Monthly Archives: September 2010

Who Took the Pep out of PEP-Rally!

by Marisa Kaplita

The new school year has begun and we kicked it off great; our new freshmen came in, we started all our new fall sports, and we even dedicated our student center to Dr. Higgins.  However, we also started the year off with another uneventful pep-rally.

A few of the teams actually did do a good job, but most of them just did the usual calling off of the names.  .  One student even said, “The sportsmanship was good, everybody clapped, but nobody did anything.”

The truth of it is that most of us, high-school students have short attention spans and we need to be entertained, especially if we’re going to be kept in a room for a half hour.

I know that the pep-rallies have been resisted, but I think it’s time for the school administration to allow us more freedom; and we as students need to respect that freedom.  I truly believe that the BHS community has the ability to put the pep back into PEP-rallies!  So, let’s all step it up this winter for the next pep-rally and do something that’s fun and gets the school pumped up and excited for all the upcoming sport’s games.

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Freshman of 2010

by Megan Gilstrap

Remember right before you left the middle school, and you were an 8th grader and you felt like you were on top of the “School chain”. Well that’s not how it was when you became a freshman the year after that. The new freshmen class knows how it feels to be on the bottom of the “school chain”. It’s hard to be a freshman; not knowing where their classes are, which friends have 1st or 2nd lunch, forgetting their  combination to their locker or worried about how their classes will go and how the teachers will be.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors know how it felt and now our new freshman class does too. But how would we know what they think of the school and how THEY feel now? So, I went and asked some “Anonymous” freshmen what they were thinking when they came here and how they felt.

One freshmen said “When I first came here I was so nervous that I would lose my way trying to find [the] classes and I would get a detention” another one said “It felt like 5th grade all over again, just different people and place.” Also some even confessed “I like this school I think its cooler, [that] we get more freedom”, another freshmen said “I can’t wait to know where everything is so next year I can help the new freshmen class.”

Now being a senior in Branford high I look back at how I used to be a freshman and how I felt.  I think that we all felt the same when we first got here. Now we feel like we can take on the world and soon enough we will.  So here’s some advice from a fellow senior “you want to use your time VERY wisely whether it be deciding what your plans are for the weekend or what you plan will be when you’re out of high school.” I miss being a freshman; however I’ll be one again in college.  For most seniors the feeling of being a freshman will soon come back to them.

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“Fashion Fashion: Read All About It”

by Jennifer J. Miller

It is that time of year again when the leaves are changing color and falling onto the ground: alarming everyone that fall is beginning its session. Now that the trees are changing, fashion is adjusting as well. It is time to put away the shorts, tanks and flip flops and change into something a little warmer.

Although last season was all about skinny jeans, fashion has taken a drastic change. Bell bottoms are coming back in this season. Stylists suggest that the jeans are worn at a reasonable length: not too long that they drag on the ground but cover a decent amount of the shoe.

And no woman can leave the house this fall without accessories, rumor has it that big bags are still in. Any shade of purple or metallic will do. Feel free to switch the style up a bit and not keep the exact shape continuous throughout any outfit.

Not into handbags? That’s okay. Hair accessories are also in high demand this season. Play around with different accessories. They are what make the outfit. One student who wished to stay anonyms stated “I cannot wait to pair up my jeans with a fabulous pair a shoes and go heavy with gold accents. Nothing screams fall like bold colors and fun accessories.”

One thing to keep in mind is that dark purple is the color of the season. So, a word to the wise – do NOT be caught without it! Go bold with accessories and colors. This season, nothing is too bold!

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