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
By Shania Kuo
Many high schools don’t advertise college preparation opportunities that are available outside of what the schools offer. Students have to research these opportunities on their own. Since many high school scholars have a packed schedule, there are only a select few who find these opportunities. When I was in 10th grade, I told my counselor about my circumstances, and she recommended a program called QuestBridge. There was no real explanation of what it was, only that it was a scholarship program. Since I was only a 10th grader, there wasn’t much else that I could take advantage of at the time. So, I signed up for the newsletter and forgot about it.
When I was in 11th grade, I got an email telling me about the College Prep Scholars program and encouraging me to sign up. I didn’t give much thought to it at the time, thinking that it wasn’t really that important. The application itself almost
By Maia DiFiglia
Today’s teenagers are not getting enough sleep. According to Nationwidechildrens.org, an average teenager should be getting between 7 and 7 ¼ hours of sleep. Many believe they should actually be getting between 9 and 9 ½ hours a night. There are several proven reasons why teenage students are not getting enough sleep: shifts in sleep schedule, early high school start times, and social and school obligations. So, what can students do to ensure they have healthy sleeping habits?
A lack of sleep heavily impacts one's mood, behavior, cognitive ability, academic performance, and ability to drive, according to Nationwide Children's Hospital. When students do not receive enough sleep, it is definitely noticeable. From personal experience, students tend to receive the least sleep on the nights before exams. Most often it is because students are anxiety ridden with pre-test stress. Teachers and parents tend to assume that students get so little sleep due to procrastination when, in actuality, students are getting home late after extracurricular activities and are just beginning their homework late in the evening.
By Beryl Rosenberg
Located in South Florida, Delray Beach is a great destination for your family’s spring break vacation. This city has two miles of public beach, and a lively nightlife scene on East Atlantic Avenue. Delray is near many other popular cities including Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Boynton Beach. Here are the top five things to do if you make it to Delray Beach.
By Joan Olivero
In recent years, there have been thousands of tragedies due to bullying. Recently, the main source of bullying is cyberbullying on social media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. As the internet has become one of the most important mediums in our everyday lives, the door for rude and harmful behavior is wide open.
Cyberbullying is a type of harassment in which people torment others, both during and after school hours, through various online platforms. With traditional bullying, kids can at least escape to their houses for the night and try to avoid vicious attacks until the next day. However, when someone is cyberbullied, the bullying follows them home and attacks them right through their devices. While some internet bullies choose to pick on people anonymously, others tend to make their presence and power known.
By Isabella Skvarla
Everybody realizes at one point or another that their bedroom is humdrum, dysfunctional, unorganized, or all three. Here are some tips to make your room picture perfect.
When you are redecorating your bedroom, it is crucial that you consider the placement of your furniture. Place your bed in a location that makes sense, allowing you to open all of the doors in the room fully, while still being in a position that feels natural to you.
One of the most important aspects of your room should be comfort. When you are picking out new pieces, you must remember to choose blankets and pillows that are comfortable and suit your personal style. But, it is also important that your furniture does not have harsh edges. A softer edge will keep the furniture from taking up too much space, while also giving the room a more open feel. Try to use dim lighting. Not only will this give your room a more cozy feel, but it will also create a more relaxed environment.
By Stefanie Sadocha and Ava Aschettino
The Teen Choice Awards, also known as the TCAs, is an award show created for teenage pop culture. First airing on the FOX network in 1999, the TCAs were instantly successful. The key to this success was the handful of celebrity guests who attended and made appearances on the awards show stage.
This year, the Teen Choice Awards results were surprising to us, so we decided to hold our own Teen Choice Awards here at OBHS. In order to allow students to cast their votes, a Google form was sent out to all grade levels through the Remind app. Although a majority of the school received the survey, only 72 students responded. The survey was anonymous; therefore, the responses could have been from students in any grade.
The survey contained eleven popular categories, all focusing on different aspects of pop culture. Although the actual award show has 77 categories, we chose a handful of the most popular. The categories included Choice Comedy and Drama Movie, Choice R&B/ Hip Hop Artist, Choice Male and Female Artist, Choice Male and Female Song, Choice Drama and Throwback TV Shows, Choice YouTuber, and Choice Style Icon.
By Alina Kelly
Halloween is just around the corner and people are ready for all the scary activities to commence. Going to haunted houses is a popular activity this time of year, and there are plenty to choose from across Long Island. However, if you’re looking for a truly ghoulish scare, head to Bayville Scream Park.
Bayville Scream Park is in close proximity to Oyster Bay, so it is easy for residents to get there. There are six haunted attractions available at the park. The haunted attractions are fun for teens, but there are also “not so scary days” designed for families with younger children. The scream park is open every night until Halloween, as well as November 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
The newest haunted attraction is called the “Haunted Asylum.” The other haunted attractions include “Evil in the Woods,” “Temple of Terror,” “Uncle Needle’s Funhouse of Fear,” “Bloodworth Haunted Mansion,” and “The Cage.”
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