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Denebola » Maarten Van-Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net The Award-Winning, Official School Newspaper of Newton South High School, Newton, MA Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:00:19 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.2 View from the Top: Jeff Hurray, Colby Medoff, Adam Sachs, and Maarten van Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/03/23/view-from-the-top-jeff-hurray-colby-medoff-adam-sachs-and-maarten-van-genabeek/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/03/23/view-from-the-top-jeff-hurray-colby-medoff-adam-sachs-and-maarten-van-genabeek/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 05:26:37 +0000 Jeff Hurray http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5674 Underclassmen: We feel the best way to give you advice on your journey through South is to share a recent diary entry of ours.
Dear Diary,
Haa y’dah? It’s been a long time since we last talked. The past week sure was action packed.
There was so much action! To our knowledge, it has been a South senior pastime to act out Lord of the Rings scenes. So, we were reenacting the siege of Helm’s Deep in my friend Alex’s basement, trying to resist the Newton bubble. We were chilling…
The Orcs advanced from Isenbach-gard (OMG how is Ecuador????), all bearing the mark of the white hand of Kurland-man. Fear and famine struck us on the first night. Luckily, no one was hungry for the being.
On the second day, we were saved! Smeagol made a pizza…ha haaa, she was hungry. But alas, we were attacked by general turtle and his army of goofy-haired Orcs.
Shoot, what a dingus! Little did he know that we too had a secret weapon, the invincible Rolando. Trained as a “junior UFC,” he crushed General Turtle’s army with his Brazilian might…stupid snoils.
Night fell and silence took the deep. The oracle’s voice echoed through the stone walls, posing the most crucial and philosophical of questions: Who is the sexiest girl of Brown ‘07? Why is Colby in the class of 2011?
These questions were too much for our feeble hobbit minds to handle, so we left Alex’s basement to get food.
We craved cereal, but the measly portions of milk allowed by our otherwise gracious host forced us to go out to eat. We took the T to Anna’s Tacqueria. It was pretty good.
But enough of this tomfoolery; we had to get back to the most pressing issues: Helm’s deep was under attack and the people of Rohan needed our help!
We realized that the key to victory was addressing the Oracle’s questions. We determined the first question was pointless and not worth addressing–everyone knows the Brown ‘07 girls are equally attractive.
But the second question: oh how it loomed over our minds…We fell into a deep sleep, and in our dreams we saw a trio of seductive temptresses.
It was at this moment that our dream was encompassed by moisture.
They swooped in on a dragon’s back, and introduced themselves: “I am the Red Fox. These are my sisters, Horned Toad and Snow Owl. If you seek to answer the Oracle’s question, you must first cite all of your sources.”
Not having access to EasyBib in Alex’s basement, we were at a loss.
It was the fourth night, and we decided to seek council with our lord and savior, Grace Ross. She informed us that on the dawn of the fifth day, we should look to the east and we would be saved from the vicious army of Orcs frolicking outside.
Awaking on the dawn of the fifth day, we followed her gubernatorial edict and looked to the east. Low and behold, a door flew open and there he was, Marc, the father of our friend Alex, riding his glorious white steed Cali.
He yelled to us, “What the hell are you still doing in my basement? It’s been five days!” He kicked us all out, but we knew that deep down inside he wanted to play LOTR too.
We left in satisfaction, knowing we had defeated the Orcs, and completed our quest. All was well in the shire.
It should honestly be pretty obvious how this applies to your current and future lives at South. If not, find the red fox; she will show you the way.

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Fan bus paid in full http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/03/23/fan-bus-paid-in-full/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/03/23/fan-bus-paid-in-full/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 04:01:58 +0000 Maarten Van-Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5620 For the fourth round of the Girls’ Basketball Division I State tournament fans, who braved the 45 minute journey to Massoit Community College to watch the Lions were in for a surprise. A generous donation by the team allowed roughly 150 student fans to enter the game free of charge. This provided an incentive for more fans to show up, as more than 200 South students arrived to show their support. “It was great that so many of us were able to come there and show support,” senior Colby Medoff said, “The energy was great, we outnumbered their fans.
The donation was accumulated by David Bikofsky, father of senior and Captain Sophie Bikofsky, who went around the community and his work gathering donations so South fans could help support the team. “My dad understood how influential the fans are in our games and thought that it would be tough to get them to go all the way to Brockton” Sophie said.
Mr. Bikofsky valued the importance of a large fan base at games, but realized it would be hard to get students to come out on a school night to Brockton and pay seven dollars to enter. So Mr. Bikofsky went around asking friends and people at work to donate money to the team in order to sponsor kids to go to the game. “It was great that we didn’t have to pay to get in. I’m sure many more people came because of it,” Medoff said.
In a show of remarkable school spirit, approximately half of the stadium was filled with the black-clad student and faculty body of Newton South.
The school also provided a free bus to and from the game transport to those who could not drive or did not have a ride.

For the fourth round of the Girls’ Basketball Division I State tournament fans, who braved the 45 minute journey to Massoit Community College to watch the Lions were in for a surprise. A generous donation by the team allowed roughly 150 student fans to enter the game free of charge. This provided an incentive for more fans to show up, as more than 200 South students arrived to show their support. “It was great that so many of us were able to come there and show support,” senior Colby Medoff said, “The energy was great, we outnumbered their fans.The donation was accumulated by David Bikofsky, father of senior and Captain Sophie Bikofsky, who went around the community and his work gathering donations so South fans could help support the team. “My dad understood how influential the fans are in our games and thought that it would be tough to get them to go all the way to Brockton” Sophie said.Mr. Bikofsky valued the importance of a large fan base at games, but realized it would be hard to get students to come out on a school night to Brockton and pay seven dollars to enter. So Mr. Bikofsky went around asking friends and people at work to donate money to the team in order to sponsor kids to go to the game. “It was great that we didn’t have to pay to get in. I’m sure many more people came because of it,” Medoff said.In a show of remarkable school spirit, approximately half of the stadium was filled with the black-clad student and faculty body of Newton South. The school also provided a free bus to and from the game transport to those who could not drive or did not have a ride.

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Wellness develops life skills http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/wellness-develops-life-skills/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/02/15/wellness-develops-life-skills/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 07:29:21 +0000 Maarten Van-Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5519 By Maarten Van Genabeek, Volume 50
February 15, 2011

As South has gone on and evolved over the past 50 years, the Wellness program has been an important part of the South community and curriculum.
In the early history of the school, however, the program only focused on one aspect of wellness: physical fitness. This was used to help train students for the military to help the war effort.This course continued for 30 years until former Athletic Director Bob Chrusz reformed the physical education program by adding a more complete wellness curriculum. Chrusz added ideas of trust, community building, and social skills to the program.
In 1998, the Wellness program expanded even more to include a wider variety of subjects including community building, verbal skills, life choices, and decision-making. The idea of total wellness, both a physical and an emotional state, was also introduced to the staff and students.
In addition to an expansion to the wellness classes, sexual education was integrated into the wellness program and focused on smart decision making, rather than abstinence. “We wanted to give them all the information they needed so they could make the smart decisions on their own,” Wellness teacher Bill Fagen said.
This was a very progressive step as South had one of the few Wellness programs in the state, if not the country, to include a model of complete wellness. “We used to go to wellness conventions 10, 12, 14 years ago and teach other schools about what we were doing; before that, it was completely unheard of,” Elwell said.
Eight years ago, under Mike Walsh, the Wellness program was changed to add variety to upperclassmen’s classes after finishing their core wellness classes. This variety included the global games, yoga, stress management, and the recently added project adventure. The program has also adopted the idea of total inclusion. “Back in the day, the only goal was to teach fitness, but that was a problem for those who had limited physical ability,” Wellness teacher Amy Aranski said. “We’ve adopted a new approach in the past 15 years to include everyone and promote community building.”
Despite the effectiveness of the wellness curriculum, the Wellness Department hit a major roadblock in 2009 when the school, faced with large budget cuts, decreased the number of wellness teachers in half, from eight teachers to four.
The program, however, is looking towards the future, especially since it received the Carol A. White Physical Education Program grant and the newly installed Project Adventure course.
“The grant saved us,” Fagen said. “It has allowed the wellness program to experience a revival in midst of budgets cuts.”
With the high elements course and the possible inclusion of an anti-bullying curriculum, the Wellness program looks to expand and add more staff members to cope with the workload. “We think the wellness program is experiencing a revival,” Aranski said. “People are starting to see how important the wellness program is.”

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Clash of the lions: Seniors http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/clash-of-the-lions-seniors/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/clash-of-the-lions-seniors/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 07:20:04 +0000 Maarten Van-Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4989 As senior year passes by, people start to forget how much work they have applying to colleges. At about this time, the light at the end of the tunnel is in sight.
There is nothing more satisfying than reminding the grade below us that we in fact rule the school. We can finally taste the victory that was so wrongly taken from us last year.
I am of course talking about juniors who think they’re so cool with their fresh licenses and brand new cars (they still have to park on Brandeis Road), and the very same juniors who think it’s cool eat lunch in the cafeteria, or for a matter of a fact in the school (Uburger anyone?).
So without any further ado, here’s the lowdown on this year’s lineup of superstars.
Chloe Rothman: She recently received surgery to put an actual cannon in her arm. Think we’re joking? We’ll see you in the end zone. Rumors say that Tom Brady grew his hair out so she could replace him on clutch fourth down conversions. It’s ok, her secret is safe with us.
Celia Kaufer: Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, superman is not the one I’m talking about; if you thought so you are sadly mistaken. She’s said to be suffering from a concussion, but that’s only to level the playing field.
Kendall Burton: With 100 percent intimidation, Burton received a 100 percent scholarship to Villanova. Expect 100 percent of the junior team to be found in the trainer’s office at the end of the game.
Defense: The defense is willing to risk all its teeth this year to win, following the addage, “offense wins games, but defense wins championships.
Chem TA’s: Under the supreme wisdom of Alan Crosby, they have developed “Chemical X. It is time to turn our Powderpuff girls into the Powerpuff Girls.
Senior Factor: res ipsa loquitor (for those not civilized enough, “it means the thing speaks for itself).
Looks like this year is set for yet another senior victory, fina11y.

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Boys’ XC team runs to States http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/boys%e2%80%99-xc-team-runs-to-states/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/boys%e2%80%99-xc-team-runs-to-states/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 07:03:17 +0000 Maarten Van-Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4836 After graduating many key seniors from last year, the Boys’ Cross Country team now relies on young talent to rebuild the program.
After graduating key seniors, such as Xhulio Uruchi, Danny Mendelson award winner Yugi Wakimoto, and Kyle Olson, the team is struggling to replicate the form it had last year. However, the team has a large number of young runners that are prepared to step up to the plate.
With most of the Varsity squad consisting of underclassmen, the team looks to build up a strong program for future years. “There is a lot of young talent on our team. Right now four of seven members of our [Dual County League] team are underclassmen including two freshman, senior and captain Nate Weaver said. “The vast majority of the team [consists of] freshmen, so obviously there is a range of talent.
But this is not an unfamiliar story for South; every year the team loses key seniors and ends up coming back each year just as strong. This is due to the strength of the program each year and the skill of the rising seniors in being able to motivate and lead the team to States each year. “We don’t like to call this a rebuilding year because every year is different in regard to the dynamic of the team, Weaver said.
Despite the lack of experience, the team has a respectable record of 4-3 in the Dual County League (DCL). The DCL is considered one of the best conferences in the state, especially for cross country. “Our record is not a very good indicator of how good we are, senior and captain David Melly said. “The DCL is a tough league and I say we’re pretty good.
The team is prepared to take on the competition. They believe this will only improve their younger members and turn them into top notch competitors. “We have a really young team compared to the rest of the league, but I like to think we just have a lot of room to grow, Melly said.
The team is currently preparing for DCL’s, a meet between all schools in the DCL, determining which school becomes the DCL champion. This meet is crucial for the team, any team can win despite what their record might be. “There are a lot of strong teams in the DCL this year and although we have lost to some of the bigger schools we should still be contenders in the DCL meet, Weaver said.
Beyond DCLs comes the EMASS (Eastern Massachusetts) state meet. Only the Varsity teams compete and the top teams move on to All-States. “I would say we have a good shot of racing at EMASS. As for All-States it is less likely that our team will make it, Weaver said.
Even though the team has been decimated by the departure of the talented class of 2010, it is still a contender in the league and possibly higher competitions.
Although this year was originally thought of as a rebuilding year, the Cross Country team believes it can still bring home a trophy at the DCL meet.

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Injuries brake athletes’ bones but not spirits http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/injuries-brake-athletes%e2%80%99-bones-but-not-spirits/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/injuries-brake-athletes%e2%80%99-bones-but-not-spirits/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 07:01:34 +0000 Maarten Van-Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4840 While most athletes consider injuries to be just a part of the game, the potential damage they can cause is usually unrecognized.
Injuries to important joints, such as the ankle, knee, elbow, and wrist can lead to re-injury and trouble using them later in life.
After an injury, athletes may be reluctant to return to play, and without a positive mentality this is nearly impossible.
Due to the physical nature of sports, injuries are bound to happen; however, there are methods to prevent and treat injuries.
As physical therapy and surgery have become more available for athletes, their mentality and recovery time has improved.
One of the toughest things for an athlete, however, is to return to the field after a serious injury.
On October 9, 2009, then-sophomore and soccer player Abby Rice received a grade three concussion for contesting a head ball during a game. Rice was knocked unconscious and rushed to the hospital. This was a serious injury as Rice was only able to attend two classes last year, Math and English, after the incident.
She continues to suffer long term effects such as headaches, confusion, and seizures. As a result, she is repeating sophomore year and is still not allowed to play soccer or any other sports.
Rice’s condition is improving, and when she heals she plans on returning to the field as soon as possible. After discussing it with her doctors she will be allowed to play in the annual Powderpuff game this year.
“Well I’m not 100 percent sure my doctors were going to let me play yet, but we talked about it and playing Powderpuff is so much less dangerous than a Soccer game, Rice said. “Also, there are a lot of positions out there where I can avoid lots of contact. I’m not scared at all; I’m just excited to be able to get a chance to play a sport again even if it’s just for a day.
Rice’s situation is not unique. Senior Emma Schulman suffered a grade three concussion two years ago while playing lacrosse, when a stray ball struck her left temple.
She suffered chronic headaches and fatigue making it almost impossible to do schoolwork and play sports. Only recently has she been cleared to play sports.
“I couldn’t play sports up until this fall season, and even now, I have to take it easy, sitting out on sprints or whenever my head hurts, Schulman said.
She has recovered steadily over the past two years, but like Rice, Shulman doesn’t know when she’ll be fully recovered.
“There is the possibility that I could have it all through college, or I could wake up tomorrow and be better, Schulman said.
When coming back to play Field Hockey, Schulman was nervous to start physical activity because she had no idea what to expect and did not want to worsen her condition.
“I was definitely a little nervous coming back to play Field Hockey. I know that if I get another concussion it won’t be good, she said. “I decided that I would try playing sports to see if it would hurt or help. I know to take it easy and I am the goalie so I don’t do much running and I wear a helmet and lots of other pads.
Not all serious injuries have to do with the brain, as senior Alex Karys fractured a growth plate in his knee during a high jump accident in a track and field meet.
As Karys was jumping, his plant foot buckled and his growth plate broke. Fortunately, he did not need surgery, as none of the surrounding tendons and ligaments were injured.
Karys had a long recovery time on crutches for a couple months and then endured even more months of physical therapy.
He was finally able to participate partially during spring Track less than a year later after his injury. Karys is playing football this season but is still not at 100 percent recovered yet.
“It still bothers me sometimes, but hopefully it will eventually all heal, Karys said.
Like Rice, Karys wanted to return to playing sports immediately, but he knew he had to take it easy at first. However, after slowly nursing his injury, he worked hard to participate in both Track and Football.
“I wasn’t really worried at all about it. I don’t really know why, Karys said. Karys actually put a positive spin on his injury; he used it as a reason to work hard to get back into shape for spring Track and Field.
Senior Justin Klumpp, quarterback of the Football team, also suffered an extreme physical injury. During a Lacrosse game last spring, Klumpp took a hard fall after being pushed and dislocated his shoulder. Klumpp required immediate surgery the next day and had metal pins put into his shoulder to keep it in place. Although Klumpp made a speedy recovery over six weeks to return for Football preseason, he still believes his shoulder affects his performance.
“Sometimes when I throw the ball I can still feel the pain in my shoulder, Klumpp said.
He was excited, but wary to return to the preseason to start Football after suffering his injury. “I really wanted to play Football this year, but I also wanted to make sure I didn’t make my shoulder any worse than it already was, Klumpp said.
Due to the physical nature of sports, injuries are inevitable, but being careful while competing is important to help prevent them. Serious injuries can leave the athlete questioning whether or not to return. This fear usually goes away with time and confidence that the athlete is in good shape.

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School plus sports equals no sleep http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/school-plus-sports-equals-no-sleep/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/school-plus-sports-equals-no-sleep/#comments Thu, 30 Sep 2010 07:03:24 +0000 Maarten Van-Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4618 Students who play sports at their schools are part of a select few known as student-athletes.
Although people tend to group and stereotype athletes, they don’t realize how hard it is to be one. Athletes have to work harder in school on a regular basis to compensate for the long hours lost competing at a high athletic level during both games and practices.
The first and most pressing issue is the lack of having enough time to complete assignments. Not only do they attend school for seven hours like everyone else, but they invest another two to four hours everyday for practices and games. However, the student-athlete’s night is only starting, as then he or she has to tackle a seemingly endless amount of homework.
Furthermore, no free time generates stress, and combined with sleep deprivation, the average South athlete will find him or herself at a disadvantage on the field and in the classroom.
According to The National Sleep Foundation, the recommended hours of sleep for a teenager settles around nine and one-quarter hours. However, due to school work and sports, most student-athletes can sleep more than two hours less than this amount.
“Between playing soccer and doing my school work, there is not a lot of time for sleep in schedule, junior Aaron Trachtman said. “I often find myself very tired in the morning and unable to focus as well.
Sleep deprivation has a massive effect on anyone, whether it be an athlete, a student, or an average adult. “It can be the beginning of a lot of issues, Wellness teacher Todd Elwell said. “Initially it might just be your focus and concentration, but at some point your body breaks down even more and you are more susceptible to getting sick.
“It’s one of those things that’s not good for your intellectual wellness and it’s certainly not good for your physical wellness. From a sports perspective, you make so many mental errors when can’t focus or you’re really tired.
In addition, student-athletes frequently have to organize their schedules to accommodate both school and sports. Usually time on the weekend has to be appropriately allocated for both practices, homework, and friends. Most of the time this is a hard feat to accomplish.
It takes a while to adjust to the amount of work one has to do, and usually the student-athlete’s grades are the first to suffer. Student-athletes need time to adjust to their workload and perfect their balancing act if they are to succeed in school. Many teachers are unaware of this recaltion an athlete must undergo and do not offer sufficient opportunities to allow this process to run to completion.
“A lot of times during the season, especially during away games, we get back late and there isn’t a lot of time to do homework. Being tired and sore doesn’t help, senior Nate Kropp said.
The Varsity Football team, for example, played an away game for which they left at 4:30 pm and returned at 10:15 pm. This offered insufficient time for the players to complete their work on time.
“I think for someone who’s doing a lot of stuff it might have a ridiculous effect on their schoolwork, but considering I’ve been doing track since freshman year and I did football last year as well, I understand how time consuming it can be, so you have to plan accordingly, said Jeffrey Alkins said.
The high-pressure environment of South is not an ideal environment to struggle and fall behind. At times, athletes here must choose between their academics and their sports.
However, despite all the effort put in by student-athletes to represent their school on the field, there is no compensation for their work.
They still have do the same amount of homework as normal students do; they still have to have the same amount of credits to graduate, and must take classes such as wellness, arts, and foreign languages just like everyone else.
In addition, there are no regulations providing for extensions for homework, projects or tests, even though they have less time to prepare.
There are opportunities, based on the teacher, where students will be able to receive extra time.
“Most teachers, given advanced notice, have no problem postponing due dates, History Department Head Bob Parlin said.
Despite belief among some students, the faculty does support the work and time commitment required to be a successful student-athlete.
“I am sympathetic to today’s child because today’s children are over-scheduled, Athletic Director Scott Perrin said. “The lifestyles that these kids lead are very dangerous. the amount of stress that they put themselves under, what they put into their bodies, and the amount of sleep they get really effects them.
On the other hand, many teachers will hold student-athletes accountable for managing their time efficiently.
“The ones who can manage to get their stuff done can manage to get their stuff done, Perrin said. “It strikes a very difficult balance and it takes a special kid to do it. It’s extremely difficult.
Although sports is considered a privilege, and not mandatory, what would a high school be without them?
“Newton South athletes are dedicated to both their sports and their academics. The burden on them is huge and sometimes there is simply not enough time, senior David Melly said.
Some parts of the school do not realize the commitment it takes to be a student athlete. The amount of work and time spent to do both school work and play a sport is overwhelming and constant.
Many teachers at South, however, can relate to their students’ struggles. Many faculty members are coaches, and even more were once high school athletes.
The amount of physical activity and exhaustion makes it very hard to do and finish homework and stay mentally and physically in tune for an entire athletic event. Struggling students looks bad for the school in an academic sense, and poor athletics is not a good representation of Newton South either.
Perrin believes that athletics as a whole are misunderstood and even under-appreciated for their life lessons.
“The academics need to see the value of athletics, he said. “[Academics] are the ones that need to bend, not [the Athletic Department].
When asked if any discussion has existed about modifying academics or athletics, Perrin stated that there have been no talks because South’s environment is naturally stressfull.
Student-athletes need a large amount of determination, motivation and work ethic to achieve in school and sports.
As academics and athletics equally grow increasingly more competitive, will a student-athlete’s balancing act be too much without some reform to the system?

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High elements, high stakes http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/high-elements-high-stakes/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/high-elements-high-stakes/#comments Thu, 30 Sep 2010 07:01:51 +0000 Maarten Van-Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4630 Next to the practice turf field at Newton South, a new High Elements course was installed as a part of a new initiative called Project Adventure.
In order to fund the new course, the Wellness department had to apply for a Carol A. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant, a special type of federal grant that is awarded for physical education expandment. “These [PEP] grants are very hard to receive, you have to apply for them very far in advance with all the pros and cons and just hope you get them, Elwell said.
With the addition of the new course, there has been a few concerns, but Elwell assures the South community that the course is completely safe. “We, [the Wellness staff], are certified instructors and have completed over 100 hours of certification and know exactly what we’re doing, he said.
However prepared the instructors may be, they realize that they will not be able to properly control a large class, therefore the school put a limit on enrollment in the course. “There is a maximum of 24 students allowed per class to make sure the supervisor is not overwhelmed, Elwell said.
But perhaps the most important part of safety for the course is the training that the students will receive to use the courses safely. Most of the year will be doing things on the ground building up to the final class of going on the course.
“Obviously something that is not safe on the ground will not be safe in the air. When we look to go on the course we make sure that everyone is ready, Elwell said. “[The students] have to prove their leadership, maturity, and trust of each other to be able to go on the big course.
Even with these precautions in place there always lies a safety issue due to the height of the course. In the rare circumstance of an accident, the school would be liable for the damages. “The new structure is pretty tall and scary; I just wouldn’t be able to get on it, senior Grant Henderson said.
Elwell acknowledges the risk, but maintains his opinion that the course offers more benefits than drawbacks.
“The original purpose of the course was to help turn around troubled youths and it had great success. Now imagine what it could do to help a community such as South where stress and competition replaces actual community, he said.
Apparently South is not the first to use the course to its advantage. “Many corporations and companies use these courses to help their CEOs and coworkers become closer and build better communities, Elwell said.
Project Adventure is a nonprofit organization based in Beverly, Massachusetts, whose goal, according to its website is “to provide leadership in the expansion of adventure-based experiential programming.
Project Adventure seeks to develop responsible individuals, productive organizations, and sustainable communities. Originally designed as a program to help troubled youths and steer them back on the right track by teaching them the values of community and leadership skills, they expanded their program to schools and companies who agreed their communities could use strengthening.
“Everyone needs community building, Wellness teacher Todd Elwell said. “The values that this project brings are something that everyone can benefit from.
The initiative at South is being led by Amy Aranski, one of the Wellness teachers, in coalition with the Wellness department in order to help community building. It is also designed to promote self-confidence, community building, leadership, and responsibility.
The goal is to increase Wellness funding and the participation of students in the Wellness program in the South community.The new High Elements course will be open for juniors and seniors this year and is already generating hype among students who are excited to get on the course.
“I can’t wait to climb it cause the wellness department has been talking about it for so long and it seems so fun, senior Jenny Epstein said.

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Mendelson: Madeleine Reed & Yuji Wakimoto http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/06/10/mendelson-madeleine-reed-yuji-wakimoto/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/06/10/mendelson-madeleine-reed-yuji-wakimoto/#comments Thu, 10 Jun 2010 12:19:10 +0000 Ashan Singh http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4419 This year, seniors Madeleine Reed and Yuji Wakimoto have been selected to receive Newton South’s annual Danny Mendelson award for exceptional athletic achievement and sportsmanship.The awards commemorate the life and athletic accomplishments of former South athlete Danny Mendelson. 

Reed, a three-season athlete, has led her teams as captain of Girls’ Cross Country, Girls’ Ice Hockey, and Girls’ Outdoor Track and Field. Her participation in all three programs throughout her four years at South has shown her to be a valuable asset to the community.

She has been a dominant and steady contributor to the Outdoor Track and Field team, which won All-States last year and came in second this year. She was also part of the squad that won All-States in 2008.

In Track and Field, her personal achievements include qualifying for Nationals in the girls’ 2000-meter steeplechase and being a Dual County League (DCL) All-Star in all four years of her involvement on the team.

Additionally, Reed is also an All-American in both Track and Field and Cross Country. She runs the two-mile and the steeplechase.
As well as being a phenomenal runner, Reed excels in the hockey rink. She was a DCL All-Star for four years, almost leading the Girls’ Hockey team to a tournament success.

She was also an important member of the Girls’ Cross Country team, being a DCL All-Star.

Reed led the team all the way to the New England’s meet.

As well as being a fantastic runner, Reed is also a great person. She is not a selfish athlete; she cares deeply about her teammates and their performances.

Reed works hard in practice and has incredible work ethic. She encourages everyone who looks up to her on her sports teams.

She also had a leadership role as captain of all three seasons, and helped to improve her team, leading by example, practicing, and playing hard everyday.

“Madeleine is one of those kids that comes around every so often, Athletic Director Scott Perrin said. “She’s just special in how she does [off the track and out of the rink] and how she performs in the sports she plays.

Out of the many candidates that were contenders for the award, Reed was chosen for her outstanding achievements in South’s athletic program. Her hard work and leadership is certainly a model for all future athletes who will compete for the Lions.

“Her sports accolades speak for themselves, Perrin said.

Reed will be attending Boston College in the fall.

In his years at South, Yuji Wakimoto has been one of the most successful track athletes to ever walk the halls of the school, as he was a captain on the Boys’ Cross Country, Boys’ Indoor Track and Field, and Boys’ Outdoor Track and Field teams.

Wakimoto’s raw talent and hard work ethic has allowed him to succeed during all three running seasons. He even managed to compete with a serious foot injury during the indoor season two years ago.

Wakimoto experienced a stress fracture in his foot, a common but painful injury for track athletes that sidelined him for the majority of the indoor and outdoor season.

Wakimoto, however, was desperate to get back to running and helping his team. He made a full recovery for all three of his seasons this year.

This year, he was part of the 4×800 relay in Outdoor Track and Field that placed fifth in the state, and ran a personal record of 1:56 in the 800-meter run.

Wakimoto is known for his exceptional leadership skills, hard work, and dedication to the team.

He helped lead the Boys’ Outdoor Track and Field team to its fourth consecutive DCL championship, preserving its undefeated record.

His hard work and talent were rewarded as he was designated a DCL All-Star all three seasons this year for his consistently strong athletic performance.

“[Wakimoto] is a kid who scores a lot of points in particularly what was considered a rebuilding year, and [as] a young man who dealt with injury, he still brought the points, Perrin said. 

Wakimoto will be attenting the University of Rochester in the fall.

Both Reed and Wakimoto were chosen out of the many talented athletes at South due to their work ethic, talent, and contributions to the South athletic program.

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Danny Mendelson award. 

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Boys’ Volleyball completes most successful season in program’s history http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/06/10/boys-volleyball-completes-most-successful-season-in-programs-history/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/06/10/boys-volleyball-completes-most-successful-season-in-programs-history/#comments Thu, 10 Jun 2010 06:06:35 +0000 Maarten Van-Genabeek http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4589 The Volleyball team finished this year’s season with a final record of 22-2, the most successful in South’s history.

The team went 19-1 during the regular season and advanced to the Semi Finals of the state tournament.

The team lost three sets to zero against Chicopee Comp High School, which put them out of the running for the state championship. 

The disappointing loss was only one small mark on a successful season for the Lions.

The team graduated a good amount of talent last year, but filled in the lost positions and took its game to the next level.

Jamison Chue and Nadav Swartz, both 2009 Dual County League All-Stars, graduated last year and left large gaps for the team to fill in.

The team, however, adapted well and responded with a very talented line up.

“We lost a lot of good seniors from last year, but coming into the season we had a lot of good players returning and started off strong right away, junior and setter Bryan Cheng said.

The team worked hard to improve over the summer through club volleyball and offseason work.

“We had a lot of returning players and together we all got even better than we were last year at the end of the season, Cheng said. 

From the beginning, the team had high expectations due to the quality of players and their work ethic. The team practiced for three hours late at night, met before games, and participated in ten-hour tournaments.

The team was also at an advantage due to the large amount of talent that other schools lost.

“We expected to win sectionals and states because of the improvement of our team and the overall decrease in talent from last year from all the teams, Hornestein said.

The team cruised through the season, winning game after game, only losing to Cambridge Ringe and Latin School.

They secured the number two seed in the South Division-I bracket. 

The team also did very well at a tournament in Rhode Island, finishing runner-up in the gold division.

“A key moment [in the season] was during the Rhode Island tournament when we went to the finals and almost won, which showed we could compete with the best, Hornestein said.

South first faced Brookline at home, and a strong South team breezed to an easy victory of 3-0.

They then faced Needham, which also ended in a c onvincing South win of 3-1.

“The only way we could not win the state tournament is if we beat ourselves, junior and outside hitter Matt Light said.

After winning the first two rounds of the state tournament, the team booked a place to the sectional finals against cross-town rival Newton North.

The showdown took place at Natick High School, with South easily beating its opponent 3-0.

This proved to be an important victory, as South was headed to the semifinals, and clinched the South sectional title.

“It was great to beat North because they are a cross-town rival and [beating them proved] that we could win this year without the seniors from last season, Hornestein said. 

The team looks to improve upon its performance and win the state tournament next year.

Even though it is losing many talented senior players, the team is determined to overcome the challenge. Most members are doing offseason work and playing at the club level to help prepare themselves for next season.

“We’re going to get most of the team to play club teams together. This should help build team chemistry, Cheng said.

Next year all eyes will be on them as they look to sustain success from previous years, and will be led by 2011 captains Jeff Hodin, Bryan Cheng, and Josh Hornestein.

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