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Sam Mihara, a national speaker on mass imprisonment and a lecturer at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Harvard University, was asked to visit School of the Holy Child February 22 to participate in the school’s IDEA initiative. The initiative promotes inclusion, diversity, equity, advocacy, and social justice through ongoing community conversations and interactive workshops.

Monique Gordon-Anefal, director of the IDEA Committee, explained that Mr. Mihara was invited to share his experiences with the community in keeping with this year’s theme: “Love thy neighbor, welcome the stranger.”

Mihara began his presentation with a quote from former President George W. Bush: “A great nation does not hide its history.” During his illuminating remarks, he talked about his time as a prisoner at the Heart Mountain Japanese Prison Camp in Powell, Wyoming, during World War II. Forced into the prison camp along with his family when he was 9, Mihara offered harrowing details about his time in the camp, and connected his experience to contemporary debates in the United States about civil rights. About 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned, half of whom were American citizens, he noted.

He stressed the importance of studying American history so as not to repeat our mistake, and concluded with the sentiment: “Never Forget, Never Again.”

Mrs. Gordon-Anefal, Christian Theology and World Religions teacher, said students found Mr. Mihara’s presentation “inspirational and informative” and while they were surprised and saddened by his story, they were optimistic that the United States can “grow and learn from our past mistakes.”

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Sam Mihara speaking at Holy Child last month

Rye High School sophomore <<Natalie Weiner>> had a stellar indoor track season, which culminated in her qualifying for States. At the Section 1 Indoor Track State Qualifier Meet on February 24, Weiner placed third in the 1500 Meter with a school record time of 4:45.57.

Prior to the meet, Weiner broke the school record in 1600 Meter as well as the 3000 Meter. She set a meet and school record in the mile at the Tim St. Lawrence Invitational Meet with a time of 5:12. Her time in the mile race earned her a spot in The New Balance Nationals for Emerging Elites competition.

At the league meet, Weiner won all three of her races — the 3000, 1500, and the 4x800 Relay.

Weiner came in second at Counties in the 1500 Meter with a time of 4:47 and second in the 3000 Meter at the Class B Sectionals with a school record time of 10:32.

Coach John McGee said, “Natalie has had a sensational winter season. She has broken school records in the 3000 and 1500 meters. She overcame an injury in early January and worked back through physical therapy. The reason for her success is quite simple: dedication and hard work.”

The State Meet is March 4 at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island. Nationals will be held at the NYC Armory on March 11.

— Melanie Cane

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Natalie Weiner with her State Qualifier Medal

The Community Resource Center of Mamaroneck has a long history of collaborating with Rye Neck High School students, said Co-Executive Director Gail Vidales. “I think that bridging the Center with the School District gives students insight into the challenges that the clients we serve face, as well as an appreciation for the need for advocacy. It also offers students the opportunity to give back to the community in such a concrete way.”

“It was important to us to determine the challenges the local community has with transportation. The survey the students drafted was a huge help,” noted Vidales who, along with Co-Executive Director Jirandy Martinez, presented the results to the municipality of Mamaroneck.

The survey yielded the following statistics:

* 52.3% of immigrants surveyed must either walk, bike, or take public transit to get to the nearest supermarket, located more than three miles from the Community Resource Center on Center Street, the vicinity where most of the respondents live.

* 28% of this population drives without a license to get to work, health care, or a supermarket.

* 14.8% have obtained a driver’s license out-of-state.

* $40 is the average per person amount spent weekly on public transportation.

The Community Resource Center’s long-term goal is to support Green Light NY, an initiative that would ensure equal access to driver’s licenses for all residents of New York State, regardless of immigration status. It is already implemented in Connecticut and Vermont.

Rye Neck Indoor Track & Field

School Records Fall All Over the Armory

By Mitch Silver

 

Three weeks after the Panthers traveled to Manhattan’s New Balance Armory and crowned a pair of league champions while breaking a school record, the Black Cats were at it again. Competing in the Section 1 Class C Track & Field Championships at the same 168th Street venue last weekend, the foursome that ran the 4x400-meter relay in a school-record time of 3:50.82 in January blew that mark to smithereens.

 

The quartet of Eikoh Hayashi, Raymond Rivituso, Dan Fujiwara, and Brendan Tuohy broke the tape in 3:45.35, nearly five and a half seconds faster than they’d ever gone before. And, as they say on the Home Shopping Network … wait, there’s more: Rivituso would join Corey Parker, Milo Haviland, and Shakihar Saran to run the 2x400 relay in 1:43.93, another school mark. Finally, not to be outdone by his teammate’s double-record-crushing day, Hayashi leaped 18’ 2.5” in the long jump to earn his second school record on the afternoon. 

 

Imagine what Coach Myla Allen’s team will do outdoors this spring.

 

 

 

Standing up for the rights of bugs the world over was the theme of Osborn School’s annual kindergarten musical, “Goin’ Buggy.” The children took their roles as ants, bees, ladybugs, caterpillars, and fireflies very seriously, singing their hearts out and delighting audiences.

  • Annette McLoughlin

Photos by Gina Giordano

By Mitch Silver

To misquote T.S. Eliot: “This is the way the year ends/Not with a bang but a whimper.” That whimper you hear is coming from the fans of Coach Matt Beatty’s Rye High wrestling team, which was shut out last weekend at the Division 2 Sectional Championships held at Edgemont High School.

It wasn’t that Rye lacked a wrestler who qualified for Sectionals. The Garnets actually had two: junior Blake McGowan and senior Miles Giordano. But sadly, neither wrestler was able to assume his position on the mat when the time came. 

Coach Beatty had high praise for McGowan and Giordano both of whom he said worked hard to advance through the qualifying tournament. “Blake came on at the end of the season and showed how tough he can be. Miles, one of our captains, committed himself all season. We were all looking forward to Sectionals to see what type of impact they could have.”

Beatty continued, “Blake had been scheduled to take the ACT college admissions test on Saturday and could not get the date switched, causing him to miss the tournament. Miles unfortunately developed a high fever Thursday night and it just wouldn’t break. We waited until late Friday night to make the decision with his folks. With his fever still over 101, I notified the tournament director that Miles wouldn’t be there. Miles, who is a young man of great character and has been a leader for us, was devastated.”

McGowan won his way into the 126 pounds semifinals at the Sectional qualifier February 4 at North Rockland High School, losing to Arlington’s Firas Zoha on a pin and finishing fourth, the final qualifying spot. Girodano, who’ll wrestle for Northeastern next year, did even better, wrestling into the final at 220 pounds before falling to Josh Jean-Baptiste of East Ramapo, the overall Section 1 finalist, on a 6-2 decision.

Though disappointed with the way the season ended, Coach Beatty took some solace in his squad’s efforts. “We won three dual meets, but we struggled with numbers again this year. It’s hard to win a dual meet as a team when we are giving up so many forfeits.  We did what we could to fill as many weight classes as possible, but we really had to focus on individual improvements.” 

The coach continued, “Miles led the way with an overall record of 20-9. Not only did he come through in almost every match, he also inspired the rest of his team to work as hard as he did. This was a tough task as many of the members of the team did not have much wrestling experience, which makes it hard to keep going when you are getting beat. He would just not allow them to quit by getting them to focus on the things they were doing well and selling to them that how important each of them was to the overall team. 

Asked to name the highlight of the season, Coach Beatty replied, “Maybe Miles winning against the athlete from Mount Vernon who beat him the week before. It took everything he had, and it was great to see him battle and come through with the win.”

 

Another wrestler who made his mark this year was junior Chase Bekkerus, said Beatty. “Chase had several big wins during the season and finished with an 18-9 record, though he was unable to participate in the post-season due to injury. I’m looking forward to his growth, too, next year.”