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A WINNING SEASON

By Sothea MacBain

In its second year, Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School’s soccer team continued to grow.

Their 1 and 3 record doesn’t show how much the team, and each player, achieved. The team's coach, Ms. Zieset and goalie, Moronica Teng, share their thoughts of the season.

Ms. Zieset, a graduate of Eastern University, is a soccer player, herself. She started out playing in 6th grade and kept up the hard work all the way through college.

Her position on the field is midfielder, which requires a lot of running, since the player is covering two positions.

During the summer of her junior year, Ms. Zieset traveled to Tanzania, Africa with her soccer team. In the mornings, the team would visit schools and work with the children. Later in the evenings, the team would scrimmage some national African soccer teams.

Coaching a high school soccer team is very different than playing on a team, but she was ready to take the responsibility and wrestle with the task of being the coach of high school students.

Despite the hard work and dedication it takes to work with high school students, Coach Zieset says, “ I enjoy seeing students do something new and use their body for athletic skills. It's great to watch the students practice teamwork and take the step and just have fun.”

Moronica Teng, a sophomore, was the team's goalie for the second year in a row. This year, she felt involved, tired, and she learned a lot.

She has been  playing soccer since middle school and has always been interested in the sport. “Ms. Zieset was a great coach,” says Moronica, “She taught more than just the basics. She taught us how to work as a team, have good sportsmanship, boost your self-esteem, and be patient while playing soccer."

“The team was supportive, funny and just great to work with. The worst part of being on the team was playing the goalie position. It was terrifying; what if the defense couldn't help me?”

After practicing hard and playing games, Moronica felt more calm and confident with her position. On the field, and even off the field, she could trust her teammates to be there for her.

Her most memorable moment was when she could catch a ball flying in the air, since she is only 5'1.

All in all, the Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School's soccer team had a great season. They played four games, two against Girard College, a game against Mercy Vocational High School and Little Flower Catholic High School.

They look forward to improving their 1 and 3 record next season. Ms. Zieset loved coaching the soccer team and would like to coach again next year.

She says there is some room for improvement but next year she is looking forward to more players and games. “If we have more players next year but have the same dedication and hard work like this year, then the team will definitely win games.”

Mock Trial

By Bianca Mitchell

On May 10, 2013, during assembly, Cristo Rey Philadelphia’s first Mock Trial took place for 50 minutes. Cozen O’Connor, one of our Work-Study Job Partners, sponsored the Mock Trial. For several weeks, students practiced and prepared with the help of Cozen O’Connor attorneys. A Cozen O’Connor attorney played the judge and Cristo Rey Philadelphia students portrayed the jury and attorneys.

The trial included a judge, a courtroom, jury, plaintiff and defendant. The case was about a plaintiff who went to the Fish House in North Philadelphia, had horrible service and gave her coat to a clerk, who then checked it into the coatroom. When the clerk took the coat, he gave the patron a ticket with a disclaimer for any lost or stolen items. The waitress commented that the coat might disappear. Despite the fact that the coat was old and in horrible condition, had holes and letters coming off of it, yet it had “sentimental” value and cost $200 dollars to replace. After the jury deliberated, the final verdict was in favor of the plaintiff for $100 dollars.

As an observer of the event, I enjoyed the Mock Trial. The student lawyers were very professional and played their parts well. I think the real lawyers set the tone for the Mock Trial. The location was perfect for the event because the trial took place on the stage of the social hall. The audience was engaged more than expected. This was a wonderful experience for all those who participated. However, the case was unrealistic because people don’t go to court for a lost/stolen coat with no real evidence. They should have paid more attention to detail. For example, a girl played the plaintiff; however, the counsel referred to the plaintiff as both he and she (the case was designed for a male in that role). In addition, I think the audience should have participated more, such as when the guard says, “All Rise,” the audience should have risen. There could have been more evidence, possibly a security camera with photos of the waitress leaving with the bag and pictures of this so-called “sentimental” coat on the plaintiff.

Isabel, one of the plaintiff’s attorneys, said, “My favorite part was the feeling of being a real lawyer. Next year, I would like to see more participants.” Overall, I believe the first Mock Trial at CRPHS was a success, and I hope this becomes an annul tradition. In the future, perhaps we will form a Mock Trial team that will compete with other high schools in our region. 

MADNESS AT CRISTO REY!

By Bianca Mitchell and Quatia Powell

Cristo Rey Philadelphia’s Dean of Students brought March Madness to everyone’s attention. We decided to celebrate this college basketball event at Cristo Rey Philadelphia with a three-on-three tournament. Each team, which was named after a college or university, had three or four players (including one girl), and consisted of students and faculty. Each game was played on a half-court and was twelve minutes long. However, the championship game was fifteen minutes long. We had the privilege to interview a student who participated in March Madness. 

Interview with James Froio, student athlete:

 

Quatia: What made you sign up to participate in this event?

James: The reason I signed up is because I love basketball.

Quatia: What do you think was the highlight of the games?

James: When I blocked a shot and hit a three.

Quatia: What was the final score of the championship game?

James: The final score was 19 to 17.

Quatia: What are you strategies to win?

James: Just Go Hard.

Quatia: How did you pick your team?

James: I picked my team by my friends that are good at basketball and were on the school team.

Bianca: What was your team name?

James: The name of my team was Kentucky.

Bianca: How exactly does the game work, since it’s 3 on 3?

James: One female must remain on the floor at all times and the forth person is a substitute.

Bianca: What were your accomplishments today?

James: Today, I made 5 points.

Bianca: What was it like playing against staff or having staff on your team?

James: Playing against staff was a fun experience for me.

 

Cristo Rey Philadelphia’s March Madness was a great success and the students seemed to enjoy it very much. We hope this will become a school tradition.

 

 

WE SERVE

By Isabel Millan

My first time doing service with deSales Service Works in Camden was amazing because I was with Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. I served with some of my classmates, friends, our President Mr. McConnell, and our Theology teacher Mr. Murray. Doing service was a joyful experience and touched our hearts.

When we arrived to the service house, I noticed many colorful houses that had wonderful words on the doors, such as “no bullying” and “hope.” Suddenly, a Priest and Curtis opened the door. When we were welcomed into the house, we saw that it had paint buckets scattered and saw that it was still under construction. The chapel was fascinating - it had a large metal cross and a candle-lit altar. Father Mike McCue celebrated Mass and led us in a discussion about how young people are affected by Camden’s high crime rate.

After the Mass ended, we washed our hands and put on gloves so that we could prepare food for the homeless. We made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and put cookies and crackers in little zip lock bags. Then, to finish preparing the meal we stacked them all in boxes to be distributed.

After we finished making the food, we went outside to put up the Stations of the Cross. I hammered for the first time. It was a little difficult at first, especially in the cold February weather, but I managed to finish what I started and I did very well.

Later after we finished, we went to see the memorial of two young men that were shot at night near the service house. The memorial was made of fluffy teddy bears, pretty flowers, and decorative crosses. We said a prayer for the two boys to rest in peace, and for young people in Camden not to fall into crime.

Next, we made cut apples, and I was very happy because I had never cut apples with a long knife before (even though my friends were scared I was going to cut my self at first)! Then, we learned why Curtis knew so much about feeding the homeless - he was once homeless - and he told us about the hardships he faced. After we finished cutting the apples, we put them in Ziploc bags and stacked them in a brown box. We took our gloves off, washed our hands, had a sandwich, some refreshments, and talked to the college students who came to do service.

Later, we took a picture in front of the house, a tradition followed by people who do service at the site. Mr. McConnell said about the service trip, “I enjoyed spending the day with some of our students, doing something constructive in the community of Camden.  We were all moved to see the memorial of the young boy that was killed in the vacant lot near where we worked.  The site of the killing was marked by a crude pile of rocks sprinkled with withered flowers - a sad memorial to a senseless tragedy.”

9-5... WELL, 3:30

By Isabel Millan

Tuesday is my favorite day of the week because I work at Temple University! After arriving at Cristo Rey Philadelphia by 7:55 a.m., I check in with the Work-Study Coordinators and then head to the Logan subway station. By 9:30 a.m., I am at my desk at Temple working as an Office Assistant.

My job includes filing papers, answering phones, making photocopies, scanning, entering data, and helping prepare for meetings and gathering event materials. I have learned a lot of skills that are helping me prepare for college and what I want to do in my career. There are many privileges, for example, my job gives me a little sneak peak on the entire college experience, and I learn how the classes might be for me when I am in college. In addition to Math and English, and there are also extra-curricular activities that are fun, including Photography, Football and Cheerleading. 

Becoming a worker at Temple also helps me learn what books I will use, including The Basic Practice of Statistics, Calc 1, and Integrated Arithmetic and Basic Algebra. I also learn what jobs are interesting to me on the college campus which may be an Office Assistant, Tutor, Librarian Assistant, Teacher's Assistant, among many others.

While I have not been working at Temple for long, I have learned many good skills such as, how to write my job resume for when I start looking for my first internship or job and how to properly fax, scan, and enter data. I also know how to transfer calls from two different phones to one place and I have discovered how to use the phone properly and take messages for my boss.

I have learned many great skills that I will use in the future. My job is an amazing experience, and I love it! Along with my family and Cristo Rey Philadelphia, the people at Temple are great role models for me. They help me stay grounded and be responsible. I am excited for college and will be able to face any obstacles that come my way on my first job. I enjoy working at Temple so much that before I know it, it's 3:30 p.m. and time to head back to school.

Go Temple Owls!

EFFACING BULLYING AT CRPHS

By Bianca Mitchell and Quatia Powell

In October, Cristo Rey Philadelphia held an assembly in recognition of anti-bullying month to recognize and identify the importance of a bully-free environment and it’s impact on others.  The assembly focused on victims, bullies and victims becoming bullies. The CRPHS community learned a great deal about how to handle situations like those and many more.

We’ve had the privilege to interview a member of the class of 2016 and the school’s Counselor, Mrs. Schmidt, to hear their input on this topic.

 

Simone Lymon’s Interview

Quatia: How do you feel about bullying in this generation?

Simone: I feel the bullying is horrible and that it needs to come to an end because it’s affecting a lot of lives these days.

Quatia: Have you ever been bullied or know someone who has been bullied?

Simone: Yes, I’ve been bullied before, when I was younger, in about second grade. This girl just kept picking on me. In the end, I didn’t handle it the correct way; but the assembly showed me how to handle those situations.

Quatia: What was your opinion of the assembly?

Simone: I liked it. I think it really got to people on how bullying affects people and you may not know it.

Quatia: What do you think we could do as a community to stop bullying?

Simone: I think we could hang up anti-bullying signs and watch more videos of victims and their stories to show that bullying is a real problem.

 

Mrs. Schmidt’s Interview

Bianca: Why do you think bullying is a problem?

Mrs. Schmidt: I think bullying is a problem because if a kid is being bullied they can never get away from it and it is very destructive to the community.

Bianca: Have there been bullying issues at Cristo Rey?

Mrs. Schmidt: Yes, gossiping which can turn into bullying easily.

Bianca: How can bullying affect the student who is being bullied?

Mrs. Schmidt: I think it can affect them academically, socially, at home, and in all other aspects of life.

Bianca: What do you think a bully has to go through to bully someone?

Mrs. Schmidt: I think sometimes people pick on people to get the attention off of themselves. In addition, I think bullies have low self-esteem.

Bianca: To the student being bullied, whom should they go to or what should they do?

Mrs. Schmidt: If you’re being bullied, you should tell someone you trust, such as a friend, parent, teacher, or counselor.

Bianca: What do you consider bullying?

Mrs. Schmidt: Any repeated act that can make someone feel less of himself or herself.

Bianca: How do you feel about bullying in this generation?

Mrs. Schmidt: It makes me feel sad because people don’t realize how they have an effect on someone. Sometimes it goes too far and irreversible things happen.

Bianca: Do you think it’s okay for the victim of bullying to become a bully?

Mrs. Schmidt:  No, I don’t think it is okay, but I have seen it happen. I don’t think it’s okay because they know exactly how it feels.

  

Cristo Rey Philadelphia students, faculty and staff agree that bullying is a problem, and we have learned valuable lessons from the anti-bullying month assembly. The CRPHS community believes that this assembly taught us a vaulable lesson.

COMCAST: TO XFINITY AND BEYOND!

By Domir Kent

I work at Comcast on the 39th floor as a Human Resources employee. I recently met with Gino, the Senior Manager of the National Engineering and Technical Operations (NETO) department, one of my supervisors. His job is to find different ways to get viewers interested in Comcast. It is really fun because he gets to do live radio shows with different people in Comcast every day and he gets to edit them! He has taught me how to set up the equipment, including the audio board, microphones and headsets that he uses to do the radio interviews for Comcast. Can you imagine setting up all that equipment up every day?  It was fun! We even added music to the beginning and the end of the recording.          

During one of the radio shows, the topic how to deal with “Negative Nancy” and “Down Donald." For example, have you ever had someone who always thought about the bad things that go on and never seem happy? (Down Donald!) Have you ever felt great about someone or something and the other person only saw and talked about the negative things? (Negative Nancy!) The show talked about how to point out and help change attitudes.

Helping with the radio show is just one of my responsibilities. Every week, I face a new challenge or obstacle that I learn from. That is the beauty of working at Comcast- they make me feel like I belong. I believe working at Comcast is a special opportunity to learn so many career skills. 

 

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