Cartoon by Amanda Shen

Love Is Love Day
Love is All Days

By Amanda Shen Valentine’s Day. A day characterized by pastel-colored Necco Sweethearts, pink and red glittered Hallmark cards, cheaply made stuffed bears holding hearts and roses, and crinkly chocolate wrappers. A day whose true purpose has been largely forgotten. As with most holiday traditions, Valentine’s Day has completely transformed in our society into a festival[…]

Fencing her way to the top—Senior Vera Lin (left) fences her opponent in the 2015 Nassau County Individual Championships, where she earned first place. Photo reproduced by permission of Brad Penner

Fencing Captain to Play at Cornell Next School Year

By Celine Macura As college admissions officers flip through applications at a large desk in Cornell University’s main administrative building, one application sits at the bottom of the pile waiting to be opened, waiting to display its applicant’s competitive edge. In a highly selective school, the board is no stranger to hard-earned grades, extensive club[…]

Cartoon by Angelina Wang

Make Your Education Count: Focus on Learning, Not Grades

At South, in Great Neck, and in an alarmingly increasing number of schools, we as students are faced with an expectation of academic excellence. Going to college has become a requisite in today’s world, and we are pressured to spend our high school years pursuing impressive grades to earn entrance to “good colleges,” which has[…]

Bae excels with unmatched Intel-ligence–Senior Emily Bae stands proudly by the Intel banner located outside of the science research classroom and laboratory. Bae was named an Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist on Jan. 6. Photo taken by Lauren Reiss

South Students Have Research Competitions Down to a Science

By Lauren Reiss This year, Great Neck South raised a new banner displaying yet another year of science research successes in the Intel and Siemens competitions. The most recent success belongs to senior Emily Bae, who was named a Semifinalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search on Jan. 6. In her project titled “Determining[…]

Transport Takes it to the Floor: Senior Annie Transport Looks Back on her Gymnastics Career

By Samantha Greben In this year’s fashion show, on Jan. 9, 2016, you may have seen senior Annie Transport take an unconventional trip down the catwalk, tumbling across the stage as an acrobat in the circus-themed performance. For the gymnastics team captain, doing cartwheels and back flips is not uncommon. In fact, Transport can’t remember[…]

Cartoon by Emma Lu

Noticing the Negatives of Naviance

By Amanda Shen “Please check the Naviance website for updates on college visits. University of Michigan, second period tomorrow, Case Western Reserve University, seventh period…” Ever since freshman year, I have glossed over and disregarded these announcements over the loudspeaker every morning. However, there comes a time in every South student’s high school career when[…]