Congress Members Come to HHS to Introduce Lead Free Schools Act

By Breeya Gandy 

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer, and other officials came to HHS on June 5th to propose a bill he called the  “Get Lead Out of Our Schools” act.

Booker emulated dedication to children and their safety nationwide. “This should be done together,” Booker stated, urging Congress to finance removing lead from our schools’ water supply.

“Access to clean healthy water is a fundamental right,” Booker said, admitting also to being disheartened that a blind eye has been turned to this situation.

He said that it was made very clear to him that there is work to be done and loopholes to be closed to ensure healthy fresh water in all school systems.

Booker chose HHS for his announcement because our school was proactive in checking for potential lead in our water and switching out a few water fountains to ensure our students are safe.

 

 

Opinion: Water Contamination Warrants Our Attention

By Aisha Khalid 

On Monday June 5th, Senator Cory Booker, with U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, and other officials, has announced he will introduce a bill to improve efforts to take the lead out of water, providing cleaner and purer water fountains in all New Jersey schools.

Mr. Booker’s decision to do this is fantastic because it shows that he cares about the health of children. It was imperative that steps should be taken because the water fountains at many schools in New Jersey are contaminated with lead.

Due to the presence of lead in water, many children have to face health related issues and diseases. Lead poisoning is a serious ailment because it can cause developmental delay, learning difficulties, irritability, loss of appetite, weight loss, sluggishness and fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, hearing loss, and seizures. Lead pipes, brass plumbing fixtures, and copper pipes soldered with lead can release lead particles into tap water which can cause these many problems. Due to these reasons, it is great that Mr. Booker is taking measures to stop this and spark change.

Since HHS already changed all of its water fountains, Mr. Booker used our school as an example of progress and change in offering students with a healthier and cleaner water supply. At our school, the benefits of the new water fountains are many. The new fountains have an aesthetically appealing design and provide strong encouragement for students to drink water regularly at the school. The result is that the students will stay hydrated and hopefully develop a lifelong habit of drinking water and less sweetened beverages.

It would be great if the government can provide cleaner drinking water to its students. Providing water stations that dispense cold, fresh, and filtered water that can quickly fill a cup or a reusable of safe drinking water bottle would be significant progress.  Such an effort would enhance and improve schools, keep students safer, and should be seen by all as a worthwhile investment.

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Sen. Booker with HHS staff and Journalism students at HHS bill introduction event.

Booker Visits HHS, Fights for Clean Water

By Hope Ortiz

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U.S Congressman Cory Booker visited Hackensack High School to announce new legislation ensuring safe drinking water in schools. Front row, left to right: Hackensack Principal Montesano, students Breeya Gandy, Kimberly Pena, Hope Ortiz, Lindy Duncan, Aisha Khalid, and Assistant Principal Lozano. Back, left to right: student Joshua Phillips and Booker. 

Model UN Hosts HackMUNC

By Aisha Khalid 

Model UN, the newly introduced club at HHS, hosted its first HackMUNC roundtable conference on Saturday, April 22nd from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM.

Students from Hackensack, Newark, and Englewood all gathered on this day which they had been prepping to do for at least a month.

The students were delegates representing various countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, Brazil, Angola, Iran, Israel, Japan, and so many more.

The delegates discussed some highly debated and current problems in the world such as the Zika Virus/ Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Biological Warfare.

The roundtables were run by the roundtable presidents who were Joshua Phillips and Karim Jassim.

HackMUNC was a major success and it could not have been done without the help of the committed students of Model UN and also the hard work of the advisors who are Ms. Durso and Mrs. Curreri.

HackMUNC demonstrated the fun and the exhilaration that the students had and it also created a better feel and understanding for those students who want to pursue a career in world and foreign affairs.  

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HHS 2017 Art Show

By Lindsay Pacheco

On Wednesday, May 10th, HHS held our annual art show in the east wing gym. The artwork shown was made by HHS students from grades 10-12 in art and photography classes. These students have worked hard since September to showcase their artwork to faculty, friends and family.

By utilizing gym mats is a unique way, the art teachers were able to significantly expand the display space, improving the show’s capabilities.

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This Month’s Video Game Releases: Featuring Injustice 2, Fire Emblem Echoes, and Battalion 1944

By Jessica Williams

The fifth wave of video game releases is quickly approaching. Here are some of the games being released for this month. The dates, names, and consoles they are available on, are as follows:

May 5th- Prey, PC-PS4-Xbox1

May 9th- LocoRoco Remastered, PS4

May 11th- Minecraft, Nintendo Switch

May 16th- Injustice 2, PS4, Xbox1

   –Farpoint, PSVR

   -The Surge, PC, PS4, Xbox1

May 19th- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, 3DS

May 23rd- Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, WiiU

May 30th- Star Trek: Bridge Crew, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PSVR

TBA- Battalion 1944, PC, PS4, Xbox1

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Injustice 2 is a fighting-style video game featuring heroes and villains from DC comics. It is developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive, who also developed and published fighting games in the Mortal Kombat series.

It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Injustice: Gods Among Us game. Not surprisingly, the second installment is just as well received by critics and fans alike for its incredible special moves and compelling story mode.

The character roster was said to have 31 playable fighters, and the newer features of the game includes costume and gear customization, new RPG elements, and an entirely new storyline.

Injustice 2 is set to release for PS4 and Xbox1 on May 16th, 2017.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a tactical role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems, and published by Nintendo. The video game is an entire remake of the 1992 game Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second entry of the Fire Emblem series developed by Famicom.

The game carries mechanics from the original Fire Emblem Gaiden game, while also expanding on the current story and gameplay from the recent installments in the series.

The story follows two childhood friends named Alm and Cecilia who fight on opposite sides of a war taking place in the land of Valentia. Players can command either of the armies on a Normal or Hard difficulty setting, in which both modes can determine the fate of the characters that are defeated in battle.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is set to release on May 19th, 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS.

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Battalion: 1944 is a first-person-shooter developed by Bulkhead Studios, and published by Square Enix. It is the first game to be developed by the newly formed Bulkhead Studios, which is a British-based developer located in Derby, U.K. It was established after two companies named Deco Digital and Bevel Studios merged together.

The WWII-based shooter was first announced as a Kickstarter campaign in February 2016, and was successfully funded in under three days. It will run on the Unreal Engine 4, and will have multiplayer servers that make use of certain anti-cheat measures. The game is based heavily on skill, and the developers stated that any unlockables will not boost the stats of other players.

The game will feature infantry-based fighting in real world locations, such as the streets of Carentan in France and the Bastogne forests in Belgium. Additionally, players will be able to compete season to season in the global competition system named BattleRank. Doing so would also allow players to unlock cosmetics for their soldiers, including their weapons and gadgets.

Battalion: 1944 is set to release some time this May for PC, PS4, and Xbox1.