One Last Time

By: The Eye’s Staff

May 26, 2022

As the 2021-2022 school year comes to an end, we would all like to thank our four senior journalists: Daylun Armstrong, Alaysia Curry, Tyler Elzholz, and Laila Schwin. They have all been enrolled in Publications for two years and have made an amazing and lasting impact. 

Since joining Publications here at BHS (piloted in the 2019-2020 school year), these four seniors have done an amazing job creating and writing new articles, being great role models to the underclassmen writers, and taking pride in their work. They all showed what true Hurricane Pride is about, and we know that our avid newspaper followers agree. 

Senior #1: Daylun Armstrong

*Favorite BHS Memory: “Honestly, there have been too many to count, but I think that as I reflect on everything, I just remember all the amazing teachers and classmates and being able to have deep, meaningful conversations or just talking about funny things and day-to-day life. I think that is also something that I’m going to miss, too, about BHS. I felt so comfortable here, I could be myself, and people actually cared and listened to my thoughts or my millions upon millions of questions.” 

*Advice for Next Year’s Seniors (Class of 2023): “Just be your most authentic self and stand up for the things you believe in. I know that on a day-to-day basis, school can seem tiring and stressful, and don’t get me wrong, it is, but there are so many amazing memories and people you will meet that can make your time here so amazing! This definitely is a cliche, but high school goes by quickly, so make sure to make the most of every moment. Don’t worry so much, and just enjoy life.”

*Plans after Graduation: “I plan on attending Cleveland State University to major in Psychology.”

Senior #2: Alaysia Curry

*Favorite BHS Memory: “Painting the rock. It was fun, although I twisted my ankle.”

*Advice for Next Year’s Seniors (Class of 2023): “Never allow others to change your opinion of yourself. Nobody is the same as anybody else, and nobody is perfect, so don’t think you have to be. Always stick out and never blend in because when you stick out, you will shine.”

*Plans after Graduation: “I will be attending Tri-C for an Associate’s degree in Film and Media. Then, I will be transferring to Southern New Hampshire University for a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing.”

Senior #3: Tyler Elzholz

*Favorite BHS Memory: “Senior prank because our whole class had a good time before we took the stage.”

*Advice for Next Year’s Seniors (Class of 2023): “Enjoy it. Enjoy the time you have left because it goes by quickly. Whatever feuds you have, leave them in the past, so they don’t ruin your final year.”

*Plans after Graduation: “I will be attending The University of Akron for Business Management with the intention of receiving a Master’s degree, too.”

Senior #4: Laila Schwin

*Favorite BHS Memory: “My favorite memory would have to be walking back into the school on the first day of my senior year after not being inside for a whole year, realizing everything wasn’t so different anymore. I was glad to be here again, and everything would finally be okay.” 

*Advice for Next Year’s Seniors (Class of 2023): “The first one would obviously be to enjoy it while it lasts because it goes way quicker than you think. Also, you need to LEARN HOW to study. Trust me, it’s worth it.” 

*Plans after Graduation: “I’m going to finish the second half of my Associate’s degree at Tri-C, and from there, I’m going to try and figure it out.”

We hope each of you goes on to accomplish amazing things in life. No matter what your plans are, remember to reach for the stars. The future is yours, so make sure you work hard, accomplish what you want to, and be confident in yourself. Never get in your own way when it comes to happiness and success.

So one last time, thank you for being terrific writers, great leaders, and most importantly, better people.  You all have made Hurricane Nation extremely proud!

Come back to visit! 


Staff Spotlight: Mr. Ross

*Guidance Counselor*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

May 19, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mr. Chris Ross! Early on, Mr. Ross attended Bowling Green State University where he received his music teaching degree. From there, he worked as a music teacher fulfilling his love for music and theater. In the time he spent teaching, he acquired a passion for counseling and later attended Kent State University. Mr. Ross is in year 23 here at Brooklyn High School. He is a wonderful counselor, mentor, and chef. 

Q: Who or what inspired you to become a guidance counselor?

A: “My band and choral instructors in high school inspired me to first go into education. The kids I had when I became a teacher inspired me to become a counselor because they would always come to me and ask me questions about certain things that they needed assistance with.”

Q: What do you like most about being a guidance counselor?

A: “When I see my students graduate with a plan, I know they’re going to be a success in life. This is especially true if they had previously struggled with something in the past.”

Q: What is a piece of advice that you would give this year’s senior class as they are about to transition into the next chapter of their lives?

A: “Explore your possibilities and look at life outside of ‘our little bubble’. Don’t be afraid to fail.”

Q: What was your favorite part about playing the role of Miss. Trunchbull in Brooklyn High School’s performance of Matilda?

A: “It was definitely fun to be mean for a change! It was also fun working with the students in the cast because most of them haven’t seen the acting-side of me before. Side note: The costume was definitely my least favorite part!”

Q: Where did you go to college, and why did you choose that school?

A: “I first went to Bowling Green State University because they had a really good music program, and as a result, I received my music teaching degree. After that, I then went on to Kent State University where I got my Master’s degree in counseling. Both were very well-respected programs.”

Q: Describe yourself using only three words. 

A: “Approachable, Dedicated, Sarcastic.”

Q: What are your favorite hobbies/activities to do in your free-time?

A: “Theater is one of my favorites. I like to perform in and watch theater. I like cooking and spending time at my family’s cottage in Ashtabula as well.” 

Q: What are your plans for the summer?

A: “My wife and I are taking my kids to New York City to see a Broadway show. After going there, I’ll probably just relax and spend time with my family at the family cottage.” 

Thank you so much for allowing us to interview you, Mr. Ross. We greatly appreciate all that you do for the students at Brooklyn High School. It truly is an honor to have you as a mainstay at our school. Have a great Summer!


Berea National Rib Cook-Off

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

May 19, 2022

The 23rd annual Berea Rib Cook-Off is this Memorial Day weekend from May 27-30. The cook-off has established itself as one of the most-highly anticipated events in the Cleveland area and promises fun and great food for everyone in attendance. 

The cook-off will be held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds at 12:00-11:00 on Friday, 11:00-11:00 on Saturday and Sunday, and 11:00-7:00 on Monday. Tickets are relatively inexpensive being $10 for adults on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Before 5:00 on Friday, admission is free; following that, it is also $10. Kids under 12 years of age get in free. 

Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off draws much attention from the Cleveland area and National Rib Teams competitors. The teams compete for first, second, and third place in a variety of areas: Best Ribs, Best Sauce, and others. This year, there are ten teams competing. 

Alongside all of the competitive rib cooking, there will be plenty of other activities and live music. There are several bands for each day of the cook-off and a car show by Corvette Cleveland. There is also a kids area filled with bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, and more. More information about next weekend’s activities can be found here.

If you are looking for a place to eat fresh-grilled food this Memorial Day weekend, consider stopping by the Berea National Rib Cook-Off. You will not be disappointed!


Seniors! Seniors! Seniors!

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong

May 17, 2022

Seniors, our final days at BHS are quickly approaching but not before we can experience some amazing activities and opportunities that our school has in-store. 

The last day of classes for seniors is Tuesday, May 24 with finals being from May 25 through May 27; this is unless you are completing the new senior internship program (May 25-26), a program that gives seniors the option to job shadow in a specific field of interest for a potential future career. 

This also ties into what the senior College and Career Planning class has been doing with recent mock interviews. Students choose a job that they would be interested in applying for, create a resume, and practice different interviewing techniques. The interview takes place with teachers and administrators for the desired job position.

Tonight at 6:00, seniors will be recognized for their hard work and dedication at the Academic Awards Ceremony. Make sure to check your school email for an invitation. Students who earned academic honors, department awards, local scholarships, and the Ohio Diploma with Honors will be honored this evening. 

There are 10 days left until the event that so many have been waiting to arrive…Prom! This year, Prom will be held at FirstEnergy Stadium from 6:00-10:30 with the theme “A Night at the V.I.P Lounge”. Afterprom will then be held at Fun-n-Stuff. It truly will be a fun and memorable night!

Graduation is going to be a bittersweet experience for so many. A time to remember and celebrate our accomplishments throughout nearly 14 years of being in school. But before we do that, there are a few things that we have to do leading up to that day. 

  • June 1 is senior Chromebook turn-in and Cap and Gown distribution day. 
  • June 2 is commencement rehearsal day at the stadium followed by a senior cookout.
  • June 4 is the big day…GRADUATION with senior check-in at 5:45 p.m. and the ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Senior year has been filled with many different ups and downs, new experiences, connections, memories, and realizations. We are going to miss so many teachers and peers as we all go on to the next journey in each of our lives. 

Congratulations and best of luck to the class of 2022!


On the Fast Track

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

May 17, 2022

This past Tuesday and Thursday, the Hurricanes track team competed in the CVC Metro Division Track Championships. Many of the Hurricanes reached the metal stand as their hard work paid off on one of the biggest stages. 

Junior Jenna Young battled Lutheran West’s Evelyn Albers to win the high jump conference title. They both cleared 5’4” but Jenna was awarded the victor because of her fewer missed attempts. Young also came out on top in the 100-meter dash with a time of 16.39. Additionally, she placed second in the long jump, reaching out to 16’ and 2.5”. As if this was not enough, the junior sensation placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles with a final time of 53.85. 

Great job, Jenna!

Junior Chavon Holton was able to set a new personal record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.01 which secured him a second place finish. Also, Holton was awarded Second Team ALL CVC.

Well done, Chavon!

Other notable placers for the Hurricanes were senior Ashley Chong, who placed fourth in the high jump with a personal best of 4’6”. Junior Lexi Fecko placed seventh in the 200-meter dash with a personal best time of 30.62. Junior Alex Chiclana placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.47. To round out other positive performers, sophomore Santana Sammons placed sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.49.

Great job to all of our Hurricanes athletes who are constantly displaying what it takes to compete at a high level and who are also willing to put in the time and effort to see personal growth.

Good luck in the upcoming district track meet. Go Canes!

Please be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest schedule changes and upcoming events at Brooklyn Hurricanes Athletics.


Cleveland Asian Festival

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

May 12, 2022

The Cleveland Asian Festival (CAF) is returning this year with a schedule full of events meant to highlight the diverse cultures and customs of various Asian countries. This festival is meant to be a celebration of the month of May (Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month) and the importance of these cultures in Ohio and Cleveland, specifically. 

This year, the Cleveland Asian Festival is taking place on May 21-22 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The festival will be held in Cleveland’s Asiatown, located primarily between East 27th Street and Payne Avenue. 

Admission to the CAF is free, as is parking. 

This year’s festival will host activities such as the Colors of Asia Fashion Show, various food and market vendors/exhibits, and an Asian pop dance competition. There are also wide-spread events to highlight different aspects of Chinese, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Nepali, Karen, Burmese, Filipino, Polynesian, and Hawaiian cultures. 

The activities and performances focus on different forms of art, dance, fighting, and music. The vendors will also be displaying their cultures through art, information, and different cultural foods. The current schedule for the festival can be found here. Additionally, the list of vendors and sponsors can be found here.

Consider attending this event as a form of education and support for this Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. There are many new experiences and opportunities to be had to learn about and to admire the history and culture of Asia.


Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Bolas

 *Intervention Specialist*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

May 12, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mrs. Amy Bolas! Mrs. Bolas is an intervention specialist here at Brooklyn High School and has had much experience in her 19-year career. She has served as a coach-teacher in the four core classes (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies). Outside of school, Bolas enjoys spending time with her family, boating, and traveling. She continues to have a great impact on the lives of many students. 

Q: What inspired you to become an intervention specialist?

A: “I worked at a special needs camp my first summer after my freshman year of college, and I really enjoyed working with the special needs kids there. When I returned back to college, I decided I wanted to change my major from elementary education to special education.” 

Q: What subject do you enjoy helping students with the most? 

A: “Geometry because it just makes sense.” 

Q: Describe the highs and lows of being an intervention specialist. 

A: “The highs are when you see the ‘ah-ha’ moment, and the students understand the concept and get familiar with what they’re doing. The lows are when you see the students really struggling, and you’re really trying and doing what you can to help them.” 

Q: If you could choose a different occupation, what would it be and why?  

A: “If I had a choice, I would probably want to be a stay-at-home mom. I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot of my kids’ school activities and the things they like to do just because I’m always working, and I don’t really have much authority to take off just whenever. This was especially valid when my kids were younger.” 

Q: What was the most significant life lesson ever taught to you?

A: “My dad always instilled in me not to give up, no matter how frustrated you are. You have to keep going and just know that you will get there, and it will all make sense in the end. Don’t give up, no matter how frustrated you get.”

Q: What are your hobbies? 

A: “I like to try new recipes, and I like spending time with my family, boating, and going on vacations.”

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world for one year, where would it be? Why?

A: “Probably Paris, France. It’s always been one of my top destinations to go to because there’s just a lot to do there.”

Q: How do you plan on spending your summer break?

A: “Renovating my house and traveling. We are actually traveling to Ireland and London this summer.”

Thank you Mrs. Bolas for all of your work and dedication to the students here at BHS. Enjoy your upcoming trip to the United Kingdom!


Spirit Week in May? Why Not!

 By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong 

May 10, 2022

Today marks two weeks until the seniors last day of classes. Oh my, the end of the year is quickly approaching!

Even with the school year coming to an end, BHS students and staff are not lacking spirit.

This week is the final spirit week of the year, and the days are as follows: 

*Spirit Week Calendar
May 9 – Blue and Gold (School Spirit)
May 10 Beach Day
May 11 – BBQ Dad vs. Soccer Mom
May 12 – Celebrity Day 
May 13 – Color Wars

*Color Wars: 8th Grade – Blue, 9th Grade – Yellow, 10th Grade – Orange, 11th Grade – Red, 12th Grade – Purple, Staff – Black

Friday, May 13 is also a PEP Assembly. It will be announced during the assembly which grade level embodied the most school spirit throughout the entire year. Prizes and a trophy will be awarded to the entire class.

The second half of the assembly is what students and many teachers have been waiting for. Teachers will be in teams based on their departments and will face off against each other in a dodgeball tournament. The trash talk is so loud that we can hear it throughout the halls!

Seniors, enjoy these next two weeks of classes, and everyone remember to show up and show out for the last spirit week of the year. 

For Friday, may the best team win!


Canes Take Down Crosstown Rival

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

May 10, 2022

The Hurricane baseball team earned a big win yesterday beating Cuyahoga Heights 9-5 on the road. This is Brooklyn’s third win of the season, and they are looking to ride a great week of weather and momentum into the postseason.

There have been numerous rainy days so far this Spring, but as the weather has warmed up, so have the Canes’ bats. 

The Canes started off scoring six runs in the first inning and three in the second.  The early onslaught of runs was all they needed to secure the impressive CVC victory.

Sophomore Jackson Diller had two hits on the night and two RBIs. Juniors Derek Wrost and Jeremiah Gonzales also each had a hit and runs driven in.

Junior Anthony Starr was the starting pitcher, and he went five innings, gave up four runs, and struck out eight batters. With this performance, he earned his second victory of the year. Senior pitcher James Trunkett came in and closed the door on the Red Wolves.

The Hurricanes will play the Red Wolves again today at home with first pitch at 4:30. Come out and support your baseball team, and enjoy some nice weather!

Go Canes!

Please be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest schedule changes and upcoming events at Brooklyn Hurricanes Athletics.


Staff Spotlight: Officer Meadows

*School Resource Officer*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

May 5, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Officer Dan Meadows! Officer Meadows is the SRO for the Brooklyn City Schools and has been working as a full-time SRO for the last seven years. Before becoming a full-time SRO, Meadows shared the part-time position of working in the Brooklyn City Schools alongside a few other Brooklyn police officers. Altogether, Meadows is currently in year 24 of working in law enforcement. Outside of being a police officer, Meadows also works in the television sports industry where he has experienced great opportunities with many of Cleveland’s most-loved sports teams. 

Q: What do you like most about working in the Brooklyn City Schools?

A: “What I like most about working in the Brooklyn City Schools is being able to work with our students on a daily basis and to be a positive influence on them. Being an SRO allows a police officer to build a positive relationship with students that may not have, otherwise, been possible. There is no better feeling than when I see a former student who thanks me for encouraging them and says that I was a powerful influence in their young life.”

Q: What inspired you to become a police officer?

A: “I’ve always looked up to police officers. I had two SROs at my high school. In my junior year of high school, I became involved with the local police department’s law enforcement explorer program where I was able to ride-alongside and work with police officers. After seeing what they do on a daily basis, I decided that law enforcement would be my career path.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being a police officer?

A: “Playing with the lights and sirens… (not really). My favorite part of being a police officer is the opportunity to help other people.”

Q: What are the pros and cons of your job? 

A: “Of course, in current times, the cons of this job is the constant public scrutiny of law enforcement. People who would never choose to be a police officer judging the actions of a police officer, despite the fact that police officers are only doing their job. Often, people fail to take responsibility for their actions and instead find it easier to blame someone else. That can make being a police officer extremely stressful and difficult. However, the pros include the opportunity to help people, be a positive influence, and build positive relationships. An additional pro would be that no two days are the same, and being a police officer is at times very challenging yet also very rewarding.” 

Q: What are your interests outside of work? 

A: “A little known fact about me is that outside of being a police officer, I work in the television sports industry. That job has given me opportunities that some people only dream of. In addition to working on the Cleveland Browns sidelines each game, I have worked numerous NCAA March Madness events, the four NBA Finals held in Cleveland, the MLB and NBA All-Star events, NFL Draft, and have been on set with the sportscasters of the NFL Hall of Fall events. My most memorable experience is being at Progressive Field during the pre-game activities during Game 2 of the World Series with MLB Films. Standing ten feet from home plate as the National Anthem was being played, I could hear 45,000 people behind me singing along. It still gives me goosebumps to this day thinking about that experience.”

Q: Favorite sports team?

A: “I am a big sports enthusiast, but the Cleveland Browns are definitely my favorite sports team.”

Q: Where is the ideal vacation spot for you and why?

A: “My ideal vacation spot would be in the Caribbean. Having to deal with the cold and snow of Ohio, there is nothing more that I enjoy than being able to relax on the beach in 80 degree weather when I know that it’s snowing back home.” 

Q: Outside of Cleveland, what is a U.S. city that you could see yourself living in?  Why should we visit there?

A: “Living outside of Cleveland, I would have to say Tampa Bay (Florida), Houston (Texas), or Las Vegas (Nevada). I have been to Tampa Bay many times and love the area and weather. My best friend lives in Houston, and Houston is just an amazing city. Las Vegas just sounds fun, and I would love to retire and work for a casino doing surveillance and security.” 

Thank you for your responses, Officer Dan. We greatly appreciate you and your efforts to keep the Brooklyn City Schools and Brooklyn community a safe environment for all. Go Browns!


Mother’s Day Around The World 

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

May 5, 2022

Throughout the world, people pay respect to their mothers in different ways. In the United States, this is observed via the holiday of Mother’s Day. In other countries, there are a whole host of other celebrations meant to honor mothers and the invaluable role they play in their children’s lives. 

Holidays and festivals noting the importance of mothers are extremely prevalent throughout the world because mothers tend to take on the role of homemaker and main caretaker for their children. 

The second Sunday in May (May 8 this year) is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and is usually observed by children by giving gifts, cards, and flowers to their mothers as a sign of appreciation. Many people also observe it by cooking for their mom and taking on the role of caring for the home for the day. Mother’s Day is also similarly observed in several other countries such as Australia, Denmark, Italy, and Belgium.

In India, there is a ten day festival honoring mothers, or more specifically Durga, the goddess of mothers. This holiday, Durga Puja, is both a religious celebration and a chance for families to reconnect. It is meant to be a holiday about reunion and bringing oneself back to their family. 

In Japan, Mother’s Day is observed on the second Sunday of May as well. It is observed similarly to the way it is in the U.S. However, it is traditional to give moms carnations. The most common color to give is white carnations, but traditionally, a red carnation was given. This tradition began shortly after World War II to honor mothers who had their lost sons in the war. Children gave red carnations to their mothers or displayed a white carnation if their mother was deceased. 

In Ethiopia, the three day Antrosht festival is observed in early Fall and has been dedicated to mothers. The festival begins at the end of the rainy season for the year. Families gather and the children bring food for the reunion to prepare a traditional hash. The holiday includes performances that are meant to tell the stories of family heroes and ancestors. 

Despite any variances and history to how Mother’s Day is observed in other places, the main premise is always the same: To remember and highlight the value that mothers have in all of our lives and how important they can be.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the selfless and wonderful moms! 

{Information retrieved from: Scholastic.com, Time.com, and Globalcitizen.org.}


What’s Happening in May, BHS?

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong

May 3, 2022

It is May, and the school year is coming to an end quicker than expected. However, before it is all said and done, BHS still has a lot more in store. 

This week is a very important week because we are celebrating and appreciating our wonderful and dedicated teachers. Students are writing positive notes to show their appreciation. Each note that is written, the receiving teacher will earn an E-Ticket for a chance to win many prizes. Along with this, every teacher will also be receiving different gifts throughout the week. More information is available in your grade level Google Classroom.

Also, a reminder that the last blood drive of the school year is this Friday (May 6). If you would like to donate, please sign up using this link. If you are under 17, please stop in Mrs. Bader’s room to get a parental consent form prior to the drive. 

Prom is quickly approaching, and with this, the Post Prom Committee (Senior Parents) have organized an after-prom at Fun-N-Stuff. Tickets are $10 each and will be on sale the week of May 9 through the week of May 16. There will be food, fun, prizes, and gift bags awaiting everyone after prom. An important reminder that waivers are required for this event; for more information about the waiver, go to the high school main office or your grade level Google Classroom.

BHS has many more planned events before the school year comes to an end. As of this week, remember to always appreciate your teachers for all they do everyday year, as well as to continue keeping an eye out for more information posted in Google Classroom about the upcoming blood drive and post prom. 

Just another shout out to all of our amazing teachers who inspire us, uplift us, and make our time at school a comfortable, creative, and memorable experience. We love you! 

Have a great week BHS.


Canes Outslug Cornerstone

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

May 3, 2022

Last Wednesday, the Hurricanes took on Cornerstone Christian and won in a high-scoring affair, 13-11. 

After an early deficit, the Hurricanes played to their individual roles which propelled them to the comeback, team victory.  Senior James Trunkett settled down on the mound and consistently threw strikes.

Early on, Trunkett had trouble finding the strike zone and issued too many walks. It was very cold during this game, but walks led to a lethargic defense behind him. Once he started pounding the zone, the defense assisted him in making plays to prevent Cornerstone from scoring more runs.

Offensively, juniors Jeremiah Gonzalez, Angel Hernandez, and Nate Wilson have struggled at the plate throughout the season, but in the win, they all had multiple hits, hopefully boosting their confidence.

Additionally, junior Derek Wrost had three hits as well to propel the Hurricane offense to plate 13 runs.

Great win, boys!  

Come out and see the Hurricanes baseball team take on Beachwood on our home diamond today at 4:30 p.m. 

Go Canes!

Please be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest schedule changes and upcoming events at Brooklyn Hurricanes Athletics.


Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Kriausky

*Athletic Secretary*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

April 28, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mrs. Janice Kriausky! Mrs. Kriausky, also known as “Mrs. K,” is the Athletic Secretary here at Brooklyn High School. She is one of our most well-known staff members in her 34 years of service. After this year, Mrs. Kriausky will be seeking her well-deserved retirement. She is best-known for her kind and sweet character as well as her Brooklyn pride. She will forever be remembered by all of Hurricane Nation.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the students at Brooklyn High School, what would it be?

A: “Stay in school no matter what!”

Q: What are some of your fondest memories here at BHS?

A: “Definitely in athletics. We’ve had several student-athletes do very well and go on to succeed in the sports they do. So, that’s always great to see.”

Q: What makes Brooklyn a special community?

A: “It’s a small town community where everybody knows everybody.”

Q: What are you most looking forward to with your upcoming retirement?

A: “Sleeping in for sure! Also, maybe doing a little traveling.”

Q: What is your favorite sport to watch and cheer for?

A: “Definitely football.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: “Travel, go out to eat, and spend time with my grandkids.”

Q: If you had an all-expenses paid vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

A: “Probably Rome and Paris. I would like to have a visit with the Pope and see all the different Cathedrals and fine artwork there. It would also be nice to see the Eiffel Tower as well.”

Q: Define yourself using only three words.

A: “Patient, Kind, and Loyal.”

Mrs. K, you are the best! Thank you for everything that you have done for all of the Hurricanes athletes, both past and present. Enjoy your upcoming retirement. You have earned it, and we wish you the best.


Annual Lakewood Zombie Walk 

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

April 28, 2022

The fifteenth annual Lakewood Zombie Walk will be taking place this Saturday (April 30) at The Five O’Clock Lounge in Lakewood. The event features a unique parading experience in which everyone is dressed up as zombies. This is a fun for all-ages event for the whole family that benefits a great cause to those in need. 

The first part of this year’s event will be the makeup stage. From 1:00-4:00, professional special effects makeup artists will provide zombie and horror makeup looks for anyone participating in the walk. The makeup they provide is versatile and full of possibilities. The zombie makeup will be offered for $10. 

Zombie looks are not the only ones featured. Any horror, zombie, or otherwise cool and creepy makeup and outfit looks are greatly appreciated, too. Whether that be a clown, an alien, a demon, or anything else, all are accepted. 

From 4:30-5:30, the zombie walk will take place. Participants will depart from The Five O’Clock Lounge, and the parade will commence. The route for the parade will be announced on Saturday. 

The Lakewood Zombie Walk, since its conception, has benefitted the Cleveland Food Bank and has provided all of the proceeds as donations. Admission to this year’s walk is $5 per person plus two canned food goods in support of the food bank. 

Further information can be found here on the Facebook page for the event under its annual posting.

Make sure to come out and show your scariest costume! 


An Evening With

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong

April 26, 2022

A night to relax with food, beautiful music, and outstanding art. What could be better than this? 

An Evening With took place this past Friday (April 22), and the event encapsulated the hard work of many. 

(People admiring the displayed artwork)

The BHS Jazz Band, National Art Honor Society, Junior National Art Honor Society, Singing Storm, and Hurricane Harmony are all of the groups that participated in this wonderful evening.

(The Singing Storm & Hurricane Harmony with an outstanding number)

An Evening With began three years ago with the help of Mrs. Kimberly Cipriani (BHS Choir Teacher), Mr. Christopher Kaspar (Art Teacher), Mr. Sean Sullivan (Band Director), Mrs. Joanne Becker (Art Teacher), along with help from the Brooklyn City Schools Music Boosters. 

This event is important to so many because it brings parents, families, friends, and community members together to celebrate our students’ outstanding talents and shows their artistic expression. 

(Jazz Band filling the room with amazement)

An Evening With is a wonderful, annual experience for all involved. Whether you are playing an instrument, singing, or creating artwork, it is an amazing opportunity to express your creativity, passions, and just a night to remember and enjoy. 

BHS looks forward to seeing even more students express themselves in every aspect of art and life, not only for an evening but everyday.

A special thanks to Mrs. Cipriani, Mr. Kaspar, Mr. Sullivan, Mrs. Becker, the Brooklyn City Schools Music Boosters, along with every student who made this evening possible.


Cleveland Guardians Preview

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

April 26, 2022

As of now, the Cleveland Guardians have a 7-9 record with their next game tonight on the road as they visit the Los Angeles Angels in game number two of a four-game series.  First pitch is scheduled for 9:38.

Paul Dolan, the team’s owner, has made a lot of fans upset with the new name change and for overseeing one of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball. However, with the resigning of Jose Ramirez, Emmanuel Clase, and Myles Strong, fans are more optimistic about the future of this franchise.

It is documented that the Guardians (formerly known as the Indians) are the youngest team in baseball.  With the youth, there have been and will continue to be ebbs and flows.

For example, the Guardians began the season losing two straight in Kansas City.  Then, they went on a four-game winning streak with wins at Kansas City and at Cincinnati.  During their first homestand, they were swept by the San Francisco Giants but regrouped and swept the AL Central favorite Chicago White Sox in a three-game series.

This past weekend, the Guardians were swept in the Bronx by the hated New York Yankees. 

To make matters worse, last Saturday, rookie sensation and left fielder Steven Kwan got injured towards the end of the game as he ran into the left field wall while tracking down a fly ball. Some of the Yankees fans were cheering for his injury and making noise while he was down getting checked out by fellow teammates and trainers. 

Fearless center fielder Myles Straw heard the chirping coming from the stands and then proceeded to climb the wall to get into the fans’ faces. This is when some expletives were exchanged. 

After a while, things finally calmed down and play continued, but after a walk-off hit securing the Yankees’ win, tensions began to boil again as Yankees’ fans began throwing trash such as full water bottles, filled beer cans, and bottle caps at right fielder Oscar Mercado.

Some words being said to one another is one thing, but to throw trash with intent to hurt someone is ridiculous. Even the Yankees’ players walked over to tell their own fans to stop throwing trash.

This is just embarrassing for Yankees’ fans and team management.  Is it any wonder why they have the most-hated fan base in all of sports?

With the Guardians being such a young team, it is nice to know that they have great relationships with one another and show great unity as they stand up for one another.  They truly are a young, energetic, gritty, and connected team. 

With this current 10-game road trip, the young Guardians will continue to show that they have what it takes to compete and prove the naysayers wrong.  Stay up to date with your Cleveland Guardians here.

Roll Tribe, or should we say, Go Guards?  Regardless, we have a professional baseball team in Cleveland.  Same team, same colors, just a different name.

Let’s pack Progressive Field this Summer!


Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Smith

 *Librarian/Media Center Specialist*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

April 21, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mrs. Wendy Smith! Mrs. Smith is the Librarian/Media Center Specialist in the Brooklyn City School District. She spends a lot of her time working with students, whether it is reading to them, teaching them, or assisting them with checking out books. When Mrs. Smith is not in the library, she can most-likely be found outdoors or spending time with her family. 

Q: If you did not work in the BCSD, which occupation would you choose and why? 

A: “If I did not work as a school librarian, I would have always wanted to be a travel writer. I love exploring new places and writing about my experiences. Once I am retired, I want to be a camp host at campgrounds in National Parks and have my own little library on the back of my bike that campers can select books from. It would be like the female librarians in the 1930s who rode horseback from town-to-town with their little libraries on their horses. Or, I will teach kayaking lessons somewhere because it is my other passion.”

Q: What is the most stressful part about running the media center for the whole district?

A: “The most stressful part is making sure I am staying on top of the literacy trends and that I provide books that accommodate every grade level and subject area. I always have a stack of books next to my bed that I need to read.”

Q: What is the best aspect of running the media center for the whole district? 

A: “The best part is that I literally get to see students grow up from kindergarten to a senior in high school.”

Q: How old were you when you realized your love for books?

A: “I started devouring books after I read my first book by myself, which was Charlotte’s Web. I knew then that I could escape in a world of books, and it was intoxicating. I make sure I always have books in my car or in my bag in case I have any down time to read.”

Q: What is your favorite genre to read? 

A: “As an adult, I love historical fiction. I have always loved history, and I like experiencing it through different characters’ perspectives. As a child and teenager, I only read realistic fiction. If I couldn’t imagine the story happening to myself or my friends, I wouldn’t read it.”

Q: Are you an indoors or outdoors type of person?

A: “I am definitely an outdoors type of person. I would rather be in the woods exploring or on the beach.”

Q: Do you have any special plans for summer break? 

A: My family and I are going on a two-week road trip to several National Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, The Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park. We are going to be roughing it, camping in tents, hiking, and exploring the desert. Any chance I get, I will be camping, in my kayak, or exploring some part of nature.”

Q: What is your go-to meal? 

A: My favorite is authentic Mexican food or Thai food. You can’t go wrong.”

Thank you, Mrs. Smith!  We enjoyed learning more about you. Know that your hard work and efforts do not go unnoticed.


Earth Day Agenda

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

April 21, 2022

Every year, there are plenty of events to celebrate Earth Day. 

Earth Day is about the conservation of our planet and the things that we, as individuals, can do to benefit our planet. Knowing this, there are several fun events that you should consider attending this upcoming weekend (April 22-24). 

This Friday (April 22) at Crocker Park from 1:00-3:00, Firelands Scientific is collaborating with the Cleveland Candle Company to host a recycled candle-making event. You will have the opportunity to fill a Firelands Scientific flower jar with wax and add your own fragrance, thanks to the Cleveland Candle Company. In addition, you will get a chance to learn about Firelands latest launch: Growing Green. Space is limited, so you can RSVP here.

For Saturday’s (April 23) Earth Day festivities, Whispering Acres Farm and Animal Sanctuary in Mallet Creek, Ohio, is hosting interactive events with their rescue animals. The experience will be available from 12:00-4:00. The event is both a celebration of the planet and the animals that live on it as well as a fundraiser for the animal sanctuary. There will be a 50/50 raffle and refreshments provided as well as plenty of fun experiences with the animals. Tickets are between $10 and $25 and can be purchased here.

On Sunday (April 24) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join the Sierra Club in efforts to clean up Huntington Beach and the trails surrounding the waterfront. Dress appropriately according to the weather; it is expected to be a beautiful day in the low 80s. Toe-covering shoes and items you do not mind getting dirty are recommended. Gloves and pick-up bags will be provided along with water and snacks. This event is put on in partnership with Bay Village Green Team, BAYarts, and Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The Sierra Club asks that you fill out a waiver from the Metroparks prior to participation. For those 18 years-of-age or older, you can sign up here. For any participants under 18, your parents/guardians can fill out the form here

We hope that everyone can find their own way of celebrating Earth Day by creating their own goals toward a safer, cleaner, and all-around better planet for us to live on. This weekend’s events are just a small sample of the ways in which you can benefit this planet and the beings living on it, both human and animal. 

Have a safe, fun, and happy Earth Day!


We Love Our Library!

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong 

April 19, 2022

In the Brooklyn City School District, the library is about much more than just checking out books. It is a place where people make connections, have fun, expand their knowledge, and learn skills that will help them throughout their everyday lives. Without the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Wendy Smith (District Media Specialist) and Mrs. Kimberly Daerr (District Media Assistant), the library would not be where it is today.

The library offers an array of different programs and activities for every student to enjoy, such as One Author One School. This is a program (since 2017) that focuses on K-7 students where each student gets a variety of books by an author who writes for different grade levels. The goal of this program is for kids to enjoy reading and having others read to them. 

Book fairs also play an important role in the library. Every year, the library hosts two scholastic books fairs that directly support the library and classroom teachers’ libraries, along with providing books for Right To Read Week. 

Right To Read Week is an entire week in March that is dedicated to literacy with different, daily activities. Some of the activities include organizing guest readers such as community members, teachers, and staff who go into classrooms and read a plethora of different books to K-7 students.

Along with this, there is also Literacy Night. This is a night where the community comes in and celebrates reading; the PTA provides dinner, entertainment, as well as a free book giveaway, which the library directly supports. Teachers volunteer to set up stations with crafts or games, all of which celebrate and support the importance of reading.

To keep such an enjoyable environment, the library encourages students to read by doing book talks, book trailers, monthly themes, and purchasing new and interesting books for all grade levels with a wide-range of genres and topics for all to enjoy. 

Mrs. Smith also teaches classes that focus on technology and library skills. All students learn on a google format with a range of different projects depending on their grade level.

They learn basic library skills such as how to look for a book, the different genres to find the right fit book for them, understanding the different parts of a book, researching/finding credible information, along with digital citizenship lessons that teach students how to be safe on the Internet and what you should and should not post, being nice to others, as well as creating strong passwords and making sure that your information is safe.

Each week rotates between teaching library skills and technology. Students also enjoy story time with Mrs. Smith as she reads a new book for each theme of every month. 

The library has always worked to be an inclusive environment for all students making sure to discuss authors and provide books that highlight the importance of representation everyday of the year. The library is also a welcoming and comforting place where students go to expand their knowledge, dive into a new book, and have great conversations.

Thank you Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Daerr for all that you do to make the library what it is today!


Spring Sports Report 

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

April 19, 2022

With the weather being so problematic and indecisive, the baseball and track teams are day-to-day when it comes to actually getting games and meets completed.  So, where do both squads currently stand?

The boys baseball team is 1-5 and waiting on another weather break, but as for now, they are scheduled to play this Friday at Bohlken Park. 

Luckily, they play more regular season games than most high school teams in the area. Unfortunately though, the weather has played a major role in the rescheduling of most of the games to this point.

When asked about the difficulties of this Spring’s weather, Coach Kevin Sedlacek did not hold back: “It is frustrating waiting until the last minute and then having to travel to any field that is playable.”

The Hurricanes lone highlight game so far is when they beat Independence on the road.

Junior Anthony Starr pitched 6.1 innings and struck out six batters as he shut down the Blue Devil offense. With a 5-2 lead, Starr recorded the first out of the 7th inning before turning the ball over to senior James Trunkett, who got the final two outs to save the win for the Hurricanes. 

Offensively, Starr led the team with two hits and two RBIs.  Additionally, Trunkett, junior Jeremiah Gonzalez, freshman Aiden Starr, and junior Derek Wrost each had a hit as well.

With plenty of more games on the upcoming schedule, Coach Sedlacek is eager to see the boys back in action soon: “If we play at our potential and have good pitching, quality at bats, and make our plays in the field, we can compete with any team on our schedule.”

As for track, there have been some amazing accomplishments in only four meets to this point. 

Junior Jenna Young has won the high jump in all of the meets that she has competed in, including a school-record setting 5’7” jump at the George Gross Invitational. Jenna beat her own record and ranks as one of the top high jumpers across all divisions in the state and in the top 50 of all high school girls in the country.

Jenna has also impressed in the Girls 100-meter hurdles this season. She won the event at the 16-team Cardinal Invitational (17.67) and finished second at the 8-team George Gross Invitational (17.35).

Juniors Alex Chiclana and Chavon Holton are off to great starts to the season, as well. At the George Gross Invitational, Alex won the 300-meter hurdles (46.18) and placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (18.14) while Chavon won the 100-meter hurdles (17.91) and placed third in the 300-meter hurdles (46.54).  At the Cardinal Invitational, Alex also took second in the 300-meter hurdles (46.85) and third in the 110-meter hurdles (18.03).

Senior Ashley Chong set an impressive personal record in girls long jump in back-to-back meets, winning the event at the Lutheran West Quad (15’4.5”) and finishing fourth at the George Gross Invitational (15’ 9”).

Coach Kyle Atkins loves his team’s start to the season: “Through the first portion of the season, our student-athletes have stepped up in the big way from setting personal-bests to a record-setting high jump that is among the best high jumps in the country.  With our biggest meets still ahead, our team is focused on improving each day to achieve our individual goals.”

We wish all Hurricane athletes the best of luck as they continue on through their Spring schedules. We also hope for nice, warm, and consistent weather.

Go Canes!

Please be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest schedule changes and upcoming events at Brooklyn Hurricanes Athletics.


78th Street Studios Art Walks

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

April 14, 2022

During the third Friday of every month, 78th Street Studios will be opening their facilities to the public for free art walks and events. Every event will feature the base art of the studio but also the works, experiences, and shops of many other businesses and artists. The art walks also feature live music throughout the building and on site restaurants. 

78th Street Studios has a rich history dating back to 1905 when the structure was built and originally home to the Baker Electric Motor Vehicle Company. Within the structure of the building, visitors can often find original hardwood floors, metal track doors, and old freight elevators. Years later through the 1980’s, the building was home to American Greetings’ Creative Studios, before they consolidated into a corporate headquarters building in Brooklyn.

78th Street Studios is located in a massive 170,000 square-foot building and is host to art galleries, artist studios, performing arts spaces, and music recording studios, amongst more. Since its conception, it has evolved to include the many businesses present for the third Friday events and has begun to branch out to publishing, product design, and a further focus on music.

Current events feature partnerships and experiences with the restaurant Local West as well as art from various sources such as the ARTneo Museum, CLE Film Factory, the HEDGE Gallery, Facing Forward Studio, and a whole host of individual artists. In total, there are over 50 venues open in the studio. The full list of all businesses and reservations for the third Friday events can be found here.

The next art walk at 78th Street Studios will take place on Friday, April 15 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. All following art walks will take place on the third Friday of their respective months. Reservations are recommended but are not required. 

If you are interested in seeing the works of countless local artists and engaging with new and interesting art forms alongside bold exhibits, consider checking out the festivities at 78th Street Studios for their third Friday events. 

Alternatively, check out their regular galleries when they are not hosting events to see even more unique modern art.


Staff Spotlight: Miss Baker

*Math Teacher*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

April 14, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Miss Amanda Baker! Miss Baker previously attended Brooklyn High School and graduated in the class of 2017.  During her high school years, she was involved in many different sports and activities. After receiving a scholarship, Baker went on to attend Cleveland State University, where she later graduated in 2021. She is now in her first year of teaching and teaches sixth grade math in the Brooklyn School. 

Q: Where did you go to college, and why did you choose that school?

A: “I went to Cleveland State University, and I chose it for a few different reasons. The main reason I chose Cleveland State University is because I received a scholarship from the school to play on their golf team. I was able to live downtown on campus with the scholarship for no cost. Another reason I chose CSU is because my brother, who is two years older, was attending CSU as well.”

Q: What is it like teaching at the school that you graduated from?

A: “Teaching at the school I went to is definitely a little strange. What makes it less strange, though, is having my classroom in the new building. When I was in middle school here, my classes were in the old building that was torn down. It also helps that I did not personally have any of my sixth grade team members as a teacher myself. What is still completely weird to me though is walking into the high school. It feels like I was just in class there yesterday, and it is unbelievably strange for me to call my old teachers by their first names.”

Q: What is your favorite part about math?

A: “My favorite part about math is that not many people like it. Yes, this may sound very odd. Think about it, though, if a lot of people do not like math, my job is to make them like it! I like to turn a subject that many people are intimidated by into something more enjoyable!”

Q: How has being a first-year teacher impacted your life to this point?

A: “Being a first-year teacher is definitely crazy. I am always busy making plans and thinking of new ideas to use in my classroom.”

Q: What was your favorite sport to play in high school?

A: “Since I am a big sports person, it has always been difficult for me to pick a favorite. I played softball, basketball, and golf. But my favorite team-experience was golf.”

Q: What do you plan on doing over summer break? 

A: “Golfing and coaching (shocker) and going to some concerts.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: “I like to listen to music, go to concerts, and play/watch sports.”

Q: What is your favorite type of music?

A: “Believe it or not, my favorite type of music is rock. My favorite bands are Evanescence, Halestorm, and Paramore.”

Q: In an 18-hole round of golf, who would win between you and Mr. Holko?

A: “Since I am now able to putt, I would most definitely pick myself to win in a match against Mr. Holko.”

{Editor’s note: Challenge accepted!}

Thank you for your responses, Miss Baker! You are a great addition to this school district.



By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong 

April 12, 2022

The game of Chess has been played for centuries, and the history behind it is somewhat complex. The game itself has been developing throughout the years, so it is hard to pinpoint exactly where the modern game originated. 

Though many believe that a form of what we now call Chess began in India around the seventh century, it obviously spread throughout many different parts of the world forming the game that many know today.

Now, the game is making its return to Brooklyn High School after a long awaited, two-year break. 

This tournament began at BHS around six years ago when students in Mr. Chris Kaspar’s Art class finished their projects. With many Chess boards in his room, students began to play. Because of this, the students, along with Mr. Kaspar, had the idea to start a Chess tournament. 

So, how does one play? Here is a LINK that explains the ins and outs of the game, along with maybe even how to win. 

If you would like to join this tournament, scan the QR code below!

Practice will begin on May 16-17 in Mr. Kaspar’s room immediately after school. Once the practice sessions are over, the three-day tournament starts on May 18 and concludes on May 20. 

The winner will get to choose a trophy that will be made using a 3D printer. 

If you want to play this entertaining and strategic game, it is time to make your move and sign up to be in this year’s chess tournament!

More information about the history of chess can be found HERE.


Hurricanes Represent 

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

April 12, 2022

This past week, some of the basketball student-athletes at BHS had the chance to play in the Greater Cleveland Coaches Basketball Association All-Star Games. The All-Star games took place at Gilmour Academy as the girls played on Wednesday, April 6, and the boys played on Thursday, April 7.

Along with Brooklyn, a lot of players from other CVC teams (Lutheran West, Berkshire, Kirtland, and Trinity) were represented, too.

Senior Savannah David and junior Shariah Gailes were the representatives for the girls game.  They earned this due to being key contributors for a team that finished with a 15-8 record.

“It was great to watch Savannah and Shariah play in this game. It goes to show how hard work truly does pay off. I feel that our entire team could’ve played in this All-Star game because of how strongly I feel about them, but having two representatives from BHS is a testament to our program and to our family atmosphere. Simply, Savannah and Shariah earned this honor,” stated Coach Jon Holko.

Jacob Sullivan was Brooklyn’s representative during the boys game and a key leader on a team that finished with a 12-12 record.

“Jacob played extremely-well in the GCBCA All-Star game. He finished with 12 points and had multiple assists. Jacob proved that he belonged in this game with some of Cleveland’s best seniors, for sure. Our coaching staff is very proud of him as he represented our school and community in great fashion,” stated Coach Jeff Shepherd.

Congratulations Jacob, Savannah, and Shariah!  Always remember this season of success. All of you and your teammates made and continue to make Hurricane Nation proud.

Please be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest schedule changes and upcoming events at Brooklyn Hurricanes Athletics.


Otherworld Immersive Art 

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

April 7, 2022

Have you ever wanted to take a walk through an alien realm and explore all of the possibilities of a new land? Well, Otherworld can provide all of that and maybe even more.

Otherworld is a Columbus-based, immersive art experience that leads the viewer through a story of tourism in an alternate world. The experience utilizes countless, different art mediums from an extensive team of artists to create a fully-immersive experience for guests. 

The experience starts with you, the viewer, who will become a beta tester for Otherworld Industries in their pursuit of researching alternate worlds. The viewer is left alone in the seemingly-abandoned laboratories, and it is your task to find out the secrets of the lab and maybe even do some traveling between the worlds. 

The experience features 47 different rooms of abstract art, spanning a total of 32,000 square feet of mysteries and new experiences. 

Otherworld was built and created by over 40 artists who believed that traditional museums, galleries, and theme park attractions did not match their level of anticipated excitement and entertainment. Their plan was to create an experience to immerse the viewer in an unknown environment through highly interactive technology and large-scale props.

The Otherworld experience contains a large number of art forms such as metalworking, programming, animation, sculpting, digital fabrication, and creative writing. The result of these art forms from such a large team of artists is a wonderful experience. 

Tickets for Otherworld are only available online, and you must schedule a specific time slot for your tickets on your planned day of attendance. You can, however, stay and experience the art for as long as you want following your arrival time slot. Tickets range from $25 to $30 per person, while lower prices are offered for children and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased here.

If you are looking for a new art experience or just a fun place to go, Otherworld is definitely a great option for the whole family to enjoy.


Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Heatwole

*Student Aid*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

April 7, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mrs. Debbie Heatwole! Mrs. Heatwole has been working in the Brooklyn City School District since 2005, making this year 17. Prior to becoming a student aid, she worked in a reading program called Ohio Reads for elementary children. Later on, she became a district substitute in the Brooklyn City School District and developed a love for working with children with special needs. Now, Mrs. Heatwole works as a student aid for special needs children and continues to make a tremendous impact in each and every one of her student’s lives. 

Q: What inspired you to work with special needs students?

A: “I have family members who are special needs, and growing up with them was really fun. When I first started off working in Brooklyn, I was a substitute, and one of the positions I really enjoyed the most was working in the resource rooms with the special needs kids.”

Q: What is your favorite part about Brooklyn High School?

A: “I like that Brooklyn has such a positive, community atmosphere.”

Q: What is your all-time favorite memory working with special needs students? 

A: “There are so many good memories, but my favorite would be taking a group of students to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Just watching them respond to the music and the experience was the best. It was also great watching how positive people responded to our group; it was a very uplifting experience.”

Q: What are some of your favorite activities to do with your students? What brings them the most joy?

A: “Having the Brooklyn Cafe was one of the best activities to do with them. The kids learned so much, all while having fun. They learned a lot of real-world work skills, and they got to interact with the customers, who were all the different people in the building. This experience gave the kids a lot of confidence.” 

Q: What are some of your hobbies and interests?

A: “I love to garden; I have a big vegetable garden. I also like to hike at the various metroparks, and I particularly enjoy reading books about primates!” 

Q: How do you spread kindness and positivity?

A: “In your day-to-day interactions with people, you can be a good listener, you can demonstrate being supportive to people, and you can also show people that you really value them.” 

Q: What is your favorite sport and favorite Cleveland sports team?

A: “My favorite sport is gymnastics, and my favorite Cleveland sports team would be the Monster’s hockey team.”

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

A: “Bullying is definitely my biggest pet peeve.” 

It was a pleasure to interview you, Mrs. Heatwole. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to the Brooklyn City School District. You have such a rewarding job!


Baseball Preview

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

April 5, 2022

When it comes to the challenges that the Hurricanes might face this Spring, there are some things that run through Coach Kevin Sedlacek’s head, similar to any coach. Evening starting off the season at 0-2, he is very optimistic about what is to come. What is key is that everyone stays healthy and continues to adjust as the season continues.

Coach Sedlacek believes that their biggest strength is the defense that they play. They move well and into position with and without the ball. The throws are stronger, and the team, as a whole, is playing with more confidence. Also, the pitching is making improvements as well with more strikes and better ball placement. 

Lastly, to see success this season, Coach Sedlacek believes that, like any team in America, they need to hit the ball. Attacking the good pitches, being patient, and letting the bad pitches go by is something that will determine their success or their failure.

A special shout-out to the seniors on this team: John Pierson, Alex Hernandez, Renzo Cizneroz, and James Trunkett.

Good luck this season, boys. We will be following your growth and success throughout the year.

On a side note, with the Hurricanes’ game being canceled yesterday against Independence due to the weather, they will make it up tonight at 4:30 at Independence High School.

Go Canes!

Make sure to stay up-to-date with the latest schedule changes and upcoming events at Brooklyn Hurricanes Athletics.


Welcome Back From Break!

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong

April 5, 2022

Welcome back, everyone. We hope that you all had an amazing Spring Break!  

As we head into the final quarter of the academic year, let us recap one awesome, Spring break excursion as well as preview what is coming up.

There were many events over break that Brooklyn High School students were excited about, but the main one included the BHS Marching Band at Disney World, marching down Main Street in Magic Kingdom.

Going forward, there are still many upcoming events for BHS, including the long-awaited prom season. A reminder from the BHS prom committee that final prom payments are due Wednesday, April 27, to Mrs. Holko (Room 271). 

Also, guest passes will be available at the end of this week. For more information about prom, keep an eye out for grade-level Google Classroom updates. 

Today starts state testing as well as the two-month mark before seniors graduate. A lot is coming up, so stay tuned.

We wish everyone testing this week good luck, and seniors, let us make these last two months memorable!

Have a great week, BHS!


Women’s History Month: Clara Barton

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

March 24, 2022

Clarissa Harlowe Barton was an American nurse and the founder of the American Red Cross. She served as a hospital nurse during the Civil War as well as a teacher and a patent clerk. She is well-known for her humanitarian work and for advocating for civil rights. 

Barton was born December 25, 1821, in North Oxford, Massachusetts. Her father was Captain Stephen Barton, a member of the local militia. Her mother was Sarah Stone Barton. At the age of three, she and her brother Stephen were sent to school where she learned how to read and write. She also met her only friend there, Nancy Fitt. 

At the age of 10, she assigned herself the task of nursing her brother after a fall; she learned how to distribute medicine and how to take care of his body. She continued to care for her brother, and he eventually made a full recovery. 

Barton’s parents attempted to make her less timid by sending her to school at Colonel Stones High School. She became depressed, more reclusive, and refused to eat, so her parents brought her back home. 

She spent her childhood engaging in what were considered more masculine activities, and she was sent to spend some time with her female cousins to learn social skills and a more feminine way of life. 

Barton’s parents went on to convince her to be a school teacher to help her become more social. She received her teaching certificate in 1839 when she was only 17-years-old. She led a campaign to redistrict her school to allow the children of workers to attend the school, too. Barton also demanded equal pay in her teaching job due to the influence that she had in that campaign. Barton went on to teach at various schools for 12 years. 

In 1851, Barton’s mother died. Soon after her mom’s passing, she decided to find further education at the Clinton Liberal Institute in New York. She focused on learning languages and writing and was well-revered on campus. In 1852, while teaching again, this time in Hightstown, she was contracted to open a free school in Bordentown, New Jersey. The school later got funding for a rebuild, and upon the completion of the new school, Barton was demoted to an assistant rather than keeping her position as principal. She ended up quitting shortly after. 

In 1855, Barton moved to Washington D.C. and started working as a clerk for the U.S. Patent Office. She was the first woman to hold that clerk position within the federal government and was initially being paid the same as her male counterparts. She was later demoted, and in 1858, she was fired because James Buchanan found her “Black Republicanism” unfitting for her role. In 1861, she returned to the patent office as a temporary copyist, the same position she held after being formerly demoted.

On April 19, 1861, the Baltimore Riot began the combattant history of the Civil War. Barton wanted to serve her country, so she went to the railroad station where the men were being transported; there, she nursed over 40 men. Proving crucial, she provided assistance to the men in uniform and personally took supplies to the building to help the soldiers. Barton, along with several other women, provided clothing, food, and supplies for the sick and wounded soldiers. She learned how to store and distribute medical supplies and offered emotional support to the soldiers by helping them write to their families, talk to the men, and read books to them. 

She continued on collecting medical supplies to care for Union soldiers. In August of 1862, Barton received permission to work on the front lines of the war providing medical care to wounded soldiers. She began reaching out and posting ads in newspapers to get medical supplies for the battlefield. During the First Battle of Bull Run, she distributed supplies, cleaned field hospitals, treated and dressed wounds, and served food to the soldiers. Barton provided medical care for both Union and Confederate soldiers. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Barton was appointed as the “Lady in charge” at the hospitals by serving the Army of the James. She became informally-known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” due to her swift medical services. She served on the front lines providing medical care for the battles of Fairfax Station, Chantilly, Harpers Ferry, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Charleston, Petersburg, and Cold Harbor.

Red Cross Administrator Clara Barton by Bettmann

Following the Civil War, Barton gained permission to go forth with “The Search for the Missing Men” in which she responded to inquiries from the families of missing soldiers. She went on to run the Office of Missing Soldiers in Washington D.C. and helped identify and locate more than 22,000 missing men. In 1865, she helped find and properly bury nearly 13,000 people that had died at the Andersonville prison camp where the Confederate army held them as prisoners of war. Over the next four years, she returned more than 20,000 Union soldiers to proper and marked graves.

Barton achieved widespread recognition by delivering lectures around the country about her war experiences in 1865–1868. During this time, she met Susan B. Anthony and began an association with the woman’s suffrage movement, while also becoming a civil rights activist. Baron became mentally and physically tired after her worldwide tours, so her doctor suggested that she move far away from her work. She closed the Missing Soldiers Office in 1868 and traveled to Europe. In 1869, during her trip to Geneva, Switzerland, Barton was introduced to the Red Cross and Dr. Appia. He later would invite her to be the representative for the American branch of the Red Cross and vowed to help her find financial benefactors for the official start of the American Red Cross.

In the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War, in 1870, she assisted the Grand Duchess of Baden in the preparation of military hospitals and gave the Red Cross society much aid during the war. When Barton returned to The United States, she inaugurated a movement to gain recognition for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by the United States government. Barton finally succeeded during the administration of President Chester Arthur, using the argument that the new American Red Cross could respond to crises other than war, such as earthquakes, forest fires, and hurricanes.

Barton later became president of the American branch of this community. The first local society was founded August 22, 1881, in Dansville, Livingston County, New York, where she maintained a country home. During the Spanish-American War, this Red Cross aided refugees and prisoners of war. 

In 1884, she helped with floods in the Ohio River. In 1887, she provided resources to Texas during a famine. She also assisted workers who were affected by a tornado in Illinois and also treated those affected by Yellow Fever in Florida in 1888. The list of her achievements and the people who she helped is endless. 

As criticism arose of her mixing professional and personal resources, Barton was forced to resign as president of the American Red Cross in 1904 at the age of 83 because her leadership style fit poorly into the structure of a charity. She was forced out of office by a new generation of all-male, scientific experts who reflected the realistic efficiency of the Progressive Era rather than her idealistic humanitarianism.

Barton died at her home in Glen Echo, Maryland, on April 12, 1912. Clara Barton had a lasting impact on the medical field and on repatriating missing soldiers. Her work with and establishment of the Red Cross represents an important development that has supported and saved many people.

[Information retrieved from redcross.org & biography.com.]


Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Renkas


By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

March 24, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mrs. Katie Renkas! Mrs. Renkas has been teaching in Brooklyn for 16 years and is currently a first grade teacher. She started her teaching career in special education working with high school students. Since then, she moved to regular education for both third and first grade. On top of being a teacher, Mrs. Renkas has a love for soccer as she was also the soccer coach for Brooklyn for five years early on in her career. She is well-known for her kind character, her wit, her hard work, and her dedication to the Brooklyn City Schools. 

Q: How has being a teacher impacted your life?

A: “It has impacted my life positively because it gave me more patience. I always wanted to be a teacher, and Brooklyn gave me that opportunity to teach and help young kids.”

Q: What is your favorite part about teaching?

A: “Seeing the positive impact I have on my kids, and when they get older, they still come back to visit me. Also, seeing that I just had an impact on their lives in general is the best part.”

Q: What grade levels have you taught in your career?

A: “I taught 9-12, third grade, and now, I currently teach first grade.”

Q: In your teaching experience, what are the pros and cons of teaching elementary students and high school students?

A: “Pro to teaching elementary students is that they are young and sweet and eager to learn. Con is you need to have a lot of patience with younger students. Pro to teaching high school students is they understood my jokes. Con, they are taller than I am!”

Q: Where did you go to college, and why did you choose that school?

A: “I went to Baldwin Wallace, and I chose that school because they had a good education program, and I could play soccer. I played for four years!”

Q: What is your all-time favorite sports team?

A: “Buffalo Bills!”

Q: What is your favorite color and why? 

A: “My favorite color is yellow because it is bright and sunny.” 

Q: How do you plan to spend your Spring break?

A: “With my family at Disney World!”

Q: On a scale of 1-10, how cool is Mr. Holko?

A: “0!”  {Editor’s Note: Not cool, Renkas. Not cool!}

Thank you so much, Mrs. Renkas! The Brooklyn School is fortunate to have you. Enjoy Disney!


Bracket RETRY

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

March 22, 2022

“Beware the Ides of March” not only applies to Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar because, clearly, the NCAA Tournament encompasses the same themes of being aware, staying on guard, and expecting the unexpected. 

When it comes to our initial Final Four predictions, we sincerely apologize for our absolutely-awful picks. 

With totally different outcomes than what was predicted, here is a recap of last weekend’s craziness.

WEST Region

The West Region is the only region with the top four seeds making it to the Sweet 16. Gonzaga, who is the one-seed, is heavily expected to keep making noise in the tournament. However, two-seeded Duke beat Gonzaga earlier this year, three-seeded Texas Tech can lock down any team defensively, and four-seeded Arkansas beat #1 Auburn back on February 8. Look out for this region because any team could make it out. 

EAST Region

The East Region had a lot of big upsets in the first and second rounds. One of the teams that shocked the world was St. Peter’s. The 15-seeded Peacocks defeated two-seeded Kentucky in the first round and seven-seeded Murray State in the second round. The majority of the 17.35 million brackets filled out were busted from these back-to-back upsets. Another big upset was North Carolina beating one-seeded Baylor in the second round. The Tarheels were up by 25, but a late intentional foul surged a furious comeback from the Bears to force overtime. The Tarheels ended up closing off the comeback in overtime and secured a birth in the Sweet 16. The other two teams are three-seeded Purdue who beat Yale and Texas. The last team is four-seeded UCLA, who barely beat Akron but destroyed St. Mary’s.

SOUTH Region

From the South Region, Villanova (victories over Delaware and Ohio State) takes on Michigan (victories over Colorado State and Tennessee), and Houston (winners over UAB and Illinois) will battle Arizona (winners over Wright State and TCU). With Villanova being the two-seed in their region and Michigan being the 11-seed, the Wildcats should have a good chance at beating the Wolverines, but with the way the predictions have been going thus far, who knows? Five-seeded Houston is capable of beating top-dog Arizona, especially with the game being played in San Antonio, Texas, and having the “home” crowd. 


In the Midwest Region, one-seeded Kansas is in a spot to win it, but they have some challengers.  Four-seeded Providence will get the first-crack at the Jayhawks while the other matchup consists of two, double-digit seeds.  Ten-seeded Miami punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 with upset victories over USC and two-seeded Auburn. The Hurricanes will face 11-seeded Iowa State after their two upsets against LSU and three-seeded Wisconsin. 

The Return of the Eye’s Sports Department will now make their FINAL FOUR predictions, again!

*Tyler Elzholz:

West – Gonzaga, East – Purdue, South – Villanova, Midwest – Kansas

*Jaiden Basinger:

West – Duke, East – North Carolina, South – Arizona, Midwest – Miami

*Jose Nazario:

West – Gonzaga, East – Purdue, South – Arizona, Midwest – Miami

*Mr. Holko:

West – Gonzaga, East – North Carolina, South – Michigan, Midwest – Kansas

Who are your new Final Four teams? Write them in the Leave a comment section below.


Student Leadership

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong

March 22, 2022

Superintendent Dr. Theodore Caleris along with the Brooklyn City School District created a student leadership program “to provide leadership opportunities for students, to learn from them, and to ultimately give me (Dr. Caleris) the opportunity to connect and interact with our students at the high school.”

This program started last year when Dr. Caleris met with Brooklyn High School Principal Mr. Brian Hare to discuss this great opportunity for students.

On certain Fridays each month, a few students from each grade level (8-12) are called down to the Board of Education office to meet with Dr. Caleris, Mr. Hare, and Mr. Larson (BHS Assistant Principal). 

At these meetings, an array of topics are discussed and students get to voice their opinions on what they like about the school district and what they think needs to be changed. It is also a time where students can connect with one another and the administration in a comfortable environment. 

“I believe this program is important because it focuses on students and our opinions. It means a lot for us to be able to implement our own ideas to further the success of a Brooklyn education,” stated senior Alex Hernandez. 

Sophomore Desiree Gailes also enjoys being a part of this group and had this to say: “I think it is important to have leadership meetings to get updates on how the school is operating and what we need to fix. These meetings get opinions and perspectives from different grades, which allows us to come up with reasonable changes that fit our needs. Leadership meetings take input from students to make the school a better learning environment.”

As students, this program holds a great deal of importance to make sure that our voices are actually being heard by administrators and that our opinions, thoughts, and changes about the school district are being listened to. 

“This has been a great way to learn from our students and get to know them outside of the classroom. Our students have different perspectives on things we do in the district. Our students have great ideas on how to make Brooklyn a better school district,” stated Dr. Caleris.

There are many more topics to discuss at future meetings, and we cannot wait for current students and future BHS students to continue making this school district a better place for all.


Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Smith

*Guidance Counselor*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

March 17, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mrs. Denise Smith! This year is Mrs. Smith’s ninth year of working as a guidance counselor in the Brooklyn City School District. Working here was her first and only job as a guidance counselor. Prior to this, Smith spent twenty-years working in the social service arena, where she spent half of her time working in a juvenile court diversion program and the other half working in foster and adoptive care. The last position she held was a medical social worker where she focused on working with youth who were diagnosed with chronic illnesses. Each position she held was centered and focused on children, similar to the advocating and supporting she does now for students and their families. Smith expresses how grateful she is for her past work experiences and the things she has learned along the way. 

Q: What is your favorite part about being a guidance counselor?

A: “I love working with our students and their families! I am in my ninth year here at Brooklyn, and I love being able to say I know most students from K-12, with the exception of anyone who may be new. My favorite part is when I get to go into classrooms, have classroom guidance, and of course, lunch bunch groups. Getting to build those relationships and now seeing students using the skills that not only help them socially and emotionally but also allow them to prosper academically.”

Q: What is one piece of advice that you give to students, regardless of the situation they are in?

A: “Never give up; tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to do and be all you can be!”

Q: Who has been your biggest inspiration?

A: “Probably my parents. They always supported me. They were not perfect nor pretended to be. They were hard-working and believed in always doing your best and never giving up even when things got hard.”

Q: What are your goals as a guidance counselor?

A: “One of my goals is to make connections and build relationships with each and every student. The hope is to create a safe environment where they can come for support and guidance. Ultimately, my goal is to empower them with the skills necessary to be successful in that moment and throughout life.”

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: “I graduated from Cleveland State University with an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a graduate degree in Education.”

Q: What are your hobbies/interests?

A: “I love being outdoors, walking, swimming, and spending time with my family.”

Q: How would you describe yourself using only three words?

A: “Compassionate, Optimistic, and Passionate about the needs of children and my responsibility to help them.”

Q: Favorite movie of all time?

A: “Steel Magnolias: To me, it is cast with a powerhouse of strong women who support each other throughout life’s journey!”

Thank you for your responses, Mrs. Smith.  And, thank you for helping all students reach their maximum potential.


Women’s History Month: Nellie Bly

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

March 17, 2022

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Elizabeth Jane Cochran, more commonly known by her pen name, Nellie Bly, was a journalist, charity worker, and inventor. She is well-known for taking a trip around the world in 72 days and for the way that she shaped the concept of investigative journalism. 

Bly was born on May 5, 1864, in “Cochran’s Mills,” now part of the Pittsburgh suburb of Burrell Township in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. She was one of 15 children. As a young girl, Elizabeth often was called “Pinky” because she frequently wore that color. As she became a teenager, she wanted to portray herself as more sophisticated, so she dropped the nickname and changed her surname to “Cochrane”.  In 1879, she enrolled at Indiana Normal School but later was forced to drop out because of a lack of funds. In 1880, Bly’s mother moved their family to Allegheny City (now known as the city of Pittsburgh). 

Bly’s first attempt at journalism were responses to articles within the Pittsburgh Dispatch under the pseudonym “Lonely Orphan Girl”. She responded to misogynistic articles about how women were only meant for birthing and housework. She was offered a job writing articles for the Dispatch, and after her first article, which argued for divorce law reforms for women, she was offered a full-time job and the pen name of Nellie Bly. 

Her early journalistic endeavors were within the Pittsburgh Dispatch newspaper. She focused on the working conditions of women working in factories as well as general women’s societal issues. She was later informally demoted to solely writing about fashion, gardening, and women’s society upon the complaints of factory owners. She continued her political and investigative journalism on a trip to Mexico where she protested the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz and the suppression and imprisonment of Mexican journalists. She later had to flee the country upon threats of arrest and went on to publish her experiences in the book, Six Months in Mexico

Bly left the Pittsburgh Dispatch in 1887 for New York City. She began to face rejection from new editors who would not consider hiring a woman. She eventually talked her way into the office of Joseph Pulitzer and took an undercover assignment for which she agreed to fake insanity to investigate reports of brutality and neglect at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island, now named Roosevelt Island. Bly checked herself into a boarding house called Temporary Homes for Females where she stayed up all night to give herself the “disturbed woman look” and began making accusations that the other boarders were insane. Refusing to go to bed and scaring others, the police were called to take her to the nearby courthouse. After being examined by a police officer, a judge, and a doctor, Bly was taken to Blackwell’s Island.

After ten days, the asylum released Bly, and she later published a book called Ten Days in a Mad-House which prompted the asylum to implement reforms, thus bringing her fame. She had a lasting impact on American culture and shed light on the experiences of women beyond the asylum, too. 

In 1893, Bly used the celebrity status she had gained from her asylum reporting skills to schedule an exclusive interview with the allegedly insane serial killer, Lizzie Halliday. Her two-part series in October of 1887 was a sensation, effectively launching the decade of “stunt” or “detective” reporting, a clear precursor to investigative journalism. The stunt girls, with Bly as their prototype, were the first women to enter the journalistic mainstream in the twentieth century. 

In 1888, Bly wanted to embark on and document a journey similar to the fictional one of the adventure novel Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. On November 14, 1889, Bly boarded the Augusta Victoria and began her trip around the world. She brought very few of her belongings and relied solely on the most essential items. During this, the newspaper Cosmopolitan hired a reporter to set out the same day as Bly to beat the time of her worldwide journey. Bly was unaware of this competitor for most of her journey and ultimately did not care about the competition that was created. 

Bly had a near endless list of experiences in the places that she traveled. Her trip ended up lasting 72 days and was mostly traveled by ship and train. She set a world record for circumnavigating the world. Later on, however, the record would go on to be beaten many times, with the current record being just under 36 days.

Following her trip, Bly began to write serial novels for the New York Family Story Newspaper. Her first was Eva the Adventuress, based on the life experiences of Eva Hamilton; several of the chapters were published before Bly returned from her trip. Between 1889 and 1895, she wrote eleven novels. Most of these novels were thought to be entirely lost until their rediscovery in 2021. 

In 1895, Bly married Robert Seaman. He was 73 and failing in health at the time. Due to this, she took over as head of Iron Clad Manufacturing Company, a position previously held by Seaman. While working there, she patented both a novel milk can and stacking garbage cans. Due to embezzlement by other people within the business and general business-based negligence by Bly, the company went bankrupt. 

She went back to reporting after this and wrote stories from Europe’s Eastern Front during WWI. She was one of the first people and the first woman to visit the war zone between Serbia and Austria. She spent much of her life following this and continuing to write in newspapers. 

On January 27, 1922, Bly died of pneumonia at St. Mark’s Hospital, New York City, at the age of 57. In 1998, Bly was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and was one of four journalists honored with a U.S. postage stamp in a “Women in Journalism” set from 2002. 

Nellie Bly will forever be remembered for her accomplishments and impact on journalism. 

{Information retrieved from Womenshistory.org.}


It’s Bracket Time! 

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

March 15, 2022

College basketball fans, the NCAA tournament is finally here. With 63 games to be played, there is a lot to look forward to and so much that can happen. This is why it is called March Madness, right?

Here are the top four seeds per region as well as some potential dark horses.

WEST Region

With a lot of teams capable of making it to the Sweet 16 in this region, Gonzaga, who lost in the National Championship game a year ago, is the number #1 overall seed. Duke, in Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season, is the #2 seed. Texas Tech, who made a big run in 2019 as national runners-up, is the #3 seed. Lastly, Arkansas, who stunned Auburn in the regular season, is the #4 seed.

Do not sleep on Connecticut and Michigan State.

EAST Region

The East region has some familiar teams. Baylor, who defeated 31-0 Gonzaga last year for the National Championship, is the #1 seed. Kentucky, which is one of the all-time blue bloods in college basketball, has a good chance of winning it all as the #2 seed. Purdue, who was ranked number one at one point this season, is the #3 seed. Finally UCLA, who made it to the Final Four last year, is the #4 seed.

Do not sleep on Virginia Tech, Murray State, and St. Mary’s.

SOUTH Region

Arguably, the South region is the toughest of the four regions due to how loaded the first four teams are. Arizona is the #1 seed, Villanova is the #2 seed, Tennessee is the #3 seed, and Illinois is the #4 seed.

Do not sleep on Houston, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Loyola University of Chicago (You know, Sister Jean’s Ramblers.)


With a heavy stacked, top seeded region, the Midwest is up for grabs. As expected, Kansas is the #1 seed. Auburn, who has steadily maintained its top four ranking, is the #2 seed. Wisconsin is the #3 seed, while Providence rounds out the top four seeds.

Do not sleep on Iowa, who is arguably the hottest team in the country right now.

The Return of the Eye‘s Sports Department will now make their FINAL FOUR predictions.

*Tyler Elzholz:

West – Gonzaga, East – Kentucky, South – Tennessee, Midwest – Iowa 

*Jaiden Basinger:

West – Arkansas, East – Baylor, South – Arizona, Midwest – Iowa

Jose Nazario:

West – Duke, East – UCLA, South – Tennessee, Midwest – Wisconsin

Beginning this Thursday, brackets will bust, and some of the heavy weights will lose. March Madness is unpredictable, which makes it the greatest three weeks in sports.

Who are your Final Four teams? Write them in the Leave a comment section below.


Matilda Recap

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong

March 15, 2022

As the curtains opened on Thursday, March 10, the cast, pit band, and crew dazzled the audience with outstanding performances through closing night.

“Seeing all of the parts come together on opening night was truly an amazing and exciting feeling,” exclaimed Kimberly Cipriani (Play Director).

Reviews from BHS students:

“There was so much talent displayed on that stage. From the set design, to the band, to the performers, it was all just very high quality. Their efforts and hardwork most certainly paid off.” (Senior – John Wilson

“At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the cast did an amazing job portraying their characters and telling such a heartfelt story.” (Senior – Karalynn Lorenzo) 

“It was great seeing the energy of the cast coming together and having all of their hard work truly pay off.” (Junior – Anayah Flowers

“It was an amazing show; the cast really did their best, and I’m glad I was able to watch and experience their show.” (Junior – Karmarie Ruberte)

Matilda had so many amazing elements that stood out. The choreography, singing, acting, set design, and lighting were all phenomenal. It captured all of the aspects to make an outstanding show. The audience laughed but also felt the emotion with each line and with each note. 

The musical truly gave everything that it needed to give.  Well done!


Women’s History Month: Frances Harper

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

March 10, 2022

Frances Harper - Wikipedia

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was an activist as a suffragist and abolitionist, along with being a poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer. She was one of the first African American women able to get her literature published in The United States of America. 

Harper was born on September 24, 1825, in Baltimore, Maryland, which at the time was a slave state. At the age of three, both of her unknown parents died, making her an orphan. She was later adopted and raised by her aunt and uncle who gave her the last name “Watkins”. Harper went to school at the Watkins Academy for Negro Youth, which her uncle had established in 1820. As a civil rights activist and abolitionist, Reverend Watkins had a major influence on his niece’s life and work. 

At the age of 13, she worked as a seamstress while also working as a nursemaid for a white family who owned a bookshop. In her spare time, she was able to read the books from the shop and work on her own writings. 

In 1850 at the age of 26, Harper moved to Baltimore, Ohio, to teach domestic science at Union Seminary, an AME-affiliated school for Black students near Columbus, Ohio. She worked as the school’s first female teacher. Union Seminary closed in 1863 when the AME Church diverted its funds to purchase Wilberforce University, the first black-owned and operated church. The following year, Watkins took a position at a school in York, Pennsylvania.

In 1839, Harper began her writing career by publishing works in antislavery journals. Her early works were published under her maiden name, Watkins. In 1845, Harper published her first book of poetry titled Forest Leaves or Autumn Leaves; the poetry in this book established Harper as an abolitionist voice. She went on to publish Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects in 1854 which became fairly popular and established her writing career even further. 

In 1858, she published one of her now best-known poems, “Bury Me in a Free Land” in an anti-slavery newspaper in Ohio. In 1859, Harper became the first black woman to publish a short story with “The Two Offers” being published in The Anglo-African Newspaper. She continued publishing works there such as her essay “The Greatest Want”. Her essays and poetry focused on the abolition of slavery and the plight of African Americans in the U.S. Throughout her life, Harper published 80 poems, many of which continued on these themes of slavery and freedom.

One Great Bundle of Humanity”: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper on Gathering  Solidarity – SCRIBBLING WOMEN

In 1872, Harper published Sketches of Southern Life, which highlighted the experiences of recently freed slaves in the South and the oppression of black women, even outside of slavery. Between 1868 and 1888, Harper published three novels in a magazine, Minnie’s Sacrifice, Sowing and Reaping, and Trial and Triumph. She is more well-known for her novel Iola Leroy or Shadows Uplifted. This novel was published in 1892 and was one of the first novels to ever be published by a black woman in the U.S. All of Harper’s works (specifically this novel) focus on the social issues of both African Americans and women and the intersection of these two identities. 

Harper was a strong supporter of abolitionism, prohibition, and women’s suffrage, progressive causes that were connected before and after the American Civil War. She was also active in the Unitarian Church, which supported abolitionism. In 1853, Harper joined the American Anti-Slavery Society and became a traveling lecturer for the group. During this time, she delivered many speeches and faced much prejudice and discrimination along the way. 

A year later, she delivered her first anti-slavery speech called “The Elevation and Education of our People”. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Harper moved South to teach newly-freed Black people during the Reconstruction Era. During this time, she also gave many large public speeches. In 1870, Harper worked with the Freedmen’s Bureau encouraging many freed men in Mobile, Alabama, to “get land, everyone that can” so they could vote and act independently once Congress passed the Fifteenth Amendment. 

Harper’s public activism also continued in her later years. In 1891, Harper delivered a speech to the National Council of Women of America in Washington D.C., demanding justice and equal protection by the law for the African-American people.

A lot of Harper’s activism was displayed through speeches that she delivered. She spoke to the National Woman’s Rights Convention in 1866 and encouraged them to form the American Equal Rights Association (AERA). Harper was on the Finance Committee of the AERA and advocated for suffrage for all women, not just white women, as was previously specified by many suffrage groups at the time. AERA divided into two groups upon the introduction of the 15th amendment giving black men the right to vote. It became the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), which did not support the Fifteenth Amendment because it did not also allow women to vote. The other group was the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA), which supported the amendment. Harper was one of the founding members of the AWSA as a supporter of the amendment. 

Harper would later go on to help develop the National Association for Colored Women (NACW) in 1896. It was primarily founded to avoid the racism of white feminists when advocating for suffrage. In 1897, Harper became vice president of the NACW. 

On February 22, 1911, at the age of 85, Frances Harper passed away of heart failure. Her legacy as a writer, a poet, a suffragist, and an abolitionist all live on through her literature and the importance of equal rights for all women. 

{Information retrieved from Womenshistory.org}


Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Marquis

*Intervention Specialist*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

March 10, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mrs. Suzy Marquis! Mrs. Marquis is an Intervention Specialist here at the Brooklyn City Schools and has been teaching for 26 years. She is well-known for making a positive impact in the lives of her students with her kind and charismatic personality, as well as her ability to provide the best possible care for her students.  She loves helping students, and it shows.

Q: What inspired you to become a special education teacher? 

A: “When I was in high school, we had an organization called ‘YARK’ where students could go down to the elementary school as a volunteer and work with kids with special needs. When I started volunteering, I loved it. Later on, I decided working with special needs kids is what I wanted to do. So, volunteering in high school was definitely my inspiration.”

Q: How have you positively impacted your students, both past and present?

A: “Well, I try my best to help my students achieve their goals, as well as giving a little encouragement when in need. My goal for all my students is to be happy and successful in all that they do. I’ve had students in the past and present come up to me and tell me they achieved their goals thanks to my help. I always look forward to seeing their growth. One of my students recently told me they improved in reading! I also like to keep kindness present in my classroom environment in hopes that I can encourage my students not only to be kind but to spread kindness in school and outside of school.”

Q: What is your favorite part about working here in the Brooklyn City School District?

A: “Definitely my kids! I love coming in every morning and seeing everyone!”

Q: If you could have another occupation, what would it be and why?

A: “Probably a nurse! I do think nursing and teaching are closely related because you’re both taking care of people and helping them with what they need.”

Q: Describe your family. 

A: “Well to start, I, of course, have my family here at school, but in my immediate family, I have my husband and my three boys. My oldest is 23, and he will be graduating from Kent State University. My middle son is 17 and a junior in high school. And my youngest is 13 and in 7th grade. And then, my husband works in computers!”

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

A: “I love to walk my dog, I like to run, I like to ski, and I enjoy baking!

Q: What is your favorite season of the year and why?

A: “I like them all, but I especially like summer because I like to swim, and I like the heat.” 

Q: If you could pick one place to travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: “I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand. I did a report on New Zealand in 7th grade, and ever since, I’ve been kind of wanting to go! But in general, any place with a good beach!”

Thank you for allowing us to interview you, Mrs. Marquis. It was an honor to come back and visit you. Also, we greatly appreciate the ‘Thank You’ cards and chocolate!


Here’s What’s Happening, BHS

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong

March 8, 2022

With prom only months away, Brooklyn High School has begun their annual Malley’s chocolate fundraiser. This fundraiser gives students the opportunity to lower the cost of their prom ticket, deducting $10 for each box sold.

Apart from prom, BHS is also hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Friday, March 11. It will be held in the high school gymnasium. For more information, visit your grade level’s Google Classroom. Additionally, for those interested in donating blood, you can sign up using the link below.

Blood Drive Sign-Up

Reminder, Matilda the musical will debut this week on Thursday, March 10, in the Brooklyn High School Auditorium. Tickets are being sold at the door for $10. Curtains open at 7:00 p.m.

This week, there are many events occurring here at BHS! So, come show your support for the Brooklyn Drama Club, donate your blood, and buy some chocolate bars!


Young Finishes Third

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

March 8, 2022

This past Saturday, BHS junior Jenna Young traveled to the Spire Sports Complex in Geneva, Ohio, to participate in the OATCCC State High School Indoor Track Meet for the Division II and III high jump competition. 

This entire Winter, Young balanced varsity basketball and indoor track and proved that both can be accomplished well, simultaneously.  In basketball, she played an integral role in her team’s 15-8 season.  For indoor track, she did very well and completed a 5’4” jump to place third in the state. Her jump of 5’4” was her personal best for indoor track.

Last Spring as a sophomore, Young placed second (out of 24 girls) in the outdoor high jumping, OHSAA track meet.

Success has been frequent for Young, but it is because of her hard work and internal drive for individual improvement.  She never settles for mediocrity and truly believes that her best days are still ahead.

Hurricane Nation would like to congratulate Jenna on her basketball and indoor track successes and wish her nothing but the best for the upcoming, Spring track season.

As the Spring sports seasons approach, stay tuned as we will do our preseason previews for baseball and track. 

Please visit Brooklyn Hurricanes Athletics for more information.


Preview: Women’s History Month

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

March 3, 2022

Women's History Month Archives - Gale Blog: Library & Educator News | K12,  Academic & Public

As of March 1, 2022, Women’s History Month began. The theme for this year is “Women who  provide healing and promote hope”. This theme is meant to recognize how women have contributed throughout the world as caretakers, particularly in the medical field as nursing tends to be a female-dominated field. 

Women’s History Month is meant to recognize many of the overlooked women in both history and in the present day. It continues to be important in working towards equality for all people by bringing together women from all walks of life and all around the globe. 

Throughout the month of March, our section of journalism will be writing an article each week to recognize the importance of three women and all of their contributions. Our articles for the next three weeks will be written about Frances Harper, Nellie Bly, and Clara Barton.

This month is a chance for people to reflect on the important women in their own lives as well as those making developments in the present day.


Hurricanes Out!

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

March 1, 2022

Last Friday, the boys basketball team traveled to Columbia High School for an OHSAA sectional final battle with former MAC-8 and PAC foe, the host Raiders. 

Tip-off began at 7:00 p.m. with the gym packed full of fans representing both schools. It was a loud and energetic atmosphere from beginning to end. Unfortunately, the visiting Hurricanes came up a little short, thus ending their bounce-back season.

As the game began, it was obvious that this contest was going to be a back-and-forth, 32-minute war. The Hurricanes started off hot on both sides of the ball, finishing well around the rim and hitting three-pointers off of excellent ball movement. Defensively, Columbia scored points, too, but the Hurricanes made them earn a lot of them.

In the second quarter, the shots were not falling as well as they did in the first quarter. The Hurricanes defense was locking down and getting plenty of steals to gain possession of the ball, but struggling to score led to the Raiders heading into halftime with a one-point lead. 

In the third quarter, the Hurricanes came out of the locker room inspired, going on a nice run which helped the Hurricanes come out on top at the conclusion of the quarter. Defense and transition offense were the keys in assisting the Hurricanes in turning the slight deficit into a lead.

However, the fourth quarter found the Hurricanes making mistakes with forced shots and turnovers; this is what changed the complexion of the game. Tied with 2:50 remaining, the mistakes compounded, and time ran out for the Hurricanes to claim a sectional championship.

Final score: Columbia 56, Brooklyn 48.

With the loss, this means that the basketball season has come to a close. The boys finished 12-12, an 11-win increase from last season.

A special shout-out to seniors Maceo Pytel, Jordyn Fougerousse, Jacob Sullivan, Luke Mackovjak, and Tyler Elzholz. Thank you for everything that you have done for this program. Hurricane Nation wishes you great success in your future endeavors.

As winter sports come to an end, please stay tuned for recaps and for what to expect in the Spring for Hurricanes Athletics.

Go Canes!


Musical Preview: Matilda

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong 

March 1, 2022

The wait is over! The cast, pit band, and crew for the musical Matilda have worked tirelessly since November to put on an outstanding show when the curtains open next week on Thursday, March 10.

“I can’t wait for everyone to see the final product,” exclaimed Kimberly Cipriani (Play/Musical Coordinator and BHS Choir teacher). 

Many students are excited to see this year’s musical lead (Matilda) that will be played by sixth grader, Marissa Kenderes. 

“I am most excited about the music in this year’s musical. I heard the leading role, Matilda (Marissa), is great at singing,” said Junior Laura Nguyen. 

Nguyen is also a member of the crew and when asked what the most difficult part of creating this year’s set was, she replied: “This year, we have moved away from the large, structural sets that we used to do in the past. It was really difficult to think of imaginative sets that were interesting since it is smaller than prior years.”

The schedule for the musical is March 10-11, starting at 7:00 p.m. It will also be performed on March 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 apiece. 

“All of our students in the cast, pit, and crew have been working very hard, and opening night will be the first time they will finally get the applause they deserve,” stated Cipriani.

Show your support for the Brooklyn Drama Club as they showcase their amazing talent and hard work.

It is time for Matilda, so for all involved, break a leg!


Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Ethridge 

*Attendance Secretary*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

February 24, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mrs. Linda Ethridge! Mrs. Ethridge is the Attendance Secretary for the Brooklyn City School District and has been working in the district for 15 years. Prior to her role as attendance secretary, she worked as a substitute teacher for seven years and also worked as a secretary for eight years. Mrs. Ethridge is well-known for her fun personality, her Brooklyn pride, and her love for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Q: How would you describe your job?

A: “I do the attendance and records for the entire district, which includes keeping track of 1300 students.”

Q: What is your favorite part of the work day? 

A: “Working with the students!”

Q: How do you overcome a stressful situation?

A: “I use my Lavender essential oils and my stress ball!” 

Q: What do you love most about the Brooklyn community?

A: “I love how close we are as a community. I just love how close and how diverse we are as a small community. It’s special to me since I was raised here. I also graduated from Brooklyn High School, and I still live here.”

Q: What is your cultural heritage, and what do you like most about it?

A:”I am Austrian. I love the cultural traditions and the food. The desserts are amazing!”

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?

A: “Sarcastically, tardy students!

Q: What are some life goals that you would like to accomplish in the present/future?

A: “Travel more! My oldest son is moving to Cambodia this summer, so I would definitely like to go visit him in Cambodia.”

Q: What is a piece of advice that you would give this year’s senior class as they are about to transition into the next chapter of their lives?

A: “Take time to be present. Live in the now.” 

Thank you, Mrs. Ethridge!  And please, remember who wrote this article about you.  This should give us a couple of free tardies, right?


Black History Month: Alvin Ailey

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

February 24, 2022

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Alvin Ailey is known for being a choreographer, dancer, and director for various dance companies and later for founding his own dance company, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT). His theater (and later the Ailey School) were created with the focus of highlighting black dancers and displaying African American experiences through dance performances.

Alvin Ailey was born in Rogers, Texas, on January 5, 1931. His father abandoned their family when Ailey was three-months-old. He and his mother were forced to work in cotton fields and as house servants to support themselves. They moved around a lot, and Ailey often stayed with relatives while his mother went out to find other work. 

In 1941, Ailey’s mother moved to Los Angeles, California. A year later, Ailey followed his mother and enrolled in George Washington Carver Junior High School. He then graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. In 1946, he began to gain an interest in dance after seeing the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the Katherine Dunham Dance Company perform in Los Angeles. In 1949, Ailey began learning dance from Lester Horton at what was one of the only racially-integrated dance schools at the time. While learning dance, Ailey started studying writing and romance languages at UCLA. In 1951, he moved his studies to San Francisco State University and continued his academic focuses. While in San Francisco, he met Maya Angelou and performed a nightclub act called “Al and Rita” with her. 

In 1953, Ailey made his debut as a dancer in Revue Le Bal Caribe, which was choreographed by his mentor, Lester Horton. Later that same year, Horton passed away, and Ailey filled his role as choreographer and artistic director for the dance company. Ailey started dancing as a pair with Carmen de Lavallade. The pair performed on Broadway in the musical House of Flowers. After that production closed, Ailey performed in a touring production by Harry Belafonte called Sing, Man, Sing. In 1957, he performed in the Broadway production of Jamaica.

In 1958, Aliey founded his own dance theater called the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Alivin created his theater to honor and celebrate black culture.  The company had its debut at the 92nd Street Y. The performance included Ailey’s first masterpiece, Blues Suite. Two years later, he premiered his most popular and critical work, Revelations, again at the 92nd Street Y. After this performance and despite their success, the Ailey company struggled to find consistent bookings. The U.S. State Department sponsored AAADT’s first international tour in 1962, which traveled across Asia—with follow ups to Senegal in 1966 and East & West Africa in 1967. The company was eventually able to book a few American shows per season as well. After a successful week-long engagement at the Billy Rose Theater, the company was invited to become the resident company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This relationship did not last long, and Alvin began to struggle with tours again.

In 1970, with few bookings on the radar (and on the eve of a tour to Russia as part of a cultural exchange agreement), Ailey announced at a press conference that he was closing the company. That August, the company toured to Russia, where it was ecstatically-received. Their performances were broadcasted on Moscow television and viewed by over 22 million viewers. On closing night, because the Russian audiences would not stop applauding, the company gave over 30 curtain calls. Returning home, the company performed a two-week engagement at the ANTA Theater. By the end of the January 1971 performance, the entire show was sold out. After 13 years, Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater was a monumental success. In August 1972, the company was briefly renamed the Alvin Ailey City Center Dance Theater and became a resident company of the New York City Center. Ailey’s work has been met with popular and critical acclaim. AAADT was formed to celebrate African American culture and to provide performances for black dancers, who were frequently denied opportunities due to race. Ailey proudly employed artists based solely on artistic talent and integrity, regardless of their cultural background.

Alvin Ailey - Dance, Revelations & Facts - Biography

In 1969, Ailey founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and paired with Fordham University to allow for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program through the dance school. The school started off in Brooklyn with 125 students and has continued to grow under various leaderships throughout its history. The Ailey School is now the largest dancing school in New York City. 

Ailey died from an AIDS-related illness on December 1, 1989, at the age of 58. He asked his doctor to announce that his death was caused by terminal blood dyscrasia in order to shield his mother from the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.

Ailey’s legacy and the work that he put into uplifting black dancers continues today and is an important part of his dance company and school that still continues to teach and impact new generations of dance students. 

{Information retrieved from Biography.com and Pbs.org}


Lady Canes Season Concludes

By: Tyler Elzholz, Jaiden Basinger, and Jose Nazario

February 22, 2022

This past Saturday, the Lady Hurricanes traveled to Mapleton High School for a sectional final game pairing two, evenly-matched teams. 

In the first quarter, the Lady Canes and Lady Mounties traded baskets, turnovers, and defensive stops. In a relatively quick-paced opening quarter, the Lady Mounties took a one-point, 13-12 lead after eight minutes of play.

In the second quarter, the Lady Canes started off fast and played great defense which jump-started a 9-0 run to give them a 21-13 lead.  However, the Mounties matched the Lady Canes 9-0 run with a 9-0 run of their own to take a 22-21 halftime lead.

Coach Jon Holko stated: “At halftime, the goal was to stick to our game plan and to clean up some aspects of our rebounding and turnovers. We were right there but just couldn’t sustain a second half run, and they (the Lady Mounties) made a couple of less mistakes when it mattered most.” 

In the third quarter, the offensive struggles continued for the Lady Canes.  Turnovers, missing wide-open looks, and not rebounding the ball on the offensive glass enabled the Lady Mounties to stretch their lead to seven points by the end of the quarter, 35-28.

Despite the scoring struggles, the Lady Canes found themselves down by just four points with ten seconds to go in the game, but a missed lay-up attempt to cut the lead to two sealed the deal for the host Lady Mounties. 

Final score: Mapleton 45, Brooklyn 39.

“We had our chances but didn’t capitalize.  Even though this loss stings and my heart breaks for the seniors (Savannah David and Gwen Spaliatsos), these girls have nothing to be ashamed of.  This year, three records were broken, we gave Trinity their only CVC loss, and we finished with 15 wins. We have a lot to be proud of.”

With the loss, the Lady Canes were eliminated from playoff contention, but as Coach Holko stated, an overall record of 15-8 is terrific.

Hurricane Nation would like to congratulate the Lady Canes on all of their hard work and successes this season. With six of the eight varsity players returning next year, the best is yet to come!

The girls basketball program would like to wish the boys varsity basketball team the best of luck  tonight as they host Wooster Triway in the sectional semi-finals.  Tip off is at 7:00.

Go Canes!

For Winter sports schedules and more information, visit Brooklyn Hurricanes Athletics.


Expanding Historical Knowledge

By: Alaysia Curry and Daylun Armstrong

February 22, 2022

History goes beyond what is written in the history books. There are so many things in history that we do not know enough about, and it is important as a district that we begin having more in-depth information and conversations about how the past affects the world that we live in today. 

In the United States, there are many history months that are celebrated including Black History Month (currently), Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, LGBTQ+ History Month as well as Pride Month, National Latinx Heritage Month/Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American (Indigenous) Heritage Month, Women’s History Month, along with many more. 

It is important to not only learn about history during the month that it is celebrated but to learn throughout the entirety of the year about how history not only shapes the world but how it shapes the people affected by it.  

During this February, Brooklyn High School celebrates Black History by having students research Black historical/influential figures, creating presentations, as well as displays throughout the hallways that showcase contributions and accomplishments that had a major impact on history. 

{Pictured above are displays of Simone Biles, Larry Doby, Alice Walker, and Amanda Gorman, just a few of the many displays of historical/influential figures throughout BHS.}

Although this is a good first step, there needs to be a continuous effort put forth year-round, not only to express the importance but to learn about a lot of history untold.

Brooklyn City School District Superintendent, Dr. Theodore Caleris, states: “What I want most for our school community is to celebrate the diversity of all of our students and staff. One of the greatest characteristics of our community is that we represent so many unique and diverse nationalities and ethnicities. Through our strategic planning process, the district plans to take a look at how all students and staff are represented in our school district.”

History is still continuing to happen every single day. School should be a place to expand your knowledge, be in an open environment to have in-depth and important conversations, and to help create change in the world.

We, as students, will continue to work with the administration to make further improvements to our school district to ensure that students feel represented and listened to on a daily basis.


Black History Month: Bessie Coleman

By: Laila Schwin and Valery Warner

February 17, 2022

Bessie Coleman - Wikipedia

Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to hold a pilot’s license. Equally important, she was the first Native American person to hold one, as well. She excelled greatly as a civilian aviator and spent much of her flight career performing airshows. 

Elizabeth (Bessie) Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas, on January 26, 1892. She was born to Susan Coleman, who was African American, and George Coleman, who was African American and also Cherokee. She grew up with twelve siblings, with her being the tenth of the thirteen children. Ultimately, only eight of her siblings survived their childhood. 

Shortly after Coleman’s birth, her family moved to Waxahachie, Texas. She grew up on sharecropping farmland with her family while attending a small, segregated school. She farmed cotton with her family throughout her childhood as part of supporting their lives as sharecroppers. In 1901, her father left the family to move to modern-day Oklahoma on Native American land to find better opportunities for himself.

At age 12, Coleman was accepted into and started attending the Missionary Baptist Church School on a scholarship that she had earned. When she turned 18, she began attending the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University (now known as Langston University) in Langston, Oklahoma. She only completed one term before she ran out of money and had to quit her academic pursuits. 

In 1915, she moved to Chicago, Illinois, with some of her brothers. While there, she worked as a manicurist and also worked as a manager at a chili parlor to help her save money for her newfound dream of becoming a pilot. She ended up being in contact with Robert S. Abbott, the founder of the newspaper (The Chicago Defender). Abbott, as well as businessman Jesse Binga, helped Coleman fund her flight school dreams and were a driving force in her being able to study abroad to get her pilot’s license. 

Because there were no flight school options for African Americans, Native Americans, and women in The United States (with Coleman being a combination of all three), she saved for and gained sponsorships to be able to attend flight school in France. To prepare for her trip, she took a French language class at the Berlitz Language School in Chicago. She traveled to Paris, France, to officially begin her flight training on November 20, 1920. She spent a considerable amount of time in France for pilot training. 

With commercial flights still being over a decade away, Bessie realized in order to keep her position as a civilian aviation professional that she would have to become what is called a “Stunt Flier”. Becoming a stunt flier would require her to take advanced lessons. After returning to Chicago, she had no luck finding someone willing to teach her. In February of 1922, she sailed back to Europe. She spent two months there completing an advanced course in aviation. She also traveled to Germany, where she visited the Fokker Corporation and received additional training from one of the company’s chief pilots. After all her flight training was completed, she returned to the U.S. to start her career in exhibition flying. 

Pilot Bessie Coleman Tragically Died as a Passenger on a Test Flight -  Biography

Over the course of the next five years, Bessie created a name for herself being known as “The World’s Greatest Woman Flier”. Drawing such high popularity to herself, she was invited to important events and often interviewed by journalists. “Queen Bessie” was admired by all. She made her first appearance in an American airshow on September 3, 1922, at an event honoring veterans of the All-Black, 369th Infantry Regiment of World War I. Six weeks later, she participated in another Chicago air show to honor World War I’s 370th Infantry Regiment. 

In Los Angeles, she broke a leg and three ribs when her plane stalled and crashed on February 22, 1923. As a professional aviator, Coleman often would be criticized by the press for her opportunistic nature and the flamboyant style that she brought to her exhibition flying, but nothing could stop her from losing sight of her childhood dreams. 

Committed to promoting aviation and combating racism, Coleman spoke to audiences across the country about the pursuit of aviation and goals for African Americans. She absolutely refused to participate in aviation events that prohibited the attendance of African Americans.

On April 30, 1926, Bessie Colman passed away. She had recently purchased a Curtiss JN-4 aircraft that had been poorly maintained. While her friends and family tried to encourage her not to fly the plane, she refused and did so anyway. Ten minutes into the flight, the plane took a dive and spun 3,000 feet towards the ground. Colman was thrown out of the plane at about 2,000 feet, instantly killing her at the age of 34. 

Her legacy as a public figure and media sensation, as well as her outstanding achievements as a pilot, made Bessie Coleman one of the greatest pilots to have ever lived. 

(Information for this article can be found at National Women’s History.)


Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Paul

*Brooklyn School Secretary*

By: Morgan Blechschmid and Chloe Rojak

February 17, 2022

Chosen for this week’s Staff Spotlight is Mrs. Laura Paul! Mrs. Paul is currently the secretary at the Brooklyn School and has been working with the BCSD for 16 years. Previously, she worked as the secretary at the former elementary school known as Brookridge along with working at the old middle school (before the new building was constructed). Mrs. Paul has always been known for her kind and friendly personality, and she never fails to put a smile on people’s face. 

Q: Describe your roles as secretary for the Brooklyn School.

A: “We just make sure, as a whole, that the building gets off to a good start, and we continue the good day throughout to meet the needs of students, staff, and teachers.”

Q: If you could switch your occupation, what would you change it to and why?

A: “I would probably be a teacher because I like being in the school, and I just like being around the students.”

Q: What are some of the pros and cons about working as the secretary in the Brooklyn School as opposed to working at the old middle school and Brookridge Elementary?

A: “The pros are that I have the same grades together at one time, so it’s the best of both worlds. The cons are having to do double the work.”

Q: What are some of your favorite memories working in the Brooklyn City School District?

A: “I loved working with Mr. Russo and Mr. Caleris; we laughed all of the time. Also, Mr. Yarman at Brookridge was just an incredible leader. Now, it’s fun because some of the kids I previously had years ago are the parents of the kids who I currently have.”

Q: How would you describe yourself using only three words?

A: “I think I’m smart, friendly, and I hope I’m kind.” 

Q:  What is your stress meal?

A: “Lately, my stress food has been Hershey Kisses.” 

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?

A: “I love to read, play with puppies, and do crossword puzzles (also known as anagrams, New York Times, and puns). Super challenging!”

Q: Did you watch the Super Bowl? If so, what was the best part: the commercials, the halftime show, or the game itself?

A: “I watched the Super Bowl, and I would have to say the game was the best because I won money on the football squares!”

Thank you so much for allowing us to interview you, Mrs. Paul. You are a wonderful person, and your hard work does not go unnoticed. Your smile brightens up the room.

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