Weekly Recap (2/1-2/5): Fear Factor postponed, Valentine’s Day plans, and more

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Every day announcements go by unheard. It might be because of the noise level in the room or a broken loudspeaker. Whatever the reason, we thought it would be useful to recap the key announcements of the week that we didn’t cover in a separate article, along with other minor news tidbits that may have gone unnoticed:

Fear Factor postponed

The Fear Factor competition has been postponed to March due to yesterday’s inclement weather. Tickets bought for this past Friday can still be used for the later date.

Organizers announce that Summer 2017 trip will take place in Peru.

The Summer 2017 trip was announced for Peru this week. Students can attend information sessions to find out more.

Girls varsity basketball team defeats Cardozo.   

On Thursday, the girls team defeated Cardozo 41 to 32. They moved up in the league standings to tie with Cardozo for second place, putting them in a good position for the second half of the regular season.

“It feels great,” said Head Coach Lauren Caiaccia. “Cardozo was in second place, we were in third place, we’re now tied with them and now this is the final stretch of the regular season, it will end nicely for tomorrow and for the playoffs. I’d also say being able to beat Cardozo yesterday in the second half of the season shows that all the hard work we did this season paid off and all the girls are coming together and playing well.”

Ping pong team crowned Division Champs.

The ping pong team placed first in their division after a season record of nine wins and one loss. They advanced to the playoffs and won twice 5-0 against York College Early Academy and Brooklyn Technical High School, respectively. They advanced to the semifinals, where their season ended, and earned a ranking of fourth in the city.

Senior Winnie Wang said, “I had no idea we’d make it this far, and I’m so proud of being a part of this team. In the beginning, Mr. Stonehill would give us a pep talk that went along the lines of: “Let’s just try our best and have fun” After we beat Cardozo, the pep talks became more assured in our victory and the team dynamic changed. Even though we didn’t make it into top three in the city, I’m very proud of how far we’ve come.”

Co-ed wrestling team crowned third in the city.

On Thursday evening, the wrestling team took third place after defeating Port Richmond in the City Championships.

Junior Alexis Sarabia commented, “Everyone put their hearts out onto the mat and wrestled their hardest. Off the mats everyone was cheering their heads off for one another and it was so great seeing that sportsmanship in our own team.”

First full FON run-through allows leaders to work out the kinks in routines.

All FON groups took the stage on Thursday after school, practicing their full routines for the show, which is two weeks away on February 26.

Leaders plan to make adjustments based on the positives and negatives of each performance, including making the entire routine fit fluidly into the allotted time slot.

Hispanic FON leader senior Adrienne Cabral said, “I think it went well; it’s so important to figure out timing so that there are no problems. Obviously, there were a lot of leaders, myself included, who haven’t taught [full] dances yet, so it felt a bit discombobulated while music played with no dancing but it’s only our first run through.”

“I think it’s a really good opportunity to see the progress as a group,” Korean FON leader senior Clara Kim added. “It gives everyone the feel of how performing in front of a big audience is and [also] an idea of how the formations on stage [would] look. I believe KFON is doing very well, [and] with three weeks remaining until [the performance], Korean FON can make vast improvements and truly be one of the highlights in the show.”

THHS shows its talent in the creative writing awards.

Many students won awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Sophomore Ciara Burke and junior Sarah Gafur each won a Gold Key award. Sophomore Shakira Wood won a Silver Key award. Sophomore Tara Jackson  and sophomore Olivia Piechocinski each earned an Honorable Mention in the competition.

Sophomore Gustavo Delgado placed second in the Biannual Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest, earning a prize of $150.00.

Valentine’s Day greetings now on sale.

This week, multiple clubs and organizations launched their annual sales for Valentine’s Day. The Glamour Gals began selling their Heartfelt Hellos, which include flowers and stuffed penguins.

The Phoenix started selling their Valentine’s Day Ad-Lib cards, which gives students the opportunity to send cards to their friends.

Glamour Gals and Phoenix members are available to purchase these items.

First Valentine’s for Vets proves to be a success.

On Friday, The Leadership students concluded their “Valentine’s for Vets” fundraiser that is designed to brighten the days of veterans by gifting them toiletries, socks, sugar-free candies, and homemade Valentine’s Day Cards.

COSA Sarah Oberlander explained, “Your donation of a card, candy, clothes like socks, pajamas, and robes, as well as toiletries will show our veterans that they’re appreciated.”

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