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Girls basketball team defeats Lake Clifton

By Moses Jeuronlon

The Patterson High School varsity girls basketball team defeated Lake Clifton High School in a home game with a score of 21 to 19 on Feb. 8.

The game was not really crowded but that turned out to be a big advantage since the place was hot.

The game was very interesting and engaging. Lake Clifton was the first to score in the game, but not long after that, Patterson tied the score and eventually passed them. The Lady Clippers did not keep their dominance for very long before they were overtaken again. After Lake Clifton surpassed Patterson, they maintained their lead for most of the game. The Lady Clippers scored points but never passed the Lake Clifton girls.

While the game went on at that pace, it approached the final quarter. In the last 40 seconds, with Lake Clifton leading by one point,  Tyshenna Avery saved the day with a three-point shot and ended the game with a victory for Patterson.

Amazon donates money to Patterson engineering department

By Moses Jeuronlon

The Patterson High School engineering department received a sum of $15,000 in support from Amazon on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

The students of the engineering pathway, Amazon staff, and a representative from the mayor’s office all gathered in Ms. Ball’s classroom to meet each other.

A representative from Amazon give a brief presentation on some of the things they do each and every day. He also talked about some of the opportunities and benefits Amazon has given him as well as some of the fun times he had working for them.

According to John Digzon, a member of the robotics club who participated in the Amazon event, “I am really relieved because with Amazon support we can buy more resources we need for projects”.

After the presentation, the group left Ms. Ball’s room and went to the robotics room where students presented the robots they have been working on. They also demonstrated some of the things their robots can do at the Vex robotics competition practice stage.

Weapons do not belong in school

By Moses Jeuronlon

In school, one of the most important things next to education is the safety of the students, teachers, staff, and administrators. But how do they protect themselves? Should the teachers carry guns in school? Should the students carry guns as well?

Well, that sounds like a very reliable way for them to protect themselves. However, that solution has its own drawbacks, such as the misuse of the guns and the mayhem it could cause.

“Teachers would not know how to use the gun properly and if a gunman came in the school, they would panic and start shooting everywhere”, said Jacob Itner, a senior at Patterson High School.

We always hear the news about students shooting and killing people in their schools. If the students were prevented from bringing a gun to school in the first place none of that would have happened.

Not all students in schools are mature and responsible enough not to misuse the weapon they may have for self-defense. Some school shootings can result in people dying an unfair death. School should be a place where students should go and learn in peace and leave in peace. The safety of the students and staff should be taken into consideration by the school board to ensure they are learning in a safe environment.


Patterson students inducted into National Honor Society

By Moses Jeuronlon

Several students at Patterson High School were inducted into the National Honors Society on Dec. 7, 2018. Students brought their parents to watch them and celebrate.

The school had tried to start the program in the past but it was unsuccessful. This school year some students were able to achieve this very difficult feat.

According to Ms. Ericka Edwards, an English teacher at Patterson High and one of the co-advisers of the program, said, “It was long awaited and students deserve that honor.”

The students in the program were chosen based on their academic achievement. According to Ms. Edwards, “GPA, service to school and involvement in activity” are all criteria of being part of the society.

Anta Ndiaye, a student in the National Honors Society, said, “I feel honored and proud of being a member of the National Honor Society.”

Principal Vance Benton and Student Government President John Dingzon each gave a speech to thank the parents and the students and told them to keep up their hard work. Other dignitaries and special guests were also present to honor the students, including City Councilman Zeke Cohen.

The ceremony lasted for half an hour and refreshments were served at the end.


Boys basketball team defeats City


Photo credit: Moses Jeuronlon

By Moses Jeuronlon

The Patterson High School varsity boys basketball team defeated Baltimore City College High School in a home game with a score of 62 to 48 on Dec. 20.

Marvin Price led the team with 23 points and 10 rebounds, Jaylin Wills had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Gerard Mungo contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The game was very crowded and heated. More and more people arrived as the game went on. At first when the game started, both sides had a solid defense and offense. As soon as they got the ball they were running to score points. They were losing the ball and regaining the ball very fast.

This game of hide and seek ended when Patterson scored their first point. Players started to get more and more serious in the game.

Joe Jones, a senior on the team, said, “It felt really good to win and I liked the game results.”

Patterson is having a very successful season and the team is hopeful that it will continue to dominate the court in 2019.


Patterson High student election postponed due to internet failure

By Moses Jeuronlon

The Patterson High School Student Government Association held a election on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 to select their new new president and officers.

Students were required to vote through Kahoot, an internet tool used for surveys quizzes and discussion. While preparing to vote, The internet connection was lost and they could not show the results. The teachers tried refreshing it but it ended in failure.

The audience was whispering, saying, “someone is trying to hack the school WiFi”. In reality, the voting was not being conducted on the official school WiFi network (which does not have a strong enough signal to work in the auditorium) but instead utilized a teacher’s private network.

They kept trying over and over and time ran out. Students got dismissed and the election got postponed to a later date. According to John Digzon, the former SGA President, “the internet connection in the auditorium is not good and too many people used Mr. Bey’s WiFi.”

Dingzon gave his opinion on the candidates, saying, “I’m proud of them and the things they have accomplished.” He suggested that perhaps the candidate can see this as a opportunity and try to encourage more people to vote for them when the true election takes place. It also gave Dingzon the chance to enjoy few more days as President. “I feel happy because I’m trying to finish what I can” said Digzon.

The election was rescheduled to take place early the following week in social studies classrooms.



Racial reactions to gun violence


When a mass shooting takes place, shooters are labelled differently by the media, depending on their race. (Image: THE STRANGER)

By Moses Jeuronlon

Shooting is something that happens frequently in the United States of America, and it is not a pleasant thing. People die from the shootings. Some lose their families and loved ones; some get critically injured and are disabled for life.

In all the shootings, there is something that many people fail to notice and that is the public reaction to the race of the shooter.

Shootouts happen for many different reasons. Sometimes it happens when a teenager shoots up his school or someone attacks an organization, or there is a fight between gangs or even a shootout between gang members and the police.

When a white American citizen is the suspect of the shooting, the media usually says the person was “mentally unstable”, but when the suspect happens to be from the Middle East, the media will say it was an act of terrorism. According to Vanshkumar Patel, a senior at Patterson High School, “It’s not fair to the majority of middle eastern people to be call terrorists because of one person’s action.”

However, society can’t help but always suspect that gun violence is an act of terrorism. And it is understandable based on past experience, “because of the events that happened on 9/11”, said Patel.

People remember things, especially the bad ones, so when they see the suspect is Middle Eastern, they can’t help but be paranoid and start rumors. And when everybody hears the rumors, panic will be everywhere.

There are also racist assumptions made when a shooter is black or hispanic. Instead of being seen as a misguided person who needs help, people assume that the shooter has always been a violent thug or criminal.

Gun violence is tragic no matter who pulled the trigger. Next time we hear about a shooting, instead of asking about the race of the shooter, we should instead be asking what we can do to prevent more gun violence in the future.

Boys soccer team wins overwhelming victory over Lewis


A player from Patterson pushing the ball going to score on Lewis (photo by Moses Jeuronlon)


By Moses Jeuronlon

The Patterson High School varsity boys soccer team devastated Reginald F. Lewis in a shut-out game with a score of 8 to 0 on Oct. 1st, 2018

They played on Patterson’s home field. Goals were being scored every five minutes. Both coaches kept giving instructions and changing team plays. The game was played on a quality vs. quantity basis. Patterson had more players than Lewis, but the Lewis had players who were very good at ball control.

Coach Dan Callahan said, “No-one played well in the game and most credit should go to Lewis the goalkeeper for saving all the balls that should’ve been scored.”

Patterson’s team really had a lot of players and they should have scored a lot of goals. But, they missed goals that should have been scored and lost balls that should have been theirs. Also Patterson had a really good defense and kept the ball away from their goal.

The field didn’t have a lot of spectators, unlike how it usually is when there’s a football game or basketball game. One thing that both teams had a problem with was the lack of communication between team members on the field. When the ball is in the air coming down for either side to receive it, multiple people can go there for it and they can mostly lose the ball to the other team because they didn’t talk to each other on who should get the ball.

The game lasted for 90 minutes. It started at 3:45 and ended at 5:15. Patterson was well-organized and was ready with their best 11 players ready to go on the field. When the coach was asked how he chooses his starting players he said, “I choose guys who will help the team win and I look to see who showed up most at practices.”

It was a very interesting game to see the fight between quality and quantity.

Internet is keeping teens up (OPINION)

Using an iPhone to access the internet

Smartphones make it easy for teenagers to access the internet from anywhere. (Photo: J Haymesisvi Photography — CC)

By Moses Jeuronlon

Teenagers all over the country are using technology everyday for many different reasons, but is technology affecting how teens perform in school and at home?

In my opinion it is. Teens are mostly tired in class, falling asleep on the bus, and running late to class. It is mostly because they stayed up late at night surfing the web. Also when the teacher is teaching, they take their phones out and start to text each other and get distracted. Then, when a quiz comes based on the lesson, they fail it.

According to the computer science teacher at Patterson High School,  Mr. Nicholas Yates, “the internet provides information for students, but it also provides an easy source for distraction”.

Teenagers are a group of young adults who have taken a half a step into society. Yes, the internet gives us entertainment, but it also has its negative effects. Taking the internet or technology as the top priority of a student’s life and only giving 5% of their time to his or her education is abysmal and it will lead to that student destroying his or her future.

Teens and students need to be responsible for their lives and balance the amount of time they spend on the internet and the time they spend preparing for school.

“Sometimes the internet provides distraction because it makes us lazy and keeps us away from actual work”, said Josine Mamno, a Patterson student.

When students have homework or classwork, they can rely too much on the internet and it can make them too lazy. Then, when they really need to solve a problem and the rule says no phone is allowed, they may not understand the work and fail.

There’s no law in the country that says people should not be on their phones, but teenagers can make their own set of rules about when to be on their phones and when to put them away and get serious.