This week's version is here! Welcome back and grab milk, eggs and bread as we prepare for snow this weekend, or we get ready to make absurd amounts of French Toast.
By: Elizabeth Braun
As school closes in on Winter Break today, students buzz with excitement about what they are doing over the break. Whether visiting family or going somewhere for the fun of it, students look forward to the time to sleep in and relax.
Of the Upper School students who responded to an anonymous survey about their Winter Break destinations, about 27% will not travel at all. 25% of students said they will leave the country over break, while the remaining 48% will travel within the country.
Some students responded with a quick note about what they are doing, and the majority reported visiting family, skiing, and some students said they will stay home and work on college applications.
Other people interviewed gave information on what they will actually do for the break. “I am staying at home and spending time with my family,” said Jordan Gross (‘20)
Travelers had different reasons for vacationing over break, including Andrew Wilson (‘22) who is “going to New York to visit family.”
Students also travel over break for sports and competitions. “I am going to Florida, we are going to Disney and my brother has a soccer tournament there,” said Jack Steren (‘20).
A common destination for vacationers is Florida, with almost 20% of total surveyors heading there. 12% will also visit the Caribbean, while only one person will go to Canada and 11% out west, showing that most respondents head for the warm weather during the winter.
Bullis Upper School students will spend their break in different locations across the country and internationally, but they look forward to the time spent with family and their vacations.
By: Jacob Goldberg
If you spend one day at Bullis admiring the students and the school day. One thing you will see all around is stickers. Many students don't like the silver color that comes with most Macbooks and PC’s and want to put their personal touch on their workspace. With the school uniform and the sense of being equal to everyone else, a computer is a place where students can be creative. No two computers at Bulis will look the same. Students use the stickers from their favorite brands, while some use stickers that remind them of their hometown or place they have been.
In the case of my computer, I choose stickers that represent my favorite things, so that when I look at the front of my computer, I am always happy and think about my adventures so far. For example, a staple on my computer is vineyard Vines, as if you know me well, it is my favorite brand.
However, I also put stickers from my favorite places, such as restaurants with my In-N-Out Burger sticker and my favorite places with my Seattle sticker.
As much as stickers are important in the culture of Bullis and how people express themselves, some students choose to keep things plain. I asked one Bullis student why they don’t put stickers on their computer.
The student responded saying “I simply don’t want to buy them,” Lucy Low (‘20) said she, “[knows she] won't want the stickers on her computer a year from now and doesn't want to have to work hard to take them off later.” Waiting is an approach that many Bullis students choose.
Whether you choose to keep things plain silver or cover the canvas completely, there is no doubt that stickers are a key way for many Bullis students to express themselves. And the culture of stickers on laptops is one that I don't see ever going away.
By: Caulley Bellistri
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2018, at his home in Houston, TX. President Bush was a long-time public servant who spent a majority of his life serving others in a variety of offices and capacities.
President Bush entered the Navy claiming to be 18 but was really only 17 years old making him one of the youngest naval aviators. He was a war hero, shot down by the Japanese, Bush narrowly escaped alive and was luckily saved by a submarine. After his service in the Navy, he attended Yale University and then entered the oil business in his home state of Texas, becoming a millionaire by the age of 40.
Bush first entered politics at the age of 42 when he was elected to the House of Representatives from the 7th congressional district. After serving in Congress, he was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations by President Richard Nixon and later became Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
President Bush became the 11th Director of Central Intelligence Agency in 1976 and ran for president in the Republican primary, but was defeated by President Ronald Reagan and later selected as President Ronald Reagan’s vice-president serving for eight years before being elected as President in 1988.
41 became president at a time of great change in the world, the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union both came crashing down. President Bush was Commander-in-Chief during the Invasion of Iraq after Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait, where he ordered American troops to remove the Iraqi army out of Kuwait. After the engagement he gained an 89% approval rating which is the highest of any president.
President Bush was credited with the phrase, “a thousand points of light” which encouraged volunteerism. During his presidency, Bush said, “old ideas are new again because they are not old, they are timeless: duty, sacrifice, commitment, and a patriotism that finds its expression in taking part and pitching in.” President Bush may very well have been speaking about the Bullis community. The Bullis Way.
President Bush called for a, “kinder, gentler nation,” and it reflected of who he was as a person and his idea to work together to accomplish goals for the greater good.
President Bush lost his re-election in 1992 to President Bill Clinton. Many claims say he lost his bid for re-election due to his pledge of, “No new taxes” but his administration was responsible for new taxes and the voters elected President Clinton.
President Bush continued to serve others for the remainder of his life by being involved in numerous charities and supporting his family.
By: Sidney Eisen
The speeding ticket epidemic is in full swing. People are not aware that there are cameras all over the place. They are in disguise. You may think that there is a trash can, light post, or even a box. But what people do not know is that they are speeding cameras. The state has been adding cameras on roads where it is easy to speed.
Speeding cameras are put in places with large populations of people. For example, if you are near a school, there is a good chance a speed camera is near because children's safety is important. Other places include bus stops, playgrounds, pools, sidewalks, retirement facilities, crosswalks. Anywhere where there could be a big group of people. (speeding camera locations/fines)
Speeding in D.C. can get you a much heavier fine than a speeding ticket in Maryland. In D.C. a person could get a ticket from a camera with $200. A popular way of getting a speeding ticket is from a red light camera. Those are for people who try and beat the yellow light, who do not make it fast enough.
An anonymous poll was taken from students and staff at Bullis about where they were caught by a camera and how much it costs. 33.3% of Bullis students and staff who have responded to the survey said that they had gotten a ticket for $40. There are even people who have received a fine for over $200. Make sure to be on the lookout because cameras are everywhere.
By Quentin Brown 19'
On Friday, December 1st, the brand new Bullis course ‘Contemporary Global Issues’, took a trip to the World Affairs Council in Washington D.C.
The day started off on a short yellow bus with the cool air giving the metallic interior a slight chill as the vehicle navigated the morning traffic on its way towards D.C. The bus ride was long and slow, and we didn’t arrive until an hour after our departure. The bus came to a stop outside the Thurgood Marshall community center, where we were greeted at the door and quickly directed down the hallway.
Images of influential black leaders and sculptures dedicated to them lined the walls as we approached the council room. When we crossed the threshold, we were greeted by a packed room of students from various schools- seventeen tables total.
After we entered the room, one more class load of students followed us, and the council began. We started the day with a simple exercise, in which we analyzed political cartoons relating to North Korea. This gave us the chance to converse with the students at our tables. After the discussion, we listened to two different speakers. The first one, Joseph DeTrani, was a former participant in the six party talks , and the other was a South Korean reporter named Soojin Park.
Both speakers told their stories, what they experienced, and how they view North Korea as a whole. Both presentations were extremely educational and helped students gain a better understanding of North Korea, especially the people. They both made the point that North Korean people are not exactly like they are portrayed in the media. They aren’t all starving for instance. The speakers portrayed the human aspect of their situation. Also, while many of the people want reunification, it is not in the best interest of the North Korean government, who wants to retain its power. With regard to Nuclear weapons, the government and the people to a certain degree think that they will keep the country safe.
After lunch, one final speaker came on stage to talk to us, a professor from John Hopkins University. She is an expert on North Korean relations, and delivered a well thought out Powerpoint to close the day. The students left feeling more informed about North Korea, and after saying goodbye to students from other schools, each class returned to their respective institutions.
By Diego Motta '19
With the holiday season approaching, there is lots and lots of downtime as well. Ever sat in your bed during a school break just wondering what to do? Well, I think I can help get you through the struggle of your boredom. With the help of our wonderful Upper School Library Specialist, Ms. Clarke, here are some books that are recommended to give a read over the break.
The first book on the list is a young adult fiction book called The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This book is about a sixteen year old girl named Starr Carter who is surrounded by constant gun-violence; this results in the loss of two of her friends. One of Starr’s friends was killed by a gang drive-by and another by a policeman, This novel is recommended because the book comments on current events such as gun violence and racism that is still alive and well in this country. This book is also a movie that was released.
The second novel on Ms. Clarke’s recommendation list is also a young adult fiction that is called, Turtles All the Down by John Green. This book also has a 16-year-old girl protagonist; her name is Aza Holmes. Aza Holmes is also diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or better known as OCD. After hearing word that one of her old acquaintance’s father is a runaway fugitive with a $100,000 reward for information on his location; Aza and her friend immediately begin the search for him.
The last book on this list is a book called, Simon vs.the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This is also a movie that will be released in March 2018. This about a 16 year old boy named Simon. Simon is an articulate boy who has an interest in musical theater and is a participant in his high school’s movie production. Simon also is referred to as “Jacques” by his classmates in reference to “Jacques a dit” which is translated to “Simon says” in French. The book consists of Simon and his 5 month long online relationship with a boy who is referred to as “Blue”.
I hope these three books listed are able to help get rid of your boredom and may even revive your love for reading. These novels are all available in our Bullis library, so don’t forget to check them out before the break. Happy Holidays!
By Athena Skoufias '18
In a last minute college counseling change over this past summer, Bullis welcomes Ms. Valerie Martin to campus. Ms. Martin officially joined the college counseling office on August 15, 2017 as an Assistant Director of College Counseling and is excited to share her experience and expertise about college admissions with the senior class.
Ms. Martin was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a rural countryside of Pennsylvania where many Amish communities also live. As young as 7th grade, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career within the field of psychology and counseling. “I have always been interested with working with people and helping to solve any problems they had”said Ms. Martin She developed this passion and study throughout her time in high school and eventually earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in philosophy from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.
After completing her undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College, Ms. Martin worked at a counseling service in the state of Pennsylvania, only to return back to Gettysburg to work in the admissions office a year later. Ms. Martin went on to work for admission offices for Gettysburg for five years and took on several positions: from being an Admission Counselor to being a Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and the Coordinator of Campus Visits Programs and International Admissions. Like most College Admission Counselors, Ms. Martin traveled to different cities and high schools promoting Gettysburg College. However, Ms. Martin got to travel further than the usual United States college tour routes and instead went on trips to China, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Philipines, England, Scotland, France, and more to speak about Gettysburg college to potential international students.
After her fifth year of working on the college side of admissions, Ms. Martin decided that she wanted to try a calmer and more individualized perspective of the college admissions process by working on the high school side. Working on the high school side of the admissions process not only allows Ms. Martin to settle down and have a more “regular” job; she gets to use her passion of psychology and counseling with high school students who are going through this stressful time in their lives.
Ms. Martin states that several things about Bullis attracted her to the campus. “Bullis is a great community in general and has a great reputation of that in this area, this team [of college counselors] are very welcoming and made me feel awesome when I interviewed, and having a large number of international students on campus is great because I worked with international students at Gettysburg”said Ms. Martin. During her time at Bullis so far, she has not been disappointed with her first impressions of the school and continues to learn more about our campus each day.
Outside of work and the college application process, Ms. Martin can be found cooking meals, petting her cats, traveling the world, spending her time outdoors, and spending time organizing and planning her upcoming wedding!
Though new to our campus and to the job, Ms. Martin states that “though I may be new to Bullis and college counseling, I have the most recent and direct experience with reading and reviewing thousands of applications. The physical act of applying to colleges is something I can help anybody with and I also have experience in interviewing students so I can do mock interviews and help students with those types of things.” Ms. Martin wants to let students know that she is always here for anybody with college help or questions and is looking forward to helping seniors find their next home.
By Matt Kelly '19
After grinding for weeks to prepare for exams, students have Thanksgiving break to look forward too. What better way to relax over break then going to see one of your favorite artists, or just a concert in general to blow off steam? This is a way to see friends over the break and to get re-energized for the upcoming trimester.
On November 29, Jay-Z is performing at the Capital One Arena (formerly the Verizon Center). Among students, this is a favorite artist and a big name coming to the DMV area soon. Jay-Z is a legend in the music business. “ It would be fun to hear him in person,” said Robert Schain ‘19).
. Jay-Z has a reputation for putting on a good show for his viewers, “it would be a great live atmosphere,” added Schain (‘19).
His concert should be one to be remembered forever with the people you go with. “(it should be a good time with good people,” said Schain (‘19) especially after coming off a week of exams to end the trimester.
Also coming up in the DMV is long time great performer Mariah Carey, performing at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. She is doing her annual Christmas special on November 24. If you are ready to get into the holiday spirit, it should be a great event to see.
Young Thug is also visiting the DMV area, attracting students who like hip-hop and rap music. He has a history of being able to produce lively audiences. “It would be a fun thing to do on thanksgiving break and a good time to hang with my friends,” said Ethan Copeland(‘19).
Famous since the and still well known today, The Beach Boys are coming to town tonight, giving students and teachers a concert to go see. They may even awkwardly see one another there!
Fashionable pop artist Lady Gaga will also be in town November 19 over the break, as she coasts in to play songs from her album that debuted “Joanne” in the previous year.
For students and teachers who enjoy rock, Dead and Company are coming to town November 21, the last day of exams. Though Jerry Garcia is long since gone, Bob Weir is keeping the Dead alive. He has invited guitar guru John Mayer to play along with original Grateful Dead members. Being able to get exams out your mind, and enter the holiday on a good note, the concert can provide you with all of these.
Diplo, an up and coming Dj, rapper, and singer will appear at Echo Stage on November 25 over the break; he will give people who are looking for an upbeat concert and a lot of dancing.
Using thanksgiving break as a chance to recharge for the new trimester is a good idea,, Some stars playing in the DMV may possibly not be coming back for awhile.
By Bradley Kay '18
A lot of kids get stressed out by taking standardized tests. One person who has some tips to help is Sarah Hall. She has been a tutor at Bullis for about 10 years, and she works with a lot of students to help them prepare for ACT. She has a lot of tips that have helped.
Here are the top 10 tips she shares with her students. The following are direct quotes gathered from the interview:
1. Start early – the best way to prep for standardized tests is the summer before 11th grade; practice is the way to get better.
2. Each test is like reading a book by the same author – eventually you get used to the exact way they “talk” – questions are basically the same every time – they use different reading material, but you will use the exact same strategies to figure out answers.
3. Always, always, always use process of elimination – since there is only one correct answer, every other choice will have something wrong with it – find what’s wrong!
If I asked about Bullis culture how would you choose from these answers:
It is a kind, caring community with blue and gold colors
It is a kind community and kids wear blue and gold every day
It is a community where blue and gold are the values
It is a caring place where blue and gold show the community
Only the first choice is actually accurate!!
4. Try to take the ACT in December of junior year to get a “baseline” score – this can help show you exactly what to hone.
5. Make sure you pay attention to grammar rules – there are about 12 rules to know and if you can apply them – you can do well.
6. Try to take it again in February when you have had time to really highlight your strengths and work on skills you need to improve. Then – April or June should round out your testing and still leave you time to work more if you need to.
7. There are ways to manage time during the test – do not spend time on problems you simply do not know – it is a time suck – work on ones you can get efficiently
8. Annotating – that skill you probably hate in English is the BEST skill to use on tests and in life – when you get used to reading insightfully and finding key words and phrases, you will be better prepared to work efficiently on standardized tests.
9. Overall – practice only with real copies of ACT or SAT – you can get them directly from the overseeing boards that give the test – both ACT and SAT offer online tutorials which can help many students.
10. Always eat a huge breakfast with protein, fats and carbs - you will need the energy to sustain your attention! I recommend Egg McMuffins!