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A Horrendous Homecoming: Part Two?

Nicole DeBlasi

Homecoming in 2009 left five students sent to the hospital for being extremely intoxicated and eight others punished with an in school suspension.

 As a result of this homecoming, Principal Dodig sent a letter out to parents to suggest ways to help prevent this from happening again in our future homecomings.

 As a consequence, for the past three years Staples homecomings have been in the morning. Although, last year homecoming was on a weeknight due to Hurricane Sandy.

 For the most part, everyone seemed to be well-behaved.

 Will this year really be different? Let’s be realistic: there are still some students who drink.

 I do believe from Principal Dodig’s emphasis on staying safe during homecoming, Staples students have learned from their consequence from the past years. That doesn’t mean some students won’t pre game, there will most likely be a group of students who decide to abuse Principal Dodig’s generosity in allowing homecoming to be on a weekend again.

 My biggest fear is that students this year will take advantage of having homecoming this weekend, and repeat the same incident that happened four years ago. That outcome of this will most likely be no homecoming next year.

 If a group of people don’t listen, we will pay the consequence together as a school. Which ruins homecoming for seniors next year, and the years to come.

 We were given a second chance, let’s not abuse it.

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Amina Abdul-Kareem, Staff Writer
The brutal capture and murder of James Foley shook America, but it has not dissuaded journalists or budding activists from the concept of traveling to unstable countries, especially not Amina Abdul-Kareem. “Danger excites me,” she puts simply, “I think the best reporting can be done when you’re actually at the scene yourself.”  Even at the age of ten, Amina ignored danger to find out if a rumor of cannibalism around her estate in Kenya was really true.  “My uncle told us we weren’t allowed to play outside, but me being me, I snuck out and found out what was really happening for myself.” Amina, a daring and curious senior at Staples High School, was born in Dubai and moved to America when she was a year old.  Even though she had family from many different parts of the world in addition to Kenya, Amina did not always feel very connected to her ethnicity “Growing up, I kinda felt lost, I didn’t have any connection to my Somali roots.”  On the pursuit of finding herself, Amina has taken the Staples African Studies class and dedicated herself to fully appreciating her culture. In an effort to do exactly that, next summer, Amina and her cousin will be traveling around the Horn of Africa to Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya to fully immerse themselves in their African backgrounds.  “We’re both in the middle of an identity crisis,” she says of her and her cousin, “that’s what we call it.” Amina may be in the middle of a cultural “crisis”, but she is very confident in her future career path.  “I want to pursue a job in the medical field so I can go back to Somalia and help the people who are suffering from famine and poverty.”  A very laudable ambition; Amina is set on getting her medical degree in nursing after graduating from Staples in 2015. Somalia is one of the most dangerous places in the world, but Amina’s passion for helping others is stronger than the fear of risking her life.  The real threat of being kidnapped in unstable third world countries does not cause Amina to falter, even considering the circumstances of Tom Foley’s demise.  As Veronica Roth might say, fear doesn’t shut Amina down; it wakes her up.
Nicole DeBlasi, Web Managing Editor

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