The Barron Perspective http://barronperspective.org Student Written, Student Produced Tue, 28 Jan 2020 18:26:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Former WHS Athlete Harry Rutkowski Wins GMC Player of the Decade http://barronperspective.org/5798/barrons-in-the-spotlight/former-whs-athlete-harry-rutkowski-wins-gmc-player-of-the-decade/ http://barronperspective.org/5798/barrons-in-the-spotlight/former-whs-athlete-harry-rutkowski-wins-gmc-player-of-the-decade/#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:13:21 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5798 Former Woodbridge High School baseball player Harry Rutkowski has been named GMC Player of the Decade for his outstanding performance while playing for the baseball team.  Rutowski was a four-year starter and throughout his high school career, he earned several honors including being team captain his junior and senior year, and being named state player...

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Former Woodbridge High School baseball player Harry Rutkowski has been named GMC Player of the Decade for his outstanding performance while playing for the baseball team. 

Rutowski was a four-year starter and throughout his high school career, he earned several honors including being team captain his junior and senior year, and being named state player of the year by a number of organizations.

Harry was a tremendous leader on the baseball team throughout his two years as captain. Mr.Perry, our current vice-principal, coached Harry along with the former head coach, Coach Urbano.

“Harry was a tremendous leader both by example and communication. He was hard-working as any other player on the team and never took a day off,” Mr.Perry said. “He embraced being the leader at a young age, he was first captain as a junior and set a tremendous example for his teammates.”

On top of Harry’s excellent performance on the baseball team, he also took part in playing football and basketball for the Barrons. Harry said, “This limited my training considering I loved practicing and playing other sports too. I think this played a huge role in being an all-around player considering I didn’t just focus on one sport.”

During Harry Rutkowski’s high school baseball career, he did more than just practice daily to maintain his level of excellence. “During my high school season one of the main things that helped me perform the way I performed was that I would continuously tell myself that baseball was just a game and to enjoy the moment,” Rutkowski said. “A lot of athletes in high school feel a lot of pressure from sports because they believe they need to perform well or do their best every single time. Baseball or any sport is a game and the only pressure there should be is to have fun while playing.” 

In 2017, Harry’s senior year, he finished with a batting average of .483, and an ERA (Earned Run Average) of .59. Harry said, “Winning GMC player of the decade means a lot to me considering all the other talented players that were also awarded. Player of the decade gives me the motivation to keep working and keep getting better.”

Woodbridge High Schools Athletic Director, Mr.Ward said, “It means a great deal to have someone who represented Woodbridge High School as well as he did as a student-athlete when he was here, and how he continues to represent WHS as a member of the Rutgers University Baseball Team is a tremendous honor for Harry, his family, and Woodbridge High School.”

Currently, Harry Rutkowski is the ace for the Rutgers University Baseball Team. Following this upcoming season, Harry will be eligible for the Major League Baseball draft, and many teams are interested in drafting him.

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WHS Introduces IOS App Design Course http://barronperspective.org/5840/news/whs-introduces-ios-app-design-course/ http://barronperspective.org/5840/news/whs-introduces-ios-app-design-course/#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:03:35 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5840 A new class offering for all interested in computer science and coding called iOS App Design. Also learning more about Apple and Apple applications. The course will be taught by Mrs.Murgittroyd who is also the Advancing with Apple teacher and will be a full semester class. New technology will be introduced to the class with...

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A new class offering for all interested in computer science and coding called iOS App Design. Also learning more about Apple and Apple applications. The course will be taught by Mrs.Murgittroyd who is also the Advancing with Apple teacher and will be a full semester class.

New technology will be introduced to the class with incoming updated iPads and MacBooks. In addition to the new gear, the iPads and MacBooks will have new software and a new Swift Playgrounds app, which is also the type of programming done with Apple.

Any student who wants to do computer science, coding or anything tech in the future, this course will introduce them to a new type of coding on different devices,” Mrs.Murgittroyd says about how this course can help students.

Mr.Perry wanted to add this course in and the significance of adding this course was to have something more complex for the students already familiar with Apple products.

“Something that was talked about over the summer with Mrs.Murgittroyd and she was willing to teach it. Good addition in the spring as a pilot class for now,” Mr.Perry added for how long they have been talking about adding this course.

Gianna Maisano is one of the students who have the course on her schedule for the spring semester, as she will be one of the first to take the class.

I’m looking forward to potentially learn a new coding method and the contrast between iOS and Windows,” says Maisano on why she took the course.

The course will be adding 8 people for the spring semester as they are testing how the class will run. There will be more spots open for the class next year as the class will open up to students who have taken computer science or Advancing with Apple.

The course will help the students and find new ways to integrate technology into the curriculum.

 

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The Drowsy Chaperone Prepares To Take Us Back In Time http://barronperspective.org/5771/entertainment/the-drowsy-chaperone-prepares-to-take-us-back-in-time/ http://barronperspective.org/5771/entertainment/the-drowsy-chaperone-prepares-to-take-us-back-in-time/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:58:22 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5771 The new musical for this year at Woodbridge High School, co-directed by Mr. Terrell and Mr. Lynch, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is in the works. The whole cast has been working “hard” for the play. The Spring Musical will take place on March 19, March 20th, and  March 21st at 7pm and on Sunday March 22nd...

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The new musical for this year at Woodbridge High School, co-directed by Mr. Terrell and Mr. Lynch, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is in the works. The whole cast has been working “hard” for the play. The Spring Musical will take place on March 19, March 20th, and  March 21st at 7pm and on Sunday March 22nd at 2pm.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is about a lonely theater buff who continuously listens to a Broadway record.  The record then comes to life in his imagination and on stage through the music.  “It’s based on the old golden era Broadway musicals like ‘Anything Goes’,” Mr. Terrel said. The musical also gives a mixture of the old fashion theme with modern humor. 

The musical this year will have the costumes made by a professional costume company. The company has designed costumes for Broadway, NY City Opera, and other tv/films in the past. The costumes are expected to be “fantastic” and “eye-popping.”

The lead roles for the musical are: Lenny Sharpay (Narrator), Alyssa Molnar (Janet), Dan Nebus (Robert), Lauren Padden (Chaperone), Daniel Tajes (Adolfo), Joe Golden (organizer), Julia Bialy (Heiress), Kevin Catalon ( Butler), Mike Trujillo (Broadway Producer), Rosie Pilla (Chorus Girl), Hailey Resta (Famous Pilot), Gabi Gangemi and Chris Torres (Gangsters) . The musical this year also includes many more actors in the ensemble. 

The cast for the Drowsy Chaperone has been working and practicing nonstop to give us their best performance. They have rehearsals often after school and sometimes over the weekend. They have already learned some dance steps and some of the opening song.

Gabriella Gangemi has been apart of the musical for the last two years and for the first time this year she will be playing a lead role. She hopes for the best this year and expects it to be another hit musical. “My expectations for this years musical is to be one of the best from Woodbridge High School,” Gangemi said. 

The purpose of this musical is have fun whether you are participating in it or watching it. “The only message is that we need comedy and music as we face challenges in life,” Mr. Lynch said. 

The musical is all about “having fun” and to put a “little bit of entertainment in the busy lives of everyone.”        

 

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Peace Week Spreads Awareness Throughout Woodbridge High School http://barronperspective.org/5885/school-events/peace-week-spreads-awareness-throughout-woodbridge-high-school/ http://barronperspective.org/5885/school-events/peace-week-spreads-awareness-throughout-woodbridge-high-school/#respond Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:08:14 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5885 Peace week begins on January 13th to 17th at Woodbridge High School. There will be several events throughout the week, that the Social Justice club, Ecology Club, International Culture Club. This is the seventh year, Peace week will be celebrated in Woodbridge High School.    Ms. Zadigian is an art teacher at Woodbridge High School...

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Peace week begins on January 13th to 17th at Woodbridge High School. There will be several events throughout the week, that the Social Justice club, Ecology Club, International Culture Club. This is the seventh year, Peace week will be celebrated in Woodbridge High School. 

 

Ms. Zadigian is an art teacher at Woodbridge High School and she is Social Justice Club advisor. She and other club advisors help in making Peace Week a memorable event for Woodbridge High School. 

The purpose of celebrating Peace Week at Woodbridge High School is for students and staff to be able to understand and welcome different cultures of one another.

 

 “We celebrate Peace Week to bring approximately 1500 students and 200 staff members together to celebrate the common goal of accepting various backgrounds through peaceful activities.” said Zadigian. 

 

Each day of peace week will be started by a cultural fact and peace inspired music played during the announcements. Ms. Vuksanovich will be teaching yoga during lunch, and Ms. Zadigian will teach a Mindfulness class during another lunch. Interactive activities will also be taking place near the cafeterias. 

 

Peace week shirts were sold and all proceeds went to Woodbridge High School into making it a more peaceful place.   

Mr. Semmens is one of the advisers for Ecology Club, alongside Mr. Piccanio. Ecology club also participates in Peace Week. Mr. Semmens has helped organize Peace Week this year as well. 

 

Semmens explained why Peace Week is celebrated, “Education goals include increased global awareness of war and peace; civil responsibility; facilitating social change through peaceful action; celebration of culture and unity.” 

Tassiana Skeete is a junior at Woodbridge High School, she has been participating in Peace Week for two years

 

 “I enjoy the little games they offer at lunch throughout the week and the activities. I also loved planning out peace week with Social justice and international Culture Club,” said Skeete. 

 

This year Peace Week has been yet another memorable week for the students and staff of Woodbridge High School. 

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Daniel Tajes Accepted Into Princeton University http://barronperspective.org/5823/uncategorized/daniel-tajes-accepted-into-princeton-university/ http://barronperspective.org/5823/uncategorized/daniel-tajes-accepted-into-princeton-university/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:35:23 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5823 For seniors in high school, this is the time where many are applying to college and awaiting acceptance letters. Someone who truly conquered the application process is Woodbridge High School senior, Daniel Tajes. He was the first student this year to be accepted into an ivy league.  Daniel Tajes is aware of the influences he...

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For seniors in high school, this is the time where many are applying to college and awaiting acceptance letters. Someone who truly conquered the application process is Woodbridge High School senior, Daniel Tajes. He was the first student this year to be accepted into an ivy league. 

Daniel Tajes is aware of the influences he has received throughout his academic career. He attributes a lot of his success to his mother and speaks of her overall influence on his life.

“From a young age, she has taught me the value of education and the responsibility it entails. Since she immigrated to the United States to give my sister and I more opportunities than she had growing up in Spain, she has loads of perspective about how fortunate we are to have such good school systems,” he said. 

His success in academics is not something that just started. Tajes has had this mindset instilled his whole life and was able to successfully transition this into his high school career.

Someone who witnessed Tajes’ intelligence and work rate was his freshman Geometry teacher, Dr. Sampaio. “It was very inspiring to see him work. He was always creative and efficient. There were times where he would figure out a way to solve a problem in a way I did not even think of. He is very disciplined and I think the arts have helped him with that,” she said. 

Tajes’ work in the classroom is not the only impressive about Tajes. In accompany with his impressive grades is his work in the arts. As a dancer outside of school, a member of the school’s choir, and the creator of the Dance Club, Tajes is renowned in the arts.

A classmate and fellow member of the choir Millie Mullings has been alongside Tajes for a lot of their time in high school. “He’s a great friend. He always tries to help others and he knows how to make people laugh. Being in the classroom and working on projects with him is great because he always works his hardest,” she said. 

Daniel Tajes will be moving on from Woodbridge High School in June to enroll at one of the greatest universities in the world, Princeton. Tajes is ready for the challenge and what the next part of his life holds.

“I will be working on a degree in Chemistry and plan on going to grad school as well. I want to work in chemical research, but I’m not sure specifically what I want to research. I think that’s exactly what college is for: to figure out the details of one’s future,” he said.

As Tajes moves on to higher education, there is no doubt that his work ethic, intelligence, and helpfulness will only continue to grow at Princeton University.

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Forensic Students Search For An Escape http://barronperspective.org/5781/school-events/forensics-students-search-for-an-escape/ http://barronperspective.org/5781/school-events/forensics-students-search-for-an-escape/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:16:41 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5781 Many classes in Woodbridge High School’s first semester have been going on field trips. Recently, on January 8, Mr. Semmen’s Forensics classes went on a trip to an Escape Room. They went to All in Adventures Escape Rooms in Woodbridge Center Mall. Mr. Semmens, who teaches Forensics and Environmental Science, planned this trip “to get...

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Many classes in Woodbridge High School’s first semester have been going on field trips. Recently, on January 8, Mr. Semmen’s Forensics classes went on a trip to an Escape Room. They went to All in Adventures Escape Rooms in Woodbridge Center Mall.

Mr. Semmens, who teaches Forensics and Environmental Science, planned this trip “to get the students to use their problem solving abilities outside of the classroom.”

He said that the trip is “similar” to an activity done in the classroom. It shows how a crime scene is “very much” like a puzzle. “They need[ed] to put together [the pieces] in order to see the full picture.”

Kelly Lynch, a junior, found the trip to be “really interesting” and that it kept her attention since it is something she “actually enjoys.” “The escape room was really fun and cool, [my group] got out with 50 seconds left in the hardest room…it was extremely hard and we were very close to not making out at all.” 

“[It] was probably one of the best class trips I’ve ever been on…it makes a lot more fun to learn,” mentioned Kelly.

She said that it relates to Forensics because of the thinking and problem solving skills used to get out of the room, “kind of what the investigators have to do [during a crime scene].”

Amy Kapel, another junior who went on the trip, also said the trip was “super fun and interesting.” She said that it was “pretty difficult” 

“If the trip relates to the course like this one did, then…more classes should take trips like this. It would benefit the students by giving them more of an experience with what they are learning about,” Amy added.

Mr. Semmens said that the students “enjoy” anything that isn’t book work or listening to a lecture. As well as that this trip is conducted each semester, meaning that the Spring semester will also go in March.

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New Opportunities Given in the Next School Year http://barronperspective.org/5748/news/new-opportunities-given-in-the-next-school-year/ http://barronperspective.org/5748/news/new-opportunities-given-in-the-next-school-year/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:13:09 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5748 Scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year begins to take place this January, February, and March, which encourages the students to plan out their classes ahead of time. Most of the students at Woodbridge High School have the opportunity to choose newly offered courses. The school adds a few courses every year to constantly improve the...

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Scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year begins to take place this January, February, and March, which encourages the students to plan out their classes ahead of time. Most of the students at Woodbridge High School have the opportunity to choose newly offered courses.

The school adds a few courses every year to constantly improve the curriculum and to give students a variety of choices for them to explore their interests. When making their schedules, students are currently offered four new classes: IOS Development, Fashion Design/Illustration: Meaning Made Visible, AP Research, and African American Experience.

Ms. Gulics, the World History II teacher and WHS Cheerleading coach, will teach the African American Experience class. She is “excited” that they are finally able to introduce this course to the school. 

The African American Experience is a course for seniors which studies African Americans’ challenges and the role that they played in important events throughout history. It focuses not only on their point of view, but on African Americans that are not normally found in history textbooks. 

“I think that we do a good job at incorporating African American history in our current Social Studies classes, but to have a class that is really dedicated to that gives us an opportunity to explore the topics within the African American community that we don’t get to touch on,” Ms. Gulics said. 

To prepare themselves for the course, Ms. Gulics, along with teachers from JFK and Colonia who are teaching this class, will start their research and meet together to discuss how they would like to structure the curriculum. 

As the head of the Guidance Department, Mr. Kane thinks that the new courses will “broaden the horizon for the students.” These four specific courses were chosen mainly because Woodbridge High School has teachers who have expertise in these topics, but also because there was student interest in them.

Ms. Ferrara has been a guidance counselor at WHS for 11 years. She said, “I think that the new classes will give the students more chances to focus on what they are interested in and teachers the experience of teaching new topics.”

The new course offerings in the 2020-2021 school year at WHS is filled with more opportunities and benefits many. It allows students to choose what they want to study and develops interesting topics for the school.

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Shake Shack Review http://barronperspective.org/5702/uncategorized/shake-shack-review/ http://barronperspective.org/5702/uncategorized/shake-shack-review/#respond Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:28:27 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5702 Shake Shack is an American fast-food chain based in New York City. Starting as a food stand in Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack has grown into a multi-million dollar company with more than 200 locations. They are most known for their famous Shack Burger, their crinkle-cut fries, and milkshakes. My ideal order at...

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Shake Shack is an American fast-food chain based in New York City. Starting as a food stand in Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack has grown into a multi-million dollar company with more than 200 locations. They are most known for their famous Shack Burger, their crinkle-cut fries, and milkshakes.

My ideal order at Shake Shack is a double ShackBurger, which contains two beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and a secret sauce. I prefer the sandwich with no tomatoes, but that is a personal preference. I accompany this sandwich with an order of crinkle-cut fries with cheese. I get the cheese on the side so it is a perfect dipping sauce for the fries. 

Although pricier than other burger restaurants, I believe the prices are justified by the quality of their product. Their burger is by far a better quality burger than other fast food spots such as Five Guys or Wendy’s. 

The location itself is clean. For being in a train station, which are usually dirty, this location is very sanitary. The only fault is that since it is a small location, there are very few seating options. However, with such great food, I have no problem standing while I eat my meal. 

For those who do not travel to New York City, there are two New Jersey locations. The closest one to Woodbridge is in Bridgewater Commons. The other New Jersey location is in Livingston.

With a fast-growing company like Shake Shack, I believe that the quality of their food will continue to improve and their success will continue to gradually advance. I hope your experience at Shake Shack will be as great as mine was and that you enjoy all the food you eat.

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On This Day December 20th 2019 http://barronperspective.org/5664/on-this-day/on-this-day-december-20th-2019/ http://barronperspective.org/5664/on-this-day/on-this-day-december-20th-2019/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 05:01:06 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5664 December 20th 2019 On this day, Macau was made an administrative region of China in 1999.

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December 20th 2019

On this day, Macau was made an administrative region of China in 1999.

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Kona Grill Consumer Report http://barronperspective.org/5688/entertainment/kona-grill-consumer-report/ http://barronperspective.org/5688/entertainment/kona-grill-consumer-report/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:33:27 +0000 http://barronperspective.org/?p=5688 Kona Grill is an American restaurant with a remarkable specialty for its ambiance, sushi bar, hand-crafted cocktails, and delicious food made from scratch, using their freshest ingredients. Kona Grill has a comfortable atmosphere with attractive decorations, nice furniture, and a clean environment. My family and I were all satisfied with the service and the food. ...

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Kona Grill is an American restaurant with a remarkable specialty for its ambiance, sushi bar, hand-crafted cocktails, and delicious food made from scratch, using their freshest ingredients. Kona Grill has a comfortable atmosphere with attractive decorations, nice furniture, and a clean environment. My family and I were all satisfied with the service and the food. 

Their umbrella-shaped lights emanate in each section and create a warm glow over each table and booth. There are TVs surrounding the bar, neon blue walls with oceanic designs at the sushi bar, and a fish tank when you first walk in.

From my experience, the kitchen staff takes about half an hour until the food arrives at our table. The wait staff is friendly and delivers the meals promptly and professionally. This professionalism was displayed when a waiter saw a dirty appetizer plate, brought it back to the kitchen, and retrieved a new one.

Along with serving flatbreads, sandwiches, and sushi,  some of their universally inspired entree options consist of Jambalaya, Miso-Sake Sea Bass, Pad Thai Noodles, and Macadamia Nut Chicken. The food is well-prepared, neatly presented, and delectable.

I always order their Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken where they usually place a lime for the customer to squeeze their desired amount onto the chicken. During my second visit, there was one very minor incident that I experienced where the chef seemed to have forgotten the lime. However, it still tasted delicious either way and was cooked perfectly.

Kona Grill is an American restaurant located at 511 US-1, Woodbridge Township, NJ 08830 and is open from 11am to 11pm on Sundays through Thursdays and 11am to 12am on Fridays and Saturdays. Established in 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona, this restaurant offers reservations and online orders along with hand-selected meats, produce, and fish from trusted shipments. Their price ranges from around from $6 to $29.

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