Summer was ending, there was no way around it. It was simply inevitable. The high school decided to open up the school a week early and invited all the 9th graders and the heads of the after-school clubs, for… bagels. Everyone reunited with their old friends after a long summer, and traveled to the courtyard. There were tables everywhere set up with clubs that were trying to recruit the new kids. The cafeteria was full with agenda books and schedules. After you received your schedule, you would be permitted to walk around the new school. Memorize the new layout of the school, much grander and larger than the middle school, which seemed insignificant in size when compared to the high school. The cafeteria was packed, but not as packed as the hallway in front of the cafeteria, where all the students were trying to figure out which friends they would see in their classes for the rest of the year. This is in my freshman curation because it was where my freshman year began, it was the day that would affect the rest of my year in either a positive or negative way. Luckily it was a positive effect. The link this will take you to is Rotten Tomatoes’ rating for Lion King. This movie is important to me because it is like an annual event for my family. The last Friday before school starts, my family will get a pizza or something, buy a couple of drinks (not alcohol) and will sit and watch the Lion King. It's been a family tradition since as long as I can.
The night before homecoming, may have been more fun than homecoming itself. The 4 grades split up the 2 cafeterias. And even though each grade was assigned to a specific portion of a cafeteria, the students were allowed to see other banner ideas. And if we felt like we needed a break, we could play something outside. But if we actually watched or helped in the creation of our banner, it was more fun than anything they were playing outside. The creativity itself was amazing. Working with my friends, making a mess on my hands, it reminded me of kindergarten when I would randomly find marker marks on my hands. Kindergarten was the most laid-back grade ever. That was the first time I felt like a child since kindergarten. This is in my freshmen curation because it showed me that even as I get older, it is still okay to act childish. The link will take you to an Amazon page that is selling expo markers because I associate markers with childhood because I always made a mess if I got my hand on an expo marker.
Since kindergarten, every fall I have had access to the event at the High school known as homecoming. And for the past years I had not gone because I had never felt like there was anything to do,I had felt like it would be boring. But this year, homecoming was on my way home. So I decided to stay for a little bit. But the longer I stayed the longer I wanted to stay. All my friends were there. People I knew from the middle and elementary schools were there. They had the banners from banner night. The entire high school field was accessible, except for the football field. To the left side, smaller uncoordinated football games were going on. To the right, people were buying drinks and scrambling to find their seats. To the back people were playing soccer, baseball, and in bouncy castle. And when the game started, the stands were packed, and everyone was screaming shouting for Herrick's victory. But those of us who did not get a seat just sat right in front of the tennis courts not even paying attention to the game, we just took pictures and played around. This is in my curation because it represents how this year is different from previous years, how I see everything from a different perspective. The link will take you to New Hyde Park Illustrated featuring the football team and talks about some things that occurred during homecoming such as the $1,800 raised for the Stop Soldier Suicide.
My family does not travel often, well not by airplane anyways. The last time we were on a plane was nearly a decade ago when we were going to India. My youngest brother has never been in an airplane! But this year, my parents decided to take our family to Puerto Rico over winter break. When we got off the plane, we head towards a car rental which was nearby. After that we head to the Hyatt Hotel which was incredible! It was massive and was located next to an Applebee's and a Casino. The first day we went to Old San Juan, which is the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico. We walked around and even saw the wall and the castle that were in the city. Even though the interior was closed, you could see how massive how the castle was from the exterior. After that my mother wanted to get some local things while my brothers wanted to go to the hotel. The next day we went snorkling into the ocean. We were given instructions by the people hosting the trip, and then we jumped in. Three of the instructors came with us. Two to help us if we needed and one to tell us about the sea life. While it was a fun experience, I was worried because some of the sea life looked vicious, and my mother, who is a photo-taking addict, was disappointed because I forgot my phone so i couldn’t take pictures. Then later in the night we went back out for a different reason. The waters that we went to were special. The entire area was referred to as a Bio bay. The scientific explanation is that there are these small organisms called Pyrodinium bahamense or Dinoflagellates, dinos for short. Not actual dinosaurs. These organisms, when shaken, light up. And there is a high concentration of these organisms in the water. The non-scientific explanation is that if you move your hand in the water, the water lights up in that immediate area. It didn’t light up that much, but enough to shock you. The next day we hiked up a mountain which everybody found annoying. But then we hiked to a waterfall, and played IN the water fall. Even though it did not last long, it was amazing. The last day we packed up our clothes, ate as much of the continental breakfast as we could and got on our plane. When we got back to NY, we sat down and started planning our next vacation. This is in my curation because it when I realized I do not need my friends to have a good time. The link will take you to the website of the hotel we stayed at.
Every year, the 4 grades of the high school battle it out in a contest to find which grade is supreme. Even though it is completely rigged, it was incredibly fun. All the students pack into the bleachers like sardines into a can. Even though there is barely any space, everyone is shaking with energy. It is suggested that we participate, but I was still scared because I didn’t want to lose for my grade. But when I was in the event, the pressure, disappeared. When I went to the center of the gym to participate in tug-of-war, I did not feel like my grade was watching me, I felt like they were with me. The chanting and cheers from my grade, built up my confidence. Even when it was not my event, I screamed and shouted with the rest of my grade, making the freshmen participating feel as if they were not alone in the event, but as if they had everyone backing their play. Even when we lost the event, my grade would cheer for participants as if they won. But the two parts I’ll remember for as long as I live, would be the entrance and the exit. I remember being pushed into the gymnasium by a stampede of freshmen. The gym, that I had been in countless times before, felt like a coliseum. It energized me. The exit was nice for all different reasons. When we emerged into the other gym, I took hundreds of pictures with everyone, and when I look back on them, I will remember my first battle ever. This is part of my freshman curation because it is one of my most memorable events of my freshman year. The link will take you to IMDb’s rating of Harry Potter, because Harry Potter was the theme for the freshmen T-shirts and our hallway.
The most traumatic event that happened to me in the high school was easily the lockdown. From the end of period 7 to the middle of period 9, the entire school was silent, the only noise was from the police men and women searching the hall. At first I doubted that it was an actual lockdown, I thought they were just trying to scare us into thinking that it was. But as the bell marking the end of the 7th period rang, I completely believed it was a lockdown. And almost all of my classmates had their phones out trying to get some information on what is going on. For the entire time, rumors were quickly spreading through my class and probably the school on what was going on. Each rumor was scarier than the last. The final rumor that everyone agreed with was that someone brought a gun to school with the intent to kill someone else. But when the police cleared the school, we learned that the rumor we heard was false, and the police were responding to an anonymous threat. This is in my freshman curation because it is the first time I was worried about my safety, and the safety of others at school. I always regarded school as one of the few places where I should feel safe,this experience showed me that danger can be everywhere and nowhere at the same time. The link takes you to a website that has some information about the lockdown including the causes and the duration.
On Saturday May 6th two events happened. The first was the DTC production. The show they have been planning all year. And it was AMAZING. They had people doing traditional dances from Asia and also had people doing dances they thought of themselves. From the beginning to the end, I was on the edge of my seat. Every dance was incredible for all different reasons. Some dance involved several people and lasted for 5-7 minutes others dances had 2-4 people and lasted less than 3 minutes. They all moved gracefully and had a smile on their face. And the crowd would explode with applause after every dance, and shout the names of the performers, before and after their dances. And another thing they did that made it seem official was how they had an intermission. During the intermission we got to congratulate the dancers who already went and meet up with the dancers who were gonna dance next. And the finale, was the best part. The final dancers would be on stage, still dancing, while the other performers were walking onto stage while doing a small version of their dance. When all of the dancers were on stage, it was a miraculous that some hadn’t fallen off. Then they started coming up to the center in their small dance groups, and took a bow. And the crowd clapped all throughout the final dance. The second event was the birthday of a close friend of mine. First we went to Chipotle then we went to Applebee’s (we used an uber), completely surprised that we could afford to go to both places. This is in my freshman curation because it was the first time that my parents gave me the freedom to go out with my friends until a late time. The link takes you to my Instagram which has several pictures from that night and comments from several other people who were at the event.