By Matthew Wong
Protruding out of nearly everyone’s ears, Apple’s Airpods have taken the world by storm. Now the tech company has released the next generation of the highly successful Airpods, the Airpods Pro. The feature that sets the Airpods Pro apart from its competition is not its sound quality nor its ability to remove external noise, but its user friendliness, which is first-rate compared to other wireless earbuds. In addition to making the case pocketable, Apple created the Airpod Pro to seamlessly connect to your phone. Apple has taken the old Airpods, which required improvement, and created an improved successor.
By Alina Kelly
1. F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm
Located at 26 Pinelawn Road in Melville, F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm is the perfect place to go for fall festivities. Every fall season families across Long Island flock to Schmitt’s Farm to enjoy fun activities, which are especially amusing for young children. Not only does the farm have “child-friendly” activities, but they also have scary attractions for older teens and adults. The Daytime Haunt Walkthrough is the same as the Nighttime Haunt, but the lights are on and no actors are present, which is a perfect choice for those who are not ready to participate at night. The 7-acre corn maze, which changes its theme each year, is another popular attraction at the farm.
By Joycelin Wong
After long nights of studying and endless amounts of school work, students assume that their hard work in high school will pay off in the long run. However, after recent news of the college admissions scandal, Operation Varsity Blues, shocked the world, the college application process would never be the same. While shining a light on prominent ethical issues, the scandals have also prompted the nation’s top universities to enforce stricter admissions requirements and introduce new oversight policies.
By Skye Johnson
Over the past few years, e-cigarettes have dominated the tobacco industry, leaving hundreds and thousands of teens addicted to fruity and sweet flavored nicotine-filled vape pens. When e-cigarettes were first introduced, the health risks were relatively unknown. Now, vaping is directly linked to cases of teenagers on life support, with at least one teenager from New York dying after smoking e-cigarettes.
By Jackson Troxler
Anxiety is a mental illness that affects the lives of many. It has become particularly prevalent among teenagers. With the rise of social media and the ongoing pressure to do well in school, anxiety has taken over many students’ lives. This mental illness causes our youth to falter both academically and socially. The pressures of fitting in and getting good grades can be a recipe for disaster. However, proper treatment for anxiety can alleviate certain difficulties that it causes and aid people in succeeding
By Faith Lingen
Education is constantly evolving. Incorporating new technology to improve teaching is not a new concept. Over the past decade, school districts have started implementing technology such as Smartboards and 1:1 devices. Many students now receive iPads or Chromebooks that they are expected to bring to class every day. But is the hefty cost worth the implementation? And are these new technologies really helping students learn?
By Isabella Gossweiler
Last year, Oyster Bay High School implemented a new safety policy mandating students to wear their IDs on lanyards around their necks. Administration requires students to use these IDs to sign in when they arrive to school late. However, other than for late sign-ins and general identification, students do not use the IDs, which has garnered complaints among the student body over why they must wear them. Despite students’ opinions, the ID policy will continue to be enforced throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
By Beryl Rosenberg
Over the course of two weeks in May, students taking AP courses took their AP tests, and for some, it was their first experience with the exams. But how did these students feel about taking AP tests for the first time? Were some nervous about their first AP? And how did students feel after the APs were finally over?
For many students this year, it was their first time taking an AP test. Caleigh O’Toole, a sophomore, had her first experience with AP courses. “For my first AP, AP Seminar, I wasn't very nervous because I felt like I was very prepared. And [the test] wasn't very content based. It required us to use sources. For my second AP, AP World, I was more nervous because it was a lot more content I had to remember,” O’Toole revealed.
By Josue Ruiz
Xavi Hernández is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic players in Spanish fútbol. He excelled with Barcelona and with the Spanish national team, where he won many important titles, both collective and individual. His legacy remains in the hearts of fans for being a great player and a good person.
Xavi Hernández Creus was born on January 25, 1980, in Tarrasa, Barcelona. His parents are Joaquín Hernández and Maria Merce Creus. He is the brother of Ariadna, Oscar and Alex Hernández. Xavi studied at the Escuela Práctica de Tarrasa.
Xavi Hernández began his career at age four, playing at U.F.B. Jabac and later becoming part of a soccer school called Terrassa FC, of which his father also took part as coordinator. At the same time, FC Barcelona had noticed him, but his father was not happy that he played in the lower categories of Barcelona due to his young age.
By Caleigh O'Toole
Every year, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory selects a group of rising seniors to put in a minimum of ten hours a week at the lab working on biomedical research. Oyster Bay High School’s very own Jessica Layne was accepted and recently presented her research about Cystic Fibrosis. The foundation that provides this experience is called Partners for the Future. Founded in 1990 by Dr. James Watson, the program gives an opportunity for students to complete hands-on research of their choice.
The selected students come from many different schools; however, each school can only nominate three students in their junior years. These students are nominated for the unique experience by the school’s science chairperson. The laboratory
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