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Red Queen Review

 

Red Queen

Red Queen Novel  Photo by: Abbie Strobel

By: Abbie Strobel

Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling novel Red Queen has reached #1 on the New York Times, leaving behind waves of fans eager for more from the author.

Red Queen is a dystopian novel that displays the growth and journey of the main character Mare Barrow, as she learns to deal with the land’s great divide over blood color. Mare is a seventeen year old thief who spends her days on the streets, scrounging for money and avoiding the inevitable conscription to the never ending war. However, life for Mare suddenly becomes much more complicated when she gets caught in a whirlwind of lies that could only mean trouble.

Silvers act as royalty throughout the novel, containing superhuman powers that the Reds do not possess. Reds are forced into a life of poverty causing their hatred for royalty to grow ever more. Mare finds herself working as a servant for the Silvers and despite her feelings towards them, she discovers that she is different, holding a power of her own that has never been seen among the Reds before.

With Mare’s new found ability, she becomes a threat to the hierarchy and becomes betrothed to a Silver prince. She is forced to lie about herself, saying that she is the long lost princess of a famous war hero. Even though trouble can be found around every corner, Mare secretly joins the Red Guard, a group set on causing the downfall of the Silver’s reign.

Mare is pushed into tough situations, where she often finds herself questioning where her allegiance lies. She has to decide between whose lives are valuable and whose aren’t. Mare learns that you cannot trust anyone in the world she is in, and she is prepared to lose the ones she loves most.

Red Queen is intended for young adult readers and presents a seamless combination of trust, rebellion, and romance. Those who are looking for a book comparable to The Hunger Games and Divergent are sure to find enjoyment and thrill in the novel.

Readers will become attached to characters quickly and are in for an emotional ride. With being thrown into the book’s plot, they will experience the betrayal and heartbreak first hand and will be caught questioning who to trust through the entirety of the novel. Those who chose to become immersed in the book will definitely have a favorite character.

The novel displays the abuse of government forces through the ever changing monarchy and the discrimination amongst humans. With the mix of differences and superhuman powers, the book creates a world that is perfect for fans of dystopian lands.

Alongside the hero that isn’t afraid to make mistakes throughout the book. Aveyard creates a spectacular world of superhumans and their rule over the commoners.

With twists and turns around every corner, the novel is sure to please the minds of those seeking tales of ultimate betrayal, giving this book a five out of five star rating. Readers become enthralled in the world presented before them and are often found wanting more and more of the characters and their stories.

Aveyard has since published the prequel Cruel Crown, which features the two e-novellas, Queen Song and Steel Scars. The sequel Glass Sword was also published, following the release of the prequel in February of this year.

Fans are currently waiting for the third and fourth installments of the novel, which can be expected in the upcoming years. Aveyard has been sure to preview the third book on Twitter, while she is in the process of writing, boosting excitement in fans everywhere.

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OPINION: Is Journalism Really Necessary?

Matthew Bray reading the newspaper. (Photo/Cameron Merritt)

Matthew Bray reading the newspaper. (Photo/Cameron Merritt)

By: Matthew Bray

How important is journalism to our everyday lives?

When asked the question senior Cameron Merritt replied, “Journalism is really important because it informs people about what’s going on in the world.”

It is very true that news is an important part of our daily lives. News keeps us informed about things that are going on in our country and world and they help prevent history from repeating itself.

In other cases it can be better to remain unaware of what’s going on too. Kim Kardashian and other celebrities can be found all over the news for ridiculous reasons, when they have absolutely no impact on our daily lives.

“Think about Patrick Star from Spongebob Squarepants,” said senior Kyle Mercier adding, “He is one of the happiest guys I have ever seen and he has no idea what’s going on around him.”

Although there are some things that we don’t need to know about on a day to day basis, it is still important to keep news around and active. Readers should compare the importance of news such as comparing Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding to a mass killing.

Senior Sendoff for the Class of 2014

Cameron Merritt

2014 Eagle’s Eye Head Editor Cameron Merritt

By: Cameron Merritt

Well, here it is. Four years have finally come down to this, our graduation day as members of the AHS Class of 2014. Since I first entered this building in September of 2010, I’ve made new friends, discovered plenty, and, for better or worse, experienced this wild ride we call high school. A ride which, as of today, is officially over.

With that, I’d like to congratulate all of my fellow seniors on tonight’s upcoming honors and wish each and every one the best of luck with their future endeavors, whether it be school, work, or the military. Through everything, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being in your ranks and could not have asked for a better class to have experienced high school with. Thank you all.

To be honest, we are pretty great. I know that nobody’s perfect and all of that, but seriously, take a look at the list of accomplishments we’ve made. In the classroom, on the field, on the stage, in the community, you name it; we in one way or another made a difference. We handled change with relative ease, going to a new schedule, new principal, new types of classes, and through our ever-evolving world of educational methods and teaching technologies, doing the best with whatever we had. At times, it seemed like we could do everything, well, except coming up with a decent senior prank…

This year, AHS bore a Hockomock League champion (baseball, and as their loyal scorekeeper, the first championship team I was ever a part of), a Division 1 South Semi-Finalist (football), a state champion (boys’ gymnastics), and a national championship (cheerleading).

We beat North, not once, but twice in football this year for the first time ever, one of which was a shutout. Josh Perry, the Managing Editor at Hockomock Sports, told me that this class was “one of the most athletic senior classes [he’s] ever seen.” So with that said, it’s not all too surprising we were also the only class to go undefeated in the Spirit Rally. Cue the “4-0” chants.

However, it wasn’t just the talent that was commendable; it was the spirit, our resilience, our “Blue Pride.” The Boys’ Soccer team had their league-leading season erased midway through due to an error, and then were able to fight back through petitions and play to receive a spot in the MIAA Tournament.

Members of the Girls’ Basketball team suffered some tragic losses off the court, losing two of their biggest fans, and in their honor put up a fantastic season. The Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse teams made their varsity debuts, and though both went through their seasons winless, set the groundwork for a bright future. And who could forget the Boys’ Gymnastics team, who were told last year that the sport they love would no longer be recognized by the MIAA. Not only were they able to help persuade the MIAA otherwise, they also capped off the year with a state championship. Those are just a few examples of what goes on in our extraordinary athletic’s program, and what we, as members of the Class of 2014, were able to help make possible.

This May, I participated for the first time in the Drama Club’s One Act Festival, and I only wished I’d joined sooner. The Drama Club at our school is filled with incredible people, who are incredibly talented and put on some incredible performances. To sum it up, they’re incredible. For those unfamiliar with One Act, it’s when senior members of the Drama Club are given the opportunity to choose and direct their own one-act plays. I admire their dedication to their performances, as well as all of the extra work they were willing to take on, all for their love of the art.

A few took on leading roles in other plays. One, the club president and 2014 Leading Man, took on five. Despite these challenges, they mastered their roles with ease, bringing the audience to roaring laughter or tears, and everything in between. My director, a very talented young actress and singer, was excellent in her understanding of our busy schedules and incredibly welcoming as she took on the challenge of turning a group of drama rookies into a very successful cast. She is yet another embodiment of this school’s great drama program.

While we’re on the topic of the arts, the Music Department can’t be forgotten. Through its concerts with their ensembles, chorus, choirs, and the marching band, providing the memorable soundtracks for city parades and high school football games, they represent the a dedication and resilience that greatly exemplifies Blue Pride.

The same applies for our award-winning visual artists, whether by hand or on a computer, they display sets of skills that are already better than some people twice their age.

However, one of the areas where our class truly shined and hopefully will leave a lasting legacy, has been our trailblazing persistence in leading the way, as the famous phrase “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” was really taken up by members of the Class of 2014.

As sophomores, we saw the start-up of the Answer for Cancer Club by someone whom the terrible disease would take so much from. With the assistance of a health teacher and group of friends, she started a club that continues to do so much good for cancer sufferers in this area and beyond, and looks set to do so for years to come.

Another student saw that his favorite sport, Ultimate Frisbee, wasn’t offered by the school, and took matters into his own hands by founding the AHS Hammer Bros, a club sport, which has greatly increased the game’s popularity in the halls of the high school. Not to stroke my own ego, but a certain head editor of the school’s newspaper, the Eagle’s Eye, knew that the journalism class needed a better way to bring their articles out into the world, and decided to create a website for the paper. With the new website, which it took two months to develop, readership skyrocketed and the knowledge of the school having its own newspaper became more commonplace than it’s been in years.

Even the clubs that have been at the school for several years still put out some amazing things, whether it’s our “Best Leo Club in the State,” the Greater Attleboro Leos, Project Unite!, the GSA, Interact Club, Environmental Club, and countless others that have all contributed greatly to making this place more and more open and welcoming to those from all walks of life, and improving our community as a whole while doing it.

Another highlight of our school has been, of course, our fantastic CTE program. Members of our class have done some amazing things in design, in the shops, kitchens, labs, and more. Our engineering students, which include both our valedictorian and salutatorian, have made use of a 3D printer and designed some incredible things. Our CTE program alone has caught the attention of NECN and U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Mass.), who praised the program and hopes to help install it at a national level. We are, indeed, trendsetters in the educational world.

As I sit here writing this, recalling times gone by, I can’t help but remember how it all started in journalism during my sophomore year. Actually, my journalism room was also the first room I ever stepped foot in at the high school, where I’ve had the pleasure of having Ms. Adeline Bee as both a teacher and advisor throughout my high school career. Through the ups and the downs, even if at times I may have felt otherwise, I’ve always known that I can count on Ms. Bee and will be forever grateful for what she has done for me, including allowing me to go off on this “crazy idea” I had over the summer that turned into the very website you’re reading this on right now.

Another special thank you should go  to my fellow editing staff, Andrew Luciano, who was my first editor in journalism back in 2012, and Taylor McKenna, who will be inheriting this position from me and carry on the new age of AHS news as she heads into her senior year. I also want to thank my family for all of their continued support, friends, classmates, teachers, the City of Attleboro. The list can go on and on, but to each I owe a sincere amount of gratitude to show my appreciation for helping me to be where I am today.

Once again, I know we weren’t perfect. Nothing is perfect, and there were hardships for everyone along the way, some worse than others. I’ve experienced some myself. The woman who was perhaps looking forward to my graduation more than me, tragically lost her battle with cancer this past February (I love you Nana). But overall, graduation is a day of celebration, and no matter what others have said, be it rival schools, Twitter accounts, whatever, this has genuinely been such a great place to receive an education.

So, for a final time, as we go from students to alumni, congratulations Attleboro High School Class of 2014 on all of your accomplishments. Big or small, they’ve all helped shape who we are, and I look forward to crossing paths again in the future, maybe interviewing some of you future engineers, teachers, doctors, nurses, trainers, actors, athletes, artists, designers, musicians, scientists, and more. Once again, with the deepest sincerity, thank you all.

Jessica Marcure to Bowl for Franklin Pierce

Jessica Marcure signing her letter of intent. (Courtesy of Jessica Marcure)

Jessica Marcure signing her letter of intent. (Courtesy of Jessica Marcure)

By: Cameron Merritt

According to the NCAA website, each year over 126,000 college students receive athletic scholarships to attend and play sports at the hundreds of Division I and Division II schools across America. However, this accounts for only two percent of all high school student-athletes nationwide, and the majority of the money goes toward sports such as football, basketball, and hockey.

Only five female students, on average, receive scholarships for bowling at the schools which offer it. AHS senior Jessica Marcure is one of those students, as she’ll attend Franklin State University this fall to study Secondary Education as well as take part in the school’s inaugural Women’s Bowling team. Combining her athletic and academic scholarships, she will have over half of her annual costs covered.

Marcure has been bowling since she was six years old, following in the footsteps of her older brother, Kyle. For the past four years, though, she’s taken her passion for the game to competitive level, competing in between 20 and 25 tournaments across the country every year, as well as Nationals. Her average score is a 189, while her all-time high is a 269. She recalled one of those times she bowled a 269 as her favorite memory in the sport to date.

“I was facing an all-boys team and the boy I was going against said something along the lines of, ‘Oh I’m going against the girl, this should be an easy three wins,’” said Marcure, who was then determined to prove him wrong. “I ended up destroying him all three games. It was one of the first times I shot a 269 and the look on his face every time I beat him was just so funny.”

She first realized bowling could be a viable option for receiving a scholarship around the time she first started to bowl competitively. A friend’s sister had received a scholarship to attend and bowl for Arkansas State University. “I was just amazed and thought it was so cool, [so I] figured I could try and I really started working hard,” said Marcure.

Schools first began scouting her during her junior year, and she received offers from Monmouth College (N.J.) and Hastings College (Neb.) as well as Franklin Pierce. All three offered degree programs related to her interests.

“It was always about the education first. That was one thing my parents and I agreed on,” said Marcure, adding, “I was going for education first and bowling was a perk.”

She visited all three schools, and said she loved them all and the programs they offered.

“I loved Hastings because going in as a major in Secondary Ed, I would be placed in the classroom my freshman year. Monmouth was just a college I loved over all… educationally it was a typical college,” said Marcure. As for bowling, she said that “the teams were all super nice but all fairly new with fairly new coaches.”

“All of them have amazing potential and I would have loved to be on any of their teams,” added Marcure.

However, it was a combination of the double major (Secondary Education and English), scholarship, and location that led her to decide on Franklin Pierce.

“[Along with] the excitement of being on a New England team, it was just a great deal,” said Marcure of the offer, adding that the proximity to home really sold her on the school.

As she enters FPU, she’ll become a member of the school’s first ever Women’s Bowling team, a task she says will be “a lot of work.”

“We have to establish ourselves and that’s going to take a lot of time and effort but I am excited about it,” she said, adding that “like any sport it’s tough being the new kids, but I think we have a good team and we will do well.”

Marcure joins a list of fellow New England bowlers at FPU; something which Marcure says is a part of the coach’s “All-New England” recruiting technique, which she used in hopes of re-garnering an interest in bowling in the region, something she is “very excited” about and feels is “a great idea.”

“As a New England bowler, it is so frustrating to bowl competitively because there are very few tournaments around here for youth bowlers. If we could gather some more interest in the sport we might be able to get some more tournaments back this way and give these kids a chance again,” said Marcure, adding, “I want younger kids to see that this is something they can do too. I’m proud to be a part of this team and I hope someday some girl will look at me like I looked up to my friend’s sister [who bowled for Arkansas State] and think ‘I can do this too.’”

For those who may criticize competitive bowling or bowlers, saying they aren’t real athletes, Marcure wants to assure everyone that they most definitely are.

“As bowlers we put a lot of effort to be the best we can and it kind of sucks to have someone tell us what we’re doing isn’t a sport or worth it,” said Marcure, adding that the sport is more difficult than people imagine. “It’s more than just rolling a ball down a lane. There are oil patterns and ball covers, angles, and cores. There is so much more to this than people expect. But anyone can learn to bowl and be good at it; it takes effort and time. I just hope to one day see bowling as a prominent sport in New England again.”

For Marcure, bowling has been more than just a sport or activity. Instead, it’s something which has personally affected her for the better.

“It shaped me as a person because of the people I’ve met. I’ve been given the opportunity to meet girls all over the country and it’s just opened my eyes and it’s been fantastic,” said Marcure.

“Also I’ve learned that I’m super competitive,” she added with a laugh.

Beth Clifton: 2014 AHS Salutatorian

The AHS Class of 2014 salutatorian, Beth Clifton. (Courtesy of Beth Clifton)

The AHS Class of 2014 salutatorian, Beth Clifton. (Courtesy of Beth Clifton)

By: Giovanni Carcamo

The salutatorian for AHS was announced on May 15 during Awards Night. This year the crown was placed on Beth Clifton, second in the class with a GPA of 102.18.  She talks about her goals and how she prepared for the title.

Question: How did you feel when your name was called at Awards Night?

Answer: Mostly excited but also a little nervous about having to give a speech! I also felt accomplished, like four years of hard work had paid off.

Q: What kind of sacrifices have you made to achieve this goal?

A:  I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of free time. I know there have been times where my friends would be going out and I couldn’t because I had work to finish. I’ve also sacrificed a lot of sleep. Many nights I’d be up working even to 2 or 3 in the morning.

Q: How do you handle the stress of schoolwork?

A: My way of handling stress is by avoiding it. I try to get my work done on time so I don’t have to worry about turning in assignments late or not having enough time to finish. Any other stress I release through sports. For four years sports has been my release from academics, allowing me to get my mind away from school, even if just for a little while.

Q: What is your routine to balance all your extra-curricular activities?

A: I prioritize assignments, doing the hardest, most important or most urgent things first.

Q: What are your extra-curricular activities?

A: Soccer, basketball and spring track & field (captain for all three), coordinator for Project Unite, Youth Commissioner for the Attleboro Recreation Department; math tutor

Q: Was this a goal you had in mind when you began high school?

A: I honestly never thought about this until the end of sophomore year when my guidance counselor told me I was number two. Since then it’s always kind of been in the back of my mind to keep that rank, but it wasn’t a conscious goal.

Q: Do you feel that there is a certain way students can go to achieve this goal?

A:  I think because everyone is different, there’s no one strict way to become salutatorian. But if someone were asking me for advice, I’d tell them that hard work is what got me here, but I would also like to stress that while it’s an honor to be salutatorian, you shouldn’t work hard in school just for the rank, you should work hard because you’re passionate about learning. I think that is also a big reason I achieved this — because I wasn’t learning just to learn or just for the grade, I was learning because I wanted to.

Q: How did your family help you achieve this title?

A: My family has been so helpful that I cannot fit every way they’ve helped, but most impactful to me has been the little things they’ve done: my parents and brother setting an example of achievement, my mom and dad making me little snacks while I’m working or staying up late to help me with assignments, my brother giving me advice (especially since he recently took many of the classes that I took) or making me a root beer float at midnight when I’m still doing homework. Their support has been constant and unwavering for the past four years and I cannot speak enough about what they’ve done for me.

Q: Do you see yourself as a role model?

A: You know I never really saw myself as a role model until this year when I started to help out with the sixth grade girls’ basketball team. And just by virtue of being older than them, these girls looked up to me — literally too (sorry I had to make that cheesy joke). And I don’t know that I necessarily saw myself as a role model, but I knew I had to do my best to be a good one because I was setting an example for those girls.

Q: Who is your role model?

A:  This is cheesy, but my mom, when she was in high school was good at science and math so her guidance counselor basically told her she should become a nurse and that she wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything else. Instead she went to UC Berkeley, then Yale for grad school, and now she’s a published scientist. She’s shown me that I can succeed like she did no matter what anyone tells you.

Q: Do you plan to be the top in your college?

A:  Of course I’d love to do well in college, but I also look forward to it as an amazing experience where I can learn from the best of the best. There’s this quote that I have hanging on the wall in my room: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” Not only do I think it’d be hard to find such a room, I never want to because I think the best way to learn is from your peers.

Q: Was there a point where you felt that you wouldn’t be able to make the goal?

A:  There were definitely moments when I thought I wouldn’t become salutatorian, but that didn’t really faze me because it was never really a goal, just a byproduct of my hard work, so if I did get it that’d be cool, but if I didn’t it wouldn’t change all that I had done over the four years.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: In ten years, hopefully I’ll be an engineer, have done some world travel, and maybe be starting a family.

Q: What is your career goal?

A:  I’ll be studying engineering at Brown, and I hope to focus on aeronautical engineering. So ideally, I’ll work as an engineer designing planes, possibly for the military or even commercially.

OPINION: “Freedom of Sterling”

American flag (Photo/Samantha Tingue)

American flag (Photo/Samantha Tingue)

By: Samantha Tingue

The shoe fits according to the tapes released about Los Angeles Clippers NBA owner Donald Sterling.

Many have reacted to Sterling’s racist remarks both strongly and negatively through Twitter, Facebook, and popular blogs. Stars like Snopp Dogg and Basketball legend Magic Johnson and Charles Barkely, have expressed their disgust at Sterling’s racist remarks, which include him saying, “Don’t bring [Black people] to my games” and “Why are you taking pictures with minorities?”

Despite the controversy, what happened to the idea of freedom of speech, the “right to express an opinion without censorship or restraint”? Sterling is entitled to his opinion – whether or not it is ignorant and blunt. In fact, citizens and civilians are entitled to their own opinions and the right to freely express them, but at what point should society consider a line that absolutely can not be crossed when it comes to “freedom of speech?”

Racism is no laughing matter and there are those who would say that Sterling clearly crossed that line with his racist comments to his girlfriend. Socially, Sterling was wrong to state the things he did. Politically and by law, he has the right to say such remarks because they are indeed his opinion.

As an African-American, I take offense to Sterling’s comments. No one ever believes that they are racist, but as humans we unconsciously may have a particular bias toward a specific group, person, culture, or even race.

Racism is a continuing problem in our world, and Sterling’s remarks are not the first example of that. All Americans, including Sterling, have the freedom of speech, but it is up to society to decide on ways of regulating what others say. Members of society should be careful of their actions and speech. Even though personal opinions, beliefs, and views may differ from others, it is not right to insult or offend anyone.

MAN ON THE STREET: Seniors Advice for Incoming Freshmen

By: Christine Arsenault

As a senior, what advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

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“Don’t be afraid on your first day of school and always be yourself.”

Ashley DaSilva

 

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“If you get lost on your first day don’t be discouraged, it happens to a lot of people and you’ll find your class eventually.”

Shelby Shultz

 

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“Try not to do anything stupid on the first day of classes; your first impression is going to determine the outcome of how the trimester will go.”

Shannon Walsh

 

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“Try your best in all your classes, colleges will probably look at your grades from freshmen year.”

Luis Pereira

 

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“Make sure you walk on the correct side of the hallway and use both doors, if you don’t it will probably aggravate most of the upperclassmen.”

Erynne Arvisais

 

 

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“Make sure you succeed in high school so you’ll be able to do what you want to once you graduate.”

Caroline O’Brien