BMHS Pridetime Reporter
According to the girl's basketball coach, Derek Sellers, a basketball player must have five things in order to be a successful player. "confidence, skill, Toughness ( mental and physical ), a will to be successful, and team togetherness."
Sharod Blackwell (18) a student at Brien McMahon explains the five things a basketball player needs in order to be successful. "Teamwork, a bond, a basketball, passion, commitment, and resilience."
Damon Brooks (18) a student at Brien McMahon, who looks forward to trying out for the boy's basketball team this year, gives five reasons on what he believes makes a basketball player successful. "A good GPA, basketball shoes, coach, uniform, practice, teamwork."
Eric Miller (20) a student at McMahon who played for both the freshmen and JV boys basketball team, explains five reasons that make a basketball player successful. "Confidence, heart, devotion, skill, smarts, and strength."
BMHS PrideTime Reporter
The college process can be both tiring and stressful, as it should be. Between lengthy applications, standardized testing, and financial aid, the typical high school senior is overwhelmed this time of year. However, it can be significantly easier when the right resources are utilized. Here are seven steps you can take right here at McMahon to make the process a little easier:
1. Talk To Your Counselor
Regular visits with your counselor can be very beneficial for both you and your counselor. By clearly communicating what you need done and when you need to do it by, your counselor is able to plan ahead and make sure you’re staying on track. The automatically-scheduled senior visit isn’t necessarily enough; you should schedule follow up visits after that.
2. Visit the Future Project
The Future Project is a fairly new program offered at McMahon. It can be especially useful for students who don’t know exactly what they want to study in college. The Future Project tries to help students identify their interests, which can lead to an understanding as to what you might want to major in and career choices. This is done through fun, mind-stimulating tasks rather than boring questionnaires. Check them out in the old ISS room.
4. Use Naviance & College Board!
Students are required to set up accounts on both Naviance and College Board. Naviance is a portal each student has had access to since middle school and it serves as a platform for students to make transition from student to applicant. This is where you get your recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors. College board is another portal; where students can keep track of their SAT scores and colleges they’re interested in. These can be two of your most useful resources in the application process. They’re very useful in discovering or finding out about colleges that are a good fit for you specifically. They also give you two central hubs to quickly access information necessary for you to apply.
5. Ask Your Teacher's for Recommendations Early!
Many schools require one or more teacher letters of recommendation, and it’s important to give the teacher enough time to write it for you. After all, teachers often have multiple students they’re writing letters for. Typically, you should ask your teachers three weeks in advance. The best letters of rec. are the ones that come from full year classes with a teacher that you bonded with. You should also remind the teachers of things you did in the class that made you stand out. It’ll help them to develop a strong letter for you.
7. If You’re Not a Legal Citizen, Seems. Kimmich or Mr. Castelluzzo for Application Tips
Undocumented students often run into trouble during the college process. They aren’t eligible for government funded financial aid, so they’re forced to either pay out of pocket or apply for privately owned scholarships- anything from a local business to a non profit organization. While it may seem like getting to college is impossible, please know it’s not. There are various programs out there that intend to help undocumented students apply to college. To learn more about these programs, don’t hesitate to visit Ms. Kimmich or Mr. Castelluzzo in the guidance office.
Dayanara and Yanira Matute
BMHS Pridetime Editors
Lorenzo Paliotta (‘18) is an Italian exchange student here in the US with one important mission: he wants to graduate from high school. Although Lorenzo has been here for a few months, it was discovered that he was missing out on trying some popular snacks adored here in the US. This was first noticed when Lorenzo first tried ‘Takis’ at lunch and enjoyed it. PrideTime reporters Dayanara and Yanira Matute had the opportunity to sit down with Lorenzo and join him as he tried well-known American snacks for the first time.
Find out whether he liked them or not!
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The new school year brought new changes to McMahon; the biggest change being 30 minute detentions for coming in late - 77 detentions were given on the first day. But, this is not just a McMahon issue. Ronald Farrer of ProQuest LLC completed a study with the National Education for Statistics, and noted that 3.3% to 9.5% of students in kindergarten through grade twelve arrive to school late on an average school day. Not only do students lose educational instruction in the time they miss class, but, they also disrupt the environment around them.
So how can we as students make our morning more efficient? Laura Richards, a reporter for Care.com, provided several tips for parents and students on how to get ready for school quickly. This included setting an alarm 15 minutes earlier than usual, choosing a quick breakfast to grab on the go, and double checking everything you will need for the next day the night before.
Grace Lane (‘18), and Varsity Lacrosse player said, “I always make sure to pick out my outfit, or at least think about it, the night before”. She also said, “My mom usually packs my lunch for me, but if it is not ready in the morning, she drops it off at school for me to grab before lunch”. These tips and tricks may sound simple, but many students at Brien McMahon, and around the nation, neglect to use them - for a McMahon student that means a 30 minute detention.
Marysia Slowik (‘18), Varsity Soccer player, claims she is “on time to school everyday”. Slowik states, “I am in CGS and getting to school on time can be difficult...it takes me twenty five minutes to get to school. If I am late it is because of traffic on Route-Seven.” Marysia also said she makes sure she is showered at night, asks her mom to make her lunch in the morning, and packs her backpack the night before. Slowik closes with, “I am always on time, for everything”.
If all students at Brien McMahon can learn some of these simple life hacks from their fellow McMahoniacs, we will all live a more organized, proficient lifestyle.