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Pathway to Prosperity

Pathway tp Prosperity Project (Photo/www.gse.harvard.edu)

Pathway to Prosperity Project (Photo/www.gse.harvard.edu)

By: Samantha Tingue

AHS has been the location of many great clubs such as the Gay Straight Alliance, Leo Club, Environmental Club, and the Interact Club. Its latest club, Pathways to Prosperity can now call AHS home.

Pathways to Prosperity is a program based at Harvard Graduate School of Education, which was created in order to establish a connection that would accommodate all high school graduates with occupational opportunities that would fulfill them as individuals. This new program at AHS is an attempt to support students to begin thinking about possible careers from their freshman year in high school up through their senior year.

AHS Seniors Mamanding Nasso, Samantha Tingue, Gartay Nyguen, and Junior Kaylee Santiago were chosen, based on their hard work and scholastic determination, to work with Harvard professors and the group’s leader advisor, Tshepo Malete, over the summer.

The club’s leader, Tshepo Malete, a Harvard Law student, believes in the importance of academic success, as well as the prosperity in life, and he sees “[AHS] as an ideal school for this project to expand and achieve its purpose.” Malete, encourages students to “be aware of what their options are and how [they] will be able to qualify for those options.”

Active members of the club see it as a “wonderful opportunity to expose high school students, including themselves, to all possible opportunities after they graduate.”

AHS senior Mamanding Nasso joined the club in order to “help guide students who aspire to make something out of their lives after high school.” Nasso plans to attend the University of Rhode Island in the fall where she will major in Biology. She hopes to bring the skills and information she has acquired from the club into her academics.

Pathways to Prosperity seeks to reach out to incoming high school students who are new to the whole college and post-secondary process. “[Focusing] mainly on eighth graders and high school undergraduates will help [us] guide and build future leaders for our country,” says junior Kaylee Santiago.

AHS has been used as a stepping stone for expanding this relatively new club. Malete and the other club members hope to incorporate guidance counselors, who will be entrusted to help students find and visualize what they aspire to be beyond high school.

Pathways to Prosperity takes place every other Tuesday in Ms. Shelia Rosa’s class, room 114A. All are welcomed and encouraged to come and see what they can offer to the world.

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OPINION: Michael Sam

NFL Football (Photo/ Nick Desmarais)

NFL Football
(Photo/ Nick Desmarais)

By: Nick Desmarais

Michael Sam is the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. After his draft, ESPN showed a video of Sam kissing his boyfriend. They then showed the crazy reaction at Nellie’s Sports Bar, which is a gay bar in Los Angeles.

Many players commented on Sam’s draft, as well as ESPN’s decision to show Sam and his boyfriend and then the gay bar.

Miami Dolphins Safety, Don Jones, tweeted “omg” speaking in regards to Sam being drafted. He then tweeted “horrible” after ESPN showed Sam kissing his boyfriend.

It’s bizarre to think that an NFL player would tweet something like this. It’s very immature of Jones. ESPN showed every player’s reaction after they were drafted and their happiness. They did not pick and choose based on race or sexual identity.

If almost every player drafted is shown kissing their wife or girlfriend, why is it any different for Sam? It isn’t. This situation as a whole shows that some people in the NFL are insecure and feel the need to say unnecessary comments.

Jones was disciplined by his team, which he deserved. He also apologized to Sam, which I think was a smart move by Jones. Sam is very brave to be who he is and do what he did. He should not be harassed but praised by other players and fans.

Landon Donovan

United States National Soccer Logo (Photo/Matt Rodrigues)

United States National Soccer Logo (Photo/Matt Rodrigues)

By: Matt Rodrigues

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil started on June 11. The finalized rosters came out on May 22 including the one for the U.S. and there was a big surprise in the final roster.

Landon Donovan, one of the most popular American players in the game, has been part of the U.S. team for 12 years. However, he didn’t make the final cut for the roster going to Brazil. Whether it was his age that was a factor or just his playing ability, the former face of U.S. soccer is no longer on the team.

Donovan played a huge roll for the U.S. team. He was the all-time leader in both scoring and assists for the national team; the striker is also the fourth youngest player to reach 100 caps for his country. Whenever Donovan was on the field he would always bring that spark that would have the team going and have them pushing for the extra minutes to win a game.

Donovan’s career took off as he led the San Jose Earthquakes to a Major League Soccer (MLS) championship in 2001 after being the worst team in the league the prior season. It was shortly after that Donovan was selected for the U.S. National team for the 2002 World Cup. He helped the team advance to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1930, scoring two goals that launched his popularity in the U.S.

As Donovan advanced his professional skills, he impressed even more Americans by winning the 2003 MLS championship again. After this big accomplishment Donovan was named All-Star MVP and the U.S. soccer athlete award of the year.

After trying to go overseas to play, Donovan decided to return to the U.S. and join L.A. Galaxy. Donovan was the Galaxy’s main player on the team and was able to score sixty goals and sixty assists in his career. In 2010 Donovan helped the U.S. team through the second round of the World Cup.

Donovan’s had some very big accomplishments in his professional career and is still playing and leading by example for some of the younger guys who come into the league. Although Donovan was cut from the 2014 U.S. World Cup roster, he is still a big part of American soccer and always will be.

OPINION: Ten Mile River

The Ten Mile River (Photo/ Samantha Tingue)

The Ten Mile River (Photo/ Samantha Tingue)

By: Samantha Tingue

On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Gateway City Parks Program granted the city of Attleboro $300,000 in order to redesign the highly polluted Ten Mile River at Wall Street, in efforts to enhance the city.

I feel that it is wonderful for our city to fix up the highly polluted Ten Mile River. However, why not use that $300, 000 on something more beneficial to our community and future generations?

Don’t get me wrong; helping our environment, starting with improving the River, is a great way for the community to help preserve the world and nature’s beauty. On the other hand, I feel that with the amount of budget cuts going on in our education system, a portion of that $300,000 should be given to specific educational systems or organizations.

The efforts to beautify the River and community may be a substantial economic boost for the City of Attleboro; however, society should focus more on improving the future leaders of this country, starting with our academic systems.

Focusing on our educational systems and increasing the funds available to schools will help to guide students to become great leaders and individuals, who will help improve the world and community down the road.

The way I see it, if society is able to focus on our children, the leaders of the future, then our environment will thrive in return.

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.

AHS Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

Girls' varsity Lacrosse Team (Photo/Earl Dias)

Girls’ varsity Lacrosse Team (Photo/Earl Dias)

By: Emily Fernandez

This spring sport season at AHS marked the first year for a girls’ varsity lacrosse team, after two years of a junior varsity team started by Mrs. Nancy Viera, the president of the Attleboro Lacrosse Association. Coaches Jackie Beland and Ms. Jill Tosti run the girl’s teams.

Freshman Emily Viera, daughter of Nancy, made Varsity this past spring. “It’s awesome that I made the varsity team my freshman year,” said Viera.

The girls do many things to prepare for the season. “I play other sports and condition off-season; I also play on our winter league team and that helped me get used to the girls and how they play on the field,” said Viera.

Sarah Deflaminio, another freshman who made the varsity team said, “It’s an honor to be a part of the varsity team my freshman year, especially because it’s the first year the team exists.”

The captains for 2014 were seniors Alexa Harvey, Renne Mcnary and Meghan Handy. They were they first official captains the team ever had. “It was an honor to lead my team and be a role model to the girls,” said Harvey, adding, “Some of our goals this season were to play better as a whole. We didn’t mind so much about the score as long as we played a good game” and “out of all the teams in the Hock we had the best sportsmanship, which is something we’re all proud of.”

This past season the girls didn’t win any games although they were close many times. “The score never mattered, as long as my players played cleaned, showed improvement each game, and played to their full potential,” said Beland, who was named captain for the 2015 season along with sophomore Kayla Merritt.

Beland hopes next year her team will make a comeback and win some games. She wants her players to stay conditioned and fit so that they’re prepared for their next season.

President of the ALA Nancy Viera and parent Kevin Koppy have started a winter league team for both the girl’s and boy’s teams. For more information go to the Attleboro Lacrosse Associations’ website for contact numbers.

Teen Wolf Returns

Teen Wolf Logo (Photo/ )

Teen Wolf Logo
(Photo/Viacom)

By: Rachel Oliveira

Teen Wolf, an American television series, loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, was developed by Jeff Davis for MTV and is currently on its fourth season.

The supernatural, comedy-drama series revolves around high school student and social outcast Scott Mcall (Tyler Posey), who is bitten by a werewolf while looking for a dead girl in the woods that he heard about from a sheriff. Scott attempts to maintain a normal life, keeping the fact of his being a werewolf secret from everyone, with the exception of his best friend “Stiles” Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien), who helps him through the changes in his life and body, and another mysterious werewolf, Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin).

Scott gains supernatural abilities, such as enhanced speed and heightened senses, enabling him to become the captain of his Beacon Hills High School lacrosse team. He gains respect from popular girl Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) and the envy of her lacrosse-playing boyfriend Jackson Whittemore (Colton Haynes).

Scott also develops a romantic relationship with school newcomer Allison Argent (Crystal Reed). However, he discovers her father Chris Argent (JR Bourne) is a werewolf hunter.

The series has received a generally positive response from critics, according to Metacritic and deserves five out of five stars, for its “attractive” actors and use of attention-grabbing fast-paced scenes.