Through the Works of Art

by Dana Vivar

A blank canvas can display an endless amount of creativity and stories. The Starry Night, an extraordinary 29”x 36” canvas, is an oil-based work by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night exhibits a night sky over a small village, with the use of cool shades and yellow with details of swirls all throughout. Van Gogh has an interesting past that led his thoughts to create this world-famous classic.

Van Gogh was a person who suffered from mental health issues throughout his life. He was admitted to an asylum, where the building allowed him to occupy a room for the use as painting studio. It is said that Van Gogh painted from memory, from the view of his stay at the asylum. Van Gogh has made a number of sketches for the painting, however, the Starry Night was the only one set at night. The finished masterpiece was considered a failure at first, but since has become one of Van Gogh’s most famous.

The Starry Night is the one of the world’s most famous paintings, that not only displays a great work of color and detail but has a meaning behind it. It’s advised that if you want to see a classic on display, pack your bags and take a car trip to New York, where it’s exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art. It is always a grand day for a walk in the museum with your family and friends!

Op-Ed: We Can All Break the Cycle of Relationship Abuse

By Kimberly Pena

“The summer before I turned six years old, my parents finally got divorced. That seems very odd to say, finally. Most people want a complete family. They want to have their mom, their dad and maybe a sibling or two, that’s how the setup is with average American families. But not mine. I was only six years old and at the time my definition of love was accepting violent words and closed fists. My  definition of love was unhealthy jealousy and infatuation masked by insecurity and selfishness. If you haven’t caught on yet, my parents divorced because of domestic violence. At six years old I saw my  mother be a victim to relationship abuse.”

Relationship abuse is much more common than people think. It affects over two million people a year (http://www.clicktoempower.org/domestic-violence-facts).

And my mom was one of them.

Ever since I discovered this I vowed I would never allow myself to fall into the cycle of what she thought was love and what really was pain, a cycle that many teens in high school fall into as well.

Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year, according to http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/dating-violence-statistics/ and most of them don’t even know it. They almost always deny that they are a victim, keeping their eyes closed to what’s truly happening.

Whether it be emotional, mental, psychological, or physical, all forms of abuse are damaging and very harmful to the victim. Abuse changes a person inside and out, and abuse alters the people around them. Changes in the victim include sudden isolation and lost of interest in things they once thoroughly enjoyed. There is a growing lack of socialization and there is a change in their normal personality. The victim insists on covering up with clothing and/or makeup, possibly trying to cover bruises or scarring. He or she no longer shows affection as before, and when a traditional hug is offered, will shy away. Suddenly they’re having mood swings and acting fearful around friends or  acting sad. A friend doesn’t know why, but just wants that old friend back.

Often, these signs are being displayed directly in front of us but we get distracted by the fact that this is high school, and we’ve been programmed to believe that relationship abuse only occurs between adults. We don’t realize that it happens to people in platonic as well as serious relationships in high school, to both friends and associates.

We may also become so absorbed with helping others that we forget to think about ourselves. Toxicity is found everywhere. Abusive people are found everywhere. That friend since sophomore year that is constantly throwing micro-aggressions every day may be abusive. That can be toxic. The girlfriend that is making her boyfriend feel bad for playing football, eventually persuading him to quit the team, may be abusive, and that, too, can be toxic.

There are countless scenarios for abuse in high school and it can happen. We must agree on where the line separating friendship from abuse ends and begins. We must set a precedent of educating our youth to recognize abuse for what it is, and we, as a community, must teach one another to love ourselves before loving others, and to treat others as we would have ourselves treated.

But right now, there is abuse, and so we must set a precedent where we say it is okay to be a victim so you can then get out of it and find guidance, and healing.

At the beginning of this piece I shared my mother’s story, one she shares with people who just happen to ask or who just happen to discuss the topic with her. Had she not left, had she not gotten help, there’s a very good chance I wouldn’t be writing this for you. There’s a good chance my little brother and I could’ve been lost in the foster care system, growing up without one another or a mother.

Many cases of relationship abuse don’t end well, so it is important to help yourself while you can, or help your friend while you can. The time is now, the pain is real.

Amani Marshall has a Guru Mentality

By Breeya Gandy 

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Students at HHS often have dreams and aspirations for their future but may not take action to create them. Amani Marshall who is a junior at HHS isn’t your typical student. He is a 16 year old rapper who has been stepping out on a limb with his career since he was 14.

Marshall enjoys the energy of the crowd while performing. “Rapping gives me motivation, it takes me to my own place where I have my own vibe,” he said in a recent interview.

During freshman year Marshall discovered his talent when he started to make and produce videos incorporating his own music. 

He is also one of the pioneers of the group Guru Mentality which is a clique of rappers such as himself trying to build a career in the business.

During his late sophomore year he was signed to a small record label called Blvck Rebel$. His style inspiration includes two mainstream artists G-Herbo and Lil Bibby. 

Besides his rapping career, Marshall has other after school hobbies such as writing, recording, listening to music, and musical engineering.

Academically, Marshall is a C+ student with the favorite subject of history. His favorite teachers are Mr. Bercovick, Mrs. Hooper, and Mrs. Dos Anjos. He describes his high school experience to be a bit of a nuisance but overall pretty smooth.

His dreams aren’t going to end at HHS. He plans to attend William Paterson University to major in musical engineering. His future goals are to open his own studio, produce under his name, and continue his career as a rapper.

You can follow Amani’s music updates on his Instagram @guru_mentality

Best of HHS in 2016

By Lindsay Pacheco

Every year at HHS there are school events students are excited about. Whether its clubs, sports games, pep rallies, or prom, students are always willing to participate.

Recently, we interviewed students to determine what they think were the top activities of 2016. Here are the results:

  1. Pep Rally
  2. School Spirit Week
  3. Water Fountains
  4. Football Games
  5. Clubs

There are also some activities that didn’t get as many votes. If you believe any of these deserve to be talked about, let us know in the comments section below!

  1. College Fairs
  2. Prom
  3. The Plays
  4. Field Trips
  5. The Futsal Tournaments
  6. Hispanic Heritage Month Presentation
  7. Graduation
  8. Mock Election
  9. The Winter Concert
  10. AP Classes
  11. Cheer Competition Wins
  12. Basketball State Sectional Champs!
  13. The New, Improved Morning Report
  14. Penn Relays
  15. Journalism (we just put this in here to make Mr. Ryan feel better)

Best Albums of 2016

By Hailey Russo

The year 2016 has not been such a good year in general but it’s been a great year for new music. Many people agree that the music we’ve received throughout the year has been exceptional.

To remember the enjoyable music we have received this year here’s a list of the top five albums of the year. Feel free to leave a comment below if you think there’s something that we missed or if you agree with the list.

Top 5 Albums of 2016:

  1. Views- Drake
  2. Anti- Rihanna
  3. Lemonade- Beyonce
  4. Trapsoul- Bryson Tiller
  5. Tie between 25- Adele and Purpose- Justin Bieber

 

Best Recording Artists of 2016

By Lindsay Pacheco

In 2016 a variety of breakout artists hit the Billboard Hot 100 list, whether they have been around for awhile or recently made a come back with a hit new song or number one album.

Recently we asked students to pick their top five. If you think we should have included some other breakout artists let us know in the comment section below. Here are the results:

  1. Lil Uzi Vert
  2. Chance the Rapper
  3. A tie between Zayn Malik and Rae Sremmurd
  4. The Chainsmokers
  5. Also a tie between Halsey and A-Boogie

 

Best Movies of 2016

By Hope Ortiz

This year was filled with many top blockbuster films. Ticket sales for these entertaining and captivating movies skyrocketed in the box office and were raved about for months (though box office sales were about a billion dollars stronger last year, according to Box Office Mojo).

Recently, we interviewed HHS students asking what they thought were the top movies of 2016. If you think another movie should be on this list, let us know in the comments below.

Here is what they voted (ranked from most votes to least votes):

  1. Deadpool
  2.  Finding Dory
  3.  Captain America: Civil War
  4.  Doctor Strange  
  5.  Suicide Squad
  6. Rogue One (just added!)

Best Hip-Hop/R&B Songs of 2016

By Damani Eason

With 2016 coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on the hottest songs that came through our headphones or on the radio this year. Most songs on the list were played constantly throughout 2016. If you think another song should be on the list let us know in the comments below. Here are the results:

Top Songs of 2016:

  1. Formation by Beyonce
  2. Fade by Kanye West
  3. Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd ft Gucci Mane
  4. X Biih by 21 Savage and Metro Boomin ft Future
  5. Side to  Side by Ariana Grande ft Nicki Minaj

 

HHS 2016 Fall Pep Rally

By Lindsay Pacheco and Hope Ortiz

All photos by Mrs. Andrews’ Photography students

HHS came together right before Thanksgiving to give spirited support to our athletes, Here’s a glimpse of what happened:

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Sophomores and Juniors showing off their comet pride in the stands!

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Freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior students showing off how they Juju during the dance off. Seniors taking the win!

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Seniors, Calista Quiatchon and Mona Esawy rocking the blue and gold!

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The Comet marching band getting ready to pump up the crowd!

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Our Comet king and queen, Robert Schieli and Allison Bryan.

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Our cheer and football teams got pumped up for the Teaneck game!

The game ended with a Comet 13-0 win. Go Comets!

Belah Watson Remains Positive and Busy

By Treasure Clarke

During our daily lives we face many different obstacles and challenges. We are the change in the world that we want to see. At HHS, many students welcome new things, face many challenges, and accomplish things that they don’t, at first, think they can achieve.

Belah Watson, a senior at the HHS, is great example of this. She is a pretty good student that gets a’s and b’s. Belah has a gothic style, is carefree and has fun personality. Her favorite teachers are Mr. Maselli and Mr. Colombo.

Belah says, “My high school experience so far for me has been okay.” Belah considers high school the most important part of her life because everything she does here helps her in the future.

There are many words to describes students and and how they go along their path in school. Being a student is adaptable, adventurous, ambitious, compassionate, and many more.

Belah has a great personality, wants to improve the world for the better. Belah say the world can change for the good or for the bad, but we as people have the power to make that decision.

Belah’s passions in life are art, music, and science. “I have been playing trombone (she also plays guitar) since fourth grade, drawing since five, and I love science,” she says. 

She wants to enroll in Montclair University. “The reason why I want to go to Montclair because they have a marching band and biochemistry major,” she says.

What Watson wants to study in college is Biochemistry. She loves science but most importantly biology and chemistry so putting them together is a plus for her. Watson’s future goals are to be a successful and have a lot of money.

As a student Belah has many more obstacles to face before she can make to the big leagues. Today she knocks down any walls that can stop her from achieving and being where she’s supposed to be. Belah aims to make her opportunities in life, future goals, and passions a reality.