Peter Lundine gives a moving performance as he projects his lines to the intimate crowd surrounding him.

Laramie Project’s Cycle Delivers Important Message To South Students About Acceptance

By Celine Macura The Orlando shooting this past June at Pulse, a gay nightclub, left 43 dead and 53 injured. For many Americans, it was a heart-wrenching tragedy that highlighted the atrocities of terrorism, but for Theatre South Director Mr. Thomas Marr, it was more than just a hate crime. At the time of the[…]

Making sure all is secure—The first things school Security Guard William Lee does every morning is check the video cameras located at various points around the building Photo by Celine Macura

The Badge Behind The Desk: South Welcomes New School Security Guard

By Celine Macura School Security Guard William Lee arrives to school each morning at 7:00 a.m., a time when most students are either still sleeping or just beginning to wake up. He starts his day by reviewing the monitors connected to the video cameras surrounding the building. Lee unlocks the doors and makes his way[…]

Wiping the Slate Clean—A non-renovated girls bathroom (left) still has a pink wall and tile floor, while the newly renovated girls bathroom right) has been painted white and has a wood-like tile floor. The improved bathrooms also contain automatic. hands-free flushers. 
Photos by Celine Macura

Bathroom Renovations Flush away Student Concerns

By Celine Macura The student body has spoken. After multiple complaints to student government regarding the condition of the bathrooms, the first of many upgrades are washing up around school. Students’ main concern was the uncleanliness of the bathrooms; they felt that the bathrooms should be more sanitary. According to Student Government president Shrinath Viswanathan,[…]

Soccer Spirit—Seniors Jacob Neiderman and Jonathan Farkas of the boys varsity soccer team walk under  the orange and blue balloon banner at the annual pep rally to promote active school participation. Photo by Winston Gao

Raising Our Spirits: Finding Ways to Celebrate South

By Cara Becker and Celine Macura Football. Friends. Fun. Food. These are some of the elements that come to mind when you think of a traditional high school Homecoming event. In movies, the high energy and camaraderie carry tremendous importance, linking the assorted interests of students. Heaps of people donning school colors line the field[…]

Safety First— The new Nassau County Safety app allows for immediate communication with the police in the case of any emergency. Picture Credit: Nassau County

Nassau County Implements New Safety App to Public Schools

By Celine Macura Four Years after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many still fear that a similar crisis could threaten their own community. With the shooting claiming the lives of twenty-six students and teachers, the anxiety that their own school systems aren’t prepared enough is understandable.To address these concerns, Nassau County officials[…]

Shaking up The Athletic Program: Dance Team to Be Added Next School Year

By Celine Macura Three seasons a year, athletes find themselves putting on a uniform for one of fifty varying teams offered by South’s athletic program. With so many options to choose from, it seems there is a place for almost everyone—from cross-country runners to bowling competitors. However, sophomores Camryn Weinbaum and Catherine Jerome found a[…]

Stimulating critical thinking-Sophmore Lauren Farkas prepares for her Common Core math exam by reviewing curriculum material.  Photo taken by Celine Macura

Examining New Standardized and College Board Test Changes

By Celine Macura Students have been tossing away their flash cards, deleting their Quizlet accounts and forgetting mnemonics due to the new testing approach being adopted in high schools around the country. Doing well on many of the new standard tests like the updated Advanced Placement (AP), SAT, and Common Core exams no longer require[…]

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[…]

Taking on weight loss–Junior Rubin Smith faces his opponent from Long Beach High School. Smith says "eating less plays a small part" in making his desired weight class. Photo reproduced by permission of Rubin Smith

Wrestling with Weight Loss: Outside the Ring

By Celine Macura For decades, high school wrestlers have attempted to shed multiple pounds before matches. Though unhealthy, this common strategy places wrestlers against opponents lighter than themselves, using superior size as an advantage. By 1999, high school sports officials made the decision to put an end to these dangerous but common practices. The National[…]