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by Seong Ae H '12

There’s No Place Like Home

On September 16, 2010 a tornado watch was issued at approximately 6pm for a possible but unlikely  tornado in Queens, NY. Within minutes the sky drastically changed its color, as rain began to pour heavily upon the pavement and rooftops and a tornado is believed to have come through Brooklyn and Queens.  In some places, the extreme conditions shook the trees, causing many to fall onto resident cars and houses, sometimes uplifting sections of the sidewalk and even caused one fatality.
Although the tornado lasted only a few minutes, it caused severe physical damage in neighborhoods across Queens. An 11th grade student Vlada Kagan described, her initial reaction when she first glanced outside, “the sky was blue green and I saw the tornado forming. I went to the living room and saw a tree leaning into the window and rain was blowing, causing the whole area to become wet”. A similar description was given by 10th grader Lauren Katzenstein, “I was at home and all of a sudden my window blinds started flying up and rain was pounding against my window. I didn’t know what was going on” Unaware of how to react, residents watched as the sudden emergence of the tornado illuminated the sky with a faded green/blue tint.

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by Mariam B '12 by Seong Ae H '12

The School Year Starts But One Man Is Missing

The school year begins with new expectations, goals and aspirations. Although all six grades have a long way ahead of them, the incoming tenth graders are especially under pressure with stress and loads of work. In preparation for the IB program, the Sophomores require proper guidance from their teachers. A main figure who will be missing this year will be the presence of Dr. David Mandler.
On the last day of school, the 28th of June, Dr. Mandler was given the final notification that he would no longer be teaching in BSGE due to budget cuts. Outraged by this decision, students

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by Seong Ae H '12

Performing On Stage At CARNEGIE Hall

On April 14th,  Ms. Nikkolos’ 9th grade advisory and Ms. Matani’s 10th grade advisory went on a trip to the Carnegie Hall for a Cultural Exchange Concert. Within those two advisories, there were six students who were scheduled to perform on stage that day: Seong Ae Hong, Myles Petillo, Adrien Carrere, Ashley Narvaez, Tenzin Thunsur from 10th grade and Zakir from the 9th grade. Students of BSGE collaborated with a famous band from India, Indian Ocean, for this concert. Although the performance was only few minutes long, a lot of time and effort were needed for the epic stage at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Nikkolos and her advisees have been participating in the Cultural Exchange program for several years. And this year, she got Ms. Matani’s 10th grade advisees to participate in the program as well. Towards the beginning of the year, staff members of the program requested the teachers to ask a couple of students to take a

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by Seong Ae H '12

The SHATS

On the 27th and 28th of October, the 8th grade students of BSGE are taking the Specialized High School Admission Test if they wish to enter a specialized high school, such as Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Sci­ence, and 5 more. This test is very strenuous for many students, because it is dif­ficult, and proper training is needed. Because this admission test is extremely hard for the 8th grade level, lots of students have extra help by tutor, after school, etc… Some students have studied extra hard to get into the best of the best. But not only 8th graders were to take the test, 9th graders had the