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Model UN Competes at Princeton

By: Amber Nguyen

We checked in at the hotel after a day-long trip. Everywhere, people were striding with confidence. Their heads straight ahead, Starbucks in their hands, pens and paper clipboards neatly spread on the tables, and attire as professional as CEOs of multinational corporations. It was only the meet-and-greet session, the first day of the Princton Model United Nations Conference (PMUNC), yet most seemed to have their plans already mapped out. It was then that I felt slightly intimidated. Princeton MUN goers were intense and passionate, which was overwhelming for me.  I stood in a corner dressed in jeans, a graphic tee, and a bed-head.  Covering tired eyes, I thought about the next few days with excitement.

Nine students and two advisors from CATS Boston took their seats for the opening ceremony. It was a formality and involved a college-style lecture about something that was meant to be important. I could have easily forgotten it just like any other opening ceremony if not for the eloquent speeches and humorous deliveries of the PMUNC organizers, who were all Princeton students. The way they spoke with self-assurance while making fun of their peers contradicted the ideal model of people in fancy business suits. The whole audience seemed to agree by bursting out laughing whenever the Secretary General jokingly called out his friends.

After dinner I searched for my committee room on a maze-like floor. There were so many more people there than I had previously imagined there would be. Everyone seemed occupied in clusters of people, likely from the same committee. Although most of them were strangers to each other, they quickly established comradery with polite introductions.

Then, the first committee session took place. My committee – the International Criminal Court (ICC) – went straight into business. The chair introduced the procedure briefly before calling on the first case. ICC is a specialized committee and does not function like normal general assemblies: we were a court. Therefore, each individual did not represent a country, but rather a judge for the court. Each team had four to five judges, and were appointed to defend, prosecute and judge different cases. Judges were all unfamiliar to each other, and I was no exception. My team were lucky (or unlucky due to the strain from travelling previously in the day) as the chair looked favorably upon the defense of Ariel Sharon. With extensive research and background checks, I realized that Sharon was almost impossible to defend before the ICC for the crimes of Genocide that he committed. With minimal contribution in the opening statement, I went back to CATS meeting at 11pm in defeat.
The next day was the campus tour and two committee sessions in the afternoon until the evening. After a late arrival to the hotel, I burst into the committee room with adequate preparation that I have gathered the whole morning. My teammates did incredibly well, and the witnesses we cross-examined were all giving answers to our favor. I caught up with the fierce flow of the court and began to actively participate in every case. Outside the sessions, our team met up for more tranquil times to prepare for our next arguments.

We functioned independently then came together as a group to put our ideas into a logical schedule. With sharp questions and distinctive observations (and tons of notes scribbled with ugly hand-writings), my team won the first case and successfully defended a man who was – as the chair said – completely guilty. Now, if it was reality, we would have felt terrible. Still, the simulation of a real-life event was what PMUNC (and MUN in general) is all about. It was a special event for high schoolers to take up roles and emerged themselves in the world of professional politics. Nothing was clearly white nor black, and one’s logically assessments were the key to determine a specific case. After all, our team ended winning another case – the prosecution of Tony Blair – and fairly pronounced Harold. S Truman as guilty.
After four days of hard work and determination, I left PMUNC with pride, friendship, experience and knowledge. Before leaving, we took a walk down the famous Times Square. On the bus back to school at 8pm, I thought of the event thoroughly and decided that Princeton Model United Nations Conference was a great thing before falling asleep.

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Cheerleading Comes to CATS!

By: Aleksandra Chernysheva

As years go by, the CATS Boston community does not stop improving: last year we moved to a new campus, built new facilities for sports, we established the school newspaper, and created a student government. This year we intend to do even more.  Among our early but very significant achievements is our first CATS cheerleading team!

It was created by two of our students: Veronika Mikhaylyo (Ukraine) and Nina Sunago (Brazil). Last year they also had the ambition to create a cheerleading team, and their performance at the basketball game was outstanding. This year, it will be even better!

What has actually been done to make the team organization better? First, we  have a professional coach this year, who will guide the team. Second, cheerleading will start at the beginning of the school year, as opposed to the last year.

This year the team will practice twice a week: on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the gym.

You may be wondering, do you have to have certain skills in order to sign up for cheerleading? There are no special skills required, but you should be willing to commit and work hard in order to raise the school spirit.

Why join the cheerleading team? First, it’s good for your flexibility, grace, and physical health. Second, it raises the school spirit, and you can also make new friends. Last, it looks good to colleges that you have been a part of a community building activity(we all know that’s pretty important).

We are looking for  new people who are excited to join us. If you are interested, feel free to contact Nina, Veronika, or Mr. Wilkins.

Metamorphoses- A Contemporary and Intricate CATS Theatre Production

By: Amber Nguyen

Metamorphoses – a collection of Greek Mythologies – with its tales of symbolism and enrapture imageries has come to CATS Boston. The Fall Play directed by Mr. Nathaniel Punches will be a re-telling of these famous stories with an infusion of modern elements. Based on the script written by Mary Zimmerman, the stories of love in various forms will captivate the inner sentiments of viewers. With contributions from many different departments, costumes, music and staging. The play will open on December 8th.

The cast of the show is extremely enthusiastic. Their presence and dedication to their roles brings forth the distinctive psyches of the characters. Seeing how they interact on and off stage gave a sense of energy so fresh it transpired into every line and action. Working with them on stage was not solely about performing, but largely about living the part itself. The play requires the delicate skill of emotion portrayal, and the cast deliveres. There is a rawness in delivery in some scenes, which gives something more natural to the presentations. With a rigorous schedule, the cast is working to their utmost potential to build the play step by step.

Indeed, a show cannot function smoothly without the people who manage everything that happens on the stage. Their job is challenging and interesting. They get involved by making sure every contributing factor to the play such as costumes, music, lighting, and even publicly are ready and on time with top quality. They manage every stride of the production from small to large, determined to bring out the best in the play. Sabrina Kuo– a dedicated stage manager – provided some insights to her role in the play:

“Mostly, I’m working on the schedule for costumes and backstage; but sometimes, I’ll get into the acting work and make sure the cast are working very well and memorizing their lines. The most challenging part, I would say, is to connect with everyone for the overall schedule because some have conflicts with their other activities…I won’t talk about the storyline because there are many separated stories in this play; but I like the play. It’s about love, all kinds of love, about money or romantic love. I really like it (laughs). The thing I enjoy the most about being a stage manager is the ability to connect to people. It’s hard, but it also makes me really happy because I can learn a lot from people, knowing what their personalities are, and making new friends.”

As the school year begins to pick up its pace, so are the creative art projects of CATS Academy Boston. Metamorphoses is the opening shot to this year’s theatre productions aiming for a new take on some complex and surreal ideas regarding love in many forms. It is highly anticipated – and rightfully so – as the premiere date is not far off. Hopefully, the hard work and commitment from every department working on the show will pay off as Metamorphoses take the stage on the 8th and 9th of December.

Black Spring Fashion Show

By: Aleksandra Chernysheva

On April 27th, Ms. Jacobson and her amazing fashion students (both from intro and advanced classes) were happy to present their work in a fashion show called “Black Spring.”

Let’s think about what’s a fashion show. Fashion is art, which makes fashion show an exhibition, but an exhibition of what? Of beauty! It does not matter what is exhibited as long as it is beautiful (to my personal understanding). This idea was wholly embodied by Ms. Jacobson. There was every possible kind of beauty: beauty of clothes, beauty of models, beauty of music and dance, and beauty of atmosphere and mood.

By the way, atmosphere was one of the greatest attributes about this fashion show. It was absolutely identical to those professional ones that take place in Milan, Paris with the superstars in the first rows in terms of the effort that was put into it and the pre-performance preparations. However, at the same time the atmosphere wasn’t as disturbing: on the contrary, it was warm, soft, and cozy. We did not even need the superstars or the Victoria Secret models to create our own perfect show. This light professionalism and nervous tranquility, I thought, was fascinating.

I also think that Ms. Jacobson’s classes made a great improvement since the “DiverCity” fashion show last semester. Thanks to Gabby and her new-fashion dress, the fashion lab and the innovation lab are connected now. Thanks to Riya, Gigi, and Lina, who made a fashion show focused not solely on fashion, and thanks to Maya and Gabriel, who enlivened the performance with the pair-walk.

I got the chance to talk to two of Ms. Jacobson’s students about what they found was the best part of the fashion show.

  • “I think that the best part of the fashion show was the making of garments, because I could cooperate with my friends, share the ideas, and simply have fun.”- Maya Alarcon
  • “I think that the best part was that people, who have never sewn on the sewing machine were making their own clothe, their own brands like Gabriel’s dress, Jeung Soo’s design.”- Jeung Soo Noh

Fun at Fiestaval

By: Aleksandra Chernysheva

Fiestaval took place on May 8th and became the first outdoor event after a very long winter season. There were similarities between the Fiestaval and Carnival event in the beginning of the school year with one significant difference. Fiestaval was organized solely by the students.

Maya, Martina, Horacio, Ivanna, and our wonderful student government planned the event, bought small treats for everyone, and decorated the outside area in front of the school. Our CATS band provided musical accompaniment, and Amber (who was also a drummer) performed as a school Dj. The amount of work and effort put into this event really does deserve to be praised. Special credit is also deserved by Professor Mike who helped to organize the event and Ms. Crystal whose dancing and cheering kept everyone upbeat.

“Everything was amazing especially the food, but I would add more activities. I was also very frustrated about the band concert having been cancelled, but there was nothing we could do…” says Mark.

 

CATS Madness Basketball Tournament

By: Tristan Fornari Hospital

On Friday, April 7th, 2017, the first CATS Madness 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament took place in our state of the art gym during the evening. The event was organized by Math teacher and Student Government Advisor Mr. Mike Cerbarano along with some students from student government. Each of these students’ passion and dedication showed through the success and meticulous organization of the event. The food, entertainment, music, mini-games, a three-point contest, and free throw competition added to the allure of the event.

The event was supported by teachers, staff members, and dorm parents who volunteered to be referees. Their role in helping the event run smoothly cannot be overlooked.

Overall the tournament was a complete success that exceeded all expectations. Mr. Cerbarano was pleasantly surprised that many student spectators came to the tournament to support their friends who were playing. This added to the positive and fun environment of the tournament. Lastly, I want to congratulate all the winners of this major event, Sebastian Uribe Munera, Horacio Ornelas Ramirez, and Guilherme Sousa Pires beating the runners up Weir (Wenzheng) Zhu, Ross (Ganghun) Kwon, and Lo Tsz Fung. Ultimately, the whole CATS Academy community deserves credit for being supportive of this wonderful event.

Transitioning to Spring Sports

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By: Tristan Fornari Hospital

This past Thursday, February 23, marked the culmination of the indoor sports’ season with the Sports Banquet for the crew, girls’ basketball, and boys’ basketball teams. All of the basketball teams’ struggled through stretches of their schedules, but picked up multiple wins along the way. The Boy’s Varsity Basketball team ended up with a 3-6 record. The Boys’ and Girls’ JV Basketball teams went 2-6 and 3-4 respectively. The crew teams only meet was cancelled due to snowy New England conditions.

Although this chapter of the Winter Season is closed, there is another promising season around the corner and it looks very exciting. After a successful first semester, our soccer and cross country teams will continue to build upon their achievements by coming back stronger. The crew and frisbee teams will also continue to compete this spring.

Many of our students look forward to the upcoming season. “As much as I enjoyed the winter season, I really want spring to come. We can do outdoor sports, which are much more fun for me having more space to run and improve physically,” remarked student Juan Contreras.

In conclusion, after a great winter season of excitement and some success, many students are looking forward to all of the possibilities to succeed during the upcoming Spring Athletic Season.

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“The Sun Arrives Late” Performance Arts Play by Santiago Gabian Perez

Gabriela Santana is a senior student here at CATS Academy. She has created a play, which is set in a conformist post-apocalyptic society of people. The play is set in the day to day life of a man named Edward that is trapped in a cycle of monotonous life. He has schizophrenia and also suffers from the repetitive nature of his life. Inside his schizophrenia there’s a disorder associated with him called tainos (a reflection of the most natural side of a person). In the play, Edward meets others with the same problems associated with schizophrenia. These interactions create for a must see play, which will be released in the spring semester of 2017.

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Transitioning to Winter Sports by Tristan Fornari Hospital

As winter is arriving and the first semester is finishing, the outdoor activities season is over, with a great job on the part of the Varsity Soccer and Cross-Country teams. The end of a great season brings the start of a Winter Sports Seasons consisting of Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball and Girls Junior Varsity Basketball.

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