Immigration Interview

By Hope Ortiz and Lindsay Pacheco

Currently, there has been a lot of concern due increased enforcement of deportation policies, making both naturalized citizens and illegal immigrants feel much more stressed and hopeless. However, there are many resources out there that provide reassurance.

Here are some resources that can help: (can be found on

Insure Kids Now

  • 1-877-543-7669 (1-877-KIDS-NOW)
  • Insure Kids Now offers bilingual information about the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and links to each state’s child and adolescent health insurance program Web site
  • National Hispanic Family Health Help Line, “Su Familia”
  • 1-866-783-2645 (1-866-Su-Familia)
  • Su Familia offers Hispanic consumers free and reliable health information to help prevent and manage chronic conditions. They maintain a nationwide database to refer callers to local health care providers and federally supported health programs.
  • Wind of the Spirit
  • 120 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960
  • (973) 538-2035
  • Interfaith organization that strives to raise awareness about immigration issues; promotes civic participation; provides information and legal assistance in the areas of wages, health care, taxes, and immigration; advocates on behalf of the immigrant community; offers training in tenants’ rights and labor law, citizenship classes, and ESL/SSL classes.
  • Hispanic Multi-Purpose Services Center
  • 911 East 23rd Street, Paterson, NJ 07504
  • (973) 684-3320
  • Relocation assistance, transitional shelter, housing, education, and employment services. There are also two other organizations at this location: Mi Casa es Su Casa (973-345-4300), a long-term care facility for seniors and disabled, and the Paterson International Preschool (973-279-9860).
  • Save Latin America
  • 138 39th Street, Union City, NJ 07087
  • (201) 271-7474
  • Focus is on education, access, and awareness. The Community Resource Center (CRC) assists Hispanics with health services, educational and employment resources, economic and business development, and politics and government. Other activities are geared towards keeping youth in school and raising awareness of certain health issues.
  • Servicios Latinos de Burlington County
  • 1 High Street, Mount Holly, NJ 08060
  • (609) 518-7171
  • Provides translation and interpretation, ESL classes, referrals to social services agencies, employment information, assistance with resume writing and computers, information on health and housing resources, child safety education, and basic immigration assistance.

Additionally, there are many other outside resources that provide hope and reassurance, such as Diana Bermudez, a Parent Outreach Coordinator here in Bergen County.  “I help parents and students, we help undocumented students,” she said. “We help parents as much as we can because of the language barrier and the lack of education they have completed. In this office we want to create awareness.”






















2017 Summer Playlist

By Damani Eason

With the summer fastly approaching sooner than you think (the official day of Summer is June 20), it’s time to create a list of songs that can be played and enjoyed at the beach, at a pool party, a barbecue or even when you’re just hanging out with your friends making s’mores. Below is going to be a list of 4 songs descriptions that are perfect for the occasions listed above.

  1. “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj. “Swish Swish” by Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj is a good song for the summer activities listed above because of its infectious beat which featuring a chorus that says “Swish, Swish, bish /Another in the basket /Can’t touch this / Another one in the casket”. The song its makes several references to the sport of basketball. The song overall just gives off a good vibe that can be contagious amongst others.
  2. “Passionfruit” by Drake. “Passionfruit” by Drake is another song that belongs on this playlist because the song it just gives off very chill and relaxed vibes that are much needed when you’re making s’mores with friends or even with family. “Passionfruit” is off of Drake’s latest playlist called ‘More Life’. The main chorus of the song is “Passionate from mile aways / Passive with things you say/Passin’ up on my old ways”.
  3. “Lost In Your Lights” by Dua Lipa featuring Miguel. “Lost In Your Lights” by Dua Lipa featuring Miguel fits the theme of having a summer romance throughout the summer. The song is featured on Dua Lipa’s debut album titled Dua Lipa. The pre-chorus of the song is “Hold me / Trust me / Let me ride in your love all night, babe / Hold me, touch me, / I wanna die in your love all night babe.” The song fits the theme for people wanting to fall in love with someone over the summer break.
  4. “I’m the one” by Dj Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne. The song “I’m the One” is featured on Dj Khaled’s 10th studio album titled, “Grateful”. The song itself has a has a very relaxing yet fun beat to bop your head along to. This would be one of the best song to play when your friends are in pool playing volleyball or one of your parents is cooking food on the grill.

Above is a list of 4 songs that I feel are good for summer activities of this upcoming summer. Since everyone enjoys a different type of music, everyone’s list may or may not include different songs. It would actually be a good idea to state what you feel is the new hits for the summer.

Things to do in NYC

By Eileen Matias 

Getting out of school for summer vacation is always exciting; however, doing the same thing everyday can also get boring. New York City is always a fun and adventurous spot, whether it be during the winter, fall, or spring, this place always has something to offer. This summer you can make New York City your destination spot for all your summer activities. From museums to food, New York has a lot to offer. These are four spots should definitely be on your summer bucket list.

  1. New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a destination for many tourist and New Yorkers alike. Its exhibits vary from Frida Kahlo paintings to Chihuly sculptures, and its landscape is breathtaking. To get away from both Hackensack suburbs and the busy city life, the NYBG is the spot to hit. Enjoying a nice picnic on the fields or enjoying one of the many food trucks available are just some ways to take advantage of the serene gardens. Coming here will definitely be an experience you’d never forget.



2. Visit the High Line

The High Line is a new park in New York City that got its name by residing above city streets. Different from the average park, the High Line was originally train tracks that were converted into this unordinary park. Full of abstract art and beautiful views of the skyline, the High Line should be on every Hackensack High School student’s bucket list this summer. Not only is the High Line a beautiful and peaceful place to take a stroll, but there are also many activities that take place at this park, from learning Tai Chi to stargazing, high school students will never get bored while at the High Line.

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3. Go to Eileen’s Cheesecake

When you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, Eileen’s Special Cheesecake is the place to go. Classic New York Cheesecake to cheesecakes with original twists, this cheesecake spot should be at the top of your to do list when you go to New York. HHS students should take advantage of New York’s top food spots, starting with  Eileen’s Special Cheesecake.

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4. Eat at The Breakroom

If you are looking for something a little more savory, the Breakroom is the way to go. Hidden in the streets of Chinatown, this restaurant has true star quality. Visited by the likes of DJ Khalid,  HHS students should definitely have a great time trying its juicy burgers and tasty jalapeno fries. Although it only looks like a crack in the wall, this tiny restaurant has a lot of flavor to offer.

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Overall, summer is what you make of it. If you do not take advantage of the opportunities for adventure that surround you, it is easy to become bored by the repetitive days that continue to pass. However, this summer, HHS students should make it their mission to step outside of the comfort of Hackensack and experience new and adventurous things.

Graduation Cap Ideas

By Michelle Steidle 

With graduation only a few weeks away many of my fellow seniors may be thinking “how will I decorate my cap?” Each person has a unique personality that should show in their cap. The fun project celebrating the anticipation of graduation shouldn’t be be stressful although it’s understandable that ideas might not always come so easy.  

To help get those creative juices flowing you can go in pinterest or google an idea or theme you think would be cool. Caps can be funny, motivational, bittersweet, or over the top. If you’re like me and enjoy finding humor in everything, a pun is always good to use! Some examples would be “Thanks mom and dad and coffee”, “goodbye everyone. I’ll remember you all in therapy!”(plankton from spongebob quote), “Ravioli ravioli give me my diplomioli”(another spongebob refrence), “I did my waiting. 12 years of it. In public school!”(Harry Potter reference), and for those of you who maybe don’t have everything figured out, there’s cap ideas for that too! Like the left shark themed cap below. For those who want to go the sweet, more meaningful cap decor then you could do “Oh the places I’ll go”, something about a new adventure, or just the simple “I did it”

At this point, you might be thinking, “I’m not creative”, “I can’t do that”. Cap decor is something you do for yourself and anyone can do it. Just stop for supplies at ACMoore, Michaels, even the dollar store for supplies. You might be able to find a kit at the craft store or supplies for a steal. Cap decor can take you one might total, and you can turn it into a fun night with your friends! You’ll be able to help and inspire one another

Hopefully you now have some idea of where you wanna go with your cap. Remember, each cap is unique and represents you and your experiences, it’s a rite of passage that each senior is awarded for their hard work. So, go and create something amazing! Cap decoration is a fun experience so do it with your friends! Make a group theme or go solo! Whatever you decide to do own it!


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Summer Game Lineup: Featuring Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Splatoon 2, and Middle Earth: Shadow of War

By Jessica Williams

School’s almost out for the summer, which means that you’ll have all the time you need to grind for the lootboxes you couldn’t get over the school year. Here’s the lineup for June, July, and August:

June Releases::

June 2nd: Tekken 7, PC, PS4, XB1

June 6th: Dirt 4, PC PS4 XB1

  • Wipeout: Omega Collection, PS4

June 13th: Cars 3: Driven to Win, PS4, PS3, XB1, XB360, NS, WiiU

June 20th: Final Fantasy XIV: StormBlood, PC, PS4

June 23rd: Get Even, PC, PS4, XB1

June 27th: RPG Maker Fes (North American Release), 3DS

June 30th: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, PS4

July Releases:

July 7th: Accel World VS. Sword Art Online, PS4, PSVita

July 11th: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, PS4

July 21st: Splatoon 2, NS

July 28th: Hey! Pikmin, 3DS

July 29th: Dragon Quest X, 3DS, PS4

August Releases:  

August 15th: Agents of Mayhem, PC, PS4, XB1

August 22nd: Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, PC, PS4, XB1

  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, PS4

August 25th: Madden NFL ‘18, PS4, XB1

  • One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe Edition, PS4, PC

August 29th: Absolver, PC, PS4, XB1

After 21 years since its initial release on the original Playstation console, Crash Bandicoot is back and better than ever on Playstation 4.

Crash Bandicoot was originally a platforming game released in September 1996, and was developed by Naughty Dog, who are also the developers of the Jak and Daxter games as well as the current Uncharted series. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was made from the ground-up by Vicarious Visions, and is published by Activision.

The N. Sane Trilogy takes players back in time to the original Crash series for the Playstation one. The game includes remasters of Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back, and Warped.

The games will be almost exactly like the fan-favorites in terms of gameplay, as players will be smashing boxes, collecting Wumpa fruits, and defeating enemies in a series of spinning and jumping moves. Newer features include unified checkpoints, manual and automatic saving, and HD 4K resolution and remastered audio.

Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy is set to release for the Playstation 4 on June 30th, 2017.  

Nintendo’s hit 2015 Wii U title Splatoon makes a comeback in the sequel, Splatoon 2 for the Nintendo Switch.

Splatoon 2 is a colorful third-person-shooter developed and published by Nintendo. Players can team up with up to four Inklings to attack their opponents with colored ink for online or local multiplayer fun. In addition to the old abilities, such as having Inklings swim in their own colored ink in Squid form, Spatoon 2 features new standard, sub, and special weapons to equip and unlock.

The game will also have another story mode, which continues from prologues that were released on the official Splatoon website that tells of what happened in between the two videogames. The single-player mode tells of the story between the two Squid Sisters, Callie and Marie. After her sister Callie went missing, Marie took it upon herself to find an Inkling recruit to complete a series of missions to find out where her sister might be.

Splatoon 2 is set to release for the Nintendo Switch on July 21st, 2017.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor game released in 2014. It is an open world action-adventure game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

The story takes place between the times of the events during The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The story takes a lot of inspiration from the said movies, and will continue off from the first game with the account of Talion, a ranger who shares a body with the ghost of an elf lord named Celebrimbor.

The game will have more RPG elements to its gameplay, such as in the new Follower system, that affects how a character will interact with the player based on his or her actions throughout the game. The original Nemesis system from Shadow of Mordor will also make a return and play a part for the Follower system.

In terms of combat, Talion and Celebrimbor will still have the same dynamic fighting style, with Talion’s abilities to be more athletic, and Celebrimbor’s to be spirit-based energy moves.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will be released for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on August 22nd, 2017.  


Great Summer Reads

By Samantha Alicea

As summer approaches there is more time to read for leisure instead of for requirement. Here is a list of some books to check out in your spare time!

Kamikaze Boys by Jay Bell

This novel is about two boys that are outcasts that find solace in each other. Connor is a boy with a creepy scar and a bad reputation while David is relentlessly teased. The interesting pair help each other through difficult times.

Although the whole bad boy and nerd trope is often played out Kamikaze Boys adds a unique twist on the situation. The relationship build up is well done and the way Connor and

David face the hurdles that occur in their relationship just makes it stronger. The characters are very witty but not in a forced way that typically occurs in YA fiction.  Connor and David are complex characters that are easy to root for; both individually and as a couple. Kamikaze Boys is a breath of fresh air in a typically played out trope and is one of my favorite novels. I highly recommend checking this book out!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur’s debut poetry book is about love, loss and femininity that has made big waves on social media as well as being a #1 New York Time Bestseller.

Honestly, this collection of poetry is worth all of the hype that surrounds it. Rupi Kaur’s has a unique way with words that makes you feel every emotion she is trying to convey. Most of the poems also have a cute little sketch drawn by the author that goes along with the writing which really adds to the already great content. Milk and Honey is a great introduction to poetry for anybody interested. The simplicity is beautifully raw and effective in projecting pain. It is also simple to understand without being dumbed down. I highly recommend reading Rupi Kaur’s poetry and can’t wait to read more in the future

Everyday by David Levithan

This New York Times bestselling novel about a teen who wakes up in a different body everyday. The teen, who goes by A, never has any indication of who they will wake up as and has no idea how this happens. A has  learned to go unnoticed, not get attached and just get by. That is until they meet a girl that turns their world upside down.

In this novel, David Levithan started with a thought provoking concept that actually stayed interesting. Most of the time concepts that seem as out of the box as this one tend to fall flat and be predictable and the characters are predictable. In this case I couldn’t stop reading. It’s easy to genuinely care about the characters and the plot keeps you guessing. Overall, I enjoyed Everyday by David Levithan and believe you will too!

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Perks of Being a Wallflower is a bestselling novel that follows a high school freshman named Charlie who is a bit of an outcast. He is later adopted into a friend group of seniors who take him under their wing and expose him to new experiences. Chbosky makes the characters feel like lifelong friends and really captures the awkwardness and pain that comes with growing up. The format also makes the novel seem more personal due to the fact that it is set up as a series of letters to an anonymous person which makes everything seem so much more raw. There is a film adaptation of the novel with the same name starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra MIller once you finish this great read. This way you never have to say goodbye to these loveable characters.

Night  by Elie Wiesel

Night is a novel by holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel where he writes about his horrific teenage years that took place in Nazi Germany. Night offers an inside look at the daily tragedies holocaust victims experienced in Auschwitz as well as discussion of forgiveness and God.  Night is so wonderfully, to the  written, to the point where you can almost feel the pain Mr. Wiesel in these unimaginable conditions. Night is captivating and is important to read so the impact of the Holocaust is never forgotten as the years pass. I highly recommend this novel!

Outdoor Activities for Summer

By Yasmine Manansala

Summer is the time to let loose and relax. Adventuring out to new things is better than doing the same thing everyday. Even though summer can be hectic and busy, it can also be filled with fun activities. In the summer, there are many different things to do. This is the time to do things that you couldn’t do in the cold winter weather. Most activities you can do are either cheap and affordable or free. And who doesn’t like the sound of that? Here are some examples of outdoor activities for the summer.

Be active. Most summer activities involve being outdoors. The summer time is a good motivation to get out and be active. Certain things such as day hiking trips, going for walks on beautiful summer days, doing yoga in a park, swimming with friends and family, and many more help you stay fit and involved. The summer is the perfect excuse to be out in the nature and do things you can’t do in the winter.

Do affordable and free things. To celebrate the favorite season, dropping tons of money does not have to be an option. You and your family can have hours of fun without it having to cost a thing. Affordable activities you can do are taking a trip to the beach or lake, throwing a BBQ for friends and family, go on a picnic, play sports outdoors, and many more. There is nothing better than having fun and not having to blow up your pockets at the same time.

Even when you’re feeling lazy or ready to get a workout in, there’s an endless amount of activities you can experience with your loved ones. Give yourself fun things to do this summer and remember these activities. This is the time to be yourself and let loose with friends and family. Summer activities are the best activities and you can experience them with the people you love the most.

Summer Activities

By Daniella Smajlaj

Summer is the season everyone looks forward to because it’s that long period where you could just relax and do whatever satisfies you. There are so many things a person could do when it comes to being bored during summer break. An idea that comes to mind is to play a fall sport and start practicing with your team. Sports are very therapeutic and also a lot of fun because it is a physical exercise for your mind, body, and spirit. Furthermore, team sports are good for learning accountability, dedication, and leadership.

Another thing to do around the summer time is getting a job. If in need for money, a job is definitely the best option especially if you aren’t doing a sport or traveling around the world. Having a job is a lot of responsibility, however it certainly pays off as you get paid. Having a job is a good way to get work experience in which can be included on your resume and college applications.

Internships are also a good idea although, you may not always get paid. But, like a job, an internship involved working for a company or organization. Getting hired for an internship, you not only gain experience, but also learn more about careers you may be interested in. Receiving an internship that relates to a future career you’d like to have will show colleges that you have a real interest in that field.

In addition, participating in extra classes may not be the best way to spend your summer but it surely benefits your knowledge. Summer classes are usually for advancing in a particular high school class and or college prep courses. The pros to this idea is that it strengthens your transcript and helps you out for the next year when starting school.

Visiting colleges is also a must if you are a rising sophomore, junior, or senior. Start searching up colleges you might be interested in and make them your priority as you are beginning to get closer to that age. Because most college admissions are available during the summer, paying them a visit will surely impress them. Colleges track “demonstrated interest” so once you try to apply and reconnect with an admission officer, you will for sure shine better than other applicants.

Volunteering in community service is as well another great idea for a high school student if they haven’t yet so anything to do for the summer. There are plenty of opportunities to help others at rec centers, churches, day camps, and way more. Volunteering for the summer will certainly be a experience that will change you as it confirms your willingness to be a global citizen.


By Treasure Clarke

As the end of the school year approaches we never stop to realize how seniors feel about the experience. I mean they´re finally graduating from high school after four years. There´s no more high school for them; they’re about to enter the real world as adults.

At HHS, many students welcomed new learning, faced many challenges, and accomplished things that they didn’t think they could’ve achieve. To be graduating high school after all that is truly amazing.

So in tribute of that I interviewed a few seniors to get their opinions about graduation and their final year of high school. I went around asking seniors what graduation means to them. In response one said ¨a step in a new direction i’m creating¨ Breeya, a senior at HHS. She couldn’t believe that she was done with high school and because of that she’s really excited.

I think most seniors are excited that they’re done with high school but deep down secretly miss it inside. High school really does impact students lives and truly shape who they´re going to be in the future. When one asked what high school did for them Hope, a student at HHS said ¨I grown a lot and learned a lot more things about myself and became more knowledge about life in general.¨

Being a senior is culminating experience for any student. It´s the highest development for any student after the four years of experience. But no one is asking the burning question we all wanna know the answers to.

Well it goes like this how does feel to know that you actually graduated, that you accomplished goal after 4 years and got your diploma? Both seniors replied instantly. ¨It feels amazing last year I wasn’t thinking about college but now that it´s the end of senior year i could now furthered my education”- Breeya exclaimed. High school made her realize what she wanted to do out there in the world.

As for Hope it was like a dream come true. ¨It feels kind of relieving and big weight off my shoulders that I actually accomplished 4 years of high school then I’m moving on to bigger and better things¨ – Hope breathed out relieved.

Well there you have it not only did we found out some interesting things about seniors. You took a step into life as a graduate and how this experience impacted them.

Graduating Students Write Farewells

Seniors in Dr. Jakubik’s class wrote their “final farewells” before graduation. Here are a few of them:

By Zachary Benjamin

As the end of the year approaches and the summer rapidly becomes our reality, the fact that we’re moving on from high school and this way of life is really settling in. However, just because our lives are moving forward doesn’t mean that we have to move on from each other.

For the last couple of years we have called each other family, and as such, bickered and fought just like one. We also laughed, loved, and took care of each other like family does. I’ve come to know you all better than I know myself and from getting to know you all, I now know more about myself than I ever thought I could comprehend.

From long days that turned into longer nights, we spent a lot of time together. In this time we made memories that will last a lifetime, and I have so much confidence in the fact that we will be making memories for a while. As this is farewell, it’s nowhere near goodbye. I’m always only a text away.

From the famous movie Lilo and Stich, “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” I promise to never forget or leave you behind.

By Jessica Chuqui

I’m going to miss my friends because I’m not going to see them again. We’re going to different colleges. Also I’m going to miss my favorite teachers. It’s going to be hard leaving high school and starting a new life. But the good thing is that I’ll be done with college in only four years. That’s exciting for me.

I’ll miss a lot at my friends that are close to me. Also, I’ll miss Dr. Jakubik, my English teacher, a lot. She was very nice to me when I first talked to her.  She said that I speak well. This meant a lot because English is not my first language. She had understood me and supported me a lot during this year. She is the best! I’ll miss her so much.

By Lindsay Pacheco

I want to say goodbye to a teacher that influenced my career decision I met this teacher my junior year.I enjoyed his class so much I decided to request to be in it again my senior year. Because of his class and the way he teaches, I fell in love with journalism.

Since a very young age I have been focused on photography and never branched out to anything else that I could possibly be interested in. The lessons he taught, the way he spoke to us, the stories he had us write, and the way he let us make the work our own is what I loved the most. Because of him I am glad to say I am going to college in September to study English and Journalism.

I dedicate all my hard work on making my writing better and better every day and increasing my creativity in my writing all  to him.

Thank you Mr. Ryan for being a major influence on my life for the past two years now and opening my eyes to something I know I will love forever. I will without a doubt miss you and your class next year.

By Kenny Vilorio

I wish to say farewell to all of my good friends on the long distance team whom I cherish dearly for the unwavering love and support that they showed during practice and race events. Each day they push me to my limits and passed them. They are one of the keys that drive me to keep pushing forward and go the distance, no matter how long it may be, they motivate me until the very end.

I should also like to say farewell to my amazing teachers. They have taught me so many lessons about college, offered me advice about the what it’s like as a college student, and what it means to succeed after it. Their wisdom, intellect, and  warm-hearted nature has molded me into a responsible young adult. I thank each and every one of the people who have been with me on my journey as a high school student. They have been with me through the good times and the bad times, and they stuck with me. And for that, I thank them.