March: Athlete of the Month

By Corryn Mathis

(originally submitted March 5, 2017)

March’s Athlete of the Month is Emily Cahill, a sophomore at North, who exhibits outstanding performance and leadership in Track and Field. Emily does high jump, triple jump and long jump for North’s track team. So far, her high jump best is 4’6, triple jump is 33’10, and long jump is 16’¼”. These are outstanding marks and Emily works extremely hard in practice every single day to achieve them. Because of her amazing jumps, Emily is ranked as the #1 Female Jumper on the team. This season alone, Emily has earned a total of 15 metals, placing first or second place at nearly every single meet.


The first Clarkstown First Robotics Team

By Gregory Chang

(Originally submitted April 24, 2017)

Team 6401, the 8-bit RAMs was formed this year in 2016.  As a team who wants to have an impact on the world, we not only meet the standards, but go beyond expectations.  The team’s motto “Now is the time to make a difference” emphasizes the perseverance and determination each member has towards the development of robotics.  We started by competing in the Brunswick Eruption robotics scrimmage, and winning the Future Glory Award which foreshadowed our glamorous glory to come.  Recently, we participated in the First Robotics Competition which was held at RCC.  The competition included over 50 teams from all around the world.  We ended up doing outstanding in the competition and was awarded the Rookie All Star award!  With this award, Clarkstown North’s very own First Robotics Team will be traveling to St. Louis to compete against the best teams around the world in the First Robotics Finals.  Sponsored by Orange and Rockland, Toshiba, and NASA, the 8-bit RAMs have a future of eminence to look forward to.  GO 8-bit RAMs!


Review: Nerve (2016)

(Originally submitted April 3, 2017)

The movie Nerve was an overall good movie that teaches the horror of peer pressure and what it can drive high schoolers to do. Beginning is long and takes commitment to get to the thrilling parts. Showing many crazy and risky stunts pulled off by the main characters, it is not for the faint of heart.

“This movie gives me anxiety”- Matt Lauer, dedicated member.


4/5 Rams


Java Jive: Smooth Jazz, Smooth Poems and a night we’ll never forget

By Marissa Krasny
Originally submitted May 3, 207

Java Jive is an annual North tradition where our most talented poets and musicians perform their original or cover pieces in front of friends and family. Java Jive is held for two nights in the library, which is transformed for the event. Auditions were open to all North students. Some picked up the mic for the first time, such as Emily Jordan, Claudia Jo, McKenzie Sullivan, Jackson Poulin, Brianna Bryan- Kerr, Rebecca Kaufman, Alyssa Spagna, Lior Shani, Priyanka Ramanathan, Mannion McGinley, Sydney Sullivan, Fern O’Shea, Michelle Giraldo and Ethan O’Donoghue.

Some Seniors also picked it up for the last time, such as Aleyah Aragon, CJ Marquez, Bradley Winograd, Sabrina Diaz, Dan Arroyo, Jonathan Uppin, Emily Jordan, Adell Cirrincione, Rachel Weinfeld, Hannah Beitler, Erin Nagle, Scott Martin, Diana Mathew, Dan Murray, Scott Martin, Matt Jaynes, Ben Livney, Sophie Feldman, Jake Valois, Gabi Dwyer, Dan Silver, Morgan Keller and Jadyn Koss.

This Java Jive was a more notable event than normal, since this is the 20th anniversary of this unforgettable night of music and the spoken word. Java Jive has featured 400 poets and 250 musicians in the last 20 years. Hundreds of poems have been shared in the past two decades, and the most recent Java Jive added some beautiful and moving poems to the mix spanning a wide variety of topics such as race, gender, school, anxiety, discrimination, relationships, moving, family and so many more. The first night of Java Jive sold out, and dozens came to enjoy the poems and songs performed by North’s students. At this particular Java Jive we had more music numbers than ever before. These pieces received massive praise and made the evening so much more dynamic.

Keeping the night alive were our two amazing MC’s, seniors Dan Arroyo and Adell Cirrincione. They crafted funny segways to transfer from one act into the next and the crowd adored them as much as I do. On the topic of adoring, Java Jive would not be possible without the brilliant English Department, especially Mr. Reid, Ms. Riccoboni, Ms. Travis, Ms. Sevastian and Ms. Stein-Jackter. They all contributed so much time and effort into Java Jive and transforming the library into our own little coffee house for a night of smooth jazz, smooth poetry and a night that no one will ever forget.


Middle States

(Originally written 12/1/16)

During the last week of November, we had some very special guests at our school, the Middle States committee. Middle States is a committee for higher education and they were here to observe North and decide whether or not they wanted to accredit us for another 7 years. This accreditation means higher viewing standards by colleges and universities. Throughout the week Middle States talked to teachers, staff, students and parents. They observed classrooms, went to numerous meetings with teachers and staff and held group discussions with students to get a feel for the school.

On Friday, December 2nd, Mr.Good spoke on behalf of the Middle States Committee, to give their decision. He started off the meeting by saying we were “a great school, great kids and we really enjoyed ourselves”. He thanked us for having a welcoming attitude and having the committee for the past few days. “Good things are happening here, staff are completely invested in the students and there is substantial student involvement.” These things led the middle states committee to the conclusion that North advances student growth, not only helping students figure out what they want to do but how to get there. They thought that our school’s mission statement was broad and visionary and that the goals are realistic and attainable. The Middle States committee stated they are “confident that the goals and action plans will live on well past this visit” and they awarded us the Middle States Higher Education Accreditation. They thanked us for inviting them into the North Family, as the students would say, even for a short period of time. Ms. Pages then thanked them for coming and for the accreditation and they were on their way.