Author: Katie Scheidle, Senior
Even after the last set pieces and props have been collected after the spring musical, there is still one more chance for students to perform on the PRHS stage. Hosted by International Thespian Society Troupe #4629 is the One Acts Festival. On this night every year, new thespians are inducted into the troupe after completing a certain number of hours of rehearsals, and after this traditional induction ceremony, the one acts begin. A one-act play is a short production that consists usually of only one scene, and in the One Acts festival at PRHS, the shows put on are student written, student directed, and student performed. This year there will be a total of 10 one act plays being performed. The First Time I... by Alyssa Weinberg, Alone by Jim Keenan, Dress Code by Julia Rose Duardo, In Hot Water by Katie Scheidle, Eat My Shorts by Victoria Parente, Serial Foot Sniffer on the Loose by Shawn Sweeney, The Joys of Being Pregnant by Megan Ludwig, Pushing Limits by Monique Nyonly, and Your Privacy is Our Privilege by Megan O'Keefe. The 2016 One Act Play Festival will be held on May 12 at 7:00pm in the Little Theater and it is encouraged that everyone come to support the thespian society and enjoy this special night watching your fellow classmates preform on the PRHS stage.
Author: Matt Gray, Junior
The coaches for lacrosse are Mr. Harvey, who is the head coach and Mr. Kulsar and Mr. Marini, are the assistant coaches. This is the first varsity season for the lacrosse team. I enjoyed being the team manager for the team this year. The Seniors this year are Dominick Petillo, Chris Bolella, Conor Stripling, Kyle Manwarren, Chris Arcodia, Declan McNamara, Donovan Smith, Steven Panagi, and Mattaoe Spencer.
The Captains are Dominick Petillo, Chris Bolella, and Mike Lisa.
The stats for goals are as follows:
Goals- Shawn Sweeney (15) Ryan McGee (4), Christopher Bolella (3) Michael Shappell (3)
Assists- Andrew Pierce (9) Shawn Sweeney (2) Chris Bolella (2)
Saves- Jack Lepore- 65
Dom Petillo- 13
After the teams 19 to 4 victory over Parsippany, the team’s record stands at 6 wins and 3 losses.
The next game is for the first round of the Bergen County playoffs. Park Ridge will play against Paramus Catholic, away. Come support the fighting Owls.
Author: Julia Drennan, Sophomore
On April 6th, Madame Luce and Madame Melvin’s French 4, 5, and 6 classes went on a trip to see an exhibit in The Met and go to a French Restaurant. They visited a special exhibit on Vigee Le Brun, a famous artist who painted many portraits for Marie Antionette and the royal court, and had a successful career after the French Revolution. Some students had prepared information and explained it to the rest of the classes in tour guide fashion, and many other museum patrons stopped to listen to them as well. The rest of the classes had packets to fill out, asking about seeing the pieces in real life, and the significance of them. After seeing the exhibit, students were allowed to explore the museum, but most saw the Greco-Roman hall, which was right outside the exhibit.
After touring the museum, they took a bus to the French restaurant, La Bonne Soup. Students had preselected meals during class time, and they were treated to wonderful French cuisine, such as croque-monsieur, quiche lorraine, French onion soup, crème caramel, and chocolate mousse. After getting back to school and reviewing the day, everyone said they would love to do it again. The trip provided students with an opportunity to learn about the French royal court through Le Brun’s paintings, as well as Le Brun herself, who maintained a successful career, and as one of the few women painters of her time, left a lasting legacy.
Author: Gillian Unger, Junior
On April 14th at 7:00 PM, the Middle School and High School concert bands joined together to showcase their songs and talents for the Spring Band Concert. Since the fall concert, both bands have been practicing daily for this night. Concert band director, Mr. Popolizio, did an outstanding job directing both bands to victory. The Middle School band played songs from different song genres like Grease medleys, Eye of the Tiger and Disney hits. The High School band showcased songs like Star Wars and the famous Beatle’s song, Let It Be. Different high school and middle school individuals showcased their talents on their instruments in amazing solos and duets.
When I interviewed Mr. Popolizio, he gave a rewarding answer on result of the band concert. “The MS and HS musicians really stepped up and put on a great show. The music was challenging and also covered a wide variety of styles such as Jazz, Rock, Broadway Show tunes, Latin and Classical. The musicians who played features such as Solos, Duet, Trios and Small Ensembles were outstanding.” Being in the band is a great way to express emotion through music and instruments. Mr. Popolizio also adds that he “feels the students are getting a great education musically by playing such a wide array of songs. I couldn’t be more pleased and proud of each and everyone of my Band members”.
Park Ridge High School Band is a great way to relax after many difficult classes. Mr. Popolizio encourages students to join the band because without the people enrolling in band, he can’t perform pieces that involve a large amount of people. If you want to have a good time learning how to play an instrument, join the band because you will not regret the amazing talent and skills learned in the course. Although many students may want to take two of the same type of course, one should think about joining or remaining in band because it teaches you lessons not only instrumentally but also mentally. Park Ridge Media Production and the rest of the school congratulate Mr. Popolizio and all the band members for their hard work and dedication in making the concerts the best of the best and can’t wait for the next concert!
Author: Ally Jago, Senior
This past Thursday, Park Ridge track and field entered their last tri-meet against Saddle River Day and Cresskill. While both the boys’ and girls’ teams were able to secure victories against SRD, Cresskill walked away victorious. The upset was particularly devastating for the girls’ team, which, because of a calculative error, thought that they had won. In the end, the loss came down to a disputed third of a point.
Indeed, Park Ridge trackletes were disappointed, but they were not deterred. With such close scores, the league title for the patriot division is well within reach for the boys and girls. The winner of the title will be decided this Monday at Emerson High School during the Divisional Championship Meet, otherwise known as the League Meet. Competitors include Waldwick, Bogota, Emerson, and of course, Cresskill.
Needless to say, the Park Ridge team is eager to compete. Senior captain, Jim Keenan remarks, “Track is the only sport that basically leaves the league title up to one team performance on a given day.” He continues, “the pressure is on and it’s time to put PRTF back on the map.”
If there is any year to win the league title, this certainly would be it. Despite dwindling numbers, the team has been churning out impressive statistics. Track and field athletes have been meeting and exceeding the requirements for getting mentioned in the paper, including Greg Kolaros. Even more, the girls’ team especially has been destroying records including those for the 1600 meter relay, 400 intermediate hurdles, the distance medley relay, and both horizontal jump relays.
Park Ridge poses a threat to the patriot division, however only Monday’s performances will decide the winner.
All are invited to attend. Field events start at 4:00 pm and the track events start 30 minutes afterwards. It is recommended to bring money for the entrance fee as well as light snacks to feed the grumpy runners.
Author: Megan Ludwig, Sophomore
The Saint Patrick’s Day parade takes place every year in New York City. Every year our marching band goes to march and perform in the parade. This year our students were excited and happy for their adventure into the city. Mr. Popolizio is the marching band teacher for the Park Ridge school. He shared with us the information that, “The NYC Saint Patrick’s Day is the oldest (since 1762), largest (runs from 11:00am to 6:00pm with tens of thousands of participants), and most famous parade in the world. The band performs live to an audience of between two and three million people on national TV” (Channel 4).
Mr. Popolizio was quick to reassert the significance of the parade. “This parade is a great way to promote the Marching Band program as well as our school.” Many of the marching band members agree and Melissa Papirio, when asked about her experience said, “The experience is breathtaking. Not many people get to march in such a famous parade, and it’s amazing to be able to do it with my closest friends.” The parade really is a great experience for the band and anyone who is thinking about joining should join. It’s a great way to represent the Park Ridge school and a good opportunity to try new activities in the school.
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Author: Richard J. Kuiters, Sophomore
On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, The National Honors society of Park Ridge High School held an event called, “The NHS Coffee House”. For everyone who went, it was a great and relaxing experience. The cost to attend was $5 dollars, which also paid for coffee and snacks.
People attended the event to enjoy coffee snacks and even perfomances. People also signed up to perfom either music or poetry. It came to be an excellent evening as people enjoyed themselves watching their peers perform, or enjoyed performing to an audience they knew well.
The event lasted for an hour and a half. Many attended the NHS Coffee House, making it a very lively and entertaining setting. However, For next year, the National Honors Society is hoping to have an even bigger turn out so that more performances may be featured, and more people can enjoy the evening with their friends.
Make sure to go to the NHS Coffee House next year!
Authors: Abbas Ladak (Junior), Deanna Jeune (Junior) and Stephanie Marsh (Junior)
Park Ridge Boys Basketball had an amazing season this year, with 22 wins and only 7 loses. Park Ridge had won every home game until the end of the season with an upsetting loss to Verona. This was not only our first home loss, but it was also the game that had taken us out of the running for the state championship. Some of the highlights from this season include Craig Kochakian defeating Cresskill in over time with a shot that made it in with the sound of the buzzer. Another highlight from the season and probably one of the best things I had the pleasure to witness in person was seeing Michael Russell scoring his first three pointer to help lead Park Ridge to a win over Pal Park. Finally, I just want to wish them good luck for next season.
The significance of Boys basketball is that the boys get to play and have fun with each other. Every time they win everyone cheers for them. At the Basketball games the rowdies and the fans always support the team no matter what. Going to the games is something that the students at Park Ridge should enjoy because the games always wind up being interesting and something that everyone should try and enjoy. Going out to the sporting events is a way to support your school and everyone should try to support their school.
Good luck to the rest of the sports teams!
Author: Jason Rosen, Sophomore
The Park Ridge high school DECA program is the best business program on the high school level. For all who went, DECA was a great experience. The DECA program has three event levels. The first was regionals. This year, DECA regionals took place in Ramapo College on Wednesday January 6th. Eighty-four students took part in this event, making DECA one of the biggest clubs in Park Ridge HS.
Mr. English, the DECA advisor for Park Ridge HS, informed the public on Friday, January 8th that, “an astonishing 27 students made it on to states!” The state level succeeds the regional level. This year, the DECA States took place in Cherry Hill, NJ on Febuary 25th and 26th.
After the event, when the results were told, Mr. English stated that, “This year, was one of the toughest years I have ever seen.” At the end of the day, we were told that 16 out of the 27 students from Park Ridge HS were finalists in the event. This means that each person who finilized finished within the top 12 of their event. In order to participate in DECA Nationals, one must either be awarded spots or be awarded top three in their event.
Towards the end of the Award Ceromony, Mr. English was notified that 5 of the 16 students advanced to DECA Nationals, the highest level in the DECA program. In addition, PRHS was awarded 4 “wild card” spots to participate in ICDC, a buisness leadership program that everyone who advances to Nationals, gets to attend.
Good luck to all Park Ridge HS members who participate in DECA nationals.
Halloween pranks was inspired by the excitement of Halloween. Our “scarer” Sean Mahoney jumps behind people, out of corners, hallways, and doorways to get a humorous and frightful reaction from his victims. We pretended to interview some teachers and students while our scarer popped out behind him. Some were more scared than others but every reaction was entertaining.
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Media Productions Class, Park Ridge High School