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Sasha Kek

Sasha Kek, LZ Life Editor

This is Sasha’s third and final year working with the Bear Facts staff as the LZ Life Editor. Aside from helping Bear Facts run smoothly, you can find her competing with her twin brother - and winning 90% of the time -, rushing with the Yearbook staff to get pages done by deadline, or preaching for everyone to join Bear Facts. While it will be hard for her to part from the chaos, she will continue to encourage other students to join a staff that will support them in every situation. Her hope is to put her Ukrainian roots to use and pursue a career in law enforcement and security.

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Technology consumes teeangers’ daily lives, which exposes them to negative and positive influences and opportunities, according Ryan Siegel, senior. “Technology makes us more self aware. For better or worse, it makes it so that the attention seekers can get their attention and theyll do whatever just to get more attention,” Siegel said. “It also makes it so that we can better society. Youll always see it on YouTube or wherever, the one story that someone wrote, did, that just changed someones life, and most people see that - whether they actually do it or not is a different story - but they want to change and do something like that. It kind of makes people want to be better.”

Stuck to screens

March 21, 2022
Cayla Stubler, senior, has an American father and a Filipino mother, who “took the reins” when it came to parenting. “I guess you could say it was the stereotypical, Asian parent household, with a lot of respect towards elders, a great stress on respecting your manners, so pleases and thank you, things like that. [My mother] was forced to assimilate to American culture, but she always implemented Filipino culture of how she was raised in regards to maintaining identity,” Stubler said. “She always made sure that we were proud of being mixed and proud to have a mom that was from the Philippines. We would travel there every other year for Christmas to instill that this is where youre from. She was very stringent with grades, and I dont know if thats completely an Asian thing, but you see all those jokes about it; it was very math and science heavy. We wear house shoes. I guess if we misbehave, we would get a spank on the behind or the wrist with one of our bamboo brooms, and that was the majority of it.”

Stuck in the middle

December 17, 2021
Elizabeth Tise, English teacher, grew up in a Romanian household, and notices there is a difference between American and immigrant parents. “Because American society is so diverse and we are made up of a modge podge of different cultures, the lines get really blurry between what is politically correct and what is not politically correct,” Tise said. “Romania is a very small country, its a very particular culture and its a very, very old culture. Weve been around since before the Roman Empire - before we were conquered by the Roman Empire, it was called Dachia; Romanian culture is older than Rome itself. Its been around forever, so because that culture is very much established and very deeply rooted, and its had a much longer time to develop, I think thats why its a little bit more stringent than American culture.”

Boundless achiever

December 17, 2021
About 43% of students say they sleep four to six hours, which is less than the eight to ten the National Sleep Foundation recommends for teenagers; however, the amount of school work students take home has an impact on how much they sleep. “I think teachers should talk to each other more, and I dont think more than two tests should be allowed in one day,” Marin David, junior, who says she sleeps five to six hours on average, said. “That would be a dream, but thats probably not going to happen. That definitely would help a lot of students.”

“Sleeping” on sleep

November 19, 2021
According to OurWorldinData.org statistics, 52% of Americans are fully vaccinated. Yet the vaccine does not guarantee immunity from COVID, and there are increasing numbers of breakthrough cases that resulted in hospitalization or death; if the vaccine is not 100 percent effective to prevent people from contracting the virus, why should anyone be forced to take it?

My health, my choice

August 25, 2021
“We were in Puerto Rico over spring break and we got negative COVID tests to be able to go,” Asha Spetter, sophomore pictured on the far left, said. “We saw a lot of histroy and went to some really nice restaurants; the buildings all had a unique color as well.”

To travel or not

May 21, 2021
Cybercrime increased by six counts this year, according to PurpleSec statistics, which is why students need to be aware of any malicious activity they see online. “I get a lot of Instagram DMs that have random links in them,” Julia Cison, senior who was hacked on Instagram, said. “I’ll never go into them or look at them anymore because thats what I think started when I got hacked. Maybe I clicked on a link or something that someone sent me, so I just pay attention to what I do on my phone to make sure it doesnt happen again.”

Threat behind the screen

December 14, 2020
About half of the student population is voicing their concern about a changing the school schedule to make Zoom meetings longer and passing periods shorter. “Its just going to be more time spent on technology, which is never good,” Sydney Fessenden, junior who started a petition to the new schedule, said. “I feel like the schools praised a lot of, get outdoors, try not to be on technology, but this extra time, I feel like its a little bit contradictory, but I know theyre just looking out for our best interest. People are going to feel like theyre on their iPad, literally their eyes glued to the screen, all day.”

971 and counting

December 6, 2020
Twitter has gained popularity among teenagers with 32% of US teens active on the app looking to stay up-to-date with current information. “The ability to be able to talk to other people because humans are naturally social, and the ability to literally just have the whole world in your pocket is what gives social media the impact it has,” Rudy Tabachnik, right-leaning junior, said. “Twitter is just the front runner. You also have all of your celebrities on Twitter, you have a lot of politicians on Twitter, you have all the pundits on Twitter, you have even crappy meme accounts on Twitter; everythings on Twitter and thats just how it works.

Tweeting left and right

September 25, 2020
333,768 students world-wide could not submit their exams according to College Board data. Of the 1,302 exams that LZHS students took, about 36 could not be submitted due to technical issues.

The unlucky 2%

August 26, 2020
The gymnastics team poses with their trophy at State. I definitely think anyone whos done gymnastics for a long time is never going to get out of it completely, Julia Mcdevitt, senior co-captain, said. In college I dont think Ill be doing anything, but I definitely plan on a summer job coaching and Ill be back at the gym all the time to visit. I still have a lot of friends that arent graduated yet, so I think Ill never really leave the sport.”

Beaming with pride

March 4, 2020
Lachezar Todorov, sophomore student who is planning on attending a prestigious college, searches up the application process for John Hopkins University. “[Prestigious colleges are] very expensive but they have extremely qualified people, and their programs are proven from the years over of countless students,” Todorov said. “If you got a diploma from there, everyones going to want you, right? Prestigious colleges, it says in the name: prestige.”

Worth the hype?

March 3, 2020
Timothy Beranek, math teacher, checks the fantasy football statistics during a free period. [Fantasy football] gives me a reason to actually want to watch more sports and just piques your interest,” Beranek said, “so youre not just interested in your favorite team, but youre interested in every game that goes on. It definitely helps me learn more about the game and whos good, and kind of dive into a little bit more.”

Tackling the trend

January 20, 2020
The Orchesis team poses for a photo during a rehearsal. “[Orchesis is] a place where you can put yourself and your dancing out there, and not have other people get into your feelings,” Emily Rosenfeld, senior and Orchesis president, said. “I wish more people would dance so they could experience this type of creativity and this outlet.”

“B-Team Poms”

November 10, 2019
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