In 2016 Students and families were denied entry into the Forcellina Auditorium at Brien Mcmahon High school for the Mr Mcmahon pageant due to the auditorium reaching maximum capacity. Mr. McMahon is a male beauty pageant for the seniors at Mcmahon to show their style, and talents to the school. The show has been going on for multiple years and has become a tradition.
Thursday May 28th 2019 was the day the new Mr. Mcmahon was supposed to be announced but due to the lack of participation of the class of 2019 the show will not be put on.
“I was really looking forward to Mr. Mcmahon, it's one of the last things we do as a class before we graduate” said Mike Macari (19’)
On the first of May a meeting was called to plan out how Mr. McMahon was going to presume. Teachers, Miss Quagliata and Miss Prescott were filled with enthusiasm to start the process of the show. The date for Mr Mcmahon had been set since last spring in order to be 100 percent positive the auditorium would be available.
Staff involved with the event went through the process of booking the space, sending emails out to all staff, parents and students to inform the dates and to get everyone involved and excited. Miss Prescott, class of 19’ advisor made sure it was brought up at SAC meetings to get approval from administration as well.
On May 3rd the meeting was held for all male students who were interested in taking part in the show.
“ Seven students attended, and assured us other students were going to participate” says Miss Prescott.
The following week forms were due with the students name, talent, and the names of the two escorts who would be walking with them during the show. No signature was needed by a guardian. The forms were due on the 6th and then pushed back a day later to give students more time to hand them in. At least nine students were needed to have the show go on.
In the past years Mr.Mcmahon was a big success and not only raised lots of money for the senior classes but raised the enthusiasm for the seniors who were coming to the end of their high school experiences. Staff and students at Mcmahon are disappointed in the shows cancelation.
“ I wish other people signed up, it's a tradition” Tsai Zoe ('19)
“ The Staff was disappointed in the outcome, it's a great tradition that uncountably we couldn't proceed to carry through with” Miss Prescott stated.
The class of 2019 showed lack of interest this year as well when it came to the senior fashion show. It was also almost cancelled due to lack of participation and now the senior class has a go fund me page in order to raise the money for PGP. To donate to class of 19’ PGP click the link down below.
If you’re wondering why the halls of Brien McMahon will be empty for the next three weeks here's why….
Seniors are leaving for internships on May 20th and will not come back until June 7th. During this time, seniors will be volunteering at a place they are interested in and will have a point of view of what they want for their future.
If you're an underclassmen and will like to do an internship, you need an average GPA of 2.5 and you can NOT have below a D for the year in any of your classes. Now, if you get to that point where you are eligible to do an internship, here are some places where the seniors, class of 2019, will be going to and what college they are attending to.
Kendall Elementary School
I will be assisting in classroom tasks and learn about teaching at different grade levels
College : Manhattanville College
Brookside Elementary School
I will be be a teacher’s assistant
College : University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Rowayton Elementary School
I will be a teacher's assistant
College : Christ For The Nations in Dallas Texas
Green Moon Children’s Art Center
I will be a teacher’s assistant and clean up after the kids
College : Southern Connecticut State University
I will make appointments and help dental assistants
College : Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts
Brookside Elementary School
I will be shadowing the choir teachers and preparing for performances/class
College : Lafayette College
Where will you be doing your internship: Rowayton elementary school
I will assist in a special Ed classroom
College : University at Buffalo
Financial Aid Administrative Assistant with NCC
I will be assisting the financial aid department in making sure all student’s files and documents received are filled properly.
College : UCONN
Columbus Magnet School
I will work alongside teachers with students of different ages/grades.
College : University of New Hampshire
Where will you be doing your internship: Fox Run Elementary school
I will assist be a teacher’s assistant
College : UCONN
Where will you be doing your internship: Brookside Elementary School
I will be a teacher’s assistant
College : North Lake College
Where will you be doing your internship: Norwalk Hospital
I will be shadowing a nurse
College : NCC
Where will you be doing your internship: Rowayton Elementary school
I will assist in a special Ed classroom
College : Iona
5 Mile River Nursery School
I will watch kids under 5 years and will make lesson plans
High Point University
The B-Kind Club gives high school students an opportunity to engage in kind acts in their everyday life. The club believes that even the smallest acts of kindness are worth recognizing, worth celebrating, and worth building a community around.
The Club is run by Ms. Bowley along with club president Mira Ochoa, vice president Kadin Smith, treasurer Jocelyn Lister, social chair Peyton McNamara and secretary Autumn Perry. They were picked by Ms. Bowley because they are the most dedicated ones.
“I joined B-kind Club because the thought of giving back to the community and our school by small acts and that we can make a difference inspires me,” said Lister.
The club's meetings are very straightforward and chill as they discuss plans to give back and bond as a club. There are about 25 members in the club.
“I joined this club because I want to be able to give back and do something to better the school,” said Peyton McNamara.
Jocelyn, the treasurer, explains what the overall goal of the club this year was. She says, “The goal was to be more active in the school and we did this by cheering on students in the morning before they walk in.”
“My favorite part of the club is the leader Ms. Bowley. She makes the club really fun and easy to organize all of our events,” said McNamara.
The B-kind Club is not only an extracurricular activity at McMahon, but it teaches you to give back to others no matter how small the act. If you would like to join the club email Ms. Bowley at Bowleys@norwalkps.org
Dayanara & Yanira Matute
As the years go by, traditions that were once loved by the McMahon community have been slowly dying out. We hear students complaining about this issue, but still the turn-out for school events have noticeably decreased.
This poses the question: What happened to our school spirit?
Before spring break, we had a mini spirit week to get kids excited for the SAT’s and to encourage them to do well. However, given the number of people that actually dressed up, you wouldn’t have known a spirit week was even going on. Pajama day looked like some people rolled out of bed and were too lazy to get dressed. Barely anyone was dressed for the occasion.
This year’s spirit week was nothing compared to when our freshmen year. Mostly everyone dressed up. The halls were full on decorated. This was the spirit week before the Thanksgiving football game. Everyone supported the boys and this got them excited to do well. The turn-out for the football game was incredible. Not only that, but students were wearing their “Beat Norwalk” tees.
Years pass and students graduated. It’s no secret that the stands are becoming more and more empty each time.
Some students just don’t care. Emmanuel Yescas (‘20) believes that it’s pointless. “What’s the point of it? What am I gaining from it? Absolutely nothing. Why would I want to wear a big M on my shirt just so everyone can know I go to Brien McMahon. School spirit is no better than gangs,” he says.
When people complain, the first person they usually go to is senior class president Victoria McCaffrey. When asked about the lack of spirit, she explained that a lot of people are mainly focus on their studies rather than going to school events. The harsh reality is that some people just don’t feel connected which prevents them from feeling any type of pride for their school.
“If they don’t feel a connection to the school then they’re kind of less likely to feel pride in their school. If they have something going on like being on a sports team or band or something they feel a connection to, then they have more of a connection to the spirit of the school,” she says.
Back in March, the senior fashion show was also almost canceled. The show was originally set for early March, but due to the lack of people signing up, it was pushed back to late March. The reason being that a lot of seniors weren’t taking it seriously and didn’t turn in the necessary paperwork to participate until they were given warnings about having the event canceled.
Unfortunately, Mr. McMahon was canceled because not enough students from the class of 2019 were interested in participating. Although the event was held last year, there was a lack of people in the audience.
“Since I’ve been here, I noticed that a lot of school spirit has diminished, but I really hope that the officers, athletes, club organizers and everyone at McMahon can realize that we have such a great school. Passion for school is good,” says McCaffrey.
Although the class of 2019 did not get to do Mr. McMahon, we are hoping that next year things will be different and that people begin to realize that school spirit is important for our peers to connect with each other. When we dismiss our traditions, we divide the school and we are no longer as whole as we once used to be.
Welcome to the Spanish Dance Cub! These students performed tonight and worked hard without the support of the school to have an amazing show well done. Many of these students didn’t have any experience in Latin dance. Very few of these men and women had to be taught how to dance and perform a choreographed dance as well. They had spent tired some hours getting their dance on point without a hitch. Most of them were super nervous because it would have been their first time performing.
Although most all of these kids are Latin descendant they didn’t have much experience. Most had stated that they had to take time out that they didn’t have from their day to stay after school for the last five months. The students had stayed with Senior Miraval organizing this show to give the student body a taste of diversity. It was organized by himself and the students and there was no help from the school. The students had to find other people within the school to help them with audio, dancing, and food ordering.
Students learned how to dance: Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and belly dancing. Darlene ‘19 and Yanderly ‘19 had taught these students basic steps and then help them with timing, rhythm, sensual moves, staging, and acting meanwhile dancing. Pamela ‘19 had gathered some girls to model and strut for their country for the show. She had searched for different outfits that each country is traditioned to wear. There was also singing and piano playing and some boy group singing events throughout the show.
Students represented countries from Central and South America. They proudly strutted the catwalk with their flag and a possible partner beside them. People cheered for each country because they are all great in their own way. By the end of the show Seniors were acknowledged for their timeless effort and dedication to this show and program. Students would like to thank anyone that showed up and supported them throughout the show!