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Homosexual student barred from blood donation Normans perform MorTorq meeting inspires next generation of robotics Boys basketball poised for successful season Pete Van Rossum, globetrotting teacher

Homosexual student barred from blood donation

Brenna Nouray, Watchtower yearbook staff writer The day of the yearly blood drive, Dec. 4, senior Aaron Azizi was seen walking around campus with a sign that read, “I am not allowed to donate blood.” According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, men who have had sex with another male, even protected, cannot donate […]

Normans perform “Die-In” during nutrition

Jackson Prince, co-editor-in-chief At least 15 Normans dropped to the wet cement of the second-floor patio today during nutrition as part of a “Die-In”, intended to protest the decisions made regarding Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two black men who are faces of a fight against police brutality. According to the Facebook event, this demonstration was intended to […]

MorTorq meeting inspires next generation of robotics

Lolita Gorbacheva, staff writer Eleanor Bogart-Stuart, staff writer The MorTorq robotics team met with middle school students to spark interest in the Robotics program at Beverly on Monday. The team designed this event to give middle school students a sneak peek at high school life and what a higher level Robotics class entails. “We’re trying to […]

Boys basketball poised for successful season

Lucas Harward, staff writer The boys varsity basketball team is preparing to begin its highly anticipated regular season. After a preseason filled with weekend tournaments and weekday training, the team is confident in its ability to not just win league, but find success in the CIF tournament and reach the State tournament. The team is […]

Pete Van Rossum, globetrotting teacher

Ben Shofet, graphic editor World History and AP European teacher Pete Van Rossum has traveled nearly all over the world. From Madrid to Prague and everywhere in between Van Rossum has seen it all. And when he began his teaching career at Beverly in 1999, he became of of the only teachers in the entire […]

Fundraising for annual trip to Albion Street

20 November 2014

Karen Shilyan, business manager Every December, students, with the help and guidance of Service Learning, collaborate to collect funding to give gifts to sister school Albion Street Elementary School. Often these gifts are the only ones that the students receive for the holiday season. Donations from the PTSA, students, or personal donors such as Beverly […]

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Thought-provoking ‘Interstellar’ lacks emotional depth

19 November 2014

Celine Rezvani, staff writer ‘Interstellar’, Christopher Nolan’s latest thought-provoking thriller, hit theaters worldwide on Nov. 7 and has grossed $96.6 million since. The film takes place in the not-so-distant future, where earth has been devastated by a natural disaster and is left nearly barren. Humans must increasingly abandon all aspects of daily life to focus […]

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Normans get political

18 November 2014

Eleanor Bogart-Stuart staff writer Amanda Christovich staff writer On Nov. 4, many eligible voters of Beverly Hills and beyond will sport their patriotic “I Voted!” stickers after participating in the 2014 election. However, many young voters will choose not to make themselves heard in this election. Students are currently the most underrepresented voting population. According to Civic Youth, […]

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MUN participates in the BruinMUN conference

17 November 2014

Lolita Gorbacheva, staff writer Model United Nations attended the BruinMUN Conference on November 8 and 9. Students competing were awarded several awards. Over 1000 students attended from 70 different schools in four different countries. Model UN and NHS advisor Malia Frutschy stated that it was the biggest delegation ever. After two days of negotiating with […]

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Baked and Wired: Georgetown’s sweetest spot

16 November 2014

Juliette Deutsch, co-editor-in-chief Tourists and cupcake connoisseurs travel from all over the country to get a glimpse and a taste of the famous Washington, D.C., cupcake scene. The area is home to the well-known Georgetown Cupcake, which was featured on TLC’s hit reality show “DC Cupcakes”. Take a walk down the tree-lined streets of Georgetown and you […]

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Tales of teenage romance: why your ‘Relationship Status’ isn’t your actual relationship status

15 November 2014

Guy Ginsberg sports editor Here’s a hypothetical: You ask out your crush, your crush agrees, you’re ecstatic, she’s ecstatic. What do you do? You jump on Facebook and change your relationship status from “single” to *click click* “in a relationship with.” Who wouldn’t? There’s something gratifying about sharing your romantic conquests with friends and family, […]

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Highlights, Watchtower participate in Washington D.C. conference

15 November 2014

Members of Highlights and Watchtower travelled to Washington D.C. last week to attend the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention. Highlights members Jackson Prince, Amanda Christovich, Sadie Hersh and Juliette Deutsch, as well as Watchtower staff writer Andrea Di Battista, were accompanied by adviser Gaby Herbst on the five-day trip. Wednesday  The group arrived […]

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How to be funny in an over-sensitive society

15 November 2014

Jackson Prince, co-editor-in-chief According to the South Park episode titled “Jared has Aides”, a touchy subject cannot be joked about until exactly 22.3 years have passed since its relevance. The episode aired in March 2002 in response to society’s reaction to the AIDS crisis and the resultant, nearly universal cultural intolerance for making fun of […]

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Girls varsity tennis fail to advance in CIF Semi Finals

13 November 2014

Karen Shilyan, business manager Varsity tennis players Martina Bocchi, Katarina Stefanovic and Lolita Gorbacheva advanced from Quarter Finals of CIF on Monday to compete in Semi Finals which took place on Wednesday. They each celebrated a win against their competitors. Varsity tennis singles player Martina Bocchi was proud of what they accomplished. “It was a […]

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New ROP course prepares students for music entertainment industry

12 November 2014

Lucas Harward, staff writer Audio Production is a new ROP class that teaches students how to write, create, engineer, mix and master music using different types of hardware and software. The class, taught by Alex Breitman, is a stepping stone for students who are interested in entering the music entertainment industry and is worth credit. […]

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