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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

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Stories from The Masters School
Tyler Hack responds to “Social media posts demonizing Israel threaten Jews and their homeland”
Opinions

Tyler Hack | May 17, 2021

This article represents a response to this other Best of SNO story. 

First and foremost, I’m not writing this response because I’m a Tower blogger or member of the Masters community, but because…

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Opinion: Social media posts demonizing Israel threaten Jews and their homeland
Opinions

Logan Schiciano | May 13, 2021

Misinformed opinions on social media are fanning the flames of antisemitism, as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates once again. 

In recent days, tension has risen in Israel for a host of reasons,…

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Carly Grizzaffi brings service initiative to Masters
Video

Tara Phillips | May 11, 2021

This story was originally published on Tower on May 10, 2021.

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Persevering in a pandemic world: Masters’ pandemic finances, June-Dec 2020
Features

Logan Schiciano | May 3, 2021

In economics, there’s the concept of the price maker and the price taker. Price makers influence the market price and enjoy pricing power, but price takers must accept the prevailing market price.
Independent…

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Community responds to verdict in Chauvin case
News

Kate Sibery | May 3, 2021

Of the 16,000 times that an interaction between a police officer and a civilian led to a civilian death since 2005, only eight have resulted in an officer being convicted of murder. Derek Chauvin, the…

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News Analysis: Mahanoy case must protect student free press
Opinions

Mitch Fink | May 3, 2021

A high school cheerleader’s right to post an expletive-ridden Snapchat rant against her school won’t just set a new precedent for student free speech across the nation––it will define the legal…

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Earth on alert: climate crisis localized
Features

Logan Schiciano | April 30, 2021

View the full version of this report on the implications of climate change in the greater New York City area, as well as features on current and former Masters’ students involvement in environmental…

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Rally calling for due process in Cuomo investigation held in NYC
News

Logan Schiciano | April 5, 2021

Outside the headquarters of Fox News and The New York Post, a small rally was held on Friday demanding due process in the investigation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

As of April 3, nine women have…

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The mystery of vaccine hesitancy
Video

Logan Schiciano | March 30, 2021

Recent polls reveal that hesitancy to get the COVID-19 vaccine is particularly high amongst Republicans – 41% don’t plan to get the shot, including 49% of Republican men, according to PBS.

Tower Broadcast…

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One year since COVID-19: a sit down with Masters’ health experts
News

Logan Schiciano | March 19, 2021

This story was originally published on Tower on March 12, 2021.

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Commute by train provides benefits, requires prep
Video

Logan Schiciano | March 18, 2021

This story was originally published on Tower on March 18, 2021.

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Preparing for the unknown: Masters’ pandemic finances, Feb-May 2020
News

Logan Schiciano | March 15, 2021

Check out the mutlimedia piece above to read about the school’s pandemic response from Feb-May 2020.

No manual exists for navigating a school through a deadly pandemic, but Masters’ Chief Financial…

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Where Are They Now: Fisch provides insight on deportation of ‘stateless’ Rockland County Man to Haiti
Audio

Mitch Fink | March 15, 2021

Podcast Credits:

The podcast was recorded on Feb. 21
Music––Something I Like (Instrumental) by RYYZN
Editing by Mitch Fink

This story was originally published on Tower on March 14, 2021.

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As colleges go test-optional, application rates surge
News

Sophie Grand | March 10, 2021

The release of early admissions decisions for most top universities has forced high school seniors across the country to face an unsettling truth: COVID-19 has dramatically complicated chances of admission…

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George Chang launches political speech platform
Features

Ethan Schlapp | March 10, 2021

Like teenagers all around the world this past summer, junior George Chang was just another bored high-schooler stuck inside his room in Taichung City, Taiwan. As the coronavirus continued to cause global…

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Ramapo election aims to restore equity in education
News

Sophia Van Beek | March 9, 2021

Juniors Clara Kolker and Clyde Lederman spoke to the Upper School during a recent morning meeting about a special election being held for the school board in the East Ramapo Central School District (ERCSD)….

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Campus trespasser forces administration to rethink security protocols
News

Kira Ratan | March 8, 2021

An unknown individual trespassed onto Masters’ campus on Wednesday afternoon, entering two buildings and stealing a laptop from a middle school classroom and a hat from an office. Head of School Laura…

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Where Are They Now: Fisch talks policy, state of the House of Reps.
Audio

Mitch Fink | March 4, 2021

Zach Fisch talks with Mitch Fink in segment two of the second episode of the “Where Are They Now?” podcast. In this segment, Fisch, the Chief of Staff to Rep. Mondaire Jones (NY-17), talks about Rep. Jones’…

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Where Are They Now: Congressional Staffer Fisch recounts experience with Capitol insurrection
Audio

Mitch Fink | February 23, 2021

Zach Fisch didn’t have long to adjust to his new job on Capitol Hill. Just four days after settling into his office in the Capitol Complex’s Longworth Building, Fisch was given a rude introduction to Washington,…

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Teacher gets COVID-19 vaccine
Video

Logan Schiciano | February 22, 2021

This story was originally published on Tower on February 11, 2021.

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Book industry finds success through the ups and downs of 2020
Arts & Entertainment

Maya Phillips | February 12, 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak last March quickly bound millions of Americans to their homes, with nowhere to go and lots of time. Many found this to be the perfect opportunity to finally read the books they never…

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Teachers serve as ‘powers for good’ at New York Prisons
Features

Mitch Fink | February 9, 2021

Cheryl Hajjar: Art inside the walls of Sing Sing

After her brother was incarcerated, Cheryl Hajjar swore she would never set foot in a prison again. So, her decision to teach at Sing Sing Correctional…

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Indigenous Peoples voice heard across Hudson
Features

Carol Queiroz | February 9, 2021

From the beginning of modern U.S. history, American Indian people have been ethnically discriminated against, victimized by systemic genocide and have had their land stolen from them. The Masters campus…

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Getting a handle on teen sports betting
Sports

Andrew Mitchell | February 9, 2021

Junior John Doe* starts off every week with a text to his bookie to place his bets for the weekend’s NFL games. He first takes a look at the spreads for each game, drafts parlays, and considers the money…

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Head of School discovers strength of community on top of the world
Features

Kate Sibery | February 8, 2021

At 27 years old, Laura Danforth was gifted $20,000 from the parent of a former student and was given two options: to go and see the world alone or to spend it on herself and never tell anyone where…

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Remembering the life of Panton Adams
Video

Logan Schiciano | February 8, 2021

This story was originally published on Tower on February 5, 2021.

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What we can learn from Holocaust Remembrance Day
Opinions

Lexi Wachen | January 27, 2021

We view history as a timeline of progress and change. Typically, we analyze timelines because they tell us the cause and effect of major events. As time progresses, so does our timeline. All too often,…

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Podcast: Inside the Mob: Jan. 6, 2021
Audio

Logan Schiciano | January 21, 2021

As President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and others in the new Biden Administration call for unity, the country is just two weeks removed from the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol – the climax…

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Forgotten history: Bringing an African Studies course to Masters
News

Kira Ratan | January 20, 2021

The prospect of Masters introducing an African Studies course into its curriculum has been a topic of conversation for many students, dating back to 2015. Many feel they have only heard the Americanized…

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Local man with Down Syndrome dreams big
Features

Sophia Van Beek | January 19, 2021

The day he was born, Raymond Frost’s family knew he was different. But Ray will be the first person to show you – both through his kind and spontaneous nature, and the advocacy he engages in during…

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Community reacts to Capitol riots, deepening political divide as Trump presidency comes to a close
News

Logan Schiciano | January 11, 2021

Members of The Masters School community are outraged at the hypocrisy in President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and law enforcement’s response to the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill Wednesday, when…

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Taha Dinana trains in Egypt to prepare for his first college squash season
Sports

George Chang | January 8, 2021

Being the top-ranked squash player for his age and getting accepted to his dream school, Taha Dinana, a freshman squash player at the University of Virginia (UVA), and a Masters alum, has been training…

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Substance abuse in the Covid era
Features

Sophia Van Beek | January 7, 2021

John Doe* sleeps in the living room of the Queens apartment he shares with his father. His dark hair is messy and overgrown, perhaps a product of Covid restrictions, and he immediately apologizes for its…

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Students share winter break holiday plans
Uncategorized

Logan Schiciano | January 5, 2021

This package was originally published in Tower Broadcast News #3, which aired on December 17, 2020.

This story was originally published on Tower on January 2, 2021.

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Twists and turns on the road to a Covid vaccine
News

Kate Sibery | December 28, 2020

The forgotten history of vaccination 
Childhood used to be far more deadly than it is today. A little over a century ago, the infant mortality rate in the United States stood at a staggering 20 percent,…

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Pooled testing promotes sense of security in pandemic
News

Logan Schiciano | December 18, 2020

Once a week, in-person junior Ellanna Swope darts to her kitchen cabinet early in the morning to get her unused COVID-19 at-home testing kit. Swope collects her samples and puts them back into the kit’s…

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Children of the pandemic: exploring the challenges and coping strategies of the world’s youngest learners
Features

Logan Schiciano | November 23, 2020

The initial thrill of learning from home that many young children experienced back in March has quickly faded into an endless stretch of fear, isolation and uncertainty. The pandemic is not only proving…

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Fantasy managers adapt to not-so-fanciful football
Sports

Andrew Mitchell | November 19, 2020

Junior Kyle Benson checked his Fantasy Football team in week four of the NFL season counting on his star player, Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans, to score big. That week, 23 players on the Titans…

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Breaking: Trump supporters stage protest at Clinton home in Chappaqua, NY
News

Mitch Fink | November 16, 2020

Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump descended upon Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Chappaqua, N.Y. residence on Sunday evening in protest of the results of the 2020 Presidential election. 

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A life worth living: Travis Roy’s story
Sports

Ethan Schlapp | November 16, 2020

A high school freshman sat down in his bedroom with a pen in his hand and a thought in his mind. He’d always played hockey, and as an athlete, he’d always been told the importance of setting goals….

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Students respond to projected Biden win
Features

M. Brody Leo | November 12, 2020

Senior Iris Pelli-Walbert was finishing her statistics homework when she heard the banging of pots and pans outside of her Upper West Side apartment building window. She peered out the window on an unusually…

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Thrifting presents an ethical dilemma
Opinions

Sophia Van Beek | November 5, 2020

The 2016 television show “GIRLBOSS” depicts the beginning of real-life entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso’s fashion empire Nasty Gal vintage, which began as only an eBay store. Amoruso’s counterpart…

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The tables have turned
Features

Mitch Fink | November 5, 2020

When Masters made the switch to remote learning last spring, the Harkness table–the oval-shaped table on which the school has staked its educational identity –was left in the dust. Nearly two months…

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Many colleges move to test-optional amidst extended pandemic
News

Kira Ratan | November 5, 2020

Students across the globe study for hours upon hours, and oftentime spend thousands of dollars, preparing to take standardized tests; and, in early March of 2020, thousands of students had been doing just…

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The Elephant in the Room: In the classroom, truth trumps politics
Opinions

Sophie Grand | November 3, 2020

Before President Donald J. Trump was elected in 2016, many political science teachers concealed their personal political biases, intent on maintaining a non-partisan environment in the classroom. However,…

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Trump supporters praise president, downplay virus at rally days before election
News

Logan Schiciano | November 3, 2020



President Trump stopped in Reading, Pennsylvania to hold a Make America Great Again Rally, part of a three-day, 14 rally sprint to the finish in his bid for reelection.
A crowd of roughly 10,000…

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Amanda Taylor’s Unplug Collective: Bringing Black Women Together
Features

Kate Sibery | October 14, 2020



Nike Women launched a new activewear collaboration in late September that seeks to empower black women and people across the gender spectrum. The post announcing the collaboration to their 7.5…

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Tarrytown Back the Blue rally displays strong support for law enforcement, President Trump
News

Logan Schiciano | September 14, 2020

“Make America Great Again” and “Thin Blue Line” flags were scattered throughout the crowd at a Tarrytown “Back the Blue” rally on Saturday afternoon, as several prominent law enforcement…

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Students and faculty reflect on school’s reentry decision as remote start looms
News

Logan Schiciano | September 8, 2020

With the first day of classes just days away, students and faculty at The Masters School have varying opinions on Head of School Laura Danforth’s decision to return to remote teaching and learning for…

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The mystery of mask denial: Why is it so hard for Americans to mask up to save lives?
Video

Logan Schiciano | September 3, 2020

The United States reported 52,789 new coronavirus cases on July 1 – the most in a day since the start of the pandemic; yet, individuals across the United States, including many of the top officials in…

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