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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 Luke M '18

Knicks: Setting Records

The Knicks? Setting records? Most basketball fans are well aware of the Knicks’ inability to win games and rise through NBA standings. So how are they setting records? The Knicks have set a team record for most consecutive losses. Outdoing their previous 12 loss streak in 1984-85, the Knicks suffered their 13th loss recently to the Wizards. Although this was just a small part of the NBA season, it is still quite clear that the Knicks are unable to secure any significant amount of wins. Many Knicks fans wonder how this could possibly be happening with their current roster. But analysis from different experts as well as stats, attribute the Knicks’ lack of success to major flaws in their defense.

Another one of the Knicks most damaging attributes include their abysmal free throw stats. Their current 18.8 and previously 15.4 free throw attempts (FTA) average per game nears some of the worst averages in NBA history. Coach Derek Fisher comments on his teams’ lackluster FTA average by saying, “If we can do a better job of defending without fouling, which would put us into the open floor more, into more transition situations, now we can get some guys that are really good for us in those moments to the front of the basket. And also just as they get more comfortable understanding within the offense where the opportunities are to attack and get downhill and be aggressive as opposed to thinking, ‘OK, let’s just stay in the offense.’” He is clearly singling out the Knicks defense as their main setback, linking it to fatal offensive problems as well.

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by Garett Taub '18 by Luke M '18

Fantasy Sports in BSGE

Sports enthusiasts frantically grab their computers awaiting their turn to snag the best possible player to build a championship worthy team. From fantasy basketball to fantasy auto racing, people around the world can take part in these Fantasy Sports and compete against their friends. As avid fans of their preferred sport, participants can preserve the comfort of their lounge chair, while feeling as involved as any sports manager.

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Fantasy Sports are games in which people act as owners and build a team that competes against other fantasy owners based on the statistics generated by the real players on professional sport teams. The basic parameters for competing in a typical fantasy league like basketball and football are quite simple.

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by Luke M '18

The Beginner’s Guide: Hypebeasts and the Sneaker Game

Buying and Selling Kicks NYC: the go-to Facebook page for all sneakerheads, hypebeasts and other shoe enthusiasts around New York City. To start, a hypebeast is someone who buys and collects sneakers for the sole purpose of impressing others. But a hypebeasts’ much coveted items do not stop at sneakers, but also extend to Gucci belts, True Religion jeans and brand name t-shirts. On the other hand, Sneakerhead, a more common term, is defined as someone who buys, sells, collects and admires only sneakers.

The basic procedure of buying a pair of sneakers starts with the obvious: finding the sneaker you want to buy. Young New Yorkers scroll through this Facebook page, amassed with photos of Yeezys, Nikes, New Balance and other brands, until they find a pair of shoes they like. You then post your bid on the pair in the comments of the picture. At that point, you wait for the seller to negotiate a meet up time and place, most commonly at the Queens Center Mall (QCM). Ultimately, it is a great way for all the shoe-lovers around NYC to trade sneakers easily.

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The simple but revolutionary system of buying and selling sneakers is not limited to NYC but is used by sneakerheads around the country. There are branches in Detroit, New Jersey, Long Island as well as any other areas with a dense population of people determined to easily buy and sell their shoes.

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by Garett Taub '18 by Luke M '18

Open Mic Night: Poets in the Making

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First Place Winner

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Finalists

Pauline Phan

Zoe  Fisher

Ide Kafexhiu

Kacey Lang

Camilla Khan

Kohen Rahman and Nibras Islam

Stacey Xue

 

Winners

1st: Ide Kafexhiu

2nd: Pauline Phan

3rd: Kohen Rahman and Nibras Islam

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by Luke M '18

Many 8th Graders Leaving BSGE

Over 30,000 students lined up on the streets of New York this year in order to take the feared Specialized High School SAT, or otherwise known, the SHSAT. The exam is extremely important for middle school students to gain acceptance into their desired specialized high school. These schools include Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Latin, LaGuardia and more. Some students have taken prep courses to study for the exams, and others studied by themselves. Either way, few students took the SHSAT lightly.

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Many of our own BSGE eighth graders took the SHSAT October of 2013. When the results came out in early March of 2014, many students made the decision to leave BSGE. There were multiple factors that led students to make the decision of leaving BSGE.

One student, Shannon L ’18, will be attending Stuyvesant in the Fall. In her opinion, the small amount of students in BSGE holds Shannon back from getting to know more people. She also chose Stuyvesant because of the large number of extra curricular activities available to students.

Another big reason students chose specialized high schools over

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by Luke M '18

Report Cards: A Student’s Nightmare

Once a semester, students receive report cards. For some, these report cards affect them greatly, but for others like Chris S ‘14 and Eli K ‘18, they don’t seem to think that they will change much of anything. Although grades are important to them when they perform especially well or not so well, they believe that these grades simply reflect the work students have done thus far. To these students, receiving finalized grades does not inspire them to get rid of bad habits or change much of anything. For Anohka V ‘19, this first report card was very important. She exclaims, “Im really nervous because its my first semester here.” Other seventh graders share her feelings because its their first chance to a make a good impression.

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Another factor that affect the feelings of seventh graders are the reactions of parents. Many students strive to get good grades in school in order to please their parents, which is why getting report cards is a very

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by Luke M '18

Staff Member of the Month: Tim David-Lang

photoWhat are your plans for the future?

I don’t see any major changes in my life.

When did you realize you wanted to work in a school?

My first job with kids was when I was 15, in a summer camp. Then, during college I participated in a summer academic program and I realized that I wanted to pursue this career after college.

What were you like as student?

I definitely liked school a lot. I was a very active in classes and in extra-curricular activities. I didn’t enjoy math and science. But I got good grades in all of my classes. I was a curious student and I

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by Luke M '18

Pros and Cons of Outdoor Gym Class

All BSGE students are required to take a gym class but due to the school’s lack of space and budget cuts, gym class is either held at “The Rink”, “Arrow Park”, or the indoor fitness room. While some students enjoy the fresh air and chance to get out of school, others wish that BSGE had an indoor gymnasium to play in.  Variables like bad weather, danger and filth make outdoor gym a less desirable option. Some students want an indoor gym

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by Luke M '18

The Film Club

Natalia Belchikov, a passionate 10th grader determined in creating her own film started the fun and interesting Film Club in hope that other club members would assist her in the film-making process.

Art teacher Ms. Schwarz supervises the club’s meetings which are every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Film is a major interest and hobby for Schwarz. She speaks of the club with enthusiasm, saying “Every member of the club is always having fun”.

During Film Club, members work together to create a movie by discussing how a movie is made and how they can work with available materials and people to create the film. The club plans to

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by Luke M '18

Film Club Begins Production

Natalia Belchikov ’16, a passionate 10th grader determined in creating her own film started the fun and interesting Film Club in hope that other club members would assist her in the film-making process.

Art teacher Ms. Schwarz supervises the club’s meetings which are every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Film is a major interest and hobby for Schwarz. She speaks of the club with enthusiasm, saying “Every member of the club is always having fun”.

During Film Club, members work together to create a movie by discussing how a movie is made and how they can work with available materials and people to create the film. The club plans to start production of November 2013 and is hopeful in entering their film(s) in numerous contests. The club is excited for its first project of creating an anti-bullying short film. Casting for the film will be announced and anyone from the student body is able to audition.