Naugy’s Reaction to Newtown Shooting

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

By Angie DeRosa
Editor, NHS Greyhound

Students filed into Anthony Sorge’s eighth period English class as they had done every other day prior to Dec. 17. Desks shuffled around and conversations were ongoing. Sorge came around from his desk to the front of the room. He quickly quieted students down and told then he had something to say following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

On Dec. 14 at approximately 9:35 a.m., 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook after killing his mother, Nancy, at her Newtown home. He then turned the gun on himself.

The massacre was the second-deadliest shooting at an educational institution in United States history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre which left 33 dead.

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Gas smell causes area of NHS to be evacuated

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

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NAUGATUCK – During school on Friday, the heavy odor of gasoline caused students in the Applied

Students sit in Davis Auditorium while the source of the gasoline odor at the high school is investigated.

Education wing of Naugatuck High School to be moved into the Davis Auditorium.


“Basically a little bit of gasoline leaked. They used the gasoline to fill the lawn mower, and it spilled. A little bit of dripping,” explained Eileen Mezzo, associate principal of the high school.

School Nurse Deborah Sauers had only one person come in to the health office with gas-related symptoms, but can confirm that it wasn’t serious. “…Gasoline can make you feel a little lightheaded. There’s nothing to have any concern about.”


Sauers also said, “The only problem with gasoline is if it’s in a contained area. The smell is worse than it could be.”

As fans circulated air in the choir room, Christina Batista, a junior, said, “If we were in danger, we wouldn’t be here. They care about their students. They’d be outside dismissing early.”

Although the smell of gas lingered in the hall, the school day continued normally; the learning process remained uninterrupted.



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June 13, 2012 Leave a comment

By Kaitlyn Hayes and Alexa Ramos

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            Ever quickly catch the eye of someone walking down the street?  Do you want to say hi but fear the rejection and potential humiliation?  Missed connections could be your second chance at a love match.  If you have always wondered what missed connections at Naugy might look like, here are a few examples.


Note: These missed connections are purely fictional and for entertainment purposes only.  NHS Greyhound is simply publishing what “might have been.”  Any similarities to people living or dead is strictly coincidental.


Codes to Know:

M4W = man for women

W4M = women for man


November 12, 2011 


Hallway Hottie (M4W):

                You walked past my English class 5th period.  I can’t know for sure, but I’m almost positive our eyes met.  It felt as if no one else in the room existed.  If you felt the connection too, tell me what classroom I was in.

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Opinion: Reposting Can Make A Difference

June 13, 2012 Leave a comment

By Angie DeRosa
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“Kony 2012,” a documentary released by the non-profit organization Invisible Children, has gone viral since its posting just a few days ago (March 5),receiving millions of views on YouTube and Vimeo. The 30-minute video has sent many individuals flocking to provide aid and others to put in their two cents regarding the relevance of the cause.
The film’s purpose is to raise awareness about children in Uganda, who are being captured by the Lord’s Resistance Army and forced to fight in gruesome wars. The children are even forced to kill their loved ones. Invisible Children hopes to bring Joseph Kony, the leader of LRA and a wanted man for more than 20 years, to justice for his crimes against humanity.

Anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account spends much of their time watching their news feed erupt with reposts of the “Kony 2012” film and hash tagging #MakeKonyFamous and #StopKony. With this generation of young people being so technology-oriented, the best way to get to them is through the Internet and with multimedia. But this is also a generation that questions the truth behind such videos, and many have raised concerns about whether or not the video is real based on its high production values.

Invisible Children started in 2003, but wasn’t officially a non-profit until 2006. Many have questioned, “Why now?” or “Posting a video online isn’t going to do anything.”

My question is, “Why not now?” The goal is to make Kony’s name recognizable to everyone. The constant comments and posting of the issue on social media networks and the Internet is the start of the movement. How is that “not doing anything?” Everyone knows his name. Everyone knows who he is and what he’s doing. Awareness is the key to the campaign; donating becomes secondary.

Despite Invisible Children’s presence for the last six years, not many people knew that Kony was a wanted man by the International Criminal Court, doesn’t make the cause any less worth fighting for. For example, Apple Computers was established in 1976, but the 21st century saw  rise in their popularity with iPhones, iPods and iPads. What about the 24 years prior? It doesn’t matter. All that matters is what’s happening at this very moment.

The first step is to bring Joseph Kony down. If enough people care and are willing to take a stand, this will be an easy task to complete. When a group of people come together as a community it not only encourages others to make the group bigger, but it also makes the impossible possible. I am speaking on behalf of anyone who believes nothing will change and that this is just a trendy fad that will soon pass. It won’t be. Social media brings social change – quickly.

As soon as Kony can be captured the next steps are to rebuild schools, educate future leaders, and provide jobs for those in Northern Uganda. This can all be a reality if we come together. Why just sit there and complain about it when you can make a difference, even if that difference is posting a video or sharing a comment. As Gandhi said more than 70 years ago: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”


To view the film, visit: http://

Jeremy Lin: Pioneer in Disguise

June 13, 2012 Leave a comment

(Jim McIsaac/Newsday/MCT)

(Jim McIsaac/Newsday/MCT)


By Eron Ramadanov
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NEW YORK – At the start of the shortened season of 2012, the New York Knicks were picked by some to give the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat a problem in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks, being led by superstar forward Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, were surrounded by young players who have little playoff and NBA experience.

The Knicks, before Feb. 2, 2012, were 7-15, and looking like they were out of the playoffs and ready for another let down.

But as the Knicks were hit with the injury bug, Head Coach Mike D’Antoni had no choice but to play a second-year kid out of Harvard University.

At Harvard, Jeremy Lin was known as the “weakest player on the team” in his freshman year, said a Harvard coach who worked with Lin. But in his sophomore year at Harvard, he averaged 12.6 PPG (points per game), and was named on the All-Ivy second team.

In his junior season at Harvard, he boosted his average to 17.6 PPG, and 5.5 rebounds as a 6’2-6’3 shooting guard, along with 4.3 assists per game, which showed that he was a versatile guard who could play the one or the two. In that season, he was placed on the All-Ivy first team.

In his final season as a senior at Harvard, he continued his amazing play as once again he was placed on the All-Ivy first team. He was one of  30 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award and one of the 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award as well.

So with the resume of Jeremy Lin, how did we all miss on this “nerdy” kid from Harvard?

He graduated Harvard with a degree in Economics, and a 3.1 grade-point average.

After his amazing college career, one would expect that an NBA team would have him on their draft board or that many teams would look to draft young Mr. Lin. But that was not the case. He went undrafted, and was left looking for a team to invite him to camp. He would be given the lowest contract of them all.

At the start of the 2010 season, the Golden State Warriors signed him to a contract, and only played in 29 games in 2010. He averaged 2.6 PPG that season, and later that offseason, he was cut and looking for another team to give him a chance to play the game at which he seemed to excel at Harvard. The Dallas Mavericks signed him to the 2011 Summer Circuit team, which is a practice squad for players who need time to develop over the off-season. He was also cut by the Mavericks, and once again went looking for a team.

So, as the 2012 shortened NBA season began, the Knicks needed point guards. So they signed Jeremy Lin to a 10-day contract, which would turn into a full-year contract if he proved he deserved to be there. He did in the preseason and during practice.

So as the Knicks came off a tough loss to the Boston Celtics and fell to 7-15, outsting them from the playoff race, Jeremy Lin was given a chance the next night against the New Jersey Nets. He had the best game of his career, with 25 points, seven assists, five rebounds, and shot 10-19 from the field.

As people looked at the box score, most people saw  a “scrub” having a good night. And I was one of those people.

Two day later, against the Utah Jazz, he had another “good” night with 28 points, eight assists, and shot 10-17 from the field. And still people like me, wrote it off as nothing but luck.

Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, he racked up 23 points, 10 assists, and shot 9-14 from the field.

But the next game, against the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, gave him his best one yet. He went head-to-head with Kobe Bryant and earned 38 pts, and seven assists, and outplayed Kobe – as very few can.

At this point, Linsanity was born. He was a worldwide role model who was changing the NBA as we know it, and people everywhere wondered if he could keep it up, and become the long term answer to the Knicks point guard woes.

He later followed with a game winner against the Toronto Raptors, and a clutch fourth quarter against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.

But now, in mid-March, Linsanity has died down, and he is now just the point guard for the Knicks, which is still pretty big, but he is posting average numbers, and is not wowing anyone at this time. But he did something that is important to players coming into the NBA for years to come, and that is to never overlook any player, and to make sure that if someone deserves a chance, that you give it to him.

He has brought to light the fact that all of us don’t have the answer to everything, and you don’t need a stat to prove anything, and that NBA scouts and general managers don’t know everything about everyone. I feel like Lin has given the small town, smart kid hope that he, too, can go on to have a huge impact in the NBA, and that not everything turns out the way that experts expect.

Thank you, Jeremy Lin.

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Senior Stress

June 11, 2012 1 comment

By Julie DiMasso

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When you start off your senior year, you feel great. It’s your last year of high school, your schedule is exactly the way you want it, and maybe you’re even picking out colleges! After a few months, you look around in your classes and wonder why everyone claims that senior year is the best year of high school. I saw, and still see, dark circles, sometimes tears too, under the eyes of bright students.

In my own experience, I was so excited to begin the end of my high school career. But after two months, I realized that my schedule had too much on it. I ended up dropping up to three of my courses by the end of December, and opted for early dismissal as well. Senior year has been the most stressful year for me and many other students. I applied to colleges, got a job, and maintained my grades, up to my high standards.

I often asked graduates of the class of 2011 what their senior year was like and I heard the same thing: Senior year was stressful and hard to get through, but in the end, it was all worth it. The most fun occurred in the last few months of their senior year.

The fun starts as soon as you stop worrying, and start looking for your prom date or prom dress. When that college acceptance letter arrives in the mail, you’ll never feel prouder of yourself than you do in that moment. You look around, not to see tears of sadness anymore, but tears of joy. The seniors start smiling and can’t sit still in their seats— classes aren’t full of work anymore, they’re full of excitement for your future.

Your hard work has finally paid off, as you walk across the stage at graduation to receive a small piece of paper that defines a chapter of your life. The smile on everyone’s faces confirms that you’ve succeeded, no matter what your class rank or GPA is.

(Note to underclassmen: Don’t pressure yourselves to achieve unreachable goals. Work hard your senior year, but take classes that you know you’ll enjoy and won’t mind participating in every day and you’ll not only get good grades, but you’ll be happy.)

The Buried Life: A Review

By Angie DeRosa

Video by Gabrielle Wilson

“But often, in the world’s most crowded streets, but often, in the din of strife, there rises an unspeakable desire after, the knowledge of our buried life.”


Those lines from the poem entitled “The Buried Life” by Matthew Arnold is what struck the beginning of a project two brothers and their two friends would embark on for the next five years of their life (and still counting).

This past Friday, Dave Lingwood and Ben Nemtin of the popular MTV show “The Buried Life” (missing were Jonnie and Duncan Penn, who were elsewhere filming for the show) held a presentation at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven educating fans about their story and inspiring them to start their own “buried life.”

They began speaking about how the group formed back in 2006. Jonnie, Duncan, Ben, and Dave all found themselves in the same situation after college. Unhappy with their current situations and questioning their lives, they found themselves contemplating what life was all about. For Duncan, the drowning death of a friend during a camping trip caused deep introspection as to the meaning of life. 

While studying at the University in Montreal, Jonnie was assigned the Matthew Arnold poem that would create what would soon be the start of it all. Ben proclaimed, “We had no idea what the project would be, but that [“The Buried Life”] would be the name of it.” Soon afterwards they all conferenced on Skype, a video chat service, and compiled a list of 100 things they wanted to do before they died. For everything they accomplished on their list, they would help a stranger complete something on his.

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