Death of Swedish Music Icon Avicii Shakes Students

The music industry received news of a devastating blow that also affected our school community. Swedish musician Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, passed away last month at the age of 28. He was a worldwide icon with house music producing global hits like Wake Me Up and Levels. [Read more…]

Day of Silence Brings Awareness of the LGBTQ Community

Last Friday, Northwood School participated in a Day of Silence to bring awareness to the LGBTQ community. This is an annual event nationwide and was organized at Northwood by Addie Castillo ‘21 and Ben DeGirolamo ‘21 as part of a class in Mrs. Carmichael’s ninth grade English class.   [Read more…]

Students Walk Out to Protest Gun Violence

Last Friday at Northwood School, 29 students and 10 teachers walked out of class at 10:00 am to protest gun violence, especially school shootings. Students in over 2,000 schools around the country came together to walk out of classes and mark the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine school shooting, which is considered the beginning of the modern era of school shootings.

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Seniors Hannah Kessel (left) and Olivia Skriloff face the assembled students and faculty at the walkout on April 20, 2018. (Photo: Sam DiBitetto ’18)

The walkout at Northwood began at 10:00 am, five minutes into C period classes. Students and teachers gathered in the indoor tennis courts at 10:00 am where they heard a few people speak and observed a moment of silence. Seventeen minutes later, at 10:17 am, they went back to class. The demonstration last seventeen minutes in memory of the seventeen people killed at the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

The walkout was led by seniors Hannah Kessel and Olivia Skriloff, and they both spoke at the tennis courts. Kessel read the mission of the national walkout:

National School Walkout is a movement powered and led by students across the country. We’re protesting congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence. America is the only country in the world where so many people are killed by guns, and yet our leaders do nothing about it. In many states, it’s more difficult to register to vote than it is to buy a rifle. Apparently to some politicians, a vote is scarier than a gun.

Skriloff read the names of the people killed in the Parkland and Columbine shootings. Skriloff also urged everyone in attendance to call their elected officials and urge them to enact sensible gun reform legislation. Click here to contact your legislators.

Every student who walked out seemed genuinely concerned about gun violence and moved by the event. “I think If we all came together we could put an end to gun violence,” said junior Barrett Ott.

Hockey World Mourns Tragic Bus Accident

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Members of the Humboldt Broncos, a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team, are pictured in the locker room on March 24, 2018, after their playoff win over the Melfort Mustangs (@HumboldtBroncos/Twitter/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

On April 6th the hockey world was shocked when the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team’s bus crashed with a semi-trailer truck near Armley Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 16 people and injuring 13. The victims included 10 players, two coaches, a statistician, a broadcaster, the bus driver, and an athletic therapist. The remaining passengers, 13 players, received injuries, most of them serious. The Broncos were on their way to play game five of their playoff series with the Nipawin Hawks when the accident happened. [Read more…]

Skriloff: Generation Z Must Register to Vote. And then Vote.

What follows is the speech senior Olivia Skriloff delivered at school meeting on Monday, March 26. She delivered it after showing several clips of speeches from the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC, which she attended and organized a group from Northwood to attend. [Read more…]

Students Share Experience From Marches

Two groups of Northwood School students and faculty attended March for Our Lives demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and in Saranac Lake, NY. According to the March For Our Lives website, the purpose of the event was to “demand that [children’s and families’] lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” The Mirror asked participants to reflect on their experiences. This is what they shared with us. [Read more…]

Guest Opinion: March is a Sign of Generational Change

By Olivia Skrilloff ’18

Over 800,000 people flooded the streets this past Saturday to join in the March for Our Lives, a student organized protest calling for common sense gun control. Eight students and one teacher from Northwood were part of this 800,000.

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Emma González addresses the crowd at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

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Blood Drive Sees Record Donations

Last Tuesday was Northwood’s annual blood drive for the American Red Cross. The Fitness Center was transformed into a donation center, where students and faculty could choose to donate their blood to help save lives. With the help of event organizer Mr. Andy Donatello, the Northwood community was able to give back to our community and potentially help save lives. [Read more…]

Students March to Protest Gun Violence

Four of the deadliest mass shootings in America have been at schools, including the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 and wounded 15 a little more than a month ago. Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and others around the country, have called for a national march on Washington, which is taking place tomorrow. According to the March For Our Lives website, the purpose of the event is to “demand that [children’s and families’] lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.” In addition to the March in the nation’s capital, at which organizers expect more than 500,000 people, there are local marches in more than 800 communities throughout the country and internationally, according the march organizer’s website. [Read more…]

Students Reflect on Trump’s First Year

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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.

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