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As we prepare to say goodbye to the Class of 2021, we present the winners of the Senior Superlatives and Teacher Superlatives as voted on by this year’s graduating seniors:

Student Superlatives:

Biggest Flirt:

Nassly Castro
Mario Giron Oyula

Most likely to become a comedian/Class clown/Biggest prankster
Soliana Abrham &
Daquan Adams/Khairee Adams/Taron Blue (three-way tie)

Most Athletic
Kobe Evans
Soliana Abrham

Most likely to succeed
Nassly Castro
Malik Jordan

The most unforgettable
Soliana Abrham/
Khairee Adams

Most Outspoken/Most likely to lead a protest
Khairee Adams/
Maylin Aguilar Reyes

Best Snapchat Stories
Qais Albataineh/
Soliana Abrham

Best entertainer/Best Rapper/Singer
Donta Jeffrey/
Maylin Aguilar Reyes

Most Likely to Become Internet/Instagram famous
Rosmer Ramos Caceres/
Nassly Castro Espana

Most Likely to Come Back to Teach at This School
Solina Abrham/
Daquan Adams

The Class Heart throbs
Nassly Castro Espana & De’asia Eberhart/
Daquan Adams & Kharee adams

Most Likely to be on Catfish
Soliana Abrham/Daquan Adams

Best dressed/Most fashionable. The hallway is their runway!
Khairee Adams/
DeAira Crawford

Most likely to become a famous artist and get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Daquan Adams/
Nassly Castro Espana

Most likely to become a professional athlete
Kobe Evans/
Solina Abrham

Most likely to star in their own reality show
Taron Blue/
Zaire Avery

The Biggest drama king/queen
Daquan Adams
Jasmine Beach

Most likely to brighten up your day
Khairee Adams
Ecupe Waso

Most upbeat attitude/Most spirited
Rosmer Ramos Caceres
Solina Abraham

Teacher Superlatives:

Best Hair:
Chardae Tarver/
Maxwell Alukwu & Nicholas Anderson (Tie)

Mr. Alukwu & Ted Smith (Tie)
Ms. Leilani Jones

Staff member that speaks the most languages:
Yazmine Boumaiz &
Richard Tiras

Most Memorable:
Chardae Tarver &
Mr. Alukwu

Most likely to end up on the News:
Mr. Benton &
Chardae Tarver

Most likely to be late to their own Zoom meeting:
Bomar & Phillips (tie)

Teacher Most likely to be your friend on social media:
Phillips &

Most intimidating:
Alukwu & Benton(tie)/
E.Edwards &Tarver (tie)

Most likely to schedule a zoom just to chat:
Baron & Bomar (tie)

Worst With Technology:

Most Parent-like Teacher:
Colonel York/

Most likely to be Mistaken for a student:

Most Chill:
Leilani Jones

Most likely to win a rap battle:
Ted Smith/
C. Tarver

Most Athletic Teacher:
Leilani Jones/
McCormick & Antoine (tie)

Most likely to be on the Voice/American Idol or the Mask Singer:
Bagdasarian &
Benton/Ted Smith Tie

Most likely to be on a reality Tv show:
Phillips &

Most likely to be a rebel in school:
Alukwu &

Most likely to be the last teacher to leave at the end of the school day:
Alukwu &

Most likely to brighten up your day.
Tarver &

Back to School Night brings smiles to Patterson faces

By Hailey Shifflett

Ms. Williams and the band as they are walking in to perform at Back to School Night (Photo: Patterson Press)

Patterson High held its 9th annual Back to School Night and Community Fair on September 26th from 5-8 pm in the school cafeteria. There were many things to do and many more things to see. From belly dancers to our own marching band’s performance, Back to School Night was a fun time.

Patterson has multiple groups and clubs that you can participate in during or after school. Back to School Night introduced students and their families to the teachers and organizers that host many different clubs. There were many tables for clubs like Art Club, the Student Government Association, the Patterson Press, etc along with a number of other groups from the community. Everyone who attended enjoyed Back to School Night, including some parents.

Ms. Ciera Garner, mother of Destiny Garner, remarked, “I love this Back to School Night. It is a lot of fun and I love how they have music too. My favorite event so far is the band performance.”

Not only parents enjoyed it, but students did too. Moussa Bombwe, a tenth grader, felt that Back to School Night was “good.” His favorite table was Soccer Without Borders, one of the groups that were featured at the event.

Some more clubs and groups at Patterson are SGA, run by Adam Sokolski, a social studies teacher, Roberta’s House, and Empowering Minds.
The SGA is the Student Government Association, The SGA’s goal is to teach student leadership, and to work with SGA all around Baltimore, and to work on teamwork skills. Also, in the past the SGA went to City Hall.

Roberta’s House is a family support group. They have multiple programs that help both parents and children for family loss (death, deportation, missing, etc.) Also, they help mothers with child loss (miscarriage, child died, etc.) They work here at Patterson and any student can join. Lastly, There is Empowering Minds. They are also a support group which has therapeutic counseling and talks to you about your problems, mental health, and many other things.

Mr Benton, Patterson’s principal, also shed light on what he thought about the Back to School Night. “I’m always excited about the Back to School Night. It doesn’t matter about the amount of people that come, but the smiles on their faces.”

His favorite event of the night was the band’s performance and the people enjoying the band’s performance as well. He’s appreciative for the adults that help out at Patterson and spend their own time with students to make new and exciting clubs. Mr. Benton loves all of the Back to School Nights because people showed up and had a good time and he is grateful for that.

Overall, Back to School Night was a good time. People had fun and enjoyed themselves. Some joined new clubs or met new people. Back to School Night was a way for the community to join together and forget, even for a second, the problems that might be going on in their lives. Their main focus was to just have a good time. And that is what Back to School Night is all about.

Our principal, Mr. Benton, showing that he is even having a good time (Photo: Patterson Press)

Varsity boys basketball team wins state championship

Patterson guard Jalen Willis dunks the ball to help the Clippers win the State Championship (Photo: Mr. Scholz)

The Patterson Clippers varsity boys basketball team won the Class 2A State Championship on March 16, beating Wicomico by a score of 79-56 to secure the title. The game took place at the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. This is the third state championship Patterson has won, the most recent time having been just two years ago in 2017.

“We started out our game vs. Wicomico very aggressively, pressing and trapping them all over the court. In the second half, we were able to tire them out and extend the lead to over 20 points.”, Coach Harry Martin explained. “Wicomico was definitely a scrappy team that battled and played hard. Their coach has over 800 wins so we have a lot of respect for their program.”, he added.

During the game, Marvin Price led Patterson in scoring with 31 points.
Tyrone Thomas has the most assists (seven) and Marvin Price led the team with ten rebounds.

Holding the state championship trophy (Photo: Mr. Scholz)

“When the final horn sounded and I knew we just had won another state title, I felt a great sense of joy and accomplishment.”, Coach Martin recounted. “A lot of work goes in to being one of the best teams in the state.”

Patterson basketball player, Lizandry Nunez, also shared his reflections on winning the championship. “It felt great!”, said Nunez. “We got what what we worked hard for all year, at practice and at summer workouts. It was a relief to hear the final horn go off, knowing that we won.”

According to Coach Martin, basketball has become a year-round sport at Patterson. In order for our school to compete for a state championship, the team has to put in maximum effort all year to get better. The conditioning, weight training, and basketball workouts cover almost the entire year.

(Photo: Mr. Scholz)

Wrestling team makes history

By Coach Walker

This season was an inspiration to a lot of our young men and women. We actually for the first time in school history had 2 females compete in wrestling. This wrestling season was a well-accomplished season for the Patterson Clippers. We started the season with 22 wrestlers, a number of which had never wrestled before. Under the direction of Coach Walker and Coach Smith, our first time wrestlers quickly became acclimated to the sport.

We had 3 wrestlers place in the city tournament. Markel Ross placed 3rd, Anthony Lopez placed 3rd, and Dominic Rabey placed 4th overall. All three of those wrestlers also qualified for the regional tournament in which Anthony Lopez placed 7th overall in the entire North Region.

As a team, we were able to compile a 5-3 record, which was good enough to place 4th overall in the entire North Region.

As the head coach, I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and fortitude displayed by my team. The hope is that through my coaching they were able to become better young men and women. For me, it wasn’t about becoming better wrestlers; it was about becoming better people, and I believe we accomplished that. While I will not be returning next year, I just want to say that I love you all and wish you the best moving forward.

I wish people knew…

“Untitled” by David “Wavey” Anderson III. 
Editor’s note: Students at Patterson High School wrote anonymous messages about what they wish people knew about the community they most identify with.

I am a member of the LGBTQ community. We are still people. We are still humans. 

I am a member of the Hispanic community. Not everybody is “Mexican.” We are just like you, and everybody else.

I am a member of the introverted community. It’s really hard to talk and socialize with other people, especially strangers. Some of us may come off as shy or even rude, but most of us just think a lot about how to react to new people.

I am a member of the female community. Girls are not just pretty. We are also smart. We should be respected and treated like humans, not objects.

I am a member of the Black community. Some of us kill each other for nothing. We need to change everything about that.

I am a member of the caregiving community. People who have never been a caregiver cannot understand the experience.

I am a member of the Muslim community. I wish people would understand that what’s shown on social media and shared on the internet isn’t a reliable source to have your questions answered. People need to understand that getting a personal answer from a Muslim you know gives you a deeper view on the reality of Islam. My favorite part of being Muslim is that, no matter where I go with my hijab, I will always get an “As-Salaam-Alaikum” or “Salaam, sister.” I love that a lot.

I am a member of the artistic community. Drawing is easy sometimes and sometimes it’s not. When I finish what I’m drawing, I feel proud because it ends up looking amazing. 

I am a member of the Christian community. My favorite part of this community is meeting every week after church to discuss what it’s like to be a teenager.  

I am a member of the East Baltimore community. It’s dangerous over here. 

I am a member of the young Black men community. We are brothers who all want to be successful at what we do and will always be there for one another. 

I am a member of the biracial community. Everyone assumes I am something I’m not. Just because someone has curly hair and light skin doesn’t mean they are Hispanic.

I am a member of the Muslim community. I wish people understood that Muslims don’t condone violence and that we’re all about peace. I wish people understood that ISIS aren’t real Muslims. If they were, they wouldn’t commit such acts.

I am a member of the soccer community. We are about communication and hard work. We are also about love, peace, and equality. 

I am a member of the Black community. WE ARE BEAUTIFUL. 

I am a member of the creative community. I wish people understood I make my own ideas for me and for me alone. I won’t stand for people who think art and creativity is trash. I will fight for my community if I must.

If you’re curious about an unfamiliar community . . . 
let’s share ideas.

We have good intentions; we want to learn about communities outside of our own. We’re interested in building relationships, and even inter-community. But how to make that happen can be confusing, or even intimidating. Thankfully, there is no shortage of resources to help us get started.

In fact, Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a nonprofit “provid[ing] a variety of racial justice educational events, workshops, and services for individuals, groups, and organizations” recommends dozens of books, articles, websites and films on their site alone. In the process of creating community, knowledge is a necessity. 

Deanna Lavery also recommends a comprehensive list of resources. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration has a page devoted to numerous programs that could be the starting place for learning about unfamiliar communities. Beyond that, Deanna says, “I always go where the people are. I meet them where they are.” To form community, she says we must “listen, listen, listen.” 

Are you hesitant to learn about other communities? Do you have suggestions about where to start?
Let’s continue this conversation. 

Boys Lacrosse team faces difficult challenges

Patterson faces off against Poly (Photo: Herson Guzman)

By Mr. Phillips

The Patterson boys lacrosse team finished the season with 2 wins and 8 losses. In spite of this disappointing record, the team did show a lot of strengths, especially conditioning at the midfield and attack positions and strength in the defensive positions. Opposing coaches noted that Patterson played hard the entire game, played physical, and have underclassmen who should improve next year.

The team’s biggest weaknesses were passing accuracy, lack of experience and eligibility. We only had 1 player with a significant amount of previous high school lacrosse experience. Lack of experience shows up in game situations when players chase the ball rather than defend their assigned player or zone. This led to a lot of open shots on the “weak side” when defenders left their zones. Good lacrosse requires a high amount of trust and teamwork, which is not built in a 2 month period, but requires a few years.

Eligibility was a big problem this season. We started with nearly 30 students attending conditioning and ended up starting our final game with just ten players healthy and eligible.

Patterson can only get better. We have not had an active lacrosse program for several seasons. We will be getting underclassmen involved in summer club lacrosse and younger players will get better at playing together.
Our MVP was Brandon Chambers (2019), team captain, who played long-stick defense and also filled in as goalie on several occasions. Brandon is an extremely hard worker and well-respected voice of reason in a huddle. His willingness to help teach freshman was outstanding.

An unsung hero for the team was Desmond Wilds, who played goalie after our starting goalie became ineligible. Desmond started in the goal against Poly, which was our strongest game in terms of hustle and effort. Playing goalie on an inexperienced team is a very difficult job because a person who doesn’t know much about lacrosse will assume that the goalie is a bigger factor than defensive lapses.

Baseball team slides into playoffs

By Mr. Funk

The Patterson High School varsity baseball team (Photo: Mr. Funk)

The Patterson Varsity Baseball team has had an excellent 2019 season. Led by a strong pitching staff and deep senior leadership, the Clippers rattled off five straight wins to start the season. The team’s 10-9 win over Mervo on April 1 stood out in particular, with seniors Terrence Taylor and Jason
Núñez rallying to tie the game in the bottom of the 6th, and freshman Emmanuel Caraballo winning the game with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 7th.

A series of narrow mid-season losses to Poly and City–all by six runs or less–eliminated the Clippers from contention for the Baltimore City Championship game, but decisive bounce-back wins over Douglass and Mervo guaranteed Patterson sole possession of third place in Division I. The team heads towards the state playoffs boasting an 11-3 record and playing with a great deal of confidence, and impressive contributions from underclassmen like Josh Martinez indicate more great Clipper baseball seasons to come.

We’ll miss senior veterans like Tavon Mitchell and Mike Abreu, but over the past few seasons they’ve set a tone and example for the team that will live on here for years after they’re gone.

Are video games bad for you?

By Ziara Jones

X-Box controller
( Photo: Ed g2s )

Most people think that video games are bad because they affect kids and adults’ brains and health. Kids sometimes don’t want to eat or fix themselves something to eat, or if they have to go to the bathroom they would wait a couple of minutes and then they would go. They don’t have the time to do anything.

However, there are also good things about video games. Some games can even be very educational and help you learn.

According to Joanne Orlando, a writer for Curious Kids, “Children like video games because they are fun and because they can be challenging. You have to solve problems, work out the best moves for your character, and decide how to use your equipment and supplies in the best possible way. Making all these decisions can be exciting.”

People at Patterson High School have given their opinions about video games. “Children like video games because they are fun and because they can be challenging.”, said freshman Marquis Jones.

Nonetheless, many parents are concerned that their child might always choose to play a video game instead of playing outside and getting exercise.

Like most things, video games are best enjoyed in moderation. As long as you keep a good balance and don’t spend too much time looking at a screen, playing video games can be a healthy way to relax and maybe even learn something.

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