Attleboro High School students and teachers show their support of the faculty receiving pink slips.
By: Lydia Robinette
The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman is a mystery and thriller novel is about the abduction of a little girl and the way it affects her family and friends after she’s gone.
Four year old child Tabitha “Turtle” Myers was taken from her family’s home on New Year’s Eve while all the adults were partying. Her sister, Sam, and Sam’s best-friend at the time, Remy, saw, as they were trying to sleep, a man dressed up as Santa Claus enter through the unlocked sliding glass door and take Turtle away.
Warman sets the novel up so that the chapters switch between past and present, all in Sam’s point of view. By switching between the past and present, it gives the reader a broader perspective of the crime and offers them more possibilities as to what may have happened. Due to this writing style, the book successfully holds the suspense and captures the reader’s attention.
Within the novel Warman discusses the differences between the affection Sam feels for Remy, and the affection she feels for Noah, a boy she met at a support group for families who had an abduction happen in their own families. Sam’s relationship with Remy was strained after she moved back to the home that Turtle had been taken from, but they slowly open up to each other and try and move pass the guilt they feel from the night of Turtle’s disappearance.
With Noah, the relationship isn’t nearly as strained, but Sam has trouble sorting through her feelings to find out if she really wants to be with Noah or if she is only attracted to the understanding he provides because he went through something similar. Both of the relationships are creative ways for the author to provide insight into what Sam’s feelings are about the tragedy.
The novel’s main theme centers on the question, “If you tell a lie for long enough that you start to believe it, than does it become the truth?” according to Warman in an interview with reporter Patrick Parr for The Writer. As the mystery surrounding that night and the family involved unravels, it reveals a major plot twist.
Besides The Last Good Day Warman has written five other novels including Breathless and Where The Truth Lies. Both novels are young adult and center around teenagers with modern problems with a unique twist.
Overall, the book deserves five out of five stars for its brilliant and completely unexpected plot twist and the startling reality it reveals about the families of most abduction victims.
By: Jade Ford
On Jan. 4, 2016, Clash Royale was released in the app store. The game is closely related to Clash of Clans; however Royale is based more on multiplayer battling. Instead of having a town hall, like in Clash of Clans, the player is a King and must battle in the arenas earning trophies and gaining chests and fighter cards.
Each player in the battle arena has a King tower and two Princess towers. The Princess towers are archers and shoot enemies but only do a certain amount of damage according to the player’s level.
The King’s tower has more hit points and does slightly more damage than the Princess’s towers because they use a canon and that is where special cards like the fireball and arrows are projected from.
The cards found within the chests earned from successful battles contain coins and cards with different types of fighters on them, like archers, giants, dragons, or even skeletons. Each player has an elixir bar, which is a potion that is used to send out the fighter cards; these can be troops, spells, or buildings.
Elixir is used up fairly quickly due to the fighter cards ranging from 1-5 in elixir cost. The elixir bar regenerates slowly but players can obtain elixir cards which help them regenerate more elixir at a faster pace.
During the last 60 seconds of each battle, each player’s elixir bar goes slightly faster making it a little easier to send out troops and destroy the enemies’ towers. The person who has destroyed all three towers first, or the most towers before time runs out, is the winner and earns a certain amount of trophies and a chest; the chests can carry any amount of cards, coins, and/or gems depending on the player’s win.
Players can level up by upgrading their fighter cards when they receive the amount required to upgrade from chests they have earned. Different amounts of trophies unlock new arenas for the player to fight in. Each arena is where players will find other players within the same level range as themselves to battle.
Clash Royale is free in the Apple app store, but there are some features which players have to pay money to receive. If a player is low on gems or coins they can pay money from their Apple account to buy more gems or coins. The gems can be used to open chests faster or buy epic player cards if they don’t have enough coins to buy them.
Just like Clash of Clans, this app has become very popular and is currently the editor’s choice in the app store with over 37,000 reviews. Rated a 9+ for cartoon and fantasy violence, it is sold by Supercell Oy but requires iOS 7.0 or later.
Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the game deserves five out of five stars for excellent graphics and a very competitive, yet fun, vibe.
By: Hannah Michienzi
Attleboro High School is home to many clubs surrounding student interests. One of them is the Leo Club, which stands for Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity.
Leo Club member Avery Schroder said, “Leo Club is a great opportunity for students to help the community, get volunteer hours, and create long lasting friendships.”
In the past, Leo Club members have helped by giving children toys and basic necessities for the Christmas season, donated Thanksgiving baskets and raked leaves for the elderly and disabled.
Leo Club meetings are held every other Monday in the LMC or in the cafeteria starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. At recent club meetings students dressed in pajamas and made Valentine’s Day cards for people who are in retirement homes.
Students are also planning the annual Easter egg scavenger hunt that takes place at Capron Park Zoo. Members will fill 20,000 plastic eggs with candy, which have been donated for the event. After the eggs are filled, students hide them on the morning of the Easter egg hunt.
Leo Club members have volunteered at multiple soup kitchens by making food and setting up the kitchen. They have also hosted an event called “Haunted Happenings.”
Leo Club member Hailey Patel said, “The students dressed up in costumes and scared the people walking through the maze. People who don’t like being scared can still attend and play games that were set up and run by the club members.”
The executive board of the Leo Club consists of Lauren Tran, the president; Patrick Lam, the vice president; Federica Badoe, the secretary; Oliva Cass, the treasurer; Chris Monson, the senior rep; Iffa Sugrio, Abby Whittingham, and Victoria Pike and junior reps; and Torey Lussier as a sophomore rep. The Club’s advisors are science teacher Ms. Rachel Skerker and retired librarian Mrs. Judy Hebert.
By: Jade Ford
Over the last 10 years, the Attleboro Scholarship Foundation (ASF) members have visited Attleboro High School (AHS) and provided seniors with opportunities to receive scholarships from families and other foundations who have partnered with ASF to award money.
ASF Executive Director Mrs. Wendy Holt visited AHS recently to answer students’ questions about certain scholarships and loan opportunities that aren’t offered just at AHS. She also visits periodically during the months leading up to the scholarship and college application times refilling all house office’s application bins.
“When I visit, I usually have a partner with me and she will sit here [at a table set up in B2 cafeteria] and I will go around to the tables making sure all the seniors have all the papers they need,” said Holt.
Students can reach Holt at (508) 226-4414 or visit ASF at 89 North Main St. with any questions regarding applications or the loan program.
“Students can come in with any questions or make one-on-one appointments; anything that we can help with we are more than happy to do,” said Holt.
Another very important resource for the students within AHS is secretary Mrs. Carolyn Bosh, who is available on the balcony for students who have any questions.
At ASF, it is not just as simple as picking the most qualified student or the student who needs it the most; there is a selected group of ASF members who pick students for the scholarships. ASF first helped out with student loans in 1947, but then branched out into offering scholarships for college.
The scholarships offered do not entirely revolve around good grades like most students might think. They are more often based on which school the student wants to attend and the student’s community service hours. Others have more specific requirements.
The main application that all guidance counselors encourage students to apply for is the general application, which qualifies students for many other scholarships. “Outside organizations that aren’t partnered with us or the high school may find and pick students to give scholarships and money to who they feel will do the most with the money they’re given,” said Holt.
The loan program is up to a $15,000 loan, which adds to whatever financial aid the student is receiving. The program also depends on the student’s chosen college. There are also many technology scholarships as well for students who wish to go into a technical career.
ASF tries their best to spread the word about how they can help and what they can offer to students. “We put notices in the newspaper, we’re even on cable television too; we are always doing our best to get the information out there,” said Holt.
Seniors can apply to as many scholarships as they want and receive several scholarships. “We try our best to spread out the money to everyone as much as we possibly can because we don’t want to give all of the money to one student who has a bunch of qualifications and average grades and none to a student who has less qualifications and better grades,” said Holt.
The L.G. Balfour Foundation has partnered with ASF and administers the Balfour money; however, it is not advertised like the rest of their scholarships. “After Mr. Balfour passed, he said in his will that he wanted to take care of all his former workers’ [at the Balfour Jewelry factory] grandchildren with their education, so any child who has a grandparent that worked there can apply to receive money from that foundation, but we don’t advertise that as much as the others,” said Holt.
A well loved copy of Unwind Photo by: Lydia Robinette
By: Lydia Robinette
Unwind by Neil Shusterman is a novel set in a dystopian future where aborting a pregnancy has become illegal, however, between the ages of 13 and 18 parents can “retroactively abort” their child through the process of “unwinding.”
Unwinding is the phrase used in the book as a euphemism for sending the teenagers to “harvest camps” where they are used medically as full body donors, meaning they use the victims’ entire body as viable organs for other people. The policy started as a way to help burn victims and other people who suffered and needed body parts to be saved but it soon became a staple of society. Due to the surplus in parts from the many unwound teenagers, people with thinning hair could request a scalp implant or people who didn’t like their eye color could replace them.
The novel follows three teenagers, Conner, Risa and Lev, and their journey evading their upcoming unwinding. Conner, a troubled fifteen year old, was being unwound because his parents decided it would be better for him than letting him continue with his shenanigans.
Risa, a fifteen year old state ward, was sent to unwinding because she was one of the many children who were sent to orphanages because nobody wanted to take care of them and she did not do anything that proved her worthy enough to let her live in “an undivided state.”
Lastly, Lev, a thirteen year old, was sent to be unwound because his parent’s religion calls for a tithe (a term that in this case means unwinding your child on their thirteenth birthday as a holy sacrifice to God). He was taught his whole life that he was special and created only for this purpose.
Shusterman came up with the idea for writing Unwind because he was watching a television show that talked about transplants and their future possibilities, which made him think about “if one hundred percent of a person is still alive, are they alive or dead?” Shusterman has another series that deals with life and death questions The Everlost Trilogy.
Unwind has sold over 350,000 copies today and is an amazing dystopian novel, like no other, because it doesn’t revolve around new technology, but instead brought up possible solutions for today’s leading arguments. It made readers ponder the difference between life and death and the things that make being alive worthwhile. It was exceptional and could potentially change the way people look at life. This novel deserves five out of five stars.
By: Jade Ford
Between Jan. and April, seniors schedule multiple appointments with their guidance counselors to apply for scholarships.
“Students begin applying for scholarships around Jan., some applications are due on April 1, but some students wait to see what packages they can receive and what kind of aid is available to them,” said House 3 guidance counselor Ms. Leslie Hackbarth.
Students never have to worry about paying to apply for scholarships, since it is free to seniors and some juniors who want a head start. Some scholarships do have specific requirements for the students to complete.
“Each scholarship receives a lot of applicants and the money is tied to certain requirements, although the requirements are pretty reasonable,” said House 2 guidance counselor Ms. Kelsey Brindley.
The house offices of Attleboro High School (AHS) provide a lot of help when it comes to ensuring a fair opportunity to receive help to make it into college. “The house office handles everything and the students just have to apply and get all their requirements done. Other students who aren’t in AHS, but still in the Attleboro community, can also receive money from us if they have better requirements than those here who have applied,” said House 1 guidance counselor Mr. William Stiles.
Scholarship requirements are very diverse, ranging from community service hours, to athletics, or even family members in a specific work force. There are a few scholarships available to anyone, for students who do not meet specific requirements for certain scholarships.
“School within a School (SWS) students can absolutely apply; anyone part of the Attleboro community can apply for these scholarships.” said Stiles.
AHS does its best to spread the word to all the seniors about scholarship season. “Our guidance department does an excellent job of publicizing scholarship opportunities through social media and through our outlets at the school such as Daily Notices and through bulletin board postings,” said AHS Principal Mr. Bill Runey.
Keeping students updated and providing times at which they can meet with their guidance counselors helps the stress level remain low when it comes to applying to colleges and seeking the help many students need today.
The newest scholarship, not shown on the list of available scholarships and each of their requirements, is the BCEA $1000 Carlos Alves Scholarship, which was added this year. This is a typical scholarship for AHS; the highest scholarship is $5000 and the lowest is around $250.
“There’s a link on the school website that shows you all the scholarships and there’s also the Scholarship Foundation site which has everything there too,” said Brindley.
All the information regarding which scholarships offer the most and which offer the least is available on the Attleboro Scholarship Foundation (ASF) site. On Feb. 24, 2016, ASF members will talk to seniors in B2 cafeteria during all lunches about the scholarships.
Students can also check the Balcony for applications. “Aside from requirements and special preferences, these applications adhere to their deadlines,” said Guidance Director Mrs. Julie Little. The site includes requirements for each scholarship.