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“Black Wings” Fashion Show

By: Nuray Salina

On Thursday, April 26th, CATS Academy Boston held its spring fashion show and the theme  was “Black Wings.” The event took place in our gym which was fitted with a runway. It was led by Ms. Jacobson and attended by students, teachers, and international guests who came to see the masterpieces of our young designers. All of the costumes and clothes were created by CATS students, who put enormous effort into their designs.  Hundreds of hours and a wave of emotions and worries preceded the students inevitable success.

The staging and lighting was tremendous and really showed the fashions to their best!  A single bright spotlight effectively illuminated the podium and student models. Black and red shades created an atmosphere of mystery and romance. All this generated an environment in which students could not wait for the show to start.

It began with Ms. Jacobson’s introduction of the “Black Wings” theme. She then began inviting the models to the stage individually to walk the runway.  First, clothes made by the students of the Introduction to Fashion Design class were shown and this was followed by the creations of the Advanced Fashion class.  In total, there were nearly 30 designs displayed with many of them being dresses and tunics. The array of dresses were unique, graceful and shiny, elegant and dark, colorful and catchy.  They all looked fabulous! The models looked terrific showing them as well! Their hairstyles, makeup, gait, and self-expression absolutely fit the “Dark Wings” theme of the event. It was an amazing show to see!

In my opinion, the atmosphere, design and presentation of the show looked professional! It is hard to express my visual impressions of the show in words.  However, the fashion show was definite proof of the impressive creativity of CATS Academy students who are clearly headed for future success!


Students Enjoy CATS Academy Boston 2018 Prom

By: Sasha Chernysheva

After all of our seniors  received their long-awaited acceptance letters from colleges,  prom was one of the last milestones on the way to graduation. CATS Academy prom night took place at “The Lantana” on May 11th. It was a night dedicated to seniors, for whom it was the last official high school party.  It was also attended by juniors and many underclassmen and everyone appeared to be having a great time!


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First, you obviously need a lot of music and dancing, and we had enough of both.   Second, there is the traditional voting for the prom king and queen and this year we crowned Steven Guan and Anna Merzliakova.

Third, you must have a blinding variety of beautiful sparkling gowns and finely cut suits, which is something that our students never lack.  And fourth, a lot of pictures are required, with your partner and friends and their friends and everyone…. in order for all to remember the night forever.  There were many places to take these snaps because the venue was a beautiful setting exquisitely decorated with lights and flowers.

In general, it was a wonderful night to remember and celebrate our seniors, whom we wish all the best in college and on their journey through life.  For the juniors looking forward to returning to CATS, we wish you a great senior year!

The Little Mermaid Musical Shines

By: Helena Fauvel

On May 18th and 19th, after months of rehearsal, CATS Academy students along with the Arts Department presented its marvelous production of the Disney musical, The Little Mermaid.  Mr. Punches, the school’s Theater Director, and the Art Department helped the students create on stage the the magical underwater world in which the play play takes place. The students dedicated their time to rehearsals four times a week during the semester in order to perfect their performances. They all enjoyed the fabulous experience of being part of this theatrical production.

Producing the fantasy world on stage required the incredible dedication of many teachers and students. The lighting by Mr. Punches and Anna Carolina Alves helped create the underwater effect. Music teachers, Mrs. Segal and Mr. Lewan, played in the band along with their students and gave great live musical performances both nights of the show!  All the amazing costumes for the musical were created by Ms. Jacobson and her Fashion Design course students.The costumes gave life to characters such as Ursula the octopus, the little mermaid, the hilarious sea gulls, Sebastian and the entire cast.

The creation of the set relied on the work and ingenuity of many including the arts teachers the students of the Theatre Production class and other crew members.  There were also CATS Innovation course students who helped create the scenes and props used on set. An especially notable prop was the amazing shell which was created with our school’s 3D printer. The stage construction was completed by students from the Theatre Production Class along with several others involved in the production who devoted many hours after school to ensure the musical set would be perfect, and it was!

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Last, but most definitely not least, the entire student cast and production crew did a really professional job staging The Little Mermaid.  It was clear they had dedicated heart and soul to the show.  Ariel was played by the talented Nina Sunago, who put on outstanding performances. She and Ms. Segal had spent many hours together perfecting her part.  Prince Eric, played by the Thiago Venturi, sang in spectacular fashion bringing his character to life. Daniel O’Hare, played Sebastian and turned in a most convincing crab performance.  Minh Binh Nguyen portrayed the villain, Ursula in a very memorable performance. Anastasia Dvoryanchikova and Alice Nguyen, as the eels,created their characters well by  sliding and slithering about the stage. Other notable performances were given by Lucas Eduardo, as Grimsby,  Pearl Carroll, who was a wonderful Flounder, and Kate Manley Rowe, as Scuttle the seagull, who got some of the biggest laughs of the show.  Daniel Rodriguez was well cast in his roles as the Pilot and Chef and the chorus including the Mersisters and sailors were also superb!

Overall, the production was a huge success with the talent of CATS Academy Boston shining at every turn. Congratulations to everyone who helped bring this magical world to life on our stage!  Mr. Punches and Mrs. Segal deserve special thanks because they really made the students feel part of something special. And, it was very special!

Is It Worth Running for Student Government?

By: Anastasia Dvoryanchikova

Running for a Student Government office can be a great learning experience.  Although politics, in today’s climate, has been taken to an extreme, a school election is far different. Many might consider running for office an undesirable experience, but they would be wrong.  Campaigning can be associated with stress from competition, doubts and an unbreakable desire to win no matter what. However, it does not have to be this way, the situation is complex and there is much to be learned by campaigning for a student office whether or not you win the election.

Competition is an inevitable part of running for any elected position, because at the end there can be only one winner. But between the day when candidates are announced until the day when people vote, there is campaigning to be done: making posters, slogans, and organizing different activities to draw voter’s attention. There is also a process of getting to know people who you haven’t known before. Since every candidate must expose his or herself to become known in order to be elected, they must  become more active in events around the school. In this way, it is easy to get acquainted with more people. Elections are also about thinking in creative ways because candidates want to stand out and be more recognizable. Candidates must use their skills to figure out how to target their audience. They must determine what can fit into their budget and still be efficient reaching potential voters for the campaign. You also need to learn to use your individuality to shape your campaign by figuring out what makes you who you are and incorporating that into your message.  

Finally, the campaign process is a test of you as a leader.  You need to show you care about the school, its students and making positive change.  Improvement will not happen on its own, being an officer is about representation of the student body and making improvement. So, running for  a student government office is not what people would normally think. Sure it is fun, creative and social but it is also an indescribable and unforgettable process of personal growth and social development.  At the end, what really matters is the process, not winning the election.

CATS Academy Volleyball ; History in the Making

By: Jasmine Stephens

The first CATS Academy competitive Girls’ Volleyball team has been making major moves this year. They ended the season undefeated (3-0) for the year. Marking the first undefeated team in CATS’ history.

The team began practicing at the beginning of March and worked hard in practice to improve each day. Although some of the athletes had played volleyball competitively at other schools, many of the members started with little to no experience. As the season moved on many of the girls improved rapidly. Through hard work, dedication, and commitment they were able to develop skills to compete with schools like the International School of Boston and the Woodward School.

The success, in part, is attributed to the fun team environment. Many of the girls were able to play with friends and fellow students from all around the world. The team had members from Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. This environment led to the girls coming together and embracing diversity!

Mr. Wilkins, the Athletic Director and Head Coach of the team, noted the cohesiveness and positive attitude of the girls.  He stated, “It was an enjoyable experience for me. The girls worked hard.”

The end of the season awards saw Xinhui Diao (Jackie) and Mel Rossi win the MVP award. Devany Leon-Garcia and Ngoc Thanh Nhu Tran (Mary) won the Coaches Award, while Hui-Chen Lu (Lisa) was the recipient of the Most Improved Player award. These players along with their teammates exemplified griffin pride! We cannot wait for next season!


Ultimate Frisbee Wins 1st Match of Competitive Season

By: Kenneth Luk (Contributor)

On April 13th , the school’s Ultimate Frisbee team had a dominant win against the Cambridge School of Weston with a final score of 9-2. This was the first victory in the start of the competitive portion of the season for the frisbee team.

The CATS Ultimate Frisbee team has come along way in the past few seasons because of the hard working players. Even though the competitive season doesn’t start until spring, the team has been training and recruiting since the fall.

Under very cold and unpleasant weather this spring, the team has continued to train on the rain soaked fields, or by throwing their frisbees in the gymnasium. They have also incorporated some fitness training, gathered to discuss tactics and watch professional frisbee matches in order to get a more comprehensive understanding of the sport.

CATS’ Ultimate Frisbee coach, Mr. De Santis, the visionary for the program, has established a positive and hardworking environment for the squad. The main goals of this season are for the players to improve their physical fitness and frisbee mechanics; to improve their mental toughness, field sense and decision making; and for players to have fun when they play.  This attitude has brought the team together to train harder to become better at the sport. “We are for ourselves and we train for ourselves,” said the team’s captain Steven Wang. This self-ownership and passion for frisbee is what brings the team together on a daily basis. Don’t be surprised to see big

CATS Academy Shines at “4 Schools, 1 Town” Art Show

By: Veronika Mykhailo (Contributor)

April 12th marked the opening ceremony of the art show called “4 schools, 1 town” brought to  life by Mr. Archer and the CATS Academy Boston Art Department. It was the second annual art show hosted by CATS in the Braintree Community Art Center.

We were joined this year by all the Braintree area high schools, Archbishop Williams, Braintree High, and Thayer Academy. Each school submitted 40 pieces of art (160 in total), however, only 70 were chosen to be displayed. Seven individual works were given awards by the panel of 3 judges.

The “Mayor’s Choice Award” was given by Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan and his wife Barbara Sullivan.   The Art Show included many talented artists from all of the Braintree high schools. Noteworthy CATS’ students were, Huy Hoang Le (Cecil), who won Third Place for his “Tarot Cards”, and Ruobing Chang, who won the Best Of Show (the top award) for her piece titled “Purple Mine”.

Overall the Art Show brought together some of the top high school art students in the area and provided an opportunity for the aspiring artists to mingle with one another. The gallery exhibition also featured a musical performance by CATS’ students, which was enjoyed by all.  Students, teachers, and parents gathered at this event to celebrate the talented young artists of the town of Braintree. The diverse community was made a little closer by the pleasant surroundings and inspiring artwork.  We hope that this art show will become an annual tradition and continuing generations of CATS’ students will be able to participate and enjoy it!

CATS Madness Tournament

By: Helena Fauvel (Reporter)

On Friday, April 6th, student government and Mr. Cerbarano organized one of the most well-attended and successful events of the whole school year. The name of the event was CATS Madness. Students along with teachers were able to show off their skills as basketball players or just simply have fun watching the teams battle in the gym.

Along with the basketball tournament our beloved student government organized tents with food and drinks to raise money through charitable donations for CATS Hope. This event really displayed the kindness and cohesiveness of our community.

Another enjoyable aspect of this tournament was the interaction between teachers and students.  Co-Head Basketball Coach O’Brien commented, “It was good to play against some of the Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball students I coached. It is good to see some of the people who did not play on the school team out there as well. Hopefully it will encourage them to come out for the team next year.”  The final results of the tournament saw students Taj Gomes, Noah Ellegood, and Vinh Nguyen (tournament MVP) win the boy’s bracket. The girl’s bracket was won by Katherine Pan, Susan Zhang, Veronica Zghoniaiko, and Valeriia Bazovkina in a hard fought competition.

Art teacher, Mr. Punches, believes our school should continue to organize more school events like CATS Madness to provide fun interactions between students and teachers. “We should appreciate the hard work of everyone that put their time and work and this event – it turned out great”, he said. Community events like CATS Madness, are an important part the unique and exceptional educational experience we have at CATS Boston. We can’t wait till the next one!

Futsal Tournament Arrives at CATS

By: Nina Sunago

A sport that used to be completely unknown by many members of our community is not anymore. This month, the term “FUTSAL” gained a whole lot of meaning. The first CATS Futsal Tournament, filled our school’s gym with people who desired to see what it was all about and which teams would become the big winners.

Competing in the Gym were eight teams in the men’s brackets, and four teams in the women’s brackets. Many had creative names like THE GUCCIER GANG, FAB5, and STAGE 5.  Among the twelve teams, three of them were entirely made up of faculty and staff, who joyfully took up the challenge to compete against student teams.

After a lot of fun, and sweat, CLUB DE TOBY and BIRITEIRAS won the prizes; fifty dollar gift cards for the Cheesecake Factory. The MVP’s of the tournament, Thiago Peres and Paola Guzman, were chosen by our voluntary referees. So, FUTSAL, another very successful sports event was added to our community. And there are more events to come. Students can expect the CATS Madness Basketball Tournament in the beginning of April, and hopefully a Football Flag Tournament later in the semester.

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