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by Maya J '16

BSGE Visits Costa Rica!

For this school year’s spring break, BSGE organized a 10-day trip to Costa Rica. 14 students – 6 juniors and 8 sophomores – joined the trip this year, which was led by Mr. Mehan, Mr. Lakhaney, and Ms. You. The group departed early in the morning on April 1st, and returned on April 10th, two days before school started. After last year’s expedition to Spain and France, which had a cultural emphasis, this year’s trip focused more on adventure and nature, while allowing students who take Spanish to practice their language skills. However, it also incorporated elements of community service, as the students completed almost 10 hours of volunteer work during the trip.
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by Maya J '16

Lady Sting Secures 2015 Playoff Berth

BSGE’s girls’ varsity softball team, Lady Sting, has started the season strong, despite multiple game postponements in March due to snowy field conditions. Led by coaches Virge Ramos and Aly Lakhaney, and team captain Nina Don ’16, the team has a current record of 9-1, and leads its division. After winning 7 regular season games, the team secured itself a spot in the Division B playoffs for the 5th consecutive year. At this point, winning additional games will help Lady Sting earn a higher ranking and a better position in the playoffs, and the team is hoping to finish the season strong. Lady Sting’s final 5 games are all the week of May 4th, after which the playoffs begin the week of May 18th.

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by Maya J '16

Junior Council Hosts Spring Fling

Photo Credits: Beatriz Benares '16
Photo Credits: Beatriz Benares ’16

On Friday, April 24th, Junior Council hosted a successful Spring Fling dance in the cafegymatorium from 6-10 pm. The dance, which juniors had been planning, selling tickets for, and organizing for weeks, helped raise a lot of money for the committee, which works toward ultimately reducing the cost for prom and other senior expenses. Tickets were sold at $8 ahead of time and $10 at the door, and between ticket sales, donations, and snack/drink sales, Junior Council raised a total of $1071, making the party a fundraising success.

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by Maya J '16

Teacher of the Month: Darlene Bullock

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Brooklyn, down on 19th street in the lower portion of South Brooklyn. It was good, because I grew up around all my family, my mother’s side of the family primarily. I grew up with six brothers and sisters, so it was a lot of fun.

Where did you go to college?

Pick one! I went to St. Francis College. I went to, for about three years, Long Island College Hospital for Nursing. I also completed my Master’s degree at St. John’s University, and I attended Queens College for my administrative license and degree.

Why did you decide to become a history teacher?

Well, I’ve always loved history, and I worked for American Express for 19 years, as an employee and then eventually as an administrator. And then I got bored with it, because I knew it well, and I decided I’d like to teach, because I used to teach some of the people in my company. So I decided to leave American Express and go back to school to become a teacher. I really enjoy it.

Where did you teach before BSGE?

Well, I’ve taught in several different environments. I taught, as I said, at the company, as a trainer, and I also taught at Catholic school: Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn. I taught science there, based on my nursing license. I’m an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse). I then worked at Newtown High School for ten years as a social studies teacher. And from there I became an AP for three years at Martin Van Buren, and now I find myself here at BSGE, which I love, by the way.

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by Maya J '16

Lady Sting’s Softball Season Kicks Off Later than Anticipated

Lady Sting's first scrimmage against Bryant HS. Photo Credit: Mr Lakhaney
Lady Sting’s first scrimmage against Bryant HS. Photo Credit: Mr Lakhaney

It’s been a long and bitter winter for New Yorkers, and the brutal weather has affected student athletes who participate in spring PSAL sports. The girls’ varsity softball team, Lady Sting, has been working hard all winter throwing, hitting and running drills in the cafegymatorium, the only available indoor practice space. The snow covering the team’s home field, Big Bush Park in Woodside, prevented outdoor practice until early March. Despite the rain that cleared the last patches of snow from the field last week, on Monday March 16th the Public Schools Athletic League issued a statement cancelling all softball games and scrimmages Monday through Friday of that week, due to some lingering snow on certain fields across the city. This resulted in the cancellation of three scrimmages for Lady Sting and the postponement of their first official game against Robert F. Wagner, all of which were scheduled to take place at Big Bush. Team member Peyton Heron ’16 expressed her frustration. “It doesn’t make sense – our field is totally clear. We need the practice outdoors.”

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by Maya J '16

Lady Sting Hosts Second Annual Flapjack Fundraiser

Photo Credits: Beatriz Benares '16
Photo Credits: Beatriz Benares ’16

On Saturday, February 28th, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., BSGE’s varsity softball team hosted their second “Flapjack Fundraiser” breakfast at the nearby Applebee’s on 35th Avenue. Members of Lady Sting sold $10 tickets for the event throughout February, and many students, faculty, alumni and parents attended the breakfast to show their support for the team. The players, who wore their jerseys for the morning, took orders, served pancakes, bacon, sausages, and beverages, bussed tables, greeted people at the door, and sold raffle tickets at each table. Many of the girls felt that the fundraiser was an improvement compared to last year’s.

“It was a lot more organized than our first one was,” said Nina Don ‘16. “Especially in the kitchen.” Lady Sting was happy to welcome back BSGE alumni who returned for the occasion, including former captain Lauren Katzenstein ‘14. Several teachers also attended, including Mr. Lakhaney, who will be joining the team this year as a coach. “It was fun being in an environment with students, teachers, parents and alumni all just having a good time and eating pancakes.” Mr. Wolov said. “It should happen more often.”

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BSGE’s Most Successful Basketball Season

BSGE’s 2014-15 basketball season was concluded during the first week of February, with the girls’ last game on the 5th and the boys last game on the 6th. It was an exciting season to say the least, with the girls finishing with 6 wins to 11 losses and the boys with 6 wins to 12 losses. Both teams performed its very best in BSGE basketball history, in terms of total losses, wins and standings.

Photo Credit: Jamie Carroll '16
Photo Credit: Chaimaa Riad ’16

The girl’s team, which has always performed quite well in the past, beat six different teams this year (Wagner, Aviation, American Studies, Frank Sinatra, High School for Construction, and Metropolitan Campus), which contrasted with the boys who although won six games as well, only beat four different schools (Frank Sinatra, Cambria Heights Academy, Information Technology High School and Academy for Careers in Television and Film) because they beat Frank Sinatra and Academy for Careers twice.

Throughout the season, the ladies showed an immense amount of skill and effort both on and off the court. Jamie Carroll ’16, who came out with a 6.909 PGP (a technique designed to measure a player’s overall contribution to a team’s victory) and a free throw percentage of 50, explained her immense satisfaction with the team’s performance.

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by Maya J '16

ACT vs. SAT: Which one should YOU take?

It’s that time of year again: the temperature has dropped below freezing, we are finally seeing snowfall on the weather forecast… and the dreaded first mentions of the word “SAT” have appeared among juniors. The class of 2016 will be the last grade to take the older SAT before major changes are implemented next Spring. For those who have not already taken the SAT or ACT in October, November or December, the standardized test, in one form or another, is now very much on the horizon for 11th graders.

SAT-vs-ACT

Although many students consider the SAT the obvious choice for standardized testing, the ACT is also accepted by colleges and universities, and neither test gives an applicant an advantage. Instead, it is important to pick the test that you feel you are better suited to. Since the tests measure different skills, some students feel that one test is better for their way of thinking than the other. While the SAT has infamous vocabulary questions and trickier reasoning, the ACT requires content memorization but is easier to decipher. While the SAT may be better for a student with a long, focused attention span and strong logical reasoning, the ACT’s advanced math and science sections may be better suited to a student strong in these subject areas.

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by Maya J '16

Juniors Visit the Fisher Landau Center for Art

On Thursday, December 11th, BSGE juniors visited the nearby Fisher Landau Center for Art on an interdisciplinary field trip for both Visual Art and English. The Center is located on 30th Street and 38th Avenue in Long Island City, and houses a collection of contemporary American art. The 11th graders walked over after lunch to see works by modern artists Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Jenny Holzer and others. Many of the artworks challenged the students’ definition of art and abandoned any normal traditions  – using bold, strong words and messages rather than aesthetic qualities to impact the viewer.

Untitled (Pledge), by Barbara Kruger (photo credit to Alejandra Ruiz '16)
“Untitled (Pledge),” by Barbara Kruger (photo credits to Alejandra Ruiz ’16)
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by Maya J '16

BSGE Scaffolding Comes Down

BSGE after the scaffolding was removed last week
BSGE after the scaffolding was removed last week

Students arriving at school on Monday, October 20th were surprised and happy to find that the scaffolding around BSGE’s exterior had been removed after months of construction. It had been erected earlier this year in May, in order to allow construction workers to fix water leakage problems deep inside the building’s walls. BSGE had been showing signs of water damage for months, if not years, before construction began. Even inside classrooms, paint near windows peeled away to reveal walls and ceilings damaged by rain leaking into the building.

The construction workers had a lot of work to do, starting with the very exterior of the building. “The stucco was bad,” Darnell Murray Jr., BSGE’s custodian, explained. Beneath this outer layer, there were serious water problems reaching deep into the entire structure. Once these issues had been addressed and the repair complete, the building was then painted. However, the work is not complete yet.

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by Maya J '16

BSGE Alumni at Brown University

BSGE alumni – and former Bacc Rag writers – stick together! From left to right: Simran Vazirani ’11, Jan Wyszynski ’13 and Sebastian Ali ’14, pictured last month, all currently attend Brown University.

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by Maya J '16

BSGE’s New Theater Club

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IB Dramatic Arts is kicking off its first year of theater production. The group, founded last spring by Ergisa Xhuveli ‘16 and Hanako Montgomery ‘16, is organizing “The Absurd Value of Everything,” an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play “Lady Windermere’s Fan.” Auditions were held after school on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and the two Juniors plan to begin rehearsals soon. The play is tentatively scheduled for May or June, at Arrow Community Center.