Mark Steinbach (Class of ’13) is President of the Harvard Lampoon

We have just recently learned that BHS Graduate and Salutatorian Mark Steinbach (Class of 2013) is the current sitting president of the Harvard Lampoon, the renowned humor magazine published by Harvard University.

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That’s Mark, in the dark-sepia jacket, near the back.

This is truly impressive – congratulations, Mark!

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New Summer Reading Option: Indian Killer (Sophomores)

Over the next few months, we will be revealing the titles that will become our additional summer reading options for the summer of 2016. Students will select one title from a list of six novels per grade (In the subject line of the post, “Freshmen” means that the book will be read by incoming freshmen, not existing ones, etc.). 

Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie

Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie

In this mystery, a series of murders strike the Seattle area at the turn of the century. The killer’s calling card is a pair of owl feathers left on the dead body. The collective response darkens the racial line that divides the city, unearthing deep resentments between the Native American population and the middle-class whites in the city. A brash, right-wing radio personality calls for concentration camps, and packs of angry young Native Americans roam the streets looking for revenge against recent hate crimes. In this novel, Alexie manages to write both a compelling mystery, as the collection of characters all try in their own way to figure out the identity of the person who is terrorizing their city, and a socially provocative book which examines how much race defines and sometimes confines us.

BHS Sophomores Enjoy Second Annual NYC Field Trip

On April 6, for the second-straight year, the sophomores went on an all-day field trip to New York City to view the Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Play. We brought nearly 100 students to New York, where they saw Central Park (including the John Lennon tribute in Central Park West, the Bethesda Fountain (see below) and the skating rink, duck lagoon and carousel featured in The Catcher in the Rye). We then headed south through the city, past Rockerfeller Center, to the theater, where we enjoyed an amazing play. We ended the day in Times Square before heading home.

Special thanks to Mrs. McKee, Mr. Hill, Mrs. Smetana, and Italian teacher Francesca Torrieri for helping with the chaperoning. And we hope the students had an excellent time!

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EXTRA EXTRA! The Devil’s Advocate is out!

The latest edition of The Devil’s Advocate (the BHS newspaper) is out, and it features excellent articles on topics such as the recent church vandalism, the 2016 presidential election, the stigma of mental health issues, and a pair of articles examining the benefit of handheld technology in the classroom. If you didn’t get a copy, check with your homeroom teacher, or head down to the library.

And congratulations, Ms. Graham and the Journalism students for their fine work!

New Summer Reading Option: I am Malala (Freshmen)

Over the next few months, we will be revealing the titles that will become our additional summer reading options for the summer of 2016. Students will select one title from a list of six novels per grade (In the subject line of the post, “Freshmen” means that the book will be read by incoming freshmen, not existing ones, etc.). 

I am Malala by Malala Yousefzai

I am Malala by Malala Yousefzai

(Summary Courtesy of the Buffalo Library)

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

Exciting Events in the English Department

Here’s a rundown of some amazing events and activities going on in the English Department …
The Film Club is teaming up with the Multicultural Club to show  My Name is Khan next Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 in the science lecture hall. Admission is FREE and all are welcome.
Tuesday April 12 is also the deadline for the RhymeZone Sonnet contest. The theme is Community, and it is open to any writer aged 18 or older. The prizes add up to $5000.
Poetic Ramblings and The Devils’ Playlist are teaming up to host the Slam Jam Open Mic Night on Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 in the auditorium. We are still looking for student and faculty performers, and all are welcome to participate. Here’s the registration form if you are interested in reciting a poem or performing a song. We are charging $5.00 for admission. The money will go towards funding the English Department scholarships.
The annual Out of Print Clothing fundraiser for Collab will take place in the weeks immediately after April Vacation, when the magazine will begin its pre-sales. The magazine is nearly ready to go to the printers.
We hope you’re able to participate in these events!