Where are they now? Xavier Hernandez by Nicholas Gallo


Xavier Hernandez is currently a senior at New Milford High School. He was a part of the The Lance  team from 2012-2013.

“Everyday I miss writing for such a wonderful class and especially for The Lance. I would definitely continue to write some really good movie and sports reviews,” stated Hernandez.

Hernandez is enjoying his last year of high school. He is playing Varsity Baseball for the Knights and is continuing to do well in school.

Hernandez plans on attending Bergen Community College in the fall of 2014. He hopes to receive a degree in criminal justice and then to transfer to a four year college after two years.


Flashback Friday: 1990s Television by Mrs. Groff


The 1990s was a time of change.  Nelson Mandela was freed, the Hubble Telescope was launched into space, and the Soviet Union collapsed.  LA saw violent riots as the Rodney King verdict was reached.  The World Trade Center was bombed, and America watched as a respected athlete fled in a white Bronco down the highway as rumors began to swirl that he was wanted for murder.  Princess Diana died in a fiery car crash, and George W. Bush took office after a contentious race with Al Gore that ended in a recount of votes.

Among all of this turmoil, television was pumping out hit after hit, while other loved shows came to an end.

One of the most popular TV shows to come out of the 90s was Friends.  Centered around a group of 6 quirky friends who meet each other by chance in NYC, this comedy was never short on one-liners and hilarious circumstances.  The show ran for 10 years and launched the show’s actors into instafame, as all 6 actors went on to be in numerous successful films.  Arguably the biggest stars to come out of the show, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, and Jennifer Aniston are staples in today’s film and television.  Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow have dabbled in other series, and David Schwimmer has found fame on the animated screen with his part as Melman in Madagascar.  Friends continues to run in syndication worldwide, 10 years after it’s series finale.

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Another huge show to hit the scene and set the stage for subsequent shows of the same genre was ER.  Actors George Clooney and Noah Wyle made women swoon and men run out to get Caesar-esque haircuts as the cast tackled medical mysteries every week.  America was smitten with the characters’ foray into love and medicine, and many other medical shows quickly emerged after ER called it quits in 2009.

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Although there were many great shows to come out of the 90s, one show that we sadly said goodbye to was The Cosby Show.  In 1992, the curtain fell on Dr. Huxtable (Bill Cosby) and his myriad of kids, many of which went on to have successful careers in show biz and other venues.  Bill Cosby continues to be a staple in American pop culture, with his cutting quips about American family life, fatherhood, and life in general.  We love you, Bill!

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I would like to thank the 1990s for all of the great TV that it cranked out.  I was in high school from 1994-1998, and watching shows like Friends brings me right back to those amazing times, and I still laugh every time I see Ross yelling “PI-VOT!” in that tight New York City stairwell as Rachael and Chandler struggle to cram his huge couch up the stairs.

What were some of your favorite TV shows to come out of the 1990s?  What did you love or love to hate about them?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Midterm Problems by Marcia Silverio

Midterms are less than a week away for New Milford High School students which means it’s time to buckle down and study. The question is, have students reviewed their study guides with teachers? Have students even received a study guide yet? The school and teachers want us to study hard and they want us to do well. The big problem is we only get one day to review with many teachers who made or helped make the test.

For some subjects it’s alright to have only one day to review, such as English or History. On your own you should be able to review a book with the notes that you should have taken when you were originally reading the book. A subject like Math or Science can be a bit more difficult.

In the subjects Math or Science, if you don’t understand how to do something, it can be very confusing and complicated. Those subjects require teachers to explain steps and different methods to achieve the correct answers.

Picture a classroom of 22 students. Each student in that class has a different question for a different problem. You can imagine that 48 minutes of class time is just not enough.

Most teachers will stay on track with their normal teaching routine for the week, which does not help students. Midterms start on January 30th and review day is January 29th. A majority of students feel that with only one day to review with teachers they will not be ready for midterms.

Because of this students should make sure to go to extra help as much as possible to get the studying they need done. Even if it is for 15 minutes or an hour, it will help you and prepare you.