En El Club de Español
by: Dan Hepworth
¿Te gusta la clase de español? If the answer is yes, then this club is for you. The Spanish Club, moderated by Señora Agosti, meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 3:30 in room 101. To supplement the weekly meetings, the club also has a tutoring section, in which upperclassmen help struggling students gain proficiency of the Spanish language.
The weekly meetings allow members to immerse themselves into the Spanish culture outside the classroom. Often, members give presentations (in Spanish, of course) on interesting aspects on Latin American history and culture. You can also sign up for trips; last year the club went to Manhattan to see a limited time Pablo Picasso exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art and eat at a South American restaurant. Keep in mind that you do not need to take Spanish to participate in the club.
The tutoring section allows skilled Spanish students to give back via peer tutoring. If one signs up, he is paired with an underclassman whom he will tutor. This portion of the club is tremendously flexible given that the tutor and tutee can arrange any weekday to meet and work on Spanish. It is also extremely rewarding because it lets students give back. Moreover, if one is interested in teaching, tutoring Spanish is indubitably a step in the right direction.
At the weekly meetings, one truly dives into the Hispanic culture through presentations, games, arts and crafts, and trips. Mark Iocco, ’18 says, “Coming from an Italian background, I learned Italian until eighth grade. At Chaminade, I take Spanish, and my interest expanded; the Spanish Club is where I have been able to explore my interests in a new culture.” Moreover, one can steer this passion for Spanish into other students by peer tutoring. If interested, see Señora Agosti in room 101 on Wednesdays.
by: Dan Castles
To say expectations were high for the varsity hockey coming into this season is an understatement. Coming up short last year to a powerful St. Anthony's team in the finals, the Flyers looked for revenge and another shot at the league championship, as well as a trip to states in Buffalo this year. With a talented senior class and a junior class full of potential, the sky was the limit for this group of hockey players.
Jeff McCormack brings the puck up ice
The Flyers played their first game against a extremely talented Portledge team at Beaver Dam in Locast Valley. Despite the Portledge team showcasing players from all over the island committed to colleges such as Harvard and Northeastern, the Flyers played competitively through three periods but came up short, losing 5-2. Although losing, Coach Ed Smith praised the team's effort and grit in the performance. Training all through November and into December, the Flyers skated into a showdown with Msgr. Farrell for their first league game of the season. Winning handily 9-1, this would become a frequent occurrence for the team throughout the season against almost all league teams, expect St. Anthony's. The team's only league losses were against the Friars, two of those by only one goal scored in the closing minutes of the game.
The Flyers battled to a 15-6 overall record, lead by captains Chris Parisi '17 and Jack Corwen '17, including a dramatic victory over Iona Prep in the semi-finals. After dropping the first game of the championship series to St. Anthony's, the Flyers battled the Friars but fell just short. The members of the varsity hockey team should be commended for their hard work and unwavering dedication this season.