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Denebola » Noah Rivkin 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 Athletic fees skyrocket-as much as 95 percent increase http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/athletic-fees-skyrocket-as-much-as-95-percent-increase/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/04/15/athletic-fees-skyrocket-as-much-as-95-percent-increase/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2011 06:36:32 +0000 Noah Rivkin http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=5743 As a result of the slumping American economy, schools across the country have been forced to make deep budget cuts and hike fees. South is no exception. South athletes will have to pay an increased fee in order to compete in next year’s sports seasons. High school athletics fees are slated to rise from $210 to $300 per sport with a $900 family cap. Some sports, like hockey, will also rise from $260 to $400 and football will see a 95 percent increase from $210 to $400.
“I would probably still play with such high fees, but the increase is a little upsetting. And next year there’ll be me, my brother, and my sister at South, and together we play a total of seven sports. So we’ll hit the cap pretty early. The increase won’t affect us as badly as they could’ve, but it’s still pretty ridiculous,” Hockey and Lacrosse player Brandon Kee said.
When Ted Dalicandro, the Head Football Coach, started coaching at South, the athletics fee was $125.
“I can understand why they might have to raise user fees to compensate for the budget; we still have a much lower user fee than some other schools in the Dual County League,” sophomore lineman Lucian Cascino said. “What does bother me, however, is that not all of the school’s sports had an equal increase in fees. That just isn’t fair.”
Football Captain and senior Brandon Caldwell also doesn’t agree with the new budget’s fees. “I think it’s ridiculous for kids to have to pay that much money to play a sport. I know many teams that already have far less kids than Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School or Acton-Boxborough Regional High School because of [increased fees]. It’s only going to put South teams at a disadvantage,” he said.

Dalicandro takes the fee hikes one step further. “I trust the people above me, but I’m upset. It’s fair to say that the demographic of the football players is different. This will affect those players whose families don’t have as much income. And I hope it doesn’t stop people from playing but [chances are it will],” he said. “If the fee increase was for, say a sport like tennis then it may not be as heavy of an effect because the demographics are different. It’s a fact.”

Dalicandro also has a budget solution he’d like to propose. To help cover the gap for athletics, Dalicandro suggests cutting middle school sports as opposed to high school ones. He sees the middle school athletics program as just an expensive “babysitting program.” The practices “aren’t legitimate, and there are many leagues outside of school that are [cheaper and train the kids better],” he said.

Attacking high school sports instead of middle school sports with fee-hikes seems ludicrous in Dalicandro’s eyes. “High school is much more competitive, with more riding on the line. There are kids looking for scholarships, and overall changing middle school programs would be much smarter,” he said. “If anything, I see most of my best kids come from leagues outside of school as opposed to the middle schools.”

Dalicandro remembers what South’s football program was when he started. There were barely 30 kids on the team and that wasn’t sufficient. Due to illness and injuries the team needed more players and with hard work Dalicandro, gained 20 more. He doesn’t want to see it go back to previous conditions, especially because of something like a budget.

Volleyball player Ashan Singh had a slightly different opinion on the matter. “To be honest, ultimately, I don’t think the raised sports fees will have a significant effect on the overwhelming majority of South’s athletes, however, it’s sort of ridiculous that the fee never really seems to stop growing. How much is it going to be?” he said.

Hockey and baseball player Dan Fitzpatrick agrees with Singh, “I’ll play the sports because I love them, but the [increases] are pretty outrageous,” Fitzpatrick said.

“I hope other people will play despite the fees, otherwise, the school might miss out on some serious athletic talent,” Kee said.

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Teacher evaluation bill reinvigorated http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/teacher-evaluation-bill-reinvigorated/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/11/02/teacher-evaluation-bill-reinvigorated/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 10:00:52 +0000 Noah Rivkin http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4956 Over the past few months, South Senate members have worked on a bill that would allow student evaluations of teachers. The bill, if put into action, would offer students a way to pass on constructive criticism to their teachers, and for teachers to improve their teaching.
“The plan was to create a student-teacher evaluation template for any teacher to use by choice at the end of the first semester and/or the year, senior Rachel Leshin said.
There have, however, been certain difficulties in passing this bill. The specific details of the evaluation system, such as what questions would be asked, have yet to be determined.
Also, getting the bill approved by the Faculty Council, a committee of teachers who review proposed Senate policies, is anticipated to be a hassle due to the lack of credibility in the project.
“The [faculty council] isn’t quite sure about how they feel about it, especially because some teachers feel like they already use some form of evaluation, Leshin said.
When Yale student Aaron Feuer contacted Leshin over the summer, however, the project gained credibility.Feuer presented Leshin with the concept of his teacher evaluation program, Classroom Compass. The program would serve as a massive database of teacher evaluations from across the country.
Classroom Compass would send South information and each teacher could go to its website and hand pick questions to put on their personalized evaluations.
Though Principal Joel Stembridge supports the idea, passing the bill has not been any easier.
“It’s been [tough]. We have to find a way to meet the needs of the students while also finding a way that teachers would feel comfortable receiving feedback, Stembridge said.
Stembridge believes that, beyond the complications, evaluations could be beneficial to teachers.
“I think [the evaluation] should ensure positive growth for the teachers. Not as a “gotcha, but as something helpful, he said.
Teachers have mixed feelings about the idea of evaluations, however.
“The evaluations should be something that are constructive, it shouldn’t be about getting the teacher fired, English teacher Joe Scozzarro said.
Chemistry teacher Alan Crosby agrees with Scozzaro.
“Constructive feedback is something that every teacher looks forward to, but if you give students a survey just asking them who is good and who is bad, it would be hugely inaccurate, Crosby said.
Crosby, having experienced evaluation at universities he taught at, seemed hesitant but open to the idea.
“When I taught at places like BU, there were constructive evaluations every term. Crosby said. “ However, [the evaluations] could easily make teachers afraid of annoying the students, and in turn make them teach just so they get the best scores on the survey, which in the end would result in the loss of the teachers creativity.
Even though opinions seem varied at the moment, Leshin is thinking ahead.
“I think the next step would be to actually poll the students just to see how many have filled out evaluations before, and if they have, how many have found it helpful, Leshin said.
Junior Grace Nathans supports the idea of the bill and hopes students can begin offering their teachers constructive criticism.“I think that [evaluations] would absolutely be helpful, she said. “I don’t think students have a say in anything about teachers as it is now, which doesn’t really make sense since we are the ones being benefited by them.
Students like Sophomore Lydia Basque, however, believe that this system may give students too much power. “It could be a good way for students to give feedback to teachers, [but] if it’s like ratemyteachers.com and you can say anything you want, it could be abused.

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Budget deficits cause stress among staff http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/budget-deficits-cause-stress-among-staff/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/budget-deficits-cause-stress-among-staff/#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:05:49 +0000 Noah Rivkin http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4768 Due to the renovation of Newton North and budget problems over the past few years, the Newton School Committee has been forced to make numerous cuts to staff positions at South across all departments.
As a result, secretaries, department heads, and teachers are finding themselves saddled with more duties than expected, dividing tasks among themselves that were previously delegated to former faculty members.
At both South and North, two department secretaries have been cut. Accordingly, all of the houses at South have taken on a department, and house secretaries have spread out the department secretaries’ previous tasks among themselves. Housemaster Donna Gordon, for example, took over the supervision of the campus aides, while Cutler House Secretary Janice Ingemi took on the role of supporting IT staff member.
“A big part of this problem is that a house secretary has to be in the house all day long, Ingemi said. “Being a department secretary and trying to do that work is hard unless you’re in the department¦ it’s a struggle.
In the case that a house secretary is absent, secretaries that work in the main office leave their own posts and cover the house office until 10:00 or 10:30 am.
“It is stressful¦ [and] we haven’t really gotten into the worst part of the year, Executive Secretary Bette Lupo said. “Sometimes stress comes from worrying how you are going to handle it, and I think that’s where we are now. We’re more afraid of it than we might be.
Unlike other secretaries, Health and Wellness Department Secretary Barbara Castoldi has not had to cover the jobs of another staff member at South. Part of the reason for this, however, is that she has her own lengthy list of duties, which includes scheduling buses, managing purchase orders, answering phone calls, and handling the budget for the wellness department.
“This is my ninth year here, and my job has grown immensely since I’ve started, Castoldi said.
South and North are not the only Newton schools that have been impacted by the budget cuts. Elementary schools are also feeling the strain, as there is only one secretary per school, which generally consists of 450 to 500 students. Before the budget cuts, there were a number of building aides that were able to help out in the main office; as many of these positions were cut, however, the remaining aides must now work elsewhere in the building.
According to Lupo, the increased number of tasks per secretary is part of a steady downward trend in the past eight or nine years. Not long ago, there were 110 members in the secretaries’ union; now, they are down to 90.
“The bottom line is, we’ve been doing more with less for a long time, Lupo said. “Over the past ten years, we’re slowly being eroded¦ [but] so far we’re been able to push ourselves.
Lupo, however, sees more than stress and busyness among the impacts of budget cuts and the increased number of tasks per staff member.
“The level of the kind of service that the secretaries want to provide to people [is] being eroded, she said. “The things that I used to be able to do for people, I just can’t do anymore. People need to be able to come to a school and feel welcome, but because of the stress and work we haven’t been able to provide those nice gestures to people.

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What makes a sport a sport? http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/what-makes-a-sport-a-sport/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/09/30/what-makes-a-sport-a-sport/#comments Thu, 30 Sep 2010 07:00:03 +0000 Noah Rivkin http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4635 Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) aires a wide spectrum of events each day. NASCAR, poker, and dog shows populate the channel regularly. ESPN is notorious for its sports, so why are the aforementioned competitions on display?
There exists a gray area in the world of athletics when distinguishing between sport and not sport. South has a wide variety of teams that recieve Varsity letters.
Some teams find themselves underappreciated; a few of these sports lie in the gray area between sport and mere competition.
Survey the entire student body, and one will find 2000 unique definitions for the criteria for a sport. In fact, the answer is so different from person to person that it makes it extremely difficult to come to a conclusion on the definition of a sport.
One sophomore, for example, considers athletics as falling under a broad range of activity. “A sport is something people can play competitively, Anders Klumpp said. However, considering this definition, an intense game of Candyland should merrit a Varsity letter.
This subject comes up in argument often at South when it comes to speaking about two sports teams in particular: the Golf team and the Dance team. The debate floating around South: are golf and competitive dance sports?
Sarah Linkova, a sophomore and a member of the dance team, certainly thinks dancing is. “When people tell me that dancing isn’t a sport, I am offended because I’ve spent just as many hours practicing as any other athlete has, she said. “[Make no mistake] dancing can be a hobby, but for people like [those on dance team] it’s a sport.
According to the Athletic Department’s criteria, competitive dancing is a sport, and the members of South’s Dance team receive Varsity letters.
Klumpp also defended his sport, golf, saying, “When people tell me golf isn’t a sport I just disagree because it’s still competition and that’s sport enough for me.
Even though some students not with these squads believe that golf and dance are sports, they find that student support is unrelated to what is and is not an athletic activity.
“If someone asked me to come with them to a golf match I wouldn’t go because I’m not that interested in golf, junior David Wortham said. “As a sport, it just isn’t that exciting to watch. I mean I want them to do well, but I’d much rather spend my time following the football team or the soccer team.
Sophomore Jessie Rosen had a different opinion about why select sports do not benefit from fan popularity. “I [generally] tend not to care about other sports teams unless I’m on them, she said.
Yet, Rosen admitted that her approach to supporting her school teams was a little bit unfair. “Being an athlete is hard. At the end of the day some people put in the same amount of work and don’t get the same amount of recognition in return and [athletics] just shouldn’t be judged that way, she added.
When asked if the lack of interest in his sport affected his approach to his game, sophomore and Golf team member Zach Carney responded, “Of course not. We won the Dual County League [championships] last year. We have the best Golf program in the state, so who cares what other people say?
Dance team member and sophomore Sammy Boucher had a similar approach. “When people say things like dancing isn’t a sport it makes us even more determined to show them that we work really hard and practice just as hard as [other athletes], she said. “If anything it gives us a boost to do better.
Linkova agreed: “We have practice every day just like any other sport, and for competitions we have to do really well so that everyone who says that dancing isn’t a sport can be shown that we’re not just hopping around.
In short, whether dance or golf is a sport or not, one must at least acknowledge the effort that both teams put into their game.

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Sophomores step up to the plate http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/06/10/sophomores-step-up-to-the-plate/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/06/10/sophomores-step-up-to-the-plate/#comments Thu, 10 Jun 2010 06:04:27 +0000 Mike Berman http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4593 There is something very unusual about the Boy’s Varsity Baseball team. It doesn’t happen very often that two underclassmen play for a team on any Varsity level, but Newton South can argue on the contrary. Sophomores Reed May and John Jennings are both on the Boy’s Varsity Baseball team this year.

Reed May, who has been on the team since his freshman year, remembers how it was in the beginning. “At first, being on the team as a freshman was really awkward and sometimes I would feel a little bit intimidated by the older players, but after the first practice, it was fine because it didn’t matter how old people were, we were just there to play baseball, May said.

Now, both sophomores, the two players have been more than ready to take the next step up and play competitively with the Varsity team.

“Only being a sophomore, I can look up to the older [players] and learn from them. It’s an overall great experience, Jennings said. The two players, even though on a team full of older kids, have benefited greatly from each other’s presence. “Having another underclassman on the team [resulted in] a whole new comfort level, May said.

Another thing that the two underclassmen benefit from is their long friendship from playing together over the years. “Having Reed is a luxury because we are good friends on and off the field, Jennings said.

On the darker side of things, being a younger player on the team leads some to question their abilities. “In my opinion, my hard work and years of experience have made me good enough [to play with older kids]. My best skills would be my fielding along with my arm strength and contact at the plate, May said. May led the team in games played (20), lack of strikeouts (four), hit by pitches (four), sacrifices (five), and assists (49). May was also in the top three team leaders in triples (one).

Jennings is more of a hitting specialist. “My best skill would be hitting. This is what really makes me a good baseball player. During the offseason I try to hit at least three times a week, Jennings said. This season, he led the team in games played (20), singles (20), and fielding percentage (a perfect 1.000).

He also was in the top three team leaders in hits (second on the team), doubles (second on the team), homeruns (he was one of two players with a homerun), total bases (second on the team), strikeouts (second least on the team), defensive putouts (second on the team), batting average (second on the team), on base percentage (second on the team), slugging percentage (second on the team), and was the only player to play 15 or more games without making an error.

Some of the upperclassmen on the baseball team have also taken notice of their hard work. “They both work diligently on and off the field, senior Sam Hyun said. “Newton South is very lucky to have two players of their caliber on and off the field. The value of having young players playing at such high quality will be priceless to future Newton South teams along the road. “Reed’s defense at third base was invaluable. He made spectacular play after spectacular play. He was our most consistent fielder all season long and he saved my mistakes on more than one occasion, Hyun said. “Johnny hit over .400 and has a very strong chance at being a DCL All-Star. He has maturity at the plate, and in some cases, has more maturity than any other starter for any other team I have played for.

Even though May and Jennings were very talented, it hasn’t always been easy for upperclassmen to have the younger kids around.

“I find it humbling, being a senior on the team and [having] two sophomores on the team. Hyun said. However, now he enjoys having them around. “I can relate to them because we all started as sophomores on Newton South’s team. What is even more impressive is the fact that these two are starting on a tournament bound team, Hyun said.

When asked how they see the next two years playing out in terms of their baseball career at South, both sophomores remain optimistic and humble. “I anticipate that for the next two years at South, just like this one, we will make the tournament. I know that there are some seriously talented underclassmen that will be able to step up and make the adjustment to playing on Varsity, May said. “I see the next few years at South as a time to get better and to make it to the tournament. Jennings said.

These two sophomores show tremendous talent, and with that talent, they could do tremendous things when they step up to bat for South.

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Lacrosse shoots for dominant defense http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/05/21/lacrosse-shoots-for-dominant-defense/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/05/21/lacrosse-shoots-for-dominant-defense/#comments Fri, 21 May 2010 06:04:51 +0000 Noah Rivkin http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4313 The Girls’ Lacrosse team has experienced improvements fueled by consistent play from its defensive front. This defense, the team hopes, can help improve both its record and its reputation among South students.

“We have a really, really good defense, and our goalies are amazing, [but] sometimes we don’t get enough shots on net, freshman Kayla Kee said.

Sophomore Michaela O’Flaherty’s presence in net bolsters the team’s defense, as she makes multiple saves each game. While her play has influenced the outcome of games this season, O’Flaherty seems to be an integral piece of the team’s future.

“She’s only a sophomore, so we’re going to have her around for a little while, freshman Charlotte Levine said.

The defense playing in front of O’Flaherty has thrived from a new, more aggressive mentality. According to senior Karina Berenbaum, the style, combined with an emphasis on staying with the opposing offenders, has greatly affected the team’s defensive performance.

A strong defense has helped neutralize a struggling Lion’s offense. While the defense has been proving its worth by preventing goals, it has struggled to relay the ball back to the offenders. A smooth transition between the two phases is critical to the development of a dynamic offense.

Overall, the Lacrosse team has seen some improvements from the last few years. “We actually aren’t doing too badly this year, senior and captain Estie Martin said. “We’ve been working all season. The increase in success puts the program in the right direction, as the team has proven it can overcome the departure of last season’s graduates.

“The girls are definitely doing better than expected this year. They lost some good players to graduation, Athletic Director Scott Perrin said.

Much of the unexpected success comes from the progress and good performance of Kee, Levine, and classmate Emily Caggiano. These freshmen have proved themselves to be qualified replacements for the graduated lacrosse players of last year’s team.

The Lions must also address a lack of urgency on both sides of the ball in the first half. A tendency to falter early in games often puts the team in situations difficult to overcome. By elimnating the lack of readiness in the first half, the team would legitimately increase its chances of winning.

In a loss against Arlington High School, South surrendered six goals in early in the game. The Lions fought back in the second half, scoring four goals to make the margin respectable.

“A [big problem] is that we are a second half team, where it takes until the second half to warm up and really get into our A-game, Martin said.

A full, two-half performance could potentially be the difference between a sub-.500 winning percentage and a playoff contender.

Another way in which the Lacrosse team aims to improve will be by attempting to make a new reputation for itself this season and for years to come.

“We’re working to get rid of the kind of label that the Girls’ Lacrosse team usually carries. We work really, really hard in practice and we really care about the sport; I think we’d love for more people to come out and support [us], Martin said.

If the team can improve getting up the field, and getting shots and pressure on the opposing team’s goalie, they should be in good condition to compete with the best.

Already, these improvements seem to be presenting themselves and coming into place on the team.

The Girl’s Lacrosse team started off the season not really even knowing where they would be or how many games they could win, and have ended up with three wins.

“Yeah, we’re pretty good, Levine said.

The conscious effort to improve the defense and to make the first half of the game stronger should nicely supplement the already strong goalies and defensive skill that the team has brought to the table this season.

Overall, the Girls’ Lacrosse team looks like it could be a major competitive threat in the Dual County League with a suffocating defense and a will to compete.

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Movie Review: The Clash of the Titans http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/04/14/movie-review-the-clash-of-the-titans/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/04/14/movie-review-the-clash-of-the-titans/#comments Wed, 14 Apr 2010 05:25:17 +0000 Noah Rivkin http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=4111 It sure wasn’t supposed to come off this way, but ladies and gentlemen, we may just have the next great comedy of all time.

The Clash of The Titans employs almost everything needed to be a successful action movie: big set pieces, expensive looking animation, and of course, Sam Worthington’€hot off of his success from that obscure art house movie with blue people.

The story begins on a fishing boat with a mother, a father, and their newborn son who conveniently turns into Sam Worthington’€I mean Perseus.

In mere minutes, the parents are killed, and Worthington’€I mean Perseus’€is left by himself to travel to the city of Argos, where the citizens are fed up with the gods, and continually try to anger them by desecrating various statues.

Not surprisingly, this angers the gods on Mount Olympus, and they all confer about what to do. They aren’t able to decide until Hades pops up (not joking here, he literally pops up), and tells Zeus he would like to “be let loose on them.
The gods agree and send Hades to Argos. Once in Argos, Hades goes to the King’s palace, where Perseus is staying, and tells them that in ten days, Hades will release the Kraken on the city’€unless they sacrifice the Princess to the gods.

He also mentions that Perseus is the son of Zeus, making him the hottest commodity since silly putty.

The cities assemble a band of soldiers to get various weapons to kill the Kraken, and consequently set up the tension.

Sound good? I thought so, too! And it was, until the movie started.

The ridiculous sets and costumes made me wonder if one of the designers let his kid take the reigns on this project.

Zeus’ coat of armor was so shiny that the glint of the mettle permanently damaged my vision.

The inside of the palace at Argos is the most unconvincingly painted interior there ever was.

As if the movie couldn’t already be any worse, the action sequences and animation were also sub-par. Every action scene ended up turning into an incomprehensible blur.

The monsters employed throughout include giant scorpions, a Medusa and the Kraken.

Not one of these monsters was convincing’€let alone scary.

The only commendable elements of the movie were Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.

Neeson has the right cockiness and charisma to be a convincing Zeus.

Fiennes hits all the right notes with his muffled and subdued rendering of the master of the Underworld.

What bothered me about these two actors, however, was this nagging question: after collaborating on Schindler’s List, why would these two choose to work together again on this film?

My final complaints involve Worthington. Ah, Worthington: the newly christened action king.

I did like him in Avatar, but Clash made me ask myself whether his role as a blue alien made him a better actor.

In Clash, he played a wooden and unconvincing Perseus, which makes me worry that Hollywood has accepted him as the “next big thing way too soon.

Rest assured, I did laugh a whole lot at this movie. By no means, however, is this a good film.

Was it a waste of the $11.50 that I spent on the ticket? Maybe, but it’s simply too ridiculously funny to pass up.

As a friend of mine put it, “This movie is just as funny as The Hangover, but The Hangover had better action scenes.

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Underclassmen lift Ski team to State competition http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/03/24/underclassmen-lift-ski-team-to-state-competition/ http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/03/24/underclassmen-lift-ski-team-to-state-competition/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 08:57:44 +0000 Noah Rivkin http://www.denebolaonline.net/?p=3880 The Ski team is on the rise after a successful season on the slopes.

After five Dual County League meets, the Ski team sent three skiers, two from the Boys’ team and one from the Girls’ team, to the State Meet on March 3.

In order to qualify for the State meet, a skier has to rank within the top 15 skiers in the league. Placing twelfth and thirteenth respectively, sophomore Jonah Seifer and freshmen Josh Sapers both qualified for the States.

This accomplishment is a very important milestone for a Ski program on the rise.

Last year, only two skiers, graduates Ben Seifer and Alex Waltz, qualified for States. Three members of the 2010 squad participated in the competition.

Freshman Suzy Landon, who had never skied for a scholastic team, will be a vital piece of the Ski program for the next four years.

If there is anything more remarkable than South sending three skiers to the State meet, it would be that out of those three, two of them are freshman.

Both freshmen, Landon and Sapers, have impressed many by qualifying in their freshmen year. Most will agree that this is not an easy feat for an athlete at any age.

Since they are both freshmen, they benefited from each other, by motiviating and inspiring each other while in preparation for the big meet.

“It helped when you had someone who was your age skiing and practicing with you, Landon said.

The effects of having underclassmen qualify for prestigious competitions such as States has changed the way the coaches focus on their skiers.

“Since the underclassmen have started to greatly achieve, the [coach's] focus is on the newer racers, freshman Ali Rozenswieg said.

However, just because the focus falls more heavily on the younger skiers does not mean that the upperclassmen skiers did not succeed.

The accomplishments of this year’s Ski team came as a surprise and showed unexpected growth in comparison to last year’s team.

The developments of Seifer, Landon and Saper should help the team experience continued success in the future.

As they get new skiers, these growing athletes will have the expertise to help them improve.

The Ski Team has created a new name for itself among the many competitive sports at the school.

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