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Question: What has

your teaching experience been?

Joe Modoni: I taught here for 24 years and was a guidance counselor for the rest of my time here.

Q: Have you earned any awards?

JM: Teacher of the year, Employee of the Quarter, getting recognized by Monmouth University as a Star Teacher, and when I was in the classroom I was recognized as the New Jersey State Work Experience Coordinator of the Year.

Q: What is your education?

JM: I did my undergraduate at The College of New Jersey and I got my Masters from Monmouth University.

Q: What are your plans after you retire from MRHS?

JM: I plan to take it easy and travel.

Q: What was your favorite part about working at MRHS?

JM: My favorite part was working in the guidance office and being able to help students plan for life after Monmouth. It was a pleasure to watch students grow, develop, and mature during their years in high school.

Monmouth's Retirees

Q: What are your hopes for future education?

JM: I'm really concerned about how much testing the students will have to do the year after next which will be the 2014-2015 school year.

Q: Do you have any recommendations for students to achieve success in high school?

JM: Open the book and read. Take advantage of the opportunities. Enjoy it; it goes by quick.

Q: What other things besides work have you done at school?

JM: I was on the National Honors Society selection committee, I helped write rules for attendance and discipline, and I was on the committee that established the Advanced Placement Academy. Another thing that we did here was we started something called Monmouth Helping It's Own. The teachers and staff contribute money to it and we use the money to help students and their families in need. We also used some of the money for scholarships for Monmouth Regional seniors each year."



Question: What has

your teaching experi-

Modoni Jarmusz ence been? Ted Jarmusz: I ar-

by Chrissy Maber `13

Staff Writer

rived to Monmouth

by Nicole Cappucinno `13 Regional in 1986 after

Staff Writer

teaching Special Ed

at West Orange High

School. I then taught

Special Ed at MRHS. I

also started an Alternate

School in 1989, and then

after all that I became a

guidance counselor.

Q: Have you earned

any awards?

TJ: I earned Base-

ball Coach of the Year

in 1984, Monmouth

Regional Teacher of

the Year 1989, "Asbury

Park Pres"s Baseball

Coach of the Year in

1989 and 2005, IN-

ROADS Educator of the

Year in 1998, Baseball

B North Coach of the

Year 2008, and in 2009 I

was inducted into the NJ

Scholastic Coaches As-

sociation Hall of Fame.

Q: What was your fa-

vorite part about work-

ing at MRHS?

TJ: The staff is very

positive, supportive, and

student centered. If you

ever needed help some-

one was always there for

you. I loved spending

time with the outstand-

Photo Credit: Sam Primich

ing MRHS Guidance

Department Team.

Q. What has your coaching experience like?

TJ. Fulfilling and rewarding on every level.

Q. Best coaching moment?

TJ. It is too hard to pick one moment because there were so many firsts and we achieved goals that were beyond expectations. Every time I helped kids get to where they couldn't be without me is a satisfying moment.

Q. What was your favorite part about coaching?

TJ. I always emphasize players' development, class, sportsmanship. Also, having the opportunity to work with Joe Pingatore, Paul Crivello, Adam Evans, and all of the other assistants and use baseball as a way for student athletes to better themselves.

Q. Do you have anything you would like to add?

TJ. I have had the opportunity for my dreams to come true at MRHS and I need to thank the players, the students, the parents, the staff, and the administration for making that happen. Thanks for making me look good.

To Be Exempt or To Not? Are the rumors of no exemption

by Jazmyn Ball `16


A majority of the

students in Monmouth Regional High School feel the pressure of the end of the year finals. Currently, some students have the privilege of being exempt from a lot of finals. If he or she receives a 92 or higher in all four marking periods for each subject, that student has the privilege of being exempt. There is an exception for seniors, however. The seniors are allowed to average all four of their final marking period grades. If it turns out the average

is a 92 or higher, exemption from that subject is permitted.

Mr. Teeple, Monmouth Regional's principal spoke of this state mandate. He says, "The school is investigating how we will incorporate the Student Growth Objectives. Dr. Ford and the administration are assessing the guide lines required and the idea of incorporating midterms and finals." He says the goal of incorporating midterms and requiring finals for everyone would be to measure student growth. Percentages of current student growth

being looked at and he says the decision should be reached in the summer.

He says some students won't care if mandatory midterms and finals for all are incorporated. "But some will be upset. Some think it's incentive for kids to work hard, but I think kids should always work hard," he says.

English teacher, Mrs. Mitchell says she is positive midterms and required finals for all will be incorporated into next year. "I am not certain how I feel about the new tests as I do not know yet what exactly we are testing in English,

from finals next year true?

who will be creating the tests, who will be grading the tests, and how many class periods we will lose to the testing."

Junior Laura Castillo says, "I believe that that's extremely unfair for the students who worked hard every marking period to earn the A to be exempt." She also believes that midterms would put more stress on students, especially juniors because of their midterm papers and HSPAS.

"Entering my senior year, seniors only need an A average to be exempt from the finals. If they take

that away, then I would be affected and so would all of the other seniors," she says.

Freshman Patrick Whalen says that he will be emotionally and academically affected if the change is to take place. He says it is going to make him upset and his grades will probably go down to a certain extent. He says," It's utterly ridiculous because it will make kids not want to try as hard since they know they can't get out of finals. What's going to make them want to get that A and not become that B student? Nothing. They need that incentive of get-

ting out of the finals to be A students. The only thing that might keep students striving is to prove it to themselves or to their parents."

So you heard right, midterms and forced finals might be incorporated into the school system. Many believe this will change students' outlook on the school system, but will it? What is going to make the, want to get that A and not become the B student? Is the incentive of the possibility of being exempt from finals what makes students get the grades they do?


NEWS, page 2

What to Wear?

Fun in the Sun

Four Broadway Musicals to See This Summer

OPINIONS, page 3

Editorial Chudney Comic Violence in Video Games


VARIETY, page 8

What are Staff Members Doing Over the Summer?

"Inspirational" Quotes

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What to Wear

by Jocelyn Anderson `14

Staff Writer

New Summer Fashions

The weather rises, the pants get shorter, the shirts get thinner, but what else is

there to wear? Every season, every year, even every few months, the style changes and what is more stressful than finding an outfit for the day? Here are some tips and tricks and do's and don'ts for summer fashion.


June 2013

Top 4 Broadway Musicals to See This Summer by Matt Yee `13

Staff Writer


MATT YEE Opinions Editor


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EDITOR IN CHIEF eoinwenger@ laurenmarieee95@

Now that you know those things, let's talk about the styles we've seen lately and that are good for the summer. High waisted shorts are everyone's favorite. They're fun, cute, and bring back a 70's type of feel with a new twist. They can be paired with a blouse, a nice 3-quarter sleeved shirt, or a regular v-neck, which all can be tucked in.

Sundresses: the nice, light, and flowy item. This can be paired with sandals and if needed, a cardigan. The new "it" item is Maxi dresses. The fun printed, full length dress should be paired with sandals.

Now, to make your legs look longer in those shorts you'll be wearing, you can wear a pair of wedges or heels. The height of the shoe elongates the leg making you look taller and helps so off those beautiful legs.

For the guys: button-up shirts, shorts, tank tops, tailored/ chino shorts. These items can be fixed to your liking. For instance, you can button your shirt all the way up, half way, or leave it unbuttoned. The tailored shorts can be cuffed, uncuffed, either way looks good depending on what you want to look like.

Now that you know some tips and tricks, do's and don'ts, don't go out in the summer looking like hot mess, look your best and be yourself. Dress good to feel good.

This is a show that many youth don't know, but a lot of older people may be familiar with due to the famous Ben Vereen being casted in the original production in the 80's. Now the show has a revival on Broadway revamped and glittering under the big top, this show has been restaged with a lot of the original choreography with some circus tricks here and there. "Pippin" is the story of a group of players who come to perform the show "Pippin: His Life and Times" but have some trouble along the way when their Pippin begins to think freely. This show emphasizes the theme of individuality while also giving audiences a thriller with their acrobatics and stunts that most would find only at a circus. Pippin is definitely a show to see.

Many are familiar with the classic tale of the famous peasant girl who had a glass slipper, an evil step family, and a fairy godmother, but viewers will not believe it until they see this revival. While following the classic Rodger and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," the show has some new, old, and contemporary songs with some modern jokes as well. It's a nice, new facelift for a timeless show. Audience members will feel the spectacle that anything can happen after the show is over. See the show and believe that anything can happen.

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Photo Credit: Samantha Primich

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Fun in the sun! by Nicole Cappuccino `13

Stay Active this Summer

Staff Writer

Summer is an excuse to be lazy because there is no "Riding a bike with friends in

school, it's hot, and it's just a great break to relax and the summer is fun and not too

have fun with friends. However, staying active in the summer is important. There are plenty of fun ways to get activity into a daily routine. Here's what MRHS students had to say about their summer activities:

strenuous. I especially like to bike ride on the beach because you get the cool breeze!"Adriana Bellomo (Senior)

"I love to play soccer in the summer because there is plenty of time without having to worry about homework and all of that school stuff." ?Oscar Chue (Senior)

"The beach that I go to has a volleyball net, so my friends and I just bring our ball and play. Sometimes people that we don't even know will ask us to play and its so much fun!"- Jocelyn Rodriguez (Sophomore)

"The best part of the summer is going into the ocean to swim! It cools me off while I'm also getting some exercise in." ?Ashley Rust (Freshman)

"I love doing yoga outside because even though I'm sweating, it's so relaxing and I feel my body becoming more flexible."Gabby Musselman (Senior)

"Dancing is one of my favorite things to do so I go to a Zumba class and it makes me feel so good afterwards. There is also a class called aqua zumba and its pretty cool!"Alyssa Defillipo (Senior)

"Wicked" is the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba and her hidden friendship with the Glinda the Good. How did these two unlikely girls become such close friends and no one ever knew? That's something to ask one of the witches. This show shines a light on the Oz many are familiar with, but don't know, revealing places such as Shiz University and a Wizard that may not be so great after all. If audiences want a show about mystery, love, friendship, and being different, this is a must-see.

Being on Broadway since 1994, this show has been dazzling audiences since that famous sunrise at the beginning of the show. An African story about finding oneself, love, and trust, "The Lion King" is a show that will blow audiences off their feet because it's a show like no other. All of its costumes also double as puppets. The actors become the animal or plant and indulge the audience into the world of Africa from its rising sun on the savannah to its moist jungle. A classic for not just Disney fans, but fans who remember their childhood and the joy and memories "The Lion King" has brought.

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High School

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Something to Learn From

For the senior staff here at the Falconaire, this is our final issue. For the past couple of years, we have been writing for this paper and for most of us, we have risen up and become Editors. This is coming off as the generic, bittersweet message that a lot of you are probably assuming this is. You would be right in your assumptions; however that is not all this is about. We're here to leave a message to everyone, including incoming seniors, and everyone in the school.

High school was something to learn from. Of

course there are countless memories to look back on, but what is to be learned from all of this? We're not just talking academics here, either.

Face the facts, high school is said to be the "best years of your life", but while you're here it may not feel like that. There's going to be times where things just absolutely suck, whether that is personal life issues, academic issues, etc. But that's what this place is for right, learning?

If high school has taught me anything important, it wasn't how to find

the value of "x", but to not be so harsh on yourself. You spend all your four years stressing to get together an 8 page thesis paper in one night while you can bet on it that some people have already finished. Time management is key, but again there has to be a sort of feeling of easiness to everything around you so you don't get grey hair before you even graduate.

Most of us are becoming more mature through the years and it shows. We stop worrying about the little tests and quizzes because we've been

through it countless times.

Trying to cram a 400 page

novel into one night's read

has become second nature

to us. We're able to get

through something that 4

years ago as freshmen we

thought was impossible. It

gets easier.

The bottom line is this:

don't expect high school

to be the best time of your

life. It's not going to feel

like it. It's when you're

at the end of your high

school career that you

look back and think "Hey,

I guess it wasn't totally

bad". So underclassmen,

Photo by Ashley Grizzle

look forward, and good Senior Falconaire Editors (from left to right):


Matt Yee, Samantha Primich, Eoin Wenger, Lauren Mooney

Violence in Video Games

Because it Definitely Causes Crime

With this nation at

war against violent media, from movies to television to video games, many parental figures across this country are confused about the enemy. They cannot differentiate between what is truly problematic and what is acceptable. It is obvious that there are a substantial amount of concerned individuals who are unable to comprehend the current world we live in, so they shelter their children to a point of no return, thus creating an environment in which the child is unable to adjust to their surroundings. This leaves them confused and unable to make a social connection with their peers. The real problem is over controlling parents who create children who cannot function socially in the real world.

Many forms of news broadcasting say "blame the sexual content on television" or "blame the gory violence that is portrayed in video games", but everyone must cease pointing the finger and instead

by Erik Rasmussen `14

Staff Writer

look in the mirror. The real problem with this society we live in is not games like "Grand Theft Auto" or "Mortal Kombat"; it is the ones who do everything in their power to prevent them. What happens to a teenager sheltered? They look for an outlet. Whether it is drugs or alcohol, the underexposed offspring will always look for something to fill that hole that their parent created.

Within a video game there are many overlooked benefits which can help the gamer adapt into the real world. Some obvious ones include strategy, team building, and hand-eye coordination, but there are many others that the typical person may ignore. With gaming today, there are many capabilities through online gaming for players to communicate with each other and develop social skills. Many storylines also teach incredible lessons in games.

Games like "BioShock: Infinite" and the "Assassin's Creed" series take the gamers into imaginative worlds, teaching history, the true nature of war, and innovative storylines that will in turn intellectually educate and stimulate the individual, improving their personality and mind.

At the age of three years old I received a PlayStation 2 as a Christmas present, playing games like "Vampire Night", "Legend of the Dragoon", and "Tekken" before I even attended kindergarten. Since that winter day, I have played hundreds of games, many with content not intended for audiences under the age of 17, but it has never affected me negatively. I have never committed a single crime in my life, have never broken any laws, I have not even had a detention in my 12 years of attending school. In fact, I do not believe I would have

amassed the intelligence I possess today without the assistance of video games. I can personally credit my love for history to some of the games I have played, including the "Assassin' Creed" series, "Fable", and "Civilization: Revolution" in which the player must progress an entire civilization, creating inventions, and creating a prospering population. Gaming is not dangerous; it is invigorating and also an enhancement on life. There are things that only video games can properly teach a person, from problem solving to knowing how to be the best person you can be, the right game can a guide to life.

Now is the time to make a difference, what will you do when your child asks to play a video game with violence in it? Why not take an interest and help your child process what they are seeing and refuse to rely on media as a babysitter. Will you shelter them? Or enrich them?

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June 2013

Monmouth Baseball

by Jocelyn Anderson `14

The road to a State Sectional Championship Staff Writer

After losing the starting

seniors, entering the Shore Conference Tournament as the 14th seed and falling short to Freehold Boro in the Central Group III final LAST YEAR, were there high hopes for this year's team? Of course there were! Although losing their home opener to RBC was a tough blow, "they fought even harder throughout the season," says Coach Ping. Winning a total of 12 of 19 games in their regular season, they also won the first round of the Monmouth County Tournament, as well as every other round in the State Tournament leading up to spectacular State Sectional Championship game, which they also won.

The Monmouth boys fought their way to vic-

tory against Ewing's Blue Devils. Being scoreless at the bottom of the 2nd inning, Ewing decided to step it up. By the top of the 3rd Ewing had the lead at 1-0. With an RBI hit by Ewing, the team was up 2-0 going into the top of the 4th. By this time Monmouth stepped up to the plate, took on the challenge, and brought 4 runs in. RBI singles were also made by Mike Casper and Brian Quinn. At the top of the 6th, Monmouth let one slip by making the score 4-3 (Monmouth still in the lead) at the top of the 7th. At the bottom of the 7th, Brian Quinn pitched a 1-2-3 inning, but the last batter for Ewing took leap of faith and swung at the last pitch. Hitting it to centerfield, where Senior Jeff Farah made the game winning catch!

What a fantastic game played by these boys. They won the first State Sectional Championship title since 2005 and for Coach Ted Jarmuzs's last year at Monmouth. Everyone showed up at this game hoping for a win by these boys. At the end of the game to show how much we love them, the fans stormed the field, some even joining in the dog pile on the pitcher's mound. The Monmouth boys will also be receiving jackets and rings for their championship win.

But, even with all the excitement and support traveling to TCNJ, the falcon boys unfortunately lost to Cinnaminson with a score of 7-6 in extra innings. The State semifinals game was an upset to everyone including all the fans, "It's been

great run and I wouldn't have wanted to go through it with any other team. We are family," says Senior Ryan Hager.

Senior captain Tommy Broyles also adds, "I can't believe I won't be taking the field with my brothers again. You guys are family to me and nothing will ever change that".

Coach Jarmuzs would like to add, "These boys were excellent athletes/ teammates and the chemistry they had carried them through tough times and all of their victories. I wouldn't of wanted to coach any other team for the my last year at Monmouth". The love and support for this team is unbelievable, this is what we call Falcon Pride. PRIDE N' HUSTLE!

Photo Credit: Asbury Park Press

Mundials 2013

World Jiu-Jitsu Championship

by Natalie Johnson `16


The World Jiu-Jitsu

Championship was held in Long Beach, California this year from May 29th -June 2nd. Monmouth Regional alumnus, Marcus Johnson, qualified for this world championship tournament. Teammates of Marcus say that he was "a great competitor and he is very driven." Marcus has been training with Cavalo BJJ in Missouri, where he attends school at Missouri University, and the owner at the gym says that he "put in the work and sweat for the last six weeks and is prepared to battle." Cavalo BJJ says they send good vibes out with him to California. While at Monmouth Regional, all four years of high school he was on the Monmouth Falcon Wrestling team, coached by Mr. Morrell. Mr. Morrell said, "Marcus made a big change junior year and got mentally committed to the sport." Beginning last year, Marcus helps out coaching the wrestling team. Alex Britton, a Freshmen that Marcus has been coaching for 2 years, says Marcus taught him "That there's always room for improvement. He also taught me if I lose, to keep my head up and keep moving forward."

could say anything to Marcus before he performed in his match he would say, "Compete without the fear of failure." To be entered into this competition, Marcus medaled in the tournament in Chicago. Marcus was sponsored by Forty Thieves Clothing who paid for his gear and some of the cost to enter and compete in this tournament. He was in the Male Adult Feather-Weight class. There were over 100 people in his bracket. He won three matches, but lost in his fourth by a few points. Out of the three matches he won, two were by submission, and one was by disqualification of the opponent because of slamming while within the triangle. To medal, he would have to had to win 5 consecutive matches. Marcus says that being in this really made him stronger and that it was a great experience because it showed him what he needs to improve on and how to get better. The tournament was motivation to Marcus, he said, "I should've done better" and that he's back to the drawing board and the gym in hopes of getting better for the next tournament.

Mr. Morrell said if he

Spring MVPs by Chrissy Maber `13 An inside look at monmouth's leaders Staff Writer

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