2011-04-22 / Columnists

From The Seawolves Den

Of College Fairs And Talent Shows
By Scholars’Academy Students
Second Annual College Fair By Shannon Roche

“Make sure you dress professionally,” was all the high school students, especially juniors, heard during the week of the college fair.

It has been made clear from the very beginning of the year that the college fair is top priority on the things-to-dolist for juniors. Although the event and its importance were stressed, juniors didn’t really know what to expect until they experienced the fair for themselves, Thursday, March 24.

On the days leading up to the “Second Annual College Fair” students anxiously began to prepare: debating which professional outfit to wear, practicing introducing themselves, the proper format for shaking hands . . . all emphasized by AP Language and Composition teacher and College Advisor Mr. Kevin Wong.

The goal for each student, besides finding the best school to apply to, was to make a good first and lasting impression.

“They will miss the opportunity to make that first impression, where representatives can connect a student’s face and name, when it comes to the application process,” said Guidance Counselor Michael Johnson.

The cafeteria was transformed into a meet and greet hall with four rows of tables lined up, each with several college representatives standing behind their brochure-filled table ready to sell their school as best as possible to top-notch students.

“Macaulay equips students personally to maximize individual potential, respective of their career or field, by exposing them to interdisciplinary seminars, internships, study abroad, research, and the best professors in the city, and the best part is, it’s totally free,” said representative Luke Heywood, from CUNY Macaulay Honors College.

At the beginning of the fair, students were just looking, few were talking, and the representatives were waiting and smiling, hoping to grab each student’s attention.

But not too long into the fair, nerves evaporated when conversations began. Students and representatives rambled on about their similar interests and hobbies. Most of the representatives were alumni that had many interesting stories and factual information to share that comes with experiencing the college. As stressful as the college fair once seemed, it changed to a more relaxed atmosphere with intellectual conversations about the students’ future, and the colleges’ history.

Attending a college fair is important since it allows students to become familiar with schools of which they may not have heard.

“From experiencing this college fair, my interests in Hofstra University, St. Francis College, Iona College and Adelphi University have increased,” said junior Kaitlyn Salmon. “It was very helpful for learning more.”

There was a wide range of college representatives to meet with students, a lot more than last year, in fact. Whether you were interested in the Air Force, medicine, engineering, biology, or fashion it was all there.

“… This college fair was bigger, more colleges were there. I feel the students who attended were able to get a head start on the application process. From talking with students, it seems they enjoyed themselves and learned a lot,” said Mr. Wong.

The college fair, overall, was very informational and a success. It gave students all the tools needed to discover the college they hope to attend after graduating in 2012.

No Butterflies in Their Stomachs By Ana Solares

The seconds ticked by and still the red chair remained balanced on Emily Logan’s chin. Managing to put down the chair, she reached for a ladder. The balancing act was not the only performance a crowd of parents, students, and staff viewed on the evening of March 10, the night of the third annual high school talent show.

After reminding those in the theatre to be mindful of the feelings of the performers, Principal Mr. Brian O’Connell assured the audience that the event would be an unforgettable one. “I promise that you’ll be talking about this tomorrow.”

Sophomore Jennifer Krol took her place at a piano as the first act. Her head bowed over the keys, she played “Impossible” by Shontelle. The soft chords mingled with the voices of several in the audience who sang softly along.

The pianist played her last note, the curtains closed, and Master of Ceremonies, senior Shinece Bissessar, welcomed freshman Joe O’Hare. Saun- tering onstage with a smile and a water bottle in hand, O’Hare got the audience chuckling with comic bits ranging from his dad’s addiction to the Facebook game “CafĂ© World” to William Henry Harrison’s short lived presidency due to pneumonia.

“He sets an alarm at four to wake up and feed virtual people. This doesn’t make any sense to me. I mean, don’t these virtual people have virtual jobs that they have to virtually go to sleep for, to virtually wake up late to, to virtually get stuckffi in traffic on their way to their virtualffi boring jobs in virtual cubicles ffi…” joked ffi O’ Hare. ffi

Woven throughout the evening were also several singing performances, including one of a harmonizing trio. Alternating their voices, sophomores Carmela Hopkins, Amanda Rovello, and Sylvia Udoyi sang “Smash Into You.” According to Rovello, the group worked endlessly to flawlesslyffiunify theirffi voices.ffi “We had to practiceffiffi overffiffiffiandffi overffiffiffiuntilffiffiitffi was perfect,” she said. “It was nerveracking but at the same time, it was exciting.”

One band took center stage and wasted no time in stirring the crowd.

“Are you ready fellas?” senior and lead singer Jay Finn asked his musical entourage – seniors Jonathan

Farrell on guitar and Blake Jackson on bass, and junior Jorge Orellana on drums. As spotlights flickered across the stage, the lead singer showed off his moves to the songs

“Flagpole Sitta” and “Bang on the

Drum All Day.”

“It was thrilling to have been onstage,” said Finn. “It doesn’t matter that we didn’t win first place because we rocked the house, and it’s a shame that we won’t be here to perform next year.”

Logan also riled the audience with her balancing act, beginning with a humorous attempt at spinning a plate. “Just kidding,” she said, shoving the prop aside after it flopped to the floor. “Anybody want a hat?” she asked, placing the prop on the head of a grinning Mr. Wong.

Then, curtains opened to reveal a cappella singer, senior Sheniqua

Lambright. “It’s not a secret anymore… from tonight you’re the only one,” she sang, scatting towards the end of “Like a Star” by Corrine Bailey Rae.

Girls basketball teammates, seniors Rebecca Moers, Miranda Harding, Christina Rocks, and Fallon

Mullen, closed the show with a dance devoted to their coaches. The girls performed dances including

The Worm and the Cotton Eye Joe to a medley of songs ranging from

“Kung Fu Fighting” to “Grease

Lightning” to Michael Jackson’s

“Thriller.”

Judged on talent, presentation, and audience reaction, Emily Logan was awarded third place, Jay Finn’s band received second, and Sheniqua

Lambright won first place.

“I was surprised. I didn’t think that I was going to win,” said Lambright. “Singing is my favorite thing, and anytime that I’m able to do it,

I’m happy. Also, it was my last time

[singing at the talent show].”

When asked how winning second place felt, Farrell said, “It was delicious.” On having won third, Logan said, “It felt really awesome, but I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of my senior friends.”

Judging the acts, according to AP

English teacher Mr. Wong, was a fun experience. “All of the students who performed were very talented, and I smiled and laughed all the way through.”

Mr. O’Connell was among the many who left the show impacted by ffithe exhibition of talents. “Not only was the talent show a phenomenal display of music, dancing, singing and acrobatic artistry, it was a multi-dimensional celebration of the respect and affection that our high school students hold for one another,” he said. “I am envious that I did not attend a high school with ffithis level of schoolffi support, talent, ffiandffifficommunity.”ffiffiffiffiffi

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