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FEATURE: Beating Infinity
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The digital game Tetris was built on infinite possibilities with no true ending. Released in 1984, no one has ever been able to conquer the saturated, fast-moving blocks. That was until January 2nd, 2024, when a 13-year-old player Willis Gibson, who goes by the name of “Blue Scuti,” finally did.

The battle of Man versus Machine has existed for ages; legendary tales like John Henry against the Steam Machine have been immortalized in history books. But most of these feats have never been filmed, and therefore never truly received the recognition they deserved. In our modern world ruled by high-speed technology, a game crashing before a human tires is virtually unheard of. Blue Scuti was the first to fully champion this idea.

There have also been similar cases, where competitive Pacman player Billy Mitchell had finally beat the iconic game at the high score of 3,333,360 points. Although impressive, Billy Mitchell’s fame was rather short-lived. Mitchell had been crowned the “Video Game Player of the Century” by the Godfather of Videogames, Masaya Nakamura, but his fame declined soon after due to him gaining large sums of money, and some controversy regarding the legitimacy of his record.

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FEATURE: Tips for Accomplishing New Year’s Goals
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With the beginning of a new year, many people make resolutions and set goals for the upcoming year. While goal setting can be an inspiring and motivating way to begin a new year, it may be difficult to stick to these goals. However, to stay focused on achieving our goals in the 2024 new year, we can use various strategies and tips to help us stay productive. Moreover, the beginning of the second semester at the St. Paul’s Schools marks a great time for students to reset and focus on staying organized.

Here are 8 tips that will help you meet your goals in the new year and second semester:

1.     Organize: Staying organized can mean sticking to a schedule, decluttering your workspace, or writing to-do lists. In doing so, you can work more productively. Being organized also helps make it easier to meet deadlines and eliminates stress that comes from being disorganized and overwhelmed.


2.     Start Small: While starting to work towards a big goal can be intimidating, one of the best ways to achieve large goals is to break them into smaller ones. By creating smaller and more achievable tasks, you can accomplish more and stay on track. Additionally, it helps you feel less overwhelmed by the stress of a large goal.

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OPINION: Hard Work: Unlocking Its Hidden Rewards
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On the last Sunday of January, many in the Baltimore community gathered with great anticipation to watch their beloved football team, AFC North champions the Ravens, vie for a prized spot in Super Bowl LVIII. The culmination of a season spent hammering away on the field, in the gym, playing through injuries and adversity had led to this moment. The dreams of a team and a city were just hours away from fulfillment. And the rest, they say, is history – all that hard work with no tangible positive outcome. The usual Monday morning conversations from professional analysts and amateur critics, friends, and foes, have since faded into obscurity. Yet disappointed fans, coaches, players, even disinterested fans of Taylor Swiftcan look back and learn a valuable lesson about the true rewards of hard work.

Many struggle to embrace hard work without an end goal tied to an extrinsic prize, hard work seems tiresome, time consuming, and generally unappealing. Often, an aversion to hard work stems from a failure to see the greater value that leads to fulfillment. Many know the pain that comes with working day in and day out to achieve greatness only to fall short.  In fact, goals set with outcomes such as “winning” or “being the best” involve not only hard work, but also overcoming the efforts of competitors and the pitfalls of variables beyond our control. Hard work undertaken solely to reach an extrinsic goal may often lead to disappointment.

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Photo by Molly Mohler ’24
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Jean Jacques Rousseau, an 18th century philosopher, proposed that the world was divided into two spheres. The public sphere of state and commerce was inhabited by men, while the private sphere of family and domesticity was inhabited by women. The boundaries of these social realms could not be broken, nor did they allow for any exceptions. Practically speaking, Rousseau argued that the coexistence of men and women was impossible given their disparate values and social goals.

Read More about OPINION: When Worlds Collide: The Effect of Same-Sex Education on a Student’s Future
Photo by Viridiana Rivera (Pexels)
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Every ​year​ when the clock strikes midnight, the thought of self-improvement takes the world by storm.​ Infamous New Year's resolutions often include wildly unattainable goals that last only the first couple weeks of the ​new​ year before reality hits, and you slip back into your old familiar habits. However, this year could be your year for legitimate change. ​Instead of pulling apart and criticizing your current lifestyle, put in the effort to completely rework it. ​​Let​’s​ talk about the ins and outs of 2024 for St. Paul’s students.​ 

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National Teen Driver Safety Week
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Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teens 15-18 years old in the United States. After several tragic crashes involving high school students in Pennsylvania, two Pennsylvania Congressmen, Representative Charlie Dent, and Senator Bob Casey, introduced a resolution, on September 6, 2007, establishing National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW). NTDSW is held annually on the third week of October. The goal of NTDSW is to keep teen drivers safe and support the mission of the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS), which began in 1994. The NOYS is a 60-member national organization that reaches 80 million youth and adults, and its mission is to promote health and safety in youth driving. 

Read More about FEATURE: To Brake or Not to Brake: Driving the Point Home About Teen Driver Safety and Responsibility
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Every November, the Mental Health Club at St. Paul’s School for Boys hosts their “Movember” challenge. Uniting faculty and students to support a great cause, Movember is surely one of the most beloved traditions throughout the upper school. But what is “Movember?” 

Founded 20 years ago, “Movember” is a nationally recognized charity event. The name itself plays on the Australian ​word ‘mo,’ meaning​ mustache, ​and November. The event​ ​aims to raise awareness​ for ​men’s health issues​ which have become taboo in contemporary society. Issues like ​prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide​ are at the forefront.

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FEATURE: Veterans Speak Out About Their War Experiences: The Veterans Legacy Project at St. Paul’s
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It was the idea of Mr. Jason Coleman, Upper School World History teacher at St. Paul’s School for Boys (SP), to reach out and connect with one or more retirement homes in the surrounding community to interview aging veterans who had served in the Vietnam or Korea wars to help SP students learn and record their stories. Little did Mr. Coleman know that Ms. Dena Schrier, Activities Director at the Atrium Village Senior Living Community (AVSLC) in Owings Mills, was also trying to partner with a private school to create a unique inter-generational project for veterans living at the AVSLC. It was almost like someone was reading Mr. Coleman’s mind. As soon as SP received Ms. Schrier’s email request, she received a response from SP indicating an interest in participating in such a partnership. Ms. Schrier learned more about SP’s idea to create the Veterans Legacy Project (VLP). The idea of forming a student-run film project or “movie” to display veterans who had served in either the Vietnam or Korean wars was precisely what Ms. Schrier and Mr. Coleman were looking for. What a coincidence and perfect timing! The Facility Director of AVSLC, Mr. Mark Heur, was ecstatic about involving veteran residents with the opportunity to speak with SP students and educate them through the veterans’ fascinating stories. One of Mr. Heur’s goals had been to build a social community for veterans at AVSLC so that they could share their stories with each other and develop friendships among themselves.

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FEATURE: Where Am I Headed? - Preparing for Success In College
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Most high school students wonder what college will be like, and how to be successful once they get there. Often, fear of the unknown can overwhelm even the most confident teen.  An interview with two successful college students, Hannah Lorincz and Josh Cronin of Towson University, answered some looming questions. 

College brings many changes to people’s lives, and, with those changes, come many choices. At seventeen or eighteen years old, deciding which college to attend can be a struggle. Hannah suggests finding a college that has student activities and clubs that sound appealing, as well as majors that align with your interests and goals. “You don’t want to do something for the rest of your life that you hate, so look into colleges that really support things that make you happy,” she says. Choosing a major can be just as difficult as choosing a college. However, if you do not know what you want to major in, Josh recommends staying undecided and waiting for something to pique your interest. If something does interest you, take another course on it, and if you decide you want to declare your major, go for it. “And if you don’t like it, you can always switch, you are never trapped in a major you don’t like,” Josh says. 

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OPINION: Is Sustainable Drinkware Unsustainable: The Paradox of Overconsumption?
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Collectively, Americans purchase around 50 billion water bottles each year. Facing such daunting numbers, the desire for a sustainable alternative that can also keep your beverage cool has become more in demand than ever before. Past years have seen the popularization of many reusable drinkware brands, with the most recent obsession among them being the Stanley. One would think that with all the new sustainable water bottles available on the market, the issue of overconsumption would be decreasing. Yet the constant cycling of trendy sustainable drinkware may be exacerbating the problem.

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NEWS: The Remembrance of Matthew Perry
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On October 28, 2023, the beloved actor Matthew Perry, best known for his role in the TV series Friends, was found deceased in a hot tub in his Los Angeles home at the age of fifty-four. The official police report specifies that the cause of death is, unfortunately, still undetermined, but there seems to be no indication of foul play. The police responded to his home at around 4 p.m. and found him unresponsive in his hot tub.

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Collage of images from the St. Paul's Schools' Pink Day with students dressed in pink clothing.
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From personal experience, Erin Verch knew how difficult it is to go to school every day knowing your loved one is sick with breast cancer, and talking about it seemed taboo. Erin’s mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer after her battle with colon cancer, when Erin was in seventh grade. Erin grew up with a lot of her family being affected by many different types of cancers, and she learned very early on how cancer affects a person, a family, and a community. “But I didn’t discuss it with any of my friends at school because no one talked about it, and I was worried they wouldn’t understand, or I would be the only one,” Erin says. 

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Chace Carter '24 and Hee-Cheol Shin '24
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The St. Paul’s Schools’ Student Government Association (SGA) presents a way for ​student​ leaders to cater to their ​peers​’ needs since teachers cannot account for everything recreational.​ Whether ​it be​ something impressive to put on a college application or a genuine passion to create change, SGA is a prevalent part of schools everywhere, including St. Paul’s. Now that the ​​school​​ is supposedly under the “One St. Paul’s” front, I wanted to examine the two SGAs at the boys’ and girls’ schools and how ​​they​​ affect our community.  

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5 mini snowmen in a row
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With winter break quickly approaching, students will have roughly two weeks off from school. Some of us may be traveling or visiting family, while others may be staying in town watching movies, making hot chocolate, or spending time outdoors if it snows. While these activities are fun pastimes for the cozy winter season, Maryland offers unique events to participate in and places to visit. 

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a team of tennis players smiling for a team photo on the tennis court.
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After struggling through a disappointing season which saw the Gators sitting in second to last place in their conference, the varsity girls rallied during their end of season tournament to finish second overall. Singles standouts Ananya Parekh (‘26) and Grace Yurko (‘25) dropped only one and two matches respectively throughout the season. Yet the Gators struggled to capture team wins in their conference matches. Scoring a team victory over Notre Dame Prep early in the season, the Gators found themselves winless in successive matches and struggling to find their balance. The team suffered unfortunate deficits during the season due to injuries by Adair Roulette (‘25) and Charlye Krajewski (‘25) who was able to rally back to compete in the final weeks. Overall, the team record stood at 2-6 as they entered the final tournament which ultimately determines conference standings.

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