NHS Chief Advocate Updates - 6/16/2022

Here's our final roundup of recent top stories from the NHS Chief Advocate. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@nhschiefadvocate) for more updates!

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"Fernandez Takes on New Role as Region 14 Director of Teaching and Learning" by Bianca Gracia -- Taryn Fernandez will transition from Nonnewaug's assistant principal to Region 14's director of teaching and learning this summer.

"Budding Local Business: Faraci Woodworks the New Best Thing in Town" by James Brooks -- Nonnewaug junior Ben Faraci woodworking business is booming.

"Class of ’22 Closes in on Commencement" by Jacob Wells and James Brooks -- Graduation is set for Saturday morning, and soon-to-be alumni have mixed emotions.

"No More Mask Breaks? Next Year’s School Schedule" by Neal Waites -- Opinions are divided on the change to next year's school schedule.

"Nonnewaug Extends Arms to Save Lives at Blood Drive" by Sophie Pape and Jano Nakhla -- About two dozen members of the Nonnewaug community donated blood June 3, helping to address a nationwide shortage.

"Highlighting Student Presentations: MBLE Spring Showcase" by Genieva Pawlowski -- The first showcase for the new Mastery-Based Learning Experience was a success for the dozens of juniors who presented.

"Memorial Day Weekend Anything but Relaxing for NHS Music Department" by Madelynn Orosz -- Nonnewaug's band was busy with local parades over Memorial Day weekend.


"Chiefs Rack Up Awards at Berkshire League Banquet" by Samantha Conti -- Nonnewaug won the Berkshire League's Ted Alex Award thanks to its seven league titles and superb sportsmanship.

"Senior Athletes’ High School Chapter Comes to a Close" by Samantha Conti -- Graduating seniors bid farewell to Nonnewaug after a record-setting spring season in which the Chiefs won four Berkshire League championships.

"Davino, Brochu Win Nonnewaug Cornhole Championship" by Kyle Brennan -- Juniors Brett Davino and Eli Brochu won the inaugural Nonnewaug Cornhole championship June 16.

"Dynamic Duo: Pagnamenta and Baker Put NHS Doubles on the Map" by Samantha Conti -- Seniors Sofia Pagnamenta and Marley Baker won their second straight Berkshire League title in girls doubles.


"Weaver, ‘Rooted in Agriculture,’ Elected FFA Sophomore Block President" by Madelynn Orosz -- Chloe Weaver will serve as the 2022-23 president of the Woodbury FFA Sophomore Block.

"SAE Program Sets up Ag Students for Success" by Madelynn Orosz -- The Supervised Agricultural Experience program is a cornerstone of Nonnewaug's agriscience program.

"‘No Mow May’ a Great Way to Help Pollinators" by Alyssa DeMarest -- Nonnewaug staff members discuss the pros and cons of participating in the horticultural trend of "No Mow May."


"Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: Goodbye Nonnewaug" by Kamden Bushka -- Our editor-in-chief discusses the changes she's seen in the Chief Advocate over her four years in Nonnewaug's journalism program.

"The Dangers of Sun Exposure" by Kamden Bushka -- It's tanning season, but people should prioritize skin health above skin tone.

"Bringing Back the Juniors: Class of ‘23 Enjoys Time to Coalesce as ‘Normal’" by Bobby Assard -- Juniors reflect on what it was like to finally have an almost-normal full year of high school.

"Yocis Left Research Career to Help Students Not ‘Hate Chemistry’" by Melanie Boria -- After traveling the world as a research chemist, Kathleen Yocis decided she wanted to inspire students to give science a chance.

"School’s Out and Summer’s In: A Final Fashion Recap of the School Year" by Megi Gorka -- The Chief Advocate's fashion expert shares her final fashion tips to get you through the summer.

"Create a Capsule Wardrobe and Elevate Your Style" by Kamden Bushka -- Building a trendy yet manageable wardrobe doesn't have to be difficult.


"How Much Sleep Do Students Need?" by Judy Nakhla -- It’s no surprise that many high school students don’t get the recommended nine hours of sleep per night, but are there any solutions?

"What Makes a Good Artist?" by Jano Nakhla -- Nonnewaug is home to some of the state’s most talented young artists, but it’s also home to many students who would never consider trying their hand at painting or drawing. So what makes a good artist?

"Cold Cases Kept Alive by TikTok Trend" by Izzy DiNunzio -- There are plenty of famous murder cases that many people know by name, but what about all the people who have been killed and forgotten? Thanks to interest on TikTok, some cold cases are coming back to light.

"Minimum Wage May Seem Unfair, But Does It Have a Purpose?" by Ryan Duda -- It might be tough to hold a minimum-wage job while inflation is at a 40-year high, but do those jobs deserve a raise, or do they serve a purpose as is?

"Is Spotify or Apple Music the Superior Streamer?" by Melanie Boria -- This satire piece shows what students really think about the spirited debate between Spotify and Apple Music.

"Sports Fans Love to Debate" by Scott Meyer -- Sports are ripe for debate, but why do people enjoy debating, and what makes for a winning argument? 

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"How Long Will the Pandemic’s Impact Last on Children?" by Mia Salisbury -- The impact of 2020's pandemic disruption will likely be felt for generations to come.

"Chinese New Year a Celebration of Happiness, Hope" by Boe Stokes -- The traditional Chinese New Year celebration prioritizes people's happiness and hope (and food), all in a shroud of red.

We want to thank everybody for their support of the Chief Advocate throughout this year. Your cooperation in replying to emails, making time for interviews, and reading the articles makes a big difference in helping build our school climate. We're looking forward to picking it up again in September!

Have a wonderful summer, and thank you again.