By Jed Kaiser
No matter who you are, the college application process will be a messy, stressful, and anxiety-filled time of your life, and there is no way around that fact. Throughout the process, you are left almost entirely in the dark, wondering for months whether or not an institution, whose knowledge of you is limited exclusively to a ten to twelve-page Common Application file, will accept you, reject you, waitlist you, or my least favorite, defer you. But there is nothing to worry about, right? You have prepared for this ordeal for years. The annual College Information Night and meetings with your guidance counselor have provided you with all you have to know, right? Not entirely. The truth is that you can only understand so much about the process without experiencing it firsthand. That is why, in order to best prepare you for your senior year, I asked thirteen seniors, “If you could give the juniors one piece of advice before senior year, what would it be?” Some answers were expected, but some might surprise you.
By Shania Kuo
Every club has a different goal. A glimpse into a future profession, a cultivation of hobbies, an opportunity for new interests. There are simply too many to list. In Oyster Bay, new clubs are springing up every year, offering new opportunities to all students.
Still, there is a club that is largely unknown to most students. Now, that statement in itself is a grossly broad statement. There are tons of clubs that go unnoticed, but there is one club in particular that has such a profound message that it is almost impossible to comprehend why it goes unnoticed.
That club is The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), soon to be known as Sexuality and Gender Awareness (SAGA).
By Lena Gluck and Jed Kaiser
The Oyster Bay High School Mock Trial Team, led by supervisors David Pontillo and Lauren Harnick, recently competed in three competitions on February 5th, February 15th, and March 1st at Nassau County Court House.
By Kevin Hart
On Wednesday, January 25th, Oyster Bay’s sophomore class began their journey on the annual college trip, which allowed students to visit multiple schools down the East Coast.
Students followed a schedule for the week that allowed them to tour each school and receive advice from admissions counselors, professors, and students. At each school, students would receive a brief introduction to the institution, followed by a tour given by alumni or active students. Once students finished a tour, they had an opportunity to explore a campus store and purchase mementos to mark their experience on the trip.
By Kevin Hart
MUN, or Model United Nations to those who are unfamiliar, is a club that revolves around emulating processes of the United Nations. The club attempts to realistically portray the actions and decisions that would be made by countries within the United Nations.
As of the beginning of January, MUN has had three meetings. The direction of the meetings usually depends on the questions set forth by the student host, speaker, or secretary. These questions can range from specific questions about nations within the United Nations to broad questions in regard to humanitarian aid or aggression.
By Giselle Grassi
Be The Change club, advised by Mr. Andriaccio (Mr. A) and Mr. Brown, is a club that reaches out to students of all ages; its goal is to raise money and awareness to help the less fortunate in unique and cool ways that benefit both the students and the community.
By Lena Gluck
On November 31, the Emerging Leaders Business Competition was held at St. Josephs College. Twelve high schools from all over Long Island competed in a variety of categories. This year OBHS had many participants lead by business teacher Ms. Beal. Winners included Nicole Ojeda for “Job Interview 11th and 12th,” Chris Colvin and Sahill Yadav for “Entrepreneurship,” and Marc Iacono and Brian Casey for “Job Interview 9th and 10th.”
By Lena Gluck
On December 5, students of all ages gathered at Oyster Bay High School to participate in the Hour of Code. For those who may not know, the Hour of Code is a movement created by the Computer Science Education Week and code.org. Its purpose is to introduce computer science and programming to millions of people.
By Lena Gluck
Ms. Meehan is the new Supervisor of Counseling Services at Oyster Bay High School. I had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Meehan to discuss her past as a guidance counselor and her new role as supervisor here at Oyster Bay High School.
By Ariel Margolin
Maria Kim, the newest member of the English Department, teaches 7th and 8th grade English at OBHS.
Before coming to Oyster Bay, Ms. Kim taught in Flushing, as well as Hollis High School in Jamaica (of which she made mention was the high school of rap group Run DMC and of rapper-turned-entrepreneur Russell Simmons).