Students Reflect on Trump’s First Year


President Trump in the Oval Office. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Donald Trump has been in office for more than thirteen months. It’s been an interesting year since our country elected the 45th President of the United States. It was one of the most surprising elections in the history of our country. Hillary Clinton was the favorite by a wide margin; however, reality TV star and real estate developer Donald Trump used different tactics and strategies such as his tax reform plan and promising to be different from former presidents, which led to his victory.

Politics is an important issue across the world and especially at Northwood. President Trump is a touchy subject with some students and teachers, but everyone has an opinion about our new commander-in-chief’s performance during his first year in office. Many students compliment Trump’s ability to enact what they call historic tax and regulatory reform, which they claim has resulted in an increase in our economic growth by 3 percent since President Obama left office. Other Trump supporters giver Trump credit for the ISIS’s diminished power in the Middle East.

However, many Northwood students have expressed anger and resentment towards the new president. Many students have opposed his Muslim ban, Executive Order 13769. Many students have felt scared by how the president reacts to adversity or threats. When talking about North Korea and the threats made against our nation, he displayed how he would retaliate” with a bomb and our bomb is much bigger than theirs.” Then a few weeks later, he agrees to sit down with the North Korean leader and talk. Not only would is the president saying unwise things, his critics at Northwood contend but he’s also suggesting that World War III is in the near future and he’s not afraid to start it.

When discussing with Northwood students  how they felt about President Donald Trump’s first year, many seemed furious, while others seemed to tolerate his job so far (ed. note: this is a sampling of the author’s friends and is not an attempt to survey a representative sample of Northwood students):

Will Arquiett

“I don’t like the way he carries himself as our president. He is supposed to be a leader and someone we can all go to during a crisis, but I don’t think hes the guy. He has done some good things, but I don’t buy into everything he is saying. He’s a liar.” – Will Arquiett ‘19, Brasher Falls, NY


Patrick Callahan

“Trump’s new tax plan is likeable to many, but to me personally I don’t agree with it. With his behavior and mannerisms, I believe we have taken a step back in the way we treat each other in this nation.” – Pat Callahan ‘18, Skaneateles, NY


Tommy Bannister

“I know he’s not the most likeable person in the world, but at the end of day I believe he makes the right decision. He just doesn’t act the part.” – Tommy Bannister ‘20, Clayton, NY


Sutton Allard

“Being from another country I wouldn’t want him representing my nation.” – Sutton Allard ‘19, Kanata, ONT Canada


Barrett Ott

“He’s not the smartest, but you have to give the guy credit because he did turn some things around.” – Barrett Ott ‘19, Ketchum, ID


Stephen Panico

Stephen Panico ‘19, of Fairfield, CT, refused to talk about President Trump.

Donald Trump has had a unique first year in office. In many Americans’ eyes, his tenure has not been good, as he is one of the most unpopular presidents in the modern era with a 39% approval rating. We will see what year two has in store.


Violent shooting in Florida kills 17 and injures 15 [from The Eagle Eye]


Memorials are seen on a fence surrounding Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 21, 2018. (Credit: RHONA WISE/AFP/Getty Images)

“Valentine’s Day was a day of love, passion and friendships as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School celebrated Feb. 14, 2018 with carnations and teddy bears. It was not until nearly the end of the school day at around 2:30 p.m. that the lives of students and faculty were taken in a violent rampage of hatred.”

Continue reading on The Eagle Eye, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School newspaper. More coverage from The Eagle Eye.

Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth on Twitter

February 1926. That was when Historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History declared the second week of February as “Negro History Week.” This resulted in the subsequent creation of the beloved National Black History Month. Since it is the age of technology’s reign, Twitter celebrated the opening of this month with a few hashtags. [Read more…]

How to Be Sustainable While Keeping Warm in Subzero Temps

As the winter season reaches its peak and temperatures drop below zero, the results of climate change become ever more prevalent. With extreme heat comes extreme cold, both of which often cause people to waste energy, worsening the crisis. This year, several temperature records in America, both high and low, have been broken, causing families to huddle in their homes with the thermostat turned up. Despite the extreme temperatures, there are several methods to stay warm while the world freezes around you. [Read more…]

Composting at Northwood: It’s Not Just Rotten Food

Northwood’s campus, though small, is embedded into the nature that surrounds it. We have three expansive fields, trees and grass surrounding the buildings, and an Adirondack pavilion. In order to tend to this greenery, we rely mainly on fertilizers bought from outside sources, which are quite expensive. There is a way to become self-sustainable so that the school does not have to spend money on fertilizer while reducing waste produced by our community: composting.


Students collect food waste from the kitchen in plastic buckets and bring it to the compost bin. Photo: provided.

Composting is a process by which organic waste such as food, leaves, or lawn clippings, decomposes in a controlled environment to produce compost, a soil-like material that is full of nutrients. For the waste to properly break down, it must be kept moist and aerated regularly to keep decomposition aerobic so the food does not simply rot in anaerobic fashion. It can be then used in gardens as a form of fertilizer to improve the quality of plants grown there. The most commonly used method has three stages, and three piles – one where the food goes in, one where it is mid – decomposition, and one for the end stages when it becomes usable. The decomposition takes anywhere from three months to a year, depending on conditions such as temperature and moisture. [Read more…]

Finland Celebrates 100 Year of Independence

December 6 is a date of immense national important to Finland: it is the one hundredth anniversary of the country’s independence from Russia, and the day will be marked by Finns the world over with celebration.


Finland became an independent country on the 6th of December 1917. Finland declared its independence during the revolution of the Russian empire in the midst of the first world war. The emperor of Russia fell during the Russian revolution of 1917, and the country was taken over by the Bolsheviks. The leader of Bolsheviks, Vladimir Lenin, acknowledged Finland’s independence in 1918. Sweden followed the same year, and the United States acknowledged Finland’s independence a year later in 1919. Immediately following  independence, Finland went through a devastating civil war from January to May in 1918.


War veterans are remembered on Independence Day in Finland.

On numerous occasions since the declaration of independence, Finland has had to fight to keep its independence. During WWII, the Winter War and Continuation War against the Soviet Union led to territorial losses, but they solidified the national character: Sisu. Sisu is a symbol of Finnish character and represents stoic determination, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness. “To have guts” may be the best English translation of the beloved Finnish character trait.

The theme for the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence is “Together.” Together the Finnish nation has had celebratory programs throughout 2017, including a film adaptation of the cherished novel about the Continuation War against the Soviet Union, The Unknown Soldier, by Väinö Linna. Another film is about the biggest athletic achievement in Finnish history, the World Championship of Hockey in 1995, which was the Finland’s first international hockey championship and a source of national pride.

Finland traditionally celebrates its independence with a similar program every year. The day starts with a ceremonial flag-raising. This is followed by a Liturgical celebration, and the giving of medals and promotions for the Finnish Army forces, which holds celebratory parades a variety of cities that include a flyover by the Finnish Air Force.

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A big tradition in every Finnish home is to visit the graves of family members, light a candle on the grave and have a moment of silence to pay respect. Another big tradition in every home is to watch the reception of The Castle Ball, where the Finnish President receives every one invited to the Ball and shakes their hand. Guests include the government officials, members of parliament, ambassadors, war veterans, athletes and artists. This Castle Ball is also known as a very popular “fashion show,” as commentators evaluate the fashions worn by the invitees. All of this is traditionally concluded by watching the popular movie about the  Continuation War, The Unknown Soldier.

This article was written by Santeri Hartikainen ‘18, who was born and raised in Finland. He plans to celebrate Independence Day by having a traditional Finnish meal with other Northwood students at the home of a local family with Finnish roots.

Spacey Scandal: Don’t Let Him Hide Behind the Rainbow Flag

Guest Opinion by Olivia Skriloff’18


Kevin Spacey. Photo: Wikipedia.

The LGBTQ+ community is almost always happy to have another celebrity in our ranks. We are desperate for representation, because how the media portrays our community is how the general public sees us. On top of that, in the past month, a slew of sexual assault allegations have been exposing various Hollywood bigwigs as predators.

On October 29th in an interview with BuzzFeed News Anthony Rapp, known for being on the original cast of RENT and more recently on Star Trek: Discovery, Alleged that Kevin Spacey most famously known as Francis Underwood on Netflix’s hit series: House of Cards “invited Rapp over to his apartment for a party, and, at the end of the night, picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed, and climbed on top of him, making a sexual advance. According to public records, Spacey was 26. Rapp was 14.” This allegation is a big deal because on top of this being sexual assault Rapp was also under age. [Read more…]

Are Northwood Seniors Suffering from Anxiety?

Recently, a New York Times article asked the question “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?” The article started with the story of Kevin, a high school senior taking three Advanced Placement classes, who attempted suicide many times due to overwhelming anxiety. The article then gets into distressing statistics stating that over the last decade, anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common reason college students seek counseling services. It also states that “In its annual survey of students, the American College Health Association found a significant increase — to 62% in 2016 from 50% in 2011 — of undergraduates reporting “overwhelming anxiety” in the previous year.” On top of that, admissions of suicidal teenagers doubled over the last 10 years, with the highest rates being after they return to school each fall. This article spiked interest regarding anxiety at Northwood School. Are Northwood’s seniors anxious too? [Read more…]

Major FL Storm Hits Near Student Homes

Hurricane Irma was the most devastating Atlantic hurricane seen in nearly twenty years. Several Northwood students reside or have family in the Sunshine State.  The hurricane was the first category five storm to hit the United States in more than a decade.

Seniors Alec Herman and Sierra Benjamin live in usually sunny Florida when not attending school. [Read more…]

Students Discuss Anthem Protests

What began as one NFL quarterback kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality has led to hundreds of players, coaches and front office staff protesting President Trump in a turn of events that has divided the nation.


The 49ers’ Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem prior to the game against the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego, California. Photo: Getty Images

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