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Glen Rock and Ridgewood to raise pride flags for LGBT Pride Month

The colors of the rainbow Pride flag, designed by Gilbert Baker, reflect the diversity of the LGBT community. The original flag first flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978.

by Patricia Whyte, Staff Writer

May 24, 2017

Glen Rock and Ridgewood will raise rainbow pride flags on June 1 in Wilde Memorial Park and Van Neste Park respectively in acknowledgement of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month after a small controversy in Ridgewood regarding the raising of the flag. The rainbow pride flag, designed...

Choirs earn gold in Orlando competition

Representatives from the Chamber, Women's, and Concert Choirs pose as they accept their awards along with their directors, Carl Helder and Anna Lilikas. All three choirs were ranked in the gold division at the Worldstrides choral competition at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

by Patricia Whyte, Senior Staff Writer

May 2, 2017

In a small choir room at the back of a church in Florida, 52 students dressed in bright red robes all gathered around a small, wooden piano as they sang through their warm ups. With their performance in five minutes, they hold the final chord of their song. “Alright,” their director says. “Let’s...

Silence is Action: Gay Straight Alliance holds Day of Silence

Those who chose to take the challenge to remain silent gathered in the Hamilton Lobby at the end of the day to break the silence together.

by Patricia Whyte, Staff Writer

April 17, 2017

Two of the top three reasons students said they were most often bullied at school were actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender expression, according to From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America, a 2005 report by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network and Harris Interactive. The Gay St...

Gay Straight Alliance raises funds with t-shirt sales

The order form to purchase a shirt from the GSA. Last year, the GSA sold over 100 shirts through their sales.

by Patricia Whyte, Senior Staff Writer

March 21, 2017

The Gay Straight Alliance is selling t-shirts to raise money for future guest speakers and events in the school. Shirts purchased before March 17 are being sold for $18, after which shirts will be sold for $20. The shirts, designed by GSA adviser Troy Kroft, show the letters ‘GR’ in rainbow font...

Model United Nations participates in annual conference

Seniors Lindsay Vachon, Nina Dunn, Erin Dunn, and Emily Schaefer pose for a picture after a committee session at their last Model UN Conference in High School. “I’ve been in this club since freshman year, I joined for fun, but I’m sad it’s my last trip with Model UN,” Schaefer said.

by Patricia Whyte, Senior Staff Writer

March 9, 2017

“We won the best prize of all,” said Emily Schaefer, senior delegate of the Model United Nations, “the satisfaction of a job well done.” The Model United Nations participated in an annual conference in Philadelphia on March 2 through March 5. Students of all grades are members of the Model...

AP Language classes see Jitney on Broadway

The set of August Wilson’s Jitney on Broadway. “The set is really very evocative,” Metch- Ampel said. The set depicts the inside of the jitney station, run by a character named Becker.

by Patricia Whyte, Senior Staff Writer

March 1, 2017

Students in the AP Language and Composition classes traveled to see Jitney on Broadway on Friday, Feb. 15. The classes saw the production during a unit on argumentative essays and the concept of race in America. “It’s written by a wonderful African American playwright named August Wilson, and so...

Teachers use School Fusion less and Google Classroom more

School Fusion has been utilized as the school website since 2009, but many teachers feel as though it is outdated and have moved toward Google Classroom.

by Patricia Whyte, Staff Writer

February 8, 2017

The days copying down assignments from a chalkboard are gone, and many students have used their physical agenda less and less since the introduction of School Fusion in 2009, the school’s online administrator. In recent years however, teachers and students have been moving away from the website and...

HSA hosts college panel with Glen Rock alumni

The college panel consisted of 11 recent high school graduates to discuss their experiences as college freshman. The evening was moderated by the head of the guidance department, Mr. Lawrence Wolff.

by Patricia Whyte, Staff Writer

January 29, 2017

The Home School Association hosted a college panel night along with the High School guidance department. The panelists answered questions from both the evening’s moderator, Mr. Lawrence Wolff, and the audience. The idea to have the panel was brought to the HSA by Jennifer Scherer, who had seen...

Art students visit Metropolitan Museum of Art

by Patricia Whyte, Staff Writer

January 12, 2017

“The best way to learn is to look at the past,”  art teacher Mr. Scott Kupka said. Students from photo, drawing and painting, graphic design, and other art classes all took a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, Dec. 6. The trip was led and organized by Graphic Design teache...

Choir and band students join together for Winter Concert

With 153 students, the Concert Choir is the largest choir in the school. All choirs are under the direction of Mr. Carl Helder and Ms. Anna Lilikas.

by Patricia Whyte, Staff Writer

January 5, 2017

A Charlie Brown Christmas, South African folk songs, and Beethoven's symphonies. All were featured at this year’s Winter Concert. Students from the high school choirs and bands joined together on Dec. 14 and performed in the annual Winter Concert. The concert featured the Women's Chorale, the Ch...


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