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FASHION WITH EM: 80’s and 90’s Are Back

 By: Emily Fernandez

Now that the weather has finally decided to warm up, new trending styles of clothing are seen everywhere, from parachute pants to high wasted shorts, cropped tops to onesies, and maxi skirts to dresses.

These styles are a replay from the 1980-90s with fun, bright new patterns such as tribal, animal and floral prints, denim, and more. Fashion savvy stores that sell these new trends are Forever 21, H&M, Charlotte Russe, PacSun, and Urban Outfitters, and catch all teens’ attention with their window displays of Bohemian chic outfits mixed in with hipster and a dash of the skater girl look.

The parachute pants were given that name because of the roominess inside and the puffed up look. Cropped tops are fitted shirts that are basically cut in half and usually worn with any high wasted bottom to avoid tucking in normal sized shirts, which give a clumpy look.

Seventeen Magazine’s website <http://www.seventeen.com/fashion/> provides lots of tips and Look Books on how to put outfits together for any season.

One of the coolest new styles is the high wasted bottom: shorts, skirts, and pants. No accessorizing is necessary, so throw away all those clunky belts.

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LOST IN THE MIND OF GIOVANNI: Be Respectful to Fast Food Workers

 

Senior PicBy: Giovanni Carcamo

As a former employee at McDonalds, I have worked in the field of customer service and fast food and identified a huge problem.

Fast food service is a fine job. The work is very active and very organized, which is enjoyable. What can cause a huge headache is the part involving customer service. I find examples every day of the public not knowing how to be polite.

To me, this is disgraceful and unfortunate. The public, or everyday customers, walk in McDonalds and put on an attitude; this attitude goes to their heads and they believe that they are in this certain position over the workers. It seems that everyday people see themselves as kings and queens, with some kind of royalty perks, treating workers as peasants.

What they don’t understand is that people should treat others as they would like to be treated and learn to order in a nice and polite manner. The public needs to remember simple courtesy.

First off, whether going through the drive-thru or going inside, when an order is placed, make sure of the following:

  • Clear enunciation
  • Speak normally, don’t yell or whisper
  • If a foreigner, please say so and ask for help. Workers will appreciate your effort of trying to speak English.

Now comes the second part — the order. When it comes to ordering a simple meal, remember that there are different sizes. If there are two different sizes and you only say “number five” then you will receive the medium order. Don’t be upset if it’s a medium fry and drink, if you wanted the large. Workers are not mind readers.

Just be courteous when ordering. If unsure as to if the order was taken correctly, ask to double check. Sometimes people either forget to order something verbally but mentally thought they did. It’s always wise to repeat an order.

  • Make a list beforehand to organize your thoughts
  • If you have an order of over $25, please, come inside; the drive-thru is usually for quick simple orders, not for a family of five.
  • Please treat everyone politely; have some dignity.

Be respectful. Say hello, goodbye, please, may I, no thank you, thank you, and have a great day. These are basic friendly phrases that most people do not think to do. Eye contact is unnecessary, but manners are always important.

Try not to ruin someone’s day; they are working hard. I never grasped before working in the fast food industry that society could be so rude. My family raised me to respect myself and others. It is important to be pleasant to hard working people.

Take a look inside yourself and consider treating everyone with admiration. Leave the crown for those across the Pond.

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.

LOST IN THE MIND OF GIOVANNI: She’s Back!

By: Giovanni CarcamoSenior Pic

Ms. Mariah Carey is back in the game! The 44 year old singer is releasing her fourteenth studio album. There are mixed feelings towards the piece of musical art.

Carey has kept everybody on their toes since rumors of the album began swirling around at least two years ago. Favorably, Carey had the smart move of releasing little bits here and there.

Top hits like “Beautiful,” “You’re Mine,” and “The Art of Letting Go,” are great songs that differ from each other. “Letting Go” is a ballad, “Beautiful” is a summer jam, and “Mine” is a R&B swirl. The album may have the potential of being a commercial hit.

The latest two released songs from the album, “Thirsty,” and “You Don’t Know What To Do,” are top songs for me, but not every fan agrees according to YouTube comments on the audio videos of her songs.

Some feel that Carey’s vocals have just been worn down, and that the songbird can not pull through like she has before. As a dedicated fan, I have seen Mimi’s transition of vocal abilities, from the power and huskiness of her early work, to her whisper and concentrated high notes now in her later work.

What everybody has to remember is that Carey not only explored new vocal ranges but also different musical genres, since she would like to be seen as not only a great vocalist but also a great re-mixer of her own music. I predict that the album, which debuted on May 27, is a mix of everything that Mariah has learned.

Some fans want the album to be like the “ballad Mariah,” which has gained her respect and listeners, and I very much appreciate that side of her. But, others also would like more of the diva Mariah, which is the more hip-hop and R&B. This album is filled with club bangers and some relatable heart filled ballads.

As far as I can tell, Carey put her all into this, and will at least try to make a balance of her old and new music.

With this balance, the album should do very well. I do not expect another, “The Emancipation of Mimi,” (come back) but I do know this — Mariah Carey cannot make bad music. She has come too far and has learned too much to do so.

I cannot wait to buy this album; a super birthday gift for myself.

TYREE’S TELLING: Wattpad

By: Tyree CooperTyree's Telling photo

Wattpad is a website for those who have a passion for reading and writing. It’s also available as an app and can be used on any device. For me, I knew I’d be making an account right away after finding the website.

Based in Toronto, Canada with 25 million Wattpadders around the world and more than 40 million uploaded stories, Wattpad has definitely become a popular and productive community that creates, shares and discusses stories.

Wattpad allows users to create their own stories to share with others around the world or to read what others have created. To upload a story, choose what category the story may fit in, along with a rating and a language. Works can be either private or public, and other things can be added later, such as photos, tags, links, or videos.

The author of the story can be contacted easily through the website itself, and the author can also receive feedback. Also, if a particular story is being read and enjoyed but is still a work in progress, the reader will be notified the instant the author adds to the story.

Wattpad has a huge selection of genres. This makes things much easier when it comes to browsing. There’s also a list of recommended stories and authors, and a list of new stories, popular stories and some the user might like.

Even better is that all the stories are free and can be read whenever and wherever, offline or online. Users can have their own library and write or read on the go.

LOST IN THE MIND OF GIOVANNI: Bilingual

By: Giovanni CarcamoSenior Pic

After traveling to Puerto Rico, Chile and Europe I have concluded how very important it is for Americans to know another language. Unfortunately for me, I am not bilingual, but wish I could at least have a simple conversation in Spanish.

There are many benefits to knowing another language. Besides understanding directions or ordering at a restaurant, it just helps to have a peaceful conversation with locals and help represent your country.

Any traveler interrupting or already able to speak the country’s language receives respect from the residents in that country, because they appreciate the effort. There are new ways to become bilingual today; people no longer need a school teacher or to take a simple high school course.

In today’s world many people can buy Rosetta Stone language tapes, which have lessons to help people learn a new language, they can watch music videos or television shows, even YouTube videos have language teaching classes. All contain language skills; it’s just a matter of simply listening and repeating.

The first language that could be attempted is Spanish; it can expand to many languages since it is based on Latin. Even in Italy or Portugal, speaking Spanish helps with communication. Another goal or purpose to learning another language is that it makes it simpler to learn a third language and so on.

So for inspired travelers, who may only know English, know that people in other countries do speak and/or understand English. To make it easier and better for yourself—try to put some effort into learning another language, teach others around you the language. This could lead to a world with fewer boundaries.

WORDS FROM RACHEL: We’re All Monkeys

By: Rachel OliveiraRachel Oliveira

On April 27 during the soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF, Barcelona’s Brazilian defender Dani Alves was taking a corner shot during Barça’s 3-2 win, when a banana was thrown at his feet. Maintaining his pride, Alves picked up the banana, peeled it, took a bite and went on with his game.

Alves should be recognized for his self-controlled state of mind for responding in such a calm way to a racist taunt, but his brilliance comes from the plan behind it all.

Previously, Alves and his teammate for club and country, Neymar, agreed that if an incident like this were to occur again, they would have a plan, a plan that would make a global statement.

This is why minutes after the soccer match, Neymar, the Brazilan International and FC Barcelona forward, posted an Instagram picture that caught global attention.

It was an amusing image of him on Instagram with a cheeky smile and a banana, side by side with his adorable toddler son. Under the picture was the hash tag #SomosTodosMacacos, which means “we are all monkeys” in Portuguese to show his fellow teammate support.

Inspired by Neymar, over 100,000 people have used the hash tag, celebrities and even ordinary people alike striking humorous poses with a banana in hand. The majority came from Brazilians supporting their team.

It’s disappointing that it takes an event like this to grab everyone’s attention for an issue that has been around for a while, though it was brilliant for the players to take an event like this and make a statement proving everyone is the same in the world.

Spread the word and help put an end to racism in sports and in the entire world.

We are all monkeys.