Friday, January 30, 2015

Midterms Mark a Halfway Point

Chloe Verwiel
Staff Writer

As the weather outside gets cold and students return from their brief three day weekend, it is one of the most dreaded times of the year. The two weeks after break were spent hard at work. Teachers tried to get a last unit in and start the review for midterms. Students stressed about January 21 through January 23 as it was three days full of testing. These were not normal tests; they are midterms for full year courses and finals for semester courses.
  The weekend before the exams was a three day weekend. Don’t let that fool you, because most students were hard at work preparing. Midterms include everything learned so far that year, so there was a lot of content to study. The three days started with math and social studies on Wednesday. Thursday was English and science. Finally, to finish off the week, foreign languages and conflicts were Friday.
 Some students were lucky as they did not have midterms during every slot. These kids were fortunate enough to be allowed to either come in late or leave early.
 Overall, it was a stressful, but successful midterm period. As the exam period finished, it marked the end of the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year. “Midterms were a nerve wracking time, but now I am really looking forward to the second semester as I finish out my senior year,” remarked Senior Chanel D’Angelo. Now, we are over halfway through the year with no major exams till May and June.

AirAsia Flight Disappears

Katie Hunt & Bernadette del Prado
Staff Writers

AirAsia Berhad is a Malaysian low-cost airline headquartered near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They operate scheduled domestic and international flights to 100 destinations spanning 22 countries. The company has always been known for having very low-cost airline tickets, but now they seem to be only known for disappearing into the sea.
On December 27, 2014 AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared over the Java Sea flying from Surabaya-Juanda Airport (Indonesia) to Changi International Airport (Singapore). One hundred and fifty five passengers and seven flight crew members lost their lives from this tragic event. The plane path was experiencing poor weather condition, which caused the pilot to request the air traffic control pilot to fly 6,000ft higher. Three minutes after the request, the plane lost contact with the air traffic control.
Nearly 50 out of 162 bodies have been found but most are believed to still be lost inside the fuselage, or the main body of the airplane. However, the tail being found on January 12th has revealed the ‘black box’ that can tell families and loved ones exactly what happen on that flight to Singapore. The black box is only one of two parts to complete this puzzle of the AirAsia plane crash. It is in prime condition and has no damage to it at all. Researchers believe they will be able to retrieve the information in 1-2 days then translate it in a day.  
The remains of the plane are believed to be in the Java Sea and divers will search endlessly until they “return each family member on that plane to their rightful home.”

Prom 2015 Fundraising Picks Up with the New Year

Anna Sirianni
Staff Writer

New Hope-Solebury’s Junior and Senior Prom is set for the evening of Friday, May 29, at The Lake House Inn. Originally built in the 1700’s and standing beside the beautiful Lake Nockamixon, the venue has won architectural awards while becoming one of the premiere wedding destinations in Bucks County.
 In order to enjoy a night in the “Enchanted Garden”, this year’s prom theme, the junior class student government is vigorously planning fundraising events to keep ticket prices low and attendees satisfied.
 After Homecoming Weekend’s Volleyball tournament at the Fall Festival, last year’s weekly donut fundraisers, and hot chocolate sales at Haunted Woods 2014, the junior class has aligned with its benchmark fundraising goals, but still has work to do.
 The Class of 2016 operates the concession stand at every girls’ basketball game and has been selling coffee, hot dogs, and other snacks at home games.
 Along with junior class advisors Ms. Ryan and Mr. Bachart, the officers are working towards a student-organized benefit concert in the early spring, with performances by talented classmates.
 A dodgeball tournament will take place during Spirit Week 2015, as well as a Chipotle Night and potentially a Wing Fling around April.
 The first way to help out with prom fundraising is by partaking in the Valentine’s Day singing telegram service, during the week of February 16. During this, a student can hire a small student group to perform a song during homeroom for a teacher, friend, or significant other.
 With the springtime approaching, the junior class is working to secure funds for a successful prom. Students can help in this effort by participating in events and volunteering their time. Prom is a landmark event in many students’ high school careers, as it alludes to warmer weather and summer fun. A night in the “Enchanted Garden” will be one to remember for the student body, as seniors plunge into their future endeavors and juniors prepare for their last year at New Hope-Solebury.
 Contact a junior class officer, Ms. Ryan, Mr. Bachart, or @NHSHS2016 on Twitter for more information regarding upcoming fundraising events.