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by Maya J '16

Lady Sting’s Successful 2013 Season Comes to a Close

On Friday May 17, BSGE’s girls softball team, Lady Sting, was defeated in a tough game against Metropolitan Campus in the second round of the playoffs, 10-1. Metropolitan, who were seeded #2 in the playoff brackets, advanced to the quarterfinals while Baccalaureate’s playoff run was over. Despite the difficult loss, the game marked the end of a great season for the team, who ended up with a final record of 13-5, including one win and one loss in the playoffs.

The season kicked off on March 22, with many new faces on the team. Five freshmen were added to the starting lineup. The team did well considering the number of rookies playing. “The season was a huge success,” Coach Virge Ramos said. The team cruised into the playoffs, led by

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BSGE’s New 9th Grade Admissions Process: No Test!

In past years, 8th grade students in other schools who had applied for 9th grade at BSGE were put through a similar selection process as prospective 7th graders: a test and an interview. Students were also asked to submit a recommendation, and copies of their report cards and standardized test grades. However, the number of students applying to BSGE for high school in the past several years has increased a lot. Due to the sudden demand, there is no test or interview for those applying for 9th grade anymore. Instead, they are judged and offered admission solely based on their grades in four subjects (math, english, social studies, and science), standardized test scores, and attendance record.

So why is there a sudden increase in applicants? BSGE, which is still a relatively new school, has only become well-known in the last few years. In the spring of 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked BSGE as the top high school in the state, and #21 on a list of national high schools. This publicity might explain the significantly larger number of applicants. According to BSGE guidance counselor, Tim David-Lang, this year

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Helping Hands: Child Sex Trafficking Initiative

somalymam            You might have noticed flyers for Helping Hands’ new initiative – child sex trafficking – around the school. The Somaly Mam foundation was made famous in a documentary called Half the Sky, shown on PBS, which highlighted various women’s issues internationally. This particular organization works with girls and women in Cambodia, who are kidnapped from their families and sold to brothels as young as 3 years old. Cambodia has a huge illegal sex trafficking industry, which generates $500 million a year. The woman who created the foundation is Somaly Mam, who is a survivor of sex trafficking herself. She helps to rescue,

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by Maya J '16

Cheating at Stuyvesant

Yep, they do it there too. On June 13, Nayeem Ahsan, a junior at Stuyvesant, one of the most elite, prestigious high schools in the country, took a Spanish regent. During the exam, he took out his smartphone and texted other students for help. He had given them answers during a physics regent and a history regent earlier that month, and now it was his turn to receive help. Ahsan was part of a network of students that supported each other by providing answers during tests, and he was a pro at sneaking out his phone, snapping pictures of test pages, and discreetly texting under the table. Stuyvesant principal Stanley Teitel was surveying the exam room when he noticed Ahsan’s phone, and confiscated it. While going through his messages, Teitel discovered mass texts to 70 other students involved (some of whom were suspended) filled with answers and photos of tests. Ahsan, who was shooting for Harvard and a career in investment banking, was expelled.

Ahsan, who believes he should have been allowed to return to Stuyvesant in the fall, explained the reasoning behind the cheating in an

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BSGE’s First Homecoming Dance

Students dancing at Homecoming

On Friday, September 28th, the senior council hosted BSGE’s first annual homecoming dance, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the cafegymatorium. Tickets were $5 and $7 at the door. All grades were welcome, and earlier in the week, each grade voted for their own homecoming king and queen who were crowned at the dance. Students enjoyed dancing to pop and hip hop music mixed by DJ Frequency, and Virge. The lights were turned off but colored strobe lights lit up the dance floor.

In other high schools, a homecoming dance is usually during the weekend of a school football game, and high school graduates return to their school that night, hence the name “homecoming.” In BSGE

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Seniors Reflect on the College Application Process

As the school year is wrapping up, seniors have some time to look back on the college application process after submitting their final choices. They thought that one of the hardest parts of the process was the beginning of the school year. “The first few months of the college process, it’s really hard because you have all your college essays to do on top of all your schoolwork,” explained Sofia Chelpon ’12.

However, for many, the offers they received made things even harder. “The hardest part for me was deciding where to go in the end, because I ended up having to choose between a lot of schools that I wanted to go to,” she added. Ram Bhadra ’12 felt that sometimes the results were difficult to accept. “I think the hardest part would be when you work so hard toward getting into a really good college, and you don’t get into your dream school,” he said.

One challenge seniors will face in the next few months is making the switch from high school to

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Earth Day 2012!

On Sunday, April 29th, members of the BSGE Helping Hands Committee participated in an Earth Day event at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, along with students from other schools. They spent a day fertilizing trees, planting vegetables, grass and herbs, and making compost. Originally the event was planned for Sunday April 22nd, which was the official Earth Day, but it was rescheduled a week later due to bad weather. In previous years, the whole school has taken a weekday off and gone to the park, but because of scheduling problems with the organizers, both this year and last year the event was limited to only Helping Hands members. Regardless, Earth Day 2012 was a success, and the students helped prepare the park for its upcoming season.

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BSGE’s Silent Vow

On April 20th, 2012, some BSGE students participated in the Day of Silence, a silent protest against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) name-calling and harassment, particularly in school. The silence copied the silence LGBT teenagers must face every day because they aren’t accepted for who they are. The Day of Silence takes place every year in many schools across the nation, and is organized by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Students were not required to take part in the event, but those who did signed up to be either silent or supporting. A supporting student wore a placard stating that he or she supports the cause, but was allowed to speak during the school day.
Students who took a vow of silence remained silent throughout the entire school day, from

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Eighth Graders Reflect on School and Look Ahead

The 8th graders at BSGE feel that the workload hasn’t changed much since seventh grade. “I think it’s about the same amount of work as last year,” Eunice Kim said. Many students, however, feel that the work is more complex and difficult this year in school. Elbert Savinon explained, “It’s gotten harder in some aspects, especially math – there’s more explanation and more graphs.”
The students feel that they learned how to manage the work in 7th grade, and this helps them balance their schoolwork and other activities. “My life outside school is pretty chill and relaxed,” said Vivian Yan. When it comes to their social lives, the 8th graders said they had made new friends this year. “We were put into different streams this year so I did make some new friends.” Eunice pointed out. “I’ve also kept the same old friends,” added Nikola Mirkovic.

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BSGE Finishes 4th in Queens Math Competition

BSGE Students at the Queens Math Competition held at Queens College. From left to right, 8th graders, Tracy Zheng,
Maya Juman, Risa Parham, 7th graders, Justin Hamlin and Kyle Ni. Photo Credit: Mo Math Staff

BSGE’s middle school students finished 4th in the Museum of Math Queens Math Competition on Tuesday, March 13th.  The math competition open to 7th and 8th graders across Queens took place in Queens College. Sponsored by Museum of Math (which is set to open in Manhattan later this year) and Con Edison, the competition accepted one team of 5 students (including both grades) from each participating middle school. BSGE’s team won 4th place out of the 25 schools involved.