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The Raider Times
Senior Issue Watertown High School May 28, 2009
On the 26
of March thecast of “Anything Goes” assembledtogether, about to perform what theyhad been rehearsing since the eighthof January. Leaving behind whatever they faced in their personal lives andovercoming the various obstacles thatstood in their way, the cast went out and
 performed, kicking off the rst of three
 performances masterfully.“Anything Goes” tells the storyof a hapless everyday man Billy Crocker (Played by Patrick O’Brian) who sneaksonto a ocean liner to recapture the loveof Hope Harcourt (Played by GraceGallant), even though she is expectedto marry Evelyn Oakleigh (played byHarrison Ford). Billy is assisted in thislove triangle by Reno Sweeney (played by Maddy Herzog) who happens to fallin love with Evelyn, through her ownaccord. Billy is also helped by MoonfaceMartin (played by Nick Metrano) a petty criminal, who helps him avoidhis boss Elijah J Whitney (played byJustin DePamphillis) while giving himthe guise of Public Enemy number one, the most notorious criminal in theAmerica.Through many hilariousmoments and entertaining musicalnumbers the characters discover whatthey were destined to have by the timethe ship drops anchor.Though the musical wentalong fantastically well, it wasn’twithout problems. Nearly two weeks before show time the auditorium curtain
sparked a small re during one of the
rehearsals. This not only delayed therehearsal, but also forced the cast togo on without a main curtain, a crucialelement to theatrical performances. In
addition to the re the cast also had to
face the obstacle of a limited budget.With no costume budget the cast cametogether and obtained costumes for every part, even if it meant dipping intotheir own pockets.The cast of “Anything Goes”ended their third performance on the28
. The three performances broughtaround 400 people into the schoolauditorium, surpassing many recent plays. In The end “Anything Goes”was a smash hit, once again showingwhat the theatre program can bring tothe table, solidifying its presence for hopefully many years to come.
High School Musical a Success
“Anything Goes” actors stay in character during the humorous last scene
 Photo by: Lifetouch
As graduation approachesfor the seniors, so does many of theanticipated senior events. Events suchas the prom, the wall painting at VictoryField, and the outing to Kimball Farm.All of these events take place in the last
week of May and the rst week of June.
The school likes to have it this way sothat seniors will be done with all their work and can spend their time creatingfun memories from their last coupleweeks in high school.The event week begins onMay 28
at 12:30 during the school
day, when the seniors will le down to
the auditorium to view the senior slideshow. Seniors have been submitting
 pictures to our class ofcers from their 
elementary school years to present yearsof them with fellow classmates.“The day of the slideshow will
denitely leave many of us laughing,”
said senior Elizabeth Russo.At 7:00 pm that night,seniors who have applied for in-school scholarships will gather in theauditorium and sit in front of the schoolcommittee to see if they have won anyof the needed money for next yearscollege tuition. This is a very nerveracking night for them, because a lotof seniors have applied for a lot of thesame scholarships, but often there canonly be one recipient. This makes thewhole process a very competitive one.The next day, May 29
, isthe seniors’ last day of school. At 9:00they will have a breakfast at the Greek Church Hall on Bigelow Ave. Duringthe breakfast, their yearbooks will bedistributed so they have the chance tosign each others. Later that day, themembers of the class of 2009 will be preparing for their prom! This year, itis being held at the Hyatt HarborsideLogan Airport in Boston at 6:30.The following Monday, June1
, the events continue. The seniors willreport to Victory Field to paint their slogan on the bleachers, followed by a barbeque sponsored by the WatertownPolice. On Wednesday June 3
, theseniors have their senior outing atKimball Farm from 4-8. They shouldmake sure to be in the WHS auditoriumat 2:30 to make it on the bus on time.According to seniors from last year, thisis one of the most enjoyable times theyspend together as a class all year.And June 5
, the mostanticipated day of the whole year for seniors is graduation. At 10:00 AM, if weather permits, the seniors will havegraduation rehearsal at Victory Field.That evening, graduation takes place at6:00 PM. At 11:00 PM, the graduatesof WHS have the opportunity to attendthe All-Night Party held in the KelleyGymnasium. In past years, 99% of thesenior classes have attended this event,so they are expecting the same greatturnout.As their time at WHS iswinding down, this is a very excitingtime for seniors. After the excitingsenior events week is over, summer will be here. Since kindergarten, their liveshave been like a routine, getting up andgoing to school everyday. Come August,many of them will head off to college,work, or the military, and their lives willcontinue to change from there. Not oneday will ever be the same again.Senior girls at this winter’s pep rally
 Photo by: Lifetouch
Senior Events Start as Senior Year Ends
By: Shelby Austin-ManningBy: Keith SinghOn March 18
the cast of “Anything Goes” was huddled aroundthe stage receiving notes during rehearsalin the school auditorium. During thissomeone noticed an odd smoky odor coming from the stage. Soon, smoke wasseen, coming from the house curtain.Beth Peters the director of “AnythingGoes,” quickly sent the students awayfrom the stage, as she moved closer toinspected the origin of the smoke. After the stage lights were turned off, the castmembers once again noticed smoke, but this time much thicker. After a fewsparks were seen glowing from thecurtain, the auditorium, and eventuallythe entire school was evacuated as the
re alarm was pulled.Fireghters arrived on thescene arriving in three re trucks. With
the help of school maintenance workers,the curtain was dropped down, and the
re was quickly extinguished. Thoughthe re was not big, a large amount of smoke had lled the auditorium and the
Fire Causes Ruckus
surrounding hallways. Carbon monoxidelevels were checked, as anxious castmembers waited outside, awaiting some
kind of update. Fire ghters opened
all the auditorium doors and windows,giving the smoke a passageway toescape the building, which was aided by three high-powered fans.After about two hours, studentsand the few remaining faculty memberswere allowed to re-enter the school, withthe strong scent of smoke still lingeringin the air. After a few things wereremoved from the auditorium, rehearsalwas continued in the band room.A stage light that had beenmoved to the side of the stage ended up being the culprit. Stage lights can reachextreme temperatures, which isn’t ahazard when nothing is directly in frontof them, but can be dangerous when pointing at something less than 15 feetaway. In the end, no one was hurt, and“Anything Goes” went on without any problems.By: Keith Singh
Editor-in-Chief: Maddy HerzogCopy Editor: Andrew Grant
Advisor: Maurin O’Grady
 NewsEditor: Keith SinghKalli FabrikarakisMaddy Herzog Nick LappenFeatureEditor: Chloe AndersonShelby Austin-ManningLiz RussoArts & EntertainmentEditor: Jenna GilreathMane HarutyunyanOpinionEditor: Julia BrennanSportsEditor: Kelsey PredergastTaylor ConnorsPhoto Editor: Chloe AndersonFreelanceClara GibbonsAndrew GrantRachel PanoAnthony Smart
The Raider Times
2008-2009 Staff List
The newspaper staff welcomes freelance writers. If youwould like to work on The Raider Times, see Ms. O’Gradyin Room 345.
Walking through the halls of Watertown High School, you are likelyto see an abundance of diversity. Notonly does Watertown, Massachusettshold the second largest Armenian population in the United States, it isalso home to many other ethnicities,including Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern,and Asian. Although our citizens of different backgrounds generally haveamiable relationships within the town,at the high school level many studentsare uneducated about other groups.Four years ago, the Watertown YouthCoalition (WYC) and Peer Leaders
started Diversity Day to try and x that
 problem. Expanding on its mission tospread diversity and tolerance, DiversityDay evolved into a Diversity Week for 
the rst time this year.
“[This week] gives students achance to enjoy food from other countriesand kind of open their eyes to the factthat the American life style isn’t the onlyway of life,” said Boris Osipov, a senior at WHS and a member of Peer Leaders.The global-themed week started off slow but picked up pace quickly. OnMonday, April 6
, there was a table anddisplay set up in the main lobby, whereWYC and Peer Leader members servedfood from countries such as Italy, China,Thailand, and India. Tuesday, UrbanImprov, a group of actors from JamaicaPlain, came and performed severalskits for classes concerning racism andother forms of prejudice. Wednesday
featured a lm festival during sixth
 period. Finally, on Friday, there wasmultiple displays and activities set upin the cafeteria for all three lunches.Students curiously approached at their own leisure to participate in activitiesand sample food. Additionally, each
day of the week there was a rafe which
involved answering trivia questionsabout other cultures; for instance, “Howmany times a day do Shi’ites pray?” Thedaily prizes included gift cards to storessuch as Dunkin Donuts, Old Navy, andGame Stop, and gift baskets.Members of WYC and Peer Leaders and their supervisor, BecketRhodes, who also works at WaysideMulti Service Center in Watertown,were generally pleased with the resultsof this year’s Diversity Week. “I washonestly surprised by some people’senthusiasm,” admitted Boris. “Peoplewere genuinely interested and it wasrefreshing to see.” Other WHS studentswho took leadership roles in thesuccessful week were Eva Guo, ClaraGibbons, and Harrison Ford.
Diversity Week 
By: Maddy HerzogOn Friday morning, March20, an array of brave students beganto accumulate in the gym, patientlywaiting to donate blood at the annualWatertown High School Blood Drive.This was Mr. Rimas’ seventh year organizing the altruistic event sponsored by the American Red Cross, which usedto be run by now-retired Social Studiesteacher, Mr. Hayward.The week beforehand, studentsfrom Rimas’ Civics classes set up atable in the cafeteria every day to signstudents up and raise awareness aboutthe procedure. On the day of the event,members of Student Council and Civicsstudents volunteered in the gym all day,checking people in, and organizingsnacks to keep students’ blood sugar up.
The rst wary donors started wandering
in at 8:00 A.M. and new ones continuedto show up until 1 P.M.The process was tedious,starting off with a wait that could lastup to 45 minutes. Students and teacherswho were signed up to donate got a
number and name tag when they rst
walked in, and then sat patiently untilthey were called up by a Red Crossvolunteer. The prospective donors thenstepped into private booths where theRed Cross member asked a variety of questions about their basic informationand their medical history. Finally, theyquickly, but still uncomfortably, pricked
a ngertip and collected a miniscule
sample of blood, to test the iron level.If the number on the small portablemachine read 12.5 or above, thenthe person was free to donate, whichunfortunately wasn’t the case for severaldisappointed students.Previously, a prerequisite for donating blood had been that the donor must be 17 years or older, but due to anew law in Massachusetts, 16-year-oldswere now welcome to participate, as longas they got a permission slip signed bya guardian. The new, younger partakershave a local teenager to thank: 16-year-old Mark Chonofsky from Lexington.This year at Watertown High School, atotal of 61 students and teachers showedup, and 48 were in the clear to donate,one more unit than had been collected atthe 2008 WHS Blood Drive.Rimas’ hope for the future is“more participants!” He wants studentsto understand that it is not as terrifyingas many assume it to be. “I used torefuse to give blood every time there
was a drive at my school, but nally
one year in college I did it and realizedthat it wasn’t nearly as bad as I hadanticipated it to be,” Rimas explained.This year, only one student fainted,and that was only due toa phobia of seeing other  people’s blood. Other donors felt a little weak and tired afterwards butregained their strengthwithin a day.“It wasn’t that bad. It didn’t hurt; it was just kind of gross,” junior Chloe Anderson shared.KelseyPrendergast added,“Afterwards was the worst part. And the waiting inthe beginning.”
 Photos By Dan Dressler 
Junior Adelina Grigoryan prepares to donate.
WHS Blood Drive
By: Maddy HerzogThe Day of Silence is an entireday dedicated to drawing attention tothe issue of bullying and harassmentfaced by LGBT students across thenation. By taking a stand with the use of silence, a space is provided for personal
reections about the consequence of 
 being silent, and having been silenced by others. The Day of Silence is thelargest student-led action that protestsagainst bullying and harassment towardsLGBT people. All those who participateare willing to dedicate a day long vowof silence in order to encourage “endingthe silence.”Watertown High Schoolhas been contributing to this causefor at least 5 years. It is used as alearning experience and displays theimportance of raising awareness amongWHS students. By contributing to thecause, it is hope that a more acceptingenvironment will develop and a safehaven will be created for all differentstudents. In order to support this cause,t-shirts were sold for students to wear,and the entire day of April 17, 2009 wasset aside for students to become silentand involved. While being silent, a veryimportant lesson was being taught tostudents. It is important for students to become more accepting towards their  peers, and to become educated aboutLGBT issue that occur not only here, but across the nation.Ms. Wagner, who is a dedicatedsupporter to the cause shares, “the Dayof Silence is an effort that can raiseawareness on this issue, prompting people to talk and think about it. Ithelps people think about what change isneeded in our community, and how TheDay of Silence can be a building block in our efforts to create change.”Our school currently has 25-30students who become involved and participate in The Day of Silence. It isalways encouraged that more student become involved and realize that bysaying trite phrases such as, “That’sso gay”, is hurtful and is discouraging.Everyone is different, and it is notsomething that should be used against people when there is nothing wrongwith being different.The Day of Silence should be used as a positive tool to create a positive change community-wide. As aresult, students should think less aboutusing hurtful phrases and actions againstthose who are different, and insteadaccept them as equal individuals.By: Kalli Fabrikarakis
A Day of Silence
China stands proud as theworld’s largest country with a rapidlyincreasing population of 1.3 billion people. With the Great Wall of China being one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” it’s no surprise that tourismis especially high there. The ChinaPathways Program offers a chancefor high school students to immersethemselves into the fast-paced, excitinglifestyle of China. It unites China’s past, present and future, offering insight intoits history, art, politics, lifestyle and background. In a crowd of 150 studentsOn Thursday April 30
 Watertown High’s auditorium held proud family members and classmatesof juniors and seniors who were beinginducted and were inducted last year into the National Honor Society (NHS).The ceremony included words fromMr. Noftsker, current superintendentDr. Heirsche and was led by the NHS
ofcers Gaby D’Amico, Brian Field,
Faye Hisoler and Andrew Grant.This year, for National Honor Society where students have to obtain a3.5 GPA, there were 5 seniors inductedas well as 34 juniors. Cum Laude, asociety where students have a 4.0 GPAthere were 6 seniors and 16 juniorsinducted. Mrs. Calleja, our school’sfaculty advisor for this society has been running ceremonies and workingwith the students for 2 years now. Shealong with Gaylene Fantasia from the
Superintendent’s ofce work very hard
to make the ceremony run smoothly.Mrs. Calleja works with the studentsto get their applications in, helps get photographers for the event, musicselected, lighting and running therehearsal for the event. Mrs. Fantasiaorders the pins for the students, the
certicates and she mails out invitations
to the induction ceremony. Without thesetwo, the ceremony would probably be a
very difcult task.
Throughout the ceremony,
students were presented with certicates
of membership, pins and a stole whichthey will don at graduation. Senior GabyD’Amico said that she personally “felthonored to take part in the ceremony.”As students were inducted into their 
respected societies, the ofcers of the
 NHS explained what each one was andwhat the different aspects of NHS andCum Laude stood for. Mrs. Calleja
“thought the ofcers did a wonderful job
with their responsibility in the society.”All students inducted last year returned to welcome the new juniorsand seniors. Overall, the ceremonywas welcoming and was done very professionally in a way that recognizedthe students for all their hard work. A big thank you is deserved for all of thestudents and faculty that help make thisevent possible. The National Honor Society and Cum Laude inductionceremony is one that will hopefullycontinue for many years to come.By:Jenna Gilreath
 New InducteesWelcomed to NHS
A junior NHS member gets in-ducted
 Photo by: Lifetouch
from local school districts, 20 seats wereopen to Watertown students.In a series of 10 days, Watertownstudents explored and were educated inBeijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Thoughthe cost of the trip was expensive,settling in at about $3,000, sophomoreHannah Barry says “it is completelyworth it. You do so much that the priceyou pay for this trip is less than half of what you would pay if you planned thetrip yourself.” The trip involves a lot
of sight-seeing, educational benets
are also inevitable. Bits and pieces of Chinese history andway of life cometogether through visitsto schools, the GreatWall, Olympic Village,terra cotta warriors, pagodas and mosques,neighborhoods,museums and markets.“We did see a lotof sights, but it wasalways explained to uswhy they were relevantto China’s history. Wespent a lot of time inlocal areas, learningabout how modern-day Chinese live,” saysBarry.Prior to actuallytraveling to China,students were required toattend classes that gavethem a brief overviewof Chinese culture before actually beingin the center of it. Eachstudent was expected totake at least two classeswith topics ranging fromteenage life, Chinese folk lore, mandarin, music,etc. Although the tripfeatures group activities and carefulchaperoning, students also have timego out at night and survey the streets
of China for themselves, benetingfrom rst hand exposure. Even with the
additional independence the studentsare given, they are expected to actrespectful and follow rules, as usual. Toinsure safety, check-ins are constant andstudents are required to always carrytheir passports on them.The trip is another chapter inthe lives of those attending studentswho always return awed by theadventures China has to offer. People
Watertown High Returns to China
By: Mane Harutyunyan
The WPS group in China!
going on the trip are usually motivated by personal interests and aspire to learnabout other countries and the China trip
always fullls. Why China? “Because
it’s a growing world power and their culture and history is so ancient andvery interesting,” Barry explains. Thisevent is run annually during Aprilvacation and from year to year, has beencharacterized by words like “awesome,”“eye-opening” and “memorable.” The“best experience of your life” lies beneath the layers of ancient historyand a dominating culture in the heart of China.One Wednesday night April30
thirty-seven students showed up at
Moxley eld to observe the stars under 
clear skies. Mr. Petricone in celebrationof Astronomy week decided it was timefor his astronomy class to assemble at
Moxley eld to look through the school
telescope to see the rings of Saturn,along with the crescent moon, and pointout some of the major constellations inthe night sky.The students gathered around8pm just after dark to get the best viewof the night sky. Mr. Petricone broughtthe school’s telescope and placed it
in the eld for his students to gather 
around. He never knows how many of his students will show up but takes thechance anyways to see who is willing totake time to learn more about the stars.“It’s nice of the kids to show up andtake time out of their schedules,” statesMr. P.First Mr. Petricone sets upthe telescope so it pointed to the planetSaturn, known for having the best set of rings in the Solar System. Each studenttook a turn to look through the telescopeto see Saturn just as it would look likein magazines and books. Right besideSaturn students were able to see one of Saturn’s moons Titan. Titan is a famousmoon since it also holds an atmospheremuch like the Earths. After each studenthas had a chance to look at Saturn andit’s moon, the telescope is then pointedto the Earth’s moon. It is the perfecttime to look at the craters on the moonssurface. The moon is a crescent moonwhere only a small part is lit up, this way
the light reecting off the moon into the
telescope will not be that bright makingit easier to see the moons surface. Thestudents observed the moon’s shadowline where the lit part meets the dark side on the moon.Mr. P then tells his studentsto gather round to have a look at theconstellations featured in the night’sclear skies. Mr. P uses a green laser  pointer that goes on for about a mile;most of the students gasped whenseeing the laser for it looked like itcould reach the stars. The class pointedout constellations such as Leo theLion, where Saturn was featured thatnight. Also pointed out was the BigDipper, following its two front stars to
nd the North Star sitting in the night
sky. The Gemini Twins, and the GreatDog Sirius were seen. The class washoping to see Orion the hunter in thesky but it was too low in the horizonand a house was blocking the students
view from the eld. The class then
 pointed out the brightest stars in the skysuch as, Capella, Arcturus, Castor andPollux, Spica, Betelgeuse, and lastlythe brightest star in the sky that night,Sirius. “I go home and think about whoshowed up, I give the kids that show upextra credit, but I don’t tell them that inclass,” he says with a laugh.After the students slowly startto leave. Some of the students evenstayed behind to help pack up Mr. P’scar. “Arthur Patsios and a couple of his friends were nice enough to helpme out with the telescope,” states Mr.P. Overall the night was a good, fun,successful night. Hopefully next yearsturn out will be just as enjoyable as thisyears.By: Liz Russo
Astronomy StudentsGo Star Gazing

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