Friday, May 27, 2011

The IHHS Mock Trial Team

Posted by jmichelle On February - 9 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

By: Bridget G.

The students involved in the IHHS Mock Trial Team are hard workers by nature. Yet, this year, fate and unavoidable circumstances have pushed the team to new limits. Any time something could go wrong, it did this year! Returning players had to step up to the plate and the newbies had to learn on the go. Scheduling a successful practice seemed more difficult at times than finding a workable case theory. However, through thick and thin, the mock trial team members stepped up to the challenge and learned to work together this year! Against all odds, the Mock Trial team had a very successful year, making it out of the preliminary rounds and into the semi-finals. Though defeated by Bergen Catholic in a challenging competition, the team has grown stronger and more knowledgeable about the inner workings of Mock. Mock Trial is more than just memorization and long hours after school, it is a family that can deal with everything put in its way, whether it be last minute switches, court house evacuations, inconvenient weather conditions, or accusations of being on “the dark side.” At the end of the day, we have grown more confident in ourselves and each other and have fostered a sense of camaraderie.

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The Grammys

Posted by Deanna M On February - 16 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

By: Christie T.

On Sunday, February 13, the 53rd annual Grammy award show occurred and it sure was an entertaining show. Commonly known as “music’s biggest night”, the night of this award show was filled with appearances from the top celebrities, awesome musical performances, and, of course, a great deal of suspense. Some of the musical performances included Justin Bieber and Usher featuring Jaden Smith, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Cee Lo Green and Gwenyth Paltrow, Arcade Fire and many others. This year, the Grammys were held in celebration of Aretha Franklin: an accomplished woman who undoubtedly has had a major influence on music. Several live performers sang many of Franklin’s songs together in commemoration of the ill Franklin. These artists include Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch (lead singer of Florence and the Machine), and Barbara Streisand.
All different types of music were recognized and celebrated at this event. The winners of the different awards were varied and some results were very surprising. Probably the most shocking winner was Esperanza Spalding, a jazz musician who walked away with the Best New Artist Award. The other nominees for that title were Drake, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, and of course, Justin Bieber. Also, one of the most prestigious awards, Record of the Year, was won by Lady Antebellum: a group that stole many awards, including Song of the Year. Other highlights include Arcade Fire winning Album of the Year, Lady Gaga winning Pop Vocal Album, Muse winning Rock Album, and Eminem winning Rap Album. The Grammys was a really fun, exciting show, and the excitement was heightened with a special performance by Mick Jagger singing “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”  The 2011 Grammys were a very popular event as 26.7 million viewers tuned in to watch, helping to make it a memorable night in music history.

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Peace In Sight for Egypt?

Posted by Deanna M On March - 17 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

By: Christie T.

After all of the chaos that Egypt has faced over the past couple months, with massive protests causing the leader, Hosni Mubarak, to resign, it appears that a state of peace could be in sight. This Saturday, March 19th, a referendum about constitutional amendments, including limiting the President’s rule to two four-year terms and extending the emergency laws, will take place. This referendum, the first one in 60 years that will not be rigged, will show the direction of Egypt’s political future. “Whether we accept the amendments or we reject them, either situation means a page in our history will turn,” said Amr Shubaki, a political analyst. Currently, the political leadership in Egypt is one big, confusing mess, as the military truly does not want to maintain power and it suspended the Constitution to rule. The voter turnout on Saturday, will provide insight on how Egypt will recover and move forward. However, many are ignorant about the amendments, so it is unclear if people will come to the polls purely to achieve a state of normalcy, even if they have no knowledge on the topic.

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Spirit Week Part 2!

Posted by Deanna M On April - 1 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

By: Danielle I.

Last week, as I embarked on my last spirit week of Indian Hills, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of nostalgia. I remembered my very first spirit week which consisted of a failed Toga Tuesday and my very first Way Back Wednesday (when I had no clue what it actually meant!). I can happily say now, though, that my senior year’s spirit weeks have been the most enthusiastic spirit weeks of all my years at IH!
Just this past week, the IHHS student council chose to enact a second spirit week and this has not been done in years. Due to the overwhelming amount of Braves pride displayed at the first spirit week in October, we knew that the student body was ready and willing to dress up and go all out again. Unfortunately, because of the overabundance of excitement that Spirit Week Part I exhibited, the student council was told to make the new spirit week a bit less “out there” and more tame. So, we chose a few new days to add in the mix!
Flannel Monday was a comfy and stylish hit among many Indian Hills students; while some simply wore flannel shirts, others adorned themselves in flannel pants. Tie-Dye Tuesday came next and it was awesome to look around the hallways and see so many different types of tie-dye! Although the next day called for snow, many dedicated Braves still chose to deck themselves out in their favorite decade’s gear for Way Back Wednesday. This was the first way back day that I have witnessed that involved cavemen, colonial men and women, and Romans in togas; so a big kudos goes out to those people who went beyond the twentieth century! Next, we had Sports Day on Thursday where a large number of students chose to wear their team’s favorite jersey or even dress up like an athlete! And to top it all off, we always include a day to dedicate to the blue, the gold, and the braves: Spirit Day. While the majority of us wore any one of our many IHHS shirts, others put on face paint, head gear, necklaces, and more!
Aly H. and Chris G. won the “Most Spirited Contest” that student council sponsored because they both dressed up fabulously every day! All I can now say is thank you Indian Hills for providing me with great memories and a fabulous last spirit week.

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It’s Hunting Season

Posted by spoon On February - 1 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

On Friday January 28, over 600 fans crowded into the Ice Vault in Wayne, NJ to watch the Indian Hills Braves upset the favorite, the Ramapo Raiders, in an exciting second match-up of the season for the two teams. While this game did not draw as many spectators as the pre-Christmas game earlier in the season, students still packed the stands to cheer on their team.

After the first two periods, the two teams were tied 0-0. While Ramapo out shot Indian Hills throughout the game, neither team dominated the other overall. Indian Hills team members clearly came out well-prepared, learning from their mistakes in the 5-1 loss to Ramapo earlier in the season. The Indian Hills hockey team was ready to put up a good fight against Ramapo, and that is exactly what it did.

Late in the third period as the clock ticked down, it seemed like the two teams would end in a tie. But finally, with 2:49 to go, Trevor L. crossed the puck to T.J. T. who put it away in the back of the net. The Braves side of the bleachers went crazy, leaving Ramapo fans in a state of shock. Braves supporters continued to gain hope with every tick of the clock until with ten seconds left, they began to count down, and the Indian Hills Braves completed an astonishing upset over its rival, Ramapo High School.
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No Strings Attached

Posted by Deanna M On February - 1 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

By: Jenny L.

“No Strings Attached,” a new movie starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman as Adam and Emma, is not your ordinary romantic comedy. Although it has the sappy and adorable love story between Adam and Emma, this romantic comedy tests the question of whether two people can be together sexually without falling deeply in love. Adam and Emma met when they were younger at summer camp. The two preteens never knew they’d meet again, and they especially didn’t think that they would ever have feelings for each other. However, fate took its twists and turns to make sure that Adam and Emma would meet years later and create a unique relationship. Although they spend a lot of time together, they make sure to keep it casual and avoid falling for one another by creating rules, such as ‘no arguing’ and ‘no jealousy.’ Because Emma is a busy doctor, and Adam is working on a movie script, they both lead busy lives and don’t want to have deep feelings for one another, so they try to keep the relationship as casual as possible. As they increase the time they are spending together, will they end up falling in love, or will they make sure that there really are no strings attached? Although the movie is rated ‘R’ for sexual content, language and some drug material, if you are of age you should go and see this witty, adorable, romantic comedy to find out the fate of Adam and Emma, and you will not be disappointed!

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NHS Updates

Posted by jmichelle On January - 31 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

By: Justin P.

The members of the Indian Hills National Honors Society have been upholding the oath they pledged at their induction by getting involved in various examples of community service. Free tutoring is being held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school and Tuesday mornings before school. In order to make tutoring after school easier and more accessible for students, the NHS has adopted an “open door policy.” Any student who would like to be tutored can simply show up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:45 to 3:45 and NHS tutors will be present. The advisor and officers request that, if any student would like to be tutored during the Tuesday morning session, that he/she schedule an appointment through the guidance department. If parents feel more comfortable requesting a specific tutor after school, they may schedule this through the guidance department as well. The NHS is excited about the establishment of this new, more lenient policy, which will encourage students who have questions or concerns in any of their classes to attend extra help without having to take the time to schedule an appointment.
In addition to tutoring, the NHS members have been hard at work on another service project: a charity disc golf competition. Essentially, disc golf is a game similar to golf, but it is played with Frisbees and targets as opposed to balls and clubs. On Februrary 13th, the NHS members will be volunteering their time to run a charity disc golf tournament, also known as an “Ice Bowl,” at Campgaw. They will provide food to the players, assist with scoring, sell merchandise, and also raise money through sponsors. All of the food and money that is raised by the individual NHS members, and all of the money that is donated by the disc golfers, will be donated to the Center for Food Action in Mahwah. (See their website here:http://www.facebook.com/l/a8f68;cfanj.org/) All food banks, but particularly the Center for Food Action, are desperately in need of food to supply needy families this winter. The National Honor Society is proud of its efforts to make the local community a better place and the members thank you for your continued support! If anyone is interested in donating to the Ice Bowl and the Center for Food Action, please contact Mr. Van Nest, NHS advisor.

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Relay For Life is Back

Posted by Deanna M On January - 30 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

by: Danielle I.

“Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.” This slogan epitomizes the spirit of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which will, yet again, be proudly hosted by Indian Hills on June 11th and 12th of this year! Relay for Life is an international organization committed to creating a world with more birthdays and less cancer by spreading awareness, raising money for research, and helping those in need of assistance.
Because of Indian Hills’ amazing success with last year’s Relay, our school has been asked to host it again! Committees have already been formed and are currently in full gear to make 2011’s Relay even better! Goals for this year include getting the entire FLOW area involved and surpassing the target amount of money to be raised, as we did last year. This year, the theme of our Relay will be “A Cancer Free World,” which will include decorations, music, theme laps, food, and more all from different international locations.
Last year’s Relay for Life was undoubtedly one of the most emotional, fun, and heartwarming experiences I’ve ever partaken in. It’s an amazing feeling to see so many members of our community, both young and old, uniting together in such a beautiful way to beat such a horrible disease. Countless people have been touched by cancer whether it has affected themselves, their family members, friends, teachers, coaches, or neighbors. Cancer is a horrific disease, but Relay for Life provides people with hope. Relay proudly acknowledges cancer survivors while also paying tribute to those who have passed away.
The event consists of teams, each of which must have at least one member walking the track during the twelve hours. Although the early hours of the morning do become tough to continue walking, everyone keeps remembering that cancer never sleeps and neither should they if they wanted to exterminate it. While some members walk the track, others listen to local bands perform, have fundraising tents set up, play games like volleyball and badminton, sleep in their designated areas, or just chat with people they haven’t seen in a while.
Relay for Life has become one of America’s and Indian Hills’ most beloved fundraisers. Relay’s Kick-off event will be on February 9th, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the IHHS Cafeteria to begin our fight against cancer; so come out to learn more about Relay or to sign your team up! We are all ready for a cancer free world and Relay for Life will certainly help us to accomplish that dream.

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Mr. Indian Hills

Posted by jmichelle On January - 24 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

By: David D.

It only comes once a year and it certainly is a sight to behold. Coming to Indian Hills on February 3rd is the one and only the Mr. Indian Hills Pageant. A “battle royale” between numerous male members of the senior class will be exhibited to the delight of audiences from all grades. The contestants will be judged by an eclectic panel of four judges. The men will first start out by introducing themselves to the audience, followed by the beach wear portion of the competition. Third on the agenda is what some consider to be the best part of the evening: the talent show portion. It will be during the talent show that the contestants will show what they’re really made of and it is this portion that will make or break any candidate. Talents will range from musical, to athletic, to bizarre, and it is definitely something that should not be missed.

Following the talent show, there will be a brief intermission to give the contestants time to change into their dress clothes for the formal-wear portion of the pageant. The intermission will also give the judges an opportunity to vote on the top five contestants that will advance to the next round. As the young men move down the aisles they will line up on the stage and listen for the final five contestants. The top five stay on for a question and answer session and then have to wait for the judges to make their final decision. That decision will name the 2011 Mr. Indian Hills. So come out on February 3rd for a night of fun, laughs, and school spirit.
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“True Grit” Movie Review

Posted by jmichelle On January - 12 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Written by: Jess W.

Watching the trailer for “True Grit,” one would expect an action-packed, thriller and a fresh new take of the typical “Western movie.” Unfortunately, “True Grit” lacked the anticipated suspense and was just a fairly straightforward take on a western movie.
“True Grit” is based on a novel by Charles Portis, and follows the story of a girl named Mattie Ross (played by Hailee Steinfeld), who seeks to avenge her father’s murder. Mattie turns to the tough U.S. marshal, Reuben Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), to find the man and deliver justice. The two set out into the Indian Nation in search of the murderer, Tom Chaney, and are accompanied by Texas Ranger Laboeuf (Matt Damon), who’s also looking for Tom Chaney. Throughout their journey, they encounter a number of dangers and surprises that ultimately test their “true grit.”
Overall, the movie is a bit slow moving, with random scenes of action that fail to reach a climax. There were a few shootouts here, a duel there, but nothing seemed to culminate in a highpoint. Quite frankly, the end of the movie didn’t even feel like the end. As the ending credits started to roll, I didn’t want to leave my seat, because I felt that something more was going to, or should have happened.
However, despite lack-luster Old West action scenes, the acting and the script is enough of a reason to watch the film. All the actors were very strong, but Hailee Steinfeld’s portrayal outshone the others. She plays a very strong-willed, witty character who will easily captivate audiences. The amount of humor in the movie was also a nice surprise, and helped to separate the movie from the traditional western movie.
“True Grit” is a good movie, but seeing the misleading advertisements may leave many with the feeling of something to be desired. For those who have seen the television ads for “True Grit,” just keep in mind that when you go to the theater, you’ll be watching a different movie than what you originally might expect.

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The IHHS Mock Trial Team

The mock trial team at Hills has done amazing this year!

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The Grammys

The Grammys were a night to remember!

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Peace In Sight for Egypt?

You say you want a revolution?

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Spirit Week Part 2!

Student Council Vice President shares her thoughts on this past spirit week!

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