he said. During the tour, the visitors
seemed really fascinated by Gross
Theater and impressed by the fact
that we have so many buildings
and facilities, student ambassador
Sophie Dizengoff (10) said.
Throughout the rest of the day,
the educators attended a variety of
classes, ranging from AP Human
Geography to Algebra II and
Trigonometry. Chinese teacher
Frances Fu, who assisted them
with communication and logistics,
accompanied them throughout the
day. In Sra. Susan Carnochans AP
Spanish Literature class, she had
student volunteer Daniel Froot
(12) explain the content of the 17th
century feminist poem that the class
was analyzing to the three guests in
English, even though the class is
usually only in Spanish. U.S. History
teacher Dr. Susan Groppi continued
her lesson plan as usual.- If people
are visiting our school, I think that
they should see what our school
actually looks like on a normal day.
Division Chief in the Taipei
City Governments Department of
Education Mr. Yi-Ching Tan said
the discussions in the classes were
of a very high level.
Physics teacher Dr. Stephen
Palfrey, who also hosted students
in his AP Physics class, spoke with
Wei-Hung Chen, physics teacher
and Principal of Taipei Municipal
Jianguo High School, which has
3800 students in three grades.
Chen was very impressed with the
students in the class, and how they
worked when I gave them problems
and how they participated when I
asked questions.
Principal of the Taipei Municipal
Muzha Junior High School Ms. Li-
Ying Chen said she loved looking at
the campus, and found the students
to be friendly and very disciplined.
The tour was part of an extended
trip to New York City in which the
education officials visited a variety
of private, public, and charter
schools.
Dr. Barbara Tischler, Director
of the Office of Curriculum
and Professional Development,
arranged the visit. HM is a frequent
destination for international
schools and school systems in
search of best practices or cutting
edge technologies tied to enhancing
classroom instruction, Kelly said.
Students and faculty discussed the meaning of being multiracial and the experiences of people who identify as multiracial.
Rachel Essner/Photography Editor
Educators from Taipei City, Taiwan observed classes at Horace Mann
yesterday such as Chris Jones AP Calculus BC class.
Kimberley Sarnof/Photography Editor
Molly Wharton
Staf Writer
Students and faculty explored a
question posed by a student organizer
of the gathering yesterday: What
does it mean to be mixed race?
Ariane Busse-Lee (11), who
organized the meeting with Director
of Diversity Initiatives Patricia
Zuroski, showed a video of a teenager
with a Korean, and a Caucasian
parent explaining the life of a mixed
race individual. Te video is the same
video that was played at a school wide
diversity assembly last year.
Afer the video, the students and
faculty shared personal experiences
involving multiracial individuals. We
explored how it feels to be identifed
as a mixed race. It was a very intimate
discussion and everyone shared their
individual stories, Zuroski said.
Some students and faculty
members that attended the meeting
were multiracial, but there were also
attendees that either had relatives or
friends that are multiracial. It was
very interesting to hear the personal
stories of students and faculty. For
example, Ms. Bahr spoke about her
life married to a Puerto Rican and
adopting a Mexican child, Zuroski
said. Most of what was said was
personal and so not information
we would usually share outside the
conversation that took place in the
room, she added in an email to Te
Record. What was nice was that
students and teachers brought many
perspectives and experiences to the
question Ariane posed.
I think the number of people
we had was good for the kind of
discussion we had, and it defnitely
made it more personal and more
comfortable for everyone to express
their own thoughts, Clara Pomi (11)
said.
Tere are more meetings of the
group planned. At the next gathering,
Zuroski wants to look at the history
of being multiracial and the identity
of multi ethnic individuals, she said.
Afer having this open discussion
meeting, Zuroski hopes that more
people will become aware of the
issues and more people will attend the
next meeting.
It was nice to get together as a
community and share our thoughts
on being multiracial, Mia Farinelli
(11) said.
Grades Convene for Games, Performances, Discussions
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Opinions & Editorials
What happened two Tuesdays ago
was terrible. Its been two and a half
weeks though, its not that Tuesday
anymore.
For the moment, lets forget
the hatred, put aside the still open
wounds, defer judging the crimes
against mankind and the nature of
humanity, postpone focusing on the
identities questioned, and steps full
of trepidation that have followed as
a result of Period C on Tuesday the
1st. Lets fgure out what we can do
from today onward to frst change
the attitude of any person who would
send forth such hate, and second make
sure that something the likes of that
assembly never happens again.
Number 1: We must remember.
Time has passed, but we must
remember what happened. Tat
assembly has changed our community
outwardly, but it must change us
inwardly forever. Te true test of if
we have really grown, which I believe
we have the ability to do, will be if the
white boy from the Upper East Side
who lives comfortably and never gets
looks when he walks into a fancy place,
if that boy is changed forever. What
happened that Tuesday must never be
erased from inner ears or inner mind.
Everyone in the HM community saw
that racism is not just a talking point
in US History Class. In our society,
racism may lurk in the shadows
out of sight and condemned by any
perpetrator when questioned about it,
but it exists. We must remember the
pain weve seen, and never convince
ourselves that we have won the battle
against and closed the book on racism.
Number 2: Realize the power
we have. Ofen times I dont think
we realize the power we have and
exercise daily. Any word you say could
be the one you by which someone
remembers you forever. You make
your legacy everyday. Why would
anyone want to be remembered for
spouting heinous language? And Its
just a joke, doesnt work; it has never
worked, but especially doesnt work
now. Every racist joke is racism.
Te fact of the matter is that
teenagers do have a great power. So
much has happened by mobilizing
the youth on the backs of high school
students: the gas chambers in Eastern
Europe were run on the backs of high
school students, the Soviet Revolution
that took over a nation and divided a
world happened on the backs of high
school students, Vietnam was fought
and lost on the backs of Vietnamese
high school students, letter writing
campaigns to afect great change
which we still feel the efects of today
beginning with Dear Mr. President,
were written on the backs of high
school students, a 2008 presidential
campaign based on the promise of
hope and change and a better way
was run and won on the backs of
high school students. We have great
power. I think Peter Parker, Spider
Mans alter ego, put it best when he
said, With great power comes great
responsibility. Everyday we can
choose to hinder emotional and social
growth of individuals and our society
or to be the teenager reading the
Economist and exploring ideas well
use to change the world.
Like it or not, we are Horace Mann.
Every other school in the country,
and the world, sometimes, looks to
what we are doing. We are setting the
example for the world, the other New
York City private schools, and the
Lower Division student who wants to
be a butterfy scientist.
Number 3: Make changes. People
are of remembered for what they
did wrong. Te assembly is going to
sting. Te road to change will be slow,
arduous, and full of missteps, but its a
road we all must go on together. Te
changes have to be small and are going
to have to start on a micro-level: each
person, each day, each period, each
minute.
Tese changes need to start
with a fundamental recognition of
humanity. We have to realize that
every individual is the center of his
own universe, doing her own extra-
curriculars, studying for his own
tests, worrying about her own college
applications, and not just a face in the
hallway.
During the I Period forum hosted
by the Union the Tursday afer
the Assembly, Dr. Kelly said that we
are a community, and we were all
invited to become students or teach
here because a member of the HM
community thought they saw us refect
Horace Manns core values: Te Life
of the Mind, Mature Behavior, Mutual
Respect, A Secure and Healthful
Environment, and A Balance Between
Individual Achievement and a Caring
Community. He went on to say that no
one has to come here, and if anyone
doesnt consent to our core values
then they shouldnt. I think a way we
can start the healing process is if we
consent to say hi.
Life in Hell?
Tell us if this sounds familiar: you have three papers due,
two tests to take, and one major project to present, all within a
week and a half of school. Youre also performing in a play and/
or an orchestra concert, dashing of to sports practice every
day, and putting together the layout for the publication you
started up last spring. You announce every all-nighter with
something approaching a manic sort of glee, while clutching
your second cup of cofee of the morning.
Te end of frst trimester may seem like a perfect storm
of stress, and its also easy to blame our teachers and our
administrators, although they have our best interests at heart.
Limiting assignments to one major and one minor in the last
two weeks and spacing out testing days are all they can do to
make Hell Week a little less hellish.
How much of this are we doing to ourselves? Procrastination
is the most easily identifed of the weapons we use against our
own happiness; a week that ofen feels spent putting out fres
might seem less so if we sprinkled an hour of water in each
subject, each night, and avoided turning each assignment into
a last-minute crises. More subtle, though, and perhaps even
more harmful, is the culture of competition.
Its counter-intuitive that students as intent on one-upping
the kid next to them as were ofen portrayed to be wouldnt
brag about how little they were working. Surely, the brightest
and most talented student should be the one who scores the
game-winning goal and goes home to watch four hours of
Gossip Girl reruns, never showing a sweat and with their GPA
never faltering. If each one of us wants to be the brightest and
the most talented, then, why are we portraying ourselves as
those who are struggling just to keep up with our peers?
Terein lies the true harm of Hell Week, and of our culture
as a whole: this experience, like Dantes Inferno, causes all who
enter to abandon hope. We forget the privilege that is a Horace
Mann experience, forget that our peers and our teachers are
some of the most extraordinary people with whom we will
ever have the pleasure to interact. In focusing on being the
single best student in the room, we forget how lucky we are
to be in the room to begin with. Im sure none of you would
want to surround yourselves with peers whom you surpassed
in every area: there would be very little to be learned from
such students.
It sounds hard, but make the few days of this Hell Week a
little less hellish. Work hard, not to get ahead, but so that you
can bring some delicious thoughts to Mondays communal
meal.
Jay Rappaport
Afer the Assembly: Change Starts in the Mind
Op-Art by Staff Artist Amy Hood
Who Holds the Power at Penn State?
Next Tursday I will be served
turkey. Although that is not what I
will be thankful for; as I do not like
turkey, this year, unlike most past
Tanksgivings, I know exactly what
I will be thankful for. I have family
and friends who look out for me. I go
to Horace Mann, where I learn how
to be a better student and person. I
have a home, electricity (usually),
and running water. Most importantly,
though, I have the ability to think
critically. Homo Sapiens are the only
living beings who can think critically
to solve problems, to plan ahead, and
to refect on past experiences to solve
new problems. With these skills, I can
dream at night, solve problems for
math, and sometimes even conduct
an intelligent conversation. It is hard
to be thankful for something that is
so easily taken for granted, which is
why I am bringing attention to this
amazing human capacity. Although
I, among other people, do not
exercise this ability all of the time, the
important thing is that I can. Critical
thinking, mine or that of others, is how
electricity, running water, my home,
my family, my friends, and Horace
Mann were created. Tis Tanksgiving
I am going to dedicate my thanks
to those who have helped mankind
advance through the use of critical
thinking and be grateful for my own
potential to help fellow human beings.
I hope that you will also be thankful for
critical thinking and realize how lucky
you are to be able to contemplate your
surroundings in complex ways unlike,
an amoeba (for example). Happy
Tanksgiving!
Sam Henick
Giving Tanks for Tinking
Corrections
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Chang was also a co-writer. Also, Mark Schein graduated in the class of 84.
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World map puzzle AP Human Geography students have been working on.
Where In the World Is AP Geo?
We celebrated on the fact that,
irrespective of the times or political
winds... the defense of the country, and
of our core value of human liberty, are
enduring responsibilities.
Community Celebrates
Veterans Day
Last Friday, approximately 50
veterans and their family members
as well as school faculty and staf,
alumni, and trustees came together
at the 69th Regiment Armory in
commemoration of Veterans Day.
To begin the reception, Head of
School Dr. Tom Kelly welcomed
guests with thirty seconds of peace
and recognized the commissioning
of Victor Ladd 11 at West Point.
Kelly said that it is important the
community celebrates the countrys
veterans because the men and
women currently serving or having
served represent, to me, the purest
example of service beyond ones self.
Te event was a perfect forum
for Horace Manns veterans to come
together, US Army Major Vincent G.
Heintz, P12 said. We celebrated on
the fact that, irrespective of the times
or political winds, freedom is not free,
and that the defense of the country,
and of our core value of human
liberty, are enduring responsibilities,
he said.
Major Heintz, who served in Iraq
from 2003-2004 and Afghanistan
from 2007-2008, said that it is a sign
of our countrys strength that Horace
Mann, so known for academic
rigor, would pause to focus on this
reality and to celebrate the service of
American warriors.
I think its very easy in New York
City to forget that we are at war right
now, history teacher Dominique
Padurano said. In my classes, we
talked about the forgetfulness of
many people on Veterans Day and
how important it is to remember that
we are in fact at war right now and
to remember that there are people
over there fghting for us, she said.
Padurano brought her brother, Major
Christopher L. Padurano, who has
served in Saudi Arabia in the Army
Reserves to the reception.
As a Horace Mann parent and
a veteran of the war in Iraq and
Afghanistan, I am profoundly grateful
to Dr. Kelly and the entire Horace
Mann community for their focus on
Veterans Day, Major Heintz said.
To continue raising awareness for
veterans among students, the Support
Our Soldiers Club will be holding a
fall donation drive to send to soldiers,
SOS Co-President Olivia Rodriguez
said. Te club is also planning on
volunteering at a veterans hospital
or visiting West Point later on in the
year to get an idea of what life is
like for someone who dedicates their
time to working in the military and
the sacrifces they make, Rodriguez
said. We want to show those people
that we really appreciate what theyre
doing and that were thinking of them
every day.
James Megibow
Staf Writer
Students with disabilities can
go to college and succeed there,
learning disabilities specialist,
Elizabeth Hamblet, shared with
parents and faculty Tursday. Te
meeting was organized by the
schools Alliance for Alternative
Learning Styles committee.
Hamblet M.S.ED., LDT, who has
worked in the college process and
as a high school special education
teacher led a discussion about the
transition process of students with
learning disabilities from high
school to college.
One purpose of the meeting
was to educate parents about how
students with disabilities should
be educated in preparation for, and
during, college. Hamblet disagreed
with the way that some approached
the education of students with
disabilities. Te trend that I saw
was toward getting the students
through, but not helping the
students to develop. Hamblet said.
She expressed that it was far more
efective to accommodate those
who have learning disabilities so
that they can develop and prosper
within and outside of their academic
environments.
Students with learning disabilities
are not alone. Many students with
learning disabilities will say that
no one has this problem but me.
Hamblet said. A statistic brought
up in the conference stated 11%
of college students claimed that
they had disabilities and requested
accommodations, she said.
Hamblet said that many of the
challenges that are met by students
with disabilities are absolutely
similar to challenges that students
without these disabilities have.
Many of the tips given throughout
the meeting could be applied to
disabled and non-disabled students
alike, she said.
Elizabeth Hamblet talked to parents and faculty about the realities of learning disabilites for students in college.
Carly Amon/ Staf Photographer
Expert Sheds Light on Learning Disabilities
Students of the AP Human
Geography class celebrated Geography
Awareness week by sending videos to
the community that showed geography
in a new light that both informed and
entertained students, Ambika Acharya
(12) said.
Because it is a new
course this year, AP
Geography teacher
Dr. Barbara Tischler
decided it would be
interesting to share
what the class was
learning , expanding
the communitys
perspective on
geography, she said.
Te videos showed
in both serious and
playful ways how
geography efects
everyones lives in the
world, how our planet
is changing, and the
geological continental
drif, students said.
Te incorporation
of videos into the lessons helps put
what we are learning in more fun
context, Chloe Albanese (12) said,
who thought of the idea of sharing the
videos with the school. We wanted
to share our fascination of geography
with the community and make them as
interested as we are in our studies.
Sending out the videos was an easy
way to communicate their fndings with
the rest of the community, students
said. I received wonderful feedback
from staf from all divisions, Tischler
said. Nursery division teachers found
this especially helpful since they are
currently studying geography with their
students.
AP Human Geography ofers
students an opportunity to learn
about the earths people, topography,
climate, and history from a variety
of perspectives, ranging from basic
geographic literacy to a more nuanced
analysis of relationships among
civilizations that coexist in a single
time period or across many centuries,
Tischler said. It provides a systematic
study of patterns and processes that have
shaped human understanding, use, and
alteration of the Earths surface.
When people think of geography
they think it is solely based on the study
of countries, however, it is more about
looking at human
interaction with
the world around
them, and patterns
of human movement
and culture and
basically how humans
react with each other
and the places around
them, Maurice
Farber (11) said.
Im more aware of
whats going on in the
world and appreciate
diferent cultures a lot
more afer taking this
class, Tomas Kim
(12) said.
We have done
a lot so far and the
course is constantly
developing, we keep
adding this as we go, Tischler said.
Te students are wonderful and they
continuously bring elements of their
own experiences to our discussions
and lessons which makes the class
interesting for everyone.
Vivien Ikwuazom
Staf Writer
Laurence Ge/ Photography Editor
Sarah Heintz
& Chloe Tsang
Staf Writers
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Refections on
As Tanksgiving approaches, we are ofen asked to think
about what is most important to us or special family traditions
that we look forward to. Because most of my family lives far
away, its hard to see them on Tanksgiving. We all have busy lives
and live far away from one another, which makes these idealized pictures
of family life unattainable. Every year, whenever we are driving to a
relatives house for Tanksgiving dinner, we always call my cousins
and uncles from the car to ask them what they are doing. Tis
ofen leads to funny conversations where we exchange stories
involving preparations of Tanksgiving meals, such as when my
family tried to host Tanksgiving and accidentally used garlic
on the turkey. Te whole house smelled like garlic for days! So,
in a way we do have a tradition, though not the typical kind.
Our tradition is that we make sure to stay in touch with our far
away relatives even if we cannot share aTanksgiving meal at the
same table.
I am most thankful for is having a family that cares
enough to keep in touch with each other. It would be
easy for us to not make any efort to stay connected,
but we persevere and I believe it makes us closer.
Because I know I have a support network of family
members who care about me, I know I will always
have people to rely on wherever I go.
Since moving to NYC in 87, Ive rarely had the opportunity to
go to my parents house for Tanksgiving, (usually because I would
have to work the next day), so every Tanksgiving has
been diferent. Sometimes I would go to a friends dinner
party; or would be invited to another friends family
gathering; or a small group of us would go out to dinner.
My partner and I have continued this tradition of celebrating the
day in a diferent manner for the past 10 years. One year we had 10
of our friends to dinner, one year we went to London for a long
weekend, most years we have been invited to friends for dinner
at their home or apartment. Tis year the two of us will
spend it together going to dinner at one of our favorite
restaurants and perhaps go to theatre or see a flm.
Four years ago when we hosted a party, we took a
break from the preparations and cleaning in the early
afernoon, and walked to Riverside Drive and 155th Street and
walked along the drive looking at the Hudson River for a few
blocks to take the air and clear our heads before anyone
arrived. Taking this brief walk in the afernoon has become
our new tradition, which we will continue.
Victoria McKaba
Poll conducted by Jenna Barancik, Isabella Brodie, Claire Hayes, Wendy Jo, Priyani
Karim, Rebecca Okin, and Elizabeth Xiong. 147 students were polled.
Leaf illustrations by Ethan Yaro; Food illustrations by Miranda Jacoby.
I am thankful for...
Tanksgiving in my mind represents three things: no school, spending time
with family and lots of food. Lots of delicious food. We celebrate Tanksgiving
as a time to get together with family and friends and be thankful for what we
have.
Every year, I spend Tanksgiving with my dads side of the family, since my
family and I spend Christmas Eve with my moms family. Each year we change
up the location the gathering will take place at because I have family that reside
in Florida, New Mexico, New Jersey and the Philippines. Tis year we are
all gathering at my house and I am so excited to see my extended
family since I only get to see them about once or twice a year.
As I refect back on how fast the year went by, I give
thought to what I am thankful for. First and foremost, I
am thankful for my family. My parents are always there for
me whenever I need them and my siblings always know how
to cheer me up. Family to me is solely the most important
thing in the world.
Secondly, I am thankful for all my teachers and coaches.
Without them, I wouldnt be able to succeed in my goals.
My teachers guide me to not only excel in my studies, but
how to make the right choices when I am faced with a
problem. My gymnastics coaches always encourage me to
strive for my dreams and be the best I can be. Tey have
been the most infuential people in my life.
Finally, I am thankful for all my friends. Ive come to
realize that a friendship is not about the amount of time
youve known a person, but its the connection that you
make with someone. All the laughs, all the inside jokes, I cherish all the time I
get to spend with them. My friends range from my home friends in New Jersey,
the ones I am so lucky to see everyday at school, and the ones that lef me to go
to college. I love and adore them all. Tey are the people that get me through the
day, and I would be lost without them.
Ingredients
cup chicken fat or vegetable oil
5 medium-large yellow onions (not Spanish), cut in -inch dice (about 7 cups diced)
1 1-pound box (4 sleeves) Ritz crackers, crumbled
3 outside ribs celery, cut in -inch dice (about 1 cups diced)
2 eggs
teaspoons freshly ground pepper
1 14-ounce can chicken broth (about 1 cups)
4 tablespoons butter ( stick)
Directions
In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, warm the chicken fat or oil then fry the onions,
stirring frequently, until they are very brown, at least 20 minutes. Turn the heat down to
medium afer the onions have wilted and become golden.
Meanwhile, crush the Ritz crackers in your hands so the largest pieces are no bigger than a
nickel.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the browned onions, the crushed crackers, and the diced
celery. Toss well.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs to mix well, then beat in the pepper and cup of the chicken
broth. Pour the mixture over the cracker mixture and mix very well again.
Pack stufng into a 2-quart casserole or souf dish not too tightly.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hours.
If baking along with a turkey, baste three times, every 20 minutes, with turkey drippings and
juices. If baking without a bird, melt the butter in the remaining chicken broth and baste
with that mixture. When done, the top and edges should be very crispy.
Pack stufng into a 2-quart casserole or souf dish not too tightly.
Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 1 hours.
If baking along with a turkey, baste three times, every 20 minutes, with turkey drippings and
juices. If baking without a bird, melt the butter in the remaining chicken broth and baste
with that mixture. When done, the top and edges should be very crispy.
Serves 8 to 10
Thanksgiving
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Lauren Futter
Food for Thought
Thanksgiving Recipe: Ritz Cracker Stuffing
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The horace Mann record Friday, November 18, 2011 5 Arts & Entertainment
Advanced Acting Seminar students
resurrected a Midwestern town and explored
life and death in their annual rendition of Edgar
Lee Masters Spoon River.
Te actors became characters from beyond
the grave in the Spoon River cemetery. Teater
Department Chair and Acting Seminar teacher
Woody Howard began requiring his students to
perform extracts from the Masters anthology
within a couple of years of his arrival on
campus. Te exercise forces actors to construct
fve recognizably distinct characters, crafing a
diferent set of characters to bring to life at each
rendition of the piece.
While Howard said that he never does the
same monologues two years in a row, he fnds
himself returning to the Spoon River Anthology
year afer year, he said. Nothing is as terse or
as varied.
Howard, who grew up in rural Maine, said
the characters in the piece are very close to
my heart, because Im from that kind of world.
I recognize these people as a lot of the people I
grew up with.
Howards students past and present have
said the experience of performing the Spoon
River Anthology has been benefcial for their
acting. I learned how to take on a show in a
way that I hadnt before and how to maintain
a high energy even though there were large gaps
between my diferent monologues, current
Acting Seminar student Hannah Ades (10) said.
Tese monologues are so barren in nature
that you have to fll the words with personality,
current student Rachel Simerka-Smith (11)
said. Te monologues are not completely
devoid of personality; however, the ones that
are more like poetry require additional work in
order to create a person out of them.
Daniel Froot (12), who performed in the
monologues last year and was in the audience
this year, said, Its a really great acting exercise;
you have to make sense of language and stories
that are totally foreign to you. Normally when
you go to a Spoon River showing, you expect to
see some great acting but also to be somewhat
confused by the material, he said. But this year
was especially fantastic because the actors really
made sense of the words.
While actors said that they found
experiencing the thoughts and feelings of
multiple people exciting, Its nice to not have
these characters on my shoulder everywhere
I go anymore, Hannah Jun (12) said afer the
showcase.
Hannah Ades (10) recites the monologue of a blind woman in Acting Seminars rendition of the Spoon River Anthology this Wednesday.
Acting Seminars Voices from the Grave
Colin Mark
Staf Writer
Emma Maltby/Staf Photographer
Its a place where we can come to
talk about everything; books that we
like, things that we are passionate about,
or just everyday problems, Librarian
and Upper Division Literary Chat
group faculty advisor Caroline Bartels
said. Filled with pizza, soda, and lots of
literature, the group meets twice a week
in the Katz Library group study room.
Students in the group exchange
recommendations for books to read
and share diferent opinions on
literature. A lot of the books that I read
come from student recommendations,
Diana Li (11) said. Teres just a really
nice exchange of ideas going on there.
Lit Chat is a great way to talk
casually about books that students have
been reading without the academic
pressure on them, Bartels said.
Frequent attendees said that it relieves
the stress from their heavy workloads.
Its always a comforting and friendly
environment, Wendy Zhang (11) said.
If you liked a book you read
for school, you can go into deeper
discussions and learn from diferent
perspectives at Lit Chat, Li said. For
me, Te Odyssey was really interesting
and I was able to talk about it with some
friends there,.
Although time available for reading
can be limited with tests and projects,
members of Lit Chat said that they do
their best to make time for reading.
Miranda Jacoby (11), who said that
she tries to dedicate a half an hour or
more per night for reading, said it is
unhealthy to stare at a computer screen
for a long time, so I like to pick up a
book and read.
Bartels was not available to host this
past Mondays meeting, so Librarian
Rachael Myers flled in. Te hot topic
was the trailer for Te Hunger Games,
an upcoming movie based on a popular
trilogy of fction books. Students
also recommended other books to
each other, ranging from young adult
thrillers like Harry Potter to romantic
novels like Why We Broke Up.
One of the most interesting things
about Lit Chat is that students taste in
books has not changed much over the
years. Its awesome to see all the kids
enjoying the same books now that kids
were into so many years ago, Bartels,
who has organized Lit Chat for 12 years,
said.
Te group will have its annual
sleepover later this year. Usually
around 40 kids show up, and its all
about the books, Bartels said. We play
games having to do with books and all
sorts of things. Its a complete Geek-
Fest, but we all love it.
Anyone can join the Literary Chat
group by simply showing up to a
meeting or talking to a librarian about
it. Its one of those clubs that allows
its members to get to know each other
the way a team would, Bartels said. Lit
Chats next meeting is B period today,
and everyone is encouraged to come,
Myers said.
Literary Chat group discusses Te Hunger Games as they sate their own hunger during last Mondays G Period meeting.
Kimberley Sarnof/Photography Editor
Andrew Arnaboldi
Staf Writer
A familiar duo became a trio at
the senior grade meeting when Erik
Derecktor (12) on the upright bass
joined Sam Torres on saxophone
and English teacher Harry Bauld on
the piano to perform popular jazz
standards.
Derecktor played with Torres and
Bauld, who have been playing together
since 2009, for the frst time on
Tuesday. Erik and my job is to lay out
the carpet for Sam to walk on, Bauld
said. Sam played the tune of the piece,
Erik outlined and passed the bass notes,
and I played the harmony.
Te bass has a very important part in
jazz, Torres said, because it takes care
of both the rhythms and the harmony
in a way that the piano and drums do.
I love playing jazz at any opportunity
I can, Torres said. If anyone wants
to hear anything they are not familiar
with, I like sharing my jazz with people.
Ever since Bauld was frst asked by
Teater Department Chair Woody
Howard about playing with Torres two
years ago, Bauld said anytime I get to
play with Sam it is a luxury and a gif.
What comes out of his horn is his spirit
and commitment.
Jazz is a language and our
vocabulary is post-bebop jazz. Sam and
I can sit down without any preparation
at all and play a piece. We speak the
same language, Bauld said. I give Erik
unbelievable props for going up there
with no rehearsal. He has a beautiful
sound and was able to fgure everything
out as he went along, he said.
At frst I was kind of nervous, but
its jazz and you just have to roll with
it, Derecktor said. It went better than I
thought it would.
Te group had their frst practice H
Period on Tuesday afer the assembly.
Mr. Bauld taught me some easy
patterns to play for a Joseph Kosma
tune, which was really fun, Derecktor
said. With more practices to come, they
plan on playing together more in the
future.
Lit Chat: A Look Beyond the Cover
Erik Derecktor (12) and Sam Torres (12) bedazzle seniors with Mr. Bauld with
jazz and blues in their grade-wide assembly. It was Derecktors frst time playing
with the duo, without any practices prior to the performance.
Rachel Essner/Photographry Editor
Maddie Penn
Staf Writer
Derecktor Jams with Bauld and Torres
The horace Mann record Friday, November 18, 2011 6 Middle Division
8th grade students visited the
Bronx Jewish Community Council
on Tuesday to spend time with senior
citizens in order to help the seniors
celebrate the Tanksgiving season,
MD Service Learning Coordinator
Eva Abbamonte said.
Each of the eight students who
went on theService Learning trip was
paired up with one of the seniors, and
then the entire group played team
games, including human bingo and
a variety of word puzzles, which
allowed for meaningful interactions,
Abbamonte said.
Afer the games, the students
and seniors enjoyed traditional
Tanksgiving fare together, discussed
their own customs, and chatted about
their interests and hobbies, Michella
Germain (8) said. My favorite part of
the trip was bonding with the seniors,
who were actually very interesting
peoplethey were not at all like
whatd youd expect; they were really
funny and excited to spend time with
us.
Ajay Shyam (8) liked that the trip
allowed him to meet new people,
especially since the seniors were nice
and welcoming to the students, he
said. From all the conversations I
had with the seniors, I cant pick out
only one interesting story, he said.
One woman was from England and
she told us that she spoke Gaelic;
another senior told us about his
meeting John F. Kennedy, which was
really cool.
Te seniors were patient towards
the students, and this atmosphere
made for a very enjoyable afernoon,
Abbamonte said. Students, too,
enjoyed their experience at the senior
center, she said. Te trip really gave
me a new perspective on seniors
they can be the life of the party,
Germain said.
Since the eighth grade Service
Learning program strives to ofer
a variety of programs that are as
close to HM as possible, there will
be more opportunities to work
with the Bronx Jewish Community
Council throughout the school year,
Abbamonte said. Students know that
theres a community here at HM, but
its important to recognize that were
also part of a larger community,
which includes Van Cordlandt Park,
the Hebrew Home for the Aged,
and many other organizations in
Riverdale and Kingsbridge Heights.
In February, students can sign up
to visit the senior center to celebrate
Chinese New Year. In the eighth
grade curriculum, we will be in the
midst of our Chinese section, so we
developed this trip to ft right in,
Abbamonte said. Te trip will be a
role reversal of Chinese traditions,
as the young will be teaching the
elders about the holiday, since most
of the seniors at the center are not
Chinese..
Students can visit the seniors
for the Reminiscence Olympics,
an oral history program in which
students and seniors will discuss the
diferences between todays world
and the world the seniors knew as
kids. Having the chance to compare
how things have changed is a valuable
learning experience for the students,
Abbamonte said.
MD Hockey Team Seeks a New Home
Without a league to play in and a rink to
practice on, Middle Division Ice Hockey
players say they are unsure how the season
is going to turn out.
After a series of miscommunications
with the teams home rink, the Lasker Rink
in Central Park, the team will no longer
play there, head coach Tom Petras said.
Petras had been planning to mostly
play bantam level so everybody could be
involved. There are two levels of ice hockey
for middle school-aged kids, bantam and
peewee. Bantam is for 13-14 and peewee
is for 11-12 year-olds. Lasker Rink had
decided to no longer have a bantam league.
This posed a problem for the team,
because the players at the peewee level are
able to play up at the bantam level, but the
bantams are not able to play at the peewee
level. By the time that information about the
cancellation was relayed, all of the ice time
at Lasker Rink had already been booked for
the entire rest of the season.
Petras is working to schedule ice time
at the EJ Murray rink in Yonkers, which
is not ideal, he said. The rink in Yonkers
will only be available to the team during
late Saturday afternoons, which may be
inconvenient for team members to convene
for regular practices, he said. However
none of the of the other options are nearly
as convenient.
The team is also having trouble finding
another league to play with this season,
and team members like Dan Heintz (8)
said that the situation this year is a little
bit upsetting.
Petras has talked to the players and
parents and theres probably a 60% chance
that we are going to have something. We
are not in a league with a scheduler, so it
is going to be much more like a club than
a team, with hanging out and scrimmages.
The location isnt as important as the
competition. Without games, kids arent
going to have a real interest, thats the main
problem, Michael Dinan (8) said. Its
still a pretty new team. Since its founding
four years ago, the team has been gaining
momentum and now has 18 members. But
the team is still very new, and something
like this could jeopardize it.
Despite the complications, Mr. Petras is
hoping to put together around 10 ice times,
and hopefully figure out a way to schedule
some games if possible. Until then, the
team is going to work with what theyve
got.
Bettina Edelstein
Staf Writer
On Tuesday, the 6th grade had a talent show to end the first
trimester. This event took place in the Recital Hall and it was a blast.
To start it off, there were several performances from different art
classes. First Mr. Bates class performed, playing the steel drums. It
was really interesting how different cultures have different musical
instruments and it was a really cool sound that came out of the
drum. You wouldnt expect a beautiful sound like that to come out
of a piece of steel. Since I am doing music in the arts cycle, it made
me more interested in steel drums. I really wanted to know how to
play another musical instrument; especially one which is not played
commonly.
Next, Ms. Kolinskis dance class performed songs from the movies
Footloose and Grease. The dances were really cool because it was a
different style of dance, as in it told a story of the past and how
there were boy-girl rivalries shown through dance. I also enjoyed
the costumes worn because they also represented the time period in
which the movie and the dance took place.
Apart from the art cycle classes that performed, there were also
two individual performances from Benjamin Spector and Brian
Song. Spector played the cello, and it sounded advanced and
beautiful. The piece was played beautifully. Brian played the piano,
and did a very good job and his piece was beautiful as well. It was
also interesting how fast he played. I have played 2 years of piano
but I have never been as advanced as Brian or played as fast and not
make a mistake.
I never really knew that any of the people who performed could
dance or play an instrument. You never really realize someones
inner talent unless he shows it. Someone may look like they play
or like something, but really, he may be a whole different person. I
think I would have wanted more acts, but since it was only the first
trimester, people were probably still adjusting to middle school and
they were shy. This trimester I hope for more acts just as good
maybe even better.
Check out the 7th Grade Talent Show!
Today at 10:15 in the Recital Hall
Amrita Acharya
Staf Writer
Acharyas Take on
6th Grade Talent
8th Grade Gives Tanks Around Riverdale
Melissa Rodman Friedman
Staf Writer
A senior at the Bronx Jewish Community Council talks about her childhood with
visiting 8th grade students.
Courtesy of Lynn Hirschorn
Christine Kim/Managing Editor
The horace Mann record Friday, November 18, 2011 7 Lions Den
Winter Sports Previews
Elias Wacht (12) shoots a 3-pointer in practice.
Kimberley Sarnof/Photography Editor
Afer a frst round loss at NYSAIS
last year, the Boys Varsity Basketball
team is rebuilding to get deeper into
the tournament this year.
Captains Steven Hefer (12) and
Tomas Kim (12), along with fellow
seniors Elias Wacht (12) and Nick
Wiener (12), are providing leadership
for the fairly young team.
In practice, the team goes through
tough workouts in preparation for
games, consisting of sprinting and
intense defensive drills.
Coach has been making us run a
lot and conditioning is a huge part of
practice. Coach wants our practices
to be harder than games so that when
the fourth quarter comes around,
well be ready to perform, said Kim.
Te team has some talented
sophomores and juniors, including
guard Bernie Rawlins (11), center
Austinson Cooke (11), and forward
Tomas Schnepp (10). We did gain
a lot of sophomore and junior talent
though, and that will help us during
both this season and the next one,
Ben Fox (10) said.
Coach Sullivan agreed, saying, We
return a solid group of players from
last years team and have excellent
additions as well.
Te team has set many goals for
the season, including pressuring
the other teams in games, being
well conditioned, causing as
many turnovers as they can, and
rebounding. Our overall goal for the
season is to execute every aspect of
the game perfectly. Sullivan said.
Hefer and Kim are leaders of the
team and help to set the tone for
practices and games. Steven says his
main job is, to acclimate the new
players on the team and to set an
example of how we are supposed to
play.
Coach Sullivan and Coach
Schalman-Bergen have been helping
the team so that they are able to be
as successful as possible this season,
because the league they are playing in
is very strong. Te team works very
hard in practice and knows how to
compete, Sullivan said.
Tough the team has many tough
opponents on the schedule, their
coaches know that they will be able
to hold their own, In terms of talent
and teamwork, I believe this could
be the best HM team I have ever
coached, Coach Sullivan said.
Caroline Levy
Contributing Writer
Boys Basketball
Pierre-Alexandre Eid (12) fnishes his swim set.
Kimberley Sarnof/Photography Editor
Afer 10 championship wins within
the last 11 years, the Horace Mann
Wrestling Team hopes not only to win
its 12th consecutive Ivy League title
this year but also to triumph at the
State Private School Championships.
We aspire to win the State
Private School Championships for
the 11th year out of the last 12,Erik
Derektor, the Captain of the Varsity
wrestling team. Te team has not had
a placewinner since Lonnie Klein in
1999-2000, and hopes to be able to
have members place this year afer
Danny Evangelakos (11) missed
the goal by one point in 2011, Head
Coach Gregg Quilty said.
Despite all the wrestling team
aspirations, the team faces some
setback and several obstacles that
they must overcome. Our team is
larger in size with 30 wrestlers, even
afer losing 17 from last year: only
6 graduated while the other 11 lef
the team due to injuries sustained in
summer or fall activities or decided
that the practice sessions were too
intense to endure, Quilty said.
Moreover, new weight classes in
competitions this year will be another
challenge for the team. With the 140
pound weight class eliminated, and
the 182 and 195 weight classes added,
the team is running out of wrestlers
for each class.
Te wrestling team is still working
hard to achieve their goals despite
these difculties. Right now were
working really hard on drilling a lot
and getting our stamina up for the
whole season, Cory Taibleson (12),
an avid member of the team and four
year player, said.
Overall, the returning senior
members of the team are working
hard to lead the team and prepare
for the tournaments ahead. We went
to nationals for the frst time in a
while and were trying to get as many
wrestlers into that as we can. Quilty
is pushing us hard, but tournaments
against stronger teams will also
defnitely help, Erik Derektor (12)
said.
Teir competitive season starts on
December 2nd with Horace Mann
hosting a quad meet.
Tom Eng
Staf Writer
Conasia Watts (11) practices dribbling on Tursday.
Kimberley Sarnof/Photography Editor
Te Girls Varsity Basketball team
is coming of of a solid season last
year when they won 14 out of their
19 games, fnishing the year with a
solid 14-5 record. Te team is looking
to continue their winning ways
this season under Head Coach R.J.
Harmon.
Tey lost two starting seniors
in Sam Schif (11) and Clara Hill
(11) but still have a lot of talent on
the team and feel like they can have
success this season. Rachel Lander
(11) said, I think this year we have
a very athletic team and we can have
the same if not more success than we
did last year. I think last year set up a
foundation for the program and this
year we are going to build of of it.
Te Lions are a very close-knit
team this year and Caroline Levy
(9) one of the newest members of
the squad said, Te team is really
close, and we got to know each other
quickly. Te older girls are all so nice
and welcoming to me and Jennifer
Reiss (9), the other new player. Im
really looking forward to the rest of
the season.
Captain Maddy Gordon (12) said,
Our three new players all ft in really
well-adding a new dimension to the
team. Of course it will be tough in the
beginning, but I know that we already
have great team chemistry and thats
key to a successful team.
Coach Harmon is returning for
his second year as the head coach
for the Lions and he is excited for
the upcoming season. When asked
about the other teams in the league
he said, Poly, Hackley, and Trinity
are our main competition but we
must respect every opponent. He
also discussed his new roster this
year and said Its tough when you
lose two senior starters but it gives
opportunities for younger players to
execute on the court. Maya Levine
(12) is expected to step up and be one
of the top shooters on the court for
the Lions.
Tere is a lot of optimism
surrounding the team and the players
feel that Horace Mann can be a force.
Rachel Lander (11) said, I think if
we all play at 100% we have a shot
and even if we dont win the Ivy
League title, we will be very tough
competition for any team we play in
the league.
Vishaan Nursey
Contributing Writer
Girls Basketball
Wrestling
Boys and Girls Swimming
The Varsity Swim Team is getting
back into the swing of things with
swimmers diving into the pool
with confident preparations for the
season.
The Boys team Captain Eddy
Grafstein (12) said, We are
returning from a high peak in
swim and regardless of our loss of
seniors, I am privileged to lead this
team from under them towards
championships. The boys have
come out of the past four seasons
with consecutive triumphs and seem
hopeful to be a heavy competition
for the other teams this year as well.
Quentin Montgomery (10)
interprets the teams past success as
a high expectation placed on top
of every member and especially the
new freshmen. The team has been
swimming kilometers after school
and in their free time and people
think that these practices are their
key to victory.
Players agreed the team has lost
of a lot of talent from last year, but
will try to make up for it with the
hard repeats in practice. We dont
know what to expect this year, but
were working hard and it could
be anyones game, Coach Michael
Duffy said.
The Girls team has an even higher
goal placed on them from their fifth
place at Ivy Championships in the
previous year and a new Coach,
Warren Perry, replacing coach
Judge.
Amy Hood (11) said, Were
looking forward to a very promising
season. We have a really hard
working group of girls this year and
with the help of Coach Warren, well
be able to reach our goal of playing
hard in the Ivies.
Warren is a non Horace Mann
instructor and represents the hole
to fill with the parting of Coach
Judge. He is appearing regularly at
practices and assisting all in style
and performance; bringing a new
bank of knowledge to utilize.
This year is the year where the
swim team will have to pull from
their banks to compensate for
players lost in order to hold their
heads high, and win the Ivies with
pride.
Yang Fei
Contributing Writer
LionsDen
November 18, 2011 Volume 109, Issue 10
The Horace Mann Record
HM: 30
FORMAN: 22
Football Ends Season on High Note
All eleven seniors on the team celebrate afer their thrilling, season-ending Pride Bowl Game win on Saturday.
Courtesy of Sharon Cott
With two minutes lef and 22-22
on the scoreboard, the Lions ofense
was getting ready to run their frst
two minute drill to win the game in
a long, long time. As kick returner
Chris Benjamin (12) juked by Forman
defenders and ran into the endzone.
Te ofense wouldnt be needed; he
had given the Lions the lead, and they
would hold onto win their Hudson
Valley league bowl game.
However, this time it would be
diferent. Te frst half was back and
forth as the lead changed hands many
times, and the Lions were down 14-8
as time was running out in the frst
half. But Braxton Brewton (12) was
able to convert a huge touchdown
pass to Kyle Ezring (11) to tie the
game up at halfime.
Near the end of the frst half,
the team put more emotion into the
game, and we were able to carry that
momentum into the second half,
Head Coach Matt Russo said.
In the middle of the 4th quarter,
Forman was kicking of afer tying the
game up at 22-22, when the play of
the season occurred with Benjamins
winning score
Te underdog Lions prevailed
with a fnal score of 30-22, clearly
displaying the teams improvement
over the season, as the Lions avenged
their earlier defeat to Forman. Matt
Cott (12) said, Tis was a huge win
for us because we took down the team
that was 2nd in the league last year,
and avenged a loss earlier this season.
Benjamin said, We seniors have
had such a hard football career, going
through so many coaches and so
many diferent systems, so we needed
the win and it was literally the greatest
ending form my career to score the
game winning touchdown.
Russo said, A lot of players really
stepped up for us in the game, but
especially Chris Benjamin, as he ran
for a touchdown on a bubble screen
and scored the game winner with an
great kick of return.
Te captains and seniors on the
team were able to end their careers
in triumph afer being parts of
disappointing teams in years past.
Coach Russo said, this victory was
huge for the seniors as they ended
their careers on a high note, and it
created momentum and excitement
about the football team.
Afer a few struggling seasons,
the Horace Mann Varsity football
team has proven that a program
turnaround is now complete. Afer
winning a combined one game in
the last two seasons, the Lions went
3-4 this season and made drastic
improvements along the way.
Matt Meltzer (11) said our win
on Saturday and our overall record
for the year proves that were not
the team that we used to be and its
a new, winning era in Horace Mann
football.
Two weeks ago, the team was
2-3 and the faced eventual league
champion Fieldston Eagles. Te
Eagles were the best team the Lions
played all season, and seriously
tested the Lions. Te Lions played
hard throughout the game, but
nevertheless fell 42-8.
Meltzer said, We gave it our best
shot but, we were simply overpowered
by a team that was better than us.
Beating teams like Fieldston is our
ultimate goal, but it might take us a
little while to reach that point.
With a 2-4 record at that point
in the season, and only one game
remaining, it appeared the lions were
headed for another disappointing
season. To make matters worse, the
fnal bowl game would be against
Forman, a team that defeated the
lions 26-12.
Coach Russo said, this season was
defnitely successful, as we reached
most of our goals. We competed in
every game, and no team took out
their starters against us. We improved
from 7th in the league last season
to 4th this year, and we improved
throughout the entire season.
Te Lions still havent reached their
ceiling, as the team needs to continue
to improve and be able to compete for
the league title in future years, but this
season was a huge stepping-stone.
Coach Russo said, We need a
strong ofseason to continue our
success on the feld this season.
Players need to get bigger, stronger,
and faster and we need to keep
moving forward and keep people
interested and exciting in playing for
the team.
With the seniors moving on next
season, the Lions will have to fnd
replacements for all 11 incredible
seniors that fnished on a great note.
Fortunately for the younger
players, they had this season got to
improve on the JV team, as they will
be counted on for next season. Te
Lions had a successful season this
year, and will look to improve and
take the next step towards the league
title next season.
Captain Eddy Grafstein (12) said,
Football has meant so much to me
over the last four years. While our
successes may not have shown on
the scoreboard very ofen, some
of my proudest moments in high
school have come wearing that jersey,
fghting alongside my teammates, and
Saturday takes the cake.
Evan Reinsberg
Staf Writer
In a brief ceremony Harrison
Bader (12) signed his ofcial letter of
intent to the University of Pittsburgh
last Friday in Dr. Kellys ofce.
Ive been playing baseball for my
entire life, Bader said, and even
when I was fve years old, Ive wanted
to play professionally. Although
he considered several other schools
before settling on Pittsburgh, Bader
spoke to the schools coaching staf
and said that they helped him make
the right choice.
Bader initially aimed at becoming
drafed into the minor leagues
straight from high school, but later
decided to go to college for both
educational and athletic reasons. I
plan to play for three years at Pitt, and
hopefully Ill be recruited from there.
Bader also said that his parents were
pleased with his decision as, both of
them really love the school and are
thrilled for me.
He is the frst player since Pedro
Alvarez (05) to play baseball at a
division I program, and it should
show on the feld this spring fnishing
his Lion career.
Trilled to have a recruited player
lead them, the Varsity Baseball
team has been very congratulatory
of Baders achievement. Baders
improved a lot since middle school
because of all of his hard work,
second baseman Michael Reiss
(11) said. Hes probably one of the
greatest players Ive been on the same
team as.
I thought it was great that he could
get recruited to a D1 school, pitcher
Elias Wacht (12) said. He and [Jesse]
Roth (11) will be great inspirations
for the rest of us to play as hard as
we can. Te University of Virginia
recruited Roth as a pitcher this past
summer.
Bader is a fun team mate, a good
leader, and has a strong work ethic
to account for his success, catcher
Kevin Westergaard (12) said. Hes a
great guy and has a great love for the
game.
Alex Fine
Staf Writer
Bader Finalizes D1 Commitment
Harrison Bader (12) signs his letter of intent last Friday.
Justin Gilston/Photography Editor