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by Camilla K '18 by Luke M '18

A MasterChef Among Us

image1A TV celebrity roams the narrow hallways of BSGE and his name is Josh Reisner ’21. Josh was a finalist in the competitive television show “MasterChef Junior.” A temporary home to the top 16 young chefs in America, MasterChef Junior features desperate culinary battles for a chance to win a prize of $100,000. Josh, aged ten at the time, made his mark in the competition during Season 2. With skills rivaling those of professional adults, Josh worked hard, made friends, and learned much more about cooking. During an interview, he spoke about his experiences on the show and his plans for the future.

Q: How was your experience at MasterChef?

A: I liked the filming process as well as the experiences I had after it was over. It made me to like cooking more and realize that it is something that I am passionate about.

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by Camilla K '18

Stitch to Enrich: Sewing For A Cause

image1Stitch to Enrich, a new club at BSGE, held its first meeting on Thursday, November 5th. The club, created by Amelia Chen ‘18 and me, Camilla Khan ‘18, combines art and community service. Club meetings are held every Thursday from 2:15 to 3:15 in the art room with Mr. Sheridan as the club advisor. During this time, students learn how to sew stuffed animals that will eventually be donated to children’s hospitals in New York City. No previous sewing knowledge or experience is required. The club will teach its members how to design and sew stuffed toys in no time.

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by Camilla K '18

Gender Gaps In BSGE and Other NYC Public Schools

The number of female students versus male students in high schools varies over New York City. BSGE’s population consists of more female students than male students. Like BSGE, Townsend Harris High School and Forest Hills High School also have a majority of girls attending these schools. On the other hand, Specialized High Schools like Bronx Science and Stuyvesant High School have a majority of boys attending the school.

School Name Female Students (%) Male Students (%)
Baccalaureate School for Global Education 56.49 43.51
Townsend Harris High School 70.57 29.43
Forest Hills High School 52.01 47.99
Bronx Science High School 43.46 56.54
Stuyvesant High School 41.13 58.87 

Why is this? Males score higher on the SHSAT, the test required for attending Specialized High Schools. Along with this, there are more adolescent males in New York City than females. In the US, the ratio of males to females is 105:100. This could obviously contribute to having more boys than girls in high schools.

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by Camilla K '18

Study Drugs & Energy Drinks: “It’s Not Healthy But It’s Helpful”

The workload at schools such as BSGE can get quite heavy. Students go to school and work all day, come home, start homework, and often finish just in time to get a few hours of sleep. There is almost no time to spend it with friends or any other after school activity. The more years that pass, the more work there is and the less sleep students get. Staying up late at night to finish all the homework assigned can be a struggle for some. Thus, it is common for high schoolers and college students to seek ways to keep themselves awake through the night.

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Caffeine, energy drinks, and even drugs are frequently consumed by students to keep themselves up for hours. These substances, though seemingly helpful, can be extremely dangerous. An anonymous BSGE student says, “Even though I don’t like admitting it, I do things to keep me up later. I only use energy drinks but I would be willing to use other ways. I know it’s not healthy, but its helpful.”  Some of the common energy drinks are Five Hour Energy, Monster and Red Bull. These are available in almost every convenience store and are easy to get a hand on. Although these drinks don’t seem very harmful, NBC reported otherwise. After only consuming two cans of

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by Camilla K '18

Legal Outreach Summer Law Institute

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Eighth graders from BSGE and other schools around the city have been given the opportunity to join the Legal Outreach Summer Law Institute. It is a five week program that encourages students to learn more about law. Not only does it teach kids about law, but it also helps the participants improve their time management, test-taking and writing skills. The program also encourages students to maintain good study habits in order to fully succeed in school. After completing the summer program, students are then able to continue on to the “College Bound” program which goes further in-depth with the topic of law.

Earlier this school year in January, the institute gave a presentation at BSGE about the upcoming program. Representatives gave students an actual case which was already settled in court. Together students had to figure out

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by Camilla K '18

Competing for the Fastest Time

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The top 3 finishers in the competition (left to right): Jensen L ’18, Eli K ’18, and Ethan Y ’19

Elijah K. ’18 won the BSGE’s very first Rubik’s cube competition on March 11th. Mr. Lakhaney supervised the tournament and provided the contestants with the Rubiks cubes and snacks. Students from all grades were given the chance to participate, but mainly 7th and 8th graders competed. There were two rounds of the competition and everyone that came was allowed to solve the cube three times for the first round. The average of their best two times was recorded. The top three averages were given the chance to proceed to the final round. Students attempted to beat each other to the fastest time for solving the multi-colored cube. In the end, there three final contestants that each solved the cube a total of five times in the last round. Their times were recorded and averaged out to find the final winner. Elijah Karshner took first place, Jensen Li second, and Ethan Yung took third. Elijah’s winning average time was 30.92 seconds, Jensen’s 31.96, and Ethan’s 42.87. The fastest time in the entire competition was Elijah’s 26.51 seconds, an impressive time. Mr. Lakhaney participated in the competition as well and

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by Camilla K '18

Saying Goodbye to Sam Ulano

Sam Ulano, a man well-known to BSGE music students, passed away on January 2nd. He was a drummer and wrote his own music books used frequently by BSGE’s band and music classes. The band has frequently performed for Mr. Ulano in the past. He worked with a few of our students to help them with their music skills and teach them how to play and read sheet music properly. Furthermore, Sam Ulano donated instruments to our school and, according to music teacher Mrs. Nikkolos, “Not a single instrument in our school was purchased without the help of Mr. Ulano.” Mr. Ulano was a great supporter of the school’s music course and after-school band.

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by Camilla K '18 by Nibras I '18

BSGE’s New Debate Club

BSGE has a new Debate Club that meets during 8th period on Thursdays in the Library. Debate Club is an opportunity for students to express their feelings on various topics using the art of debate. It was started by 7th grader Adam O. Ms. Clarkson Farrell, the advisor of Debate Club, is hopeful for the future of debate club. When asked the main point of the club she replied that she hopes to “get the students to develop confidence in their abilities to speak publicly.” Although they do not participate in any competitions yet, Ms. Farrell hopes to get the kids to develop enough skills to compete. She says, “So far, the kids are doing well and are showing an improvement in their arguments toward a certain side of a topic.” As of now, they have mini debates where they are assigned a topic, have to do research, and then are asked to debate with a partner. She also hopes for another advisor, who is ready and willing to dedicate time to teach the kids how to debate competitively. BSGE used to have a Debate Club for years but was discontinued last year due to issues with funding. To join the club, you don’t need experience all you need is a “willingness to learn, participate, and socially interact with others. All you need is the willingness to learn the art of debate. It’s great opportunity for you to interact with new people and also work on your public speaking skills. for Debate club is on Thursdays after school. Join debate club today!

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by Camilla K '18

Capturing the Moment

BSGE has a new photography club that students can enjoy. The photography club is for students  who are passionate about photography and are interested in learning and sharing photography techniques. The group meets every Friday after school during eighth period to discuss and take part in the process of producing images. The club is supervised by Mrs. Jennifer Dikes, who is interested in photography herself.

Since the club has just recently started meeting, Ms. Dikes wants to get a feel for the proficiency level of every member. However, interested students are not required to have any prior knowledge about photography to join the club. Additionally, no sophisticated  equipment is required. Members of the club can use whatever camera they have available at home. The club is providing new