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Student political activism heats up

By Ariel Rivkin | Published: November 2010
Politics. It is not a word that excites many of today's young adults, especially judging by the tiny 18 percent young voter turnout in the recent midterm elections. But for some of South's current and recently graduated students, politics is not just exciting; it is a passion. While many teenagers relaxed poolside and spent time with friends during the summer, senior David Altman was waking up early, putting on a shirt ...

Under the radar, the speech and debate team overachieves

By Courtney Foster | Published: November 2010
Even the least athletic students at South are well informed about the records of our sports teams. A person wondering how our Girls' Volleyball team is doing this season would quickly be told that they made it to the playoffs. Why are there suddenly so many boys mimicking Eminem's platinum- blond dyed hair? That, as anyone could tell you, is an annual cross-country team spirit tradition. However, there ...

A good sign for students

By Josh Nislick | Published: November 2010
Room 6116 is silent, but class is in full swing. Students communicate by flashing hand signals across the room; there is not the slightest trace of sound. It is in this sanctuary that Peter Hershon, born deaf, teaches his students sign language. It is Hershon's first year teaching at South, but he has already made an impact on the school. Though he is a skilled signer now, Hershon was not always ...

Stalking leads student to glow with GloZell

By Jenny Gerstner | Published: November 2010
Sophomore Annie O'Brien will always remember October 23 as the day that she met one of her biggest role models. Rather than an athlete, politician, or celebrity, though, O'Brien waited anxiously to meet GloZell, the YouTube sensation made famous by her video entitled, “My Push-Up Bra Will Help Me Get My Man. The video, a minor Internet sensation which has received over 7.5 million views on YouTube, features GloZell as ...
The one and only thing I associated with Thanksgiving before coming to the United States from Germany and England was Black Friday. Although I'd heard of the infamous 'Ëœturkey day,' I had no idea why it was celebrated. All I knew was that it somehow involved absurd discounts that people all the way from Europe flew to the US in order to shop. After moving to the states, I quickly ...
The main reason why I love the American nation is because of the blessed Thanksgiving vacation. Not because it is a break from our grueling education, but simply for the feast that comes at its initiation. I wait 364 days in undying anticipation for that one single meal, an unparalleled creation. You may think that this is a dramatization, but I promise it is no falsification. In order to bring ...
“At first, I saw mountains as mountains and rivers as rivers. Then, I saw mountains were not mountains and rivers were not rivers. Finally, I see mountains again as mountains, and rivers again as rivers. Dear freshmen, this quotation outlines the next four years of your lives. As you enter South, you see with your eyes, but your eyes are about to be cut and then handed back to you a ...

Page in honor of Adam London gains state-wide support

By Ariel Rivkin | Published: October 2010
It has been over a month since the Newton community lost Adam London in a tragic car accident. The effects of his death, however, have left lasting impressions not only on students in the South community, but also on students all over Massachusetts. Nearly three thousand people have shown their support by liking the “A Promise to Adam page on Facebook. The page was created to spread awareness quickly in an ...

Students reflect on the transitions between each grade

By Courtney Foster | Published: October 2010
As a relaxing summer comes to a close, just hearing the words “back to school will turn any sun-kissed teen into a nervous wreck. Why? Whether it be a stressed freshman or an eager senior, the transition from one grade to another is tough for all students. Over a course of only four years, each year of high school is dramatically different from the previous one. Freshmen generally have the most trouble ...

Faculty Focus: Michael Kennedy

By Ariel Rivkin | Published: October 2010
Questions about college? Before opening another one of Fiske's guides or running to your guidance counselor for the umpteenth time, consider speaking with English teacher Michael Kennedy, who has experience with some of the nation's best universities. Notre Dame? Check. MIT? Check. Tufts and Harvard? Got it. You might be wondering if this is the same Mr.Kennedy who was your hardest English teacher ever, and the answer is yes. But ...

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