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Latin Festival

Article: Sarah Park ’20  |  Photo & Video: Jiyoon Park ’19
Every weekend, the SWAT committee led by Mrs. Warren plans different activities on/off-campus to provide students with something fun to do and relieve their stress from the busy weekday commitments. Recently, students headed down to the union to participate in the Latin Festival, celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. Various types of Hispanic food such as salsa, empanadas, grilled corn, and traditional beverages were provided — much of which was cooked by our own faculty! After enjoying the delicious foods, students made teams of 3-5 people to take part in the Inca Treasure Hunt and various activities which derive from Hispanic culture. One of the activities was learning the traditional Hispanic dances, and a few instructors were able to teach students how to dance the bachata, salsa, merengue, and Zumba. 

Another activity invited students to copy a given Latin American artwork and to create their own new painting with it. Later students made piñatas, which are decorated figures with goods inside usually used during Spanish celebrations. The final activity was the most exciting, but challenging, jalapeño eating contest. Each contestant had a teacher counting how many jalapeños the student ate, and the person who ate the most won the contest. Hunter Tran ’21 was the surprise winner after eating seven spicy, biting jalapeños. In the end, two teams took the victory of the treasure hunt, one team included Robyn Campos ’21 and Rose Caso ’21, and the other team consisted of Michelle Wan ’20, Annie Daramola ’20, Hunter Tran ’21, Emma Winiarski ’21, and Sarah Phillips ’21. Michelle stated that the Latin Festival was “a fresh experience because I got to learn a lot about the style of art and dances of Latin America.” 

Although not everyone participated in all activities, many students thought it was a new experience and a meaningful time to get to know about Hispanic culture in an entertaining way, and they are looking forward to joining in again next year.


Voting Responsibility: An Interview with Cassie Dumay ’21

Article: Gabriella Tosone ’20  |  Photos: Annie Daramola ’20

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Fall can be a hectic time at Suffield Academy. However, throughout the hustle and bustle, it is important to remember a certain civic duty: registering to vote. Current Events Club decided to bring awareness of this responsibility to Suffield’s voting community. Bell staff sat down with Cassie Dumay ’21 in order to learn more about hosting the “Get out and Vote” event on campus.  
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    Where did you get the idea to run this?
    “I firmly believe that in this political climate, every vote matters, especially during midterms. One serious problem with our democracy is that young people who are eligible don't participate in our federal elections—and forget about local ones. This is especially upsetting because our generation of young voters has more access to political information than previous generations could have imagined. Young people today are generally accepting of individuals that are different from themselves and have viewpoints that differ from their own. So of course, I think we should empower that voting block to use their voices in statewide elections. Honestly, the idea itself came from my general stress about voter turnout colliding with the information that I would be running Current Events Breakfast this year.”
    How many people registered/ participated in some way?
    “I would say somewhere around 15 students participated, which is around what we expected since we figured only around 30 seniors were eligible to vote in this year's midterm. However, for us, the most important effort of the drive was to bring awareness to voter registration so students going home over extended weekend could ask their parents about getting registered and filing for absentee ballots.”
    Can you describe what your club does?
    “Current Events Breakfast Club meets during breakfast at Table 34 in the dining hall on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. We discuss pressing issues including National and International Politics, Social Justice, and Pop Culture.”
    Why have you specifically found interest in this type of club/event?
    “I joined last year because I've been interested in politics since middle school and I wanted to push myself out of my ‘political bubble’ comfort zone. I thought the best way to achieve that was to join a club that discussed politics. It happened that it was attended exclusively by senior male members of the party opposite from mine.”

    In addition, Cassie wants to thank the members of the Current Events Breakfast Club for their help and dedication to the event, specifically her “right hand man,” Daniel Ennis ’21, as well as Nora Slate ’21 and Emelia Keeley ’21 for their help with the voter drive. She extends her recognition to Mrs. Krasemann and Mr. Strong who were the faculty advisors and helpers for this event.
    Cassie also wanted to emphasize the fact that, “ANYONE who is reading the article that is eligible to vote and has not yet registered (or has children that are eligible and unregistered), look into voter registration in your state and SIGN UP. If you want to see a change in the political climate, you have to be a part of it.”


Clash of The Classes: Color Wars 2018

Article: Megan Swanson ’21  |  Photos: Emma Winiarski ’21

List of 1 frequently asked questions.


Tiger B Soccer

Article: Jenna Daly ’21  |  Photos: Katherine Schmitz ’19

List of 1 frequently asked questions.


Water Polo Primer

Article: James Meslu ’21
Video: Filmed by James Meslu ’21 & Edited by Elm Piyasombatkul ’21

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Wondering whether to try soccer, wrestling, or swimming? Consider one sport that combines elements from each of these sports—water polo. Originally created in the late 1900s by Scotsman, William Wilson. Wilson wanted to create a game influenced by rugby, soccer, wrestling and football, all while immersed in a pool and treading water. At the time, Wilson was renowned for his contributions to aquatic sports and was a well-respected swimming coach, and he used this experience to create the game of water polo.   
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    In a water polo game, two teams of seven compete to score goals through efficient set up plays and passes, leading to goals in the opposing team’s net. There are five main positions in waterpolo: the point, the flats, the wings, the hole, and the goalie. The team sets up in an arc, the point being at the tip of the arc. Because he has the best angle against the goalie, his job is to either set up the play or take a shot. The two flats are next to the point, one being to the left and the other to the right, slightly closer to the goalie than the point. The job of the flats, like the point, is also to take a shot. He has a good angle to pass to another teammate without the opposing defenders stealing the ball from him. The two wings are next to the flats, one to the left and one to the right. The wings are even closer to the goal than the flats. Their main purpose is to receive a dry pass from the teammate without the ball touching the water, and to continue to pass the ball to other teammates.

    Passing to teammates is a valid strategy because it confuses defenders as it is unpredictable who will pass the ball or who will attempt to take a shot on goal. The next position, the hole, is not located in the main offensive arc, but directly in front of the point while being at the same distance from the goal as the wings. He has the toughest offensive position compared to the rest of the players. This is because typically, the hole is the most dangerous player on the team, and as a result is tightly defended at all times. The final position in waterpolo is the goalie. The goalie’s job is to make sure that any shots on goal are blocked at all costs.
    Varsity water polo goalie Oscar Ceria, thinks that, “Water polo is the hardest sport!” Why is this so? Not only do teams try to shoot the ball into a guarded net while a line of players ensure that the offensive players are not able to setup for a shot, but also water polo players are not permitted to touch the ground; they must either be swimming or treading water at all times. In water polo, there is always something going on, whether it be an offensive push, an attempt to stop the ball, or a turnover. Players must be able to change the direction that they are swimming on a moment’s notice and switch which players they are guarding or being guarded by according to where the ball is.
    Although water polo is tiring sport, all players agree that it is a fun and engaging experience. Players bond with each other through tough conditions, and being such a niche sport, players can feel a strong sense of comradery within the team. Summing up his experience on the team, varsity water polo captain Andrew Budge ’19 commented that, “Waterpolo is truly one of the most satisfying sports I have ever played. The combination of speed and focus while swimming back and forth and staying above the water keeps the game dynamic at all times. On top of that, the training is equally enjoyable and it gets you more fit than anything else in such a short amount of time.”

    Works Cited
    “Facts and Information About Water Polo” 
    The History Of Water Polo. How Polo Was Invented  |
    “Water Polo Offense” 
    SLO Water Polo Club,
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