Melrose High School, Melrose, MA

Melrose High School, Melrose, MA

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Assistant Principal

As many people have known all year, one of our current assistant principals, Mr. Savarino, was never going to be here past the end of the year. He will be going back to his (hopefully) peaceful retirement, leaving MHS with an open spot for assistant principal. That position has now been filled. As of May 29th, MHS has its second assistant principal, one Mr. Jason Merrill. Mr. Merrill is a Melrose resident and an alumni of MHS, graduating in 1996. He went on to graduate from Bridgewater State Collage in 2000, and earned his Masters Degree in School Administration in 2003. He has worked at Saugus High School for the past 13 years, teaching Wellness, coaching football and track, and was the Director of Wellness and also the Athletic Director. He has worked for five years as the Assistant Principal there, and was acting principal for six months last year as well. Needless to say, he comes well experienced.

Mr. Merrill graduated from Melrose High School himself, and has fond memories of the school. He says that the school itself hasn't changed much since his years here, that the only major difference he noticed was the second floor central hallway being a classroom area now, as opposed to the open space that used to be there. He decided to return to Melrose High for several reasons; he already lives in the city, his two sons will eventually come to MHS, and he believes that Melrose as a school system and as a town is committed to achieving great things. “I believe that this city is always looking for ways to innovate and encourage students, and I want to be part of that,” he says. Seems like Mr. Merrill will be a perfect fit here at Melrose High for years to come. 

By Andy Griscom

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Spring Sports Wrap up

           Three boys teams made it into the State Tournament this year in the spring. The boys tennis team made it, but all of them lost in the first round. They all fought extremely hard but they did not come out with a win. Baseball also made it into the State Tournament with a season ending record of 10-10, however they lost in their first game again Masconomet by a score of 9-0. Boys lacrosse had a great season and made it into the tournament. They beat Sandwich in their first game but lost the very next one. Girls tennis also came out to be co-league champions with the powerhouse Burlington. Overall, it was an extremely successful season for spring sports.
By Megan Tryder

Cuts for a Cause

On June 24th, many girls at Melrose High School are volunteering to cut eight inches or more of their hair to help make wigs for children with cancer. This fundraiser is called “Cuts for a Cause.” Ms. Mochi of Melrose High school opened up this offer to anyone willing to cut their hair or make a money donation. Salon 941 on Main Street on the Melrose/Wakefield line has offered to cut the hair of the candidates. This hair will be used to produce wigs for kids who are going through chemotherapy in the ongoing battle with cancer. I have decided to cut my hair for this fundraiser. I feel as though many kids with cancer deserve hair on their head more than I do. Also, Samantha Barb, a junior at Melrose High School is donating sixteen inches of her hair. This is almost a full shave. Teachers and students are helping contribute to this cause and hopefully at the end of the day on the 24th of June, Melrose High will have made a dramatic impact in providing these kids with not only hair on their head but monetary donations as well. 

If you would like to donate hair or money please contact Ms. Mochi at as soon as possible! Drop ins are welcome, so come on by Salon 941 on June 24th and join us in making a difference!

By Ashley Harding

Feature Faculty: Jim Applegate

          While this year has brought countless new teachers to the faculty, it has also brought Resource Officer Jim Applegate of the Melrose Police Department. Applegate has been in Massachusetts his whole life; he was born in Charleston and lived there for a few years before moving to Melrose when he was 8 years-old. As a kid, Applegate went to the Horace Mann Elementary School, then to the old middle school, and his high school class was the first to graduate from the then new high school in 1976. After high school, he continued his education, earning a degree in criminal justice from Curry College.
               Before he became a police officer, Applegate worked at the Red Coach Grill and Marshall’s warehouse, but influenced by a family history of police officers, he decided to continue in the tradition and was sworn in as a Melrose Police officer in 1983 where he has been ever since. Thirty years later, he admits “I can’t see myself doing anything else. I love this job.”

          Before beginning to work as the MHS resource officer in December, 2012, he worked as a patrol officer. Now, Applegate can usually be found at the main desk area of the first floor, or in his office adjacent to the main office. He loves to guide students with any problems they may have and he encourages students to come to him for advice. There are a wide variety of tasks he does for Melrose, and because he is the only resource officer for Melrose he not only helps at MHS, but also at all of the schools in the district. Not only does he help students, he also helps faculty resolve any issues that may arise between teachers and students.
  Officer Applegate loves working and living here; he finds it to be a great town and place to raise children as he has raised three, two of whom are in college and the other is a student at MHS. His favorite part of his job is helping the many kids of Melrose. He hopes to be around for a long time, and the town certainly hopes he sticks around also.

By Alden Bedsole

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bathroom Standards

          Ok girls and guys, this one’s for you! How many times have you walked into one of the Melrose High School bathroom and been thoroughly disappointed? I  cannot tell you how many times I have walked into a bathroom, sighed, looked in the mirror to fix my hair and walked out without being able to properly use the bathrooms. We are lucky to have bathrooms because there are many places in the world that do not have indoor plumbing, or plumbing at all, but we have all grown accustomed to certain types of bathroom standards and the ones at MHS are not coming close to meeting it.
          Mondays are practically the only day the bathrooms are ever somewhat usable, relatively clean and well-stocked with enough toilet paper and paper towels to last the day.  If you really need to go it’s still a possibility at this point in the week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are inconsistent; you just never know what you are going to find when you open those doors. However, Thursdays and Fridays are completely hopeless, whether it is a clogged toilet or an empty roll on the ground, you will be disappointed by the sight of these bathrooms. Unless you are extremely lucky or bring a roll from home, don’t bother trying at all.  This is not how a high school student should be living. We should be able to access to a working, fully stocked bathroom AT ALL TIMES.
     At any given moment, only the four toilets in the entire school are ever truly usable for the girls at MHS; that means not clogged, not dirty, and are stocked with toilet paper. In every bathroom, the areas in around the stalls are usually completely destroyed and look like they belong in an abandoned warehouse. And that brings the question who is doing this and why. High school girls should have respect for their fellow classmates and not ruin the only “sanctuary” we have in this school. Why are people ruining it when they know that it is not going to get cleaned or replaced?
     For any one who has not had the experience of using an MHS bathroom, anything more than slipping in for a thirty second bladder release is tortuous. Other than smelling horrendously, they offer little to the female gender; along inoperative stalls, there are no paper towels, no trash barrels and sinks that require a one-hand-at-a-time washing technique.
     Now I personally have never been in the boy’s bathroom, but while talking with fellow “Imprint” writer, Joe Kelly, I have realized that the boy’s bathrooms are not much better. Melrose boys have very little respect for their bathrooms because they have become so disgusting over the years. Although they usually have toilet paper, it is usually clogging the sinks and toilets, not on the roll. Hand dryers are about as usable as the ones in the girls bathroom because they usually only blow cold air that feels more like a slight breeze than the real gust that is necessary for drying off hands. The stalls don’t lock and the toilet seats are unusable, even though no boy would ever dare to us them during school, anyways.
     Students need to realize that destroying our bathrooms is not going to get us new ones. We need to start respecting them and the rest of the school, for no reason other than to show that we do care and want to make our school a better place. If we stop destroying bathrooms and classrooms and halls, maybe they wouldn't be so reluctant to upgrade them. We only have one school, and we are all here for four years, so let’s stop destroying it and start to make it better!

By Elisa Lemack

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What Up in Boston This Summer!

                This time of year is beautiful in Boston. There are so many activities put on by the city to enjoy every day, both indoors and out! Boston is celebrating its 40th year of outdoor music. To commemorate this event, Boston City Hall will be hosting a Wednesday Night Concert Series. Every Wednesday night during the summer, starting July 24 and ending August 28, a free concert will begin at 7 pm and will be open to all ages.  Festivals and Feasts, being held this summer, includes a Cultural Survival Bazaar on June 15th, the Boston Jerkfest on June 29th,  a Gospel Fest on August 4th and many others offered in and around the Boston area.  Anyone looking for a scenic walking tour should checkout Self-guided iPod tours. These tours are free and downloadable to all iPods from the link below. Tours include a Boston Harbor walk tour, a Fort Point Channel tour and a tour of the Public Gardens.  If you are interested in walking or running, check out the Boston NF Walk for the Children's Tumor Foundation. This walk helps benefit the foundation. The day is fun-filled for family and friends. This walk is taking place on June 15th. Outdoor events opening soon include: the Boston Common Frog Pond carousel, the P&G Gillette floating Dock, and water spray features throughout Boston parks. 

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By Elisa Lemack 

Friday, June 7, 2013

IRaider Robotics Season Recap

The IRaiders Robotics team wound down from their season at their last competition on May 31st at Northeastern University. It ended a long and trying season for the team, who has been attempting to recover from the loss of six of their most experienced members as departing seniors last year. The team persevered, however, and moved forward despite their relative inexperience, building a working robot in the six weeks allotted by the FIRST Program (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the organization that runs the competitions that the IRaiders  participate in. The team’s first official competition was at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, where the regionals are held to decide which teams advance to the national competition held later in the year. The IRaiders competed against teams from as far away as Connecticut, New York, Maine, and Canada, along with dozens of other teams from across Massachusetts. The team’s inexperience hurt them though, and they were unable to make the elimination rounds at the end of the competition. However, the team was eligible and competing for the Chairman’s Award, the highest and most prestigious award the FIRST Program has to offer, contending with about a dozen other teams at the competition for the honor. While they ultimately didn’t get the award, they have expressed interest in attempting to win it next year. “We put a lot of effort into that award application,” said Co-Captain Andrew Claxton. “So what if we didn’t get it this year? There’s always next time, and we’ll keep trying until we succeed.”
The team’s poor luck continued at their competition at Worchester Polytechnic Institute in May though, losing multiple matches due to various failures in the robot’s code and shooting mechanism (this year’s game involves shooting Frisbees form dispenser stations into goals on the other side of the field).  They also experienced difficulties at Northeastern, losing badly after the robot was damaged during the competition. Despite the difficult year the team remains in high spirits. “We had a tough year, but we’ll come back and learn something from this experience,” said Captain Claxton. “It’s not going to always be easy, but we’re not a team that does giving up.” 

By Andy Griscom

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Graduation Caps Cupcake Toppers

What you will need:
-Chocolate covered graham cracker cookies
-small recess cups
-fruit roll ups*
(*get the colors/flavors to represent your school)

First put the recess cups in the fridge, so when you peel of the wrapper the chocolate will not get ripped off as well. Then you can begin separating the m&ms so you have the color of your choice ready in a bowl (if you do not have the color you are looking for you can use brown to blend with the chocolate cookie). Next you will want to unwrap the fruit roll up and cut it into thin slices about a centimeter in width and about four inches long. Then take the cookies and get ready to put the tassels on. Begin this step by folding the fruit roll up so it in a 'V' and place it on the cookie so the ends hang over the side and the fold point is centered. Then take an m&m and get a little bit of frosting on one side of it (to act like glue) and stick it on top of the center of the cookie, on top of the fruit roll up. Repeat this until desired amount are complete. Next, take the recess cups out of the fridge and unwrap them. Spread some frosting on the top of it (the smaller end) and stick the cookie on it. The graduation toppers are now done! In order to stick them on to cupcakes or cakes just use frosting as a 'glue' or even stick them on skewers and keep them as just caps! They are perfect for any graduation celebration!

By Sydney Soucy

Feature Student: Dan Eichenberger

       Dan Eichenberger has become an idol among his classmates within his four years of a student at Melrose High School. Although he is a more soft-spoken eighteen-year old, Dan has been known to entertain his peers, through both his words and actions.
            Dan has been on three school trips within four years at MHS. He traveled to Georgia as a sophomore with Ms. Williams and then ventured to Costa Rica twice -- once his junior year and then again his senior year. During these three school trips, Dan’s fellow peers began to realize what an interesting and unique boy he really was. Dan recalls that it was on his school trip to Georgia that he earned his infamous nickname ‘Beige.’ He and his friends were fooling around on a bus ride in Georgia when suddenly one friend began singing ‘Ba Ba Black Sheep.’ The friends all joined in on the song, and finally decided that they wanted to integrate Dan into the song. Alex Foley, who accompanied Dan in Georgia, remembers that “he still had his ‘fro,” so the friends changed the song to “ba ba beige Dan have you any hair? Yes sir, yes sir, enough for a bear.” And history was made. During this school trip to Georgia, Dan forevermore earned the nickname Beige. When asked if he enjoyed the nickname, Dan admitted “It’s not my favorite…I’d much rather prefer to be called Dan.”
            The fame of Dan has lived on, especially on his following trips to Costa Rica. During his time in Costa Rica, Dan was able to make even more friends, as they soon realized his amusing character. Dan remembers that on his trip junior year, he even “got really sunburned at the beach and there was one square on [his] back that didn’t get sunburnt.” He laughed along with his friends as they applied intense amounts of Aloe Vera to his sunburnt back.
            Dan is not only interesting when on school trips. In fact, despite having forgotten to put on enough sunblock in the Costa Rican sun, Dan Eichenberger is very smart, among the top students in the Class of 2013. He is enrolled in some of the toughest courses at MHS – AP Psychology, AP Latin, AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, Honors English, and Media Literature. His favorite of these classes is AP Statistics, since he has always been interested in math, and “it is the kind of math [he’s] good at.” He also partakes in a plethora of extracurricular activities, like Varsity Lacrosse, Student Government, Peer Mediation, and Latin Club. He has been a member of all of these activities for four years.
            When Dan is not travelling the world, completing schoolwork, or playing lacrosse, he enjoys hanging out with friends and “listening to all sorts of music.” He also has four birds – an eclectus parrot named Clover, a scarlet macaw named Bo, a sun conure named Pedro, and a blue and gold macaw named Trixie. Because of the birds, the Eichenberger household is a toasty 80 degrees year-round. He does not like talking to these birds, because “usually they yell… they don’t yell words, they just yell loud.”

            Dan’s life in Melrose these past eighteen years has sure been colorful and unique. Still, however, he seems excited to start a new chapter in his life. Dan has not chosen his college yet, but is trying to decide between Ithaca College, University of California- Riverside, University of Albany, and Quinnipiac University. He “would like to study something math or science related, but is unsure what [he] specifically wants to study.”  

By Betty Anne Richardson 

Tornado Survivor's Amazing Story

If you have not already seen this unbelievable video of an Oklahoma tornado survivor, you will not want to miss it. 

The natural disaster hit the city of Moore the hardest, which is just about 11 miles south of Oklahoma City. With a population of 56,000 people, many homes were destroyed, schools demolished and people injured. 24 people died from this tragedy, 10 of which were young children. 
The people effected by the tornado can use as much help and support as they can possibly get at a time like this and hopefully people will step up and do their part in saving them from this disaster.
If you are interested in donating to the victims of this natural disaster you can
text: REDCROSS to 90999
to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

By Sydney Soucy