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Gas smell causes area of NHS to be evacuated

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Staff Writer

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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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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