The Regina St. Mary’s Academy/New Orleans, LA. November 29, 2010 Hawthorne’s classic novel gets a new look in “Easy A” Page Five New Maryites Welcomed at Orientation Page Three Volume 62/Number 1 SMA Hosts College Fair By Brionne St. Cyr Sports Editor On Wednesday September 29, students gathered in St. Mary’s Academy gym for the annual College Fair. This event is for students to learn more about different colleges and what each college offers. The event started with a welcome to all students who attended, and the majority of them were seniors. The newly elected president of St. Mary’s Academy, Sister Clare of Assisi Pierre, gave a welcoming speech to the students. Later, principal Sister Jennie Jones gave an opening prayer, and the students went off to visit each college. The students asked questions to the representatives of the colleges, and learned more about each individual school. Each college gave applications to those who were interested in attending their school, and described all types of majors the colleges have to offer. After all the colleges were visited, the event ended. The representatives from the colleges said they were impressed by how successful the event was. “The college fair was a success, it helps students make a good decision for what college they are interested in,” said senior La Shante’ Mutley. The event was an overall success, and many students gained a lot from it. Maryites and Purple Knights Get Ready for College Photo Courtesty of St. Mary’s Academy Sophomores Jasmine Adams and Mariah Palmer listen intensely to a college representative at the recent College Fair. Adams and Palmer were two of the many students who explored their college options. Campus Almost Complete By Gabrielle Trepagnier Reporter Volleyball Finishes 2010 Season with eyes to the future Page Eight Index Respect Life 2 Ring Mass 3 Opinions 4 Staff List 4 The Wiz 5 Ms. Delone 6 Poetry 7 St. Mary’s new school building is coming along well. Students will be in the new building after the Christmas break in January. The new building is 90 percent complete; the construction workers and contractors are now putting in the air conditioning, floors, lights and final touches. The gym and the library are the last buildings to be completed. Students and faculty will enter campus through a large gate around the school, with the letters “SMA” and the school crest on it. The gate will be open during the day, and closed after school, on holidays, and on weekends. There will also be a big fountain in the courtyard. The campus will also have soccer and softball fields; the bleachers and sta- Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s Academy An artist’s rendering of the new campus. Maryites, faculty and staff look forward to “the big move” after the Christmas holidays. dium lights are already in place. The building is mostly brick, so when there is a hurricane, it will not ruin the walls in the classrooms or throughout the school. Each classroom will come equipped with a flat screen television and a Smart Board. Sister Judith Therese Barial, a longtime teacher and almnae of St. Mary’s, com- mented that she is ready to move over. She said, “My hope and desire is that the state of the art building will motivate students to be state of the art students under the guidance of devoted teachers.” Sophomore Tristan Santa Cruz commented that she feels very excited. She said, “I am so happy that it is finally done!” “I am looking forward to all of the activities, because this is a wonderful opportunity and I’m honored to have it. I just hope everyone is just as excited as I am.” Aubert reigned as Queen, with Glenn Haisley of St. Augustine as the King. Senior Maids were Taiylor Nash and Jada Williams; senior Dukes were Dwayne Williams and Randy Brown. Chelsey Coleman and Alexis Lee served as Junior Maids; David Marcelin and Blair Leefort were the Junior Dukes. Dynasty Robinson and Eryn Hartzog were the Sophomore Maids, with KiJana Curtis and Desmond Lange III as Sophomore Dukes. Finally, the Freshmen Maids were Maya Esteves and Tiffany Doss; the Freshmen Dukes were David Bartholomew and Jonathon Tumer. SMA students participated in various homecoming activities throughout the week. Monday was “Blast from the Past” Day, where students dressed up in outfits from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Several faculty members also sported attire from those decades. “Swagg your uniform” was the theme of Tuesday. Students were able to accessorize their uniform with earrings, hats, socks, and so on. Wednesday was Twin Day, when students get together with another student and dress alike as though they really have a twin. Faculty also dressed in black and gold for the occasion. Thursday was colorful as the theme was “Class Color Day.” This is when students get to wear their class color expressed on a shirt. The faculty also played the students in a friendly volleyball game. Friday culminated with the annual Blue & Gold Day and Homecoming Parade, featuring the court and the marching units. St. Mary’s Hosts Homecoming By Brittany Seymour Reporter St. Mary’s Academy hosted their annual homecoming activities this past week. The week ended with the Homecoming Dance at the Double Tree Hotel on Saturday November 20. The student council announced this year’s theme as “Maryites Move from the Past at Last.” This theme was chosen to reflect “the big move” from temporary buildings to the new campus in 2011. The theme of the homecoming dance was “A Night to Remember.” In preparation for the event, Ms. Cains and the homecoming court had been practicing after school every day the week before. “They are very excited and very respectable”, said Cains. SMA homecoming queen Tierra Aubert also had a few words to say, commenting, Page 2 November 29, 2010 News Maryites Show Respect for Life By Elysia Dantzler News Editor This past month, St. Mary’s Academy celebrated Respect Life Week. This week was inspired by the 40 Days for Life, which is also celebrated in the month of October. In its honor, the school added a prayer for the unborn to its morning routine. The prayer calls for an end to abortion and prays for the souls of the babies; however, this was not the only commemorative event that week. Monday, on their way out of school, students were shocked to see the sea of electric pink and blue flags that were placed in the front lawn. They were even more surprised to learn that these flags represented the 4,000 babies that are killed by abortion each day. The flags were put in place by Mr. Ganucheau’s 1st and 4th period classes. The executive director of the Louisiana Right to Life, who also loaned the flags to the school, suggested the idea to Ganucheau. On Wednesday, Sister Khuong and the junior class put together a “Respect Life” Mass. The Mass was not only about remembering the lives of the unborn, but also about valuing all human life. In keeping with the Pro-Life theme, all religion classes were visited by two speakers from Louisiana Right to Life and Celebrate Life Pregnancy Center. One speaker shared her struggles as someone who has had an abortion. Another speaker explained to the students how the abortion is actually done throughout different periods of the babies’ lives. Apart from the week’s activities, there are many more Pro-Life activities planned in the coming months. The Archdiocese sponsored a Respect Life Mass., which students attended. Mrs. Binder collected items on behalf of the Access to Life Center. The donations were presented during the Mass. The Maryites for Life club are planning to have a day of silence for the unborn. One third of each class will participate by being silent for the day. Mr. Ganucheau said, “The third of each class represents the third of our generation that has been silenced by abortion.” Members of Maryites for Life are also eagerly waiting for their trip to Washington D.C., in January where they will be participating in the annual March for Life. Photo Courtesy of Louisiana Right to Life Guest speaker Leslie Ellison addresses groups of Maryites during Respect Life Week. Ellison spoke to all high school religion classes to raise awareness of pro-life issues. Abortion Facts and Figures Since 1973, more African American babies have been killed by abortion than any other cause combined. 4,000 abortions are performed daily in the United States African American women make up 13% of the population -- yet 35% of the abortions performed are on African American women. The abortion rate among African American women is three times greater than it is among white women. Sources: protectingblacklife.org and the CDC Big and Little Sisters Finally Meet By Erika Alexander Co-Student Editor A “hopping” good time at annual event On September 24, St. Mary’s Academy held its annual Freshmen Initiation for the 2010-11 school year. This year, the bash was put together by Mrs. Aurora Sherman, the twelfth grade moderator, Ms. Cains, the ninth grade moderator, Ms.Handcock and Ms. Ross. The festivities were started with a prayer led by the senior class Eucharistic Ministers. After prayer, the seniors drew the names of the freshmen that would later be their little sisters. The group played various games such as “ Ships and Sailors” and “ Hey Burrito”. There was also a talent show. The girls were to pair up with other groups of girls to perform. Rosemary Jones, a freshman, won the talent show with rendition of “Superhuman.” There were lots of dancing and singing. Senior Kateri Crayton said that she loves both her little sisters. Sherman said that she was happy seeing the big and little sisters forming lasting friendships. Ninth grade teacher Ms. Delone introduced her big sister, who came and spoke about how they were still friends after all these years. The freshmen and seniors now share a sisterly bond that will last for many years to come. After Initiation, the big and little sisters can be seen spending time together both on and off campus. Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s Academy Senior Davien Gordon poses with her new little sisters Kaylyn Kelly (left) and Najah Smith (right). Smith and Kelly are freshmen. Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s Academy Freshmen Morgan Melder (left) and Aaliyah Carr (right) greet their big sister Kateri Crayton. November 29, 2010 News Seniors Receive Rings By Dominique Shelton Co-Student Editor Every year, it’s traditional for the senior class to receive their class rings through a spiritual ceremony. On Friday, October 1, St. Mary’s Academy recognized their class of 2011 at St. Maria Goretti Church. The ceremony began with a traditional church Mass while the seniors entered with their parents. As they went to their seats, the daughters and parents separated on two different sides of the aisle. After receiving the Eucharist, the priest came down to hand the seniors their rings. Excitement filled the pews as the ladies anxiously awaited to finally see their rings. One by one, the seniors were called to walk up with their parents and get blessed by Father in receiving their class rings. Once the tears were dried and all the ladies received their rings, the entire class sang the St. Mary’s Alma Mater. The Mass ended and all the students ran to show each other their rings. Sister Jennie Jones was asked about the Mass, and she responded, “Mass was beautiful. The parents are very proud of them. We’ve had some of these girls here since sixth grade. It’s kind of bittersweet.” While moving through the aisle, senior Monet Stykes stopped to talk about her ring. “ I like my ring. I have a green stone with a cheer symbol on it, because I’m a cheerleader.” she explained. Not only did memories appear in the minds of the graduating class, but also for parents. The Page 3 New Maryites Welcomed at Event By De’QUAnna Alexander Reporter Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s Academy An excited mother admires her daughter’s senior ring. The senior Maryite is ready for her ring. On August 26, St. Mary’s welcomed its new students to its campus with its first annual New Student Orientation. Ms. Shira Hussain organized this event. Hussain wanted to host this event to make all new students feel welcomed. The turnout from the event was about 40 new students. Hussain felt the event was a huge success. Mrs. Irene Young and members of the choir performed for the new students. Ms. Natasha Harris performed her saxaphone as well. Refreshments were also served. The students were given time to mingle and to get to know each other. Freshman Brooke Sylvester attended the event, and commented that she really enjoyed her time. Sylvester also said her favorite part was when they got to meet the seniors and to interact with all the students there. “Everyone was really cool and nice, it was fun,” she added. Hussain said this will not be the last New Student Orientation. In the future, the school plans on having more orientations, so that new students for years to come will feel welcomed. mother of Amber Washington, an alumna from the St. Mary’s class of 1982, said, “The ceremony brought back many memories of my days at St. Mary’s.” Now seniors wear their rings, and for “good luck” associates of the ladies turn the rings to the right. Congratulations to the class of 2011 on receiving your class rings. “The parents are very proud of them...We’ve had some of these girls here since sixth grade. It’s bittersweet.” Sister Jennie Jones, SSF Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s Academy Mrs. Green-Miner, a Maryite herself, welcomes new students to the Chapel for the New Student Orientation. In the News... Republicans take control of the Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s Academy Senior Brittany Jones receives her senior ring from her parents. Each senior Maryite receives their ring during Ring Mass. Student Council Elected By Kearstin Clay Reporter This year, Maryites start the year with new Student Council members. This includes Chelsi Stevenson, president, Loreal Ausuma, vice president, Mignon Galathe, secretary, and Angelle Rogers, treasurer. The students all went through the process of being sworn in. They took their oath of office during the first school Mass. The students promised to make this school year as fun as possible, but also to stay focused with academic studies. The officers also promised to set a great example and lead the Maryites to success. Galathe shared something that she loved about her position. She said, “I can’t really explain what I love about being secretary, but I can say that I like the responsibility”. Student Council puts together several events throughout the year. Most recently, they planned the Homecoming events, such as Twin Day and Class Color Day. Student Council is moderated by Ms. Cains. House of Representatives in the mid-term elections. The Democratic Party remains in control of the Senate. Cholera spreads in Haiti; also, missionaries were attacked as parts of the city rioted. FDA calls four caffeine-alcohol drinks unsafe. This includes the popular Four Loko, called “blackout in a can” by some consumers. Basketball star Tony Parker and actress Eva Longoria have filed for divorce. The couple married in 2007. In New Orleans, the Henry Glover trial continues. Several NOPD officers stand trial for the post-Katrina death of Glover. News Courtesy of CNN.com and nola.com Page 4 November 29, 2010 Opinion Suicide a Serious Issue Violence on the Rise By Erika Alexander Co-Student Editor Erika Shares Her Opinion on the Dominique Reveals Her Topic Thoughts on Being Safe Recently, I have been watching the news and listening to the radio, and I have seen a spike in teenage suicide. Suicide is a very serious issue that is all around. It’s in every community, every race, and every gender. According to statistics, suicides outnumber homicides by 3 to 2. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young adults 15 to 24 years of age, which comes after unintentional injuries and homicide. One of the most common causes for suicide is bullying. There is no reason to be bullying anyone, because no one is better than the other. No one is perfect, and pointing out the flaws in a person isn’t going to help them overcome them – it’s going to cause them to try and change themselves in a negative way. Suicide is not the answer. Take if from someone who has been down that road. You may think that you have no one to turn to, but trust me, you do. T hat’s what I thought too, but once I thought about it, I saw that I had so many people out there for me. I’m trying to help you by skipping the whole “ I want this to end” thing, because you are not only hurting yourself but you are going to hurt your friends and family. We have people at school that can help you if you are thinking about suicide. If you don’t want to talk to one of them, because you may think they don’t understand, come talk to me. This road you are going down is hard, I’m not going to lie; but if you have the right friends and the support of your family, like I do, you will be able to get through. I’m not saying the road will be smooth, because it’s not. I still have my bad days where I just want to end it all, but then I think, “What will my family and friends do without me to brighten their day?” Sometimes all you need is a good old fashion cry; I know when I’ve had a hard day, I put on my music and cry, which is sometimes all you need. Sr. Jennie recently told me something that I think you should know. She said that suicide is permanent. You can’t come back after you’ve done it. So what I have to say is, don’t give up on life. Yeah, it may be hard now, but think about all the things that you wouldn’t be able to do once you’ve killed yourself. Here are some facts about suicide that I want to leave you with: 24.1% of students had thought seriously about attempting suicide. 8.7% of students have attempted suicide. Females are more likely to attempt, make a plan, and think seriously about suicide. Here are some things can contribute to suicide: Divorce of parents Violence at home Inability to find success at school Feeling of worthlessness Rejection by friends or peers Substance abuse Death of someone close Here are some signs to look out for: Talks about death and/or suicide even if they are just joking Plans ways to kill him or her self Expresses ways that nobody cares about him or her Has attempted suicide in the past Dramatic changes in personality and behavior If you or someone you know and care about is like this, tell a teacher or someone, because you speaking up can save someone’s life. Life isn’t easy, but with the right people around you, it can get better. I honestly believe that the violence in New Orleans is worsening every day. The unfortunate part is that the youth of the city seem to be the key suspects. I’m not saying that these things are in the range of being okay or acceptable; but sadly, many of the crimes committed have not been stealing, loitering, or selling drugs. The main crime is murder among New Orleans’ young citizens. Most of the shootings occur during parties or main events where a lot of teens carelessly wander about. At the end of the day, the perpetrators kill or injure innocent people, who just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. This “trend” of shooting at popular events has even caused some people to veer away from attending these gatherings. For example, one of my classmates said, “I don’t even want to go to any more parties. I might get shot trying to have fun!” Our minds shouldn’t have to be on red alert every time we want to gather with friends and associates. I’m not trying to pass the idea that life should be rainbows and butterflies, but killings should be lessened. Knowing the history of New Orleans as being the #1 crime city, this hope seems almost impossible for this to happen. Hopefully, one day teens can go back to having incautious fun without wondering if they have to break out running in the next two seconds. Who to talk to on Campus: Mrs. Miner, Counselor, B4 Mrs. Rogers, Counselor, B4 Ms. Hussain, Counselor, B4 Mrs. Miller Reed, Counselor, B4 Mrs. Binder, Campus Ministry, C7 Websites to Visit: www.knowhowtosavealife.tumblr.com Free our Silly Bands By Taylor Boissiere Life & Culture Editor A recent trend has swept the nation, as well as at St. Mary’s Academy. This new and growing trend is the Silly Band. These multicolored and shaped rubber bands are the latest craze among children of all ages. Everyone is pining to get their hands on the latest shapes of Silly Bands. The shapes range from letters to animals, sports to foods, and even music to movies. No one knows exactly why these bands are so popular. It could be the fact that you can find your favorite animal in your favorite color, or even characters from your favorite movie. Although Silly Bands have become a popular trend here at St. Mary’s, they are banned. You may ask why this is. The reason is that they are not a part of our uniform. You also have to consider the fact that some students get out of hand with accessories and will come to school with silly bands up to their elbows. Students wearing Silly Bands at school run the risk of having them confiscated and receiving a demerit. Keep this in mind when you’re slipping a Silly Band on when your getting ready for school in the morning. Have an Opinion like Taylor’s? Then let your voice be heard -- Write a letter to the Editor! By Dominique Shelton Co-Student Editor From the Desk of the Editor ... Welcome to “The Regina!” This will be the only time you hear from me, so I’ll keep it brief. You hold in your hands our campus newspaper. Now, this may not make you super excited, but let me explain. This first issue is a return to actual newsprint. “The Regina” was printed on newsprint before Hurricane Katrina, and now five years later, we return to a sense of pre-Katrina normlacy. This issue is the result of hard work of many people. I would be remiss if I did not thank several people for thier support of “The Regina.” I want to first thank Sister Clare of Assisi, Sister Jennie, and Mrs. Brown for their support. It was their guidance that has brought St. Mary’s from the destruction of Katrina to our new campus. I also want to thank Ms. Fletcher and Ms. Ross for the outstanding pictures. Last but not least, I want to recognize the Journalism class for their hard work, their excitement and their dedication to getting this issue together. Each of them has written an article in this issue, and I couldn’t be prouder. One final note: this is YOUR newspaper. This newspaper belongs to you. This newspaper has stories and pictures of you and your friends...well more importantly, your sisters. I hope you have noticied the box in the office, waiting for your “Letters to the Editors.” I know that you have an opinion -- I hear them in class every day. So write them down! Need advice, need to vent, need to share -- share it with us! Thanks, and enjoy “The Regina.” The Regina Publisher St. Mary’s Academy Editor/Advisor Mr. Adam Ganucheau Co-Student Editors Erika Alexander Dominique Shelton News Editor Elysia Dantzler Life & Culture Editor Taylor Boissiere Sports Editor Brionne St. Cyr Staff Writers De’Quanna Alexander Kearstin Clay Taylor Gibbs Kaylin le Vasseur Kylah Mickens Cierra Peters Brittany Seymour Gabrielle Trepagnier To contact The Regina: The Regina 6905 Chef Menteur Hwy. New Orleans, LA. 70126 (504) 245-0200 [email protected] November 29, 2010 Page 5 Life & Culture Drama Students Plan “The Wiz” By Taylor Boissere Life & Culture Editor This year at St. Mary’s Academy, there will be a production of “The Wiz” put on by SMA students. The students involved feel that this is a very exciting event, and the drama department cannot wait to perform. In charge of the production is Ms. Elizabeth Fletcher, who teaches English and Yearbook. Most of the cast is undecided at this point, but as of now junior Nicole Washington will be playing Dorothy, junior Myesha Hagan will be the Wiz, and junior Leah Anders will be playing the part of the Scarecrow. Hagan is very excited about the upcoming play, saying, ” I think it will be a lot of fun and will be very successful.” When asked how well she thinks the play will turn out, she stated “I think it will go well because we have a lot of good singers this year. The time, date, and location of the play are to be determined, and will be announced soon. Fletcher and the staff will give more details when they come. Ms. Fletcher and the cast prepare to bring St. Mary’s “no bad news” in this year’s production of “The Wiz.” “I think it will go well because we have a lot of good singers this year.” Junior Myesha Hagan Photo Courtesy of images.google.com Michael Jackson and Diana Ross starred in the 1978 film version of “The Wiz,” based from Frank Baum’s classic “The Wizard of Oz.” “Easy A” Makes the Grade By Elysia Dantzler News Editor Throughout the past twenty years, there have been many modern retellings of classic stories. For example, there were the films “She’s the Man” (2006), “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999), “Bride and Prejudice” (2004), and “O” (2001). They were base on the classics “Twelfth Night,” “Taming of the Shrew,” “Pride and Prejudice,” and “Othello,” respectively. Now, there is also “Easy A.” “Easy A,” which stars Emma Stone, Penn Badgeley, and Amanda Bynes, is loosely based around Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter.” In the novel, the protagonist, Hester Prynne, has an affair with a minister while awaiting the arrival of her husband. When this union conceives a child, Hester is shamed and made to wear a scarlet ‘A’ on her chest, symbolizing her sin of adultery. Though the shame and ostracism that Easy A’s protagonist, Olive Penderghast (Stone), must bear follows along with the plot of “Scarlet Letter,” the rest of the movie varies greatly. Instead of having a tryst, Olive tarnishes her reputation by spreading a rumor that she and her friend, Brandon, had sex. She does this so that the people who have been bullying him will leave him alone; however, when the news gets out about what she did to help Brandon, all of the school’s most downtrodden students come to her for help. This results in ostracism, which even her best friend takes part in, and also vicious attacks, which mostly came from the school’s most religious student, Marianne Bryant (Bynes). Easy A is a movie that could easily have become dark and serious; but, it somehow manages to come off as a light and witty comedy. This is mostly attributed to Olive’s sarcastic humor, which she uses to overcome the verbal attacks, bouts of confusion, and fits of selfloathing that would have swallowed any other character. This film is light and enjoyable, but it is not fluffy. The questions that it poses are pockets of depth layered beneath sidesplitting comedy. Those who look to movies for meaning will find it just as enjoyable those who look to movies for escape have found it, making it an ideal pick for all. Horoscopes Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 23) -- You are feeling some social energy welling up inside of you, that should make communication extra sweet for now. It’s a really good time to express feelings that have been somewhat elusive. Scorpio (Oct. 24 - Nov. 21) -- The simple fact that you’re about to allow someone to offer you their congratulations, possibly in a public place...well, that’s major for you. That in itself is plenty of excuse for you to take yourself out for a treat, or do something to spoil yourself. Let’s not forget that you’re getting those pats on the back for a reason. Go ahead. Do it up. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) -- Outgoing? Ultra sociable? Who, you? It’s what you’re most famous for. You’re so famous for it, in fact, that when you’re even a little bit down in the dumps, your friends and family don’t know how to handle it. They’ve seen you worried lately, so they’ll be delighted to see you now, in fine form, smiling and laughing, like your old self. Photo Courtesy of images.google.com Olive (Emma Stone) and Todd (Penn Badgley) ride off into the sunset in “Easy A,” a modern re-telling of “The Scarlet Letter.” Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) -- You’ve never been especially fond of sharing intimate issues with others, even if you know them well. So if someone who isn’t at all close to you tries to get too personal, you won’t put up with it. You’ll dismiss them, and you won’t do it delicately, either. The funny thing is, with your gift for sarcasm, they may not realize you’ve dressed them down until they’re walking away. -- By Kearstin Clay Page 6 November 29, 2010 Life & Culture New Teacher Feature: Ms. Delone By Kaylin le Vasseur Reporter Recently, St. Mary’s Academy welcomed back an alumna to its faculty. Ms. Dominique Delone teaches World Geography to 9th graders and Louisiana History to 8th graders. After graduating from St. Mary’s in 2005, Delone attended Southeastern University in Hammond. Though this is her first year having her own class, she previously worked as an student teacher. To start off her professional teaching career, Delone returned back to St. Mary’s because it is her alma mater and she wanted to give back to her community. While Delone was a student, Ms.Latoya Cains said, “Ms. Delone displayed a lot of school spirit.” Ms. Delone commented that she enjoys her job at St. Mary’s. When asked what makes her a good teacher, she replied, “My youth, being able to connect with the children.” Ms. Delones 7th peroid Louisiana History students all had positive things to say about their teacher. Mandy Darby says, “She’s a great teacher and she dresses professionally.“ Kennedy Lastrap added, “She has fun ways to teach and she helps us with our work whenever we don’t understand.“ Delone said the hardest aspect of teaching is “trying to accommodate different learning styles.” To accommodate everyone, she tries to mix things up with different learning methods. In her spare time, Delone likes to shop and hang out with friends and family. She also loves to play softball on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Ms. Delone expressed that she looks forward to future years at SMA – now as a teacher Get to Know Ms. Delone Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s Academy Ms. Delone begins her first year teaching at St. Mary’s Academy. “Ms. Delone displayed a lot of school spirit...” Favorite Movie: “The Notebook” Favorite Artist: Monica -- “She’s down to earth” Favorite Song: “Ribbons in the Sky” Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Food: Mirliton Favorite Clothing: BCBG If you had a million dollars, what would you do? Buy a house, put in stocks, and tithe If you could, where would you move to? California You can’t leave the house without your...? Cell phone As a student, favorite teacher: Ms. Cains Participated in: Majorettes (Captain), Eucharis tic Minister, Student Council, CSMC, Volleyball, Softball, and Chorus Your favorite moment at SMA: “Talking with Sr. Timothy for half an hour outside of Ms. Brown’s counseling office. We talked about why she became a nun and moved to New Orleans. And then she tackled me.” Your wish for students at St. Mary’s? “That girls have more pride in their themselves, and more school spirit and pride.” Ms. Cains Midterm Exams are right around the corner. Midterms begin on December 17th -- less than a month away! Start studying! Tips for taking the ACT • booklet. Carefully read the instructions on the cover of the test • Read the directions for each test carefully. • Read each question carefully. • Pace yourself—don’t spend too much time on a single passage or question. • Pay attention to the announcement of five minutes remaining on each test. “I was very scared, • Use a soft lead No. 2 pencil with a good eraser. Do not use a mechanical pencil or ink pen; if you do, your answer document but when we cannot be scored accurately. arrived at the • Answer the easy questions first, then go back and angame, everyone swer the more difficult ones if you have time remaining on that test. just let loose and • On difficult questions, eliminate as many incorrect anhad a great time.” swers as you can, then make an educated guess among those remainSophomore Iman Ricks ing. Maryite a St. Aug Maid By Kylah Mickens Reporter Recently, St. Mary’s Academy ‘s student Iman Ricks participated in St. Augustine’s homecoming court; she was the sophomore maid. Ricks said, “ although it was kind of tiring, the whole experience was very fun”. The homecoming was held at the Sheraton Galleria. Her date was Darren Scienoux, and they both wore yellow and black. “During homecoming season, there are many events that the court must participate in,” Ricks commented. The day before the homecoming dance, the homecoming football game was held at Tad Gormley Stadium. Ricks said, “I was very scared but when we arrived at the football game, everyone just let loose and had a great time, and we won!” The score of the game was 56 to 7, a tremendous victory over Miller McCoy High School. Ricks said she was very scared to dance with her partner in front of everyone. She said everyone just stared at them and it felt as if they were the only two on the dance floor, although they weren’t. She also said that whole event was very well organized, but in her opinion the music could have been more up to date. “Everyone looked fabulous and the males were really handsome,” Ricks said. She hopes to be in the court again next year to become junior maid, and then the next year to become Queen. Ricks felt very lucky to experience being a part of the court. • Answer every question. Your scores on the multiplechoice tests are based on the number of questions you answer correctly. There is no penalty for guessing. • If you complete a test before time is called, recheck your work on that test. • Mark your answers properly. Erase any mark completely and cleanly without smudging. • Do not mark or alter any ovals on a test or continue writing the essay after time has been called. If you do, you will be dismissed and your answer document will not be scored. Photo Courtesy of Iman Ricks Sophomore Iman Ricks poses at the St. Augustine Homecoming Dance. Ricks was this year’s Sophomore Maid. UPCOMING ACT TEST DATES: December 11, 2010 February 12, 2011 April 9, 2011 Source: actstudent.org November 29, 2010 Life & Culture “Welcome to Heartbreak” By Taylor Boissiere Life & Culture Editor As I pass through this valley of shadows with distortion in my head I’m being struck by lead rouge arrows that seem to want me dead. They pierce my clothes and penetrate my skin the blood begins to ooze. Against these unknown assailants I cannot win , but like a fool the path of love’s the one I chose to choose. Rahter than doubling over in pain I hold my head up high I limp and stumble down this cobblestoned road as tears well in my eyes I want to give up desperately, but must carry my own load. My knees begin to knock and my arms grow fail and weak In my head I hear the tick of an imaginary clock and then IT skips a beat. IT jmps, IT thumps, IT starts to give out. IT swirls and twirls and even gives a pound God the pain is overwhelming I think it’s about -CRACK! is all I hear now my heart is on the ground. Page 7 “Can be YOU” By Morgan Melder Contributing Writer There’s the girl who has a creative mind, which leads to creative wonderings. She follows behind no one but her own shadow through the city of hood dreams drenched with the mental perspiration made from nerves acting natural. Words inflicted onto her from those in her presence. People think they understand, but they have yet to grasp the essence of it. Talented young woman she stares at her shadow glaring back at her. Sadly she blinds her own sense. She’s frightened of nothing but her parents hastling her and slowly pushing her to all she can be and satan in her presence rising gradually from the ridiculing words. Rhymes roll in her head, hexed with a curse of self-esteem, descension with her intelligence. You’d think she would have blssomed, but hey ... it’s her decision. Crying with every step, she thinks of how much she is misunderstood too much commotion. She wipes her tears with her hood. She just needs to leave, depart from the ignorance. Then create herself into a road of poetic bliss. Many aim at her repitiously because ... she’s dreaming and loosening her social hemming. It isn’t they want her to fail, they are mad because ... when she succeeds, when she’s earning, when she proceeds, while she’s learning, she’s leaving them behind and their spotlight’s dimming. Let those creative juices flow! Send in your poetry, artwork, and creative writing in to “The Regina.” See Taylor Boissere or Mr. Ganucheau today! Page 8 November 29, 2010 Sports Volleyball Wraps Up Season By Taylor Gibbs Reporter The volleyball players at St. Mary’s Academy played a good season, but their coach, Ms. Simon, feels that the girls could have played better. Some of the girls’ best-played games were against Xavier Prep, McDonough 35, & Benjamin Franklin. Both Xavier Prep and Benjamin Franklin are district rivals. Some of the star varsity players include Anisha Johnson, Alexis Jackson, and Kateri Crayton. Junior varsity star players were Tiffany Doss, Maya Esteves, and Iman Ricks. Both Simon and the players expect a better season next year. St. Mary’s changed their district, so in the future they will be playing different public schools. The volleyball team will be losing five seniors next year, and these seniors were honored at the Faculty vs. Student volleyball game on Thursday. The volleyball team is excited about playing in the new gym. One goal for the team is to host a jamboree on their new campus. A lot of new things are being planned for the team. For this past season, the records for the end of the season are 4-18 (Varsity) and 2-12 (Junior Varsity). Freshman Tiffany Doss was satisfied with the season but she feels the team could have played better. She commented, “being that this was my first year playing, I really enjoyed this season.” Junior Alexis Lee added, “Me and my girls had a good and fun season.” Alexis Jackson is included in the five seniors that were honored on Thursday. She said, “I really enjoyed playing volleyball at SMA and I’m going to continue playing in college.” Photo Courtsey of St. Mary’s Academy The Cougars look to return the serve of the visiting team. The volleyball team look to improve on their 2010 season. Congrats to the Seniors, Ms. Simon and the Cougar Volleyball Team on their Season! “Being that this was my first year playing, I really enjoyed this season.” Freshman Tiffany Doss Shhhh.... Cougar Basketball is on its way. Coming to Austin Place and a gym near you. Photo Courtesy of St. Mary’s Academy Coach Simon and her assistant coach speak to the Cougar volleyball team during district play. The Cougars will lose five seniors next season. 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