Foreign Exchange

Foreign policy may be cheaper than you think.
Many high school students have moved to the United States from foreign countries, forcing them to adjust to American education and lifestyle. These students now have the option to return to their native country or stay in the United States for college.
Sophomore Emil Henningsen moved to the United States from Denmark a month ago because his mother got married. According to Henningsen, there are benefits of living in Denmark.
“(College) is free,” Henningsen said. “Healthcare and welfare are as well, everybody gets welfare, but we pay 70% tax.”
Henningsen is now undecided on where he wants to go to college. But after ten years, he will lose his citizenship in Denmark and won’t be able to receive the benefits of free college, health care, and welfare anymore.
Junior Ri Moodie moved to the United States from England seven years ago. According to Moodie, there are many differences between colleges in England and the United States.
“Here, the average college is about 45 grand a year,” Moodie said. “In England, you cap out at about 10,000 pounds a year, which is about 16,000 dollars here. You can only pay a set amount for college because it is so education focused that you don’t have to pay for extra stuff like housing, sports, and that kind of stuff.”
Moodie is applying to multiple colleges both in the United States and the United Kingdom. At this point, she is undecided on where she wants to go to college.
“I’m thinking about going back because it’s a lot cheaper, I have my family there, and there are a lot more programs that I’m going into,” Moodie said. “I’m going into theatre and there is a lot more stuff I can do there with more connections and that kind of stuff. All of my family is (in England). If I moved there, I would have free housing all the time”
According to Moodie, she is probably going to college in England, but still hasn’t made a decision.
“There are also some benefits here,” Moodie said. “Like I’ve done my whole entire high school career in the States so that would be easier to get in. It just depends how I feel at the time.”
Junior Nicole Garcia-Salas has lived in six different countries and moved to the United States about six months ago from Singapore.
“I don’t know how much the colleges were in Singapore,” Garcia-Salas said. “Typically, people go to college in England and the main colleges that they look at are Cambridge and Oxford, but those are all really expensive.”
Although Garcia-Salas could go to England for college, she plans on attending college in the United States.
“Personally, I didn’t want to go in England because I had been so surrounded by English people my entire life, so I kind of felt like I needed a break,” Garcia-Salas said. “My family was always planning to move to America, so I thought it would be great if I lived closer and I just wanted to have a new experience of living.”
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Student athletes join no-cut sports for the spirit wear

Some student athletes have sported the spirit wear — but not necessarily the sport.
Sweatshirts, sweatpants, and other spirit wear are ordered each year for every sports team at MHS. This year, The Comet Zone sold 679 items for cross country alone. Student athletes are constantly seen representing their team on game days and every other day of the week.
In middle school, many students chose to run cross country and track because they lacked the pressure of try-outs and were known as “no-cut sports”, giving athletes the ability to order as much spirit wear as they wanted because their spot on the team was ensured.
Sophomore Christie Hennessey ran cross country in seventh grade for a week, got the spirit wear, then quit the team.
“I did it for the spirit wear and only for the spirit wear, that’s all I really needed out of it,” Hennessey said. “I ordered the spirit wear, got the spirit wear, and quit after one week. I still have it.”
Hennessey currently dances at Starstruck ADA and runs track. Although Hennessey stopped running cross country in middle school, she still wears the spirit wear.
“I really went all out for the spirit wear,” Hennessey said. “It’s awesome PJ’s, I can wear it out to dinner, I can wear it around the house, or to games.”
Junior Samantha DeGroft ran track in seventh grade and currently runs cross country. According to DeGroft, she chose to run track in middle school to get the spirit wear and because it was a no-cut sport that anyone could join.
“I needed to do something and I didn’t want to do a club because they didn’t have spirit wear,” DeGroft said. “It’s something to wear to the games that says ‘Mason’ and it shows that it’s mine and that I actually do something. It’s almost like an accomplishment that shows you’re involved in the school.”
Sophomore Kendall Watkins was pushed to join the track team in eighth grade because she was jealous of her twin sister’s spirit wear.
“She had the sweats and I would always ask her to wear them, so I was like, ‘okay I’m going to do track and cross country’,” Watkins said. “Then I got the spirit wear and now I have about six pairs of the sweats.”
Watkins currently runs cross country and track and has ended up getting a lot out of her sports. According to Watkins, the old spirit wear drive led her to learn about commitment to her sport and she has made great bonds with all of the girls on the team.
“I feel more confident when I wear the spirit wear,” Watkins said. “I feel like I’m part of a team and I’m representing all of our achievements.”

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SUPER BOWL XLIX

Wow. As a girl growing up with two brothers and a dad who are insane Patriots fans, last night was a crazy night in my household. I was born in Foxboro, Massachusetts and watching my hometown team win Super Bowl 49 was amazing.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the last two minutes of the game, let me tell you: you really missed out. The Patriots scored a touchdown putting them up 28-24 against the Seattle Seahawks. There was enough time in the game for the Seahawks to score a touchdown, but lucky for us, they slipped up. Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll, made the wrong call that really cost the Seahawks the game. Malcolm Butler became the Super Bowl hero for New England by intercepting the ball in the final seconds of the game, preventing the Seahawks from scoring. If you can imagine winning the lottery, that’s what it felt like for me and my family.

My mom and my dad were watching from the TV upstairs while my little brother and I watched from the basement TV. My older brother watched from his apartment in Waltham, MA and continued to text us throughout the entire game. The Patriots clearly played better when my family was in there assigned locations and positions. Are superstitions really superstitions if they actually work?

When Butler intercepted the ball, my house shook. Literally. Screams echoed and everyone was hugging and jumping and smiling wide. The game came to an end and we were Super Bowl champs once again. It felt so good seeing my favorite team and favorite people take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The Pats endured so much ridicule and hate this year, but they pulled it off. Tom Brady was accused of being ” too old” and people thought he should think about retiring. He proved them wrong. Then, the entire deflate-gate accusations started popping after the Patriots vs. Colts game. There is still no proof or evidence that the Patriots purposefully deflated those footballs and it wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game anyway. When people say that “cheaters won the Super Bowl”, they’re wrong. The Patriots would’ve beaten the Colts if the balls weren’t deflated and we still don’t know who deflated the balls. The Patriots beat the Seahawks fair and square.

Lastly, I’d like to say congratulations to the 2015 Super Bowl champs and in my opinion, the best team in the NFL. You guys got the job done and New England thanks you. WAY TO GO PATS!