On Thursday, June 6th, the Class of 2019 celebrated their upcoming graduation at the Senior Prom. The event kicked off around 6:30pm at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. The students arrived in limousines and were greeted outside by the administration and faculty. They enjoyed an evening of dancing, taking pictures, and reminiscing in one of their last times together before graduation. The students were also able to enjoy the beautiful weather and spectacular view of the Long Island Sound.
By Nick LoParrino
As yet another school year winds down, the Eastchester Government Organization (EGO) is proud to announce some final highlights and election results that capped off an incredibly successful year of events:
- The 2nd annual Matthew DeMarco Pickleball Tournament took place after school on Thursday, May 2nd in the high school gymnasium. Following the inaugural year of tournament in 2018, the EGO was excited to continue the event in 2019 in the hopes of further memorializing Matt’s lasting legacy in the Eastchester School District. Over 20 teams signed up to play, filling up the entire gym, and in the end Alex and Brian Kim-Koutsis came out on top as the champions, followed by Austin Summer and Jess Rampersaud in second place. The tournament raised $195 dollars, all of which went towards supporting the Matt DeMarco Scholarship Fund, which is given out to seniors in memory of Matt.
- In quite an unprecedented move, this year the spring pep rally was moved to a Saturday night, specifically Saturday, May 4th. After a lack of available dates for the pep rally created difficulties for the EGO, the officers decided to drum up the school spirit and rally the school together for a Saturday night event. Overall, the pep rally ran smoothly for the entire night, and featured many dances from the spring teams as well as several grade level competitions that proved to be incredibly entertaining.
Following weeks of campaigning and speeches, the 2019 EGO election results are as follows:
2019-2020 EGO Officers
President: Ciara Fay
Vice President: Meghana Viswanathan
Secretary: Ava Palladino
Treasurer: Brian Kim-Koutsis
President: Tshering Peldin
Vice President: Alex Suarez
Secretary: Anthony Fernandez
Treasurer: Maddy Smith
President: Danny Orlando
Vice President: Ella Loizides
Secretary: Frank Capasso
Treasurer: Sophia Lotto
President: Parker Buckley
Vice President: Kyle Smith
Secretary: Gianna Medici
Treasurer: Chris Forbes
200 EHS Seniors presented at the WISE Showcase on 6/19 & 6/20 about their experience participating in the WISE Program. Students created a presentation board describing their time on WISE and answered questions posed to them by visitors at the Showcase. Jed Orlando created a documentary on the WISE Program for his project and the film was screened at the start of the night. The 8 minute film can be watched at the link below.
“It was a really breathtaking experience that I got to be a part of and make new memories with my friends. Going around the cities of Italy was fun, especially with Mr. and Mrs. Lindia leading us around.” -Sydney Gallo
“Although it’s extremely difficult to pick my favorite part of the Italy trip, one of my favorite memories was going to Siena on Palm Sunday. We went to San Domenico church and were able to get palms that we could bring home to our families. Although we missed the mass, it was really cool to see Italians come together to celebrate this holiday. Along with that, it was pouring rain that day, and I decided to buy an umbrella because I knew we would be walking around for another hour or so. Within 5 minutes, the umbrella broke, and I walked in the pouring rain until we got back to the bus after visiting the beautiful Duomo of Siena, filled with treasures by Donatello and Michelangelo ” -Ashley Scalisi
“The Italy trip was a great, once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.” -PJ Kelly
These were just a few of the many amazing (and funny) things said by the students who attended the most recent trip to Italy. The trip was organized, planned, and ran by Mr. and Mrs. Lindia, and chaperoned by Mrs. Fleischmann, Mr. DeBellis, and Mr. Biancardi who all made the trip very informative, fascinating, memorable, and most importantly, fun. It lasted a full nine days (April 10-April 19) and consisted of sight seeing, educational tours, beautiful hotels, authentic Italian cuisine, shopping, lots of gelato, Mr. Lindia’s daily 7 AM wake up calls, and a few occasional stops in between for “biological needs”. All of these things and many many more made the trip one of the most nostalgic experiences for the students of Eastchester High School.
After the students said their final goodbyes to their parents, everyone boarded the bus and departed our hometown of Eastchester for what would be home to all of us for the next nine days; the beautiful country of Italy. After a fun and somewhat long and sleepless flight, we finally arrived in Milano, the fashion capital of the world. We got there early in the morning and wasted no time. We left a short while later for the first stop of the trip; Verona. Verona is a city located in Veneto, and is home to the Verona Arena, Piazzi dei Signori, and La Casa di Giulietta (Juliet Capulet’s home). We even got to stand on the balcony where Juliet recited her famous lines to Romeo. The next day was spent in Venice, the city most known for having no roads and only canals. It was there where we took many tours and saw the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge. We also got to visit the Doge Palace, St. Mark’s Basilica, and the Murano Glass Factory where we got to witness first hand, the making of a vase and the horse of the Ferrari emblem in the matter of minutes. Although everything was fun and interesting, the highlight of Venice was no doubt the gondola ride that we all had the privilege of going on where we cruised through the “streets” of Venice. After a nice dinner, we all went back to the hotel to pack as we all sadly had to say goodbye to Venice since we were departing for Florence the next morning.
On our way to Florence, we made a quick stop in Padua to visit the Basilica di San Antonio where we were able to see where the body of Saint Anthony is located as well as his remnants: his jaw and tongue which are displayed in a gold shrine inside the Basilica. Afterwards, we headed back to the bus and after being on the road for some time, we made a “pit stop” and had lunch at the “Autogrill”. It wasn’t your typical fast food place that are found on the outskirts of most major highways. The grill was a market filled with just about everything you could think of and was more of a restaurant than a grab and go style place. After lunch, we went back on the road and after a few hours, we arrived in the sunny, warm, and beautiful city of Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region. The first day consisted of a walking tour done by Mr. Lindia who honestly, knows just about everything you could ever want to know about the country. The amount of information that he knows is remarkable and amazed us all. We visited the Piazza della Signorina, Ponte Vecchio, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the famous Duomo. The next day (Sunday, April 14), we left for Siena in the morning after Mr. Lindia’s wake up call and a quick breakfast. In Siena, we visited the Duomo and Saint Catherine’s church. Siena was absolutely gorgeous, until it started pouring. However, the rain didn’t stop anyone, especially Mr. Lindia, and we continued with our tours. Later that night, once we returned to Florence, the students were treated to a night at a discoteca which was filled with dancing (Mr. and Mrs. Lindia included), fun times, and a few scratchy throats afterwards. The next morning we were all given a few hours of free time where most students shopped, ate, took pictures, enjoyed gelato, and walked around to take in the beauty of the city. Next, we headed to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower where almost everyone took advantage of the moment and got a picture of themselves “holding” up the tower. The next day was our last full day in Florence. Although we were all sad to leave, we all took advantage of the day and did as much as we could. We visited the Uffizi, Santa Croce, and Michelangelo’s famous David. Our last day in Florence turned out be very interesting, eventful, and a great day that almost everyone will never forget.
As we were ecstatic to finally go to Italy’s capital, Roma, many of us were saddened by the fact that we were about to embark on the final “leg” of one of the greatest trips that we all had ever been on. Nevertheless, after a few hours of traffic and a quick stop in Assisi, a typical medieval town, we arrived in the very beautiful, but populated city of Rome. Since our hotel was just around the corner from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, we all walked around and gained new knowledge that we didn’t know before all thanks to Mr. Lindia’s brief history lessons. The next day was very jam-packed, but none of us wanted it any other way being that it was our last full day in Rome and last day of the trip. We got to walk on Via del Corso, Via Nazionale, and see the Piazza Navona, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and the famous Colosseum where we had the privilege of going inside to explore. Before we knew it, the day was over and it was time to go back to the hotel to pack our belongings and get a good night’s rest as the next day was also going to be very long and tiring.
Our last day (Friday, April 19) was by far the hardest, saddest, and most emotional as we had to leave the country that we all had fallen in love with thanks to our chaperones and most importantly, Mr. and Mrs. Lindia. The trip flew by and none of us could believe that the day had come to an end; it was actually over. We were all excited to see our families who we missed while we were away, but it was safe to say that none of us wanted to leave. We soon arrived at the airport and just a few hours later, we were on the plane on our way home to Eastchester. After another long, fun, and sleepless flight we were home in New York and soon after, we arrived at the school where our parents had waited excitedly for us to come. We were all warmly welcomed and greeted with smiles. Although happy to be home, we were sad that the trip was over and we missed everything about Italy; the beauty, scenery, history, food, gelato, our daily wake up calls, and the calling for “biological needs”. Aside from the many, many souvenirs we took home, we brought home something even better; memories. In the nine days, everyone created so many new memories with our friends, the chaperones, and Mr. and Mrs. Lindia that will be cherished and held onto for the rest of our lives. Our 2019 trip to Italy was one of the most amazing experiences of our lifetime and will truly never be forgotten. GRAZIE professori Lindia!
By Paul Roland
On Wednesday, June 5th, Forum magazine celebrated the formal release of their 2019 publication, “Perception”, at Barnes and Noble in Scarsdale. Over 70 people attended the celebration while student authors read their selections. Julia Moser (Poetry), Mykayla Gallan (Short Story), and Nam Kim (Artwork) were recipients of Forum’s 2019 Writing and Art Contest, sponsored by the PTA. After celebrating all of Forum’s accomplishments and dedication by Editor-in-Chief, Christina Mariani, the book will now be entered into the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and National Convention of Teachers of English’s contests by adviser, Adam Benveniste.
16th Annual Film Festival Winners
Best Cinematography Music Video
Jealous, Justin Gerber
Best Editing Music Video
I Wait, Kyle Tsang
Best Overall Music Video
Oh, What a Night, Danny Orlando & Nicholas Kouloumbis
Honorable Mention for Music Video
All’s Well that Ends, Tate Jeppesen
Best Story Film
Wyoming, Anthony Evangelista, Kyle Dorio
Best Performance Film
Michael Iovino, Michael’s Normal Day 2
Best Cinematography Film
The End, Chad Conklyn
Best Editing Film
Freddy Jones 3, Jed Orlando
Best Overall Film
Script Royale, Jed Orlando
Honorable Mention for Film
When The Clock Stops, Ryan Martin
John Swikata We Try Hard Award
Producer’s AwardJed Orlando
On May 9th, 31 students were inducted to the National Italian Honor Society. At the ceremony, the President of the Societa’ Onoraria Italica, Sara Ricchiuti, spoke about the yearly club’s activities. Dr. Capuano delivered a wonderful speech to the inductees and the audience. To wrap the night up, Dr. Moran, in appreciation of his dedication to the Italian American community in Eastchester, was also inducted to the Societa’ Onoraria Italica.
On June 15, John Ferrara was recognized for his excellence in the Italian language at NYU by the Italian Teachers Association and the National Italian Honor Society.
Chess Club completes its first successful year led by officers Klei Hysaj, Danny Orlando, Nicole Ross and Joseph Grogan. Membership was very strong this year, and we are hoping to grow even bigger next year. Whether you are a beginner, advanced, competitive, or just like to have fun playing with friends, Chess Club welcomes you. See you in September!
Adviser: Rob Ross
The Sacco & Vanzetti trial is a significant event during the Red Scare of the 1920s. In groups students analyzed the details of the case and had to make their own determination as to whether S & V were guilty or innocent.