Witches' Brew

Fall 2022 Edition

Post COVID GCS Spirit Week, Pep Rally & Homecoming by Lipsha Stark

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This year’s homecoming week was complete with a pep rally, a homecoming game, and a homecoming dance for the first time since 2019. From October 17th-21st, Greenwich celebrated school spirit through themed days of the week, music between class periods, and cheerful decorations put up by our class officers and other student volunteers.


Monday was “Anything but a Backpack Day”! Students brought their school supplies in everything from toaster ovens to picnic baskets. The winners for Monday’s theme were Brody Nowakowski, Brian Wells Jr., and John Barnett.


Tuesday’s theme was “Country vs. Country Club”. Students came dressed in overalls, cowboy boots, and flannels or with golf clubs, tennis skirts, and visors. The winners were Sophia Boice, Bradley Brophy, and Sydney Baptie.


Wednesday was Pink Day in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink face paint, hair coloring, and clothing took over GCS. Mia Nolan and Jen Barber won Wednesday’s theme. The cornhole tourney took place on Wednesday. Students and teachers played against each other, and the winners were Robert Barnes and Jacob Ziehm. Also on Wednesday, the Powder Puff football game took place!


On theme with the homecoming dance, Thursday’s theme was “Back to the 80’s”! 80’s hits played during passing periods and students dressed in neon, teased their hair, and wore denim jackets. The winners for Thursday’s theme were Jax McCormick and Megan Randall.


Friday was Green and White Day! The school colors were worn by nearly every student, making the hallways glow green! The winner for Friday’s theme was Kiley Allen.


Two students went above and beyond, dressing extravagantly for every day of spirit week. Roxy Vanderhoff and Keegan Collins won prizes for Overall Homecoming Spirit!


On Friday, the first pep rally since 2019 was held. Greenwich’s cheerleaders led the school with cheers as our athletes were announced. Each class had its own banner created by volunteers. For the banner competition, the freshman won third, the juniors won second, and the seniors won first! Performances by our cheerleaders and the Trash Can Band riled up Greenwich’s students and staff in preparation for our homecoming game, which Greenwich won!


Ultimately, the first full Spirit Week, Pep Rally, and Homecoming since COVID-19 was a success.

Students From Around The World by Molly Abate

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Emma-Ovedie Busch Hovik


Emma is one of the three foreign exchange students attending Greenwich this year. She is here from Europe living with the Snell family. Emma's favorite part of being an exchange student is meeting all of the new people and getting to learn and understand new cultures and lifestyles.


Where are you from?

Norway


How old are you?

17


What is your favorite food?

Tacos


What is your favorite American takeout food?

Chipotle


Do you have any siblings?

3 siblings


Do you have any pets?

No


What do you miss most about home?

Family and friends


Do you like Norwegian or American food more?

Norwegian food but American food has more options


What is your favorite color?

Beige


What is your dream vacation?

Bali or the Maldives


What is your favorite subject?

History and PFit.

The Forty-Six High Peaks of New York by Isla Shaw

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Have you ever heard of the High Peaks? Maybe the fire towers? No? Well, the High Peaks are 46 of the highest mountains in New York State, the highest being Mt. Marcy with an elevation of 5,343 feet (1,629 meters) and the shortest being Couchsachraga Peak with an elevation of 3,793 (1,156 meter). It’s not just a walk in the park to hike them though, climbing and crawling and sliding are also a component of hiking. Using roots as handles to hold onto while trying to launch yourself up a rock and sliding down on your butt on cold and slick stone. It’s not just your legs working to go up. Would you do it? Hike miles and miles away from civilization into the mountains. I will admit that some of the people that hike are adrenaline junkies, but it’s still a fun adventure to walk through the woods surrounded by fresh air. It’s always fun to meet people from different states and maybe even a different country! And, I speak from experience when I say, almost everyone hiking is polite and fun to talk to.


What are the High Peaks?


As I said before, the High Peaks are the tallest mountains in New York State that exceed the elevation of 4,000 feet, with the exception of Couchsachraga Peak, Cliff Mountain, Blake Peak, and Nye Mountain. Technology wasn’t the best back when they surveyed them, I guess. But where are the High Peaks exactly? The Adirondack Park, where the High Peaks are located, was established by Governor Roswell P. Flower in 1892 to prevent timber cutting and the selling of state land as well as to protect watersheds. Now, they are used as a challenge for many. After one finishes hiking all 46 High Peaks they receive a number which tells them their place in finishing. Say you finished all the peaks and you send in your proof to the Adirondack 46er Club. They send you your number that is 1,234! That means you were the 1,234th person that finished all 46 high peaks. Congratulations! But it’s not the safest challenge to participate in. Many people get lost in the High Peaks because of their inexperience or simply a wrong turn. But that doesn’t mean you can’t hike them when you have no experience! An easy way to build up your hiking experience is to hike the mountains with fire towers. There are many that are easy to hike and navigate for beginners and they give you a small idea of what you're up against once you hike some of the harder ones. But even then, hiking High Peaks is a very difficult thing to do, and arrogance can get you lost or stranded very quickly.


My Personal Experiences


I started hiking when I was 5 years old, including my first High Peaks, Cascade and Porter mountains. My parents are 46ers and got my sister and me into it, despite our complaints of being tired. I would say my most memorable High Peak from back then was Rocky Peak Ridge, which I did when I was 7 years old. My parents definitely got an ear full on that one, but it was partly their fault for taking me on an “easy” hike that was 14½ miles round trip. Though my dad had it worse since he was recovering from Lyme Disease, at the top he asked my mother if she was trying to kill him. After some time we stopped hiking because of life, but started to get back into it again in 2021. I finished the Fire Tower Challenge with my sister while we got back in shape. The last mountain I did that year was Lower Wolfjaw on Bennie’s Brook Slide with my parents; my sister didn’t want to hike anymore High Peaks. It sucks sometimes, but I still have a lot of fun doing it, even if it feels like my feet will fall off at the end.


Do any Greenwich School Staff hike?


I didn’t want to talk to anyone I didn’t know so I decided to interview one of my former teachers, Mr. Ostrowski. I interviewed Mr. O. during my study hall about his experiences in the High Peaks.


Q: What was the first high peak you hiked? What did you think? How old were you?

A: My first high peak was Giant Mountain. The hike was amazing! The journey took about 4 hours to complete. There was a giant pond at the bottom of the mountain where many people swam and cooled themselves off after the journey! I was 24 years old!


Q: Which one was your favorite?

A: My favorite hike so far was a two in one high peak hike (Cascade and Porter mountain). When we reached the top of Cascade(the second high peak of the journey) there was a fog that covered the view for miles. While we were at the top, the fog and clouds started to break and it opened up this amazing view of the town below.


Q: Do you have any funny stories from hiking in the High Peaks?

A: Yes, funny/scary. While hiking Macomb Mountain we were cruising along the journey. All of a sudden, we reached a point where the mountain went straight uphill at a 70 degree angle. To make matters worse, we had to scale rocks to reach the top. It was the most difficult hike I have done so far. When we finished all we could do was laugh at how funny we must have looked scaling the rocks and crawling to the top.


Q: Who do you hike with?

A: I hike with my family and friends.


Q: Do you know any fun facts about the High Peaks?

A: Sadly, no. However, if you did not know you can drive up Whiteface Mountain. The view is incredible.


Q: How many High Peaks have you hiked?

A: 4 (lame) I need to do more. I want to do all 46!


Q: What was your favorite High Peak?

A: My favorite High Peak was my first one, Giant Mountain.


Q: What made you want to start hiking?

A: A few reasons: One, I love exploring as it is an amazing way to keep active and keep your mind moving. Two, I see the High Peaks as a challenge. I am too competitive to let the challenge of completing the High Peaks defeat me. Lol

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“The End of a Legendary Monarch” By Gabriel Waite

There was a somber sadness in the air September 8th when Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away at the astonishing age of 96, marking the end for the longest living and reigning British monarch, and causing the country to go into a nation-wide mourning period. Her very sudden death was made all the more shocking by her recent achievement of a platinum jubilee, which had happened over just 7 months prior.

While earlier in the day it was reported that “…the Queen’s doctors are concerned for her health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision” her death was nevertheless confirmed no later than 6:30PM BST.


The Queen’s passing also set forth Operation London Bridge, which is otherwise known as the funeral plans for the Monarch. The plan dates back to 1960 and was revised a multitude of times before it was ultimately set in motion. The state funeral in question, (which was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury) was held at Westminster Abbey on the 19th of September at 11:00AM. The funeral date was recognized as a national holiday in the countries of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and others. After the funeral, at 7:30PM, a committal service began at King George IV Memorial Chapel within Windsor Chapel, which was accompanied by 800 guests, including her family and government officials. A selection of music led by the Chapel’s choir was played before the service. At 9:30PM she was interred during a private service in the chapel’s crypt. She now lies peacefully alongside several members of her family, in a coffin of english oak that was made over 30 years before her funeral.


The Queen’s final public statement was a message of sympathy for those affected by the September 4th stabbings in Saskatchewan, which fully outlines the nature of the type of leader she certainly was.


“Death and State Funeral of Elizabeth II.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 3 Oct. 2022, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_and_state_funeral_of_Elizabeth_II.


Elizabeth II (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_II (Accessed: October 3, 2022).

"Soul of Words" by Isla Shaw

For the last year or so, GCS 8th grader Isla Shaw has been working on a creative writing piece in her free time. So far she is eight chapters in and still going strong! She would like to share the first part of the prologue with you as a sample. Happy Reading! 📚



Prologue

Japan, 1500

“Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.” - Miyamoto Musashi


Why do birds fly? I’ve asked this question so many times I can’t keep count, but I never get a good answer. It’s alway a dull response anyone could have come up with, so I came up with my own. I think it’s to escape the land, to escape the chaos of living. Birds live to fly in the waves of sky that engulf us in darkness and light that humans have come to dread. They fly above the fear of falling, underneath the world burns with ruin. If I ever see a bird, I will ask it why. Why fly? I envy birds for their freedom. They will never be bound to earth. They are free to fly high in the sky, they are free to land on the ground, and they are free to sing all day long. But soon, the sky will fall, crumble into small pieces and scatter into stars as the sun says it goodbyes. The only thing left will be the moon, alone, trapped in the darkness the sun left. The moon is not afraid of change though, because it has the stars. But the earth will stay the same because it is afraid. Afraid of change. So everything is the same. The trees the trees the trees. And the snow, there is always snow. And it's alway cold enough to freeze your throat closed and your eyes open. It can't be helped though; humans don’t like change. They fear what they don’t understand and take control of what they do, or at least what they think they do. The earth follows the will of humans. It bends to their will countless times, despite the humans' need for more. Most of them are greedy, useless creatures that can do nothing but want want want for things to be different, to be the same, to go their way. Humans are fickle like that.


I look up at the sky, hoping to see a bird. A bird will fly there one day even if the humans say all the birds are gone. Even if they say the land is cursed with snow and that it’s only getting worse. That the temperature is driving the animals away and making it impossible to grow crops. Humans say the world is ending here. Each day it grows colder, the plants are dying if they aren't already dead. Children die encased in snow, their blue lips covered in frost. The humans are leaving to find a new life, away from this place before time itself freezes. They tell stories of vast forests covered in green instead of white. That there are oceans of sand covering the land with warmth. They say there are fields of golden flowers that bring joy to children. That festivals are held with big colorful lanterns decorating the streets, where people dress up in colorful clothes and fancy shoes. Food is passed around while families laugh together, singing and dancing to music. I want to see these things one day. I want to see a bird there.


I want to go there, even if no one has made it yet. Those who leave always come back, frozen and broken. They come back with the burden of being the only ones to return. Their teeth chatter, their fingertips white, sometimes black. The stories they hold are never happy. The cold sinks its fangs into the throats of unfortunate souls, slithering over their limbs until they are too cold to feel. Then they fall to the snow, slowly losing consciousness as their body shuts down. Once they close their eyes it’s over. Ice quickly seals their eyelids shut with the tears that never had the chance to fall. It’s inevitable. I don’t worry about the cold though, unlike everyone else. I like it. The feeling of my skin burning and red, my fingers freezing, it's comforting. Because it's home. Even if that home is made of creaky bamboo and ripped shoji that could barely hold back the wind.

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Music Making A Comeback by Molly Burgess

Many types of music define and show the type of person someone is. The music that defines them can be from any genre, any time period, or, even from popular trends today. Everyone can find the old songs in new types of technology today. For example, Tiktok. Most people around the world know what the app Tiktok is, but do most of the younger audience on Tikok know the old music that travels from the 80’s and 90’s all the way to modern day?


Many old songs have made their comebacks through Tiktok. Music such as “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley, “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” By Queen. See how these songs have made their comebacks in modern day today?


Rick Astley had his breakthrough in the 80’s with his hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Which most of our parents know from experiencing the 80’s and 90’s aesthetic and culture. Astley’s hit song has been in many movies such as Shrek 2, Mamma Mia!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Madagascar Escape 2 Africa. “Never Gonna Give You Up” had turned into quite a meme starting in the 2000’s, but then had resurfaced the meme’s popularity around 2020. The meme had been called “Rick Rolling”. This trend was created in 2007 on April Fool’s Day by an anonymous creator of the somewhat-new website in the 2000s called 4chan. 4chan was an app for all kinds of interests such as music, sports, history, and television. Which had caught the eye of the anonymous creator of the “RickRolling'' trend. Although Rick Astley had an interview in March of 2008 and was asked if he knew about the “RickRolling” trend, Rick Astley had responded and had thought it was hilarious. Astley was happy to bring joy around the world with a meme that he didn’t even create. Astley had also made a whopping $2 million dollars from the views of the original video of “Never Gonna Give You Up”. Bringing his popularity back 35 years later.


Many of today's kids in modern day today know the song “Running Up That Hill” is from the hit show “Stranger Things”. Just a couple months ago on May 27th, the fourth season of the sci-fi series came out. In the new season, many oldie (but goodie) songs were brought back. Such as Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”, and of course Kate Bushes “Running Up That Hill.” The 1985 song had reached the top 10 charts on Spotify within almost 2 or 3 days. Much of the younger generation and audience had loved the song. In an interview in June of this year, Kate Bush had commented on her hit song making a comeback to popularity and has said, “What a lovely way for the song to be used in such a positive way, as a kind of talisman for Max.” Max, being one of the favorite characters of the show, had found a connection with the song. But with the monthly and daily listeners of Bush’s song, Bush had made a whopping $2.3 million dollars! With all of Kate Bush’s new popularity, she had reached the UK’s song of the summer.


Queen, the British rock band, had made an album in 1975 called “A Night at the Opera”. The album had songs such as “Love Of My Life” and “Sweet Lady”, which were still very popular songs. But nothing could top their hit song, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The 5 minute and 54 second song had hit the music charts at number one for four years from 1975 all the way to 1979. The hit song has been in “Wayne's World”, which the movie came out in 1992. Then 26 years later in November of 2018, the original members of Queen Brian May and Roger Taylor had teamed up with Regency Enterprises, GK Films, and Queen Films. To eventually make a biopic on the Chief Vocalist and Songwriter for Queen, Freddie Mercury. The 2018 biopic had also shown parts of how most of the songs were written for Queen, the ups and downs of Queen, and much more. Rami Malek was the chosen one for playing Freddie Mercury in the biopic along other actors such as Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, and Joseph Mazello as John Deacon. But besides the casting, Roger Taylor and Brian May had commented on the over-all movie. Roger Taylor saying that it was “delightful” and “positive”. Brian May said, “My favorite Rami moment is when Freddie is plucking up the courage to tell us he’s going off to do his solo album. It’s a wonderful piece of acting- and a lot of that wasn’t in the script. And when I watch it I feel like that is so Freddie.” In an interview of April of this year Brian May had made a comment on what he and Roger Taylor had thought about Freddie Mercury’s death saying, “Me and Roger both, I think, completely overreacted to Freddie's death, if it's possible to say that," the Daily Express quotes him as saying, "In other words, we went so far away along the path of trying to forget that we over-grieved and we sort of denied the existence of for a while. I certainly know I did."


Overall, music has somewhat of an effect on us. All of these new shows and movies are bringing back the awesome, incredible, and breathtaking music back to our modern day generation. In my opinion, the 80s and 90s were one of the best generations for clothes, music, and culture. For music, my personal favorite artists were Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nickelback, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Deftones, The Smiths, Queen, Tears For Fears, The Runaways, and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. I highly recommend that you should listen to all these artists.

2022 FFA Nationals by Kayla Stewart

Students across the US have been preparing weeks in advance by packing suitcases and collecting school work for the FFA National Convention Trip being held in Indianapolis.


On the morning of October 23rd the eight Greenwich students, myself included, met in the Schuylerville High School parking lot to board our bus that we would be spending many hours of travel on. Most of us woke up as early as three o'clock in the morning to leave on the bus scheduled to start driving around five. Once we hit our bus seats the wide awake feeling we had, melted away into exhaustion. Once we picked up other schools, had one pit stop, and an hour or so of sleep, we made it to our first of many destinations - Niagara Falls. We packed into an elevator which brought us down closer to the water so we could board the boat that was going to take us near the falls. The vessel that we rode was called Maid Of The Mist. After suiting up in oversized, hot pink ponchos we were off on the boat steering away from the dock. The closer we got to the rushing falls, the smaller we felt. The sheer enjoyment came when we felt the smack of wind and mist coming off of the falls hitting our faces, causing us to quickly spin around in an attempt to stay as dry as possible.


The second day was much busier than our first, which had many tours planned. First of them being Heini’s Cheese Chalet in Ohio where we had a guided tour of the cheese factory. While looking through the windows into the factory we got to see milk whey and milk dividing during the churning process, watched cheese curds forming in the milk whey, and observed the workers pressing the cheese into brick molds. While on the tour, our tour guide informed us that white cheddar and orange cheddar are the same type of cheese just with different coloring, despite others opinions that they taste different. It was interesting to learn about the family-owned business; especially given most were Amish. After the tour we got the chance to shop at their store which offered not only cheese, but chocolates, jam, honey and Christmas decorations. Greenwich FFA shared rainbow cheese fudge chunks and to our surprise it tasted a lot like creamy sherbet.


Our next tour was at the Dickson Cattle Company, also in Ohio. We got to ride around in retro-looking school buses through the ranch's 5,000 family owned acres of pasture. We got ‘Cow Candy’, cattle treats, that we used to hand feed the different cattle breeds when we rode into the pastures. Each pasture on the ranch was named after a different state in the US. While on the school bus our driver/tour guide informed us about the different breeds of cattle they have which included Texas Longhorns and Buelingo’s, or as the tour guide liked to call them, “Oreo cookie cows” because of the white belt that runs along their bellies. The Dickson Cattle Company is known for their Texas Longhorns since they are the number one top producer of Texas Longhorns in the United states. We learned a lot of fun facts about Texas Longhorns, like how they are the oldest breed of cattle and the hardest breed since they can live outside 24/7 in all climates with no shelter. We also learned how they are resistant to many cattle diseases that no other cows are. We were also surprised to hear that the Texas Longhorn are the most docile and trainable breed of cattle ever, considering their long and intimidating horns. On the ranch is a Texas Longhorn Named Point Mark; he is a five year old bull with a horn length of just over 92 inches tip to tip. Since the company is for breeding and selling, in the spring after all of the calf are born they have around 1500 heads on the ranch. Seeing the beautiful rolling hills with gorgeous horned cattle and oreo cookie cows set the tone for the lovely establishment that Dickson Cattle Company strives to be.


Our final tour in Ohio was a supermarket called Jungle Jim's International Market. This place isn’t our average Hannaford we have in Greenwich with their foreign foods from across the world and bizarre commodities we didn't think existed. Once we walked into the store we were greeted by bright fluorescent lights and aisles that seemed to stretch for miles. While looking around we discovered that almost each aisle was named after a different country, and in that aisle the popular foods in that country. We found squid ink pasta in the Italy aisle, Mint popcorn from central Asia, and Laę chips in the Japan aisle which are their version of American Lays chips. We also found shrimp flavored peanuts in the Philippines aisle, and licorice watermelon seeds in the China aisle. Apart from the non-perishable items on the shelves we ventured off into the meat section where we were flabbergasted to find pig heads, a swordfish, and beef hearts. Towards the center of the store they had a large see-through freezer that displayed ‘The Big Cheese’ which is a 814 pound brick of cheese that took 6 months to make. While walking around in astonishment at the otherworldly foods, it seemed surreal to see everyday people shopping there for dinner that night, like it was just their normal local supermarket. But for us it was far from normal.


The third day was spent in Kentucky, first at the Bluegrass Stockyard. There we had a short class on the different cuts of beef and the temperature the different cuts get cooked to. We also learned how to be effective beef advocates to the people who are on the fence about beef. After the short classroom discussion we got to go behind the scenes to the yard where we watched the cattle get arranged into their different pens by the cowboys and girls. Watching their horses moving quickly and efficiently while rounding up the cattle was mesmerizing. We were then ushered out of the yard and into the actual auction, where we stood quietly on a balcony area. We were very conscious of our hand movements since we didn’t have the money or the space to bring a cow back to Greenwich. The auctioneer was talking so fast none of us could decipher what he was saying. After watching cows go in and out of the small ring set up in the center of the auditorium we headed out to the gift and tack shop. It was interesting to see the transition process many cattle go through in a lifetime and the atmosphere of a stockyard.


After a quick Walmart stop we spent the rest of the day with horses, which seemed fitting since we were in Lexington. Our second tour was at a regal thoroughbred breeding horse farm called Spendthrift Farm. The pasture lined with picket fences seemed to stretch on for miles. The sight of the immaculate white stables and nicely groomed bushes was surreal, considering this was a farm. To our surprise we weren’t the only ones there, at the farm also looking at the stallions were potential breeders wanting to find the right stallion for their mares. The most valuable stallion there was a 17 year old named Into Mischief. Into Mischief is so popular in the thoroughbred breeding business that he brings in over 40 million dollars to the farm. We also got to meet Into Mischief's son, Maximum Mischief, and another valuable stallion, Authentic, who has won the Kentucky Derby and the breeders cup. While walking around we went inside the breeding barn, where they continued to explain to us that they keep the mares on one side of the barn and the stallions on the other side when they want to breed. They try to reproduce mares every five hours. In the business they have a live birth policy, which means that if a mare doesn’t have a live birth then Spendthrift doesn’t get paid. They explained that they try to breed three to four mares per day, and that last year they bred 3,545 mares. With all of these customers the farm has accumulated a net worth of 400 million dollars.


That wasn’t the only equine destination that we went to. Later that day we were able to witness a high end thoroughbred auction called Fasig - Tipton. This auction was much different than the auction at Bluegrass Stockyard. The people working this auction have business suits on and earpieces. The actual auction was held inside a grand auditorium with a shining stage for the horse to stand on while potential buyers bid. In the parking lot we saw car plates from all over including Montana, North Carolina, Florida, and Virginia. The fact that these people from states far away came to a thoroughbred auction in Kentucky blew our minds. We only watched half of the auction, but when we were there the most expensive horse was sold for 600,000 dollars. Afterwards we got to meet with the auction speaker who then proceeded to tell us that the most expensive horse the auction sold was last year in Saratoga for 2.3 million dollars. The dramatic difference between the Bluegrass Stockyard auction and Fasig - Tipton was unbelievable. Most dramatically being the bidders high bids, regal looking auditorium and the great distances that bidders drove to attend this auction.


Our last tour was in Indiana on a boar farm called Crossroad Genetics. This farm has 65 boars and a lab where the six different workers harvest boar semen, examine and keep it alive until it’s shipped out to customers. Last dance is one of the boars at the farm that we got to see. He is four years old and weighs up to 500 pounds. He was by far the biggest pig we have ever seen. The owner explained to us what physical features are considered valuable in a show ring and for breeding purposes. Features such as color, soundness and how stocky the boar is raises its value in the show ring, therefore making that boar a hot commodity in the breeding business. To keep the boars at a desirable stockiness they are fed six to ten pounds a day. We also learned that although breeders like stockiness farmers strictly control the boars fat since the fat can play into the boars semen production. The owner then continued to teach us that for the artificial insemination a sow needs two semen doses to ensure that 12 to 14 eggs get fertilized. Most people on the tour had little to no experiences with pigs in general, making this tour very enjoyable.


The rest of the trip was spent attending FFA sessions and shopping at the FFA Mega Store. Unfortunately, Greenwich Parliamentary Procedure didn’t proceed to the semi-finalist but the amazing fact that they made it passed districts, sub-states, and states says a lot about their strength and persistence as a team. They had the courage and skill to compete at a national level and that was an award in it of itself. Overall, the 95th FFA National Convention was one for the record books.

Book Review by Lily Stewart

A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park tells the life story of Salva Dut and all of the challenges he faced. When he was just a child he had to run away from his family, his home, because of the Second South Sudanese War. He watched his family and friends die and just barely escaped death. Once he was free in New York, he wanted to give back to Sudan, to make a difference, and he did just that. Salva has dug 571 wells so far and has changed the lives of thousands of people.


The author did a fantastic job describing the struggles of Salva’s life. When I was reading the book I really felt all of Salva’s emotions so it was easy to understand what he was going through. The author painted a vivid picture of Salva’s environment, almost as if I was on the journey with him.


I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a real life survival story. If you enjoy this book or real life survival stories you might also enjoy, Where The Water Goes by David Owen, Runs With Courage by Joan M. Wolf, and The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman.

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The Witches' Brew

This issue was created by the following contributors:


Molly Abate (Junior)

Molly Burgess (7th)

Isla Shaw (8th)

Lipsha Stark (Junior)

Kayla Stewart (Sophomore)

Lily Stewart (7th)

Gabe Waite (Senior)


Advisor/Editor: Mrs. Bristol